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Apr 17 13:50

Former Iran Official Describes Alleged US Sabotage of Nuke Program

The former head of Iran's nuclear program is laying out in detail how the U.S. and other intelligence agencies allegedly carried out a constant campaign of sabotage against his country.

According to Fereydoon Abbasi, who spoke to an Iranian newspaper, the U.S. would prevent companies from sending equipment to Iran -- but would then put that kind of equipment on the black market, having ensured it would actually damage Iranian operations.

Apr 17 13:50

Putin Asserts Right to Use Force in Eastern Ukraine

President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia emphasized on Thursday that the upper chamber of Parliament had authorized him to use military force if necessary

Apr 17 13:45

Should We Be Afraid of the 3D Printed Gun?

On May 5, 2013, the world's first 3D-printed plastic gun was fired. Called the Liberator, it was designed and output by a group called Defense Distributed, headed by a 25-year-old Texas law student and committed libertarian named Cody Wilson.

Hand-wringing and debate ensued. Depending on whom you asked, the 3D-printed gun was a deadly threat or an important Second Amendment advance—but, whether they feared it or loved it, most commentators agreed that the Liberator was a major milestone of some kind. Now that a year has passed, it's time to ask just how broadly the gun has transformed society.

Apr 17 13:45

Russia Blocks U.S. from Treaty-Approved Spy Flights

Until this week, the United States and other European allies who are a party to the 34-nation treaty were conducting weekly overflights

Apr 17 13:44

4 Roseville Police Officers Sued for Excessive Force

ROSEVILLE, Minn. -- It all began at a traffic stop for speeding in the early morning hours in May of 2013.

A Roseville Police officer pulled over two men just off of Highway 36. The driver pulled over but the traffic stop became much more than routine, because the driver ran away from the car with the officer giving chase.

Apr 17 13:43

Is your home's energy meter spying on you?

Utility companies across the U.S. are installing smart meters in customers’ homes, touting the technology’s energy-saving ways, but opponents argue that the meters are opening a Pandora’s box of privacy concerns.

The smart energy meters read electric or gas usage, and enable a power company to collect detailed usage data on a particular home or building. But the readings also gather personal information that some critics argue is too intrusive.

Apr 17 13:43

Monsanto and Big Food Losing the GMO and "Natural" Food Fight

After 20 years of battling Monsanto and corporate agribusiness, food and farm activists in Vermont, backed by a growing Movement across the country, are on the verge of a monumental victory—mandatory labels on genetically engineered foods and a ban on the routine industry practice of labeling GMO-tainted foods as “natural.”

On April 16, 2014, the Vermont Senate passed H.112 by a vote of 28-2, following up on the passage of a similar bill in the Vermont House last year. The legislation, which requires all GMO foods sold in Vermont to be labeled by July 1, 2016, will now pass through a House/Senate conference committee before landing on Governor Peter Shumlin’s desk, for final approval.

Apr 17 13:29

NATO Chief Rasmussen secretly taped, leaked meeting when he was Danish PM

President Vladimir Putin at the Q&A session in Moscow said NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, when Danish PM, secretly taped private conversation with Putin and leaked it to the press.

Apr 17 13:28

Yes, We Have No Democracy

Thom Hartmann has it right: Government in the USA is no longer responsive to the will of the people. But his focus on money in politics is misdirected, distracting attention from factors that are more important, more shocking, less discussed. There are six ways in which our democracy has been sabotaged, and only two of them can be discussed in polite society. The most-discussed and least controversial one is the focus of Hartmann's article.

Apr 17 13:15

‘We Are Not Beginning a New Cold War, We are Well into It’

Negotiations over the Ukraine crisis are beginning in Geneva. Pro-Russian protesters are killed, president Vladimir Putin accuses authorities in Kiev of plunging the country into an “abyss,” and NATO outlines plans to reinforce itself in eastern Europe. Russian scholar Stephen Cohen tells “Democracy Now!” that “‘hot war’ is imaginable now” and “something has to be done about it.”

Apr 17 13:08

FBI blocked in corruption probe involving Sens. Reid, Lee - Washington Times

worth a repeat !
Agents quietly working with Utah prosecutors to make case in DOJ absence

Apr 17 13:03

Why Israeli Officials are Chuckling

Israel’s deputy foreign minister, Ze’ev Elkin, is a member of Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party and his predominantly rightwing cabinet. In a recent interview with The Economist, Elkin used the familiar tone of being conceited and oblivious to such notions as international or human rights, and reaffirmed his rejection of a Palestinian state.

Apr 17 13:02

Harry Reid’s Facebook Page Just Got Obliterated

Reid’s official Facebook page, filled with the traditional fare – i.e., self-congratulatory fluff – of a career politico, has been bombarded by detractors over the past few days.

Apr 17 12:57

NSA leaker Edward Snowden put a direct question to Vladimir Putin during a live televised question-and-answer session Thursday

Edward Snowden on Russian TV, Says Russia Does Not Conduct Mass Surveillance

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The exchange was the first known direct contact between Putin and Snowden

Apr 17 12:43

Inherited Trauma and Nutritional Deficiencies Reflected in Cherokee Skulls

What could make posterity's skeletons shrink?

Did you know people knew about this as early as the 1800s?

Apr 17 12:43

Anglo Irish Bank accused could each face five years in prison for each offence

After being found guilty of 10 counts of providing unlawful financial assistance to ten developers, former Anglo Irish Bank executives Pat Whelan and Willie McAteer will return for sentencing on 28 April.

Apr 17 12:43

GM seeks to squelch lawsuits stemming from ignition defect

General Motors says it will soon file a motion with a federal bankruptcy judge in New York seeking a court order preventing the families of accident victims from suing the company over defective ignition switches that have been tied to fatal crashes.

As part of the 2009 bankruptcy and restructuring of GM the Obama administration inserted a clause holding the reorganized company harmless from lawsuits stemming from before July 2009. Many of the deaths and injuries resulting from the faulty ignition switches installed on several 2003-2007 GM models, which have now been recalled, took place prior to 2009. At the time, GM was facing 2,500 lawsuits of various kinds. Most received pennies on the dollar.

Apr 17 12:38

Tunisian diplomat kidnapped in Libya

A Tunisian diplomat was kidnapped Thursday in Tripoli in unknown circumstances, a Libyan security source told AFP, just two days after armed men seized Jordan's ambassador.

Apr 17 12:35

NYC Unapologetically Disbands Muslim Spying Unit

There is good news and bad news stemming from New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton’s decision to shut down the department’s division that was responsible for tracking and cataloguing the actions of the city’s Muslim population

Apr 17 12:33

What? Officer's family refuses autopsy

Boston Bombing Cover-up?

No autopsy for 28 yr old Boston Police officer ~ Watertown Shootout

RELATED: DEAD: Officer wounded in Boston Bombing

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