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Aug 04 06:46

Britain invaded by power-crazed super-ants that cause blackouts and fires

Britain has been invaded by hordes of foreign kamikaze ants that cause blackouts - due to their obsession with electricity.

The first colony of lasius neglectus - the Asian super-ant - recorded in the UK has been found at one of the National Trust's most historic buildings. They can't resist electricity and swarms can zap cables, leading to blazes.

The invasive species which form huge colonies, have already spread quickly through Europe and is resistant to insect poison.

Aug 04 06:42

Girl, 11, offered refund by Apple for exploding iPod... but only if she agreed not to tell anyone

Computer giant Apple tried to silence a family after a young girl's iPod exploded and they sought a refund.

The firm told Ken Stanborough it would only return his money if he promised not to speak about the settlement, and threatened legal action if he did.

But he refused, saying he found their letter 'very disturbing'.

The incident, which has left the family £162 out of pocket, comes after it emerged that Apple had allegedly tried to do the same to customers in the U.S.

Aug 04 06:37

Jews plan Israel's boycott

The JC has revealed plans developed by Jews For Justice For Palestinians (JFJFP) to cause maximum damage to Israel by extending boycotts.

Aug 04 06:34

Israel fourth from bottom of peace index

Israel has been placed a dismal 141st out of 144 on a list of the world’s most peaceful countries, beating just Iraq, Afghanistan and Somalia.

Countries which ranked higher in the 2009 Global Peace Index included Sudan, Zimbabwe, Lebanon, North Korea, and Iran.

Aug 04 06:31

MPs’ easy way to net £300,000 via petty cash

Sixty MPs received almost £300,000 in expenses transferred directly to banks each month without having to submit a single receipt.

In a previously unknown arrangement, the MPs received up to £12,000 each over four years in “no questions asked” petty cash payments from the House of Commons authorities.

Aug 04 06:31

Soon, metals might heal just like human skin

Scientists are working on transferring the self-healing effect of human skin to materials, in the form of evenly distributed fluid-filled capsules into the electroplated layer of metals, which helps repair the layer in case of damage.

Aug 04 06:29

Scientists use computer science to crack Indus Valley script

A team of Indian and American researchers is using mathematics and computer science to try to piece together information about the still-unknown script of the Indus Valley civilisation, which dates back to 4,000 years.

Aug 04 06:29

DNA-like technique may help nab fossil thieves

Looters who plundered one of Utah's newest troves of dinosaur bones got away with ribs, vertebrae and part of an ancient legbone they had to bust apart to remove. They also stole hidden scientific clues about the life of a young diplodocus dinosaur that roamed the area some 150 million years ago.

Aug 04 05:23

Scientists fear a revolt by killer robots

A ROBOT that makes a morning cuppa, a fridge that orders the weekly shop, a car that parks itself.

Advances in artificial intelligence promise many benefits, but scientists are privately so worried they may be creating machines which end up outsmarting — and perhaps even endangering — humans that they held a secret meeting to discuss limiting their research.

At the conference, held behind closed doors in Monterey Bay, California, leading researchers warned that mankind might lose control over computer-based systems that carry out a growing share of society’s workload, from waging war to chatting on the phone, and have already reached a level of indestructibility comparable with a cockroach.

Aug 04 04:55

A Great Moment in Our History

When we were colonists, and the King and the Parliament needed money from us, and they always seemed to need money, they devised ingenious ways to tax us. One of them was called the Stamp Act. The Parliament decreed that every piece of paper that the Colonists had in their homes; every book, every document, every deed, every lease, every pamphlet, every poster to be nailed to a tree had to have the King’s stamp on it. You think going to a Post Office is bad? You had to go to a British Government office and buy a stamp with the King’s picture.

Aug 04 04:50

This Depression is just beginning

Too bad Pulitzers aren't handed out for blog-entries. This year's award would go to Zero Hedge for its "The 'Money on the Sidelines' Fallacy" post. This short entry shows why the economy will continue its downward slide and why the US consumer will not get off the mat and resume spending as he has in the past. The fact is the Net Wealth of US Households has "declined from a peak of $22 trillion to just under $12 trillion in early March."

Ouch!

The problem is compounded by the fact that Total US Household debt, as of first quarter 2009, amounts to roughly $13 trillion, and has stayed within that range for the last 3 and a half years.

Aug 04 02:54

UK Government To Install Surveillance Cameras In Private Homes

The UK government is about to spend $700 million dollars installing surveillance cameras inside the private homes of citizens to ensure that children go to bed on time, attend school and eat proper meals.

No you aren’t reading a passage from George Orwell’s 1984 or Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, this is Britain in 2009, a country which already has more surveillance cameras watching its population than the whole of Europe put together.

Now the government is embarking on a scheme called “Family Intervention Projects” which will literally create a nanny state on steroids, with social services goons and private security guards given the authority to make regular “home checks” to ensure parents are raising their children correctly.

Aug 04 00:23

Pre-atttack Iraq cyberwarfare tactics to be used on Iran?

Cyberwarfare Is Full Of Unknowns For U.S. Military
By John Markoff , Thom Shanker , New York Times News Service Published on 8/2/2009
...the American military and its partners in the intelligence agencies did receive approval to degrade Iraq's military and government communications systems in the early hours of the war in 2003. And that attack did produce collateral damage. Besides blowing up cell-phone towers and communications grids, the offensive included electronic jamming and digital attacks against Iraq's telephone networks. American officials also contacted international communications companies that provided satellite-phone and cell-phone coverage to Iraq to alert them to possible jamming and ask their assistance in turning off certain channels.

Aug 03 18:48

Greece to vaccinate population for swine flu

"We decided that the entire population, all citizens and residents, without any exception, will be vaccinated against the flu,"

Aug 03 18:47

10,000 Chinese Rioters 'Go Missing' Overnight

Nearly 10,000 Uighurs involved in deadly riots in China went missing in one night, exiled Uighur activist Rebiya Kadeer has said.

Aug 03 18:46

Strange National Guard job posting

As an Internment/Resettlement Specialist for the Army National Guard, you will ensure the smooth running of military confinement/correctional facility or detention/internment facility, similar to those duties conducted by civilian Corrections Officers.

Aug 03 18:45

The Truth about Flu Shots

Aug 03 18:45

Health Rations and You

Many advocates of "reform" deny the destructive consequences of past "reform" and insist that the only way to solve our problems is, in effect, to make them worse: Get government even more involved, tie the bureaucratic noose even tighter around the necks of patients and doctors.

Aug 03 18:43

The Only Thing Weirder Than The Birthers....

The only thing weirder than the Birthers are the anti-Birthers, who blame the Birthers for being conspiracy theorists yet actively feed the conspiracy by refusing to call for President Obama to release his birth certificate.

Aug 03 18:32

Fake ATM, skimmers found in Las Vegas hotels

Chris Paget, an RFID security expert who now works on Google’s security team, said he lost $200 to a rigged ATM that also claimed several other victims. Inexplicably, Paget said he got no help from hotel security or local police in Las Vegas when he reported the problem.

Aug 03 14:37

VIDEO: Palestinians being evicted from their homes

Israeli security forces have forcibly evicted two Palestinian families from a contested East Jerusalem neighbourhood. The families have lived in Sheikh Jarrah since 1956 but an Israeli court ruled that the homes belonged to Jewish families.

Aug 03 14:10

Robin Williams’ Plan for the USA

You gotta love Robin Williams……Even if he’s nuts! Leave it to Robin Williams to come up with the perfect plan. What we need now is for our UN Ambassador to stand up and repeat this message. (OK, I got this in an email from my in-laws. I don’t know how true it is since I remember seeing it once before in some form or another, but it is worth pondering…)

Robin Williams’ plan…

(Hard to argue with this logic!)
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He's my kind of crazy!!!!!

Aug 03 14:06

Jerry Mazza: 9/11 was an Inside Job

Aug 03 13:42

Half of all the fruits & vegetables you buy are contaminated

Nearly every orange, 94% of pineapples and 90% of pears sampled were laced with traces of chemicals used to kill bugs. High proportions of apples, grapes and tomatoes were also tainted, as were parsnips, melons and cucumbers.

Alarmingly, as much as a quarter of the food on sale in 2008 - the date of the latest figures - was found to contain multiple pesticides. In some cases, up to ten different chemicals were detected in a single sample.

Experts warn that the "cocktail effect" of so many different chemicals endangers health. They also point out that some of the pesticides are not only cancer-causing but also so-called "gender-benders" - chemicals that disrupt human sexuality.

Aug 03 12:42

Rahm's Media Control Puts "O" On TV

August 03, 2009
Rahmbo browbeat network heads to carry Obama's health care presser
Rick Moran
It is the simple exercise of power. Obama's got more of it than the TV networks.
And if you have someone in the White House perfectly willing to exercise that power by making implied threats, there isn't much even giant corporations can do to deny Obama what he wants.
In the days before President Obama's last news conference, as the networks weighed whether to give up a chunk of their precious prime time, Rahm Emanuel went straight to the top.

Aug 03 12:05

Obama's Cash for Repos,Stickin' it to da Man

Cash for Repos
August 3, 2009 8:52 am MadBrad
I could say that the name of the customer is Barack Hussein Obama, a guy who did a song and dance to have the opportunity to drive a vehicle he isn’t qualified to drive right into the dirt and then walk away from it saying; “It ain’t nuttin’ but a thang, I really stuck it to da Man”.
What I am really going to enjoy laughing about is how many of the vehicles that have been purchased under the “Cash for Clunkers” program are going to be driven like they were stolen (because they were) and will then be reposessed after they have been mostly destroyed and are only worth a fraction of their original value.

Aug 03 11:22

Prince William County, Virginia Police Terrorize with Tasers in front of kids...Video

The newsperson in the video asks "What went wrong?" I can answer that - hiring terrorists as police in the first place.

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