Tuesday, April 30, 2013

British Zionists urge UK, EU to blacklist Iran’s IRGC

Britain’s Zionist Federation has launched a campaign calling on the UK government and its European allies to add Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) to their terror list.  

 

The IRGC, which was formed by the late Imam Khomeini after the victory of Islamic Revolution in 1979, is internationally popular for its expertise in defending the ideals of the Revolution.

The IRGC’s growing and modern capabilities to defend Iran’s territorial integrity have made Zionist regime and its western allies furious.

For the same reason, Zionist regime’s patrons in the UK are pushing their respective governments to impose unilateral sanctions against Iran’s security forces on the pretext that the force is defending the Islamic Revolution.

Zionist Federation of Britain, which is a staunch supporter of Israeli regime’s atrocities in the occupied Palestinian territories, has demanded that the EU and UK blacklist an official force of a sovereign country on unfounded, baseless allegation of posing a threat to international security. 


For the rest of the story: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/04/30/301126/british-zionists-call-for-banning-irgc/

US presidents must be prosecuted for military aggressions, war crimes

"Our intelligence community does assess with varying degrees of confidence that the Syrian regime has used chemical weapons on a small scale in Syria, specifically the chemical agent sarin."  

 

I do assess with varying degrees of horror (some of the varying degrees rather high even) that a lot of people are going to die. And how dare they die from chemical weapons when they should be dying from hellfire missiles and cluster bombs and napalm and depleted uranium and white phosphorous. We have a responsibility to protect these people from dying of the wrong type of weapon and in too small numbers.

I'm in Dallas protesting the rehabilitation of our last criminal president because of the precedents he set for our current criminal president. So, precedents are on my mind. One precedent for an illegal humanitarian NATO war on Syria is, of course, the illegal humanitarian war on Libya two years ago. And the pair of precedents (Libya and Syria) will put the target of the neocon/neoliberal cooperative war project squarely on Iran.

Syria will suffer, of course. There will be no more an example of a humanitarian war that actually benefitted humanity after Syria than before. The precedent will not be one of having accomplished something, but of having gotten away with something. 


For the rest of the story: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/04/29/300916/us-leaders-must-be-prosecuted-for-wars/

US public tired of lies on Guantanamo: Allen Roland

Press TV has interviewed Allen Roland, online political columnist from Sonoma, California about the latest developments surrounding Guantanamo Bay prison. The following is an approximate transcription of the interview.

Press TV: We’re looking at this, it’s almost a tragedy in the making. I guess my main question is, why aren’t we having major reactions inside of the United States from the people themselves.

Why aren’t they outraged with this type of human rights abuse taking place by their government?

Roland: Well, it’s because they’ve all been bamboozled and they are still being bamboozled and the American public is in a high state of apathy and has been for some time.

You have to go back to 2001 and 2002 and realize that basically people were being rounded up over in Afghanistan, with bounties on them, so that the Bush Cheney administration could put people in Guantanamo and call them terrorists - and there was no trials.

As long as they could say that we’ve got people connected to 9/11 in Guantanamo they didn’t have to do anything and they’re too dangerous - too dangerous to basically export to their countries or too dangerous to put on trial.

And so the great bamboozle started.

The visible evidence of the great lie of 9/11 is Guantanamo - the most embarrassing human rights - I can’t even describe the word - “eyesore” in the world. And it continues on.

For the rest of the story: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/04/30/301128/public-tired-of-us-lies-on-guantanamo/

What China and Russia Don't Get About Soft Power

Beijing and Moscow are trying their hands at attraction, and failing -- miserably.  

 

When Foreign Policy first published my essay "Soft Power" in 1990, who would have expected that someday the term would be used by the likes of Hu Jintao or Vladimir Putin? Yet Hu told the Chinese Communist Party in 2007 that China needed to increase its soft power, and Putin recently urged Russian diplomats to apply soft power more extensively. Neither leader, however, seems to have understood how to accomplish his goals.

Power is the ability to affect others to get the outcomes one wants, and that can be accomplished in three main ways -- by coercion, payment, or attraction. If you can add the soft power of attraction to your toolkit, you can economize on carrots and sticks. For a rising power like China whose growing economic and military might frightens its neighbors into counter-balancing coalitions, a smart strategy includes soft power to make China look less frightening and the balancing coalitions less effective. For a declining power like Russia (or Britain before it), a residual soft power helps to cushion the fall. 

For the rest of the story: http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2013/04/29/what_china_and_russia_don_t_get_about_soft_power

8 Myths About India's Growth

On closer inspection, the Indian miracle turns out to be pretty ordinary after all. 

  

Is India different? Last month, India's finance minister confidently declared that nothing could stop his country from becoming the world's third-biggest economy. He may well be right, but size alone does not make India a special case. Its growth has been fast, but it is no trailblazer. 

Here are eight popular myths about India's growth, all of which are easily debunked: 

India has outperformed other emerging economies in the recent past. In the two decades from 1992 to 2012, average living standards in India did rise faster than those in most countries that started from a similar level. In fact, only nine other countries in the world saw living standards, measured by purchasing power, climb more quickly: Albania, Armenia, Bhutan, China, Equatorial Guinea, the Maldives, Mozambique, Sudan, and Vietnam. Faster growth was to be expected in countries that started out with lower living standards than India's, but several of these -- Albania, Armenia, Bhutan, China, and the Maldives -- actually started out with higher purchasing power. Relative to them, India underperformed.

For the rest of the story: http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2013/04/29/8_myths_about_indian_growth

7 Things North Korea Is Really Good At

Hey, even a basket case is good at something.  

In the spirit of Ben Smith's "11 BuzzFeed Lists That Explain the World" for the May/June 2013 issue of Foreign Policy, the FP staff decided to look at the world through BuzzFeed's eyes for a day. For more, check out 14 Hairless Cats That Look Like Vladimir Putin, 9 Disturbingly Good Jihadi Raps, 36 Mustaches That Explain Why There's No Peace in the Middle East, and 1 Pentagon Weapons System That Was on Time and Under Budget.

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Twelve million North Koreans live in extreme poverty, but the country's citizens are very good at building underground tunnels. In fact, the Hermit Kingdom built a massive network of clandestine tunnels unlike any other in the world. Designed as a means to mount a massive military invasion from the north, the tunnels are "large enough to shuttle through an entire military division per hour," according to Popular Mechanics. GlobalSecurity.org estimates that Pyongyang has built up to 20 tunnels that snake through the Demilitarized Zone.
 
For the rest of the story: http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2013/04/29/7_things_north_korea_is_really_good_at

Dying in Space: An American Dream

Mars One is not the first project hoping to boldly permanently go where no man has gone before.

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If you are at least 18 years of age and curious and capable and resourceful, with a capacity for self-reflection, an ability to trust other people, and a deep sense of purpose, then you can to go to Mars. Maybe. The Mars One project, which is planning to send a group of people to colonize the Red Planet, has officially opened its applications process to public voting. If you are one of the people ultimately selected for the program, if all goes according to plan, you will depart Earth in 2023 to follow in the epic footsteps of Magellan and Gagarin and Armstrong, staking a claim for humanity's extension into a new and unknown world.

The only catch? You will not be coming back.

Yep: It's named Mars One in part because what it offers is a one-way ticket. In positive terms, this means that the program promises its participants the adventure of a lifetime. In more negative ones, it means that the lifetime in question will likely reach its conclusion somewhere outside of Earth. And that's a feature, not a bug. Our new relationship with the world beyond Earth's borders, Mars One declares, "will be characterized not by rovers and probes, visits or short stays, but by permanence. From now on, we won't just be visiting planets. We'll be staying."

For the rest of the story: http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2013/04/dying-in-space-an-american-dream/275345/

What Is Methane Hydrate?



Also known as "flaming ice," this natural resource could radically change the energy conversation.  

For the rest of the story: http://www.theatlantic.com/video/archive/2013/04/what-is-methane-hydrate/275055/

Why is China a hot zone for the deadliest strains of bird flu?

H7N9 continues to spread — and experts warn it isn't the last outbreak we'll see out of China.

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As influenzas go, the H7N9 virus at first seemed relatively benign: in late March, the Chinese government reported that three individuals had contracted the illness, and that two had died. The disturbing revelation was tempered, however, by reassurances that human-to-human transmission was highly unlikely, and that Chinese health authorities were taking unprecedented measures to monitor and contain the virus. But four weeks later, the situation has changed: 23 people are now dead, and 122 have been infected across several provinces. Officials with the World Health Organization last week warned that the virus is one of "the most lethal" they've ever seen, and appears to jump easily from birds to humans.

The progression of this virus, it appears, is still far from over. And experts already warn that bird-borne viruses like H7N9 will continue to emerge from China for the foreseeable future — largely because of a unique combination of ecological and cultural factors that make the country a hotbed for deadly avian influenzas.
For the rest of the story: http://www.theverge.com/2013/4/29/4281702/why-did-the-new-h7n9-outbreak-start-in-china

Big Sibling's Big Influence: Some Behaviors Run In The Family

Siblings Patricia East is a developmental psychologist who began her career working at an OB-GYN clinic in California. Thursday mornings at the clinic were reserved for pregnant teens, and when East arrived the waiting room would be packed with them, chair after chair of pregnant adolescents.

It was in this waiting room, explains, that she discovered her life's work — an accidental discovery that emerged from the small talk that staff at the clinic had with their young clients as they walked them back for checkups.

"The nurses and the doctors there would bring a teen back for her prenatal visit and they would say, 'Hey! Aren't you Maria's younger sister?' And the young woman would say, 'Yeah, I am!' And they would say to another patient, 'You know, haven't I seen you before?' And she would say, 'Yes, I was here for my older sister when she was pregnant.' "

Over and over East heard variations of this conversation, until it came to the point that when she saw a younger sibling sitting next to her sister in the waiting room an involuntary thought flashed across her mind.

For the rest of the story: http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2013/04/29/179266284/Big-Siblings-Big-Influence-Some-Behaviors-Run-In-The-Family

The Pampered World of Congressional Air Travel

Members of Congress leave the Capitol on April 26 following a vote on the FAA funding sequestration

Members of Congress leave the Capitol on April 26 following a vote on the FAA funding sequestration  

On Friday, the Internet erupted in fury over Congress’s vote to reverse the automatic cuts that were causing air-traffic controllers to be furloughed, delaying hundreds of flights—see, for instance, Josh Barro at Bloomberg View or Brian Beutler at Talking Points Memo. Critics pointed out that it was appalling for Congress to undo the sequester cuts that inconvenienced travelers while leaving in place the cuts to such programs as Head Start and Meals on Wheels that affect tens of thousands of poor people, many of them children and seniors. The obvious conclusion is that Congress cares much more about the problems of rich air travelers (who are regular voters) and will act quickly to solve them.

For the rest of the story: http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-04-30/the-pampered-world-of-congressional-air-travel#r=rss

The Military's New Flying Gas Station Will Be Open 24/7 Worldwide

  

KC-135 Stratotanker planes have been refueling fighter craft in-flight for more than 60 years. While such longevity is commendable, the US military’s fleet of mid-air refuellers is in desperate need of an update. And that’s where this new flying gas station comes in.

The Boeing KC-46A is a derivative of the Boeing 767-200 built at Boeing’s Everett, WA facility and converted to military use at another Boeing facility in Puget Sound. The KC-46 program has been a long time coming. Congress and the military have wrangled over funding for the project for more than a decade, finally agreeing to an initial investment of $3.5 billion in 2011 for Boeing’s design. The aerospace company has until 2017 to deliver the first 18 tankers with the remaining 161 due in 2028. In all, explains Maj. Gen. John Thompson, program executive officer and program director for the KC-46, the deal is "worth about $32 billion in then-year dollars, goes from about two years ago out into the 2020s and is something that they will be able to leverage into a very important weapon system for the United States Air Force for decades to come. Absolutely, it is a win-win."

For the rest of the story: http://gizmodo.com/the-militarys-new-flying-gas-station-will-be-open-24-7-484398864

This Syrian Man Claims He Just Filmed A Dramatic 'Chemical Attack'


President Obama Calls Proof of Chemical Attacks A “Game Changer.” Is THIS It?

A Syrian activist in the north of the country claims Syrian forces launched a chemical attack Monday from the air over the small town of Saraqib, near the border with Turkey. 

Suhayb Elkhalid, 25, filmed the alleged strike and its aftermath and uploaded the video to YouTube, where we found it.

For the rest of the story: http://feed.vocativ.com/syrian-opposition-activists-claim-new-chemical-attack/

The Myth of America's Tech-Talent Shortage

And what it should mean for immigration reform. 

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So it turns out the United States is not, in fact, the educational wasteland tech industry lobbyists would have you think. 

Companies like Microsoft often claim that America is suffering from an economically hobbling shortage of science, math, and computer talent. The solution, they argue, is to let employers fill their hiring gaps by importing tens of thousands of educated guest workers beyond what the law currently allows. Much as farmers want to bring in field workers from Mexico on short-term visas, software developers desperately want to bring in more coders from India. 

The Senate's current immigration bill would grant their wish. As written, it vastly increases the annual limit on H1-B visas, which allow corporations to bring employees with a bachelor's degree to the U.S. from overseas for up to six years. Roughly half the guest workers who currently arrive through the program come for computer-related jobs. When Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced earlier this month that he was forming a political action group to back the reform effort, it was in part seen as a move to ensure that the H1-B provision would make it to President Obama's desk intact.

For the rest of the story: http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2013/04/the-myth-of-americas-tech-talent-shortage/275319/

The Guantánamo Memoirs of Mohamedou Ould Slahi

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Mohamedou Ould Slahi began to tell his story in 2005. Over the course of several months, the Guantánamo prisoner handwrote his memoir, recounting what he calls his “endless world tour” of detention and interrogation. He wrote in English, a language he mastered in prison. His handwriting is relaxed but neat, his narrative, even riddled with redactions, vivid and captivating. In telling his story he tried, as he wrote, “to be as fair as possible to the U.S. government, to my brothers, and to myself.” He finished his 466-page draft in early 2006. For the next six years, the U.S. government held the manuscript as a classified secret.

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When his pro bono attorneys were allowed to hand me a disk labeled “Unclassified Version” last year, Slahi had been a Guantánamo detainee for more than a decade. I sat down to start reading his manuscript nearly 10 years to the day from the book’s opening scene:

“[Redacted] July 2002, 22:00. The American team takes over. The music was off. The conversations of the guards faded away. The truck emptied.”

For the rest of the story: http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/foreigners/2013/04/mohamedou_ould_slahi_s_guant_namo_memoirs_how_the_united_states_kept_a_gitmo.html

Invasive predator fish that can live out of water for days to be hunted in Central Park



Environmental officials are planning to survey a Central Park lake this week to search for an invasive type of toothy predator fish that threatens to disrupt the ecosystem.

For the rest of the story: http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/04/30/17980699-invasive-predator-fish-that-can-live-out-of-water-for-days-to-be-hunted-in-central-park?lite

Robot Finds Mysterious Spheres in Ancient Temple

  

The Temple of the Feathered Serpent, also known as the Temple of Quetzalcoatl, is a six-level pyramid decorated with snake-like creatures. 

Hundreds of mysterious spheres lie beneath the Temple of the Feathered Serpent, an ancient six-level step pyramid just 30 miles from Mexico City. 

The enigmatic spheres were found during an archaeological dig using a camera-equipped robot at one of the most important buildings in the pre-Hispanic city of Teotihuacan.

"They look like yellow spheres, but we do not know their meaning. It's an unprecedented discovery," said Jorge Zavala, an archaeologist at Mexico's National Anthropology and History Institute.

For the rest of the story: http://news.discovery.com/history/archaeology/mysterious-spheres-emerge-from-ancient-temple-130429.htm

Why Do You Hoard?

Most of us have a friend, a relative, or a neighbor who seems to pack his or her home with unnecessary stuff. Researchers are just beginning to understand why.

  

St. Louis-based artist and photographer Carrie M. Becker created a miniature diorama of a hoarder's house. Becker makes her work, she explains, as a "mirror and not a judgment." Many of the items in the highly-detailed models are accurately crafted to scale by the artist. 

Orange-juice containers, newspapers, six-pack cardboard carriers, plastic and paper bags, green compost bins, pill bottles, rain gear, old New Yorker magazines, and running shoes fill Greg Samson’s home, often to waist level. The area around Samson’s stove is clear enough so he can cook turkey patties or fry up some chicken—what he calls the limit of his culinary repertoire. As we talk, he describes a moldering turkey wrapper that had recently been sitting on the countertop for a few days and attracted his attention. “I can’t think of a plausible scenario in which I would need that,” he says.

For the rest of the story: http://www.psmag.com/health/hoarding-science-55196/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+miller-mccune%2Fmain_feed+%28Pacific+Standard+-+Main+Feed%29

Will This Pill Fix Your Sex Life?

Pharma's race for a 'pink viagra' finally has a winner, and the promises for it are grand. Osphena, as the recently FDA-approved drug is called, is the newest answer for painful sex. The drug’s creator, pharmaceutical company Shionogi, Inc., is particularly interested in the more than 64 million U.S. women who have hit menopause, half of whom, it claims, could use the drug. In theory, that’s a lot of women who could be having a lot better sex, and soon.

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If even a fraction of those women are interested, the drug’s approval could be the start of a long-awaited dream for the pharmaceutical industry, which has labored for decades to define a catchall disorder of women’s sexuality and then develop a series of drugs to help. It’s been a fraught process, in which pharma has been accused of inflating numbers and has failed time and again to satisfy drug safety regulators at the FDA.

For the rest of the story: http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2013/04/29/will-this-pill-fix-your-sex-life.html

VIDEO: National Air Cargo 747 Crashes at Bagram, Afghanistan

On Monday morning, a National Air Cargo Boeing 747-400 N949CA, operated on behalf of US Mobility Command, has crashed just after takeoff from Bagram Air Base with 7 crew members on board.

The following is a dashcam video showing the full crash. You can see the aircraft’s nose pitch up heavily, stall, then fall to the ground.

The crash site of a National Air Cargo 747 (Credit: Albert Ramirez, Twitter)

For the rest of the story: http://www.nycaviation.com/2013/04/national-air-cargo-747-crash-at-bagram-afghanistan/#.UYAhJEqRc2L

Monday, April 29, 2013

Blacks vote more actively than whites for the first time

A voter (R) looks over his ballot as he participates in early voting at a polling place in Charlotte, North Carolina October 27, 2012. (ReutersChris Keane)  
For the first time in US history, the black voter turnout rate surpassed that of whites in the 2012 election. If black turnout had been the same as the 2004 election, Mitt Romney would have won the presidency.

The rate of minorities who participated in the November election was historic and largely affected the outcome of the vote, according to a new analysis conducted for the Associated Press.

Preliminary data shows that African Americans represent 13 percent of all votes cast in 2012, even though they only make up 12 percent of the total population. President Barack Obama was reelected by a margin of 5 million, but would have narrowly lost to Romney without the high turnout of black voters.

The overall voter turnout was 58 percent, which is down from the 62 percent that cast their ballots in 2008 and the 60 percent that did so in 2004. And while the overall turnout decreased, black and minority voter turnout rates increased.

"The 2012 turnout is a milestone for blacks and a huge potential turning point," Andra Gillespie, a political science professor at Emory University, told AP. "What it suggests is that there is an 'Obama effect' where people were motivated to support Barack Obama. But it also means that black turnout may not always be higher, if future races aren't as salient."

CIA-funded corruption: Karzai admits to being on secret US payroll

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Top Afghan officials have been on the CIA’s payroll for over a decade, receiving tens of millions of US dollars in cash. Afghan President Hamid Karzai admitted to receiving the clandestine financial support, but dismissed the sum as a “small amount.”

A New York Times report has revealed that unparalleled corruption in the Afghan government has been encouraged by the US Central Intelligence Agency. Since the start of the decade-long war, CIA agents have delivered cash to Afghan officials in “suitcases, backpacks and, on occasion, plastic shopping bags.”

“We called it ‘ghost money,’” said Khalil Roman, President Hamid Karzai’s former chief of staff from 2002 to 2005, adding that it “came in secret, and it left in secret.” There is no evidence that President Karzai was a recipient of any of the money, as Afghan officials claim the cash was distributed by president’s National Security Council, the report said.

‘Clampdown on Islam in Europe drives young Muslims to Syrian war’



Backslash on multiculturalism in Europe and easy access to global jihad info on the web prompts young Muslims from France and other EU states to join the Syrian rebels, Jean-Yves Camus, a specialist on extremism, told RT. 

The EU's anti-terror chief, Gilles de Kerchove, is sounding the alarm over the number of young Europeans going off to the Syrian war.

For the rest of the story: http://rt.com/op-edge/camus-syrian-eu-muslims-445/

Iraq violence 'a war between people and the government'

Iraqis inspect the site of a car bomb attack that took place the previous day in Baghdad's district of Sadr City on April 16, 2013. (AFP Photo)  

Bloodshed in Iraq shows no signs of ending but the situation would get even worse unless the government starts to work actively to calm the protests down, experts on the issue Shwan Zulal and Dirk Adriaensens told RT.

Over 200 people have been killed in a week of sectarian violence in Iraq. It started out with a deadly firefight in the north, where the military raided a Sunni anti-government protest camp. More than 50 civilians died in the attack last Tuesday.

Baghdad has blocked 10 television channels operating in the region, including Al Jazeera, accusing them of promoting violence. With no sign of peace between the Sunni and the ruling Shia communities, Iraq's Prime Minister warns the state is dragging itself into a civil war.

“The situation in Iraq is dire at the moment and it has been since the American Army left the country,” says political analyst and blogger Shwan Zulal.

The Shia street waiting: Syrian rebels' attacks on Shiites drag Lebanon into conflict

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In order to engage Lebanese Hezbollah, the most powerful military group of the Islamic world, in the civil war Syrian rebels attack Shia sacred places and target 30, 000 Syrian Shia Muslims who live on the border with Lebanon.

Hezbollah is doing everything to delay its involvement.

Hezbollah is proud of the fact that it was not involved in the Lebanese Civil War in 1970-1990s and was able to bring all Lebanese parties and communities together. Hezbollah has always supported the Palestinians, had been liked by the people in Lebanon and Muslims in other countries. For 17 years, Hamas headquarters have been located in Daheih, Hezbollah controlled suburb of Beirut. This was a model for political and military cooperation between Shias and Sunnis. It’s all gone now – there is no united front, no solidarity, no joint resistance, which, according to Hezbollah, the party fought and suffered for, paying with the lives of its courageous soldiers. Now instead of this solidarity, Syrian rebels declared war on the Shias.

Political nuisance

Last week, there were two outrageous incidents in Lebanon. These events were supposed to prove that people in Lebanon don’t support Hezbollah. Some activists caught a Syrian refugee in Tripoli, put a sign over his neck, saying “I am Alawite Shabiha” and paraded him around town. (Shabiha is a colloquial term, it means “mobster”, the rebels use this word for the Syrian neighborhood watch units).

The Extraterrestrial Presence in our World Today: What You Aren’t Being Told

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While many acknowledge the presence of extraterrestrials in our world, the crucial understanding lies in why they are here and what their real motives are.  To truly understand this, we must identify what races are here, the extent of their involvement in human affairs, and their overall goals and intentions.  

This is not a simple task but it can be done by reviewing the proper sources: firsthand accounts of ET experiences, high-level military and insider information, thorough investigation work of the UFO and ET phenomenon, and even messages originating from non-human entities themselves.  After researching this subject deeply over the last few years, I have discovered highly disturbing evidence revealing that there is a nefarious extraterrestrial agenda to systematically exploit and enslave humanity in an attempt to gain control of the planet and its resources.  Through the use of persistent and extremely subtle forms of manipulation, along with direct physical intervention, several races of extraterrestrial beings are competing for the eventual control of Earth during this critical stage in humanity’s transformation and awakening.

To fully comprehend how this could be taking place, we must first briefly review the ET phenomenon and some of its recent historical accounts.  While this information may be shocking and unbelievable at first, I encourage you to verify these things for yourself using the sources provided or additional research.

For the rest of the story: http://www.collective-evolution.com/2013/04/29/the-extraterrestrial-presence-in-our-world-today-what-you-arent-being-told/

Fatal Auto-Immune Disorder Caused By Hepatitis B Vaccine

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Today, newborn babies are injected with as many as 30+ vaccines before the age of 3. Within these vaccines is a number of ingredients that are anything but natural and have been shown to be unsafe.  Vaccines contain Mercury, Msg, Formaldehyde, Aluminum and are the cause of multiple diseases.

The hepatitis B vaccine has been linked to auto-immune disorders. An autoimmune disorder is a condition that occurs when the immune system mistakenly attacks and destroys healthy body tissue. There are more than 80 different types of autoimmune disorders. 

In 2001, a United States court sided with the estate of Tambra Harris who died as a result of an auto-immune disease called systemic lupus erythematosus, (SLE) which resulted from the vaccination. Despite all of the information available, the Hepatitis B vaccine has been approved for all U.S. infants at birth. A $475,000 payment was given after her death when the hepatitis vaccine was determined to cause her injury in the form of an SLE. Despite this case,  it is not enough to prevent the administration of the vaccine to infants nor is the danger risk disclosed to parents before hand.

For the rest of the story: http://www.collective-evolution.com/2013/04/28/fatal-auto-immune-disorder-caused-by-hepatitis-b-vaccine/

Geoengineering & Chemtrails: What In The World Are They Spraying? And Why?

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Geoengineering is not a conspiracy, it’s the deliberate and large-sacle intervention in the Earth’s climatic system. Simply put, it is the spraying of chemicals into the air via planes into the atmosphere. Independent testing over the past decade confirms that Chemtrails around the country contain a dangerous and extremely poisonous mix of chemicals that includes: barium, nano aluminum-coated fiberglass [known as CHAFF], radioactive thorium, cadmium, chromium, nickel, desiccated blood, mold spores, yellow fungal mycotoxins, ethylene dibromide, and polymer fibers.

According to those who are responsible for geoengineering, the goal is to reduce global warming. However, many are beginning to seriously question this goal because for a very long time, authorities denied the idea of chemtrails and geoengineering when people started to figure out what was going on.

Humanity is becoming a lot more aware as a whole, we are realizing that the truth is rarely told to when it comes to observable phenomenon, like chemical trails in our sky. Terrorism, financial instability, and global warming are a few on the list of political moves pulled on humanity that are used for alterior motives, 9/11 is also a great example of this. The same people who are  creating are also encouraging a certain reaction before they provide their premeditated solution.

For the rest of the story: http://www.collective-evolution.com/2013/04/29/geoengineering-chemtrails-what-in-the-world-are-they-spraying-and-why/

How Earthquakes in Chile Have Permanently Deformed Earth

A map of an the area in Chile where scientists examined signs that millenia of earthquakes had left permanent deformation of the ground.

  

Earthquakes can permanently crack the Earth, an investigation of quakes that have rocked Chile over the past million years suggests.

Although earthquakes can wreak havoc on the planet's surface, more than a century of research has suggested the Earth actually mostly rebounds after quakes, with blocks of the world's crust elastically springing back, over the course of months to decades, to the way they initially were. Such rebounding was first seen after investigations of the devastating 1906 San Francisco temblor thathelped lead to the destruction of more than 80 percent of the city. The rebound is well-documented nowadays by satellite-based GPS systems that monitor Earth's movements.

Why Still So Few Use Condoms

With the "next-generation condom" initiative, Bill Gates is acknowledging that the practical reasons people don't use condoms warrant honest conversation.  

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As the late author Norman Mailer put it, "The only thing you can depend on with condoms is that they will take 20 to 50 percent off your f***." In a conversation with Madonna on the topic, Mailer also condemned condoms for making people part of "the social machinery" and destroying "most of the joy of entrance." Madonna argued that condoms are "essential in the age of AIDS," but conceded, "they feel terrible." 

If we're honest, many of us do see condoms as robbing us of pleasure, stealing some excitement and spontaneity from intimacy, and dulling the intensity of sexuality. It's okay to say that. These factors are the primary reasons that still only 60 percent of teenagers claim to use condoms. These factors warrant acknowledging. From there, condom usage declines as people grow older. The number one reason we have seen given time and again for refusal to wear condoms is the reduction of pleasure.

For the rest of the story: http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2013/04/why-still-so-few-use-condoms/275301/

Why is China a hot zone for the deadliest strains of bird flu?

H7N9 continues to spread — and experts warn it isn't the last outbreak we'll see out of China.

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As influenzas go, the H7N9 virus at first seemed relatively benign: in late March, the Chinese government reported that three individuals had contracted the illness, and that two had died. The disturbing revelation was tempered, however, by reassurances that human-to-human transmission was highly unlikely, and that Chinese health authorities were taking unprecedented measures to monitor and contain the virus. But four weeks later, the situation has changed: 23 people are now dead, and 122 have been infected across several provinces. Officials with the World Health Organization last week warned that the virus is one of "the most lethal" they've ever seen, and appears to jump easily from birds to humans.

For the rest of the story: http://www.theverge.com/2013/4/29/4281702/why-did-the-new-h7n9-outbreak-start-in-china

What the PC Industry of Tomorrow Looks Like

We are, without question, an industry in transition. The 500-pound gorillas who once dominated the technology industry are undergoing major transitions and experiencing new types of growing pains. And for many, this is extremely painful. These titans will rise or fall based solely on their ability to manage this transition and these new types of growing pains. So what’s growing, exactly? Opportunity.

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From Business to Consumer

For the past 30 years, the computing industry only appealed to a small group of people – namely the business community. Many companies such as Microsoft, IBM, Dell, HP, Intel, RIM and others got their starts by creating products and solving problems for business users.

What many of these companies are learning is that business users are as different from ordinary consumers as night and day. I specifically peg Apple’s turnaround to this observation. Apple has and always will be a consumer company, one that simply struggled until there was a true consumer market. Now Apple finds success where others have not simply because the company has always had a vision of creating products for ordinary people. Apple simply had to wait more than two decades for its true market to emerge. Now, emerge it has and it is billions strong.

For the rest of the story: http://techland.time.com/2013/04/29/what-the-pc-industry-of-tomorrow-looks-like/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+timeblogs%2Fnerd_world+%28TIME%3A+Techland%29

Why Caffeine In Coffee Is A Miracle Drug For The Tired

Many believe that humanity's caffeine addiction has wrought a lot of good. NPR's is winding down, but we'd be remiss if we didn't give some space to caffeine, the most widely used stimulant drug in the world.

As much as we may enjoy the nutty dark roast aromas and the sensations of a warm beverage, coffee is often just a caffeine delivery system for a groggy brain. Approximately 80 percent of caffeine is consumed in the form of coffee, and in the U.S., we average about two cups of coffee per day. That 200 milligrams of caffeine affects our brains, our performance, and maybe even our health.

Many believe that humanity's caffeine addiction has wrought a lot of benefits. Earlier in the week, historian Mark Pendergrast us about how coffee (and caffeine) helped Western civilization "sober up" enough to get down to business. And Jerry Seinfeld coffee has made us a more productive society.

But is there any science behind the idea that caffeine, by way of coffee, makes us better workers? And what exactly is caffeine doing to our tired brains?

For the rest of the story: http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2013/04/23/178627908/why-caffeine-in-coffee-is-a-miracle-drug-for-the-tired

The Scientists Arguing For Religious Belief Can Science Lead to Faith?

marcus-religion-290.pngThe relationship between science and religion has always been vexed. Most scientists I know are nonbelievers, convinced that there is no deity, or at least that there is no convincing evidence of one. Even those who are believers, like Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, see their religion and their science as largely separate. (“If God is outside of nature, then science can neither prove nor disprove his existence,” he once wrote..

But it has been startling to see leading scientists employ science itself in arguments for believing in a kind of supernatural: Jürgen Schmidhuber, a prominent researcher in artificial intelligence, calls for what he has dubbed “computational theology,” while Baylor College of Medicine neuroscientist David Eagleman has proposed a kind of religious perspective that he calls “Possibilianism.” Neither argues for anything like a conventional Judeo-Christian deity, but both point to something beyond the natural universe.

For the rest of the story: http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/elements/2013/04/schmidhuber-eagleman-science-religion-artificial-intelligence.html

Big brains, no fur, sinuses … are these clues to our ancestors' lives as 'aquatic apes'?

Controversial theory that seeks to explain one of the great leaps of human evolution finds new support but still divides scientists.

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A female western lowland gorilla walks through a river. Some scientists believe our ancestors lived an aquatic lifestyle. Photograph: Getty.
 
It is one of the most unusual evolutionary ideas ever proposed: humans are amphibious apes who lost their fur, started to walk upright and developed big brains because they took to living the good life by the water's edge.

This is the aquatic ape theory and although treated with derision by some academics over the past 50 years, it is still backed by a small, but committed group of scientists. Next week they will hold a major London conference when several speakers, including David Attenborough, will voice support for the theory.

"Humans are very different from other apes," said Peter Rhys Evans, an organiser of Human Evolution: Past, Present and Future. "We lack fur, walk upright, have big brains and subcutaneous fat and have a descended larynx, a feature common among aquatic animals but not apes."

For the rest of the story: http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2013/apr/27/aquatic-ape-theory-primate-evolution

Which hurts more: Childbirth or getting kicked in the balls?



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Speed of Light May Not Be Constant, Phycisists Say

The speed of light is constant, or so textbooks say. But some scientists are exploring the possibility that this cosmic speed limit changes, a consequence of the nature of the vacuum of space.

The definition of the speed of light has some broader implications for fields such as cosmology and astronomy, which assume a stable velocity for light over time. For instance, the speed of light comes up when measuring the fine structure constant (alpha), which defines the strength of the electromagnetic force. And a varying light speed would change the strengths of molecular bonds and the density of nuclear matter itself.

A non-constant speed of light could mean that estimates of the size of the universe might be off. 

(Unfortunately, it won't necessarily mean we can travel faster than light, because the effects of physics theories such as relativity are a consequence of light's velocity). [10 Implications of Faster-Than-Light Travel]

Two papers, published in the European Physics Journal D in March, attempt to derive the speed of light from the quantum properties of space itself. Both propose somewhat different mechanisms, but the idea is that the speed of light might change as one alters assumptions about how elementary particles interact with radiation. Both treat space as something that isn't empty, but a great big soup of virtual particles that wink in and out of existence in tiny fractions of a second.

Cosmic vacuum and light speed

For the rest of the story: http://news.yahoo.com/speed-light-may-not-constant-phycisists-133539398.html

How The CIA Makes Friends And Influences People

With Bags of Cash, C.I.A. Seeks Influence in Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan — For more than a decade, wads of American dollars packed into suitcases, backpacks and, on occasion, plastic shopping bags have been dropped off every month or so at the offices of Afghanistan’s president — courtesy of the Central Intelligence Agency

  

All told, tens of millions of dollars have flowed from the C.I.A. to the office of President Hamid Karzai, according to current and former advisers to the Afghan leader. 

“We called it ‘ghost money,’ ” said Khalil Roman, who served as Mr. Karzai’s deputy chief of staff from 2002 until 2005. “It came in secret, and it left in secret.” 

The C.I.A., which declined to comment for this article, has long been known to support some relatives and close aides of Mr. Karzai. But the new accounts of off-the-books cash delivered directly to his office show payments on a vaster scale, and with a far greater impact on everyday governing.

For the rest of the story: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/29/world/asia/cia-delivers-cash-to-afghan-leaders-office.html?=_r=6&_r=0

Meet Hong Kong's Cage Dwellers



After watching this documentary from Journeyman Pictures, I don’t think I can ever justify complaining about my living conditions ever again. Produced in February 2010, this documentary shows a part of Hong Kong that most people hardly ever see — the private homes of some of Hong Kong’s poorest residents. 

The poorest of these live a life in cages no bigger than a dog kennel, with all of their belongings stuffed inside and just about everything else shared among a multitude of other cage dwellers.

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Homer’s “The Odyssey,” contributed by Robert Johnson
Homer’s “The Odyssey,” contributed by Robert Johnson
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Wideshot of religious books, contributed by Ryan J. Reilly

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If this was a pill, you’d do anything to get it

When Ken Coburn has visitors to the cramped offices of Health Quality Partners in Doylestown, Pa., he likes to show them a graph. It’s not his graph, he’s quick to say. Coburn is not the sort to take credit for other’s work. But it’s a graph that explains why he’s doing what he’s doing. It’s a graph he particularly wishes the folks who run Medicare would see, because if they did, then there’s no way they’d be threatening to shut down his program.

The graph shows the U.S. death rate for infectious diseases between 1900 and 1996. The line starts all the way at the top. In 1900, 800 of every 100,000 Americans died from infectious diseases. The top killers were pneumonia, tuberculosis and diarrhea. But the line quickly begins falling. By 1920, fewer than 400 of every 100,000 Americans died from infectious diseases. By 1940, it was less than 200. By 1960, it’s below 100. When’s the last time you heard of an American dying from diarrhea?
                                               
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

For the rest of the story: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/04/28/if-this-was-a-pill-youd-do-anything-to-get-it/?wpmk=MK0000203

Girl, 14, forced to become pregnant with donor sperm bought by mother

Judge describes 'wicked and selfish' motive of using daughter to provide parent with a fourth child.

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The daughter, A, began inseminating herself aged 14 at her mother's request, before successfully conceiving and then giving birth at 16. Photograph: Robert Matton/Alamy.
 
A mother forced her 14-year-old adopted daughter to inseminate herself with donor sperm to provide a baby for her after she was prevented from adopting any more children, it can be revealed.

The daughter, a virgin, is believed to have miscarried at 14, but went on to have a baby at 16 after regularly inseminating herself with sperm bought over the internet by her "domineering" mother because she was too scared to refuse.

Details of the shocking case have emerged in a previously secret court judgment, which can be reported today for the first time and which raises serious questions over loopholes in international adoptions and the regulation of the global traffic in gametes.

The adoptive mother, who cannot be identified for fear of identifying her daughter and grandchild, is now serving a five-year prison sentence after admitting child cruelty.

For the rest of the story: http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2013/apr/28/girl-forced-pregnant-donor-semen?CMP=twt_fd

Inspiring vision of Boeing's futuristic supersonic jet

  
This sleek model of a Boeing supersonic airliner design being tested in a wind tunnel brings with it a touch of sadness for those who, like me, mourn the decline of the British aviation industry in general and the utterly gorgeous Anglo-French Concorde in particular.

The reason? When I was at school in the 1970s, the cover of my physics textbook carried a similar photo of a model Concorde in a supersonic wind tunnel. It was an everyday inspiration to me and yet, in 2003, the twice-the-speed-of-sound, hook-nosed airliner was junked, too expensive to run and maintain on the limited routes the noisy beast could fly.

What they are doing at NASA's Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio, sensibly, is looking at ways to reduce the noise of a supersonic airliner so that its economics are not hamstrung from the off. The engines are on top to shield the ground from their roar, and a V-tail channels the sonic boom backwards – keeping the boom airborne for longer, giving it more chance of dissipating before reaching your delicate ears.

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