Thousands take to the streets to protest as scientist convicted of attempting to kill US soldiers gets 86 years. Pakistan's prime minister hailed a scientist convicted of attempting to kill American soldiers as the "daughter of the nation" today, and vowed to redouble efforts to secure her return to Pakistan. Thousands of protesters took to the streets after a New York court sentenced Aafia Siddiqui, a US-educated neuroscientist and mother of three, to 86 years in jail.
Regulators shut lenders in Florida and Washington amid losses on real-estate loans, pushing the number of U.S. bank failures to 127 for the year. Haven Trust Bank Florida of Ponte Vedra Beach and Arlington, Washington-based North County Bank were closed, according to statements on the website of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., which was named receiver. The failures cost the agency’s deposit-insurance fund $104.7 million.
Nearly two years after Wall Street’s giants were rescued by the federal government, regulators on Friday took over three financial institutions that provide the underpinning for hundreds of the nation’s credit unions.
The U.S dollar slipped against major currencies this week as economy recovery was still vague, while the Fed signaled a further quantitative easing (QE) policy after its meeting on Tuesday. Although the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) announced on Monday that the recession started in December 2007 officially ended in June 2009, the economy recovery was still fragile according to most investors.
The much anticipated 'Pledge to America' was released today amid what can only be called high political theater pandering to desperate Americans. What despicable "leaders" like House Majority Leader John Boehner (who voted to kill millions of jobs) handed the GOP faithful during their big photo op is nothing more than clever word smithing. A marketing pitch for the mid-term pretend elections (vote fraud decides who gets elected). That so called pledge is nothing more than a repeat of the same deception pulled by Newt Gingrich and the Contract With America. I'm an old war dog with a long memory. For those of you who might not remember, let's take a walk back into history.
In Week 37 Pneumonia and Influenza deaths in the US spiked higher. The rate of 6.87% was well above the Week 37 epidemic threshold of 6.4% and also well above last week’s rate of 5.92% or last year’s Week 37 rate of 6.07%. Details are not available because the CDC does not issue weekly reports until week 40. However, the CDC did issue an H3N2 alert in August because of two small outbreaks in eastern Iowa, and media reports are describing an ongoing influenza A outbreak in London, Ontario. This outbreak is at an extended care facility and is likely to be H3N2 because of the age of the residents.
The US continues its illegal and immoral wars, murdering innocent children, women and innocent men daily, by redeploying soldiers with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injuries and Military Sexual Trauma. Veterans view this as cruel, inhumane, and dangerous and know that without repeated use of traumatized soldiers on the battlefield, the Iraq and Afghanistan occupations could not continue. By winning troops Right to Heal, Iraq Veterans Against the War believes Americans can end the war and war crimes committed daily in their names.
The FBI raided the homes of five political activists and an office Friday in Minneapolis as part of an investigation into possible links between local anti-war activists and terrorist groups in Colombia and the Middle East. An FBI spokesman said agents were "seeking evidence related to an ongoing Joint Terrorism Task Force investigation into activities concerning the material support of terrorism." "There is no imminent threat to the community, and we're not planning any arrests at this time," said FBI Special Agent Steve Warfield of the Minneapolis office.
It’s the merry laugh on the lip of the abyss. Christine O’Donnell, senatorial candidate with her “no hand jobs” program has cast an unfamiliar ray of sunshine over the surreal landscape of American politics.
It's true: The hospital is one of the easiest places to get a superbug, as it presents so many potential breeding grounds. Scientific American estimates that nearly 100,000 people die each year from bugs they pick up in health-care facilities, and almost 1.7 million patients contract hospital infections annually, according to the CDC. How does this relate to superbugs? Well, they evolve by becoming resistant to antibiotics, and heavy antibiotic use in hospitals is one of the major factors in their growth. Also, think about how frequently there are open wounds in hospitals, or tubes carrying blood: All are breeding grounds for superbugs. The latest superbug, NDM-1, has a shadowy past with hospitals. British doctors said 14 of the patients found to have the virus had been hospitalized in India or Pakistan recently, mostly for cosmetic surgery. NDM-1 is also resistant to most antibiotics and can easily travel from one bacteria to another-meaning it can travel easily via other bacterial infections.
'Bono's anti-poverty foundation ONE is under pressure to explain its finances after it was revealed that only a small percentage of money it raises reaches the needy. The non-profit organisation set up by the U2 frontman received almost £9.6million in donations in 2008 but handed out only £118,000 to good causes (1.2 per cent).
Malicious software discovered on systems around world could have been designed to target Bushehr reactor, experts say. The discovery of so-called malicious software - malware - on systems in Iran and elsewhere across the world has prompted speculation of an attempted cyber attack on Iranian industry, possibly including the Bushehr nuclear reactor. The Stuxnet "Trojan worm" was designed to attack industrial control systems produced by Siemen's AG, which are commonly used to manage water supplies, oil rigs, power plants and other industrial facilities.
"The movies are the only business where you can go out front and applaud yourself." - Will Rogers I grew up during World War II in the neighborhood of Locust Point. It´s a peninsula that juts out into Baltimore harbor. At its cutting edge, lies Fort McHenry, (formerly Whetstone Point), the birthplace of the "Star-Spangled Banner." The road that leads you to all of that splendid history is Fort Avenue. It runs east and west and literally splits Locust Point in half. On its farthest edges were the piers and terminals, then owned and maintained by either the B&O (north side), or (south side) the Western Maryland railroads.
US diplomats lead walkout as the Iranian president tells UN General Assembly some think the US was behind 9/11 attacks. Ahmadinejad said many believed 'some segments within the US government' orchestrated the 9/11. Ahmadinejad said there was a theory that "some segments within the US government orchestrated the attack to reverse the declining American economy and its grips on the Middle East in order also to save the Zionist regime.
Alan Hart argues that US President Barack Obama’s speech at the United Nations demonstrates beyond doubt that he is not interested in a just solution of the Palestine-Israel conflict and is not prepared to declare openly and sincerely that the occupation must end. On marks out of ten for his speech to the UN on the subject of ending the conflict in and over Palestine that became Israel, I’d give President Obama minus five. Earlier this month I wrote a piece with the headline “Obama has signalled his coming complete surrender to Zionism and its lobby”. That surrender, it seems to me, is now effectively a fait accompli.
“Terrorism” concerns necessarily hinge on fear, and it is now completely predictable that an otherwise unpopular Obama Administration would roll out the threat of terror to bolster support for the 2010 elections. The Washington Post reports that the “Risk of small-scale attacks by al-Qaeda and its allies is rising, officials say.”
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