US Defense Department ordered aircraft carrier USS Nimitz to return home from Persian Gulf. White House planned to attack Syria over alleged use of chemical weapons. Damascus denied accusation, Russia put an end to war plans by proposing Syria surrender its chemical weapons.
Attorney David Schorr slapped a court-appointed shrink with a defamation lawsuit for telling the judge deciding a custody battle with his estranged wife that he was an unfit parent for refusing to take his son to the fast food joint for dinner. Son tattled on his dad, wife flipped out and called the shrink.
JAPAN is putting missiles on islands marking the gateway to the Pacific, officials said, as part of a huge military drill that has unsettled Beijing. The exercise, aimed at bolstering Japan’s defence of remote islands, has seen a launching system for Type-88 surface-to-ship missiles installed on Miyako island.
East China Sea may see the world’s first war started by aerial drones. flashpoints like the Taiwan Strait, perceptions of weakness can lead to dangerous miscalculations. “Across Asia, the Chinese-Japanese dynamic raises concerns that regional disputes will be settled only by might.
The fast food giant is suing protestors who object to the birth of a new McDonald’s restaurant near an elementary school saying that the lawsuit is for the protesters’ own protection. Unclear what this protection is. Suing locals who are objecting to the building of the store in the Victorian Supreme Court
Australia has shifted to the climate change denialist extreme right - it has a new extreme right wing, pro-war, pro-Zionist, anti-environment, anti-science, US lackey, war criminal, climate criminal Liberal Party-National Party Coalition Federal Government headed by PM Tony Abbott.
Arjun Makhijani: Removing the spent fuel rods from the Fukushima Reactor is a dangerous but necessary move
Fort Worth Court of Appeals: Range Resources can go forward with defamation suit based on accusations that Lipsky mislead public of being able to set his water on fire. Tests show gas in his water well 162,000 parts per million (ppm). 50,000 ppm considered level for potential explosion
Proposed ban on addition of fluoride into drinking water. Independent deputy Catherine Murphy: right for people to be sceptical and questioned expert opinion fluoridation does not cause ill-health. Citing Holland, Germany as countries with good public health policy that do not put fluoride in the water
Greek coastguard intercepted a Sierra Leone-flagged cargo ship in Aegean Sea with 20,000 Kalashnikov assault rifles on board.The cargo ship, Nour M, taken to the island of Rhodes its Turkish captain, seven crew members were arrested. Destination of the arms unknown.
300 tons contamination goes into Pacific Ocean daily for two years. Radioactive water will begin arriving this March. Endanger millions of lives. Nuclear Engineer Dr. Arjun Makhijani president Institute for Energy and Environmental Research: No need to panic. Should do better monitoring of food.
Potential very serious accident, operation amounts to nuclear high-wire act, cranes other machinery on scaffolding above the No. 4 unit. Tepco spokesmen: removal process not risky. Tepco record of accidents at the plant tests faith in its competence to perform such a delicate task.
Motorola, owned by Google, applied for a patent: electronic tattoo placed on a person’s neck, acts as a “mobile microphone, lie detector and digital display.” Announced the password pill, stomach acid-powered tablet turns your body into a living password equivalent of a floppy disk.
GE tree developed by ArborGen, biotechnology corporation to provide wood pellets that fuel power plants around world. Require substantial amounts of fertilizers and pesticides water. Spread seeds and pollens over great distances. Risks contaminating surrounding area.
President promises everyone would be able to keep their existing insurance plan under Obamacare even though he knew they they wouldn’t. Obama:“I am sorry that they are finding themselves in this situation based on assurances they got from me.”
We’ve long said that the greatest short-term threat to humanity is from the fuel pools at Fukushima. The Japanese nuclear agency recently green-lighted the removal of the spent fuel rods from Fukushima reactor 4′s spent fuel pool. The operation is scheduled to begin this month.
Athens street turned into live studio by employees of Greece’s former state TV broadcaster, after police evicted them from their offices. Microphone, camera, lights on a street put Greece’s ERT back on the on air Thursday. news anchor, Aglaia Kiritsi, hosted show outside former headquarters of broadcaster.
Dean Acheson declared 51 years ago that power, position, and prestige are the ingredients of national security and that national security trumps law. In the United States democracy takes a back seat to “national security,” a prerogative of the executive branch of government.
Even if we already know the statistic, hearing it is pretty chilling: one out of every 100 Americans is behind bars, by far the highest incarceration rate in the world. Things get even more terrifying when we look at the impact of the criminal justice system on particular marginalized communities
Japan Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera: report US spying on Tokyo if true could hurt ties between the two countries. “So far these are only press reports,” But I do not think such actions are desirable as they are eroding trust between friendly states, including allies.
Undeterred by ethical concerns, police then took Eckert to Gila Regional Medical Center, where, over Eckert's objections, doctors performed an x-ray of Eckert's cavity, three enemas, a colonoscopy, and several cavity searches, as well as forced him to defecate in front of them. No drugs were ever found.
Jennifer Castilleja told KTRK that she offered to come to the school Wednesday morning and pay for the breakfast but Barber Middle School in Dickinson ISD refused to feed her 12-year-old unless it got the money first His account had run out of money. School is standing by its policy
Britain’s top spy chiefs said in televised appearance Thursday intelligence leaks by Edward Snowden have left its enemies “rubbing their hands with glee” and caused terror groups to change the way they communicate. The leaks from Snowden have been very damaging, they put our operations at risk.
Surging labour costs after exodus of a million foreign workers, freelance tradesmen gone since police patrols began strict enforcement of tough labour laws , rounding up thousands of illegals for deportation. Employers forced to turn instead to authorised service companies, which charge double.
Fox Business host John Stossel on Thursday said he was outraged that most government services like the military and “organ selling” had not been turned over to private business. Stossel’s list of things that needed to be privatized included parks, libraries, law enforcement, military and “organ selling.
Group of companies, including Tiger Brands, Pioneer, Premier Foods fixed the price of bread and maize meal, commandeer the entire maize value chain squeeze the poorest South Africans. South African government, through Public Investment Corporation (PIC)largest investor in Tiger Brands.
Gag order on medical professionals which keeps them from revealing specific fracking chemical components to their patients. denied the right of access to information about specific chemical types and quantities used in fracking to better handle poisoned patients or warn them of the toxic potentials.
October 12 March Against Monsanto (MAM), scores of police from half a dozen municipalities there, with dogs .previous demonstration, police told picketers to stand on pavement not on Monsanto’s grass. next event, cops said pavement too close to traffic ordered people to stand on the grass.
SeaTac, Wash initiative will raise minimum wage to $15 an hour for hospitality and transportation workers in and near Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. The current minimum wage in Washington State is $9.19. paid sick leave,tip protection. New Jersey voted to raise the state's minimum wage $1.
District Court judge in California upheld the landmark [SCOTUS] ruling, and struck down a patent held by a San Diego-based diagnostics company called Sequenom. Sequenom plans to appeal the decision to the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals. Judge ruled a "natural phenomenon" could not be patented.
Couple that considers themselves longtime liberals and supporters of President Barack Obama say the president’s hallmark health care legislation has left them forced to find a new health coverage plan. All the options they’re seeing now cost upwards of double for equal or worse coverage.
TEPCO to begin extracting 1,500 nuclear fuel rods from Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant. Risky operation essential to stabilize the site, process to take decades. Radioactivity of the rods 14,000 times more than 1945 Hiroshima bomb. Mishap could release huge amount of radiation into the atmosphere.
Breakthrough made at nuclear talks in Geneva, Tehran's proposed plan for resolving the impasse over its atomic program accepted by the six world powers. Israel prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu: signing an interim deal with Iran would be a mistake of “historic proportions,”
Japanese officials couldn’t tell us the catastrophe wouldn’t have any effects, but they could exaggerate the potential dangers. under-reported just how much radiation is leaking from the “storage tanks” containing highly radioactive water.
24-hour strike yesterday paralysed much of the country.Schools, courts, public offices, Trains, buses rairport closed. hospitals provided only emergency care. Journalists reported only about strikes and protests. 15,000 workers gathered in pouring rain at Syntagma Square in Athens.
Food and Drug Administration: measures would eliminate artificial trans fats, major contributor to heart disease in the U. S., from foods. declare hydrogenated oils no longer seen as safe. Institute of Medicine: no safe level for consumption of artificial trans fats.
Federal authorities arrested Cmdr. Jose Luis Sanchez in Tampa, Fla, face allegations he accepted $100,000 in cash, visits from prostitutes and other bribes from a Malaysian contractor.Passed on classified U.S. Navy information
Fired contributing editor Dick Metcalf:“ too many gun owners believe any regulation of the right to keep and bear arms is an infringement,”all constitutional rights are regulated, I do not believe they have a right to use them irresponsibly.” Backlash was immense. Readers threaten to cancel subscriptions.
Treasury report: Internal Revenue Service issued $4 billion in fraudulent tax refunds last year to people using stolen identities.Many refunds were sent overseas, including 655 sent to a single address in Lithuania. Last year, the IRS stopped $12 billion in fraudulent refunds from going to identity thieves
Portland first east coast city to legalize marijuana, removes penalties for small-quantity, adult marijuana possession, does not decriminalize production or sale of pot. Three Michigan cities remove criminal punishment for marijuana possession, 14 localities decriminalized marijuana.
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