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I'm writing you just to say thank you! Thank you for the priceless eduction you and JCD have given to me and other! This evening the local CBS news came on after CSI and all bull crap made me sick! I had to turn off the TV. I've been listing for almost two year now and sadly I'm still a boner. This living the american dream of just getting by really sucks.
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Adam - I know a young man who pilots an MV-22 Osprey and is attached to the USS Iwo Jima.. It is unknown at this time if his aircraft was the one that went down. But he was deployed to this exercise. I watched him grow up to be one fine young Marine & a seriously badass pilot (as you know flying this aircraft take big brass ones & a certain amount of skill). We are hoping to hear some news one way or the other about his status, but if you would send out a Karma shot out for this squadron I would appreciate it. His Marine squadron is VMM261 out of New River, NC
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National Action Network is one of the leading civil rights organizations in the Nation, with chapters throughout the U.S. Founded in 1991 by Reverend Al Sharpton, NAN works within the spirit and tradition of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to promote a modern civil rights agenda that includes the fight for one standard of justice, decency and equal opportunities for all people regardless of race, religion, national origin, and gender.
Definition of Second Degree Murder The crime of Second Degree Murder occurs when a person commits either: Murder with a Depraved Mind or Accomplice Felony Murder Murder with a Depraved Mind Murder with a Depraved Mind occurs when a person is killed, without any premeditated design, by an act imminently dangerous to another and evincing a depraved mind showing no regard for human life. The primary distinction between Premeditated First Degree Murder and Second Degree Murder with a Depraved Mind is that First Degree Murder requires a specific and premeditated intent to kill.
In Florida, Self Defense is referred to as the justifiable use of force. In simple terms, the defense allows a person to use force, sometimes deadly force, to protect one's self, one's property, or another person, so long as the force used is proportionate to the threat faced.
A person is justified in the use of deadly force and does not have a duty to retreat if:
It is reasonably believed that such force is necessary to prevent imminent death or great bodily harm or to prevent the imminent commission of a forcible felony (i.e. Robbery).
It is being used against a person who is unlawfully and forcefully breaking in, or has unlawfully and forcibly broken into a dwelling, residence, or occupied vehicle.
Following the death of Malawian President Bingu wa Mutharika, Africa now has two female heads of state. On Satuday, Malawi's government announced the death of President Mutharika, the former World Bank economist, and the succession of his vice president, Joyce Banda. Sworn in on Saturday evening, Ms. Banda is the third-ever female African head of state, after Ethiopian Empress Zewditu and Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
Europe's sovereign debt crisis exploded back into life on Tuesday, with markets across the continent rocked by a wave of panic selling amid renewed fears about the impact of savage austerity measures in Spain and Italy. The mood of uneasy calm seen across Europe since the Greek bailout in February was shattered as financial markets took fright at evidence of a double-dip recession and growing popular opposition to welfare cuts and tax increases. Italy and Spain, the eurozone's third and fourth biggest economies, were at the centre of the market turmoil, with investors demanding an increasingly high premium for holding their bonds. "Spain is right in the centre of a European storm," admitted finance minister Luis de Guindos, who declined to rule out an eventual bailout but insisted it could be avoided.
The Slog has obtained sight of an official Brussels Commission document which, while not confidential, has not as far as I can tell been the subject of MSM coverage, or indeed any vote at all among MEPs. Although dated March 30th 2012 as a 'proposal for a decision', I can reveal that the decision has been approved and is already going ahead. It is to grant Turkish citizens the same residency and labour rights in Europe as existing EU citizens. The unelected European Commission has repealed the 1980 Ankara Accord between what was then the EEC and Turkey, and replaced it with a major change to the rights of Turkish citizens in the EU. The proposal was presented to a working group (we know not who) eleven days ago on March 30th, and approved by that same anonymous gathering. It specifically adds that 'A first package with similar proposals in respect of Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Croatia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Israel was adopted by the Council in October 2010â€² and that this too will be updated to bring it into line with the Turkish proposals.
New rules for foreign pilots and foreign registered aircraft in Europe came into effect on Saturday and, depending on how member states of the European Union are implementing them, could mean that your FAA, Transport Canada or other pilot certificate or ratings are no longer recognized by the European Aviation Safety Agency. EASA Part FCL homogenizes crew licensing requirements in all EU states and essentially means that those who want to fly in the EU have to prove competence and compliance with EU rules, rather than just use the credentials of their home country. Depending on the kind of flying involved, it can be a time-consuming and costly endeavor to earn those flight privileges, particularly for IFR.
As if the current circumstances of austerity-riven Greece were not bad enough already, it seems that the country is set to have a dozen or so concentration camps dotted around the country. In language that might have been lifted straight from the Nazi lexicon, these establishments will be known as 'closed-hospitality' centers. The incarcerates will be undocumented -- meaning unwanted -- refugees flooding in from North Africa, particularly the once prosperous and richest country in the Maghreb belt, namely Libya. Most of the Mediterranean countries are in the thick of the refugee tide, but Greece is so far the only country that plans to compulsorily pen them up. The first 'reception center' is scheduled to open at a former army base near Athens in the next few weeks. Why the sudden haste, you ask? The answer is simple. A general election is scheduled for May 6th.
But to catch the flavor, listen to the chillingly titled ÔCivil Protection MinisterÕ Michalis Chrisohoidis grand-standing for his party, which is Pasok.
ÒWe have a commitment to start operating these closed-hospitality centers, and we will keep to that commitment. The first centre will operate before the general election in greater Athens, and it will act as a model to show Greek citizens that these facilities are safe for the public and will operate to high standards of health and hygiene,Ó he said.
A deliberately planted home-made gas canister gutted the Ministry of Administrative Reform's ground floor offices in the Neos Kosmos district of Athens earlier this morning (Monday). The MAR has been the focal point of delivering the Troika's sweeping reform programme. The bomb, which exploded at 1.50 am local time, also destroyed three cars. The modus operandum -- propane gas canisters -- is the same as that used in the bomb that exploded outside the office of former prime minister Costas Simitis six days ago. But although the two attacks may have a single source, nobody has, as yet, claimed responsibility.
Athens - The cash-strapped Greek state is now looking to a new way of raising revenues - renting out its policemen at an hourly rate of â‚¬30, with patrol cars going for â‚¬10 more. This will "pay for the cost of using police material and infrastructure, and allow to modernise them", the ministry of citizen protection, which is in charge of the country's security services, said in a statement on Sunday. Such police services used in "exceptional cases" such as in escorting the transportation of dangerous material or art works, were previously offered free of charge, said the ministry. But now, hourly fees of â‚¬200 will be charged for patrol boats and â‚¬1 500 for helicopters, according to Sunday newspaper Proto Thema, which revealed the internal reform.
LONDON -(MarketWatch)- Iran has stopped shipping oil to Greece and may halt supplies to Royal Dutch Shell PLC over unpaid bills, Iran media said Friday, as the impact of sanctions widens. The news suggests a decline in Iranian oil exports last month may accelerate as banking sanctions add to an upcoming European ban on Tehran oil. That could lead to upward pressure on oil prices, which have recently surged to a four-year high.
The threat of a toilet paper shortage looming large over Sweden on Wednesday after a labour union warned it would block deliveries from several Swedish toilet paper factories in a show of solidarity with another union group negotiating for higher pay. Swedish company sent Swastikas to Germany (10 Mar 12) Ikea unions fight for global labour standards (7 Mar 12) 'CEOs earn in a year what workers earn in a lifetime': union (29 Feb 12) "We're going to block goods from leaving factories in Lilla Edet, Marestad, PaulistrÃ¶m, and Nyboholm," Matts JutterstrÃ¶m of the Pappers labour union told the labour trade publication Dagens Arbete. The action, which is set to go in effect on April 23rd, could wipe out toilet paper and paper towel supplies in stores across Sweden.
EconomicPolicyJournal.com: The War on Cash (Spain Edition)
Spain plans to limit cash transactions to EU2,500 to fight tax fraud. Italy was the first to implement cash limitations. Does anyone doubt that such a regulation will eventually be adopted in America? Of course, with limitations on how much can be withdrawn from banks.
Fourteen of the 25 Dutch police forces use members of the public as volunteers to carry out police tasks, RTL news reports. Thousands of ordinary people volunteer for police tasks and some wear police uniforms and take part in surveillance or minor detective work, RTL says. The projects are aimed at 'improving safety' and private individuals will play an even greater role when the new national police force is established, sources told the broadcaster. Patrols In the Haaglanden police region, for example, the local force wants to have 550 volunteers on its books by the end of the year. They will take over 120,000 hours-worth of tasks from the regular force, including patrols and minor detective work. Without volunteers 'we would be able to do substantially less,' acting police chief Paul van Musscher told RTL news. In Limburg, volunteers have walkie talkies they can use to alert the police if they spot vandals or burglars and 'suspicious types'.
China and Liberia have signed a 1.4 million U.S. dollars agreement to provide some technical assistance to the state-run Liberia Broadcasting System (LBS), in a bid to strengthen the close relationship between both countries. The assistance would not be limited to providing only equipments and technical assistance to LBS alone, it would also expand China's cooperation with the war-torn country to reconstruct and recover from its present state, for the next six years, said Zhao Jianhua, Chinese ambassador to the west African nation, who signed the pact on Monday. He said the Chinese government would dispatch five Chinese technicians for satellite and transmission, antenna and transmitter, mechanics and electric, broadcasting equipment, as well as interpreter. The assistance would also include the provision of some necessary equipments and spare parts to Liberia, he disclosed. "The Chinese government shall help Liberia to rent the transmitting satellite and pay the rental of the satellite for two years, from April 15, 2012 to April 14, 2014," the envoy added, noting that the media has become more important in all societies and deserved to be provided with such equipment and technical assistance. Expressing appreciation to the unflinching support by the Chinese government, the Liberian minister assured that the technical assistance rendered, whether in the form of equipment or direct intervention of expert, would be used to the benefit of the people. "You realized the important role that communication has to play not just in the development of a country but in the reconnection of its people who had been separated by conflict," he added.
China Union, a concession company, has an agreement with the Government of Liberia to take over the facilities of the BMC. The company has promised to invest at least US$2.6 billion into the Liberian economy through its operations at the BMC; but the former BMC workers say government has refused to pay them the US$8.9 million owed them by the former BMC. So, to claim government's attention, they said they need to halt the operations of the newly approved company.
Some of the websites actually tell of eye witness accounts, all of which have yet to be proven or at least validated. No coordinates have been provided as of yet. The story continues to develop. Coup Media has not received any validating information from its sources to support that any of these accounts of chines troops and armored vehicles in Mexico or Canada might be valid. DHS ordered 450 million hollow point bullets One account states: full Chinese Troops seen in Mexico Article A very worried trucker, spent time in relating to me his account of delivering a tractor trailer load of food to a Chinese military camp 60 miles south of Laredo, Texas. When I questioned him this is what he stated. The camp is 2 miles wide by 3 miles long. There are 10,000 armored vehicles. It blew my mind! I asked him how he calculated the number of armored vehicles and he said he had time to physically count the rows of armored vehicles as the Chinese soldiers unloaded his trailer.
"A thriving China is good for America, and a thriving America is good for China -- so long as we both thrive in a way that contributes to the regional and global good," she said. Clinton noted that Washington and Beijing are working hard to "reduce the risk of miscalculation or miscues" between the two countries' militaries and forge a "durable military-to-military relationship."
Or maybe it is just a sign of what the Chinese are capable of doing. While a giant Costa Rican flag waves on the western side of the National Stadium, the "Jewel of La Sabana," as it was deemed by former President Oscar Arias, was constructed by a staff of entirely Chinese workers. In June 2007, Arias severed diplomatic ties with Taiwan to officially establish Costa Rica's new partnership with China. As a token of appreciation, the Chinese government offered Costa Rica a new National Stadium as "a gift", and spent an estimated $100 million on its construction. "Thanks to the immense generosity of the nation of China, this dream will be possible in a matter of months," Arias said during the National Stadium ground breaking ceremony on March 12, 2009. "Today we lay down the first brick of a stadium that will be proportional to the passion of our nation; a stadium that will be the heart of our country, in the middle of the lung of the city."
User-Managed Access (UMA, pronounced "OOH-mah" like the given name) is a protocol designed to give a web user a unified control point for authorizing who and what can get access to their online personal data (such as identity attributes), content (such as photos), and services (such as viewing and creating status updates), no matter where all those things live on the web. UMA allows a user to make demands of the requesting side in order to test their suitability for receiving authorization. These demands can include requests for information (such as "Who are you?" or "Are you over 18?") and promises (such as "Do you agree to these non-disclosure terms?" or "Can you confirm that your privacy and data portability policies match my requirements?").
Millions of Internet users in Iran will be permanently denied access to the World Wide Web and cut off from popular social networking sites and email services, as the government has announced its plans to establish a national Intranet within five months. In a statement released Thursday, Reza Taghipour, the Iranian minister for Information and Communications Technology, announced the setting up of a national Intranet and the effective blockage of services like Google, Gmail, Google Plus, Yahoo and Hotmail, in line with Iran's plan for a "clean Internet." The government is set to roll out the first phase of the project in May, following which Google, Hotmail and Yahoo services will be blocked and replaced with government Intranet services like Iran Mail and Iran Search Engine. At this stage, however, the World Wide Web, apart from the aforementioned sites, will still be accessible.
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CNET news is reporting that starting this July all major US Internet service providers will start tracking and monitoring their user's bittorrent downloads as part of an agreement between the MPAA, RIAA and all the major ISPs. Last July, Comcast, Cablevision, Verizon, Time Warner Cable and other service providers announced that they had agreed to adopt policies designed to discourage customers from illegally downloading music, movies and software. Since then, the ISPs have been very quiet about what these measures included. During a recent panel discussion before a gathering of U.S. publishers in February 2012, Cary Sherman, CEO of the Recording Industry Association of America, said most of the participating ISPs are on track to begin implementing the program by July 1st. Quoted from RIAA.com, "Each ISP has to develop their infrastructure for automating the system," Sherman said. They need this "for establishing the database so they can keep track of repeat infringers, so they know that this is the first notice or the third notice.
Future riots could be quelled by projectiles containing chemical irritants fired by police using new weapons that are now in the final stages of development. The Discriminating Irritant Projectile (Dip) has been under development by the Home Office's centre for applied science and technology (Cast) as a potential replacement for plastic bullets. Documents obtained by the Guardian reveal that last summer's riots in England provided a major impetus to Home Office research into new-generation riot control technology, ranging from the Dip to even more curious weaponry described by Cast technicians as "skunk oil".
Why $50? $50 is the tax on something that produces one tonne of CO2 emissions. This price is in the range of what experts say is needed to reduce CO2 emissions by one tonne. It's not an exact price, and it will be adjusted over time based on its impact and on market prices for CO2 emissions credits. 1 litre of gas produces 2.34kg of CO2, so $50 per tonne adds about 12 cents to the pump price per litre. Isn't this just a tax grab? No. The Green Party proposes tax shifting. The money raised by a carbon tax will be used to reduce other taxes, like income and payroll taxes. Taxes always provide a disincentive to doing something. Income taxes provide a disincentive to work. Sales taxes provide a disincentive to spend. Isn't it better to provide a disincentive to contribute to global warming?
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Air Force Secretary Michael Donley mentioned that the service will look at buying a new presidential transport in the next decade. The Air Force has been looking to do this for a while now, but in light of numerous acquisition priorities and difficulties it faced with them (think the CSAR-X, KC-X and next-gen bomber. Oh, don't forget the Marines' cancelled VXX presidential helo program.) in the last decade, the effort never really got of the ground. Apparently, the service outlines its intent to buy two new airliters to replace the iconic Boeing 747-based VC-25s that began carrying the president in 1990 and 1991. Remember, their Boeing 707 predecessors served from the early 1960s until the 1990 as the president's airplane, so this timeframe for replacement makes sense. One of the biggest reasons for replacing the current VC-25s is their lack of power compared to newer versions of the 747 (c'mon, you know the next Air Force One is going to be made in the USA).
Just hours after it was revealed that American soldiers had burned Korans seized at an Afghan detention center in late February, Iran secretly ordered its agents operating inside Afghanistan to exploit the anticipated public outrage by trying to instigate violent protests in the capital, Kabul, and across the western part of the country, according to American officials. For the most part, the efforts by Iranian agents and local surrogates failed to provoke widespread or lasting unrest, the officials said. Yet with NATO governments preparing for the possibility of retaliation by Iran in the event of an Israeli attack on its nuclear facilities, the issue of Iran's willingness and ability to foment violence in Afghanistan and elsewhere has taken on added urgency. With Iran's motives and operational intentions a subject of intense interest, American officials have closely studied the episodes. A mixed picture of Iranian capabilities has emerged, according to interviews with more than a dozen government officials, most of whom discussed the risks on the condition of anonymity because their comments were based on intelligence reports.
The Obama administration has plowed ahead despite the legal and political challenges. It has moved aggressively to get important policies in place. And, according to a review of budget documents and figures provided by congressional staff, the administration is also burning through implementation funding provided in the healthcare law.
"My colleagues were entitled to ignore my views," he [Zelikow] continued. "They did more than that: The  White House attempted to collect and destroy all copies of my memo. I expect that one or two are still at least in the State Department's archives." Phillip D. Zelikow, State Department Counselor, 2005-2007, to Congress, May 13, 2009 Former legal counsel to the Department of State, Phillip Zelikow, produced a convincing and elegant argument for the immediate cessation of anything that looked like torture in February 2006. The government declassified the memo last week and National Security Archive released it on April 3.
I wonder if you're interested in this question now that just came up, though, the problem of why the state department is publishing this memo at the present time? This is obviously politically timed. Here in Washington we're going to have in Guantanamo concentration camp, in Cuba, the trial of Khalid Sheik Mohamad Ramzi bin al-Shibh and a couple of others. They've all been water boarded, repeatedly. And this was clearly, everybody knew, a violation of the Geneva Convention, a war crime. At the same time, we have some people now who want to separate their political careers from that. The State Department that chose to release this now is obviously interested in saying, 'oh, don't look at us -- we're not part of water boarding, we're not war criminals here at the State Department'; although they are. Then we've got Philip Zelikow who's the author of the memorandum, who was interviewed in The Guardian. Philip Zelikow was happy to be interviewed. I think he could either be Secretary of State or UN ambassador in a Romney administration coming up. So he wants you to be reminded that he's not part of this water boarding, war crimes creek. The time is now coming for this counter [new court] in Guantanamo Bay which is politically motivated also because Obama wants to profile himself as tough on terrorism; that means likely people like Ashcroft, Gonzales, Yoo, Bybee, Haines, Addington, many others, who really are suspect of war crimes. We had the Garz?n prosecution in Spain which seems to have essentially broken down. And then there was Moreno-Ocampo -- but everyone knows Moreno-Ocampo is servant of the US imperialism and he'll never touch it.
As Syrian rebel factions continue to lose ground to the military, fighting increasingly spills over to neighboring countries. This puts civilians on both sides of the border in the line of fire, resulting in deaths in both Turkey and Lebanon. Two people were killed in Turkey, and four others wounded by Syrian military fire at the border near the Kilis refugee camp. Turkey's government claims that the attack deliberately targeted the camp, but earlier reports suggested that it was simply fire that strayed across the border.
Finally, the NYT shamelessly cites hearsay over an alleged "cross border" incident admittedly unconfirmed and involving conflicting reports in an attempt to further demonize the Syrian government and provide the impetus for Turkey, a NATO member since the 1950's, to establish Wall Street and London's prescribed "safe havens" and "humanitarian corridors" from which to continue their attempts to topple the Syrian government. As a matter of fact, Today's Zaman literally announced verbatim that Turkey's next step would be indeed to implement this very strategy, conjured up not from within the halls of the Turkish government in Ankara, but within the pages of a Fortune 500-funded Washington "think-tank."
Unidentified assailants bombed the Egyptian gas pipeline supplying natural gas to Israel and Jordan on Monday for the fourteenth time since the start of the Egyptian revolution. Egyptian newspaper (Egypt Independent) has reported that an Egyptian security force indicated that forces have moved to the location of the explosion West al-Arish near al-Masaeed and al-Zohoor areas, where the assailants dug beneath the main line to plant explosives. The source added that the explosion was limited due to the ongoing repair process since the last explosion.
In the last week, Yemen has been affected by 2 attacks aimed at gas pipelines in the southern gas-rich province of Sabwa. This 21" pipeline is 204 km long with a capacity of 268,976 BPD, transporting product from the Sabwa region to the Bir Ali terminal. The most recent attack took place on 3 April and resulted in the shut down of the Yemen LNG terminal at the Balhaf port (Reuters). Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) claimed credit for the attacks stating that "the attacks came in retaliation for the drone attack that had killed more than five of them last week". (Yemen Post). It also stated that these attacks were part of a "chain" of attacks to come.
Soco International PLC said it has agreed to sell its operations in Yemen to China's Sinochem Petroleum Ltd for 465 mln usd in cash. The agreement, once approved by shareholders and regulators, will allow Sinochem to take over Soco's wholly owned unit Soco Yemen Pty Ltd, which holds the company's interest in the East Shabwa oil field. Soco Yemen holds an indirect interest of 16.8 pct in the East Shabwa project through its 58.7 pct stake in Comeco Petroleum Inc. Comeco, in turn, has a 28.6 pct interest in the East Shabwa field, operated by France's Total.
US drones attacked a vehicle in the southern Yemeni province of Abyan, killing all 12 people in the vehicle. The victims were referred to by the report as members of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). The vehicle was a Yemeni military truck, which was stolen in recent fighting in the region. Despite the claims about the victims' affiliation, most of the fighting with the Yemeni military in Abyan has involved Ansar al-Sharia, not AQAP.
The pipeline for Azerbaijani gas transportation to Europe must have the opportunity to expand the capacity to 24 billion cubic meters per year with a view to transport the additional gas from Azerbaijani other fields, BP Azerbaijan president Rashid Javanshir said at the forum in Baku today. The forum is dedicated to the creation of a new complex for oil and gas processing and production of petrochemical products in Azerbaijan.
Azerbeidzjan heeft ambitieuze plannen om het hoogste gebouw ter wereld te bouwen. De voormalige Sovjet-staat wil zich hiermee nog verder profileren. Het grootste ontwikkelingsproject van Bakoe, de hoofdstad van Azerbeidzjan, zal bestaan uit tientallen kunstmatige eilanden en een Formule 1 racecircuit. 'Hier zullen een miljoen mensen gaan wonen, het zal het nieuwe VenetiÃ« worden', zegt Ibrahim Ibrahimov, het brein achter het project en het hoofd van vastgoedontwikkelaar Avesta. Volgens Ibrahimov wordt het project tussen 2020 en 2025 afgerond. Persbureau Reuters meldt dat Amerikaanse, Turkse, Arabische en Chinese investeerders al gemeld hebben interesse te hebben in het project, dat naar verwachting rond de 100 miljard dollar gaat kosten. Het gebouw, dat voorlopig de Azerbeidzjan Tower wordt genoemd, moet 1.050 meter hoog worden. De Burj Khalifa in Dubai, tot nu toe het hoogste gebouw ter wereld, zal met zijn hoogte van 828 meter daarbij in het niet vallen.
Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili inspected on Tuesday unmanned aerial systems. The new unmanned system is unique and has been tested in difficult weather conditions, the Georgian Defense Ministry said. It consists of an aircraft and the ground segment. Flight control is performed using the software. The air unit is equipped with an internal combustion engine, and takeoff is made by means of a pneumatic catapult. Unmanned aerial apparatus is a complex system, equipped with modern technology. It is used in difficult field conditions, as well as for border patrol, reconnaissance, surveillance, aerial photography, geophysical methods of exploration, monitoring of disaster areas, ensuring the Coast Guard, check of the radiation level, day and night reconnaissance, target definition, radio exploration, assessment of damage and casualties on the battlefield. According to the Georgian Defense Ministry, the UAV flight time is 8 hours, height -- 100 -- 3,000 meters, speed is 60-160 km per hour. Useful load is two-part video platforms, camera, thermal camera, infrared camera. When UAV is lowered parachute opens automatically, and airbag opens the to prevent injury. The system is used in any weather. President Saakashvili said after familiarization with the system that this is the first such high-tech apparatus and in the future Georgia will produce much more sophisticated devices and military equipment. "We have a good team that will develop their skills and knowledge," he said. Saakashvili said that if previously when buying UAVs problems arose, now all in the past, as the unit is fully produced by the Georgian specialists.
Invisible Children, makers of KONY2012, provided an intelligence tip to Uganda's security apparatus leading to arrests of several suspected regime opponents, according to U.S. embassy cables posted by WikiLeaks. The San Diego-based group has since 2008 acted in concert with the Ugandan government in coordinating public relations campaigns to promote a military solution against the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), while keeping the U.S. administration informed. Key partnerships formed by Invisible Children in Washington, D.C. include lobbying organizations Resolve Uganda and the Center for American Progress' Enough Project ; groups that have also promoted U.S. military penetration in Africa.
French diplomat Richard Descoings was "suicided" by American intelligence agents shortly after he arrived in New York and was due to report to the United Nations that France's Central Directorate of Interior Intelligence (DCRI) and the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) were "directly responsible" for the massacres in France being blamed on Mohamed Merah.
Multiple news outlets (including Politico, RT, and Raw Story) have erroneously been reporting that Netflix created a SuperPAC "whose main goal," according to RT, "is to promote SOPA [Stop Online Piracy Act]-like legislation" while Raw Story baselessly reported that "subscriptions dollars are now going to a company that appears poised to become a prominent advocate of widely opposed limits to Internet freedom." Raw Story's article on the subject spends most of the time not even dealing with Netflix and their SuperPAC, and how they come to the conclusion that they will be using subscriber funds to push anti-Internet freedom legislation is beyond me.
Madonna's "MDNA" album had the biggest second week drop in chart history last week, I am told. When all the numbers are in on Tuesday night, "MDNA" will have fallen from number 1 by 88%--from 359,000 copies in its first week to roughly 46,000 the second week. Wow. The first week's sales, as I revealed exclusively (and then the New York Post lifted it from us), most of Madonna's first week sales were CDs that were included in the sale of concert tickets. That promotion artificially inflated Madonna's numbers, putting her first before Lionel Richie and his "Tuskegee" album. In the second week, Richie fell only 47% and sold about 110,000 albums--which is normal. "Tuskegee" will now finish much higher than "MDNA." I do think that all the people involved in the Madonna ticket-CD deal should apologize to Richie for denying him his rightful place at number 1, starting with Billboard and SoundScan. But Richie's consolation is that he has a major hit, while "MDNA" is a total dud. So far, "MDNA" has not produced anything like a hit single either, no radio play or anything to provide organic promotion. But Madonna's concert tour with Live Nation will be a big hit, so it's not like we have to worry about her financial situation.
A Japanese government study that should have shaken the psychology profession to its shoelaces went through the news media with a mild degree of titillation last month. Almost a third of Japanese boys aged 16-19 and three-fifths of girls say that they have no interest in sex. That is daunting, for all the world's cultures have believed that women enjoy sex more than men, as the Greek seer Tiresias told the gods according to Ovid.
What makes the Japanese hate sex? The same things that make a growing proportion of Americans hate sex. Joan Sewell's 2007 book I'd Rather Eat Chocolate became the manifesto of American women who don't like sex, hailed at the as "the next wild turn in the female sexual revolution" by Sandra Tsing Loh in The Atlantic Monthly .
Pharmaceutical companies are racing to market a pill to revive fading female libido, to no avail: women do not want to be sex objects, and a culture that objectifies women will make them hate sex, as I wrote in this space five years ago . But the problem has gotten worse than I imagined it would.
Japan is a step ahead of the United States, as the first industrial country to bring sadism and pedophilia into the mainstream. Mere possession of certain Japanese manga is a criminal offense in other countries.
"In recent cases in the United States and Sweden, authorities have made arrests over manga books imported from Japan depicting sexual abuse of children," the New York Times reported Feb. 10, 2010 .
A streak of cruelty pervades Japanese culture, for example, the emphasis on the aesthetic in suicide, a concept alien to the Judeo-Christian West. But the West has begun to embrace cruelty in sexual relations on a scale comparable to Japan, and the consequences most likely will be identical.
A duly constituted Congressional panel has requested to speak to a material witness in an ongoing investigation. The witness himself has indicated through his attorney that he's willing to testify under oath. So what could possibly go wrong? Well, in this White House ... plenty. The House Oversight Committee has requested that the Obama administration make former National Security staffer Kevin O'Reilly available for testimony to explain a series of e-mail exchanges in Operation Fast and Furious in order to determine just how far up the chain knowledge of the operation went in the Obama administration. The White House has refused to make him available, even though O'Reilly has already agreed to testify, and that has Rep. Jason Chaffetz angry:
The development of a money that tracks what you do with your funds is about to go into overdrive with a test of digital money in Canada. Last week, the Canadian Royal Mint announced the release of MintChip, a completely digital currency. "Money, as we know it, is fine for today, but tomorrow is a different story," says an introductory MintChip video. "MintChip is better than cash, since you can use it online." The Mint is downplaying the tracking capabilities of the digital currency. MintChip stores value in a physical chip, and transfers money between chips using heavily encrypted "value messages." The system has no centralized database. "They're calling it anonymous ... their intention is that it's no more associated with who you are than [traditional] currency," said Jacqueline Chilton with Glenbrook Partners, a California-based payment consultant, reports the National Post. BUT, Chilton noted there is still the possibility for MintChip-specific apps to covertly record transactions.
The Golden Book of Chemistry Experiments, written by Robert Brent and illustrated by Harry Lazarus, is a 1960s children's book that tells kids how they can set up a home chemistry lab to conduct simple chemistry experiments. Supposedly the US government had the book removed from libraries and banned for sale on the grounds that the projects were too dangerous for kids. I don't know whether the banned-book story is true or not, but The Golden Book of Chemistry Experiments remains one of the best do-it-yourself chemistry experiment books around. This book is now available to the public. You can download the pdf of The Golden Book of Chemistry Experiments to save on your computer, print, or distribute.
It's among the first studies linking the two, and though it doesn't prove obesity causes autism, the authors say their results raise public health concerns because of the high level of obesity in this country. Study women who were obese during pregnancy were about 67 percent more likely than normal-weight women to have autistic children. They also faced double the risk of having children with other developmental delays.
there are times when both autism spectrum disorder AND pervasive developmental disorder are listed for one client.
The new vaccine, developed by drug company Vaxil Biotheraputics along with researchers at Tel Aviv University, uses a small section of the molecule to prime the immune system so that it can identify and destroy cancer cells. A statement from Vaxil Biotheraputics said: "ImMucin generated a robust and specific immune response in all patients which was observed after only 2-4 doses of the vaccine out of a maximum of 12 doses. "In some of the patients, preliminary signs of clinical efficacy were observed." The results are still to be formally published but if further trials prove to be successful the vaccine could be available within six years.
One in seven Dutch doctors is aware that data used in research has been faked and 22% say they know of cases where the outcome of research has been tweaked, according to a survey of 800 doctors by medical journal Medisch Contact. In addition, one in three of the family doctors and specialists questioned said they knew of cases where names of people had been added to research projects even though they had not been involved.
A Greek journalist came under fire from angry protesters while on-air on Friday night after hosting a show featuring a spokesman for the far-right political organisations Golden Dawn the previous week. According to local reports, protesters broke into the TV studio, hurling eggs and yoghurt at news presenter Panagiotis Bourchas shortly after 9.00pm.