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Obama Says Nation Came "Back Stronger" After 911 Attacks. (video)

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Government Officials Say 9/11 Was State-Sponsored Terrorism '... But Disagree About WHICH Nation Was Behind Attacks

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In December, an American court entered a default judgment against Iran for allegedly having a hand in the September 11th attacks. 1

On the other hand, a 9/11 Commissioner and the Co-Chair of Congressional Inquiry into 9/11 both say in sworn declarations that the Saudi government is linked to the 9/11 attacks. 2

Then again, right after 9/11, Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld accused Iraq of having a hand in the attacks.

People may not remember now, but '' at the time '' the supposed Saddam-9/11 link was at least as important a justification for the Iraq war as the alleged weapons of mass destruction. 3

Of course, the Afghanistan war was largely based upon the allegation that the leaders of that country '' the Taliban '' had harbored Bin Laden and other Al Qaeda terrorists. In other words, the U.S. government treated Afghanistan as being complicit in 9/11 by giving refuge to the 9/11 attackers. 4

At a minimum, America unintentionally created an atmosphere in which Al Qaeda terrorists could thrive. But numerous former U.S. military and intelligence officers think that rogue elements within the U.S. government intentionally allowed or facilitated the attacks.

A government official told Fox News:

Evidence linking these Israelis to 9/11 is classified. I cannot tell you about evidence that has been gathered. It's classified information.

Israelis were clearly spying on the 9/11 hijackers within America before 9/11. See this, this, this, this andthis.

While many people say that Israel only spied on the hijackers '' and didn't withhold actionable intelligence from the U.S. government '' others, including some former military officials (like this guy), allege that Israel withheld information from the U.S. or even had a hand in the attacks, pointing to suspicious activities regarding moving vans and explosives on 9/11. See this, this, this, this and this.

What does this mean? We don't know for sure which nation or nations backed the 9/11 terror attacks.

But as the Co-Chair of the Congressional Inquiry into 9/11 and former Head of the Senate Intelligence Committee Bob Graham told PBS Newshour in 2001, 9/11 was state-sponsored terrorism, and it is vital for America's national security that we get to the bottom of who the backing country was (and whether more than one country was involved):

[Question]: Senator Graham, are there elements in this report, which are classified that Americans should know about but can't?

SEN. BOB GRAHAM: Yes '... I was surprised at the evidence that there were foreign governments involved in facilitating the activities of at least some of the terrorists in the United States.

I am stunned that we have not done a better job of pursuing that to determine if other terrorists received similar support and, even more important, if the infrastructure of a foreign government assisting terrorists still exists for the current generation of terrorists who are here planning the next plots.

To me that is an extremely significant issue and most of that information is classified, I think overly-classified. I believe the American people should know the extent of the challenge that we face in terms of foreign government involvement. That would motivate the government to take action.

[Question]: Are you suggesting that you are convinced that there was a state sponsor behind 9/11?

SEN. BOB GRAHAM: I think there is very compelling evidence that at least some of the terrorists were assisted not just in financing '-- although that was part of it '-- by a sovereign foreign government and that we have been derelict in our duty to track that down, make the further case, or find the evidence that would indicate that that is not true and we can look for other reasons why the terrorists were able to function so effectively in the United States.

[Question]: Do you think that will ever become public, which countries you're talking about?

SEN. BOB GRAHAM: It will become public at some point when it's turned over to the archives, but that's 20 or 30 years from now. And, we need to have this information now because it's relevant to the threat that the people of the United States are facing today.

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1 A default judgment '' such as the one against Iran '' means that the defendant doesn't appear in court, and so does not present a defense or contrary evidence. The judge instead often accepts virtually whatever the plaintiff claims, without examining or considering any contrary evidence.

2 The 9/11 Commissioner and the Co-Chair of Congressional Inquiry into 9/11 who say that Saudi Arabia is behind the 9/11 attacks are calling for either a ''permanent 9/11 commission'' or a new 9/11 investigation to get to the bottom of it.

3 This claim that Iraq is linked to 9/11 has since been debunked by the 9/11 Commission, top government officials, and even '' long after they alleged such a link '' Bush and Cheney themselves.

4 The Taliban allegedly offered to hand over Bin Laden to the U.S., but the U.S. refused the offer, and started bombing instead.

Shut Up Slave!

TSA Kicks Woman Off Flight For Bad Attitude :

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Screener admits move was retaliatory and had nothing to do with security

By Paul Joseph WatsonInfowars.comFriday, September 7, 2012

A TSA screener admitted to a woman traveling through Houston Airport that she was prevented from boarding her flight for retaliatory reasons as punishment for a bad attitude rather than any genuine security threat, after the woman refused to allow TSA agents to test her drink for explosives.

The audio and video in the clip above is scratchy, but the woman is heard saying, ''Let me get this straight, this is retaliatory for my attitude, this is not making the airways safer it's retaliatory.''

''It pretty much definitely is,'' the TSA screener responds.

The incident began when the woman refused to allow TSA agents to carry out a controversial policy where they test drinks for explosives that are purchased by passengers after they have already passed through security.

''This was inside the terminal at the Houston airport,'' the woman writes on her You Tube channel. ''I was not allowed to board a plane (even though I had already been through airport security) because I drank my water instead of letting the TSA ''test'' it. The TSA agent finally admitted that it wasn't because they thought I was a security risk '' it was because they were mad at me!''

The new policy, which as we highlighted is completely pointless and unnecessary, was back in the headlines earlier this week after the Drudge Report posted an Infowars story featuring a video which showed TSA screeners testing drinks in the departure lounge at Columbus Ohio Airport.

After the story went viral, the TSA responded on its official Twitter feed by re-posting a TSA blog response from July which claimed the procedure was ''business as usual.'' As we documented, the response was a glib attempt to brush aside the story and completely failed to justify the reasoning behind the policy.

The fact that the TSA screener admits the woman is being punished for her attitude confirms the premise that many of the TSA's security procedures actually have nothing to do with safety and are more a form of obedience training for the general public.

Another example can be cited in the context of reports that travelers are being punished with more invasive pat downs if they refuse to pass through radiation-firing body scanners.

As Consumer Traveler's Charlie Leocha reported last month, ''When meeting with privacy officials at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and TSA later that month, I was told unofficially that there were two standards of pat-downs. One for the normal situation where passengers are going through metal detectors and a different pat-down for those who refuse to go through the whole-body scanners.''

''With this latest announcement, TSA admits that it has been clandestinely punishing passengers for refusing to go through the invasive whole-body scans with an even more intrusive aggressive pat-down and that soon those more invasive pat-down will creep from airport to airport,'' adds Leocha.

A third example of obedience training that has nothing to do with genuine security is the TSA's policy of ordering travelers to ''freeze'' on command when they are lined up at the security checkpoint.

Paul Joseph Watson is the editor and writer for Prison Planet.com. He is the author of Order Out Of Chaos. Watson is also a regular fill-in host for The Alex Jones Show and Infowars Nightly News.

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FBI launches $1 billion face recognition project

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The Next Generation Identification programme will include a nationwide database of criminal faces and other biometrics

"FACE recognition is 'now'," declared Alessandro Acquisti of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh in a testimony before the US Senate in July.

It certainly seems that way. As part of an update to the national fingerprint database, the FBI has begun rolling out facial recognition to identify criminals.

It will form part of the bureau's long-awaited, $1 billion Next Generation Identification (NGI) programme, which will also add biometrics such as iris scans, DNA analysis and voice identification to the toolkit. A handful of states began uploading their photos as part of a pilot programme this February and it is expected to be rolled out nationwide by 2014. In addition to scanning mugshots for a match, FBI officials have indicated that they are keen to track a suspect by picking out their face in a crowd.

Another application would be the reverse: images of a person of interest from security cameras or public photos uploaded onto the internet could be compared against a national repository of images held by the FBI. An algorithm would perform an automatic search and return a list of potential hits for an officer to sort through and use as possible leads for an investigation.

Ideally, such technological advancements will allow law enforcement to identify criminals more accurately and lead to quicker arrests. But privacy advocates are worried by the broad scope of the FBI's plans. They are concerned that people with no criminal record who are caught on camera alongside a person of interest could end up in a federal database, or be subject to unwarranted surveillance.

The FBI's Jerome Pender told the Senate in July that the searchable photo database used in the pilot studies only includes mugshots of known criminals. But it's unclear from the NGI's privacy statement whether that will remain the case once the entire system is up and running or if civilian photos might be added, says attorney Jennifer Lynch of the Electronic Frontier Foundation. The FBI was unable to answer New Scientist's questions before the magazine went to press.

The FBI hasn't shared details of the algorithms it is using, but its technology could be very accurate if applied to photographs taken in controlled situations such as passport photos or police shots.

Tests in 2010 showed that the best algorithms can pick someone out in a pool of 1.6 million mugshots 92 per cent of the time. It's possible to match a mugshot to a photo of a person who isn't looking at the camera too. Algorithms such as one developed by Marios Savvides's lab at Carnegie Mellon can analyse features of a front and side view set of mugshots, create a 3D model of the face, rotate it as much as 70 degrees to match the angle of the face in the photo, and then match the new 2D image with a fairly high degree of accuracy. The most difficult faces to match are those in low light. Merging photos from visible and infrared spectra can sharpen these images, but infrared cameras are still very expensive.

Of course, it is easier to match up posed images and the FBI has already partnered with issuers of state drivers' licences for photo comparison. Jay Stanley of the American Civil Liberties Union urges caution: "Once you start plugging this into the FBI database, it becomes tantamount to a national photographic database."

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No Shooting At Protest? Police May Block Mobile Devices Via Apple

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(RussiaToday) '' Newly patented Apple technology will allow police to block data, video and photographs the government deems sensitive or protected from externalities

Apple has patented a piece of technology which would allow government and police to block transmission of information, including video and photographs, from any public gathering or venue they deem ''sensitive'', and ''protected from externalities.''

­In other words, these powers will have control over what can and cannot be documented on wireless devices during any public event.

And while the company says the affected sites are to be mostly cinemas, theaters, concert grounds and similar locations, Apple Inc. also says ''covert police or government operations may require complete 'blackout' conditions.''

''Additionally,'' Apple says,'' the wireless transmission of sensitive information to a remote source is one example of a threat to security. This sensitive information could be anything from classified government information to questions or answers to an examination administered in an academic setting.''

The statement led many to believe that authorities and police could now use the patented feature during protests or rallies to block the transmission of video footage and photographs from the scene, including those of police brutality, which at times of major events immediately flood news networks and video websites.

Apple patented the means to transmit an encoded signal to all wireless devices, commanding them to disable recording functions.

Those policies would be activated by GPS, and WiFi or mobile base-stations, which would ring-fence (''geofence'') around a building or a ''sensitive area'' to prevent phone cameras from taking pictures or recording video.

Apple may implement the technology, but it would not be Apple's decision to activate the ''feature'' '' it would be down governments, businesses and network owners to set such policies, analyzes ZDNet technology website.

Having invented one of the most sophisticated mobile devices, Apple now appears to be looking for ways to restrict its use.

''As wireless devices such as cellular telephones, pagers, personal media devices and smartphones become ubiquitous, more and more people are carrying these devices in various social and professional settings,'' it explains in the patent. ''The result is that these wireless devices can often annoy, frustrate, and even threaten people in sensitive venues.''

The company's listed ''sensitive'' venues so far include mostly meetings, the presentation of movies, religious ceremonies, weddings, funerals, academic lectures, and test-taking environments.

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Photographers in Los Angeles considered terrorists under official LAPD policy

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The next time a tourist snaps a picture of the famous Hollywood sign, their photo won't be the only item added to the annals. The LAPD considers photography a suspicious activity, and trying to take certain shots may add a page to your personal file.

A memo released last month by Police Chief Charlie Bucks re-categorizes certain behaviors '-- including photo shoots in public spots '-- to constitute suspicious activity, which is enough to have cops file a report, open an investigation and forward any further information about a suspect to the federal authorities '-- all over just an itchy shutter finger.

In an interdepartmental statement dispatched on August 16, Beck writes, ''Taking pictures or videos of facilities/buildings, infrastructures or protected sites in a manner that would arouse suspicion in a reasonable person'' is enough of a red flag to have authorities file a suspicious activity report, or SAR. According to departmental policies, those SAR files are then sent into a Consolidated Crime and Analysis Database (CCAD), where they are occasionally added to a Crime Analysis Mapping System (CAMS) for further investigation. From there, intelligence can be stored in a Information Sharing Environment (ISE) Suspicious Activity Reporting (SAR) Shared Space and accessed at fusion centers across the country, such as the LA area's Joint Regional Intelligence Center, where other intel is interpreted, dissected and divulged by agencies like the FBI and the US Department of Homeland Security.

In a 2010 evaluation conducted by the US Justice Department, the DoJ writes, ''Ultimately, the ISE-SAR EE, through the use of the Shared Spaces concept, provides a solution for law enforcement agencies to share terrorism-related suspicious activity information, while continuing to maintain control of their data through a distributed model of information sharing.''(.pdf)

Further in the report, the Justice Department determined that ''The FBI and DHS should continue to support the interface with the Shared Space environment to allow continue ease of sharing SAR data with all law enforcement agencies,'' which now includes any reports written up for something as boring as a blurry snapshot. Under the LAPD's 2008 guidelines, taking photographs or video footage ''with no apparent esthetic value'' could warrant filing a SAR, but the department has now broadened what they considered potential terroristic activity.

According to the latest LAPD memo, the office notes that the suspicious behavior included on their updated list is ''generally protected by the First Amendment'' and should not be reported in a SAR, but could be considered if the witness thinks the action in question is ''reasonably indicative of criminal activity associated with terrorism,'' an explanation that is as broad and open ended as the NDAA, the federal legislation signed last year that lets the government imprison Americans without charge over suspected ties with affiliates of al-Qaeda.

On the official website of the American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU writes, broadly speaking, ''Taking photographs of things that are plainly visible from public spaces is a constitutional right'... Unfortunately, there is a widespread, continuing pattern of law enforcement officers ordering people to stop taking photographs from public places, and harassing, detaining and arresting those who fail to comply."

University of Chicago law professor Geoffrey Stone tells the Center for Investigative Reporting that just as any civilian can shoot photos in public spaces, though, surveillance from the authorities is allowed as well. ''This would be constitutional under existing law, as long as the government is not doing this in a discriminatory manner,'' Stone says. ''There may be some constitutional limitations on the government's use or preservation of such information, but at present, such limitations do not exist, except perhaps in truly egregious circumstances.''

In the days after the latest memo was made public, a backlash directed at the LAPD forced the police commission to establish a five-member civil oversight panel to decide on a set of guidelines for when SARs can be written. The Los Angeles Times reports that the panel unanimously approved an order that will continue to allow officers to write up SARs on any activity that can be interpreted, somehow, as a terroristic threat, however, and things don't end there either.

Trying to take a picture isn't the only action being elevated to the level of potential-terrorism in LA. In last month's memo, Chief Bucks writes, ''Demonstrating unusual interest in facilities/buildings, infrastructures or protected sites beyond mere casual or professional (e.g., engineers) interest, such that a reasonable person would consider the activity suspicious.'' Examples, he adds, include observations through binoculars, taking notes and attempting to measure distances.

Days after the LAPD memo was made public, Deputy Chief Michael Downing, commanding officer of the LAPD's counter-terrorism unit, told members of the media, ''In this region we have active terrorist plots, in this region, right now,'' although authorities have not corroborated those claims with details for the public yet. Chief Downing later told the Times that he was unaware of any specific terrorism plot aimed at targeting the city, but was adamant that law enforcement should be on the ready to handle any reports.

The lengths at which they will go to in an effort to stay ahead of the game has others worried scared, though.

"We ought to be ashamed of ourselves," National Lawyers Guild attorney Jim Lafferty tells the Times.

In an op-ed published this week in the Huffington Post, Yaman Salahi of the American Civil Liberties Union says the LAPD's latest memo makes it so that cops can consider ''Anyone snapping a photograph or taking notes in a public place [as] a potential threat to public safety.''

''This kind of information sharing might sound good in theory, but a recent study from George Washington University, co-authored by the LAPD's very own Deputy Chief Michael Downing, the head of the LAPD's Counter-Terrorism and Special Operations Bureau, found that suspicious activity reporting has 'flooded fusion centers, law enforcement, and other security entities with white noise.' In practice, the profusion of SAR reports 'complicates the intelligence process and distorts resource allocation and deployment decisions,'" Salahi writes. ''The head of LAPD's own counterterrorism bureau knows that low value SAR reports hurt counterterrorism efforts more than they help. So we should ask the LAPD to take the simple steps necessary to protect our free speech and privacy rights, and to stop harassing people engaged in perfectly lawful '' and often, constitutionally protected '' activities.''

Because the LAPD is now narrowing their eyes to focus in on suspicious activity at critical infrastructure sites, seemingly normal behavior anywhere '-- from power plants and theme parks to even a basketball game '-- can get you in trouble. In 2004, then Mayor Jim Hahn said, ''Los Angeles' critical infrastructure goes beyond power plants and water mains and includes facilities like Staples Center, which generates millions of dollars for our economy and is, thanks to the Lakers, an internationally-known symbol of Los Angeles.''

LA was awarded $3 million that year through the Urban Area Security Initiative Operation Archangel grant to protect its infrastructure, including the Staples Center, Disneyland and Hollywood Boulevard, and began their involvement in the Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting (SAR) Initiative (NSI) a few years later.

As RT wrote earlier this year as part of their ongoing investigation into the TrapWire surveillance system, the portal on the LAPD's website that allows for civilians to contribute anonymous SARs is linked with an international intelligence database, as are surveillance cameras across the city. The iWatch reporting program has also been picked up in Washington, DC, where emails perpetrated to have been hacked from the servers of Strategic Forecasting last year suggest that the police department and closed-circuit cameras across the nation's capital are tied to TrapWire as well. Intelligence collected in those instances are also fed to nationally-run fusion centers.

Cyber War$

White House circulating draft of executive order on cybersecurity

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(TheHill) '' The White House is circulating a draft of an executive order aimed at protecting the country from cyberattacks, The Hill has learned.

The draft proposal, which has been sent to relevant federal agencies for feedback, is a clear sign that the administration is resolved to take action on cybersecurity even as Congress remains gridlocked on legislation that would address the threat.

The draft executive order would establish a voluntary program where companies operating critical infrastructure would elect to meet cybersecurity best practices and standards crafted, in part, by the government, according to two people familiar with the document.

The concept builds off of a section in the cybersecurity bill from Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) that was blocked last month by Senate Republicans, who called it a backdoor to new regulations.

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White House draft cyber order promotes voluntary critical infrastructure protections - FederalNewsRadio.com

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The White House so far has failed to get a bill passed by both houses of Congress to improve the cybersecurity of the nation's critical infrastructure, so they want to take an alternative approach.The administration has created a draft executive order detailing how, within its authority, it would improve the information assurance of the nation's critical infrastructure, such as the power grid and financial industries.

The draft EO includes eight sections, including the requirement to develop a way for industry to submit threat and vulnerability data to the government.

The draft EO, which Federal News Radio viewed a draft copy of, closely follows the second version of comprehensive cyber legislation introduced by Sens. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) in July.

The draft order gives agencies several deadlines to meet, either by writing reports or creating and implementing frameworks.

For instance, 90 days after the EO is signed by President Barack Obama, the cybersecurity council '-- led by the Homeland Security Department secretary '-- must develop a report to determine which agencies should regulate which parts of the critical infrastructure. The creation of the council is in section 2 of the draft EO.

Under earlier cyber bills, DHS would take the lead in regulation and that concerned some lawmakers and experts. It was a major sticking point in moving forward with a vote on a comprehensive bill.

"An executive order is one of a number of measures we're considering as we look to implement the President's direction to do absolutely everything we can to better protect our nation against today's cyberthreats," said a National Security Council spokeswoman in an email statement. "We are not going to comment on ongoing internal deliberations."

Voluntary guidelines

Sources say the White House held a call with federal cyber leaders last week to discuss the draft order.

Section 8 of the draft order, which has five subsections, includes the most significant changes to how the government wants to oversee critical infrastructure.

One subsection would ask industry to voluntarily submit cyber threat information to the government. The draft order says this data wouldn't be used for regulatory purposes or used against companies. Sources say there aren't any liability protections in the EO because that could only come from Congress.

A second subsection would require DHS to undertake privacy assessments of the data they collect around critical infrastructure.

A third subsection limits what critical infrastructure is included under the draft EO, and makes clear that First Amendment protections will apply to how the government identifies critical infrastructure.

A fourth subsection would address acquisition and the preferences for products and services that meet the cyber standards developed by the DHS-led council.

The final subsection would call for a report within 120 days discussing possible incentives such as liability protection, expedited security clearances and recognition by the government that the critical-infrastructure owner and operator meet the voluntary standards.

Sources say this subsection also is very similar to the Lieberman-Collins cyber bill.

Another part of the EO, Section 4, requires the DHS-led council to develop a framework to remediate and mitigate risks for critical infrastructure. A draft roadmap would be due in 90 days and then be sent out for public comment in 180 days.

Sources say the order doesn't advocate for any specific technology or approach to remediating or mitigating risks, and is not "ordering" industry to take specific steps.

Section 3 would require DHS to identify the critical infrastructure owners and operators that the government would ask to voluntarily participate in the framework. In 60 days, DHS would have to submit a report to the President detailing the critical infrastructure that if attacked would threaten the lives of citizens or the national security of the country.

Sources say DHS already has identified these owners and operators.

Does not address FISMA

The next part, Section 5, would require the council to create a voluntary critical-infrastructure program to promote adoption of the framework. It would address incentives such as telling the public who conforms to the framework and who doesn't. Sources say it doesn't advocate for rewards or more tangible incentives such as liability protection like the Lieberman-Collins bill does.

Section 7 is the only part of the EO that would specifically address federal agency networks.

It calls for DHS to identify critical infrastructure owned and operated by federal agencies and to assist the agencies in identifying and mitigating risks.

Sources say this too is very similar to the Lieberman-Collins bill.

The draft EO doesn't include any of the ideas in the bill to reform the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) or any of the cyber workforce and training provisions.

Sections 9 and 10 are definitions and general provisions, basic administrative parts of the draft EO.

Sources say few if any lawmakers or their staffs have seen the draft EO, and there still is minimal hope the Senate can pass a version of the comprehensive cyber bill by the end of the December.

In a statement provided to Federal News Radio, Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), the co-author of the Senate bill, said she understands the Obama administration's "desire to act" but said an executive order shouldn't be a substitute for congressional action.

"I am deeply disappointed that the Senate failed to pass our bipartisan bill before the August recess, but it remains imperative that this Congress address this issue," Collins said. "An executive order could send the unintended signal that congressional action is not urgently needed."

Others in the federal community already are coming out against a cyber executive order.

"The President should resist the temptation to ladle on a new regulatory bureaucracy (or bureaucracies) simply to satisfy the need to 'do something,'" wrote Steve Bucci of the Heritage Foundation in a blog post. "If it is not done right, it will do damage. Let the debate continue until it is done right, Mr. President. It's called the democratic process, and it invariably provides the best answers, even if it takes awhile."

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Mark of the Beast

Big Data in Your Blood

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Very soon, we will see inside ourselves like never before, with wearable, even internal , sensors that monitor even our most intimate biological processes. It is likely to happen even before we figure out the etiquette and laws around sharing this knowledge.

Already products like the Nike+ FuelBand and the Fitbit wireless monitor track our daily activity, taking note of our steps and calories burned. The idea is to help meet an exercise regimen, perhaps lose some weight. The real-world results are uneven. For sure, though, people are building up big individual databases about themselves over increasingly long periods of time. So are the companies that sell these products, which store that data.

That is barely the start. Later this year, a Boston-based company called MC10 will offer the first of several ''stretchable electronics'' products that can be put on things like shirts and shoes, worn as temporary tattoos or installed in the body. These will be capable of measuring not just heart rate, the company says, but brain activity, body temperature and hydration levels. Another company, called Proteus, will begin a pilot program in Britain for a ''Digital Health Feedback System'' that combines both wearable technologies and microchips the size of a sand grain that ride a pill right through you. Powered by your stomach fluids, it emits a signal picked up by an external sensor, capturing vital data. Another firm, Sano Intelligence, is looking at micro needle sensors on skin patches as a way of deriving continuous information about the bloodstream.

Make no mistake about these companies' ambitions. ''Ultimately, we see ourselves as a part of the healthcare ecosystem,'' Amar Kendale, MC10's VP of market strategy and development, said in an e-mail. In this future, he wrote, ''data will need to be shared seamlessly between customers, providers, and payers in order to reduce heathcare costs and simultaneously deliver the best possible care.'' Proteus hopes to use anonymized data from its customers to understand health patterns over an entire population, presumably to revolutionize medicine.

Those are not just lofty goals; they make a lot of sense. If this kind of information exists for a lot of people, it is arguably folly to not look for larger trends and patterns. And not just in things like your electrolyte count, because overlays of age, educational level, geography and other demographic factors could yield valuable insights. The essence of the Big Data age is the diversity of data sets combined in novel ways.

What is missing is much of a sense of what this is worth, and what it may cost, and the terms under which we'll turn our data into a product. Nike and Fitbit already log a lot of personal data, and it is not clear what, if anything, they plan to do with it.

Nike acknowledged an e-mail asking for details about its plans, but did not get back after that. The software license for Nike+ does say that ''Nike+ Product Software may include software that collects information about how you use your Nike+ Product,'' but has no further details about what this means. Fitbit did not respond to e-mails.

Proteus says its customers will own their data and may share it, but must also grant the company permission to use it for product development and the cultivation of its data sets. As Mr. Kendale stated, MC10 sees data sharing between people and companies as something of a necessity.

For those of you troubled by Facebook claiming the right to know whether you like cats when you sign up, this is probably a significantly bigger deal. Others may not care, or even see themselves as actors in a global project to understand ourselves as never before. What may be troubling to all, however, is the haphazard way these new behaviors will be captured and determined. There are likely to be different strategies depending on company, country of use and whether the product is looking as something regulated, like a drug, or open, like a heart rate.

Those legal and corporate distinctions, of course, were all developed in a world where we weren't able to see so much of each other, or deduce one behavior by crunching the data from several other sources.

There are also movements to use this data in entirely new ways, for patient-generated medical research. Linda Avey, who co-founded the personal genetics company 23andMe is now working on a start-up called Curious, which should be live by the middle of next year. Her idea is to get people with difficult to pin down conditions like chronic fatigue, lupus or fibromyalgia to share information about themselves. This could include the biological data from devices, but also things like how well they slept, what they ate and when they got pain. Collectively, this could lead to evidence about how behavior and biology conjure these states.

''All of the devices that are coming on the market will shuffle their data into different environments,'' she said. ''They are starting to realize that they can't just be the keeper for that.'' She hopes the companies will allow for common sharing of the individual data, leading to a kind of open source branch of medicine. So far, she said, few if any have committed to that.

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New research finds that sceptics also tend to support conspiracy theories such as the moon landing being faked

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But when debating the policy implications of AGW a climatoligist is useless. What insight can they offer into whether cap and trade is a good idea?

There are at least five important questions whose answers are needed to address whether cap-and-trade is a good idea:

1. How much effect would cap-and-trade have on GHG emissions?2. What other direct effects would cap-and-trade have besides its effect on reducing emissions?3. What would the climate impact be of the effects described in #1?4. Would any of the effects described in #2 have climate effects, and, if so, what effects?5. Does the net social benefit of the climate effects in #3-4, combined with the net social benefit of the non-climate effects described in #2, offset the net social costs of effects described in #2.

Of the four scientific questions, two of them are questions specifically about climatology. So, while there's very good reason for there to be other scientists providing input, its pretty clear that climatologists have quite a lot to contribute on the question.

Since one of the scientific questions listed above is largely an economic one (#1) and one is partially an economic one (#2), there certainly is a role for economists advising on the issue as well. But that role is not exclusive of the role of climatologists, as there remain climatological questions that are important in addressing the utility of cap and trade (or any approach to climate change, since the effectiveness of the approach in addressing the core problem it seeks to address will always involve a question of climatology, even if it also involves other questions.)

If the conversation turns to carbon sequestration they aren't the person to ask whether that is feasable.

No, but once someone else provides input on the degree to which sequestration is feasible and what other near-term environmental impacts that sequestration will have, your going to need to turn to climatology to answer what the net effect of the sequestration (both from the direct carbon reductions and indirectly through any environmental side effects) is likely to be on climate.

If we want to talk alternative energy they can't provide any insight on that either.

They certainly are the best positioned, once others answer what is feasible and what effects those options would have on GHG emissions and other environmental inputs, to provide insight on what those alternatives are likely to do in terms of climate. Which, when evaluating alternative energy supplies as a solution to a climate problem, is a pretty critical insight.

You need different scientists and experts to answer those questions.

Its true that you need a variety of experts to address those questions.

Its not true that the need for other scientists to address those questions means you don't also need climatologists to address each of them.

Climatology is a pretty narrow specialty.

Yes, but its pretty freaking central to evaluating options to address climate change, for reasons which should be intuitively obvious to the most casual observer.

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Obama Finally Talks Drone War, But It's Almost Impossible to Believe Him [article and video]

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Posted by Alcyone_Featured_, PoliticsSaturday, September 8th, 2012By Noah Shachtman

(Wired.com) President Obama doesn't like to talk about how he uses drones to kill suspected militants '-- including American citizens. Explanations about who gets picked for remote-control death and who does the picking are left to underlings and aides. Just a few days ago, for example, Obama blew off a local Cincinnati television reporter who asked the president about his ''kill list.''

On Wednesday, however, CNN's Jessica Yellin managed to get Obama to open up, just a little, about his criteria for approving drone attacks. His comments may have been the president's most extensive so far on robot warfare. They were also total baloney, outside experts say.

As the Bureau of Investigative Journalism notes, Obama told CNN that a terror suspect had to pass five tests before the administration would allow him to be taken out by a drone. ''Drones are one tool that we use, and our criteria for using them is very tight and very strict,'' the president said.

1 ''It has to be a target that is authorised by our laws.''

2 ''It has to be a threat that is serious and not speculative.''

3 ''It has to be a situation in which we can't capture the individual before they move forward on some sort of operational plot against the United States.''

4 ''We've got to make sure that in whatever operations we conduct, we are very careful about avoiding civilian casualties.''

5 ''That while there is a legal justification for us to try and stop [American citizens] from carrying out plots '... they are subject to the protections of the Constitution and due process.''

At least two of those five points appear to be half-truths at best. In both Yemen and Pakistan, the CIA is allowed to launch a strike based on the target's ''signature'' '-- that is, whether he appears to look and act like a terrorist. As senior U.S. officials have repeatedly confirmed, intelligence analysts don't even have to know the target's name, let alone whether he's planning to attack the U.S. In some cases, merely being a military-aged male at the wrong place at the wrong time is enough to justify your death.

''What I found most striking was his claim that legitimate targets are a 'threat that is serious and not speculative,' and engaged in 'some operational plot against the United States,' That is simply not true,'' emails the Council on Foreign Relations' Micah Zenko, who has tracked the drone war as closely as any outside analyst. ''The claim that the 3,000+ people killed in roughly 375 nonbattlefield targeted killings were all engaged in actual operational plots against the U.S. defies any understanding of the scope of what America has been doing for the past ten years.''

A third point '-- that an American citizen is given the ''protections of the Constitution'' before he's approved for unmanned killing '-- is dubious. Yes, there is a process that the White House uses to vet proposed drone targets. Several government officials review a suspected terrorist's dossier before an attack on that person is okayed. This is an internal review by presidential aides, not subject to any kind of independent authority, and obviously not one in which a target's representatives can contest the case. It's enough to condemn someone to death. The Obama administration has argued that this is the same as the ''due process of law'' guaranteed in the Bill of Rights.

Legal scholars have found the argument flimsy '-- with no coherent standard of evidence that amounts to an instant death sentence, and no limits to where that sentence can be carried out. in a January Google Hangout '-- one of the few other times Obama has even mentioned the drone campaign '-- he said that targeting decisions were not managed by ''a bunch of folks in a room somewhere just making decisions.'' Actually, it appears to be something rather close to that.

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Obama¹s five rules for covert drone strikes

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President Obama takes a phone call aboard Air Force One, July 2012 (Photo Official White House/ Pete Souza)

In his most comprehensive public comments yet on the US covert drone war, President Barack Obama has laid out the five rules he says the United States uses to target and kill alleged terrorists '' including US citizens.

The president has also warned of the need to avoid a 'slippery slope' when fighting terrorism, 'in which you end up bending rules, thinking that the ends always justify the means.'

Obama's comments were made in an on-camera interview with CNN's chief White House correspondent Jessica Yellin. Only once before has the president publicly discussed the US covert drone policy, when he spoke briefly about strikes in Pakistan's tribal areas.

Now Obama says there are five rules that need to be followed in covert US drone attacks. In his own words:

1 'It has to be a target that is authorised by our laws.'

2 'It has to be a threat that is serious and not speculative.'

3 'It has to be a situation in which we can't capture the individual before they move forward on some sort of operational plot against the United States.'

4 'We've got to make sure that in whatever operations we conduct, we are very careful about avoiding civilian casualties.'

5 'That while there is a legal justification for us to try and stop [American citizens] from carrying out plots'... they are subject to the protections of the constitution and due process.'

'Misreporting'Obama twice referred to what he claims has been 'misreporting' by the media of his drones policy.

Apparently responding to recent allegations that his administration prefers to kill rather than capture suspects, the president said that 'our preference has always been to capture when we can because we can gather intelligence' but that it's sometimes 'very difficult to capture them.'

CNN's Yellin did not bring up the issue of civilian casualties '' despite CNN itself reporting multiple civilian deaths in a suspected Yemen drone strike just hours earlier. However Obama insisted that 'we are very careful about avoiding civilian casualties, and in fact there are a whole bunch of situations where we will not engage in operations if we think there's going to be civilian casualties involved.'

Obama also took on the contentious targeted killing of US citizens '' the subject of a number of high profile legal cases. Insisting that there was 'legal justification' for such killings, the president conceded that 'as an American citizen, they are subject to the protections of the constitution and due process.'

The US Department of Justice (DoJ) is presently trying to block publication of administration legal opinions which allegedly provided the justification for the killing of US citizen Anwar al Awlaki and others.

In a recent court submission the DoJ insisted that Obama's January comments on the covert drone war could not be taken as an admission that it was taking place: 'Plaintiffs speculate that the president must have been speaking about CIA involvement in lethal operations'.... This is insufficient to support a claim of official disclosure.'

With Obama now publicly laying out the ground rules for the covert drone war, the DoJ's position appears further damaged.

'Slippery slope'The president also discussed in some detail his moral concerns regarding the campaign, admitting that he 'struggle[s] with issues of war and peace and fighting terrorism.'

Our preference has always been to capture when we can because we can gather intelligence.'US President Barack Obama

He said that he and his national security team needed to 'continually ask questions about ''Are we doing the right thing? Are we abiding by the rule of law? Are we abiding by due process?'''

If that failed to happen, the president warned, there was the risk of a 'slippery slope'... in which you end up bending rules, thinking that the ends always justify the means.'

The continuing deaths of civilians '' and CIA tactics such as the deliberate targeting of rescuers '' have led some to argue that the US is already bending or even breaking those rules.

Full transcript of President Obama's comments to CNNJessica Yellin: On April 30 your homeland security adviser John Brennan acknowledged for the first time that the US uses armed drones to attack terrorists. My question to you is, do you personally decide who is targeted and what are your criteria if you do for the use of lethal force?

Obama: I've got to be careful here. There are classified issues, and a lot of what you read in the press that purports to be accurate isn't always accurate. What is absolutely true is that my first job, my most sacred duty as president and commander in chief, is to keep the American people safe. And what that means is we brought a whole bunch of tools to bear to go after al Qaeda and those who would attack Americans.

Drones are one tool that we use, and our criteria for using them is very tight and very strict. It has to be a target that is authorised by our laws; that has to be a threat that is serious and not speculative.

It has to be a situation in which we can't capture the individual before they move forward on some sort of operational plot against the United States. And this is an example of where I think there has been some misreporting. Our preference has always been to capture when we can because we can gather intelligence. But a lot of terrorist networks that target the United States, the most dangerous ones operate in very remote regions and it's very difficult to capture them.

And we've got to make sure that in whatever operations we conduct, we are very careful about avoiding civilian casualties, and in fact there are a whole bunch of situations where we will not engage in operations if we think there's going to be civilian casualties involved.

So we have an extensive process with a lot of checks, a lot of eyes looking at it. Obviously as president I'm ultimately responsible for decisions that are made by the administration. But I think what the American people need to know is the seriousness with which we take both the responsibility to keep them safe, but also the seriousness with which we take the need for us to abide by our traditions of rule of law and due process.

Yellin: Sir, do you personally approve the targets?

Obama: You know, I can't get too deeply into how these things work, but as I said as commander in chief ultimately I'm responsible for the process that we've set up to make sure that folks who are out to kill Americans, that we are able to disable them before they carry out their plans.

Yellin: Are the standards different when the target is an American?

Obama: I think there's no doubt that when an American has made the decision to affiliate himself with al Qaeda and target fellow Americans, that there is a legal justification for us to try and stop them from carrying out plots. What is also true though is that as an American citizen, they are subject to the protections of the constitution and due process.

Yellin: Finally on this topic even Brennan said that some governments struggle with this. Do you struggle with this policy?

Obama: Absolutely. Look, I think that '' A president who doesn't struggle with issues of war and peace and fighting terrorism, and the difficulties of dealing with an opponent who has no rules, that's something that you have to struggle with. Because if you don't it's very easy to slip into a situation in which you end up bending rules, thinking that the ends always justify the means. And that's not been our tradition, that's not who we are as a country.

Our most powerful tool over the long term to reduce the terrorist threat is to live up to our values and to be able to shape public opinion not just here but around the world, that senseless violence is not a way to resolve political differences.

And so it's very important for the president and the entire culture of our national security team to continually ask questions about 'Are we doing the right thing? Are we abiding by the rule of law? Are we abiding by due process?' And then set up structures and institutional checks so that you avoid any kind of slippery slope into a place where we're not being true to who we are.

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Congress Wants to See Obama's "License to Kill" | Mother Jones

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But if they get it, they won't be allowed to show it to you.

By Adam Serwer on Tue. July 31, 2012 3:00 AM PDT

Congress is finally standing up to President Barack Obama on targeted killing. Almost a year after three American citizens were killed in US drone strikes, legislators are pushing the administration to explain why it believes it's legal to kill American terror suspects overseas.

Congress is considering two measures that would compel the Obama administration to show members of Congress what Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) calls Obama's "license to kill": internal memos outlining the legal justification for killing Americans overseas without charge or trial. Legislators have been asking administration officials to release the documents for nearly a year, raising the issue multiple times in hearings and letters. But the new proposals, including one from Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) first flagged by blogger Marcy Wheeler and another in a separate intelligence bill, aren't requests'--they would mandate disclosure. That shift shows both Republicans and Democrats are growing impatient with the lack of transparency on targeted killings.

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After radical American-born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, alleged American Al Qaeda propagandist Samir Khan, and Awlaki's 16-year-old son, Abdulrahman, were killed by drone strikes in Yemen in September and October of last year, Republican and Democratic members of Congress sent letters asking the Obama administration to explain the legal justification for targeted killing of American citizens. "We got a license to kill Americans, and we don't know the legal basis for the license to kill Americans'...because our letters haven't been answered," Grassley complained during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing last week.

The New York Timeshas confirmed the existence of a secret memo from the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel (OLC)'--the branch of the government that tells the president whether what he wants to do is legal'--outlining the legal basis for the targeted killing program. But the Obama administration has yet to acknowledge that any such memo exists, despite defending the targeted killing policy in speeches and public appearances, and is currently fighting an American Civil Liberties Union lawsuit that seeks to force the government to reveal the legal justification for targeted killing. Now Congress seems to be moving towards the ACLU's position.

Cornyn's amendment would require the Obama administration to provide the Office of Legal Counsel memo justifying the killing program to legislators on several congressional committees. Democrats on the Judiciary Committee voted to shelve Cornyn's proposal, but that doesn't mean the effort is dead. Cornyn could propose his amendment again later this year, and there's also a section of a separate intelligence bill that would compel the administration to share all of the Justice Department's legal opinions on intelligence matters with the congressional intelligence committees'--unless the White House invokes executive privilege.

"We're not mere supplicants to the executive branch, we are a coequal branch of government," Cornyn said during discussion of his amendment in the Senate committee hearing last week. "So it is insufficient to say pretty please, Mr. President, pretty please, Mr. Attorney General, will you please tell us the legal authority by which you claim the authority to kill American citizens abroad?" (Cornyn also noted that just because he wants to see the memo doesn't mean he'd necessarily disagree with its contents.)

Neither Cornyn's proposal nor the intelligence bill would require the administration have to share the OLC memo with the media or the public, even in redacted form. But releasing the memo to legislators would at least allow Congress to perform more effective oversight of the targeted killing program, argues Chris Anders, legislative counsel for the ACLU. The Los Angeles Times reported in June that at the initiative of Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), who chairs the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Congress has been keeping a closer eye on the use of drone strikes. But critics like Anders argue that it's hard for oversight to be effective if legislators don't know what standard the Obama administration is using to determine whom to kill. "The key committees of Congress don't even know what the legal standard is or how they're applying it, so how can they do meaningful oversight?" Anders asks. The intelligence bill and Cornyn's proposal could fix that problem.

More oversight, though, is not enough, Anders says'--regular Americans should know what kind of conduct could lead to them being blown up by a deadly flying robot. "There's a fundamental due process right to know what it is you can't do in order to avoid getting killed by the order of the president," he says. Grassley, at least, seems to be on board with that idea'--a Grassley aide said the senator would "support making a redacted analysis public if possible." A Feinstein aide also suggested a push for public disclosure could follow Congress getting access to the legal analysis of targeted killing. And even if the OLC memo is only shared with Congress, broadening access to the document makes it more likely that it could be leaked to the press.

Now that legislators on both sides of the aisle are pushing for more disclosure, the chances the public will learn about the contents of the targeted killing memos has increased dramatically. Still, Anders says, it's easy to see a difference between how hard Congress pushed for George W. Bush-era memos authorizing torture and the deferential stance Congress adopted during the first three and a half years of the Obama administration.

"When it was Bush, it was much easier to get [legislators] to demand public disclosure," Anders says.

US dispatching more drones to Yemen - Source

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US dispatching more drones to Yemen - Source Asharq Alawsat Newspaper (English) US dispatching more drones to Yemen - Source08/09/2012By Hamdan al-Rahbi

Sanaa, Asharq Al-Awsat Informed Yemeni sources, speaking to Asharq Al-Awsat on the condition of anonymity, revealed that the al-Anad Air Base in southern Yemens Lajih province had received a new fleet of US drones, accompanied by American soldiers. The source said that an American military plane entered Yemen over the past few days carrying unmanned drones, accompanied by US soldiers,. He said that this fleet of US drones represented reinforcements for the US forces in Yemen as part of the international efforts to combat terrorism.

For its part, a local Yemeni newspaper claimed that two US drones had crashed during a reconnaissance mission. Yemens Al-Sharaa newspaper claimed that two US drones, in the process of returning to the al-Anad Air Base, crashed after the American soldiers piloting the drones failed to land them correctly.

Following the defeat of the Al Qaeda affiliated Ansar al-Sharia group in Abyan and Shabwa last May, Yemeni fighter planes as well as presumed US drones have carried out an intense bombardment campaign targeting Al Qaeda sites and elements, resulting in dozens of deaths, particularly in the Hadramout and al-Bayda provinces. However the popular outcry against the use of US unmanned drones in Yemen escalated last week after a US drone strike targeting Al Qaeda suspects in al-Bayda province killed 13 civilians, including two women and a child.

A US drone reportedly fired two missiles at known Al Qaeda affiliate Abdelrauf al-Dahab, who was traveling in a car near the town of Rada in al-Bayda province. However the first missile missed the target, whilst the second missile hit a minibus behind him, killing all those inside. Local officials reported that Abdelrauf al-Dahab escaped unharmed. He is the brother of Tareq al-Dahab, a senior Al Qaeda figure who led fighters in a January raid which ultimately saw the militants take control of the town of Rada. They later abandoned the town, bowing to tribal pressure. Tareq al-Dahab was killed in February.

Yemeni President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi has launched an investigation into the deaths of the civilians. For his part, a senior Yemeni Defense Ministry official told CNN This was one of the very few times when our target was completely missed. It was a mistake, but we hope it will not hurt our anti-terror efforts in the region.

Hundreds of angry Yemeni gunmen joined the families of the victims in closing major roads and demanding the Yemeni government explain the killings. They also tried to carry the corpses of the victims to Sanaa to lay them in front of the residence of President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi but were prevented from doing so by local security forces.

The United States government typically does not comment on reports that it is utilizing unmanned drones to target and kill terror suspects, but reports indicate that 29 people were killed by drone attack in Yemen last year, with nearly 200 being killed since the beginning of the year. Radical American-born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki was killed by a drone strike in September 2011; he remains the highest-profile target to be killed by an American drone attack in Yemen. Al-Awlaki had been linked to several terror plots, including the 2009 Ford Hood shooting.

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Aurora theater shooting court documents blows inside job conspiracy wide open

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(Examiner) '' Newly released court documents in the Aurora, CO theater ''Batman massacre'' case reveals startling inside accusations about who may actually be behind the shootings that left at least 70 people either dead or injured in the early morning hours of July 20th.

Friday's report by the online version of Denver's Westword Magazine details shocking claims made by, what appears to be, a new victim in a case that has throttled a community still in morning over the tragic events. According to the court documents an individual, whose name has been officially redacted from the documents, came forward to file a ''Motion to Intervene'' for the right to be reasonably heard under the Crime Victims' Rights Act (a)(4), for the purposes of presenting newly discovered evidence to the court.

Corroborating much of a recent Conspiracy Examiner story maintaining the situation as potentially being another horrific (rogue government faction) conspiracy and possible false-flag event, the newly discovered evidence, thrown out of court by Judge William Sylvester days later, details stunning accusations against billionaire Philip Anschutz, Police Chief Dan Oates, Arapaho County Dist. Atty. Carol Chambers and, according to the alleged victim, the Illuminati as being potential co-conspirators in the crime.

The stunning accusations, dated August 27, reveal a startling story by the claimant as having been visited at home by police chief Dan Oates and Dist. Atty. Carol Chambers where they forced the unnamed individual to testify as a fake victim of the shootings, under the threat of being arrested for prostitution and escort services and charity fraud, for the purposes of garnering an easy conviction against alleged shooter James Holmes. But not before being shot by the police chief in ''non-life-threatening areas'' of the body, according to the motion, to appear as having been shot by James Holmes himself. The motion also claims that it is likely some of the victims in the theater were merely paid actors working on behalf of the conspirators and wants multiple individuals involved in the situation to take polygraph tests to prove their innocence.

Claiming that their conscience will not let fraudulent testimony contribute to an improper conviction of James Holmes, the new mystery victim asked that the judge submit the case to the FBI and the US Congress for further investigation into the alleged conspiracy. The judge, however, instead of taking a closer look, decided to strike down the motion as fraudulent, claiming the motion as likely being forged by an individual or individuals unassociated with the events. The judge also suggested the situation be investigated by the Arapahoe County Sheriff's office and those responsible for the motion be taken into custody by the Arapahoe County Department of Human Services and ''referred to the appropriate mental health agency.''

But it may in fact be the judge that needs the mental attention as all the evidence collected in the case thus far seems to point toward mostly agreeing with the individual who filed the claim, despite the media and the court's attempts to suppress any evidence that doesn't support the official story. Multiple and corroborating eyewitness testimony stated what appeared to be multiple individuals involved in the shooting, including supporting official dispatch audio. Individuals interviewed by local media immediately after the event also claimed to have seen teargas canisters being deployed in the theater simultaneously from two different directions, in addition to side-by-side images of James Holmes prior to the shootings and the orange haired individual taken into custody as the alleged lone gunmen after the event looks startlingly like two different individuals. There also seems to have been two different gas masks found at the scene, in addition to other damning evidence that doesn't jive with the official version of the events.

The individual who filed the motion also added that they wanted their portion of the charity to be donated to James Holmes' prison commissary, after using the money to find Mr. Holmes ''real'' attorneys who are actually willing to act in the honest defense of James Holmes.

The motion, as certified by the Arapahoe County Dist. Atty. And public defenders offices, was sent via the United States Postal Service, then was quickly denied and subsequently released days ago to the public for reasons yet to be determined.

Perhaps one of the most telling aspects of the circumstances, however, happens to be the creepy dead silence about the motion by the media, especially considering every little detail about a situation like this is normally scrutinized at every angle after being groomed with a fine tooth comb and examined under a microscope.

It was just weeks ago that certain local media outlets were considering suing for access to court records because, according to those outlets, the community had a right to know so the victims and the community could more easily begin the healing process and find some semblance of closure. Perhaps information that may open new wounds, however, regardless of how accurate or important that information may be, may not be the kind of information they were looking for.

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Autistic adolescents more likely to be bullied, study shows

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Adolescents with autism are at a significantly higher risk of being bullied than adolescents without the disorder, according to new research led by a UC Berkeley associate professor.

In the 10-year nationwide study beginning in 2001, about 46 percent of adolescents aged 13 to 17 with autism were victims of bullying, compared to about 11 percent of the general adolescent population over the same time period. The research was published Monday in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine and was co-authored by UC Berkeley assistant professor of social welfare Paul Sterzing.

''This is an alarmingly large difference,'' Sterzing said.

The study found that several factors contributed to the higher rate of victimization. Among those were trouble forming social relationships and developing communication skills '-- general characteristics of autism.

Lan Nguyen, a junior at UC Berkeley, said that in middle school she was constantly the victim of bullying because people misunderstood and took advantage of her autism.

''In middle school, I recall three people throwing a raisin on the ground, and they told me to eat the raisin,'' Nguyen said. ''I wasn't able to voice my concerns '-- I wasn't able to differentiate between someone who is my friend and someone who is a bully.''

The study found that the classes students took played a role in their vulnerability to bullying. Students with autism who attended 76 percent or more of their classes in general education were bullied at a higher rate than their counterparts in special education classes.

Researchers came to these findings based on data derived from interviews with school administrators and parents of children with autism from the 10-year study conducted by the U.S. Department of Education that began in 2001.

The research concluded that schools need to reconsider their bullying interventions in order to incorporate the needs of students with autism and disabilities.

''The major thing (we found) was that we need to examine are our inclusionary processes, how schools actively go about integrating students in the classroom, and then we need to think of ways to integrate them,'' said Sterzing.

Nguyen said that schools should ''have responsible, competent staff who are aware and creative to find ways a child with autism can learn in a safe environment.''

At UC Berkeley, the Disabled Students' Program facilitates social integration for students with autism. Kevin Shields, the resident coordinator for the program, said high schools should teach students about disabilities to ''make it normal.''

''Educating the families of students who don't have autism is important for stopping bullying,'' Nguyen said. ''I believe that people act the way they are raised.''

The long-term effects of the bullying were not addressed in the research, but Shields said bullying at the university level takes on a different form.

''I think that it wasn't so much direct bullying (at UC Berkeley) you see in high school but extreme misunderstandings,'' Nguyen said. ''I have had conversations that would leave me in tears, and people that wouldn't understand my needs.''

Despite the bullying she faced as an adolescent, Nguyen does not see her disability as impeding her opportunities. She is currently studying integrative biology, graduating a year early and serving as the community co-chair for Autism Speaks U, an autism awareness group on campus.

''Autism does not have to be a tragedy or a hindrance or even a negative connotation,'' Nguyen said. ''The perceptions of autism and other disabilities can change for the better.''

Contact Sybil Lewis at [email protected].

Who's Next?

George Soros, Lord Rothschild and Madeleine Albright struggling to get paid in Nigeria.

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Helios Investment Partners, backed by George Soros, Madeleine Albright and other big-name investors, is struggling to get paid for a flagship $250m telecoms contract in Nigeria.A private equity firm backed by George Soros, Lord Rothschild and former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright is struggling to get paid for its flagship $250m (£154m) telecoms contract in Nigeria.

The London-based firm, Helios Investment Partners, run by two former Texas Pacific Group executives, started off building and maintaining telecom towers across Africa seven years ago.

It secured capital to construct 360 mobile phone towers in Nigeria through a company called Helios Towers from various investors, including $50m from CDC, a UK government development fund.

The business is considered a model of successful private equity investment in Africa, securing a $250m package led by the World Bank's International Finance Corporation. On the back of this, it attracted Mr Soros, Lord Rothschild and Ms Albright to invest in a separate $350m Helios Towers Africa fund to "replicate the success of Nigeria".

However, this $250m contract is now under threat after the mobile phone company that rents the towers claimed the agreement is invalid.

Madeleine Albright

Multi-Links, owned by South Africa's Telkom, told Helios Towers that it is under no obligation to pay rent or a termination fee years after the masts were built. The company is about three years into its 10-year contracts.

Multi-Links argues that the contracts are unenforceable, because they were not signed off by a state official. Helios argues a signature is not necessary. In an effort to recoup its investment, Helios Towers is suing Multi-Links and Telkom in Lagos for $250m that would have been due to it in rent over the years.

In a further complication, Telkom agreed to sell Multi-Links to its rival, Visafone, in April. Helios Towers claims an injunction granted in Lagos in December 2010 maintains the status quo and prevents this sale "pending determination of the suit".

Telkom, which has not disclosed the existence of this injunction to the South African stock market, declined to comment. Helios Investment Partners is one of the world's largest private equity investors in Africa. Its second pan-African fund being raised at the moment has exceeded its $800m target. It is about three times bigger than the previous fund, Helios Investors 1, which raised $305m in 2007. A spokesman for Multi-Links said: "Multi-Links is committed to respecting the judgment of the Court."

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Gold

Why is Putin stockpiling gold?

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By Brett Arends

I can't imagine it means anything cheerful that Vladimir Putin, the Russian czar, is stockpiling gold as fast as he can get his hands on it.

According to the World Gold Council, Russia has more than doubled its gold reserves in the past five years. Putin has taken advantage of the financial crisis to build the world's fifth-biggest gold pile in a handful of years, and is buying about half a billion dollars' worth every month.

/conga/story/misc/investing.html224725 It emerged last month that financial gurus George Soros and John Paulson had also increased their bullion exposure, but it's Putin that's really caught my eye.

No one else in the world plays global power politics as ruthlessly as Russia's chilling strongman, the man who effectively stole a Super Bowl ring from Bob Kraft, the owner of the New England Patriots, when they met in Russia some years ago.

Putin's moves may matter to your finances, because there are two ways to look at gold.

On the one hand, it's an investment that by most modern standards seems to make no sense. It generates no cash flow and serves no practical purpose. Warren Buffett has pointed out that we dig it out of one hole in the ground only to stick it in another, and anyone watching this from Mars would be very confused.

/conga/story/2012/08/community.html223701 You can forget claims that it's ''real'' money. There's no such thing. Money is just an accounting device, a way of keeping track of how much each of us produces and consumes. Gold is a shiny and somewhat tacky looking metal that is malleable, durable and heavy. A recent research paper by Duke University's Campbell Harvey and co-author Claude Erb raised serious questions about most of the arguments in favor of gold as an investment.

But there's another way to look at gold: As the most liquid reserve in times of turmoil, or worse.

The big story of our era is not that the Spanish government is broke, nor is it that Paul Ryan apparently feels the need to embellish his running record. It's that the United States, which has dominated the world's economy for several lifetimes, is in relative decline.

As was first reported here in April of last year, according to International Monetary Fund calculations, the U.S. is on track to lose its status as the world's biggest economy'--when measured in real, purchasing-power terms'--to China by 2017.

Bankers, expect your 2012 bonus to be down 30%As investment bank bonus pools continue to shrink, banks are expected to continue to lay off staff. Find out how bad it's going to get.

We will soon be the first people in two hundred years to live in a world not dominated by either Pax Americana or Pax Britannica. This sort of changing of the guard has never been peaceful. The declines of the Spanish, French and British empires were all accompanied by conflict. The decline of British hegemony was a leading cause of the First and Second World Wars.

What will happen as the U.S. loses its pre-eminence?

Maybe this will turn out better than similar episodes in the past. Maybe the Chinese will embrace an open society and the rule of law. If you believe that, there is probably no reason to hold any gold.

Oil Cabal

Xstrata vows to fight Glencore's attempt to change the merger into a takeover

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The battle for control is a significant step away from the friendly £46bn merger deal first announced to shareholders seven months ago.

On Thursday night, former Prime Minister Tony Blair had to be parachuted in to help broker a last-minute deal between Glencore boss Ivan Glasenberg and Qatar Holding, which has amassed a 12pc blocking stake in Xstrata. Mr Blair, who is on the international board of JP Morgan, one of the banks advising Xstrata and has helped advise Qatar in the past, was ''instrumental in helping the Qataris'', according to one insider.

Earlier this year, Qatar stunned the investor community when it publicly rejected Glencore's 2.8 merger terms demanding 3.25 Glencore shares for every Xstrata share. Qatar and Glencore had been at an impasse on negotiations before last night.

However, the Qataris are understood to be as surprised that Glencore has also changed the structure of the deal.

With the help of Mr Blair, the two sides shook hands, but the Middle Eastern sovereign wealth fund has not yet decided how to respond to Glencore's management demands.

Sources say that the Qataris have voiced concerns about potential wholesale changes to the executive team. The Qataris are still waiting for Xstrata's board recommendation and further details of what Glencore intends to offer.

At the moment, the commodities trader has not put forward a firm proposal, nor has it given details of its plans for potential management changes.

Glencore's revised proposal was delivered to the Xstrata's management team just moments before the company's emergency general meeting. Xstrata's chairman, Sir John Bond, stood up at the end of the EGM and reminded people that deal had been described as a "merger" because Mr Davis and finance director Trevor Reid were set to take the two main executive roles at the enlarged Glenstrata.

Richard Buxton, fund manager with Schroders, who is one of Xstrata's leading shareholders, said that the new proposals ''made a mockery of the merger terms'', which had been discussed for the past seven months.

''We think that Mick and his team should still be in the driving seat - and that hasn't changed,'' said Mr Buxton.

The Schroders fund manager, whose concerns were mirrored by other institutional holders at Xstrata, centre on the fact that the merger was designed to bring together the mining talents of Xstrata with the trading expertise of Glencore. The combined company will have 80pc of its revenues in mining so changing the executive structure to one dominated by Glencore would not maximise the two companies' strengths, according to some shareholders.

''It is not clear what Glencore are proposing under this new structure,'' said Mr Buxton. ''But it is a problem if this is going to be a different company to the one we have been told about in the past. It almost seems like a mix of petulance and face saving by Ivan who has now conceded on the ratio but demanded more of the top seats.''

However, Standard Life Investments, a top-10 shareholder in Xstrata, said it supported the sweetened offer, adding it also backed a decision to place Glencore's Ivan Glasenberg at the helm.

David Cumming, Head of Equities, Standard Life Investments, said: "The deal will, we believe, enhance the growth prospects of the combined group and consequently, as shareholders both of Xstrata and Glencore, we are pleased with the proposed outcome."

Elite$

Silvio Berlusconi's "James Bond-style" underground cave

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The underground complex is believed to have been built in 2004 but has never been seen publicly.

"It was the secret services who asked me to carry out the work, after I had received 38 death threats," Mr Berlusconi explained at the time.

He said he had sought advice on the design and construction from Pietro Lunardi, a cabinet colleague who was then the minister for infrastructure and insisted that no planning regulations had been broken.

Mr Zappadu, who now lives in Colombia, said on his blog that he had obtained the images from an anonymous source.

The semi-submerged cave is not the only flamboyant feature at Villa Certosa, a 150-acre estate where Mr Berlusconi has hosted the likes of Tony Blair and Vladimir Putin.

He once built an artificial volcano in the grounds of the villa to entertain guests at one of his parties.

A week ago he injured his shoulder and wrist after taking a tumble at the villa, although his personal doctor said the damage was not serious.

Mr Berlusconi, who turns 76 this month, stepped down in November when Italy became immersed in the eurozone crisis and after his reputation was damaged by a series of sex scandals, most notably involving allegations that he paid for sex with an under age prostitute at "bunga bunga" parties at his mansion in Milan.

Karima El Mahroug, better known by her stage name Ruby the Heart Stealer, and Mr Berlusconi both deny the charges. The ongoing trial is not expected to finish until the autumn with dozens of witnesses due to testify including George Clooney and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Mr Berlusconi and his allies have dropped heavy hints that he is planning to contest Italy's next elections, which are expected in April when Mario Monti, the caretaker prime minister, is expected to step down.

It would be his fourth stint as prime minister, although his People of Freedom party currently only has around 20 per cent of the vote.

Paul McCartney decorated with France's highest award

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PARIS | Sat Sep 8, 2012 12:49pm EDT

PARIS (Reuters) - Former Beatle Paul McCartney received France's highest public distinction for his contribution to music on Saturday when President Francois Hollande made him an officer of the Legion of Honour in a short ceremony at the presidential palace.

Shortly after the private ceremony during which Hollande joked with McCartney he had preferred the Rolling Stones to the Beatles, the British rock star gave a thumbs up and tweeted his thanks to France.

Created by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802, the Legion of Honour has three grades - chevalier, officer and commander. It carries social status but no money, and recipients have to buy their own medal from a licensed jeweler, with prices ranging from 169 to 700 euros ($210 to $880) for the highest rank.

McCartney, 70, one of the most influential songwriters in the history of popular music, follows in the footsteps of U.S. actors Clint Eastwood and Robert De Niro, and singers Liza Minnelli and Lenny Kravtiz, who have also been decorated with the Legion of Honour.

The musician has already been awarded a knighthood by Britain's Queen Elizabeth. He recently performed in front of the queen and tens of thousands of spectators at the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

He first rose to international fame with The Beatles, co-authoring songs such as "Yesterday", "A Hard Day's Night", "Hey Jude", "Let it be" alongside bandmate John Lennon.

He then went on to forge a solo career and formed the band Wings with his first wife Linda. He and Ringo Starr are the only surviving members of the Beatles following the deaths of Lennon and George Harrison.

(Reporting By John Irish; Editing by Sophie Hares)

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Dutch farmers turn back on the EU

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7 September 2012Last updated at 19:53 ET By Anna HolliganBBC News, The NetherlandsA tiny area of rich farmland in the south-western Dutch province of Zeeland has become a battleground for a conflict that reflects a deepening divide in the Netherlands' relationship with Europe.

This fertile territory has been hijacked by politicians from numerous parties, seeking to strengthen support ahead of elections, by convincing a growing core of Euro-sceptic voters that they will defend the nation against unwelcome interferences from Brussels.

The Dutch were among the original architects of the European Union. A relationship signed, sealed and turned into a treaty in Maastricht in 1992 - a border town that now attracts busloads of international students hoping to soak up knowledge from the spiritual birthplace of the EU.

But a decade after the Dutch took to the streets to celebrate this historic union, this small Eurozone member is in crisis.

Educated and frustrated, Insel Ince is a businessman who now supports the right-wing, populist Freedom Party (PVV):

"People are paying more for their healthcare, the price of living is more expensive, people have homes they can't afford to pay for and now the government wants to put up the age of retirement so we have to work for longer. For what? So we can send our money to Greece?"

"It's like throwing it on the street or giving it to a junkie or something, you know you are not going to get anything back. We are just giving, giving, giving and they are just taking, taking, taking and we cannot afford it anymore," Mr Ince said.

There is a phrase "God created the world but the Dutch created Holland", a reference to the Netherlands centuries-old practice of reclaiming land from the sea.

Wrestling the water to expand farmland or building on areas of marshland to create more space to accommodate a growing population.

Continue reading the main storyWe fight to protect beautiful land, productive land, with beautiful animals''

End QuoteGery De CloedtHedwige Polder landownerHedwige Polder lies 2m below sea level. It is built on marshland and protected from the sea by resilient man-made dikes.

Under an arrangement originally proposed by the Dutch - designed to satisfy European targets to protect the habitat of migratory birds - the Hedwige Polder was supposed to be returned to the sea.

The agreement was also part of a treaty signed with Belgium to compensate for land lost through the deepening of the Westerschelde, a stretch of water connecting the port of Antwerp to the sea.

'You want to cry'But the idea was unsurprisingly unpopular with those who now depend on the land for their livelihood.

Farmers implored the Dutch government not to bend to European demands. It is a highly emotive issue that cuts to the soul of the Dutch people's unique connection to the land.

"People used their bare hands to make this," Hans Mieras said as he waved his hands towards the flourishing fields.

"People died making this area out of the water. Now the politicians want to take it away and they're telling us to give it back to the sea. It's crazy."

The Hedwige Polder has been in Gery De Cloedt's family for generations.

"You feel that you cannot do anything and you want to cry, you want to shout. You feel that one guy with a small signature can decide everything and you feel totally powerless."

"I fight here for a long time, for eight years, my grandfather was fighting before. We fight to protect beautiful land, productive land, with beautiful animals," Mr de Cloedt added.

"Twenty-five farmers and 25 families live here. They [Brussels] would like to cancel that, to make a place full of mud. I'm fighting because I feel they are not correct and they lie."

The "lie" Mr De Cloedt is referring to is the proposal to flood the Hedwige Polder to preserve it as a marshland for the birds.

Technocrats in Brussels say they are simply trying to hold the Dutch to their original promises.

"It's the Netherlands which proposed the solution of flooding in the first place," said Joe Hennon, spokesman for the European Commission Environment.

"The commission is neutral on how they do this. We're not saying you must flood the Hedwige Polder.

"What we're saying is that you're obliged to restore the area, or the equivalent area to something which approaches a normal habitat."

Sea changeThroughout the Netherlands there is a growing frustration with Europe.

The Dutch don't like the idea of bailing out other countries with money they feel they can't afford to spare at a time of crisis.

Research by the Dutch Institute of International Relations found that 48% of those questioned view the Euro crisis as the biggest single threat to the future of the Netherlands.

'People feel Brussels dictates what the Dutch can do and cannot do. And the EU is now the big baddie," the institute's EU Specialist, Wilbur Perlot, said.

"I think there is a lot of negativity about certain specific EU projects and the influence that has on Dutch culture.

"If you explain it to them: 'You know, it's nice for the environment,' a lot of them will say: 'Ah ok it might be a good idea...'

But if you say: 'It must be done by Brussels,' then majority will say: 'No way! Why should Brussels decide what to do with this polder.'"

Politicians are aware of these fears and use issues like the Hedwige Polder to illustrate what they say is Brussels' destructive influence over the traditional Dutch way of life.

'If you look at the Hedwige Polder it's a very very very small part of Holland, but still Brussels is deciding what we are doing with it," said Paul ter Linden, a candidate for the Freedom Party (PVV).

"We want to decide on our own borders, we want to decide what we are doing with our nature, with our immigration, with our money. We want to decide it for ourselves... Enough is enough."

As life gets tough and national powers are eroded, will this pragmatic nation who have battled against the tides of nature for centuries now decide it is time to distance themselves from the political and economic powers of a union they once fought to create?

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Seattle StarGate Opens

Seattle 'Hum' May Be Due To Midshipman Fish That Produce Sound For Mating (VIDEO, AUDIO)

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If you've been to Seattle recently and wondered what that odd "humming" sound was, and why you could hear it all over the western part of town, researchers believe they've found an answer: It's the fish.

West Seattle's bizarre buzzing sound has been so loud as to wake residents up in the middle of the night, reports KING5. "It gets high and lower, and goes away, then comes back," said Julie Schickling, one West Seattle resident, describing the noise to the station. (listen to an audio clip of the phenomenon on YouTube -- humming starts 30 seconds in).

And this isn't the first time the noise has appeared, either. "After a few years of it only coming up once in a while, a few days ago, over the Labor Day weekend, it came up with a vengeance,'' said Tracy Record, the editor of the West Seattle Blog, to KPLU.

Now, researchers at the University of Washington's Marine Biology program have developed their own theory. They believe the Midshipman fish, a species found in the Pacific Northwest, could be the cause. Part of the fish's mating call (listen to a version here) involves an extended hum. That hum, produced by male Midshipman fish attempting to lure a mate, can last for hours, as males attempt to out-hum potential rivals.

Scientists told KING5 that the hum from the fish may be reverberating off the hulls of boats and buildings, which then amplify it for miles around.

West Seattle Blog notes that, when a similar situation occurred in 2009, the city tried in vain to pinpoint the source of the hum.

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War on Sugar

Would consumers benefit from changes to the way HFCS is labeled?

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As the row between sugar and corn refiners heats up this week, advocacy group Citizens for Health has entered the fray with a citizen's petition calling for the FDA to change the way high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is labeled.

Caption: HFCS 55, which is used in soft drinks, contains 55% fructose with the balance made up mostly by glucose; while HFCS 42, which is used in foods, contains about 42% fructose with the balance mostly comprising glucose. Table sugar (sucrose) contains 50:50 glucose and fructose.

The petition calls for HFCS formulations that deviate from the standard 42% or 55% fructose levels to be subject to a pre-market safety assessment on the grounds that only HFCS 42 and 55 are generally recognized as safe (GRAS).

In the interim period, the percentage of fructose used in HFCS formulations should be indicated on the label (eg.'HFCS 65'), it argues.

Consumers have been led to believe that the only concentrations used and labeled as HFCS are 42% and 55% fructose when in fact formulations containing far higher percentages of fructose are used in several products, it claims.

Consumers are being misled

For example, HFCS used in some soft drinks contains 65% fructose, while ADM markets a HFCS sweetener containing 90% fructose, claimed CFH VP and senior policy advisor James Gormley.

"It is common knowledge in the food industry that HFCS is officially manufactured with three amounts of fructose: 42, 55 and 90.

''Scientists from the University of Southern California Childhood Obesity Research Center also found in 2010 that the fructose content of some HFCS-sweetened beverages came in as high as 65% fructose.

''As the study's senior author Dr. Michael I. Goran noted, 'The elevated fructose levels in the sodas most Americans drink are of particular concern because of the negative effects fructose has on the body.' Indeed, it is well recognized that fructose in particular has been epidemiologically and clinically linked with obesity and metabolic syndrome."

Formulations other than HFCS 42 and 55 are not approved

Citizens for Health is not aware of any GRAS designated or premarket approved HFCS with a concentration of fructose above 55%, added Gormley, noting that the FDA's 1996 GRAS (re)approval of HFCS 42 and 55 did not include HFCS-90 in its exposure estimate for HFCS.

''Consumers will benefit from having an indicator as to what fructose concentration is associated with the product which they are considering to buy."

He added: "Our goal is to not ban products but to inform consumers."

'Baseless allegations' and 'inflammatory language'

But Corn Refiners Association (CRA) president Audrae Erickson said the petition was just ''the latest unfounded attack on HFCS'' and said it also raised "new questions about CFH's financial ties to the sugar industry", which is suing corn refiners over the recent 'corn sugar' media campaign.

She added: ''Our concerns are reinforced by the baseless allegations and inflammatory language in the petition and press release claiming, for example, that HFCS '' a sweetener that has been used safely for years and is nutritionally equivalent to table sugar '' poses 'a serious threat to consumer safety'.

''This latest scare tactic by Citizens for Health is so lacking in scientific merit and is so filled with misleading information that it is hard to come to any other conclusion other than that they are acting on interests that have little to do with what is truly best for consumers.

''The group admits to being funded by 'food growers and businesses' but does not fully reveal whether it takes money from The Sugar Association or any of its members or representatives. It is an indisputable fact they have taken money from The Sugar Association in the past and are, now, not being fully transparent about their admitted financial relationships with food growers and businesses that may have a profit-motive in bankrolling their efforts."

The CRA did not respond to questions on the legal status of HFCS formulations containing more than 55% fructose or explain how widely used such formulations are in industry.

CFH: The corn folks are pulling the wool over the eyes of the industry and consumers

CFH describes itself as ''a non-profit, independent voice for the natural health consumer'' with most donations coming from ''individual consumers''.

However, CFH chair of the Board (and principal in the law firm firm Swankin & Turner) Jim Turner told FoodNavigator-USA that he was "happy to take money from whoever will support us on this issue''.

He added: "The corn folks are pulling the wool over the eyes of the industry and consumers. They are being told that other formulations are approved when they are not. The FDA should require these firms to file a food additive petition to demonstrate the safety [of formulations containing more than 55% fructose]."

Asked why consumers would benefit from more detailed labeling, he added: "The corn folks say the public doesn't care about this issue. But our point is that the public doesn't know."

The FDA must respond to citizen's petitions within 150 days.

Ministry of Truth

Incredible Photograph Captures Exact Moment of Tank Shell Hitting Against Syrian Rebels

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This image sequence of a Syrian army tank firing against a group of rebels in a street of Aleppo is beyond stunning. It's pure insanity. Taken by Tracey Shelton, it captures the exact moment of a tank shell hitting the rebel position. Miraculously, she survived. Some of the men weren't so lucky.

Tracey'--a veteran photographer of many wars'--has been filming in Aleppo for a while. Earlier this week, she was with the rebels of the Noor Den al-Zenke batallion, who "man a two-block stretch of back streets that now forms the final line between government troops and opposition forces."

Her tale of the events is bone-chilling:

This time, the assault came with little warning. As the cloud of smoke engulfed the street we ran back and frantically waited for the others to escape through the cloud of smoke and debris. But no one came. In that split second, three men were reduced to broken, bleeding masses.

Watch the rest of her photos'--and a video too'--at [Global Post]

Indian PM warns of dangers of social media

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People walk to board a special train to transport them back to Bangalore, from where they had fled last month, at a railway station in Gauhati, India. Thousands of panic-stricken Indians from the northeast had fled the southern city of Bangalore spurred by rumors they would be attacked in retaliation for communal violence in their home state. -AP Photo

NEW DELHI: Indian Premier Manmohan Singh warned Saturday over the use of social media to inflame ethnic tensions after online threats and text messages sparked a mass exodus of migrants from southern cities.

The use of ''social media to aggravate the communal situation is a new challenge'', Singh told a conference of senior police officials in New Delhi.

''We need to fully understand how these new media are used by miscreants'...and devise strategies to counter the propaganda that is carried out by these new means,'' he said.

Tens of thousands of migrant workers and students from India's northeast fled last month from the high-tech centre of Bangalore and other southern cities.

The unprecedented exodus was triggered by inflammatory text messages and videos posted online which warned that Muslims would target them in reprisal for deadly clashes between the tribals and Muslims in the remote Assam state.

The government imposed a two-week ban on bulk messages that ended in late August and blocked some Internet pages to halt the spread of incendiary material that could fuel tensions.

Ethnic clashes in India's northeastern state of Assam between the Bodo tribals and Muslims have claimed around 90 lives and prompted some 400,000 people to take refuge in camps.

India is a hugely diverse nation which prizes a reputation for secular tolerance but where ethnic and religious tensions often simmer beneath the surface.

The use of the text messages and videos posted online to stir up fears have been deeply alarming to Indian authorities.

Singh also spoke of ''increasing infiltration attempts'' by militants into Indian-administered Kashmir and across India's international border with Pakistan as the South Asian rivals held peace talks in Islamabad.

The warning came as Indian Foreign Minister S.M. Krishna was on a three-day visit to Pakistan, where he was to hold talks with his Pakistani counterpart Hina Rabbani Khar.

While violence in Indian-administered Kashmir has declined, militants are ''maintaining their ability to use the sea route'' to launch an attack against India, Singh warned.

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Syria

Syrian Chemical Arsenal Being Dispersed Across Country, Officials Say

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The Assad regime's move to distribute its chemical arsenal around Syria could make the weapons harder to protect against possible pilfering should the government lose its grip on power, regional and U.S. officials told the Washington Post for a Thursday article.

There might now be up to 20 facilities holding chemical armaments and ingredients. Officials are keeping tabs on the installations, but concerns are rising that they have been unable to pinpoint the whereabouts of all chemical weapon-related sites and that some lethal materials might be seized for use in attacks or otherwise diverted.

"We think we know everything, but we felt the same way about Libya," said one anonymous ex-U.S. intelligence official.

At the beginning of the 2011 uprising against dictator Muammar Qadhafi, the international community was under the impression Libya still possessed roughly 11.5 metric tons of degrading blister agent and a larger quantity of precursor materials. An additional cache of sulfur mustard agent was later discovered that Libya had failed to declare as a member nation to the Chemical Weapons Convention.

"We had been on the ground in Libya, yet there were big surprises, both in terms of quantities and locations," the former U.S. official said in an interview with the Post.

Two unidentified officials with access to recent intelligence findings said it seems Assad's chemical arsenal is more dispersed and of a greater size than was earlier suspected. The most lethal chemical agents are stored in approximately six areas. An additional 14 installations are employed to produce and hold chemical weapon parts, the officials said.

"It's obvious that ensuring their security is paramount. Planning for different scenarios, consulting appropriately with allies and preparing to manage any new challenges is simply being responsible," a U.S. government source said.

The United States and Syrian neighbors Turkey, Jordan, and Israel are preparing for the threat that violent extremists could exploit the chaos to obtain chemical weapons. Washington has reportedly sternly warned Syrian opposition fighters not to attempt to seize the chemical depots.

As Syria never signed the CWC pact, no concrete details are known about its chemical arsenal. Still, the country is understood to possess an active chemical weapons program encompassing hundreds of tons of materials such as mustard gas and sarin and VX nerve agents as well delivery systems including ballistic missiles, rockets and air-dropped bombs. Damascus is also suspected of having a biological weapons program.

Russia and North Korea have supplied aid to Damascus in recent decades in building weapon sites that are difficult to detect from the sky and protected against outsider threats, the ex-U.S. official said. "They are masters at concealment."

Multiple serving and ex-U.S. officials admitted it would be a Herculean task to seize, disarm, guard, or destroy Syria's chemical weapons in alongside continuing fighting between Assad loyalists and rebels and a probable regime effort to retaliate against any foreign military intervention.

One advantage, though, is that the majority of the chemical arsenal is made up of ingredient agents which must be mixed and poured into munitions before they can be used. Untrained individuals who attempt to prepare the precursor materials are likely to cause their own deaths.

In a best-case outcome, foreign specialists could travel to opposition-held areas of Syria to take control of the chemical facilities, as was the case in Libya after the collapse of the Qadhafi regime. If, however, chemical installations are overwhelmed during fighting between rebels and loyalists or the Syrian military is perceived to be preparing to launch chemical strikes, developed crisis response strategies would have highly trained foreign units enter the country to seize the weapons, informed regional and U.S. officials said.

Opposition forces are becoming more worried about the potential for a besieged Assad to order chemical strikes in a last ditch effort to maintain power, Syria analyst Andrew Tabler said. "They think the regime is moving the weapons around, mostly to the coast and other areas where the regime will go if it is forced to contract."

Foreign intelligence agencies have yet to uncover indications the Syrian military is mixing chemical agents and readying munitions for use in a strike. The United States, the United Kingdom and France have all warned Damascus they would harshly respond to any such attack.

Russia opposes foreign military intervention in Syria without U.N. Security Council authorization. Moscow has used its close connections with Damascus to underline to the Assad regime that chemical weapons must not be used.

"We are absolutely sure -- and have Damascus' official reassurances on this account -- that this country's government is taking all the necessary measures to ensure safety of the chemical arsenal," Interfax quoted Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov as saying on Thursday. "Certainly, we rule out the possibility that Syria could use its chemical weapons for combat purposes."

Syria Rebels Declare Civilian Aircraft Legitimate Targets

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Fri, 07 Sep 2012 02:52

Interested in increasing its influence in the region, France is reportedly considering sending rebel factions in northern Syria artillery as well as anti-aircraft guns. They have already confirmed plans to provide funds to several rebel blocs, though not the Free Syrian Army (FSA).

The timing for the anti-aircraft weaponry report couldn't be worse. Earlier today, the Free Syrian Army announced that they now consider civilian aircrafts to be ''legitimate military targets'' and say they will attack any airplanes flying over Syria after this weekend.

Several international airlines have already announced that they are withdrawing from Damascus airport, but 14 others remain. The FSA insisted that while they intend to shoot down civilian planes, it would be the regime ''and its Russian allies'' that are to blame for the resultant deaths.

Several of the Gulf nations that have been arming the rebels have openly resisted sending anti-aircraft weapons to the groups, fearing that this sort of shift might happen. The French government has yet to comment, but this must inevitably force a rethink of any plans they might have for shipping such weapons.

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U.S. government warns citizens of 'zombie apocalypse'

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The Associated Press Published Thursday, Sep. 6, 2012 7:26PM EDT

WASHINGTON -- "The zombies are coming!" the Homeland Security Department says.

Tongue firmly in cheek, the government urged citizens Thursday to prepare for a zombie apocalypse, part of a public health campaign to encourage better preparation for genuine disasters and emergencies. The theory: If you're prepared for a zombie attack, the same preparations will help during a hurricane, pandemic, earthquake or terrorist attack.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency hosted an online seminar for its Citizen Corps organization to help emergency planners better prepare their communities for disaster. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last year first launched a zombie apocalypse social media campaign for the same purposes.

Emergency planners were encouraged to use the threat of zombies -- the flesh-hungry, walking dead -- to encourage citizens to prepare for disasters. Organizers also noted the relative proximity to Halloween.

Among the government's recommendations were having an emergency evacuation plan and a change of clothes, plus keeping on hand fresh water, extra medications and emergency flashlights.

A few of the government's suggestions tracked closely with some of the 33 rules for dealing with zombies popularized in the 2009 movie "Zombieland," which included "always carry a change of underwear" and "when in doubt, know your way out."

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Greece: Golden Dawn Assails Electronic ID's for Greeks.

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The government's plan to introduce electronic IDs are ''Orwellian,'' Golden Dawn MP Christos Pappas claims (Photo/Eurokinissi)

Greek Interior Minister Nikos Dendias, who has vowed to ''crush'' lawbreakers in the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party, has tangled with them again, this time over government plans to issue electronic identification cards.

Christos Pappas, one of the 18 Members of the Parliament in seats won by the party in the June 17 elections, told Dendias during a sharp exchange in the body that Golden Dawn doesn't want the ID's and said it was fighting for a ''free Greece'' and would not allow what he called the government's ''terrorism to pass.''

Pappas said electronic ID's would be an ''attack'' on Greek people and society. ''We were born free and will die free, as Orthodox Christians. We will resist your Orwellian measures,'' he said.

Referring to Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, Pappas continued: ''Convey to your political boss, a political 'Pinocchio', who has fooled the Greek people with lies '... that my party will fight and will not let your terrorism pass. We will attack.''

Dendias blasted what he said was the ill-advised ''ethics and manner,'' of Pappas and said: ''I have already said it and I will say it again: We will not have storm troopers in this country. I was called to Parliament to provide answers on the legislative initiative entailed in electronic identity cards, and instead I'm listening to an attack against the prime minister.''

The electronic identity card (eID) or EIC is a government-issued document for online and offline identification. Countries including Belgium and Italy are currently issuing EICs that will replace conventional identity cards in most European countries in the future. It has the format of a regular bankcard, with printed identity information on the surface (such as personal details and a photograph) as well as an embedded microchip.

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Monti Calls for EU Summit to Confront Populism - ABC News

Italian Premier Mario Monti on Saturday proposed a special European summit to confront growing populism in the face of the continent's financial crisis.

He said a divisive populism is present in nearly all eurozone countries, and that it aims to divide nations at a moment when the impetus is for greater integration to help safeguard the euro currency and restore health to the EU's economy.

"We are in a dangerous phase," Monti said on the sidelines of the Ambrosetti Forum on Lake Como after meeting with European Union Council President Herman van Rompuy.

Van Rompuy en Monti willen Europese top over opkomend populisme

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(C) getty. Herman Van Rompuy en Mario Monti.

De Italiaanse premier Mario Monti wil in Rome een Europese top organiseren die zich buigt over de "gevaarlijke" opkomst van het populisme in de EU. Europees Raadsvoorzitter Herman Van Rompuy is alvast helemaal gewonnen voor het idee.

"In bijna alle lidstaten van de Europese Unie zien we populistische manifestaties die voor verdeeldheid willen zorgen", zei Monti vandaag op een persconferentie met Van Rompuy, na afloop van een economisch congres in het noorden van het land. Hij betreurt dat door de crisis in de eurozone "de oude stereotypes en de oude spanningen opnieuw naar boven komen", vooral in de relaties tussen Noord- en Zuid-Europa.

CapitoolMonti wil dat de 27 staats- en regeringsleiders van de EU in Rome bijeenkomen om zich over het opkomende populisme te buigen. Een locatie heeft hij ook al in gedachten: het Capitool, waar in 1957 het Verdrag van Rome ondertekend werd, het startpunt van de Europese Economische Gemeenschap.

Herman Van Rompuy steunt het idee van Monti. Hij was al van plan om tegen eind 2014 een top over Europese integratie te beleggen, maar zegt nu dat "het een goed idee is om dit veel vroeger te doen".

LofMario Monti kreeg van Van Rompuy overigens nog andere lof toegezwaaid. "De regering van premier Monti", luidde het, "heeft voor indrukwekkende hervormingen gezorgd in Itali. Ze brengen het land terug naar de plek waar het thuishoort: in het hart van Europa."

Portuguese bemoan "unfair" tax rise for workers. (Euronews video)

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Portugal's tough new austerity measures have been widely criticised as an attack on workers.

The government's announced a raft of changes, including an increase in social security contributions from 11 to 18 per cent, which roughly equates to one month's salary.

In a bid to boost employment, which stands at a record high above 15 percent, Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coehlo also wants to introduce a cut in companies social security contributions from 23.75 to 18 per cent.

Lisbon newspaper kiosk owner, Maria Menezes, described the move as unfair for the working class: ''There are other ways of raising money, and saying this will create more jobs is a lie.''

Sentiments shared by antiques dealer, Francisco Sliva: ''The public deficit is better but people's lives haven't improved. There's more unemployment and these measures won't lead to more jobs, I'm absolutely certain of that,'' he said.

Across-the-board tax rises and spending cuts have already seen thousands of Portuguese take to the streets in protest. The country was forced to seek a bailout last year and entered its deepest recession since the 1970s.

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Spain resists pressure to call for EU bailout funds. (Euronews video)

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Spain has ruled out asking for EU bailout funds as pressure grows on the government.

It comes after an influential Spanish business group urged Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy to take a decision as soon as possible to bring relief to the recession-gripped country.

But Spain's Deputy Prime Minister, Soraya Senz de Santamar­a, said the government is willing to play the waiting game: ''There are decisions that you cannot take in a hurry, not even from one day to another. The implications are very important for our country and for our future.''

The opposition Socialists have also called on the government to take some action with the country struggling under the weight of austerity measures.

Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba said he wanted the government to go to Brussels and make the point that it can not impose any tougher measures that do not bring any results: ''We must take the right steps because Spain needs to rid itself of some pressure,'' he added.

But Spain is unlikely to yield to internal calls ahead of two crucial dates this month, including the results of an audit of its troubled banks and Moody's credit rating agency's next review.

The government is also facing two challenging regional elections in October.

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GREEK CRISIS: New poll puts Nazis in third place

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Yes, it's another another triumph for the Troikanauts

If he is to avoid near annihilation at the next election in Greece, PASOK leader Evangelos Venizelos must decouple himself from the Samaras Government. And if it doesn't want a surging Nazi Party, then Athens itself must decouple itself from the Berlin-Am-Brussels gravy train. These are the lessons from the latest opinion poll to emerge from Greece yesterday.

Capitalizing on growing social unrest over record unemployment, resentment against immigrants, rising crime, and planned new government austerity measures, the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party has jumped into third place in popularity among Greek political parties, overtaking the once-dominant PASOK Socialists. According to a new Pulse survey, Golden Dawn, which won 18 seats in Parliament in the June 17 elections with 6.97% of the vote, now has 10.5 % while PASOK lags far behind on just 8%.

In the 2009 elections, Golden Dawn polled just 0.29% of all votes cast. So the staggering joint achievement of the bondholder-Brussels ECB-IMF alliance has been to boost the Nazi share of the vote by 3500%. Given the rapid rate at which any sense of liberal democracy in the EU is disappearing, perhaps this is entirely apt.

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Greece: Tax payment by credit card sends usage soaring

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By Evgenia Tzortzi

Income tax payment via credit card shot up in August as a large portion of credit card holders in Greece chose this way of payment instead of seven installments in cash or by bank check at the tax office that the state has allowed for.

According to bank data, tax payments by credit card came to 200 million euros, representing between 40 and 50 percent of total credit card turnover in August. This constitutes a massive increase in the use of credit cards, whose use had been severely dented as a result of the economic crisis.

However the above trend is now being reversed, to the extent that the benefits to be reaped from the use of credit cards for paying tax debts are multiple compared with the arrangement for seven installments in the form of cash or bank check by next February that the state offers. Credit card payments can be stretched over up to 12 months because banks that issue credit cards allow for the spreading of each installment, thereby allowing for smaller amounts to be paid every month.

As a result, if a taxpayer owes 3,000 euros in taxes, he is not only allowed to break down the payment into seven, nine or 12 installments, depending on the bank, but can also reduce further the amount he would pay every month -- i.e. instead of 428 euros per month in seven equal installments, he could pay 12 installments of 250 euros each.

What is more, taxpayers who choose to pay the entire income tax bill by credit card and then pay the bank in installments will also benefit from a 1.5 percent discount the state offers for tax payment in a lump sum, a benefit that taxpayers using the state's arrangement for seven installments in cash or by check at the tax office miss out on. Consequently, in the above example, the taxpayer with a debt of 3,000 euros can also save a total of 45 euros that way.

This means that the use of credit cards for the payment of tax debts is expected to increase further in the coming months, as this fall will be a period when additional tax burdens will weigh on taxpayers, concerning the special tax on properties paid through electricity bills and the road tax for vehicles.

Dutch farmers turn back on the EU

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7 September 2012Last updated at 19:53 ET By Anna HolliganBBC News, The NetherlandsA tiny area of rich farmland in the south-western Dutch province of Zeeland has become a battleground for a conflict that reflects a deepening divide in the Netherlands' relationship with Europe.

This fertile territory has been hijacked by politicians from numerous parties, seeking to strengthen support ahead of elections, by convincing a growing core of Euro-sceptic voters that they will defend the nation against unwelcome interferences from Brussels.

The Dutch were among the original architects of the European Union. A relationship signed, sealed and turned into a treaty in Maastricht in 1992 - a border town that now attracts busloads of international students hoping to soak up knowledge from the spiritual birthplace of the EU.

But a decade after the Dutch took to the streets to celebrate this historic union, this small Eurozone member is in crisis.

Educated and frustrated, Insel Ince is a businessman who now supports the right-wing, populist Freedom Party (PVV):

"People are paying more for their healthcare, the price of living is more expensive, people have homes they can't afford to pay for and now the government wants to put up the age of retirement so we have to work for longer. For what? So we can send our money to Greece?"

"It's like throwing it on the street or giving it to a junkie or something, you know you are not going to get anything back. We are just giving, giving, giving and they are just taking, taking, taking and we cannot afford it anymore," Mr Ince said.

There is a phrase "God created the world but the Dutch created Holland", a reference to the Netherlands centuries-old practice of reclaiming land from the sea.

Wrestling the water to expand farmland or building on areas of marshland to create more space to accommodate a growing population.

Continue reading the main storyWe fight to protect beautiful land, productive land, with beautiful animals''

End QuoteGery De CloedtHedwige Polder landownerHedwige Polder lies 2m below sea level. It is built on marshland and protected from the sea by resilient man-made dikes.

Under an arrangement originally proposed by the Dutch - designed to satisfy European targets to protect the habitat of migratory birds - the Hedwige Polder was supposed to be returned to the sea.

The agreement was also part of a treaty signed with Belgium to compensate for land lost through the deepening of the Westerschelde, a stretch of water connecting the port of Antwerp to the sea.

'You want to cry'But the idea was unsurprisingly unpopular with those who now depend on the land for their livelihood.

Farmers implored the Dutch government not to bend to European demands. It is a highly emotive issue that cuts to the soul of the Dutch people's unique connection to the land.

"People used their bare hands to make this," Hans Mieras said as he waved his hands towards the flourishing fields.

"People died making this area out of the water. Now the politicians want to take it away and they're telling us to give it back to the sea. It's crazy."

The Hedwige Polder has been in Gery De Cloedt's family for generations.

"You feel that you cannot do anything and you want to cry, you want to shout. You feel that one guy with a small signature can decide everything and you feel totally powerless."

"I fight here for a long time, for eight years, my grandfather was fighting before. We fight to protect beautiful land, productive land, with beautiful animals," Mr de Cloedt added.

"Twenty-five farmers and 25 families live here. They [Brussels] would like to cancel that, to make a place full of mud. I'm fighting because I feel they are not correct and they lie."

The "lie" Mr De Cloedt is referring to is the proposal to flood the Hedwige Polder to preserve it as a marshland for the birds.

Technocrats in Brussels say they are simply trying to hold the Dutch to their original promises.

"It's the Netherlands which proposed the solution of flooding in the first place," said Joe Hennon, spokesman for the European Commission Environment.

"The commission is neutral on how they do this. We're not saying you must flood the Hedwige Polder.

"What we're saying is that you're obliged to restore the area, or the equivalent area to something which approaches a normal habitat."

Sea changeThroughout the Netherlands there is a growing frustration with Europe.

The Dutch don't like the idea of bailing out other countries with money they feel they can't afford to spare at a time of crisis.

Research by the Dutch Institute of International Relations found that 48% of those questioned view the Euro crisis as the biggest single threat to the future of the Netherlands.

'People feel Brussels dictates what the Dutch can do and cannot do. And the EU is now the big baddie," the institute's EU Specialist, Wilbur Perlot, said.

"I think there is a lot of negativity about certain specific EU projects and the influence that has on Dutch culture.

"If you explain it to them: 'You know, it's nice for the environment,' a lot of them will say: 'Ah ok it might be a good idea...'

But if you say: 'It must be done by Brussels,' then majority will say: 'No way! Why should Brussels decide what to do with this polder.'"

Politicians are aware of these fears and use issues like the Hedwige Polder to illustrate what they say is Brussels' destructive influence over the traditional Dutch way of life.

'If you look at the Hedwige Polder it's a very very very small part of Holland, but still Brussels is deciding what we are doing with it," said Paul ter Linden, a candidate for the Freedom Party (PVV).

"We want to decide on our own borders, we want to decide what we are doing with our nature, with our immigration, with our money. We want to decide it for ourselves... Enough is enough."

As life gets tough and national powers are eroded, will this pragmatic nation who have battled against the tides of nature for centuries now decide it is time to distance themselves from the political and economic powers of a union they once fought to create?

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Major appointment to ECB blocked.

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A major appointment to the body that runs the European Central Bank has been blocked by the European Parliament.

Sharon Bowles, the British MEP who chairs the Parliament'sinfluential economic and monetary affairs committee, said the endorsement ofYves Mersch as the next member of the ECB's six-strong executive board would bepostponed. MEPs, who must approve any appointment, are unhappy that awoman was not considered for the job.

Bowles said that ''it became evident that no female candidate had been consideredfor the position'' before eurozone member states made their officialrecommendation.

She added: ''The [economic and monetary affairs] committee has raised itsconcerns on lack of gender balance on the ECB board and governing council for along time.

''There is now not even a single woman sitting on the main board of what isone of the most powerful and essential institutions in the EU.

''The symbolic and practical effects of this absence are not without note.''

Mersch, a Luxembourgois central banker, has been nominated to replace Jos(C)Manuel Gonzalez-Parama, of Spain, whose eight-year term ended on 31 May.Disagreement over his replacement meant that Mersch was not formally nominatedby eurozone finance ministers until July.

The Parliament had scheduled a hearing into Mersch's appointment on 10September, with a vote three days later.

''It does seem, as with corporations, thatthere is a systemic cultural problem to address,'' said Bowles.

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Real Unemployment Rate Hits 11.7% As Spread Between Reported And Propaganda Data Hits Record

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Today's reported unemployment rate: 8.1%. The reason: the labor "participation" dropped to a 31 year low 63.5% as reported earlier. Of course, this number is pure propaganda, and makes no sense for one simple reason: despite the economic collapse started in December 2007, the US civilian non-institutional population since then has grown by 186,000 people every month on average hitting an all time high of 243,566,000 in August. These people need a job, and the traditional shorthand is that at least 100,000 jobs have the be generated every month for the unemployment rate to merely stay flat, let along improve. So what does one get when one uses the long-term average of the past 30 or so years which happens to be 65.8%? One gets an unemployment number that is 45% higher than the reported 8.1%, or 11.7%.That is what the real unemployment rate is assuming the US labor participation rate was realistic and not manipulated by the BLS cronies and the Bank of Spain assisted Arima-X-13 seasonal adjustment models. It also means that, as the chart below shows, the spread between the real and propaganda data hit an all time record, which was to be expected two months ahead of America's banker muppet presidential election.

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W.H. on job numbers: 'Further evidence' economy 'continuing to recover'

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The White House put out a statement regarding the job numbers released today. ''Today's employment report provides further evidence,'' the statement said, ''that the U.S. economy is continuing to recover from the worst downturn since the Great Depression.''

Unemployment ticked down from 8.3 percent in July to 8.1 percent in August, according to the U.S. Labor Department's report.

The statement from the White House also said, ''it is important not to read too much into any one monthly report.'' That line was used by the White House in reference to July's unemployment numbers.

Read the full statement after the jump'...

While there is more work that remains to be done, today's employment report provides further evidence that the U.S. economy is continuing to recover from the worst downturn since the Great Depression. It is critical that we continue the policies that are building an economy that works for the middle class as we dig our way out of the deep hole that was caused by the severe recession that began in December 2007. To create more jobs in particularly hard-hit sectors, President Obama continues to support the elements of the American Jobs Act that have not yet passed, including further investment in infrastructure to rebuild our Nation's ports, roads and highways, and assistance to State and local governments to prevent layoffs and to enable them to rehire hundreds of thousands of teachers and first responders. To build on the progress of the last few years, President Obama has also proposed an extension of middle class tax cuts that would prevent the typical middle class family from facing a $2,200 tax increase next year.

Today's report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) shows that private sector establishments added 103,000 jobs last month, and overall non-farm payroll employment rose by 96,000. The economy has now added private sector jobs for 30 straight months, for a total of 4.6 million jobs during that period.

The household survey showed that the unemployment rate declined from 8.3% to 8.1% in August.

Employment rose notably in leisure and hospitality (+34,000), professional and business services (+28,000), health care and social assistance (+21,700), and wholesale trade (+7,900). Manufacturing lost 15,000 jobs, including a 7,500 drop in motor vehicles and parts, which is partly payback for there having been relatively few seasonal auto plant shutdowns in July. Over the past 30 months, manufacturers have added more than 500,000 jobs. Government lost 7,000 jobs, as state government payrolls fell by 6,000 and local governments shed 4,000 jobs. Since February 2010, State and local governments have lost 504,000 jobs.

As the Administration stresses every month, the monthly employment and unemployment figures can be volatile, and employment estimates can be subject to substantial revision. Therefore, it is important not to read too much into any one monthly report and it is informative to consider each report in the context of other data that are becoming available.

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WHITE HOUSE INSIDER: Bill Clinton vs Valerie Jarrett Backstage At DNC

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Backstage, Bill says something like, ''He wanted to break my hand.'' He's laughing it off. -WHI

Here is our latest interview with a longtime D.C. political operative. This interview was conducted via a series of messages both to and from the figure we simply refer to as Insider. In order to share with readers as quickly as possible, this interview has not been edited , so apologies for it's somewhat brief and/or broken up nature.

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UM: Final thoughts on the DNC convention?

WHI: Bill was great. Everyone else just ok. Obama fell flat.

UM: Do you think President Clinton's speech will help Obama?

WHI: No. And I will try and explain why but do it briefly as I don't have much time. Got a flight to catch. What Clinton did was a clever Lloyd Bentsen rehash. Kind of in reverse. Or first person take on it. And it was brilliant. Thank you very much.

UM: Sorry to bother you with a follow up to that but what do you mean? Lloyd Bentsen?

WHI: The VP candidate back in '88. The debate with Quayle. Bush I era. Look it up.

UM: Know who Bentson was. But regarding Obama and the DNC????

WHI: Look it up. The ''I knew JFK and you're no JFK'' part. That is what Bill did this week. A version of it. Reminded everyone of what was but what hasn't been these last four years. Trust me. Don't buy the liberal spin. That is what he did. And by the end of that speech, Obama knew it. Things were pretty icy backstage.

UM: Explain. How so?

WHI: Bill's speech was double the time they gave him. Had Obama waiting. Kept the current POTUS waiting for almost an hour. Handlers not happy. Jarrett pissed. They do that little shake at the end when Obama walks out. Backstage, Bill says something like, ''He wanted to break my hand.'' He's laughing it off. Knows what he wanted to do was done. Obama storms off. The two were all smiles onstage. Backstage, they parted. Bill's getting congratulated and Obama is gone. Told somebody, was a woman so assume Jarrett but didn't ask for clarification, took Bill aside and was shaking her finger in his face for a moment. Bill leaned down and whispered something to her and she walks off. He goes back to smiling and the handshakes. Classic Clinton. The smiling assassin. And what is the feedback today? That Obama's speech was not as good as Clintons. That he isn't Clinton. Look up the Bentsen reference. That's what we saw Clinton pull off this week.

UM: Will he help fund-raise for Obama? Campaign for him?

WHI: Sure. In a limited amount. Has to keep the party bosses happy. For '16. He won't help Obama much. As little as possible to keep others he might need later happy.

UM: So he's just playing politics with all this?

WHI: It's Clinton. So yeah. Politics. Right. He is what he is.

UM: Saw the ad blitz story. Used your exact words. That came directly from Romney campaign. So you are working directly with them right?

WHI: I saw that story too. Just like I told you last week. Ad blitz. Tens of millions. Gonna bury POTUS.

UM: So you are working directly with the Romney campaign right?

WHI: The Romney team is running a good campaign. Very professional. Not perfect. And they are gonna need some more help. But so far so good.

UM: One more time. You are working directly with the Romney campaign, right?

WHI: How's the weather up your way?

UM: If you won't answer the question I will take that as a yes.

WHI: How's the weather up your way?

UM: I really appreciated the heads up on the ad blitz info you gave out last week. Got something you can share about what's coming up now?

WHI: Sure. Watch for DOJ-related.

UM: Dog and pony show or the real deal?

WHI: Don't know. Out of my hands. Told you that a while ago.

UM: How about you? Just politics?

WHI: You know better than that. This is personal. This is real. Not just me. Kept thinking what happened four years ago. Denver. All of that. Let's shut this down for now. Got to go. How about we do a sit down in a week or so? Should have some other things fleshed out by then that we can make part of this. Just enjoy the Romney ad campaign for now. It will be effective. Should be fun.

UM: Got anything on the Euro bailout? Lagarde, IMF, World Bank? To help Obama? Any information there?

WHI: That's not my world. Hit up the Old Man for that stuff. He should be available soon. I got to shut this down. Got to go.

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Insider: Told you '' don't know. He'...my friend '' he didn't say'...

'...so out of that room they come. Everybody is excited'...including Barack Obama. It's like'...it's like one man went into that room and another one came out. An entirely different man walked out of that room than went in. That is how'...that's how he told it to me. A different man walked out. The change'...that'...the transformation was stunning. He seemed taller. His eyes were'...there was an energy to him. Powerful. He was smiling and joking, shaking hands, talking real fast'...the suit '' the one you see on television'...every detail was perfect. Everybody was rushing to shake his hand, tell them they loved him'...but my friend'...he was shaken up. It was too damn weird, right? What the hell happened in that room? How could one man walk in and another man walk out? We're talking two extremes here'...Obama was just about carried into that room'...and he comes out'...he's bouncing off the f-cking walls.

UM: Did your friend get close'...up close to Obama at that time?

Insider: Oh yeah'...got the handshake. Looked right up at him. And Obama'...he looked right down'...looked right down and through him.

UM: Through him?

Insider: Yeah boy'...right the f-ck through him. He didn't recognize'...my friend'...he had been introduced to Obama not more than a day before. He was helping organize the whole fu''ing event there in Denver. He spoke to the president'...to the nominee'...probably for about ten minutes. And there was nothing odd at that time'...Obama seemed like what everybody saw in public. Not what my friend saw go into that room'...or what he saw come out of that room. And Barack Obama '' my friend was very'...he made a point of emphasis there '' Barack Obama did not recognize him in the hall. Not a clue. He smiled down at him, shook his hand'...kept repeating thank you over and over again'...and his eyes were always blinking. Fast.

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The Death of a Political Operative '' The Troubling Timeline'... (UPDATED)

INTERESTING '' Paul Ryan Uses Bill Clinton To Attack Barack Obama'...(WHI RELATED)

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The ''Obama isn't a Bill Clinton Democrat'' line used at a Romney/Ryan fundraiser today very much mirrors how Insider described the true intent of the Bill Clinton speech this past week at the DNC convention.

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BEVERLY HILLS '-- Bill Clinton may have spoken at the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday night, but at a Paul Ryan fundraiser Thursday in a town that's a favorite venue for Democratic fundraising, he was the man who was mentioned the most.

And despite the former president's scathing comments about the GOP vice presidential candidate in his speech in Charlotte, Ryan simultaneously praised Clinton and hit on President Obama.

''What's happened over the past four years was not a Bill Clinton Democrat,'' Ryan said referring to Obama. ''Bill Clinton gave us welfare reform, Bill Clinton worked with Republicans to cut spending and to get a good budget agreement in place. Bill Clinton's commission gave us Medicare reform that we are proposing right now. We don't have a Bill Clinton Democrat. We have someone who went far to the left so it's a different kind of approach or philosophy of the role and goal of government.'' LINK

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If Insider is correct, Bill Clinton is sitting back somewhere and smiling at these reports as Americans are realizing the last four years have been nothing like the Clinton-era of the 1990s. What Obama has given the country '' as Paul Ryan so ably pointed out, is a president and a candidate who does not offer a sound choice for millions of moderate Clinton-era Democrats. Their only real solution then is to vote for the Republicans or not vote at all. Either way, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan beneft '' as does America if the end result is making Barack Obama a one and done political disaster.

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Ben Swann On The DNC Ron Paul Moment '' Grassroots Blowback Is Coming

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Thursday, September 6, 2012Jennifer Granholm, former Michigan Governor, spoke at the 2012 Democratic National Convention about the economic troubles in her home state and about President Obama's role in helping save Detroit's auto industry. She also spoke about the job creation and economic recovery policies enacted under President Obama.

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Madonna showt Obama-'tattoo' op onderrug

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Terwijl de Amerikaanse president Barack Obama in North Carolina aan het speechen was op de slotdag van de Democratische Nationale Conventie, hield zangeres Madonna een concert in New York, in het kader van haar MDNA-wereldtournee.

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Dat ze in gedachten bij de president was, bewezen het in koeieletters geschreven 'OBAMA' op haar onderrug.

De popzangeres nam het ook op voor de echtgenote van de president. 'Thank God for Michelle Obama', klonk het.

Quantitative Easing 3

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My children, I have informed you that the American Republic is dead. I have informed you that a Mitt Romney administration is going to be a slurry version of Barack Hussein Obama Osseiran's AKA Barry Chins regime, as Romney's Wall Street carnivores have invested money to keep oil, grain and investments for him up, preying on the masses.America is faced with a George H. W. Bush collapse without the buffer of Ronald Reagan's boisterous economic growth.

In that, the criminals who run the Federal Reserve rapine system, will for Barack Obama initiate more illegal shell game Fed dumping money into the system and "buying US debt", which is I will explain again, if you opened a printing press in your house and started making currency to pay your debt with loans you were giving yourself.It is a pyramid scheme and it will collapse eventually crushing all of you and the free world, as this is by design.

I deal in fixes here, solutions, the way out, and I have posted for years the ways to fix things and how to give you back your lives. In that, I will put forward to you, the only way this is going to be fixed, and it in form that Fractal Banking Retroactive Tax which will take back all of the money which the cartels have looted from people to gain control of nations and return it to you.

It will surprise you that God advocates redistribution of wealth, but not as the NeoProgs do in taxing.and spending.

In the Bible Leviticus 25:10, explains one part of a free enterprise economic platform, which God mandated for His People, who are Americans as I have taught here with proof, and it is defined as the YEAR OF THE JUBILEE.

And ye shall hallow the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof: it shall be a jubile unto you; and ye shall return every man unto his possession, and ye shall return every man unto his family. What the JUBILE was about, was the fact that every generation, or 50 years, God knew that certain people would be crooked, have better fortune and chance would find them in bear did not kill your family while it did your neighbor. Meaning that, someone like Ted Turner would be a billionaire, Barack Obama would carptebag from Asia stealing power and John Heinz would be dead in a plane crash and his money would all go to John Kerry.Hording of wealth was never something God wanted, and every 50 years, He set down a law that the entire system would start over again from a base of a way to gain power, and wealth, in a return to properties which families owned and a freeing of an entire nation from debt.

So you get this point, if your grandfather owned a farm, then that land would return to you, and those who bought it, would know when they purchased it, that land was going to be returned.Ruth's kindred had their land redeemed by a cousin named Boaz, whose duty it was to marry her, and raise a child to her husband's legacy and the land her mother in law sold, would then return to the family, which would produce King David and Jesus the Christ.

The same was with debt, indentured servants or slaves. Their entire debt would be wiped out in the year of the Jubile, no matter if it was 3 years into the debt or 49 years. It all was balanced out in that one year.

There were 7 year Sabbath cycles in this too, for corrections, but it all worked out for the childlren of Israel, and you will be surprised that many of the Biblical Laws of economics were in place in America for years, and are still on the books, in the 7 year cycles, but have been wiped from the memory as the cartel has put into place this feudal slave system, which is the system that divided Israel into two kingdoms, as Solomon's son would not engage in reforms.Solomon's system was one of serving the government and the government providing welfare as you got nothing, and the elite lived like royalty.

America must go back to the Biblical Economic system to be resurrected. The Retroactive Fractal Banking Tax is a Jubile Tax in reality, as this Quantitative Easing is criminal and only makes the poor perpetual slaves while protecting the elite rich in the money they have plundered from you.

This is not some default on debt. This is forgiveness and wiping out of debt, in no one has the right to enslave people economically and that is what this Q1, Q2, Q3 is all about. All those properties in America foreclosed on should be returned to the owners free of debt. All of the homes and lands under mortgage should be forgiven immediately, and the banks and institutions wipe the debt off the books, as this debt all goes back to that Federal Reserve Leviathon which designed all of this.

There are definitive legal ways out of this, and it involves the hoarders of wealth who stole it from you, to return it to you. It involves the elite who sit on their asses to get up and get a job and not sit around sinfully preying on others.

The Dutch, London, New York banking system is collapsing on the world. It is cartel predatory and there must be a sound system to wipe it out, so it never returns. The Biblical System does this, as it stops predation in instituting cycles where no tycoon is going to spend millions to acquire your property if it is going to return to you in a few years. It is the safety check to keep the worst of capitalism and thee worst of communism from becoming the feudal state.People have to understand that by pure capitalism, the tycoons gain the wealth to make you slaves and they then install communism to keep you as slaves in protecting their fortunes and power.

I have given you now the way to save yourselves. Those in power whether for Obama or Romney will not allow this, but you do have the masses to accomplish it. They have legally stolen from you and you have the votes to legally steal it all back.America still is the nuclear arsenal which can wave that stick at the bankers and take back what was the people's wealth generated from their labors.

The Bible is a complete program of wealth if followed. It is not pure capitalism nor pure communism. It is free enterprise with caring for your family and neighbors. It is about communal wealth shared, but husbanded by those who earned it.

That is enough for now in a more complete Lame Cherry Doctrine to fix things for you. It is better than Obama rapine or Romney managed misery.

Perhaps there should be the Lame Cherry Party, a political front to defeat all others which are a cancer upon free people.

agtG 341YYY

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This flu season, in accordance with AHA policy, Reptrax will show the word ''MASK'' on badges of anyone who has not received the current seasonal flu vaccine. Facility administrators may require those individuals to wear a mask. Flu season is October 1, 2012 thru March 31, 2013. Reptrax supports the AHA seasonal flu mask policy.

In April 2011 the AHA's Board of Trustees approved the following new AHA policy:

America's hospitals are committed to protecting the health and well-being of patients and staff. Evidence has emerged over the past few years clearly indicating that health care workers can unintentionally expose patients to seasonal influenza if they (the workers) have not been vaccinated, and such exposure can be dangerous to vulnerable patients. To protect the lives and welfare of patients and employees, AHA supports mandatory patient safety policies that require either influenza vaccination or wearing a mask in the presence of patients across health care settings during flu season. The aim is to achieve the highest possible level of protection.

''AHA Endorses Patient Safety Policies Requiring Influenza Vaccination of Health Care Workers." American Hospital Association, 22 July 2011.

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Obama Finally Talks Drone War, But It's Almost Impossible to Believe Him [article and video]

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Posted by Alcyone_Featured_, PoliticsSaturday, September 8th, 2012By Noah Shachtman

(Wired.com) President Obama doesn't like to talk about how he uses drones to kill suspected militants '-- including American citizens. Explanations about who gets picked for remote-control death and who does the picking are left to underlings and aides. Just a few days ago, for example, Obama blew off a local Cincinnati television reporter who asked the president about his ''kill list.''

On Wednesday, however, CNN's Jessica Yellin managed to get Obama to open up, just a little, about his criteria for approving drone attacks. His comments may have been the president's most extensive so far on robot warfare. They were also total baloney, outside experts say.

As the Bureau of Investigative Journalism notes, Obama told CNN that a terror suspect had to pass five tests before the administration would allow him to be taken out by a drone. ''Drones are one tool that we use, and our criteria for using them is very tight and very strict,'' the president said.

1 ''It has to be a target that is authorised by our laws.''

2 ''It has to be a threat that is serious and not speculative.''

3 ''It has to be a situation in which we can't capture the individual before they move forward on some sort of operational plot against the United States.''

4 ''We've got to make sure that in whatever operations we conduct, we are very careful about avoiding civilian casualties.''

5 ''That while there is a legal justification for us to try and stop [American citizens] from carrying out plots '... they are subject to the protections of the Constitution and due process.''

At least two of those five points appear to be half-truths at best. In both Yemen and Pakistan, the CIA is allowed to launch a strike based on the target's ''signature'' '-- that is, whether he appears to look and act like a terrorist. As senior U.S. officials have repeatedly confirmed, intelligence analysts don't even have to know the target's name, let alone whether he's planning to attack the U.S. In some cases, merely being a military-aged male at the wrong place at the wrong time is enough to justify your death.

''What I found most striking was his claim that legitimate targets are a 'threat that is serious and not speculative,' and engaged in 'some operational plot against the United States,' That is simply not true,'' emails the Council on Foreign Relations' Micah Zenko, who has tracked the drone war as closely as any outside analyst. ''The claim that the 3,000+ people killed in roughly 375 nonbattlefield targeted killings were all engaged in actual operational plots against the U.S. defies any understanding of the scope of what America has been doing for the past ten years.''

A third point '-- that an American citizen is given the ''protections of the Constitution'' before he's approved for unmanned killing '-- is dubious. Yes, there is a process that the White House uses to vet proposed drone targets. Several government officials review a suspected terrorist's dossier before an attack on that person is okayed. This is an internal review by presidential aides, not subject to any kind of independent authority, and obviously not one in which a target's representatives can contest the case. It's enough to condemn someone to death. The Obama administration has argued that this is the same as the ''due process of law'' guaranteed in the Bill of Rights.

Legal scholars have found the argument flimsy '-- with no coherent standard of evidence that amounts to an instant death sentence, and no limits to where that sentence can be carried out. in a January Google Hangout '-- one of the few other times Obama has even mentioned the drone campaign '-- he said that targeting decisions were not managed by ''a bunch of folks in a room somewhere just making decisions.'' Actually, it appears to be something rather close to that.

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TSA Kicks Woman Off Flight For Bad Attitude :

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Screener admits move was retaliatory and had nothing to do with security

By Paul Joseph WatsonInfowars.comFriday, September 7, 2012

A TSA screener admitted to a woman traveling through Houston Airport that she was prevented from boarding her flight for retaliatory reasons as punishment for a bad attitude rather than any genuine security threat, after the woman refused to allow TSA agents to test her drink for explosives.

The audio and video in the clip above is scratchy, but the woman is heard saying, ''Let me get this straight, this is retaliatory for my attitude, this is not making the airways safer it's retaliatory.''

''It pretty much definitely is,'' the TSA screener responds.

The incident began when the woman refused to allow TSA agents to carry out a controversial policy where they test drinks for explosives that are purchased by passengers after they have already passed through security.

''This was inside the terminal at the Houston airport,'' the woman writes on her You Tube channel. ''I was not allowed to board a plane (even though I had already been through airport security) because I drank my water instead of letting the TSA ''test'' it. The TSA agent finally admitted that it wasn't because they thought I was a security risk '' it was because they were mad at me!''

The new policy, which as we highlighted is completely pointless and unnecessary, was back in the headlines earlier this week after the Drudge Report posted an Infowars story featuring a video which showed TSA screeners testing drinks in the departure lounge at Columbus Ohio Airport.

After the story went viral, the TSA responded on its official Twitter feed by re-posting a TSA blog response from July which claimed the procedure was ''business as usual.'' As we documented, the response was a glib attempt to brush aside the story and completely failed to justify the reasoning behind the policy.

The fact that the TSA screener admits the woman is being punished for her attitude confirms the premise that many of the TSA's security procedures actually have nothing to do with safety and are more a form of obedience training for the general public.

Another example can be cited in the context of reports that travelers are being punished with more invasive pat downs if they refuse to pass through radiation-firing body scanners.

As Consumer Traveler's Charlie Leocha reported last month, ''When meeting with privacy officials at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and TSA later that month, I was told unofficially that there were two standards of pat-downs. One for the normal situation where passengers are going through metal detectors and a different pat-down for those who refuse to go through the whole-body scanners.''

''With this latest announcement, TSA admits that it has been clandestinely punishing passengers for refusing to go through the invasive whole-body scans with an even more intrusive aggressive pat-down and that soon those more invasive pat-down will creep from airport to airport,'' adds Leocha.

A third example of obedience training that has nothing to do with genuine security is the TSA's policy of ordering travelers to ''freeze'' on command when they are lined up at the security checkpoint.

Paul Joseph Watson is the editor and writer for Prison Planet.com. He is the author of Order Out Of Chaos. Watson is also a regular fill-in host for The Alex Jones Show and Infowars Nightly News.

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Seattle 'Hum' May Be Due To Midshipman Fish That Produce Sound For Mating (VIDEO, AUDIO)

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Sat, 08 Sep 2012 10:33

If you've been to Seattle recently and wondered what that odd "humming" sound was, and why you could hear it all over the western part of town, researchers believe they've found an answer: It's the fish.

West Seattle's bizarre buzzing sound has been so loud as to wake residents up in the middle of the night, reports KING5. "It gets high and lower, and goes away, then comes back," said Julie Schickling, one West Seattle resident, describing the noise to the station. (listen to an audio clip of the phenomenon on YouTube -- humming starts 30 seconds in).

And this isn't the first time the noise has appeared, either. "After a few years of it only coming up once in a while, a few days ago, over the Labor Day weekend, it came up with a vengeance,'' said Tracy Record, the editor of the West Seattle Blog, to KPLU.

Now, researchers at the University of Washington's Marine Biology program have developed their own theory. They believe the Midshipman fish, a species found in the Pacific Northwest, could be the cause. Part of the fish's mating call (listen to a version here) involves an extended hum. That hum, produced by male Midshipman fish attempting to lure a mate, can last for hours, as males attempt to out-hum potential rivals.

Scientists told KING5 that the hum from the fish may be reverberating off the hulls of boats and buildings, which then amplify it for miles around.

West Seattle Blog notes that, when a similar situation occurred in 2009, the city tried in vain to pinpoint the source of the hum.

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Portuguese bemoan "unfair" tax rise for workers. (Euronews video)

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Portugal's tough new austerity measures have been widely criticised as an attack on workers.

The government's announced a raft of changes, including an increase in social security contributions from 11 to 18 per cent, which roughly equates to one month's salary.

In a bid to boost employment, which stands at a record high above 15 percent, Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coehlo also wants to introduce a cut in companies social security contributions from 23.75 to 18 per cent.

Lisbon newspaper kiosk owner, Maria Menezes, described the move as unfair for the working class: ''There are other ways of raising money, and saying this will create more jobs is a lie.''

Sentiments shared by antiques dealer, Francisco Sliva: ''The public deficit is better but people's lives haven't improved. There's more unemployment and these measures won't lead to more jobs, I'm absolutely certain of that,'' he said.

Across-the-board tax rises and spending cuts have already seen thousands of Portuguese take to the streets in protest. The country was forced to seek a bailout last year and entered its deepest recession since the 1970s.

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Spain resists pressure to call for EU bailout funds. (Euronews video)

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Spain has ruled out asking for EU bailout funds as pressure grows on the government.

It comes after an influential Spanish business group urged Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy to take a decision as soon as possible to bring relief to the recession-gripped country.

But Spain's Deputy Prime Minister, Soraya Senz de Santamar­a, said the government is willing to play the waiting game: ''There are decisions that you cannot take in a hurry, not even from one day to another. The implications are very important for our country and for our future.''

The opposition Socialists have also called on the government to take some action with the country struggling under the weight of austerity measures.

Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba said he wanted the government to go to Brussels and make the point that it can not impose any tougher measures that do not bring any results: ''We must take the right steps because Spain needs to rid itself of some pressure,'' he added.

But Spain is unlikely to yield to internal calls ahead of two crucial dates this month, including the results of an audit of its troubled banks and Moody's credit rating agency's next review.

The government is also facing two challenging regional elections in October.

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Obama Says Nation Came "Back Stronger" After 911 Attacks. (video)

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Ben Swann On The DNC Ron Paul Moment '' Grassroots Blowback Is Coming

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Jennifer Granholm at the 2012 Democratic National Convention | Campaign 2012

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Thursday, September 6, 2012Jennifer Granholm, former Michigan Governor, spoke at the 2012 Democratic National Convention about the economic troubles in her home state and about President Obama's role in helping save Detroit's auto industry. She also spoke about the job creation and economic recovery policies enacted under President Obama.

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