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In hard times, more U.S. women try to sell their eggs

Reuters – Drawn by payments of up to $10,000, an increasing number of women are offering to sell their eggs at U.S. fertility clinics as a way to make money amid the financial crisis. Read Article

The Historian – Read “A Brave New World” recently?

Drone Attacks Inside Pakistan Will Continue, CIA Chief Says

Washington Post – CIA Director Leon Panetta said yesterday that U.S. aerial attacks against al-Qaeda and other extremist strongholds inside Pakistan would continue, despite concerns about a popular Pakistani backlash. Read Article

Gordon Brown helped fuel banking crisis – FSA head

Daily Telegraph – Gordon Brown helped fuel Britain’s banking crisis by pressuring the City regulator not to intervene and stop reckless lending, Lord Turner, the head of the Financial Services Authority, said.  The authority’s chairman claimed the regulator was under political “pressure” not to be “heavy and intrusive” with banks such as HBOS and Northern Rock. Instead, it was told to operate a “light touch” approach, which had now been proved to be “mistaken”, he told a Commons committee.  Read Article

The Historian – The question therefore is was Gordon Brown being incompetent or just following the New World Order game plan as set out at last years Bilderberg Meeting?

U.S. Ready to Respond to N.Korea Missile

ABC News – In an exclusive interview with ABC News’ Martha Raddatz, Adm. Timothy Keating, head of the U.S. Pacific Commands, said that the military is prepared to shoot down any North Korean ballistic missile — if President Obama should give the order.  Read Article

Deforestation in the Hills a great threat to India

The Statesman – The executive engineer of Central Water Commission, Mr Arun Kanti Ghosh today said here that deforestation in the Darjeeling hills and Bhutan pose a major flood threat to the plains of north Bengal.
At a seminar on Flood Forecasting Activities on “˜North Bengal Rivers and Water Resources Development Issues’ today in Jalpaiguri, Mr Ghosh today said that deforestation in the hills was reducing navigability of the rivers in the plains. “The situation is alarming and the threat of a major flood in the plains of north Bengal is very real if such deforestation is not arrested immediately,” he said adding that future floods could be more devastating than that in 1968 and 1993. Read Article

The Historian – Real human environmental destruction

Australia Seeks Ways to Reduce Animal Gas Emissions

CNS News – In its ongoing quest to reduce the emissions of gases blamed for climate change ““ and placate grumbling green activists ““ the Australian government has earmarked $17 million for research into how to prevent the country’s 120 million farm animals from emitting so much methane. Read Article

The Historian – Please excuse the pun but you couldn’t make this crap up  

NASA’s Chief Climate Scientist Stirs Controversy With Call for Civil Disobedience

Fox News -  NASA’s chief climate scientist is in hot water with colleagues and at least one lawmaker after calling on citizens to engage in civil disobedience at what is being billed as the largest public protest of global warming ever in the United States. In a video on capitolclimateaction.org, Dr. James Hansen is seen urging Americans to “take a stand on global warming” during the March 2 protest at the Capitol Power Plant in Southeast Washington, D.C. Read Article

Snowiest Winter Ever Recorded in North Dakota

AP – Bismarck is on pace to break its snow record set during the winter of 1996-97. The National Weather Service says the city has 70.5 inches of snow so far this winter, including 5 inches from the latest storm this week. It’s only the seventh time in history that the capitol city has surpassed the 70-inch mark. Read Article

German’s: ‘We’re Not Paying For Your Crisis!’

De Spiegel – Anger rises in Germany as the economy falls. Trade unions and globalization-critical protesters are planning demonstrations in Berlin and Frankfurt under the banner: “We’re not paying for your crisis.” Alexis Passadakis, 31, an activist from the group Attac, tells SPIEGEL what’s wrong with the system. Read Article

French professor sacked over 9/11 conspiracy theory

Russia Today – An academic in France has been sacked by the Ministry of Defence after questioning the official version of events surrounding the 9/11 attacks. He now reportedly plans to sue the government. Aymeric Chauprade lost his job allegedly over the introduction to his latest book about political crises around the world, and more specifically, that the 9/11 attacks in New York City and Washington D.C. were an orchestrated “American-Israeli conspiracy”. The Defence Minister had strong objections to the material, so Aymeric had to go Read Article

The Historian – One of the most common ways that societies have been closed down throughout history is by targeting academics who question the status quo and received wisdom. Very soon the others step into line so to protect their own positions, thus democratic debate loses the input of key and well informed opinion formers. The same happens on a daily basis to those who speak out against “Man Made Climate Change”

CNBC guest calls for World Bank and Currency

ASEAN trade agreement ‘to give producers confidence’

ABC – The National Farmers Federation (NFF) says Australia’s new free trade deal with its ASEAN neighbours will encourage producers to strengthen overseas ties. The deal between Australia, New Zealand and South East Asian nations will see beef, dairy, car and pharmaceutical tariffs reduced. Read Article

The Historian – In the 1960′s & 1970′s the people of Europe were told this was all their “trading zone” would be. It now has a single currency, a parliament, a national anthem, a national flag, and in the next two years will also have a President (Blair?) and an Army. These are amongst the first steps of the coming Asian Union

UK Information Commissioner warns of surveillance culture

The Times – Laws that allow officials to monitor the behaviour of millions of Britons risk “hardwiring surveillance” into the British way of life, the country’s privacy watchdog has warned. Richard Thomas told The Times that “creeping surveillance” in the public and private sectors had gone “too far, too fast” and risked undermining democracy. The Information Commissioner warned that proposals to allow widespread data sharing between Whitehall and the private sector were too far-reaching and that plans to create a giant database of every telephone call, e-mail and text message risked turning everyone into a suspect. “In the last 10 or 15 years a great deal of surveillance in public and private places has been extended without sufficient thought to the risks and consequences,”Â  Read Article

DNA samples from 1.1milion UK children held on register as Labour ‘plots database by stealth’

Daily Mail – DNA samples taken from 1.1million children are being held on an ever expanding government database. The figures, revealed yesterday, show that 1.09million DNA profiles of people aged under 18 were held on the database with 337,000 under 16. The Metropolitan Police has added the largest number of profiles to the register including 117,000 boys and 33,000 girls. The new figures come as it was claimed ministers are sneaking  sweeping powers to collect and retain more DNA samples. Read Article

Competition: Spot the pharmaceutical industry press release

The Times – Flu spread by unvaccinated NHS frontline staff

 Health workers have been blamed for putting vulnerable patients at risk and worsening the winter’s flu outbreak by refusing to have flu jabs. Fewer than one in seven frontline NHS staff had a flu jab last year, The Times has learnt, despite a recommendation that they do so. The Royal College of General Practitioners called last night for hospital doctors, GPs, nurses, carers and other staff to have compulsory jabs or be banned from contact with patients other than in exceptional circumstances.  Read Article

Drinking two cups a day can ‘help ward off ovarian cancer’

Daily Mail – Drinking tea can cut the risk of ovarian cancer by up to a third, researchers have said. A study found women drinking at least two cups a day of black tea had a 30 per cent drop in risk. It is thought antioxidant compounds found in tea ““ catechins and theanins ““ contribute to improved blood vessel function. Read Article

Officials investigate how bird flu viruses were sent to unsuspecting labs

The Canadian Press – Officials are trying to get to the bottom of how vaccine manufacturer Baxter International Inc. made “experimental virus material” based on a human flu strain but contaminated with the H5N1 avian flu virus and then distributed it to an Austrian company. That company, Avir Green Hills Biotechnology, then disseminated the supposed H3N2 virus product to subcontractors in the Czech Republic, Slovenia and Germany. Authorities in the four European countries are looking into the incident, and their efforts are being closely watched by the World Health Organization and the European Centre for Disease Control. Read Article

The Historian – Do you think a corporation would sell more or less flu vaaccines if there was a human bird flu outbreak in the west?

World Of Warcraft ‘more addictive than crack cocaine’ as teenager suffers convulsions after 24-hour-long game

Daily Mail – An internet computer game has been condemned as being as addictive as cocaine after a teenager who played it 24 hours non-stop had convulsions. World of Warcraft has been hugely successful in capturing the imagination of players by drawing them into a virtual universe of battles and quests. However, it is at the centre of a growing problem of computer game addiction.  Read Article

Civil servants attacked for using anti-terror laws to spy on UK public

The Guardian – Controversial surveillance powers employed to fight terrorism and combat crime have been misused by civil servants in undercover “spying” operations that breach official guidelines, the Guardian has learned. Documents obtained under Freedom of Information show some government departments and agencies have used these powers incorrectly or without proper controls. They also show the official government watchdog set up to monitor the use of such clandestine techniques criticised the departments for their behaviour Read Article

Doctors to find babies who had ‘tainted jab’

The Independent – Doctors have been asked to trace all babies in Britain who have been injected in the past month with the meningitis C vaccine which was recalled on Wednesday after it emerged that it may be contaminated with a microbe that can cause potentially fatal blood poisoning. Read Article

NSA aims to expand power: Eavesdropping agency looks to take over cybersecurity

Reuters – The spy agency that ran the Bush administration’s warrantless eavesdropping program may get more responsibility for securing U.S. computer networks, President Barack Obama’s intelligence chief told Congress on Wednesday. Director of National Intelligence Admiral Dennis Blair said the National Security Agency, which is responsible for codebreaking and electronic spying, should assume a greater role in cybersecurity because of its technological prowess and current role in detecting attacks. Read Article

Harmful Chemicals Found in Liquid Medicines for Babies

NaturalNews –  Newborns are not able to swallow pills and capsules, and liquid medicines are thus used to treat any medical problems they may have. And premature babies, being out in the world early, have a higher chance of being hit by various health complications and diseases. A study published in the Fetal & Neonatal Edition of Archives of Disease in Childhood has revealed that newborns who consume liquid medications may be exposed to dangerous toxins which are added to improve their effectiveness, taste and appearance. What is more worrying is that the babies’ intake levels may be even higher than recommended adult guidelines. Read Article

US sees serious threat in Mexico drug violence

AP “” Spiraling drug violence in Mexico, narcotics trafficking elsewhere in Latin America and a thriving opium trade in Afghanistan pose significant national security threats to the United States, the Obama administration said Friday. Read Article

The Historian – The North American Union & its currency the Amero will soon be born. Right on schedule & to plan.

U.S. economy plummets

Reuters – The U.S. economy suffered its deepest contraction since early 1982 in the fourth quarter, shrinking at a much worse-than-expected 6.2 percent annual rate as exports plunged and consumers slashed spending. A month ago, the Commerce Department had estimated the economy shrank at a 3.8 percent pace in the fourth quarter. But downward revisions to inventories, exports and spending led it to issue a much weaker figure on Friday, just shy of the 6.4 percent rate drop seen in the first quarter of 1982, when the economy was in a recession that lasted 16 months. Read Article