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EU foiled in bid to force France, Greece to allow GM crop

AFP “” The European Commission was foiled Monday in its bid to force France and Greece to allow genetically modified maize from US biotech giant Monsanto to be grown in their fields. Food chain experts from the EU member states, meeting in Brussels, could not reach agreement on whether to back or oppose the French and Greek refusal to allow the maize, which has been given the green light to be grown in Europe. Read Article

Gold Jumps to 7-Month High as Investors Seek to Preserve Wealth

Bloomberg – Gold climbed to the highest level in seven months on demand from investors to protect the value of their assets as stocks slump and the global recession deepens. Gold has jumped 40 percent in almost four months as investor confidence in financial assets erodes and central banks spend trillions of dollars to prop up banks.  Read Article

Doomsday seed vault’s stores are growing

AFP “” The stores of seeds in a “doomsday” vault in the Norwegian Arctic are growing as researchers rush to preserve 100,000 crop varieties from potential extinction. The imperiled seeds are going to be critical for protecting the global food supply against devastating crop losses as a result of climate change, said Cary Fowler, executive director of the Global Crop Diversity Trust. Read Article

The Historian – By an amazing coincidence Monsanto is a major contributor to this project…….

Iraq Reconstruction Possibly the Largest Fraud in U.S. History

The Independent – In what could turn out to be the greatest fraud in US history, American authorities have started to investigate the alleged role of senior military officers in the misuse of $125bn (£88bn) in a US -directed effort to reconstruct Iraq after the fall of Saddam Hussein. The exact sum missing may never be clear, but a report by the US Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction (SIGIR) suggests it may exceed $50bn, making it an even bigger theft than Bernard Madoff’s notorious Ponzi scheme.  Read Article

More Parents Refusing Vaccines For Kids

AP – An increasing number of Ohio parents are using religious exemptions to delay or refuse for immunizations for children amid fears that vaccines contribute to autism. Ohio Department of Health data shows the number of religious or philosophical exemptions nearly quadrupled in Ohio between 1998 and 2008, though that figure still represents fewer than 1 in 100 children.All states require children to be immunized for school. Read Article

Oil slick drifting to Irish coast

BBC – A large fuel oil slick thought to have leaked into the Celtic Sea during a Russian refuelling incident is heading to the coasts of Ireland and Wales. The UK coastguard estimates up to 1,000 tonnes may be on the water, but Russia denies the spill is on that scale.  Read Article

Facebook’s New Terms Of Service: “We Can Do Anything We Want With Your Content. Forever.”

According to its Terms of Use, anything you upload to Facebook can be used by Facebook in any way they deem fit, forever, no matter what you do later. Closing your account won’t help as Facebook still has the right to do whatever it wants with your old content. They can even sublicense it if they want.  Read Facebooks small print

UK rail chiefs put up`no kissing’ sign

AP “” Stop smooching. That’s the message of a new sign that went up outside a train station in northern England on Monday. The goal is to stop departing passengers from pulling up in their cars at a crowded drop-off point and pausing to kiss each other farewell. Read Article

The Historian – “Winston, Big Brother does not allow sex crime” 

New Navy-funded Report Warns of War Robots Going “Terminator”

Daily Tech – Robots must learn to obey a warrior code, but increasing intelligence may make keeping the robots from turning on their masters increasingly difficult. Robots gone rogue killing their human masters is rich science fiction fodder, but could it become reality?  Some researchers are beginning to ask that question as artificial intelligence advances continue, and the world’s high-tech nations begin to deploy war-robots to the battlefront.  Currently, the U.S. armed forces use many robots, but they all ultimately have a human behind the trigger.  However, there are many plans to develop and deploy fully independent solutions as the technology improves. Read Article

MI5 fed questions to CIA for interrogation

The Guardian – MI5 provided the CIA with material to interrogate Binyam Mohamed, the former UK resident at the centre of torture allegations, even though it had no idea where he was being held and in what condition he was in, it emerged yesterday. Read Article

Father sues water authority for $200 million

AP – A single father is suing the D.C. Water and Sewer Authority for $200 million, claiming lead-contaminated tap water poisoned his twin sons as infants, causing them ongoing health problems. The water utility between 2001 and 2004 hid elevated levels of lead from customers and federal authorities. Read Article

EPA to rule on global-warming risk

AP – For Lisa Jackson, the new EPA administrator, the next step for the agency when it comes to climate change will be decided by a single question: Do heat-trapping gases pose a risk? Read Article

The Historian – I’ll let you into a little secret….IT’S THE SUN!!!!!!!!!!

UK’s foreign workers double to 3.8m – majority are from outside the EU

Daily Mail – Foreign workers are taking a greater share of British jobs than ever, it emerged last night. They now hold more than 3.8million jobs – 13 per cent of the total. In 1997, when Labour came to power, people born outside the UK held only two million jobs, 7.5 per cent of the workforce. Read Article

The Historian – Predictably the fires of racism are now being stoked, as they always do when there is an economic downturn, only this time there will be many more immigrants on the receiving end all across the EU and USA due to the deliberate lack of border controls. The resulting tidle wave of racist violence will require a clamp-down and further erosion of your civil liberties & democractic freedoms - exactly to plan

Sarkozy aide warns of risk of social unrest

Reuters – A senior aide to French President Nicolas Sarkozy warned that countries risked seeing explosions of popular anger comparable with the riots seen in Greece unless governments provided some protection to industry. Henri Guaino, one of Sarkozy’s inner circle of advisers, told Le Monde that without some commonly agreed rules on reasonable levels of protection and government intervention more uncontrolled outbreaks of populism and xenophobia were likely. Read Article

U.S. charges Allen Stanford with “massive” fraud

Reuters – Texas billionaire Allen Stanford and three of his companies were charged with “massive” fraud on Tuesday as federal agents swooped on his U.S. headquarters. In a civil complaint filed in federal court in Dallas, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission accused Stanford, a high-profile cricket promoter, and two executives of fraudulently selling $8 billion in high-yield certificates of deposit in a scheme that stretched from Texas to the Caribbean. The SEC complaint named Stanford International Bank (SIB), based in Antigua with 30,000 clients in 131 countries and $8.5 billion in assets, and the group’s Houston-based broker-dealer and investment adviser units.  In all, the company claims to oversee $50 billion in assets. Read Article

Marchers block Mexico-US border

BBC – Hundreds of people in Mexico have blocked key crossings into the US in protests against the deployment of the army fighting drug traffickers. Traffic was brought to a halt on a number of bridges in several border towns in northern Mexico.  Read Article

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair wins million dollar Israeli leadership prize

Daily Telegraph – The Middle East peace envoy will receive the Dan David Prize for “his exceptional leadership and steadfast determination in helping to engineer agreements and forge lasting solutions to areas in conflict”.  Read Article

The Historian – The headline should really have read “War-mongering mass murderer receives his blood money”

GM, Chrysler seek nearly $22 billion more U.S. loans

Reuters – General Motors Corp and Chrysler LLC requested nearly $22 billion in additional U.S. government loans and said they had reached tentative deals with the United Auto Workers union to reduce labor costs. Read Article 

The Historian – This is the same GM who blew their last bailout billions on a brand new car plant in Brazil. The taxpayer bailouts are nothing more thaan corporate asset stripping, only this time it is of countries not companies

Ahmadinejad calls for new world order

Press TV – Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has called for a new world order based on new ideas, saying the era of tyranny has come to a dead-end.  Read Article

The Historian – There’s that phrase yet again. And this time from the chap whose WMD program is going to be the official cause of the war which will drive the NWO process forward to its next, and even darker phase

West ‘wants to boot Russia out of Iran’

Press TV – Tehran says Western countries have resorted to misinformation in an attempt to force Moscow out of the Iranian nuclear market. In a Monday interview with RIA Novosti, Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki suggested the West has launched a misinformation campaign against his country to force an end to Russian nuclear cooperation with Iran. Read Article

The Historian – And get ownership back of the oil that used to be their’s until 1979.

Israel wages cloak-and-dagger war on Iran

The Age – ISRAEL has launched an elaborate covert war against Iran as an alternative to direct military strikes against Tehran’s nuclear program, US intelligence sources have told Britain’s Daily Telegraph. According to the sources, Israel is using hitmen, sabotage, front companies and double agents to disrupt the regime’s weapons project. One element of the “decapitation” program is said to be the planned assassination of figures involved in the country’s atomic industry. Read Article

The Historian – Can you hear the drums of war getting louder? 

Evidence is mounting that Iran used beefed-up rocket

New Scientist – The evidence is mounting that the Iranian rocket recently used to launch a satellite was more powerful and advanced than initially thought. Iran entered the exclusive club of nations capable of putting things in Earth orbit on 2 February, when it launched a small satellite using a homegrown rocket for the first time. Called Omid, or “Hope”, the satellite is a 40-centimetre-wide cube with a mass of 27 kilograms. Read Article 

ex-Spy chief: UK risks becoming a police state

Daily Telegraph – Dame Stella accused ministers of interfering with people’s privacy and playing straight into the hands of terrorists. “Since I have retired I feel more at liberty to be against certain decisions of the Government, especially the attempt to pass laws which interfere with people’s privacy,” Dame Stella said in an interview with a Spanish newspaper. “It would be better that the Government recognised that there are risks, rather than frightening people in order to be able to pass laws which restrict civil liberties, precisely one of the objects of terrorism: that we live in fear and under a police state,” she said. Read Article

Los Angeles nears water rationing

Reuters – With a recent flurry of winter storms doing little to dampen California’s latest drought, the nation’s biggest public utility voted on Tuesday to impose water rationing in Los Angeles for the first time in nearly two decades. Read Article

The Historian – The options: Rationing; Hugley expensive & ecologically daamaging de-sal plant; or cheaply creating water out of thin air (see the Water Un-Limited link on the left hand side) 

First liquid water may have been spotted on Mars

New Scientist – NASA’s Phoenix lander may have captured the first images of liquid water on Mars – droplets that apparently splashed onto the spacecraft’s leg during landing, according to some members of the Phoenix team. The controversial observation could be explained by the mission’s previous discovery of perchlorate salts in the soil, since the salts can keep water liquid at sub-zero temperatures.  Read Article