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How UK Govt donor fattened up his drug firm on the taxpayer – then made £80m selling it to Americans

Daily Mail – A Labour donor made a vast personal fortune on the back of a £20million handout of taxpayers’ money, an inquiry has found.  Lord Drayson had threatened to pull his PowderJect company out of Britain unless it was given public cash. In 2003 the vaccine manufacturer was offered the £20million to build a factory by a government-run regional development board.  Read Article

Disease experts warn of new virulent bug

The West Australian – Disease experts warned yesterday that Australia needed to be on high alert for a dangerous, “hypervirulent” strain of bacteria running rampant overseas after the first case was found in Perth.  With health authorities already struggling to contain an outbreak of human swine flu, microbiologists said an epidemic strain of the bacterium clostridium difficile threatened Australian biosecurity by endangering humans and livestock. Writing in the Medical Journal of Australia, University of WA and PathWest researchers said hospitals and pathology laboratories needed to be on “high alert” for the virulent strain.  Read Article

Iran ‘to hold election recount’

BBC – Iran’s powerful Guardian Council says it is ready to recount disputed votes from Friday’s presidential poll. Moderate candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi has contested President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s re-election, alleging widespread fraud. The BBC’s Jon Leyne in Tehran says the council’s announcement is a complete U-turn. The official results sparked three days of huge protests. Iranian radio says seven people were killed during demonstrations on Monday. Read Article

It’s raining birds on Western Australia

The Times – The Western Australia sky is raining dead birds in what is becoming a regular, and mysterious, event for the region. More than 200 ibises, ravens, ducks, gulls and a pelican were found dead or convulsing near Perth, raising fears of a mass poisoning. The discovery comes less than a year after the mystery deaths of 200 gulls only a few kilometres away, and two years after thousands of birds fell from the skies over the coastal town of Esperance after being poisoned by lead carbonate. The latest poisoning has been caused by the the pesticide Fenthion, which is used both for domestic and industrial purposes and which is known to be highly toxic to birds. Read Article

The Historian – I know this article is 2 weeks ago however there is potentially circumstantial evidence that this may in some way be connected to the atmospheric seeding (Chem Trails) that were seen over two consecutive weekends in Perth, either side of this event (Read Article). These events were also reported in Esperance at about the same time 2 years back that their proverbial canaries in the mine started dying in large numbers. The chem trails themselves, though largely unreported are no “conspiracy theory” as can be seen from this US Government Department website and by Barack Obama’s admission of their existence a few months back in Associated Press  

The blimp flying above your head may be watching your every move.

Newsweek – At first glance, there was nothing special about the blimp floating high above the cars and crowd at this year’s Indy 500 on Memorial Day weekend. Like most airships, it acted as an advertising vehicle; this time for the Fisher House, a charity focused on helping injured veterans and their families. But the real promo should have been for the blimp’s creator, Raytheon, the security company best known for its weapons systems. Hidden inside the 55-foot-long white balloon was a powerful surveillance camera adapted from the technology Raytheon provides the U.S. military. Essentially an unmanned drone, the blimp transmitted detailed images to the race’s security officers and to Indiana police. “The airship is great because it doesn’t have that Big Brother feel, or create feelings of invasiveness,” says Lee Silvestre, vice president of mission innovation in Raytheon’s Integrated Defense division. “But it’s still a really powerful security tool.” Read Article

Depression ‘hastens Alzheimer’s in patients with memory problems’

Daily Telegraph – Depression appears to hasten the development of Alzheimer’s disease in patients who have memory problems, a new study suggests. Many older people suffer from what is called mild cognitive impairment (MCI), memory problems worse than those associated with normal ageing but which have not yet developed into dementia. Researchers found that more depressed a patient was, the more likely they were to go on to develop Alzheimer’s. Read Article

International Demand for U.S. Assets Slowed in April

Bloomberg – International purchases of American financial assets grew more slowly in April as China, Japan and Russia pared demand for Treasuries, underscoring the danger of U.S. reliance on foreigners to finance its fiscal deficit. Total net purchases of long-term equities, notes and bonds rose a net $11.2 billion, compared with buying of $55.4 billion in March, the Treasury said today in Washington. International holdings of Treasuries increased a net $41.9 billion, compared with the $55.3 billion gain in March. Including bills, the holdings fell a net $2.6 billion. Read Article

British man ‘Tasered and punched by police’ apparently caught on video

Daily Telegraph – The police watchdog is examining video footage in which a man appears to be repeatedly shot with a stun gun by officers before being punched several times. The 40-year-old man is seen apparently rolling around the floor in agony as he is hit with a shock of several thousand volts at least twice as police try to arrest him in Nottingham city centre. Another officer then appears to hit the suspect repeatedly around the head or shoulder, in video footage shot on a mobile phone and later broadcast on video sharing website YouTube. Read Article

US military will leave Iraqi cities within fortnight

The Guardian – The US military has committed itself to leave Iraqi cities in a fortnight, in a move flagged by its top general and the country his troops still occupy as “a significant moment in history”.The 30 June withdrawal will be the clearest change in posture by US forces since they conquered Baghdad more than six years ago.At a press conference in Baghdad yesterday, the commander of American forces, General Ray Odierno, declared: “The dark days of previous years are behind us. It’s a fitting time that our combat forces return from cities and villages.” He said 142 US outposts scattered throughout the country had already been handed over to Iraqi forces. American troops will remain in 320 others, although their duties will mostly be limited to combat support and technical advice. About 30,000 US troops have left Iraq since September. Another 130,000 remain Read Article

New York drill for possible nuke war

Press TV – US security authorities have conducted a semi-clandestine nuclear fallout drill in the City of New York in order to be prepared “for the worst.” The NYC Police Department (NYPD) in unison with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) carried out a massive almost-covert anti-nuclear exercise codenamed ‘New York, you have a problem’ in order to gauge the metropolitan promptness in responding to such attacks. According to an AP report on Friday, hundreds of NYPD officers and FBI agents participated in the drill that involved the detection of a gamma-ray emitting device concealed in the heart of the urban area. Read Article

Court orders $507.5 million damages in Exxon Valdez spill (down from $5 billion)

Reuters – A federal appeals court on Monday ordered Exxon Mobil Corp to pay $507.5 million in punitive damages stemming from the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill off Alaska, plus 5.9 percent interest running from the 1996 trial judgment, the opinion said.The amount is a fraction of the $5 billion in punitive damages originally awarded to fishermen, Alaska natives, business owners and other litigants by a jury in 1996, and equals the compensatory damages agreed to in a subsequent settlement, the opinion said. Read Article

British Iraq war inquiry to be in private

BBC – An independent inquiry into the Iraq war will be held in private, Prime Minister Gordon Brown has told MPs. Opposition parties – and many Labour MPs – have been calling for the probe since shortly after the 2003 invasion. It will start next month and take at least a year, Mr Brown said. It will not aim to “apportion blame”, he added. The Tories said it “should have started earlier” and have public hearings. The Lib Dems accused the PM of trying to “cover up the path” that led to war. Read Article

The Historian – Yet another whitewash coming up

CIA rehired, then fired, contractors involved in torture

The New Yorker – The Central Intelligence Agency typically fights distant enemies, but on May 21st its leaders were preoccupied with a local opponent. A few miles from the agency’s headquarters, which are in Langley, Virginia, former Vice-President Dick Cheney delivered an extraordinary attack on the Obama Administration’s emerging national-security policies. Cheney, speaking at the American Enterprise Institute, accused the new Administration of making “the American people less safe” by banning brutal C.I.A. interrogations of terrorism suspects that had been sanctioned by the Bush Administration. Ruling out such interrogations “is unwise in the extreme,” Cheney charged. “It is recklessness cloaked in righteousness.” Read Article

Paul McCartney Calls for Meat-Free Day to Cut Cow Gas

Bloomberg — Paul McCartney, the former Beatle and vegetarian pop star, asked fans to go meatless on Mondays to help slow global warming by reducing the amount of gaseous emissions from farm animals. Cows, pigs and sheep bred for human consumption discharge millions of tons of methane, a more potent greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide. Livestock accounts for about 18 percent of greenhouse gases, more than all the world’s cars, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization has said. Read Article

The Historian – “Man Made” Climate Change is the perfect religous cult. It plays on two of the most powerful parts of the human psyche: Guilt (over the real environmental destruction we are inflicting on the planet) and Avarice (the multi-trillion dollar a year new economy in carbon trading, where many a quick buck is to be made). In this case the former Beatle gets to bang his Vegetarian drum (in which he has considerable financial investment) whilst simultaneously hark back to his hippy “man is all evil” roots. Just because a thousand people tell you the earth is flat still doesn’t mean that it is.

Shots fired as more than 100,000 Iranians defy march ban

Th Guardian – Shots have been fired at an opposition rally in Tehran where more than 100,000 Iranians were protesting against the re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.An Associated Press photographer saw one person killed when shots were fired from a compound for pro-government militiamen. Several other people appeared to have been seriously wounded in Tehran’s Azadi Square. BBC’s Persian service quoted an eyewitness saying that four protesters have been killed Read Article

Children with feuding parents ‘more likely to have underage sex and do drugs’

Daily Telegraph – Feuding parents who stay together for the sake of their children are doing them more harm than good, a new study claims. Children who live in a “high conflict” environment were more likely to use drugs and become sexually active at a young age. They were at greater risk of experiencing mental health issues, behavioural problems and relationship breakdowns later in life, the study found. Read Article

You can’t hear the jackboots in Britain, but this is still oppression

Daily Mail – We used to think that Communism would arrive in this country on the bayonets of Soviet soldiers, if it came at all. We never realised that it would instead materialise amid our freedom and prosperity, step by tiny step, in the form of bureaucratic interference and political correctness.As one of the few British people who has actually lived in a Communist country (Moscow in the early Nineties, since you ask), I know better than most what such societies feel like, and how they work. And in the past two weeks I have seen several developments in Britain which seem strangely familiar. Read Article

Australian Aboriginal prisoner ‘cooked to death’ in van

The Guardian – A coroner has found that an Aboriginal man was “cooked to death” after he spent four hours in the back of a security van in searing heat with no air conditioning as it drove across the goldfields of south-west Australia.The 46-year-old Aboriginal elder suffered third degree burns after collapsing in the heat and falling to the floor of the van while it travelled 250 miles from Laverton to Kalgoorlie in 47C heat. Read Article

Iran election: state moves to end ‘Facebook revolution’

The Times- The Iranian government is mounting a campaign to disrupt independent media organisations and websites that air doubts about the validity of the re-election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as the nation’s president, according to various sources. Supporters of Mir Hussein Moussavi, the presidential challenger whom President Ahmedinejad claims to have defeated with 63.4 per cent of the vote, have emulated the internet campaign techniques used by Barack Obama to appeal to the young generation of Iranians who make up the majority of his support base.  Read Article

Ancient mass grave found on Olympics site

Reuters – An ancient burial pit containing 45 severed skulls, that could be a mass war grave dating back to Roman times, has been found under a road being built for the 2012 British Olympics.Archaeologists, who have only just begun excavating the site, say they do not yet know who the bones might belong to.”We think that these dismembered bodies are likely to be native Iron Age Britons. The question is — how did they die and who killed them,” said dig head, David Score, of Oxford Archaeology. Read Article

Protesters Gird for Long Fight Over Opening Peru’s Amazon

New York Times – Faced with a simmering crisis over dozens of deaths in the quelling of indigenous protests last week, Peru’s Congress this week suspended the decrees that had set off the protests over plans to open large parts of the Peruvian Amazon to investment. Senior officials said they hoped this would calm nerves and ease the way for oil drillers and loggers to pursue their projects. But instead, indigenous groups are digging in for a protracted fight, revealing an increasingly well-organized movement that could be a tinderbox for President Alan García. The movement appears to be fueled by a deep popular resistance to the government’s policies, which focused on luring foreign investment, while parts of the Peruvian Amazon have been left behind.  Read Article

FDA Approves Antidepressants for Children, Even After Revelations of Bribery

NaturalNews - The FDA has approved Forest Laboratories’ antidepressant Lexapro (escitalopram) for use in children and adolescents, even as the federal government and 11 states have filed a lawsuit against the company for illegally pushing the drug on kids. The federal government has accused Forest of bribing pediatricians to prescribe Lexapro and a related drug, Celexa (citalopram), to treat depression in children, even though such use had not been approved by the FDA at the time. The government also claims that Forest concealed the results of studies showing the drugs to be no more effective than a placebo. Read Article