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UK stillbirth decrease sparks local hopes

ABC News - Local researchers are hoping a drop in the rate of stillbirths in the UK may help achieve a reduction in Australia and New Zealand.The stillbirth rate in the UK has fallen significantly, from 5.7 deaths per thousand births in 2002-2004, to 5.2 in 2007.Professor David Ellwood from the Australian and New Zealand Stillbirth Alliance says the drop has come despite increases in the number of women with risk factors, including age and obesity. Read Article

Polar bear expert barred by global warmists

Daily Telegraph - Mitchell Taylor, who has studied the animals for 30 years, was told his views ‘are extremely unhelpful’ , reveals Christopher Booker.  Over the coming days a curiously revealing event will be taking place in Copenhagen. Top of the agenda at a meeting of the Polar Bear Specialist Group (set up under the International Union for the Conservation of Nature/Species Survival Commission) will be the need to produce a suitably scary report on how polar bears are being threatened with extinction by man-made global warming.This is one of a steady drizzle of events planned to stoke up alarm in the run-up to the UN’s major conference on climate change in Copenhagen next December. But one of the world’s leading experts on polar bears has been told to stay away from this week’s meeting, specifically because his views on global warming do not accord with those of the rest of the group. Read Article

Open Your Eyes News Editorial – Chem Trails, A Hypothesis

In 1974 Time magazine warned that we human’s were about to fall into a new ice-age, the most common state our planet tends to be in. This article was followed by similar articles in Newsweek (1975) and National Geographic (1976). About the same time the US and Australian Governments, amongst  others started experimenting with atmospheric seeding programs. These experiments involved military jets flying at extremely high altitude emitting a mixture of chemicals that mixed with the moisture in the upper atmosphere to form long, thin clouds that stayed, and slowly spread, from horizon to horizon. The idea was, and still is, weather modification, the intention being that by increasing cloud cover and the presence of “greenhouse” gases in the upper atmosphere, more heat would be retained. It must not be forgotten that of the gases that John Tyndall warned in 1860 has such an effect were CO2 (3.62%), nitrous oxide (0.95%), methane (0.36%) and by far and away most significantly water vapour (95%).

These experiments have been well documented on US Government and Australian Government websites, and in the case of the USA continue to this very day, as admitted by Barack Obama recently in the Associated Press.  You only have to look out of your window on an average day in Northern Europe or the USA to see the tell tale criss-cross of dead straight thin clouds, to know that it is still happening, and on a large scale, to this very day.  READ EDITORIAL

Africa alone could feed the world

New Scientist - DOOM-MONGERS have got it wrong – there is enough space in the world to produce the extra food needed to feed a growing population. And contrary to expectation, most of it can be grown in Africa, say two international reports published this week. The first, projecting 10 years into the future from last year’s food crisis, which saw the price of food soar, says that there is plenty of unused, fertile land available to grow more crops.”Some 1.6 billion hectares could be added to the current 1.4 billion hectares of crop land [in the world], and over half of the additionally available land is found in Africa and Latin America,” concludes the report, compiled by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Read Article

India plans ID cards for its 1.1bn citizens

Financial Times - India’s government has launched one of the biggest bureaucratic exercises in the country’s history ““ the issue of a single identity card for each of its 1.1bn citizens. Montek Singh Ahluwalia, deputy chairman of the planning commission, said the scheme was part of the government’s “inclusive growth” programme aimed at penetrating India’s notorious red tape to deliver social services more directly to citizens, particularly those on the bottom rung of the economic ladder. Read Article

Group: Dozens of journalists among jailed in Iran

AP — More than two dozen Iranian journalists are among the hundreds of people being imprisoned by the hardline government in Tehran as part of the violent post-election crackdown, according to Amnesty International. As many as 30 journalists remain in detention, according to the human rights group, which calls the arrested reporters “prisoners of conscience.” Read Article

Plastic bags having ‘nuclear’ impact on environment

Brisbane Times - Clean Up Australia Day founder Ian Kiernan has called on the Federal Government to implement an immediate national ban on plastic grocery bags to halt the “nuclear” impact they are having on the environment. The 1994 Australian of the Year said even though shoppers appeared to be embracing alternatives such as green grocery bags, Australians were still dumping 7150 recyclable plastic bags into landfill every minute, or 429,000 every hour. ”The damage is incredibly substantial,” Mr Kiernan said. ”Plastic just accumulates and it’s been compared in the ocean to nuclear – it just doesn’t go away.” Read Article

North Korea threatens to shoot down Japanese spy planes

The Independent - North Korea threatened today to shoot down any Japanese planes that intrude into its airspace, accusing Tokyo of spying near one of its missile launch sites. The North has designated a no-sail zone off its eastern coast from June 25 to July 10 for military drills, raising concerns that it might test-fire short- or mid-range missiles in the coming days, in violation of a UN resolution. North Korea’s air force said Japan’s E-767 surveillance aircraft conducted aerial espionage near the Musudan-ri missile site on its northeast coast on Wednesday and Thursday. Read Article

Massive deforestation in the past decreased rainfall in Asia

Mogabay.Com - Widespread deforestation led to a 30 percent decline in precipitation in India and 10 percent decline in China. Between 1700 and 1850 forest cover in India and China plummeted, falling from 40-50 percent of land area to 5-10 percent. Forests were cut for agricultural use across Southeast Asia to feed a growing population, but the changes from forests to crops had unforeseen consequences. A new study published in theProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences links this deforestation across Southeast Asia with changes in the Asian Monsoon, including significantly decreased rainfall. Read Article

Iran Protesters Using U.S. Navy Internet Encryption Program

Washington Post - Iranians seeking to share videos and other eyewitness accounts of the demonstrations that have roiled their country since disputed elections two weeks ago are using an Internet encryption program originally developed by and for the U.S. Navy.Designed a decade ago to secure Internet communications between U.S. ships at sea, The Onion Router, or TOR, has become one of the most important proxies in Iran for gaining access to Web sites such as Twitter, YouTube and Facebook. Read Article

South to Boost Surgical Strike Capability Against North

Korean Times - The South Korean military plans to speed up efforts to deploy ground, air and naval weapons systems for use in strikes against key facilities in North Korea in the event of war, the Ministry of National Defense said Friday. The plan is part of a revised version of a military modernization package. The ministry unveiled the revision of the Defense Reform 2020 initiative drawn up in 2005. Read Article

“˜If I didn’t confess to 7/7 bombings MI5 officers would rape my wife,’ claims torture victim

Daily Mail - A British man spoke publicly for the first time yesterday to accuse MI5 officers of forcing him to confess to masterminding the July 7 bombings. Jamil Rahman claims UK security officers were behind his arrest in 2005 in Bangladesh.He says he was beaten repeatedly by local officials who also threatened to rape him and his wife. Mr Rahman, who is suing the Home Office, said a pair of MI5 officers who attended his torture and interrogation would leave the room while he was beaten. He claims when he told the pair he had been tortured they merely answered: ‘They haven’t done a very good job on you.’  Read Article

D.C. Crash Kills General Who Scrambled Jets on 9/11

Bloomberg — David F. Wherley Jr., the head of theWashington National Guard who scrambled jets over the city during the9/11 terrorist attacks, was among those killed in the worst commuter train crash in the city’s history, officials said. Wherley’s wife, Ann, was also among the nine people killed when a train plowed into the rear of a stopped train during rush hour on June 22, Quintin Peterson, a spokesman for the Metropolitan Police Department, said in a telephone interview. Both were 62 and lived in southeast Washington. Read Article

The Historian – Another premature death of someone on the inside track on 9/11