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Did leak from a laboratory cause swine flu pandemic?

The Independent - It has swept across the world killing at least 300 people and infecting thousands more. Yet the swine flu pandemic might not have happened had it not been for the accidental release of the same strain of influenza virus from a research laboratory in the late 1970s, according to a new study. Scientists investigating the genetic make-up of flu viruses have concluded there is a high probability that the H1N1 strain of influenza “A” behind the current pandemic might never have been re-introduced into the human population were it not for an accidental leak from a laboratory working on the same strain in 1977 Read Article

The Historian – If this is proved to be the case what an unfortunate, and yet strangely profitable, “accident” it will have been

Nightclub Bouncers get powers to give out fines

Norwich Evening News – Bouncers in Norwich’s notorious nightclub district have been given the power to issue on-the-spot fines without consultation with judges or magistrates. Now they fear the move could undermine attempts to deter persistent trouble-makers in the city’s Prince of Wales Road area where two men have died this year. The Norfolk police initiative, aimed at training and accrediting members of the community to bolster their work, has seen selected door-staff given powers more commonly associated with police officers. Read Article

The Historian – That won’t subvert the rule of law in any way then….Read The Ten Steps To A Closed Society

Analysis: US role in Iraq doesn’t end just yet

AP — U.S. troops are out of Iraq’s cities but not its future. Even a best-case scenario is likely to feature an American role there for years – militarily as well as diplomatically.That does not mean a permanent large U.S. troop presence in Iraq. Under a security deal struck with the Bush administration, American forces are to be out by the end of 2011 .There are still about 131,000 U.S. troops in Iraq. Read Article

Human rights activists ‘arrested’ off Gaza coast

Daily Telegraph – British and Irish people are among a group of 21 human rights activists arrested by the Israeli authorities, campaigners claimed. The group were on board an aid boat carrying humanitarian supplies near the Gaza coast when they were seized in international waters, according to the Free Gaza Movement.The small boat Spirit of Humanity was on its way to deliver medical supplies to Gaza when it was allegedly stopped by Israeli warships this morning with threats of gunfire. Read Article

The Emperor’s Seven Signing Statements

American Chronicle – Lawless detention is the least of it. State secrets and warrantless spying scrape the surface. Drone attacks and ongoing torture begin to touch it. But central to the power of an emperor, and the catastrophes that come from the existence of an emperor, is the elimination of any other force within the government. Signing statements eliminate congress. Not that congress objects. Asking congress to reclaim its power produces nervous giggles. Look at how the latest war supplemental funding bill was passed. The Emperor’s people wrote most of the bill. The Emperor combined it with the IMF banker bailout. The Emperor threatened and bribed his way to deals with enough congress members to pass it. The Emperor preemptively told other nations the bill would pass and then badgered congress with the claim that this nation (He, the nation) would be damaged if he turned out to have lied. The Emperor lied to congress members and the public that this would be the last war supplemental bill. Congress members claimed to back it because it was the last one (not that this made the slightest sense), and others openly, proudly, and obliviously declared that they were switching their votes to yes in order to please the Emperor. Read Article

Military coup in Honduras sparks violent clashes

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Passport details to be kept on UK ID register despite card U-turn

The Guardian – British citizens who apply for or renew their passport will be automatically registered on the national identity card database under regulations to be approved by MPs in the next few weeks.The decision to press ahead with the main elements of the national identity card scheme follows a review by the home secretary, Alan Johnson, of the £4.9bn project. Although Johnson said the cards would not be compulsory, critics say the passport measures amount to an attempt to introduce the system by the backdoor.But two batches of draft regulations to be approved by MPs tomorrow and next week are expected to include powers to make the passport a “designated document” under the national identity card scheme. This means that anyone applying for or renewing their passport from 2011 will have their details automatically added to the national identity databases Read Article

Source: North Korean ship reverses course

AP — U.S. officials said Tuesday that a North Korean ship has turned around and is headed back toward the north where it came from, after being tracked for more than a week by American Navy vessels on suspicion of carrying illegal weapons. The move keeps the U.S. and the rest of the international community guessing: Where is the Kang Nam going? Does its cargo include materials banned by a new U.N. anti-proliferation resolution?The ship left a North Korean port of Nampo on June 17 and is the first vessel monitored under U.N. sanctions that ban the regime from selling arms and nuclear-related material. Read Article

Bomb kills 32 in Iraq as U.S. troops leave cities

Reuters – Hours after U.S. troops handed over control of Iraq’s cities to its domestic security forces, a car bomb in the northern city of Kirkuk killed at least 32 people and wounded more than 100 on Tuesday, police said.The blast tore through a busy market in a largely Kurdish part of the city, which is regarded as a potential flashpoint between ethnic Kurds, Arabs and Turkmen. Read Article

China delays internet filter plan

BBC – China is to delay a controversial plan requiring all new computers sold in the country to be equipped with an internet filtering software, state media says. The filter, called Green Dam Youth Escort, was to have been required from Wednesday, but the industry ministry said computer makers needed more time. Its planned rollout sparked widespread disapproval inside China, legal challenges and criticism from overseas. Read Article

BIS Sees Risk Central Banks Will Raise Interest Rates Too Late To Prevent Inflation

Bloomberg – The Bank for International Settlements said there’s a risk central banks will raise interest rates and withdraw emergency liquidity too late, triggering inflation. History shows that policy makers “have a tendency to be late, tightening financial conditions slowly for fear of doing it prematurely or too severely,” the BIS, which oversees central banks, said in its annual report published today in Basel, Switzerland. “Because their current expansionary actions were prompted by a nearly catastrophic crisis, central bankers’ fears of reversing too quickly are likely to be particularly intense, increasing the risk that they will tighten too late.” Read Article

Senator Calls for Inquiry Into “˜Suppressed’ Climate Change Report

Fox News – A top Republican senator has ordered an investigation into the Environmental Protection Agency’s alleged suppression of a report that questioned the science behind global warming. The 98-page report, co-authored by EPA analyst Alan Carlin, pushed back on the prospect of regulating gases like carbon dioxide as a way to reduce global warming. Carlin’s report argued that the information the EPA was using was out of date, and that even as atmospheric carbon dioxide levels have increased, global temperatures have declined. “He came out with the truth. They don’t want the truth at the EPA,” Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla, a global warming skeptic, told FOX News, saying he’s ordered an investigation. “We’re going to expose it.”  Read Article

The Historian – we can’t have scientific information coming between the Government & Banks and all those trillions of lovely dollars now can we?

The cover charge at this club? An RFID implant

Yahoo Tech – It works for Fido, so why not you? The same RFID implants used to identify lost pets are now being adapted for use on you and me, and not how one might have originally expected. As with all pioneering technologies, it’s leisure pursuits that are getting the first stab at the tech.Specifically: One beach-oriented Barcelona nightclub, the Baja Beach Club, is using the implants to free customers of the burdens of having to carry their purses or wallets. Makes sense: When you’re spending the day in a bikini and flip-flops, where do you keep your ID? Instead, the bouncer just scans your arm with an RFID reader, and you’re in. And since you can’t carry a credit card or cash either, the implants do double duty: You can pay for drinks with a quick scan of the chip. Chipped patrons also gain access to VIP areas of the club. Read Article

The Historian – How convenient. No need for an ID card as with my built in chip Big Brother will know where I am every minute of my life.  Yet another sales pitch PR piece selling you the benefits of handing over your liberty – permanently

Czech MPs mull suspension of Klaus’ powers to block Lisbon treaty

EU Observer – The Czech social democrat party is discussing the possibility of suspending president Vaclav Klaus’ powers if he does not sign the EU’s Lisbon treaty. The temporary suspension would require a simple majority of 41 votes in the country’s 81-seat senate and would allow caretaker prime minister Jan Fischer to sign the document instead. Read Article

The Historian – Democracy in action, New World Order style

Energy bills ‘too low’ to combat climate change

The Guardian – Consumers will need to pay more for energy if the UK is to have any chance of developing the technologies needed to tackle climate change, according to a group of leading scientists and engineers.In a Royal Society study to be published today, the experts said that the government must put research into alternatives to fossil fuel much higher among its priorities, and argued that current policy in the area was “half-hearted”.”We have adapted to an energy price which is unrealistically low if we’re going to try and preserve the environment,” Read Article

The Historian – I have no problem in paying more for my fuel to stimulate less pollution and consumption of natural resources. As usual however the CO2 zealots miss the point (intentionally?). CO2 is not a pollutant, it is necessary for all plant life on thsi planet and incidentally has been conisderably higher throughout history than it is today. What is pollution is soot particulates, nuclear waste (from the power stations they are going to build to “fight global warming”), carbon monoxide, sulphur dioxide and numerous other pollutants we human’s emit.  Until we wake up to this inconvenient truth and stop playing into the hands of those who don’t care about that, but see this as a great money making venture through taxation (to replenish those empty coffers) and carbon trading, then all this real pollution will go on unabated.

North Korea trying to enrich uranium, South says

Reuters – North Korea appears to be enriching uranium, potentially giving the state that has twice tested a plutonium-based nuclear device another path to making atomic weapons, South Korea’s defense minister said on Tuesday. “It is clear that they are moving forward with it,” Defense Minister Lee Sang-hee told a parliamentary hearing, adding such a programme was far easier to hide than the North’s current plutonium-based activities. Read Article