BBC – A suicide bomber in Pakistan has killed at least 22 guards at a checkpoint in the Khyber Pass on the border with Afghanistan, officials said. The bomber approached on foot as guards were breaking their Ramadan fast, local police said.Â Read Article
The Australian – LAVISHLY subsidised Chinese solar cells are flooding the world market and creating a glut that threatens to hamper the Rudd government’s efforts to foster a solar cell industry in Australia. Under pressure from low-priced Chinese solar cell exports, European and US producers are cutting production, sacking staff, reporting financial losses and looking to relocate manufacturing plants in Asia. Some of the leading solar cell manufacturers in California have warned that low-priced Chinese cells could hurt US President Barack Obama’s plans to promote the growth of renewable energy industries. Read Article
The Historian – Can you see anything wrong with this picture. Governments are claiming that they are restructuring entire economies to “combat climate change” (not to enrich banks – honest) and yet here we have a non-polluting power source not being fully utilised due to the profit motive and the psychological nature of corporations. If Governments were really serious about reduciong pollution (not CO2) they would subsidise this technology where-ever possible.
AP – LOS ANGELES “” A new generation of blood tests can quickly and reliably show if a person is having a heart attack soon after chest pains start “” a time when current tests are not definitive, two studies found.
Those having a heart attack need to have blocked arteries opened quickly to limit damage to the heart muscle from lack of blood. [Read Article]
USA Today – The old-fashioned streetlight is the recession’s latest victim. To save money, some cities and towns are turning off lights, often lots of them.The cost-cutting moves coincide with changing attitudes about streetlights. Once viewed as helpful safety measures, the lights are increasingly seen by some public officials and researchers as an environmental issue, creating light pollution and burning excess energy. Read Article
The Historian – “Climate Change” vs Citizen Safety. Of course they could just replace the street lights with solar powered ones. The technology exists after-all.
Israel National News – The Seismologic Division of the Geophysical Institute of the Ministry of National Infrastructure will attempt to simulate an earthquake in the southern Negev on Thursday. The experiment, financed by the U.S. Defense Department, is a joint project with the University of Hawaii and is part of a scientific project intended to improve seismological and acoustic readings in Israel and its environs, up to a 1,000 km/621 mile radius. Read Article
The Historian – Military applications? You bet.
De Spiegel – A Dutch hydro engineer has come up with a “water footprint.” At a conference in Sweden, he and other participants discussed water waste, supermarkets filled with fruits and vegetables produced in some of the world’s most arid regions and ways we can stop wasting our most precious resource. Read Article
AP — A year after the Bush administration abandoned its harshest interrogation methods, CIA operatives used severe sleep deprivation tactics against a terror detainee in late 2007, keeping him awake for six straight days with permission from government lawyers. Read Article
George Washington University, National Security Archive – The CIA was surprised by Israeli agents’ capture of Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann in Argentina in 1960, and a subsequent CIA file review uncovered extensive ties between Eichmann and men who served as CIA assets and allies (like Franz Alfred Six and Otto Von Bolschwing), according to the CIA’s three-volume Directorate of Operations file and their Directorate of Intelligence file on Eichmann, posted today by the National Security Archive at George Washington University Read Article
The Age – THE Australian Federal Police has come under pressure to reveal whether a covert operative was planted in a group of five Melbourne men charged with terrorism offences.The charges relate to an alleged plot to attack the Holsworthy Army Base in NSW. Read Article
The Historian – The Ten Steps To a Closed Society, number 5. Infiltrate Citizens’ Groups (agent provocateurs)
ABC _ Scientists in Britain say the most cost-effective and practical method to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere is the use of artificial trees.Researchers say that at a cost of almost $25,000, a single artificial tree could absorb the amount of CO2 produced by 20 cars. Read Article
The Historian – Honestly you couldn’t make this stuff up. And they will have got funded by Governments/ Corporations to undertake this “research”.
USA Today – Nearly half of all young manic-depressives resolve their condition by their thirties, find a study Tuesday, despite psychologists generally seeing such disorders as lifetime afflictions. [Read Article]