Reuters – Shares of VeriChip Corp Â tripled after the company said it had been granted an exclusive license to two patents, which will help it to develop implantable virus detection systems in humans.Â The patents, held by VeriChip partner Receptors LLC, relate to biosensors that can detect theÂ H1N1Â and other viruses, and biological threats such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, VeriChip said in a statement.Â The technology will combine with VeriChip’s implantable radio frequency identification devices to develop virus triage detection systems. Read Article
The Historian – Once that chip goes into you, your every single move will be monitored FOREVER.
Times of India – The shadow of an ecological disaster loomed over Paradip on Monday after oil started leaking from a sunken Mongolian ship.Â Environmentalists said a portion of the spill was moving towards the shore and could play havoc with the rich bio-diversity in the area. Read Article
NPR – Using batteries to drive car engines is a technical tour de force involving cells, electronics and sensors. The massive amount of energy produced has to be tightly controlled. And engineers have to fit the battery shape into the vehicle.The next generation of hybrid and electric vehicles will have a lighter and more powerful kind of battery inside “” lithium ion batteries, which automakers are investing billions in developing. Read Article
The Guardian – China will unveil “impressive” measures at a high-powered summit in New York today that could help to unlock global talks on climate change, according to the UN climate chief. Yves de Boer, the executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, predicted that China would become a world leader in fighting global warming. Read Article
The Historian – When there are so many trillions to be mde it is amazing how easily “consensus” can be reached
Reuters – Hassan Nemazee, a fund-raiser for Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and other Democrats, has been indicted for defrauding Bank of America, HSBC and Citigroup Inc out of more than $290 million in loan proceeds, U.S. prosecutors said on Monday. Read Article
AP — The recession is profoundly disrupting American life: More people are delaying marriage and home-buying, turning to carpools yet getting stuck in ever-worse traffic, staying put rather than moving to new cities. A broad array of U.S. census data, for release on Tuesday, also shows a dip in the foreign-born population last year, to under 38 million after it reached an all-time high in 2007. Read Article
The Times – Conservationists were left reeling last night after Mediterranean nations unexpectedly scuppered a proposal to back a worldwide ban on bluefin tuna fishing to help depleted stocks to recover.Â The European Commission had called on the 27 EU states to support a temporary global ban at an international summit next March after years of heavy fishing in the Mediterranean. But the southern fishing states led by Spain and Malta, the centre of the lucrative bluefin industry, were backed by France, Greece, Italy and Cyprus in resisting EU support, against a strong call for a ban led by Britain and other northern states.Â Read Article
BBC – Militiamen have killed more than 100 people in an attack in southern Sudan in the latest in a series of ethnic clashes, the military says. UN sources said thousands of armed men from the Lou Nuer ethnic group attacked civilians and security forces in the village of Duk Padiet in Jonglei state. Last month about 185 Lou Nuers were killed by ethnic Murle fighters in an attack in the same state. Some 2,000 people have died in similar clashes across the south this year. Read Article
The Historian – The proxy war between the USA & China for control of Sudan’s vast oil reserves is hotting up.
AP “” British drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline PLC said Monday it is making major changes in its funding of educational programs for doctors, reducing the number it sponsors and switching its focus to independent ones with balanced information. The change follows similar moves by some major competitors “” possibly concerned about proposed federal rules that could be tougher “” and a ban Glaxo instituted this year on all corporate political contributions worldwide. The key change announced Monday involves an end to funding educational programs run by commercial medical education and communication companies. Some have been found to help drug companies by ghostwriting research articles on their drugs for medical journals and getting respected academic researchers to claim to be the primary authors. Read Article
The Historian – Luckily such shoddy practices would never take place in other sectors like the multi-trillion business of climate change for example
AP – The International Monetary Fund’s executive board on Friday was discussing selling some of the fund’s gold to provide low-interest loans to poor countries and shore up its internal finances. The move, authorized by the G-20 countries at their summit in London in April, has been long expected and discounted by commodity markets, where the price of gold has been rising amid fears of a weakening dollar and a resurgence of inflation. Read Article
We would like to apologise to our readers for the lack of coverage we have been able to bring you over the last 24hrs regarding the ongoing Montara oil spill, an ecological disasterÂ currently taking place off the coast of Australia’s remote NW. At last count the slick was 15,000 square km’s in size and would not be tapped for at least another 20 days. Unfortunately NOT ONE mainstream media outlet worldwide has run an internet article about it in the last 24 hours. Now compare that to coverage of the multi-trillion dollar, computer predicted, industry of climate change.
We urge readers that if you do happen to see an article about this major unfolding ecological disaster to e-mail the link to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Times – EU leaders are said to be furious that the Czech Republic is planning to delay signing the Lisbon treaty for up to six months even if the Irish vote “yes” in their referendum next month. The country might even try to delay it until after the British general election campaign when a Tory victory would see the question put to voters by David Cameron. Read Article
The Nation -Â Worried that violence and intimidation from Iraq’s ruling party could distort the outcome of the January election, former Iraqi interim Prime Minister Ayad Allawi stressed the need for election monitoring from institutions such as the United Nations, the Arab League and other NGOs along with the United States. Then Rohrabacher opened his mouth. “I have never heard one word of gratitude from the Iraqi people about the 4,300 Americans who lost their lives,” he exclaimed. “We went to Iraq to try and free your people and now we’re being blamed for sectarian violence,” he said. “Don’t blame us because that type of bloodlust exists in your society.” Read Article
The Historian – I refer the reader to watch the very darkly funny film “Team America”
BBC – The BBC is part of a “conspiracy” preventing the “radical changes” needed to UK democracy, the corporation’s former director general has said. Greg Dyke told a Lib Dem conference meeting he wanted a commission to look into the “whole political system”. But he said: “I fear it will never happen because I fear the political class will stop it.”Â Mr Dyke, who was forced to stand down as director general in 2004 after the Hutton report into the death of government scientist Dr David Kelly, said there had never been a greater separation between the “political class” and the public.Â Read Article
Daily Telegraph – Army officer-turned singer James Blunt has backed Lily Allen in calling for Internet users who illegally share music files to be disconnected from the web.Â Read Article
Daily Telegraph – A global deal to cut carbon emissions will not only help tackle climate change but boost the world economy and provide 10 million jobs, according to Tony Blair. More than 90 countries will meet in Copenhagen in December to try to come to an agreement on how to tackle global warming. However at the moment there is an uncomfortable deadlock with rich countries like the US refusing to sign up to ambitious targets on cutting emissions while poorer countries like India demand more money to help them switch from coal to renewables. Read Article
The Historian – Plus kill or condemn to poverty countless millions more while massively enriching Tony’s friends in the banking sector to the tune of $2-3 trillion a year. But as he once said “I’m a pretty straight sort of guy”, and as he has never lied before we can trust him can’t we?