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All UK dogs to be given RFID micro-chip implants

The Times - Even dogs cannot escape the surveillance state. Under plans to be put forward by both Labour and the Conservatives at the next election, all dogs will have to be fitted with a microchip with their owner’s name, address and phone number. Read Article

The Historian – And if you can do it for dogs, you can do it for humans too

Louder than bombs: LRAD ‘sonic cannon’ debuts in U.S. at G20 protests

Daily Finance - Pittsburgh police on Thursday used an audio cannon manufactured byAmerican Technology Corporation (ATCO), a San Diego-based company, to disperse protesters outside the G-20 Summit — the first time its LRAD series device has been used on civilians in the U.S. An ATC sales representative confirms to DailyFinance that Pittsburgh police used ATC’s Long Range Acoustic Device (LRAD). “Yes, we sold one LRAD unit to a government agency — I don’t know which one — which was used in Pittsburgh,” the representative said. American Technology Corp.’s stock was trading up over 15 percent in heavy activity late Friday. Read Article

Australian town in ‘world-first’ bottled water ban

PhysOrg - An Australian town pulled all bottled water from its shelves Saturday and replaced it with refillable bottles in what is believed to be a world-first ban. Read Article

UN urged to move on hunger – more than 1 billion hungry

AP — U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Saturday led calls for quick action to ensure global food security as millions suffer from hunger due to the economic crisis. ”There is more than enough food in the world, yet today, more than one billion people are hungry,” Ban said. “This is unacceptable.” Read Article

No deal on Megrahi, says Gaddafi

BBC - Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi has denied any deal was done to secure the release of the only man convicted of the Lockerbie bombing. Read Article

The Historian – Sure there wasn’t

Lord Mandelson: I would work for Tories

Daily Telegraph - In an interview, the Business Secretary said he would be willing to put his experience at the disposal of the country, if Labour lost power. “As I grow older, I can imagine more ways of serving my country than simply being a party politician,” he said. Asked whether he might use his experience in business and world trade to fulfil a public role under a future government led by David Cameron, he said: “If I was asked to do something for my country using that asset base, of course, I would consider it.” Read Article

The Historian – The most influential politician in the UK shows what has been obvious to anyone closely linked to UK politics for years; the difference between the only two parties capable of winning power is wafer thin, and what arguments there are between the two are mainly for show to create the illusion of a functioning democratic choice.

Iran test-fires missiles amid nuclear tension

Reuters - Iran test-fired short-range missiles as its elite Revolutionary Guards began war games on Sunday aimed at boosting the Islamic Republic’s deterrent capabilities, official media reported. Read Article

Smuggling Europe’s Waste to Poorer Countries

New York Times - Exporting waste illegally to poor countries has become a vast and growing international business, as companies try to minimize the costs of new environmental laws, like those here, that tax waste or require that it be recycled or otherwise disposed of in an environmentally responsible way. Read Article

Three Guantanamo detainees sent to Ireland, Yemen

Reuters – Three detainees held at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, have been sent to Ireland and Yemen, the Justice Department said on Saturday, the latest transfers as President Barack Obama tries to close the facility by January. Read Article

Section of bikie law ruled invalid in South Australia

The Australian – THE Rann government has had a blow in its war against outlaw bikie gangs, with part of its controversial laws aimed at disrupting their activities struck down by a court and declared invalid.   Read Article

The Biochemist – Another war? Let’s see – this seems to be following the lead of the people who labelled a war that in fact was against Iraq, and then Afghanistan as “The War on Terror”. It is very difficult to put boundaries on a war against a feeling, which I am sure suits people with an interest in war just fine. Well, with that one we managed to lose freedom in the name of security. Thank God that the legal eagles are doing their job and preserving Freedom of Association for us ALL.

Mrs Mugabe, her ‘stolen’ farm and how she supplies Zimbawean milk to Nestle food giant

Daily Telegraph - Robert Mugabe’s wife, Grace, who has taken over at least six of Zimbabwe’s most valuable white-owned farms since 2002, sells up to a million litres of milk a year to Nestlé, The Sunday Telegraph can disclose. Read Article

OYEN Analysis: The Swine Flu Vaccine: science, context and extremely high levels of mercury

This week the The T.G.A. (the Australian equivalent of the F.D.A.) approved a swine flu vaccination for production by the pharmaceutical company CSL.

In this in-depth analysis we examine the contents of the new swine flu vaccine, put the danger of swine flu into statistical context, look at the history of similar vaccines, expose the extremely high levels of mercury in the vaccine, and give you 8 reasons why should at least question the vaccine before you roll up your sleeve and take a shot.

This is the single most important article you will read this week. READ ANALYSIS

Quotation of the Week

“The climate suddenly reached a warm peak around thirteen thousand years ago, when it was actually slightly warmer than today. Then it grew colder again, reaching another near glacial period which began around eleven thousand years ago and ended a thousand or so years later”

- Dr Francis Pryor, Britain BC

Open Your Eyes Films Presentation – David Icke: Beyond the Cutting Edge – Tuesday September 29

Tuesday September 29, Doors open @ 6pm, Film starts @ 7pm.

@ The Velvet Lounge – The Flying Scotsman, near the corner of Walcott and Beaufort Sts Mt Lawley, Perth

David Icke: Beyond the Cutting Edge (2hrs)

In this edited version of a 7hr presentation at the Brixton Academy in London, one of the worlds most influential thinkers connects the dots to reveal a picture of life on earth that is truly beyond the cutting edge.

Free, comfy couches, big screen, food & drinks from the bar to boot.

Visit the Open Your Eyes Films website

Nearly 70 percent of Argentine forests lost in a century

PhsyOrg - Forests that spread across 100 million hectares (247 million acres) in 1900 have dwindled to 33.19 million hectares (82 million acres), officials said. ”In 100 years, we have lost between 60 and 70 percent of our forest heritage,” Environmental Undersecretary Sergio La Rocca told reporters on Friday. Forest destruction has accelerated in the past 10 years with the boom of soy crops, a major motor of growth in Argentina, the top exporter of soy flour and oil and the third-largest exporter of soy seeds. Read Article

US, allies seek ‘unfettered access’ to Iran site

AP — The U.S. and its five allies trying to stop Iran’s suspected nuclear weapons program plan to tell Tehran in a key meeting on Thursday that it must provide “unfettered access” to its previously secret Qom enrichment facility within weeks, a senior administration official says. Read Article

The Historian – In 2002 exactly the same was demanded of Iraq. They generally acquiesced but prevaricated  occasionally for domestic political strength reasons, before backing down again. That was the only excuse that the US & UK needed to launch a war that killed tens of thousands of human beings. There were no WMD’s after-all.

US threatens airstrikes in Pakistan

The Times - The United States is threatening to launch airstrikes on Mullah Omar and the Taliban leadership in the Pakistani city of Quetta as frustration mounts about the ease with which they find sanctuary across the border from Afghanistan. Read Article

Twin car bomb attacks kill 16 in NW Pakistan

Reuters – Two car-bomb blasts killed at least 16 people in northwestern Pakistan on Saturday, evidence militants still have power to strike despite the death of a top Taliban commander last month. Read Article

Netanyahu calls at U.N. for world to act on Iran

Reuters – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday linked Israel’s willingness to take risks for peace to world action to curb Iran’s nuclear program and Islamist fundamentalism. ”The most urgent challenge facing this body today is to prevent the tyrants of Tehran from acquiring nuclear weapons,” Netanyahu told the U.N. General Assembly. He cited dangers inherent in “the marriage of religious fundamentalism and weapons of mass destruction.” Netanyahu did not say what action Israel might take should the international community fail to halt what the West believes is an Iranian march toward a nuclear bomb. Read Article

Volunteers seek support for voting rights restoration

Louisville Courier Journal – James Dixon lost the right to vote after he was arrested for his involvement in civil rights protests in 1967. But last year, after petitioning the governor, he was able to vote in the presidential election.
“I felt like I was whole again,” Dixon said of regaining the right to vote. Dixon was among some 35 people who gathered Saturday morning at the Presbyterian Community Center for an effort called “Restore the Vote.” Read article

Health Concerns Over Popular Contraceptives

New York Times – The oral contraceptives Yaz and Yasmin are the top-selling pharmaceutical line for Bayer HealthCare, largely as a result of marketing that presents them as much more than mere pregnancy prevention. Yaz, in particular, the top-selling birth control pill in the United States, owes much of its popularity to multimillion-dollar ad campaigns that have promoted the drug as a quality-of-life treatment to combat acne and severe premenstrual depression. Read article

Swedish Scientific Study: Arctic temperatures higher 1,000 years ago than now

Climate Dynamics Journal – This paper presents updated tree-ring width (TRW) and maximum density (MXD) from Torneträsk in northern Sweden, now covering the period ad 500″“2004. By including data from relatively young trees for the most recent period, a previously noted decline in recent MXD is eliminated. Non-climatological growth trends in the data are removed using Regional Curve Standardization (RCS), thus producing TRW and MXD chronologies with preserved low-frequency variability. The chronologies are calibrated using local and regional instrumental climate records. Read Article

The Historian - The study concludes that “The late-twentieth century is not exceptionally warm in the new record: On decadal-to-centennial timescales, periods around a.d. 750, 1000, 1400, and 1750 were equally warm, or warmer. The 200-year long warm period centered on a.d. 1000 was significantly warmer than the late-twentieth century and is supported by other local and regional paleoclimate data.“ (H. Grudd, Torneträsk tree-ring width and density ad  500″“2004: a test of climatic sensitivity and a new 1500-year reconstruction of north Fennoscandian summers, Climate Dynamics, Volume 31, Numbers 7-8 / December, 2008).  Basically a rather inconvenient truth that the earth was warmer one thousand years ago than today.

A Burst of Technology, Helping the Blind to See

New York Times – Blindness first began creeping up on Barbara Campbell when she was a teenager, and by her late 30s, her eye disease had stolen what was left of her sight. Reliant on a talking computer for reading and a cane for navigating New York City, where she lives and works, Ms. Campbell, now 56, would have been thrilled to see something. Anything. Now, as part of a striking experiment, she can. Read Article

US May Face “˜Armageddon’ If China, Japan Don’t Buy Debt

CNBC - The US is too dependent on Japan and China buying up the country’s debt and could face severe economic problems if that stops, Tiger Management founder and chairman Julian Robertson told CNBC. ”It’s almost Armageddon if the Japanese and Chinese don’t buy our debt,” Robertson said in an interview. “I don’t know where we could get the money. I think we’ve let ourselves get in a terrible situation and I think we ought to try and get out of it.” Robertson said inflation is a big risk if foreign countries were to stop buying bonds. Read Article