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Civil Liberties Implications? Psychic computer shows your thoughts on screen

The Times - Scientists have discovered how to “read” minds by scanning brain activity and reproducing images of what people are seeing “” or even remembering. Researchers have been able to convert into crude video footage the brain activity stimulated by what a person is watching or recalling. The breakthrough raises the prospect of significant benefits, such as allowing people who are unable to move or speak to communicate via visualisation of their thoughts; recording people’s dreams; or allowing police to identify criminals by recalling the memories of a witness. However, it could also herald a new Big Brother era, similar to that envisaged in the Hollywood film Minority Report, in which an individual’s private thoughts can be readily accessed by the authorities. Read Article

Probably guilty: Bad mathematics means rough justice

New Scientist – SHAMBLING sleuth Columbo always gets his man. Take the society photographer in a 1974 episode of the cult US television series who has killed his wife and disguised it as a bungled kidnapping. It is the perfect crime – until the hangdog detective hits on a cunning ruse to expose it. He induces the murderer to grab from a shelf of 12 cameras the exact one used to snap the victim before she was killed. “You just incriminated yourself, sir,” says a watching police officer. If only it were that simple… Read Article

The Biochemist – There is a short quiz (5 Questions), that I recommend you take. I thought that at age 45, with two mathematically able parents (one outstandingly so), that I might do well. I did, like the majority, quite poorly. I only took 5-10 minutes to do the test, but I don’t think time was the problem.

RBS and Lloyds agree to bonus clampdown as UK taxpayer injects billions more

Daily Telegraph – Royal Bank of Scotland and Lloyds Banking Group have agreed to a clamp down on bonuses, as the UK taxpayer injects more money into the banks and the European Union forces them to slim down. The banks will not pay cash bonuses to any staff earning over £39,000 this year as part of a wide-ranging plan that will see the Government put more than £30bn more into the lenders and herald three new arrivals in the UK banking market  Read Article

Czech court lifts last barrier to EU treaty

Reuters – The Czech Constitutional Court threw out a complaint against the EU’s Lisbon Treaty on Tuesday, removing the last obstacle to its ratification. The ruling allows euroskeptic President Vaclav Klaus to sign the treaty, which will give the EU its first long-term president and streamline decision-making in the bloc of 27 states and nearly half a billion people. Read Article

The Historian – The New World Order goal of a global government just got another tiny step closer

Indonesian region to curb rapid pace of deforestation

Jakata Post - The Belitung regency administration in Bangka Belitung province will develop its tourism, agricultural and fishery sectors in a bid to curb the rapid pace of deforestation caused by extensive tin mining in the area. Belitung Regent Darmansyah Husein said recently that to show its seriousness in developing the non-mineral sector, the local administration would allocate all of its development funds in the 2010 regency budget that was being formulated by legislative and executive institutions. Read Article

People, pollution and profits

New Scientist - THE buses that take our children to school should be safe places. But according to John Wargo, a professor of environmental risk analysis and policy at Yale University, they are polluted by diesel exhausts. Wargo blames air pollution for the 74 per cent increase in asthma among young children in the US between 1980 and 1995. This is one of a series of well-sourced examples in Green Intelligence that Wargo gives in support of his contention that governments and regulatory agencies have failed to protect us from pollution. He also tells the story of how the world was deliberately deceived about the dangers of radioactive fallout from nuclear weapons tests in the 1950s. The same trick has been played by the multinational pesticide industry with DDT and other chemicals, he says, and is now being tried by the plastics industry. Read Article

Conflicted psychiatrist leaves Emory

The Scientist – The Emory University psychiatry researcher who failed to report hundreds of thousands of dollars in pharmaceutical company payouts while receiving millions of dollars in funding from the National Institutes of Health to study the company’s anti-depressant drugs is leaving the university, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Read Article

West Atlas oil leak finally stopped after 10 weeks

ABC - The company responsible for an oil spill in the Timor Sea off the West Australian coast says it has stopped oil leaking from the well. The West Atlas drilling rig has spewed hundreds of thousands of litres of oil into the Timor Sea since late August. Read Article

Long-range Taser raises fears of shock and injury

New Scientist – INCREASING the distance between yourself and a potentially dangerous assailant is always a good idea – even if your ultimate aim is to render them insensible. That appears to be the thinking behind a Pentagon project, now in its final stages, to perfect a projectile capable of delivering an electric shock to incapacitate a person tens of metres away. It will be fired from a standard 40-millimetre grenade launcher. Read Article

Al Gore’s Inconvenient Truth sequel stresses spiritual argument on climate

The Guardian -  Al’s Gore’s much-anticipated sequel to An Inconvenent Truth is published today, with an admission that facts alone will not persuade Americans to act on global warming and that appealing to their spiritual side is the way forward. In his latest book, Our Choice: A Plan to Solve the Climate Crisis, the man who won a Nobel prize in 2007 for his touring slideshow on disappearing polar ice and other consequences of climate change, concludes: “Simply laying out the facts won’t work.” Read Article

The Historian – Is that because “simply the facts don’t add up” in the doctrinal message of the world’s fastest growing and most profitable (including for Mr Gore) religion? To find out more about Mr Gore’s family background in oil read this, and his vast wealth built on the back of this false religion read this, and to see just how profitable anthropomorphic climate change is to some people, particularly in the banking sector, read this

TV Exposure May Be Associated With Aggressive Behavior in Young Children

PhysOrg.com – Three-year-old children who are exposed to more TV appear to be at an increased risk for exhibiting aggressive behavior, according to a new report co-authored by a researcher from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. Read Article

U.N. wants swift response from Iran on fuel proposal

Reuters – U.N. nuclear watchdog chief Mohamed ElBaradei on Monday urged Iran to respond quickly to his nuclear fuel proposal while warning the world against using force. Read Article

UN drops Congo army over killings

BBC - The UN has withdrawn its support for an army unit in Democratic Republic of Congo, accusing soldiers of killing 62 civilians, a top UN official says. UN peacekeeping chief Alain Le Roy said he had information that the army had “clearly targeted” the civilians. Rights activists have persistently said ethnic Hutus were being killed by the Congolese army, and have accused the UN of doing little to stop the killings. Read Article

Audit says KBR work force in Iraq needs to be cut

AP — The Army’s primary support contractor in Iraq has been warned by Pentagon auditors to cut its work force there or face nearly $200 million in penalties for keeping thousands too many on the payroll. The Houston-based KBR Inc., responsible for everything from mail and laundry to housing and meals, has increased employee levels while U.S. troops steadily leave the country after more than six years of war, the audit says. As a result, the U.S. government is paying far more in labor costs in Iraq than it should as military resources are shifted to Afghanistan. Read Article

The Historian – And the former Chairman of ‘the Army’s primary support contractor in Iraq’ was? Dick Cheney

UN: $39 billion needed for pneumonia

AP – To fight pneumonia, the world’s top killer of children, United Nations officials say they need $39 billion (euro26.35 billion) over the next six years. On the first World Pneumonia Day on Monday, the World Health Organization and UNICEF are releasing a global plan aiming to save more than 5 million children from dying of pneumonia by 2015. The plea for money is less than what has been spent on more high-profile diseases like AIDS, despite the fact pneumonia kills more children than AIDS, malaria and measles combined. “This is very simply the biggest killer people never hear about,” said Orin Levine, a public health expert… Read Article

Outcry against ‘colonial’ takeover by BP of Rumaila oilfield in Iraq

The Times - The British oil giant BP will today take control of Iraq’s biggest oilfield in the first important energy deal since the 2003 invasion. The move has created uproar among local politicians invoking resentful memories of their nation’s colonial past. The agreement to develop the Rumaila field, near the southern city of Basra, will potentially put Iraq on the path to rivalling the riches of Saudi Arabia within a decade “” if the Government can fend off corrupt officials, continuing terrorist attacks on pipelines and political uncertainty. Read Article

Karzai named Afghan leader

Reuters – Hamid Karzai has been re-elected as Afghanistan’s president after a run-off vote was canceled, but he faced stern warnings he will have to work harder to retain the West’s support after a flawed electoral process. The result meant Washington and its allies — engaged in a costly war to stabilize the country — will have to work with a partner whose legitimacy is bound to be questioned. Karzai himself faces the prospect of having to work with a newly strengthened opposition. Read Article

Australian climate expert ‘heavied’ by politically motivated CSIRO management

The Australian - A CSIRO economist whose research criticising emissions trading schemes was banned from publication said last night he had been subjected to harassment by the senior agency management. Clive Spash also accused the agency of hindering public debate and trampling on his civil liberties by preventing the research being published in British journal New Political Economy. Read Article

New Russian combat robot to replace soldiers

RIA Novosti - A Russian-made robot that can simultaneously fire three types of weapons against enemy soldiers, fortifications and even tanks was displayed at the 13th INTERPOLITEX-2009 International Exhibition of State Security Technology. Watch TV News Report

North Korea urges US nuclear talks

BBC - North Korea has said it is ready for direct talks with the US on rolling back its nuclear programme but will “go its own way” if Washington refuses. North Korea’s foreign ministry said wider talks including North Korea’s neighbours were possible depending on any direct negotiations with the US. Read Article

Major US lender, CIT Group, files for bankruptcy

Reuters – CIT Group Inc, a lender to hundreds of thousands of small and medium-sized businesses, filed for bankruptcy on Sunday, as the global financial crisis left it unable to fund itself and the recession clobbered its loans.  The bankruptcy, one of the largest in U.S. corporate history, has been widely expected for months and is unlikely to provide a massive near-term shock to the financial system. But CIT’s trouble could further weigh on the fragile U.S. economy Read Article

Diets High In Sodium And Artificially Sweetened Soda Linked To Kidney Function Decline

Science Daily “” Individuals who consume a diet high in sodium or artificially sweetened drinks are more likely to experience a decline in kidney function, according to two papers being presented at the American Society of Nephrology’s annual meeting in San Diego, California. Read Article

Tony Blair linked to £1m supermarket Middle East deal

Daily Telegraph – Tony Blair has held discussions with Tesco over a £1 million deal to help the company open branches in the Middle East, it has been reported. The former Prime Minister, who is currently a peace envoy in the region, is understood to have discussed becoming a figurehead for the company’s drive to expand into the Middle East.  Read Article

The Historian – Never let the mission of bringing peace to the Middle East come between Tony and some extra corporate income

Scientist’s sacking causes mass revolt against UK Home Secretary

The Guardian - The home secretary faces mass resignations from the government’s drug advisory body over his decision to force out its chairman, who accused ministers of distorting scientific evidence on cannabis. Read Article

Copenhagen Agreement is a Plan For World Government

Washington Post - We can only hope that world leaders will do nothing more than enjoy a pleasant bicycle ride around the charming streets of Copenhagen come December. For if they actually manage to wring out an agreement based on the current draft text of the Copenhagen climate-change treaty, the world is in for some nasty surprises. Draft text, you say? If you haven’t heard about it, that’s because none of our otherwise talkative political leaders have bothered to tell us what the drafters have already cobbled together for leaders to consider. And neither have the media. Read Article