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NATO says its rockets killed 12 Afghan civilians

Reuters – NATO rockets killed 12 Afghan civilians on Sunday, the second day of an offensive designed to impose Afghan government authority on one of the last big Taliban strongholds in the country’s most violent province. The assault, one of NATO’s biggest against the Taliban since the war began in 2001, tests President Barack Obama’s plan to send 30,000 more troops to seize insurgent-held areas before a planned 2011 troop drawdown. NATO apologized for the civilian casualties that also damaged efforts to win local support. Read article

Senior Scots scientist in climate probe row

The Scotsman – AN EMINENT Scottish scientist is facing calls to resign from the “climategate” inquiry, amid concerns over his impartiality. Only 24 hours after another panel member quit, questions emerged over Professor Geoffrey Boulton because of his previous views that climate change is caused by human activity. The investigation was set up to look into whether scientists at the University of East Anglia’s Climatic Research Unit (CRU) covered up flawed data. But some have cast doubt on whether the inquiry results can be trusted if Prof Boulton, general secretary of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, remains on the panel. Read Article

UN must investigate warming “˜bias’, says former climate chief

The Times – The UN body that advises world leaders on climate change must investigate an apparent bias in its report that resulted in several exaggerations of the impact of global warming, according to its former chairman. In an interview with The Times Robert Watson said that all the errors exposed so far in the report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) resulted in overstatements of the severity of the problem. Professor Watson, currently chief scientific adviser to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, said that if the errors had just been innocent mistakes, as has been claimed by the current chairman, Rajendra Pachauri, some would probably have understated the impact of climate change. The errors have emerged in the past month after simple checking of the sources cited by the 2,500 scientists who produced the report. Read Article

Career Management: The Academic-Motherhood Handicap

The Chronicle – One afternoon in the spring of 2005, after coming up dry in my second year of pursuing a tenure-track position, I typed the following words into Google: “female academic second child effect career.” My firstborn was about to turn 2, I wanted him to have a sibling, and I needed guidance on this choice. What Google made clear: Having children can devastate the career prospects of female academics, but the academic profession seems remarkably complacent about this handicap. Read Article

Clinton warns Iran not to ‘build their bomb’

BBC – US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said the US would welcome peaceful engagement with Iran but not “while they are building their bomb”. She spoke at the US-Islamic World forum in Qatar during a trip to rally Arab support for tougher sanctions against Iran over its nuclear programme. Read article

Internet Freedom Under Attack – Australia – Aussie net censorship turning Chinese

The Register – Recent DDoS chaos on the Australian internet may have been great fun for all involved ““ but behind the good-humoured anarchy lies a growing concern that the government really does have a dark and Big Brotherly vision for the future of politics in the country. As reported in The Register this week, groups exasperated by government plans for a mandatory firewall that will censor far more than the child porn material claimed, finally resorted to long-promised direct action, with a short and successful DDoS attack on government sites and offices. Read Article

Blunder on DNA defence by UK Home Office

Daily Telegraph – The Home Office are guilty of “gross incompetence” for providing “seriously flawed information” to parliament, the Conservatives have claimed. David Hanson, the policing minister, has been criticised for repeating a case study to MPs as part of a series of examples of why retention of DNA samples of innocent people helps solve crimes. Proposals in the Crime and Security Bill, currently going through parliament, would see the profiles of innocent people retained on the national DNA database for up to six years. Read Article

UN Human Rights Envoy Visits Myanmar

Radio Netherlands Worldwide – UN human rights envoy Tomás Ojea Quintana arrived in Myanmar today for a five-day visit. The Argentine diplomat is looking into the former Burma’s progress on human rights issues. Read Article

String of Iraq bomb attacks target poll candidates

Reuters – A string of bombings targeted groups taking part in Iraq’s March election late on Saturday, wounding seven people, an Interior Ministry official said. The attacks stoked fears that violence may mar what is expected to be a fiercely contested March 7 parliamentary vote. Read article

Climategate U-turn as scientist at centre of row admits: There has been no global warming since 1995

Daily Mail – The academic at the centre of the “˜Climategate’ affair, whose raw data is crucial to the theory of climate change, has admitted that he has trouble “˜keeping track’ of the information. Colleagues say that the reason Professor Phil Jones has refused Freedom of Information requests is that he may have actually lost the relevant papers. Professor Jones told the BBC yesterday there was truth in the observations of colleagues that he lacked organisational skills, that his office was swamped with piles of paper and that his record keeping is “˜not as good as it should be’. The data is crucial to the famous “˜hockey stick graph’ used by climate change advocates to support the theory. Professor Jones also conceded the possibility that the world was warmer in medieval times than now ““ suggesting global warming may not be a man-made phenomenon. Read Article

Haiti Airport to Reopen for Big Carriers on Friday

NewsDaily “” Haiti’s international airport, a key economic lifeline for the poorest country in the Americas, will reopen to major commercial airlines on Friday for the first time since a massive earthquake destroyed its control tower, a U.S. military official said. American Airlines will begin flying to Port-au-Prince on February 19, with Air Canada and Air France to follow shortly after, Brigadier General Darryl Burke, vice commander of Air Forces Southern, said in an interview over the weekend. Read Article

US forces kill ‘eight bystanders’ in Iraq

Press TV – US forces have shot eight Iraqi people, most of them ‘innocent bystanders,’ in a raid in a village southeast of Baghdad, Iraqi provincial officials say. Iraqi provincial council officials described the US raid as slaughter and demanded financial compensation for the relatives of the victims. Read article

Junk accumulating on Monterey Bay ocean floor: Scientists find increasing levels of debris in the deep sea

Mercury News – Deep below the pale blue shimmering surface of Monterey Bay, lies a ton of trash. “We have even seen artillery shells – large artillery shells, spools of cable and a little unbroken teapot just sitting on the sand,” said Diana Watters of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Southwest Fisheries Center. Watters and her co-workers have been recording the amounts of debris lying on the ocean floor since 1993. More typically the researchers have seen discarded or lost recreational and commercial fishing gear or simply bottles and cans. The most common item in the debris is monofilament fishing line, the line used in rod-and-reel fishing rods. Read Article

Drug Created to Keep Tumor Growth Switched Off

ScienceDaily “” A novel — and rapid — anti-cancer drug development strategy has resulted in a new drug that stops kidney and pancreatic tumors from growing in mice. Researchers at the Moores Cancer Center at the University of California, San Diego, have found a drug that binds to a molecular “switch” found in cancer cells and cancer-associated blood vessels to keep it in the “off” position. Read article

Israel general doubts power to hit Iran atom sites

Reuters – Israel may lack the military means for successful preemptive strikes against Iranian nuclear facilities, its former top general said on Saturday. While endorsing international efforts to pressure Tehran into curbing sensitive nuclear technologies, Israel has hinted it could resort to force. But some analysts say Israeli jets would be stymied by the distance to Iran and by its defenses. Asked in a television interview about Israeli leaders’ vows to “take care” of the perceived threat, ex-general Dan Halutz, who stepped down as armed forces chief in 2007, said: “We are taking upon ourselves a task that is bigger than us.” Read article

Wall St. Helped to Mask Debt Fueling Europe’s Crisis

New York Times – Wall Street tactics akin to the ones that fostered subprime mortgages in America have worsened the financial crisis shaking Greece and undermining the euro by enabling European governments to hide their mounting debts. As worries over Greece rattle world markets, records and interviews show that with Wall Street’s help, the nation engaged in a decade-long effort to skirt European debt limits. One deal created by Goldman Sachs helped obscure billions in debt from the budget overseers in Brussels. Read Article

Fish face end of the line, says director

ABC – The director of a new documentary on overfishing says Australia needs to act now to protect its fish stocks or it will suffer dire consequences. Rupert Murray is in Sydney to promote the film The End of The Line, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and opens to Australian audiences in April. The film warns that 70 per cent of global stocks are now in trouble and there could be no seafood by the middle of the century unless practices change. He says the depletion of fish stocks worldwide is a major environmental problem. Read Article

Review: Lord Monckton speech on Anthropogenic Global Warming ““ Perth, 8th February 2010

Christopher Monckton is clearly a product of his upbringing with a self deprecating style and presentation that was straight from the Oxford Union “How to present a speech” book, complete with two quick anecdotes and a witty joke to start proceedings and warm the audience up. With no obvious notes and just a handful of fairly amateur looking slides he kept the packed room’s attention for nearly two hours as he covered the, now familiar to many, ground of why the theory of Anthropogenic Global Warming just doesn’t stand up to close scrutiny. READ WHOLE ARTICLE

£45 Shops “˜Bribe’ for Cervical Cancer Jab for Teenage Girls

Daily Mail – Teenage girls are being rewarded with shopping vouchers for having the cervical cancer jab. Girls aged 16 to 18 are being given £45 of vouchers if they complete an inoculation course against the HPV virus, the sexually transmitted infection that causes 70 per cent of cervical tumours. Read Article

Ed. – Please read the comments for this article and access the link to Curezone for more information on what one of the key researchers said re the age that this innoculation wouldbe/was most effective.

Suit: Prostitute, strippers part of Blackwater fraud

CNN – Two ex-Blackwater Worldwide employees allege the company charged the government for a prostitute and strippers and kept incompetent personnel for financial reasons, part of what they call a systematic pattern to defraud authorities. The accusations come in a lawsuit filed by Brad and Melan Davis — who said the fraudulent activity, such as double billing and submitting false invoices, occurred while the security firm, now known as Xe, carried out its work in Iraq, Afghanistan and in Louisiana during Hurricane Katrina’s aftermath. Read article

Goldman Sachs accused of rigging tax vote

News.Com.Au – A BANK has been accused of rigging a public vote on whether the City should pay a levy on its wheeler-dealing. Campaigners for a “Robin Hood tax” on banks operating in the City of London were surprised when thousands of votes invaded their website, rejecting the proposal. There were almost 5,000 no votes against the tax within less than half an hour, but these emanated from just two computer servers – one registered to the investment bank Goldman Sachs. Read Article

Study Maps Effects of Acupuncture on the Brain

ScienceDaily “” Important new research about the effects of acupuncture on the brain may provide an understanding of the complex mechanisms of acupuncture and could lead to a wider acceptability of the treatment. Read Article

Israel is accused of waging covert war across the Middle East

Times Online – Israel is waging a covert assassination campaign across the Middle East in an effort to stop its key enemies co-ordinating their activities. Israeli agents have been targeting meetings between members of Hamas and the leadership of the militant Hezbollah group, and the Iranian Revolutionary Guards. Read article

Climategate: the official cover-up con

Daily Telegraph – If there’s one thing that stinks even more than Climategate, it’s the attempts we’re seeing everywhere from the IPCC and Penn State University to the BBC to pretend that nothing seriously bad has happened, that “the science” is still “settled”, and that it’s perfectly OK for the authorities go on throwing loads more of our money at a problem that doesn’t exist. The latest example of this noisome phenomenon is Sir Muir Russell’s official whitewash ““ sorry “independent inquiry” into the Climatic Research Unit (CRU) scandal. Read Article

ADHD Brain May Be a Little Different

BW — A link appears to exist between attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and anomalies in the brain’s reward system, a new study suggests. Spanish researchers used MRI to scan the brains of 42 children with ADHD and 42 other children with no signs of ADHD and found that the ventral striatum was smaller, particularly on the right side, in those with ADHD. The ventral striatum includes the nucleus accumbens, which maintains levels of motivation when a person starts a task and continues to maintain motivation until the task is completed. Read article

Ed. – An anomaly from whose POV?