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A Third of All U.S. Casualties in Eight-Year Afghan War Have Occurred Since Obama Ordered Escalation

CNSNews – More than 300 U.S. soldiers have died in the war in Afghanistan since May 15, 2009, the day when the first major wave of new troops ordered by President Barack Obama arrived in the country. The 308 U.S. casualties in Afghanistan since then account for about a third of the total of 920 U.S. casualties in the eight-year war. Read article

Climb in US jobless benefit claims fuel concerns about economic recovery

The Australian – A SURPRISING climb in the number of idled US workers drawing government benefits has underscored job market weakness. The jobless claims data trumped a report on durable goods that showed orders in January exceeded expectations because of strong airplane demand.A third volley of data showed continued weakness in housing prices. US single-family home prices slipped a slight 0.1 per cent in the fourth quarter, according to a home-purchase index by the Federal Housing Finance Agency. Read Article

Disaster Awaits Cities in Earthquake Zones

NY Times “” As he surveys the streets of this sprawling mega-city [Istanbul], Mustafa Erdik, the director of an earthquake engineering institute here, says he sometimes feels like a doctor scanning a crowded hospital ward. It is not so much the city’s modern core, where two sleek Trump Towers and a huge airport terminal were built to withstand a major earthquake that is considered all but inevitable in the next few decades. Nor does Dr. Erdik agonize over Istanbul’s ancient monuments, whose yards-thick walls have largely withstood more than a dozen potent seismic blows over the past two millenniums. Read article

Argentina asks UN to bring UK into talks on Falklands

Argentina has formally asked United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to bring the UK into talks over the sovereignty of the Falkland Islands. Argentine Foreign Minister Jorge Taiana said he had asked Mr Ban to help stop “further unilateral acts” by the UK. Read article

Sudan signs ceasefire deal with Darfur rebel group

BBC – Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has signed a framework ceasefire deal with one of Darfur’s main rebel groups, the Justice and Equality Movement (Jem). The power-sharing agreement in Qatar is seen as an important step towards peace, though the other main rebel group has refused to enter talks. Read article

Computer Models Show How Skyborne Seawater Particles Change Cloud Brightness, Temperature, Rain Patterns

Science Daily “” Ships blowing off steam are helping researchers understand how human-made particles might be useful against global warming. New results from modeling clouds like those seen in shipping lanes reveal the complex interplay between aerosols, the prevailing weather and even the time of day the aerosol particles hit the air, according to research presented at the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s annual meeting in San Diego. Read Article

Ed – As do airplane con-trails and their more toxic and long lasting chemtrails. Seeing as water vapour is a greenhouse gas, and many times more prevelant in the atmosphere than CO2, these atmospheric events are to be expected. Perhaps politicians and banks should be looking therefore to make money out of targeting water emissions and not CO2?

Controversial new US defence logo compared to Islamic crescent and star

Telegraph – The new US defence logo has provoked controversy on the internet after right wing commentators said it resembles the Islamic crescent and star design. As well as resembling the Islamic flag, it has been said to bear a “scary” likeness to the campaign symbol President Barack Obama used in the electoral race against Senator John McCain in 2008, according to right-leaning blogs and websites. The circular red, white and blue sign, which has also been compared to the communist hammer and sickle symbol, first appeared on the Missile Defense Agency’s website in the Autumn. Read article

India-Pakistan talks end in acrimony

Telegraph – India and Pakistan’s first talks since the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks ended in acrimony as each accused the other of harbouring terrorists and tolerating human rights abuses. The meeting in New Delhi was regarded as the first step in rebuilding trust between the long-standing enemies, but their foreign secretaries revealed significant differences continued. India’s foreign secretary Nirupama Rao said dialogue “holds tremendous potential” but progress had been repeatedly “thwarted” by acts of terrorism. She went into the talks “conscious of the large trust deficit between the two countries,” she said. Read article

Many Dead in Suicide Attack on Hotel in Afghan Capital

New York Times – At least 17 people were killed and 32 wounded early Friday when several suicide bombers attacked a hotel popular with foreigners and the surrounding area in the center of Kabul, police officials said. News reports said the Taliban took responsibility for the attack, which came despite a major offensive by American-led coalition forces against militants in the southern province of Helmand, a central element in President Obama’s strategy in rural Afghanistan. Read article

Prevention: Older Women Are Not Likely to Benefit From Cervical Cancer Vaccine

NY Times – Women older than 40 are unlikely to get much benefit from the vaccine for the virus that causes cervical cancer, a new study reports. The vaccine for human papillomavirus, or HPV, is recommended for women up to age 26 and girls as young as 9. To determine whether older women might be protected as well, the new study looked at patterns of HPV infection as women age, said Dr. Ana Cecilia Rodríguez Read article

Blackwater Took Hundreds of Guns From U.S. Military, Afghan Police

Washington Independent – Employees of the CIA-connected private security corporation Blackwater diverted hundreds of weapons, including more than 500 AK-47 assault rifles, from a U.S. weapons bunker in Afghanistan intended to equip Afghan policemen, according to an investigation by the Senate Armed Services Committee. On at least one occasion, an individual claiming to work for the company evidently signed for a weapons shipment using the name of a “South Park” cartoon character. And Blackwater has yet to return hundreds of the guns to the military. Read article

Record Snowfall Blankets Moscow

Moscow Times – Thousands of snow-removal vehicles hit Moscow’s streets Tuesday after a record snowfall dumped 67 centimeters of snow on the city over the extended holiday weekend. The heavy snowfall convinced residents to stay at home for the four-day Defender of the Fatherland holiday, leaving many streets eerily empty and halving the usual number of traffic accidents. Three days of snow flurries had covered the city with 67 centimeters of snow by Tuesday morning, which dawned bright and clear, the Moscow weather bureau said, Interfax reported. Meteorologists have not counted such a large amount of snowfall since they started keeping records in the capital. Read Article

Vitamin B ‘can rewire stroke patients’ brain’, study finds

Daily Telegraph – Vitamin B could help improve the health of stroke patients, a study has found. American researchers have found it can “rewire” the brain by improving blood vessels in patients. Doctors at the Henry Ford Hospital, in Detroit, found that vitamin B3, or niacin – a common water-soluble vitamin – restored a brain’s neurological function after a stroke. Read article

Nato admits that deaths of 8 boys were a mistake

Times Online – A night-time raid in eastern Afghanistan in which eight schoolboys from one family were killed was carried out on the basis of faulty intelligence and should never have been authorised, a Times investigation has found. Ten children and teenagers died when troops stormed a remote mountain compound near the border with Pakistan in December. Read article

Australia warns Israel on passports

CBC – Australia’s foreign minister has summoned Israel’s ambassador to investigate the use of forged Australian passports in a Dubai assassination. Stephen Smith called Yuval Rotem to his office in Canberra, the capital, on Thursday. He warned him any involvement of Israel in the use of the passports “” used in the Jan. 19 killing of a senior Hamas figure “” would not be seen as the “act of a friend.” “I made it crystal clear to the ambassador that if the results of that investigation cause us to come to the conclusion that the abuse of the Australian passports was in any way sponsored or condoned by Israeli officials, then Australia would not regard that as the act of a friend,” Smith told reporters. Read Article

Ed – Using the principles of Problem, Reactuion, Solution, expect the Australian Government to soon announce the introduction of bio-metric data and RFID chips in all Australian passports, so to ‘prevent this kind of thing happening again’

Geologists Look for Answers in Antarctica: Did Ice Exist at Equator Some 300 Million Years Ago? (when CO2 was a hundred times higher than now)

Science Daily “” Focusing on a controversial hypothesis that ice existed at the equator some 300 million years ago during the late Paleozoic Period, two University of Oklahoma researchers originated a project in search of clues to Earth’s climate system. Read Article

Ed – Earth’s atmospheric CO2 level is currently about 0.036%. 300 million years ago this level was over 100 times greater. And yet there was ice at the equator (according to many other geological studies)

Violent French husbands ‘may be tagged’

BBC – Men seen as likely to be violent towards their wives could be forced to wear an electronic tag under a law being debated by the French parliament. The tag would have to be worn by men who have received a court order to stay away from their partner. The proposal is part of a draft law on conjugal violence. It has cross-party support and is expected to pass easily. Read Article

EXPLOSIVE NEWS

Washington Post -A lingering technical question about the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks still haunts some, and it has political implications: How did 200,000 tons of steel disintegrate and drop in 11 seconds? A thousand architects and engineers want to know, and are calling on Congress to order a new investigation into the destruction of the Twin Towers and Building 7 at the World Trade Center. Read article

China unlikely to buy gold from IMF

China Daily – Contrary to much speculation China may not buy the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) remaining 191.3 tons of gold which is up for sale as it does not want to upset the market, a top industry official told China Daily yesterday. “It is not feasible for China to buy the IMF bullion, as any purchase or even intent to do so would trigger market speculation and volatility,” said the official from the China Gold Association, on condition of anonymity. He said China would continue to shore up its gold reserves by acquiring gold mines abroad rather than purchases on the international market. Some analysts had earlier said China would purchase the IMF gold in an effort to diversify its dollar asset-dominated foreign exchange reserves. According to estimates, over 70 percent of China’s $2.4 trillion foreign exchange reserves are in dollar assets. Read Article

Ed – Preparations are well at hand for the final destruction of the US dollar and economy. Out of the ashes will arise a North American Union and a single currency, the Amero. All exactly to plan

Flashback: 24th April 2006 – Five UK airport X-Ray scanner guards have miscarriages

Daily Mirror – FIVE security guards operating new airport body scanners which give off radiation have had miscarriages, it was revealed yesterday. Unions fear the X-ray machines, which penetrate 1cm under the skin, could be responsible. The Rapiscan Secure 1000 bombards passengers with radiation to “strip search” them, then beams contours of their naked bodies on to computer screens to detect hidden weapons. They have been tested at Terminal 4 at Heathrow Airport for the past 18 months. Read Article

Ed – The new ‘naked’ scanners being introduced emit much more radiation by necessity to see under clothes

Toxin Does Not Affect MRSA-Induced Pneumonia

ScienceDaily “” A group led by Dr. James M. Musser at the Center for Molecular and Translational Human Infectious Diseases Research of The Methodist Hospital Research Institute in Houston, Texas has demonstrated that the cytotoxin Paton-Valentine leukocidin (PVL) does not affect methicillin-resistant Staphlococcus aureus (MRSA)-induced pneumonia. Read Article

Americas bloc excluding US and Canada agreed

BBC – Latin American and Caribbean nations have agreed to set up a new regional body without the US and Canada. The new bloc would be an alternative to the Organisation of American States (OAS), the main forum for regional affairs in the past 50 years. Read article

Concerns grow over China’s sale of US bonds

Daily Telegraph – Evidence is mounting that Chinese sales of US Treasury bonds over recent months are intended as a warning shot to Washington over escalating political disputes rather than being part of a routine portfolio shift as thought at first. Read Article

‘Global warming’: time to get angry

Daily Telegraph – Corus’ steelworks at Redcar, near Middlesbrough, “Teesside Cast Products”, is to be closed (“mothballed” is the euphemism). It is Britain’s last great steelworks and an essential national resource. Without it, we are at the world’s mercy. Corus is owned by Tata Steel of India. Recently, Tata received “EU-carbon-credits” worth up to £1bn, ostensibly so that steel-production at Redcar would not be crippled by the EU’s “carbon-emissions-trading-scheme”. By closing the plant at Redcar ““ and not making any “carbon-emissions” ““ Tata walks off with £1bn of taxpayers’ money, which it will invest in its steel-factories in India, where there is no “carbon-emissions-trading-scheme”. There’s more. The EU’s “emissions-trading-scheme” (ETS) is modelled on instructions from the “International Panel on Climate-Change” (IPCC) of the United Nations Organisation. The Chairman of the IPCC is one Dr Rajendra K.Pachauri, a former railway-engineer, who obtained this post by virtue of his being Chairman of the “Tata Energy-Research Institute” ““ set up by Tata Steel. Read Article

What’s in Household Dust? Don’t Ask

Time – It’s hard to get too worked up about dust. Yes, it’s a nuisance, but it’s hardly one that causes us much anxiety “” and our language itself suggests as much. We call those clumps of the stuff under the bed dust bunnies after all, not, say, dust vermin. But there’s a higher ick factor to dust than you might think. And there’s a science to how it gets around “” a science that David Layton and Paloma Beamer, professors of environmental policy at the University of Arizona, are exploring. Read Article

Ed. – Since Morgellons appears to be ubiquitous in the environment, it looks as though some form of Morgellons fibre/organism would also be in dust. I have noticed that leaves of plants that accumulate dust on in supermarkets react as if there is a fungus there. Also, when dust gets into a spiders web, it often goes wispy, as in it keeps it’s structure, but wisps grow OFF the web strands, not something I’ve EVER noticed a spider web do before – and once a spider was in the centre of the web – dead. And what about the GMO’s that make up bioinsecticides? And nanoparticles?