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Psychopaths at Work

HR Daily Community – For all our recruitment tests and practices in HR, the problem of psychopaths in the workplace remains a problem that’s hard to solve. Everyone has worked with a psychopath. I’m a lay-person, so I use the term in it’s popular sense, but I’m on their case because they’re so disruptive. Sometimes they are the obvious bullies in the office, sometimes they are your boss, and sometimes they are someone not apparently in charge, but who has everyone running around after them and who manipulates and wreaks havoc on the whole group by subtle disempowerment. I’ve known a few. The first one was my boss, and he nearly destroyed my health and my career. Read article

US Empire foments Islamophobia

PressTV – An investigation conducted by the Center for American Progress Action Fund, has revealed that a small networked group of misinformation experts are guiding the rising wave of Islamophobia in the US through effective use of advocates, media partners, and grassroots organizing. Read article

Editorial Comment: Adolf hitler said:“Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it”.

The Spoils Of War – Western Oil Majors Will Get First Crack At Libyan Oil Production

Reuters – Italian oil company Eni led the charge back into Libya on Monday as rebels hailing the end of Muammar Gaddafi’s rule warned Russian and Chinese firms that they may lose out on lucrative oil contracts for failing to support the rebellion. Gaddafi’s fall will reopen the doors to Africa’s largest oil reserves and give new players such as Qatar’s national oil company and trading house Vitol the chance to compete with established European and U.S. oil majors. Read Article

Body scanners scrapped from German airports after error-filled trial

Herald Sun – Body scanners being trialled at a German airport ahead of a planned nationwide roll-out were so inaccurate that the whole scheme has been scrapped, a government official has announced. The so-called backscatter scanners had an error rate of 54 percent during their year-long trial at Hamburg Airport, The Local reported. The controversial screening devices are similar to the “naked scanners” already in the US at several major airports. Read Article

US studios avoided Telstra battle and went after iiNet instead in copyright case

The Australian – Leaked documents from the US Embassy in Canberra reveal that Hollywood studios chose to go after third-largest internet provider iiNet, rather than Telstra, in a hard-fought online copyright case set to be heard for a third time by the High Court in Sydney. Read Article

Potatoes reduce blood pressure in people with obesity and high blood pressure

Medical Xpress – The potato’s stereotype as a fattening food for health-conscious folks to avoid is getting another revision today as scientists report that just a couple servings of spuds a day reduces blood pressure almost as much as oatmeal without causing weight gain. Scientists reported on the research, done on a group of overweight people with high blood pressure, at the 242nd National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS), being held here this week. But don’t reach for the catsup, vinegar or mayonnaise. The research was not done with French fries, … but with potatoes cooked without oil in a microwave oven. Read article

Editorial Comment: Useful information on term ACE-inhibitor: Medicine.net; and Wikipedia

Unredacted US embassy cables available online after WikiLeaks breach

Guardian – A security breach has led to the WikiLeaks archive of 251,000 secret US diplomatic cables being made available online, without redaction to protect sources. WikiLeaks has been releasing the cables over nine months by partnering with mainstream media organisations. Read article

Iraq War Marks First Month With No U.S. Military Deaths

NY Times – Under increased pressure from the United States, an Iraqi crackdown on Iranian-backed Shiite militias has helped produce a previously elusive goal: For the first time since the American invasion of Iraq, an entire month has passed without a single United States service member dying. The milestone is particularly remarkable because it comes after 14 troops were killed in June, making it the most deadly month for the Americans in three years, and it has occurred amid a frightening campaign of suicide bombings and assassinations from Sunni insurgents that killed hundreds of Iraqis, resurrecting the specter of the worst days of sectarian fighting. Read Article

German manufacturing growth at 23-month low in August

Reuters – German manufacturing activity grew at its slowest pace in almost two years due to a sharp drop in new orders, PMI data shows, adding to signs that clouds are gathering over Europe’s largest economy.

Climate Fact Of The Day – New Study Shows that Florida’s Reefs Cannot Endure a ‘Cold Snap’

University of Miami, Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science – Remember frozen iguanas falling from trees during Florida’s 2010 record-breaking cold snap? Well, a new study led by scientists at the University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science shows that Florida’s corals also dropped in numbers due to the cold conditions.“It was a major setback,” said Diego Lirman, associate professor at the UM Rosenstiel School and lead author of the study. “Centuries-old coral colonies were lost in a matter of days.” The chilly January temperatures caused the most catastrophic loss of corals within the Florida Reef Tract, which spans 160 miles (260 kilometers) from Miami to the Dry Tortugas and is the only living barrier reef in the continental U.S. Read Article

How US firms profited from torture flights

Guardian – The scale of the CIA’s rendition programme has been laid bare in court documents that illustrate in minute detail how the US contracted out the secret transportation of suspects to a network of private American companies. The manner in which American firms flew terrorism suspects to locations around the world, where they were often tortured, has emerged after one of the companies sued another in a dispute over fees. Read Article

UK stem cell stroke trial passes first safety test

BBC – The world’s first clinical trial of brain stem cells to treat strokes is set to move to its next phase. An independent assessment of the first three patients to have had stem cells injected into their brain at Glasgow’s Southern General Hospital has concluded it has had no adverse effect. Read article

Syria’s attorney-general ‘resigns over mass execution in Hama’

Telegraph – Syria’s attorney-general has resigned after witnessing a mass execution of 72 prisoners in one day and over four hundred bodies being buried in public parks, according to a video statement posted online on Wednesday night. Read article

UK Defence cuts: Gurkhas and RAF take brunt

Guardian – Almost 500 RAF personnel will be told on Thursday that they are to be forced out of their jobs when the Ministry of Defence sets out the first details of its controversial redundancy programme aimed at reshaping Britain’s armed forces. The Gurkhas have also been hit hard, with infantrymen from the historic Nepalese brigade making up most of those in the army who will be told that they have been selected for compulsory redundancy. Read Article

Britain right at the bottom of European table for learning foreign languages

Mail Online – Schoolchildren in Britain are less likely to learn multiple foreign languages than those in any other EU member state, an international study has revealed. Youngsters from countries such as Poland, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Latvia, Lithuania and Slovenia are all more likely to learn additional languages than their peers in the UK. Read Article


Gaddafi vows fight as world backs new leaders

Reuters – Muammar Gaddafi urged his supporters from hiding to fight on as Libya’s new interim rulers met world leaders on Thursday to discuss reshaping a nation torn by 42 years of one-man rule and six months of civil war. Read Article

UK manufacturing activity at 26-month low in Aug

Reuters – British manufacturing activity shrank at its fastest pace in more than two years in August as export orders dived.

Bahrain unrest: Teenager dies after protest

BBC – A teenage boy has died after being hit by a tear-gas canister fired by Bahraini security forces trying to disperse a protest, activists say. Ali Jawad Ahmed, 14, was among a small crowd who had gathered overnight in the village of Sitra, said the Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights. The group said security forces personnel had used “excessive force”. The authorities say an initial investigation suggests the security forces were not involved in the death. Read Article

US arrests 100s over planned pipeline

PressTV – Police in Washington have arrested hundreds of people outside the White House during the recent protests to a planned controversial oil pipeline from Canada to the US. Read article

Most US Muslims feel targeted by terror policies

AP – More than half of Muslim Americans in a new poll say government anti-terrorism policies single them out for increased surveillance and monitoring, and many report increased cases of name-calling, threats and harassment by airport security, law enforcement officers and others. Read Article

Families in modern Ireland skip food to pay the mortgage

Independent – Families in modern Ireland are going without food to meet the demand of mortgage debt. The arrival of the second wave of the economic crisis, giving rise for the first time in many decades to the spectre of hunger, has caused shock across the country. The decision of homeowners to choose hunger over a fear of eviction helps expose as irrelevant the issue of “moral hazard”, the defence of policymakers who resist calls for debt forgiveness. Read Article

New blow for BP in Russia as office raided

Reuters – Black-clad special forces raided BP’s Moscow offices on Wednesday, deepening the British company’s problems in Russia after its attempts to salvage an oil exploration agreement in the Russian Arctic collapsed. The raid, a day after ExxonMobil signed a deal giving it access to fields BP had hoped to develop, was ordered to let bailiffs search for documents in a legal battle over BP’s failed bid to partner Russia in the Arctic, a spokeswoman said. Read Article