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Time is running out for the leap second

Nature – “The times,” sang Bob Dylan, “they are a-changin’.” His words could become literal truth in January, when the World Radiocommunication Conference of the International Telecommunication Union in Geneva, Switzerland, will vote on whether to redefine Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) and pull our clock time out of synchronization with the Sun’s location in the sky. At issue is whether to abolish the ‘leap second’ — the extra second added every year or so to keep UTC in step with Earth’s slightly unpredictable orbit. Read article

U.S. Government Confirms Link Between Earthquakes and Hydraulic Fracturing

Oil Price – On 5 November an earthquake measuring 5.6 rattled Oklahoma and was felt as far away as Illinois. Until two years ago Oklahoma typically had about 50 earthquakes a year, but in 2010, 1,047 quakes shook the state. Why? Read article

Lucas Papademos named as new Greek prime minister

BBC – Former European Central Bank vice-president Lucas Papademos has been named as Greece’s new prime minister, following days of negotiations. Read article

Editorial Comments – A New World Order place-man just as we predicted in our Editorial last week >

Russia rules out new Iran sanctions over nuclear report

BBC – Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov told Interfax news agency that extra sanctions could be interpreted as a means of regime change in Iran. Earlier, France and the US both said they would pursue new sanctions against Iran in the wake of the IAEA report. Read article

Italy borrowing costs hit record 7%

BBC – Italy’s cost of borrowing has touched a new record, a day after Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said he would resign once budget reforms were passed. If Italy tried to borrow money today, payable in 10 years, it would have to pay an interest rate of more than 7%. Investors fear that Italy could become the next victim of the debt crisis. Read Article

Ready to blow? Homes evacuated on Canary Island as underwater volcano spews molten rock 60ft into the air

Daily Mail – Homes have been evacuated and roads closed on the southern-most Canary Island following a government-issued warning about a possible volcanic eruption. The southern tip of El Hierro was shaken by a 4.3-magnitude quake late on Saturday as an underwater volcano just off the coast started spewing matter some 60ft into the air. Read article


Thousands march in student protest over university fees

BBC – Students march through central London to protest against rises in tuition fees and changes to higher education. The police were out in force as thousands of students marched through central London. Some 4,000 officers were on duty, as demonstrators marched peacefully in a protest against higher tuition fees and “privatisation” in universities. Read Article

Gold Poised to Climb Past $1,800

IB Times – Gold prices Tuesday hovered near the previous day’s closing price but safe-haven buying and favorable currency moves appeared set to lift the metal above $1,800 per ounce. Gold has risen 4.2 percent in the last four trading days, creating opportunities for investors to book profits on the gains. Read Article

Beijing in air pollution action

BBC – China will open up Beijing’s pollution monitoring station to the public, state media says, as a web campaign for reform of the system gathers pace. Read article

£43bn to be wiped off savings in a year due to Bank of England ‘negligence on inflation’

Daily Mail – Beleaguered savers will see £43billion wiped off the value of their nest eggs by November 2012 thanks to record low interest rates and soaring inflation, calculations for This is Money show. The Bank of England meets on Thursday to decide whether to raise base rate from its record low 0.5 per cent and, in turn, give a kick to savings rates. Read Article

Busted! Two New Fed GPS Trackers Found on SUV

Wired – As the Supreme Court gets ready to hear oral arguments in a case Tuesday that could determine if authorities can track U.S. citizens with GPS vehicle trackers without a warrant, a young man in California has come forward to Wired to reveal that he found not one but two different devices on his vehicle recently. The 25-year-old resident of San Jose, California, says he found the first one about three weeks ago on his Volvo SUV while visiting his mother in Modesto, about 80 miles northeast of San Jose. Read Article

Fresh dispute about MMR ‘fraud’

Nature – It is one of the most serious allegations that could be made about a doctor: manipulating patients’ histories to make money. So it is no wonder that the charges, levied by editors of the British Medical Journal (BMJ) in January against medical researcher Andrew Wakefield, are still getting close scrutiny. Now an American whistleblower advocacy group has joined the fray over Wakefield, who in 1998 hypothesized a link, now scientifically disproven, between the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine (MMR) and autism. Read article

Related article: UK: Andrew Wakefield Found ‘Irresponsible’ by GMC over MMR Vaccine Scare

UN nuclear agency IAEA: Iran ‘studying nuclear weapons’

BBC – Correspondents say this is the International Atomic Energy Agency’s toughest report on Iran to date. Tehran condemned the findings as politically motivated. “This report is unbalanced, unprofessional and prepared with political motivation and under political pressure by mostly the United States,” said Ali Asghar Soltanieh, Iran’s envoy to the IAEA. It was “a repetition of old claims which were proven baseless by Iran in a precise 117-page response, ” he added. Read article

Israeli warplanes attack Gaza Strip

Press TV – The Israeli military says Israeli warplanes have once again bombarded the impoverished Palestinian territory of Gaza Strip, Press TV reports. The attack occurred during early hours of Wednesday morning, a Press TV correspondent reported. The Israeli military claimed that the attack came as retaliation to a rocket fired at southern Israel, although there has been no reported claim of responsibility by any Palestinian group for a rocket attack. Last week, more than a dozen Palestinians were killed in Israeli airstrikes on the coastal territory, which has been under a total economic blockade by the Tel Aviv regime since 2007. Read Article

Fannie Mae taps $7.8 billion from Treasury, loss widens

Reuters – Fannie Mae, the biggest source of money for U.S. home loans, on Tuesday said it needed a further $7.8 billion in federal aid to stay afloat as a shaky housing market widened its third-quarter loss to $5.1 billion. The government-controlled firm also attributed the deeper cash drain to losses on derivatives used to hedge its exposure to interest-rate swings and on expenses related to home loans made prior to the 2008 financial collapse. In the year-earlier quarter it had a loss of a $1.3 billion. Read Article

Daily News Archive In Focus – The Ten Steps To A Closed Society (1,719)

A once free society doesn’t necessarily become a closed one to the sound of marching jack boots, and seismic shifts in the political landscape. In reality it happens through tiny shifts, the totalitarian tip-toe, but through these shifts the 10 Steps are realised and your freedom is gone. To read our 1,719 articles (tip-toes) CLICK HERE

Climate Fact Of The Day – UAH Global temperature, down over half in October from September

The global average lower tropospheric temperature anomaly for October, 2011 dropped , to +0.11 deg. C

Source: http://www.drroyspencer.com/wp-content/uploads/UAH_LT_1979_thru_October_2011.png

N. Korean soldiers shoot refugee in China

AFP – A refugee was shot dead by North Korean border guards last month after reaching Chinese soil in a strengthened crackdown on escapees, a South Korean activist said on Monday. ‘During my trip to a border area on Oct 22, I witnessed a man shot to death after arriving in China,’ Kim Yong Hwa, head of the North Korea Refugees Human Rights Association of Korea, told AFP. Read Article

Simulated cosmonauts say they ‘became a family’ after 520 days together

Deutsche Welle – The 17-month mission in Moscow examined the psychological effects of a simulated Mars mission. Meanwhile, Russian officials announce the Wednesday launch of a new probe to the Red Planet. Read article

Editor’s Note: A slide show of the men that were on that mission is: http://www.dw-world.de/dw/0,,12526,00.html
Related article: Russians take aim at Phobos

Seniors Join Occupy Chicago, Protest Cuts To Medicare, Social Security

HuffingtonPost – More than 1,000 senior citizens and their supporters marched from Chicago’s Federal Plaza to the intersection of Jackson and Clark Street Monday morning to protest proposed cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security and Housing and Urban Development (HUD). At the intersection, more than 40 protesters, 15 of them seniors affiliated with the Jane Addams Senior Caucus, stood or sat in the street, arms linked, blocking traffic. Read article

Flashback 3 August 2005: How Britain helped Israel get the bomb

BBC – Newsnight reporter Michael Crick tells the story of how Britain helped Israel build the bomb – without telling the Americans. Documents uncovered by Newsnight in the British National Archives show how, in 1958, Britain agreed to sell Israel 20 tonnes of heavy water, a vital ingredient for the production of plutonium at Israel’s top secret Dimona nuclear reactor in the Negev desert. Robert McNamara, President John F Kennedy’s defence secretary, has told Newsnight he is “astonished” at the revelation that Britain kept this secret from America. Read Article

Wells Fargo Agrees to Pay $37 Million in Bid-Rigging Case

Money News – Wells Fargo & Co. said Tuesday it has agreed to pay at least $37 million in a lawsuit which alleges several banks rigged bidding competitions to win business from state and local governments. Banks help municipalities invest the money they raise from bond offerings to earn interest before paying for projects. They compete by submitting to state and local governments the best yield they can offer. Read Article

China inflation, output create room for pro-growth steps

Reuters – Chinese industrial output grew at its weakest annual pace in a year in October and inflation fell sharply, raising expectations Beijing will do more to support economic growth by “fine tuning” policy. A flurry of data on Wednesday showed that China’s factories are bearing the brunt of a modest economic slowdown even as consumer spending and investment in assets such as roads and other infrastructure remain resilient. Read Article

Sri Lanka blocks 5 news websites over ‘insults’

Associated Press – Sri Lanka has blocked five news websites because they committed character assassination and insulted people including key political leaders, officials said Monday. Media groups criticized the moves as undemocratic, and the U.S. Embassy recently raised concerns about press freedom in Sri Lanka. Sri Lankan laws do not restrict the press from criticizing leaders, but media can be charged for defamation. Read Article

Preemptive genotyping trialed to prevent adverse drug reactions

Nature – In March 2010, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) added a ‘black box’ warning to the drug clopidogrel, noting the link between certain genotypes and reduced drug efficacy. Despite the label change, however, only around one in every 200 physicians actually orders a genetic test when prescribing clopidogrel—an antiplatelet medicine marketed by Sanofi and Bristol-Myers Squibb as Plavix—according to data from Medco Health Solutions, a New Jersey–based pharmacy services provider. Read article