Reuters – Scientists are cooking up new ways of satisfying the world’s ever-growing hunger for meat. “Cultured meat” — burgers or sausages grown in laboratory Petri dishes rather than made from slaughtered livestock — could be the answer that feeds the world, saves the environment and spares the lives of millions of animals, they say.
Granted, it may take a while to catch on. And it won’t be cheap. Read article
DailyMail – The Central Intelligence Agency has released videos about the Soviet Union that have all the charm of retro grade school public service announcements. Except, these movies – complete with cheesy special effects, dramatic music and a droll narrator – were classified intelligence briefings for President Ronald Reagan. Read article
Wired – The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were in many ways acutely different from their predecessors. This time, American soldiers were fighting in urban settings, dodging improvised explosives and often searching for enemies indistinguishable from civilians. With a new kind of war came a new host of challenges for those who fought in it. Fewer fatalities has led to more life-long injuries, an economy in crisis will translate to fewer jobs and less federal funding, and the use of unconventional weaponry is already apparent in the prevalence of invisible, untreatable mental wounds. Read Article
AFP – The United States is negotiating with Kuwait to allow several thousand US combat troops now in Iraq to redeploy to the Gulf emirate to counter Iran’s influence in the region, US defense officials said Thursday. “Discussions are underway” with Kuwaiti leaders but no final agreement has been reached, a senior defense official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told AFP. The talks are focused on redeploying a combat brigade team — about 3,500 troops — and possibly additional units to Kuwait, three US officials said. The United States already has roughly 20,000 forces in Kuwait but commanders and administration officials are keen to bolster the military’s presence in the Gulf amid concerns about instability in Iraq and Iran’s role in the region. Read Article
CTV – Halifax police arrested 15 people Friday and took down tents at the site of a local Occupy Nova Scotia protest, hours after the city marked Remembrance Day. The protesters had set up their encampment in a downtown park last week, after the city asked them to relocate from the nearby cenotaph where annual Remembrance Day celebrations were to take place. Read Article
Associated Press – A group of Oakland anti-Wall Street protesters who blame large banks for the economic downturn have decided that one of those institutions is the best place to stash their money for now. Protesters at an Occupy Oakland meeting Monday voted to deposit a $20,000 donation into a Wells Fargo account. The move comes just days after one of Wells Fargo’s branches was vandalized during a massive downtown demonstration. Read Article
Science News – Teens are always looking for creative excuses for late homework, low test scores, and waning attention in class. Any who stumbled onto a copy of the September American Journal of Clinical Nutrition may have uncovered the basis for a particularly novel rationalization: “My parents made me a vegetarian.” Plants do not make vitamin B-12, also known as cobalamin. Diets that eschew all animal products can therefore lead to B-12 deficiencies. Read article
ScienceDaily — As a fetus grows, it’s constantly getting messages from its mother. It’s not just hearing her heartbeat and whatever music she might play to her belly; it also gets chemical signals through the placenta. A new study, which will be published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, finds that this includes signals about the mother’s mental state. If the mother is depressed, that affects how the baby develops after it’s born. Read article
DailyMail – Argentina last night accused Britain of acting ‘aggressively and provocatively’ by deploying Prince William to the Falkland Islands. The comments provoked fury at Westminster, with one MP calling them ‘deeply misguided’. Read article
Telegraph – The Pentagon is considering a significant sale of Joint Direct Attack Munitions made by Boeing, adding to other recent arms deals with the UAE. Those included the sale of 500 Hellfire air-to-surface missiles about which the US Congress was notified in September. The sale of Boeing-built “bunker-buster” bombs and other munitions to UAE, a key Gulf ally of Washington, is part of an ongoing US effort to build a regional coalition to counter Iran. Read Article
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Telegraph – The mysterious presence of low-level radiation in the Czech Republic had experts baffled yesterday as the UN nuclear agency admitted it was a mystery how the particles got there. Read article
A short film documenting the lethal effects of the use of cluster munitions worldwide, with commentary, new statistics and analysis from military experts at Human Rights Watch. Footage shows how cluster munitions have endangered civilian populations from the Vietnam era through current conflicts in Iraq and Lebanon. During the last THREE DAYS of the War on Lebanon, Israel fired up to 4,000,000 cluster bomblets according to UN estimates – twice the amount used by the US in the attack on Iraq in 2003.
“They ask me where I’ve been,
And what I’ve done and seen.
But what can I reply?
Who know it wasn’t I,
But someone just like me,
Who went across the sea.
And with my head and hands,
Killed men in foreign lands…
Though I must bear the blame,
Because he bore my name.”
- Wilfred Gibson, “Back”
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Huffington Post – In one southern California county, prisoners will soon have to pay for the privilege of staying in jail. Riverside County, California will start charging prisoners $142.42 per day of their prison stay, CNNMoney reports. The county’s board of supervisors approved the measure on Tuesday as a way to save an estimated $3 to $5 million per year. Not every prisoner will be forced to pay up, however. The county will review each prisoner’s case individually to determine if they can afford the fee. Read Article
AP – The jobs crisis has left so many people out of work for so long that most of America’s unemployed are no longer receiving unemployment benefits. Early last year, 75 percent were receiving checks. The figure is now 48 percent – a shift that points to a growing crisis of long-term unemployment. Nearly one-third of America’s 14 million unemployed have had no job for a year or more. Read Article
BBC – Seventeen soldiers have been killed in an explosion at a military base near Iran’s capital Tehran, officials say. The blast occurred when weapons were being moved inside a Revolutionary Guards depot, a spokesman for the elite unit told state TV. Windows in nearby buildings were shattered and the blast was heard in central Tehran, 40 km (25 miles) away. Two hours after the explosion a fire still raged and there were traffic jams on nearby roads, a local reporter said. The death toll was revised down from an earlier figure released by the Revolutionary Guards of 27. Local MP Hossein Garousi said “a large part of an ammunition depot exploded,” parliament’s website reported. Read Article
AFP – Russia is ready to build more nuclear reactors in Iran, its nuclear chief Sergei Kiriyenko said Thursday despite renewed fears that Tehran is seeking to produce nuclear weapons. “We are looking into it, we have the orders, so we are working this proposal through, since building specifically nuclear reactors is not an issue of doubt in the international community,” said Kiriyenko, who heads the Rosatom state corporation. Read article
Independent – Britain is backing a US-led plan to torpedo the global ban on cluster bombs, in what MPs and arms campaigners fear is an attempt to legitimise the use of weapons that are widely deemed to be inherently indiscriminate. Read Article
NZ Herald – Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull says he has not ruled out using private security guards to evict the Occupy Dunedin protesters, as the city council looks for “urgent clarification” on its legal position. Mr Cull said yesterday he was “completely at a loss” after police ruled out enforcing trespass notices that would have forced the protesters to quit their Octagon encampment. Read Article
Reuters – Children from ages 9 to 11 should be routinely screened for high cholesterol so that action can be taken to avoid the development of heart disease, according to new guidelines from the U.S. National Institutes of Health. The guidelines, endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics, aim to identify early risks that can sharply increase the likelihood of developing heart disease as an adult. Read article
BBC – At least 21 people were taken to hospital with injuries and more than 150 have been arrested. Marches by far-right nationalists have been growing in size on the national holiday, with left-wing activists turning out to oppose them. Police used water cannon and pepper spray to bring the situation under control. Read article