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Australia: Flu vaccine that caused seizures to be used again

Ninemsn – The benefits of the nation’s new flu vaccine will far outweigh the risk of side-effects, Australia’s peak medical body says. The Australian Medical Association (AMA) on Thursday welcomed the federal government’s decision to award pharmaceutical giant CSL a $117 million contract to supply seasonal and pandemic flu vaccines until 2016. The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) late last year approved the use of CSL’s Fluvax in people over the age of 10. Read article

Australia: Nanoparticles to remain invisible in make-up

ABC – The Federal Government has rejected industry calls for mandatory labelling on cosmetics to address public concerns about nanoparticles in make-up. There is evidence some people are choosing not to use sunscreen because of concerns about nanoparticles. The cosmetics industry wants mandatory labelling to address the issue. Read article

UK: Freedom of Information Act has not improved government, says MoJ

Guardian – The Freedom of Information Act has failed to increase understanding of government, may have reduced trust and has done little to improve decision-making in Westminster, according to the Ministry of Justice, presaging a parliamentary debate on whether to consider reforms to the seven-year-old legislation. Civil servants are also calling for the introduction of higher fees for users of the act. Read article

US military Wants $3 Billion for a War It Isn’t Fighting

Wired – Thought the Iraq war was over? The Obama administration certainly wants you to think so, the better for its re-election campaign. Inconvenient fact, though: The Pentagon is asking for nearly $3 billion for a war it isn’t actually fighting. To be specific, the Pentagon’s brand-new budget request asks for $2.9 billion for what it calls “Post-Operation NEW DAWN (OND)/Iraq Activities.” That’s almost as much money as the Pentagon spends on Darpa, its mad-science arm. And there are practically no U.S. troops in Iraq. Read Article

Italy Slashes Lockheed Martin F-35 Order as Debts Prompt Defense Shakeup

Bloomberg – Italy will reduce its planned order for Lockheed Martin Corp. (LMT) F-35 fighter jets by about 40 and trim the size of the military as part of a program to reduce defense spending, Defense Minister Giampaolo Di Paola said today. Italy will purchase 90 F-35s rather than the planned 131, Di Paola said in Rome before a joint defense committee of both houses of parliament. The nation will also slash military manpower by about 30,000 soldiers and 10,000 civilians, he said. Read Article

Netherlands in recession after Q4 slump

AFP – The Dutch economy officially slipped into recession, according to official data released Wednesday, with a slump of 0.7 percent in the fourth quarter of last year, AFP reported. “The economy shrunk by 0.7 percent in the fourth quarter and by 0.4 percent in the third,” the Central Statistics Bureau said on its website. It added: “With this, the Dutch economy has entered a recession according to the conventional definition,” which classifies it as output contractions in two consecutive quarters. Read Article

Greek Economy contracts 7% in fourth quarter

Athens News – The country’s economic slump is headed towards a record annual plunge close to 7 percent in 2011, the fourth consecutive year of a deepening recession. After an official confirmation by the Hellenic Statistical Authority (Elstat) on Tuesday that GDP dropped 7 percent year-on-year in the fourth quarter of 2011, the economy has shrunk by an average of 6.8 percent. Read Article

BOJ Unexpectedly Adds Stimulus as It Sets 1% Target for Inflation

Bloomberg – Japan’s central bank unexpectedly added 10 trillion yen ($128 billion) to an asset-purchase program and set an inflation goal after an economic slide fueled criticism it has been slower to act than counterparts. An asset fund increased to 30 trillion yen, with a credit lending program staying at 35 trillion yen, the Bank of Japan said in Tokyo today. The BOJ also said that it will target 1 percent inflation “for the time being.” Read Article

Arrests at Moscow anti-election protest


Reuters – Police arrest protesters against Vladimir Putin outside the Moscow Central Election Commission, ahead of the planned presidential election in March this year. Read article

NATO forces in Afghanistan say killed eight youths in air raid

Reuters – NATO-led forces in Afghanistan said on Wednesday they killed eight young Afghans in eastern Kapisa province last week in an air strike that enraged the Afghan government, and came soon after a United Nations report showed civilian casualties of the decade-long war rose again in 2011. “Eight young Afghans lost their lives as the result of an air strike by coalition forces,” General Lewis Boone, communications director of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) coalition, told reporters. Read Article

Italy Slips Into Fourth Recession Since 2001 as Economy Contracts 0.7%

Bloomberg – The Italian economy entered its fourth recession since 2001, contracting more than economists forecast in the fourth quarter as government austerity measures weighed on growth. Gross domestic product declined 0.7 percent from the previous three months, when it shrank 0.2 percent, national statistics institute Istat said in a preliminary report in Rome today. Read Article

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Despite various interpretations of the term, the “new world order” has been used to refer to any new period evidencing a dramatic change in world political thought and the balance of power. The most common theme of the new world order has been an orchestration of events, which – by design or by default – ultimately lead to a new notion of global governance.For a comprehensive view of the news about a New World Order, read our archive of 1,030 articles CLICK HERE

Climate Fact Of The Day – Study: The long sunspot cycle 23 predicts a signi?cant temperature decrease in cycle 24

The long sunspot cycle 23 predicts a signi?cant temperature decrease in cycle 24

Authors:
Jan-Erik Solheim – Department of Physics and Technology, University of Tromsø, N-9037, Tromsø, Norway
Kjell Stordahl – Telenor Norway, Fornebu, Norway
Ole Humlum – Department of Geosciences, University of Oslo, Norway

Abstract
Relations between the length of a sunspot cycle and the average temperature in the same and the next cycle are calculated for a number of meteorological stations in Norway and in the North Atlantic region. No signi?cant trend is found between the length of a cycle and the average temperature in the same cycle, but a signi?cant negative trend is found between the length of a cycle and the temperature in the next cycle. This provides a tool to predict an average temperature decrease of at least 1.0? C from solar cycle 23 to 24
for the stations and areas analyzed. We ?nd for the Norwegian local stations investigated that 25–56% of the temperature increase the last 150 years may be attributed to the Sun. For 3 North Atlantic stations we get 63–72% solar contribution. This points to the Atlantic currents as reinforcing a solar signal. READ PAPER

NYPD “Stop and Frisks” Hit All-Time High

NBC – The number of so-called “stop and frisks” is rising. City police officers stopped and questioned 684,330 people on the street last year, a record since the NYPD began yearly tallies of the tactic in 2002 and a 14 percent increase over 2010. It couldn’t be determined how many people were patted down during the encounters, according to the Wall Street Journal. Typically, half of the potential suspects who are stopped are frisked or searched. Read Article

Voter Rolls Are Rife With Inaccuracies, Report Finds

NYTimes – The nation’s voter registration rolls are in disarray, according to a report released Tuesday by the Pew Center on the States. The problems have the potential to affect the outcomes of local, state and federal elections. One in eight active registrations is invalid or inaccurate. At the same time, one in four people who are eligible to vote — at least 51 million potential voters — are not registered. Read article

China develops sub-launched long-range N-missile

The Tribune – The Dragon is flexing its military muscle yet again. China, it seems, is on the way to add a potent weapon to its sea-based nuclear arsenal, which will mount pressure on India — an emerging dominant player in the Indian Ocean region. Beijing has, for the first time, tested an 8,000-km range submarine launched nuclear-tipped missile, Julang-2. In military parlance, it is known as submarine launched ballistic missile (SLBM). Read Article

How The Pentagon’s Top Killers Became (Unaccountable) Spies

Wired – This is what people think of when they imagine the Joint Special Operations Command, or JSOC — the secretive, über-elite military unit that killed Osama bin Laden. The leader of a JSOC unit in Iraq, known as K-Bar, gets shot in the chest by insurgents. K-Bar waves away his medic until he finishes killing his assailants. His reward? Leading JSOC’s operations in Afghanistan. Ludicrous acts of superhuman bravado are part of JSOC’s myth and mystique. That mystique is hard to penetrate: JSOC is so secretive that it instructs its members not to write down important information, lest it be vulnerable to disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act. But a new book reveals that killing might not even be the most important thing JSOC does. Read Article

German Economy Contracts But Beats Estimates

Nasdaq – The German economy, the largest in Europe, contracted in the fourth quarter of last year slightly less than expected, confirming expectations that it is not heading into a recession this year. “Of course, a quick rebound is not a certainty and the big unknown for the German economy remains the sovereign debt crisis. One thing, however, is obvious: today’s numbers are no reason at all to start singing swan songs on the German economy,” said Carsten Brzeski, economist at ING Bank in Brussels. Read Article

Massive skills shortage slows down U.S. firms in China

Explosion damages pipeline in Syrian city of Homs

BBC – An explosion has hit a fuel pipeline in the central Syrian city of Homs. A large plume of smoke is rising from farmland on the edge of the Baba Amr district – the target of bombardment by government forces for more than a week. State media said an “armed terrorist group” had sabotaged a diesel pipeline. But activists said security forces had shelled an oil pipeline. Meanwhile, President Bashar al-Assad has ordered a referendum on a new constitution on 26 February. The document was handed to him on Sunday by members of the drafting committee, who had been working on it since October. The BBC’s Jim Muir, in neighbouring Lebanon, says this is part of what Mr Assad calls the government’s “reform process”. Read Article

Violent protests in Bahrain

Hip Implants U.S. Rejected Sold Overseas

NY Times – The health care products giant Johnson & Johnson continued to market an artificial hip in Europe and elsewhere overseas after the Food and Drug Administration rejected its sale in the United States based on a review of company safety studies. During that period, the company also continued to sell in this country a related model, which earlier went on the market using a regulatory loophole that did not require a similar safety review. Read article

Sinai explodes into violence after years of chronic poverty and alienation

Guardian – Egypt’s Bedouin accused of looting resorts, bombing pipelines and abducting foreigners in post-Mubarak security vacuum. Read article

China’s Xi Jinping in closely-watched visit to the US

BBC – In comments to a US newspaper ahead of his trip, Mr Xi sounded a note of warning to the US over its military stance in the Pacific. He said scaling up military activity was not what countries in the region wanted to see. Read article

UK Unemployment Rises To 2.67 Million

Sky – UK unemployment has risen for the eighth month in a row to reach 2.67 million. New figures from the Office for National Statistics show the number of people out of work increased by 48,000 in the three months to December. It takes the jobless rate to 8.4%. It includes a 22,000 increase in youth unemployment, taking the number of 16 to 24 year-olds out of work to 1.04 million. Read Article