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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Floatin' Powa News Service: Shmaltz Against The Dying Of The Light!

Israeli PM heads to Europe for talks on Iran
Total waste of time.

British, Israeli PMs meet amid new Mideast peace drive
New? Nu! LOL!

Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad says time is running out
It certainly is.

Palestinian PM plans for statehood

Jimmy Carter meets with Shas leader Ovadia Yosef in Jerusalem

Shas spiritual leader Ovadia Yosef on Tuesday told visiting former U.S. president Jimmy Carter that the world is inciting against Jews, Army Radio reported.
Fatah proposes 3-month truce with Hamas
Hudna, hudna, hudna...KABOOM!

Hamas to expel Gaza schoolgirls not wearing Muslim dress
Get in the bag, bitch!

'We surely won't return to '67 lines'

Senior Iraqi Ba'th Official In Syria Behind Attacks In Iraq
Iraqi Ba'th Party member Wisam Ali Kazem confessed yesterday that he was involved in the bombing last week that killed 95 Iraqis.
Muslim extremists force Yemen Jews to flee to Israel

Letters from Tokyo: USA Appeases Islam under President Obama
... why does Obama close his eyes when it pleases him and why does he make false statements which can be ridiculed or openly contradicted at the drop of a hat? If the Dalai Lama, a Buddhist leader, wanted to visit and openly preach in Saudi Arabia he would be killed; therefore, where is the justice and equality in Islamic Sharia law and the Koran for non-Muslims?
Kuwait: Anti-sectarian 'honor code' in the offing
The concept of the 'honor code' has been praised by numerous parliamentarians, especially since it follows His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah's recent statements emphasizing the importance of commitment to national unity.
On Romanian Anti-Semitism
Inventing the Jew examines the cultural, religious and economic conditions that gradually led in the late 1930s and early 40s to an intensification of anti-Semitic racial persecutions, followed by legislative, judicial and exterminatory measures during Ion Antonescu’s dictatorship.
Ireland adopting anti-blasphemy law
Ireland is drawing international criticism for a new anti-blasphemy law set to take effect in October.The legislation would provide for fines up to 25,000 Euros – about $35,750 – for publishing or speaking anything intended to be “grossly abusive or insulting in relation to matters held sacred by any religion, thereby causing outrage among a substantial number of the adherents of that religion.”

IRAN: Officials blame alleged rape victim for his own jailhouse attack

Former Chancellor Of Tehran University Arrested

Iran summons Argentine diplomat over minister nomination
Iran's Foreign Ministry summoned on Monday the Argentine charge d'affaires in Tehran, Mario Enrique Quinteros, to "protest strongly" against Buenos Aires over its criticism of the nomination of Iran's new defense minister, the official IRNA news agency reported. Iran's Foreign Ministry official told Quinteros that the statement issued by the Foreign Ministry of Argentina on the issue is a "clear interference in Iran's internal affairs and is strongly condemned."

"Unfortunately, there are some people and groups in Argentina, especially in its judicial system, that are defending the interests of the Zionists instead of defending the interests of people of Argentina," the official was quoted as saying.
Iran urges Argentina not to meddle in its internal affairs

Iran rejects involvement in Iraq terrorist attacks

Afghan Finance Minister Says Karzai Won Election

Afghan minister claims Karzai poll win, UN says wait

"Why should I vote? I love my fingers."

Guantanamo prisoner detained as teen released, meets with Karzai
They are all just sweet innocent misunderstood teens don't ya know...
Mohammed Jawad, whose confession to throwing a hand grenade that wounded two U.S. soldiers was rejected as coerced by torture, was helicoptered into Kabul from Bagram Air Base and taken to the office of the Afghan attorney general.One of his defense attorneys, Marine Major Eric Montalvo, said Jawad then met with President Hamid Karzai and was scheduled to be released to an uncle.

Abdullah accuses Karzai. The US military ask Obama for more troops.

The main challenger in last week’s presidential elections, Abdullah Abdullah, is accusing the group around Hamid Karzai, the outgoing president, of rigging results. Meanwhile, the American generals in Afghanistan warn that the situation is “serious and deteriorating” by the day.

Speaking to journalists yesterday, Abdullah Abdullah, Karzai’s former foreign minister, said that the recent elections had "irregularities, fraud and massive attempts to manipulate" The irregularities are larger in areas where participation was low because of Taliban threats. These areas, south and south east are majority Pashtun - the ethnic group of President Karzai - and should be those that bring most votes to the outgoing president. Abdullah was quoted as saying that “without doubt” there “have been thousands of violations” throughout the country. Meanwhile, the Electoral Commission claimed had received more than 200 complaints about the electoral process so far.
N.Korea invites US envoy for nuclear talks
Talk in one hand, and shit in the other, and see which gets filled first!

US envoy plans nuclear talks with North in Sept.

Venezuela Mining Report 2009

Mexican President Calderón Pays a State Visit to Brazil

NAIROBI — Persistent violence and a prolonged drought have plunged Somalia into its worst humanitarian crisis since civil war erupted two decades ago, with a third of its 10 million people needing relief aid, a UN report said Tuesday.One in every five children is acutely malnourished, around 1.42 million have been displaced by violence and up to 3.76 million are in need of humanitarian assistance, said a study by the Security and Nutrition Analysis Unit for Somalia."Somalia faces its worse humanitarian crisis in 18 years amid an escalating civil war," it said.

Black candidates stir up local elections in Russia
Black is the new Red my comrades.

Belarusian Christians Protest Against Church Closure

Putin dashes to Chechnya, shows support for Kadyrov
Dashes. Stupid headline, Vlad dashes nowhere and supports no one! POTATO!

Russia starts post-disaster reconstruction at Siberian power plant

Group's Claim Of Russian Power Plant Attack Dismissed

Russian officials have dismissed apparent claims by the militant group Riyad-us Salihiin that it was behind this week's deadly explosion at a hydroelectric station in Siberia. But analysts say the group is developing the ability to strike deep inside Russia.
Russia accuses Ukraine on Georgia
Ukrainian troops fought alongside Georgian forces in the brief conflict last August between Georgia and Russia, Moscow prosecutors say.
LUKoil Receives $1.2Bln Loan
LUKoil has borrowed in the past year to help fund refinery purchases in Italy and the Netherlands. It also aims to increase output through projects in the Caspian Sea.
KCTS boon for Caspian oil
The volume of crude oil coming from the Caspian region will pass 360 million barrels per year once the Kazakhstan Caspian transport system comes online in 2012.
Russia-Iran position conflicts with Azerbaijan-US program
“Whatever we do entirely meets our national interests and seeks to ensure national security of the state,” said Elnur Aslanov, Head of Azerbaijani Presidential Administration Department for political analysis and information provision. He commented on RF President Dmitry Medvedev’s statement on vetoing a station of out-of-the-region states’ military in Caspian region. The present Russia-Iran position conflicts with Azerbaijan-U.S. “Caspian Guard” program.
Explosion Rocks Russian Oil Depository

US steps up its Central Asian tango
With the signing of military agreement between the United States and Uzbekistan at Tashkent last Thursday by the US Central Command chief General David Petraeus and Uzbek Defense Minister Kabul Berdiyev, Uzbekistan's geopolitical positioning has phenomenally shifted.

US diplomats are steadfastly denying that the American military seeks to return to the Uzbek air base at Karshi-Khanabad. The head of the US Central Command, Gen. David Petraeus, was in Tashkent on August 18. During that visit Petraeus reportedly signed a military cooperation agreement under which the United States and Uzbekistan would expand strategic contacts and engage in joint trainings.

Some local media reports indicated that Petraeus inquired about the possibility of a US return to Karshi-Khanabad. Uzbek authorities terminated the American lease for Khanabad base during the summer of 2005 amid acrimony arising out of the Andijan massacre in May of the same year. [For background see the Eurasia Insight archive].

US diplomats, quoted by regional news outlets on August 24, said that the rumors about the American military wanting to return to Khanabad "do not correspond with reality."
Uzbekistan, USA signed military-technical cooperation agreement

USA Special Envoy for Eurasian Energy to arrive to Kazakhstan
Further development of cooperation between Kazakhstan and the USA in the energy sphere will be discussed during a two-day working visit to Kazakhstan of the US Special Envoy for Eurasian Energy, Richard Morningstar.
Special Envoy of UN Secretary General to visit Kazakhstan
"The officials will also discuss the questions connected with hydro-power issues, struggle against terrorism and extremism, development of the situation in the Central-Asian region, and the presidency of Kazakhstan in OSCE," Y. Ashikbayev said.
Kazakhstan-Russian consultations to be held in Astana
According to the diplomat, during the consultations, the officials plan to discuss some initiatives and proposals of Kazakhstan. "During the consultations, the officials plan to discuss some initiatives and proposals of Kazakhstan directed at maintenance interethnic and confessional concord in the OSCE region," Y. Ashikbayev said.
Kazakhstan puts pressure on bloggers
Government pressure on Kazakh websites was stepped up this month when legislation came into force that essentially qualifies all internet resources, including blogs, chat rooms and online shopping sites, as media outlets and subjects them to criminal statutes for disseminating illegal material.
Shelved worship law clouds Kazakhstan Church-State relationship

Almost 20 years after the Soviet Union crumbled, opening the way for freedom of worship in the area where it once held sway, some religious communities in Kazakhstan fear they may be at a crossroads, reports Ecumenical News International. Some even fear that one day they could one day live in an Islamic state as the proportion of the population who are Muslims increases. At the end of 2008, the Kazakh parliament passed a restrictive Law on Religion and Belief. It limited religious and political freedoms of religious-based groups in the country and triggered a public outcry by religious leaders in different parts of the world.

Two Bashkir Bloggers Put Under House Arrest

New York Fed names AFL-CIO's Hughes as chairman
It works just like the mafia you see, but without all the cool clothes and music.

Bernanke awaits his fate

Questions raised over Goldman research policy

Goldman Sachs Group Inc. regularly provides its top clients with stock-trading tips that differ from the firm's published research reports, The Wall Street Journal reported on Monday.
UAE banks face funding challenge - Goldman Sachs
Sharia to the rescue!

New Homebuyers Can't Compete With Speculators Offering All-Cash

Hope trumps experience as buyers flock to Fannie, Freddie
The hopium of the asses is powerful shit.

'Another 150 to 200 banks will fail': analyst

Nuclear Energy group spent $570K lobbying in 2Q

Crude Nears $75 a Barrel

Do DNA 'prints' invade privacy?
Not only that, they make it possible to put anyone in a very tight frame should they ever want to do that .... IOW they can potentially frame you for anything with faked DNA evidence....

Officials warned about fake DHS intel e-mails
WASHINGTON — Homeland Security officials are warning that some e-mails purporting to be from the department's intelligence division were fake and contained malicious software.The e-mails actually originated from Internet addresses in Latvia and Russia, according to a document obtained by The Associated Press.The Homeland Security Department has sent the brief alert to the Defense Department and to state and local officials after receiving complaints about the e-mails since June. The e-mails were made to look as if they had actual text from a department intelligence assessment. They included links embedded with malware known for stealing banking data protected passwords.

2 groups express concerns about government information gathering
Only 2? Everyone else simply sleeps the sleep of the doomed?
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Officials with two groups are expressing concern about government information-gather centers that were created to fight terrorism. OK-SAFE and the American Civil Liberties Union say the information fusion centers share information and intelligence with local agencies and the federal government.

ACLU spokesman Jay Stanley says the centers could become a virtual domestic intelligence agency that will monitor and spy on innocent Americans. And Oklahomans for Sovereignty and Free Enterprise director Amanda Teegarden says she's worried the centers may be gathering information on people who protest the government. Oklahoma fusion center deputy director David Stenhouse says domestic terrorism is their primary focus and people attending meetings or rallies shouldn't be concerned.
Court limits Massachusetts' 'sophisticated user' defense

The case—Suzanne Genereux vs. American Beryllia Corp. et al—involved a worker who came into contact with the element beryllium while working at Raytheon Co.’s Waltham, Mass. plant. The employee, Ms. Genereux, became ill with what was eventually diagnosed as chronic beryllium disease. Ms. Genereux, her husband and their children filed suit against Raytheon and several beryllium manufacturers in Massachusetts state court in 2004. The case was moved to federal district court a few months at the request of two of the defendants.

The district court dismissed all counts against Raytheon and all but three of the manufacturers. The remaining defendants argued, among other things, that Ms. Genereux’s case was barred by both a statute of limitations and the state’s “sophisticated user” doctrine.

U.S. Names Prosecutor to Investigate CIA Abuse Cases
Please understand that above all other factors this move represents a classic Soviet style PURGE. They must to get rid of the old guard and install their own pipple. It is one of those key things they must do if they hope to succeed.

Navy Secretary Meets With Top Officials On Guam

DNC and OFA Working to Make America FUBAR

Report: H1N1 'Poses Serious Threat' To Nation

Washington - Report: Swine Flu May Cause 90,000 U.S. Deaths

April 2009: Swine Flu Martial Law Bill Clears Massachusetts Senate

Preparing for Martial Law: International Swine Flu Conference to Be Held in Washington

The email contains a PDF attachment of a brochure for the Swine Flu Conference. Breakout sessions detailed on the brochure include discussions on mass fatality planning, business continuity planning, and COOP or Continuity of Operations and Continuity of Government Planning. Additional sessions cover enforced quarantines, mass vaccinations, and how to “control and diffuse social unrest and public disorder.” The brochure is also available for download on the International Swine Flu Conference website sponsored by ISFC New-Fields Exhibitions.

“Top leaders and key decision-makers of major companies representing a broad range of industries will meet with distinguished scientists, public health officials, law enforcers, first responders, and other experts to discuss pandemic prevention, preparedness, response and recovery at the 1st International Swine Flu Conference,” the website announces.

Speed up the drugs! Needed in weeks...
U.S. officials should help drug companies speed up the supply of swine flu drugs and vaccines, making at least some shots available by mid-September, White House science advisers said on Monday. Calling the H1N1 pandemic "a serious threat to our nation", they also urged the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to quickly decide on new, intravenous formulations of flu drugs, including current drugs such as Roche AG's Tamiflu and GlaxoSmithKline's Relenza but also BioCryst Pharmaceuticals' experimental drug peramivir. The news sent BioCryst's shares soaring more than 25 percent to $12.60 as trading closed on Nasdaq.
'Doctors' offices and hospitals may get filled to capacity'...
Swine flu's resurgence in the coming months "poses a serious health threat," the White House said Monday, warning the A(H1N1) virus could stretch the US health care system to capacity. The virus "is likely to infect more people than usual because it is a new strain against which few people have immunity," warned President Barack Obama's science advisors in a report. "This could mean that doctors' offices and hospitals may get filled to capacity."

Lutheran Group Heartbroken Over Gay Resolution
“Lutheran CORE is continuing in the Christian faith as it has been passed down to us by generations of Christians,” Rev. Paul Spring, chairman of Lutheran CORE, said in a statement. “I am saddened that a Lutheran Church that was founded on a firm commitment to the Bible has come to the point that the ELCA would vote to reject the Bible's teaching on marriage and homosexual behavior.” “It breaks my heart,” he added. The group is also advocating members withdraw financial support from the ELCA.
'Skank' blogger talks, sues Google for $15m

Now the world knows: the “skanks of NYC” blogger is one Rosemary Port, a 27-year-old student at the Fashion Institute of Technology, and she is one pissed-off young lady. She not only has strong words for model Liskula Cohen, whose legal action outed her as the blogger, she’s ready to sue Google for $15 million for complying with the court order to turn over her info.

Port told the New York Daily News that it’s Cohen who took her blog from obscurity to a media bonanza, drawing attention not only to Port’s comments but also to Cohen’s behavior at New York clubs.

This has become a public spectacle and a circus that is not my doing. By going to the press, she defamed herself. Before her suit, there were probably two hits on my Web site: One from me looking at it, and one from her looking at it. That was before it became a spectacle. I feel my right to privacy has been violated.

And so … she is suing Google for, um, “breaching its fiduciary duty to protect her expectation of anonymity,” according to Port’s lawyer, Salvatore Strazzullo.

Obama Science Advisor Holdren to Discuss the Role of the Federal Government in Accelerating Energy-Technology Innovation
Dr. Holdren will take part in a Leadership Dialogue entitled "Spawning Technological Breakthroughs and Entrepreneurship."
Former DHS Chief's Claims Could Affect Review of Color-Coded Alert

Biblical Quotations 400 Years Older than the Dead Sea Scrolls Discovered:
Announcing the discovery of Biblical quotations 400 years older than the Dead Sea Scrolls. Two pure silver amulets, each inscribed with multiple lines of ancient Hebrew script, have been discovered at the ancient tomb complex of Ketef Hinnom in Jerusalem. The discovery is chronicled in detail by the site’s principal archaeologist, Gabriel Barkay, in the 200th issue of Biblical Archaeology Review magazine.

When deciphered, the inscriptions on the two amulets reveal one of the earliest extra-biblical references to the Israelite God Yahweh and the oldest-known reference to a passage from the Bible: the priestly blessing in Numbers 6:24–26, which beseeches the Lord to bless the children of Israel. The texts predate the Dead Sea Scrolls by nearly 400 years.

Barkay’s stunningly illustrated feature showcases the silver amulets along with a diverse collection of artifacts found at the site, including Iron Age jewelry and Ottoman rifles. During their seven seasons of excavations, Barkay and his team discovered an incredible array of artifacts that had been deposited in the tombs. Included among the finds were an inscribed seal, scores of intricately crafted silver and gold, jewelry pieces, precious glass wares and more than 250 complete pottery vessels.

Located on a hill with commanding vistas over the Hinnom Valley and the walls of the Old City, the necropolis of Ketef Hinnom is made up of a network of now-collapsed burial caves that were originally hewn from bedrock in the seventh century B.C.E. The caves were first used as burial plots for wealthy Jerusalem families but, over the next two and a half millennia, the caves and the surrounding area came to serve a variety of functions and peoples. Barkay also found evidence that the Tenth Roman Legion, stationed in Jerusalem after the destruction of the Temple in 70 C.E., had used the site as a crematorium and burial field.
Unique 10th century Byzantine seal discovered in Bulgaria
A protospatario, even!
According to a report by the Sofia News Agency, the seal is dated back to the 10th century and belonged to the Byzantine dignitary Antonius, who was an imperial protospatario in Constantinople.
The Bloodthirsty Moundbuilders of Moloch
AUTHOR TIMOTHY R. PAUKETAT has poured over the archeological evidence at Cahokia and his findings have overturned much of what we thought we knew about pre-Columbian societies. No peace-loving hunter-gatherers here, Pauketat writes. This civilization was "characterized by inequality, power struggles and social complexity."
2 cargo boats go down off Andaman coast

Uranium state panel to hear concerns

Dirty supply chains
The Terror of Tantalum...
Are you unwittingly fueling major conflict?

Many of the most popular consumer electronics devices available in the high street rely on the metal tantalum. Tantalum capacitors make it possible to manufacture small, powerful and reliable electronic products, including mobile phones, laptops, digital cameras, and implantable medical devices. The largest suppliers are Australia (around 25-35% of the world’s supply), along with Brazil and China, who have all benefited from sharp increases in demand and prices.

Other supplies of tantalum - or coltan as it’s known in Africa - come from the Democratic Republic of Congo, where coltan mining has been proven to be financing warfare. Armed groups and national armies fight over the control of the mines, and in the process the local population have been looted, forced to work in the mines, kidnapped as child soldiers, killed, raped, and displaced. Despite the official end of the war in 2003 and the elections in 2006, the situation in the eastern DRC remains volatile, and the violence is continuing. An estimated 5.6 million people have died directly and indirectly from the conflict since 1998.

6 Kamchatka volcanoes go active simultaneously for the first time in sixty years

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