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December 2011
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Paul Stamets: 6 ways mushrooms can save the world
2011 12 31
Mycologist Paul Stamets studies the mycelium -- and lists 6 ways that this astonishing fungus can help save the world.
Time Balls
2011 12 31
A time ball is a large painted wooden or metal ball that drops at a predetermined time, principally to enable sailors to check their marine chronometers from their boats offshore. Accurate timekeeping is one way of enabling mariners to determine their longitude at sea. Time ball stations set their clocks according to transit observations of the positions of the sun and ...
2012 New York Time Ball feature September 11 Flight 77 Inscription on Pyramid Crystal Triangles
2011 12 31
One of the 288 new Waterford crystals, featuring this year’s ’Let There Be Friendship design and inscribed with a tribute to those killed on American Airlines Flight 77 on September 11, 2001, is displayed during a press preview in New York December 27, 2011. The crystals will be affixed to the New Year’s Eve Ball atop One Times Square and ...
Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball Gets Its Annual Makeover
2011 12 31
The Times Square ball drop has been the highlight of New Year’s celebrations in New York City for more than a hundred years. Since New Year’s Eve 2000, the iconic ball has been created by Waterford Crystal, and the company will ring in 2012 with a new crystal design theme to mark the “Year of Friendship." The updated ball, which ...
"Giant Soldier" Pictured At Kim Jong Il’s Funeral In North Korea
2011 12 31
Amid the sombre images of tens of thousands of North Koreans lining the streets to mourn the death of former leader Kim Jong Il, a startling sight has emerged. A close-up of the back row of a line of soldiers in the Kumsusan Memorial Palace yesterday shows a man standing literally head and shoulders above the rest. The soldier, who ...
Fukushima ’criminal event’, calls for investigation (Video)
2011 12 28
Fukushima investigation reveals failings Japanese government delayed giving information to the public, according to interim report into the disaster Photograph: Ken Shimizu/AFP/Getty Images Japan’s response to the nuclear crisis that followed the tsunami in March was confused and riddled with problems , a report has revealed. The disturbing picture of harried workers and government officials scrambling to respond to the problems at the Fukushima ...
Irish soldiers who fought Hitler hide their medals
2011 12 28
Paddy Reid - whose father and uncle both fought the Japanese at the battle of Kohima Ridge - recalls a post-war childhood in Dublin spent "moving from one slum to another". "My father was blacklisted and away all the time, picking turnips or whatever work he could get. It’s still painful to remember. We were treated as outcasts."
Top Scientific Discoveries of 2011
2011 12 27
From emotional honeybees to particles flying faster than Einstein’s theory of relativity ought to allow, 2011 abounded in findings that posed new questions and expanded frontiers of possibility.
How CNET/CBS Interactive ignited and fueled the "Phenomena of Internet Piracy" to control the Internet
2011 12 27
More at: onecandleinthedark.blogspot.com CBS you SUCK! What is Protect IP / SOPA? More here: fightforthefuture.org/pipa The history of CNET/CBS Interactive promoting Piracy software is staggering. Over 1,000 different software offerings, Several hundred instances of mentioning copyright infringing uses, often with known copyrighted songs or famous band names. Although some of these pages are ten years old, you must remember that CNET has been distributing ...
End of Nations: Canada, the US and the "Security Perimeter" (Video)
2011 12 27
"American President Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Harper have unveiled a new border security agreement that has received scant attention in the American media. However, far from being a new arrangement, what this accord represents is only the latest in a chain of usurpations of national sovereignty. " Video from: YouTube.com GlobalResearchTV.ca
Preparing to Attack Iran with Nuclear Weapons: "No Option can be taken off the Table."
2011 12 27
The World is at a Dangerous Crossroads. America’s is on a War Path. World War III is no longer an abstract concept The US and its allies are preparing to launch a nuclear war directed against Iran with devastating consequences. This military adventure in the real sense of the word threatens the future of humanity. The Pentagon’s global military design is one ...
Euro is ’irreversible’ and ’permanent’, says ECB chief
2011 12 27
The euro is "irreversible" and will overcome the crisis, European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi said in his first appearance in front of the European Parliament’s economics committee on Monday (19 December), while making the case for austerity and fiscal discipline. The Fed’s mandate is different, it is also geared on growth and jobs. We are much more restricted to monetary ...
Ethiopia jails Swedish journalists on terror charges
2011 12 27
Two Swedish journalists have been jailed for 11 years in Ethiopia for entering the country illegally and supporting terrorism. Martin Schibbye and Johan Persson were detained in July after they were captured in Ethiopia with rebels from the Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF). The men were found guilty of the charges last week. They say they were just doing their jobs as journalists.
Iran rejects NY judge’s finding that Tehran is liable in Sept. 11 attacks
2011 12 26
Iran has rejected a New York judge’s finding that Tehran is liable in the Sept. 11 attacks along with the Taliban and al-Qaida. According to state TV, Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman referred to last week’s judgment as "clumsy scenario-making" by the U.S. The spokesman, Ramin Mehmanparast, repeated Iran’s insistence that al-Qaida has no presence in the country. On Thursday, Judge George Daniels in ...
Alien Nativity Causing A Scene in Portland, Oregon (Video)
2011 12 26
A Portland artist has created an odd twist on nativity scenes - one that replaces the three wise men with four aliens and also includes Santa Claus as a shaman, topped with an antlered deer’s skull. Artist Matt Henderson tells KGW-TV that his exhibit is called "alien nativity." Read More: bostonherald.com Video from: YouTube.com/SheilaAliens Video from: YouTube.com
Archaeologists discover ancient clay seal in Jerusalem
2011 12 26
A rare clay seal found under Jerusalem’s Old City appears to be linked to religious rituals practiced at the Jewish Temple 2,000 years ago. The coin-sized seal found near the Jewish holy site at the Western Wall bears two Aramaic words meaning "pure for God." [The seal] dates from between the 1st century B.C. to 70 A.D. -- the year Roman forces ...
Was that Santa up there? No, Soyuz rocket debris (Video)
2011 12 26
Dec. 24. 2011 A mysterious streak of light in the night sky baffled many Europeans on Christmas Eve, with speculation running wild as to whether it was a meteor, a comet or space junk. Videos captured in Germany, Switzerland, France and Belgium show the blaze of light passing across the sky more slowly than a typical shooting star, and with greater brightness ...
Dutch TV Hosts Eat Their Own Flesh On Air (Video)
2011 12 23
Eating human flesh? You can’t do that on television! Unless it’s Dutch TV and you and your co-host just go for it. Sorry, Fear Factor, but with these two around you’re going to have to kick the gross factor up a notch. On their Dutch television show Proefkonijnen, which translates as Test Rabbits, hosts Dennis Storm and Valerio Zeno try to ...
DIY: Ancient Building Comes with Assembly Instructions (Gallery)
2011 12 23
Italian archeologists have unearthed the remains of a Greek temple-like structure dating back to 6th century B.C. They also found details on how to build it. Much like the instruction booklets of the Swedish home furnishings company, IKEA, various sections of the elaborate structure were inscribed with coded symbols showing how the pieces slotted together.
Appeals Court Tosses Obama Birthplace Challenge
2011 12 23
The so-called birther movement was dealt another legal blow Thursday when a federal appeals court tossed out a lawsuit challenging President Barack Obama’s U.S. citizenship and his eligibility to serve as commander in chief.
Earth Must Have Another Moon, Say Astronomers
2011 12 23
The way our planet temporarily captures asteroids suggests Earth should have at least one extra moon at any one time. Scientists studying satellites orbiting the planet have come to an astounding conclusion: Earth has multiple moons at any given time, the MIT Technology Review reported. Mikael Granvik, along with colleagues at the University of Hawaii, first discovered a mysterious body orbiting the ...
Manning did not harm security, argues his lawyer in WikiLeaks pre-trial
2011 12 23
Bradley Manning did no harm to the U.S. military and should have the most serious charges against him dropped, his lawyer argued as he closed the case for the soldier’s defence. Manning’s lawyer David Coombs accused prosecutors of overreaching in bringing 22 criminal charges against the 24-year-old. Private Manning is accused of downloading more than 700,000 classified or confidential files from ...
18th Century Giant Should Be Buried
2011 12 23
The skeleton of an 18th-century celebrity nicknamed the ’Irish Giant’ should be removed from a museum and buried at sea in keeping with his last wishes, two experts have argued, reviving a debate about the ethics of handling human remains. Writing in the British Medical Journal, medical ethicist Len Doyal and legal researcher Thomas Muinzer said there is no good scientific ...
Brown Eyed Girls’ Video “Sixth Sense” or How the Elite Controls Opposition
2011 12 22
Backed by big money and millions of fans, the Korean pop music industry (K-Pop) has taken over the airwaves of Asia and the world. Although groups such as Brown Eyed Girls do not sing in English, they definitely bring to the masses the same Illuminati symbolism pushed by pop stars in the Western world. This is a true manifesto of ...
Scientists discover ’new metal type’ at Earth’s core
2011 12 22
Under extreme pressures and temperatures, one of the main materials of the Earth’s interior has exhibited a never-before-seen transition. Iron oxide was subjected to conditions similar to those at the depth where the Earth’s innermost two layers meet. At 1,650C and 690,000 times sea-level pressure, the metal changed the degree to which it conducted electricity.
2 Earth-size planets spotted around distant star, boosting chances of finding life
2011 12 22
Scientists have found two Earth-sized planets orbiting a star outside the solar system, an encouraging sign for prospects of finding life elsewhere. This illustration provided by the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics shows artist’s renderings of planets Kepler-20e and Kepler-20f compared with Venus and the Earth. They’re the smallest planets found so far outside the solar system. Scientists are seeking Earth-sized planets ...
Philippines declares calamity as storm death toll nears 1,000
2011 12 22
The national disaster agency said 957 were killed and 49 missing on Mindanao after Typhoon Washi triggered the slides. Most of the casualties were in the cities of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan and tens of thousands remain homeless, many sheltering in evacuation centres.
Winter solstice: celebrating the shortest day of the year
2011 12 22
While some may not think it a cause for celebration, the solstice is a day of deep historical and cultural significance. In earlier civilizations, the winter solstice was among the biggest festive events of the year. Scandinavia’s Norsemen called the festivities Yule. The Roman Empire’s solstice festival of Saturnalia was one of the most significant events in its calendar...
The Effect of Fluoride on the Pineal Gland
2011 12 22
Although the extrapolation of results from animal studies to the human situation is difficult, this project may identify a potential health risk to humans. Therefore, the results will either affirm the safety of the extensive use of fluoride in dentistry or suggest that harmful effects on human health have already occurred: either way, this investigation is worthwhile.
Turin Shroud ’was created by flash of supernatural light’: It couldn’t be a medieval forgery, say scientists
2011 12 22
The image on the Turin Shroud could not be the work of medieval forgers but was instead caused by a supernatural ‘flash of light’, according to scientists. Italian researchers have found evidence that casts doubt on claims that the relic – said to be the burial cloth of Jesus – is a fake and they suggest that it could, after ...
Government Wants Scientists to Keep Lab-Made Super Virus Strain Secret (Video)
2011 12 22
Amid concern over lab-bred bird flu, US says full details of research shouldn’t be published "The new strain of bird flu could wipe out millions of people at a time" Image:DailyMail.co.uk The U.S. government paid scientists to figure out how the deadly bird flu virus might mutate to become a bigger threat to people — and two labs succeeded in creating ...
Christmas and the ancient winter festivals of light around the world
2011 12 21
These days many people understand that "Christmas" represents the continuation and remake of the very ancient observation of the winter solstice, the time of year when the sun "dies" and is "reborn" or "resurrected," as the daylight hours decrease to their shortest point and then begin to increase again. This important solstice time has been observed most notably on December ...
Mysterious "white web" found growing on nuclear waste
2011 12 20
This is as fascinating as it is unsettling. Scientists at the Department of Energy’s Savannah River Site — a nuclear reservation in South Carolina — have identified a strange, cob-web like "growth" (their word, not ours) on the racks of the facility’s spent nuclear fuel assemblies. According to a report filed by the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board, "the growth, which ...
Apples Fall From The Sky in England
2011 12 20
Stunned motorists were forced to brake sharply to avoid the falling fruit, believed to be swept up by a vortex caused by freak weather conditions in Coventry. An avalanche of more than 100 apples rained down over a main road in Keresley, Coventry on Monday night. The street was left littered with apples after they pelted car windscreens and bonnets just after ...
The Trillion-Dollar Lawsuit That Could End Financial Tyranny
2011 12 20
It could be the biggest, most explosive story in modern history. We are just starting to put the pieces together and understand what is going on in the occult financial geopolitical scene, and how a 117-nation alliance is working to free the Earth from financial tyranny.
50 dead as oil rig capsizes and sinks off Russia
2011 12 20
At least 50 Russian crew were dead or missing today after an oil rig capsized and sank as it was being towed in a storm. Fourteen workers were rescued from the stricken rig in the icy Sea of Okhotsk 200 kilometres (125 miles) off Russia’s remote eastern island of Sakhalin. An icebreaker and tugboat recovered four bodies from the water while ...
Egypt’s richest Library set on Fire
2011 12 20
The 213-year-old Egyptian maps and historical manuscripts -- described as "irreplaceable" -- were destroyed after a library in Cairo was set ablaze during the clashes, Egyptian officials said Sunday. A fire that engulfed the building of the historic Egyptian Scientific Institute on Saturday morning has been extinguished. The extent of the damage has not yet been determined. The fire started ...
The House of Rothschild - Money’s Prophets & The World’s Banker
2011 12 20
The history of the Rothschild’s and The Secret History of the International Bond Market - War Wealth Politics and Power. The House of Rothschild: Volume 1: Money’s Prophets: 1798-1848 The House of Rothschild: Volume 2: The World’s Banker: 1849-1999 In his rich and nuanced portrait of the remarkable, elusive Rothschild family, Oxford scholar and bestselling author Niall Ferguson uncovers the secrets behind the ...
Caffeine-Induced Psychosis
2011 12 19
When I first heard about caffeine-induced psychosis, I laughed but a few days later when I drank too much coffee and felt crazed and then strung out, it wasn’t so funny anymore. The western world (but not excluding the east) loves caffeine in every form, especially coffee. Have you noticed that coffee is available for free in most offices and ...
Families fight to find infants stolen in Spain by the Catholic Church
2011 12 19
Luis Vega is on a mission to meet every man born in Madrid, Spain on Nov. 20, 1977. That’s the day doctors told him that his baby son was stillborn, but he and his wife, Ines, believe their child was in fact stolen from the hospital. “We have a son somewhere out there,” Luis Vega said. The Vega family isn’t alone ...
Czechs mourn late President Vaclav Havel
2011 12 19
Braving the freezing cold, Czechs waited patiently Monday to bid a personal farewell to former President Vaclav Havel, who led the peaceful revolution that toppled the communist regime in 1989.
Indefinite Detention: Political Washington Abolishes Due Process Protections
2011 12 19
Human misery is growing. So is public anger. Rage across America and Europe reflect it. Gerald Celente explains the stakes, saying: "When people lose everything and have nothing else to lose, they lose it." Image: Source Draconian police state provisions were enacted to contain them. Hundreds of secret Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) camps may hold them. Martial law may authorize it, claiming ...
Tears for a tyrant: North Koreans mourn death of Kim Jong Il
2011 12 19
Millions of wailing North Koreans today poured on to the streets in a highly orchestrated display of public mourning after the death of the country’s dictator Kim Jong Il. Prostrating themselves on the ground and sobbing dramatically, the Communist state’s repressed population gathered in towns and villages to mark the passing of a tyrant who had impoverished his nation and caused ...
Scientists Demonstrate Innovative Learning Method - Learn "Matrix-Style"
2011 12 17
New research published today in the journal Science suggests it may be possible to use brain technology to learn to play a piano, reduce mental stress or hit a curve ball with little or no conscious effort. It’s the kind of thing seen in Hollywood’s "Matrix" franchise. Experiments conducted at Boston University (BU) and ATR Computational Neuroscience Laboratories in Kyoto, Japan, ...
Thousands of birds make crash landing in Utah
2011 12 17
Thousands of birds died on impact after apparently mistaking a Wal-Mart parking lot and other areas of southern Utah for bodies of water and plummeting to the ground in what one wildlife expert called the worst downing she’s ever seen. Crews went to work cleaning up the dead birds and rescuing the survivors after the creatures crash-landed in the St. George ...
Giant plumes of methane bubbling to surface of Arctic Ocean
2011 12 17
Russian scientists have discovered hundreds of plumes of methane gas, some 1,000 meters in diameter, bubbling to the surface of the Arctic Ocean. Scientists are concerned that as the Arctic Shelf recedes, the unprecedented levels of gas released could greatly accelerate global climate change. Image: Source Igor Semiletov of the Russian Academy of Sciences tells the UK’s Independent that the plumes of ...
Celestial ’Snow Angel’ Dazzles in Hubble Telescope Photo
2011 12 17
Just in time for the holidays, the Hubble Space Telescope has snapped a spectacular view of a star-forming region in our Milky Way galaxy that looks like a snow angel in deep space. This region, called Sharples 2-106 (or S106 for short) is located nearly 2,000 light-years away in the direction of the constellation of Cygnus (The Swan). The nebula is ...
Nine bloody years on, U.S. Says War Over In Iraq
2011 12 17
Almost nine years after the first American tanks began massing on the Iraq border, the Pentagon declared an official end to its mission here, closing a troubled conflict that helped reshape American politics and left a bitter legacy of anti-American sentiment across the Muslim world.
9/11 verdict is ’US propaganda for waging war on Iran’
2011 12 17
"On Thursday, families of victims of the September 11th 2001 attacks won a default judgment against Iran, the Taliban, Al-Qaeda and Lebanon-based Hezbollah. According to the lawsuit, people in Iran -- including Ayatollah Ali Khamenei- provided support to the terrorists who went on to attack civilians on US soil. But analysts say it’s nothing but a cover-up, with Iran as ...
’Carlos the Jackal’ is sentenced to life again
2011 12 17
"Carlos the Jackal," once among the world’s most wanted fugitives, has been sentenced to life in prison for his role in a series of fatal bombings in the 1980s, a French court said. The 62-year-old, whose real name is Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, was on trial for his role in the attacks on two trains, a train station and a newspaper office ...
New billboard depicts Virgin Mary holding a pregnancy test
2011 12 16
A controversial new billboard shows the Virgin Mary holding a pregnancy test with a "positive" reading. Controversial billboard shows the Virgin Mary with a home pregnancy test. The billboard, called "Mary is in the pink," was purchased by the St. Matthews-in-the-City Church in Auckland, New Zealand. The church says the billboard featuring the revered religious figure aimed to "avoid the sentimental [and] ...
A Shoe Heard Round the World (three years since the "shoeing" of Bush)
2011 12 14
Muntadhar al-Zaidi is the Iraqi journalist who threw his shoes at President Bush at a Baghdad press conference on December 14th, 2008. I interviewed him in Beirut. I asked why he did it. He said "I was exposing the occupation with my pen, however I didn’t think my pen was reaching the world, I don’t think the world read my writings, ...
’The Protester’ named TIME’s person of the year
2011 12 14
Time magazine announced on Wednesday that an unnamed, collective "protester" was its person of the year for 2011 after a year that saw successful revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt as well as protests in Syria, Yemen, Spain, Russia and beyond.
Confirmed: Fukushima disaster contaminated ocean with 50 million times normal radiation, leaks still ongoing
2011 12 14
The mainstream media has said absolutely nothing about this development, continuing its pattern of downplaying news involving Fukushima, radiation or the flawed structure of nuclear power plants. This is hardly surprising, given that many of the largest media outlets (such as NBC and MSNBC) are owned by corporations such as General Electric, the designer of many of the world’s nuclear ...
Piers Corbyn: Delusion & Fraud: Global warming nonsense lobby to collapse (Video)
2011 12 14
"Canada has pulled out of the 1997 anti-global warming Kyoto protocol, saying the treaty is ’not working’. The departure comes a day after further climate talks in South Africa led to a new agreement, which is set to replace Kyoto by 2015. Piers Corbyn, the founder of the Weather Action Foundation, hopes Canada withdrawal will lead to the collapse of ...
40 Members of Congress Protest U.S. ‘Indefinite Detention’ Bill
2011 12 14
40 members of Congress have sent an urgent letter to House and Senate Armed Services Committee leaders protesting provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act that would legalize indefinite detention of American citizens without trial, as the revised version of the bill heads for a final vote on Thursday.
Police find body at Liege attacker’s home
2011 12 14
A police source said: ’The cleaner had been working in a neighbour’s home. It appears that Amrani had invited her into his own flat to discuss the possibility of cleaning his flat. ’There were signs of a struggle, and it may be that Amrani had tried to rape her. Whatever happened, she was undoubtedly his first murder victim on Tuesday morning.’ Cedric ...
Liege attacker profile: Belgian killer Nordine Amrani (33) a known criminal
2011 12 13
The 33-year-old Amrani was well known to the police before he went on the rampage in the eastern Belgian city of Liege, opening fire on a square packed with children and Christmas shoppers, killing three people and wounding another 75. He had previously been convicted for drug dealing and illegal arms possession, as well as for holding stolen goods and ...
"God Particle" Found? Search for the Higgs Boson Narrows
2011 12 13
Physics has a well-deserved reputation for being horrendously complicated, but sometimes it’s the simplest questions that lead to truly profound insights. When Einstein asked himself, "What would happen if you could ride on a beam of light?" for example, the answer led him to the Special Theory of Relativity. For the past few decades, particle physicists have been wrestling with ...
’UFO’ filmed above protesters in Moscow (Gov’t Surveillance Drone)
2011 12 13
An ’unidentified flying object’ has been spotted above Moscow during an anti-government protest. Hundreds of pro-democracy protesters in the Russian capital’s Bolotnaya Square witnessed the ’UFO’ hover above them on Saturday. Confused onlookers among the 25,000-strong crowd filmed the strange object on their phones (video below) while some climbed trees in an attempt to get a closer look. The apparently silent object had ...
I refuse to let you force my children to walk behind a hearse!
2011 12 13
That night he lay in bed “feeling nauseous and gripped with fear”. He couldn’t sleep and try as he might he could not think of a way to keep a roof over his family’s head. He couldn’t see a way out. “My heart was pounding so hard I could hear it in my chest, my mind actively replaying the scene ...
Five killed "including 18-month-old girl" and 123 hurt as career criminal hurls grenades into Christmas shoppers in Belgian city of Liege
2011 12 13
Three men armed with hand grenades and guns attacked a bus stop in eastern Belgium on Tuesday, killing two people and wounding at least 10. At least two of the assailants are thought to be on the run after the attack in Liege and police are telling residents to remain in their homes or seek shelter in shops or public buildings. ...
Pakistan President Has ’Mini Stroke’
2011 12 13
Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari suffered a “mini-stroke” that led to his ongoing hospitalization in Dubai.Zardari’s trip to Dubai last week has led to speculation — denied by the government — that he is losing his grip on power. Questions about the president’s future come as Pakistan is navigating a rough patch in relations with its most important ally, the ...
The Military And Those Strange Threats To Obama
2011 12 13
Small, bad things seem to (almost) happen to Obama; they get little sustained attention from reporters or the public. But there’s something odd about them, and they’re worrisome for the White House. Of course, the corporate media will dismiss it as nothing at all. Yet there’s a disturbing military/security thread running through it all—and as we approach the 50th anniversary ...
Bankers & bosses drive EU down Great Depression road (Video)
2011 12 13
"The blame game continues in Europe over who’s responsible for the high level split over a new EU fiscal agreement. The British Prime Minister, who slapped a firm "No" on the deal, said it lacked sufficient financial safeguards for the UK. But European Commission President, Jose Manuel Barroso, says Britain itself made compromise impossible by making demands that threatened the ...
The Great Chinese-Iranian Stealth Reconnaissance Drone Theft Caper
2011 12 13
Why Serving In The American Armed Forces Just Became Much More Dangerous, Thanks to Bill Clinton and Newt Gingrich. The national insecurity stakes just went up once again. Being in the armed forces of any country, at any time, has always been a hazardous occupation. But thanks to the gross incompetence, malfeasance and short sightedness of our current and former ...
Consuming Kids: The Commercialization of Childhood
2011 12 13
Consuming Kids throws desperately needed light on the practices of a relentless multi-billion dollar marketing machine that now sells kids and their parents everything from junk food and violent video games to bogus educational products and the family car. Drawing on the insights of health care professionals, children’s advocates, and industry insiders, the film focuses on the explosive growth of ...
Out-of-body experience: Master of illusion
2011 12 12
It is not every day that you are separated from your body and then stabbed in the chest with a kitchen knife. But such experiences are routine in the lab of Henrik Ehrsson, a neuroscientist at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, who uses illusions to probe, stretch and displace people’s sense of self. Today, using little more than a video camera, ...
The Rosslyn Chapel Bones: Buried Skeletons
2011 12 12
Colin Glynne-Percy, director of the Rosslyn Chapel Trust, said: “During excavation works to install a new heating system in the chapel, archaeologists found a number of bones just beneath the slabs. Below that, they came across a second skeleton that was fully intact.”The archaeological team has now released the first pictures of the skeletons in their resting place. Tests are ...
The Mystery of Carole Myers
2011 12 12
When she was found dead at 41, Carole Myers left a statement saying she had suffered Satantic child abuse at the hands of her parents. But did she? Over the coming weeks there came questions. They were told the nameless "next of kin" had emptied Carole’s flat and driven off in her car. Officials kept mentioning a "psychiatrist friend" who ...
Britain chooses isolation over new EU treaty
2011 12 12
After the deed was done, some leaders didn’t want to shake his hand. French President Nicolas Sarkozy walked right by him, as if he wasn’t there. David Cameron, the British prime minister, had become Europe’s outcast. His sin? Rejecting an invitation to join 26 European partners in a tighter financial alliance to save the euro, making Britain odd man out at a ...
Palestinians are an "invented people", says US Presidential hopeful Gingrich
2011 12 12
The US Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich has declared that the Palestinians are an "invented" people who want to destroy Israel. The Jewish Channel, a cable TV station, posted online its interview with the former US House speaker , who has risen to the top of Republican nomination candidates to challenge Democratic President Barack Obama in the November 2012 election. Gingrich differed ...
Police employ Predator drone spy planes on home front
2011 12 12
As the unmanned aircraft circled 2 miles overhead the next morning, sophisticated sensors under the nose helped pinpoint the three suspects and showed they were unarmed. Police rushed in and made the first known arrests of U.S. citizens with help from a Predator, the spy drone that has helped revolutionize modern warfare.
Strange (and timely?) Reemergence of Missing FBI Agent in Iran (Video)
2011 12 09
The family of retired FBI agent Robert Levinson, who vanished years ago in Iran, issued a plea to his kidnappers Friday and, for the first time, released a hostage video they received from his unidentified captors. The video message released on the Levinson family’s website publicly transformed the mysterious disappearance into an international hostage standoff. Despite a lengthy investigation, however, the ...
Meteor Crater Helps Unlock Planetary History
2011 12 09
The Barringer meteorite crater — known popularly as "Meteor Crater" — near Winslow, Ariz., was formed some 50,000 years ago in the flat-lying sedimentary rocks of the Southern Colorado Plateau in Arizona. Now, scientists are using the crater to study mysteries near and far. This out-of-the-blue geological feature is considered a prime example of a young, well-preserved and well-documented simple impact ...
Study shows some cereals pack more sugar than cookies
2011 12 09
Popular brands of cereal contain so much sugar that parents might as well be serving kids dessert for breakfast, a new U.S. report suggests. The Environmental Working Group reviewed 84 brands that are sold in the U.S. Of those, 44 contained more sugar than three Chips Ahoy cookies, the consumer group said.
Iran airs footage of downed US drone (Video)
2011 12 09
Iran has released video footage of the most advanced US reconnaissance drone which was downed by the Iranian Army in the eastern part of the Islamic Republic earlier this week.The aircraft had crossed into Iran’s airspace over the border with neighboring Afghanistan.
Remains of 274 US troops dumped in landfill: report
2011 12 09
The US Air Force dumped the cremated, partial remains of at least 274 troops in a landfill before halting the secretive practice in 2008, the Washington Post reported Thursday. The procedure was never formally authorized or disclosed to senior Pentagon officials, who conducted a review of the cremation policies of Dover Air Base -- the main point of entry for US ...
Explosion Hits Syrian Pipeline - Conflicting Reports (Video)
2011 12 09
A major Syrian pipeline carrying oil to a refinery in restive Homs province was blown up Thursday in an attack the state-run news agency blamed on "saboteurs" as activists reported fresh violence from the government crackdown on a popular uprising. The blast caused no casualties but sent a plume of black smoke into the sky. A government official said the blast ...
Mars rover Opportunity finds ’most powerful’ water clue
2011 12 08
Nasa’s Mars rover Opportunity has found slivers of a bright material that looks very much like it is gypsum (calcium sulphate). If confirmed, it would be the most unambiguous signal of water activity yet found on Mars by this mission, which manages to keep on rolling. "To me, this is the single most powerful piece of evidence for liquid water at Mars ...
Atheists Who Go to Church: Doing It for the Children
2011 12 08
He probably won’t get down on his knees, but that fellow sitting near you during the Sunday church service just might be an atheist. And a scientist. A new study out of Rice University has found that 17 percent — about one out of five scientists who describe themselves as either atheists or agnostics — actually go to church, ...
Russian scientists to attempt clone of woolly mammoth
2011 12 08
Scientists from Russia and Japan are undertaking a Jurassic Park-style experiment in an effort to bring the woolly mammoth out of extinction. The scientists claim that a thigh bone found in August contains remarkably well-preserved marrow cells, which could form the starting point of the experiment. The team claim that the cloning could be complete within the next five years. But others have ...
Chinese 2,485 year tree ring study shows shows natural cycles control climate, temps may cool til 2068
2011 12 08
A blockbuster Chinese study of Tibetan tree rings by Lui et al 2011 shows, with detail, that the modern era is a dog-standard normal climate when compared to the last 2,500 years. The temperature, the rate of change — it’s all been seen before. Nothing about the current period is “abnormal”, indeed the current warming period in Tibet can be ...
Antarctic’s hidden world revealed
2011 12 08
Ever wondered what Antarctica would look like without all that ice? Scientists have produced the most detailed map yet of the White Continent’s underbelly - its rock bed. Called simply BEDMAP, this startling view of the landscape beneath the ice incorporates decades of survey data acquired by planes, satellites, ships and even people on dog-drawn sleds. It is remarkable to ...
Gun company ownership is being centralized by Freedom Group and Cerberus
2011 12 08
Cerberus Capital Management could cut off all gun and ammunition sales in the US. Many Americans are totally unaware that Cerberus has for the past decade acquired nearly every gun and ammunition maker in the United States and consolidated them into a holding company called The Freedom Group. There has been some rumors that George Soros is connected or even owns ...
Are Psychopaths “Brain Damaged”?
2011 12 08
We all have a ghoulish fascination with the Hannibal Lecters of this world. That’s because many of the most-publicized stories about psychopaths can be quickly banged into a Hollywood script. One of the most absorbing accounts that I’ve come across recently, however, was in an advance reading copy of a book by Paul J. Zak, due in May, called The ...
Afghan bombs kill 78 in two days (Video)
2011 12 08
A roadside mine killed 19 civilians and injured another five when it exploded in the southern Afghan province of Helmand on Wednesday, the provincial government said. The blast came a day after rare sectarian attacks in three Afghan cities killed 59 people, and refocused attention on the fragile Afghan security situation.
Mysterious Planet-Size Object Spotted Near Mercury?
2011 12 08
In the footage, one sees a huge spurt of plasma and other solar ejecta washing over Mercury; peculiarly, the material seems to flare up as it hits another nearby object, too. "It’s cylindrical on either side and has a shape in the middle. It definitely looks like a ship to me, and very obviously, it’s cloaked," YouTube-user siniXster said in ...
Experts stumped by ancient Jerusalem markings
2011 12 07
Mysterious stone carvings made thousands of years ago and recently uncovered in an excavation underneath Jerusalem have archaeologists stumped. Israeli diggers who uncovered a complex of rooms carved into the bedrock in the oldest section of the city recently found the markings: Three "V" shapes cut next to each other into the limestone floor of one of the rooms, about 2 ...
Clothing Giant H&M Defends ‘Perfect’ Virtual Models
2011 12 07
Visiting the H&M website is not the only virtual experience to be had by H&M customers who choose to order the company’s clothes online instead of inside one of their 2,300 global retail stores. Also "completely virtual" are the models at the center of H&M’s swimsuit and lingerie online campaigns, the Swedish-based retailer confirmed. Clothing Giant H&M Defends ‘Perfect’ Virtual Models (ABC ...
Rare albino snail makes an appearance in New Zealand
2011 12 07
Hikers were stunned when they stumbled upon a rare albino snail in New Zealand. Typically, snails blend in with their surroundings - but a group of hikers in New Zealand stumbled upon one mollusc that prefers to stand out. A pure white albino snail is a rare occurance in nature (Image: Maria Brooks) Earlier this month, hikers were stunned when they discovered ...
Regrets of the Dying
2011 12 07
For many years I worked in palliative care. My patients were those who had gone home to die. Some incredibly special times were shared. I was with them for the last three to twelve weeks of their lives. People grow a lot when they are faced with their own mortality. I learnt never to underestimate someone’s capacity for growth. Some ...
Eurozone crisis: New EU treaty ’may not be needed’
2011 12 07
Success boys. More control achieved! Tougher rules to tackle the eurozone debt crisis can be achieved without changing EU treaties, European Council President Herman Van Rompuy says. In a leaked report for a crucial EU summit beginning on Thursday, he offers a fast-track "fiscal compact" that does not need lengthy ratification by parliaments or national referendums. Germany and France are pushing ...
Hu Jintao tells China navy: Prepare for warfare
2011 12 07
China’s navy should speed up its development and prepare for warfare, President Hu Jintao has said. He told military personnel they should "make extended preparations for warfare". China is locked in territorial disputes with several other nations in the South China Sea. Political tension is also growing with the US, which is seeking to boost its presence in the region. ...
Schoolchildren in Spain can’t even afford to take a s**t
2011 12 07
The northeastern region has been ordered to rein in its deficit and has embarked on a series of stringent austerity cuts. The latest edict issued by the region’s ministry of education instructs state schools to cut “excessive consumption” of toilet roll among pupils and limit the quota to a maximum of 25 metres per child per month. This most recent ...
Kepler 22-b: Earth-like planet confirmed
2011 12 07
Astronomers have confirmed the existence of an Earth-like planet in the "habitable zone" around a star not unlike our own. The planet, Kepler 22-b, lies about 600 light-years away and is about 2.4 times the size of Earth, and has a temperature of about 22C. It is the closest confirmed planet yet to one like ours - an "Earth 2.0". However, the team ...
Fukushima 45 ton radioactive water leak poisons ocean (Video)
2011 12 06
"About 45 tons of radioactive water has reportedly leaked out of the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan, that was badly damaged in March’s earthquake and tsunami. Some of the toxic water may have found its way into the ocean during the weekend." Video from: YouTube.com While this leak is not on the scale of previous ones, how will this affect Japanese marine ...
Oldest Writing and Skeleton discovered in Romania?
2011 12 06
In the year 1961 in Romania had been found some written clay tablets, which proved to be the first in the world. In 1999, a study by the “Sarmizegetusa Regia” revealed that the Dacian fortresses found in the Orăştie Mountains (Munții Orăștie) are now only a small part of a huge 200 square km city, hidden beneath earth’s surface - ...
Dumpster Diving To Survive
2011 12 05
Welcome to one of many paradoxes that surround modern food. In some senses, America might appear to be groaning with stuff to eat. Some 34% of adults are classified as obese, and portion sizes are infamously large. But the US, like the rest of the west, also has a popular culture that venerates being thin, and a diet industry where ...
All Take No Give: UK/US post 9-11 extradition injustice (Video)
2011 12 05
"British MPs are staging a debate seeking the urgent renegotiation of what they see as a biased extradition treaty with the US. Agreed in the chaotic aftermath of 9-11, it allows Washington to demand the extradition of any UK Citizen - without evidence of any crime - and Britain is bound to comply." Video from: YouTube.com
TEPCO: Radioactive water may have leaked into sea
2011 12 05
As much as 45,000 liters (11,870 gallons) of highly radioactive water leaked from Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear station at the weekend and some may have reached the sea, Tokyo Electric Power Co. said. The leakage shows the company known as Tepco is still struggling to control the disaster nine months after an earthquake and tsunami wrecked the plant. The water ...
Franken-Food Additives Poisoning the Masses
2011 12 05
Our ancestors used salt to preserve meats and fish, added herbs and spices to sharpen the flavor of foods, preserved fruit with sugar, and pickled cucumbers in vinegar. They also had their own gardens, raised their own livestock, ate local and in season. However, they were not eating the Franken-foods of today, including genetically modified food, chemically preserved food, flavor ...
Targeting Norway’s Oil Money - Did they think, that the Elite wouldn`t target this kind of money?
2011 12 05
The Norwegian Bilderberger Scam. "If you live in Norway remember: You have all this money, you are not in financial crises as your government tells you and you should look out for vultures circling the skies. And there’s an explanation called : Oil. Did you know that Norway is one of the strongest economies in the world? People in Norway ...
U.S. Agents Launder Mexican Profits of Drug Cartels
2011 12 05
Undercover American narcotics agents have laundered or smuggled millions of dollars in drug proceeds as part of Washington’s expanding role in Mexico’s fight against drug cartels, according to current and former federal law enforcement officials. The agents, primarily with the Drug Enforcement Administration, have handled shipments of hundreds of thousands of dollars in illegal cash across borders, those officials said, to ...
Putin prepares the Russian empire to strike back
2011 12 05
As prime minister for the past four years, Vladimir Putin never really went away. But his looming reincarnation as the all-powerful, executive president of Russia – the country’s "paramount leader" in Chinese parlance – poses a stark challenge for which the US, Britain and other beleaguered western powers seem ill-prepared. As president, potentially until 2024, Putin has one overriding objective: ...
Toads could be used to predict earthquakes
2011 12 05
Animals could be used to predict earthquakes because certain species are able to sense chemical changes in groundwater immediately before seismic activity, a study suggests. Experts began investigating the theory after a colony of toads was observed abandoning a pond in L’Aquila, Italy, in 2009, days before the devastating earthquake. They believe that stressed rocks in the Earth’s crust release charged particles ...
Astronomers Discover 18 Huge New Alien Planets
2011 12 05
Astronomers have found 18 new alien planets, all of them Jupiter-size gas giants that circle stars bigger than our sun, a new study reports. The discoveries increase the number of known planets orbiting massive stars by 50 percent. The exoplanet bounty should also help astronomers better understand how giant planets form and grow in nascent alien solar systems, researchers said.
PROTECT IP / SOPA Act Breaks the Internet
2011 12 04
The video discusses the Senate version of the PROTECT IP Act, but the House bill that was introduced TODAY is much much worse. It’ll give the government new powers to block Americans’ access websites that corporations don’t like. The bill would criminalize posting all sorts of standard web content -- music playing in the background of videos, footage of people ...
NAACP: Troy Davis’ sister has died
2011 12 02
Martina Davis-Correia, the sister of late cause celebre death row inmate Troy Davis, has died, NAACP senior communications associate Derek Turner confirmed. Amnesty International issued a statement Thursday night hailing Martina-Correia as a "Hero of the Human Rights Movement."
New WikiLeaks ’spy files’ show global surveillance industry
2011 12 02
WIKILEAKS: THE SPY FILES "The whistle-blowing website Wikileaks has begun releasing sensational information on the multi billion dollar global spying industry. The database contains hundreds of documents shining a light on the methods being used by secret services all over the world. Here’s the video of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange speaking to journalists and students at a press conference at City ...
’Indefinite Detention’ Bill Passes Senate 93-7
2011 12 02
The Senate last night codified into law the power of the U.S. military to indefinitely detain an American citizen with no charge, no trial and no oversight whatsoever with the passage of S. 1867, the National Defense Authorization Act.One amendment that would have specifically blocked the measures from being used against U.S. citizens was voted down and the final bill ...
The Broken Window Fallacy (Video)
2011 12 02
Video from: YouTube.com Shovel ready "A project is considered shovel ready if it has advanced to the stage that laborers may immediately be employed to start work. The term is used in reference to projects which are candidates for economic stimulus spending: money put into a shovel ready project will have a more immediate impact on the economy than money spent on ...
Senate backs military custody of terror suspects
2011 12 02
Ignoring a presidential veto threat, the Democratic-controlled Senate moved methodically Thursday to complete a massive defense bill that would deny suspected terrorists, even U.S. citizens seized within the nation’s borders, the right to trial and subject them to indefinite detention. The Senate rejected an effort by Intelligence Committee Chairman Dianne Feinstein to limit a military custody requirement for suspects to ...
US police chiefs head to Israel for antiterror training - funded by the ADL
2011 12 01
Police chiefs from Newton, Framingham, and Belmont headed off last weekend for a weeklong counterterrorism seminar in Israel, funded by the Anti-Defamation League. They are joining a dozen other senior law enforcement officials from the Northeast to network and get first-hand advice from Israeli security experts. Though there have been no successful terror plots carried out in Massachusetts since the ...
A second Iranian nuclear facility has exploded, as diplomatic tensions rise between the West and Tehran
2011 12 01
An Iranian nuclear facility has been hit by a huge explosion, the second such blast in a month, prompting speculation that Tehran’s military and atomic sites are under attack. Satellite imagery seen by The Times confirmed that a blast that rocked the city of Isfahan on Monday struck the uranium enrichment facility there, despite denials by Tehran. The images clearly showed billowing ...
Tallest Solar Tower Set for Arizona
2011 12 01
In the western desert state of Arizona, a company called EnviroMission is planning to build a new solar tower, the first of its kind, an ambitious new way to produce energy with heat from the sun. When completed in 2015, the tower, located in La Paz County, will be the tallest structure in the United States, and the second tallest in ...
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