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Sunday Morning Bobblehead Thread | Crooks and Liars

Scampaign

RealClearPolitics - Corzine, Amid Scandal, Is Among Obama's Top Bundlers

Jon Corzine -- under federal and congressional investigation following accusations that the securities firm he headed illegally took clients' funds before collapsing -- is among President Obama's top re-election campaign bundlers, raising at least $500,000, according to the campaign's filing Friday with the Federal Election Commission.

Corzine, the former New Jersey senator and governor, and former head of Goldman Sachs, is among 127 individuals (dubbed "volunteer fundraisers" in the parlance used by Obama's Chicago campaign) credited with raising more than $500,000 through the first quarter of 2012.

Q1 2012 Fundraisers -- Barack Obama

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Wyclef Jean Releases Video for Trayvon Martin Tribute Song | NewsFeed | TIME.com

"If you're 17 with a hoodie on/ watch out for the neighborhood watcher/ If you at the right neighborhood at the wrong time/ Neighborhood watcher/ This might be your last call to your girlfriend/ Neighborhood watcher/ Man, I feel for you, if you're 17."

Shots of a hoodie-clad Jean singing with the band are intercut throughout the video, and eventually we see another hooded figure, walking menacingly and then attacking Martin, tackling him to the ground, knocking his phone out of his hand. "He could have been the next President/ He could've been the next Steve Jobs," Jean wails. The video ends with the sound of a gunshot.

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Federal Government & Attorneys General reach landmark settlement with major banks | NationalMortgageSettlement

Grad Students to Lose Federal Loan Subsidy - US News and World Report

But starting July 1, graduate students will no longer be eligible for the federal subsidy. If you already have a subsidized Stafford loan, you won't be responsible for the interest that accrues until after you graduate, but any new federal Stafford loans taken out by graduate students as of July 1 will be unsubsidized. Unless you make interest payments while you're in school, the federal loans will accrue interest at a fixed rate of 6.8 percent as you work toward graduation. The unsubsidized Stafford loans will also have a 1 percent origination fee starting July 1.

Though the decision may seem egregious to loan-burdened graduate students, it was the "lesser of two evils" debated in what became the Budget Control Act of 2011, says Mark Kantrowitz, founder of FinAid.org and FastWeb.com. Instead of cutting the Pell grant program, a lifeline that makes college possible for millions of needy students, Congress moved to eliminate graduate student loan subsidies. Over 10 years, it will save the government an estimated $18 billion.

Bill Text - 112th Congress (2011-2012) - THOMAS (Library of Congress)

Military budget of the United States - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

For the 2010 fiscal year, the president's base budget of the Department of spending on "overseas contingency operations" brings the sum to $663.84 billion.[1][dead link][2]

When the budget was signed into law on October 28, 2009, the final size of the Department of Defense's budget was $680 billion, $16 billion more than President Obama had requested.[3] An additional $37 billion supplemental bill to support the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan was expected to pass in the spring of 2010, but has been delayed by the House of Representatives after passing the Senate.[4][5]

Bill Text - 110th Congress (2007-2008) - THOMAS (Library of Congress)

How to Start Your Own Online College

Accreditation is simply a validation process by which institutions of higher education are evaluated against established standards to ensure a high level of educational quality. It is typically accomplished through a peer-review process in which faculty from accredited institutions help to conduct evaluations of either new non-accredited institutions or accredited institutions seeking renewal. The standards used to conduct these evaluations vary but in general they assess: the institution's mission, goals and objectives, resources and resource allocation, student admission requirements, student support services and the quality of the faculty and educational offerings (Elearners).

Unlike the practices of most other countries, in the United States accreditation of institutions of higher education is not conducted by the government. Instead, it is a voluntary process that is implemented by private nongovernmental accrediting agencies. At present, there are both regional as well as national agencies involved in the accreditation process. The only role that the government plays is to evaluate these accrediting agencies using well developed criteria in order to identify those considered to be "reliable authorities" on the quality of institutions of higher education (Elearners).

Simply choose the type of accreditation that best suits your school, and follow those guidelines. Here is a list of accrediting agencies.

Seeking accreditation is an option, but unaccredited colleges cannot compete, because of its negative stigma. In my opinion, an accreditation is stamp of approval, and it sets guidelines and policies that should be modeled by all learning institutions.

Human Resoource Univerity (SLAVE-U)

"Americans Owe More Debt On Their Student Loans Than They Do On Their Credit Cards" Pres Obama - [VIDEO]

EUROLand

IMF

FR

BBC News - 'High early turnout' in French presidential election

There has been a solid turnout in early voting in the first round of France's presidential election, officials say.

Centre-right incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy is seeking re-election, saying only he can preserve a "strong France" amid widespread anxiety over the economy.

Mr Sarkozy is facing a strong challenge from Socialist Francois Hollande, who says it is "the left's turn to govern".

There are 10 candidates in all, and if none wins more than 50% of the votes there will be a run-off round on 6 May.

Polls in mainland France and Corsica are open until 18:00 (16:00 GMT), with voting stations in big cities remaining open for a further two hours.

Continue reading the main story

Analysis

image of Hugh Schofield Hugh Schofield BBC News, Paris

There's an enervating, unseasonal wind blowing through Paris, which corresponds perfectly to the irascible mood of the electorate.

Certainly the idea that this election marks a moment of spring-like hope couldn't be further from people's minds.

What's noticeable is the lack of enthusiasm for either of the main candidates.

Supporters of President Sarkozy say he's the only man with the mettle for the job. But in the same breath they wish his personality was a little less maddening.

Supporters of François Hollande say France needs a 'normal' president and that it's the Socialists' 'turn' to take power. But those are hardly urgent reasons to pick him.

Some say today's first round doesn't matter because the real election is in two weeks when Sarkozy and Hollande go head-to-head.

But today's results do count. Sarkozy needs to come first to restore momentum to his campaign. If Hollande is ahead, he'll be regarded as almost unbeatable.

Official figures put turnout by 12:00 (10:00 GMT) at 28% - only slightly lower than the figure at the same time in 2007, when morning turnout reached an exceptional 31%.

BENELUX

Benelux army in the making | Radio Netherlands Worldwide

A new agreement has just been signed that will allow the armed forces of Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg to co-operate more fully. Belgian Defence Minister Pieter De Crem suggests that the new accord opens the way for the creation of a Benelux army.

Dutch Minister of Defence Hans Hillen said that the deal will enable the three countries to maintain their military power in times of sharp cuts. He said the plan could be an example for other European countries, showing them how to cooperate without giving up one's own nationality.

IT

'This is Art War!' Italian museum burns paintings to protest austerity cuts (VIDEO, PHOTOS) | End the Lie -- Independent News

A second painting has been torched by an Italian museum director to highlight a critical lack of funds in these economically lean times. But while some fret over burning art, could the entire eurozone go up in smoke?

Antonio Manfredi burned a painting by Neapolitan artist Rosaria Matarese on Wednesday night outside the Casoria Contemporary Art Museum situated in a small town near Naples.

As the artist stood beside Manfredi to watch her work turn to ash, she described the process as "painful," but also necessary " to save this museum." Matarese's creation was valued at around $8,000 and $9,000.

On the previous day, French artist Severine Bourguignon also gave Manfredi the green light as she watched online her $13,050 painting going up in flames.

Manfredi said he will burn three works of art a week until the museum's entire 1,000-piece collection is gone unless the government forks over funds for the private museum.

NL

Dutch Government On Brink Of Collapse

The Dutch government is on the brink of collapse after politicians hit an impasse on implementing austerity measures required to secure a bailout.

As the economic and technical data points to financial Armageddon looming in Spain Dutch politicians are deadlocked over the decision to implement brutal austerity measures to secure an economic bailout or to tell the bankers to shove it and take the path of Iceland.

Dutch politicians have announced they can not come to an agreement on austerity limits required to secure the bailout to save the Dutch economy.

After failing to come to an agreement with the Prime Minister, Freedom Party leader Geert Wilders announced that his party no longer supports the government and is now calling for new elections to be held as soon as possible.

BBC News - Netherlands train crash: Scores injured in Amsterdam

24 oranges >> KPN discriminated with its 'Dutch only' discount

KPN telecom recently had a '50% off for 100% Dutch' advertising campaign that got some French people living in The Netherlands properly pissed off. The French popped into a KPN store to apply for the discount and were turned away for not being Dutch, which is discriminatory and illegal on a European scale.

And, like many Dutch companies and individuals do when they mess up, they call it a 'misunderstanding'. KPN claims that the software for its 'Hi' mobile phone plan had been unfortunately programmed to accept only Dutch passport numbers for ID purposes and not resident permit numbers, which is commonplace. It is sad how the sales rep thought it was normal to turn someone of another nationality down for a discount. Actually it's scary.

I have no reason to ever do business with KPN and I think they've just given me another reason to make sure that's permanent.

Shut Up Slave!

Spain Wants To Criminalise Online Organisation Of Social Protest

Breast cancer survivor handcuffed and thrown in jail over a mistaken $280 medical bill as 'debtor's prisons' return to the U.S | Mail Online

Acting within the law, debtors aren't arrested for nonpayment, rather for failing to arrive to court hearings thereby falling foul of contempt of court laws.

This results in a police arrest warrant being issued for 'failure to appear', the debtor is tracked down, packed off to jail and can only get out by paying the set bail bond which of course matches the amount owed.

1st Amendment

Cultural Marxism

BBC News - 'Revenge porn' website IsAnyoneUp.com closed by owner

The owner of a notorious "revenge porn" blog has closed the website, selling its domain to an anti-bullying group.

IsAnyoneUp.com had been encouraging people to send in intimate pictures of ex-girlfriends and ex-boyfriends for more than a year.

The site's owner Hunter Moore said the decision to close was made to "to stand up for under-age bullying".

New owner Bullyville.com said: "IsAnyoneUp.com served no public good. That is why it is offline."

In an interview with ABC's Nightline, Bullyville's founder James McGibney added: "No doubt, [Moore] was the No.1 internet bully out there and we took him down... not a hostile takeover but in a politically correct way."

It is unclear how much, if anything, the domain changed hands for.

The site, which featured pictures of men and women in many countries across the world, including the UK, would publish the unwilling subject's full name and link to social networking profiles.

Bill Text - AB-1732 Pupils: suspension or expulsion: bullying: impersonation.

Chiners

Here's Why The Bo Xilai Scandal Could Unravel Everything In China - Business Insider

One of the defining characteristics of EVERY boom is the presence of a small elite seeking to enrich itself through graft, corruption, and unethical behavior.

When the music stops and the boom busts, these same people are frequently put to the sword of public opinion. Think Bernie Madoff, Ken Lay, and Silvio Berlusconi.

The Chinese economic "miracle" of the past three decades will prove to be NO EXCEPTION.

I'm convinced that history will one day show that corrupt Communist party officials, in cahoots with shady developers and construction moguls, systematically plundered the Chinese economy, getting rich off the hard work and savings of the average person.

It's been happening on an unimaginable scale... and the fuse for the whole rotten mess to explode may have just been lit with this Bo Xilai scandal.

In Bo Xilai scandal, China's national leaders fear their undoing | McClatchy

On the day that former Chongqing boss Bo Xilai was removed from all his Chinese Communist Party posts and his wife announced to be a murder suspect, a mob of at least 10,000 people took over the streets of one of the municipality's distant districts.

The crowds hurled rocks at security officers and smashed or set fire to more than a dozen police cars before reinforcements arrived to lock things down.

The chaos was not sparked by Bo's dismissal. Instead, public anger had exploded about reductions in medical insurance and social security after the merger of two of Chongqing's districts.

The rioting of April 10 and 11, however, provided a stark reminder of the peril the Communist Party confronts as the scandal surrounding Bo grows ever deeper.

Gitmo Nation

Retired Park Service employees sound alarm over proposed border security bill | KTVQ.com | Q2 | Billings, Montana

Retired National Park Service employees say a bill some congressmen are pushing to improve border security could actually open up millions of acres of park wilderness to road building, air strips, helicopters and off-road vehicles.

On the surface, the "National Security and Federal Lands Protection Act" seems fairly clear cut, aiming to give the Department of Homeland Security more say in tightening up the U.S. northern and southern borders.

But the Coalition of National Park Service Retirees says that authority has the potential to gut the power of the Interior and Agriculture departments to regulate and control wilderness land management in places like Glacier National Park.

The Coalition says the legislation "would suspend the enforcement of almost all the nation's environmental laws" on all Park Service and Forest Service lands within 100-miles of the border, giving Homeland Security the ability to override the Interior and Agriculture secretaries.

Bill Text - 112th Congress (2011-2012) - THOMAS (Library of Congress)

Devil Weed

VOC-|-Vereniging voor Opheffing van het Cannabisverbod

Smokefree NZ by 2025? - Story - Inside Politics - Politics - 3 News

The Government will commit to the goal of making New Zealand smokefree by 2025 as part of its plan to get tough on tobacco.

In a response to a Maori affairs select committee inquiry into the tobacco industry and Maori smoking rates, tabled in Parliament today, the Government agreed to develop targets for reducing smoking rates with the goal of becoming a smokefree nation.

It will also consider law changes around the promotion, packaging and display of tobacco products as part of the Smokefree Environments (Controls and Enforcement) Bill currently before Parliament.

Associate Health Minister Tariana Turia said the Government's response was "a landmark moment" for New Zealand.

"It is about us asserting our own identity as a nation and defining for ourselves the role tobacco is allowed to play in the life of this country. Tthis is not something we are just going to leave in the hands of the tobacco industry."

Ms Turia said the Government had agreed to review what information should have to be disclosed about tobacco products, with an eye towards tightening the rules around information about tobacco additives.

Hollywood Wackers

Dr. Dre wants Marvin Gaye and Jimi Hendrix holograms | Celebrity Buzz | a Chron.com blog

Dr. Dre hopes his hologram extravaganza at Coachella over the weekend will inspire other acts to bring icons back from the dead -- he wants to see projections of Marvin Gaye and Jimi Hendrix on the stage.

The rap mogul and Snoop Dogg wowed the crowd at the music event on Sunday when a hologram of late star Tupac Shakur 'performed' Ain't Nothin' Like A Gangsta Party alongside the duo.

And Dre is adamant the showstopping finale will start a trend of resurrecting late superstars through technology -- and he wants to see his peers perform with Gaye and guitar legend Hendrix in the near future.

He tells MTV News, "I think everybody's in love with it right now, so we're having fun. Hopefully, different artists are able to bring out their favorite artists. Hopefully, we can see Jimi Hendrix and Marvin Gaye.

"Let's see what happens... there's a technology that's happening where the hologram could be 360 degrees. Right now it's flat, it just looks like it's three-dimensional from the front, but I'm working on some new and different things for the future."

Drone Nation

Demand grows for UAV pilots, sensor operators - Air Force News | News from Afghanistan & Iraq - Air Force Times

The skills Travis and Heather are learning are highly sought after by the defense industry, which can offer drone operators a lot more money than the Air Force. That's why a recent study by the Rand Corp. suggested offering incentive pay to airmen in the drone community.

"Our analyses showed that it is more cost-effective to retain [sensor operators] using the current incentive pays than to train new personnel if civilian wages for [sensor operators] are 147 percent higher than the average available to Air Force enlisted members," researchers wrote. "While providing the current incentive pays to [drone] pilots is more costly overall than training new personnel, the cost increment is modest over the likely range of civilian wages."

The idea of offering incentive pay to drone operators has proved to be controversial, with some arguing that only traditional pilots should receive it, and others saying it is too costly in an austere budget environment, according to the study.

Follow the Pipes

Syria

Remarks at the Ad Hoc Ministerial Meeting on Syria

Chapter VII of the United Nations Charter - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Chapter VII of the United Nations Charter sets out the UN Security Council's powers to maintain peace. It allows the Council to "determine the existence of any threat to the peace, breach of the peace, or act of aggression" and to take military and nonmilitary action to "restore international peace and security".

Chapter VII also gives the Military Staff Committee responsibility for strategic coordination of forces placed at the disposal of the UN Security Council. It is made up of the chiefs of staff of the five permanent members of the Council.

NATO - Official text: The North Atlantic Treaty, 04-Apr.-1949

Article 4

The Parties will consult together whenever, in the opinion of any of them, the territorial integrity, political independence or security of any of the Parties is threatened.

Article 5

The Parties agree that an armed attack against one or more of them in Europe or North America shall be considered an attack against them all and consequently they agree that, if such an armed attack occurs, each of them, in exercise of the right of individual or collective self-defence recognised by Article 51 of the Charter of the United Nations, will assist the Party or Parties so attacked by taking forthwith, individually and in concert with the other Parties, such action as it deems necessary, including the use of armed force, to restore and maintain the security of the North Atlantic area.

Any such armed attack and all measures taken as a result thereof shall immediately be reported to the Security Council. Such measures shall be terminated when the Security Council has taken the measures necessary to restore and maintain international peace and security .

Lebanaon & Drugs

Laboratories in Hermel, Baalbek, Zahle, and other Bekaa Valley towns reportedly continued to produce heroin from opium imported from Turkey, Afghanistan, and Pakistan, as well as cocaine from raw coca paste imported from South America under Syrian protection.[8] Nevertheless, in 1997 the U.S. State Department removed Lebanon and Syria from its annual list of countries that produce or traffic in illicit drugs.

In 1993, NBC quoted U.S. intelligence sources as saying that Syrian counterfeiting of $100 bills in Lebanon had "skyrocketed." It reported both that U.S. authorities had already seized $200 million of the fake currency and officials' fears that billions more were in circulation.[13] The bogus bills were so sophisticated that the U.S. Federal Reserve Bank's scanning machines failed to identify the money as counterfeit.

BPC Holding-Salah Osseiran

Salah Osseiran

Chairman & CEO

Owns and manages all aspects of Business Projects Company. Member of The Chamber of Commerce, Industry, & Agriculture of Beirut.

Osseiran family - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Osseiran Family of Lebanon, like the Haidar and Suleiman families of the Bekaa region,

Little is known of the early generations of the Osseiran family, except that they were generally in trade. In the mid-19th century, they acquired large fortunes through commerce and gradually bought vast lands throughout what is now Southern Lebanon, or Jabal Amel. They also acquired (in 1849) the consulate of the Kingdom of Persia in Sidon.

Al-Hajj Ali Osseiran, grandfather of the co-founder of modern Lebanon Adel Osseiran, was at once the consul of Persia and Effendim of the Ottoman Empire, a title granted him by the Turkish Sultan.

Bani Assad - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Osseirna & Iraq

he names are simple in Chalibi and Alawi in these two Osserian son in law relatives were the ones who fed the British MI6 and American CIA the data which brought about the Iraq War, which caused all of the troubles to the Bush, Blair and Brown administrations.

Ah let us review here in these Islamocommunist wars in there is Saddam Hussein of the Hussein ruling tribe, and he is the target of the Americans and British to remove him, by the southern Shia Osserian tribe.

Chalabi is a controversial figure for many reasons. In the lead-up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq, the INC, with the assistance of lobbying powerhouse BKSH & Associates,[6] provided a major portion of the information on which U.S. Intelligence based its condemnation of Saddam Hussein, including reports of weapons of mass destruction and alleged ties to al-Qaeda. Most, if not all, of this information has turned out to be false.

A former Ba'athist, Allawi helped found the Iraqi National Accord, which today is an active political party. In the lead up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq, the INA provided intelligence about alleged weapons of mass destruction to MI6.

A dessert storm of drugs | Insight on the News Newspaper | Find Articles

The U.S. State Department's International Narcotics Control Strategy Report 1996 says, "Lebanon appears to have won the fight against illicit crop cultivation due to the joint Lebanese-syrian eradication efforts since 1992." Insight has learned this is diplomatic fiction. Lebanon, long known as a major source of locally grown drugs, is a major manufacturing base for narcotics.

Intelligence sources in the region have confirmed that Lebanese operatives import raw materials and manufacture cocaine and heroin, which they then export to the United States and other Western countries.

The raw materials arrive in Lebanon from South America and the Far East. Cocaine hydrochloride and other chemicals required for wholesale production flow from Colombia, Peru, Brazil, Paraguay and Venezuela. The brown paste known as "morphine base" used to manufacture heroin comes in from the Golden Triangle via Pakistan, Turkey and Iran. Interpol reports that Lebanon also is a world center for storing and marketing acetyanhydride, a key component in heroin purification.

The South American supply network is maintained through the active participation and connections of Lebanese expatriates. During the last century, Lebanese traders settled throughout South America and their offspring melded into all aspects of Latin society, including law enforcement and politics. The city of Foz de Igouason, a duty-free zone in the jungle between Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay, is known as Little Lebanon, say international narcotics investigators. One Drug Enforcement Administration, or DEA, agent tells Insight, "It's like moving around south Beirut." Among the more prominent supply dealers, narcotics officials claim, is Rawi Hariri, son of wealthy Lebanese President Elias Hariri, who allegedly represents the family interests.

Bahrain

Petrol bombs vs stun grenades: Clashes in Bahrain ahead of F1 Grand Prix (PHOTOS) | End the Lie -- Independent News

Tens of thousands of anti-government protesters took to a major highway in Bahrain on Friday demanding the cancellation of the Formula One Grand Prix. Protesters threw petrol bombs while the police responded with tear gas and stun grenades.

­Police were allowed to fire live rounds if necessary, said John Yates, the former assistant commissioner of the Metropolitan Police hired by Bahrain to advise on police reform. "If the opposition started firing live ammunition, the police would respond with live," he said.

The rally had received permission from the government. But when a group of about a hundred protesters broke away from the rally, police fired stun grenades and tear gas. There were no immediate reports of injuries.

Bloodshed in Bahrain as F1 preparations go ahead | euronews, world news

Egypte

Tens of thousands protest military's rule in Egypt's Tahrir Square - Telegraph

The protests were aimed at stepping up pressure on the generals to hand over power to civilians and bar ex-regime members from running in forthcoming presidential elections.

Both Islamists and liberals turned out in force for the protest, to show the widespread anger at the military over the country's political chaos ahead of the first presidential elections since the fall of Hosni Mubarak more than a year ago. The confusion has raised suspicions the generals ruling since Mubarak's ouster are manipulating the process to preserve their power, ensure the victory of a pro-military candidate and prevent reform.

"Down with military rule," protesters in Tahrir chanted, and banners draped around the sprawling plaza denounced candidates seen as "feloul," or "remnants" from Mubarak's regime.

But the crowds in Tahrir were divided between rival groups with differing complaints and goals. As a result, the participants failed to reach a unified list of demands.

Liberals and youth groups called for all factions to agree on an antimilitary "revolution" candidate in the presidential vote, but the powerful Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamists -- who have their own ambitions in the race -- refused to sign on.

Ministry of Truth

CIA Claims Release of its History of the Bay of Pigs Debacle Would "Confuse the Public." - UNREDACTED

In late 2011, the Central Intelligence Agency explained to Judge Kessler of the US District Court in Washington DC that releasing the final volume of its three-decade-old history of the 1961 Bay of Pigs debacle would "confuse the public," and should be withheld because it is a "predecisional" document. Wow. And I thought that I had heard them all.

Despite the claims of the CIAs chief historian David Robarge, the document should not remain in the CIA vaults because its conclusions could cause scholars, journalists, and others interested in the subject at hand to reach an erroneous or distorted view of the Agencys role. Historians, after all, are well trained in treating documents especially CIA hagiographies sources skeptically.

To prevent the public from reading this volume, the CIA has argued that because it is a draft, it is a predecisional document and can be denied under exemption b(5) of the FOIA. Except as David Sobel, counsel to the National Security Archive points out in our motions the case law states otherwise.

Agenda21

UN Agenda 21 - In Your Face!

Queen Beatrix's Brother-In-Law Calls For Mandatory Birth Control For The "Unfit" :

In an episode of the television program Zembla that aired last week on Dutch national television, Pieter van Vollenhoven- queen Beatrix's brother-in-law- called for forced birth control for people with drug addiction, psychiatric patients and other people deemed unfit to reproduce.

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As head of the Dutch Safety Board, Van Vollenhoven investigated several cases in which children were abused at a young age.

After concluding that "the government is not sufficiently capable of delivering on its responsibility to ensure the safety of young children in the age group 0 to 12 within the home", Van Vollenhoven went on to propose a classical eugenic solution:

"People will accuse me of going too far. But to be honest, that's an easy thing to say if you do not know the facts. My eyes have been opened by seeing these problems. They came as a shock. You can see that these parents need help, since they've no control over their own lives. When it's clear that's the case, perhaps contraception would be the best step."

Melinda Gates: Let's put birth control back on the agenda | Video on TED.com

Denier!

Call Clooney!

AFRICOM

Mali

3 service members killed in Mali car crash - Army News | News from Afghanistan & Iraq - Army Times

BAMAKO, Mali -- Three American military personnel and three civilians died early Friday in a single-car crash in Mali's capital, U.S. officials said.

U.S. Africa Command said in a statement that the cause of the crash remains under investigation.

In Washington, a U.S. defense official said one of the three Americans was from U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command, and the two others were assigned to U.S. Special Operations Command.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the deaths had not been officially announced.

The military personnel were in Mali as part of a U.S. special operations training mission that was suspended after last month's coup overthrew the country's democratically elected president.

In recent years, the U.S. military has been helping train Malian troops in counterterrorism tactics to fight al-Qaida-linked militants who have established bases in Mali's northern desert.

Kony 2012 Cover The Night In Hamilton

With the Kony 2012 cover the night event expected to kick off Friday April 20th at midnight. The creators of the propaganda film envisioned huge flier and sticker campaigns in most large cities across North America.

But in Hamilton this was not the case.

According to the Hamilton Spectator:

"Sir John A. Macdonald Secondary School student Tasnim Sarhan, 17, created the Hamilton Kony 2012 Facebook page with her friend, Brianne Munn, after she saw the viral You Tube film.

The page soon exploded, with more than 4,800 people saying they would attend the "Cover the Night" event at Gore Park Friday night.

But only about 20 people showed up. Police presence at Gore Park just about equaled the number of participants Friday evening."

2TTH

Paki Plane

Passenger Jet With 127 On Board Crashes In Pakistan

ISLAMABAD (April 20, 2012)--A passenger jet with 127 people on board crashed Friday close to Pakistan's capital city, Pakistani officials said.

They said the Bhoja Air jet crashed as it was landing in bad weather on Friday.

The officials didn't give their names because of the sensitivity of their positions.

Witnesses close to the Baria Town residential complex near the airport said emergency vehicles can be seen in the area.

Bhoja Air Boeing 737 crashes in Pakistan, all 127 on board killed (VIDEO, PHOTOS) -- RT

Pakistan Airplane Crash: Why Bhoja Air Flight Was Risky - The Daily Beast

A commercial-plane crash in Pakistan today killed up to 127 people. Aviation expert Clive Irving on why the flight was doomed--and why flying outside the U.S. and Europe can be so risky.

Bhoja Air, in its current manifestation, has been in operation only since March of this year, and the fatal flight from Karachi to Islamabad was apparently its first on that route. So here you have all the classic elements of a doomed flight: decrepit airplane, unfamiliar route, and a crew who pressed on despite being warned of severe thunderstorms on the approach to Islamabad.

Vaccine$

NYT: Why Are We Drugging Our Soldiers

But there is another factor that might be playing a role in the increasing rates of the disorder, one that has escaped attention: the military's use of stimulant medications, like Ritalin and Adderall, in our troops.

There has been a significant increase in the use of stimulant medication. Documents that I obtained in late 2010 through the Freedom of Information Act, and have recently analyzed, show that annual spending on stimulants jumped to $39 million in 2010 from $7.5 million in 2001 - more than a fivefold increase. Additional data provided by Tricare Management Activity, the arm of the Department of Defense that manages health care services for the military, reveals that the number of Ritalin and Adderall prescriptions written for active-duty service members increased by nearly 1,000 percent in five years, to 32,000 from 3,000.

Stimulants are widely used in the civilian population to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder because they increase focus and attention. Short of an unlikely epidemic of that disorder among our soldiers, the military almost certainly uses the stimulants to help fatigued and sleep-deprived troops stay alert and awake. (A spokesman for Tricare attributed the sharp rise to "the increased recognition and diagnosis of A.D.H.D. by medical providers." However, while there is greater recognition of the disorder, the diagnoses are concentrated in children and adolescents.)

Whooping cough vaccine fades in pre-teens: study | Reuters

Unexpectedly Limited Durability of Immunity Following Acellular Pertussis Vaccination in Pre-Adolescents in a North American Outbreak

Stigmatizing Resistance to Authority | The Freeman | Ideas On Liberty

The current edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV) list Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) under "disorders usually first diagnosed infancy, childhood, or adolescence." (Hat tip: Bryan Hyde.) According to the manual,

The essential feature of Oppositional Defiant Disorder is a recurrent pattern of negativistic, defiant, disobedient, and hostile behavior toward authority figures that persist for at least six months. It is characterized by the frequent occurrence of at least four of the following behaviors: losing temper, arguing with adults, actively defying or refusing to comply with the requests or rules of adults, deliberately doing things that will annoy other people, blaming others for his or her own mistakes or misbehavior, being touchy or easily annoyed by others, being angry and resentful, or being spiteful and vindictive.

Army surgeon to test vaccine that could prevent cancer | Fox News

An Army doctor has come up with a vaccine he thinks will prevent cancer, Army.mil reported.

Col. George Peoples -- chief of surgical oncology at the San Antonio Military Medical Center -- said the drug NeuVax has begun phase III clinical trials and could eventually lead to FDA approval.

"People who are in my field approach this by saying, yes there are ways to treat cancer, but why wait and treat, why not try to prevent?" Peoples told Army.mil.

The clinical trial will involve at least 700 breast cancer patients who will each receive one intradermal injection of NeuVax every month for six months. Once the first six months is up, the participants will then receive a booster inoculation every six months afterwards.

The goal: Disease-free survival for participants at three years.

Brain cancer vaccine proves effective

A new brain cancer vaccine tailored to individual patients by using material from their own tumours has proven effective in a multicenter phase 2 clinical trial at extending their lives by several months or longer.

The patients suffered from recurrent glioblastoma multiforme--which kills thousands of Americans every year.

The trial found the vaccine could extend survival for the patients by several months when compared to 80 other patients who were treated at the same hospitals and received standard therapy--47 weeks compared to 32 weeks.

Several of the patients who received the cancer vaccine have survived for more than a year.

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Gay Porn Interrupts Canadian Local TV Newscast - The Hollywood Reporter

BBC News - Bee Gees singer Robin Gibb wakes from coma

Bee Gees singer Robin Gibb has woken from a coma after more than a week and begun to show signs of recovery.

Spokesman Doug Wright said he was able to nod and communicate with his family who have held a constant vigil at his beside in a central London hospital.

The 62-year-old fell into a coma after contracting pneumonia in his battle against colon and liver cancer.

Gibb's wife Dwina has revealed he cried when she played him Roy Orbison's 1962 song Crying.

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Italian startup challenges euro | Advisor.ca

a venture capital advisory firm in Italy is urging budding Italian entrepreneurs to support the use of Sardex, a new currency based on bartering, in order to expand its use and help Europeans face their financial challenges.

The firm, dpixel, advises and helps both established and pre-revenue online startup companies, and it helped develop sardex.net, the first and largest business-to-business trade exchange network in Sardinia. The site was founded in 2009 and currently serves 500 business owners, with hopes to double that number in the next 12 months. So, along with supporting the currency, dpixel has a vested interest in its success.

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"Americans Owe More Debt On Their Student Loans Than They Do On Their Credit Cards" Pres Obama - [VIDEO]

Daily Press Briefing - April 20, 2012

UN Agenda 21 - In Your Face!

Queen Beatrix's Brother-In-Law Calls For Mandatory Birth Control For The "Unfit" :

In an episode of the television program Zembla that aired last week on Dutch national television, Pieter van Vollenhoven- queen Beatrix's brother-in-law- called for forced birth control for people with drug addiction, psychiatric patients and other people deemed unfit to reproduce.

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As head of the Dutch Safety Board, Van Vollenhoven investigated several cases in which children were abused at a young age.

After concluding that "the government is not sufficiently capable of delivering on its responsibility to ensure the safety of young children in the age group 0 to 12 within the home", Van Vollenhoven went on to propose a classical eugenic solution:

"People will accuse me of going too far. But to be honest, that's an easy thing to say if you do not know the facts. My eyes have been opened by seeing these problems. They came as a shock. You can see that these parents need help, since they've no control over their own lives. When it's clear that's the case, perhaps contraception would be the best step."

Weekly Address: Calling on Congress to Prevent Student Interest Rates from Doubling | The White House

Melinda Gates: Let's put birth control back on the agenda | Video on TED.com

Bloodshed in Bahrain as F1 preparations go ahead | euronews, world news

Moederschip door vijf getuigen gefilmd boven Sint-Petersburg

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