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Manhattan to be sprayed against West Nile virus - Yahoo! News Canada

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Wed, 29 Aug 2012 17:23

One of New York's most expensive neighborhoods will be sprayed this week with pesticide to combat the West Nile virus, officials said Tuesday.

The city regularly sprays against the mosquito-borne disease, which has seen a surge in outbreaks in the United States this year. Friday's spraying is notable because it will target Manhattan's prestigious Upper West Side neighborhood and parts of the famed Central Park.

"These neighborhoods are being treated due to rising West Nile virus activity with high and/or increasing mosquito populations," the Department of Health said in a statement.

The department said trucks would spray "a very low concentration" of pesticide and that "when properly used, this product poses no significant risks to human health."

However, it also urged people to stay indoors during the spraying and to remove clothes and children's toys from outside.

At least 41 people have died in the United States from the disease this summer, health officials said. A total of 1,118 cases have been identified across the country.

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War on Vets

The Oath

I think I know they are trying to make the Service Members a cook, rebel and terrorist.

Here is the Oath for the US Armed Forces.

I, (NAME), do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.

Here is the one for the National Guard.

I, (NAME), do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States and the State of (STATE NAME) against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the Governor of (STATE NAME) and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to law and regulations. So help me God.

The difference is on the Governor.

What will happen if Big O' is proven not to be eligible for presidency?

What will happen if the enemy is domestic?

What will happen if the State Gov calls for arms (State Militia vs Federal)?

Now, what will happen if all Service Members are label as mentally unstable nobody will believe on them.

Most people that goes overseas sees the world with different eyes.

It can turn really ugly....

One Top Naval Officer Made Plans To Go Rogue And Play Chicken With Iran - Business Insider

Jeff Stein of The Washington Post published an article Aug. 21 detailing the insane exploits of one-Vice Adm. Kevin J. Cosgriff and how an analyst who blew the whistle, Gwynth Todd, lost her job and her standing in the community.

Stein detailed, through the use of anonymous sources, how Cosgriff seriously planned to use three aircraft carriers to pick a fight with Iran by sailing them up through the Straight of Hormuz without notifying Saudi Arabia or any of the other neighbor states.

And that's not even the kicker -- he was planning to execute this action without mentioning anything to Washington.

Basically, he didn't want to tell them because they would say, "No."

FEAR Plot to Overthrow U.S. Government Part of Rising Domestic Extremism - The Daily Beast

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Wed, 29 Aug 2012 22:18

On Monday, Pfc. Michael Burnetttold a Georgia courtroom that last December he had watched as a fellow soldier shot a 17-year-old girl in the woods near their base, ''checked [her] pulse and then shot her again.'' He was pleading guilty to manslaughter related to his involvement in the deaths of a former soldier, Michael Roark, and his young girlfriend. But what was even more chilling than the cold-blooded murders was the fact that the killers'--four, including Burnett, are being charged'--are all not only on active duty in the U.S. Army, but members of a militia plotting to overthrow the U.S. government.

The size and strength of the group isn't clear, but according to Burnett'--who agreed to a plea deal in exchange for his testimony against others'--the group, called FEAR, for Forever Enduring Always Ready, wanted to ''give the government back to the people.'' Prosecutors outlined active plots that included blowing up vehicles belonging to judicial and political leaders, as well as members of the Department of Homeland Security. They talked about bombing a fountain at a park in Savannah, Ga., and poisoning the apple crop in Washington state. Ultimately, they planned to assassinate the president.

Pvt. Isaac Aguigui was alleged by prosecutors to have been the ringleader, recruiting new members right off the base at Fort Stewart, in Georgia, and targeting those who were ''in trouble or disillusioned.'' The U.S. Army has denied there is a gang problem at its Fort Stewart base, and said its own investigation into the case remains open.

It wasn't just the military that seemed not to have been aware of the group's machinations. The Southern Poverty Law Center, which monitors militias, extremists, and supremacists all over the country, also was unfamiliar with it or any of its members. Nobody, in fact, seemed to have had any idea that such plotting was underway among U.S. soldiers at the Georgia base.

None of them, though, seem surprised at their own ignorance. Steven M. Chermak, a professor of criminal justice at Michigan State University who also directs the Extremist Crime Database, says that sifting through the huge number of militia-type groups to identify those that might pose a threat is like finding a needle in a haystack. And Mark Potok, a senior fellow at the SPLC, says the group appears to be so small that he doesn't know how the center ever would have been able to identify it.

Daryl Johnson, a former analyst for the Department of Homeland Security who spent years researching domestic terrorism, probably was less surprised than anyone.

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In 2009, Johnson authored a DHS report outlining how ''[t]he economic downturn and the election of the first African American president present unique drivers for rightwing radicalization and recruitment.'' It included a section about ''disgruntled military veterans,'' warning that they were an appealing group for extremists looking for recruits, in part because of their military training. ''The willingness of a small percentage of military personnel to join extremist groups during the 1990s because they were disgruntled, disillusioned, or suffering from the psychological effects of war is being replicated today,'' the report said, citing Timothy McVeigh, the veteran of Operation Desert Storm who killed 168 people in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, as an ominous example.

The report set off a firestorm on the right, with pundits calling it an attempt to smear or even criminalize right-wing free speech. Republicans in the House of Representatives called for Janet Napolitano to step down as head of the DHS. And House Majority Leader John Boehner said, ''I just don't understand how our government can look at the American people and say, 'You're all potential terrorist threats.'''

Eventually, Napolitano withdrew the memo and, Johnson says, later disbanded his unit, which studied domestic terrorism, neo-Nazis, and white supremacists. It's a period that Johnson, who left the agency to start his own consulting company and has a book out next month called Right Wing Resurgence: How a Domestic Terrorist Threat Is Being Ignored, revisits with a heavy sigh. He says the report wasn't prescient, but was the culmination of his 15 years of experience, and an outline of the ''obvious thing that was going to happen.''

Critics of the report, he says, were playing with fire. ''They took stuff out of context to try to gin up support for the Republican political platform,'' he told The Daily Beast. ''By criticizing the info given out, they made our country more vulnerable and less secure because they swelled the ranks of the extremist movement. There was already gasoline poured out because of the election and Obama, and they pretty much threw a match into it.''

Napolitano's subsequent decision to pull the report legitimized that criticism, Johnson believes, which in turn only fueled the paranoia already rampant in extremist groups or those with extremist leanings. ''Them not standing up for the report and trying to refute some of the mischaracterizations of the report has led to it becoming a recruitment tool for extremists.''

Asked whether he agrees with that assessment, Chermak jokes that he'd like to ''sidestep'' the question. He agrees, though, that there's often some confusion when it comes to this area of research, with some perceiving the work as an attack on the right wing instead of on far-right extremists. ''The precursor for us,'' he says by way of clarification, ''is that this individual is involved in a violent homicide.''

''It's hard to admit that my brother or uncle or father is an extremist and potentially violent. But every terrorist has a family.''

Chermak recently worked on a study that found that home-grown terrorists have perpetrated a higher number of attacks on American shores than international terrorists, but when it comes to casualties, it's the reverse'--largely because of the huge number of lives lost in the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. In the years that followed, research was disproportionately focused on the international threat.

''With a limited pool of resources, you have to make some hard choices,'' he says, noting that DHS is now backing his research on the domestic terror threat, and that some of the research conducted internationally is now being applied toward efforts here at home. ''What radicalizes people towards violence ... there's a lot we need to know about that still.''

Johnson and Potok say they believe there are certain troubling links between military service and participation in militia groups. For one thing the structure of most militias mirrors that of the military'--with a strict hierarchy and system of rank and file. And combat skills are likewise at the heart of both organizations. ''Militia movements,'' Johnson says, ''are also very nationalist and patriotic. There's a reverence for the Bill of Rights and our founding fathers.''

It can make for what he calls an ''easy transition.''

''Some justify it in their minds,'' he says. ''I'm about to retire; I should use my training and all my skills, and transition that into the civilian military, which is what some call a militia.'' Plus, he adds, the ideological systems of many extremists groups can give people just the scapegoat they're looking for in times of stress.

The 2009 report, he says, wouldn't have prevented the recent attack on a Sikh temple in Milwaukee'--also alleged to have been committed by a former serviceman'--nor the existence of the group exposed in Georgia this week. But if it had been received, and handled, differently, he says, it might have persuaded law enforcement officials to reallocate resources to more closely monitor domestic threats. Groups like FEAR, which operate largely clandestinely, are hard to monitor without the use of undercover agents, and those operations can take a long time and cost a lot of money. ''It comes at a cost, but it's worth it,'' Johnson says.

''It's hard to admit that we have a problem in our own house,'' he says. ''It's hard to admit that my brother or uncle or father is an extremist and potentially violent. It's always easier to brush it off. But every terrorist has a family.''

Prosecutors: U.S. Soldiers Plotted to Kill President Obama - National

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Update (4:51 p.m.): Isaac Aguigui, the alleged leader of the anarchist militia group, bears a striking resemblance to one "Isaac Aguigui" identified as a 2008 Republican National Convention page by Reuters, as Gawker's John Cook points out. View the side-by-side comparison of his current mug shot and 2008 RNC photo here.

Update (3:45 p.m.): Local NBC affiliate WSAV 3 has video footage of the alleged militia members being handcuffed and charged in connection with the killing of Michael Roark and his girlfriend Tiffany York. The local report does not include details of the alleged plot to overthrow the government and assassinate President Obama. For those details, see our previous update:

Update (3:15 p.m.): More details are surfacing about the four soldiers accused of stockpiling assault weapons and bomb components and plotting to assassinate the president. According to the AP's Russ Bynum, the group calls itself F.E.A.R., which stands for Forever Enduring Always Ready. While authorities don't know how many members are in the group, they did accuse it of plotting some ambitious domestic terrorist plots:

The prosecutor said the militia group had big plans. It plotted to take over Fort Stewart by seizing its ammunition control point and talked of bombing the Forsyth Park fountain in nearby Savannah, she said. In Washington state, she added, the group plotted to bomb a dam and poison the state's apple crop. Ultimately, prosecutors said, the militia's goal was to overthrow the government and assassinate the president.

All are charged by state authorities with malice murder, felony murder, criminal gang activity, aggravated assault and using a firearm while committing a felony. A hearing for the three soldiers was scheduled Thursday.

The above photo shows U.S. Army Sgt. Anthony Peden, left, and Pvt. Isaac Aguigui, identified by prosecutors as F.E.A.R.'s leader, after appearing before a magistrate judge at the Long County Sheriffs Office in Ludowici, Georgia. As we noted earlier, the members of the anarchist militia group allegedly bought $87,000 worth of "guns and bomb-making materials" for the plot, which was uncovered following a murder investigation into the deaths of former soldier Michael Roark and his girlfriend Tiffany York. According to prosecutors, Roark was killed after members of F.E.A.R. discovered that he knew of their plot. On Monday, 26-year-old Army Pfc. Michael Burnett plead guilty to manslaughter and illegal gang activity in connection with the murder case. He also gave testimony backing up some of the claims made by prosecutors. Bynum says that Burnett testified against Aguigui, who he said ordered the killings of Roark and his girlfriend. The plots were allegedly financed by a $500,000 insurance settlement Aguigui received from the death of his wife.

Original post: In a disturbing report out of Georgia, prosecutors say four U.S. soldiers plotted to overthrow the government and assassinate President Obama. Details remain slim about the case, but the AP's Russ Bynum says the soldiers allegedly bought $87,000 worth of "guns and bomb-making materials and plotted to take over Fort Stewart, bomb targets in nearby Savannah and Washington state, as well as assassinate the president." The plot was apparently uncovered in relation to a murder case surrounding the killing of former soldier Michael Roark and his girlfriend Tiffany York in December. On Monday, Pfc. Michael Burnett, one of the accused soldiers, plead guilty to manslaughter and gang charges in the murder case. "Burnett told a Long County judge that Roark, who had just left the Army, knew of the militia group's plans and was killed because he was 'a loose end,'" reports Bynum.

As The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Jay Bookman notes, "Sometimes these things get blown out of proportion, but $87,000 in weaponry suggests otherwise. And when you're willing to murder two people to keep the plot secret, you're pretty serious about it." The news follows a controversial report published by Reuters' Daniel Trotta last week that the U.S. Army is battling soldiers within its ranks who enlist in the Army and Marine Corps "to acquire the skills to overthrow what some call the ZOG - the Zionist Occupation Government. Get in, get trained and get out to brace for the coming race war." At the time, Business Insider's Geoffrey Ingersoll pushed back against the report in a piece titled "Don't Believe the Report Going Around About Veterans Flocking to Right Wing Extremist Groups." The AP report doesn't say if the motivations to overthrow the government were racial or anti-semitic in nature in this case but much more details are likely to come.

Want to add to this story? Let us know in commentsor send an email to the author at jhudson at theatlantic dot com.You can share ideas for stories on the Open Wire.

'Militia leader' Isaac Aguigui was page at 2008 Republican convention | Mail Online

A former soldier accused of killing two people and leading a plot to assassinate President Obama worked at the last Republican National Convention, it has been revealed.

Isaac Aguigui is currently on trial alongside three comrades charged with murdering another soldier and his girlfriend because they had apparently betrayed their anarchist militia group.

The Army private was pictured on the floor of the 2008 GOP convention in St Paul, Minnesota, where he apparently served as a page.

Gawker identified the alleged killer from a photograph published in Reuters in September 2008.

The picture was captioned: 'Republican National Convention page Isaac Aguigui watches from the edge of the floor at the start of the first session of the 2008 Republican National Convention in St Paul, Minnesota September 1, 2008.'

Brandon Raub the imprisoned Facebook Marine released

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From John DagostinoFor Immediate Release: August 29, 2012CHESTERFIELD, Va. '-- At the request of Marine veteran Brandon Raub, attorneys for The Rutherford Institute are preparing to file a civil lawsuit in the near future against government officials who were involved in the arrest and detention of the 26-year-old Virginia resident, who was arrested by a swarm of FBI, Secret Service agents and local police on Aug. 16, 2012, and forcibly detained in a psychiatric ward from Aug. 16-Aug. 23 for posting controversial song lyrics and political views on his private Facebook page.In challenging the government's actions as unlawful and an egregious abuse of power, Institute attorneys hope to shed light on and put a stop to what appears to be a growing problem in terms of a governmental system seemingly targeting Americans'--especially military veterans'--for expressing their discontent about the state of affairs in America. Since coming to Raub's defense, The Rutherford Institute has been contacted by military veterans across the country recounting similar incidents. (More than 20,000 civil commitments were carried out in 2011 in Virginia alone.) In announcing their intention to file a civil suit against government officials, Rutherford Institute attorneys plan to take issue with the manner in which Virginia's civil commitment statutes are being used to silence individuals engaged in lawfully exercising their free speech rights. Under these laws, a person may only be involuntarily committed upon clear and convincing evidence that he or she has a mental illness, that there is substantial likelihood that the person will cause serious physical harm to himself or others in the near future, and that there is evidence of recent, actual behavior of causing, attempting, or threatening harm to others. Anthony Troy and Brian Fowler with Troutman Sanders LLP of Richmond, Va., will be acting as affiliate attorneys for The Rutherford Institute in preparation of the civil lawsuit.''Brandon Raub's case exposed the seedy underbelly of a governmental system that seems to be targeting Americans'--especially military veterans'--for expressing their discontent over America's rapid transition to a police state,'' said John W. Whitehead, president of The Rutherford Institute. ''As we are learning, Brandon Raub is not the first veteran to be targeted for speaking out against the government, detained against his will'--despite having threatened no one, and isolated from his family, friends and attorneys. Hopefully, by holding officials accountable, we can ensure that Brandon is the last to suffer in this way.''On Aug.16, 2012, Chesterfield police, Secret Service and FBI agents arrived at Brandon Raub's home, asking to speak with him about his Facebook posts. Like many Facebook users, Raub, a Marine who has served tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, uses his Facebook page to post song lyrics and air his political opinions, as well as engage in virtual games. Without providing any explanation, levying any charges against Raub or reading him his rights, law enforcement officials handcuffed Raub and transported him to police headquarters, then to John Randolph Medical Center, where he was held against his will and beyond the time limits allowed. In a hearing on August 20, government officials pointed to Raub's Facebook posts as the reason for his incarceration. Ignoring Raub's explanations about the fact that the FB posts were being read out of context, a Special Justice sentenced Raub to up to 30 days' further confinement. In coming to Raub's defense, The Rutherford Institute, aided by Troutman Sanders attorneys, challenged the government's actions as procedurally improper, legally unjustified, and in violation of Raub's First Amendment rights. On August 23, Circuit Court Judge Allan Sharrett ordered Raub immediately released, noting that the government's case was ''so devoid of any factual allegations that it could not be reasonably expected to give rise to a case or controversy.''

John Whitehead Interviews Brandon Raub - YouTube

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Wed, 29 Aug 2012 14:48

War on Generics

GPhA testifies before House subcommittee on generic user fees

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Tue, 28 Aug 2012 11:01

WASHINGTON '-- The generic drug industry's main lobby is hoping Congress will act on a proposed user fee program for generic drugs that it helped negotiate with the Food and Drug Administration.

Testifying before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health Thursday, Generic Pharmaceutical Association VP regulatory sciences David Gaugh said the generic drug user fee programs would "help to ensure that American consumers continue to receive the significant cost savings from generics that, over the past dozen years, have provided more than $1 trillion in savings to the nation's healthcare system."

"The generic industry has stepped up to the plate to do our part to help ensure U.S. drug safety, establish a more level playing field among all participants in the U.S. pharmaceutical supply chain and significantly reduce the time needed to commercialize a generic drug," Gaugh said.

Heather Bresch, CEO of Pittsburgh-based generic drug maker Mylan, also testified before the subcommittee in favor of generic drug user fees. "Every consumer should have the peace of mind in knowing that every prescription, brand or generic, dispensed in the United States, is held to the same standard of quality regardless of whether the product or its ingredients originated in the [United States] or outside its borders. With a mission to protect and promote the public health, the [FDA] has a critical responsibility, along with industry, to ensure the safety, efficacy and security of the U.S. drug supply," Bresch said in her testimony.

"Unfortunately, [the] FDA is still operating as a domestic agency, under a 1938 law that has remained largely unchanged despite globalization of the industry, which has left it without the resources or legal authority to regulate the global drug supply that now serves the U.S. market. Just as the pharmaceutical industry has become global in order to meet its mission, so too must [the] FDA," Bresch added.

Generic drug user fees have long been a goal for the generics industry and are seen as a way to help reduce the FDA's large backlog of generic drug applications.

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http://www.gphaonline.org/about-gpha/board

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Tue, 28 Aug 2012 11:01

Board of Directors

Debra Barrett*Teva Pharmaceuticals

Carole Ben-Maimon*Impax Laboratories, Inc.

Paul Bisaro*Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Doug Boothe*Actavis, Inc.

Chuck Caprariello*Ranbaxy, Inc.

Don DeGolyer*Sandoz Inc.

John DuckerAPP Pharmaceuticals

Jeffrey GlazerHeritage Pharmaceuticals

David KlaumFougera

Tony Mauro*Mylan Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Thomas Moore*Hospira, Inc.

Chirag PatelAmneal Pharmaceuticals

Joseph RennerZydus Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc.

Jeff WatsonApotex, Inc.

Craig Wheeler*Momenta Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

* denotes member of Executive Committee

Executive Committee

ChairmanAnthony MauroPresidentMylan Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Secretary/TreasurerCraig WheelerPresident and CEOMomenta Pharmaceuticals

Carole Ben-MaimonPresident of Global PharmaceuticalsImpax Laboratories, Inc.

Doug BoothePresident and CEOActavis, Inc.

Thomas MoorePresident, U.S.Hospira

Vice ChairDon DeGolyerPresidentSandoz Inc.

Debra BarrettSenior Vice President, Government AffairsTeva Pharmaceuticals USA

Paul BisaroPresident and CEOWatson Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Chuck CaprarielloVice President, Corporate Communications & Government AffairsRanbaxy, Inc.

Mylan: Our Businesses

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Mon, 27 Aug 2012 19:52

Through the acquisitions and successful integration of Matrix (now Mylan Laboratories Limited) and the former generics business of Merck KGaA in 2007, Mylan has transformed itself from the third largest generic pharmaceuticals company in the U.S. to the third largest generics and specialty pharmaceutical company in the world.

The company offers one of the industry's broadest and highest quality generics product portfolios. Products cover a vast array of therapeutic categories in multiple dosage forms and delivery systems, including oral solids, controlled-release formulations, steriles, injectables, topicals, liquids, transdermals, semi-solids and high-potency products.

Through its India-based subsidiary Mylan Laboratories Limited, Mylan is one of the world's largest manufacturers of active pharmaceutical ingredients (API). Included in Mylan Laboratories Limited's product portfolio are generic antiretroviral (ARV) APIs, which treat people living with HIV/AIDS. Mylan Laboratories Limited is a leading supplier of generic ARV APIs. And Mylan's specialty business, Mylan Specialty (f/k/a Dey), is a leader in the nebulized respiratory, severe allergy medication and psychiatric therapeutic categories.

Mylan pushes deal to ensure safety of generic drugs | TribLIVE

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By Alex NixonPublished: Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Generic drugmakers and the federal government have a tentative deal that would provide $299 million in new funding a year to the Food and Drug Administration to speed approval of generics and provide for inspections of foreign drug manufacturing plants.

The deal, which could be finalized in coming months, was pushed by Mylan Inc. to ensure the safety of generic drugs made overseas for the U.S. market and to eliminate an incentive to ship American jobs to foreign countries.

"The rigor is just not there (at foreign manufacturing plants) as it is here in the United States," said Heather Bresch, president of Canonsburg-based Mylan, in an interview.

Plants in foreign countries that produce active pharmaceutical ingredients and finished drugs for sale in the United States are rarely inspected by the FDA, Bresch said. That can lead to safety problems in generic drugs and makes it less profitable to produce those drugs in the U.S., she said.

In 2009, the FDA inspected only 11 percent of the more than 3,700 foreign facilities where finished drugs and active ingredients are made for the U.S. market, according to a 2010 report to Congress from the Government Accountability Office. By comparison, U.S. plants are inspected every two years.

That difference means it's more expensive to produce generic drugs in America. About 40 percent of the drugs Americans take are made overseas and about 80 percent of the active ingredients in those drugs come from foreign plants, according to Mylan.

Mylan employs about 2,900 people at a large manufacturing plant in Morgantown, W.Va. Bresch said it costs 25 percent more to manufacture generics in the United States than overseas because foreign plants don't have to meet the same quality standards.

"I'm not asking to have an incentive to be in the U.S.," she said. "But there should be parity and a level playing field."

Mylan has produced active ingredients and finished products overseas since it acquired two foreign companies in 2007.

Generic industry representatives have been negotiating with FDA officials over a first-ever fee to boost government reviewers and inspectors since February, said David Belian, a spokesman for the Generic Pharmaceutical Association, a Washington-based advocacy organization.

Because negotiations are ongoing, Belian declined to comment on specifics. But, he said, "a tentative deal is in place" and he expects a "final deal very soon."

"The intent of a generic drug user fee program would be to provide additional revenues so that FDA can hire more staff and improve systems to support the generic drug review process," FDA spokeswoman Sandy Walsh said in a statement. She said the agency hopes to be able to take a proposal for a package of new fees, including $299 million from generic drugmakers, to Congress by January.

Bresch, who is the daughter of U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin III, D-W.Va., said she also expects to see a bill introduced in Congress this fall to update the law that outlines the FDA's regulatory authority to give it a legal framework for inspecting foreign facilities.

That law, the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, "was passed in 1938 and effectively hasn't changed," Bresch said.

Adding the fee and updating the law, Bresch said, "need to happen to get the FDA on the footing that they need to ensure safety in the global world we live in today."

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Just to have some info that might actually be useful, if you scan down

to the bottom of that Generic Drug deal I sent you from the Fed

Register, you will note a little blurb about the upscheduling of meds.

Specifically that it proposes that all cannabinoid drugs get upscheduled

to Schedule I, which is the same controlled drug classification as

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Doctors target gun violence as a social disease '' USATODAY.com

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MILWAUKEE''Is a gun like a virus, a car, tobacco or alcohol? Yes say public health experts, who in the wake of recent mass shootings are calling for a fresh look at gun violence as a social disease.

What we need, they say, is a public health approach to the problem, like the highway safety measures, product changes and driving laws that slashed deaths from car crashes decades ago, even as the number of vehicles on the road rose.

One example: Guardrails are now curved to the ground instead of having sharp metal ends that stick out and pose a hazard in a crash.

"People used to spear themselves and we blamed the drivers for that," said Dr. Garen Wintemute, an emergency medicine professor who directs the Violence Prevention Research Program at the University of California, Davis.

It wasn't enough back then to curb deaths just by trying to make people better drivers, and it isn't enough now to tackle gun violence by focusing solely on the people doing the shooting, he and other doctors say.

They want a science-based, pragmatic approach based on the reality that we live in a society saturated with guns and need better ways of preventing harm from them.

The need for a new approach crystallized last Sunday for one of the nation's leading gun violence experts, Dr. Stephen Hargarten. He found himself treating victims of the Sikh temple shootings at the emergency department he heads in Milwaukee. Seven people were killed, including the gunman, and three were seriously injured.

It happened two weeks after the shooting that killed 12 people and injured 58 at a movie theater in Colorado, and two days before a man pleaded guilty to killing six people and wounding 13, including then-Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, in Tucson, Ariz., last year.

"What I'm struggling with is, is this the new social norm? This is what we're going to have to live with if we have more personal access to firearms," said Hargarten, emergency medicine chief at Froedtert Hospital and director of the Injury Research Center at the Medical College of Wisconsin. "We have a public health issue to discuss. Do we wait for the next outbreak or is there something we can do to prevent it?"

About 260 million to 300 million firearms are owned by civilians in the United States; about one-third of American homes have one. Guns are used in two-thirds of homicides, according to the FBI. About 9% of all violent crimes involve a gun '-- roughly 338,000 cases each year.

Mass shootings don't seem to be on the rise, but not all police agencies report details like the number of victims per shooting and reporting lags by more than a year, so recent trends are not known.

"The greater toll is not from these clusters but from endemic violence, the stuff that occurs every day and doesn't make the headlines," said Wintemute, the California researcher.

More than 73,000 emergency room visits in 2010 were for firearm-related injuries, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates.

Dr. David Satcher tried to make gun violence a public health issue when he became CDC director in 1993. Four years later, laws that allow the carrying of concealed weapons drew attention when two women were shot at an Indianapolis restaurant after a patron's gun fell out of his pocket and accidentally fired. Ironically, the victims were health educators in town for an American Public Health Association convention.

That same year, Hargarten won a federal grant to establish the nation's first Firearm Injury Center at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

"Unlike almost all other consumer products, there is no national product safety oversight of firearms," he wrote in the Wisconsin Medical Journal.

That's just one aspect of a public health approach. Other elements:

'' "Host" factors: What makes someone more likely to shoot, or someone more likely to be a victim. One recent study found firearm owners were more likely than those with no firearms at home to binge drink or to drink and drive, and other research has tied alcohol and gun violence. That suggests that people with driving under the influence convictions should be barred from buying a gun, Wintemute said.

' Product features: Which firearms are most dangerous and why. Manufacturers could be pressured to fix design defects that let guns go off accidentally, and to add technology that allows only the owner of the gun to fire it (many police officers and others are shot with their own weapons). Bans on assault weapons and multiple magazines that allow rapid and repeat firing are other possible steps.

' "Environmental" risk factors: What conditions allow or contribute to shootings. Gun shops must do background checks and refuse to sell firearms to people convicted of felonies or domestic violence misdemeanors, but those convicted of other violent misdemeanors can buy whatever they want. The rules also don't apply to private sales, which one study estimates as 40% of the market.

' Disease patterns, observing how a problem spreads. Gun ownership '-- a precursor to gun violence '-- can spread "much like an infectious disease circulates," said Daniel Webster, a health policy expert and co-director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research in Baltimore.

"There's sort of a contagion phenomenon" after a shooting, where people feel they need to have a gun for protection or retaliation, he said.

That's already evident in the wake of the Colorado movie-theater shootings. Last week, reports popped up around the nation of people bringing guns to "Batman" movies. Some of them said they did so for protection.

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War on Weed

Early Marijuana Use Linked to to I.Q. Loss

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People in a study who began smoking marijuana as teenagers and continued to use it heavily for decades lost a few I.Q. points along the way, while those who started in adulthood did not, researchers reported on Monday.

The findings, from a study tracking people's habits from childhood through middle age, suggest that the developing teenage brain is especially vulnerable to drug use, the authors concluded. The research appears in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

The new report draws on periodic interviews with 1,037 people tracked from birth to age 38, who talked about how often they smoked marijuana and whether it was causing any problems.

''Adolescent-onset cannabis users showed significant I.Q. declines, and more persistent use was associated with greater declines,'' said the lead author, Madeline H. Meier, a postdoctoral researcher at Duke University.

The study participants who used marijuana heavily from high school through age 38 scored 8 points lower on an I.Q. test than they had when originally tested, as 13-year-olds. I.Q. scores are usually very stable, and those who did not use marijuana or started as adults showed no real change, averaging about 100.

''We know that there are developmental changes occurring in the teen years and up through the early 20s, and the brain may be especially vulnerable during this time,'' Dr. Meier said.

Cannabis more damaging to under-18s, study suggests

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Cannabis is not harmless, particularly for adolescents, the researchers say. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA

Adolescents who are regular users of cannabis are at risk of permanent damage to their intelligence, attention span and memory, according to the results of research covering nearly four decades.

The long-term study which followed a group of over 1,000 people from birth to the age of 38 has produced the first convincing evidence, say scientists, that cannabis has a different and more damaging effect on young brains than on those of adults.

Around 5% of the group used cannabis at least once a week in adolescence or were considered dependent on it. Between the age of 13 and 38, when all members of the group were given a range of psychological tests, the IQ of those who had been habitual cannabis users in their youth had dropped by eight points on average.

Giving up cannabis made little difference '' what mattered was the age at which young people began to use it. Those who started after the age of 18 did not have the same IQ decline.

"This work took an amazing scientific effort," said Professor Terrie Moffitt of King's College London's Institute of Psychiatry, one of the authors.

"We followed almost 1,000 participants, we tested their mental abilities as kids before they ever tried cannabis, and we tested them again 25 years later after some participants became chronic users.

"Participants were frank about their substance abuse habits because they trust our confidentiality guarantee, and 96% of the original participants stuck with the study from 1972 to today.

"It's such a special study that I'm fairly confident that cannabis is safe for over-18 brains, but risky for under-18 brains."

The research, on people in Dunedin, New Zealand, was carried out by researchers from King's College and Duke University, North Carolina in the United States and published online by PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences).

"Marijuana is not harmless, particularly for adolescents," said Madeline Meier from Duke, one of the researchers. While eight IQ points on a scale where the mean is 100 may not sound a lot, she said, a drop from 100 to 92 represents a move from the 50th to the 29th percentile. Higher IQs correlate with higher education and income, better health and a longer life.

"Somebody who loses eight IQ points as an adolescent may be disadvantaged compared to their same-age peers for years to come," Meier said. The study took into account the education of the participants, which can be disrupted by drug use.

The authors say that young people tend today to think that cannabis is harmless. "Increasing efforts should be directed toward delaying the onset of cannabis use by young people, particularly given the recent trend of younger ages of cannabis-use initiation in the United States and evidence that fewer adolescents believe that cannabis use is associated with serious risk," says the paper.

"The simple message is that substance use is not healthy for kids," said Avshalom Caspi, of Duke and King's, one of the leaders of the study. "That's true for tobacco, alcohol, and apparently for cannabis."

Robin Murray, professor of psychiatric research at King's, who was not involved in the study, said the paper was impressive and if the same results were found in other research, public education campaigns should be launched to warn of the dangers of cannabis to younger people. "The Dunedin sample is probably the most intensively studied cohort in the world and therefore the data is very good. The researchers, who I know well, are among the best epidemiologists in the world. Therefore, although one should never be convinced by a single study, I take the findings very seriously.

"There are a lot of clinical and educational anecdotal reports that cannabis users tend to be less successful in their educational achievement, marriages and occupations. It is of course part of folklore among young people that some heavy users of cannabis seem to gradually lose their abilities and end up achieving much less than one would have anticipated. This study provides one explanation as to why this might be the case."

Marijuana stays on DEA's list of "really bad" drugs | Michigan Radio

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Last Friday, the Drug Enforcement Administration rejected a petition that sought to reclassify marijuana. The petition came from the Coalition for Rescheduling Cannabis and had been in front of the DEA for nine years.

From Occupational Health and Safety Magazine:

The Drug Enforcement Administration has rejected a nine-year-old petition seeking to reclassify marijuana from Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act, holding that it meets the three criteria for placing a substance in Schedule I under 21 U.S.C. 812(b)(1):

Marijuana has a high potential for abuse,Marijuana has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States, andThere is a lack of accepted safety for use of marijuana under medical supervision.There are five categories for drugs under the Controlled Substances Act.U.S. Code states that Class I drugs are categorized as the most dangerous because:

The drug or other substance has a high potential for abuse.The drug or other substance has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States.There is a lack of accepted safety for use of the drug or other substance under medical supervision. Class V drugs are listed because:

The drug or other substance has a low potential for abuse relative to the drugs or other substances in schedule IV.The drug or other substance has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States.Abuse of the drug or other substance may lead to limited physical dependence or psychological dependence relative to the drugs or other substances in schedule IV.The government has a long, detailed response as to why they think marijuana should continue to be classified as a Class I drug.

From Talking Points Memo:

In a letter from DEA Administrator Michele M. Leonhart, the agency said that based on the recommendation of the Department of Health and Human Services they were denying the request because marijuana a has "a high potential for abuse, has no accepted medical use in the United States, and lacks an acceptable level of safety for use even under medical supervision."

"There is evidence that individuals are taking the substance in amounts sufficient to create a hazard to their health or to the safety of other individuals or to the community," the government argued in the report.

War on Helium

Helium and barbiturates contribute to drug death statistics

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Wed, 29 Aug 2012 15:35

Helium and barbiturates contributed to more deaths last year than ecstasy, cannabis, mephedrone and GHB, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics. Photograph: Alamy

The inert gas helium and barbiturate drugs contributed to more deaths last year than ecstasy, cannabis, mephedrone and GHB, official figures show.

According to Office for National Statistics data released on Wednesday, the number of deaths mentioning barbiturates increased from six in 2007 to 37 in 2011, the highest number since 1996, despite the number of prescriptions for barbiturates more than halving over this period.

Over the same period, deaths involving helium have risen from two to 42. By comparison there were just seven cannabis-related deaths last year while ecstasy was responsible for 13 deaths. Cocaine claimed the lives of 112 people.

Almost all of those who died taking barbiturate and helium were recorded as suicides. Helium in particular has seen a steep rise in its use. Between 1993 and 2007 just 18 people died using the gas. The gas has become a feature of both literature and public policy debate in the last 20 years as the row over right-to-die has become more intense.

Overall, there were 1,772 male and 880 female drug poisoning deaths '' involving both legal and illegal drugs '' in 2011, a 6% decrease since 2010 for males and a 3% increase for females.

Over half of all the deaths related to drug poisoning involved opiates. In 2011 heroin or morphine, were involved in 596 deaths.

However, there has been a fall in deaths involving heroin or another opiate. For men the mortality rate has fallen sharply in the last two years, down from 27.9 deaths per million population in 2009 to 17.1 in 2011. This is a 39% fall and is the lowest rate since 1997.

The decrease in deaths has many reasons but ONS points to evidence of a "heroin drought" in the UK, "with shortages in the availability of heroin continuing in some areas in 2011-12" with a result that the street purity of opiates sold has dropped.

Despite fears from drug workers that the low purity levels would lead to overdoses, the reduced supply seems to have led to less demand.

Results from the British Crime Survey, the ONS says, suggest there was a significant decline in the proportion of 16-to-59-year-olds reporting use of heroin in the last month between 2009-10 and 2010-11. This is backed up by evidence from the NHS's National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse which said that the number of adults newly entering treatment for heroin and crack use has fallen by 15% in two years.

"[The data] suggests that this decline is probably due to reduced demand rather than any shortfall in services. These factors may explain the decline in deaths involving heroin/morphine that has been seen over the last couple of years," said the ONS.

War with Mexico

Mexican police attacked CIA officers, ambush likely: sources

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Thu, 30 Aug 2012 02:48

By Ioan Grillo

TRES MARIAS, Mexico | Wed Aug 29, 2012 9:54pm EDT

TRES MARIAS, Mexico (Reuters) - Mexican federal police shot and wounded two CIA operatives last week, security sources said, in an apparently deliberate attack that could hurt U.S.-Mexico cooperation in their war against drug cartels.

The two experienced officers were just south of the capital on their way to a Mexican Marine base on Friday, working with local authorities on a training mission, when federal police riddled their armored van bearing diplomatic plates with bullets.

The men, traveling with a Mexican Marine captain, were wounded and taken to a hospital for treatment, though their injuries were not life-threatening. Their vehicle's tires and rear windshield were shot out.

A dozen federal police officers detained and questioned over the attack have been ordered held in custody for 40 days. In initial statements to federal prosecutors, they claimed they confused the Americans for criminals.

However, witnesses who saw the shooting at a bend in the road outside the small town of Tres Marias told Reuters the gunmen were dressed in plain clothes and pursued the Americans firing from unmarked cars and on foot -- a classic style of gangland hits in Mexico.

"We had no idea at all they were police. They looked like criminals," said one woman who witnessed the incident but asked not to be named for fear of repercussions.

A Mexican government official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the evidence suggested gang members and corrupt police had carried out the attack before other police arrived at the scene and prevented the men being killed.

"This was not an accident," the official said.

Witnesses said the CIA driver made impressive evasive maneuvers which likely saved the lives of those inside the car, and they believe they heard hundreds of bullets fired, estimating the incident lasted around six minutes.

The Mexican official said the vehicle was chased for about 4 km (2.5 miles) before it was halted, and that shell casings from AK-47s, which are not used by Mexican police and are a weapon of choice for drug cartel members, were found at the scene.

A total of four vehicles were involved in the incident, though only the shot-up van was found at the scene, the official added. One of the vehicles identified by eyewitnesses has been linked to other crimes, the official said.

Tres Marias is close to the city of Cuernavaca, a popular weekend retreat for Mexico City residents that has been badly hit by drug violence in recent years. In 2009, Mexican Marines shot dead leading cartel boss Arturo Beltran Leyva, alias "The Beard," in Cuernavaca in an operation based on information from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

His brother and fellow drug boss, Hector Beltran Leyva, is thought by some security experts to be at large nearby.

The Mexican official said the rise in criminal activity in the area was very likely being abetted by corrupt police.

"The police here have been heavily infiltrated by organized crime," said a local man, who declined to be identified.

American and Mexican officials are still investigating the incident and Mexican Attorney General Marisela Morales said on Wednesday that an ambush was one possible explanation.

U.S. officials in diplomatic vehicles went over the scene of the shooting on Wednesday, taking fresh evidence under the protection of Mexican Marines.

A separate Mexican official close to the investigation who asked not to be identified said the CIA officers were within a few miles of the Marine base when they were shot at.

The CIA declined to comment on the incident.

One U.S. official familiar with inquiries into the incident said there are a "whole lot of unanswered questions" and that dealings between the United States and Mexico could be seriously affected if Washington concludes a major cover-up is going on.

DELIBERATE AMBUSH?

Mexico's police have been plagued by corruption and officers working for hire for cartels in recent years, amid a surge in violence that poses a major challenge for incoming President Enrique Pena Nieto, who is due to take office in December.

Roadside shootings have been a feature of the violence that has overshadowed President Felipe Calderon's six years in office. Gangs have been known to set up fake military checkpoints to ambush rivals.

Last year, two U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents were shot by hitmen on a major Mexican highway. One of the agents died.

Calderon promised on Tuesday to get to the bottom of how the two CIA officers were shot. Speaking alongside the U.S. ambassador in Mexico, Calderon said the incident should not hinder bilateral efforts to fight Mexico's violent drug cartels.

"We can't allow these things to happen, whether it is because of negligence, lack of training, lack of trust or complicity," Calderon said.

The CIA, FBI and Drug Enforcement Administration have officers operating out of the U.S. embassy in Mexico City.

Under the "Merida Initiative" which began in 2008, U.S. operatives have trained Mexican police and soldiers to help them fight the cartels. Washington has also supplied equipment including Black Hawk helicopters and surveillance gear.

Much of the training and hardware has gone to the Marines, an elite force inside Mexico's Navy Ministry that has captured or killed several major drug traffickers. However, the United States has also trained the federal police.

During Calderon's six-year offensive against cartels, there have been more than 55,000 drug-related murders. More than 3,000 police and soldiers have died, although many were involved with the gangs.

(With reporting by Mark Hosenball in Washington and Dave Graham in Mexico City; Writing by Simon Gardner; Editing by Kieran Murray and Cynthia Osterman)

War with Russia

War on Chicken

Maryland Man Gets Drunk, Kills 70,000 Chickens

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Wed, 29 Aug 2012 15:40

Up to a point, Joshua Shelton had a normal Friday night this weekend. The 21 year-old got drunk and passed out in a shack wearing only a t-shirt and his boxers, soaked in his own urine. Who hasn't done that before? Well, the point that separates Shelton's night from yours or mine was that when he woke up, a Wicomico County Sheriff's deputy was there to inform him he'd murdered 70,000 chickens overnight.

It seems as though, in the process of sneaking into a chicken farm's control shack, Shelton somehow managed to turn off the power to three of the property's chicken houses, depriving the chickens of food, water and temperature control. So they all died. The value of the the dead chickens? $20,000, which is, what, 28 cents a chicken?

Anyway, Shelton is being charged with second-degree burglary, trespass and malicious destruction of property, and is being held on $75,000 bond.

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Divided We Fall

Yahoo's David Chalian: Romneys 'Happy to Have a Party With Black People Drowning' | MRCTV

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Meet David Chalian: Producer of Charlie Gibson's Palin Interview

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by John Sexton29 Aug 2012, 1:06 PM PDTpost a commentMr. Chalian has a long history as a power player in the journalism world. As such, he found public support PBS's Gwen Ifill, who tweeted out:

Prior to working at Yahoo, Chalian was a political editor at PBS NewsHour. He and Ifill have appeared together on camera many times, so it is perhaps understandable that she would want to support him on a personal level. That said, once Chalian accuses a political party he is supposed to be covering impartially of racism and insensitivity, it's a stretch to call him "God's gift to political journalism."

It's also a stretch to claim this was "one mistake." What was the mistake Chalian made in this situation? Was it saying what he believed? Getting caught saying it? It's hard to see how what Chalian said could be classified as a mistake at all if he actually believed it.

And there's another reason to think this may not have been a one-time incident. Perusing Chalian's biography, I found this: "As part of the team that traveled to Alaska to produce Sarah Palin'sfirst television interview as the GOP vice presidential nominee (withABC News' Charlie Gibson), Chalian received an Emmy Award nomination."

This is the infamous gotcha interview in which Gibson stared down his reading glasses at Palin and demanded a definition of the Bush doctrine. It's also the interview in which Gibson confronted Palin with a partial quote and, when she claimed it wasn't accurate, snapped, "Exact words."

GIBSON: You said recently, in your old church, ''Our national leaders are sending U.S. soldiers on a task that is from God.'' Are we fighting a holy war?

PALIN: You know, I don't know if that was my exact quote.

GIBSON: Exact words.

The words were exact but incomplete. What Palin had actually said was "Pray for our military men and women who are striving to do what isright. Also, for this country, that our leaders, our national leaders,are sending [U.S. soldiers] out on a task that is from God." Again, David Chalian produced this interview. Did his distaste for the Republican party play a role in setting up this dishonest gotcha moment? Or does he just happens to be there when these things happen, like the Forrest Gump of political journalism?

Wolf Blitzer: Racist Attack On CNN Camerawoman At Republican National Convention Was 'Truly Shocking' (VIDEO)

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John Thune South Dakota Senator John Thune gestures to the delegates during the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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Ohio Senator Rob Portman waves to delegates before his speech during the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Arizona Senator John McCain, left, shakes hands with former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum during the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

John Thune South Dakota Senator John Thune waves to the delegates during the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

John McCainArizona Senator John McCain gestures as he walks up to the podium during the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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John McCainSen. John McCain, R-Ariz., smiles before addressing the during the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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Rand PaulSen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., addresses the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul addresses delegates at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

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Mitch McConnellSenate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky waves to delegates after addressing the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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Ayla BrownAyla Brown signs the National Anthem during the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Paul Ryan, Janna RyanRepublican vice presidential candidate, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and wife Janna appear on stage at the Wisconsin delegation's Beers and Brats event, Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Paul RyanRepublican vice presidential nominee, Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin checks out the TelePrompTer during this podium sound check during the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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Former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani is interviewed on the convention floor before the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Paul RyanRepublican vice presidential candidate, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis. gestures during a walk through ahead of his delivering a speech at the Republican National Convention, Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012 in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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John McCainA reporter, left, tries to interview Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., as he walks the floor of the Republican National Convention, Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Catherine Akin, of Jasper, Fla., a demonstrators participate in a protest rally in the rain, Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012, in Tampa, Fla. Protestors gathered in Tampa to march in demonstration against the Republican National Convention. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

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Marco RubioSen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., picks up the gavel after a sound check on the main stage at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie addresses the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla. on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Chris ChristieNew Jersey Governor Chris Christie addresses the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla. on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie addresses the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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Ted CruzSenate candidate Ted Cruz, of Texas, addresses the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Ted CruzSenate candidate Ted Cruz of Texas addresses the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Nikki HaleySouth Carolina Governor Nikki Haley addresses the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Nikki HaleySouth Carolina Governor Nikki Haley addresses the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Artur DavisFormer Representative Artur Davis addresses the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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ProtesterA protester is led away while Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum speaks during the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum introduces his wife Karen during his speech during the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Scott WalkerWisconsin Gov. Scott Walker waves to delegates during the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Scott WalkerWisconsin Gov. Scott Walker addresses Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Brian SandovalNevada Gov. Brian Sandoval addresses the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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Bob McDonnellVirginia Governor Bob McDonnell addresses the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell addresses delegates during the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Bev GraySmall business owner Bev Gray addresses the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin waves to candidates during the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin speaks to delegates during the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Cathy McMorris RodgersRepresentative Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., addresses the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Kelly AyotteSen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., waves to the delegates before addressing the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich arrives at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Small business owner Jack Gilchrist speaks to delegates during the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

John KasichOhio Governor John Kasich addresses the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Mia LoveMayor of Saratoga Springs, Utah, Mia Love waves to candidates following her speech during the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Mia LoveMayor of Saratoga Springs, Utah, Mia Love speaks to delegates during the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Actress Janine Turner speaks to delegates during the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Jan BrewerArizona Gov. Jan Brewer arrives on the floor at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Scott WalkerWisconsin Gov. Scott Walker reacts as he casts his states votes for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney during the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Delegates gather in the Tampa Bay Times Forum during the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Scott WalkerWisconsin Gov. Scott Walker talks to delegates on the floor at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Scott RomneyScott Romney, right, brother of U.S. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, reacts at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

John KasichOhio Gov. John Kasich speaks at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Michele BachmannMinnesota Representative Michele Bachmann, second right, listens as Minnesota delegates casts their vote during the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Delegates from Kentucky casts their votes for presidential candidate Mitt Romney during the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Scott Romney, Rick Snyder. Michigan delegate Scott Romney, center with a note pad, and the rest of Michigan delegates react at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. At right is Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, taps a gavel during the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Fredi SimpsonWashington state delegate Fredi Simpson cheer during the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

John SununuCommittee on Rules Chairman John Sununu addresses delegates during the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Don GenhartCalifornia delegate Don Genhart fashions his cowboy boots at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Sol Grosskopf Wisconsin delegate Sol Grosskopf from Shawano wearing cheesehead talks on the phone during the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

A delegate from Texas holds up an anti-Obama sign during the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Bryan DaughertyWith Ron Paul's autograph on his hat, Maine delegate Bryan Daugherty from Bangor looks at his smart phone at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Mick CornettOklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett waves to the Oklahoma delegation during the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Bill HaslamTennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, center, talks to delegates on the floor at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

North Carolina delegates cheer during the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Bob FishDelegate Bob Fish from Parkersburg, W. Va., pledges at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

A volunteer places pamphlets on chairs in Montana's delegation seating area before the start of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Tim Babcock, Tom HoganFormer Montana Gov. Tim Babcock, left, Tom Hogan (FL) lead the Pledge of Allegiance during the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)<em><strong>CORRECTION</strong>: A former version of this caption misstated Hogan's title.</em>

Texas delegates recite the Pledge of Allegiance during the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Reice PreibusChairman of the Rebpulican National Convention Reice Preibus gavels the second session of the Republican National Convention to order in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Bruce ThompsonBruce Thompson of San Diego, Calif. fashions his hat at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Diane Sawyer, Ann RomneyDiane Sawyer, left, interviews Ann Romney, wife of U.S. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, on the floor before the session of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

US-VOTE-2012-REPUBLICAN CONVENTIONFormer republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich and his wife Callista appear on stage during a sound check at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Florida, on August 28, 2012 during the Republican National Convention. The 2012 Republican National Convention is expected to host 2,286 delegates and 2,125 alternate delegates from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and five territories. AFP PHOTO Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/GettyImages)

2012 Republican National Convention: Day 2TAMPA, FL - AUGUST 28: U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) stands on stage during a soundcheck with stage manager Howard Kolins during the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on August 28, 2012 in Tampa, Florida. Today is the first full session of the RNC after the start was delayed due to Tropical Storm Isaac. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

2012 Republican National Convention: Day 2TAMPA, FL - AUGUST 28: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who will give the keynote address and his wife Mary Pat Christie stand on stage for a soundcheck during the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on August 28, 2012 in Tampa, Florida. Today is the first full session of the RNC after the start was delayed due to Tropical Storm Isaac. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Jeb BushFormer Florida Gov. Jeb Bush looks at the convention floor from the podium during a microphone check at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Monday, Aug. 27, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

In the dimmed lights, state delagate signs are seen on the convention floor after an abbreviated session of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Monday, Aug. 27, 2012.(AP Photo/David Goldman)

2012 Republican National Convention Delayed By Tropical Storm IsaacTAMPA, FL - AUGUST 27: Musician Beau Davidson performs during a sound check during the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on August 27, 2012 in Tampa, Florida. The RNC is scheduled to convene today, but will hold its first full session tomorrow after being delayed due to Tropical Storm Isaac. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Alex Casetta, a delegate from Denver, Colo., wears a Pro-Life button on his hat following the opening session of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Monday, Aug. 27, 2012. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Reince PriebusChairman of the Republican National Committee Reince Priebus speaks to delegates during an abbreviated session the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Monday, Aug. 27, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Jeremy Blosser Jeremy Blosser from Ft. Worth, Texas stands next a mirrored wall on the convention floor after an abbreviated session of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Monday, Aug. 27, 2012. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Delegates from Texas pray during an abbreviated session of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Monday, Aug. 27, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Delegates watch a video presentation during an abbreviated session of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Monday, Aug. 27, 2012. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Delegates from the state of Ohio listen to Chairman of the Republican National Committee Reince Priebus during the abbreviated opening session of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Monday, Aug. 27, 2012. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Delegates watch a video presentation during an abbreviated session of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Monday, Aug. 27, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

John Boehner, Diane Sawyer House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, left, talks to Diane Sawyer on the floor of the Republican National Convention in the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla., on Monday, Aug. 27, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

John BoehnerHouse Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, talks to reporters on the floor of the Republican National Convention in the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla., on Monday, Aug. 27, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

US-VOTE-2012-REPUBLICAN CONVENTIONAmerican political consultant Karl Rove (L) and Senator Orrin Hatch from Utah (R) share a word at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Florida, during final preparations for the opening of the Republican National Convention on August 27, 2012. Due to tropical storm Isaac, the convention will come to order later today, Monday August 27th, and then immediately recess until the afternoon on Tuesday, August 28th. AFP PHOTO Brendan SMIALOWSKI (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/GettyImages)

2012 Republican National Convention Delayed By Tropical Storm IsaacTAMPA, FL - AUGUST 27: A sign for the Republican National Convention hangs outside Tampa Bay Times Forum on August 27, 2012 in Tampa, Florida. The Republican National Convention is scheduled to convene briefly August 27, and delayed its first full session until August 28 because of Tropical Storm Isaac. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Mitch McConnellSenate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. bchecks out the stage at the Republican National Convention inside the Tampa Bay Times Forum, Monday, Aug. 27, 2012, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

2012 Republican National Convention Delayed By Tropical Storm IsaacTAMPA, FL - AUGUST 27: Stage workers continue to make last-minute adjustments to the main stage at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on the abbreviated first day of the Republican National Convention August 27, 2012 in Tampa, Florida. Organizers decided to delay the start of the convention as the projected path of Tropical Storm Isaac' put the storm blowing past Tampa and into the Gulf of Mexico. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

A Coast Guard patrol boat cruises past the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla., Monday, Aug. 27, 2012. The start of the Republican National Convention, being held at the facility, has been delayed because of the approaching tropical storm Isaac. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

Judy Griffin, of Georgia, takes photos while wearing a hat with Republican Party buttons during the 2012 Tampa Bay Host Committee's welcoming event for the delegates of the Republican National Convention on Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/The Tampa Tribune, Chris Urso, Pool)

Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney campaign buttons are displayed ahead of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Herman CainSupporters cheer as former Republican presidential candidate, businessman Herman Cain, speaks during a Unity Rally Sunday Aug. 26, 2012, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

US-VOTE-2012-REPUBLICAN CONVENTIONWilliam Temple (C), in colonial dress, and other Tea Party supporters cheer at the Tea Party Unity Rally at The River at Tampa Bay Church ahead of the Republican National Convention, in Tampa, Florida, on August 26, 2012. AFP PHOTO / ROBYN BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/GettyImages)

US-VOTE-2012-REPUBLICAN CONVENTIONSupporters of US Republican presidential contender Ron Paul react during his speech at a rally at the Sun Dome of the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida, on August 26, 2012. Thousands of Ron Paul supporters gathered in Sun Dome to show support for their candidate. AFP PHOTO/MLADEN ANTONOV (Photo credit should read MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/GettyImages)

US-VOTE-2012-REPUBLICAN CONVENTIONA supporter of the US Republican presidential contender Ron Paul waves his portrait during a rally at the Sun Dome of the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida, on August 26, 2012. Thousands of Ron Paul supporters gathered in Sun Dome to show support for their candidate. AFP PHOTO/MLADEN ANTONOV (Photo credit should read MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/GettyImages)

US-VOTE-2012-REPUBLICAN CONVENTIONSupporters wave banners and a portret of US Republican presidential contender Ron Paul during a rally at the Sun Dome of the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida, on August 26, 2012. Thousands of Ron Paul supporters gathered in Sun Dome to show support for their candidate. AFP PHOTO/MLADEN ANTONOV (Photo credit should read MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/GettyImages)

Tampa Prepares For Republican National Convention And Potential HurricaneTAMPA, FL - AUGUST 26: South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley waves while standing at the podium with Stage manager Howard Kolins (R) ahead of the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on August 26, 2012 in Tampa, Florida. The RNC is scheduled to convene on August 27 and will hold its first session on August 28 as Tropical Storm Isaac threatens disruptions due to its proximity to the Florida peninsula. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

G.E. SmithGuitarist G.E. Smith rehearses at the Republican National Convention inside of the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla., on Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Scott Kiss Worker Patrick Gayle of Kissimmee, Fla. wipes the mirror-sided camera stands on the floor of the Republican National Convention in the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla., on Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Workers prepare the stage for the Republican National Convention inside the Tampa Bay Times Forum, Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Jason ChaffetzRep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, stands on the stage during preparation for the Republican National Convention festivities inside the Tampa Bay Times Forum, Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Workers prepare the stage for the Republican National Convention inside the Tampa Bay Times Forum, Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Jason ChaffetzRep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, gets a look at the stage during preparation for the Republican National Convention festivities inside the Tampa Bay Times Forum, Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Workers prepare the stage for the Republican National Convention inside the Tampa Bay Times Forum, Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Anthony Batri, from Largo, Fla., unfurls banners as preparations are made ahead of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

Workers prepare the stage for the Republican National Convention inside the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla., on Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012. The political convention begins on Monday, Aug. 27th. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

Workers prepare the stage for the Republican National Convention inside the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla., on Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012. The political convention begins on Monday, Aug. 27th. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

Riggers load nets full of balloons for the Republican National Convention festivities inside the Tampa Bay Times Forum, Friday, Aug. 24, 2012, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Riggers load nets full of balloons for the Republican National Convention festivities inside the Tampa Bay Times Forum, Friday, Aug. 24, 2012, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Tampa Prepares For Republican National Convention And Potential HurricaneTAMPA, FL - AUGUST 23: Video displays that will be used during the Republican National Convention are tested at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on August 23, 2012 in Tampa, Florida. The Republican convention is scheduled to begin in less than a week although Tropical Storm Isaac is threatening possible disruptions due to its proximity to the Florida peninsula. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Members of the media conduct interviews on the floor after the unveiling of the stage and podium for the 2012 Republican National Convention, Monday, Aug. 20, 2012, at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Scott Iskowitz)

Reince Priebus, Willan HarrisRepublican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, left, and convention CEO William Harris unveil the stage and podium for the 2012 Republican National Convention, Monday, Aug. 20, 2012, at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Scott Iskowitz)

Reince Priebus, Willan HarrisRepublican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, left, and convention CEO William Harris unveil the stage and podium for the 2012 Republican National Convention, Monday, Aug. 20, 2012, at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Scott Iskowitz)

GOP Previews Site Of Republican National ConventionTAMPA, FL - AUGUST 20: Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus unveils the stage inside of the Tampa Bay Times Forum in preparation for the Republican National Convention on August 20, 2012 in Tampa, Florida. Thousands will decend on Tampa for the four day convention which takes place August 27-30. (Photo by Tim Boyles/Getty Images)

GOP Previews Site Of Republican National ConventionTAMPA, FL - AUGUST 20: News media report on the unveiling of the stage inside of the Tampa Bay Times Forum in preparation for the Republican National Convention on August 20, 2012 in Tampa, Florida. Thousands will decend on Tampa for the four day convention which takes place August 27-30. (Photo by Tim Boyles/Getty Images)

GOP Previews Site Of Republican National ConventionTAMPA, FL - AUGUST 20: A worker walks past the stage inside of the Tampa Bay Times Forum in preparation for the Republican National Convention on August 20, 2012 in Tampa, Florida. Thousands will decend on Tampa for the four day convention which takes place August 27-30. (Photo by Tim Boyles/Getty Images)

GOP Previews Site Of Republican National ConventionTAMPA, FL - AUGUST 20: A woman walks in front of the stage inside of the Tampa Bay Times Forum in preparation for the Republican National Convention on August 20, 2012 in Tampa, Florida. Thousands will decend on Tampa for the four day convention which takes place August 27-30. (Photo by Tim Boyles/Getty Images)

This photo taken Monday, Aug. 13, 2012 shows downtown Tampa, Fla. The Tampa Bay Times Forum, right, is the location of the Republican National Convention, which will be held Aug. 27-30. Traffic caused by road closures and protests are a concern of downtown workers and residents. (AP Photo/Tamara Lush)

Protesters Demonstrate During The Republican National ConventionTAMPA, FL - AUGUST 27: Code Pink protesters goad people waiting in line to enter Ybor City's Cuban Club which is reported to be hosting a party attended by U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and others as the Republican National Convention is set to begin on August 27, 2012 in Tampa, Florida. The Code Pink demostrators were accusing the people attending the party of being rich as well as supporters of presumptive Republican presidential nominee, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Texas delegates gather in the Tampa Bay Times Forum during the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

US-VOTE-2012-REPUBLICAN CONVENTIONAnti-Mitt Romney protesters march through the streets in Tampa, Florida, on August 26, 2012 ahead of the Republican National Convention. The 2012 Republican National Convention was scheduled to be held at the Tampa Bay Times Forum from August 27-30, 2012, but was cut short by one day due to incoming severe weather and possible hurricane conditions. AFP PHOTO Robyn BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/GettyImages)

Boehner Says Out Loud He Hopes Blacks and Latinos 'Won't Show Up' This Election

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Tue, 28 Aug 2012 04:07

House Speaker John Boehner is the most prominent Republican to admit, out loud, that his party's strategy for winning in November doesn't suppose that the GOP can win over some black and Latino voters, but hoping they won't vote at all. Boehner wasn't talking about voter I.D. laws, which are being pushed by Republicans and criticized as disenfranchising minority and poor voters, he did tell a luncheon hosted by the Christian Science Monitor in Tampa Monday that the Republican Party was counting on apathy from the Latinos and blacks who are choosing Democrats over Republicans by record margins in recent polls. As Talking Point Memo's Benjy Sarlin reports, Boehner said:

''This election is about economics'... These groups have been hit the hardest. They may not show up and vote for our candidate but I'd suggest to you they won't show up and vote for the president either.''

Perhaps he meant those groups would vote third-party, but it doesn't seem all that likely. Less prominent Republicans have made essentially the same case in other terms. Doug Priesse, chair of the Franklin County, Ohio, Republican Party, indicated restrictions on early voting hours and voter ID laws were meant to keep blacks from voting. In an email sent earlier this month to The Columbus Dispatch's Darrel Rowland, Priesse said

"I guess I really actually feel we shouldn't contort the voting process to accommodate the urban '-- read African-American '-- voter-turnout machine'... Let's be fair and reasonable."

Priesse is on the elections board and voted against keeping polls open in the weekends. In June, Pennsylvania House Republican leader Mike Turzai conceeded the point of voter ID is to help Republicans win when he said, "Voter ID, which is gonna allow Governor Romney to win the state of Pennsylvania, done."

Does Romney Wear Magic Mormon Underwear?

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Tue, 28 Aug 2012 19:21

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According to the Church of Latter Day Saints, the special undergarment serves multiple functions. The garment "sets the LDS standard for modesty." It protects the body, and it also "serves as a constant reminder of one's temple covenants." The garments also contain four marks, which symbolize "the orientation toward the gospel principles of obedience, truth, life and discipleship in Christ."

The church explains that "The white garment symbolizes purity and helps assure modesty, respect for the attributes of God, and, to the degree it is honored, a token of what Paul regarded as taking upon on the whole armor of God."

The traditional Mormon undergarment covers the shoulders and extends to the knees. It must be worn underneath clothing, as "it is strictly not for public display." However, it is not a requirement of the Mormon faith to the wear the garment.

Romney did not purposely reveal that he wore this underwear. In fact, The Daily Mail wrote that Mitt Romney previously refused to tell them whether or not he wore Mormon undergarments. And keeping his choice of underwear secret was probably in his best interest. Comedians and commentators are having a field day making jokes about "magic underwear."

Appearing on the David Letterman show, Bill Maher had tossed out jokes at Romney's expense including some about his choice of undergarment. In contrast to Romney's statement that "we're just different types of Christians," Maher said, "No, I was raised Catholic. And there was no magic underwear."

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George Zimmerman granted new judge on grounds of bias at bail hearing

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Source: The Guardian World News

Thu, 30 Aug 2012 03:47

George Zimmerman, left, answers a question from attorney Mark O'Mara during a bond hearing in Sanford. Photograph: Gary W. Green/AP

George Zimmerman scored a significant legal victory on Wednesday night when a Florida appeals court ruled that the judge overseeing his case for the murder of Trayvon Martin must be removed.

A panel of senior judges ruled two to one to side with Zimmerman's lawyer Mark O'Mara, who argued that circuit court judge Kenneth Lester was biased against his client for scathing comments he made at an earlier bail hearing.

Lester had accused the neighbourhood watch captain of "manipulating the system to his own benefit" by failing to declare his wealth from donations to a personal website in order to secure a lower bail amount, then refused to disqualify himself when O'Mara protested.

"While this is admittedly a close call, upon careful review we find that the allegations, taken together, meet the threshold test of legal sufficiency," judges Alan Lawson and Jay Cohen, of the fifth district court of appeals, Daytona Beach, wrote in their majority decision granting O'Mara's motion.

"We direct the trial judge to enter an order of disqualification which requests the chief circuit judge to appoint a successor judge."

It is the second time that Zimmerman, accused of second-degree murder for the shooting of unarmed black teenager Martin in a February confrontation in Sanford, has been granted a new judge.

Soon after his arrest in April, judge Jessica Recksiedler stood aside because her husband's legal partner Mark NeJame, a prominent Orlando attorney, was hired by news channel CNN as an expert analyst on the high-profile case.

Zimmerman, 28, denies murdering Martin on the grounds of self-defence, and O'Mara has said he will seek a hearing under Florida's stand-your-ground law for the charge to be dismissed.

Martin, 17, was the aggressor in the encounter, O'Mara maintains, and broke Zimmerman's nose and slammed his head on to concrete before the defendant drew his gun and shot the teenager once in the torso.

The spat with Lester came in June, when prosecutors alleged that Zimmerman hid more than $135,000 in donations to a website he set up to pay for his defence.

Zimmerman's wife Shellie, 25, told Lester at a bail hearing that the couple was virtually penniless, convincing the judge to grant bail at $150,000.

When Lester was informed of the amount of the donations, he revoked Zimmerman's bail then lambasted him in a written decision that raised the bail amount to $1m.

"Under any definition, the defendant has flaunted the system," Lester wrote.

"The evidence is clear the defendant and his wife acted in concert, but primarily at the defendant's direction, to conceal their cash holdings."

State attorney Bernie de la Rionda told Lester that the Zimmermans frequently transferred large amounts of money between their accounts and that George Zimmerman kept a secret second passport hidden in a bank safety deposit box, making him a flight risk.

Shellie Zimmerman was later charged with perjury, and she and her husband remain free on bond.

O'Mara, who claims the defence fund is now virtually exhausted, accused Lester of making "gratuitous, disparaging remarks about Mr Zimmerman" in documents to the appeals court seeking a writ of prohibition.

"The court has created a reasonable fear in Mr Zimmerman that the trial court is biased against him, and as a result of this prejudice cannot receive a fair and impartial trial," he said.

Special prosecutor Angela Corey, who charged Zimmerman in April after Sanford police originally set him free in February, had no immediate comment on the appeals court decision.

Judge Kerry Evander was the dissenting member of the appeals court panel, arguing that Lester was within his rights to criticise Zimmerman for his conduct.

"Although [Lester] clearly manifested an exceedingly strong belief that Zimmerman had flouted and tried to manipulate the system, I do not believe the order crossed the line so as to require the granting of his motion," he wrote.

Zimmerman's next court appearance is scheduled for October, although no trial is expected before next year. He faces at least 30 years in jail if convicted.

No, Michelle Obama Topless On A Magazine Cover Is Not "Artsy"

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Tue, 28 Aug 2012 10:57

Plenty of absurd things are "artsy," like crafting Jesus on the cross out of elephant feces or giving birth inside an art gallery as a live action installation. But a drawing of Michelle Obama topless on the cover of Spain's Magazine de Fuera de Serie is plain old tasteless. In my opinion, they have every right to depict her artistically, even in poor taste. But that doesn't mean they should do it.Clutch Magazine is calling the image racist because the First Lady is depicted with her hair wrapped in a turban and her breast out like a slave nurse. Given how the title of the article is "Michelle Tataraniea De Esclava, Due±a De Am(C)rica" or "Michelle Granddaughter of a Slave, Lady of America," I see their point, although as a non-Spanish speaker I first looked at the image and just thought OMG that's Michelle Obama's boobs. [Update: It has been brought to my attention the Michelle Obama image is based on the 1800 painting "Portrait d'une negresse" by artist Marie-Guillemine Benoist.]

The magazine cover's artist, Karine Percheron-Daniels, has done other shocking portraits of other famous people, including President Obama and the Queen of England, and says she intends the series to be thought-provoking. While that sounds like an interesting idea, whatever resulting conversation about "shock value" we might have in this already highly cynical society hardly seems a good excuse for depicting the First Lady as both sexualized and enslaved.

Also? Y'all just made the next United Nations G-8 summit really awkward, Spain.

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Manhattan to be sprayed against West Nile virus - Yahoo! News Canada

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Wed, 29 Aug 2012 17:23

One of New York's most expensive neighborhoods will be sprayed this week with pesticide to combat the West Nile virus, officials said Tuesday.

The city regularly sprays against the mosquito-borne disease, which has seen a surge in outbreaks in the United States this year. Friday's spraying is notable because it will target Manhattan's prestigious Upper West Side neighborhood and parts of the famed Central Park.

"These neighborhoods are being treated due to rising West Nile virus activity with high and/or increasing mosquito populations," the Department of Health said in a statement.

The department said trucks would spray "a very low concentration" of pesticide and that "when properly used, this product poses no significant risks to human health."

However, it also urged people to stay indoors during the spraying and to remove clothes and children's toys from outside.

At least 41 people have died in the United States from the disease this summer, health officials said. A total of 1,118 cases have been identified across the country.

Congress Must Act After US Government Admits To Unconstitutional Warrantless Wiretapping For the First Time

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Tue, 28 Aug 2012 12:02

As Congress and the President rush to re-authorize the dangerous FISA Amendments Act (FAA)'--the law shamefully passed after pressure to legalize certain portions of the NSA's warrantless wiretapping program'--EFF has been sounding the alarm that Americans' communications are still being unconstitutionally collected by the government without a warrant. On Friday, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, (DNI) begrudgingly agreed, acknowledging that, ''on at least one occasion'' the secret FISA court ''held that some collection'...used by the government was unreasonable under the Fourth Amendment.''

In a letter to Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR), the DNI declassified three statements at the request of the Senator, one of which indicated that the FISA Court agreed with Wyden that the government had ''circumvented the spirit of the law.'' Wired called it a ''federal sidestep of a major section of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act,'' and the Wall Street Journal confirmed it ''represented the first time the government has acknowledged U.S. spy activities violated the constitution since the passage of'' the FAA in 2008.

This is vital information, as Congress is in the midst of debate over extending Section 702 of the FAA before it expires at the end of the year. Section 702 severely weakened privacy protections for Americans communicating overseas, and may have swallowed protections against surveillance of our domestic communications as well.

But it's also important to take a step back here to understand how we know this and why that process is deeply troubling. Apparently, the secret FISA court'--at some point'--ruled that the government was violating the Constitution. When? We have no idea. How many Americans were affected? We don't know that either. As Cato Institute's Julian Sanchez pointed out, these requests can be incredibly broad'--a single incident could potentially impact millions of Americans. Were there any remedies or was the NSA just given a slap on the wrist? Again, we don't know.

And remember, the declassified statement says ''on at least one occasion'' so there very likely could be more. Previously, the NSA told Sen. Wyden it was not possible to count the number of Americans affected by FAA surveillance. Rather unbelievably, the NSA also stated that even a general estimate of how many people the NSA had spied on would somehow violate the privacy of those same Americans.

Wyden had been warning the American people for months in vague terms that the government was overstepping its bounds in its interpretation of 702. Now, the only reason we've learned the barest minimum about of the sidestepping of a public law and the Bill of Rights is because the very same government agency that was responsible for the wrongdoing allowed it.

Congress can and should force the administration to answer all of these questions in public, so that we can allow the democratic process to determine whether 702 should be extended.

Of course, many major news outlets had been reporting since just after the FAA passed (here, here, and here for starters) that Americans' communications were still being collected by the NSA without a warrant. Yet Congress has steadfastly refused to fix the problem. Both House and Senate committees recently voted down amendments that would have added privacy safeguards and transparency requirements to the law, claiming no such evidence existed.

Sen. Wyden, on the other hand, has been alleging that ''section 702 [of the Act] currently contains a loophole that could be used to circumvent traditional warrant protections and search for the communications of a potentially large number of American citizens.'' But Wyden's amendment that would have required a warrant to search the communications of a specific American was voted down 13-2 after Intelligence committee chairman Dianne Feinstein insisted there was no such loophole. Sen. Feinstein's assurances seem to conflict with the DNI's statement.

Similarly, when Rep. John Conyers implored his House colleagues to vote for an amendment requiring the government give a general estimate how many times Americans' communications had been collected without a warrant, Rep. Dan Lungren (R-California) shot back: ''What evidence is there that it is being used to spy on Americans?'' The amendment failed 11-20.

Congress may be able to ignore reports in the media that the NSA is still collecting Americans' emails, but it should not ignore the admission from the DNI itself. Congress must now drastically overhaul this law to prevent further abuses of the Constitution or vote down entirely.

Researchers: Let First Responders Use Your Router in Emergencies - 'Emergency Switch' Would Disable Your Security for Researchers | DSLReports.com, ISP Information

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Researchers: Let First Responders Use Your Router in Emergencies

'Emergency Switch' Would Disable Your Security for Researchers

According to a National Preparedness Group report released last fall, the nation's emergency networks still don't function as they should -- more than a decade after the attacks on the World Trade Center resulted in first responders being unable to communicate with one another. Efforts since then have stumbled over themselves, but Techdirt directs our attention to a new whitepaper that suggests using residential routers as part of a first responder network in an emergency. German researchers propose giving first responders the emergency ability to disable your router's security so they can use it in a crisis:'The emergency switch is meant to disable the security protocols and allow public access to the wireless router,-- says the team led by PhD student Kamill Panitzek of Technische Universit¤t Darmstadt in Germany (he's also a research associate at the university's Telecooperation Lab). 'It can only be part of the network if it is open to all users and offers its resources. Abuse of such a network must be avoided at all cost. Therefore this network should be isolated from the citizen's home network to protect people's privacy. This goal could be easily accomplished as it is already today possible to install a home network and a guest network in parallel to grant Internet access to visitors."

If safeguards were in place to protect privacy the idea doesn't sound particularly bad, and the resources consumed should be minimal -- assuming this emergency switch wasn't abused (which of course is a big assumption). However, with the amount of disregard for the law occurring in intelligence, most people's distrust of government might keep them from wanting any government entity from getting that close to their home network. If you're interested, the paper itself is here and their press release is here. Why?

Uh, don't we already pay for 911, its related communications infrastructure and other emergency services every month? Not to mention all the local taxes we already pay to finance first responder agencies and whatnot?>>Re: Shouldn't Cost Any More Money

I know the numbers may have changed but keep in mind that hundreds of millions of dollars are collected every month to finance 911 operations. With all that money collected, why is there any need for any type of third party emergency communications service?

Of course, this assumes you really want to put emergency communications in the hands of residential-grade broadband service, which if there actually is a major emergency, might not be working.--Romney/Ryan 2012 - Put a couple of mature adults in charge.

Re: Why?

said by LightS:I think, think, that this was proposed by a university in Germany.. I'm not sure on how stuff is taxed there, they might not have the same fund. That being said, I'm still against it.

I am going to assume that as a first-world nation Germany has level of emergency service comparable to what we have in most of the USA.To me, the motivation for this kind of research feels more like a "trial ballon" being set up to make people think they should be giving up even more access to their private lives by the government.

Besides, we all know these stupid ideas eventually make their way into the USA anyway. Why not have a discussion from a USA perspective?--Romney/Ryan 2012 - Put a couple of mature adults in charge.

These guys have got to be kidding!

First of all, considering the government's abysmal track record on respecting people's rights and privacy, there is no way in hell that I'd go for this. Second, I thought that the feds already have priority access to all the wireless carriers' networks. Oh, was that only for voice? Why not also data access? Oops, I guess someone forgot about that. Not my problem. Maybe they should have planned a little better. And finally, you can bet your bottom dollar that, if someone like this were implemented, it'd be hacked in under a week.In short, forget it. It's a bad plan, and there's no way I'd get involved with it. And if some government agency mandated it, well, that's what custom firmware is for. Problem solved.

Texas school district to track kids through RFID tags | Technically Incorrect - CNET News

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Tue, 28 Aug 2012 15:16

It seems that certain schools in Texas are having trouble with their math.

No, it isn't the kids. It's the school administrators. They keep losing kids. And, well, state funding depends, at least to some extent, on attendance.

So Northside Independent School District in San Antonio has decided to insert a little technology into the problem. For it intends to insert RFID chips into the kids' IDs, so that it will know precisely where little Chet is at all times.

I am grateful to the San Antonio Express-News for expressing this development, one that might cause some to pause.

The school's logic appears to be quite simple. These darn kids keep disappearing and that's costing them money. They need to be counted at the beginning of every sunny day. And you never know what kids are going to get up to anyway.

So, beginning with John Jay High School and Anson Jones Middle School, the district will implement its new chips.

"We want to harness the power of (the) technology to make schools safer, know where our students are all the time in a school, and increase revenues," school district spokesman Pascual Gonzalez told the Express-News.

It does seem a shame that money is mentioned in all of this. One might have been able to understand it if this was purely a safety issue, but clearly it isn't. Indeed, in Houston, two school districts already enjoy this technology and it has reportedly brought them hundreds of thousands of extra dollars.

The Northside district, Kens 5 News says, loses $175,000 a day because of late or absent kids.

More Technically IncorrectParents appear to be divided on the issue. One can surely understand misgivings. The school district says that tags will only work when the children are on school property.

However, after cases such as the one in Philadelphia were a school was sued for allegedly spying on a student off-campus (the school settled for around $600,000), some parents will surely be concerned that the kids will be snooped upon.

It's not as if this sort of tagging offers absolute security. What if an ID is stolen? What if the system is hacked and someone with evil purpose can quite literally track the movements of all the kids?

At heart, though, this does seem to be more about money than safety. Education cuts are causing some schools to find new ways to find revenue. I wonder if there hadn't been a financial incentive for the schools, would they have bothered?

The Courts Will Soon Decide If Police Can Sample Your DNA Without A Warrant

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Mon, 27 Aug 2012 20:01

U.S. courts will soon decide whether Americans can have the expectation of privacy over their DNA, reports Kate Moser at the Recorder.Michael Risher of the ACLU of Northern California is challenging a California law that requires all felony arrestees to give a DNA sample.

He argues that Americans "don't want the government to have all that information about us." The government doesn't have the right to demand our genetic material '' including the wealth of personal information it holds '' even if it promises to use it only for law enforcement, Risher claims.

Hanni Fakhoury, a lawyer at the Electronic Frontier Foundation who filed a friend of the court brief in the case, says he's concerned about "some of the problems of large-scale data gathering not based on any individualized suspicion that someone is engaged in criminal activities."

That concern is already playing out in terms of the other ways the government collects data on innocent Americans without a warrant.

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Mayor Blows Up At Reporter After Question About Midtown Shooting CBS New York

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Wed, 29 Aug 2012 22:58

Mayor Michael Bloomberg addresses reporters following the shooting near the Empire State Building on Aug. 24, 2012. (credit: CBS 2)

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) ''Mayor Michael Bloomberg vehemently defended the actions of the police officers who responded to the shooting near the Empire State Building last week.

The mayor exploded in anger after a reporter asked him what he thought of the officers opening fire on 58-year-old Jeffrey Johnson Friday morning on a Midtown street, injuring nine bystanders who got caught in the crossfire.

1010 WINS' Stan Brooks reports

''Let me ask you this Miss, if somebody pointed a gun at you and you had a gun in your pocket, what would you do? I think that answers the question,'' Bloomberg said Tuesday at an unrelated news conference in the Bronx.

Johnson encountered the officers moments after he allegedly shot and killed his former co-worker, 41-year-old Steven Ercolino, outside Hazan Imports on West 33rd Street.

The two officers fired a total of 16 rounds at Johnson after he pulled out a gun and pointed it at the officers, police said.

''The guy turned and pointed his gun at the two police officers and you can really ask that question after that?'' Bloomberg asked the reporter.

The mayor added that it's unfortunate nine bystanders were injured, but insists the officers ''acted more than appropriately.''

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly confirmed on Saturday that all nine bystanders were hit by police officers' bullets. Six of the nine were hit by bullet fragments, while the other three were hit directly by bullets. However, none of the injuries were life-threatening.

Kelly also said the officers, who remain on desk duty as the investigation continues, took ''appropriate action.''

WCBS 880'²s Rich Lamb reports

Meanwhile, Johnson's mother told The New York Times that the officers were justified in shooting her son.

''I don't blame police in New York for shooting my son because he killed somebody, but for me, he hasn't changed. He's still the kindhearted, caring person who loved all kinds of animals and I'm sure he loved us,'' she told the paper. ''You know a mother always tries to look for the best in you.''

She also told the Times that she believes her son pointed the weapon at the officers ''to make sure that they would shoot him and he would die.''

Minister Taiwan wil dat man zittend plast

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Een Taiwanese minister heeft in eigen land een debat over hygine gelanceerd met zijn oproep aan de mannelijke helft van de bevolking om voortaan zittend te plassen. Dat meldt de Britse omroep BBC.

Volgens minister Stephen Chen zou het de hygine in de 100.000 openbare toiletten van Taiwan ten goede komen als de mannen voortaan zittend zouden plassen. Een wettelijke verplichting is moeilijk haalbaar, maar ambtenaren gaan lokale overheden wel verzoeken om de toiletten te voorzien van bordjes die mannelijke bezoekers aansporen erbij te gaan zitten.

Ruimte voor progressieQua hygine scoort de gemiddelde openbare wc op Taiwan helemaal niet zo slecht, maar de overheidsdienst voor milieubescherming EPA meent dat er nog ruimte is voor progressie. 'We willen leren van Japan en Zweden', stelt EPA-topambtenaar Yuan Shaw-jing. 'We hebben gehoord dat in Japan 30 procent van de mannen zittend plast.'

VIDEO: The Sad Performance of Rand Paul

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Wed, 29 Aug 2012 14:21

Listen to how aggressively CNN's Wolf Blitzer talks up how the Republican National Committee snubbed Ron Paul and yet Rand answers by evading Blitzer's questions about the snub of his father. Sad.Translation: Beat my father, diss my father, cheat my father, it's OK, establishment Republicans are great.

(ht Travis Holte)

VIDEOS: The Houston Free Thinkers detained by DHS at the RNC

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Lucy want Homeland to expands to sports

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Tue, 28 Aug 2012 04:15

NEW YORK (AP) -- The Department of Homeland Security is urging fans at professional sports events to help keep the country safe by reporting anything suspicious they see.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano joined New York Police Department Commissioner Raymond Kelly on Monday to announce the security effort. It's an expansion of the Homeland Security campaign ''If You See Something, Say Something.''

The words were coined by the NYPD as a security slogan for the city's transit system after the Sept. 11 terror attacks.

Kelly and Napolitano announced the plan at a news conference along with NBA Commissioner David Stern and Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber.

Napolitano says citizens play a critical role in reporting suspicious activities and threats. She says information will be shared with officials trying to avert security breaches.

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Report: Al Qaeda in Somalia recruits Somali students in Pakistan by Ali K Chishti

In a recent plot, two Somali students were recruited from Karachi - being seen as the new financial and recruitment hub of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan - to carry out suicide attacks in Europe.

The two men were to be trained in weapons and explosives in a remote area of Balochistan, according to intelligence sources, by sectarian outfit Jandullah, originally formed by Jamaat-e-Islami activist Atiqur Rehman on the instruction of Al Qaeda number three Khaled Sheikh Muhammad in Karachi in 2002.

"They were to be sent to The Hague to carry out 26/11 type fidayeen attacks," the source said.

'Den Haag doelwit van Al-Qaeda' - De Standaard

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De twee Somalische studenten zouden in de Pakistaanse stad Karachi zijn benaderd door Al-Qaeda. De twee kregen een wapentraining en hebben de opdracht in Den Haag een aanslag te plegen naar voorbeeld van de massale schietpartij in Mumbai in 2008.

Een Nederlandse inlichtingenbron noemt de zaak in De Telegraaf 'serieus en zeer actueel'.

Spain's Vueling denies reports of hijacked plane to Amsterdam.

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AMSTERDAM | Wed Aug 29, 2012 10:04am EDT

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Miscommunication between a Spanish airline pilot and Dutch ground control caused a hijack scare on Wednesday that led the Netherlands to send F-16 fighters to intercept a plane.

"There was never any danger. There was a lack of communication between the pilot and the tower and the airport has activated the security protocol," a spokeswoman for Spanish carrier Vueling said.

Dutch police said the security alert was triggered when radio contact with the plane was lost, Dutch news agency ANP reported.

The plane, which was flying from Malaga in Spain to Amsterdam with about 180 passengers on board, was surrounded by Dutch security forces on landing at Amsterdam's Schiphol airport. Police then boarded and searched the aircraft.

The Dutch Defence Ministry had sent two F-16 fighters to intercept the airplane after suspecting a hijacking, a Dutch military police spokesman told Reuters.

A passenger on board the plane said nothing unusual was happening, Dutch broadcaster NOS reported, quoting the passenger.

"In fact nothing was going on. We had to fly a few rounds. We are now waiting in the plane, the doors are still closed. But there is no hijack," NOS quoted the person as saying.

Airport staff said it was not clear when passengers would be allowed to disembark, and directed friends and relatives who were waiting at the arrivals hall to the information desk.

(Reporting by Ivana Sekularac, Thomas Escritt, Gilbert Kreijger and Madrid Newsroom; Editing by Peter Graff)

Amsterdam's Schiphol airport evacuated over 'WWII bomb'.

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29 August 2012Last updated at 07:49 ET Part of Amsterdam's Schiphol airport has been closed after a suspected World War II bomb was discovered, a spokeswoman said.

The departure hall serving most European destinations has been evacuated as a precautionary measure.

Delays and cancellations are now affecting some flights and passengers are advised to check before leaving for the airport.

A bomb disposal team is now dealing with the device.

The bomb was uncovered by workers digging near Pier C, which connects the main plaza with Departure Hall One, serving most destinations within Europe's 26-country passport-free Schengen zone.

"This will have a big impact. We can park planes somewhere else to some extent but at some point it will lead to cancellations or delays," the spokeswoman said earlier, according to Reuters news agency.

Schiphol was used as a military airfield by Nazi Germany during the 1939-45 war, and was often attacked by allied bombers, Dutch media said.

It is now one of Europe's busiest airports, handling some 48 million passengers every year.

Unexploded bombs dating back to the war are still frequently discovered in Europe.

A 550lb (250kg) American bomb was detonated by a bomb disposal team in the German city of Munich on Tuesday.

A 1.5-tonne mortar bomb probably fired by Nazi forces was also safely removed from the Polish capital, Warsaw.

'Hijacked' plane lands at Schiphol airport

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29 August 2012Last updated at 09:34 ET A passenger plane was forced to land at Amsterdam's Schiphol airport and boarded by Dutch forces amid fears of a hijacking that proved unfounded.

Dutch F-16 fighters were scrambled to intercept the aircraft, en route from Malaga, Spain.

Once it landed at Schiphol it was boarded by armed security forces who discovered the false alarm.

A miscommunication between the pilot and the control tower reportedly triggered the confusion.

"There was never any danger. There was a lack of communication between the pilot and the tower and the airport has activated the security protocol," a spokeswoman for Spanish carrier Vueling told Reuters news agency.

Dutch broadcaster NOS spoke to a passenger who said the situation on board had been "calm".

It was the second drama at the airport on Wednesday.

Earlier, part of Schiphol was closed and flights delayed after a suspected World War II bomb was discovered by workers digging near Pier C, which connects the main plaza with Departure Hall One.

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"Miscommunication" creates Amsterdam plane hijack scare

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AMSTERDAM | Wed Aug 29, 2012 10:04am EDT

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Miscommunication between a Spanish airline pilot and Dutch ground control caused a hijack scare on Wednesday that led the Netherlands to send F-16 fighters to intercept a plane.

"There was never any danger. There was a lack of communication between the pilot and the tower and the airport has activated the security protocol," a spokeswoman for Spanish carrier Vueling said.

Dutch police said the security alert was triggered when radio contact with the plane was lost, Dutch news agency ANP reported.

The plane, which was flying from Malaga in Spain to Amsterdam with about 180 passengers on board, was surrounded by Dutch security forces on landing at Amsterdam's Schiphol airport. Police then boarded and searched the aircraft.

The Dutch Defence Ministry had sent two F-16 fighters to intercept the airplane after suspecting a hijacking, a Dutch military police spokesman told Reuters.

A passenger on board the plane said nothing unusual was happening, Dutch broadcaster NOS reported, quoting the passenger.

"In fact nothing was going on. We had to fly a few rounds. We are now waiting in the plane, the doors are still closed. But there is no hijack," NOS quoted the person as saying.

Airport staff said it was not clear when passengers would be allowed to disembark, and directed friends and relatives who were waiting at the arrivals hall to the information desk.

(Reporting by Ivana Sekularac, Thomas Escritt, Gilbert Kreijger and Madrid Newsroom; Editing by Peter Graff)

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Aurora shooting victims' families upset over relief fund

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AURORA, Colo''Family members of those killed and injured during last month's movie theater massacre say they are angered over the way millions of dollars raised through donations and fundraisers could be disbursed.

At an emotional news conference Tuesday, group spokesman Tom Teves, whose 24-year-old son Alex was among those fatally shot, criticized fundraisers for not giving victims a voice in how the roughly $5 million in donations will be distributed. Much of the money, he said, was being denied to family members even though it was raised using the pictures and names of "our murdered loved ones."

Teves was joined at the news conference by about 20 relatives of moviegoers killed or injured in the Aurora attack. Teves said he represents 11 of the 12 families of those who died.

Community First Foundation has raised more than $5 million so far. About $100,000 was given to 10 Aurora-area non-profits July 26. After victims' families raised complaints over disbursements on Aug. 17, a second, $350,000 distribution was made to the Colorado Organization for Victim Assistance to help shooting victims and their families. Of that disbursement, COVA provided $5,000 to each to the families of the dozen killed and 57 injured.

Although the "generosity of the American people is humbling to us all, we are certain that everyone who donated their hard-earned wages intended for 100% of their donation to go directly to victims, and then each family affected would use those funds for what they needed most to help with the healing process," Teves said. "Unfortunately, that does not seem to be the case."

Cheryl Haggstrom, executive vice president of the Community First Foundation, defended how money is being raised and distributed.

When individuals make contributions to Community First, "we make it evident how the funds will be used," Haggstrom said.

"We make it clear on our website that we'll assist organizations that provide assistance to people that were affected and have contact with individuals, which we do not," she said. Those organizations "have a relationship with them and understand what their needs are."

Richard Audsley, a special adviser to the 7/20 Recovery Committee, said Tuesday that victims and family members are "not yet" on the committee's executive board, though getting their input has been "our plan from the very beginning." The 7/20 Recovery Committee was set up by the city of Aurora to advise Community First on the distribution of donations raised for Aurora victims.

A meeting with the 12 families is planned for Friday "to start a dialogue to hear from them to understand their concerns and issues," Audsley said.

The committee also wants to hear from all the victims and has dispatched victims' advocates to help develop a needs assessment, he said.

Some family members at the press conference, such as Deidra Brooks, said they hadn't heard from any victims' advocates and had to call around to find out if there was assistance they were entitled to.

"We're looking into that right now," Audsley said. "For victims to be at the table is what we want."

While many people have immediate and individual needs, however, he said the mental health issue for everybody in the theater, injured and not injured, means that funding also has to go to community mental health organizations in the Aurora area.

Teves and others accused fundraising groups of being unresponsive and unsympathetic to victims' needs.

Eirz Scott, the mother of Jarell Brooks, 18, who was shot in the leg and has been out of work since the shooting, said she and Brooks' stepmother, Deidra Brooks, have taken time off from work to care for his physical and emotional needs since the July 20 shooting.

Jarell Brooks' wound was 7 inches long and 3½ inches deep and had to be packed with gauze three times a day, Scott said. And because of emotional trauma her son suffered, "You can't leave these people alone in a room for any period of time," she said.

All that care keeps her and Deidra Brooks from working full time, while bills still need to be paid, Scott said.

Deidra Brooks said she has worried about her stepson's leg being amputated because of an infection, but she never expected to have to worry about getting access to money that was donated in his name.

"You don't know what it's like when someone makes you feel like you're applying for welfare because you're asking for access to this money," she said. "It's insulting. '...It's being victimized and it's unfair."

Several of the men and women standing on the dais with her were crying after she spoke.

Amanda Medek, whose sister Micayla died in the shooting, said the families "trying to get back to normalcy" have had a hard time discussing how money is disbursed.

They include "people with bullets lodged in their spines, can't walk, can't drive a car that has foot pedals, who have to re-docorate their house" to accommodate their disability, Medek said.

James Holmes, a University of Colorado doctoral program dropout, has been charged with multiple counts of first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder. Holmes, 24, was arrested outside the theater, dressed in SWAT gear. Aurora police confiscated a military-style assault rifle, pump-action shotgun and two Glock pistols at the crime scene. His one-bedroom apartment was later found booby-trapped with improvised explosive devices, forcing occupants of the building and several others to evacuate.

Teves said anyone in the theater the night of the shooting or in Holmes' apartment building affected by the "coward's acts" should be eligible to receive help.

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The2News: Obama Honored Fallen SEALs By Sending Their Parents a Form Letter Signed By Electric Pen http://t.co/C0yUil2T via @gatewaypundit

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On August 6, 2011, 30 US service members were killed when a CH-47 Chinook helicopter they were being transported in crashed in Wardak province, Afghanistan. It was the deadliest single loss for U.S. forces in the decade-long war in Afghanistan. 17 members of the elite Navy SEALs were killed in the crash.

Yesterday, Karen and Billy Vaughn, parents of Aaron Carson Vaughn, spoke at the Defending the Defenders forum sponsored by the Tea Party Patriots outside the RNC Convention in Tampa. Karen brought a copy of the form letter they were sent following their son's death.

It's a form letter.It was signed by an electric pen.

That's not all.Karen Vaughn reached out to the parents of the other SEALs killed in that crash.Their letters were all the same.Form letters '' signed by an electric pen.

Here's a closer look at the letter sent to the parents of Chief Petty Officer Nicholas H. Null.It's the same form letter.

After the deadliest single loss of US forces in Afghanistan, Barack Obama sent out form letters to the parents.

As Hurricane Hits Gulf Cost, Barack Obama Holds Online Reddit Chat'...

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Just in case the Mainstream Media attempts in any way to criticize Republicans for holding their convention as Gulf states brace themselves under the force of Hurricane Isaac, President Barack Obama made a point to both campaign in Virginia and hold an online chat with Reddit readers. That is the current Commander in Chief's role during a natural disaster crisis'...

(President Obama, hardly at work chatting online in an attempt to raise more campaign cash as a massive Hurricane strikes the Gulf Coast region.)

Interesting to note that during the Reddit Chat the president was asked about Internet privacy. The Obama administration has been quite consistent over hte course of the last 3 1/2 years in expanding the federal government's authority in monitoring all Internet activity '' privacy be damned. The Obama administration has also further expanded the Bush-era Patriot Act '' something Progressives and the Mainstream Media once howled over but now'...hardly a word. Apparently liberals are fine with having their freedoms stripped from them so long as the government doing it is controlled by Democrats.

All in all, Barack Obama's responses during the online chat were canned '' obviously selected beforehand and utilized when the appropriate question was asked. He wants to raise taxes, the economy isn't his fault, and he likes the Chicago Bulls '' That pretty much sums up his workday as Hurricane Isaac slams into the Gulf Coast.

Best. President. Ever.

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HOT: Giuliani Calls Ron Paul 'a kook' and a 'cranky old man'

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Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani has some very unflattering things to say about Ron Paul,according to the San Francisco Chronicle.SF reports that in an interview with Beast TV, Giuliani described Dt. Paul as ''a kook'' and a ''cranky old man,'' according to a report by Daily Beast DC bureau chief Howard Kurtz.

Kurtz said Giuliani is ''not happy with Ron Paul'' and he is ''not happy with his supporters for making a fuss here at the convention.

Developing....

UPDATE 1

Village Voice reports:

"I don't get it," [Giuliani]said about the young contingent of voters who still support Ron Paul, Giuliani's old political foe. "I just think they tune out, or they don't understand, or they weren't educated properly."I think he's a kook," he admitted. "I think he's a kook, I do."

UPDATE 2:More from Village Voice:

"His views on 9/11, to me, are horrifying," Giuliani said. "I don't understand how people support him. Some of the things he says are, to me, the product of a cranky old man." He went even further, calling Paul taking part in the Republican debates "a total distraction."

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As Hurricane Hits Gulf Cost, Barack Obama Holds Online Reddit Chat'...

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Thu, 30 Aug 2012 00:50

Just in case the Mainstream Media attempts in any way to criticize Republicans for holding their convention as Gulf states brace themselves under the force of Hurricane Isaac, President Barack Obama made a point to both campaign in Virginia and hold an online chat with Reddit readers. That is the current Commander in Chief's role during a natural disaster crisis'...

(President Obama, hardly at work chatting online in an attempt to raise more campaign cash as a massive Hurricane strikes the Gulf Coast region.)

Interesting to note that during the Reddit Chat the president was asked about Internet privacy. The Obama administration has been quite consistent over hte course of the last 3 1/2 years in expanding the federal government's authority in monitoring all Internet activity '' privacy be damned. The Obama administration has also further expanded the Bush-era Patriot Act '' something Progressives and the Mainstream Media once howled over but now'...hardly a word. Apparently liberals are fine with having their freedoms stripped from them so long as the government doing it is controlled by Democrats.

All in all, Barack Obama's responses during the online chat were canned '' obviously selected beforehand and utilized when the appropriate question was asked. He wants to raise taxes, the economy isn't his fault, and he likes the Chicago Bulls '' That pretty much sums up his workday as Hurricane Isaac slams into the Gulf Coast.

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Begley is confused. Drones+ doesn't present grisly images of corpses left in the aftermath of the strikes. It just tells users when a strike has occurred, going off a publicly available database of strikes compiled by the U.K.'s Bureau of Investigative Journalism, which compiles media accounts of the strikes.

iOS developers have a strict set of guidelines that must be adhered to in order to gain acceptance into the App Store. Apps are judged on technical, content and design criteria. As Apple does not comment on the app reviews process, it can be difficult to ascertain exactly why an app got rejected. But Apple's team of reviewers is small, sifts through up to 10,000 apps a week, and necessarily errs on the side of caution when it comes to potentially questionable apps.

Apple's original objections to Drones+ regarded the functionality Begley's app, not its content. Now he's wondering if it's worth redesigning and submitting it a fourth time.

"If the content is found to be objectionable, and it's literally just an aggregation of news, I don't know how to change that," Begley says.

A mockup of developer Josh Begley's drone-strike app for iOS.

Begley's app is unlikely to be the next Angry Birds or Draw Something. It's deliberately threadbare. When a drone strike occurs, Drones+ catalogs it, and presents a map of the area where the strike took place, marked by a pushpin. You can click through to media reports of a given strike that the Bureau of Investigative Reporting compiles, as well as some basic facts about whom the media thinks the strike targeted. As the demo video above shows, that's about it.

It works best, Begley thinks, when users enable push notifications for Drones+. "I wanted to play with this idea of push notifications and push button technology -- essentially asking a question about what we choose to get notified about in real time," he says. "I thought reaching into the pockets of U.S. smartphone users and annoying them into drone-consciousness could be an interesting way to surface the conversation a bit more."

But that conversation may not end up occurring. Begley, a student at Clay Shirky's lab at NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program, submitted a threadbare version of Drones+ to Apple in July. About two weeks later, on July 23, Apple told him was just too blah. "The features and/or content of your app were not useful or entertaining enough," read an e-mail from Apple Begley shared with Wired, "or your app did not appeal to a broad enough audience."

Finally, on Aug. 27, Apple gave him yet another thumbs down. But this time the company's reasons were different from the fairly clear-cut functionality concerns it previously cited. "We found that your app contains content that many audiences would find objectionable, which is not in compliance with the App Store Review Guidelines," the company e-mailed him.

It was the first time the App Store told him that his content was the real problem, even though the content hadn't changed much from Begley's initial July submission. It's a curious choice: The App Store carries remote-control apps for a drone quadricopter, although not one actually being used in a war zone. And of course, the App Store houses innumerable applications for news publications and aggregators that deliver much of the same content provided by Begley's app.

Wired reached out to Apple on the perplexing rejection of the app, but Apple was unable to comment.

Begley is about at his wits end over the iOS version of Drones+. "I'm kind of back at the drawing board about what exactly I'm supposed to do," Begley said. The basic idea was to see if he could get App Store denizens a bit more interested in the U.S.' secretive, robotic wars, with information on those wars popping up on their phones the same way an Instagram comment or retweet might. Instead, Begley's thinking about whether he'd have a better shot making the same point in the Android Market.

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Fuksz Norbert

Join us here in the free world at android leave the censorship of apple.

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2 hours ago 25 Likes

Soylent Green Is People

The free world at Android where blatantly copying intellectual copyright is okay? Hooray freedom!

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1 hour ago in reply to Fuksz Norbert 9 Likes

Perry Kern

Cause Apple sooo never copies anything. That notification center is really cool by the by.

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1 hour ago in reply to Soylent Green Is People 12 Likes

oceandigital

I didnt see that in Android Terms of Use. Would you mind expanding on that comment?

It doesnt seem fair or logical to paint all Android users as criminals with a single brush stroke.

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56 minutes ago in reply to Soylent Green Is People 4 Likes

Credi

Ever heard of Microsoft Pegasus? How about the NEC MobilePro 200? You know nothing of IP rights, and neither does the jury or court in the Samsung v. Apple case.

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9 minutes ago in reply to Soylent Green Is People

Kevin Simmons

Unfortunately the apple fan boys are too stupid to figure out how an Android works so that is not an option

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1 hour ago in reply to Fuksz Norbert 7 Likes

Holio

Why so petty?

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1 hour ago in reply to Kevin Simmons 9 Likes

AxJax

Because the purpose of a phone's operating system is to validate your intelligence? And following directions on a web site to install a custom ROM makes you a genius? There's nothing wrong with Android, but blindly hating a premier operating system because you think you're too smart for it clearly shows that you are not.

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30 minutes ago in reply to Kevin Simmons 2 Likes

Brian, Engineer

I agree. Android phones allow you to install any app of your choice without modifying (e.g. rooting) your phone.

Regardless, you shouldn't develop for just a single platform. Especially when it is for an OS the majority of users worldwide don't use.

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1 hour ago in reply to Fuksz Norbert 5 Likes

InfernoShade

You do realize that Android censors too. They ALSO ban porn and take out apps they consider subjectively unfit (emulators, invasive apps, etc). All the major tech co's censor whatever they like.

I'm against censorship in general, but I'm actually happy all the top tech firms have decided to ban porn. They must all find it "objectionable and crude" like tracking deaths.

If you believe that Android or any tech company really represents freedom, you're being naive. Lets not forget Google wanted to hijack the library.

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50 minutes ago in reply to Fuksz Norbert 1 Like

Kaizhi

You do realize that you are not limited to only installing from the Google Play store on Android? You can distribute your .apk files by itself, or through any of the various alternate app stores available for Android and any app can be easily installed.

That is the freedom that Android provides.

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36 minutes ago in reply to InfernoShade 6 Likes

InfernoShade

You (and everyone who hit LIKE) totally missed my points about freedom. But ...

I certainly do realize there are two Android stores. It's good to have two stores instead of one. But as I've said before side-loading really has very little impact on the average joe. The more techie can do that, but lets be real what are they going to install? And there's safety issues. Not to mention there's really no news or articles that talk about great side-loading for the common man.

Side-loading is like being able to jailbreak your iPhone. You can do it but it's not a big deal. It's not strongly connect to revenue. And only a small group will use it.

Again, you missed my point about freedom. Google, MS, Apple and others ALL censor. For example, no porn. So none really represent freedom. They all want to shackle you (mostly financially). Choose whatever makes you happy, though. :)

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23 minutes ago in reply to Kaizhi

Dean Wagner

You're the one missing the point. Are you just making up terms? Side-loading? There are more than two "stores" for Android. However, that's beside the point. The point he was making is you don't need a "store" at all to install an app on Android. Anyone can make an app and simply distribute it on their own website. If SomePornSite.xxx makes their own app, you can download it directly from their website and install it. No store. No censorship. That's what he means by freedom.

Of course, there are huge security risks involved in installing apps from outside of Google Play, but that's another issue. The point is you can install any app you want. You are not censored in Android.

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4 minutes ago in reply to InfernoShade

Brian Flowers

How? What, Google bans it from their app store? Try another store. Or your own website. Lots of ways to install an app on Android; you're not restricted to one vendor.

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22 minutes ago in reply to InfernoShade

X_pro

I'm guessing he only reason he made it for iOS was he knew it would get rejected, so as to make a story out of it.

If he's serious about making this app just make it on Android. Though it will do nothing to extent awareness of the drone war, as only people with knowledge of the subject will download.

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3 hours ago 12 Likes

Mike Stevens

That's a bold assumption and not really the vibe I got from the article. Seems more like he is legitimately frustrated with apple's denials.

And he is clearly serious about making the app, he's tried 4 times now to get it approved. The iOS user base I would think is better for an app like this, although it would still do well on android.

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1 hour ago in reply to X_pro 1 Like

Michael Varian Daly

More lies and bullshit from The Corporate State.

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3 hours ago 6 Likes

gfish3000

Just curious, have you ever thought that Apple, a technology company, might not want to be seen as making a stand on a sensitive military and political program because their entire line of work depends on not getting on any side of a politically-charged debate? It also censored cartoonists who wanted to distribute edgier works via the App Store. So maybe it's not the doings of the New World Order's Military Corporate Industrial wing, but a private company's aversion to perceived political stances?

After all, this app could easily be released on Android which has no limitations for what you submit and how. As long as it doesn't seem to be laden with a virus, you can push it out there and have tens of millions of people download it with the push of a button thanks to Google. If your idea of how the world works was true, Begley should've had no alternatives or recourse.

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3 hours ago in reply to Michael Varian Daly 9 Likes

pjcamp

I have thought that, and often, and it is the reason why I don't understand why anyone would willingly give money to Apple. A company that would censor the news or restrict my access to information to further its own economic interests is not a company I'd want to do business with. Maybe you don't mind. I can always decide to ignore an app I don't care for but not when Apple has already made the decision for me. Yes, Apple wants the world to conform to its economic and political interests. Why is that not objectionable?

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3 hours ago in reply to gfish3000 7 Likes

gfish3000

A company that would censor the news or restrict my access to information to further its own economic interests is not a company I'd want to do business with.

Then don't do business with them. My problem here is with two bits of hyperbole, one by the poster to whim I was replying and the second, yours.

The first is that Apple is part of some nefarious conspiracy to do the government's dirty work and censor information on drone strikes. When we consider that this data is freely available in major news outlets, this conspiracy is being handled very poorly.

The second is that it's restricting your access to information. It is and it isn't. You can still see the news releases on NYT, WSJ, FP, or any other news site that reports on drone strikes, sites you can access in Safari from your iPhone. At the same time, it doesn't want activist apps in its store so it's rejecting this one to set a precedent.

I'm not saying it's right or that it's excusable, but I'm saying that it's not a conspiracy and it's not trying to whitewash drone strikes on the government's behalf....

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3 hours ago in reply to pjcamp 4 Likes

pjcamp

Which I think is exactly what I said -- I won't do business with them because I find their policy objectionably patronizing. Developers seem to find it opaque, as in this instance, where someone at Apple clearly appears to have made an a priori decision to reject the app and is shifting the justification to maintain that decision regardless of what the developer does.

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2 hours ago in reply to gfish3000 4 Likes

...cb

Agreed. People who call inconvenience censorship are just lazy. Do a little research on your own, people. It won't kill you to find whatever grizzly material you want without having it on your iphone. Apple never agreed to provide you with unlimited convenience, and this is not censorship. The same material is available to you via your browser.

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1 hour ago in reply to gfish3000

Bad Chapters

By that logic poll taxes are perfectly fine.

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Soylent Green Is People

"Apple wants the world to conform to its economic and political interests."

You do realize this is the same for virtually every publicly held company on earth, yeah? I mean, sure, Apple is the most prominent because they are the largest and most wealthy, but even companies 1/1000 the size of Apple would like things to be their way all the time.

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1 hour ago in reply to pjcamp 1 Like

danir

The funny thing is that it takes no stand or makes any opinion. It just present the facts but the facts themselves are clear enough. The operations are not even edited or commented and that is why the objection is so revealing. When the facts are so appalling that have to be hidden, then it's a moment to stop and think.

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2 hours ago in reply to gfish3000 4 Likes

InfernoShade

@ghish.

Well said.

The real test would be to see if Google would let it ride. Sure you can side-load it but that's different.

As Google ALSO censors (porn, etc) we don't know if it would make it into the store.

But if/when an app that tracks things like deaths makes it onto Google Play, then people can say that Apple censors MORE than Google. And that would be a correct statement.

We shall see.

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3 minutes ago in reply to gfish3000

Jeff Snavely

You don't seem to understand that blocking content IS their political stance.

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9 minutes ago in reply to gfish3000

cheesus_c

Whatever. Just make it a website that works nicely on the iphone. Then you can hit the droid and win8 market all at once. Problem solved.

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4 hours ago 5 Likes

ClearReason

Can't push then

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3 hours ago in reply to cheesus_c

Trevor D'Arcy-Evans

Great idea but won't get push notifications without Apple's blessing

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3 hours ago in reply to cheesus_c

Justin Culbertson-Faegre

"Wired reached out to Apple on the perplexing rejection of the app, but Apple was unable to comment."

Come on, guys. This is clearly a lie, and you shouldn't print it. Any time a corporation claims to be "unable to comment" they're really just unwilling to comment, unless it's for strictly legal reasons. Tell it like it is.

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1 hour ago 2 Likes

Spudboy2012

I would really like this app.

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3 hours ago 3 Likes

Viagravated

Now we know Apple supports the war, and gives a "thumbs-up" to the secret drone strikes.

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45 minutes ago 1 Like

Karm Sediner

Switch it to Android.

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3 hours ago 2 Likes

Süleyman Okan, Right.

Apple is the authoritarian bane of the tech world. As a tech writer, I have to stay on top of App Store developments, which means I must own an iPad, and every penny that goes to Apple in order for me to check out and review an app makes me cringe. That is the level of my disgust.

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1 hour ago 1 Like

Tonio Loewald

Implement it as a web app.

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1 hour ago 1 Like

Bjˆrn Moritz

Solution:

Make the app as an open system accepting varying data inputs.

Only offer drone killing data as an extra/extension data input inside the app.

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1 hour ago 1 Like

Trevor D'Arcy-Evans

If Apple doesn't want it in their store, nothing you say or do will change that. You'd have a better chance if you turned it into a fart app.

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3 hours ago 1 Like

Honyant

Make it a fart app that makes no mention of the fact that it automatically farts whenever it recieves push notification that an American drone has killed someone.

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46 minutes ago in reply to Trevor D'Arcy-Evans 2 Likes

KhepryQuixote

Dude, that's why I have an Android phone instead of an iOS "nanny" phone. I am a middle-aged person that has served my country as an officer in the military. I have a life-sciences degree but have worked in IT for over 30 years now. I've raised my children, paid my bills, and have virtually no debt. In other words, I'm a "grown-up" now.

I don't need curated content as I'm a "big boy now," hence my choice of Android.

The irony of it all is Apple's "1984" commercial that shows an overbearing overlord figure spouting dogma to the masses. If you look at the overlord's visage, does it remind you of anyone? Look hard, now, you'll be surprised at the resemblance.

Port your "Drone+" app to Android, Apple is too much of a pussy to allow your app to see the light of day.

Just be grateful you don't work for them.

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20 minutes ago

Brian Flowers

The entire time I was reading this article, until the last paragraph, my only question was: "But is there an Android version???"

Hoping he makes one. I, for one, would love to see it.

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21 minutes ago

Troy Pippenger

Apple can't comment because the Feds won't let them.

I hope the developers built it as a web app that neither Apple nor Google can remove from their store.

The app should be preinstalled on all smartphones in the US so the "voters" know what their government is doing with their tax dollars.

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35 minutes ago

John Gould

Should have built it in Appcelerator so he could just recompile for Android!

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46 minutes ago

Jordan Maddrell

You cloud submit the application to the Cydia (I'm sure various repositories that host packages on Cydia wouldn't object) and use a service like Boxcar to deliver notifications.

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1 hour ago

davossherman

I'll make one that'll track $1,000,000,000.00 (1 billion dollars) worth of nickels.

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1 hour ago

Mindy Bosatsu

This app isn't very useful without drone camera footage or photos on the ground for bomb damage assessment.

Now if it let you CONTROL the drone and select the targets over cellular networks, THAT would useful. Gruesome certainly, but useful.

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1 hour ago

CaptainAwesomer

So turn it into a game and re-submit.

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2 hours ago

pathouston23

Ooooh, then I can kill 50 women and children to get 1 terrorist? Just like the military!

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34 minutes ago in reply to CaptainAwesomer

Mindy Bosatsu

Well Pat, when a mommy and daddy terrorist love each other very much...

You must be one of those pro-life people. It isn't the dead ones you have to worry about. It is the ones that you leave alive that become the problem.

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29 minutes ago in reply to pathouston23

Viagravated

That is what the Chinese will say when they come over here.

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3 minutes ago in reply to Mindy Bosatsu

fourthletter

Release it on Android and release it on Cydia. Although I expect Google would also remove it eventually.

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Mark Iliff

I'd want it on Android

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Libya, Syria and now Lebanon?

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Tue, 28 Aug 2012 15:52

By Konstantin Garibov | VOR

An ever-growing flame of the Syrian conflict may spill into neighboring Lebanon, Turkey's Milliyet newspaper reported on Tuesday. The newspaper particularly points to the fact that a recent conflict between Sunni and Shiite Muslims in northern Lebanon was defused only because of the army's interference in the matter.

In light of this, the Milliyet points out a high probability of an armed conflict in Lebanon in the near future. Speaking of preconditions for the ouster of the regime there is irrelevant, the newspaper says, adding that the main problem in Lebanon is that the country's conflicting parties are endorsed and supported by outside forces.

Many in Lebanon refer to the 'Syrian trace' when mentioning an array of arsons, abductions and protest rallies that have taken place in their country in the past. They were echoed by former Information Minister Michel Salaha who had earlier collaborated with the government of Bashar Assad. After his arrest, Salaha claimed that Damascus had allegedly nourished plans to draw Lebanon into chaos by notably sending a host of Syrian security agents there.

Moscow-based political analyst Stanislav Tarasov says, in turn, that Salaha's allegations about Syria's role in the Lebanese conflict holds no water. Pointing the finger at the West is also irrelevant, Tarasov says and elaborates.

''There is a factor of the third forces,'' Tarasov says, referring to radical Islam-related forces ready to capitalize on a standoff between the West and the Syrian regime in order to fulfill their own scenario, aimed at toppling the secular power in Lebanon. ''There is a certain radical Muslim force which is keen to seize power in Lebanon, something which might be the case with Syria. In Egypt, this scenario has already been implemented.''

Another Moscow-based political analyst, Alexander Filonik, says that the latest events in Syria could not but affect Lebanon, where many remain at odds over the Syrian crisis.

''In Lebanon, there are both supporters and opponents of the existing regime,'' Filonik says, pointing to the ongoing strife inside Lebanese society that reflects the current situation in Syria. ''In this vein, I'm not surprised about the latest developments in Lebanon,'' Filonik adds, mentioning those poised to destabilize and destroy Syria. ''They are interested in upsetting a balance that has been in place in Syria for decades.

I think that these interests are dictated by those of US companies,'' Filonik says, singling out huge liquid hydrocarbon reserves that have allegedly been discovered in Lebanon. ''Of course,'' he concludes, ''this information is yet to be officially confirmed, but we all get used to the situation when many turbulent events or revolutions have an oil smell, so to speak.''

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America was behind Syria's violence, he said, which will not end even after the battle for Aleppo is over. "I tell the Europeans: 'I don't understand your slogan about the welfare of the Syrian people when you are supporting 17 resolutions against the welfare of the Syrian people'. And I tell the Americans: 'You must read well what you did in Afghanistan and Somalia. I don't understand your slogan of fighting international terrorism when you are supporting this terrorism in Syria'."

Walid Muallem spoke in English and very slowly, either because of the disconcerting uproar outside or because this was his first interview with a Western journalist since the Syrian crisis began. At one point, the conflict between rebels and government troops in the suburbs of Douma, Jobar, Arbeen and Qaboun '' where a helicopter was shot down '' became so loud that even the most phlegmatic of Foreign Ministers in a region plagued by rhetoric glanced towards the window. How did he feel when he heard this, I asked him?

"Before I am a minister, I am a Syrian citizen, and I feel sad at seeing what's happening in Syria, compared with two years ago," he said. "There are many Syrians like me '' eager to see Syria return to the old days when we were proud of our security."

I have my doubts about how many Syrians want a return to "the old days" but Muallem claims that perhaps 60 per cent of the country's violence comes from abroad, from Turkey, from Qatar and Saudi Arabia, with the United States exercising its influence over all others.

"When the Americans say, 'We are supplying the opposition with sophisticated instruments of telecommunications', isn't this part of a military effort, when they supply the opposition with $25m '' and much more from the Gulf and Saudi Arabia?"

A year ago, I told Muallem, I lunched with the Emir of Qatar, and he was enraged at what he called Bashar al-Assad's lies, claiming that the Syrian President had reneged on a deal to allow Muslim Brotherhood members to return home.

Muallem nodded. "If you met the same Emir two years ago, he was praising Assad, and considered him a dear friend. They used to have family relations, spending family holidays in Damascus and sometimes in Doha. There is an important question: what happened? I met the Emir in Doha in, I think, November 2011, when the Arab League started their initiative [resulting in the sending of League observers to Syria] and we reached agreement '... The Emir told me: 'If you agree to this initiative, I will change the attitude of Al Jazeera and I will tell [Sheikh] Qaradawi [a popular prelate with a regular slot on the television chain] to support Syria and reconciliation, and I have put down some billions of dollars to rebuild Syria'...' .

"At the same time, when I was waiting to enter a meeting, there was the head of the Tunisian party Ennahda and the Emir issued orders to pay Ennahda $150m to help his party in the elections. Anyway, this was their business. But I asked the Emir: 'You were having very close relations with Muammar Gaddafi and you were the only leader in his palace when Gaddafi hosted you during the summit '' so why are you sending your aircraft to attack Libya and be part of Nato?' The Emir said simply: 'Because we don't want to lose our momentum in Tunis and Egypt '' and Gaddafi was responsible for dividing Sudan'."

Of America's power, Walid Muallem had no doubt. The Americans, he says, succeeded in frightening the Gulf countries about Iran's nuclear capabilities, persuaded them to buy arms from the US, fulfilling Franklin Roosevelt's 1936 dream of maintaining bases for oil transportation.

"We believe that the US is the major player against Syria and the rest are its instruments." But wasn't this all really about Iran? I asked, a dodgy question since it suggested a secondary role for Syria in its own tragedy. And when Muallem referred to the Brookings Institution, I groaned.

"You are laughing, but sometimes when you are Foreign Minister, you are obliged to read these things '' and there was a study by the Brookings Institute [sic] called The Road to Tehran, and the result of this study was: if you want to contain Iran, you must start with Damascus'...

"We were told by some Western envoy at the beginning of this crisis that relations between Syria and Iran, Syria and Hezbollah, Syria and Hamas are the major elements behind this crisis. If we settle this issue, they [the Americans] will help end the crisis. But no one told us why it is forbidden for Syria to have relations with Iran when most if not all the Gulf countries have very important relations with Iran."

For the Syrian Foreign Minister, the crisis started with "legitimate demands" subsequently addressed by "legislation and reforms and even a new constitution". Then along came "foreign elements" who used these legitimate demands "to hijack the peaceful agenda of the people".

There followed a familiar tale. "I don't accept as a citizen to return back centuries to a regime which can bring Syria backwards. In principle '...no government in the world can accept an armed terrorist group, some of them coming from abroad, controlling streets and villages in the name of 'jihad'."

It was the duty of the Syrian government to "protect" its citizens. Assad represents the unity of Syria and all Syrians must participate in creating a new future for Syria. If Syria falls, its neighbour countries will fall. Muallem travels to the non-aligned summit in Iran tomorrow to burnish what he calls their "constructive efforts" to help Syria.

I asked about chemical weapons, of course. If Syria had such weapons, they would never be used against its own people, he said. "We are fighting armed groups inside Aleppo, in the Damascus suburbs, before that in Homs and Idlib and this means fighting within Syrian cities '' and our responsibility is to protect our people."

And the infamous Shabiha militia blamed for atrocities in the countryside? Walid Muallem doesn't believe in them. There might be local unarmed people defending their property from armed groups, he says. But pro-regime, paid militiamen? Never. No war crimes charges against the Syrian Foreign Minister, then. But the guns still thunder away outside his windows.

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style="font-size: 10pt" >A massive explosion at Venezuela's main oil refinery at the Amuay plant in Falcon State occurred at 1:11 a.m. this morning (Saturday, August 25).

The Dead and Injured

According to Vice President El­as Jaua, at least 24 people were killed, 17 of them members of the Venezuelan National Guard who provide security for the refinery and 60 were injured with 5 remaining hospitalized. Many homes in the area were evacuated and med-vac ambulances were used to take the injured to hospitals.

Update: The death toll has increased to 41 people. These included 18 National Guardsmen who were among those protecting the refinery; 17 civilians and six bodies have not yet been identified.

The Material Damage

Two refinery tanks were destroyed with significant damage to the infrastructure and houses in the area and the National Guard base in front of the refinery was completely destroyed. The refinery is one of the biggest in the world, producing 645,000 barrels of crude and 200,000 barrels of gasoline a day. Amuay, on the Paraguana Peninsula, is part of the Paraguana Refinery Complex, which also includes the adjacent Cardon. The entire complex has capacity to produce 956,000 bpd.

Energy Minister Rafael Ramirez said there are sufficient petroleum reserves in the country to continue the normal flow of exports and meet domestic demands even after the destruction that took place early this morning. Ramirez stated that all operations at the plant had stopped but he expected them to resume within two days.

Update: Rafael Ram­rez, Venezuela's Energy Minister stated that nine crude-oil-storage tanks had been destroyed.

Cause of the Blasts

Energy Minister Rafael Ramirez reported on state television that a gas leak, which formed a cloud exploded, "igniting at least two storage tanks and other facilities at the refinery."

US Marine entered Venezuela illegally 2 weeks ago: Two weeks ago (August 10) we reported that the Venezuelan government captured a U.S. Marine entering the country from Colombia illegally, with "the look of a mercenary." He told the government that he "was fleeing from someone," but would not answer any questions asked during interrogation. He had stamps in his passport from visits to Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya and attempted to destroy his notebook when he was captured. But his notebook was reconstructed and found to contain "geographical coordinates." The Marine is still in Venezuelan custody and initially, the government reported that he was refusing to explain his reasons for entering the country illegally. President Chvez stated, "This [US] citizen wanted to enter the country illegally, for who knows what reason. He cannot say where he was going, or who was waiting for him." Since then, the government has not issued any additional reports.

At the time of the US Marine's arrest, President Chvez issued an alert to all Venezuelans related to possible sabotage of the presidential elections this year:

"A group of the bourgeoisie is preparing to reject the people's triumph, that's very clear. [They] are going to try to plunge the country into a political crisis and fill the country with violence. I urge everybody to be very alert."

Corporate Media Reporting: The BBC, Guardian, NYT, LAT, WP, Reuters, AP and other imperialist media jumped the gun and immediately blamed the Venezuelan government for this ''accident.'' They quote ex-employees of PDVSA who are telling them that the explosion is the result of poor maintenance of equipment and sub-standard safety measures by the government. One of them said the explosion is due to the oil minister working on President Chvez' re-election campaign this year instead of taking care of his responsibilities as oil minister. 18,000 of these employees were fired when they sabotaged and shut down PDVSA in 2002-2003. The imperialist media does not mention any of this, calling them "ex employees" or "retired employees" in their propaganda.

The BBC jumped on this story immediately, attributing the explosion to faulty government management before any investigation has been carried out:

"Analysts say refineries in Venezuela, South America's biggest oil producer, have suffered from a long list of problems including power failures and accidents."

The Guardian did the same with:

''Power faults, accidents and planned stoppages for maintenance have hit deliveries from South America's biggest oil exporter.

''Eddie Ramirez, national co-ordinator for Gente del Petr"leo, an organisation of ex-employees of PDVSA, said: "These accidents have been happening more and more frequently in the last couple years because of a neglect in safety and maintenance standards.

"Minister Ramirez dedicates his time to doing politics alongside the candidate, Hugo Chvez, instead of maintaining the level of infrastructure this kind of industry requires."

Gente del Petr"leo has been attacking the Chvez government ever since the coup of 2002. They are comprised of many of the 18,000 PDVSA employees who were fired by the government after they sabotaged the Venezuelan oil industry, then abandoned their posts shutting down all oil production for 3 months and crippling the economy in 2003. On April 13, 2002, Eddie Ramirez, sought out and quoted by the Guardian for this story, sat with old PDVSA managers and defiantly cried in public while President Chvez was being held hostage, "Not one more barrel of oil for Cuba!''

The New York Times follows suit with:

''Pdvsa has been plagued by accidents and oil spills in recent years, which critics say are the result of poor management...

''Jos(C) Bodas, an oil union leader, said that the company had failed to invest in maintenance.

'' 'This has as a consequence the increase in accidents and tragic deaths like what we are seeing today,' Mr. Bodas said in a telephone call to Globovision, a television channel associated with the political opposition to President Hugo Chvez.''

Rafael Ram­rez, Venezuela's Oil Minister said PDVSA is investigating the cause of the gas leak that led to the explosion.

Analysis

So far, the government is only reporting the explosion as the ignition of a gas leak but the investigation of the cause is underway. With President Chvez holding a double-digit lead over his hapless political rival, Capriles Radonski, the CIA-backed opposition has no hope of winning in this 2012 presidential election. President Chvez will hold the office for the next 6 years, a disaster for Washington's plans in South America.

The government has not suggested that the Amuay plant was sabotaged yesterday but you can bet it's on their minds. It is not lost on these reporters that prior to the capture of the US Marine, a meeting took place at US embassy in Caracas regarding the impending October 7 political victory of President Chvez. The following comment was leaked from the embassy:

"Don't worry, there's going to be an unforeseen event which will change all this[Chvez's impending victory as predicted by all main pollsters]."

Since then the opposition also organized a number of protests in key industries. Last week, a few steel workers walked on stage drowning out President Chvez' campaign speech at Sidor, Venezuela's main steel plant in Bolivar State, a Chvez stronghold. They got on stage on the pretext that they wanted to support President Chvez. Venezuela's two basic industries have been targeted by the CIA-backed opposition, steel and oil. These events were preceded by an outbreak of violence in Yare prison one week ago with 24 prisoners killed in rival gang violence as a result of drugs and weapons that were smuggled into the prison.

Consider the history of sabotage in foreign countries by the CIA, their methods currently being used to destabilize and later attack countries in the Middle East and Asia and more specifically:

the capture of the US Marine illegally sneaking into Venezuela from Colombia with geographical coordinates of the country; the infamous April 2002 Washington-backed, failed coup in Venezuela; the sabotage of Venezuela's nationalized oil industry in 2002-2003, shutting down all oil production intended to destroy the economy;the assassination of Danilo Anderson, chief investigator of the 2002 coup leaders, with bomb planted in his Jeep outside his home in November, 2004;a number of assassinations of trade union leaders by Colombian death squads inside Venezuela;repeated violations of Venezuelan air space; the US 4th fleet reactivated and moved into position off the Venezuelan coast; seven new US military bases moved into Colombia in 2009; the Honduran coup that overthrew leftist President Zalaya in July, 2009 and the one against Paraguayan President Ferdinand Lugo earlier this year;Venezuela's organization of South American states against US imperialism;President Chvez' 3rd election victory as president, a fait accompli, only 6 weeks away. At this vital stage before the Presidential elections the opposition will try to make political capital out of this tragedy '' without any evidence that there was negligence '' and as usual their unfounded opinions are given creedence and spread afar by the international corporate media. By the same token it could just have easily been sabotage mainly due to the sensitive political timing of the explosion, preceded by the protest by some infiltrated workers in Bolivar state against Chvez himself which was preceded by the deadly Yare prison riot.

Coincidences?

Draw your own conclusions but the investigation into the explosion will be key in these circumstances.

Read biographies and additional reports and analyses by Axis of Logic Columnist Arturo Rosales and editor, Les Blough. Both men live in Venezuela.

North Waziristan Residents Start Fleeing Over Likely Operation

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Mon, 27 Aug 2012 15:09

NWA residents start fleeing over likely operation

Fearing an impending operation against the Haqqani network, residents of North Waziristan have started migrating to safer places. According to media reports, people had left their homes for safer areas fearing a military offensive against Haqqani network. Scores of people are seen leaving North Waziristan. While political administration has denied any chances of a military operation and maintained that forces were deployed for border security. online

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Cold, clinical and sane: The only thing Anders Breivik's terrorist attack must change is far-right racism |

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Mon, 27 Aug 2012 15:03

Anders Breivik smiles at his sentencing in an Oslo court today.

Anders Breivik is a far-right terrorist, not a madman. It is a difficult verdict for some to process: here is a man who methodically shot dead dozens of idealistic teenagers, either as they ran hyperventilating or stood paralysed with terror. He shot kids who played dead, or who tried desperately to swim for safety. When he recalled the eighty minutes of slaughter in what must be one of the most chilling testimonies in post-war European legal history, his tone was cold and clinical. Breivik smirked his way through the trial, weeping only at his pathetic propaganda film. He smirked again when the court declared him to be sane, overturning some earlier psychiatric reports. It was exactly what he wanted: for this self-proclaimed ''political activist'', being sent to a mental hospital would have been, in his own words, the ''ultimate humiliation''.

But many of the victims' families breathed a sigh of relief, too, when insanity was ruled out. It would have absolved him of personal responsibility for the slaughter, and they regarded Breivik's atrocity '' rightly '' as a political crime. When terrorists detonate their bodies supposedly in the name of Allah, questions of sanity rarely enter into public discussion. Apparently Islamist terrorists are possessed with hateful ideology, but a white far-right murderer must be clinically insane. Even despite atrocities involving millions of Europeans throughout the 20th century '' all within living memory '' many of us struggle to accept that entirely sane human beings are capable of unspeakable barbarity. Breivik must not be remembered as a serial killer, as Norway's Harold Shipman or Ted Bundy. He is a political terrorist, and his butchery was motivated by a hatred of socialists and Muslims.

All the reports indicate that most of Norway is delighted with the verdict; survivors of the Ut¸ya massacre tweeted their delight. Emma Martinovic, for example, summed up her emotions succinctly: ''YEEEEEEESSSSSSSS!!!'' But some Britons have expressed their revulsion that a man who murdered 77 people received a sentence of just 21 years, or three months and eight days per victim. In truth, he can never be released so long as he is judged to pose a threat to society.

But the sentence sums up the whole approach of Norway to a terrorist attack that may well have destabilized other nations. Others capitulate to terrorism by becoming more authoritarian, intolerant, repressive societies: their politicians pass laws clamping down on civil liberties. Would a British Prime Minister strike the same note of defiance of Jens Stoltenberg in the immediate aftermath of the horror?: ''The Norwegian response to violence is more democracy, more openness and greater political participation.'' Norway played the whole case by the book, imposing what is the maximum sentence under the country's law. The message was clear: Breivik will not change us.

Other than for crimes committed in war, Norway has not executed anyone since 1876. In the aftermath of the terrorist atrocity, just 16% of Norwegians polled supported the death penalty. Breivik himself argued there were only two ''just and fair'' outcomes to his trial '' acquittal or death. A 21 year sentence would be ''a pathetic punishment,'' he argued. But Norwegian justice robs this far right fanatic of what he wanted '' martyrdom.

Breivik argued the attacks had been necessary to stop the ''Islamisation'' of Norway. But, in the initial months at least, they helped fuel a profound backlash against bigotry. The populist anti-immigrant Progress Party '' which counted Breivik as one of its members until 2006 '' received an electoral kicking in local elections last September, its support plummeting by six percentage points to 11.4%.

That is not to be complacent. The initial backlash has faded, and the former Norwegian Prime Minister Thorbj¸rn Jagland has argued: ''I don't think we have changed much in the past year.'' Although politicians were ''more cautious'' when it came to discussion integration and Muslims, ''if you look at what is going on at the grassroots level it has not changed.''

But it is not just Norway that must learn from last July's events. Where once Europe was riddled with the poison of anti-Semitism, there is a virtual pandemic of Islamophobia on the Continent. Whether it be the English Defence League marching on our streets here, or the French National Front's record score in April's presidential elections, the hatred is deep, profound and alarming. What a great tribute to the memory of Breivik's 77 victims it would be if the atrocity spurs on a renewed determination to the crush the far-right and drive back the tide of Islamophobic hysteria.

As Breivik left the courtroom with a fascist salute, he no doubt feels like a martyr to his racist cause. The hope must surely be that he languishes in obscurity, a terrorist whose aims have been defeated '' spurring on not those who hate Muslims and socialists, but those determined to destroy the far-right as a political force.

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STATE TERRORISM IN NORWAY?

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Thu, 30 Aug 2012 06:08

When a country suffers from an act of terrorism, its leader becomes more popular?

Jens Stoltenberg had a 94% approval rating from Norwegians after the Norway Attacks of July 2011.

"Outside Norway some thought Mr Stoltenberg deserved the Nobel Peace Prize."

From hero to knaveThe police in Northern Ireland (RUC) have been accused of helping to carry out acts of terrorism

Stoltenberg's popularity has now nosedived.

A government appointed inquiry in Norway has reported:

1. Government buildings in central Oslo were bombed.

A tip-off identified the car licence-plates of 'the bomber'.

'The bomber' was able to drive past two police vehicles on his way to Utoya island without being stopped.

2. The police got into an overloaded boat that broke down.

The police headed for the wrong island.

It took 35 minutes for the police to cross the 500-metre (1,640 feet) channel separating Utoya from the mainland.

10 people were murdered by weapons imported by the British government.

3. The Oslo bombing could have been prevented if previously approved security measures been put in place.

Terrorism carried out by government agents.

In Norway, the spy chief, the police chief and the justice minister have now all resigned.

Now, it seems to us that elements of the police may have been involved in helping to carry out the attacks in Norway.

The Norway Attacks look like an inside-job, involving, among others, fascist elements within the Norwegian police, military andsecurity services.

On 1 August 2011, James Petras writes about Norway (Organized Political Terrorism.):

According to James Petras:

1. The car bomb was a highly complex weapon.

It required expertise and coordination - the kind available to security services, such as Mossad, which specialize in car bombs.

Amateurs, like Breivik, usually blow themselves up or lack the skill required to connect the electronic timing devices or remote detonators.

2. A lone zealot could not do all of the following:

(a) Transport the bomb

(b) Obtain (steal) a vehicle

(c) Place the bomb at the strategic site

(d) Successfully detonate it

(e) Dress up in a special police uniform

With an arsenal of hundreds of rounds of ammunition and drive off in another vehicle to Utoeya Island

(f) Wait patiently, while armed to the teeth, for a ferry boat

(g) Cross with other passengers in his police uniform

(h) Round up the Labour youth activists and begin the massacre of scores of youths

(i) Finish off the wounded and hunt for those trying to hide or swim away.3. According to witness testimony on Utoeya Island, shots from two distinct weapons were heard from different directions during the massacre.

4. Note 'the complicity' of top police officials.

The police took 90 minutes to arrive at Utoeya Island, located less than 20 kilometers from Oslo, 12 minutes by helicopter and 25 to 30 minutes by car and boat.

The police chief, Sveinung Sponheim, made the feeblest excuse, claiming problems with transport.

A helicopter was available.

It managed to fly to Utoeya and film the slaughter.

Over half of Norwegians own or have access to a boat.

In 2008, the Norwegian Queen (above) honoured the writer Knut Hamsun, a famous Norwegian fascist.5. The obvious question arises as to the degree to which 'neo-fascism' has penetrated the police and security forces.

It looks a though the neo-fascists 'influence' the government.

6. The police did not save a single life.

When they finally arrived, Breivik turned himself over to the police. The police did not have to hunt or capture the assassin. An almost choreographed scenario.

7. The Norwegian military has no problem sending troops to Afghanistan, half way around the world and providing Norwegian Air Force jets and pilots to bomb and terrorize Libya.

And yet they can't find a helicopter or a row boat to transport their police to stop a domestic attack.

8. The neo-fascist right want to 'send a message' to the Labour Party:

Either it must accept a full neo-fascist pro-Israeli agenda or expect more massacres, more elected fascists, more followers of Anders Behring Breivik.

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Norway joined NATO in suppressing reports of civilian Afghan deaths

General Harald Sunde was appointed as Norway's Defence Chief in 2009.

Prior to this, Sunde was the commander of the NATO's Joint Warfare Center in Norway, and was assigned to Brussels to represent Norway in the NATO's Military Committee.

He was also the commander of army Special Forces, namely ''H...rens Jegerkommando'' and ''Forsvarets Spesialkommando'', from 1992 to 1996.

General Sunde graduated from the US Army War College in 1999.

Breivik- from 16 year old Poul

Hello adam, as i dont have the ability to donate, but still want to tell you about how disgusting the indoctrination of the anti terrorist meme has gotten here in norway. The reality hit me like a brick at school today when we had project time capsel(stargate?) which will contain a message for us in august 24 2031(NEW DATE!). Despite john and you having kicked the bucket by then, it will probably matter for us youngsters. They had it perfectly set up: this is what you write to your self, we are the world was sung, and of course, they denouced ALL of breviks theories(but didnt mention it ofc) As a 11th grader(16 years old) I have figured it out! The whole 22nd of juli in norway was to change the youth, akin to hitlerjungend in nazi germany to further the new world order goals. I am convinced Brevik was hired by the NWO to bomb central oslo, HOWEVER the organizers in norway realised the public would only respond with apathy to such a situation, they instead had to KILL children in order to whip the norwegians into their right thinking.  Although i am not entirely sure of the goals of this operation, since i dont think any new laws have been passed since, something is bound to be picking up since it happend. I am not sure if you are convinced, but the proof is astounding! -Brevik bombed it when none was there, after workhours in the middle of summer! We cant kill the elites! -There was a FILM TEAM AT THE ISLAND FROM 21-22th july AND LEFT WITH SEVERAL OTHERS BEFORE BREVIK CAME! -There was significant terrorist prepareness downbuilding in the previous months/year before the terror happend, with heimevernets terrorunit being dismissed in the spring and beredskapstroppen(basically terror prepareness unit of the police) just finished an exercise 5 frigging minutes before the bomb went off! -Before 2011, the police had a chopper and a fully stocked terror vehicle ready for this, but i was removed in early 2011 to make sure brevik could kill enough children! -They are going to release a film called til ungdommen( http://tilungdommen.com/ ) which was filmed on the island in the 21-22 of juli, and they said this out in the open.  SKAM DERE NORGE! PS: Sorry for the rambleling, i am so infuriated right now about the lies being propegated, i didnt know anyone on utøya, but i know i would have been even more pissed if i knew someone on the island. Love the show! And i hope you can pull stuff outta here, feel free to contact me if you need more info!

EUROLand Joke

Merkel:

Angela Merkel was going through passport control in Greece

Immigration officer asks "Nationality?"

She replies "German"

"Occupation?" He asks

"No, just visiting for a few days"

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Ron Paul Won - The Huffington Post

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Thu, 30 Aug 2012 12:13

In all fields of human endeavor, winning by cheating is losing.

In a competition, when someone cheats, he gets disqualified. The disqualification does not make the runner-up the winner. Rather, it reveals that the man who appeared to be the runner-up had in fact been the winner all along.

In the race for the GOP nomination for president, therefore, Ron Paul won.

As the New York Timeswrote yesterday,

Delegates from Nevada tried to nominate Mr. Paul from the floor, submitting petitions from their own state as well as Minnesota, Maine, Iowa, Oregon, Alaska and the Virgin Islands. That should have done the trick: Rules require signatures from just five states. But the party changed the rules on the spot. Henceforth, delegates must gather petitions from eight states.When Mr. Romney and the RNC cheat so blatantly, they make the game no longer about politics: they make themselves ineligible for the vote of anyone who cares about his own morality, his own honesty or his own integrity -- regardless of his politics. And from a purely practical standpoint, they invite Americans to ask if they want to live in a nation governed with the same contempt for those who don't toe the party line as has been displayed both in Tampa and throughout the primary process.

But as a Ron Paul supporter, I can't remember feeling so invigorated and empowered in my cause.

Not only did my candidate win: the GOP has given the Liberty movement the greatest gift it could have given us. It has induced a righteous indignation will ensure that there will be no lull in the Liberty movement post-convention or post-election. It has educated us; it has brought us together like only a common hurt can, and it has freed us to do whatever needs to be done for the cause we love, wherever we need to do it.

To those in the Liberty movement who in the first flush of anger are saying they will never vote GOP again, I would humbly suggest that there is no better revenge than success and that success, therefore, is a dish best served cold.

Ron Paul has been fighting for the cause of freedom for 30 years. Even if Romney were to win the election in November -- a possibility now massively reduced by the disenfranchisement of a large minority of Republicans who comprise its most energetic activists -- eventually he'll be just another ex-president. But the GOP's behavior has just about ensured that Liberty will never be just another ex-movement. Thanks to GOP, a hardened, indignant and wiser Liberty movement will be as much "here" in four years or eight years as the Constitution will be.

And each time one of the main parties blatantly chooses power over honesty and fairness, it opens the unconverted to one of the most important messages of the Liberty movement: that the answers to our problems may not be found in the platforms or most of the people of the main parties that created them.

When I was observing the GOP caucuses in Seattle, I was able to ask a number of caucus goers who they voted for. Everyone I asked who was under 40 was there for Ron Paul. Everyone I asked who was over 65 was there for Mitt Romney. The younger adults would explain why they liked their candidate with passion, conviction, excitement and an unusual understanding of issues -- in other words, the stuff that victories are made of. The senior citizens -- every one of them -- gave as justification for their support of Romney, "He's the man who can beat Obama." (The logic didn't work so well for John Kerry, as I recall.)

I wanted to help them see the flaw in their answer by asking why they'd want to replace a large bank-funded, Patriot Act-supporting, NDAA-supporting, interventionist who doesn't have a plan to reduce government spending in the foreseeable future with a ...

You see, of course, why I couldn't ask the question.

More to the point, the people who "like Romney" are the outgoing seniors. The future of the party will comprise, out of simple biological necessity, those younger, liberty-loving, peace-mongering Constitutionalists, the likes of whom the RNC has worked so hard to put down.

That's exciting.

But things are even more exciting if I am wrong.

Think for a minute what happens to all these excitable young people if the GOP old guard stick around for long-enough to succeed in thwarting every effort the Paul supporters make to take over the party. In that case, the GOP will achieve something that no third party has: it will make third parties credible and their support significant. We may even look back at August 28 as the day when the seed of a brand new party was sown. Stranger things have happened.

Whichever way it goes, the GOP's failure to integrate its liberty wing will seriously endanger the duopolistic political system on which they have depended for so long because the liberty movement is now simply too large to disappear.

Whether this liberty movement of critical mass changes the mainstream of U.S. politics by controlling the GOP, or by becoming the philosophically coherent minority that swings elections is, in the long-run, a choice for the Republican party to make. However, for this election cycle, the GOP appears to have made its choice.

It doesn't really matter: a paradigm shift is already under way. As I wrote in "Ron Paul Can Win," the best piece of evidence that this is so is that the means used to by those with an interest in the old, prevailing paradigm to maintain it become more contorted, and increasingly dependent on ignoring large chunks of reality -- like the social and cultural phenomenon of hundreds of thousands of the nation's youth filling stadiums to hear an old conservative politicians talk about even older philosophers and economists; the brute fact that the number of non-supporters of the main parties is unprecedented, or the simple expectation of fair play in competitive endeavors.

To my liberty- and peace-loving friends, I urge that our responsibility in November is to put the mainstream on notice that the Independent, post-partisan middle is now liberty-dominated and large enough to turn elections.

If the mainstream knows this, they will be forced -- out of shear self-interest and love of power -- to give civil rights, peace and real markets more than lip-service. Remember, in a two-party system, the candidate who wins over the median swing voter wins the election. Controlling the "politics of the middle" therefore offers disproportionate political influence.

To that end, write in Ron Paul if a write-in vote will be counted in your state. If Ron Paul endorses someone, vote for him. Otherwise, vote Gary Johnson (or your favored third party candidate). Just remember that we wield influence by demonstrating to the GOP and DNC that we are the group that swings elections from now on. Therefore, a vote against Obamney is not enough. Even a vote via write-in for Paul is not enough if no one will ever see it. Constitutionalists, libertarians, Blue Republicans, down-the-line pro-peace progressives, protest voters, etc. must vote for Paul's principles and get that vote counted.

I remain a Ron Paul loyalist. I suspect that the most principled politician of our time would consider a vote cast in good conscience for his values to be a vote for him. In fact, if you've come this far as a supporter of Dr. Paul, however you decide to vote in the November in support of his values, you can probably say without too much of a stretch, "I voted for Ron Paul in 2012."

But for sure, you can already say that you supported him when he won the GOP nomination, because that, by any honest measure, is just what he did.

The Republicrats only have their duopoly if we give it to them. And you know what you get if you vote for the lesser of two evils, don't you?

Hint: the answer is in the question.

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Obama opted for ESPN over GOP convention

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Wed, 29 Aug 2012 22:06

Aboard Air Force One en route to Charlottesville, Va., White House Press Secretary Jay Carney was asked by reporters whether President Obama watched any of the Republican convention.

From the White House pool report:

''He did not,'' he said. ''I was with him and afterward he was working on his briefing books and reading a lot of material, watching sports, but not watching the convention'...He had other things to do.''

Reporters pressed him about why Obama decided not to tune into the GOP festivities in Tampa.

'''...He has enormous respect for broadcast reporters but he gets most of his news through reading'...While we were monitoring the storm, mostly when the TV is on and the president is in the room, it's mostly ESPN,'' Carney said.

Pussy Putin

Pussy Riot launch appeal

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Mon, 27 Aug 2012 20:02

The lawyer representing the three members of the Russian female punk band, Pussy Riot has launched an appeal against their sentences.

The three women have been imprisoned for two years for performing a 'punk prayer' at Moscow's Christ the Saviour cathedral.

The song calls on the Virgin Mary to deliver Russia from its President Vladimir Putin.

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'Osama Bin Laden was unarmed and ALREADY DEAD when Navy SEALs burst into bedroom'.

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Wed, 29 Aug 2012 15:09

No Easy Day reveals bin Laden was unarmed and already dead when troops rushed into his room in the Abottabad, Pakistan compoundEx-Navy SEAL claims he was shot in the head when he peeked out of his room. SEALS then pumped his body full of bullets as he twitchedAuthor says commandos knew Obama would take credit for the missionJoe Biden told 'lame jokes' like 'drunken uncle' at Christmas dinnerPentagon, CIA and White House among the agencies who have not seen the book, written anonymously by a SEAL Team Six memberAuthor could face federal charges if classified information is revealed in bookWill hit bookstores on September 4 -- a week earlier than the original release By Associated Press

PUBLISHED:00:01 EST, 29 August 2012| UPDATED:09:23 EST, 29 August 2012

A firsthand account of the Navy SEAL raid that killed Osama bin Laden contradicts previous accounts by administration officials, raising questions as to whether the terror mastermind presented a clear threat when SEALs first fired upon him.

Bin Laden apparently was hit in the head when he looked out of his bedroom door into the top-floor hallway of his compound as SEALs rushed up a narrow stairwell in his direction, according to former Navy SEAL Matt Bissonnette, writing under the pseudonym Mark Owen in 'No Easy Day.' The book is to be published next week by Penguin Group (USA)'s Dutton imprint.

Bissonnette says he was directly behind a 'point man' going up the stairs in the pitch black hallway. 'Less than five steps' from top of the stairs, he heard ''suppressed'' gunfire: 'BOP. BOP.' The point man had seen a ''man peeking out of the door'' on the right side of the hallway.

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Target: A member of Seal Team Six shot and killed Osama bin Laden during the elite squad's daring raid of his compound in Abbotabad, Pakistan

Commando: A photo purported to be of Matt Bissonnette was published by Business Insider on Thursday. MailOnline has decided to blur the image so as not to show the soldier's face; he is now facing death threats from al Qaeda in addition to possible criminal prosecution

The author writes that bin Laden ducked back into his bedroom and the SEALs followed, only to find the terrorist crumpled on the floor in a pool of blood with a hole visible on the right side of his head and two women wailing over his body.

Bissonnette says the point man pulled the two women out of the way and shoved them into a corner and he and the other SEALs trained their guns' laser sites on bin Laden's still-twitching body, shooting him several times until he lay motionless.

The SEALs later found two weapons stored by the doorway, untouched, the author said.

Bin Laden as wearing a white t-shirt, loose-fitting tan pants and a tunic.

In the account related by administration officials after the raid in Pakistan, the SEALs shot bin Laden only after he ducked back into the bedroom because they assumed he might be reaching for a weapon.

Tension: The raid of bin Laden's Abottabad compound was watched by President Obama and his closest advisers in the Situation Room of the White House

Watching: In this undated image from video seized from bin Laden's compound, the Al-Qaeda chief watches a TV programme showing an image of President Obama

THE OFFICIAL ACCOUNT OF BIN LADEN'S DEATH IN PAKISTANIt took approximately 15 minutes to find -- and kill -- Osama bin Laden in his Abottabad compound.

Involved in the mission in the early morning hours of May 2, 2011 were 79 commandos that arrived in off in military helicopters from Jalalabad, Afghanistan.

The first helicopter foundered above Bin Laden's compound and crash-landed in the outer courtyard.

The other helicopter landed outside the house.

The SEAL team forced their way into the compound by blowing the door with explosives.

The commandos shot three men and a woman -- whom U.S. officials said had lunged at them -- as they went up floor-by floor.

On the third level, three of the Navy SEALs saw bin Laden standing at the end of a hallway as they reached the top of the steps.

Two women in the room took positions in front of the terror leader to protect him.

One of the soldiers grabbed the women and shoved them away while one of the SEALs behind him fired at bin Laden.

The al-Qaeda boss was shot once in the chest and once in the head.

Code-word 'Geronimo' is sounded to White House Situation Room, a signal that their target is dead.

The SEALs then photograph the body for identification.

On their way out of the compound, the soldiers blow up the broken-down chopper.

The teams fly back to Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan.

Bin Laden's body was then flown to a waiting naval ship, that buried at sea.

White House spokesman Tommy Vietor would not comment on the apparent contradiction late Tuesday. But he said in an email, 'As President Obama said on the night that justice was brought to Osama bin Laden, "We give thanks for the men who carried out this operation, for they exemplify the professionalism, patriotism and unparalleled courage of those who serve our country."'

'No Easy Day' was due out September 11, but Dutton announced the book would be available a week early, September 4, because of a surge of orders due to advance publicity that drove the book to the top of the Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.com best-seller lists.

The Associated Press purchased a copy of the book on Tuesday.

The account is sure to again raise questions as to whether the raid was intended to capture or simply to kill bin Laden. Bissonette writes that during a pre-raid briefing, a lawyer from 'either' the White House or Defense Department told them that they were not on an assassination mission. According to Bissonnette, the lawyer said that if bin Laden was 'naked with his hands up,' they should not 'engage' him. If bin Laden did not pose a threat, they should 'detain him.'

In another possibly uncomfortable revelation for U.S. officials who say bin Laden's body was treated with dignity before being given a full Muslim burial at sea, the author reveals that in the cramped helicopter flight out of the compound, one of the SEALs called 'Walt' -- one of the pseudonyms the author used for his fellow SEALs -- was sitting on bin Laden's chest as the body lay at the author's feet in the middle of the cabin, for the short flight to a refueling stop inside Pakistan where a third helicopter was waiting.

This is common practice, as troops sometimes must sit on their own war dead in packed helicopters. Space was cramped because one of the helicopters had crashed in the initial assault, leaving little space for the roughly two dozen commandos in the two aircraft that remained. When the commandos reached the third aircraft, bin Laden's body was moved to it.

Bissonnette writes disparagingly that none of the SEALs were fans of President Barack Obama and knew that his administration would take credit for ordering the May 2011 raid. One of the SEALs said after the mission that they had just gotten Obama re-elected by carrying out the raid.

But he says they respected him as commander in chief and for giving the operation the go-ahead.

Bissonnette writes less flatteringly of meeting Vice President Joe Biden along with Obama at the headquarters of the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment after the raid. He says Biden told 'lame jokes' no one understood, reminding him of 'someone's drunken uncle at Christmas dinner.'

Terror house: Bin Laden's compound has since been torn down

Mission: Bin Laden was killed during the 40-minute operation by the elite Navy SEAL Team Six in his Abbottabad, Pakistan, compound, seen here

Beyond such embarrassing observations, U.S. officials fear the book may include classified information, as it did not undergo the formal review required by the Pentagon for works published by former or current Defense Department employees.

Officials from the Pentagon and the CIA, which commanded the mission, are examining the manuscript for possible disclosure of classified information and could take legal action against the author.

In a statement provided to The Associated Press, the author says he did 'not disclose confidential or sensitive information that would compromise national security in any way.'

Bissonnette's real name was first revealed by Fox News and confirmed to The Associated Press.

Jihadists on al-Qaida websites have posted purported photos of the author, calling for his murder.

Leveson 'loading a gun' at press

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29 August 2012Last updated at 21:09 ET Lord Justice Leveson is "loading a gun" at the newspaper industry according to Chris Blackhurst, editor of The Independent.

He was reacting to letters sent by the inquiry to give prior notice of possible criticism in the final report.

Mr Blackhurst said he was shocked by the document, which he described as "a damning indictment of my industry".

Lord Justice Leveson said he was disappointed details of the private letters were being "openly discussed".

Hearings for the media ethics inquiry, which was prompted by the News of the World phone-hacking scandal, closed at the end of July, with 650 witnesses testifying in person or in writing.

'Diatribe'The correspondence, known as a Rule 13 letter, was sent to all national newspaper groups and major regional companies.

They provide an opportunity for those facing possible criticism to respond in advance of the report's publication.

Continue reading the main storyThe fact is that newspapers are an adornment to our society. We would be lost without them.''

End QuoteChris BlackhurstChris Blackhurst told BBC Radio 4's The Media Show that he could not discuss the specific contents of the letter for legal reasons but it was "a point by point demolition of the industry".

"The best way I can describe it is he's loading a gun, and this document - well over 100 pages - is all the ammunition. And believe you me there is plenty of ammunition, you read the ammunition and you just gulp."

He said he felt "shock and anger" at how "one-sided" the letter was, calling it "a diatribe" that "throws the book at the industry".

Some of the criticisms in the document were, he said, "certainly justified" but others "raise eyebrows" and did not bear any relation to practices at his paper or other titles at his "end of the market".

"The fact is that newspapers are an adornment to our society. We would be lost without them," he added.

'Confidential'"Story after story, scandal after scandal has been broken by newspapers, not by anybody else. That simply is not reflected in this document."

A spokesman for the inquiry said: "Lord Justice Leveson is disappointed that the contents of confidential letters that he has written are being openly discussed in the press."

"He wants to make it clear that all recipients of these letters - which are issued in accordance with Rule 13 of the Inquiry Rules 2006 - are obliged by this confidence."

"These letters are a standard part of inquiry procedures and give private notice of possible criticism in order that recipients can respond before any concluded view is reached," he added.

"By their nature such letters are, of course, one-sided documents and are not intended (as it makes clear) to deal with the positive aspects of the activities of the press: plainly, no warning is necessary for that purpose."

Ron Paul "The MSM Is Part Of The Problem! They're Part Of The Military Industrial Complex!"

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Suicide after Olympic failure? Russia's volleyball coach found hanged in hotelRT

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Russian women's volleyball squad head coach, Sergey Ovchinnikov (RIA Novosti/Vladimir Pesnya)

The head coach of Russia's national women's volleyball team was found hanged in his hotel room in Croatia, local media reported. The team's lackluster performance at the London Olympics may be behind the alleged suicide.

Sergey Ovchinnikov, 43, was at a training camp in Croatia with his team Dynamo Moscow when the tragedy occurred. According to Croatia's 24sata news website, Ovchinnikov missed breakfast; when the club's employees went to his room, they discovered him hanging.

Former Russian coach Vladimir Kuzyutkin speculated the suicide may have been a reaction to the poor showing of the Russian women's volleyball team at the 2012 London Olympics.

"This is so stupid,'' Kuzyutkin told the RSN radio station. ''He was my friend, my colleague. No one said a bad word about him. Yes, there was a blunder at the Olympics, well, to hell with it. I don't know why he couldn't cope with it.''

Ovchinnikov's team entered the London Games as one of the favorites. But the team missed out on medals, losing 3-2 in the quarterfinals to future Olympic champions Brazil.

The head coach of the men's volleyball team, Vladimir Alekno, confirmed that the London failure was a huge blow for Ovchinnikov.

''He took the Olympics very personally,'' Alekno said. ''I saw what he was going through and how upset he was after the defeat. He didn't talk much. Even after victories he was always thinking about something and smoked a lot."

Another reason behind the possible suicide may be health problems. Sovetsky Sport reported that Ovchinnikov had recently been suffering from strong headaches.

The cause of death has not been officially announced, with the Russian embassy in Croatia awaiting confirmation from local authorities.

"The information we have is from Russian sources only,'' embassy press secretary Boris Pavlov told Interfax. ''Croatian colleagues haven't reached out for us yet. So the circumstances of the incident aren't clear to us yet.''

The coach will be buried in the Russian city of Yaroslavl, where his wife and two children live.

Ovchinnikov led the country's student squad to bronze at the 2011 Universiade, and was tapped to coach the national team the same year.

Under his leadership, Russia progressed to the London Games, earning the first slot in the world qualifiers.

Hollywood producer Brian Gerber who worked with Leonardo DiCaprio feared to have committed suicide | Mail Online

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Brian Gerber, 41, was said to be worried about losing a work projectLast seen in LA at 4pm, Monday driving his Toyota Prius By Daily Mail Reporter

PUBLISHED:15:07 EST, 29 August 2012| UPDATED:15:07 EST, 29 August 2012

A Hollywood producer who went missing on Monday was believed to have taken his own life after a suicide note was allegedly discovered.

Brian Gerber, 41, mainly worked on documentaries including The 11th Hour, a 2007 project with Leonardo DiCaprio.

Friends and family told the Los Angeles Police Department that the married father-of-two went missing around 4pm and was last seen driving his silver 2004 Toyota Prius.

Missing: Hollywood producer Brian Gerber was last seen on Monday driving off in his Toyota Prius. It is believed he may have committed suicide

Married: Mr Gerber, pictured with his wife, the actress Arabella Fields - the couple have two sons

Those who know Mr Gerber were reportedly concerned because he was troubled by the loss of a recent work project.

Mr Gerber, is co-founder of the Digital Hollywood summits and worked with A-list star Leonardo DiCaprio who co-wrote and narrated The 11th Hour, a film about global warming.

According tothewrap.com, the movie executive's car was found in the Los Angeles Crest, a highway which runs through the mountains, although the LAPD refused to confirm this. A suicide note was also reportedly discovered.

A-list connection: Mr Gerber produced The 11th Hour documentary about global warning with actor Leonardo DiCaprio

According to the LA Now blog of the LA Times, a man was killed on Wednesday when his car plunged over an embankment on the highway.

Rescuers found the body of a man in his forties but his identity has not been confirmed.

Mr Gerber's disappearance was being handled by the missing persons' unit of the Northeast police division who do not suspect foul play.

The producer has a long list of credits also including The Dungeon Masters, a documentary about Hurricane Katrina, and Project Kashmir - which explores personal relationships set against the region's conflict.

He is married to New York-born actress Arabella Fields. who starred in films Dante's Peak, Godzilla and National Treasure, along with TV shows Law and Order and House.

The couple have two sons.

Isolated: Some reports said that the Hollywood producer's car was found on the Los Angeles Crest Highway but the LAPD refused to confirm

Rare Illness Has Killed 2 Lodgers at Yosemite

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LOS ANGELES '-- With its bears, slippery rock walls and waterfalls, Yosemite National Park, where at least 18 people died last year, is known as a particularly dangerous patch of America the beautiful.

But park officials on Tuesday told 1,700 people they may have been exposed to a potentially lethal rodent-borne disease while visiting one of Yosemite's low-cost lodging areas this summer.

The e-mail alerts said four people who stayed at Curry Village in June have contracted hantavirus pulmonary syndrome, a rare disease carried by mice and other rodents, and that two of them have died.

Humans can become infected with the virus ''by breathing small particles of mouse urine or droppings that have been stirred up into the air,'' wrote Dan Jensen, president of DNC Parks and Resorts at Yosemite. Hantavirus is carried in about 15 percent of deer mice, which have solid-colored backs and white bellies.

Symptoms, which can start from one to six weeks after exposure, include fever, chills, headache, muscle aches, vomiting or cough. The park, which said it is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, warned that the disease can progress to severe difficulty breathing within two to seven days, in which case people should seek immediate medical help, Mr. Jensen said.

Only 587 cases have been documented in the United States since 1993, when the virus was first identified; about one-third of cases are fatal.

The names of the two people who died have not been released; one was a 37-year-old from the San Francisco area, who died about six weeks after his stay. The two other people infected are expected to survive. Gilberto Chavez, deputy director at the California Department of Public Health's Center for Infectious Disease, had no comment, citing an ''ongoing investigation.''

Scott Gediman, a Yosemite ranger, said that the park had never sent an alert of this kind before. (People who stayed in Curry Village but did not register with an e-mail address have been mailed letters). This is the first time hantavirus has been reported in the heavily visited Yosemite Valley, he said, although nonlethal cases were reported in 2000 and 2010 in more remote areas of the park.

Mr. Gediman advised park visitors to keep aware of deer mice and to use common sense. ''Anytime animals and people interact, things will happen,'' he said. Usually, the mice drop their feces outside, where it is not a problem, even if they are infected. ''The problem is when it happens in a confined area,'' he said.

Curry Village, also known as Camp Curry, is in the heart of Yosemite and has 408 tent cabins, which have cot-style beds, canvas walls and minimal maid service. The park service is conducting additional rodent trapping and increasing rodent-proofing measures, like blocking holes where mice can enter.

Mr. Gediman said Curry Village ''appears to be business as usual today,'' but added that there had been ''a few'' cancellations.

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Gore Threatens Armageddon if Romney Wins

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In an interview where Al Gore claimed that, ''Every night on the news now, practically, is like a nature hike through the book of Revelations'', the former Vice President also appeared to suggest that a Romney win might spell doom for the planet.

Gore had previously claimed that the North Pole would melt this year and his statement that he fears the environmental consequences of a Romney win may be safely placed in that category.

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Doctors target gun violence as a social disease '' USATODAY.com

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MILWAUKEE''Is a gun like a virus, a car, tobacco or alcohol? Yes say public health experts, who in the wake of recent mass shootings are calling for a fresh look at gun violence as a social disease.

What we need, they say, is a public health approach to the problem, like the highway safety measures, product changes and driving laws that slashed deaths from car crashes decades ago, even as the number of vehicles on the road rose.

One example: Guardrails are now curved to the ground instead of having sharp metal ends that stick out and pose a hazard in a crash.

"People used to spear themselves and we blamed the drivers for that," said Dr. Garen Wintemute, an emergency medicine professor who directs the Violence Prevention Research Program at the University of California, Davis.

It wasn't enough back then to curb deaths just by trying to make people better drivers, and it isn't enough now to tackle gun violence by focusing solely on the people doing the shooting, he and other doctors say.

They want a science-based, pragmatic approach based on the reality that we live in a society saturated with guns and need better ways of preventing harm from them.

The need for a new approach crystallized last Sunday for one of the nation's leading gun violence experts, Dr. Stephen Hargarten. He found himself treating victims of the Sikh temple shootings at the emergency department he heads in Milwaukee. Seven people were killed, including the gunman, and three were seriously injured.

It happened two weeks after the shooting that killed 12 people and injured 58 at a movie theater in Colorado, and two days before a man pleaded guilty to killing six people and wounding 13, including then-Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, in Tucson, Ariz., last year.

"What I'm struggling with is, is this the new social norm? This is what we're going to have to live with if we have more personal access to firearms," said Hargarten, emergency medicine chief at Froedtert Hospital and director of the Injury Research Center at the Medical College of Wisconsin. "We have a public health issue to discuss. Do we wait for the next outbreak or is there something we can do to prevent it?"

About 260 million to 300 million firearms are owned by civilians in the United States; about one-third of American homes have one. Guns are used in two-thirds of homicides, according to the FBI. About 9% of all violent crimes involve a gun '-- roughly 338,000 cases each year.

Mass shootings don't seem to be on the rise, but not all police agencies report details like the number of victims per shooting and reporting lags by more than a year, so recent trends are not known.

"The greater toll is not from these clusters but from endemic violence, the stuff that occurs every day and doesn't make the headlines," said Wintemute, the California researcher.

More than 73,000 emergency room visits in 2010 were for firearm-related injuries, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates.

Dr. David Satcher tried to make gun violence a public health issue when he became CDC director in 1993. Four years later, laws that allow the carrying of concealed weapons drew attention when two women were shot at an Indianapolis restaurant after a patron's gun fell out of his pocket and accidentally fired. Ironically, the victims were health educators in town for an American Public Health Association convention.

That same year, Hargarten won a federal grant to establish the nation's first Firearm Injury Center at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

"Unlike almost all other consumer products, there is no national product safety oversight of firearms," he wrote in the Wisconsin Medical Journal.

That's just one aspect of a public health approach. Other elements:

'' "Host" factors: What makes someone more likely to shoot, or someone more likely to be a victim. One recent study found firearm owners were more likely than those with no firearms at home to binge drink or to drink and drive, and other research has tied alcohol and gun violence. That suggests that people with driving under the influence convictions should be barred from buying a gun, Wintemute said.

' Product features: Which firearms are most dangerous and why. Manufacturers could be pressured to fix design defects that let guns go off accidentally, and to add technology that allows only the owner of the gun to fire it (many police officers and others are shot with their own weapons). Bans on assault weapons and multiple magazines that allow rapid and repeat firing are other possible steps.

' "Environmental" risk factors: What conditions allow or contribute to shootings. Gun shops must do background checks and refuse to sell firearms to people convicted of felonies or domestic violence misdemeanors, but those convicted of other violent misdemeanors can buy whatever they want. The rules also don't apply to private sales, which one study estimates as 40% of the market.

' Disease patterns, observing how a problem spreads. Gun ownership '-- a precursor to gun violence '-- can spread "much like an infectious disease circulates," said Daniel Webster, a health policy expert and co-director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research in Baltimore.

"There's sort of a contagion phenomenon" after a shooting, where people feel they need to have a gun for protection or retaliation, he said.

That's already evident in the wake of the Colorado movie-theater shootings. Last week, reports popped up around the nation of people bringing guns to "Batman" movies. Some of them said they did so for protection.

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DIRTY TRICKS ALERT: BILL GATES WILL SMEAR AND SLIME ANTI-VACCINE ADVOCATES

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by Jon Rappoport | Jon Rappoport's Blog

Here is the direct quote from Bill Gates' grant-award machine:

July 18, 2012'... An anti-vaccine surveillance and alert system:Seth Kalichman [twitter, blog] of the http://www.uconn.edu/ in the USA will establish an Internet-based global monitoring and rapid alert system for finding, analysing, and counteracting communication campaigns containing misinformation regarding vaccines to support global immunization efforts.

'...(via technet21.org)'... TechNet21 is generously supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, under the oversight of WHO and UNICEF. The information in this forum is provided by users, as a service'...

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http://www.technet21.org/index.php/issue-166/gates-foundation-awards-17-million-to-inspire-supply-chain-innovation.html

http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:STCtOoU0cwQJ:www.technet21.org/index.php/forum/technet21/general-discussion/2972-gates-foundation-awards-1.7-million-to-inspire-supply-chain-innovation.html+gate+supply+chain+innovation&hl=en&gl=us&prmh

http://jonrappoportmedia.blogspot.com/2012/08/gates-foundation-awards-17-million-to.html

This means the attack is on. Gates intends to do a surveillance operation across the Internet and locate anti-vaccine advocates. His minions will then undertake a counter-insurgency campaign to neutralize them.

How does such an operation work? I'll tell you how it works: ''This writer has no medical credentials.'' ''This writer is spreading dangerous information that will harm children.'' ''This filmmaker tells lies about the most important medical technology the world has ever seen.'' ''The evidence for vaccination is overwhelming, and this writer is operating out of the Dark Ages.''

And that's just the nice stuff.

''This writer was once an MD, but it's been said he gave up his practice after several patients made complaints to the medical board. Now he spends all his time attacking vaccines. He's a criminal menace.''

''Don't read anything by this writer. He's obviously mentally ill. He wants you to stop vaccinating your children, so they can catch life-threatening diseases.''

And it will go downhill and get nastier from there.

This is Nixon's dirty-tricks war all over again. But instead of having a few million dollars in a slush fund, Gates has billions at his disposal.

He's going to use surrogates to do his work for him, so it will be difficult, in many cases, to know where the attacks are coming from. That's how cowards operate. They slink around behind the scenes and let other people do the heavy lifting.

The last thing they want is an honest and open debate about the issue itself. That would expose them. The truth would expose them.

Gates is obviously out to create an atmosphere and set a tone for legislation that would make vaccination mandatory everywhere, with no exemptions allowed. That's what he's shooting for. That's his wet dream, the one that goes hand in glove with depopulation, his mountaintop desire.

http://www.infowars.com/in-vaccines-we-trust-vaccine-inventor-paul-offit-seeks-end-to-religious-and-philosophical-vaccine-exemptions/

The press, as always, will be on his side. They were on his side by giving short shrift to the explosive story out of India, where 47,000 cases of paralysis were caused by his polio vaccine.

http://www.naturalnews.com/035627_polio_vaccines_paralysis_India.html

He intends to create his very own Surveillance State, in which the targets are all Internet reporters and groups that have dug up the real facts about vaccines. The facts the medical cartel wants to hide in their vaults: vaccine deaths, paralysis, maiming, brain damage, autism, immune dysfunction'...

He wants to create a chilling effect, for those who are thinking about covering the vaccine issue honestly.

Well, here's a newsflash. Those facts are already out there, on thousands and thousands of sites. The horse left the barn years ago.

He's late to the party, but he's going to throw a lot of money at the problem. Essentially, he's opting for suppression of accurate journalism. Like so many before him, once he wrangled his fortune in the free market (?), he turned around and realized he didn't want a semblance of freedom anymore. He only wanted control.

Those of us who have been writing and speaking about vaccines for years would love to go up against Gates' medical doctors in an open debate. Nothing would please us more. But Bill doesn't want that. People like him are terrified of openness. So be it.

He can take the low road. He'll only induce more opposition. That's the way his style of attack works. People who were asleep will wake up, once they realize he's just another puffy Marmaduke who, when he doesn't like the game, decides to take his bat and ball and go home.

And he will go home.

His money against our freedom is a game in which many of us like the odds.

Go ahead, Bill. Deal your first greasy card from the bottom of the deck. We've got eyeballs on you, too.

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Jon Rappoport

The author of an explosive collection, THE MATRIX REVEALED, Jon was a candidate for a US Congressional seat in the 29th District of California. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, he has worked as an investigative reporter for 30 years, writing articles on politics, medicine, and health for CBS Healthwatch, LA Weekly, Spin Magazine, Stern, and other newspapers and magazines in the US and Europe. Jon has delivered lectures and seminars on global politics, health, logic, and creative power to audiences around the world.

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Manhattan to be sprayed against West Nile virus - Yahoo! News Canada

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Wed, 29 Aug 2012 17:23

One of New York's most expensive neighborhoods will be sprayed this week with pesticide to combat the West Nile virus, officials said Tuesday.

The city regularly sprays against the mosquito-borne disease, which has seen a surge in outbreaks in the United States this year. Friday's spraying is notable because it will target Manhattan's prestigious Upper West Side neighborhood and parts of the famed Central Park.

"These neighborhoods are being treated due to rising West Nile virus activity with high and/or increasing mosquito populations," the Department of Health said in a statement.

The department said trucks would spray "a very low concentration" of pesticide and that "when properly used, this product poses no significant risks to human health."

However, it also urged people to stay indoors during the spraying and to remove clothes and children's toys from outside.

At least 41 people have died in the United States from the disease this summer, health officials said. A total of 1,118 cases have been identified across the country.

Government gene sleuths stop superbug that killed 6 | Fox News

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Mon, 27 Aug 2012 05:59

National Institutes of HealthAP

Over six frightening months, a deadly germ untreatable by most antibiotics spread in the nation's leading research hospital. Pretty soon, a patient a week was catching the bug. Scientists at the National Institutes of Health locked down patients, cleaned with bleach, even ripped out plumbing - and still the germ persisted.

By the end, 18 people harbored the dangerous germ, and six died of bloodstream infections from it. Another five made it through the outbreak only to die from the diseases that brought them to NIH's world-famous campus in the first place.

It took gene detectives teasing apart the bacteria's DNA to solve the germ's wily spread, a CSI-like saga with lessons for hospitals everywhere as they struggle to contain the growing threat of superbugs.

It all stemmed from a single patient carrying a fairly new superbug known as KPC - Klebsiella pneumoniae that resists treatment by one of the last lines of defense, antibiotics called carbapenems.

"We never want this to happen again," said Dr. Tara Palmore, deputy hospital epidemiologist at the NIH Clinical Center.

Infections at health care facilities are one of the nation's leading causes of preventable death, claiming an estimated 99,000 lives a year. They're something of a silent killer, as hospitals fearful of lawsuits don't like to publicly reveal when they outfox infection control - yet no hospital is immune.

Wednesday, government researchers published an unusually candid account of last year's outbreak, with some advice: Fast sequencing of a germ's genome, its full DNA, may be essential. It can reveal how drug-resistant bacteria are spreading so that doctors can protect other patients.

"This is not an easy story to tell," said Dr. Julie Segre, a senior investigator at NIH's National Human Genome Research Institute. She led the genetic sleuthing that found the bug hiding in sink drains and, most chilling, even in a ventilator that had been cleaned with bleach.

Infection-control specialists at other hospitals called this detailed anatomy of an outbreak, published in the journal Science Translational Medicine, important to share.

"They were able to demonstrate that this sneaky little bug was able to stay alive and get transmitted in ways they hadn't quite predicted before they had the detailed genetic information," said Dr. Sara Cosgrove, associate hospital epidemiologist at Johns Hopkins University. "It's very revealing."

"Absolutely this could happen in any hospital," said Dr. Deverick Anderson, co-director of a Duke University infection control network that advises smaller community hospitals.

"This is really exciting stuff, cutting-edge technology, to try and better understand how these infections get spread," he added. That in turn may lead to new protections, important because "there's something that's very, very wrong about going to a hospital and becoming more ill."

Normally, the Klebsiella bacteria live in human intestines and don't harm people with healthy immune systems. But the multidrug-resistant strain named KPC has emerged over the past decade to become a fast-growing threat in intensive care units, spreading easily between very ill people and killing half of those it sickens. Worse, people can carry KPC without symptoms unless the germs slip into the urinary tract or bloodstream - theirs or the person's in the next bed - through a catheter or surgical wound.

The 243-bed NIH Clinical Center, in Washington's suburbs, is a unique hospital, only treating people enrolled in government research studies.

So on June 13, 2011, a research nurse carefully checked the medical records as a New York City hospital transferred a study participant who had become critically ill with a rare lung disease. The nurse found that the patient had KPC as well.

The woman went into strict isolation: Everyone entering her room donned a protective gown and gloves and rigorously washed their hands. Her medical equipment got special decontamination. All other patients in the ICU had their throats and groins tested regularly to see if the bug was spreading.

All seemed OK. The woman recovered, and went home on July 15.

Fast forward three weeks. Now a man with cancer has KPC despite never crossing paths with Patient No. 1. Ten days later, a woman with an immune disease fell ill, too. Both died of the infection.

Did they arrive carrying their own KPC bacteria, or did that first patient's germ somehow escape into the hospital? Standard tests couldn't tell. Segre, the geneticist, turned to DNA.

As bacteria multiply, mistakes appear and are repaired in their genetic code. Sequencing that genome allowed Segre to follow differences in single genetic letters like a trail of the germ's transmission and evolution.

Sure enough, the KPC originated from the New York patient despite NIH's precautions. Testing bacteria from the 17 additional patients who ultimately caught it shows the KPC was transmitted three separate times from Patient No. 1, and then spread more widely.

Even this sophisticated technology couldn't prove exactly how transmission occurred. But it turns out that Patient 3 had been in the ICU at the same time as the New York woman and really was the next infected, silently carrying the bug longer before becoming sick. That was enough time for Patient 3's infection to spread to Patient 2, who just got sick faster.

Meanwhile, NIH was making big changes. All the ICU patients underwent more invasive testing, using rectal swabs, to check for silent germ carriers. A new wall created a separate ICU to house them. Doctors, nurses, even janitors assigned there could work nowhere else, and monitors were paid to make sure everyone followed infection-control rules.

Yet a patient a week was either becoming infected or found to be a silent carrier of the same KPC strain.

"Honestly, we were very scared at that point," Segre recalled.

Test after test never found the bug on hospital workers' hands. Tainted objects like the ventilator couldn't be ruled out - but NIH adopted more complex and expensive decontamination, using robot-like machines to spray germ-killing hydrogen peroxide into the tiniest of crevices in all affected rooms and equipment.

Still, November brought more bad news: The outbreak strain had escaped the ICU, as two patients who'd never been there now were carrying it. A new isolation room was built, and all 200-plus patients in the hospital started undergoing rectal testing.

The outbreak now is over, the last carrier found in December. But NIH isn't dropping its guard. The isolation room remains, used every time one of the seven outbreak survivors returns to the hospital for their ongoing research studies - because they still carry the strain. Those rectal tests continue, hospital-wide once a month, to be sure no new KPC strain sneaks in.

Bacterial sequencing is becoming fast and cheap enough for most large hospitals to use during tough outbreaks, said Dr. Lance Peterson, microbiology and infectious disease director at NorthShore University HealthSystem in Evanston, Ill.

But another lesson is how much it takes to guard against these bugs sneaking in in the first place. Peterson said his hospital does weekly rectal testing of every ICU patient as a precaution.

"There's better technology becoming available for your hospital to prevent these bacteria from spreading, and this is what you should expect from your hospital," he said.

Scientists Are One Step Closer to an Addiction-Proof Painkiller.

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Tue, 28 Aug 2012 19:23

Researchers are close to achieving an addiction-proof painkiller. In the lab, scientists have successfully administered a pain-relieving drug to rodents. The test subjects have not shown the typical addictive behavior to a drug called (+)-naloxone.

In a recent study, published in the Journal of Neuroscience, researchers explain their approach '-- blocking ''drug reward'' with pain-relieving pills. Watch the video above and see how the new anti-addiction medication works.

The scope of painkiller abuse nationally and globally is often debated. The latest report by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, released in April 2012, states nearly 7 million Americans grapple with prescription-drug addiction. The CDC reports deaths related to painkiller overdoses have tripled since 1990.

SEE ALSO: Beyond BAC: How the Breathalyzer Is Poised to Revolutionize Medical DiagnosticsIf the increased distribution of ocycodone and hydrocodone to U.S. pharmacies '-- the nation's most popular prescription painkillers '-- is any indication, the situation is getting worse. Ocycodone is a key ingredient of OxyContin, Percocet and Percodan. While hydrocodone can be found in Vicodin, Norco and Lortab, according to the AP.

With reports of prescription drug overdose on the rise, do you think this should be a larger national initiative? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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'All over-50s should take statins regardless of their health history,' says Oxford professor | Mail Online

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Wed, 29 Aug 2012 04:51

Yet drug safety watchdogs here and in the US have insisted on flagging up relatively minor side effects which are putting patients off the drugs, he said.

These include memory loss, depression, sexual difficulties and depression, while recent research suggests cataracts and diabetes may be more common in patients taking statins.

Currently statins only given to around eight million high-risk patientsBut Professor Sir Rory Collins says healthy people can also benefitHesaid evidence from 130,000 patients taking statins shows they're safe By Jenny Hope

PUBLISHED:14:23 EST, 28 August 2012| UPDATED:16:32 EST, 28 August 2012

Statins should be given to all over-50s, regardless of their health history, because they dramatically cut the risk of heart attacks and strokes in later life, one of the UK's leading experts has said.

Currently statins are given only to high-risk patients, around eight million people, who have high cholesterol or have a risk of heart disease.

But there is 'clear evidence' that healthy people can also benefit based on their age alone, says Professor Sir Rory Collins.

Statins are taken each day by eight million adults in the UK but there is 'clear evidence' that healthy people can also benefit, it is claimed (posed by model)

He led the world's largest study to investigate statins in the prevention of cardiovascular disease which proved that cutting levels of 'bad' LDL cholesterol in the blood saved lives.

The risk of having a major vascular event such as a heart attack is cut by one-fifth for each 1.0mmol/L (millimoles per litre) fall in LDL, whether in high or low risk patients.

But current guidelines on their use - and misguided safety fears about muscle pain and memory loss - are restricting the range of people who can take them, he said.

'At 50 you should be considering it and whether you should be taking them at an earlier age is an open question' he said.

'If you start treatment earlier and continue for longer the benefits will be much greater, you're not trying to unfur the arteries, you're preventing them from furring in the first place' he said.

Prof Collins, who was giving a keynote lecture at the European Cardiology Congress in Munich, said evidence from 130,000 patients taking statins in trials show they are safe.

Professor Sir Rory Collins says statins should be given to all over-50s, regardless of their health history

Yet drug safety watchdogs here and in the US have insisted on flagging up relatively minor side effects which are putting patients off the drugs, he said.

These include memory loss, depression, sexual difficulties and depression, while recent research suggests cataracts and diabetes may be more common in patients taking statins.

Trial data shows only one significant side effect, myopathy or muscle pain, which affects one in 10,000 patients, said Prof Collins.

He said: 'We need to look properly at the safety of statins. The reality is that these drugs are remarkably safe, but the problem is that high risk patients are getting the message that these drugs have side effects.'

Prof Collins, 57, went to his GP a fortnight ago to ask about taking statins despite a relatively low cholesterol level, and was dismayed to learn she could not get high risk patients to take them because of fears about side effects.

Research earlier this year co-ordinated by the Clinical Trial Service Unit Oxford University, where Prof Collins is co-director, reviewed findings from 27 statin trials involving 175,000 people, some of whom were at low risk of heart problems.

The drugs cut the risk of heart attacks, strokes and operations to unblock arteries by one third or more.

The benefits were gained no matter what level of cholesterol patients started out with. Healthier people who were given statins also had lower overall death rates than those who were given a placebo.

It concluded the positives greatly exceeded any side-effects from taking the drugs.

More than eight million adults are already taking statins, but it is estimated that routine use by the over 50s would lead to 10,000 fewer heart attacks and strokes a year, including 2,000 fewer deaths in the UK.

The small cost of the drugs - as low as £16 a year - would be outweighed by NHS savings due to the reduced number of heart attacks and strokes.

At present, statins are restricted to those with at least a 20 per cent risk of having a heart attack or stroke over the next five years.

But, said Prof Collins, trial data shows very low risk groups can benefit where individuals have just a five to 10 per cent chance of heart disease, and even lower.

He said there did not appear to be a threshold at which the drugs didn't work and the longer they were taken, the greater the benefit.

'We need to review the guidelines and the current thresholds should go,' said Prof Collins, who claimed medical tests such as liver function were also unnecessary.

Professor Peter Weissberg, medical director of the British Heart Foundation, said: 'The issue is where do you set the threshold between low, normal and high risk.

'The current arbitrary threshold was decided by cost but now statins are off patent (and much cheaper) it may be appropriate to see if there are benefits for more people - the threshold is a bit too high,' he added.

Panel Supports Expanding Use of the Abbott Drug Humira

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Wed, 29 Aug 2012 13:35

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Abbott Laboratories won support from a federal drug panel on Tuesday for wider use of its popular rheumatoid arthritis drug, Humira, for treating a type of inflammatory bowel disease.

A panel of outside advisers to the Food and Drug Administration voted 15 to 2 that the benefits of Humira outweighed its risks in treating the disease, ulcerative colitis.

The F.D.A. usually follows panel recommendations, although it is not required to do so. A final decision is expected by the end of the year.

Humira, one of the world's top-selling drugs with projected sales of $9 billion this year, is already approved for six conditions, including rheumatoid arthritis and Crohn's disease.

Abbott hopes to expand its use to people with moderate to severe ulcerative colitis, a chronic disease that causes ulcers in the colon and affects about 700,000 Americans. The drug would be used only in people who had not had success with other medicines for the condition.

If approved for ulcerative colitis, Humira would be the first biologic drug that people could inject themselves, Abbott said. Johnson & Johnson's Remicade, a competing treatment that works in a similar way to Humira, must be given intravenously in the hospital.

Most panel members also called on the company to do more studies after the drug is approved, especially to study whether it should be given in a higher dose.

The F.D.A. rejected Abbott's first application for Humira in treating ulcerative colitis last November, saying results from clinical trials did not show conclusively that the drug helped stop the symptoms of the disease, which include diarrhea, rectal bleeding, incontinence, abdominal pain, fever, fatigue and weight loss.

Needle-free vaccines are coming to your kids.

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By Jennifer Hutchinson | August 27th, 2012 | Category: Jennifer Hutchinson, Top Stories |14 commentsDo you or your child suffer from needle phobia? Would you like to ''escape the emotional aspects of that big needle coming right at you?'' [1] Do you dread holding your baby while a needle is stuck into his tender skin? Do you feel guilty listening to him scream'--even though your pediatrician assures you that you're saving him from serious illnesses and maybe even death?''But what if there was another way? What if a little clear patch arrived by mail, one that could be stuck onto the child's back and then would dissolve painlessly? Baby's protected, no one cries, and everyone is saved the time and expense of an office visit.'' [2]Well, needle-free, pain-free vaccines are on the way. And you might even be able to order them by mail and give them to your child in the comfort of your home.THE EVOLUTION OF VACCINESI used to be a huge fan of Star Trek. The series. I remember seeing the characters get shots from a strange contraption that didn't look anything like the needles my brother, sister, and I were stuck with when we went to the doctor. I thought they were cool'--no one so much as flinched when they received a shot. But I never thought that they might exist in the real world someday.Right now, there is a nasal flu vaccine and a few oral vaccines for diseases like cholera and typhoid. Other painless forms of vaccines have been in the making for years, including needle-free jet injectors and patches, micro needles, dissolvable needles, inhaled dry powders, sublingual vaccines, and vaccines given by a charge of compressed air or electricity. I won't go into all the technical details of each kind'--you can read about them online. Just Google ''needle-free vaccines,'' or browse the references at the end of this article.Briefly, among those being tested or awaiting testing approval are a patch, a sublingual, and an intradermal micro needle for flu; a jet injector for rabies and polio; an oral vaccine for anthrax; a nasal one for RSV; a dry powder for the norovirus; and nanoparticles for Hib.THE ''BENEFITS''Most of the new ways of administering vaccines are pain-free or cause only minimal discomfort.Getting the vaccine into the skin instead of deep into the muscle reaches more immune cells, which may mean a better immune response.The vaccines don't have to be refrigerated. This is beneficial for places where storage is sparse and equipment is unavailable, such as developing countries.There are no needles to dispose of.A lower dose is effective and fewer doses are needed, according to some preliminary studies that tested titers. This means the vaccines would be more available during a pandemic or vaccine shortage.One device that is being considered allows for control over both the dose of the vaccine as well as the pressure. It is tailored to different types of skin'--say, a baby versus an adult. The hope is to eventually perfect this method so the thickness and elasticity of the skin can be sensed as well, helping to reduce the risk of accidental jabs.They are cheaper since there is no need for a reusable applicator device, like a syringe.It's easier to monitor skin reactions and immediately use a topical steroid to treat them when they occur. The expectation is that there will be fewer serious adverse reactions than vaccines that use needles. (Notice how they only admit that there could be serious adverse reactions when they have an alternative'--or several'--that will also make money.)Patient cooperation is unnecessary.Patients, such as diabetics, could administer their own medication. Parents could vaccinate their own children. Both would save money on a doctor visit.They are faster to produce.Needle-stick injuries and accidental injections would be eliminated. In 2004, there were approximately 30 million such injuries, which can cause transmission of dangerous illnesses such as HIV and hepatitis. [3] In addition, 385,000 healthcare workers in the U.S. accidentally stick themselves each year. [4] (How is that possible? Are healthcare workers that careless? And how many children do they accidentally stick?)Needle phobia, which affects 10 percent of the population [5] would cease to exist.

THE ''DRAWBACKS''Current regulatory criteria for injected vaccines and their antigens might not apply to non-injected vaccines. So ''phase III field-efficacy trials may be required to tease out and validate new immunologic correlates of protection.'' [6]The FDA will probably ask for ''individual evaluations and submissions for each vaccine administered using this new route.'' [7] So far, the FDA has only approved the jet injector device for the MMR. They have not received any safety and effectiveness data for the inactivated flu vaccine. [8]

They are ''tricky to make.'' One company tested a sandpaper-like device for years, only to have it fail in the last stages. [9]

WHAT'S WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE?So many things don't make sense.If there are so many benefits to needle-free vaccines, why is it taking so long to get them on the market?If these new methods require smaller (and fewer) doses, invoke a better immune response, are cheaper and safer, would eliminate accidental needle sticks and cross-contamination, and could readily be available for use in other countries and for all those ''pandemics'' we're always being threatened with, why hasn't vaccine route of administration been a research priority?Not that vaccination equals immunization, but why did ''experts'' only recently figure out that there are more immune cells in the skin than there are in muscle (if that is, in fact, accurate)?

They may have to submit data to the FDA for every shot given using the new route? Seriously? The route? What about data on the vaccines themselves? Like the safety and effectiveness of each vaccine and every single ingredient and giving all the different kinds together? Where's that data?

Mail-order vaccines? What's up with that? If the parents give them to their children and something goes wrong, is it the parents' fault? I can see those parents being charged with some sort of abuse like parents whose children die after a vaccine.

Remember the recent research conducted on the 5 S's? Now more money is being spent on more research to take the pain out of vaccines. For example, a group of investors put up $15 million to test a nanopatch vaccine. [10] That's just one. Wonder what the cost will be for parents. And how much money's in it for Big Pharma.

Why are they so thrilled to be able to regulate the dose and pressure? Sort of a ''one size doesn't fit all'' concept. ''If I'm breaching a baby's skin to deliver vaccine, I won't need as much pressure as I would need to breach my skin,'' says Catherine Hogan, a research scientist at MIT. ''We can tailor the pressure profile to be able to do that, and that's the beauty of this device.'' [11] What about tailoring the vaccines and the schedule to the individual child? They have no concern over the actual vaccine and all its ingredients.

COULD IT BE? Maybe the truth is that the vaccines aren't working, and the AAP, our government, and pharmaceutical companies are scrambling for another way to try again. To keep the same vaccines with the same ingredients. Raise vaccination rates and keep their money coming in. Same end result, as always.What puzzles me, however, is the reason they give for developing so many new methods of delivering vaccines: to alleviate the pain and fear of needles. I have a hard time believing there are a significant number of parents who don't vaccinate for that reason. Every hesitant parent I've spoken with is worried about the side effects, such as autism, not a few seconds or minutes of pain.The articles I've read express concern over parents who don't vaccinate. Dr. Erin Giudice, a pediatrician at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, says, ''People are no longer taking it at face value that, yes, I should vaccinate my children. All the evidence we have that is backed up by science shows that it is way, way safer to vaccinate your children than not to vaccinate your children. I feel that anything we can do to make it easier for these parents is helpful.'' [12]

Here they are touting safer and probably more effective ways to administer vaccines'--not to mention cheaper and faster. Bruce Weniger, associate editor of the journal Vaccine and formerly of the CDC (no conflict of interest here), spoke at the ''New Routes of Immunization and their Implications and Promise'' section of last year's Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy. He believes there are benefits to eliminating needles, saying it's ''often easier to cope with recipients who are inoculated via the skin and experience adverse effects than if unanticipated problems erupt following vaccinations via other routes.'' His exact words: ''The more we get away from using needles, the better off we'll be.'' [13]

So, what exactly is going on? I've played with several scenarios. The one I keep coming back to is this. Take the character of your choice, be it a doctor or the head of a professional organization, and imagine him or her speaking at an AAP conference. ''Parents don't like shots. Let's get rid of them.'' (Deep breath.) ''Wait. When I say no more shots, I mean no more needles, not no more vaccines. Hear me out.'' And so on.Needle-free vaccines probably seem less scary to most parents. Think about this. If, every time your child needed Tylenol or an antibiotic or any type of regular prescription, he had to have an injection, you'd probably think twice about it. More than twice. I think parents as a whole take injections more seriously. So, a vaccine available as a pill or patch, for instance, sounds less invasive and, therefore, safer. Needle-free vaccines cover both sets of hesitant parents'-- those who are concerned about serious adverse advents like autism and those who dread the pain and anxiety caused by the needles.

Our government, medical universities, and drug companies are all working on this. A lot of time and money is being spent. All the while, more and more of our children are getting sick, ending up with autism and/or a myriad of other disorders, or worse, dying from a vaccine.

I'd be interested in hearing your thoughts on needle-free vaccines. What do you think is really behind them?

Virginity cream sparks Indian sex debate

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27 August 2012Last updated at 22:55 ET An Indian company has launched what it claims is the country's first vagina tightening cream, saying it will make women feel "like a virgin" again. The company says it is about empowering women, but critics say it is doing the opposite. The BBC's Rajini Vaidyanathan reports.

It is certainly a bold claim. As the music starts playing on the advertisement for the 18 Again cream, a sari-clad woman is singing and dancing.

It is an unusual take on Bollywood.

"I feel like a virgin," she croons, although the advert makes it clear she is not.

Her shocked in-laws look on, before her husband joins her for some salsa-style dancing.

"Feels like the very first time," she continues, as she is twirled around.

Cut away to her mother-in-law who begins by responding with a disgusted look on her face, but by the end of the advert even she has been won over, and is seen buying the product online.

'Restoring emotions'

This video is designed to market a vaginal "rejuvenation and tightening" product, which was launched this month in India.

The makers of 18 Again, the Mumbai-based pharmaceutical company Ultratech, say it is the first of its kind in India (similar creams are already available in other parts of the world such as the USA), and fills a gap in the market.

Continue reading the main storyAnalysisSandhya MulchandaniAuthor of Kama Sutra for Women

Ancient India has always been celebrated for its openness and lack of hypocrisy, for its modernity and inclusive attitude; but in one aspect, it has remained rigid: the need for women to be virgins.

Because society was divided into four rather inflexible social groups, straying from or intermingling between these castes was seen as a state worse than death.

So to ensure racial purity, inter- caste marriages were strictly forbidden, with children from such marriages being declared to be illegitimate.

Amorous adventures between the classes, however was freely permitted.

So, there were two kinds of women: one for procreation and one for pleasure and obviously the one who bore your children had to be from the same caste and definitely a virgin.

Chastity, thus, had little to do with waiting for the right man or exploring one's sexuality and everything to do with preserving racial purity, for only virgins could hope to attain the aspired status of wife.

Considered to be a spiritual obligation, Hindu wedding ceremonies even today centre round the Kanyadaan, which literally translates as the gift of a virgin.

Ultratech's owner, Rishi Bhatia, says the cream, which is selling for around $44 (£28), contains natural ingredients including gold dust, aloe vera, almond and pomegranate, and has been clinically tested.

"It's a unique and revolutionary product which also works towards building inner confidence in a woman and boosting her self esteem," says Mr Bhatia, adding that the goal of the product is to "empower women".

Mr Bhatia says the product is not claiming to restore a woman's virginity, but to restore the emotions of being a virgin.

"We are only saying, 'feel like a virgin' - it's a metaphor. It tries to bring back that feeling when a person is 18."

But the company's advertising strategy has attracted criticism from some doctors, women's groups and social media users, who say the product reinforces the widely held view in India that pre-marital sex is something to be frowned upon, a taboo which is even seen as sinful by some.

"This kind of cream is utter nonsense, and could give some women an inferiority complex," argues Annie Raja from the National Federation of Indian Women, which fights for women's rights in the country.

Ms Raja says that rather than empower women, the cream will do the opposite, by reaffirming a patriarchal view that is held by many here - the notion that men want all women to be virgins until their wedding night.

"Why should women remain a virgin until marriage? It is a woman's right to have sexual relations with a man, but society here still says they should not until they are brides."

"Being a virgin is still prized, and I don't think attitudes will change in this century," says Dr Mahinda Watsa, a gynaecologist who writes a popular sexual advice column in the Mumbai Mirror and Bangalore Mirror newspaper.

Dr Watsa has answered more than 30,000 questions from Indians wanting sexual advice, and says a common question from men is how to find out whether their wife is a virgin, or from women who are keen their husband doesn't know they are not.

"Men still hope they're marrying a virgin, but more girls in India, at least in the towns and cities, are having sex before.

"Women write to me - and say, what do I do? I've had sex with other people but how do I convince people that I'm a virgin?"

Dr Watsa says that in major cities and towns more people are sexually active before marriage - more women working and having independence has led to women having more confidence and interactions with men.

"There is definitely more casual sex and sex before marriage happening in India nowadays," says Dr Nisreen Nakhoda, a GP who advises on sexual health for the medical website MDhil.

Dr Nakhoda is sceptical about how a cream such as 18 Again can work.

"Tightening the vagina is done by the vaginal muscles so I don't know how a local cream can do the job," she says, but believes it has the potential to do well in India because even if practices are changing, attitudes are not catching up as fast, so some people would try anything to cover up any hint of their actions.

"It's all very under wraps and discreet, no-one really discusses their sex lives with their friends or boyfriends," says Dr Nakhoda.

She says she has even heard stories of companies which work at night, such as call centres, finding their toilets full of condoms which they cannot flush down, as some couples find it hard to find a place to be alone.

A survey by India Today magazine last year showed that fewer than 1 in 5 (19%) of respondents were open to the idea of pre-marital sex, or live-in relationships, with a quarter of people saying they did not object to sex before marriage, as long as it was not happening in their family.

Continue reading the main story''Start QuoteOn one hand you're supposed to be the traditional demure Indian bride, but on the other hand, you don't want to have to wait for sex''

End QuoteDr Nisreen Nakhoda'Turmoil'"We're brought up being told that having sex with someone is a bit vulgar," says one 26-year-old virgin.

"When you're younger it's hard to have a boyfriend, and most of my friends who did had to go to great lengths to lie to their parents," adds the girl, who says she hopes to lose her virginity to her husband.

Another 27-year-old girl, who first had sex at the age of 20 and has had three sexual partners, believes a lot of the stigma comes from the idea that a man wants to feel like he owns a woman, adding that the idea that a women who sleeps with multiple partners might be called a "slut" is something all societies have to contend with.

"The Indian mindset is in a state of turmoil," says Dr Nahkoda,

"The young generation wants to be hip and cool and try out sex before marriage, but they're still brought up in the traditional set up where it's taboo to have sex before marriage. This leads to a lot of confusion in many teenagers.

"On one hand you're supposed to be the traditional demure Indian bride, but on the other hand, you don't want to have to wait for sex because people are marrying later. Temptations are coming their way and people are no longer resisting," says Dr Nakhoda.

The introduction of a vagina tightening cream, follows a recent controversy over a vagina skin lightening cream. Both are examples of how traditional values are clashing with newer ones in today's India.

Annie Raja says these kind of products are all about giving men control over how a woman should behave or look, and that this is outdated and dangerous.

But Ultratech's Rishi Bhatia says the fuss is unwarranted.

"Men have so many products they can buy to enhance their sexual pleasure, this is just putting sexual enhancement in the hands of women."

Monday's medical myth: get eight hours of continuous sleep each night

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Waking up in the night is perfectly normal. planetchopstickWe're often told by the popular press and well-meaning family and friends that, for good health, we should fall asleep quickly and sleep solidly for about eight hours '' otherwise we're at risk of physical and psychological ill health.

There is some evidence to suggest that those who consistently restrict their sleep to less than six hours may have increased risk of cardiovascular disease, obesity and diabetes. The biggest health risk of sleep deprivation comes from accidents, especially falling asleep while driving.

Sleep need varies depending on the individual and can be anywhere from 12 hours in long-sleeping children, to six hours in short-sleeping healthy older adults. But despite the prevailing belief, normal sleep is not a long, deep valley of unconsciousness.

The sleep period is made up of 90-minute cycles. Waking up between these sleep cycles is a normal part of the sleep pattern and becomes more common as we get older.

It's time to set the record straight about the myth of continuous sleep '' and hopefully alleviate some of the anxiety that comes from laying in bed awake at night.

So what are the alternatives to continuous sleep?

The siestaThe siesta sleep quota is made up of a one- to two-hour sleep in the early afternoon and a longer period of five to six hours late in the night. Like mammals and birds, humans tend to be most active around dawn and dusk and less active in the middle of the day.

It's thought the siesta was the dominant sleep pattern before the industrial revolution required people to be continuously awake across the day to serve the sleepless industrial machine. It's still common in rural communities around the world, not just in Mediterranean or Latin American cultures.

Our siesta tendency or post-lunch decline of alertness still occurs in those who never take afternoon naps. And this has less to do with overindulging at lunchtime and more to do with our circadian rhythms, which control our body clock, hormone production, temperature and digestive function over a 24-hour period.

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Bi-phasic sleepHistorical records also suggest that a segmented or bi-phasic sleep pattern was the norm before the industrial revolution. This pattern consists of an initial sleep of about four and a half hours (three sleep cycles of 90 minutes each) followed by one to two hours of wake and then a second sleep period of another three hours (another two sleep cycles).

During the winter months, northern Europeans would spend nine or ten hours in bed, with two to three hours of it spent awake, either in one long mid-night period or several shorter wake periods across the night.

The bed was the cheapest place to keep warm and was considered a place of rest as well as sleep. A few hours of wakefulness certainly wouldn't have been considered abnormal or labelled as insomnia.

Can't sleep? Don't worryThese days we expect to have close to 100% of our time in bed asleep, dozing off within minutes and not waking at all until the alarm sounds. Unfortunately this myth sets us up for worry if we find ourselves awake in the middle of the night. And this worry can lead gradually to the development of insomnia.

Humans can sleep on very different schedules, with little difference in wakeful competence. International sleep researchers have trialled a number of different sleep schedules: sleep for 20 minutes every hour; one hour sleep every three hours; ten hours sleep every 28 hours. Participants survive easily on all these schedules despite their impracticality in our 24-hour world.

The best quality sleep is obtained during our circadian low phase '' when body temperature and metabolic rate are at their lowest. For most people, this occurs late at night. But just like other species, humans can be opportunistic sleepers and satisfy our need for sleep when we get the opportunity.

There's no doubt that the eight-hour solid sleep myth is a relatively recent cultural imposition. And although it satisfies our modern lifestyle, it does have its disadvantages.

Some have lamented the loss of wakefulness between sleep cycles as a valuable time of contemplation or creativity.

But probably the greatest negative impact of the eight-hour sleep myth is its power to create insomniacs out of good sleepers who experience normal awakenings across the night.

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NASA handout photo shows a portion of the Grand Canyon - Reuters goofs

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The base of Mars' Mount Sharp - the rover's eventual science destination - is pictured in this August 27, 2012 NASA handout photo taken by the Curiousity rover. The lower reaches of Mount Sharp form a succession of strata as thick as those exposed in the Grand Canyon, and with a diversity of colors to match. The major difference is that the strata of the Grand Canyon are exposed along a great valley, whereas the strata of Mount Sharp are exposed along the flanks of a great mountain. REUTERS/NASA/Handout (UNITED STATES - Tags: SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY ENVIRONMENT) THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS

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Video: Will.i.am song 'Reach for the Stars' to be played on Mars - Telegraph

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The singer announced on his Twitter feed that his new song 'Reach for the Stars' will be played by Nasa's Curiosity rover, which landed on Mars earlier this month.

The song will be played at 7pm BST this evening and will be streamed live from Nasa's website and broadcast on Nasa TV.

Will.i.am has worked in the past with Nasa on his i.am.angel Foundation which develops science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics intiatives.

"Pirate Broadcaster" on Jupiter'--radio emissions conceal surprise

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Radio "Jupiter"--Undiscovered radio emission from Jupiter was well received by a FWF-project.

The discovery of a new radio emission from Jupiter is among the highlights of a three-year Austrian Science Fund FWF project. This project actually investigated the planetary radio-frequency emissions of the Earth and Saturn'--and a strange radio emission from the planet Jupiter was discovered. Further results of the project, which has now been completed, included the identification of a new modulation in terrestrial radio emissions, as well as analysis of particular components of Saturn's radio emissions. External reviewers assessed the project as outstanding in the closing evaluation.

The Earth is loud'--radio-loud. That is how objects causing measurable radio emissions are described in astronomy. The Earth itself is one as well, whose magnet field influences charged particles (electrons, protons, and ions) in a way that causes radio emissions. Indeed, other planets such as Saturn or Jupiter cause these emissions as well. Measuring them allows us to draw conclusions about planetary magnetic fields. A project of the Austrian Science Fund FWF carried out in Graz at the Space Research Institute (IWF) of the Austrian Academy of Sciences had just this goal.

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The team headed by Prof. Helmut O. Rucker, Deputy Director and Research Director at the IWF, wanted to analyse specific radio emissions of the Earth and Saturn in cooperation with colleagues from the US and France. And, with the help of radio data from NASA's space probes Stereo-A and Stereo-B, they were successful at this'--although a "jammer" had been broadcasting into their work. According to Prof. Rucker: "In the course of the analysis, my colleague, Dr. Mykhaylo Panchenko, discovered a strange radio emission that originated from Jupiter'--one which actually would not have been part of our project. That this emission remained undiscovered, despite 50 years of observing Jovian radio emissions, was reason enough for us to get to the bottom of it."

The striking thing about the emission in the decametre region (wavelengths of about 10 metres) was especially its periodicity, that is, the change in its intensity. Up to now, there were two known periods for the decametre emission of Jupiter: one that resulted from the rotation of Jupiter running at 9 hours, 55 minutes, 29.7 seconds (System III), as well as a one further that can be traced back to the influence of Jupiter's moon Io on the magnetic field (42.46 hours). The newly discovered component in the radio emissions, with a period of about 10.07 hours, lay approx. 1.5 percent higher than the one produced by Jupiter's rotation. Dr. Panchenko comments: "Our further analyses suggest that the source of this new radio-frequency component co-rotates with Jupiter. We suspect that the source of the emission lies in the vicinity of the plasma torus fed by Jupiter's moon Io." This is a donut-shaped region around Jupiter that lies at the elevation of Io's orbital plane and has been formed by volcanic material from this moon interacting with Jupiter's magnetic field. This hypothesis about the source and questions about how the radio impulses are created now need to be clarified in future projects.

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Published in Geophysical Research Letters, the work about the discovery of the radio emissions represented an unexpected spin-off product for the FWF project. However, important progress was also made on the radio emissions work actually planned for Earth and Saturn. A distinct diurnal modulation could be established through analysis of the Stereo-A and Stereo-B data for auroral radio emissions of Earth in the kilometre wavelength. In addition, in-flight calibration of the stereo antenna system based on specialised mathematical techniques proved successful. This facilitated an exact characterisation of the reception behaviour of this system. Additionally, accurate analyses of the modulations for Saturn's kilometre-wavelength radio emissions were completed.

More information: Original publication: New periodicity in Jovian decametric radio emission, M. Panchenko, et al.. Geophysical Research Letters, VOL. 37, L05106, DOI: 10. 1029/2010GL042488 , 2010

Journal reference:Geophysical Research Letters

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Self-Help for Skeptics

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Research indicates people who adopt an attitude of "self compassion" are healthier. Elizabeth Bernstein on Lunch Break has tips on how to coach yourself to be a happier more satisfied person.

Donna Talarico sat at her computer one morning, stared at the screen and realized she had forgotten'--again!'--her password.

She was having financial difficulties at the time, and was reading self-help books to boost her mood and self-confidence. The books talked about the power of positive affirmation'--which gave her an idea: She changed her various passwords to private messages to herself, like "imawe$some1" or "dogoodworktoday."

"It's something so simple," says the 34-year-old marketing manager at Elizabethtown College, in Pennsylvania. "It just reinforces that you're a good person. You can do a good job at whatever you are trying to talk yourself into."

Illustrations by Jim HaynesIn times of stress, even people with close social networks can feel utterly alone. We're often advised to "buck up," "talk to someone" (who is often paid to listen) or take a pill. Wouldn't it also make sense to learn ways to comfort and be supportive of ourselves?

Think of it as becoming our own best friend, or our own personal coach, ready with the kind of encouragement and tough love that works best for us. After all, who else knows us better than ourselves? If that sounds crazy, bear in mind it sure beats turning to chocolate, alcohol or your Pekingese for support.

Experts say that to feel better you need to treat yourself kindly'--this is called "self-compassion"'--and focus on the positive, by being optimistic. Research shows self-compassionate people cope better with everything from a major relationship breakup to the loss of their car keys. They don't compound their misery by beating themselves up over every unfortunate accident or mistake. Car broke down? Sure, it's a drag, but it doesn't make you an idiot.

"They are treating themselves like a kind friend," says Mark Leary, professor of psychology and neuroscience at Duke University. "When bad things happen to a friend, you wouldn't yell at him."

More Ways to Get a Confidence BoostIn 15 studies conducted over the past seven years, Dr. Leary has found that self-compassionate people are happier. Three of the studies, soon to be published, examine how self-compassion affects people over age 65. The studies found that people who accepted memory lapses, arthritis and other difficulties of getting older, and who treated themselves extra nicely on tough days, reported more positive emotions and were coping better with the aging process.

Self-compassion helps people overcome life's little, and not-so-little, stressors, such as public speaking. In another study, Dr. Leary asked people to stand in front of a videocamera and make up a story starting with the phrase, "Once there was a little bear'..." Then he asked them to critique their performance, captured on videotape.

People whom the study had identified as being high in self-compassion admitted they looked silly, recognized the task wasn't easy and joked about it. People low in self-compassion gave harsh self-criticism.

Experts say you can learn self-compassion in real time. You can train your brain to focus on the positive'--even if you're wired to see the glass as half empty. A person's perspective, or outlook, is influenced by factors including genetic makeup (is he prone to depression?), experiences (what happened to him?) and "cognitive bias" (how does he interpret his experiences?). We can't change our genes or our experiences, but experts say we can change the way we interpret what has happened in the past.

Everyone has an optimistic and a pessimistic circuit in their brain, says Elaine Fox, visiting research professor at the University of Oxford, England, and director of the Affective Neuroscience Laboratory in the Department of Psychology at the University of Essex. Fear, rooted in the amygdala, helps us identify and respond to threats and is at the root of pessimism. Optimism, in contrast, is rooted in the nucleus accumbens, the brain's pleasure center, which responds to food, sex and other healthy, good things in life.

"The most resilient people experience a wide range of emotions, both negative and positive," says Dr. Fox, author of "Rainy Brain, Sunny Brain." To enjoy life and feel good, people need roughly four positive emotions to counteract the effect of one negative emotion, she says. People who experience life as drudgery had two or even one positive emotion for every negative one, Dr. Fox has found.

It's possible to change your cognitive bias by training the brain to focus more on the positive than on the negative. In the lab, Dr. Fox showed subjects pairs of images, one negative (the aftermath of a bomb blast, say) and one either positive (a cute child) or neutral (an office). Participants were asked to point out, as quickly as possible, a small target that appeared immediately after each positive or neutral image'--subliminally requiring them to pay less attention to the negative images, which had no target.

Always There For YouHere are ways to be your own best friend in stressful times.

Instead of "pushing through" a bad day, look for ways to actively improve it. Take a small break. Get an ice-cream cone. Invite a friend out to dinner.Resist the urge to make your problems worse. "Ask yourself, How much of my distress is the real problem, and how much is stuff I am heaping on myself unnecessarily?" says Mark Leary, professor of psychology and neuroscience at Duke University.Boost your daily ratio of positive-to-negative emotions, says Elaine Fox, a cognitive psychologist. What do you enjoy doing? Seeing your best buddy, watching a funny movie, walking in the park? Make a list and do one a day.Then list things you really don't enjoy. Are there people who bring you down? Hobbies that no longer interest you? Errands you can delegate? Some of this stuff can be avoided.If you don't feel happy, fake it. You wouldn't constantly burden a friend with your bad mood, so don't burden yourself. Try holding a pencil horizontally in your mouth. "This activates the same muscles that create a smile, and our brain interprets this as happiness," Dr. Fox says.Want to try this at home? Write down, in a journal, the positive and negative things that happen to you each day, whether running into an old friend or missing your bus. Try for four positives for each negative. You'll be training your brain to look for the good even as you acknowledge the bad, Dr. Fox says.

When I asked, I was pleasantly surprised by the number and variety of ways people said they treat themselves with compassion, care and kindness. Anittah Patrick, a 35-year-old online marketing consultant in Philadelphia, celebrated her emergence from a long depression by making herself a valentine. She covered an old picture frame with lace and corks from special bottles of wine, and drew a big heart inside. Using old computer keys, she spelled out the message "Welc*me Back." Then she put it on her dressing table, where she sees it every morning. "It's a nice reminder that I'll get through whatever challenge I'm facing," she says.

If Kris Wittenberg, a 45-year-old entrepreneur from Vail, Colo., starts to feel bad, she tells herself "Stop," and jots down something she is grateful for. She writes down at least five things at the end of each day. "You start to see how many negative thoughts you have," she says.

Kevin Kilpatrick, 55, a college professor and children's author in San Diego, talks to himself'--silently, unless he is in the car'--going over everything positive he has accomplished recently. "It helps me to hear it out loud, especially from the voice that's usually screaming at me to do better, work harder and whatever else it wants to berate me about," he says.

Adam Urbanski, 42, who owns a marketing firm and lives in Irvine, Calif., keeps a binder labeled "My Raving Fans" in his office. Filling it are more than 100 cards and letters from clients and business contacts thanking him for his help. "All it takes is reading a couple of them to realize that I do make a difference," Mr. Urbanski says.

He has something he calls his "1-800-DE-FUNK line." It's not a real number, but a strategy he uses when he is upset. He calls a friend, vents for 60 seconds, then asks her about her problems. "It's amazing how five minutes of working on someone else's problems makes my own disappear," he says. Sometimes, as a reality check, he asks himself, "What Would John Nash Think?" in honor of the mathematician, Nobel laureate and subject of the film "A Beautiful Mind," who suffered from paranoid schizophrenia.

Are things really as dire as he thinks? Is he overreacting? "It always turns out that whatever keeps me down isn't really as bad as I thought," Mr. Urbanski says.

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Mayor Blows Up At Reporter After Question About Midtown Shooting CBS New York

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Mayor Michael Bloomberg addresses reporters following the shooting near the Empire State Building on Aug. 24, 2012. (credit: CBS 2)

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) ''Mayor Michael Bloomberg vehemently defended the actions of the police officers who responded to the shooting near the Empire State Building last week.

The mayor exploded in anger after a reporter asked him what he thought of the officers opening fire on 58-year-old Jeffrey Johnson Friday morning on a Midtown street, injuring nine bystanders who got caught in the crossfire.

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''Let me ask you this Miss, if somebody pointed a gun at you and you had a gun in your pocket, what would you do? I think that answers the question,'' Bloomberg said Tuesday at an unrelated news conference in the Bronx.

Johnson encountered the officers moments after he allegedly shot and killed his former co-worker, 41-year-old Steven Ercolino, outside Hazan Imports on West 33rd Street.

The two officers fired a total of 16 rounds at Johnson after he pulled out a gun and pointed it at the officers, police said.

''The guy turned and pointed his gun at the two police officers and you can really ask that question after that?'' Bloomberg asked the reporter.

The mayor added that it's unfortunate nine bystanders were injured, but insists the officers ''acted more than appropriately.''

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly confirmed on Saturday that all nine bystanders were hit by police officers' bullets. Six of the nine were hit by bullet fragments, while the other three were hit directly by bullets. However, none of the injuries were life-threatening.

Kelly also said the officers, who remain on desk duty as the investigation continues, took ''appropriate action.''

WCBS 880'²s Rich Lamb reports

Meanwhile, Johnson's mother told The New York Times that the officers were justified in shooting her son.

''I don't blame police in New York for shooting my son because he killed somebody, but for me, he hasn't changed. He's still the kindhearted, caring person who loved all kinds of animals and I'm sure he loved us,'' she told the paper. ''You know a mother always tries to look for the best in you.''

She also told the Times that she believes her son pointed the weapon at the officers ''to make sure that they would shoot him and he would die.''

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Listen to how aggressively CNN's Wolf Blitzer talks up how the Republican National Committee snubbed Ron Paul and yet Rand answers by evading Blitzer's questions about the snub of his father. Sad.Translation: Beat my father, diss my father, cheat my father, it's OK, establishment Republicans are great.

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Video: Will.i.am song 'Reach for the Stars' to be played on Mars - Telegraph

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The singer announced on his Twitter feed that his new song 'Reach for the Stars' will be played by Nasa's Curiosity rover, which landed on Mars earlier this month.

The song will be played at 7pm BST this evening and will be streamed live from Nasa's website and broadcast on Nasa TV.

Will.i.am has worked in the past with Nasa on his i.am.angel Foundation which develops science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics intiatives.

Wolf Blitzer: Racist Attack On CNN Camerawoman At Republican National Convention Was 'Truly Shocking' (VIDEO)

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John Thune South Dakota Senator John Thune gestures to the delegates during the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Rob PortmanOhio Senator Rob Portman waves to the delegates during the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Ohio Senator Rob Portman waves to delegates before his speech during the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Arizona Senator John McCain, left, shakes hands with former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum during the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

John Thune South Dakota Senator John Thune waves to the delegates during the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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John McCainSen. John McCain, R-Ariz., smiles before addressing the during the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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Rand PaulSen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., addresses the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul addresses delegates at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Mitch McConnell Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky addresses to the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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Paul Ryan, Janna RyanRepublican vice presidential candidate, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and wife Janna appear on stage at the Wisconsin delegation's Beers and Brats event, Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Paul RyanRepublican vice presidential nominee, Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin checks out the TelePrompTer during this podium sound check during the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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Former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani is interviewed on the convention floor before the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Paul RyanRepublican vice presidential candidate, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis. gestures during a walk through ahead of his delivering a speech at the Republican National Convention, Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012 in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Paul Ryan, Sam Ryan, Liza Ryan, Charlie RyanCAPTION CORRECTION, CORRECTS ORDER OF CHILDREN'S NAMES TO SAM, LIZA AND CHARLIE, NOT CHARLIE, LIZA AND SAM - Republican vice presidential candidate, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., smiles at his children, from left, Sam, Liza, and Charlie, during a walk through ahead of his delivering a speech at the Republican National Convention, Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

John McCainA reporter, left, tries to interview Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., as he walks the floor of the Republican National Convention, Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Catherine Akin, of Jasper, Fla., a demonstrators participate in a protest rally in the rain, Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012, in Tampa, Fla. Protestors gathered in Tampa to march in demonstration against the Republican National Convention. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

A worker walks down the isle to collect trash on the floor at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Marco RubioSen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., picks up the gavel after a sound check on the main stage at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice looks over the main stage during a sound check at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Tim PawlentyFormer Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty looks over the main stage during a sound check at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Police officers watch demonstrators marching through the streets of Tampa, Fla., to protest the Republican National Convention on Monday, Aug. 27, 2012. Here's what tens of thousands of visitors in Tampa during the Republican National Convention will see this week: police. Lots of them. They're seemingly on every street corner. Officers riding bicycles, horses and golf carts that look like baby Humvees. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Police officers patrol, Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012, in Tampa, Fla. Here's what tens of thousands of visitors in Tampa during the Republican National Convention will see this week: police. Lots of them. They're seemingly on every street corner. Officers riding bicycles, horses and golf carts that look like baby Humvees. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Condoleezza RiceFormer Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice sits down for a television interview on the floor of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie addresses the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla. on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Chris ChristieNew Jersey Governor Chris Christie addresses the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla. on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie addresses the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Ann RomneyAnn Romney, wife of U.S. Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, reacts as he walks up to the podium to address the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Mitt Romney, Ann RomneyU.S. Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney hugs his wife Ann after she addressed the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Mitt Romney, Ann RomneyAnn Romney is kissed by her husband Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney during the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla. on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applwhite)

Ann RomneyAnn Romney, wife of U.S. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney addresses the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla. on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Ann RomneyAnn Romney, wife of Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney arrives on stage to deliver a speech at the Republican National Convention on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012 in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Ted CruzSenate candidate Ted Cruz, of Texas, addresses the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Ted CruzSenate candidate Ted Cruz of Texas addresses the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Nikki HaleySouth Carolina Governor Nikki Haley addresses the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Nikki HaleySouth Carolina Governor Nikki Haley addresses the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Artur DavisFormer Representative Artur Davis addresses the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Artur DavisFormer Representative Artur Davis addresses the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Rick SantorumFormer Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum speaks to delegates during the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

ProtesterA protester yells out while Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum speaks during the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

ProtesterA protester is led away while Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum speaks during the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum introduces his wife Karen during his speech during the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Scott WalkerWisconsin Gov. Scott Walker waves to delegates during the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Scott WalkerWisconsin Gov. Scott Walker addresses Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Brian SandovalNevada Gov. Brian Sandoval addresses the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Texas Governor Rick Perry poses with delegates during the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Phil ArchulettaSmall business owner Phil Archuletta addresses the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Kyle Welch, Lillian WelchKyle Welch from Cambridge, Mass., cheer as his 1-year-old daughter Lillian sleeps during the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Bob McDonnellVirginia Governor Bob McDonnell addresses the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell addresses delegates during the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Bev GraySmall business owner Bev Gray addresses the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin waves to candidates during the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin speaks to delegates during the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Cathy McMorris RodgersRepresentative Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., addresses the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Kelly AyotteSen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., waves to the delegates before addressing the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich arrives at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Small business owner Jack Gilchrist speaks to delegates during the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

John KasichOhio Governor John Kasich addresses the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Mia LoveMayor of Saratoga Springs, Utah, Mia Love waves to candidates following her speech during the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Mia LoveMayor of Saratoga Springs, Utah, Mia Love speaks to delegates during the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Actress Janine Turner speaks to delegates during the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Jan BrewerArizona Gov. Jan Brewer arrives on the floor at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Scott WalkerWisconsin Gov. Scott Walker reacts as he casts his states votes for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney during the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Delegates gather in the Tampa Bay Times Forum during the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Scott WalkerWisconsin Gov. Scott Walker talks to delegates on the floor at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Scott RomneyScott Romney, right, brother of U.S. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, reacts at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

John KasichOhio Gov. John Kasich speaks at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Michele BachmannMinnesota Representative Michele Bachmann, second right, listens as Minnesota delegates casts their vote during the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Delegates from Kentucky casts their votes for presidential candidate Mitt Romney during the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Scott Romney, Rick Snyder. Michigan delegate Scott Romney, center with a note pad, and the rest of Michigan delegates react at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. At right is Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, taps a gavel during the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Fredi SimpsonWashington state delegate Fredi Simpson cheer during the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

John SununuCommittee on Rules Chairman John Sununu addresses delegates during the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Don GenhartCalifornia delegate Don Genhart fashions his cowboy boots at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Sol Grosskopf Wisconsin delegate Sol Grosskopf from Shawano wearing cheesehead talks on the phone during the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

A delegate from Texas holds up an anti-Obama sign during the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Bryan DaughertyWith Ron Paul's autograph on his hat, Maine delegate Bryan Daugherty from Bangor looks at his smart phone at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Mick CornettOklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett waves to the Oklahoma delegation during the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Bill HaslamTennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, center, talks to delegates on the floor at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

North Carolina delegates cheer during the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Bob FishDelegate Bob Fish from Parkersburg, W. Va., pledges at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

A volunteer places pamphlets on chairs in Montana's delegation seating area before the start of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Tim Babcock, Tom HoganFormer Montana Gov. Tim Babcock, left, Tom Hogan (FL) lead the Pledge of Allegiance during the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)<em><strong>CORRECTION</strong>: A former version of this caption misstated Hogan's title.</em>

Texas delegates recite the Pledge of Allegiance during the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Reice PreibusChairman of the Rebpulican National Convention Reice Preibus gavels the second session of the Republican National Convention to order in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Bruce ThompsonBruce Thompson of San Diego, Calif. fashions his hat at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Diane Sawyer, Ann RomneyDiane Sawyer, left, interviews Ann Romney, wife of U.S. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, on the floor before the session of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

US-VOTE-2012-REPUBLICAN CONVENTIONFormer republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich and his wife Callista appear on stage during a sound check at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Florida, on August 28, 2012 during the Republican National Convention. The 2012 Republican National Convention is expected to host 2,286 delegates and 2,125 alternate delegates from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and five territories. AFP PHOTO Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/GettyImages)

2012 Republican National Convention: Day 2TAMPA, FL - AUGUST 28: U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) stands on stage during a soundcheck with stage manager Howard Kolins during the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on August 28, 2012 in Tampa, Florida. Today is the first full session of the RNC after the start was delayed due to Tropical Storm Isaac. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

2012 Republican National Convention: Day 2TAMPA, FL - AUGUST 28: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who will give the keynote address and his wife Mary Pat Christie stand on stage for a soundcheck during the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on August 28, 2012 in Tampa, Florida. Today is the first full session of the RNC after the start was delayed due to Tropical Storm Isaac. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Jeb BushFormer Florida Gov. Jeb Bush looks at the convention floor from the podium during a microphone check at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Monday, Aug. 27, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

In the dimmed lights, state delagate signs are seen on the convention floor after an abbreviated session of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Monday, Aug. 27, 2012.(AP Photo/David Goldman)

2012 Republican National Convention Delayed By Tropical Storm IsaacTAMPA, FL - AUGUST 27: Musician Beau Davidson performs during a sound check during the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on August 27, 2012 in Tampa, Florida. The RNC is scheduled to convene today, but will hold its first full session tomorrow after being delayed due to Tropical Storm Isaac. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Alex Casetta, a delegate from Denver, Colo., wears a Pro-Life button on his hat following the opening session of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Monday, Aug. 27, 2012. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Reince PriebusChairman of the Republican National Committee Reince Priebus speaks to delegates during an abbreviated session the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Monday, Aug. 27, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Jeremy Blosser Jeremy Blosser from Ft. Worth, Texas stands next a mirrored wall on the convention floor after an abbreviated session of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Monday, Aug. 27, 2012. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Delegates from Texas pray during an abbreviated session of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Monday, Aug. 27, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Delegates watch a video presentation during an abbreviated session of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Monday, Aug. 27, 2012. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Delegates from the state of Ohio listen to Chairman of the Republican National Committee Reince Priebus during the abbreviated opening session of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Monday, Aug. 27, 2012. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Delegates watch a video presentation during an abbreviated session of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Monday, Aug. 27, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

John Boehner, Diane Sawyer House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, left, talks to Diane Sawyer on the floor of the Republican National Convention in the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla., on Monday, Aug. 27, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

John BoehnerHouse Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, talks to reporters on the floor of the Republican National Convention in the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla., on Monday, Aug. 27, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

US-VOTE-2012-REPUBLICAN CONVENTIONAmerican political consultant Karl Rove (L) and Senator Orrin Hatch from Utah (R) share a word at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Florida, during final preparations for the opening of the Republican National Convention on August 27, 2012. Due to tropical storm Isaac, the convention will come to order later today, Monday August 27th, and then immediately recess until the afternoon on Tuesday, August 28th. AFP PHOTO Brendan SMIALOWSKI (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/GettyImages)

2012 Republican National Convention Delayed By Tropical Storm IsaacTAMPA, FL - AUGUST 27: A sign for the Republican National Convention hangs outside Tampa Bay Times Forum on August 27, 2012 in Tampa, Florida. The Republican National Convention is scheduled to convene briefly August 27, and delayed its first full session until August 28 because of Tropical Storm Isaac. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Mitch McConnellSenate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. bchecks out the stage at the Republican National Convention inside the Tampa Bay Times Forum, Monday, Aug. 27, 2012, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

2012 Republican National Convention Delayed By Tropical Storm IsaacTAMPA, FL - AUGUST 27: Stage workers continue to make last-minute adjustments to the main stage at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on the abbreviated first day of the Republican National Convention August 27, 2012 in Tampa, Florida. Organizers decided to delay the start of the convention as the projected path of Tropical Storm Isaac' put the storm blowing past Tampa and into the Gulf of Mexico. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

A Coast Guard patrol boat cruises past the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla., Monday, Aug. 27, 2012. The start of the Republican National Convention, being held at the facility, has been delayed because of the approaching tropical storm Isaac. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

Judy Griffin, of Georgia, takes photos while wearing a hat with Republican Party buttons during the 2012 Tampa Bay Host Committee's welcoming event for the delegates of the Republican National Convention on Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/The Tampa Tribune, Chris Urso, Pool)

Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney campaign buttons are displayed ahead of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Herman CainSupporters cheer as former Republican presidential candidate, businessman Herman Cain, speaks during a Unity Rally Sunday Aug. 26, 2012, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

US-VOTE-2012-REPUBLICAN CONVENTIONWilliam Temple (C), in colonial dress, and other Tea Party supporters cheer at the Tea Party Unity Rally at The River at Tampa Bay Church ahead of the Republican National Convention, in Tampa, Florida, on August 26, 2012. AFP PHOTO / ROBYN BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/GettyImages)

US-VOTE-2012-REPUBLICAN CONVENTIONSupporters of US Republican presidential contender Ron Paul react during his speech at a rally at the Sun Dome of the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida, on August 26, 2012. Thousands of Ron Paul supporters gathered in Sun Dome to show support for their candidate. AFP PHOTO/MLADEN ANTONOV (Photo credit should read MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/GettyImages)

US-VOTE-2012-REPUBLICAN CONVENTIONA supporter of the US Republican presidential contender Ron Paul waves his portrait during a rally at the Sun Dome of the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida, on August 26, 2012. Thousands of Ron Paul supporters gathered in Sun Dome to show support for their candidate. AFP PHOTO/MLADEN ANTONOV (Photo credit should read MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/GettyImages)

US-VOTE-2012-REPUBLICAN CONVENTIONSupporters wave banners and a portret of US Republican presidential contender Ron Paul during a rally at the Sun Dome of the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida, on August 26, 2012. Thousands of Ron Paul supporters gathered in Sun Dome to show support for their candidate. AFP PHOTO/MLADEN ANTONOV (Photo credit should read MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/GettyImages)

Tampa Prepares For Republican National Convention And Potential HurricaneTAMPA, FL - AUGUST 26: South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley waves while standing at the podium with Stage manager Howard Kolins (R) ahead of the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on August 26, 2012 in Tampa, Florida. The RNC is scheduled to convene on August 27 and will hold its first session on August 28 as Tropical Storm Isaac threatens disruptions due to its proximity to the Florida peninsula. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

G.E. SmithGuitarist G.E. Smith rehearses at the Republican National Convention inside of the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla., on Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Scott Kiss Worker Patrick Gayle of Kissimmee, Fla. wipes the mirror-sided camera stands on the floor of the Republican National Convention in the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla., on Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Workers prepare the stage for the Republican National Convention inside the Tampa Bay Times Forum, Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Jason ChaffetzRep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, stands on the stage during preparation for the Republican National Convention festivities inside the Tampa Bay Times Forum, Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Workers prepare the stage for the Republican National Convention inside the Tampa Bay Times Forum, Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Jason ChaffetzRep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, gets a look at the stage during preparation for the Republican National Convention festivities inside the Tampa Bay Times Forum, Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Workers prepare the stage for the Republican National Convention inside the Tampa Bay Times Forum, Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Anthony Batri, from Largo, Fla., unfurls banners as preparations are made ahead of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

Workers prepare the stage for the Republican National Convention inside the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla., on Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012. The political convention begins on Monday, Aug. 27th. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

Workers prepare the stage for the Republican National Convention inside the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla., on Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012. The political convention begins on Monday, Aug. 27th. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

Riggers load nets full of balloons for the Republican National Convention festivities inside the Tampa Bay Times Forum, Friday, Aug. 24, 2012, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Riggers load nets full of balloons for the Republican National Convention festivities inside the Tampa Bay Times Forum, Friday, Aug. 24, 2012, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Tampa Prepares For Republican National Convention And Potential HurricaneTAMPA, FL - AUGUST 23: Video displays that will be used during the Republican National Convention are tested at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on August 23, 2012 in Tampa, Florida. The Republican convention is scheduled to begin in less than a week although Tropical Storm Isaac is threatening possible disruptions due to its proximity to the Florida peninsula. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Members of the media conduct interviews on the floor after the unveiling of the stage and podium for the 2012 Republican National Convention, Monday, Aug. 20, 2012, at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Scott Iskowitz)

Reince Priebus, Willan HarrisRepublican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, left, and convention CEO William Harris unveil the stage and podium for the 2012 Republican National Convention, Monday, Aug. 20, 2012, at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Scott Iskowitz)

Reince Priebus, Willan HarrisRepublican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, left, and convention CEO William Harris unveil the stage and podium for the 2012 Republican National Convention, Monday, Aug. 20, 2012, at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Scott Iskowitz)

GOP Previews Site Of Republican National ConventionTAMPA, FL - AUGUST 20: Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus unveils the stage inside of the Tampa Bay Times Forum in preparation for the Republican National Convention on August 20, 2012 in Tampa, Florida. Thousands will decend on Tampa for the four day convention which takes place August 27-30. (Photo by Tim Boyles/Getty Images)

GOP Previews Site Of Republican National ConventionTAMPA, FL - AUGUST 20: News media report on the unveiling of the stage inside of the Tampa Bay Times Forum in preparation for the Republican National Convention on August 20, 2012 in Tampa, Florida. Thousands will decend on Tampa for the four day convention which takes place August 27-30. (Photo by Tim Boyles/Getty Images)

GOP Previews Site Of Republican National ConventionTAMPA, FL - AUGUST 20: A worker walks past the stage inside of the Tampa Bay Times Forum in preparation for the Republican National Convention on August 20, 2012 in Tampa, Florida. Thousands will decend on Tampa for the four day convention which takes place August 27-30. (Photo by Tim Boyles/Getty Images)

GOP Previews Site Of Republican National ConventionTAMPA, FL - AUGUST 20: A woman walks in front of the stage inside of the Tampa Bay Times Forum in preparation for the Republican National Convention on August 20, 2012 in Tampa, Florida. Thousands will decend on Tampa for the four day convention which takes place August 27-30. (Photo by Tim Boyles/Getty Images)

This photo taken Monday, Aug. 13, 2012 shows downtown Tampa, Fla. The Tampa Bay Times Forum, right, is the location of the Republican National Convention, which will be held Aug. 27-30. Traffic caused by road closures and protests are a concern of downtown workers and residents. (AP Photo/Tamara Lush)

Protesters Demonstrate During The Republican National ConventionTAMPA, FL - AUGUST 27: Code Pink protesters goad people waiting in line to enter Ybor City's Cuban Club which is reported to be hosting a party attended by U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and others as the Republican National Convention is set to begin on August 27, 2012 in Tampa, Florida. The Code Pink demostrators were accusing the people attending the party of being rich as well as supporters of presumptive Republican presidential nominee, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Texas delegates gather in the Tampa Bay Times Forum during the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

US-VOTE-2012-REPUBLICAN CONVENTIONAnti-Mitt Romney protesters march through the streets in Tampa, Florida, on August 26, 2012 ahead of the Republican National Convention. The 2012 Republican National Convention was scheduled to be held at the Tampa Bay Times Forum from August 27-30, 2012, but was cut short by one day due to incoming severe weather and possible hurricane conditions. AFP PHOTO Robyn BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/GettyImages)

Scientists Are One Step Closer to an Addiction-Proof Painkiller.

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Tue, 28 Aug 2012 19:23

Researchers are close to achieving an addiction-proof painkiller. In the lab, scientists have successfully administered a pain-relieving drug to rodents. The test subjects have not shown the typical addictive behavior to a drug called (+)-naloxone.

In a recent study, published in the Journal of Neuroscience, researchers explain their approach '-- blocking ''drug reward'' with pain-relieving pills. Watch the video above and see how the new anti-addiction medication works.

The scope of painkiller abuse nationally and globally is often debated. The latest report by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, released in April 2012, states nearly 7 million Americans grapple with prescription-drug addiction. The CDC reports deaths related to painkiller overdoses have tripled since 1990.

SEE ALSO: Beyond BAC: How the Breathalyzer Is Poised to Revolutionize Medical DiagnosticsIf the increased distribution of ocycodone and hydrocodone to U.S. pharmacies '-- the nation's most popular prescription painkillers '-- is any indication, the situation is getting worse. Ocycodone is a key ingredient of OxyContin, Percocet and Percodan. While hydrocodone can be found in Vicodin, Norco and Lortab, according to the AP.

With reports of prescription drug overdose on the rise, do you think this should be a larger national initiative? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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Prosecutors: U.S. Soldiers Plotted to Kill President Obama - National

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Tue, 28 Aug 2012 04:07

Update (4:51 p.m.): Isaac Aguigui, the alleged leader of the anarchist militia group, bears a striking resemblance to one "Isaac Aguigui" identified as a 2008 Republican National Convention page by Reuters, as Gawker's John Cook points out. View the side-by-side comparison of his current mug shot and 2008 RNC photo here.

Update (3:45 p.m.): Local NBC affiliate WSAV 3 has video footage of the alleged militia members being handcuffed and charged in connection with the killing of Michael Roark and his girlfriend Tiffany York. The local report does not include details of the alleged plot to overthrow the government and assassinate President Obama. For those details, see our previous update:

Update (3:15 p.m.): More details are surfacing about the four soldiers accused of stockpiling assault weapons and bomb components and plotting to assassinate the president. According to the AP's Russ Bynum, the group calls itself F.E.A.R., which stands for Forever Enduring Always Ready. While authorities don't know how many members are in the group, they did accuse it of plotting some ambitious domestic terrorist plots:

The prosecutor said the militia group had big plans. It plotted to take over Fort Stewart by seizing its ammunition control point and talked of bombing the Forsyth Park fountain in nearby Savannah, she said. In Washington state, she added, the group plotted to bomb a dam and poison the state's apple crop. Ultimately, prosecutors said, the militia's goal was to overthrow the government and assassinate the president.

All are charged by state authorities with malice murder, felony murder, criminal gang activity, aggravated assault and using a firearm while committing a felony. A hearing for the three soldiers was scheduled Thursday.

The above photo shows U.S. Army Sgt. Anthony Peden, left, and Pvt. Isaac Aguigui, identified by prosecutors as F.E.A.R.'s leader, after appearing before a magistrate judge at the Long County Sheriffs Office in Ludowici, Georgia. As we noted earlier, the members of the anarchist militia group allegedly bought $87,000 worth of "guns and bomb-making materials" for the plot, which was uncovered following a murder investigation into the deaths of former soldier Michael Roark and his girlfriend Tiffany York. According to prosecutors, Roark was killed after members of F.E.A.R. discovered that he knew of their plot. On Monday, 26-year-old Army Pfc. Michael Burnett plead guilty to manslaughter and illegal gang activity in connection with the murder case. He also gave testimony backing up some of the claims made by prosecutors. Bynum says that Burnett testified against Aguigui, who he said ordered the killings of Roark and his girlfriend. The plots were allegedly financed by a $500,000 insurance settlement Aguigui received from the death of his wife.

Original post: In a disturbing report out of Georgia, prosecutors say four U.S. soldiers plotted to overthrow the government and assassinate President Obama. Details remain slim about the case, but the AP's Russ Bynum says the soldiers allegedly bought $87,000 worth of "guns and bomb-making materials and plotted to take over Fort Stewart, bomb targets in nearby Savannah and Washington state, as well as assassinate the president." The plot was apparently uncovered in relation to a murder case surrounding the killing of former soldier Michael Roark and his girlfriend Tiffany York in December. On Monday, Pfc. Michael Burnett, one of the accused soldiers, plead guilty to manslaughter and gang charges in the murder case. "Burnett told a Long County judge that Roark, who had just left the Army, knew of the militia group's plans and was killed because he was 'a loose end,'" reports Bynum.

As The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Jay Bookman notes, "Sometimes these things get blown out of proportion, but $87,000 in weaponry suggests otherwise. And when you're willing to murder two people to keep the plot secret, you're pretty serious about it." The news follows a controversial report published by Reuters' Daniel Trotta last week that the U.S. Army is battling soldiers within its ranks who enlist in the Army and Marine Corps "to acquire the skills to overthrow what some call the ZOG - the Zionist Occupation Government. Get in, get trained and get out to brace for the coming race war." At the time, Business Insider's Geoffrey Ingersoll pushed back against the report in a piece titled "Don't Believe the Report Going Around About Veterans Flocking to Right Wing Extremist Groups." The AP report doesn't say if the motivations to overthrow the government were racial or anti-semitic in nature in this case but much more details are likely to come.

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The lawyer representing the three members of the Russian female punk band, Pussy Riot has launched an appeal against their sentences.

The three women have been imprisoned for two years for performing a 'punk prayer' at Moscow's Christ the Saviour cathedral.

The song calls on the Virgin Mary to deliver Russia from its President Vladimir Putin.

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