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Peru struggles to keep outsiders away from uncontacted Amazon tribe | World news | The Guardian

Peru struggles to keep outsiders away from uncontacted Amazon tribe | World news | The Guardian:"Mashco-Piro Indians have been spotted on the banks of a river popular with tourists after increasing logging in the area"

Moscow's Banksy: the street art of P183 – in pictures | Art and design | guardian.co.uk

Moscow's Banksy: the street art of P183 – in pictures | Art and design | guardian.co.uk

Occupy DC protesters rally to save 'tent of dreams' amid threats to clear camp | World news | guardian.co.uk

Occupy DC protesters rally to save 'tent of dreams' amid threats to clear camp | World news | guardian.co.uk: "Demonstrators appeal to courts in attempt to prevent police officers from destroying tents and belongings at protest sites"

Barack Obama faces pressure over TVShack extradition case | Law | The Guardian

Barack Obama faces pressure over TVShack extradition case | Law | The Guardian: "US president asked to explain why America is trying to extradite British student Richard O'Dwyer over alleged copyright breach"

Oil above $112 on supply concerns, Greek hopes | Reuters

Oil above $112 on supply concerns, Greek hopes | Reuters

Wall Street sags as data weighs | Reuters

Wall Street sags as data weighs | Reuters: (Reuters) - "Stocks fell on Tuesday as optimism over a possible deal by Greece in its debt wrangling dissipated after a batch of weaker-than-expected economic reports."

FDA doctors, scientists claim illegal surveillance | Reuters

FDA doctors, scientists claim illegal surveillance | Reuters: (Reuters) - "The U.S. Food and Drug Administration secretly monitored the private emails of staff doctors and scientists who alleged the agency was approving medical devices that posed a danger to patients, according to federal court documents."


Whoa!

Google defends change to privacy policies | Reuters

Google defends change to privacy policies | Reuters

U.S. set for fourth year of $1 trillion-plus deficit: CBO | Reuters

U.S. set for fourth year of $1 trillion-plus deficit: CBO | Reuters: (Reuters) - "The United States is headed for a fourth straight year with a $1 trillion-plus budget deficit, congressional forecasters said on Tuesday, giving ammunition to Republicans to hammer President Barack Obama's spending record in November's elections."

Euro zone jobless hits highest level since birth of euro | Reuters

Euro zone jobless hits highest level since birth of euro | Reuters: (Reuters) - "Euro zone unemployment has risen to its highest level since before the euro was introduced, data showed on Tuesday, a day after EU leaders promised to focus on creating millions of new jobs to try to kickstart Europe's floundering economy."

Home prices drop, consumers turn gloomier | Reuters

Home prices drop, consumers turn gloomier | Reuters: (Reuters) - "Home prices fell more steeply than expected in November, and consumers turned less optimistic in January, highlighting the hurdles still facing the bumpy economic recovery."

Occupy DC protesters in standoff with police as eviction deadline passes | World news | guardian.co.uk

Occupy DC protesters in standoff with police as eviction deadline passes | World news | guardian.co.uk: "Demonstrators in Washington refuse to comply after National Park Service orders the camp to be cleared on hygiene grounds"

The Animal Victims of Fukushima | Common Dreams

The Animal Victims of Fukushima | Common Dreams

Fukushima pets in no-go zone face harsh winter | Reuters

Fukushima pets in no-go zone face harsh winter | Reuters: (Reuters) - "Dogs and cats that were abandoned in the Fukushima exclusion zone after last year's nuclear crisis have had to survive high radiation and a lack of food, and they are now struggling with the region's freezing winter weather."

Fukushima No. 1 pipes freeze, leak | The Japan Times Online

Fukushima No. 1 pipes freeze, leak | The Japan Times Online

Blue marble mystery rains over Dorset garden | UK news | The Guardian

Blue marble mystery rains over Dorset garden | UK news | The Guardian: "Bournemouth man tries to identify jelly-like balls that fell in his back yard during 'hail storm'"

Arrests in Oakland protests rise to more than 400 | Reuters

Arrests in Oakland protests rise to more than 400 | Reuters: (Reuters) - "Crews cleaned up Oakland's historic City Hall on Sunday from damage inflicted overnight during violent anti-Wall Street protests that resulted in about 400 arrests, marking one of the largest mass arrests since nationwide protests began last year."

Exclusive: Chevron to face charges over Brazil spill | Reuters

Exclusive: Chevron to face charges over Brazil spill | Reuters: (Reuters) - "A Brazilian prosecutor plans to file criminal charges against Chevron Corp and some of its local managers within weeks, adding the threat of prison sentences to an $11 billion civil lawsuit as punishment for a November offshore oil spill."

Rally calls for NYPD commissioner to quit over anti-Muslim training film | World news | guardian.co.uk

Rally calls for NYPD commissioner to quit over anti-Muslim training film | World news | guardian.co.uk

Pentagon to shrink US ground troops by 100,000 as part of $487bn cuts | World news | guardian.co.uk

Pentagon to shrink US ground troops by 100,000 as part of $487bn cuts | World news | guardian.co.uk: "Defence secretary Leon Panetta unveils plans as part of strategy to shift military focus from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan'

Rise in number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits | Business | guardian.co.uk

Rise in number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits | Business | guardian.co.uk: "The number of people seeking aid has increased, but the long-term trend is pointing to a healthier job market"

Syria, Egypt, Libya and Middle East unrest - live updates | World news | guardian.co.uk

Syria, Egypt, Libya and Middle East unrest - live updates | World news | guardian.co.uk:
" • UN unable to update estimated death toll in Syria
• UN and NGOs slam Libya over 'torture' of detainees
• Egypt imposes 'travel ban' on American NGO workers"

New home sales fall in December | Reuters

New home sales fall in December | Reuters

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's TV show to be aired on Russian channel | Media | guardian.co.uk

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's TV show to be aired on Russian channel | Media | guardian.co.uk: "State-run Russia Today buys rights to broadcast 10-part series of interviews with 'political players, thinkers and revolutionaries'"

New plant map shifts area to warmer zone - The Washington Post

New plant map shifts area to warmer zone - The Washington Post

Housing data points to slowdown in sales | Reuters

Housing data points to slowdown in sales | Reuters: (Reuters) - "Signed contracts for the sale of existing U.S. homes retreated from a 1-1/2-year high in December and demand for home loans fell last week, pointing to a moderation in home sales after recent hefty gains."

As a protest to Google's new privacy rules

I have decided to change my email address and open a Hushmail account, and to use Startpage as a search engine as a protest to privacy changes by Google which violates privacy rights.

Davos business leaders say Western capitalism has widened income gap, new models needed - The Washington Post

Davos business leaders say Western capitalism has widened income gap, new models needed - The Washington Post: "DAVOS, Switzerland — A four-year economic crisis has left societies battered and widened the gap between the haves and have-nots, financial leaders conceded Wednesday — with one suggesting that Western-style capitalism itself may be endangered."

Privacy Policy – Policies & Principles

Privacy Policy – Policies & Principles: "User communications – When you send email or other communications to Google, we may retain those communications in order to process your inquiries, respond to your requests and improve our services. When you send and receive SMS messages to or from one of our services that provides SMS functionality, we may collect and maintain information associated with those messages, such as the phone number, the wireless carrier associated with the phone number, the content of the message, and the date and time of the transaction. We may use your email address to communicate with you about our services."

Google tracks consumers’ online activities across products, and users can’t opt out - The Washington Post

Google tracks consumers’ online activities across products, and users can’t opt out - The Washington Post

US marine spared jail over deaths of unarmed Iraqis | World news | guardian.co.uk

US marine spared jail over deaths of unarmed Iraqis | World news | guardian.co.uk: "Frank Wuterich, convicted over 2005 massacre of 24 civilians in Haditha, will not serve time in jail"

How can this be?

Fed set to push back timing of eventual rate hike | Reuters

Fed set to push back timing of eventual rate hike | Reuters: (Reuters) - "The Federal Reserve looks set to keep monetary policy on hold on Wednesday, even as it releases forecasts expected to show interest rates will be near zero for at least two more years."

Lesson Plan | On the Stump: Examining the Form and Function of Campaign Speeches - NYTimes.com

Lesson Plan | On the Stump: Examining the Form and Function of Campaign Speeches - NYTimes.com

Paris's oldest piano shop - video | Travel | guardian.co.uk

Paris's oldest piano shop - video | Travel | guardian.co.uk

Google’s Autonomous Vehicles Draw Skepticism at Legal Symposium - NYTimes.com

Google’s Autonomous Vehicles Draw Skepticism at Legal Symposium - NYTimes.com: "As Google has demonstrated, computerized systems that replace human drivers are now largely workable and could greatly limit human error, which causes most of the 33,000 deaths and 1.2 million injuries that now occur each year on the nation’s roads."

I.M.F. Reduces Estimates for Global Growth - NYTimes.com

I.M.F. Reduces Estimates for Global Growth - NYTimes.com

In depth: Chernobyl's Accident

In depth: Chernobyl's Accident

A joint scientific publication in the International Journal of Cancer by epidemiologists from Inserm and IRSN points to an excess of risk of childhood leukaemia around French nuclear power plants

A joint scientific publication in the International Journal of Cancer by epidemiologists from Inserm and IRSN points to an excess of risk of childhood leukaemia around French nuclear power plants: "A joint scientific publication in the International Journal of Cancer by epidemiologists from Inserm and IRSN points to an excess of risk of childhood leukaemia around French nuclear power plants"

L'Egypte va lever l'�tat d'urgence mercredi - LeMonde.fr

L'Egypte va lever l'etat d'urgence mercredi - LeMonde.fr

Romney reports tax bill of $6.2 million for 2010-11 | Reuters

Romney reports tax bill of $6.2 million for 2010-11 | Reuters: (Reuters) - "Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney bowed to political pressure and cracked the books on his personal finances on Tuesday, releasing tax returns showing he will pay $6.2 million in taxes on $42.5 million in combined 2010 and 2011 income."


Former Gaddafi stronghold revolts against Tripoli | Reuters

Former Gaddafi stronghold revolts against Tripoli | Reuters: (Reuters) - "Libya's ramshackle government lost control of a former stronghold of Muammar Gaddafi on Tuesday after local people staged an armed uprising, posing the gravest challenge yet to the country's new rulers."

In Libya it is not the people who wanted Gaddafi gone it is the US/NATO and they supported a coup. Certainly we never saw images of mass demonstrations all we saw were a bunch of young thugs holding big guns riding pick up trucks.

New Assange TV Series

New Assange TV Series

Julian Assange to host own TV show | Media | The Guardian

Julian Assange to host own TV show | Media | The Guardian: "WikiLeaks founder says he will interview 'iconoclasts, visionaries and power insiders' and 'explore possibilities for our future'"

List of wars and anthropogenic disasters by death toll - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

List of wars and anthropogenic disasters by death toll - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

Genocide - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Genocide - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: "Genocide is defined as "the deliberate and systematic destruction, in whole or in part, of an ethnic, racial, religious, or national group"." Wikipedia


Which nation is not culpable? The underlying issue is human aggression: its need to acquire territory, occupy and enslave subjects. This behavior can be paralleled to the behavior of virulent air born viruses which eventually lead to the death of the host.




In Police Training, a Dark Film on U.S. Muslims - NYTimes.com

In Police Training, a Dark Film on U.S. Muslims - NYTimes.com

AFP: Japan seeks UN atomic agency presence in Fukushima

AFP: Japan seeks UN atomic agency presence in Fukushima

France passes genocide law, faces Turkish reprisals | Reuters

France passes genocide law, faces Turkish reprisals | Reuters: (Reuters) - "France approved on Monday a bill making it illegal to deny the mass killing of Armenians by Ottoman Turks nearly a century ago was genocide, sparking angry retaliation from Turkey which threatened a "total rupture" of diplomatic ties."

And what about the mass killings conducted by France, the UK, Israel, Russia, China and the US which resulted in hundreds of million deaths? and the same countries are encamping, murdering, poisoning the environment, torturing, bombing and massacring.

The shame is on all the nations, and on all of us for our silence.

Exclusive: EU's Barnier eyes fresh squeeze on bank pay | Reuters

Exclusive: EU's Barnier eyes fresh squeeze on bank pay | Reuters: (Reuters) - "The European Commission is considering limiting top bankers' pay to a multiple of junior staff salaries as well as capping bonuses at a fixed ratio to pay, its regulatory chief said on Monday."


Biggest solar storm since 2005 underway, will peak Tuesday - The Washington Post

Biggest solar storm since 2005 underway, will peak Tuesday - The Washington Post

Supreme Court: Warrants needed in GPS tracking - The Washington Post

Supreme Court: Warrants needed in GPS tracking - The Washington Post

US marine reaches plea deal over deaths of unarmed Iraqis | World news | guardian.co.uk

US marine reaches plea deal over deaths of unarmed Iraqis | World news | guardian.co.uk: "Frank Wuterich, who led the marine squad that killed 24 Iraqis in Haditha in 2005, faces three months' confinement and pay drop"

Gaddafi loyalists take back Bani Walid | World news | The Guardian

Gaddafi loyalists take back Bani Walid | World news | The Guardian: "Reports say at least four people killed in clashes between besieged NTC forces and well-organised pro-Gaddafi fighters"

This is the result of US/NATO campaign in Libya.

The Oil Price in Early-2008 and Early-2011 | The Mess That Greenspan Made

The Oil Price in Early-2008 and Early-2011 | The Mess That Greenspan Made

Oil prices from 1987 t0 2008

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Bernanke near inflation target prize, but jobs a concern | Reuters

Bernanke near inflation target prize, but jobs a concern | Reuters



The Feds can tell us whatever they want the consumers know their wallets are empty and that inflation was actually higher than reflected since oil prices are not included and rose . Americans' savings have shrunken at the same pace as inflation has risen and it is likely that the 2 % target, which has not been met in December will be more like 5 - 6% as it is in the UK. Furthermore, the oil prices are likely to grow because of the sanctions against Iran thus consumers will have a lower purchase power and this will lead to a rise in prices. The camouflage in economic formula is not persuading the 99 %.

Davos man weighs future of capitalism | Reuters

Davos man weighs future of capitalism | Reuters: (Reuters) - "The Occupy movement, which went global after protests against Wall Street last year, is camping in igloos to bring its argument with the super-rich "1 percent" to Davos."

Russia alarmed by EU ban on Iranian oil, sanctions | Reuters

Russia alarmed by EU ban on Iranian oil, sanctions | Reuters: (Reuters) -" Russia expressed "regret and alarm" on Monday over the European Union's ban on Iranian oil and other economic sanctions, saying Tehran will not make concessions on its nuclear program when faced with increasing Western pressure."

The Palestinian children – alone and bewildered – in Israel's Al Jalame jail | World news | The Guardian

The Palestinian children – alone and bewildered – in Israel's Al Jalame jail | World news | The Guardian: "Special report: Israel's military justice system is accused of mistreating Palestinian children arrested for throwing stones"

Murder in Tehran - Listening Post - Al Jazeera English

Murder in Tehran - Listening Post - Al Jazeera English
I thought it was a good idea to place some ads on this blog, "what if I could make a penny", I thought. So I tried but I ended up with Hilary Clinton, oil drilling, and religious ads. Google is not matching me well with businesses I would have liked to support, so no more nonsense ads.

Egypt pardons jailed blogger as generals brace for anniversary protests | World news | The Guardian

Egypt pardons jailed blogger as generals brace for anniversary protests | World news | The Guardian: "Maikel Nabil Sanad among almost 2,000 prisoners convicted by military tribunals over the past year who are set to be released"

The Kodak tragedy | Photographers Blog

The Kodak tragedy | Photographers Blog

In oil boom, petroleum engineers hottest commodity | Reuters

In oil boom, petroleum engineers hottest commodity | Reuters: (Reuters) - "While millions of college grads look forlornly into the worst U.S. job market in decades, Emily Woner pretty much guaranteed herself one of America's best-paid post-graduate jobs before she ever set foot on campus."

FDA: Safe fungicide levels in orange juice from 5 nations | Reuters

FDA: Safe fungicide levels in orange juice from 5 nations | Reuters

Why would we want to eat fungicides?

U.S. shuts Megaupload.com, hackers retaliate | Reuters

U.S. shuts Megaupload.com, hackers retaliate | Reuters: (Reuters) - "The U.S. government shut down the Megaupload.com content sharing website, charging its founders and several employees with massive copyright infringement, the latest skirmish in a high-profile battle against piracy of movies and music."

European banks prepare for worst, hoard cash | Reuters

European banks prepare for worst, hoard cash | Reuters: Jan 20 (IFR) - "European banks are preparing for a potential worsening of the region's sovereign and banking crisis, with many firms stockpiling cash and cutting back on loans to new clients as they seek to protect themselves against a possible seizing-up of financial markets."

GE revenue lower than expected | Reuters

GE revenue lower than expected | Reuters: (Reuters) - "General Electric Co's (GE.N) fourth-quarter revenue fell short of Wall Street expectations, with Europe's weakening economy and weak sales of appliances as the main culprits."

Iran warns region against dangerous stance on Hormuz | Reuters

Iran warns region against dangerous stance on Hormuz | Reuters: (Reuters) -"Iran's foreign minister warned Arab neighbors on Thursday not to put themselves in a "dangerous position" by aligning themselves too closely with the United States in the escalating dispute over Tehran's nuclear activity."

Fears over radioactive gravel from Fukushima - Telegraph

Fears over radioactive gravel from Fukushima - Telegraph

First glimpse inside Fukushima | thetelegraph.com.au

First glimpse inside Fukushima | thetelegraph.com.au

Report Finds Slow Response to East Africa Famine - NYTimes.com

Report Finds Slow Response to East Africa Famine - NYTimes.com

Goldman Sachs sets aside $12bn to pay staff in 2011 | Business | The Guardian

Goldman Sachs sets aside $12bn to pay staff in 2011 | Business | The Guardian: "The Wall Street investment bank reported full year revenue of $28.8bn – down 26% – while earnings almost halved to $4.4bn"

Newt Gingrich: I would ignore supreme court as president | World news | guardian.co.uk

Newt Gingrich: I would ignore supreme court as president | World news | guardian.co.uk: "Republican presidential candidate would order military to defy judges' ruling extending legal rights to terror suspects"

This guy is a nut.

Sundance 2012: the 20 films to look out for – in pictures | Film | guardian.co.uk

Sundance 2012: the 20 films to look out for – in pictures | Film | guardian.co.uk

Keystone XL pipeline: Obama rejects controversial project | Environment | guardian.co.uk

Keystone XL pipeline: Obama rejects controversial project | Environment | guardian.co.uk

Two thumbs up for Obama.

In MF Global, JPMorgan again at center of a financial failure | Reuters

In MF Global, JPMorgan again at center of a financial failure | Reuters: (Reuters) - "In late October, as MF Global Holdings Ltd teetered toward bankruptcy, Jon Corzine phoned his close-knit circle of Wall Street friends for help."

Iran's nuclear scientists are not being assassinated. They are being murdered | Mehdi Hasan | Comment is free | The Guardian

Iran's nuclear scientists are not being assassinated. They are being murdered | Mehdi Hasan | Comment is free | The Guardian: "Killing our enemies abroad is just state-sponsored terror – whatever euphemism western leaders like to use"

Billionaire Kremlin hopeful says Putin must change | Reuters

Billionaire Kremlin hopeful says Putin must change | Reuters: Reuters) - "Mikhail Prokhorov, a super-rich tycoon challenging Vladimir Putin for Russia's presidency in March, said his country faced the danger of violent revolution if it did not break conservative resistance and move quickly to democracy."

Citigroup profit falls 11 percent, misses Street view | Reuters

Citigroup profit falls 11 percent, misses Street view | Reuters: (Reuters) - "Citigroup Inc fourth-quarter profit fell 11 percent and missed Wall Street estimates as the European debt crisis battered capital markets, hurting trading revenue and discouraging clients from doing deals."

After Fukushima, fish tales

After Fukushima, fish tales: "The Canadian Food Inspection Agency, which monitors food safety, says it is aware of the numbers but says the amounts of cesium detected are small.

"Approximately 60 per cent of fish have shown to have detectable levels of radionuclides," it said in an emailed statement."

This article is a must read to the end.

India orders crackdown on 'human safaris' in the Andaman Islands | World news | The Observer

India orders crackdown on 'human safaris' in the Andaman Islands | World news | The Observer

Mohamed ElBaradei quits Egyptian presidential race | World news | guardian.co.uk

Mohamed ElBaradei quits Egyptian presidential race | World news | guardian.co.uk: "Reform leader pulls out, saying country's ruling junta has governed since Mubarak's exit 'as if no regime has fallen'"

Vatican protesters evicted by police | World news | The Guardian

Vatican protesters evicted by police | World news | The Guardian: "Aiming to set up a protest camp similar to the Occupy encampment outside St Paul's in London, up to 50 protesters arrived in the colonnaded piazza in front of St Peter's basilica carrying placards calling on the Catholic church to pay more taxes, a likely reference to tax breaks handed to the Vatican by the Italian government."

We should want the same in the US and have all religious organizations pay taxes too.

Iran accuses US and Britain of role in killing of nuclear scientist | World news | guardian.co.uk

Iran accuses US and Britain of role in killing of nuclear scientist | World news | guardian.co.uk: "Tehran sends diplomatic letter to US saying it has evidence of CIA involvement in killing of Mostafa Ahmadi-Roshan"

This murdering of individuals is unacceptable, and should deeply embarrass all of us in the US and in Israel, and where ever this practice is allowed. These murders are crimes which violate human natural and constitutional rights and which should be severely punished.

BankUnited hires Goldman, eyes sale: sources | Reuters

BankUnited hires Goldman, eyes sale: sources | Reuters

(Reuters) - "BankUnited Inc's (BKU.N) private equity owners have put the Florida bank up for sale and have hired Goldman Sachs Group Inc (GS.N) to run the process, sources familiar with the matter said on Friday."

Looming S&P downgrade hits euro zone markets | Reuters

Looming S&P downgrade hits euro zone markets | Reuters: (Reuters) - "Standard & Poor's was poised to downgrade the credit ratings of several euro zone countries on Friday, including France and Austria but not Germany or the Netherlands, rattling markets in the first blow of the new year for the troubled single currency."

US marines accused of war crimes | World news | The Guardian

US marines accused of war crimes | World news | The Guardian: "Video posted anonymously on YouTube claims to show American troops in Afghanistan urinating on dead bodies"

U.S. Marines probe video of men urinating on Taliban corpses | Video | Reuters.com

U.S. Marines probe video of men urinating on Taliban corpses | Video | Reuters.com

Geithner finds Chinese resistant to Iran oil sanctions - The Washington Post

Geithner finds Chinese resistant to Iran oil sanctions - The Washington Post

Poverty in America likely to get worse, report finds | Business | guardian.co.uk

Poverty in America likely to get worse, report finds | Business | guardian.co.uk: "Indiana University study says 46 million Americans are living below the poverty line – up 27% since start of recession"

Guant�namo: still a part of America's conscience, a decade on | World news | The Guardian

Guantanamo: still a part of America's conscience, a decade on | World news | The Guardian:
"• Some 171 inmates remain, despite Obama's promises
• Only six detainees ever convicted; around 600 released"

Growing wealth divide puts globalization at risk | Reuters

Growing wealth divide puts globalization at risk | Reuters: (Reuters) - "A backlash against rising inequality - evident from the Occupy movement to the Arab Spring - risks derailing the advance of globalization and represents a threat to economies worldwide, according to the World Economic Forum."

'Doomsday Clock' might be reset - YouTube

'Doomsday Clock' might be reset - YouTube:

Venezuelan leader stands by Iran - Americas - Al Jazeera English

Venezuelan leader stands by Iran - Americas - Al Jazeera English

Fukushima nuclear cleanup could create its own environmental disaster | Environment | guardian.co.uk

Fukushima nuclear cleanup could create its own environmental disaster | Environment | guardian.co.uk: "Decontaminating the Fukushima region to remove radioactive particles will not be possible without removing large amounts of soil, leaves and plants"

Fukushima nuclear plant worker in coma after collapsing at site - The Mainichi Daily News

Fukushima nuclear plant worker in coma after collapsing at site - The Mainichi Daily News: "A worker in his 60s at the Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant is in a coma after collapsing at the site, plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) has announced."

In theory: the death of literature | Books | guardian.co.uk

In theory: the death of literature | Books | guardian.co.uk: "The fact that people have been proclaiming its passing for centuries only makes the sense of its ending more acute"

Nigeria fuel protests: two killed and dozens wounded as police open fire | World news | The Guardian

Nigeria fuel protests: two killed and dozens wounded as police open fire | World news | The Guardian: "Police use live ammunition and teargas to disperse crowds taking part in national strike in protest against fuel subsidy cuts"

Oil rises on economic optimism, Iran concerns | Reuters

Oil rises on economic optimism, Iran concerns | Reuters: (Reuters) - "Oil prices rose on Tuesday as optimism about the U.S. economic growth and anxiety about Iran's nuclear program dispute with the West and unrest in Nigeria provided a boost for crude despite continuing concerns about Europe's economy."

This is price gauging and US oil companies will benefit from the sanctions.

Electricity only reaches one in three Afghans | Reuters

hanistElectricity only reaches one in three Afghans | Reuters

Uranium mining in the United States - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Uranium mining in the United States - Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaFile:Map of US uranium reserves.gif


Health and environmental issues

The radiation hazards of uranium mining and milling were not appreciated in the early years, resulting in workers exposed to high levels of radiation. Inhalation of radon gas caused sharp increases in lung cancers among underground uranium miners employed in the 1940s and 1950s.[64][65][66]
In 1950, the US Public Health service began a comprehensive study of uranium miners, leading to the first publication of a statistical correlation between cancer and uranium mining, released in 1962.[13] The federal government eventually regulated the standard amount of radon in mines, setting the level at 0.3 WL on January 1, 1969.[14] In 1990, Congress passed the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA), granting reparations for those affected by mining, with amendments passed in 2000 to address criticisms with the original act.[13]
Uranium mines also create radioactive waste in the form of tailings, which contain uranium, thorium, radium, and polonium. Consequently, uranium mining results in "the unavoidable radioactive contamination of the environment by solid, liquid and gaseous wastes".[67]
In the 1940s and 1950s, uranium mill tailings were released with impunity into water sources, and the radium leached from these tailings contaminated thousands of miles of the Colorado River system. Between 1966 and 1971, thousands of homes and commercial buildings in the Colorado Plateau region were "found to contain anomalously high concentrations of radon, after being built on uranium tailings taken from piles under the authority of the Atomic Energy Commission".[68]
Out of 50 present and former uranium milling sites in 12 states, 24 have been abandoned, and are the responsibility of the US Department of Energy.[69] Accidental releases from uranium mills include the 1979 Church Rock uranium mill spill in New Mexico, called the largest accident of nuclear-related waste in US history, and the 1986 Sequoyah Corporation Fuels Release in Oklahoma.[14]

Source: Wikipedia

Uranium Mining Threatens Grand Canyon Communities | Truthout

Uranium Mining Threatens Grand Canyon Communities | Truthout: "Flagstaff, Arizona - Over a thousand uranium mines have already contaminated water across the Southwest, poisoning communities with radiation that leads to cancer, harming the biodiversity of rivers and dissipating toxic ore dust into the air."

Uranium mining and in which communities- Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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"Despite efforts made in cleaning up uranium sites, significant problems stemming from the legacy of uranium development still exist today on the Navajo Nation and in the states of Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona. Hundreds of abandoned mines have not been cleaned up and present environmental and health risks in many communities.[32] At the request of the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform in October 2007, and in consultation with the Navajo Nation, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), along with the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), the Department of Energy (DOE), and the Indian Health Service (IHS), developed a coordinated Five-Year Plan to address uranium contamination. [3] Similar interagency coordination efforts are beginning in the State of New Mexico as well."

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Obama holds strong to protect Grand Canyon from uranium mining | Environment | guardian.co.uk

Obama holds strong to protect Grand Canyon from uranium mining | Environment | guardian.co.uk: "President Obama to introduce 20-year ban of uranium mining on 1m square acres of Grand Canyon, despite political pressure"

Venezuela will not recognize World Bank ruling in Exxon case | Reuters

Venezuela will not recognize World Bank ruling in Exxon case | Reuters: (Reuters) - "Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said on Sunday that his country would not recognize any ruling by a World Bank tribunal in a multibillion-dollar arbitration case with Exxon Mobil Corp."

U.S. moves toward legal action against Swiss bank: sources | Reuters

U.S. moves toward legal action against Swiss bank: sources | Reuters: (Reuters) - "U.S. authorities are moving toward taking legal action against Wegelin & Co, which could lead to an indictment of one of Switzerland's last pure private banks, on charges that it enabled wealthy Americans to evade taxes, according to two persons with knowledge of the case."

Iran welcomes U.S. Navy rescue operation - The Washington Post

Iran welcomes U.S. Navy rescue operation - The Washington Post: “The rescue of Iranian sailors by American forces is considered a humanitarian gesture and we welcome this behavior,” ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast was quoted as saying by state TV’s al-Alam Arabic-language channel."

The Weekly Standard's anti-gay email is just one of a disturbing trend | World news | guardian.co.uk

The Weekly Standard's anti-gay email is just one of a disturbing trend | World news | guardian.co.uk: "Frustrated American conservatives are exploiting gay paranoia to make up for a drought of ideas on how to fix the economy"

Palestinian Sesame Street falls victim to US Congress | World news | guardian.co.uk

Palestinian Sesame Street falls victim to US Congress | World news | guardian.co.uk: "Shara'a Simsim hit by Congress decision to suspend 130m of aid funding to punish Palestinians for UN membership bid"

Shame on us.


Obama to businesses: Bring jobs home | Reuters

Obama to businesses: Bring jobs home | Reuters: (Reuters) - "President Barack Obama kicked off an effort to encourage businesses to keep jobs at home instead of outsourcing them overseas, as he rolled out a new election-year theme on Saturday aimed at courting middle-class voters."

Iran's Ahmadinejad to seek Latin American support | Reuters

Iran's Ahmadinejad to seek Latin American support | Reuters: (Reuters) - "Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will seek support from Latin America's leftist leaders on a tour starting on Sunday after tough new Western sanctions targeted Iran's oil industry."


Number of lists ranking colleges proliferate — and some don’t make sense - The Washington Post

Number of lists ranking colleges proliferate — and some don’t make sense - The Washington Post

Iran, US and Israel announce new war games as tensions rise in the Gulf | World news | The Guardian

Iran, US and Israel announce new war games as tensions rise in the Gulf | World news | The Guardian: "Surge in military activity in the region comes amid threat of EU embargo on Iranian oil and possible closure of strait of Hormuz"

Unemployment falls again as US adds 200,000 jobs in December | Business | guardian.co.uk

Unemployment falls again as US adds 200,000 jobs in December | Business | guardian.co.uk: "Cheer for Obama as job growth accelerates and unemployment rate drops to 8.5% – the lowest level since February 2009"

Fidel Castro says world marching into abyss with shale gas | Reuters

Fidel Castro says world marching into abyss with shale gas | Reuters: (Reuters) - "Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro said on Thursday the world was on an "inexorable march toward the abyss," which he blamed in part on the discovery and exploitation of vast reserves of so-called "shale gas" around the world."

Iraq Body Count report: how many died and who was responsible? | Datablog | News | guardian.co.uk

Iraq Body Count report: how many died and who was responsible? | Datablog | News | guardian.co.uk: "Iraq Body Count has produced its annual comprehensive audit of deaths in Iraq. As the US leaves Iraq, what do the figures show?"

MF Global sold assets to Goldman before collapse: sources | Reuters

MF Global sold assets to Goldman before collapse: sources | Reuters

U.S. charges three Swiss bankers in tax evasion case | Reuters

U.S. charges three Swiss bankers in tax evasion case | Reuters: (Reuters) - "U.S. prosecutors accused three Swiss bankers on Tuesday of conspiring with wealthy U.S. taxpayers to hide more than $1.2 billion in assets from tax authorities, and sources briefed on the matter said the three worked for Wegelin & Co, one of Switzerland's oldest private banks."

Robot wars - Fault Lines - Al Jazeera English

Robot wars - Fault Lines - Al Jazeera English
           


Global chronic hunger 'on the rise' - Americas - Al Jazeera English

Global chronic hunger 'on the rise' - Americas - Al Jazeera English

Up to 20 million tons of debris from Japan’s tsunami moving toward Hawaii | The Envoy - Yahoo! News

Up to 20 million tons of debris from Japan’s tsunami moving toward Hawaii | The Envoy - Yahoo! News
http://news.yahoo.com/video/us-15749625/26963745

Debris from Japan tsunami washes up on B.C. shores

Debris from Japan tsunami washes up on B.C. shores: "Beachcombers in Tofino have noticed a significant uptick in debris of Japanese origin on their shores, a sign that items swept out to sea by the tsunami in Japan may have found their way to B.C. earlier than expected."

Occupy Wall Street Live Streaming Source Evicted From Production Studio

Occupy Wall Street Live Streaming Source Evicted From Production Studio

China's city dwellers to breathe unhealthy air 'for another 20-30 years' | Environment | guardian.co.uk

China's city dwellers to breathe unhealthy air 'for another 20-30 years' | Environment | guardian.co.uk: "Despite recent moves to tighten controls on air pollution dangerous smogs will persist for decades, expert warns"

China is paying a high price to manufacture its products.

Doubts raised about SAT - Education - NewsObserver.com

Doubts raised about SAT - Education - NewsObserver.com

Occupy Iowa caucus protesters storm Democrats' war room | World news | guardian.co.uk

Occupy Iowa caucus protesters storm Democrats' war room | World news | guardian.co.uk: "Protesters escorted away by police after visiting Democrats' headquarters in Iowa and demanding to meet senior officials"

Oil above $110 on Iran, China data | Reuters

Oil above $110 on Iran, China data | Reuters: (Reuters) - "Crude oil rose above $110 a barrel on Tuesday as tension between Iran and the United States stirred fear of a possible disruption to oil supplies from the Middle East and as Chinese data showed economic activity increasing."

Iran threatens U.S. Navy as sanctions hit economy | Reuters

Iran threatens U.S. Navy as sanctions hit economy | Reuters: (Reuters) - "Iran threatened Tuesday to take action if the U.S. Navy moves an aircraft carrier into the Gulf, Tehran's most aggressive statement yet after weeks of saber-rattling as new U.S. and EU financial sanctions take a toll on its economy."

If the US Navy moves an aircraft carrier into the Gulf, who is aggressing whom?

TEPCO says water level in tank at Fukushima nuclear dropped due to quake - The Mainichi Daily News

TEPCO says water level in tank at Fukushima nuclear dropped due to quake - The Mainichi Daily News: "Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) said on Jan. 2 that the level of water in a tank for the No. 4 reactor at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant dropped "abnormally" after an earthquake measuring up to 4 on the Japanese scale of 7 struck the Kanto and Tohoku regions on New Year's Day."