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Nov 06 19:14

Bio Terror 'Next Threat' For US

In an exclusive interview, homeland security secretary Michael Chertoff said sources of radioactive and biological materials must be properly secured "at all costs". He warned terrorists are actively seeking to acquire such materials. Mr Chertoff said he did not think a weapon of mass destruction, like a biological or nuclear bomb, was a danger that could be just months away. ... His comments echo those of the British Home Secretary Jacqui Smith, who told Sky News last year that intelligence suggested terrorists were trying to get their hands on materials and know how to make a dirty bomb.

Nov 06 19:10

Why a can of petrol is more dangerous than a dirty bomb

We measure radiation dose in units called rem. Above 1,000 rem, incapacitation occurs within minutes, followed by extreme fatigue and nausea, then death. For smaller doses, 300 to 500 rem, about half of the victims die within a month.

But reduce the dose a little more, down to 100 rem, and the effects are very mild. At 50 rem, nobody even gets sick.

This 'threshold effect' creates problems for the terrorist. He can put radioactive material into a bomb - but concentrated radioactivity kills fast, so he'll have to protect himself with a ton of lead.

Nov 06 16:03

The Economy Collapses as the DTCC Obfuscates.

Today heralded the long awaited release of figures compiled by the Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation .The latter is controlled by Banks amongst which are JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs.

From their Article..

Nov 06 15:35

Credit Swap Disclosure Obscures True Financial Risk

Nov. 6 (Bloomberg) -- The most comprehensive report on unregulated credit-default swaps didn't disclose bets in the section of the more than $47 trillion market that helped destroy American International Group Inc., once the world's biggest insurer.

Nov 06 13:17

Rahm Emanuels father was a member of IRGUN "terrorist" gang in 1946,that bombed The King David Hotel in Jerusalem.

I don't think it would be wise,considering present American or Israeli socio-political situations,that we continue appointing White House staff/Congressional leaders who have direct family ties to previous tragic/lethal events. It doesn't quite fit in with "Change" or transparency of Government.
After the bombing of the King David Hotel by the Irgun militia gang 1946:

"British Prime Minister Clement Attlee commented on the attack to the House of Commons:

Nov 06 10:56

"America's Great Hope" by Immortal Technique

My cup of hope is full, but I sip it slowly, because hope is a powerful drug.

Nov 06 10:51

(Iraqi) Lawmakers call on Obama to pull out troops from Iraq

Fawzai Akram, parliamentarian for the Sadr bloc, told Aswat al-Iraq “We demand Obama to withdraw U.S. forces from Iraq, to achieve sovereignty and independence for Iraqis.”

“I hope that major changes would occur in the U.S. policy, especially after the promises made by Obama, stressing his attempts to impose peace worldwide,” he said.

Nov 06 10:03

Election Fraud in Alaska?

The pollsters all agreed.
Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich would whip Republican Sen. Ted Stevens in Tuesday's election. Maybe by a little. Maybe, as some polls predicted, by a landslide....

Anchorage pollster and political consultant David Dittman, who often works for Republicans and is a Stevens supporter, predicted a solid Begich win the day of the election.

"If I look at what we've done around the country, we're pretty much in the ballpark everywhere," Ali said.

Except here.

Nov 06 09:26

Obama Strongly Considering RFK Jr to Head EPA

Now the bad news...

"Obama’s transition planners are weighing several other celebrity-level political stars for Cabinet posts, including retired general Colin L. Powell for secretary of Defense or Education, the officials said."

WTF!!!

Nov 06 09:14

How to entertain your pet: barmy advice from the British!

Under a new government-issued code of practice, British cat and dog owners are now obliged to provide “entertainment” and "mental stimulation" for their pets.

The 26 page document on cat welfare begins with a warning to owners: "It is your responsibility to read the complete Code of Practice to fully understand your cat's welfare needs and what the law requires you to do."

"You should ensure that your cat has enough mental stimulation from you and from its environment to avoid boredom and frustration,” the document proceeds to point out.

Nov 06 09:10

Robert Rubin Says He Won't Be Joining the Obama Administration

Former U.S. Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin said he will not be joining the administration of President-elect Barack Obama.

Nov 06 09:09

Israel cautions against dialogue with Iran

Israel said Thursday U.S. President-elect Barack Obama's stated readiness to talk to Iran could be seen in the Middle East as a sign of weakness in efforts to persuade Tehran to curb its nuclear program.

"We live in a neighbourhood in which sometimes dialogue -- in a situation where you have brought sanctions, and you then shift to dialogue -- is liable to be interpreted as weakness," Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni said, asked on Israel Radio about policy change towards Tehran in an Obama administration.

Nov 06 09:04

Can’t Access Your Google Account? Tough Luck

A web programmer is the latest victim in a string of recent Google account shut-downs the company has been slow to remedy.

Axod, creator of the Ajax-powered chat webapp Mibbit, which we’ve written about previously, was apparently the victim of a malicious hacker last Thursday. While that sort of random attack could happen to anyone, it’s Google’s response that has Axod steamed.

“A company really shows its true colors when things go wrong, or when users need help,” he writes. “Google has shown that it simply doesn’t care.”

Some details from the Mibbit blog:

Nov 06 09:04

Can’t Access Your Google Account? Tough Luck

A web programmer is the latest victim in a string of recent Google account shut-downs the company has been slow to remedy.

Axod, creator of the Ajax-powered chat webapp Mibbit, which we’ve written about previously, was apparently the victim of a malicious hacker last Thursday. While that sort of random attack could happen to anyone, it’s Google’s response that has Axod steamed.

“A company really shows its true colors when things go wrong, or when users need help,” he writes. “Google has shown that it simply doesn’t care.”

Some details from the Mibbit blog:

Nov 06 08:59

U.S. Initial Jobless Claims Rose Higher Than Forecast

More Americans than anticipated filed first-time claims for unemployment benefits last week and total jobless rolls climbed to the highest level in 25 years, indicating further deterioration of the labor market.

Nov 06 08:58

An Open Letter to Barack Obama: Between Hope and Reality by Ralph Nader

Dear Senator Obama,

In your nearly two-year presidential campaign, the words "hope and change," "change and hope" have been your trademark declarations. Yet there is an asymmetry between those objectives and your political character that succumbs to contrary centers of power that want not "hope and change" but the continuation of the power-entrenched status quo.

Nov 06 08:52

Subpoena Dementia

We interrupt this honeymoon to remember that there's something we should be remembering.

Here is a list of some of the subpoenas issued by the 110th Congress and laughed at by the Bush-Cheney Justice Department: http://democrats.com/subpoenas

Nov 06 04:50

Taxpayers may pay legal bills for mortgage execs

WASHINGTON - When the government took over mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, taxpayers inherited more than just bad debts. They're also potentially on the hook for tens of millions of dollars in legal fees for the executives at the center of the housing market's collapse.

Nov 05 21:54

Global Crisis? This is the real crisis!

If you think that the current economic crisis is something that has never happened in history before, you may be wrong! After the collapse of the agriculture sector in Zimbabwe in 2000, the inflation in that country skyrocketed to 231 million percent a year!

Nov 05 21:04

World markets cash in on Obama win

World markets traded lower Wednesday despite strong gains in Asia overnight as investors booked profits after Senator Barack Obama won the U.S. presidential election and the Democrats took a firmer hold on Congress.

Nov 05 20:39

Happy Guy Fawkes Day

All the incredibly scary features of the Bush regime – the secrecy, the spying, the lying, the aggressive, presidential wars – are in the Obama catalog. He promises more of the same. He lied about the FISA bill, voted for it after he vowed that he wouldn’t.

And now he is going to be our president. "Our commander in chief," as Joe Biden says.

Nov 05 18:22

News Corp. profit declines 30%

News Corp. said Wednesday that its fiscal first-quarter profit fell 30% on losses related to its investment in a German pay-TV operator and comparisons with year-earlier results that included contributions from DirecTV and Gemstar-TV Guide, which have since been divested.

Due to the economic crisis and its impact on TV- and newspaper-advertising sales, News Corp. Chief Financial Officer Dave DeVoe told analysts that the company now expects fiscal 2009 operating income to drop by a percentage in the low to middle teens from $5.13 billion in fiscal 2008.

Nov 05 18:15

Hackers and Spending Sprees

The computer systems of both the Obama and McCain campaigns were victims of a sophisticated cyberattack by an unknown "foreign entity," prompting a federal investigation, NEWSWEEK reports today.

Nov 05 17:08

Obama asks Rahm Emanuel to be his White House chief of staff

Possible secretary of state picks include Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass.; retiring Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb.; and Democratic New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson.

At the Pentagon, there has been discussion about Defense Secretary Robert Gates staying on for some months.

The Party is Over.

Nov 05 16:57

Bad Incentives and Bad Laws Hurt Good Citizens

Incentive systems are a complex subject but I know that people will do exactly what produces the desired reward. Since police are people we must expect them to respond to offered incentives like ... well...people. And they do.

Nov 05 16:34

A letter to Barak Obama, from an Israeli peace activist

Obama my dear, they tell me that you are going to change the world. Do me a favour, come and change my life personally.

Come to Israel, grab its stupid leadership by the throat and take its foot off the neck of another people. Come and force us to do what is clear, and written, and fitting, and necessary, come and get us out of the Territories, if necessary do it with a smile that reveals million-dollar teeth. If necessary bare your teeth and force us to do it.

Nov 05 16:18

Contact Nancy Pelosi right now and demand impeachment

THE TIME FOR EXCUSES IS OVER

The Democrats have majorities in the House and the Senate, and the election is over. The time has come to do the right thing. The evidence is overwhelming.

Nov 05 15:40

Fed Warns Consumers About Pitches on Phony U.S. Lending Program

Nov. 4 (Bloomberg) -- The U.S. Federal Reserve cautioned consumers against fraudulent solicitations claiming access to a nonexistent federal consumer loan program.

Nov 05 14:38

Rahm Emanuel: Obama's Chief Of Staff

President-elect Barack Obama pivoted quickly to begin filling out his new administration on Wednesday, selecting hard-charging Illinois Rep. Rahm Emanuel as White House chief of staff while aides stepped up the pace of transition work that had been cloaked in pre-election secrecy.

:Great. This is the guy, the former IDF soldier, who in 2006, selectively gave campaign money only to those Democratic contenders who supported the so-called eternal "war on terror":

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