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Money-printing scam at taxpayer expense - Godfrey Bloom MEP

europarl·Published on Apr 16, 2013

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• European Parliament, Strasbourg, 16 April 2013

• Speaker: Godfrey Bloom MEP, UKIP (Yorkshire & Lincolnshire), Europe of Freedom and Democracy (EFD) group - http://www.godfreybloommep.co.uk

• Joint Debate: Capital and prudential requirements for credit institutions and investment firms

Credit institutions and prudential supervision
Report: Othmar Karas (A7-0170/2012)
- Report on the proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on the access to the activity of credit institutions and the prudential supervision of credit institutions and investment firms and amending Directive 2002/87/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on the supplementary supervision of credit institutions, insurance undertakings and investment firms in a financial conglomerate

Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs

Prudential requirements for credit institutions and investment firms
Report: Othmar Karas (A7-0171/2012)
- Report on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on prudential requirements for credit institutions and investment firms

Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs

• Video: EbS (European Parliament)

• EU Member States:
Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Germany, Denmark, Estonia, Spain, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, United Kingdom

“There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil

to one who is striking at the root.”

– Henry David Thoreau, Walden

Kennecott landslide impacts global copper industry, Utah economy

By Dennis Romboy, Deseret News
Published: Monday, April 15 2013 5:55 p.m. MDT

A landslide at Kennecott Utah Copper's Bingham Canyon Mine,
which occurred Wednesday, April 10, 2013, is shown Thursday,
April 11, 2013. Ravell Call, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — Kennecott Utah Copper asked mine workers Monday to voluntarily take vacation or unpaid leave while the company considers its next move in the wake of a massive landslide that brought mining to a halt.

Employees who don't want to take time off will be provided work but may be assigned to jobs outside their usual roles. Someone who drives a truck might be asked to paint a building or do maintenance work, said Kyle Bennett, spokesman for Rio Tinto's Kennecott Utah Copper.

Meantime, the Mine Safety and Health Administration has not allowed Kennecott's geotechnical team into the open-pit mine to asses the size of the slide and the damage it caused. "Once our folks are able to get in, then we will monitor the slide pattern and make a determination on what it means long term," Bennett said.

An enormous wall of dirt rumbled down the northeast section of the Bingham Canyon Mine last Wednesday night. No workers were injured, but roads, buildings and vehicles inside the pit were damaged. The University of Utah seismograph station recorded the slide as a 2.4 magnitude shake.


Ancient Chinese Buddhist Temple Facing Demolition | NTD China Uncensored | NTDonChina

NTDChinaUncensored·Published on Apr 19, 2013

Party officials officials have tearing down people's homes and selling the land to developers for years, but now they've taken it one step further. In Xi'an City, the plan is to knock down parts of a 1,300-year-old temple so they can build a souvenir shop. It would effectively make the temple just a money making tourist trap and forcing the monks to leave. But this temple houses the bones of Xuanzang, the famed monk from Journey to the West. And while in Journey to the West, he had the Monkey King Sun Wukong on his side, now he has the people of China fighting to protect him and the cultural heritage of China.

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See, if this was America the people would never let them do something like this to one of their sacred sites. Like the City of Faith, home of the 900 foot Jesus vision, or the CBN studios that Pat Robertson said Jesus saved from a hurricane, or the Creation Museum and theme park down in Kentucky, or even Wall Street's own St. Patrick's Cathedral, one of the 911 building survivors that didn't fall for some reason.

- Well, not unless they could also setup a fracking operation or at least a tar sand pipeline.....

A BIG FUCKING DEAL: ''Scientists Convert Cellulose Into Amylose Starch''

Nature World News
By Staff Reporter
Apr 17, 2013 07:06 AM EDT

Percvial Zhang led the team that
found a way to convert cellulose
to starch (Photo : Percvial Zhang/
Virginia Tech)

Scientists have now found a way to convert cellulose to starch, a process that can be used to obtain food from all kinds of plants and not just food crops. Cellulose is found in all plant cells and is the most common carbohydrate in the world.

However, humans can't use cellulose as a food source as they lack the enzymes to break it down. In fact, no vertebrate can digest cellulose directly due to the lack of necessary enzymes. However, animals like cows, sheep and goats have symbiotic bacteria in their intestinal tract that help them digest the carbohydrate.

The study, led by Y.H. Percival Zhang, an associate professor from Virginia Tech, has found a way to obtain food from plants that could reduce the burden on agriculture. The study team produced a kind of starch from cellulose called amylase, which is a good source of dietary fiber.

"Cellulose and starch have the same chemical formula. The difference is in their chemical linkages. Our idea is to use an enzyme cascade to break up the bonds in cellulose, enabling their reconfiguration as starch," Zhang said. In the new process, 30 percent cellulose from corn stover was converted to amylose, and hydrolyzes. The rest of the cellulose was converted to glucose. Researchers say that cellulose from any plant can be converted into a starch.


- Well, this ought to upset a few applecarts. Monsanto, Cargill and ADM come to mind....

Former Pakistani President Musharraf arrested

Source: RT

Published time: April 19, 2013 04:18

Pakistani police have detained former President Pervez Musharraf and presented him in court after he fled when a judge ordered his arrest on Thursday. Musharraf was arrested at his farmhouse residence on the outskirts of Islamabad early on Friday and taken to court over allegations he committed treason while in office.

He had been holed up in the property following his dramatic flight from court on Thursday, after having already been banned from leaving the country. TV footage showed Musharraf being escorted by uniformed police officers to an Islamabad court, following his overnight arrest, Reuters reports.

Musharraf was brought before a judge at Islamabad District Court. It is yet to be decided whether he will be detained in prison or placed under house arrest.

Read more: http://rt.com/news/musharraf-089/

Hopeless at Gitmo: 'Torture & desperation with no end in sight'

RussiaToday·Published on Apr 17, 2013

Amid the ongoing mass hunger strike at Guantanamo Bay, U.S. military officials have disclosed two recent suicide attempts by protesting detainees. They also defended a prison guard raid on cells over the weekend, which resulted in violent clashes with several inmates.

RT's Bill Dod spoke with Moazzam Begg - who was released from Guantanamo without charge after 2 years. He doesn't believe Obama's prepared to deliver on his pledge to close the facility.

Meanwhile an independent American think tank releases a report accusing top U.S. officials of being responsible for abuse at Guantanamo. The Constitution Project concluded it was indisputable that torture had been carried out - READ MORE http://on.rt.com/y6oudb

Ambassador James R. Jones - who helped compile the report - says most Guantanamo detainees have completely lost hope.

Gitmo hunger strike: Timeline http://on.rt.com/5mn2oe

RT LIVE http://rt.com/on-air

A New Story of the People

TheSustainableMan·Published on Apr 5, 2013

How do we change the world? Change the story.

"The greatest illusion of this world is the illusion of separation." ~ Once the story our world is built on reflects the reality of interconnection, we will be on a true path towards sustainability.

The speaker is Charles Eisenstein (author of 'The Ascent of Humanity' and 'Sacred Economics').

For more from Charles Eisenstein, visit http://www.ascentofhumanity.com/

For more from Sustainable Man, visit http://sustainableman.org/

Company Files Defamation Suit Against Customer For Complaining

Med Express Sues Marginally Dissatisfied Customer For Posting Accurate Feedback On eBay

by Mike Masnick
Tue, Apr 16th 2013 3:12pm

Here's yet another example of companies using lawsuits to censor speech -- a situation that would be stopped if there was a serious federal anti-SLAPP law in place. Paul Levy shares the incredible story of a company called "Med Express," an Ohio company, who appears to sell various medical equipment exclusively via eBay (there are other "Med Express" companies out there from what I can tell). One buyer, in South Carolina, purchased something, but was disappointed by the fact that the product arrived postage due. The woman noted it wasn't the fact that she had to pay, just the inconvenience of having to pay to get the delivery when it wasn't expected. In response, she left negative feedback on Med Express' eBay page.

While Med Express did express regret (while noting that some other customers had seen the same problem) and offered to reimburse the postage due, it also asked her to remove the negative review. However, as she noted, it wasn't the money issue, but the inconvenience, so she decided to leave her feedback up. At this point, Med Express and its lawyer, James Amodio, apparently decided that if she didn't like "inconvenience" it would subject her to more inconvenience and sued her for defamation in state court in Ohio and sought a temporary restraining order against eBay to block the review. While that failed, apparently the judge is allowing a hearing to happen for a preliminary injunction even though (as Levy points out) the same reason the TRO was rejected should apply to any preliminary injunction.

Amazingly, the complaint directly lays out the pretty clear fact that it's suing her for not removing a truthful review. They don't even attempt to argue that she said anything false or defamatory. Just that they feel she shouldn't have complained since they offered to reimburse.

This is where Levy, a former colleague of the customer in this case, Amy Nicholls, reached out to Amodio to point out that the lawsuit was a complete joke. Amodio's response is somewhat stunning, in that, according to Levy, he more or less admitted that he was filing a nuisance lawsuit:
    I contacted , Med Express’s lawyer, to explain to him the many ways in which his lawsuit is untenable. He readily admitted that, as the complaint admits, everything that the customer had posted in her feedback was true; he did not deny that a statement has to be false to be actionable as defamation; but he just plain didn’t care. To the contrary, he told me that I could come up to Medina, Ohio, and argue whatever I might like, but that the case was going to continue unless the feedback was taken down or changed to positive. And he explained why his client was insisting on this change — he said that it sells exclusively over eBay, where a sufficient level of negative feedback can increase the cost of such sales as well as possibly driving away customers


- With morons running a company like this, I suppose she should count herself lucky they didn't send someone around to break her legs and put her in a wheelchair....

FDA Let Drugs Approved on Fraudulent Research Stay on the Market

Source: ProPublica

Retired FDA investigator Patrick Stone
(Katie Hayes Luke for ProPublica)

On the morning of May 3, 2010, three agents of the Food and Drug Administration descended upon the Houston office of Cetero Research, a firm that conducted research for drug companies worldwide. Lead agent Patrick Stone, now retired from the FDA, had visited the Houston lab many times over the previous decade for routine inspections. This time was different. His team was there to investigate a former employee's allegation that the company had tampered with records and manipulated test data.

When Stone explained the gravity of the inquiry to Chinna Pamidi, the testing facility's president, the Cetero executive made a brief phone call. Moments later, employees rolled in eight flatbed carts, each double-stacked with file boxes. The documents represented five years of data from some 1,400 drug trials.

Pamidi bluntly acknowledged that much of the lab's work was fraudulent, Stone said. "You got us," Stone recalled him saying. Based partly on records in the file boxes, the FDA eventually concluded that the lab's violations were so "egregious" and of such a "pervasive nature" that studies conducted there between April 2005 and August 2009 might be worthless.

The health threat was potentially serious: About 100 drugs, including sophisticated chemotherapy compounds and addictive prescription painkillers, had been approved for sale in the United States at least in part on the strength of Cetero Houston's tainted tests. The vast majority, 81, were generic versions of brand-name drugs on which Cetero scientists had often run critical tests to determine whether the copies did, in fact, act the same in the body as the originals. For example, one of these generic drugs was ibuprofen, sold as gelatin capsules by one of the nation's largest grocery-store chains for months before the FDA received assurance they were safe.

Read more: http://www.propublica.org/article/fda-let-drugs-approved-on-fraudulent-research-stay-on-the-market

(Filed Under DA!) ''World Photo Caption Contest: Putin Topless Protest''

Huffington Post | Posted: 04/14/2013 3:32 pm EDT | Updated: 04/14/2013 3:32 pm EDT

Life is never boring for Russian President Vladimir Putin.

This week, Finnish police announced the controversial leader had been mistakenly placed on its criminal blacklist. But before the bit of bad news, Putin appeared to enjoy a protest for the first time.

During an industrial fair the Russian president attended alongside German Chancellor Angela Merkel, a topless protester from the activist group FEMEN stormed Putin, screaming a few choice words.


- Absolutely, PRICELESS!
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