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Zombie armies of ants found
throughout Lowcountry, the South
Post & Courier [Charleston, SC], by Bo Peterson    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/12/2014 2:54:21 AM     Post Reply
Your worst fears are real: The South is overrun by zombies. Zombie ants, that is. They could be crawling in your backyard right now, possessed by a diabolical force controlling their every thought, a force that is, um, also found in beer. It´s a yeast-like fungus, but not just any fungus. This one gets into a carpenter ant´s mind, forces the ant to do its bidding, kills it, then pops out of its head to release more fungus spores for more ants to ingest. Which is, when you think of it, not really that much different from beer. Not that

There can be no excuse for shoplifting
Mail on Sunday [UK], by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/12/2014 2:23:10 AM     Post Reply
Stores in the UK lose about £2?billion each year thanks to shoplifting. This can hardly be blamed on poverty, as alcohol is the thieves’ favourite item. The reaction of Vera Baird, a former Solicitor General who is now a police and crime commissioner, is to excuse shoplifting on the grounds that it is ‘due to the impact of both poverty and welfare reform, with people stealing what they were once able to take for granted’. [Snip] It is not ‘due to’ these things, but to dishonesty. During the great hardships which affected Mrs Baird’s Northumbria in the 1930s, the unemployed

The police didn´t kill Mark Duggan -
50 years of liberal ´compassion´ did
Daily Mail [UK], by Peter Hitchens    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/12/2014 2:15:35 AM     Post Reply
We asked for it. We repeatedly voted for politicians who promised compassion. And now we have compassion coming out of our ears. And we moan that we don’t like the result. Yet we carry on with the same plan, madly expecting it to have a different outcome. It was ‘compassion’ that abolished the death penalty for murder, so forcing us to arm the police--who had until then been guarded from violent criminals by the real threat of the gallows. Look how compassionate that turned out to be. The lone armed constable in the dark and dangerous street now has to



BBC´s six-year cover-up of
secret ´green propaganda´
training for top executives
Mail on Sunday [UK], by David Rose    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/12/2014 1:24:24 AM     Post Reply
The BBC has spent tens of thousands of pounds over six years trying to keep secret an extraordinary ‘eco’ conference which has shaped its coverage of global warming, The Mail on Sunday can reveal. The controversial seminar was run by a body set up by the BBC’s own environment analyst Roger Harrabin and funded via a £67,000 grant from the then Labour government, which hoped to see its ‘line’ on climate change and other Third World issues promoted in BBC reporting. At the event, in 2006, green activists and scientists--one of whom believes climate change is a bigger danger than

How British taxpayers fund ´Marxist´
manifesto for European superstate
Daily Mail [UK], by Chris Hastings, Simon Murphy    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/12/2014 12:57:14 AM     Post Reply
British taxpayers have unwittingly funded a controversial new manifesto for the European Union which demands increased rights for illegal immigrants and a universal income for the unemployed--whether or not they seek work. The 145-page manifesto also calls for a ban on fracking and greater powers for Brussels. [Snip] It is one of dozens of ‘propaganda projects’ on which the EU has ‘squandered’ tens of millions of taxpayers’ money. Last night, one Tory MP said the manifesto ‘bordered on the criminal’ and was nothing more than ‘propaganda to build up a European superstate’. Called European Democracy, Solidarity and Equality,

Campaigning former Shadow Home Secretary´s
own phone log reveals the insidious
tracking of our every move
Daily Mail [UK], by David Davis    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/12/2014 12:48:35 AM     Post Reply
British security services using American technology to spy on our personal details; German leader Angela Merkel’s phone bugged; 60?million Spanish phone calls monitored by the US National Security Agency in just one month. [Snip] The authorities are forcing service providers to store the phone numbers we called and were called from, the email addresses we sent messages to and received messages from, and the time and place we did so--in other words, they are tracking us using metadata. We know this for a fact thanks to the documents leaked by whistleblower Edward Snowden. To see exactly what metadata can do,

Warrior helped forge the state
of Israel through an iron fist
Daily Express [UK], by David Paul    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/12/2014 12:20:52 AM     Post Reply
Known to his supporters as “Arik” or the “King of Israel” he had served on the battlefields in every war his country fought since its creation in 1948. He was born in what was British-­controlled Palestine in 1928 to Russian refugee parents Shmuel and Dvora Scheinerman. [Snip] As a teenager he joined the paramilitary youth battalion Gadna, then the underground Jewish defence force Hagganah. In the 1948 War of Independence he was a ­platoon commander, earning a reputation as a brave and ­inspirational leader. Two years later he led a ­military operation that left 38 Egyptian troops dead. In 1956



Welcome to Jelly: using huge piles
of cash, Twitter´s founders are
turning the web into a giant game
Telegraph [UK], by Jon Silk    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/12/2014 12:05:43 AM     Post Reply
Jelly, a mobile app created by Twitter founder Biz Stone, launched on Tuesday. The app has an extremely high-profile list of investors--including Al Gore, Bono, co-founder of LinkedIn Reid Hoffman, and Stone´s Twitter cohorts Evan Williams and Jack Dorsey. The premise is simple. After downloading, you connect it to your social networks. Then, you write a question and your friends--and their friends--can send you a short answer. Everyone can use photos and, with the swipe of a finger, annotate them with a virtual marker pen. Jelly´s marketing says it´s going head to head with sites like Quora and Yahoo Answers

Exclusive: More well-known U.S.
retailers victims of cyberattacks - sources
Reuters, by Jim Finkle & Mark Hosenball    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 1/11/2014 11:07:25 PM     Post Reply
Boston & Washington - Target Corp and Neiman Marcus are not the only U.S. retailers whose networks were breached over the holiday shopping season late last year, according to sources familiar with attacks on other merchants that have yet to be publicly disclosed. Smaller breaches on at least three other well-known U.S. retailers took place and were conducted using similar techniques as the one on Target, according to the people familiar with the attacks. Those breaches have yet to come to light. Also, similar breaches may have occurred earlier last year. The sources said that they involved retailers with outlets in malls,

I helped destroy Falluja in 2004.
I won´t be complicit again
The Guardian (UK), by Ross Caputi    Original Article
Posted By: mark34- 1/11/2014 9:30:47 PM     Post Reply
I am having flashbacks to my time as a marine during the second siege of Falluja in 2004. Again, claims are being published that al-Qaida has taken over the city and that a heavy-handed military response is needed to take the city back from the control of terrorists. The first time around, this claim proved to be false. The vast majority of the men we fought against in Falluja were locals, unaffiliated with al-Qaida, who were trying to expel the foreign occupiers from their country. There was a presence of al-Qaida in the city, but they played a minimal and

Colorado pot shops likely
targets of cartels, say experts
Fox News, by Joseph J. Kolb    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 1/11/2014 9:25:03 PM     Post Reply
As the smoke settles from the first week of legal marijuana sales in Colorado, experts are warning that sanctioned pot dealers could become targets for the very folks they put out of business. Taking over a trade once ruled by drug cartels and turning it into an all-cash business could make pot shops prime targets for extortion, black-market competition and robbery. One veteran border narcotics agent told FoxNews.com Colorado´s legal pot industry will find it hard to keep the criminals from horning in on a lucrative business they once controlled. "Mexico is already in Colorado without the risks," the agent,



If you knew who was behind
Close-Gitmo push, you´d be shocked
Fox News, by J. D. Gordon    Original Article
Posted By: ron_lfp- 1/11/2014 9:22:34 PM     Post Reply
On Saturday, January 11, a coalition of "Close-Gitmo" forces is expected to march on Washington to commemorate the 12th anniversary of detention and interrogation operations. Though the march from the White House to the National Museum of American History is purportedly about advancing "human rights" and "stopping torture," a closer look at the key participants reveals a more troubling, some might say hidden, agenda. If more Americans knew who is behind this campaign, there would be nationwide outrage. While everyone is for “human rights” and “stopping torture,” Americans should not be fooled by these false flags

Popular sorority member ´shot
dead by another woman in front of
terrified friends in road rage dispute´
Daily Mail [UK], by Ryan Gorman    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 1/11/2014 8:44:43 PM     Post Reply
A violent ex-con has been charged with multiple counts in the road rage shooting death of a 21-year-old female Georgia college student. Sparkles Lindsay, 22, followed Kimberly Kilgore, 21, into her gated apartment complex last year and shot her to death while her best friend sat in the passenger seat and watched in horror, police say. Ms Lindsay faces a charge of malice murder, two counts of felony murder, aggravated assault, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and possession of a firearm during commission of a felony, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Scientists ID amount of chemical
they consider safe
Gazette-Mail (Charleston W.Va), by Ken Ward Jr.    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/11/2014 7:43:01 PM     Post Reply
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Faced with limited information and no regulatory guidelines on a chemical that´s put drinking water off limits for 300,000 West Virginians, government scientists have come up with a level of Crude MCHM they believe is safe. Federal and state officials have put out a number -- 1 part per million -- and are noting hopefully that chemical concentrations in the region´s Elk River water supply are dropping ever closer to that figure. At the same time, officials in the Tomblin administration and with West Virginia American Water are refusing to make public the results of their testing.

52 Places to Go in 2014
New York Times, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/11/2014 7:37:20 PM     Post Reply
1. Cape Town, South Africa -A place to meditate on freedom, and the creative life that followed. When Nelson Mandela was incarcerated at Robben Island prison, he found inspiration in Cape Town. “We often looked across Table Bay at the magnificent silhouette of Table Mountain,” he said in a speech. “To us on Robben Island, Table Mountain was a beacon of hope. It represented the mainland to which we knew we would one day return.” Cape Town’s importance to Mandela, who made his first address there as a free man, will doubtless draw many visitors in the wake of his



Red Hot Chili Peppers to join Bruno Mars for
Super Bowl halftime show: report
New York Daily News, by Nancy Dillon    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 1/11/2014 7:24:32 PM     Post Reply
They might need some extra socks. California funk-rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers – infamous for sometimes taking the stage with only tube socks covering their private parts – is reportedly joining headline act Bruno Mars for the Super Bowl XLVIII halftime show on Feb. 2 in chilly New Jersey. Mars invited the group to join him for the big game at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford and is expected to announce their addition to the line-up this Saturday during TV coverage of the New Orleans Saints-Seattle Seahawks playoff match-up, an unidentified source told the Los Angeles Times. Inducted into the Rock and

U.S. withdraws official from
its embassy in New Delhi
CNN, by Jethro Mullen & Harmeet Shah Singh    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 1/11/2014 7:22:41 PM     Post Reply
At the request of the government of India, the United States will withdraw one official from its embassy in New Delhi over tensions involving a case surrounding an Indian diplomat. The decision comes as Devyani Khobragade, whose December arrest and strip search in New York strained ties between New Delhi and Washington, headed back to India. State Department spokeswoman Jennifer Psaki said she hopes this will help gain closure in the incident. U.S. prosecutors accuse Khobragade of lying in a visa application about how much she paid her housekeeper. She was indicted this week by a federal grand jury on

News Analysis: Egypt forecasts
major milestone in future roadmap
Xinhua News Agency [China], by Mahmoud Fouly    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 1/11/2014 7:07:47 PM     Post Reply
Cairo - The referendum on Egypt´s new draft constitution slated for Jan. 14-15 represents a major milestone in the country´s future roadmap, political experts said. The referendum marks the first time that Egyptians would go to the polls since the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi by the military last July, after mass protests against his one-year rule and his Muslim Brotherhood group. (Snip) The new constitution is a prior step to pave the way for presidential and parliamentary elections in the country which is now run by an interim president and a transitional government. Gamal Salama, head of political

Why Bridgegate made headlines
but Obama’s IRS scandal didn’t
New York Post, by John Podhoretz    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 1/11/2014 7:06:30 PM     Post Reply
Most government scandals involve the manipulation of the system in obscure ways by people no one has ever heard of. That is why George Washington Bridgegate is nearly a perfect scandal — because it is comprehensible and (as they say in Hollywood) “relatable” to everyone who has ever been in a car. This is the reason this one is not going to go away so easily, even if one accepts the contention that Gov. Chris Christie had nothing whatsoever to do with it.(snip)Journalists know the Obamans. Intimately. They know them from college, they know them from work, they know them

The collar of money
PJ Media, by Richard Fernandez    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 1/11/2014 6:54:12 PM     Post Reply
Q: When is bad news good news? A: When it kicks the can down the road. The New York Times gives an example of how this works. (Snip) Once “free money” — the deficit spending Dorfman spoke is introduced like a drug into the voters veins it will prove nearly impossible to withdraw. In the world of demagogues you create failure then you reinforce it because you benefit from failure by demanding more power. The ruin of insurance companies will be used to the same effect that three million labor force dropouts have had. It will “strengthen the Democrats’ hand”


Dallas rhino hunt auction kicks up dust
USA Today, by Tim Mullaney    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 1/11/2014 6:53:41 PM     Post Reply
A Dallas conservation group´s auction of a rare license to hunt an endangered black rhino in Africa has outraged conservationists, leading to death threats against the auction´s organizer. The Dallas Safari Club plans to auction off the license Saturday night, hoping to raise as much as $1 million for conservation efforts. Criticism has come from groups including People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), which said the sale is a case of letting rich hunters buy a thrill at the cost of a rhino´s life. About 4,800 black rhinos are believed to be living worldwide, according to the World Wildlife Federation. The Namibian tourism ministry says about 1,750

Why Iraq is in turmoil
CNN, by Fareed Zakaria    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 1/11/2014 6:42:55 PM     Post Reply
Here´s a startling statistic: more than 8,000 Iraqis were killed in violent attacks in 2013. That makes it the second most violent country in the world, after its neighbor Syria. As violence has spread and militants have gained ground in several Middle Eastern countries, people have been wondering how much this has to do with the Obama administration and its lack of an active intervention in the region. The Wall Street Journal and a Commentary magazine opinion piece have both argued this past week that the Obama administration´s decision to withdraw troops from Iraq is directly responsible for the renewed

Don´t put your winter clothes away
just yet - ANOTHER Polar Vortex
expected to hit the U.S. next week
Daily Mail [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/11/2014 6:37:56 PM     Post Reply
If you live in the American Midwest or East Coast, you may want to hold off on putting away your winter gear. Just as temperatures are beginning to warm in much of the United States, another arctic blast in the form of a ´polar vortex´ appears to be on the horizon. The upcoming front of icy temperatures is expected to bring cold, arctic air to southern Canada and then move into the northern plains of the U.S. before moving on to the Midwest and the East Coast - each of which is still recovering from last week´s frigid temperatures. Many areas are still recovering from the extreme weather last week, which has caused a dam of ice to block the

Chemical spill a blow to
W.Va capital´s economy
Associated Press, by Brendan Farrington & Jonathan Mattise    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 1/11/2014 6:31:18 PM     Post Reply
Charleston, W.Va. - On the third day without clean tap water, business owners with empty dining rooms and quiet aisles of merchandise around West Virginia´s capital were left to wonder how much of an economic hit they´ll take from a chemical spill. Most visitors have cleared out of Charleston while locals are either staying home or driving out of the area to find somewhere they can get a hot meal or take a hot shower. Orders not to use tap water for much other than flushing toilets mean that the spill is an emergency not just for the environment but also for local businesses. A water company executive said Saturday that it could be days

Sabbahi may still run for president
despite potential competition with El-Sisi
Al-Ahram [Egypt], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 1/11/2014 6:15:50 PM     Post Reply
Nasserist politician Hamdeen Sabbahi said on Saturday that he may still run in the coming presidential elections, stressing that his decision to compete will not depend on whether army chief Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi also runs. (Snip) The Nasserist figure said he would not back a presidential candidate whose team included members of the Muslim Brotherhood. A founding member of the Egyptian Popular Current, Sabbahi came third in the 2012 presidential elections, after the Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohamed Morsi (eventual winner) and Mubarak-era politician Ahmed Shafiq. El-Sisi, who is heard of Egypt’s armed forces,

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