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EU plot to scrap Britain




Climate scepticism threatens people, planet - IPCC chief - AlertNet

"I think global society has to realise that we are affecting the climate of this planet and this is the only planet that we have," he said in Bangkok Friday at the Southeast Asia launch of the IPCC special report on managing the risks of extreme events and disasters

What is clear is that average temperatures are going to rise in many parts of the world. Many scientists believe that at current rates of emissions the planet is heading toward at least a 3.5 degree Celsius rise in average temperature this century.

"It is virtually certain that increases in the frequency and magnitude of warm daily temperature extremes... will occur in the 21st century on the global scale," the IPCC report said.

"It is very likely that the length, frequency and/or intensity of... heat waves will increase," it added.

Changing weather patterns also are expected to bring more extreme weather, including worsening droughts and floods.

The predictions may help countries and communities facing such climate-related problems, including sea level rise, to prepare and adapt to coming changes.

IPCC - Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

On Our Radar: Birds and Wind Turbines -

New Interactive Web Map to Help Reduce Bird Mortality From Wind Development

Board of Directors Biographical Summaries


'Civilized People Don't Buy Gold': Berkshire's Munger- - US- Business News - CNBC

Subcommittee to Examine Proposals to Reform or Abolish Federal Reserve | House Committee on Financial Services

Gitmo Nation

Follow the Pipes


Russia, Japan in Building Gas Pipeline Talks | World | RIA Novosti

Russia and Japan are in talks to build a gas pipeline from Russia to expand gas supplies to the Far Eastern country, Russian gas giant Gazprom said on Thursday. "The parties have discussed prospects of increase of natural gas supplies from Russia to Japan in terms of higher liquefied natural gas production at the Sakhalin Island and implementation of an LNG plant construction project in Vladivostok," Gazprom said following a meeting between the company's export head Alexander Medvedev and Japan's former Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara. "The parties also discussed the opportunities for a gas supply project from Russia to Japan through pipeline," Gazprom said. The future pipeline could be laid on the seabed, Maehara said earlier on Thursday. Japan is the world's fourth largest energy consumer but has no energy resources of its own. The country is the world's largest consumer of liquefied natural gas. Japan is also the largest LNG consumer from the Sakhalin-2 project as about 65 percent of produced gas at the deposits is supplied to Japan under 20-year bilateral contracts. Gazprom and Japan Far East Gas Co., a consortium of Japanese companies, are also implementing a project to build an LNG plant and a gas chemical complex in Vladivostok in Russia's Far East. Investment volume in the project might total $7 billion, with a return on investment of seven to eight years, a source close to the project's participants has said. The plant, scheduled to be launched in 2016, will produce 10 million tons of LNG from 2017 with seven million tons supplied to Japan and three million tons to South Korea.

Sakhalin - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

In August 1945, according to Yalta Conference agreements, the Soviet Union took over the control of Sakhalin. The Soviet attack on South Sakhalin was part of the Manchurian Strategic Offensive Operation and started on 11 August 1945, after the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and four days before the Surrender of Japan. The 56th Rifle Corps consisting of the 79th Rifle Division, the 2nd Rifle Brigade, the 5th Rifle Brigade and the 214 Armored Brigade attacked the Japanese 88th Division. Although the Red Army outnumbered the Japanese by a factor of three, they were unable to advance due to strong Japanese resistance.

On September 6, 1976, Soviet Air Force pilot Victor Belenko successfully defected to the West, flying his MiG-25 'Foxbat' to Hakodate, Japan. During this incident, Japan Self-Defense Force radar lost track of the aircraft when Belenko flew his MiG-25 at a low altitude, prompting the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) to consider procurement of airborne early warning aircraft.

On September 1, 1983, the Korean Air Flight 007, a South Korean civilian airliner, flew over Sakhalin and was shot down by the Soviet Union, just west of Sakhalin Island, near the smaller Moneron Island; the Soviet Union claimed it was a spy plane. All 269 passengers and crew died, including a U.S. Congressman, Larry McDonald.

On 28 May 1995, an earthquake measuring 7.5 on the Richter scale occurred, killing 2,000 people in the town of Neftegorsk.

Election Day

Hookers & Blow

Colombian prostitute thought Obama bodyguards were 'fools' - Telegraph

Miss Suarez said: "They were a bunch of fools. They are responsible for Obama's security and they still let this happen. "I could have done a thousand other things. If I had wanted to, I could have gone through all his documents, his wallet, his suitcase." Miss Suarez told Caracol News in Cartegena that she called the police after the Secret Service agent with whom she spent the night refused to pay her the $800 (500) he had promised.

"Let's go, bitch I'm not going to pay you," she said that he told her before throwing her out of the room in the early morning.

A Secret Service investigation into "misconduct" has resulted in nine of the 12 agents that made up the president's advance security team to Cartegena losing their jobs. But Miss Suarez said that although she was at the heart of the scandal, she had not been interviewed by US investigators.

Drone Nation

Officials - U.S. Drone Strike Kills 8 in Pakistan -

An American drone fired a volley of missiles into a house close to the Afghan border on Saturday, killing eight suspected militants and indicating U.S. resolve to continue with the attacks despite renewed Pakistani opposition, officials said. The strike in North Waziristan was the second American drone operation in Pakistan this week.

North Waziristan is a haven for Islamist militants from many parts of the world. Washington regards the region as a key command and control center for insurgents fighting U.S. troops in neighboring Afghanistan. The identities and affiliations of those killed Saturday were not immediately known.

Pipeline to Afghanistan: Viewzone


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Dealing with Digital Harassment | Common Sense Media

Board of Directors | Common Sense Media

Techno Experts

FBI: We need wiretap-ready Web sites - now | Security & Privacy - CNET News

The FBI general counsel's office has drafted a proposed law that the bureau claims is the best solution: requiring that social-networking Web sites and providers of VoIP, instant messaging, and Web e-mail alter their code to ensure their products are wiretap-friendly.

"If you create a service, product, or app that allows a user to communicate, you get the privilege of adding that extra coding," an industry representative who has reviewed the FBI's draft legislation told CNET. The requirements apply only if a threshold of a certain number of users is exceeded, according to a second industry representative briefed on it.

Cyber Attack on US Natural Gas Companies: A case of espionage, crime, or the future of environmental hacktivism? - Tracking Energy Attacks

The religious fanatics behind Tory plans to block porn | Liberal Conspiracy

Claire Perry | Media | Inquiry into Online Child Protection

Oil Cabal

Is Shale Gas a Real Energy Solution?-The Haliburton Loophole

Fracking techniques have been around since the end of World War II. Why then suddenly is the world going gaga over shale gas hydraulic fracking? One answer is that the record high oil and gas prices of the recent few years have made inefficient processes such as extracting oil from Canada's tar sands or the costly fracking profitable. The second reason is the advance of various horizontal underground drilling techniques that allow companies like Schlumberger to enter a large shale rock formation and inject substances to "free" the trapped gas. But the real reason for the recent explosion of fracking in the country where it has most been applied, the United States, is the passage of legislation in 2005 by the US Congress that exempts the oil industry's hydraulic fracking activity from regulatory supervision by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under the Safe Drinking Water Act. The oil and gas industry is the only industry in America that is allowed by EPA to inject known hazardous materials -- unchecked -- directly into or adjacent to underground drinking water supplies. The law is known as the "Halliburton Loophole." That's because it was introduced with lobbying pressure from the company that produces the lion's share of chemical hydraulic fracking fluids--Dick Cheney's old company, Halliburton. When he became Vice President under George W. Bush in early 2001, Bush immediately gave Cheney responsibility for a major Energy Task Force to make a comprehensive national energy strategy. Aside from looking at Iraq oil potentials as documents later revealed, Cheney's task force used Cheney's considerable political muscle and industry lobbying money to win exemption from the Safe Drinking Water Act.

The War on Chicken

From Austin's Jane

Depressing news-we will NOT be at market this weekend or next weekend. Everything had been going exceptionally well until we put out a flock to field 3 weeks ago and the birds just stopped growing.

They were active and eating but not gaining any weight.

After doing a ton of research we've discovered that our industry industry has identified something called RSS (runting stunting syndrome) but none of the experts has a clue as to what it is or what to do about it. It appears in the winter/spring and disappears as quickly as it arrives.

I do know that there is a bad outbreak on the East Coast (it helps that Terry's niece is the director of poultry pathology at the University of Delaware) and that another local producer is battling the issue as well.

As our promise to you is to only sell the very best chicken, we won't be back at market until we work through this. We are trying several things to help the birds ( short of a good bowl of chicken soup) and the new chicks appear to be doing much better.

Thanks for all your support and patience,


Runting-Stunting Syndrome in Broilers - Poultry Articles from The Poultry Site

Researchers have not reproduced all the field symptoms of RSS experimentally and believe that several viruses, bacteria and other pathogens may be involved. Reovirus was originally thought to be the cause of RSS, but adenovirus, enterovirus, rotavirus, parvovirus and others may also be involved. Bacteria often isolated from RSS birds (E. coli, Proteus micabilis, Enterococcus faecium, Staphylococcus cohnii, Clostridium perfringes, Bacteroides fragilis and Bacillus licheniformis) are commonly found in the intestinal tract and may cause secondary infections, aggravating the initial lesions (Rebel et al., 2006). Brooding at cool temperatures tends to worsen RSS symptoms, as does short down-time between flocks. Certain strains of birds appear to be more susceptible to the effects of RSS than others and male birds are more severely affected than females (Zavala and Barbosa, 2006). However, it is interesting to note that researchers have found that resistant broiler strains have stronger immunological responses than susceptible strains. This difference is particularly pronounced when gut immunity is compared (Rebel et al., 2006). Some researchers have suggested that the poor growth and retarded feathering (which are consistently observed in RSS cases) are due to a common underlying infection, while virtually all other symptoms result from other infections or management factors.

RSS often appears suddenly and disappears equally suddenly, making it difficult to determine effective control measures. However, it is important to remember that RSS is a disease of young birds with symptoms and mortality peaking at about 11 days so control efforts should be focused early in the life of the flock. Control efforts should focus in three primary areas: Biosecurity, good poultry house management and vaccination.

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The Montreal Students Rock!

In the morning Adam,

I thought you might enjoy our latest distraction up here in Quebec... our government and student unions have been butting heads for months now with what started as protests against tuition hikes, but both sides have been awfully stubborn. I don't believe either has any real intention of negotiating.

The students have been holding nightly marches in Montreal... the first few nights saw pretty heavy coverage on the french 24 hour news networks here, but after night-after-night of the same mostly peaceful demonstration, the media has of course gotten bored and is starting to no longer cover the story. So the students decide to undress for their latest march (at least, as much as the cops will let them...)

It's mostly just a bunch of pasty white kids, but cue the slideshow!

Sad thing is, I really believe the Charest government is milking this conflict to distract the public from ongoing corruption investigations, and their plans to sell (read: give away) our mineral resources in the north...

Keep up the good work, and although I must sadly remain in the boner column for a while yet, I'm working on adding to the PayPal so I can empty it in your direction...

Many thanks,

Des manifestants -tout nus>> bravent la pluie

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Late Night TV Ratings For The Week Of April 23 -- April 27, 2012 - Ratings | TVbytheNumbers

Libertarians nominate ex-Governor Gary Johnson for president -

msnbc video: Inside the Situation Room, Part 3: Watching the helicopter crash

Osama Bin Laden's Final Plot! DUN! DUN! DUN! - [VIDEO]


Al-Qaeda urges firebombing Australia

"The Goal That I Set To Defeat Al Qaeda & Deny It A Chance To Rebuild Is Within Reach" Pres Obama - [VIDEO]

Ministry of Truth

Families Watch 9/11 Case At Guantánamo Via Video -

2 hikers held in Iran to marry in SF Bay area

Hard-Rocking Ted Nugent Cranks Up the Controversy -


Out There

California Meteor Found Packed With Alien Organics

A collaboration between various US and European institutes has proven the presence of vital nucleobases in the Murchison meteorite, an extraterrestrial rock fragment which impacted Earth in 1969. Nucleobases are the very binary bits of DNA, the base pairs that make up the vital genetic information. Uracil and Xanthine were the two of the most exciting components detected. Uracil is Thymines stand-in when RNA is created, and Xanthene is a mutated form of Guanine.

These bases are unquestionably alien - for one, the rock-chemicals are equally left and right "handed" (a property of the physical structure of the chemicals), while the Earth-borne biological equivalents are either one or the other(sugars are right-handed, amino acids are left-handed). Even more fundamentally, the carbon atoms that make these chemicals organic at all are a space born isotope, the not-so-unlucky Carbon-13, while life on Earth is based on Carbon-12.


PLoS Medicine: Does Conflict of Interest Disclosure Worsen Bias?

BBC News - 'Antipsychotic drugs made me want to kill myself'

Antipsychotic drugs versus placebo for relapse prevention in schizophrenia: a systematic review and meta-analysis : The Lancet

Remote-controlled genes trigger insulin production : Nature News & Comment

riedman and his colleagues coated iron oxide nanoparticles with antibodies that bind to a modified version of the temperature-sensitive ion channel TRPV1, which sits on the surface of cells. They injected these particles into tumours grown under the skins of mice, then used the magnetic field generated by a device similar to a miniature magnetic-resonance-imaging machine to heat the nanoparticles with low-frequency radio waves. In turn, the nanoparticles heated the ion channel to its activation temperature of 42 C. Opening the channel allowed calcium to flow into cells, triggering secondary signals that switched on an engineered calcium-sensitive gene that produces insulin.

After 30 minutes of radio-wave exposure, the mice's insulin levels had increased and their blood sugar levels had dropped.

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"The great thing about this system is that radio-wave heating can penetrate deep tissue, and TRPV1 can focus that stimulus very locally to just where you have the nanoparticles," says David Julius, a physiologist who studies TRPV1 at the University of California, San Francisco.

Friedman says that his team did not develop the method as a way of managing diabetes; insulin and blood sugar levels simply provide convenient physiological readouts for checking that the remote control is working. "There are many good treatments for diabetes that are much simpler," he says. However, the system could potentially be engineered to produce proteins to treat other conditions.

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