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Fractals-Red Book

Leviathan

It's about LNG, Not Oil

Gas future have been declining steadily

Why Gas is Important

News and opinion about Japan >> LNG as an Alternative Energy Replacing Nuclear Power -- The Japan Disaster

Currently LNG is the optimum alternative energy because the cost is stable due to technology innovation meaning stable supply of energy, and also CO2 emission is lower than other energy such as coal and oil.

2.-How have the constituents of energy supply been and how are they to change?

Thermal power including LNG has been the primary source of energy supply constituting 64%, followed by nuclear power constituting 29%.- Other forms of energy supply includes hydraulic power that constitutes 6% and others including new energy that constitutes 1% or less.

Nuclear power supply is to decrease from current 288.2 billion kW to 200 billion kW if operation of total of 6 nuclear plants including Fukushima Daiichi and Hamaoka are to remain terminated.- It could even decrease to as low as 100 billion kW if operation of other nuclear plants that are currently under regular inspection cannot re-started.-

This means the nuclear power supply would drop from 29% to 10 -- 20%, and the decrease in nuclear power supply is planned to be replaced by LNG that currently constitutes 30%.

Natural Gas Europe - Germany's Nuclear Volte Face Opens Doors for Dutch LNG - News

Germany is likely to become the biggest customer for the Netherlands' first liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal within two to three years as the country replaces shut down nuclear reactors with new gas-fired power plants.

The 800 million euro Gas Access to Europe (Gate) terminal in the port of Rotterdam, built by Gasunie and Koninklijke Vopak and due to open in September, was initially seen as a small contributor to help provide a stable gas supply in north-west Europe.

It received an unexpected shot in the arm when Germany decided, following Japan's Fukushima crisis, to immediately close 40 percent of its nuclear capacity and entirely phase out atomic energy by 2022.

The capacity will need to be replaced by 10 gigawatts of new power stations, which will mainly be fuelled by gas as it is considered to be a less carbon-intensive alternative to coal.

"If Germany wants to import more LNG, it will go through Gate," said ABN Amro Energy Analyst Tim Boon Von Ochssee, adding that slow but steady economic recovery will also add to European demand for gas.

German utilities have already turned to Russia to secure additional gas supplies, but the Dutch LNG terminal will be a welcome alternative, reducing Europe's dependence on Russian supplies.

Pipelines

Arab Gas Pipeline - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Arab Syria Pipeline

In 2005 Stroytransgaz and the Syrian Gas Company signed a contract on

EPC terms (Engineering, Procurement and Construction) to realize

construction of the Arab Gas Pipeline in Syria.

Dec 30 2010-Israel Confirms Major Natural Gas Discovery - NYTimes.com

Exploratory drilling off Israel's northern coast this week has confirmed the existence of a major natural gas field -- one of the world's largest offshore gas finds of the past decade -- leading the country's infrastructure minister to call it "the most important energy news since the founding of the state."

Related

Natural Gas Deposits Improve Israel's Energy Outlook (August 21, 2010)

Houston-based Noble Energy, which is working with several Israeli partner companies, said that the field, named Leviathan, whose existence was suspected months ago, has at least 16 trillion cubic feet of gas at a likely market value of tens of billions of dollars and should turn Israel into an energy exporter.

Syria

Syria Turkey Pipeline

As part of an intergovernmental agreement to deliver Russian natural gas

to Turkey, Stroytransgaz as general contractor undertook construction of

the Russian part of the Blue Stream pipeline system—the

Izobilnoye-Dzhubga gas pipeline—in 2001 and 2002. Gazprom was customer

for the project.

Homs

The gas pipeline, 320 kilometers in length, runs from the

Jordanian-Syrian border to the Al Rayan gas gathering station in the

area of Homs. The pipeline transports gas to electric power generating

plants and the country’s gas-distribution network.

Russian Minister offers Assad an out

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov flew into Damascus on Tuesday, accompanied by his foreign security chief, to try to boost a plan that would keep Assad in power, even though many prominent members of the opposition reject that entirely.

"It's clear that efforts to stop the violence should be accompanied by the beginning of dialogue among the political forces," Lavrov said, according to the Russian news agency ITAR-Tass. "Today we received confirmation of the readiness of the president of Syria for this work.

Examples of War-Hungry Propaganda & Lies *** SYRIA: Who is Behind The Protest - Pastebin.com

Arab Spring

Egyptian pipeline hit by fourth explosive attack since January | World news | guardian.co.uk

Egyptian pipeline hit by fourth explosive attack since January

Operator to seek $8bn from Cairo over disruption to gas exports after gunmen blow up terminal a week on from last attack

Libya to resume gas exports to Italy by December | SweetCrude Reports

Libya will resume large natural gas exports to Italy by early December at the latest, following the preliminary restart of the Greenstream pipeline Thursday, the North African country's top oil official said.

The gradual resumption of the pipeline operations--which shut down in February, providing a hit to Italy's natural gas needs--is the latest example of Libyan hydrocarbons returning to global markets.

In an interview, Nuri Berruien, chairman of Libya's National Oil Company, said "major exports will come at the end of November or early December at the latest."

Before the war, the 520-kilometre pipeline exported 26 million cubic metres a day of natural gas from Libya to Italy, according to the International Energy Agency

Blasts hit Tunisia gas pipeline, still working | Reuters

Israel

ISRAEL: Neighbors watchful as Israel demarcates maritime borders with Cyprus - latimes.com

Clinton Working to Win U.S. Senate Approval of Oceans Treaty | IIP Digital

Israel offers to sell natural gas to India

Lebanon joins volatile Med gas scramble | Oil in Israel

Lebanon has raised the stakes in the high-octane poker game under way in the natural gas-rich eastern Mediterranean by approving a law to administer offshore exploration and drilling, joining Israel, Cyprus and Turkey in a potentially explosive race for energy riches.

The Beirut government laid down the regulations for the emerging energy industry Wednesday.

"If all goes as scheduled," said Cesar Abi Khalil, an Energy Ministry adviser, "the licensing round will be held this year.

"The companies will have six months to bid and then the winners will be chosen and exploration will begin."

Energy expert Roudi Baroudi estimates that Lebanon's reserves total three times those of Libya's 54 trillion cubic feet. That's probably a major overestimate. But it's certain to heighten tension in the region triggered by Israel's discovery of major gas fields off its coast, a drive by nearby Cyprus to follow suit and Turkey's threat to send in its navy to stop the other two from joining forces to exploit the region's energy riches.

On top of this, Beirut claims parts of the Israeli gas fields lie in Lebanese waters. The two countries are technically at war.

Hezbollah, the heavily armed, Iranian-backed Lebanese "resistance movement," has warned it will repel Israeli efforts to "plunder" what it considers Lebanese energy reserves. Israel has vowed to use force to protect its assets.

Hezbollah and Israel fought a 34-day war in 2006 in which Lebanon's infrastructure was heavily bombed. The seasoned Lebanese fighters battled Israel's vaunted military to a standstill and claimed a "divine victory."

Both sides view the inconclusive conflict as unfinished business.

It remains to be seen whether the dispute over the vast natural gas reserves, along with several billion barrels of oil, in the Levant Basin will be the trigger for renewed war.

But the bottom line is the infrastructure Israel is building, including offshore platforms and export terminals, is vulnerable to attack by Hezbollah, and even Syria and Iran.

Cyprus

Noble Energy & dalek brings forward Cypriot drilling - Globes

The Cypriot media report that Noble Energy Inc. (NYSE: NBL) will begin drilling an offshore exploratory well at Block 12 on September 21. The well is located in Cyprus' Exclusive Economic Zone, just 12 kilometers from Israel's Leviathan gas field, and previously Noble Energy had reported that it would not begin drilling until October.

Noble Energy will use the Homer Ferrington rig currently drilling at the Noa field, near Yam Tethys offshore from Ashkelon. Noble Energy and Delek Group Ltd. (TASE: DLEKG) jointly own Noa and Yam Tethys. Noble Energy obtained the concession for Block 12 in 2008, and its Leviathan and Tamar partner Delek Group has an option to acquire 30% of the concession through units Avner Oil and Gas LP (TASE: AVNR.L) and Delek Drilling LP (TASE: DEDR.L). Delek Group is seeking an amendment to the Securities Law (5728-1968) to allow it to exercise the option, and expects to obtain the amendment within a few months.

The New Energy Order

Who owns the Leviathan field? Israel or Lebanaon? Or Cyprus?

It can be said that God has a sick sense of humor. Scientists recently discovered a massive offshore reserve of an estimated 122 trillion cubic feet of natural gas called the Levant Basin Province. While it is one of the world's richest natural gas reserves, the Levant Basin Province is located between countries with endless amounts of mutual hatred. It straddles the sea borders of Israel, Lebanon, Palestine, the Republic of Cyprus and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.

The largest section discovered so far, the Leviathan gas field, is believed to possibly contain, alongside natural gas, 4.2 billion barrels of oil. Leviathan straddles the Israeli-Lebanese maritime border. Israel is currently in a state of war with Lebanon and does not recognize the de-facto Hamas Palestinian government in the Gaza Strip.

Sharp words are already being exchanged between Jerusalem and Beirut. Upon discovery of the fields in June, Lebanon warned Israel not to drill within their maritime borders. Israel then escalated the rhetoric with military threats, as Minister of National Infrastructures Uzi Landau threatened to use force to protect the natural gas fields. Following Landau's announcement, sophisticated security arrangements for Israeli natural gas rigs were leaked to the country's press. As of press time, further surveying is underway.

Despite Fallout With Turkey, Israel Forms Strategic Alliance With Greece and Cyprus - The Huffington Post

The largest natural gas deposit discovered in the eastern Mediterranean is the "Leviathan," situated in Israeli waters, could put Israel in a position of becoming an energy exporter. The Houston-Texas based Nobel Energy has signed agreements with the government of Cyprus and Israel to begin explorations in their respective territorial waters. (Cyprus and Israel signed a bilateral exclusive economic zone in December 2010.) Currently, talks are conducted between Greece, Israel and Cyprus on how the newly discovered energy riches can be exported to European markets.

Israel's ongoing energy-talks with Greece and Cyprus appear as a strategic decision to fully abandon future energy discussions with Turkey. In 2007, Turkish and Israeli officials held initial talks on constructing a 460-km oil and gas pipeline stretching from Ceyhan to Haifa. As Tel Aviv is turning towards Athens and Nicosia for cooperation on its energy security, it is possible that Israel's gas discoveries are not only seen as a "missed economic opportunity for Turkey, but rather as a strategic "threat."

At the backdrop of the gas discoveries in question, two emerging conflicts are brewing: The first is between Cyprus and Turkey, as Ankara does not recognize Nicosia's exclusive economic zone with Tel Aviv. And the second conflict is between Israel and Lebanon over an 850-square kilometer disputed maritime border, believed to potentially contain large gas and oil deposits.

aangirfan: ISRAEL IN CYPRUS

The sea between Cyprus and Israel-Palestine-Egypt is reported to have vast reserves of natural gas. (Oil and gas for Cyprus and Israel: Where there's gas, will there be a pipeline?)

There is talk of co-operation between (Greek) Cyprus and Israel to construct a pipeline to transport gas to mainland Europe.

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According to a report in the 6 March 6 2004 edition of the Beirut Daily Star, the USA would like its troops stationed on Cyprus. ( http://www.greenleft.org.au/back/2004/585/585p19.htm )

The UK and the US have had intelligence bases on Cyprus for many years.

They have sophisticated surveillance equipment on top of Mount Troodos. The USA has its listening post in Northern Cyprus.

Oil and gas for Cyprus and Israel: Where there's gas, will there be a pipeline? | The Economist

Hence plenty of optimistic talk at the conference of co-operation between Cyprus and Israel to construct LNG terminals or a pipeline to transmit gas to energy-hungry Europe in competition with the network of pipelines, actual or proposed, from Russia and central Asia. Indeed, Noble apparently reckons a pipeline could be in operation as soon as 2014 or 2015.

This particular Cassandra is sceptical. Turkey, arguing that Cyprus has no authority to search for oil and gas while the island's division is not resolved, is furious at the idea that any gas revenues would go only to the Greek part of Cyprus, and is mounting its own exploration effort--complete with a military escort--in the sea to the north of the island.

Israel Acts Ignobly Towards Noble Energy - What Would Shmuel Say?

Unfortunately, what's set to mar this happy news is the potentially third-world behavior of Israel's government. One of the main reasons energy companies took a chance on exploring the region was a 1952 Israel petroleum law that granted generous royalty and tax benefits to exploration companies. Now that those companies have actually found something -- at great expense and risk -- Israel's government wants more of the action.

Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz is debating whether to change the terms of the lease retroactively so that the government could get better terms. The Wall Street Journal quoted Noble Energy's Davidson as saying a retroactive change would be "egregious". Davidson said such a move "would quickly move Israel to the lowest tier of countries for investment by the energy industry".

To defend its interests, Noble pulled in the State Department and former President Bill Clinton. "Mr. Clinton raised the issue in a private meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in New York in July, according to a Clinton aide. 'Your country can't just tax a U.S. business retroactively because they feel like it,' the aide said Mr. Clinton told Mr. Netanyahu," according to the Journal.

Whatever Bill Clinton's faults, he's certainly in the right in this case. If Israel wants to create new rules going forward that's one thing, but to alter prior agreements simply to get its hands on more lucre is unacceptable.

Noble Energy finds 5-8 tcf of gas offshore Cyprus - Oil & Gas Journal

Earlier this week, Cyprus's Foreign Minister Erato Kozakou-Marcoullis met with Sec. of State Hillary Clinton to discuss the find and its implications for regional security.

In September, Washington announced its support for the exploratory drilling offshore Cyprus despite objections from Turkey, a main US ally.

"The United States supports Cyprus' right to explore for energy. Having a US company involved in developing the energy resources of Cyprus is also positive," said State Department Deputy Spokesperson Mark Toner.

Noble Energy operates the Cyprus A-1 well with a 70% working interest. Delek Drilling and Avner Oil Exploration will each have 15%, subject to final approval by the Cyprus government.

'Obama answers to big corps. on offshore drilling\' - Noble Energy Inc. Videos : Firstpost Topic

Clinton helps defend Noble in Cyprus

Greece

Energy: Greece latest to join black gold rush - Cyprus - ANSAMed.it

Greece's Depa Studies Mediterranean Gas Pipeline, Minister Says - BusinessWeek

Greek natural-gas supplier Depa has conducted a preliminary study into building an underwater pipeline between Cyprus and Greece, Environment and Energy Minister George Papaconstantinou said.

The pipeline, which would carry natural gas from the eastern Mediterranean, would run from Cyprus to the southern Greek Peloponnese region via the island of Crete and is "entirely feasible" from a technical aspect, Papaconstantinou told a Cypriot newspaper, according to an e-mailed transcript of his comments sent late yesterday from his Athens-based Ministry.

The project's economic viability must be investigated, and Depa is also looking at building a liquefied natural-gas terminal as a possible alternative, Papaconstantinou said. As well as being destined for export markets, Greece has a growing demand for natural gas, he said.

The Greek premier Papandreou is on a visit in Moscow

Greece plans to export Israeli gas to Europe | Oil in Israel

"We are trying to make Greece the hub for gas transit to northern European countries either via Italy or through the Balkans," Greece's environment, energy and climate change minister stressed to-The Jerusalem Post-in an exclusive interview on Monday morning in Jerusalem.

The minister, Giorgos Papakonstantinou, was the first Greek official to visit Israel since the country's November 11 formation of a new coalition unity government headed by interim Prime Minister Lucas Papademos.

Burgas-Alexandroupolis - death of a great pipeline project?

Giorgos Papakonstantinou - The Shill Inside

He graduated from the London School of Economics (LSE). He later obtained a Master of Arts in Economics from New York University and a PhD in Economics from LSE.

After his studies, he worked as a senior economist at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development in Paris from 1988 to 1998.

In 1998, Papakonstantinou returned to Greece and was appointed an adviser to then-Prime Minister Costas Simitis on "information society" issues.

Two years later, he was appointed Special Secretary for the "Information Society" at the Ministry of Economy and Finance (2000-2002). Between 2002 and 2004 he served as a member of the Council of Economic Advisors of the Ministry of Economy and Finance, as a board member of OTE (Hellenic Telecommunication Organization), and as the Greek representative to the European Union's Economic Policy Committee (EPC). In 2003 he coordinated the "Lisbon Strategy" for economic and social reforms during the Greek Presidency of the EU.

Between 2004 and 2007, Papaconstantinou served as economic advisor to George Papandreou, the president of the Panhellenic Socialist Movement (PASOK). He was also a board member of the Institute for Strategic and Development Studies, PASOK's think tank, from 2005 to 2008.

Between 2003 and 2007, Papaconstantinou also taught economics at Department of Management Science and Technology of the Athens University of Economics and Business and advised the European Commission on research and information society issues, participating in various international research projects.

Government Finalizes Privatization List | Greece.GreekReporter.com Latest News from Greece

* The concession of ports and airports with long-term contracts

* The extension of concession period for Athens International Airport

* The sale of a stake of Public Gas Corporation

* The sale of a 49% stake of Casino Mont Parnes

* The privatization of state lotteries through concessions

* Finding a strategic investor in Hellenic Post

* The sale of a stake of OTE, Hellenic Defense Systems and Larko

* Renewal of OPAP's licenses

* Licenses for online betting and "slots"

* The concession of Egnatia Odos

* The sale of TRAINOSE

* The sale of state stakes in banks (Hellenic Postbank, ATEbank, Consignment and Loans Fund)

* The privatization of water supply companies (EYDAP, EYATH)

Mr. Harry G. Sachinis CEO of DEPA - Another Shill!

Keep prices up!

Europe braces for natural gas crisis - Business - CBC News

The European Union is bracing for another potential energy crisis in the dead of winter as Russian gas supplies to some member states have suddenly dwindled by up to 30 percent.

The European Commission put its gas coordination committee on alert Friday, but insisted the situation had not yet reached an emergency level as nations have pledged to help each other if needed and storage facilities have been upgraded.

Commission spokeswoman Marlene Holzner said Russia was going through an extremely cold spell and needed more gas to keep its citizens warm.

She said that Russia's gas contracts "allow for certain flexibility in case they also need the gas. And that is the situation that Russia is facing at the moment." The severe winter in Russia has seen temperatures drop to minus 35 C.

UPDATE 1-Gas flow to Turkey set to rise on Wednesday | Reuters

Explosion halts gas exports from Iran - CNN

An explosion Friday at an gas pipeline that runs from Iran to Turkey has disrupted gas exports, Iran's semi official Fars News Agency reported.

The explosion occurred early in the morning in a part of the pipeline that is in Turkish territory near the border with Iran, the news agency said.

The explosion could cause a halt in gas exports to Turkey for up to three days, the agency reported.

Authorities did not know what caused the blast but firefighters were able to extinguish the fire that came after the explosion.

Iran

UPDATE 1-Gas flow to Turkey set to rise on Wednesday | Reuters

Executive Order -- Blocking Property of the Government of Iran and Iranian Financial Institutions | The White House

Section 1. (a) All property and interests in property of the Government of Iran, including the Central Bank of Iran, that are in the United States, that hereafter come within the United States, or that are or hereafter come within the possession or control of any United States person, including any foreign branch, are blocked and may not be transferred, paid, exported, withdrawn, or otherwise dealt in.

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(b) All property and interests in property of any Iranian financial institution, including the Central Bank of Iran, that are in the United States, that hereafter come within the United States, or that are or hereafter come within the possession or control of any United States person, including any foreign branch, are blocked and may not be transferred, paid, exported, withdrawn, or otherwise dealt in.

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(c) All property and interests in property that are in the United States, that hereafter come within the United States, or that are or hereafter come within the possession or control of any United States person, including any foreign branch, of the following persons are blocked and may not be transferred, paid, exported,

withdrawn, or otherwise dealt in: any person determined by the Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the Secretary of State, to be owned or controlled by, or to have acted or purported to act for or on behalf of, directly or indirectly, any person whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to this order.

Rep. Dennis Kucinich: Fact Checking the Media: Iran

Vaccine$

LeRoy 18 and counting

In Le Roy, enter PANDAS | Watchdog | Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

A New Jersey neurologist-who has examined a number of the students from Le Roy who've come down with unusual neurological symptoms said last night he found evidence they could be suffering from Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infections, known by the welcome acronym PANDAS.

Dr. Rosario Trifiletti said he found evidence of infection by one or both of two bacteria in eight of the afflicted students from the Genesee County school district.- You can read his full news release here.

PANDAS is a disorder in which young people can react to infection by streptococcus bacteria or other pathogens by displaying symptoms such as tics or obsessive compulsive behavior. Some physicians, like Dr. Trifiletti, say it's more common than one might think. I gather not everyone in the medical community agrees.

Dr. Trifiletti couches his diagnosis carefully in his news release. "All we have done here is provided evidence for exposure to two infectious agents as potential factors," the release quotes him as saying. "I encourage efforts to further explore genetic and other environmental factors that likely are playing an additional role here."

He states he's started these students on courses of antibiotics and anti-inflammatories in hopes that, if his diagnosis is correct, their twitching, gesturing and involuntary exclaiming will slow or stop.

NIMH Pediatrics Developmental Neuroscience Branch

PANDAS, is an abbreviation for Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infections. The term is used to describe a subset of children who have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and/or tic disorders such as Tourette's Syndrome, and in whom symptoms worsen following strep. infections such as "Strep throat" and Scarlet Fever.

The children usually have dramatic, "overnight" onset of symptoms, including motor or vocal tics, obsessions, and/or compulsions. In addition to these symptoms, children may also become moody, irritable or show concerns about separating from parents or loved ones. This abrupt onset is generally preceeded by a Strep. throat infection.

What is the mechanism behind this phenomenon? At present, it is unknown but researchers at the NIMH are pursuing a theory that the mechanism is similar to that of Rheumatic Fever, an autoimmune disorder triggered by strep. throat infections. In every bacterial infection, the body produces antibodies against the invading bacteria, and the antibodies help eliminate the bacteria from the body. However in Rheumatic Fever, the antibodies mistakenly recognize and "attack" the heart valves, joints, and/or certain parts of the brain. This phenomenon is called "molecular mimicry", which means that proteins on the cell wall of the strep. bacteria are similar in some way to the proteins of the heart valve, joints, or brain. Because the antibodies set off an immune reaction which damages those tissues, the child with Rheumatic Fever can get heart disease (especially mitral valve regurgitation), arthritis, and/or abnormal movements known as Sydenham's Chorea or St. Vitus Dance.

PANDA Wikipedia History page

Haiti-Cholera

Can Vaccines Break Cholera's Deadly Hold On Haiti? : NPR

Cholera vaccine - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

One year on, cheap but untested vaccines to be deployed against cholera in Haiti - The k2p blog

Shanchol, a vaccine approved by the WHO for worldwide use on 29 September, could brighten the outlook. It was developed by the International Vaccine Institute in Seoul with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and is produced by Shantha Biotechnics in Hyderabad, India, a subsidiary of vaccine company Sanofi Pasteur. Two groups of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) operating in Haiti now intend to include the vaccine in their own emergency responses to cholera.

At US$ 1.85 a dose, Shanchol is cheaper than the only other currently available cholera vaccine -- Dukoral, made by Crucell, based in Leiden, the Netherlands. Shanchol is also given orally, and requires fewer doses in children under six, who are among the most vulnerable to cholera. The vaccine's benefits "are really clear for the outbreak contexts in which MSF works", says Julia Hill, vaccines policy adviser at Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), also called Doctors Without Borders, in Geneva, Switzerland. ....

HPV at the dentist

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New Virus Spreading Through Europe's Livestock : TreeHugger

Hundreds Of Thousands Could Have Been Exposed To Measles At Super Bowl Village - CBS Cleveland

Hundreds of thousands of people at the Super Bowl Village in Indianapolis could have been exposed to the measles.

The Indiana State Department of Health confirms that a person infected with the highly contagious disease went to the Super Bowl Village in downtown Indianapolis on Feb. 3, but did not say what time the person was there. WISH-TV reports that 200,000 people were there that day. Health officials said the infected person did not go into the NFL Experience at the Indiana Convention Center.

Shut Up Slave!

cryptogon.com >> Los Angeles County OKs $1,000 Fine For Throwing Football, Frisbee On Beaches

In passing the 37-page ordinance on Tuesday, officials sought to outline responsibilities for law enforcement and other public agencies while also providing clarification on beach-goer activities that could potentially disrupt or even injure the public.

The updated rules now prohibit "any person to cast, toss, throw, kick or roll" any object other than a beach ball or volleyball "upon or over any beach" between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

Exceptions allow for ball-throwing in predesignated areas, when a person obtains a permit, or playing water polo "in or over the Pacific Ocean".

However, during the winter off-season, the new rules will be relaxed.

Squirrel!

BBC News - 'Lone wolf' terror threat warning

The UK could face a growing threat from "lone wolf" terrorists returning from fighting overseas in the next few years, a think tank has warned.

The Royal United Services Institute estimates about 50 Britons are fighting with Somali extremists al-Shabab.

Returnees from "wars in Somalia, Yemen or Nigeria" could use their experience on UK streets, Rusi said.

The Home Office said its security arrangements would reflect "the nature of the terrorist threat we face".

It is also feared that the return of Britons from overseas could coincide with the release of people convicted of terrorist charges over the last decade.

BBC security correspondent Frank Gardner says the think tank is warning of "a perfect storm of combined threats coming together in the near future".

Gitmo Nation

Body scanners to be installed across Australian international airports

Body scanners are soon to be installed across all Australian international airports as part of a government plan to beef up anti-terrorism measures.

Legislation allowing for the scanners, designed to locate metal and non-metal items under clothing, will be introduced in federal parliament this week, after the technology was trialled in Sydney and Melbourne.

Once introduced, passengers departing Australia may be required to pass through one of the scanners as part of standard screening processes.

2TTH

Defense.gov News Article: Army Brigadier General Dies in Afghanistan

Hildner departed Fort Hood in December 2011 for Afghanistan to support the NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan.

"The unfortunate and untimely death of Brigadier General Hildner was a shock to our unit and Families," said Army Col. Knowles Atchison, 13th ESC rear commander. "Both forward-deployed elements and we at home station are deeply saddened by this loss. We will all pull together through this difficult period and care for one another."

Hildner's awards include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star with one oak leaf cluster, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Army Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters, U.S. Army Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Valorous Unit Award, National Defense Service Medal with bronze service star, Southwest Asia Medal with 2 bronze stars, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War of Terrorism Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, the Combat Action Badge and the Parachutist Badge.

Circumstances surrounding Hildner's death are under investigation.

Military Industrial Complex

F-35 Production Move Was 'Acquisition Malpractice:' Top DoD Buyer

Given earlier comments by the F-35 program head, today's remarks by the acting head of Pentagon acquisition that "putting the F-35 into production years before the first test flight was acquisition malpractice," isn't really news so much as confirmation that senior Pentagon leaders know mistakes were made.

Frank Kendall, who has been nominated to take the chair as undersecretary of Defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, told a Feb. 6 event hosted by the Center for Strategic and International Studies here, that the decision "should not have been done" and that "now we're paying the price for being wrong." This was Kendall's first public appearance since he was nominated to lead the Pentagon's acquisition efforts.

He went on to say that the Pentagon "didn't model everything as precisely as we thought." Improvements in modeling and simulation were thought to help make possible the aggressive approach to concurrency that the Joint Strike Fighter's builder Lockheed Martin adopted and the Pentagon approved. It looks as if they just weren't that much better. The F-35 isn't alone in having gone to production too early, Kendall said: "I think there's been a tendency to go to production too early and the F-35 is an extreme example of that."

PedoBear

Superintendent: All of L.A. school's teachers to be replaced - CNN.com

The entire staff of a Los Angeles elementary school where two teachers were arrested last week for lewd acts involving pupils will be replaced when the students return to class, the school district's superintendent said.

Los Angeles School District Superintendent John Deasy made the announcement during a Monday evening meeting at South Region High School #2, parents told CNN.

Deasy said everyone from the custodians to teachers at Miramonte Elementary School -- who are not being fired and are expected, after undergoing special training, to later resume work at another location -- are being removed because school administrators do not want any more surprises.

These staff members, as well as all the Los Angeles school's students, will be questioned as part of th

Monsantooooo

Supreme Court Rules Americans Can Eat Sick Pigs, Cows - Forbes

The ruling comes as the non-profit news organization, the Food and Environment Reporting Network, reports that ractopamine hydrochloride, a controversial feed additive-fed to 60 percent to 80 percent of pigs in the United States, "has sickened or killed more of them than any other livestock drug on the market."

The drug, marketed as Paylean by Elanco, a division of Eli Lilly, speeds up the pigs' hearts in a way that causes them to lose fat. Pigs fed Paylean in their last weeks of life, according to Elanco, produce an average of 10 percent more meat, or a profit of $2 more per pig. (According to the report, the drug has been tried on humans in only one study, involving six healthy men, one of whom had to be removed because his heart was "pounding abnormally.")

After the FDA's Center for Veterinary Medicine received hundreds of reports of sickened animals, the FDA suggested that Elanco add a warning label on Paylean, which it did in 2002.

Anti-Constitution

'We the People' Loses Appeal With People Around the World - NYTimes.com

"The turn of the twenty-first century, however, saw the beginning of a steep plunge that continues through the most recent years for which we have data, to the point that the constitutions of the world's democracies are, on average, less similar to the U.S. Constitution now than they were at the end of World War II."

There are lots of possible reasons. The United States Constitution is terse and old, and it guarantees relatively few rights. The commitment of some members of the Supreme Court to interpreting the Constitution according to its original meaning in the 18th century may send the signal that it is of little current use to, say, a new African nation. And the Constitution's waning influence may be part of a general decline in American power and prestige.

In an interview, Professor Law identified a central reason for the trend: the availability of newer, sexier and more powerful operating systems in the constitutional marketplace. "Nobody wants to copy Windows 3.1," he said.

Drone Nation

Privacy Death Stars Approved By Congress

Congress passes bill giving the FAA $11 billion to get off radar, onto GPS -- Engadget

BBC News - Spying on Europe's farms with satellites and drones

Farmers who claim more EU subsidies than they should, or who break Common Agricultural Policy rules, are now more likely to be caught out by a camera in the sky than an inspector calling with a clipboard. How do they feel about being watched from above?

Imagine a perfect walk in the country, a few years from now - tranquillity, clean air, birdsong in the trees and hedgerows, growing crops swaying in the breeze.

Suddenly a model plane swoops overhead.

But there is no-one around manipulating radio controls. This is not a toy, but a drone on a photographic mission.

Meanwhile, hundreds of kilometres up in space, the same patch of land is being photographed by a satellite, which clearly pinpoints individual trees and animals.

What is there to spy on here? No secret military installations, just farmland.

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SOMETHING IS REALLY REALLY REALLY FISHY WITH THIS ! This story has everything! MEXICO, OBAMA, CALDERONE, politics, violence and 1998 QUASHED INDICTMENT? WEIRD... - Gretawire

THE STRANGEST THING HAPPENED IN 1998 -- 4 years after his plea of guilty to Federal charges.- I have never seen this happen before -- Federal Prosecutors, even though Pepe had jumped bail a second time (and thus avoiding prison) and was in Mexico beyond their reach, went to a Federal Judge and convinced the Judge to quash the indictment.- Quash an indictment of a Federal felon who was on the run?- I have never seen prosecutors do that.- Why would they, after a plea of guilty to Federal charges, ask a Judge to dismiss the indictment?- Ordinarily, the prosecutors would be doing the opposite.- They would be begging the Justice Department to put pressure on the host country -- here Mexico -- to turn the fleeing felon over.- Something is very odd about this.

* Out of the blue, beginning last fall, Pepe's brothers, who live in Chicago, became big fundraisers for President Obama -- achieving what is called the 'bundler' status.- In total, the family gave to the President and the DNC about $200,000 in legal donations.- What is odd about this is that no one had heard of the brothers before in political circles and then just suddenly showed up and they were raising money in big, big ways. [Note that since the NYT started sniffing around about Pepe's family's donations, the Obama campaign has said it will return the donations.]

Putin woos Russians by pledging to turn back clock - chicagotribune.com

"I spoke with Dmitry Anatolyevich (Medvedev) about it. He is not going to stick to it either. If the majority thinks that it was better before, we can go back to it," Putin told an audience packed with Russian pop and sports stars.

Before agreeing to step down and make way for his mentor Putin, Medvedev also reduced the number of time zones to nine from 11 in a country that stretches across 10,000 kilometers (6,200 miles). This decision has not been criticized.

The Kremlin argued that the change to a permanent daylight saving time would increase the amount of perceived daylight by between seven and 17 percent but many Russians now complain that they now see the first sunlight only at around 10 in the morning

"I am already in the office by then and when I go back home it is already dark. I never see any daylight. If Putin brings the winter time back, I will happily vote for him," said Yulia Fedorova, a Moscow lawyer.

Many Moscow office workers attended last Saturday's protests and the demand to bring the winter time back featured among the protest slogans. "Down with the darkness. Bring back media freedom and the winter time," read one poster.

Human Resources

BBC News - More pupils wetting themselves, say teachers

More children are starting school before they are fully toilet trained, teachers say.

A snapshot survey suggests many primary school staff are noticing a rise in the number of children wetting or soiling themselves.

The online survey of 848 staff for the Association of Teachers and Lecturers suggested the main cause was a lack of toilet training.

ATL said the problem put extra pressure on school staff.

Ministry of Truth

Google, Facebook Censor Themselves in India After Court Order

Google India and Facebook have removed web pages considered offensive to India's political and religious leadership to satisfy a court order in a censorship case. Indian prosecutors are suing a host of Internet companies on behalf of a Muslim religious leader who has accused them of hosting content that insults Islam.

Google India did not reveal which sites were removed, but the company has stated it will take down anything which violates Indian law. Reuters reports Facebook also removed content from some "Indian domain websites" and that the company would make a statement later.

According to Indian media and the Associated Press, a New Delhi court Monday issued Google, Facebook, [VIDEO] , Blogspot and other Internet companies a two-week ultimatum for delivering plans to actively supervise their networks.

The Indian government has been aggressively lobbying 22 online companies to scrub content deemed "anti-religious" or "anti-social." Indian officials consider American Internet standards unacceptable for the country's 100-plus million online citizens.

Bin Laden death photos may be released after all;-U.S. renews warning of backlash: reports- - NY Daily News

The world may yet see photographs -- and even video -- of a dead Osama Bin Laden.

The conservative group Judicial Watch has sued for release of the materials under Freedom of Information Law, and they apparently have a case, The Atlantic Wire reports.

Former Justice Department privacy official Dan Metcalfe told the Website that a government brief in the case effectively concedes "portions of the records that are legally required to be disclosed."

Random Fact: Hitler Time Magazine's 'Man Of The Year' In 1938.

Techno Experts

Valerie Jarret: Securing Equal Pay? There (Should Be) an App for That! - The Huffington Post

Last week, the Obama Administration launched the Equal Pay App Challenge. We're inviting software developers to help women ensure that they're being paid fairly -- which in turn will help restore an economy where everyone gets a fair shot, everyone does their fair share, and everyone plays by the same rules.

Right now, if you're a woman in the workforce, it can be surprisingly difficult to answer basic questions about equal pay: what's the typical salary for someone in your position? Should you be asking for more at the negotiating table? What are your fundamental legal rights?

When the Equal Pay App Challenge is over, you'll have information that helps you answer these questions, available right on your smartphone or computer. We believe that the same types of innovations that help you find movie times or get a great deal at a restaurant can help you protect your rights in the workforce.

Equal Pay App Challenge

World Bank CLimate Change App Challenge

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