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Anti-worker legislation faces referendum vote in Ohio

November 8, 2011 by walden9

Anti-worker legislation faces referendum vote in Ohio By Jerry White 08 Nov 2011 A ballot initiative today in the US state of Ohio will determine the fate of the anti-worker legislation passed by the Republican state legislature earlier this year. Ballot "Issue 2" calls for an up or down vote on Senate Bill 5, which strips the state’s 400,000 public employees of workplace rights, forces them to pay sharp increases in health care and pension contributions and bans strikes and other forms of collective resistance.

Sarkozy tells Obama Netanyahu is a "liar"

November 8, 2011 by walden9

Sarkozy tells Obama Netanyahu is a "liar" 08 Nov 2011 French President Nicolas Sarkozy branded Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu "a liar" in a private conversation with U.S. President Barack Obama that was accidentally broadcast to journalists during last week's G20 summit in Cannes. "I cannot bear Netanyahu, he's a liar," Sarkozy told Obama, unaware that the microphones in their meeting room had been switched on, enabling reporters in a separate location to listen in to a simultaneous translation. [Obama ought to know a liar when he sees one.]

FEMA plans to test Emergency Alert System in D.C. area, across the country Wednesday

November 8, 2011 by legitgov

Heads up! FEMA plans to test Emergency Alert System in D.C. area, across the country Wednesday 07 Nov 2011 Television viewers and radio listeners across the Washington area will join viewers and listeners across the United States on Wednesday for a message marking the first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System, authorities said. States and local governments have used the EAS to send weather alerts and report other emergencies, but the Federal Emergency Management Agency said that "there has never been a national activation of the system."

Israel denies Anonymous cyber-attack to blame for websites failure

November 8, 2011 by legitgov

Israel denies Anonymous cyber-attack to blame for websites failure --Israeli secret service and army websites disrupted for several hours after video threat from Anonymous hacker group 07 Nov 2011 Israeli officials and security experts have rejected claims that a cyber-attack by the hacker group Anonymous was behind the failure of several government websites on Sunday, including those of the Mossad, the Shin Bet secret service, the Israeli army and some government ministries. The websites were inaccessible for several hours but all were back online again by Monday. In a YouTube video posted last Friday, Anonymous threatened to "strike back" at Israel if it continued to block vessels attempting to reach Gaza by sea.

Strong quake hits southern Japan

November 8, 2011 by legitgov

HAARP... still busy: Strong quake hits southern Japan 08 Nov 2011 A fairly strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.8 has hit off the shores of Japan's southern Okinawa Island. Officials said the quake Tuesday about 220 km away from the island was not expected to cause a tsunami.

Police will have the right to fire rubber bullets on student protesters at London demonstration

November 8, 2011 by legitgov

Police will have the right to fire rubber bullets on student protesters as they prepare for huge London demonstration --4,000 officers will be on the street on Wednesday 07 Nov 2011 Police are prepared to use plastic bullets for the first time on the British mainland if student protests planned for tomorrow erupt into violence. Scotland Yard revealed yesterday that the baton rounds have been authorised for a student fees march in London amid fears it could be hijacked [sic] by anarchists and troublemakers. Baton gun rounds have never been used on the British mainland, but they have been linked to deaths in Northern Ireland.

Live 'incendiary device' found in package at O'Hare could have been 'catastrophic'

November 7, 2011 by legitgov

Live 'incendiary device' found in package at O'Hare could have been 'catastrophic' 07 Nov 2011 A live military trip flare capable of reaching a temperature of about 5,000 degrees Fahrenheit was intercepted by federal agents checking outgoing mail at O'Hare last week, avoiding a potential "catastrophic event." Chicago Customs and Border Protection agents found the Vietnam-era military incendiary device while examining outbound mail packages from the airport's international mail facility Thursday, according to a release from CBP. "...A military incendiary device was intercepted by CBP officers thus avoiding a potential catastrophic event," David Murphy, CBP director of field operations in Chicago said in a statement.

Oppose the extradition of Julian Assange

November 7, 2011 by walden9

Oppose the extradition of Julian Assange By Robert Stevens 07 Nov 2011 The decision last week by the High Court in London to dismiss the appeal of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange of his extradition to Sweden is an attack on democratic rights. The judgement by Sir John Thomas and Mr. Justice Ouseley upheld the February 2011 decision by District Judge Howard Riddle at Belmarsh Magistrates Court for extradition, rejecting every issue of substance in Assange’s appeal. Relying on antidemocratic and arbitrary European Arrest Warrant (EAW) legislation, the judges pronounced, "The Prosecutor must be entitled to seek to apply the provisions of Swedish law to the procedure once it has been determined that Mr. Assange is an accused and is required for the purposes of prosecution."

Israel's general strike ends after four hours of disruptions

November 7, 2011 by legitgov

Israel's general strike ends after four hours of disruptions --The strike took place from 6:00 A.M. to 10 A.M., and affected trains, buses, universities, government ministries and municipalities, and Ben Gurion International Airport. 07 Nov 2011 A general strike by Israel's public sector ended on Monday after four hours of near paralysis across in the economy. The strike took place from 6:00 A.M. to 10 A.M., after Labor Court President Nili Arad decided after a night of deliberations to limit it to only four hours. The strike included trains, buses, universities, government ministries and municipalities. Israel's Ben Gurion International Airport near Tel Aviv was also closed.

Chicago Woman Claims Herman Cain Wanted Her to Trade Sex for Job

November 7, 2011 by legitgov

Chicago Woman Claims Herman Cain Wanted Her to Trade Sex for Job 07 Nov 2011 Sharon Bialek of Chicago became the first woman accusing Herman Cain of sexual harassment to go public Monday, describing an alleged incident in Washington in 1997 in which the presidential contender, then the president of the National Restaurant Association stuck his hand up her skirt and tried to pull her head toward his crotch. "I said, 'What are you doing?'" alleged Bialek, who said she had contacted Cain for help getting a job. "You know I have a boyfriend. This isn't what I came here for." According to Bialek, Cain answered, "You want a job, right?"

Suicide bomber kills 7 in Afghanistan

November 7, 2011 by legitgov

Suicide bomber kills 7 in Afghanistan 07 Nov 2011 Two suicide bombers targeted worshippers as they were leaving a mosque in northern Afghanistan Sunday, with one blowing himself up and killing seven people, including a police officer. At least 18 people were wounded in the blast. Authorities said the second would-be bomber was captured before he could set off his explosives. The attack took place on the outskirts of Baghlan city, the capital of Baghlan province.

Herman Cain's popularity sinks after sexual harassment allegations

November 7, 2011 by legitgov

Herman Cain's popularity sinks after sexual harassment allegations 06 Nov 2011 The allegations of sexual harassment that have dogged Herman Cain for a week have taken their toll on his presidential campaign, according to a poll by Reuters/Ipsos. In the first sign that the claims, which date back to a decade ago when he was head of the National Restaurant Association, have begun to damage his election chances, the poll shows a drop in his popularity among Republicans from 66% a week ago to 57%. Among all registered voters, Cain's favourability declined 5 percentage points, from 37 to 32.

'Occupy Boston' takes Israeli consulate

November 7, 2011 by legitgov

'Occupy Boston' takes Israeli consulate 05 Nov 2011 'Occupy Boston' protesters in the US have stormed the Israeli consulate in the city and held a brief sit-in in the building's lobby, Press TV reports. On Friday, activists gathered calling for the liberation of Palestine, angry at Israel for intercepting an aid flotilla on its way to the besieged Gaza Strip. Protesters chanted slogans such as, "not another nickel, not another dime! No more money for Israel's crimes" and "Vive viva Palestina," demanding the departure of Israeli consulate officials from the US.

Bombs rip through sprawling market in central Baghdad, killing 8

November 7, 2011 by legitgov

Bombs rip through sprawling market in central Baghdad, killing 8 06 Nov 2011 Three bombs ripped through a sprawling Baghdad market Sunday, killing eight people at the beginning of a Muslim religious holiday... Police said the bombs were planted in different parts of the Shorja market in downtown Baghdad, striking as shoppers were preparing for this week's Eid al-Adha feast. City health officials confirmed the death toll released by the police and said 19 people were also injured.

Thousands in D.C. protest pipeline

November 7, 2011 by legitgov

Thousands in D.C. protest pipeline 06 Nov 2011 Thousands of protesters, including a Nobel laureate and a movie star, gathered near the White House on Sunday in opposition to TransCanada's Keystone XL pipeline. The demonstration is the latest in a series of White House protests aimed at convincing U.S. President [and Wall Street troll] Barack Obama to block the $7 billion project that would carry Alberta oilsands crude through six American states to Gulf Coast refineries.

Many in chilly Northeast mark 8th day without power; Conn. outages may stretch to Wednesday

November 7, 2011 by legitgov

Many in chilly Northeast mark 8th day without power; Conn. outages may stretch to Wednesday 06 Nov 2011 Tens of thousands in the chilly Northeast remained without power Sunday, eight days after a rare October snowstorm knocked much of the region into the dark. The storm, which hit Oct. 29 and 30, hammered the Northeast and cut electricity to more than 3 million homes and businesses throughout the region. At a news conference Sunday night in hardest-hit Connecticut, the state’s largest utility [Connecticut Light & Power] announced that it wouldn't meet its goal of restoring power to 99 percent of its 1.2 million customers.

NORAD concluding exercise in Washington region on Sunday

November 7, 2011 by legitgov

NORAD concluding exercise in Washington region on Sunday 05 Nov 2011 NORAD is finishing up a training exercise that began with flights over the Washington region earlier this week. The North American Aerospace Defense Command began its Falcon [*puke*] Virgo 12-02 exercise Wednesday. The exercise is designed to test NORAD's ability to intercept and identify suspect aircraft. Flights in the capital region are taking place at two times each day -- between 11:30 p.m. and 1:30 a.m. and between 2:30 and 5:30 a.m.

Occupy Atlanta protesters return to streets after police crackdown

November 7, 2011 by legitgov

Occupy Atlanta protesters return to streets after police crackdown --Protesters begin another night of demonstrations 06 Nov 2011 Occupy protesters returned to the streets of Atlanta on Sunday night, a day after a police crackdown on a gathering organized by the movement resulted in the arrests of 19 people. About 80 people converged on the city's Centennial Olympic Park for a peaceful gathering, according to police.

Video calls for shutting down Iowa caucuses; Anonymous claims responsibility

November 7, 2011 by legitgov

Video calls for shutting down Iowa caucuses; Anonymous claims responsibility 06 Nov 2011 An anarchist-style movement that has caught the attention of the FBI and taken credit for hacking into military and corporate websites has now claimed responsibility for creating a video that urges its supporters to shut down the Iowa caucuses. Local authorities say they are aware of the video, are preparing for possible action by the group and are in contact with the presidential campaigns about the issue. A computer-generated voice in the online video, which had received more than 1,600 views by Sunday evening, says, "Both parties are desecrating the American democracy and committing crimes against humanity on behalf of the American people."

Oklahoma rattled by 5.6 earthquake

November 7, 2011 by legitgov

Oklahoma rattled by 5.6 earthquake --Homes damaged and roads buckled by series of shocks including the biggest on record in US state 06 Nov 2011 Earthquakes of up to 5.6 magnitude have shaken Oklahoma, damaging buildings and roads and sending a handful of people to hospital. The first quake was recorded on Saturday morning at a magnitude of 4.7. The second came on Saturday night and is the largest recorded in Oklahoma, topping a tremor of 5.5 magnitude in 1952, according to the US Geological Survey. [HAARP is a busy little bee!]

Children may be vaccinated with anthrax to test if they can survive bioterrorism attack

November 7, 2011 by legitgov

Children may be vaccinated with anthrax to test if they can survive bioterrorism attack 25 Oct 2011 The anthrax vaccine has been tested extensively in adults and more than 2.6million members of the armed forces have also been inoculated, the Washington Post said. But there is no data on how well the vaccine works on children, or whether it would be safe. In 1998, the Pentagon began an anthrax immunisation programme in the military, but it was halted over concerns on the vaccine's safety. Personnel currently assigned to bioterrorism activities, including defence, are required to have anthrax vaccinations - as well as those deployed for 15 days or more in the Middle East and South Korea. [We'll take your shot after you take ours.]

GOP Rep. apologizes for slur against Jews

November 7, 2011 by legitgov

GOP Rep. apologizes for slur against Jews 04 Nov 2011 Amid a bid for the state Senate, the chairman of the Texas House Republican Caucus is drawing attention this week for an ethnic slur he uttered during a legislative oversight committee hearing. "Don't nitpick, don't try to Jew them down," Rep. Larry Taylor, R-Friendswood, said regarding insurance payments for windstorm victims on Thursday. He quickly followed the statement by saying, "That's probably a bad term." The hearing continued without other members acknowledging what he had said.

Large piece of Antarctica to disappear

November 6, 2011 by legitgov

Large piece of Antarctica to disappear 04 Nov 2011 A very large portion of the Pine Island Glacier in Antarctica is expected to split over the next weeks. The massive Antarctic iceberg is expected to be in the dimension of 300-square-miles; the size of New York City. The cracks in the ice are now 240 feet across and about 190 feet deep, which is almost to sea level. Warmer seawater has been melting the underside of Pine Island Glacier's shelf, thinning it from the bottom.

Afghan Taliban leader tells his men not to kill Afghan civilians

November 6, 2011 by legitgov

Afghan Taliban leader tells his men not to kill Afghan civilians --Mullah Omar warned of severe punishments for Taliban fighters responsible for civilian deaths. 05 Nov 2011 The Afghan Taliban leader, Mullah Omar, has released a statement on a Taliban website to urge self-control over the killing of civilians. The elusive leader, who has not been seen in public since 2001, urged his fighters to avoid civilian deaths, saying the Afghan war has to be resolved by "realization and understanding." Insisting his troops "take every step to protect the lives and wealth of ordinary people," he said: "Do not wrongly pester and daunt anyone by the barrel of the gun." [Too bad USociopaths don't issue the same directive.]

Nouri al-Maliki accuses foreigners of causing trouble for Iraq

November 6, 2011 by legitgov

Nouri al-Maliki accuses foreigners of causing trouble for Iraq 05 Nov 2011 The Iraqi Prime Minister, Nouri al-Maliki, has claimed some countries are making efforts to destabilize Iraq. Press TV has reported that the PM, speaking at a rally in southern Iraq, said foreign countries had been meddling in Iraq in order to stifle its growth and security. It is believed the prime minister may have been referring to his closest Arab neighbors, particularly Saudi Arabia [and, of course, the US].

Tepco Finds Dangerous Level of Radiation in Reactor 3 at Fukushima Plant

November 6, 2011 by legitgov

Tepco Finds Dangerous Level of Radiation in Reactor 3 at Fukushima Plant 06 Nov 2011 Tokyo Electric Power Co. (Tepco) found a dangerous level of radiation at its wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant, eight months after the March 11 evemts that caused the worst atomic crisis in 25 years. Workers at Tepco detected 620 millisieverts of radiation an hour on the first floor of Reactor 3 on Nov. 3, the highest level found in that unit, it said. The level of radiation is more than the 500-millisievert short-term dose recommended as the maximum for emergency workers in live-saving situations, according to the World Nuclear Association.

Greenhouse gases rise by record amount

November 6, 2011 by legitgov

Greenhouse gases rise by record amount --Levels of greenhouse gases are higher than the worst case scenario outlined by climate experts just four years ago 03 Nov 2011 The global output of heat-trapping carbon dioxide has jumped by a record amount, according to the US department of energy, a sign of how feeble the world's efforts are at slowing man-made global warming. The figures for 2010 mean that levels of greenhouse gases are higher than the worst case scenario outlined by climate experts just four years ago. The world pumped about 564m more tons (512m metric tons) of carbon into the air in 2010 than it did in 2009, an increase of 6%.

CIA Drones Kill Large Groups Without Knowing Who They Are

November 5, 2011 by legitgov

CIA Drones Kill Large Groups Without Knowing Who They Are 04 Nov 2011 The expansion of the CIA's undeclared drone war in the tribal areas of Pakistan required a big expansion of who can be marked for death. ...The number of people targeted at once has grown. This is the new standard, according to a piece in the Wall Street Journal: "men believed to be militants associated with terrorist groups, but whose identities aren't always known." The CIA is now killing people without knowing who they are, on suspicion of association with terrorist groups... Strikes targeting those people -- usually "groups" of such people -- are called "signature" strikes. "The bulk of CIA's drone strikes are signature strikes," the Journal reports.

UK army chief secretly visits Tel Aviv

November 5, 2011 by legitgov

UK army chief secretly visits Tel Aviv 04 Nov 2011 British military chief General Sir David Richards has secretly visited Tel Aviv earlier this week, the Israeli daily The Jerusalem Post quoted Israel's military sources as saying. Richards, who is Britain's Chief of the Defense Staff, reportedly held several meetings with the senior commanders of the Israeli army though there are no details on the subject of his talks. He also visited the northern parts of the Israeli occupied territories at Israel's borders with Lebanon.

Occupy Oakland: second Iraq war veteran injured after police clashes

November 4, 2011 by legitgov

Occupy Oakland: second Iraq war veteran injured after police clashes --Kayvan Sabehgi in intensive care with a lacerated spleen after protests in Oakland. He says police beat him with batons. 04 Nov 2011 A second Iraq war veteran has suffered serious injuries after clashes between police and Occupy movement protesters in Oakland. Kayvan Sabehgi, who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, is in intensive care with a lacerated spleen. He says he was beaten by police close to the Occupy Oakland camp, but despite suffering agonising pain, did not reach hospital until 18 hours later. Sabehgi, 32, is the second Iraq war veteran to be hospitalised following involvement in Oakland protests. Another protester, Scott Olsen, suffered a fractured skull on 25 October.

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