US politicians demand Assange trial on espionage charge

US politicians demand Assange trial on espionage charge 09 Dec 2010 The likelihood of the founder of WikiLeaks facing possible extradition to the US has strengthened with a number of senior American politicians declaring that he has breached the Espionage Act. Supporters of Julian Assange say they fear that his extradition to Sweden for alleged sex crimes will pave the way for a future appearance in an American court. Joe Lieberman ('R'-Insane), the head of the Senate's Homeland Security Committee, claimed yesterday that the leaks organised by Julian Assange and his associates were "serious violations of the Espionage Act".

Free Food for Flu Shot

Free Food for Flu Shot (Oh boy!) Post by Fred 09 Dec 2010 'Get $10 in FREE groceries when you get a flu shot' --Image of 'Reward Coupon' from Winn-Dixie Stores.

Mother Polar Bear Loses Her Two One Year Old Cubs Most Likely to Starvation

Warning: Graphic video and post: Mother Polar Bear Loses Her Two One Year Old Cubs Most Likely to Starvation By Daniel J. Cox 03 Dec 2010 Earlier this week we saw a mother bear with two little cubs. All three were extremely skinny, bones protruding from the hide of the gaunt and sickly looking adult... Without warning his body seized in a fit of violent convulsions... It was one of the most horrific scenes I have ever witnessed in the world of nature and one that scientists predict will repeat itself much more frequently as Hudson Bay freezes later and later each winter season. This incredibly beautiful, magnificent little animal was slowly dieing and all who had witnessed it were moved beyond words.

Outrage at Canadian plan to dump asbestos overseas

Outrage at Canadian plan to dump asbestos overseas 09 Dec 2010 There has been anger over a possible plan by Canada to export asbestos to other countries. Once the world's largest exporter of the deadly material, Canada has been asked to send on five million tonnes of asbestos to Asia. Protesters against the export have called the Canadian government hypocritical over its approach to the asbestos, which is a known health hazard.

New report details plight of polar bears

New report details plight of polar bears --Defenders of Wildlife recommends extraordinary measures for protecting bears and communities --'Warming temperatures are devastating key polar bear habitat.' 09 Dec 2010 Banking polar bear DNA, supplemental feedings and bear-resistant food storage are among measures that could be key to preserving polar bears for future generations, according to a new report by Defenders of Wildlife. With climate change threatening to push them to the brink of extinction, urgent action is needed to give the polar bears a shot at survival.

House Democratic caucus angrily objects to tax-cut package

House Democratic caucus angrily objects to tax-cut package --In a sharp rebuke to President Obama, Democrats who contend the tax-cut package is too generous to the rich say it should not come to the floor in its current form. Some Democrats started chanting 'Just say no' during the meeting, according to Rep. Brad Sherman. 09 Dec 2010 Angry House Democrats on Thursday voted to reject the tax-cut extension package negotiated by President Obama with Republicans. In an emotional voice vote in their caucus, Democrats, who have repeatedly attacked the agreement as too generous to the rich, said the package should not come to the floor in its current form.

Berkeley may honor Army private accused of leaks

Berkeley may honor Army private accused of leaks 08 Dec 2010 The Berkeley City Council will consider a resolution that would declare the Army private suspected of leaking classified information to WikiLeaks a hero and call for his release. The council plans a vote Tuesday on the resolution in support of Pfc. Bradley Manning, who is being held in a military brig in Virginia. A city commission already has approved it. Bob Meola, who authored the resolution, tells the San Francisco Chronicle that Manning is a patriot who deserves a medal.

WikiLeaks cables: Shell's grip on Nigerian state revealed

WikiLeaks cables: Shell's grip on Nigerian state revealed --US embassy cables reveal top executive's claims that company 'knows everything' about key decisions in government ministries --Oil Firm swapped intelligence with US 08 Dec 2010 The oil giant Shell claimed it had inserted staff into all the main ministries of the Nigerian government, giving it access to politicians' every move in the oil-rich Niger Delta, according to a leaked US diplomatic cable. The cache of secret dispatches from Washington's embassies in Africa also revealed that the Anglo-Dutch oil firm swapped intelligence with the US, in one case providing US diplomats with the names of Nigerian politicians it suspected of supporting militant activity, and requesting information from the US on whether the militants had acquired anti-aircraft missiles.

Anonymous recruits Wikileaks 'data army'

Anonymous recruits Wikileaks 'data army' 09 Dec 2010 The data war between companies that have refused to do business with Wikileaks and the online activists keen to defend it is getting more intense. The tool through which attacks are carried out against websites perceived to be anti-Wikileaks has now been downloaded more than 31,000 times. Anonymous member Coldblood told the BBC that he did not understand how firms such as Visa and Mastercard have decided that Wikileaks is illegal. "We feel that they have bowed to government pressure. They say Wikileaks broke their terms and conditions but they accept payments from groups such as the Ku Klux Klan," he told the BBC.

Cancun climate change summit: global warming killing polar bears

Cancun climate change summit: global warming killing polar bears --Polar bear cubs are starving as a result of climate change, according to experts, because global warming is causing the sea ice to melt. 09 Dec 2010  New video footage shows a mother bear and two cubs in Hudson Bay, Canada, desperately searching for food. One of the cubs experiences seizures in the video, and both cubs died within two days of the filming. Kassie Siegel, director of US research group Center for Biological Diversity, said the bears are dying as a result of climate change. "Although it’s difficult to watch, this video is an important document of the terrible cost of climate change denial and inaction," she said. "Global warming isn’t a crisis that’s decades away. It’s here now. The sad truth is that polar bears are already starving as global warming melts the Arctic."

Nigeria graft agency charges Cheney, Halliburton boss

Nigeria graft agency charges Cheney, Halliburton boss 07 Dec 2010 Nigeria's anti-corruption agency filed charges against former U.S. vice president [sic] Dick Cheney and the head of oil services giant Halliburton Co on Tuesday over an alleged scheme to bribe Nigerian officials. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) said it had filed 16-count charges at a federal high court in Abuja against Cheney, Halliburton Chief Executive David Lesar and two other executives, in a case dating back to the mid-1990s. It also filed charges against Halliburton as a company, which was headed by Cheney during the 1990s, and four associated businesses.

Assange accuser may have ceased co-operating

Assange accuser may have ceased co-operating 09 Dec 2010 Anna Ardin [who also goes by the name Bernardin], one of the two complainants in the rape and sexual assault case against WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange, has left Sweden, and may have ceased actively co-operating with the Swedish prosecution service and her own lawyer, sources in Sweden told Crikey today. News of Ardin/Bernardin’s departure comes as reports circulate of Ardin’s connection to the right-wing Cuban exile community in Miami... The reports have helped fuel wilder conspiracy theories about the nature of Ardin’s involvement with WikiLeaks and Assange. [Assignment complete, bimbo heads back to Camp Peary?]

Sarah Palin Under Cyber-Attack from Wikileaks Supporters in 'Operation Payback'

Sarah Palin Under Cyber-Attack from Wikileaks Supporters in 'Operation Payback' --Anon_Ops describes itself as an "anonymous, decentralized movement which fights against censorship and copywrong." 08 Dec 2010 The website and personal credit card information of former [half] Gov. Sarah Palin were cyber-attacked today by Wikileaks supporters, the 2008 GOP vice presidential candidate tells ABC News in an email. Hackers in London that the Palin team believe to be affiliated with "Operation Payback" -- a group of supporters of Julian Assange and Wikileaks -- have tried to shut down SarahPac and have disrupted Sarah and Todd Palin’s personal credit card accounts, SarahPAC aide Rebecca Mansour said.

In Her Defense, I'm Sure the Moose Had It Coming

In Her Defense, I'm Sure the Moose Had It Coming By Aaron Sorkin 08 Dec 2010 ...I don't relish the idea of torturing animals. ...I don't watch snuff films and you make them. You weren't killing that animal for food or shelter or even fashion, you were killing it for fun. You enjoy killing animals... I'm able to make the distinction with no pangs of hypocrisy even though I get happy every time one of you faux-macho shitheads accidentally shoots another one of you in the face. ...Sarah Palin is deranged and The Learning Channel should be ashamed of itself.

Blair recalled to face further questions on build-up to Iraq war

Blair recalled to face further questions on build-up to Iraq war 09 Dec 2010 Tony Blair is to be recalled before the Iraq Inquiry to answer questions over whether he pressured his Attorney General to change his advice on the legality of the war. The former prime minister will face a second session before the Chilcot inquiry in the new year -- a year after he refused to express regrets over leading Britain to war in 2003. His statement provoked fury in the hearing, with members of the audience calling him a "liar" and a "murderer". [What about the Poodle's serial-killing sociopath and master, George W. Bush?]

Armed services are urged to stock kitchens with Gulf seafood

Armed services are urged to stock kitchens with Gulf seafood --The board is gearing up for a large-scale national marketing propaganda campaign, with $30 million in BP money and millions more in federal [taxpayer] dollars, to [lie and] reassure restaurants and markets across the country that Gulf seafood is safe. 07 Dec 2010 Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, who doubles as President Barack Obama's point man on Gulf Coast oil spill recovery, is pressing America's armed services to consume as much Gulf seafood as possible. Navy Capt. Beci Brenton said Monday that Mabus has talked with Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and the secretaries of the Air Force and Army, and his staff has talked to the Defense Commissary Agency, which operates a worldwide chain of stores for military personnel, making the point "that we should be buying Gulf Coast seafood."

House passes DREAM Act; Senate prospects dim

House passes DREAM Act; Senate prospects dim 08 Dec 2010 The House of Representatives passed a bill Wednesday night that would provide a conditional path to citizenship for as many as 500,000 children of illegal immigrants. While the House approved the Development, Relief and Education of Alien Minors Act by a vote of 216-198, the fate of the bill that has become known as the DREAM Act remained uncertain as the Senate postponed a test vote on the measure.

'Anonymous' Takes Down Visa.com in WikiLeaks Protest

'Anonymous' Takes Down Visa.com in WikiLeaks Protest 08 Dec 2010 A loosely organized group of Internet hacktivists took down Visa's website Wednesday, after organizing a similar attack on MasterCard. The group, called Anonymous, has been encouraging volunteers to download software called LOIC (Low Orbit Ion Cannon), which lets them centrally control these systems and direct them into a distributed denial of service attack (DDoS). After successfully knocking Mastercard.com offline, the group decided to attack Visa.com around 1 p.m. Pacific time. The site was quickly knocked offline.

Assange could face espionage trial in US

Assange could face espionage trial in US --Washington sees chance as WikiLeaks founder is jailed as battle begins to prevent extradition over sex charges 08 Dec 2010 Informal discussions have already taken place between US and Swedish officials over the possibility of the WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange being delivered into American custody, according to diplomatic sources. Mr Assange is in a British jail awaiting extradition proceedings to Sweden after being refused bail at Westminster Magistrates’ Court despite a number of prominent public figures offering to stand as surety. His arrest in north London yesterday was described by the US Defence Secretary Robert Gates as "good news", and may pave the way for extradition to America and a possible lengthy jail sentence.

Toronto man claims FBI wanted him to spy

Toronto man claims FBI wanted him to spy 07 Dec 2010 A Toronto businessman said Monday the FBI pressured him to spy on a Nairobi mosque suspected of harbouring members of the 'al-Qaeda' linked Somali militant group Al Shabab. Abdi Aziz Ali, a 32-year-old Somali-Canadian, said the Americans approached him at the Ugandan jail where he was being held in connection with the July bombings that killed 76 people watching the World Cup final in the capital Kampala. The Ugandan government withdrew the charges against the former University of Toronto student last week, but in his first interview Mr. Ali said that after concluding he was innocent, the FBI tried to recruit him.

Swedish prosecutor's website under cyber attack

Swedish prosecutor's website under cyber attack 07 Dec 2010 The website of the Swedish prosecutor's office pursuing WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange came under cyber attack on Tuesday in the latest salvo by his online supporters. PandaLabs, the malware detection laboratory for computer security firm Panda Security, said the prosecutor's website, aklagare.se, was brought down by members of the "cyber hacktivist" group called "Anonymous." Attempts by AFP to connect to the aklagare.se website around 5:00 pm (2200 GMT) were unsuccessful.

WikiLeaks founder jailed in London on bogus charges

WikiLeaks founder jailed in London on bogus charges --'Assange is in jail, while the real criminals, the American warmongers whose crimes against humanity are being exposed daily on WikiLeaks, remain free.' By Patrick Martin 08 Dec 2010 WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was arrested by British police Tuesday morning, denied bail by a London magistrate and then jailed. Assange faces a hearing December 14 on an extradition request by Swedish authorities, who issued a warrant last week on fabricated charges of sexual misconduct. US officials applauded the arrest and noted that Washington has had an extradition treaty with Sweden for the past 50 years, a signal that once in Swedish custody Assange would face the danger of being shipped off to an American detention facility like Guantanamo Bay or a CIA "black site" prison.

Free Julian Assange! Hands off WikiLeaks!

Free Julian Assange! Hands off WikiLeaks! By Bill Van Auken 08 Dec 2010 Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, was jailed in Britain Tuesday on charges that are nothing more than a pretext for an act of political repression dictated by the US government. The aim of this judicial travesty is, in the first instance, to punish Assange for having made public secret cables exposing crimes and conspiracies carried out by US officials. Second, by throwing Assange into London’s Wandsworth prison, the US and British authorities hope not only to silence WikiLeaks but also to intimidate anyone else from daring to lift the lid on government secrets and lies. It is almost certain that the ultimate goal of the shoddy legal frame-up is to have Assange extradited to the United States to be tried as a spy or even as an accomplice of terrorism.

Canadian fighter jets on NORAD intercept exercises

Canadian fighter jets on NORAD intercept exercises 07 Dec 2010 Don't be alarmed [?!?] if you spot Canadian fighter jets in the sky today and tomorrow tightly escorting other aircraft. Training exercises will be underway over southern B.C., Alberta and Saskatchewan as Canadian Forces aircraft practise NORAD intercept and identification procedures. The exercises are slated for 2 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, during which residents may see CF-18 Hornet fighter jets in close proximity with contracted civilian-looking aircraft.

Operation Payback cripples MasterCard site in revenge for WikiLeaks ban

Operation Payback cripples MasterCard site in revenge for WikiLeaks ban --Hackers attack credit card company and Swedish prosecution authority as 'censorship' row escalates 08 Dec 2010 The websites of the international credit card MasterCard and the Swedish prosecution authority are among the latest to be taken offline in the escalating technological battle over WikiLeaks, web censorship and perceived political pressure. Co-ordinated attacks by online activists who support the site and its founder Julian Assange – who is in UK custody accused of raping two Swedish women – have seen the websites of the alleged victims' Swedish lawyer disabled [<g>], while commercial and political targets have also been subject to attack by a loose coalition of global hackers.

'Bomb plotter' arrested in Baltimore

'Bomb plotter' arrested in Baltimore 08 Dec 2010 A Baltimore man was arrested on Wednesday on charges he plotted to detonate a vehicle bomb at a U.S. Armed Forces recruitment centre in Maryland, a plot that was a sting operation, the U.S. Justice Department said. A law enforcement official said the individual arrested was a 21-year-old male who is an American citizen and converted to be a Muslim. The case is the latest in a series of sting operations by law enforcement agencies involving terrorism plots, including one case in which an Oregon man was arrested last month on charges he tried to detonate a car bomb [supplied by the FBI] near a Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Portland.

US-led airstrike kills Afghan troops

US-led airstrike kills Afghan troops 08 Dec 2010 An airstrike by foreign forces in eastern Afghanistan has left at least two Afghan soldiers dead and five others wounded, drawing the condemnation of the Afghan Defense Ministry. The incident took place in the Charkh district of eastern Logar province on Tuesday. Local officials said the Afghan soldiers were hit as they were returning from an anti-Taliban operation. Most foreign soldiers deployed in the province are Americans.

MasterCard pulls plug on WikiLeaks payments

MasterCard pulls plug on WikiLeaks payments 06 Dec 2010 MasterCard is pulling the plug on payments to WikiLeaks, a move that will dry up another source of funds for the embattled document-sharing Web site, CNET has learned. "MasterCard is taking action to ensure that WikiLeaks can no longer accept MasterCard-branded products," a spokesman for MasterCard Worldwide said today. MasterCard said it was cutting off payments because WikiLeaks is engaging in illegal activity.

WikiLeaks supporters attack MasterCard site

WikiLeaks supporters attack MasterCard site 08 Dec 2010 Activists fighting on behalf of WikiLeaks brought down MasterCard's Web site today, according to the BBC and other sources. The hacking group Anonymous is taking responsibility for a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack on the credit company's site in retaliation for MasterCard's decision on Monday to block donations and payments to WikiLeaks, which was first reported by CNET.

Khloe Kardashian: Airport security is 'like being raped'

Khloe Kardashian: Airport security is 'like being raped' 07 Dec 2010 Comments reality star Khloe Kardashian made on the Monday night episode of the George Lopez show are bound to cause controversy. The 26-year-old equated new TSA airport security measures to 'being raped' in public after she was subject to a patdown at the airport recently. And she felt the TSA agents were behaving in an insensitive and inappropriate manner.

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