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By Adam Curry. Posted Sunday, July 22, 2012 at 12:12 PM.

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No Agenda Dallas Slaves

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Red Hair Dye Kills

DHS predicted theatre attacks in May

Colorado shooting: ABC News draws possible James Holmes tea party connection - ABC News Apologizes for Linking Theater Killer to Colorado Tea Party

Aurora Shooting - We've Seen This Before -

National theater association reviewing all security procedures in wake of Colorado midnight movie massacre | Fox News

Aurora CO Massacre "Camera Guy"? - [VIDEO]

"The Constitution Only Gives You A Very Limited Right To Have A Gun In Your Home" - [VIDEO]

Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence -- Second Amendment Rights

"Is The Decline In Mental Health Services Putting Us All At Risk?" - [VIDEO]

Piers Morgan: The Day to Debate Gun Control Would Have Been Yesterday | Video Cafe

Calling Out the Gun Nuts: Bill Moyers Takes a Stand | Crooks and Liars

The War on Guns

UN Arms Transfer Treaty (ATT) on Small Arms: Gun Grab Gradualism

UNODA United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs - Our Vision

The illicit trade in small arms and light weapons

The War on Food

The Price Of Corn Hits A Record High As A Global Food Crisis Looms - Set You Free News

People's Gardens: Why Would the USDA Want People to Register Their Gardens? | Urban Organic Gardener

USDA Launches Database for Public to Sign-up and Show their People's Gardens on Interactive Map; Promotes Access to Healthy Food, Sustainable Practices | USDA Newsroom


Operation Damascus Volcano (2012) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Obama administration sends CIA officers to find biological and chemical weapons in Syria | The Times of Israel

Bijeenkomst Friends of Syria in Nederland - Buitenland - VK

CNN: What If Syria's Chemical Weapons Fall Into Al Qaeda's Hands? - [VIDEO]

Follow the Pipes

Attack on Turkey-Iraq pipeline knocks out oil flows

Iran offers to lay Pakistani portion of gas pipeline

Avoiding pressure from the United States, Pakistan and Iran have committed to press ahead with the gas pipeline project and constituted a joint working committee to finalize a deal for laying Pakistan's portion of the pipeline by Tehran.

Iran has agreed to form a Joint Working Group (JWG) to expedite the Iran-Pakistan Gas Pipeline Project, during a meeting of the Pakistan-Iran Joint Committee on oil, gas and energy, which was held on July 17-18 at Islamabad to discuss bilateral cooperation in the said sectors.

Dr Ahmad Khalidi, Deputy Minister for Internal Affairs to Minister for Petroleum headed the Iranian team, and Abid Saeed, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources headed the Pakistani team, reports The Dawn.

The two sides discussed issues of mutual interest particularly the energy sector. The Iranian side expressed its intention to invest in the E and P sector including investment in the upstream and midstream. They also invited Pakistani companies to invest in E and P sector in Iran.

The two sides decided to include experts from technical, legal, financial and commercial sectors in the JWG to work out the details with respect to the implementation of the Iran-Pakistan Gas Pipeline project.

Blast rocks Egypt's gas pipeline to Israel, Jordan

CAIRO (Reuters) - An explosion on Sunday rocked the Egyptian pipeline built to carry natural gas to Israel and Jordan, the 15th time it has been attacked since the start of the uprising in early 2011 that toppled President Hosni Mubarak. The blast occurred in the early hours of Sunday morning at al-Tuwail, east of the coastal Sinai town of al-Arish, at a point before the pipeline splits into separate branches to Israel and Jordan, security officials and witnesses said. Gunmen in a small truck drove up to the pipeline, dug a hole and placed explosive charges under the pipeline that they detonated from a distance, a security official and witnesses said. A large boom echoed across the area and residents up to 30 km (18 miles) away said later they could see flames of burning gas lighting the sky. An official in the company that manages the pipeline said exports of gas to both Israel and Jordan had been halted since an explosion that hit the pipeline in April and that the flames were caused by residual gas. Residents in al-Arish, however, said gas shipments had begun three days ago through the pipeline, which at one point supplied Israel with about 40 percent of its natural gas. Egypt in April terminated its agreement to supply gas to Israel because of what it said was a business dispute. The 20-year gas deal, signed in the Mubarak era, was unpopular with many Egyptians, with critics accusing Israel of not paying enough for the fuel. No group has claimed responsibility for the attacks on the installation that crosses the increasingly volatile Sinai Peninsula. Security in Sinai was relaxed after the fall of Mubarak as the police presence thinned out across Egypt.


BBC News - IMF's Peter Doyle scorns its 'tainted' leadership

A top economist at the International Monetary Fund has poured scorn on its "tainted" leadership and said he is "ashamed" to have worked there.

Peter Doyle said in a letter to the IMF executive board that he wanted to explain his resignation after 20 years.

He writes of "incompetence", "failings" and "disastrous" appointments for the IMF's managing director, stretching back 10 years.

No one from the Washington-based IMF was immediately available for comment.

Mr Doyle, former adviser to the IMF's European Department, which is running the bailout programs for Greece, Portugal and Ireland, said the Fund's delay in warning about the urgency of the global financial crisis was a failure of the "first order".

In the letter, dated 18 June and obtained by the US broadcaster CNN, Mr Doyle said the failings of IMF surveillance of the financial crisis "are, if anything, becoming more deeply entrenched". He writes: "This fact is most clear in regard to appointments for managing director which, over the past decade, have all-too-evidently been disastrous. "Even the current incumbent [Christine Lagarde] is tainted, as neither her gender, integrity, or elan can make up for the fundamental illegitimacy of the selection process."

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13tn: hoard hidden from taxman by global elite | Business | The Observer

A global super-rich elite has exploited gaps in cross-border tax rules to hide an extraordinary 13 trillion ($21tn) of wealth offshore -- as much as the American and Japanese GDPs put together -- according to research commissioned by the campaign group Tax Justice Network. James Henry, former chief economist at consultancy McKinsey and an expert on tax havens, has compiled the most detailed estimates yet of the size of the offshore economy in a new report, The Price of Offshore Revisited, released exclusively to the Observer. He shows that at least 13tn -- perhaps up to 20tn -- has leaked out of scores of countries into secretive jurisdictions such as Switzerland and the Cayman Islands with the help of private banks, which vie to attract the assets of so-called high net-worth individuals. Their wealth is, as Henry puts it, "protected by a highly paid, industrious bevy of professional enablers in the private banking, legal, accounting and investment industries taking advantage of the increasingly borderless, frictionless global economy". According to Henry's research, the top 10 private banks, which include UBS and Credit Suisse in Switzerland, as well as the US investment bank Goldman Sachs, managed more than 4tn in 2010, a sharp rise from 1.5tn five years earlier. The detailed analysis in the report, compiled using data from a range of sources, including the Bank of International Settlements and the International Monetary Fund, suggests that for many developing countries the cumulative value of the capital that has flowed out of their economies since the 1970s would be more than enough to pay off their debts to the rest of the world.

Shut Up Slave! - Bankrupt man jailed for insulting queen Beatrix

Panetta orders Pentagon to monitor media for information leaks | StratRisks

How I was busted by the O------ Advertisement Enforcement Office | Stewart Lee | Comment is free | The Observer

BBC News - In pictures: Olympic torch relay day 65

2TTH-Hollywood Whackers

Katherine Jackson Reported Missing, Exclusive Details | Radar Online

Jermaine And Randy Jackson Claim 'Missing Mom' Is With Them, Has Been Examined By Doc Who Testified For Conrad Murray | Radar Online

Da Bruddahood

Political Correctness

Drone Nation

Air Force to begin testing drone-fired lasers over North Dakota | StratRisks

Germany probes drone killing in Pakistan - The Local

Agenda 21

Climate could kill you, Outback towns are told - Climate Change - Environment - The Independent

Articles: IPCC Admits Its Past Reports Were Junk

On June 27, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued a statement saying it had "complete[d] the process of implementation of a set of recommendations issued in August 2010 by the InterAcademy Council (IAC), the group created by the world's science academies to provide advice to international bodies." Hidden behind this seemingly routine update on bureaucratic processes is an astonishing and entirely unreported story.- The IPCC is the world's most prominent source of alarmist predictions and claims about man-made global warming.- Its four reports (a fifth report is scheduled for release in various parts in 2013 and 2014) are cited by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the U.S. and by national academies of science around the world as "proof" that the global warming of the past five or so decades was both man-made and evidence of a mounting crisis. If the IPCC's reports were flawed, as a many global warming "skeptics" have long claimed, then the scientific footing of the man-made global warming movement -- the environmental movement's "mother of all environmental scares" -- is undermined.- The Obama administration's war on coal may be unnecessary.- Billions of dollars in subsidies to solar and wind may have been wasted.- Trillions of dollars of personal income may have been squandered worldwide in campaigns to "fix" a problem that didn't really exist. The "recommendations" issued by the IAC were not minor adjustments to a fundamentally sound scientific procedure.- Here are some of the findings of the IAC's 2010 report. The IAC reported that IPCC lead authors fail to give "due consideration ... to properly documented alternative views" (p. 20), fail to "provide detailed written responses to the most significant review issues identified by the Review Editors" (p. 21), and are not "consider[ing] review comments carefully and document[ing] their responses" (p. 22).- In plain English: the IPCC reports are not peer-reviewed.


Nearly half of the claimed warming during the past century did not occur in the real world but is merely the creation of flawed data adjustments, reports a new paper presented at a meeting of the European Geosciences Union. Removing flawed adjustments to raw temperature readings shows the Earth warmed merely 0.42 degrees during the past century, rather than the 0.7 to 0.8 degrees claimed by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Government analysts take raw data gathered from temperature stations around the world and adjust the temperature readings in several ways before releasing official temperature reports. Skeptics have long pointed out that the majority of the analysts are far from objective referees of the raw temperature data. Most are outspoken global warming alarmists who accumulate and retain large budgets, staff, and media attention only so long as a global warming crisis appears to exist. The European Geosciences Union paper points out the analysts routinely discard readings from temperature stations showing cooling temperatures and give unwarranted weight to readings from temperature stations showing warming temperatures. Moreover, they often adjust the data at individual temperature stations reporting cooling temperatures in a way that allows them to claim temperatures are actually rising at these stations. Meteorologist Anthony Watts has written an excellent summary of the paper after Marcel Crok first brought the paper to public attention.


Where the money went

- Of the $988 million spent so far, a quarter went toward debt relief to unburden the hemisphere's poorest nation of repayments. But after Haiti's loans were paid off, the government began borrowing again: $657 million so far, largely for oil imports rather than development projects.

- Less than 12 percent of the reconstruction money sent to Haiti after the earthquake has gone toward energy, shelter, ports or other infrastructure. At least a third, $329 million, went to projects that were awarded before the 2010 catastrophe and had little to do with the recovery - such as HIV/AIDS programs.

- Half of the $1.8 billion the U.S. promised for rebuilding is still in the Treasury, its disbursement stymied by an understaffed U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince in the months after the quake and by a Haitian government that was barely functional for more than a year. - Despite State Department promises to keep spending public, some members of Congress and watchdogs say they aren't getting detailed information about how the millions are being spent, as dozens of contractors working for the U.S. government in Haiti leave a complex money trail. "The challenges were absolutely huge and although there was a huge amount of money pledged, the structures were not there for this to be done quickly," said former U.S. Ambassador Brian Curran. "The concept of build back better is a good one, but we were way over-optimistic about the pace we could do it." The U.S. Special Coordinator for Haiti Thomas C. Adams, who oversees USAID spending here, says the first priority in the critical days after the quake that killed more than 300,000 was crisis management, and the U.S. government spent $1.3 billion on critical rescue operations, saving untold lives. Three months later, the goals shifted from rescue to what would become a $1.8 billion reconstruction package aimed at building new foundations. "U.S. taxpayers, in the past, have spent billions of dollars in Haiti that haven't resulted in sustainable improvement in the lives of Haitians," said Adams. "The emphasis was never on `spend the money quickly.' The emphasis was on spending the money so that in a year or two, we could look at these projects and see that we've helped create a real base to jump-start economic development and give Haitian families and businesses the kind of opportunities they deserve." Haitian government officials are appreciative, and said the U.S. provides generous support for projects that impact long-term development. As for going back into debt, "Haiti needs all the assistance it can possibly get at this point," said Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe's deputy chief of staff Dimitri Nau.

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