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Cultural Marxism

'Two days in court changed my opinion of Breivik', says top psychiatrist / News / The Foreigner -- Norwegian News in English.

Informing weekly publication Dag og Tid actually seeing Breivik for two days in Oslo District Court was "useful", Einar Kringlen continued, "it gives a completely different picture to reading the minutes in the paper and the impression I got of the man from the first [psychiatric] report."

The professor, who has never changed his opinion about criminal sanity to such a degree, according to NRK, was in no doubt Synne Sørheim and Torgeir Husby were correct that Breivik was psychotic.

Now, he observes the accused can answer questions logically, flexibly, and in a relaxed fashion. The expert supports Terje Tørrisen's and Agnar Aspaas' conclusions.

"He [Breivik] is not submissive, either, but protests with some annoyance if he thinks the judge's questions are unreasonable, Einar Kringlen told the broadcaster.

"My professional experience suggests he is unlikely to have been able to act in such an adequate fashion if he is psychotic, in particular schizophrenic," he declared, saying it is extremely unlikely Breivik has managed to mislead him in his battle to appear as sane.

The professor concluded, "perhaps one can say he has a paranoid personality, is suspicious, but that's where it ends."

Today's 10th day of the trial will see continued focus on the Oslo bombing, it's victims and the aggrieved.

40,000 Norwegians Defy Anders Breivik With Song - Truthdig

The War on Chicken

Huge payout for salmonella victim | Stuff.co.nz

The family of a young girl who was left severely brain damaged from salmonella poisoning after eating a KFC chicken twister has been awarded A$8 million (NZ$10.2m) in damages plus costs by the NSW Supreme Court.

Seven-year-old Monika Samaan became seriously ill after eating the chicken wrap at the Villawood KFC in 2005, suffering brain damage that has left her confined to a wheelchair and unable to speak.

KFC denied it was responsible, challenging the family's claim during a four-week trial.

Justice Stephen Rothman found in favour of the family last Friday, and this afternoon he ordered the fast-food giant to pay the family A$8 million in compensation plus costs.

SOPA PIPA CISPA

Shut Up Slave!

Follow the Pipes

EUROLAND

ekathimerini.com | Greece-Cyprus-Israel undersea cable is announced

PPC Quantum Energy S.A., a subsidiary of electricity giant Public Power Corporation, this week formally announced the launch of the construction of a 2,000-megawatt undersea electricity cable to link up the electricity grids of Israel, Cyprus and Greece.

The company has notified the Regulatory Authority for Energy (RAE) and CERA, the corresponding authority in Cyprus, over the -EuroAsia Interconnector>> project.

In a joint letter to the company, both authorities underlined that the implementation of such an ambitious project will decisively contribute to ensure the safety of power supply for the entire region of SE Europe and the eastern Mediterranean.

They also suggested a meeting to take place between the company and the parties involved for the formal presentation of the project.

The total length of the undersea cable will be 1,000 kilometers, making it the world's biggest. It will be placed as deep as 2,000 meters from the surface at some points.

The project will be completed within three years and cost some 1.5 billion euros, with the participation of PPC's Israeli counterpart. Its revenues in the long term are estimated at up to 17 billion euros.

Syria

Gillard backs tougher line on Syria if UN plan fails

She said the plan of having unarmed UN observers in Syria was the best hope for peace but it was failing. ''The truth is it is hanging by a thread and it is being seriously undermined by ongoing violence in Syria,'' she said.

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France has threatened to demand military action against President Bashar al-Assad if the peace plan fails. Paris said it wanted UN monitors deployed within a fortnight because the peace plan was ''strongly compromised''.

Vogue deletes glamour story on Assad's wife

Buck's article, in the March 2011 issue of Vogue, contained little hint of the Assad family's history of repression, offering only that Syria is ''a country full of shadow zones''.

Then the story disappeared. The 3200-word article was scrubbed from Vogue's website, an almost unheard-of step for a mainstream media organisation. Vogue's editors did not respond to calls and emails requesting comment. Buck also did not reply.

The photos that accompanied the article, of Mrs Assad, her husband and two of their children at home in Damascus, were facilitated by an American public-relations firm. The firm, Brown Lloyd James, was paid $US25,000 ($24,100) to set up a photo session with James Nachtwey, the famed war photographer who shot the pictures for Vogue.

This week the company said it began working for the Syrian government ''during a thaw'' in relations with the US.

Mrs Assad was briefly in the news again last week when the wives of the British and German ambassadors to the UN released a video and online petition calling on her to use her influence with her husband to end the bloodshed in Syria. She has not replied.

Buck suggested in a radio interview last week that the children in the Vogue photos probably weren't the Assads' real children but decoys planted as a security measure.

Buck said it was ''horrifying'' to have been near the Assads. Her biggest regret? That Vogue chose to call her profile ''A Rose in the Desert''.

Weapons bound for Syria seized in Lebanon | euronews, world news

Sudan

China to loan South Sudan $8 billion - FRANCE 24

AFP - China has agreed to loan South Sudan eight billion dollars for infrastructure development, Juba government spokesman Barnaba Mariel Benjamin said on Saturday.

"It will fund roads, bridges, hydropower, agriculture and telecommunications projects... within the next two years", he said, giving details of a visit this week to China by South Sudan's President Salva Kiir.

"Details (of the projects) will be defined by the ministers of the two countries and by the Chinese firms in charge of the work," the spokesman said.

China is the largest purchaser of oil from South Sudan and is also a longstanding business partner of Sudan from which it also buys oil.

Beijing, however, has made sure to develop good relations with South Sudan since Juba proclaimed independence last July.

Kiir had to cut short his visit to China due to the current conflict between his country and Sudan.

As a result of independence the south took with it about 75 percent of the formerly united Sudan's oil production worth billions of dollars.

Disagreements over the issue was one of the main reasons for the latest round of hostilities.

Don't Look Over Here!

Agenda21

World needs to stabilise population and cut consumption, says Royal Society | Environment | The Guardian

World population needs to be stabilised quickly and high consumption in rich countries rapidly reduced to avoid "a downward spiral of economic and environmental ills", warns a major report from the Royal Society.

Contraception must be offered to all women who want it and consumption cut to reduce inequality, says the study published on Thursday, which was chaired by Nobel prize-winning biologist Sir John Sulston.

The assessment of humanity's prospects in the next 100 years, which has taken 21 months to complete, argues strongly that to achieve long and healthy lives for all 9 billion people expected to be living in 2050, the twin issues of population and consumption must be pushed to the top of political and economic agendas. Both issues have been largely ignored by politicians and played down by environment and development groups for 20 years, the report says.

"The number of people living on the planet has never been higher, their levels of consumption are unprecedented and vast changes are taking place in the environment. We can choose to rebalance the use of resources to a more egalitarian pattern of consumption ... or we can choose to do nothing and to drift into a downward spiral of economic and environmental ills leading to a more unequal and inhospitable future", it says.

People and the planet report | Royal Society

The international community must bring the 1.3 billion people living on less than $1.25 per day out of absolute poverty, and reduce the inequality that persists in the world today. This will require focused efforts in key policy areas including economic development, education, family planning and health.

Reccommendations

the potential for urbanisation to reduce material consumption

removing barriers to achieve high-quality primary and secondary education for all

undertaking more research into the interactions between consumption, demographic change and environmental impact

implementing comprehensive wealth measures

developing new socio-economic systems.

Africa

Tunesia

CTV News | With economy in freefall, Tunisia's Arab Spring needs help

The Tunisian unemployment rate is 20 per cent, double the pre-revolution figure and comparable to the worst rates in the euro zone countries. Youth unemployment is 30 per cent. The streets of Tunis are filled with beggars and men standing on street corners and in coffee bars with nothing to do. They must be wondering: So what was that all about?

How did the numbers deteriorate so rapidly?

Tourism, a crucial economic component, collapsed last year and has made only a tentative comeback. The kilometres of wall-to-wall hotels in Hammamet, the vast seaside resort about an hour's drive southeast of Tunis, are largely empty. Five-star rooms can be had for the equivalent of €50 ($66) a night. Bank lending to businesses, while finally expanding, is still tight.

Foreign investment dried up, probably for fear that the Tunisian revolution would be long and bloody or that the new Islamist government would be unfriendly to business. Business confidence has yet to return. The government's two challenges to the independence of the central bank -- both repelled by Mr. Nabli -- did not help on that front.

Tunisia's economic environment has also suffered from the lack of experience among the ministers and senior bureaucrats in the fresh government. Some of them spent years or decades in exile, or in prison, under the brutal Ben Ali regime. The Prime Minister himself, Hamadi Jebali, spent 15 years in prison, 10 of them in solitary confinement. The civil war in neighbouring Libya and the deep recessions in the euro zone's Mediterranean frontier have made a bad situation worse.

By dropping interest rates and stabilizing the banks and the payments system, the central bank has done pretty much all it can in the short term to prop up the economy. It's now up to the government to provide stimulus. But there does not appear to be a lot of room to manoeuvre. The budget deficit is expected to almost double this year, to 6.7 per cent or so. With financing becoming difficult, the Tunisian government may do a private placement of dollar-denominated treasury bills with the cash-rich Qatari government.

No one said the Arab Spring would produce instant economic wealth. But for the Tunisian and other Arab Spring revolutions to succeed, their economies cannot be allowed to collapse. Tunisia has already received loans from the World Bank and the African Development Bank and may tap into the International Monetary Fund.

The EU should get more involved too with everything from cheapie loans and technical expertise to regulatory advice and lessons on the benefits of open markets and competition, all the better to encourage a generation of entrepreneurs bent on exporting to the European Union, still the world's biggest market. Tunisia needs a bold economic revolution to match its courageous political revolution.

Spooks And Stuff

Were Russians About To Catch Hillary In Lesbian Honey Trap?

FBI Counter Intelligence Assistant Director Frank Figliuzzi was quoted by the paper as saying the Russian spy ring got "closer and closer to higher and higher ranking leadership... she got close enough to disturb us."

Frank Figliuzzi

"The fear that Chapman would compromise a senior US official in a 'honey trap' (where the victim is compromised through sexual relations) was a key reason for the arrest and deportation of the Russian spy ring of 10 people, of which she was a part, in 2010," the Independent writes.

"We were becoming very concerned," Figliuzzi told the paper. "They were getting close enough to a sitting US cabinet member that we thought we could no longer allow this to continue." Figliuzzi refused to say who was being targeted by the Russians.

Chapman and 9 other Russians were arrested and charged with working as spies for the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service in late June of 2010. They were quickly deported back to Russia in exchange for four American spies in Russian custody. Officials gave little comment on the case.

Reports at the time claimed that one Russian spy named "Cynthia Murphy," who worked as a vice president at Morea Financial Services in lower Manhattan, had targeted venture capitol figure Alan Patricof, a close friend of the Clintons who raised money for Hillary's senate and presidential campaigns.

Blogger Ace of Spades notes that the gender of the cabinet official was not disclosed, leaving open the possibility that Secretary Clinton may have been the Obama cabinet member close to being honey trapped.

Man whose WMD lies led to 100,000 deaths confesses all - World Politics - World - The Independent

Another revelation in the series is the real reason why the FBI swooped on Russian spy Anna Chapman in 2010. Top officials feared the glamorous Russian agent wanted to seduce one of US President Barack Obama's inner circle. Frank Figliuzzi, the FBI's head of counterintelligence, reveals how she got "closer and closer to higher and higher ranking leadership... she got close enough to disturb us".

The fear that Chapman would compromise a senior US official in a "honey trap" was a key reason for the arrest and deportation of the Russian spy ring of 10 people, of which she was a part, in 2010. "We were becoming very concerned," he says. "They were getting close enough to a sitting US cabinet member that we thought we could no longer allow this to continue." Mr Figliuzzi refuses to name the individual who was being targeted.

EUROLand

NL

DutchNews.nl - Higher taxes, earlier pension age increase, in budget plans (update)

An increase in value-added tax and higher healthcare costs are among the measures agreed by a five-party coalition on Thursday to reduce the Dutch budget deficit to 3%.

The minority cabinet plus Liberal democrats (D66), ChristenUnie and GroenLinks agreed the austerity package after two days of talks, following the collapse of the right-wing coalition at the weekend.

The measures include:

Increase in the 19% value-added tax rate to 21%, the 6% rate will remain unchanged

A cut in income tax to offset some of the effect of the vat increase

No tax relief on all but repayment new mortgages

Property transfer tax to remain at 2%

Those earning €33,000 to €43,000 to pay annual rent increase of inflation plus 1%

New banking tax to raise €600m, not €300m

End to tax break on home to work travel

Pay freeze for teachers, police and civil servants

Increase in tax on alcohol and tobacco

Higher healthcare fees, reform of own-risk payment to save €1bn

State pension age to rise by one month in 2013 and two or three months over the next years

Employers to be responsible for six months of unemployment benefit

Special crisis tax for very high earners

The coalition has also agreed a number of measures which the outgoing government is in the process of implementing will be scrapped:

Cuts in personal healthcare and special education budgets to be (partially) reversed

No more cuts in development aid

Planned increases in court fees will be scrapped

Value-added tax on solar panels and theatre tickets to be reduced

Entire Hedwige polder to be flooded

Fees for psychiatric help to be scrapped

Welfare benefits will not be based on total household income

Dutch judge upholds ban on shops selling pot to tourists | CTV News

A judge on Friday upheld a government plan to ban non-Dutch residents from buying marijuana by introducing a "weed pass" available only to residents.

The new regulation reins in one of the country's most cherished symbols of tolerance - its laissez-faire attitude to soft drugs - and reflects the drift away from a long-held view of the Netherlands as a free-wheeling utopia.

For many tourists visiting Amsterdam the image endures - and smoking a joint in a canalside coffee shop ranks high on their to-do lists along with visiting cultural highlights like the Van Gogh Museum.

The city's left-leaning Mayor Eberhard van der Laan is hoping to hammer out a compromise with the national government.

ES

GR

First Real Greek Bailout: Electricity | ZeroHedge

Greece will provide 250 million euros in emergency funds to its ailing electricity providers to prevent a California-style energy crisis, government officials said on Friday.

US Dollar Vs Gold: Epic Money Battle: Jim Willie | Before It's News

Collapse of the EU a "Realistic Scenario" | ZeroHedge

Spain tightens border security before ECB summit | euronews, world news

Europe's Other "Union" Is Ending | ZeroHedge

Devil Weed

Dutch judge upholds ban on shops selling pot to tourists | CTV News

A judge on Friday upheld a government plan to ban non-Dutch residents from buying marijuana by introducing a "weed pass" available only to residents.

The new regulation reins in one of the country's most cherished symbols of tolerance - its laissez-faire attitude to soft drugs - and reflects the drift away from a long-held view of the Netherlands as a free-wheeling utopia.

For many tourists visiting Amsterdam the image endures - and smoking a joint in a canalside coffee shop ranks high on their to-do lists along with visiting cultural highlights like the Van Gogh Museum.

The city's left-leaning Mayor Eberhard van der Laan is hoping to hammer out a compromise with the national government.

Scampaign

"Know Before You Owe" President Obama Weekly Address - [VIDEO]

Executive Order -- Establishing Principles of Excellence for Educational Institutions Serving Service Members, Veterans, Spouses, and Other Family Members | The White House

Broadcasters' Last-Ditch Push to Hide Political Ad Data - ProPublica

With the Federal Communications Commission set to vote Friday on whether to require broadcasters to post political ad data online, the industry has been scrambling to water down the proposed rule.

The data is currently available only on paper at TV stations. We've been tracking the flurry of lobbying against the rule by big media companies, including the owners of many of the nation's largest news outlets. In the latest development, Communications Daily reported earlier this week that the FCC has become more receptive to the industry's attempts to soften the proposed rule.

FCC-Required Political Ad Data Disclosures Won't Be Searchable - Truthdig

The Federal Communications Commission voted 2-1 Friday morning to require broadcasters to post political ad data on the Web, making it easier for the public to see how as much as $3.2 billion will be spent on TV advertising in this election.

The files, which detail the times ads aired, how much they cost and whether stations rejected ad buy requests from campaigns, among other things, are currently available only on paper at each station.

The FCC rejected an industry push to water down the measure. But the adopted rule also has serious limits. For example, the data will not be searchable or uploaded in a common format.

A season-ending goal spurs a barrage of hate - Boston.com

Pioneers of racial tolerance in sports, the Boston Bruins in 1958 became the first National Hockey League team to sign an African-American player, making Willie O'Ree the Jackie Robinson of hockey.

Yet they found themselves Thursday addressing hateful racist commentary circulated by Bruins fans and others on social media after Joel Ward, a black forward for the Washington Capitals, scored the winning goal in overtime of Game 7 in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs Wednesday at TD Garden.

BBC News - Egypt's Mohamed ElBaradei launches Egyptian party

Major Obama 'bundler' gets Dutch ambassador's post - Washington Times

D.C. lawyer Timothy Broas, who has funneled more money to the political campaigns of President Obama than nearly anyone else, last week was recommended by Mr. Obama as the next U.S. ambassador to the Netherlands.

As a campaign "bundler," Mr. Broas collected more than a half-million dollars for Mr. Obama's 2012 campaign, raising money from family members, colleagues and other wealthy associates; four years ago, he assisted Mr. Obama's successful bid for the presidency by raising between $200,000 and $500,000.

According to the Center for Responsive Politics, Mr. Broas becomes the latest of dozens of Obama "bundlers" who are already serving as ambassadors.

The fundraiser's selection was first reported by the Center for Public Integrity.

Chiners

Is it time investors explored Africa? - Telegraph

Mark Mobius is one of the most respected emerging markets fund managers in the industry. Mr Mobius, 76, launched the first ever emerging markets equity fund available to American investors with Templeton in 1987, and remains with the group to this day.

He now runs 14 global emerging market funds -- including an investment trust that has returned 2,000pc since launch in 1989.

Next month sees the launch of his latest venture -- the Templeton Africa fund, a region that Mr Mobius has been investing in through his other funds since 1990.

Why Africa and why now?

It is all about growth. With emerging markets we are constantly chasing a growth story. If you look at the 10 fastest growing countries in the world over the past 10 years, apart from China, all the remaining nine were frontier markets, and six were African nations.

The economic growth story is very much alive in Africa and that's the reason why we are specifically targeting that part of the world.

New international land deals database reveals rush to buy up Africa | Global development | guardian.co.uk

Almost 5% of Africa's agricultural land has been bought or leased by investors since 2000, according to an international coalition of researchers and NGOs that has released the world's largest public database of international land deals.

The database, launched on Thursday, lifts the lid on a decade of secretive deals struck by governments, investors and speculators seeking large tracts of fertile land in developing countries around the world.

The past five years have seen a flood of reports of investors snapping up land at rock-bottom prices in some of the world's poorest countries. But, despite growing concern about the local impacts of so-called "land grabs", the lack of reliable data has made it difficult to pin down the real extent and nature of the global rush for land.

China to loan South Sudan $8 billion - FRANCE 24

AFP - China has agreed to loan South Sudan eight billion dollars for infrastructure development, Juba government spokesman Barnaba Mariel Benjamin said on Saturday.

"It will fund roads, bridges, hydropower, agriculture and telecommunications projects... within the next two years", he said, giving details of a visit this week to China by South Sudan's President Salva Kiir.

"Details (of the projects) will be defined by the ministers of the two countries and by the Chinese firms in charge of the work," the spokesman said.

China is the largest purchaser of oil from South Sudan and is also a longstanding business partner of Sudan from which it also buys oil.

Beijing, however, has made sure to develop good relations with South Sudan since Juba proclaimed independence last July.

Kiir had to cut short his visit to China due to the current conflict between his country and Sudan.

As a result of independence the south took with it about 75 percent of the formerly united Sudan's oil production worth billions of dollars.

Disagreements over the issue was one of the main reasons for the latest round of hostilities.

Ministry of Truth

Bin Laden's Death Warrant | Defense Tech

MEMO FOR THE RECORD Apr. 29, 2011, 10:35 a.m.

Received phone call from Tom Donilon who stated that the President made a decision with regard to AC1 [Abbottabad Compound 1]. The decision is to proceed with the assault. The timing, operational decision making and control are in Admiral McRaven's hands. The approval is provided on the risk profile presented to the President. Any additional risks are to be brought back to the President for his consideration. The direction is to go in and get bin Laden and if he is not there, to get out. Those instructions were conveyed to Admiral McRaven at approximately 10:45 am.

Leon Panetta, DCIA

Images of Osama bin Laden killing not to be released, judge orders | World news | guardian.co.uk

A federal judge has refused to order Barack Obama's administration to release pictures and video of the US military operation that killed al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden in Pakistan almost a year ago.

The government watchdog group, Judicial Watch, had requested that the defence department and Central Intelligence Agency release any pictures or video footage of the operation on 1 May 2011 that killed Bin Laden in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

The defence department said it had no pictures or videos sought by the group and the CIA said it had 52 such records, but refused to release them. It cited exemptions to the US freedom of information act for classified materials and other reasons.

Aussie minister takes brown-nosing to a new level | The Sun |News

Drone Nation

White House approves broader Yemen drone campaign - The Washington Post

The United States has begun launching drone strikes against suspected al-Qaeda operatives in Yemen under new authority approved by President Obama that allows the CIA and the military to fire even when the identity of those who could be killed is not known, U.S. officials said.

U.S. officials said that Obama approved the use of signature strikes this month and that the killing of an al-Qaeda operative near the border of Yemens Marib province this week was among the first attacks carried out under the new authority.

The decision to give the CIA and the U.S. Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) greater leeway is almost certain to escalate a drone campaign that has accelerated significantly this year, with at least nine strikes in under four months. The number is about equal to the sum of airstrikes all last year.

The expanded authority will allow the CIA and JSOC to fire on targets based solely on their intelligence signatures patterns of behavior that are detected through signals intercepts, human sources and aerial surveillance, and that indicate the presence of an important operative or a plot against U.S. interests.

Real News

NBCUniversal Announces Groundbreaking Multi-Platform Agreement With Ryan Seacrest - Ratings | TVbytheNumbers

NBCUniversal and top television host, broadcaster and Emmy-winning producer Ryan Seacrest have forged a groundbreaking multi-platform agreement that includes on-air, broadcasting and producing duties across the company's NBC and E! networks. The new two-year deal extends Seacrest's current on-air presence with E! onto NBC, spanning news, entertainment and sports programming.

"Ryan is an extraordinary talent who has been an important part of the Comcast family for a long time," said Steve Burke, CEO of NBCUniversal. "We look forward to his continued role on E! and to having him appear on many new places across NBCUniversal, including the TODAY show and at the Olympics. This is a great example of how NBCUniversal is able to provide the perfect home for some of the best people in the business."

Is That A Meth Lab In Your Pants Or You Just Happy To See Me? - [VIDEO]

Techno Experts

Vaccine$

HPV Scam

Test may prompt unecessary surgical biopsies on women

CDC - HPV - 2010 STD Treatment Guidelines-TESTERS

Hologic's cervical cancer device gets FDA nod

Dec 15 (Reuters) - Medical systems maker Hologic's said U.S. health regulators approved its device to screen for cervical cancer.

The company, which makes the ThinPrep cervical cancer test and Selenia digital mammography systems, was granted marketing approval to sell its Cervista High Throughput Automation system.

The device is for use along with Hologic's previously approved Cervista Human Papillomavirus HR test.

"The Cervista HTA system automates our Cervista HPV HR test, providing higher throughput, improved chain of custody and accurate results," Chief Executive Rob Cascella said in a statement.

Hologic shares closed at $16.39 on Thursday on Nasdaq.

Product Promotion Strategy Links Drugs and Devices | MDDI Medical Device and Diagnostic Industry News Products and Suppliers

The trend toward disease management is forging alliances between device manufacturers and pharmaceutical houses that may ultimately benefit both the patient and the corporate bottom line. The strategy underlying these partnerships makes use of diagnostic products to increase demand for drug treatments.

The agreements with Lunar and Hologic call for Merck to pay a subsidy to the equipment companies for each bone densitometer placed with "high-risk" customers - small hospitals or group practices that have previously resisted buying or leasing these instruments because of uncertain patient demand. Merck's subsidies are intended to help offset that risk, allowing the two companies to provide more attractive terms to potential customers.

Merck and Hologi team up for afric

PATH | RHO Cervical Cancer: a resource on human papillomavirus (HPV)

Donor profiles - Funding & finance - GAVI Alliance

VIDEOS

40,000 Norwegians Defy Anders Breivik With Song - Truthdig

Abbottabad - Proper Pronunciation.mp4 - [VIDEO]

Kids Straight Jackets! Now Available At Your Friendly Neighborhood Dentist Office! - [VIDEO]

Spain jobless figure hits record high | euronews, world news

Images of Osama bin Laden killing not to be released, judge orders | World news | guardian.co.uk

A federal judge has refused to order Barack Obama's administration to release pictures and video of the US military operation that killed al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden in Pakistan almost a year ago.

The government watchdog group, Judicial Watch, had requested that the defence department and Central Intelligence Agency release any pictures or video footage of the operation on 1 May 2011 that killed Bin Laden in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

The defence department said it had no pictures or videos sought by the group and the CIA said it had 52 such records, but refused to release them. It cited exemptions to the US freedom of information act for classified materials and other reasons.

New Mexico Town Residents May Lose Utilities for Unpaid Red Light Violations - ABC News

Residents of Las Cruces, New Mexico with outstanding red-light-camera traffic tickets are in danger of having their utilities shut off.

The program, placing cameras at intersections, is just over three years old, and in that time violators have run up $2 million in unpaid fines.

People and the planet report | Royal Society

The international community must bring the 1.3 billion people living on less than $1.25 per day out of absolute poverty, and reduce the inequality that persists in the world today. This will require focused efforts in key policy areas including economic development, education, family planning and health.

Reccommendations

the potential for urbanisation to reduce material consumption

removing barriers to achieve high-quality primary and secondary education for all

undertaking more research into the interactions between consumption, demographic change and environmental impact

implementing comprehensive wealth measures

developing new socio-economic systems.

METRO faces public backlash over counter-terror intitiave at Houston bus stops | Video | abc13.com

Is That A Meth Lab In Your Pants Or You Just Happy To See Me? - [VIDEO]

"Know Before You Owe" President Obama Weekly Address - [VIDEO]

Spain tightens border security before ECB summit | euronews, world news

Seattle Mayor Sounding The Alarm About Anarchist Threats To Shutdown The City - [VIDEO]

Weapons bound for Syria seized in Lebanon | euronews, world news

Aussie minister takes brown-nosing to a new level | The Sun |News

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