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Obama to Hold 'Private' Swear-in Ceremony for Second Presidential Term :

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Something is not right in America, take 2.

By Shepard Ambellas theintelhub.comNovember 20, 2012

One month from now on January 20, 2013, President Obama will be required by law to be sworn-in for his second presidential term by noon. However, something mysterious is happening again with the ceremony raising the eyebrows of some.

Since the 20th falls on a Sunday, a private ceremony will be held signifying the possibility of fraud as the ''public'' ceremony will be held the following day.

The fact is that even a deviation by even one single word during the ceremony (as admitted by Chief Justice Roberts in 2009) could signify an unlawful and unconstitutional swear-in as we saw four years ago at the public ceremony. Shortly after another ''private'' ceremony was held which caused quite a controversy at the time. Some speculate that the administration was hiding something as an executive order was signed by President Obama shortly after hiding all his records and possibly CIA activity.

The Washington Times reported on January 21, 2009 that, ''President Obama took the oath of office a second time Wednesday night during a private ceremony at the White House, one day after the flubbing of the oath on Inauguration Day'''....''We believe that the oath of office was administered effectively and that the President was sworn in appropriately yesterday. But the oath appears in the Constitution itself. And out of an abundance of caution, because there was one word out of sequence, Chief Justice Roberts administered the oath a second time.''

In a shocking interview on Tru News (18:00 in) startling information on Barack Obama was brought fourth.

According to the interview, the man known only as Al is a debt collector who actually voted for Obama.

During a recent skip tracing procedure on a Chicago debtor (a procedure carried out to verify data on the client; i.e. addresses, phone numbers, friends, social security numbers, etc.), Al came across a startling discovery when pulling the clients data. Michelle Obama pulled up (on the computer) as the debtors neighbor back in the 90'²s.

Out of curiosity Al clicked on Michelle Obamas name (link) and this allegedly pulled upBarack Obama's name Chicago home address of 5046 S. Greenwood Ave, strangely enough owned by Obama's accountant (according to AL).

Also allegedly displayed in Barack Obama's file was the allias name of Harrison J. Bounel.

Upon further investigation 6 different pin #'s in 6 years were assigned to the property '-- along with other evidence, Al believes that this type behavior signifies a multi layered real estate finance transaction.

The social security number 042-68-445 also allegedly appeared in Obama's file.

The file also allegedly showed trusts and a $1.2 million loan taken out from Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac.

If all the allegations are true '-- this suggests real estate fraud at minimum, and the possible fact that Obama's house is a CIA safe house.

52 former addresses of Obama allegedly popped up as well.

It has also been revealed that Obama's birth certificate posted on the official White House web site is only digital (not a real certificate) and has been altered in many ways.

This is extremely bothering and should be the major issue at hand. Article II, Section I of the US Constitution states;

''No person except a natural born citizen, or a citizen of the United States, at the time of the adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the office of President; neither shall any person be eligible to that office who shall not have attained to the age of thirty five years, and been fourteen Years a resident within the United States.'' - Article II Section 1 of the United States Constitution.

In fact the whole ''birther'' issue has indeed been turned into a spectacle, not from the ''birthers'' themselves or people such as Donald Trump, but rather from the establishment and the controlled press.

On every major news network across the board, echos of the same rhetoric bounce down the halls and out the TV screens spewing endless propaganda and lies at the American people surrounding this very important issue.

The real issue goes much deeper.

The true issue surrounding this is monumental, and contrary to what others are saying, it is frankly the most important issue at hand that Americans are facing right now.

Birth certificates have to be presented in a variety of circumstances. Some reasons include enrolling your child in little league, acquiring a driver's license (in some states), and so on.

All department of Defense positions will require a birth certificate as well. And it doesn't stop there. In fact, most people who have enrolled in the military can tell you that stringent background checks are done, including contacting various childhood friends of the possible enlistment.

Article II, Section 1 of the U.S. Constitution was not put in place to be taken lightly. This is literally the frontline defense when it comes to warding off a foreign terrorist from gaining control of the helm of the United States of America.

A potential foreign terrorist grabbing full control of the nuclear button, the entire U.S. military, all government employees, soldiers, and assets and access to print trillions in fiat currency and/or give trillions bailouts to private interests, terror cells, and just plain comrades of a possible global crime syndicate via the Federal Reserve Bank; sounds important in my opinion.

Should someone in control of the nations entire nuclear arsenal, finical system, and it's population be allowed to just skate by with no background check?

If a ''Rent-A-Cop'' (security guard) needs such guidelines, surely the President does as well, this should be a no brainer. Especially when the entire nuclear arsenal is in the Presidents control.

In fact, maybe they should go even further than that, expanding on the constitution. Maybe someone in charge of over 1500 nuclear weapons, should very well almost have to submit a DNA sample. Why not? You have to pee in a cup submitting DNA to work at some of the most mundane jobs (Just a thought).

The following is a recap of this article so far (to help put things in perspective):

' I have outlined how it is truly a matter of national security and world security to let just anyone have the control of the U.S. Presidency

' I have pointed out that lower ranking positions/carriers/licenses require individuals to submit their long-form birth certificate

' I have defined how racism truly is not the underlying issue (as the media would like you to believe)

' I have pointed out the ''Operation Mockingbird'' type rhetoric we are seeing in the media surrounding this issue

' I have also established to true importance of this issue and how it is not a distraction (as most media would like you to believe)

Furthermore reporters such as Anderson Cooper and other icons such as Whoopi Goldberg continue to project the image that this issue is dead now following President Barack Obama's release of the ''alleged'' long-form birth certificate (which by the way, is not recognized by the state of Hawaii as the official document at this time due to the fact that Obama had the law changed due to various lawsuits surrounding his citizenship including U.S. Supreme Court cases regarding this matter) this is pointed out by the Canada Free Press in the following excerpt;

''In order to accommodate Dictator-in-Chief Obama's inability or refusal to provide his long form (NOT the short form COLB that is provided for even foreign-born residents of Hawaii) birth certificate, in April the State of Hawaii changed it policy on ALL long form birth certificates. Former director of the Hawaii Health Department Chiyome Fukino'--who had been under fire for apparently acting as Obama's agent in refusing to release his long form birth certificate to anyone'--announced on 10 April that Hawaii will no longer provide legitimate long form birth certificates to anyone who was actually born in Hawaii.'' '' Canada Free Press

In fact, this is where it takes a twist.

The certificate Obama officially released on the White House's very own official website appears to be faked.

The certificate in question has now been analyzed by many, including The Intel Hub and the Infowars teams.

Not only is the birth certificate presented most likely faked or a forgery (which is another criminal issue in itself), the very ''Certification of Live Birth'' (short-form) that Obama previously posted on the official White House website is now the only officially recognized form by the state of Hawaii.

I repeat, the new (alleged) long-form birth certificate is not recognized or distributed now by the state of Hawaii.

Does this issue still sound racist to you?

If it did turn out (and the evidence is in) that Obama is not a naturalized citizen and is responsible for criminal actions while in office colluding with a global crime syndicate what would be the repercussions?

What is the punishment/imprisonment worth if in fact the following actions were spawned illegally by a foreign entity (Obama)?

' Illegal Executive Orders

' Illegal Wars

' Looting of the entire nation and it citizens of their wealth via banker bailouts in the upwards of trillions of dollars

' Passing of policies in vision of a New World Order

' Socializing Medical

' Death Panels

' Approving Geo Engineering (Chemtrail) Budgets Exceeding Billions

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Shepard Ambellas is the founder & director of theintelhub.com (a popular alternative news website), researcher, investigative journalist, radio talk show host, and filmmaker.

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Terrorists Can Take Down an Entire City's LTE Network for Just $650

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Fri, 23 Nov 2012 19:52

According to a critical document filed with the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, you can take down any LTE network with a simple $650 piece of gear.

Every cellphone grid is vulnerable to this technique, including FirstNet, the emergency communications network designed after 9/11. According to the authors, "it's relatively easy to do" by anyone. In fact, if a terrorist group spent just a bit more on a cheap, readily available power amplifier, it could take down a region as large as New York State.

The paper, by Jeff Reed'--director of the wireless research group at Virginia Tech'--and research assistant Marc Lichtman, says that it would be hard to defend against such an attack. The problem, they say, relates to structural, intrinsic vulnerabilities to the LTE architecture.

According to Lichtman, there are eight distinct ways to take down an LTE network, easily be exploited by anyone with basic communications engineering skills:

Your phone is constantly syncing with the base station. If you can disrupt that synchronization, you will not be able to send or receive data. There are multiple weak spots-about eight different attacks are possible. The LTE signal is very complex, made up of many subsystems, and in each case, if you take out one subsystem, you take out the entire base station. Any communications engineer would be able to figure this stuff out.

The NTIA and the big telecommunication providers haven't reacted to the paper yet. The good news is that the existing 3G and 2G grids would still work in such a scenario. However, as we are increasingly dependent on higher data rates and migrating to faster and better networks, such structural problems are worrying. Extremely worrying, in fact: by 2017, half of the world's population will run on LTE, and new devices'--some of them critical, in the medical and transportation industries'--will be based solely on this standard.

The worst part: LTE has been proposed for the new communication system for emergency response. Called FirstNet, it was designed after the many communications problems experienced by first response teams during 9/11. Just imagine the picture: terrorists first attacking a major target and then jamming the communication network used by the emergency forces trying to help. According to Reed, this is specifically what can happen.

And there doesn't seem to be a fix right now. This is an systems architecture problem, according to Reed, one that would take a massive rethinking to prevent:

LTE does a good job of [encrypting the communications]. But unconventional security aspects, such as preventing signal jamming, have been largely overlooked.

Not good. Not good at all. [Technology Review via Technology Review]

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Opium Cultivation Rose This Year in Afghanistan, U.N. Survey Shows

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Poppy cultivation nationwide increased by 18 percent between 2011 and 2012, with a similar increase in Helmand Province, the biggest opium-producing region, despite an aggressive campaign by the governor to eradicate the crop and promote alternative jobs.

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We highly recommend that everyone start with Earth Living One: Primitive Survival. Though most of our courses have no prerequisites, Earth Living One gives a solid foundation for all of our other courses and trips to build upon.

All survival and primitive skill courses have a minimum enrollment of four students and a maximum enrollment of fifteen unless otherwise stated in the course description. We require a 50% non-refundable deposit to hold a space for you in a course. A course will be canceled if the minimum enrollment is not met two weeks prior to it's start date. If the maximum enrollment is reached and you have not paid a deposit, you will forfeit your space in the course. Deposits are transferable if we are notified two weeks prior to a class. If we cancel a course, deposits are refundable.

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UNEP Greenhouse Gas Emissions Report Finds Climate Change Goals Growing More Elusive

U.N. Report: Already Too Late To Avert Worst Of Global Warming

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Sun, 25 Nov 2012 00:33

I'd really like to know what our nation's leaders plan to do about this. Not that I don't love drought, firestorms, tornadoes and massive hurricanes, it just might be nice to do something so they don't happen as often -- but they don't seem all that interested. Maybe someone should do something about that?

Global greenhouse-gas emissions already have passed the point where the worst effects of global warming could be averted, and they are still rising, according to the third annual United Nations report on the so-called emissions gap.

Some countries have made pledges to help reverse this trend by lowering their emissions. However, the report by the U.N. Environment Programme warns that the gap between these pledges and reductions necessary to cap average global warming at 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) by 2020 continues to widen.

"In addition we have one year less to close it," said Niklas H¶hne, one of the UNEP report's lead authors.

The report, released shortly before an annual round of climate talks set to begin on Monday (Nov. 26) in Qatar, seeks to balance a heightened sense of urgency with a positive message.

"It is technically feasible and economically feasible that the gap can be closed," H¶hne, director of energy and climate policy at the independent research and consulting company Ecofys, told LiveScience.

In 2009, at a meeting in Copenhagen, international negotiators agreed to the goal of capping global warming at 2 degrees C by 2020. Following the meeting, some nations submitted pledges to cut their emissions. The United States, for example, pledged to bring its emissions to about 17 percent below the 2005 level.

In the years since, nations have not made any substantial change to their pledges.

The UNEP report highlights the gap between these pledges and cuts needed put the world on a "likely" path to stay below the 2-degree target. It calculates that the annual emission rate by 2020 should be no more than 48.5 gigatons (44 metric gigatons) of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases.

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Federal Register | Purchase of Certain Debt Securities by Business and Industrial Development Companies Relying on an Investment Company Act Exemption

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The Securities and Exchange Commission (''Commission'') is adopting a new rule under the Investment Company Act of 1940 (''Investment Company Act'') to establish a standard of credit-worthiness in place of a statutory reference to credit ratings that the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (''Dodd-Frank Act'') removes. The rule will establish the standard of credit quality that must be met by certain debt securities purchased by entities relying on the Investment Company Act exemption for business and industrial development companies.

Effective date: December 24, 2012.

Anu Dubey, Senior Counsel, or Penelope Saltzman, Assistant Director (202) 551-6792, Office of Regulatory Policy, Division of Investment Management, Securities and Exchange Commission, 100 F Street NE., Washington, DC 20549-8549.

The Commission is adopting new rule 6a-5 [17 CFR 270.6a-5] under the Investment Company Act. [1]

I. Background

II. Discussion

III. Paperwork Reduction Act

IV. Economic Analysis

V. Final Regulatory Flexibility Analysis

Statutory Authority

Text of Rule

The Dodd-Frank Act was enacted on July 21, 2010. [2] Section 939(c) of the Dodd-Frank Act removes a reference to credit ratings from section 6(a)(5) of the Investment Company Act and replaces it with a reference to ''such standards of credit-worthiness as the Commission shall adopt.'' [3] To implement this mandate, last year the Commission proposed new rule 6a-5 under the Investment Company Act that would establish a credit-worthiness standard to replace the credit rating reference in section 6(a)(5) of that Act that the Dodd-Frank Act eliminates. [4] We received one comment letter regarding proposed rule 6a-5, which we discuss below. [5] Today, we are adopting new rule 6a-5, which implements section 939(c) of the Dodd-Frank Act.

Business and industrial development companies (''BIDCOs'') are companies that operate under state statutes that provide direct investment and loan financing, as well as managerial assistance, to state and local enterprises. [6] Because they invest in securities, BIDCOs frequently meet the definition of ''investment company'' under the Investment Company Act. [7] In 1996, the Investment Company Act was amended to add section 6(a)(5) to exempt these companies from most provisions of the Act subject to certain conditions. [8] The statutory exemption was premised on states having a strong interest in overseeing the structure and operations of these companies, thus rendering regulation under the Investment Company Act largely duplicative and unnecessary. [9]

BIDCOs that seek to rely on the exemption in section 6(a)(5) are limited with respect to the types of securities issued by investment companies and companies exempt from the definition of investment company under section 3(c)(1) or 3(c)(7) of the Investment Company Act (''private funds'') that they may purchase. Specifically, section 6(a)(5)(A)(iv) prohibits these BIDCOs from purchasing securities issued by investment companies and private funds other than debt securities that are rated investment grade by at least one NRSRO and securities issued by registered open-end investment companies that invest at least 65 percent of their assets in investment grade securities or securities that the fund determines are comparable in quality. [10] This provision was intended to provide limited flexibility to invest capital not immediately needed for the company's long-term commitments. [11] Although the legislative history of the provision does not specifically explain why Congress restricted BIDCOs to acquiring ''investment grade'' debt of investment companies and private funds, as we noted in the 2011 Proposing Release, it may have been designed to limit BIDCOs to investing in debt securities of sufficiently high credit quality that they are likely to maintain a fairly stable market value and that could be liquidated easily, as appropriate, for the BIDCO to support its investment and financing activities. [12]

As described above, section 939(c) of the Dodd-Frank Act eliminates the credit rating reference in section 6(a)(5)(A)(iv) of the Investment Company Act. Instead of limiting BIDCOs to purchasing debt securities issued by investment companies and private funds that are rated ''investment grade,'' the amendment requires such debt securities to meet ''such standards of credit-worthiness as the Commission shall adopt.''

We do not understand that the statutory amendment was intended to change the standard of credit quality represented by an investment grade rating. Accordingly, we are adopting rule 6a-5, as proposed, to establish a standard of credit-worthiness designed to achieve the same degree of risk limitation as the credit rating it replaces. Rule 6a-5 deems a BIDCO to have met the requirements for credit-worthiness of certain debt securities under section 6(a)(5)(A)(iv)(I) if the board of directors or members of the company (or its or their delegate) determines, at the time of purchase, that the debt security is (i) subject to no greater than moderate credit risk and (ii) sufficiently liquid that the security can be sold at or near its carrying value within a reasonably short period of time. [13] The board of directors or members of a BIDCO (or its or their delegate) would have to make this determination at the time of acquisition of the securities. [14] As a result of rule 6a-5, section 6(a)(5) of the Investment Company Act will also limit a BIDCO's investments in registered open-end funds to those funds that invest at least 65 percent of their assets in debt securities that meet our standard. [15]

The final rule does not, as one commenter suggested, include specific factors or tests that the board must apply in performing its credit analysis. [16] We believe that the new credit quality standards (that the debt security be subject to no greater than moderate credit risk and be sufficiently liquid that it can be sold at or near its carrying value within a reasonably short period of time) are clear enough for a BIDCO's board or members (or its or their delegate) to understand the risks acceptable under the rule. We note that the number and scope of factors that may be appropriate to making a credit quality determination with respect to a security may vary significantly depending on the particular security. We are concerned that prescribing a list of specific factors in a rule today might function as a limit to the credit quality analysis that boards or members would undertake and may not address information that would be relevant to credit quality determinations regarding new types of debt securities that investment companies or private funds may issue and in which BIDCOs may invest in the future. [17]

The standard we are adopting is designed to limit BIDCOs to purchasing debt securities issued by investment companies or private funds of sufficiently high credit quality that they are likely to maintain a fairly stable market value and may be liquidated easily, as appropriate, for the BIDCO to support its investment and financing activities. [18] Debt securities (or their issuers) subject to a moderate level of credit risk would demonstrate at least average credit-worthiness relative to other similar debt issues (or issuers of similar debt). [19] Moderate credit risk would denote current low expectations of default risk associated with the security, with an adequate capacity for payment by the issuer of principal and interest. [20] In making their credit quality determinations, a BIDCO's board of directors or members (or its or their delegate) can also consider credit quality reports prepared by outside sources, including NRSRO ratings, that the BIDCO board or members conclude are credible and reliable for this purpose.

The Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (''PRA'') imposes certain requirements on federal agencies in connection with their conducting or sponsoring any collection of information as defined by the PRA. Rule 6a-5 does not create any new collections of information.

As discussed above, we are adopting a new rule to implement section 939(c) of the Dodd-Frank Act to replace a statutory reference to a credit rating with an alternative credit-worthiness standard. We considered the economic effects, including costs and benefits, of our proposed new rule in the 2011 Proposing Release and we discuss below the comment received related to our analysis.

The Commission has discretion in adopting the alternative standard of credit-worthiness, and we undertake below to discuss the economic effects of the new rule that are within our discretion under the Dodd-Frank Act, in addition to the economic effects of removing rating references from statutory provisions, as mandated by the Dodd-Frank Act itself. The two types of costs and benefits may not be entirely separable to the extent that our discretion is exercised to realize the benefits intended by the Dodd-Frank Act. In evaluating the economic effects of new rule 6a-5, we compare section 6(a)(5) of the Investment Company Act, as currently in effect (which includes a reference to a rating), with the new rule we are adopting.

Rule 6a-5 establishes a credit-worthiness standard under section 6(a)(5)(A)(iv)(I) of the Investment Company Act. BIDCOs that seek to rely on the exemption in section 6(a)(5) of the Act are limited to investing in debt securities issued by investment companies and private funds if, at the time of purchase, the board of directors or members of the BIDCO (or its or their delegate) determines that the debt security is (i) subject to no greater than moderate credit risk and (ii) sufficiently liquid that the security can be sold at or near its carrying value within a reasonably short period of time.

We anticipate that the adoption of rule 6a-5 may result in certain benefits. First, we do not understand that by amending section 6(a)(5), Congress intended to change the credit quality of the debt securities that BIDCOs may purchase and our rule is designed to establish a similar credit quality standard in order to achieve the same limitation on risk as the credit rating it replaces. In particular, the amended standard is designed to limit BIDCOs to purchasing debt securities issued by investment companies or private funds of sufficiently high credit quality that they are likely to maintain a fairly stable market value and may be liquidated easily, as appropriate, for the BIDCO to support its investment and financing activities. Second, the subjective credit quality standard in amended rule 6a-5 may provide BIDCOs greater flexibility in determining the pool of eligible debt securities in which they may invest. Finally, the credit quality standard in new rule 6a-5 may further Congress' stated purpose of reducing reliance on ratings in the context of a BIDCO's purchase of certain debt securities. [21]

We also recognize that BIDCOs may incur some costs as a result of the adoption of new rule 6a-5. These may be internal costs or costs to consult outside legal counsel to evaluate whether changes to any policies and procedures the BIDCOs may have currently for acquiring debt securities issued by investment companies or private funds may be appropriate in light of the new rule. We expect that, although not required by the Investment Company Act, as a matter of good business practice, directors or members of most BIDCOs that do not currently have them may prepare policies and procedures to make the credit quality and liquidity determinations required by the new rule. Staff estimates that BIDCOs will incur the costs of preparing the procedures for making determinations of credit quality and liquidity under the rule once, and directors and members of BIDCOs (or their delegates) will be able to follow these procedures for purposes of making future determinations under the rule. Commission staff estimated in the 2011 Proposing Release that each BIDCO would incur, on average, an initial one-time cost of $1000 to prepare policies and procedures and an average of $1000 in annual costs for making credit determinations with respect to the acquisition of debt securities. [22] We received no comments on those estimates. We note however, that under rule 6a-5, in evaluating whether debt securities issued by investment companies and private funds present moderate credit risk, boards of directors and members of BIDCOs (or its or their delegates) can consider credit quality determinations prepared by outside sources, including NRSRO ratings, that they conclude are credible and reliable for purposes of making these determinations, and we anticipate that many BIDCOs that invest cash in these types of debt securities will continue to do so. We expect that the ability to consider outside assessments will help minimize the burden on BIDCOs and contribute to a BIDCO's ability to make consistent and reliable credit quality determinations. Nevertheless, we recognize that some BIDCO boards or members may choose to hire consultants to assist in developing procedures and to make or oversee the determinations. Staff estimated in the 2011 Proposing Release that the cost to hire such consultants would be, on average, $8000 for each BIDCO. [23] We received no comments on this estimate.

Adopting a new credit quality standard in place of the ratings requirement in section 6(a)(5)(A)(iv) of the Investment Company Act may result in other costs for BIDCOs and their investors. The minimum rating requirement in section 6(a)(5)(A)(iv) of the Act, before it was amended by the Dodd-Frank Act, established an objective standard that is easy to apply and may have limited BIDCOs from investing in securities that posed greater credit risks. The new rule instead requires BIDCO boards or members to assess credit quality by applying a subjective standard. We acknowledge that a BIDCO could invest in lower quality debt securities that it determines meets the standard in new rule 6a-5, and that it may be difficult for the Commission to challenge the determination of a BIDCO's directors or members (or their delegates). In addition, because credit quality assessments could differ across BIDCOs, the range of risk of investments may be broader than it is currently. We do not, however, believe that the new rule is likely to lead BIDCOs to invest in riskier securities because the standard we are adopting is very similar to the standard articulated by the rating agencies for investment grade securities. [24]

As part of our economic analysis, we considered alternatives to the standard that we are adopting in rule 6a-5. In particular, we considered including specific factors or tests that a fund board must apply in performing its credit analysis in the rule. As noted above, we believe that this alternative could function as a limit to a fund's credit quality analysis [25] and thus might result in a less effective credit quality determination than a BIDCO would perform under the credit quality standard in the new rule, which could result in investments that expose the BIDCO to greater risk.

The Commission has prepared the following Final Regulatory Flexibility Analysis (''FRFA'') in accordance with section 4(a) of the Regulatory Flexibility Act regarding new rule 6a-5, which we are adopting today to give effect to provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act. [26] We prepared an Initial Regulatory Flexibility Analysis (''IRFA'') in conjunction with the 2011 Proposing Release in March 2011. [27]

A. Need for and Objectives of the Rule and Form Amendments and New RuleAs described more fully in Sections I and II of this Release, the Commission is adopting new rule 6a-5 to set forth a standard of credit-worthiness for purposes of section 6(a)(5)(A)(iv) of the Investment Company Act, as anticipated by section 939(c) the Dodd Frank Act, which eliminates the investment grade standard from section 6(a)(5) of the Investment Company Act.

B. Significant Issues Raised by Public CommentIn the Proposing Release, we requested comment on the IRFA. In particular, we sought comment on how many small entities would be subject to the proposed new rule and whether the effect of the proposed new rule on small entities subject to it would be economically significant. None of the comment letters we received specifically addressed the IRFA. None of the comment letters specifically addressed the effect of the new rule on small BIDCOs.

C. Small Entities Subject to the Rule and Form Amendments and New RuleNew rule 6a-5 under the Investment Company Act would affect BIDCOs, including entities that are considered to be a small business or small organization (collectively, ''small entity'') for purposes of the Regulatory Flexibility Act. Under the standards adopted by the Small Business Administration, small entities in the financial investment industry include entities with $7 million or less in annual receipts. [28] We do not have any data and are not aware of any databases that compile information regarding how many BIDCOs would be small entities under this definition. We also did not receive any comments from BIDCOs.

D. Projected Reporting, Recordkeeping, and Other Compliance RequirementsRule 6a-5 imposes no reporting, recordkeeping or other compliance requirements.

E. Agency Action To Minimize Effect on Small EntitiesThe Regulatory Flexibility Act directs us to consider significant alternatives that would accomplish our stated objectives, while minimizing any significant adverse effect on small entities. In connection with the new rule, the Commission considered the following alternatives: (i) Establishing different compliance standards or timetables that take into account the resources available to small entities; (ii) clarifying, consolidating, or simplifying compliance and reporting requirements under the rule for small entities; (iii) use of performance rather than design standards; and (iv) exempting small entities from all or part of the requirements.

We believe that special compliance or reporting requirements for small entities, or an exemption from coverage for small entities, is not appropriate or consistent with investor protection or section 939(c) of the Dodd-Frank Act, which rule 6a-5 implements. With respect to rule 6a-5, we believe that special compliance requirements or timetables for small entities, or an exemption from coverage for small entities, may create a risk that those BIDCOs could acquire debt securities that are not of sufficiently high credit quality that they would be likely to maintain a fairly stable market value or be liquidated easily, as we believe may have been intended for the BIDCO to support its long-term commitments. Further consolidation or simplification of rule 6a-5 for BIDCOs that are small entities is inconsistent with the Commission's goals of fostering investor protection. Finally, rule 6a-5 uses performance rather than design standards for determining the credit quality of specific debt securities.

The Commission is adopting new rule 6a-5 under the authority set forth in section 38(a) of the Investment Company Act [15 U.S.C. 80a-37(a)] and section 939 of the Dodd-Frank Act, to be codified at section 6(a)(5)(A)(iv)(I) of the Investment Company Act [15 U.S.C. 80a-6(a)(5)(A)(iv)(I)].

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1.The authority citation for part 270 is amended by adding a sub-authority in numerical order to read as follows:

Authority:15 U.S.C. 80a-1 et seq., 80a-34(d), 80a-37, and 80a-39, unless otherwise noted.

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Section 270.6a-5 is also issued under 15 U.S.C. 80a-6(a)(5)(A)(iv)(I).

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2.Section 270.6a-5 is added to read as follows:

For purposes of reliance on the exemption for certain companies under section 6(a)(5)(A) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 80a-6(a)(5)(A)), a company shall be deemed to have met the requirement for credit-worthiness of certain debt securities under section 6(a)(5)(A)(iv)(I) of the Investment Company Act (15 U.S.C. 80a-6(a)(5)(A)(iv)(I)) if, at the time of purchase, the board of directors (or its delegate) determines or members of the company (or their delegate) determine that the debt security is:

(a) Subject to no greater than moderate credit risk; and

(b) Sufficiently liquid that it can be sold at or near its carrying value within a reasonably short period of time.

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By the Commission.

Dated: November 19, 2012.

Elizabeth M. Murphy,

Secretary.

[FR Doc. 2012-28456 Filed 11-21-12; 8:45 am]

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Hos and Heavy Weapons

White House declines to release images from night of Benghazi attacks - CBS News

A White House official referred our request regarding the Benghazi attacks to the White House Photo Office. On Nov. 1, an official there indicated she would process our request quickly, but then did not respond further. Finally, this week, the White House Photo Office told CBS News it would not release any images without approval of Josh Earnest in the White House Press Office. Earnest did not respond to our telephone calls and emails.

At a press conference on Nov. 14, 2012 President Obama stated that his Administration has provided all information regarding "what happened in Benghazi."

"We have provided every bit of information that we have, and we will continue to provide information...," the President told reporters, adding, "we will provide all the information that is available about what happened on that day..." and "I will put forward every bit of information that we have."

In addition to the Benghazi images, CBS News has also requested, but not received, details concerning the president's and his staff's decisions during the attacks. Last year reporters were given details of the decision making, timeline and players regarding the Osama bin Laden raid as well as access to certain emails.

CBS News is also seeking drone and ground-level surveillance images and email communications and documents from the night of the Benghazi attacks. So far, none has been provided.

Drone Nation

White House Presses for Drone Rule Book - NYTimes.com

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Sat, 24 Nov 2012 23:24

WASHINGTON '-- Facing the possibility that President Obama might not win a second term, his administration accelerated work in the weeks before the election to develop explicit rules for the targeted killing of terrorists by unmanned drones, so that a new president would inherit clear standards and procedures, according to two administration officials.

The matter may have lost some urgency after Nov. 6. But with more than 300 drone strikes and some 2,500 people killed by the Central Intelligence Agency and the military since Mr. Obama first took office, the administration is still pushing to make the rules formal and resolve internal uncertainty and disagreement about exactly when lethal action is justified.

Mr. Obama and his advisers are still debating whether remote-control killing should be a measure of last resort against imminent threats to the United States, or a more flexible tool, available to help allied governments attack their enemies or to prevent militants from controlling territory.

Though publicly the administration presents a united front on the use of drones, behind the scenes there is longstanding tension. The Defense Department and the C.I.A. continue to press for greater latitude to carry out strikes; Justice Department and State Department officials, and the president's counterterrorism adviser, John O. Brennan, have argued for restraint, officials involved in the discussions say.

More broadly, the administration's legal reasoning has not persuaded many other countries that the strikes are acceptable under international law. For years before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, the United States routinely condemned targeted killings of suspected terrorists by Israel, and most countries still object to such measures.

But since the first targeted killing by the United States in 2002, two administrations have taken the position that the United States is at war with Al Qaeda and its allies and can legally defend itself by striking its enemies wherever they are found.

Partly because United Nations officials know that the United States is setting a legal and ethical precedent for other countries developing armed drones, the U.N. plans to open a unit in Geneva early next year to investigate American drone strikes.

The attempt to write a formal rule book for targeted killing began last summer after news reports on the drone program, started under President George W. Bush and expanded by Mr. Obama, revealed some details of the president's role in the shifting procedures for compiling ''kill lists'' and approving strikes. Though national security officials insist that the process is meticulous and lawful, the president and top aides believe it should be institutionalized, a course of action that seemed particularly urgent when it appeared that Mitt Romney might win the presidency.

''There was concern that the levers might no longer be in our hands,'' said one official, speaking on condition of anonymity. With a continuing debate about the proper limits of drone strikes, Mr. Obama did not want to leave an ''amorphous'' program to his successor, the official said. The effort, which would have been rushed to completion by January had Mr. Romney won, will now be finished at a more leisurely pace, the official said.

Mr. Obama himself, in little-noticed remarks, has acknowledged that the legal governance of drone strikes is still a work in progress.

''One of the things we've got to do is put a legal architecture in place, and we need Congressional help in order to do that, to make sure that not only am I reined in but any president's reined in terms of some of the decisions that we're making,'' Mr. Obama told Jon Stewart in an appearance on ''The Daily Show'' on Oct. 18.

In an interview with Mark Bowden for a new book on the killing of Osama bin Laden, ''The Finish,'' Mr. Obama said that ''creating a legal structure, processes, with oversight checks on how we use unmanned weapons, is going to be a challenge for me and my successors for some time to come.''

The president expressed wariness of the powerful temptation drones pose to policy makers. ''There's a remoteness to it that makes it tempting to think that somehow we can, without any mess on our hands, solve vexing security problems,'' he said.

Despite public remarks by Mr. Obama and his aides on the legal basis for targeted killing, the program remains officially classified. In court, fighting lawsuits filed by the American Civil Liberties Union and The New York Times seeking secret legal opinions on targeted killings, the government has refused even to acknowledge the existence of the drone program in Pakistan.

But by many accounts, there has been a significant shift in the nature of the targets. In the early years, most strikes were aimed at ranking leaders of Al Qaeda thought to be plotting to attack the United States. That is the purpose Mr. Obama has emphasized, saying in a CNN interview in September that drones were used to prevent ''an operational plot against the United States'' and counter ''terrorist networks that target the United States.''

But for at least two years in Pakistan, partly because of the C.I.A.'s success in decimating Al Qaeda's top ranks, most strikes have been directed at militants whose main battle is with the Pakistani authorities or who fight with the Taliban against American troops in Afghanistan.

In Yemen, some strikes apparently launched by the United States killed militants who were preparing to attack Yemeni military forces. Some of those killed were wearing suicide vests, according to Yemeni news reports.

''Unless they were about to get on a flight to New York to conduct an attack, they were not an imminent threat to the United States,'' said Micah Zenko, a fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations who is a critic of the strikes. ''We don't say that we're the counterinsurgency air force of Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia, but we are.''

Then there is the matter of strikes against people whose identities are unknown. In an online video chat in January, Mr. Obama spoke of the strikes in Pakistan as ''a targeted, focused effort at people who are on a list of active terrorists.'' But for several years, first in Pakistan and later in Yemen, in addition to ''personality strikes'' against named terrorists, the C.I.A. and the military have carried out ''signature strikes'' against groups of suspected, unknown militants.

Originally that term was used to suggest the specific ''signature'' of a known high-level terrorist, such as his vehicle parked at a meeting place. But the word evolved to mean the ''signature'' of militants in general '-- for instance, young men toting arms in an area controlled by extremist groups. Such strikes have prompted the greatest conflict inside the Obama administration, with some officials questioning whether killing unidentified fighters is legally justified or worth the local backlash.

Many people inside and outside the government have argued for far greater candor about all of the strikes, saying excessive secrecy has prevented public debate in Congress or a full explanation of their rationale. Experts say the strikes are deeply unpopular both in Pakistan and Yemen, in part because of allegations of large numbers of civilian casualties, which American officials say are exaggerated.

Gregory D. Johnsen, author of ''The Last Refuge: Yemen, Al Qaeda and America's War in Arabia,'' argues that the strike strategy is backfiring in Yemen. ''In Yemen, Al Qaeda is actually expanding,'' Mr. Johnsen said in a recent talk at the Brookings Institution, in part because of the backlash against the strikes.

Shuja Nawaz, a Pakistan-born analyst now at the Atlantic Council in Washington, said the United States should start making public a detailed account of the results of each strike, including any collateral deaths, in part to counter propaganda from jihadist groups. ''This is a grand opportunity for the Obama administration to take the drones out of the shadows and to be open about their objectives,'' he said.

But the administration appears to be a long way from embracing such openness. The draft rule book for drone strikes that has been passed among agencies over the last several months is so highly classified, officials said, that it is hand-carried from office to office rather than sent by e-mail.

UN wants to use drones in DR Congo conflict

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Sat, 24 Nov 2012 12:53

UNITED NATIONS (AFP) - The United Nations wants to use drones for the first time to monitor fighting in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, where Rwanda has been accused of aiding rebels, officials said Friday.Peacekeeping chiefs have been in contact with the governments of DR Congo and of Rwanda about the sensitive move, which could set a precedent that would worry other United Nations members, diplomats said.UN leaders are looking for ways to strengthen their peacekeeping mission in DR Congo, MONUSCO, where guerrillas from the M23 rebel movement have taken over much of mineral-rich North Kivu province.UN experts say Rwanda and Uganda have sent troops and arms across the border. Both strongly deny the allegations. The UN ''is considering a range of ways to strengthen the capabilities of MONUSCO to protect civilians from the threat of armed groups in the vast area of eastern DR Congo,'' UN peacekeeping spokesman Kieran Dwyer told AFP.''Unarmed aerial vehicles, drones for monitoring the movements of armed groups, are one tool we are considering,'' he said. ''Of course, we would do this carefully, in full cooperation with the government of the DR Congo, and trialing their most effective uses for information gathering to help implement our mandate to protect civilians.''''Ultimately, to introduce these, we would need the support of member states to equip the mission,'' Dwyer said. While the drones would not halt the current M23 advance, the UN is also considering bringing in extra troops and redeploying its current force. UN leader Ban Ki-moon is to recommend options to the UN Security Council soon.MONUSCO currently has about 17,500 troops but could go up to about 19,500 under its Security Council mandate. ''The UN has approached a number of countries, including the United States and France, about providing drones which could clearly play a valuable role monitoring the frontier,'' said one UN diplomat, speaking on condition of anonymity. ''Clearly there will be political considerations though,'' the diplomat added. ''This is controversial, not all countries agree with this,'' said Olivier Nduhungirehe, first counselor for Rwanda's UN mission.Thousands of civilians poured out of the town of Sake in the eastern DR Congo on Friday in the face of a rebel advance that has raised fears of wider conflict erupting in the chronically unstable region.An AFP photographer saw at least one body in the centre of the town, which feel to the rebels Wednesday, while the local head of a relief agency reported numerous casualties.''There are bodies lining the road'' leading south from Sake, Thierry Goffeau, the head of the Goma chapter of Doctors Without Borders (MSF) told AFP, without providing specific figures.The M23 rebels earlier in the week captured Goma, a regional capital in the mineral-rich Kivu region, where the two wars that shook the country beginning in 1996 started.The rebels' lightning advance has displaced tens of thousands of people and has raised warnings of a looming humanitarian catastrophe in the underdeveloped area. On Friday, thousands of residents fled Sake on foot heading east toward Goma some 30 kilometres (19 miles) away, where tens of thousands of people are estimated to already be sheltering in camps. A UN source said that the army and an allied local militia had managed to stop the rebel advance some 10 kilometres south of Sake, but this information could not be independently confirmed.Meanwhile the European Union added its voice to the international chorus demanding that the rebels stop their advance, ''starting with the immediate stop of the M23 offensive and its retreat from Goma.''The rebels have refused to withdraw from Goma unless President Laurent Kabila agrees to peace talks. The United Nations and other humanitarian groups have reported killings, abductions, looting and extortion of civilians in the face of their advance.

allAfrica.com: East Africa: Rwanda's Oil Prospects

However, Rwanda may have to wait a little longer before it can strike oil let alone benefit from the large foreign exchange inflows that come with it.

Whereas oil exploration in Rwanda began in 2010, Uganda, Rwanda's neighbour to the north, began exploring oil as early as 1920s and it was not until 2006 that the first oil discovery was made in the Albertine Graben, a region on the Uganda-DRC border.

Kenya so far offers the most interesting scenario. Even though oil exploration began in the 1950s, the country had unsuccessfully drilled about 35 dry oil wells over a period of 30 years before finally striking oil deposits in March this year.

33 Homes Must Go After Indy Blast - Yahoo! News

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Fri, 23 Nov 2012 19:51

ABC News' Daniel Clark reports:

Thirty-three homes damaged in a house explosion this month will be razed, officials in Indianapolis said.

The blast that rocked the Richmond Hill subdivision killed two people, John and Jennifer Longworth. Dozens of homes also took a hit.

City officials this week said that of the 37 houses that were boarded up after the Nov. 10 incident, four appeared to be repairable, according to the Indianapolis Star-Tribune.

"They are a hazard," Adam Collins, a city code enforcement officer, told the Star-Tribune. "They are 15 feet apart, and you can't let them stand there for months on end. Some are already deteriorating."

Officials have yet to determine the cause of the explosion but it is being investigated as a crime. Much of the attention has been focused on the residents of the home at the center of the blast.

The homeowners of the 33 homes scheduled for demolition are being allowed to get the possessions that were undamaged by the blast.

The first six homes - the closest to the site of the explosion - are scheduled for demolition Monday. Six will be torn down Dec. 3 and 17 others will be bulldozed Dec. 20. Collins, however, said that the owners of the 17 had until that date to repair their homes, although he said he doubts that they will.

The remaining four homes are close to the home at the center of the blast and being considered as evidence in the probe.

Investigators Wednesday said they'd made a break in their probe and had questioned "individuals we have identified as potentially having relevant information."

Also Read

My Way News - Mass. natural gas explosion damaged 42 buildings

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Sun, 25 Nov 2012 13:43

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) - Preliminary investigations show more than 40 buildings were damaged in a natural gas explosion in Massachusetts that injured 18 people, building inspectors said Saturday.

A strip club was flattened and a day care center was heavily damaged in the massive blast Friday night in Springfield, one of New England's biggest cities.

Investigators were trying Saturday to figure out what caused the blast that could be heard for miles, left a large hole in the ground where the multistory brick building housing Scores Gentleman's Club once stood and scattered debris over several blocks.

Officials already had evacuated part of the entertainment district after responding to a gas leak and odor reported about an hour before the explosion. Gas workers venting a gas leak got indications that the building was about to explode and they ducked for cover behind a utility truck - along with firefighters and police officers - just before the blast, said Mark McDonald, president of the New England Gas Workers Association.

Most of the injured were in that group, and the truck that saved their lives was essentially demolished, he said."It really is a miracle and it's an example of our public safety officials, each and every day, putting themselves in harm's way, taking what could have been considered a very routine call of an odor of gas, but they took the proper precautions," State Fire Marshal Stephen Coan said. "And thanks to God that they did."

Officials also marveled how the 5:30 p.m. blast occurred when a day care center next door was closed. The center's building was heavily damaged.

Lt. Gov. Tim Murray and Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno were attending a tree-lighting ceremony when the explosion occurred. Sarno said some people mistakenly thought the boom was part of the holiday event.

The explosion blew out windows in a three-block radius, leaving at least three buildings irreparably damaged and causing emergency workers to evacuate a six-story apartment building that was buckling, police said. Pieces of broken glass littered streets and sidewalks. It was unclear how many residents had been evacuated. A shelter was set up at a school, but city officials said no one stayed there overnight.

Omar Fermin, manager of the Punta Cana Restaurant two blocks from the explosion site, found the floor-to-ceiling windows blasted out when he came to check on the property Saturday morning."It looks like an earthquake hit," said Fermin, a native of the Dominican Republic. "I've never seen anything like it."

He said he was waiting for someone to come and assess the damage. He worried the restaurant would remain closed for weeks while the owner seeks to replace the massive custom-made windows.

Authorities cordoned off the center of the explosion Saturday as building inspectors worked to identify unsafe structures. Anxious residents gathered at the perimeter, waiting for permission to visit their buildings.

Preliminary reports show the blast damaged 42 buildings housing 115 residential units, said Thomas Walsh, spokesman for the mayor.

Three buildings were immediately condemned, and 24 others require additional inspections by structural engineers to determine whether they are safe, Walsh said.Dogs trapped in abandoned buildings barked loudly Saturday as building inspectors fanned out across the area. One inspector said he wished he could get a ladder and permission to retrieve a dog that was barking in the upper floor of one building sealed off from residents.

Authorities are opening an animal shelter for pets affected by the explosion, Walsh said.

Coan, the fire marshal, said his office is investigating the cause of the blast and its possible origin. The state's Department of Public Utilities was also investigating.

Sheila Doiron, a spokeswoman for Columbia Gas of Massachusetts, said the company will continue to monitor for any potential leaks within several blocks of the blast site. So far, she said, the company hadn't yet found any measurable readings.

The utility will keep at least 30 workers at the scene, along with a so-called sniffing car mounted with sophisticated gadgets capable of detecting low levels of gas leaks, Walsh said.Doiron said the company also didn't find in its records any gas odor calls to the area where the strip club was located.

Authorities also deployed police officers throughout the area to prevent looting, Walsh said.

The victims were taken to two hospitals in the city. Those injured were nine firefighters, two police officers, four Columbia Gas workers, two civilians and another city employee.

Springfield, which is 90 miles west of Boston and has about 150,000 residents, is the largest city in western Massachusetts. It's known as the home of the Basketball Hall of Fame, which is not near the blast site.

The city has been rebuilding from damage caused by a tornado in June 2011.

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Associated Press writers Rodrique Ngowi, Bridget Murphy and Bob Salsberg in Boston and Jessica Hill in Springfield contributed to this report.

Gas Leak Blast Levels Massachusetts Strip Club

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Sat, 24 Nov 2012 11:23

An explosion triggered by a gas leak flattened a strip club in Springfield, Massachusetts, injuring at least 18 people.

The Scores Gentlemen's Club, exploded at about 5.25pm local time as a gas company was looking for a leak under the road, said Springfield Police Captain William Collins.

The blast blew out all windows in a three-block radius, leaving three more buildings damaged beyond repair and prompting emergency workers to evacuate an apartment building that buckled.

Nine firefighters were among the injuredWitnesses described to local media a massive explosion that shook the ground and sent up a huge cloud of smoke.

Police said it looked as though there was a missile strike where the explosion occurred.

Massachusetts Lt Gov Tim Murray said it was "a miracle" no one died.

Four buildings were damaged beyond repairA representative of the Columbia Gas company said that four employees had been injured in the incident but were expected to survive. Nine firefighters and two police officers were also among those hurt.

The city established an emergency shelter to accommodate residents displaced by the blast.

Follow the Pipes

Tokyo Disneyland Stopped Selling Balloons! '...And You'll Never Guess Why | RocketNews24

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Sun, 25 Nov 2012 04:25

If you were lucky enough to take a trip to Disneyland as a child, you no doubt remember the bouquets of brightly colored balloons that towered over the crowds. And if you asked your mom really nicely and flashed your best set of puppy dog eyes, added in a few ''please, oh please, oh please, I'll be good all day!'' you might have been granted an inflated Micky head to bob along with you while you made your way through the happiest place on earth.

If you're a Japanese kid in November 2012, you will never have the chance to even covet a shiny Disney themed balloon because all traces of them have been wiped out of the park.

What the heck happened?!

Starting from November 21, Tokyo Disneyland suspended all sales of balloons within the park. The official reason as stated on the Tokyo Disneyland site is because of ''supply difficulties related to the raw material put into the balloons.''

So in other words, they ran out of helium. After a little research, this is actually a serious problem.

Because helium is an inert gas that has extreme melting and boiling points, it is widely used by medical companies and high tech firms (also, at children's birthday parties and in bored teenagers' basements). Recently, due to the growth of the manufacturing industry in Asia, demand for helium in the region has skyrocketed. Even though helium is the second most abundant element in the universe, just like balloons in the possession of small children, most of the earth's helium floats off into space. In addition, the United States produces 75% of the world's helium, most of which is located in the Texas panhandle, making it even more expensive for Japanese patrons to get their hands on the prized gas. Because of the high demand for helium and the rapid depletion of helium reserves, the price continues to rise steadily by an average of 6.9% each year.

At the height of the Christmas season, Tokyo Disneyland will not be filled with balloons bobbing and darting through the crowds.

Tokyo Disneyland, ''Where dreams come true.'' Not if you're dreaming of buying a balloon.

Source: ITmedia

Iran-Iraq-Syria gas pipeline back on track

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Sat, 24 Nov 2012 14:41

Work on the construction of the new Iran-Iraq-Syria gas line was resumed on 19 November 2012.

The pipeline, with a length of 1500 km, will supply Damascus with gas from the Assaluyeh refinery in Iran. It will later be extended across the Mediterranean to Europe. The final cost of this investment will amount to $ 10 billion.

The project, concluded on 25 June 2011, had been frozen because of the war in Syria. It started up again following the reelection of President Barack Obama and the resumption of the secret US-Iran negotiations.

allAfrica.com: East Africa: Rwanda's Oil Prospects

However, Rwanda may have to wait a little longer before it can strike oil let alone benefit from the large foreign exchange inflows that come with it.

Whereas oil exploration in Rwanda began in 2010, Uganda, Rwanda's neighbour to the north, began exploring oil as early as 1920s and it was not until 2006 that the first oil discovery was made in the Albertine Graben, a region on the Uganda-DRC border.

Kenya so far offers the most interesting scenario. Even though oil exploration began in the 1950s, the country had unsuccessfully drilled about 35 dry oil wells over a period of 30 years before finally striking oil deposits in March this year.

Federal Register | Designation of Seven Entities Pursuant to Executive Order 13448 or Executive Order 13464 and Amendment of an Existing Specially Designated National Listing

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Sat, 24 Nov 2012 13:25

The designation by the Director of OFAC of the seven entities named in this notice, pursuant to E.O. 13464 or E.O. 13448, and the amendment to an existing listing are effective November 16, 2012.

Assistant Director for Sanctions Compliance and Evaluation,Office of Foreign Assets Control,Department of the Treasury,Washington, DC 20220, Tel.: 202/622-2490.

This document and additional information concerning OFAC are available from OFAC's Web site (www.treasury.gov/ofac) or via facsimile through a 24-hour fax-on-demand service, Tel.: 202/622-0077.

On October 18, 2007, President George W. Bush signed E.O. 13448 pursuant to, inter alia, the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701et seq.) (IEEPA). In E.O. 13448, President George W. Bush expanded the national emergency declared in Executive Order 13047 of May 20, 1997, and took additional steps with respect to the Government of Burma's continued repression of the democratic opposition. The President identified twelve individuals and entities in the Annex to E.O. 13448.

Section 1 of E.O. 13448 blocks, with certain exceptions, all property and interests in property that are in, or thereafter come within, the United States, or within the possession or control of United States persons, of the persons listed in the Annex to E.O. 13448, as well as those persons determined by the Secretary of the Treasury, after consultation with the Secretary of State, to satisfy any of the criteria set forth in subparagraphs (b)(i)-(b)(vi) of Section 1 of E.O. 13448.

On November 16, 2012, the Director of OFAC, after consultation with the Department of State, designated, pursuant to one or more of the criteria set forth in Section 1 subparagraphs (b)(i)-(b)(vi) of E.O. 13448, the following four entities, whose names have been added to the list of Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons and whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to E.O. 13448:

On April 30, 2008, President George W. Bush signed E.O. 13464, pursuant to, inter alia, the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701et seq.). In E.O. 13464, President George W. Bush took additional steps with respect to the national emergency declared in Executive Order 13047 of May 20, 1997 and expanded in E.O. 13448.

Section 1 of E.O. 13464 blocks, with certain exceptions, all property and interests in property that are in, or thereafter come within, the United States, or within the possession or control of any United States person, of the persons listed in the Annex to E.O. 13464, as well as those persons determined by the Secretary of the Treasury, after consultation with the Secretary of State, to satisfy any of the criteria set forth in subparagraphs (b)(i)-(b)(iii) of Section 1 of E.O. 13464.

On November 16, 2012, the Director of OFAC, after consultation with the Department of State, designated, pursuant to one or more of the criteria set forth in Section 1, subparagraphs (b)(i)-(b)(iii) of E.O. 13464, the following three entities, whose names have been added to the list of Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons and whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to E.O. 13464:

OFAC is also amending the Golden Aaron Pte. Ltd. listing on the Department of the Treasury's List of Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons. The entry has been amended as:

Dated: November 16, 2012.

Adam J. Szubin,

Director, Office of Foreign Assets Control.

[FR Doc. 2012-28360 Filed 11-21-12; 8:45 am]

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Obama Nation

Obama to Hold 'Private' Swear-in Ceremony for Second Presidential Term :

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Thu, 22 Nov 2012 22:25

Something is not right in America, take 2.

By Shepard Ambellas theintelhub.comNovember 20, 2012

One month from now on January 20, 2013, President Obama will be required by law to be sworn-in for his second presidential term by noon. However, something mysterious is happening again with the ceremony raising the eyebrows of some.

Since the 20th falls on a Sunday, a private ceremony will be held signifying the possibility of fraud as the ''public'' ceremony will be held the following day.

The fact is that even a deviation by even one single word during the ceremony (as admitted by Chief Justice Roberts in 2009) could signify an unlawful and unconstitutional swear-in as we saw four years ago at the public ceremony. Shortly after another ''private'' ceremony was held which caused quite a controversy at the time. Some speculate that the administration was hiding something as an executive order was signed by President Obama shortly after hiding all his records and possibly CIA activity.

The Washington Times reported on January 21, 2009 that, ''President Obama took the oath of office a second time Wednesday night during a private ceremony at the White House, one day after the flubbing of the oath on Inauguration Day'''....''We believe that the oath of office was administered effectively and that the President was sworn in appropriately yesterday. But the oath appears in the Constitution itself. And out of an abundance of caution, because there was one word out of sequence, Chief Justice Roberts administered the oath a second time.''

In a shocking interview on Tru News (18:00 in) startling information on Barack Obama was brought fourth.

According to the interview, the man known only as Al is a debt collector who actually voted for Obama.

During a recent skip tracing procedure on a Chicago debtor (a procedure carried out to verify data on the client; i.e. addresses, phone numbers, friends, social security numbers, etc.), Al came across a startling discovery when pulling the clients data. Michelle Obama pulled up (on the computer) as the debtors neighbor back in the 90'²s.

Out of curiosity Al clicked on Michelle Obamas name (link) and this allegedly pulled upBarack Obama's name Chicago home address of 5046 S. Greenwood Ave, strangely enough owned by Obama's accountant (according to AL).

Also allegedly displayed in Barack Obama's file was the allias name of Harrison J. Bounel.

Upon further investigation 6 different pin #'s in 6 years were assigned to the property '-- along with other evidence, Al believes that this type behavior signifies a multi layered real estate finance transaction.

The social security number 042-68-445 also allegedly appeared in Obama's file.

The file also allegedly showed trusts and a $1.2 million loan taken out from Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac.

If all the allegations are true '-- this suggests real estate fraud at minimum, and the possible fact that Obama's house is a CIA safe house.

52 former addresses of Obama allegedly popped up as well.

It has also been revealed that Obama's birth certificate posted on the official White House web site is only digital (not a real certificate) and has been altered in many ways.

This is extremely bothering and should be the major issue at hand. Article II, Section I of the US Constitution states;

''No person except a natural born citizen, or a citizen of the United States, at the time of the adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the office of President; neither shall any person be eligible to that office who shall not have attained to the age of thirty five years, and been fourteen Years a resident within the United States.'' - Article II Section 1 of the United States Constitution.

In fact the whole ''birther'' issue has indeed been turned into a spectacle, not from the ''birthers'' themselves or people such as Donald Trump, but rather from the establishment and the controlled press.

On every major news network across the board, echos of the same rhetoric bounce down the halls and out the TV screens spewing endless propaganda and lies at the American people surrounding this very important issue.

The real issue goes much deeper.

The true issue surrounding this is monumental, and contrary to what others are saying, it is frankly the most important issue at hand that Americans are facing right now.

Birth certificates have to be presented in a variety of circumstances. Some reasons include enrolling your child in little league, acquiring a driver's license (in some states), and so on.

All department of Defense positions will require a birth certificate as well. And it doesn't stop there. In fact, most people who have enrolled in the military can tell you that stringent background checks are done, including contacting various childhood friends of the possible enlistment.

Article II, Section 1 of the U.S. Constitution was not put in place to be taken lightly. This is literally the frontline defense when it comes to warding off a foreign terrorist from gaining control of the helm of the United States of America.

A potential foreign terrorist grabbing full control of the nuclear button, the entire U.S. military, all government employees, soldiers, and assets and access to print trillions in fiat currency and/or give trillions bailouts to private interests, terror cells, and just plain comrades of a possible global crime syndicate via the Federal Reserve Bank; sounds important in my opinion.

Should someone in control of the nations entire nuclear arsenal, finical system, and it's population be allowed to just skate by with no background check?

If a ''Rent-A-Cop'' (security guard) needs such guidelines, surely the President does as well, this should be a no brainer. Especially when the entire nuclear arsenal is in the Presidents control.

In fact, maybe they should go even further than that, expanding on the constitution. Maybe someone in charge of over 1500 nuclear weapons, should very well almost have to submit a DNA sample. Why not? You have to pee in a cup submitting DNA to work at some of the most mundane jobs (Just a thought).

The following is a recap of this article so far (to help put things in perspective):

' I have outlined how it is truly a matter of national security and world security to let just anyone have the control of the U.S. Presidency

' I have pointed out that lower ranking positions/carriers/licenses require individuals to submit their long-form birth certificate

' I have defined how racism truly is not the underlying issue (as the media would like you to believe)

' I have pointed out the ''Operation Mockingbird'' type rhetoric we are seeing in the media surrounding this issue

' I have also established to true importance of this issue and how it is not a distraction (as most media would like you to believe)

Furthermore reporters such as Anderson Cooper and other icons such as Whoopi Goldberg continue to project the image that this issue is dead now following President Barack Obama's release of the ''alleged'' long-form birth certificate (which by the way, is not recognized by the state of Hawaii as the official document at this time due to the fact that Obama had the law changed due to various lawsuits surrounding his citizenship including U.S. Supreme Court cases regarding this matter) this is pointed out by the Canada Free Press in the following excerpt;

''In order to accommodate Dictator-in-Chief Obama's inability or refusal to provide his long form (NOT the short form COLB that is provided for even foreign-born residents of Hawaii) birth certificate, in April the State of Hawaii changed it policy on ALL long form birth certificates. Former director of the Hawaii Health Department Chiyome Fukino'--who had been under fire for apparently acting as Obama's agent in refusing to release his long form birth certificate to anyone'--announced on 10 April that Hawaii will no longer provide legitimate long form birth certificates to anyone who was actually born in Hawaii.'' '' Canada Free Press

In fact, this is where it takes a twist.

The certificate Obama officially released on the White House's very own official website appears to be faked.

The certificate in question has now been analyzed by many, including The Intel Hub and the Infowars teams.

Not only is the birth certificate presented most likely faked or a forgery (which is another criminal issue in itself), the very ''Certification of Live Birth'' (short-form) that Obama previously posted on the official White House website is now the only officially recognized form by the state of Hawaii.

I repeat, the new (alleged) long-form birth certificate is not recognized or distributed now by the state of Hawaii.

Does this issue still sound racist to you?

If it did turn out (and the evidence is in) that Obama is not a naturalized citizen and is responsible for criminal actions while in office colluding with a global crime syndicate what would be the repercussions?

What is the punishment/imprisonment worth if in fact the following actions were spawned illegally by a foreign entity (Obama)?

' Illegal Executive Orders

' Illegal Wars

' Looting of the entire nation and it citizens of their wealth via banker bailouts in the upwards of trillions of dollars

' Passing of policies in vision of a New World Order

' Socializing Medical

' Death Panels

' Approving Geo Engineering (Chemtrail) Budgets Exceeding Billions

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Alan Grayson Helps Walmart Worker Walk Off Job in 'Black Friday' Protest

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Anyone who thinks Alan Grayson is going back to congress neutered after his loss in 2010 would be sadly mistaken. If anything his activities over Thanksgiving seem to indicate he's more ready to fight than ever.

Video and text by WKMG, Orlando.

ORLANDO, Fla. -U.S. Rep.-elect Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) joined a Walmart worker as she walked off her job in St. Cloud as part of a nationwide protest against the country's largest employer.

Grayson joined Walmart associate Lisa Lopez on Thanksgiving night to protest what employees says is the store's retaliation against workers who speak out for better job conditions.

On "Black Friday," Grayson also joined a walkout at a Walmart in Orlando.

Union-backed groups OUR Walmart and Making Change at Wal-Mart, along with watchdog group Corporate Action Network, are calling on the retailer to end what they call retaliation against employees who speak out for better pay, fair schedules and affordable health care.

Ministry of Truth

BBC News - South Pacific Sandy Island 'proven not to exist'

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22 November 2012Last updated at05:57 ETA South Pacific island, shown on marine charts and world maps as well as on Google Earth and Google Maps, does not exist, Australian scientists say.

The supposedly sizeable strip of land, named Sandy Island on Google maps, was positioned midway between Australia and French-governed New Caledonia.

But when scientists from the University of Sydney went to the area, they found only the blue ocean of the Coral Sea.

The phantom island has featured in publications for at least a decade.

Scientist Maria Seton, who was on the ship, said that the team was expecting land, not 1,400m (4,620ft) of deep ocean.

"We wanted to check it out because the navigation charts on board the ship showed a water depth of 1,400m in that area - very deep," Dr Seton, from the University of Sydney, told the AFP news agency after the 25-day voyage.

"It's on Google Earth and other maps so we went to check and there was no island. We're really puzzled. It's quite bizarre.

"How did it find its way onto the maps? We just don't know, but we plan to follow up and find out."

Australian newspapers have reported that the invisible island would sit within French territorial waters if it existed - but does not feature on French government maps.

Australia's Hydrographic Service, which produces the country's nautical charts, says its appearance on some scientific maps and Google Earth could just be the result of human error, repeated down the years.

A spokesman from the service told Australian newspapers that while some map makers intentionally include phantom streets to prevent copyright infringements, that was was not usually the case with nautical charts because it would reduce confidence in them.

A spokesman for Google said they consult a variety of authoritative sources when making their maps.

"The world is a constantly changing place, the Google spokesman told AFP, "and keeping on top of these changes is a never-ending endeavour'.'

The BBC's Duncan Kennedy in Sydney says that while most explorers dream of discovering uncharted territory, the Australian team appears to have done the opposite - and cartographers everywhere are now rushing to undiscover Sandy Island for ever.

Bullying

L. Smith-Anonymous Note

Hey John & Adam,

Been meaning to donate and write for awhile now, but seems the job karma I asked for my husband a few months back finally came to me, so I am busy with new work as a librarian. . . keeper of the books. It suits me fairly well, as on the whole librarians are the quiet revolutionaries of society, although I'm sure I will have plenty of my own "shut up slave" moments.

Anyway, back in October, the anti-bullying month, our 9th grade son came home with his personal "No Agenda" story in which he told us that a bully was defined for the school as "a small-scale terrorist." I was incredulous! That a "bully" who tosses around mean words (whom I distinctly remember being taught, way back, to IGNORE) should be compared to someone who takes lives, was just ridiculous to me. I'm sure my son was annoyed as well, and couldn't help but see the manipulation.

In Defense of Being Offensive: Jonathan Rauch on the New Threats to Free Thought - YouTube

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Italians in new protest over education cuts. (Euronews video)

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Elections in Spain's Catalonia region are under way since 9am CET and won't close until 8pm. Opinion polls indicate that current Catalan President Artur Ms and his conservative Convergence and Union party will take the majority of the 135 seats in the regional assembly known as'...

Neo-Nazis and far leftists war in streets of Oslo Norway

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Catalans start voting in election that could lead to independence

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A man casts his ballot in Barcelona for the regional elections in Catalonia. Photograph: Josep Lago/AFP/Getty Images

Catalans have begun voting in elections that could lead to the north-eastern region breaking away from Spain, after the region's leader Artur Mas made the running in the campaign by vowing to hold a referendum on independence for rich but indebted Catalonia.

Unlike the Scottish referendum set for 2014 in agreement with London, the central government in Spain has pledged to block an independence vote for Catalonia by appealing to the constitutional court, which stopped the Basque country from holding a similar plebiscite in 2008.

Voting closes at 8pm local time (19:00 GMT), and exit polls are expected shortly afterwards. A Sigma Dos opinion poll for the Guardian on Thursday predicted that Mas's Converg¨ncia i Uni" (CiU) party would fall 9-11 seats short of an overall majority in the Catalan parliament, meaning he would have to reach deals with smaller parties to hold the referendum he has promised within a four-year mandate.

"Catalonia is one of the oldest nations in Europe and the world. We have overcome all our difficulties: we have fought the military and dictatorships, and we're still alive," Mas said on Friday, the last day of campaigning allowed by law.

Apart from opposition in Madrid, and heading for fewer seats than he won in the last elections two years ago, one of Mas's biggest difficulties is uncertainty over whether a newly independent Catalonia could remain within the European Union and the euro currency.

The European commission president, Jos(C) Manuel Barroso, said in Spain last weekend that EU treaties required breakaway states to join the queue for membership.

Catalonia has its own distinct language and culture, and many Catalans think they would be better off without Spain, because some estimates show they pay more in tax than they get back from Madrid. In September, 1.5 million people flocked to an independence rally in Catalonia, which prompted Mas to call for early elections and a referendum.

In 1934, the Spanish army put down an independence revolt led by the then Catalan leader Llu­s Companys, which added to simmering tension before the 1936-39 civil war. Francisco Franco's ensuing dictatorship suppressed all regional aspirations for decades, but after his death Spain adopted a democratic constitution in 1978 giving considerable autonomy to all 17 of the country's regions, including Catalonia.

A recent survey by the Catalan-government-funded research group CEO estimated that 57% of Catalans would vote to split from Spain, although Sigma Dos showed that many Catalans would be reluctant to part with the Spanish language, passports or Lionel Messi and his Bar§a teammates playing football in its Primera Liga.

Spanish business leaders '' many of them Catalans '' have said independence would have dire consequences for Catalonia, which would lose its main market, and for Spain, which relies on the region for almost one-fifth of its economic output.

Jos(C) Manuel Lara, head of the Barcelona-based publishing group Planeta, threatened to move what is the world's sixth-largest publisher away from Catalonia if the region should secede from Spain.

"There is no publishing business that has its headquarters in a foreign country, or one which speaks another language," Lara said in September.

For the central government in Madrid, moves towards Catalan independence could unsettle financial markets as Spain struggles to convince its European partners that it can borrow money at affordable rates and thus avoid a bailout in order to balance the books in a country hit by its worst economic crisis in decades.

"There was no point holding elections when the priority should have been fighting the crisis," the Spanish prime minister, Mariano Rajoy, said after the EU summit in Brussels on Friday.

Struggling to remain the second-largest party in the Catalan parliament, the Socialists have voiced frustration that high unemployment and unpopular spending cuts have not been prominent in campaigning, although across Spain they have sparked massive street protests and, on 14 November, the country's second general strike this year.

Excerpts of German documentary about the general failure of Europe

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Special meeting of the European Council - Day 2

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Sharpton & Friends: Any Susan Rice Criticism Is RACIST

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OGLETREE (32:39): The first thing that you say makes it clear that we have to look at global politics because it influences what we can do here. If you look at the one example I'm gonna talk about a little bit later, the attack on Susan Rice, African American woman who has played a vital role in the international affairs Rhodes Scholar terrific graduate has done great work and then she's being called incompetent and people at the black caucus and other folks are saying wait a minute are you trying to stop an African American woman from becoming the first Democrat to be the Secretary of State. We're not going to allow that to happen. We didn't allow that to happen when people tried to stop Condoleezza Rice an African American Republican woman and so I think politics are becoming much more global.

Elanor Holmes Norton sucks up to Obama

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Shut Up Slave!

Pakistan halts phone service over terror fear - Central & South Asia - Al Jazeera English

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Sat, 24 Nov 2012 14:19

Pakistan has suspended mobile phone services in major cities, a move officials say is necessary to prevent terror attacks from marring Shia Muslim processions.

"All the blasts that occurred within the last 15 days were mobile-phone based," Interior Minister Rehman Malik told reporters on Friday.

Mobile and wireless phone services were temporarily blocked in the commercial capital Karachi, the southwestern city of Quetta and in parts of the capital.

The Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) said the suspension was likely to continue until Ashura, the climax of the month of Muharram, on Sunday.

"The wireless phone service will most likely be suspended for the next two days just the way it was today," Akhlaq Hussain, a director of PTA, told AFP.

Government request

Interior Minister Rehman Malik announced the phone suspension earlier, saying it was intended to "ensure security during and after the Muharram processions".

Malik said he had received a request from the government in Punjab province, Pakistan's most populous, to suspend mobile phone communications in 14 cities for two days.

Mobile phone services in various parts of the northwest, south and Pakistan-controlled Kashmir will also be suspended, he added.

It is the second time Pakistan has shut down mobile networks during the holy month of Muharram, which culminates with Ashura, the holiest day in the Shia Muslim calendar when faithful march to mourn the seventh-century killing of Imam Hussein.

A suicide bomber killed 23 people and wounded 62 others at a Shia procession in Rawalpindi on Thursday, the deadliest bombing in Pakistan for five months.

In December 2009, a suicide bomber killed 43 people in Karachi at a Shia procession to mark Ashura.

Pakistan says 35,000 people have been killed as a result of terrorism since the 9/11 attacks and the 2001 US-led invasion of neighbouring Afghanistan.

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ABC Calls Black Friday An 'Orgy Of Capitalism'

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BBC UKIP supporting foster parents denied children because of political beliefs - Nov 2012

UKIP couple have foster children removed because Rotherham council deemed UKIP as racist

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Joyce Thacker, Rotherham Borough Council: ''We had to seriously think about the long-term needs of the children''

Michael Gove has branded a decision by Rotherham council to remove three children from a foster couple because they belong to UKIP as "indefensible".

The education secretary said he would be investigating how the decision to remove the children came to be made.

The children - who are "not indigenous white British" - were removed by social workers who accused the unnamed couple of belonging to a "racist party".

The council said it was also launching an immediate inquiry.

The education secretary said the "wrong decision" was made "in the wrong way for the wrong reasons" and added the government would look at "what steps we need to take to deal with this situation".

'Dreadful signal'Mr Gove added: "We should not allow considerations of ethnic or cultural background to prevent children being placed with loving and stable families.

"Any council which decides that supporting a mainstream UK political party disbars an individual from looking after children in care is sending a dreadful signal that will only decrease the number of loving homes available to children in need."

Councillor Paul Lakin, Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Families Services said: "Membership of a political party should not stop someone fostering children.

"The council takes it safeguarding responsibilities very seriously and always puts the needs of the children at the centre of that care.

"This was a decision taken by social services professionals and I have ordered an immediate investigation to establish the full facts of this decision."

Mr Lakin added he wanted the report on his desk by Monday morning.

The council's Strategic Director of Children and Young People's Services, Joyce Thacker, earlier defended her decision, saying it was influenced by UKIP's immigration policy.

Continue reading the main storyAn immediate five-year freeze on immigration for permanent settlement.After the five year freeze, a strictly controlled, points-based system similar to Australia to be introduced.An aspiration to ensure that future immigration does not exceed 50,000 people a year.Regain control of UK borders by leaving the EU.Repeal the 1998 Human Rights Act and withdraw from the European Convention on Human Rights.Ensure British benefits are only available to UK citizens or those who have lived here for at least five years.End the active promotion of the doctrine of multiculturalism by local and national governmentSOURCE: UKIP website

She said: "I have legal advice I have to follow for the placement of children and I was criticised before for not making sure their cultural and ethnic needs were met.

"If the party mantra is, for example, ending the active promotion of multiculturalism I have to think about that... I have to think of their longer-term needs.

Ms Thacker added she did not think UKIP were a racist party, but said they have "very clear" immigration policies which she could not ignore.

'Heads to roll'The unnamed couple in their late 50s, who have been approved foster parents for seven years, were eight weeks into the placement when they were approached by social workers about their membership of the party.

The wife told the Daily Telegraph: "I was dumbfounded. Then my question to both of them was, 'What has UKIP got to do with having the children removed?'"

She said the social worker replied that UKIP have "racist policies" and the party wants immigrants "to be returned to their own countries".

UKIP's immigration policy states the party wants an "end [to] the active promotion of the doctrine of multiculturalism by local and national government", and urges Britain to leave the European Union (EU).

The party's leader Nigel Farage said he was "very upset and very angry" about the decision and called for "heads to roll" at the council.

He added: "This couple... have been fostering for many years and are very decent people. This was an awful shock to them, not to mention the upset for the children themselves."

He also accused the Labour-controlled council of bigotry towards his party.

Earlier, Labour leader Ed Miliband called for the council to urgently investigate the circumstances of the case.

He insisted: "Being a member of UKIP should not be a bar to adopting or fostering children.

"We need to find out the facts and the council urgently needs to get to the bottom of exactly what happened.

"There are thousands of children who need to be looked after, who need fostering, we shouldn't have the situation where membership of a party like UKIP excludes you from doing that.

"We need loving homes for children across the country. That can come in different forms, it's not about what political party you are a member of," he concluded.

Nudity, e-books and censorship: How Apple became Big Brother

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The burgeoning trend of censorship in the cyber sphere has claimed another victim.

Apple Inc., the digital-retailing leviathan, is refusing to market the Hippie 1 and 2 e-books and iPad apps by bestselling Danish author Peter Ovig Knudsen.

The two-part retrospective of Denmark's lively hippie culture in the late 1960s and early 1970s was rejected by Apple's iBookstore sales platform last month because '' with photographs of naked men and women '' it violated the company's policy guidelines, which stipulate no sexually explicit photos.

More Related to this StoryWhen Knudsen's publisher, Gyldendal Publishing, cheekily resubmitted the work, covering the offending breasts and genitalia with images of juicy red apples, it was briefly accepted and then, days later, delisted. Soon after, Apple also delisted previously approved apps for Hippie 1 and 2 from all its platforms.

The apps, created at a cost of about $30,000, combine the e-book text and photos with period music, offering consumers a broader reading and listening experience.

The Hippie book controversy follows a series of similar attempts by Apple to censor '' or deny market access '' to artistic material it deems offensive. Among the casualties were Naomi Wolf's new book, Vagina: A New Biography, which was given the edited title, V*****. Two mainstream German publications, the magazine Stern and the mass circulation tabloid Bild, have also run afoul of Apple's content police, again because of nudity.

There are two principal issues here. The first is apparent hypocrisy. Apple deems a dozen, 40-year-old, black-and-white photographs of Danes frolicking au naturel morally offensive, but sells Dani Olivier's Anthology of Nude Photography and Nude Inspiration in a Painter's Studio by Kristofer Paetau and Ondrej Brody '' both volumes filled with pictures of naked bodies. It also continues to sell apps for Playboy and Sports Illustrated, which feature partially naked women.

The second is freedom of expression: Who appointed Apple the globe's moral arbiter?

I left an e-mail request for official comment on an Apple website. Two days later, a Canadian representative called me to say that she could not comment.

Earlier this year, an Apple vice-president told The New York Times that the Playboy and SI apps had been approved because they were the work of a ''well-known company with previously published material available broadly in a well-accepted format.'' Denmark's Gyldendal was founded in 1770 '' not exactly fly-by-night.

This latest instance of de facto censorship has ignited a firestorm of protest in Denmark. Last week, Uffe Elbaek, the country's culture minister, wrote to his European counterparts, and to European Union commissioners Neelie Kroes and Androulla Vassiliou, seeking to have the issue debated within the EU.

''This is a history book,'' Elbaek said in an interview. ''It documents how we behaved in those days. Is it fair that an American company without any real dialogue '... can apply American moral standards to a product that only interests a Danish audience with vastly different moral standards?''

In his letters to fellow European politicians, Elbaek says he has no wish to smear Apple. ''Publishers have a legitimate right to sell and publish the works they want and believe in,'' he writes.

But he is concerned about the wider context of the Danish case '' the principle of freedom of expression.

To reach a wide audience, European authors, musicians, filmmakers and others depend on global retailers with digital platforms. ''The question is: How do we in Europe create the future conditions that allow artworks '' even of a controversial and maybe provocative nature '' to be distributed broadly?''

As a global digital infrastructure emerges, Elbaek told The Globe, a new ''digital ethics is also being formulated.'' The risk is that powerful corporate entities ''will decide how freedom of speech will be arbitrated and who is allowed artistic freedoms.'... it's important that we have these discussions at regional and national levels.''

The Hippie books' publisher, Jens Lauridsen, says he is mystified by Apple's decision-making process.

''Their guidelines prohibit sexual content or imagery aimed at creating sexual arousal,'' Lauridsen says. ''But our books are in no way pornographic or intended to create sexual arousal. We didn't think it would be an issue.''

What strikes him as particularly problematic about Apple's approach, he says, is that it doesn't actively do the censorship itself. It simply advises artists that to gain access to the Apple platforms, they have to meet the guidelines. ''But that means artists will begin to self-censor their work and that's not healthy.''

In the meantime, hardcover versions of Hippie 1 and 2 have topped Danish non-fiction bestseller lists.

In a letter to Elbaek, author Knudsen noted that Apple founder Steve Jobs had ''marketed himself as a child of the hippie movement,'' had claimed to have derived some of his most important insights from taking LSD, and was ''driven by the desire to ensure peoples of the world easy access to art and knowledge. Our experience shows the exact opposite.''

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The Vaccine Hoax is Over

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By Andrew BakerFood Freedom News

Freedom of Information Act in the UK filed by a doctor there has revealed 30 years of secret official documents showing that government experts have

1. Known the vaccines don't work2. Known they cause the diseases they are supposed to prevent3. Known they are a hazard to children4. Colluded to lie to the public5. Worked to prevent safety studies

Those are the same vaccines that are mandated to children in the US.

Educated parents can either get their children out of harm's way or continue living inside one of the largest most evil lies in history, that vaccines '' full of heavy metals, viral diseases, mycoplasma, fecal material, DNA fragments from other species, formaldehyde, polysorbate 80 (a sterilizing agent) '' are a miracle of modern medicine.

Freedom of Information Act filed in the US with the CDC by a doctor with an autistic son, seeking information on what the CDC knows about the dangers of vaccines, had by law to be responded to in 20 days. Nearly 7 years later, the doctor went to court and the CDC argued it does not have to turn over documents. A judge ordered the CDC to turn over the documents on September 30th, 2011.

On October 26, 2011, a Denver Post editorial expressed shock that the Obama administration, after promising to be especially transparent, was proposing changes to the Freedom of Information Act that would allow it to go beyond declaring some documents secret and to actually allow government agencies (such as the CDC) to declare some document ''non-existent.''

Simultaneous to this on-going massive CDC cover up involving its primary ''health'' not recommendation but MANDATE for American children, the CDC is in deep trouble over its decades of covering up the damaging effects of fluoride and affecting the lives of all Americans, especially children and the immune compromised. Lawsuits are being prepared. Children are ingesting 3-4 times more fluoride by body weight as adults and ''[t]he sheer number of potentially harmed citizens '-- persons with dental fluorosis, kidney patients tipped into needing dialysis, diabetics, thyroid patients, etc '-- numbers in the millions.''

The CDC is obviously acting against the health of the American people. But the threat to the lives of the American people posed by the CDC's behavior does not stop there. It participated in designed pandemic laws that are on the books in every state in the US, which arrange for the government to use military to force unknown, untested vaccines, drugs, chemicals, and ''medical'' treatments on the entire country if it declares a pandemic emergency.

The CDC's credibility in declaring such a pandemic emergency is non-existent, again based on Freedom of Information Act. For in 2009, after the CDC had declared the H1N1 ''pandemic,'' the CDC refused to respond to Freedom of Information Act filed by CBS News and the CDC also attempted to block their investigation. What the CDC was hiding was its part in one of the largest medical scandals in history, putting out wildly exaggerated data on what it claimed were H1N1 cases, and by doing so, created the false impression of a ''pandemic'' in the US.

The CDC was also covering up e financial scandal to rival the bailout since the vaccines for the false pandemic cost the US billions. And worse, the CDC put pregnant women first in line for an untested vaccine with a sterilizing agent, polysorbate 80, in it. Thanks to the CDC, ''the number of vaccine-related ''fetal demise'' reports increased by 2,440 percent in 2009 compared to previous years, which is even more shocking than the miscarriage statistic [700% increase].

The exposure of the vaccine hoax is running neck and neck with the much older hoax of a deadly 1918-19 flu. It was aspirin that killed people in 1918-19, not a pandemic flu. It was the greatest industrial catastrophe in human history with 20-50 million people dying but it was blamed on a flu. The beginning of the drug industry began with that success (and Monsanto was part of it). The flu myth was used by George Bush to threaten the world with ''another pandemic flu that could kill millions'' '' a terror tactic to get pandemic laws on the books in every state and worldwide. Then the CDC used hoax of the pandemic hoax to create terror over H1N1 and to push deadly vaccines on the public, killing thousands of unborn children and others. (CDC will not release the data and continues to push the same vaccine.)

The hoax of the vaccine schedule is over, exposed by FOIAs in the UK.

The hoax of the CDC's interest in children's lives has been exposedby its refusal to respond to a doctor's FOIAs around its knowledge of vaccine dangers.

The 1918-19 pandemic hoax has been exposed by Dr. Karen Starko's work on aspirin's role in killing people.

And despite refusing to respond to FOIAS, the CDC's scandalous hoax of a 2009 flu pandemic and its part in creating it, was exposed by CBS NEWS.

And the Obama administration, in attempting to salvage the last vestige of secrecy around what is really happening with vaccines, by declaring agency documents non-existent, has made its claim of transparency, non-existent.

But pandemic laws arranging for unknown vaccines to be forced on the entire country are still in place with HHS creating a vaccine mixture that should never be used on anyone and all liability for vaccines having been removed. Meanwhile, a Canadian study has just proven that the flu vaccine containing the H1N1 vaccine which kills babies in utero, actually increases the risk of serious pandemic flu.

Americans who have been duped into submitting their children to the CDC's deadly vaccines, have a means to respond now. People from every walk of life and every organization, must

1. take the information from the UK FOIAs exposing 30 years of vaccine lies, the refusal of the CDC to provide any information on what it knows about those lies, and the Obama Administration's efforts to hide the CDC's awareness of those lies, and go to their state legislatures, demand theimmediate nullification of the CDC vaccine schedule and the pandemic laws.

2. inform every vet. active duty military person, law enforcement people, DHS agents and medical personnel they know, of the vaccine hoax, for their families are deeply threatened, too, but they may not be aware of it or that they have been folded into agency structures by the pharmaceutical industry (indistinguishable from the bankers and oil companies) that would make them agents of death for their country with the declaration of a ''pandemic'' emergency or ''bio-terrorist'' attack. It is completely clear now that the terrorism/bioterrorism structures are scams so that any actions taken to ''protect'' this country using those laws would in fact be what threatens the existence of Americans.

It was aspirin that killed millions in 1918-19. Now it is mandated and unknown, untested vaccines with banned adjuvants in them that threaten the country with millions of deaths. At the same time, the CDC is holding 500,000 mega-coffins, built to be incinerated, on its property outside Atlanta. Not to put to fine a point on this, but it's clear now that the CDC should not be involved in any way with public health.

Thanks to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), we know that vaccines are not a miracle of modern medicine. Any medical or government authority which insists vaccines prevent diseases is either ignorant of government documents (and endless studies) revealing the exact opposite or of the CDC's attempts to hide the truth about vaccines from the public, or means harm to the public.

Thanks to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), we know the vaccine schedule is a hoax.

The health danger to American children and adults are vaccines.

Life in Orwell-Huxleyville: more than a 4000% increase in fetal death after flu shots!

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An increase of fetal deaths were reported to VAERS after pregnant women were given flu vaccines.

Documentation received from the National Coalition of Organized Women (NCOW) states that between 2009 and 2010 the mercury-laden combined flu vaccinations have increased Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting Systems (VAERS) fetal death reports by 4,250 percent in pregnant women. Eileen Dannemann, NCOW's director, made abundantly clear that despite these figures being known to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the multiple-strain, inactivated flu vaccine containing mercury (Thimerosal) has once again been recommended to pregnant women as a safe vaccination this season.

Outraged by the CDC's total disregard for human life, Ms. Dannemann accused the CDC of 'willful misconduct,' saying that they are responsible for causing the deaths of thousands of unborn babies. She stated that the CDC deliberately misled the nation's obstetricians and gynecologists and colluded with the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology (AJOG) to mislead the public by advertising the flu vaccine as a safe vaccine for pregnant women when they knew fully well that it was causing a massive spike in fetal deaths.

In a letter to Dr. Joseph Mercola, Ms. Dannemann wrote:

''Not only did the CDC fail to disclose the spiraling spike in fetal death reports in real time during the 2009 pandemic season as to cut the fetal losses, but also we have documented by transcript Dr. Marie McCormick, chairperson of the Vaccine Safety Risk Assessment Working Group (VSRAWG) on September 3, 2010, denying any adverse events in the pregnant population during the 2009 Pandemic season.'' [1]

HIDING LIFE-OR-DEATH EVIDENCEBecause the H1N1 pandemic vaccine had never been tested on the pregnant population, and to lessen the intensity of fears of the unknown risks, Dr. Marie McCormick of the CDC was employed to keep track of all adverse events during the 2009 pandemic season, including those adverse events in the pregnant population. Dr. McCormick was responsible for sending monthly reports to the Secretary of the Health and Human Services (HHS), citing any suspicious adverse events.

According to Ms. Dannemann, NCOW has been unable to obtain access to these monthly reports. After sending a Freedom of Information Act request to the CDC, she was told that she may have to wait 36 months to access what should be published public reports.

The Mercola letter continues:

''The Advisory Committee on Childhood Vaccines (ACCV) and CDC were confronted with the VAERS data from NCOW on September 3, 2010, in Washington, D.C., and then again by conference call on September 10, and then again in Atlanta, Georgia, on October 28, 2010. On both September 3 and September 10, Dr. Marie McCormick clearly denied that there were any adverse events for pregnant women from the 2009 flu vaccine.''

THE DOCTOR'S VERSION OF CONCEAL AND CARRYTo emphasize their point, on October 28, 2010, NCOW requested that Dr. Rene Tocco present their data at the CDC headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia. The CDC's Dr. Shimabakuru gave a presentation on significant adverse reactions to the H1N1 vaccine, such as cases of Guillane-Barre Syndrome, which appeared to have risen three percent, claiming it as an insignificant signal.

No mention at all was made of adverse events related to pregnant women. Unfortunately for Dr. Shimabakuru, his attempts to pull the wool over the eyes of the audience were foiled when he was challenged by a member of the audience asking if the vaccine caused adverse events in pregnancy. Feeling cornered, he reluctantly looked in his bag and sheepishly presented a slide that corroborated the NCOW data, confirming that the CDC knew of the spike in fetal deaths in the fall of 2010. [2]

So, why did Dr. Shimabkauru have a slide containing compromising evidence in his bag? Why did he decide to hide the slide? Surely, if he had prepared a slide outlining this crucial data, it would have made sense to include the slide in his presentation. After all, a 4,250 percent increase in fetal deaths is far more significant that a three percent increase in Guillane-Barre Syndrome.

Ms. Dannemann believes that the existence of this slide, along with the omission of it in his presentation, confirms that the CDC knew of the spike in fetal deaths by the fall of 2010 and was attempting by any means possible not to make it public.

Outlining a catalog of events, Ms. Dannemann believes the CDC's continual cover ups puts the lives of pregnant women and their unborn children in serious jeopardy. She maintained:

''Continuing the vaccine program without notifying the public or the healthcare practitioners of the VAERS miscarriage/stillbirth incoming data was clearly a purposeful decision. The CDC, aware of their own incoming stream of early vaccine adverse events reports, clearly decided to allow the obstetricians to continue, unwittingly, murdering and damaging the unborn so that the CDC's blunder of recommending the double-dose vaccination of pregnant women could be kept under the radar.''

COLLABORATION AND CORRUPTIONDespite evidence that the CDC knew of the 4,250 percent increase in fetal death reports in 2009/2010, in order to ensure the continuance of the vaccine program for pregnant women, the CDC published a study in AJOG authored by Dr. Pedro Moro of the CDC in the fall of 2010. The study articulated that there were only 23 miscarriages caused by the single flu vaccine in 19 years between 1990 '' 2009, an average of 1.2 miscarriages per year. This study formed the basis of a CDC worldwide publicity campaign that the flu shot was safe for pregnant women by willfully and strategically excluding the 2009 pandemic data, which was available to them. Ms. Dannemann said:

''Both the CDC and AJOG were well aware of the fact that physicians and the public were awaiting the results of the 2009 H1N1 untested vaccine on pregnant women, amid solid assurances to the public at the beginning of the pandemic season that the CDC was on top of collecting any adverse reactions to the vaccine by establishing the Vaccine Safety Risk Assessment Working Group chaired by Dr. Marie Mc Cormick (VSRAWG).''

Ms. Dannemann stated that by including the 2008/2009 flu season's data but excluding the available 2009 data from the 2009/2010 flu season in the study published in AJOG, Dr. Moro was able to give the impression that the 2009/2010 pandemic season was covered in the data, which of course it was not. Ms. Dannemann believes that this was a deliberate act on his part because he was aware of the fetal death spike in the 2009/2010 data at the time of preparing the study and purposely excluded the 2009 pandemic data from the study to hide this fact.

In the fall of 2010, just in time for the new flu season, media outlets all over the world publicized the AJOG, peer-reviewed CDC/Dr. Moro study as adamant proof that the flu shot is safe for pregnant women. The NCOW documents prove at the same time as widely publicizing advice that all pregnant women required the combined flu vaccination, the CDC was busy organizing ten non-profit organizations, to sign a joint letter to urge obstetricians and gynecologists to continue to vaccinate their pregnant patients.

One of the organizations to sign the letter was The March of Dimes [3] who urged health care providers to recommend the flu vaccine to pregnant women and those who expect to become pregnant. They wrote the following recommendation to all medical professionals:

''Advice from a healthcare provider plays an important role in a pregnant and postpartum woman's decision to get vaccinated against seasonal influenza. The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM), American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (The College), American Medical Association (AMA), American Nurses Association (ANA), American Pharmacists Association (APhA), Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN), March of Dimes, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are asking for your help in urging your pregnant and postpartum patients to get vaccinated against seasonal influenza.

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommends that pregnant and postpartum women receive the seasonal influenza vaccine this year, even if they received 2009 H1N1 or seasonal influenza vaccine last year. Lack of awareness of the benefits of vaccination and concerns about vaccine safety are common barriers to influenza vaccination of pregnant and postpartum women.''

Representatives from all ten organizations signed the letter.

WHAT THE CDC FAILED TO TELL PREGNANT MOMSThis year, on September 27, 2012, the Human and Environmental Toxicology Journal (HET) published Dr. Gary Goldman's study that confirms NCOWs data, a 4,250 percent increase in the number of miscarriages and stillbirths reported to VAERS in the 2009/2010 flu season. [4] The study points out an astounding fact that no one saw until the publishing of the Goldman study in HET: the CDC had recommended the double-dosing of the pregnant population with the seasonal flu vaccine with mercury and the untested H1N1 vaccine with mercury.

In his abstract, Goldman said:

''The aim of this study was to compare the number of inactivated-influenza vaccine''related spontaneous abortion and stillbirth (SB) reports in the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) database during three consecutive flu seasons beginning 2008/2009 and assess the relative fetal death reports associated with the two-vaccine 2009/2010 season.''

The facts that Goldman exposed are extremely disturbing. He highlights the fact that the safety and effectiveness of the A-H1N1 had never been established in pregnant women and that the combination of two different influenza vaccines had never been tested on pregnant women at all.

Even more worrisome is the fact that the A-H1N1 vaccine inserts from the various manufacturers contained this warning:

''It is also not known whether these vaccines can cause fetal harm when administered to pregnant women or can affect reproduction capacity.'' (emphasis added)

Dr. Goldman also pointed out that the developing fetus is indirectly exposed to mercury when thimerosal-containing vaccines are administered to a pregnant woman. He outlined a study written by A.R. Gasset, M. Itoi, Y. Ischii and R.M. Ramer who examined what happened after rabbits were vaccinated with thimerosal''containing radioactive mercury. Goldman stated that from one hour post-injection to six hours post-injection, the level of radioactive mercury in the blood dropped over 75 percent. Yet from two hours post-injection to six hours post-injection, there were significantly increased radioactivity levels in the fetal brain, liver, and kidney.

Dr. Goldman concluded that because the rates of miscarriage reported to the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS) for the single flu vaccine were relatively low, health care providers developed a false sense of security that flu vaccines administered during pregnancy were safe. Goldman explained that just because a single vaccine has been tested and considered to be relatively safe, this does not mean that vaccinating pregnant women with two or more Thimerosal containing vaccines will be safe for them or their unborn babies. Overall, Goldman firmly believes that the VAERS grossly underestimates the true rates of miscarriage and other adverse events encountered in the US population. Remember, it is estimated that less than a tenth of true adverse reactions are reported to the VAERS with a one percent reporting rate for serious adverse events, including death, according to a study led by former FDA Commissioner Dr. David A. Kessler. [5]

As seen in the Goldman study, with the return to a single flu shot, the flu vaccine-related reports of fetal loss have returned to a significantly lower level compared to the high level of fetal loss reports in the two-dose 2009/2010 flu season. However, higher than background flu shot vaccine-related fetal losses continue to be reported to the VAERS.

Furthermore, the Goldman study recommends that the babies who survived the deadly double dose in utero be monitored:

''In addition, because of the order of magnitude increase in fetal-loss report rates, from 6.8 fetal loss reports per million pregnant women vaccinated in the single-dose 2008/2009 season to 77.8 in the two-dose 2009/2010 season, further long term studies are needed to assess adverse outcomes in the surviving children. Additional research concerning potential synergistic risk factors associated with the administration of Thimerosal-containing vaccines is warranted, and the exposure-effect association should be verified in further toxicological and case-control studies.'' (emphasis added)

Aside from fetal deaths, the CDC initiative to increase uptake of vaccines in pregnant women continues to fuel the increases in the levels of neurodevelopmental, developmental, behavioral abnormalities, and chronic illness in the surviving children. Due to omitting reports of fetal deaths, the CDC enjoys success in increasing the uptake and number of vaccines in the pregnant population. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) is now recommending not only the flu shot (with mercury) but also the Tdap vaccine.

CONCLUSIONThe work of NCOW and Dr. Goldman has proven that potential lives are being destroyed before they are even old enough to draw their first breath. Developing fetuses who are fortunate enough to survive the onslaught of vaccinations now being recommended to pregnant women then need to play a form of Russian Roulette from the day they are born, because their caring parents followed the advice they were given by professionals who have been deliberately misguided.

Eileen Dannemann and her team have proven with their remarkable work that both public and professionals alike are being lied to and deceived by organizations put in place by the government to sanction our vaccination programs. In my opinion, this is genocide and the sooner people realize that all vaccines come with an element of risk and begin to research the dangers for themselves, the sooner these insane experiments will end.

AcknowledgementsWe would like to thank Eileen Dannemann and Dr. Paul King for asking VacTruth.com to report on their very important work.

Eileen Dannemann is the director of the National Coalition of Organized Women and the founder of the student vaccine liberation Army www.VaccineLiberationArmy.com. Dr. Gary Goldman and Dr. Paul G. King, vaccine consultant to NCOW, have provided to the public a most important study.

ReferencesOfficial transcript CDC's Dr. Marie McCormick denies miscarriages, Sept. 3, 2010 ACCV. See page 37.

Influenza Vaccine Safety Monitoring (slide 20).CDC's Dr. Tom Shimabukuro confirms NCOW data , Oct. 28, 2010 ACIP

Letter from March of Dimes, inlcuded in this article.

Dr Gary Goldman Comparison of VAERS fetal-loss reports during three consecutive influenza seasons: Was there a synergistic fetal toxicity associated with the two-vaccine 2009/2010 season? http://het.sagepub.com/content/early/2012/09/12/0960327112455067.abstract?rss=1 (abstract only)

Kessler, D.A. The Working Group. Natanblut, S. Kennedy, D. Lazar, E. Rheinstein, P. et al. Introducing MedWatch: A New Approach to Reporting Medication and Device Adverse Effects and Product Problems. JAMA 1993 June 2. 269 (21): 2765-2768.

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Christina England is a UK journalist and an author with a Higher National Diploma in Journalism and Media. She is studying for a BA Hons degree in English Literature and Humanities.

Besides being a regular contributor to Vactruth,com , Christina writes for the American Chronicle, the Weekly Blitz, and Namaste Publishing UK on immunization safety and efficacy.

Christina's main area of expertise is in researching the areas surrounding false allegations of child abuse particularly where a child has suffered a vaccine injury. Her work is now read internationally and has been translated into many languages. Christina has been on many radio shows and she speaks at seminars worldwide.

Christina is the mother of two adult sons both with ASD and complex learning and behaviour problems.

She is co-author of Shaken Baby Syndrome or Vaccine Induced Encephalitis '' Are Parents Being Falsely Accused?

Additionally, Christina is a contributing author in The Voices of Autism Voices of Autism: The Healing Companion: Stories for Courage, Comfort and Strength.

Federal Register | Importer Of Controlled Substances; Notice Of Registration; Cerilliant Corporation

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By Notice dated August 17, 2012, and published in the Federal Register on August 20, 2012, 77 FR 50162, Cerilliant Corporation, 811 Paloma Drive, Suite A, Round Rock, Texas 78665-2402, made application by renewal; to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to be registered as an importer of the following basic classes of controlled substances:

DrugScheduleCathinone (1235)IMethcathinone (1237)I4-Methyl-N-methylcathinone (1248)IN-Ethylamphetamine (1475)IN,N-Dimethylamphetamine (1480)IFenethylline (1503)IGamma Hydroxybutyric Acid (2010)IJWH-018 (7118)IJWH-073 (7173)IJWH-200 (7200)IAlpha-ethyltryptamine (7249)IIbogaine (7260)ICP-47497 (7297)ICP-47497 C8 Homologue (7298)ILysergic acid diethylamide (7315)I2C-T-7(2,5-Dimethoxy-4-(n)-propylthiophenethylamine) (7348)IMarihuana (7360)ITetrahydrocannabinols (7370)IMescaline (7381)I3,4,5-Trimethoxyamphetamine (7390)I4-Bromo-2,5-dimethoxyamphetamine (7391)I4-Bromo-2,5-dimethoxyphenethylamine (7392)I4-Methyl-2,5-dimethoxyamphetamine (7395)I2,5-Dimethoxyamphetamine (7396)I3,4-Methylenedioxyamphetamine (7400)I3,4-Methylenedioxy-N-ethylamphetamine (7404)I3,4-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (7405)I4-Methoxyamphetamine (7411)I5-Methoxy-N-N-dimethyltryptamine (7431)IAlpha-methyltryptamine (7432)IDiethyltryptamine (7434)IDimethyltryptamine (7435)IPsilocybin (7437)IPsilocyn (7438)I5-Methoxy-N,N-diisopropyltryptamine (7439)IN-Benzylpiperazine (7493)IMDPV 3,4-Methylenedioxypyrovalerone (7535)IMethylone 3,4-Methylenedioxy-N-methylcathinone (7540)IDesomorphine (9055)IEtorphine (except HCl)(9056)IHeroin (9200)IMorphine-N-oxide (9307)INormorphine (9313)IPholcodine (9314)IDextromoramide (9613)IDipipanone (9622)IRacemoramide (9645)ITrimeperidine (9646)I1-Methyl-4-phenyl-4-propionoxypiperidine (9661)ITilidine (9750)IAmphetamine (1100)IIMethamphetamine (1105)IIMethylphenidate (1724)IIAmobarbital (2125)IIPentobarbital (2270)IISecobarbital (2315)IIPhencyclidine (7471)IIPhenylacetone (8501)IICocaine (9041)IICodeine (9050)IIDihydrocodeine (9120)IIOxycodone (9143)IIHydromorphone (9150)IIBenzoylecgonine (9180)IIEthylmorphine (9190)IIMeperidine (9230)IIMethadone (9250)IIDextropropoxyphene, bulk (non-dosage forms) (9273)IIMorphine (9300)IIOripavine (9330)IIThebaine (9333)IILevo-alphacetylmethadol (9648)IIOxymorphone (9652)IIPoppy Straw Concentrate (9670)IIAlfentanil (9737)IISufentanil (9740)IIFentanyl (9801)IIThe company plans to import small quantities of the listed controlled substances for the manufacture of analytical reference standards.

No comments or objections have been received. DEA has considered the factors in 21 U.S.C. 823(a) and 952(a) and determined that the registration of Cerilliant Corporation to import the basic classes of controlled substances is consistent with the public interest and with United States obligations under international treaties, conventions, or protocols in effect on May 1, 1971. DEA has investigated Cerilliant Corporation to ensure that the company's registration is consistent with the public interest. The investigation has included inspection and testing of the company's physical security systems, verification of the company's compliance with state and local laws, and a review of the company's background and history.

Therefore, pursuant to 21 U.S.C. 952(a) and 958(a), and in accordance with 21 CFR 1301.34, the above named company is granted registration as an importer of the basic classes of controlled substances listed.

Dated: November 14, 2012.

Joseph T. Rannazzisi,

Deputy Assistant Administrator, Office of Diversion Control, Drug Enforcement Administration.

[FR Doc. 2012-28482 Filed 11-21-12; 8:45 am]

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Cerilliant - Certified Reference Materials

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Cerilliant is dedicated to producing and providing high quality certified reference standards and certified components for test kits '' it is all we do. We have been serving the needs of the analytical testing community for 30 years and are equipped to handle virtually any reference standard, spiking solution, or test kit need. Our team of experts includes numerous PhDs and advance-degreed specialists in science, manufacturing, and quality control, all of whom have a passion for the work they do, thrive in our collaborative atmosphere which values innovative thinking, and approach each day committed to delivering products and service second to none.Cerilliant offers a full range of high quality products and services that address the stringent and complex requirements of the most demanding clients. We serve a diverse group of customers including private and government laboratories, research institutes, analytical instrument and medical device manufacturers, and pharmaceutical companies and CRO's '-- organizations that require reference materials of the highest quality, whether they're conducting forensic drug testing, clinical toxicology analysis, therapeutic drug monitoring, environmental analysis, pharmaceutical research, or developing new testing apparatus. But we do more than just conduct science on their behalf. We make science smarter. We deliver what our customers need, but never settle for the status quo. We create products that are based on solid, proven scientific principles, but never stop searching for new approaches and better solutions.

At Cerilliant, we believe good chemistry is more than just a process in the lab. It's also about creating long-term partnerships based on high quality and exceptional service.

As drug industry's influence over research grows, so does the potential for bias.

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For drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline, the 17-page article in the New England Journal of Medicine represented a coup.

The 2006 report described a trial that compared three diabetes drugs and concluded that Avandia, the company's new drug, performed best.

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Neo-Nazis and far leftists war in streets of Oslo Norway

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Excerpts of German documentary about the general failure of Europe

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ABC Calls Black Friday An 'Orgy Of Capitalism'

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Sharpton & Friends: Any Susan Rice Criticism Is RACIST

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OGLETREE (32:39): The first thing that you say makes it clear that we have to look at global politics because it influences what we can do here. If you look at the one example I'm gonna talk about a little bit later, the attack on Susan Rice, African American woman who has played a vital role in the international affairs Rhodes Scholar terrific graduate has done great work and then she's being called incompetent and people at the black caucus and other folks are saying wait a minute are you trying to stop an African American woman from becoming the first Democrat to be the Secretary of State. We're not going to allow that to happen. We didn't allow that to happen when people tried to stop Condoleezza Rice an African American Republican woman and so I think politics are becoming much more global.

Italians in new protest over education cuts. (Euronews video)

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Elections in Spain's Catalonia region are under way since 9am CET and won't close until 8pm. Opinion polls indicate that current Catalan President Artur Ms and his conservative Convergence and Union party will take the majority of the 135 seats in the regional assembly known as'...

Alan Grayson Helps Walmart Worker Walk Off Job in 'Black Friday' Protest

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Anyone who thinks Alan Grayson is going back to congress neutered after his loss in 2010 would be sadly mistaken. If anything his activities over Thanksgiving seem to indicate he's more ready to fight than ever.

Video and text by WKMG, Orlando.

ORLANDO, Fla. -U.S. Rep.-elect Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) joined a Walmart worker as she walked off her job in St. Cloud as part of a nationwide protest against the country's largest employer.

Grayson joined Walmart associate Lisa Lopez on Thanksgiving night to protest what employees says is the store's retaliation against workers who speak out for better job conditions.

On "Black Friday," Grayson also joined a walkout at a Walmart in Orlando.

Union-backed groups OUR Walmart and Making Change at Wal-Mart, along with watchdog group Corporate Action Network, are calling on the retailer to end what they call retaliation against employees who speak out for better pay, fair schedules and affordable health care.

Elanor Holmes Norton sucks up to Obama

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UNEP Greenhouse Gas Emissions Report Finds Climate Change Goals Growing More Elusive

U.N. Report: Already Too Late To Avert Worst Of Global Warming

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I'd really like to know what our nation's leaders plan to do about this. Not that I don't love drought, firestorms, tornadoes and massive hurricanes, it just might be nice to do something so they don't happen as often -- but they don't seem all that interested. Maybe someone should do something about that?

Global greenhouse-gas emissions already have passed the point where the worst effects of global warming could be averted, and they are still rising, according to the third annual United Nations report on the so-called emissions gap.

Some countries have made pledges to help reverse this trend by lowering their emissions. However, the report by the U.N. Environment Programme warns that the gap between these pledges and reductions necessary to cap average global warming at 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) by 2020 continues to widen.

"In addition we have one year less to close it," said Niklas H¶hne, one of the UNEP report's lead authors.

The report, released shortly before an annual round of climate talks set to begin on Monday (Nov. 26) in Qatar, seeks to balance a heightened sense of urgency with a positive message.

"It is technically feasible and economically feasible that the gap can be closed," H¶hne, director of energy and climate policy at the independent research and consulting company Ecofys, told LiveScience.

In 2009, at a meeting in Copenhagen, international negotiators agreed to the goal of capping global warming at 2 degrees C by 2020. Following the meeting, some nations submitted pledges to cut their emissions. The United States, for example, pledged to bring its emissions to about 17 percent below the 2005 level.

In the years since, nations have not made any substantial change to their pledges.

The UNEP report highlights the gap between these pledges and cuts needed put the world on a "likely" path to stay below the 2-degree target. It calculates that the annual emission rate by 2020 should be no more than 48.5 gigatons (44 metric gigatons) of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases.

UKIP couple have foster children removed because Rotherham council deemed UKIP as racist

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Joyce Thacker, Rotherham Borough Council: ''We had to seriously think about the long-term needs of the children''

Michael Gove has branded a decision by Rotherham council to remove three children from a foster couple because they belong to UKIP as "indefensible".

The education secretary said he would be investigating how the decision to remove the children came to be made.

The children - who are "not indigenous white British" - were removed by social workers who accused the unnamed couple of belonging to a "racist party".

The council said it was also launching an immediate inquiry.

The education secretary said the "wrong decision" was made "in the wrong way for the wrong reasons" and added the government would look at "what steps we need to take to deal with this situation".

'Dreadful signal'Mr Gove added: "We should not allow considerations of ethnic or cultural background to prevent children being placed with loving and stable families.

"Any council which decides that supporting a mainstream UK political party disbars an individual from looking after children in care is sending a dreadful signal that will only decrease the number of loving homes available to children in need."

Councillor Paul Lakin, Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Families Services said: "Membership of a political party should not stop someone fostering children.

"The council takes it safeguarding responsibilities very seriously and always puts the needs of the children at the centre of that care.

"This was a decision taken by social services professionals and I have ordered an immediate investigation to establish the full facts of this decision."

Mr Lakin added he wanted the report on his desk by Monday morning.

The council's Strategic Director of Children and Young People's Services, Joyce Thacker, earlier defended her decision, saying it was influenced by UKIP's immigration policy.

Continue reading the main storyAn immediate five-year freeze on immigration for permanent settlement.After the five year freeze, a strictly controlled, points-based system similar to Australia to be introduced.An aspiration to ensure that future immigration does not exceed 50,000 people a year.Regain control of UK borders by leaving the EU.Repeal the 1998 Human Rights Act and withdraw from the European Convention on Human Rights.Ensure British benefits are only available to UK citizens or those who have lived here for at least five years.End the active promotion of the doctrine of multiculturalism by local and national governmentSOURCE: UKIP website

She said: "I have legal advice I have to follow for the placement of children and I was criticised before for not making sure their cultural and ethnic needs were met.

"If the party mantra is, for example, ending the active promotion of multiculturalism I have to think about that... I have to think of their longer-term needs.

Ms Thacker added she did not think UKIP were a racist party, but said they have "very clear" immigration policies which she could not ignore.

'Heads to roll'The unnamed couple in their late 50s, who have been approved foster parents for seven years, were eight weeks into the placement when they were approached by social workers about their membership of the party.

The wife told the Daily Telegraph: "I was dumbfounded. Then my question to both of them was, 'What has UKIP got to do with having the children removed?'"

She said the social worker replied that UKIP have "racist policies" and the party wants immigrants "to be returned to their own countries".

UKIP's immigration policy states the party wants an "end [to] the active promotion of the doctrine of multiculturalism by local and national government", and urges Britain to leave the European Union (EU).

The party's leader Nigel Farage said he was "very upset and very angry" about the decision and called for "heads to roll" at the council.

He added: "This couple... have been fostering for many years and are very decent people. This was an awful shock to them, not to mention the upset for the children themselves."

He also accused the Labour-controlled council of bigotry towards his party.

Earlier, Labour leader Ed Miliband called for the council to urgently investigate the circumstances of the case.

He insisted: "Being a member of UKIP should not be a bar to adopting or fostering children.

"We need to find out the facts and the council urgently needs to get to the bottom of exactly what happened.

"There are thousands of children who need to be looked after, who need fostering, we shouldn't have the situation where membership of a party like UKIP excludes you from doing that.

"We need loving homes for children across the country. That can come in different forms, it's not about what political party you are a member of," he concluded.

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