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Euro Crisis Breakthrough Breakdown - Nigel Farage - [VIDEO]

BBC News - ECB cuts eurozone rates to record low of 0.75%

The European Central Bank (ECB) has reduced its key interest rate from 1% to 0.75%, a record low for the eurozone.

The move comes as the eurozone economy continues to be weak.

The ECB also cut its deposit rate, from 0.25% to zero.

The Netherlands cannot block emergency fund plans: Brussels

'Luckily ... the decision making process for the new emergency fund ESM is set up so that one country, or in some cases, more countries, are not able to block decisions,' Van Rompuy said.

The ESM's decisions are subject to qualified majority voting, meaning they must be approved by at least 85% of votes. The Netherlands and Finland are therefore too small to block its decisions.

Finland has already said it does not think it a good idea to allow the ESM to buy up secondary debt and has suggested joining forces with the Netherlands, which also has its doubts, the Financieele Dagblad said.

After last week's summit, Rutte told reporters the decision to buy up debt could only be taken by a unanimous decision, and would be subject to tough conditions.

Dutch Senate approves euro zone's ESM rescue fund | Reuters

The Dutch Senate approved on Tuesday the introduction of the euro zone's permanent bailout fund with a two-thirds majority.

In a vote that went largely as expected, 50 members of the 75-seat Senate voted in favour of the European Stability Mechanism. The Dutch Lower House approved it with a two-thirds majority last month.

Dutch Finance Minister Jan Kees de Jager said before the vote that if a new ratification process was needed to allow direct capitalisation of banks by the ESM, it would be voted on by both houses of parliament.

British police say expect more riots

British police expect another outburst of rioting in London, possibly even this summer, as economic hardship pushes more people towards social unrest, a study found on Monday, as the country prepares to host the Olympic Games.

Thousands of angry young people rioted through the streets of London and other big cities last August, looting shops and burning buildings, prompting pledges from government to crack down on crime.

The joint study by Britain's left-leaning Guardian newspaper and the London School of Economics was based on interviews with 130 officers caught up in the riots.

It found that the police expect more trouble but feel their ability to respond could be weakened by austerity measures.

The government wants to make cuts of about 20 percent to police budgets. Like all public sector workers, officers also face pay freezes and higher pension contributions.

"Police expect a repeat of the riots that spread across England last summer, and are concerned about whether they will have the resources to cope with future unrest on that scale," the study said.

EXCLUSIVE: French fiscal black hole reveals Sarkozy's obsession with facing DSK as an election opponent.

The French media are having a field day at the moment, especially those of the liberal-Left persuasion, as it transpires that a black and largely inexplicable hole of around 50billion has appeared since the last 'assessment' of France's fiscal position. I am sure that my many Greek friends and supporters will be delighted to know that the She-Devil Vixen Lagarde stands more guilty of incompetence, having got seven of her nine forecasts wrong, and aserted that France "does not have a deficit". Sadly, last year's Tresor Publique report shows that her 'no deficit' was roughly 100bn adrift.

In total, the Little One ordered fully 264 opinion polls about himself while President, running up a whopping Ř6.35bn bill in the process. He claimed this as State expenditure, but everyone knows it was a way of getting free research for the UMP.

But the batch of polls that stands out is that one containing just one question plus a list: who do you think would be the outstanding candidate at the next election for the Socialist Party?

Sources tell me that he ordered six of these during 2009 and 2010, and they all came back with the same answer: Dominique Strauss-Kahn.

Just four months later, DSK was arrested on trumped-up charges of assaulting a New York Hotel maid. They ruined his political career.

Former French President Sarkozy Home, Office Raided By Police | ZeroHedge

Finland to block ESM secondary market bond buying | Reuters

Finland and the Netherlands will block the euro zone's permanent bailout fund from buying bonds in secondary markets, the Finnish government said on Monday, despite European leaders' decision last week that rescue funds be available to stabilise markets.

Euro zone leaders agreed at the summit on steps to shore up their monetary union and bring down borrowing costs for Spain and Italy, but they had given few details on the use of the temporary EFSF and permanent ESM rescue funds.

ACTA Out, Look What's In!

Also during the session, MEPs voted to:

* adopt a series of reports by the Agriculture Committee on agricultural policy

* approve three deals to improve trade terms with Russia

* adopt a report on proposals to make direct payments for farmers fairer across the EU

* adopt a report on the mandate for trilogue negotiations on the 2013 budget

* adopt a report on the EU's strategy for the protection of animals

* adopt a resolution on the establishment of an EU legal framework for the protection of stray pets and animals

* adopt a resolution calling for all EU citizens to have access to a basic bank account

* adopt a resolution on the conclusion of the European Council summit

Votes on resolutions relating to the preparation of the Commission's work programme for 2013 were postponed.

After voting concluded MEPs offered explanations for the way in which they voted.

Duitse geheime dienst in 2009: Schuldencrisis kan tot wereldoorlog leiden | Je eigen gratis weblog, gratis fotoalbum, webmail, startpagina enz

De Duitse geheime dienst BND (Bundesnachrichtendienst) kreeg in 2009 de opdracht de vraag te beantwoorden wat er zou gebeuren als de economische stimulanspakketten zouden zijn uitgewerkt en geen blijvend resultaat zouden hebben (zoals anno 2012 overduidelijk het geval is). Het vreeswekkende, tot nu toe vrijwel stilgezwegen antwoord was dat de schuldencrisis in Europa dan wel eens zou kunnen uitmonden in een nieuwe wereldoorlog.

Drie jaar geleden dacht men nog dat de in 2008 uitgebroken crisis beteugeld was. Althans, dat werd bij hoog en bij laag beweerd door de gevestigde orde. Kritische analisten die stelden dat de problemen alleen maar erger zouden worden werden lacherig weggezet als doemdenkers en angstzaaiers. Professor Michael Hudson, hoofdadviseur economische vraagstukken van de Letse regering, was in 2009 de enige die openlijk zei te verwachten dat het hele maatschappelijke systeem in het Westen al op korte termijn in elkaar zou storten en de plotselinge forse verarming van de bevolking een nieuwe wereldoorlog zou kunnen veroorzaken (3).


Ook aan de waarschuwingen van de BND werd destijds nauwelijks aandacht besteed. Slechts één vaktijdschrift publiceerde de drie scenario's die het BND schetste, waarvan er één tot een wereldoorlog zou leiden. Het enge is dat juist dit scenario tot nu toe stap voor stap werkelijkheid aan het worden is. (1)


'Systeemcrisis begonnen, $ 10 biljoen koopt slechts 3 jaar uitstel instorting'

'The Market Oracle' financieel specialist Jim Willie CB constateert in zijn laatste analyse dan ook dat de Westerse systeemcrisis is begonnen. Van december 2011 tot april 2012 werd er via dollar swaps $ 3,2 biljoen in het Europese bankensysteem gestoken. 'Dat heeft niets uitgehaald, aangezien hun banken nog steeds op een veld Griekse ru√Įnes lijken,' aldus Willie. 'De banken zijn slechter af als v√≥√≥r de toepassing van de LTRO fondsen (massale kredieten van de ECB). Wat een ironie! (ECB president) Draghi heeft geen enkele geloofwaardigheid meer.'


'De tragedie wordt geaccentueerd door het besef dat de clowns van de centrale banken niets hebben geleerd en dezelfde leeghoofdige oplossingen proberen, enkel om hun fouten later te herhalen. Het publiek lijkt niet in staat zich de eerdere mislukkingen te herinneren en houdt hoop. Inmiddels horen we over een mogelijk $ 2 biljoen kostend plan om de Europese banken te herkapitaliseren. In Weimar termen is dit slechts wisselgeld... het totaal zit inclusief de Amerikaanse en Britse besluiten tegen de $ 6 biljoen.'


Wikileaks Syria

Clinton joins talks on Syria - World News | IOL News |

Washington - Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will lead a United States delegation to talks on the conflict in Syria being hosted by France this week, a US official confirmed on Tuesday.

"The secretary will lead our delegation to the Friends of Syria meeting in Paris," the State Department official told AFP, asking to remain anonymous.

The confirmation came just after France, which is hosting the third meeting of the group seeking to co-ordinate Western and Arab efforts to stop the violence in Syria, said Russia had refused to attend.

Friday's Paris talks will come less than a week after a gathering in Geneva - which included Russia - endorsed a blueprint for a political transition in Syria seeking to end the 16-month rebellion to oust President Bashar al-Assad.


Inside Syria's '27 torture centres': 'We made them suck their own blood off the floor' | Mail Online

'We took their fingernails out with pliers and we made them eat them. We made them suck their own blood off the floor': Grisly accounts from inside Syria's '27 torture centres'

Human Rights Watch report released as Syrian President Bashar Assad says he regrets the shooting down of a Turkish jet by his forces last month

Group says tens of thousands of people had been detained across Syria by intelligence agencies

Detainees are beaten with batons and cables, burned with acid, sexually assaulted, and their fingernails torn out, claims the report

'The reach and inhumanity of this network of torture centres are truly horrific,' says Human Rights Watch researcher

Torture Archipelago | Human Rights Watch

Human Rights Watch - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Daily Press Briefing - July 2, 2012

The "Friends of Syria" divvy up Syrian economy before conquest [Voltaire Network]

According to German diplomat, Clemens von Goetze, who, along with a colleague from the United Arab Emirates, had co-chaired the meeting last week, the "Working Group" not only has plans for emergency aid for the immediate aftermath of the regime change, but he finds "it is a good time already to start now for a long-term perspective of the country once change comes in Syria."-

For years, Berlin has been promoting the privatization of the Syrian economy, now being conferred to the "Working Group" - for an extended period in close cooperation with Assad’s regime. In 2006, the German development organization GTZ (today GIZ) had initiated a special program entitled "Supporting economic reform in Syria." According to its description, "in 2000, the Syrian Government decided to switch to a social market economy," but "the institutions involved do not have sufficient knowledge," which is why the GTZ has to aid the government. [6] The reform’s "expected impact on income and employment will improve the lives of the Syrian population," continues the GTZ - an prognosis that simply did not materialize. Quite to the contrary: the liberalization of the Syrian economy had "harmful effects" on the local manufacturing trade, as the International Crisis Group confirmed last year. For example in Duma, a suburb of Damascus, the residence or numerous artisans, who, facing ruin by the liberalization, renounced their loyalty to the regime. [7] In fact, today Duma is considered a hotbed of protest. Last January, the insurgents briefly took complete control of the town.

GTZ-Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (German Agency for International Cooperation) or GIZ is an international enterprise owned by the German Federal Government, operating in many fields across more than 130 countries. It primarily works for public-sector organizations. Its headquarter is located in Bonn and Eschborn, Germany.

On January 1, 2011 the 'Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH was established through a merger of the three German organisations: the German Development Service (Deutscher Entwicklungsdienst, DED), the German Technical Cooperation (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit, GTZ), and InWEnt - Capacity Building International (Internationale Weiterbildung und Entwicklung gGmbH, InWEnt).

Cyprus offered better bail-out conditions by Russia than EU and IMF, says president - Telegraph

Follow the Pipes


Da Bruddahood

CAIR Official Becomes Advisor to Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel

The Chicago chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations- (CAIR) issued a-press release-on June 29 announcing that Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, President Obama's former Chief of Staff, has announced an Office of New Americans Advisory Committee that includes the Executive-Director of CAIR-Chicago, Ahmed Rehab.

In 2007, the federal government labeled CAIR an “unindicted co-conspirator” in the largest terrorism financing trial in U.S. history. The Holy Land Foundation was shut down and five of its officials were convicted for covertly funding Hamas. In 2009, a federal judge upheld CAIR’s designation, ruling that “ample evidence” tied the organization to Hamas. Evidence introduced during the trial showed that CAIR was birthed by the Muslim Brotherhood’s American branch. The Brotherhood listed as one of its “working organizations” in a 1994 document.

CAIR is especially influential politically in the state of Illinois. On August 30, 2011, Governor Pat Quinn released the make-up of his new Muslim American Advisory Council. Rehab was one of those chosen, as was Safaa Zarzour, the secretary-general of the Islamic Society of North American, another designated “unindicted co-conspirator” in the Holy Land trial. Internal Muslim Brotherhood documents identify ISNA as one of its fronts. Zarzour also is on the board of CAIR-Chicago.

CAIR Exec Becomes Advisor to Chicago Mayor


Big Banks Have Criminally Conspired Since 2005 to Rig $800 Trillion Dollar Market | ZeroHedge

More than $800 trillion in securities and loans are linked to the Libor, including $350 trillion in swaps and $10 trillion in loans.

CNBC Host States Silver Manipulation is a Fact, NOT a Conspiracy!

THE RBS GLITCH: Hester's Hijackers go from the ridiculous to the incredible. | A diary of deception and distortion

DIAMOND'S AMNESIA at the Select Committee: a reality injection | A diary of deception and distortion

Agenda 21


Anderson Cooper: 'The fact is, I'm gay'

Anderson Cooper has confirmed what most people in the media world and New York already knew: He is gay.

"But I've also wanted to retain some privacy for professional reasons," Cooper continued. "Since I started as a reporter in war zones 20 years ago, I've often found myself in some very dangerous places. For my safety and the safety of those I work with, I try to blend in as much as possible, and prefer to stick to my job of telling other people's stories, and not my own. I have found that sometimes the less an interview subject knows about me, the better I can safely and effectively do my job as a journalist. I've always believed that who a reporter votes for, what religion they are, who they love, should not be something they have to discuss publicly."

"The fact is, I'm gay," Cooper wrote in an email to Daily Beast blogger Andrew Sullivan. "Always have been, always will be, and I couldn't be any more happy, comfortable with myself, and proud."

Sullivan, who is gay and is a longtime friend of Cooper's, had asked the CNN anchor for his reaction to a recent Entertainment Weekly story--"The New Art of Coming Out"--which was, in part, about the importance of gay celebrities coming out of the closet to combat America's bullying epidemic.

"Andrew, as you know, the issue you raise is one that I've thought about for years," Cooper responded. "Even though my job puts me in the public eye, I have tried to maintain some level of privacy in my life. Part of that has been for purely personal reasons. I think most people want some privacy for themselves and the people they are close to."

AB 1156 (Eng): Pupils: bullying. (California Assembly Bill)

This bill, as of July 1, 2012, would require that a pupil who has been determined by personnel of either the school district of residence or the school district of proposed enrollment to have been the victim of an act of bullying, as defined, committed by a pupil of the school district of residence be given priority for interdistrict attendance under any existing interdistrict attendance agreement or, in the absence of an agreement, be given additional consideration for the creation of an interdistrict attendance agreement, at the request of the person having legal custody of the pupil.

causing a reasonable pupil to experience substantial interference with his or her academic performance, or causing a reasonable pupil to experience substantial interference with his or her ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities, or privileges provided by a school.

To the extent this provision would impose new or additional duties on school districts, it would constitute a state-mandated local program. : Police: Suspect in Wylie teen's death bullied him

A 15-year-old boy from North Texas who was shot in the forehead at close range had been bullied by another teenager accused in his killing, a police detective has testified.

The suspect was 14 when he and another 14-year-old were arrested and charged in the March death of Nahum Martinez in Wylie, about 30 miles northeast of Dallas.

Prosecutors say Martinez, a freshman at Wylie East High School and a member of the cross-country team, was shot in the accused teen's bedroom, then wrapped in a comforter and dropped out of a second story window. According to testimony, his body was left in the street and evidence including a gun and ammunition were found in a nearby park.

Wylie police Detective Venece Perepiczka testified Tuesday at a hearing to determine if the suspect, now 15, should be tried as an adult, said she found a school assignment in Martinez's room titled "If You Really Knew Me, You Would Know," in which the boy talked about being bullied.

Shut Up Slave!


Onbetaalde verkeersboetes worden verrekend via belastingen - De Standaard

Vanaf 1 januari 2013 verandert de procedure. De Federale Overheidsdienst Financi√ęn heeft dan geen uitspraak van de politierechter meer nodig en kan zelf beslissen om de niet betaalde boete te laten verrekenen via de belastingen of om een deurwaarder te sturen.

Voor iemand die geld terugkrijgt van bijvoorbeeld de personenbelasting, kijkt de fiscus dan eerst of hij geen boetes verschuldigd is. Het bedrag daarvan houden de belastingdiensten dan achter, voor ze de rest terugstorten.


BBC - Democracy Live - MEPs kill off anti-piracy treaty in final vote

The European Parliament has voted to overwhelmingly reject a controversial treaty designed to tackle large-scale intellectual property theft.

MEPs gave their verdict on the Anti-Countefeiting Trade Agreement (Acta) during the daily voting session on 4 July 2012 - following the previous day's debate.

EU Commissioner Reveals He Will Simply Ignore Any Rejection Of ACTA By European Parliament Next Week | Techdirt

If you decide for a negative vote before the European Court rules, let me tell you that the Commission will nonetheless continue to pursue the current procedure before the Court, as we are entitled to do. A negative vote will not stop the proceedings before the Court of Justice.

First, I would consider proposing some clarifications to ACTA. For example on enforcement in the digital environment. We could look at this in the light of the discussions you will have had on legislative proposals which the European Commission is set to put before the Parliament and the Council. Or for example, we could seek to clarify further the meaning of 'commercial scale'.

Remember that ACTA is now signed, and cannot be altered; so De Gucht is instead trying to fob off European politicians with this vague idea of "clarifications" -- as if more vagueness could somehow rectify the underlying problems of an already dangerously-vague treaty. That's clearly just a sop; here's the real plan:

Second, once we will have identified and discussed these possible clarifications, I would intend to make a second request for consent to the European Parliament. Whether the Parliament will consider it under this legislature or the subsequent one, will be for you to decide.

Karel De Gucht - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia



Haiti: UN troops try to invade public university | World War 4 Report

Brazilian soldiers from the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) made three attempts on June 15 to enter the Human Sciences Faculty (FASCH) of the State University of Haiti (UEH) in Port-au-Prince by force, according to faculty, students and local media. "We don't know the reason for this criminal and inopportune visit," the FASCH's dean, Hancy Pierre, told the online Haitian news service AlterPresse. "It's a disgrace for the country." In Haiti security forces are expected to get permission from university authorities before entering a campus.

The soldiers arrived at the FASCH around 11 am. Students quickly closed the front gates, and the soldiers reacted by firing rubber bullets and sending a tear gas grenade into the school's enclosure. "We didn't fail to remind them that there was no one to rape at the FASCH and that we didn't need for them to come infect us with cholera," one student said, referring to the 10,000-member international force's responsibility for a number of sexual abuses and for triggering the outbreak of cholera in 2010. MINUSTAH troops made two more attempts to enter the school in the afternoon, disrupting classes and a student-faculty assembly.

Clinton-Bush fund puts $2.6 million into Haiti: National World | Alaska news at

A nonprofit set up by former U.S. Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush has issued nearly $2.6 million in loans and grants to help Haitian businesses and job training programs.

The money given by the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund goes to projects such as renovations at an oceanfront hotel in southern Haiti, training of nursing faculty at a college, small business loans and purchase of equipment for a construction company. The average interest rate on the loans is 3.5 percent.

The Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit was created after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti to strengthen the poor country's economy by supporting Haitian nonprofits and businesses.

The announcement was made Wednesday.

HAITI: Humanitarian Aid for Earthquake Victims Used to Build Five Star Hotels

The Royal Oasis as well as other hotel projects totalling over $100-million are, according to AP, "raising hopes that thousands of [foreign] investors will soon fill their air-conditioned rooms looking to build factories and tourist infrastructure" (emphasis added)--


The "10-story building [...] will include an art gallery, three restaurants, a commercial bank and high-end shops. Construction on the Royal Oasis began before the earthquake and is expected to finish by the end of the year." The earthquake was therefore a blessing for the hotel promoter and contractors, bringing $2-million dollars originally raised to "go directly to supplying these-material needs [food, water, shelter, first-aid supplies]" (see add below). Among the companies involved in the construction of the Royal Oasis two are Haitian, one is Canadian (Montreal) and the other American (Miami).

F Russia

Japan finds major rare earth deposits | Herald Sun

Around 6.8 million tonnes of the valuable minerals, used in electric cars, iPods and lasers, are sitting under the seabed near a far eastern Japanese island, Tokyo University professor Yasuhiro Kato told AFP on Friday.

He said mud samples taken from an area near Minamitorishima island, some 2000 kilometres southeast of Tokyo, indicated deposits amounted to around 220 times the average annual amount used by industry in Japan.

The seabed contained a substantial amount of dysprosium - a rare earth mineral used in the engines for hybrid cars, he said.

"Specifically on dysprosium, I estimate at least 400 years worth of Japan's current consumption is in the deposits," said the professor, who examined mud samples taken from the seabed around 5600 metres.

Rumsfeld visits Georgia

Only reported in English on the website of the Georgian Ministry of Defense, former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld visited Georgia for a week in late June.

Something is drawing top U.S. and NATO officials to the South Caucasus nation, as a six-member U.S. Congressional delegation also arrived there on July 2 to meet with President Mikheil Saakashvili and Deputy Defense Minister Nodar Kharshiladze and observe U.S.-trained Georgian troops prepare for deployment for NATO’s war in Afghanistan.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, NATO's Deputy Secretary General Alexander Vershbow, also an American, and NATO's Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Transformation General Mieczyslaw Bieniek were also in the country last month. During Vershbow's visit Georgian Deputy Prime Minister Giorgi Baramidze announced that Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen will visit his nation in September.

Drone Nation

The Kill List: The Kill List

US drone kills 8 suspected militants in Pakistan hideout - World News

Updated at 8:50 am ET: PESHAWAR, Pakistan ---A U.S. drone killed eight suspected Islamist militants in northwest Pakistan on Sunday, security officials said.-

A drone missile struck a house in the Shawal Valley where militants were reported to be hiding in the North Waziristan tribal region near the Afghan border.-

US Drone Kills Five 'Suspects' in Yemen -- News from

A US drone launched a pair of missiles against a pair of cars traveling in the Shabwah Province of central Yemen today, killing five people, all of them described as "suspects."

Yemen's Defense Ministry claimed two of the slain were Fahd Saleh al-Anjaf al-Harithi and Hassan Ali al-Ishaqi, members of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). They and two of the others were traveling in one care, while the victim in the other car is totally unknown.

U.S. drone 'hijackings' raise security concerns | Security & Privacy - CNET News

Humphreys does caution it's unlikely military drones, such as the Predator, could be taken over by civilians or foreign enemies due to their sophisticated security systems, even though, just last December, Iran claimed it hacked into the flight controls of an unmanned aircraft and brought it down.

In a statement to CBS News, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said, "The unmanned aircraft used for the test are a different class and type than what (Customs and Border Protection) operates," adding, "...This test does not have any bearing on our Predators' security."

As a result of the exercise, Humphreys has been invited to testify before a congressional panel later this month. He'll be recommending steps to prevent hacking into unmanned aerial vehicles in the future.

PressTV - Iran will duplicate captured US RQ-170 spy drone: IRGC cmdr.

A senior commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) says Iran has gained enough information from the US drone it captured last year to duplicate the aircraft.

"The American RQ-170 drone will be undoubtedly duplicated," Commander of the IRGC's Aerospace Division Brigadier General Amir-Ali Hajizadeh noted on Tuesday.

Rejecting foreign media reports about Iran's inability to decode drone's information, the IRGC commander said the Islamic Republic has already proven its prowess by sending codes which made the drone land on the Iranian soil.

"The important point is that hundreds of technologies had been applied in this drone every one of which is important in operational, information, and technological terms and we have obtained information that the enemies did not want us to have," he added.

BBC News - 'Insanity' clears JetBlue 'bomb' pilot Clayton Osbon

A US pilot who screamed about a bomb on a flight and had to be restrained by passengers was found not guilty for reasons of insanity, a court has said.

A judge in Amarillo, Texas, said JetBlue pilot Clayton Osbon suffered "severe mental disease or defect".

Mr Osbon was previously ruled competent enough to stand trial. He is to be re-evaluated before a hearing on 6 August to decide whether he can be released.


Ministry of Truth

Twitter Blog: Twitter Transparency Report: NO Arab Spring Countries???


The new boss of the BBC is George Entwistle.

In 2001, George Entwistle took over as Editor of BBC Newsnight less than 24 hours before the twin towers came under attack.


In 1993 he joined On The Record as a producer, where he won the nickname "General Sir George Entwistle", because of a track record of items about military history and "an obsession with tanks and guns and stuff".


BBC News - Reporting Syria: Escaped journalist speaks out


War on Chicken

China reports bird flu outbreak - FRANCE 24

Authorities in China's remote northwestern region of Xinjiang have culled more than 150,000 chickens following an outbreak of bird flu, officials said.

The outbreak of the H5N1 strain of avian flu initially killed 1,600 chickens and sickened about 5,500, the agriculture ministry said late Monday.

In an effort to contain the disease, agricultural authorities quarantined the area and culled 156,439 chickens, according to the ministry.

The outbreak occurred on June 20 but was only confirmed as H5N1 bird flu on Monday, it said.


Angry teens could be suffering from Intermittent Explosive Disorder - Telegraph

The condition is characterised by persistent and uncontrollable anger attacks.

A new study, based on a household survey of 10,148 young teenagers in the US, found that nearly two thirds had a history of anger attacks involving real or threatened violence.

It also found that one in 12 met strict criteria for a diagnosis of IED. Across the US, that would equate to almost six million individuals.

IED, recognised as an impulse control disorder, usually begins in late childhood and persists through the middle years of life.

To be diagnosed with IED, a person must at any time in life have had three episodes of ''grossly out of proportion'' impulsive aggressiveness.

Study says 5% of kids suffer from intermittent explosive disorder -

Around the age of 12 or earlier, many kids -- just over 5% of all adolescents between the ages of 13 and 17, according to a new study -- report that they have- suffered attacks of anger that are destructive, frightening and wildly out of proportion to any provocation.

But only about one-third of such teens get any professional mental help, according to the study published online Monday in the journal Archives of General Psychiatry. And though their rages may presage a wide range of other mental disorders, the condition they suffer -- increasingly known as intermittent explosive disorder--- remains poorly defined and understood.

The abbreviation for Intermittent Explosive Disorder -- IED -- is particularly apt for these kids: Like the improvised explosive devices (IEDs) set along roads in Iraq and Afghanistan, for instance, children with intermittent explosive disorder can be easily set off and often leave a path of terror and destruction in their wake.

IED is also seen in adults. But it appears to be more widespread in adolescents, and the current study suggests that early adolescence (age 12) is where it most commonly starts.


Diagnostic criteria for 312.34 Intermittent Explosive Disorde | BehaveNet

A. Several discrete episodes of failure to resist aggressive impulses that result in serious assaultive acts or destruction of property.-

B. The degree of aggressiveness expressed during the episodes is grossly out of proportion to any precipitating psychosocial stressors.-

C. The aggressive episodes are not better accounted for by another-mental disorder-(e.g.,-Antisocial Personality Disorder,-Borderline Personality Disorder, a Psychotic Disorder, a-Manic Episode,-Conduct Disorder, or-Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) and are not due to the direct physiological effects of a-substance-(e.g., a drug of abuse, a medication) or a general medical condition (e.g., head trauma, Alzheimer's disease).

Intermittent explosive disorder: Tests and diagnosis -

To be diagnosed with intermittent explosive disorder, your doctor will ask you about your behavior to see if you meet the criteria spelled out in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) for intermittent explosive disorder. This manual is published by the American Psychiatric Association and is used by mental health providers to diagnose mental conditions and by insurance companies to reimburse for treatment.

DSM criteria include:

Multiple incidents in which the person failed to resist aggressive impulses that resulted in deliberate destruction of property or assault of another person.

The degree of aggressiveness expressed during the incidents is completely out of proportion with the precipitating event.

The aggressive episodes aren't accounted for by another mental disorder and are not due to the effects of a drug or a general medical condition.

Other conditions that must be ruled out before making a diagnosis of intermittent explosive disorder include delirium, dementia, borderline personality disorder, antisocial personality disorder, schizophrenia, a manic episode, substance abuse or withdrawal, head trauma, seizures, or intoxication.

People with intermittent explosive disorder may also show some minor irregularities in neurological signs and electroencephalograms (EEGs). An EEG is a noninvasive test that measures the electrical activity in your brain

Intermittent explosive disorder: Treatments and drugs -

There's no one treatment that's best for everyone with intermittent explosive disorder. Treatment generally includes medication and individual or group therapy.

Many different types of drugs are used to help control intermittent explosive disorder, including:

Antidepressants, such as fluoxetine (Prozac) and paroxetine (Paxil)

Anticonvulsants, such as carbamazepine (Tegretol), phenytoin (Dilantin), gabapentin (Neurontin) and lamotrigine (Lamictal)

Anti-anxiety agents in the benzodiazepine family, such as diazepam (Valium), lorazepam (Ativan) and alprazolam (Xanax)

Mood regulators, such as propranolol (Inderal) and lithium


FDA rubber-stamps first over-the-counter HIV test kit | The Capitol Column

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the first over-the-counter, self-administered HIV test kit to detect the presence of antibodies to HIV type 1 and type 2. The OraQuick In-Home HIV Test has the potential to identify large numbers of previously undiagnosed HIV infections, says the FDA, especially in those who are unlikely to use standard screening methods.

Individuals wanting to take the home test simply swab their upper and lower gums and place the sample into a developer vial. Results are given within 20 to 40 minutes. A positive result does not guarantee that the person is infected with HIV, but means they should undergo additional testing in a medical setting to confirm the result. In the same way, a negative result does not guarantee that the person is not infected with HIV, particularly when exposure to the virus may have been within the previous three months.

"Knowing your status is an important factor in the effort to prevent the spread of HIV," said Dr. Karen Midthun, director of the FDA's Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, in a press release.-"The availability of a home-use HIV test kit provides another option for individuals to get tested so that they can seek medical care, if appropriate."

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Deputy Health Minister Martin Maturano said 873 cases had been reported across the country, and urged Bolivians to take preventive measures, such as eating well and frequently washing their hands.

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Feds Say Dr. Drew Was Paid By Glaxo To Talk Up Antidepressant - Forbes

Part of the case made by U.S. prosecutors that led to GlaxoSmithKline's $3 billion settlement today is that the company used a network of paid experts, speaking to doctors and to the press, to promote uses of its drugs that had not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. According to the Department of Justice's complaint, one of those paid experts was celebrity physician Dr. Drew Pinsky, then the host of the radio show Loveline, which was also being broadcast on MTV. Pinsky has gone on to host Celebrity Rehab, Dr. Drew on HLN, and Dr. Drew's Lifechangers on the CW.

The government alleges that Pinsky was paid a total of $275,000 over just two months -- March and April 1999 -- to deliver messages about Wellbutrin SR, a Glaxo antidepressant, "in settings where it did not appear that Dr. Pinsky was speaking for GSK."

As an exhibit to the complaint, the prosecutors- include invoices from Cooney Waters, a public relations firm, to GlaxoSmithKline for Pinsky's services as a spokesperson. They also include a transcript of Pinsky's appearance on David Essel -- Alive!, another national radio program. As part of the $3 billion settlement announced today, Glaxo agreed to pay $727 million in criminal fines for its marketing of Wellbutrin SR and Paxil, another antidepressant.

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The Royal Oasis as well as other hotel projects totalling over $100-million are, according to AP, "raising hopes that thousands of [foreign] investors will soon fill their air-conditioned rooms looking to build factories and tourist infrastructure" (emphasis added)--


The "10-story building [...] will include an art gallery, three restaurants, a commercial bank and high-end shops. Construction on the Royal Oasis began before the earthquake and is expected to finish by the end of the year." The earthquake was therefore a blessing for the hotel promoter and contractors, bringing $2-million dollars originally raised to "go directly to supplying these-material needs [food, water, shelter, first-aid supplies]" (see add below). Among the companies involved in the construction of the Royal Oasis two are Haitian, one is Canadian (Montreal) and the other American (Miami).

BBC - Democracy Live - MEPs kill off anti-piracy treaty in final vote

The European Parliament has voted to overwhelmingly reject a controversial treaty designed to tackle large-scale intellectual property theft.

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