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  • Teacher Leaves Wife, Kids for High School Student

    03/01/2012 5:32:57 PM PST · by Repeat Offender · 77 replies · 41+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 01 March 2012 | Piper Weiss, Shine Staff
    Last year, Jordan Powers was just another student from Mr. Hooker's class. Now she's his live-in girlfriend. James Hooker -- the 41-year-old married father who left his wife and kids for his 18-year-old-student -- might be the worst teacher ever. Last week, he resigned from his job at Enochs High School in Modesto, California over the scandal that's shaken up a community and pit one mom on a crusade to save her daughter from a man she calls a "master manipulator."
  • Chinese hackers took over NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab, Inspector General reveals

    03/01/2012 3:05:47 PM PST · by Doogle · 23 replies · 4+ views
    FOX ^ | 03/01/12 | FOXNEWS
    Chinese hackers gained control over NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in November, which could have allowed them delete sensitive files, add user accounts to mission-critical systems, upload hacking tools, and more -- all at a central repository of U.S. space technology, according to a report released Wednesday afternoon by the Office of the Inspector General. That report revealed scant details of an ongoing investigation into the incident against the Pasadena, Calif., lab, noting only that cyberattacks against the JPL involved Chinese-based Internet Protocol (IP) addresses. Paul K. Martin, NASA’s inspector general, put his conclusions bluntly. “The attackers had full functional...
  • Missouri teen describes killing as 'pretty enjoyable' experience (Then Went to Church)

    02/06/2012 1:30:31 PM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 68 replies · 1+ views
    Assoc. Press ^ | 02/06/2012 | Assoc. Press
    A U.S. teenager who admitted stabbing, strangling and slitting the throat of a young neighbor girl wrote in her journal on the night of the killing that it was an "ahmazing" and "pretty enjoyable" experience -- then headed off to church with a laugh. The words written by Alyssa Bustamante were read aloud in court Monday as part of a sentencing hearing to determine whether she should get life in prison or something less for the October 2009 murder of her neighbor, 9-year-old Elizabeth Olten, in Missouri. Bustamante, 18, sat silently as law enforcement officers, attorneys and forensics experts read...
  • Newt Gingrich just one player in welfare reform

    01/10/2012 8:26:43 AM PST · by SmileRight · 8 replies
    BIZPACReview.com ^ | 1/10/2012 | Kingsley Guy
    Welfare reform has been touted by Bill Clinton as one of the great achievements of his administration. But hold on a minute. GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich says it’s one of his major successes as speaker of the House. Rick Santorum, whose bid for the Republican presidential nomination has been resuscitated by the Iowa Caucuses, even claims to have been an author of the landmark welfare-to-work legislation. With all those claiming paternity, I’m reminded of the proverb: “Success has many fathers, but failure is an orphan.” Unfortunately, the name of former U.S. Rep. E. Clay Shaw, who represented South Florida...
  • 25-year-old man arrested by feds in Fla. bomb plot

    01/09/2012 9:04:19 AM PST · by Nachum · 24 replies
    kwes.com ^ | 1/9/12 | TAMARA LUSH
    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Authorities say a 25-year-old described as an Islamic extremist was arrested in a plot to attack sites around Tampa, Fla., after taking possession of disabled guns and bombs The U.S. Department of Justice announced the arrest of Sami Osmakac on Monday. Authorities say Osmakac is a naturalized U.S. citizen who was born in the former Yugoslavia. He has been charged with one count of attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction. His first appearance in federal court is scheduled for Monday afternoon.
  • Red Flag on the Red Planet: China's Great Leap Marsward? (China's space program thrives)

    01/07/2012 2:08:14 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/07/2012 | Zoran Pazameta
    People have speculated for well over a century about setting foot on Mars, but is it likely to happen? We know that in prehistoric times, numerous groups of hominids ventured out of Africa into unknown lands at least once. All eventually died out, except for one: our ancestors, homo sapiens. Countless lives would later be lost by descendants of these ancient migrants as they trekked through uncharted wilderness or set sail on vast oceans in flimsy wooden craft. Today, people die every year while driving racecars or climbing mountains. We seem to be hardwired for activities that involve risks beyond...
  • Drama teacher accused of having sex with teenage student in her car after school play

    01/06/2012 3:53:35 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 64 replies · 1+ views
    The Daily Mail ^ | January 6, 2011
    A drama teacher has been arrested for allegedly having sex with a 17-year-old student after a school play. Alexandra McLean,28, who had recently joined Englewood High School in Denver faces two charges of sexually assaulting a child from a position of authority. A police report says the alleged consensual sexual encounter happened when the boy stayed late at school and McLean, who is reported to be engaged, offered to drop him home. When questioned, the student told police McLean would drive him home after play rehearsals for 'Lend me a Tenor' and that, eventually on November 18, he had sex...
  • Parent twist at Bronx HS (25% of students are pregnant or teen parents...)

    12/27/2011 8:06:03 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 63 replies
    NY Post ^ | 12/27/11 | YOAV GONEN Education Reporter
    A shocking one in four students at a Bronx high school slated for closure is a teen parent or pregnant, The Post has learned. That startling statistic is buried in thousands of pages of documents the city Department of Education submitted to the state earlier this year when it initially sought funds to fix the long-struggling Grace Dodge HS in Belmont. It has since proposed shuttering the school — with, critics charge, no regard to the parenting teens.
  • Video: Homeless man beaten in Wall by two laughing N.J. youths

    12/20/2011 5:07:58 PM PST · by Coleus · 29 replies · 1+ views
    star ledger ^ | 12.19.11 | AP
    A young man strides purposefully into the woods as a cameraman asks what he's about to do. "About to go beat up this bum," the man in the video says. And that's exactly what he does, punching and kicking a homeless man in the face, bloodying his nose, before wishing him a Merry Christmas. The videotaped assault has led to criminal charges against a 20-year-old New Jersey man and a 17-year-old boy accused of filming the assault while egging the attacker on. "Just dive on him! Dive on him!" the cameraman says on the video as the assailant approaches a...
  • 2 out of 3 medical students do not know when to wash their hands

    12/01/2011 5:19:20 PM PST · by decimon · 31 replies
    Elsevier Health Sciences ^ | December 1, 2011
    Washington, DC, December 1, 2011 -- Only 21 percent of surveyed medical students could identify five true and two false indications of when and when not to wash their hands in the clinical setting, according to a study published in the December issue of the American Journal of Infection Control, the official publication of APIC - the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology. Three researchers from the Institute for Medical Microbiology and Hospital Epidemiology at Hannover Medical School in Hannover, Germany collected surveys from 85 medical students in their third year of study during a lecture class that...
  • Northern Kosovo: Serbs make their last stand

    11/26/2011 8:23:18 AM PST · by Ravnagora · 13 replies
    RT.com ^ | November 26, 2011 | RT.com
    Tensions run high on Serbia's border with northern Kosovo, as neither of the conflicting sides is prepared to rule out a further escalation of violence. ­Local Serbs say NATO forces are to blame, for breaking an agreement by trying to remove a barricade blocking the way to one of a number of disputed checkpoints. The move prompted violent clashes that left dozens injured on both sides. Last night in Northern Kosovo passed without violence though this does not mean that the source of tensions has disappeared. On November 23 the NATO’s KFOR forces attempted to remove a barricade put up...
  • Giant Lines in Chinese Desert for Targeting

    11/19/2011 2:37:42 PM PST · by neverdem · 29 replies
    Human Events ^ | 11/16/2011 | Neil W. McCabe
    A former China-desk Army intelligence analyst and co-author of a new book about Chinese-American relations, told HUMAN EVENTS November 15 that the strange giant white lines drawn in western China's Gobi Desert were most likely practice targets for Chinese space weapons. “Usually when we think of space weaponry, we are talking about horizontal targeting by satellites firing on other satellites—to take your eyes out,” said William C. Triplett II, who with Brett M. Decker, wrote Bowing to Beijing: How Barack Obama is Hastening America's Decline and Ushering A Century of Chinese Domination. The former analyst said at first he was...
  • China: Google Earth spots huge, unidentified structures in Gobi desert

    11/15/2011 5:39:01 AM PST · by Dysart · 43 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 11-14-2011 | Malcom Moore
    Vast, unidentified, structures have been spotted by satellites in the barren Gobi desert, raising questions about what China might be building in a region it uses for its military, space and nuclear programmes. In two images, available on Google Earth, reflective rectangles up to a mile long can be seen, a tangle of bright white intersecting lines that are clearly visible from space. Other pictures show enormous concentric circles radiating on the ground, with three jets parked at their centre. In one picture from 2007, a mass of orange blocks have been carefully arranged in a circle. In a more...
  • Mysterious Symbols in China Desert Are Spy Satellite Targets, Expert Says

    11/17/2011 2:44:55 PM PST · by bkopto · 30 replies
    Live Science ^ | Nov 15, 2011 | Natalie Wolchover
    Newfound Google Maps images have revealed an array of mysterious structures and patterns etched into the surface of China's Gobi Desert. The media — from mainstream to fringe — has wildly speculated that they might be Chinese weapons-testing sites, satellite calibration targets, street maps of Washington, D.C., and New York City, or even messages to (or from) aliens. It turns out that they are almost definitely used to calibrate China's spy satellites. So says Jonathon Hill, a research technician and mission planner at the Mars Space Flight Facility at Arizona State University, which operates many of the cameras used during...
  • Survivors of sexual abuse appalled by Penn State unrest

    11/11/2011 6:47:52 PM PST · by Hoodat · 270 replies
    CNN ^ | 11 Nov 2011 | Madison Park
    How does a survivor of sexual abuse respond to students rioting at Penn State? "You're not getting it. You just don't get it," said Dave Lorenz who was abused by a priest as a teen. "It's just stupid youthfulness." Earlier this week, legendary head football coach Joe Paterno was removed in the midst of a scandal involving sexual abuse allegations against a former defensive coordinator, Jerry Sandusky. -snip- Watching footage of Penn State students rioting in the streets Wednesday night, Lorenzo shuddered, then hung his head. What bothered Lorenz is that students "rallied around (Paterno's) house, cheering him up." "The...
  • Trio Targeted Trick-or-Treaters With Paintball Guns: Cops (3 Arrested for Shooting at Children)

    11/01/2011 11:01:14 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    NBC Miami ^ | Tuesday, Nov 1, 2011 | Brian Hamacher
    A trio of cruel Halloween hooligans are behind bars Tuesday after police say they targeted trick-or-treating children with paintball guns in North Miami. Marc Dolcine, 18, Rodson Travine, 19, and Darrel Labranche, 21, are all facing aggravated battery charges, according to North Miami Police. Police say the three drove up in a car and opened fire on a group of children in the area of Northeast 7th Avenue and 132nd Street. A Holiday Safety Enforcement Detail was in the area and witnessed the shooting, police said. The suspects tried to flee the area but were stopped by police and taken...
  • Antisocial personality traits predict utilitarian responses to moral dilemmas

    10/01/2011 1:04:23 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 32 replies
    dicalxpress.com ^ | September 30, 2011 | no byline
    A study conducted by Daniel Bartels, Columbia Business School, Marketing, and David Pizarro, Cornell University, Psychology found that people who endorse actions consistent with an ethic of utilitarianism—the view that what is the morally right thing to do is whatever produces the best overall consequences—tend to possess psychopathic and Machiavellian personality traits. n the study, Bartels and Pizarro gave participants a set of moral dilemmas widely used by behavioral scientists who study morality, like the following: "A runaway trolley is about to run over and kill five people, and you are standing on a footbridge next to a large stranger;...
  • China ready for next space leap

    09/28/2011 5:36:20 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 12 replies
    BBC News ^ | 28 September 2011 | Jonathan Amos
    China is taking a stepped approach to the development of its human spaceflight programme China is about to launch its first space laboratory, Tiangong-1. The 10.5m-long, cylindrical module will be unmanned for the time being, but the country's astronauts, or yuhangyuans, are expected to visit it next year. Tiangong-1 will demonstrate the critical technologies needed by China to build a fully fledged space station - something it has promised to do at the end of the decade. The space lab is set to ride to orbit atop a Long March 2F rocket. State media say the lift-off from the Jiuquan...
  • SAT Cheating Ring Busted, Seven Students Arrested

    09/27/2011 7:07:50 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 21 replies
    ABC News ^ | 09.27.11
    An alleged SAT cheating ring has been busted in Long Island, N.Y., resulting in the arrest of seven students. At least six high school students allegedly paid 19-year-old college student Sam Eshaghoff thousands of dollars to take the test for them, prosecutors said. Over the past year, six students from Great Neck North High School in Mineola paid Eshaghoff between $1,500 and $2,500 to take the test on their behalf, according to Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice.
  • 'A social pariah': How lonely Monica Lewinsky has failed to find happiness...

    09/07/2011 12:30:32 PM PDT · by Winstons Julia · 124 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 09/07/11 | Mike O'Brien
    The source claims Monica has more or less given up on finding love. 'Monica still feels like she's the punchline to a dirty joke,' the source said. 'The publicity over her affair with Clinton ruined her chances of ever finding a decent guy. In June she made a rare outing with a small dinner party at Lucy's El Adobe Cafe in Hollywood.
  • Stop the Fiscal War Against Our Children Now

    08/07/2011 6:15:32 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 9 replies
    Bloomberg | 2011-06-29 | Laurence Kotlikoff
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  • Croatia celebrates, Serbs mourn on anniversary of operation “Storm”

    08/04/2011 3:14:43 PM PDT · by Ravnagora · 6 replies
    ADN Kronos ^ | August 4, 2011 | AKI
    Zagreb/Belgrade 4 Aug. (AKI) - Croatia on Thursday celebrated the 16th anniversary of military operation “Storm” which crushed a Serb rebellion and sparked exodus of some 200,000 Serbs, while Serbia commemorated victims of what it calls the worst ethnic cleansing in Europe after World War Two. Croatian Prime Minister Jadranka Kosor said operation “Storm” was a “brilliant military action” and a great victory which re-united the country. “The Day of Victory we celebrate in peace and freedom, taking our place in the European family of states and nations,” Kosor said. Serbiaian president Boris Tadic said the anniversary was a date...
  • Victims of Operation Storm remembered

    08/04/2011 3:30:48 PM PDT · by Ravnagora · 6 replies
    Beta, Tanjug ^ | August 4, 2011 | B92
    BELGRADE -- Today marks the 16th anniversary since the beginning of Croatian army and police Operation Storm that led to the exodus of more than 200,000 Serbs from Croatia. Tadic and Krkobabic in attendance (Beta) Serbian Orthodox Church (SPC) Patriarch Irinej held a memorial service at St. Mark’s Church in downtown Belgrade for the victims of the 1995 military operation aimed against Serb areas of Croatia. The memorial service was attended by Serbian President Boris Tadic, Deputy Prime Minister in charge of refugee issues Jovan Krkobabic, and by other government officials. Representatives of more than 100 refugee and home clubs...
  • As Criminal Laws Proliferate, More Are Ensnared

    07/23/2011 9:13:16 AM PDT · by DManA · 62 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | July 23, 2011 | GARY FIELDS and JOHN R. EMSHWILLER
    As federal criminal statutes have ballooned, it has become increasingly easy for Americans to end up on the wrong side of the law. Many of the new federal laws also set a lower bar for conviction than in the past: Prosecutors don't necessarily need to show that the defendant had criminal intent.
  • Arkansas town attacking citizen’s First Amendment rights

    07/17/2011 10:38:58 PM PDT · by American Dream 246 · 16 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | The Right Scoop
    This story sounds like something you would hear out of China, not the United States. In Gould, Arkansas the city council is planning to pass an ordinance that forbids any group from forming or gathering that will discuss city matters without first getting city council approval – a clear violation of the First Amendment. They mayor is dead set against it but it appears from the video that they can override him: VIDEO This is tyranny on steroids. I can’t imagine this will stand up in court but it appears that the city council wants to test that theory. Just...
  • Are Americans Getting Comfortable With Immorality?

    05/28/2011 12:28:44 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 69 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 05/28/2011 | Stephanie Samuel
    While the majority of Americans believe that the country’s morality is poor and lacking, the gap between those looking for the moral high ground and those who believe we are already morally good is closing. A Thursday Gallup poll shows the number of Americans who believe the overall state of moral values in the U.S. is poor has dropped seven percentage points to 38 percent. Meanwhile, the number of those who believe the country's morality is excellent or good has risen eight percentage points to 23 percent. Fewer Americans also believe the country's moral values are getting worse. Sixty-nine percent,...
  • Bin Laden Given Religious Funeral Prior to Sea Burial

    05/02/2011 9:43:43 AM PDT · by KansasGirl · 341 replies
    Foxnews.com ^ | 5/2/2011
    DEVELOPING: Usama bin Laden was given a religious funeral prior to his burial at sea, senior military officials told Fox News. Religious rites were conducted on the deck of the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier at about 1:10 a.m. Monday in the Persian Gulf. In accordance with Islamic practice, bin Laden was washed and wrapped in a white sheet before buried at sea at 2 p.m. local time, senior U.S. military and intelligence officials said.
  • An Outlook of Radical Islamism in Bosnia

    04/28/2011 2:50:38 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 5 replies
    Pakistan Christian Post. ^ | April 28 2011 | Ioannis Michaletos
    Radical Islam is growing in Bosnia Information available to experts on international terrorism indicate that Bosnia Herzegovina is presently one of the epicenters of extremist Islamic circles in Europe, as it represents a hub for potential Islamic terrorists: the so called 'white' or 'European' Al-Qaeda . Money from Islamic countries that is laundered through 'humanitarian' organizations finances the religious education of at least 100,000 young Bosnian Muslims. In addition to such education, which follows the interpretations of Wahhabi Islam, there is another type of 'training' in various officially registered camps throughout the B-H Federation. There, the young and carefully selected...
  • Livermore joggers warned of pantsing attacks

    04/27/2011 12:30:22 PM PDT · by SmithL · 19 replies
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 4/27/11 | Bay City News Service
    Livermore police warn female joggers or walkers to be aware of a man who approaches women and pulls down their pants. There have been six reports of a man with dark hair who approaches female joggers from behind on Patterson Pass Road and Holmes Street and pulls down their pants before running away, police said. The suspicious activity has happened at an inconsistent frequency on various days of the week and at different times, police said. In most cases, the women have been listening to digital music players and do not anticipate . . .
  • State Dept adding intrusive, semi-impossible questinnaire for US passport applications

    04/25/2011 3:25:23 PM PDT · by MamaDearest · 59 replies
    boingboing.net ^ | April 25, 2011 | Cory Doctorow
    Olga sez, "The U.S. Dept of State is proposing a new Biographical Questionnaire for passport applicants: proposed new Form DS-5513 asks for all addresses since birth; lifetime employment history, personal details of siblings; mother's addresses prior to your birth; any "religious ceremony" around time of birth, circumstances of birth including names (as well as addresses/phone numbers) of persons present, & more. Failure to answer can mean denial of passport, & govt reserves right to use this info for 'routine uses.'" Update: Commenters note that this form is specifically intended in lieu of a birth certificate with a passport application; but...
  • Press, Thy Name is IMMORAL and IMMORALITY

    04/25/2011 6:26:43 AM PDT · by sr4402 · 14 replies
    Vanity | April 25 | Self
    Press, Thy name is Immoral and Immorality. Lady Gaga says to Good Friday "Jesus is my Virtue, Judas is my demon" in her "Born this Way" album and the press has no clue why this is a problem. They hail it as "cutting edge" and "Brilliant" but they don't see the rampant immorality behind it or hail the immorality with the highest praise. The Lord Jesus Christ said to the woman, caught in Adultery' "Go and sin no more" and was truth and grace personified. Because He led a perfect sinless life, He was able to go to the Cross...
  • Watching Porn At NYC Libraries Is OK, Officials Say

    04/25/2011 6:13:46 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 24 replies
    Watching Porn At NYC Libraries Is OK, Officials Say April 25, 2011 8:44 AM NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The latest red-light district in New York City might be found in an unlikely place: your local library. According to a published report, library officials can’t stop patrons from watching porn online on public computers. The New York Post reports that at the Brooklyn Public Library, “customers can watch whatever they want on the computer,” according to spokeswoman Malika Granville. That includes hardcore porn. Library officials offer extensions that can be used to obscure the view of a user’s monitor. They are...
  • I-Team: NASA-Nearly $500,000 of items reported lost, stolen (enemy within)

    04/20/2011 7:17:09 AM PDT · by restornu · 20 replies
    ABC Action News ^ | April 20, 2011 | By: Michael George
    I-Team: NASA losing large amounts of high-tech equipment Nearly $500,000 of items reported lost, stolen...CLICK FOR VIDEO ACCESS CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - In June, NASA’s space shuttle program will take its last flight. The Action News I-Team has uncovered some problems NASA is facing on the ground. NASA reports obtained by the I-Team show $479,108 dollars worth of high-tech equipment simply vanished at Kennedy Space Center in 2010. I-Team reporter Michael George showed the employee lost property reports to Suzanne Pedone of Inventory Management Solutions. Companies hire IMS to keep track of their inventory and prevent items from falling through...
  • American Idol Contestant Brutally Beaten By Gang Of Girls

    04/16/2011 5:49:56 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 72 replies
    PIX 11 ^ | 15 April 2011 | Mary Murphy
    BEDFORD-STUYVESANT, N.Y. (PIX11)— Administrators at Brooklyn Academy High School in Bedford-Stuyvesant canceled Friday's talent show in the wake of a all-girl gang assault on one of the student contestants, PIX 11 has learned. According to authorities, 17-year-old Shacara McLaurin was brutally attacked by at least five other students on April 1st, one of them hitting her in the face with a padlock wrapped in a sock. "Yo, b--ch, I got a lock," one of the teen suspects allegedly shouted, as she pummeled McLaurin with the weapon. "I wasn't able to open my jaw. I wasn't able to talk. I...
  • Kosovo's Mafia: How the US and allies ignore allegations of organized crime at the highest levels

    03/29/2011 2:43:47 PM PDT · by Bokababe · 20 replies
    Global Post ^ | 3/27/11 | Matt McAllester
    A 3 part investigation by the Global Post into Kosovo's endemic corruption and what the US, NATO and Western governments knew before we went in, after we went in, and even before we supported Kosovo "independence". Kosovo's Mafia: Assassinations and intimidation (CIA inspired), Part 2 Kosovo's Mafia: A hotbed of human trafficking (sex slaving), Part 3
  • China 'to overtake US on science' in two years

    03/29/2011 7:01:32 AM PDT · by Cardhu · 30 replies
    BBC ^ | March 28th 2011 | David Shukman
    China is on course to overtake the US in scientific output possibly as soon as 2013 - far earlier than expected. That is the conclusion of a major new study by the Royal Society, the UK's national science academy. The country that invented the compass, gunpowder, paper and printing is set for a globally important comeback. An analysis of published research - one of the key measures of scientific effort - reveals an "especially striking" rise by Chinese science. The study, Knowledge, Networks and Nations, charts the challenge to the traditional dominance of the United States, Europe and Japan. The...
  • ASAT missile defense

    03/10/2011 8:30:31 AM PST · by La Lydia · 9 replies
    Washington Times ^ | March 10, 2011 | Bill Gertz
    CHINA used a top-secret SC-19 anti-satellite (ASAT) missile in a test last year against a target missile as part of a missile-defense system that remains shrouded in secrecy. The ASAT missile was fired against a new medium-range missile and details were disclosed in a State Department cable made public recently by WikiLeaks that included an outline of a diplomatic protest note to Beijing about both Chinese weapons programs. The cable provides the first detailed U.S. assessment of what defense officials say is a major strategic advancement in China’s military buildup. It reveals that China’s anti-satellite system was developed for use...
  • East-West military gap rapidly shrinking-report

    03/08/2011 5:14:39 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY
    Reuters ^ | March 8, 2011 | Peter Apps
    LONDON, March 8 (Reuters) - Western cuts and swiftly rising defence spending in emerging economies are redrawing the global strategic map, a leading think-tank said on Tuesday, with the danger of conflicts between states also rising. In its annual Global Military Balance report, the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) said the shift in economic power was already beginning to have a real military effect and closing any strategic gap. "Western states' defence budgets are under pressure and their military procurement is constrained," said IISS director general John Chipman. "But in other regions -- notably Asia and the Middle...
  • A 'Normal' Life That Vanished in a Terrorist Attack / Arid Uka

    03/08/2011 6:16:04 AM PST · by Ravnagora · 13 replies
    The New York Times ^ | March 8, 2011 | SOUAD MEKHENNET
    FRANKFURT — To hear family, friends and neighbors tell it, Arid Uka was a model youth: never involved in violence, or in trouble with the police, unlike many other young men in his predominantly immigrant neighborhood in Frankfurt. Mr. Uka, 21, they said, was calm and quiet. In 2005, he and some classmates won a government prize for a school project on how to prevent violence in society and posed proudly with Gerhard Schröder, then chancellor of Germany. The young man from Kosovo helped his mother at home, cleaned floors, took out the trash and even gave her half his...
  • Social Security reform debate stirs in Congress (media admits SS taxes used to fund Big Government)

    03/05/2011 10:43:14 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 22 replies
    Reuters ^ | Richard Cowan
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - While Congress brawls over how to shrink a $1.6 trillion budget deficit this year, an even tougher battle has begun over cutting popular Social Security retirement benefits to achieve long-term savings. It's unclear whether Congress will be able to agree on how to reform the massive government pension program, which has provided a social safety net for the elderly since 1935. That in part will depend on whether President Barack Obama throws his weight behind a reform effort that politicians of all stripes fear could be full of political risks. While the president has invited a conversation...
  • Jihad in Frankfurt-The war that shall not be named claims two more victims

    03/03/2011 5:27:06 AM PST · by SJackson · 7 replies
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | 3-3-11 | Robert Spencer
    Like so many jihad plots and actual jihad attacks and attempted attacks these days, the jihad murder of two U.S. airmen and the wounding of two others outside the Frankfurt Airport in Germany Wednesday was initially dismissed as having nothing to do with terrorism. According to the German news agency DAPD, Boris Rhein, the interior minister for the German state of Hesse hurried to the airport and almost immediately declared that there were no indications that the shootings had been a terror attack. One wonders what actually would constitute a terrorist attack for such analysts. Would the murderer have to...
  • LinkedIn access in China disrupted amid protest calls

    02/24/2011 11:52:10 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 1 replies
    Financial Post ^ | Thursday 24th February, 2011
    Access to the professional networking site LinkedIn was disrupted in China on Thursday, following online calls on other sites for gatherings inspired by protests against authoritarian regimes across the Middle East. Many users in China were unable to access LinkedIn, which is planning an initial public offering set to raise up to US$175-million. LinkedIn could be accessed as recently as Thursday morning, according to two regular users, one a Reuters employee and the other a business consultant, who declined to be identified. Some users who later found they could not access it via the Chinese Internet said the site was...
  • N. Korea: North, China trade tips on democracy protests

    02/23/2011 6:50:18 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 5 replies
    JoongAng Daily ^ | 02/24/11 | Kang Chan-ho, Christine Kim
    North, China trade tips on democracy protests February 24, 2011 Meng Jianzhu, China’s minister of public security, made a trip this month to North Korea to discuss ways to prevent the wave of democracy protests in the Middle East from spreading to China and North Korea, according to several South Korean sources. North Korea’s official news agency reported on Feb. 15 that Meng had been received by North Korean leader Kim Jong-il the day before. The visit was initially seen as an endorsement of the plan for Kim Jong-un to succeed his father Kim Jong-il as the country’s leader, as...
  • Sex attack at Oakland Boys and Girls Club alleged

    02/10/2011 12:28:47 PM PST · by SmithL · 13 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 2/10/11 | Henry K. Lee, Chronicle Staff Writer
    Oakland police are investigating reports that a 7-year-old boy was sexually assaulted by other children at a Boys and Girls Club in East Oakland, authorities said today.
  • Nedžad Balkan: The Face of Southeastern Europe’s Newest Radical Threat

    02/02/2011 1:04:43 AM PST · by bruinbirdman · 8 replies
    A Vienna-born Serbian Muslim named Nedžad Balkan (a.k.a. Ebu Muhammed) is believed to have been behind the most recent terror attack in the central Bosnian town of Bugojno, and his connection to Bosnia and Herzegovina signals the rise of a new and avowedly violent sect of Wahhabis that has regional intelligence agencies on alert. Nedžad Balkan Nedžad Balkan, born in Vienna, Austria, is the son of Bosniaks from Serbia’s predominately Muslim Sandžak region straddling the border of the Republic of Montenegro. A former boxer and night club bouncer in his younger days, Balkan, now in his mid-30s, is the leader...
  • Child Pornography On Facebook

    01/25/2011 7:33:54 AM PST · by Victory111 · 10 replies
    Fox 23 Tulsa ^ | 1-25-11 | Abbie Alford
    The exploitation of children is not something that’s happening in the shadows. It’s happening at a place used by some 500 million people. It’s happening on Facebook and it’s a growing problem "Pedophiles have made child pornography, rape, bestiality, incest, mainstream on Facebook,” says Weis. FOX23’s Abbie Alford investigates the plague of child porn on Facebook and what’s being done to stop it. Graphic photos are found on Facebook, "These are underage girls. She can't be more than 10 years old," says Tulsa’s Chapter Director for Stop Child Trafficking Now, Jason Weis. "That looks like a little tiny girl tied...
  • Chinese Stealth Jet May Use U.S. Technology (Taken from US Jet shot down in 1999)

    01/23/2011 5:02:53 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    CBS News ^ | 01/21/2011
    Chinese officials recently unveiled a new, high-tech stealth fighter that could pose a significant threat to American air superiority - and some of its technology, it turns out, may well have come from the U.S. itself. Balkan military officials and other experts have told The Associated Press that in all probability the Chinese gleaned some of their technological know-how from an American F-117 Nighthawk that was shot down over Serbia in 1999. Nighthawks were the world's first stealth fighters, planes that were very hard for radar to detect. But on March 27, 1999, during NATO's aerial bombing of Serbia in...
  • Oakland 2nd Graders Reportedly Engage In Sex Acts, Teacher Suspended

    01/21/2011 5:36:31 AM PST · by markomalley · 120 replies
    KCBS ^ | 1/21/11
    A teacher at Oakland’s Markham Elementary School has been suspended indefinitely after school officials said a pair of second-graders performed sex acts on each other in class – with the teacher present. “I think everyone is taken aback over this shocking incident,” Troy Flint, the spokesman for the Oakland Unified School District, told CBS 5 on Thursday. “Of course, it is hard to understand how that could have occurred.” Flint said the sex acts incident was one of two separate cases under investigation involving the teacher; both incidents occurred last week in the same classroom but he said they didn’t...
  • Teacher Suspended After Second Graders Have Sex In Classroom

    01/21/2011 6:45:19 AM PST · by Why So Serious · 32 replies
    And we don't need a death penalty in this country. This teacher is sick and needs to be removed from society, permanently. With no chance of being accidently put back into society
  • U.S. Downplays Chinese Stealth Fighter Status

    01/06/2011 2:27:44 PM PST · by lbryce · 29 replies
    Reuters ^ | January 5, 2011 | Phil Stewart
    China is still years away from being able to field a stealth aircraft, despite the disclosure of images indicating that it appears to have a working prototype, Pentagon officials said on Wednesday. The images have been posted on a number of websites and were published on the front page of The Wall Street Journal on Wednesday. The Pentagon said they appeared to show a Chinese J-20 stealth fighter prototype making a high-speed taxi test. The disclosure of the photographs comes just days before U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates is due to travel to Beijing on Sunday, and analysts could only...