Monday, July 30, 2012

Romney praises Israel's universal health care system, which includes individual mandate

Throughout his presidential campaign, Mitt Romney has been running away from the individual insurance mandate in the Affordable Care Act — even though a mandate is a cornerstone of the former Massachusetts governor’s health care reform law. “If I’m President of the United States, we’re gonna get rid of Obamacare and return, under our constitution, the 10th Amendment, the responsibility and care of health care to the people in the states,” Romney said during a GOP presidential debate.


Freedom of Speech: Critic of NBC has Twitter account suspended

Guy Adams works as a writer for The Independent, a national newspaper in Great Britain. He lives in Los Angeles. Throughout the Olympics, he's taken to Twitter and ripped NBC repeatedly for its coverage of the Games in America.


Panetta and Israel to discuss war plans against Iran?

Israeli officials are denying reports that the White House has provided them with a contingency plan in case of a showdown with Iran. Nevertheless, the head of America's Defense Department is gearing up for a week of talks in the Middle East.


In Israel, Romney declares Jerusalem to be capital

Standing on Israeli soil, U.S. presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Sunday declared Jerusalem to be the capital of the Jewish state and said the United States has "a solemn duty and a moral imperative" to block Iran from achieving nuclear weapons capability.


Office of National Intelligence director admits unconstitutional use of surveillance

As Congress mulls whether or not to re-authorize the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) Amendments Act of 2008, the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) has admitted that the government’s use of the Act has violated the constitutional rights of Americans at least one time in the past four years. The Act, passed by Congress in 2008 in the wake of revelations that the George W. Bush administration had been conducting illegal, warrantless spying on Americans for several years, allows the government to collect, inside the U.S. and without a warrant, communications of foreign persons located abroad, even if they are communicating with Americans located in the U.S. The government must, however, obtain the approval of the ultra-secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.


Savannah Bail Bonding bounty hunter seizes wrong woman, refuses to take her back home unless she pays for gas

The bounty hunter, identified by the court as a John Doe employee of Savannah Bail Bonding, allegedly apprehended Becki Terry from her home Chatham County in February. At the time of the arrest, the bondsman would not say why Terry was wanted by the authorities.


Israeli border police shoot Palestinian man dead

The border police spokesman Shai Hakimi said 40-year-old Akram Badr was travelling in a car that burst through a checkpoint at high speed on Monday and tried to run over officers who ordered him to stop.

Palestinian police said the car had entered a wrong lane and was backing up to enter the right one when Israeli border police mistakenly thought it was trying to hit them and opened fire.


New wave of Anaheim protest: 9 arrested as police disperse crowds

At least nine people have been arrested by Orange County Police as they pushed protesters back during a street rally in outrage over the recent officer-involved shootings that left two locals dead.

More than 200 people have gathered outside Anaheim police headquarters chanting slogans condemning the police and taking over a parking lot, where they drew outlines of bodies.


US squanders $200m on 'useless' Iraq police program

The report, published on Monday by the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction, revealed that Baghdad never gave formal written authorization for the program. According to the audit, the US investment in the Police Department Program (PDP) amounts to a “de facto” waste of funds.


U.S. breaks Somalia arms embargo it helped establish

According to the UN’s Somalia Eritrea Monitoring Group, the U.S. is carrying out three covert programs to assist Somali fighters in their battles with Al-Shabab, the Somalia affiliate of Al-Qaeda.


London Olympics see third doping case in two days

Two athletes saw their Olympic hopes cut short on Sunday after being suspended fromthe London 2012 Games for using banned performance-enhancing drugs, taking thetally of doping offenders after two days of competition to three.

With the International Olympic Committee eager to root out doping at the Games,testers have been out in force, conducting random and target testing for months toensure the July 27-Aug 12 event will not be tarnished by any high profile cases.


There's no difference between Romney and Obama on Iran

On just about every level, it is hard to imagine two presidential candidates as different as Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. But once you strip away the rhetoric and bombast of Romney’s visit to Israel and his speeches and interviews, you end up with two almost identical positions.


Japan threatens military action over Diaoyu Islands

Tokyo announced twice in the past two days the possibility of dispatching troops to theDiaoyu Islands, a move Beijing on Friday slammed as "extremely irresponsible".


China: US should not cross the line to intervene in maritime dispute

Recently, the United States has intervened in maritime disputes of sovereigntybetween China and other related countries once again. State Departmentspokeswoman Victoria Nuland made a fuss over China's establishment of Sansha City, saying the U.S. side remains concerned about China's "unilateral moves".


Iran sentences four to death over banking scandal

An Iranian court has sentenced four people to death for their roles in a billion-dollar banking fraud scandal that forced bank executives out of their jobs and tainted the government of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, state media reported on Monday.


Man who had hand bitten off by gator charged with feeding it

A Florida airboat captain was arrested Friday on charges of feeding the alligator that chomped off his right hand.

The 63-year-old lost his hand on June 12 when a 9-foot alligator jumped out of the water in the Everglades and sunk its teeth into Weatherholt's wrist.


Minnesota man charged with burrito assault

After tossing a burrito at a woman on Tuesday night, an Adams, Minn., man was charged in Mower County District Court with gross misdemeanor domestic assault.


Friday, July 13, 2012

'Baltic UFO' may be secret Nazi sub-trap

The mysterious disc-shaped object at the bottom of the Baltic Sea could be a relic from a giant World War II device placed there by the Nazis to disrupt Soviet submarine navigation.

The object may be the concrete anchor of the device, which also had to be fitted with stainless steel mesh, Swedish naval officer and warfare history expert Anders Autellus told Swedish newspaper Expressen. It would interfere with submarine radar signals and make them crash.


Britain's MI6 chief: Iran two years away from becoming nuclear power

In an unusually frank briefing to senior British civil servants, Sir John Sawers, the chief of MI6, Britain's foreign intelligence service said that British agents have been active against Iran's nuclear program since 2008. Despite their efforts though, Sawers said that Iran would likely achieve nuclear capability by 2014.


Flashback: Iran 'months from building atomic bomb', claims atomic agency report

Flashback: Baird says Iran could build nuclear bomb within months

Pentagon: 'Gitmo drugged prisoners for their sake...then interrogated'

A recently-released Pentagon report admits to interrogating Guantanamo Bay prisoners after administering mind-altering treatments to them - often forcibly against their will - but stresses it was not done for the purposes of interrogation.

The report by the inspector general of the US Department of Defense obtained by under the Freedom of Information Act, found that some Gitmo inmates were questioned while receiving prescribed psychoactive treatments.


White House gives Homeland Security control of all communication systems

The White House has finally responded to criticism over US President Barack Obama’s hushed signing last week of an Executive Order that allows the government to command privately-owned communication systems and acknowledges its implications.


JPMorgan admits to losing $5.8 billion this year so far

There’s bad news out of Wall Street this week after JPMorgan Chase admits that a trading goof earlier this year has helped earn the country’s biggest bank $5.8 billion in losses — nearly triple the original estimate.

JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon tells reporters early Friday that the botched deal overseen by then-Chief Investment Officer Ina Drew is now believed to have cost the bank around $4.4 billion in the second quarter for 2012. Originally JPMorgan staffers saw the gaffe as costing them only around $2 billion, but between Friday morning’s revelation and the revisions made on its first quarter losses, the actual amount lost in 2012 for the bank stands to be around $5.8 billion, notwithstanding any further developments.


US sends fourth aircraft carrier and dozens of underwater drones towards Iran

The US Navy has unexpectedly dispatched a fourth aircraft carrier to the Persian Gulf, along with a fleet of underwater drones in what is being considered just the latest move in a series of escalations leading towards a potential war with Iran.

The deployment of dozens of small, unmanned submarine-like watercraft was confirmed by the Los Angeles Times this week, which cites military officials speaking on condition of anonymity.


Scientists spot fifth moon around Pluto

“Just announced: Pluto has some company — We've discovered a 5th moon using the Hubble Space Telescope!” tweeted Alan Stern of the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colo.


People imprisoned in U.S. for drug offenses skyrockets from 41,000 to 507,000 in 30 years

No wonder states like California and others experienced a boom in prison construction beginning in the 1980s.

According to statistics compiled by The Sentencing Project, a nonprofit dedicated to prison reform, the total number of people in jails and prisons for violating drug laws soared from 41,000 in 1980 to 507,000 by 2010.


Russia slams U.S. criticism of NGO law

The U.S. State Department expressing its concerns over Russia’s NGO and Internet blacklist law amounts to infringement in the country's internal affairs, a spokesman for the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Friday.

“Such actions can only be perceived as attempts of rude and unacceptable interference in the work of Russian state authorities and the sovereign legislative process,” Konstantin Dolgov, the ministry’s human rights ombudsman, said in a statement.


Navy beginning to implement underwater drones in Gulf

Amid concerns of Iran closing the Strait of Hormuz during a potential crisis, the U.S. Navy is beginning to develop and release a set of underwater drones to find and destroy sea mines present in the Persian Gulf, according to U.S. officials.


US interference in Asia Pacific may be self-defeating

Hillary Clinton puts forward the U.S. policy of "smart power", which indicates that itshard power is not strong enough. Therefore, the United States has to enter intoalliance, take advantage of conflicts and stir up troubles and divide the nations, so asto achieve the intended purpose efficiently and effectively at low cost. The problem isany smart means cannot be separated from basics.


Woman convicted of battery for protesting TSA pat-down

A Florida woman has learned that being a TSA agent isn’t all just fun, games and genital grabbing — it can actually be quite costly. For demonstrating on an agent just how invasive those pat downs are, Carol Jean Price has been convicted of battery.

Price, 59, was charged earlier this year after she used a hand-on approach to show a Transportation Security Administration supervisor just how intrusive the screening she had just received was. Now a jury has convicted her of battery and she is being forced to pay $500 and has received six months of probation.


2,400 U.S. companies allowed to avoid government safety inspections

A government program that allows businesses to implement “voluntary protection” for its workers has resulted in missed inspections, numerous industrial accidents and at least 80 deaths.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)’s Voluntary Protection Program(VPP) was set up for businesses and federal agencies with good safety records. VPP allows participants to avoid federal inspectors visiting their sites, even at chemical plants, shipyards and sawmills. They can avoid revaluation for the program for up to five years.


House Democrats push health benefits for feds' same-sax spouses

House Democrats have filed an amicus brief arguing that federal health benefits should cover same-sex spouses of employees.

The 130 representatives filed the brief in the latest challenge to the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, which bans same-sex marriage. In March, U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White ruled that aspects of DOMA that prohibited the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriage were unconstitutional. The decision was followed by a unanimous ruling from an appeals court that the entire act was unconstitutional. The Supreme Court is expected to take up the issue in 2013.


Obama ends welfare reform, removes work requirement

Today the Obama administration issued a dramatic new directive stating that the traditional TANF work requirements will be waived or overridden by a legal device called a section 1115 waiver authority under the Social Security law (42 U.S.C. 1315).


Tuesday, July 10, 2012

NY Post columnist: Hillary Clinton already transitioning into vice presidency

New York Post columnist and supporter of President Barack Obama in 2008, Michael Goodwin, told Fox & Friends co-host Brian Kilmeade on Monday that he believes Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is already in the process of transitioning from Cabinet Secretary to vice president.


Compliance officer breaks into woman's home to yell at her over state of her lawn

A Georgia homeowner allegedly awoke to an unusual scene on July 2 — a county code compliance officer yelling at her over the state of her lawn from the doorway of her bedroom.

“I woke up, I didn’t have my glasses on or my contacts in and all I see is this big burly figure standing in my doorway,” Erica Masters explained. “A big huge guy with a grey shirt. It scared the mess out of me.”


Calls to destroy Egypt's Great Pyramids begin

According to several reports in the Arabic media, prominent Muslim clerics have begun to call for the demolition of Egypt’s Great Pyramids—or, in the words of Saudi Sheikh Ali bin Said al-Rabi‘i, those “symbols of paganism,” which Egypt’s Salafi party has long planned to cover with wax. Most recently, Bahrain’s “Sheikh of Sunni Sheikhs” and President of National Unity, Abd al-Latif al-Mahmoud, called on Egypt’s new president, Muhammad Morsi, to “destroy the Pyramids and accomplish what the Sahabi Amr bin al-As could not.”


Putin: 'Foreign policy does not imply isolationism'

"The foreign policy of Russia was, is and will remain independent; it is consistent, retains continuity and reflects a unique role that has evolved over centuries that this country plays in world affairs and in the advancement of civilization," the Russian leader said.

"It has nothing to do with isolationism or confrontation and implies integration in global processes."


Arafat's widow to file charges in France over Arafat's unexplained death

Yasser Arafat's widow will launch a court case in France into the unexplained death of the iconic Palestinian leader eight years ago after a media report suggested he may have been poisoned, her lawyer said on Tuesday.

Allegations of foul play have long surrounded Arafat's demise in November 2004 after French doctors who treated him in his final days said they could not establish the cause of death.


Google fined $22.5 million for ignoring customers' privacy settings

Google Inc is reportedly close to paying $22.5 million to settle charges that it bypassed the privacy settings of customers using Apple's Safari browser.

The staggering sum would be the largest penalty ever levied on a single company by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission.

But, with Google reporting a net income of $2.89 billion in the first quarter of this year, it would take just over 17 hours for the company to earn the amount to pay off the fine.


World Government proposes 1% tax on billionaires

As a means to raise more money for poor nations, a 1% tax should be imposed on the world’s billionaires, a United Nations’ report suggested.

The “World Economic and Social Survey 2012: In Search of New Development Finance” states that more than $400 billion could be raised annually by such a levy on the globe’s 1,226 billionaires.


Federal government allows more than 250 nonorganic substances to be added to "organic" foods

More than 40 years since organic foods began as mom-and-pop operations, the multi-billion dollar movement that has transformed into Big Organic has lost much of its “organic” quality.

The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB), which, as a program within the Agricultural Marketing Service, maintains a list of approved organic ingredients, has gradually allowed nonorganic fillers and other foods to be added to certified goods.


Miami-Dade School Board members decry Michelle Obama campaign stop at local school

First lady Michelle Obama will stop in Miami on Tuesday to recruit residents to vote and volunteer to reelect her husband, President Barack Obama.

But the spot for the political event - Barbara Goleman Senior High in Miami Lakes - has some Republican members of the School Board seeing red.


Putin: The West is on the decline, warns of backlash from former Cold War enemies

President Vladimir Putin said on Monday the West's influence was waning as its economy declines but warned Russian diplomats to be on their guard against a backlash from Moscow's former Cold War enemies.


The Vice President of the Republic: 'Republicans have changed the law so you get arrested if you do vote'

At a Democratic fundraiser for Washington senator Maria Cantwell in the Seattle Westin hotel last night, Vice President Joe Biden said that "Republicans have changed the law so you get arrested if you do vote," according to a pool report. Biden, the pool report states, was "apparently joking."


Obama gives himself control of all communication systems in America

President Obama released his latest Executive Order on Friday, July 6, a 2,205-word statement offered as the “Assignment of National Security and Emergency Preparedness Communications Functions.” And although the president chose not to commemorate the signing with much fanfare, the powers he provides to himself and the federal government under the latest order are among the most far-reaching yet of any of his executive decisions.


FBI prepares billion-dollar iris recognition database

With at least 30 million surveillance cameras watching Americans every day, one aspect of the world of George Orwell’s dystopian novel 1984 has already come to pass, and more is on the way. In the next two years, for example, the FBI plans to test a nationwide database for searching iris scans to more quickly identify persons “of interest” to the government. The human iris, which is the doughnut-shaped, colored part of the eye that surrounds the black pupil, exhibits a pattern unique to each individual, just as fingerprints do, and iris recognition has been a staple of science fiction stories and films for years.


Ahmadinejad: US exercising worst type of suppression against Americans

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad mocked the slogans chanted by the US about freedom, democracy and human rights, saying that the White House leaders have been exercising the worst type of suppression against the American people in a country ruled by the Zionist capitalists.


Iranian MP blames Britain for increasing drug production in Afghanistan

"Since Britain was tasked by the NATO with the responsibility of campaign against drugs in Afghanistan, production of narcotics has increased from the minimum 200 tons in the Taliban era to 8,000 tons at present," Chairman of the parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Alaeddin Boroujerdi said on Tuesday.


US spend $20 billion a year to fight illegal drugs, yet cocaine is cheaper than it was 30 years ago

If the United States’ war on drugs was succeeding, the prices of narcotics should be going up. After all, a reduction in the supply of drugs—the main objective of the government’s efforts—should result in less availability and thus a higher price on the street.


Friday, July 6, 2012

U.S. drone strike in Pakistan 'kills 20'

A U.S. drone fired six rockets on Friday at a house in the town of Miran Shah, in the North Waziristan tribal region, where Taliban militants were believed to be hiding, reports said.


Video: UFOs sweep the skies, orbs spotted worldwide

Fast flying orbs of light have been spotted in the US and Europe almost simultaneously. While many suggest they were the same UFOs, the question remains: how they could travel so fast?


Evidence for ancient life on Mars could be just below surface, new study finds

Researchers say that evidence of ancient life on Mars could take the form of simple organic molecules lying just beneath the Red Planet's surface, and that it could be detectable by NASA's newest rover, which is scheduled to touch down on the planet next month.


US backed Iranian terrorist group M.E.K. pays big to make history go away

The M.E.K., which calls for an overthrow of the Iranian government and is considered by many Iranians to be a cult, once fought for Saddam Hussein and in the 1970s was responsible for bombings, attempted plane hijackings, and political assassinations. It was listed as a foreign terrorist organization in 1997.


Police raid pot-shop, smash surveillance cameras

A raid on a marijuana dispensary in Long Beach was caught on video showing officers smashing surveillance cameras and stepping on a suspect, moves that prompted accusations against the officers of excessive force.



Israel's former national security adviser warns against wasting time on Iran

Exactly three years ago I climbed the narrow stairs to the second floor of a suburban Tel Aviv villa to conduct a wide-ranging interview with a senior official. Israel’s national security adviser greeted me in shorts and a short-sleeve shirt and sandals, sat down at his desk and began firing in all directions. At the time Dr. Uzi Arad said that the Netanyahu government had inherited “scorched earth”...


UN calls for 'billionaires tax' to help world's poor

The United Nations on Thursday called for a tax on billionaires to help raise more than $400 billion a year for poor countries.

An annual lump sum payment by the super-rich is one of a host of measures including a tax on carbon dioxide emissions, currency exchanges or financial transactions proposed in a UN report that accuses wealthy nations of breaking promises to step up aid for the less fortunate.


U.S. warships in Gulf 'sitting ducks' says Iran

U.S. naval ships in the Persian Gulf are within reach of Iranian missiles should the United States consider an offensive against the Islamic Republic, an Iranian expert said on Wednesday.

“The United States knows that its ships in the Persian Gulf are sitting ducks when it comes to Iranian missiles,” Dr. Mohammad Marandi, a professor at Tehran University, said in an interview with Press TV.


US files complaint over China car duties at WTO

The United States filed a complaint to the World TradeOrganization (WTO) against China on Thursday over its anti-dumping andcountervailing duties over US-made autos.


Flashback: China launches complaint at WTO against U.S. duties on 22 Chinese products

Lawyer: Saif al-Islam Gaddafi will not get a fair trial in Libya

Melinda Taylor, an international criminal court defence lawyer detained in Libya for more than three weeks has said she had done nothing to justify her detention and argued the incident showed that her client, Muammar Gaddafi's son, Saif al-Islam, could not get a fair trial in the country.


Napolitano on weird weather and climate change: 'There's a pattern here'

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano this week linked climate change with the wildfires hitting Colorado.

Napolitano said “there’s a pattern here” as she noted the summer wildfires as well as the East Coast heat wave and the high-velocity winds that whipped through the mid-Atlantic late last week. Thousands of people remain without electricity because of the wind storm.


Clinton: Russia and China will 'pay price' for supporting Assad

Russia rejects in the strongest possible terms allegations that it supports President Assad in the Syrian conflict. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Moscow and Beijing must 'pay a price' for backing Assad.

“I do not believe that Russia and China are paying any price at all - nothing at all - for standing up on behalf of the Assad regime. The only way that will change is if every nation represented here directly and urgently makes it clear that Russia and China will pay a price,” Clinton warned.­


The National Flag Bill: Patriotism or trade monopoly?

On July 3, the day before the Independence Day, some Americans openly called onthe House of Representatives speedily for the adoption of the National Flag Bill.According to the bill passed by the U.S. Senate as early as July last year, U.S. federalagencies can only procure the national flags in the United States, and the material forthe flags must be entirely “made in America”; the transportation of the flags must alsobe carried out by U.S. companies.


Glaxo agrees to pay record $3 billion settlement for fraud and hiding drug safety data

In a year of billion-dollar settlements involving drug manufacturers, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has topped them all. The British pharmaceutical company has agreed to pay a record amount—$3 billion—to resolve criminal charges for promoting its best-selling antidepressants for unapproved uses and failing to report safety data about Avandia, a much-prescribed diabetes drug. Also, the deal settles lawsuits stemming from improper marketing of six other medications.


Obama approves loan to Vietnamese Communists to buy satellite from Lockheed Martin

With its satellite already in orbit, the government of Vietnam will now receive a $125.8 million loan from the U.S. Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im) that will help pay for the space hardware purchased from Lockheed Martin.


Thursday, July 5, 2012

Dark matter space superstructures observed for first time

Scientists have for the first time directly observed dark matter, which forms the greatest part of a galactic filament, the largest-known structure in the universe.


Video: Israeli troops filmed kicking Palestinian child

An Israeli Border Police officer has been caught on video kicking a Palestinian child in the southern West Bank. The police have launched a probe into the incident, documented by an Israeli human rights organization.


WikiLeaks releasing 2.4 million Syria emails

WikiLeaks said Thursday it has begun publishing some 2.4 million e-mails from Syrian politicians, government ministries and companies dating back to 2006.


TSA wants to sample your drink at the gate

The TSA wouldn't say what they're testing for or why they are doing it, but travelers say they have a right to know.


Pentagon pleads with Congress for more drone money

The Pentagon is asking Congress to consider moving around US defense funds so that millions of dollars can be allocated to its overseas drone program in Afghanistan.

The Defense Department proposed a shift in as much as $641 million in funding on Monday, which, if approved, would move finances used for other Pentagon programs towards America’s intelligence and surveillance missions in Afghanistan, Bloomberg News reports.


Moscow warns West of 'big war' in Syria

Moscow lashed out on Thursday at the Western position on Syria, saying it could aggravate the situation to the point of war.


Iran sues Russia over UN embargo

Iran has filed a lawsuit to the Geneva Arbitration Court to recover $4-billion in compensation from Russia for a large number of cancelled arms deals.

The case hasn’t been heard yet, though the claim demanding compensation of about $4 billion for failing to adhere to contractual commitments to arms was filed back in April 2011.


U.S. defense contractor illegally helped China build attack hellicopters

Federal prosecutors announced this week that United Technologies and two of its subsidiaries were punished for selling engine-control software to the Chinese 10 years ago. The companies were ordered to pay a $75 million fine for violating an arms embargo that’s been in effect since the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre.


Fukushima reactor meltdown was a man-made disaster, says official report

In a highly critical assessment published on Thursday, a Japanese parliamentary panel challenged claims by the plant's operator, Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco), that the triple meltdown at the plant in north-east Japan had been caused solely by a 14-metre tsunami on 11 March last year. The panel said the magnitude-9 earthquake that preceded the waves could not be ruled out as a cause of the accident.


Iran: West, Zionist regime on verge of collapse

"The West and the Zionist regime are on the verge of collapse; the US and its allies are making their utmost efforts to deviate Islam. The current anti-Syrian acts of the West are rooted in the fact that Damascus supports the resistance against the Zionist occupiers," Larijani said.


China: How US uses sanctions to kidnap world

The recent situation of the Middle East is extremely tense. The United States hasadopted a policy of surrounding Iran instead of attacking it. In order to cut off Iran'seconomic lifeline, the United States has launched an oil war to isolate Iran by usingsanctions to threaten other countries to keep away from Iran's oil. It is a U.S.-style“soap opera” of holding the world hostage.


Obama's Social Security Number challenged

If Barack Obama has an immediate eligibility problem, it is more likely to derive from the Social Security Number he has been using for the last 25 years than from his birth certificate.

Ohio private investigator Susan Daniels has seen to that. On Monday, July 2, she filed suit in Geauga County (Ohio) Common Pleas Court demanding that Jon Husted, Ohio secretary of state, remove Obama’s name from the ballot until Obama can prove the validity of his Social Security Number.


California cities consider seizing mortgages

A handful of local officials in California who say the housing bust is a public blight on their cities may invoke their eminent-domain powers to restructure mortgages as a way to help some borrowers who owe more than their homes are worth.


US "reviewing" UN agency over IT supplies to Iran

The United States said on Wednesday it was reviewing a U.N. agency's dealings with sanctioned countries such as Iran after documents showed the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) had supplied IT equipment to the Islamic Republic.

The Geneva-based WIPO, a 185-member body that includes Iran, sent IT equipment to Iranian authorities, according to correspondence between WIPO and the Iranian agency dealing with intellectual property, dated August 2010 and provided to Reuters by a source close to WIPO.