Executive Producers: William Che, Nathan Rubio
Associate Executive Producers: Thomas Wyler
Art By: Thijs Brouwers
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My son told me to tell you about this tissue box issue and my theory about it. Since you know about the boxes I will tell you my theory. I think China has be disposing of some of its nuclear and toxic waste by incorporating it into some of their products. Besides getting rid of it; the exposure to the wastes would degrade the health of their competition making them more vulnerable. If I had the equipement I would love to take it into a Dollar Tree store and see what happened.
One customer filed a formal complaint in December with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that appeared to be related to the software issue. In the complaint, the driver said that while driving the Karma at 35 mph, the car shut itself off, the brakes failed, all the lights on the dash lit up and the steering was impaired. There were no deaths or injuries.
A mad dog cruise ship captain drives his cruise boat into a rock near Italy and Barbara Boxer sees an expanded role for government. Boxer wants the Coast Guard to train cruise ship passengers before they head of on cruises. Boxer, who is chairwoman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, said in a letter to Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Robert Papp that after the accident of the Costa Concordia cruise liner, the U.S. Coast Guard should change its policies regarding American cruise ships. We are getting surrounded.
Dear Mr. Speaker: (Dear Mr. President:) Section 202(d) of the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1622(d)) provides for the automatic termination of a national emergency unless, within 90 days prior to the anniversary date of its declaration, the President publishes in the Federal Register and transmits to the Congress a notice stating that the emergency is to continue in effect beyond the anniversary date. In accordance with this provision, I have sent to the Federal Register for publication the enclosed notice stating that the national emergency declared with respect to foreign terrorists who threaten to disrupt the Middle East peace process is to continue in effect beyond January 23, 2012. The crisis with respect to grave acts of violence committed by foreign terrorists who threaten to disrupt the Middle East peace process that led to the declaration of a national emergency on January 23, 1995, has not been resolved. Terrorist groups continue to engage in activities that have the purpose or effect of threatening the Middle East peace process and that are hostile to United States interests in the region. Such actions constitute an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States. For these reasons, I have determined that it is necessary to continue the national emergency with respect to foreign terrorists who threaten to disrupt the Middle East peace process and to maintain in force the economic sanctions against them to respond to this threat.
The 11th season debut of Fox's American Idol had the biggest year-over-year ratings drop for a premiere episode in the show's decade-long history. Idol delivered 21.9 million viewers and a 7.4 in the adult demo on Wednesday night, according to Fox's time-zone-adjusted national ratings. That's down 24 percent from last year.
- In 1994, 20 cops raided Dotcom's home, in what appeared to be a sting operation set up by MCI. The police confiscated $80,000 in computer equipment, arresting Dotcom and charging him with selling stolen credit cards. Dotcom claimed to be working undercover for MCI, and that he was only trying to help make the company's systems more secure. - In 1998, Dotcom wore black sunglasses to his trial in Germany, and boasted that he loved "feeling like a spy." He was convicted of fraud and other hacking charges, including embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars. He was sentenced to two years of probation, and fined 20,000 marks. The judge at the time said the court viewed his actions as "youthful foolishness."
"We intend to vigorously defend against these charges," the AP quoted Brennet, a supporter of free speech and online digital rights, as saying. Robert Bennet had earlier represented former president Bill Clinton in sexual harassment charges, and corporate giant Enron against allegations of corporate fraud. The high profile lawyer had also represented Defense Secretaries Clark Clifford and Caspar Weinberger.
By Sean Gallagher | Published 2 days ago The filesharing site Megaupload.com has been taken down by the FBI as the Justice Department unsealed an indictment charging seven people associated with the site. The 72-page indictment, handed down by a federal grand jury in Virginia on January 5, charges the seven people, including Megaupload's founders Kim Dotcom and Mathias Ortman, with conspiracy. Four of the people named--including Dotcom, Ortmann, Megaupload.com chief marketing officer Finn Batao, and developer Bram van der Kolk--are in custody, arrested in New Zealand today, according to the FBI. The FBI worked with authorities from New Zealand, Hong Kong, the Netherlands, Canada, Germany, the UK and the Phillipines, and in concert with US Immigration and Customs Enforcement on the case. The indictment charges that the "Mega conspiracy" has for more than five years operated websites that willfully distributed pirated movies, often before their theatrical release, and other illegal copies of copyrighted works, earning the company over $175 million in illegal profits through advertising revenue. Megaupload is also charged with money laundering by paying uploaders through an "uploader reward program," and paying other companies to host the pirated content.
Congress may take books, musical compositions and other works out of the public domain, where they can be freely used and adapted, and grant them copyright status again, the Supreme Court ruled Wednesday. In a 6-2 ruling, the court said that, just because material enters the public domain, it is not "territory that works may never exit." (.pdf)
At least 7,000 people took to the streets of Bucharest on Thursday to demand the resignation of the country's government and its president, Traian Basescu. The protests that have been raging since last Sunday have already left at least 60 people injured. On Thursday alone, about 100 people were questioned by the police on suspicion of throwing stones and using iron fences to attack police lines. RT's correspondent Tom Barton, who is currently in Bucharest, witnessed fighting that broke out between police and protesters on Thursday. Reporting from the middle of the rallying crowd, he saw protesters throwing bottles and fences at the police. "This is the violence everyone hoped they could avoid today but it has broken out after all," he said. Earlier in the day, thousands poured into the Romanian capital to demand the resignation of the Romanian president. In an address to the crowd, opposition politicians called for the government to quit.- "Some people are upset because they have lost their jobs, others because their pension was cut and others because they are being humiliated every day. But there is one thing that unites us all: that we all want Basescu to leave!" Viktor Ponta of Romania's Social Democratic Party told the protestors.
The Institute of International Finance (IIF), which represents the creditors, said a technical team would remain to work on the details and negotiations would continue on the phone. Greece had hoped an agreement would be in place by the end of the weekend. It needs a deal if it is to receive the next tranche of bailout funds. The 130bn euro ($168bn; £108bn) rescue package from the EU and IMF is crucial if Greece is to meet its next debt repayment deadline in two months. The Institute of International Finance (IIF), which represents the private creditors, denied that its managing director Charles Dallara and his adviser Jean Lemierre had left unexpectedly on Saturday, saying that they had "longstanding personal appointments". A deal now seems unlikely before eurozone finance ministers meet on Monday.
Two undercover police officers secretly fathered children with political campaigners they had been sent to spy on and later disappeared completely from the lives of their offspring, the Guardian can reveal. In both cases, the children have grown up not knowing that their biological fathers -- whom they have not seen in decades -- were police officers who had adopted fake identities to infiltrate activist groups. Both men have concealed their true identities from the children's mothers for many years. One of the spies was Bob Lambert, who has already admitted that he tricked a second woman into having a long-term relationship with him, as part of an intricate attempt to bolster his credibility as a committed campaigner. The second police spy followed the progress of his child and the child's mother by reading confidential police reports which tracked the mother's political activities and life. The disclosures are likely to intensify the controversy over the long-running police operation to infiltrate and sabotage protest groups. Police chiefs claim that undercover officers are strictly forbidden from having sexual relationships with the activists they are spying on, describing the situations as "grossly unprofessional" and "morally wrong". But that claim has been undermined as many of the officers who have been unmasked have admitted to, or have been accused of, having sex with the targets of their surveillance. Last month eight women who say they were duped into forming long-term intimate relationships of up to nine years with five undercover policemen started unprecedented legal action. They say they have suffered immense emotional trauma and pain over the relationships, which spanned the period from 1987 to 2010. Until now it was not known that police had secretly fathered children while living undercover. One of them is Lambert, who adopted a fake persona to infiltrate animal rights and environmental groups in the 1980s.
"In an instant, anything can happen," she told Reuters. "And I firmly believe that you have to be prepared." Tegeler is among a growing subculture of Americans who refer to themselves informally as "preppers." Some are driven by a fear of imminent societal collapse, others are worried about terrorism, and many have a vague concern that an escalating series of natural disasters is leading to some type of environmental cataclysm. They are following in the footsteps of hippies in the 1960s who set up communes to separate themselves from what they saw as a materialistic society, and the survivalists in the 1990s who were hoping to escape the dictates of what they perceived as an increasingly secular and oppressive government. Preppers, though are, worried about no government.
Tulsa Police are investigating a self-inflicted shooting in the 3400 block of South Oswego Thursday morning. It happened just before 9 a.m. Police identify the man who was shot as 41-year-old Robert McDermed. They say he was being interviewed by-Homeland Security and Immigration and Custom officers when he got up, went into a bathroom-and shot himself.
"It wasn't secret, we just didn't need to tell anyone about it" said Sid Heaslip, Programme manager at Opentext discussing the TOP SECRET FACEBOOK OF POWER that his company made for the G20 summit in 2010, exclusively for the leaders of the world's most powerful nations to network with. Despite keeping the network codenamed "V20" under wraps at the time, Opentext execs are now keen to discuss the world's most elite social network, not least because the aura of power and secrecy around the summit gives their cloud-based document-sharing software a little more sex appeal than the average cloud-based document sharing software package enjoys. Opentext spoke about their G20 social network last week at a conference in London where they were meeting public sector players in an attempt to get them interested in their social work-flow solutions. The Facebook of Power At the Toronto based G20 summit in 2010, the men and women holding the purse strings of the world were forced to get on the Facebook-style network to access documents and communicate with each other, because email was strictly banned. Only 125 members were accepted - the finance and deputy finance ministers of the twenty countries along with a "sherpa" or guide for each member state. 55 of them decided to upload profile pictures too, giving the financial negotiations a more personal touch. It's highly likely that the remaining 60-odd invites were parcelled out to the global premiers, which means that it is likely, though not certain Barack Obama was/is on there.
As the Internal Revenue Service begins accepting returns this week for the 2012 tax season, the agency has begun a $320 million upgrade over 10 years to improve its website content, design and usability, according to a new GAO report. But the IRS' website plans need to be more strategic-to address a need to shift incoming inquiries from the public-to less expensive online customer service tools while minimizing use of expensive telephone customer services, the Jan. 17 report said. IRS' current $320 million investment for its website includes new, more secure portals so that taxpayers can access more information. The new website is expected to go online in 2013
It's pretty easy to dismiss the "check engine" light as just stupid, because, well, it is. I suppose if you thought that the cause of smoke coming from under your hood had something to do with the floor mats, then, sure, the "check engine" light is handy, but beyond that, it's useless. But that's not the real problem. The real problem is that the "check engine" light is a tool for the propagation of consumer ignorance about their cars. Which is why it needs to die. Now.
LightSquared is now claiming that interference tests on GPS devices in the presence of its broadband signal were "rigged" and it's asking the FCC to redo the tests. In a news release Wednesday, LightSquared officials claimed those running the tests "cherry picked" the most vulnerable devices for testing and then applied unrealistic standards. A panel of representatives from nine government agencies said on Friday that LightSquared's proposed broadband service would cause "significant interference with GPS" and "there appear to be no practical solutions or mitigations" that would allow the two systems to co-exist. The National Space-Based Positioning, Navigation, and Timing Executive Committee (PNT) told the Commerce Department that no further testing of the system is needed. LightSquared was quick to protest, and filed a conflict-of-interest complaint against the "deeply flawed" process, claiming that PNT is biased in favor of GPS manufacturers.
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health issued a consumer alert on Friday after learning that a local farm's raw milk could be contaminated with Brucella. A man who drank raw milk from the dairy in late December has received a preliminary -diagnosis of brucellosis. Test results are pendng. Brucellosis is a highly contagious disease caused by ingestion of unpasteurized milk or meat from animals infected with Brucella. Massachusetts public health authorities say they haven't seen Brucella in livestock there in decades. Twin Rivers Farm in Ashley Falls is being investigated as the possible source of infection, and the dairy's raw milk sales have been suspended. The dairy sells raw milk only at the farm, not in retail stores. Health officials are advising anyone who purchased raw milk from the farm to discard it, and advised anyone who thinks they became ill from drinking raw milk to immediately seek medical attention and notify the local board of health or the state's Food Protection Program. The advisory does not extend to pasteurized milk from Twin Rivers Farm. According to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, brucellosis is a bacterial infection that can cause flu-like symptoms including sweats, headache, fever, swollen lymph nodes, and back pains. In some cases, the infection can cause long-lasting and chronic symptoms. Adults are more likely to fall seriously ill than children.
Russia is talking with the US and Europe on plans to create a manned research base on the moon, the head of the Russian space agency Roscosmos said Thursday. Roscosmos is discussing the possibilities for a permanent moon base with officials from NASA and the European Space Agency, the agency's chief, Vladimir Popovkin said. "We don't want man to just step on the moon," Popovkin told Vesti FM radio station, according to the Ria Novosti news agency. "Today, we know enough about it, we know that there is water in its polar areas ... we are now discussing how to begin [the moon's] exploration with NASA and the European Space Agency."
Although little official information has been released about the station, several sources report that it contained multiple Earth-observation cameras, as well as an on-board gun. The station was deorbited, and re-entered the atmosphere on January 24, 1975. The next space station launched by the Soviet Union was the civilian station Salyut 4; the next military station was Salyut 5, which was the final Almaz space station.
What pushed me over the edge was her debut this week as a spokesperson for pharma giant Novo Nordisk's diabetes treatment Victoza. As Anthony Bourdain tweeted in response to the announcement, "Thinking of getting into the leg-breaking business, so I can profitably sell crutches later." Here, Deen isn't making a private decision on how to treat an ailment; she's turning her ailment into a quite-public revenue stream. And she's broadcasting a clear message to her legion of fans: Eat all the junkie food you want, and don't worry, because the pharmaceutical industry will bail you out.