Headlines -across the Globe

National USA: 

Lt Gov Ramsey Use of State Email For Political Purposes ‘Unintentional’

When Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey proclaimed his support for Texas Gov. Rick Perry in the Republican presidential contest Wednesday, the news release announcement was sent through the state government’s email system by a state employee.

Adam Kleinheider, Ramsey’s press secretary, said that he made the mistake of sending the news release on the Senate speaker’s support of Perry to a list of state government contacts, including media.  read more here:

North Carolina tobacco and cotton crops pummeled by Irene

In one county, farmers who had expected great harvests face a grim reality after the hurricane. Their fields have been shredded, with wilting leaves on stalks angled by winds. “I’ve never had a year I didn’t make money farming, but I think this will be the one that gets us there,” David Parker said last week, driving up a dirt road between a beaten-down cotton field and a 17-acre patch of dejected-looking tobacco.  read more here:

More U.S. states find traces of radiation from Japan

(CNN) — Colorado and Oregon have joined several other Western states in reporting trace amounts of radioactive particles that have likely drifted about 5,000 miles from a quake and tsunami-damaged nuclear power plant in Japan, officials say. read more here:

Several fires burning in Greater Austin, TX

Winds from Storm Lee turn C. Texas into tinderbox

Updated: Monday, 05 Sep 2011:

AUSTIN (KXAN) – High winds from Tropical Storm Lee are helping to spread several fires that have forced numerous evacuations Sunday .

By midafternoon, fires were buringing in Cedar Park, Pflugerville and Bastrop. Officials said the danger of fires will be present through the last holiday weekend of a one of the hottest and rain-starved summers in Texas history.  read more here:


To celebrate the launch of critically acclaimed video game DEUS EX: HUMAN REVOLUTION, Square Enix has commissioned filmmaker Rob Spence aka Eyeborg (a self proclaimed cyborg who lost an eye replaced it with a wireless video camera) to investigate prosthetics, cybernetics and human augmentation. How far are we from the future?  view amazing video here:

Obama overrules EPA

The EPA is currently pushing an unprecedented rewrite of air-pollution rules in an attempt to shut down a large portion of the coal-fired power fleet. Though these regulations are among the most expensive in the agency’s history, none were demanded by the late Pelosi Congress. They’re all the result of purely bureaucratic discretion under the Clean Air Act, last revised in 1990.

As it happens, those 1990 amendments contain an overlooked provison that would let Mr. Obama overrule EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson’s agenda. With an executive order, he could exempt all power plants “from compliance with any standard or limitation” for two years, or even longer using rolling two-year periods. All he has to declare is “that the technology to implement such standard is not available and that it is in the national security interests of the United States to do so.”  read more here:

Tennessee Patent Application Provides Merchants More Control Over Costs

A new non-profit organization offers a proposed patent method that would literally reassign the residual profits from credit card merchant accounts back to the merchants paying them.  A business method that global banking systems do not want you to know about! 

A system and method whereby certain nonprofit entities and/or their business contributors may recover portions of certain costs currently being paid in the normal and regular in their course of doing business. These recovered costs may then be used as essentially automatic & residual contributions to qualified organizations, or public charities [as designated by the merchant], or agencies which operate for the public good (e.g., disaster relief, homeless shelters, support groups such as booster clubs, school boards, etc.).  read more here:

Gibson Guitar Wails on Federal Raid Over Wood

Gibson Guitar Corp., a big user of ebony and other scarce woods, for years has allied itself with Greenpeace and other environmental groups to show it was serious about preserving forests.

That didn’t stop the Nashville-based company, whose guitars are used by such musicians as B.B. King and Angus Young of AC/DC, from running afoul of U.S. authorities over allegedly illegal imports of wood. Though no charges have been filed, Gibson factories have been raided twice, most recently last week, by federal agents who say ebony exported from India to Gibson was “fraudulently” labeled to conceal a contravention of Indian export law………The law ensnaring Gibson is the Lacey Act of 1900, originally passed to regulate trade in bird feathers used for hats and amended in 2008 to cover wood and other plant products. It requires companies to make detailed disclosures about wood imports and bars the purchase of goods exported in violation of a foreign country’s laws.  read more here:

Europe / Asia:

Soil bacterium helps kill cancers

A bacterium found in soil is a showing promise as a way of delivering cancer drugs into tumors. Spores of the Clostridium sporogenes bacterium can grow within tumours because there is no oxygen. UK and Dutch scientists have been able to genetically engineer an enzyme into the bacteria to activate a cancer drug.  read more here.

Somali Pirate Attacks in Indian Ocean Decreased

“In the first six months of this year, of 187 attacks (off the Somali coast), only 22 resulted in hijack, indicating that 88 per cent of attacks are being defeated, largely by proper application of best management practice,” Mr Mitropoulos said in London. Best management practice includes ships travelling in protected convoys in the piracy risk areas, taking measures to protect their ships against attacks and in some cases, the use of armed personnel to protect merchant vessels.  read more here:

Fukushima: What don’t we know?

On March 11, when news of the terrible events at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant began to emerge, so did the contrasts: Will this be another Chernobyl? How does this compare with Three Mile Island? Discussions have focused on the communications, as well as technical, differences between these accidents: specifically, how to avoid another Chernobyl or Three Mile Island in terms of disseminating inaccurate information.  read more here:

Pakistani woman police officer bags international award

UNITED NATIONS: A Pakistani woman police officer, currently working for a UN peacekeeping operation, has received the 2011 International Female Police Peacekeeper Award in recognition of her outstanding performance.

Shahzadi Gulfam, a deputy superintendent of police, is the first Pakistani woman officer to receive the prestigious award. She is deployed with the United Nations Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT) as the UN Police (UNPOL) team leader posted in the Timor-Leste National Police Vulnerable Persons Unit in Dili, the capital.  read more here:

Dominique Strauss-Kahn appears to leave US altogether

Dominique Strauss-Kahn appeared to have left the US altogether, as removal trucks parked outside his mansion in Washington, DC, were loaded with boxes of belongings. Mr Strauss-Kahn, the former head of the International Monetary Fund, arrived back in France over the weekend after leaving New York City following the dismissal of sexual assault charges against him. The 62-year-old appears to have no intention of returning to the house in Washington’s upmarket Georgetown neighbourhood, where he lived with his wife, Anne Sinclair, a multi-millionaire heiress.  read more here:

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