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Alexander Cockburn dumps on nuclear loving greens and man made global warming

Acclaimed leftist journalist Alexander Cockburn at his home in Humboldt County, California.


Comment: Salient points on the man-made global warming hoax and dangers posed by nuclear power along the US West coast.


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Swiss tourist brutally gang-raped in front of husband in central India

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A woman stands in front of an illuminated house powered by solar energy at Meerwada village of Guna district in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh.
A Swiss tourist's Indian vacation took a horrific turn Friday night after she was brutally gang-raped by a group of eight people in the state of Madhya Pradesh. Around 15 people have been detained by police, the Times of India reported.

The gruesome incident occurred around 9:00pm local time on Friday, in a desolate jungle area of the Datia district. The victim's husband told police that four people raped the woman in front of him, while the rest of the men restrained the couple.

According to police official S.M. Afzal Datia, the suspects allegedly attacked the 39-year-old woman with canes and other weapons. They assaulted the victim's husband and stole the couple's cash, laptop, camera, flashlights, and mobile phones.

The woman was rushed to Gwalior district hospital, where doctors confirmed the rape and assault. She has since been discharged.

Police Director-General Nandan Kumar Dubey said the suspects have been identified. The matter has also been reported to the minister of external affairs and the embassy, he said.

But National Commission for Women (NCW) chair Mamata Sharma said the local government should be doing far more in the wake of the crime. "The government has remained stoic and are not taking appropriate steps in the right direction," she said in a statement.

The Swiss woman and her husband were touring the area by bicycle and camping overnight in the forest. They had been vacationing in India for the past three months.

Briefcase

Russian fundamentalists sue U.S., want Alaska back

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Russian Fundamentalists Sue US, Want Alaska Back
US President Barack Obama must have known that his support of gay marriage would bring him trouble. But of all possible repercussions, a demand to roll back Alaska's 1867 sale to the United States was one he was unlikely to have seen coming.

And yet that was the very claim that an ultraconservative religious group made in a Moscow arbitrage court, citing the need to protect fellow Christians from sin.

Obama's alleged plans to legalize the "so-called same-sex marriage" threaten the freedom of religion of Alaska's Orthodox Christians, who "would never accept sin for normal behavior," the nongovernmental group Pchyolki ("Bees") said.

"We see it as our duty to protect their right to freely practice their religion, which allows no tolerance to sin," the group said in a statement on their website.

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13 dead, dozens hurt in Mexico fireworks explosion

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Soldiers guard the area as forensic workers gather evidence after a truck loaded with fireworks exploded during a religious procession in the town of Nativitas, Mexico, Friday March 15, 2013
A truck loaded with fireworks exploded during a religious procession in a rural village in central Mexico, killing at least 13 people and injuring 154, authorities said.

The blast Friday was set off when a firework malfunctioned and landed on the truck, igniting the fireworks it carried, officials said

"They were in a procession, they were shooting off rockets and it exploded and fell onto the other ones," said Jose Mateo Morales, director of the Tlaxcala state civil protection department. "It was very serious."

Human remains and burned clothes were spread around a 100-yard (100-meter) radius, including on rooftops, a photographer at the scene said.

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Skyrocketing food prices spike hunger crisis in Egypt

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Low-income households in Egypt are being hit by soaring food prices, placing a major strain on many poor families in the country, who are struggling to put basic staples on the table.

Inside a small Cairo apartment, Howeida Nageh is dicing a few tomatoes in her kitchen. Her three sons have arrived home from school and they are hungry. Yet, the only food available is these tomatoes and a piece of bread - and this will be the boys' only meal for the day.

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Saddam's statue: the bitter regrets of Iraq's sledgehammer man

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Kadom al-Jabouri swings a hammer at the base of the statue of Saddam Hussein in Baghdad in April 2003.
Kadom al-Jabouri became famous when he took his hammer to the dictator's statue. Now he wishes he had never done it

Ten years ago, Kadom al-Jabouri became the face of the fall of Baghdad. Pictured with a sledgehammer while attempting to demolish the huge statue of Saddam Hussein in the city's Firdos Square, Jabouri's jubilant act of destruction made front pages around the world.

For Tony Blair and President George W Bush, the image was a godsend, encapsulating the delight of a grateful nation that their hated dictator had been ousted. The US networks showed the statue's fall for hours on end.

However, almost exactly a decade later, the "sledgehammer man" - who was helped by a US tank carrier to finally topple the statue - furiously regrets that afternoon and the symbolism of what he was involved in. "I hated Saddam," the 52-year-old owner of a motorcycle spares shop told the Observer. "I dreamed for five years of bringing down that statue, but what has followed has been a bitter disappointment.

Arrow Up

Food fraud conceals rising price inflation

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If inflation is not the first topic that comes to mind when you read about food fraud, you are not alone. There is no immediate, intuitive connection between recent sensational headlines about horsemeat being found in so-called beef lasagnas and the concept of price inflation.

But in fact, it is price inflation that is causing food fraud. Everyone has experienced shrinking package sizes where price is maintained (quantitative easing), offsetting higher input costs.

However as per this recent Zerohedge article, quality and ingredient substitutions are now the rage:
We've had an endless series of products whose ingredients have been cheapened in order to maintain the price. Consumers won't be able to taste the difference, the theory goes.
As WealthCycles readers know, although the term "inflation" is commonly used in referring to rising prices, the true meaning of economic inflation is inflation of the currency supply. Importantly, we detail in Semantics Deception Illustrates Power of Words, that when you control the language, you control the argument.

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Warwick Police investigating apparent double murder-suicide

Three people are dead after an apparent double murder-suicide in Warwick Saturday morning.

Deputy Chief Michael Babula said that three people were found shot to death in a home on Kenway Avenue in what appears to have been a domestic incident. Babula declined to identify the deceased as notifications of family members are still being made.

Alarm Clock

Two dead in apparent murder-suicide near Gravel Switch

Kentucky State Police are investigating what is being called a murder-suicide after the bodies on a Boyle County man and woman were found shot to death on the porch of a Casey County residence early Saturday morning.

Troopers were dispatched a "shots fired" call from Casey County dispatch about 11:45 p.m. Friday. When they arrived, they discovered the bodies of Judith "Robin" Duncil, 52, and George "Buddy" Merrick, 61, on the front porch of a residence on Little South Road near Gravel Switch, Trooper Billy Gregory said.

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Food prices to rise: UK farmers face disaster with 'perfect storm' of appalling weather and livestock disease

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Appalling weather has coincided with disease in livestock to hit farmers hard.
Prince's Countryside Fund says agriculture is confronting a worse crisis than the foot-and-mouth outbreak of 2001

British agriculture is facing a worse crisis than the foot-and-mouth disease outbreak of 2001, with around 90% of farmers affected, according to the Prince's Countryside Fund. The charity, established by the Prince of Wales in 2010, is co-ordinating welfare efforts for families in dire need.

"This crisis is unique because it's so broad," said Tor Harris, the fund's director. "There have been others in the past but they have affected particular groups, such as livestock farmers. This affects upland and lowland farmers and even arable farmers, which is something we haven't seen in a very long time. Nearly every farmer is going to be touched by this over the next year or 18 months."

Farming faces a perfect storm. Appalling weather - 2012 was the second wettest year on record in England - has coincided with disease in livestock, including bovine TB and Schmallenberg in sheep, which causes birth defects. On top of this there are commercial pressures, with retailers driving prices down because of the state of the economy, combined with the cost of animal feed needed to replace poor quality silage due to the weather, shooting up by 40%.

Comment: Not isolated to the UK, the 'perfect storm' of surging food prices is global.