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First Responder - "We Were Nuked on 9-11"

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In November, the heat from the underground fires were melting fireman's boots. My feet were hot as I walked across the rubble.

I laugh when all these firemen and cops are portrayed as heroes for responding to 9/11.

Consider me the anti-hero. I arrived at the WTC on the second week and I worked at the WTC and landfill until November. I made the best of it and did what I had to do.

As an Italian American cop from Brooklyn I did my job-nothing more. I was out for me. Throughout my career I made arrests and I was never in trouble yet I knew in the back of my mind that the job would screw me. It did.

I am now sick like thousands of other first responders. The difference is that I'm not bellyaching about what an injustice was dealt to me. Perhaps it is karma.

It is funny how the powers-that-be hide the truth right under your nose, in plain sight. In the early 40s the "Manhattan Project" was started. Years later we all knew about the devastation of the first A-bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima. It turns out that no one could fathom that the government would build an Atom bomb right in downtown Manhattan.

Vader

USDA moves to let Monsanto perform its own environmental impact studies on GMOs

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"Everything looks A-OK. What a surprise!"
Last August, Federal Judge Jeffrey White issued a stinging rebuke to the USDA for its process on approving new genetically modified seeds. He ruled that the agency's practice of "deregulating" novel seed varieties without first performing an environmental impact study violated the National Environmental Policy Act.

The target of Judge White's ire was the USDA's 2005 approval of Monsanto's Roundup Ready sugar beets, engineered to withstand doses of the company's own herbicide. White's ruling effectively revoked the approval of Monsanto's novel beet seeds pending an environmental impact study, and cast doubt upon the USDA's notoriously industry-friendly way of regulating GM seeds.

Pistol

120 dead after 2 days of unrest in Syria

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Image grab taken from a YouTube video on April 19, 2011 - which AFP cannot independently verify - claims to show Syrian anti-regime protesters during a demonstration in Homs on April 18, 2011.
Beirut - Syrian security forces fired at tens of thousands of people joining funeral processions Saturday after the bloodiest day of the monthlong uprising against President Bashar Assad, bringing the death toll from two days of violence to more than 120 and prompting two lawmakers and a local religious leader to resign in disgust over the killings.

The resignations were a possible sign of cracks developing in the regime's base in a nation where nearly all opposition figures have been either jailed or exiled during the 40-year dynasty of the Assad family.

"I cannot tolerate the blood of our innocent sons and children being shed," Sheikh Rizq Abdul-Rahim Abazeid told The Associated Press after stepping down from his post as the mufti of the Daraa region in southern Syria.

The lawmakers, Nasser Hariri and Khalil Rifai, also are from Daraa, which has become the epicenter of the protest movement after a group of teenagers were arrested there for scrawling anti-regime graffiti on a wall in mid-March.

Since then, the relentless crackdown on demonstrations has only served to invigorate protesters whose rage over the bloodshed has all but eclipsed their earlier demands for modest reforms. Now, many are seeking Assad's downfall.

Bad Guys

US: 9/11 Responders To Be Warned They Will Be Screened By FBI's Terrorism Watch List

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Washington -- A provision in the new 9/11 health bill may be adding insult to injury for people who fell sick after their service in the aftermath of the 2001 Al Qaeda attacks, The Huffington Post has learned.

The tens of thousands of cops, firefighters, construction workers and others who survived the worst terrorist assault in U.S. history and risked their lives in its wake will soon be informed that their names must be run through the FBI's terrorism watch list, according to a letter obtained by HuffPost.

Any of the responders who are not compared to the database of suspected terrorists would be barred from getting treatment for the numerous, worsening ailments that the James Zadroga 9/11 Health And Compensation Law was passed to address.

Megaphone

The Libya story is total BS

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Nuke

Fukushima = 2,000 Atomic Bombs

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France detonated this nuke in the South Pacific 7-3-70 Scientific American Sygma
Killer Contamination Spreads Worldwide Without Opposition

San Francisco - Radioactive contamination equivalent to the Fukushima, Japan disaster in terms of the hated "Mushroom Cloud" Atomic Bombs is two thousand (2,000) 500 Kiloton Atomic Bombs.* Each 500kt Atomic Bomb is 33 times bigger than the American Bomb that destroyed Hiroshima on August 6, 1945.

President G. Bush often referred to the well known "mushroom cloud" as a terrorist signature. Nope, just standard operating procedure (SOP) in the stationary nuclear weapons biz-ness, otherwise known worldwide as "Nuclear Power Reactors." Except, in the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Weapons, the biggest ever, the "mushroom" portion is invisible and has engulfed the whole world with 70 Billion Radioactive Lethal Doses* - so far. There's more on the way.

Truly, it is as if the entire world is At War! The dreaded all-out nuclear war that would happen if Russia or the United Stated accidentally "Pressed The Button" is going on right now; it is a done deal. Imagine that! The same thing as detonating 2,000 big Atomic Bombs and not even one "BOOM!" Not a shot fired, yet we could all die!

Bad Guys

Libya and hindsight: Book review of War is a Lie by David Swanson

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Hindsight can be a troublesome thing. I distinctly remember ranting on this very blog about Gaddafi's barbaric treatment of his own people. I never went so far as to suggest that we should send in the gunboats, so to speak, but rest assured, I thought it. When I read David Cameron's words to the Kuwaiti Parliament and then again in the UK Parliament, I felt reasurred that we should back the uprising on humanitarian grounds. A popular uprising against four decades of Gaddafi rule being violently quashed by a bloke who, to be frank, I never really liked.

Now, regime change is looking ever more likely in Libya as we try to get more involved but become more evasive about being involved. We've sent in 'advisers' to assist in organisational matters. Not ground troops. OK? Peter Brookes' cartoon in The Times today was a good one. Soldiers marching on their hands, their legs facing the sky: "No boots on the ground..." Yes, very good Peter, I've definitely heard that somewhere before.

This is all relative to Biteback, we're publishing War is a Lie by David Swanson. But on re-reading it last night in preparation for writing a blog to let you all know it was available, I read this:

War Whore

Libya: Another Neocon War

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The US department of justice (DOJ) has submitted a written defence of the US role in this new war in Libya to the US Congress. The DOJ claims the war serves the US national interest in regional stability and in maintaining the credibility of the United Nations. Who knew?

The regional stability line would be a stretch for the UK but is downright nuts for the US. Who, outside of US strategic command types working on weapons in space, thinks Libya and America are in the same region? (In fact, the US is in Northcom and Libya in Africom, in the lingo of the Pentagon's structure of global domination. Europe is in Eucom.) And what has done more good this year for the region that Libya is actually in than instability (think Tunisia, Egypt)?

Cell Phone

How wide does this go? Now Google devices 'found to transmit user locations back to the company'

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Tests: An Android HTC phone was found to track its location every few seconds and transmitted the data back to Google several times an hour
  • Google's Android HTC phone transmitted data back to Google several times an hour
  • Apple slammed for user locations being stored in iPhone and iPad
  • Google and Apple are using location data to build databases of Wi-Fi hotspots
  • Data from Apple devices syncs with computer, meaning anyone with access can see
  • Representative Edward Markey questions whether the practice may be illegal
The row over the privacy of mobile phone users escalated today as it was revealed that Google devices regularly transmit user locations back to the company.

The new revelations come after Apple was this week slammed by several Congress members for the way user locations are being stored in unencrypted databases on the iPhone and iPad, sometimes stretching back several months.

In Google's case an Android HTC phone tracked its location every few seconds and transmitted the data back to Google several times an hour, according to new research by security analyst Samy Kamkar for the Wall Street Journal.

It also transmitted the name, location and signal strength of any close Wi-Fi networks and the phone's unique identifier.

Both Google and Apple have previously admitted they are using location data to build massive databases of Wi-Fi hotspots.

This can then be used to pinpoint individual's locations via their mobile phones, which in turn could help the companies tap into the huge market for location-based services, currently worth $2.9billion.

Rocket

U.S. begins using armed drones in Libya, Gates says

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U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates meets with troops from the U.S. Army 25th Infantry Division from Hawaii during a visit to Camp Victory in Baghdad April 7, 2011.
The United States is using armed Predator drones in Libya to target Muammar Gaddafi's forces with the approval of President Barack Obama, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said on Thursday.

The unmanned aircraft, already used to target militants along Pakistan's border with Afghanistan, will allow for precise attacks against Gaddafi's forces, Gates told a news conference.

"He (Obama) has approved the use of armed Predators," Gates said.

The first two Predators, which carry Hellfire missiles and can stay in the air for 24 hours, headed to Libya on Thursday but had to turn back due to bad weather, said General James Cartwright, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

The U.S. military plans to maintain two patrols of armed Predators above Libya at any given time, permitting better surveillance -- and targeting -- of Gaddafi's forces as they dig into positions next to civilian areas, Cartwright told the same briefing.