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May 21, 2011: Profiting on Doomsday?


Wondering about the fate of your pets after Judgment Day? Well, for $135, a loving atheist will care for your animal if you're not around anymore.

Eternal Earthbound Pets offers a service to rescue and take care of pets once their owners have been taken away to the heavenly realms. Though doomsayers say this Saturday will be the latest day of reckoning that's not expected to leave animals behind either.

Bart Centre of New Hampshire, co-owner of the pet business, launched it in June 2009. He has zero belief in Judgment Day, but began to see an increase in sales inquiries in December, which, he believes, is related to Family Radio's heavy marketing campaign around the May 21 date.

The retired retail executive said he has sold 258 contracts so far.

"That's out of 40 million targeted 'rapture' believers, so it's not like we're making a billion dollars," he said.

Wolf

Gingrich - 'Any ad which quotes what I said Sunday is a falsehood'

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich says that anyone that uses direct quotes from his Sunday interview about Rep. Paul Ryan's (R-WI) plan to dismantle Medicare is lying.

"I don't think right-wing social engineering is any more desirable than left-wing social engineering," Gingrich had told NBC's David Gregory Sunday. "I don't think imposing radical change from the right or the left is a very good way for free society to operate."

Now the Georgia Republican is worried that opponents might use those words against him or the Republican Party.

MIB

Russia says an Israeli military attache to Moscow was expelled for spying

An Israeli military attache to Moscow who was expelled from the country was carrying secret information when he was detained, Russia's Foreign Ministry said on Thursday.

Vadim Leiderman was apprehended in Moscow on May 12, caught red-handed receiving classified information from a Russian citizen, the statement said. Leiderman was declared persona non grata and given 48 hours to leave the country, which he did, the statement said.

Israel's military has rejected allegations reported in the Israeli media that Leiderman was a spy.

The military said in a statement Wednesday that the officer underwent a "thorough investigation" after he returned. Israel's Channel 2 TV reported he was taken away by Russian agents during dinner. Other media reported Leiderman was having coffee with a friend before being pulled away by security agents.

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Canada: Harper's Senate picks turn off Canadians: Layton

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Prime Minister Stephen Harper sits with Gov. Gen. David Johnston, front row centre, and members of the federal cabinet following a swearing-in ceremony at Rideau Hall, May 18, 2011.
The naming of defeated Conservative candidates to the Senate just two weeks after the election is part of what's turning people off about Ottawa, NDP Leader Jack Layton said Wednesday.

Layton attacked Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who nominated three losing Tories - including two former senators who had already stepped down from the Upper Chamber to run.

"Mr. Harper talks about Senate reform but he's doing things in the same old way, in fact even worse," Layton said.

"He's taking people who have been defeated, who have been rejected by voters.... You should earn your place in the Senate and if you can't get elected, you shouldn't be appointed to the Senate two weeks later."

Bizarro Earth

Medvedev Warns West of New Cold War over Missile Deal

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President Dmitry Medvedev speaks during his first full press conference as Russian president at the Skolkovo centre outside Moscow on May 18, 2011. Medvedev on Wednesday warned the West it would face a new Cold War if it failed to address Russia's concerns over a proposed missile defence shield for Europe
Skolkovo, Russia - President Dmitry Medvedev warned Wednesday Russia could pull out a new nuclear disarmament treaty and enter a new Cold War with the West if the two sides failed to agree on a new missile defence shield.

Medvedev told reporters that the United States' decision to push ahead with the European shield despite Russia's objections will force Moscow "to take response measures -- something that we would very much rather not do."

MIB

Pakistan, China premiers meet amid tension with US

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Beijing: Pakistan's prime minister sealed a series of agreements with China on Wednesday, highlighting Islamabad's warm ties with Beijing amid heightened tensions with Washington over the killing of Osama bin Laden.

The signing ceremony followed talks between Yousuf Raza Gilani and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao at the Great Hall of the People at the start of a visit to Beijing marking sixty years of diplomatic relations between the two nations.

MIB

Mandatory Mobile Phone Emergency Alert System to Launch in US

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A new mobile telephone emergency alert system will be launched in New York City and Washington DC by the end of the year, US officials have said.

The system will allow the federal government and local authorities to reach people on their mobile phones to warn them of imminent danger.

Messages from the US president or information about missing children would also be sent through the system.

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said there would be no charge to users.

Eagle

Perception Management: United apologizes for reusing 9/11 flight numbers

Washington - United Airlines apologized Wednesday for briefly restarting use of flight numbers of two planes that crashed after being hijacked by terrorists on Sept. 11, 2001.

Spokesman Rahsaan Johnson blamed the reuse of flight numbers 93 and 175 on a "technical error." He said the airline has taken steps to have the numbers removed from its computers.

"We apologize for the error," Johnson said in an interview. "The numbers were inadvertently reinstated."

United flight 93, heading to San Francisco from Newark, N.J., crashed in Shanksville, Pa., killing all 44 people aboard. Flight 175, from Boston to Los Angeles with 65 people aboard, crashed into the south tower of the World Trade Center in New York.

Johnson said the flight numbers went back into use on Monday night. The airline had stopped using the flight numbers shortly after Sept. 11.

Comment: "You Have To Keep Repeating Things To Catapult The Propaganda" - G.W. Bush


Vader

Supreme Court gives police a new entryway into homes

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Washington - The Supreme Court on Monday gave police more leeway to break into residences in search of illegal drugs.

The justices in an 8-1 decision said officers who loudly knock on a door and then hear sounds suggesting evidence is being destroyed may break down the door and enter without a search warrant.

Residents who "attempt to destroy evidence have only themselves to blame" when police burst in, said Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr.

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US warns: hack us, and we might bomb you

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The US revealed its "International Strategy for Cyberspace" (PDF) yesterday. It's mostly blather about how terrific "cyberspace" is, but it gets more specific on a few key issues like national defense. Could our next war start because of a hack? The government says it's possible.

"States have an inherent right to self-defense that may be triggered by certain aggressive acts in cyberspace," says the policy. Indeed, such aggressive acts might compel a country like the US to act even when the hacking is targeted at an allied country.

"Certain hostile acts conducted through cyberspace could compel actions under the commitments we have with our military treaty partners," says the document. "When warranted, the United States will respond to hostile acts in cyberspace as we would any other threat to our country."