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Turksih PM sends thunderbolt on Cyprus talks

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The Turkish Prime Minister has sent a thunderbolt to the United Nations and leaders of Cyprus by announcing that his country is no longer prepared to accept the concessions it has agreed to in order to help with the reunification of Cyprus in line with a UN plan back in 2004.

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said the Turkish side will accept nothing short of recognition of a two-state solution on the island, effectively meaning if the current round of UN sponsored talks fail Turkey will likely seek international recognition for the break-away state.

The Turkish prime minister said Turkey no longer agrees to the return of Morphou and Karpas to the Greek Cypriots, as envisioned in the failed Annan plan.

Erdogan, who arrives in Cyprus later today, said 2012 was a final deadline for a settlement on the island.

People

New York Times Brooks Promotes Eugenics "Death Panels" Amid Budget Crisis

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In recent years, particularly since the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), there seems to have been an increase in the amount of commentary espousing the rationing of healthcare for the elderly, chronically ill, and the handicapped. Ever since the allegation (correct as it was) that the Obama health plan contained rationing and "death panels," there has been a strange flurry of both denial and simultaneous support of the concept of health care rationing for some of the most vulnerable members of society.

With this in mind, the recent editorial by David Brooks that was published in the New York Times, titled Death and Budgets, should come as no surprise. In this article, Brooks argues that it is pointless to spend as much money as we currently do on individuals who will only benefit from a few months of life extension. He also asserts that the sick and the old have an obligation to the living; what has been deemed by others as a "duty to die." Brooks even goes so far as to suggest the ridiculous idea that the current budget crisis is the result of old people who receive health care services in the last few months of their lives.

While some may laugh at the last sentence, Brooks actually states, "This fiscal crisis is about many things, but one of them is our inability to face death - our willingness to spend our nation into bankruptcy to extend life for a few more sickly months."

Better Earth

She's Alive... Beautiful... Finite... Hurting... Worth Dying for


This is a non-commercial attempt to highlight the fact that world leaders, irresponsible corporates and mindless 'consumers' are combining to destroy life on earth. It is dedicated to all who died fighting for the planet and those whose lives are on the line today. The cut was put together by Vivek Chauhan, a young film maker, together with naturalists working with the Sanctuary Asia network

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Switzerland: Suicidal Swiss Man Crashes Plane Into Mom's Home

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A 47-year-old man in northern Switzerland flew a small plane into his estranged mother's house, trying to kill her. His mother was in the basement and survived the attack.

Swiss authorities are investigating what drove a suicidal maniac to try to kill his mother by flying a rented twin-engine plane into her house.

Konrad Schmidt, 47, launched the kamikaze attack on his estranged mother's home in the northern Swiss village of Oberhallau on Saturday, authorities said.

The psycho pilot, who friends say was battling depression, died in the fiery crash.

He allegedly called his mom from the cockpit moments before the wreck.

"Are you home mum? I'm just about to drop in," Schmidt said, according to cops.

Seconds later, the unhinged fly boy crashed the plane through her bedroom window, killing himself, crushing the two-story brick home and igniting a giant fireball, Switzerland's Blick newspaper reported.

Rosemary Schmidt survived the attack because she was in the basement. She was treated for shock at a local hospital, and her house would have to be demolished, officials said.

Dollar

Gold to Reach $5,000 Due to Supply Shortage

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An exhaustive report by Standard Chartered predicts that gold will more than triple to $5,000 an ounce because of a lack of supply, not just because of a surge in demand that most bullion bugs cite in their bullish calls.

"There are very few large gold mines set to commence operation in the next five years," said Standard's analyst Yan Chen in a report Monday. "The limited new supply comes at a time when central banks have turned from being net sellers to significant net buyers of gold. The result, in our view, will be a gold market in deficit, even assuming flat growth in demand. With the supply-demand balance so out of kilter, we see the gold price potentially going to US$5,000/oz."

The London-based firm is among the first to focus on the supply-side of the gold equation amid the many bullish forecasts out there on the metal. After analyzing 345 gold mines and 30 copper/base metal gold mines around the globe, the team estimates annual gold production will be just 3.6 percent over the next five years.

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U.N. Report Describes Widespread Violence in Sudan

A United Nations report details new allegations of violence, including perhaps mass graves, in the volatile border state of Southern Kordofan in Sudan.

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The Satellite Sentinel Project says it has visual evidence of mass graves in South Kordofan.
Reported incidents include aerial attacks that killed civilians, attacks on churches, arbitrary arrests, abductions and house-to-house searches, said the report.

"The allegations contained in the report are extremely grave," said Philippe Bolopion of Human Rights Watch. "This report provides only a small window on what's happening in Southern Kordofan."

Reliable information about what is going on in the region is hard to come by. Due to the expiration of the mandate for the U.N. mission in Sudan, U.N. peacekeeping officials have no access to the affected areas.

"The Sudanese government is essentially kicking the U.N. out," Bolopion said. "This should raise a red flag."

Attention

UN Declares Famine in Somalia

The UN has officially declared two parts of Somalia to be in famine amid the worst drought in east Africa for 60 years.


Mark Bowden, humanitarian co-ordinator for Somalia, said on Wednesday that famine conditions now existed in the Bakool and Lower Shabelle regions of the country.

He warned: "If we don't act now, famine will spread to all eight regions of southern Somalia within two months, due to poor harvests and infectious disease outbreaks.

"We still do not have all the resources for food, clean water, shelter and health services to save the lives of hundreds of thousands of Somalis in desperate need."

He added that the lack of resources is alarming. "Every day of delay in assistance is literally a matter of life or death for children and their families in the famine-affected areas."

Bizarro Earth

The Madness Continues in the US Police State: Cops Shut Down Lemonade Stands, Girl Scout Cookie Stands and Amish Farmers Selling Milk


On the website, The American Dream, Michael T. Snyder, writes:

Police Shut Down Lemonade Stands And Cookie Stands Run By Kids All Over America - Is There Anything We Are Still Free To Do Without Government Permission?


If you plan on using the bathroom before you get done reading this article, you might want to check with the government to see if you are still allowed to do that. There are very, very few things that Americans still have the freedom to do today without government permission. Back in the old days, if young kids wanted to earn some extra money they would set up a little stand outside and sell some lemonade or some cookies. For many little kids, this was their very first practical experience with making money. Once upon a time, you would see lemonade stands all over the place during the summer in America. In fact, "lemonade stands" became such a part of American culture that people knew exactly what you were talking about the moment you mentioned them. Even up until a couple of decades ago, nobody would have ever dreamed that little kids would need the permission of the government in order to set up a little stand to sell some lemonade or some cookies. But today, everything has completely changed. If you are a little kid and you try to sell some lemonade in "Amerika" today, the authorities will swoop in and shut you down in a heartbeat.

Attention

India Reveals 'World's Biggest' Uranium Discovery

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India gets less than 3% of its energy from atomic power
A new mine in south India could contain the largest reserves of uranium in the world, a government official said in remarks reported Tuesday, signalling a major boost for the energy-hungry nation.

The Tumalapalli mine in Andhra Pradesh state could provide up to 150,000 tonnes of uranium, Srikumar Banerjee, secretary of the Department of Atomic Energy, told reporters after a four-year survey of the site was completed.

"It's confirmed that the mine has 49,000 tonnes of ore, and there are indications that the total quantity could be three times that amount," Banerjee was quoted as saying in The Times of India.

"If that be the case, it will become the largest uranium mine in the world," he said.

Previous estimates suggested that only about 15,000 tonnes of uranium would be produced at the mine, which is due to start operating by the end of the year.

S.K. Malhotra, spokesman for the Department of Atomic Energy, told AFP that experts at the Tumalapalli mine were "quite hopeful" that the eventual volume from the mine would reach 150,000 tonnes.

Eye 1

US, New York: Couple Flying Out of Rochester Says TSA Search Went Too Far

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Airports across the country continue to expand security and screening procedures in an effort to keep passengers and crew safe. But a Florida couple flying out of the Greater Rochester International Airport says the screeners there went too far.

Jason Steitler and his wife Jennifer were heading home to New Port Richey, Florida on the morning of July 6th. Both Steitler and his wife are in wheelchairs and they believe they were unfairly targeted because of their disabilities.

Steitler says officials got down along his inner thigh and they made him push himself up in his chair so they could check his backside. His wife described a similar experience.

The Steitlers received emails from the Transportation Security Administration apologizing for any insensitivity, but also saying the screening measures were necessary.