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First pictures emerge of the Fukushima Fifty as they battle radiation poisoning to save Japan's stricken nuclear power plant

The darkness is broken only by the flashing torchlight of the heroes who stayed behind.

These first images of inside the stricken Fukushima Dai-Ichi power plant reveal the terrifying conditions under which the brave men work to save their nation from full nuclear meltdown.

The Fukushima Fifty - an anonymous band of lower and mid-level managers - have battled around the clock to cool overheating reactors and spent fuel rods since the disaster on March 11.

Fukushima Fifty

Conundrum: Two of the Fukushima Fifty pour over plans as they try to work out how to fix the stricken plant

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US: Slain Kentucky couple banned teen from seeing girl

Edmonton - A troubled 15-year-old shot and killed relatives who had taken him in because his mother could not control him, then stole their car and fled with the younger girlfriend they had ordered him not to see, police and family members said.

Gary and Barbara Holloway's adult son found them dead in their bed Tuesday. Police issued an Amber Alert for the teen and his 12-year-old girlfriend, saying they feared they might be in grave danger. They soon caught up to them after a volunteer firefighter spotted them in the car, the 15-year-old behind the wheel.

Evil Rays

We Are Not Able To Measure The Amount Of Radiation Coming From The Power Plant


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Shot to Death for Nothing: Police Run Diabetic's Car Into Barrier Then Shoot Him 3 Times

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Salt Lake City - Police officers responded to a family's complaint that their diabetic son may have been in danger from driving without taking his medicine by running him off the road into an interstate highway median and shooting him to death, the family says.

Joey Tucker's father, Perry Tucker, and his fiancée Brieanne Matson say they were "concerned about his health" when they called Salt Lake City Police. Joey Tucker had not taken his diabetes medication and "had possibly taken a sleeping pill," according to the federal complaint.

The family claims a Highway Patrol trooper rammed Tucker's pickup into a concrete barrier as Tucker drove on Interstate 80, then Salt Lake Police Officer Louis "Law" Jones shot him to death while he "was simply sitting," all of which was recorded on officers' dashboard cameras.

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Work at Fukushima halted after radiation detected, amid alarm further afield

Work at the No. 2 reactor at Japan's stricken Fukushima nuclear plant was halted today after radiation levels of 500 millisieverts were detected, Kyodo News agency reported.

The work suspension came after two workers at the plant were injured while toiling on power restoration, according to Reuters.

External power was reconnected to all six reactors at troubled Fukushima earlier today, bringing Japanese engineers one step closer to restarting the facility's desperately needed cooling systems.

However the continued leakage of radiation was proving a problem at the scene and much further beyond, with fears about continuing contamination of food and water.

To put the 500 millisieverts detected at No. 2 reactor into perspective, background radiation levels of around 1.5 millisieverts every year are normal and poses no harm, according to the Australian Cancer Council. Nuclear workers are allowed exposures up to 20 millisieverts annually.

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Jamaica: Plane makes 'mysterious' landing at Ian Fleming International

A probe has been launched into the mysterious landing of a small aircraft at the Ian Fleming International Airport here in St Mary about 6:15 yesterday morning.

However, it reportedly took-off shortly afterward without any activity, leaving airport workers, including police personnel and private security at the facility baffled.

Speculations were rife yesterday that the pilot may have been surprised by airport workers who had it under close observation from the minute it landed.

Head of the police's Transnational Crimes and Narcotics Division Senior superintendent Warren Clarke told the Observer that allegation that the aircraft was loaded with narcotics has not been substantiated.

He said the division has received a report into the action of the aircraft, which he described as being "strange" and said that the police have commenced their investigation.

Comment: This particular case of a mystery plane could very well have "an innocent" explanation, but we see it as an opportunity to remind the reader about other, not so innocent and even ominous cases of "mysterious planes". But before we get to it, also consider another, even more intriguing possibility, since recently there has been additional curious case of "mysterious aircraft sighting".

From Connecting the Dots: Zionist Melodrama, Domestic Terrorism, Papal Bull
CIA Drug Planes: Now you see them, now you don't

Sometimes, during our daily work of combing through the Web looking for articles, we spot curious items that are usually published on small local news sites and don't carry any obvious significance, except for the fact that they leave us with the feeling that the most interesting details were left out. This was the case with following article:
Authorities investigate "mysterious" plane vanished from radar

Dominican Today, Thursday 11 March, 2010

Santo Domingo - Intelligence agencies investigate how a "mysterious" aircraft took off from Higüero International Airport with fake registry and a flight plan initially to Port-au-Prince, but once in flight changed course toward South America, vanishing from radar screens.

The Cessna Centurion 210L is airplane, number 21059588 left Higüero Sunday night, using for its flight plan the registration of another craft, which is under repair in one of the airport's hangars.
A mysterious aircraft with a fake registration disappears from the radar screens after turning off communication equipment. Sounds like something from a James Bond novel, doesn't it? We thought so too, and propose our 'Secret Team' buddies to be the usual suspects. Higüero International Airport has further mysteries to offer. At the end of February, the body of an unidentified man fell from a cargo plane that was taking off from Santo Domingo on a flight to Miami. Local media reported that the man was about 30 years old and had apparently stowed himself away in the airplane's wheel well. The true reasons for his actions will likely remain unknown, but we wonder why this particular location has such an unfortunate record.

In late 2008 there was another case of a missing plane, this time over the Turks and Caicos Islands nearby. The plane disappeared under mysterious circumstances, flown by an unlicensed pilot with 12 people aboard. Aviation officials gave conflicting reports on the twin-engine plane's origin, destination and where it was last reported.
A flight plan indicated the plane took off from the Dominican Republic and was to land in the Bahamas, said Santiago Rosa, aerial navigation director for the Dominican Civil Aviation Institute.

But the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration said the plane disappeared shortly after taking off from Providenciales in the Turks and Caicos Islands just southeast of the Bahamas.
A year later, another news report described distraught relatives' attempts to get to the truth of the matter regarding the vanished plane, and added that according to a report from the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board, about 35 minutes after takeoff pilot Adriano Jimenez sent an emergency signal to Providenciales International Airport in the Turks and Caicos Islands. The plane then disappeared from the radar. U.S. federal officials believe it plunged into the ocean about 12 nautical miles south of West Caicos island, but no debris or bodies were ever found. Gone, just like that.

Although it's possible that we're just dealing with an unfortunate and painful, but everyday tragic human reality, there is also another, no less tragic and probably more accurate possibility: that all, or at least some, of these disappearing planes had something to do with drug trafficking. And one of their favorite models is indeed the Cessna 210 single-engine plane that can haul a lot of weight and has high wings ideal for landing on dirt roads or in desert washes. In Mexico, for example, authorities have seized more than 400 drug planes like this since 2006 - a fleet bigger than the Mexican air force itself.

But make no mistake, we are not dealing with the usual drug lords and their local cartels, but the much bigger fish that pull their strings. Drug trafficking and smuggling is the favored method of self-funding for rogue intelligence agencies like the CIA and the Mossad. Ironically, Mexican authorities thank the U.S. for this 'valuable' help, while in reality they, or at least certain U.S. parties, have their cocaine and snort it too.

Consider the following from The Secret Team, The CIA and Its Allies in Control of the United States and the World by L. Fletcher Prouty:
The CIA also maintains countless paramilitary and pseudobusiness organizations that weave in and out of legitimacy and do business much as their civilian counterparts would. The small airline alluded to in the Gandia example actually exists and very capably operates in Latin America. It operates as a viable business and competes with other airlines of its type. The only difference is that the officials of the other airlines, who have a hard time meeting the payroll at times, wonder how their competition is able to stay in business year after year with no more volume than they have. At such a point, most of the competition will rationalize that the cover airline must be in some illegitimate business like smuggling and the drug trade, or else that it is connected with the CIA. They could be right on both counts.

Most of these cover businesses have to be closed out and reestablished from time to time to support their usefulness. (It may be interesting to note that in September 1963, none other than the Secretary of the Senate, Bobby Baker, got mixed up with one of these cover airlines, Fairways Incorporated, without knowing it, and that the exposure resulting from his accidental charter of this small airline played a part in bringing down his house of cards.
It won't be the last time for the house of cards to be in danger of collapsing, as from time to time we hear about more cocaine planes landing in the wrong (or right, in this case) hands and exposing tight connections to U.S. government or even Corporate America's Green Movement!

But spooks are good at burying truth, or at least getting rid of and burying those who ask too many questions. This was the fate of investigative reporter, Gary Webb. On the night of December 9, 2004, devastated and depressed by his ruined career, Webb typed out four suicide notes for his family, laid out a certificate for his cremation, put a note on the door suggesting a call to 911, removed his father's handgun from a box, and shot himself in the head . . . twice. Now that is some determination to commit suicide. Is it possible that he was "assisted", especially when certain parties had an interest in silencing him? Webb's "Dark Alliance" series, published in August 1996, revived the story of how the Reagan administration in the 1980s had tolerated and protected cocaine smuggling by its client army of Nicaraguan rebels known as the contras:
Though substantial evidence of these crimes had surfaced in the mid-1980s (initially in an article that Brian Barger and I wrote for the Associated Press in December 1985 and later at hearings conducted by Sen. John Kerry), the major news outlets had bent to pressure from the Reagan administration and refused to take the disclosures seriously.
But Webb's series thrust the scandal back into prominence by connecting the contra-cocaine trafficking to the crack epidemic that had ravaged Los Angeles and other American cities in the 1980s. For that reason, African-American communities were up in arms as were their elected representatives. Soon, the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times joined in vilifying Webb. The big newspapers made much of the CIA's internal reviews in 1987 and 1988 that supposedly cleared the spy agency of a role in Contra-cocaine smuggling.

The cover-up began to weaken when CIA Inspector-General Frederick Hitz conceded before the Senate Intelligence Committee on October 24, 1996 that the first CIA probe had lasted only 12 days, the second only three days. He promised a more thorough review. The CIA's defensive line against the contra-cocaine allegations began to break when it published Volume One of Inspector General Hitz's findings on January 29, 1998. Despite a largely exculpatory press release, the report not only verified many of Webb's allegations but showed that that he had actually understated the seriousness of the CIA's involvement in Contra-drug crimes:
According to evidence cited by Bromwich, the Reagan administration knew almost from the outset of the contra war that cocaine traffickers permeated the paramilitary operation. The administration also did next to nothing to expose or stop the crimes.

The Justice report also disclosed repeated examples of the CIA and U.S. embassies in Central America discouraging Drug Enforcement Administration investigations, including one into contra-cocaine shipments moving through the international airport in El Salvador.
And just to add another unfortunate coincidence to the mix, recall the case of Air France Flight 447 which disappeared over the mid-Atlantic?
Amid the media frenzy and speculation over the disappearance of Air France's ill-fated Flight 447, the loss of two of the world's most prominent figures in the war on the illegal arms trade and international drug trafficking has been virtually overlooked.

Pablo Dreyfus, a 39-year-old Argentine who was travelling with his wife Ana Carolina Rodrigues aboard the doomed flight from Rio de Janeiro to Paris, had worked tirelessly with the Brazilian authorities to stem the flow of arms and ammunition that for years has fuelled the bloody turf wars waged by drug gangs in Rio's sprawling favelas.
So many deaths, lies and deceit. But don't despair. In Winston Churchill's words, "The truth is incontrovertible, malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end; there it is."



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Elizabeth Taylor dies at 79

Elizabeth Taylor
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Taylor won her first Academy Award for her role as a fashionable call-girl in the 1960 film Butterfield 8.
Legendary star known as AIDS activist, one of world's most beautiful women

Elizabeth Taylor, one of Hollywood's greatest stars, has died at age79.

Taylor died Wednesday in hospital in Los Angeles, where she had been treated for congestive heart failure, her publicist Sally Morrison said.

"All her children were with her," Morrison said.

In the past decade, she had suffered a broken back, skin cancer and several serious bouts of pneumonia. She also had had both hips replaced and a benign brain tumour removed.

Taylor, long considered one of the world's great screen beauties, won Oscars for her roles in 1966's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf and 1960's Butterfield 8.

She was almost as famous for her legendary love life. She was married eight times to seven husbands, among them Richard Burton who she married twice.

Taylor was born in London in 1932 to an American couple residing in the U.K. After the start of the Second World War, her parents returned to the U.S. and settled in California.

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Mexico: Mayan relic sold for $4 million is a fake?

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Handout picture of a sculpture of a Mayan warrior that sold for more than $4 million at a Paris auction house
A sculpture of a Mayan warrior that sold for more than $4 million at a Paris auction house this week is a fake, Mexico's National Institute of Anthropology and History said on Tuesday.

The masked, stone figure, sold by a private collector, was billed as an impressive piece of Pre-Columbian art and was believed to be a unique work dating from around 550 to 950 A.D. It sold for 2.9 million euros ($4.1 million) on Monday.

But Mexican experts at the institute who studied the auction catalog said the piece, a warrior holding a shield and weapon and wearing a turban-like hat, had been made recently and was carefully carved to give an ancient appearance. Another 66 pieces in the auction also were fakes, they said.

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Shallow Gulf well is source of mysterious oil sheen near Grand Isle, state official says

A large sheen of oil that has confounded the Coast Guard and state officials for days has been traced to a well-capping accident about 20 miles southwest of Southwest Pass, a state official said.

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Meanwhile, environmentalists reported new, unconfirmed sightings Tuesday of what appeared to be surface oil over several miles in Chandeleur Sound, all the way on the other side of the Mississippi River's delta.

A state official, speaking on condition of anonymity because of a continuing Coast Guard investigation, said the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries traced the emulsified oil on the west side of the river to its apparent source at West Delta Block 117. He said tests by a state-contracted lab confirmed that was the source of the oil.

Three discharges of oil from Anglo-Suisse Offshore Partners' Platform E facility were reported to the Coast Guard, records show. The first came Friday, with a report of a "downed platform" and half a gallon of spilled crude during operations to plug and abandon the well.

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Strange Smoke Rises From Reactor

Tokyo - A top Japanese official urged residents of the nation's capital not to hoard bottled water Wednesday after Tokyo's government found that radioactive material in tap water had exceeded the limit considered safe for infants.

"We have to consider Miyagi and Iwate and other disaster-hit areas," Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said. "I'd like to again urge consumers not to purchase more bottled water than they need."

Earlier Wednesday, Tokyo government officials advised residents not to give tap water to infants or use it in formula after tests at a purification plant detected higher levels of radioactive iodine.

The city's water agency said the spike was likely caused by problems at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, located 240 kilometers (150 miles) away.

Still Tokyo residents made a dash for bottled water.