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US: Suicide at Costa Mesa City Hall

© Ken Sullivan, The Orange County Register
A city employee is held back by friends after charging at Councilmen Jim Righeimer and Stephen Mensinger at Costa Mesa City Hall after a maintenance worker jumped to his death Thursday afternoon just after more than 200 people were laid-off.
A city worker jumped off the roof of Costa Mesa City Hall this afternoon and died about an hour after he was called in to get his layoff notice.

About 3:20 p.m. the man jumped from the fifth floor of the building. Police said the man, who has not yet been identified pending notification of his family, was a 29-year-old maintenance worker with the city.

Two witnesses saw the man jump and attempted to help him after he landed.

The man, whom the Register is not identifying until next of kin has been notified, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The employee, who had been at home with a broken ankle, was not supposed to work today, but he was called in about 2:30 p.m. to receive his layoff notice.

The employee was not married and did not have children, although he had an extended family he helped support, according to two of his coworkers.

"This is a tragic event for the city and all of its employees," Lt. Bryan Glass said. "The city is concerned for their wellbeing and making efforts to help them through this."

Police taped off a large portion of the parking lot on the east side of City Hall.


Japan Radiation Fears Spark Panic Salt-buying in China

Long lines and mob scenes ensue at stores amid a clamor for iodized salt fueled by rumors of a radioactive cloud from Japan's quake-damaged nuclear plant and the belief that the salt would protect against radiation poisoning.

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A policeman tries to maintain order as residents throng a wholesale salt market in Taiyuan, northeastern China, to stock up on the seasoning in the mistaken belief that it would protect against radiation poisoning.
China tried to quell panic buying of iodized salt Thursday after grocery stores across the country were emptied of the seasoning by hordes of people hoping to ward off radiation poisoning after the nuclear accidents in Japan.

The clamor for salt reportedly started after rumors spread, possibly by cellphone text messaging, that China would be hit by a radioactive cloud from Japan's Fukushima No. 1 (Daiichi) nuclear plant, which had been badly damaged during last week's earthquake and tsunami.

People were under the false impression that consuming enough iodized salt would protect against radiation and that China's sea salt supplies would be contaminated as a result of the unfolding Japanese crisis.

That sparked long lines and mob scenes in major cities such as Shanghai, Beijing and Hangzhou.

In a scene repeated across the country, online video from the eastern city of Wenzhou showed panicked shoppers filling their baskets with tubs of salt and street vendors complaining about being cleaned out.

"I hear there was also a huge earthquake in Taiwan and it will hurt salt supply," a woman was heard saying. There was no earthquake in Taiwan.


Army of Fake Social Media Friends to Promote Propaganda

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Does a code of ethics still exist in Intelligence firms? Does it disappear behind closed doors, dirty deeds done in the dark and used against the American people who are supposed to be free to express themselves?

It's recently been revealed that the U.S. government contracted HBGary Federal for the development of software which could create multiple fake social media profiles to manipulate and sway public opinion on controversial issues by promoting propaganda. It could also be used as surveillance to find public opinions with points of view the powers-that-be didn't like. It could then potentially have their "fake" people run smear campaigns against those "real" people. As disturbing as this is, it's not really new for U.S. intelligence or private intelligence firms to do the dirty work behind closed doors.

EFF previously warned that Big Brother wants to be your friend for social media surveillance. While the FBI Intelligence Information Report Handbook (PDF) mentioned using "covert accounts" to access protected information, other government agencies endorsed using security exploits to access protected information.


Bahrain police killing people by drive by shootings

Police killer brutality. They are massacring the peaceful protesters . This happened today Sitra 16th March.

Comment: While Hilary Clinton sends US jets to attack Gaddafi, she sanctions the disgusting King of Bahrain's decision to call in troops from Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Kuwait to do what you see in this video. Meanwhile, Britain invites the King of Bahrain to the "royal wedding".

Sick psychopathic, conscienceless animals.


Tokyo passengers set off radiation detectors at O'Hare

United Airlines O'Hare
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O’Hare International Airport

Passengers arriving this week on a flight from earthquake-and tsunami-ravaged Tokyo set off radiation detectors at O'Hare Airport, city officials acknowledged Thursday.

"We are aware that occurred [Wednesday]. We are working with Customs and Border Protection on this issue," Aviation Commissioner Rosemarie Andolino said, referring all questions to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Andolino refused to say how the incident was handled or what happened to the Tokyo passengers in question.

"The protection of the person coming off the plane is very important in regards to any radiation - especially within their families and anything else," Mayor Daley said.


Palestinians: Three killed in Israeli air strike on Gaza

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Palestinians carry a wounded man after an Israeli air strike in a Hamas camp in Rafah on the southern Gaza Strip, February 26, 2011.
Palestinian medical officials say Israel fired two missiles at a security compound in the Hamas-ruled Strip, striking what used to be the Israeli settlement of Netzarim in Gaza.

Israeli warplanes fired two missiles at a security compound in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip on Wednesday, killing three Palestinians and wounding four, Palestinian medical officials said.

The Israeli military confirmed the airstrike, saying they had hit two terror targets in central Gaza. The airstrike came as a response to rocket fire into Israel earlier in the day, apparently referring to a rocket that had landed in Sderot, causing no casualties or damage.

Hamas officials speaking on the condition of anonymity said that the air strike targeted a Hamas security facility south of Gaza City. The missiles apparently struck what used to be the Israeli settlement of Netzarim in Gaza, before Israel disengaged from the territory and withdrew all settlements in 2005.

Arrow Up

Uruguay recognizes Palestinian state

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Palestinian Flag
Uruguay has made its recognition of a Palestinian state official on Tuesday, following the example of ten other South American countries including Brazil and Argentina, Uruguayan Foreign Minister Luis Almagro said.

Agence France-Presse


One dead, 200 wounded in Yemen anti-government protests

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Anti-government protesters shout slogans after clashes with police in Sanaa, March 12, 2011.
Doctor says protesters attacked by security forces and plainclothes police using tear gas, rubber bullets, live fire and bats.

One person was killed and 200 wounded when Yemen security forces attacked protesters in the Red Sea city of Hudaida with live and rubber bullets, tear gas, clubs and daggers, a doctor who treated victims said.

The impoverished Arabian Peninsula state has been hit by weeks of protests against the 32-year rule of President Ali Abdullah Saleh. Both pro and anti-government factions appear to have increasingly resorted to violence in the struggle.

Better Earth

Germany will 'exit' nuclear power industry, Merkel vows


Berlin - Chancellor Angela Merkel vowed Thursday that Germany would speed up the transition to renewable energy as Europe's top economy mulled a "measured exit" from nuclear power after the events in Japan.

"We want to reach the age of renewable energy as soon as possible. That is our goal," the chancellor told parliament during a fiery speech that drew frequent opposition jeers, indicating the depth of passion over the issue.

Merkel, a former environment minister, called for a "measured exit" from nuclear power and said "everything would be put under the microscope" during a three-month study to consider the future of energy policy in Germany.

Wall Street

USA: Gas line explosion shoots fireball into Minneapolis sky

Officials say there are no known injuries; assistant fire chief says gas now off

Minneapolis - Officials said a fiery blast in south Minneapolis Thursday morning was a natural gas line explosion and that there are no known injuries.

Assistant Fire Chief Cherie Penn said people are still being evacuated from the area, but he described the evacuations as precautionary.

TV reports showed flames shooting high into the air near the interchange of Interstate 35W and Highway 62, at 60th Street and Nicollet Avenue.

Video shot near the explosion reveals the size - and heat - of the towering fireball. Narrating as he drives by at a safe distance, Twitter user Robert Stephens said, "from about two blocks away I can feel the heat on my face, and as it got closer, you can hear the hissing sound."