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China pollution wafting across Pacific to blanket U.S.

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"A growth-at-all-costs economic model has poisoned much of the country's air, water and soil."
Pollution from China travels in large quantities across the Pacific Ocean to the United States, a new study has found, making environmental and health problems unexpected side effects of U.S. demand for cheap China-manufactured goods.

On some days, acid rain-inducing sulphate from burning of fossil fuels in China can account for as much as a quarter of sulphate pollution in the western United States, a team of Chinese and American researchers said in the report published by the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, a non-profit society of scholars.

Cities like Los Angeles received at least an extra day of smog a year from nitrogen oxide and carbon monoxide from China's export-dependent factories, it said.

"We've outsourced our manufacturing and much of our pollution, but some of it is blowing back across the Pacific to haunt us," co-author Steve Davis, a scientist at University of California Irvine, said.

Between 17 and 36 percent of various air pollutants in China in 2006 were related to the production of goods for export, according to the report, and a fifth of that specifically tied to U.S.-China trade.

Comment: Detoxify or Die!


"Kangaroo Care" in action: Clinically dead baby revived by Mother's touch

After being told her newborn son was dead, mother Kate Ogg was able to cuddle and caress her baby's limp body back to life, astonishing doctors.


Dieudonne fans bring down French JDL website, two others

Screenshot of the French Jewish Defense League hacked by fans of anti-Semitic French comedian Dieudonne.
Supporters of anti-Semitic comedian whose new show was banned in France hijack pro-Israel websites

Supporters of the anti-Semitic comedian Dieudonne M'Bala M'Bala hijacked three French pro-Israel websites in a coordinated cyber attack.

The attack Thursday paralyzed the websites Israel-Flash.com, Europe-Israel.org and liguedefensejuive.com, the website of the French Jewish Defense League, and replaced their content with messages of support for Dieudonne, Le Nouvel Observateur reported.

On the hijacked websites, the hackers called the attack a "triple quenelle" - a reference to a gesture invented by Dieudonne, which French Interior Minister Manuel Valls last week termed "an inverted Nazi salute, an anti-Semitic gesture of hate." The gesture involves placing one's outstretched left palm on one's right shoulder while pointing downward with one's right arm.

On the website of the far-right JDL, the hackers posted a caricature of the league's logo, featuring the silhouette of a ballet dancer framed by the Star of David of the original logo.

"Dear Zionist enemies, some of you (all?) interpret the quenelle to a be secretly anti-Semitic. This is a mistake," the text posted on the JDL's website read. "I realize you don't like Dieudonne but unfortunately, you don't understand the material. This can be fixed."

The hackers also posted videos claiming the quenelle is an anti-establishment expression.

Control Panel

Houston man's pickup burns half-hour after he gets GM recall notice

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This is what’s left of Paul’s 2014 Chevy Silverado.
Houston wrestling coach Allen Paul said he received a recall notice on his 2014 Chevy Silverado just 30 minutes before his truck burst into flames.

Paul said his truck slowed down and all of the dash interior lights came on as he was driving along Richmond around 7 p.m. Tuesday. It was then that he noticed a fireball under the hood.

Paul bolted from the cab and within 30 seconds he said the truck's front end was engulfed in flames.

Late last week, General Motors issued around 370,000 recall letters for 2014 Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra pickup trucks. A software malfunction makes an idling truck heat up to levels that can start a fast-moving fire, melting plastic parts and leading to total destruction of the vehicle, according to GM.

Paul, the head wrestling coach at St. John's School, believes his truck is a victim of the recall defect.

Truck owners are to report to a GM dealership as soon as possible for a no-charge fix, which should only take half an hour, according to GM spokesman Alan Adler. In the meantime, owners are warned not to let their vehicle idle.

According to the recall letters, only those trucks equipped with a 4.3 liter or 5.3 liter engine are at risk for fire. Trucks with 6.2 liter engines are not a part of the recall.


Cambodia riot police break up fresh rally as West's slave-wage workers revolt

Cambodian riot police broke up a rally Sunday arresting an activist, an official said, in the latest move by authorities to quell protests against strongman Prime Minister Hun Sen.

About 50 security officers, armed with batons, dispersed a small group of around 10 people as they tried to hold prayers in the capital Phnom Penh for the release of people arrested during a recent bloody crackdown, Am Sam Ath, of local rights group LICADHO, told AFP.

The acting leader of a non-governmental organisation was dragged into a police car, he said, adding there "was no violence" as the prayer group did not resist.

Long Dimanche, a spokesman for the Phnom Penh city hall, confirmed police had dispersed the group because they had held a rally deemed to violate the law.

"They held a public rally without permission (from authorities) and disturb the order... This is a yellow card for those who do not respect the law," he told AFP.

He said the detained activist would be soon released.


Over 100 New York City police and firefighter '9/11 Heroes' charged with disability fraud

© Shawn Baldwin, AP
Firefighters make their way through the rubble at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001.
More than 100 people, including 80 former New York City police officers and firefighters, were charged Tuesday in an alleged fake-disability scheme, in some cases based on 9/11 rescue work.

The defendants collected tens of thousands of dollars a year in Social Security disability benefits by claiming they were completely incapacitated by serious psychiatric disorders and other ailments, according to information released Tuesday afternoon by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr.

Many allegedly said their disability stemmed from psychiatric conditions -- such as post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety or depression -- that began with their response to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Among those arrested early Tuesday were 72 retired police officers and eight firefighters.


Anti-smoking police force in Philippines arrested 3,690 smokers in 2013


No smoking 'allowed' in Davao, Philippines
The Anti-Smoking Task Force (ASTF) had apprehended a total of 3,690 individuals from January to November 2013 for violating the Davao City's Anti-Smoking Ordinance, an official said.

According to the ASTF's report on the Anti-Smoking Campaign of Davao City, a total of 2,364 were issued with violation citation tickets after the implementation of New Comprehensive Anti-Smoking Ordinance (Ordinance 0367-12, Series of 2012) on June 2013 while 1,326 were apprehended prior to the implementation of the ordinance.

"There were no cases filed in court against them but were only issued violation citation tickets, required to pay the fine of P500 to the City Treasurer's Office, and attend the counseling at the City Health Office," ASTF co-chairperson Dr. Domilyn C. Villarreiz said during Davao Press Club's Kapehan sa Dabaw at The Annex of SM City Davao on Monday.

According to The New Comprehensive Anti-Smoking Ordinance (Ordinance 0367-12, Series of 2012), "the person issued with the ticket has the option to either contest the violation in court or voluntarily pay the penalty of P500 imposed upon him or her to avoid being criminally prosecuted within three days from apprehension".

She said from June to December 2013, the city treasurer has collected only P955,500 in fines from 1,911 violators.

Comment: The main goal of tobacco smoking bans is "to change societal behavior" by stigmatizing smoking, making it less convenient and less socially acceptable. By raising the stakes, it helped transform a complaint into a right, so that people annoyed by tobacco smoke now felt justified in demanding that it be eliminated everywhere they might want to go, including other people's property.

In short, they have conditioned the majority of the people on the planet to behave like Nazis and think it is normal.

See also:

The devious plan of anti-smoking campaigns to control people and stop them from using their brain

Let's All Light Up!

5 Health Benefits of Smoking

Nicotine Lessens Symptoms Of Depression In Nonsmokers

Nicotine helps Alzheimer's and Parkinson's Patients

Brain Researchers: Smoking increases intelligence


Islamo-fascism? Al Qaeda bans smoking and music in captured Syrian territories


"They hate us for our freedoms!" Actually, no, like Western leaders, they also hate freedom for others.
The jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and Syria has banned music and smoking in Syria's Raqqa, days after taking control of the northern city following battles with rebel groups.

ISIS said it had decided to "ban the sale of music CDs, music players, and playing songs in cars and buses and in shops and all places," in a statement posted on jihadist websites and signed the "Wali (governor) of Raqqa."

The group added they had taken the step because musical instruments and singing are "proscribed in Islam because they distract from remembering God and the Quran."

In a second statement, ISIS said that as part of efforts to "apply sharia (Islamic law)... it is completely forbidden to sell cigarettes or water pipes in any place."

Such bans are reminiscent of those the Taliban imposed on television, cinema and music in Afghanistan when in power up until 2001.

The group's actions provoked a backlash from other rebel groups in early January, and the ISIS is now fighting former allies in several parts of northern Syria.

Comment: Meanwhile they're raping girls across Syria with the blessing of Saudi clerics:

Rape, pillage and plunder: Al Qaeda terrorists receive retrospective blessing from extremist Saudi cleric to enjoy hours-long 'intercourse marriages' with Syrian girls

Maybe Dubya was onto something calling them 'Islamo-fascists'?... It takes one to know of course.

Star of David

Protest at Israeli embassy in UK marks five years since bloody assault on Gaza

Hundreds of pro-Palestinian activists have demonstrated outside the Israeli embassy in London, condemning Tel Aviv's ongoing blockade and attacks on the Gaza Strip.

According to reports, more than 500 protesters voiced their outrage in the protest, which was called by Palestine Solidarity Campaign on Sunday.

Waving placards and chanting slogans like "Free Free Palestine," "End the siege of Gaza," and "We are all Palestinians," the protesters condemned Israeli war crimes in the territory, including putting children in solitary confinement.

Demonstrators also called on the international community, including the British government, to pressure Israel to lift the siege on Gaza.

Bad Guys

Swiss Guard veteran claims existence of 'gay network' at the Vatican

Swiss Guards
© Filippo Monteforte/EPA
Claims have been made of a 'gay network' among some Vatican priests and Swiss Guards.
A former commander of the Swiss Guard, the small force of men whose job it is to protect the pope, has said there is "a network of homosexuals" within the Vatican, the latest in a series of claims about gay priests working at the heart of the Roman Catholic church.

Elmar Mäder, who was commandant of the Guard from 2002 until 2008, said his time at the heart of the Vatican had given him an insight into certain aspects of life there. "I cannot refute the claim that there is a network of homosexuals. My experiences would indicate the existence of such a thing," he told the Swiss newspaper Schweiz am Sonntag.

Famed for their striking uniforms of blue, red and orange, recruits to the Guard swear to protect the pope and his successors with their lives.

Mäder, 50, from the canton of St Gallen, refused to comment on speculation that he had warned guardsmen about the behaviour of certain priests.

Earlier this month, the same newspaper reported the claims of a former, unnamed member of the Guard that he had been the target of more than 20 "unambiguous sexual requests" from clergy while serving in the force.

Recounting a dinner in a Rome restaurant, the man was quoted as saying: "As the spinach and steak were served, the priest said to me: 'And you are the dessert'."