Month: February 2013

Woodward at war

 By: Mike Allen  and  Jim VandeHei February 27, 2013 08:01 PM EST Bob Woodward called a senior White House official last week to tell him that in a piece in that weekend’s Washington Post, he was going to question President Barack Obama’s account of how sequestration came about — and got a major-league brushback. The…

Economic Official Sperling Warned Woodward

The meaning of the word “regret.” posted on February 27, 2013 at  9:39pm EST Ben Smith   BuzzFeed Staff posted   a few minutes ago Economic Official Sperling Warned Woodward Source: whitehouse.gov The White House official who Bob Woodward charged had crossed a line by saying he would “regret” printing his version of a set of Washington negotiations was…

Sarkozy’s Gaddafi campaign scandal: Police search office of French ex-Interior Minister

 Published time: March 01, 2013 00:46                                                                             Nicolas Sarkozy greets Muammar Gaddafi in the courtyard of the Elysee Palace in Paris as he arrives for a five day official visit December 10, 2007. (Reuters/Jacky Naegelen) French police searched the office of former Interior Minister Claude Gueant on Wednesday, as part of the investigation into whether…

Bank of America accused of spying on Activist: “Even more amusing is the keyword list that was found, containing trigger words like ‘jihad’ or ‘homosexual’.”

  Anonymous leaks ‘Bank of America secrets’ in spy revenge hack Hacktivists enraged by suggestion financial giant snooped on them By John Leyden Posted in Security, 27th February 2013 16:34 GMT Free whitepaper – IDC Report: Lost in the Cloud? Automate with Cisco Miscreants affiliated with hacking collective Anonymous have dumped online a huge cache of…

Anonymous group claims Bank of America monitored activists

Feb 28, 2013 13:56 Moscow Time Photo: EPA The famous hacktivist group, Anonymous, has released data that it claims shows how Bank of America employed security firms to monitor hackers and activists. They unveiled some 14 Gigabytes of data, code and software that allegedly “shows that Bank of America and others are contracting other companies…

US drug prosecutors switch sides to defend accused Colombian traffickers

After working to take down cartels, former officials say America’s ‘war on drugs’ is misguided and the human cost too high   Rory Carroll in Los Angeles The Guardian, Wednesday 27 February 2013 11.46 EST Leo Arreguin, right, was a DEA director in Colombia until 2003. He has now opened a legal practice defending accused…

Contaminated Diet Contributes to Exposure to Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals: Phthalates and BPA * 183mg per Kg of bodyweight per Day!!! *

Phthalates and bisphenol A are synthetic endocrine-disrupting chemicals. Previous studies have linked prenatal exposure to phthalates to male reproductive system abnormalities. Fetal exposure to BPA is linked to hyperactivity, anxiety, and depression in girls. People may exposed to these chemicals in their diets, even if their food is organic and not prepared in plastic containers,…

‘Medical stocks are down by 90 percent’: Greece accuses pharma giants of slashing imports

Published time: February 28, 2013 01:36                                                                             AFP Photo / Louisa Gouliamaki The Greek government has reportedly accused 50 leading pharmaceutical companies of cutting off supplies of key medications to the country, sparking a run on pharmacies. Drug companies say the cheap medicines they supply merely get re-exported at a profit. Pfizer, Roche, GSK and…

Inflammatory Beijing restaurant sign triggers online fury

World Feb. 28, 2013 – 06:30AM JST A Beijing restaurant sign that reads, “This shop does not receive the Japanese, The Philippines, The Vietnamese and Dog” AFP HANOI  — A sign at a Beijing restaurant barring citizens of nations involved in maritime disputes with China—along with dogs—has triggered a wave of online outrage among Vietnamese…

Missile shipment intercepted in Egypt

Feb 28, 2013 01:00 Moscow Time © Photo: “Вести.Ru” A large shipment of anti-tank missiles was intercepted on Wednesday by Egyptian Security Forces on the outskirts of Cairo. According to local media, 60 rockets complete with warheads, were found in two trucks near the entrance to “October 6th,” a town on the outskirts of the…

APT1, that scary cyber-Cold War gang: Not even China’s best

  More B-team than elite team, say security experts By John Leyden Posted in Security, 27th February 2013 13:47 GMT Free whitepaper – IDC Report: Lost in the Cloud? Automate with Cisco Shanghai hackers APT1 – outed this month in a high-profile report that linked them to the Chinese military – may not be China’s top…

Exclusive: Secret war on enemy within – British terror suspects quietly stripped of citizenship… then killed by drones

  Chris Woods, Alice K Ross, Oliver Wright Wednesday, 27 February 2013 The Government has secretly ramped up a controversial programme that strips people of their British citizenship on national security grounds – with two of the men subsequently killed by American drone attacks. An investigation by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism for The Independent…

Russia’s Putin tells army to shape up to face foreign threat

By Alexei AnishchukPosted 2013/02/27 at 10:44 am EST MOSCOW, Feb. 27, 2013 (Reuters) — Vladimir Putin ordered military leaders on Wednesday to make urgent improvements to the armed forces during his new presidential term, saying Russia must thwart attempts by the West to tip the strategic balance of power. Russian President Vladimir Putin (C) leaves…

Crisis: Greece; over 8 in 10 are unable to repay loans

86% in trouble with mortgage and consumer credit payments 27 February, 16:14 A woman carries bags of goods as she enters the metro station at the main Omonia square in Athens, Greece      (ANSAmed) – ATHENS, FEBRUARY 27 – At least eight in every 10 citizens who have taken out a loan are having trouble…

Facebook pays no income tax

Feb 27, 2013 16:39 Moscow Time Photo: EPA It is known that America is the land of the free and the home of the brave. The only problem that the today’s America is the home of corporations which are free from paying income taxes. It is also the home of the bravest tax evasion schemes…

Cyborg Roaches, Glow-in-the-Dark Fish, and Other Biotechnology Beasts

Cyborg Roaches, Glow-in-the-Dark Fish, and Other Biotechnology Beasts By Emily Anthes Posted Monday, Feb. 25, 2013, at 10:34 AM Slate.com A remote-controlled flying flower beetle. Photo courtesy Michel Maharbiz. This article arises from Future Tense, a partnership of Slate, the New America Foundation, and Arizona State University. On Feb. 28-March 2, Future Tense will be…

Symantec discovers 2005 US computer virus attack on Iran nuclear plants

Internet security firm finds early ‘Stuxnet O.5’ version revealing espionage and sabotage virus released under George W Bush   Charles Arthur, technology editor guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 26 February 2013 13.19 EST   An alleged uranium-enrichment facility near Qom, Iran. Symantec have discovered a ‘missing link’ 2005 version of a computer virus ‘Stuxnet 0.05’ believed to be…

John Kerry: Americans have the right to be stupid

Tuesday, 26 February 2013 ‘In America, you have a right to be stupid, if you want to be… and we tolerate that,’ Kerry said to a packed Internet cafe in Berlin. Kerry stopped in Berlin as part of his nine-country trip abroad – his first trip as secretary of state.   U.S. Secretary of State…