Month: October 2013

Mayor in Hawaii vetoes measure curbing pesticides, GMO crops

Source: Reuters – Fri, 1 Nov 2013 12:55 AM Author: Reuters By Christopher D’Angelo LIHUE, Hawaii, Oct 31 (Reuters) – The mayor of the tropical island of Kauai, Hawaii, vetoed a measure on Thursday that reins in pesticide use by agricultural companies and limits where they can plant genetically modified crops, saying the bill was…

China accuses Japan of interfering in naval drills

Nov. 01, 2013 – 06:17AM JST BEIJING — China’s Defense Ministry said on Thursday it has lodged a formal diplomatic complaint over what it called “dangerous provocation” by Japan for shadowing Chinese military exercises in the western Pacific. Sino-Japanese ties have been strained for months by a dispute over tiny islands in the East China…

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford says he has ‘no reason to resign’ despite police confirming they have a video of him allegedly smoking crack cocaine

Allegations that the Canadian mayor had  been caught on camera puffing on a crack pipe first surfaced in May, sparking a  surveillance investigation Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair today  confirmed forensics had obtained a copy of the video and that it is ‘consistent  with what has been previously described in various media reports’  In another…

Queen of England issues Royal Charter to Control the free press / The Monarchy comes to life

Press regulation royal charter given go-ahead by the Queen Government’s plan receives royal seal of approval after court of appeal rejects attempt by newspapers to block charter Patrick Wintour The Guardian,              Wednesday 30 October 2013 14.34 EDT   The Queen has given her approval to the press regulation royal charter. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA A…

Belgium considers granting euthanasia for children

  Belgium government, which has already legalized euthanasia for adults is now envisaging extension of this procedure to children. Should the bill be approved, Belgium will be the first country to adopt such measure. The same project also includes granting rights for euthanasia to adults with early dementia The question about whether children have the…

Chinese military researchers state the U.S. is its Enemy ? China PLA video claims Washington uses military programmes to try to brainwash future leaders

EEV: Currently Searching for the actual video / 3:17 U.S. is implied to be China’s enemy US accused of using military exchanges with PLA to disrupt China PUBLISHED : Thursday, 31 October, 2013, 3:52am UPDATED : Thursday, 31 October, 2013, 3:52am Minnie Chan minnie.chan@scmp.com Wang Xibin Influential military researchers have accused the United States, in a video they helped…

U.S.A. Warns ‘Homeland Stupidity’ Parodist / “The NSA: The only part of government that actually listens.”

  By ELIZABETH WARMERDAM ShareThis BALTIMORE (CN) – The Department of Homeland Security and National Security Agency threatened to sue a novelty store owner who sells “Department of Homeland Stupidity” coffee cups and T-shirts with the slogan: “The NSA: The only part of government that actually listens.” In response, Dan McCall sued the NSA and…

Obamacare website security at ‘high risk’ before launch -memo / ” sensitive data, such as Social Security numbers, email addresses, phone numbers and birth dates that could be used by criminals “

Source: Reuters – Wed, 30 Oct 2013 10:02 PM Author: Reuters By Jim Finkle BOSTON, Oct 30 (Reuters) – The security of the Obama administration’s healthcare website was at “high risk” because of lack of testing before it opened for enrollment on Oct. 1, according to a government memorandum reviewed by Reuters on Wednesday. The…

Teachers less qualified than McDonald’s staff, say Labour ( U.K. )

Teachers need fewer qualifications than burger bar employees thanks to   Government education reforms, Labour claimed. “Under David Cameron, we have this situation where you now need more qualifications to work as a shift manager at McDonald’s than to become a teacher,” Mr Hunt said. Photo: Getty Images   By Matthew Holehouse 7:13PM GMT 30 Oct 2013…

Did the NSA even spy on the POPE? U.S. spies accused of intercepting phone calls during conclave as he was elected head of Catholic church

US security services ‘targeted Francis in  run up to and during conclave’ Claims NSA intercepted phone calls made  to and from priests’ residence Other leading bishops and cardinals ‘also  being monitored by US spies’ By  Hannah Roberts PUBLISHED: 14:58 EST, 30  October 2013 |  UPDATED: 17:42 EST, 30 October 2013   The US spied on…

NSA ‘broke into Yahoo and Google data centers to obtain millions of records every day’… and leaked doodle shows how spy agency did it with a smiley face

The Washington Post cites documents  leaked by Edward Snowden In 30 days, the NSA gleaned 180 million  new records including text, audio and video – and who sent it to whom and when  they sent it NSA: Claims that we collect data this way  are not true By  Associated Press and Daily Mail Reporter PUBLISHED:…

Number of Secret Inventions Grew Last Year / Gov’t can take whatever technology it wants from a U.S. company and hide it

  There were 139 new “secrecy orders” granted on patent applications during Fiscal Year 2013, according to new data released under the Freedom of Information Act by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Under the Invention Secrecy Act of 1951, secrecy orders may be imposed by government agencies on patent applications if their disclosure would…

Are you of the Pemberley Darcys? Same ‘elite’ surnames have been at Oxbridge since the Norman Conquest /”social mobility is not much better than it was in medieval times”

Names like Darcy, Mandeville and Neville have attended elite universities for 27 generations Tom Mendelsohn Wednesday, 30 October 2013 The same elite names have dominated Oxbridge as far back as the Norman Conquest– and there’s no sign that they’re about to be ousted any time soon. According to new research, old aristocratic names like Darcy,…

Spain colluded in NSA spying on its citizens, Spanish newspaper reports

El Mundo says it has document detailing collaboration between US intelligence agency and foreign countries  Paul Hamilos in Madrid theguardian.com,              Wednesday 30 October 2013 07.41 EDT A man protests against NSA spying outside the foreign ministry in Madrid. Photograph: Juan Medina/Reuters The widespread surveillance of Spanish citizens by the US National Security Agency, which…

Britney Spears’ music proves to be the best weapon against raging pirates

  Collage “Voice of Russia” Britney Spears’ music proved to be a powerful weapon against attacks from Somali pirates as Rachel Owens, a merchant navy officer on huge super tankers, said in interview with Breitbart TV. “Her songs have been chosen by the security team accompanying our tankers because they thought the pirates would hate…

Russian report says Chinese appliances hide Wifi slurping spam-spreaders

DON’T BREW THAT CUPPA! Your kettle could be a SPAMBOT   By Simon Sharwood Posted in Security,   29th October 2013 07:03 GMT Russian authorities have claimed that household appliances imported from China contain tiny computers that seek out open WiFi networks and then get to work sending spam and distributing malware. St Petersburg news outlet Rosbalt…

Food giants pour millions into defeating Washington GMO label measure

Source: Reuters – Tue, 29 Oct 2013 10:16 PM Author: Reuters By Eric M. Johnson and Carey Gillam SEATTLE/KANSAS CITY, Mo., Oct 29 (Reuters) – Major U.S. food and chemical companies are pouring millions of dollars into efforts to block approval of a ballot initiative in Washington state that would make it the first in…

Spain and France’s intelligence agencies carried out collection of phone records and shared them with NSA, agency says

NSA spy row: France and Spain ‘shared phone data’ with US By Raf Sanchez, Peter Foster in Washington 8:35PM GMT 29 Oct 2013 European intelligence agencies and not American spies were responsible for the   mass collection of phone records which sparked outrage in France and Spain,   the US has claimed. General Keith Alexander, the head…

Undercover police to be banned from having sexual relationships with targets (U.K.)

New rules will stop undercover officers having intimate relationships with   people they are investigating, following concern over series of cases Mark Kennedy, a former Scotland Yard officer, is alleged to have slept with a number of women whose activities he was investigating By David Barrett, Home Affairs Correspondent 7:00PM GMT 29 Oct 2013 Undercover police…