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  • Terrifying arsenal of weapons among dozens seized in Met's gun amnesty

    02/12/2017 5:12:42 PM PST · by Lazamataz · 100 replies
    Evening Standard ^ | 2/10/2017 | DANIEL O’MAHONY
    This arsenal of firearms is among the dozens of weapons that have been taken off London’s streets during the Met’s latest gun amnesty. Since Monday 45 weapons have been surrendered across the capital as part of the Give Up Your Gun campaign, including shotguns, revolvers, rifles and handguns, Scotland Yard said. Detectives from the Met’s gang unit today urged anyone still in possession of an illegal firearm to hand it in before the amnesty ends on Sunday night.
  • Ominous Tweet by Kim Dotcom

    10/28/2016 2:30:52 PM PDT · by gaijin · 40 replies
    Twitter ^ | Oct 28, 2016 | Kim Dotcom
    WTH..?!?! Don't know what it means really, only that the political desperation factor is ratcheting up. I hope his tweet has nothing to do with nuclear weapons.
  • Human Extinction Isn't That Unlikely

    04/30/2016 2:25:39 PM PDT · by PROCON · 94 replies
    theatlantic.com ^ | April 29, 2016 | ROBINSON MEYER
    “A typical person is more than five times as likely to die in an extinction event as in a car crash,” says a new report.Nuclear war. Climate change. Pandemics that kill tens of millions. These are the most viable threats to globally organized civilization. They’re the stuff of nightmares and blockbusters—but unlike sea monsters or zombie viruses, they’re real, part of the calculus that political leaders consider everyday. And according to a new report from the U.K.-based Global Challenges Foundation, they’re much more likely than we might think. In its annual report on “global catastrophic risk,” the nonprofit debuted a...
  • The Gravity of Water: A novel and much-needed view of Earth’s water supplies

    09/20/2012 11:04:09 AM PDT · by null and void · 11 replies
    Measurements of underground water storage (aquifers) — rather than surface water (lakes, rivers, etc.) — reveal the long-term effects of drought. This map shows ground water conditions in the U.S. during the week of November 28, 2011, compared to the long-term average. (Map by Chris Poulsen, National Drought Mitigation Center, based on data from the GRACE science team.) Measurements of underground water storage (aquifers) — rather than surface water (lakes, rivers, etc.) — reveal the long-term effects of drought. This map shows ground water conditions in the U.S. during the week of November 28, 2011, compared to the long-term...
  • Internet Taxes Move to the Forefront in a Number of States

    02/27/2012 8:37:40 AM PST · by 92nina · 21 replies · 2+ views
    ATR ^ | 2012-02-24 | Kaitlyn Ewing
    As many states move forward with pro-growth spending and tax reforms, a couple of state legislatures are taking steps in the opposite direction. Legislators in Virginia and Kansas are advancing bills that seek to dissolve the physical nexus standard in their respective states and implement an Internet sales tax on out-of-state companies. This type of tax will not only kill jobs and close down businesses, as it has done in other states, but it is also entirely unconstitutional. In Kansas, SB 371 moves to push the long arm of the tax collector past its appropriate state boundary and count third-party...
  • CANCER IN CANS: Pringles contain Toxin Acrylamide

    11/23/2011 11:15:53 AM PST · by geraldmcg · 36 replies
    http://www.youtube.com ^ | 11-23-11 | CleanTV
    Original link: http://youtu.be/qDF1Mi3z4mI Just when you thought it was safe to grab some munchies in the cupboard, a new study warns of cancer in cans and bags—in cans of Pringles and in bags of a myriad of other potato chips. This disturbing truth about an all-time favorite snack may be forcing food manufacturers to change their processing methods. But can the changes really make a difference? Researchers find that potato chips, among other processed foods, are loaded with the cancer causing chemical, acrylamide (uh-kril-uh-mahyd). The substance forms when carbohydrate-rich foods are cooked at very high temperatures. Some of the worst...
  • World must face 'inconvenient truth' of emissions rise, says UN climate chief (Oh, Noz!)

    06/01/2011 3:03:40 PM PDT · by PROCON · 13 replies
    guardian.co.uk ^ | June 1, 2011 | Fiona Harvey
    The fastest-ever rise in greenhouse gas emissions, revealed by the Guardian on Monday, is an "inconvenient truth" the world must face, the UN's climate change chief has said. But she added that the data should not lead to fatalism that the problem is impossible to tackle. The figures showing that efforts to control greenhouse gases have had little effect are likely to stretch already strained relations between developed and developing countries over climate change to breaking point in the next two weeks in rows over who is responsible for the fastest ever rise in greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Second-hand smoke kills 600,000 people a year: Study

    11/26/2010 3:12:48 PM PST · by JohnBrowdie · 78 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | 11/16/10 | James Fanelli
    Second-hand smoke globally kills more than 600,000 people each year, accounting for 1% of all deaths worldwide, according to a new study. The alarming findings - published on Thursday in the British medical journal Lancet - are based on a survey of 192 countries in 2004. Researchers estimated that annually second-hand smoke causes about 379,000 deaths from heart disease, 165,000 deaths from lower respiratory disease, 36,900 deaths from asthma and 21,400 deaths from lung cancer. Children account for about 165,000 of the deaths, according to the researchers. "This helps us understand the real toll of tobacco," said Armando Peruga, of...
  • Tropical Depression 5

    08/10/2010 6:20:28 PM PDT · by NautiNurse · 40 replies
    NOAA/NHC ^ | 10 August 2010 | NOAA/NHC
    Tropical Depression #5 has formed in the southeast Gulf of Mexico. The initial motion is somewhat uncertain due to the broad area of the system center. Satellite Images Floater One Imagery Buoy Data: Florida & Eastern GOM Western GOM Storm Models
  • Concern over canned foods - Bisphenol A in soups, juice, and more

    12/06/2009 7:04:43 AM PST · by opentalk · 18 replies · 1,151+ views
    Consumer Reports ^ | December 2009 | consumer reports
    The chemical Bisphenol A, which has been used for years in clear plastic bottles and food-can liners, has been restricted in Canada and some U.S. states and municipalities because of potential health effects. The Food and Drug Administration will soon decide what it considers a safe level of exposure to Bisphenol A (BPA), which some studies have linked to reproductive abnormalities and a heightened risk of breast and prostate cancers, diabetes, and heart disease. Now Consumer Reports' latest tests of canned foods, including soups, juice, tuna, and green beans, have found that almost all of the 19 name-brand foods we...
  • Possible Credit Dislocation: Be Warned

    10/23/2009 12:40:41 PM PDT · by FromLori · 56 replies · 2,553+ views
    The Market Ticker ^ | 10/23/09 | Karl Denninger
    I have reason to suspect that the "monetary transmission mechanism" is full of rocks (again), and we are about to have another instance of what could colloquially be called "fun." (Yes, that's sarcasm.) Here's what we know and what I can deduce from it: JP Morgan's "cash position" was analyzed by a writer who published on SCRIBD, which showed that actual cash held has deteriorated radically. By more than half in the last year. The deterioration is continuing, not slowing. I am hearing repeated anecdotes from multiple areas that foreclosed property held by banks with multiple full-price offers that include...
  • Preventing the Next Financial Crisis

    10/23/2009 11:01:48 AM PDT · by ttjemery · 2 replies · 306+ views
    By ALLAN H. MELTZER The United States is headed toward a new financial crisis. History gives many examples of countries with high actual and expected money growth, unsustainable budget deficits, and a currency expected to depreciate. Unless these countries made massive policy changes, they ended in crisis. We will escape only if we act forcefully and soon. As long ago as the 1960s, then French President Charles de Gaulle complained that the U.S. had the "exorbitant privilege" of financing its budget deficit by issuing more dollars. Massive purchases of dollar debt by foreigners can of course delay the crisis, but...
  • Exclusive – Wells Fargo’s Commercial Portfolio is a ticking time bomb

    09/17/2009 2:50:23 PM PDT · by Rebelbase · 16 replies · 1,735+ views
    http://bankimplode.com ^ | September 17, 2009 | Teri Buhl
    In order to sort through the disaster that is Wells Fargo’s (quote: WFC) commercial loan portfolio, the bank has hired help from outside experts to pour over the books… and they are shocked with what they are seeing. Not only do the bank’s outstanding commercial loans collectively exceed the property values to which they are attached, but derivative trades leftover from its acquisition of Wachovia are creating another set of problems for the already beleaguered San Francisco-based megabank. Wachovia, which Wells purchased last fall as it teetered on the brink of collapse, was so desperate to increase revenue in the...
  • Two Analysts Who Think We'll Soon Be Hunting Squirrels And Eating Cat Food

    08/14/2009 9:00:47 AM PDT · by FromLori · 35 replies · 1,724+ views
    We clicked over to Zero Hedge last night for a brief check-in on the decline and fall of civilization. We found these two beauts. As with many reports in this genre, the logic is weakened by the dismissiveness and arrogance of the rhetoric, but the reports make some excellent points. They're also a fun contrast to endless celebrations of the v-shaped recovery crowd. To briefly summarize: Our collective debt is still vastly higher than it was in the early 1930s and in Japan in the 1990s. Consumers account for 70% of economic growth, and they're broke The banks are still...
  • Study: Antarctic glaciers slipping swiftly seaward (WE NeeD a CARBON TAX NOW or We'Re Doomed!!!!)

    02/25/2009 9:33:32 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 27 replies · 1,094+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 2/25/09 | Eliane Engeler -ap
    GENEVA – Antarctic glaciers are melting faster across a much wider area than previously thought, scientists said Wednesday — a development that could lead to an unprecedented rise in sea levels. A report by thousands of scientists for the 2007-2008 International Polar Year concluded that the western part of the continent is warming up, not just the Antarctic Peninsula. Previously most of the warming was thought to occur on the narrow stretch pointing toward South America, said Colin Summerhayes, executive director of the Britain-based Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research and a member of International Polar Year's steering committee. But satellite...
  • 2009 Senate Bill 5104 (Creating a State Income Tax) [WA]

    01/14/2009 2:16:49 PM PST · by sionnsar · 35 replies · 952+ views
    Washington Votes ^ | 1/14/2009
    Introduced by Sen. Rosa Franklin, (D-Tacoma) (D) on January 13, 2009, creates a Washington state income tax for the stated purpose of providing the necessary revenues for the support of vital state services on a more stable and equitable basis . * Referred to the Senate Ways & Means Committee on January 13, 2009.
  • Ten (possible) picks for Obama's Supreme Court

    11/26/2008 5:53:04 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 38 replies · 1,285+ views
    Salon ^ | November 19, 2008 | Justin Jouvenal
    Barack Obama might have as much power to shape a new court as Reagan. Like Reagan, Obama could appoint as many as three justices before Inauguration Day 2013. John Paul Stevens, 88, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 75, are of retirement age, and Ginsburg is a colon cancer survivor. David Souter, 69, has reportedly expressed an interest in returning to his home in New Hampshire. (Kennedy, who has twice had minor heart procedures, is 72, as is Scalia.)
  • Gerald Celente: Food Riots, Tax Rebellions By 2012

    11/14/2008 10:07:38 AM PST · by Dr. Marten · 354 replies · 21,518+ views
    Food Riots, Tax Rebellions By 2012...Trend forecaster, renowned for being accurate in the past, saysThe man who predicted the 1987 stock market crash and the fall of the Soviet Union is now forecasting revolution in America, food riots and tax rebellions - all within four years, while cautioning that putting food on the table will be a more pressing concern than buying Christmas gifts by 2012. Gerald Celente, the CEO of Trends Research Institute, is renowned for his accuracy in predicting fut ure world and economic events, which will send a chill down your spine considering what he told Fox...
  • Obama to Declare Carbon Dioxide Dangerous Pollutant (Update1)

    10/16/2008 3:34:41 PM PDT · by xcamel · 145 replies · 3,148+ views
    bloomberg link only ^ | Oct. 16 | By Jim Efstathiou Jr.
    http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601082&sid=alHWVvGnkcd4&refer=canada Link only This is important
  • If He Wins

    09/22/2008 1:51:30 PM PDT · by george76 · 42 replies · 198+ views
    NATIONAL REVIEW ^ | September 22, 2008 | Jim Geraghty
    Thinking the unthinkable. Like all races, this campaign has come down to a lot of “if-then” statements. America is already unimpressed with the Pelosi-Reid Congress. This is, with a few changes, who President Obama would be making laws with — a House Ways and Means chairman who doesn’t understand the tax laws he writes, a House speaker who does freelance diplomacy with dictators... In the Senate, President Obama will have Robert Byrd holding the purse-strings in Appropriations, ensuring that most of the new president’s national initiatives will be based out of West Virginia. On the Banking Committee, Chris Dodd will...