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WWH/CJE Sunday News Briefs

2012 December 2

Japan tunnel collapse traps at least seven people people on highway west of Tokyo

First question; Who built it?  Second question; Who will rebuild it? Third question; Any Fukushima Daiichi whistle blowers drive that route?

Video footage from cameras inside the tunnel, after the fire was extinguished, showed firefighters picking their way through cement roof panels that collapsed onto vehicles
At least seven people are feared missing after parts of a tunnel collapsed on a highway west of Tokyo, trapping vehicles as smoke from a fire inside initially prevented rescuers from approaching.

Video footage from cameras inside the tunnel, after the fire was extinguished, showed firefighters picking their way through cement roof panels that collapsed onto vehicles inside the Sasago Tunnel, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) outside the city. However, local media reported rescuers had suspended work out of fears of another collapse in the tunnel.

A woman who escaped from her rental car after it was trapped in the (2.5 mile) 4.3 kilometer-long tunnel told authorities that she was unsure about the condition of five other people who had been in the vehicle with her. Another two vehicles were known to be buried in the rubble, suggesting at least seven people were trapped inside, according to a statement by the Fire and Disaster Management Agency. More…

MURDER-SUICIDE INVOLVING CHIEFS’ PLAYER STUNS TEAM

The game must go on. In his memory. Go out there guys and win one for the poor entitled, misunderstood, overpaid and unaccountable thug! Moment of silence, hand over heart, head bowed. That’s enough. Play Ball!!! SuperBowl, Ra, ra SuperBowl!

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — It began like any other Saturday for the Kansas City Chiefs during the NFL season, their general manager and coach at work early to put final touches on this weekend’s gameplan. Then they got a call to hurry to the parking lot.

The two men rushed through the glass doors of Chiefs headquarters and came face-to-face with linebacker Jovan Belcher, holding a handgun to his head.

Belcher had already killed his girlfriend and sped the short distance to Arrowhead Stadium, right past a security checkpoint guarding the entrance. Upon finding his bosses, Belcher thanked general manager Scott Pioli and head coach Romeo Crennel for giving him a chance in the NFL. Then he turned away and pulled the trigger.

The murder-suicide shocked a franchise that has been dealing with controversies now made trivial by comparison: eight consecutive losses, injuries too numerous to count, discontent among fans and the prospect that Pioli and Crennel could be fired at season’s end More…

Today is Today is  ‘National Fritters Day’

US-AFGHAN BASE ATTACKED IN EASTERN AFGHANISTAN

It’s another attack on FREEDOM!!! We’re staying, thats it. No more Mr. nice guy!

Give these towel heads a little power and they think they own the whole f$cking country. Oh, yea! We’re digging in!  Or they will be over here, growing poppies and raping little boys. And that will hurt our economy. Yea, bring em on…

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Taliban suicide bombers attacked a joint U.S.-Afghan air base in eastern Afghanistan early Sunday, detonating explosives at the gate and sparking a gunbattle that lasted at least two hours with American helicopters firing down at militants before the attackers were defeated.

The attackers and at least five Afghans were killed, officials said. Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid claimed responsibility for the attack.

It was the largest clash at the Jalalabad air base since February, when a suicide car bombing at the gate triggered an explosion that killed nine Afghans, six of them civilians. More…

Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach idled for fifth day by strike

Anti Union Corporate Media and Corrupt Politicians planning violent response to this. Bet on it.-  Obama had authorized the National Guard and the fu$king Navy to be ready. Just waiting on the ‘Agent Provocateurs’ and the Media to get coordinated.

(Reuters) – A strike by clerical workers at the twin ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach idled most of the busiest U.S. cargo shipping complex for a fifth day on Saturday as container-laden vessels waited to be unloaded and marathon contract talks stretched into the night.

Some 10,000 members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 63 were refusing to cross picket lines of some 500 striking clerical workers, effectively shutting down 10 of the two ports’ combined 14 container terminals.

Four other container terminals have remained opened, along with facilities for handling break-bulk cargo such as raw steel and tanker traffic.

Still, the strike marks the largest disruption of cargo traffic through the two Southern California facilities since a 10-day lockout at West Coast ports in 2002.

Estimates of the overall economic impact of the strike have run as high as $1 billion a day, including lost wages of dock workers, truckers and others idled by the walkout, and the value of cargo rerouted by shippers. More…

Israel withholds Palestinian funds after U.N. vote

Hillary said it’s OK. Let the genocide continue as planned! – The Media will present this as “Bad Parenting leads to starving children in Gaza”

(Reuters) – Israel said on Sunday it was withholding this month’s transfer of tax revenues to the Palestinian Authority, after the United Nations’ de facto recognition of a Palestinian state.

Under interim peace deals, which Israel says the Palestinians violated by unilaterally seeking an upgrade of their status at the United Nations, it collects about $100 million a month in duties on behalf of the authority.

But, Israeli officials said, the authority owes about $200 million to the Israel Electric Corporation, and that money will now be deducted from the tax transfers.

The cash-strapped authority, which exercises limited self-rule in the occupied West Bank, largely depends on the tax money to pay civil servants’ salaries. Yasser Abed Rabbo, a senior Palestinian official, said Israel was guilty of “piracy and theft” by refusing to hand over the funds. More…

Recall: Trader’s Joe’s Butter Chicken

Salads, Peanut Butter,Chicken, Pre packaged sandwiches, Tomatoes…You mite want to shop somewhere else all together. Just an idea!

U.S. and Canadian officials say 4,865 pounds of frozen butter chicken and rice bound for Trader Joe’s stores were recalled for possible Listeria contamination.

The U.S. Agriculture Department’s Food Safety and Inspection Service is alerting the public of a recall being conducted by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Aliya’s Foods Ltd., which has its headquarters in the Edmonton suburb of Sherwood Park, Alberta, for frozen butter chicken and rice products imported from Canada.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is overseeing the recall in Canada. The Food Safety and Inspection Service will verify U.S. companies sent shipments of the recalled products have been notified and have removed them from sale.

The recall is for 12.5-ounce boxes of Trader Joe’s Butter Chicken with Basmati Rice with product code 2012-10-31 and lot code 30512. More…

As Companies Seek Tax Deals, Governments Pay High Price

But the politicians do just fine!  

In the end, the money that towns across America gave General Motors did not matter.
When the automaker released a list of factories it was closing during bankruptcy three years ago, communities that had considered themselves G.M.’s business partners were among the targets.

For years, mayors and governors anxious about local jobs had agreed to G.M.’s demands for cash rewards, free buildings, worker training and lucrative tax breaks. As late as 2007, the company was telling local officials that these sorts of incentives would “further G.M.’s strong relationship” with them and be a “win/win situation,” according to town council notes from one Michigan community.

Yet at least 50 properties on the 2009 liquidation list were in towns and states that had awarded incentives, adding up to billions in taxpayer dollars, according to data compiled by The New York Times. More…

Mother Nature “Hates our Freedom!”

Climate Change talks in Doha, Qatar: ya gotta laugh

The USA thinks it can actually bluff, dismiss, accuse,threaten, spin and manipulate ‘Mother Nature’. We’re Fu$ked Folks! Head inland quick!

One of the more startling moments in Plastic Ocean comes when Captain Moore (the book’s author) reveals the Great Pacific Garbage Patch to world leaders and they tell him to prove that it’s doing any harm. Ya gotta laugh. That’s like discovering a bomb in the nation’s capitol and having the police dismiss you because they don’t think bombs do any damage. Another amazing point in the book is learning that chemical companies in the US have to pull their products off the market only if their studies prove their product’s toxicity, which means these companies have zero incentive to do their own studies. How their products radiate out into our environment is anyone’s guess.

This all comes to mind as I review this week’s amazing environmental news. There’s a study that proves our Great Lakes are filled with plastic bits. Besides making pseudo food for birds and fish that provides no nourishment but fills them up, plastic bits have a nasty habit of attracting and accumulating toxins. Another story deals with the dropping lake levels this year, but fails to mention Climate Change being a factor in determining lakes levels, even though one of the studies used for the article includes just that. Then there’s a story about how difficult it is to rid our drinking water of pharmaceuticals because our wastewater treatment plants were not designed to remove the myriad drugs that fill our Great Lakes. And, pharmaceuticals are not even the half of it; our Great Lakes are filled with Chemical Pollutants. More…

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