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CJE Tuesday News Briefs

2012 December 4

Barack Obama warns Syria of chemical weapons ‘consequences’

Obama’s”I’m a real tough guy” threats and posturing doesn’t work. Just sounds like a practiced, scripted and test group approved campaign speech. 

US president reacts to reports that sensitive chemical weapons parts have been moved around the country by the Assad regime.
Barack Obama has warned the Syrian regime that any use of chemical weapons on its own people would be “totally unacceptable” and would result in “consequences”.

In strongly-worded remarks directed at President Bashar al-Assad, the US president said “the world is watching” and would act if the authorities escalated the conflict through the use of chemical warfare.

Intelligence reports suggest sensitive chemical weapons parts have been moved around the country in recent days. This has raised fears that the regime is considering unleashing chemical weapons = on opposition forces.
Obama told a gathering of nuclear proliferation experts in Washington: “The use of chemical weapons is, and would be, totally unacceptable and if you make the tragic mistake of using these weapons, there will be consequences and you will be held accountable.”
Obama did not outline what consequences would be taken. More…

TYPHOON POUNDS THE PHILIPPINES, KILLING AT LEAST 7

Why do I keep hearing “HARPS”?

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — One of the strongest typhoons to hit the Philippines this year barreled across the country’s south on Tuesday, killing at least seven people and forcing more than 50,000 to flee from inundated villages.

Typhoon Bopha slammed into the Davao region at dawn, its ferocious winds ripping roofs from homes and its 500-kilometer- (311-mile-) wide rain band flooding low-lying farmland. The storm, packing winds of 160 kilometers (99 miles) per hour and gusts of up to 195 kph (121 mph), toppled trees, triggered landslides and sent flash floods surging across the region’s mountains and valleys. More…

ALANIS MORISSETTE TO PLAY ISRAELI CONCERT DESPITE PROTESTS

Word to Alanis; Bad, really bad career move! Remember Tokyo Rose…

Singer Alanis Morissette will grace an Israeli concert stage tonight, a simple act which artists like Stevie Wonder have turned down in recent weeks for political reasons.
The “Ironic” singer, a seven-time Grammy winner, is due to stage a concert in Tel Aviv on Monday, for the first time since a show in Israel in 2000. But the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel is urging her to cancel at the last minute, because of the Israeli political situation.
Morissette quickly started receiving Twitter-based hate for allegedly supporting an “apartheid” state. More…

 

 Today is ‘International I know you are but what am I day’

Absolutely nothing to do with the earthquake. Just want to remind everyone how f$cking insane US politics are.

Magnitude 5.8 quake rattles Anchorage, Alaska
(Reuters) – A magnitude 5.8 earthquake struck off the coast of Alaska on Monday, close to the city of Anchorage, rattling buildings and knocking bric-a-brac from shelves, but no serious damage or injuries were reported.

The tremor, initially reported as a magnitude 5.7, struck at 4:42 p.m. (8:42 p.m. EST) 25 miles west of Anchorage, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The quake, relatively shallow at a depth of 33.1 miles, was widely felt in Anchorage, according to Guy Urban, a geophysicist for the West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center in Palmer, Alaska.

“Some people in Anchorage said some things fell off the shelves,” he told Reuters, adding that the center was unaware of any severe property damage or anyone being hurt. More…

It’s a ‘Glow Stick’

New lighting tech aimed at homes, offices

WTF! Are we going to have to change all our bulbs again? Bill Gates is behind this. I know it!

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C., Dec. 3 (UPI) — U.S. researchers say a new type of lighting made from plastic could replace fluorescent bulbs and give better, flicker-free light for homes and offices.

Scientists at the Wake Forest University Center for Nanotechnology and Molecular Materials said their shatterproof alternative for large-scale lighting gives off soft, white light, not the yellowish hue from fluorescents or the bluish tinge from LEDs. More…


Ageism in hospitals ‘leaves elderly heart attack and breast cancer victims to die’

Republicans blame the Democrats… “If they didn’t have free healthcare, they could anonymously die at home with their cats”

The elderly are being denied life-saving treatment for heart attacks and surgery following breast cancer, a report warns.
It reveals the extent of age discrimination across the NHS, with doctors making ‘inaccurate assumptions’ about patients based on their dates of birth.
This year the Government promised to end ageism in the Health Service and introduced laws that enable the elderly to sue if they are unfairly refused treatment.

But a report today warns that patients in their 50s are three times more likely to be offered an emergency treatment for heart attacks than those in their 80s.
And some hospitals are refusing to offer the treatment to anyone over 75 at all.

The procedure – a percutaneous coronary intervention – widens blood vessels and has been credited with saving the lives of up to 80 patients a year and hundreds since it was first introduced in the late 1980s.
It involves patients being sedated, but not given a general anaesthetic, while a thin tube is inserted into their upper leg and threaded up to the coronary artery in the heart. More…

No incense jokes…

Another tragic self-immolation occurred in Tibet

Lies, lies,lies… Hillary Clinton assured the UN that China removed all the matches from Tibet. 

The intensity of the distress of the Tibetans living in Tibet has again become apparent with another self-immolation. Phayul.com has reported today, Dec. 3, 2012, Breaking: Self-immolations continue in Tibet, Monk burns self to death in latest protest. Reports from Tibet have confirmed another Tibetan set himself on fire today in the Golog region of eastern Tibet in an apparent protest against China’s repressive rule over Tibet.

Early this evening in Tibet Lobsang Gendun, a 29-year-old Tibetan monk, self-immolated in Golog Pema Dzong. He died from his injuries at the site of his protest. Tsangyang Gyatso, an exiled Tibetan, has told Phayul, “According to eyewitnesses, Lobsang Gendun had his hands clasped in prayers as he raised slogans while engulfed in flames. He walked a few steps towards a busy road intersection and then fell to the ground.” More…

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