CJE Friday News Briefs
U.S. troops mass on Turkey’s Syrian border
WS – This is a HUGE story. But you will have to be really diligent to follow it. Until…
DAMASCUS, Syria, Dec. 7 (UPI) — Some 400 U.S. and Dutch NATO troops were massed on Turkey’s Syrian border Friday amid fears besieged President Bashar Assad was poised to use chemical weapons.
The soldiers were beefing up Turkey’s border and readying Patriot missiles three days after NATO agreed to deploy the MIM-104 Patriot surface-to-air missile system in Turkey. Ankara had requested the installations as a defense against a Syrian missile attack, possibly with chemical weapons.
“Nobody knows what such a regime is capable of and that is why we are acting protectively here,” German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said of NATO’s move.More…
Strong quake hits off Japan near Fukushima
A strong quake centered off northeastern Japan shook buildings as far away as Tokyo on Friday and triggered a one-meter tsunami in an area devastated by last year’s Fukushima disaster, but there were no reports of deaths or serious damage.
The quake had a preliminary magnitude of 7.3, the U.S. Geological Survey said, and thousands of coastal residents were ordered to evacuate to higher ground, but the tsunami warning was lifted two hours after the tremor struck. More…
Today is “Return all your T-Shirts to Walmart because they smell of smoke Day”
WS – Dengue fever? How about testing that strain for genetic alterations? Better yet, raid Monsanto’s research labs, before turning Key West into a bad B movie.
KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — Mosquito control officials in the Florida Keys think genetically modified mosquitoes might help reduce the risk of dengue fever in Key West.
The Florida Keys Mosquito Control District is waiting for the Food and Drug Administration to approve an experiment that would release hundreds of thousands of mosquitoes genetically altered to pass along a birth defect that would kill off their young. That would reduce the number of Aedes aegypti mosquitos, the species that can carry dengue fever.
It would be the first such experiment in the U.S. Similar trials are running in Brazil, Malaysia and the Cayman Islands. More…
In the next few days, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is expected to propose long-delayed regulations requiring auto manufacturers to include event data recorders – better known as “black boxes” – in all new cars and light trucks. But the agency is behind the curve. Automakers have been quietly tucking the devices, which automatically record the actions of drivers and the responses of their vehicles in a continuous information loop, into most new cars for years.
When a car is involved in a crash or when its airbags deploy, inputs from the vehicle’s sensors during the 5 to 10 seconds before impact are automatically preserved. That’s usually enough to record things like how fast the car was traveling and whether the driver applied the brake, was steering erratically or had a seat belt on. More…
Bayou Frack-Out: The Massive Oil and Gas Disaster You’ve Never Heard Of
For residents in Assumption Parish, the boiling, gas-belching bayou, with its expanding toxic sinkhole and quaking earth is no longer a mystery; but there is little comfort in knowing the source of the little-known event that has forced them out of their homes.
Located about 45 miles south of Baton Rouge, Assumption Parish carries all the charms and curses of southern Louisiana. Networks of bayous, dotted with trees heavy with Spanish moss, connect with the Mississippi River as it slowly ambles toward the Gulf of Mexico. Fishermen and farmers make their homes there, and so does the oil and gas industry, which has woven its own network of wells, pipelines and processing facilities across the lowland landscape.
The first sign of the oncoming disaster was the mysterious appearance of bubbles in the bayous in the spring of 2012. For months the residents of a rural community in Assumption Parish wondered why the waters seemed to be boiling in certain spots as they navigated the bayous in their fishing boats. More…
WS – FYI. This is a UN press release. Please transpose the word UN with corrupt multinational cabal. And the phrase ‘cyber criminal” to “Freedom Fighters”.
A major United Nations technology conference where States have gathered to discuss how to facilitate international information and communication services suffered a network outage –linked to criminal groups – to one of its websites on Wednesday, preventing participants from following deliberations and accessing texts online.
According to conference organizers, responsibility for the disruption has been claimed by cyber criminal groups, in response to claims that the World Conference on International Communications (WCIT-12), which is being held in Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates, is trying to restrict freedom online.
These claims have been repeatedly denied by the Conference’s organizing body, the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) – the UN agency’s head added that threats made against WCIT-12 by cyber criminal groups undermine the very same principles of freedom of expression and unfettered access to information that the gathering has been at pains to defend. More…
Couple live in sewer for 22 years
WS – Leave them alone. We could all learn something here!
A Colombian couple say they have lived better than their president for more than two decades.
Miguel Restrepo, 62, and his wife, Maria Garcia, have lived in an abandoned sewer under Medellin, Colombia for 22 years, but say they live a calm and carefree life with their dog, Blackie.
Restrepo, a former drug addict, said he and his wife have a stove, bed, chair, television, and fan. More…
Jersey shore home not destroyed by Sandy destroyed by bureaucrats
WS – Jersey? Let’s just worry about our own country.
The owner of a property on the New Jersey shore recently got some good news and some bad news. The good news is that his house weathered Superstorm Sandy, which ravaged the East Coast in late October. The bad news is that the house didn’t survive a government agency’s bulldozers.
MyFOXNY reports that Nick Maria experienced something of a shock when he returned to his Ortley Beach home two weeks after the hurricane only to find that the house was gone. Ditto for everything that had been stored inside.