WS – At least we ca see the forest now!
Professor David Lindenmayer of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions (CEED) and Australian National University, Professor Bill Laurance of James Cook University, Australia, and Professor Jerry Franklin of Washington University reported the worldwide rapid die off of Earth’s biggest trees in the December 6, 2012 issue of the journal Science.
Trees ranging from 100 to 300 years of age have been dying in record numbers across the world in the last decade.
The phenomenon was first noted in a 30 year study of Mountain Ash (Eucalyptus regnans) forest in Australia and has been confirmed to be happening worldwide regardless of country or location. More…
WS – Manning, his name is Bradley Manning! – Corporate Media deliberately leaves his name out of headlines. It’s a mind f$ck people. Misdirection, in your face. Wikileakes is not on trial here. The “Case” is about torture of an american soldier for revealing war crimes systematically carried out by the military against innocent people. Crimes never mentioned by Main Stream Media.
FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) — Military prosecutors are trying to show that an Army private charged with sending classified information to WikiLeaks didn’t avail himself of opportunities to complain about pretrial confinement conditions that he claims were excessively harsh.
The hearing enters its 10th day Monday with more testimony expected from Chief Warrant Officer 2 Denise Barnes. She was the commander of a Marine Corps brig in Quantico, Va., during the last three months of Pfc. Bradley Manning’s confinement there.
Prosecutors also plan to call Army officers who were in Manning’s chain of command while he was locked up 23 hours a day, sometimes with no clothing, for nine months.
The government claims the restrictions were to keep Manning from hurting or killing himself. The hearing is to determine if they amounted to illegal pretrial punishment. Manning contends the conditions were so harsh that all charges should be dropped. More…
Today is “Festival For The Souls Of Dead Whales” Day!
Smoke and mirrors. The US already has full control of the Internet. Ask David Petraeus or anyone from the Occupy movement.
Leaked documents from a recent International Telecommunications Union meeting have exposed several disturbing examples of potential usages of the Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) standard, which was recently adopted by a UN conference in Dubai. US playing Internet monopoly
The leaked documents include a full draft recommendation on the ‘Y.2770’ standard for DPI. This technology is used to monitor, filter and manage Internet traffic. It could potentially be used by governments and international telecom companies to easily scan data sent on the Internet.
Though the recommendation specifies only the requirements for DPI in next-generation networks, it also suggests that such standards be applicable to the current generation. More…
Dirty white gold
Monsanto’s claim that it’s a “sustainable agriculture company” doesn’t hold water.
Follow the money. It always leads to the leaders!
Given Monsanto’s legacy as a producer of the lethal defoliant Agent Orange during the Vietnam War, Southeast Asian agriculture would presumably beg to differ with this characterisation.
Sustainability is also not the first word that comes to mind when contemplating Monsanto’s policy of sowing the earth with genetically modified seeds that destroy soil and are designed with nonrenewable traits so as to require constant repurchase as well as acquisition of a variety of other company products like fertilizers and pesticides.
Nor would the term appear to define a situation in which nearly 300,000 Indian farmers have committed suicide since 1995 after being driven into insurmountable debt by neoliberal economics and the conquest of Indian farmland by Monsanto’s Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) cotton.
In tragic irony, many kill themselves by imbibing pesticides intended for their crops.
As for Monsanto’s shameless claim that one of its primary objectives is “to improve lives”, we might similarly conclude that butchers aim to improve the lives of cows and pigs and that two plus two is 86.
Writing in 2009, physicist and author Vandana Shiva outlined Monsanto’s contributions to a “suicide economy” in India, such as an increase in the price per kilogram of cotton seeds from 7 to 17,000 rupees. Shiva lists additional complications: More…
(Shhh… don’t tell Syria. Let’s keep this to ourselves.)
Beware of Main Stream Media reporting about secrets that are not secrets This whole Syria thing is about Israel.- Land, Water and all of Iran.
DAMASCUS, Syria, Dec. 9 (UPI) — Israel is covertly monitoring Syria’s chemical and biological weapons, The Sunday Times of London reported.
“For years we’ve known the exact location of Syria’s chemical and biological munitions,” an Israeli source told the newspaper, adding, ” … in the past week we’ve got signs that munitions have been moved to new locations.”
The newspaper said the Israeli’s intention is to track Syria’s non-conventional armaments and sabotage their development. Special Israeli forces are operating as spotters, the newspaper said. More…
Man gets jail for stealing, snorting ashes
He “urned” his jail time!
SILVER SPRINGS SHORES, Fla., Dec. 9 (UPI) — One of three men accused of stealing, then snorting human and canine ashes in Florida, was sentenced to more than eight years in prison.
Jose David Diaz-Marrero, 20, pleaded guilty in June to four burglaries, including one in which he and two others stole urns, that contained the cremated remains of Holli Tencza’s father and her two dogs, the Ocala (Fla.) Star Banner reported.
The trio also allegedly stole about $1,500 worth of jewelry, a laptop, a DVD player and a 42-inch flat-screen television. More…
Strange creature found in cocoon dates to 200 million years
It’s Dick Clark, just in time for New Years…
Researchers in Antarctica discovered a bizarre creature in an ancient cocoon. Researchers say that this creature is unline anything ever seen before.
According to IscienceTimes, researchers discovered the creature earlier this year but they were not able to identify it right away. However, the creature has now been identified.
The creature is a species of Vorticella, which is a protozoa that is characterized by their bizarre stalk and bell shape.
According to io9, the what makes this discovery special is that the soft body microorganism that was inside the cocoon was well preserved, and it survived the ravages of time. More…
WS – Wicks? I thought you were bringing the wicks.
(Reuters) – North Korea has extended the window for a widely condemned long-range rocket launch by a week after discovering a “technical deficiency”, the isolated state’s news agency said on Monday.
The launch, viewed by the United States, Japan and South Korea as a test for developing a ballistic missile capable of delivering a nuclear warhead, had been scheduled for December 10-22 to coincide with the first anniversary of the death of former North Korean ruler Kim Jong-il.
“(Engineers) found a technical deficiency in the first-stage control engine module of the rocket carrying the satellite and decided to extend the satellite launch period up to December 29,” the KCNA news agency quoted a space agency spokesman as saying.
North Korea is banned from carrying out any missile or nuclear-related tests by U.N. resolutions imposed in 2006 and 2009 after it conducted nuclear tests. A third rocket launch, in April, ended in failure. More…