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The terrorist attempt you’ve never heard of
Why did a lethal bomb placed on the route of a Spokane MLK Day parade draw so little sustained attention?
Rising food prices nearing danger point: World Bank
Soaring food, fuel and other basic costs have been one of the key factors driving political unrest across the Middle East and North Africa which has……
Amazing Photo: Egyptians Turn Out to Support Wisconsin Counterparts
Still high from the success of their nationwide protests, Egyptians are expressing solidarity for the demonstrations in Wisconsin.
A Tipping Point for Organized Labor in America
It may not be overstating the case to say that the future of organized labor as a whole may turn on the willingness of public sector unions to make statesmanlike, farsighted concessions now… The [Pew] study also finds that public regard for organized labor generally is at a historic low and that discontent with public sector pensions and benefits is rising. In fact, when Pew asked respondents to rank their budget reduction preferences, the “pension plans of government employees” topped the list by 16 percentage points, ahead of cutting funding for colleges and universities and road and transportation expenditures, which tied for second, 10 percentage points ahead of cuts in healthcare.
Treating Waiters Like Human Beings: A Chart for Beginners
Anyone who’s spent time as a waiter or waitress knows that you quickly come to view anyone with an open menu in front of their face as the enemy. For the rest of you lucky folks, some advice:
Palestinians plan ‘day of rage’ after US vetoes resolution on Israeli settlements
Palestinians are planning a “day of rage” on Friday in response to the US wielding its veto against a UN security council resolution condemning Israeli settlements. The US decision to use its veto has sparked a furious reaction in the West Bank and Gaza. Anti-US rallies took place in the West Bank towns of Bethlehem, Tulkarem and Jenin this weekend after the 14-1 vote on the resolution, in which the US stood alone against the rest of the security council, including Britain, Germany and France. It voted in contradiction of its own policy.
Texas poised to pass bill allowing guns on campus
Texas is preparing to give college students and professors the right to carry guns on campus, adding momentum to a national campaign to open this part of society to firearms.
Why America’s teachers are enraged
Thousands of teachers, nurses, firefighters and other public sector workers have camped out at the Wisconsin Capitol, protesting Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s efforts to reduce their take-home pay — by increasing their contribution to their pension plans and health care benefits — and restrict their collective bargaining rights.

Clinton says Twitter helps US tap into youth unrest
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Sunday highlighted the need for the US government to use Twitter and other social media to connect with young people amid turbulent change in the Middle East and North Africa.
Iranische Kriegsschiffe sollen Suezkanal am Montag passieren – Israel tobt
Die ägyptische Regierung hat die Fahrt zweier iranischer Kriegschiffe durch den Suezkanal Richtung Mittelmehr genehmigt, meldet die Agentur Reuters am Sonntag unter Berufung auf einen Sprecher der Kanalverwaltung. Die Passage sei für Montag geplant.
We Stand With You as You Stood With Us: Statement to Wisconsin by Egypt’s Trade Unions
from Tahrir Square in Cairo, which was the heart of the Revolution in Egypt. This is the place were many of our youth paid with their lives and blood in the struggle for our just rights. I want you to know that we stand with you
Tens of thousands march peacefully in Morocco for political reform
The mass rally was aimed at expanding democratic rights in Morocco, a nation that is a hereditary monarchy and at times has been oppressive.

They Don’t Hate Us Because We’re Free. They Hate Us Because We Kill Innocent Women And Children Who Have Never Threatened Us In Any Way. [link]

USA: 70000 Demonstranten gegen Sozialabbau allein in Mad City
Massenkundgebungen in den USA zur Verteidigung der Arbeitnehmerrechte – Gewerkschaften vermasseln einen Erfolg in der Durchsetzung der Arbeitnehmerforderungen in Wisconsin Nahezu identische Kundgebungen fanden in Ohio, Iowa, Michigan und Indiana statt, wo die neu gewählten republikanischen Gouverneure und Parlamente versuchen, die Rechte der Gewerkschaften und somit der Arbeitnehmer zu beschneiden.
Saudi- Arabien soll Ben Ali an Tunesien ausliefern
Tunesien hat am Sonntag offiziell von Saudi- Arabien die Auslieferung des gestürzten Präsidenten Ben Ali verlangt. Der ehemalige Staatschef werde wegen “mehrerer schwerwiegender Verbrechen” beschuldigt, hieß es in einer Erklärung des Außenministeriums. Unter anderem werde ihm vorgeworfen, die Menschen in Tunesien gegeneinander aufgehetzt und dazu angestachelt zu haben, sich gegenseitig zu töten.
American held in Pakistan is acting CIA station chief Author: intelNews
A British and a Pakistani newspaper have confirmed that an American diplomat, who is being held in Pakistan for killing two armed men in Lahore, is in reality an employee of the Central Intelligence Agency. Continue reading →
NZ urges Pacific fishery action
New Zealand calls for help from Australia and the US to save the last sustainable fisheries of the Pacific before it is too late.
Cholesterol ‘poor stroke marker’
High levels of cholesterol do not predict the risk of stroke in women, according to researchers in Denmark.

Republicans have, in the last month, attempted to destroy universal healthcare, Net Neutrality, collective bargaining, and Planned Parenthood. They’ve officially crossed the line from crazy to evil. [link]

Thousands at alcohol ‘death risk’
Liver specialists warn up to 250,000 lives could be lost to drinking in England and Wales by 2030 unless industry regulation is improved.
US presses Libya to halt crackdown, threatens action
U.S. President Barack Obama’s administration also signaledthat the Libyan government might face consequences if it did not take heed of warnings to rein in its security forces and respect its citizens’ right to protest. “We are considering all appropriate actions,” the U.S. official said, without specifying what kinds of measures might be at Washington’s disposal.
Situation in Libya
We have raised to a number of Libyan officials, including Libyan Foreign Minister Musa Kusa, our strong objections to the use of lethal force against peaceful demonstrators. We reiterated to Libyan officials the importance of universal rights, including freedom of speech and peaceful assembly. Libyan officials have stated their commitment to protecting and safeguarding the right of peaceful protest. We call upon the Libyan government to uphold that commitment, and hold accountable any security officer who does not act in accordance with that commitment.
US presses Libya to halt crackdown, threatens action
U.S. President Barack Obama’s administration also signaledthat the Libyan government might face consequences if it did not take heed of warnings to rein in its security forces and respect its citizens’ right to protest. “We are considering all appropriate actions,” the U.S. official said, without specifying what kinds of measures might be at Washington’s disposal.
Green economies to grow, says UN
Investing $1.3 trillion (£800bn) each year in green sectors would deliver long-term stability and growth in the global economy, a UN report suggests.
Judge warns of human rights clash
A Law Lord warns of conflicts between the European Convention on Human Rights and the government’s proposed British Bill of Rights.
China warns over ‘jasmine unrest’
China’s security tsar warns of the need to find new ways to defuse unrest, after an internet campaign to provoke a “jasmine revolution” in the country.
Peaceful revolutionary
The American who wrote the rules for toppling dictators worldwide

Thousands of Tunisians marched through the capital on Saturday demanding the separation of mosque and state in one of the largest demonstrations since the overthrow of Mr. Ben Ali. Protesters held up signs saying, “Politics ruins religion and religion ruins politics.” Hamdullah! [link]

Cameron hails Egypt ‘opportunity’
David Cameron arrives in Cairo for the first visit to Egypt by a world leader since President Hosni Mubarak was forced out of office.
‘Five dead’ after Morocco rallies
Five burned bodies are found in a bank which was set on fire following anti-government protests in Morocco on Sunday, officials say.
Libya protests: EU wary of influx
EU ministers hold crisis talks on the uprising in Libya, amid concern about expatriates there and illegal migration from North Africa.
Republikaner streichen auch IPCC-Gelder
US-Abgeordneter Luetkemeyer: der Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change ist eine “schändliche” Organisation

“Study says most corporations pay no U.S. income taxes.” Still think the Middle Class needs to sacrifice pensions & healthcare? [link]

MI5 ‘was not responsible for 7/7’
MI5’s chief of staff has told the 7 July inquests that the security service cannot be held responsible for the 2005 London suicide attacks.
Oil price jumps on Libya unrest
As unrest in oil-rich Libya spreads to the capital, the price of Brent crude hits a new post-financial-crisis high.
Government Tries to Keep Secret What Many Consider a Fraud
A computer programmer who said his software could prevent Al Qaeda’s next attack won $20 million in contracts, despite suspicions that his claims were a hoax.
Top Secret Army Video the Pentagon Wont Release
America continues to fight these wars against the will of the American people. Are we really approving of this sort of behavior for our soldiers? Do we really want to continue to give our money to the proliferation of death?

But Walker, a Republican, failed to tell the state that less than two weeks into his term as governor, he, with his swollen Republican majorities in the Wisconsin Legislature, pushed through $117 million in tax breaks for business allies of the GOP. [link]

Unrest in the world this weekend
There have already been 9,512 images posted to Flickr since Friday with the word protest and the weekend isn’t over at the time of this writing. (Last weekend there were only 2,261.) Some of the protests are in Bahrain, Sri Lanka, Libya, Taiwan, Poland, Germany, the U.K., the U.S., and there are other sympathetic protests in other places in the world.
So.. what happened to Wikileaks and this Bank of America leak?

I understand they were going to release the ‘leak’ at the end of January, but this whole Egypt thing took center-stage so they held off.. [link]

Embarrassed Republicans Admit They’ve Been Thinking Of Eisenhower Whole Time They’ve Been Praising Reagan
At a press conference Tuesday, visibly embarrassed leaders of the Republican National Committee acknowledged that their nonstop, effusive praise of Ronald Reagan has been wholly unintentional, admitting they somehow managed to confuse him with Dwight D. Eisenhower for years.

So, wait… Intel’s new Processor (Sandy Bridge) has built in DRM and people aren’t pissed? Did I miss something? [link]

TSA’s nudie scanners are worthless: Agent slips loaded gun past checkpoints numerous times, nobody disciplined [link]

Libyan airforce colonels ordered to attack protestors in fighter jets… instead they fly to Malta and defect [link]

Justizminister nach Gewaltexzessen zurückgetreten
Die Gewalt in Libyens Hauptstadt Tripolis eskaliert. Mehrere Dutzend Tote binnen Stunden sind erneut zu beklagen, Gebäude brennen. Der Justizminister will nicht länger zusehen – und zieht die Reißleine.
Revolutionswelle in Nordafrika: Europa schaut nur zu
Denn es ist offensichtlich, dass die Europäer keine einheitliche Position haben, ebenso haben sie keine richtige Ahnung von ihren eigenen Interessen sowie davon, wie sich Situation in die wünschenswerte Richtung entwickeln lässt… Die EU ist offenbar unfähig, eine koordinierte Politik auszuüben. Deshalb ist eher zu erwarten, dass einzelne Staaten separat vorgehen, um ihre Interessen zu bewahren.
Revolte in Libyen: Gaddafi-Gegner nehmen zweitgrößte Stadt Bengasi ein
Die Regimegegner in Libyen haben die zweitgrößte Stadt des Landes Bengasi unter ihre Kontrolle gebracht, nachdem die städtische Polizei auf die Seite der Demonstranten gewechselt ist.
Die Revolution Arabiens und der Niedergang des Westens
Zwei gewaltige Prozesse vollziehen sich vor unseren Augen. Der eine ist die arabische Befreiungsrevolution: Nach einem halben Jahrhundert, in dem die arabische Welt von Diktatoren beherrscht worden ist, wird deren Regime erschüttert. Nach 50 Jahren verfaulter Stabilität, zerstört die Fäulnis die Stabilität. Die arabischen Massen sind nicht mehr bereit das zu ertragen, was sie ertragen haben. Die arabischen Eliten sind nicht mehr bereit zu beschweigen, was sie beschwiegen haben.
Deutschland hat 24’450 Euro Schulden – pro Kopf
Die Rettung der angeschlagenen Banken hat die Verschuldung in Deutschland 2010 auf einen historischen Höchststand getrieben. Bund, Länder und Gemeinden sind mit fast zwei Billionen Euro verschuldet.
Spain’s Cajas Have 100 Billion Euros of ‘Problematic’ Assets
The total exposure of Spanish savings banks to real estate and building amounts to 217 billion euros ($297 billion), of which 100 billion euros is classed as “potentially problematic,” the Bank of Spain said.
Ausländer holen Vermögen aus der Schweiz
Gegenläufige Entwicklung in den Kundendepots der Schweizer Banken: Die Vermögen aus dem Ausland sind 2010 geschrumpft, dafür legen Inländer immer mehr Gelder an.
Crude oil jumps 4% as Libya protests
Crude oil prices jumped 4% Monday as violent protests spread in Libya, raising the possibility that oil supplies from that OPEC nation could be disrupted.
Wisconsin Protesters Rise Up Against Tea Party and Fox News Tyranny
It’s refreshing to finally see Wisconsin wake up and stand against tyranny from an oil company and their shill in the governor’s mansion.
Ölpest-Konzern BP: Die Ratten verlassen das sinkende libysche Schiff
Golf von Mexiko-Verseucher Nr.1 tritt vorerst von der Mittelmeerbühne ab – Investorenflucht aus Libyen
Wisconsin governor standing firm
Wisconsin’s governor says he is not backing down over a controversial anti-union bill which has seen thousands of people protesting in the last week.
Libya protests spread and intensify
Another huge march under way in Tripoli on Monday afternoon was reportedly under attack by security forces using military planes and live ammunition to fire on protesters, sources told Al Jazeera. Ahmed Elgazir, a human rights researcher at the Libyan News Centre (LNC) also told Al Jazeera that security forces were “massacring” protesters in Tripoli. Elgazir said the LNC, based in Geneva, Switzerland, received a call for help from a woman “witnessing the massacre in progress who called on a satellite phone”.
Lahore shooting suspect ‘was CIA’
A US man held in Pakistan over the shootings of two men in Lahore was secretly working for the CIA at the time, reports quoting unnamed US officials state.
Kiew billigt Entwurf von Programm zur Kooperation mit NATO
Das ukrainische Kabinett hat den Entwurf eines nationalen Programms zur Kooperation mit der Nordatlantischen Allianz für 2011 gebilligt.
Nazi-Überfall auf Wohnprojekt Praxis in Dresden
Am 19. Februar überfielen Nazis in Dresden das linke Wohnprojekt “Praxis”. Die Polizei war mit mehreren Streifenwägen vor Ort, schritt jedoch nicht gegen die Nazis ein. Der Angriff wurde gefilmt, hier findet ihr Screenshots der Nazis aus dem Video.
Dresden: Neonazis griffen alternatives Kulturzentrum an
Unter den Augen der Polizei haben am Rande des gescheiterten Naziaufmarsches am Samstag in Dresden-Löbtau Rechtsextremisten das Kultur-Zentrum “Die Praxis” angegriffen. Links im Bild des Anwohnervideos und späterer rechts im Bild sind deutlich Polizeiwagen mit Einsatzkräften zu sehen, die die randalierenden Neonazis lediglich beobachten und nicht eingreifen.
Britain condemns Libyan violence
The UK strongly condemns violence carried out by the Libyan regime as anti-government protests there spread to the capital Tripoli.
Renewed clashes hit Libya capital
Renewed fighting breaks out in Libya’s capital as senior diplomats defect, putting intense strain on Colonel Gaddafi’s regime.
Deutschland drohen neue Belastungen
Die Haftung Deutschlands für die Euro-Schuldenländer steigt rasant. Neben der Aufstockung des Euro-Rettungsschirms drohen zusätzliche Belastungen durch Außenstände der Bundesbank gegenüber den Krisenländern.
TSA Screeners Steal $160K
A pair of TSA screeners were caught stealing $39,000 from a passenger’s bag and have since admitted to thefts totaling at least $160,000.
South African spy chief had secret US talks, embassy cable reveals Author: intelNews
South Africa’s spy chief regularly gave the American embassy in Pretoria detailed information on internal African National Congress (ANC) politics, according to a diplomatic cable leaked by WikiLeaks. The cable, entitled “Zuma Advisor Threatens to Expose Political Skeletons”, was authored on September 10 2008 by the embassy and communicated to several recipients, including the State Department, CIA, and the National Security Council. It reveals that Moe Shaik, who heads the South African Secret Service (SASS), the country’s external intelligence agency, met regularly with an unnamed political officer of the US embassy and “always share[d] insights into the motivations and strategies of the Zuma camp”. Continue reading
US paying ‘price in blood’ for Israel-Palestine conflict, say ex-CIA officers Author: intelNews
Two former CIA officers have warned that America will continue “paying an increasing price in blood” for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and urged the White House to directly meddle in domestic Israeli politics in order to help end the dispute. Continue reading
Wie man Diktator und Opposition gleichzeitig unterstützt
Wie inzwischen bekannt, hat die USA seit Ende 2008 dabei geholfen, den Umsturz in Ägypten vorzubereiten und dazu junge Ägypter in die USA geholt, um sie dort insgeheim im »regime change« zu unterrichten. Sozusagen im Gegenzug hierzu, wie dies einem Bericht der israelischen Zeitung »Haaretz« vom 31. 1. zu entnehmen war, verschickte Regierungschef Benjamin Netanjahu, der seinen Ministern öffentliche Äusserungen zu den Vorgängen in Ägypten verboten hatte, eine geheime Mitteilung an die USA und an europäische Länder, in der diese zur Unterstützung der Mubarak-Diktatur aufgefordert wurden.
Venezuela attacks Hague comments
The Venezuelan government has dismissed remarks by Britain’s Foreign Secretary William Hague suggesting that Libyan leader Colonel Gaddafi was on his way to Venezuela as “irresponsible”.
Militärrat von Ägypten: Libysche Grenzposten verlassen Stellungen
Der ägyptische Militärrat – Egypt’s Supreme Council of the Armed Forces – teilte am 21.Februar 2011 auf seinem Facebook-Account mit, dass sich das libysche Militär von der Grenze zwischen Libyen und Ägypten zurückgezogen hat:
Oklahoma Mom Doing 10 Years For $31 Worth Of Marijuana – Toke of the Town
An Oklahoma mother has been taken away from her four young children and her husband, and is now serving 10 years in prison for selling $31 worth of marijuana.

Why in the hell is LIBYA not on the front page? People are getting massacred, shot by mercenaries and bombed by their own Navy jets! [link]

Huge Amounts of Oil Found On Gulf of Mexico Floor Author: Soulskill
intellitech tips news of a study examining the Gulf of Mexico sea floor in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon disaster. Marine scientists have found a thick layer of oil, and say it has devastated life there. “Studies using a submersible found a layer, as much as 10cm thick in places, of dead animals and oil, said Samantha Joye of the University of Georgia. Knocking these animals out of the food chain will, in time, affect species relevant to fisheries. She disputed an assessment by BP’s compensation fund that the Gulf of Mexico will recover by the end of 2012. … ‘The impact on the benthos was devastating,’ she told BBC News. ‘Filter-feeding organisms, invertebrate worms, corals, sea fans – all of those were substantially impacted – and by impacted, I mean essentially killed. Another critical point is that detrital feeders like sea cucumbers, brittle stars that wander around the bottom, I didn’t see a living (sea cucumber) around on any of the wellhead dives. They’re typically everywhere, and we saw none.'” Read more of this story
Immigrant Cattle Doing the Jobs American Cattle Won’t Do
America imported more than two million cattle last year, and the government did everything possible to make it even easier to bring in more bovines. How long until hamburger eaters begin blaming immigrant cattle instead of directing their ire at the American working-cow class?
Judges Go After Slacker Clothes, Banning Exposed Underwear, Shower Caps, and Slippers
Here it is, Broward County, Courtroom Etiquette 101. Your first lesson: Don’t wear your shower cap to court.
10 Incredible Images of Black Holes
Black holes are considered amongst the most powerful and mysterious objects in the universe, what is left behind after a star has collapsed. NASA has compiled several dramatic images of what are believed to be black holes in space. This is a Chandra X-Ray Observatory image of the nearby galaxy Centaurus A. This image is believed to show the effects of a supermassive black hole within the galaxy.
The Pentagon Papers That Donald Rumsfeld Doesn’t Want You to See
When Donald Rumsfeld released his memoir “Known and Unknown”, he made a big deal out of putting thousands of documents from his archives online in a sop to transparency and accuracy. But he didn’t put them all online. And we’ve found some of the papers that Rumsfeld would have preferred to toss down the memory hole.
University of Wisconsin Medical School Investigating Doctors’ Notes at Protest
The University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health is investigating whether some of its doctors wrote fake sick notes to people protesting the governor’s plan to strip public union employees of the right to collectively bargain.Over the weekend, FOX News reported that doctors from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine were manning a doctor station to write medical notes excusing those protesting at the Wisconsin State Capitol from work. Physicians were seen standing on a street corner wearing lab coats and giving out medical notes.”This involves a few individuals out of the nearly 1,300 physicians at UW Health,” Lisa Brunette, Director of Media Relations for the school said in an email.”These UW Health physicians were acting on their own and without the knowledge or approval of UW Health, she continued. “These charges are very serious and in response the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and the University of Wisconsin Medical Foundation, two of the entities that comprise UW Health, will immediately launch an investigation of the reported behavior. The investigation will identify which UW Health physicians were involved and whether their behavior constituted violations of medical ethics or University of Wisconsin and UW Health policies and work rules.” Read more: politics.blogs.foxnews.com/2011/02/21/university-wisconsin-medical-school-investigating-doctors-notes-protest#ixzz1Edz1S6eU
10 Everyday Foods That Can Affect You Like Drugs
Everybody knows there are certain natural substances that you can eat or smoke to feel awesome or weird, depending on your perspective. But what about ordinary foods that deliver these same mood-altering or even consciousness-warping effects? We’ve got ten foods that go straight to your head.
Wisconsin governor standing firm
Wisconsin’s governor says he is not backing down over a controversial anti-union bill which has seen thousands of people protesting in the last week.
Recently Surfaced Home Video Shows JFK in Houston the Night Before Death
Home video of John F. Kennedy in Houston that recently surfaced shows the president and first lady, just hours before his death, reaching out to the Hispanic community. The images were captured on Nov. 21, 1963 at the Rice Hotel, the second stop of what was supposed to be a five-city visit by the president.
Government of the rich, by the rich, for the rich
Because wealth gets what it wants much more often without compromising to the poor, it can create a permanent class of politically disenfranchised people and promote destabilization.
China starts Bahamas resort work
China starts work on a $2.6bn (£1.6bn) Bahamas-based holiday resort as its state-owned firms expand their economic reach.
News you may have missed #478 Author: intelNews
Israel and Chile collaborated to spy on Iran and Venezuela. Korean spies broke into Indonesian delegation’s hotel room. High-ranking Libyan pilots defect to Malta. Continue reading
Blocking enzyme cut cancer spread
Scientists at the UK’s Institute of Cancer Research have prevented cancers spreading in mice by blocking an enzyme.
UN-Sicherheitsrat berät über Libyen
UN-Sicherheitsrat berät über Libyen Flugzeuge gegen Demonstranten Der Aufstand weitet sich aus In Bengasi seien seit Beginn der Proteste vor fünf Tagen rund 400 Menschen getötet worden, sagte ein Vertreter von Militärangehörigen, die sich den Aufständischen in der zweitgrößten libyschen Stadt angeschlossen hatten. Neben Bengasi würden die Aufständischen mittlerweile auch Sirte und das nordostlibysche Agedabia kontrollieren.
Global Katrina: Biggest solar storm ever could cause power cuts for MONTHS
Astronomers today warned that mankind is now more vulnerable to a major solar storm than at any time in history – and that the planet should prepare for a global Katrina-style disaster.
American Shame
IMF Comparison of advanced countries

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