Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Oil Prices Rebound on Jitters About Supplies

Cocaine prices just rose, Obama, congress, senate need to recoup their "losses;" gasoline costs a nickel to make, the rest finances high-class prostitutes, illegal wars, lifestyles of congress and senate criminals, oil company and Wall Street executives as Americans starve on the streets of the richest country in the world

Associated Press
By Pablo Gorondi
10/09/2010

Oil prices appeared set for a modest rebound Tuesday after three days of losses, rising nearer to $90 a barrel on supply concerns due to the Syrian conflict and delays in shipments of North Sea oil.


The price of high-class whores just went up too - and you pay for it
By early afternoon in Europe, benchmark crude for November delivery was up 50 cents to $89.83 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract fell 57 cents to $89.30 a barrel in New York on Tuesday.

In London, Brent crude, which is used to price international varieties of oil, rose 63 cents to $112.45.

"For the second time in the last three months oil markets received a jolt on concerns related to supply in the North Sea," said oil analyst Stephen Schork. "Supply fears have been getting priced into the market." He said the resumption of production from North Sea oil rigs that were undergoing maintenance has been slower than anticipated.


Coke-head Sarah Palin
Traders have also been watching developments surrounding Syria for any signs of a disruption in supplies from the Middle East. There are fears that the violence in Syria could escalate into a wider regional conflict, threatening oil supplies.

"There are latent supply risks on the oil market since Turkey might become involved in the conflict in Syria, which would affect key oil transport routes," said a report from Commerzbank in Frankfurt. "Rebels in Sudan have attacked the provincial capital of the main oil producing region. This might endanger the recently signed peace treaty between Sudan and South Sudan and, in turn, the resumption of oil production, interrupted since the beginning of the year."

Worry about supplies seemed to overcome bearish news from the International Monetary Fund, which cut its global growth forecast saying that advanced economies are at risk of recession and that the world economy will expand 3.3 percent this year, down from the estimate of 3.5 percent growth it issued in July.

In other futures traded in New York:

— Natural gas lost 0.9 cent to $3.394 per 1,000 cubic feet.

— Heating oil added 1.65 cents to $3.1608 per gallon.

— Wholesale gasoline was up 2.94 cents to $2.9225 per gallon.


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WHO : 'Brain-Eating Amoeba' Kills 10 In Pakistan

Weaponised amoeba    

Associated Press
By Munir Ahmed
10/09/2012

ISLAMABAD (AP) —

A waterborne parasite commonly known as "brain-eating amoeba" has killed 10 people in Pakistan's largest city, a Pakistani official with the World Health Organization said Tuesday.


The amoeba — Naegleria fowleri — lives in warm, unclean water. It can infect the human nervous system, though this occurs rarely. In those cases it is difficult to treat and can lead to death in about a week.

Musa Khan, in charge of WHO's Disease Early Warning System in Pakistan, said the deaths were reported in the city of Karachi from March to September.

He said municipal authorities launched a campaign in the area to ensure the supply of clean water to residents. Health officials are carrying out a public awareness campaign to educate and guide people and doctors across Karachi about the disease, he said.

Other parts of Pakistan have also been alerted but so far no cases have been reported elsewhere, Khan said.

"There is no need to panic over these deaths," he stressed. "There is a remote chance for the spread of this deadly disease."

He said people don't usually get the brain-affecting form of the disease by drinking water, but by swimming in dirty water or cleaning their nostrils with contaminated water.

From the nostrils, the parasite travels to the brain where it destroys tissue. Symptoms include fever, nausea, vomiting, stiff neck and headaches.

The disease has killed people in other countries as well.

A U.S. man who was teaching his daughter to swim in a southwestern Indiana lake died in September, within weeks after getting the infection, according to his family.

Waylon Abel, 30, went to a hospital with headache, nausea, vomiting and fever. He was given antibiotics and returned 12 hours later, when he was diagnosed with bacterial meningitis.

In July, a South Carolina boy also died from this rare brain infection, according to U.S. health officials.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 32 infections were reported in the U.S from 2002 to 2011. Only one person has survived out of 123 known U.S. cases from 1962 to 2011.




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WAYNE MADSEN : Where Muslims Should Apologize

Obama's CIA scum need to be driven from Indonesia ONCE AND FOR ALL

Wayne Madsen Report
By Wayne Madsen
10/08/2012

Muslims often bear the brunt of harassment, such as with the recent production and distribution of a video clip of an anti-Muslim movie called "Innocence of Muslims." In such cases, Muslims deserve an apology for such blatant and hateful actions.


Hatta, Sukarno and Suharto
However, there is a country where Muslims should apologize but because of a combination of political realities, such an apology may not be soon forthcoming.

In Indonesia, where between 1 and 2 million Communists and suspected Communists were killed in a targeted purge after the 1965 CIA-backed coup by Indonesian Army General Suharto against the government of President Sukarno and the Indonesian Communist Party (PKI), there are calls for an official apology from one of the primary backers of the coup: the Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), the nation's largest Muslim organization. The NU has steadfastly refused to apologize or pay compensation to the surviving victims of the anti-Communist purge. Likewise, retired Indonesian military officers who were involved in the coup and were members if Suharto's regime have also refused to apologize to the victims. 



Indonesian citizen Barak Hussein Obama at school in Jakarta.  Highly placed sources for The 5th Estate in Washington DC suggest Obama's mother may have been complicit in CIA ties to assassination of Sukarno

 Demands for an official apology and compensation have come from the Indonesian government National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM), and it is believed that President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono will issue a national apology before his term of office ends in 2014.


Well at HALIM AFB where the seven Generals bodies were dumped
The NU and retired military officers are adamant about not issuing an apology or favoring victims' compensation and they have powerful behind-the-scenes support from an outside player: the administration of Barack Obama. Obama, keenly aware that delving into the history of the 1965 coup and subsequent purge could open up the Indonesian files on his mother's and Indonesian step-father's role in the purge of PKI and Sukarno supporters, has instructed his ambassador in Jakarta Scot Marciel to ensure that Indonesian files on the events of 1965-1970, including the CIA's and Obama's mother's non-official cover agency, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), remain sealed and unavailable to those victims of the purge who are now seeking an apology; trials for those military officers who were involved in genocide, rape, and torture; and compensation. It was the NU that assisted the CIA in carrying out the atrocities against PKI members and suspected members after the CIA whip up religious fervor by convincing the NU and its Muslim members that the PKI was composed of anti-Muslim Communist atheists.


Barak Obama with public school friends in Jakarta:  Obama's CIA ties originate in Indonesia through his mother and at the time he attended school here it was ILLEGAL for ANY foreigners to attend ANY PUBLIC SCHOOL IN INDONESIA, so how did Barry's mother swing it?  Her CIA connections?

After Suharto's ouster in 1998, a truth and reconciliation commission was to deal with the anti-Communist purge of the 1960s. However, CIA and Indonesian military pressure scuttled the process. Even today, the CIA station in Jakarta is working behind the scenes to delay the selection of new Komnas HAM commissioners, working through the Suhartoist Golkar, Hanura, and Gerindra parties and a Muslim party, the National Awakening Party, to scuttle the progress being made on the 1960s purge by the human rights commission.





Wayne MADSEN (USA)
Investigative journalist, author and syndicated columnist. Has some twenty years experience in security issues. As a U.S. Naval Officer, he managed one of the first computer security programs for the U.S. Navy. 


Madsen has been a frequent political and national security commentator on Fox News and has also appeared on ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS, CNN, BBC, Al Jazeera, and MS-NBC. He has been invited to testify as a witness before the US House of Representatives, the UN Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, and an terrorism investigation panel of the French government. A member of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) and the National Press Club. Lives in Washington, D.C.

UK, Israel Seeking to Develop SARS-Like Race-Specific Bio-Weapon

Isn't this lovely:  Zionists and mincing, prancing, bedwetting English now following in Mengele-Kawaoka-Fouchier footsteps:  What race will this doomsday virus target - Blacks?  Chinese?  The Irish?

PRESS TV
10/09/2012

British and Zionist health experts are working on a SARS-like race-specific bio-weapon, which could be capable of creating a global threat through triggering a massive ethnic cleansing, it has been claimed.


SARS
The claim was made following the identification by the World Health Organization (WHO) of a new SARS-like race-specific virus that targets people of Middle Eastern decent. The original SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) resulted in the death of numerous people in Hong Kong.

The Zionist-led Israeli regime has been seeking to spot specific genes carried by human of Arab decent in an attempt to develop a race-specific bio-weapon that could covertly be exposed to Arab populations in order to commit a massive ethnic cleansing whenever necessary.

Anonymous intelligence sources have also claimed that work is underway to create genetically modified bacterium/virus as a bio-weapon which could be deployed through the air or water supply.


Israeli Zionists, British fascist monsters following in footsteps of (2d from left) Nazi "Angel of Death" at Aushwitz Josef Mengele

According to intelligence sources Israeli Defense, working with a British defense apparatus at Porton Down, is seeking to produce this race-specific bio-weapon.

Earlier in September, the first case of SARS-like virus was indentified in Qatar. The victim was transferred to Britain, where it was discovered that the coronavirus was similar to SARS as far as its structure is concerned. The second case was a Saudi-born woman who died after being attacked by the new virus.


Modern-day medical monsters:  Weaponized H5N1 creators Yoshihiro Kawaoka and Ron Fouchier right up there with Mengele

The symptoms of the new SARS-like virus have been said to be fever, cough and other respiratory signals.

SARS suddenly surfaced between November 2002 and July 2003. An estimated 8,098 people of Asian descent were infected and 774 of them succumbed to the race-specific virus.

MOL/HE

 


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FEMA Bill HR6566 : Ordering National Preparation For Mass Death

Bills like this do not get passed by congress for no reason; you can bet your elected "representatives" have been promised a seat at the table following mass death in America - and this is why they could give a damn about what you think or how you vote

Pakalert Press
10/06/2012

The bill was introduced a week ago, but it took the US Government Printing Office until this morning to actually make the text available to the public

The United States Congress has passed a bill which mandates the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to prepare for “mass fatality planning” and funeral homes, cemeteries and mortuaries being “overwhelmed” in the aftermath of a mass terror attack, natural disaster or other crisis.


Noting the necessity for emergency preparedness in relation to terror attacks, natural disasters and man-made disasters, the bill instructs FEMA to be sensitive to the fact that Jews and Muslims require bodies to be buried within 48 hours of death.

“Funeral homes, cemeteries, and mortuaries could be overwhelmed should mass fatalities arise from a natural disaster, act of terrorism, or other man-made disaster,” states the legislation.

The bill, H. R. 6566 or the Mass Fatality Planning and Religious Considerations Act, was posted on the govtrack.us website this morning having been approved by the House on September 28

H.R. 6566: To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to require the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency …

This is just one of those things that makes the stomach turn: the people who brought us the National Defense Authorization Act (authorizing the detention of US citizens on US soil) now deem it prudent to prepare for mass fatalities on US soil.


Moreover, they’re outsourcing it to one of the most failed government agencies in history.

FEMA, as you may recall, is the same organization that couldn’t get bottles of water delivered to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina… and held up hundreds of seasoned volunteer emergency service workers from entering the city for several days of mandatory sexual harassment training.

112th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 6566

To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to require the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency to provide guidance and coordination for mass fatality planning, and for other purposes.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

September 28, 2012

Ms. RICHARDSON introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and in addition to the Committee on Homeland Security, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.

A BILL

To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to require the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency to provide guidance and coordination for mass fatality planning, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE

This Act may be cited as the ‘Mass Fatality Planning and Religious Considerations Act’.

SEC. 2. FINDINGS

Congress finds the following:

(1) Emergency preparedness often plans for how to prepare and provide for survivors of a natural disaster, act of terrorism, or other man-made disaster, but fails to plan for how to prepare for and respond to mass fatalities that result from such an incident.

(2) Funeral homes, cemeteries, and mortuaries could be overwhelmed should mass fatalities arise from a natural disaster, act of terrorism, or other man-made disaster.

(3) Different religions have different customs surrounding death; for example, the Jewish and Muslim religions call for burial of the deceased not later than 48 hours after death.


SEC. 3. PREPAREDNESS FOR MASS FATALITIES RESULTING FROM A NATURAL DISASTER, ACT OF TERRORISM, OR OTHER MAN-MADE DISASTER.

Section 504 of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 (6 U.S.C. 314) is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection:

(c) Preparedness for Mass Fatalities- In carrying out this section, the Administrator shall provide guidance to and coordinate with appropriate individuals, including representatives from different communities, private sector businesses, non-profit organizations, and religious organizations, to prepare for and respond to a natural disaster, act of terrorism, or other man-made disaster that results in mass fatalities.’.

Whether well-intentioned or not, this strange little bill is yet another telling indication of how the political elite thinks. At best, they’re incompetent and out of touch. At worst, they’re dangerous and sociopathic.

Either way, this ought to be a reminder of what representative democracy really means in the Land of the Free today… and why it’s so important to take control of your freedom.

These people are not the solution. They’re the problem. The real solutions lie within. If you’re not free, you can get free. It just takes a little bit of effort, a reshuffling of priorities, and some rational.



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Prisoners Rule

U.S. prison industry will be dealing with this sooner rather than later - with far more deadly consequences as falsely imprisoned victims with nothing to lose and bent on revenge are released to kill those that put them there and destroyed their lives and more power to them; coward pigs that set them up, crooked judges, shitbag, sadist  guards will be first fatalities:  Out of entire U.S. prison population 50% are innocent; imagine yourself behind bars for something you have not done; beaten, fucked in the ass (literally), pauperized; would you want revenge?  Hell yes you would

Foreign Policy Magazine
By James Verini
10/09/2012

SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras —

A real estate broker might describe the state penitentiary here as centrally located. From the prison, it's a quick ride to the barrios, where many of the inmates and guards live when they're not inside its crumbling concrete walls -- and also to the fortified residential compounds at the foot of the lush green hills that surround this city, the second largest in Honduras. When there's a riot at the prison, the sirens can be heard in the mansions and the slums alike.


There are often riots at the prison. The most recent one, in May, started when a dispute broke out, allegedly over a woman who'd been smuggled into one of the cell blocks. That ended relatively peacefully, after the bishop of San Pedro Sula negotiated with the inmates to put away their weapons (which are as easy to smuggle into the prison as cell phones, pets, and women). Only one prisoner was killed. A riot in late March was bloodier. Thirteen people died, including a man who was decapitated before his head was tossed in front of the prison gates. According to local news reports, he was a former leader of a faction of prisoners who had become so unpopular they rose up against him. They also killed his dog. "The prisoners rule," assistant prison director Carlos Polanco told the Associated Press in May. "We only handle external security."

Honduras is plagued by such stories. According to a United Nations report last year, Honduras is now the deadliest place in the world. Per capita, more people are murdered here than in any other country, including Iraq and Afghanistan. And it's getting worse. In January, the Peace Corps, whose largest mission used to be in Honduras, pulled all its people out of the country, citing "comprehensive safety and security concerns." Honduras, which has a population of just under 8 million and used to be best known for its bananas and pristine beaches, is now gangland's ground zero, its endless body bags the toll of an endlessly vicious feud between the transnational rivals Mara Salvatrucha and the 18th Street gang.


Convicted Abu Grahib guard, torturer Charles Granier was a U.S. prison guard before being sent to Iraq, as were most of his accomplices - and would have returned to his job had he not been busted for torturing Iraqi inmates

Their hatred for each other knows no limits, and it defines life in San Pedro Sula, including in the prison, as I learned two weeks before the March riot, when I spent a brutally hot morning inside speaking with inmates. The prison was designed to hold 800 people, but when I visited more than 2,000 were incarcerated there, divided into three cell blocks: one for Mara Salvatrucha, one for 18th Street, and one for the unaffiliated, most of whom were pesetas, deserters who've left one or the other gang. The populations cannot be mixed, or there would be a bloodbath every day, instead of just every few months.


This is the type of human shit employed as prison guards in the U.S.; social outcasts, borderline retards, sadists that tortured small animals and started fires as children:  Federal and State governments have now proven they cannot administer justice in the name of The People, so now it must, quite naturally return to The People where summary justice is the temporary rule of law as it was in our not so distant past - "...with liberty, and justice... for those who can afford it"

At the 18th Street cell block, a man calling himself El Termite stuck his head out of a small window in a rusted steel door, marijuana smoke and the fumes of cornstarch moonshine wafting out with it. An "18" was tattooed on his forehead, and below his left eye an "LA" in the Los Angeles Dodgers typeface; like most older gang members in Honduras, El Termite had spent much of his life in the United States. Now 31, he's serving a life sentence for two murders, though he admits he has carried out many more. He joined the gang in his teens, drawn in by a sense of belonging and opportunity. Now he is animated mostly by revenge: His 7-year-old son was recently gunned down. "Life here isn't easy," he said. Around the corner, in the courtyard of the Mara Salvatrucha dorm, the stories were much the same.

In the peseta block, they were even worse. When I arrived, a group of shirtless young men massed in front of a gate to speak with me. They were covered in gang tattoos too, but some had begun trying to remove them, as was clear from the razor and knife scars on their bodies. Deserting one's gang is tantamount to being in the opposing gang, and all the men have prices on their heads. On a bar in the gate they'd hitched a couple of mirrors to keep an eye on the Mara Salvatrucha dorm next door and the passageway that led to the 18 dorm.

A man in his late 20s named Jairo told me he left his gang because the new generation is too ruthless. "They kill everybody," he said. He fled to North Carolina but, like El Termite, was deported back. "I feel freer here in jail," he said. "Everybody outside wants to kill us." Like most deserters, Jairo is worth more dead than alive. His corpse will fetch about 5,000 lempiras, or about $260.

SAN PEDRO SULA recently surpassed Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, to become the most dangerous city in the Americas. It may also be the most dangerous city in the world outside Syria. In addition to gang violence, assaults, robberies, and rape are routine, as is extrajudicial violence committed by the police and military. In just the first three months of this year, there were 1,709 killings in Honduras -- a murder rate 20 times that of the United States. In San Pedro Sula, it's 40 times. This murder capital of the world's murder capital sits in a valley near the mountainous border with Guatemala. To the west are the magnificent ruins of Copán, a Mayan royal city, and to the east the Caribbean Bay Islands, a popular scuba-diving destination. Both are crawling with U.S. and European tourists who come by way of San Pedro Sula's modest airport and see little of the city besides the Hilton, Kentucky Fried Chicken, and Dunkin' Donuts on its garish main commercial strip before high-tailing it out of town. Beyond the strip, the city is a welter of barrios and industrial zones. Honduras is still one of Latin America's poorest countries, and its past as a proverbial banana republic is still everywhere in evidence. Plantations and shantytowns surround San Pedro Sula, into which there is only one highway. The country never fully recovered from Hurricane Mitch, which displaced more than a million Hondurans in 1998 and flat-lined the economy for a full year, or from devastating floods four years ago. Even before that, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) estimated that the country's black market made up well over 50 percent of the national economy.

In recent years, even Honduras has become a locus of globalization, however, and San Pedro Sula, studded with foreign-owned factories that have set up shop in search of cheap labor, represents two-thirds of the country's GDP. Increasingly, its residents don't have to migrate to the United States to find work. The unemployment rate in 2011 was an enviable 4.8 percent. This has led to the encouraging rise of a middle class; next to the new factories one often finds bulging communities of modest one-family houses. But they are gated and employ teams of guards. Some have installed barricades and barbed-wire fences. Indeed, armed guards stand in front of just about everything in Honduras. A Payless shoe store I passed regularly kept two men with 12-gauge shotguns and flak jackets on duty all day.

The violence is not confined to the gangs. In 2009, a group of industrialists allied with the military deposed the country's president, Manuel Zelaya, and soon after installed a wealthy landowner from the National Party, Porfirio Lobo Sosa (Pepe, as he is both affectionately and derisively known). Since then, attacks by the police on critics of the government have increased markedly, and the country has taken on both a lawlessness and a militarized air that amazes even jaded Hondurans. A Jesuit priest who runs a local radio station, Ismael Moreno, told me, "The overriding institutional criterion in Honduras is violence."

I met Moreno, a short, rotund man, in his office in an industrial satellite town of San Pedro Sula. Moreno, who also does outreach work with gangs, sweated and smiled as we talked. He got up from his desk and walked over to a map of Central America on the wall and began poking rural Honduras.

In the 1980s, he explained, landowning families like Lobo's began employing bands of former soldiers to keep in check campesinos, or rural workers, demanding better treatment. These paramilitary groups were easy to form and easy to arm: Guns left over from the civil wars and U.S. interventions in neighboring Nicaragua and El Salvador were pouring into Honduras (which the CIA used as a staging ground to aid the Contras). "To buy an AK-47 was as easy as buying a pair of shoes," Moreno told me. But these militias were less easy to disband. When the groups began looking for new sources of income, they allied with Colombian drug traffickers.

At the same time, another criminal phenomenon 2,000 miles away was taking shape that would soon plague the cities of Central America. In the 1980s, in the poor neighborhoods surrounding downtown Los Angeles, immigrants from Honduras and El Salvador, under assault from Mexican organized crime, formed their own gang: Mara Salvatrucha, a slang phrase whose meaning refers to guerrillas or fire ants, depending on whom you ask. It grew rapidly and soon developed a rivalry with 18th Street, a Mexican gang that had formed in the 1960s and had, unlike most Mexican gangs, taken on Central American members.

Both gangs became known for their ruthless violence, the fierce loyalty they inspired and demanded, and their elaborate iconography, tattoos, and lore. Both proliferated wildly. In the 1990s, the U.S. government began deporting gang members en masse, and Mara Salvatrucha and 18th Street were re-exported to Central America, infesting cities like San Salvador, Guatemala City, and San Pedro Sula. They took over entire quarters and instituted a sort of martial law, collecting "war taxes" from local officials and businesses and even issuing permits for civilian traffic. One researcher I spoke with estimates there are 150,000 gang members in Honduras, a country with fewer citizens than New York City. More common estimates place the figure in the tens of thousands.

In the last decade, meanwhile, Mexican cartels have increasingly looked to Honduras, as well as the gangs, for distribution. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration estimates that 25 to 30 tons of cocaine, or one-third of the world's volume, now moves through Honduras every month. "Honduras is by far the world's largest primary transshipment point for cocaine," a U.S. official told the Washington Post. And not just transshipment: Last year, anti-narcotics police raided a cocaine-processing lab in the mountains outside San Pedro Sula, reportedly the first facility of its kind in Central America.

The country's politics have struggled -- and failed -- to keep up with the explosion of gangs and drugs. By the time President Carlos Roberto Flores, a Liberal Party stalwart and former newspaper owner, entered office in 1998, the gangs were an overweening social anxiety and a cause célèbre in the media. Flores introduced the first official anti-gang measures, including a liberal-minded reintegration program that met with moderate success. But the violence increased. A group of the country's conservative industrialists and landowners hated Flores and saw to it that his successor came from different stock.

Ricardo Maduro, the Stanford University-educated chairman of the Central Bank of Honduras, was their choice. In 1997, Maduro's son was kidnapped and murdered, a crime that went unsolved and catapulted him, backed by the National Party, into political life. He won the presidency in 2002 and, once in office, introduced a zero-tolerance policy toward the gangs that went well with his name -- the campaign was called Mano Dura, or Iron Fist. He combined military divisions with the police, brought in former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani to advise, and enjoyed the support of U.S. President George W. Bush's administration. In 2004, Maduro and his public security minister, Óscar Álvarez, implemented sweeping anti-gang laws. Indiscriminate dragnets in the barrios brought in scores of young men arrested on little or no evidence. The prisons swelled. According to an organization that works with street children in Honduras, Casa Alianza, thousands of boys were killed by the authorities. Casa Alianza called Maduro's law a "selective policy of extermination." The result, ironically, was not just an incalculable increase in rancor between the public and the government, but also a calculable increase in violence: Between 2005 and 2010 the homicide rate in Honduras more than doubled.

Judges were instructed to get tough on gang members, according to Guillermo López, formerly the chief criminal justice in San Pedro Sula. I met him in a small office used by human rights lawyers, where he recounted to me a meeting in which a Maduro administration official instructed López and his colleagues to use even the slightest evidence in gang-related cases. The mere supposition of affiliation should be enough to convict, the official told them, and supposition could be based on as little as a tattoo. López told me he refused to go along with the orders. "In most of the cases, there was no proof," he said.

The pressures on judges eased somewhat as Maduro was replaced by President Zelaya. But after the 2009 coup, López was dismissed by Lobo, whom U.S. President Barack Obama recently praised for his "restoration of democratic practices."

Lobo also reinstated Álvarez as public security minister. But even he started speaking up. Last fall, Álvarez declared that at least 20 police commanders in Honduras were allied with drug-trafficking organizations (how he arrived at that number he didn't say). Days later he resigned. That was shortly before the widow of a retired Honduran Army general told reporters that police on a motorcycle had assassinated her husband. A motorcycle assassin also killed a former adviser to the security ministry who was an outspoken critic of police corruption. The Honduran Congress's response has been to ban passengers on motorcycles.

The irony, López told me, is that even as people are charged with being gang members without supporting evidence, actual gang members and other well-funded criminals bribe prosecutors and judges to drop the cases against them. The government has yet to bring a major organized-crime case against the leadership of either Mara Salvatrucha or 18th Street, and it's no wonder, López added: The police aren't just committing a lot of the crimes, but have almost no capacity to solve the crimes they aren't committing. The impunity rate in Honduras -- crimes that go unprosecuted -- is more than 90 percent.

DESPITE SO MANY unsolved crimes, everyone I talked to here seems to have a relative or friend who has been on the inside of San Pedro Sula's teeming tin-roofed hovel of a prison. One young man who had recently been there reluctantly agreed to talk to me one afternoon. Andreas (not his real name), who had recently left the Mara Salvatrucha gang, met me in the lobby of my small hotel. When we sat down to talk, he kept eyeing the security guard nervously, and we retreated to a back courtyard. Then, he worried we were being overheard, so we moved to an alcove inside. He walked with a slight limp from a bullet still lodged in his hip.

Andreas's father died when he was an infant, and he was raised for much of his childhood by his grandmother, while his mother was working in the United States. He was recruited to Mara Salvatrucha by a cousin. "You got a gun, women, drugs," he told me. "They brainwash you." When his cousin was killed, he believed it was his duty to seek revenge. But to join, he had to carry out "missions" -- kill people, in other words, including deserters, police, and suspected snitches. By the time he was 12 years old, he had killed some 15 people by his reckoning. His first, he said, was a local drug dealer who refused to pay taxes to the gang. "It didn't affect me," he said. His friends threw a party for him afterward.

In his early teens he moved to South Los Angeles to live with his mother, a hotel housekeeper, and work as a drug distributor for the gang. At 23, he was deported back to Honduras, he told me. He returned to San Pedro Sula to find that gang life had become almost unbearably intense. There was constant pressure to provide revenue to the leaders, and after never pulling a trigger in California, he had to kill more people to re-prove his loyalty. Young recruits were murderous in a way that repelled even him. "Homies were crazier," he recalled. He took part in a series of public massacres that left dozens of innocent bystanders dead.

When I asked Andreas whether he felt guilty about any of the killings, he said that one did bother him. She was a middle-aged woman, a low-level drug dealer whom the gang supplied. They found out she was "stepping on" the supply, mixing it with talcum powder to increase her profit. So Andreas was sent to kill her. "She was always very nice to me," he said. He said he shot her eight times in the back, as her six children looked on.

Eventually, Andreas came to the realization that for all the talk of loyalty, protection, family -- all that the gangs say they provide -- "it's all bullshit." They're so greedy for revenue that even their rules have a price now, and for about $9,000, Andreas was able to buy himself a way out. How long that will last, he has no idea. It doesn't provide protection from his enemies or the police, only from his onetime friends: Mara Salvatrucha.

"I'm in the hands of God now," he told me. "I killed a lot of people. So I wouldn't be surprised if I was killed."



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U.S. Public Fed Up With Anti-Iran Propaganda : Analyst

Obama, Clinton can start this bogus war at their own risk:  Just like Nixon, Obama could face impeachment during second term    

PRESS TV
10/08/2012

Outspoken investigative journalist and former CNN correspondent says that through widespread and continual vilification of Iran, the US media bombards Americans into approving a potential conflict with the Islamic Republic.  


Americans not buying this moron's BS
 Former CNN correspondent Amber Lyon’s remarks came as the United States, Israel and some of their allies accuse Iran of pursuing non-civilian objectives in its nuclear energy program.

In late March 2011, the award-winning journalist was sent to the Persian Gulf island of Bahrain to produce a one-hour-long documentary depicting the importance of social media and technology in the Arab Spring.

The documentary exposed the brutality and aggression waged by Saudi-backed Bahraini regime forces against peaceful protesters. It was aired domestically within the US, but its broadcast on CNN International was suspiciously withheld.

Press TV has conducted an interview with Lyon, from Los Angeles, to further discuss the issue. The following is a rough transcription of the interview.

Press TV: You’d made a documentary on the situation in Bahrain which was not aired internationally by CNN. Just walk us through what you saw and what the Bahraini monarchy doesn’t want the world to know.

Lyon: We did this documentary right after the intense crackdown with the help of Saudi troops back in March of 2011, and we witnessed doctors who had said that they’d been abused and tortured at the hospital.

We saw the militarization of the main hospital in Bahrain. We talked with ambulance drivers who had broken legs and were beat by security forces, patients who’d actually run out of the hospital beds in their hospital gowns because they were so terrified about the military taking this over.

The situation there was pretty dire when you look at the human rights abuses going on.

We came back to the US and right away wanted to get the story out to the public, and eventually came out with the documentary called “IRevolution” that did air on CNN in the US but was never shown on CNN International.

Press TV: This did create a bit of a controversy, as you said, that this was done because the Bahraini regime was paying CNN to keep it off air, internationally speaking.

The Bahraini regime has gone through great lengths at covering up the uprising like hiring major PR firms, etcetera, so paying a media outlet like CNN doesn’t seem too much of a stone throw away, now does it?

Lyon: With the situation too, we can never prove, black and white, that Bahrain intimidated CNN into not airing this documentary.

But if you look at the situation, the same time that this documentary - one of the most stark reports on the reality of the Bahrain regime that it didn’t air on CNN International. At the same time, Bahrain was a paying customer at CNN, actually paying for content, what I say is disguised as news because it was very difficult for viewers to see that this content was sponsored by the Bahrain regime.

The content involved CNN reporters going live from the race track in Bahrain, talking about how progressive and advanced the country was; meanwhile, if they had looked at the other side of the situation you had these horrific human rights abuses going on in the country.

Press TV: You’ve also criticized the US’ support for the Bahraini regime and stated that the media censorship of your Bahrain documentary’s connected to this greater plan of a war on Iran. Would you care to elaborate on that?

Lyon: Yeah. What’s going on is the United States public is constantly being inundated with reports that are demonizing Iran and Syria. It’s all over the nightly news and in the papers, blogs and in journalistic outlets.

You’re really seeing that story overblown, and then you’re not seeing equal coverage being given to the horrific human rights abuses happening in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.

Several journalism experts that I’ve spoken to feel that we are being led into a potential conflict, this time, you know, instead of Iraq it being Iran. And the public is being fed propaganda continually demonizing Iran.

You’re seeing these other stories like Bahrain being covered up, and that has some of us worried that the public’s being fed this propaganda in order to get the public to approve another conflict with Iran.

Press TV: What needs to change, in your opinion, with stories of censorship of what’s happening in Bahrain? On the other hand, this demonization of Iran, as you’ve just said, what needs to change? We saw the 99-percenters rise up last year and hoped that things will change the narrative within American media as well, but that really hasn’t happened to a great extent.

Lyon: Yeah, and even that movement itself hasn’t been accurately covered in the US. There’ve been a lot of claims that that movement has been buried in the media as well, unfortunately. I’ve witnessed that myself as being a reporter who’s been out on the street covering the Occupy Movement.

What needs to change? I’d say that the journalists that see this censorship is going on, and also seen that propaganda is being fed to viewers, I think they need to come forward and take a stand.

In the end, I think that complacent journalists are helping to kill journalism here in the US; and unfortunately, more haven’t come forward to talk about this censorship -- also, not only that but about the constant propaganda that the American public is being fed right now in regards to Iran.

With everything we have going on in the US right now, economically speaking, the amount of coverage we’re seeing and the amount of demonization of Iran is really absurd.

GMA/JR



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New Cancer Treatment is Old Diabetes Drug

This looks promising and a treatment that may be employed without the use, supervision or cost of doctors

Yahoo Health
By Lisa Collier
10/08/2012

A diabetes pill approved in 1958 could be the latest cancer breakthrough, potentially offering protection against at least six common types of cancer—at a remarkably low price.


Meformin (Glucophage), an inexpensive medicine commonly used to lower blood sugar in type 2 diabetics, may very well be the next new treatment for breast cancer, colon cancer, and prostate cancer—and also shows promise for fighting oral, pancreatic, and liver cancer.

Metformin, which costs only 47 cents per pill, is being researched as a potential treatment in around 50 cancer studies around the world, according to Bloomberg News. Interest piqued once word got out that the medicine not only lowers blood sugar in people, but prevents cancer in animal studies. Furthermore, the drug appears to be associated with lower rates of cancer in diabetes patients.

Surprising Cancer Research

  • Metformin reduced overall cancer risk by 38 percent in people with type 2 diabetes as well, according to an analysis of seven studies including more than 30,000 patients. The types of cancer the drug offered some degree of protection against included colon and breast cancer, diseases for which diabetics typically have an increased risk.
  • A 2009 study conducted by the M.D. Anderson Center published in Gastroenterology also found a significant reduction in risk of pancreatic cancer for diabetic patients.
  • Middle-aged diabetic women who took the drug had slightly lower incidents of invasive breast cancer, according to a study published this year in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.
  • Research published in PLoS One shows that metformin reduces the risk of breast cancer by preventing chemicals from stimulating the growth of cancer cells. Susan G. Komen for the Cure has spent around $10 million dollars investigating metformin, according to vice president of research, evaluations and scientific programs Chandini Porteus.
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A Cancer Weapon that Costs 47 Cents a Pill

A generic form of metformin can be found online for as low as 47 cents a pill. This stands in stark contrast to the average cost of a 30-day cancer treatment.

“Some of the new cancer treatments can cost as much as $10,000 for a month’s supply,” according to the American Cancer Society. WebMD estimates that some cancer treatments cost over $100,000.

“Newer, more targeted drug therapies, such as Dendreon Corp. (DNDN’s) $93,000-a-year Provenge for prostate cancer, may add only a few months of life,” according to Bloomberg.

Cancer treatment costs annually are currently over $124 billion dollars in the U.S. alone, according to the National Cancer Institute, are projected to rise to anywhere from $347 million to $28.3 billion per state by 2020, according to new research in The American Journal of Managed Care.

“Cheap and Safe”

“It is safe and cheap,” epidemiologist Donghui Li said of metformin to Bloomberg, adding that the drug both reduces risk and improves survival in pancreatic cancer patients in particular.

Although the drug is still in the study stage for cancer, if it turns out to have promising results in clinical trials, it could start being prescribed for other uses doctors find appropriate, including cancer treatment. (Metformin, which is FDA-approved as a diabetes treatment, is already prescribed off-label for polycystic ovary syndrome.)

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Animal Studies Promising

Metformin prevented liver cancer in mice, and mice that received the drug had 57 percent fewer liver tumors than the other mice. In addition, the size of tumors in the metformin-treated mice were 47 percent smaller.

A separate study looking at oral cancer in mice suggests that the diabetes drug might protect against that form of cancer as well.

But metformin has effects on more than just blood sugar and cancer. In fact, the drug actually encourages the growth of new neurons in the brain, a surprising study reported in Cell Stem Cell showed. Furthermore, these new neurons make mice smarter.

Metformin has been shown to have a protective effect on the heart of rats, limiting the loss of heart cells, increasing the capacity of the heart to pump blood, removing accumulated fat and showing other positive benefits.

How Does a Diabetes Drug Fight Cancer?

Endocrinologist and lead study author Diego Espinoza-Peralta, who is affiliated with Mexico’s National Institute of Medical Sciences and Nutrition, believes that the drug protects against cancer because it regulates activity of a cell growth-suppressing enzyme.

University of Dundee biochemist Dario Alessi told Bloomberg that metformin may help control insulin levels by lowering blood glucose levels and increasing insulin sensitivity. Since insulin is associated with cell division and cancer, Alessi believes that metformin may trick cancer cells into thinking they don’t have enough energy to divide and grow.

Relatively Few Side Effects

The drug, metformin, which is also sold under the brand name Glucophage, has been used to both treat and prevent diabetes. Study participants taking the pill reduced their risk of developing diabetes by 31 percent.

Another benefit of metformin is the price tag. Because the original patent for the drug has expired, the average cost of generic metformin can be quite low.

Metformin is generally considered safe, though it can sometimes cause lactic acidosis, a potentially life-threatening side effect. For this reason, the drug is not typically prescribed to those suffering from kidney or liver disease.



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ANDREW KREIG: EXPERTS REJECT FIRE AS CAUSE FOR 9/11 WTC COLLAPSES

The real truth on 9/11 slowly continues to bleed out

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Technical experts are mounting major challenges to official U.S. government accounts of how three World Trade Center skyscrapers collapsed in near-freefall after the 9/11 attacks 15 years ago.

Many researchers are focusing especially on the little-known collapse of

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The Geopolitics Of The United States, Part 1: The Inevitable Empire

The Empire and the inevitable fall of the Obama criminal regime

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STRATFOR Editor’s Note: This installment on the United States, presented in two parts, is the 16th in a series of STRATFOR monographs on the geopolitics of countries influential in world affairs.

Like nearly all of the peoples of North and South America, most Americans are not originally from the territory that became the United States.

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Geopolitics Of The United States Part 2: American Identity And The Threats of Tomorrow

A look back at 2011 predictions for the future in order to put events of today into perspective

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We have already discussed in the first part of this analysis how the American geography dooms whoever controls the territory to being a global power, but there are a number of other outcomes that shape what that power will be like. The first and most critical is the impact of that geography on the American mindset.

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By Robert S. Finnegan

This e-mail outlines and confirms the acts of espionage against Indonesia and Indonesians by Akiko Makino and the others involved both in Kobe University and in AI Lab at University of Airlangga, Surabaya; Bahasa Indonesia original follows English translation...

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UPDATED 01/07/2015 : FOX NEWS CORPORATE PHARMA SHILL MEGAN KELLY AND FOX NEWS QUACK DOCTOR NOW PUSHING TAMIFLU FOR PREGNANT WOMEN AND CHILDREN;

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THE 5TH ESTATE UNEQUIVOCALLY WARNS THE PUBLIC NOT TO TAKE OR GIVE THIS PROVEN DANGEROUS, INEFFECTIVE DRUG TO ANYONE

Obama criminals now resulting to biowarfare in quest to destroy Chinese and ASEAN economy; "novel virus substrain" points directly to a Kawaoka / Fouchier / Ernala-Ginting Kobe lab virus weaponized and genetically altered to specifically target and infect the Asian population: Ribavirin...

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The 5th Estate has just purchased a library on H5N1 "Novel" virus pandemics, there are dozens of PDF and Exel documents we feel will assist you in saving lives following intentional releases of the H5N1 and now MERS viruses; we will begin by printing those that appear to be extremely relevant here: H5N1 Kobe-Kawaoka-Ernala series continues soon with more "Smoking Gun" e-mails from Teridah Ernala to The 5th Estate . . .

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By Robert S. Finnegan

On October 12, 2002 the Indonesian island of Bali experienced a terrorist attack that rocked the world. It was unquestionably well-coordinated and executed, the largest in the country's history.

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