Monday, Mar. 10, 2014
The amount of debt globally has soared more than 40 percent to $100 trillion since the first signs of the financial crisis as governments borrowed to pull their economies out of recession and companies took advantage of record low interest rates.
The top U.S. prosecutor today urged authorities to focus their attention on “the most dangerous types of drugs,” particularly heroin and prescription painkillers, just weeks after the government took steps to legitimize the country’s marijuana industry.
Oil slicks signaled that a missing Malaysian Airline System Bhd. jet may have crashed in the Gulf of Thailand even as the mystery surrounding the plane deepened with the discovery that two passengers used stolen passports.
The discovery that two passengers boarded the missing Malaysian jet using stolen passports reveals flaws in the screening of air travelers that persist more than 12 years after security worldwide was strengthened in the wake of the Sept. 11 terror attacks.
U.S. Senator Rand Paul, a potential 2016 presidential candidate, said the Republican Party would win more support from young voters by highlighting what he says are violations of privacy by the federal government, including the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs.
Coutts & Co. is adding gold for investors as rising wealth in China and increasing political risks including in Ukraine spur demand, helping prices rally from the biggest annual decline in more than three decades.
Spain’s state-backed development bank says the recovery in the euro region’s fourth-biggest economy is strong enough to shift its strategy to focus on quality rather than quantity.
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Israel said Sunday it had found 40 long-range rockets aboard a ship it intercepted in the Red Sea, charging that it carried weapons sent by Iran to Gaza Strip militants.
Speaking over Skype from the Ecuadorian embassy in London, fugitive WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said his living situation is a bit like prison – with a more lenient visitor policy. He also hinted that new leaks are coming from WikiLeaks, though he gave no specifics on what these might be.
Pakistan has hailed progress in peace talks with the country’s main Taliban faction, but attacks claimed by mysterious splinter factions are threatening to undermine the process.
The U.S. Navy’s newest aircraft carrier – a massive warship outfitted with the latest radar technology and sophisticated systems to accommodate unmanned, carrier-launched drones – is set to undergo more than two years of rigorous testing. The USS Gerald R. Ford is the first of what will eventually be the Navy’s fleet of next-generation Ford-class aircraft carriers. The upgraded ships are the first new designs of aircraft carriers since the USS Nimitz was built in the late 1960s.
The newest Utah polygamous family features Brady Williams and his five wives in a reality TV show says sharing their story with a wide audience has been liberating.
Russia has deliberately sunk three of its own ships to block Ukrainian navy vessels entering a lake off the Black Sea, officers say, highlighting Moscow’s determination to wear down the morale of Kiev’s forces in Crimea.
Researchers in the United States say they have developed a prototype blood test that can tell with 90-percent accuracy whether a healthy person will develop Alzheimer’s disease within three years.
California’s greenhouse gas reduction law already has shaken up the state’s industrial sector, costing it more than $1.5 billion in pollution permit fees. Starting next year, the law will force fuel distributors into the same cap-and-trade marketplace as utilities and major manufacturers. The oil industry says it will lead to price increases of at least 12 cents a gallon immediately, while state regulators say any price spikes could vary widely, from barely noticeable to double-digits.
Starvation of civilians is being used as a weapon of war by Syria, Amnesty International said, with 128 dying as a result in Yarmouk camp in Damascus.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un was elected to the country’s rubber-stamp parliament with a unanimous vote from his district, state media said.
A US Army captain wept as she told a court that a general made her perform oral sex on him and threatened to kill her family if she told anyone.
Thousands of Venezuelan students and opposition supporters have joined an anti-government rally in the capital, Caracas.
The Iranian foreign minister has told the visiting EU foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton that a nuclear deal could come in the next four months.
The real unemployment rate, when you include people who have given up looking for work or people who are underemployed, is close to 11 percent. Those are really lousy numbers, and it’s hard to put any lipstick on this pig.
Very low levels of radiation from the Fukushima nuclear disaster likely will reach ocean waters along the U.S. West Coast next month, scientists are reporting.Current models predict that the radiation will be at extremely low levels that won’t harm humans or the environment.
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, a Republican, is asking the state to spend millions of dollars more on its public school system. A new entry in the race for the state’s No. 2 post, lieutenant governor candidate E. Ray Moore, says he also would like to help improve education. By taking kids out of public schools. Putting them in Christian schools. And in homeschools.
Administrators at a school in Tacoma, Wash., have gone nuclear over student expression, banning any and all statements of opinion or expression on posters in school hallways rather than allow a pro-life message to appear.
Ten countries scour sea for Malaysia jet lost in Unprecedented Mystery’
Posted: 10 Mar 2014 09:33 AM PDT
The disappearance of a Malaysian airliner about an hour into a flight to Beijing is an “unprecedented mystery”, the civil aviation chief said on Monday, as a massive air and sea search now in its third day failed to find any trace of the plane or 239 people on board. Dozens of ships and aircraft from 10 countries scoured the seas around Malaysia and south of Vietnam as questions mounted over possible security lapses and whether a bomb or hijacking attempt could have brought down the Boeing 777-200ER which took off from the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur. The area of the search would be widened from Tuesday, Azharuddin Abdul Rahman, the head of Malaysia’s Civil Aviation Authority, told reporters. MORE
Six important facts you’re not being told about lost Malaysia Airlines Flight 370
Posted: 10 Mar 2014 06:44 AM PDT
There are some astonishing things you’re not being told about Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, the flight that simply vanished over the Gulf of Thailand with 239 people on board. The mystery of the flight’s sudden and complete disappearance has even the world’s top air safety authorities baffled. “Air-safety and anti terror authorities on two continents appeared equally stumped about what direction the probe should take,” reports the Wall Street Journal. WSJ goes on to report: “For now, it seems simply inexplicable,” said Paul Hayes, director of safety and insurance at Ascend Worldwide, a British advisory and aviation data firm. While investigators are baffled, the mainstream media isn’t telling you the whole story, either. So I’ve assembled this collection of facts that should raise serious questions in the minds of anyone following this situation. More
Asteroid the size of a 60 Story Building to Pass Earth March 11
Posted: 10 Mar 2014 06:37 AM PDT
An asteroid at least the size of a 60-story building will make a distant flyby of Earth this week, and you watch astronomers track the space rock tonight (March 9) in a live webcast, weather permitting. The asteroid poses no threat to Earth. The online Slooh community observatory will host the free webcast at 10 p.m. EDT (0200 GMT) to track asteroid 2014 CU13, a space rock about 623 feet (190 meters) wide discovered on Feb. 11 that will pass Earth at a range of about eight times the distance between Earth and the moon on Tuesday (March 11). The average Earth-moon distance is about 239,000 miles (385,000 kilometers), so eight lunar distances is about 1.9 million miles (3 million km). You can watch the asteroid webcast live on the Slooh website, with streaming views from Slooh’s remotely operated telescope in the Canary Islands, off the west coast of Africa. You can watch the asteroid webcast live on Space.com here. MORE
Mitch McConnell Is Vowing To ‘Crush’ The Tea Party Everywhere
Posted: 10 Mar 2014 06:22 AM PDT
Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell predicted the GOP establishment will destroy conservative insurgents attempting to unseat a trio of incumbents in an interview with The New York Times published Sunday. “I think we are going to crush them everywhere,” McConnell said. “I don’t think they are going to have a single nominee anywhere in the country.” McConnell is one of three establishment Republicans who are facing primary challengers backed by Tea Party conservative groups. The Senate Conservatives Fund, The Madison Project, and FreedomWorks are supporting Matt Bevin, McConnell’s rival, in Kentucky. MORE
BREAKING NEWS: Russia Moves Anti-Ship Missiles to Crimea
Posted: 10 Mar 2014 06:17 AM PDT
Moscow has responded to the United States sending the guided-missile destroyer USS Truxtun into the Black Sea by deploying a Bastion anti-ship missile system in Sevastopol, according to reports.
Image: Bastion missile complex movement on the streets Crimea. “Unconfirmed news reports claim the Russian Navy is deploying land-based ‘Bastion’ anti-ship missile systems as a response to the recent U.S. move entering two naval vessels to the Black Sea,” reports Defense Update. “The system is designed for the destruction of various surface ships from an enemy’s landing squadrons, convoys, carrier strike groups, as well as single vessels and land-based radiocontrast targets in conditions of intensive fire and electronic countermeasures. The system uses the P-800 Yakhont (SS-N-26) anti-ship cruise missile and has a maximum range of 300 km,” states a separate report on a Vietnamese military website. MORE
DAYS OF LOT – Gay Couple Sues Vermont Town Over Decade Of Alleged Discrimination
Posted: 10 Mar 2014 06:11 AM PDT
A town in Vermont is at the center of a recent lawsuit alleging that the community consistently discriminated against a gay couple. Barbara Ernst and Barbara Supeno, a lesbian couple in Addison, is suing the town for more than a decade of alleged discrimination, according to local reports. Ernst and Supeno’s lawyer, David Bond, said that the town has tried to push the women out since they moved to Addison in 2004. ”It’s entirely based on their sexual orientation,” Bond told local TV station WPTZ. “Neighbors insulted them, made obscene gestures to them. There were dead animals left on their property.” MORE
SNL Skit Hammers Pro-Life Activism
Posted: 10 Mar 2014 06:02 AM PDT
A “Saturday Night Live” segment got very political this week and drew surprisingly little laughter but a notable number of gasps from the audience. The writers characterized the sole male in the skit — surrounded by five women who gradually tore him apart — as a “grass-roots activist.” But when the women dug a little deeper they discovered that “Bruce” was an activist for male rights (and specifically fought for higher pay for men than women, which drew big audience gasps). Side by side with Bruce’s politics were the externals: He was also portrayed as a double-talker, decidedly milquetoast, not good looking nor sexually desirable (he was a virgin until recently), and vaulted into his activism after being dumped by a girl when he was 18 — which may or may not fit a kind of dream stereotype of conservative men in liberals’ minds. MORE
Atheists Force Woman to Remove Cross Honoring Dead Son
Posted: 10 Mar 2014 05:57 AM PDT
There has been so much news lately of schools, organizations, and individuals being harassed by atheist groups, but this one sets a new low. In this case, a grieving mother erected a roadside cross where her son was killed, and now an atheist group has forced her to take it down. What is wrong with these people??? As reported by The Press Enterprise, a roadside cross was erected for 19-year-old Anthony Vincent Devaney who in May 2012 was killed crossing a street. A complaint prompted the American Humanist Association in Washington, D.C., to intervene, contending the placement of the symbol in the city right-of-way violated the separation of church and state. The association’s demand letter dated March 4 came a week after a U.S. District Court judge ruled in favor of the group’s legal challenge to Lake Elsinore’s proposed veterans memorial. That monument would have depicted a soldier kneeling in front of crosses and Stars of David. MORE
Obama Nominee For Surgeon General Says Banning Guns Is Part Of Medicine
Posted: 10 Mar 2014 05:51 AM PDT
After being burned by his nomination of Debo Adegbile to head up the civil rights division at the Department of Justice, President Obama has jumped right back into the fray with another radical nominee, this time for Surgeon General. But what makes Vivek Hallegere Murthy such a controversial choice for the post is not what you might expect. It’s not that he is a champion of late-term abortions (though he probably is) or believes in fully government-subsidized sex reassignment surgeries (though he probably does). The problem with Murthy, rather, is his position on guns. FOX NATION
It Will Be Shocking for the Average American: “Your Cost of Living Will Quadruple”
Posted: 10 Mar 2014 05:46 AM PDT
It’s no secret that the U.S. government is in serious fiscal trouble. So much so that our Treasury Secretary recently noted that should the debt ceiling fail to be increased, the fall-out would be “catastrophic” and last for generations. Given that sobering report, consider that everything in America, from food to fuel, is subsidized in one way or another. Those subsidies are being paid with ever-increasing debt. It is inevitable that at some point the world’s reserve currency, the US dollar, will be wiped out. The trigger for such an event is irrelevant. What is relevant, is how average Americans will be affected when that day comes. In recent months working Americans have seen their health care costs triple. But this is just the beginning. When America’s debt problems come to a head the subsidies will be removed, and that will lead to cost of living increases that will leave those who never saw it coming in a state of confusion and bewilderment with no way out. More