The meltdown of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant is nearing its third anniversary and the disaster and radiation are still being felt around the globe, most recently in the North American west coast where the hit is being felt by Canadians, Mexicans and US citizens alike. It is believed that an area of ocean as far as ten miles distant from the nuclear power plant was contaminated by the disaster in March of 2011. With ocean tides and sea life which is by no means confined to only miles within the ocean, that contamination was easily spread. It presents its most dangerous form in radioactive seafood and fish, which can be caught nearly anywhere and brought to the table in various countries. Surprisingly, seafood captured on the Pacific coast may be far more likely to contain radionuclides from the disaster than seafood from the Sea of Okhotsky, which is actually much closer to Japan.
The world ocean currents are said to be responsible for this trend. According to the Global Research Report, recent tests in California have unearthed contaminated blue-fin tuna in nearby coastal waters. It is believed that the contaminated water has finally reached the western coastline due to the growth of radioactive iodine levels which are now 200 times what they were two years ago. In addition, the caesium-137 level has also gone up along the California, Oregon and Washington coasts, discovered in local mushrooms and berries. Residents have also noted that the number of bird deaths has risen. In Alaska, the sockeye salmon population has declined apparently due to radionuclides as well. More
France’s Constitutional Council gave the green light on Sunday to a ‘millionaire’s tax’, to be levied on companies that pay salaries of more than one million euros, or about $1.4 million, a year. The measure, introduced in line with a pledge by President Francois Hollande to make the rich do more to pull France out of crisis, has infuriated business leaders and soccer clubs, which at one point threatened to go on strike. It was originally designed as a 75 per cent tax to be paid by high earners on the part of their incomes exceeding one million euros, but the council rejected this, saying 66 per cent was the legal maximum for individuals.
It was originally designed as a 75 per cent tax to be paid by high earners on the part of their incomes exceeding one million euros, but the council rejected this, saying 66 per cent was the legal maximum for individuals. French President Francois Hollande had to re-work his original tax plan. (Christophe Ena/The Associated Press) The Socialist government has since reworked the tax to levy it on companies instead, raising the ire of entrepreneurs. Under its new design, which the Council found constitutional, the tax will be an exceptional 50 per cent levy on the portion of wages exceeding 1 million euros paid in 2013 and 2014. Including social contributions, its rate will effectively remain roughly 75 per cent. The tax will, however, be capped at 5 percent of the company’s turnover. The Council, a court made up of judges and former French presidents, has the power to annul laws if they are deemed to violate the constitution. CBC News
PROPHECY ALERT: US Secretary of State John Kerry will offer Israeli and Palestinian negotiators a political trade-off: Israeli recognition of the 1967 lines as a basis for the future Palestinian state, in return for Palestinian recognition of Israel as the state of the Jewish people, Palestinian sources told the Saudi daily Al-Watan on Sunday. According to the sources, the mutual recognition will constitute the core of a framework agreement to be signed by the end of January, and negotiated in greater detail during the following months. “The coming weeks will be difficult for the Palestinian and Israeli sides, since they will need to make tough decisions,” a source told Al-Watan.
“On the one hand, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will need to live with a text speaking of the 1967 borders, and the Palestinians, for their part, will need to live with a text speaking of Israel’s Jewishness.” Kerry is to visit the region later this week and is expected to present the sides with the framework plan, which is meant to keep peace talks alive. Talks have hit a roadblock in recent months, with the sides failing to come to terms over Israel’s demand to leave IDF forces in the Jordan Valley, and Palestinian demands to release Israeli citizens jailed for terrorist acts before the signing of the Oslo Accords in 1993. According to one unconfirmed Israeli report, Kerry has offered to release the American spy-for-Israel Jonathan Pollard to coax Israel into freeing the jailed Israeli terrorists. More
That half of his farm lies in Syria and half in Lebanon is a source of mystery and inconvenience for Mohammed al-Jamal, whose family owned the property long before Europeans turned up and drew the lines that created the borders of the modern Middle East. Jamal has mostly ignored the invisible frontier that runs a few yards from his house – and so did the Syrian civil war when it erupted nearby. Relatives were kidnapped, neighbors volunteered to fight and shells came crashing in, killing some of his cows, injuring three workers and underlining just how meaningless the border is. “I blame Sykes-Picot for all of it,” said Jamal, referring to the secret 1916 accord between Britain and France to divide up the remnants of the collapsing Ottoman Empire.
The result was the creation of nation-states where none had existed before, cutting across family and community ties and laying the foundations for much of the instability that plagues the region to this day. Less than a century after they were drawn, the durability of those borders – and the nations they formed – is being tested as never before. The war in Syria is spilling into Iraq, Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan and Israel, sucking in places that for centuries belonged to a single entity and people whose history, faith and livelihoods transcend the nations in which they were born. Sunnis from across the region are pouring into Syria to fight alongside the rebels, many in pursuit of extremist ideals aimed at restoring Sunni dominion. Shiites from the same countries are flocking to defend President Bashar Assad’s Shiite-affiliated regime, compounding the sectarian dimension of a war that no longer is just about Syria. More
‘Gay’ men to marry on Rose Parade float, Organization ‘proud’ to host event despite protests, calls for boycott
DAYS OF LOT – Danny Leclair snapped a photo of two toy grooms holding hands. He then sent the photo via email to his longtime partner, Aubrey Loots, with a question: ”Do you want to get married on a Rose Parade float?” Loots agreed, and on New Year’s Day the Los Angeles couple will become real-life wedding cake toppers when they say “I do” on a cake-shaped float in the 125th Tournament of Roses Parade. The AIDS Healthcare Foundation’s float, “Living the Dream: Love Is the Best Protection,” was created to celebrate victories in 2013 for gay marriage advocates, including Supreme Court decisions upholding the repeal of California’s Proposition 8 and striking down a key part of the Defense of Marriage Act.
Foundation spokesman Ged Kenslea said the organization supports legally sanctioning same-sex marriage because it encourages more stable relationships among gay men as well as behavior that will prevent the spread of HIV.
“We believe that marriage saves lives,” he said. The Pasadena Tournament of Roses has received complaints from people opposing the wedding. Some took to the organization’s Facebook page to voice their anger. “I am a 79 year old Los Angeles native and have not missed a parade since I was about 4 years old. I have watched my LAST one due to your decision to allow this unbiblical, gay marriage to take place on one of your floats,” one man wrote. Others expressed concern about the event not being suited for families that may tune in to watch the annual New Year’s Day celebration. The popular float parade is watched by people around the world. “2 gay men in a ‘wedding’ ceremony is highly offensive to me and millions of Americans,” one wrote. “I can’t think of many things LESS appropriate for families and especially children. It’s completely the wrong venue for a stunt like this.” More
Jerusalem (AFP) – US Secretary of State John Kerry will make a New Year’s Day trip to Israel and the Palestinian Territories aiming to push forward peace talks as a nine-month deadline looms. The announcement of Kerry’s 10th visit to the region since March comes as Israel confirmed it would release another 26 Palestinian prisoners as soon as Monday. ”On January 1, Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Jerusalem to meet with Prime Minister (Benjamin) Netanyahu, and to Ramallah to meet with president (Mahmud) Abbas,” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Saturday. ”In these meetings, he will discuss the ongoing final status negotiations between the Israelis and Palestinians, among other issues,” she added in a statement. After persuading the two sides to resume talks, Kerry has been pushing the Israelis and the Palestinians to reach a peace deal ahead of a deadline set to expire in late April. More
SALT LAKE CITY (RNS) — In the week since a federal judge overturned Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage, the number of weddings in the state has skyrocketed, shattering records and accruing thousands of dollars for Utah’s 29 counties. As of close of business Thursday (Dec. 26), more than 1,225 marriage licenses had been issued in Utah since last Friday (Dec. 20). Of those, at least 74 percent, or 905 licenses, were issued to gay and lesbian couples. Marriage licenses in Utah cost between $30 and $50, depending on the county. With an average marriage license costing $40, counties in Utah made a grand total of more than $49,000 in the three-and-a-half days most county clerk’s offices were open this week. About three-quarters of that money came from gay and lesbian couples seeking marriage licenses in the immediate aftermath of U.S. District Judge Robert J. Shelby’s ruling that overturned a statewide ban on same-sex marriages. Salt Lake County shattered a previously held record of 85 marriages in a given day, by handing out 353 on Monday (Dec. 23) — the first full day of issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. On the other hand, Piute, a small county of about 1,500 people in the center of the state, was of several counties with no takers. Had any Piute couples requested a license, they would have been denied anyway. More
The Boy Scouts of America will accept openly gay youths starting on New Year’s Day, a historic change that has prompted the BSA to ponder a host of potential complications — ranging from policies on tentmates and showers to whether Scouts can march in gay pride parades. Yet despite their be-prepared approach, BSA leaders are rooting for the change to be a non-event, comparable to another New Year’s Day in 2000 when widespread fears of digital-clock chaos to start the new millennium proved unfounded. ”My hope is there will be the same effect this Jan. 1 as the Y2K scare,” said Brad Haddock, a BSA national executive board member who chairs the policy implementation committee. “It’s business as usual, nothing happens and we move forward.” Some churches are dropping their sponsorship of Scout units because of the new policy and some families are switching to a new conservative alternative called Trail Life USA. But massive defections haven’t materialized and most major sponsors, including the Roman Catholic and Mormon churches, are maintaining ties. ”There hasn’t been a whole lot of fallout,” said Haddock, a lawyer from Wichita, Kan. “If a church said they wouldn’t work with us, we’d have a church right down the street say, ‘We’ll take the troop.’” More
They aren’t taking any chances at Barclays Bank in Britain. Stating an account number and other bona fides isn’t enough to get to your money at the bank’s wealth and investment management service. As an additional safeguard, a program analyzes customers’ voices when they call in, to make sure they match a voice print on file. At some A.T.M.’s in Japan, getting cash isn’t simply a matter of entering a bank card and a password.
The machine scans the vein pattern in a person’s palm before issuing money. And, since September, people have been using fingerprint sensors on their iPhone 5s to unlock their devices, or to shop at the iTunes store. These are three examples of biometrics systems, which have long been the province of border control, military surveillance and national intelligence. Now they are rapidly moving into the consumer mainstream to unlock laptops and smartphones, or as a supplement to passwords at banks, hospitals and libraries. More
A pregnant Pennsylvania nurse has been fired from her job with a health care company after she refused to get a flu shot because she was afraid of miscarrying. Dreonna Breton was terminated from her job at Horizons Healthcare Services Dec. 17 after she did not comply with a company mandate that requires all employees to receive the influenza vaccine. The 29-year-old tells WGAL she has suffered two miscarriages this year, and was worried the vaccine may not be safe for pregnant women. Breton, who also has a toddler son, says she offered to wear a mask at work as a possible alternative solution. “I want to give this baby the best shot that I can,” she told WGAL. “There are just things in the flu vaccine that are not known, like how it affects my growing baby.” Breton’s nurse midwife also wrote a letter to her employer asking Breton be exempt from the shot, but the company denied her request. Company spokesman Alan Peterson says it’s unconscionable for a health care worker not to be immunized, and pregnant women are more susceptible to the flu. More
SIGNS IN THE HEAVENS: More than a thousand people in Iowa and Minnesota have reported seeing a large fireball – believed to have been a meteor – shoot across the night sky on Thursday. Some of the best footage of the streaking fiery object was captured by a quick thinking state trooper in Missouri who hit record on his dash-cam just in time. Witnesses have reported seeing an object ‘as bright as the sun that fragmented into many parts’ as well as several reports of ‘sonic effects associated with the meteor’. The American Meteor Society has received more than 1000 reports of the fireball which occurred at about 5.45pm local time on Thursday night. The same bright flash was also captured by a CCTV camera at a public works facility in North Liberty, Iowa. Reports indicate that it was seen across many other Midwestern states, including Illinois, Missouri, Wisconsin, Nebraska and South Dakota. One witness described it as ‘neon green with trail of sparks’, reports CBS News. The American Meteor Society is a not-for-profit organization which collects information on possible meteor sightings. The event is already the third most reported fireball in the history of the AMS online reporting system. It is rare for a meteor to fly over densely populated areas and no official landing site has yet been reported. More
A 300-yard section of scenic highway near the U.S. border collapsed Saturday, sinking up to 300 feet and forcing the closure of the route, according to reports. Mexico’s federal highway authority says the collapse occurred about 58 miles south of the border city of Tijuana, according to The Associated Press. The road leads to the port city of Ensenada, on the Baja California peninsula. The agency said it came after several earlier small earthquakes, ranging in magnitude from 1.3 to 4.3, combined with recent heavy rainfall, the AP reported. The road had already seen evidence of fractures and sinking in recent days, according to a San Diego Union-Tribune report which said the small fractures suddenly turned into enormous cracks on the cliffside in the early hours of Saturday, plunging the highway deeper and toward the sea, with some parts caving almost 300 feet. The Union-Tribune said the incident happened at the Salsipuedes stretch of highway toward Ensenada overlooking steep bluffs, only about 10 miles north of Ensenada and the San Miguel toll booth, and 56 miles south of the border. More
Dysfunctional. Rocky. Frosty. There are a variety of terms pundits have used to describe the relationship between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Barack Obama over the past five years. Though the atmospherics improved somewhat after Obama’s 2013 trip to Israel, the relationship has chilled again in the wake of the nuclear deal with Iran. And it’s about to get a lot worse. Only five years ago, Obama was a political and cultural phenomenon, a transformative leader who millions of young Americans expected to usher in age of domestic unity and international cooperation. Famous singers turned campaign speeches into songs. His photograph became an iconic piece of pop art. Health care would become affordable and painless, supporters dreamed, America’s erstwhile enemies would sit down and find common ground with this new president, oceans would stop rising. The expectations even came complete with a Nobel Prize, which the award committee voted on only 12 days after he took office. More
HOUSTON, Texas – A federal judge appointed by George H.W. Bush has granted an injunction to two Christian universities and one seminary that sought relief from the abortion pill mandate in Obamacare. East Texas Baptist University, Houston Baptist University and Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania were granted the injunction on Friday, just days before the mandate goes into effect in the new year. U.S. District Court Judge Lee Rosenthal ruled that the requirement violated federal civil rights laws and that the government could provide a number of options in lieu of denying religious groups an exemption from the mandate. “The courts have identified several ‘less restrictive means’ of serving the interests the government has identified than a total denial of the religious exemption request,” she wrote. “One is to have the government provide the contraceptive services or coverage directly to those who want them but cannot get them from their religious-organization employers.” “Another alternative would be to have the government work with third parties to provide emergency contraception without requiring the plaintiffs’ active participation,” Rosenthal continued. “Still another alternative could be to have the employee self-certify on an as-needed basis that their employer is a religious nonprofit that does not provide coverage for such service.” “The government has not explained why the mandate and accommodation is the least restrictive means of advancing a compelling government interest,” she said. Following the ruling, attorneys for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, which represented both East Texas Baptist University and Houston Baptist University, expressed thankfulness for Rosenthal’s decision. More
In a recent interview with Marie Claire Magazine, pop star Katy Perry, a former contemporary Christian artist, announced that she no longer believes in Heaven or Hell nor professes to be a Christian. “I don’t believe in a Heaven or a Hell, or an old man sitting on a throne,” she advised the magazine. “I believe in a higher power bigger than me because that keeps me accountable. Accountability is rare to find, especially with people like myself, because nobody wants to tell you something you don’t want to hear.” “I’m not Buddhist, I’m not Hindu, I’m not Christian, but I still feel like I have a deep connection with God,” Perry continued. “I pray all the time—for self-control, for humility. There’s a lot of gratitude in it. Just saying ‘thank you’ sometimes is better than asking for things.” As previously reported, Perry, an evangelical minister’s daughter, was raised in California, and was brought up to avoid secular music and television programs. She began singing as a Contemporary Christian artist at age 15, and released her first national album in 2001. In an interview with CCM (Contemporary Christian Music Magazine), she stated that one her musical influences was Keith Green, who was known to be bold in his lyrical witness for Christ. However, in 2007, Perry signed with with the secular label Capitol Records, and released her first single, I Kissed a Girl, a number one hit that talks about experimentation with lesbianism. The popularity of Perry’s single brought continued national attention until she became one of the most well-known pop artists in the secular music industry. Perry’s parents, Keith and Mary Hudson, who lead Church on the Rise in Westlake, Ohio, state that they do not agree with all of the choices that their daughter has made in her music career. In a book proposal by Perry’s mother, which was shopped in 2011, Mary Hudson reportedly outlined a number of concerns to set the record straight about her feelings. More
Jerusalem (AFP) – Israel prepared Sunday to free 26 Palestinian prisoners under peace talks brokered by US Secretary of State John Kerry, who is returning to the region to boost the faltering negotiations. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had agreed to the phased release of 104 Palestinian prisoners in line with commitments to the US-backed talks, which resumed in July, and previous batches were freed in August and October. The release of the third tranche of 26 prisoners “should come on Monday night after the 48-hour delay given for appeals from victims’ families to the supreme court,” an official in Netanyahu’s office told AFP. More
BEIRUT (AP) — Saudi Arabia has pledged $3 billion to Lebanon to help strengthen the country’s armed forces and purchase weapons from France, Lebanon’s president said Sunday, calling it the biggest grant ever for the nation’s military. Michel Sleiman, who made the surprise announcement in a televised national address, did not provide any further details. The Lebanese army has struggled to contain a rising tide of violence linked to the civil war in neighboring Syria, a conflict that has inflamed sectarian tensions in Lebanon and threatened the country’s stability.More
El SALVADOR – Thousands of people in eastern El Salvador are leaving their homes after a volcano erupted on Sunday morning. Residents in the coffee-producing region said they had heard a powerful explosion before the Chaparrastique volcano began spewing hot ash and smoke into the air. The eruption came with little or no warning. No one has been hurt, say the authorities. Anyone living in a 3km (2 mile) radius will be evacuated. Temporary shelters are being set up in the area. Civil protection authorities say that some 5,000 people live in the area, in San Miguel province. The eruption began at 10:30 local time (16:30 GMT). The Salvadoran government says it had been monitoring the situation since 13 December, when they detected increased activity inside the volcano. Some 300 communities live around the volcano. There are more than 20 volcanoes in the small Central American nation. At 2,129 meters (7,000 ft) above sea level, Chaparrastique is the third highest volcano in the country. It spewed lava in 1976 and caused a strong tremor in the area in 2010. The volcano last erupted in 2002. Extinction Protocol
Lightning has struck a church in Malawi, killing eight worshippers and injuring a number of others. Several members of a Seventh Day Adventist church in the Malawian capital Lilongwe were admitted to hospital. One witness said: “I first heard a loud burst which frightened almost everybody and a few minutes later I just saw a stampede.” Charles Mwansambo, chief of health services in the ministry of health, said: “The worshippers were having an extended session of Saturday prayers when lightning struck their church at around 4.30pm.” It was not immediately clear whether those injured had been struck by the lightning or were crushed in the panic to escape.Mirror
Michelle Marshall is one of the 1.3 million long-term unemployed Americans who is losing her jobless benefits. Marshall, 56, has been out of work for a year, since she lost an administrative assistant job that paid her $44,000 per year. Michelle Marshall is one of the 1.3 million long-term unemployed Americans who is losing her jobless benefits. Marshall, 56, has been out of work for a year, since she lost an administrative assistant job that paid her $44,000 per year. Federal benefits kick in after state benefits run out, and range between 14 to 47 weeks, depending on the state where a person lives. According to government figures, the average weekly benefit check is $300. Even the cut from the larger state check to the federal benefits was hard for Marshall. She had to consolidate her $12,000 worth of credit card debt and enroll in a mortgage assistance program. As the benefits stop entirely, she doesn’t know what she’ll do. ”I imagine I will go apply for food stamps,” she said in a recent interview. “Depending how long this goes on, I might lose my car, which will impact my ability to get a job. I won’t be able to drive to interviews.”
I am grateful for my entire family, my long time girlfriend, Amber, and friends as we prepare to celebrate a glorious new year together. I am grateful for the many prayers and well wishes for my recovery. I return every one of them to you 100 fold.” In a touching pre-New Year’s message, “Good Morning America” co-host and cancer survivor Robin Roberts gratefully thanked her loved ones for a milestone year of health, among them she mentioned her longtime girlfriend. It was the first time the popular ABC News morning show host had publicly acknowledged that she is a lesbian. Daily News
Iran is developing advanced centrifuges to increase the speed by which it can produce enriched uranium, warned Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Sunday in advance of renewed negotiations in Geneva on Monday between Tehran and six world powers that hope to diplomatically disarm Iran’s nuclear program. Iran is “currently developing centrifuges that are capable of enriching uranium six times faster than its regular centrifuges,” Netanyahu told his cabinet on Sunday. Iran is developing advanced centrifuges to increase the speed by which it can produce enriched uranium, warned Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Sunday in advance of renewed negotiations in Geneva on Monday between Tehran and six world powers that hope to diplomatically disarm Iran’s nuclear program. Iran is “currently developing centrifuges that are capable of enriching uranium six times faster than its regular centrifuges,” Netanyahu told his cabinet on Sunday. More
Obese children have been taken away by social workers after being overfed by their families, it has been revealed. The super-size youngsters were placed in care across the UK amid fears their weight was wrecking their health. One child had a Body Mass Index (BMI) measurement of 35 – the equivalent of a six-foot man weighing 19st. It comes as an increasing number of parents give in to their children’s cravings for unhealthy food – a phenomenon known as ‘killing with kindness’. In the past year alone, five British children have been taken from their families because of overfeeding, according to a survey by the Sunday Express. More
The New South Wales (NSW) Health Care Complaints Committee has convened an inquiry into “The Promotion of False or Misleading Health-Related Information or Practices.” The Terms of Reference (ToR) for this inquiry are sobering to say the least and read more like a pharmaceutical wish list than legislation that would benefit Australian citizens. The Committee, which is responsible for the NSW Health Care Complaints Commission (HCCC), defines information that is not supported by “accepted” medical practice as being “false and misleading” and seeks to punish and silence anyone who either publicly discusses, uses or dispenses non-mainstream remedies. This inquiry appears to have been motivated by the HCCC’s loss to the Australian Vaccination Network (AVN) in the Supreme Court in 2012. The HCCC sought to sanction the AVN for providing “dangerous, deceptive and misleading” information simply because that information was in contravention of “accepted medical practices.” The Supreme Court stated that the HCCC had acted illegally in either investigating or citing the AVN. Since that embarrassing loss to a small, unfunded parents’ support group, the HCCC has sought increased powers from Parliament specifically for the purpose of attacking the AVN and other individuals and organizations critical of current government health policy. More
You may want to think twice before further drinking or even bathing in unfiltered tap water, as a new report set to be published next year has found that a striking percentage of the U.S. water supply is contaminated with heavy metals, pesticides and other toxic chemicals. Researchers from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) found that an astounding one-third of U.S. water systems contain traces of at least 18 unregulated and potentially hazardous contaminants, many of which are linked to causing endocrine disruption and cancer.
Based on a nationwide survey of 25 unnamed water utilities, scientists found traces of the herbicide metolachlor, for instance, a pesticide commonly applied to conventional corn, soy, cotton, safflower, potato and other crops, as well as the heavy metal strontium, which is linked to causing bone problems. Other chemicals identified include so-called perfluorinated compounds like perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), which numerous scientific studies have found can cause thyroid disease and various types of cancer. ”Traces of 18 unregulated chemicals were found in drinking water from more than one-third of U.S. water utilities in a nationwide sampling,” reports Environmental Health News (EHN). “Included are 11 perfluorinated compounds, an herbicide, two solvents, caffeine, an antibacterial compound, a metal and an antidepressant.” More
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