“To achieve one will require determined and courageous leaders and populations on both sides that demand an end to the occupation. Despite the commitment of the United States, there’s very little hope of that now.” US envoy Martin Indyk was set to return to Israel on Tuesday in a fresh bid to save the failing peace process. According to Palestinian sources another round of talks-about-talks was expected on Tuesday or Wednesday evening. Peace efforts suffered a new blow last week when Israel said it would freeze the transfer of duties it collects on the Palestinians’ behalf, in retaliation for the Palestinian Authority’s applications to join 15 UN and other international treaties in breach of previous understandings. The monthly 80 million euros ($111 million) in taxes collected by Israel represents about two-thirds of the PA’s income. Israel also reportedly plans to suspend its participation with the Palestinians in developing a gas field off the Gaza Strip and to put a cap on Palestinian deposits in its banks. More
Recent weeks have led to a fairly significant drop in stock valuations, with many expert analysts struggling to figure out exactly why it’s happening. You’ll hear them cite the weather, or market overreaction, or any number of reasons for why stocks have seen their share prices reduced and why they’ll be rebounding in the near-term. What they won’t show you on mainstream financial channels is what’s really happening behind the scenes. Forget about all the minute-by-minute noise for a moment and take a look at the following chart. It gives a very simple overview of earnings growth trends for stocks listed on the S&P 500 on a quarterly basis. Last year saw what analysts would call fairly robust growth, and they had no problem citing these numbers for evidence of economic recovery. We’re curious what they’d call it now, considering this chart shows a massive collapse in earnings per share growth across the board. Pay close attention to that yellow line, which indicates growth (or lack there of) for the first quarter of 2014. According to Zero Hedge this is a Flashing Red Warning as earnings growth plunges to its lowest levels since 2012:
While the so-called “experts” were adamant in repeating that one must ignore all Q1 economic data (because of harsh weather you know), one thing the same “experts” pounded the table on was the earnings growth in 2014 which confirmed that the Fed was correct in tapering and that the corporate sector was well on its way to achieving “escape velocity” and a stable recovery. And then this happened. Most people, when you ask them how the economy is doing, will point to the Dow Jones, NASDAQ and S&P 500 as evidence of a healthy recovery. What the majority of those people fail to look at is the underlying valuations for the stocks within those indexes. If you are an investor and hold stocks, or are thinking about jumping in because this latest “correction” is about to take a turn for the better, we direct your attention to this absolutely critical piece of information regarding price-per-earnings from Karl Denninger of Market Ticker. More
Management were made aware of the loss in January, Le Monde newspaper reported. For weeks, staff at the institute tried to find the missing vials, general director Christian Bréchot said. ”We’ve looked for those boxes [containing the tubes] everywhere,” Bréchot explained. ”We went thought the lists of all the people who have worked here in the past year and a half, including trainees. We have scrutinised their profile to check if there was any conflict.” Bréchot said that foul play was “highly improbable” but had not been ruled out. The tubes were stored in a high-security laboratory dedicated to research into highly infective viruses. Access to the lab is limited to a restricted number of personnel, who have to go through a disinfection process before they can leave. Bréchot suggested that the tubes, which were moved from one freezer to another in March 2013, might have been destroyed by a member of staff who forgot to record the procedure. Sars is an airborne virus, which spreads in a similar way to flu and the common cold. The Agency for the Safety of Health Products has opened an investigation into the missing tubes. International Business Times
There is no effective date or implementation date listed on the document; rather, the document states that “fingerprint-based background check implementation will be phased in beginning in 2014,” and that those affected will receive letters after which the individuals will have thirty days to comply with the finger-printing requirement. The fingerprints will be submitted to the FBI for a background check and will be stored by the government in accordance with federal requirements and FBI guidelines. Although initially the new regulations will only be applied to providers and suppliers of “Durable Medicare Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies (DMEPOS) suppliers or Home Health Agencies (HHA),” the “high risk” category is defined at the discretion of the HHS secretary and may be expanded in the future. The Weekly Standard
Chinese President Xi Jinping urged the air force to adopt an integrated air and space defence capability, in what state media on Tuesday called a response to the increasing military use of space by the United States and others. While Beijing insists its space program is for peaceful purposes, a Pentagon report last year highlighted China’s increasing space capabilities and said Beijing was pursuing a variety of activities aimed at preventing its adversaries from using space-based assets during a crisis. Fears of a space arms race with the United States and other powers mounted after China blew up one of its own weather satellites with a ground-based missile in January 2007. A detailed analysis of satellite imagery published in March provided additional evidence that a Chinese rocket launch in May 2013, billed as a research mission, was actually a test of a new anti-satellite weapon. Visiting air force headquarters in Beijing, Xi, who is also head of the military, told officers “to speed up air and space integration and sharpen their offensive and defensive capabilities”, Xinhua news agency said late on Monday. It gave no details of how China expects to do this. China has to pay more attention to its defensive capabilities in space, the official China Daily said on Tuesday.
“The idea of combining air and space capability is not new to the Chinese air force, as a host of experts have underscored the importance of space,” it said. Wang Ya’nan, deputy editor-in-chief of Aerospace Knowledge magazine in Beijing, said Xi’s call for integrated air and space capability is to answer the need of the times. ”The United States has paid considerable attention and resources to the integration of capabilities in both air and space, and other powers have also moved progressively toward space militarization,” Wang Ya’nan was quoted as saying. ”Though China has stated that it sticks to the peaceful use of space, we must make sure that we have the ability to cope with others’ operations in space.” The United States was the first country to develop anti-satellite weapons in the 1950s, but currently has no known weapons dedicated to that mission. China has been increasingly ambitious in developing its space programs for military, commercial and scientific purposes. Xi has said he wants China to establish itself as a space superpower. But it is still playing catch-up to established space superpowers the United States and Russia. China’s Jade Rabbit moon rover has been beset by technical difficulties since landing to great domestic fanfare in mid-December. Yahoo News
BREAKING NEWS: Ukraine’s coup-appointed acting President Aleksandr Turchinov has announced a crackdown on anti-government protesters in the north of the Donetsk Region, eastern Ukraine. According to Turchinov, this ‘anti-terrorist operation’ also aims to prevent “attempts to break Ukraine apart.” The anti-government protesters in south-eastern Ukraine have recently been protesting against coup-appointed Kiev authorities. They demand constitutional reform that would take into consideration the interests of all Ukrainian regions. They also propose the federalization of the country and to make Russian the second official language in the regions. Earlier, a clip posted to YouTube showed local people in the town of Rodinskoye, Donetsk Region, who stopped a tank allegedly on its way from Kiev to take part in the crackdown against south-eastern Ukrainian cities. Andrey Parubiy, head of Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council, announced the first battalion of a National Guard “comprised of volunteers from Maidan self-defense troops”, has left Kiev for the south-east. According to Parubiy, the “battalion is comprised of volunteers from the Maidan self-defense troops”. On Monday, Turchinov signed a decree to officially begin a “special anti-terrorist operation” in the east of the country.
He ordered “that the National Security and Defense Council’s decision of April 13, 2014, ‘On urgent measures to overcome the territorial threat and to preserve the territorial integrity of Ukraine’ be put into effect.” Russia has warned that if Kiev uses force against anti-Maidan protests in eastern Ukraine, this would undermine the effort to convene a four-party conference on resolving the crisis in the country, which would include the US, the EU, Russia and Ukraine. Turchinov also proposed conducting a joint operation with UN peacekeeping forces, a decision that was strongly condemned by Russian FM Sergey Lavrov at a Beijing press conference on Tuesday as “totally unacceptable.” The Kiev authorities have already tried to launch a so-called “anti-terrorist operation” in the eastern city of Slavyansk, Donetsk Region, after anti-government protesters seized several buildings in the city. Gunfire broke out on Sunday, after troops in black uniforms supported by armored vehicles and several helicopters approached the roadblock set up by the locals. One person was killed and two others injured during the crackdown. There were rumors that among the troops were the members of the radical ultranationalist Right Sector movement, who were mobilized to take decisive steps to “defend Ukraine’s sovereignty.” RT
The judges asked the government to treat them in line with other minorities officially categorised as “socially and economically backward”, to enable them to get quotas in jobs and education. ”We are quite thrilled by the judgement,” Anita Shenoy, lawyer for the petitioner National Legal Services Authority (Nalsa), told the BBC. ”The court order gives legal sanctity to the third gender. The judges said the government must make sure that they have access to medical care and other facilities like separate wards in hospitals and separate toilets,” she said. Prominent transgender activist Laxmi Narayan Tripathi, who was among the petitioners in the case, welcomed the judgement, saying the community had long suffered from discrimination and ignorance in the traditionally conservative country, reports the Agence France-Presse news agency. ”Today, for the first time I feel very proud to be an Indian,” Ms Tripathi told reporters outside the court in Delhi. In 2009, India’s Election Commission took a first step by allowing transgenders to choose their gender as “other” on ballot forms. But India is not the first country to recognize a third gender. Nepal recognized a third gender as early as in 2007 when the Supreme Court ordered the government to scrap all laws that discriminated on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. And last year, Bangladesh also recognized a third gender. BBC News
IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde said last week the IMF is considering a “Plan B” for proceeding without the U.S., although she still hopes the U.S. Congress will act in time. “It is entirely possible that the United States is going to ratify the 2010 reforms in the course of the year,” said Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore, noting that he sees a consensus building in Congress for “a strong IMF in the face of what are very obvious challenges in the global economy and to the whole global order.” The White House and most Democrats in Congress support the IMF reforms, but the bill has divided Republicans on Capitol Hill, where some conservatives have balked at giving the IMF more funding and power. GOP leaders want major concessions from the White House in exchange for approving the reforms. Mr. Shanmugaratnam warned that U.S. failure to ratify the reforms could undermine the IMF and the whole system of economic governance set up by the U.S. and its allies after World War II. China and some other big emerging countries have explored setting up a fund that would compete with the IMF to provide aid for developing countries during economic emergencies. “If for some reason … the 2010 reforms are not completed, then we are more likely over time to see disruptive change,” Mr. Shanmugaratnam said. “We are more likely over time to see a weakening of multilateralism, the emergence of regionalism, bilateralism and other ways of dealing with global problems, and that will not be a better world for all of us, for the U.S., for members of the IMF. It is really a world that will be less safe.” Washington Times
“Either I wait for a match in what could be several years, or I go looking for the match myself.” “We must have the consent both both the parents and the minor,” she added, “but those who say no will become potential suspects who could be taken into custody.” Authorities said samples that do not match the DNA found on the victim will be destroyed. “The operation began calmly at 8 a.m.,” Anne-Sophie Guilbot, a spokeswoman for the Fenelon-Notre-Dame school, told Reuters. Many of the students said they were willing to give samples in the hope of tracking down the rapist. ”Everyone is participating without too much hassle because we stand by the girl who was raped and want to find whoever was responsible,” said Lucas, a 17-year-old student. Concerned about their own security, some students asked why the authorities had waited so long after the attack before carrying out the tests. “I don’t know why it took so long, it’s not normal. The rapist may have been in the school for the past seven months,” said 16-year-old Margaux. Others have condemned the mass test as a violation of civil rights. “Refusing to give a DNA sample when not in custody is a right,” prominent lawyer Joseph Cohen-Sabban told Le Figaro newspaper. French courts rarely order mass DNA tests, and when they do they generally target specific categories of people. The only example of blanket sampling was in Pleine-Fougères (Brittany), where British schoolgirl Caroline Dickinson was murdered in 1996 and police tested more than 400 inhabitants the following year. Francisco Arce Montes, a Spanish national, was not among those tested but he was arrested in the US in 2001 and convicted of the murder through an individual DNA match.France 24
The problem is that the bug has been loose for two years, said Zabiuk. ”So what we’re seeing with the 900 users that they say have been affected or compromised — that’s just in the last two weeks that they’ve been keeping track of what’s going on with this,” he said. ”Prior to this, again it’s been out for over two years, so what’s gone on in that span of time?” He said the government did the right thing when it learned of the security problem. ”I think the response is appropriate in taking down the servers that they knew were vulnerable,” he said. “It’s really the only way to protect the citizens and the people using those servers.” The Heartbleed bug is caused by a flaw in OpenSSL software, which is commonly used on the Internet to provide security and privacy. The bug is affecting many global IT systems in both private and public sector organizations and has the potential to expose private data. Zabiuk said the fix is simple. The problem is applying the patch to all of the hundreds or thousands of servers that may have been affected. CRA said it will notify everyone involved in the security breach by registered letter and will offer access to credit protection services. The Canadian government on the weekend restored service to all its publicly accessible websites as well the tax-filing systems E-file and Netfile. The revenue agency said because the outage with its website lasted five days, it will effectively extend the tax filing deadline by that length of time. Returns filed by May 5 will not incur interest or penalties. Andrew Treusch, commissioner of the agency, said he shares the concerns of those whose privacy has been violated. The Privacy Commissioner has been notified of the security breach and the Mounties are investigating. Calgary Herald
Add the U.S. Postal Service to the list of federal agencies seeking to purchase what some Second Amendment activists say are alarmingly large quantities of ammunition. Earlier this year, the USPS posted a notice on its website, under the heading “Assorted Small Arms Ammunition,” that says: “The United States Postal Service intends to solicit proposals for assorted small arms ammunition. If your organization wishes to participate, you must pre-register. This message is only a notification of our intent to solicit proposals.” Alan Gottlieb, chairman of the Washington-based Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, said: “We’re seeing a highly unusual amount of ammunition being bought by the federal agencies over a fairly short period of time. To be honest, I don’t understand why the federal government is buying so much at this time.” Jake McGuigan, director of state affairs and government relations for the National Shooting Sports Foundation, said widely reported federal ammunition purchases have sparked conspiracy-type fears among gun owners, who worry that the federal government is trying to crack down on Second Amendment rights via the back door by limiting the ammo available to owners. It’s not just the USPS that is stocking up on ammo. A little more than a year ago, the Social Security Administration put in a request for 174,000 rounds of “.357 Sig 125 grain bonded jacketed hollow-point” bullets.
Before that, it was the Department of Agriculture requesting 320,000 rounds. More recently, the Department of Homeland Security raised eyebrows with its request for 450 million rounds — at about the same time the FBI separately sought 100 million hollow-point rounds. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration also requested 46,000 rounds. Philip Van Cleave, president of the Virginia Citizens Defense League, asked: why exactly does a weather service need ammunition? ”NOAA — really? They have a need? One just doesn’t know why they’re doing this,” he said. “The problem is, all these agencies have their own SWAT teams, their own police departments, which is crazy. In theory, it was supposed to be the U.S. marshals that was the armed branch for the federal government.” Armed federal employees are often assigned to offices of investigative services, the offices of inspectors general, or other equally bureaucratic agencies. For instance, regular Internal Revenue Service agents aren’t equipped with on-the-job guns — but those affiliated with the agency’s Criminal Investigations Division are. The same goes for workers with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, with the Department of Agriculture’s Office of Inspector General, and with the Department of Education’s Office of Inspector General. The Energy Department, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Commerce Department, and the U.S. Agency for International Development are a few of the federal entities that boast an armed division, tasked with investigating fraud and suspected criminal activities. As such, the agents get to carry guns.
“Most of these agencies do have their own police forces,” said Jim Wallace, executive director of the Massachusetts-based Gun Owners’ Action League. That, perhaps more than federal ammunition purchases, is the larger issue, he suggested, and Van Cleave agreed. ”What’s the need for that? Do we really need this? That was something our Founding Fathers did not like and we should all be concerned about,” Van Cleave said, speaking of the expansion of police forces throughout all levels of government. The Department of Homeland Security employs in its various law enforcement entities — from the Coast Guard to the Secret Service to Customs and Border Protection — more than 200,000 workers, an estimated 135,000 of whom are authorized to carry weapons. When the agency makes its ammo buys, it often does so over the course of several years.
“We realize that the House is still investigating the ammo purchases by the administration, but from what we’ve seen so far, most representatives don’t seem alarmed,” said Erich Pratt, communications director for Gun Owners of America. More
“It’s why we’re so excited to welcome Titan Aerospace to the Google family.” Some of the drones produced by Titan Aerospace are capable of staying in the air for up to five years without having to refuel or land, according to the company’s Web site. Media reports had previously indicated that Titan Aerospace, which is based in New Mexico, was being courted by Facebook. Instead Facebook announced last month that it had bought a British drone-maker, Ascenta. The social network plans to use the drones to provide Web access to “the next 5 billion” people. Currently, about two-thirds of the world’s population is not connected to the Internet. Amazon.com has also expressed an interest in developing drones, though those would fly closer to home, as delivery drones. Washington Post
Some 4.3 million images for non-criminal purposes will be in the database by next year as part of employers’ background checks, which represents a threat to privacy, the EFF said. The introduction of the NGI means the FBI would link its criminal and non-criminal databases for the first time. Every record would have searches running against them, the EFF said, meaning non-criminal citizen’s facial images could end up being searched as part of criminal investigations. It said this raises the risk of innocent people being implicated as criminal suspects simply because their images are in the system. The FBI is yet to identify what a further one million images in the “special population cognisant” and “new repositories” categories will be used for, according to the documents. The recommended 0.75 megapixel resolution of the images addes to EFF’s concerns, which it said is too low for accurate recognition. Some 13.6 million images are already in the NGI, representing between seven and eight million people. Around half of US states are currently participating in the FBI’s NGI program. IT NEWS
Presidents Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin confronted one another in telephone talks Monday as a standoff over Ukraine escalated after the CIA chief visited Kiev and a Russian war plane “buzzed” a US destroyer. Washington said it was consulting European allies and hinted that more sanctions on Russia’s economy could be coming, to punish what it sees as Moscow’s sponsorship of pro-Russia violence in eastern Ukraine. The Kremlin said that Putin used the latest in a string of tense phone calls with Obama to brand US charges of meddling in eastern Ukraine as “unfounded.” There were no immediate readouts of the call from the White House, which earlier was the first to say it would take place. Unusually though, the White House did offer some details of CIA chief John Brennan’s travel, confirming Russian media reports that the top US spy had flown into Kiev over the weekend. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov had demanded an explanation over Brennan’s visit.
Russia’s Interfax news agency quoted an unidentified source as saying Brennan recommended Kiev use force against pro-Russian militants in eastern districts. But White House spokesman Jay Carney blasted claims that Brennan’s travel was anything but routine — and said he was revealing it to rebut “false claims” laid by Russia. ”Senior-level visits of intelligence officials are a standard means of fostering mutually beneficial security cooperation, including US-Russian intelligence collaboration going back to the beginnings of the post-Cold War era,” he said. ”To imply that US officials meeting with their counterparts (in Kiev) is anything other than in the same spirit is absurd.” Carney also denied that a new Cold War was brewing between Russia and the United States, but an incident involving a Russian jet over the Black Sea and a US cruise missile destroyer did hark back to the tensions of that earlier era. More
So far, this administration’s not only not done that, but they won’t even share some intelligence with the Ukrainian government,” McCain said on “Face the Nation” Sunday. McCain also said the United States should wage economic war on Russia. “Severe penalties of sanctions can have an effect on their economy… Shouldn’t the president of the United States be speaking forcefully and strongly? And didn’t the president say if they carried out further actions, there would be further sanctions? So far, we haven’t heard anything,” McCain said. In March, Republicans in Congress called for arming the junta. “You can do non-combatant military aid in a way that allows them (Ukraine) to defend themselves,” House Intelligence Committee boss Mike Rogers said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” Some Democrats also support arming the junta. Dick Durbin of Illinois, the second-ranking senior Democrat in the Senate, told CBS that sending weapons to Ukraine is a possibility. “Keep it on the table,” Durbin said. INFO WARS
The Apache, which began service in 1986, is armed with a 30 mm M230E1 Chain Gun (with 1,200 rounds), Hellfire anti-tank missiles, and 70 general-purpose 70 mm rockets. In short, it is capable of fending-off any enemy, foreign or domestic. Obviously, these helicopters could pose a substantial obstacle to say, a tyrant drunk on his own power, with an army at his disposal. With the recent, attempted seizure of the Bundy family ranch in Nevada by more than 200 armed federal officers, including many snipers, we know that the Obama administration is not afraid to use force against the American people. Furthermore, considering the unprovoked attacks and murders of U.S. citizens on their own property by federal agents, such as the Ruby Ridge and Waco massacres, we also know that the federal government has no problem suspending due process and using lethal force on its own citizens. Couple that with the as yet, unexplained, massive arms buildup by the Department of Homeland Security, and the National Defense Authorization Act which allows the feds to arrest and detain any U.S. citizen indefinitely without charges, and even the most establishment-minded American should be able to see what is coming. There are a few governors around the country who would not stand for martial-law being arbitrarily declared by this or any president, but without any teeth (i.e. Apache attack helicopters) what could they use to stop Obama’s tyranny? Examiner.com
He’s also boasted of Muslim contributions to American history while forcing employers and employees to fund abortion, even if it violates their faith. The report from Soeren Kern at Gatestone notes that critics are blasting the program for having as its underlying objective the conversion of non-Muslim students to Islam. It happens, they charge, by bringing proselytizing messages into public schools “under the guise of promoting multiculturalism and fighting ‘Islamophobia.’” The report notes that the funders even ran an ad recently promising to pay $13 to students ages 15 to 18 if they attend a two-hour presentation “about Islam.” On the website, one of the students, Agnes, age 6, wrote: “I learned that veiling [in Islam] is often voluntary.” A theology professor noted, “It’s not just a summary of relevant information, but also to promote the development of critical reflection on information.” More
“We regained control of Ma’loula just an hour ago. Just before that, we secured al-Sarkha after a series of difficult and complicated military operations because of the nature of the mountainous terrain. After taking the high grounds, we entered the town in a matter of hours and eliminated the militants,” said a Syrian army colonel. The Syrian army has been making more gains in its battle against foreign-backed militants. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said on Sunday that the Takfiri war in his country has strongly shifted in favor of the government forces as they have made continuous gains in their battle against terrorists. On Sunday, Syrian troops regained the control of eastern heights overlooking Rankous plain, cutting off the militants’ supply routes between the Lebanese border and the area. Syria has been the scene of a deadly crisis since March 2011. Reports say more than 150,000 people have so far been killed and millions displaced in the foreign-backed violence. Press TV
KIEV, Ukraine — Ukraine’s failure to enforce its own ultimatums and its appeal on Monday to the United Nations to send peacekeepers laid bare a grim reality for the shaky government in Kiev, where political leaders and security forces have few reliable ways to confront Russian-backed separatists in the restive east. A deadline set by Ukraine’s acting president for the start of a “large-scale antiterrorist operation” in the east passed without any clear police or military intervention. Meanwhile, pro-Russian militants seized yet another government building in the Donetsk region, bringing to at least nine the number of eastern towns now swept up in an insurgency. The country’s acting president, Oleksandr V. Turchynov, asked the United Nations to send peacekeepers. But the move was widely viewed as an act of desperation, given that Russia holds a veto at the United Nations Security Council and is unlikely to assent to a such a request. The confused and passive response underscored Kiev’s limited options in challenging pro-Russian militants and their backers in Moscow.
Too assertive a response could cause heavy civilian casualties and play into Moscow’s narrative that Russians and Russian speakers in Ukraine are threatened and need protection. Too timid a response risks inviting more meddling from Moscow or giving free rein to local armed militants. Ukraine’s armed forces, demoralized and underequipped, are so short of funds that when the government ordered them on high alert last month as Russian forces seized Crimea, a Ukrainian billionaire had to buy the military fuel. The businessman, Ihor Kolomoysky, now the governor of the Dnipropetrovsk region next to Donetsk, said he put up around $5 million of his own money to pay for gasoline and batteries so that Ukrainian military vehicles could leave their garages and helicopters could get off the ground. Ukraine’s intelligence agency, the State Security Service, known as the SBU, is so riddled with Russian informers that when John O. Brennan, the C.I.A. director, visited Kiev over the weekend on a supposedly secret trip, Russian state news media swiftly revealed his visit and declared it evidence that Washington was calling the shots in Ukraine and pushing for a crackdown in the east. More
Buesseler maintains, however, that danger to humans from contaminated fish should not be a concern as cesium is water-soluble and will disperse from the fish as they swim through the ocean. US Federal agencies are not taking place in the ocean testing, either because the levels are expected to be so low it is not considered a priority, or because the responsibility falls between agencies. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is responsible for monitoring oceans and atmospheric changes, but do not test for radiation. The Department of Energy monitors radiation levels but not in the oceans. Many reports have surfaced since the nuclear radiation was released from Fukushima that high levels of radiation were affecting sea life off the shores of America, but health officials have denied that radiation from Japan has caused any serious incursion across the Pacific. Buesseler said that people are going to be afraid of any reports of radiation because it is something they cannot see, smell or taste, but they know it can cause cancer. As of yet, no evidence has been shown to suspect dangerous levels of cesium in the waters off of the US. Levels of radiation from Fukushima are actually lower and less dangerous than that sill lurking around the ocean from nuclear testing in the fifties, according to reports. The most dangerous aspect still surrounding the Fukushima disaster is the makeshift tanks at the nuclear facility that were used to draw highly contaminated water out of the ocean. Evidence shows that some of the more hastily crafted holding tanks, containing about 300,000 tons of contaminated water, may be leaking back out into the ocean. Scientists will continue to monitor the levels of radiation from the Fukushima disaster floating across the Pacific Ocean from Japan reaching the west coast of Central and Northern America, but for now health officials maintain that there is no imminent threat. Liberty Voice
‘But you may not be familiar with the daily struggle that many people with diabetes face as they try to keep their blood sugar levels under control. ’Uncontrolled blood sugar puts people at risk for a range of dangerous complications, some short-term and others longer term, including damage to the eyes, kidneys and heart. ’A friend of ours told us she worries about her mom, who once passed out from low blood sugar and drove her car off the road’ The project’s co-founders, Brian Otis and Babak Parviz, say they hope the technology could eventually become commonplace. ’We’re now testing a smart contact lens that’s built to measure glucose levels in tears using a tiny wireless chip and miniaturized glucose sensor that are embedded between two layers of soft contact lens material,’ they said. ’We’re testing prototypes that can generate a reading once per second. ’We’re also investigating the potential for this to serve as an early warning for the wearer, so we’re exploring integrating tiny LED lights that could light up to indicate that glucose levels have crossed above or below certain thresholds. ’It’s still early days for this technology, but we’ve completed multiple clinical research studies which are helping to refine our prototype. ’We hope this could someday lead to a new way for people with diabetes to manage their disease.’ The firm is in discussions with the FDA, but says ‘there’s still a lot more work to do to turn this technology into a system that people can use. It hopes to work with other