Sunday, March 31, 2013

COMING CRISIS TO DISSOLVE AS KIM JONG UN AND OBAMA SPOTTED SNEAKING A BIG KISS



Thanks to a newly found willingness for peace, intelligence, and cooperation throughout the world, we have decided that delivering scary news, especially pieces about Vladimir Putin's bare chest, is no longer required. Starting tomorrow, we will start publishing sandwich recipes and gossip items pertaining to Mr. T.

Before we do, we'd like thank the following government agencies, groups and individuals for helping keep the Coming Crisis sloshed with disinformation these past years:

To the Central Intelligence Agency: We couldn't have done it without you! Those surface-to-arab missiles kept all the angries away while we covered a multitude of democracy spreading actions. Yay, Coca Cola!

To the Department of Homeland Security: Thanks for letting us lick our assault rifles one last time before you took them away. I agree, this fork makes me feel just as safe.

To the Mossad: I see you. I see you in the corner there. You big bunch of teddy bears, you. Is that wire for fishing? I've always wanted to snag a Mediterranean tuna.

To David Cameron: Did you just touch Clegg's behind? I saw that.

To the European Union: Lynsey will one day overthrow your evil empire and bake a cake from your crushed bones. Tea anyone?

To WND: Thank you for pointing out the dangers of Islam. This morning, I found no less than 34 muslims hiding in various parts of my house. A Quran and a nice cheese platter later, and I was able to scoot them off to the nearest garage sale.

To those leaving snotty remarks about our work: Nah, nah, nah-nah, nah! Who has the blog with millions of views and awesome readers? And who doesn't? Represent, home dawg. *Drops microphone on stage, adjusts du-rag and swaggers off*

To the Media: Thank you for keeping us abreast of the Christopher Dorner situation throughout its manifold stages of violence and terror, in your various roles:

CNN: "Christopher Dorner was shot during a gun battle at his mountain cabin."

MSNBC: "Christopher Dorner died when he set himself and his cabin on fire."

FOX: "He fell."

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US strategy takes Korean crisis into new territory


Soaring tensions on the Korean peninsula have seen dire North Korean threats met with an unusually assertive US response that analysts warn could take a familiar game into dangerous territory.

By publicly highlighting its recent deployment of nuclear-capable B-52 and stealth bombers over South Korea, Washington has, at times, almost appeared to be purposefully goading an already apoplectic Pyongyang.

"There certainly seems to be an element of 'let's show we're taking the gloves off this time' about the US stance," said Paul Carroll, program director at the Ploughshares Fund, a US-based security policy think-tank.

And the North has responded in kind, declaring on Saturday that it was now in a "state of war" with South Korea.

http://www.france24.com/en/20130331-us-strategy-takes-korean-crisis-new-territory

“Mt. Fuji Should Erupt by 2015”: Ryuku University Professor Emeritus


Since the Great Tohoku Earthquake of March 2011, scientists have been anxiously watching the massive volcano known as Mt. Fuji for signs of activity. In September of last year, a report was released stating that Mt. Fuji’s magma chamber pressure had risen to a worrisome 1.6 megapascals, which is estimated to be higher than when it last erupted.

According to retired professor Masaki Kimura of Ryukyu University, this and other recent phenomena indicate an eruption of Mt. Fuji should have taken place in 2011 with a four-year margin of error ending in 2015.

First, a little background on Mt. Fuji. Japan sits on the edge of a “subduction zone” which is where one layer of the Earth’s crust is pushed under another. In the below image, courtesy of Google Maps, you can see the trench along which subduction is occurring around Japan.

http://en.rocketnews24.com/2013/01/08/mt-fuji-should-erupt-by-2015-ryuku-university-professor-emeritus/

William Strickland: Remember the old man gunned down on his way to kidney dialysis? Well, it was his grandson that did it.

William Strickland waited for his grandfather to step out of his South Side home to take his paratransit ride to a kidney dialysis appointment early March 2, authorities said Saturday — then stood behind the 72-year-old man, shot him six times in the back and stole his wallet, leaving him to die just steps from his home.

Prosecutors said Saturday that Strickland, 19, used the money he took from his grandfather, who also was named William Strickland, to pay for new gym shoes, a cellphone and tattoos.

The teen had no criminal history but was an admitted gang member, they said.

He’d been living with his grandfather, according to neighbors.

“I just know that he stayed there,” said neighbor Mario Farmer, who was shocked at hearing the news about the grandson being accused. “I would have never expected it. That’s sad. That’s really sad.”

http://www.suntimes.com/19185539-761/police-grandson-killed-robbed-72-year-old-man-who-was-headed-to-dialysis.html

US AIR FORCE MOVES F-22 STEALTH FIGHTERS TO SOUTH KOREA TO "MEET NORTH KOREAN AGGRESSION"


U.S. F-22 stealth fighter jets arrived in South Korea on Sunday for exercises as part of an effort to demonstrate advanced military capabilities, seeking to deter provocations from North Korea, according to reports.

The move come after North Korea warned South Korea earlier in the weekend that the Korean peninsula had entered a “state of war,” according to an Associated Press report. Pyongyang threatened to shut down a border factory that is a symbol of North and South Korean cooperation, according to the report.

The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday that the arrival of the stealth jets came after previous examples of U.S. air power that included B-52 bombers and B-2 stealth bombers. The F-22 steal jets are normally stationed in Japan at Kadena air force base but flew to a South Korean base for continuing military exercises. Stealth aircraft more easily evade radar tracking.

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/us-flexes-muscle-after-n-korea-provocation-2013-03-31

Matt wonders:
If North Korea is just bluffing, why is the US sending so much hardware to South Korea? Why the egging on? What is the reason?

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North Korea: Nuclear Arsenal 'Will Be Increased'

Tensions have risen sharply since the United Nations tightened sanctions in response to the North's nuclear and missile tests. Joint US-South Korean military drills south of the border also angered Pyongyang.

On Saturday, the North declared it was in a "state of war" with the South and warned Seoul and Washington that any provocation would swiftly escalate into an all-out nuclear conflict.

http://news.sky.com/story/1072115/north-korea-nuclear-arsenal-will-be-increased

Steve Jones Sued: Policewoman Sues Man Who Called 999, because she fell over a Curb

A man who dialled 999 fearing a burglary at his petrol station is being sued by the policewoman who answered the call because she fell on the premises.

The officer, Kelly Jones, tripped over a kerbstone when she went to the station in Thetford, Norfolk, owned by Steve Jones last August.

Her lawyers say she was hurt and argue that he failed to keep her safe while she was investigating the possible break-in.

Mr Jones says the move raises bigger questions about Britain's culture of compensation.

http://news.sky.com/story/1072059/policewoman-sues-man-who-called-999

Mike McLelland and wife Cynthia Murders: Authorities fear murderous conspiracy as Texas district attorney and wife are killed only months after assistant DA in the same office was gunned down in broad daylight

Dallas authorities suspect a sinister plot upon finding a district attorney and his wife slain on Saturday, only months after an assistant district attorney in the same Kaufman County office was murdered. Mike McLelland and wife Cynthia were found shot in their home near Forney, police said.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2301836/Mike-McLelland-Authorities-fear-murderous-conspiracy-Texas-district-attorney-wife-killed.html

Thousands more Americans are losing their homes this year with 1.5 million properties taken by banks - up nine per cent on 2012

The number of foreclosed or bank-seized homes has risen by nine per cent already this year - with 1.5 million properties currently being lost by homeowners who can no longer afford them.

A realty survey found the worrying increase over the last three months compared to the same time in 2012.

The research by California-based RealtyTrac says a further 10.9 million American homeowners are at risk because they owe more than their property is worth.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2301934/More-million-Americans-homes-seized-banks-year--9-cent-2012.html

Police patrols increased as New York gangs use Easter Sunday as a 'day of initiation to attack people and businesses'

New York police have stepped up patrols in the center of Manhattan today over fears of gang violence over the Easter weekend.

Times Square and Midtown have seen a growing trend for crime on Easter Day with gangs seemingly using it as a day of 'initiation'.

Over recent years dozens of people have been arrested for violence and vandalism on Easter Sunday in the downtown area of the city popular with tourists.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2301916/Police-patrols-increased-New-York-gangs-use-Easter-Sunday-day-initiation-attack-people-businesses.html

Are boob jobs, weddings and mistresses really business expenses? Some of the unusual tax write-offs made and ALLOWED by the IRS

The saying may be nothing is certain but death and taxes but people do like to push their luck if a list of unusual IRS claims is anything to go by.

Americans have tried and failed to write-off all manner of things from their taxes, it appears, but the scariest are the ones they've managed to get away with.

Turbotax has compiled a list of bizarre exemption attempts that failed to work but there are also a surprising number that did get approved including the woman who claimed her breast implants were a business expense and the man who passed off his swimming pool as medical.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2301981/Are-boob-jobs-weddings-mistresses-really-business-expenses-Some-unusual-tax-write-offs-ALLOWED-IRS.html

3.2 Magnitude Earthquake YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, WYOMING - 31st March 2013

Magnitude
3.2
Date-Time
Sunday, March 31, 2013 at 17:41:08 UTC
Sunday, March 31, 2013 at 11:41:08 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
44.812°N, 111.010°W
Depth
13.5 km (8.4 miles)
Region
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, WYOMING
Distances
18 km (11 miles) NNE (25°) from West Yellowstone, MT

Three hundred years of history up in flames: Beautiful 18th century thatched cottages ablaze as 102 firefighters battle fire

RSPCA fear swans are being targetted for food after two birds shot with a crossbow

The RSPCA has voiced fears that swans are being killed to be eaten after a pair were found shot with a high-powered crossbow.

The male and female swans, who have mated for life, were discovered in a river with the one foot long wooden bolts speared into their bodies.

The male survived the attack but the body of the female swan was found on the River Stour at Throop, near Bournemouth, Dorset.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2301879/RSPCA-fear-swans-targetted-food-birds-shot-crossbow.html

Dan Atkinson: How the euro turned into the biggest theft in history

Smaller savers may not have been hit by a levy on their bank accounts, but they will be swept up in the economic storm that is sure to descend on Cyprus as a result of such draconian measures.

It’s tempting to wonder why any troubled eurozone country like Cyprus was ever let into what was obviously a rich man’s club.

But that is unfair – the poorer members were welcomed with open arms, with the assurance that the euro would turn them into German-style economic titans. It was like persuading a pauper to join a casino.

Yes, Cyprus let its banking sector balloon wildly and, yes, it is the Cypriot government that has dreamt up some of the more masochistic features of the various bailout plans.

But all this human sacrifice in the eurozone – austerity, mass unemployment, arbitrary bank account levies – is about saving the euro. You wonder how much pain there has to be before someone realises that what must be sacrificed is the euro itself.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2301737/Its-robbery-New-Cyprus-bombshell-Britons-told-lose-EVERYTHING-85k.html

'It's robbery!' New Cyprus bombshell as Britons are told they may lose EVERYTHING over £85k....In return they will receive some Useless Bank shares

Bank of Cyprus savers will see 37.5 per cent of any deposits over €100,000 (£85,000) converted into shares in the bank, with a strong possibility that these will prove worthless. Another 40 per cent will be repaid only if the bank does well in future, while 22.5 per cent will go into a contingency fund that could be subject to further write-offs.

Laiki Bank customers are also reported to be facing the loss of 80 per cent of their deposits above the £85,000 limit.

An early bailout plan – highlighted by The Mail on Sunday two weeks ago – would have seen the losses shared across all bank customers, regardless of their balance.

However, that plan was voted down by the Cypriot parliament, leaving the country in urgent need of a new solution to raise its €5.8 billion contribution towards the bailout.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2301737/Its-robbery-New-Cyprus-bombshell-Britons-told-lose-EVERYTHING-85k.html

Three jail sentences, 18 convictions and 40 offences in a decade and we STILL can't deport Iranian criminal because of human rights laws

An Iranian convict with no permission to be in Britain is fighting to stay because of human rights legislation, despite racking up 40 offences including theft and assault.

Davodreza Abasbahi-Gotti, 37, came to the UK in 2002 and has already had 18 convictions and has served three prison sentences during that time.
His crimes include assaulting a police officer, theft, and driving while disqualified on multiple occasions.

He has also been convicted for driving without tax or insurance numerous times, according to the Sunday Times.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2301850/Three-jail-sentences-18-convictions-40-offences-decade-STILL-deport-Iranian-criminal-human-rights-laws.html

German opposition parties warn each other: don't team up with Merkel

Germany's two main opposition parties traded warnings on Sunday against joining forces with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives after September's election if they fail to win their own left-of-center majority.

The leaders of the Social Democrats (SPD) and Greens party issued unusually shrill messages to each others' supporters about the risk their votes might end up going to a party that could join forces in a coalition with Merkel.

The SPD and Greens want to form a center-left government after September's election but opinion polls show they will fall short of the needed margin. Surveys show Merkel's best chances of serving a third term could be to lure either the SPD or the Greens into a coalition with her Christian Democrats (CDU).

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/03/31/us-germany-election-idUSBRE92U02J20130331

Fighting erupts after car bombing in Mali

Malian soldiers backed by French fighter jets battled Islamist rebels in Timbuktu on Sunday after insurgents used a car bomb as cover to infiltrate the northern desert town overnight, sources said.

The French-led offensive in Mali has pushed a mix of Islamists out of their northern strongholds and remote mountain bases but the militants have hit back with several suicide attacks.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/03/31/us-mali-rebels-idUSBRE92U02E20130331

Tanzania pulls 29 bodies from rubble of fallen building

Rescue workers have pulled 29 bodies from the rubble of a collapsed building in Tanzania's commercial capital Dar es Salaam, a senior official said on Sunday.

The building of more than 12 storeys, which had been under construction near a mosque in the Kariakoo district around the city center, caved in on Friday morning. Several cars were crushed and boys playing soccer nearby were among the dead.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/03/31/us-tanzania-collapse-idUSBRE92U04U20130331

Italian president at center of storm as deadlock continues

Italy's 87-year-old President Giorgio Napolitano will face the greatest test of his career during his final weeks in office as he tries to end the standoff preventing a new government being formed more than a month after elections.

Following widespread reports he may resign to open the way for a new vote, Napolitano pledged to remain in office at the Quirinale palace until his term ends on May 15, averting the immediate threat of further turmoil.

He named 10 "wise men" including European Affairs Minister Enzo Moavero and senior politicians from the main center-left and center-right blocs to propose a series of urgent measures that could be backed by all parties.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/03/31/us-italy-vote-idUSBRE92U03Z20130331

4.4 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHERN GREECE - 31st March 2013

Magnitude M 4.4
Region SOUTHERN GREECE
Date time 2013-03-31 16:28:10.0 UTC
Location 36.02 N ; 24.39 E
Depth 72 km
Distances
58 km N of Mouzour√°s, Greece / pop: 1,462 / local time: 19:28:10.0 2013-03-31

North Korea Vows To Strengthen Nuclear Arsenal

North Korea has vowed to strengthen its nuclear capability, keeping up a defiant tone a day after warning it was in a "state of war" with South Korea.

Pyongyang also said it would never abandon its atomic weapons in exchange for aid, describing them as a "national treasure".

The central committee of the ruling Workers' Party, chaired by leader Kim Jong-Un, decided at a meeting that the country's nuclear arsenal "should be expanded and beefed up qualitatively and quantitatively until the denuclearisation of the world is realised", the official KCNA news agency reported.

http://news.sky.com/story/1072115/north-korea-nuclear-arsenal-will-be-increased

Syria says rebels set fire to three eastern oil wells

Syrian rebels have set three oil wells in the east of the country ablaze, causing a daily loss of nearly 5,000 barrels of oil and 52,000 cubic meters of gas, state media quoted an oil ministry official as saying on Sunday.

SANA news agency said the damage to the oil wells in Deir al-Zor province, much of which is in rebel hands, followed disputes among the fighters over "sharing out the stolen oil" from fields in areas they control.

It said Syria's Furat Petroleum Corporation was working to extinguish the three fires. A total of nine wells had been set on fire by the rebels, the agency added, without saying when the other six had been set ablaze.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/03/31/us-syria-crisis-oilfields-idUSBRE92U04D20130331

Egypt satirist questioned for insulting Mursi, out on bail..

Egyptian prosecutors questioned Egypt's most prominent television satirist on Sunday over allegations he insulted the president and Islam, a case that has increased opposition fears of a crackdown on dissent.

Bassem Youssef turned himself in after the prosecutor general issued an arrest warrant for him on Saturday. He was released on bail of 15,000 Egyptian pounds ($2,200), an official in the prosecutor's office said.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/03/31/us-egypt-satirist-idUSBRE92U02N20130331

Kieran McManus Killed: Pizza Delivery Man 'Shot At Close Range'

A pizza delivery man shot dead outside a Domino's takeaway in Belfast has been named as Kieran McManus, aged 26.

He is understood to have been hit twice during the attack at Kennedy Way in the west of the city on Saturday night.

DCI Karen Baxter from the Police Service of Northern Ireland said: "What we know is that at 11.20pm last night Kieran was with a number of friends when he was shot at short range by what we believe was a lone gunman.

"We are asking for anyone with information, who was in and around the pizza place last night to come forward.

http://news.sky.com/story/1072094/belfast-pizza-delivery-shooting-victim-named

Chainsaw man caught stealing tusk from Louis XIV elephant in Paris

Visitors to Paris's popular Museum of Natural History this weekend found a key exhibit under wraps after a man broke in and chainsawed a tusk from an elephant which once belonged to the Sun King, Louis XIV.

Police were called to the museum in the early hours of Saturday morning where they found a chainsaw still whirring after a man in his 20s escaped over a wall with a tusk over his shoulder. A police official said a neighbour of the museum on Paris's Left Bank alerted authorities after hearing a strange sawing sound at around 3am. The museum alarm system was activated and startled the intruder into fleeing just minutes after beginning his chainsaw attack. He was treated in hospital for a fractured ankle from a fall while escaping and was being questioned by investigators.

The African elephant, whose left tusk was sawn off, was a gift from a Portuguese king to Louis XIV in 1668. It lived for 13 years in the royal menagerie in the grounds of the opulent palace of Versailles where it became the star attraction. When it died, its skeleton was transferred to the natural history collection in Paris, one of the biggest in the world alongside London's Natural History Museum.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/mar/31/chainsaw-man-stealing-elephant-tusk-paris-museum

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake EASTERN NEW GUINEA REG, PAPUA NEW GUINEA - 31st March 2013

Magnitude
4.6
Date-Time
Sunday, March 31, 2013 at 14:27:50 UTC
Monday, April 01, 2013 at 12:27:50 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
5.486°S, 147.141°E
Depth
213.7 km (132.8 miles) set by location program
Region
EASTERN NEW GUINEA REG, PAPUA NEW GUINEA
Distances
137 km (85 miles) N of Lae, Papua New Guinea

4.3 Magnitude Earthquake OFF THE COAST OF CENTRAL AMERICA - 31st March 2013

Magnitude
4.3
Date-Time
Sunday, March 31, 2013 at 13:29:23 UTC
Sunday, March 31, 2013 at 07:29:23 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
2.872°N, 84.240°W
Depth
44.3 km (27.5 miles)
Region
OFF THE COAST OF CENTRAL AMERICA
Distances
430 km (267 miles) SE of Isla del Coco, Costa Rica

4.4 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTH OF THE FIJI ISLANDS - 31st March 2013

Magnitude
4.4
Date-Time
Sunday, March 31, 2013 at 12:48:20 UTC
Monday, April 01, 2013 at 12:48:20 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
24.668°S, 179.899°W
Depth
476.2 km (295.9 miles)
Region
SOUTH OF THE FIJI ISLANDS
Distances
461 km (286 miles) SSW of Ndoi Island, Fiji

4.0 Magnitude Earthquake OFFSHORE SUCRE, VENEZUELA - 31st March 2013

Magnitude
4.0
Date-Time
Sunday, March 31, 2013 at 12:16:23 UTC
Sunday, March 31, 2013 at 12:16:23 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
10.799°N, 62.149°W
Depth
103.7 km (64.4 miles)
Region
OFFSHORE SUCRE, VENEZUELA
Distances
29 km (18 miles) NNE of Gueiria, Venezuela

4.2 Magnitude Earthquake HINDU KUSH REGION, AFGHANISTAN - 31st March 2013

Magnitude
4.2
Date-Time
Sunday, March 31, 2013 at 11:44:19 UTC
Sunday, March 31, 2013 at 04:14:19 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
36.459°N, 69.428°E
Depth
24.4 km (15.2 miles)
Region
HINDU KUSH REGION, AFGHANISTAN
Distances
32 km (19 miles) SSW of Taloqan, Afghanistan

France house fire: 5 Children Killed

Five children have died in a house fire in northern France, officials say.

The blaze in Saint-Quentin town, about 130km (80 miles) north-east of Paris was accidental, early reports say.

The children's father was also present but escaped with light burns, local officials said.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-21986435

Jordan gets trim govt to cut spending, Islamists unhappy

King Abdullah II swore in a trim cabinet line-up of 19 members on Saturday led by reformist Prime Minister Abdullah Nsur, who merged several portfolios to cut spending but failed to satisfy opposition Islamists.

The new government, the smallest in Jordan in more than four decades, comprises 14 newcomers including a woman.

The key interior ministry changed hands but veteran diplomat Nasser Judeh remains at the helm of the foreign ministry for the sixth time in a row.

http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5gtZGeIw_HjYEfskJ5NIiumQls9EQ?docId=CNG.5330df416d3153827498663b84367c46.761

4.9 Magnitude Earthquake CANARY ISLANDS, SPAIN REGION - 31st March 2013

Magnitude ML 4.9
Region CANARY ISLANDS, SPAIN REGION
Date time 2013-03-31 10:59:55.0 UTC
Location 28.04 N ; 18.07 W
Depth 10 km
Distances
54 km SW of Fuencaliente de la Palma, Spain / pop: 1,894 / local time: 11:59:55.0 2013-03-31

Bird Flu H7N9: New Strain H7N9 NOT SEEN IN HUMANS BEFORE Kills Two In China

Two men have died in China after contracting a strain of avian influenza that has never been passed to humans before, the Chinese official news agency has reported.

The men, aged 87 and 27, became sick late last month and died in Shanghai in early March, according to the Xinhua news agency.

The strain of the bird flu virus was identified as H7N9, which had not been transmitted to humans before, Xinhua said, quoting the national health and family planning commission.

There are no known vaccines against the H7N9 virus.

http://news.sky.com/story/1071996/bird-flu-new-strain-kills-two-in-china

Hamas grows stronger in West Bank with Israeli 'help'


'Troika to consume Cyprus to expel Russian money & influence'


Russia warns against "unilateral actions" around N.Korea


Palestinians mark Land day


Syrian Army Commander Beheaded by Islamists, Deraa - WARNING GRAPHIC FOOTAGE


'US, UK hypocrisy shows in Bahrain'


28000 Rivers Wiped Off The Map Of China

ABOUT 28,000 rivers have disappeared from China's state maps, an absence seized upon by environmentalists as evidence of the irreversible natural cost of developmental excesses.

More than half of the rivers previously thought to exist in China appear to be missing, according to the 800,000 surveyors who compiled the first national water census, leaving Beijing fumbling to explain the cause.

Only 22,909 rivers covering an area of 100sq km were located by surveyors, compared with the more than 50,000 in the 1990s, a three-year study by the Ministry of Water Resources and the National Bureau of Statistics found.

http://current.com/18hvnkc

Falklands Counter Strike: British hackers attack Argentinian developer's website

The Falklands/Malvinas dispute moved into cyberspace this week, as British hackers attacked an Argentine game in which the country's police fight to reclaim the territory from British "terrorists".

Dattatec.com launched the version, or map, for the online first-person shooter game Counter Strike this week.

Its intro reads: "In 1982, Argentines fought the English to recover the sovereignty of their Malvinas islands," with the company saying it left Union flags off the map "out of respect to the honour and glory of those who fell in the Malvinas".

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/gaming/falklands-counter-strike-british-hackers-attack-argentinian-developers-website-8554627.html

Thousands are living out of state-funded hotels five months on from Superstorm Sandy as they are declared 'too poor for New York City homes'

More than 2,000 people displaced by Superstorm Sandy are still living in hotels five months after the devastating natural disaster destroyed their New York City homes.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is paying on average $252 a night to house families and individuals from across the hurricane hit area.

According to the New York Times, social service groups are hoping to get all those affected into a permanent home by the end of April but admit it may not be possible.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2301442/Superstorm-Sandy-Thousands-poor-New-York-City-homes-living-state-funded-hotels.html

Christopher Dorner Reward: Parties start to WITHDRAW $1m reward for dead renegade policeman Christopher Dorner as claimants squabble

A second group has pulled its money from a pooled $1.2 million reward offered during a manhunt for a renegade former California policeman who died in a fiery standoff, a Los Angeles television station said.

The Peace Officers Research Association of California withdrew the $50,000 it pledged for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Christopher Dorner, KNBC said.

An official for the association, which represents 64,000 police union members, told the television station on Friday that the conditions for the reward had not been met because Dorner was not arrested.

On Monday, the city of Riverside, California, pulled its $100,000 contribution to the reward pool for similar reasons. It said its offer was contingent on Dorner's capture.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2301841/Christopher-Dorner--1-million-reward-dead-California-renegade-policeman-shrinks-claimants-squabble.html

HUNDREDS line up to get tested for HIV and after being treated by Oklahoma dentist who used rusty instruments and reused needles

About 150 to 200 patients of a Tulsa oral surgeon accused of unsanitary practices queued outside a health clinic Saturday, hoping to discover whether they were exposed to hepatitis or the virus that causes AIDS. 7,000 patients were informed they may have been exposed by the poor hygiene of Dr. W. Scott Harrington.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2301793/Hundreds-line-tested-HIV-hepatitis-informed-Oklahoma-dentist-used-rusty-instruments-reused-needles.html

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake BANDA SEA - 31st March 2013

Magnitude
4.5
Date-Time
Sunday, March 31, 2013 at 09:52:12 UTC
Sunday, March 31, 2013 at 06:52:12 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
6.936°S, 129.581°E
Depth
139.6 km (86.7 miles)
Region
BANDA SEA
Distances
221 km (137 miles) WNW of Saumlaki, Indonesia

Counter-Protest of KKK Rally - Memphis, TN - March 2013


KKK marches in Memphis to protests against the renaming of three parks honoring Confederate troops




Police supervised a rally of Ku Klux Klan members in downtown Memphis Saturday to protest the City Council's decision to rename three city parks now named after Confederate troops while hundreds spread a more joyful message across the city.

Roughly 75 members of the white supremacist group made an appearance.

Despite fears that tensions could boil over, the march was uneventful with no arrests made and no violence reported.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2301842/KKK-marches-Memphis-protests-renaming-parks-honoring-Confederate-troops.html

Tobias Dustin Summers Wanted for the Abduction and Assault of 10 Year old Nicole Ryan

Police said Saturday they are looking for a transient in the kidnapping of a 10-year-old girl who was snatched from her San Fernando Valley home before dawn last week and abandoned hours later in front of a hospital.

Investigators identified 30-year-old Tobias Dustin Summers as a suspect in the case but couldn't elaborate on the motive or what led them to him.

Police don't know if the girl was targeted but said they don't believe Summers had a connection to her family.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2301807/Police-identify-transient-ex-suspect-case-girl-10-kidnapped-California-home-sexually-assaulted.html

Jean Soriano Arrested: 'Drunken' teen driver kills five family members and leaves another two in a critical condition after early morning crash

An 18-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence in a southern Nevada crash early on Saturday that killed five members of a California family and injured the suspect and three others.

Jean Soriano of California was booked into the Clark County Detention Center after he was treated and released at University Medical Center in Las Vegas, Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper Loy Hixson said.

The crash happened at about 3 a.m. on Interstate 15 near the Utah line.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2301812/Jean-Soriano-Drunken-teen-driver-kills-family-members-leaves-critical-condition.html

33 pct abduction: Moment couple are snatched at gunpoint off Manhattan street in BROAD DAYLIGHT

New York Police are hunting at least three suspects who are thought to have snatched a couple off a street at gunpoint and hustled them into a black minivan. The incident happened in Washington Heights at 6.55 pm on Friday. NYPD have released video surveillance footage of the incident in the hope that a member of the public can help in their investigations. The couple remain missing.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2301684/Police-hunt-kidnappers-couple-snatched-gunpoint-Manhattan-street-broad-daylight.html

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake CANARY ISLANDS, SPAIN REGION - 31st March 2013

Magnitude ML 4.5
Region CANARY ISLANDS, SPAIN REGION
Date time 2013-03-31 09:40:46.0 UTC
Location 27.69 N ; 18.24 W
Depth 20 km
Distances
97 km SW of Fuencaliente de la Palma, Spain / pop: 1,894 / local time: 10:40:46.0 2013-03-31


Buried alive: 83 workers entombed as landslide measuring nearly TWO SQUARE MILES sweeps through Tibetan gold mine

Around two million cubic metres of mud and rocks swept through the gold mine in Gyama, a village in Maizhokunggar county,Tibet, on Friday morning. Two bodies have been found by the 3,000 rescue workers sent to the scene, but they are still searching for 81 other miners thought to have been trapped while sleeping in their tents. The huge mass of debris covered an area of 1.5 square miles.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2301606/83-workers-buried-alive-landslide-measuring-nearly-TWO-SQUARE-MILES-sweeps-Tibetan-gold-mine.html

Hooded, hanged and left in agony for hours on end: Palestinian security chief tells how he has tormented 'suspects' with MI6's knowledge... and reveals how Britain helps pay for it with £33million in 'foreign aid'

The confession was made by a former official from the Palestinian Authority, which governs the Israeli-occupied West Bank. Britain donates £33million to the PA and £53million is donated by for other aid projects. The UK also provides and pays for the training of middle and senior ranking officers from every PA security agency, including the General Intelligence Service or Mukhabarat. The official said 'shabeh' is employed, involving the hooding and tying of prisoners in agonising positions.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2301682/Hooded-hanged-left-agony-hours-end-Palestinian-security-chief-tells-tormented-suspects-MI6s-knowledge--reveals-Britain-helps-pay-33m-foreign-aid.html

Police officers escape serious injury after bin bomb explodes during anti-peace parade in Northern Ireland

Police in Northern Ireland have escaped injury after a bomb in a bin exploded.

Officers were investigating reports of an illegal parade in Lurgan, Co Armagh, when the device went off near a primary school this afternoon.

There were no reports of any injuries in the attack which was condemned as 'callous'.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2301617/Police-officers-escape-injury-bin-bomb-explodes-anti-peace-parade-Northern-Ireland.html

David Simpson who spent five months in African jail wrongly accused of massacre returns to the scene... and is now caught up in a bloody coup

A British safari guide has told of the terrifying moment he was targeted by lawless armed rebels during the bloody coup which has swept through the Central African Republic.

David Simpson, 25, was left to fend off a gun-toting gang that attacked his bush camp deep in the jungle after the 42 armed military police charged with protecting his group deserted them.

It was the second terrifying incident in the conflict-scarred country for Simpson; who had only recently returned there after spending five months in a hellish jail, after being wrongly accused of multiple murder.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2301732/British-safari-guide-spent-months-African-jail-wrongly-accused-massacre-returns-scene-reunion-family-UK--caught-bloody-coup.html

1,500 people evacuated from Eiffel Tower after anonymous phone call claimed explosives had been placed around landmark

The Eiffel Tower was evacuated tonight following a telephoned terrorist bomb warning.

Some 1,500 people, including tourists and staff, were escorted out of France's most famous landmark shortly after 7.30pm.

It follows threats from Al-Qaeda pledging 'revenge' for the French intervention in the African state of Mali to fight Islamic terrorists.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2301676/BREAKING-NEWS-1-500-people-evacuated-Eiffel-Tower-anonymous-phone-claimed-explosives-placed-landmark.html

Cameron faces Europe revolt by 100 Tory MPs over 'broken promises' for referendum

David Cameron faces a revolt by more than 100 Tory MPs this week amid renewed reports his backbench critics are coming closer to mounting a leadership challenge.

In a letter to the Prime Minister, leaked to The Mail on Sunday, the MPs demand that he toughens up his vow to hold a referendum on Britain’s membership of the EU if the Conservatives win the next Election.

They state he must hold a Commons vote on the issue before the Election in 2015 to prove he means it – and to expose Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg, who have made clear they oppose it.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2301668/Cameron-faces-Europe-revolt-100-Tory-MPs-broken-promises-referendum.html

'It's robbery!' New Cyprus bombshell as Britons are told they may lose EVERYTHING over £85k

British expats in Cyprus face a near-total wipe-out of any deposits over £85,000 as the full nightmare of the stricken island’s EU bailout became clear yesterday.

Although it was known that the wealthiest savers would take a large hit from last week’s €10 billion (£8.5 billion) EU rescue deal, the loss is far greater than feared.

The blow will fall on customers of the country two biggest banks – Bank of Cyprus and Laiki Bank.

Bank of Cyprus savers will see 37.5 per cent of any deposits over €100,000 (£85,000) converted into shares in the bank, with a strong possibility that these will prove worthless.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2301737/Its-robbery-New-Cyprus-bombshell-Britons-told-lose-EVERYTHING-85k.html

Can North Korea REALLY attack the US? Experts scoff at Kim Jong Un's ham-fisted threats on map with attack plan featuring 'non-existent' missiles

North Korea may have key U.S. cities - and Austin - in its nuclear crosshairs, but most analysts agree that the reclusive totalitarian regime is all bark and no bite.

The sabre-rattling North Korean government unveiled its 'U.S. mainland strike plan' Friday featuring a map showing Hawaii, Washington DC, Los Angeles and the capital of Texas as the targets.

NK News published photos showing Kim Jong Un at an 'emergency meeting' with his military advisers in a room plastered with large-scale maps showing what appear to be missile trajectories pointing to American cities.

Western weapons experts wasted no time ridiculing Kim Jong Un's ambitious plan to attack the US.

'How clumsy of #NKorea to accidentally display their US Mainland Striking Plan -- with ICBMs [Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles] that don't exist,' tweeted Mark Fitzpatrick, director of the non-proliferation and disarmament program for the International Institute for Strategic Studies, according to Foreign Affairs.

Other analysts also chimed in, among them James Hardy, the editor of IHS Jane's Defense Weekly, who wrote that there is little chance North Korea could land a missile anywhere outside the Korean Peninsula.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2301780/Can-North-Korea-REALLY-attack-Austin-Experts-scoff-Kim-Jong-Uns-ham-fisted-threats-map-just-happened-attack-plan-non-existent-missiles.html

Chopper crash kills five South African soldiers on rhino patrol

Five South African soldiers were killed in a helicopter crash on Saturday while they were on patrol for rhino poachers in the Kruger National Park, the defense department said on Sunday.

A spokesman said the five were taking part in "Operation Rhino", in which the army is trying to stop the slaughter of the animals for their horns, worth more than their weight in gold. The cause of the crash is under investigation.

On Wednesday, three suspected poachers were killed in a shoot-out with rangers in the vast Kruger, where the killing of the animals has become rampant.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/03/31/us-safrica-crash-rhinos-idUSBRE92U01A20130331

Scenes from the inferno in Chile as students clash with police

Afghans warned: the taxman is coming after you

One of Afghanistan's most surprising success stories lies tucked away on a potholed street notorious for suicide bombings and lined with rusting construction equipment.

The work of the country's top tax collector is more inspiring than the view from his office in Kabul. Taxes and customs raised $1.64 billion last financial year, a 14-fold increase on 10 years ago. That means, now, the government can pay just over half of its recurrent costs such as salaries.

Thanks to tougher enforcement procedures, Afghanistan's tax to GDP ratio today stands above 11 percent - ahead of neighboring Pakistan's dismal 9 percent.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/03/31/us-afghanistan-tax-idUSBRE92U00Q20130331

Exxon pipeline leaks thousands of barrels of Canadian oil in Arkansas

Exxon Mobil was working to clean up thousands of barrels of oil in Mayflower, Arkansas, after a pipeline carrying heavy Canadian crude ruptured, a major spill likely to stoke debate over transporting Canada's oil to the United States.

Exxon shut the Pegasus pipeline, which can carry more than 90,000 barrels per day (bpd) of crude oil from Pakota, Illinois, to Nederland, Texas, after the leak was discovered on Friday afternoon, the company said in a statement.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/03/31/us-exxon-pipeline-spill-idUSBRE92U00220130331

An American Recovery: Police Restrain Hundreds of People Begging For Food As Officials Opt To Throw It In the Trash Rather Than Help

Pizza Delivery Man Killed While Making Delivery in Belfast

A 26-year-old man has been shot dead outside a pizza takeaway shop in Belfast.

The victim is understood to have been hit twice during the gun attack at Kennedy Way in the west of the city on Saturday night.

At this stage police say the killing is not believed to be sectarian.

http://news.sky.com/story/1071984/man-shot-dead-while-making-pizza-delivery

AUSSIE STAR ARRESTED IN UK SEX ABUSE PROBE

A prominent Australian entertainer has been arrested on suspicion of sexual offences by officers investigating possible widespread abuse following the Jimmy Savile sex scandal.

The 82-year-old man from Berkshire in south England was arrested on Thursday in the United Kingdom and bailed until May pending further police inquiries.

The Metropolitan Police won't name the man involved unless he is subsequently charged.

He did not have to appear in bail court on Thursday.

http://au.news.yahoo.com/world/a/-/world/16473002/aussie-star-arrested-in-uk-sex-abuse-probe/

A GLIMPSE OF N. KOREA'S PLAN OF ATTACK ON US?

North Korean state media issued two photos Friday that, either by accident or design, appeared to show plans for striking the US mainland, as well as details of the North's military strength.

The pictures, released by the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), both showed leader Kim Jong-Un sitting at a desk in what looked like a dedicated military operations room.

The photos accompanied a KCNA report on an emergency meeting with top army leaders in which Kim ordered strategic rocket units to prepare for a possible strike against US mainland and Pacific bases.

One picture showed Kim amongst four uniformed officers, but the main interest lay in the background.

The left of the picture showed a map with the unambiguous title: "Strategic Forces' US Mainland Striking Plan."

http://au.news.yahoo.com/world/a/-/world/16475105/a-glimpse-of-n-koreas-plan-of-attack-on-us/

RUSSIA WARNS OVER KOREA ESCALATING TENSION

Russia has warned against sabre-rattling on the Korean peninsula, saying that the tensions between North Korea and South Korea could get out of hand.

"It is necessary not to build up military muscles," Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was quoted as saying by the Itar-Tass news agency, in reference to the Korean peninsula.

The situation with North Korea should not be used "as a pretext to solve geopolitical problems by military means, but to concentrate efforts to create conditions for the resumption of the six-nation talks," Lavrov said.

"We may just lose control of the situation. It is sliding into a spiral of a vicious circle."

http://au.news.yahoo.com/world/a/-/world/16475899/russia-warns-over-korea-escalating-tension/

Tornado Rips Through New Zealand Town of Hokitika

A tornado in Hokitika has reportedly lifted roofs off buildings and toppled road signs and power poles.

Newstalk ZB listener Georgia McMeeking was leaving a restaurant a short time ago when she heard what sounded like a plane engine accelerating.

She says she felt a massive gust of wind which looked like a tornado and saw branches being blown down the street.

"At the moment I'm standing opposite the jade factory, on the main road in Hokitika, and parts of the roofs have come off, power poles and road signs have been completely flattened. Lots of branches all over and emergency services have just arrived."

Police say a number of buildings in Hokitika, including the hotel, have lost their roofs.

It is not known whether anyone has been injured.

http://nz.news.yahoo.com/a/-/top-stories/16479087/hokitika-tornado-lifts-roofs-topples-power-poles/

Cambodia reports eighth bird flu death, triggering fears

A 35-year-old man has become Cambodia’s eighth bird flu fatality this year, prompting concern about the spread of the virus in the country, a health official said Tuesday.

The latest victim, from the northeastern province of Kampong Cham, died on Monday night from the H5N1 virus in a Phnom Penh hospital, said Ly Sovann, deputy head of the health ministry’s disease surveillance bureau.

He said the man had eaten two ducks which had previously died before he became sick earlier this month.

“We are really worried about the situation because in just two months we have nine cases of bird flu,” Ly Sovann told AFP.

Eight of the nine people died, along with thousands of birds in the villages where the victims lived.

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/365637/cambodia-reports-eighth-bird-flu-death-triggering-fears

Meriden Protesters Vow To Stay Until Travellers Move

Campaigners camped out in a protest against an illegal travellers' site say they will stay in place until the community moves on.

Residents in Meriden, near Solihull, West Midlands,have been keeping vigil opposite the caravan site for more than 1,060 days.

They set up camp a week after the travellers moved on to greenbelt land over a May bank holiday weekend in 2010.

http://news.sky.com/story/1071808/travellers-camp-meriden-protesters-to-stay-on

John Gowring Jewellers Robbery: Suspected Robber 'Collapses' On Jewellery Raid

A suspected armed robber has been taken to hospital in a serious condition after apparently falling ill during a raid on a jewellers in Oxford.

The man had to be resuscitated shortly after entering John Gowring Jewellers on Saturday morning, while the man he was with reportedly fled.

An employee at nearby Tim's Newsagents said it was understood the man may have suffered a heart attack during the raid.

http://news.sky.com/story/1071831/suspected-robber-collapses-on-jewellery-raid

Russia: Homeless Battling Brutal Cold Spring

Russia celebrated Maslenitsa, the traditional end of winter festival, a fortnight ago - but the weather does not seem to have taken the hint.

Large stretches of the Moscow river remain frozen, the streets are still packed with ice and snow.

The state weather service says the country is experiencing its coldest March for more than half a century.

http://news.sky.com/story/1071931/russia-homeless-battling-brutal-cold-spring

David Cameron and George Osborne are giving millionaires an average £100,000 tax cut.....While Dumping EXTRA Increases on Millions

The so-called bedroom tax will see extra charges levied on council house tenants with more bedrooms than they need.

And from next Saturday, the annual increase in tax credits and other working-age benefits will be cut to just 1%, well below the rate of inflation.

The personal income tax allowance for those aged under 65 will rise to £9,440 but the higher rate threshold will fall to £41,450.

The top rate of income tax will also fall from 50p to 45p which Labour claims will shave £100,000 off the annual tax bills of 13,000 people who earn more than £1m a year.

Shadow chancellor Ed Balls said: "These shocking figures show the huge hit millions of families are facing at the very same time as David Cameron and George Osborne are giving millionaires an average £100,000 tax cut.

http://news.sky.com/story/1071910/benefits-shake-up-to-cost-families-hundreds

5.3 Magnitude Earthquake NEAR EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN - 31st March 2013


Magnitude
5.3
Date-Time
Sunday, March 31, 2013 at 07:46:18 UTC
Sunday, March 31, 2013 at 04:46:18 PM at epicenter
Location
38.868°N, 142.057°E
Depth
37.1 km (23.1 miles)
Region
NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
Distances
123 km (76 miles) NE (56°) from Sendai, Honshu, Japan

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake CAUCASUS REGION, RUSSIA - 31st March 2013

Magnitude
4.6
Date-Time
Sunday, March 31, 2013 at 07:02:37 UTC
Sunday, March 31, 2013 at 11:02:37 AM at epicenter
Location
42.775°N, 46.852°E
Depth
43.8 km (27.2 miles)
Region
CAUCASUS REGION, RUSSIA
Distances
58 km (36 miles) WSW (247°) from Makhachkala, Russia

4.3 Magnitude Earthquake TARAPACA, CHILE - 31st March 2013

Magnitude
4.3
Date-Time
Sunday, March 31, 2013 at 05:40:12 UTC
Sunday, March 31, 2013 at 01:40:12 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
20.668°S, 69.042°W
Depth
105.6 km (65.6 miles)
Region
TARAPACA, CHILE
Distances
125 km (77 miles) ESE of Iquique, Chile

4.4 Magnitude Earthquake TARAPACA, CHILE - 31st March 2013

Magnitude
4.4
Date-Time
Sunday, March 31, 2013 at 01:43:37 UTC
Saturday, March 30, 2013 at 09:43:37 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
20.557°S, 68.887°W
Depth
90.8 km (56.4 miles)
Region
TARAPACA, CHILE
Distances
136 km (84 miles) ESE of Iquique, Chile

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake TAIWAN REGION - 31st March 2013

Magnitude mb 4.7
Region TAIWAN REGION
Date time 2013-03-31 00:49:42.0 UTC
Location 21.01 N ; 122.04 E
Depth 142 km
Distances
173 km SE of Hengchun, Taiwan / pop: 31,288 / local time: 08:49:42.0 2013-03-31