Daily Archives: June 23, 2011

NASA Scientist Accused of Using Celeb Status Among Environmental Groups to Enrich Himself

FoxNews.com  | Jun 22, 2011

By William Lajeunesse

The NASA scientist who once claimed the Bush administration tried to “silence” his global warming claims is now accused of receiving more than $1.2 million from the very environmental organizations whose agenda he advocated.

In a lawsuit filed Tuesday in Washington, D.C., a group claims NASA is withholding documents that show James Hansen failed to comply with ethics rules and financial disclosures regarding substantial compensation he earned outside his $180,000 taxpayer-paid position as director of the Goddard Institute for Space Studies.

“Hansen’s office appears to be somewhat of a rogue operation. It’s clearly a taxpayer-funded global warming advocacy organization,” said Chris Horner, a co-founder of The American Tradition Institute, which filed the lawsuit. “The real issue here is, has Hansen been asking NASA in writing, in advance, for permission for these outside activities? We have reason to believe that has not been occurring.”

The lawsuit claims Hansen privately profited from his public job in violation of federal ethics rules, and NASA allowed him to do it because of his influence in the media and celebrity status among environmental groups, which rewarded him handsomely the last four years.

Gifts, speaking fees, prizes and consulting compensation include:

— A shared $1 million prize from the Dan David Foundation for his “profound contribution to humanity.” Hansen’s cut ranged from $333,000 to $500,000, Horner said, adding that the precise amount is not known because Hansen’s publicly available financial disclosure form only shows the prize was “an amount in excess of $5,000.”

— The 2010 Blue Planet prize worth $550,000 from the Asahi Glass Foundation, which recognizes efforts to solve environmental issues.

— The Sophie Prize for his “political activism,” worth $100,000. The Sophie Prize is meant to “inspire people working towards a sustainable future.”

— Speaking fees totaling $48,164 from a range of mostly environmental organizations.

— A $15,000 participation fee, waived by the W.J. Clinton Foundation for its 2009 Waterkeeper Conference.

— $720,000 in legal advice and media consulting services provided by The George Soros Open Society Institute. Hansen said he did not take “direct” support from Soros but accepted “pro bono legal advice.”

Hansen did not respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

Federal rules prohibit government employees from receiving certain types of income outside their job. Employees are required to file Form 17-60 in writing before any outside activity. And annually, they’re required to submit Form SF 278, after receiving outside compensation.

The American Tradition Institute filed a Freedom of Information Act request for those two documents for Hansen. The lawsuit claims NASA has “repeatedly and unlawfully refused to produced the requested materials.”

“Should the taxpayer know what’s going on? Should, as FOIA intends, NASA disclose documents to shed light on its operations and its compliance within the law? We say yes. The law says yes. NASA says no,” Horner said.

Mark Hess, chief of communications for the Goddard Space Center, sent Fox News NASA’s response to Horner’s FOIA request. It said in many cases the documents Horner requested did not exist. Horner claims they should, if Hansen was complying with the law.

Cocaine Laced With Veterinary Drug Levamisole Eats Away at Flesh

The veterinary drug can rot the flesh of the nose and ears (Courtesy of Logical Images)

ABC | Jun 23, 2011


Cocaine cut with the veterinary drug levamisole could be the culprit in a flurry of flesh-eating disease in New York and Los Angeles.

The drug, used to deworm cattle, pigs and sheep, can rot the skin off noses, ears and cheeks. And over 80 percent of the country’s coke supply contains it.

“It’s probably quite a big problem, and we just don’t know yet how big a problem it really is,” said Dr. Noah Craft, a dermatologist with Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute.

In a case study in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, Craft describes six cocaine users recently plagued by the dark purple patches of dying flesh. And while they happened to hail from the country’s coastlines, the problem is national.

“It’s important for people to know it’s not just in New York and L.A. It’s in the cocaine supply of the entire U.S.,” Craft said.

Craft is one of several doctors across the country who have linked the rotting skin to tainted coke. The gruesome wounds surface days after a hit because of an immune reaction that attacks the blood vessels supplying the skin. Without blood, the skin starves and suffocates.

Eighty-two percent of seized cocaine contains levamisole, according to an April 2011 report by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. Why dealers would stretch their stash with levamisole instead of the more traditional fillers, like baking soda, is unclear, although studies in rats suggest the drug acts on the same brain receptors as cocaine. So it might be added to enhance or extend the cocaine’s euphoric effects on the cheap.

Despite the widespread contamination, not all of the country’s cocaine users experience the flesh-rotting reaction. It appears that some are more vulnerable to the tainted cocaine’s effects.

“We don’t know who this is going to happen to,” said Dr. Lindy Fox, the University of California, San Francisco, dermatologist who first connected the gruesome lesions on cocaine users to levamisole. Similarly, some patients have more extreme reactions than others. Fox said she once saw a photo of a man whose entire body, face included, was black with dying flesh.

Once the drug is cleared from the body, the wounds do heal, leaving behind a shiny scar.

Although some people might be more vulnerable to the effects of levamisole, the drug doesn’t discriminate based on race or socioeconomic status.

“Rich or poor, black or white,” anyone who uses cocaine is at risk, Craft said.

As if rotting skin wasn’t enough, levamisole also prevents the bone marrow from producing infection-fighting white blood cells.

“It’s a little bit like having HIV,” said Craft, adding that without medical attention, the condition can be fatal. “About 10 percent of those patients will die from severe infections. They may be walking around like a time bomb.”

TSA head: Airport screeners must avoid pat-downs of children

The policy change is announced at a Senate committee meeting

Screeners must avoid pat-downs of children 12 and under

Outrage over the pat-down of a 6-year-old sparks the change

CNN | Jun 23, 2011

(CNN) — The Transportation Security Administration is changing its policy on how screeners can search children, the agency’s head has said.

TSA Administrator John Pistole announced the change at a Wednesday meeting of the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee.

The change was prompted by outrage over a video-recorded pat-down of a 6-year-old airline passenger at the New Orleans airport on April 5. The video, which was posted on YouTube, shows the girl protesting at first to the search, although she complies quietly while it is under way.

Pistole explained to committee members that a female security screener performed a pat-down search on the 6-year-old girl because the child had moved while passing through an airport body imaging machine. That prevented the device from getting a clear reading that the child was not carrying any banned objects through airport security.

“We have changed the policy to say that there’ll be repeated efforts made to resolve that without a pat-down,” Pistole told committee members.

The new policy will apply to children 12 years old or younger, a TSA spokesman said.

The incident renewed debate over the the TSA’s security practices, especially their use on such low-risk passengers as young children. A backlash against passenger pat-downs — an alternative to full-body scans in some locations — swelled during the holiday travel season last year. Pistole maintained at the time that the agency walks a fine line between privacy concerns and public safety.

However, during the committee meeting, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, grilled Pistole for erring thoughtlessly too far on the side of safety.

“This isn’t to say we don’t believe in safety procedures,” Paul said. “But I think I feel less safe when we’re doing these invasive exams on a 6-year-old. It makes me think that you’re clueless, that you think she’s going to attack our country, and that you’re not doing your research on the people who would attack our country.”

Pistole suggested a pat-down of a child is not entirely unjustified.

“Unfortunately we know that terrorists around the world have used children as suicide bombers,” Pistole replied.

Technocracy Endgame: Global Smart Grid

The GENI project is gathering momentum and is endorsed by the Dalai Lama, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Sen. James Jeffords (I-VT) and Noel Brown (North American Director, United Nations Environmental Program), the United Nations and by the governments of Canada New Zealand, Switzerland, and China, among others.

“There is a new world wide web emerging right before our eyes. It is a global energy network and, like the internet, it will change our culture, society and how we do business. More importantly, it will alter how we use, transform and exchange energy.”

– Terrawatts.com home page

augustreview.com | Jun 23, 2011

By Patrick Wood

The dark horse of the New World Order is not Communism, Socialism or Fascism: It is Technocracy.

The development and implementation of Smart Grid technology in the U.S. – reinventing the electrical grid with Wifi-enabled digital power meters – is proceeding at breakneck speed. Although Smart Grid is the result of years of government planning, the recent kickoff was made possible through massive “green” grants that were quietly included in President Obama’s economic stimulus package starting in 2009.

These lucrative grants have drawn in a host of corporate players, from utility companies to digital meter manufacturers to control software vendors. Global companies like IBM, GE and Siemens are putting their full effort behind the “build-out” that will consolidate all of America into a single, integrated, communication-enabled electric delivery and monitoring system, collectively called Smart Grid.

Proponents of Smart Grid claim that it will empower the consumer to better manage his or her power consumption and hence, costs. The utility companies will therefore be more efficient in balancing power loads and requirements across diverse markets.

However, like carnival barkers, these Smart Grid hocksters never reveal where or how SmartGrid came into being, nor what the ultimate endgame aims to achieve; perhaps most of them have no idea either, but simply repeat the mantra as if they know what they are talking about.

In SmartGrid: The Implementation of Technocracy?, I revealed the background of both Technocracy and Smart Grid, and most importantly, the links between them. Smart Grid is born out of Technocracy and not the other way around.

Technocracy is a totalitarian system of government where scientists, engineers and technicians monitor and control all facets of personal and civic life – economic, social and political. Herein lies the real danger: Who are these unelected controllers and why should anyone believe that they would be benevolent dictators instead of tyrants? Americans are a freedom-loving people who would certainly reject Technocracy’s stealth takeover, if only they were aware of it. Indeed, Americans did pointedly reject Technocracy in the 1930’s!

Thirty years ago, a researcher’s mantra was “Follow the money, follow the power.” This must now be restated: “Follow the energy, follow the power.”

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Mega-rich prosper in austerity Britain where millions struggle with soaring living costs

Daily Mail | Jun 23, 2011

By Roger Baird

Wealthy: The royal Duke of Westminster is an example of the typical super-rich person

Times may be tough for millions of Britons struggling with soaring living costs but that hasn’t stopped the number of  super-rich from growing.

There are now nearly 500,000 mega-wealthy people with plenty of liquid cash on top of their valuable property and pensions, according to the World Wealth Report.

These ‘dollar millionaires’ have the equivalent of £625,000 in ‘investable assets’ or ready cash which is not tied up in their homes or pensions.

In the last year, their ranks grew by 1.4 per cent to 454,300, said the survey by U.S. investment giant Merrill Lynch.

Most are over 45 but exceptions included Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe, 21, worth £48million, and B&M discount chain boss Robin Arora, 26, worth £343million.

The fortunes of the rich were swelled by the rising stock market prices which followed the recession as well as a 5.5 per cent rise in UK exports.

However, the growth in this country was eclipsed by the Asia-Pacific region, where the ranks of dollar millionaires surged by nearly a tenth in 12 months.

The total in countries including China and India now stands at 3.3million.

That passed the 3.1million in Europe for the first time in the survey’s 15-year history.

Overall, the number and wealth of the rich grew last year as the global economy stumbled towards recovery.

Across the world, the wealthy grew by 8.3 per cent to 10.9million people who have a mind-boggling $42.7trillion between them tucked away in their bank accounts.

Both the number of  very rich and their net worth beat the highs reached in 2007 before financial crises swept the world.

This growth, however, is unevenly spread around the globe.

In booming Asia-Pacific, the dollar millionaires’ assets rocketed 12.1 per cent to $10.8trillion and in Latin America they soared 9.2 per cent to $7.3trillion.

By comparison, Europe’s rich increased their wealth by the lowest amount, rising 7.2 per cent to $10.2trillion.

America remains the bastion of the super-rich, boasting 3.4million people worth a total of $11.6trillion.

The type of people who inherit wealth or are making their own riches is also beginning to change.

Typically, three-quarters of the world’s super-rich are men and four out of five are over 45, including Sir Richard Branson and the Duke of Westminster.

But the figures reveal that young people boosted their presence among this elite from 13 per cent to 17 per cent in two years.

In Asia-Pacific, excluding Japan, 41 per cent of the rich are under 45.

But even the very wealthy may be hit by problems in the future, such as the euro debt crisis, rising inflation and unrest in the Middle East.