Daily Archives: July 13, 2011

Rio de Janeiro has 60,000 unsolved murders in 10 years


A survey by Rio de Janeiro’s public defenders’ department shows that at least 24,000 murder victims have yet to be identified. Ricardo Moraes/AP

ASSOCIATED PRESS | Jul 11, 2011

RIO DE JANEIRO — Rio de Janeiro’s public defenders’ department says the Brazilian state has accumulated more than 60,000 unsolved murders in the last 10 years.

The department investigated the matter for the federal Ministry of Justice as part of a national plan to improve public safety.

The survey shows that 24,000 of the victims haven’t even been identified.

Creation of a special homicide division in the city of Rio de Janeiro did little to improved the solution rate. It went from 11 percent to 14 percent.

Across Brazil, police solve about 8 percent of murders. In the United States and in European countries the rates are reportedly around 70 percent to 80 percent.

Former Police Intelligence Analyst Sacked For Calling 9/11 and London Bombings “A Monstrous Lie”, “Pretexts for New World Order”

Former Police Intelligence Analyst Sacked For Calling 7/7 “A Monstrous Lie”

The biggest threat to society wasn’t Muslim terrorists, but those behind the New World Order.

wideshut.co.uk | Jul 8, 2011

A former police intelligence analyst has gone public with his views that the July 7 London Bombings were a “monstrous lie, perpetrated by our own intelligence agencies, with clear Government complicity”, causing his career to take a sudden downturn.

Tony Farrell used to be the Principal Intelligence Analyst of South Yorkshire Police…that was until he stumbled upon the mountains of research that suggests 7/7 and the 9/11 attacks in America, at the very least were allowed to happen on purpose, as a pretext for the wider New World Order agenda in the Middle East.

“Last September I was dismissed after 17 years service because of my incompatible beliefs,” Mr. Farrell told WideShut.

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Because he no longer bought the official 7/7 story theorized by the Government, when tasked with his yearly assignment in to the UK’s threat level he had to take a different stance.

“Basically because I did not believe the official versions of the attacks of 9/11 and 7/7, I refused to be perpetuate the lies in my assignment”, part of which included the threat of homegrown Islamic extremists, those deemed solely behind the 7/7 attacks, despite a string of dubious links to the intelligence services themselves.

Instead….on July 8th, 2010, Mr. Farrell handed in his assessment, this year claiming the biggest threat to society wasn’t Muslim terrorists, but those behind the New World Order.

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Pessimism deepens as economic concerns rise: Reuters/Ipsos poll

Reuters | Jul 13, 2011

By John Whitesides

(Reuters) – Americans are deeply pessimistic about the future as economic concerns rise and White House talks on raising the U.S. debt limit sputter, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Wednesday.

The number of Americans who believe the country is on the wrong track rose to 63 percent this month, up from 60 percent in June, with stubbornly high unemployment and prolonged gridlock in Washington dashing hopes of a swift economic recovery.

But voters do not appear to be holding President Barack Obama responsible for the problems so far. Obama’s approval rating held relatively steady at 49 percent, down 1 percentage point from June. His approval rating among independents — a group Obama needs to win re-election — fell to 39 percent from 44 percent.

Obama’s standing could deteriorate quickly if the economy does not begin to generate jobs and if Washington cannot show it is capable of solving problems, Ipsos pollster Julie Clark said.

“If those things don’t happen, Obama will be in for a real challenge in getting re-elected next year,” Clark said.

Obama and Republicans have hit an impasse in negotiations to raise America’s borrowing limit before the government runs out of money to pay all of its bills on August 2. That could force the government to try to prioritize its payments.

Asked what bills the government should stop paying if the debt limit is not raised, 36 percent listed international creditors like banks and 12 percent listed government departments like agriculture and education.

The sputtering economy and high unemployment are certain to dominate the race for the White House in 2012, and the Republican candidates for the nomination to challenge Obama repeatedly have criticized his economic leadership.

In a head-to-head matchup of the two top declared Republican challengers, Mitt Romney easily leads Michele Bachmann, 40 percent to 23 percent, the poll found.

Romney, a former governor of Massachusetts, leads most national polls of the Republican race but Bachmann, a U.S. representative from Minnesota, has made inroads with an appeal to Tea Party activists and social conservatives. Among independent voters only, Romney’s lead is just 10 percent.

The poll found more than half of Americans believe the economy is the country’s most pressing problem, the first time a public majority has put it at the top of the list since shortly after Obama took office in February 2009.

The survey was taken after a weak jobs report last week showed the U.S. economy is recovering slower than expected. Unemployment rose slightly to 9.2 percent.

“People aren’t seeing the jobs that they want to see,” Clark said. “One in five people say unemployment is the biggest problem, and there has been no improvement in that.”

Talks between Obama and congressional leaders on raising the $14.3 trillion U.S. debt ceiling before an August 2 deadline also have made little progress. Officials have warned failure to raise the limit could derail the economic recovery and endanger the global financial system.

“People are watching these talks and getting a real sense of gridlock and a sense of pessimism about anything getting accomplished in Washington,” Clark said.

The number of people listing government spending and the deficit as the most important problem rose to 14 percent in July from 8 percent in October of last year. Republicans have insisted on spending cuts as part of any deal on raising the debt limit. Democrats want tax increases as part of the deal.

The poll of 1,173 adults, including 989 registered voters, was taken on Friday through Monday and had a margin of error of 3 percentage points. Interviews were conducted on both land lines and cell phones, in either English or Spanish.

Airport screeners concerned about co-workers “falling victim to various forms of cancer” from body scanners


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Airport Body Scanners and Health

NY Times | Jul 12, 2011

By SARA J. WELCH

Do airport body scanners cause cancer? Some Transportation Security Administration employees believe so, according to documents released in late June by the Electronic Privacy Information Center, a privacy-rights advocacy group in Washington.

According to e-mail exchanges between T.S.A. employee representatives and Department of Homeland Security officials, airport screeners in Boston and Atlanta were concerned about growing numbers of co-workers “falling victim to various forms of cancer,” which they suspected might be caused by radiation exposure from the machines. The e-mails and other documents were obtained by the privacy center under the Freedom of Information Act as part of its own lawsuit  against use of the scanners.

Ginger McCall, the center’s open government counsel, said the documents also showed that the T.S.A. had denied employees’ requests for dosimeters, safety devices that measure radiation exposure. “There is still a need for independent safety testing of these devices and for greater transparency on the part of T.S.A.,” she added.

An official T.S.A. response characterized the agency’s actions as “transparent” and reiterated its claim that the machines were safe, and that tests had been undertaken in 2010 in response to employees’ complaints. “Independent third-party test results to date indicate that emissions from the systems are well below applicable limits, and the doses to individuals are well below the limits that would require transportation security officers to wear personal dosimeters,” the statement read.