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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Libyan Forces Now Control Restive Town, Officials Say

Officials in Libya said on Wednesday that government forces had taken control of the western town of Bani Walid, after a deadly assault that lasted almost a week and led to accusations that the country’s new government was using indiscriminate force to punish a restive city.

At least 22 people were killed and hundreds were wounded as militias nominally under the government’s control shelled Bani Walid

Hurricane Sandy Brings Heavy Flooding To Jamaica

Curfews were imposed on 80 communities in an attempt to prevent the looting which has followed previous storms.

Residents reported widespread power outages, flooded streets and some severely damaged homes.

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake BANDA SEA - 25th October 2012

Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 01:39:42 UTC
Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 10:39:42 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
6.319°S, 130.430°E
142.8 km (88.7 miles)
205 km (127 miles) NNW of Saumlaki, Indonesia

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake MINAHASA, SULAWESI, INDONESIA - 24th October 2012

Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 22:12:02 UTC
Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 06:12:02 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
0.085°N, 123.564°E
137.3 km (85.3 miles)
50 km (31 miles) SE of Bilungala, Indonesia

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake SALTA, ARGENTINA - 24th October 2012

Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 22:05:50 UTC
Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 07:05:50 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
22.821°S, 63.751°W
523.1 km (325.1 miles)
25 km (15 miles) SSE of General Enrique Mosconi, Argentina

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake NEW BRITAIN REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA - 24th October 2012

Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 21:19:47 UTC
Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 07:19:47 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
5.420°S, 151.861°E
47.7 km (29.6 miles)
126 km (78 miles) SSW of Kokopo, Papua New Guinea

Israel's "Iron Dome" missile defense shield proven ineffective as only 8 out of 80 missiles (10%) launched from Gaza were shot down during latest barrage, no match for Iranian missile forces should they be unleashed, a worrying development
Matt's thoughts:
As you can see by this clip (filmed in Gaza), the rockets being fired can be unleashed rapidly and plentifully. There are currently tens of thousands of these and similar projectiles currently aimed at Israel, rendering the Iron Dome propaganda-tool mostly useless. This is very dangerous for Israel, and will require a significant number of preemptive airstrikes on missile stockpiles (as was successfully done during the last incursion into Lebanon) and / or possibly a repeat of Operation Cast Lead, that is, Israeli boots invading Gaza, Lebanon and elsewhere, to stop a rain of hell from coming. I strongly believe the Israeli government already knows this, which is why everyone is hurriedly building or cleaning out their bomb shelters and large public areas of Israeli cities are being turned into just-in-time makeshift hospitals. This could become a truly dire situation strategically. Below, you can see the paralysis that occurs when just a scattering of rockets are launched, and one can only imagine what things will be like when the full barrage is unleashed, possibly in addition to actual ground attacks from neighbouring countries. Israel would need dozens of Iron Domes to be able to adequately protect itself.

DOZENS OF ROCKETS BARRAGE SOUTHERN ISRAEL as Israel military retreats from joint US-exercises to defend against attacks; Ceasefire with Gaza may take place at midnight

ISRAEL LAUNCHES AIR STRIKES AGAINST SUDAN weapons plant confirmed to have been producing Iranian missiles, as well as providing possible launch sights against Middle Eastern targets, Sudan vows retaliation

Voters say ballot cast for Romney came up Obama on machine: And the controversy begins!

Obama campaign Response to Trump: Romney bears ‘some responsibility’ for Trump stunt

President Barack Obama's campaign officials are shrugging off the "big" announcement made by Donald Trump Wednesday that he would donate $5 million to charity if Obama releases his college records and passport application documents. But they think Mitt Romney should answer for Trump's actions.

Sounds to me like Obama's Charity won't be getting  $5 million afterall

Syrian rebels have acquired portable surface-to-air missiles including U.S.-made Stingers

Like Syrian President Bashar Assad, Russia has laid most of the blame for continuing violence on armed government foes it says are aided by encouragement and arms from abroad.

Russia's military has learned "that militants fighting Syrian government forces have portable missile launchers of various states, including American-made Stingers," General Staff chief Nikolai Makarov said, Interfax reported. "Who supplied them must still be determined."

October PMIs suggest euro zone downturn deepening

Euro zone businesses in October suffered their worst month since the bloc emerged from its last recession more than three years ago, forcing them to cut more jobs to reduce costs, surveys showed on Wednesday.

The downturn that began in smaller periphery countries is now gripping Germany and France, dragging the euro zone as a whole deeper into the quagmire.

Sudan threatens retaliation over alleged Israeli air strike

Minister warns that Khartoum 'reserves the right to strike back' after blaming Israel for attack on Yarmouk arms complex

Sudan has warned that it has the right to retaliate after accusing Israel of carrying out an air strike on an arms factory, causing a huge explosion that killed two people.

Austin Reed Sigg Arrested for the Murder of Jessica Ridgeway

The teenager, Austin Reed Sigg, will also be charged in a previous attack against a jogger, police say.

A suspect has been arrested in the abduction and killing of a 10-year-old girl in suburban Denver.

Police in Westminster, Colorado, say they have a 17-year-old Austin Reed Sigg in connection with the murder of Jessica Ridgeway, after getting a tip that led them to a home on Tuesday night near the park where her body was found.

US Ambassador Attack In Libya: Man Held

Tunisia's government says it arrested one of its nationals following last month's assault on the American consulate in Benghazi.

The suspect, 28-year-old Ali Harzi, was in custody in the capital Tunis, said interior ministry spokesman Tarrouch Khaled, adding: "His case is in the hands of justice."

Proposed Syrian Truce on Shaky Ground

Draghi defends ECB's mandate after Bundestag grilling

Sudan blames arms factory fire on Israel

Sudan blames arms factory fire on Israel

Violence surges on Israel-Gaza frontier

JERUSALEM - Palestinians fired dozens of rockets into Israel from Gaza and an Israeli air strike killed a militant in a surge of violence after the Emir of Qatar embraced the enclave's Hamas leadership with a visit.

"Millennium Bomber" given harsher 37-year prison term in Seattle

(Reuters) - Convicted "Millennium Bomber" Ahmed Ressam, whose 22-year prison term was judged too lenient by a U.S. appeals court, was re-sentenced on Wednesday to a harsher term of 37 years for a foiled plot to set off explosives at Los Angeles International Airport.

Meningitis outbreak death toll rises to 24; Indiana reports third death: CDC

5.4 Magnitude Earthquake CAYMAN ISLANDS REGION - 24th October 2012

Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 17:56:00 UTC
Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 12:56:00 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
17.844°N, 81.690°W
32.7 km (20.3 miles)
163 km (101 miles) SSW of George Town, Cayman Islands

Floyd Palmer Wanted in Church Shooting which has left a Man Dead

The suspect, identified as Floyd Palmer, a 52-year-old former church maintenance worker who resigned in August, walked calmly into the service at the World Changers Church International in College Park, Georgia, and fired multiple shots, Fulton County Police Corporal Kay Lester said.

He remained at large, Lester said.

U.S. sues Bank of America over "Hustle" mortgage fraud

The United States filed a civil mortgage fraud lawsuit against Bank of America Corp, accusing it of selling thousands of toxic home loans to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac that went into default and caused more than $1 billion of losses.

SHARK mysteriously drops 'from the sky' onto California golf course FOUR miles from the coast

It wasn't raining cats and dogs at a California golf course on Monday - it was raining sharks.

A live leopard shark was discovered thrashing about on the grass at around 4pm at the San Juan Hills golf club in San Juan Capistrano, which is four miles from the coast.

The sea creature was spotted by a startled golf club marshall near the 12th tee box, where a group of golfers had just been playing.

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake NORTHERN YUKON TERRITORY, CANADA - 24th October 2012

Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 13:36:43 UTC
Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 06:36:43 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
65.240°N, 134.216°W
5 km (3.1 miles) set by location program
200 km (124 miles) NNE of Mayo, Canada

TRUMP TO OBAMA: "Release college, passport applications, I'll donate $5 million to charity of choice..."

From Trump's Facebook page:
Matt's Thoughts:
Weak. While I'm fairly certain this is just a tactic to shave a few % points off Obama's side in hopes of breaking the election gridlock, I suppose it will still be interesting to see how Obama responds to this.

Israel halts war games to deploy troops, resources in escalating Gaza sector

Wall Street opens lower on Greek angst

Stocks opened lower on Friday after Chancellor Angela Merkel said Germany, as well as France, want Greece to stay in the euro zone but that Athens must meet its commitments.

Major Solar Flare Erupts From The Sun

Envoy: Syrian Government, Rebels Agree to Truce

Gregory Nathan Peterson found dead in remote Utah log cabin where he was accused of raping five women

  • Gregory Nathan Peterson allegedly carried out the assaults after meeting the women on Mormon dating websites
  • Found with a gunshot wound to the head in upstairs bedroom of cabin by bail bond agents
  • He was out on bail on multiple charges of rape, assault and kidnapping
  • Peterson had held Republican fundraisers at the cabin which were attended by politicians including Senator Orrin Hatch, Governor Gary Herbert, and congressional candidate Mia Love

Justin and Dante Robinson Arrested for the Murder of Autumn Pasquale

Justin, 15, and Dante Robinson, 17, from Clayton, New Jersey, have been charged with murder, conspiracy to commit murder, disposing of a body, tampering with evidence and theft. Justin was also charged with luring. Police believe the teens lured 12-year-old 'tomboy' Autumn Pasquale to their home on Saturday night where they killed her. Justin invited her over under the pretense of trading bike parts.

Credit card details 'stolen' from 63 Barnes and Noble stores in 9 States after PIN pads hacked

Cracked: Hackers broke into the PIN pads, where customers swipe their credit cards, and were able to steal financial details

The company warned customers to check for unauthorized transactions and to change their personal identification numbers, or PINs. It didn't say how many accounts may have been compromised.

Second self-immolation death in Tibet after man sets himself on fire outside Chinese government building

Dorjee Rinchen, 58, burned to death outside the Armed Forces department in Labrang, occupied Tibet, in the second fatal self-immolation protest this week.

Security forces later clashed with mourners when they tried to bring his body back to his village in Gansu province, northwestern China.

Tibetan man dies after setting himself on fire at monastery in protest against Chinese rule

The 50-year-old man, identified as Dhondup, set fire to himself at the remote Labrang Monastery in the northwestern Gansu province in China, on Monday. This is the seventh fatality this month as a result of pro-Tibet protests against Chinese rule, the London-based rights group Free Tibet said.

Zynga will slash 170 jobs and close its UK studios after Facebook CEO reveals revenue from FarmVille maker dropped 20%.

Zynga, the maker of social media games like FarmVille and Texas HoldEm Poker, said it will cut about 5 per cent of its full-time workforce and phase out 13 older games.

Israel Bombarded After Militants Die In Gaza

Israel has been hit with more than 60 missiles in 24 hours in a surge in violence from the Gaza Strip.

Three militants from the armed wing of Hamas, which rules in Gaza, were killed in an Israeli counter-attack

Euro zone business downturn deepens

Euro zone businesses in October suffered their worst month since the bloc emerged from its last recession more than three years ago, forcing them to cut more jobs to reduce costs.

Ford is planning to close its Southampton factory

Ford is planning to close its Southampton factory, according to Sky sources.

An announcement by the US carmaker is expected on Wednesday.

The Swaythling factory, which has built Ford Transit vans since 1972, employs around 500 people.

The news comes after Ford confirmed it would close its "under-utilised" factory in Genk, Belgium, resulting in 4,300 job losses.

We all need to reject European citizenship 'I never asked for and I reject it' - Roger Helmer

Nigel Farage - 'Bailouts' are a means for total subjugation of nation states

US blocks Russian proposal to UN on peaceful Bani Walid solution

Military lobby, police state, enemy maker: US 3d party debate wrap-up

Opposition hits out at Russian police

European Parliament clashes with ministers on EU budget

There is a sharp divide between MEPs and governments over EU spending

The MEPs' plan includes a controversial call for EU "own resources" - that is, to fund the EU from direct taxation, such as sales tax (VAT), instead of the current system of national contributions.

Sagging German economy sends euro lower

The euro fell and European shares pared early gains on Wednesday after surprisingly weak data from regional powerhouse Germany offset signs that China's economic slowdown had eased.

Activity in Germany's manufacturing and service sectors declined for a sixth straight month in October as order books thinned, suggesting Europe's largest economy has clearly stagnated in the second half of 2012.

More breathing space for Greece?....Unlikely!

Get ready for euro zone break-up.....EU Would go to War before allowing a Break up

Corruption looms large over Ukraine election

Fighting corruption is a drum every party is beating ahead of an election in the Ukraine next Sunday. But whatever the outcome, few expect an end to a cancer which hits incomes, kills entrepreneurial spirit and deters vitally needed foreign investment.

Sounds a bit like Europe

AngloGold says to fire 12,000 South Africa strikers

AngloGold Ashanti said on Wednesday it will fire about 12,000 wildcat strikers after they ignored a deadline to return to work by noon (0500 ET).

They did not return...

Syria's Assad agrees to holiday ceasefire: U.N. envoy ....But will the Rebels?

International mediator Lakhdar Brahimi said on Wednesday the Syrian government had agreed to a ceasefire in the war with rebels during the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha.

It was also not clear whether the insurgents would commit to a truce. Rebel sources had earlier told Reuters there was little point if it could not be monitored or enforced.

Guess that answers my question...

Efforts to mislead, pressure voters intensify

Some voters are being told they can cast their ballot by phone. Others are being pressured by their employer to vote Republican. Misleading and intimidating tactics typically reserved for the final days before an election are already in play.

"Millennium Bomber" faces re-sentencing in Seattle

(Reuters) - Convicted "Millennium Bomber" Ahmed Ressam, whose 22-year prison term was judged too lenient by a U.S. appeals court, faces re-sentencing on Wednesday for a foiled New Year's Eve 1999 plot to set off explosives at Los Angeles International Airport.

Argos Overhaul Could See 75 Stores Shut

News of store closures as the retailer unveils a digital transformation plan to better compete with rivals like Amazon.

Argos has said it will close 75 stores in the UK over the next five years as it unveils a transformation plan for the business.

Few more about to lose their Jobs. Will they also Adopt Amazon's Creative Tax Payment Scam...Scheme?

Ford Closes Belgian Factory Causing 4,300 Job Losses... Another Sign we coming OUT of the Recession?

Ford has confirmed it will close its "under-utilised" factory in Genk, Belgium, resulting in 4,300 job losses, as it attempts to deal with a slump in demand across Europe.

Hundreds of employees gathered outside the gates of the plant, as the US carmaker said it would end production in the town in 2014.

Our Leaders need to stop lying and start telling the truth about the extent of the economic mess which will face Europe and America for years to come.

I refuse to believe our governments are stupid or delusional, even though they portray themselves this way, so who would benefit from Total Economic Collapse?

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN - 24th October 2012

Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 07:05:42 UTC
Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 04:05:42 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
36.446°N, 140.763°E
69.2 km (43.0 miles)
17 km (10 miles) E of Funaishikawa, Japan

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake UNIMAK ISLAND REGION, ALASKA - 24th October 2012

Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 06:50:48 UTC
Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 10:50:48 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
54.778°N, 163.536°W
90.5 km (56.2 miles)
11 km (6 miles) SW of False Pass, Alaska

4.0 Magnitude Earthquake TAIWAN - 24th October 2012

Magnitude ML 4.0
Date time 2012-10-24 05:35:49.3 UTC
Location 23.57 N ; 120.54 E
Depth 7 km
Distance 10 km E Talin, Taiwan

Christopher Tappin 'To Plead Guilty' In US

A retired British businessman extradited to the US over charges he sold weapons parts to Iran is expected to change his plea to guilty.

No details of any plea deal with Tappin have been released but other extradited Britons say they had no chance of being cleared once sent to the US as the plea bargaining system empowers prosecutors as "judge, jury and executioner".

Tropical Storm Sandy, Caribbean: Hurricane coming, island residents warned; U.S. could be next

Millions of people in the Caribbean are being warned to get ready for a hurricane that's expected to strike tomorrow, bringing destructive waves and life-threatening mudslides.

Tropical Storm Sandy will be a hurricane by morning, and Jamaica, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and Cuba are in its projected path, the National Hurricane Center says.

Some areas could see 20 inches of rain in the coming days.

The United States might be in for a battering as well.

Draghi to pitch debt plan to German lawmakers

European Central Bank President Mario Draghi faces a two-hour grilling on Wednesday from German lawmakers who fear his bond-buying plan to ease the region's debt crisis could fuel inflation and undermine the ECB's cherished independence.

30 hospitalized after Hubei ammonia gas leak, China

Thirty people remain hospitalized in central China's Hubei Province on Tuesday after an ammonia gas leak in an aquaculture company poisoned over 300 people late on Monday night, according to rescuers.

Over 300 people were rushed to local hospitals and 1,000 others were evacuated after the leak in Deyan Aquaculture Company in Honghu City at 11:30 p.m., firefighters who joined the rescue said.

Six people die of unknown fever in Sudan's South Darfu

“Unknown fever appeared in various areas of the state and infected 16 people on Saturday and Sunday, and six of them died,” the paper quoted Hassan Mohamed Abul-Hassan, a local official in the state, as saying.

“As soon as we received reports on the cases, we have contacted the federal Ministry of Health,” he said, noting that medical teams have been sent to these areas to investigate the cause of the fever and provide treatment for the infected people.

Fire, explosions at Khartoum military factory in Sudan

"The authorities are controlling a fire in the El Yarmouk military manufacturing facility," the Sudanese Media Centre, which is close to the security apparatus, said in a brief alert.

"It is a military factory," said one witness in the southern Khartoum neighbourhood who heard "big, big explosions."

Hanford nuclear reservation: Leak Discovered allowing highly radioactive and hazardous waste to leak into the space between the inner and outer shells, Washington

The agency said Monday that no waste is believed to have leaked from the outer shell into the soil beneath the underground tank on the south-central Washington reservation.

The Tri-City Herald reports that earlier testing showed that some of the material seen between the two walls of the tank was radioactive waste.

Disease spread by biting flies kills deer in Deleware

Wildlife officials say a disease spread by biting flies has killed about 130 white-tailed deer in the state.

Officials say some 74 dead deer were found in Redden State Forest.

Bulgaria shuts nuclear reactor after generator problem

"Kozloduy's 1,000-megawatt reactor number six was disconnected from the country's electricity grid at 9:24 am (0624 GMT) due to failure of a control element of the unit's turbogenerator ... that triggered the reactor's shutdown," the plant said.

Minor Hydrogen Leak at San Onofre Nuclear Plant, California

The operators of the shuttered San Onofre nuclear power plant say a hydrogen leak is the latest problem to plague the troubled plant, but it was small and presented no risk to workers or the public.

Plant operator Southern California Edison said in a statement Monday that the leak was discovered in a non-nuclear part of the facility Sunday and has been reported to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Shark attack on turtle closes part of Kanaha Beach Park, Hawaii

After dozens of witnesses saw a shark attack a sea turtle, Maui County ocean safety officers closed a portion of Kanaha Beach Park on Monday afternoon.

About 40 people saw a shark chase and attack a sea turtle around 3:30 p.m.

Tornadoes in Northern California tie state record

The five tornadoes that touched down across Northern California this week tied a single-day record dating to 1996, the National Weather Service said Tuesday