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Tuesday, January 1, 2013

High School Student Faces Expulsion For Writing Poem About Sandy Hook Massacre

After the shooting in Newtown, Conn. left her emotionally traumatized, high school student Courtni Webb vented the best way she knew how, through poetry.

Her poem spoke about the possible motivations that could have inspired Adam Lanza’s murderous rampage, but apparently that was ground not to be treaded on as the school suspended her for it and is threatening to permanently expel her.

Her school, the Life Learning Academy on Treasure Island in San Franscisco, Cali., saw the poem as a threat and said it violated their zero tolerance policy on violence.

Disturbing Proof Sandy Hook Shooting was Staged?

Mind Science Kept Hidden Documentary

Escobar: Rape of Syria will be top geopolitical tragedy of 2013

Northern Ireland: Evacuation after pipe bomb thrown

A viable pipe bomb was thrown at a house in west Belfast on New Year’s Eve.

Dozens of homes in the Glenalina Park area of Ballymurphy were evacuated during the alert just after 10pm on Monday.

Residents were moved to the nearby Whiterock Community Centre but were allowed back into their houses at about 12.30am.

Shark attacks smaller shark

Stephen Ashton Killed In Thailand 'Gang Attack'

A British tourist shot dead in Thailand has been named by the Foreign Office as Stephen Ashton.

He was reportedly killed at a New Year's Eve party after being caught in the crossfire during a fight between two local gangs.

The 22-year-old was said to have died as he danced with friends at a beach bar on the island of Koh Phangan.

Islamic militants massacre five women teachers travelling to primary school in protest at female education in Pakistan

Five female teachers in Pakistan have been slaughtered by Islamic militants bent on keeping women and girls away from education.

They were murdered in a New Year's Day ambush on the van carrying them home from their jobs at a community centre and primary school in the north-west of the country.

The teachers and two health workers - one man and one woman - were killed this afternoon in the conservative Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan.

Sean Cawthray: Police hunt for dangerous serial rapist who walked out of open prison

A serial rapist is being hunted by police after walking out of an open prison.

Sean Cawthray, 41, was jailed indefinitely in 2002 after attempting to kidnap a 14-year-old girl by dragging her away from a bus stop.

He was last seen at Leyhill Open Prison in south Gloucestershire at 5.30pm on Sunday and is believed to have left the unit before 8.30pm.

Police warn public not to approach him, so what's he doing in an open prison?

Drifting Shell drill ship grounds on rocks off Alaska

A large drill ship belonging to oil major Shell ran aground off Alaska on Monday night after drifting in stormy weather, company and government officials said.

The ship, the Kulluk, broke away from one of its tow lines on Monday afternoon and was driven to rocks just off Kodiak Island, where it grounded at about 9 p.m. Alaska time, officials said.

The 18-member crew had been evacuated by the Coast Guard late Saturday because of risks from the storm.

5.0 Magnitude Earthquake KEPULAUAN SULA, INDONESIA - 1st January 2013

Tuesday, January 01, 2013 at 15:18:37 UTC
Wednesday, January 02, 2013 at 12:18:37 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
1.105°S, 126.818°E
32.8 km (20.4 miles)
98 km (60 miles) WNW of Laiwui, Indonesia


Around Dec 30, Media quietly reports plane landing in Ahvaz, Iran on Dec 14:

Debka hints at plane crash/emergency landing link in Ahvaz, Iran:

Hillary's ailments / hospitalization stories begin appearing Dec 15.

Commander Job Price, head of Hillary's security detail, dies inexplicably, without any solid, confirmed date given:

Iran warns off foreign planes during naval drill: report

Iran has warned off foreign surveillance planes that have tried to approach its forces during naval drills in the Strait of Hormuz, an Iranian military spokesman said on Tuesday.

The drills, which began on Friday, are aimed at showcasing Iran's military capability in the shipping route through which 40 percent of the world's sea-borne oil exports pass.

U.S. arms sales to Asia set to boom on Pacific "pivot"

U.S. sales of warplanes, anti-missile systems and other costly weapons to China's and North Korea's neighbors appear set for significant growth amid regional security jitters.

Strengthening treaty allies and other security partners is central to the White House's "pivot" toward a Pacific region jolted by maritime territorial disputes in China's case, and missile and nuclear programs, in North Korea's.

Pakistan Bomb Blast: Explosion In Karachi

At least two people have died after a bomb exploded in a crowded area of Karachi, according to Sky sources.

More than 30 people have been injured in the explosion, which damaged six buses and four motorbikes.

Angela Merkel fires warning shot at City as she calls for banking clampdown in New Year's address

Angela Merkel has used her New Year's Eve speech to launch an open attack on the City of London as she attempts to win a third term as German Chancellor in 2013.

In a move that will be grasped by British Eurosceptics, Mrs Merkel told Germany that she will repress Europe's biggest financial markets and fight to strengthen the EU's grip on banking.

Shark Scare Closes Australia's Bondi Beach

Thousands of bathers enjoying the hot New Year's Day weather on Australia's Bondi Beach fled the water on Tuesday after a shark alert was sounded.

The crowded sea was cleared in a matter of minutes after authorities raised the alarm when a surf patrol boat said it had seen what it thought could have been a large shark.

A helicopter was called in to scour the water but found no sign of the animal and the beach was reopened 25 minutes later.

Hollande vows to revive French supertax

France's President Francois Hollande says he still plans to raise the top rate of income tax after his 75% plan was struck down on technical grounds.

In a national address on New Year's Eve, he said the law would be redesigned, adding, "we will still ask more of those who have the most".

However, he did not mention the 75% figure, leading some to speculate that the move would be watered down.

Max Keiser: 'Fiscal cliff' theater distracting from real problems

'Corruption rampant in European politics'

Iran successfully test-fires Qader, Nour missiles

Thousands march against Hong Kong's leader

Thousands in Hong Kong protested on Tuesday against the city's leader Leung Chun-ying as pressure mounts against the Beijing-backed politician who has been embroiled in an illegal construction scandal since taking office in July.

Thronging the streets on New Year's Day, crowds of people, some dressed in black with colorful banners and wearing long-nosed Pinocchio masks, chanted "Leung Chun-ying step down" in a rally that snaked several kilometers towards government headquarters.

Syria starts 2013 with aerial strikes and clashes

Syrians woke on New Year's Day to countrywide aerial bombardment, while President Bashar al-Assad's forces and rebels fighting to topple him clashed on the outskirts of the capital.

Residents of Damascus entered the new year to the sound of artillery hitting southern and eastern districts that form a rebel-held crescent on the outskirts of the capital, the center of which is still firmly under government control.

Peter Henley Missing: Body Found during search in Tenerife

Police searching for a missing British holidaymaker in Tenerife have found a body.

Peter Henley, 50, from Dover, Kent, who suffered from diabetes, had been on the island since December 6.

He stayed in the resorts of Puerto de Santiago and Puerto de la Cruz, and had booked further nights at a hotel in Costa de Silencio but failed to check in.

Jordan Cobb missing: River Search For Teen Who Jumped From Ferry

A search is under way for a 16-year-old boy who went missing after he jumped from a ferry into a river in Cornwall.

Jordan Cobb, from Plymouth, was last seen leaping from the Torpoint ferry into the River Tamar, Devon and Cornwall Police have said.

Brixham Coastguard received a distress call at 9.15pm on Monday reporting that a person was overboard near the ferry's slipway in Torpoint.

Seven Die In Gun Ambush In Northern Pakistan

Gunmen have ambushed and shot dead six female aid workers and a male doctor who were travelling in a van in northern Pakistan.

The group's vehicle was raked with gunfire as they returned home from a children's community centre run by the Pakistani charity Ujala, according to district police officer Abdur Rashid Khan.

The driver of the vehicle was seriously wounded in the attack.

Ivory Coast Stadium Stampede Kills 60

Around 60 people have died and dozens been injured in a New Year's Eve stampede at a stadium in Abidjan, Ivory Coast.

It happened after crowds gathered to watch a fireworks display.

Rescue official Lieutenant Colonel Issa Sako said: "There are around 60 dead and about 200 injured, this is a provisional estimate."

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake SANTIAGO DEL ESTERO, ARGENTINA - 1st January 2013

Tuesday, January 01, 2013 at 12:21:26 UTC
Tuesday, January 01, 2013 at 09:21:26 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
26.809°S, 63.347°W
565.3 km (351.3 miles)
26 km (16 miles) NNW of El Hoyo, Argentina

4.4 Magnitude Earthquake KEPULAUAN BATU, INDONESIA - 1st January 2013

Tuesday, January 01, 2013 at 09:21:19 UTC
Tuesday, January 01, 2013 at 04:21:19 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
0.207°S, 98.546°E
47.3 km (29.4 miles)
111 km (68 miles) NNW of Sikabaluan, Indonesia

4.9 Magnitude Earthquake RYUKYU ISLANDS, JAPAN - 1st January 2013

Tuesday, January 01, 2013 at 09:19:16 UTC
Tuesday, January 01, 2013 at 06:19:16 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
26.920°N, 127.470°E
98.2 km (61.0 miles)
62 km (38 miles) NW of Nago, Japan

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake SOLOMON ISLANDS - 1st January 2013

Tuesday, January 01, 2013 at 08:45:44 UTC
Tuesday, January 01, 2013 at 07:45:44 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
7.580°S, 155.964°E
83.9 km (52.1 miles)
113 km (70 miles) WNW of Gizo, Solomon Islands

4.0 Magnitude Earthquake NORTH INDIAN OCEAN - 1st January 2013

Tuesday, January 01, 2013 at 08:38:54 UTC
Tuesday, January 01, 2013 at 02:38:54 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
1.950°N, 91.180°E
10 km (6.2 miles)
581 km (361 miles) W of Sinabang, Indonesia

Netflix customers' ENTIRE movie rental history to be shared with Facebook...

Netflix users will soon be able to share every film they have watched with their Facebook friends - allowing the social networking giant even more lucrative information on its users' leisure time.

Up until now the Video Privacy Protection Act prohibited Netflix and other streaming services such as Hulu from sharing their customers' history or allowing them to post it themselves.

However, Congress has now passed a bill to the 1988 act that allows users to opt in or out of forthcoming Facebook 'social sharing' features, which let advertisers reach customers who watch movies on the streaming sites but do not 'like' it on those sites.

Brussels plot to make Britain a second-class member of the EU denying country our veto and MEP seats

Britain could become a ‘second-class’ member of the European Union under plans floated in Brussels yesterday.

An influential group of European federalists, who want to see Brussels given even greater powers, is suggesting the UK is relegated to ‘associate member’ status.

The move would see Britain remain part of the single market but freed from much of the social legislation and bureaucracy associated with full EU membership.

EU super-government Monumental deceit: How our politicians have lied and lied about the true purpose of the European behemoth

Forty years ago today, in what was arguably the most fateful political move ever made by a British Prime Minister, Edward Heath took us into what was then called the ‘Common Market’.

Such a step had scarcely been mentioned at the previous General Election, and the British people had very little idea of what they were letting themselves in for, other than a trading arrangement that might make it easier for us to sell our goods to our Continental neighbours.

Four decades later, the picture could scarcely look more different. We have seen that supposedly cosy club we joined transformed, step by step, into a vast, bloated bureaucratic empire, imposing its suffocating rule over 27 nations.

We have also seen it plunged into the most destructive crisis in its history

The real story, surprisingly, goes back to the 1920s, when a senior League of Nations official, Frenchman Jean Monnet, first began to dream of building a ‘United States of Europe’, very much on the lines that decades later would shape the European Union as it is today.

After World War II, Monnet, by then the second most powerful man in France, finally set the project on its way. He knew there was no chance of bringing such an astonishingly ambitious vision into being all at once. So his plan was that it should gradually be constructed, piece by stealthy piece, without ever declaring too openly what was intended to be its ultimate goal.

At first it should be presented as just a trading arrangement, the ‘Common Market’ set up in 1957 by the Treaty of Rome. But the essence of that treaty was to create the core institutions of what Monnet always intended should one day be the ‘Government of Europe’.

UK 'faces a 50-50 risk of suffering triple-dip recession' say economists as they warn of eurozone risk

There is a 50:50 chance that Britain will slide into a devastating triple-dip recession this year, leading economists warn today.

Output ‘probably’ fell in the final three months of 2012 and could do so again in the first three months of 2013, said the Centre for Economics and Business Research.

Another two quarters of decline in a row would mean the third recession in five years and set the scene for another bleak year.

US Benghazi 'failures': report

Think tank warns 2013 could see a repeat of poor economic growth and financial crisis in Europe.

A think tank has warned that 2013 could turn out to be a "groundhog year" with a repeat of sluggish growth and crisis in Europe seen in 2012.

The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) said that consumer and business spirits have been so thoroughly dampened by talk of years of austerity ahead that the economy mail fail to grown again this year.

In a gloomy New Year message, IPPR chief economist Tony Dolphin said the Government "still does not have a path back to growth" and appeared to be pinning hopes on "something just turning up".

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake PHILIPPINE ISLANDS REGION - 1st January 2013

Tuesday, January 01, 2013 at 08:16:42 UTC
Tuesday, January 01, 2013 at 04:16:42 PM at epicenter
18.692°N, 118.757°E
20.1 km (12.5 miles)
193 km (119 miles) W of Davila, Philippines

The White House and Republicans reach an agreement to prevent automatic tax rises and spending cuts.

The US Senate has approved legislation aimed at averting the so-called fiscal cliff by stopping most tax hikes and across-the-board spending cuts that were due to begin with the New Year.

The legislation was approved with an overwhelming 89-8 vote, and came well after midnight on New Year's Day.

The House of Representatives must still approve the measure, possibly on Tuesday.

5.7 Magnitude Earthquake KURIL ISLANDS - 1st January 2013

Tuesday, January 01, 2013 at 07:35:50 UTC
Tuesday, January 01, 2013 at 06:35:50 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
46.904°N, 151.023°E
48.7 km (30.3 miles)
274 km (170 miles) SE of Vostok, Russia

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake OFFSHORE OAXACA, MEXICO - 1st January 2013

Tuesday, January 01, 2013 at 05:35:46 UTC
Monday, December 31, 2012 at 11:35:46 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
15.586°N, 98.458°W
9.8 km (6.1 miles)
116 km (72 miles) SSW of Cuajinicuilapa, Mexico

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake HINDU KUSH REGION, AFGHANISTAN - 1st January 2013

Tuesday, January 01, 2013 at 04:08:34 UTC
Tuesday, January 01, 2013 at 08:38:34 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
36.451°N, 71.190°E
113 km (70.2 miles)
40 km (24 miles) SW of Ashkasham, Afghanistan

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN - 1st January 2013

Tuesday, January 01, 2013 at 03:32:12 UTC
Tuesday, January 01, 2013 at 12:32:12 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
40.358°N, 141.540°E
100.5 km (62.5 miles)
15 km (9 miles) SSE of Hachinohe, Japan


US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s admittance to the New York-Presbyterian Hospital Monday, Dec, 31 - with a blood clot caused by concussion - gave wings to a cloud of rumor and conspiracy theories surrounding her state of health. The hospital, where Saudi King Abdullah was also treated two years ago, stated that the Secretary was receiving anti-coagulents and her condition would be assessed after 48 hours.

However, NBC television’s medical correspondent Robert Bazell was skeptical about the blood clot being caused by an earlier concussion because, he said, it if were, it would not be treated with anti-coagulents. “So either it's not really related to the concussion and she’s got a blood clot in her leg or something, or there’s something else going on that we’re not being told.”

Speculation about her condition started flying about in early December, when she cancelled without notice, her participation in the Friends of Syrian forum in Marrakesh on Dec, 6. Not only was she one of the founders of this forum, but her presence was vitally needed at the time because NATO and Washington were picking up suspicious movements of the Syrian army’s chemical weapons, which marked a disastrous turn in the Syrian conflict.

Did North Korea's 'Dear Leader' Kim Jong-il 'die in fit of rage over dam that had sprung a leak'?

The late North Korean leader, Kim Jong-il, died from a heart-attack brought on by a temper tantrum over sloppy work on a crucial power station, reports in a South Korean newspaper claim.

According to unnamed sources quoted in Chosun Ilbo, a conservative national newspaper, Kim Jong-il died in a fit of rage after being briefed about a leak at a hydro-electric power station.

The reports claim that Kim became violently angry after hearing that there was a leak of water at the power station in Huichon, which is about 120 kilometres (75 miles) north of the capital.

The newspaper quotes a source, who asked to remain anonymous, saying: "After being briefed about the leak, Kim Jong-il lambasted officials and ordered them to repair it

"He rushed to make an on-site inspection of the facility unable to contain his anger and died suddenly."

Could Saudi Arabia be next? (Fantastic piece)

Never make predictions in the Middle East. My crystal ball broke long ago. But predicting the region has an honourable pedigree. “An Arab movement, newly-risen, is looming in the distance,” a French traveller to the Gulf and Baghdad wrote in 1883, “and a race hitherto downtrodden will presently claim its due place in the destinies of Islam.” A year earlier, a British diplomat in Jeddah confided that “it is within my knowledge... that the idea of freedom does at present agitate some minds even in Mecca...”

So let’s say this for 2013: the “Arab Awakening” (the title of George Antonius’ seminal work of 1938) will continue, the demand for dignity and freedom – let us not get tramelled up here with “democracy” – will go on ravaging the pseudo-stability of the Middle East, causing as much fear in Washington as it does in the palaces of the Arab Gulf.

On the epic scale of history, that much is certain. At the incendiary core of this discontent will be the claims of a Palestinian state that does not exist and may never exist and the actions of an Israeli state which – through its constant building of colonies for Jews and Jews only on Arab land – ensures that “Palestine” will remain only an Arab dream. If 2012 is anything to go by, the Palestinians themselves face the coming year with the knowledge that: 1) neither the Americans nor the Europeans have the guts to help them, because 2) Israel will continue to act with impunity, and 3) neither the Obamas nor the Camerons nor the Hollandes have the slightest interest in taking on the Likudist lobby, which will scream “anti-semitism” the moment the minutest criticism is made against Israel.