Today's Coming Crisis Movie

Monday, March 25, 2013

Video: Hundreds Of DHS Armored Trucks On The Move?

Footage of hundreds of armored trucks, similar to ones reportedly purchased recently by the Department Of Homeland Security has appeared online, raising more questions over their intended use.

The video was uploaded to YouTube last week by a user who stated that it was shot in the middle of the desert between Hackberry and Peach Springs, Arizona.

It shows hundreds of military style trucks loaded on to a train, presumably in the process of being delivered domestically for law enforcement or military purposes.

Matt's tips for patriots:
How many guards can you count on that track?
What is the proximity between the camera person and that track?

Magnitude 6.2 Earthquake - GUATEMALA

Earthquake Details

  • This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.
Location14.599°N, 90.428°W
Depth200.5 km (124.6 miles)
Distances6 km (3 miles) NNW of San Jose Pinula, Guatemala
7 km (4 miles) ENE of Santa Catarina Pinula, Guatemala
10 km (6 miles) ESE of Guatemala City, Guatemala
10 km (6 miles) SW of Palencia, Guatemala
Location Uncertaintyhorizontal +/- 19.7 km (12.2 miles); depth +/- 11.4 km (7.1 miles)
ParametersNST= 85, Nph= 91, Dmin=346.2 km, Rmss=1.19 sec, Gp=104°,
M-type=regional moment magnitude (Mw), Version=6
  • Magnitude: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
    Location: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
Event IDusb000fshy

Summly bought by Yahoo for $30 milion: Can you tell why?

Yahoo Inc has snapped up mobile news aggregator Summly, the latest in a string of small acquisitions intended to bolster the Web portal's mobile services.

Summly, founded by 17-year-old Nick D'Aloisio two years ago from his home in London, sorts news by topics in quick bites for smartphones. The start-up works closely with News Corp and is backed by Chinese investor Li Ka-Shing and angel investors including actor Ashton Kutcher and artist Yoko Ono.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed, though technology blog AllThingsD reported that Yahoo paid roughly $30 million, citing anonymous sources.

Now, why would enormous media companies be interested in reducing articles, already in themselves short and inaccurate a great deal of the time, to just 100 word summaries? How many people do you think will actually click past the summaries to read more?

"Only Fierce Response Can Deter N.Korean Provocations": South Korea, USA and Japan will launch counter-attacks against North Korea

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Jung Seung-jo signed a joint contingency plan on Friday with the U.S. to respond to North Korean provocations. Since North Korea sank the Navy corvette Cheonan and shelled Yeonpyeong Island in 2010, Seoul and Washington have been discussing what coordinated response they could implement in the event of another North Korean attack.

They did not reveal details, but the response apparently includes South Korean forces handling the initial strike at the source of the provocation, followed by Seoul and Washington undertaking concerted steps in the second and third stages. Until now, the U.S. military was solely responsible for deciding on American military intervention in the event of a North Korean provocation, but from now on, the South Korean military will handle the initial response while the U.S. Seventh Fleet, including the aircraft carrier USS George Washington, will be mobilized along with Japanese F-22 fighter jets followed by the deployment of U.S. Marines to handle joint missions.

Last Friday, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un visited a special forces unit and ordered his elite soldiers to “strike at the heart of the enemy.” North Korea could launch a provocation when the South least expects it. Until North Korea sank the Cheonan in March of 2010, nobody even imagined the North’s submarines would target one of South Korea’s warships, and until it shelled Yeonpyong Island later that year, no one forecast that Pyongyang would lob artillery rounds at South Korean citizens.

Luck changes for Billy Ray Harris, the homeless man who returned an engagement ring dropped into his beggar's cup

The luck changed for Billy Ray Harris one day last month when the usual tinkling of coins being dropped into his beggar’s cup on a plaza in Kansas City was punctuated by a slightly heavier clunk. A few minutes later he looked inside and spied a woman’s engagement ring with a tidy-looking rock.

The first thought of a man begging to survive might have been to run to the nearest jewellery shop. And that is what Mr Harris did. But when he was offered $4,000 (£2,600), a better instinct took charge. He kept it in case the owner came back.

Thus began an urban fable that has captured the hearts of America. Whatever impelled Mr Harris to turn down the cash – he has attributed it to the pastor grandfather who raised him – he has been repaid. Six weeks later he has been reunited with long-lost siblings, he has a home, a job, and enough money to retire from begging.

Comment left on article, here copied not to bum the party, but to ponder:

"So sharing wealth with one deserving person make Americans feel all warm and fuzzy, but sharing wealth with the other thousands of people on their streets would be pinko commie socialism?"

Too Much Tea Leads Detroit Woman To Fluoride Overdose (Huh?)

A 47-year-old Detroit woman is recovering after an extreme addiction to tea.

Henry Ford Hospital Bone & Mineral Research Head Sudhaker Rao says the patient drank the equivalent of 100 cups of tea a day for 17 years. He says she lost all her teeth and doctors at first thought she had cancer, but as it turned out, she was suffering from a fluoride overdose.

“Among the beverages that contain fluoride, tea actually contains the highest amount of fluoride, however, it is a small quantity in each bag so we don’t drink that many. So if you overflow your system … the kidney is unable to excrete this load of fluoride from this many bags of tea,” said Rao.

Matt's intrigue:
Notice how it's the tea leaves, and not the fluoridated water that's blamed.

Defense Industry Pushes for 'Drone Zone' over Southern California

Despite Americans' concerns about the domestic use of drones, California local agencies are reportedly moving forward with an application to declare a broad swath of Southern California a “drone zone” – an area to be used to test pilotless aircraft. The purpose: government stimulus.

In California, the San Diego Military Advisory Council (SDMAC) and the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation (EDC) have filed an application with the Federal Aviation Administration to create a drone zone. These groups want to stimulate state drone business, even as the state raises its taxes repeatedly, driving out other business. Northrup Grumman, a major drone producer, has relocated branches of its unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) program to Southern California. General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, which produces Predator drones, is located in Poway. The UAV industry in San Diego County clocks in at approximately $1.3 billion, and that number is growing fast.

Corporate Domination: UK Search And Rescue Sold Off To US Company

The Government is selling off UK helicopter search and rescue operations to a US-based company, according to Sky sources.

Cyprus deal boosts Merkel at home, deepens resentment abroad

Europe's onerous bailout deal for Cyprus has burnished Angela Merkel's reputation as a tough defender of German interests and removed one of the biggest threats to her re-election prospects half a year before voters go to the polls.

But the agreement, struck in the early morning hours of Monday in Brussels, comes at a price. It is likely to fan resentment in southern Europe over Germany's bitter reform medicine and may ultimately increase the risk of backsliding by a reluctant government in Nicosia.

U.S. urges EU sanctions on North Korean bank

The United States is urging the European Union to impose sanctions on North Korea's Foreign Trade Bank, which Washington believes helps finance North Korea's ballistic missile program, a U.S. State Department official said on Monday.

North Korea earlier this month threatened the United States with a pre-emptive nuclear strike as the United Nations Security Council tightened sanctions in response to Pyongyang's third nuclear test.

Kyle Lee Stocking Falls To Death In Utah

A 22-year-old man has been killed while swinging from a 140ft-high rock formation in a stunt made popular by YouTube.

Utah officials said Kyle Lee Stocking died after hitting the ground below the Corona Arch near Moab.

Sheriff's Lieutenant Kim Neal told The Salt Lake Tribune the length of rope from the arch was miscalculated and sent Mr Stocking swinging into the ground as he went under the red sandstone formation.

Rescuers pronounced him dead at the scene.

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake ALASKA PENINSULA - 25th March 2013

Monday, March 25, 2013 at 20:02:46 UTC
Monday, March 25, 2013 at 12:02:46 PM at epicenter
56.005°N, 155.616°W
34.8 km (21.6 miles)
137 km (85 miles) SW (221°) from Akhiok, ALASKA PENINSULA

Cyprus bailout to raid large deposits, massive austerity looms

'Cyprus deal pushes EU closer to French, Bolshevik revolutions'

Cyprus Banks: Customers Face Transaction Limits

Cyprus' president says a bailout deal for the nation to stave off bankruptcy is "painful" but the best under the circumstances.

Nicos Nastasiades said the island will introduce some limits on transactions to prevent an outflow of money when its banks re-open this week but the measures will be "very temporary".

In a televised address to the nation, he said: "The central bank will implement capital controls on transactions. I want to assure you that this will be a very temporary measure that will gradually be relaxed".

Joseph Anthony Davis sentenced to 18 years for plotting attack on U.S. military center

A man who plotted to storm a Seattle military recruitment center with machine guns and grenades in retaliation for U.S. military conduct in Afghanistan was sentenced to 18 years in prison on Monday.

Abu Khalid Abdul-Latif, also known as Joseph Anthony Davis, pleaded guilty in December to conspiracy to murder officers and employees of the United States and conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction.

Passing sentence in District Court in Seattle, Judge James Robart also gave Abdul-Latif 10 years of supervised release. Under the terms of his plea deal with U.S. prosecutors, he faced a sentence of up to 17 to 19 years in prison.

Egypt orders activists' arrests after Brotherhood clashes

Egypt's top prosecutor has ordered the arrest of five leading political activists following clashes near the Muslim Brotherhood's headquarters.

The five are accused of inciting "aggression" against members of the Brotherhood last week.

The Muslim Brotherhood dominates parliament and is the party of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi.

Reece Elliott Facebook 'Death Threats': More Charges

A British man who allegedly used Facebook to make threats to kill 200 people in America is to face extra charges, a court has heard.

Reece Elliott, from Fossway, South Shields, South Tyneside, appeared before magistrates in the town, where his case was committed to the crown court.

The 24-year-old had originally been charged with making threats to kill and malicious communication after posts were made last month on a tribute page for a young American girl who died in a car crash.

'Like A Horror Movie': Cypriots Express Fury

Cypriots have reacted with anger over the bailout deal that will almost certainly plunge their country into a deep recession.

A deal has been struck to avoid bankruptcy, but the financial fallout is terrifying ordinary people.

Simos Mantzouranos runs a small printing business and is furious at what he believes is the EU bullying Cyprus into accepting a deal.

He told Sky News: "It feels like we're a small fish that has been forced into a hole only to be eaten by a big shark.


At least 1000 dead ducks were found floating in a Chinese river, state media reported Monday, after Shanghai said it had almost finished recovering thousands of deceased pigs from its main waterway.

The ducks were fished out of a section of river by authorities in the southwestern Chinese province of Sichuan, the official Xinhua news agency said.

They were then buried in plastic bags three meters underground, the report added. It did not specify how the ducks had died.

The report came after Shanghai officials said a clean-up was close to ending after an embarrassing pollution case which saw dead pigs floating down the city's main river, with the total number recovered standing at more than 16,000.

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake EAST OF THE KURIL ISLANDS - 25th March 2013

Monday, March 25, 2013 at 16:58:26 UTC
Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at 04:58:26 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
50.719°N, 160.182°E
10 km (6.2 miles) set by location program
270 km (167 miles) ESE of Ozernovskiy, Russia

5.0 Magnitude Earthquake ANTOFAGASTA, CHILE - 25th March 2013

Magnitude M 5.0
Date time 2013-03-25 16:18:12.0 UTC
Location 22.18 S ; 68.45 W
Depth 100 km
59 km NE of Calama, Chile / pop: 143,084 / local time: 12:18:12.0 2013-03-25

4.4 Magnitude Earthquake BANDA SEA - 25th March 2013

Monday, March 25, 2013 at 15:35:51 UTC
Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at 12:35:51 AM at epicenter
6.478°S, 129.880°E
176.2 km (109.5 miles)
227 km (141 miles) NW of Saumlaki, Indonesia

'Brazen' gang who mobbed more than 40 Carphone Warehouse to snatch handsets and iPads in £500,000 crime spree

Members of a gang who abused shoppers, threatened staff and chased children before ripping phones and iPads off walls in 40 stores across London have been jailed for a total of 11 years.

CCTV footage from one attack on their £500,000 crime spree shows a mother sprinting to protect her terrified son as the eight men swamped and then burgled a Carphone Warehouse.

On each occasion the criminals caused 'total mayhem' when they stormed high street shops to wrench high-value items from the walls in a series of violent 'steaming' raids.

Cyprus to be model for future bailouts........Anyone who didn't see this coming is a fool!

Jeroen Dijsselbloem, the president of the eurogroup, said the relative market calm in recent months, coupled with the lack of market panic following the decision to force private investors and depositors to pay for the entire bailout of two large Cypriot banks, allowed the eurozone to go after private money more aggressively when banks fail.

“Taking away the risk from the financial sector and taking it on to the public shoulders is not the right approach,” Mr Dijsselbloem, who is also the Dutch finance minister, said in an interview with the Financial Times and Reuters hours after he finalised the controversial Cypriot programme.

“If we want to have a healthy, sound financial sector, the only way is to say: ‘Look, there where you take the risks, you must deal with them, and if you can’t deal with them you shouldn’t have taken them on and the consequence might be that it is end of story’,” he added. “That’s an approach that I think we, now that we are out of the heat of the crisis, should consequently take.”

French troops secure Central African Republic airport

Rebels secure presidential palace in Central African Republic

Wall Street falls after Cyprus deal is viewed for what it truly is...Theft!

Stocks fell on Monday as initial optimism over a bailout for Cyprus gave way to investor worries that the euro zone would shift the burden of aiding weak banks to depositors, bondholders and others instead of to governments and taxpayers.

The Cyprus deal was previously called a one-time solution to debt problems, but investors grew cautious after Jeroen Dijsselbloem, who heads the Eurogroup of euro zone finance ministers, told Reuters and the Financial Times that the Cyprus bailout deal could be a new template for resolving euro zone banking problems.

The Dutch finance minister said if banks needed restructuring and were unable, then euro zone officials would turn to shareholders, bondholders and uninsured depositors to contribute to a bank rescue.

Jordan closes main border crossing with Syria

Jordan closed its main border crossing with Syria on Monday after two days of fighting there between Syrian troops and rebel fighters, Jordan's information minister said.

Border traders said passengers were turned back at the Jordanian border crossing of Jaber and prevented from entering in the first such closure of the crossing since the revolt against President Bashar al-Assad's rule started two years ago.

"The border post is effectively closed because there have been clashes since yesterday and they are continuing," minister Samih Maaytah told Reuters.

London Fire: 100 Firefighters In Walworth

Nearly 100 firefighters used aerial platforms to tackle a major fire at a building in Walworth, south east London.

The blaze ripped through a building on Walworth Road, Walworth, shortly after 12.30pm.

London Fire Brigade said 15 fire engines, with 97 firefighters, were at the scene.

4.1 Magnitude Earthquake CANARY ISLANDS, SPAIN REGION - 25th March 2013

Magnitude ML 4.1
Date time 2013-03-25 14:41:39.6 UTC
Location 27.77 N ; 18.24 W
Depth 16 km
88 km SW of Fuencaliente de la Palma, Spain / pop: 1,894 / local time: 14:41:39.6 2013-03-25

Note: in this latest swarm to hit the Canary Islands, there have been 3070 earthquakes since the start of 2013 - with a severe increase in activity in the past week

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHERN QINGHAI, CHINA - 25th March 2013

Monday, March 25, 2013 at 12:28:50 UTC
Monday, March 25, 2013 at 08:28:50 PM at epicenter
33.334°N, 95.391°E
10 km (6.2 miles)
297 km (184 miles) NW (325°) from Qamdo, Xizang (Tibet)

Syrian rebel army founder's leg blown off by car bomb

Colonel Riad al-Asaad, founder of the insurgent Free Syrian Army (FSA), had his leg severed by an explosion in rebel-controlled Syria in an apparent assassination attempt, opposition sources said on Monday.

His wounds were not life-threatening and he was now in hospital in Turkey, a Turkish official said.

Cyprus bank bail-out sets 'deeply worrying' precedent for Eurozone

The final deal to bail-out Cyprus' troubled banks may be a victory for the 'Troika' - the European Commission, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund - but the raid on depositors accounts and the prospect of capital controls are "deeply worrying" for the future of the Eurozone, says Jeremy Warner.

"It is the first time the Eurozone has required ordinary depositors to bail out banks and many stand to lose a lot of money.

"If they impose capital controls, you might as well say, as far as Cyprus is concerned, it is the end of the euro," Jeremy Warner said.

Cyprus archbishop urges eurozone exit

As talks to avert financial collapse in Cyprus went to the wire over the weekend, Archbishop Chrysostomos II urged politicians to spurn a punitive deal rather than relinquish the country's dignity.

“If the troika [of eurozone, IMF and ECB] is going to lead us into bankruptcy, it is better not to do any agreement and go directly to bankruptcy. At least we will save our dignity,” said the archbishop.

$1million powerboat is wrecked as 'show-off' driver speeds straight into huge wave and sends it flying 40ft into air

This is the terrifying moment the crew of a $1million speedboat were nearly killed after they were catapulted 40ft into the air by a huge wave.

The driver was apparently showing off to friends and took the 35ft Donzi powerboat out in rough seas.

One of the three men on board was thrown high out of his seat as the expensive craft belly-flopped into the sea with such force it split the boat down the middle.

Nicholas Levene who duped clients out of £316m in Ponzi fraud must pay back just £1... and he gets seven days to find the cash

A jailed city trader, who conned wealthy investors out of £316million to fund his high-flying lifestyle, has been ordered to pay back just £1.

Disgraced tycoon Nicholas Levene, 48, ran a multi-million pound illegal ‘Ponzi’ fraud scheme which he used to finance private jets, super yachts, a £150,000-a-year box at Ascot and on hosting £10,000-a-day pheasant shoots.

Nicknamed Beano because of his love of the comic, Levene was today ordered by Southwark Crown Court to pay back only a nominal sum in seven days because he is bankrupt.

Syrian rebels launch new chemical blame game

Cyprus: It’s not over yet...Welcome to EU Communism!

This was not a good weekend for Russian billionaires. First, Boris Berezovsky was found dead at his English country estate. Now, all the uninsured depositors (read: Russian plutocrats) at Cyprus’s two largest banks are going to be hit much, much harder than they feared they might be when the Cyprus crisis first erupted last week.

Back then — a long, long week ago — Cypriot president Nicos Anastasiades stood firm: there was no way he would allow uninsured depositors to lose more than 10% of their money. What a difference a week makes: now, if your uninsured deposits are at the Bank of Cyprus, you’re probably going to lose about 40% And if they’re at Laiki, you’re going to lose everything.

Cyprus highlights euro zone bailouts getting harder to agree

Costa Del Sol: Hunt For Alligator On The Loose

Spanish authorities are erecting a lookout tower as they hunt for a 7ft-long alligator on the loose on the Costa del Sol.

The Mayor of Mijas - where hundreds of Britons holiday or own homes - said the round-the-clock surveillance post will be in place in time for the busy Easter period.

Police and animal experts have been on high alert since the presence of alligator tracks confirmed an earlier sighting of the reptile at lakes near Marbella.

Experts have calculated that the beast is around 12-18 years old and could weigh 70kg.

German goverment steps back from NPD ban

3 Days ago before the EU Deal: Cyprus bailout plan ignites citizens' anger

5.2 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTH OF SUMBAWA, INDONESIA - 25th March 2013

Monday, March 25, 2013 at 11:54:55 UTC
Monday, March 25, 2013 at 07:54:55 PM at epicenter
11.495°S, 117.182°E
10 km (6.2 miles)
257 km (160 miles) SSE (153°) from Mataram, Lombok, Indonesia

Massive security for Greek Independence Day Parade

A military parade marking Greece's Independence Day has taken place, for a second straight year, amid a heavy police presence that barred onlookers from most of the route.

Armed forces units marched past Greece's president, ministers and other dignitaries in an otherwise empty Syntagma Square in central Athens to commemorate the Greeks' uprising against the Ottoman Empire in 1821. In a bow to austerity, no armored units took part and no planes flew over.

Heavy security has been the norm since a military parade in October 2010 in the northern city of Thessaloniki, commemorating Greece's entry into World War II, was disrupted by anti-austerity protesters. Politicians were insulted and were forced to flee the scene.

Cyprus still at euro-zone exit risk – Moody's

As part of the bailout deal, Cyprus agreed to restructure the two largest Cypriot banks as well as introduce a substantial levy on deposits above €100,000. Additionally, law makers last week passed legislation to impose capital controls to control deposit outflows from the banking system.

“These measures have already damaged the financial sector’s reputation and business model, and the system’s profile as an offshore financial centre is unlikely to survive this crisis. In spite of the global financial crisis, the sector has consistently made positive contributions to Cyprus’ growth,” Carlson said in a note.

“The potentially irreparable damage to the country’s current drivers of economic growth leaves its ability to sustain its current debt highly in doubt,” she noted.

She added that it is very unclear where future growth will come from, leaving the island nation vulnerable to shocks.

Cyprus bailout will work, but impact uncertain -EU's Barroso

Cyprus's recovery from its bailout and bank restructuring is uncertain and it is too early to say when economic growth will return, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said on Monday.

"I am confident that the programme will work, but let's be honest. At this moment, we cannot say exactly what the impact is going to be," Barroso told a news conference. "It will depend on the level of implementation and the commitment of Cyprus itself," he said.

Cyprus bailout: Draconian terms aimed at keeping Cyprus in eurozone closes bank and seizes large deposits

European leaders reached an agreement with Cyprus early on Monday morning that closes down the island's second-largest bank and inflicts huge losses on wealthy savers.

Those with deposits of less than €100,000 (£85,000) will be spared, but Russians with money in Cypriot banks will lose billions of euros under draconian terms aimed at preventing the Mediterranean tax haven becoming the first country forced out of the single currency.

The deal is expected to wreak lasting damage on the Cypriot economy, which has grown reliant on offshore banking and Russian money. Analysts said Cyprus could see its economy contract by 10% or more in the years ahead.

Seal Mystery: Pup Found Four Miles From Water

A seal pup has been found in a forest in eastern Sweden, almost four miles (6.4km) from the nearest water.

Police said the seal had probably crawled 1.8 miles (3km) over sea ice and the same distance into the woods.

"A somewhat confused person called and said he was out walking in the woods where he had found a seal pup," Uppsala police inspector Henrik Pederson told Swedish news agency TT.

Cyprus Bailout Deal Wins Eurozone Approval (figure of theft amount keeps changing)

Deposits above 100,000 euros (£85,000) in the Bank of Cyprus will be hit with a levy of "around 30%" under the EU bailout deal, a government official has confirmed.

Spokesman Christos Stylianides told state radio that the charge would be paid as the second largest Greek Cypriot lender is destined to be wound up.

South Korea, US sign new military contingency plan

South Korea and the United States have signed a new military plan that lays out how the allies will communicate with each other and react to any future North Korean aggression.

The signing comes amid North Korean threats to attack the allies over their joint military drills and recent punishing U.N. sanctions aimed at Pyongyang's latest nuclear test.

Seoul's Joint Chiefs of Staff said Monday that the plan is designed to counter a future limited attack by North Korea, but details weren't released. Work on the plan began after a North Korean artillery attack on a South Korean island in 2010 killed four.

Police tear gas anti-gay marriage protesters in Paris

Looting, fear spreads amid scenes of anarchy in Bangui

Syrian rebels bombard central Damascus, army artillery hits back

Syrian rebels fired dozens of mortar bombs into central Damascus on Monday, hitting a high-security area within a kilometer (less than a mile) of President Bashar al-Assad's residence, residents and a security source said.

The military retaliated with artillery fire from Mount Qasioun, overlooking the Syrian capital. "I've heard dozens of regime shells so far, pounding rebels," one resident said.

It was some of the heaviest fighting in the heart of the city since an uprising against Assad erupted two years ago.

Russian PM says "stealing continues" in Cyprus

Russia reacted with anger on Monday to a European Union bailout of Cyprus that will result in heavy losses for foreign depositors at Cypriot banks.

"In my view, the stealing of what has already been stolen continues," Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev was quoted by news agencies as telling a meeting of government officials.

Cyprus bailout: deeply flawed ...even worse than the original plan announced just over a week ago

The bailout deal for Cyprus is deeply flawed. Some analysts say it is even worse than the original plan announced just over a week ago.

For sure, it will have serious knock-on effects, some of which will only become apparent over the coming weeks, months and years.

But it was probably the best that could be achieved in the desperate circumstances that followed the rejection of the original terms by the Cypriot parliament last week. And it has removed the immediate risk of a banking collapse and exit from the single currency.

The new proposal removes the most objectionable aspect of the first package – the levy on all depositors – making it less politically toxic. Money will instead be raised from rich depositors – those with savings of above €100,000 – and bondholders.

Why Is Homeland Security Stockpiling Guns And Ammunition?...enough ammunition to fight the equivalent of a 24-year Iraq War!

The Department of Homeland Security has plans to buy enough ammunition to fight the equivalent of a 24-year Iraq War – on US territory – and even US congressmen don’t understand why.

Smack in the middle of the smoking gun-control debate, and despite deep spending cuts across the American heartland, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) wants to buy 1.6 billion rounds of ammunition over the next five years.

Reports began surfacing in April, 2012 that the DHS, a government agency created in the aftermath of the attacks of September 11, 2001, had begun arming itself to the teeth. Now, several US congressmen are attempting to get some answers, but so far they have been greeted by a deafening silence.

Speaking on the sidelines of the Conservative Political Action Committee (CPAC), Congressman Timothy Huelscamp said the DHS has refused to answer questions from “multiple” members of Congress regarding the plans.

U.S. minesweeper revealed to be made of WOOD as $277million ship is removed from Philippines reef after being stranded for three months

The $277million USS Guardian was originally painted grey, concealing the unusual material it is made of, but the waves which have lapped its sides have stripped the paint away and shown its true nature. Wood is used to construct minesweepers because some types of mines are designed to latch on to metal using magnets and detonate in the presence of metal ships. Moreover, the oak, Douglas fir and Alaska cedar used to construct the 225ft Guardian give it surprisingly good protection from bomb blasts.

Kenneth Ayers Kills son, 2, and injures ex-wife before killing himself in woods

A Pennsylvania father has shot and killed his two-year-old son and wounded his estranged wife before driving into the woods and killing himself.

Police said Kenneth Ayers also shot at his mother during the altercation on Saturday morning at her home in a rural area about 20 miles southwest of State College.

Huntingdon County District Attorney George Zanic said Mr Ayers, 52, was subject to a protection from abuse order filed by his wife but was permitted visits with his son, Michael.

Blackout TV: US media turn blind eye to Gitmo hunger strike

Berlusconi organizes demo against Italy's judicial system

Musharraf vows to 'save' Pakistan on return from exile

Tunisia concerned about American, European neocolonialism

5.0 Magnitude Earthquake KEPULAUAN SANGIHE, INDONESIA - 25th March 2013

Monday, March 25, 2013 at 08:30:02 UTC
Monday, March 25, 2013 at 04:30:02 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
3.027°N, 125.649°E
140.8 km (87.5 miles)
182 km (113 miles) NNE of Bitung, Indonesia

7 die in Mali clashes, Islamists threaten to kill hostages

Clashes between the Malian army and Islamists killed seven people including a soldier and two civilians Sunday in northern Mali's largest city, as Al-Qaeda's north African branch threatened to kill its French hostages.

The fighting in Gao took place as the Malian army carried out what it called a "clean-up" operation in Gao after Islamist militants from the Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO) infiltrated the northeastern city and opened fire on an army camp overnight.

Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), an allied extremist group, for its part renewed a threat to kill its French hostages and called on their families to pressure France's government to end its military operation against radical Islamists who had seized control of northern Mali.

Malian soldier injured during fighting in Gao

Missouri pummeled with spring snow

Kercher: Court To Decide On Knox Re-Trial

Murdered Meredith Kercher's sister has spoken of the ''unanswered questions'' surrounding the death ahead of today's final appeal.

Stephanie Kercher said she hoped for answers as Italian Supreme Court judges decide whether Amanda Knox and her former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito should stand trial again or confirm their appeal hearing which saw them sensationally cleared of the brutal killing.

Meredith, 21, was found semi-naked and with her throat cut in her bedroom in the house she shared with fellow student Ms Knox and two other women in the town of Perugia.

Newborn Left In Car With Note As Mum Shops

A baby left alone in a locked car in New Zealand had a note attached to its blanket asking passers-by to call if there were any problems.

The newborn had been left in a car seat while the child's mother went supermarket shopping.

A photo of the baby, and the hastily scrawled note which had a mobile phone number on it, has sparked outrage after it was printed in a newspaper and posted online.

Mexico: Bats Tackled Following Rabies Outbreak

A long term vampire bat control plan has been implemented in the wake of a bovine paralytic rabies outbreak.

According to the government the disease poses a threat to humans as well as cattle.

Spread by vampire bats, the rabies outbreak has been detected on a small number of cattle ranches in Tzucacab, Yucatan, according to a report from Criterio.

Manuel Escoffie Pompey, delegate of the Ministry of Agriculture Fisheries and food reported the case, confirmed disease presence on the Yucatan peninsula.

Rabies Outbreak Kills 50 in Indonesia's Maluku Province (March 2012)

At least 50 people have died of rabies in the recent weeks in a reported outbreak in the southwest district of Indonesia’s Maluku province, local officials said on Monday.

“Rabies has killed at least 50 people and hundreds of others have been infected by the virus,” Bernabas Orno said, adding that the outbreak has been reported to Maluku Governor Karel Albert Ralahalu.

The deadly virus has hit the remote province hard in recent weeks. The rabies virus is spread through contact with infected animals, who carry the virus in their saliva. Those bitten by an infected animal can avoid contracting the deadly disease if they clean the wound and receive a rabies vaccination within hours of contact.

A Side of Rabies With Your Dog Meat in China

People in China and other Asian countries are dying of rabies. But it’s not because dogs are biting them — it’s because they are biting dogs, eating 18-80 million a year just in China.

“Rabies is a major problem in China. The country’s Ministry of Health says it has the second highest rate in the world after India.” And it’s getting worse. Human rabies cases appear to be on the rise in China based on the most recent numbers available. “In 2007, there were 3,302 confirmed human rabies cases in China, nearly 21 times the number found from the entire period between 1990 and 1996.”

It’s not just eating the meat that causes rabies. Slaughtering, processing and cooking it may be even more dangerous. After a rabies outbreak led to human fatalities in Vietnam, government officials “reported that 70% of deaths were from dog bites but up to 30% were thought to be linked to exposure during slaughter or butchery.”

Viral outbreak killing raccoons on Folly Beach, worrying experts

Phone calls have been flooding into City Hall with reports of sick or dead raccoons being found in neighborhoods. East Hudson Avenue is where the most calls have come from and people are definitely worried.

Carol Linville President of Pet Helpers said, "We have had over 38 calls, I've taken some for the city or citizens calling me directly. 99 percent of what we are dealing with is a distemper virus."

Linville said the disease is definitely an outbreak. It attacks the nervous system, sometimes causing seizures and unnatural behavior in animals, often mistaken for rabies.

"Droopy eyes, weaving, rocking, slow moving acting like kind of out of it, I often say it's like you've had too much to drink," said Linville.

Rabies Cases Growing Fast In Central Texas - KCEN HD - Waco, Temple, and Killeen

Russia: State of Emergency Declared in Chelyabinsk Over Rabies Outbreak

A state of emergency has been declared in the Chelyabinsk region due to an outbreak of rabies among animals, the regional administration said in a statement.

In a decree posted on the administration's website, Ivan Feklin, the deputy governor of the region and head of the emergency response team for coordinating preventative measures for rabies, is tasked with confirming a complex set of measures to stabilize the region's rabies outbreak for the duration of the emergency regime.

The regional budget has allocated 2.44 million rubles ($78,000) for the purpose.


A man in his 40s was critically injured when a tree fell on him as severe thunderstorms lashed south-east Queensland last night.

Emergency crews worked through the evening after the storm brought down trees and cut power to 50,000 homes.

Emergency Management Queensland (EMQ) says a man was running at St Lucia in Brisbane's inner west when he was struck by a tree.

He was taken to Princess Alexandra Hospital with head injuries.


A teenager who allegedly killed and chopped up his mother has told police he did not like her, and wanted to know more about dissection.

The 19-year-old from Japan allegedly dismembered his mother's body in the bathroom, cutting her into at least 15 pieces using kitchen knives, the Sankei daily said on Saturday, citing unnamed police sources.

The teenager, who lived with his mother in a small apartment near Tokyo, then kept the body parts in the bathtub, which he filled with water, before starting to dump it piece by piece in plastic bags, the report said.

He told police he "didn't like her"

Estelle Casimir faces federal charges at West Point in alleged theft of.........- meatballs

A housekeeper at the U.S. Military Academy could face up to two years in jail if convicted of trying to steal a bag of frozen meatballs.

Estelle Casimir pleaded not guilty in U.S. District Court in White Plains, New York, this month, according to her attorney.

"She is very upset," said Michael Ferraro. "We've pleaded not guilty, definitely."

Syrian group to leader: You can't quit

Syrian opposition leader Moaz al-Khatib tried to resign Sunday, but was told he couldn't.

Al-Khatib will remain as head of the Syrian National Coalition until the group's next general meeting, Sanir Ahmed, Syrian National Coalition spokesman, told CNN. The executive committee rejected the resignation.

He "has taken the realm of the national coalition at a critical stage and he was able to garner great popularity and establish unity among ranks of the opposition. So he is to remain in his position for now," Ahmed said.

No date for the meeting has been set.

EU gives Cyprus their Approval on Bailout Deal

EU bailouts 'could backfire'

The recent financial troubles in Cyprus have attracted a range of alarming headlines around the world, but we must be careful to avoid panic and reckless measures that would exacerbate the crisis.

For in reality, Cyprus -- one of the smallest economies in the eurozone -- has a manageable fiscal deficit, low debt and until very recently a thriving economy, based on financial services and tourism. Large reserves of natural gas and possibly oil have been discovered off its southern coast, which would bring a bonanza in three to five years.

The roots of the crisis go back to 2006 when the Cyprus Popular Bank, the country's second biggest bank was taken over by a smaller Greek bank. The new owners invested very heavily in Greek bonds and loans but kept it as a Cypriot bank, instead of transferring the HQ to Greece. This was because of the better corporate environment in Cyprus, where tax rates are just 10%, compared to Greece where it is at least double that.

What does this tell us about the European project though? Is the eurozone a partnership of equals who care about each other's subjects? Or is it a vehicle for scoring political points by the strong and powerful?

4.2 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTH OF JAVA, INDONESIA - 25th March 2013

Monday, March 25, 2013 at 07:40:38 UTC
Monday, March 25, 2013 at 03:40:38 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
10.914°S, 113.837°E
44.5 km (27.7 miles)
258 km (160 miles) S of Sidorukun, Indonesia

4.1 Magnitude Earthquake OFFSHORE CHIAPAS, MEXICO - 25th March 2013

Monday, March 25, 2013 at 06:27:35 UTC
Monday, March 25, 2013 at 12:27:35 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
15.899°N, 93.988°W
78.4 km (48.7 miles)
31 km (19 miles) SW (229°) from Tonalá, Chiapas, Mexico

5.1 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTH SANDWICH ISLANDS REGION - 25th March 2013

Monday, March 25, 2013 at 05:55:05 UTC
Monday, March 25, 2013 at 03:55:05 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
59.611°S, 26.384°W
10 km (6.2 miles)
64 km (39 miles) S of Bristol Island, Antarctica

5.2 Magnitude Earthquake SAMOA ISLANDS REGION - 25th March 2013

Monday, March 25, 2013 at 05:25:29 UTC
Sunday, March 24, 2013 at 06:25:29 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
16.620°S, 171.843°W
10 km (6.2 miles)
217 km (134 miles) ESE of Hihifo, Tonga

4.0 Magnitude Earthquake DOMINICAN REPUBLIC REGION - 25th March 2013

Monday, March 25, 2013 at 04:36:02 UTC
Monday, March 25, 2013 at 12:36:02 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
18.294°N, 69.067°W
99 km (61.5 miles)
18 km (11 miles) SW (214°) from La Romana, La Romana, Dominican Republic

4.2 Magnitude Earthquake FIJI REGION - 25th March 2013

Monday, March 25, 2013 at 04:35:19 UTC
Monday, March 25, 2013 at 04:35:19 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
17.920°S, 178.547°W
590.2 km (366.8 miles)
275 km (170 miles) SE of Lambasa, Fiji

Timothy Dluhos breaks down as he is confronted about 'racist and sexist Tweets

Timothy Dluhos, who works for the Fire Department of New York, made posts calling Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who is Jewish, 'King Heeb,' referring to black people as 'coloreds' and calling Asians 'chinks.' He also tweeted that his most prized possession is Nazi gold pin with a German U-Boat and a swastika. 'My life is ruined. Oh, my God, I'm so sorry,' he cried as he broke down in tears, the New York Post reports.

ANOTHER sinkhole opens in Florida town where man was killed

It's been just a few weeks since Jeff Bush died after being swallowed by a sinkhole in Seffner, Florida but the scares for the town continue.

Another sinkhole emerged Saturday evening at the 1400 block of Lake Shore Drive between two houses.

According to WFLA estimates have this sinkhole measuring approximately 8 feet in width.

Dangerous bacterial meningitis outbreak in New York with 22 people infected and seven dead

New York City has been hit with a bacterial meningitis outbreak with 22 people infected so far, according to city health officials who are urging promiscuous gay men to get vaccinated against infection.

The dangerous strain of the disease which causes an inflammation of the protective membranes covering the brain and spinal cord appears to be spreading through sexual encounters between men who meet up online and at bars and parties, according to a news release from the city’s health department.

‘Vaccination is the best defense,’ City Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley said in the release.

While the people of Cyprus are being robbed...Riot police clash with protesters in Paris as 300,000 take to the streets in demonstration against gay marriage

Police sprayed tear gas at protesters (inset) as hundreds charged towards the centre of Paris during the protest against a draft law allowing same-sex couples to adopt and marry. About 300,000 people - conservative activists, children and priests - took part to stop the bill. Christine Boutin, leader of the French Christian Democratic Party, was pictured lying on the ground in the Champs-Elysees, after being tear-gassed by police during the demonstration.

Cameron's £5million pilot classes in parenting.....2% turn up in 7 Months!.

Only one in 50 people eligible for the government’s free parenting classes have taken advantage of the scheme, official figures have revealed.

A £5million pilot was set up in a number of poor areas following the 2011 riots in England.

Parents of under-fives would be able to claim £100 vouchers to attend classes covering discipline, diet, exercise, family rows, bullying and preparing children for school.

Incompetence and foot-dragging blamed as backlog of 320,000 migrant cases will take 24 years to clear

Border officials need 24 years to clear their backlog of 320,000 immigration cases, MPs warn today.

Incompetence and foot-dragging is blamed for the sheer number of claims – the equivalent of the population of Iceland.

In a blistering report, the Commons home affairs committee also said the army of foreign criminals on the streets was growing, with the total now almost 4,000.

Rebels seize Bangui, loot president's son's home

Last-minute Cyprus deal to close bank, force losses

An EU spokesman said no across-the-board levy or tax would be imposed on deposits in Cypriot banks, although the hit on large account holders in the two biggest banks is likely to be far greater than initially planned. A first attempt at a deal last week collapsed when the Cypriot parliament rejected a proposed levy on all deposits.

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said lawmakers would not need to vote on the new scheme, since they had already enacted a law setting procedures for bank resolution.

"It can't be done without a bail-in in both banks... This is bitter for Cyprus but we now have the result that the (German) government always stood up for," Schaeuble told reporters, saying he was sure the German parliament would approve.

Bank Of Cyprus Bomb Explosion Reported In Limassol

An explosion has occurred outside of a Bank of Cyprus branch in Limassol, according to sources and SigmaLive.

The blast was caused by an "improvised explosive device," according to an English translation of the SigmaLive report. A YouTube video available from NewsitCy Cyprus, available above, appears to show the aftermath of the explosion.

Per an initial Google translation of the article, "the blast destroyed the window of a branch of the Bank and created small fire which katasvistike from the Fire. The area has been blocked by the Cypriot police." The story also reports an additional explosion.

Virus vial containing Guanarito virus which causes hemorrhagic fever missing from missing from secure biomedical Galveston lab, Texas

A small vial containing a potentially harmful strain of virus has gone missing from a Texas laboratory, it was revealed today.

The vial, which contains a strain of the Guanarito virus, had been locked in a bio-hazard freezer within the University of Texas’ Medical Branch campus.

The strain of virus is part of a family of diseases that caused deadly outbreaks in Venezuela and could cause hemorrhagic fever.

Swarming bees attack workers at golf course in Costa Mesa, California

A swarm of bees attacked three workers at a golf course in Costa Mesa, authorities said Sunday.

Responding firefighters used foam to disperse the bees that attacked the workers who were suspended in a lift about 40 to 50 feet above the ground to work on a tower, according to the fire department. The incident occurred at about 2:30 p.m.

The workers suffered multiple bee stings. They were treated and taken to a hospital.,0,2475165.story

Bee attack - Nearly 80 devotees injured at Gadaikallu hill, India

Nearly a hundred devotees who had been to Gadaikallu hill on Sunday March 24 to offer prayers in observance of the Lenten season were stung by bees. Among them about 80 were injured, more than 8 of them seriously.

Sources said after the incident, the injured spent a harrowing time on the hill awaiting help for more than four hours.

Russian Civilians Join Raids On Immigrant Camps

Russia's federal migration service has introduced civilian patrols as part of a crackdown on illegal immigrants.

Civic-minded citizens in Moscow can now sign up to take part in organised raids of migrant housing and street patrols.

The volunteers are supervised by a migration service official and not allowed to use force, unless in self-defence.

'No Job? No Benefits' Cameron To Tell Immigrants ....Must be getting Close to another Election Campaign!

David Cameron is set to announce tough new measures to curb immigrants' access to housing and benefits, in an attempt to tackle the "something for nothing" welfare culture.

The Prime Minister will use a keynote speech today to warn those coming to the country that Britain will no longer be taking a "soft touch" approach to immigration.

From next year, arrivals from the European Union will be stripped of jobseekers benefits after six months (there isn't ONE country in Europe that pays benefits to immigrant arrivals, except for the UK) unless they can prove they have been actively looking for a job and stand a "genuine chance" of finding one.