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Alabama geometry teacher uses assassination of President Obama to teach angles

Alabama geometry teacher uses assassination of President Obama to teach angles --He used the example of where to stand and aim if shooting Obama. 18 May 2010 (AL) A Jefferson County teacher picked the wrong example when he used assassinating President Barack Obama as a way to teach angles to his geometry students. Someone alerted authorities and the Corner High School math teacher was questioned by the Secret Service, but was not taken into custody or charged with any crime... "He was talking about angles and said, 'If you're in this building, you would need to take this angle to shoot the president,' " said Joseph Brown, a senior in the geometry class. [OMG. If the teacher was a Muslim, he'd be Miranda-less toast and on his way to Gitmo. --LRP]

Top offshore oil drilling official to resign

Top offshore oil drilling official to resign --Oynes named to post in 2007 17 May 2010 A top U.S. official who oversees offshore oil drilling at the Minerals Management Service will resign on May 31, an Obama administration official said on Monday. The departure of Chris Oynes, the associate director of offshore energy and minerals management at MMS, comes as a massive oil leak at an offshore rig in the Gulf of Mexico threatens an environmental and economic calamity along with U.S. Gulf Coast.

Oceans' fish could disappear in 40 years: UN

Oceans' fish could disappear in 40 years: UN [Or, if Obusha and BP continue to run things - six weeks.] 17 May 2010 The world faces the nightmare possibility of fishless oceans by 2050 unless fishing fleets are slashed and stocks allowed to recover, UN experts warned Monday. "If the various estimates we have received... come true, then we are in the situation where 40 years down the line we, effectively, are out of fish," Pavan Sukhdev, head of the UN Environment Program's green economy initiative, told journalists in New York.

Conn. AG Blumenthal fires back over military service

This swiftboating of Richard Blumenthal by corporaterrorist bimbo, Linda McMahon, will not fly. Conn. AG Blumenthal fires back over military service 18 May 2010 Embattled Connecticut Senate candidate Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat, told a group of veterans in West Hartford today that on a "few occasions" he had "misspoken" about his service in Vietnam but that he refused to let anyone "take a few misplaced words and impugn my record of service." "I am proud of my service in the United States Marine Corps," Blumenthal said. "Unlike many of my peers, I chose to join the military and serve my country."

Times Square Bomb Suspect Eyed Other Targets: Source

Times Square Bomb Suspect Eyed Other Targets: Source 18 May 2010 Failed Times Square bomb suspect Faisal Shahzad had considered targeting several other locations, including Stratford, Connecticut-based defense contractor Sikorsky, before deciding to leave an explosives-laden SUV at the "crossroads of the world," law enforcement sources said. Shahzad admitted to planning the May 1 bomb attempt in the busy theater district.  Authorities say the Pakistani-born U.S. citizen has been cooperating with investigators and in the course of discussions admitted that he had eyed other the Connecticut-based defense company and several New York landmarks, including Rockefeller Center, Grand Central Station and the World Financial Center downtown, sources tell NBCNewYork.

S Korea: North's torpedo sank ship

S Korea: North's torpedo sank ship 18 May 2010 Months after a warship belonging to South Korea sank near a disputed sea border, South Korean investigators say there is evidence that a North Korean torpedo caused the incident. Military experts told Seoul-based Yonhap news agency on Tuesday that chemical traces found on the ship's wreckage were similar to substances used in North Korean torpedoes.

US Sends Iran Sanctions Draft to UN

US Sends Iran Sanctions Draft to UN 18 May 2010 Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says the United States and other major world powers [nutjobs] have agreed on a draft resolution that could impose a fourth round of United Nations sanctions on Iran. Clinton made the announcement in testimony to a Senate committee Tuesday, a day after Iran announced a plan to send some of its enriched uranium to Turkey in exchange for nuclear fuel.

Two U.S. senators in jeopardy on big day of voting

Two U.S. senators in jeopardy on big day of voting 18 May 2010 With voter anger running high, two veteran U.S. senators face potential career-ending challenges on Tuesday in primary contests that could measure the anti-Washington mood before November's midterm elections. Democrats Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania and [corporate-owned] Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas face strong tests from the left. Also, a U.S. Senate race in Kentucky between a Republican establishment favorite and a conservative "Tea Party" activist will test the strength of that loosely organized movement.

Secret Prison Discovered At Bagram Air Force Base

Secret Prison Discovered At Bagram Air Force Base 15 May 2010 A secret prison has recently been discovered at Bagram Air Force Base located in Afghanistan. The Red Cross has recently confirmed this information and released a statement saying a "Black Jail" is hidden within the air force base. Surprisingly, several prisoners claim to have been abused and tortured while being held captive at the jail during the Obama administration despite the fact that Obama has stated that he would end torture. In a BBC interview with Sher Agha, a citizen who spent six days inside the prison, has said that it is known to insiders as "The Black Hole". Agha and other prisoners have stated that they were subject to sleep deprivation and various other kinds of abuse.

West to continue working on sanctions

West to continue working on sanctions --Diplomats in Washington and New York unimpressed by Iranian fuel swap deal brokered by Turkey and Brazil, tell Ynet that Security Council discussions will go on. 18 May 2010 Western powers unimpressed by Iranian gesture: Although Iran has agreed to ship 1,200 kilograms of its low-enriched uranium to Turkey in exchange for fuel rods to power a research reactor in Tehran, most permanent Security Council members are continuing their efforts to impose fresh sanctions against the Islamic Republic. The American administration -- with the support of France, Britain and apparently also Russia -- is continuing to push for a Security Council resolution. Western diplomats in Washington and New York told Ynet on Monday night that "the discussions on sanctions continue".

Afghan Car Bomb Kills 20 Civilians, Army Doctor Says

Afghan Car Bomb Kills 20 Civilians, Army Doctor Says 18 May 2010 A suicide car bomber struck in the Afghan capital today, killing as many as 20 civilians in an attack that witnesses and police officials said targeted a U.S. military convoy. A military doctor, Nesar Ahmad, said in an interview near the scene of the bombing that he evacuated 15 dead and five wounded civilians close to the center of Kabul. The bomber struck at about 8 a.m. this morning, badly damaging a passenger bus. Associated Press cited a police officer who confirmed three deaths.

ISAF: 2 troops killed in Afghanistan

ISAF: 2 troops killed in Afghanistan 17 May 2010 Two members of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force were killed Monday in two separate improvised explosive device attacks, ISAF said in a statement. One of the service members died in western Afghanistan, while the second died in southern Afghanistan, ISAF said.

NATO needs hundreds of trainers in Afghanistan

NATO needs hundreds of trainers in Afghanistan 18 May 2010 International troops in Afghanistan face a shortfall of hundreds of trainers who are supposed to train the Afghan security forces, James Stavridis, NATO's supreme allied commander for Europe said Monday in Washington. Stavridis said Afghanistan needs about 5,200 trainers, and roughly 3,600 are on the ground. NATO's share of the overall training mission is 1,600. "Right now, I've got on the ground or committed 1,150" trainers, he said. "So, I need 450" more. [Or, NATO could just *leave,* which is what *everyone* needs.]

Three Brits 'dead' in Afghan plane crash

Three Brits 'dead' in Afghan plane crash 18 May 2010 Three Brits were feared dead after a passenger plane crashed in Afghanistan yesterday. David Taylor, Chris Carter and Daniel Saville were among 44 people on the Pamir Airways flight that went down in the Hindu Kush mountains. There were six foreigners, including one American, on the flight from northern city Kunduz to capital Kabul.

Pentagon Issues Regulations on Taping Detainee Interrogations

Pentagon Issues Regulations on Taping Detainee Interrogations 17 May 2010 The Pentagon last week ordered the videotaping of all detainee interrogations conducted by military and defense personnel if the questioning is aimed at gathering "strategic intelligence" and is conducted on major U.S. military bases. The new regulations, contained in a memo issued May 10 by the Defense Department's second-ranking official, specifically exclude interrogations by soldiers engaged in combat or those involved in gathering information on ground-level enemy tactics from the videotaping requirement. The memo, posted late last week on a Defense Department website and confirmed by U.S. officials, would apply to the military's detention centers at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan.

Army Recall of 44,000 Helmets Triggered by Justice Department Probe

Army Recall of 44,000 Helmets Triggered by Justice Department Probe --Faulty Helmets May Have Been Sent to Combat Zones 17 May 2010 The U.S. Army's recall of 44,000 helmets that do not meet quality control standards was triggered by a Justice Department investigation of the helmet maker, ArmorSource. The Army says it is doing all it can to ensure the replacement of the faulty helmets, some of which may have been sent to soldiers overseas in combat zones. The Army was first informed by the Justice Department in January that it was investigating ArmorSource. That notification led the Army to conduct new ballistics testing of Advanced Combat Helmets already in stock that had been produced by ArmorSource.

Israeli border officials stop Noam Chomsky entring the West Bank

Israeli border officials stop Noam Chomsky entring the West Bank 18 May 2010 A leading left-wing political thinker who was denied entry to the West Bank by Israeli border guards has accused the Jewish state of acting in a "paranoid" fashion reminiscent of South Africa during the apartheid era. Noam Chomsky, the Jewish American professor famed for his ground-breaking work on linguistics as well as his critical studies on the media and politics around the world, was trying to cross the Israeli-controlled border from Jordan to the West Bank on Sunday when he was detained for prolonged questioning and then told that he could not enter.

Engineer accuses BP of ignoring damaged oil well safety gear

Engineer accuses BP of ignoring damaged oil well safety gear 18 May 2010 The critical piece of safety equipment that failed to shut down the oil well after the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded last month was damaged before the accident, it emerged yesterday. According to a survivor’s account that could prove devastating to BP as it struggles to stop millions of gallons of oil spewing into the Gulf of Mexico, the safety device -- known as a blowout preventer -- was punctured in the weeks before the blast but nothing was done to fix it. Mike Williams, the rig’s chief electronics technician, also said that in the lead-up to the disaster BP officials, concerned that the project was behind schedule and costing the company $1 million (£680,000) a day, ordered a faster pace of drilling.

Baghdad to enclose city with 15ft wall to keep suicide bombers out

Baghdad to enclose city with 15ft wall to keep suicide bombers out --Every man, beast and vehicle entering will be searched at one of only eight gates along the main highways. 18 May 2010 Baghdad is to resort to one of the oldest forms of defence by building a massive wall around the capital to keep out insurgents [?], The Times has learnt. A series of recent suicide bombings has driven the governor of the Iraqi capital to propose the concrete barrier, which will be 15ft (4.5m) high and 70 miles (112km) long.  Baghdad, roughly the same size as London and with approximately five million inhabitants, will face severe disruption as a result. Freedom of movement will be limited and workers and visitors alike will probably have to wait for at least an hour to enter.

Israel plays wargame assuming Iran has nuclear bomb

Israel plays wargame assuming Iran has nuclear bomb 17 May 2010 A nuclear-armed Iran would blunt Israel's military autonomy, a wargame involving former Israeli generals and diplomats has concluded, though some players predicted Tehran would also exercise restraint. Sunday's event at a campus north of Tel Aviv followed other high-profile Iran simulations in Israel and the United States in recent months. But it broke new ground by assuming the existence of what both countries have pledged to prevent: an Iranian bomb.

Man held in Times Square car bomb probe denies suspect link

Man held in Times Square car bomb probe denies suspect link 17 May 2010 One of three men arrested in the investigation of a failed car-bombing in New York's Times Square denies any connection to the primary suspect, Pakistan's consul general in Boston said. Consul General Barry Hoffman said Aftab Khan, a Pakistani gas station attendant who lives in Watertown, told him during a visit to his jail cell Monday that he does not know suspect Faisal Shahzad and had no contact with him.

Iraq court backs banned 'Baathists'

Iraq court backs banned 'Baathists' 17 May 2010 An Iraqi appeals court has reinstated nine winning candidates from the March 7 parliamentary election who had been disqualified for alleged links to the Baath party. Eight of the nine candidates were from the Iraqiya coalition of former prime minister Iyad Allawi, which won the highest number of seats in the election. The verdict means Iraq's Independent High Electoral Commission is a step closer to officially certifying the results of the March election.

Despite Pentagon Claims, U.S. Antimissile Intercepts Have Low Success Rate

Despite Pentagon Claims, U.S. Antimissile Intercepts Have Low Success Rate 17 May 2010 ...A new analysis being published by two antimissile critics, at M.I.T. and Cornell, casts doubt on the reliability of the new weapon. President Obama’s announcement of his new antimissile plan in September was based on the Pentagon’s assessment that the SM-3, or Standard Missile 3, had intercepted 84 percent of incoming targets in tests. But a re-examination of results from 10 of those apparently successful tests by Theodore A. Postol and George N. Lewis, being published this month, finds only one or two successful intercepts -- for a success rate of 10 to 20 percent.

Air tests from the Louisiana coast reveal human health threats from the oil disaster

Air tests from the Louisiana coast reveal human health threats from the oil disaster By Sue Sturgis 10 May 2010 ...[T]he latest evaluation of air monitoring data shows a serious threat to human health from airborne chemicals emitted by the ongoing deepwater gusher. Today the Louisiana Environmental Action Network released its analysis of air monitoring test results by the Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA's air testing data comes from Venice, a coastal community 75 miles south of New Orleans in Louisiana's Plaquemines Parish. The findings show that levels of airborne chemicals have far exceeded state standards and what's considered safe for human exposure.

Study: BP Refineries Account for Most Violations

Study: BP Refineries Account for Most Violations 17 May 2010 A Washington-based research group says two BP refineries in the U.S. account for 97 percent of "egregious willful" violations given by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The study by the Center for Public Integrity says the violations were found in the last three years in BP's Texas City refinery and another plant in Toledo, Ohio. In 2005, 15 people were killed in an explosion at the Texas City refinery. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA Jordan Barab says BP has a "systemic safety problem."

Texas schools board rewrites US history with lessons promoting God and guns

Texas schools board rewrites US history with lessons promoting God and guns --US Christian conservatives drop references to slave trade and sideline Thomas Jefferson who backed church-state separation 16 May 2010 A clutch of Christian evangelists and social conservatives have grasped control of the Texas education board... Those corrections have prompted a blizzard of accusations of rewriting history and indoctrinating children by promoting rightwing views on religion, economics and guns while diminishing the science of evolution, the civil rights movement and the horrors of slavery. Several changes include sidelining Thomas Jefferson, who favoured separation of church and state, while introducing a new focus on the "significant contributions" of pro-slavery Confederate leaders during the civil war... Study of Sir Isaac Newton is dropped in favour of examining scientific advances through military technology. There is also a suggestion that the anti-communist witch-hunt by Senator Joseph McCarthy in the 1950s may have been justified.

Presidential commission will 'investigate' oil spill

Presidential commission will 'investigate' oil spill 17 May 2010 President Obama will sign an executive order establishing a presidential commission to investigate [Yeah, right!] the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, an administration official said Monday. Eight U.S. senators called earlier Monday for an independent federal investigation of whether oil giant BP violated civil or criminal laws in connection with the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Israeli scientist calls for nuclear disclosure

Israeli scientist calls for nuclear disclosure 10 May 2010 An Israeli scientist is calling for his country to end a decades-long silence over its reported nuclear weapons capability and open its nuclear reactor to inspection. Uzi Even, a Tel Aviv University chemistry professor and former worker at Israel's Dimona reactor, said US President Barack Obama's campaign for global nuclear arms reduction is a sign of changing times and Israel must get in step. "We could open Dimona to international inspection," the former member of parliament with the left-wing Meretz party told Israeli army radio on Monday.

Volcanic ash grounds 1,000 European flights

Volcanic ash grounds 1,000 European flights 17 May 2010 Volcanic ash from Iceland grounded 1,000 flights and delayed hundreds of thousands of passengers in parts of northern Europe on Monday, although forecasters said the situation would improve during the week. Several of Europe's busiest airports, including London's Heathrow and Schiphol in Amsterdam, were closed for several hours due to fears the ash could damage jet engines and bring down aircraft.

Iraq says it uncovered al-Qaida plot on World Cup

Iraq says it uncovered al-Qaida plot on World Cup 17 May 2010 Iraqi security forces have detained an 'al-Qaida' militant suspected of planning an attack targeting the World Cup in South Africa next month, an official said Monday. Maj. Gen. Qassim al-Moussawi, a spokesman for Baghdad security services, said Abdullah Azam Saleh al-Qahtani was an officer in the Saudi army. He is suspected of planning a "terrorist act" in South Africa during the World Cup beginning June 11, al-Moussawi told a news conference in Baghdad.

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