Saturday, April 09, 2011
Energy Efficient Light Bulbs Unscrewed: A Triple Threat to Your Health and Environment (Part 1)
If there’s one thing that gets under my skin, it’s the one sided truth about compact fluorescent light bulbs.And if you’re fed up with skyrocketing energy bills or the damage inflicted on our environment, I’m sure you’ve seen plenty of hype for these light bulbs.These energy efficient light bulbs are supposed to drastically reduce your power bills and green house gas emissions that are linked with global warming.
Don’t get me wrong. I do like lower power bills and a sustainable planet for my children and future generations.
But the simple fact is…
There’s a dark shadow cast by compact fluorescent light bulbs on your health and the environment that you should know about! Before I tell you all about it let’s quickly go over the benefits of CFLs that we’ve been force fed by the media, industry, and governments.By now you and I have been led to believe compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs are great! After all, they use 75% less electricity. They’re four times more efficient than incandescent light bulbs, meaning a 13 Watt CFL would give off as much light as a 60 Watt incandescent. Prices have dropped so much over the last few years that CFL bulbs are a bargain compared to the cost of incandescent bulbs. Heck they even last up to ten times longer than incandescent bulbs.This is great for the environment because it reduces greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants created by fossil-fuel power plants. As an added bonus you save money by having to purchase less CFL bulbs compared to incandescent bulbs. Plus, your electric bill is reduced too! Governments are mandating CFL use and banning incandescent light bulbs. Media, industry, and governments have screwed the benefits of CFL bulbs into the deepest sockets of our mind.In a nutshell, we have been led to believe CFL bulbs are good for the environment, the energy crisis, our bank account, and global warming, right? I thought so until I heard this…
Investigation Announced into Potential Dangers of Compact Florescent Lights
Always believing CFLs were a good thing, I was surprised to hear my local radio station, AM800 CKLW in Windsor Ontario, announce Health Canada was measuring exposure levels of CFL bulb’s potentially harmful electromagnetic-field and ultraviolet radiation levels.I decided to investigate energy-saving compact fluorescent light bulbs to uncover the truth.My Research Into Energy Efficient Light Bulbs Was Shocking
In the end I discovered there’s a dark side to compact fluorescent light bulbs.You will soon see three areas of concern to your health and the environment. The question is have they been downplayed. They include toxic mercury, ultraviolet radiation, and electromagnetic fields. These are what I call CFLs Triple Threat.
As you continue reading, I’ll explain what I found about each threat in more detail. But before doing so you should know…Lots of people are reporting serious health problems they are convinced come from compact fluorescent light bulbs.Some symptoms they complain about include…
Mild to severe Headaches (Migraines)
Skin Irritation, redness, burning sensations, and or itchiness
Dizziness and Nausea
Tinnitus (ringing in the ears) and Earaches
Numbness and Tingling sensations
Tired, Weak and Fatigued
Difficulty Sleeping / Restlessness
Chest Pains / Heart Problems
Poor Memory and Concentration
Feelings of Stress and Anxiety
Depression and Mood Swings
Muscle and joint pain
Pain and pressure in the eyes
The big question: Are Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs really responsible for causing these health problems? I suspect the CFL Triple Threats are a major part of what’s behind it all. So in the next several blog posts I’ll examine the details of toxic mercury, U.V. radiation, and electromagnetic fields and how this ties into energy efficient light bulbs, the environment and the potential danger to your health.In the mean time here’s proof that compact fluorescent light bulbs can be dangerous to your health. Go ahead and watch this video and you’ll be shocked! Thanks for reading Part 1 in this series of posts. Part 2 will get into more of the hushed up truth about the dangers of energy efficient light bulbs.
Energy Efficient Light Bulbs Unscrewed (Part 2): CFLs Emit Ultraviolet Radiation Ultraviolet radiation emitted by CFL bulbs, along with toxic mercury, and electromagnetic radiation are the three threats introduced in Part I of Energy Efficient Light Bulbs Unscrewed. These threats make up the dark shadow cast by compact fluorescent light bulbs on your health and the environment.
So let’s investigate the details of…
Threat 1: Compact Flourescent Lights Emitting Ultraviolet Radiation
To begin, early in October 2008, only months before Health Canada announced an investigation into CFLs, the British Health Protection Agency (HPA) cautioned CFLs sometimes emit UV radiation that is beyond acceptable safety levels.Nine out of 53 CFL bulbs the HPA investigated emitted unacceptable levels of UV radiation. The thing is you should only be concerned if you are a distance of 30 centimeters (about one foot) or less from the bulbs for an hour or more. The HPA stated there is no evidence that CFLs pose a cancer risk. True there may not be any scientific evidence… yet! But tell that to the people suffering from mild to sever skin reactions like red skin and burning sensations.To be fair, I believe those suffering from skin reactions are effected by the electromagnetic radiation not the UV but we’ll get into that in Part 4 of this series of posts.
Getting back to UV radiation emitted by CFLs…
An Australian spokesperson from the Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts said these emissions should not be significant when the CFLs are installed in ceiling fittings and, if necessary, could be absorbed easily by appropriate filters in desk or bed lamp fittings. This implies the light’s U.V. radiation is not harmful if you are a safe distance away or if they’re equipped with U.V. filters. Unfortunately, CFLs don’t have UV filters.So if you spend a lot of time near reading or desktop CFL lamps, or if your work requires a lot of lighting, like jewelers, students, and auto mechanics, then you should be cautious. After all we know too much UV rays form the sun can seriously damage your skin. Especially, for sensitive skin that is prone to burning. Guess what? UV rays from CFLs are no different.Are you starting to wonder how harmful CFL emitted UV rays are to your skin? You see, there’s many people reporting CFL bulbs are making them sick (although as stated earlier its probably electromagnetic radiation behind it most of this).Nevertheless Experts Warn UV Radiation Emitted by CFLs May Cause Skin Problems
There may be skin sensitivity issues, especially in people with certain skin diseases.Philippe Laroche, Media Relations Officer for Health Canada, April 2008
Tube fluorescent bulbs have diffusers that filter the UV radiation. Compact fluorescent light bulbs do not have these diffusers and hence people using CFL are exposed to UV radiation. UV radiation has been linked to skin cancer and various skin disorders. Those who have skin problems may be particularly sensitive to this radiation.Dr. Magda Havas, associate professor environmental and resource studies, Trent University Peterborough, Ontario, Canada, June 2008.Even the British Association of Dermatologists has raised concern because many patients are reporting skin conditions associated with these energy-saving bulbs.Here in my country the Canadian Dermatology Association (CDA) anxiously awaits the results of the Health Canada study into CFLs launched earlier this year (2009):The CDA is watching with great interest. We would like to know if these light bulbs could be dangerous. Michelle Albagli, executive director of the CDA, in an interview with Maclean’s.
Health Canada, the British Health Protection Agency, the British Association of Dermatologists, the Canadian Dermatology Association, and respected scientists are concerned about UV radiation emitted by CFLs.So do you blame me for thinking these lights might be dangerous?
Want scientific proof?
True there isn’t very much scientific proof that UV radiation emitted from CFLs is causing or NOT causing skin problems.However, some people are certain that their mild to severe skin reactions are caused by CFLs. That’s because when they removed the bulbs from their homes, their skin problems went away! (I’ll show you video clips in Part 4 of this series of posts that shows this).Since, we have leading researchers, medical experts, and governments seriously taking into consideration UV rays emitted by CFLs. Then as far as I’m concerned more scientific studies need be done so we can understand this more and figure out solutions.Mark my word, evidence is mounting against CFLs. Dr. Hava’s specific research on CFLs will be made public later in 2009 and I’m sure it will be an eye opener.Side note: Dr. Magda Havas is a leading researcher on the biological effects of electromagnetic fields. She recently completed a study on the frequencies created by several brands of CFL light bulbs. Once the study is peer reviewed it will be published. Through email, Dr. Havas told me, The report is coming out later this year (2009). Don’t know exactly when but hopefully before December.I’m Not Too Concerned About Ultraviolet Radiation from Energy Saving Light Bulbs (CFLs)In all honesty, I don’t believe the UV radiation is something to worry about for most of us. In fact, I believe few individuals will have problems from UV radiation emitted by CFLs. And those will be the ones with sensitive skin who spend hours at a time next to the bulbs (for example when reading next to desktop lamps).Bottom line, in my humble opinion, UV radiation emitted from CFLs is responsible for mild to severe skin problems (possibly skin cancer) in an extremely small group of individuals.
ENVIRONETDAILY-Consumers in dark over risks of new light bulbs-Push for energy-saving fluorescents ignores mercury disposal hazards By Joseph Farah 2011 WorldNetDaily.com
Brandy Bridges of Prospect, Maine, shows a newspaper insert promoting the type of CFL (compact fluorescent lamp) bulbs she says have caused elevated levels of mercury in her home upon breaking (photo courtesy: Ellison American)
WASHINGTON – Brandy Bridges heard the claims of government officials, environmentalists and retailers like Wal-Mart all pushing the idea of replacing incandescent light bulbs with energy-saving and money-saving compact fluorescent lamps.So, last month, the Prospect, Maine, resident went out and bought two dozen CFLs and began installing them in her home. One broke. A month later, her daughter's bedroom remains sealed off with plastic like the site of a hazardous materials accident, while Bridges works on a way to pay off a $2,000 estimate by a company specializing in environmentally sound cleanups of the mercury inside the bulb.With everyone from Al Gore to Wal-Mart to the Environmental Protection Agency promoting CFLs as the greatest thing since, well, the light bulb, consumers have been left in the dark about a problem they will all face eventually – how to get rid of the darn things when they burn out or, worse yet, break.CFLs are all the rage. They are the spirally shaped, long-lasting bulbs everyone is being urged, cajoled and guilt-tripped into purchasing to replace Thomas Edison's incandescents, which are being compared to sports utility vehicles for their impracticality and energy inefficiency. However, there is no problem disposing of incandescents when their life is over. You can throw them in the trash can and they won't hurt the garbage collector. They won't leech deadly compounds into the air or water. They won't kill people working in the landfills.The same cannot be said about the mercury-containing CFLs. They bear disposal warnings on the packaging. But with limited recycling prospects and the problems experienced by Brandy Bridges sure to be repeated millions of times, some think government, the green community and industry are putting the cart before the horse marketing the new technology so ferociously.
Consider her plight.
When the bulb she was installing in a ceiling fixture of her 7-year-old daughter's bedroom crashed to the floor and broke into the shag carpet, she wasn't sure what to do. Knowing about the danger of mercury, she called Home Depot, the retail outlet that sold her the bulbs.According to the Ellison American, the store warned her not to vacuum the carpet and directed her to call the poison control hotline in Prospect, Maine. Poison control staffers suggested she call the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the Maine Department of Environmental Protection.
The latter sent over a specialist to test the air in her house for mercury levels. While the rest of the house was clear, the area of the accident was contaminated above the level considered safe. The specialist warned Bridges not to clean up the bulb and mercury powder by herself – recommending a local environmental cleanup firm.That company estimated the cleanup cost, conservatively, at $2,000. And, no, her homeowners insurance won't cover the damage.Since she could not afford the cleanup, Bridges has been forced to seal off her daughter's bedroom with plastic to avoid any dust blowing around. Not even the family pets are permitted in to the bedroom. Her daughter is forced to sleep downstairs in an overcrowded household.She has continued to call public officials for help – her two U.S. senators included. So far, no one is beating down Bridges' door to help – not even Al Gore, whose Academy Award-winning movie, An Inconvenient Truth, urges everyone to change to CFLs to save the planet from global warming.Bridges is not alone.
Elizabeth Doermann of Vanderbilt, Tenn., had a similar experience. After her CFL bulb broke – because the cat knocked over a lamp – she didn't call Home Depot. Instead, she did what she had always done when old-fashioned incandescent bulbs had broken. She vacuumed up the mess. Only then did she learn about the mercury hazard. If I had known it had mercury in it, I would have been a lot more careful,she told the Tennessean. I wouldn't have vacuumed it up. That blew the mercury probably all through the house.The warnings on the packages of some of the new bulbs are in fine print – hard to read. They are also voluntary, with many bulbs being sold and distributed with no disposal warnings at all.Charmain Miles of Toronto, Canada, had another frightening experience with a CFL bulb.Last month she smelled smoke on the second floor of her home, only to discover it was emanating from a new energy-efficient bulb.I was horrified,she told a local TV station. I went through every place upstairs and took out every bulb.The bulb had been placed in a track-lighting fixture. Though the bulb contained no warning about such fixtures, it turns out CFLs are not for use in track, recessed or dimmer fixtures.And while the Consumers Council of Canada advises not to purchase any package of CFL bulbs that contains no instructions, the entire country is on a timetable to eliminate entirely the only alternative – the incandescent bulb.In fact, practically the whole world – fearing global warming – is getting ready to ban the incandescent light bulb. It started in Cuba, moved to Venezuela, then Australia, Canada and the European Union. Now individual states in the U.S., including California, Connecticut, North Carolina and Rhode Island, are all in the process of legislating an end to Edison's greatest invention. Even local towns and cities are getting into the act.The rap against the incandescent is that it uses more energy to produce light. Advocates of CFLs say they save money and energy by producing more light over more time for less money and less energy. They prefer to minimize concerns about cleanup and disposal, usually saying more needs to be done in the area of recycling.But recycling experts say the solutions are at least five years away. Meanwhile, millions of consumers and green activists are being persuaded to make the switch.EPA currently doesn't provide a unified message to the public on what to do with fluorescent lamps once they are no longer used, admits a draft announcing plans for a pilot project by the agency.
Yet, the EPA's Energy Star program is one of the major forces behind the push for CFLs.Currently the need to recycle mercury in fluorescent lamps isn't mentioned on the Energy Star web page although they are working with the Office of Solid Waste to address this,the memo continues. This may create confusion to the public about doing the right thing.In fact, even the memo doesn't advise what the public should do. No question about it, though. You as a consumer will be required to find certified waste recycling centers to turn in your dead and broken bulbs.The American Lighting Association has some ideas. It has created a list of five considerations that should be weighed by all legislative bodies considering bans on incandescent bulbs.The association of American manufacturers and retail outlets suggests any such legislation include the following provisions:a lumen per watt energy efficiency standard should be established rather than a ban on a specific type of product. It should include a 10-year goal
halogen bulbs should be exempted incandescent bulbs 40 watts or less should be exempt.collection and disposal plans for mercury-based CFLs should be made prior to any ban;persuade consumers through education rather than coerce them through limiting choices Governments may indeed be promoting a kind of lighting that is itself nearly obsolete. Fluorescent lights are nothing new. They've been around for a long time. And while they may save money, some say the public hasn't chosen them for good reasons – including, but not limited to, the mercury issue.Some experts predict the next generation of lighting, though, is LED lights. They are made from semiconductor materials that emit light when an electrical current flows through them. When this form of light takes over, all bulbs will be obsolete. Your wall tiles can light up. Curtains and drapes can light up. Even your dining room table could be made to light up – at exactly the level you want.
That's what is ahead in the next decade, according to some in the industry.
Nobody promoted CFLs as aggressively as IKEA. Not only does the retailer sell them, it also provides one of the very few recycling centers for the burned out bulbs. But even with a plethora of recycling centers, how will the public view the prospect of saving up dead bulbs and transporting them to recycling centers? And how about the danger of breakage in that process? The industry is currently aiming at totally mercury-free CFL lighting, but this is still five to 10 years away,admits IKEA. Those who really care about this problem right now are those involved in the waste industry.Most agree more energy-efficient light bulbs can significantly curb air pollution, but fewer people are talking about how to deal with them at the end of their lives, explained a page 1 story in the April 2 issue of Waste News. It goes on to explain there is no plan to address air and water pollution concerns that could develop if consumers improperly dispose of the mercury-containing devices.Read more: Consumers in dark over risks of new light bulbs http://www.wnd.com/?pageId=41122#ixzz1IxjJp7CR
Friday, April 08, 2011
I MUST BE ONTO SOMETHING WITH THIS NEW WORLD ORDER GROUP BECAUSE MY MEDIA PLAYER JUST SUDDENLY STOPPED AT 6:30PM WHILE I WAS LISTENING TO DOUG AND LAURIE.I WAS LISTENING ON IRN RADIO AND CHANNEL ONE LET ME LISTEN BUT CHANNELS 2 & 3 WILL NOT LET ME LISTEN.LAURIE & DOUG ARE ON CHANNEL 3.IT JUST SUDDENLY WENT BLANK AND IT IS NOW 2 MINUTES TO 9PM AND I CAN NOT LISTEN TO DOUG AND LAURIE SINCE 6:30PM.EITHER THIS SCIENCE GROUP IS INVOLVED WITH STOPPING ME CONBINED WITH GOOGLE AND MICROSOFT.OR THIS IS JUST A MEER COINSIDENCE THAT I PUT THIS STORY ON TODAY AND MY MEDIA PLAYER DOESN'T LET ME LISTEN TO DOUG AND LAURIE.PEOPLE DO A BACKROUND CHECK ON THIS SCIENCE GROUP THEY MAY BE BIGGER THEN THE BILDERBERG GROUP IN THIS NEW WORLD ORDER NUTCASE TAKEOVER.A GUY ON THE JONES SHOW SAID THIS GROUP CONTROLS THE BILDERBERG GROUP.WHICH MEANS THIS SCIENCE GROUP ARE BEHIND THE NEW WORLD ORDER CONTROL FREAKS AND THEIR SYSTEM.
AND BESIDES I KNEW I WAS ON TRACK BECAUSE EVERYTHING I DO THATS NEW WORLD ORDER MY LINKS GO TO THE BOTTOM.BY THESE CONTROL FREAKS.IT HAS HAPPENED ALL WEEK SO FAR EXCEPT YESTERDAY.WHICH MEANS I'M HITTING NWO NUTCASE NERVES.AND THIS SCIENCE GOUP COULD BE THE GRAND DADDY OF THE NUTCASE NWO NERVE.
HERES THE IPS ON MY SITE AROUND 6:30PM WHEN MY MEDIA PLAYER WENT
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Founded by J. Robert Beyster, Ph.D., and a small group of scientists in 1969, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), a FORTUNE 500® company, and its subsidiaries now have approximately 43,000 employees worldwide.
Type: Private Company Address: 10260 Campus Point Drive, San Diego, California 92121, U.S.A.Telephone: (619) 546-6000 Fax: (619) 546-6634 Employees: 19,000 - Sales: $1.9 billion (1995) Incorporated: 1969
SIC: 7374 Data Processing & Preparation; 8731 Commercial Physical Research; 8732 Commercial Nonphysical Research
Science Applications International Corporation is a leading U.S. specialty technology company. Its activities have traditionally been related primarily to the defense industry, but the organization also develops technology and provides research for a wide range of environmental, security, data processing, transportation, and other applications. The unique enterprise boasts a long track record of success as a high-tech hothouse and brain trust. Science Applications has played a pivotal role in the development of many of the technologies that have made the U.S. defense complex the most advanced in the world. From atomic weapons systems designed in the 1970s to the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI or Star Wars) launched in the 1980s, the company has supplied important brain power. Largely because of its focus on defense, but also because it is has always been privately owned, Science Applications has traditionally operated as a very secretive, low-profile company that shunned publicity and diffused little information about its operations or activities. Only since the late 1980s, when it began to diversify away from the defense sector, did the organization gradually allow greater public exposure.Science Applications was founded in 1969 by Dr. J. Robert Beyster, a nuclear physicist. Beyster was working at General Atomic Co. (later called GA Technologies Inc.) before he jumped ship to establish his own venture. He and a team of about 20 employees managed to generate revenues from research and development contracts during their first year of about $250,000. Beyster and his associates would parlay that early success into a $1 billion-plus company with thousands of employees around the world by the 1980s. Although little is known about the specifics of the company's early projects, it is clear that its technological expertise was sought by U.S. defense and energy establishments. For two decades after the startup, in fact, Science Applications' stock price rose at an impressive compound annual rate of 27 percent.
Beyster attributed his company's stunning growth during the 1970s and 1980s to a simple set of management principles to which he adhered: hire the smartest people; give employees authority and a voice in company operations; build business in areas where the company is most capable; and get out of areas where the company is weak. That guiding philosophy had evolved over time, as Beyster observed his competitors and labored to avoid the pitfalls that brought them down. Specifically, Beyster noted that many companies in high-tech industries languished after following the traditional route of attracting venture capital and then taking the company public by selling stock in the market. Beyster saw that those companies, after going public, typically suffered a loss of talent, because the entrepreneurial atmosphere that had attracted that talent was effectively obliterated by the oppressive influence of outside investors. Thus, he decided early to resist the temptation of outside investment. Beyster was able to get financial backing during the startup from a local lending manager at Bank of America in La Jolla, California. In addition, Science Application raised about $200,000 in capital through a private placement of stock, a move that Beyster later regretted. He learned from the experience and later bought back all of the shares for a pricey $2 million. I began to learn, if you don't need the money, it's much better to have the equity stand in the hands of the people of the company, Beyster remarked.Thus, an important element of Science Application's strategy became its compensation system, whereby employees were granted ownership in the company, in addition to salaries and benefits. Beyster started out using the compensation system to reward people who brought in new business. He soon realized that he could also use the system to motivate engineers, technicians, secretaries, and others. Every quarter, employees were rewarded, according to their performance, with the opportunity to buy more stock in the company. The net result was that all of the company's employees had a vested interested in the performance of the overall organization and were therefore willing to work to ensure its success.In addition to giving talented employees a reason to stay at the company (they had to sell their stock if they quit), Beyster profited by adhering to a philosophy of employee empowerment that would become the hallmark of the top management gurus beginning in the mid-1980s. Science Applications became a company made up almost entirely of engineers and technicians, having no marketing department or outside sales force, and only a thin top layer of management. The lack of a traditional management structure forced employees to become their own bosses and create their own profit centers. They basically had to find and bring jobs into the company, and then organize and complete the projects. One employee described the company as a farmers market with central heat, meaning that Science Applications supplied the financial, administrative, and management support, while individuals and groups within the company autonomously operated their own ventures.
By the early 1980s Science Applications was generating about $300 million in annual sales and capturing healthy profits. Sales jumped to $420 million in 1985--a 19 percent gain over the previous year--and net income grew to $14.5 million. Those gains were partly the result of increased spending by the Federal Government, particularly on defense. Indeed, in 1985 Science Applications was garnering nearly 90 percent of its total revenue from federal contracts and about two-thirds just from the Department of Defense. By category, the company's projects were roughly broken down into national security (65 percent of company sales), energy (15 percent), and environmental protection (ten percent), with miscellaneous projects accounting for the remainder of sales.Science Applications' growth by the mid-1980s was impressive, particularly given the fact that it was primarily a service company that developed, rather than manufactured, technology. The company did produce a few products. It built some high-tech military items like a personal computer adapted for battlefield use, and even tried to sell shrink-wrapped software products in the consumer market (the effort failed partly because of a weak marketing and distribution system). But its emphasis was on the research, design, and development of cutting-edge systems and software for clients ranging from the Central Intelligence Agency to the Department of Energy.Examples of projects for which Science Applications had been hired included the design of nuclear submarines and subsystems, research into artificial intelligence, nuclear energy systems, and the locating and construction of toxic waste disposal sites. Among the company's biggest contracts by the mid-1980s was the $191 million job of packaging an electronic warfare system for an undisclosed foreign navy. Illustrating the wide scope of the organization's activities was its contract to design the yacht that American Dennis Connor sailed to victory to recapture the America's Cup. Science Applications designed and tested more than 40 scale models of 12-meter ship hulls before settling on the design for the famed Stars & Stripes.Among the more intriguing projects with which Science Applications was involved were a bevy of high-tech, futuristic undertakings reminiscent of James Bond techno-frills. For example, the company operated a Soviet studies institute in Denver, Colorado, that was designed to aid the Pentagon in developing war strategies and plans. Various endeavors at the center included the research of military uses for the Arctic, designing a flight simulator for the B-1B bomber, and developing a space/air craft (the transatmospheric vehicle) that could fly along the fringes of space and reach any point on the globe within 90 minutes.
While Beyster's simple operating strategy was still producing stellar results in the mid-1980s, he realized that the organization was going to have to adapt if it was going to succeed in the late 1980s and 1990s. Part of the change was being forced by the evolving nature of some federal contracts, which were becoming larger in scope. For example, the massive Star Wars project, for which Science Applications was hired, required that the company suspend its entrepreneurial team approach and bring together several groups to work in a more structured environment. To that end, Beyster felt the need to add a new chief financial officer and a controller to the executive ranks, and to focus on developing more skilled managers that could oversee huge projects.Furthermore, Beyster realized that the company's system of marketing was becoming obsolete. In the past, the company had secured most of its projects directly from government officials. It didn't have to bid on the jobs because it was often the only company that possessed the technology necessary to complete a particular project. That situation began to change in the 1980s when more companies started vying for lucrative government contracts, and when the Federal Government started clamping down on the contracting process and requiring companies like Science Applications to submit fixed-price, competitive bids for jobs.While Beyster tweaked operating and management systems, he left the proven compensation system intact. Furthermore, he continued to evade publicity; even by the late 1980s the company's main offices (in La Jolla, California, and McLean, Virginia) bore no outside mark or reference disclosing the company's name or purpose. The overall strategy seemed to work, as Science Application's sales rose to 43 percent in 1986 to $600 million. Revenues continued to rise rapidly in 1987, by which time the company was employing 7,000 workers in 17 cities around the United States. Those workers owned about 90 percent of Science Applications' stock.
The defense contracting industry was stifled beginning in the late 1980s and throughout the early 1990s by marked reductions in federal spending, particularly on defense. It was that slowdown that proved the value of Science Applications' flexible and entrepreneurial management system. When the defense contracts began drying up, the large but nimble Science Applications organization quickly adapted. To sustain its federal contracts, the company began emphasizing technologies that complemented the governments new cost-cutting and efficiency approach. At the same time, it began to aggressively market its services to the private sector, often drawing on technology developed for the government.Among the new contracts secured during the early 1990s, was a $200 million contract to develop a hospital information system for the Veteran's Administration, and a $150 million agreement with NASA to study natural and human-induced changes (including global warming) in the global environment. It also won a job to provide a workstation-based score-reporting system for the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona. Ballard Power Systems, of Canada, hired Science Applications to develop the world's first fuel-cell-powered transit bus. And IBM and J.B. Hunt Transport Inc. contracted the company to help design a system that communicated, via satellite and hand-held bar code readers, the status of freight on the road. At the same time, Science Applications was able to land a few of the major military contracts that were still available, such as a $200 million deal to help design a system for the U.S. Army's Missile Command (MICOM).
Science Applications' spate of new civilian and military contracts allowed it to increase sales substantially to $1.29 billion in 1992, about $33 million of which was netted as income. Its work force by that time had grown to 14,500 worldwide. While it made impressive advances in the marketplace, the company was less successful in court. The year 1992, in particular, brought a string of temporary legal setbacks. First, a former executive filed a bias suit against the firm. Then, a former rocket scientist was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison for illegally exporting Star Wars technology to Japan and South Africa. Finally, another Science Applications ex-employee won a $3.17 million wrongful termination and gender-bias suit against the company.Despite those hurdles, Science Applications achieved strong growth going into the mid-1990s. Sales rose to a record $1.7 billion in 1994 (fiscal year ended January 31, 1994) and profits hit $41.5 million, as the company's work force increased to 17,000. In 1995, moreover, revenues grew to $1.9 billion and net income increased to $49 million. Those figures represented 26 successive years of revenue and profit growth, thus solidifying Science Applications' status as one of the most successful employee-owned companies in the United States.A diversity of new projects at Science Applications in the mid-1990s included: the development of combat simulators that integrated virtual reality technology for the U.S. Army; the creation of a new office in Mexico to provide environmental protection services; the creation of an inspection systems designed to detect smuggled explosives and drugs; and a $1 billion contract to computerize military health records. Beyster, the company's founder, was still chairman of the board going into 1996.
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OBAMA ELIGIBILTY MARCH VIDEO
PHIL BERG - OBAMA CRIMES
PROTECT OUR LIBERTY
AND THE OTHER ISSUE WE MUST KEEP ON THE TABLE AND IN PEOPLES MEMORY IS THAT BARRY SOETORO IS REALLY BARACK OBAMAS REAL NAME AND HE WAS BORN IN KENYA NOT AMERICA.BARRY SOETORO AKA BARACK OBAMA IS NOT ELLIGABLE TO BE THE PRESIDENT OF THE USA GOVERNMENT.EVERYTHING HE SIGNS IN BARACK OBAMA IS ILLEGEL,BECAUCE HIS REAL NAME IS BARRY SOETORO.AMERICAS CONSTITUTION WILL BE IN SHAMBLES ONCE THIS SCAM IS FINALLY REVEALED TO THE WORLD.
BY THE TIMELINE IN OBAMAS OWN BOOKS-OBAMA WENT TO PAKISTAN ON HIS INDONESIAN PASSPORT.ANOTHER ISSUE OUT OF 400 PEOPLE AT COLUMBIA THAT GRADUATED THE YEAR OBAMA OR BARRY SOETORO DID,NO ONE COMES FORWARD TO SAY THEY KNEW HIM.HOW COME AT HAWAII HOSPITAL WERE OBAMA CLAIMS HE WAS BORN,NO NURSES OR ANYBODY CAME FORWARD TO SAY THEY WITNESSED OR TOOK PART IN THE BIRTH.THIS BARRY SOETORO OR AKA BARACK OBAMAS LIFE IS A COMPLETE FRAUD.AND AMERICA IS CONNED TO BELIEVE THE LIE.WHY WOULD SOETORO AKA OBAMA SPEND 2 MILLION DOLLARS TO STOP ALL THESE LAWSUITS IF THERES NO COVERUP.HE WOULD JUST SHOW THE PROOF OF EACH EVENT-PLACE OF BIRTH,CERTIFICATE AND REAL NAME BARRY SOETORO INDONESIAN PASSPORT.
The proof is everywhere from statements and affidavits from Government parliament sources and Obama’s own Grandmother who says she saw him born in a hospital in Mombassa Kenya. The former ambassador to Kenya says Obama was born in Mombassa Kenya, so do others.
THIS IS AWESOME DONALD TRUMP SAID OBAMA IF HE REFUSES TO SHOW HIS BIRTH CERTIFICATE, HAS CAUSED THE BIGGEST FRAUD IN HISTORY AGAINST AMERICA.WAY TO GO DONALD,FORCE THAT FRAUD BARRY SOETORO AKA BARACK OBAMA OUT OF OFFICE WHICH HE IS ILLEGELLY OCCUPYING. THAT FRAUD OBAMA IS ILLEGELLY OCCUPYING AMERICAN SOIL.OBAMA IS OCCUPYING LAND WHICH HE HAS NO RIGHT TO RULE OVER.AND HE HASSLES ISRAEL WHEN ITS ISRAELS LAND.BUT THAT FRAUD OBAMA IS ILLEGELLY OCCUPYING THE WHITE HOUSE.WAKE UP PEOPLE AND DEMAND THAT FRAUD SHOW HIS BIRTH CERTIFICATE OR GET OTTA OFFICE.ENOUGH OF THIS FRAUD PERPITRATED ON AMERICA.OBAMA SAID HIMSELF TO REACCLAIM AMERICA.HE KNOWS HES A FRAUD AND A CHICAGO THUG IN OFFICE TO DESTROY AMERICA.AFTER THAT FRAUD IS OUT OF OFFICE LET TRUMP TAKE OVER THE PRESIDENCY FOR THE LAST YEAR,SINCE HES ONE OF A FEW OF US WITH GUTS TO TELL OBAMA TO HIS FACE HES A FRAUD AND A SCAMMER.HE SHOULD BE FROM NIGERIA INSTEAD OF KENYA.WERE LOTS OF THE SCAMMERS COME FROM.HAVE YOU JUST CHECKED YOUR E-MAIL LATELY.
DOUG AND LAURIE APR 01,11 6-9 PM EST ABOUT THE ISSUES OF THE DAY
HAGMANN & JUDI MCLEOD REPORT SAT'S 8-10PM ON BLOGTALK RADIO
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Salvo Of 12 Mortar Shells From Gaza Hit Southern Israel
by Gavriel Queenann APR 8,11
Twelve mortar shells fired from northern Gaza landed in open areas in the Eshkol region. No injuries were reported.Friday's barrage was the first mortar fire since Gaza terror groups declared a unilateral ceasefire, Thursday.Israel Air Force fighter jets struck a location east of the Gaza city of Khan Yunis earlier Friday. Khan Yunis is regarded as a terror hub by Israeli security officials. The IDF confirmed hits on its intended target.Sources in Gaza reported three people were killed and others were wounded in the air strike, bringing the death toll in Israel's retaliatory raids to 12. The casualties are believed to be members of a Hamas' Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades cell.The IDF sorites on Gaza follow Thursday's anti-missile attack on an Israeli school bus that left a teenager critically wounded and barrage of over 45 rockets fired from Gaza into Israel's south.IDF tanks also fired on two groups of armed terrorists approaching the Gaza security fence, reporting injuries among the terrorists in each case.Israel's Iron Dome missile interception system also reportedly intercepted a second rocket fired from Gaza.
Thursday night terror groups in the Gaza Strip attempted to unilaterallly declared a ceasefire in an apparent attempt to stave off IDF retaliation.Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Friday morning from the Czech Republic,Iron Dome's results are impressive - intercepting two missiles, one after the other, is an important success.
Netanyahu also said We will act even if the defensive measures we have also offensive measures to protect Israeli citizens from rocket attacks from Gaza.Netanyahu will return to Israel this afternoon(IsraelNationalNews.com)
IAF Retaliates: Attacks Terror Targets in Gaza
by Elad Benari APR 8,11
The Israeli Air Force attacked on Thursday evening nine terror targets throughout the Gaza region. As well, three tunnels that were used to smuggle terrorists and weapons in Gaza were bombed by the IAF overnight on Thursday.Earlier on Thursday, aircraft and armored forces attacked two terrorist groups, one in northern Gaza and one in southern Gaza, who had been involved in high-trajectory firing of rockets and mortar shells from Gaza into southern Israel.The IDF Spokesperson reported that in all cases a direct hit on the targets was identified.The IAF attacks came in response to the terror attack on Thursday afternoon, in which terrorists fired at a school bus traveling in southern Israel near the Nahal Oz crossing.Police initially identified the weapon fired at the bus as a medium anti-tank missile, but other reports indicated that it may have been a mortar attack. As a result of the attack, a 16-year-old boy was critically wounded. The driver of the bus sustained shrapnel wounds in the leg.The attack on the school bus was followed by a barrage of mortar shells and rockets at the area. One exploded next to a house in the Eshkol region. No one was physically injured although the house was badly damaged. All in all, at least 40 projectiles had been fired into Israeli territory by late Thursday evening.
Also on Thursday, the new Iron Dome anti-rocket system intercepted an enemy missile in mid-air and scored its first operational success. The missile was a Grad-type rocket fired from Gaza towards Ashkelon.Witnesses said they saw the rocket's plume after it exploded in mid-air. IDF sources confirmed the success.Iron Dome was deployed a few weeks ago following an escalation in rocket and mortar firing from Gaza into Israel. The Defense Ministry has touted Iron Dome as a solution to terrorist attacks from Gaza, as was proven on Thursday, but the system is still under evaluation.The IDF spokesman issued a statement on Thursday evening which said that the IDF will not tolerate any attempt to harm Israeli citizens and will continue to act with determination and strength against any party who carries out terror attacks against Israel.The statement added that the terrorist organization Hamas is the one who bears responsibility for the escalation in the attacks.
Following the IDF’s response, the terror organizations in Gaza announced a ceasefire and said they will not fire anymore rockets towards Israel. The groups claimed that the decision was made as a result of international pressure.(IsraelNationalNews.com)
Gaza Has Become a Terrorist State
by Maayana Miskin APR 8,11
Gaza has become a terrorist state, President Shimon Peres said in a meeting with foreign ambassadors. Hundreds of thousands of mothers and their children in southern Israel cannot sleep at night as a result of the rocket attacks from Gaza, he said.
The ambassadors hailed from countries represented on the United Nations Security Council, as well as countries in the Middle East.Can the United Nations guarantee that terror attacks will not happen again? None of you would give up on the safety and security of your citizens, just as Israel will stand in its own defense, Peres declared. He tied recent terrorist attacks to international flotillas attempting to break Israel's naval blockade of Hamas, saying,Whoever wants to help Gaza should insist that Gazans stop firing on Israel.He also took issue with the UN over Iran, whose head, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has called to destroy Israel.Why do you permit him to do this while allowing him to continue to be a member? he asked.The UN is inherently anti-Israel due to its organization, but Israel is committed to membership nonetheless, Peres added.We can never benefit from a majority. The blocs in the UN are based on being anti-Israel and we don't have an opportunity for justice. In spite of this we will continue to struggle on and fight for peace.Peres' remarks followed a terrorist attack on an Israeli school bus in which one boy was critically wounded. Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.Both Britain and the United States condemned the attack on Thursday. British Foreign Secretary William Hague called it despicable and cowardly.I unreservedly condemn today's attack from Gaza on a bus carrying school children in southern Israel, he said.
A U.S. State Department official said,We condemn the attack on innocent civilians in southern Israel in the strongest possible terms... As we have reiterated many times, there is no justification for the targetnig of innocent civilians.The State Department expressed deep concern over the use of an advanced anti-tank missile in the attack, and noted that all countries are obligated to prevent weapons smuggling.
The IDF responded to the attack by hitting several terrorist targets in Gaza, including smuggling tunnels and launch sites. Nine people were killed, eight of them Hamas terrorists.(IsraelNationalNews.com)
DOCTOR DOCTORIAN FROM ANGEL OF GOD
then the angel said, Financial crisis will come to Asia. I will shake the world.
1 Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you.
2 Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are motheaten.
3 Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days.
10 Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come.
17 For in one hour so great riches is come to nought. And every shipmaster, and all the company in ships, and sailors, and as many as trade by sea, stood afar off,
19 And they cast dust on their heads, and cried, weeping and wailing, saying, Alas, alas that great city, wherein were made rich all that had ships in the sea by reason of her costliness! for in one hour is she made desolate.
19 They shall cast their silver in the streets, and their gold shall be removed: their silver and their gold shall not be able to deliver them in the day of the wrath of the LORD: they shall not satisfy their souls, neither fill their bowels: because it is the stumblingblock of their iniquity.
16 And he(FALSE POPE) causeth all,(WORLD SOCIALISM) both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:(CHIP IMPLANT)
17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.(6-6-6) A NUMBER SYSTEM
WORLD MARKET RESULTS
HALF HOUR DOW RESULTS FRI APR 08,2011
09:30 AM +2.43
10:00 AM +11.92
10:30 AM -3.18
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02:30 PM -30.88
03:00 PM -69.74
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04:00 PM -29.44 12,380.05
S&P 500 1328.17 -5.34
NASDAQ 2780.41 -15.73
GOLD 1,475.90 +16.60
OIL 113.10 +2.80
TSE 300 14,208.40 +100.70
CDNX 2388.79 +13.25
S&P/TSX/60 812.10 +5.22
YEAR TO DATE PERFORMANCE
Dow +40 points at 4 minutes of trading today.
Dow -28 points at low today.
Dow +41 points at high today so far.
GOLD opens at $1,471.40.OIL opens at $111.43 today.
Dow -89 points at low today so far.
Dow +41 points at high today so far.
Dow -89 points at low today.
Dow +41 points at high today.
GOLD ALLTIME HIGH $1,475.90 (NOT AT CLOSE)
EU and California to link emissions trading schemes
ANDREW WILLIS Today APR 8,11 @ 09:25 CET
EUOBSERVER / BRUSSELS - The European Union has signaled its desire to link the bloc's emissions trading scheme (ETS) with a similar system in California, due to open next year. EU climate commissioner Connie Hedegaard has been in California this week to discuss the idea with state governor Jerry Brown and Californian Air Resources Board chairwoman Mary Nicholls.The californian scheme is set to be the second largest of its kind, after the EU's, and comes after attempts to create a national US trading scheme were rejected by the country's senate.In December, EU member states mandated the commission to starts negotiations on linking the EU's ETS with a similar system in Switzerland, but the California hook-up would be considerably bigger.Transactions on the EU ETS were valued at roughly €72 billion in 2010, with Energy analysts Point Carbon predicting the California cap and trade scheme could be worth €7 billion by 2016.The EU is keen that the two schemes be sufficiently compatible however, along with others currently being developed around the world.We told Governor Brown that we would very much like to co-operate with them so that no matter how California constructs their scheme, it is linkable to the way we do things in Europe, Hedegaard said, reports the Guardian newspaper.
It doesn't have to be identical, just compatible,she added.A spokesperson for Hedegaard confirmed this message. As you know, countries and regions around the world including South Korea, Switzerland and New Zealand have trading schemes or are in planning stages,Isaac Valero Ladron told this website.Each country might want some special ways of doing it, but of course it's also practical that ... each different region can be linked, so that in the end we have this vision of having a global price on carbon, he said.EU and California experts are set to discuss the plans in greater details, amid reports that the world's largest polluter, China, is also set to develop a regional emissions trading scheme under its latest five-year plan.By forcing companies to buy pollution permits, the EU scheme is designed to shift production onto a more environmental-friendly track, although under the current phase (2008-2012) the permits are handed out to energy-intensive sectors free-of-charge.Critics also argue that the permitted threshold of emissions under the EU's ETS has been set to0 high, with a roughly 3.5 percent rise in emissions last year still failing to meet the maximum permitted level.Supporters say the rise would have been even greater without the emissions trading scheme.Reports of mulit-million euro windfall profits for large steel companies who failed to use up their free permits last year, and a series of recent cyber-attacks have also weakened confidence in the EU scheme.
Portuguese caretaker bail-out raises question of democratic legitimacy
LEIGH PHILLIPS 07.04.2011 @ 09:28 CET
EUOBSERVER / BRUSSELS - The Portuguese caretaker administration of centre-left leader Jose Socrates Wednesday evening announced that it had requested financial assistance from the European Union.After weeks of adamantly refusing that his country go down the path of Greece and Ireland, Socrates issued the announcement on national television, saying: I always said asking for foreign aid would be the final way to go but we have reached the moment.I tried everything, but in conscience we have reached a moment when not taking this decision would imply risks that the country should not take, he said.In a swift late-night response, the European Commission responded positively to the call for help.In a statement, commission chief Jose Manuel Barroso said that any assistance would be processed in the swiftest possible manner, according to the rules applicable.A previously scheduled meeting of European Union finance ministers in Hungary on Friday will see the Portuguese situation climb the agenda.As in the case of Ireland's €85 billion package and Greece's €110 billion sum, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund are also likely to be involved in the deal.Socrates did not mention a figure, but in recent weeks analysts predicting a bail-out have estimated that the country will need between €60 and €80 billion.Lisbon was forced into the situation by the markets after the cost of government borrowing soared in recent days as a result of the fall-out of repeated downgrades in the state's creditworthiness by ratings agencies.The agency behaviour in turn came in response to the failure of the government to push through additional austerity measures mostly affecting welfare, healthcare and pensions.On 23 March, Socrates resigned after the new austerity bill was defeated after the right-wing opposition yanked away its support for the minority centre-left administration. A snap election is scheduled for 5 June.
The opposition Social Democrats, a conservative party despite its name, opposed the adjustment to austerity in the bill but now says it will back a bail-out agreement, although any memorandum of understanding with the EU-IMF-ECB troika is certain to require much deeper cuts and restructuring.On Wednesday, the country went to auction managing to sell €1 billion in six-month and one-year bonds but at a rate of 5.11 percent and 5.9 percent respectively - rates little different to that which the EU troika would charge on a seven-year loan package.On Monday, the yield on its five-year bond soared to 9.91 percent.It has become significantly cheaper for Portugal to go to the EU and IMF with its cap in its hand than to go to market.However, complicating the situation is the country's simultaneous political crisis, which raises questions about the democratic legitimacy of any bail-out agreement.Until now, analysts have argued that a caretaker administration does not have the authority to enter into an agreement with international lenders.In particular, the parliament, which has been dissolved, would have to ratify any package.Politically, there are concerns as well. Brussels, Frankfurt and Washington risk signing up to an agreement that produces a backlash from voters, only to have to re-open the agreement for fresh negotiations after the June election.There is also the simple question of how quickly a party that is in the middle of an election campaign can negotiate an agreement.Nevertheless, the clock is working against such constitutional and political niceties and bankers have suggested the government could take out a bridging loan from EU states, to keep the lights on until after the election when a full agreement could be approved.However these questions are resolved, unpopular austerity and restructuring has so far been the quid pro quo demanded by the eurozone's paymasters.In the Portuguese case, the price of the country's products has long since been made uncompetitive in comparison with German unit costs. Locked into the eurozone, Portugal has been unable to devalue to address this problem, meaning that heavy private-sector wage constraint is almost certain to feature prominently in any bail-out deal.Already the site of a massive anti-austerity protest last month, one of the biggest demonstrations since democracy came to Portugal in 1974, Lisbon is likely to see yet more unrest as a product of such a bail-out agreement.
Portugal has no time to settle democratic mandate concerns
LEIGH PHILLIPS 07.04.2011 @ 17:39 CET
EUOBSERVER / BRUSSELS - The European Commission has rubbished concerns that the caretaker administration in Portugal does not have a democratic mandate to negotiate a bail-out package and its attendant stringent austerity and economic restructuring, saying Lisbon does not have time for such concerns.Democratic legitimacy? It's not necessary. Apparently they had some mandate when they made the request last night. So if they were empowered last night to make the request, they are empowered to progress with negotiations, commission economy spokesman Amadeu Altafaj told EUobserver. They simply cannot wait.Analysts have worried that after the government resigned on 23 March, a caretaker administration would not have the legitimacy to negotiate the terms of what in the case of Greek and Irish bail-outs have turned out to be a thorough re-organisation of the economy. In both cases, virtually all economic decision-making has in effect been outsourced to EU, IMF and ECB experts for years to come.Prime Minister Jose Socrates battled for months pressure to apply for the bail-out frightened of the loss of sovereignty he saw Athens and Dublin experience.We have spoken to the opposition and they have backed the request, so there is agreement on this across the parties, Altafaj added.He said that the financial assistance will not be a bridging loan to keep the lights on until after the 6 June general election, but a full bail-out package. According to sources close to the discussions, the sum could amount to as much as €90 billion.
He added that the memorandum of understanding with the caretaker government would not be provisional pending the vote and the endorsement of the agreement by the parliament, but that the future government would be bound by its terms.The new government cannot make changes to the agreement, he said.It's not their programme any more. It's ours, he said.It's being negotiated with the EU. Now we're negotiating it together. It's our programme as well. It's not the same as Socrates' programme of a few weeks ago,he said, referring to the austerity measures that were defeated by the parliament resulting in the resignation of the government.The commission did however hold out the possibility of tweaking any agreed structural adjustment programme under a new administration in six months' time, but that is it.
What is possible is that every six months, after the election for example, the commission along with the ECB re-examines the situation and discusses with the Portuguese authorities possible changes to the programme, he continued, referring to the rules governing the eurozone's bail-out mechanism.According to the bail-out rules, a qualified majority in the Council of Ministers of the EU, representing the member states, then would decide whether to allow any lightening of conditions.We're not tying the hands of the government for years, he said.European Commission experts are to head to the Portuguese capital on Monday along with their counterparts from the European Central Bank to make an assessment of the country's finances. IMF figures are also ready to travel to Lisbon should a similar request for assistance be made to the Washington-based lender.Negotiations are expected to proceed rapidly, from one to three weeks from the initial request.It's just one single negotiation between their ministers and us. It can go very quickly, said an EU official.Andre Freire, a political scientist with Lisbon University Institute, told EUobserver that the caretaker administration has emergency powers to sign a temporary agreement, but not for any long-term programme of adjustment.The problem the caretaker government has is not a constitutional one. It's a transitory government and they have transitory powers, he said. It is an extreme situation because of the downgrades and so on, so they certainly have the power to take action in this emergency.The problem is that they have no political support to sign an agreement for more than one month or three months or something like that, he continued.Any long-term agreement should be left open for the incoming government to change.Indeed, on Thursday, Portuguese government spokesman Pedro Silva Pereira said the caretaker government clearly can't commit to long-term goals.
7 And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see.
8 And I looked, and behold a pale horse:(CHLORES GREEN) and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword,(WEAPONS) and with hunger,(FAMINE) and with death,(INCURABLE DISEASES) and with the beasts of the earth.(ANIMAL TO HUMAN DISEASE).
PESTILENCES (CHEMICAL AND BIOLOGICAL WEAPONS)
11 And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences;(CHEMICAL,BIOLOGICAL WEAPONS) and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.
8 And the second angel sounded, and as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea: and the third part of the sea became blood;
9 And the third part of the creatures which were in the sea, and had life, died; and the third part of the ships were destroyed.
10 And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, and it fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters;
11 And the name of the star is called Wormwood:(bitter,Poisoned) and the third part of the waters became wormwood; and many men died of the waters, because they were made bitter.(poisoned)
3 And the second angel poured out his vial upon the sea; and it became as the blood of a dead man: and every living soul died in the sea.(enviromentalists won't like this result)
4 And the third angel poured out his vial upon the rivers and fountains of waters; and they became blood.
5 And I heard the angel of the waters say, Thou art righteous, O Lord, which art, and wast, and shalt be, because thou hast judged thus.
6 For they(False World Church and Dictator) have shed the blood of saints and prophets, and thou hast given them blood to drink; for they are worthy.
NUCLEAR LEVEL METER
6-SERIOUS ACCIDENT - JAPAN AT THIS LEVEL CURRENTLY
5-ACCIDENT WITH WIDER CONSEQUENCES
4-ACCIDENT WITH LOCAL CONSEQUENCES
LOW LEVEL RADIATION CAMPAIGN-Christopher Busby
China concerned at Japan's prolonged nuclear crisis
By Yoko Kubota and Yoko Nishikawa - APR 8,11
TOKYO (Reuters) – China said on Friday it was concerned at Japan pumping radioactive water into the sea from its crippled nuclear power plant, reflecting growing international unease at the month-long crisis triggered by a massive earthquake and tsunami.China will closely monitor Japan's actions to regain control of the plant, the foreign ministry said, demanding Tokyo provide swift and accurate information on the crisis which began on March 11 when a magnitude 9 earthquake and tsunami struck.
The comments came as a Chinese quality watchdog said it had detected 10 cases of ships, aircraft or cargo arriving from Japan with higher than normal levels of radiation since mid-March.While Japan struggles to regain control of the nuclear plant in the worst crisis since Chernobyl, it also faced calls to revive its economy, rocked by the triple disaster, to prevent a knock-on impact on the global economy.G20 finance leaders will ask Tokyo for a plan to resuscitate its economy as they see the fallout from the earthquake a risk to global growth, Takatoshi Kato, a former IMF deputy managing director, told Reuters in an interview on Friday.The tsunami left 28,000 people dead or missing, damaged six nuclear reactors north of Tokyo and left Japan's northeast coast a splintered wreck. The world's third largest economy is now in a severe condition, the Japanese government said on Friday.A major 7.1 aftershock on Thursday night rocked Japan's east coast killing three people, injuring 141 others, leaving four million homes without power and prompting a brief evacuation of workers from the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.Operator Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) said there had been no damage to its plant, which until two days ago was leaking highly radioactive water into the sea. But engineers are pumping low-level radioactive seawater, used to cool overheated fuel rods, back into the sea due to a lack of storage capacity.As Japan's neighbor, we naturally express our concern about this, China's Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said in a statement.We ask that Japan reports the relevant information to the Chinese side in a swift, comprehensive and accurate way.South Korea also weighed in on Thursday, accusing Japan of incompetence for failing to notify its neighbor it would pump radioactive water into the sea.They should have given notice but didn't, perhaps because they just didn't get around to think of it, but it is a question of their incompetence, Prime Minister Kim Hwang-sik said in answer to a question in parliament.
Several countries have banned or restricted food imports from Japan over radiation fears and some South Korean schools have closed fearing toxic rain.Compounding Tokyo's problems, Japan's economy is reeling from the worst disaster since World War Two and the disruption to Japanese supply chains is reverberating around the world,
Power blackouts and restrictions, factory shutdowns, and a sharp drop in tourists have hit the world's most indebted nation, which is facing a damages bill as high as $300 billion, making it by far the world's costliest natural disaster.Many economists expect Japan to slip into recession this year, and the central bank warned on Friday power shortages and supply disruptions will leave the economy weak for some time.The Cabinet Office's assessment was equally bleak after releasing a survey reflecting the first glimpse of damage to business and consumer sentiment.
Japan's economy is suddenly in a severe condition due to the effects of the earthquake, it said after releasing a monthly survey of hotel workers, restaurant staff and taxi drivers that showed a record fall in confidence to levels last seen during the depths of the global financial crisis.In an obvious sign of the downturn; taxis park in long lines in central Tokyo each night, their drivers staying warm by idling the motor as they wait forlornly for a fare.Some ministers at Friday's cabinet meeting called for an end to a campaign of jishuku (self restraint) by ordinary people that was adopted immediately after March 11 to cut fuel or electricity use and discourage stockpiling of necessities.The Tokyo area and regions further north make up half of Japan's economy, Nomura research shows. Thursday's aftershock forced two companies, including electronics giant Sony Corp, to stop production due to power cuts.On a brighter note, Japan's top automakers Toyota Motor Corp and Nissan Motor Co plan to resume production at all domestic factories in stages starting on Monday, but output levels will be at half of original plans.
NO CHANGE IN RADIATION
Japanese nerves were further rattled on Friday when the overnight aftershock saw partial power lost at the Onagawa nuclear plant, which is in cold-shut down, and a brief water leak from spent fuel rod pools.But Japan's nuclear safety agency said it had not detected any change in radiation levels.The U.N.'s nuclear watchdog sounded an encouraging note when one of its officials said there were signs of progress in stabilizing the Fukushima plant, though the situation remained very serious.The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said it had not detected any change in radiation levels following Thursday night's quake.The situation at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant remains very serious ... (but) there are early signs of recovery in some functions such as electrical power and instrumentation,the IAEA's head of nuclear safety, Denis Flory, said.The agency said radiation in the region around the plant, as measured by gamma dose rates, had peaked in the early days of the crisis, and aside from a rise on March 22, had since fallen to a level very close to background.Utility TEPCO said it was continuing to inject nitrogen into one of its Fukushima reactors to prevent a repeat of last month's hydrogen explosions.
Officials say it could take months to bring the reactors under control and years to clear up the toxic mess left behind.The government has set up a 20-km (12-mile) exclusion zone around the plant, banned fishing along much of the northeast coast and set up evacuation centers for the tens of thousands forced to leave their homes following the crisis.China's health ministry said this week traces of radioactivity had been found in spinach in three provinces and the state news agency Xinhua reported trace levels of radioactivity detected in 22 provinces.(Additional reporting by Mayumi Negishi, Chisa Fujioka, Kiyoshi Takenaka, Leika Kihara and Chang-Ran Kim in Tokyo, Ben Blanchard and Sui-lee Wee in Beijing, Jack Kim in Seoul; Writing by Michael Perry; Editing by Sanjeev Miglani)
1 And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
2 Son of man, set thy face against Gog,(RULER) the land of Magog,(RUSSIA) the chief prince of Meshech(MOSCOW)and Tubal,(TOBOLSK) and prophesy against him,
3 And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech(MOSCOW) and Tubal:
4 And I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws,(GOD FORCES THE RUSSIA-MUSLIMS TO MARCH) and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armour, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords:
5 Persia,(IRAN,IRAQ) Ethiopia, and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet:
6 Gomer,(GERMANY) and all his bands; the house of Togarmah (TURKEY)of the north quarters, and all his bands:(SUDAN,AFRICA) and many people with thee.
7 Be thou prepared, and prepare for thyself, thou, and all thy company that are assembled unto thee, and be thou a guard unto them.
8 After many days thou shalt be visited: in the latter years thou shalt come into the land that is brought back from the sword, and is gathered out of many people, against the mountains of Israel, which have been always waste: but it is brought forth out of the nations, and they shall dwell safely all of them.
9 Thou shalt ascend and come like a storm, thou shalt be like a cloud to cover the land, thou, and all thy bands, and many people with thee.(RUSSIA-EGYPT AND MUSLIMS)
10 Thus saith the Lord GOD; It shall also come to pass, that at the same time shall things come into thy mind, and thou shalt think an evil thought:
11 And thou shalt say, I will go up to the land of unwalled villages; I will go to them that are at rest, that dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates,
12 To take a spoil, and to take a prey; to turn thine hand upon the desolate places that are now inhabited, and upon the people that are gathered out of the nations, which have gotten cattle and goods, that dwell in the midst of the land.
1 The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap.
3 They (ARABS,MUSLIMS) have taken crafty counsel against thy people,(ISRAEL) and consulted against thy hidden ones.
4 They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance.
5 For they (MUSLIMS) have consulted together with one consent: they are confederate against thee:(TREATIES)
6 The tabernacles of Edom,(JORDAN) and the Ishmaelites;(ARABS) of Moab, PALESTINIANS,JORDAN) and the Hagarenes;(EGYPT)
7 Gebal,(HEZZBALLOH,LEBANON) and Ammon,(JORDAN) and Amalek;(SYRIA,ARABS,SINAI) the Philistines (PALESTINIANS) with the inhabitants of Tyre;(LEBANON)
40 And at the time of the end shall the king of the south( EGYPT) push at him:(EU DICTATOR IN ISRAEL) and the king of the north (RUSSIA AND MUSLIM HORDES OF EZEK 38+39) shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter into the countries, and shall overflow and pass over.
41 He shall enter also into the glorious land, and many countries shall be overthrown: but these shall escape out of his hand, even Edom, and Moab, and the chief of the children of Ammon.(JORDAN)
42 He shall stretch forth his hand also upon the countries: and the land of Egypt shall not escape.
43 But he shall have power over the treasures of gold and of silver, and over all the precious things of Egypt: and the Libyans and the Ethiopians shall be at his steps.
1 Therefore, thou son of man, prophesy against Gog,(LEADER OF RUSSIA) and say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech (MOSCOW) and Tubal: (TUBOLSK)
2 And I will turn thee back, and leave but the sixth part of thee, and will cause thee to come up from the north parts,(RUSSIA) and will bring thee upon the mountains of Israel:
3 And I will smite thy bow out of thy left hand, and will cause thine arrows to fall out of thy right hand.
4 Thou shalt fall upon the mountains of Israel, thou, and all thy bands,( ARABS) and the people that is with thee: I will give thee unto the ravenous birds of every sort, and to the beasts of the field to be devoured.
5 Thou shalt fall upon the open field: for I have spoken it, saith the Lord GOD.
6 And I will send a fire on Magog,(NUCLEAR BOMB) and among them that dwell carelessly in the isles: and they shall know that I am the LORD.
7 So will I make my holy name known in the midst of my people Israel; and I will not let them pollute my holy name any more: and the heathen shall know that I am the LORD, the Holy One in Israel.
8 Behold, it is come, and it is done, saith the Lord GOD; this is the day whereof I have spoken.
3 A fire(NUCLEAR BOMB) devoureth before them;(RUSSIA-ARABS) and behind them a flame burneth: the land is as the garden of Eden before them, and behind them a desolate wilderness; yea, and nothing shall escape them.
20 But I will remove far off from you the northern army,(RUSSIA,MUSLIMS) and will drive him into a land barren and desolate, with his face toward the east sea, and his hinder part toward the utmost sea, and his stink shall come up, and his ill savour shall come up, because he hath done great things.(SIBERIAN DESERT)
30 And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.(NUCLEAR BOMB)
31 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come.
BIBLES WORLD POWERS IN THE LAST DAYS
CHINA MILITARY PARADE(KING OF THE EAST)
RUSSIA ARMY PARADE(KING OF THE NORTH)
EGYPT ARMY PARADE(KING OF THE SOUTH)
EUROPEAN UNION MILITARY PARADE(KING OF THE WEST)(NOT THE USA)
ISRAEL MILITARY-GUARENTEED BY EU TO SECURE THEM THE BIBLE SAYS(2 MAIN ENDTIME PLAYERS)(NEXT TO GOD HIMSELF FUULFILLING THE PROPHECIES ON EARTH)
ANGEL 2 TO DR DOCTORIAN
The angel showed me that the United Nations shall be broken in pieces because of the crisis in the Middle East. There shall be no more United Nations. The angel with the sickle shall reap the harvest.
NATO Complains of Qaddafi's Human Shields
by Amiel Ungar APR 8,11
The news world is volatile, as one crisis competes for public attention with another. Libya is no longer news item number one in the United States and has been supplanted by the threat of a government shutdown that is coming to a head before this Friday's deadline.The downgrading of Libya is also a function of a decline in interest. Hopes for a quick military victory or a Qaddafi decision to throw in the towel have abated. One day the rebels take Brega, the next day they are driven out of Brega, and the story repeats itself. The public and media sense is that everything has bogged down.Increasingly, the term political solution is being bandied about. This is a phrase favored in Ankara, Beijing and Moscow but one that is starting to make inroads in the United States as well. Political solutions leave intaqct the question of what happens to Qaddafi. Does this imply the partition of Libya into East and West? Who keeps the peace between them? NATO inherited the leadership of the Libyan intervention from the United States. It is increasingly bedeviled by self-imposed limitations - No troops on the ground and a code of ethics for the mission dedicated to protecting civilians rather than harming them.This has played into the regime's hands. NATO leaders voiced their irritation at the strategy employed by the Libyan regime to nullify the coalition's air superiority. Qadaffi simply positioned his tanks and artillery batteries in close proximity to civilians using them as human shields.
Even ground troops occasionally injure innocent bystanders, but the risk is compounded when the coalition forces rely totally on air or missile power. Even in an age of precision, a munitions war is not all that precise. So the West is confronted with the dilemma that it cannot eject Qaddafi without running the risk of injuring civilians.Since the protection of civilians rather than regime change was the presumed mission, one has to avoid injuring civilians even if it gives Qaddafi and his supporters a new lease on power. We are now witnessing the eruption of tensions between NATO and Benghazi as the insurgents clamor for more air strikes.The there is a certain poetic justice to the situation. The West has encountered the human shields tactic before, notably in Iraq against Saddam Hussein. However, it is Israel that has been forced to tread a fine line when Hamas and Hizbullah used human shields to deter Israel.Hizbullah also would position rockets near UN positions, daring Israel to strike at them and risk hurting the blue berets. However carefully Israel would strike, eventually there would be a case where air or artillery strikes would hurt civilians. Western public opinion would then come down hard to stop the bloodshed. Instead of a clear-cut victory, Israel would at best be allowed a win on points.Due to Western temerity about collateral damage, war has not been rendered more humane but less humane. The human shields tactic works against the side that recoils from inflicting civilian casualties, whereas the practitioners of the human shields approach have no similar qualms.Secondly, instead of achieving a decisive result at the cost of civilian casualties, but in the long run inflicting less suffering to human life, the result is a protracted war and eventually a greater number of civilian casualties and more extensive human suffering.During the Second World War, military installations and arms factories near civilian concentrations were considered legitimate targets. When the Allies were about to invade France, they made the hard but necessary choice of attacking targets even at the risk of inflicting casualties on civilians who were not enemy nationals, but people whom they intended to liberate. This policy was understood by the French population and the French Government in Exile.It needs to be understood today.(Israel National News.com)
Prospects fade for military overthrow of Gaddafi
By Maria Golovnina - APR 8,11
TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Libyan government forces tried to storm into the besieged city of Misrata on Friday as NATO generals acknowledged their air power was not enough to help insurgents remove Muammar Gaddafi by force alone.Misrata, a lone rebel outpost in the west of the country, has been under siege by Gaddafi's forces for weeks. On Friday insurgents said government troops were advancing into eastern districts and fighting street battles with rebels.They tried to advance and enter the city from the eastern side, from an area called Eqseer which is a populated area. The rebels confronted them and clashes are continuing, insurgent spokesman Hassan al-Misrati told Reuters.The only active front in the war, along the Mediterranean coast around the eastern cities of Brega and Ajdabiyah, has descended into stalemate for a week with both sides making advances and then retreating behind secure lines at night.
The head of U.S. Africa Command, General Carter Ham, said on Thursday the conflict was entering stalemate and it was very unlikely the rebels would be able to fight their way into Tripoli to overthrow Gaddafi.Early hopes that Western air cover and attacks on Gaddafi forces would tip the balance in favor of the rebels have evaporated as government troops sheltered their mechanized forces near civilian areas which NATO fears attacking.
NATO spokeswoman Oana Lungescu followed a similar line to Ham on Friday.We have always made clear there is no purely military solution to this conflict. This is why it is so important to find a political solution and in this there is no stalemate, she said. Rebels have rejected peace talks with Gaddafi.Lungescu, like other NATO officials, expressed frustration with the difficulty of hitting Gaddafi's troops while avoiding civilian casualties.The fact that we see Gaddafi's forces driving around in civilian vehicles means it is hard to tell who is who.The fact is they are using human shields and parking tanks next to mosques and schools so it is very hard to pinpoint any military hardware without causing civilian casualties, she told a briefing in Brussels.The confusion on the desert battlefield has caused friendly fire incidents, the latest on Thursday, increasing anger among the rebels.They said five of their fighters were killed when NATO planes bombed a column of 20 tanks brought out of storage and moving west out of Ajdabiyah to bolster the front around Brega.NATO acknowledged on Friday its aircraft were probably responsible for the incident.
The strike sent the rebels into a confused retreat back toward Ajdabiyah.Rebel commander Abdel Fattah Younes denied it had caused tension with NATO, although the rebels wanted an explanation. It was the second time in less than a week that rebels had blamed NATO for bombing their comrades by mistake after 13 were killed in an air strike not far from the same spot on Saturday.Rebels in Ajdabiyah were painting the roofs of their vehicles in bright peach on Friday to try to identify them better to NATO planes.NATO is an alliance against the Libyan people, said Alaa Senudry, a rebel volunteer standing near the western entrance to Ajdabiyah. Another, Begassim Awamy, grumbled: Twice they've hit us by accident now.At the same time as expressing anger about the attacks, the rebels have accused NATO of being too slow to order air strikes to support their rag-tag army.Misrata, Libya's third city, rose up with other towns against Gaddafi in mid-February and has been under siege for weeks after a violent crackdown put an end to most protests in the west.Rebels say people in Misrata are crammed five families to a house in the few safe districts, to escape weeks of sniper, mortar and rocket fire. There are severe shortages of food, water and medical supplies.The insurgents have used containers filled with sand and stone to block roads and break supply lines to Gaddafi forces including snipers in Misrata, a rebel spokesman told Reuters by phone.Ashour Shamis, a U.K.-based Libyan opposition activist, said the coastal town was key to breaking the stalemate.The reason is that Misrata has a big port that acts as a key supply route of food and medicine for Tripoli, and Sirte as well. To keep Tripoli going, Gaddafi needs Misrata.(Additional reporting by Alex Dziadosz in Ajdabiyah, Michael Georgy in Benghazi, Mariam Karouny in Beirut, Hamid Ould Ahmed and Christian Lowe in Algiers and Marie-Louise Gumuchian in Tunis, Phil Stewart in Washington, Justina Pawlak in Brussels, William Maclean in London; Writing by Barry Moody; editing by David Stamp)
7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.
8 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom:(ETHNIC GROUP AGAINST ETHNIC GROUP) and there shall be earthquakes in divers places, and there shall be famines and troubles: these are the beginnings of sorrows.
11 And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.
Million homes lack power after new Japan quake
By JAY ALABASTER and TOMOKO A. HOSAKA, Associated Press - APR 8,11
SENDAI, Japan – Nearly a million homes suffered blackouts in Japan's northeast Friday after a new earthquake killed three people and piled more misery on a region buried under the rubble of last month's devastating tsunami.The northeastern coast was still reeling from the destruction wrought by a jumbo 9.0-magnitude earthquake on March 11, with tens of thousands of households without power or water. The 7.1-magnitude aftershock Thursday threw even more areas into disarray and sent communities that had made some gains back to square one.Gasoline was scarce again, and long lines formed at stations. Stores that had only recently restocked their shelves sold out of basics Friday and were forced to ration purchases again.Still, the latest quake did far less damage, generated no tsunami and largely spared the region's nuclear plants. Some slightly radioactive water spilled at one plant, but the tsunami-crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi complex reported no new problems.Matsuko Ito, who has been living in a shelter in the small northeastern city of Natori since the tsunami, said there's no getting used to the terror of being awoken by shaking. She said she started screaming when the quake struck around 11:30 p.m.It's enough, the 64-year-old while smoking a cigarette outside.Something has changed. The world feels strange now. Even the way the clouds move isn't right.The latest tremor — the strongest since the day of the tsunami — cut power to more homes, though it was quickly restored to many. About 950,000 households were still without electricity Friday evening, said Souta Nozu, a spokesman for Tohoku Electric Power Co., which serves northern Japan. That includes homes in prefectures in Japan's northwest that had been spared in the first quake.
Six conventional plants in the area were knocked out, though three have since come back online and the others should be up again within hours, Nozu said. But with power lines throughout the area damaged, it was not clear whether normal operations would be restored, he said.In Ichinoseki, lines formed outside a supermarket when it opened Friday morning. An employee with a flashlight escorted each customer around the store and jotted the price of each selected item in a pad.Most businesses were closed in the city, 240 miles (390 kilometers) northeast of Tokyo. One restaurant owner, Suzuki Koya, bought a small gas stove and made free meals in big boiling pot.
I saw the meat at the supermarket and I thought,We should do a hot pot,the 47-year-old said. It's good to keep warm in times like these.Several nuclear power plants briefly switched to diesel generators but were reconnected to the grid by Friday afternoon. One plant north of Sendai briefly lost the ability to cool its spent fuel pools, but quickly got it back.At a plant in Onagawa, some radioactive water splashed out of the pools but did not leave a containment building, Tohoku Electric said. Such splash-out is not unusual, although it is preferable that it doesn't happen,according to Japanese nuclear safety agency official Tomoho Yamada.Closer inspection could find more problems, said agency spokesman Hidehiko Nishiyama, but no radiation was released into the environment at Onagawa.The plant began leaking oil into the ocean in the first earthquake, and the flow escaped a containment boom in Thursday's tremor but was contained again by Friday, coast guard spokesman Hideaki Takase said.Thursday's quake prompted a tsunami warning of its own, but it was later canceled. Three people were killed. A 79-year-old man died of shock and a woman in her 60s was killed when power was cut to her oxygen tank, national fire and disaster agency spokesman Junichi Sawada reported Friday. The third death was an 85-year-old man, according to a doctor at the Ishinomaki Red Cross Hospital. He declined to give his name because he was not authorized to speak to the media.That pales in comparison to the original quake and tsunami, in which more than 25,000 people are believed to have died.
Many of those bodies have still not been found: A significant portion were likely washed out to sea and never will be, but some are buried in areas that have been largely off-limits to search teams. As radiation spilling from the troubled Fukushima Dai-ichi plant has fallen in recent days, however, police have fanned out inside a no-go zone near the complex to dig for the dead.On Friday, hundreds of police, many mobilized from Tokyo, used their hands or small shovels, pulling four bodies in an hour from one small area in the city of Minami Soma. The had found only five bodies the previous day.The searchers, wearing white radiation gear and blue gloves, struggled to bring the remains across the rubble to vans and minibuses that would take them to the nearest morgue. Each body was carefully hosed off to rid it of radiation before being placed in the vehicles.The area is literally a mountain of debris. It is an extremely difficult task, said an official with police in Fukushima prefecture who declined to be named because he was not authorized to talk to the media.The epicenter of Thursday's temblor was in about the same location as the original 9.0-magnitude tremor, off the eastern coast and about 40 miles (65 kilometers) from Sendai, an industrial city on the eastern coast, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. It was strong enough to shake buildings for about a minute as far away as Tokyo, about 200 miles (330 kilometers) away.
At a Toyota dealership in Sendai, most of a two-story show window was shattered, and thick shards of glass were heaped in front of the building. Police directed cars through intersections throughout the city on Friday because traffic lights were out. Small electrical fires were reported.At the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant, where nuclear workers have been toiling to plug radiation leaks and restore cooling systems ruined in the March 11 quake and tsunami, workers briefly retreated to a shelter and suffered no injuries. The plant operator said the tremor caused no new problems there.Despite the new aftershock, automakers announced Friday that they were beginning to bounce back from the March monster. Toyota will resume car production at all its plants in Japan at half capacity from April 18 to 27.The world's No. 1 automaker said it remained unclear when it would return to full production in Japan.
Nissan also said it would start up domestic production at half capacity from April 11.Operations had been halted at both companies because of part shortages.Associated Press writers Shino Yuasa, Malcolm Foster, Ryan Nakashima, Mari Yamaguchi and Cara Rubinsky in Tokyo, Eric Talmadge in Minami Soma, and Colleen Slevin in Denver contributed to this report.
25 And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity;(MASS CONFUSION) the sea and the waves roaring;(FIERCE WINDS)
26 Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.
East cooler, rains miss parched western Plains
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Temperatures will be cooler than average on Friday in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states where it rains, forecasters said.Thunderstorms are set to move through the Plains in the northern and eastern regions, but not in the extremely dry areas of the west and southwest.Rain and thunderstorms are expected this weekend and early next week in the Midwest, with more storms possible later next week as well.(Editing by Jerry Norton)
IF WE WANT TO END UP LIKE AMERICA JUST VOTE FOR THE LIBERALS OR NDP.
Conservatives hovering in majority territory: poll
TORONTO (Reuters) – Canada's ruling Conservatives had a lead of nearly 10 points lead over the Liberals in an opinion poll released on Friday, hovering around levels that could give them a majority in the May 2 federal election.The Nanos Research tracking poll of results over three days of surveys put support for the Conservatives at 40.6 percent, up from 39.6 in Thursday's poll.Support for the main opposition Liberals was at 31.1 percent, up from 30.4 percent, while the left-leaning New Democratic Party fell to 14.9 percent from 17.2 percent.Under Canada's first-past-the-post electoral system, a party needs around 40 percent of the vote to win a majority of the 308 seats in the House of Commons.The past two governments have been Conservative minorities, requiring the Tories to get support from at least one other party to maintain power. The government was defeated in a non-confidence motion on March 25.The daily tracking figures are based on a three-day rolling telephone sample of 1,009 decided voters and is considered accurate 3.1 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.(Reporting by John McCrank)