Australian Amateur Prospector Finds Massive Gold Nugget, Weighing 5.5 Kg (177 Ounces), Worth More Than $315,000

177 ounce gold nugget found near Ballarat, 10.30am January 16, 2013

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Australian amateur prospector finds massive gold nugget (BBC News, Jan 17, 2013):

An amateur prospector in the Australian state of Victoria has astonished experts by unearthing a gold nugget weighing 5.5kg (177 ounces).

The unidentified man, using a handheld metal detector, found the nugget on Wednesday, lying 60cm underground near the town of Ballarat.

Its value has been estimated at more than A$300,000 ($315,000: £197,000).

Read moreAustralian Amateur Prospector Finds Massive Gold Nugget, Weighing 5.5 Kg (177 Ounces), Worth More Than $315,000

Obama Regime’s Gun Control Plan Calls For Long-Awaited Rules On Mental Health

Obama gun plan calls for long-awaited rules on mental health (The Hill, Jan 16, 2013):

President Obama’s plan to reduce gun violence calls for long-awaited rules requiring insurance companies to cover mental health services.

Obama said his administration would finalize rules on mental health parity, the requiring of mental healthcare to be covered the same way as physical healthcare. The regulations have languished since 2008, and Senate Democrats had called on Obama to push the rules forward as part of his gun-control recommendations.

Read moreObama Regime’s Gun Control Plan Calls For Long-Awaited Rules On Mental Health

Russia Slams US For Blaming Syria Government For Blasts


Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov

Russia slams US for blaming Syria government for blasts (PressTV, Jan 17, 2013):

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Thursday hit out at the United States for “blasphemous” accusations blaming this week’s blasts in the city of Aleppo on the Syrian government.

“Yesterday I saw a semi-neutral report on CNN that it was not ruled out that this terrorist act had been staged by the government forces themselves,” Lavrov said in the Tajik capital Dushanbe.

“I cannot imagine anything more blasphemous.”

Earlier this week two blasts tore through an Aleppo campus while students were writing exams, killing at least 87 people. No one has claimed responsibility for the blasts.

In a statement on Wednesday, the Russian foreign ministry blamed “terrorists” for the “merciless bloody provocation.”

It said the explosions were “the terrorists’ revenge for the significant losses sustained in their confrontation with government forces.”

Read moreRussia Slams US For Blaming Syria Government For Blasts

‘Gun Control: Obama’s PR Machine Can Crush The NRA’ (Telegraph)

FYI.


Gun control: Obama’s PR machine can crush the NRA (Telegraph, Jan 17, 2013):

On the day that President Obama announced his determination to defy the will of the US Congress and push for an assault weapons ban, he could hardly have wished for a greater gift than the one handed him by the National Rifle Association.

That’s right. Once again the main lobby group for gun owners went right ahead and shot itself in the foot, releasing an advert that turned Mr Obama’s innocent teenage daughters into pawns in the fight over gun control.

The White House managed to contain its glee, correctly describing the advert as “repugnant and cowardly” for calling Mr Obama an “elitist hypocrite” for letting his daughters have armed protection (their Secret Service detail) but denying the same protection to ordinary folk.

You have to wonder who is advising the NRA at the moment, and how long it will take “responsible gun owners” to rise up and do away with a leadership that is so badly misrepresenting them?

Read more‘Gun Control: Obama’s PR Machine Can Crush The NRA’ (Telegraph)

3D Printed Guns Render Gun Control Moot

3D Printed Guns Render Gun Control Moot (LocalOrg, Jan 17, 2013):

Forbes has recently published an article about New York Congressman Steve Israel’s promise to ban 3D printed high capacity ammunition magazines. The congressman’s comments come after Defense Distributed, an open source DIY gunsmith group working to manufacture both guns and their accessories using 3D printing technology, successfully printed and tested a 30-round AR-15 magazine.

Congressman Israel stated:

“Background checks and gun regulations will do little good if criminals can print high-capacity magazines at home. 3-D printing is a new technology that shows great promise, but also requires new guidelines. Law enforcement officials should have the power to stop high-capacity magazines from proliferating with a Google search.”

Read more3D Printed Guns Render Gun Control Moot

Obama Regime Unveils America’s Biggest Gun-Control Push In Generations

From the article:

“Are the president’s kids more important than yours?” a narrator says. “Then why is he sceptical about putting armed security in our schools when his kids are protected by armed guards at their schools?” The advert described the President (whose children attend private school in Washington DC and receive Secret Service protection) as “just another elitist hypocrite.” An Obama spokesman called the advert “repugnant and cowardly”.


Barack Obama unveils America’s biggest gun-control push in generations (Independent, Jan 16, 2013):

Sweeping reforms include background checks for gun purchases and ban on assault weapons

Vowing to “put everything into this”, President Barack Obama today unveiled the most sweeping proposals in two decades to tighten gun control in the US, including universal background checks on anyone trying to buy a gun, and a renewed ban on assault weapons, coupled with a 10-round limit for magazines.

At the same time – 33 days after the school shooting rampage in Connecticut that horrified the country – he also signed 23 presidential executive orders that will speed up access to data on gun-purchasers, provide more money for the mental health system, and funnel extra resources to police.

Read moreObama Regime Unveils America’s Biggest Gun-Control Push In Generations

Mali Fighters Tougher Than France Anticipated

Mali Islamists tougher than France anticipated: envoys (Reuters, Jan 18, 2013)

French troops’ initial clashes with Islamist militants in Mali have shown that the desert fighters are better trained and equipped than France had anticipated before last week’s military intervention, French and other U.N. diplomats said.

The realization that the fighting could be bloodier than anticipated in the weeks — or months — ahead might make Western countries even more reluctant to get involved alongside France. French officials, however, hope it will rally their allies behind them, diplomats say.

“The cost of failure in Mali would be high for everyone, not just the people of Mali,” an African diplomat said on Thursday. Like the other diplomats, he spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive military and diplomatic issues.

Read moreMali Fighters Tougher Than France Anticipated

UN Launches New Attempt To Control The Internet

Nice International Telecommunication Union (ITU) logo!

Reminds me of the TASER logo …

… and …



International Telecommunication Union (ITU) logo.

UN launches new attempt to control the Internet (RT, Jan 17, 2013):

Only weeks after a meeting of the International Telecommunication Union in Dubai sparked worldwide outrage, the UN’s telecom branch remains adamant about re-writing the rules of the Web.

Following a meeting of ITU members last year, participants involved in the United Nation’s telecom group announced that they hoped to re-write a multilateral communications treaty, in turn causing a whole new set of international laws to structure the way the Internet works.

Read moreUN Launches New Attempt To Control The Internet

Boeing’s 787 ‘Nightmareliner’ Fix Is going To Be ‘A Big Mess’

See also:

The Dream Is Over: FAA Grounds Boeing’s 787 ‘Nightmareliner’


Dreamliner fix: ‘It’s not easy’ (CNN, Jan 18, 2013):

Whatever the reason for its recent spate of problems, Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner won’t fly again until regulators are satisfied the plane is airworthy.

Reports of fire and smoke have put the focus on the plane’s cutting-edge lithium ion battery systems and grounded the fleet worldwide.

Only 50 Dreamliners are in service so far, but the airlines that bought these multimillion dollar aircraft are losing money while they sit on the ground. Big questions remain: How long will it take to get the Dreamliner back in the air? Will travelers feel safe enough to board them?

It’s going to be “a big mess, cost Boeing a lot of money” and embarrass carriers that fly the 787, said aviation historian David T. Courtwright, a professor at the University of North Florida.

Read moreBoeing’s 787 ‘Nightmareliner’ Fix Is going To Be ‘A Big Mess’

35 Incredibly Shocking Statistics That Will Scare Any Baby Boomer

Do You Want To Scare A Baby Boomer? (Economic Collapse, Jan 17, 2013):

If you want to frighten Baby Boomers, just show them the list of statistics in this article.  The United States is headed for a retirement crisis of unprecedented magnitude, and we are woefully unprepared for it.  At this point, more than 10,000 Baby Boomers are reaching the age of 65 every single day, and this will continue to happen for almost the next 20 years.  The number of senior citizens in America is projected to more than double during the first half of this century, and some absolutely enormous financial promises have been made to them.  So will we be able to keep those promises to the hordes of American workers that are rapidly approaching retirement?  Of course not.  State and local governments are facing trillions in unfunded pension liabilities.  Medicare is facing a 38 trillion dollar shortfall over the next 75 years.  The Social Security system is facing a 134 trillion dollar shortfall over the next 75 years.  Meanwhile, nearly half of all American workers have less than $10,000 saved for retirement.  The truth is that I was being incredibly kind when I said earlier that we are “woefully unprepared” for what is coming.  The biggest retirement crisis in history is rapidly approaching, and a lot of the promises that were made to the Baby Boomers are going to get broken.The following are 35 incredibly shocking statistics that will scare just about any Baby Boomer…

Read more35 Incredibly Shocking Statistics That Will Scare Any Baby Boomer

Senator Rand Paul Declares War On Obama’s Executive Actions On Gun Control

In my opinion Rand Paul has lost all credibily by endorsing elite puppet Mitt Romney.

More on Rand Paul:

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Rand Paul Endorses Mitt Romney (Video)


Rand Paul declares war on Obama’s executive actions on gun control (RT, Jan 17, 2013):

Sen. Rand Paul has made plans to nullify President Obama’s 23 executive actions on gun control policy, claiming the president is exercising too much power and demonstrating a ‘king complex’.

The Kentucky Senator made a Wednesday night appearance on Fox News’ “Hannity”, during which he outlined the legislation he hopes to pass in order to prevent the president from using his executive powers.

“Our founding fathers were very concerned about us having separation of powers. They didn’t want to let the president become a king,” Paul said. “In this bill, we will nullify anything the president does that smacks of legislation.”

Read moreSenator Rand Paul Declares War On Obama’s Executive Actions On Gun Control

Fukushima: No Improvement, Goes From Bad To Worse – ‘People Of Japan Under Kind Of Self Anesthesia’ (Video)


YouTube Added: 17.01.2013

Video: “Going from bad to worse, day by day” at Fukushima plant — “The situation don’t improve at all” (ENENews, Jan 17, 2013):

Title: Statement von Izumi Yamaguchi zur Fukushima-Diskussion am 18.01.2013 in Düsseldorf-Bilk
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Date Uploaded: Jan 17, 2013

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Izumi Yamaguchi, from Tokyo, Japan: It will be 2 years since the accident of Tepco Fukushima nuclear power plant No. 1 soon.

However, the situation don’t improve at all, rather are going from bad to worse, day by day.

Read moreFukushima: No Improvement, Goes From Bad To Worse – ‘People Of Japan Under Kind Of Self Anesthesia’ (Video)

Tesco’s Beef Burgers Contain Up To 29% Horse Meat

– ?Asda, Co-op and Sainsbury’s withdraw burger ranges over horse meat fears as it’s revealed tests found equine DNA in other supermarket products LAST NOVEMBER (DailyMail, Jan 15, 2013)

  • Scientific tests on some beef products found low levels of horse DNA
  • But one offering from Tesco’s Value range had 29% horse meat
  • Company has lost £300m off its market value today
  • Equine DNA also found in Dunnes Stores, Lidl, Aldi beef products
  • Asda and Co-op remove frozen products as ‘precaution’
  • Today, fast food giant Burger King revealed it uses same supplier
  • However, Burger King said its meat has not been affected
  • Irish scientists discovered contaminated burgers in late November
  • But carried out three rounds of tests to ensure data was correct
  • UK Food Standards Agency launching investigation into the findings
  • PM calls scandal ‘a completely unacceptable state of affairs’
  • Suppliers in Holland and Spain blamed for contaminated ingredients
  • Three more supermarkets have started clearing shelves of frozen beefburgers after it emerged they use the same supplier that sold Tesco products containing up to 29 per cent horse meat.

    Asda, the Co-op and Sainsbury’s were not among the four retailers found to be selling contaminated food but say they have pulled some of their ranges as a ‘precautionary measure’.

    It came as it was revealed horse-tainted beefburgers could have been on the shelves for almost two months after it was first discovered they contained equine meat.

    Read moreTesco’s Beef Burgers Contain Up To 29% Horse Meat

    UK: Third Major High Street Retail Chain Closes In A Week

    Blockbuster joins UK retail casualty list and calls in the administrators (Guardian, Jan 16, 2013):

    More than 4,000 jobs at risk after Christmas woe but analysts say video rental chain failed to keep up with the competition

    The Blockbuster video rental chain became the third major high street casualty in a week on Wednesday, collapsing into administration and taking the total number of retail jobs at risk to 10,000.

    Read moreUK: Third Major High Street Retail Chain Closes In A Week

    US Mint Out Of Silver Coins, Suspends Sales

    US Mint Out Of Silver Coins – Suspends Sales (ZeroHedge, Jan 17, 2013):

    As we noted earlier this month, the demand for both gold and silver ‘physical’ coins has been record-breaking as 2013 began. So much so, that now after selling over 6 million silver coins in 2013 so far, the US Mint has run out of silver eagles and has suspended sales. Furthermore, the Mint is saying that it will not restart sales until January 28th! With all asunder proclaiming victory and crisis averted based on the nominal price of stocks at five-year highs, Swiss interest rates no longer negative, and Spanish bond yields at 5%, it seems there are still a few that demand the wealth-preserving safe-haven of hard assets as the escalation of the currency wars shows no sign of abating.

    Authorized Purchasers,

    The United States Mint has temporarily sold out of 2013 American Eagle Silver Bullion coins.  As a result, sales are suspended until we can build up an inventory of these coins.  Sales will resume on or about the week of January 28, 2013, via the allocation process.

    Please feel free to call us if you have any questions.

    Regards,

    Jack A. Szczerban

    Branch Chief, Precious Metals Group

    Department of the Treasury

    United States Mint

    FDA Approves New Flu Vaccine Using ‘Insect Virus Expression System’ And ‘Recombinant DNA Technology’

    FDA approves new seasonal influenza vaccine made using novel technology (FDA, Jan 16, 2013):

    FDA NEWS RELEASE

    For Immediate Release: Jan. 16, 2013
    Media Inquiries: Rita Chappelle, 301-796-4672, [email protected]
    Consumer Inquiries: 888-INFO-FDA, [email protected]

    FDA approves new seasonal influenza vaccine made using novel technology

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today announced that it has approved Flublok, the first trivalent influenza vaccine made using an insect virus (baculovirus) expression system and recombinant DNA technology. Flublok is approved for the prevention of seasonal influenza in people 18 through 49 years of age.

    Unlike current flu vaccines, Flublok does not use the influenza virus or eggs in its production. Flublok’s novel manufacturing technology allows for production of large quantities of the influenza virus protein, hemagglutinin (HA) – the active ingredient in all inactivated influenza vaccines that is essential for entry of the virus into cells in the body. The majority of antibodies that prevent influenza virus infection are directed against HA. While the technology is new to flu vaccine production, it is used to make vaccines that have been approved by the FDA to prevent other infectious diseases.

    Read moreFDA Approves New Flu Vaccine Using ‘Insect Virus Expression System’ And ‘Recombinant DNA Technology’

    The Story Of A Man Who Outsourced His Work To China So He Could Watch Cat Videos All Day

    The Story of a Man Who Outsourced His Work to China so He Could Watch Cat Videos All Day (Business Insider, Jan 16, 2013):

    A Verizon case study recently revealed that some people will go through great lengths in order to be able to watch cat videos all day.

    We first heard about it on TNW.

    The study documents the scam of a developer, who is referred to as Bob. He worked at a “critical infrastructure” company in the U.S. and started outsourcing his work to China underneath his company’s nose, and would only pay those people less than one fifth of his six-figure salary.

    Here’s how it was possible.

    Read moreThe Story Of A Man Who Outsourced His Work To China So He Could Watch Cat Videos All Day

    Malgeria Crisis Update

    Malgeria Crisis Update (ZeroHedge, Jan 17, 2013):

    The situation in MalgeriaTM continues to remain uncertain but the following updates should provide some color as to where they stand currently (and a primer on the initial French intervention). Critically, Stratfor warns that the escalation in Algeria will possibly lead to further militants crossing the Mali border, further endangering Westerners and energy infrastructure (which is important as Algeria is one of the largest exports of light, sweet crude oil in the world and a significant natural gas exporter to Europe).

    Stratfor 3-minute Primer:


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    Update:

    1) In general there is chaos as FranceTV put it “it is very confusing, with no official confirmation of any of the actions being reported on”
    2) Up to 35 (of the 44) Hostages have apparently been killed in the Algerian rescue (retake) operation, with hostages freed (one Irishman);
    2a) All 8 of the hostage-takers have apparently been killed

    Who is Mokhtar Belmokhtar?


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    3) A US Drone is now on site to take a look for the first time;

    Read moreMalgeria Crisis Update

    Another South Korean Nuclear Reactor Shut Down Due To Malfunction

    Another S Korea nuclear reactor shut down due to malfunction (Platts, Jan 17, 2013):

    Another South Korean nuclear reactor was shut down Thursday due to a malfunction just two weeks after two of three troubled reactors were restarted amid mounting electricity demand due to a prolonged cold spell.

    No. 1 reactor at the Uljin nuclear power plant on the east coast, a pressurized water reactor with a generation capacity of 0.95 GW, halted operations at 11:19 a.m. Seoul time (0219 GMT) due to a problem with the reactor’s energy system.

    The Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power, the state-run operator of nuclear power plants, said there was no immediate danger of any radiation leak. An investigation was currently under way to identify the exact cause of the problem, it said.

    Read moreAnother South Korean Nuclear Reactor Shut Down Due To Malfunction

    DHS: Malicious Virus Shuttered U.S. Power Plant

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    American power plant shut down by cyber attack (Yahoo! News, Jan 17, 2013)

    Malicious virus shuttered U.S. power plant -DHS (Reuters, Jan 16, 2013):

    A computer virus attacked a turbine control system at a U.S. power company last fall when a technician unknowingly inserted an infected USB computer drive into the network, keeping a plant off line for three weeks, according to a report posted on a U.S. government website.

    The Department of Homeland Security report did not identify the plant but said criminal software, which is used to conduct financial crimes such as identity theft, was behind the incident.

    It was introduced by an employee of a third-party contractor that does business with the utility, according to the agency.

    DHS reported the incident, which occurred in October, along with a second involving a more sophisticated virus, on its website as cyber experts gather at a high-profile security conference in Miami known as S4 to review emerging threats against power plants, water utilities and other parts of the critical infrastructure.

    Read moreDHS: Malicious Virus Shuttered U.S. Power Plant

    Billionaire Brothers Buying Montana Ranches, Own Now More Than 276,000 Acres In Seven Counties

    Billionaire brothers buying Montana ranches (Billings Gazette, Jan 13, 2013):

    Near where the borders of Fergus, Musselshell and Golden Valley counties meet south of the Little Snowy Mountains, two billionaire Texas brothers have quietly collected more than 177,000 acres of ranch land in the last two years.

    But that’s only a portion of the property that Farris, 60, and Dan Wilks, 56, have accumulated in Montana. In all, they own more than 276,000 acres in seven counties in the eastern half of the state. That’s 431 square miles, more than half the size of Silver Bow County.

    Owning such large amounts of land puts them in the big league of Montana landowners. Turner Enterprises, owned by former media mogul Ted Turner, has 149,000 acres in Montana holdings. It was announced last week that Stanley Kroenke, a billionaire who is married to a Wal-Mart heir, bought the 124,000-acre Broken O Ranch near Augusta that had been listed for $132 million. According to Forbes magazine, Kroenke also owns the Cedar Creek Ranch near Ennis and the PV Ranch near Hysham.

    Read moreBillionaire Brothers Buying Montana Ranches, Own Now More Than 276,000 Acres In Seven Counties