China: Landslide Death Toll Climbs To 1,117

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More pistures here: Death toll climbs to 1,117 in China mudslides (CNN)


Zhouqu landslide in figures

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  • 1,117 people confirmed dead and more than 627 missing
  • 45,000 people in Zhouqu county evacuated
  • 7,000 soldiers, firefighters and medical staff deployed
  • 300 buildings buried under mud
  • 66% of county without power

The number of people confirmed to have died after massive landslides in north-western China has risen to 1,117, with 627 others missing, officials say.

Hopes of finding survivors are fading and rescuers are turning their efforts to recovering bodies and preventing outbreaks of disease.

Large areas in Zhouqu county, Gansu province, were enveloped by landslides triggered by rain on Saturday night.

Rain is forecast for later this week, prompting fears of further landslides.

Heavy rain was already said to be falling in Zhouqu on Wednesday and as much as 90mm (3.5in) of rain was forecast for Friday, the National Meteorological Centre reported.

It said the chance of more landslides was “relatively large”.

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Moscow’s Heat Wave And Smog Double Daily Death Rate To An Average Of 700 People A Day

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Tourists wear protective face masks as they walk along the Red square in thick smog, with Saint Basil’s Cathedral partially visible in the back, in Moscow, Russia, Friday, Aug. 6, 2010. The city of Moscow was shrouded Friday by a dense smog that grounded flights at international airports and seeped into homes and offices, as wildfires that have killed 50 people nationwide continued to burn.

Russia’s summer of heat, drought and fire is starting to take a human toll in Moscow, Europe’s most populous city.

Deaths in Moscow have doubled to an average of 700 people a day as the city struggles with a deadly combination of record hot temperatures and poisonous smog from wildfires.

Andre Seltsovky, Moscow’s health chief, blamed weeks of heat and smog for the jump in mortality compared to the same time last year.

The average death rate in the city during normal times is between 360-380 people a day, he said. Today, we have around 700.

He added that the city’s morgues are filled with 1,300 bodies, close to their capacity. In addition, he said, ambulance trips are up by almost one third, to 10,000 a day. And city officials have ordered 3 million face masks for the population, estimated to be 11 million.

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Matt Simmons Dies In An ‘Accidental Drowning’ At His Home

Hmmmh, I do not know what to make of this. Was Matt Simmons, a CFR member, coming clean at the end of his days?

Was he killed because of this?:

Matthew Simmons: ‘We’ve Now Killed The Gulf Of Mexico’:

“What we don’t know anything about is the open hole which is caused by the drill bit when it tossed the blow-out preventer way out of the hole…and 120,000 minimum of toxic poison has now covered the floor of the Gulf of Mexico. So what they’re talking about is the biggest environmental cover-up ever. And they knew that that well, that riser, would finally deplete. And then they could say it’s over. And unfortunately, we now have killed the Gulf of Mexico.

Matt Simmons: BP Cap Is A Fraud – ‘It’s The Biggest Cover-Up We have Ever Seen’

Matt Simmons: ‘We’re going to have to evacuate the gulf states.’

Matt Simmons on Bloomberg: There Is A Much Larger Leak, Creating A Gigantic Plume; US Military Should Take Over And Use Nuclear Weapons to Seal The Blowout


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(Bloomberg) — Matthew R. Simmons, an energy investment banker and a leading proponent of the “peak oil” theory that claims the Earth is running out of crude, died yesterday.

Simmons, 67, died in an accidental drowning at his home in Maine, local officials said.

Simmons started Houston-based Simmons & Co. in May 1974 with a focus on the oil-services industry, according to the company’s website. The firm expanded to offer research, institutional sales and investment banking in the energy industry. Simmons promoted the idea that world oil reserves are peaking, and he explored the implications in a 2005 book called “Twilight in the Desert.”

“In the history of the petroleum era, Matt Simmons will be remembered for calling attention to ‘peak oil,’” T. Boone Pickens, chairman of BP Capital LLC, said in an e-mailed statement. “You had to admire his advocacy and his ability to focus on the need to better prepare for a new energy future.”

Emergency medical workers responded to Simmons’s home a little before 10 p.m. local time yesterday, said John Dietter, a crew chief in North Haven, Maine. The official cause of death is drowning, and he was found in a hot tub, said Tara Harrington, medical associate at Maine’s Office of Chief Medical Examiner.

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Matthew Simmons: ‘We’ve Now Killed The Gulf Of Mexico’ (Flashback)

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Added: 21. July 2010

“What we don’t know anything about is the open hole which is caused by the drill bit when it tossed the blow-out preventer way out of the hole…and 120,000 minimum of toxic poison has now covered the floor of the Gulf of Mexico. So what they’re talking about is the biggest environmental cover-up ever. And they knew that that well, that riser, would finally deplete. And then they could say it’s over. And unfortunately, we now have killed the Gulf of Mexico.

Gulf Oil Blowout: Matt Simmons Was Right!

Matt Simmons died today:

Matt Simmons Dies In An ‘Accidental Drowning’ At His Home


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Matthew Simmons: ‘We’ve Now Killed The Gulf Of Mexico’:

“What we don’t know anything about is the open hole which is caused by the drill bit when it tossed the blow-out preventer way out of the hole…and 120,000 minimum of toxic poison has now covered the floor of the Gulf of Mexico. So what they’re talking about is the biggest environmental cover-up ever. And they knew that that well, that riser, would finally deplete. And then they could say it’s over. And unfortunately, we now have killed the Gulf of Mexico.

Matt Simmons: BP Cap Is A Fraud – ‘It’s The Biggest Cover-Up We have Ever Seen’

Matt Simmons: ‘We’re going to have to evacuate the gulf states.’

Matt Simmons on Bloomberg: There Is A Much Larger Leak, Creating A Gigantic Plume; US Military Should Take Over And Use Nuclear Weapons to Seal The Blowout

20 States Fight Unconstitutional ObamaCare In Court

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US Heads For Civil War Over ObamaCare

Judge Rules Virginia Can Continue Its Lawsuit To Stop Unconstitutional Obamacare


States respond in health care overhaul lawsuit

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PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — Twenty states and the nation’s most influential small business lobby plan Friday to file their response to the government’s attempt to dismiss their lawsuit challenging President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul.

The Justice Department in June asked a federal judge to dismiss the lawsuit, saying the U.S. District Court in Pensacola lacks subject-matter jurisdiction over some of the lawsuit’s claims. They also said other parts of the lawsuit failed to state claims upon which relief can be granted.

The states, the National Federation of Independent Business and several individual taxpayers will file their response in Pensacola federal court.

A key issue raised by their lawsuit is whether the federal government can require individuals to purchase health care insurance and fine those who don’t.

The court must hear the case to preserve individual liberties granted through the Constitution, said Karen Harned, executive director of the Small Business Legal Center of the National Federation of Independent Business.

“The federal government does not have the authority to regulate an individual’s decision to do nothing. If they did, then they could force us to purchase any product they want,” she said.

In a statement, Harned said the government’s motion to dismiss was based on “political rhetoric and flimsy legal arguments” and was an attempt to distract the court from evaluating the case’s constitutional issues.

Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum, a Republican candidate for governor, is leading the legal challenge. Other states that have joined the lawsuit are Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Indiana, Idaho, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah and Washington.

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US Job Losses In July Are Double Expected Figure

There is no recovery! This is the Greatest Depression.

US: Food stamp Use Hit Record 40.8 Million in May


• American firms shed 131,000 jobs in July

• UK thinktank warns British ‘depression’ will last until 2012

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Job seekers speak with recruiters during a career fair in Chicago but there are fears that a recovery in the US economy will not mean a revival in employment (Getty Images)

Employers in the US shed twice as many jobs as expected in July, adding to fears that the recovery in the world’s largest economy will not see a revival in employment.

The dismal US job figures came as the National Institute of Economic and Social Research predicted a protracted depression for the UK economy.

Across the Atlantic talk of a double-dip recession was revived when the government revealed 131,000 jobs were lost last month. That dwarfed forecasts for a fall of 65,000. June’s drop was also revised to a far steeper 221,000 from 125,000.

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Former CIA And Military Officials To Obama: Israel Prepares To Attack Iran This Month

Israel: Former CIA and military officials tell Obama Israel is preparing to attack Iran this month

A group of former CIA and military officials have written to President Obama to say they believe Israel is preparing to attack Iran this month. The group explained that Israel wants to launch a war suddenly, and make it politically untenable for Obama to do anything other than offer full US military support. RT’s Anissa Naouai talks to one of the people behind the memo, former US army colonel Ann Wright.

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Source: Mike Hitchen Online

Iran has not attacked another country for over 200 years!

Even if Iran would be able to built one nuclear weapon, would Iran use it just to get potentially 200 Israeli nuclear weapons – not to mention the US nuclear weapon arsenal here – fired back at them???

The US elite puppet government is also preparing for war with Iran.

WW III for a change?

Admiral Mike Mullen: US has plan to attack Iran (if needed)

Preparing for World War III, Targeting Iran (Part I: Global Warfare)

Third US carrier, 4,000 Marines augment US armada opposite Iran

Italy’s PM Berlusconi: G-8 ‘believe absolutely’ that Israel will attack Iran

Israel stations nuclear missile submarines off Iran

US Begins Massive Military Build Up Around Iran, Sending Up To 4 New Carrier Groups In Region

Russia Sells Its S-300 Missile System to Iran

US shipping hundreds of powerful bunker buster bombs for coming attack on Iran

Israel Threatening To Use Nuclear Weapons On Iran! (FOX NEWS)

President Obama raises stakes on Iran by sending in ships and missiles

Russian: Heatwave kills 5,000 as wildfires rage totally out of control

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Russia: Worst drought in a decade, high temperatures damaged 32 percent of land under cultivation, grain prices may double


Russia’s devastating summer heatwave has cost almost 5,000 lives, according to officials who conceded yesterday that the state was struggling to gain control over the worst wildfires in decades.

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Moscow’s landmarks, including the Kremlin and St Basil’s Cathedral, are shrouded in a thick, acrid haze (AP)

The ministry for emergencies issued an urgent call for volunteers to join fire brigades to bolster the fight against the peat and forest fires raging out of control around Moscow.

Temperatures in Russia have hit records for the time of year on at least six occasions in recent weeks. Forecasters said there would be no respite from temperatures above 97F (36C) for at least another week.

Death rates have escalated steadily since the heatwave began, according to statisticians. “We recorded 14,340 deaths in Moscow in July, that is 4,824 deaths more than in July, 2009,” said Yevgenia Smirnova, an official from the Moscow registry office.

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Almost half a million acres are still burning and Nasa images have shown smoke from the fires visible from space (EPA)

Firemen are battling to stop the flames encroaching on the capital. Moscow’s landmarks, including the Kremlin and St Basil’s Cathedral, were shrouded in a thick, acrid haze. Those workers not ordered to stay at home wore masks as they struggled through the streets.

As many as 140 flights were cancelled or delayed as visibility at Moscow’s airports was reduced to 1,148 feet (350 metres). Carbon monoxide in the city’s air rose to as high as 4.8 times the admissible maximum level before tapering off slightly as night fell.

The health ministry advised people to stay indoors, limit physical activity and wear a mask when going outside.

The authorities have warned of the risk of fires reactivating contamination in an area to the south and west of Moscow that was affected by the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster.

The risks posed by the fires encompass dozens of sensitive sites built up in the Soviet era. Military units were mobilised to remove artillery and missiles from bases around the capital and warnings were issued of the peril facing Sarov, a closed city that is home to Russia’s nuclear research headquarters.

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Pentagon Demands WikiLeaks To Hand Over All Documents Or Else … “We will figure out what alternatives we have to compel them to do the right thing.”

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The U.S. Defense Department demanded WikiLeaks return secret military reports from Afghanistan leaked to the website and purge all copies from their records, including tens of thousands of reports already publicly posted.

“We want whatever they have returned to us and we want whatever copies they have expunged,” Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell told reporters today at a news briefing.

“We demand that they do the right thing,” he said. “If doing the right thing is not good enough for them, then we will figure out what alternatives we have to compel them to do the right thing.”

Conceived as an electronic dead drop for confidential documents, WikiLeaks.org receives material that governments and businesses seek to keep secret and publishes them so that they remain in the public domain forever.

The website published more than 91,000 secret U.S. military reports from Afghanistan. Reports on the memos appeared July 25 in the New York Times, Britain’s Guardian newspaper and Germany’s Der Spiegel magazine.

Publication of these classified records has “already threatened the safety of our troops, our allies and Afghan citizens who are working with us to help bring about peace and stability in that part of the world,” Morrell said at the Pentagon today.

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