China Prepares Troops for war

December 31, 2013 by  
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Xi Jinping preparing the PLA for war: Xinhua commentary

A special PLA unit undergoes a training exercise in east China's Shandong province on Nov. 15, 2013. (Photo/CNS) 

A special PLA unit undergoes a training exercise in east China’s Shandong province on Nov. 15, 2013. (Photo/CNS)

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The large-scale military exercise — dubbed “Mission Action 2013” — involving 40,000 soldiers of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) in October was personally approved by Chinese president Xi Jinping to prepare his troops in the event of war, according to a strongly-worded commentary published Saturday on the website of China’s official Xinhua news agency.

The long-winded 7,500-word piece said Xi, who also heads the Communist Party and is chairman of the Central Military Commission, has repeatedly emphasized the goal of building a strong army since ascending to power at the 18th National Congress last November — a goal which has become more important since that time due to major changes in China’s international strategic situation and its national security situation. These include rising tensions with Japan over the Diaoyutai islands (Diaoyu to China, Senkaku to Japan) in the East China Sea, strained relations with the unpredictable North Korea, concerns over the increased US military presence in the Asia Pacific, and a slate of violent incidents at home involving ethnic minorities which have been labeled “terrorist” attacks.

During a visit to Guangzhou, the capital of southern Guangdong province, to witness a naval exercise last December, Xi told his troops of his dream of rejuvenating the “great Chinese nation,” which he said cannot be achieved without a powerful army with Chinese characteristics.

The commentary said it was important to develop the country’s military through proper propaganda and education, the clarification of ideas and implementing strategies in every aspect of army building in a realistic and pragmatic manner. The PLA must persevere to modernize as well as expand and strengthen its military strategies to deepen preparations for potential conflict to ensure that the troops are ready if called upon not only to fight, but to win, the article added.

Noting that the pivotal third plenum of the 18th CPC Central Committee last month is incorporating national security and military reforms into China’s overall reform strategy, the commentary said that the fundamental goal of the reforms is to increase the efficiency and battle-readiness of the military. Major goals of the reforms include fully bringing China’s military into the information age, revamping the command system for joint combat, and reforming the leadership structure.

Other reform goals include optimizing the size and structure of the army, adjusting and improving the proportion between various troops, and reducing non-combat institutions and personnel.

The commentary highlighted a number of Xi’s visits to various PLA military zones across the country over the past year, saying that it illustrates his affection and care for the troops. In particular, Xi visited the Beijing Military Region on Aug. 1 this year to celebrate the founding of the PLA, and two months later personally oversaw “Mission Action 2013,” the large-scale joint military exercise in which 40,000 troops maneuvered over 30,000 kilometers by road, rail, sea and air to test the logistic capabilities of the PLA in real war situations.

To demonstrate that he is serious about reforming China’s military, Xi has also included high-ranking PLA officers in his ongoing anti-corruption sweep, increased supervision of PLA activities and cut down on excess and extravagance within the army, the article said.

5.1 magnitude quake hits Japan 80km from Fukushima nuclear plant / homeless recruited for Fukushima radiation clean-up

December 31, 2013 by  
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5.1 magnitude quake hits Japan 80km from Fukushima nuclear plant

31 Dec 2013 A shallow 5.1-magnitude earthquake has hit eastern Japan, the US Geological Survey says, but there are no local reports of any damage. The quake hit at 10.03am (1203 AEDT) in Ibaraki prefecture, 146 kilometres northeast of Tokyo, the agency said. The tremor was 9.9 kilometres deep, USGS said. Located roughly 80 kilometres southwest of the Fukushima nuclear plant, the quake was strong enough to gently rock high-rise buildings in the capital.

Japan’s homeless recruited for Fukushima radiation clean-up

29 Dec 2013 Seiji Sasa hits the train station in this northern Japanese city before dawn most mornings to prowl for homeless men. The men in Sendai Station are potential laborers that Sasa can dispatch to contractors in Japan’s nuclear disaster zone for a bounty of $100 a head. This is how Japan finds people willing to accept minimum wage for one of the most undesirable jobs in the industrialized world: working on the *35 billion, taxpayer-funded effort to clean up radioactive fallout across an area of northern Japan larger than Hong Kong.

Once again, Aerosol Spraying listed as #1 solution to ease “Global Warming”

December 31, 2013 by  
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ED Notes: Yep. They started this program without your permission. AKA “Chemtrails” – We have yet to hear one of these alleged scientists discuss the side effects, or unintended consequences for such actions; which could range from changing the weather (er… “climate change”) by altering the Jet stream, gulf stream, etc…  OR, chemical damage to food, animals and PEOPLE. – There is also a possibility that the spraying is not intended for Geo Engineering at all! Could this is all en excuse for something deeper, and more sinister?

Regardless, all this talk about using sky spraying is certainly getting us ready for a confession, or a roll out of the program; which I believe may be announced this year.  Keeping this cat in the bag has become impossible!

Scroll down to read about Aerosol Spraying – The #1 “solution” (There are actually some good ideas listed too) – Jack Blood


Continued from USA Today:

There’s not a lot of time to make changes, says climate scientist David Archer of the University of Chicago. He says research suggests dire changes could occur if the Earth warms 2 degrees Celsius (or 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) this century.

“We’re halfway there,” Archer says, adding the planet could reach that mark as soon as 2040 if carbon emissions continue their current climb. “This is just the fire alarm. This is not the fire,” he says, adding it will become costlier to cut emissions the closer the flames come.

“It’s important to recognize we don’t know everything about climate change,” Christopher Field told reporters last December at MIT’s climate “boot camp.” Yet Field, a senior fellow at Stanford University and co-author of research by the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, said enough is known to help society manage the risks and make smart investments.

The 19th-century horse-manure crisis suggests some solutions may beget new problems, says Eric Morris, an urban planning professor at Clemson University who studied that malodorous chapter of history. But he says it also offers another lesson: “Never discount the power of human ingenuity.”

Here are six technologies — some old, some new — that might stem the worrisome warming trend:

1.Solar geo-engineering is sort of the Hail-Mary pass when attempts to cut carbon emissions don’t go far enough. It includes blasting sulfate aerosols into the stratosphere to reflect sunlight away from Earth or spraying fine sea salt into the sky to whiten clouds.

“They all act very fast. They’re all cheap enough that money is not the issue and they’re all inherently imperfect,” says Keith, author of the 2013 book A Case for Climate Engineering. “The thing we most need to do is talk about it,” he says, adding more research is needed on the effects and efficacy.

“One powerful country could do it by itself,” if desperate enough for a quick but temporary fix,” says climate scientist Ken Caldeira of the Carnegie Institution for Science. He notes how Mount Pinatubo’s 1991 eruption in the Philippines, which fired sulfur particles high into the air, cooled global temperatures nearly one degree Fahrenheit in 1992 and 1993.

2. Carbon capture, which traps emissions from power plants and removes them the atmosphere, might obviate the need for such a drastic step.

Because of its current high cost, no commercial, coal-fired facility has yet to employ this technique. In May, the first effort is slated to debut in Kemper County, Miss; it’s designed to capture 65% of carbon emissions. Earlier this year, MIT developed a simpler scrubbing system that it says can be added relatively easy to existing facilities.

The U.S. Department of Energy is funding research on how to capture industrial emissions and either store them underground or use them to make products such as fuel, plastics, cement and fertilizer. Without federal funds, Mark Herrema founded Newlight Technologies, a California-based company that captures methane emissions from dairy farms and uses them to make plastic.

Klaus Lackner, a Columbia University geophysicist, is working on synthetic trees that absorb carbon dioxide about a thousand times faster than natural trees. Keith’s Calgary-based start-up, Carbon Engineering, funded partly by Bill Gates, is developing industrial-scale technologies to capture carbon from the atmosphere and use it to produce low-carbon transportation fuels.

3. (Our personal Fav at Artificial photosynthesis could yield an entirely new, emissions-free energy source. In 2011, Nocera unveiled his “artificial leaf” — a credit-card-sized silicon solar wafer that, when placed in a glass of tap water and exposed to sunlight, generates hydrogen and oxygen bubbles that can be stored and — when needed — recombined in a fuel cell to generate electricity.

“We already know how to do this,” Nocera says. The problem: His water-splitting device generates hydrogen fuel, but there’s no network yet of hydrogen filling stations in the United States. So his start-up, Sun Catalytix, launched to develop the device, is now focusing instead on grid-scale flow batteries.

DOE is funding related research at the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis, led by the California Institute of Technology. “The goal is to produce a chemical liquid fuel” that can replace gasoline, says spokesman William Royea, adding it will likely take a decade or so to reduce costs enough to make it commercially viable.

4. Solar and wind power have surged in recent years, and research is finding new applications. MIT and Sandia National Laboratories have developed ultralight, atom-thin solar cells that can be embedded in flexible products like drapes or harder structures like a tablet’s outer shell to produce power. Similarly, they’re developing transparent cells that can be placed on windows.

Companies such as California-based Makani, acquired this year by Google, are trying to harness power from high-altitude wind, which is faster and steadier. Their challenge: tethering airborne turbines hundreds of feet off the ground without interfering with aircraft. MIT researchers are looking at far-offshore wind turbines and, to store their power and anchor them, huge concrete spheres that sit on the seafloor.

“Storage will be the game changer” for solar and wind, because their power is intermittent but electric grids need consistency, says Bob Armstrong,director of the MIT Energy Initiative. So universities, start-ups and major companies are working to boost battery performance. Some advances debuted this year, including a battery by General Electric that’s paired with a Texas wind farm to provide continuous power.

5. Nuclear power, disliked by many environmentalists because of safety and waste disposal concerns, is welcomed by climate scientists including James Hansen as a major energy source that doesn’t emit carbon.

DOE has offered $8.3 billion in loan guarantees to help build a nuclear power plant in Georgia and is funding efforts by two companies — North Carolina-based Babcock & Wilcox and Oregon-based NuScale Power — to develop small modular reactors. These school bus-size versions of current light water reactors could be made in U.S. factories and moved from site to site. DOE says it expects commercial operation around 2025.

TerraPower, a start-up in Bellevue, Wash., that’s partly funded by Bill Gates, is developing a larger, 500-megawatt, “traveling wave” reactor that runs on nuclear waste and can go 40 years without refueling. Last year, Gates said the company is looking to build a demonstration plant and “China is one possible place.” This month, DOE posted a proposed agreement between an unnamed U.S. company and the Chinese government to develop such a reactor.

6. Efficiency is often seen as the invisible energy source, because it’s energy not used. Though basic technology, its potential is huge. Long, who’s studying California’s efforts, estimates efficiency upgrades could halve the state’s energy demand by 2050. Building practices such as superior insulation and air sealing have proven to slash a home’s energy use up to 90%.

“This is the best way to get at climate mitigation,” says David Gottfried, co-founder of the U.S. Green Building Council, a private non-profit group. Noting that residential and commercial buildings account for nearly 40% of total U.S. energy use, he says ultra-efficient buildings can essentially become “our power plants of the future.”

IBM is working with cities, utilities and the federal government to boost efficiency by using sensors, meters and digital controls to monitor and automate how energy is used. The Obama administration is requiring new cars and light trucks to nearly double their fuel efficiency by 2025.

NSA Intercepting Computer Shipments to Implant Spyware

December 30, 2013 by  
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AND… Microsoft has the backdoor. WE ARE NOT AFRAID!

Oh, the NSA. What a pack of ghouls they have become. Among their myriad shady dealings, a recently revealed/purported practice should give all of us even further pause. In fact, you might just want to hit the stop button. The NSA is apparently intercepting shipments of computers and electronic devices and implanting surveillance hardware and spying malware before these devices reach their consumer destinations.

I imagine the NSA would claim that the computers and devices they pre-tap are being shipped to people the NSA already believes to be “security threats.” But the reality of their indiscriminate surveillance does not give me comfort in these claims. The NSA has been spying on everyone, inside and outside the United States. And it seems that intercepting electronic devices is just another prong in their Pokémon obsession to “collect it all.”

Furthermore, a recent court ruling has dismissed an ACLU lawsuit against the NSA. The lawsuit claimed that the NSA had infringed on the constitutional rights of citizens by collecting telephone metadata without any probable cause of wrongdoing. The court, represented by the “honorable” Justice William Pauley, struck the case down. One of the major reasons for dismissal was included in a peculiar paragraph, the logic of which would make me laugh if it weren’t so harrowing:

The ACLU would never have learned about the section 215 order authorizing collection of telephony metadata . . . but for the unauthorized disclosures by Edward Snowden. Congress did not intend that targets of section 215 orders would ever learn of them. [I’m sure they didn’t.] And the statutory scheme also makes clear that Congress intended to preclude suits by targets even if they discovered section 215 orders implicating them. It cannot possibly be that lawbreaking conduct by a government contractor that reveals state secrets—including the means and methods of intelligence gathering—could frustrate Congress’s intent. To hold otherwise would spawn mischief: recipients of orders would be subject to section 215’s secrecy protocol confining challenges to the FISC, while targets could sue in any federal district court. A target’s awareness of section 215 orders does not alter the Congressional calculus. The ACLU’s statutory claim must therefore be dsimissed.

In other words, you can’t sue us for unlawful conduct if the only way you found out about our unlawful conduct was through unlawful conduct. Hmmm. While I would agree that espionage by its nature involves secrecy and the bending of certain rules of propriety and straight dealing, usually espionage is directed at one’s enemies. To call every American citizen a “target” is to declare war on your own people. Which is basically what has been done. What Justice Pauley is really saying here is that citizens are expected to uphold their part as law-abiding and obedient serfs even while the civil government treats them like enemy combatants: “You must play by the rules. We will not. You weren’t supposed to find out we were cheating. Just go back to your state-appointed duties.” No. If Congress treats the citizens like enemies, then the rules of war apply both ways. And as we all know, “All’s fair in love and war.” I certainly don’t feel any love for the NSA right now …
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‘Swine flu’ makes comeback in St. Louis area, NY etc… (Allegedly)

December 30, 2013 by  
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BE VERY AFRAIDGET WALMART VACCINATIONS NOW! Rumsfeld and friends will appreciate your business! If you have never had a vaccine….. YOU’RE NEXT! (NOT)



ST. LOUIS – Local health officials say flu season is ramping up.

Barnes-Jewish Hospital announced Thursday it’s already treated more than 140 flu patients, and the majority were found to have the H1N1 strain from 2009, more commonly known as “swine flu.”

Nationally, hospitals are reporting a huge spike. Many believe this year’s flu season may be one of the most severe in several years.

There’s still time to get vaccinated, and this year’s shot does offer protection from the current strain of the flu. To find a flu vaccination location nearest to you, visit the St. Louis County Department of Health’s website.

Gunmen Kill Polio Vaccinator in Pakistan

December 30, 2013 by  
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Here in the USA we try to warn people of the dangers of Govt / Corporate Vaccines, and we are called CRAZY. If you resist a Vaccination, you could be FIRED! – In Pakistan…. They just shoot them. Just sayin…..



PESHAWAR, Pakistan — Pakistani police say gunmen attacked an anti-polio vaccination center in the country’s northwest and killed a medic on duty, then fled the scene.

Police official Raheem Khan says another technician was also wounded in Saturday’s attack on the outskirts of Peshawar, the capital of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

The health facility is run by the party of cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan and authorities are using it to vaccinate children against polio.

No group claimed responsibility for the attack, but militants have killed several polio workers and police protecting them in recent months.

Pakistan is one of only three countries where the polio virus is still endemic. Militants oppose vaccination against polio and consider such campaigns a cover for spying. They also claim the vaccine is intended to make Muslim boys sterile.


98 million Americans were given polio vaccine contaminated with cancer-causing virus, admits CDC

Former Suffolk U. Professor Claims U.S. Plans to Sterilize ‘Women of the Entire World’

“In 1974, Henry Kissinger proposed a plan to President Ford… It was in the days of the Cold War, and they were fixated on the annihilation of Communism. They said: We can’t annihilate Communism, but we can annihilate the Communists. How? The more people there are in the world, the more Communists there are. So let us tackle the roots of the problem – if we kill the poor, there will be no Communists. This was the logic behind Kissinger’s plan of sterilizing the women of 13 countries in the world, including Egypt and Turkey.”


Two “Terror Attacks” precede Russian Olympics

December 30, 2013 by  
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Russia bus Bomb explosion – Second bomb blast hits Volgograd Russia 12/30/2013 Suicide Bomber, Attacks Russia Bus Explosion explode Russia Terror Attack Volgograd Train Station Explosion At least 10 people have been killed in an explosion on an electric bus in the Russian city of Volgograd, according to reports.

Investigators have described the blast as “an act of terror”.

It comes just a day after a female suicide bomber was blamed for killing 17 people and leaving dozens more injured at the city’s main railway station.
Investigators and Emergency Ministry members work at the site of an explosion at the entrance to a train station in Volgograd Security has been stepped up after the station blast

Police identified the bomber as a Dagestan national called Oksana Aslanova – who had been married to two Islamists killed by Russian forces.
Map of Volgograd, Russia

She apparently detonated a bomb in front of a metal detector inside the main entrance of the station. Russian television is suggesting there may have been two attackers.

MOSCOW — A deadly suicide bombing at a crowded railroad station in southern Russia on Sunday, followed by a blast in a trolley bus on Monday in the same city, raised the specter of a new wave of terrorism just six weeks before the Winter Olympics in Sochi.

President Vladimir V. Putin’s government has worked to protect the Olympics with some of the most extensive security measures ever imposed for the Games. But the bombings, in Volgograd, underscored the threat the country faces from a radical Islamic insurgency in the North Caucasus that has periodically spilled into the Russian heartland, with deadly results, including several recent attacks.

Security has become a paramount concern at all major international sporting events, especially in the wake of the bombing at the Boston Marathon in April, but never before has an Olympic host country experienced terrorist violence on this scale soon before the Games. And would-be attackers may have more targets in mind than the Russian state.

Current and former American law enforcement and intelligence officials said Sunday that they were more concerned about security in Russia during the Sochi Games than they have been about any other Olympics since Athens in 2004.



Via RT

At least 16 people were killed in a blast at a railway station in the city of Volgograd, southern Russia. A suicide bomber is suspected to have carried out the attack, says the National Anti-terrorism Committee.

Follow RT’s Live Updates on the blast

“According to verified information, the explosion at the railway station in Volgograd has claimed 16 lives,” Russia’s Investigative Committee said. However later Interfax news agency reported that the death toll has risen to 17, after one victim who was in critical condition died overnight.

At least 44 people were injured, 38 of whom were hospitalized, including a nine-year-old girl. The child has been taken to a local hospital and is expected to be flown to Moscow soon.

The incident is being treated as an act of terrorism, the committee spokesman Vladimir Markin said.

The blast took place at 12.45 local time inside the building of the railway. It is “thought to have been carried out by a female suicide bomber,” according to the anti-terrorism committee’s statement.

At 12.45 we got informed that a boom or a blast was heard in the building of the railway station, Volgograd-1. Smoke was reported,” Svetlana Smolyaninova, a police spokesperson said, according to RIA Novosti.

The power of the explosion at Volgograd’s station was equivalent to at least 10 kg TNT, according to Markin. The explosive device was stuffed with pieces of scrap metal. The Committee said that an undetonated F-1 grenade was also found at the scene.

Interfax’s source said that “the blast happened near the metal detectors located at the entrance to the station.”

The Volgograd region has declared three days of mourning for the victims of the railway station blast.

Suicide bomber’s identity disputed

The Committee originally said a female suicide bomber detonated the bomb when she saw a police officer while approaching the metal detector.

But since then the suicide bomber’s identity has been disputed. The female was initially identified as Oksana Aslanova, a close friend of Naida Asiyalova – also known as ‘Amaturahman’ – who was behind the October Volgograd attack. Aslanova is said to have been married twice to two militants, both eliminated earlier.

A few hours later, more evidence emerged suggesting that a man could have also been involved in the attack. The version, which was also picked up by investigators, came after a male finger with a pin from a grenade was found at the scene.

Given the new information, the possibility that the attack could have been carried out by both a man and a woman is not ruled out, Markin said.

Hegel would be proud: Drug War/Immigration Law Used To Legitimize Nazi Checkpoints: “Are Your Papers In Order?”

December 30, 2013 by  
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ED note: Of course we said all this years ago! This works the same way for ‘real ID’ or mandatory ID period! We really have to put some blame on ourselves as a people for all of this. END the phony “drug war” and illegal entitlements and watch the world change before your very eyes! ~ JB

These dogs are trained to alert handlers for FALSE positives on cue! Never consent!

Reason Magazine has published a long article about checkpoints.

Conservatives might be tempted to favor checkpoints in order to find and deport illegal immigrants. But that is nonsense. There would be lots of ways to find and deport illegal immigrants if the government didn’t actually work against the enforcement of the laws. For example, I have a high school son who I have enrolled for some dual enrollment/dual credit at St. Louis Community College. This is extremely expensive for my budget, but so far we have been able to enforce it.

Yet the college is not only cooperating with the enrollment of illegal immigrants in classes, it gives them half off of tuition. Poor natives can give up on college or just suck it up and subsidize others.

This makes me really angry.

But it is pure manipulation virtually the only way the government favors enforcing immigration laws is by spitting on the Fourth Amendment and setting up roadblocks on highways within a hundred miles of the border. This is not an accident. The Liberal Ruling Class sees a way to weaken Constitutional protections without provoking full conservative resistance and they are taking it. We know they are already pushing other ways to get American’s accustomed to warrantless checkpoints.

And they seem to be using the drug war to evade the unconstitutionality of what they are doing.

As I pulled into the checkpoint and refused to acknowledge my citizenship, a drug dog was led around my car. After the agent declared that the dog alerted to my vehicle, I relented and pulled into the secondary inspection area. I recorded the entire encounter with my phone. The agents led the dog throughout my car for several minutes until the search ended with no contraband discovered.

I doubted that the canine truly alerted to my vehicle so I filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, seeking all video footage captured during the time and location of my seizure for evidence that the dog detected something in my vehicle. The CBP website clearly states that a dog will “alert” by sitting next to the point of interest. I wanted proof that the dog sat.

Several weeks later I received a letter from the FOIA division officer requesting clarification. After I responded with clarifications, several weeks later they sent me another letter indicating there was no video footage because the CBP deletes video after 30 days.

The numbers indicate that this anecdote is representative of an ongoing strategy:

Federal and local law enforcement agencies have become skilled at circumventing these legal strictures through the seeming manufacture of probable cause. A Government Accountability Office study published in 2009 shows there were 3,540 drug-related seizures at southwestern checkpoints in 2008. That same year, southwestern checkpoints saw 16,959 apprehensions of illegal aliens. A key method is through canine sniffing. Internal checkpoints, particularly permanent installations, typically employ drug- and bomb-sniffing dogs that patrol nearly every vehicle passing through. By using canines, the CBP is pushing the line between stops for immigration purposes and “ordinary criminal wrongdoing.” The immigration portion of the stop becomes a mere pretext to establish a probable cause for searching the car or driver.

Being stopped and asked to prove that you are legitimate is an offense to the Constitution and everything America stands for. Conservatives need to stand against this abuse of immigration law as well as “the war” on drugs.

Homeland Security to Push National ID

(This weekend) 9 Missiles were fired upon Libya, 2 US Intelligence Officers Captured Near Bomb Site

December 30, 2013 by  
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Breaking News Libya – December 27, 2013

Libyan War Truth

Today about 3pm Libyan time, 9 missiles were fired upon a Libyan military base called Al Watia base (west from Tripoli ..close with Tunisian boarders) . The missiles were fired from offshore (exact words – “they came from the sea”) The place that was hit housed Al Qaeda, Muslim Brotherhood factions.

After the bombing, the good tribe of Al Ajaylat (from the town of the same name) closed the borders and captured 2 US Intelligence people from the Tripoli Embassy. They took their guns and their devices (paraphernalia that they were in possession of), their ID’s and are keeping them capture in Al Ajaylat. All attached photos were taken this afternoon of the 2 men and their ID’s.

Next there is a negotiation going on for the release of these 2 men via Muftah Al-Dawadi, who was an inmate in Abu Salim for his membership in Al-Qaeda before the NATO invasion of Libya. Al Dawadi is to transport these 2 Americans to Abdulhakem Belhaj (you know him) who will then transport them to the US Embassy.

I don’t think that there is an American that would understand how or why Al Qaeda is negotiating for the release of US intelligence officers in Libya. How bad a person or country do you have to be to have Al Qaeda as your best friend?

Why were these men captured? They were captured because the Libyans are not having anymore US underhanded control of their country – this is the Tribes stepping up now, this is how the change is coming. There are too many questions, what were these 2 intelligence officers doing driving back to Tripoli from the location of the bombing? Were they involved in the bombing? – did they call in the strike? How many innocent people did these murderers kill today?

This all stinks and the Libyans are sick of the smell

New laws in 2014: From tanning bed bans to ‘lemon pets’ (to NO Drones)

December 29, 2013 by  
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Illinois is also home to new laws prohibiting unmanned aerial drones.

This is just a partial list. We expect THOUSANDS of new laws to take effect via your “do nothing” Congress (cough)

USA Today

If you’re a pale 17-year-old in Illinois, get your indoor tanning sessions in now. Starting Wednesday, they’re strictly forbidden.

A new state law takes effect Jan. 1 that bans anyone under 18 from using tanning salons in the Land of Lincoln. Illinois becomes the sixth state to keep teens out of the facilities, part of a growing trend of regulating tanning facilities to help reduce the risk of skin cancer, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), a Washington-based group that tracks lawmaking.

The new measure is one of an estimated 40,000 new laws, regulations and resolutions approved by state legislatures in 2013, many of which take effect Jan. 1. Among them:

• Arkansas voters must now show a photo ID at polling places, while Virginia voters for the first time will be able to register online.

• In Colorado, 16-year-olds will be able to pre-register to vote, but must still wait until they’re 18 to vote.

• California students must be allowed to play school sports and use school bathrooms “consistent with their gender identity,” regardless of their birth identity.

• In Oregon, new mothers will now be able to take their placentas home from the hospital — some experts say ingesting it has positive health benefits. Another new state law bans smoking in motor vehicles when children are present.

• Minimum-wage increases take effect in four northeastern states: Connecticut’s rises to $8.70 an hour; New Jersey’s to $8.25; and New York’s and Rhode Island’s to $8. In nine other states, the minimum wage rises automatically because it’s indexed to inflation.

Perhaps most significantly, Colorado adults age 21 or older will be able on Wednesday to buy up to an ounce of marijuana for recreational use from a state-licensed retail store. Marijuana advocates expect many of the new stores to be up and running by then, and observers say the new Colorado regulations are a sign of things to come.

“I think state legislatures will be faced with the marijuana issue” in 2014, says Jane Carroll Andrade, NCSL’s spokeswoman.

In Washington state, regulators are combing through more than 2,000 applications for similar stores after voters approved a similar measure in 2012, says Paul Armentano, deputy director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML). He expects the first Washington stores to open in a few months.

“Other states are watching Colorado and Washington because it will continue to come up,” Andrade says.

Armentano, who likens these developments to the state-led reversal of Prohibition in the 1930s, says a dozen states are due to debate marijuana legalization measures in the coming year or so. “The genie’s out of the bottle and it’s simply not going back in.”

Many new state laws take effect 90 days after they’re signed, but a few states, like California, Colorado, Illinois and Oregon, get extra attention this time of year because traditionally many laws in these states take effect on Jan. 1.

As a result, life changes a bit more radically for Illinois residents each new year: On Wednesday, in addition to the tanning measure, they’ll find that they can now return a pet or be reimbursed for veterinary costs if an illness was not disclosed by the seller. So-called “lemon pets” laws already exist in 21 states, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Also in Illinois: Anyone who flicks a cigarette butt on a street or sidewalk could be fined at least $50 for littering; police must receive training on the psychological and physiological effects of stun guns, and penalties are now tougher for inciting a violent flash mob or riot via social media.

Illinois also becomes the 13th state to prohibit handheld cellphones while driving. Meanwhile, school districts on Jan. 1 will be able to install cameras on school buses to photograph drivers who pass them when buses are stopped. And school-based sex education must include information about both abstinence and contraception.

Illinois is also home to tough new laws prohibiting unmanned aerial drones. Come Wednesday, it’ll be illegal to use a drone to interfere with hunters or fishermen — and police must get a warrant to use a drone for surveillance, except in cases of terrorism or if a suspect is fleeing a crime scene. Even with the warrant, police must destroy information gathered within 30 days unless it’s linked to a crime, says Ed Yohnka of the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois.

Lawmakers in both parties overwhelmingly passed the new surveillance prohibition, he says. “They understood that it was something that could occur in the relatively near future, and so there was a desire to get on top of it.”

A sample of other state laws taking effect Jan. 1:

Colorado: Drivers will see a new annual $50 fee for plug-in electric cars. Colorado is one of several states looking to capture revenue from alternative fuel, electric and hybrid vehicles.

Connecticut: New gun-control laws in the aftermath of the school shooting in Newtown include mandatory registration of all assault weapons and large-capacity ammunition magazines bought before April 2013, and creation of a statewide registry that will track parolees whose crimes involved weapons.

Delaware: Sale, possession or distribution of shark fins prohibited.

Florida: Expanded early voting.

Maine: Becomes the 48th state to require a check-off for organ donation on driver’s licenses to promote organ donation.

Oregon: Privately run websites that feature police mug shots must take down photos for free if subjects can show they were not guilty or that charges were dropped.

Rhode Island: Becomes the eighth state to enact a so-called “ban the box” law that prohibits prospective employers from inquiring into an applicant’s criminal history on written job applications.

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