IAEA confirms: Egypt has nuclear weapons program

For years, we’ve been arguing that Egypt is running a low-profile military nuclear program. Some Israeli intelligence analysts share our view based on the fact that Egypt operates lab-size nuclear reactors. This view is unpopular among Israeli and American politicians because the only rational course of action, attacking the Egyptian reactors, is not feasible due to the Israeli-Egyptian peace treaty.

The International Atomic Energy Agency’s officials leaked the 2007 and 2008 reports which prove that weapons-grade uranium has been found near Inshas, where the Egyptian reactors are located. (The Washington Post reports)

The Green Agenda

We all want to be wise and careful stewards of the beautiful planet we call home. However, certain aspects of the modern green movement that is permeating every segment of our society are not about protecting the environment. You don’t have to dig very deep to discover the true beliefs of the influential leaders who are using genuine concerns about the environment to promote an agenda of fear and control. Please carefully consider the implications of the opinions that they so openly and freely express


Somali pirates guided by London intelligence team, report says

The Somali pirates attacking shipping in the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean are directed to their targets by a "consultant" team in London, according to a European military intelligence document obtained by a Spanish radio station.

The document, obtained by Cadena SER radio, says the team and the pirates remain in contact by satellite telephone.

It says that pirate groups have "well-placed informers" in London who are in regular contact with control centres in Somalia where decisions on which vessels to attack are made. These London-based "consultants" help the pirates select targets, providing information on the ships' cargoes and courses.


(NZ) Napier gunman had 'serious issues'

I wonder what the chances are that this man was taking Psychiatric Medication???

Napier gunman Jan Molenaar was a loner with a persecution complex, prone to bursts of extreme temper, he liked guns, hated authority, was linked to recreational drugs and steroids, and was devastated by the death of a brother, who committed suicide.

Once he had gunned down Senior Constable Len Snee, who had come to his house on a routine drugs bust, friends of Molenaar predicted he would not be captured alive.

Real life “Ice Man” climbed up Mount Everest wearing a pair of shorts

Here is one for the "forget everything you have been told files"

Wim Holf, Iceman. His super power? The ability to withstand ridiculous cold.

Meet Wim Hof, a man who runs barefoot through snow, can survive temperatures that would kill a normal man, and who climbed up Mount Everest wearing shorts. The last part is not a joke, unbelievably. Known as “The Ice Man,” Wim Hof has been setting and breaking (his own usually) records concerning the cold.

What are some of the outrageous feats this “Ice Man” has accomplished?

* Ran a half-marathon in his bare feet 100 miles north of the Arctic Circle

* Swam under the ice at the North Pole for 80 meters

* Stood in a 5-foot tall plexiglass container filled with ice for an hour and 12 minutes

Munitions Dumping at Sea

It is no secret that the U.S. military has used the ocean as a trash can for munitions in the past. Peter discussed at the Old DSN how federal lawmakers were pressing the US Army to reveal everything it knows about a massive international program to dump chemical weapons off homeland and foreign shores. "The Army now admits that it secretly dumped 64 million pounds of nerve and mustard agents into the sea, along with 400,000 chemical-filled bombs, land mines and rockets and more than 500 tons of radioactive waste - either tossed overboard or packed into the holds of scuttled vessels."


Bill Gates pours thousands into unconventional health research

They are projects that would normally struggle to find funding: creating an anti-viral tomato, a flu-resistant chicken and a magnet that can detect malaria.

But the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has thrown a lifeline to scores of projects like these, awarding 81 $100,000 (£65,000) grants in a bid to support innovative, unconventional global health research.

The five-year health research grants are designed to encourage scientists to pursue bold ideas that could lead to breakthroughs, focusing on ways to prevent and treat infectious diseases, such as HIV, malaria, tuberculosis, pneumonia and diarrheal diseases.

'Green' lightbulbs poison workers

TIMES ONLINE Michael Sheridan, Foshan
Hundreds of factory staff are being made ill by mercury used in bulbs destined for the West

WHEN British consumers are compelled to buy energy-efficient lightbulbs from 2012, they will save up to 5m tons of carbon dioxide a year from being pumped into the atmosphere. In China, however, a heavy environmental price is being paid for the production of “green” lightbulbs in cost-cutting factories.

Alert to shoppers: Forget the price, feel the weight

FOOD MANUFACTURERS are downsizing their products rather than putting prices up, in a marketing ploy that has left some consumers feeling duped.

Consumer New Zealand says it has fielded a steady stream of complaints from shoppers who have bought items at the supermarket only to get home and discover the manufacturers have apparently disguised cost increases by reducing the pack size while keeping the price the same.

Gaza's Gas - destined for Israeli nightclubs or Palestinian refugee camps?

The Palestinian Authority’s economic plan announced in Sharm El-Sheikh in early March hoped for accelerated development of the Gaza Marine Gas Field, 30 kms off the coast of the Gaza Strip in Occupied Palestine. However, the issue of who receives the revenues, consumes the gas and controls the supply remains highly problematic.

The field is estimated to contain over 1 trillion cubic feet of recoverable natural gas, and could be worth anywhere between $4-8 billion. Although not of enormous consequence at the international level, they are highly significant in a context where Palestinians and Israelis are all heavily reliant on imported fuel.

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