Tuesday, August 28, 2007

90 Guns For Every 100 Citizens

U.S. Most Armed Country
The United States has 90 guns for every 100 citizens, making it the most heavily armed society in the world, a report released on Tuesday said. U.S. citizens own 270 million of the world's 875 million known firearms, according to the Small Arms Survey 2007 by the Geneva-based Graduate Institute of International Studies. About 4.5 million of the 8 million new guns manufactured worldwide each year are purchased in the United States, it said. "There is roughly one firearm for every seven people worldwide. Without the United States, though, this drops to about one firearm per 10 people," it said.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Meet Your Meat

Filmmaker & Journalist John Pilger

Freedom Next Time

The War On Democracy

11th Hour Trailer


Community Drug Test

Scientists Drug-Test Whole Cities

Researchers have figured out how to give an entire community a drug test using just a teaspoon of wastewater from a city's sewer plant. The test wouldn't be used to finger any single person as a drug user. But it would help federal law enforcement and other agencies track the spread of dangerous drugs, like methamphetamines, across the country.

Friday, August 17, 2007

Russia's Military Might

Russia Restarts Cold War Patrols
Russia is resuming a Soviet-era practice of sending its bomber aircraft on long-range flights, President Vladimir Putin has said. Mr Putin said the move to resume the flights permanently after a 15-year suspension was in response to security threats posed by other military powers.

Russia, China Hold Joint War Games
Chebarkul Testing Range, Russia - Fighter jets streaked through the air as Russian and Chinese forces held their first joint maneuvers on Russian land Friday in a demonstration of their growing military ties and a shared desire to counter U.S. global clout. The war games in the southern Ural Mountains involved some 6,000 troops from Russia and China along with a handful of soldiers from four ex-Soviet Central Asian nations that are part of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, a regional group dominated by Moscow and Beijing.

Russia Steps Up Military Expansion
Vladimir Putin announced ambitious plans to revive Russia's military power and restore its role as the world's leading producer of military aircraft yesterday.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

CIA Editing Webpages

Wikipedia 'Shows CIA Page Edits'
An online tool that claims to reveal the identity of organisations that edit Wikipedia pages has revealed that the CIA was involved in editing entries. Wikipedia Scanner allegedly shows that workers on the agency's computers made edits to the page of Iran's president

Fast Food Children?

Craving For Junk Food 'Inherited'
Mothers who eat junk food during pregnancy may be condemning their children to crave the same diet, according to animal tests. Royal Veterinary College researchers found that when pregnant rats were fed a diet of biscuits, crisps and sweets, their babies ate more unhealthy food.

Friday, August 10, 2007

Canadian Military Bases In Arctic

Canada To Strengthen Arctic Claim
As the battle to back up claims over the resources of the Arctic Ocean heats up, Canada has said it will build two new military bases in its far north. Prime Minister Stephen Harper made the announcement during a tour of Canada's northern territories.

Global Credit Fears

World Shares Fall On Credit Fears
Global stock markets have been under pressure for a second day amid fears that problems in the US mortgage market will prompt a worldwide credit crunch. Billions of dollars, pounds and euros were wiped off share values, hitting businesses and individual investors.

China To Survey Moon

China Plans To Survey 'Every Inch' Of Moon
China plans to survey all of the moon's surface before eventually bringing bits of the planet back to Earth, state media reported Friday. "We would like to survey every inch of the moon's surface," Ouyang Ziyuan, chief scientist of the China's moon exploration project, was quoted as saying on the website of Chinese News Service.

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Chinas Economic 'Nuclear Option'

China Threatens 'Nuclear Option'
The Chinese government has begun a concerted campaign of economic threats against the United States, hinting that it may liquidate its vast holding of US treasuries if Washington imposes trade sanctions to force a yuan revaluation.

Markets Fall

Dow -387, Nasdaq -56, S&P 500 -44
NEW YORK (AP) -- Wall Street plunged again Thursday after a French bank said it was freezing three funds that invested in U.S. subprime mortgages because it was unable to properly value their assets. The Dow Jones industrials extended its series of triple-digit swings, this time falling more than 380 points.

TSX -280
U.S. credit worries crunched stock markets Thursday, yanking the TSX and Dow into losses of more than 200 points.

Worldwide US Military Bases

The Worldwide Network of US Military Bases
The Worldwide control of humanity's economic, social and political activities is under the helm of US corporate and military power. Underlying this process are various schemes of direct and indirect military intervention. These US sponsored strategies ultmately consist in a process of global subordination.

Arctic Ownership

Canada Joins Rush To Claim The Arctic
Canada raised the stakes in the battle to claim ownership of the Arctic by sending Stephen Harper, prime minister, on a three-day trek to the region, just days after the Russians planted a flag on the seabed at the North Pole.The US, Norway and Denmark are also competing alongside Russia and Canada to secure rights to the natural resources of the Arctic. The Northwest Passage, which is the main focus of the dispute, has become a sought-after territory thanks to global warming, which has begun to melt the ice in these waters, exposing a potentially vast haul of natural resources.

Teacher Into Space

Endeavour Carries Teacher Into Space
HOUSTON (AP) - After Endeavour launched into the clear blue sky and reached orbit with teacher-astronaut Barbara Morgan aboard, Mission Control announced that class was in session. Morgan, zooming with the other crew members toward the international space station, was finally fulfilling the space program's quest to send an educator into space - a dream that could have died in 1986 with the Challenger explosion that killed teacher Christa McAuliffe and six astronauts.

Saturday, August 4, 2007

Russian Flag Placed Underneath Artic

Arctic Sovereignty An 'Important Issue
Russia's recent claims to vast swaths of the resource-rich Arctic highlight the need for Canada to defend its sovereignty in the region, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Thursday. While saying he doesn't know exactly what to make of Russia's latest move -- placing a Russian flag on the sea floor beneath the North Pole -- he said it shows Canada can't be complacent about the North.

Markets Keep Falling

TSX Drops 248 Points On Credit Fears
North American markets surrendered to another down week as investors capped trading on fears that disappointing U.S. employment numbers and worries over the credit market could signal a downtrend in the economy.Toronto's S&P/TSX composite index ended yesterday down 248.38 points to 13,565.24 ahead of Monday's civic holiday in most of Canada.

Dow Jones Drops 284 Points
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Stocks ended sharply lower on Friday, with the Nasdaq and the Standard & Poor's 500 index having their worst one-day percentage drops since the February 27 sell-off, on mounting worries about mortgage losses.

Thursday, August 2, 2007

Iraq War Costs $4,000US Per Second

Iraq War Costs US and UK
The war in Iraq is costing British and American taxpayers more than £2,000 a second. The combined bill for the two countries was revealed yesterday as the conflict claimed the lives of a British soldier - our 164th military victim - and four U.S. troops.