Friday, May 09, 2014

Fw: Daily Digest MAY 6, 2014


On Wednesday, May 7, 2014 6:19:35 AM, Joe Hueglin <phoenix.rising@bellnet.ca> wrote:

The DAILY DIGEST: INFORMATION and OPINION from ST. JOHN'S to VICTORIA.
ARCHIVED at http://cdndailydigest.blogspot.com/

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Double trouble: Alberta man goes to jail for ramming truck through Tim Hortons
         Tory MPs raised concerns about TFW program as controversy vexes Conservatives
Environmentalists barred again from oilsands hearings
         Highlights of auditor's spring report
Watchdog flags First Nations police problems
         Today on the Hill: the AG's latest report
Pierre-Karl Péladeau comes to Radio-Canada's defence
         Today on the Hill: Political Ottawa abuzz over auditor general's spring report
Hudak admits he may not be popular, but says he can get Ontario back on track
         Alberta shelves pension reform bill for now

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Campaign filings shed new light on Toronto Centre byelection battle
         Polio outbreak: How war is thwarting the fight against the virus
Confidence in safe transport of oil falling, polls suggest

         Ontario Votes: Clement keeps up federal pressure on Wynne
Heartbleed data leak: Privacy watchdog says case closed for now
         Assembly of First Nations to be run by executive until new leader elected
Auditor general finds prison expansions aren't keeping pace
         Temporary foreign workers program has auditor general's attention
Jacob women's boutique to close stores across Canada
         Why Canadians pay more than Americans for goods
WestJet moving toward international flight service

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Stephen Harper's reckless smear of Canada's top judge
         Harper accused of trying to 'intimidate' Supreme Court justices
Today on the Hill: Debate over Temporary Foreign Workers program continues

         New guidelines suggested for child witness interviews by police
Victim gives chilling testimony at Maple Leaf Gardens sex-abuse trial
         Outspoken Ottawa judge poised to acknowledge misconduct over Facebook comments
Oil exports by rail rising, but still lag behind volume moved via pipeline
         Auditor general: Government pension plans' long-term survival at risk
Two dead after incident at mine near Sudbury, Ont.
         Stephen Harper a man with two sides ­ who broadcasts the wrong one

Three Canadians lead the watch for new flashpoints in Ukraine
         First Nations policing program 'not working as intended,' auditor general says

'Swirl Face' pedophile who breached conditions gets three months, plus probation
         Canada Post unveils stamp to mark 100 years since ship full of Sikhs turned away

Photos May 6: Top images from around the world

         Prince George's incognito ice-cream mission
Three Canadians lead the watch for new flashpoints in Ukraine

         Black and white ruled the night at the Met Gala, with some stunners and bummers of all colours
Mighty Y chromosome is full of surprises

         Planning a spring cleaning? Clear left-over drugs from your medicine cabinet

Baby safety gates aren't always safe

         Russian President Vladimir Putin bans swearing in films and theatre

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Restrictive NEB pipeline hearing rules violate Charter free-speech guarantees, environmental group claims 4 hours
         Tories face another barrage of attacks on foreign workers program 6 hours ago
Monthly crude oil rail shipments rose nine-fold in a year, NEB data shows 7 hours ago
         Wife of navy officer guilty of desertion relieved prosecution not seeking jail 7 hours ago
Living alongside rotting whale not an option, says Newfoundland mayor 8 hours ago
         WestJet eyes higher fees, cost cuts to offset weak Canadian dollar 11 hours ago
Alison Redford returns to Alberta Legislature, faces a firestorm of criticism for absence12 hours ago
         Harper government not backing down from spat with Supreme Court chief justice Mon, 5 May, 2014
Toronto man pushes limits of Canada's assisted suicide debate Mon, 5 May, 2014

Canada's confidence improving in police, RCMP: survey
         Tories face another barrage of attacks on the Temporary Foreign Worker program
Should Supreme Court appointees be required to be bilingual?
         MLAs' expenses to be made public, says B.C. finance minister
$16K in grants to B.C. teen prompts investigation
         City park rangers investigating after $19K in trees cut down
When will spring come to Edmonton?
         Palliative care strategy gets $1M from Nova Scotia government
Christian university launches court action in 3 provinces over its law school
         Dalhousie dental program offers free care to immigrants

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The Byliners & Co ..
Russian images ??
TIM HUDAK AD COCK-UP
CHARBONNEAU COMMISSION EXAMINES POLITICAL INTERFERENCE
Dean Del Mastro wades in
WHY TRUDEAU WRONG ON TEMPORARY WORKERS
'Bitcoin a fascinating story'
Q1: THE STATE OF BITCOIN
Blatchford: Mental-health crisis unfair burden on police


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New Liberal Ad Says Trudeau Is 'Getting Ready To Lead'


Harper's behaviour towards chief justice 'beneath the office he holds': Trudeau
Lawyer who challenged Harper's Nadon Supreme Court appointment convinces judge to keep challenge open
Tory MPs raised concerns about TFW program as controversy vexes Conservatives
Auditor general opens door to review of temporary foreign workers


Stephen Harper, Beverley McLachlin and an historic mess
Ottawa judges accused of 'insurrection' over mandatory victim surcharge


NATO commander Philip Breedlove meets Chief of Defence Staff Tom Lawson to talk Ukraine
Elizabeth May as a 1980s game show contestant?
Opposition accuses government of 'undermining' StatsCan on jobs data


Stephen Harper's reckless smear of Canada's top judge
PM's enemies list? Here comes the judge
Money-losing post office alienates customers
How to fix the broken temporary foreign worker program
Vancouver investors engage in risky business
Wynne's scary 'safe hands'
Hudak fumbled answer on Rob Ford's comments
Wynne raises the curtain on the coming pension battle


Why democracy is necessary
Canada will do whatever it takes to ensure security of U.S. ­ if it doesn't cost too much
Assembly of First Nations at critical crossroads
Top court political? You be the judge
Canada's influence wanes
The 174 question: Who's going to pay, and for what?
Ontario, Quebec elections a study in contrasts
Confidence in safe transport of oil falling, polls suggest
Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin more than just a 'sitting judge'
Auditor general finds prison expansions aren't keeping pace
Keystone bill likely to fail in Senate
White House sets out looming climate risks for U.S., calls for 'urgent action'
US senator: Ukraine unrest shows need for Keystone
Environmentalists barred again from oilsands hearings
Pierre-Karl Péladeau comes to Radio-Canada's defence
Canada could foot the bill for U.S. customs plaza
Campaign filings shed new light on Toronto Centre byelection battle
Highlights of auditor's spring report



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Russia sues EU over 'Third Energy Package' Source
         Obama Calls Coup Government in Kiev "Duly Elected" Source
706 people fighting for four one-way tickets to Mars Source
         South Korean sunken ferry death toll increases to 242 Source
Everyone is under government surveillance now – Snowden Source
         US Refuses To Take Back 13 Dead CIA Spies Killed In Ukraine Source
When the trick is finally revealed a whole lot of people are going to feel quite foolish. Source
         Strict Immigration Laws Save Denmark Billions of Euros Continue
Nissan debuts self-cleaning car Source
         Dozens of FBI and CIA agents in Kiev 'assisting Ukraine security' Source

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Ukraine's 'Dr. Strangelove' Reality
Virtually the entire U.S. news media has cooperated in the effort to play down the neo-Nazi role, dismissing any mention of this inconvenient truth as "Russian propaganda.  http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article38427.htm
 
Beware Of Aid Agencies Bearing Gifts
USAID's so-called 'democracy promotion programmes' are designed to foment dissent against governments percived as unfriendly to Washington.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article38421.htm
 
Working the Dark Side
Ten years ago, photos of the crucifixion - and worse - were released to the American public.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article38420.htm
 
Martial Law, Detention Camps and Kangaroo Courts: Are We Recreating the Third Reich?
Anyone seen as opposing the government-whether they're Left, Right or somewhere in between-is a target.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article38428.htm
 
Gangster State America
Anyone who looks carefully behind the veil of words cannot find democracy in America.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article38426.htm

The World has Nothing to Fear From the US Losing Power
As China looks set to overtake the US as the world's largest economy, a multipolar world can only be good for democracy.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article38430.htm

The CIA And The Media
400 American journalists have secretly carried out assignments for the Central Intelligence Agency, according to documents on file at CIA headquarters. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article38425.htm

Cecily McMillan's Guilty Verdict Reveals Our Mass Acceptance of Police Violence
What happened to McMillan reveals just how powerful and unrestrained a massive police force can be.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article38424.htm

Postcard from the End of America: Manhattan
Only 59% of working age Americans are actually employed, and 47% of the population are on some forms of government assistance, a record high, so nearly half of us are already de facto beggars.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article38429.htm

Rich People Rule: Struggle Lies Ahead
Citizens must learn to attack politicians, corporations and wealthy individuals in response to legislation they oppose.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article38423.htm
 
Huge bomb in newly dug tunnel kills 30 Syria troops: NGO:
At least 30 Syrian soldiers were killed in a powerful explosion caused by a massive bomb that rebels planted in a tunnel they dug under a checkpoint, a monitor said Tuesday.
http://www.khaleejtimes.com/kt-article-display-1.asp?xfile=data/middleeast/2014/May/middleeast_May53.xml§ion=middleeast
 
U.S. recognizes Syria opposition offices as 'foreign mission':
The United States said on Monday it would recognize the main opposition Syrian National Coalition offices as a diplomatic foreign mission and announced plans for a $27 million increase in non-lethal assistance to rebels fighting to oust President Bashar al-Assad.
http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/05/05/us-syria-crisis-idUSBREA440R220140505
 
Commander: Iran Navy Can Sink US Warships in A Twinkling of An Eye:
A top Iranian navy commander said his forces have been drilling how to destroy US warships for the last several years, underlining that the IRGC Navy can sink a US aircraft carrier in less than a minute.
http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13930215001625
 
Israel transfers Palestinian funds as threat of sanctions wanes:
Palestinian public sector workers received their salaries on Tuesday, Palestinian officials said, in a sign that Israel had backed down from a threat to impose sanctions as peace talks began to collapse last month.
http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/05/06/us-israel-palestinian-salary-idUSBREA450MH20140506?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews
 
Israel Won't Stop Spying on the U.S.:
U.S. intelligence officials are saying-albeit very quietly, behind closed doors on Capitol Hill-that our Israeli "friends" have gone too far with their spying operations here.
http://www.newsweek.com/israel-wont-stop-spying-us-249757

Video - Israeli Solider Points Gun Towards Palestinian Teen's Head:
"Turn off the camera," and "I'll put a bullet in your head".
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ouA8Q_qyk2s#t=56

Saudis display Chinese ballistic missiles in signal to U.S., Iran:
The Saudi military exhibited the CSS-2 missiles, designed to strike targets at a distance of up to 2,650 kilometers at a ceremony that ended the Abdullah Sword exercise on April 29.
http://www.worldtribune.com/2014/05/05/first-saudi-puts-chinese-cruise-missile-display/

Ukraine says 30 Pro-federalist forces killed in Slovyansk.:
Gunbattles took place at various positions around the city in what has proven the most ambitious government effort to date to quell unrest in the mainly Russian-speaking east
http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_25704672/ukraine-says-30-pro-russian-insurgents-killed

Ukrainian Police Confirm 46 Dead, 3 Missing in Odessa Clashes:
Forty-six people died and three remain missing as a result of clashes in Odessa last Friday, the branch of Ukraine's Ministry of Internal Affairs in the region said Tuesday.
http://en.ria.ru/world/20140506/189615854/Ukrainian-Police-Confirm-46-Dead-3-Missing-in-Odessa-Clashes.html

Mercenaries, Nato M16 cartridges and US military meals - evidence of Western involvement:
Allegations of soldiers of fortune operating in the east of the country first surfaced months ago when well-armed masked men in combat uniforms, with no insignias, were used against pro-Moscow demonstrators in Donetsk who chanted "Blackwater! Blackwater!" at them.
http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/world-news/ukraine-crisis-mercenaries-nato-m16-cartridges-and-us-military-meals-evidence-of-western-involvement-or-something-far-less-controversial-30244105.html

 

 
US Ambassador to Ukraine Admits: : No evidence of direct Russian involvement in violence in Odessa:
U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt said Sunday that while Russia is exercising influence across eastern Ukraine, there's no evidence the country was directly involved in the most recent spate of violence over the weekend.
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/may/4/us-ambassador-ukraine-no-evidence-direct-russian-i/

 

 

 
New talks on Ukraine doubtful unless opposition takes part - Lavrov:
"We are convinced that there is a way out of the crisis. It can be found exclusively on the basis of a national dialogue," - he said, adding that it should take place between the western and eastern regions of the country.
http://rt.com/news/157080-lavrov-press-conference-ukraine/

 

 
Russia planes fly to California coast in show of force over Ukraine, U.S. commander says:
Carlisle said there had been long-range Russian air patrols to the coast of California and a circumnavigation of the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam. He said a U.S. F-15 fighter jet intercepted a Russian strategic bomber that had flown to Guam.
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/russia-jets-fly-to-california-coast-in-show-of-force-over-ukraine-commander-says/

 

 
15 Taliban Killed in Afghan Force Clash:
"The incident took place when an Afghan force convoy was returning from a check post, when the Taliban attacked them," Mashreqiwal said.
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/14781-15-taliban-killed-in-afghan-force-clash

 

 
3 Killed In Explosion :
At least three policemen were killed and two others were injured following an explosion in western Herat province of Afghanistan.
http://www.khaama.com/magnetic-bomb-blast-kills-3-policemen-in-herat-province-8021

 

 
Mystery surrounds move of Afghan 'torturer in chief' to U.S. amid allegations of spy agency abuse:
Despite a substantial record of human rights abuses, Gulalai was able to bypass immigration barriers faced by Afghans whose work for the United States made them potential targets of the Taliban.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/mystery-surrounds-move-of-afghan-torturer-in-chief-to-us-amid-allegations-of-agency-abuse/2014/04/28/0916144a-ca4b-11e3-93eb-6c0037dde2ad_story.html

 

 
14 Militants Killed in Pakistan Gunfight, Bomb Blast:
At least 12 militants died during a shootout between rival factions in a restive Pakistani tribal region near the Afghan border Tuesday, officials said, while two died in a separate attack.
http://www.ndtv.com/article/world/14-militants-killed-in-pakistan-gunfight-bomb-blast-519465?curl=1399402807

 

 
Algerian troops kill 10 militants in south - state media:
Algerian government forces have killed 10 Islamist militants in an operation in the south of the country, the state news agency APS said, where authorities are concernwed about an influx of arms and fighters from neighbouring Mali and Libya.
http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/05/06/algeria-violence-idUSL6N0NS43A20140506?rpc=401&feedType=RSS&feedName=rbssEnergyNews&rpc=401

 

 
More Nigerian girls abducted by suspected Boko Haram militants:
The latest kidnapping happened on Sunday night in the village of Warabe, in Borno state. The girls taken were between the ages of 12 and 15.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-27298614

 

 
Djibouti call: US leases African drone base, alleged CIA jail for 20 years:
The US has signed a deal with Djibouti, a tiny nation in the Horn of Africa, extending by decades the presence of America's largest military base in Eastern Africa. The site serves as a hub for drone strikes in Yemen and is a suspected CIA secret prison.
http://rt.com/news/157044-us-djibouti-drone-base/

 

 
Egypt: Sisi says Muslim Brotherhood will not exist under his reign:
Egypt's former army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi issues warning as country prepares for presidential elections on 26-27 May
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/may/06/abdel-fatah-al-sisi-muslim-brotherhood-egypt

 

 
Exclusive: Emails reveal close Google relationship with NSA:
Email exchanges between National Security Agency Director Gen. Keith Alexander and Google executives Sergey Brin and Eric Schmidt suggest a far cozier working relationship between some tech firms and the U.S. government than was implied by Silicon Valley brass after last year's revelations about NSA spying.
http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2014/5/6/nsa-chief-google.html

 

 
Will new amendment to USA Freedom Act bar bulk data seizures?:
The Freedom Act is sponsored by Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, the one-time mastermind behind the post-9/11 Patriot Act, from which both the Obama and Bush administrations have derived much of the legal authority for their surveillance programs
http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/volokh-conspiracy/wp/2014/05/05/will-new-amendment-to-usa-freedom-act-bar-bulk-data-seizures/

 

 
Federal report warns of dire climate consequences:
Climate change is real and has the potential to catastrophically affect every aspect of American life, the Obama administration said Tuesday in a report that prompted immediate calls for a national response akin to a "wartime" scale effort.
http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2014/5/6/climate-change-obama.html

 

 
Carbon dioxide in atmosphere at record level:
For the first time in human history and likely for the first time in at least 800,000 years, the average level of carbon dioxide (CO2) in Earth's atmosphere topped 400 parts per million for an entire month.
http://www.usatoday.com/story/weather/2014/05/01/carbon-dioxide-400-ppm-april-mauna-loa/8575651/

 

 
Sen. Introduces Bill To Test Out Taxing Motorists For Every Mile They Drive:
Sen. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord, introduced a bill to test out the vehicle miles traveled (VMT) tax because the state's gas tax was no longer bringing in the revenue it used to due to people driving more fuel efficient vehicles. The program is modeled after ones in Oregon and Washington.
http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2014/05/05/sen-introduces-bill-to-test-out-taxing-motorists-for-every-mile-they-drive/

 

 
"The American Dream Is Dead For Everyone But A Happy Few":
 Million-dollar homes in the U.S. are selling at double their historical average while middle-class property demand stumbles, showing that the housing recovery is mirroring America's wealth divide.
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-05-05/american-dream-dead-everyone-happy-few

 

 
The U.S. Is One Of The Only Countries In The World Where Maternal Deaths Are Rising:
The U.S. is one of just eight countries where maternal deaths increased between 2003 and 2013; the other nations in this dubious category include Afghanistan, El Salvador, Belize, and South Sudan.
http://thinkprogress.org/health/2014/05/06/3434509/us-maternal-mortality/

 

 
Number of homeless children in New York City growing:
More than 23,000 children sleep in homeless shelters every night, an all-time high, according to the Coalition for the Homeless. But the numbers don't tell the whole story.
http://www.myfoxny.com/story/25436280/new-york-citys-persistent-problem-of-homeless-children

 

 
1 in 13 U.S. children take psychiatric drugs:
An increasing number of children in America are being labeled, diagnosed and branded. Unique personalities are being scolded and molded by drugs to adapt childhood behavior into societal norms. Children have become like sculptures, motionless, lifeless, as psychiatric drugs chisel away at their natural state of well-being. http://www.naturalnews.com/044978_psychiatric_drugs_children_overmedication.html
 
I've served 15 years of my life sentence for a drug crime. Can I go home now?:
"I am a first time non-violent offender serving a life sentence for one count of conspiracy.
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/may/05/life-sentence-drug-crime-clemency-non-violent-offenders


 
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First U.S. case of deadly MERS virus confirmed - CDC -- NSAssociate Google Relegated 03 May 2014 CLG Newsletter to the Spam Bin
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Dozens of FBI, CIA agents in Kiev 'assisting Ukraine security' 04 May 2014 Numerous US agents are helping the coup-appointed government in Ukraine to "fight organized crime" in the south east of the country, the German newspaper Bild revealed. According to the daily, the CIA and FBI are advising the government in Kiev on how to deal with the 'fight against organized crime' and stop foment the violence in the country's restive eastern regions.
 
Moscow: Kiev and western sponsors directly responsible for bloodshed in E.Ukraine 03 May 2014 Kiev's government and its western allies bear full responsibility for the recent bloodshed in Ukraine, Russia's presidential spokesman has said, adding it is now impossible to convince people in the region to disarm because their lives are under threat. Spokesperson for Russian President Vladimir Putin, Dmitry Peskov, released an official statement following the tragic events in Odessa. 39 anti-government activists have died in a fire at the Trade Unions House there, after the building was set ablaze by pro-Kiev radicals. Some anti-Kiev protesters burned to death, while others suffocated or jumped out of windows, the Ukrainian Interior Ministry said.
 
Russians storm Odesa police station, free 67 activists 04 May 2014 Pro-Russian militants stormed a Ukrainian police station in Odesa on Sunday and freed nearly 70 fellow activists as the prime minister blamed police corruption there for dozens of deaths in rioting on Friday. "Russians won't abandon their own!" militants chanted as they smashed windows and broke down the gate at the compound, where comrades had been held since Friday's mayhem. Others shouted "Russia! Russia!" and "we will not forgive!" Odesa police said 67 activists were allowed to walk free. Some officers were offered the black and orange St. George's ribbon, a Russian military insignia that has become a symbol of the revolt, and were cheered by the crowd of several hundred.
 
Everyone is under surveillance now, says whistleblower Edward Snowden 03 May 2014 The US intelligence whistleblower Edward Snowden has warned that entire populations, rather than just individuals, now live under constant surveillance. "It's no longer based on the traditional practice of targeted taps based on some individual suspicion of wrongdoing," he said. "It covers phone calls, emails, texts, search history, what you buy, who your friends are, where you go, who you love." Snowden made his comments in a short video that was played before a debate on the proposition that surveillance today is a euphemism for mass surveillance, in Toronto, Canada.
 
Eleven terrorists with links to Al Qaeda have been arrested on suspicion of being involved in the disappearance of MH370 --Interrogations came after demands from agencies including FBI and MI6 --Manifest revealed presence of consignment but did not reveal its contents --Airline has admitted 200kg of lithium batteries were among the items 03 May 2014 A group of 11 terrorists with links to Al Qaeda [al-CIAduh] were yesterday being interrogated on whether they are behind the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. The interrogations come after international investigators, including the FBI and MI6, asked for the militants...to be questioned intensively about Flight MH370. An officer with the Counter Terrorism Division of Malaysian Special Branch said yesterday the arrests had heightened suspicion that the flight's disappearance may have been an act of terrorism.
 
Mother stopped at Sydney Airport, charged with supporting terrorism 05 May 2014 A mother-of-four has been charged with supporting terrorism after she was arrested at Sydney Airport while trying to board a flight to Syria with her young children, police say. Detectives from the NSW Joint Counter Terrorism Team arrested the 29-year-old woman, from Brisbane, at Sydney Airport about 8.30pm on Saturday shortly before she was due to board the international flight.Police also executed three search warrants - two in Sydney and one in Brisbane.
 
2 Fukushima Police Officers Found Dead in Apparent Suicides 04 May 2014 Fukushima prefectural police said Thursday that two senior officers have [allegedly] committed suicide this week. In the first case, which occurred on April 28, Yoshikuni Tasaki, 51, an inspector, hanged himself inside an office at a police building. In the second case, which occurred on Wednesday, Yoshihiro Hikiji, 52, who was Tasaki's superior officer at the Fukushima police department, was found dead in a car in a park in Yamagata Prefecture.

Nuclear expert doubts ice wall will solve Fukushima radiation leaks 02 May 2014 An international nuclear expert expressed skepticism Thursday about Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s plan to set up an experimental ice wall to ultimately stop radioactive water from escaping from the troubled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant. "I'm not convinced that the freeze wall is the best option," former U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Dale Klein, who heads a supervisory panel tasked with overseeing the operator's nuclear safety efforts, said in an interview with Kyodo News. "What I'm concerned about is unintended consequences," Klein said.

Japan effort to restart nuclear plants delayed until after summer 02 May 2014 Moves by Japan's government and electric utilities to restart nuclear power plants idled after the 2011 Fukushima accident are facing further delays and appear unlikely to succeed before the summer peak...In the latest development, the Nuclear Regulation Authority, the government agency conducting the reviews, told Kyushu Electric Power on Friday that a list of planned and completed safety upgrades for a pair of reactors, contained in a 7,200 page application that it submitted this week, was insufficient. Kyushu Electric had not adequately outlined measures to deal with some types of fires, including a theoretical [false flag] blaze caused by an airliner crashing into a reactor, the agency said.

M6.2 earthquake jolts Tokyo vicinity 05 May 2014 A strong earthquake with an estimated magnitude of 6.2 jolted Tokyo on Monday morning. The quake, which struck 5:18 a.m., measured lower 5 on the Japanese seismic intensity scale of 7 in Chiyoda Ward in central Tokyo, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency. The agency traced the focus of the quake to a point some 160 km below seabed off Izu Oshima island.

Spy Plane Fries Air Traffic Control Computers, Shuts Down LAX 03 May 2014 A relic from the Cold War appears to have triggered a software glitch at a major air traffic control center in California Wednesday that led to delays and cancellations of hundreds of flights across the country, sources familiar with the incident told NBC News. On Wednesday at about 2 p.m., according to sources, a U-2 spy plane, the same type of aircraft that flew high-altitude spy missions over Russia 50 years ago, passed through the airspace monitored by the L.A. Air Route Traffic Control Center in Palmdale, Calif. The L.A. Center handles landings and departures at the region's major airports, including Los Angeles International (LAX), San Diego and Las Vegas...

Terrorism Case Defense Wants Surveillance Records --Prosecutors say he took a phony car bomb from an undercover FBI agent in 2012 04 May 2014 Attorneys for a Chicago terrorism suspect are urging a federal appeals court to uphold a trial judge's decision to grant defense lawyers unprecedented access to secret intelligence-court records. In their March appeal to the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago, prosecutors said letting the defense see the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court documentation would be a "sea change" in how such sensitive documents are handled and could end up jeopardizing national security. But attorneys for 20-year-old Adel Daoud argued in a Friday filing that the trial judge acted appropriately and didn't abuse discretion when ordering that the defense could see the documents. Daoud is a U.S. citizen from a Chicago-area suburb. [Seems to me, the FBI agent/false flag architect who provided the 'phony car bomb' should be the on trial here--not Daoud.]

Police activity closes all eastbound I-580 lanes in Richmond 03 May 2014 (CA) The CHP was notified of a crash involving a blue Ford SUV on eastbound I-580 near Regatta Boulevard around 12:40 today. Witnesses said that another vehicle had been shooting at the SUV prior to the crash. Upon arrival, the CHP located a man in the Ford who had died and had been shot at least once. All lanes of I-580 EB are closed at this time in order to collect evidence.

U.S. president pokes fun at CNN over extensive missing jet coverage 04 May 2014 U.S. President Barack Obama joked about Russian President Vladimir Putin and issues much closer to home as he headlined the White House Correspondents' Association dinner Saturday night. The president poked fun at CNN's extensive coverage of the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane. He said he was still jet-lagged from his visit in recent days to Malaysia and added, "The lengths we have to go to get CNN coverage these days!"

President Obama speaks at the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner 04 May 2014 In addition to joking about Fox News and Hillary Clinton, President Obama spoke about the value of press freedom at the 2014 White House Correspondents' Dinner on Saturday. (Transcript)

White House reporters honor black journalist 03 May 2014 Harry McAlpin was standing outside the Oval Office, moments away from becoming the first black reporter to attend a presidential news conference, when one of his contemporaries approached with a deal. Stay out here, the reporter told McAlpin...He marched into the Oval Office anyway. McAlpin, who became a fixture at the White House during the Roosevelt and Truman administrations, never got a White House Correspondents' Association membership while he was alive. The rules were rigged to keep him out. But now, in its centennial year, the WHCA is honoring McAlpin with a posthumous membership and a scholarship bearing his name.

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