Cuts and red tape are gagging US and Canadian science / Only 14 per cent said they felt they would be able to share a concern about public health and safety Reply

14 April 2014 by Rachael Jolley

Politicians in the US and Canada are undermining scientific freedom through cuts, shutdowns and media policies

ON 1 October last year, the US federal government shut its doors after Congress failed to agree a budget. For 16 days, around 800,000 government employees twiddled their thumbs. Many of them were scientists.


Kiev Military Op in Eastern Ukraine, civilians reported killed Reply

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

The activists who controlled the base said they were forced to retreat.
“There are about 60 units of armored vehicles. They have been preparing for several days, and now they started to storm [the airfield]. The protesters blocked their way, they started shooting, there are wounded. Our people retreated. There are about 15 tanks, the other units are armored personnel vehicles,” another member of the people’s militia told RIA.
In turn, the Ukrainian media, quoting the Ministry of Defense, announced a special operation in Kramatorsk on Tuesday. However, they provided no further details More…

A Russian fighter buzzed a US warship in the Black Sea Reply


DEBKAfileApril 14, 2014, 7:32 PM (IDT)

The Russian Fencer fighter is now revealed to have made close-range passes near the USS Donald Cook destroyer in the Black Sea for more than 90 minutes Saturday amid spiraling tensions over Ukraine. The aircraft flew within 1,000 yards of the ship at about 500 feet above sea level. Ship commanders considered the actions provocative and issued several radio queries and warnings.


Analyst: EMP Attack Would Cripple U.S. 1

By Kells Hetherington

WASHINGTON (VR) —The United States is ill prepared for an Electro Magnetic Pulse because the country’s electrical grid is not hardened as the Shield Act has proposed, according JD Gordon, a Contributor and a Senior Fellow at the Center for a Secure Free Society in Washington, D.C. More…

Forced Meds Are OK to Prosecute Threat Charges / “client was exposed to asbestos and was a “whistle-blower” Reply


(CN) – The government can continue to forcibly drug the man it says threatened to kill federal employees over a delusional asbestos cover-up, the 9th Circuit ruled Friday.
Charles Lee Gillenwater II was charged in 2011 with sending threatening emails to employees of the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). In the emails, Gillenwater allegedly threatened violence against the federal employees for failing to properly investigate his claims that asbestos had been illegally removed from the Flamingo hotel in Las Vegas. More…

New study puts a cost on ’round-tripping,’ a method investors use to avoid the tax collector Reply


How widespread is tax evasion?

Tax evasion is widely assumed to be an eternal problem for governments — but how widespread is it? For the first time, a new study, co-authored by an MIT professor, has put a cost on a particular kind of tax evasion, known as “round-tripping,” that the U.S. government has been trying to thwart. More…

Gutting of campaign finance laws enhances influence of corporations and wealthy Americans Reply


- “This study dashes hopes for this democratic kind of interest-group influence,’


PRINCETON, N.J.—Affluent individuals and business corporations already have vastly more influence on federal government policy than average citizens, according to recently released research by Princeton University and Northwestern University. This research suggests that the Supreme Court’s continuing attack on campaign finance laws is further increasing the political clout of business firms and the wealthy. More…

Global poverty could be up to a third higher than reported Reply

Public Release: 10-Apr-2014
Economic and Social Research Council

With over one billion people in the world living on less than $1.25 per day, the World Bank aims to end ‘extreme poverty’ by 2030. But new research suggests that global poverty figures could be underestimated by up to a third, and calls for more robust measurement in the future.

The World Bank figures are widely used by the international community and play a significant role in international strategies to reduce poverty. Critics argue that its estimates are flawed because the ‘dollar a day’ poverty line is too arbitrary, and insufficiently anchored to any specification of basic human needs. More…