Sunday November 1st, 2009
|British nuclear expert's 17th floor UN death plunge 'was not suicide'
posted 11/01/2009, 6:20 PM (The Daily Mail)|
A British nuclear expert who fell from the 17th floor of a United Nations building did not commit suicide and may have been hurled to his death, says a doctor who carried out a second post-mortem examination.
Timothy Hampton, 47, a scientist involved in monitoring nuclear activity, was found dead last week at the bottom of a stairwell in Vienna.
An initial autopsy concluded that there were ‘no suspicious circumstances’. But it is understood that Mr Hampton’s widow Olena Gryshcuk and her family were deeply unhappy with that verdict.
Now a doctor who undertook a second post-mortem examination on behalf of the family believes she has found evidence that Mr Hampton did not die by his own hands.
Professor Kathrin Yen, of the Ludwig Institute in Graz, Austria, which specialises in traumatology research, said she had more tests to complete on Mr Hampton, who had a three-year-old son with Ms Gryshcuk.
But she said one possible theory was that Mr Hampton was carried to the 17th floor from his workplace on the sixth floor and thrown to his death.
Professor Yen used new forensic techniques to detect internal bruising caused by strangulation which would not be visible to the eye.
She said: ‘In my opinion, it does not look like suicide. My example is that somebody took him up to the top floor and took him down.
‘At the moment I don’t have the police reports. We did a CT scan. From the external exam, I saw injuries on the neck but these were not due to strangulation.’
It is expected to take three weeks for blood test results to come back. Austrian police said they believe Mr Hampton committed suicide.
He had been working for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organisation (CTBTO) at the UN building.
CTBTO staff monitor tremors in countries worldwide to uncover illegal nuclear tests. It has been suggested that... (more)
Related: Two UN Employees Killed in Falls from Same Building Over Four Week Period
|Ron Paul: Be Prepared for the Worst
posted 11/01/2009, 6:20 PM (Forbes)|
Any number of pundits claim that we have now passed the worst of the recession. Green shoots of recovery are supposedly popping up all around the country, and the economy is expected to resume growing soon at an annual rate of 3% to 4%. Many of these are the same people who insisted that the economy would continue growing last year, even while it was clear that we were already in the beginning stages of a recession.
A false recovery is under way. I am reminded of the outlook in 19... (more)
Related: Housing Crash to Resume on 7 Million Foreclosures, Amherst Says
|Cops Bust Up 80 Year Old Woman's Yard Sale
posted 11/01/2009, 6:19 PM (News-Journal)|
[Category: Tyranny/Police State]
HOLLY HILL -- The yard sale at 722 Center Ave. has been canceled. That much is clear.
The rest of the story, including allegations that police threatened to arrest the 80-year-old homeowner because she didn't have a permit? Not so much.
The facts are these: After 60 years in Holly Hill, Pauline Liles is moving to Tennessee to live with her daughter's family. Her husband, Jack, is already there, having suffered a stroke that has immobilized him. Pauline, an old hand ... (more)
|FBI defends decision to shoot mosque leader
posted 11/01/2009, 6:19 PM (Detroit Free Press)|
[Category: Tyranny/Police State]
Terrorists? Two-bit thugs? Or innocent?
Those are the questions surrounding the dozen men described as radical fundamentalists charged in a criminal conspiracy that includes firearms and stolen goods offenses.
As seven suspects appeared Thursday in U.S. District Court in Detroit for detention hearings, prosecutors warned of possible retaliation for the killing of the group's leader, Luqman Ameen Abdullah. FBI agents killed Abdullah, 53, of Detroit during a Wednesday... (more)
|The Real Climate Change Catastrophe
posted 11/01/2009, 6:19 PM (Christopher Booker)|
Next Thursday marks the first anniversary of one of the most remarkable events ever to take place in the House of Commons. For six hours MPs debated what was far and away the most expensive piece of legislation ever put before Parliament.
The Climate Change Bill laid down that, by 2050, the British people must cut their emissions of carbon dioxide by well over 80 per cent. Short of some unimaginable technological revolution, such a target could not possibly be achiev... (more)
|Ultrasecret NSA Has Conspicuous Role in New Federal Cybersecurity Center
posted 11/01/2009, 6:18 PM (Newsweek)|
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Congress and civil libertarians have always been twitchy about involving the ultrasecretive National Security Agency--masters of electronic spying--more deeply in domestic security matters. Revelations that George W. Bush authorized the NSA (Motto: Never Say Anything) in the wake of 9/11 to expand warrantless electronic eavesdropping on Americans caused heartburn for both intelligence officials and private industry. Dragged into the controversy were phone companies and Internet service providers... (more)
|Argentina: Disappearing Farmers, Disappearing Food
posted 11/01/2009, 6:18 PM (COA News)|
Worldwide, industrial mono-culture farming has displaced traditional food production and farmers, wreaking havoc on food prices and food sovereignty. This is particularly true for the global south, where land has been concentrated for crops destined for biodiesel and animal feed. In response, peasants and small farmers organized actions in more than 53 countries on October 15 for International Food Day as an initiative of Via Campesina, one of the largest independent social movement organization... (more)
|Households energy bills to increase by £800 under green tax proposals
posted 11/01/2009, 6:17 PM (The Telegraph)|
Plans put forward by the Green Fiscal Commission (GFC), a Government-supported think tank, would see the tax on gas and electricity rise every year.
By 2020, the new levy would amount to 80 per cent of the cost of the average gas bill and 30 per cent of the average electricity bill.
The tax forms part of a £150 billion package of proposed measures, including a tripling of fuel duty over the next decade and a tax of up to £3,300 on new cars.
|Backscatter x-ray machines "tear apart DNA"
posted 11/01/2009, 6:16 PM (Yahoo Tech)|
The latest airport security trend is the backscatter x-ray machine, touted as a powerful way to virtually frisk a traveler for contraband without the embarassment of a strip search.
Though touted as completely safe because the level of radiation is so low, travelers have been nervous about the devices -- and not just because it shows off a nice outline of their privates to the people manning the machines -- but because they remain scared of the health problems they might propose.<... (more)
|Largest Banks Reported Funding Production Of Internationally Banned Weapons
posted 11/01/2009, 6:16 PM (Reuters)|
Leading banks have funded arms manufacturers, whose products include cluster bombs, to the tune of $5 billion in the past two years, despite an international accord to ban such weapons, a study said Thursday.
The report by Profundo consultancy and several NGOs said the banks loaned money to companies whose products include cluster bombs or their components.
It did not say the funds went directly to make cluster bombs. The manufacturers could use the money for any of... (more)
|Why boys are turning into girls
posted 11/01/2009, 6:16 PM (The Telegraph)|
[Category: Brave New World]
Here's something rather rotten from the State of Denmark. Its government yesterday unveiled official research showing that two-year-old children are at risk from a bewildering array of gender-bending chemicals in such everyday items as waterproof clothes, rubber boots, bed linen, food, nappies, sunscreen lotion and moisturising cream.
The 326-page report, published by the environment protection agency, is the latest piece in an increasingly alarming jigsaw. A picture is emerging o... (more)
|9 more U.S. banks fail; $2.5 billion hit for FDIC
posted 11/01/2009, 6:15 PM (MarketWatch)|
SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) -- Nine more U.S. banks, all owned by the same Illinois holding company, were closed Friday by regulators, and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. said U.S. Bank of Minneapolis would assume their deposits.
The closings brought the 2009 total to 115 in 2009 -- the first year since 1992 that more than 100 banks have gone under.
The banks as of Sept. 30 had combined assets of $19.4 billion and deposits of $15.4 billion, the FDIC said.