Click here to show or hide the menubar.

No Agenda Episode 394

By . Posted Sunday, March 25, 2012 at 11:57 AM.

Cover Art

By . Posted Sunday, March 25, 2012 at 11:57 AM.

NA 394 Art Big

Art By: Nick the Rat

See ALL the artwork at the generator

Credits

By . Posted Sunday, March 25, 2012 at 11:57 AM.

No Bagels for You!

Executive Producer: Sir Barislav Marinov

Associate Executive Producers: Lucas Hokanson, Andrea M. Froncioni, Kathleen Bowman, Sir Phillip Flick, Joan d'Audiffret

Become a member of the 395 Club, support the show here

Knighthoods: Phillip Flick

Art By: Nick the Rat

ShowNotes Archive of links and Assets (clips etc) 394.nashownotes.com

Fanscribed Transcription: 394.readnoagenda.com (Pitch in!)

New: Directory Archive of Shownotes (includes all audio and video assets used) nashownotes.com

The No Agenda News Network- noagendanewsnetwork.com

RSS Feed for the newsletter

Search

Ripped-off Britons: Human Capital - British government puts a value on Britons

U.S. pays 'blood money' to victims of Afghan massacre - The Washington Post

Presidential Proclamation -- Greek Independence Day: A National Day of Celebration of Greek and American Democracy, 2012 | The White House

Bank$ters

EconomicPolicyJournal.com: Dangerous and Bizarre Obama Nominee for World Bank Prez

Kim has been a Professor of Medicine and Social Medicine and Chair of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School. What's "Social Medicine". Wikipedia explains it well:

Kim's tenure as president at Dartmouth has been marked by intense criticism. The student body has frequently reported being disillusioned with Kim after his failure to address any major campus issues. His list of failures include refusing to release the college's budget] failure to conduct a safety report of the college river docks, declining requests to attend a public debate, installing a $30,000 coffee machine in his private office.

The field of social medicine seeks to:

understand how social and economic conditions impact health, disease and the practice of medicine and foster conditions in which this understanding can lead to a healthier society.

Translation: It's about central planning for the medical industry.

EconomicPolicyJournal.com: The Soros Connection to the Medicine Man Nominee to the World Bank

Drug-resistant white plague lurks among rich and poor | Reuters

If so, it would add a new level to an evolution over the years from normal TB, which is curable with six months of antibiotic treatment, to the emergence of MDR-TB, then extensively drug-resistant TB (XDR-TB).

What's so frustrating about that progression, says Lucica Ditiu of the WHO's Stop TB Partnership, is that all drug-resistant TB "is a totally man-made disease".

Like other bacteria, the TB bug Mycobacterium tuberculosis can evolve to fight its way past antibiotic medicines. The more treatment courses patients are given and fail to complete, the stronger and more widespread the resistance becomes.

Researchers unveil global plan in TB vaccine hunt - Tuberculosis

Researchers on Tuesday unveiled a blueprint to guide the next steps in the hunt for a more effective vaccine against tuberculosis as the world's most advanced clinical trial nears its end.

The plan is part of a global push aimed at giving TB research the same high profile -- and funding -- that goes to diseases like AIDS.

"A blueprint has been developed, essentially a document on research plans for the next five to 10 years," said Hassan Mahomed, who heads clinical trials for the South African Tuberculosis Vaccine Initiative.

The fresh impetus to the research comes as scientists await the release in early 2013 of results from the world's most advanced TB vaccine trial -- one of 12 currently underway.

"That's quite an exciting development, because for the first time we will know if any of these new vaccines will have positive developments for preventing TB," Mahomed said.

Even if that vaccine proves unsuccessful, scientists are eagerly watching the results for critical insights into how to develop other vaccines.

Corzine Ordered Funds Moved to JPMorgan: Memo - Businessweek

Vaccine$

EconomicPolicyJournal.com: The Soros Connection to the Medicine Man Nominee to the World Bank

Drug-resistant white plague lurks among rich and poor | Reuters

If so, it would add a new level to an evolution over the years from normal TB, which is curable with six months of antibiotic treatment, to the emergence of MDR-TB, then extensively drug-resistant TB (XDR-TB).

What's so frustrating about that progression, says Lucica Ditiu of the WHO's Stop TB Partnership, is that all drug-resistant TB "is a totally man-made disease".

Like other bacteria, the TB bug Mycobacterium tuberculosis can evolve to fight its way past antibiotic medicines. The more treatment courses patients are given and fail to complete, the stronger and more widespread the resistance becomes.

Researchers unveil global plan in TB vaccine hunt - Tuberculosis

Researchers on Tuesday unveiled a blueprint to guide the next steps in the hunt for a more effective vaccine against tuberculosis as the world's most advanced clinical trial nears its end.

The plan is part of a global push aimed at giving TB research the same high profile -- and funding -- that goes to diseases like AIDS.

"A blueprint has been developed, essentially a document on research plans for the next five to 10 years," said Hassan Mahomed, who heads clinical trials for the South African Tuberculosis Vaccine Initiative.

The fresh impetus to the research comes as scientists await the release in early 2013 of results from the world's most advanced TB vaccine trial -- one of 12 currently underway.

"That's quite an exciting development, because for the first time we will know if any of these new vaccines will have positive developments for preventing TB," Mahomed said.

Even if that vaccine proves unsuccessful, scientists are eagerly watching the results for critical insights into how to develop other vaccines.

Drug-resistant strains of TB are out of control, warn health experts | World news | The Observer

---------------------

Parental Consent Act - Petition |

Fal$e Flag

Afgahnistan

Afghan villagers told they would pay for bomb days ahead of massacre of 16 | The Australian

RESIDENTS of an Afghan village near where an American soldier is alleged to have killed 16 civilians are convinced that the slayings were in retaliation for a roadside bomb attack on US forces in the same area a few days earlier.

In accounts to The Associated Press and to Afghan government officials, the residents allege that US troops lined up men from the village of Mokhoyan against a wall after the bombing on either March 7 or 8, and told them they would pay a price for the attack.

The lawyer for Army Staff Sergeant Robert Bales, who is accused in the March 11 killings of the 16 civilians, has said that his client was upset because a buddy had lost a leg in an explosion on March 9.

Toulouse

EXCLUSIVE: Mohammed Merah killing eye-witness describes events...and 'convenient timing' for Sarkozy. | The Slog

The people at Montauban were on the parade ground, expecting Nicolas Sarkozy to address them at 10.30. They waited in the freezing cold. And waited, and waited.

At 11.35 in the Rue Serjent VignŐ©, there was what McClaren describes as "an enormous and sustained fusillade lasting two to three minutes, followed after some minutes by three muffled shots. Then more sustained gunfire." By now, Mohammed Merah lay beneath the balcony of his flat, dead.

Shortly afterwards, Claude Ghent announced Merah's death. And within a very short time, Nicolas Sarkozy made a dramatic, live TV broadcast from the homage ceremony. Not a single person in France believes that this was anything other than an enormous boost for the President's chances of re-election.

aangirfan: MERAH IS INNOCENT?

Toulouse Shooting: France Investigates Mohamed Merah's Possible Accomplices, Cracks Down On Terrorist Activities - The Huffington Post

French President Nicolas Sarkozy says that French who visit Internet sites supporting terrorism will be punished by law, a new measure in a crackdown following the 32-hour standoff with a Frenchman claiming al-Qaida ties suspected in three deadly attacks.

Sarkozy spoke on Thursday after authorities announced the death in the southwest city of Toulouse of Mohamed Merah, 23, who jumped from a window firing his weapon as police moved in after a 32-hour standoff.

Rouen, France - After Outrage French Teacher Suspended For Asking Students To Honor Killer's Memory -- VosIzNeias.com

Elite$

Hollywood Wackers

Follow the Pipes and Kick out the Chiners

Mali

Mali Coup Militants Were Trained In America By The US Military

In an apparent bid to fend off growing criticism of the coup from the international community, the leader of the coup Amadou Haya Sanogo, began making television appearances during which he stated he had been trained by the U.S. government.

Today, the Patrick Barnes, a U.S. Africa Command official based in Washington, came forward and admitted that the allegations are true.

Barnes told that Washington Post that United States provided the coup leader with professional military training on several occasions inside of the United States times as part of their International Military Education and Training program.

Barnes explained that the program is meant to train security forces so they can improve their ability to track down al-Qaeda sympathizers who kidnap Europeans and other foreigners for ransom.

Leader of Mali military coup trained in U.S. - The Washington Post

BBC News - Mali coup leader Amadou Sanogo 'in complete control'

Cap Amadou Sanogo told the BBC he overthrew the government on Wednesday in order to restore security.

He has promised to hand power to an elected government once a northern Tuareg rebellion has been put down.

The troops behind the coup accuse the government of not giving them enough arms to tackle the uprising.

The Tuaregs have forced the army out of several northern towns in recent months.

Trans-Saharan gas pipeline - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Trans-Sahara gas pipeline 'in trouble' - UPI.com

China urges Mali to protect Chinese residents - Xinhua | English.news.cn

BEIJING, March 23 (Xinhua) -- China on Friday urged Malian authorities to take tangible measures to safeguard the security and lawful rights of Chinese agencies and citizens in the West African country.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei made the remarks at a regular press briefing, in reference to worry over unrest in Mali following a coup on Thursday.

"China attaches great importance to the security of Chinese agencies and citizens in Mali," said Hong, noting the Foreign Ministry has issued a security alert on its website.

Economy of Mali - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Turmoil in Africa Tests Chinese Companies while West Worries about Losing Monopolized Interests

2012 insurgency in northern Mali - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Syria

A look at Annan's six-point peace proposal to end the yearlong conflict in Syria |

The six points of a proposal that international envoy Kofi Annan has given to Syria's President Bashar Assad to end the yearlong conflict, as outlined in the presidential statement adopted by the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday:

-- Syria commits to work with Annan "in an inclusive Syrian-led political process to address the legitimate aspirations and concerns of the Syrian people."

-- Syria commits to stop fighting and immediately stop troop movements and use of heavy weapons in populated areas. As these actions are being taken, Syria should work with Annan to end all violence, under U.N. supervision. Annan will seek similar commitments from the opposition to stop all fighting.

Kofi Annan urges Syria to 'respond positively' to peace plan.

-- Syria accepts and implements a daily two hour "humanitarian pause" to deliver aid and evacuate the injured.

-- Syria commits to intensify "the pace and scale of release of arbitrarily detained persons" and provide a list of all places where such people are being held.

-- Syria commits to ensure freedom of movement throughout the country for journalists "and a non-discriminatory visa policy for them."

-- Syria commits to "respect freedom of association and the right to demonstrate peacefully as legally guaranteed."

Iran

Pakistan among 12 countries that may be hit by US sanctions over Iran oil -- The Express Tribune

S.Korea, Taiwan, S.Africa cut Iranian oil imports - Trend

Snake Oil Trading Blog

Iranian crude oil outputs are expected to be falling in March but are still avoiding large amount of reduction. It means other OPEC members' extra production may cause excess supply in the global market.

Saudi Arabia has decided to increase production levels further in July when EU's import ban against Iran is scheduled to be effected, because of request by the Obama administration.

U.S. is responsible to over-supply which may happen. Is that the reason why U.S. lifts Saudi crude oil import with cutting Canadian oil purchase despite sluggish domestic demand?

These imports may be suitable for supplement to the strategic petroleum reserve that was reduced by 30 million barrels last year for urgent release. But absorbing commercial stocks is likely to stimulate the crude oil market and that is not desirable for recent rising gasoline prices.

India

India Using Gold To Buy Iranian Oil! Sidestepping US Sanctions Against Iran - [VIDEO]

intransigence

intransigent |in?transij?nt; -zi-|

adjective

unwilling or refusing to change one's views or to agree about something.

Sri Lanka

Statement by the NSC Spokesman Tommy Vietor on Passage of Sri Lanka Resolution | The White House

Sri Lanka : Draft Resolution: Promoting Reconciliation and Accountability in Sri Lanka

Reaffirming that States must ensure that any measure taken to combat terrorism complies with their obligations under international law, in particular international human rights, refugee and humanitarian law, as applicable,

Taking note of the report of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission of Sri Lanka and its findings and recommendations, and acknowledging its possible contribution to the process of national reconciliation in Sri Lanka,

Geneva Resolution: The fallout from US, India and China | The Sunday Leader

Indonesia

China, Indonesia sign deals worth $17 bln - FRANCE 24

China and Indonesia signed deals worth at least $17 billion Friday in fields such as hydroelectricity and mining during a visit to Beijing by the Southeast Asian nation's leader, state media said.

The agreements come as the two countries, both highly dependent on exports, seek to make up for sagging demand in Europe's debt-hit economies and a US economy still struggling to recover from the 2008 housing mortgage crisis.

They cover a wide range of industries including hydroelectric generation, mining, and steel making, and were signed by businessmen from the two countries during President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's three-day visit to China.

"Indonesia welcomes Chinese enterprises to expand their investment in Indonesia and to participate in major infrastructure projects," Yudhoyono said, according to a statement posted on the Chinese foreign ministry website.

Trade between the two Asian nations has steadily increased in recent years, reaching $60.5 billion last year compared with just $2.9 billion in 2000, according to the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade.

South Korea

US Military Base in South Korea Threatens China: The Threat of Warships on an "Island of World Peace"

In these troubled waters, the Jeju base would host up to 20 American and South Korean warships, including submarines, aircraft carriers and destroyers, several of which would be fitted with the Aegis ballistic-missile defense system.

For the United States, the base's purpose is to project force toward China -- and to provide a forward operating installation in the event of a military conflict. The last thing the world needs is brinksmanship between the U.S. and China.

Land Destroyer: Monopolizing Africa

Alaska Considers New China Pipeline Project

Three major oil companies and authorities in Alaska are discussing a $40 billion pipeline project to export liquefied natural gas from Alaska's North Slope to China and other Asian countries.

BP, ExxonMobil and ConocoPhillips hope to reach an agreement with Alaska that would clear the way for the companies to move forward with plans for a pipeline bringing the natural gas to Alaska's southern coast, where it could be shipped to Asia, the Financial Times reports.

Alaska's North Slope has proven reserves equal to about one-eighth of total U.S. reserves, but without a pipeline the gas is worthless.

Gitmo Nation

Shut Up Slave!

EUROLand

EQ Machine

Earthquake strikes central Australia | Stuff.co.nz

The Australian government's geoscience body said the earthquake could have caused damage up to 40 kilometres away and been felt by people up to 507 kilometres away.

The earthquake was the biggest recorded in Australia since a 6.3 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Collier Bay on Western Australia's north coast in 1997.

Desert Shaken: Earthquake Strikes Central Australia | The 2012 Scenario

Stephen: Has another of the cabal's underground bases just been destroyed? This big earthquake story has just hit the news here in Australia, even though it happened last night, our time. This is a very rare event for us.

There's not much in this location but tourists, indigenous tribes and no-go military bases. Was there a cabal underground base in the middle of this country, as has been suggested? If there was, I doubt it's there any more.

Ministry of Truth

Zimmerman

Analysis of Florida's New Self Defense Law: Lawful Self Defense At Home

The witness reports that George Zimmerman was on the ground and Trayvon is on top of him punching him. The witness says that George Zimmerman was screaming and yelling for help. Police arrive and find Zimmerman bleeding on his face and the back of his head. He also has had grass stains on his back. All this confirms the story told by Zimmerman and the witness.

Police play the 911 tape for Trayvon Martin's father, who tells police that the voice screaming is not the voice of his son. The media also characterizes Trayvon as a "model student." In fact, he under a five day suspension when the shooting took place. (So the reason he was with daddy watching basketball and at a 7 11 was Trayvon Trainer was a thug out of control so the schools threw him onto the street.)

In fact the Miami Herald goes on to interview neighbor, Ibrahim Rashada, who is black. Rashada confirms that there has been a lot of crime in the neighborhood and indicates to the reporter that the perpetrators are usually black.

Monsantooo

Techno Experts

GOLD

Biodiveristŕe

Climate Fund Seeks UN-Style Diplomatic Immunity

Its spending goal comes atop some $30 billion in "fast start-up" money that has been pledged by UN member states to such climate change activities.

A 24-nation interim board of trustees for the Green Climate Fund (GCF) is slated to hold its first meeting next month in Switzerland to organize the fund's secretariat and to get it running by November, as well as find a permanent home for the GCF's operations.

The board expects to spend about $6.7 million between now and June of next year.

But before it is fully operational, the GCF's creators -- 194 countries that belong to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) -- want it to be immune from legal challenges and lawsuits, not to mention outside inspections, much like the United Nations itself cannot be affected by decisions rendered by a sovereign nation's government or judicial system.

Despite its name, the UNFCCC was informed in 2006 by the United Nations Office of Legal Affairs that it was not considered a UN "organ," and therefore could not claim immunity for its subordinate bodies or personnel under the General Convention that has authorized UN immunity since the end of World War II.

A UNFCCC resolution granting similar immunities would need to be "accepted, approved or ratified" by each individual member of the Kyoto Protocol before it took effect, the UN legal office advised.

Even if UNFCCC members decided to ask the UN General Assembly to grant them similar immunity it would require each UN member state to make changes in domestic legislation, the opinion declared.

According to an official of the US Treasury, which strongly supports the existence of the GCF, the full extent of the immunities still remains to be worked out by the fund board, although the wording of various UNFCCC resolutions indicate that immunities like those held by the UN are clearly envisaged.

GE applauds Labor's 'gutsy' carbon tax | The Australian

THE Australian government had been "gutsy" to follow through on its pledge to introduce a carbon tax, according to the world's top industrial conglomerate.

GE vice-chairman John Rice said the $23-a-tonne tax applying from July 1 would prompt the company to allocate more resources to carbon-reducing technologies.

Mr Rice said GE, which made the nuclear power plant reactors at Fukushima and was heavily involved in renewable energy, had long believed in a trading mechanism to reduce carbon emissions and encourage the development of new technologies.

Persistent Jet Contrails

Out There

Collision Threat: International Space Station Evacuates To Space Ship

A fragment of Russian satellite Cosmos-2251 will pass at a dangerous distance from the ISS. For security reasons the crew has been told to get ready for evacuation and take their seats in Soyuz spacecraft.

Ś–The wreckage is hurling toward the station at a speed of 26,1690 km/h and the most likely path is expected to come within about 14 kilometers and as a precautionary measure the crew has been ordered to evacuate.

The current ISS crew consists of six people. NASA astronaut commander Daniel Burbank and Russian cosmonauts Anton Shkaplerov and Anatoly Ivanishin were assigned to move to Soyuz TMA-22, while cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko, US astronaut Don Pettit, European astronaut AndrŐ© Kuipers took seats in Soyuz TMA-03M.

Both ships are now docked with the Russian segment of the ISS.

Russian satellite Cosmos-2251 (type Strela-2M) was launched on June 16, 1993 from Plesetsk Cosmodrome. On February 10, 2009, the satellite collided with America's Iridium-33 at the height of 790 kilometers. Both satellites were completely destroyed.

The incident became the first of its kind in space exploration history.

Satellite Cosmos-2251 split into some 600 fragments larger than five centimeters, and thousands more smaller pieces.

The space rubbish was only observed on Friday, so the launch control center has had no time to correct the orbit of the ISS. This is the third incident of this nature in the 12 years of ISS's work in orbit.

VIDEO

XML