US deploys B-2 stealth bombers over S. Korea

The U.S. Air Force sent B-2 Spirit bombers, pictured above, to participate in South Korean military exercises.







The U.S. Air Force sent B-2 Spirit bombers, pictured above, to participate in South Korean military exercises.


(CNN) -- The United States said Thursday it sent stealth bombers to South Korea to participate in annual military exercises amid spiking tensions with North Korea.
The B-2 Spirit bombers flew more than 6,500 miles from Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri to South Korea, dropping inert munitions there as part of the exercises, before returning to the U.S. mainland, the U.S Forces in Korea said in a statement.
The mission by the planes, which can carry both conventional and nuclear weapons, "demonstrates the United States' ability to conduct long range, precision strikes quickly and at will," the statement said.
The U.S. military's announcement earlier this month that it was flying B-52 bombers over South Korea to participate in the routine exercises prompted an angry reaction from the North, which has unleashed a torrent of threats in the past few weeks.
There was no immediate reaction to the U.S. statement Thursday from the North's state-run Korean Central News Agency.
The disclosure of the B-2 flights comes a day after North Korea said it was cutting off military communications with South Korea, provoking fresh expressions of concern from U.S. officials about Pyongyang's recent rhetoric.

Melbourne - Report: Two More Australian Jews Recruited To Mossad Alongside Ben Zygier

A workman walks through a Jewish cemetery, past the grave of Ben Zygier (L), the Australian which local media have identified as the man who died in an Israeli prison in 2010 and who may have been recruited by Israeli intelligence agency Mossad, in Melbourne February 14, 2013. Reuters









A workman walks through a Jewish cemetery, past the grave of Ben Zygier (L), the Australian which local media have identified as the man who died in an Israeli prison in 2010 and who may have been recruited by Israeli intelligence agency Mossad, in Melbourne February 14, 2013. Reuters

Melbourne - Ben Zygier was not the only Australian recruited by Mossad, Der Spiegel reported Tuesday.
The report stated that two other Australian native Jews, “Paul Y.” and “David Z.,” were working with Zygier out of a Milan base, which specialized in the sale of satellite communications technology, and a front for the Israel foreign intelligence service Mossad.


According to Der Spiegel, Australian Jews are particularly attractive to the Mossad because of a quirk in the law: Australians are allowed to change their first and last names once a year, a simple way to adopt a new identity

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Unearthed: The Fracking Facade



2012 Environment A video exposing a flawed claim often abused in the sales pitch for promoting shale gas development across the world:

“With a history of 60 years, after nearly a million wells drilled, there are no documented cases that hydraulic fracturing (fracking) has lead to the contamination of groundwater.”

Brought to you by the team behind the upcoming South African feature documentary, Unearthed, that is investigating natural gas development and the controversial method of extraction known as fracking from a global perspective. Should South Africa and other countries drill down?

Louisiana stops sale of cheap milk at market

Holy cow!





A Louisiana supermarket was forced to yank its low-cost milk special after state auditors objected to the price.
Fresh Markets in Perkins Rowe was selling milk for $2.99 a gallon as part of a weekly promotion deal, but Louisiana requires that retailer markups be at least 6 percent above invoice and shipping costs, The Advocate reports.
State Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain said Fresh Market violated state regulations by selling milk below cost as part of a promotion.
The supermarket routinely sells a gallon of skim, 1 percent, 2 percent or whole milk for $2.99 on Tuesdays, limiting the quantity to four per customer, according to The Advocate.
 “They can sell it 6 percent over cost all day long. It’s when they sell it below cost that it becomes a problem,” Strain told the paper.
Strain’s office reportedly sent an auditor to the store to investigate the Fresh Market promotional deal after getting a complaint.
During the second week of January, the price for a gallon of whole milk in Baton Rouge ranged from $4 to $6.89.

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Man With 4th Amendment Written on Chest Wins Trial Over Airport Arrest



A Virginia man who wrote an abbreviated version of the Fourth Amendment on his body and stripped to his shorts at an airport security screening area won a trial Friday in his lawsuit seeking $250,000 in damages for being detained on a disorderly conduct charge.
Aaron Tobey claimed in a civil rights lawsuit (.pdf) that in 2010 he was handcuffed and held for about 90 minutes by the Transportation Security Administration at the Richmond International Airport after he began removing his clothing to display on his chest a magic-marker protest of airport security measures.
“Amendment 4: The right of the people to be secure against unreasonable searches and seizures shall not be violated,” his chest and gut read.
In sending the case to trial, unless there’s a settlement, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 and reversed a lower court judge and invoked Benjamin Franklin in the process. According to the opinion by Judge Roger Gregory:
Here, Mr. Tobey engaged in a silent, peaceful protest using the text of our Constitution—he was well within the ambit of First Amendment protections. And while it is tempting to hold that First Amendment rights should acquiesce to national security in this instance, our Forefather Benjamin Franklin warned against such a temptation by opining that those ‘who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.’ We take heed of his warning and are therefore unwilling to relinquish our First Amendment protections—even in an airport.
Tobey didn’t want to go through the advanced imaging technology X-ray machines, or so-called nude body scanners, that were cropping up at airports nationwide. Instead, when it was his turn to be screened, he was going to opt for an intrusive pat-down, and removed most of his clothing in the process.

Bank robber shot and killed


Fatal shooting of alleged armed robber at Chase Bank on Corunna Road
  Lauren Justice | MLive.com 
An alleged armed robber was shot to death by a security guard at Chase Bank on Corunna Road Friday, January 25. Fatal shooting of alleged armed robber at Chase Bank on Corunna Road gallery (9 photos)

FLINT, MI -- A suspected bank robber was shot and killed in a bank lobby on W Corunna Rd. near S. Ballenger Highway, police said.

The man was apparently attempting to rob the Chase Bank and he was shot by a security guard in the lobby, police said.

Around 10:30 a.m., a security guard noticed a man walking into the bank wearing a trench coat and walking in a "stilted manner."

The man entered the bank lobby and produced a long gun from under his coat.
The two security guards on staff ordered the man to drop the weapon and drew their weapons on the gunman, police said.

When the gunman aimed at a security officer, the officer shot and killed him.
Police are on the scene and the investigation is ongoing.