A consortium of plaintiffs led by 54 of Colorado’s 62 elected county sheriffs filed a lawsuit in federal court against the state Friday in an effort to overturn two new gun control bills that are set to go into effect on July 1.
The plaintiffs have in their sights one law that effectively bans all firearm magazines, and one that requires a background check for every gun transfer when the gun will be [...]
One-Third of U.S. Honeybee Colonies Died Last Winter, Threatening Food Supply
Nearly one in three commercial honeybee colonies in the United States died or disappeared last winter, an unsustainable decline that threatens the nation’s food supply.
Multiple factors — pesticides, fungicides, parasites, viruses and malnutrition — are believed to cause the losses, which were officially announced today by a consortium of academic researchers, beekeepers and Department of Agriculture scientists.
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Dan Merkle, director of elections for ABC News, and a member of the consortium that runs the exit poll, confirmed the shift Wednesday. The aim, he said, “is to still deliver a quality product in the most important states,” in the face of mounting survey costs.
The National Election Pool — a joint venture of the major television networks and The Associated Press — has not announced the states that won’t [...]
The potential sale of giant Australian cotton farm, Cubbie Station, to a Chinese-led consortium has stirred local controversy following the approval by Aussie government of the sale.
Treasurer Wayne Swan last Friday approved a joint proposal by the Chinese textile company Shandong Ruyi Scientific and Technological Group Co Ltd and the Australian company Lempriere Pty Ltd to buy Cubbie after the review board found the sale was not detrimental to the national [...]
Australian woman was first to receive radical implant
Dianne Ashworth has spoken for first time of the ‘little flash’ that signaled the return of her vision
Breakthrough one of several projects around the world that could restore vision for millions
Scientists have taken an important step towards helping visually impaired people lead independent lives after a bionic eye gave a blind Australian woman partial sight.
Dianne Ashworth, who has severe vision loss due to the [...]
From Carpe Diem:
Here’s one more reason why Duke economist Mike Munger was correct when he wrote several years ago that “of all the idiotic things that people believe, the whole ‘peak oil’ thing has to be right up there.”
Thanks to new, advanced oil recovery technologies currently being developed that would unlock Canada’s vast oil sands deposits, our northern neighbor could soon surpass Venezuela and Saudi Arabia to become the No. [...]
(Reuters) – A group developing the Tamar field off Israel’s Mediterranean coast said on Sunday they signed a $902 million financing deal for the natural gas site.
The Israeli partners in Tamar will receive the money from a consortium of 11 foreign and local banks led by Barclays and HSBC, they said in a statement to the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange.
Texas-based Noble Energy is leading the group developing the Tamar prospect, [...]
Greece was the first country to defect from the non-default game theory regime of the European Union (a move which ultimately will be in its great benefit, as it is forced, very shortly, to default higher and higher into the 177% of GDP secured debt, until finally even the Troika’s DIP loan is impaired). It has also become the first country to demonstrate that people can, contrary to apocalyptic claims otherwise [...]
From Washington Post:
Greece on Tuesday threatened to default on payments to any bond investor that doesn’t participate in a debt restructuring that is central to international plans for a rescue of the ailing country.
Greece is asking banks, pension companies, hedge funds and others that hold about $260 billion in Greek bonds to trade them for new notes worth less than half the face value and carrying low-interest terms meant to make the [...]
by Charles Hugh Smith from Of Two Minds
When Risk Is Disconnected From Consequence, the System Itself Is at Risk
If we understand risk cannot be eliminated, it can only be transferred, then we will understand why the current financial trickery in Europe and elsewhere is doomed to fail.
The entire global economy’s fundamental financial instability can be traced back to one simple rule of Nature: risk cannot be eliminated, it can only be [...]
A New Zealand court has blocked a move by the government to allow Chinese investors to buy farms in the country.
China’s Shanghai Pengxin was looking to buy 16 farms spread across almost 8,000 hectares in the country’s North Island.
Justice Forest Miller of High Court in Wellington has asked the government to reconsider its decision saying it had overstated the benefits.
A local farming consortium had appealed against the sale and [...]
Britain must continue giving aid to India to secure £6.6bn fighter jet deal, says minister
The Government’s controversial decision to continue giving money to India, a nation that has more billionaires than the UK and an aid programme of its own, is directly linked to developing trade and investment opportunities, a senior minister admitted yesterday.
With surprising bluntness, the International Development minister, Andrew Mitchell, said the decision to spend £1.2bn over the [...]
December 13, 2011
WASHINGTON (AFP) – The US security firm formerly known as Blackwater, which was barred from Iraq over a deadly 2007 shooting, renamed itself a second time Monday.
USTC Holdings, the investor consortium that acquired ex-Blackwater firm Xe Services in December 2010, announced ACADEMI as the new name and brand for Xe Services.
The rebranding came as President Barack Obama met with Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki Monday, marking America’s exit [...]
October 20, 2011
Britain’s efforts to fight climate change suffered an embarrassing setback yesterday when the Government abandoned plans for the UK’s first coal-fired power plant fitted with technology to capture and store carbon emissions.
The flagship project at Longannet, the huge power station on the Firth of Forth, fell apart after the consortium planning to build it, headed by ScottishPower and including Shell and the National Grid, demanded considerably [...]
Reader’s Digest Association, the 90-year-old publishing and marketing company that emerged from bankruptcy last year, is looking to sell itself for at least $1bn, according to people with knowledge of the plans.
The company publishes more than 90 magazines, including the eponymous title with which it made its name in the postwar US, and Every Day with Rachael Ray. It also runs a successful direct [...]
The Fed is private. It also enjoys a charter from the federal government. One might call it extra-constitutional. The Constitution says the government should regulate the currency, but it doesn’t say that it can’t outsource it to a private corporation or consortium. Pity, that. If Congress wanted to, it could demand by law that the Fed open up all the books. But, there’s a [...]
Reprtinted From The Economic Collapse
10 Things That Would Be Different If The Federal Reserve Had Never Been Created
The vast majority of Americans, including many of those who believe that they are “educated” about the Federal Reserve, do not really understand how the Federal Reserve really makes money for the international banking elite.Â Many of those opposed to the Federal Reserve will point to the record $80.9 [...]