CTU President: As strike approaches 3rd day, 'We are still miles apart' 11 Sep 2012 CTU [Chicago Teachers Union] President Karen Lewis broke from negotiations to give an update to reporters at around 5:45 p.m. She again said the two sides will not reach a deal Tuesday, and also said she was doubtful they'd finish Wednesday. The teacher evaluation issue was a main topic of Tuesday’s talks, she said. "There has not been as much movement as we would hope," Lewis said of negotiations on that issue. "I think there is compromise on some level, there is back and forth, but we are still miles apart." The teacher recall policy, another key sticking point to a deal, has not been tackled Tuesday, she said.
Facebook issues 'mental health' warning to CLG editor over posts --'You're receiving this message because a friend is concerned about something you posted on Facebook.' By Lori Price, http://www.legitgov.org/ 11 Sep 2012 On Monday, I received a 'substance abuse' warning email from Facebook. The CLG Facebook page has 4,200 'likes' and frequently includes '9/11 inside job' commentary. Update: On September 11, Facebook would *not allow me access* until I checked a box on a pop-up to acknowledge their 'substance abuse warning,' purportedly issued due to the 'nature' of my posts. [See also: Facebook Disables CLG Editor's Account Name, Claiming It Is 'Illegitimate' --'The name you entered was not approved by our system.' 17 Feb 2012.]
9/11: Explosive Evidence - Experts Speak Out --Airs September 14 at 10:00 pm on Channel 12.1 (Colorado Public Television) In this new film, over 40 experts in the fields of structural engineering, high-rise architecture, controlled demolition, physics, chemistry and metallurgy lay out the case for a controlled demolition of the World Trade Center on 9/11. The experts cite evidence showing that high-temperature incendiaries and explosives were planted throughout the twin towers and the lesser-known Building 7 which collapsed later the same day... Two years in the making, 9/11: EXPERTS SPEAK OUT is the latest film from Architects & Engineers for 911 Truth, represented by founder Richard Gage, AIA. ...Watch the taped broadcast, with special guest Richard Gage.
New 9/11 truth documentary among 'most watched' on PBS this week 03 Sep 2012 "9/11: Explosive Evidence - Experts Speak Out" is getting public attention and casting doubt on the scientific validity of the U.S. government's investigation into the WTC tragedy. PBS is the first major network to air the program. Just days away from the 11th anniversary of the World Trade Center tragedy and months away from the U.S. presidential election, a game-changing 9/11 documentary is ranking number three among "most watched" documentaries on PBS and number one among "most shared."
Guantánamo inmate becomes ninth detainee to die at prison camp --Former hunger striker, whose name and nationality were not released, dies after apparently being found unconscious in cell 10 Sep 2012 A former hunger strike prisoner at Guantánamo Bay has died, the US military said Monday, after the man was apparently found unconscious in his cell at the isolated, high-security prison. The prisoner, whose name and nationality were not released, was found by guards on Saturday and taken to a base hospital, where he was declared dead "after extensive lifesaving measures had been performed," the US military's southern command said in a brief statement.
Detainee found dead in his cell at Guantanamo 10 Sep 2012 A detainee has died of undetermined causes this weekend at the U.S. military detention center at Guantanamo Bay, the U.S. military says. The prisoner -- whose name and nationality had not been released -- was the ninth detainee to die at the base since it opened in January 2002, the Associated Press reports. The U.S. Southern Command says in a statement that a medical examiner was brought in to determine the cause of death.
Base attack kills 3 Afghans, destroys NATO chopper --Bombing and strike at Bagram Air Field outside Kabul came as U.S. and its allied military forces marked 11th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks 11 Sep 2012 Afghan insurgents bombarded a U.S. base and destroyed a NATO helicopter, killing three Afghan intelligence employees, officials said Tuesday. The coalition said there were also NATO personnel on board who were wounded, without providing further details. Separately, a teenage suicide bomber on Tuesday walked into a shop in western Afghanistan and blew himself up, killing five people, Afghan officials said.
British soldier dies in roadside bomb blast in Afghanistan 10 Sep 2012 A soldier from The Light Dragoons has been killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence said last night. The vehicle in which he was travelling hit an improvised explosive device in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand Province earlier today, the MoD said.
U.S. Missile Defense Strategy Is Flawed, Expert Panel Finds 12 Sep 2012 After two years of study, a panel of top scientists and military experts working for the National Research Council has concluded that the nation's protections against missile attack suffer from major shortcomings, leaving the United States vulnerable to long-range strikes. In a report, the panel suggested that President Obama shift course and expand a system inherited from President [sic] George W. Bush, setting aside parts of an antimissile strategy he initiated in 2009. Since the 1980s, when President Ronald Reagan began the modern hunt for defenses against long-range missiles, Washington has spent more than $200 billion devising ways to zap incoming enemy warheads that move at speeds in excess of four miles per second turn the US Treasury over to defense contractors.
American shot dead in Libyan attack on U.S. Consulate 11 Sep 2012 An armed mob attacked the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, late Tuesday, hours after Egyptians stormed the U.S. Embassy in Cairo to protest a film they denounced as blasphemous against Islam. One American was reported dead and one slightly wounded. Update at 7:59 p.m. ET: A Libyan security official tells the Associated Press that one American consulate employee was shot dead and another was wounded in the hand.
Egyptian protesters scale US Embassy wall in Cairo --Egyptian media: The movie was recently produced in the United States by an anti-Muslim group. 11 Sep 2012 Egyptian protesters, largely Islamists, climbed the walls of the U.S. Embassy in Cairo on Tuesday, made their way into the courtyard and brought down the flag, replacing it with a black flag with an Islamic inscription to protest a film attacking Islam's prophet, Muhammad. Hundreds of protesters marched to the embassy in downtown Cairo, gathering outside its walls and chanting against the movie, which was reportedly produced in the United States.
Radar-blinding Raytheon decoy starts rolling off assembly line 07 Sep 2012 A few years ago, Raytheon developed an unmanned decoy aircraft that mimics the radar signature of U.S. and allied strike aircraft, to throw off enemy air defenses. A new version can essentially blind the enemy as well, with sophisticated radar-jamming gear. On Thursday, Tucson-based Raytheon Missile Systems celebrated the delivery of its first Miniature Air-Launched Decoy-J (MALD-J), a jamming version of the original MALD.
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on SEAL book: 'We're not going to accept this kind of behavior' 11 Sep 2012 Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is speaking out for the first time about the Navy SEAL who continues to make headlines with his revealing book about the night 'Osama bin Laden' was killed. Panetta spoke with "CBS This Morning" and while he maintained that Americans have a right to know details about the raid, he came out against the SEAL -- who goes by the pseudonym Mark Owen -- and his book... Panetta stopped short of saying that Owen should definitely be prosecuted, but said "I think we have to make clear to him and to the American people that we're not going to accept this kind of behavior."
White House prepares CISPA-like cybersecurity Executive Order 11 Sep 2012 With Congress still unable to iron out a cyber-security bill that both sides of the Legislative Branch can get behind, the White House has drafted an Executive Order that they will roll out if efforts on Capitol Hill remain unproductive. Despite repeated pleas from lawmakers and other federal officials to have a cybersecurity legislation adopted by the United States government, members of the House and Senate have been unwilling to compromise on a bill. With every attempt at passing cybersecurity legislation ending with roadblocks, the White House has announced that it is considering taking measures into their own hands.
Twitter ordered to release identity of OWS protester 11 Sep 2012 Twitter will be forced to turn over all private information submitted by an account holder arrested during an Occupy Wall Street protest last year after a New York State Supreme Court judge rejected the social network's appeal. Judge Matthew A. Sciarrino decided from Manhattan on Tuesday that Twitter.com will in fact have to provide federal prosecutors with all information on file pertaining to Malcolm Harris, a Brooklyn-based writer who was arrested with hundreds of others during an OWS demonstration on October 1.
2 TVA nuclear plants shut down unplanned in August 11 Sep 2012 Both of TVA's nuclear power plants in Tennessee had unplanned reactor outages of two days each in August. The Chattanooga Times Free Press reported Unit 2 at the Sequoyah Nuclear Plant tripped on Aug. 16 when an electrical short occurred in one of the four nuclear coolant pumps. The Watts Bar Nuclear Plant's only operating reactor shut down Aug. 28.
Scott Van Duzer, the Obama hugger: Shop facing boycott 10 Sep 2012 The owner of a Florida pizza shop says people are boycotting his business because he bear-hugged President Barack Obama on Sunday. "People are saying a lot of bad things and boycotting my restaurant," Scott Van Duzer, 46, told POLITICO. "There's no middle line anymore, and that's exactly what's wrong with our country right now." The owner of Big Apple Pizza & Pasta Restaurant in Fort Pierce, Fla., said that both Democrats and Republicans are welcome in his store.
Caribbean coral reefs face collapse --Caribbean coral reefs are in danger of disappearing, depriving the world of one of its most beautiful and productive ecosystems --Interactive guide: Coral reefs around the world 09 Sep 2012 Caribbean coral reefs - which make up one of the world's most colourful, vivid and productive ecosystems - are on the verge of collapse, with less than 10% of the reef area showing live coral cover. With so little growth left, the reefs are in danger of utter devastation unless urgent action is taken, conservationists warned. They said the drastic loss was the result of severe environmental problems, including over-exploitation, pollution from agricultural run-off and other sources, and climate change global warming.