Category Archives: USA

Halliburton Lined Up as Potential U.K Fracking Partner

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Halliburton, the American oil services giant that featured prominently in the Deepwater Horizon disaster, has been lined up as a potential contractor in Britain’s oil and gas “fracking” industry, The Independent has learnt. The energy company, previously run by former US Vice President Dick Cheney, has held confidential talks with...

Why You’ll Soon Be Paying Rent to the Chinese

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Author: Porter Stansberry

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Today, I want to talk about something easy and basic, something that every American should understand. When you borrow money, you eventually have to pay it back – plus interest. That’s all you need to know to understand the financial crisis and the terrible consequences we face if we don’t...

Big Island of Hawaii Passes Ban On GMOs

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Author: Tom Callis

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A County Council committee gave a bill that would restrict the use of genetically altered crops a positive recommendation Tuesday, ensuring that the legislation would survive nearly five months after the committee first took on the controversial issue. The legislation, Bill 113, was moved forward to the council level in...

$80 Million for California Earthquake Warning System

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Author: Robin Kemker

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$80 million in seed money was approved for the California Earthquake Early Warning Alert System by California’s legislature and subsequently signed by California Governor Jerry Brown. On March 13, the experimental California Earthquake Early Warning Alert System signaled an earthquake had taken place. About 30 seconds later, the actual quake...

America’s Drug Empire

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Author: Gordon Duff

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It was only a week ago that the US government released Eric Harroun, a former soldier who had been fighting with foreign backed al-Qaeda terrorists and the CIA against the Assad government in Syria. This week, former Army sergeant Joseph Hunter and a group of other veterans, one from Germany’s...

Radioactive Wastewater From Fracking Is Found in a Pennsylvania Stream

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Author: Surprising Science

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In the state of Pennsylvania, home to the lucrative Marcellus Shale formation, 74 facilities treat wastewater from the process of hydraulic fracturing (a.k.a. “fracking”) for natural gas and release it into streams. There’s no national set of standards that guides this treatment process—the EPA notes that the Clean Water Act’s guidelines were...

It’s Official: NSA Wants All Americans’ Phone Records

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Author: PressTV

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The NSA has officially stopped sugar coating the fact that it wants to spy on every American. At yesterday's Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on FISA legislation, Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.) asked NSA director, Gen. Keith Alexander, whether his spy agency should be collecting all Americans' phone records. Gen. Alexander, in...

A Brief History of the Salem Witch Trials

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Author: Jess Blumberg

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The Salem witch trials occurred in colonial Massachusetts between 1692 and 1693. More than 200 people were accused of practicing witchcraft—the Devil's magic—and 20 were executed. Eventually, the colony admitted the trials were a mistake and compensated the families of those convicted. Since then, the story of the trials has...

DARPA Spends $10 Million To Make BigDog Stronger And Stealthier

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Author: Video

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BigDog is a cinderblock-hurling robot that shambles like a something out of Lovecraftian horror. DARPA and Boston Dynamics are developing the four-legged robot to go anywhere troops can go on foot, while carrying up to 400 pounds of gear for them. It's basically a donkey, except without a head or any distracting...

Krokodil Comes To The U.S

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Author: Jon Terbush

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Krokodil, a dangerous, heroin-like narcotic that rapidly rots flesh, may have made its first appearance in the United States, according to Arizona health officials. This week, toxicologists at the Banner Good Samaritan Poison and Drug Information Center in Phoenix said they had seen a "handful" of patients believed to have...

Ten Prehistoric Artifacts and Sites in America

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Author: Lauren Morency DePhillips

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1) The Bell in the Coal The realm of prehistory remains largely untouched by the scientific community, yet sites and artifacts have emerged around the world, nullifying current history books and baffling academics everywhere. The numerous unexplained archaeological sites and artifacts remain a puzzling mystery to scientists but have too...

Arsenic Nation

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Author: Deborah Blum

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For my New York Times column, Poison Pen, I wrote this week about arsenic in drinking water, or more specifically on the increasing scientific awareness that this element  - odorless, tasteless – is slowly being revealed as major public health threat. The focus of that piece is the way that arsenic,...