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Hacked: Sensitive Documents Lifted From The Hadley Climate Center

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Keith Johnson / The Wall Street Journal – November 20, 2009

Well, this should get interesting. The Hadley Climate Research Unit in Britain was hacked yesterday, apparently by Russian black hats, and thousands of sensitive documents, including emails from climate scientists dating back a decade, were posted online. More here.

Officials at Hadley, a leading global-warming research center, have apparently confirmed to an Australian publication that the documents are genuine.

The whole affair has much of the blogosphere alight. Blogs skeptical of man-made global warming see blood in the water.

Some of the old emails from scientists made public apparently make references to things like “hid[ing] the decline,” referring to global temperature series and different ways to slice and dice climate data.

In all, it seems there are more than 3,000 files in the hacked folders, which have been reposted in various places on the Internet.

The big Copenhagen summit had lost a lot of its appeal in recent days, as world leaders kept dialing down expectations for the climate talks. Maybe this will spice things up.

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http://blogs.wsj.com/environmentalcapital/2009/11/20/hacked-sensitive-documents-lifted-from-hadley-climate-center/?blog_id=9&post_id=8495

Norwegian Scientists Have Detected Mutated Form Of H1N1 Swine Flu

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Rob Stein / The Washington Post – November 20, 2009

Scientists in Norway announced Friday they had detected a mutated form of the swine flu virus in two patients who died of the flu and a third who was severely ill.

In a statement, the Norwegian Institute of Public Health said the mutation “could possibly make the virus more prone to infect deeper in the airways and thus cause more severe disease,” such as pneumonia.

The institute said there was no indication that the mutation would hinder the ability of the vaccine to protect people from becoming infected or impair the effectiveness of antiviral drugs in treating people who became infected.

Scientists have analyzed about 70 viruses from confirmed Norwegian swine flu cases and found the mutation in only those three patients, Geir Stene-Larsen, the institute’s director general, said in the statement.

“Based on what we know so far, it seems that the mutated virus does not circulate in the population, but might be a result of spontaneous changes which have occurred in these three patients,” the statement said.

A top U.S. health official said the mutation was no reason for alarm. The same mutation has been detected elsewhere in the world, including possibly in the United States, in both severe and mild cases.

“I don’t think that it yet has the public health implications that we worry about,” said Anne Schuchat, director of the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases. Schuchat noted that some patients have gotten severely ill, including developing pneumonia, after being infected with strains of the virus without the mutation.

The Norwegian institute has been analyzing H1N1 virus from “a number of patients as part of the surveillance of the pandemic flu virus,” and has detected several mutations, the statement said. While the existence of mutations is normal, and most “will probably have little or no importance . . . one mutation has caught special interest.”

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http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/11/20/AR2009112001820_pf.html

Bilderberg ‘Appointee’ Van Rompuy Is First European Union President

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Paul Joseph Watson / Prison Planet – November 20, 2009

Despite widespread expectation that former British Prime Minister Tony Blair would be announced as the first European Union President, the former Prime Minister of Belgium, Herman Van Rompuy, was picked for the role just days after he attended a Bilderberg Group dinner meeting.

Reports suggest that there is “dismay” in some quarters over the appointment because Van Rompuy has a “low international profile,” but his fealty towards taking orders from his bosses at Bilderberg is likely to have swayed the decision.

As we have exhaustively documented, Bilderberg has displayed its kingmaker power on numerous occasions, contradicting claims that it merely represents a “talking shop” for aging elitists.

Both Bill Clinton and Tony Blair attended Bilderberg meetings in the early 90’s before becoming President and Prime Minister respectively.

In 2004 it was reported that John Edwards’ performance at the Bilderberg conference in Italy was a key factor in his selection as John Kerry’s number two. Bilderberg attendees even broke house rules to applaud Edwards at the end of a speech he gave to the elitists about American politics.

Pedro Santana Lopes and Jose Socrates attended the 2004 Bilderberg meeting in Stresa, Italy before both going on to become Prime Minster of Portugal.

Just days before the announcement was made, Van Rompuy attended a dinner organized by the Bilderberg Group in Brussels, where he met with top Bilderberg steering committee members and gave a speech about implementing a raft of new taxes, including airline tax, fuel duty tax and value added tax, all of which will form an EU tax that goes straight to Brussels.

“The possibilities of financial levies at European level must be seriously examined and for the first time the large countries in the union are open to that,” said Van Rompuy, according to Dutch newspaper De Tijd.

The report describes how Van Rompuy held discussions with Bilderberg chairman Étienne Davignon, who earlier this year bragged to the EU Observer about how the Euro single currency was a brainchild of the Bilderberg Group. Van Rompuy also had a meeting with lifelong Bilderberg member Henry Kissinger.

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http://www.prisonplanet.com/bilderberg-appointee-van-rompuy-is-first-eu-president.html

Olbermann & Huffington Suggest “Teabaggers” Need To Be Censored

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Kurt Nimmo / Infowars – November 20, 2009

On Thursday, the Mockingbird corporate media operative Keith Olbermann played the race card (again) to demonize the Tea Party movement. Olbermann had the limousine liberal Arianna Huffington on his show. Huffington said the First Amendment does not protect people who shout fire in a crowded theater. Huffington said racist “teabaggers,” led by Fox News’ Glenn Beck, are shouting fire.

Huffington and Olbermann did not provide any evidence. Instead, they cited the same old tired propaganda issued by the ADL. “Beck has made a habit of demonizing President Obama and promoting conspiracy theories about his administration,” an ADL report claims. Beck “has even gone so far as to make comparisons between Hitler and Obama and to promote the idea that the president is dangerous.” Olbermann rolled a clip of Beck claiming Obama has a problem with white people to supposedly make the point.

Beck “repeatedly stokes the fires of anti-government anger” by providing a platform for people opposed to the government, according to the ADL.

In fact, this anti-government anger — characterized as racist and dangerous by Olbermann and Huffington — would exist with or without Glenn Beck. Millions of people would oppose health care at gunpoint and the Federal Reserve without Beck.

Glenn Beck and Keith Olbermann are birds of a feather — Mockingbird operatives tasked with demonizing and delegitimatizing the opposition. Beck is on one side of the false right-left paradigm and Olbermann and his sidekick Huffington are on the other. Olbermann steers the left into a futile process of spinning wheels and Beck commandeers the so-called right.

Instead of attacking the bankers, Beck attacks the “Marxists” of the Obama administration, as if former members of the Federal Reserve and Goldman Sachs are Marxists. Olbermann, on the other hand, attacks the “racists” and supposedly violence-prone right, a fiction created by the corporate media and the government with the help of the ADL.

Now that it looks like Ron Paul’s audit the Fed effort will pass and become law, it is imperative that the government and its controlled media attack the anti-government Tea Party and patriot movements and attempt to demonize them as dangerous and potentially violent radicals, never mind there is scant evidence of racism or calls for violent revolution.

Olbermann’s handlers want to impose censorship on the Tea Party and patriot movements. In order to do that, these movements and millions of Americans need to be demonized as violent and racist.

MSNBC

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http://www.infowars.com/olbermann-huffington-suggest-teabaggers-should-be-censored/

House Financial Services Committee Approves Bill To “Audit The Fed”

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Washington’s Blog – November 20, 2009

Congressman Watt tried to de-rail the bill to audit the Federal Reserve (H.R. 1207) with a fake alternate bill. See this, this, this and this.

Fortunately, the House Financial Services Committee approved H.R. 1207 by 43-26, and rejected Watt’s bill.

In addition, Congressmen Grayson and Paul’s bill requiring written concurrence by the Treasury Secretary prior to the Federal Reserve engaging in a foreign currency swap passed the House Financial Services Committee by a voice vote today.

If you haven’t already seen it, watch Congressman Grayson grill Bernanke about foreign swaps:

If you don’t know what foreign currency swaps are, or why the Fed has been running amok with them, watch Congressman Grayson discuss the amendment:

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http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2009/11/house-financial-services-committee.html

Obama Allies Want War ‘Surtax’ To Help Protect Afghan Opium Fields

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Paul Joseph Watson / Prison Planet – November 20, 2009

Not content with savaging American taxpayers with two huge new financial burdens during an economic recession, in the form of health care reform and cap and trade, close allies of Barack Obama have proposed a new war surtax that will force Americans to foot the bill for the cost of protecting opium fields in Afghanistan, paying off drug lords, and bribing the Taliban.

Warning that the cost of occupying Afghanistan is a threat to the Democrats’ plan to overhaul health care, lawmakers have announced their plan to make Americans pay an additional war tax that will be taken directly from their income, never mind the fact that around 36 per cent of federal taxes already go to paying for national defense.

“Regardless of whether one favors the war or not, if it is to be fought, it ought to be paid for,” the lawmakers, all prominent Democratic allies of Obama, said in a joint statement on the “Share The Sacrifice Act of 2010 ( PDF),” reports AFP.

The move is being led by the appropriately named House Appropriations Committee Chairman Dave Obey, Representative John Murtha, who chairs that panel’s defense subcommittee; and House Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank.

The tax would apply to anyone earning as little as $22,600 per year in 2011.

The proposal is described as “heavily symbolic” with little chance of passing, but it once again illustrates the hypocrisy of an administration that swept to power on the promise of “change” to the Neo-Con imperial agenda and a resolve to reduce U.S. military involvement overseas. In reality, there are more troops in Iraq and Afghanistan now under Obama that at any time during the Bush administration.

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http://www.infowars.com/obama-allies-want-new-tax-to-pay-for-cost-of-protecting-afghan-opium-fields-bribing-taliban/