June 7th, 2010

BP Buys 'Oil' Search Terms to Redirect Users to Official Company Website



 
Be careful where you click, especially if you're looking for news on the BP oil spill.

BP, the very company responsible for the oil spill that is already the worst in U.S. history, has purchased several phrases on search engines such as Google and Yahoo so that the first result that shows up directs information seekers to the company's official website.

A simple Google search of "oil spill" turns up several thousand news results, but the first link, highlighted at the very top of the page, is from BP. "Learn more about how BP is helping," the link's tagline reads.

A spokesman for the company confirmed to ABC News that it had, in fact, bought these search terms to make information on the spill more accessible to the public.


"We have bought search terms on search engines like Google to make it easier for people to find out more about our efforts in the Gulf and make it easier for people to find key links to information on filing claims, reporting oil on the beach and signing up to volunteer," BP spokesman Toby Odone told ABC News.

But several search engine marketing experts are questioning BP's intentions, suggesting that controlling what the public finds when they look online for oil spill information is just another way for the company to try and rebuild the company's suffering public image.

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Japan's parliament elects new prime minister

Tokyo, Japan (CNN) -- Both the upper and lower houses of Japan's parliament elected Finance Minister Naoto Kan to be the nation's new prime minister Friday, following the resignation of Yukio Hatoyama from the post earlier this week.

Kan is the country's fifth prime minister since 2006. The Diet, Japan's parliament, voted after the Democratic Party of Japan tapped Kan to lead the party earlier Friday.

"The very first thing we must do is to regain the trust of the people," Kan said in a speech to party members before their vote Friday.

Kan promised transparent government and pledged improved policies to boost jobs and reinvigorate society.

Japan has bigger problem than revolving door PMs.

"I have confidence that economic growth and social welfare can be realized together," he said.

In the lower house of the Diet, Kan garnered 313 out of 480 votes Friday. In the upper house, he won by a narrower margin, getting 123 of 242 votes.

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Children of Lesbians May Do Better than Their Peers

The teen years are never the easiest for any family to navigate. But could they be even more challenging for children and parents in households headed by gay parents?

That is the question researchers explored in the first study ever to track children raised by lesbian parents, from birth to adolescence. Although previous studies have indicated that children with same-sex parents show no significant differences compared with children in heterosexual homes when it comes to social development and adjustment, many of these investigations involved children who were born to women in heterosexual marriages, who later divorced and came out as lesbians.

For their new study, published Monday in the journal Pediatrics, researchers Nanette Gartrell, a professor of psychiatry at University of California, San Francisco (and a law professor at University of California, Los Angeles), and Henry Bos, a behavioral scientist at University of Amsterdam, focused on what they call planned lesbian families - households in which the mothers identified themselves as lesbian at the time of artificial insemination.

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Science Explains Denialists

Living In Denial: Why Sensible People Reject the Truth

Here's a hypothesis: denial is largely a product of the way normal people think. Most denialists are simply ordinary people doing what they believe is right. If this seems discouraging, take heart. There are good reasons for thinking that denialism can be tackled by condemning it a little less and understanding it a little more.

Whatever they are denying, denial movements have much in common with one another, not least the use of similar tactics (see "How to be a denialist"). All set themselves up as courageous underdogs fighting a corrupt elite engaged in a conspiracy to suppress the truth or foist a malicious lie on ordinary people. This conspiracy is usually claimed to be promoting a sinister agenda: the nanny state, takeover of the world economy, government power over individuals, financial gain, atheism.

This common ground tells us a great deal about the underlying causes of denialism. The first thing to note is that denial finds its most fertile ground in areas where the science must be taken on trust. There is no denial of antibiotics, which visibly work. But there is denial of vaccines, which we are merely told will prevent diseases - diseases, moreover, which most of us have never seen, ironically because the vaccines work.

Similarly, global warming, evolution and the link between tobacco and cancer must be taken on trust, usually on the word of scientists, doctors and other technical experts who many non-scientists see as arrogant and alien.

Many people see this as a threat to important aspects of their lives. In Texas last year, a member of a state committee who was trying to get creationism added to school science standards almost said as much when he proclaimed "somebody's got to stand up to experts".

It is this sense of loss of control that really matters. In such situations, many people prefer to reject expert evidence in favour of alternative explanations that promise to hand control back to them, even if those explanations are not supported by evidence (see "Giving life to a lie").

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George Lakoff, a cognitive psychologist at the University of California, Berkeley, argues that conservatives have been better than progressives at exploiting anecdote and emotion to win arguments. Progressives tend to think that giving people the facts and figures will inevitably lead them to the right conclusions. They see anecdotes as inadmissible evidence, and appeals to emotion as wrong.


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The entire article is a good read, particularly if you're like me and find denialists exasperating to deal with.

Originally posted to ontd_science but I thought folks here would also be interested. My apologies to people who see the double post. This article deals specifically with science denialism, but the same principles apply to tea-baggers and other political movements. Read the methods in "how to be a denialist" and you'll immediately recognize them in current political discourse, including discussions in this community.
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Pride Month: Representation of Black Woman Sexuality

The Right Time: Lesbian and Bisexual Characters in Black Movies
By Sarah Ward

In the last five to seven years there has a been a surge of feel-good films targeted at the black community - from ensemble dramas like "The Best Man," "Waiting to Exhale," "The Wood," "The Brothers" and "Kingdom Come" to romantic comedies like "How Stella Got her Groove Back," "Love and Basketball," "Love Jones," and "Two Can Play That Game."

The middle-class, professional, and law-abiding African American characters in these films have provided a long-awaited contrast to the overwhelming number of African American movie characters Hollywood has churned out that are poor, self-destructive, and/or criminals (there's nothing wrong with being poor, of course, but this is hardly representative of all African Americans).

These films were particularly welcome because, for the first time, they assumed a middle-class black audience - or at least an audience that is familiar and comfortable with middle-class African Americans.

Bottom line: these films were written and directed by black folks for black folks - and it shows.

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The article is a bit dated, so feel free to discuss to what extent Warn's points still apply today.  Also, not a fan of the juxtaposition of the line about how "it shows" that the films are by black people for black people and then says how these films say "nothing good" about black lesbians and bisexuals.  I am guessing/hoping a link between 1. black writers and audiences and 2. homophobia and sexism was not meant to be implied, and maybe only I inferred it.

Also, in before unicorns.

Let's See Who Remembers in a Week

While much of the world has condemned Israel's attack on the Gaza flotilla, ordinary people in the West Bank aren't holding their breath for that to change anything, as Claudia Jones discovered

Walking the streets of Bethlehem in the West Bank yesterday, you wouldn’t have seen much evidence of the international uproar that has been ignited once again over the Palestine-Israel issue.

Until you talk to the locals. Not all the Palestinians I spoke with yesterday were immediately able to voice their feelings. Some didn’t want to say anything about the Israeli naval commandos’ raid on the Turkish aid flotilla. Others didn’t have the English to express what they would have liked to say. There were shrugged shoulders and shaken heads. People seemed just as concerned about the issues they face on a daily basis: the lack of tourists in Bethlehem, the number of young, university-educated people trapped in Palestine without work. "It’s like being in jail here", said one woman.

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Portugal lesbian couple in nation's first gay marriage



The first same-sex marriage has taken place in Portugal, a month after a law allowing gay marriage came into effect.

Teresa Pires and Helena Paixao, both divorced mothers in their 30s who have been together since 2003, married at a Lisbon registry office.

The couple - who had campaigned for a change to the law - described it as a "great victory, a dream come true".

The Socialist government had faced fierce opposition to the law in what is a mainly Catholic country.

But a petition against the change failed to gain enough support for a referendum.

The bill was passed by parliament in January and ratified by President Anibal Cavaco Silva in May - making Portugal the sixth European country to recognise same-sex marriages.

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Was Barack Obama In the 1993 Music Video For 'Whoomp (There It Is)'?

Was Barack Obama In the 1993 Music Video For 'Whoomp (There It Is)'?

Finally, a Barack Obama conspiracy theory for the rest of us! Everyone from Tea Partiers to hip hop message boards thinks Obama was an extra in the music video for Tag Team's single "Whoomp (There It Is)".

Before you do anything else, check out 1:01 of the music video for Tag Team's 1993 smash hit "Whoomp (There It Is)". A tipster sent in the video along with a note:

"Barack [is] in the Tag Team "Whoomp there it is" video. Don't believe me? Judge for yourself."

We were highly skeptical, since "Judge for yourself" sounds like something from a multi-colored ALL CAPS email that proves Barack Obama is the Anti-Christ, as predicted in THE BIBLE. But we had to admit that the guy at 1:01 wearing shades and a Compton hat really does resemble Barack Obama, talking on a cell phone! Seriously! Judge for yourself!

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Somehow I don't think John Boehner will ask for an apology over this

PHR Report: Bush Administration Engaged in Illegal Human Experimentation on Torture

Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) released today the results of a landmark investigation that, according to the organization’s press release, “uncovered evidence that indicates the Bush administration apparently conducted illegal and unethical human experimentation and research on detainees in CIA custody.” PHR is asking President Obama to “order the attorney general to undertake an immediate criminal investigation of alleged illegal human experimentation and research on detainees conducted by the CIA and other government agencies following the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.” They are also seeking other investigations by Congress, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Department of Justice.

As PHR’s White Paper — “Experiments in Torture: Evidence of Human Subject Research and Experimentation in the ‘Enhanced’ Interrogation Program” (PDF) — makes clear, illegal experimentation upon human subjects was an integral part of the Bush/Cheney/CIA “enhanced interrogation” program (EIP) from the very beginning. Medical and psychologist monitors were used to collect and analyze data from the EIP interrogations in order “to derive generalizable inferences to be applied to subsequent interrogations.” The use of illegal experimentation both reveals the actual parameters of the torture program, and raises the stakes surrounding the need for accountability for these actions to a new level.

According to PHR’s White Paper:

Such acts may be seen as the conduct of research and experimentation by health professionals on prisoners, which could violate accepted standards of medical ethics, as well as domestic and international law. These practices could, in some cases, constitute war crimes and crimes against humanity.

The charges are expected to resonate throughout the legal, human rights and religious communities. The executive director of the National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT), Rev Richard Killmer, commenting in a press release on PHR’s report, said he deplored the “deeply disturbing evidence that our government committed, in our names, forced human experimentation that recalls some of humanity’s darkest days — charges from which no person of faith can afford to turn away.” (NRCAT has also released a new video today, “Accounting for Torture.”)

 

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WHITE HOUSE GONE WILD: Shirtless Favreau And Vietor’s Sunday/Funday Beer Pong Match

Suns out, guns out…

It’s going to take more than a little oil and a brittle economy to keep these White House staffers down…or their shirts on. Check out White House spokesman Tommy Vietor and chief speechwriter Jon Favreau partaking in an impromptu, shirtless beer pong match at Old Glory in Georgetown on Sunday.

Who says working at the White House is all work and no play?

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Cue ~~OUTRAGE~~ and demand for more pics from different angles, you know, so we can determine exactly how outraged we should be

Israel defends aid ship raid



Israel has attempted to justify its deadly raid on a Gaza-bound aid ship last week by accusing five of its passengers of being "active terror operatives linked to al-Qaeda, Hamas and other armed groups.


In a statement, Israeli authorities named five passengers it said were "known to be involved in terrorist activity".

But at least one of those named told Al Jazeera that Israel's claim was baseless.

Rejecting Israeli allegations that he was a "radical anti-Israel activist" who was travelling to Gaza to "train a [Hamas] commando unit", Ken O'Keefe, a British-American citizen, said he had never carried arms for the group.

"The only weapons I ever carried were while I was a US marine serving in the Gulf War," he said speaking from Turkey following his deportation from Israel.

"If they had a supposed terrorist in their possession, why the hell did they let me go?" O'Keefe said.

Fatima Mohammadi, another activist on board the Mavi Marmara that Israeli soldiers stormed last Monday in an attempt to stop a flotilla of aid ships from reaching Gaza, was accused of attempting to smuggle banned electronic componants into Gaza.

She told Al Jazeera through a spokesperson that she refused to dignify the accusation with a response.

The allegations come as part of an Israeli PR offensive seeking to counter a wave of condemnation over the raid, which left nine pro-Palestinian activists dead and dozens wounded.

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Afghan lawmaker calls for execution of Christian converts from Islam

Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai is taking a personal interest in the case of two Western aid organisations at the centre of a controversy over Christian proselytising, his spokesman said Tuesday.

The Afghan government has suspended two Christian aid groups after a TV show reported they were proselytising, which is illegal in the devoutly Islamic country.

Proselytising
Christian proselytising photo shown in the parliament.

The organisations -- Norwegian Church Aid and Church World Service of the United States -- were being investigated after Noorin TV reported they had converted Afghan Muslims to Christianity, the economics ministry said.

Converting from Islam to another religion is punishable by death under Afghan law. The Afghan constitution is based on traditional sharia law, which strictly bans religious conversion.

 

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Lady Gaga/Westboro Baptist Church 4EVA!!!111

So everyone remember the WBC's parody of Lady Gaga's Poker Face? Megan Phelps has now created a new single: "Forever Burn", which is a parody of "Telephone".

Listen here on her tumblr.

And for those who can't do so right now:

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I couldn't really find a source for this besides the original tumblr, so I hope this is okay. Torn between finding this bizarre, infuriating, and absolutely hilarious, I'm going with the Epic Lulz reaction. I particularly like how Lady Gaga has caused the oil spill.
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In a fight between shit and vomit, what will emerge victorious?

Pinochet family accuses UDI of betraying their principles

Pinochet family criticizes "disloyalty" of UDI politicians Longuiera, Matthei and Coloma

At last, those who have hidden the truth for decades have begun to speak. The family of Pinochet, who overthrew the constitutional government of Salvador Allende, elected by the Chilean people, now stands neglected and abandoned by the politicians of the Chilean right, who thanks to the coup, became the rich owners of Chile.

"The generation of the Independent Democratic Union (UDI) that created and participated in the military government will never raise a leadership with the capacity to reach the presidency," said Rodrigo Garcia Pinochet, grandson of the dictator, via a note posted on his blog entitled "The Cost of Disloyalty."

"The originators of this disloyalty seem not to consider the cost that this attitude will have on their political careers."

"I am referring to the figures of Pablo Longuiera, Juan Antonio Coloma, Patricio Melero, Evelyn Matthei, Víctor Pérez," said part of the text of the grandson who escaped an attack with Pinochet (this is referring to the unsuccessful 1986 assassination attempt against Pinochet)

Meanwhile, the eldest daughter of Augusto Pinochet, and mother of Rodrigo Garcia, Lucia Pinochet, said to the online newspaper Cambio 21, "many leaders of the UDI owe their political careers" to her father.

"The UDI was disloyal to my son and I because when we ran for the elections, we did not receive any political support from them, and many of their leaders owe their political careers to my father," she said.

"My father helped them in their political careers and it was a surprise that they did not support us."

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Another Chile post, since my last one got a ton of comments xD
As much as it pains me to say this, the Pinochet family is right. The right wing in Chile owes everything to Pinochet and it's pretty hypocritical of them to bite off the hand that fed them, so to speak.

John McDonnell jokes that he would have liked to have assassinated Thatcher

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John McDonnell, one of the Labour leadership contenders, joked today that he wished he could go back in time to the 1980s and "assassinate Thatcher".

The MP for Hayes and Harlington, who was Ken Livingstone's deputy at the Greater London council in the early 1980s, insisted later that his comment about Lady Thatcher, the former Conservative prime minister, was made as a "joke and it went down as a joke".

McDonnell, a staunch leftwinger who has earned a reputation as one of the party's leading backbench rebels, made his comment at the Labour leadership hustings organised by the Labour-affiliated GMB union at its annual conference in Southport this afternoon.

He drew loud applause from the delegates when he talked about being on the receiving end of the policies of the former Tory prime minister's government when he worked for the National Union of Mineworkers and then the GLC.

Asked about his career prior to joining parliament, McDonnell said he had once been asked in a warm-up question on the BBC's Any Questions what if he would do if he found himself in an Ashes to Ashes situation – a reference to the BBC series that sees a modern-day policewoman waking up in the 1980s.

McDonnell told the hustings audience that he had said at the time that he would have liked to go back to that era and "assassinate Thatcher".

Asked about his comment, McDonnell later told the Guardian: "It was a joke. And it went down as a joke."

He said he found the hustings "really exciting" and had received "great support" among union members.

"It demonstrated that if you get everybody on the ballot paper it could be really productive and beneficial for the party," he said.

McDonnell is struggling to get his name on the ballot paper with just two days to go to the deadline for nominations. Each candidate needs the support of 33 MPs to stand.

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Update on murder of mentally challenged woman in Pittsburg

This is an update on the murder of a Jennifer Daugherty's torture and murder at the hands of 6 individuals. One of the original stories is here. Below is the update. 
kdka.com/westmoreland/body.identified.Jennifer.2.1490500.html

Update

The Westmoreland County District Attorney announced Monday that he will seek the death penalty against three suspects accused of murdering a Greensburg woman back in February.

Ricky Smyrnes, Melvin Knight and Amber Meidinger could all be put to death if convicted of Daugherty's murder.

District Attorney John Peck says after carefully examining the circumstances leading up to Daugherty's death he believes there were sufficient aggravating circumstances to seek the death penalty. He cites two, saying that Daugherty was tortured before her death and died as a result of that torture.

Peck asked for a 45-day extension to make the death penalty decision at a formal arraignment earlier this year. Today was the deadline.

Also charged are Robert masters, Peggy miller and Angela Marinucci. Marinucci was not eligible for the death penalty because she is a minor.

Police say the suspects tortured Daugherty in a Greensburg apartment before stabbing her to death and stuffing her body in a garbage can. The garbage can was found outside Greensburg Salem Middle School.

Smyrnes is the alleged ringleader of the murder. Police say Daugherty met Smyrnes at a shelter in Greensburg at a time when Smyrnes was under a PFA on an unrelated case.

State Senator Kim Ward says she was contacted by Daugherty's family with this information. She is now calling for legislation that would provide safeguards for people in local shelters by keeping those with PFA orders out.

Jennifer Daugherty's stepfather spoke to District Attorney John Peck this morning and says he supports the death penalty decision 100 percent.

A status conference in this case is expected sometime in September so a judge can determine if a trial date can be set.

Click source if you want to see the news report but it mostly repeats the article.
kdka.com/westmoreland/greensburg.murder.death.2.1736934.html

Sorry to say that this is my first post. Totally wish it wasn't, this whole situation of her death was just plain awful and sick.

Edit: Added links to original story with source. 

Hamas prevents humanitarian aid delivery to Gaza

The bulk of the humanitarian aid from the Turkish flotilla that has been confiscated by Israel has been released and is awaiting delivery to Gaza, however Hamas prevents the goods from being delivered according to Der Spiegel.


"The aid shipment that the Palestinian activists' flotilla was hoping to bring to Gaza before they were halted by Israeli commandos is now awaiting delivery. But Hamas will only let the badly needed goods into the territory under certain conditions. "


When and if Hamas eventually lets the goods in, it is unlikely that they will reach these in need. Most probably that the aid will be distributed among Hamas supporters.


"Hamas supporters get prefabricated housing, furnishings and paid work. We get nothing"


http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/0,1518,698766,00.html

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Andre Bauer Polygraph Test: S.C. Candidate Says Results Prove He Didn't Start Nikki Haley Affair Allegations



South Carolina Republican gubernatorial candidate Andre Bauer on Monday released the results of a polygraph test, which he says prove he wasn't behind recent allegations that GOP primary opponent Nikki Haley had an extramarital affair.

"I'm not willing to have that kind of false accusation go unchallenged," Bauer said of his decision to take a lie detector test. "She made a false accusation about me, and I wanted to prove that I was telling the truth."

Last week, Haley suggested that Bauer was responsible for spreading charges she had an affair with lobbyist and now-resigned Bauer campaign consultant Larry Marchant; however, the state lieutenant governor immediately pushed back and insisted the accusation was untrue.

In an effort to vindicate himself, Bauer challenged the state lawmaker to take a polygraph test.

"What are you going to do, start strapping polygraph tests to everybody making an allegation?" Haley said in an interview with a South Carolina television station over the weekend. "I think we need to be practical here."


Though Haley would not agree to take a lie detector test, Bauer did. The test he took Sunday night was reportedly administered by an independent, FBI-certified polygrapher.

"This is about protecting my integrity, and about the people's right to know the truth," Bauer said of his decision to take the test. "The voters now know that I had absolutely nothing to do with the unfortunate revelations made about Ms. Haley in the last two weeks."
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The final weeks of the South Carolina Republican primary race have been dominated by controversy and finger-pointing stemming from accusations that Haley had an affair with Marchant and before that with conservative blogger Will Folks.

Haley has adamantly denied anything inappropriate took place with either man, asserting she has been "100% faithful" to her husband of 13 years.

Haley still has a double-digit lead over her opponents ahead of South Carolina's Tuesday primary.

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Oh South Carolina... you so crazy.

Hacker turns in US army officer over WikiLeaks Iraq video

A US army intelligence analyst has been arrested in Iraq after being turned in by a convicted hacker for allegedly leaking a classified video of US soldiers shooting civilians in Baghdad to the whistleblowing website WikiLeaks.

Bradly Manning was arrested after boasting in instant messages and emails to a high-profile former hacker, Adrian Lamo, that he passed on the video, which shows a US air strike that killed a dozen people, including two Iraqis working for Reuters news agency. The video, named Collateral Murder by WikiLeaks, proved to be highly embarrassing to the US military after the air crew was heard falsely claiming to have encountered a firefight in Baghdad and then laughing at the dead .

Lamo told Wired, which broke the story of the arrest, that he went to the military and FBI about Manning "because lives were in danger" after the soldier also boasted of leaking thousands of pages of diplomatic cables.

Manning, 22, who had top-secret clearance, was arrested at a base east of Baghdad a fortnight ago. He is being held in Kuwait.

Manning contacted Lamo last month after reading a Wired article on the former hacker, who was convicted in 2004 of breaking in to computers at the New York Times, Yahoo and Microsoft.

"If you had unprecedented access to classified networks 14 hours a day, seven days a week, for eight-plus months, what would you do?" Manning asked.

Manning wrote to Lamo that he contacted the director of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, in November after the site posted 500,000 pager messages sent immediately after the 9/11 attacks.

"I immediately recognised that they were from an NSA [National Security Agency] database, and I felt comfortable enough to come forward," he said.

The soldier said the video of the helicopters shooting in Baghdad had worried him.

"At first glance, it was just a bunch of guys getting shot up by a helicopter," Manning wrote of the video. "No big deal – about two dozen more where that came from, right? But something struck me as odd with the van thing, and also the fact it was being stored in a JAG [Judge Advocate General] officer's directory. So I looked into it."

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Israel kills 4 militants in waters off Gaza

Israel kills 4 militants in waters off Gaza

Israeli naval forces shot and killed four men wearing wet suits in the waters off the coast of Gaza Monday, and a militant group said they were members of its marine unit training for a mission.

The attack was the latest escalation in tensions over the 3-year-old blockade of Gaza. It came a week after Israel raided a Gaza-bound flotilla carrying humanitarian supplies and hundreds of activists protesting the closure of the Hamas-ruled Palestinian territory. Israeli soldiers killed nine activists in a clash on one of the flotilla boats, bringing fierce international condemnation and new pressure to ease the blockade.

Vice President Joe Biden said Monday the U.S. is closely consulting with Egypt and other allies to find new ways to "address the humanitarian, economic, security, and political aspects of the situation in Gaza." He spoke in the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Sharm El-Sheikh after meeting Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.

The closure has been in place since 2007, when the Islamic militant Hamas seized the territory and it has kept out all but basic humanitarian goods. Israel and the West consider Hamas a terror group responsible for firing thousands of rockets at Israel and carrying out hundreds of attacks, including suicide bombings. Hamas does not recognize Israel's right to exist.

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Yargh. Not the best timing for Israel, all in all--this seems to be completely legit from this article, but the timing is truly crap...which very well could be why the militant group decided to do marine training now.

I do wonder, though, why the article felt the need to tell us Hamas doesn't recognize Israel's right to exist--what did that have to do with this story, exactly?

Edit: Al Aqsa -- the armed wing of Fatah, Hamas' rival -- confirmed the men belonged to their organization and were on a suicide mission.
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2 at Faith-Based Bank Are Indicted Over Bribes


By ROBBIE BROWN
Published: May 7, 2010


ATLANTA — When government regulators here shut down Integrity Bank at the height of the recession, in August of 2008, the bank was seen as just another failed lender that had overvalued the real estate market and collapsed.

But a federal indictment unsealed on Friday accused two former vice presidents at the bank of hastening its downfall by selling fraudulent loans to a hotel developer in exchange for bribes.

The two executives, Douglas Ballard and Joseph Todd Foster, were charged with conspiracy, insider trading and bank fraud, according to the indictment. Mr. Ballard was also charged with bribery. The developer, Guy Mitchell, who received $80 million in loans, was charged with conspiracy and bribery.

Founded on Christian principles in 2000 in an Atlanta suburb, Integrity used the motto “In God We Trust.” The bank gave customers free Bibles, and employees prayed together at meetings. Onetime investors included a Georgia state senator and the former CNN host Lou Dobbs.

But in announcing the indictment, the United States attorney Sally Quillian Yates said Mr. Ballard and Mr. Foster had not lived up to the bank’s name or mission.

“A number of banks have suffered from the plummeting real estate market, but this bank was robbed from the inside,” she said.

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Just like a pregnant 14-year-old girl named Chastity.

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