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the only question that matters: is it true?

Iran has signed the NPT. As a signatory to the NPT, Iran may rightfully, legally, use nuclear technology for peaceful energy purposes. Iran has submitted to and passed repeated IAEA inspections. The US intelligence community (NIE) does not consider Iran a nuclear threat. Israel refuses to sign the NPT. Israel has an estimated several hundred undeclared nuclear weapons. Russia and China have warned that an attack on Iran will have global consequences. That's the situation in a nutshell. Where to next, people? Where to?

Have I now become your enemy by telling you the truth? - Galatians 4:16

11.04.2009

accidentally on purpose

1. Delaware, Cayman Islands and London City among "most secretive tax havens"

A league table of the world’s most secretive tax havens has been compiled by campaigners seeking greater transparency about the operation of ‘offshore’ finance centres. The Financial Secrecy Index (FSI) analyses the level of secrecy each haven offers, and the extent of their reluctance to co-operate with other countries tax authorities.

These factors give each haven an ‘Opacity Score’ which is then combined with a weighting that reflects the scale of the cross-border financial activity the haven hosts, to determine its ‘financial secrecy’ ranking. According to the index, the most secretive havens are: (1) USA (Delaware); (2) Luxembourg; (3) Switzerland; (4) Cayman Islands; (5) United Kingdom (London).


h/t incoming

read more @ merco press


2. Knesset agrees: Jews must not work

As if some 360,000 migrant workers were not enough for the country, the Knesset Committee for Foreign Workers promised to expedite visas for additional scores of Thai workers.

The state pays unemployment benefits to hundreds of thousands Israelis.

source: http://samsonblinded.org/news/knesset-agrees-jews-must-not-work-14471


3. piles of stolen airport bags found in US couple's house

Two people suspected of stealing up to 1000 pieces of luggage from baggage claim carousels at Phoenix's airport have been arrested by police who found heaps of the stolen bags strewn throughout their home.

There were so many suitcases that Phoenix police could only give a rough estimate of their number as they pulled them out one by one and gathered them in the yard of Keith Wilson King and Stacy Lynne Legg-King's suburban residence.

"A piece of luggage here, a piece of luggage there, I would imagine gets stolen out of airports all the time," Phoenix police Detective James Holmes said. "This is a livelihood. There's a lot of luggage and there's a lot of victims."

King, 61, and Legg-King, 38, were arrested on Monday local time, and each was booked into jail on charges of theft of property and possession of stolen property. Legg-King also was arrested on suspicion of tampering with evidence. It was not immediately clear how the two are related.

read more @ independent


4. Swedish intelligence agency hit by IT attack

A cyber attack knocked out the website of a Swedish intelligence agency on Monday, just days after several Swedish media outlets and the police were hit by similar attacks.

The National Defence Radio Establishment (Försvarets radioanstalt – FRA) was bombarded with email sent from a large number of computers in a denial-of-service (DoS) attack.
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While FRA’s primary mission is to help other government agencies avoid cyber attacks, Bölenius denied that the attack against FRA constituted an embarrassment for the agency. “No, it’s not the least bit embarrassing. DoS attacks are almost impossible to defend against,” she told TT.

The agency’s chief spokesperson warned that such attacks are happening with increasing frequency.

read more @ the local


5. teenager killed by mast of millionaire's boat in freak car accident

A millionaire businessman killed a teenage girl when the mast of a boat he was towing struck her in the head like a 'lance in a medieval joust', a court heard today. Sarah James, 19, suffered horrific injuries when the 'loose' 20ft dinghy mast smashed through the windscreen of the car she was travelling in, a jury was told.

Company director Mark Tissiman, 48, had attached the boat to a trailer behind his £40,000 Range Rover Sport after a sailing compeition on the idyllic Chelmarsh Reservoir, in Shropshire.

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'The mast should have been secured to the dinghy so it wouldn't come away, but the standard in which this boat was prepared falls far below what a competent person would do in this case.'

Tissiman, an experienced sailor, had bought the boat just four weeks before the accident, the court heard.

The jury was told that he did not use enough rope to tie it to the trailer. The clutch, a mechanism to keep the dinghy in place, was also slack, it was alleged.

Tissiman only realised there had been a crash when he looked in his mirror 100 yards down the road, the court heard.

read more @ daily mail

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