07 October 2015
Leaking Valve Causes Emergency Declaration at Millstone Nuclear Plant --NRC declares 'Unusual Event' | 04 Oct 2015 | (CT) A leaking relief valve caused a low-level emergency declaration at Millstone Power Station in Waterford briefly on Sunday. The leak was located at 9:52 a.m. and stopped at9:54 a.m., according to Ken Holt at the Millstone Power Station. The leak didn't leak anywhere outside of the plan, but it was leaking into a tank adjacent to it.
Historic Pacific 'trade' deal faces skeptics in U.S. Congress | 05 Oct 2015 | Twelve Pacific Rim countries on Monday reached the most ambitious trade pactcorporate takeover in a generation, aiming to liberalize commerce in 40 percent of the world's economy in a deal that faces skepticism from U.S. lawmakers. The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) pact struck in Atlanta after marathon talks could reshape industries, change increase the cost of products from cheese to cancer treatments and have repercussions for drug companies and automakers. Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, a Democratic presidential candidate, warned the pact would cost jobs and hurt consumers. "In the Senate, I will do all that I can to defeat the TPP agreement," he tweeted.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership charade: TPP isn't about 'free' trade at all --'The TPP would advance an agenda that actually runs counter to free trade.' | 05 Oct 2015 | ...Indeed, provisions in the TPP would restrain open competition and raise prices for consumers in the U.S. and around the world -- anathema to free trade...Given the veil of secrecy surrounding the TPP negotiations, it is not clear whether tobacco will be excluded from some aspects of ISDS [Investor State Dispute Settlement]. Imagine what would have happened if these provisions had been in place when the lethal effects of asbestos were discovered. Rather than shutting down manufacturers and forcing them to compensate those who had been harmed, under ISDS, governments would have had to pay the manufacturers not to kill their citizens.Taxpayers would have been hit twice -- first to pay for the health damage caused by asbestos, and then to compensate manufacturers for their lost profits when the government stepped in to regulate a dangerous product.
Tap water in Flint, Michigan, classified as hazardous waste | 04 Oct 2015 | Although Michigan officials have asserted there is no problem with the Flint city water supply, doctors are warning that drinking the city's lead-filled tap watercould permanently lower IQ, among other potential problems. Since the city[Gov. Rick Snyder-appointed dictator, 'emergency manager' Ed Kurtz] switched their water source from Detroit to the Flint River, tap water contains double the amount of lead. This is a result of the more corrosive water coming into contact with service lines and city pipes, requiring stricter treatment than the city is providing. Lead levels in Flint's drinking water are so high they are defined as hazardous waste, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Almost 70 patients tested for HIV and hepatitis after nurse is caught REUSING a syringe while giving flu shots at New Jersey clinic --Nurse administered flu shots to 67 employees at Otsuka Pharmaceutical | 06 Oct 2015 | Dozens of co-workers are being screened for HIV and hepatitis after a nurse was found reusing a syringe to administer flu shots. Employees at Otsuka Pharmaceutical, who received the vaccination at their offices in Princeton, New Jersey on September 30, have been warned they may have been exposed to 'infected blood.' Healthcare [sic] provider TotalWellness confirmed that the nurse contracted to carry out the flu shots had 'failed to follow proper medical procedures and safeguards.'
Shock study: Chemotherapy can backfire, make cancer worse by triggering tumor growth | 06 Oct 2015 | ...The scientists found that healthy cells damaged by chemotherapy secreted more of a protein called WNT16B which boosts cancer cell survival. "The increase in WNT16B was completely unexpected," study co-author Peter Nelson of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle told AFP. The protein was taken up by tumor cells neighboring the damaged cells. "WNT16B, when secreted, would interact with nearby tumor cells and cause them to grow, invade, and importantly, resist subsequent therapy," said Nelson.
Californian mayor forced to give up electronics and passwords to agents at SFO --Mayor compares situation to Nazi Germany | 05 Oct 2015 | Stockton, California, Mayor Anthony R. Silva attended a recent mayor's conference in China, but his return trip took a bit longer than usual. At the San Francisco International Airport (SFO) this week, agents with the Department of Homeland Security detained Silva and confiscated his personal cell phone among other electronics. According to comments from the mayor, that may not even be the most alarming part. "In addition, they were persistent about requiring my passwords for all devices," Silva told SFGate. The mayor's attorney, Mark Reichel, told SFGate that Silva was not allowed to leave the airport without forfeiting his passwords. Reichel was not present for Silva's interaction with the DHS agents, either. The mayor was told he had "no right for a lawyer to be present" and that being a US citizen did not "entitle me to rights that I probably thought," according to the paper.
FBI, ATF Issue Safety Warning to Philadelphia Area Colleges and Universities | 04 Oct 2015 | The FBI and the ATF issued an alert to all Philadelphia area colleges and universities because of an online threat. The FBI released the following statement: "Out of an abundance of caution, the FBI Philadelphia Field Office notified local colleges and universities of a social media posting which threatened violence at a Philadelphia-area college or university for Monday, October 5..." [Looks like more false flags are on the way, folks. Gotta continue to provide a major distraction for the latest US war crime--the bombing of a hospital in Kunduz.]
4 Students Arrested in Northern California, Suspected of Plotting Killings in High School | 04 Oct 2015 | Four Northern California high school students have been arrested in connection with what law enforcement officials called a highly detailed plan to shoot and kill fellow students and teachers, just days after a mass shooting on a community college campus in rural Oregon. The four, all students at Summerville High School in Tuolumne, Calif., "were going to come on campus and shoot and kill as many people as possible at the campus," Sheriff James W. Mele of Tuolumne County said at a news conference on Saturday. Investigators have found no clear motive for the planned attack, Sheriff Mele said, but he said that "the suspects' plans were very detailed in nature and included names of would-be victims, locations and methods in which the plan was to be carried out."
U.S. to Release 6,000 Inmates Under New Sentencing Guidelines | 06 Oct 2015 | The Justice Department is preparing to release roughly 6,000 inmates from federal prison as part of an effort to ease overcrowding and roll back the harsh penalties given to nonviolent drug dealers in the 1980s and '90s, according to federal law enforcement officials. The release is scheduled to occur from Oct. 30 to Nov. 2, and will be one of the largest one-time discharges of inmates from federal prisons in American history, said the officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they did not want to be identified discussing matters that had not been publicly announced by the Justice Department. The Bureau of Prisons is arranging for many of the inmates to initially move into halfway houses, one official said.
Alabama DMV closings draw call for federal voting rights probe | 05 Oct 2015 | An Alabama congresswoman has formally asked the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate the state's shuttering of driver's license offices in several heavily black counties, warning that the closures throw up another obstacle to voting. The call for a federal probe comes as opposition to the state's decision, announced last Wednesday, continues to mount. "These closures will potentially disenfranchise Alabama's poor, elderly, disabled, and black communities," wrote Rep. Terri Sewell in a letter sent Monday to Attorney General Loretta Lynch...Sewell, a Democrat whose district includes Selma, the historical birthplace of the push for African-American voting rights, called for "a full and thorough investigation by DoJ."
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