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Jesus Malverde

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December 23, 2013

Chinese media reports of plans to build a 110,000 ton 'super aircraft carrier' to rival US naval pow

Chinese media reports of plans to build a 110,000 ton 'super aircraft carrier' to rival US naval power

CHINA has declared it is building a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier of a size to rival the biggest in United States naval service in the first move of a major new arms race.

Chinese website qianzhan.com cites "top People's Liberation Army" sources as saying the 110,000-ton aircraft carrier should be launched by 2020.

"By that time, China will be able to confront the most advanced US carrier-based fighter jets in high sea," the Chinese-language article reads.

The news follows rising tensions in the South and East China Seas where the most recent incident involved a near-collision with a US cruiser shadowing China's first aircraft carrier, the refurbished Liaoning which was purchased from Ukraine.

http://www.news.com.au/world/chinese-media-reports-of-plans-to-build-a-110000-ton-super-aircraft-carrier-to-rival-us-naval-power/story-fndir2ev-1226788022570
December 22, 2013

On-duty police deaths may hit 70-year low in 2013

In the 1968 movie "Bullitt," actor Steve McQueen plays a police detective who floors his Mustang GT in a tire-screeching car chase up, down and over San Francisco's hills.

Fast-forward to the 21st century: Traffic accidents have exceeded gunfire as the leading cause of police on-duty deaths for 14 of the past 15 years.

A 2011 National Highway Traffic Safety Administration study of 733 fatal police crashes found half involved only the officer-driven vehicle. Forty-two percent of the officers who died didn't have their seat belts on.

"It's ironic that police officers present the greatest dangers to themselves as they try to help the public," said Pat Tobin, a retired San Francisco police motorcycle supervisor who lectures on officer safety. "But honestly, that is the case."

http://www.sfgate.com/nation/article/On-duty-police-deaths-may-hit-70-year-low-in-2013-5084998.php

Level as low as anyone has seen since 1944.

December 22, 2013

(CA) Only in Humboldt…Pounds in the Trash

Pounds in the trash? Does that happen anywhere except the Emerald Triangle? Yesterday, Bob Ornelas, owner of Arcata Construction Services, was at the Eureka Transfer Station when he watched the staff “slice open” some trash bags. Revealing…(drum roll please) pounds of pot.

Every day, marijuana stems probably get tossed at the station but, this time, according to Ornelas, the bags were full of “some very dry, mid level bud” as well as trim and stems. Ornelas described the product as “plants that someone had clipped all the big buds off of.”

http://lostcoastoutpost.com/2013/dec/21/trashing-pot/

The staff, Ornelas said, just laughed at the contents and then threw the bags out with the rest of the trash.

December 22, 2013

Senator On NSA: ‘Big Brother Is Truly Watching You’

While President Obama considers his task force’s recommendations for reforming the National Security Agency intelligence program, Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) claimed that NSA surveillance has gone too far.

On CNN’s State of the Union, Manchin told CNN host Candy Crowley that Orwellian warnings have become a reality. “Now we found out it’s true, big brother is truly watching you,” he said on Sunday. Instead, Manchin said there is a “fine balance” of NSA reforms that protect privacy while protecting national security. “So I’m open to listen to all the recommendations that has come out to see if we can improve upon that,” he said.

http://thinkprogress.org/security/2013/12/22/3098981/senator-nsa-big-brother-watching/#

December 22, 2013

Report: US Furious at Israel Equipment Transfer to China

Source: Arutz Sheva

A top Israeli defense official was forced to step down last week, according to Maariv Sunday, after the United States expressed fury at Israel's decision to sell military equipment to China.

Meir Shalit, the Department Head for Defense Exports at the Defense Ministry, announced his resignation last week. While Shalit did not announce the reasons behind his resignation, the report claims that he voluntary resigned after US official investigations last month over the transfer revealed that the move took place with his approval. Shalit apologized to the US in a visit late last week.

The conflict, according to the daily, stems from different interpretations of the military weapon support contract between the US and Israel.

Israel explained to US officials that sensitive components of the equipment had been removed before the transfer and were being held in Europe.


Read more: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/175404#.UrcX95G9XOE

December 22, 2013

Passengers evacuated 'just in time' before Israel bus bomb

Source: CNN

A bomb exploded on a public bus in Israel on Sunday, moments after passengers evacuated.

Someone spotted a suspicious bag and reported it to the driver, police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said.

"The passengers were immediately taken off the bus," he said, and made it out safely "just in time."

The bomb detonated while an expert was examining the bag. He was shaken, Rosenfeld said, but not injured seriously.

Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2013/12/22/world/meast/israel-bus-bomb-explosion/

December 22, 2013

Israel condemns US spying revelations

Source: AP

Officials call on US to stop spying on Israel amid renewed calls for release of Jonathan Pollard, jailed in 1980s for spying

Senior Israeli officials have called on the US to stop spying on Israel, following revelations that the National Security Agency intercepted emails from the offices of the country's former leaders.

It was the first time Israeli officials have expressed anger since details of US spying on Israel began to trickle out in documents leaked by the former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. The scandal also spurred renewed calls for the release of Jonathan Pollard, a former American intelligence analyst who has been imprisoned in the US for nearly three decades for spying for Israel.

"This thing is not legitimate," the Israeli intelligence minister, Yuval Steinitz, told Israel Radio. He called for both countries to enter an agreement regarding espionage.

"It's quite embarrassing between countries who are allies," the tourism minister, Uzi Landau, said. "It's this moment more than any other moment that Jonathan Pollard [should] be released."



Read more: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/dec/22/israel-condemns-us-spying-nsa-edward-snowden

December 22, 2013

The secret conservative message of the “Duck Dynasty” beards

The bushy beards on "Duck Dynasty" are part of a long history of using facial hair to signify "traditional" values

There’s lots to write about regarding “Duck Dynasty” as a cultural phenomenon, but I’m going to focus on the history behind American beards and why that history is essential to the show’s success. Over at History Scene, Sarah Gold McBride provides a fantastic historical recap of the power of the beard in terms of shaping masculinity in the 19th century. The 19th century was a period of vast changes during which the modern world as we know it was formed. Indeed, many of the cultural, political, and economic tropes that we acknowledge today were first articulated and solidified in the 19th century, and this includes beards and their relationship to manhood.

As Gold McBride writes, with vast social, political and economic change, women began to take a more active role in public life. This led to widespread male anxiety about gender roles, which in turn fueled the development of the idea of “separate spheres” of influence. “Under this schema,” she notes, “men laid claim to public places like taverns and city streets, while women were confined to private spaces — namely, the home.” Rather than being a realistic description of gender roles, however, the notion of “separate spheres” instead provided a largely symbolic reaffirmation of idealized male and female divisions. Such theoretical gender distinctions appealed to men seeking to uphold their masculinity in distinctively visual ways. These distinctions included the realm of truly epic beard growth. Thus, in the 19th century, beards came to define a concept of manhood in a way that was unmistakably visual to better distinguish men from increasingly public women in an era when, Gold McBride observes, “traditional markers of masculinity were no longer stable or certain.”

So what does the rise of beards in the 19th century have to do with “Duck Dynasty’s” popularity in 2013? Much of the show’s popularity stems from its carefully controlled depiction of very generic, supposedly “down home” southern American values like family, Christian religious observance, traditional gender roles, patriotism, humility, good manners, reverence for the outdoors and general redneck-ness. Thrown together in a pot, these values create a simmering, clichéd stew of good ol’ folk Southern identity that harks all the way back to the antebellum South. At that time, divisions over slavery led Southerners to double down on cultural distinctions between themselves and the North in an effort to mark out Southern values as superior.

Minus the slavery issue, of course, the above-listed generic stew of Southern cultural values survived well into the 20th century because these values seemingly offered an authentic alternative to the fast-paced, modern, industrializing nation that emerged after the Civil War. As historian James C. Cobb observes in “Redefining Southern Culture: Mind and Identity in the Modern South,” culture is a process, and in the post-Civil War South, Southern culture was “an ongoing cycle of interaction” during which some Southerners constantly shaped, reshaped, and reformed Southern cultural identity to adapt older traditions to the demands of modern life. This redesigned Southern identity sought to simultaneously combat and accommodate the social change that threatened to leave Dixie and its culture in the dust. The South’s general cultural, political, and religious conservatism aided this continuing process.

Now, in the 21st century, the vague idea of “Southern culture,” defined by traditional religion, gender roles, guns, family values and patriotism, has been mass-produced and sold via shows like “Duck Dynasty.” The show is consumed by a large segment of the American public that is fed up with what they perceive as the modern world’s assault on traditional values and religion. These viewers are willing to commit their time to a little slice of supposedly authentic Southern American-ness to combat the secular hordes of social reformers roaring at tradition’s gates.

The beards in “Duck Dynasty” symbolize this general, supposedly authentic, but actually mass-produced, Southern cultural conservatism. As Gold McBride noted, 19th century beards symbolized masculinity and an affirmation of gender distinctions in an age when gender roles were shifting. Contemporary America is witnessing many of the trends that shaped the 19th century, including growing income inequality and movements by various minority groups to claim their human rights.

“Duck Dynasty’s” bearded male stars offer a symbolic reaffirmation of traditional values onto which many Americans threatened by social change can latch. The Robertson men’s bushy beards, like beards in the 19th century, distinguish them from the Robertson women and symbolize Southern masculinity. Just look at the hirsute Robertsons’ favorite things: they do manly activities like hunting, fishing, shooting guns and praising God. Hell, their entire business is built around the idea that men hunt to bring home food and take care of the family.

http://www.salon.com/2013/10/20/the_secret_conservative_message_of_the_duck_dynasty_beards/
December 22, 2013

Spike in Harm to Liver Is Tied to Dietary Aids

When Christopher Herrera, 17, walked into the emergency room at Texas Children’s Hospital one morning last year, his chest, face and eyes were bright yellow — “almost highlighter yellow,” recalled Dr. Shreena S. Patel, the pediatric resident who treated him.

Christopher, a high school student from Katy, Tex., suffered severe liver damage after using a concentrated green tea extract he bought at a nutrition store as a “fat burning” supplement. The damage was so extensive that he was put on the waiting list for a liver transplant.

“It was terrifying,” he said in an interview. “They kept telling me they had the best surgeons, and they were trying to comfort me. But they were saying that I needed a new liver and that my body could reject it.”

New data suggests that his is not an isolated case. Dietary supplements account for nearly 20 percent of drug-related liver injuries that turn up in hospitals, up from 7 percent a decade ago, according to an analysis by a national network of liver specialists. The research included only the most severe cases of liver damage referred to a representative group of hospitals around the country, and the investigators said they were undercounting the actual number of cases.

While many patients recover once they stop taking the supplements and receive treatment, a few require liver transplants or die because of liver failure. Naïve teenagers are not the only consumers at risk, the researchers said. Many are middle-aged women who turn to dietary supplements that promise to burn fat or speed up weight loss.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/22/us/spike-in-harm-to-liver-is-tied-to-dietary-aids.html?_r=0

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Jesús Malverde, sometimes known as the generous bandit or angel of the poor is a folklore hero in the Mexican state of Sinaloa. One day we\'ll live free and no longer in fear. Fear of losing jobs, fear of being raided, your dogs shot, your children kidnapped by the state. Your land stolen, and maybe even your life lost. Fear no more, the times are a changing.
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