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« Reply #3990 on: May 15th, 2011, 12:27pm »

New York Man Spends Life Savings Ahead of May 21 Doomsday

Published May 14, 2011

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A New York man spent his entire $140,000 life savings advertising his prediction that the world will end May 21, the New York Post reported Friday.

Robert Fitzpatrick, a 60-year-old Staten Island resident, said he spent at least that sum on 1,000 subway-car placards and ads on bus kiosks and subway cars.

They say, "Global Earthquake: The Greatest Ever! Judgment Day May 21, 2011."

In a self-published book, "The Doomsday Code," Fitzpatrick said the Bible offers "proof that cannot be dismissed."

"Judgment Day will surprise people. We will not be ready for it," Fitzpatrick said in an interview with the newspaper. "A giant earthquake will render the earth uninhabitable."

If you want to set an alarm clock, the quake will happen just before 6:00pm local time, he said.

"God's people will be resurrected. It is also the day that God stops saving anyone," he said.

Fitzpatrick hopes that he is one of the chosen ones, but he could not be really certain.

"There's just a little doubt," he said. "Most churches teach that if you just believe, you will be saved. It is not our choice. It is God's choice."

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2011/05/14/new-york-man-spends-life-savings-ahead-21-doomsday/#ixzz1MRRKDLGH
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on May 15th, 2011, 12:27pm, Swamprat wrote:
New York Man Spends Life Savings Ahead of May 21 Doomsday

Published May 14, 2011

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A New York man spent his entire $140,000 life savings advertising his prediction that the world will end May 21, the New York Post reported Friday.

Robert Fitzpatrick, a 60-year-old Staten Island resident, said he spent at least that sum on 1,000 subway-car placards and ads on bus kiosks and subway cars.

They say, "Global Earthquake: The Greatest Ever! Judgment Day May 21, 2011."

In a self-published book, "The Doomsday Code," Fitzpatrick said the Bible offers "proof that cannot be dismissed."

"Judgment Day will surprise people. We will not be ready for it," Fitzpatrick said in an interview with the newspaper. "A giant earthquake will render the earth uninhabitable."

If you want to set an alarm clock, the quake will happen just before 6:00pm local time, he said.

"God's people will be resurrected. It is also the day that God stops saving anyone," he said.

Fitzpatrick hopes that he is one of the chosen ones, but he could not be really certain.

"There's just a little doubt," he said. "Most churches teach that if you just believe, you will be saved. It is not our choice. It is God's choice."

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2011/05/14/new-york-man-spends-life-savings-ahead-21-doomsday/#ixzz1MRRKDLGH


Hey Swamprat,

Guess we'll just have to wait until May 21st and see what happens.

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"Guess we'll just have to wait until May 21st and see what happens."


Darn!! I don't get paid until the 27th!! sad
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on May 15th, 2011, 4:55pm, Swamprat wrote:
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Darn!! I don't get paid until the 27th!! sad


That's insult added to injury! grin
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Blackwater Founder Builds Mideast Mercenary Army to Put Down Revolts

By Spencer Ackerman
May 15, 2011 | 3:13 pm
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What’s Erik Prince been doing since he sold off Blackwater, the infamous mercenary company he founded and turned into a juggernaut of the private security world? His shadiest, most morally-compromised guns-for-hire scheme yet.

Prince moved to Abu Dhabi last year as legal and governmental scrutiny of Blackwater intensified. “I’m done. It’s all sold or shut down,” he told journalist Robert Young Pelton shortly before boarding his farewell flight. “I’m getting out of the government contracting business.” And provided he meant the U.S. government, that vow has stood the test of time. But his adoptive country is a different story.

Documents obtained by the New York Times indicate that Prince rebooted his efforts in private security to build a praetorian army of mercenaries for the ruling clique in the United Arab Emirates. His new company, Reflex Responses, hires a mixture of Columbian soldiers of fortune and South African vets of Executive Outcomes, the pre-Blackwater merc firm that fought nasty counter-guerilla wars in Angola and Sierra Leone. That’s right: forces from Christian nations hired to protect Muslim leaders, possibly against their own people. And in keeping with Prince’s history, if Reflex is doing business legally — from the perspective of U.S. law — it’s only barely so.

Prince, who conceals his involvement in the firm by using the codename “Kingfish,” takes money from the UAE to ”conduct special operations missions inside and outside the country, defend oil pipelines and skyscrapers from terrorist attacks and put down internal revolts.” His take: $529 million so far, and the possibility of earning “billions more.” His contract with the UAE lasts until 2015.

The tiny UAE is a financial giant on the Persian Gulf, drenched in oil and unconcerned with political liberty for its wealthy citizens. It lives in fear of Iran. And its military keeps only about 65,000 men under arms. It’s had a murky interest in helping Somalia contain its piracy problem — another effort rumored to involve Prince. And so far, the Mideast uprisings haven’t touched the UAE, but you never know. Its ruling sheikhs are used to paying foreigners to do their dirty work: its labor force is imported. Now it prefers to apply that model to its security needs.

That’s where Prince comes in.

Under terms of Reflex’s contract with the consortium of monarchies, obtained by the Times, Prince will build, train and field a battalion of foreign auxiliaries “independent of formal command and support structures throughout the UAE.” They’re supposed to be for “internal” defense, conducting “cordon and search,” “stability and support operations” and general “security operations.” Only “leaders” of the force need be proficient in English; the contract doesn’t say anything about the mercs speaking Arabic.

Consider for a second that this is a force comprised of mercs from Christian countries operating on Islamic soil. The Executive Outcomes veterans — not exactly known for their subtlety; they were involved in a coup attempt in Equatorial Guinea — will staff a quick reaction force, able to seize key infrastructure and put down a protest that spins out of control. What could go wrong?

Indeed, Reflex is supposed to provide a full survice military in miniature. It’s going to have “aviation support capability,” with “rotor and/or fixed wing aircraft,” capable of medevac and “basic” intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance. “Advanced mission training” will include “sniper,” explosive ordnance disposal, “scout/surveillance [and] military working dog” responsibilities. There’s even a private navy, tasked with “small boat operations and seaman ship, Maritime Interdiction Operations (MIO), Securing Oil Delivery Stations/Platforms” and more.

That’s a lot to ask of 800 people. It also begs the question of why the UAE would continue to invest in its elite military units, which have served in Afghanistan, when there’s this new hired Army to use.

The contract doesn’t specify what gear they’re going to use. But it’s going to need ships, helicopters, transport planes, communications gear, fuel depots or access to existing ones, a motor pool of trucks and, of course, guns. They’ve built a barracks in the desert to house and train the new Reflex force.

Because of all this gear and all this construction, it’s surprising that the effort — which the contract indicates began in June 2010 — stayed secret for this long. But it’s astonishing that someone leaked the Times the actual contract Reflex holds with the UAE. Is there internal dissent within Reflex already?

Prince’s new gig also might run afoul of U.S. laws prohibiting citizens from trailing foreign militaries. That kind of work requires a government license. The State Department wouldn’t say if Reflex has such a license, and told the Times it’s “investigating” to see if Reflex is on the right side of the law.

Blackwater, renamed Xe Services, ain’t what it used to be. While it’s still collecting government contracts to protect diplomats, it’s undergoing another rebranding effort by the new ownership, even hiring former U.S. attorney general John Ashcroft as its ethics chief. It wants to emphasize its business training law enforcement more than its guard duties — understandable, given that most people know Blackwater as the guard force that killed 17 Iraqi civilians in 2007.

Some aspects of Reflex make it seem like Prince is getting the old band back together. One of his top deputies is Ricky Chambers. Chambers, a former FBI agent, ran the Blackwater subsidiary Paravant — whose guards in Afghanistan signed for guns under the name “Eric Cartman” and shot Afghan civilians dead during a 2009 vehicle accident.

Mideast leaders are reeling from the reformist uprisings. So far, only Moammar Gadhafi has hired mercenaries to backstop his rule. And the UAE’s interest in Reflex predates the current Mideast uprisings. But while it might be crazy to hire South Africans and Columbians to break up protests by Muslims calling for democratic change, desperate autocrats have done far crazier things. They surely know how to get in touch with Erik Prince.

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May 15, 2011
Record Water for a Mississippi River City
By CAMPBELL ROBERTSON

VICKSBURG, Miss. — Late Sunday morning, as the Mississippi River was rushing faster and higher past this town than it has in 183 years of record-keeping, Dontaye Buck was sitting perfectly still.

He was staring at a calm puddle of water in which his house sat. A man standing beside Mr. Buck’s mailbox was casting a fishing line into a neighbor’s yard.

“It never came this far,” said Mr. Buck, a 21-year-old college student. “The farthest it ever came was the backyard of that house back there.”

The city of Vicksburg sits safely on lofty bluffs, except where it does not. The Kings neighborhood, where Mr. Buck lives in the north part of town, is one of the places where it does not.

Sunday in Kings was, for the most part, as it is in any other neighborhood, full of lawnmowers, barbecues and men standing around talking about nothing in particular. The difference was the muddy lake that was slowly consuming the neighborhood from the back.

Variances in elevation that would have gone unnoticed a few weeks ago now separate those who are nervous but dry from those whose houses are submerged nearly to the eaves. The water was not rising, residents said, so much as it was spreading, quietly. And the river that had pushed the water here was churning ferociously.

Around 10 a.m. on Sunday, according to officials from the Army Corps of Engineers, the river broke the record elevation set here during the flood of 1927, rising to 56.3 feet, 13 feet above flood stage and 1.2 feet below the predicted crest on Thursday. It was flowing by at a rate of nearly 17 million gallons a second, which is the highest rate it is likely to reach in its entire race down to the Gulf of Mexico.

Those numbers may be nerve-racking for those along its banks, but the weekend also brought some relatively good news: the failure of a predicted rain storm to appear has resulted in a lower estimated crest downriver at Natchez.

Furthermore, the Yazoo River, engorged with Mississippi backwater, had been projected to overtop its levees at some point this weekend, flooding 285,000 acres of delta farmland and threatening some anxious country towns. But the overtopping, designed into the system as a sort of relief valve, has not happened yet.

If the Mississippi comes in a few inches lower than predicted as it passes Vicksburg, the overtopping may not happen at all.

“It’s going to be really close,” said Robert Simrall, the chief of water control for the Vicksburg district of the corps.

These yardsticks are more or less irrelevant for the residents of Kings. While the river has been indifferent to income, folding over multimillion-dollar homes and valuable farmland in the delta along with single-wide trailers in Kings, the consequences for rich and poor vary considerably.

“Out of the whole community, I would say it’s probably three families with flood insurance,” Mr. Buck said.

The worries here are as much about the water as what it will bring in the weeks it sits here. Snakes, of course. Just about everyone in the neighborhood knows someone who has recently seen an alligator, or killed one, or lost a dog to one. More acute is the worry about who might come to their homes if they have to evacuate, and what those people might do or take.

The traffic was slow along Washington Street here, as gawkers pulled off on the increasingly narrow shoulder, emerging in Sunday clothes to take pictures of an old brick church that itself was undergoing something of a full-immersion baptism.

“This is ridiculous,” said Tawanna Bush, a 36-year-old waitress at a Cracker Barrel restaurant, looking at the top third of her uncle’s house. “Is it a sign?”

“Yeah, it’s a sign,” said Jackson Floyd, 49, offering the practical fatalism of those who have known hard luck. “It’s a sign that it’s time to move and get another house.”

Catrin Einhorn contributed reporting.


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Stephen Hawking: 'heaven is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark'

Prof Stephen Hawking, the eminent Cambridge scientist and cosmologist, has dismissed heaven as a “fairy story for people afraid of the dark”.

By Andrew Hough
7:00AM BST 16 May 2011

The 69 year-old physicist, who was diagnosed with motor neurone disease at the age of 21, insisted that he is “not afraid of death”.

Shortly after being diagnosed with the incurable illnes many expected the author of A Brief History of Time to die.

But he said it has instead led him to enjoy life more.

In an interview with The Guardian, ahead of key note speech on Tuesday, Prof Hawking discusses his thoughts on death.

He rejected the idea of life beyond death and emphasised, what he described as the need to fulfil our potential on Earth by making good use of our lives.

"I have lived with the prospect of an early death for the last 49 years,” he told the newspaper.

“I'm not afraid of death, but I'm in no hurry to die. I have so much I want to do first.

"I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its components fail.”

He added: “There is no heaven or afterlife for broken down computers; that is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark.”

Asked how we should live he replied: "We should seek the greatest value of our action."

He is due to speak at the Google Zeitgeist meeting in London, in which he will address the question: "Why are we here?"

He will argue that tiny “quantum fluctuations” in the very early universe became the seeds from which galaxies, stars, and ultimately, human life began.

He will join other speakers including George Osborne, the Chancellor and Joseph Stiglitz, the Nobel prize-winning economist.

In A Brief History of Time, Prof Hawking's most famous work, he did not dismiss the possibility that God had a hand in the creation of the world.

He wrote in the 1988 book: "If we discover a complete theory, it would be the ultimate triumph of human reason — for then we should know the mind of God.”

In his new book he rejects Sir Isaac Newton's theory that the Universe did not spontaneously begin to form but was set in motion by God.

In June last year Prof Hawking told a Channel 4 series that he didn't believe that a "personal" God existed.

He told Genius of Britain: "The question is: is the way the universe began chosen by God for reasons we can't understand, or was it determined by a law of science? I believe the second.

“If you like, you can call the laws of science 'God', but it wouldn't be a personal God that you could meet, and ask questions."

In his latest book, The Grand Design, Prof Hawking claimed that no divine force was needed to explain why the Universe was formed.

It led to a backlash from Religious leaders.

Prof Hawking was previously Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge, a post previously held by Newton.

He fell seriously ill after a lecture tour in the US in 2009, sparking grave fears about his health.

He has since returned to his Cambridge department as director of research.

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The Hill

The Week Ahead: Middle East policy
By Cristina Marcos
05/16/11 06:00 AM ET

President Obama will focus on the country's role in the Middle East with visits from King Abdullah of Jordan on Tuesday and Israeli Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday. He will also deliver a, in the words of spokesman Jay Carney, "fairly sweeping and comprehensive speech" on U.S. policy in the Middle East at the State Department on Thursday. The president is expected to discuss major developments in the region, including the death of Osama bin Laden and the Arab Spring.

The president will pause in his Middle East-centered activities to speak at the commencement of Booker T. Washington High School and to meet with the University of Connecticut NCAA champions on Monday. He will also host a White House reception commemorating Jewish American Heritage Month Tuesday evening.

While the president speaks at the high school commencement, Vice President Biden is scheduled to attend Rahm Emanuel's inauguration as Chicago mayor with his wife, Jill. With security tighter than usual surrounding Emanuel's inauguration, rumors abounded that one of the former White House chief of staff's high-profile colleagues, if not the president himself, was on the guest list. The administration confirmed on Thursday that Biden would be in attendance.

While the House is out of session for a Constituent Work Week, the Senate will also focus on the latest developments in the Middle East. In light of recently inflamed tensions with Pakistan over the bin Laden assassination, former National Security Advisor retired Gen. James Jones Jr. will testify before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on "Strategic Implications of Pakistan and the Region."

On Thursday, the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee will hold the second of two hearings reviewing intelligence reform in the ten years since 9/11. The (select) Senate Intelligence Committee will also hold a closed hearing later in the day Thursday to discuss intelligence matters.

The Senate is also likely to consider Sen. Robert Menendez's (D-N.J.) bill, the Close Big Oil Tax Loopholes Act, which would require oil companies to pay taxes for drilling on federal land and remove tax deductions for companies that drill in foreign countries.

Monday, May 16

Vice President Biden and Dr. Jill Biden will attend the inauguration of Mayor Rahm Emanuel in Chicago, Illinois.

The Senate meets at 2 p.m. for morning business until 5 p.m. There will be no votes in the Senate on Monday.

President Obama will travel to Memphis, Tennessee where he will deliver the commencement address at Booker T. Washington High School's graduation ceremony. The school was the winner of the 2011 Race to the Top High School Commencement Challenge. While in Memphis, the president will also meet with families impacted by the flooding, state and local officials, first responders and volunteers.

Although he didn't pick them to win the championship in his bracket, President Obama will host the University of Connecticut men’s basketball team at the White House for a ceremony honoring their 2011 NCAA national championship.

Tuesday, May 17

President Obama will meet with King Abdullah II of Jordan at the White House to discuss the latest developments in the Middle East and areas of agreement on political and economic reform. They will also discuss the pursuit of a comprehensive plan for peace in the region.

At 10 a.m. the Senate will consider the nomination of Susan Carney to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Second Circuit, and will vote on the nomination at noon.

Former National Security Advisor retired Gen. James Jones Jr. will testify before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on "Strategic Implications of Pakistan and the Region." The hearing will begin at 9:30 a.m. in Dirksen 419.

Alan Bersin, commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection and John Morton, director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, will testify before a Senate Judiciary subcommittee on "Improving Security and Facilitating Commerce at America's Northern Border and Ports of Entry." The hearing will begin at 10 a.m. in 226 Dirksen.

Former Gov. Ed Rendell, D-Pa., co-chair of Building America's Future Educational Fund; Joseph Kile, assistant director for microeconomic studies at the Congressional Budget Office; Matthew Posner, director of Municipal Market Advisors; and Gabriel Roth, civil engineer, transport economist and research fellow at the Independent Institute, will testify before the Senate Finance Committee on "Financing 21st Century Infrastructure," focusing on how best to fund infrastructure improvements, including how to replenish the Highway Trust Fund. The hearing will begin at 10 a.m. in 215 Dirksen.

Postmaster General and Postal Service CEO Patrick Donahoe; Phil Herr, director of physical infrastructure issues at the Government Accountability Office; U.S. Regulatory Commission Chairman Ruth Goldway; Postal Service Inspector General David Williams; American Postal Workers Union President Clint Guffey; National League of Postmasters Executive Vice President Jack Jameson; and Jerry Cerasale, senior vice president of government affairs at the Direct Marketing Association, will testify before a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs subcommittee. The hearing will begin at 10:30 a.m. in 342 Dirksen.

President Obama will host a White House reception in honor of Jewish American Heritage Month. The event will highlight and celebrate the history of Jewish Americans. Invitees include grassroots Jewish community leaders, rabbis and members of Congress.

Wednesday, May 18

The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on "Improving Efficiency and Ensuring Justice in the Immigration Court System." Witnesses are yet to be announced. The hearing begins at 10 a.m. in 226 Dirksen.

The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee will hold a hearing on contributions of space to national imperatives. A list of witnesses has yet to be announced. The hearing will begin at 10:30 a.m. in 253 Russell.

Secretary of the Army John McHugh and Army Chief of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey will testify before the defense subcommittee of the Senate Appropriations Committee on the proposed budget estimates and justification for FY2012 for the Army. The hearing will begin at 10:30 a.m. in 192 Dirksen.

Energy Secretary Steven Chu will testify before a Energy and Water Development Subcommittee of the Senate Appropriations Committee on proposed budget estimates and justification for FY2012 for the Energy Department. The hearing will begin at 2:30 p.m. in 192 Dirksen.

Thursday, May 19

President Obama will give a major speech from the State Department on the Middle East. He will discuss the killing of Osama bin Laden as well as the impact of the recent revolutions in the Middle East on U.S. foreign policy in that region.

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee will hold a hearing on "Ten Years After 9/11: Is Intelligence Reform Working? Part II." A list of witnesses has yet to be announced. The hearing will begin at 10 a.m. in 342 Dirksen. (Part I of the hearing was held on May 12).

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee will hold a hearing on policies to reduce oil consumption through the promotion of advanced vehicle technologies and accelerated deployment of electric-drive vehicles, as proposed in S.734, the "Advanced Vehicle Technology Act of 2011" and S.948, to promote the deployment of plug-in electric-drive vehicles. A list of witnesses has yet to be announced. The hearing will begin at 10 a.m. in 366 Dirksen.

The Senate (Select) Intelligence Committee will hold a closed hearing on intelligence matters. The hearing will begin at 2:30 p.m. in 219 Hart.

Friday, May 20

President Obama will host Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House.

—Josiah Ryan contributed.

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Looking for a multifunctional solar powered survival tool? If you are the Eton Raptor which was showcased at CES this year, is now available and might well be worth a look.

The compact design combines a compass,altimeter, barometer, thermometer, chronograph with an alarm clock, multiband radio with AM, FM, shortwave, NOAA weather alert, an LED flashlight and even a bottle opener.


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No mercy for UFO hacker Gary McKinnon?


Jason McClellan | May 16, 2011

Gary McKinnon may lose his fight against being extradited to the United States. The 45-year-old Scottish computer hacker was charged by the U.S. with the “biggest military computer hack of all time” in 2001 and 2002 after looking for information about UFOs and extraterrestrials, and has been fighting extradition ever since.

There were hopes than an upcoming visit to the UK by U.S. president Barack Obama later this month would result in a breakthrough for McKinnon’s case. But according to the Daily Mail, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder vowed last week to take all necessary steps to extradite Gary.

McKinnon’s mother, Janis Sharp, has been fighting non-stop on behalf of her son. She even wrote an open letter to President Obama, “Pleading with him to end ten years of torment.” She told the Daily Mail that she was “shocked by the response of the U.S. Attorney General.”

Prior to their election, both Nick Clegg, UK’s deputy prime minister, and prime minister David Cameron both said that “Gary can and must be tried in the UK.” But in light of U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder’s recent comments, McKinnon’s chances of remaining in the UK are slim.

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Jason McClellan | May 16, 2011

Gary McKinnon may lose his fight against being extradited to the United States. The 45-year-old Scottish computer hacker was charged by the U.S. with the “biggest military computer hack of all time” in 2001 and 2002 after looking for information about UFOs and extraterrestrials, and has been fighting extradition ever since.

There were hopes than an upcoming visit to the UK by U.S. president Barack Obama later this month would result in a breakthrough for McKinnon’s case. But according to the Daily Mail, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder vowed last week to take all necessary steps to extradite Gary.

McKinnon’s mother, Janis Sharp, has been fighting non-stop on behalf of her son. She even wrote an open letter to President Obama, “Pleading with him to end ten years of torment.” She told the Daily Mail that she was “shocked by the response of the U.S. Attorney General.”

Prior to their election, both Nick Clegg, UK’s deputy prime minister, and prime minister David Cameron both said that “Gary can and must be tried in the UK.” But in light of U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder’s recent comments, McKinnon’s chances of remaining in the UK are slim.

http://www.openminds.tv/no-mercy-for-ufo-hacker-gary-mckinnon-683/


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Nato helicopter hits Pakistan troops
Intrusion into North Waziristan on Afghan border prompts exchange of fire and raises tensions with west

guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 17 May 2011 10.07 BST

A Nato helicopter based in Afghanistan intruded into Pakistan's North Waziristan region on Tuesday, wounding two troops, local intelligence officials said, adding to tensions between Islamabad and the west.

"It happened early morning," a Pakistani intelligence official in the region, who declined to be identified, told Reuters. "The helicopter hit a Pakistani checkpost on the border in the Datta Khel area."

Another intelligence official said several Pakistani helicopters took off from Miranshah, the main town in North Waziristan, towards the site of the attack. The purpose of the Pakistani mobilisation was unclear.

The Pakistani military was unavailable for immediate comment.

Lieutenant Commander Colette Murphy, a spokeswoman for the Nato-led International Security Assistance Force (Isaf), said in Kabul that the coalition was aware of the reports and was looking into them.

North Waziristan is the base of the Haqqani network blamed for the insurgency in eastern Afghanistan. US-led drone aircraft have repeatedly targeted the area over the past year.

Many militants, including foreign fighters loyal to al-Qaida, are based in Datta Khel. It is a stronghold of fighters loyal to Hafiz Gul Bahadur and has been a frequent target of US drone strikes .

Pakistan's Express 24/7 television channel said the checkpost was right on the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

It quoted officials as saying that the helicopters were just about to intrude into Pakistani territory when aerial gunshots were fired. They subsequently moved back but fired a retaliatory shot which released rubble from the nearby mountains and wounded the security personnel.

The reported incursion came a day after unmanned US drone aircraft fired missiles in Datta Khel, killing 12 militants, Pakistani officials said.

An intelligence official said that one of the dead militants, an Arab, was the son of an al-Qaida operative identified as Abu Kashif. There was no way to verify the death toll. Militants often dispute official accounts of drone attacks.

Relations between the US and Pakistan have been pushed almost to breaking point after the secret 2 May raid on Abbottabad that killed Osama bin Laden, embarrassing and humiliating the powerful Pakistani army and intelligence service.

In late January, the undercover CIA contractor Raymond Davis killed two Pakistanis in Lahore, resulting in a six-week standoff over diplomatic immunity. While on 30 September two Pakistani soldiers were killed and four wounded when Nato helicopters crossed the border while pursuing insurgents. Pakistan retaliated by shutting down the supply route for Nato troops in Afghanistan.

Washington sees the rugged border region between Afghanistan and Pakistan as a critical battleground against al-Qaida and the Taliban.

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IMF chief denied bail on attempted rape charge; ‘He is finished,’ colleague says

By Howard Schneider and Zachary A. Goldfarb
16 May 2011

As their boss sat Monday in a New York jail cell on sexual assault charges, employees at the International Monetary Fund expressed anger, sadness, embarrassment — and a recognition that his influential tenure was all but over.

Employees at the agency — a seminal Washington institution that draws hundreds of the best and brightest from around the world — huddled around televisions hungry for news of the case against IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn. As they did so, they struggled to square his dapper bearing and public charm with the image, described in a New York City police charge sheet, of a nude man attacking a hotel chambermaid and now facing a possible 25-year jail sentence.

“He is finished. Nobody thinks he will be back. People are just shocked,” said an IMF economist who would not speak for attribution.

A New York judge denied Strauss-Kahn bail Monday after a short hearing. His attorney had said he would stay in New York with his daughter to await trial. But prosecutors described him as a flight risk.

Taken into custody Saturday, he was scheduled to be transferred Monday night to the Rikers Island jail, the standard holding facility for people held without bail while awaiting trial. New York City officials said he would be in protective custody for his own safety.

The IMF’s second-in-command, John Lipsky, has been named acting managing director. At a morning “pep rally,” he urged agency staff members to go about their business — urging them to stay focused on global economic and financial problems.

But employees said they found it disconcerting to see their boss — a well-known French economist who was considered a possible candidate for the French presidency — standing before a judge with a stubbly beard after nearly two days in jail.

“It’s wrenching. The guy has really done a lot for the institution. It’s not something we’ve ever been exposed to in this fashion,” said one employee who spoke by phone on the condition of anonymity. “You can’t avoid it. Your neighbors are watching the news and they’re talking about it. Your kids go to school and they’ll hear about it.”

As they processed the news, some inside the agency were almost grief-stricken, while others noted that Strauss-Kahn had been warned by the IMF board about his relationships with women after it was disclosed in 2008 that he was having an affair with a member of the staff. He was reprimanded for what he conceded was a serious lapse in judgment but was allowed to remain in his job by a board that accepted his apology and viewed him as “repentant.”

Several IMF officials and staff members said they thought it would take a rapid and thorough exoneration of Strauss-Kahn for him to remain in his job.

On Monday, the IMF board held what it described as an informal meeting about Strauss-Kahn, but in a subsequent statement gave little insight about his future with the agency.

“The Board was briefed regarding criminal charges that have been brought against the Managing Director during a private visit to New York City,” IMF spokeswoman Caroline Atkinson said in an e-mailed comment after the meeting. “The IMF and its Executive Board will continue to monitor developments.”

The United States, which is the largest contributor to the IMF among its 187 members, will play an influential role in deciding Strauss-Kahn’s fate at the agency and the choice of any successor. The U.S. representative on the agency’s executive board, Meg Lundsager, did not respond to a request for comment. Nor did White House or Treasury officials comment about whether Strauss-Kahn should remain in the job.

In debates about the global economy and in particular over the resolution of an ongoing government debt crisis in Europe, Strauss-Kahn has been supportive of U.S. positions.

The IMF, many analysts said, has a strong executive pool that will weather Strauss-Kahn’s departure.

Strauss-Kahn, 62, did not enter a plea Monday. His attorney, Benjamin Brafman, said Strauss-Kahn would deny the charges, arising from the alleged assault on a maid at the Sofitel hotel in midtown Manhattan on Saturday. The complaint presented by prosecutors charges Strauss-Kahn with attempted rape, two counts of a criminal sexual act, two counts of sexual abuse, unlawful imprisonment and forcible touching.

In arguing against bail for Strauss-Kahn, Assistant District Attorney John A. McConnell said, “He has almost no incentive to stay in this country and every incentive to leave.” The extradition treaty between France and the United States does not require either country to deliver its citizens for prosecution — a fact that stifled pursuit of rape charges against French director Roman Polanski.

McConnell also said the authorities were investigating information that Strauss-Kahn may have sexually attacked another woman.

“Some of this information includes reports that he has, in fact, engaged in conduct similar to the conduct alleged in this complaint on at least one other occasion, and we are attempting to verify,” the prosecutor said, noting that the process would take some time.

An IMF spokesman said Strauss-Kahn does not have diplomatic immunity, and Brafman, in a brief interview, said Strauss-Kahn would not claim any diplomatic protection.

In Europe, political leaders jockeyed to try to ensure that one of their own would replace Strauss-Kahn as head of the IMF, while the media debated what his arrest would mean for French politics. New media reports surfaced about other sex-related allegations involving Strauss-Kahn, while there were also conspiratorial rumblings that he might have been set up.

Although the IMF traditionally has been headed by a European, pressure has been mounting to open up the job to leading economic minds from Asia, Latin America and Africa. The IMF has been moving to grant more say to emerging giants such as China, Brazil and India.

But German Chancellor Angela Merkel, among Europe’s most influential leaders, on Monday suggested that a European should hold on to the post, particularly when the region is in the midst of a major debt crisis.

In the “medium term,” Merkel told reporters, candidates from emerging nations should have a right to head both the IMF and World Bank. “However, I believe that at the current stage, when we have much debate in connection with the euro zone, that there are good grounds for Europe to provide good candidates,” she said.

Analysts said the absence of Strauss-Kahn from the IMF’s ongoing work could take a limited toll on attempts to stanch the deepening debt crisis in Europe. His arrest came just as European leaders and the IMF are in talks over a second major bailout for Greece, finalizing provisions of a $110 billion bailout of Portugal, and reviewing the terms of a program for Ireland.

In previous negotiations, Strauss-Kahn’s stature and personal involvement brought an outside voice with insider credentials to the bargaining table, helping persuade skeptical voices in Europe to come up with a credible aid package for Greece, while also persuading the Greeks to sign on to tough austerity measures.

Strauss-Kahn, analysts say, particularly helped the Europeans focus on the scope of the debt crisis they faced, cajoling them into securing the long-term future of the euro by creating a permanent bailout fund from which to draw for other countries in crisis.

Describing him as “a political heavyweight with long-standing connections,” Strauss-Kahn “could do much to knock European heads together,” said Alessandro Leipold, a former acting director of the IMF’s European Department and chief economist at the Lisbon council.

Washington Post staff writers Steve Hendrix and Anthony Faiola in Lisbon contributed to this report.

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Schwarzenegger fathered a child with longtime member of household staff

His wife, Maria Shriver, moved out of their Brentwood mansion earlier this year after the former governor acknowledged the child was his. The staff member worked for the family for 20 years, retiring in January.

By Mark Z. Barabak and Victoria Kim
May 17, 2011


Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and his wife, Maria Shriver, separated after she learned he had fathered a child more than a decade ago — before his first run for office — with a longtime member of their household staff.

Shriver moved out of the family's Brentwood mansion earlier this year, after Schwarzenegger acknowledged the paternity. The staff member worked for the family for 20 years, retiring in January.

After leaving the governor's office I told my wife about this event, which occurred over a decade ago," Schwarzenegger said Monday night in a statement issued to The Times in response to questions. "I understand and deserve the feelings of anger and disappointment among my friends and family. There are no excuses and I take full responsibility for the hurt I have caused. I have apologized to Maria, my children and my family. I am truly sorry.

I ask that the media respect my wife and children through this extremely difficult time," the statement concluded. "While I deserve your attention and criticism, my family does not. "

A spokesman for the former first lady said she had no comment.

Since leaving office, Schwarzenegger has maintained a high public profile, meeting with world dignitaries, attending a White House summit on immigration and working to revive his movie career.

To protect their privacy, The Times is not publishing the former staffer's name nor that of her child. In an interview Monday before Schwarzenegger issued his statement, the former staffer said another man — her then-husband — was the child's father.

She said she voluntarily left her position with the couple earlier this year after reaching a longstanding goal of working for them for two decades. "I wanted to achieve my 20 years, then I asked to retire," she said, adding she received a severance payment and "left on good terms with them."

Later Monday, The Times informed the woman of the governor's statement and she declined to comment further.

Schwarzenegger took financial responsibility for the child from the start and continued to provide support, according to a source who declined to be identified because of the former governor's request for privacy.

The former first couple of California announced their separation in a joint statement issued last week. The two have been married 25 years. There was no mention of a cause for the separation.

In keeping with their very public — and political — lives, two distinctly different portraits of the marriage and its status have emerged in the days since the breakup became public.

Schwarzenegger, 63, suggested that the split was temporary and the couple were working toward reconciliation. "We both love each other very much," the former governor said at an appearance last week at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles. "We are very fortunate that we have four extraordinary children and we're taking one day at a time."

Friends of Shriver, 55, offered a grimmer assessment, saying she had been unhappy for years but made no move until after her parents died and Schwarzenegger finished his term as governor. Her father, Sargent Shriver, died Jan. 18, nearly a year and a half after the death of her mother, Eunice Kennedy Shriver.

The marriage between Shriver and Schwarzenegger — pairing one of Hollywood's top box office draws and a member of one of America's most storied Democratic political clans — has long been a subject of public interest.

As an actor, Schwarzenegger reveled in his macho image. But his behavior became an issue during his first campaign for governor, in the 2003 recall election, when more than a dozen women said he had groped them over a period of many years.

Schwarzenegger at first denied the allegations, then apologized. Shriver offered a timely and politically crucial defense of her husband, vouching for his personal integrity.

After his landslide election, she emerged as one of the most visible first ladies in California history, maintaining a high profile as she promoted volunteerism and directed a wildly popular annual conference on women.

Although friends of the couple speak of difficulties in their marriage throughout Schwarzenegger's governorship, any tensions were kept out of public view. The couple's four children range in age from 13 to 21.

Once Schwarzenegger left office in January, the two effectively began leading separate lives. Schwarzenegger has been jetting around the world, heading to Brazil's Xingu River with director James Cameron, to London for Mikhail Gorbachev's 80th birthday party, to Val d'Isere in France for skiing.

Schwarzenegger, who had to put aside acting and his business interests while serving in Sacramento, quickly plunged back into those pursuits.

Last week, a bidding war took place at Cannes to make two more installments of the "Terminator" franchise starring Schwarzenegger, and the former governor also signed to star in a third movie. He is working on an animated children's series based on his life and also exploring real estate and other business investments.

He has traveled the globe — apart from Shriver — delivering high-priced speeches and also participated in a White House summit on immigration reform. He is expected to pen his memoirs soon.

Shriver, a longtime television journalist who gave up her job at NBC when Schwarzenegger took office, has worked on her women's empowerment website, guest-edited an issue of Oprah Winfrey's magazine and promoted causes such as Alzheimer's research (her father suffered from the disease). She also took her son Patrick and some of his friends on an East Coast college tour in April.

Last Friday, after the couple's separation was made public, Shriver sent a Twitter message to her followers, which number more than 750,000: "Thank you all for the kindness, support and compassion. I am humbled by the love. Thank you."

http://www.latimes.com/la-me-0517-arnold-20110517,0,1695617,full.story

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