Thursday, December 2, 2010
Official: CIA runs elite Afghan fighting force - World news - South and Central Asia - Afghanistan - msnbc.com
WASHINGTON — As Americans continue to lose their homes in record numbers, the Federal Reserve is considering making it much harder for homeowners to stop foreclosures and escape predatory home loans with onerous terms.
The Fed's proposal to amend a 42-year-old provision of the federal Truth in Lending Act has angered labor, civil rights and consumer advocacy groups along with a slew of foreclosure defense attorneys.
They're not only asking the Fed to withdraw the proposal, they also want any future changes to the law to be handled by the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which begins its work next year.
Read more: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2010/12/01/104568/fed-wants-to-strip-a-key-protection.html#ixzz171MgUDaF
December 2, 2010 9:22 p.m. EST
Artist embeds camera in head
A New York University Professor installed a thumb-sized camera in back of his head for art exhibit
Iraqi born photography professor had the procedure done at a piercing studio last month
The camera will take a single snap-shot each minute of everyday activities for one year
(CNN) -- Some students joke that their teachers have eyes in the backs of their heads.
A New York University professor is now closer to that reality, having had a camera surgically implanted into the back of his cranium.
Wafaa Bilal, an Iraqi born photography professor at the university's Tisch School of the Arts, had the procedure done at a piercing studio last month for an art project commissioned by a museum in Doha, Qatar, he said.
'This will expose the unspoken conditions we face,' Bilal said Thursday. 'A project like this is meant to establish a dialogue about surveillance.'"
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
As metro Atlanta's temperatures grow colder, the demand for heat is, well, heating up.
A day after hundreds of people queued up outside a Marietta community center to apply for assistance with heat and power bills, hopeful applicants began lining up again around midnight, waiting in the sub-freezing temperatures for the doors to open Thursday morning.
This time, however, officials let those in line come into the Mansour Center on Roswell Street an hour early at 7:30 and get relief from temperatures that dropped to 27 degrees.
“We’re freezing,” said Lecher Eady, a Marietta mother who arrived at midnight seeking help with her bills. “Our hands are cold, our feet are cold.”
Eady, the mother of triplets in diapers, said she has been out of work since August.
“I’ve had three jobs this year, and I’ve been laid off from all three,” she said. “I’m grateful just to get any type of help they’ll give me.”
Eady said she is trying to start a nonprofit organization, “Babies Need Diapers,” that would provide diapers to low-income single mothers.
The classified diplomatic cable sent last January by the U.S. Embassy in Colombo is one of thousands the website WikiLeaks made public this week.
In the cable, U.S. officials wrote that the Sri Lankan government showed no signs of investigating alleged human rights violations committed by its side in the closing months of a 25-year-old civil war between the rebels and government.
The officials say any effort to investigate is further complicated because President Rajapaksa, his brothers and opposition candidate, former army commander Sarath Fonseka, are responsible for many of the alleged crimes.
Sri Lankan forces defeated the Tamil Tigers in May of last year, ending their decades-long campaign for an independent state.
The United Nations says at least 7,000 ethnic Tamil civilians were killed in the last months of fighting.
Human rights groups have accused both the Tigers and government forces of human rights violations during the conflict.
Sri Lanka denied its troops committed war crimes and has rejected a U.N. probe into the fighting.
On Thursday, a British group canceled a planned speech by President Rajapaksa after his visit raised security concerns.
The Oxford Union was scheduled to host the speech by Mr. Rajapaksa, who arrived in Britain for a visit Monday. Sri Lanka's minority Tamil group had planned to protest the address.
Mr. Rajapaksa said he is sorry the speech had to be canceled, but that he will continue to seek places to talk about his "future vision for Sri Lanka."
The Oxford Union released a statement Wednesday saying its decision was not related to Mr. Rajapaksa's political positions.
The number of distressed sales in the three month period ending Sept. 30 dropped 17.2 percent from the previous quarter, according to RealtyTrac, which monitors foreclosure activity nationally. Despite the drop in volume, distressed sales made up a larger percentage of overall sales in the third quarter because the housing market slowed significantly after federal tax credits that encouraged home-buying expired earlier this year.
- By: Brad Edwards
MADISON COUNTY, Ind. (WISH) - 72-year-old Dick Thompson isn't sure if he wants to fight or give up.
"I want to get the hell out of here right now — too much hate," Thompson says one minute.
"I think it's a bunch of bull," he says another, vowing to stay.
Thompson faces eviction from his 38 acres in Madison County. The county lawyer tells 24-Hour News 8 it's because Thompson is breaking too many rules, laws and ordinances; Thompson has no water, no sewer and no electricity in his recreational trailer that he calls home.
"I'm a country boy," explains Thompson. "I just want to be left alone."
Thompson is mighty fine, thank you very much — along with his dog, Ace, his horse, Fritz, his bird, Sunshine, and many more.
The eviction papers state go-time is “Nov. 30 at noon,”' though no one came — not yet.
Nigeria to charge Dick Cheney in $180 million bribery case, issue Interpol arrest warrant | Raw Story
The Nigerian project, started in the early 1990s, was worth almost $5 billion to TSKJ, a partnership that included a KBR predecessor, as well as companies from France, Japan and the Netherlands.At issue are payments made to Tristar, a Gibraltar company that had a consulting arrangement with a corporation formed by TSKJ to "administer the contracts and execute the work" in Nigeria, a Halliburton spokeswoman said in response to questions.KBR, the engineering and construction subsidiary of Halliburton, was formed when Halliburton acquired Dresser Industries Inc. in 1998. It was a combination of Halliburton's Brown & Root and Dresser's M.W. Kellogg Co. Officials from the SEC and Cheney's office declined to comment.