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Dead Blackbirds in Arkansas Update, Dead Birds Discovered in Louisiana, Kentucky

More details have been revealed on the blackbirds who ‘fell from the sky’ New Year’s evening in Beebe, Arkansas, story. Added to the weird angle of the story, two additional reports of dead blackbirds discovered in Louisiana and Kentucky. There’s a new theory on what caused the birds to fall from the sky, a ‘washing machine type-thunderstorm sucked up the birds. Another theory, from the Arkansas Game and Fish Ornithologist, the birds were hit by lightning, debunked.

According to CNN, the Redwing blackbird and starling death toll in Beebe, Arkansas, is between 4 to 5 thousand.

-Some of the birds who fell from the sky ‘just before midnight on New Year’s Eve were ‘alive’,
-Some of the birds were Starlings,
-The dead birds were discovered in a one mile area in a neighborhood located in Beebe, AR.,
-Preliminary autopsies show the birds had evidence of trauma in the breast tissue with blood clots in the body cavity and ‘a lot of internal bleeding’.


Keith Stephens, a spokesman for the commission, said the birds showed evidence of trauma in the breast tissue, with blood clots in the body cavity and a lot of internal bleeding. All major organs were normal. He cited a preliminary report conducted by the Arkansas Livestock and Poultry Commission.

“Further tests will be done to rule out other causes, but the birds suffered from acute physical trauma leading to internal hemorrhage and death. There was no sign of any chronic or infectious disease,” the report said, according to the game and fish commission.

CNN included the claim by Arkansas Ornithologist Karen Rowe which appeared in the original news reports:

Karen Rowe, an ornithologist for the game and fish commission, said the incident is not that unusual and is often caused by a lightning strike or high-altitude hail.

We wondered, if the incident is not that unusual, why do all the news reports state this is an unusual event? Can Rowe back up the claim by citing similar incidents?

Rowe’s lighting theory, debunked during the preliminary examination of the birds, the info found in aKATV, AP report:

‘The tests showed lightning was probably not to blame. And poisoning was ruled out early on.’

Over at the Washington Post, weather experts expounded on the lighting and ‘washing machine-type thunderstorm’ theory. The guys over at AccuWeather must of missed the preliminary autopsy on the birds which ‘showed lightning was probably not to blame’.

The AccuWeather radar image of thunderstorms, dated December 31, at 9:00 (Central Time). CNN reported the birds began to fall from the sky at ‘just before midnight’.

The ‘washing machine type-thunderstorm’ theory from MSNBC:

The director of Cornell University’s ornithology lab in Ithaca, N.Y., said the most likely suspect is violent weather. It’s probable that thousands of birds were asleep, roosting in a single tree, when a “washing machine-type thunderstorm” sucked them up into the air, disoriented them, and even fatally soaked and chilled them.

‘Chilled’ birds, a symptom of hypothermia, a finding we’ve yet to hear from the preliminary reports. If the birds were sucked up into a thunderstorm, why did the birds fall in a small area, a square mile, from a thunderstorm which residents reported wasn’t over their area during the time period the birds fell?

On January 3rd, the news report from Gilbertsville, Kentucky, a woman discovered ‘dozens’ of dead birds in her yard.


GILBERTSVILLE, Ky. — Near her car, a dead bird. A quick walk to her mailbox, another. Scattered across her front yard, a local woman discovered dozens of dead birds.

“I’ve never seen anything like it. Never,” Sandy said of the discovery.

Sandy, who asked we not share her last name, first noticed the birds several days ago but cleaned them up, not thinking twice.

“I have outdoor pets and just assumed they were bringing them from around the neighborhood.”

But when she noticed more birds Monday morning, she panicked, “I had just seen the story on the news about the birds in Arkansas and I was scared.”

January 3rd, the news report from Labarre, Louisiana, ‘around 500 dead blackbirds found near elementary school’.

LABARRE, La. – Around 500 dead blackbirds and starlings have been found in Pointe Coupee Parish, according to state wildlife officials.

The birds were spotted lying in roads and ditches near Labarre Elementary School. The community is between Morganza and New Roads on Highway 10.

Scientists from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries have been sent out to collect samples, which will be sent for testing to the University of Georgia and National Wildlife Center in Wisconsin.


This comes after about 5,000 blackbirds and swallows were found dead around Beebe, Ark. on New Year’s Eve. Dr. Jim LaCour with LDWF said he’s not sure the two incidents are connected.

“It’s not common, (but) we do see a few die-offs for various reasons,” said LaCour. “Yes, we need to look into it, we need to be a little alarmed, but it’s not out of the scope of things to have a die-off.”

Over at Youtube, alternative theories of what caused the thousands of birds to fall from the sky including solar flares and fluctuations in the Earth’s magnetic field.

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By Gordon Duff STAFF WRITER/SeniorEditor

“it is one thing for the New York Times to edit their own stories but you let them censor everything for all of us”

Today, Julian Assange admitted that Wikileak material had been chosen by the press, not an independent organization after all. Wikileaks, in effect, admitted that it has always been a front for what Helen Thomas refers to as the Zionist controlled media. Assange, in a childish attempt at “spin” blamed the press for having too many “sensitivities ” to Israel and making Wikileaks look bad.


The only reason we needed Wikileaks in the first place is that the press failed so utterly. Is it any secret that Assange turned total control of Wikileaks over to the press, the people who gave him “rock star” status? How utterly sick.


Now Assange is telling us he has 3700 cables from the US Embassy in Tel Aviv, documents covering an Israeli assassination and the tail kicking they got when they last invaded Lebanon. Anyone who thinks they can expect to hear the embassy communications outlining American outrage at Israeli actions will die waiting. Expect the same “media sensitivities” we have seen all along.

By “media sensitivities” we are simply saying that Israel controls Wikileaks and uses it to bash their enemies, the United States and their neighbors, some we now learn have been their friends all along.


Wikileaks had promised the press thousands of documents about a “UFO War over the Southern Ocean.” I couldn’t wait for this one. Instead, seemingly clever Julian Assange in his most apologetic manner is now telling us that he has sinned. Where did the mysterious UFO story go? Who told you to withhold it? Are we sitting on that story because President Obama is now drumbeating for war with Iran full time?


He let the press control Wikileaks.

Julian, if we wanted to read the New York Times, we would go out and get one. Now you are telling us that the Times, a worthless rag of a newspaper, has been running Wikileaks all along? Do you know what “fraud” means?

If we wanted to hear what Israel wanted us to hear, we simply would have turned on our televisions. We have had nothing else for decades. Now you admit you have been a part of it. Are we supposed to be surprised?

You weren’t that hard to figure out. Every day, a new photograph in hundreds of newspapers, always posed, always thoughtful. You spend 9 days waiting for bail and we find out that you have been working for the press, working for Israel, working for the most powerful and devious forces known to mankind all along? You needed 240,000 pounds for bail? This wouldn’t be a one month retainer for your lawyer or publicists. The people you work for use money like that for lighting cigars.

We know it was all an act, just like this is part of that act, more drama brought on because some of us caught you early on and have “outed” you. What I find amazing is your chutzpah. You admit to using us all, defrauding us, being a disinformation agent.

Now you are taking a second shot at deceiving us all. What we expect is the same press that you are now accusing, now supposedly “distancing” yourself from will be the lead on this new story. What we are going to get is the New York Times, the Guardian, der Spiegel, the same triumvirate of baloney, your partners in crime, spreading the same old Wikileaks chickenfeed mixed in with Israeli disinformation and leaks designed to hurt the US government and discredit your Islamic neighbors.

Yes, Julian. They are your Islamic neighbors. If you don’t have Israeli citizenship yet, you soon will. They need another comedian and that seems to be your only real talent. I do so love your choice of words.


What you call “sensitivities,” a word that undoubtedly came from a committee of advisors juggling emails between New York and Tel Aviv is simply lying and cheating to the rest of us. You lied to us all, not once but continually and now you think we are going to take more of your lies simply because they are delivered with a half hearted apology?


Court OKs searches of cell phones without warrant

Court OKs searches of cell phones without warrant

(01-03) 16:25 PST SAN FRANCISCO -- The California Supreme Court allowed police Monday to search arrestees' cell phones without a warrant, saying defendants lose their privacy rights for any items they're carrying when taken into custody.

Under U.S. Supreme Court precedents, "this loss of privacy allows police not only to seize anything of importance they find on the arrestee's body ... but also to open and examine what they find," the state court said in a 5-2 ruling.

The majority, led by Justice Ming Chin, relied on decisions in the 1970s by the nation's high court upholding searches of cigarette packages and clothing that officers seized during an arrest and examined later without seeking a warrant from a judge.

The dissenting justices said those rulings shouldn't be extended to modern cell phones that can store huge amounts of data.

Monday's decision allows police "to rummage at leisure through the wealth of personal and business information that can be carried on a mobile phone or handheld computer merely because the device was taken from an arrestee's person," said Justice Kathryn Mickle Werdegar, joined in dissent by Justice Carlos Moreno.

They argued that police should obtain a warrant - by persuading a judge that they will probably find incriminating evidence - before searching a cell phone.

The issue has divided other courts. U.S. District Judge Susan Illston of San Francisco ruled in May 2007 that police had violated drug defendants' rights by searching their cell phones after their arrests. The Ohio Supreme Court reached a similar conclusion in a December 2009 ruling in which the state unsuccessfully sought U.S. Supreme Court review.

The Ohio-California split could prompt the nation's high court to take up the issue, said Deputy Attorney General Victoria Wilson, who represented the prosecution in Monday's case.

"This has an impact on the day-to-day jobs of police officers, what kind of searches they can conduct without a warrant when they arrest someone," she said. "It takes it into the realm of new technology."

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in June that a police department did not violate an officer's privacy when it read text messages he had sent on a department-owned pager.

Although the court has never ruled on police searches of cell phones, Wilson argued that it has signaled approval by allowing officers to examine the contents of arrestees' wallets without a warrant.

The defense lawyer in Monday's case was unavailable for comment.

Monday's ruling upheld the drug conviction of Gregory Diaz, arrested in April 2007 by Ventura County sheriff's deputies who said they had seen him taking part in a drug deal.

An officer took a cell phone from Diaz's pocket, looked at the text message folder 90 minutes later and found a message that linked Diaz to the sale, the court said. Diaz pleaded guilty, was placed on probation and appealed the search.

The ruling can be read at

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Jobs Are Trickling In, But Millions Have Given Up Looking For Work

Jobs Are Trickling In, But Millions Have Given Up Looking For Work

Jan 3, 2011

U.S. private employers have recorded 11 consecutive months of job gains, yet the number of people who are so discouraged that they have given up searching for work stands at an all-time high.

Friday’s employment report is expected to show the pace of payroll growth accelerated last month after a disappointing showing in November. However, consumers’ assessment of the job market deteriorated in December, according to the Conference Board’s latest consumer confidence survey.

This disconnect is symptomatic of the state of the labor market. Yes, it is recovering, but at a pace that can hardly keep up with population growth, let alone quickly bring down the 9.8 percent unemployment rate.

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Food Emergency: Millions of Americans Are Heading to Foodbanks for the First Time in Their Lives

Food Emergency: Millions of Americans Are Heading to Foodbanks for the First Time in Their Lives

Chaz Valenza

The good news is there's no reason anyone should ever starve to death in America. The bad news is more and more working Americans, many earning what were once middle class incomes, are spending their time and scarce money to find their next meal.

Emergency Food: More and More It's What's for Dinner

Val Traore, the radiant and gregarious CEO of the Food Bank of South Jersey (FBSJ), wanted to make one thing perfectly clear in our discussion of hunger in America today. "We do not have starvation here in the United States. In Mali," she says, referring to the West African country where about half the population lives below the internationalpoverty lineof $1.25 a day, "if you live in poverty you risk starvation and death. That doesn't happen here in America." It's an important point worth dwelling on.

So what is happening here?

"We're seeing a large number of families that have never needed food assistance before," reports Traore. How many? So far, for 2010 FBSJ has witnessed a 10% increase in their client base of approximately 100,000 people. Here's the surprise: a large portion of the people needing food assistance today are working, and especially among FBSJ's new clients, many are earning incomes nearly twice the poverty line of $22,055 per year for a family of four (up to 185% of poverty).

Who are the hungry and why can't they afford to feed themselves and their families? Increasingly, the shocking answer is this: If you are not financially independent, the odds are good that someday you could be waiting in line to feed yourself and your family.

Food Lines: The Growing Reality Based Social Network

December 18, 2010 - Burlington County, NJ: Especially since the airing of television shows like "The Sopranos" and "Jersey Shore" most of the nation probably sees New Jersey as some cultural aberration. Perhaps it is. But, this is south Jersey and the landscape looks a lot like other semi-rural areas of the country.

On the drive from Philadelphia through Burlington County, a main highway cuts through farmland that includes several agricultural supply and farm equipment dealers. There are also strip malls, fast food franchises and diners offering breakfast for $2.99 and prime rib dinner specials as low as $10.99. If you were somehow transported here and I told you that you were in Ohio, you would have no reason not to believe me.

In Browns Mills, population 11,257, a tractor trailer painted as the "Hope Mobile" carrying about 28,000 pounds of food is being unloaded at the local United Methodist Church. People are lined up outside, but most of the line has been moved inside on this frigid morning. The church pastor has allowed the use of the facility's assembly room and adjacent corridor to bring members of some 600 pre-qualified, pre-registered families in from the cold.

Depression soup lines have nothing on this sucker. The first in line sit along the hundred foot length of the assembly room where a beautifully lighted Christmas tree glows. The line extends out the door and down one side of a hundred foot corridor and then loops back on itself down the opposite wall. At the end of the line, another 30 feet or so, people will brave the weather for an hour or two until things get moving. Over 20,000 pounds of food will be provided to the crowd here, the remaining 7,000 pounds will go to a second event later in the day in Camden, NJ.

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Reporter behind WMD claims calls Assange ‘bad journalist’ | Raw Story

Reporter behind WMD claims calls Assange ‘bad journalist"

A former New York Timjudithmillercommons Reporter behind WMD claims calls Assange bad journalist

es reporter assailed for her incorrect reports about Iraq's purported weapons of mass destruction is criticizing Julian Assange for being a "bad journalist."

Judith Miller took on the WikiLeaks founder during an appearance on Fox News Watch Saturday, arguing that Assange was a bad journalist "because he didn't care at all about attempting to verify the information that he was putting out, or determine whether or not it hurt anyone."

For many critics of the war in Iraq, that claim is likely to set off irony alarms. Miller has become famous for being the author of a 2002 New York Times article -- now debunked -- suggesting that Saddam Hussein had an active nuclear weapons program.

"Mr. Hussein's dogged insistence on pursuing his nuclear ambitions, along with what defectors described in interviews as Iraq's push to improve and expand Baghdad's chemical and biological arsenals, have brought Iraq and the United States to the brink of war," Miller wrote.

Senior Bush administration officials would soon use the article to argue for an invasion of Iraq.

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Smoking at Spanish restaurants, bars banned

Smoking at Spanish restaurants, bars banned

January 01, 2011|By Al Goodman, CNN
  • Spain's infamously smoke-clogged cafes, bars and clubs will become clearer after the ban.
    Spain's infamously smoke-clogged cafes, bars and clubs will become clearer after the ban.

A law in Spain that goes into effect Sunday bans smoking in indoor bars and restaurants, and gives the nation some of the toughest smoking restrictions in western Europe.

The law will put Spain in line with Britain, France and Italy, which prohibit smoking in all enclosed public places.

Spain's hotel and restaurant federation warns of a 10 percent drop in business and tens of thousands of job losses in the midst of the nation's deep economic crisis.

But the government says similar laws elsewhere in Europe did not hurt business in the long run.

SC couple forced to move from retirement community for having grandkids

SC couple forced to move from retirement community for gaining custody of their grandchildren

BLUFFTON, SC (AP) - A Bluffton couple who lost their Mississippi home to Hurricane Katrina has now lost a fight to remain in a South Carolina retirement community.

The Island Packet of Hilton Head reports Ed and Barbara Bohannon moved last weekend from their home in the Haven at New Riverside after being given custody of their two grandchildren.

The children, ages 12 and 15, came to live with them after their widowed father lost custody.

The community's board of directors says no one under 19 can live in the Haven more than 90 days and gave the Bohannons two extensions to sell their home.

The Bohannons moved to South Carolina in 2007 to be closer to family. Their daughter, the children's mother, died of breast cancer last year.

Information from: The Island Packet,

For Goldman Sachs, Facebook Investment Comes With Many Benefits

For Goldman Sachs, Facebook Investment Comes With Many Benefits

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Goldman Sachs sent Facebook a friend request, and Facebook accepted.

The news that the investment bank has taken a stake in the white-hot social-networking giant has tongues wagging from Wall Street to Silicon Valley. As first reported by DealBook, Goldman has invested $450 million in a deal that values Facebook at $50 billion. As part of the deal, Goldman is looking to raise as much as $1.5 billion from its wealthy clients to invest in Facebook alongside the firm.

The move is straight out of Goldman’s playbook. The firm has a long history of “friending” America’s hottest companies and chief executives. By collecting so many important friends, Goldman generates big fees.

The ancillary benefits of buying a stake in Facebook are several fold. First, it has likely established itself as the leading candidate to win the very lucrative and prestigious assignment of Facebook’s initial public offering, whenever that day comes. Then, of course, there’s secondary share offerings, mergers-and-acquisitions business and other the other banking fees that would inure to Goldman.

Think the Employment Situation is Bad in the U.S.? Try Getting a Job in Southern Europe

Think the Employment Situation is Bad in the U.S.? Try Getting a Job in Southern Europe

anuary 3rd, 2011
Francesca Esposito, 29 and exquisitely educated, helped win millions of euros in false disability and other lawsuits for her employer, a major Italian state agency. But one day last fall she quit, fed up with how surreal and ultimately sad it is to be young in Italy today.
It galled her that even with her competence and fluency in five languages, it was nearly impossible to land a paying job. Working as an unpaid trainee lawyer was bad enough, she thought, but doing it at Italy’s social security administration seemed too much. She not only worked for free on behalf of the nation’s elderly, who have generally crowded out the young for jobs, but her efforts there did not even apply to her own pension.
“It was absurd,” said Ms. Esposito, a strong-willed woman with a healthy sense of outrage.
The outrage of the young has erupted, sometimes violently, on the streets of Greece and Italy in recent weeks, as students and more radical anarchists protest not only specific austerity measures in flattened economies but a rising reality in Southern Europe: People like Ms. Esposito feel increasingly shut out of their own futures. Experts warn of volatility in state finances and the broader society as the most highly educated generation in the history of the Mediterranean hits one of its worst job markets.
Politicians are slowly beginning to take notice. Italy’s president, Giorgio Napolitano, devoted his year-end message on Friday to “the pervasive malaise among young people,” weeks after protests against budget cuts to the university system brought the issue to the fore.
Giuliano Amato, an economist and former Italian prime minister, was even more blunt. “By now, only a few people refuse to understand that youth protests aren’t a protest against the university reform, but against a general situation in which the older generations have eaten the future of the younger ones,” he recently told Corriere della Sera, Italy’s largest newspaper.
The daughter of a fireman and a high school teacher, Ms. Esposito was the first in her family to graduate from college and the first to study foreign languages. She has an Italian law degree and a master’s from Germany and was an intern at the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg. It has not helped.
“I have every possible certificate,” Ms. Esposito said dryly. “I have everything except a death certificate.”