Pentagon Asset Anwar al-Awlaki allegedly killed in Yemen

Anwar al-Awlaki met and dined with officials in the Pentagon weeks after the 9/11 attacks

CBS
September 30, 2011

Anwar al-Awlaki, a U.S.-born radical Islamic preacher who rose to the highest level of al Qaeda’s franchise in Yemen, has been killed.

Al-Awlaki, born in New Mexico, has been linked to al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula’s (AQAP) attempted bombing of a U.S. passenger jet over Detroit on Christmas day, 2009, and was thought to be a leader of the group.

A U.S. government official confirms to CBS News senior security correspondent David Martin that al-Awlaki was killed. Yemen’s Defense Ministry was first to tell CBS News of the strike, but given previous reports which turned out to be erroneous, the relatively rapid U.S. confirmation is crucial, and bolsters witness accounts that it was a U.S. drone strike that killed the al Qaeda figure.

The Associated Press reported that an unidentified source said the U.S. believes al-Awlaki was killed in a strike by U.S. jets and drones on his convoy.

U.S. officials considered al-Awlaki a most-wanted terror suspect, and added his name last year to the kill or capture list – making him a rare American addition to what is effectively a U.S. government hit-list.

Al-Awlaki’s father, who still lives in the U.S., filed a lawsuit against the federal government, claiming his son’s civil rights were violated by the U.S. call for his killing.

A federal court dismissed Nasser al-Awlaki’s suit on Dec. 7, 2010, on the grounds that he had no legal standing to challenge the targeting of his son.

A statement from Yemen’s foreign press office said the al Qaeda suspect “was targeted and killed 8 KM (about 5 miles) from the town of Khashef in the Province of Jawf, 140KM (about 80 miles) east of the Capital Sana’a.”

Al-Arabiya television network cited local tribal sources as saying suspected U.S. drone aircraft – which are known to operate in Yemen – fired two missiles Friday at a convoy of vehicles believed to be carrying al-Awlaki and his guards.

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Solyndra Defaulted on Loan Payments, Violated Terms of Agreement

One of the Federal government’s alternative energy dear children was restructured to keep it afloat even after financial problems.

By Deborah Solomon
Wall Street Journal
September 28, 2011

Solyndra LLC had such steep financial problems in late 2010 that the company violated terms of its loan-guarantee agreement with the Department of Energy and technically defaulted on its $535 million loan, according to people familiar with the matter.

President Barack Obama was visited numerous times by Solyndra executives and Obama himself payed a visit to Solyndra in California.

The failed solar-panel maker, which is under numerous criminal and congressional investigations, ran so short of cash in December 2010 that it was unable to satisfy certain terms of its U.S. loan agreement, these people said. The agreement required Solyndra to provide $5 million in equity to a subsidiary building its factory but cash-flow problems prevented those payments.

The Energy Department ultimately restructured the loan agreement to help keep the company afloat and Solyndra continued to draw money from its loan.

Solyndra’s cash-flow problems in late 2010 had previously come to light but it was not known that the company technically defaulted on its loan and violated its agreement with the U.S. government.

The company’s financial problems prompted the Energy Department early this year to allow it to reshuffle its debt. Under the arrangement, private investors agreed to provide a new $75 million loan and won the right to be paid ahead of the government if the company was liquidated.

The default is the latest indication of the serious financial troubles afflicting California-based Solyndra, which filed for bankruptcy protection earlier this month. It will likely add to questions surrounding the Obama administration’s backing for the company even as its financial problems mounted.

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Suelo y Vegetación Utilizan un 45% más de CO2 por año de lo Estimado

Estos números hace otra abolladura grande en la teoría ampliamente desacreditada de que hombre es responsable por el calentamiento global, ya que las estimaciones anteriores indicaban que la biosfera sólo consumía 120 mil millones de toneladas de CO2.

Por Luis R. Miranda
The Real Agenda
29 de septiembre 2011

La capacidad de los bosques, las plantas y el suelo para usar el dióxido de carbono (CO2) del aire ha sido subestimado, según un estudio publicado el miércoles en la revista científica Nature. Este hecho desafía cálculos previos utilizados para estimar la gravedad del problema causado por los llamados gases de efecto invernadero.

La Selva Tropical en Costa Rica -- La capacidad de los bosques, las plantas y el suelo para aspirar el dióxido de carbono (CO2) del aire ha sido subestimado, según un estudio publicado el miércoles, el cual desafía que el punto de referencia para el cálculo del problema de gases de efecto invernadero.

Como el mar, la tierra es una de “sumidero” de carbono, o una esponja, lo que ayuda a absorber el CO2 que atrapa el calor emitido por la quema de combustibles fósiles.

La estimación general usada hasta ahora para predecir posibles crisis en le futuro -especialmente por los alarmistas del cambio climático como Al Gore y Cristiana Figueres- es que el suelo y la vegetación usan en aproximadamente 120 millones de toneladas, o gigatoneladas de carbono cada año a través del proceso natural de la fotosíntesis.

El nuevo estudio, publicado en la revista científica Nature, dice que la absorción puede ser entre 25 y 45 por ciento, o sea,  150-175 gigatoneladas por año.

Pero muy poco de este carbono adicional es probable que se almacene de forma permanente en la planta, dicen los investigadores. En cambio, es probable que vuelva a entrar en la atmósfera por la respiración de las plantas en forma de oxígeno, que es lo que las plantas emiten como consecuencia de su fotosíntesis.

Esta es una decepción para aquellos que buscan una buena noticia en la lucha contra el cambio climático y el supuesto calentamiento global antropogénico.

Cuanto más carbono es secuestrado en el suelo y las plantas, menos carbono entra en la atmósfera, donde ayudaría a atrapar el calor del sol.

La investigadora principal del estudio, Lisa Welp, de la Institución Scripps de Oceanografía en la Universidad de California en San Diego, dijo que averiguar la absorción anual de carbono de la biosfera terrestre había sido uno de los mayores problemas en la ecuación de las emisiones.

Actualmente, científicos confía en las estimaciones actuales sobre la utilización que la biosfera hace del dióxico de carbono en la tierra y es improbable que haya un gran cambio a raíz de los nuevos hallazgos, dijo.

“Más CO2 es utilizado por las plantas de lo que se pensaba, y en realidad este no se queda dentro de ellas por mucho tiempo”, dijo en el intercambio de correo electrónico con la AFP.

“El exceso de CO2 usado durante la fotosíntesis es más probable que regrese de vuelta a la atmósfera a través de la respiración.”

La investigación analizó los isótopos, o las variaciones en el componente de oxígeno de CO2, utilizando un banco de datos de muestreo de la atmósfera con más de tres décadas de información acumulada.

Estos isótopos son un marcador químico, lo que indica el tipo de agua con la que la molécula ha entrado en contacto.

Los investigadores analizaron los isótopos cuyas concentraciones están relacionadas con las lluvias.

Ellos fueron sorprendidos por la clara asociación entre estos isótopos y el fenómeno de El Niño, el fenómeno del tiempo que ocurre frecuentemente.

La implicación de esto es que el CO2 es rápidamente utilizado por los ecosistemas terrestres, sugieren los investigadores. A partir de ese supuesto viene la estimación mucho más alta de absorción de dióxido de carbono cada año.

Los científicos no explican si esta “nueva” forma de reciclar el CO2 en el ambiente es una respuesta de la biosfera a la abundancia de CO2, lo cual, en épocas pasadas, significó una biosfera mas rica en vegetación y como consecuencia de esto, la existencia de más de alimento para los seres que la habitan, incluyendo los humanos.

Microsoft, Red Cross and UN sucked into global news fixing row

by Ian Burrell
The Independent
September 29, 2011

The creator and face of Microsoft, William Gates.

Microsoft has been sucked into the row surrounding a London-based media company currently under investigation by broadcasters for making editorial programmes without declaring it had a commercial relationship with some of those it featured.

Both the BBC and the US-owned broadcaster CNBC are investigating FBC Media following an investigation by The Independent which showed it had made numerous factual programmes about Malaysia after being allocated millions of pounds by the country’s government to promote it.

This newspaper has evidence that Microsoft was “guaranteed” coverage on a flagship programme which FBC was commissioned to make for CNBC – which is screened in Britain – for a major launch that the global technology company was planning in Europe. CNBC recently suspended the show, World Business, pending the outcome of its investigation.

The Independent has seen a nine-page letter written to Microsoft’s senior communications managers, in which FBC promised coverage of its opening of the European Microsoft Innovation Center in Aachen, Germany, and a second project in St Petersburg, Russia.

The document referred to World Business under the heading “FBC Guaranteed Distribution Placement”. It told Microsoft: “Our flagship programme, World Business, is a weekly half-hour business news magazine, which covers the trends shaping business, particularly from a European perspective.

“We can foresee placing coverage of the Aachen opening within the programme the weekend of May 1&2, which means guaranteed placement on CNBC Europe, PBS-TV in the US, Star World Asia and 12 national broadcast markets in Western and Eastern Europe.” PBS is America’s public service broadcaster and Star World is part of Rupert Murdoch’s global News Corp media empire.

In its letter to the Microsoft PR chiefs, FBC pointed out: “Due to our distribution agreements with each of the broadcasters, FBC maintains final editorial control over the reports featured within any of its broadcast programmes.”

Last night CNBC said: “We have suspended all broadcasts of the World Business programme indefinitely. We cannot comment further for legal reasons.”

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