Sunday, September 30, 2012

Truecaller Provides Worldwide Phone Listings

When an unfamiliar number from another country appears on your caller ID, you are not sure whether you should answer. The Swedish company Truecaller is a mobile phone app that helps you find the owner of phone numbers, especially cell and prepaid phone numbers, worldwide. It is an attempt to create the most comprehensive phone directory in the world, with a mix of white and yellow page listings.

According to Truecaller, Scandinavia has about 60 percent of its phone numbers listed in directories. The United States and some Western European countries might have about 30 percent of numbers available in directories, not including cell phones or prepaid lines. Truecaller says many countries do not even have phone directories for the public to consult. In countries such as India and Saudi Arabia, it is difficult to find listings. In some places, you must pay for phone number information.

To find out who owns a phone for free, enter the number on your mobile phone or the Truecaller website.

?For the time being, it?s only possible to reverse number lookup ? and not name search,? Kim Fai Kok, Truecaller marketing manager, told RESCUECOM. ?Though I have to clarify that in Scandinavia, for instance, where there are public phone directories which we also partner with to get extended data, the name search is available. That?s why the name and address field is on the app.?

People all around the world can pool their personal directories and make them available to other Truecaller users. ?The privacy issue is something we take seriously ? that?s why we have made it really easy for people who don?t want to be on our database to opt out,? Kok continued. ?Please note that we don?t give away, share or sell any data that is in Truecaller?s database.?

Truecaller says that in India, there are approximately 600 million mobile subscribers, almost all prepaid. Until Truecaller, there was no method to look up these numbers. Truecaller says it enabled the India lookup success rate to rise from 0 percent to 56 percent. With Truecaller, people looking for U.S. numbers succeed about 60 percent of the time.

Founded in 2009 in Stockholm, Sweden, Truecaller recently released a new Android version. The app works on the iPhone, Android, BlackBerry, Symbian and Windows phones.

Truecaller recently passed 5 million users, with more than 120 million searches conducted a month.

Your mobile phone is handy for business and personal use. If you have a computer problem, the phone is also handy to call for phone computer repair and computer support, from a reliable company such as RESCUECOM.

Truecaller makes it easy to block calls, including those from numbers already identified as spam.

With the $1.3 million in funding it just received from Open Ocean, Truecaller will expand its markets. ?The funds will further boost Truecaller?s product development and international expansion in key markets North America, Asia and the Middle East,? Kok explained.

Find out who is calling you with Truecaller.



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My Everything Corner: Headed Home

It seems like moments ago I was journalling about how much I was looking forward to our road trip, and now we're on our way home. Sometimes I wonder if it was ever worth leaving home at all. Thinking back over the last couple of days, the scenery, our first real road trip with our children, feeling nostalgic because this how we started our marriage, (roadtrips), it wasn't only worth it, it was necessary. Giving the kids the experince of travel is a source of education you just cannot replicate in the classroom. Enjoying my husband's company without all the demands of work and home has been so refreshing. Giving myself a different perspective, and taking a break from the everyday routine of being a housewife has been very nourishing. My own bed, my creative space, my pets and time to myself are all good reasons to go home and get resettled. Not to mention all the wonderful photos I now have of the Jasper scenery and of my family with gorgeous backdrops and beautiful, big smiles. This scrapbook is going to be fun to do.


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Honey bees fight back against Varroa

Friday, September 28, 2012

The parasitic mite Varroa destructor is a major contributor to the recent mysterious death of honey bee (Apis mellifera) colonies. New research published in BioMed Central's open access journal Genome Biology finds that specific proteins, released by damaged larvae and in the antennae of adult honey bees, can drive hygienic behavior of the adults and promote the removal of infected larvae from the hive.

V. destructor sucks the blood (hemolymph) of larval and adult bees leaving them weakened and reducing the ability of their immune systems to fight off infections. Not that honey bees have strong immune systems in the first place since they have fewer immunity genes than solitary insects such as flies and moths. These tiny mites can also spread viral disease between hosts. This double onslaught is thought to be a significant contributor to Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD).

But all is not lost - honey bees have evolved a way to fight back: hygienic behavior where diseased or parasitized larvae are removed from their brood cells, and Varroa-sensitive hygienic behavior which they use to reduce the number of reproductive mites on remaining larvae.

To find exactly how bees respond to hive infections, researchers from Canada looked at the natural behavioral of bees in the presence of damaged larvae and compared this to protein differences in the larvae and adults. After scanning 1200 proteins the team found that several proteins, including LOC552009 (of unknown function but similar to ApoO), found in the antennae of adults were associated with both uncapping brood cells and the removal of larvae. Other proteins were involved in olfaction or in signal transduction, probably helping the adults find infected larvae amongst a brood.

In damaged larvae, transglutaminase, a protein involved in blood clotting, was upregulated, which appeared to be a key component in regulating the adult's behavior. Other proteins indicated adaptations to help fight infection, including chitin biosynthesis and immune responses.

Dr Leonard Foster from CHIBI at the University of British Columbia, who led this research said, "Bee keepers have previously focused on selecting bees with traits such as enhanced honey production, gentleness and winter survival. We have found a set of proteins which could be used to select colonies on their ability to resist Varroa mite infestation and can be used to find individuals with increased hygienic behavior. Given the increasing resistance of Varroa to available drugs this would provide a natural way of ensuring honey farming and potentially survival of the species."


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Can we charge a fee for paper paychecks? - Business Management ...

Q. We require direct deposit of employee paychecks. We have one employee who hasn?t set up an account despite frequent requests. We have to mail his check from headquarters, sometimes via courier. Can we charge him a fee? ? J.P., Illinois

A. Depending on your state?s law, it may not be legal to require employees to use direct deposit. Assuming it is legal, it is not a good idea to charge the employee a fee. It would be better to meet with the employee, ask him why he has not set up an account, and offer to assist him in the process. He or she may not realize how easy and convenient this will be or may be suspicious of the banking system. If so, explain it to him and offer assistance.

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When your eyes tell your hands what to think: You're far less in control of your brain than you think

ScienceDaily (Sep. 28, 2012) ? You've probably never given much thought to the fact that picking up your cup of morning coffee presents your brain with a set of complex decisions. You need to decide how to aim your hand, grasp the handle and raise the cup to your mouth, all without spilling the contents on your lap.

A new Northwestern University study shows that, not only does your brain handle such complex decisions for you, it also hides information from you about how those decisions are made.

"Our study gives a salient example," said Yangqing 'Lucie' Xu, lead author of the study and a doctoral candidate in psychology at Northwestern. "When you pick up an object, your brain automatically decides how to control your muscles based on what your eyes provide about the object's shape. When you pick up a mug by the handle with your right hand, you need to add a clockwise twist to your grip to compensate for the extra weight that you see on the left side of the mug.

"We showed that the use of this visual information is so powerful and automatic that we cannot turn it off. When people see an object weighted in one direction, they actually can't help but 'feel' the weight in that direction, even when they know that we're tricking them," Xu said.

The researchers conducted two experiments. In the first, people were asked to grasp a vertical stick with a weight hanging from its left or right side. People easily reported which side they felt the weight was on, even when they had their eyes closed.

The researchers then used a set of mirrors to occasionally flip the view of the object so that it looked like the weight was on the left, when actually it was on the right. And although people were told to report on which side they felt the weight (with their hands), the visual image strongly influenced the direction that they felt the weight was coming from, especially when the weights were lighter.

In the second experiment, the researchers tried harder to convince people to ignore the visual information by carefully explaining the nature of the "trick."

"People still could not ignore the visual information," said Xu. "In fact, the effect even works on us, and we designed the experiment!"

Steven Franconeri, co-author of the study and associate professor of cognitive psychology at Northwestern, said the brain is constantly making decisions for us that we don't know about or understand.

"These decisions are usually smart and based on vast experience," he said. "In this study's example, your brain is automatically using visual information to tell your hands what they are feeling. We can show that these decisions are happening by manipulating the information your brain receives -- we mirror-reverse the visual information and your brain now tells your hands that they are feeling the reverse of what they are actually feeling. This inference is mandatory -- you feel it even if you know it's not true."

Franconeri said this is not a "bug" in the brain's operation.

"In the vast majority of cases, you want to 'delegate' decisions like this to the unconscious parts of your brain, leaving you free to focus on less straightforward problems, like following driving directions or enjoying your cup of coffee."

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NW Trail Alliance is getting kids on mountain bikes - Bike Portland

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As we shared back in July, the Northwest Trail Alliance (NWTA) held their first summer kid's camp this past summer. A new video (watch it below) released today shares the impact that camp had on the kids, in their own words.

Over the four day camp, 20 kids (led by experienced guides) visited different riding spots throughout the Portland region. They learned about nature, how to be good trail stewards, and of course, they learned how to ride in a way most of them had never even considered before. It's one thing to hop down a curb in front of your house, but it's an entirely different experience to roll over a log while riding down a trail in the forest, or to move smoothly over a berm at a pump track at the local park.

In a world where headlines and research constantly remind us that physical inactivity is killing our kids and our public forests are parks are crumbling due to a lack of maintenance and public support, it seems to me like giving kids more opportunities to ride mountain bikes is a no-brainer.

If you know a kid who would like to give this a try, you're in luck! The NWTA is gearing up for the annual Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day on Saturday, October 6th. The event will be held out at Stub Stewart State Park (between Banks and Vernonia, about a 45 minute drive from downtown Portland) and you don't even need a bike to take part. The Hillsboro Parks & Recreation department will provide free mountain bike rentals for kids and Bike Gallery will have demo bikes for adults to use. In addition to guided rides, there will also be free lunch and snacks, a video screening, and other activities.

You can register for this free event and learn more at

As this video shows, getting kids out on mountain bikes can be a powerful force for good. It's also something that reaches far beyond the extreme sport imagery many people associate with the activity. Thanks to Dan Kaufman of Crank My Chain TV for making the video and thanks to the NWTA for all their great advocacy.

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Thursday, September 27, 2012

RIM CEO Thorsten Heins: BlackBerry 10 has ?clear shot? at being No.3

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Eight of the weirdest game controllers of all time ? Video Games ...

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The Nintendo Wii U controller is definitely unique, but it?s by no means the craziest input device ever made. For as long as people have been gaming, hardware designers have been trying to reinvent the way they do it, and that has produced a long line of strange experiments. Some of them fell flat. Others weren?t great, but innovated in ways that made a lasting impression. A few were even pretty good on their own. No matter how well they succeeded, all of them were unusual enough to earn confused expressions at first glance. Here are some of the most bizarre controllers ever, and why they?ve got a place in gaming history.

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The twisting Namco NeGcon controller

The first question most people ask when they see the Namco NeGcon is ?why?? And indeed, why would anyone want a gamepad that twists in half? The surprising answer is that, at the time, it was one of the best ways to play racing games. The original Playstation controller didn?t have the thumbsticks that are so common today, which meant no analog steering. Making a really precise turn required carefully pulsing the left and right directions on a D-pad, or else buying a racing wheel.

The NeGcon?s unusual design offered a different solution. By twisting the halves of Namco?s controller in opposite directions, players could fine tune the amount of turn they wanted. Meanwhile, the two analog buttons on the face, another unusual feature at the time, allowed for more precise acceleration and braking. As strange as it looks now, the NeGcon was a favorite among fans of the early WipEout games.

Nintendo 64 controller

The Nintendo 64 controller (pictured at the top) is perhaps the most refined experiment on this list. In some ways, it was even ahead of its time, as its analog thumbstick and trigger didn?t become standard controller features for years. The problem was that, in order to use them, players had to awkwardly grasp the middle and side of the controller, one hand higher than the other. Looking back, it?s clear that this is where Nintendo truly fell in love with making unusual controllers.

Sidewinder Strategic Commander ? PC

Before the Xbox 360 controller became the go-to gaming device on the PC, Microsoft?s Sidewinder gamepad was the gold standard that many games were pre-configured for. The other entries in the Sidewinder family, however, weren?t as universally loved.

The Strategic Commander was designed with RTS games in mind, the idea being that it could replace the keyboard for a player?s left hand. The entire top portion slid around on the base for moving about a map, and twisted for zooming in and out. The buttons under each fingertip could be programmed with long strings of keys for quickly setting up build queues or issuing common commands. Despite some clunkiness to the movement scheme, the Strategic Commander had dedicated fans who felt it was an under-appreciated RTS tool.

Sidewinder Dual Strike ? PC

I can?t bring up the Sidewinder line without mentioning Microsoft?s other strange experiment from that period, the Dual Strike. As with the Strategic Commander, the Dual Strike was an attempt to rethink the usual mouse and keyboard scheme used on the PC, but this time for the FPS genre. The knob that divided the two sides allowed the right section of the controller to pivot around for aiming, while the D-pad handled the ASDW functions of moving and strafing.

Many reviewers found that the Dual Strike actually worked well, even if it took a lot of adjusting to. If the D-pad hadn?t been so prone to break, it might have gathered more of a following.

Next page: Four more controllers that seemed like a good idea at the time?


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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Alternate Dimensions: Future Design

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Great Coffee App 1.0 for Coffee Enthusiasts

[] Astana, Kazakhstan - Mobile Creators today introduces Great Coffee App 1.0 for iOS. We love coffee; and there is nothing special about us in this regard. Over 2 billion cups of coffee, prepared in variety of different ways, are consumed every day. It is the second most traded commodity in the world, right after the crude oil.

We wanted celebrate this beverage we enjoy every day by any means we could muster. Here as Mobile Creators we make apps, and that's exactly what we did (and, oh boy, did we learn a lot about our favorite drink in process.)

After months of hard works by a team of enthusiasts, we, finally, are ready to announce our new app simply named Great Coffee App. This app is a short introduction to the 16 most popular espresso-based drinks. It was developed in collaboration with a professional barista with 10 years experience. Demonstration of drinks in cross-section, interesting facts about coffee, specially created music and impressive graphic design - all this will help expand your horizons and teach you about the 'coffee world.' By covering the stages from beginner to expert, you will open up a whole new world of drinks, and may be one of them will become your favorite!

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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

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Monday, September 24, 2012

Tottenham ace still wanted in West London

Queens Park Rangers will look into bringing Michael Dawson to Loftus Road in January after failing to secure him in the summer according to boss Mark Hughes.

Rangers have made a poor start to the season after lots of changes to their squad over the past few months, but it seems Hughes is already planning more deals for the club in the new year and the out of favour Tottenham defender is top of his wish list.

?Maybe Michael?s situation had happened too quickly for him to understand what his future is at Spurs,? Hughes told the Daily Mirror.

?We took it as far as we were able to and he would have been a good acquisition but it wasn?t to be.?

?In January that might be different if he is still out of the team, but we may have moved on by then.?

?There?s been a big turnover in players but he has replaced those who have left with players of the same level.?


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Saturday, September 22, 2012

Natural Standard Presenting at TSU Continuing Education Conference

Dr. Catherine Ulbricht, Founder of Natural Standard, will be presenting a lecture on Dietary Supplement Interactions at the upcoming Annual Fall Preceptor Conference, hosted by Texas Southern University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.

The conference will take place on Saturday, October 20, 2012 at the Texas Southern University Medical Center Campus. The conference provides 2.0 contact hours (0.20 CEU) of general pharmacy education credit in Knowledge and 2.0 contact hours (0.15 CEU) of general pharmacy education credit in Law.

The learning objectives of the program include discussing evidence-based information on dietary supplements as well as potential interactions with diagnostic/laboratory tests, food/nutrients and drugs/OTCs. Dr. Ulbricht will be speaking from 10:30am to 12:30pm.

Iona Grant, R.Ph, will also present on the Texas State Board of Pharmacy Law Updates from 8:10am to 10:10am.

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Friday, September 21, 2012

PFT: Eagles' Maclin out this week vs. Cards

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We cover all of the biggest injury stories throughout the day on Friday, but feel free to use this as a one-stop shop to catch up on those posts and any other names worth mentioning that we?ll throw in here every Friday.

Rams at Bears

The big story here is the running backs. Steven Jackson is questionable after missing practice all week because of a groin injury and Matt Forte will miss the game after spraining his ankle in the Bears? loss to the Packers. Rams defensive tackle Michael Brockers is out of his walking boot, but won?t play Sunday. Tackle Rodger Saffold is also out for St. Louis.

Bills at Browns

The Browns will be without linebacker James-Michael Johnson and tight end Alex Smith, while kick returner Josh Cribbs is questionable. For Buffalo, safety Jairus Byrd and linebacker Nick Barnett are both expected to play despite missing practice all week.

Buccaneers at Cowboys

The Cowboys ruled out defensive tackle Jay Ratliff for the third straight game. Defensive end Kenyon Coleman is also out and safety Gerald Sensabaugh isn?t likely to play because of a calf injury. The Buccaneers ruled out cornerback Anthony Gaitor, but are otherwise light on injuries.

Jaguars at Colts

Colts wide receiver Austin Collie practiced all week, but his status is contingent on a meeting with doctors Saturday. Linebacker Pat Angerer and guard Joe Reitz are out while linebacker Dwight Freeney is questionable after missing Week Two with an ankle injury. Linebacker Daryl Smith, defensive end George Selvie and guard Eben Britton are all out for the Jaguars, while running back Rashad Jennings is doubtful with the knee injury that kept him out last week.

Jets at Dolphins

Cornerback Darrelle Revis is probable, but Rex Ryan said the Jets are going to be without fullback John Conner and linebacker Bryan Thomas. Tight end Dustin Keller is questionable with a hamstring injury that forced him to miss the loss to the Steelers. Dolphins running back Daniel Thomas is probable after missing last week with a concussion while defensive lineman Tony McDaniel is out.

49ers at Vikings

Wide receiver Ted Ginn and running back Brandon Jacobs are both questionable, just as they were before being held out of last week?s game with the Lions. Linebacker Erin Henderson won?t play for the Vikings due to a concussion.

Chiefs at Saints

The Chiefs will be without tight end Kevin Boss and have several key players ? safety Kendrick Lewis, defensive tackle Anthony Toribio, guard Ryan Lilja and wide receiver Dexter McCluster among them ? listed as questionable. Saints wide receiver Marques Colston is questionable with a foot injury, although he?s expected to play unless he looks bad in pregame.

Lions at Titans

Safety Louis Delmas is out again for the Lions, but cornerbacks Bill Bentley and Chris Houston are both probable to make their returns. Another corner, Jacob Lacey, is questionable and tight end Tony Scheffler is doubtful. The Titans will be without linebacker Colin McCarthy and running back Javon Ringer is questionable after missing the first two games.

Bengals at Redskins

Redskins coach Mike Shanahan doesn?t expect WR Pierre Gar?on to play, but safety Brandon Meriweather could make his 2012 debut after being listed as questionable. Bengals cornerback Leon Hall missed practice the last two days and is questionable. Defensive end Carlos Dunlap and running back Bernard Scott should both be in the lineup for the first time in the regular season.

Eagles at Cardinals

Cardinals quarterback John Skelton has returned to practice, but he?s questionable and not likely to see action. Tight end Todd Heap and safety Adrian Wilson are also questionable. The Eagles will play without wide receiver Jeremy Maclin and tackle King Dunlap.

Falcons at Chargers

The Chargers should get running back Ryan Mathews and tight end Antonio Gates back after they both missed the win over the Titans. Cornerback Christopher Owens is out for the Falcons and linebacker Sean Weatherspoon is questionable.

Texans at Broncos

Broncos guard Chris Kuper is the only player ruled out for either team. Several players are probable on both sides, which means that both teams should be at or right next to full strength come kickoff.

Steelers at Raiders

Safety Troy Polamalu, running back Rashard Mendenhall and linebacker James Harrison are all out again for the Steelers. Tackle Mike Adams is questionable after missing practice all week. The Raiders ruled out tackle Khalif Barnes and cornerback Shawntae Spencer. Linebacker Rolando McClain is questionable as a result of a concussion.

Patriots at Ravens

Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez has been ruled out after hurting his ankle a few plays into the loss to the Cardinals and figures to miss several more games. Defensive tackle Justin Francis will miss the game as well. Tackle Sebastian Vollmer, guard Logan Mankins and wide receiver Brandon Lloyd are among 10 Patriots listed as questionable for Sunday night. Tackle Jah Reid is doubtful while the rest of the Ravens appear healthy ahead of Sunday?s final matchup.


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Detroit's former mayor faces corruption trial

In a Sept. 6, 2012 photo, former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick walks to federal court on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012 in Detroit with attorney Jim Thomas. Opening statements are set for Friday, Sept. 21. Kilpatrick, his father Bernard, former city water boss Victor Mercado and Kilpatrick pal Bobby Ferguson are accused of a sweeping corruption scheme. (AP Photo/Detroit News, David Coates) DETROIT FREE PRESS OUT; HUFFINGTON POST OUT

In a Sept. 6, 2012 photo, former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick walks to federal court on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012 in Detroit with attorney Jim Thomas. Opening statements are set for Friday, Sept. 21. Kilpatrick, his father Bernard, former city water boss Victor Mercado and Kilpatrick pal Bobby Ferguson are accused of a sweeping corruption scheme. (AP Photo/Detroit News, David Coates) DETROIT FREE PRESS OUT; HUFFINGTON POST OUT

(AP) ? After a last-ditch effort to move the case out of Detroit failed, former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick is returning to court for the start of a corruption trial that will last months and could land him in prison for more than 10 years.

Kilpatrick, who was forced out of office in a different scandal in 2008, is accused of collecting hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes, kickbacks and other favors. His father, Bernard, is a co-defendant in yet another sordid turn for what once was one of Detroit's most powerful political families.

The 100-page indictment describes Kwame Kilpatrick muscling contractors, rewarding pals and repeatedly reaping illegal benefits ? cash, travel, golf, even yoga ? while running an ailing city that struggled more than most during the economic downturn.

Opening statements are set for Friday after U.S. District Judge Nancy Edmunds rejected a request by defense lawyers to move the trial to another city.

"What is extraordinary here is just the volume of evidence, the breadth of the indictment," said David Steingold, a defense attorney not involved in the case. "I can't speak to it, but it looks as though they're just trying to overwhelm Mr. Kilpatrick. They're trying to throw so much mud at him."

The charges against him are racketeering conspiracy, extortion, bribery, fraud, false tax returns and tax evasion.

"Was I corrupt? Absolutely not," Kilpatrick told reporters in August. He now lives in Grand Prairie, Texas.

Besides the Kilpatricks, construction contractor Bobby Ferguson and ex-Detroit water boss Victor Mercado are on trial.

This isn't Kilpatrick's first brush with the law. He served a 14-month prison term for a probation violation related to a 2008 conviction for lying from the witness stand about an extramarital affair, a relationship that was revealed in sexually explicit text messages.

At least 10 people who have pleaded guilty in the investigation are on the government's witness list, including former Deputy Mayor Kandia Milton, former executive assistant DeDan Milton and former chief administrative officer Derrick Miller.

Outside the downtown courthouse, the city Kilpatrick left behind seems to be in a perpetual crisis.

Detroit's population has fallen significantly. An emergency manager has taken control of the public schools. Police officers work 12-hour shifts and have been hit with salary cutbacks.

The current mayor, Dave Bing, said he doesn't have much interest in the trial.

"I don't have time for that," he said last week while celebrating the rebirth of the city's century-old aquarium.


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Monday, September 17, 2012

Netanyahu: Containment policy for Iran won't work

FILE - In this July 29, 2012 file photo, Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney meets with Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem. Romney is criticizing President Barack Obama for not planning to meet in person with Netanyahu next week, calling it "confusing and troubling." Romney said at a New York fundraiser Friday that Israel is America's ?closest ally? and ?best friend in the Middle East." He urged Obama to meet with Netanyahu surrounding the start of United Nations General Assembly meetings next week. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

FILE - In this July 29, 2012 file photo, Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney meets with Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem. Romney is criticizing President Barack Obama for not planning to meet in person with Netanyahu next week, calling it "confusing and troubling." Romney said at a New York fundraiser Friday that Israel is America's ?closest ally? and ?best friend in the Middle East." He urged Obama to meet with Netanyahu surrounding the start of United Nations General Assembly meetings next week. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

(AP) ? Israel's prime minister says a policy of containment for Iran will not work because Tehran is guided by a "leadership of fanaticism."

In an interview on NBC News' "Meet the Press" to be aired Sunday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also says he disagrees with those who argue that going to war with Iran would be worse than a nuclear Iran.

"Iran is guided by a leadership with an unbelievable fanaticism," he said. "You want these fanatics to have nuclear weapons?"

Washington wants to give diplomacy and sanctions more time to pressure Tehran to abandon its suspect nuclear work.

But Netanyahu has warned repeatedly that Iran is perilously close to acquiring a nuclear bomb. Earlier this week, he criticized the U.S. specifically over its containment policy, saying peaceful methods are not working.

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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

In unusual snub, Obama to avoid meeting Netanyahu

WASHINGTON/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - In a highly unusual rebuff to a close ally as tensions escalated over how to deal with Iran's nuclear program, the White House said on Tuesday President Barack Obama would not meet Benjamin Netanyahu during the Israeli prime minister's U.S. visit later this month.

The apparent snub, coupled with Netanyahu's sharpened demands for a tougher U.S. line against Iran, threatened to plunge U.S.-Israeli relations into crisis and add pressure on Obama in the final stretch of a tight presidential election campaign.

An Israeli official, who declined to be identified, said the White House had refused Netanyahu's request to meet Obama when the Israeli leader visits the United States to attend the U.N. General Assembly, telling the Israelis, "The president's schedule will not permit that."

White House spokesman Tommy Vietor denied that Netanyahu had ever made such an overture - let alone that it had been spurned - insisting instead that the two leaders were attending the General Assembly on different days and would not be in New York at the same time.

With U.S.-Israeli differences increasingly laid bare and allies of Republican presidential challenger Mitt Romney seizing the chance to slam Obama over his Israel policy, the president phoned Netanyahu on Tuesday night.

Netanyahu has had a strained relationship with Obama, but they have met on all but one of his U.S. trips since 2009. The president was on a foreign visit when the prime minister came to the United States in November 2010.

By withholding a meeting, the Democratic president could alienate some Jewish and pro-Israel voters as he seeks a second term in the November 6 election. Romney has already accused Obama of being too tough on Israel and not hard enough on Iran.

Obama and Netanyahu, according to a White House summary of their call, reaffirmed a "united" determination to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon and to continue close consultations. But they mentioned nothing about the "red lines" Netanyahu wants Obama to set for Tehran.

Obama's avoidance of a face-to-face meeting could signal U.S. displeasure with Netanyahu's intensifying push a specific ultimatum to Iran. Obama aides say privately they believe Netanyahu favors Romney, a fellow conservative, although the Israeli leader has been cautious to avoid being seen interfering in the election campaign.

Word that the two men would not meet came on the same day that Netanyahu said the United States had forfeited its moral right to stop Israel from taking action against Iran's nuclear program because it had refused to be firm with Tehran itself.

Netanyahu has argued that setting a clear boundary for Iran's uranium enrichment activities and imposing stronger economic sanctions could deter Tehran from developing nuclear weapons and mitigate the need for military action.

In comments that appeared to bring the possibility of an Israeli attack on Iran closer, Netanyahu took Washington to task for rebuffing his call to set a clear "red line" for Iran's nuclear program, which has already prompted four rounds of U.N. sanctions.

"The world tells Israel, 'Wait, there's still time.' And I say, 'Wait for what? Wait until when?'" Netanyahu said.

"Those in the international community who refuse to put red lines before Iran don't have a moral right to place a red light before Israel," he added, addressing a news conference with Bulgaria's prime minister.

John McCain and Lindsey Graham, Republican senators and critics of Obama's foreign policy, said in a joint statement: "It is puzzling that the president can't make time to see the head of state of one of America's closest allies in the world."

"If these reports are true, the White House's decision sends a troubling signal to our ally Israel about America's commitment at this dangerous and challenging time," they said.


The website of Israeli daily newspaper Haaretz called Netanyahu's words "an unprecedented verbal attack on the U.S. government".

Iran makes no secret of its hostility to Israel, widely assumed to be the region's only nuclear-armed power, but says its nuclear program is purely peaceful.

Netanyahu's relations with Obama have been tense because of Iran and other issues, such as Jewish settlement building in the occupied West Bank.

But he has never framed his differences with Obama - who has pledged he will "always have Israel's back" and has not ruled out military action against Iran if all else fails - in moral terms.

Obama has been seeking to shore up his advantage over Romney with Jewish voters - who could make a difference in election battleground states like Florida and Ohio - by stressing his support for Israel's security. He received 78 percent of the Jewish vote in 2008, but a nationwide Gallup poll in June showed him down to 64 percent backing versus Romney's 29 percent.

While seeking to put Netanyahu in his place might not go down well with pro-Israel voters, the White House may also be trying to avoid an embarrassing encounter. When the two men met in the Oval Office in May 2011, Netanyahu lectured Obama on Jewish history and criticized his approach to Israeli-Palestinian diplomacy.

Netanyahu's office had offered a solution to the leaders' scheduling problems by having him visit Washington before his U.N. speech on September 28, but the White House did not accept the idea, the Israeli official said.

Obama, who is keeping up a busy schedule of campaign rallies across the country, is expected to take a break to address the opening session at the United Nations on September 25.

There was no immediate comment from the Romney campaign, which had curtailed its public statements out of respect for the 11th anniversary of the September 11, 2001, attacks.

Netanyahu's harsh comments on Tuesday followed U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's remarks on Monday that the United States would not set a deadline in further talks with Iran, and that there was still time for sanctions and diplomacy to work. Clinton - instead of Obama - will meet Netanyahu at the United Nations later in September, the White House said.

U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said on Tuesday that Washington would have little more than a year to act to stop Iran if it decided to produce a nuclear weapon.

Iran has threatened to retaliate against Israel and U.S. interests in the Gulf if it is attacked, and any such conflict could throw Obama's re-election bid off course.


Netanyahu did not mention Clinton by name, but pointedly parroted her use of the word "deadline," saying: "If Iran knows that there is no 'deadline', what will it do? Exactly what it's doing. It's continuing, without any interference, towards obtaining a nuclear weapons capability and from there, nuclear bombs."

"So far, we can say with certainty that diplomacy and sanctions haven't worked. The sanctions have hurt the Iranian economy, but they haven't stopped the Iranian nuclear program. That's a fact. And the fact is that every day that passes, Iran gets closer and closer to nuclear bombs."

Despite the recent tougher Israeli rhetoric, over the past week, Netanyahu, in calling for a "red line," had appeared to be backing away from military action. Polls suggest a majority of Israelis do not want to strike Iran without U.S. support.

Defense Minister Ehud Barak seemed to criticize Netanyahu's assault on the Jewish state's biggest ally.

"Despite the differences and importance of maintaining Israel's independence of action, we must remember the importance of partnership with the United States and try as much as possible not to hurt that," a statement from his office said.

(Additional reporting by Jeffrey Heller; Editing by Kevin Liffey, Michael Roddy and Peter Cooney)


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Saturday, September 8, 2012

Has an Intelligence Leak Ever Caused an American Death?

A group of boys plays cricket near the site of the demolished compound of Osama bin Laden

A group of boys plays cricket near the site of the demolished compound of Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad, Pakistan, in May. Bin Laden was killed by a secret Navy SEAL operation.

Photo by Sajjad Qayyum/AFP/Getty Images.

The Defense Department is threatening to sue former Navy SEAL Matt Bissonnette, whose pseudonymously published book about the killing of Osama bin Laden went on sale this week. Pentagon officials say the book, No Easy Day, reveals classified information and puts American lives at risk. Has the disclosure of classified information ever led directly to an American death?

Possibly. There have been attacks and assassinations after intelligence leaks, but the causal link is difficult to prove. Consider the killing of CIA station chief Richard Welch, gunned down in Athens, Greece, by Marxist terrorists in 1975. The Athens News had outed Welch a month before the killing, and U.S. officials suspected that disaffected former CIA agent Philip Agee was responsible for the leak. Agee had dedicated his life to identifying American intelligence agents, naming more than 200 operatives in the book Inside the Company: CIA Diary and working on the magazine CounterSpy, which had previously identified Welch as a spy when he was doing a stint in Lima, Peru. Agee, however, steadfastly denied involvement in the Welch outing, and there is evidence that Welch?s activities in Greece weren?t completely hush-hush. His Athens home had previously housed several CIA station chiefs, and the book Who?s Who in the CIA, published in East Germany in 1968, listed Welch years before Agee began outing agents. Thirty-seven years after Welch?s death, it?s still unclear exactly how his assassins came to know he was an operative.

The Welch-Agee story is just one of many difficult-to-prove cases in which a leak may have led to American deaths. During World War I, the best code-breaker in the United States was a former telegraph agent named Herbert Yardley. Under his leadership, U.S. intelligence agents deciphered communications from eight foreign governments, and shortly after the war, Yardley broke the communications code of Imperial Japan. The Hoover administration, however, viewed code-breaking as unethical?Secretary of State Henry Stimson famously remarked, ?Gentlemen do not read each other?s mail??and cut the program in the late 1920s. Struggling through the Great Depression without his lucrative government post, Yardley published an unauthorized memoir that humiliated and enraged Japanese officials. They completely overhauled their encryption techniques, and American intelligence was slow to recover its advantage. When U.S. agents intercepted Japanese cables on Dec. 6, 1941, it took them hours to decode messages that suggested an attack was imminent. It?s highly speculative, but some historians today wonder whether the United States would have been better prepared for the Pearl Harbor invasion if Yardley had kept his secrets.

Matt Bissonnette?s tell-all about the bin Laden operation is not the first book by a former government insider to raise the ire of intelligence officials. In the early 1970s, former CIA agent Victor Marchetti attempted to publish a memoir about his time in the agency. The CIA, however, successfully sued for the right to redact classified material from the book before publication. When The CIA: The Cult of Intelligence was released in 1974, it contained 168 redactions, which the publisher indicated with black lines. The agency also forced former agent Frank Snepp to hand over the profits of his 1977 book Decent Interval, for his failure to obtain CIA approval.

Got a question about today?s news? Ask the Explainer.

Explainer thanks Gabriel Schoenfeld, senior adviser to the Romney campaign and author of Necessary Secrets: National Security, the Media, and the Rule of Law.


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