Thursday, July 19, 2012

Iceland's Economy Is Mending Amid Europe's Malaise

Source: New York Times

Analysts attribute Iceland's rapid economic recovery to a combination of fortuitous decisions and good luck, and caution that the lessons of Iceland’s turnaround are not readily applicable to the larger and more complex economies of Europe.

During the economic crisis, Iceland did many things different from its European counterparts. It let its three largest banks fail, instead of bailing them out. It ensured that domestic depositors got their money back and gave debt relief to struggling homeowners and to businesses facing bankruptcy.

No-fly listed? How about a pilot's license instead?

WTF? While the TSA is groping grandmas, forcing people with insulin pumps to walk through metal detectors, referring to the naked body scanners as "dick measuring devices", "randomly selecting" attractive women for extra screening, hiring priests who where defrocked for child molestation and making our travels significantly less enjoyable, illegals and people on the no-fly list are teaching and attending flight school and even becoming pilots.

Source: Russia Today

After 9/11, TSA founded the Alien Flight Student Program (AFSP) to screen non-US citizens in order to provide a threat assessment before an individual’s flight school clearance.

Yet somehow 26,000 foreign nationals who finished their flight lessons between January 2006 and September 2011, “ had not applied to the AFSP or been vetted by TSA before taking flight training and receiving an FAA airman certificate."

Furthermore, US Customs and Immigration found that illegal immigrants were being trained to fly.

In 2010, a Boston-area flight school trained 25 students who "consisted primarily of visa overstays and illegal aliens," according to investigator John Woods. The operator of the flight school was also undocumented.

Families of U.S. citizens killed in drone strike file wrongful death lawsuit

Source: The Raw Story

The complaint alleges that the deaths are part of a broader programme of deliberate and premeditated killings by the United States, which rely on “vague legal standards, a closed executive process and evidence never presented to the courts”.

The lawsuit has been filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) on behalf of Nasser al-Awlaki, the father of Anwar and grandfather of Abdulrahman, and Sarah Khan, the mother of Khan. It aims to force the Obama administration to disclose information about secret decisions behind the killing.

WikiLeaks disclosures caused no damage to U.S.

Private Manning's Lawyer came up with an interesting strategy.

Source: The Raw Story

“The reasonableness of his belief that the information could not cause damage is buttressed by the damage assessments which say that the leaks did not cause damage to the United States,” Coombs wrote.

He said it was not enough for the government to assert that harm “could” result from the leaks.

“Anything ‘could’ happen —the world ‘could’ end tomorrow, Kim Kardashian ‘could’ be elected president of the United States of America; I ‘could’ win the lottery,” he wrote.