Scientists are investigating whether seals in Alaska that have recently fallen ill are being sickened by radiation from the destroyed Japanese Fukushima nuclear plant. Several seals have washed up on Alaska’s Arctic coastline since July, suffering or killed by a mysterious disease.
The White House has forged an agreement with Saudi Arabia to sell the kingdom $29.4 billion worth of equipment for the Royal Saudi Air Force. The agreement includes production of 84 new Boeing F-15SA aircraft and the modernization of 70 existing aircraft as well as munitions, spare parts, training, maintenance and logistics.
The Administration of President Barack Obama is responsible for an emerging global apparatus for drone killing, says one report from The Washington Post. The apparatus is made up of dozens of secret facilities, including two hubs on the East Coast, virtual Air Force cockpits in the Southwest and bases in at least six countries on two continents
The Obama Administration has been working in recent months to put in place a plan to cut off Iran from global energy markets without risking higher fuel prices. The Iranian economy is already weak, and oil exports account for much of the country’s revenues so Iranian officials are worried about the sanctions.
A statement on the Occupy Des Moines website says, “We are excited to announce the First in the Nation Caucus Occupation. This winter, presidential campaign headquarters in Des Moines, Iowa and political events throughout the state will be occupied. Occupy Des Moines will not interfere with or disrupt caucus voting on Jan 3. We are not targeting voters.”
Drug makers are in the process of developing a more powerful version of the second most highly abused drug in the Nation. The new pharmaceutical will contain up to 10 times the amount of the highly addictive painkiller hydrocodone as existing medications such as Vicodin.
The Sacramento, Calif.-based Tea Party Express offered support for Michele Bachmann in the 2012 Republican Presidential primary race, but did not officially endorse the candidate. Tea Party Express said in a statement that, while it has not endorsed any candidate, it remains committed to backing the conservative candidate best positioned to beat President Barrack Obama in 2012.
President Barack Obama is expected to ask Congress to raise the Nation’s borrowing limit by $1.2 trillion this week, marking the third and final increase from a deal negotiated over summer. The Treasury Department says that the increase is needed because the Federal government will be within $100 billion of its current spending limit by Friday.
Between 1984 and 2009, the median net worth of a member of the House of Representatives more than doubled from $280,000 to $725,000, adjusted for inflation in 2009 dollars and excluding home equity. During the same period, the median household income of Americans as a whole declined slightly from an already much lower $20,600 to $20,500.
Textbooks used to teach Saudi Arabian children go beyond the basic reading and writing that Western schoolchildren are accustomed to; youngsters in the kingdom are learning to cut off the hands and feet of thieves, kill homosexuals and work toward the complete annihilation of Jewish people.