Largest Viruses Ever Revealed

July 20, 2013

Giant viruses, more than twice as big as the last largest known viruses, have now been unearthed from sludge across the world, researchers say. Even more titanic viruses might await discovery, the scientists said, and they may have features that could blur the lines between life and viruses, which are not considered to be living things. Ten years ago, researchers accidentally discovered mimivirus, what until now was the biggest, most complex virus known. Mimivirus — a name derived from “mimicking microbes,” chosen because the viruses were nearly the size of some bacteria — and its relatives the megaviruses can reach sizes of more than 700 nanometers (a nanometer is one billionth of a meter), and possess more than 1,000 genes, features typical of parasitic bacteria. Typical viruses are maybe 20 to 300 nanometers large, and  many viruses, such as influenza or HIV, get along very well with 10 or fewer genes. Now the research team that discovered those giant viruses have unearthed two more that are even bigger. The shape of these new viruses, which resemble ancient Greek jars, reminded the scientists of the myth of Pandora’s box, giving the germs their name — pandoraviruses. “The opening of the box

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Eye Witness to Michael Hastings Murder Says Body Not Charred Beyond Recognition

July 20, 2013
Eye Witness to Michael Hastings Murder Says Body Not Charred Beyond Recognition

A witness to the aftermath of the Michael Hastings accident on June 18 in Hancock Park in Los Angeles, California told Infowars Nightly News that the journalist’s body was not badly charred as reported by the Los Angeles Times. The LAPD and the Los Angeles County Coroner were “trying their best” to hide the body from the witness, who asked to remain anonymous, when it was pulled from the vehicle approximately three hours after the fire was extinguished, between 7:20 to 7:40 AM. After the ferocity of the fire, the witness expected to see a body charred beyond recognition. “What I saw was the full body,” she told Infowars Nightly News, “with a completely burned face, up to say the shoulders. From the shoulders down I saw the whole body, completely intact, not burned in any way.” She identified the body as a “white guy about 25 to 30… a white young guy… I saw full, white arms.” This contradicts the official story. “The body was badly charred and identified only as ‘John Doe 117,’ law enforcement authorities told The Times. Coroner’s officials were attempting to match dental records to help make a positive identification, according to authorities,” the LA

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Gold Stocks – Long Term Elliott Wave Structure

July 20, 2013
Gold Stocks – Long Term Elliott Wave Structure

A Labeled Long Term Wave Count of the HUI Readers may recall that we mused about the long term wave structure of the HUI index in our last update. Specifically we wondered whether all the activity since 2008 may not be best regarded as a giant second wave. As we noted, we cannot prove that this hunch is correct, but there is at least one major factor that speaks in its favor: the wave structure prior to the 2008 high is clearly impulsive, while the action since then, including the giant rally from the 2008 low to the 2011 high, looks like a corrective mess. Our reader and occasional contributor of E-wave counts, Bernard from Quebec wrote to us that he sees the index in a similar light, with the move from 2008 to today representing a corrective structure in the shape of a big A-B-C expanded flat of the form 3-3-5. Bernard notes: “Many stocks are almost at their 2000-2002 level, this can only be a second wave. And the B wave of the expended flat was clearly not impulsive, while wave C clearly is.” One point he also makes is that it is possible that waves 4 and

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Obama re-nominates ambassador pick who pled to impaired driving

July 20, 2013

President Obama on Thursday re-nominated a campaign fundraiser whose nomination as ambassador to the Netherlands was withdrawn last year following a drunk driving arrest. Timothy Broas’s nomination was withdrawn in June 2012 just days after his arrest in suburban Washington on charges of speeding, drunk driving and resisting arrest. The latter two charges were later dismissed, and Broas pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of driving while impaired. Broas, a criminal defense lawyer, is estimated to have raised at least $700,000 for Obama’s 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns. Al Kamen reported earlier this month that the White House was looking at potentially re-nominating him. Source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2013/07/19/obama-re-nominates-ambassador-pick-who-was-arrested-for-drunk-driving/

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Obama: ‘Trayvon Could Have Been Me’

July 20, 2013
Obama: ‘Trayvon Could Have Been Me’

012, when he declared that if he had a son, he’d look like Martin. This time, Obama said, “Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago.” Obama added that he had experienced racial profiling personally: “There are very few African-American men who haven’t had the experience of being followed in a department store — that includes me.” Obama also said, “Reasonable doubt was relevant, and they rendered a verdict. Once the jury’s spoken, that’s how our system works.” Obama said he was “bouncing around” ideas with his staff on how to respond to the Zimmerman verdict, adding, “I think it is going to be important for us to do some soul searching.” Pushing against Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law, Obama stated, “If Trayvon Martin was of his age and armed, could he have stood his ground on that sidewalk?” Finally, Obama went into the racial complexities of the Martin situation: “A lot of African-American boys are painted with a broad brush…If a white male teen was involved in the same kind of scenario, both the outcome and the aftermath might have been different.” He did say, “As difficult and as challenging as this whole episode has been, I don’t

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President Obama Could Give Mainstream a Bailout with SPR Release

July 20, 2013

QE Fueled Market Mania It was another crazy day of speculation in the gasoline and oil markets, typical of the QE fueled shenanigans that happen every day for the last month in equities and oil. Speculators ran WTI up to $109 a barrel, and the RBOB contract up as high as $3.16 a gallon on Friday. So expect prices at the pump to continue to rise due to wild, rampant speculation in the futures market. The Middle Class & Rising Gas Prices Unfortunately, the wealthy futures traders can afford these higher prices, but the middle class portion of the population really gets hurt by a 50 cent per gallon price increase at the pump. Think in terms of college students working to juggle rising tuition costs, with already tight budgets, and now they have to use credit cards to pay for their increasing gas bills each week because their low paying job doesn`t completely account for $4 a gallon gas fill-ups each week. The Wal-Mart Economy Think in terms of the average Wal-Mart shopper who barely makes it through the month on a strict budget, and is as price sensitive as any consumer in the country. This is why they

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