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Dec 12

Masonic ‘Da Vinci Code’ church in danger, warns charity - Telegraph

Although Rosslyn Chapel’s possible links to the Freemasons or resemblance to the former Temple in Jersualem have been hotly disputed, enthusiasts have nicknamed St Edmund’s “Britain’s greatest Masonic secret”.

via Masonic ‘Da Vinci Code’ church in danger, warns charity - Telegraph.

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Dec 12

A word of advice about the Middle East – we’ve reached the ‘tipping point’ with cliches - Comment - Voices - The Independent

A word of advice, therefore, for Middle East potentates, dictators, Western poseurs, television presenters and journos. Do not use the following words or expressions in 2013: moderate, democracy, step down, step aside, tipping point, falling into the wrong hands, closing in, spilling over, options on the table or – terror, terror, terror, terror. Too much to hope for? You bet. We’ll even get another load of cliches from the goodness factory to replace those that have already served their purpose.

via A word of advice about the Middle East – we’ve reached the ‘tipping point’ with cliches - Comment - Voices - The Independent.

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Dec 12

Bashar al-Assad, Syria, and the truth about chemical weapons - Comment - Voices - The Independent

The bigger the lie the more people will believe it. We all know who said that – but it still works. Bashar al-Assad has chemical weapons. He may use them against his own Syrian people. If he does, the West will respond. We heard all this stuff last year – and Assad’s regime repeatedly said that if – if – it had chemical weapons, it would never use them against Syrians.

via Bashar al-Assad, Syria, and the truth about chemical weapons - Comment - Voices - The Independent.

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Dec 12

LIBOR scandal rocks US as experts warn it could be 'the biggest consumer fraud in history' | Mail Online

As the investigation into the LIBOR interest rate-rigging in the United Kingdom becomes a financial scandal of tsunami-like proportions, some analysts are openly wondering whether 16 of the world's largest banks have perpetrated the biggest fraud in history.

With the public coming round to the global significance of banks potentially colluding like a cartel to favourably set the LIBOR, those same analysts predict lawsuits worth tens of billions being brought against the Western world's largest financial institutions by average consumers.

via LIBOR scandal rocks US as experts warn it could be 'the biggest consumer fraud in history' | Mail Online.

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Dec 12

The national media notices that BP is leaking fresh oil in the Gulf | Stuart H. Smith

A couple of points here. First of all, while it’s a travesty that new oil is still polluting the Gulf after all this time, it’s fantastic to see Bonny Schumaker and On Wings of Care receive national credit for the amazing work that they do. In fact, the CBS piece was illustrated with some of Bonny’s photos that revealed BP’s new pollution. They were pictures that neither BP or the authorities wanted people to see, and Bonny Schumaker showed great courage in obtaining these images and releasing them to the public. The hidden story of Deepwater Horizon is the effort that many private citizens have undertaken to reveal the truth of the spill and its severe impacts on the ecology of the Gulf Coast and on human health.

via The national media notices that BP is leaking fresh oil in the Gulf | Stuart H. Smith.

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Dec 12

German man locked up over HVB bank allegations may have been telling truth | World news | guardian.co.uk

Gustl Mollath was put in a psychiatric unit for claiming his wife was involved in money-laundering at the Bavarian bank. But seven years on evidence has emerged that could set him free

via German man locked up over HVB bank allegations may have been telling truth | World news | guardian.co.uk.

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Dec 12

BP in hot seat for Gulf of Mexico sheen - UPI.com

WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- U.S. lawmakers said they were turning to the U.S. Coast Guard to get information about sheen from the Deepwater Horizon oil rig accident.

The Coast Guard, BP and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have worked to assess sheen observed in the Gulf of Mexico in late September. The Coast Guard confirmed the sheen was from the well that failed in 2010 and backed plans for a subsea survey.

via BP in hot seat for Gulf of Mexico sheen - UPI.com.

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Dec 12

BP close to agreeing record oil spill fine - sources - Yahoo! News

BP Plc is expected to pay a record U.S. criminal penalty and plead guilty to criminal misconduct in the Deepwater Horizon disaster which caused the worst offshore spill in the country's history, sources familiar with discussions said.

via BP close to agreeing record oil spill fine - sources - Yahoo! News.