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An OB Nightmare: Mom Dies after Giving Birth to Twins

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It’s an obstetrician’s worst nightmare and it continues to happen on a daily basis. The story of Michal Lura Friedman brings tears to my eyes. After 7 years of trying, the 44 year old songwriter finally became pregnant –with twins. Her husband, Jay Snyder, a free-lance voice-over artist, describes the 9 months of Friedman’s pregnancy as pure bliss. However towards the end, her blood pressure became elevated so she was scheduled to have a C. Section the day after Thanksgiving.

Snyder accompanied his wife to the hospital and witnessed the birth of his babies. Then Friedman began to bleed. And bleed. And bleed. At 9:30 p.m., she became yet another U.S. maternal mortality statistic.

At least 2 women die from complications of childbirth in the US daily. Some celebrities such as Christy Turlington Burns have become a Maternal Health Advocate as a result of first-hand experience. She had a near-miss childbirth experience but lived to tell the story.  Many women, including Friedman, don’t.  The American Congress and College of Obstetrician-Gynecologists (ACOG), will have both Burns and Tonya Lewis Lee, the wife of renowned director, Spike Lee as spokeswomen on the topic of maternal mortality at the 2012 Annual Conference in San Diego. However, we need much more. There are obstetricians who have worked on the front-lines managing high-risk patients for years who can’t get a seat on ACOG’s policy committees and it is frustrating. Here are a few questions that should be asked at the hospital where Friedman expired:

  1. She had a short stature with a uterus stretched to the max with two babies. Was the possibility of hemorrhage considered?
  2. When her blood pressure became elevated, was it controlled prior to doing the C. Section knowing the risk of possible HELPP Syndrome that is associated with pre-eclampsia?
  3. Was there an OB Rapid Response Team?
  4. Was a Bakri balloon used once the bleeding couldn’t be controlled with uterine massage or meds?
  5. Was the prospect of a problem anticipated BEFORE it occurred or was there chaos trying to find appropriate meds and equipment as the tragedy unfolded?

Pregnancy is not a benign act contrary to what most people believe. Things can and do happen, most often when the hospital staff is unprepared and ill-equipped to handle an emergency. My heart bleeds for Jay Snyder. He is 41 years old, a new father and now a widow who must take care of two beautiful children, who will never know their mother. With all due respect ACOG, talk is cheap. More action must be taken to stop this.

Remember, a healthy pregnancy doesn’t just happen. It takes a smart mother who knows what to do…

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Scientists making fishy robots for naval research

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — An eel undulating through coastal waters, powered by batteries and checking for mines. A jellyfish is actually a surveillance robot, powered by the atoms around it. Fins pick up intelligence while propelling a robot bluegill sunfish.

The Office of Naval Research is supporting baby steps toward making those visions of the future a reality. For instance, the jellyfish work in Texas and Virginia is focused on how the creatures move in water, and how to mimic or even surpass their abilities. The robojellyfish is currently tethered to hydrogen and oxygen tanks, and ONR project manager Robert Brizzolara said he doesn’t plan to try making it move autonomously yet.

There’s plenty still to learn about basic hydrodynamics.

“We, as engineers, haven’t created anything that swims nearly as well as a very basic fish,” said Drexel University‘s James Tangorra, who is working on a robotic bluegill. Partners at Harvard and the University of Georgia are studying the actual fish; he uses their findings to engineer imitations. “There are great things we can learn from fish … The way they propel themselves; the way in which they sense water.”

Ultimately, the Navy wants “the next generation of robotics that would operate in that very Navy-unique underwater domain,” said Jim Fallin, a spokesman for Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific, which is doing separate work in San Diego. One aspect is finding long-lived power sources to let drones loiter a long time to collect information, he said.

Possible uses include spying, mapping, and mine detection and removal.

The Navy is not the only agency paying for such research. In 2007, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency offered small business innovation research money for an underwater robot that could navigate rivers, inlets, harbors and coastal waters to check for general traffic, obstacles, things on and under the bottom, and “specific vessels of interest.”

The ONR studies are more basic. The grants aren’t aimed as much at creating drones as at understanding how things move forward underwater, Brizzolara said.

The Navy uses torpedo-shaped drones and tethered vehicles to detect mines and map the ocean floor. But propellers and jets can be easily tracked on radar and sonar. Robots modeled after water creatures could be both more efficient and harder to detect, and could move through perilous waters without endangering people, researchers say.

The work isn’t all at universities. The Office of Naval Research opened a 50,000-square-foot robotics laboratory this year. A prototype dubbed Razor, developed at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center in Newport, Va., uses flippers for stealth.

Like the jellyfish work and the University of Virginia studies on manta rays, the eel research at the University of New Orleans is all about hydrodynamics. The spark is UNO professor emeritus William Vorus’ theory that sinuous undulations, though a slow way to swim, should allow forward movement without creating a wake.

Brandon M. Taravella, who studied under Vorus and is now an assistant professor of naval architecture and marine engineering at UNO, sees the robot eel as a possible surveillance tool. But the Office of Naval Research’s three-year, $900,000 grant is focused on making an eel and seeing whether it can swim without disturbing the water around it.

Other scientists have checked real eels, Taravella said. “It’s pretty high-efficent … but still has some wake. That’s why we’re not dropping eels into the tank.” Computer-generated models indicate just how a robot eel should move to get through the water without any drag. Creating one to do that is far from easy.

Like many of the other projects, this one is still in early stages. Most of the time, the nameless first-year prototype is hooked onto a metal pole called a mast, which is attached to sensors on a platform pulled by metal cables from one end of a 160-foot-long towing tank to the other.

At the end of one session half of its batteries were removed and it was set into the water for a free swim toward the platform. When it hit one side or headed under the platform, Taravella and graduate student Baker Potts guided it back by sticking canoe paddles in its way.

“This time it tracked straighter a lot better … Remember? It was going in circles,” said Potts.

Taravella said, “Year 2, we’re hoping to have it remote controlled. By Year 3, we hope to have it fully autonomous,” They’d also like it to wriggle up and down as well as side to side, letting it rise and dive.

MIT has a pike, a sea turtle and two generations of Charlie the Robotuna. Michigan State is working on a school of fish.

One aim is outdoing nature, at least as far as swimming goes, Brizzolara said.

“We’d like to understand the very good performance that some sea creatures can achieve. But also we’d like to see if we can improve on that,” he said.

“We can produce perhaps a better result than a sea creature that’s been optimized by nature. We haven’t done that yet. But that’s one of our long-term goals,” Brizzolara said.

The research could have a broad range of uses, said Drexel’s Tangorra. Part of understanding how fish move is understanding how their nervous systems pull together a wide assortment of information and impulses. And knowing how their fins work could improve other equipment used to control the flow of liquid, from big pumps and pipes to blood flowing in a body.

And, he said philosophically, “You don’t look at a sunfish and say, ‘Oh my gosh, this is the most incredible evolved device that ever came through.’ But you look at it and see that evolution is a wonderful thing.”

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UPDATE 2-Estranged wife of suspected Wisconsin spa gunman among dead

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MILWAUKEE, Oct 22 (Reuters) – The estranged wife of the
suspected gunman in a shooting rampage at a Milwaukee-area spa
was among the three women killed, officials said on Monday.

Those killed in the Sunday morning shooting included Zina
Haughton, 42, of Brown Deer, Wisconsin, who worked at the spa
and was suspect Radcliffe Haughton’s wife, officials said.

Radcliffe Haughton, 45, was found dead of a self-inflicted
gunshot wound at the Azana Salon and Spa in suburban Brookfield
hours after the shooting.

The other women killed were Cary Robuck, 35, of Racine,
Wisconsin, and Maelyn M. Lind, 38, of Oconomowoc, Wisconsin,
according to the Waukesha County Medical Examiner’s office. Four
people were wounded.

Haughton had been placed under a restraining order and
directed to surrender his firearms to authorities this month.

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Justin Timberlake Finally Debuts New Music … At His Wedding

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Leave it to Justin Timberlake to kick up the romance at his Southern Italy wedding Friday, wooing his new bride with a memorable serenade.

The Puglia wedding reception was DJed by none other than the ubiquitous Roots drummer, ?uestlove, who, according to Us Weekly, spun Justin Timberlake records, but not a single *NSYNC track. However, Timberlake more than made up for the lack of “Bye Bye Bye” with his own special performance of a yet-to-be-released song dedicated to his blushing bride, Jessica Biel.

Check out a timeline of Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel’s love!

“It was magical,” Timberlake revealed to People. “It was an unforgettable evening.” Biel, echoing her husband’s sentiments, gushed, “It was a fantasy.”

The longtime couple, first spotted together in January 2007, was surrounded by an intimate gathering of family and friends for the big wedding weekend, including Timberlake’s frequent comedic collaborator, Andy Samberg, Jimmy Fallon and Biel’s “7th Heaven” co-star, Beverley Mitchell.

“It’s great to be married. The ceremony was beautiful, and it was so special to be surrounded by our family and friends,” the couple had told People of the nuptials, which took place at Puglia’s luxurious Borgo Egnazia seaside resort.

While details of the top-secret affair are slowly unraveling, we will continue hunting YouTube for any sort of evidence of the serenade and wondering if Timberlake’s legendary dance moves were at all included. Surely famous tweeter ?uestlove must’ve recorded it, right?

Do you think we’ll hear Justin’s love song, or should Jessica keep it for herself? Let us know what you think in the comments!

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Space jumper Felix Baumgartner lands safely after 24-mile leap to Earth

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October 14, 2012 (ROSWELL, N.M.) — Extreme athlete Felix Baumgartner landed safely on Earth after a 24-mile jump from the stratosphere in a dramatic, daring feat that may also have marked the world's first supersonic skydive.
 

Baumgartner came down in the eastern New Mexico desert minutes after jumping from his capsule 128,097 feet, or roughly 24 miles, above Earth. He lifted his arms in victory shortly after landing, sending off loud cheers from jubilant onlookers and friends inside the mission's control center in Roswell, N.M. Breaking the World skydive altitude record.

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Hillary Clinton begins visits in Africa

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DAKAR, Senegal — Growing security threats from Islamist militants and China‘s increasing influence throughout Africa are topping the agenda as Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton begins an 11-day swing around the continent.

Clinton arrived in Senegal yesterday at the beginning of her latest marathon overseas journey, which will take her to at least seven African nations, including the world’s newest country, South Sudan, as well as Uganda, Kenya, Malawi and South Africa. She will wrap up the trip in Ghana, where she will attend the state funeral for the country’s late president, John Atta Mills, who died unexpectedly last week.

She started the tour in the Senegalese capital of Dakar, where U.S. officials said she would give a speech warning African states about the potential perils of Chinese investment, which many development experts claim enriches China at Africa’s expense. She will say that proper development will blunt the appeal of extremist groups that are gaining power in Nigeria and Mali and still threaten Somalia.

Without mentioning China by name, Clinton will urge African leaders to carefully consider projects proposed by foreign countries that do not demand complete accountability and may encourage corruption to the detriment of the people of some of the world’s most impoverished nations, according to the officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to preview the speech.

The United States is increasingly concerned about China’s growing interest in Africa, the result of its massive demand for energy and natural resources to fuel its exploding economy. U.S. officials, including Clinton, have in the past expressed deep reservations about China’s practice of setting up huge infrastructure or other building projects, employing only Chinese workers and ignoring human rights and democratic principles.– AP

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U.S. alarm as Egypt army undermines election result

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CAIRO (Reuters) – The United States expressed alarm that its protégés in the Egyptian army were abusing hopes for democracy by ordering more military rule just as the Muslim Brotherhood was claiming victory in the country’s first free presidential election.

The Islamists‘ self-assurance was contested by the other candidate in the run-off race, a former general who was prime minister when Hosni Mubarak was ousted last year by an army anxious to save itself from the revolution in the streets.

But there was still no result from the two-day poll, although independent officials privately spoke of a likely win for Islamist Mohamed Morsy over military man Ahmed Shafik.

Yet whatever the outcome – and one electoral supervisor said it might not be announced until Thursday – the new president was shorn in advance of much of his power by a decree issued by the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) just as polling stations closed and two days after it had dissolved a new, Islamist-led parliament.

In protest, the liberal urban youth movements which were in the vanguard of protests at Cairo’s Tahrir Square 16 months ago, as well as the Brotherhood and other supporters of the uprising, plan a major demonstration there later on Tuesday.

“This decree just makes plain the hegemony of SCAF,” said Khaled Ali, a liberal lawyer eliminated in the first round of voting. “This decree strips the president of the powers he was elected to have and gives those to the military council.”

The constitutional declaration, one more twist in Egypt‘s halting progress toward democracy since the Arab Spring, effectively means that a July 1 deadline promised for a handover to civilian rule has been reduced to semantics, since the new civilian president looks to be very close to powerless.

Liberals and Islamists called it a “military coup”.

U.S. “DEEPLY CONCERNED”

Washington, which only in March agreed to hand over $1.3 billion in annual aid to the biggest army in the Middle East, was far from pleased – not least, it seemed, because the man in charge of the council, Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi, failed to mention his plan when assuring Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Friday that the target date for civilian rule would be met.

“We are deeply concerned about the new amendments to the constitutional declaration, including the timing of their announcement as polls were closing,” a Pentagon spokesman said, adding that he did not think Tantawi had alerted Panetta when they spoke.

“We believe Egypt’s transition must continue and that Egypt is made stronger and more stable by a successful transition to democracy,” spokesman George Little said. “We support the Egyptian people in their expectation that the (SCAF) will transfer full power to a democratically elected civilian government, as the SCAF previously announced.”

Egyptian democracy was relatively low among U.S. priorities during the 30-odd years Washington was funneling aid and arms to a Cold War ally which led Arab peace moves toward Israel in 1979 and was later fighting a common enemy in militant Islam.

But since Egyptians rose up to end six decades of military rule, U.S. leaders have pledged to support them, even if that means accepting a role for the Brotherhood, a long-suppressed movement that wants Islamic law and which spawned offshoots such as the militant Palestinian Hamas movement across the Middle East.

Washington may have limited room for leverage on Tantawi, a familiar figure to U.S. commanders after his 20 years as Mubarak’s defense minister. Little said the Pentagon wanted such close relations to continue and there was no mention of possible sanctions. “We’re going to monitor events closely,” he said.

NEW RULES

The SCAF announced the new regulations in its role as guardian of a revolution which some of its standard-bearers now fear has fallen victim to a deadlock between the army and religion which has characterized Egypt since colonial times.

The president, whose powers had not previously been defined following the suspension of constitutional provisions used in the Mubarak era, can only appoint a government whose every law must be endorsed by SCAF, which has taken back the legislative powers it had passed to a new parliament elected in January.

A new timetable set down for writing a constitution, passing it by referendum and then electing a parliament could leave Tantawi in charge until 2013, according to the legal text.

Morsy attracted support from many who reject his religious agenda and the imposition of Islamic law but wanted to bar the way to Shafik, 70, whom they see as the heir to the old regime.

As Islamists cheered, unemployed Mohamed Mahmoud, 28, did not share their joy: “I voted for Morsy but I can’t say I’m happy,” he said. “I’m still afraid of both and what they may do.

“I don’t want an Islamic state or a new Mubarak state.”

The order indicated that the army, which controls swathes of Egypt’s economy, has no intention of handing substantial power to its old Islamist adversary and may be hoping that public disillusionment with the Brotherhood’s performance will reduce its influence on the new constitution and the next parliament.

Israel fears growing hostility in Cairo and said on Monday an Israeli and two militants were killed in an attack on its Sinai desert border where the Jewish states is building a fence.

“We can see a disturbing deterioration in Egypt’s control of the Sinai’s security,” Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said.

“Whoever wins, we expect him to take responsibility over all of Egypt’s international commitments, including the peace treaty with Israel and security arrangements in the Sinai, and to put an end to these attacks swiftly.”

Morsy, though allied with figures who call for Israel’s destruction, has said he would respect Egypt’s treaty with the Jewish state, on which much of Cairo’s U.S. aid depends.

The Brotherhood has contested the army’s power to dissolve the present parliament. It has warned of “dangerous days” ahead.

But few see the Islamists, who hung back at the start of the revolt, launching a violent grab for power soon.

The failure of the parliament to draft a constitution – liberals accused the Islamists of religious zealotry – has left SCAF warning it may step in. Some lawmakers from the dissolved assembly, defying an army ban on entering the parliament building, met there to debate a new constitution on Monday.

But many expect SCAF to name its own drafting panel soon. It has also formed a new National Defense Council, to include the civilian president, but on which soldiers have a majority.

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A “Smart Defense” for NATO is an “Invincible Defense”

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The 2012 NATO Summit in Chicago on May 20–21 is one of the most important diplomatic meetings of the year, with leaders from around the world in attendance. According to the official NATO website, the Summit will "principally focus on three main themes":

  • the commitment to Afghanistan through transition and beyond;
  • ensuring the capabilities needed to defend the NATO community population and territory and to deal with the challenges of the 21st century; and
  • strengthening the alliance's partnerships across the globe.

A major stumbling block to achieving these goals is the extensive financial cuts facing most militaries today. In order to mitigate the effects of austerity, NATO leaders are proposing "smart defense" programs that maximize resources by encouraging NATO members to share key capabilities. Such sharing includes coordination of strategies to combat improvised explosive devices (IEDs); to counter and defend against chemical, biological and nuclear weapons; and to enhance methods of medical support.

However, it is hard to imagine that the Summit participants – or other conventional military thinkers – will be able to develop lasting solutions capable of fully protecting their nations from all the many diverse threats endangering them today. As demonstrated by recent terrorist attacks in Europe, conventional approaches cannot provide an effective defense against suicide terrorists willing to die for their cause.

Veteran U.N. Nepalese peacekeeper Lt. Col. Jitendra Jung Karki, a member of The Near East South Asia (NESA) Center for Strategic Studies at National Defense University in Washington, D.C., addressed this issue in the Nepalese military periodical Shreenath Journal:

"Terrorism cannot be eliminated by destroying the terrorists. Any step in the direction of destruction only helps to create more terrorists. More terrorists only result in more waves of destruction. There is no wisdom in initiating a continuous theme of destruction in the name of protection. Prudence dictates eliminating the underlying cause of terrorism, war and all types of violence – collective social stress."

NATO leaders today have the option to consider and adopt a new, surprising, and scientifically-verified method to reduce such stress. It is called Invincible Defense Technology (IDT) and has absolutely nothing to do with bullets, bombs, or killing. In fact, it has the potential to diminish the role of these approaches in the provision of national and international security.

Extensive research published in the scientific literature has repeatedly demonstrated the effectiveness of IDT in reducing conflict, open warfare, and terrorism. IDT applies specific "technologies of consciousness" – the Transcendental Meditation (TM) and TM-Sidhi programs, non-religious meditation techniques practiced worldwide by members of many countries and faiths – to produce societal coherence and eliminate conflict. In a military context, when large groups of military personnel learn and apply these technologies of consciousness, high levels of collective national stress can be immediately and significantly reduced.

In the summer of 2008, coauthor Dr. David Leffler was invited to present a provocative paper about IDT at the "International Sociological Association Research Committee 01 Seoul National University & Korea Military Academy International Conference on Armed Forces & Conflict Resolution in a Globalized World" and at the Korea Institute for Defense Analyses (KIDA). The paper was entitled "A New Role for the Military: Preventing Enemies from Arising – Reviving an Ancient Approach to Peace." Following the presentation, the paper received worldwide press attention, including publication in the Pakistani peer-reviewed The Journal of Management & Social Science.

Perhaps the IDT paper caught the attention of the world press because IDT is totally unlike any other defense technology. The goal of this unique, scientifically field-tested, brain-based technology is to prevent crime, terrorism, and war. Extensive research shows that when IDT is correctly applied, the disturbingly high levels of collective societal stress thought to be responsible for such social problems are greatly reduced. When people – particularly national leaders, who ultimately reflect the collective will of the people they represent – become less stressed, they think more clearly and are better able to resolve their differences amicably. In an environment of less stress, even staunch adversaries may find ways to overcome differences.

This transformation occurs when a military creates a large group of warriors (called a "Prevention Wing of the Military") trained in IDT. "Invincible" means "incapable of being defeated." Once these Prevention Wings have become fully operational, the collective practice of IDT by these groups neutralizes the societal stress giving rise to conflict and enemies. Consequently, as the theory behind this concept envisions, no enemy can then be born – and with no enemy left to fight, the military becomes invincible.

Readers new to the IDT concept can read more about it in an article on Ecuador's Military Prevention Wing: "Combating Stress in Police Work and Preventing Crime, Terrorism, and War." Perhaps due to Ecuador's precedent, nine Latin American countries are due to achieve a statistical level of invincibility in the next months due to their IDT deployments in military and educational settings.

Dr. John Hagelin and Captain Ray Seebald, U.S. Coast Guard (Ret.) recently gave a news conference in Seoul, South Korea, about how Invincible Defense Technology could end the North–South crisis in 60 days.

NATO leaders have the possibility to make history by joining pioneering Latin American leaders who are guiding their nations on a path to invincibility by establishing IDT prevention groups. We respectfully invite them to listen to an online video by Dr. John Hagelin, Ph.D., a renowned Harvard-trained quantum physicist and executive director of the Global Union of Scientists for Peace (GUSP, http://www.gusp.org). GUSP is a coalition of Nobel laureates and leading scientists founded to avert the growing threat of nuclear proliferation and nuclear war and to promote safe, innovative, scientifically-validated technologies for national security and global peace.

Dr. Hagelin and Captain (Ret.) Ray Seebald, a former U.S. Coast Guard Captain of the Port of Chicago and a military aide to Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, recently spoke about IDT during the second Nuclear Security Summit in Seoul. The main points of Dr. Hagelin's presentation are available online on a previously recorded video: http://www.istpp.org/military_science/Hagelin_military_lecture.html. GUSP is a coalition of Nobel laureates and leading scientists founded to avert the growing threat of nuclear proliferation and nuclear war and to promote safe, innovative, scientifically-proven technologies for national security and global peace.

Dr. John Hagelin is a world-renowned quantum physicist, educator, public policy expert, and leading proponent of peace.

In the video, Dr. Hagelin showcases the results of more than 50 published studies verifying the effectiveness of IDT for international security and peace – an approach that neutralizes the acute ethnic, political, and religious tensions that fuel violence, terrorism, and social conflict.

"In recent years, a powerful, innovative approach to peace has been extensively field-tested – in the Middle East and throughout the world," Dr. Hagelin says. "The consistent result has been dramatic reductions in terrorism, war, and social violence. These findings have been replicated, published in leading academic journals, and endorsed by hundreds of independent scientists and scholars. The efficacy of this approach is beyond question."

Dr. Hagelin asserts that the extensive IDT research indicates that IDT operates at the Planck scale, specifically at a level a thousand million million times more powerful than the nuclear force. From this level it can easily overpower conventional technologies of offense – yet it is inherently safe, being based in a completely holistic level of natural law. This most unconventional yet surprisingly powerful technology is readily available for NATO or any other world leaders to implement – and at a modest cost that would fit even the most challenged military budgets.

IDT is enormously effective and cost-effective, and the results are immediate. All that is necessary is to provide the proper training for a group of military personnel – or indeed any large group within the country. The benefits extend far beyond the military and national security, and even to economic prosperity for the whole country. The only requirement is to keep the group intact.

For more information about IDT: Dr. Leffler and his coauthors Dr. Hussain Khan, Dr. David Orme-Johnson, and Major General (Ret.) Kulwant Singh previously presented an innovative plan for military deployment of IDT in their pioneering article "Create an International Military Yogic-Flying Zone in Kashmir," recently published in Pakistan Defence.

About the Authors:

Lt. Col. (Ret.) Gunter Chassé – decorated with the Honorary Cross of the Bundeswehr in Gold – served in the German Air Force mainly in the Integrated NATO-Air Defense and alternately in command and staff positions, and also was employed in Home Defense with territorial tasks. He is the author of the pioneering IDT alternative white paper On the New Security and Defence Policy of the Federal Republic of Germany and the Future of the Bundeswehr: Indomitable Strength through a PREVENTION WING of the Military.

Dr. David Leffler received his Ph.D. in Consciousness-Based Military Defense from The Union Institute & University in Cincinnati. He served as an Associate of the Proteus Management Group at the Center for Strategic Leadership, US Army War College. He has published articles in over 400 locations worldwide about IDT and now serves as the Executive Director at the Center for Advanced Military Science (CAMS). Dr. Leffler teaches IDT and is available at: http://www.StrongMilitary.org.

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Anthony-Claret is a software Engineer, entrepreneur and the founder of Codewit INC. Mr. Claret publishes and manages the content on Codewit Word News website and associated websites. He's a writer, IT Expert, great administrator, technology enthusiast, social media lover and all around digital guy.
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USA: Crooked TSA Screeners Arrested in Drug Trafficking Scheme

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Multiple airport screeners have been arrested for allegedly taking handsome bribes to look the other way while loads of illegal drugs slipped through security at Los Angeles International Airport, federal officials announced today.

Two current and two former officials at the Transportation Security Administration were arrested in the last 48 hours in connection with at least five incidents from February 2011 to July 2011 in which on duty screeners took payments of up to $2,400 to allow suitcases filled with drugs to pass unimpeded through X-ray machines at LAX, U.S. Attorney Andre Birotte Jr.‘s office said in a statement.

According to Birotte’s office, the scheme was uncovered after a member of the alleged conspiracy accidentally went through the wrong security line and was busted by TSA screeners who were not in on the plot. In another case, a TSA screener unknowingly arranged with a confidential source for the Drug Enforcement Administration to receive $1,200 for a shipment of methamphetamine to pass through security.

The current TSA employees, 23-year-old John Whitfield and 25-year-old Capeline McKinney, and the former screeners, 30-year-old Naral Richardson and 27-year-old Joy White, are all expected to be arraigned in Los Angeles today. If convicted, each could potentially face life in prison, Birotte’s office said. The plot also allegedly involved a couple of known drug runners.

Airport screeners act as a vital checkpoint for homeland security, and air travelers should believe in the fundamental integrity of security systems at our nation’s airports,” Birotte said. “The allegations in this case describe a significant breakdown of the screening system through the conduct of individuals who placed greed above the nation’s security needs.”

A spokesperson for the TSA did not immediately respond to a request for comment for this report, but Randy Parsons, the TSA Federal Security Director at LAX, said in the statement from Birotte’s office the TSA “has assured the investigating agencies we will do everything we can to assist in their investigation.”

“While the arrests are a disappointment, TSA is committed to holding our employees to the highest standards,” he said.

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Bobby Brown Explains Why He Left Whitney Houston’s Funeral

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Whitney Houston‘s funeral packed the inside of Newark’s New Hope Baptist Church Saturday. But one notable person who was absent from the crowd was her ex-husband Bobby Brown.

A witness tells Us Weekly that Brown “was allowed to go in, pay his respects and then he had to leave. He was red-eyed going up to the casket and then left. He was there for 15 minutes.”

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Addressing the speculation that he was thrown out, turned away and rumors that he didn’t show at all, Brown, who’s schedule to perform at a concert Saturday, has released an official statement, explaining the situation in full.

“My children and I were invited to the funeral of my ex-wife Whitney Houston. We were seated by security and then subsequently asked to move on three separate occasions. I fail to understand why security treated my family this way and continue to ask us and no one else to move. Security then prevented me from attempting to see my daughter Bobbi Kristina. In light of the events, I gave a kiss to the casket of my ex-wife  and departed as I refused to create a scene. My children are completely distraught over the events. This was a day to honor Whitney. I doubt Whitney would have wanted this to occur. I will continue to pay my respects to my ex-wife the best way I know how.”

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Earlier this week, a source told Us that there is still underlying tension between Houston’s relatives and Brown, who married Houston in 1992. Their divorce was finalized in 2007.

VIDEO: Whitney’s ups and downs

“There are family members who felt Bobby drove Whitney into drugs,” one source explained. “But now Bobby is clean and Whitney has unfortunately passed. So there’s resentment.”

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