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12,297 Tickets Are Being Sent Out Because Of Those New Toll Lanes

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We've told you that if you want to ride in the new toll lanes on the 110 Freeway just south of downtown, you need to buy a transponder. But (unshockingly) not everyone has gotten the memo. Since the new lanes opened up on November 10, Metro has sent out 12,297 tickets to drivers who were caught taking new toll lanes without using a transponder, according to Zev Yaroslavsky's website (h/t Curbed LA). CHP Sergeant Terry Liu said, "A lot of [drivers] don't understand that every vehicle has to have a transponder regardless of whether or not you satisfy the car pool requirement. We are seeing people crossing over the double white lines, and then, when we pull them over, we notice they have no transponder." For now, Metro is only charging drivers for whatever it would have cost them to pay the toll if they were solo drivers. Those 12,297 tickets will cost drivers $18,358, so it averages to about $1.50 …

‘Rednecks’ swamp TV as viewers seek grittier reality

Voice competitions, weight-loss battles and catfights over bachelors have their place on television, but viewers are turning to cable shows that give a whole nother meaning to the word “reality.”“It’s amazing how many people I know are watching these shows,” says comedian and longtime observer of redneck culture Jeff Foxworthy. “My wife’s from Louisiana, andSwamp People is like a family reunion for her.”And the sheer number of these shows is multiplying to accommodate viewers’ demand for more.Why we’re staring agape at these shows, many of which pit craggy, bearded, beer-bellied and, at times, bare-chested hirsute men against nature’s bad boys — snakes, gators and big-teethed fish — could keep psychiatrists and popular culture observers busy for years.Part of it, says Foxworthy, “is that you cannot believe that in 2012 somebody’s making a living in a jon boat pulling up alligators and shooting them in the head.”And despite the sometimes-negative connotation of the terms, nobody — incl…

U.S. overseeing mysterious construction project in Israel; as UN vote recognizes state of Palestine; US and Israel object.

Published: November 28The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to supervise construction of a five-story underground facility for an Israel Defense Forces complex, oddly named “Site 911,” at an Israeli Air Force base near Tel Aviv.
Expected to take more than two years to build, at a cost of up to $100 million, the facility is to have classrooms on Level 1, an auditorium on Level 3, a laboratory, shock-resistant doors, protection from nonionizing radiation and very tight security. Clearances will be required for all construction workers, guards will be at the fence and barriers will separate it from the rest of the base.  Only U.S. construction firms are being allowed to bid on the contract and proposals are due Dec. 3, according to the latest Corps of Engineers notice.Site 911 is the latest in a long history of military construction projects the United States has undertaken for the IDF under the U.S. Foreign Military Sales program. The 1998 Wye River Memorandum between Israel and the Pal…

Jewish groups struggle for Holocaust restitution; as Hungarian Leader wants a list of names.

Associated Press – American lawyer and IPRC (Immovable Property Review Conference) co-chairman Stuart E. Eizenstat talks to journalists in Prague, on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012.PRAGUE (AP) — More than 67 years after the Holocaust, Jirina Novakova refuses to give up her battle to regain property confiscated from her family.Her hopes got a boost two years ago when 43 countries vowed at a Prague conference to back global guidelines for the restitution of property confiscated from Jews during World War II to their rightful owners or heirs. The nations pledged to try harder to return real estate stolen by the Nazis, open archives that might help those dispossessed and to process claims for restitution faster. She thought that show of international determination would pressure her country, the Czech Republic, and help her finally win a court battle to get back a button factory seized from her family by the Nazis.But the 62-year-old is still waiting.      This week, Novakova was among 200 peop…

Tougher standards sought for ‘Made in America’ label; be prepared for a ‘Made in World’ label coming to a product near you!

This process, which critics call deeply deceptive, can leave American consumers assuming they are buying from primarily domestic sources, when, in fact, most of their money is going overseas. “Companies are gaming these rules,” said Alan Uke, owner of a specialty lighting manufacturer and author of “Buying America Back,” which lays out a strategy that he is hoping lawmakers on Capitol Hill will consider. Under his proposal, American manufacturers would be able to distinguish genuine “Made in America” products – which are produced entirely in the U.S. – from those that are not. He proposes a redesigned country-of-origin label on all consumer goods listing where its components originate, what is the balance of trade between that country and the United States, and the location of the main offices of the company that sells the product. Currently, U.S.-made parts and content must be disclosed for only a few specific categories of goods, including automobiles and textile, wool and fur prod…

President Nixon Didn’t Consider Himself ‘Prejudiced,’ He Just Found Jews ‘Insecure’

Fresh off their WikiLeaks cable dump, the Timesunleashed the text of new recordings from Nixon's presidency, released this week by the Nixon Presidential Library and Museum. While previously released recordings have detailed Nixon’s well-known animosity toward Jews and black people, these tapes "suggest an added layer of complexity to Nixon’s feeling," according to the Times. For example, "He and his aides seem to make a distinction between Israeli Jews, whom Nixon admired, and American Jews." And those Italians! He has real mixed feelings on them. But he doesn't call it prejudice: In a conversation Feb. 13, 1973, with Charles W. Colson, a senior adviser who had just told Nixon that he had always had "a little prejudice," Nixon said he was not prejudiced but continued: "I’ve just recognized that, you know, all people have certain traits."
"For example, the Irish can’t drink. Virtually every Irish I’ve known gets mean when he drinks…

Embryo survival gene may fight range of diseases: study

HONG KONG (Reuters) – A gene that keeps embryos alive appears to control the immune system and determine how it fights chronic diseases like hepatitis and HIV, and autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, scientists said on Monday. Although the experts have only conducted studies on the gene Arih2 using mice, they hope it can be used as a target for drugs eventually to fight a spectrum of incurable diseases.
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Lead author Marc Pellegrini at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research in Australia said the gene appears to act like a switch, flipping the immune system on and off. “If the gene is on, it dampens … the immune response. And if you switch it off, it greatly enhances immune responses,” Pellegrini said in a telephone interview. “It is probably one of the few genes and pathways that is very targetable and could lead to…

Genetically Modified Humans? New Gene-Altering Drug Paves Way for Mass Modification

Mike Barrett  NOVEMBER 27, 2012 We’ve seen genetically modified mosquitoes,genetically modified plants, and genetically modified cows, but could we soon be dealing with our own genetic alterations – genetically modified humans? As the months and years pass, scientistsseem to be getting closer to ‘manufacturing’ humankind, with some of the most recent ‘advancements’ revolving around a new approved drug therapy that is designed to ‘correct genetic errors’.October 31, 2011 Amsterdam Molecular Therapeutics Ends Glybera Development, Halves WorkforceAmsterdam Molecular Therapeutics BV‘s potential gene therapy, Glybera (alipogene tiparvovec), may have been rejected for approval by Europe’s top scientific advisory panel, CHMP, on Oct. 21, but the closeness of the vote – there was only one dissenting voice – suggests it won’t be long before a gene therapy product clears the committee and reaches the European market.But that product is not expected to be Glybera, because its development is bein…

Thanksgiving: George Washington’s 1789 Proclamation

Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor — and whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me “to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.”
Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be — That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks — for his kind care and protection of the People of this Country previous to their becoming a Nation…

US: we initiate terrorism to create terrorists to overthrow governments

Wesley Clark, Supreme Allied Commander NATO, testifies in this 2-minute video that the US planned to overthrow seven countries after 9/11: Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Iran. The Pentagon admitted a strategy to do so (hereherehere):1.  the US conducts acts of terrorism in nations they want to control,2.  the US continues terrorism to provoke an act of reprisal,the US labels the reprisal “terrorism” to justify covert and overt military operations to overthrow targeted governments.Therefore, the US caused the “war on terror” as a policy choice; 9/11 was pretense and not the cause. Indeed, war law and two UN Security Council Resolutions provided international cooperation for factual discovery of the 9/11 terrorists, arrests, and trial for lawful justice all nations supported. The US rejects the rule of law, violates treaty obligations, killed over a million human beings from armed attacks since 9/11, and so far has long-term costs of $4 to $6 trillion to US taxpay…