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News You May Have Missed This Week 04/01/2013

Updated on March 31, 2013

News You May Have Missed This Week

Wow, a lot happened this week that I didn't see on CNN, Fox, or my local news. It was hard to decide which stories to include in this weekly post. President Obama signed the Monsanto Protection Act, I didn't include that because congress passed it last week, so it is basically the same thing. Horrifying, but not unexpected.

Read on for the top new stories that you probably missed this week.

I know that there is a lot of propaganda surrounding North Korea as they are the enemy de jour. However, if they do pose a real threat, it would be good for us to know about it. Last week, North Korea published two photographs which appear to show plans for strikes against the continental United States. However, these photos were released by the North Korean government intentionally, so it is very possible that this is just posturing (which North Korea does excel at).

I'm sure that nobody remembers Christopher Dorner even though he was all over the news just a few weeks ago. He was the LAPD Officer who went on a rampage because he felt that the LAPD was corrupt. He was killed in a small cabin about two hours from LA.

Well the LAPD is still flustered over the incident. They have a history of corruption and brutality that they have been trying to clean up. However, it does not appear as they have been doing a good job with re-branding themselves. They have had numerous instances of police brutality in the past 5 years which have only recently began being scrutinized.

The EPA has concluded that rainwater now contains higher levels of radiation than in the past. The FDA has stated that at this time, the levels of rainwater are not dangerous. Both agencies will continue to monitor the levels of radiation in rainwater nationwide.

Experts agree that the source of this radiation is most likely the nuclear power plant meltdown in Japan that happened as a result of the tsunami. They don't believe that these high levels of radiation could have natural causes.


Researchers in Great Britain (and most likely elsewhere) have been conducting research on human/animal hybrids. They claim that the research is harmless as the embryos are destroyed in a timely manner.

I am all for stem cell research, and other research which could help cure devastating diseases like Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, and Cancer. However, I think that creating new human mutant species crosses a line. I don't see the advantage of utilizing a hybrid cell over a human cell for research into curing human diseases.

A vial of a deadly virus goes missing in Texas, and we do not hear anything about it on the mainstream news. To be fair, I couldn't find any further information on it from other sources, so it is possible that this isn't true. If it is true, it is something that every American should know about, and it is frightening to think that authorities would know about it without disclosing it to the public.

Fair and Balanced?

Please remember that no news outlet is fair and balanced. Everything has a spin. So please read them, be informed, but take everything with a grain of salt. Find the truth between the lines.

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      Elani-Lee 4 years ago from Los Angeles

      Thanks Steve,

      I agree that most news networks are now covering N. Korea. I guess I was a step ahead of them ha ha. Maybe I am overly concerned about the stem cell thing. I have no problems with utilizing stem cells for research, but I"m not sure about mixing humans and animals. I guess I watch to many science fiction movies with zombies and mutants and stuff like that, and get kind of nervous when I see small steps which could make those things a reality.

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      Elani-Lee 4 years ago from Los Angeles

      Yeah I couldn't find anything about it. I did find rumors about a 2016 run, so maybe that is a good reason to squash it?

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      Steve Orion 4 years ago from Tampa, Florida

      I've seen most news networks cover the "new" North Korea "threat." It's incredible such nonsense is confrontational and sensationally spewed by a leader of a country in this century. I never really understood how outrageous things are for this undeveloped hole of a nation until a few NPR reports; how truly saddening it is when citizens of your country starve under your rule and all that's prioritized is instigation and rhetoric!

      Good Hub, though I would disagree with your assessment on the topic of stem cells. Though we are a few decades away from these things being a viable reality, I think there is nothing wrong, in concept, with incorporating positive attributes in other organisms to ourselves. Which isn't, of course, to say that humans will be debating the notion of having wings or tails anytime soon.

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      poetvix 4 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

      If I remember correctly, the date range was from 3-17 through 3-19 on the search that none of the links worked for but from what I could gather, it was for trying to transfer over 6 trillion dollars of tax payer money. Most of what I could see said it was a rumor and that I believe. Here's the thing... There's tons of rumors and flat out lies, conspiracy theories, heck even reptilian alien blood line theories on the net. Why squash this?

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      Elani-Lee 4 years ago from Los Angeles

      Thanks Poetvix. No, I haven't seen anything about Hillary being on house arrest. What was the reason for it?

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      Elani-Lee 4 years ago from Los Angeles

      Thanks Sooner. Sadly I don't think that will ever happen

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      poetvix 4 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

      There were two stories here I had no idea of. Thanks for the heads up. Maybe you will know...Did you hear the rumors about Hillary C. being on house arrest for "moving" 6 plus trillion I think it was. I tried a search. Every page listed was within a three day range and all of them were redirected when I tried to view. Weird.

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      Sooner28 4 years ago

      I didn't know about the water being polluted. I just wonder when human beings will stop basing their entire way of life on greed. Greed has no morals; it's only goal is to increase its power. Collective insanity...