Two newspaper executives have told the Observer that their publications were issued with D-notices warnings not to publish intelligence that might damage national security when they sought to report on allegations of a powerful group of men engaging in child sex abuse in 1984. One executive said he had been accosted in his office by 15 uniformed and two non-uniformed police over a dossier on Westminster paedophiles passed to him by the former Labour cabinet minister Barbara Castle. read more
The makers of neonicotinoids, the bee-killing insecticide that was banned all over Europe, won't be able to refute this latest phenomenon. Millions of bees were found dead after GMO corn was planted in Ontario, Canada. This isn't new news, but it should be known news. The keeper of these bees, Dave Schuit, who produces honey, reported that he lost over 600 hives around 37 million bees. With increasing bee deaths and consumer petitions targeted to places like Home Depot and Lowe's who sell neonics, the US Department of Agriculture has failed to ban neonicotinoids, manufactured primarily by Bayer CropScience Inc., as well as other biotech companies. read more
In the 1920s, a mustachioed British commander named Lionel Rees set out across the deserts of what would become Jordan. Snapping some of the earliest archaeological aerial photographs, he observed numerous immense, nearly perfect stone circles. "All three are almost exact circles, are different from anything else in the country," he wrote in the journal Antiquity. Rees was baffled by the circles, some of which were 1,200 feet in diameter. But despite their enigmatic nature, his findings were all but ignored. read more
Clemson University was requiring students to reveal how many times they've had sex in the past month and with how many partners, the conservative site Campus Reform reported. The South Carolina university asked students extremely personal questions about their drinking habits and sex life as part of an online Title IX training course. "How many times have you had sex (including oral) in the last 3 months?" asked one question. "With how many different people have you had sex (including oral) in the last 3 months?" asked another. read more
More than a dozen women (and some men) protested outside the Capitol in Austin Sunday afternoon as part of a national movement for topless equality. Holding signs and waving at cars as they drove by, protesters stood bare-chested as people across the street seemed surprised... but then took pictures. Being topless is legal in Austin, but the nationwide movement claims that women should have the same constitutional right that men have to go bare-chested in public, everywhere.