China's economic role in the world is growing at a record pace, and it is also now a key player in world politics .The country has no doubt become a global manufacturing giant, but how will it deal with issues on the home front such as increase in pollution and water shortages? Although it has been confronted with tough environmental problems, efforts are being made to solve these. In the final episode of this series, through a range of interviews from Africa, the EU, the US, and China, we find out how it is positioning itself as a major global player.
Skagit River Bridge ~ SURVEILLANCE Video: Washington Bridge Collapses Caused by Truck Crash - May 23, 2013
SURVEILLANCE Video: Washington Bridge Collapses Caused by Truck Crash - May 23, 2013
MOUNT VERNON, Washington (Reuters) - A bridge that collapsed in Washington state and sent two cars plunging into the Skagit River, raising concerns about the safety of the nation's aging infrastructure, was knocked down by a truck that crashed into at least one girder, officials said on Friday.
The truck, after the accident, rumbled across the bridge safely before a portion of the structure gave way, sending a car and pick-up into the frigid river on Thursday evening, along with a mass of concrete and steel. Three people were rescued.
Rescue operations after I-5 bridge collapses over river
Raw Video: Washington state bridge collapse
Span of highway bridge sits in the Skagit River
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While no one was killed, the collapse of the steel truss bridge built in 1955 prompted renewed calls from lawmakers in Washington, D.C. and elsewhere for greater investment in the nation's aging infrastructure.
But Washington state officials said preliminary indications were that the bridge, which was inspected twice last year, was not structurally deficient and fell because of the impact from the truck striking its support beams.
"We had a collision between a very heavy vehicle traveling at probably not a small amount of speed crashing into not just one but probably multiple girders, and it failed," Governor Jay Inslee told an afternoon press conference in Mount Vernon.
Officials say the bridge, 55 miles north of Seattle, was not among the spans listed by the state as "structurally deficient," which in some cases relates to bridges that cannot carry their intended traffic loads.
But the privately run National Bridge Inventory Database listed the bridge as "functionally obsolete," widely defined by public officials as not built to current standards and demands.
"Based on our inspecting, the bridge is not structurally defective," said Lynn Peterson, state secretary of transportation. "We do take hits on almost every one of our bridges. This is just bad luck where and how it was hit."
She said there were a number of bridges along Interstate 5 in Washington state rated lower than the bridge that collapsed.
A new bridge that suffered a similar blow would have likely reacted the same way, Washington State Department of Transportation spokeswoman Jan Katzenberger said.
U.S. National Transportation Safety Board investigators were on the scene of the collapse, which occurred on the four-lane Interstate 5, the principal highway between Seattle and Vancouver, Canada.
The NTSB said its members would inspect the 1,111-foot (339-meter) Warren Truss bridge, which links Mount Vernon and Burlington, including its substructure, deck and superstructure. Underwater inspections would also be conducted, the agency said.
David Goldberg, a spokesman for the nonprofit policy group Transportation for America, said that the bridge's status as "functionally obsolete" did not necessarily mean that it needed to be replaced but that it might not accommodate modern needs.
"A lot of these older bridges are carrying much more traffic, and heavier traffic, than was envisioned when they were built," Goldberg said.
"There is no redundancy built in for the key structural elements. So if something happens - being struck by a vehicle or watercraft, a slight tremor, or vibrations from the traffic - it could set off a chain reaction that brings it down," he said.
The truck driver, identified as 41-year-old William Scott, made it across the bridge and pulled his vehicle to the side of the road after the accident. He has not been arrested and was cooperating with authorities.
Truckers must obtain a permit from the state Department of Transportation to carry an oversize load. The driver also receives a proposed route from the state, Washington State Patrol spokesman Sergeant Kirk Rudeen said.
The US needs to return to peace and compassion. It has become the monster that is claims to fight against so is divided and crumbling. The only way for it to stand again is to return to the values of the past... pre 1920's , It has destroyed the very democracy it claims to uphold in the world. Via hidden enemies of democracy within the Administration and Corporate world.
London Murder of Soldier is a Consequence and Feedback Loop of Middle East Mass Murders by UK & US Governments
These consequences and feedback loops from government actions without vision and wisdom, fueled by an insatiable lust for power and control regardless of cost, suffering and loss of life, are beginning to feed back like an accelerated tsunami at the Western government perpetrators and their populations, with hatred and resentment naturally gathering momentum in response to the crimes against humanity by the West in their continual destruction, warmongering and virtual genocide across the Middle East, and a continuance now moving further into Africa, like an aggressive cancer, in the form of Africom (another word for NATO) creating further hatred, suicide bombings and retaliations, as the US and Western war machine rampages its way wherever it can, fueled by an urgency to usurp China in the region, and greed, money, land grabs, gold, uranium, minerals and strategic positioning.
Imagine a scenario whereby Middle Eastern countries were taking over and bombing the United States and UK, killing up to 1 million innocent women, ‘suspects’ and children, and almost daily terrorizing people with Drones and soldiers on the ground. Imagine an occupation of the USA and UK, causing chaos and bloodshed on a daily basis. Imagine how US and UK citizens would feel if Syrian, Iraqi, Afghan soldiers were kicking their doors down on a daily basis and destroying their culture, heritage, peace, family life and stealing their land and oil, with Predator Drones overhead watching them daily, dropping bombs on their families and friends who were simply suspects. How would we feel our innocent family, brothers, fathers and friends in Guantanamo, were being tortured and abused daily, how would we feel?
Imagine US and UK citizens having birth defects from hundreds of tons of depleted uranium nuclear weapons used on them causing cancers and birth defects for generations, and contamination from the uranium nuclear dust in the country for 4.5 billion years. Imagine how angry US citizens would be if these other countries were murdering and hanging our elected governments, and do we think that there would be retaliation by US citizens towards the Muslim world? And towards people of the Middle East? Like they are to us?
So let us not be surprised that people are attacking British soldiers in revenge (horrific though it is) because it is very likely that US or UK citizens would do the same or even much worse to Muslim soldiers if they were killing US and UK citizens, our families, our children, our history, happiness, our infrastructure, and our very future. Let us put our arrogant, superior, Western selves in someone else’s shoes and ponder these things before we wave our flags and vote for our governments who are murdering and torturing innocent people. – Jason Liosatos. www.jasonliosatos.com
To get thrown in jail because you laughed too loud in your own home sounds, well, laughable. But that's reportedly what happened to Robert Schiavelli, who was issued two tickets for laughing too loud out his window and disturbing his neighbor. Cops responded to the scene and determined that, indeed, Robert's chortling was disturbing -- hence the summons, which could get him a $500 fine and up to 30 days in jail. Robert doesn't think it's a laughing matter. But when you hear the details -- it's not so funny.
Robert and his neighbor, Daniel O'Hanian, have apparently had a long-standing feud, which Robert claims stems from his neighbor doing some unneighborly-like things, such as calling Robert, who suffers from seizures and neurological impairments, a "retard" and making fun of him.
So according to Robert, his defense is to laugh off his neighbor's taunts. And apparently he does this so loudly that his neighbor complained.
Police gave out tickets for "disturbing the peace" on two occasions because Robert's guffawing could be heard across the driveway and in his neighbor's home. When asked about the complaint, O'Hanian's wife says, "The police investigated and found there was cause. I think the police can answer all your questions. I think the police did what they thought was best."
I tend to agree with the neighbor. I don't know what the source of their feud is, and if O'Hanian, who wouldn't respond, really is being a terrible neighbor and making fun of Robert, but I do know cops don't normally issue a noise summons -- let alone two of them -- without hearing a lot of noise. There's "laughing off your neighbor" and then there's "laughing to annoy your neighbor," and I suspect that's what Robert was doing.
Just because you are in your own home doesn't mean you can do whatever you want and disturb the peace in whatever way you want. We all have to live on the same planet, you know.
I'd also suggest these guys have a good laugh together and settle their differences -- I've read about too many neighborly arguments that end up in tragedy, not comedy.
Mike Rivero ~ The Crumbling Infrastructures of America - What Really Happened Radio Show: Friday, May 24 2013
What Really Happened Radio Show: Michael Rivero Friday, May 24 2013 (Commercial Free Video)
Michael Rivero is the webmaster of http://whatreallyhappened.com/ and host of the What Really Happened radio shows on the Republic Broadcasting Network. Formerly with NASA, Michael transitioned his image processing skills (along with a brief stint as an actor) into the then-new motion picture computer animation field and has worked on films such as "Star Trek", "The Day After Tomorrow", and has supervised visual effects on "Brainscan," "LOST", and "Hawaii Five-0." Michael has taken a sabbatical from film work to focus all his efforts on peace activism. Michaels foray into blogging began before the word was even invented, and happened almost by accident when he spotted a suspicious photograph being broadcast on ABC news in 1994 related to the death of White House deputy Council Vincent Foster. Since that sudden beginning, Michaels website has expanded to cover diverse topics including the JFK assassination, the accidental shoot-down of TWA 800, election fraud, health issues, Saddams non-existent nuclear weapons, 9-11, the economy, and of course, the lies used to trick the United States into wars of conquest on Afghanistan, Iraq, and now Iran. Michael resides in Hawaii with his wife Claire, who is a composer and creates much of theme music used on the What Really Happened radio show.
While the FDA marches on with their plans to take away your right to health and nutrition, this documentary threatens to blow their tyrannical rule apart. Never before seen footage, and never before heard evidence that will SHOCK you into action.
This video was originally LIVE Streamed from the world premiere of Dr. Gary Null's new documentary "The War on Health" exposing the Food and Drug Administration's long-standing corruption, followed by a Q&A with the director.
Today 5/24/2013 Google Predicts a Robotic Future On the Friday, May 24 edition of the Alex Jones Show, Alex continues his coverage of the IRS effort to attack the establishment's political opposition, Obama's Attorney General signing off on seizing reporter emails, and Google CEO Eric Schmidt's prediction that the company will be capable of developing artificial intelligence for its programs that will be indistinguishable from a human being within 5-10 years. On today's worldwide broadcast, Alex talks with Canadian engineer, politician, and writer Paul Hellyer who has exposed the shadow government cabal comprised of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Bilderbergers, the Trilateral Commission and the international banking cartel.
Gary Null visits Union Square farmers market and talks to people about genetically modified food.
The world's leading Scientists, Physicians, Attorneys, Politicians and Environmental Activists expose the corruption and dangers surrounding the widespread use of Genetically Modified Organisms in the new feature length documentary, "Seeds of Death: Unveiling the Lies of GMOs".
Activists have announced a global protest against Monsanto's reach into the global food security set for May 25th. Protests are scheduled to take place in more than 36 countries--including the United States. All of this following Congress' passage of the so-called Monsanto Protection Act -an amendment granting the bio-tech giant legal immunity in the U.S. RT's own Anastasia Churkina joins us to talk more about it.
The plan is to inflate their(banksters) troubles away, but at such a slow pace(5-10% per year) that no one will mind, too much. If they don’t print money fast enough, bank holidays, or Bail-Ins(Cyprus) will be necessary to save the banksters. Since banks are paying no interest, gold makes the most sense, followed by anything ‘Not in a Bank’.
Zimbabwe will look prosperous compared with where Obama is taking us.
As the dollar falls to parity with the old Zimbabwe currency, our weakling Congress is absolutely pathetic, too afraid to impeach a black communist for fear of looking racist, even while the country is heading toward smoldering ruins. A Pentagon coup is more attractive than another 3 years of Obama. At least then, there could be no pretense of legitimacy in government.
World Financial Collapse coming Soon. Coming Global Financial Collapse That Will Make Your Hair Stand Up Are You Prepared For The Coming Economic Collapse And The Next Great Depression? Is the world on the verge of another massive global financial collapse? Yes. The western world is drowning in an ocean of debt unlike anything the world has ever seen before, and our financial markets are gigantic casinos that are dependent on huge mountains of risk and leverage remaining very stable. In the end, this house of cards that has been built on a foundation of sand is going to come crashing down in a horrifying manner.
During President Obama's first major counterterrorism address of his second term, he said the United States cannot continue waging what he described as a boundless global war on terror. He also discussed his administration's efforts to close down the U.S. military prison at Guantánamo Bay. He was repeatedly confronted by CodePink's Medea Benjamin in the audience, ultimately stopping his speech to address her directly. We air the complete exchange between them. "The voice of that woman is worth paying attention to," Obama said in response to Benjamin. "Obviously, I do not agree with much of what she said, and obviously she wasn't listening to me in much of what I said. But these are tough issues, and the suggestion that we can gloss over them is wrong."
Tonight Stan Deyo, internationally acclaimed author of The Cosmic Conspiracy, to join us during the second hour of the show to discuss recent earth events, from earthquake and volcanic activity, sinkholes to the latest Oklahoma tornado that was "of the charts." What is happening not only in the U.S., but across the world? What could we possibly see happen next?
Sweden: Fifth Night Of Rioting In Stockholm
More than a dozen people are arrested as firefighters are forced to respond to more than 70 reports of fire.
Rioters took to the streets of Sweden for the fifth night in a row on Thursday, torching cars, shops, schools and a police station.
Firefighters were dispatched to 70 different location across Stockholm in response to blazes started by groups of youths.
Two schools, including a Montessori school, were set on fire in two suburbs of the Swedish capital and up to 15 car fires were reported at locations across the city and beyond.
The unrest began on Sunday night after the fatal shooting of a 69-year-old man in an area with a high population of immigrants.
The man was said to have been wielding a machete and was shot by police who claimed they were acting in self defence.
Local activists claimed the incident sparked anger among local mostly immigrant youths who say they suffer police brutality.
During the first night of rioting, youths claimed that police called them "tramps, monkeys and negroes".
Wednesday night was the peak when firefighters had to deal with fires at 90 locations across Stockholm.
Last night firefighters had to put out fires at schools in Tensta and Kista, and tackled burned-out cars in Solluntuna, Jordbro, Norsborg and Rinkby.
A police station and several shops were set on fire in Aelvsjoe.
And police in Soedertaelje, a town south of Stockholm, said rioters threw stones at them as they responded to reports of cars set alight.
Police spokesman Kjell Lindgren said the riots had "decreased in intensity".
He said 13 people were arrested on Thursday night, between the ages of 17 and 26, but no injuries were reported.
The riots have sparked a debate about the assimilation of immigrants, who make up about 15% of the population.
Analysts say many of the immigrants who have arrived due to the country's generous refugee policy struggle to learn the language and find employment.
Stockholm county police chief Mats Loefving said the rioters were local youths both with and without criminal records.
"In the midst of all this there is a small group of professional criminals, who are taking advantage of the situation to commit crimes like this," he told Swedish Radio.
Ulf Johansson, deputy police chief for Stockholm county, said on Thursday: "Every injured person is a tragedy, every torched car is a failure for society ... but Stockholm is not burning.
"Let's have a level-headed view of the situation."
In the past decade Sweden has welcomed hundreds of thousands of immigrants from Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Somalia and the Balkans, among others.
Integration Minister Erik Ullenhag has attributed the current violence to high unemployment and social exclusion in Sweden's immigrant-dominated areas.
The department of homeland security bought enough hollow point rounds to supply police with 1000 more rounds per officer than the military has per soldier. They also have a crowd control vehicle with gun ports, a loudspeaker, teargas dispenser, reinforced battering ram bumpers, and 16 man deployment capabilities (all armed).....they cant fight an insurrection without their line guys and those guys come from the very families they would be suppressing so there would be a LOT of refusal of orders and the chain would break down. cops cant be troops. we cant be cops. its just premise of our mission statement. they can try a police state but to actually beat down the masses they need us to do it and most of us are not ok with that immoral order. some would be but theres bad eggs everywhere ya know?
Ann Barnhardt of the former Barnhardt Capital Managemen states 'We're seeing the complete disintegration of the financial system before our very eyes! It's Soviet! It's truly, truly Soviet!! You've got to get your money out of the financial system! Nothing is safe! Not just the futures markets, but the entire thing! Stocks, 401k, IRA, deposit accounts. GET YOUR MONEY OUT OR ELSE IT IS ALL GOING TO BE STOLEN FROM YOU! IT'S ALL A PONZI!!! The owner of the former BCM brokerage states that JP Morgan knows the end is in sight, and they know that in a lawless environment, possession is EVERYTHING!