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August 19, 2012
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– Oddball News Wrap – –
– ‘Reel 1’ – from around the world –
| Author: EYE-BALL’s Harry’s Growl | 19th Aug 2012 |
The World is a never ending parade of the usual and the unusual.  News stories come from the strangest of places – many stories get reported and are read by locals and never get to see the light of day.

Harry’s Growl plans to feature a regular post called ‘ODDBALL news Wrap’ that captures a number of these abstract stories to make you provide a lighter perspective the to alternatives offered at this site.  If you want straight humour – try EYE-BALL’s JokeZone.

The Index of links to this weeks stories appears below: [Click on the link to read story on-line in a new window.]

  1. Reuters – US Army Suicides reached record monthly high in July

    Twenty-six active-duty soldiers are believed to have committed suicide in July, more than double the number reported for June and the most suicides ever recorded in a month since the U.S. Army began tracking detailed statistics on such deaths.

    During the first seven months of this year, there were 116 suspected suicides among active-duty soldiers, compared to 165 suicides for all of last year, the Army said. The military branch reported 12 likely suicides during June.

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  2. Huff Post – Usain Bolt: I’m not competing in England again until they change their tax rules

    Usain Bolt’s gold medal-winning appearance at the London Olympics violated one of the athlete’s personal rules: Not to compete in Britain.Bolt’s Olympic appearance marked the first time since 2009 that the phenom competed in the U.K., according to Forbes. Why is he staying away? The taxes on his winnings are just too much. Britain charges a 50 percent tax on the appearance fees and prize money of athletes competing in the country, according to The Week.

    Though it’s common for countries to tax athletic winnings, the U.K. also has a rare policy of taxing income from sponsors earned while athletes are competing in the country, The Week reports. And despite earning $20.3 million last year, that’s just too much for the self-proclaimed “legend.”

    Bolt, one of the world’s most famous athletes, made an exception to his no-Britain rule for the Olympics, which were essentially tax-free for athletes, according to Forbes. But only if the country changes its tax laws will Bolt return, he says.

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  3. Reuters – Oral sex not outstripping intercourse amoung US youth – study

    A federal study on the sexual behavior of young Americans released on Thursday countered a widespread belief that oral sex was increasing and vaginal sex decreasing among teenagers due to fears of pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.Two in every three young Americans have engaged in oral sex, about the same percentage as those who have engaged in vaginal intercourse, the study by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Center for Vital Statistics found.

    It also showed that the rates of both practices among the U.S. youth have dropped since a decade ago.

    The study showed that about equal numbers of young women and men aged between 15-24 have had oral sex, and that about a quarter – 26 percent of women and 24 percent of men – had first had oral sex before engaging in vaginal intercourse.

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  4. RT News – US Foreign Debt hits record high

    The United States might officially be the worst neighbor on Earth: the US now owes its allies $5.2923 trillion, the most money the country has ever been indebted to its foreign friends in the history of the nation.Statistics released this week by the US Treasury indicate that, as of June 2012, the United States has borrowed bucks from most of the world’s major countries and has accumulated a debt that is on the verge of doubling in only a few short years.

    As of June, the amount of US Treasury securities held by foreign holders is close to $5.3 trillion, which includes $1164.3 billion from China and $1119.3 billion from Japan at the top of the list. The list of nation that have helped out the US doesn’t end there though: Brazil, Taiwan, Russia and the UK are also towards the top of the roster, which goes on to cite a substantial sum of money borrowed from the countries of India, Italy, South Africa and Peru, among others.

    The latest figure of funds owed by America — $5.3 trillion — is substantially larger than what the country owed to the others when US President Barack Obama took office in January 2012. Only three and a half years after his inauguration, the United States’ debt to foreign holders has increased by $2.2 trillion, or 72.3 percent.

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  5. RT News – US Companies pay more to their CEO’s, than to the US Government

    Twenty-six big U.S. companies, including AT&T, Boeing and Citigroup, paid their CEOs more last year than they paid the federal government in tax, according to a study prepared by the Institute for Policy Studies.­Major companies paid less or no taxes on profits, as they took advantage of the tax deductions and credits designed to free up money for companies to spend in ways that stimulate the economy.

    On average, these 26 companies generated pre-tax net income of more than $1 billion in the US, the study revealed. Meanwhile CEOs of these 26 firms received on average $20.4 million in total remuneration last year, 23% more than in 2010.

    CEO of Boeing James McNerney Jr. got $18.4 million in pay last year while his company received a tax refund of $605 million. The study also laid into Citigroup for paying CEO Vikram Pandit $14.9 million while the bank received $144 million in net tax benefits.

    According to the study, the US corporate tax code allows companies to pay big bonuses to executives so they can cut their tax bills while the

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  6. ABC (Aust) – Banks ordered to pay Bell liquidators $1.5b

    Australian banks may be making multi-billion-dollar profits, but today they learned they will also have to pay out billions after losing the country’s longest-running court case.Appeal judges in the West Australian Supreme Court upheld a ruling that the lending banks have to pay creditors of Alan Bond’s Bell Group, which collapsed in 1991.

    Creditors had filed the action against Australian and foreign banks, claiming they had lent money to Bell when they knew it was insolvent.

    Today’s ruling backs a decision that the banks were liable to pay the value of the group’s assets, plus interest.
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  7. RT News – Anthrax drug death sparks fear of Europe-wide pandemic

    A drug addict in Blackpool, UK, died from an anthrax infection, sparking concerns of a pan-European outbreak of the rare disease.­Medical experts suggested that the death was caused by contaminated heroin, Reuters reported. The incident comes in the wake of similar anthrax outbreaks in Europe. The Blackpool infection is the only fatal case thus far.

    Since June, three incidents were recorded in Germany, two in Denmark and one in France. A heroin addict was also hospitalized in Scotland a month ago.

    “It’s likely that further cases among PWID [People Who Inject Drugs] will be identified as part of the ongoing outbreak in EU countries. The Department of Health has alerted the NHS of the possibility of people who are injecting drugs presenting to emergency departments and walk-in clinics, with symptoms suggestive of anthrax” Dilys Morgan, an expert at the UK Health Protection Agency (HPA) told the Guardian.

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  8. RT News – US instigating violent crackdown on whistleblowers, dissent

    With the world closely watching the rapidly developing case of Julian Assange, RT sat down with American author Naomi Wolf to discuss why journalists are finding it increasingly difficult to publish data the US government doesn’t want them to.

    Last month, US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta ordered Pentagon officials to keep a close eye on major US media outlets in an effort to prevent them from publishing government secrets. The order came after whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks made public thousands of classified documents belonging to the US and other countries.

    The site’s founder, Julian Assange, is wanted in connection to a European arrest warrant and is holed up in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. On Thursday, Ecuador granted him political asylum, but he still faces the challenge of actually reaching the country, as British authorities have made it clear that he will be arrested as soon as he steps out of the consulate.

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  9. RT News – Assange to break silence as more countries rally behind Ecuador

    As Julian Assange prepares to give his first public statement in months, London police are on high alert demanding the IDs of all persons visiting his diplomatic hideout. Ecuador says the threat that the UK will raid its embassy “still stands.”

    ­Assange has announced that he will give a public statement at 1 pm GMT. It is unlikely, though, that he will leave the safety of the Ecuadorian Embassy, where he has been granted political asylum.

    London police are on a 24-hour watch outside the building, ready to arrest Assange as soon as he leaves, as Britain does not recognize Assange’s asylum status and is still determined to extradite the “alleged criminal” to Sweden.

    During the night before Assange’s address officers were set on high alert, reportedly demanding identifications from everyone entering or leaving the building. Officials refused to reveal the name of the commanding officer who originated the order, WikiLeaks said on Twitter.

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  10. RT News – Deutsche Bank swept into ‘rogue state’ banking scandal

    Germany’s Deutsche Bank is the latest European bank to be targeted by US investigators for funneling billions of dollars to Iran, Sudan, and other sanctioned countries through their American branches.

    ­The investigation is just getting underway, law enforcement officials told The New York Times, saying there was no evidence to show the bank had used its American operations to move money for Iranian clients later than 2008.

    A spokesman for Deutsche Bank did not comment on the accusations, only saying that in 2007 the bank had decided to “not engage in new business with counterparties in countries such as Iran, Syria, Sudan and North Korea and to exit existing business to the extent legally possible,” the Times cites him as saying.

    The US Treasury, the Federal Reserve and the Justice Department have targeted a score of foreign banks for Iran-linked transactions and dealings with other “axis of evil” members since 2009.

    The practice of moving funds on behalf of Iranian banks and corporations was facilitated by a loophole in US policy that allowed foreign banks operating in the US to disguise their clients’ identities and move the money overseas. Using these so-called “U-turn transactions,” parent banks had to provide next to no information to their American subsidiaries about client identities as long as the transactions themselves had been checked for suspicious activity. The loophole was closed in 2008 over fears that Iranian banks were using it to finance the nuclear weapons program speculated about by some Western powers.

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  11. RT – News – Australia prepping ‘contingency plan’ for Assange US extradition

    Australian officials have confirmed that the country’s diplomatic mission in Washington has been prepareing for Julian Assange’s possible extradition to the US, but called it “contingency planning.”­The country’s authorities say there is nothing unusual in the move, as the must be ready for all eventualities.

    “The embassy is doing its job, just to be in a position to advise the government if it believed that an extradition effort was imminent. There is no evidence of such an extradition effort,” Trade Minister Craig Emerson told ABC television.

    The US could have sought Assange’s extradition from Britain rather than waiting for him to arrive in Sweden, but “obviously they haven’t done that,” he noted.

    Meanwhile, Australian newspaper The Age reports that according to information obtained from diplomatic cables, the Washington mission is taking the possibility of extradition seriously. They also say the cables show that Australia has no objection to Assange’s potential extradition.

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