Saturday, March 8, 2014

CT Cop to Gun Owning Patriot: “I Cannot Wait to Get the Order to Kick Your Door In”

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JOHN S. CINQUE
Last weekend, I reported on Connecticut John Cinque's 2013 warning to lawmakers that he would not comply with their attempts to force the citizens of Connecticut to register their semi-automatic weapons and high capacity magazines. Since that time, the video, though a year old, has gone viral. However, in a recent video between Mr. Cinque and Connecticut gubernatorial candidate Joe Viconti, Cinque reveals that a Branford, Connecticut police officer told him, "I Cannot Wait to Get the Order to Kick Your Door In."

View the video in its entirety here.
Cinque was explaining last year's account to Viconti. Specifically he referenced a phone conversation with Connecticut State Representative David Yaccarino. In that questioning, Cinque said that the thing that really stuck with him was the fact that when he asked Yaccarino why there was a Second Amendment, he responded that it was put in place so that the Colonists could attack the British. No, seriously, that is what was said. Never mind that the Second Amendment was written long after the Revolutionary War.
Yaccarino finished the conversation with Cinque and then the phone was hung up, and Cinque was determined to go to the meeting (you can see the video of his comments here if you missed them).
According to Viconti, Governor Malloy's signing the gun registration bill, was what got him in the race for governor. "I got into the race April 4th, as the governor was signing the bill, because for me, it was the last straw," he told Cinque.
Cinque was asked how he felt as well.
Mr. Cinque was angry over the fact that these elected officials were claiming that they did great things for the citizens of Connecticut and saved their rights, when he believed what they were doing was violating their oath of office.
Both representatives are Republicans. "I'm a Republican," Cinque said in response to Visconti's affirmation that he also is a Republican.

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Bankrupt - How Cronyism and Corruption Brought Down Detroit - Looking for Answers ?

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Detroit U.S.A.: Once the most prosperous city in America. With a booming manufacturing sector and cultural magnetism,
  The city had bright horizons after World War II. But as the 1960′s rolled in, the marriage of Big Business and Big Government overtook Detroit. The central planners in government needed the powerful corporations, and the powerful corporations came to depend on the bureaucracy, too. The marriage worked well for the politicians and for their corporate cronies, but Detroit itself entered a decades-long decline. America watched as Detroit slowly bled people, jobs and revenue. Politicians tried spending money. They tried raising taxes. The more they taxed and spent, the faster the city declined.
Detroit still had its "Big Three" auto manufacturers, until two of its crown jewels, General Motors and Chrysler, imploded in 2008 under the weight of reckless and subsidized mismanagement.
Instead of allowing market forces to rebuild Detroit and the auto industry, the United States handed billions of dollars to General Motors and Chrysler


.Five years later, the city of Detroit is bankrupt and almost $20 billion dollars in debt. Meanwhile, General Motors has a cash balance of over $20 billion, still owes the taxpayers over $10 billion dollars that outgoing CEO Dan Akerson said will not be paid, and the company continues to benefit from an unprecedented $18 billion tax gift from the bankruptcy




Why is General Motors walking away with billions while Detroit dies?
How did so much money change hands between the world's most powerful corporate leaders and government officials while delivering on so little of the promise sold to America by central planners? Bankrupt: How Cronyism & Corruption Took Down Detroit answers this question, and many others. Complete with the candid analysis of pundits, journalists, analysts and government officials, sourcing of historical news and government archives, and on-scene interviews with everyday Detroiters, Bankrupt sheds light on what happened to Detroit, and who is to blame.
And most importantly, it asks "What is next for the Motor City?"


THE UKRAINE MESS: FACT FROM FICTION BY JOEL SKOUSEN - THE NITTY GRITTY

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  • Pro-Russian activists clash with Maidan supporters during an attempted takeover of a regional government building in Kharkiv on March 2. Dozens of protesters were hurt when a pro-Russia protest turned violent, an AFP reporter said.
  • Pro-Russian activists clash with Maidan supporters during an attempted takeover of a regional government building in Kharkiv on March 2. Dozens of protesters were hurt when a pro-Russia protest turned violent, an AFP reporter said. (Sergey Bobok/AFP/Getty Images)
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BY: Joel Skousen


The Ukraine conflict has reached such a level murkiness and complexity due to deception and misdirection by all the parties involved that deciphering the situation taxes even the most experienced of conspiracy analysts.
 A lot of mistaken conclusions are being presented by both major and alternative media. The Ukraine opposition has been infiltrated by both Western globalists and Russia-controlled sleepers, so it’s hard to tell who is directing what. Russia is claiming that those providing “security” for the airports and major bases in Crimea are just “local militia”, but why do they wear masks and uniforms without insignias, and drive Special Forces vehicles with Russian tags? Supposedly, pro-Russian oligarches in official positions in eastern Ukraine have been replaced with pro-western oligarches, but all the “Post-Soviet” oligarches have been allies of the continuing Soviet leadership (who still run the show behind the scenes), why should we expect these new ones to be any different? This week, I’ll try and help readers figure out what real and what’s fake.

Let’s start with Russian President Putin’s press conference this week where he stated, “It was an unconstitutional overthrow and an armed seizure of power.”

First, every coup is an unconstitutional action—that’s a given—but it was Putin’s own pro-Russian majority party in Ukraine (Regions Party) that voted almost unanimously for Yanukovych’s ouster and the coup couldn’t have taken place without their wholesale agreement. So, if Putin is really complaining about the unconstitutional coup he has only his own lackeys to blame. As I said last week, the opposition could never have forced most of the Regions’ delegates to go along with the ouster—only Putin’s orders could have done that.

Second, if it was an “armed seizure of power,” where were the arms? Only the Berkut (Ukraine’s special police) and the regular police had any quantity of armed personnel and they were under the control of Yanukovych right up to the phony coup. The opposition may have had a few dozen hunting weapons but that isn’t enough for an armed seizure of power. As I pointed out last week, someone had to give the order to cause the armed forces to stand down—and that couldn’t have been the opposition.

Further, despite Putin’s rhetoric, this isn’t going to escalate into a world war with the West because 1) Russia isn’t ready to take on the West militarily and 2) the US and EU have showed no inclination to send in military forces as a counter force in Crimea, thus denying Russia any excuse to attack the West. How could Putin excuse attacking the West and starting WWIII if the West isn’t contesting his actions in Ukraine with anything other than weak rhetoric and tepid sanctions?

The US has made some token military moves. They moved six fighters to Poland, a frigate into the Black sea, and redeployed a Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response team to Spain. Even Russia’s claim to have authorized an invasion hasn’t amounted to anything except a few hundred Special Forces at best, and the repositioning of a few ships to the black sea.

Both sides are engaged in a symbolic show of force to probe how the other will react. For instance, after US fighters arrived in Poland, Russia began an air defense drill in response. Russia’s only direct confrontation inside Crimea with Ukrainian military was the shooting of a few rounds over the heads Ukrainian soldiers at a military base to test control.

Rumors that the Russian 20th and 48th armies are getting ready to invade Eastern Ukraine have not materialized. They may be drawing up contingency plans, as usual, but there have been no large troop movements of any kind. On the Ukrainian side, the provisional government mobilized troops and called up military reservists, but there is no corresponding movement of troops to indicate a direct confrontation with Russian forces. I think it is clear that neither side wants a shooting war over this, yet.




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Rand Paul: 'I'm not afraid to challenge the president'

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Mar. 07, 2014 - 11:22 - Uncut: Potential 2016 candidate summarizes CPAC message, takes on the state of ObamaCare, his NSA lawsuit, the need for a more diverse, versatile Republican Party and how to handle Putin



Obama's New Asylum Decree Favors Muslims Over Christians

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Egyptian Coptic Christians protest a spate of recent attacks on Christians and churches in Cairo. AP
Egyptian Coptic Christians protest a spate of recent attacks on Christians and churches in Cairo. AP View Enlarged Image


Immigration: As President Obama offers asylum to "minor" terrorists providing "limited" material support to terrorism, he's slamming shut the door on thousands of Christians fleeing terrorism in Muslim lands like Egypt.
In another end-run around Congress, President Obama has unilaterally eased immigration requirements for foreigners linked to terrorism.
He ordered the State Department and Homeland Security to ignore a post-9/11 law barring entry to those giving political or charitable aid to Hamas and other known terrorist groups.
A dozen years after the horrific attacks on our nation by foreign Islamic terrorists, the Obama administration has decided a little support to foreign Islamic terrorists is OK.
Treasonous as it sounds, the president is following through on a little-noticed overture he made to Muslims in his Cairo speech of 2009, when he suggested he'd relax enforcement of material support laws involving "zakat," or Islamic charitable giving.
He basically apologized for the Bush administration's locking up the founders of the largest Muslim charity in America for sending millions to "zakat committees" linked to Hamas.
Of course, his move weakens, yet again, America's security. By exempting five kinds of limited material support for terrorism, Obama instantly purges more than 4,000 suspects from the U.S. terror watch list and opens our borders up to both them and their families.
Not to worry, Homeland Security says, it'll run additional security checks before letting them in.
Oh? Like the checks run on the Tsarnaev family, who also got into the country on asylum claims? Those security checks?
Forgive the survivors and the families of those who died in the Boston bombings if they're not reassured.
Taking a chance on foreign nationals already suspected of aiding and abetting terrorists only puts Americans at greater risk. Yet the president is ordering immigration authorities to ignore red flags.
He suggests too many innocent Muslims seeking a better life here, including Palestinian "refugees," have been "unfairly" excluded by Draconian post-9/11 immigration laws. Says who? Islamist lobbyist groups, such as the Council on American-Islamic Relations, who claim Palestinian terrorists are "freedom fighters"?
At the same time Obama opens the floodgates to them, he's closing our borders to Christians fleeing persecution by Muslims in Egypt, Iraq and other Mideast countries.
Displaced Palestinians have plenty of places they can resettle in the Mideast.
The options for Christians, on the other hand, are limited. The U.S. may be their best chance for refuge from violence and for religious freedom.
Yet the State Department has rejected virtually all of the 20,000 asylum applications from Coptic Christians trying to escape Egypt since the toppling of its pro-American regime.
Meanwhile, it's welcoming terrorist supporters pushed out by Cairo's renewed military crackdown on the Brotherhood.
Thanks to Obama's new rule, these escaping Islamist troublemakers will be able to set up shop inside America and practice their jihadism with virtual impunity.
If the president doesn't like rampant rumors he's a "secret Muslim," or that he's doing the bidding of his Muslim Brotherhood-tied brother Malik, he should stop making sympathetic gestures that feed them.

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Cracked Dam Upstream from Nuclear Facilities in Washington State - Alert Issued

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Cracked Dam Upstream from Nuclear Facilities

Cracked Dam Upstream from Nuclear Facilities

March 8, 2014 3:23 am

On March 4, 2014, AlertsUSA issued the following Flash message to subscriber mobile devices:

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AlertsUSA monitoring major crack discovery in Wanapum Dam on Columbia River ~ 20 mi upriver from Hanford nuclear site in WA state. Significant risk of failure.
On Tues of this week, AlertsUSA subscribers were notified via text messages to their mobile devices of a potentially dangerous situation unfolding at the Wanapum hydroelectric dam located on the Columbia River in Washington state. A 2 inch wide, 65 foot long crack has been discovered in the structure and deformation of the dam is clearly visible. A potential threat of national significance exists as the dam is located less than 21 miles upstream from the Hanford Nuclear Site and approximately 60 miles upstream from the Columbia Generating Station, the Pacific Northwest’s only commercial nuclear reactor.
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As of the time of this reports preparation, federal and state engineers indicate, at least publicly, they have no idea what caused the failure. In order to relieve pressure on the dam workers released significant amounts of water in the reservoir, lowering it’s level by 26 feet. The result is that the deformation of the structure has lessened, but the failure still remains, as does the threat to downstream communities and the nuclear facilities mentioned above.
There are growing concerns about the stability of the dam once the Spring melt begins as the volume of water in the Columbia River will increase dramatically.
Specifically, the failure is a crack in the large concrete base of the spillway known as the “ogee” (see diagram below). When a spillway gate is opened, water on the reservoir side of the dam flows over the ogee to head downriver. Divers have confirmed the ogee is cracked all the way across its upstream face, underwater.
According to Chuck Berrie of the Grant County Public Utility District, what’s troubling to experts on dams and concrete structures is that the ogee is not only cracked, it’s slipped a little

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THREAT JOURNAL FOR THE WEEK OF 03/08/2014

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U.S. Plays With Fire In Ukraine,
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March 08, 2014
Between March 3-5, 2014, AlertsUSA issued the following
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3/5 DoD: US increasing fighter jet & surveillance patrols of airspace over NATO members Poland, Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania. Other force increases also underway.
3/4 Amid tensions, Russia has just test-fired a nuclear-capable SS-25 ICBM. Launch site only 280 miles east of the Ukrainian border. Missile landed in Kazakhstan.
3/3 US Embassy Moscow warning Americans in Russia of possible anti-American actions in light of rising political tensions from Ukraine conflict. Vigilance urged.
3/3 Poland positioning tanks and other forces along border w Ukraine (defensive). Baltic neighbors increasing fighter jet patrols + requesting add'l NATO forces.
3/3 Concerns grow over safety of Ukrainian nuclear reactors (15). Ukraine gov asking int'l community for assistance in protecting facilities. Developing situation..
What You Need To Know
On multiple occasions this week AlertsUSA subscribers have been noticed via text messages to their mobile devices regarding increasingly dangerous developments in the Ukraine.
Following last week's relatively non-violent surge of Russian forces onto the Crimean peninsula, former Soviet-bloc Baltic nations including Poland, Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania are understandably nervous and have been stepping up defensive measures, including movement of tanks and personnel into border positions, as well as seeking additional assistance from other NATO members.
On Wednesday of this week Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel announced that the U.S. was increasing fighter jet & surveillance patrols of airspace over these countries. On Thursday, the Pentagon announced that an initial group of 12 U.S. fighters had deployed to the region.
Subscribers were also notified of a request by the Ukrainian government for international assistance in securing and protecting the nation's nuclear power plants. In a letter presented to the Director of the IAEA, the situation was spelled out pretty clear: Russia's use of armed forces on Ukrainian territory amounts to a grave threat with potential consequences for its nuclear power infrastructure.
The Ukraine has 15 power reactors in operation at four sites across the country. Ukraine is also home to Chernobyl, which is located less than 70 miles North of Kiev.
While the mainstream media and U.S. government spokesman are portraying Russia's actions as expansionist and an unwarranted invasion of a sovereign nation, this is a simplistic explanation and provides little in terms the actual truth behind Russia's actions.
IMPORTANT BACKGROUND INFO - STRATEGIC THREATS TO RUSSIA
In December last year, Asst. Secretary of State for Europe, Victoria Nuland, delivered a presentation in front of National Press Club during which she revealed that the U.S. government has invested more than 5 BILLION dollars in helping destabilize the pro-russian Ukrainian government and to develop "democratic institutions and a good form of government," all in an effort to bring about Ukraine's entry into the EU, and ultimately, NATO. Needless to say, this type of meddling in Ukraine poses a direct strategic threat to Russia on numerous levels.
As an example, consider the geography of the region. Looking at a map you will see that the Black Sea is Western Russia's singular warm-water access point. All other ports in the North of the country, with the exception of Murmansk near the northeast corner of Finland, are blocked by ice at least 6 months out of each year. The only reason Murmansk remains ice free is due to the warm waters of the N. Atlantic current. Although 9 time zones in size, more than 90% of Russia's population lives in the Western third of the country.
Additionally, although Crimea is recognized as a part of Ukraine, it is actually an autonomous region. The Russian Navy has kept its Black Sea Fleet stationed at a naval base on the peninsula since the late 1700s and the time of Napoleon. The Port of Sevastopol has a large, deep, defensible harbor and is accessible in all seasons. In 2010, Russia negotiated an agreement with Ukraine that allows use of the strategically located Sevastopol naval base through 2042 in exchange for discounts on natural gas.
While Crimea is physically detached from Russia, it is connected by those parts of eastern and southern Ukraine that contain a large Russian speaking, pro-Russian population.
We would be remiss if we did not also play "follow the money" and point out that Ukraine is a critical corridor for oil and gas pipelines from Russia and the Caspian region into Europe. These pipelines and the product they carry generate huge profits for Russia and directly compete with the planned Southern route which is at the heart of the instability in Syria.
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With just these few items (there are many more), it is easy to see how Russia is being backed into a corner and forced to act. Their strategic interests and national security are directly threatened.
And this is where the danger comes home.
Readers are reminded that Russian President Putin, Prime Minister Medvedev and the Chief of the Russian General Staff Gen. Nikolai Makarov, have on multiple occasions in the last 3 years made explicitly clear that Russia would use nuclear weapons, including in a preemptive capacity, if there is a threat to the integrity of the Russian Federation (see this, this, this and this). These scenarios include conventional attacks on Russia or it's strategic partners, placement of missile shield installations in former Soviet-bloc countries and more.
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AlertsUSA continues to closely monitor the situation in the Ukraine and will issue additional alert messages to subscriber mobile devices as threats and events warrant.

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March 08, 2014
On March 4 , 2014, AlertsUSA issued the following
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AlertsUSA monitoring major crack discovery in Wanapum Dam on Columbia River ~ 20 mi upriver from Hanford nuclear site in WA state. Significant risk of failure.
What You Need To Know
On Tues of this week, AlertsUSA subscribers were notified via text messages to their mobile devices of a potentially dangerous situation unfolding at the Wanapum hydroelectric dam located on the Columbia River in Washington state. A 2 inch wide, 65 foot long crack has been discovered in the structure and deformation of the dam is clearly visible. A potential threat of national significance exists as the dam is located less than 21 miles upstream from the Hanford Nuclear Site and approximately 60 miles upstream from the Columbia Generating Station, the Pacific Northwest’s only commercial nuclear reactor.

As of the time of this reports preparation, federal and state engineers indicate, at least publicly, they have no idea what caused the failure. In order to relieve pressure on the dam workers released significant amounts of water in the reservoir, lowering it's level by 26 feet. The result is that the deformation of the structure has lessened, but the failure still remains, as does the threat to downstream communities and the nuclear facilities mentioned above.
There are growing concerns about the stability of the dam once the Spring melt begins as the volume of water in the Columbia River will increase dramatically.
Specifically, the failure is a crack on the large concrete base of the spillway known as the "ogee." When a spillway gate is opened, water on the reservoir side of the dam flows over the ogee to head downriver. Divers have confirmed the ogee is cracked all the way across its upstream face, underwater.
According to Chuck Berrie of the Grant County Public Utility District, what’s troubling to experts on dams and concrete structures is that the ogee is not only cracked, it’s slipped a little...
See additional images and diagrams by clicking HERE.
AlertsUSA continues to monitor the situation at the Wanapum Dam closely and will immediately notify service subscribers of any change in the threat environment as events warrant.

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Stolen European Passports on Missing Plane

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Associated PressForeign ministry officials in Rome and Vienna confirm that names of two nationals listed on the manifest of the missing Malaysian airlines flight match passports reported stolen in Thailand.

Italy's Foreign Ministry said Saturday that an Italian man whose name was listed as being aboard is traveling in Thailand and was not aboard the plane.

A foreign ministry functionary, who spoke on condition of anonymity, confirmed Italian reports that Luigi Maraldi had reported his passport stolen last August.

Italian news agency ANSA says Maraldi called home after hearing reports that an Italian with his name was aboard the plane.

Austrian Foreign Ministry spokesman Martin Weiss confirmed that a name listed on the manifest matches an Austrian passport reported stolen two years ago in Thailand. Weiss would not confirm the identity.

As Ukraine crisis escalates, Obama and Biden go on vacation?

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Mar. 07, 2014 - 3:34 - As tension between Russia and the Ukraine mounts, Pres. Obama will be in Florida while the vice president vacations in the U.S. Virgin Islands. What kind of message does this send to the rest of the world?

Malaysia Airlines flight to Beijing missing

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Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing disappeared Saturday after air traffic controllers lost contact about 2:40 a.m. local time (1:40 p.m. ET Friday), Malaysia Airlines Vice President of Operations Control Fuad Sharuji said on CNN’s “AC360.”
“At the moment we have no idea where this aircraft is right now,” Sharuji said.



Family and friends of many of the 154 Chinese nationals on board gathered at a hotel complex in the Lido district of Beijing. They were led inside as a large group of reporters gathered outside.
The Boeing 777-200 departed Kuala Lumpur International Airport at 12:41 a.m. and was expected to land in Beijing at 6:30 a.m., a 2,300-mile (3,700 kilometer) trip. It was carrying 227 passengers, two of them infants, and 12 crew members, the airline said. Air traffic control in Subang, in Malaysia, had last contact with the plane.
If this aircraft has crashed with a total loss, it would the deadliest aviation incident since November 2001 when an American Airlines Airbus A300 crashed in Belle Harbor, Queens, shortly after takeoff from JFK Airport. Killed were 265 people, including five people on the ground.
At the time of its disappearance, Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 was carrying about 7.5 hours of fuel, Sharuji said.
The passengers are of 13 nationalities, the airline said. They were from China and Taiwan (154), Malaysia (38), Indonesia (12), Australia (7), France (3), United States (4), New Zealand (2), Ukraine (2), Canada (2), Russia (1), Italy (1), Netherlands (1), Austria (1).
One infant from the United States and another from China were included in the tally
 By CNN’s math, that adds up to 228 passengers, one more than the total cited by the airline. There was no immediate explanation offered.
Malaysia Airlines said it was working with the authorities who have activated their search and rescue team to locate the aircraft. The airline said the public can call +603 7884 1234 for further information.
The airline’s website said the flight was piloted by Cap. Zaharie Ahmad Shah, 53, a Malaysian. He has 18,365 total flying hours and joined Malaysia Airlines in 1981, the website said. The first officer is Fariq Ab.Hamid, 27, a Malaysian with a total of 2,763 flying hours. He joined Malaysia Airlines in 2007.
China’s state-run Xinhua News Agency said the flight lost contact and its radar signal as it was flying over the Ho Chi Minh air traffic control area in Vietnam.
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang ordered authorities to start emergency measures to strengthen communications with Malaysian authorities, and called for boosting search and rescue efforts as well as verifying details of the Chinese passengers aboard, China’s government website reported.
China’s embassy in Malaysia has formed an emergency team headed by the Chinese ambassador to deal with the incident, it said.
“We’re closely monitoring reports on Malaysia flight MH370,” Boeing said in a tweet. “Our thoughts are with everyone on board.”
“It doesn’t sound very good,” retired American Airlines Capt. Jim Tilmon told CNN’s “AC360.” He noted that the route is mostly overland, which means that there would be plenty of antennae, radar and radios to contact the plane.
“I’ve been trying to come up with every scenario that I could just to explain this away, but I haven’t been very successful.”
He said the plane is “about as sophisticated as any commercial airplane could possibly be,” with an excellent safety record.
“The lack of communications suggests to me that something most unfortunate has happened,” said Mary Schiavo, former inspector general of the U.S. Department of Transportation, in an interview with CNN International. “But that, of course, does not mean that there are not many persons that need to be rescued and secured. There’s still a very urgent need to find that plane and to render aid.”
There is one recent blemish for the Boeing jet: An Asiana Airlines Boeing 777 carrying 291 passengers struck a seawall at San Francisco International Airport in July 2013, killing three people and wounding dozens more.
Malaysia Airlines operates in Southeast Asia, East Asia, South Asia, the Middle East and on the route between Europe and Australasia.
It has 15 of the Boeing 777-200 planes in its fleet, CNN’s Richard Quest reported.
Part of the company is in the private sector, but the government owns most of it.
Malayan Airways Limited began flying in 1937 as an air service between Penang and Singapore. A decade later, it began flying commercially as the national airline.
In 1963, when Malaysia was formed, the airline was renamed Malaysian Airlines Limited.
Within 20 years, it had grown from a single aircraft operator into a company with 2,400 employees and a fleet operator.

China Rejecting U.S. Corn Because of GMO as First Shipment From Ukraine Arrives

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China continued to reject corn cargoes from the U.S. that contained an unapproved genetically modified variety while accepting a first bulk-carrier shipment of the grain from Ukraine.
Genetically modified corn and corn-derived products totaling 601,000 metric tons were rejected in 2013, the official Xinhua News Agency reported today, citing the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine. A Panamax-sized shipment of non-genetically modified corn from Ukraine entered the country on Dec. 6, according to a statement dated Dec. 25 on the website of state-owned China National Complete Engineering Corp.
 The quarantine agency’s newest figure cited by Xinhua was 56,000 tons more than it announced on Dec. 19, showing the government’s continued screening of U.S. corn and and dried distillers’ grains, or DDGS, for the unapproved insect resistanr MIR 162 gene. Net corn sales to China from the U.S. in the seven days through Dec. 26 dropped by 116,000 tons from the previous week, according to a report on the website of U.S. Department of Agriculture.
China National Complete Engineering carries out overseas engineering projects, often funded by Chinese government, according to its website. It began to market grain from Ukraine last year under a contract that became effective December 2012, according to the Dec. 25 statement. 
 China’s Ministry of Agriculture said in May 2012 the country agreed to finance $3 billion worth agriculture projects in Ukraine in exchange for terms including rights to sell Ukrainian farm products.
Ukraine may export 18 million tons of corn in 2013-2014, tying it with Argentina as the third-biggest supplier behind the U.S. and Brazil, the U.S. Department of Agriculture forecast in December.

To contact Bloomberg News staff for this story: William Bi in Beijing at wbi@bloomberg.net
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