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‘Breaking Bad’ Chemistry Professor Arrested for Selling Drug Recipe in China

Posted: May 26th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: China, CRIME! | Tags: , , , , , , , | Comments Off on ‘Breaking Bad’ Chemistry Professor Arrested for Selling Drug Recipe in China

China NewsA former chemistry professor has been arrested by Chinese police on suspicion of selling a drug recipe to a gang which cooked up synthetic narcotics, state media reports.

The 50-year-old former academic surnamed Lu had “a set of recipes for producing methcathinone”, a drug similar to methamphetamine, which he provided to dealers.

Amphetamine labs are growing at an alarming rate, a Chinese police raid on the house of two methcathinone dealers in 2011 uncovered a pile of 80 million yuan, $AU13 million, in cash.

In Australia Amphetamine arrests have nearly double in past five years, according to Crime Commission’s Illicit Drug Data Report. Trade workers and those in the hospitality industry are among the biggest users of the drug according to an analysis of national drug data.

Lu “worked as a professor of chemistry at a university” in Xian, the capital of the northern province of Shaanxi, before teaming up with a drug manufacturer surnamed Chen in 2013 :: Read the full article »»»»


China Pollution Doco Vanishes From Video Sharing Sites

Posted: March 10th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: China, Socially Engineerd | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on China Pollution Doco Vanishes From Video Sharing Sites

A popular but controversial documentary on China’s struggles with pollution was inaccessible on China’s video sharing websites on Saturday, sparking concern from Chinese Internet users it had been censored within a week of its launch.

Under the Dome, a film by journalist Chai Jing that explains air pollution in straightforward terms, spurred a national debate after its release last weekend and quickly garnered hundreds of millions of views on streaming video sites :: Read the full article »»»»


CIA to Boost Cyber Capability

Posted: March 10th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Hard Pill to Swallow, Socially Engineerd | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on CIA to Boost Cyber Capability

CIA overhaul to boost cyber capability and security amid growing threat of digital attacks

The CIA plans to radically overhaul operations, ramping up its capability to deal with cyber threats while boosting integration between departments via a network of new units, the agency says.

Central Intelligence Agency director John Brennan outlined the proposed changes to the agency in a message to staff on Friday described as a “Blueprint for the Future” covering four key areas.

Mr Brennan said the US espionage agency would set up a new “Directorate of Digital Innovation” to reflect the rapidly evolving cyber landscape :: Read the full article »»»»


UPDATED! Egypt Frees and Deports Australian Al Jazeera Journalist

Posted: February 5th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Favorite New Thought, From The Web, Hard Pill to Swallow, Media, Socially Engineerd | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on UPDATED! Egypt Frees and Deports Australian Al Jazeera Journalist

UPDATED! Jailed Al Jazeera Reporter Mohamed Fahmy Renounces Egypt Citizenship

Al Jazeera journalist Mohamed Fahmy has renounced his Egyptian citizenship, his family says, in a bid to follow his Australian colleague Peter Greste in being released from a Cairo jail.

Fahmy’s surrender of his Egyptian passport is a necessary first step for him to be released and deported as a foreign national under a decree issued by president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in November. He also has Canadian citizenship.

Canadian foreign minister John Baird said late on Monday (local time) that Fahmy’s release was “imminent”, following the freeing on Sunday of Greste.

The two men were jailed along with Egyptian producer Baher Mohamed on charges of aiding the blacklisted Muslim Brotherhood. A relative of Fahmy said he signed the papers giving up his citizenship more than a week ago :: Read the full article »»»»


Movable Asset Loans Set to Revolutionize Business Opps in Asia Pacific

Posted: August 4th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Business News, Socially Engineerd | Tags: , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Movable Asset Loans Set to Revolutionize Business Opps in Asia Pacific

Movable Asset Loans Set to Revolutionise Business Opps in Asia Vietnamese Fishing Coracles

Scooters, coracles, beasts of burden and even crop stocks are providing the poor in the Asia Pacific region with new business opportunities. It’s a huge leap of faith for usually stayed banks and finance companies, but ‘movable asset’ loans are taking off.

Intangible assets, goods that are easily hidden, lost or sold, present unique risks for financiers. Since the global financial crisis the appetite of bankers for taking unnecessary risk has significantly reduced.

To overcome this, countries wanting to offer movable asset loans are passing legislation to set up “secured transaction” registers, one lender in PNG – Credit Corporation – secures 90 percent of its loans against movable assets and all of those loans have gone to Indigenous entrepreneurs :: Read the full article »»»»