Timecapsule Timeline

Calendar Months

   "Most newspaper article events happen anywhere from days, to months, to years before they reach publication. Consequently, most newspaper articles (on this timeline) are preceded by the date of the newspaper in which they appear." [E.M.]    *Color Code

  December 2009

2009 - Astronomic Configuration - December 1st, 2009: "Sun [9 Sagittarius], Moon [25 Taurus], Mercury [23 Sagittarius], Venus [29 Scorpio], Mars [17 Leo], Jupiter [20 Aquarius], Saturn [3 Libra], Uranus [22 Pisces], Neptune [23 Aquarius], Pluto [2 Capricorn], Chiron [21 Aquarius]."

[Based on: http://www2.bitstream.net/~bunlion/bpi/ephm/E200912.html]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - December 1st, 2009: "The market closed out its best month since the summer, posting big gains for November even as investors worried about the holiday shopping season. The Dow rose 34.92, or 0.3 percent, to 10,344.84. The S&P 500 index rose 4.14, or 0.4 percent, to 1,095.63." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 12/01/09]

2009 - Outstanding Public Debt / U.S.A. - December 1st, 2009: "The Outstanding Public Debt [U.S.A.] as of 01 Dec 2009 at 11:15:11 PM GMT is: $12,117,162,813,692.26. The estimated population of the United States is 307,389,801 so each citizen's share of this debt is $39,419.53. The National Debt has continued to increase an average of $3.91 billion per day since September 28, 2007! Concerned? Then tell Congress and the White House! [Based on: http://www.brillig.com/debt_clock/] - [T.D. - 12/01/09]

2009 - Cop Killing / Lakewood, Washington - December 1st, 2009: "Suspect: 'I'm going to shoot some cops' / Investigators say suspect [Maurice Clemmons] in killing of four Washington state officers [11/29/09] told people to 'watch TV tomorrow.' " [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p. A4, S.L.P.D., 12/01/09]

*Trivia: "Suspected police killer fatally shot by officer [12/01/09]" [Based on: Title for Seattle Times article, p. A21, S.L.P.D., 12/02/09]

2009 - Emerges from Bankruptcy / Charter Communications Inc. - December 1st, 2009: "Charter [Charter Communications Inc.] emerges from Chapter 11" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A4, S.L.P.D., 12/01/09]

2009 - Serial Killer Indicted - December 2nd, 2009: "Accused serial killer [Anthony Sowell] indicted" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A21, S.L.P.D., 12/02/09]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - December 2nd, 2009: "The stock market is picking up where it left off before its scare over debt problems in Dubai. Major stock indicators rose more than 1 percent, including the Dow, which jumped 126 points and traded above 10,500 for the first time since October of last year." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A13, S.L.P.D., 12/02/09]

2009 - Israel: One-time measure - December 2nd, 2009: "Israel's prime minister emphasized that his 10-month freeze on new housing in the West Bank is a one-time measure that will not be extended. Palestinians had already rejected Benjamin Netanyahu's moratorium as inadequate." [Based on: News Services article (Israel: One-time measure), p. A19, S.L.P.D., 12/02/09]

2009 - Suicide Bomber / Pakistan - December 2nd, 2009: "[....] The suicide bomber blew himself up among guests greeting provincial assembly member Shamsher Khan in his house near the main Swat Valley town of Mingora, police and hospital officials said. Nine other people were wounded, including the lawmaker's brother." [Based on: News Services article (Killing in Pakistan), p. A19, S.L.P.D., 12/02/09]

2009 - Conspiracy Theory / HAARP - December 2nd, 2009: Conspiracy Theory with Jesse Ventura (Season 1 episode): HAARP (Aired: 12/02/2009)

"Is it a communications research project or a doomsday weapon that can change the weather, shoot satellites out of orbit - and trigger mind control across the globe? Jesse Ventura and his team head north to a remote region of Alaska to confront the military installation called HAARP. TV-14-L"

*Link: http://www.trutv.com/shows/conspiracy_theory/episodes/season1.html

2009 - Foreign Relations / U.S. & Afghanistan - December 2nd, 2009: "A new strategy for Afghan war / THE DETAILS / Troop surge - Deploy 30,000 more troops in first half of next year / Goal - Accelerate handing over of responsibility to Afghan forces / Exit strategy - Begin pulling forces back by middle of 2011" [Based on: McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 12/02/09]

*Trivia: "Afghan war consensus is elusive / Paying for surge - Congress isn't sure where to get $40 billion a year. / Liberals still skeptical - 'We need a full debate,' Rep. Jim McGovern says." [Based on: Title for McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 12/03/09]

*Trivia: "The Taliban rebuffed Obama's new war plan Wednesday, saying it was 'no solution for the problems of Afghanistan' and would give insurgents an opportunity 'to increase their attacks and shake the American economy, which is already facing crisis.' " [Based on: Article (Taliban mocks plan), p. A6, S.L.P.D., 12/03/09]

2009 - Rejected / Emissions Trading System, Australia - December 2nd, 2009: "Australia rejects climate measure [12/01/09]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A19, S.L.P.D., 12/02/09]

2009 - Asian Carp / U.S.A. - December 3rd, 2009: "Asian carp threaten shipping, ecosystem / Electrical barrier may not protest Great lakes; some 'groups want water link to Mississippi River closed." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A4, S.L.P.D., 12/03/09]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - December 3rd, 2009: "The stock market struggled but held its ground as an upbeat assessment of the economy from the Fed offset drops in bank and energy stocks. The S&P 500 edged up 0.38, or less than 0.1 percent, to 1,109.24. The Dow fell 18.90, or 0.2 percent, to 10,452.68." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A12, S.L.P.D., 12/03/09]

2009 - Trivia / Bank of America - December 3rd, 2009: "B of A plans to repay $45 billion of bailout / Freedom from TARP rules may ease search for new chief executive." [Based on: Title for Bloomberg News article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 12/03/09]

2009 - Suicide Bomber / Pakistan - December 3rd, 2009: "A bomber set off explosives hidden under his jacket outside the the entrance of Pakistan's navy headquarters Wednesday [12/02/09], killing one security guard and wounding 11 other people, police said." [Based on: News Services article (Suicide bomber attacks), p. A22, S.L.P.D., 12/03/09]

2009 - Embryonic Stem Cell Research / U.S.A. - December 3rd, 2009: "Scientists will start using taxpayer dollars to do research with 13 batches of embryonic stem cells, and the government [U.S.A.] says dozens more cell lines should be available soon. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Embryonic stem cell research starts up), p. A14, S.L.P.D., 12/03/09]

2009 - West Bank settlers confront police - December 3rd, 2009: "Israeli police arrested the mayor of a West Bank Jewish settlement on Wednesday [12/02/09] after protesters blocked security forcs from entering the area to enforce a construction freeze. Settler leaders have vowed to defy a 10-month building freeze order issued last week by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu." [Based on: News Services article (West Bank settlers confront police), p. A22, S.L.P.D., 12/03/09]

2009 - Trivia / Promiseland Livestock LLC - December 3rd, 2009: "Missouri dairy cow producer [Promiseland Livestock LLC] runs afoul of organic rules ['suspended for four years from selling organic dairy cows']" [Based on: Title for Article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 12/03/09]

2009 - Strong Earthquake / Southern East pacific Rise - December 3rd, 2009: "A strong earthquake occurred at 06:12:33 (UTC) on Thursday, December 3rd, 2009. The magnitude 6.0 event [Location: 56.510°S, 122.291°W; Depth 10 km (6.2 miles) set by location program] was located @ SOUTHERN EAST PACIFIC RISE."

[Based on: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2009ptai.php]-[T.D. - 12/04/09]

2009 - CME - December 4th, 2009: "Something has exploded on the farside of the sun. Late yesterday, Dec. 4th, a billion-ton coronal mass ejection (CME) billowed over the sun's western limb. [....]"

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [T.D. - 12/05/09]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - December 4th, 2009: "A late-day slide pulled stocks lower ahead of the government's report on November unemployment. Stocks began falling in the final half-hour of trading Thursday [12/03/09] and the drop intensified in the last 20 minutes. The Dow fell 86.53, or 0.8 percent, to 10,366.15." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. B7, S.L.P.D., 12/04/09]

2009 - Suicide Bomber / Somalia - December 4th, 2009: "Bomb ['a suicide bomber disguised as a veiled woman'] at graduation in Somalia [12/03/09] kills 22 ['including three government ministers']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A13, S.L.P.D., 12/04/09]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - December 5th, 2009: "Investors grew more confident about the economy but also worried that a brighter employment picture will mean rising interest rates. Stocks closed high but only after giving up much of their earlier gains. The Dow ended up 22.75, or 0.2 percent, to 10,388.90." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. B9, S.L.P.D., 12/05/09]

2009 - Cholera Epidemic / Kenya - December 5th, 2009: "Cholera epidemic in Kenya" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A17, S.L.P.D., 12/05/09]

2009 - Escaped Injury / Tom Brokaw - December 5th, 2009: "Brokaw [Tom Brokaw] avoids injury in fatal crash [New York City highway - 12/04/09]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A18, S.L.P.D., 12/05/09]

2009 - Jury Verdict / Bayer CropScience - December 5th, 2009: "Bayer CropScience LP must pay about $2 million for losses sustained by two Missouri farmers when an experimental variety of rice the company was testing crossbred with their crops, a federal jury ruled [12/04/09]. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article ($2 million jury verdict against bayer CropScience), p. A9, S.L.P.D., 12/05/09]

2009 - Operation Cobra's Anger / Afghanistan - December 5th, 2009: "Marines strike at Taliban / 'Operation Cobra's Anger' targets their supply lines in Afghanistan [12/04/09]." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 12/05/09]

2009 - Midday Raid / Rawalpindi Mosque, Pakistan - December 5th, 2009: "Militants attack Pakistani mosque / At least 37 people, including 17 children, are killed in the attack ['The attack ... also injured at least 86 people.']." [Based on: Title for Tribune Newspapers article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 12/05/09]

2009 - Solar Wind Stream - December 6th, 2009: "[....] High latitude sky watchers should be alert for more auroras tonight as the solar wind continues to blow."

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/archive.php?view=1&day=06&month=12&year=2009]

2009 - Winter Storm / U.S.A. - December 7th, 2009: "A severe winter storm blustered its way across the United States on December 7 and 8, 2009. The storm dumped heavy snow from California to the Great Plains, and fierce winds added to the hazardous conditions. The storm was predicted to continue eastward in midweek, and blizzard warnings were in effect for Great Lakes states as of December 9. [....]"

[Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=41554]

*Trivia: "Storm heads out to sea [12/10/09] / Winter's first blast leaves 17 dead, thousands in the dark." [Based on: Title for A.P., p. A19, S.L.P.D., 12/11/09]

2009 - Elections Trivia / Romania - December 7th, 2009: "Both rivals claim victory in Romania [12/06/09]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 12/07/09]

2009 - Venezueal detains financier - December 7th, 2009: "Venezuela detains [12/05/09] financier [Arne Chacon]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 12/07/09]

2009 - President Evo Morales / Bolivia - December 7th, 2009: "Bolivia's Morales wins easy re-election [12/06/09]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 12/07/09]

2009 - Call for Civilian Rule / Guinea - December 7th, 2009: "Bloc calls for civilian rule in Guinea [12/06/09]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 12/07/09]

2009 - Iraq OKs parliamentary election - December 7th, 2009: "Iraq OKs parliamentary election / Lawmakers break impasse to take step toward political reconciliation." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 12/07/09]

2009 - Sex Abuse Claims / Jesuits Province - December 7th, 2009: "[....] The Spokane-Review in Spokane reports the claims against the Jesuits spans decades and range from Native Alaskan children to students at Spokane's Gonzaga Preparatory School. [....] A federal judge overseeing the Chapter 11 reorganization of the province set a Nov. 30 deadline for people to file the claims. The organization includes Jesuits in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana and Alaska." [Based on: News Services article (More than 500 sex abuse claims filed against Jesuits province), p. A17, S.L.P.D., 12/07/09]

2009 - 8 nations map project to save tropical forests - December 7th, 2009: "Japan, the United States and six European countries will contribute 1.2 billion yen to an international project aimed at protecting tropical rain forests to help curb greenhouse gas emissions, sources said. The project will be carried out by the Yokohama-based international Tropical Timber organization over three years, beginning  in 2010." [Based on: News Services article (8 nations map project to save tropical forests), p. A11, S.L.P.D., 12/07/09]

2009 - Protests / Iran - December 8th, 2009: "Thousands in Iran protest in streets against government ['on National Students Day' - 12/07/09]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A15, S.L.P.D., 12/08/09]

2009 - Auto Sales / China - December 8th, 2009: "China's auto sales shot past the 12 million mark in the January-November period, with sales for all of 2009 expected to exceed 13 million, the state-run Xinhua News Agency reported Monday, citing industry figures. [NP] The government-sanctioned China Association of Automobile Manufacturers was due to publicly release figures for the month of November later Monday. The figures show China maintaining its lead as the world's biggest auto market amid feeble sales in the U.S., Japan and Europe." [Based on: Title Staff & Wire reports article (China auto sales pass 12 million so far this year), p. A10, S.L.P.D., 12/08/09]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - December 8th, 2009: "Even the prospect that interest rates will remain low couldn't bring out buyers in the stock market. Stocks ended mixed after a brief afternoon gain that came when the Fed chairman said rates are likely to remain low. The Dow Jones industrials ended at 10,390.11." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 12/08/09]

2009 - Popular Toy / Zhu Zhu - December 8th, 2009: "Zhu Zhu [a popular pet hamster toy] OK, after all / Consumer group used different testing procedure than government agency did in testing toys." [Based on: Title for Article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 12/08/09]

2009 - Assassination Trivia / 1982 - December 8th, 2009: "A Chilean judge ruled that former President Eduardo Frei Montalva was assassinated in 1982 and his killing covered up by people linked to the dictatorship of Gen. Augusto Pinochet. Six people were charged in the case." [Based on: News Services article (1982 death ruled assassination), p. A15, S.L.P.D., 12/08/09]

2009 - Taliban Bombings / Pakistan - December 8th, 2009: "Bombings in two Pakistani cities killed 48 people, as militants struck back in the wake of an army offensive against a Taliban stronghold in the northwest near the Afghan border." [Based on: News Services article (Taliban bombings kill 48), p. A15, S.L.P.D., 12/08/09]

2009 - Consumer Borrowing / U.S.A. - December 8th, 2009: "Americans borrowed less for a record ninth straight month in October, another sign that consumer spending will remain weak. Consumer credit fell at an annual rate of $3.51 billion in October, the Federal Reserve said Monday [12/07/09]. Economists expected a $9.3 billion decline. Demand for revolving credit, the category that includes credit cards, fell 9.3 percent, while borrowing in the category that includes auto loans rose at an annual rate of 2.6 percent." [Based on: Title Staff & Wire reports article (Consumer borrowing falls for 9th straight month), p. A10, S.L.P.D., 12/08/09]

2009 - Dangerous Time? / Afghanistan - December 8th, 2009: "The nation's highest ranking military officer [U.S.A.] told soldiers and Marines on Monday [12/07/09] that the insurgency in Afghanistan has grown in the last three years and he expects casualties to rise next year. 'This is the most dangerous time I've seen growing up the last four decades in uniform,' said Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He spoke at Camp Lejeune, N.C. and Fort Campbell, Ky." [Based on: News Services article (Warning from Mullen), p. A15, S.L.P.D., 12/08/09]

2009 - EPA Warning / Global Warming - December 8th, 2009: "The Environmental Protection Agency said Monday [12/07/09] that global warming pollution endangered the health and welfare of Americans and must be reduced, a move that seemed timed to signal that the U.S. is serious about joining an international bid to reduce the risks of damaging climate change. [NP] The decision came as 15,000 people from 192 countries gathered in Copenhagen for the first day of talks aimed at reaching a climate agreement. A major part of the agreement is what countries will pledge to reduce emissions. U.S. negotiators plan to point to efforts of all parts of the government, including the EPA, Congress and the Energy Department, as evidence that the U.S. will reduce its share of the heat-trapping gases that accumulate in the atmosphere. [....]" [Based on: McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 12/08/09]

*Trivia: "Study [World Meteorological Organization] reaffirms global warming trend / Decade likely warmest on record, it says, setting sobering tone at talks." [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 12/09/09]

*Trivia: "[....] Rainforest destruction, which releases the carbon dioxide stored in trees, accounts for 20 percent of greenhouse gas emissions globally. [....]" [Based on: New York Times article (Conference nears deal on deforestation / Countries would be compensated for preserving forests, natural landscapes.), p. A6, S.L.P.D., 12/16/09]

2009 - Reopened / Highway 40, St. Louis, Mo. - December 8th, 2009: "40 [Highway 40, St. Louis, Mo.] is back [12/07/09] in a big way / Traffic exceeds expectations for reopening, but all goes relatively well." [Based on: Title for Article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 12/08/09]

*Trivia: "Hwy. 40 gripes surface ['one week into driving the new highway'] / The list - It includes jams, lack of lanes, loss of ramps / The reply - State says safety was focus, with cost in mind" [Based on: Title for article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 12/14/09]

2009 - Drones to be used against smugglers - December 8th, 2009: "Predator aircraft drones will soon be scanning U.S. waters for smugglers. One will be used in the Pacific Ocean off San Diego and the other in the Caribbean." [Based on: News Services article (Drones to be used against smugglers), p. A15, S.L.P.D., 12/08/09]

2009 - Foreign Relations / U.S. & Pakistan - December 8th, 2009: "The administration of President Barack Obama is turning up the pressure on Pakistan to fight the Taliban inside its borders, warning that if it does not act more aggressively, the United States will use considerably more force on the Pakistani side of the border to shut down Taliban attacks on U.S. forces in Afghanistan, U.S. and Pakistani officials said." [Based on: News Services article (Obama pressures Pakistan), p. A15, S.L.P.D., 12/08/09]

2009 - Expanding Windmill Market / China - December 8th, 2009: "China's Goldwind Science & Technology Ltd. is one of the world's biggest makers of wind turbines - a cornerstone of the booming clean power business - but is unknown outside its home country. [NP] Goldwind aims to change that. In a Minnesota farmer's cornfield, the company is erecting three 20-story-tall windmills in its first American project and hopes it will help to woo other buyers. [....] China's market for wind equipment is on track to overtake the U.S. this year as the world's largest, spurred by a government campaign to promote renewable energy to clean up its battered environment and curb surging demand for foreign oil and gas. [NP] Now the biggest Chinese manufacturers want to expand to the United States, Europe and other markets. Western suppliers could face new competition as low-priced Chinese rivals seek to profit from global efforts to limit climate change. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (China is expanding windmill market / Wind turbine manufacturer gains a toehold on U.S. turf as it develops project in Minnesota.), p. A9, S.L.P.D., 12/08/09]

2009 - Indian suit settled - December 9th, 2009: "After 13 years of bitter litigation, the federal government [U.S.A.] agreed to settle for $3.4 billion a lawsuit that claims it badly mismanaged millions of acres in Indian trust land over more than 100 years. The agreement must still be approved by Congress and the courts." [Based on: News Services article (Indian suit settled), p. A11, S.L.P.D., 12/09/09]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - December 9th, 2009: "Investors dumped stocks and sought safe-haven assets like the dollar and Treasurys on signs that the global economy is still struggling. The Dow Jones industrials fell 104,14, or 1 percent, to end at 10,285.97. The S&P 500 index fell 1 percent to 1,091.94." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A13, S.L.P.D., 12/09/09]

2009 - Conspiracy Theory / 9/11 - December 9th, 2009: Conspiracy Theory with Jesse Ventura (Season 1 episode): 9/11 (Aired: 12/09/2009)

"Jesse Ventura steps into America's most controversial conspiracy by challenging the 9/11 Commission Report and searching for evidence that the September 11th attacks may have been an inside job. At the urging of victims' families, he finds witnesses who claim the towers were brought down by explosives, the missing black box flight recorders were actually recovered and ground control knew the hijackers were in the cockpits before the jets took off. TV-PG-LV"

*Link: http://www.trutv.com/shows/conspiracy_theory/episodes/season1.html

2009 - Uganda might start executing gays - December 9th, 2009: "Proposed legislation would impose the death penalty for some gay Ugandans, and their family and friends could face up to seven years in jail if they fail to report them to authorities. Even landlords could be imprisoned for renting to homosexuals. Gay rights activists say the bill is likely to pass and is part of a continentwide backlash because Africa's gay community is becoming more vocal." [Based on: News Services article (Uganda might start executing gays), p. A11, S.L.P.D., 12/09/09]

2009 - Killed / Anti-Drug Official, Honduras - December 9th, 2009: "Honduran official ['Honduras' top anti-drug official ... Former army Gen. Julian Aristides Gonzalez'] killed [12/08/09]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 12/09/09]

2009 - Gigantic Luminous Spiral / Norway - December 9th, 2009: "This morning in arctic Norway, onlookers were stunned when a gigantic luminous spiral formed in the northern sky. [....] Circumstantial evidence is mounting that the phenomenon was caused by a malfunctioning rocket, possibly an ICBM launched from a Russian submarine. [....]" [Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [T.D. - 12/09/09]

*Links: http://www.2012enlightened.com/recent-news/280/#more-280

2009 - Strong Earthquake / Southeeast of the Loyalty Islands - December 9th, 2009: "A strong earthquake occurred at 09:46:09 (UTC) on Wednesday, December 9th, 2009. The magnitude 6.4 event [Location: 22.283°S, 170.913°E; depth 89.3 km (55.5 miles)] was located @ SOUTHEAST OF THE LOYALTY ISLANDS."

[Based on: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2009pzap.php]-[T.D. - 12/09/09]

2009 - Strong Earthquake / Central Mid-Atlantic Ridge - December 9th, 2009: "A strong earthquake occurred at 16:00:42 (UTC) on Wednesday, December 9th, 2009. The magnitude 6.4 event [Location: 0.729°S, 21.047°W; Depth 10 km (6.2 miles) set by location program] was located @ CENTRAL MID-ATLANTIC RIDGE."

[Based on: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2009pzbc.php]-[T.D. - 12/10/09]

2009 - Strong Earthquake / Simeulue Indonesia - December 9th, 2009: "A strong earthquake occurred at 21:29:03 (UTC) on Wednesday, December 9th, 2009. The magnitude 6.0 event [Location: 2.788°N, 95.951°E; depth 19 km (11.8 miles) set by location program] was located @ SIMEULUE INDONESIA."

[Based on: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2009pzbm.php]-[T.D. - 12/10/09]

2009 - Sunspot 1034 - December 10th, 2009: "Emerging sunspot 1034 is a member of new Solar Cycle 24. Credit: SOHO/MDI"

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/archive.php?view=1&day=10&month=12&year=2009]

2009 - Budget Cuts / Ireland - December 10th, 2009: "Ireland slashed pay for state workers, cut welfare benefits and imposed new environmental taxes on fuel as part of $6 billion in budget cuts to combat a runaway deficit." [Based on: News Services article (Ireland cuts budget), p. A9, S.L.P.D., 12/10/09]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - December 10th, 2009: "Investors set aside worries about mounting global debt levels and looked for bargains after a two-day slide in stocks. Investors have been cautious about rising government debt levels in Spain, Greece and other countries. The S&P 500 rose 0.4 percent to 1,095.95." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A13, S.L.P.D., 12/10/09]

2009 - Obama approval rating dips - December 10th, 2009: "Obama approval rating dips ['is 49 percent ... according to the McClatchy-Ipsos poll. [....]" [Based on: Title for McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 12/10/09]

2009 - Car Bombs / Baghdad, Iraq - December 10th, 2009: "Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki removed the chief military official responsible for security in the capital and prepared for a public grilling about security lapses after five car bombs killed 127 people in Baghdad. Iraq is bracing for more violence in the lead-up to elections, now scheduled for early March." [Based on: News Services article (Al-Maliki shakes up security), p. A9, S.L.P.D., 12/10/09]

2009 - Increased Pay / Afghan Army - December 10th, 2009: "Afghan army matches Taliban in pay, draws more recruits" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 12/10/09]

2009 - Kuwaiti released from Guantanamo - December 10th, 2009: "Kuwaiti [Fouad Mahmoud al-Rabiah] released from Guantanamo" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 12/10/09]

2009 - Foreign Relations / Ukraine & Iraq - December 10th, 2009: "Ukraine makes deal with Iraq [will provide Iraq with $2.5 billion worth of weapons and military equipment ... a senior Ukrainian lawmaker said.']" [Based on: Title for News Services article , p. A9, S.L.P.D., 12/10/09]

2009 - Less Sugary / General Mills Cereal? - December 10th, 2009: "Cereals to be less sugary / General Mills targets 10 kids products." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A13, S.L.P.D., 12/10/09]

2009 - Bailout Program Extension / U.S.A.  - December 10th, 2009: "Geithner extends [until Oct. 3, 2010'] bailout program [U.S.A.] / TARP is needed 'to respond to ... financial instability.' " [Based on: Title for A.P. article by Martin Crutsinger, p. A12, S.L.P.D., 12/10/09]

2009 - Strong Earthquake / Sea of Okhotsk - December 10th, 2009: "A strong earthquake occurred at 02:30:52 (UTC) on Thursday, December 10th, 2009. The magnitude 6.3 event [Location: 53.440°N, 152.696°E; Depth 650.7 km (404.3 miles)] was located @ SEA OF OKHOTSK."

[Based on: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2009qaaf.php]-[T.D. - 12/10/09]

2009 - Tropical Cyclone Laurence / Australia - December 10th, 2009: "Laurence was Australia’s first tropical cyclone of the season in December 2009, and the storm reached Category 4 strength before dissipating over land. Besides hurricane-force winds, Laurence brought heavy rain to parts of Australia’s northwestern coast.. [....]"

[Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=41948]

2009 - American Students Arrested / Pakistan - December 10th, 2009: "Missing American students ['who recently vanished from the Washington, D.C., area'] are arrested in Pakistan ['confirmed Wednesday']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 12/10/09]

2009 - U.S. balks at idea of emissions reparation - December 10th, 2009: "[....] 'I actually completely reject the notion of a debt or reparations or anything of the like,' he [Todd D. Stern] said. 'For most of the 200 years since the Industrial Revolution, people were blissfully ignorant of the fact that emissions caused a greenhouse effect. It's a relatively recent phenomenon.' [....]" [Based on: New York Times article (U.S. balks at idea of emissions reparation / Envoy's rejection of arguments at climate talks in Copenhagen spotlights divide between poor, wealthy nations.), p. A7, S.L.P.D., 12/10/09]

2009 - Peace Prize Speech / President Barack Obama - December 10th, 2009: "Peace prize speech [today] challenges Obama / Wartime president will try to reconcile his roles." [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 12/10/09]

*Trivia: "Amid throes of war, Obama accepts Peace prize / President cites concept of just war and the burden U.S. shares in pursuing global security." [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 12/11/09]

2009 - U.S. Trade Deficit - December 11th, 2009: "The trade deficit [U.S.A.] fell to $32.9 billion in October, 7.6 percent below a revised September deficit of $35.7 billion, the Commerce Department said Thursday. The improvement reflected a 2.5 percent jump in exports. Imports rose a smaller 0.4 percent, reflecting a drop in oil imports." [Based on: Staff & Wire Reports article (Trade deficit drops), p. B7, S.L.P.D., 12/11/09]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - December 11th, 2009: "Stocks rose as a jump in exports offset concerns about an increase in weekly unemployment claims. A weaker dollar is lifting demand for U.S. goods, which become less expensive for foreign buyers when the greenback falls. The S&P 500 rose 0.6 percent to 1,102.35." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. B7, S.L.P.D., 12/11/09]

2009 - Civil Unions / Austria - December 11th, 2009: "Austria OKs civil unions [by same-sex couples]" [Based on: Title for article, p. A22, S.L.P.D., 12/11/09]

2009 - A call for sanctions on Iran - December 11th, 2009: "The United States, Britain and France said at the United Nations that Iran must face further sanctions if it does not immediately comply with U.N. resolutions regarding its nuclear program." [Based on: Article (A call for sanctions on Iran), p. A22, S.L.P.D., 12/11/09]

2009 - Hezbollah Keep Weapons / Lebanon - December 11th, 2009: "Hezbollah can keep weapons" [Based on: Title for article, p. A22, S.L.P.D., 12/11/09]

2009 - Geothermal Drilling Project Called Off / Switzerland - December 11th, 2009: "Swiss end geothermal drilling project ['three years after the deep drilling into the ground caused a series of earethquakes, scaring residents of the northwestern city of Basel.]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A23, S.L.P.D., 12/11/09]

2009 - Poem - December 12th, 2009: "Published this date in history [12/12/09]. The poem: On Thee I Feed [2nd on page], by Etznab Mathers, a.k.a. D.R.D."

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - December 12th, 2009: "Stocks rose on signs that consumers and businesses are feeling more confident about the economy. The Commerce Department said retail sales rose 1.3 percent in November, more than double the increase analysts had expected. The Dow rose 65.67, or 0.6 percent, to 10,471.50." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 12/11/09]

2009 - Drone Attack / Pakistan - December 12th, 2009: "Drone attack [12/08/09] kills top militant / Al-Qaida operations planner [Saleh al-Somali] target of CIA missle in Pakistan, U.S. officials say." [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p. A16, S.L.P.D., 12/12/09]

2009 - Rain forest fines put off two years - December 12th, 2009: "A presidential decree in Brazil will suspend up to an estimated $5.7 billion in fines and give landowners two more years to comply with environmental regulations meant to stop the razing of the rain forest. Officials said the new decree will give time to implement a program for educating farmers, ranchers and others across Brazil - but principally in the Amazon - on sustainable development and how to increase production without cutting down the forest." [Based on: News Services article (Rain forest fines put off two years), p. A16, S.L.P.D., 12/12/09]

2009 - CIA cancels drone contract with Xe - December 12th, 2009: "CIA Director Leon Panetta has cancelled ['earlier this year'] a contract with the former Blackwater security firm that allowed the company's operatives to load missles on Predator drones in Pakistan. [....] Blackwater is now known as Xe Services. [....] Since Jan. 28, 2008, there have been at least 67 suspected U.S. missle strikes into Pakistan, according to Pakistani intelligence officials and witnesses interviewed by The Associated Press after each strike." [Based on: A.P. article (CIA cancels drone contract with Xe), p. A16, S.L.P.D., 12/12/09]

2009 - Cyclone Mick / Fiji Islands - December 13th, 2009: "On December 13, 2009, Tropical Cyclone Mick hovered over the Fiji Islands. [....]"

[Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=41626]

2009 - Sunspot 1035 - December 14th, 2009: "A sunspot [1034? 1035?] is growing rapidly in the sun's northern hemisphere: image. It appears to be a member of new Solar Cycle 24. [....]"

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/archive.php?view=1&day=14&month=12&year=2009]

2009 - Airstrikes / Yemen - December 14th, 2009: "[....] Hours later, the rebels posted an Internet statement saying 70 civilians had been killed and 100 wounded, after fighter jets struck the town [12/13/09] more than 50 times. The town is 'tens of kilometers' from the war zone where rebels have been fighting the Saudi military, the rebel statement said." [Based on: News Services article (Airstrikes kill dozens in Yemen), p. A17, S.L.P.D., 12/14/09]

2009 - Climate Debate Trivia - December 14th, 2009: "350 ['parts per million'] emerges as key figure in climate debate / Number refers to critical level of carbon dioxide in atmosphere." [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 12/14/09]

2009 - Elections Trivia / Chile - December 14th, 2009: "Billionaire candidate [Sebastian Pinera] beats leftists in Chile [12/13/09]." [Based on: News Services article (Israel funnels millions of dollars to settlements), p. A17, S.L.P.D., 12/14/09]

2009 - Civilian Deaths / Congo - December 14th, 2009: "Report cites widespread killing of civilians in Congo ['More than 1,400 civilians were deliberately killed this year in eastern Congo']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A17, S.L.P.D., 12/14/09]

2009 - 50-Car Pileup / Connecticut - December 14th, 2009: "46 injured in 50-car pileup [12/13/09] in Connecticut [Hwy 110]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A17, S.L.P.D., 12/14/09]

2009 - Terrestrial Gamma-Ray Flash - December 14th, 2009: "[....] During one TGF, which occurred on Dec. 14, 2009, Fermi was located over Egypt. But the active storm was in Zambia, some 2,800 miles to the south. The distant storm was below Fermi's horizon, so any gamma rays it produced could not have been detected. [NP] 'Even though Fermi couldn't see the storm, the spacecraft nevertheless was magnetically connected to it,' said Joseph Dwyer at the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Fla. 'The TGF produced high-speed electrons and positrons, which then rode up Earth's magnetic field to strike the spacecraft.' [NP] The beam continued past Fermi, reached a location, known as a mirror point, where its motion was reversed, and then hit the spacecraft a second time just 23 milliseconds later. Each time, positrons in the beam collided with electrons in the spacecraft. The particles annihilated each other, emitting gamma rays detected by Fermi's GBM. [....]" [Based on: Science@NASA article (Thunderstorms Make Antimatter) - Editor: Dr. Tony Phillips | Credit: Science@NASA] - [Brackets (NP= New Paragraph) inserted to save space. - E.M. See link for original context.]

*Link: http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2010/11jan_antimatter/

2009 - First Gay Mayor / Houston, Texas - December 14th, 2009: "'A historic election' for Houston [12/12/09] / City's first gay mayor [Annise Parker] outlines plans for financial problems, police operations." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 12/14/09]

2009 - Spending Bill Clears Senate / U.S.A. - December 14th, 2009: "$1.1 trillion spending bill clears [57-35] the Senate [12/13/09] / Budgets will rise for a wide array of federal programs, agencies." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 12/14/09]

2009 - New Funding? / Jewish Settlements, West Bank - December 14th, 2009: "The Israeli Cabinet voted Sunday [12/13/09] to pour millions of dollars of new funding into Jewish settlements in the West Bank, including several hard-line communities that have put up fierce resistance to government-imposed construction restrictions. The vote caused an uncharacteristic rift in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Cabinet, with centrist members accusing the Israeli leader of caving in to pressure from Israeli extremists." [Based on: News Services article (Israel funnels millions of dollars to settlements), p. A17, S.L.P.D., 12/14/09]

2009 - Strong Earthquake / Bougainville Region, New Guinea - December 14th, 2009: "A strong earthquake occurred at 08:54:05 (UTC) on Monday, December 14th, 2009. The magnitude 6.0 event [Location: 6.004°S, 154.382°E; Depth 73.8 km (45.9 miles] was located @ BOUGAINVILLE REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA."

[Based on: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2009qeam.php]-[T.D. - 12/17/09]

2009 - Died / Oral Roberts - December 15th, 2009: "Roberts [Oral Roberts] died December 15th at age 91."

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - December 15th, 2009: "Easing concerns over global credit problems and more signs of corporate dealmaking nudged major stock indexes to new highs for the year. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 29.55, or 0.3 percent, to 10,501.05, its highest close since Oct. 1, 2008." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 12/15/09]

2009 - Obama Pressures Banks - December 15th, 2009: "Obama pressures banks to lend more, support regulations [12/14/09] / But president's influence is hard to guage; government is losing leverage as more major banks repay bailout loans." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A5, S.L.P.D., 12/15/09]

2009 - E-mails found from Bush era - December 15th, 2009: "[....] The two private groups - Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington and the National Security Archive - said Monday [12/14/09] that they were settling the lawsuits they filed against the Executive Office of the President in 2007. [....] Presidential records of the Bush administration won't be available until 2014 at the earliest. [....] Two federal laws requaire the White House to preserve its records. [....] Records released as a result of the lawsuits reveal that the Bush White House was aware during the president's first term in office that the e-mail system had serious archiving problems, which didn't become publicly known until 2006, when federal prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald disclosed them during his criminal investigation of the outing of CIA operative Valerie Plame. [NP] A Microsoft Corp. document about the Bush White House's e-mail problems states that Microsoft was called in to help find electronic messages in October 2003, more than two years before the problem surfaced publicly. October 2003 was the month that the Justice Department began gearing up its criminal investigation into who leaked the identity of Plame, the wife of war critic Joseph Wilson." [Based on: article (E-mails found from Bush era / 22 million messages are recovered, and more are being sought.), p. A7, S.L.P.D., 12/15/09]

2009 - Guantanamo Inmates? / Thomson Illinois - December 15th, 2009: "Detainees to be sent to prison in Illinois / Thomson [Thomson Correctional Center] will house Guantanamo inmates." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 12/15/09]

*Trivia: "U.S. pledges a tight rein at Thomson / Illinois prison for Gitmo detainees would go beyond 'supermax' " [Based on: Title for Article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 12/16/09]

2009 - Inflated Food Stamp Numbers / Missouri - December 15th, 2009: "Missouri reported inflated food stamp numbers / Error may have enhanced opportunity for state to get bonuses from federal government." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 12/15/09]

2009 - Volcanic Activity / Mayon Volcano, Philippines - December 15th, 2009: "Tens of thousands of people living within the danger zone (up to 8 kilometers away) of Mayon Volcano in the Philippines were forced to evacuate to emergency shelters in mid-December 2009 as small earthquakes, incandescent lava at the summit, and minor ash falls suggested a major eruption was on the way. On the evening of December 14, the local volcano observatory raised the alert level to Level 3, which means 'magma is close to the crater and hazardous explosive eruption is imminent.' [....]"

[Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=41911]

2009 - C-4 Solar Flare - December 16th, 2009: "This morning at 0120 UT, an eruption of magnetic fields around sunspot 1035 produced a long-duration C4-class solar flare and hurled a coronal mass ejection (CME) in the general direction of Earth. High-latitude sky watchers should prepare for auroras when the CME arrives on or about Dec. 18th. [....]"

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/archive.php?view=1&day=16&month=12&year=2009]

2009 - Missle Test / Iran - December 16th, 2009: "Iran tests improved missle [Vahidi - 12/15/09] / Stronger push for tougher economic sanctions seems likely." [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 12/17/09]

2009 - Died / Roy Disney - December 16th, 2009: "Walt Disney's nephew dies [12/16/09 - 'after a year-long battle with stomach cancer'] / Roy Disney, 79, had impact on company for 56 years." [Based on: Title for Marketwatch article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 12/17/09]

2009 - Clash in West Bank - December 16th, 2009: "Angry settlers beat and seriously injured a female Israeli police officer, police said, as she tried to enforce a government ban on new housing construction in Jewish West Bank settlements. It was the most serious clash between settlers and authorities since the building restrictions were imposed last month." [Based on: News Services article (Clash in West Bank), p. A6, S.L.P.D., 12/16/09]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - December 16th, 2009: "The stock market fell for the first time in five days and Treasurys slipped after a jump in inflation stoked concerns that the Federal Reserve would be forced to raise interest rates. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 49.05, or 0.5 percent, to 10,452.00." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 12/16/09]

2009 - Growing Sunspot / 1035 - December 16th, 2009: "New sunspot 1035 is growing rapidly and it is now seven times wider than Earth. [....]"

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/archive.php?view=1&day=16&month=12&year=2009]

2009 - Car Bombs / Baghdad, Iraq - December 16th, 2009: "A series of car bombs exploded in central Baghdad near the Green Zone, government ministries and the  Iranian Embassy, killing four people and wounding at least 14 others, Iraqi police officials said." [Based on: News Services article (Car bomb s kill 4 in Iraq), p. A6, S.L.P.D., 12/16/09]

2009 - Suicide Car Bomb / Pakistan - December 16th, 2009: "A suicide attacker detonated a car bomb in a market close to a politician's home in central Pakistan, killing 33 people and showing the increasing reach of Taliban militants in the nuclear-armed nation." [Based on: News Services article (Car bomb kills 32 in Pakistan), p. A6, S.L.P.D., 12/16/09]

2009 - Conspiracy Theory / Global Warming - December 16th, 2009: Conspiracy Theory with Jesse Ventura (Season 1 episode): Global Warming (Aired: 12/16/2009)

"Whether global warming is real or not, it's believed some people are using the issue to make billions of dollars, start a one-world government and control our lives, from the cars we drive to the foods we eat. Jesse Ventura starts with Al Gore and goes far beyond as he uncovers the evidence that leads to one man thought to be behind the global warming conspiracy."

*Link: http://www.trutv.com/shows/conspiracy_theory/episodes/season1.html

2009 - CURIOUS EVENTS IN NEBRASKA - December 16th, 2009: " 'Last night, Dec. 16th at 9 p.m. CST, a very bright meteor lit up the completely overcast sky like lightning in southeast Nebraska,' reports Trooper Jerry Chab of the Nebraska State Patrol. [....] Meanwhile, the USGS says there was a magnitude 3.5 earthquake near Auburn, Nebraska, at 8:53 pm, about the same time and place as the fireball. [....]"

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [T.D. - 12/17/09]

2009 - Suicide Car Bomber / Afghanistan - December 16th, 2009: "A suicide car bomber struck near the home of a former Afghan vice president and a hotel frequented by Westeners, killing at least 8 people and wounding nearly 40 in a neighborhood considered one of Kabul's safest." [Based on: News Services article (Car bomb kills 8 in Afghanistan), p. A6, S.L.P.D., 12/16/09]

2009 - House backs sanctions on Iran - December 16th, 2009: "The House [U.S.A.] voted to impose new economic sanctions on Iran as lawmakers cast doubt on Iran's willingness to respond to diplomatic efforts to curtail its purported nuclear arms program. The legislation was approved 412-12." [Based on: News Services article (House backs sanctions on Iran), p. A5, S.L.P.D., 12/16/09]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - December 17th, 2009: "An early advance in stocks stalled Wednesday [12/16/09] as the Federal Reserve reminded investors that it would start to wean the economy from an array of emergency supports next year. The broader Standard & Poor's 500 index rose 1.25, or 0.1 percent, to 1,109.18." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A13, S.L.P.D., 12/17/09]

2009 - Census Trivia / U.S.A. - December 17th, 2009: "Whites will lose majority in 2050" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 12/17/09]

2009 - FTC Suit / Intel Corp. - December 17th, 2009: "FTC says [12/16/09] Intel illegally shut out rivals ['abusing its market dominance for a decade to stifle competition.']" [Based on: Title for Tribune Washington Bureau article, p. A5, S.L.P.D., 12/17/09]

2009 - Bankruptcy Filing / Del Taco - December 17th, 2009: "Del Taco [D.F. Restaurants LLC] bankruptcy filing" [Based on: Title for Staff & Wire Reports article, p. A13, S.L.P.D., 12/17/09]

2009 - House Passage / Defense Bill, U.S.A. - December 17th, 2009: "The House approved 395-34 a $636 billion defense bill that funds the ongoing conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan and provides a 3.4 percent pay hike for military personnel." [Based on: News Services article (Defense bill passes), p. A10, S.L.P.D., 12/17/09]

2009 - Major Gift / Washington University, Mo. - December 17th, 2009: "Washington U. [St. Louis, Mo.] gets major gift / Danforth Foundation gives $30 million for study of religion and politics." [Based on: Title for Article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 12/17/09]

2009 - Financial giants remain in peril / U.S.A. - December 17th, 2009: "Financial giants remain in peril despite bailout / AIG, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and GMAC unable to repay government." [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 12/17/09]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - December 18th, 2009: "A rising dollar and disappointing corporate news pushed stocks lower and Treasurys higher on Thursday [12/17/09] over concerns that the economy will struggle to recover. Major stock indexes slid 1 percent, including the Dow Jones industrial average, which fell 133 points." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. B7, S.L.P.D., 12/18/09]

2009 - Drone Attack / Pakistan - December 18th, 2009: "In what is believed to be the heaviest assault yet by American drones in Pakistan, five Predator aircraft fired 10 missles at suspected militant compounds along the border with Afghanistan on Thursday [12/17/09]. Along with an earlier attack, at least 15 people, including seven foreign nationals, were killed, Pakistani security officials said. [....]" [Based on: New York Times article (U.S. drones kill 15 in Pakistan), p. A26, S.L.P.D., 12/18/09]

2009 - Insurgents Hack Drones - December 18th, 2009: "Insurgents ['in Iraq and Afghanistan'] able to hack video feeds on drones" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A24, S.L.P.D., 12/18/09]

2009 - Drug Recall / Cleviprex - December 18th, 2009: "Drug is recalled ['affected lots of Cleviprex after detecting tiny particles of stainless steel during a routine inspection.]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A15, S.L.P.D., 12/18/09]

2009 - Franken Rebuffs Lieberman - December 18th, 2009: "Franken rebuffs Lieberman [12/17/09] on Senate floor ['Lieberman asked for an additional moment to finish - but Franken refused to grant the time.']" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 12/18/09]

2009 - Settlement / Ernst & Young - December 18th, 2009: "Ernst & Young to pay $8.5 million fine ['to settle federal regulators' charges in an alleged accounting fraud at Bally Total Fitness in 2001-03.']" [Based on: Title for Wire Reports article, p. B7, S.L.P.D., 12/18/09]

2009 - Killed / Mexican Drug Lord - December 18th, 2009: "Government troops ['Special Forces from the Mexican military'] kill [12/16/09] Mexican drug lord [Arturo Beltran Leyva]" [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p. A25, S.L.P.D., 12/18/09]

*Trivia: "Vicious reprisal in Mexico / Gunmen assassinate family of fallen hero [Ensign Melquisedet Angulo Cordova] killed in raid on drug gang." [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p. A6, S.L.P.D., 12/23/09]

2009 - French & U.S. Offensive / Afghanistan Valley - December 18th, 2009: "French , U.S. join attack on Taliban ['about 800 Legionnaires backed by 200 U.S. Special Forces and Afghan soldiers ... in an Afghanistan valley where the Taliban killed 10 French soldiers last year.']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A24, S.L.P.D., 12/18/09]

2009 - Fourth-Quarter Profit / Discover Financial Services - December 18th, 2009: "[....] The company [Discover Financial Services] said its fourth-quarter profit fell 19 percent. [....]" [Based on: Wire Reports article, p. B7, S.L.P.D., 12/18/09]

2009 - Foreign Relations / Venezuela, Netherlands & U.S. - December 18th, 2009: "Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is accusing the Netherlands of letting the U.S. military use Dutch Islands off his country's Caribbean coast to prepare a possible attack against his government." [Based on: News Services article (Chavez accuses Netherlands), p. A24, S.L.P.D., 12/18/09]

2009 - Sunspots - December 20th, 2009: "All three of these sunspots [1035, 1036 & 1037] are members of new Solar Cycle 24. The image is purple because [it] was taken through a violet Calcium-K filter sensitive to the light emitted by magnetic froth around sunspots. Image credit: Stefano Sello of Pisa, Italy"

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/archive.php?view=1&day=20&month=12&year=2009]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - December 19th, 2009: "The stock market broke a three-day slide as two big technology companies signaled that business was improving, raising hopes about business spending. Tech stocks led the market higher in choppy trading. The S&P 500 index rose 6.39, or 0.6 perent, to 1,102.47." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 12/19/09]

2009 - Strong Earthquake / Taiwan - December 19th, 2009: "A strong earthquake occurred at 13:02:16 (UTC) on Saturday, December 19th, 2009. The magnitude 6.4 event [Location: 23.763°N, 121.689°E; Depth 44.6 km (27.7 miles)] was located @ TAIWAN."

[Based on: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2009qjar.php]-[T.D. - 12/20/09]

2009 - Strong Earthquake / Malawi - December 19th, 2009: "A strong earthquake occurred at 23:19:17 (UTC) on Saturday, December 19th, 2009. The magnitude 6.0 event [Location: 10.110°S, 33.814°E; Depth 15.2 km (9.4 miles)] was located @ MALAWI."

[Based on: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2009qjcb.php]-[T.D. - 12/20/09]

2009 - Atom smasher taking a break - December 19th, 2009: "Operators of the world's largest atom smasher say they have shut down the machine until February to prepare for an expected groundbreaking research program. The European Organization for Nuclear Research said the break is necessary to increase the levels of the energy used to smash protons into oneanother." [Based on: News Services article (Atom smasher taking a break), p. A16, S.L.P.D., 12/19/09]

2009 - Iranian Troops? / Southern Iraq - December 19th, 2009: "Iranian troops enter Iraq [12/18/09] / Conflicting reports say a small group of Iranian forces seized an oil well in a shared field [Fakkah oil field]. Iraqis criticize U.S. security." [Based on: Title for McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article, p. A16, S.L.P.D., 12/19/09]

2009 - Recants Confession / Mumbai Gunman - December 19th, 2009: "Man [Ajmal Kasab] recants confession [12/18/09] over Mumbai attacks" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A16, S.L.P.D., 12/19/09]

2009 - Winter Storm / Mid-Atlantic & northeast U.S.A. - December 20th, 2009: "Eastern storm [12/19/09] snarls holiday traffic all over / Some areas get more than a foot of snow and officials attribute five deaths to weather." [Based on: Title for Staff & Wire Reports article, p. A3, S.L.P.D., 12/20/09]

2009 - December Solstice - December 21st, 2009: "Today at 12:47 pm EST (1747 UT), the sun dips to its lowest celestial latitude of the year. The event, called "the December solstice," marks the beginning of winter in the northern hemisphere and summer in the southern hemisphere. [....]"

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [T.D. - 12/21/09]

2009 - Cell Phone Warnings? / U.S.A. - December 21st, 2009: "A Maine legislator wants to make the state the first to require cell phones to carry warnings that they can cause brain cancer, although there is no consensus among scientists that they do and industry leaders dispute the claim. A similar effort is afoot in San Francisco, where Mayor Gavin Newsom wants his city to be the nation's first to require the warnings." [Based on: News Services article (Maine to consider cell phone cancer warning), p. A21, S.L.P.D., 12/21/09]

2009 - Senate Passage / U.S. Health Bill - December 21st, 2009: "Health bill passes test ['early this morning'] / Senate vote is 60-40 - Passage now seems likely by Christmas. / 'Day of judgement' - Democrat says GOP will pay for its obstructionism." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 12/21/09]

2009 - Israel harvested organs in '90s without permission - December 21st, 2009: "Israel has admitted that in the 1990s, its forensic pathologists harvested organs from bodies, including Palestinians, without permission of their families. [NP] The issue emerged with publication of an interview with the then-head of Israel's Abu Kabir forensic institute, Dr. Jehuda Hiss. The interview was conducted in 2000 by an American academic, who released it because of a controversy over an allegation by a Swedish newspaper that Israel was killing Palestinians to harvest their organs. Israel hotly denied the charge." [Based on: News Services article (Israel harvested organs in '90s without permission), p. A21, S.L.P.D., 12/21/09]

2009 - Solar Activity - December 22nd, 2009: "The sun is showing signs of life. There are no fewer than five active regions on the sun's surface, shown here [see link] in an extreme ultraviolet photo taken this morning by the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO): [....] Each circle contains a sunspot or proto-sunspot belonging to new Solar Cycle 24. After two years of record-low sunspot numbers and many month-long stretches of utter quiet, this is a notable outbreak. Whether it heralds a genuine trend or merely marks a temporary, statistical uptick in activity remains to be seen. Stay tuned!"

*Trivia: "Sunspots 1036 and 1038 are members of new Solar Cycle 24. Image credit: SOHO/MDI"

*Link: http://spaceweather.com/archive.php?view=1&day=22&month=12&year=2009

2009 - Strike / Nepal - December 22nd, 2009: "2-day-old strike paralyzes most of Nepal [12/21/09]" [Based on: News Services article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 12/22/09]

2009 - Sun in Capricorn - December 22nd, 2009: "Reported date when the Sun entered the constellation Capricorn." [Based on: http://www2.bitstream.net/~bunlion/bpi/ephm/E200912.html]

2009 - C7-Class Solar Flare - December 22nd, 2009: "Yesterday, Dec. 22nd at approximately 0455 UT, magnetic fields around sunspot 1036 erupted, producing a C7-class solar flare. [....] The eruption hurled a faint coronal mass ejection (CME) into space and the billion-ton cloud should cross Earth's orbit on or about Dec. 25th. A glancing blow to Earth's magnetic field could spark polar auroras for Christmas."

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [T.D. - 12/23/09]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - December 22nd, 2009: "Another wave of corporate dealmaking stoked investors' confidence in the economy [12/21/09]. Analyst upgrades of Alcoa Inc. and Intel Corp. and positive momentum on President Obama's health care overhaul also helped. The Dow rose 0.8 percent to 10,414.14." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 12/22/09]

2009 - Break the CIA in Two - December 22nd, 2009: "Editor’s Note: Exactly 46 years ago, President Harry Truman looked back on the still-young CIA, which he had helped create, and was alarmed at how its original purpose – to provide unvarnished information to top policymakers – was being perverted by the agency’s growing role in covert operations. [....]" *Link: http://consortiumnews.com/2009/122209a.html

[Based on: Consortiumnews.com article (Break the CIA in Two), By Ray McGovern, December 22, 2009]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - December 23rd, 2009: "Stocks pushed higher after a strong report on housing provided the latest evidence that the economy is picking up speed. The S&P 500 rose 0.4 percent to 1,118.02. The Nasdaq rose 0.7 percent to 2,252.67. Both are at their highest levels since last October." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 12/23/09]

2009 - Bosnian laws attacked - December 23rd, 2009: "Bosnia's constitution discriminates against Jews and Roma because it does not allow them to run for parliament or president, the European Court of Human Rights said in a ruling Tuesday [12/22/09]." [Based on: News Services article (Bosnian laws attacked), p. A6, S.L.P.D., 12/23/09]

2009 - Strong Earthquake / Indonesia - December 23rd, 2009: "A strong earthquake occurred at 01:11:57 (UTC) on Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009. The magnitude 6.0 event [Location: 1.420°S, 99.439°E; Depth 14.2 km (8.8 miles) (poorly constrained)] was located @ KEPULAUAN MENTAWAI REGION, INDONESIA."

[Based on: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2009qnag.php]-[T.D. - 12/23/09]

2009 - Conspiracy Theory / Big Brother - December 23th, 2009: Conspiracy Theory with Jesse Ventura (Season 1 episode): Big Brother (Aired: 12/23/2009)

"Big Brother is watching and it's not who you think. Jesse Ventura's investigation of government surveillance on its citizens tears the lid off a nationwide program that is thought to turn local businessmen and office workers into spies, snooping on their neighbors and ratting on their friends in exchange for information and special privileges from the FBI- including, some charge, a 'license to kill.' "

*Link: http://www.trutv.com/shows/conspiracy_theory/episodes/season1.html

2009 - Foreign Relations / U.S.A. & Iran - December 23rd, 2009: "Iran's leader dismisses deadline on nuclear fuel [12/22/09]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A6, S.L.P.D., 12/23/09]

2009 - Haitian children forced into slavery - December 23rd, 2009: "Poverty has forced at least 225,000 children in Haiti's cities into slavery as unpaid household servants, far more than previously thought, according to the Pan American Development Foundation." [Based on: News Services article (Haitian children forced into slavery), p. A6, S.L.P.D., 12/23/09]

2009 - Governor Slain / Caqueta, Columbia - December 23rd, 2009: "Columbian governor [Luis Francisco Cuellar of Caqueta state] is slain [found dead 12/22/09]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A6, S.L.P.D., 12/23/09]

2009 - Voyager Makes an Interstellar Discovery - December 23rd, 2009: "The solar system is passing through an interstellar cloud that physics says should not exist. In the Dec. 24th issue of Nature, a team of scientists reveal how NASA's Voyager spacecraft have solved the mystery. [....] The size of the heliosphere is determined by a balance of forces: Solar wind inflates the bubble from the inside while the Local Fluff compresses it from the outside. Voyager's crossings into the heliosheath revealed the approximate size of the heliosphere and, thus, how much pressure the Local Fluff exerts. A portion of that pressure is magnetic and corresponds to the ~5 microgauss Opher's team [Merav Opher, a NASA Heliophysics Guest Investigator from George Mason University] has reported in Nature. [....]"

[Based on: SCIENCE@NASA article (Voyager Makes an Interstellar Discovery) by Dr. Tony Phillips, 12/23/09] *Link: http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2009/23dec_voyager.htm

2009 - Party Switch? / U.S. Rep. Parker Griffith - December 23rd, 2009: "Conservative Alabama congressman [Rep. Parker Griffith] switches to Republican Party ['said on Tuesday that he was becoming a Republican.'] / Former Democrat expresses opposition to the overhaul of the health care system." [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p. A17, S.L.P.D., 12/23/09]

2009 - Russian Spacecraft / International Space Station - December 23rd, 2009: "Russian spacecraft ['carrying an American, a Russian and an astronaut from Japan'] docks [at International Space Station]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A6, S.L.P.D., 12/23/09]

2009 - Violence in Iraq - December 24th, 2009: "Violence mounts in Iraq [12/23/09] / Muslims and Christians are targeted in attacks in holiday season" [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 12/24/09]

2009 - Blackberry Outage - December 24th, 2009: "Blackberry goes out ['second Blackberry outage in less than a week']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 12/24/09]

2009 - Flooding / Venice - December 24th, 2009: "An unusually high tide flooded most of Venice, forcing tourists and residents to wade through knee-high waters or taken to improvised, elevated boardwalks set up in St. Mark's Square and at other landmarks." [Based on: News Services article (High tide in Venice), p. A17, S.L.P.D., 12/24/09]

2009 - Solar Wind Stream - December 24th, 2009: "Earth is inside a solar wind stream flowing from the indicated coronal hole. Credit: SOHO Extreme UV Telescope"

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/archive.php?view=1&day=24&month=12&year=2009]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - December 24th, 2009: "Stocks ended an erratic session with a slender gain as rising commodities prices offset disappointment over an unexpected drop in home sales. Energy and materials-producing companies rose. The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose 2.57, or 0.2 percent, to 1,120.59." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 12/24/09]

2009 - Afghan Senator Killed - December 24th, 2009: "Afghan senator [Mohammed Younus] killed [12/23/09]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A17, S.L.P.D., 12/24/09]

2009 - Small-Car Market / India - December 24th, 2009: "India's small-car market hits top / Country overtakes Japan as sales of tiny, inexpensive vehicles explode." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 12/24/09]

2009 - U.S. Military Aid / Yemen - December 24th, 2009: "[....] The Pentagon has poured nearly $70 million in military aid to Yemen this year [2009], a massive financial infusion compared to nothing in 2008." [Based on: News Services article (U.S. extends fight into Yemen), p. A17, S.L.P.D., 12/24/09]

2009 - Strong Earthquake / Primor'ye, Russia - December 24th, 2009: "A strong earthquake occurred at 00:23:27 (UTC) on Thursday, December 24th, 2009. The magnitude 6.3 event [Location: 42.212°N, 134.793°E; Depth 348.1 km (216.3 miles)] was located @ PRIMOR'YE, RUSSIA."

[Based on: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2009qnb5.php]-[T.D. - 12/25/09]

2009 - Winter Storm / Plains & Midwest U.S.A. - December 24th, 2009: "Storm slams Plains, Midwest [12/23/09] / Slow-moving system is likely to intensify today, bring heavy rain here, blizzard elsewhere." [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 12/24/09]

2009 - Chevron to pay $45.5 million on gas claims - December 24th, 2009: "Chevron Corp. will pay $45.5 million to resolve claims that it underpaid natural gas royalties to the government and Americans Indians, the Justice Department said Wednesday [12/23/09]. [....]" [Based on: Staff & Wire Reports article (Chevron to pay $45.5 million on gas claims), p. A11, S.L.P.D., 12/24/09]

2009 - Pope Knocked Down - December 25th, 2009: "Pope knocked down at Mass [12/24/09]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A16, S.L.P.D., 12/25/09]

2009 - Deadly blast in Iraq - December 25th, 2009: "Bombs hit Shiite pilgrims in Baghdad and a central Iraq city, killing at least 27 people and wounding scores more." [Based on: News Services article (Deadly blast in Iraq), p. A16, S.L.P.D., 12/25/09]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - December 25th, 2009: "Stocks ended a holiday-shortened session at new highs for the year following upbeat reports on unemployment and durable goods orders. A weaker dollar also helped buoy the market, lifting energy and materials stocks. The S&P 500 rose 0.5 percent to 1,126.48." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. B9, S.L.P.D., 12/25/09]

2009 - Car Bomb / Pakistan - December 25th, 2009: "Car bomb ['outside a guest house frequented by foreigners ... Kandahar'] kills eight in Pakistan" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A16, S.L.P.D., 12/25/09]

2009 - Oil Refineries Closing - December 25th, 2009: "Oil refineries closing as gasoline demand falls / Bevy of factors hits industry hard, including alternative energy." [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 12/25/09]

2009 - Yemeni jets strike al-Qaida meeting - December 25th, 2009: "Yemeni jets strike al-Qaida meeting [12/24/09] / A radical cleric tied to the suspect in the fort Hood shootings might have been among the 30 people killed, officials said." [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p. A20, S.L.P.D., 12/25/09]

*Trivia: "Cleric [Anwar al-Awlaki] survives airstrike, kin say [12/25/09]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 12/26/09]

2009 - Preliminary Settlement / Countrywide Financial - December 25th, 2009: "Countrywide settles security breach" [Based on: Title for Wire Reports article, p. B9, S.L.P.D., 12/25/09]

2009 - Sunspot 1039 - December 26th, 2009: "2009 is ending with a flurry of sunspots. The latest is sunspot 1039, which formed yesterday [12/26/09] and is now crackling with low-level solar flares. [....] So far, 65% of the days in December have brought sunspots--a sharp increase in percentages compared to earlier months of 2009 when sunspots were surpassingly rare. All six of December's sunspot groups have been members of new Solar Cycle 24. These numbers could herald the sun's awakening from the deepest solar minimum in nearly a century and a livelier sun in 2010. [....]"

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [T.D. - 12/27/09]

2009 - Diesel Spill / Alaska - December 26th, 2009: "Tugboat's [Pathfinder] diesel spill [12/23/09] leaves mile-long sheen ['across Alaska's Prince William Sound']" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 12/26/09]

2009 - Roadside Bomb / Iraq - December 26th, 2009: "Six Muslim [Shiite Muslim pilgrims] killed by bomb [12/25/09]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 12/26/09]

2009 - Failed Terrorist Attack / Detroit - December 26th, 2009: "Man [Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab] sets off explosive as jet [Flight 253] lands in Detroit [12/25/09] / U.S. officials consider Nigerian's act a failed terrorist attack." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 12/26/09]

*Trivia: "[....] Adding to the airborne jitters, a second Nigerian man was detained Sunday [12/27/09] from the same Northwest flight to Detroit after he locked himself in the plane's restroom. Officials reported that he was belligerent but genuinely sick, and that, in an abundance of caution, the plane was taken to a remote location for screening before passengers were let off. Investigators concluded he posed no threat. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Screening could've detected powder / Investigators say right equipment was needed to thwart air passenger now held in bombing attempt.), p. A1, S.L.P.D., 12/28/09]

2009 - Foreign Relations / Iran & Turkey - December 26th, 2009: "Iran open to sending nuclear material to Turkey" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 12/26/09]

2009 - Strong Earthquake / Banda Sea - December 26th, 2009: "A strong earthquake occurred at 08:57:24 (UTC) on Saturday, December 26th, 2009. The magnitude 6.0 event [Location: 5.561°S, 131.130°E; Depth 57 km (35.4 miles)] was located @ BANDA SEA."

[Based on: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2009qrat.php]-[T.D. - 12/27/09]

2009 - Taliban Video / Captured U.S. Soldier - December 26th, 2009: "U.S. soldier [Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl] captured in June [30th] is seen on Taliban video [released Friday]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 12/26/09]

2009 - More Deaths / Iraq - December 27th, 2009: "More deaths [2 dead, 13 wounded] tied to Ashura in Iraq [12/26/09]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 12/27/09]

2009 - Car Bomb / Beirut, Lebanon - December 27th, 2009: "Hamas official was target of Beirut car bomb [12/26/09]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 12/27/09]

2009 - Israeli military kills six Palestinians - December 27th, 2009: "Israeli military kills 6 Palestinians ['... three in the West Bank whom it accused of killing a Jewish settler and three in the Gaza Strip who it said were crawling along the border wall planning an attack.' - 12/26/09]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 12/27/09]

2009 - Roadside Bomb / Iraq - December 28th, 2009: "Bomb [12/28/09] kills 5 Shiite pilgrims ['wounded 28 people'] in Iraq [Tuz Khormato]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A17, S.L.P.D., 12/28/09]

2009 - Deadly Avalanches / Italy - December 28th, 2009: "Avalanches in Italy kill 7, including 4 rescuers ['officials said Sunday']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A17, S.L.P.D., 12/28/09]

2009 - Roadside Bomb / Afghanistan - December 28th, 2009: "Roadside bomb [12/26/09] kills serviceman [Afghanistan]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A17, S.L.P.D., 12/28/09]

2009 - Oil Prices / U.S.A. - December 29th, 2009: "Cold triggers jump in oil prices ['$79 a barrel Monday']" [Based on: Title for Staff & Wire reports article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 12/29/09]

2009 - China executes Briton - December 29th, 2009: "China executes Briton [Akmal Shaikh]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 12/29/09]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - December 29th, 2009: "Better holiday sales and rising commodities prices pushed stocks to their sixth straight gain and new highs for 2009. Major indexes edged higher after sales figures showed holiday shoppers spent more freely. The Dow rose 26.98, or 0.3 percent, to 10,547.08." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 12/29/09]

2009 - Gay Marriage / Argentina - December 29th, 2009: "Gay marriage in Argentina is 1st in Latin America" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 12/29/09]

2009 - Saudi Tourists Shot / Niger - December 29th, 2009: "Gunmen in Niger kill 3 Saudi tourists [12/28/09]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 12/29/09]

2009 - American Detained / N. Korea - December 29th, 2009: "N. Korea detains American [12/24/09]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 12/29/09]

2009 - Suicide Bomber / Karachi, Pakistan - December 29th, 2009: "30 Pakistani Shiites killed [60 wounded?] / Sunni extremist groups tied to Taliban, al-Qaida blamed in blast [12/28/09]." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 12/29/09]

2009 - Israel to build 700 apartments in east Jerusalem - December 29th, 2009: "Israel announced Monday [12/28/09] that it was building nearly 700 new apartments for Jews in East Jerusalem, where Palestinians hope to set up the capital of a future state. The U.S., Palestinians and the European Union condemned the plan, a new setback to U.S. efforts to restart Mideast peace talks." [Based on: News Services article (Israel to build 700 apartments in east Jerusalem), p. A7, S.L.P.D., 12/29/09]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - December 30th, 2009: "Stocks edged lower, breaking a six-day advance as reports on home prices and consumer confidence did little to excite buyers. Major indexes slipped as the dollar strengthened and tugged on commodities prices. The Dow fell 1.67, or less than 0.1 percent, to 10,545.41." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 12/30/09]

2009 - Broadcom settles suit - December 30th, 2009: "Broadcom Corp. has settled a class-action securities lawsuit for more than $160 million without admitting wrongdoing. [....]" [Based on: Wire Reports article (Broadcom settles suit), p. A7, S.L.P.D., 12/30/09]

2009 - Hospitalized / Rush Limbaugh - December 30th, 2009: "Limbaugh still [12/31/09] hospitalized [since 12/30/09] / No word yet on whether talk show host suffered a heart attack." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A18, S.L.P.D., 01/01/10]

2009 - Gay Marriages / Mexico City - December 30th, 2009: "Mexico City recognizes gay marriages [12/29/09]." [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 12/30/09]

2009 - Guilty Plea / Computer Hacker - December 30th, 2009: "A computer hacker [Albert Gonzalez] ... pleaded guilty Tuesday [12/29/09] in the last of three cases brought by federal prosecutors. [....] Authorities said Gonzalez, who said he had worked as a computer security consultant, was the ringleader of a group that targeted large retailers. In 2003, Gonzalez was arrested for hacking but was not charged because he became an informant. But authorities said he continued to use his talents for illegal activities. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Hacker admits role in big ID theft case / Millions of credit, debit card numbers were plundered from major retailers.), p. A7, S.L.P.D., 12/30/09]

2009 - Anti-Government Protestors / Iran - December 30th, 2009: "Iran cracks down on opposition [12/29/09] / Country also accuses the U.S. and Britain of fomenting violence by anti-government protestors." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 12/30/09]

2009 - Bomb Threat? / Wisconsin Capitol - December 30th, 2009: "Bomb threat [12/29/09] forces evacuation of Wisconsin Capitol" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A13, S.L.P.D., 12/30/09]

2009 - A record year for Somali pirates - December 30th, 2009: "Somali pirates have attacked 214 vessels so far this year, resulting in 47 hijackings, a record for both, according to the International Maritime Bureau. The attacks continue despite the deployment of international warships to thwart them." [Based on: News Services article (A record year for Somali pirates), p. A8, S.L.P.D., 12/30/09]

2009 - Conspiracy Theory / Secret Societies - December 30th, 2009: Conspiracy Theory with Jesse Ventura (Season 1 episode): Secret Societies (Aired: 12/30/2009)

"They're thought to be a group of the world's elite who meet once a year at a luxury hotel and decide how they will run the world. It's believed they plan to thin out the population through disease-and vaccines. Jesse Ventura infiltrates the Bilderberg Group."

*Link: http://www.trutv.com/shows/conspiracy_theory/episodes/season1.html

2009 - Iran may be near deal for purified uranium ore - December 30th, 2009: "Iran is close to clinching a deal to clandestinely import 1,350 tons of purified uranium ore from Kazakhstan, according to an International Atomic Energy Agency report obtained Tuesday [12/29/09] by the Associated Press. [....] In Washington, State Department spokesman Ian Kelly said, 'The transfer of any uranium yellowcake ... to Iran would constitute a clear violation of UNSC sanctions.' [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Iran may be near deal for purified uranium ore), p. A8, S.L.P.D., 12/30/09]

2009 - Briton Freed / Iraq - December 31st, 2009: "Briton [Peter Moore] kidnapped in Iraq is freed [12/30/09] after 2 1/2 years in captivity" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A24, S.L.P.D., 12/31/09]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - December 31st, 2009: "Stocks ended the next-to-last day of 2009 little changed as welcome news on manufacturing helped offset a drop in commodities prices. The Dow rose 3.10, or less than 0.1 percent, to 10,548.51, while the S&P 500 index rose 0.22, or less than 0.1 percent, to 1,126.42." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 12/31/09]

2009 - Trivia / Panama Canal - December 31st, 2009: "Panama has made $4.75 billion from the Panama Canal since taking over operations a decade ago, more than twice what it received in the 85 years the United States operated the waterway, the operating authority said Wednesday. [NP] Today marks the 10th anniversary of the handover of the canal by the U.S., which opened the waterway linking the Atlantic and Pacific oceans in 1914. It is now run by an autonomous government agency, the Panama Canal Authority." [Based on: News Services article (Canal proves prosperous for Panama), p. A24, S.L.P.D., 12/31/09]

2009 - Trivia / 99942 Apophis - December 31st, 2009: "Russia's top space researchers will hold a closed-door meeting to plan a mission to deflect 99942 Apophis, an asteroid that will fly close to Earth two decades from now, said Anatoly Perminov, the head of Russia's space agency, during an interview on Russian radio Wednesday. [NP] Perminov said Apophis is about three times the size of the Tungunsky meteorite, apparently the cause of a 1908 explosion in Siberia that knocked over an estimated 80 million trees." [Based on: News Services article (Russia to plan deflection of asteroid from Earth), p. A24, S.L.P.D., 12/31/09]

2009 - Security Scare / Times Square - December 31st, 2009: "Van prompts security care [12/30/09] / Parts of Times Square [N.Y.] were blocked off for about two hours before officers determined the vehicle contained no explosives." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A21, S.L.P.D., 12/31/09]

2009 - Trade Dispute / U.S. & China - December 31st, 2009: "Chinese pipes hit with new duties / U.S. government reacts to claims that China is flooding market with unfairly priced steel ['The case is the largest steel trade dispute in U.S. history and will affect about $2.8 billion worth of Chinese imports.']." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 12/31/09]

2009 - Full-Body Scans / The Netherlands - December 31st, 2009: "Dutch to use full-body scans for flights to U.S. / Technology has been fought as too intrusive, but now Obama wants 'all possible measures' put into play." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 12/31/09]

2009 - Suicide Bombers / Anbar Province - December 31st, 2009: "[....] It was not immediately clear whether the governor was the bomber's target, but the attack [12/30/09] followed a recent rise in deadly attacks in Anbar. The two bombs killed 24 people and wounded 58, said Jasen Mohammed Hamed, chief of the Anbar provincial council." [Based on: News Services article (Governor of embattled Iraqi province survives bombings), p. A24, S.L.P.D., 12/31/09]

2009 - Yemeni forces attack al-Qaida hideout - December 31st, 2009: "Yemeni forces attack al-Qaida hideout [western Yemen, 12/30/09]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 12/31/09]

2009 - Suicide Bomber / Southern Afghanistan - December 31st, 2009: "Afghan suicide blast kills 8 [12/30/09] / Victims were Americans, most of them CIA officers; bomber breached base's security [Forward Operating Base Chapman, in Khost province']." [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 12/31/09]

*Trivia: "CIA was courting bomber as informer, AP reports" [Based on: Title for Article, p. A1 & A6, S.L.P.D., 01/01/10]

*Trivia: "CIA turncoat alleged in killings" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A5, S.L.P.D., 01/02/10]

2009 - Cash Infusion / GMAC Financial Services - December 31st, 2009: "GMAC gets $3.8 billion [12/30/09] / Fresh infusion of federal aid is intended to stabilize financing company amid mortgage losses." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 12/31/09]

2009 - Flood Trivia / 2009 - "Number of notable floods this year: at least 12. Number of deaths due to flooding: at least 375." [D.R.D.]

2009 - Volcano Trivia / 2009 - "Number of volcanic eruptions [and, or] notable volcanic events this year: at least 11. Number of reported deaths include: 0." [D.R.D.]

2009 - Avalanche Trivia / 2009 - "Number of notable avalanche, landslide, mudslide or roof collapse events this year: at least 10. Number of reported deaths: at least 253" [D.R.D.]

2009 - "Hurricane" Trivia / 2009 - "Number of notable storms this year include: at least 12 Tropical Storms, 6 Hurricanes, 14 Cyclones & 10 Typhoons. Number of reported deaths: at least 826. [deaths due to flooding are generally recorded under Flood Trivia]." [D.R.D.]

2009 - Earthquake Trivia / 2009 - "Number of notable earthquakes [generally, 6.0 or above] in 2009: at least 141. [2008: at east 217; 2007: at least 171; 2006: at least 145; 2005: at least 110]. Number of reported deaths due to earthquakes in 2009: at least 1,472." [D.R.D.]

2009 - "Natural Disaster" Deaths / 2009 - "Number of reported deaths [generally, according to national (U.S.A.) news headlines] from natural disasters [not all illustrated this timeline] in 2009: at least 2,720." [D.R.D.]

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