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(NOT SURPRISING BUT): Toyota to close domestic line…

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ceoworld.biz__toyota_logoSource: The Japan Times On-Line

Toyota Motor Corp. is planning its first long-term closure of a domestic assembly line as auto sales fall to their lowest level in more than 30 years.

Toyota, which cut domestic output 49 percent through June, will reduce output by about 220,000 units by shutting down the line at its Takaoka plant in Toyota, Aichi Prefecture, from the first quarter of fiscal 2010 through the second half of calendar 2011, spokeswoman Ririko Takeuchi said Wednesday.

The automaker is considering reducing its annual global production capacity by around 700,000 units from 10 million to deal with the persistent auto slump, the company said.

As part of the effort, Toyota is also studying a plan to suspend factory operations in Britain’s Derbyshire for a production cut of another 150,000 units. The automaker will soon announce the closure of New United Motor Manufacturing Inc., a California-based joint venture with General Motors Co., for an output reduction of 300,000 units.

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August 31, 2009 at 6:36 pm

(SHOCKING) READ: Macaulay Culkin is the father of Michael Jackson’s son Blanket…

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Source: Telegraph.co.uk

www.telegraph.co.uk_Michael Jackson and Macaulay Culkin at Michael Jackson's 30th Anniversary Celebration, New York in 2001_PD11400457_Macaula_1472287cThe actor is reported to have donated sperm to help the singer create his seven-year-old son Blanket, whose real name is Prince Michael II, with an unknown surrogate mum.

Friends say that Jackson, who died aged 50 at his Los Angeles home in June , is not the natural dad of Blanket, his brother Michael, 12, or their 11-year-old sister Paris. Read More

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August 31, 2009 at 4:41 pm

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(READ): America: Why So Furious?…

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cmsimg.detnews(Newser Summary) – With town halls gone mad and anti-Obama protesters toting guns, this is America’s angriest summer in recent memory, McClatchy reports. The fury of voters has deep roots, from a long history of hate groups to anti-Vietnam marches to rage against George W. Bush when he left office—but it’s only intensified under Barack Obama. Town halls “were the most visible sign of something that may be larger,” one expert says.

Fear of immigrants, terrorism, and a sinking economy are likely driving the anger, which has sparked 50 new militias and enough tax-refusnicks that the IRS created a National Tax Defier Initiative last year. Meanwhile, new technologies are quickly spreading anti-government conspiracies—like the belief that Washington is using 30,000 guillotines to harvest body parts. “In ’94, you had talk radio,” one expert says. “In ’09, you have talk radio, Fox, and the Internet.”

Drew Nelles

Source: McClatchy Newspapers

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August 31, 2009 at 4:05 pm

(SHOCKING) READ: Aussies Sorry for 10K Kids Shipped for ‘Slave Labor’…

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img.dailymail.co.uk__ChildSlavesES0404_468x307(Newser Summary) – The Australian prime minister will apologize to generations of British migrants shipped to Australia as children and subjected to abuse, hunger, and slave labor. Between the 1920s and 1960s the UK sent about 10,000 children to provide Australia with “good white stock,” but when they arrived they were put to work in state and religious institutions. “Often we were called by a number, not even a name. It’s a shameful part of Australia’s history,” said one victim.

Most of the British children shipped to Australia were told they were orphans, but in fact they were taken from their mothers as illegitimate babies—and often their parents did not know they were shipped away. The move to recognize their abuse comes after a series of inquiries. In 2004, the country’s senate reported “a litany of emotional, physical, and sexual abuse” in Australian institutions. 

Jason Farago

Source: Independent (UK)

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August 31, 2009 at 3:50 pm

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(WAR) READ: McChrystal: US Is Failing in Afghanistan…

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www.newser.com_Stanley McChrystal, the US general in charge of turning..._288587-6-20090831060818(Newser Summary) – The US military’s strategy in Afghanistan is failing, Gen. Stanley McChrystal will tell commanders in Washington today. A copy of the US commander’s remarks leaked to the BBC compares the military to a bull charging at a matador—losing strength with each individual cut. McChrystal’s report says Afghans are suffering a crisis of confidence, since their lives have not improved since 2001.

The long-awaited report says that Afghan military forces will not be ready to take the lead in peacekeeping for at least three years, and training police will take even longer. McChrystal also says the US should engage more with Taliban insurgents, estimating a 60% reduction in violence if they were found jobs. The report stops short of asking for more troops, but increased troop levels are implied—and may be made explicit in a second report to come.

Jason Farago

Sources: BBC, Reuters

 

 

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August 31, 2009 at 3:33 pm

(POLITICS) READ: Obama to Moderate Abbas-Netanyahu Meeting: Peres…

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www.newser.com_President Barack Obama, right, meets with Palestinian..._288771-6-20090831115222(Newser Summary) – President Obama will play moderator to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in a meeting at the UN before the end of next month, Israeli President Shimon Peres tells Fox News. “I think they will meet by the end of September,” he says. “President Obama will chair it, and I think that at least there is a chance that they will decide they are going to reopen negotiations.”

Of course, Peres continues, “that will not include Hamas.” The president also says “negotiations are going on” over the freezing of Israeli settlement construction in Palestine, a likely precondition for peace talks, but “there is not yet an agreement.” Still, Netanyahu is aware there “is no chance, no escape, no alternative” to restarting the peace process. “He knows he must do it,” Peres says. “It’s just not a simple proposition.”

Harry Kimball

Source: Fox News  (DNN apologizes for Newser using Fox News, but it was a good read! So sorry!) 😉

 

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August 31, 2009 at 1:33 pm

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(HEALTH) READ: Aspirin Harmful for Healthy People: Study…

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Source: Newser

www.newser.com_An employee of German chemical and drug maker Bayer..._288767-6-20090831114948(Newser Summary) – Healthy people shouldn’t be taking aspirin, according to a new study. The drug doesn’t actually reduce the risk of heart attack, as many of the “worried well” have long believed, British scientists told a medical conference, but it does nearly double the risk they’ll be hospitalized with internal bleeding. Those who’ve already suffered a heart attack, however, should keep taking their aspirin, doctors said.

“Aspirin probably leads to a minor reduction in future events but the problem is that has to be weighed against an increase in bleeding,” said one of the researchers. “Some of that bleeding can be quite serious and lead to death.” For those who’ve already had a heart attack, the risk of another episode outweighs all other concerns. Source: Daily Telegraph (UK)

Kevin Spak

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August 31, 2009 at 1:29 pm

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