Hackers Implant False Tweet on IDF Site Warning of Nuclear Leak

The Israel Defense Forces confirmed to the Jerusalem Post early Friday morning that its social networking account was hacked Thursday night and that false tweets were implanted on the site. One tweet read: “Possible nuclear leak in the region after 2 rockets hit Dimona nuclear facility.” 

Once the IDF noticed the tweet, the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit removed it immediately. 

Earlier Thursday, terrorists from Gaza fired roughly forty rockets into Israel, but none hit the Dimona nuclear research facility.

Following the false tweet, the IDF tweeted an apology to those who might have been unnerved. Their tweet read: “We apologize for the incorrect tweets. Our twitter account was compromised. We will combat terror on all fronts including the cyber dimension.”

The Syrian Electronic Army, which is a pro-Bashar Hafez al-Assad computer hackers’ group, claimed it was responsible for the false tweet. The group posted its claim on its own website along with the false tweet that had been implanted. Another tweet on their website read, “The whole ‘Israeli army’ propaganda was hacked by the Syrian Electronic Army.”

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Germany Coerced into Adopting Its First Minimum Wage

German lawmakers on July 3rd approved the introduction of the country’s first national minimum wage of $11.75 per hour. For the last decade, Germany’s greater “labor flexibility” allowed its economy to flourish, while most of the other European Union members’ economies stagnated. Rather than embracing the policies that helped Germany succeed, other EU members have forced Germany to conform to the failed labor policies of many of its EU neighbors.

Germany was called the “sick man of Europe” in 2003. Approximately 4 million or 11.6% of its 34.5 million workforce was unemployed and on public assistance. Rather than join the chorus of defeat, Prime Minister Gerhard Schroeder of the German Social Democratic Party (SPD) unveiled a package of reforms that he called Agenda 2010.

The key elements of the reform package included the following: 1) expansion of flexible forms of employment such as temporary work, fixed-term contracts, and small-scale employment, referred to as “mini jobs;” 2) restrictions on welfare benefits for the unemployed; 3) providing incentives for the unemployed to accept part-time jobs; and 4) encouraging higher labor force participation for women and older persons.

The SPD until 2003 was known for promoting social values such as collective bargaining, workers’ rights, and the expansion of state benefits. However, Schroeder declared “We [Germany] will have to curtail the work of the state, encourage more individual responsibility, and require greater individual performance from each person. Every group in the society will have to contribute its share.”

Despite fierce domestic opposition from labor groups that saw reform as abandonment of social progress and Christian Democratic Union opposition leader Angela Merkel who derided reform as unambitious, nearly 90% of the ruling SPD Party members approved Agenda 2010 in June 2003. The effort to pass Agenda 2010 redefined the SPD from the servant of labor unions to the party of economic reform.

The practical impact of Agenda 2010 was to make Germany’s labor market much more flexible than its EU competitors. Making it easier for small businesses to fire employees lowered their risk of hiring them. Limiting unemployment benefits to one year, or 18 months for those older than 55, made workers less picky about the jobs they took.

By 2007, German growth had tripled to about a 1.5% rate, and unemployment fell from 11.6% to 8.5%. As the Great Recession drove unemployment up in the U.S. from 4.6% in 2007 to 9.0% in 2011, German unemployment fell to 7.1%. The unemployment rate continued to fall and is now at 5.1%. Even more impressive, German youth unemployment stands at 7.9% versus French youth unemployment which has risen to 23.1%.

Labor reforms have allowed Germany to become so internationally competitive that, since passage of Agenda 2010 in 2003, annual German exports rose from about $500 billion to $1.3 trillion. That compares to neighboring France where exports only grew by 25% to about $450 billion during the same period.

Germany’s success should have caused other EU countries, such as France and Italy, to change their inflexible labor laws. Instead, its neighbors demand that Germany conform to less labor flexibility by passing a minimum wage of $11.75.

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Bolivian President Evo Morales Admits to Having Drunk Own Urine as Medicine

Bolivian President Evo Morales has begun a campaign to eliminate the indigenous Bolivian tradition of using urine to cure coughs and other mild diseases, admitting in a public statement that he had often used urine to cure himself in his youth at the behest of a local doctor.

“I was raised in the fields, and I cured myself with urine,” Morales stated at a public event to provide the town of Cochabamba with more modern medical equipment. “I grew up in the fields consuming lampaya and wira-wira to cure cough and, I lament to say, urine. When some doctor told me ‘drink urine, it is good,’ I would cure myself with urine, drinking urine,” he explained. “That was my medicine, we are from that family.” Morales, the first ethnically indigenous president of Bolivia, has long used his roots to reach out to rural indigenous Bolivians who have long felt alienated by the politics of La Paz.

Morales hosted the event in Cochabamba to promote the use of scientifically sanctioned medicine in indigenous areas, where such technology is often little known or rejected. The president gingerly suggested to the indigenous doctors of the region to, “with much respect, we must combine tradition medicine with science,” urging local doctors not to, among other things, encourage residents to drink urine. “There are still mothers today who cure their children with urine – it hurts, but it is true. That is the reality,” he told the crowd.

Morales has relied heavily on Cuba for many years to provide some medical aid. By 2008, over 2,000 Cuban doctors had visited and worked in the South American nation. Despite the aid from the impoverished communist Cuba, Bolivia’s medical situation is dubious at best in areas like the capital, La Paz, and critically damaged in rural areas. According to the United States embassy in the country, access to health care in rural areas is limited.

In addition to poverty issues limiting access to quality medicine, Bolivia was embroiled last year in a scandal in which individuals used false medical degrees obtained in Bolivia to practice medicine in other parts of South America. Fifteen Brazilian citizens were found to hold falsified degrees from the University of Cochabamba – fifteen confirmed cases of the alleged eighty initially brought to the attention of the authorities. Forty-one other falsified degrees allegedly conferred by other universities in Bolivia also made their way to Brazil.

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Sources: Whistleblower Forcing Out UT President

AUSTIN, Texas–Two highly placed sources say University of Texas president Bill Powers has been given a choice: resign by the end of the day July 4, or be fired next week. The order comes as a whistleblower has allegedly stepped forward with information tying Powers directly to a growing admissions scandal. The sources tell Breitbart Texas that the decision to axe Powers came early Thursday, with the ultimatum handed down by UT Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa and Board of Regents chairman Paul Foster.

A spokesman for the University of Texas told Breitbart via email that “Powers does not publicly discuss private conversations that may have occurred.”

Earlier this week, within days of an investigation being launched into allegations under-qualified students were being admitted into Texas’ flagship institution based on their political ties and relationships, the director of admissions announced she was leaving her job. This new investigation by Cigarroa comes on the heels of a cursory review by the UT System which found examples of  inappropriate swaying the admissions process at the Austin campus.

Those allegations have been at the center of an unprecedented impeachment effort — with lawmakers trying to silence the regent who first brought the problems to light. UT Regent Wallace Hall, an appointee of Gov. Rick Perry, has been under fire from Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, Speaker Straus and other lawmakers friendly with Powers. They are upset that he has been conducting an investigation into legislative clout being used to sway the admissions process and other issues with UT’s governance.

According to two sources familiar with the events, a whistleblower from within the university has stepped forward early this week with information that appears to have tipped the scales against Powers.

If Powers decides to resign, according to a source personally familiar with the unfolding situation, he would be allowed to remain on the job for several more months. Otherwise, according to Breitbart Texas’ sources, Powers would be terminated next week.

The UT Board of Regents is scheduled to meet next week. 

This would not be the first time Cigarroa has asked for Powers’ resignation. It was widely reported this spring that last summer the chancellor asked Powers to resign, only to have Powers stay put after marshaling support from a select group of moderate and liberal legislators and high-profile donors.

The UT president has had a rocky relationship with the Board of Regents, but has developed an extensive group of high-profile supporters through a public relations program known as the “Texas Coalition for Excellence in Higher Education,” which has been spearheaded by Powers loyalists. Among those behind the group is Karen Hughes, a media strategist closely aligned with House Speaker Joe Straus.

Straus’ hand-picked committee, co-chaired by his allies Dan Flynn (R-Van) and Carol Alverado (D-Houston), spent the last six months investigating Hall rather than the financial and operational abuses he uncovered. Flynn, Alverado and their committee voted last month to proceed with developing impeachment charges, saying only that Hall should not have been investigating the issues as doggedly as he had been.

Perry has stood by Hall, saying the regent “should be commended,” not impeached, for “asking tough questions, gathering facts and searching for the truth.”

Even though the House committee has been dismissive of allegations that lawmakers were bullying the admissions process, a report by the UT System found undue influence may have been at work. A second, more comprehensive, investigation was announced by Chancellor Cigarroa earlier this week.

Up until now most of the public allegations of clout abuse have centered around admissions at the UT Law School (of which Powers was once the dean), yet Cigarroa’s call for a more expansive investigation would indicate a more wide-spread problem. 

Reporter Jon Cassidy of the non-profit news site watchdog.org has also done a great deal of original investigative reporting on the law school admissions. Cassidy has found that several children and staff of legislators were admitted to the law school but took three or more times to pass the state bar exam — a highly unusual circumstance.

Calls this morning to the offices of Cigarroa and Powers were not answered.

Michael Quinn Sullivan is a contributor and founding member of the Breitbart Texas team, and is the president of Empower Texans. 

This article was updated to include comments from a UT spokesman.

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Rove: Obama ‘Looks Like He Was in a High School Locker Room Slapping His Towel Around’

On Thursday’s “On the Record” on the Fox News Channel, former Bush campaign adviser Karl Rove reacted to a recent Quinnipiac poll showing that 45 percent of voters say America would be better off if Mitt Romney had won the election.

Rove decried President Barack Obama’s rhetoric from earlier in the week as he reacted to House Speaker John Boehner’s lawsuit and suggested that conduct had been a part of the low polling.

“Liberals are getting conflicted because they had such aspirational goals for him. They wanted him to be a certain kind of leader that he has turned out to be,” Rove said. “Look, the president’s ability to be a strong and effective leader has been diminished in large part by his own decisions and his own conduct. We saw it this week when he sort of looked like he was in a high school locker room slapping his towel around when he gave those remarks at the Key Bridge in Washington, D.C., in which he sort of taunted Speaker Boehner, “Sue me,” and called the Republicans unpatriotic, said it was time for them to get some economic patriotism, and where he defined his proposal for highway funding by saying it’s not socialist, you know, it’s not unconstitutional. I mean, the president’s tone is simply wrong. And it’s not only hurt him among conservatives and moderates, but also causing some liberals to say, is this the best we can do.”

“Well, I wrote about this today in my Wall Street Journal column,” he added. “Because this is mystifying to me. Just take the IRS scandal. When it first broke, the president’s rhetoric was improper, inappropriate. He said, this is inappropriate, it shouldn’t happen, the IRS needs to be completely unbiased and neutral, and we need to get to the bottom of this. And now he is dismissing it as a phony scandal. In the meantime, he had blown it off by saying, well, it was a couple of bureaucrats in Cincinnati trying to enforce the law and I don’t see the big deal about it. He started out in the right place. He is in a wrong place today because, like in the recent FOX poll, three quarters, 76 percent of Americans believe that Lois Lerner’s emails were deliberately destroyed. So the president is sitting there saying, don’t worry about it, nothing to it, nothing at all, when three quarters of the American people think there might have been a criminal act involved. This is not helping him. And these scandals have eroded, I think, the public confidence. His job approval now is about, I think, 40 percent in the latest Gallup. And that’s a pretty big drop from where he was not too long ago.”

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