Saturday, December 15, 2012

Obama will name John Kerry to replace Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State

Obama will name John Kerry to replace Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State: news report 
Kerry, who was rumored to be Clinton's choice to follow her to the State Department, currently chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.


SATURDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2012, 10:56 AM


Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts is now believed to be President Obama’s pick to replace Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State.

 President Obama has chosen Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) to succeed Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State, according to a report.

Obama will announce his choice of Kerry in the coming weeks, the Chicago Sun-Times reported, citing a source.

The White House has not confirmed the selection.

It is widely known that Kerry was interested in the job, and the former presidential nominee emerged as the clear favorite after another contender, UN Ambassador Susan Rice, withdrew from consideration last week.

Rice, who many believe was Obama's first choice, backed out before facing a contentious confirmation battle. Several key Republicans vowed to fight her selection, believing that she misled Congress and the American public about the investigation into September's deadly attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

Rice is expected to stay in her current post and may eventually take another position — perhaps national security adviser — within the administration.

Kerry, who is rumored to be Clinton's choice to follow her to the State Department, is widely respected on the international stage and currently chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

His spot on the prestigious committee will be filled by Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), according to the Sun-Times.

Kerry's looming departure from the Senate could trigger a fascinating political battle in Massachusetts. It is widely expected that Republican Scott Brown, who lost his own Senate seat to Elizabeth Warren last month, would run in a special election to fill Kerry's vacant seat.

Hillary Clinton recovering after fainting,
suffering a concussion

Kevin Lamarque / Reuters, file photo. U.S. Secretary of 
State Hillary Clinton came down with a stomach bug
earlier this week and fainted, suffering a concussion. Here
she is pictured speaking during a news conference at
Stormont Castle in Belfast, in Northern Ireland, on Dec. 7.
Hillary Clinton recovering after fainting, suffering a concussion

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton reportedly fainted from being dehydrated and suffered an apparent concussion in the incident. NBC's Andrea Mitchell reports.
By NBC News staff

Updated at 2:50 p.m. ET: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton fainted days ago and suffered a concussion after becoming dehydrated because of a stomach virus, the State Department said Saturday.

"She has been recovering at home and will continue to be monitored regularly by her doctors. At their recommendation, she will continue to work from home next week, staying in regular contact with Department and other officials," the State Department said in a statement.

State Department officials said Clinton, 65, fainted earlier this week, although they would not specify when the incident occurred.

NBC’s chief medical editor Dr. Nancy Snyderman said Clinton’s exhausting schedule could have made her susceptible to fainting. Clinton is known for her grueling travel schedule and has earned the distinction of being the secretary of state who has traveled the most.

“If a patient has been logging millions of miles a year and is tired and not eating or drinking the right things in a couple of days, a shift in blood volume can cause fainting,” Snyderman said.
This isn’t the first time Clinton passed out after having a stomach bug. As a U.S. senator representing New York, Clinton fainted in 2005 during a speech in Buffalo after complaining of a stomach virus.

A history of fainting could indicate underlying heart problems, Snyderman said, specifically “that the heart is not pumping correctly.”

“Heart valve or thyroid issues can be more common in older women,” Snyderman explained. “The standard protocol would be to have a cardiac workout to make sure her heart rhythm and heart valves are normal. You worry about the heart not beating correctly. That’s a very simple thing to check.”

She said that given Clinton’s past fainting episode, her doctors would likely put her through a cardiac stress test.

The concussion will have doctors “watching her like a hawk,” Snyderman said, particularly if Clinton hit the side of her head. If Clinton hit the back of her head, her brain would be better protected, she said.

Clinton canceled a trip to Morocco earlier in the week because she wasn't feeling well, according to New York Magazine. She was scheduled to be in Morocco to officially recognize the Syrian rebels who have been engaged for nearly two years in an armed battle against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime.

British Columbia Company Says
It's Crafting Cloak Of Invisibility

B.C. company says it's crafting cloak of invisibility
Global News: Thursday, December 13, 2012 7:00 PM

Imagine if you could just wrap a piece of fabric around you – and you became invisible.

It may sound like something out of a Harry Potter movie, but a Maple Ridge, B.C. company is hoping to make this idea a reality.

Hyperstealth Biotechnology is in the midst of manufacturing a material using light-bending technology, branded "Quantum Stealth."

"This is something they could actually fold up in their pocket, and bring it out when they need it. Or they could actually make it into their uniform," company president and CEO Guy Cramer tells Global BC reporter Ted Chernecki.

The fabric, which works 360 degrees, "doesn't operate on a power source, it doesn't use cameras, it doesn't use mirrors, and there's no instruction manual for it. Put it on and it works."

It's not expensive or heavy either, according to Cramer, who says a two-pound cloak will wrap up a soldier, and make him or her under wraps.

Cramer says the fabric can render someone invisible by bending light waves around him or her. And it also removes the ability for thermal and infrared (night vision) sensors to detect the person.

Even the person's shadow will mostly disappear - with only five per cent remaining.

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