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Attorney Orly Taitz talks to Roberts, who agrees to read Obama-birth docs
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U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts
A California attorney lobbying the U.S. Supreme Court for a review of Barack Obama's qualifications to be president confronted the chief justice yesterday with legal briefs and a WND petition bearing names of over 325,000 people asking the court to rule on whether or not the sitting president fulfills the Constitution's "natural-born citizen" clause.
According to Orly Taitz, the attorney who confronted Chief Justice John Roberts at a lecture at the University of Idaho, the judge promised before the gathered crowd that he would, indeed, read and review the briefs and petition.
"I addressed him in front of 800 people in the audience," Taitz told WND, "including university officials, the president of the Idaho State Bar and the chief justice of the Supreme Court of Idaho, and in front of all them, [Roberts] promised to read my papers."
Roberts was lecturing on Abraham Lincoln to approximately 1,200 attendees of the annual Bellwood Memorial Lecture Series at the Moscow, Idaho, university. Roberts has been chief justice of the Supreme Court since his nomination by President George W. Bush and subsequent confirmation in 2005.
Earlier in the week, Taitz confronted Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who told her the issue of Obama's eligibility, which has been raised before the Supreme Court at least four times but has yet to be given a single hearing, still lacked the votes of the required four justices in conference before it would be officially heard.
Taitz said, "I told Scalia that I was an attorney that filed Lightfoot v. Bowen that Chief Justice Roberts distributed for conference on Jan. 23 and now I represent nine state reps and 120 military officers, many of them high ranked, and I want to know if they will hear Quo Warranto and if they would hear it on original jurisdiction, if I bring Hawaii as an additional defendant to unseal the records and ascertain Obama's legitimacy for presidency."
The legal phrase Quo Warranto essentially means an explanation is being demanded for what authority Obama is using to act as president. An online constitutional resource says Quo Warranto "affords the only judicial remedy for violations of the Constitution by public officials and agents."
Where's the proof Barack Obama was born in the U.S. or that he fulfills the "natural-born American" clause in the Constitution? If you still want to see it, join more than 325,000 others and sign up now!
"Tell me what to do, what can I do?" Taitz reports asking Scalia. "Those soldiers [her plaintiffs] can be court-martialed for asking a legitimate question, who is the president, is he legitimate?"
She says Scalia responded, "Bring the case, I'll hear it, I don't know about others."
In Idaho, Taitz obtained the promise of one of the others, the chief justice, that he would read through the eligibility challenge, including the petition brought by WND readers.
France to help develop Saudi, Egyptian, Gulf nuclear programs
DEBKAfile Special Report
March 14, 2009, 7:54 AM (GMT+02:00)
French nuclear giant offers stake to Arab interests
France has injected fresh momentum into the Middle East nuclear race by inviting Gulf nations to take a minority stake in the French nuclear giant Areva (CEPFi.PA), DEBKAfile's military sources report.
After a meeting with French president Nicolas Sarkozy Friday, March 13, the emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Jaber Moubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, said the two leaders discussed the possible purchase of French military materiel and the issue of energy and nuclear reactors. He also referred to Kuwait and other Gulf countries taking a one-to-five percent stake in the world's biggest builder of nuclear reactors.
Paris has a separate deal with Egypt.
The cash-strapped Areva is 90-percent state-owned. Investment from partners in the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia could also help Areva strengthen its standing in a region that is interested in developing nuclear energy
Areva is the only nuclear concern dealing with all aspects of nuclear energy production - from uranium mining and its enrichment to the recycling nuclear waste. The US is represented on its board of directors by AREVA Inc.
The Bush administration signed contracts for building nuclear power-generating industries with Saudi Arabia (Dec. 2, 2008) and the United Arab Emirates (Jan. 15, 2009). Our Middle East sources report that the proposed Arab stake in the French corporation came up in US president Barack Obama's conversation with Saudi King Abdullah Friday ahead of OPEC's weekend conference. He presumably asked how the French connection fitted in with these contracts.
DEBKAfile: Potential Gulf involvement in the French nuclear industry has four key aspects:
1. A one-to-five percent stake may only be the starter for more substantial control.
2. Paris is ready to open its international nuclear establishment for Arab interests to come in by the front door.
3. The Gulf states can be expected to use this access to win a dominant role in the world's two leading energy markets – oil and nuclear power.
4. They can also use their access to advanced nuclear technology for creating the infrastructure for developing a military nuclear industry to rival Iran's. According to DEBKAfile's military sources, Saudi Arabia's weapons program is already a lot more advanced that officially admitted.
Right after Washington signed its nuclear contracts with Saudi Arabia and the UAR, an official in region remarked: "The clear message to Iran is: If Tehran insists on pursuing its nuclear program, we the Arab countries in the region are going to have one, too although without enrichment."
ISAIAH CHAPTER 30 (written 700 years before the Christian era)
כה וְהָיָה עַל-כָּל-הַר גָּבֹהַּ, וְעַל כָּל-גִּבְעָה נִשָּׂאָה, פְּלָגִים, יִבְלֵי-מָיִם--בְּיוֹם הֶרֶג רָב, בִּנְפֹל מִגְדָּלִים. 25 And there shall be upon every lofty mountain, and upon every high hill streams and watercourses, in the day of the great slaughter, when the towers fall.
AGENDA = DISARM AMERICA
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Jersey City & North Bergen, NJ -- Within the last week, at least two sets of "Emergency Warning Sirens" have been installed along Kennedy Blvd; one in front of the Columbia Park Shopping Center at 31st St and Kennedy Blvd my home town of North Bergen, another 2 miles farther south at Graham St. and Kennedy Blvd. in Jersey City.
Democrats draw up plan for second stimulus bill
Democrats in the US Congress are drawing up plans for a second stimulus bill amid fears the first $787 billion package was not big enough to kick start the US economy.
Royal Navy's new warships will take to the seas... without protection from air attack
The Royal Navy's latest warships will take to the seas without cover against enemy aircraft, a report says today.
The Type 45 destroyers will also enter service at least two years late and £1.5billion over budget.
The delays mean British sailors are having to make do with outdated vessels designed for the Cold War.........................................................................................................................................................................
Sacramento tent city is just one of dozens in an ailing America
Judge throws out complaint brought on behalf of Keyes
Posted: March 13, 2009
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By Bob Unruh
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A California court has ruled that apparently anyone can run for president on the California ballot – whether or not they are eligible under the Constitution of the United States.
"Secretary of State Debra Bowen contends that there is no basis for mandamus relief because the Secretary of State has no 'ministerial duty' to demand detailed proof of citizenship from presidential candidates," said Judge Michael P. Kenny. "The court finds this argument persuasive."
His opinion threw out a case raising questions over President Barack Obama's eligibility that had been brought by Gary Kreep of the United States Justice Foundation on behalf of Ambassador Alan Keyes, a 2008 presidential candidate, and others.
That even though, as WND has reported, California in the past has exercised the authority to determine whether presidential candidates are qualified, and remove them from the ballot if they are not.
I HAVE DECIDED TO WRITE MORE ABOUT MY RELIGIOUS BELIEFS THAN IN PREVIOUS COMMENTARIES BECAUSE I FEEL THAT THE WRATH AND SEVERITY OF G-D'S PUNISHMENT ON THIS ENTIRE WORLD IS GOING TO BE NOTHING LIKE WE HAVE EVER SEEN BEFORE.
I NEVER TELL ANYONE WHAT TO BELIEVE BY WAY OF RELIGION BUT MY LIFE HAS ONLY BEEN GUIDED BY THE OLD TESTAMENT AND I KNOW VERY LITTLE OF THE NEW TESTAMENT. I OWN MANY BIBLES IN ENGLISH AND IN HEBREW AS WELL AS THE KING JAMES VERSION AND A NUMBER OF MASONIC BIBLES.
I READ THEM ALL BUT MY GUIDE THROUGH OUT MY LIFE HAS ALWAYS BEEN MY VERY OLD HEBREW BOOK THAT IS FALLING APART, I HAVE MARKED PAGE AFTER PAGE AFTER PAGE WITH NOTES AND POST ITS. I HAVE UNDERSTOOD FOR YEARS AND YEARS THAT THIS POINT IN TIME WAS COMING, BUT I COULD NEVER PUT A DATE ON OUR EXACT DEMISE.
THE G-D OF ABRAHAM AND ISAAC AND JACOB AND MOSES HAS HAD ENOUGH OF THE TREACHERY AND NOW HE IS GOING TO EXACT REVENGE ON HIS ADVERSARIES WITH OUT MERCY AND G-D HAS ABSOLUTELY NO RULES OF ENGAGEMENT LIKE THE FOOLS THAT RUN OUR MILITARY.
BEFORE I FELL ASLEEP LAST NIGHT I HAD THOUGHT ABOUT THIS COMMENTARY AND WHAT IT SHOULD SAY, I AM NOT EDUCATED IN SCHOOL LIKE MANY OF YOU BUY I HAVE KNOWLEDGE OF A DIFFERENT KIND. MY KNOWLEDGE HAS COME FROM A SOURCE THAT I CAN NOT EXPLAIN.
I READ CERTAIN SCRIPTURES EVERY NIGHT, I DO NOT NECESSARILY NEED A BOOK TO DO THIS BUT I KNOW WHAT TO READ AND HOW CLOSE WE ALL ARE TO TOTAL CHAOS WORLD WIDE AND THAT NO MAN OR WOMAN COULD HAVE CREATED THIS MESS TO THIS DEGREE SO RAPIDLY.
ONLY A DEITY COULD HAVE THE POWER TO HAVE DONE THIS AND THIS DIVINE POWER HAS INTENTIONALLY PUT ALL THESE CLOWNS IN OFFICE AROUND THE GLOBE FOR COMPLETE AND UTTER DESTRUCTION. G-D IS ABOUT TO TEACH HIS CHILDREN THE LESSON OF THEIR LIFE.
WHEN THESE POLITICIANS THINK THEY ARE UNTOUCHABLE AND ARE FREE FROM ALL PROSECUTION HERE WILL COME JUSTICE AND FINALLY TEACH THEM THE HUMILITY THEY NEVER DID UNDERSTAND. AT THIS POINT IN TIME G-D WILL HAVE NO MERCY ON THE WICKED.
YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BELIEVE ONE WORD THAT I SAY, ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS WAIT AND SEE FOR YOUR SELF IF YOU SURVIVE. THE MORE SOME OF THESE THIEVES GET AND HAVE THE MORE THEY WANT BUT THEY CAN NOT TAKE IT WITH THEM TO THE OTHER SIDE.
THE NEXT TIME THAT YOU SEE A FUNERAL PROCESSION OF A VERY WEALTHY PERSON, I WANT YOU TO LOOK FOR THE ARMORED CAR CARRYING THAT PERSONS JEWELS AND MONEY AND STOCKS AND VALUABLES TO HIS OR HER GRAVE TO BE BURIED WITH HIM OR HER. PLEASE LET ME KNOW WHEN YOU SEE THIS.
MY LIFE HAS BEEN VERY DIFFICULT BUT I HAVE NEVER LOST FAITH OR BLAMED MY G-D, I HAVE ALWAYS BLESSED HIM FOR THE GOOD THINGS AND HE HAS REWARDED ME IN WAYS THAT I CAN NOT SAY.
THE FOOLS OF THIS WORLD ARE ABOUT TO LEARN A VERY TERRIBLE LESSON THAT THEY WILL NEVER RECOVER FROM IN THIS WORLD. HEAVEN IS HERE ON EARTH BUT YOU CAN NOT SEE IT, ITS ONLY FOR THE RIGHTEOUS AND IN ANOTHER DIMENSION. LIKE A PARALLEL UNIVERSE.
I SUGGEST THAT YOU START TO THINK ABOUT PRAYER BECAUSE WITHOUT SINCERE BELIEF YOU REALLY HAVE NOTHING. MORE THINGS ARE ACHIEVED THROUGH PRAYER THAN THIS WORLD DREAMS OF.
THE POLITICAL SMART KNOW IT ALL PLAYERS THAT THINK THEY HAVE TAKEN ALL OF US ALL TO THE CLEANERS AND DEFIED THEIR G-D ARE ABOUT TO BE TAUGHT WHAT HUMBLE MEANS. JUST ASK BERNIE MADOFF AND PEOPLE LIKE HIM, BECAUSE THAT IS JUST A DROP IN THE BUCKET.
RIGHT NOW ALL THIS STIMULUS MONEY IS LIKE PUTTING WATER IN A PAIL WITH NO BOTTOM.
HAVE A BETTER DAY.
ISAIAH CHAPTER 44 - VERSE 6
ו כֹּה-אָמַר יְהוָה מֶלֶךְ-יִשְׂרָאֵל וְגֹאֲלוֹ, יְהוָה צְבָאוֹת: אֲנִי רִאשׁוֹן וַאֲנִי אַחֲרוֹן, וּמִבַּלְעָדַי אֵין אֱלֹהִים. 6 Thus saith the LORD, the King of Israel, and his Redeemer the LORD of hosts: I am the first, and I am the last, and beside Me there is no God.
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Representative files law requiring candidates show birth certificate
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U.S. Rep. Bill Posey, R-Fla.
A freshman representative has introduced a bill to the U.S. Congress that would require presidential candidates to provide a birth certificate and other documents to prove their eligibility to occupy the Oval Office.
Rep. Bill Posey, R-Fla., filed H.R. 1503, an amendment to the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971, which increased required campaign fund disclosure and was later amended to establish the Federal Elections Commission.
According to the Library of Congress' bill-tracking website, H.R. 1503 would "require the principal campaign committee of a candidate for election to the office of president to include with the committee's statement of organization a copy of the candidate's birth certificate, together with such other documentation as may be necessary to establish that the candidate meets the qualifications for eligibility to the Office of President under the Constitution."
Sales of guns, ammo still high
One shop says the "hoarding" of ammunition since Obama's election has created a shortage.
A Ruger .380, a popular concealed-carry weapon, is seen Thursday with .380 (left), 9 mm, .45 and .40 caliber cartridges. The gun sells for $329. SHERRY BROWN/Tulsa World
By KELLY BOSTIAN World Outdoors Writer
Published: 3/13/2009 3:28 AM
Last Modified: 3/13/2009 11:09 AM
Correction: This story originally reported the wrong years when comparing the number of permit applications. The cutline incorrectly identified the .40 and .45 caliber bullets. The story and cutline have been corrected.
Four months after the election of President Barack Obama, firearms and ammunition sales in Tulsa remain at a fever pitch.
Popular self-protection ammunition is often sold out at local stores, weapons are flying off shelves and the state reports an 87 percent increase in concealed carry permit applications for February 2008 over February 2009.
"People are hoarding. They're creating a shortage," Jim Prall at Sports World on 41st Street said of ammunition sales. "We've sold more ammunition in the last three months than we sold last year."
Gun sales spiked in November with the election of Barack Obama and Democrats adding to their majority in Congress. But local gun dealers say the spike is turning into a steady climb with political worries about gun rights as well as worries about the economy and potential for increased crime.
Prall said his store planned ahead for the increase, having seen a similar spike after Bill Clinton was elected, but the previous jump in sales pales in comparison to what's happening now.
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Date: Mon, 9 Mar 2009 10:10:
Subject: Shocking News - Veterans Charities
Americans gave millions of dollars in the past year to veterans charities
designed to help troops wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan, but several of
the groups spent relatively little money on the wounded, according to a
leading watchdog organization and federal tax filings.
than a third of the money raised to the causes they champion, far below
the recommended standard, the American Institute of Philanthropy says
in a report. One group passed along 1 cent for every dollar raised, the
report says. Another paid its founder and his wife a combined $540,000
in compensation and benefits last year, a Washington Post analysis of tax
Purple Heart Service Foundation, based in Annandale, said the cost of
fundraising limits how much his group can spend on charitable causes.
'Do you have any idea how much money it costs to advertise? It's
unbelievable the amount of money it takes to advertise in the print and
electronic media,' he said. 'I'm very proud of what we do, and we certainly
do look after everybody.. The point is we do the right thing by veterans.'
Borochoff said many veterans charities are 'woefully inefficient, ' spending
large sums on costly direct-mail advertising. 'They over solicit. They
love to send out a lot of trinkets and stickers and greeting cards and flags
and things that waste a lot of money that they get little return on,'
said Borochoff, who plans to testify before Congress today.
reviewed and D's to eight. Five were awarded A-pluses, including the
Fisher House Foundation in Rockville, which the institute says directs more
than 90 percent of its income to charitable causes.
Jim Weiskopf, spokesman for Fisher House, said the charity does not use
direct-mail advertising. 'As soon as you do direct mail, your fundraising
expenses go up astronomically, ' he said.
One egregious example, Borochoff said, is Help Hospitalized Veterans, which
was founded in 1971 by Roger Chapin, a veteran of the Army Finance Corps
and a San Diego real estate developer. The charity, which provides
arts and crafts kits to hospitalized veterans, reported income of $71.3
last year and spent about one-third of that money on charitable work, the
philanthropy institute said.
In its tax filings, Help Hospitalized Veterans reported paying more than
$4 million to direct-mail fundraising consultants. The group also has run
television advertisements featuring actor Sam Waterston, game show host
Pat Sajak and other celebrities.
Bennett Weiner, chief operating officer of the Better Business Bureau, said
the agency has 20 standards for reviewing charities, including that a
fundraising and overhead costs not exceed 35 percent of total contributions.
The American Institute of Philanthropy, a leading charity watchdog, issued
a report card this month for 29 veterans and military charities. Letter
were based largely on the charities' fundraising costs and the percentage of
money raised that was spent on charitable activities. The charities that
received failing grades are in bold type.
Air Force Aid Society (A+)
American Ex-Prisoners of War Service Foundation (F)
American Veterans Coalition (F)
American Veterans Relief Foundation (F)
AMVETS National Service Foundation (F)
Armed Services YMCA of the USA (A-)
Army Emergency Relief (A+)
Blinded Veterans Association (D)
Disabled American Veterans (D)
Disabled Veterans Association (F)
Fisher House Foundation (A+)
Freedom Alliance (F)
Help Hospitalized Veterans/Coalition to Salute America's Heroes (F)
Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund (A+)
Military Order of the Purple Heart Service Foundation (F)
National Military Family Association (A)
National Veterans Services Fund (F)
National Vietnam Veterans Committee (D)
Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (A+)
NCOA National Defense Foundation (F)
Paralyzed Veterans of America (F)
Soldiers' Angels (D)
United Spinal Association' s Wounded Warrior Project (D)
USO (United Service Organization) (C+)
Veterans of Foreign Wars and Foundation (C-)
Veterans of the Vietnam War & the Veterans Coalition (D)
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (D)
VietNow National Headquarters (F)
World War II Veterans Committee (D)
Rear Admiral [Ret.] James J. Carey
Direct Line: 703-971-3220 / Fax: 703-995-0655
Personal Web Site: www.JamesJCarey.us
Foundation Web Site: www.AdmiralCareyFoundation.org
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PETER SCHIFF - ECONOMY UPDATE - MARCH 12, 2009
Half of Americans Are Two Paychecks Away from Hardship
With unemployment on the march, Julia Rodgers, a mortgage advisor with the National Community Reinvestment Coalition, told me last week that homeowners should have at least three months of
Stun guns have been limited, since their birth, by the length of their wires and barbs. But that may be about to change. Taser International is about to roll out its new, wireless weapon in Chicago on Monday. It's a shocking projectile, fired from a 12-gauge shotgun, called the XREP. And if it lives up to the considerable hype, the XREP (and its many, many competitors) could be qualitatively different from any less-lethal weapon we've seen before; the projectiles could require new tactics and maybe new laws.
Taser's XREP will be the first out of the box, with the weapon being released for field testing starting this fall for 6-12 months followed by full production in 2008.We already know that the projectile weights just 14 grams (half an ounce), is less than .1 cubic inches and has a range of at least thirty meters. Its effects are similar to the latest Taser, the X26 – it will bring down anyone instantly, however tough, fanatical or drugged-up. It features "groundbreaking flight stabilization and microprocessor-controlled intelligent electrode selection technologies." And it was developed for military use with funding from the Office of Naval Research, with the largest contract in the company's history. According to a press release.
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After only two months in office, President Obama may have fallen short on a number of his campaign promises.
As a candidate, he promised to allow public comment before signing bills, eliminate capital gains taxes for small businesses, provide tax credits to businesses for hiring new employees, allow Americans to withdraw funds from 401(k) and retirement accounts without penalties, ban lobbyists from serving in his
However, after giving his word to the American people on so many issues, Obama has yet to fulfill many commitments.
WND has compiled the following extensive list of those abandoned promises:
Broken promise No. 1: 'Sunlight Before Signing'
When Obama campaigned for the Democratic presidential nomination in Manchester, N.H., on June 22, 2007, he announced his "Sunlight Before Signing" promise.
"When there is a bill that ends up on my desk as the president, you the public will have five days to look online and find out what's in it before I sign it," he said.
He repeated that promise on his campaign website:
"Too often bills are rushed through Congress and to the president before the public has the opportunity to review them. As president, Obama will not sign any non-emergency bill without giving the American public an opportunity to review and comment on the White House
However, Obama signed his first bill, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration Act, on Jan. 20 – only two days after its passage.
He signed a second bill expanding the State Children's Health Insurance Program just three hours after Congress passed it.
Again, on Feb. 17, Obama signed his 1,000-page $787 billion stimulus aimed at jolting the declining U.S. economy. He did so only one business day after it passed through Congress – without allowing for five days of public comment.
Broken promise No. 2: Capital gains tax elimination
According to his comprehensive tax plan released during his campaign, Obama promised to "eliminate capital gains taxes for small businesses."
Just weeks prior to the election, Obama advisers Austan Goolsbee and Jason Furman told the Wall Street Journal that Obama planned tax cuts that included "the elimination of capital gains taxes for small businesses and start-ups."
People who invest in small businesses have only been allowed to exclude 50 percent of that gain from capital gains taxes. While Obama's $787 billion economic-stimulus package reduces that tax liability – raising the exclusion to 75 percent – it does not eliminate it.
Broken promise No. 3: New American jobs tax credit
During his transition, Obama's promised to provide a $3,000 refundable tax credit to existing businesses for every additional full-time U.S. employee hired in 2009 and 2010.
"If a company that currently has 10 U.S. employees increases its domestic full time employment to 20 employees, this company would get a $30,000 tax credit – enough to offset the entire added payroll tax costs to the company for the first $50,000 of income for the new employees," the transition website stated. "The tax credit will benefit all companies creating net new jobs, even those struggling to make a profit."
Obama's promise was never included in the stimulus package.
Broken promise No. 4: Hiatus on 401(k) penalties
Many unemployed and financially strapped Americans have considered early withdrawals on 401(k) and retirement accounts to survive the current recession. However, the IRS imposes strict penalties of up to 10 percent plus federal, state and local income taxes on such advances.
Workers who have taken $10,000 in early withdrawals from retirement plans have lost as much as 40 percent to taxes and penalties, depending upon tax brackets.
In October 2008, Obama released his "Rescue Plan for the Middle-Class" in which he promised to allow financially distressed Americans to withdraw up to $10,000 from their 401(k) accounts and retirement savings without having to pay penalties. They would only pay income taxes on the amount.
"Since so many Americans will be struggling to pay the bills over the next year, I propose that we allow every family to withdraw up to 15% from their IRA or 401(k) – up to a maximum of $10,000 – without any fine or penalty throughout 2009," Obama said. "This will help families get through this crisis without being forced to make painful choices like selling their homes or not sending their kids to college."
However, Obama's promise was never included in his recent stimulus package.
Scientists develop mobile phone battery that can be charged in just 10 seconds
By David Derbyshire
Last updated at 7:31 PM on 11th March 2009
Thing of the past? The new mobile phone batteries will be recharged in just 10 seconds
A revolutionary mobile phone battery that recharges in 10 seconds instead of several hours has been created by scientists.
The new device charges 100 times as fast as a conventional battery and could also be used in phones, laptops, iPods and digital cameras within just two or three years, they say.
The same technology could even allow an electric car to be charged up in the same time that it takes to fill a conventional car with petrol - removing one of the biggest obstacles to green, clean motoring.
The quick-charge battery is the brainchild of engineers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
The MIT team say their invention uses materials already available to battery manufacturers and would be simple to mass produce.
The invention is based on conventional lithium ion rechargeable batteries found in most cameras, phones and portable computers.
Lithium ion batteries are used in portable gadgets because they store a large amount of energy in a small space.
However, they are also relatively slow at recharging - which can be a nuisance for anyone who forgets to charge up their phone overnight.
Dr Gerbrand Cedar, who devised the new battery, said: 'Electric car batteries have a lot of energy so you can drive at 55mph for a long time, but the power is low. You can't accelerate quickly.'
Dr Cedar and colleagues have now found a way of speeding up this process, the science journal Nature reports.
Conventional lithium ion batteries contain two electrodes - one made from lithium and one from carbon - submerged in a liquid or paste called an electrolyte.
When a battery is being charged up, ions - or positively charged atoms - flow from the lithium electrode to the carbon one. When a battery is discharging, the ions flow the other way.
The new battery could also work with rechargeable cars
Charging up or discharging a battery is slow because it takes time to 'detach' the ions from one electrode and absorb them into the other.
The researchers took a conventional electrode made from lithium iron phosphate and altered its surface structure so that ions were released and absorbed 100 times more quickly than normal.
A prototype made using the new technique could be fully charged or discharged in just 10 to 20 seconds. A similar sized ordinary battery takes six minutes to charge.
Unlike other battery materials, the new material does not degrade when repeatedly charged and recharged. That could lead to faster batteries lasting between two or three years, they said.
'The ability to charge and discharge batteries in a matter of seconds rather than hours may open up new technological applications and induce lifestyle changes,' Dr Ceder said.
The technology could also usher in a new generation of smaller, lighter batteries that allow phones and handheld batteries to be the size of credit cards.
Although the invention will be popular with owners of electronic portable gadgets - who will no longer need to remember to keep them charged up overnight - it could also usher in a new era of electric cars.
Bigger batteries for plug in electric cars could charge in just five minutes - compared with about eight hours for existing batteries.
US government executive assassination ring reported directly to Vice President Dick Cheney during US Bush Jnr Presidency 2001-2009
The US Joint Special Operations Command has been running extra-legal operations. A special wing of the US special operations community is set up independently. They do not report to anybody, except in the Bush-Cheney days, they reported directly to the Cheney office. Congress has no oversight of the illegal activities. It’s an executive assassination ring. Under President Bush’s authority, they’ve been going into countries, not talking to the ambassador or the CIA station chief, and finding people on a list and executing them and leaving. British scientist, Professor David Kelly, may have been one of their executed victims in 2003. More about David Kelly's execution by theatrical suicide here.