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The conflicts of interest are multiplying as far as you can see -

Even acting as Vice President, Dick Cheney is still on the payroll of Halliburton, receiving up to $1 million a year (Guardian ).

International experts have proved the mark in Marion Ross's home was not left by McKie;

five colleagues of the four who insisted it was refused to support their identification;

an independent inquiry by senior police officers found evidence of criminality on the part of the SCRO.


the organisation, with no dissent from the Executive or the Crown Office,

continues to stand by its discredited experts.

It does not bode well for Scottish justice. 23.Feb.2006
Shirley McKie fingerprint case

Scottish Executive

This article:

19.Feb.2006 -Last updated-23.Feb.2006 Mystery of evolutionary growth in hominid brain size 

According to Dr. Stephen Cunnane it was a rich + secure shore-based diet that fuelled + provided the essential nutrients to make our brains what they are today.

Controversially, according to Dr. Cunnane our initial brain boost didn't happen by adaptation, but by exaptation, or chance.
11.Sep.2001 -A Half-Dozen Questions About 9/11 They Don't Want You to Ask 

Who Is Osama?

Where Did He Come From?

How Did He Escape?

What About Those Anthrax Attacks?
Readers' Tastes on 9/11 Take Radical Turn 

Alternative views on US government role evolve from "let it happen on purpose" to "inside job from start to finish."
Cover-up + conspiracy + the Lockerbie bomb connection 
Title pretty much says it all.
The Pentagon’s state-of-the-art data mining capabilities,

testified Under Secretary of Defense Stephen Cambone,

have determined

there was no information about hijacker Atta resident in U.S. databases from before 11.Sep.2001 9/11.
At least 6 million people know different.

Unfortunately they live in Germany...

Authorities will apparently not be satisfied until there's nothing left between the official story, on the one hand +

odd-ball Internet fables about alien Spiders from Mars zapping the World Trade Center

( to get it to fall, don't you know ) + the Pentagon ( because that wasn't an airplane dozens of eyewitnesses saw.)

The Washington Post’s story on last week’s Able Danger hearing even indicated that

the very idea

that the U.S. Government was aware of Atta's presence before 11,Sep.2001

was not just preposterous ...

but insensitive...

Maybe even downright evil.

It “tugged at the heartstrings of people who want to believe that the government could have done something to prevent the attack,” the Post sniffed disapprovingly.

La plus ca change.

“The administration has not only the right, but the duty, in my opinion,

to pursue Fifth Column movements,”

Graham, R-S.C.,

told Gonzales during Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on 06.Feb.2006
Bush's Mysterious 'New Programs' By Nat Parry
21.Feb.2006 Labor Camps

There also was another little-noticed item posted at the U.S. Army Web site, about the Pentagon’s Civilian Inmate Labor Program.

This program “provides Army policy + guidance for establishing civilian inmate labor programs + civilian prison camps on Army installations.”
00.000.1997 -The Army document, first drafted in-

14.Jan.2005 -underwent a “rapid action revision”

The revision provides a “template for developing agreements” between the Army + corrections facilities

for the use of civilian inmate labor on Army installations.
In a

00.000.2001 Defense Department memo that surfaced in

00.Jan.2006 the U.S. Army’s top intelligence officer wrote,

“Contrary to popular belief, there is no absolute ban on [military] intelligence components collecting U.S. person information.”

There also may be an even more extensive surveillance program.

14.Feb.2006 Former NSA employee Russell D. Tice told a congressional committee

that such a top-secret surveillance program existed,

but he said he couldn’t discuss the details without breaking classification laws.

Tice added that the “special access” surveillance program may be violating the constitutional rights of millions of Americans. [UPI, Feb.14,2006]

15.Feb.2006 The Washington Post reported that

the National Counterterrorism Center’s central repository now holds the names of 325,000 terrorist suspects,

a four-fold increase since 00.000.2003 -the fall of-.

Asked whether the names in the repository were collected through the NSA’s domestic surveillance program, an NCTC official told the Post,

“Our database includes names of known + suspected international terrorists provided by all intelligence community organizations, including NSA.”
A Defense Department document, entitled the

Strategy for Homeland Defense and Civil Support,” has set out a military strategy against terrorism that envisions an “active, layered defense” both inside + outside U.S. territory.

In the document,

the Pentagon pledges to “transform U.S. military forces to execute homeland defense missions in the … U.S. homeland.”
00.Dec.2005 NBC News
revealed the existence of a secret 400-page Pentagon document listing 1,500 “suspicious incidents” over a 10-month period,

including dozens of small antiwar demonstrations that were classified as a “threat.”
A secret Pentagon
“Information Operations Roadmap,” approved by Rumsfeld in

00.Oct.2003 calls for “full spectrum” information operations +

notes that “information intended for foreign audiences, including public diplomacy + PSYOP, increasingly is consumed by our domestic audience + vice-versa”
Noting the reputation of the Blackwater mercenaries as “some of the most feared professional killers in the world,” Scahill and Crespo said

Blackwater’s presence in New Orleans “raises alarming questions

about why the government would allow men trained to kill with impunity in places like Iraq + Afghanistan

to operate

In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the department dispatched

“ heavily armed paramilitary mercenaries from the Blackwater private security firm,

infamous for their work in Iraq, (and had them) openly patrolling the streets of New Orleans,”

reported journalists Jeremy Scahill and Daniela Crespo on Sept. 10, 2005.

U.S. Battlefield

In the view of some civil libertarians, a form of martial law already exists in the USA +

has been in place since shortly after the 11.Sep.2001 attacks when Bush issued Military Order No. 1 which empowered him to detain any non-citizen as an international terrorist or enemy combatant.

“The President decided that he was no longer running the country as a civilian President,” wrote civil rights attorney Michael Ratner in the book Guantanamo:

What the World Should Know.

“He issued a military order giving himself the power to run the country as a general.”
Given Bush’s
now open assertions that he is using his “plenary” – or unlimited – powers as Commander in Chief for the duration of the indefinite War on Terror,

Americans can no longer trust that their constitutional rights protect them from government actions.
In such extraordinary circumstances,

the American people might legitimately ask exactly what the Bush administration means by the “rapid development of new programs,”

which might require the construction of a new network of detention camps.

This week, a 520-page report from the Republican-led special House Select Committee investigating government response to Hurricane Katrina slammed the Bush Administration, in addition to Louisiana + New Orleans authorities, for a failure to protect people, despite adequate warnings days before the August 29 destruction.
23.Feb.2006 Bush's Mysterious 'New Programs' 

Not that George W. Bush needs much encouragement, but Sen. Lindsey Graham suggested to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales a new target for the administration's domestic operations - Fifth Columnists, supposedly disloyal Americans who sympathize and collaborate with the enemy.

The MadCowMorningNews today released an exclusive 19-minute video interview refuting sworn testimony given by a Pentagon official last week at the Able Danger hearing,

who said the U.S. had not identified Mohamed Atta prior to 11.Sep.2001.

Bush really did have no valid reason for invading Iraq.

American troops do break into the homes of Iraqi at night and cause terror to the families of what are frequently innocent and unsuspecting individuals.

And Howard Dean looks like a prophet considering the true state of affairs in Iraq today.

My point is that Mr. Shapiro + his ilk don't care about the truth, what they care about is eliminating opposition to Republican Party rule.

For anyone who thinks I may be making a mountain out of a molehill, stop + consider for a moment what might happen in the event of another terrorist attack on American soil.

It could happen, you know.

This is the administration that failed to take warnings about Al Queda seriously 11.Sep.2001 -before- + the one that screwed the pooch on Katrina.

As dyed in the wool Bush apologist

Tommy Franks warned back in 2003 in the event of another terrorist attack

“... the Western world, the free world, loses what it cherishes most + that is freedom and liberty we’ve seen for a couple of hundred years in this grand experiment that we call democracy.”

Indeed he went further to add that the Constitution might very well be scrapped and a military government take over.

So don't be so quick to dismiss this as just overblown rhetoric from a right wing blowhard.

The fact that conservatives are even raising the possibility of sedition laws is profoundly disturbing in light of our past history + in light of the present administration's claims to untrammeled executive authority.

We need to respond vigorously now to these audacious proposals to limit our liberty, because when the next terrorist attack (or ginned up war) occurs it will be too late.
We've seen far worse from noted right wing pundits like Ann Coulter, who suggested that someone should poison a sitting associate justice of the Supreme Court.

Yet Gore's comments, in their minds, deserve arrest and imprisonment?


Well, here's their answer to you:
23.Feb.2006 W aides' biz ties to Arab firm 
The Dubai firm that won Bush administration backing to run six U.S. ports has at least two ties to the White House.
Bush vs. Constitution: President Bush's conception of his own powers is even more dangerous than his specific abuses.

23.Feb.2006 Press Can Be Prosecuted for Having Secret Files, U.S. Says

23.Feb.2006 Former Senate chief Dole hired to lobby for Dubai port deal: "The 1996 Republican presidential candidate was "engaged" by Dubai Ports World shortly after lawmakers on both sides of the aisle began expressing their strong opposition to the deal, said Mike Galloway, an aide to the retired senator

23.Feb.2006 Truth About UAE Port Security Scandal Quietly Leaks Out: The more you read about the UAE port security scandal, the more it becomes patently obvious this is about far more than just one deal with one company or one country. The harsh reaction from the Bush administration to the proposal to rescind the deal should be a red flag.

23.Feb.2006 Chris Floyd: Ship of Fools: Free Trade Fundamentalism Trumps National Security

23.Feb.2006 Mesdames Ambassadors: Two very rich Eastside Republican donors are suddenly faces of America abroad.
23.Feb.2006 In case you missed it:
Video: Interview with Gore Vidal : I would say that, in the long run, the world will be saved American despotism by the coming bankruptcy of the country.

Now, that will have awful fallout for everybody. I don't even want to look into that crystal ball.

23.Feb.2006 Video: 911 Eyewitness :

11.Sep.2001 -What happened at the World Trade Center on- from eyewitness testimony + scientific analysis

23.Feb.2006 Australia: PM denies knowing of bribes: Prime Minister John Howard has rejected claims the government knew of kickbacks paid by AWB to Saddam Hussein's former regime in Iraq.
Reaction to Hamas victory is gift to Iran's leaders : Its regional influence fortuitously boosted by the US invasion of Iraq + the advent of a Shia-dominated government in Baghdad,

Iran's leadership is contemplating another unintended gift from Washington: the chance to become a power in Palestine.

23.Feb.2006 Olmert: Hamas is not a threat to Israel

Acting Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said on Wednesday that Hamas is not a strategic threat to the Jewish state,

even as the Islamic militant group struck a deal to receive financing from Iran.

23.Feb.2006 Fatah agrees in principle to join new Palestinian cabinet : Azzam el-Ahmad, head of Fatah movement in the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC), announced

on Wednesday that his movement agrees in principle to join the new government led by the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas).
Michel Chossudovsky: Is the Bush Adminstration Planning a Nuclear Holocaust?:

Will the US launch "Mini-nukes" against Iran in Retaliation for Tehran's "Non-compliance"?

23.Feb.2006 Iran Has No WMD — Russia’s Intelligence Chief: “We have no data that Iran has any nuclear warheads or sufficient amount of plutonium for constructing them,” he said.
Horrors of Camp Delta are exposed by British victims : "What's most shocking isn't the torture or the shackling, it's that Guantanamo Bay exists at all.

I think it should be closed down + last week the United Nations said it should be closed down."

22.Feb.2006 Reports Find Tenuous Terror Ties at Guantanamo: Amid the millions of words journalists have written about Guantanamo Bay

during the past few years, the mainstream press has largely ignored these new reports.

22.Feb.2006 Germans investigate CIA kidnap of innocent citizen :

Munich state prosecutors have launched an investigation to determine whether Germany secretly helped the CIA in the abduction of one of its citizens

who was held + tortured in a US "renditions" jail in Afghanistan after being mistaken for a terrorist suspect.

22.Feb.2006 We cannot allow torture : Europe must ensure that CIA activities here comply with human rights laws, now + in the future

22.Feb.2006 Jane Mayer: The Memo: How an internal effort to ban the abuse and torture of detainees was thwarted.
Francis Fukuyama: Neoconservatism has evolved into something I can no longer support : How did a group with such a pedigree come to decide that the "root cause" of terrorism lay in the Middle East's lack of democracy
It’s Munich In America. There Will Be No Normandy -by David Michael Green
This is it, folks. This is the scenario our Founders lost sleep over. This is the day they prepared us for.

There Are Lives in the Balance
Today is day eight of our 34-day fast for peace at the U.S. Capitol,-By Mike Ferner
No matter what any of us has done, there is something more that we can do.

If we believe this war is a criminal abomination, an ongoing atrocity in which we are each complicit, we simply must do more. Continued
War Corporatism: The New
Fascism -A Video by Simon Robson
A look at War

Corporatism, unleashed upon the world by Bush + the PNAC as stated in the

00.Sep.2000 document Rebuilding America's Defenses. Click here to view : Flash presentation
Slicing Away Liberty: 1933 Germany, 2006 America -By Bernard Weiner
I must confess that

I'm utterly baffled by the lack of sustained, organized outrage + opposition from Democratic officials +

ordinary citizens at the Bush Administration's never-ending scandals, corruptions, war-initiations +

the amassing of more + more police-state power into their hands. Continued
Report: Nearly 100 dead in US custody
US soldiers face accusations of murder in Iraq and Afghanistan -By AFP
At least 98 deaths occurred, with at least 34 of them suspected or confirmed homicides - deliberate or reckless killing - the group of US lawyers told BBC television on Tuesday.

22.Feb.2006 America Betrayed by a Moron: "Bush Unaware of Ports Deal Before Approval"
"Gag Rule: On the Suppression of Dissent and Stifling of Democracy," by Lewis Lapham, Editor of Harper's Magazine. Lapham Has Just Published a Call for Bush's Impeachment in Harper's.
Premium: "How The Pro-choice Movement Saved America: Freedom Politics and the War on Sex," by Cristina Page. It's Not Just a War on Abortion; It's a War on Sex and Women.
Administration Failed To Conduct Legally Required Investigation Before Approving UAE Port Deal 2/22

22.Feb.2006 The BuzzFlash Mailbag -- Uncensored and Unvarnished Truth from BuzzFlash Readers.
Port Security, Rove + Bush's Pre-911 Attitude -- A Guest Contribution from One Citizen
Help Stop the Bush Madness!

22.Feb.2006 Using Schwarzenegger's initiatives, some of the country's leading conservative minds hope to paint California red in 2008. 2/23
You Know You Are Still a Republican If ... - A BuzzFlash Reader Contribution

22.Feb.2006 From the Archives:

"The Central Intelligence Agency did not target Al Qaeda chief Osama bin laden

once as he had the royal family of the United Arab Emirates with him in Afghanistan,

the agency's director, George Tenet,

told the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks on the USA on Thursday."

These are the People Bush is Putting in Charge of Our Port Security.

Uh, If They Were Visiting bin Laden, Aren't They Considered Terrorists by Bush?

I Guess He's Kind of Selective About Which Oil Sheikhs Who Support bin Laden are Enabling Terrorism Against Us. 2/22

22.Feb.2006 negative reaction among the right-wing faithful was an all too predictable, classic example of the monster turning on its creator:

After years of pumping their fawning admirers full of trror and working as hard as they can to blur the distinction between regimes in the Middle East that had nothing to do with 11.Sep.2001 + the people who did, the Bush Administration shouldn't be surprised that their supporters are unwilling or unable to objectively whip out the analytical razor-blade + expertly split hairs between a nation with direct links to 11.Sep.2001 + Al Qaeda + a company owned by that nation's government.

Joshua Marshall points out that the law requires a 45-day investigation before a port is turned over to a company controlled by a foreign government.

That law was not followed here.
Why the rush? Something is afoot , my friends...

Harvard-Präsident Larry Summers war immer der Jüngste, Schnellste, Beste. Nun hat er einen weiteren Rekord aufgestellt:

Nach nur fünf Jahren muss er von der Spitze der Elite-Uni zurücktreten. Die Fakultäten rebellierten gegen seinen autoritären Führungsstil.
Die Froschbehandlung zeigte deutliche Wirkung:

Während die Kontrollmäuse im Schnitt bereits nach etwa 12 Minuten gestochen wurden, hatten die mit dem Sekret behandelten Tiere knapp 50 Minuten lang Ruhe.

Die abschreckende Wirkung der Froschabsonderungen bestätigte sich auch in weiteren Tests, schreiben die Forscher in den "Biology Letters" der britischen Royal Society.

Frösche könnten Chemikern bei der Suche nach dem idealen Anti-Mücken-Mittel auf die Sprünge helfen.

Forscher haben jetzt herausgefunden, dass die Amphibien die stechenden Plagegeister mit körpereigenem Insektenschutz auf Distanz halten.

Froschhaut ist eine wahre Fundgrube an hochwirksamen Substanzen:

Von Halluzinogenen über Klebstoffe bis zu Giften und antimikrobiellen Wirkstoffen reicht die Palette an Chemikalien,

die die Amphibien entweder selbst produzieren oder aus ihrer Nahrung herausfiltern + dann absondern.
"Wir haben noch nie so viele Ausbrüche desselben Virus in so vielen unterschiedlichen Gegenden gesehen", sagte die Sprecherin der Weltgesundheitsorganisation (WHO) Maria Cheng.

Das H5N1-Virus hat seit 2003 wenigtens 92 Menschen getötet, hauptsächlich in Asien.

00.Feb.2006-22.Feb.2006 Seit Anfang- wurden weltweit 14 neue Ausbrüche gemeldet, teilweise in Ländern, in denen der Erreger schon früher aufgetreten war.
In Frankreich sollen bis zu 900.000 Enten und Gänse in den Departments Landes, Loire-Atlantique und Vendée vorbeugend geimpft werden. Dort sei eine Stallpflicht für Geflügel kaum umzusetzen, heißt es.

Das Geflügel soll zunächst bis zum 01.Apr.2006 geimpft werden.

Die Niederländer wollen zwischen einer und drei Millionen Haustiere und bis zu fünf Millionen Freilegehennen vorbeugend impfen.
Auch aus wirtschaftlichen Gründen ist der derzeit verfügbare Impfschutz umstritten. Geimpfte Tiere, ihre Eier + ihre Küken dürfen nicht in andere EU-Staaten exportiert werden.

Dies gilt allerdings nicht für Fleisch und Fleischprodukte. Viele europäische Länder haben ihre Geflügelhalter verpflichtet, alle Tiere einzusperren.
Mit Blick auf die anstehende Rückkehr vieler Zugvögel aus dem Süden forderte EU-Kommissar Kyprianou die Mitgliedstaaten zur höchsten Wachsamkeit auf.

Mit "jeder möglichen Option" müsse das verhindert werden, sagte EU-Gesundheitskommissar Markos Kyprianou.

Der zuständige EU-Ausschuss für Tiergesundheit und die Nahrungsmittelkette hatte entschieden, dass auch "gezielte vorbeugende Impfungen" dazu zählen.
Die Regierungen Frankreichs und der Niederlande hatten in Brüssel beantragt, bestimmte Tierbestände impfen zu dürfen.

Die beiden Länder stehen innerhalb der EU alleine da: Experten kritisieren die Impfpläne. Auch geimpfte Tiere können sich mit dem Virus anstecken und es weiterverbreiten.

Gesunde Vögel, die geimpft worden sind, kann man von infizierten Tieren ohne Impfung nur mit aufwändigen Analysen unterscheiden. Daher lehnen viele Wissenschaftler und die Mehrzahl der EU-Staaten diese Maßnahme ab .
An der deutschen Ostseeküste ist die Situation offenbar schlimmer, als bisher angenommen.

Luftbilder der betroffenen Region ließen darauf schließen, dass es noch größere Bestände erkrankter Vögel gebe, sagte Bundesverbraucherschutzminister Horst Seehofer (CSU) im Agrarausschuss des Bundestages.

Die Besatzungen zweier Polizeihelikopter hätten riesige Schwanenkolonien entdeckt, sagte Seehofers Sprecherin Tanja Thiele zu SPIEGEL ONLINE. Zahlreiche Vögel seien tot oder krank gewesen.
"Wir befinden uns in einem Wettlauf mit der Zeit", sagte Seehofer. Die toten Vögel zu bergen sei eine "strategisch zentrale" Aufgabe, um eine Ausweitung der Tierseuche zu verhindern.

Thiele kündigte an, dass die Bundeswehr die neu entdeckten Kadaver bergen werde.
Es handelt sich um den ersten Fall von H5N1 bei Nutztieren in der EU. Allerdings steckten sich die Hühner und Enten wohl an, weil in dem Tierheim "Arche Noah" geschlampt worden ist:

Die Tiere seien gemeinsam mit einem Schwan aus einer Vogelgrippe-Region in der Steiermark in einen Käfig gesperrt worden.

Das sei verboten, sagte die Sprecherin des Ministeriums. Geflügelfarmen in der Region seien nicht betroffen, sagte sie weiter.

In Österreich gilt mittlerweile eine generelle Stallpflicht für Geflügel.
In Österreich sind weitere Fälle der Vogelgrippe aufgetreten.

In einem Tierheim nahe der steirischen Hauptstadt Graz sei bei Hühnern und Enten das für Menschen gefährliche Virus H5N1 gefunden worden, sagte eine Sprecherin des Gesundheitsministeriums.
00.000.1954 Die Boeing 707, deren Jungfernflug das moderne Jet-Zeitalter einleitete, unterscheidet sich äußerlich kaum vom Airbus A380 des Jahres 2006.

Der hat zwar gewaltige Flügelflächen und ein immenses Gewicht, revolutionär ist der neue Gigant am Himmel aber nicht.
Er zeigt vielmehr, dass die konventionelle Technik des Flugzeugbaus ihre Grenzen erreicht hat.

Noch größere Maschinen sind kaum mehr möglich - zumindest nicht mit vertretbarem Aufwand.

Irgendwann wird der Rumpf zu groß, um ihn allein mit der Kraft der Flügel noch in der Luft halten zu können.
"Wo die A380 aufhört, fangen wir erst an", sagt DLR-Forscher Martin Hepperle.

Reaktionen: Bush mahnt Iraker zur Zurückhaltung
US-Notenbank: Vizechef Ferguson tritt überraschend zurück
Anschlag auf Heiligtum: Attentäter bomben Irak an den Rand des Bürgerkriegs
"Tal der Wölfe": Beckstein lässt anti-amerikanischen Applaus protokollieren
Harvard-Präsident: Mr. Ellenbogen rempelt sich ins Aus
Kalifornien: Richtungsstreit im Todestrakt
Hautsekret: Froschduft vertreibt Stechmücken
Österreich: Erstmals Vogelgrippe bei Nutztieren in der EU
Vorwurf: Citibank verteidigt ihre Kreditpraxis
Warnung der Polizei: Heros ist kein Einzelfall
Jahrhundertprojekt: Energiemultis bauen Riesen-Pipeline in Alaska
Flugzeugbau: Die Revolution fliegt ohne Flügel
Kulturstaatsminister Neumann: "Wir müssen die Akzeptanz unserer Werte einfordern"
Terrorismus: Russland erlaubt Abschuss von Flugzeugen
Vogelgrippe: Deutsche Zoos bangen um ihre Exoten
Google is preparing a robust defence of its refusal to give the US Department of Justice (DoJ) access to its search logs.
Nur gegen Zeitverschwendung ist Arroyo Camejo von jeher allergisch - Fernsehen etwa. Sie hat es versucht, "es geht einfach nicht".
Silvia Arroyo Camejo nahm das als Ermunterung. Frohgemut spaziert sie vom berühmten Doppelspaltexperiment zum Compton-Effekt und weiter zu Schrödingers Katze, die zugleich lebendig und tot ist.

Sie schwärmt vom "Liebreiz" der diversen Widersinnigkeiten, vergisst dabei aber weder das genaue Denken noch den Leser:

Alles wird gründlich dargelegt und, wo nötig, auch mit Formeln hergeleitet.
Der Heidelberger Quantenphysiker Hans Dieter Zeh ist von dem Werk "begeistert" - die Schülerin hatte ihm das fertige Manuskript geschickt.

"Das alles hat sie sich offenbar selbst beigebracht", staunt Zeh. "Ich musste nur ein paar Kleinigkeiten korrigieren."

Zeh war es, der sogleich den Springer-Verlag ins Spiel brachte.

Möge das Buch nun, so hofft er, die vielen Angsthasen anstacheln, die immer noch vor der Quantenphysik verzagen - "wenn schon ein Schulmädchen das schafft".
Warnung von Medizinern: Streiks erhöhen Seuchenrisiko

22.Feb.2006 Kalifornien: Exekution erneut verschoben

22.Feb.2006 Kalifornien: Exekution erneut verschoben

22.Feb.2006Milliardenmarkt: Europas Finanzhäuser drängen ins Islam-Banking
Vogelgrippe: Immer mehr Politiker halten WM-Absage für möglich
"One World", Ready or Not

In Memoirs , David Rockefeller admits without any trace of irony to his goal of building "a more integrated global political and economic structure--one world".

Considering the tangible evidence of David Rockefeller's New World Order agenda,

much of it from his own public statements + writings, it would be churlish to dismiss as "right-wing nuts" or proponents of "wacky conspiracy theories" those who have long been suspicious of the plutocrat's activities.

But what is particularly striking about David Rockefeller's New World Order vision is that, despite his sometimes flowery rhetoric about democracy, he has never engaged the voting public on his agenda.

Instead, he has used his power and influence to convince, cajole and even coerce political leaders and government officials into supporting policies for which ordinary voters have never asked.

In a working democracy, the exercise of such unelected power should be a serious matter.

Publicly acceptable attitudes, however, ensure that those who object to David Rockefeller's methods and objectives remain marginalised and easily ridiculed.

Even though at exclusive gatherings the power-elite will continue to give thanks to David Rockefeller for his unstinting service in promoting "international cooperation",

the requirements of the existing political order demand that the significance of these celebrations be denied.

As for the self-described "proud internationalist", the globalisation process he has helped unleash is proving unstoppable, if only because relatively few political leaders are willing to challenge the "consensus".

David Rockefeller now has the luxury of promoting solutions to the problems he helped cause, as he did in 00.Dec.2001 in his role as President of the Global Philanthropists Circle.

Addressing a forum at the University of Guanajuato in Mexico, David Rockefeller stated that globalisation had created "unacceptable" levels of poverty the world over.

"Free trade,"David Rockefeller said, "has helped generate wealth, but

it has not helped poor people who still find themselves in tough situations."

True to his devotion to globalism, the plutocrat acknowledged the work of "social organizations" in improving conditions for the world's disadvantaged,

before recommending that both businesses and governments become more active in preventing people from falling into the "abyss of extreme poverty".75

Regrettably, such hypocrisies are typical of the plutocracy.


These people aren't stupid.

They are smart enough to appreciate the advantages of looking stupid, that's all.

It may feel good to talk about what idiots and blunderers they are,

but that's never a safe assumption.
20.Oct.1999 Contact: Press Office

01.May 1996 -It was- + the Procter & Gamble Company (P&G) was nearly out of time.

01.May 1996 -If Procter & Gamble Company (P&G) was to settle its $200 million lawsuit against Bankers Trust Company (Bankers Trust) out of court,

it had to do so soon. For full version, click here to download pdf file.
The failure of Bankers Trust to divulge all of the valuation details behind the transaction sold to Procter & Gamble in 00.000.1993-00.000.1994 +

the failure of P&G 's treasury staff to pursue their own valuation + mark-to-market due diligence on the transactions entered into, combine to create a situation in which disaster was an eventuality.

Topics include the understanding + valuation of leveraged interest rate swap transactions, a bank's possible fiduciary duties in regards to corporate customers + corporate philosophy on differentiating hedging from speculation
The case was written to detail the multitude of issues involved in

what is frequently cited as the most prominent derivatives debacle in U.S. financial history.
Braincast 22 - Vernunftbegabt Arvid Leyh 
Planen, handeln und vor allem hemmen - das sind die Hauptaufgaben des praefrontalen Cortex.

Dazu kommt die direkte Verbindung zum Gefuehl und das Soziale. Diesmal geht es um den Teil des Hirns, das uns zum Menschen macht. Mit schlechter Stimmung und guten Tips.
A red scare, exposed in black and white GEORGE Clooney's tribute to the newsman who took on McCarthy is full of wit, skill and quiet integrity.
Back to fundamentals GEOLOGY AND CONFLICT ARE inseparably intertwined.

It is one of the great ironies of the linking of natural and human histories that in the 20th century Christian societies became the principal s of oil and Islamic peoples its major producers.
Medical questions MY BROTHER recently went into hospital for an operation because he suffers from poor circulation but he was sent home because the surgeon said he was not fit enough for the operation. Does this mean he will never get better?
New advertising rules seem inevitable to me
COCA COLA, Pepsi + other international suppliers of fizzy drinks recently agreed to stop directing advertising to children under 12, on the basis that excessive consumption of these beverages is harmful to a youngster.

Politics of the street EDI STARK IS KNOWN AS A feisty interrogator,

but the first programme of her new series, Walk a Mile In My Shoes (tomorrow, Radio Scotland,11:30am) reduced her to tears at the human distress she encountered.
Soothing the pain of terror with a personal memorial
the attacks of 11.Sep.2001 were an acutely difficult issue.

In the immediate wake of the horror, the German composer Karlheinz Stockhausen declared it "Lucifer's greatest work of art".
Turn of the screw WHICH came first: the cork or the corkscrew?

Beer, wine and cider makers began stopping their bottles with corks hundreds of years before an unknown genius devised an efficient method of getting them back out again sometime in the 17th century.
'We're treading fresh snow' ALMOST 50 years ago, the radical singer-songwriter Ewan MacColl + a maverick BBC producer, Charles Parker, created a series of radio programmes

which broke the mould of broadcasting by bringing ordinary working people's experience to the airwaves.
What in the world is going on?
IN THE REVELATION OF ST JOHN the Divine, the darkest + least understood book in the New Testament,

the seventh + final trumpet is sounded for the purpose of "destroying those who destroy the Earth".
Gizmos Trump Gowns at Nerd Oscars The best film tech is all but invisible to the movie-going public -- and that's the way it's supposed to be.
Animal Diseases Jumping to Humans
Experts say the number of pathogens from the animal kingdom infecting people seems to be on the rise -

- 38 have morphed to human versions over the past 25 years, HIV + SARS among them.
A New Way to Tame Chaos of Flames Loads of people post comments on blogs without running one of their own.

Now services like coComment let serial opinion slingers round up their stray rants. By Joanna Glasner.
Programmable Vibrator Uses USB New ergonomic massager plugs right in. Plus: God wants you to have great sex. In Sex Drive Daily.
Judge Orders Release of Spy Docs The White House must fork over details about the National Security Agency's domestic surveillance program within 20 days to satisfy a privacy group's request for documents.

22.Feb.2006 DIY Tunes Turn It Up Forget practicing tedious scales + studying counterpoint.

A new generation of computer tools empowers legions of no-talent composers by making song writing a simple game. Commentary by Clive Thompson.
Giant Telescope Will Peek at Past When completed, the $120 million behemoth should give scientists insight into the birth of galaxies.

But the Pentagon's role in funding the massive U.S.-Mexican project raises a few eyebrows.
Rants 'n' Raves: Teleportation?
The U.S. Air Force researches the instantaneous transport of matter, a reader longs for the good old days of Coast to Coast AM + free speech gets forgotten. In Rants 'n' Raves.

The NAS Steps Up for Stem Cells National Academy of Sciences will monitor controversial research. Plus: Cloning technology remains patently confusing. In Body Hack.
Unipage - A PDF Alternative?
"Unipage recently released a beta version of its Unipage Unifier. The Unipage encoding is a way to encode a full page with its images, CSS, Javascript, Flash + whatnot, into just one HTML file.

The 'Unipage Unifier' program instantly turns any online or local page into a 'Unipage' that can be viewed directly in a browser.

It saves the mess of files when you normally save a complete web page, but maybe the bigger scoop is that now people can use 'Unipages' to send content rich documents instead of PDF.

But Unipages are superior to PDF in their ability to hold functionality (Javascript), Flash animations + practically anything normally possible in a web page.

Together with any program that can export into HTML you can get fully styled, dynamic, portable documents instantly.

And it's free." Good luck taking down the installed base of PDF.
An IP Environmentalism for Culture and Knowledge? ScuttleMonkey
An anonymous reader writes "An article by James Boyle in the FT argues that we are (slowly) moving towards a 'cultural environmentalism'

that tries to protect the public domain in the way that the environmental movement tries to protect the natural ecology.

Apparently there will be a (free) conference at Stanford on the subject soon, organized by Larry Lessig's Center there."
Solar Sail News and Upcoming JPL Missions ScuttleMonkey 
abkaiser writes "I had the opportunity to interview a supervisor at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

The JPL is putting together several missions utilizing solar sail technology.

The interview and article detail where NASA and the JPL are in using solar sails for applications and research.

You can read the article or skip ahead to the cool pictures of prototype and proposed solar sails.

The article addresses NASA's JPL solar sail missions, but not other commercial or private projects like Cosmos 1."
Hunger 'may trigger memory' A hormone known to control appetite is found to influence memory and learning too.
Quick pandemic flu test 'vital' The lack of a quick diagnostic test could hit attempts to protect the public from pandemic flu, experts warn.
'Faster emergence' for diseases New infectious diseases are emerging at an unprecedented rate, making response difficult, say scientists.

dIsInFoTaInMeNt ToDaY

consists of information from dozens of sources, cut up, thrown in the air + recycled randomly.

It is sent all over the place, so I apologize if you're seeing the same thing twice.

If you see a joke, graphic, or news item that came from or through you, thanks, send more + please accept the fact that much of dIsInFoTaInMeNt ToDaY is unacknowledgeable +

if I sought permission from everyone whose bastardized material showed up here, I'd never get anything else done.

Please note that I don't even put my own name on it. If you're still pissed off, hey, it's fair use. Thanks, Just F. Luke

11.Dec.2003 -issue of Rolling Stone Crimes Against Nature Bush is sabotaging the laws that have protected America's environment for more than thirty years By Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
Corporate capitalists do not want free markets, they want dependable profits + their surest route is to crush competition by controlling government.

The rise of fascism across Europe in the 1930s offers many informative lessons on how corporate power can undermine a democracy.

In Spain, Germany and Italy, industrialists allied themselves with right-wing leaders who used the provocation of terrorist attacks, continual wars +

invocations of patriotism and homeland security to tame the press, muzzle criticism by opponents and turn government over to corporate control.

Those governments tapped industrial executives to run ministries and poured government money into corporate coffers with lucrative contracts to prosecute wars and build infrastructure.

They encouraged friendly corporations to swallow media outlets + they enriched the wealthiest classes, privatized the commons + pared down constitutional rights,

creating short-term prosperity through pollution-based profits and constant wars.

Benito Mussolini's inside view of this process led him to complain that "fascism should really be called 'corporatism.' "
Growing up, I was taught that communism leads to dictatorship and capitalism to democracy.

But as we've seen from the the Bush administration, the latter proposition does not always hold.

While free markets tend to democratize a society, unfettered capitalism leads invariably to corporate control of government.

America's most visionary leaders have long warned against allowing corporate power to dominate the political landscape.

00.000.1863 -in the depths of the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln lamented, "I have the Confederacy before me and the bankers behind me + I fear the bankers most."

Franklin Roosevelt echoed that sentiment when he warned that

"the liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than their democratic state itself.

That, in its essence, is fascism -- ownership of government by an individual, by a group or by any controlling power."

Today, more than ever, it is critical for American citizens to understand the difference between the free-market capitalism that made our country great + the corporate cronyism that is now corrupting our political process, strangling democracy and devouring our national treasures.
According to the National Academy of Sciences, the White House rollback will cause 30,000 Americans to die prematurely each year.

Although the regulation will probably be reversed in the courts, the damage will have been done + power utilities such as Southern Co. will escape criminal prosecution.

As soon as the new regulations were announced, John Pemberton, chief of staff to the EPA's assistant administrator for air, left the agency to work for Southern.

The EPA's congressional office chief also left, to join Southern's lobbying shop, Bracewell, Patterson.
Task-force members began each meeting with industry lobbyists by announcing that the session was off the record and that participants were to share no documents.

A National Mining Association official told reporters that the industry managed to control the energy plan by keeping the process secret.

"We've probably had as much input as anybody else in town," he said.

"I have to take my hat off to them -- they've been able to keep a lid on it." When it was suggested that access to the administration was for sale, Cheney hardly apologized.

"Just because somebody makes a campaign contribution doesn't mean that they should be denied the opportunity to express their view to government officials," he said.

Although they met with hundreds of industry officials, Cheney and Abraham refused to meet with any environmental groups. Cheney made one exception to the secrecy policy:

15.May 2001 -the day before the task force sent its plan to the president, CEOs from wind-, solar- and geothermal-energy companies were granted a short meeting with Cheney.

Afterward, they were led into the Rose Garden for a press conference + a photo op.

While peddling influence to energy tycoons, the White House quietly dropped criminal + civil charges against Koch Industries, America's largest privately held oil company.

Koch faced a ninety-seven-count federal felony indictment + $357 million in fines for knowingly releasing ninety metric tons of carcinogenic benzene + concealing the releases from federal regulators.

Koch executives contributed $800,000 to Bush's presidential campaign and to other top Republicans.
Stephen Zunes : An Open Letter to my Danish Friends : This is a letter of apology from an American who has witnessed in horror the extreme anti-Danish reaction in parts of the Islamic world. While the spark may have originated in your country, the tinderbox which caused that spark to explode in such a violent conflagration is largely a result of the policies of the USA.

21.Feb.2006 Outrage grows over Police harrassment of "Road to Guantanamo" actors: Mr Ahmed also alleges that he was verbally abused by a police officer and had his mobile phone taken from him for a short period.

21.Feb.2006 Ex-Malaysia PM: Abramoff Was Paid $1.2M : Former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said disgraced U.S. lobbyist Jack Abramoff was paid $1.2 million to organize a meeting between him + President Bush 00.000.2002 ,

but denied the money came from the Malaysian government.

21.Feb.2006 Washington reluctantly concedes Préval is Haiti’s president-elect: The attempt of Haiti’s traditional elite and elements in and around the Bush administration to prevent René Préval, the clear winner of the country’s February 7 presidential election, from being proclaimed president-elect has failed.

21.Feb.2006 Ohio Terror Suspects Had 'Means' To Strike: A federal grand jury has indicted three Ohio men on charges of planning attacks on U.S. military personnel in Iraq, according to an indictment.

21.Feb.2006 Bush says Dubai port deal should go forward: Bush told reporters traveling back to Washington with him from Colorado that he would veto legislation to stop the deal from going through.

21.Feb.2006 Dubai company set to run U.S. ports has ties to administration: The Dubai firm that won Bush administration backing to run six U.S. ports has at least two ties to the White House.

21.Feb.2006 Arab Americans see bigotry behind ports uproar: Arab-Americans contended on Tuesday that bias + bigotry, not security concerns,

lay behind the uproar over a deal that would place commercial operations at six U.S. ports in the hands of an Arab company.

21.Feb.2006 The Seekers: The birth and life of the '9-11 Truth movement': Essentially, it's all about physics and common sense.

Cut steel + buildings fall. Crash a plane + the Earth gets scarred. Fire a missile; see a hole. What's up must come down, cause makes effect + for the truth to set you free, it must be freed itself.

21.Feb.2006 Bush's Mysterious 'New Programs': Recent developments suggest that the Bush administration may already be contemplating what to do with Americans who are deemed insufficiently loyal or who disseminate information that may be considered helpful to the enemy.

21.Feb.2006 An Upside-Down Media: The gravest indictment of the American news media is that

George W. Bush has gutted the U.S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights,

George W. Bush has gutted the Geneva Conventions +

George W. Bush has gutted the UN Charter –

yet this extraordinary story does not lead the nation’s newspapers + the evening news every day.

21.Feb.2006 U.S. Reclassifies Many Documents in Secret Review : In a seven-year-old secret program at the National Archives, intelligence agencies have been removing from public access thousands of historical documents that were available for years, including some already published by the State Department and others photocopied years ago by private historians.

21.Feb.2006 When it won't need a tyranny to deprive us of our freedom : It received just a few column inches in a couple of papers, but the story I read last week looks to me like a glimpse of the future.

21.Feb.2006 Guess who the big loser is under Bush health plan: Heads up, Americans. The Bush administration is now greasing the skids for employers to drop your health coverage. This is a biggie.

21.Feb.2006 Medicaid cuts hit working poor: Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen cuts 191,000 low-income people from the struggling health plan
Military plots a 'long war' on terror: Joint Chiefs of Staff planners have produced a 27-page briefing on the war on terror that seeks to explain how to win the "long war" and says Islamic extremists may be supported by 12 million Muslims worldwide.

21.Feb.2006 Paul Craig Roberts: Superpower as Global Dependent: According to Bush and his neoconservatives, the only way to make America safe from terrorists is to force democracy upon the Middle East. Only ideologues completely ignorant of the Middle East could come to that conclusion.

21.Feb.2006 In case you missed it: Video: Sky Television – Conspiracies: Iraq : Simon Reeve investigates the real reasons for the war in Iraq.

Starting with oil and the contracts set up between Saddam and non-American/British companies.

The latter part of the film looks at the petro-dollar cycle and how OPEC members can threaten US power by using the euro to trade oil - could Iran be next ?

21.Feb.2006 Pimping a war: US accuses Iran of arming militia: IRAN is providing weapons and training to militias and extremist groups in Iraq, Zalmay Khalilzad, the US Ambassador to Iraq, said today.

21.Feb.2006 Plan to enrich uranium: Iran, Russia agree on common formula: Iran and Russia have agreed on the principles of a "common formula" in negotiations in Moscow on a plan to enrich uranium on Russian soil, the head of the Iranian delegation told state television Tuesday.

21.Feb.2006 Gordon Prather: March madness: How to explain the adoption this week – by a vote of 404-4 – of House Concurrent Resolution 341 "condemning the government of Iran for violating its international nuclear nonproliferation obligations and expressing support for efforts to report Iran to the United Nations Security Council." In particular, what "violations" are they talking about?

21.Feb.2006 Iran nuke plant 'would survive attack': IRAN'S uranium enrichment facilities, built in underground bunkers, would survive any military strikes, the Islamic republic's nuclear program director said today.

21.Feb.2006 Meshal: Iran's role in Palestine to be expanded : Hamas' top political leader Khaled Meshal said Tuesday that Iran would play an increasing role in Palestinian affairs + the political future of Palestine.

21.Feb.2006 Palestinian Teen Shot For Throwing Stones :

Sixteen year old Kamal Khalili was shot in his chest with live ammunition at 11:00 this morning in Balata Camp while throwing a stone at Israeli soldiers. He is now brain dead.

21.Feb.2006 Amira Hass: Palestinians are being robbed by Israel: The Palestinian Authority cannot compensate for the "lost" — or perhaps it would be more accurate to say "stolen" — tax revenues.

21.Feb.2006 Sweden increases Palestinian aid: Sweden's state-run aid group on Monday pledged more than five million euros in additional aid to the Palestinian territories as Israel and the USA halted much of their funding following Hamas's election victory.

21.Feb.2006 Top Secret American Military Installations in Israel : “Code Names,” by William M. Arkin, exposes information about at least five US Army bases at secret locations throughout the Jewish State, including one at Ben Gurion Airport and another in Herzliya Pituah.

21.Feb.2006 Straw faces a torturous spell in the witness box : Twenty-five years after he hung up his barrister's wig, Jack Straw faces the unwelcome prospect of returning to court. Craig Murray, our former Ambassador to Uzbekistan, intends to call the Foreign Secretary to give evidence in any legal action over his forthcoming memoirs.
U.S. Still Planting Stories in Iraq Media : Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld was mistaken when he said last week that the U.S. military had stopped the controversial practice of paying to plant stories in the Iraqi news media, a Pentagon spokesman said Tuesday.
Check Your Conscience at the Door: We're Building an Empire -By Jason Miller
To keep the citizens of the Empire complacent and fulfilled, we will continue to burnish unbridled consumption into their psyches. Alluring advertising from Madison Avenue, easy credit + the commercialization of virtually every aspect of our culture.

Video Iraq : The Reckoning
The consequences of our misadventure in Iraq: -Channel 4 - UK
Peter Oborne, political editor of the Spectator, reports on the West's exit strategy for Iraq. He believes the invasion of Iraq is proving to be the greatest foreign policy failure since Munich. Oborne argues that the plan to transform Iraq into a unified liberal democracy, a beacon of hope in the Middle East, is pure fantasy.
Click here to watch

Pandora’s Box Opened in Iraq: Looking Backward, Forward + Beyond -By Daniel Jordan and Neil Wollman
The fable of Pandora’s Box applies well to Iraq. War supporters wish us to judge the invasion and war on the removal of the brutal Saddam Hussein. A broad up-to-date analysis yields a disturbingly more negative assessment, with implications reaching far into the future.

Neocon Architect says: 'Pull it down' -By Alex Massie
Francis Fukuyama, who wrote the best-selling book The End of History and was a member of the neoconservative project, now says that, both as a political symbol and a body of thought, it has "evolved into something I can n o longer support". He says it should be discarded on to history's pile of discredited ideologies.

Iran was not referred to the Security Council for Noncompliance -By Mike Whitney
The public should not be worried about Iran, rather,

it should be concerned about the implications of allowing one nation to arbitrarily repeal internationally-accepted treaties + dictate how the world will be run. Continued
21.Feb.2006 The Dubai firm that won Bush administration backing to run six U.S. ports has at least two ties to the White House....

The ties raised more concerns about the decision to give port control to a company owned by a nation linked to the 11.Sep.2001 hijackers.

How do the people in Kansas accept having their national security betrayed by Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and Pat Roberts, their terrorist enabling senator.
"Gag Rule: On the Suppression of Dissent and Stifling of Democracy," by Lewis Lapham, Editor of Harper's Magazine. Lapham Has Just Published a Call for Bush's Impeachment in Harper's.

21.Feb.2006 Just as Orwell Predicted, We Have an Administration that Is Trying to Make History Disappear
Key GOP Governors Threaten to Block Port Deal in Which Bush Gives Away Our National Security to Supporters of Al Qaida. Hard to Believe, But True. All Those Busheviks are Aiding and Abetting the Enemy Rather Than Being Disloyal to Their Cult Leader, Except for These Governors Who Value National Security Over Carlyle Group Type Politics in the White House.

21.Feb.2006 The BuzzFlash Mailbag -- Uncensored and Unvarnished Truth from BuzzFlash Readers.
Supreme Court to weigh late-term abortion ban. This will be interesting. Will Roberts and Scalito give Bush what he wants or will justice prevail? 2/21
Baghdad market bombing kills 21, injured 27 2/21

21.Feb.2006 Time to bring fighting poverty back into the Democratic agenda -- Last Chance Democracy Cafe by Steven C. Day
Sign of the Times: Bush Disapproval Rating in New Hampshire Hits 57% 2/21

21.Feb.2006 Rumsfeld and Pace Not Consulted On Transfer Of Port Operations To UAE; McClellan said the Defense Department was part of "a rigorous review?for national security concerns." Who's lying? 2/22
21.Feb.2006 BACKGROUND
The Calif. Secretary of State's office decided to certify Diebold -- again -- despite the new UC Berkeley report.
"Harri Hursti's attack does work: Mr. Hursti's attack on the AV-OS (Optical scanner)is definitely real.

He was indeed able to change the election results by doing nothing more than modifying the contents of a memory card.

He needed no passwords, no cryptographic keys + no access to any other part of the voting system, including the GEMS election management server."
(Comment from Black Box Voting: Note that Diebold has lied repeatedly to election officials and secretaries of state about this.

We have videotape and documents from Diebold documenting this posted at our Web site.)
"Interpreted code is contrary to standards: Interpreted code in general is prohibited by the 2002 FEC Voluntary Voting System Standards + also by the successor standard, the EAC's Voluntary Voting System Guidelines due to take effect in two years. In order for the Diebold software architecture to be in compliance, it would appear that either the AccuBasic language and interpreter have to be removed, or the standard will have to be changed."
(Comment from Black Box Voting: Note that California can only run software certified by the Federal ITA process, by state law. The "Berkeley team" is saying flat-out that such certification was not done correctly. It follows that the entire Diebold product line should be illegal under state law.)

21.Feb.2006's what YOU can do to stop vote fraud I should have been talking about this days ago. California's Secretary of State has decided to allow Diebold to take over the voting machinery in this state. This, despite the discrediting of Diebold nearly everywhere else. This, despite nearly universal loathing and mistrust of computerized voting.
This decision affects everyone in the country. Once California's vote becomes hackable, no Democrat can ever again hope to win on a national level.
We need a plan to stop this offense to democracy. Fortunately, we have a plan. Please read what Professor Mark Crispen Miller and Black Box Voting have to say:

"We are going to need an enormous amount of people power in the next couple of weeks. Together we can change this whole pathetic mess. Let's stand up for our democracy RIGHT NOW."
"Email is great because it is easy for us to log and report -- and we can actually prove how many emails we've received!"
"Please email me in support of issuing subpoenas rather than calling you will save my staff a great deal of time logging calls + you know what kind work we have to do right now. You can always call and fax later!"
Debra Bowen

21.Feb.2006 34 US members of the World Council of Churches have issued a joint statement denouncing the administration for their war in Iraq, for torture, for the environmental degradation done by our "culture of consumption," + issued an apology to the world for the suffering these actions have caused.
21.Feb.2006 The way things are shaping up, the elections this fall will have the Republicans trounced by 60-40% margins.

Unless polls (especially exit polls) are banned entirely, I don't see how the Bush gang can steal the elections, without everybody realizing what happened.
But we know they won't give up power. They can't.

They have so much blood on their hands + dirt under their fingernails, that a return of the Democrats to power would bring investigations and indictments galore. The GOP would be shattered for a generation.
So, the Republicans now in power will not allow 2006 elections.

If you think for even a moment that GWB will hesitate to cancel the elections, you're not paying attention.

And, who's going to stop him if he does? A majority of the Congress will play along, since they're mostly Rep's about to get voted out.

The MSM will be too busy covering Pitt/Jolie's new baby. The Supreme Court, they'll split 5-4 in favor of an all-powerful executive branch.
I wish these guys would stop with the coyness + just announce to the world that they are reviving the Fascist Party.
# posted by unirealist

polls for each state, showing Bush with approval ratings above 50% (highest = 58% in Utah) in only SIX states!

The usual suspects, of course. The kicker is Ohio, where his "win" was hanging in the balance; only 37% approval.
21.Feb.2006 from Zogby because it shows considerable erosion of support from Bush's base.
21.Feb.2006, the Bush team response is always to launch another expensive PR onslaught.

Two, the American people, despite the sales pitch and the progpaganda media, are clearly not buyin' it. And

three, when will the Democrats start paying attention to the remarkably robust message in these numbers??

Die Dokumente enthalten manche Peinlichkeit, auch wenn die meist weit zurückliegen. Dazu gehört etwa ein

12.Okt.1950 Dokument vom- indem es heißt, ein chinesisches Eingreifen in den Korea-Krieg sei in diesem Jahr "nicht wahrscheinlich".

00.Okt.1950 -Gerade mal zwei Wochen später marschierten 300.000 Chinesen in Korea ein.
00.000.1999 -Seit- sind laut Informationen der "New York Times"
rund 55.000 Dokumente

nach ihrer Freigabe



als geheim

klassifiziert worden.

Damit hätten die Dienste auf eine Praxis reagiert, durch die ihrer Meinung nach heikle Informationen zu leichtfertig an die Öffentlichkeit gelangten,

00.000.1995 -nachdem- der damalige US-Präsident Bill Clinton eine Anweisung zur Freigabe der Akten unterzeichnet hatte. 

00.Jan.2000 Mit dem Amtsantritt von George W. Bush + dann noch einmal -

11.Sep.2001 -nach den Anschlägen vom -habe die Praxis stark zugenommen.
Entdeckt wurde das geheime Geheimhaltungsprogramm von dem Historiker Matthew M. Aid, der

00.Dez.2005 feststellte, dass Dutzende von Akten, die er Jahre zuvor bereits einmal kopiert hatte,

aus den Archivregalen verschwunden waren -

zumeist Jahrzehnte alte Berichte des Außenministeriums über den Korea-Krieg +

die Anfangsphase des Kalten Krieges.

Acht der wieder eingezogenen Berichte waren sogar noch kürzlich in einer Geschichtsserie des Außenamts

unter dem Titel "Die Außenbeziehungen der Vereinigten Staaten" veröffentlicht worden.
Aid fragt fürchtet nun,

dass er unwissentlich gegen US-Spionagegesetze verstoßen haben könnte.

Aufgrund einer Beschwerde Aids + anderer Historiker

will das Nationalarchiv das klandestine Reklassifizierungsprogramm überprüfen.

"Wenn diese Unterlagen wieder eingezogen wurden,

weil jemand dachte, sie müssten unter Verschluss kommen,

dann bin ich schockiert und enttäuscht",

sagte der Leiter des Büros zur Kontrolle der Informationssicherheit im Nationalarchiv,

William Leonard, nach Überprüfung von 16 Probefällen.

"Es haut einen wirklich um". 
Der Fund hatte weltweit für Aufsehen gesorgt, da es sich um die älteste konkrete Darstellung des Kosmos handelt. Nun ist ein weiteres Stück seines Geheimnisses gelüftet.
Bronzezeit-Version des Schaltjahrs
"Der Mondkalender ist elf Tage kürzer als der Sonnenkalender", sagte Archäologe Meller.

"Die Sensation ist, dass die bronzezeitlichen Menschen das Mond- und das Sonnenjahr in Einklang gebracht haben.

Das hätten wir ihnen nie zugetraut."
Der Astronom Rahlf Hansen vom Planetarium Hamburg hat auf der Scheibe eine Schaltregel entschlüsselt.

Mit ihrer Hilfe haben die die Menschen in der bronzezeitlichen Nebra-Gegend das Sonnenjahr mit seinen 365 Tagen und das Mondjahr mit 354 Tagen in Einklang bringen können.
Wenn im Frühlingsmonat, mit dem das Jahr begann, eine Neulichtsichel des Mondes am Siebengestirn aufgeht, sei dies ein normales Jahr.

Stehe in diesem Monat erst am dritten Tag der Mond an diesem Gestirn + bilde dann eine dickere Sichel, müsse ein Schaltmonat von 29,5 Tagen eingefügt werden.
Nach Ansicht des Astronomen Wolfhard Schlosser von der Ruhr-Universität Bochum

haben die Erbauer der Himmelsscheibe dieselben astronomischen Beobachtungen gemacht, die 

1000 Jahre später die Babylonier erstmals beschrieben.
Wahrscheinlich sei die Funktion der Scheibe aber nur einer kleinen Gruppe Eingeweihter bekannt gewesen, sagte Landesarchäologe Meller.

Die Forschergruppe geht davon aus, dass das Wissen um die Schaltmonate mit der Zeit verloren gegangen ist.

Die Nutzungsdauer des Fundstücks beziffern die Wissenschaftler auf nur 200 bis 400 Jahre.

An deren Ende war das astronomische Instrument dann zu schnödem Bronzezeit-Nippes verkommen.

Beispielsweise kam ein Schiff auf die Scheibe + am Rand wurde sie vielfach gelocht.

Archäologe Meller folgert: "Das bedeutet, dass zum Schluss die Scheibe ein Kultobjekt war."

Gerade hatte sich der Streit um durch Folter erzwungene Aussagen wieder gelegt. Doch jetzt meldete sich August Hanning zu Wort:

Der Ex-BND-Chef hält so gewonnene Erkenntnisse im Anti-Terrorkampf für unverzichtbar.

Potsdam - "Wenn wir die innere Sicherheit in unserem Land gewährleisten wollen,

müssen wir auch Informationen von Staaten entgegennehmen, bei denen wir nicht genau wissen, ob sie unsere Rechtsstandards zu hundert % beachten", sagte Hanning dem Politikmagazin "Cicero".

Dies sei für die Bekämpfung des internationalen Terrorismus "zwingend erforderlich".
Hanning betonte: "Die Zusammenarbeit mit diesen Ländern einzustellen hieße, auf wichtige Erkenntnisquellen zu verzichten.

Eine solche Beeinträchtigung unserer Sicherheit können wir uns in der gegenwärtigen Lage nicht leisten."

Konkrete Erkenntnisse über Folterungen lägen dem BND aber nicht vor. "Man muss auch sehen, dass durch Folter in den seltensten Fällen wertvolle Informationen gewonnen werden", räumte Hanning ein.
Yang von stimmt der Einschätzung von Jadallah nicht zu. Er sieht genug Platz für alle Arten von neuen Angeboten im Suchmaschinenmarkt, wenn denn die Idee stimmt und sie sich klar von anderen unterscheidet. Seiner Überzeugung nach sind die Surfer an immer spezielleren Suchmaschinen interessiert, bei denen sie von der Informationsflut der allgemeinen Suchmaschinen verschont bleiben.

Yang ist überzeugt: "Das ist das nächste große Ding."
Für Risikokapitalfirmen wie Redpoint Ventures zeigen die Erfolge von Google und Yahoo, dass das Geschäft durchaus lukrativ ist.

Redpoint unterstützte schon sehr früh die Suchmaschine Ask Jeeves.
Der demokratische Kongressabgeordnete Ed Markey aus Massachussets sagte mit Blick auf großzügige Steuervorteile für Luxusgeländewagen:

"Diese eine Subvention stellt bereits alles in den Schatten, was für Hybridbatterien getan wird."
Er hat eine Verbesserung alternativer Energien gefordert, um die Öl-Importe seines Landes aus der Region bis 2025 um drei Viertel zu senken.

Allerdings zählen zu alternativen Energiequellen auch im großen Stile neue Kernkraftwerke. Bush hatte erst kürzlich angekündigt, nach dem Vorbild Frankreichs und Japans verstärkt auf Atomstrom zu setzen.
Förderung für Spritschleudern statt Umdenken

Die Amerikaner dürften nicht länger als Geiseln gehalten werden. Mit dieser Botschaft macht US-Präsident George W. Bush Werbung für seine neue Energiepolitik.

Als Geiselnehmer hat er die unstabilen Regime des Nahen Ostens ausgemacht. Im Umkehrschluss gilt alles, was die Abhängigkeit von deren Öl schmälert, als "freedom fuel".

Anders als in Europa ist der Umweltschutz kein Leitmotiv für neue Formen der Energieerzeugung und -speicherung.
Kritisch werde zudem vermerkt, dass Schily nicht umgehend darüber informiert habe, dass ihm der damalige US-Botschafter Daniel Coats

00.000.2004 -zu Pfingsten- die Entschuldigung der USA für die "versehentliche" Entführung el-Masris übermittelt habe.
Balkan: Kriegsverbrecher auf freiem Fuß
Drohung gegen Bush: US-Kongress will arabischen Hafenkauf verhindern
USA: CIA zieht bereits veröffentlichte Regierungsdokumente ein
Chat mit ehemaligen Heimkindern: "Es gab Schläge mit den Fäusten"
Kalifornien: Todeskandidat soll mit Schlafmittel hingerichtet werden

21.Feb.2006 Bericht zu CIA-Aktivitäten: Wenig Erhellendes aus Berlin
Türkischer Action-Film: Cinemaxx nimmt "Tal der Wölfe" aus dem Programm
Fall Khalid el-Masri: "Sam" bleibt ein Rätsel
Heros-Insolvenz: Die geheimnisvolle Pleite einer Geldtransport-Firma
Pandemie-Prognose: Computer simulieren die Killerseuche
US-Urteil: Vater von Qaida-Mitglied soll Millionen zahlen
Vogelgrippe: Unternehmen schmieden Notfallpläne für die Pandemie

21.Feb.2006 Handelskonzern: Wal-Mart schließt Filialen in Deutschland
Moskauer Gespräche: Atomverhandlungen ergebnislos vertagt
Krankenhaus-Hygiene: Schlips am Ärztehals kann tödlich sein
Kalifornien: Ärzte boykottieren Hinrichtung aus Gewissensgründen
Monarchie in Gefahr: Königliche Raben werden eingebuchtet
Öko-Energie statt Öl: Bush sieht USA kurz vor Durchbruch
Vogelgrippe in der Türkei: Urlauberzahl in Antalya sinkt um ein Viertel
Heimkinder im Chat: Willkommen bei den unbarmherzigen Schwestern
Anti-Terrorkampf: Ex-BND-Chef verteidigt Nutzung von Folter-Aussagen
Neue H5N1-Fälle auf Rügen: Vogelgrippe könnte WM gefährden

21.Feb.2006 Know-how-Klau: EADS-Chef verteidigt China-Produktion
Brasilien: Riesiger Leichenfund auf Müllkippe
Energiekonzerne: E.on will spanische Endesa für 29 Milliarden Euro übernehmen

21.Feb.2006 EU-Troika: Iran verweigert weitere Atomgespräche
Extremismus-Bekämpfung: Bundesregierung versucht neue Strategie
Geheimdienste: US-Nachrichtendienst soll BND-Agenten abgehört haben

21.Feb.2006 Vogelgrippe: Landwirte fordern Entschädigungen
Mass. Wal-Mart must stock contraception - BusinessWeek
Washington PostMass. Wal-Mart must stock contraception BusinessWeek 

The state pharmacy board ordered Wal-Mart on Tuesday to stock emergency contraception pills at its stores in Massachusetts.

Massachusetts becomes second state to require the world's largest retailer to carry the morning-after pill. ...

Wal-Mart Forced To Stock Contraceptive CBS NewsMass. says Wal-Mart must stock morning-after pill ReutersBoston Globe - All Headline News - United Press International - - all 211 related Post Date:02/14/2006
Wal-Mart ordered to sell contraceptives in Massachusetts - Xinhua
Washington PostWal-Mart ordered to sell contraceptives in MassachusettsXinhua - 7 hours ago

BEIJING, Feb. 15(Xinhuanet) - The Massachusetts state pharmacy board ruled on Tuesday to require Wal-Mart stores to carry emergency contraception pills.

The board's unanimous vote comes three weeks after ... State orders Wal-Mart to sell morning-after pill

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Survey's matter of life, death - Newsday Survey's matter of life, deathNewsday - 14 hours ago -BY CURTIS L. TAYLOR.

Twelve questions can help aging baby boom- ers confront the likelihood of their own mortality within the next four years, researchers say.

The questions start out simply, asking for sex, weight and age. ...

New test measures risk of dying for those older than 50 San Jose Mercury NewsTest Helps You Predict Chances of Dying ForbesNews24 - Chicago Sun-Times - Ireland Online - all 488 related

23.Oct.2004  Zoo 'safe' after 100 tigers fall to bird flu Zoo 'safe' after 100 tigers fall to bird flu Almost 100 endangered tigers have died or been culled at a Thai zoo after ...
"I think sooner or later there will be a need to close Guantanamo. It will be up to the (US) government to decide hopefully to do it as soon as possible," Annan said.
Annan yesterday said at the UN headquarters that "sooner or later" the US detention centre will have to be closed though he did not agree with all parts of a new UN report.
"He's just flat wrong," Rumsfeld said in New York in response to a query on the controversial facility that has attracted flak from the UN for alleged human rights violations of the detainess, many of whom are reportedly on hunger strike and are being force-fed.

Of course the whole scenario has replaced Iraq as the topic of choice for front page US newsprint. Interesting given Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of Defence was a previous Chairman of Gilead Sciences, company that developed and owns the rights to Tamiflu, the only supposed "cure" for bird flu. Of course Roche who manufacture and market Tamiflu on behalf of Gilead can't supply enough to freaked out risk averse westerners around the globe - ripe for the plucking.

Currently the waiting list for the snake oil, (ah-hem Tamiflu) is about 3 months, of course the pandemic could have already swept through the globe killing trillions by then. If you'd rather be stacking bodies as opposed to being stacked yourself you could try eBay where Tamiflu is selling for up to NZ$260 a course.
00.000.2001 -in early- Rumsfeld recused himself from any decisions involving Gilead when he left Gilead + became Secretary of Defense.

10.Oct.2005-And late last month- notes a senior Pentagon official, Rumsfeld went even further + had the Pentagon's general counsel issue additional instructions

outlining what he could + could not be involved in if there were an avian flu pandemic + the Pentagon had to respond. See full story here…

Tough luck, folks! This is George Bush’s "ownership society," and you’re on your own.

The regressive right and its captive media have been pounding these doctrines of privatism and market absolutism into our heads since the heyday of Ayn Rand and the founding of Bill Buckley’s National Review, fifty years ago – doctrines devoid of evidence and sound argument, contrary to both practical experience and the historical record + "proven" by little more than constant repetition by right-wing propagandists.

More and more of our fellow citizens have been persuaded to believe this nonsense and will continue to do so, until, during some emergency, they desperately need the assistance of trained professional "public servants" employed by the government, with well thought-out procedures in place. And where is the government today when we are in desperate need of its emergency services? Perhaps "drowned in a bathtub" somewhere.

"Send in the troops!"

Thus Bush’s pathological fascination with armed force comes to the fore. Katrina gave us a glimpse of what Bush might have in store for us for the next national emergency.

In his speech to the nation from Jackson Square in New Orleans, Bush said:

"It is now clear that a challenge on this scale requires greater federal authority + a broader role for

the armed forces – the institution of our government most capable of massive logistical operations on a moment’s notice."

And at a White House press conference on 04.Oct.---- Bush reflected:

If we had an outbreak [of avian flu] somewhere in the USA, do we not then quarantine that part of the country?

And how do you, then enforce a quarantine? ...

And who best to be able to effect a quarantine? ...

One option is the use of a military that’s able to plan and move."

Nicole Colson elaborates:

" Congress may already be helping Bush's wish become a reality.

The Senate Armed Services Committee is reportedly considering proposals to increase the military's role in natural disasters by creating National Guard units specializing in disaster response - +

clearing the way for active troops to engage in law enforcement activities on U.S. soil, something that's currently illegal.

"Congressional aides recently told U.S. News and World Report that some senators are also considering introducing legislation that would allow the Feds, in 'extreme circumstances,' to take command of the National Guard without first getting approval from a governor."

As the Katrina disaster abundantly demonstrated,

George Bush presides over a government that does not believe in government –

except, of course, as a device for gathering tax revenues from the masses +

redistributing it to defense contractors +

campaign contributors +

also for keeping dissenting citizens under surveillance + control.

Otherwise, whatever the government attempts to do, we are told by the right-wing think-tank gurus, private individuals, private property + "the free market" will always do better.
To put the matter bluntly:

among recent US administrations, the Bush regime is the absolute worst to be in power at a time when a global pandemic is about to break out.

Bush’s Health and Human Services Secretary, Michael Leavitt, admitted as much:

"There have been many who foresaw this and urged the country to begin preparations sooner + it would have been better if we had done so." (Newsweek, 31.Oct.2005 ).

But as Katrina demonstrated to us all, planned preparations for foreseen national emergencies are just not the Bushists’ thing.

Nor is it much the concern of the GOP Congress, which has slashed funding for emergency services, bio-medical research and the Centers for Disease Control.

The request for influenza research this year was $119 million.

Presumably, this is one of the "big government" programs that Grover Norquist + his gang would like to "drown in a bathtub."

By way of contrast, the Congress readily appropriated $10 billion (with a "b") for anti-ballistic missile defense – a "defense" against a non-existent threat that does not + arguably can not, work.
Karibische Inseln wie Trinidad & Tobago gelten für viele Urlauber als das Paradies schlechthin.

Der Charme der beiden Inseln ist ohne Zweifel umwerfend + angesichts der herrlichen Strände, des Regenwalds + zahlreicher anderer landschaftlicher Schönheiten

liegt der Gedanke an Umweltprobleme zunächst einmal nicht besonders nahe.

Schaut man jedoch ein wenig hinter die Ferienidyll-Kulissen, fallen einige Dinge ins Auge, die alles andere als gut für Mutter Natur sind.

Welch fatale Folgen beispielsweise die Rodung der mit Regenwald bewachsenen Berghänge haben kann, erlebte ich während meiner Reise im 00.Nov.2004 siehe mein Bericht ganz unten.
Mit diesem Kapitel meines Reiseberichts möchte ich niemandem die Lust an einem Besuch der beiden Inseln verderben.

Viel mehr ist es mir wichtig, ein Versprechen einzulösen, das ich vor Ort zwei Umweltschützern gegeben habe: Aufklärung darüber zu betreiben, dass nicht alles durch und durch Gold ist, was glänzt.

Da die Regierung von Trinidad & Tobago leider wenig gegen die Umweltprobleme unternimmt + Umweltaktivisten in den Medien kaum zu Wort kommen,

ist es umso wichtiger, dass Außenstehende über die Missstände hinsichtlich des Natur- und Umweltschutzes berichten.

Anders als die einheimischen Aktivisten kann ich aus der Ferne offen sprechen, ohne von Lobbyisten bedroht oder mundtot gemacht zu werden.
Die kaum gebremsten Kohlendioxid-Emissionen haben nicht nur in der Atmosphäre ihre Folgen, sondern auch in den Meeren.

Etwa die Hälfte des CO2, das die Menschen seit Beginn der industriellen Revolution freigesetzt haben, ist in den Weltmeeren gelandet, wie Forscher der britischen Royal Society schon im Sommer 2005 betonten.

Ein Teil des Kohlendioxids, das sich in den Ozeanen auflöst, wird dabei zu Kohlensäure - und greift alles an, was Kalk enthält.
Ken Caldeira von der Washingtoner Carnegie Institution hat jetzt in Fossilien nach vergleichbaren Vorgängen in der Erdgeschichte gesucht - und ist fündig geworden.

Die Chemie der Ozeane hat sich seinen Daten zufolge vor etwa 65 Millionen Jahren ähnlich dramatisch verändert wie heute - also genau zu der Zeit, als die Dinosaurier ausstarben.
"Die geologische Geschichte zeigt, dass die chemischen Folgen der Versauerung der Ozeane Zehntausende Jahre andauern können", sagte Caldeira.

"Aber die biologische Erholung könnte Jahrmillionen in Anspruch nehmen.

Die Ozean-Versauerung hat das Potential, viele Arten im Meer auszulöschen."
21.Feb.2006,1518,druck-400832,00.html Beobachtungsmöglichkeiten
·   SeeSat
·   Space Track
·   Jonathan's Space Homepage

Website "Heavens Above". Mit deren Hilfe ist Satelliten-Gucken kaum schwerer als Fernsehen. Denn der Server generiert abhängig von Standort und Bahndaten bequeme Anleitungen.
"Wir machen Vorhersagen für viele Satelliten, die meisten davon sind keine Spionagesatelliten", sagt Chris Peat, der Betreiber von "Heavens Above".

Tatsächlich bezieht seine Website den Großteil der nötigen Aktualisierungen automatisch von Servern der US-Regierung.

Aber komplett wird der Katalog der Himmelsbewohner eben erst durch die Daten der Hobbyisten. Dank ihnen spuckt "Heavens Above" auch für "Keyhole" und Co. Beobachtungshilfen aus.

Jeder kann so die millionenschwere geheime Überwachungstechnik über den Himmel flitzen sehen.

"Satelliten, die so tief fliegen, also in rund 600 Kilometer Höhe, sind sehr groß und mit bloßem Auge zu erkennen", sagt Betreiber Peat.

"Satelliten der 'Lacrosse'-Baureihe zum Beispiel sind 16 Tonnen schwer und so groß wie ein Schulbus." So bröckelt die Geheimhaltung.
Nur noch gefährlicher Schrott

Die Bahndaten müssen ständig korrigiert werden 
Das ist der Grund, warum die Tracker immer wieder raus müssen. "Rund 140 Spionagesatelliten bleiben wir so dicht auf den Fersen", sagt Russell Eberst.

Der Astronom aus Edinburgh in Schottland ist der Rekordhalter unter den Trackern. Schon vor Jahren feierte er seine 150.000ste Beobachtung.

Wie viele Satelliten tatsächlich noch als "schwarz" gelten können, weil sie den Augen der Amateure entgehen? "Pure Spekulation", sagt Eberst.

Jeder Unentdeckte ist eine sportliche Herausforderung, wie jener "Misty" aus der Reihe der "Keyhole"-Satelliten, hochauflösende fliegende Kameras, die funktionieren "wie Hubble-Weltraumteleskope,

die man auf die Erde gerichtet hat", so Eberst.

Ende der Neunziger Jahre glaubten die Amateure den Satelliten mit der Nummer USA 53 gesichtet zu haben, dann wechselte er seinen Orbit und blitzte nirgends mehr auf.
Für Militärs und Geheimdienstler ist das ein Ärgernis, aber auch kostenloses Training. "Wir zeigen denen, was mit schlichter Amateurausrüstung alles möglich ist - für jeden", sagt Eberst.

"Kein einziges Mal bin ich bezüglich meines Hobbys von jemandem kontaktiert worden, der sich als Vertreter der US-Regierung zu erkennen gegeben hätte", sagt Molczan.

Dennoch sahen sich die freimütigen Späher-Jäger in der Zeit nach den Terroranschlägen von New York und Washington in Internetforen + auf Mailinglisten kritisiert:

Schwächten sie nicht die nachrichtendienstliche Aufklärung? Lieferten sie gar potentiellen Bösewichtern Anleitung, sich der himmlischen Hightech-Überwachung zu entziehen?

"Nach dem 11.Sep.2001 hat das Amateurnetzwerk verantwortungsvoll gehandelt.

Wir haben den Zugang zu Umlaufbahn-Daten bewusst auf uns selbst beschränkt", sagt Eberst.

Dass aber Terroristen tatsächlich TLEs für ihre Zwecke missbrauchen könnten, dafür fanden sie keinerlei Anzeichen.

"Jetzt veröffentlichen wir unsere Daten seit zwei oder drei Jahren wieder freigiebig."
"Black satellites" gibt es offiziell gar nicht
Lutz Schindler hat größere Ambitionen.

Er gehört zu einer Gruppe von weltweit rund 20 Himmelsguckern, die es auf "black satellites" abgesehen haben, schwarze Satelliten.

So heißen jene Objekte im Erdorbit, die in keiner offiziellen Datenbank auftauchen und auch nicht im Registry of Space Objects der Vereinten Nationen.

Bis vor gut 20 Jahren gehörte es zum guten Ton, die Bahnen ins All geschossener Objekte bekanntzugeben.

Im Kalten Krieg war das nicht zuletzt eine vertrauenfördernde Maßnahme - bis 1983. Da machte US-Präsident Reagan Schluss mit der Offenheit.

Nur die Bahnen sowjetischer Militärsatelliten veröffentlichten die Amerikaner munter weiter.

Ihre eigenen wurden als "classified payload", vertrauliche Ladung, in den Himmel geschossen, der Rest war Schweigen.
Tatsächlich ist die Selbstbeschränkung Turnbulls und ihrer Kollegen schlicht Ausdruck knapper Kassen:

Seit US-Präsident George W. Bush das Nasa-Budget für 2007 vorgeschlagen hat, stellen sich Wissenschaftler in den meisten Forschungsprogramme auf drastische Kürzungen ein.

Für die Suche nach außerirdischem Leben würden Bushs Vorschläge eine Halbierung des Budgets im Vergleich zu 2005 bedeuten, sagte Jill Tarter vom Seti Institute.
"Es gibt 400 Milliarden Sterne in unserer Galaxie", sagte Margaret Turnbull von der Carnegie Institution in Washington D.C. "Natürlich werden wir den 'Terrestrial Planet Finder' nicht auf alle richten."

Darum hat Turnbull im Auftrag der Nasa und der privat finanzierten Alien-Sucher des kalifornischen Seti Institute die Auswahl eingeengt.

Als erfolgversprechende Kandidaten gelten diejenigen Systeme, in denen Sterne möglicherweise von Planeten umkreist werden.

Ein zweites Kriterium war, ob es plausibel ist, dass auf solchen Planeten Wasser in flüssiger Form vorkommt. Drittens sortierten die Forscher nach einem ganz praktischen Aspekt: Sichtbarkeit.
"Wir wollen bewohnbare Planeten mit unseren eigenen Augen sehen können", sagte Turnbull bei der Jahreskonferenz der American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in St. Louis.

Daher seien in die Liste keine zu hellen Sterne aufgenommen worden, die möglicherweise vorhandene Planeten überstrahlen würden.
"Es gibt keine bestätigten Fälle von Vogelgrippe beim Menschen", sagte der indische Gesundheitsminister Anbumani Ramadoss.
Am Wochenende hatten die Behörden in Ägypten den Zoo von Kairo geschlossen, nachdem dort 83 Vögel gestorben waren. Einige trugen H5N1 in sich.

Vogelgrippe befeuert Föderalismus-Debatte
Die Kritik an der Reaktion der Behörden auf Rügen hat unterdessen eine Debatte über die Kompetenzen von Bund und Ländern beim Katastrophenschutz ausgelöst.

"Der Fall zeigt, dass der Föderalismus bei der Krisenbekämpfung überfordert ist",

sagte der stellvertretende Vorsitzende des Bundestagsausschusses für Ernährung und Verbraucherschutz, Manfred Zöllmer, dem Berliner "Tagesspiegel".
Berlin/Brüssel - Untersuchungen hätten gezeigt, dass das Virus zunehmend tödlicher für Hühner + Mäuse werde + nun etwa drei Mal so lang - sechs Tage - bei warmen Temperaturen im Freien überdauern könne,

hieß es am Montag auf der Internet-Seite der Weltgesundheitsorganisation (WHO).

Allerdings gebe es keinen Beleg dafür, "dass das Virus seine Fähigkeit verbessert hat, leicht von einer Person zur nächsten übertragen zu werden".
Der Leiter des WHO-Influenza-Programms, Klaus Stöhr, warnte am Montagabend jedoch, dass mit der Dauer der Vogelgrippe auch die Gefahr einer Pandemie unter Menschen wachse.

Je länger das Virus existiere, desto mehr Chancen gebe es, auf den Menschen überzugehen.

"Wenn dieses Virus sich verändert, haben wir nichts in der Hand, um den weltweiten Zug hinauszuzögern", sagte Stöhr dem Fernsehsender N24.

Nach drei Monaten wären alle Kontinente davon betroffen.

Deutschland sei im weltweiten Vergleich besser auf die Seuche vorbereitet als andere Länder.

Dennoch sei nun "Klotzen wichtiger als Kleckern", um eine Übertragung des Virus von Wild- auf Nutztiere zu verhindern.
London - Er ist ein besonderes Exemplar eines exzentrischen Briten:

Zum zweiten Mal hat Stephen Gough trotz mehrfacher Festnahmen den Marathon von Land's End in Südengland bis zur Ortschaft John O'Groats an der Nordostspitze Schottlands geschafft -

ausgerüstet lediglich mit Stiefeln, Rucksack, Socken und Hut.
"Dieses Mal waren die Menschen viel freundlicher", sagte der 46-jährige ehemalige Marinesoldat, wie die Website berichtet.

"Die Gastfreundschaft war großartig. Doch das Wandern bei dem kalten und windigen Wetter war wirklich hart."
Nun haben Berliner Wissenschaftler erstmals bei einem in Deutschland erlegten Wildschwein den Parasiten Trichinella pseudospiralis nachgewiesen.

Auch er ist ein für Menschen gefährlicher Fadenwurm aus der Gattung der Trichinen.

Im Muskelfleisch eines auf der Insel Usedom geschossenen Tiers sei eine "sehr hohe Konzentration Parasiten" gefunden worden, teilte am Montag das Bundesinstitut für Risikobewertung (BfR) mit.
Nach dem Fund müsse sich künftig die Fleischbeschau in Deutschland ändern: Der Erreger könne mit der klassischen Methode des Trichinoskops kaum erkannt werden.

Bei dieser Untersuchung sucht der Veterinär nach den typischen Kapseln der Larven im Muskelfleisch geschlachteter Wirtstiere.

Allerdings ist die nun erstmals in Deutschland gefundene Trichinen-Art im Larvenstadium gar nicht eingekapselt.

Daher sei der Schweineparasit überhaupt nur bei künstlich vorverdauten Proben festzustellen.
Doch seien seine Einwände an der obersten Spitze, insbesondere von Anwälten um US-Vizepräsident Dick Cheney, abgeschmettert worden.
Mora, der im Januar als Berater der US-Marine im Rang eines Viersterne-Generals ausgeschieden war, sagte dem Magazin,

die US-Regierung sei bereit gewesen, "unsere Werte über den Haufen zu werfen", nur um Gefangene zum Reden zu bringen.

Der im Frühjahr 2004 bekannt gewordene Folterskandal von Abu Ghraib sei die unausweichliche Konsequenz gewesen.

Wie der "New Yorker" unter Berufung auf eine Aktennotiz von Mora weiter schreibt,

hatten das Weiße Haus, das Justiz- und das Verteidigungsministerium fast von Beginn ihres Antiterrorkriegs an einen rechtlich fragwürdigen Kurs eingeschlagen, um größeren Spielraum in ihrem Kampf zu erhalten.
USA: Pentagon-Berater protestierte gegen Guantánamo
Vogelgrippe: Mutation macht Virus widerstandfähiger
Iran: Zeitung veröffentlicht Präsidenten-Karikatur
Bundeswehr: Schleichweg zum Inlandseinsatz
Seuche auf Rügen: Tornados suchen verendete Vögel
Nudisten-Marathon: Brite wanderte nackt 1400 Kilometer weit
Atom-Gespräche: Russland und Iran wollen weiter verhandeln

21.Feb.2006 Pommes-Zutaten: Allergiker und Vegetarier verklagen McDonald's

21.Feb.2006 Wildschwein-Fleisch: Gefährlicher Parasit in Tier auf Usedom gefunden
Vogelgrippe-Entschädigung: 51 Euro für ein Huhn
Spionagesatelliten: Amateure jagen dunkle Späher
Krisenherd Osteuropa: Sauerstoffzufuhr für Demokraten erhöhen
US-Geldpolitik: Bernanke bleibt die wichtigste Antwort schuldig
Ungeklärter Mord: DNA-Spuren auf dem Mantel sollen Palmes Mörder überführen
Moskauer Verhandlungen: Iran besteht auf Recht zur Atomforschung

21.Feb.2006 Kohlendioxid: Ozeane bald so sauer wie zur Zeit des Dinosauriersterbens
Giftgasanschlag von Tokio: Sektenchef für geistig gesund erklärt

21.Feb.2006 Prozess: Irving sieht sich nicht als Holocaust-Leugner
Vogelgrippe-Abwehr: Katastrophenalarm in weiteren Landkreisen
Vogelgrippe auf Rügen: Erste Touristen stornieren Sommerurlaub
Suche nach Leben: Forscher stellen ihre Top 10 der Alien-Planeten vor


Independent thinking is an underestimated factor.

Nearly all the activities collected under the banner of "science" have developed institutional tendencies that are similar to their economic counterparts.

It is usually assumed that developing economies need to build resources that emulate those in the developed world, but this could actually stifle the most creative thinking.

Many scientific disciples are going through a revolution + a lot of those ideas - sometimes revolutionary ideas - are bubbling up from labs + research centers that are unaffiliated with large institutions.

Twenty years of the most advanced thinking for mathematical algorithms came from a Soviet empire starved of computing power.

The cleverest, most literally earth-shattering notions of physics for two generations came not from the expected powerhouses of the day, but from Budapest.

Iran has a tradition of architectural design that has revealed key insights to cognitive scientists.

Today, some of the most radical new ideas in second-generation artificial intelligence (so-called "autonomous agents") are incubating in Prague.
Psyops - SourceWatch ... Entertainment as Foreign for Propaganda: A History of Cultural War-Games ( ...
20.Feb.2006 In order to
continue their brutal siege of Balata Refugee Camp, where
Israel's "elite" forces killed two 16 year old members of the "terrorist infrastructure,"

yesterday foreign UNRWA employees were asked to leave the camp immediately.

20.Feb.2006 Osama Ghazi Al Baneh got off easy...the sixteen year was shot Monday through the chest by the elite forces of the light unto the nations...

praise God he's in stable condition in Rafidiya Hospital.
And the
New York Times mentioned the two sixteen year old boys killed in their own neighborhod for throwing rocks in paragraph thirty of a thirty-one page front page story.
This is how the boys ,Ibrahim Al Sheikh Issa, 16 + Mohammad Ahmad Al Natour, were mentioned:
In the West Bank, Israeli forces fatally shot two Palestinians in the Balata camp in Nablus. Palestinians said the men were throwing stones at troops; the Israeli Army said they were planting bombs.

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20.Feb.2006 Larry Beinhart: What It Means To Be A Republican - A BuzzFlash Guest Contribution from the author of "Wag the Dog," "The Librarian," and "Fog Facts"

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Simple Is As Simple Does - Commentary by Political Comedian Will Durst

20.Feb.2006 Dave Zirin: White Blindness: The Winter Olympics and Defending Bryant Gumbel - A BuzzFlash Guest Contribution by the author of "What's My Name, Fool?"
Bush's Poll Numbers are in the Toilet Across the Nation. That Means It Will be Bombs Away on Iran Soon!

20.Feb.2006 Bill Frist, Brilliant Political Strategist 2/21
Chavez Warns Rice, 'Don't Mess With Me, Girl'; Venezuelan Leader Responds to U.S. 'Inoculation' Plan 2/21

20.Feb.2006 ..from Democracy Now! on the Australian documentary on the new photos and video footage. DN! ran some of those shots + then interviewed
Dr. Alfred McCoy, a professor at the University of Wisconsin who has written extensively on the CIA (his first book was The Politics of Heroin: CIA Complicity in the Global Drug Trade . He has recently written a new book on CIA activities entitled A Question of Torture: CIA Interrogation, From the Cold War to the War on Terror” . It documents the drift of physical torture to the brand of psyops we've come to recognize on our screens. What may appear to be physical torture in those photos is really not, he contends.

The sensory deprivation, the short shackles, the sexual humiliation, all these are psychological in nature + they are the torture of choice in the field these days. Permalink
What astonishes me in all this insanity, both in the perpetrators and the perpetration, is that the techniques utilized for these horrifying ends were discovered in psychological studies.

There are professionals out there, trained and credentialed clinicians and academics, who participated in the development of the underlying principles that guide these atrocities.

Even more astonishing is that the American Psychological Association released a few months ago a paper from the task force on these issues +

it did not offer the full + blanket condemnation of torture techniques as the AMA has done in this country + in the UK.

For a bizarre debate on this point, watch another offering from Democracy Now! here.
20.Feb.2006 occurrences are pure coincidence, of course. Every single one of them. Pure coincidence. Permalink
20.Feb.2006 note: Here's a
top-of-my-head sampler of other names that appeared in other

all-too-convenient plane crashes (and feel free to add to the list):
-- John Tower (a Republican, but his Tower Commission report published a few things that the Bushes probably didn't want exposed)
-- Dorothy Hunt (wife to E. Howard; some say she was threatening to become "chatty" as Watergate unfurled)
-- Paul Wellstone
-- Larken Smith (a Democratic congressman who was looking into CIA drug dealing 00.000.1989 ),
-- Mel Carnahan
-- Charles McKee + Matthew Gannon (who headed a DIA unit which looking into CIA drug dealing in Lebanon; they went down at Lockerbie)
-- Dan Rocco (executive at Choicepoint, a firm which played a part in the 00.Nov.2000 vote steal)
-- Amriram Nir (Israeli agent who -- some say -- could have testified about Bush's Iran-contra activities)
-- John F. Kennedy Jr.

20.Feb.2006's Republican congressman Don Young -- the guy who wants to spend megabucks on a bridge to nowhere -- + his links to Jack Abramoff. Actually, Young is tied in with what may be worst part of the Abramaoff scandal: The sad affair of the Marshall Islands.
Charges for police in Tube shooting : Police officers are facing criminal charges over allegations that they tampered with evidence after shooting dead an innocent Brazilian at a London Underground station

20.Feb.2006 Venezuela's Chavez warns Rice, 'Don't mess with me': Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on Sunday warned Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice not to "mess with" him days after Rice described Venezuela as a menace to regional democracy in the midst of tense diplomatic relations between the two countries.

20.Feb.2006 Halliburton Detention Centers: What sort of national emergency requires detention centers? America has plenty of prisons. More of our population is behind bars than in any country on earth.

20.Feb.2006 Pregnant immigrant miscarries after being abused by federal agents: Asian-Americans and others demonstrated in both Philadelphia and New York City on February 15 to protest the abuse of a pregnant Chinese woman by federal immigration officers. The 32-year-old woman, Zhenxing Jiang, was carrying twins and suffered a miscarriage as a result.

20.Feb.2006 Industries Get Quiet Protection From Lawsuits : Federal agencies are using arcane regulations and legal opinions to shield automakers and others from challenges by s and states.
Shameful: This is the world's view on Guantanamo. : A UN report condemns 'torture' at the detention camp. But, like other revelations in the 'war on terror', the reaction is to deplore the publicity and ignore the brutality.

20.Feb.2006 Torture flights landed in UK, admit air controllers : CIA jets suspected of flying terrorist suspects to secret prisons for torture have landed at commercial British airports and received help from UK air traffic control, the authorities have admitted for the first time.

20.Feb.2006 UK police arrest stars of award-winning film "The Road to Guantanamo" under the Prevention of Terrorism Act : Citing the "Prevention of Terrorism" act, British Police have arrested and interrogated three of the stars of the award-winning film "The Road to Guantanamo", together with the three ex-Guantanomo detainees on whose story the film is based.

20.Feb.2006 Blair's new laws leave us at the mercy of future tyrants : Osama bin Laden's achievement was not to mastermind the flying of jets into the Twin Towers, not to franchise his brand of terrorism to a lot of savage young men, not even to inspire the invasion of Iraq. No, it was to spook the West and to fill our minds with fear so that we let security oppress liberty and turn us away from the abuse and torture occurring in Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib.

20.Feb.2006 Eric Margolis: Blair's dumb gag law: History shows such laws are soon followed by offences like 'being an enemy of the people'
UK radiation jump blamed on Iraq shells: RADIATION detectors in Britain recorded a fourfold increase in uranium levels in the atmosphere after the “shock and awe” bombing campaign against Iraq, according to a report.

20.Feb.2006 Charley Reese : What Bush Is Up To : I'm going to tell you what the real Bush administration policy is.

20.Feb.2006 West may have to live with low-level Iranian atom work : The crisis over Iran's atomic agenda is deepening, but the world's nuclear watchdog chief has warned there may be no choice but to accept limited uranium enrichment by Tehran, diplomats say.

20.Feb.2006 In case you missed it: Iran Is Judged 10 Years From Nuclear Bomb: U.S. Intelligence Review Contrasts With Administration Statements
Constant Conflict

A look behind the philosophy and practice of Americas push for domination of the worlds economy and culture

US Army War College Quarterly

There will be no peace. At any given moment for the rest of our lifetimes, there will be multiple conflicts in mutating forms around the globe. Violent conflict will dominate the headlines, but cultural and economic struggles will be steadier and ultimately more decisive. The de facto role of the US armed forces will be to keep the world safe for our economy and open to our cultural assault. To those ends, we will do a fair amount of killing. Continued 20.Feb.2006 37 million poor hidden in the land of plenty -By Paul Harris
Americans have always believed that hard work will bring rewards, but vast numbers now cannot meet their bills even with two or three jobs. More than one in 10 citizens live below the poverty line + the gap between the haves and have-nots is widening.

WWIII or Bust: Implications of a US Attack on Iran- By Heather Wokusch
How ironic that the Pentagon proposes using nuclear weapons on the pretext of protecting the world from nuclear weapons. Ironic also that Iran has complied with its obligations under the Non-Proliferation Treaty, allowing inspectors to "go anywhere and see anything," yet those pushing for an attack, the USA and Israel, have not.

20.Feb.2006 02/19/06 Why America will reap in Iran what it doesn’t expect -By abid Ullah Jan
Emboldened by their adventures in Afghanistan and Iraq + deluded by the IAEA conclusion that Iraq has no nuclear weapons, the warlords are set to go into a war that will definitely lead to massive bloodshed in the Middle East and the downfall of the USA as we see it.

From Che to Chavez: Latin America revolts against the empire: The increasing isolation of the US in the region was demonstrated at the Summit of the Americas meeting in November, where the US failed to force through its key project for a Free Trade Area of the Americas, which would further expose the continent to domination and exploitation by US corporations.

20.Feb.2006 Muslim charity calls for fairness Inquiry found no link to terrorism: A board member of a Toledo-based Muslim charity said yesterday that a Senate panel's two-year investigation into possible terrorist links, which ended recently with no allegations of wrongdoing, was "reminiscent of the McCarthy era."

20.Feb.2006 Bush seeks legal authority to wiretap without courts : After two months of insisting that President George W. Bush did not need court approval to authorize wiretapping of calls between the USA + suspected terrorists abroad, the administration is trying to resist pressure for judicial review while pushing for retroactive congressional approval of the program.

20.Feb.2006 Privacy Guardian Is Still a Paper Tiger: A year after its creation, the White House civil liberties board has yet to do a single day of work.

20.Feb.2006 Data Mining 101: Finding Subversives with Amazon Wishlists: Vast deposits of personal information sit in databases across the internet. Terms used in phone conversations have become the grounds for federal investigation. Reputable organizations like the Catholic Worker, Greenpeace + the Vegan Community Project, have come under scrutiny by FBI "counterterrorism" agents

20.Feb.2006 North Carolina GOP request for church directories: The North Carolina Republican Party asked its members this week to send their church directories to the party, drawing protests from local and national religious leaders.

20.Feb.2006 What if the Cassandras are right? : Professor Krugman reminded us that last year America's imports were 57% larger than her exports, that her borrowing binge was unsustainable and that, since a "soft landing" was unlikely, there could be a 30% fall in the value of the dollar in order to eliminate the trade deficit.

20.Feb.2006 He sells milk for half the price you pay . The feds want to stop him. Why?
20.Feb.2006 In case you missed it:
Uncovered: The Whole Truth About The Iraq War : An impressive roster of experts is assembled to provide a generally withering commentary on the quality of evidence and possible motivations of the Neo-conservatives who provided the momentum and muscle behind America's venture into preemptive war.

20.Feb.2006 I confessed to escape Guantanamo torture : He told his lawyer that he would be "hung on the door for two hours and then allowed to sit for half an hour but never allowed to sleep. This would go on for 48 hours in a row".

20.Feb.2006 Report: Pentagon warned on torture, abuse: Legal theories granting the president the right to authorize abuse in spite of the Geneva Conventions were unlawful, dangerous and erroneous, Alberto J. Mora advised officials in a secret memo.

20.Feb.2006 Senior Lawyer at Pentagon Broke Ranks on Detainees : One of the Pentagon's top civilian lawyers repeatedly challenged the Bush administration's policy on the coercive interrogation of terror suspects, arguing that such practices violated the law, verged on torture and could ultimately expose senior officials to prosecution

20.Feb.2006 US military planes criss-cross Europe using bogus call sign: Not only is the call sign bogus — according to the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) — so, it appears, are some of the aircraft details the Americans have filed with the air traffic control authorities.

20.Feb.2006 Bush 'butcher of freedom': bin Laden: Osama bin Laden accused US forces of "barbaric" acts in Iraq comparable to those committed by Saddam Hussein, according to an audio tape first broadcast in January and posted on the internet in full today.

20.Feb.2006 Commentary: Iraq, Iran unintended results: When Bill Clinton signed the Iraq Liberation Act into law Oct. 31, 1998, it paved the way for the March 2003 shock and awe invasion of Iraq. Some $300 billion later, including $10 billion in military hardware chewed up, the meter is still running.

20.Feb.2006 US Asks Georgia to Use Bases and Airfields for Attacks on Iran — Paper: American officials are probing whether Georgia, situated just northwest of Iran, will allow Washington to use its military bases and airfields in the event of a military conflict with Teheran

20.Feb.2006 Georgia denies US 'putting out feelers': Following the Post's report that the US was considering using military bases in Georgia as a platform for a possible attack on Iran, the Georgian chief of General Staff denied the claims.

20.Feb.2006 Iran to pursue atomic research despite Russian plan: Iran vowed on Monday to pursue nuclear research even if talks in Moscow lead to agreement on a Russian offer to enrich uranium for Iranian power plants -- a plan aimed at defusing fears Tehran wants atomic bombs.

20.Feb.2006 Iran: If there is a war, will it be like Iraq? : Iran & America will face each other; this is what was being waited for the last thirty years.

20.Feb.2006 Jorge Hirsch : America and Iran: At the Brink of the Abyss : We can stop a "preemptive" nuclear strike

20.Feb.2006 US style of human rights based on torture: Iran :

Iran's Minister of Defense and Logistics of Armed Forces Brigadier General Mostafa Mohammad Najjar said that the human rights favored by US President George Bush

are based on clandestine cells, torture, terror, wire tapping of American civilians, sacrilege to religious sanctities, proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and attack on civilians.

20.Feb.2006 Jimmy Carter: Don't Punish the Palestinians:

As the results of the recent Palestinian elections are implemented, it's important to understand how the transition process works and also how important to it are actions by Israel and the USA.

20.Feb.2006 Linda McQuaig: If Hamas must renounce violence, so should Israel:

If Palestinians are going to be required to renounce violence — as they should be — shouldn't Israel also be required to renounce violence + to stop building settlements and walls on Palestinian territory?
Silence the War Drums -By Ron Paul
Mr. Speaker, I rise in strong opposition to this very dangerous legislation. My colleagues would do well to understand that this legislation is leading us toward war against Iran.

Churchill, Hitler + Newt -By Patrick J. Buchanan
You can always tell when the War Party wants a new war. They will invariably trot out the Argumentum ad Hitlerum.
Before the 1991 Gulf War, Saddam had become "the Hitler of Arabia," though he had only conquered a sandbox half the size of Denmark.

Milosevic then became the "Hitler of the Balkans," though he had lost Slovenia, Croatia and Macedonia, was struggling to hold Bosnia and Kosovo + had defeated no one. Comes now the new Hitler. Continued
20.Feb.2006 Hilberts Vermächtnis

Hilbert wehrte sich immer gegen eine pessimistische Sicht der Wissenschaft im Sinne eines ignoramus et ignorabimus .

Sein Glaube, dass wir die Welt verstehen können, zeigt sich in seiner Grabinschrift: Wir müssen wissen + wir werden wissen.
Verlierer der Globalisierung: Indische Traumwelten

20.Feb.2006 Weitere Botschaft: Bin Laden will sich nicht lebend fangen lassen

20.Feb.2006Mecklenburg-Vorpommern: Vogelgrippe-Alarm jetzt auch auf dem Festland
18.Sep.2003 G.W.Bush : "We've had no evidence that Saddam Hussein was involved with 11.Sep.2001 ." -
A software company called Ptech
, founded by a Saudi financier

00.Oct.2001 placed on America s Terrorist List,

had access to the FAA's entire computer system

for two years before the 11.Sep.2001 attack.

But it s the unreported story that has the potential to lead to the explosive charge that the FBI 's role in the

11.Sep.2001 investigation itself needs investigation.

00.Oct.2001 -a handful of ex-Ptech employees alerted the FBI to evidence indicating that the firm had Saudi terror connections.

00.000.2002 -Almost a year later- the Boston FBI had still done nothing about it.

They had, in fact, shut down their cursory investigation and taken no action.
Michael Chertoff and the Sabotage of the Ptech Investigation
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As I said on the online chat this morning,

00.000.2005 -prior to the fall of- nobody would have suggested that Jack Abramoff was anything other than a self described "right-wing ideologue" + a GOP operative,

a man who once famously said " it is not our job to seek peaceful coexistence with the Left.

Our job is to remove them from power permanently."
Suddenly the GOP + the president himself began calling Abramoff an "equal money dispenser" +

there is every appearance that management of the Washington Post have gone along with a decision to deceive the public by painting the scandals currently threatening the Republican party as "bipartisan."
20.Feb.2006 Bully for
Glenn Greenwald: Knight Ridder -- WASHINGTON - A

00.Jul.2002 Justice Department statement to a Senate committee appears to contradict several key arguments that the Bush administration is making to defend its eavesdropping on U.S. citizens without court warrants.
00.000.2002 -the department said in- The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, the law governing such operations, was working well.

A "significant review" would be needed to determine whether FISA's legal requirements for obtaining warrants should be loosened because they hampered counterterrorism efforts, the department said then.
President Bush, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales + other top officials now argue that warrantless eavesdropping is necessary in part because complying with the FISA law is too burdensome and impedes the government's ability to rapidly track communications between suspected terrorists.
In its 2002 statement, the Justice Department said it opposed a legislative proposal to change FISA to make it easier to obtain warrants that would allow the super-secret National Security Agency to listen in on communications involving non-U.S. citizens inside the USA.
Today, senior U.S. officials complain that FISA prevents them from doing that.(snip)
Glenn Greenwald, an Internet blogger, first connected the earlier Justice Department statement to the Bush administration's current arguments on his Web log, called Unclaimed Territory.

While we don't have billions or a warmongering diapered class who piddle themselves every time George Bush screams "orange alert," we sure do have a corner on the smart kids.
Defense Department plans army of robots
No other approach to the Pentagon afforded this capability, combined with being the renovated wedge where personnel had been relocated from for some time.

Also this 'reinforced' wedge was just completed by a British contractor, whose men and equipment were just conveniently still 'Johnny on the spot' to handle the cleanup.

Strangely, they had been contracted to only perform the reinforcements and renovation of the first wedge, the remainder going to another contractor.

Or that months before 11.Sep.2001, the military re-issued a strange, little-known administrative order (CJCSI 3610.01A) making all routine requests for domestic intercepts be routed directly across the desk of the Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld himself. While emergencies were still supposed to be handled in the usual direct manner, cutting across the hierarchy, apparently 11.Sep.2001 was not considered an emergency.

Rumsfeld's personal 11.Sep.2001 timelines are now severely in question, as are the conflicting stories (from the original official story) from the 'unsworn' testimony of NORAD officers to the 11.Sep.2001 Commission.
Atomstreit: Teheran zeigt Kompromissbereitschaft
Vogelgrippe: Virus erreicht das Festland
IDGR - Die Geschäfte von Friedrich Schwend und Klaus Barbie [ ] Informationsdienst gegen Rechtsextremismus.

Die Geschäfte von Friedrich Schwend und Klaus Barbie. von Friedrich Paul Heller ...

Die "Gruppe Wendig" ist eine Gruppe um Friedrich Schwend alias Fritz Wendig ...

IDGR - Die ODESSA erklärt dem Staat Israel den Krieg ... der Organisation in Südamerika, so das Dokument, sei Friedrich Schwend , in Spanien Otto Skorzeny ... stammen aus dem Besitz von Friedrich Schwend ,

der für das "Unternehmens Bernhard ...
IDGR - Lexikon Rechtsextremismus - Friedrich Schwend ... Schwend, Friedrich. Friedrich Schwend wurde 1906 geboren.

00.000.1932 trat er in die NSDAP ein ... Laut einem Dokument der CIA war Friedrich Schwend zusammen mit Barbie an einem Mordkomplott ...
"HE COMES FROM ODESSA. AND THIS MEANS..." - MIKHAIL GOLD ... were ODESSA's heads - general von Allen + SS sturmbannfuehrer Friedrich Schwend (a Nazi treasurer in Latin America ...
Nazi Gold: Operation Andrew, Sweden and Nazi Gold" The recovery of the Nazi and Japanese Treasures ... To accomplish the widespread distribution, Friedrich Schwend was brought into the operation ...
September 30-October 7
*What Is Bush Hiding?:  Not only has GW stopped the scheduled mandatory release of Ronald Reagan's papers THREE times since taking office, he is also
hiding his own gubernatorial papers at his dad's library in Texas, rather than the traditional location in the state archives.  In the Bush library, their ownership is not clear + access to them will apparently be limited. 

Bush's attorney is taking the position that the papers will no longer belong to the state + will not allow state archivists to catalogue them. 

While other governors in Texas have left their papers in repositories other than the archives, the state has always retained copies and ownership of the papers. 

So what does Shrub have to hide??  Can anyone imagine the outcry if Clinton tried to do this?  Arlen Specter would probably try to impeach him again.  

September 3-9
*Private Fireworks? : In honor of Mexican President Vicente Fox's official state visit, the White House arranged for a spectacular fireworks display over the Ellipse near the mansion. 

The public was not invited and DC residents were not informed.  The reason?  The WH feared a crowd and ensuing "security concerns"

Gee, it's only the freaking nation's capital!  God forbid any average citizens should show up.  Irritated locals from Adams Morgan to Georgetown complained of being awakened at the late hour (11 p.m.) on a weeknight. 

The estimated cost to the taxpayers for this private exclusive display, to which only 136 people were invited, was between $175,000 and $250,000.  That's par for the spoiled elitist Bush's.  They don't worry about cost or inconvenience to others.  They think they can do whatever they damn well please with impunity.  

At a photo-op, reporters tired to ask some questions, as Bush declined to schedule any press conferences during Fox's visit. 

Apparently Mr. Bush got a little testy + told the reporters to "Shut up!".  Well actually he said: "callate", Spanish for "be quiet", a term usually used with small children.  Isn't he clever.  
September 3-9
Unemployment jumped to 4.9%, the highest in over 4 years; 

5).  Bush adds yet another new reason to his list of incentives to use the Social Security surplus for government spending, on top of war or recession, now he includes "severe emergency"Now that's nice and vague!
August 2001

*Hiding the Regan Papers:   Shrub has a problem with information that should be (or has been) public that might embarrass him or thwart his agenda.  

He is holding up release of thousands of documents from the Reagan era that should have been in the public domain by now.  

I wonder how many embarrassing things about Poppy are in those papers.   As I previously reported, the Pentagon is trying to suppress criticism of the missile defense program by MIT professor Theodore Postel.   

More recently, the Bush administration attempted to recall a State Department book detailing the USA' role in the deaths of thousands of Indonesians in the 1960s in order to topple Sukarno – current President Megawati's father

July 30-August 5

*The Absentee President:   Dubya leaves for a month long vacation at his Crawford ranch this week.  I say, good riddance!! Take the next 3.5 years off!!  Never mind that this is the longest vacation taken by any pResident since Richard Nixon.  Never mind that the average American gets 2 weeks a year + you already took 14 weekends at Camp David and that nice trip to Kennebunkport. 

Never mind that Dubya will have spent 42% of his residency on vacation thus far.  Really, we forgive your lackadaisical approach to government, especially if you just stay home.  
August 2001
August 20-26
*War Or Recession!:   Speaking of Social Security, does anyone remember Mr. Bush or anyone in his campaign saying there were circumstances under which he WOULD tap the SS "trust fund"?  I

don't.  Now the Bushies are saying the Resident "always" stated that he would tap the surplus in the case of war (OK, that's reasonable) or recession. 

"White House spokesmen said that Bush had made similar statements during the campaign, but could not cite any examples when asked

On his official campaign Web site, which is still functioning, Bush vowed: 'The Social Security surplus must be locked away only for Social Security.' "  Which one do you think they will declare first? 

Because they are going to use that money, I guarantee you + they are going to attempt to make it look justified for some reason other than the tax cut. 

I predict the Bushies will be pronouncing us into a recession any day now, I am beginning to see why they've been bad-mouthing the economy all these months
August 2001
*Reagan Papers Withheld Again: 

The White House has twice now ordered the National Archives to delay in the release of Ronald Reagan's papers, which were due to become public under federal Presidential Records Act on Bush's inauguration day. 

They asked for the exertions purportedly to ascertain whether any of the 68,000 documents should be removed under executive privilege. 

This is shaky to begin with, as it implies that executive privilege applies to those who are no longer executives. 

Although the White house announced in June that they were doing a "thorough legal review" of all the documents, the WH and the National Archive now admit that they are not reviewing the documents at all. 

What they are actually doing is trying to find out how to circumvent or "revisit" the PRA law. 

Which of course, the executive branch has absolutely no right to do. 

Reagan's own archivists admit that no request for delay came from their side, in fact they want the papers released. 

The obstruction is the sole doing of the Bushies. Hmmmmm, wonder what's in there about dear old dad, George I. 

Or some of those Reagan chestnuts in the current Bush administration.

Or in dear old dad's own papers, due for release in 2005

July 2001

*Spin, spin, spin.   When Bush is getting his way, it demonstrates his unarguable mandate. When he isn't getting his way, his other "accomplishments" are remarkable in face of "one of the closest elections in history"

(Note to Ari Fleischer, not one of, THE closest.  And the only one ever stolen from the American people by Supreme Court coup.)
June 2001
*Bush Scientific Panel Affirms Global Warming:  

When Bush removed the US from the Kyoto Climate Control Treaty, he asked the National Academy of Sciences to prepare a report on the scientific evidence about global warming

This scientific panel completed its work this week + reaffirmed the mainstream scientific view that the earth's atmosphere was getting warmer and that human activity was largely responsible. 

I wonder what excuse Bush will use now, since he can no longer argue that the science is not adequate. 

His solution:  study it some more

"The president's approach to global warming is like commissioning a study on fire while your house burns down," said Sierra Club executive director Carl Pope. 

Rumors are that he will propose voluntary reductions, but this will not work because profit-making entities can only go so far without assurances that their competitors are subject to the same standards.
June 2001
*Allbaugh's Joyride :  FEMA director, Joseph Allbaugh, angered career employees at the agency by using a sophisticated plane, called the National Airborne Operations Center, for a routine trip. 

The director is authorized to use the plane to oversee disaster responses. 

Allbaugh used it to go on a tour of the Florida Hurricane Center and visit the governor of Puerto Rico. 

He claims he needed to familiarize himself with the plane, but past directors have accompanied Air Force personal on their required training missions. 

No one has commandeered the plane for a routine business trip before.

The price tag:  $340,000.  Way to reign in federal spending!!  FEMA has graciously agreed not to charge Puerto Rico for the trip. 

While Bush's campaign manger, he required staffers to take cheap flights, share hotel rooms and limited food budgets. 

Guess he doesn't hold himself to those frugal standards.
Day #83 (4/14) : a). Could Mr. Bush miss one day at his Texas ranch to welcome home 24 American servicemen held hostage in China for 11 days + who arrive home today?  Apparently not. 

According to Fred Greenstein, a presidential scholar form Princeton University, Bush's willingness to stand in the shadows during major national events is : "kind of astonishing... It's almost as if he doesn't realize that the president is the symbolic leader of the nation, the head of state." 
Day 0 (1/20):   Blocks all of Clinton's final actions from being printed in the Federal register, including housing funds for the poor,

regulations allowing landlords to kick drug dealers out of their properties, a rule requiring WTO deals to be reviewed for their environmental impact and new maps outlining the habitats of endangered species.
July 2001
*Rumsfeld Annoys Pentagon :  Don Rumsfeld (affectionately referred to as Dr. Strangelove by us lefties) is having some trouble with the folks at the Pentagon.   It seems that those
career military types don’t like being left out of the comprehensive military review and national security loop by a bunch of political appointees.   Go figure!
July 2001
Bush Week in Review

*Let the Small Arms Flow Free!:   The Bush administration will no longer support international agreement to curb the flow of illegal small arms into conflict zones

The United Nations estimates that 500 million weapons are used worldwide to kill over a half million people per year, mostly in third world countries. 

But god forbid any member of the rabidly pro-gun faction shouldn't be able to obtain their grenade launcher in a timely manner. 

That's what the NRA dogma espouses and the Bushies faithfully followed.  What did they say about having a desk in the Oval Office?

*NRA Oval Office Reinterprets Constitution :  

In a related issue, the "Justice" Department is reversing a position it adopted nearly 30 years ago +

is preparing a formal legal opinion that individuals, not just groups, have a constitutional right to own guns, a view advocated by Attorney General John Ashcroft. 

''If I were a criminal defendant and I violated federal gun laws, I would certainly welcome having the attorney general support me in saying that the law I'm being prosecuted under is unconstitutional,'' said John Lowy of the Brady Campaign. In another move applauded by the NRA, Ashcroft last month announced plans to slash the amount of time the government can keep records of instant background checks for gun buyers from 90 days to ONE day. While acknowledging that the system helped to prevent hundreds of thousands of illegal gun sales to felons, the AG nonetheless intends to gut its effectiveness.  Ashcroft, an NRA member, swore in his confirmation hearings not to let his personal beliefs rule his decision making at the department he heads. More lies from Bush appointees. 

It seems that Power served on the Advisory Board to the Canadian Centre for Emergency Preparedness(CCEP), along with none other than Richard Sheirer, Senior Vice President, Giuliani & Partners.

Former New York mayor Rudi Giuliani, who was in office at the time of the 11.Sep.2001 attacks, was, by sheer coincidence, in London when the recent bombings took place.

And by further sheer coincidence, just happened to be only "yards from Liverpool Street station when the bombs went off." [Source]

On the website of the CCEP, their internet page listing current advisors shows only Mr Power.

However.... if you go to the Google cache of the same page -a snapshot as of 27 Jan 2005- it shows both Power and Sheirer were on the advisory board together.


In case you forgot exactly who Sheirer is, let's quote from his bio page on the CCEP website:

"Until recently, he was Commissioner of New York City's Mayor's Office of Emergency Management (OEM). Following the September 11th World Trade Center disaster, Mr. Sheirer, in his capacity as Director of the Mayor's Office of Emergency Management, played a key role in overseeing the City's rescue and recovery operations."

As well as being director of New York's overall emergency response planning in the lead-in to 11.Sep.2001, Sheirer himself was the city's on-scene coordinator of multiple agency responses to the 11.Sep.2001 attacks themselves.

And I suppose this is a good time to point out that Sheirer should really be addressed by his full title -courtesy of Her Majesty the Queen, in recognition of services to British/American relations- Mr. Richard J Sheirer CBE, honorary Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.

The 11.Sep.2001-related CBE was bestowed by the British Ambassador, Sir Christopher Meyer, in a most touching ceremony at the British Embassy, in Washington D.C. on 28 October 2002.

I'm sure it was a proud moment for Sheirer. Even prouder than his May 2002 attendance at an FCC media security meeting along with media baron, K. Rupert Murdoch.

Speaking of whom, all this reminds me that about a month after Sheirer got his CBE, Murdoch himself honored Peter S. Lowy, Chief Executive Officer of Westfield Corporation, Inc. for his contributions to Australian-American relations at a Benefit Dinner on November 20, 2002 in New York City.

Westfield Corporation, is the outfit which purchased the World Trade Center complex just weeks before it so unexpectedly fell down. [See our 4th Oct., 2001 article: The BlockBuster]

Isn't it nice to see people honored for their contributions to international relations -especialy Anglo-American-Australian relations.

Fintan Dunne

EWING 2001 painstakingly joining the dots ...
Keeping family in the business
28.Oct.2005 IT'S a "club" that boasts among its members the Packer, Lowy, Murdoch + Smorgan dynasties - along with many more household names - + it's called the family business.

And while such businesses are the source of many high points and much pride for parents, they can also be a massive challenge.
"He said, 'You know, I've never felt so bad about anything in my life,' " Chambliss recalled. "He was really emotional about it."
"He said, 'You know, I've never felt so bad about anything in my life,' " Chambliss recalled. "He was really emotional about it."
"He said, 'You know, I've never felt so bad about anything in my life,' " Chambliss recalled. "He was really emotional about it."
Chambliss, who spoke with Cheney after a meeting with senators last week, said the vice president seemed distressed over the Whittington accident.

"He said, 'You know, I've never felt so bad about anything in my life,' " Chambliss recalled. "He was really emotional about it."
00.Jan.2001 -Since becoming vice president- Cheney has continued to mix work + pleasure in these trips, at least in his choice of companions.

Besides Graham and Chambliss, Cheney has gone hunting with a variety of other politicians, including Republican Sens. John Thune (S.D.), Trent Lott (Miss.) and Jim DeMint (S.C.), South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford (R), former treasury secretary Nicholas F. Brady and former senators Phil Gramm (R-Tex.) and Zell Miller (D-Ga.).

Although associates say Cheney does not use hunting trips as an explicit fundraising vehicle, he has brought along prominent business figures, including

Ohio billionaire Leslie H. Wexner, whose retail empire includes such chains as Limited Stores, Express, Bath & Body Works and Victoria's Secret.

Katharine Armstrong, whose family owns the Texas ranch where the shooting accident occurred, is a registered lobbyist.

And of course, Cheney's most famous hunting partner before Harry Whittington was Justice Antonin Scalia,

a fact that sparked controversy because the Supreme Court was ruling in a case involving Cheney +

Scalia declined to recuse himself.

Yet several hunting companions say the trips include more political gossiping and storytelling than horse-trading.

While women sometimes come along, such as Armstrong + Pamela Pitzer Willeford, the U.S. ambassador to Switzerland who was also at the Texas ranch a weekend ago,

Lynne Cheney does not seem to be a regular on these trips.

But the famously taciturn vice president reportedly opens up after a day in the open.
It hasn't always been.

Although Cheney has fished avidly most of his life and hunted occasionally as a boy, friends say he only picked up hunting seriously about a decade ago while he was chief executive of Halliburton Co. in Texas.

"He had to have a way to relieve himself but also to take advantage of some business opportunities," said Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.), another frequent hunting partner.
Is Bush's House of Cards Collapsing?
Maureen Dowd: Hunting for a Straight Shooter
See "Caught in the Crossfire: The Untold Story of Falluja"
The North Carolina Republican Party asked its members this week to send their church directories to the party, drawing furious protests from local and national religious leaders. 2/20
Largest gathering of churches in a decade denounces Washington for "raining down terror" on Iraq and turning back on global warming
37 million poor hidden in the land of plenty: "Americans have always believed that hard work will bring rewards, but vast numbers now cannot meet their bills even with two or three jobs. More than one in 10 citizens live below the poverty line + the gap between the haves and have-nots is widening."
Montana: A huge outfitting store on the edge of this mountain-ringed town should be a conservative bastion: The ranchers and farmers who come to shop tend to be reliable Republicans. But here at Murdoch's Ranch and Home Supply ? amid the calf pens, muck buckets and bags of horse feed ? there are signs of trouble for the GOP. And that could be bad news for the party from coast to coast. 2/19
"The Take": "A stirring, idealistic documentary"
Iraqi insurgents seem to time their attacks and informal cease-fires for maximum gain, while distancing themselves from foreign fighters. 2/19
What Buzz Has Been Saying: Dems Need A Newt Of Their Own. The Party Can't Have a Revolution Without the Revolutionaries. 2/19

Vogelgrippe: Merkel über die Lage auf Rügen besorgt

19.Feb.2006 Tal der Wölfe: Actionfilm wird zum politischen Streitfall
Wintereinbruch: USA werden von Kältewelle heimgesucht
Nahost: Israel friert Hilfe für Palästinenser ein
Vogelgrippe: Rügener Enten und Hühner werden gekeult
Tonbänder: Saddams geheime Biowaffen-Pläne
Tal der Wölfe: Stoiber will türkischen Actionfilm absetzen lassen
Sri Lanka: Letzte Zuflucht der Elefanten
Sonnenfinsternis auf Mars: Esa-Sonde beobachtet Mondschatten
Nuclear deal will make India dependent on US: : Senior BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi today apprehended that the Indo-US civilian nuclear cooperation agreement signed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during his July 2005 US visit, was prejudicial to Indian interests as it makes the country perpetually dependent on the US.

19.Feb.2006 Bolton launches talks on replacing Annan: The U.S. ambassador opened Security Council discussions on the next U.N. secretary-general, calling the choice of a replacement for Kofi Annan probably the most important decision the world body will make this year.

19.Feb.2006 U.S. Criticized For Actions In U.N. Council: Developing nations expressed anger on Friday at what they said was a USA-led effort to wrest power from them and give authority for bringing major change at the United Nations to the 15-member Security Council.

19.Feb.2006 Viva Chavez!: Rice Empties Both Barrels on Venezuela's Chavez: The Venezuelan president, viewed by the Bush Administration as a communist madman, got some choice words from the US Secretary of State over concerns that he's forming ties to terrorists and extremists.

19.Feb.2006 Chavez threatens to cut off oil to U.S.: Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez warned Friday that the USA would get no more Venezuelan oil if Washington were to "cross the line" as relations between the two governments deteriorate in an escalating war of words.

19.Feb.2006 Parliament’s failed us, so let’s challenge Blair’s police state ourselves: Self-censorship will have a chilling effect on freedom of speech.

Whenever any person speaks on any liberation struggle, hanging above them will be the threat of prosecution for glorifying terrorism. This is thought crime.

19.Feb.2006 War on terror Is Orwell's Never Ending War: What started as a war of liberation in Iraq has now become the front for an Orwellian never ending war on terror which is slowly draining the heart, resources + spirit of America:

19.Feb.2006 See no evil: A damning report accuses Europe of turning a blind eye to human rights abuses allegedly committed on its soil in the name of fighting terrorism

19.Feb.2006 A Half-Dozen Questions About 11.Sep.2001 They Don't Want You to Ask

19.Feb.2006 Calling the Barrel Black: Make no mistake about it -- we are being prepped for four dollars a gallon. Softened up like veal on hormones. Each wave of price hikes is an opportunistic test-marketing program that pays for itself billions of times over.

19.Feb.2006 The great tsunami, the giant wave that will change our lifestyles forever: Of the approximate 84 million barrels of oil consumed on a daily basis by the nations of this planet, the US consumes roughly 21 barrels million of that total, or about 25 % -- an astounding figure for a nation that represents about 5 % of the entire world's population.

19.Feb.2006 Cheney's Accident Tale Filled With Discrepancies: Although there is no evidence that beer impaired Cheney's judgment, initial denials that he had consumed alcohol were wrong.
The terror of occupation: If coalition troops are protecting Iraq from terrorism, who is protecting Iraqis from coalition troops

19.Feb.2006 Missing From ABC's WMD 'Scoop': Star defector Hussein Kamel said weapons were destroyed

19.Feb.2006 Iran Was on Edge; Now It's on Top: The war in Iraq has bolstered the regime's influence in the region and made it bolder.

19.Feb.2006 Rice urges Arabs to isolate Iran: US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice urged reluctant Arab nations on Friday to threaten to isolate Iran unless it bows to international pressure to curb its suspected nuclear weapons programmes.

19.Feb.2006 Iranian suicide bombers warn US, UK against strike on nuke facilities : A gathering of Iranians who claim they are dedicated to becoming suicide bombers warned the USA + Britain on Saturday of attacks on coalition military bases in Iraq if there were a strike against Tehran's nuclear facilities.

19.Feb.2006 Formenting a coup? US will allocate $5m to finance Syria opposition: The USA will allocate $5 million to finance the Syrian opposition, the State Department said yesterday, two days after announcing a similar initiative for the Iranian opposition.

19.Feb.2006 US wants to boost sanctions against Syria: The USA wants to strengthen its sanctions against Syria and is trying to convince other nations to follow suit.

19.Feb.2006 Hamas takes control of Palestinian parliament : Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas of the Fatah party urged Hamas to accept negotiations with Israel as the ''sole political, pragmatic and strategic choice'' Palestinians have in their struggle to create a state.

19.Feb.2006 US holds secret talks to weaken Hamas: SENIOR Israeli and Palestinian representatives have held secret talks in America to discuss ways of sidelining Hamas, the Islamic militant group that took power for the first time in the Palestinian territories yesterday after emerging as the surprise victor in elections last month.

19.Feb.2006 Rice Warns Arab States Not to Fund Hamas: Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice warned Iran and other Middle East powers on Friday not to fund a Palestinian government led by Hamas and questioned whether the militant Islamic group could raise badly needed cash without changing its policies.

19.Feb.2006 U.S. asks Palestinians to return $50 million in aid : The USA has asked the Palestinian Authority to return $50 million in U.S. aid because Washington does not want a Hamas-led government to have the funds, the State Department said on Friday.

19.Feb.2006 Turkey scolds Israel after uproar over visit of Hamas chief : A visit by the exiled political leader of Hamas to the Turkish capital has triggered a new diplomatic rift between U.S. allies Israel and Turkey, two years after the Turkish premier accused Israel of engaging in state terrorism against Palestinians.
Constant Conflict

A look behind the philosophy and practice of Americas push for domination of the worlds economy and culture US Army War College Quarterly

There will be no peace.

At any given moment for the rest of our lifetimes, there will be multiple conflicts in mutating forms around the globe.

Violent conflict will dominate the headlines, but cultural and economic struggles will be steadier + ultimately more decisive.

The de facto role of the US armed forces will be to keep the world safe for our economy and open to our cultural assault.

To those ends, we will do a fair amount of killing. Continued

19.Feb.2006 Video: Why We Fight

What are the forces that shape and propel American militarism? This award-winning film provides an inside look at the anatomy of the American war machine.

Is American foreign policy dominated by the idea of military supremacy? Has the military become too important in American life?  Click here to view
What Happened To My Country?
I am no longer proud to be an American, but I have no place to go. -By Steve Osborn
My God!

What has happened to my nation?

My nation that no longer pays more than lip service to its Constitution and Bill of Rights, which have been a beacon to the world for over two centuries.

My nation that unilaterally discards treaties that were the hope of a world of peace, guided by law and diplomacy.

My nation that will wage a war of aggression against a far off nation that was no threat to it, but that has lots of oil. My nation that gives all of its wealth to the rich and is satisfied to leave its citizens to starve, homeless, unemployed and sickly. Continued
Here's my conclusion. The Project for the New American Century is an aggressive, operational blueprint, now.

Arising from that has been an implementation strategy,

again embodied in physical documentation, by the Pentagon.

I deal with this in an exhaustive manner in my series, The 21st Century , Parts 1, 2, 3 + 4 of which can be accessed by the embedded hyperlinks.
The conclusion I've reached—shared by some, but certainly not the majority, of progressives—is that, by its very nature, an implementation of this kind, once begun, cannot be stopped:

essentially, it has a life of its own that would survive and in fact transcend the small men now infecting Washington, D.C.
In its broad stroke, this policy has set the nation and the larger world onto a path that will lead to a very grim world, at least grim to the minds of people who had anticipated a liberalizing, pluralistic + progressively enlightening globe in this new century.
I honestly believe that it is possible to disassemble this Administration. Events of the past five years have shown that it won't be easy + it won't come with some instant epiphany by the majority of Americans.

At the end of the day, it is that majority which is responsible for the reprehensible era in which we now find ourselves.

Evil cannot rule without the consent of a people with free will who elect to forego the liberty that underpins it.
But even if we can diminish and ultimately end the reign of these cruel and small versions of another era's fascists, their work will already have been done.

Long after their kind has been chased back into the shadows, the land will have been laid to a waste that will cultivate a brutish configuration of nations toward each other and toward their citizens.
In other words, UniRealist, while we may be able to end this plague, the disfigurement it has wrought upon the peoples of the Earth will pass, now, from generation to generation across the future.
For that, may the neo-conservatives be damned for all Eternity, just as they have damned us and our children in kind.
The Dark Wraith has spoken.

21.May 2002 Scoop Links: "Planes As Missiles" Warnings
Article: The Scoop Editor
EDITOR’S NOTE: The following useful set of precis and links (from the’s UNDERNEWS email column) highlights publications - current + historic -

which shed useful light on questions raised by recent revelations that the White House was warned in 00.Aug.2001 about Al Qaeda hijacking plans.

The focus of much of the discussion in the US media is on the plausibility of the claims that the CIA and White House was not aware of the idea of using aeroplanes as missiles.

In fact, specific warnings of such tactics appear to have been fairly widespread.



The FBI was warned six years ago of a terrorist plot to hijack commercial planes + slam them into the Pentagon, the CIA headquarters and other buildings, Philippine investigators told CNN.

Philippine authorities learned of the plot after a small fire in a Manila apartment,

which turned out to be the hideout of Ramzi Yousef, who was later convicted for his role in the 00.000.1993 bombing of the World Trade Center.

Yousef escaped at the time, but agents caught his right-hand man, Abdul Hakim Murad, who told them a chilling tale.

"Murad narrated to us about a plan by the Ramzi cell in the continental U.S. to hijack a commercial plane + ram it into the CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia + also the Pentagon,"

said Rodolfo Mendoza, a Philippine intelligence investigator.

Philippine investigators also found evidence targeting commercial towers in San Francisco, Chicago and New York City.

They said they passed that information on to the FBI in 1995, but it's not clear what was done with it.

. . . FBI Director Robert Mueller insisted the agency had "no warning signs" of last week's attacks.

Yousef and Murad both have ties to Osama bin Laden, the man President Bush has labeled the "prime suspect" in Tuesday's attacks.

Authorities also found on a computer in the Manila apartment details of a separate plot to bomb 11 U.S. airliners on overseas flights.

JAMES RIDGEWAY, VILLAGE VOICE - If the president got an intelligence warning during the summer about what might soon happen, how come he didn't do something then? He could have:

1. Told Congress.

2. Improved airport security, which had already been criticized as inadequate.

3. Alerted the airlines. As it was, the airlines never raised any questions when the hijackers started laying down thousands in cash for one-way tickets.

4. Warned the FAA. The FAA control center in New Hampshire knew 10 to 15 minutes after takeoff that an American Airlines flight from Boston had been hijacked.

It was more than half an hour later when it crashed into the World Trade Center.

5. Ordered improved security for the nation's nuclear power plants, the untended thousands of miles of natural gas pipelines,

the harbors into which a terrorist could sail a liquid natural gas tanker and unleash a holocaust equal to a nuclear explosion.

If Bush knew so much, how come he did so little on September 11? Instead of letting his handlers move him from place to place in an utter fog,

he could have returned to Washington immediately and, as commander in chief, taken charge.

He could have alerted the military, which ought to have had planes in the air moments after the FAA control learned of the takeover.



12.Sep.2001 - For Mayor Willie Brown, the first signs that something was amiss came late Monday when he got a call from what he described as his airport security -

a full eight hours before yesterday's string of terrorist attacks - advising him that Americans should be cautious about their air travel.

The mayor, who was booked to fly to New York yesterday morning from San Francisco International Airport, said the call "didn't come in any alarming fashion, which is why I'm hesitant to make an alarming statement."

In fact, at the time, he didn't pay it much mind.

"It was not an abnormal call.

I'm always concerned if my flight is going to be on time + they always alert me when I ought to be careful."

Exactly where the call came from is a bit of a mystery.

The mayor would say only that it came from "my security people at the airport."

Mike McCarron, assistant deputy director at SFO, said the Federal Aviation Administration "routinely" issues security notices about possible threats.

He said two or three such notices have been received in the past couple of months, but none in recent days.


03.Nov.2000 - The fire + smoke from the downed passenger aircraft billows from the Pentagon courtyard.

Defense Protective Services Police seal the crash sight.

Army medics, nurses and doctors scramble to organize aid.

An Arlington Fire Department chief dispatches his equipment to the affected areas.

Don Abbott, of Command Emergency Response Training, walks over to the Pentagon and extinguishes the flames.

The Pentagon was a model and the "plane crash" was a simulated one.

The Pentagon Mass Casualty Exercise, as the crash was called, was just one of several scenarios that emergency response teams were exposed to

24.Oct.2000-26.Oct.2000 in the Office of the Secretaries of Defense conference room.

24.Oct.2000 there was a mock terrorist incident at the Pentagon Metro stop + a construction accident to name just some of the scenarios that were practiced to better prepare local agencies for real incidents. . .

Photo caption: A plane crash is simulated inside the cardboard courtyard of a surprisingly realistic-looking model Pentagon.

This "tabletop" exercise was designed to help emergency relief personnel better prepare for disasters when they occur.


11.Jul.2001 The leaders of the world's most powerful countries will be protected against possible terrorist attacks during the G8 summit in Genoa later this month by a battery of ground-to-air missiles.

In an unprecedented move by the hosts of an international meeting, the Italian Defense Ministry has taken the precaution after a tip by "a friendly foreign intelligence service" that Islamic suicide bombers might try to attack the summit in a small aircraft or helicopter."

KEN MCCARTHY, BRASS CHECK - Aircraft being used as bombs in suicide missions or otherwise goes back at least as far as WWII.

There's nothing new about it.

The Japanese suicide squadrons are the best known and flew hundreds of missions, but the US got into the act as well.

In fact, Joseph Kennedy Jr., JFK's older brother, died testing a system that was designed to guide an unmanned plane loaded with explosives into targets over 50 years ago.

More recently, in 1993 an Israeli-born terrorism analyst who advised the Republican Congress on terrorist matters, Yossef Bodansky, wrote a mass market non-fiction paperback, "Target America" that detailed how specific Middle Eastern countries were training suicide pilots for attacks against the west. . .

Bodansky is anything but a fringe figure, however his insights into jetliners as suicide weapons were completely shut out of the US news media

-post 11.Sep.2001 even though he had a new book on bookstore shelves about Osama bin Laden. . .

Let's get the official story straight:

1. The government was so concerned about violence against commercial aircraft in the US that attorney general John Ashcroft was told to stop flying on commercial planes in the summer of 2001. -

Reported in the UK. Not here.

2. Bush went to Genoa in July of 2001 where the threat of a suicide plane attack was so high that the Italians put anti-aircraft batteries at the airport. - Amazing media amnesia on this one. . .

3. The week of 11.Sep.2001, the FAA sent an alert to all US airports warning of an impending hijacking of a US plane. Mob bagman and San Francisco mayor Willie Brown was warned off planes that week.

Check it out in the San Francisco Chronicle. . .

4. Then on 11.Sep.2001 when four commercial jetliners simultaneously left their flight paths and stopped communicating with air traffic control.

The FAA - which has just issued a hijack alert - and its military partner, NORAD, with which it is fully functionally integrated, couldn't figure out what to do and did nothing even though standard operating procedures of what do to in the event of air hijackings are in place and have been for years. . .

JOHN SOLOMON ASSOCIATED PRESS - Exactly two years before the Sept. 11 attacks, a federal report warned the executive branch that Osama bin Laden's terrorists might hijack an airliner and dive bomb it into the Pentagon or other government building. "Suicide bomber(s) belonging to al-Qaida's Martyrdom Battalion could crash-land an aircraft packed with high explosives (C-4 and semtex) into the Pentagon, the headquarters of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), or the White House," the September 1999 report said. . .

The report noted that an al-Qaida-linked terrorist first arrested in the Philippines in 1995 and later convicted in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing had suggested such a suicide jetliner mission. "Ramzi Yousef had planned to do this against the CIA headquarters," author Rex Hudson wrote in a report prepared for the National Intelligence Council and shared with other federal agencies.

Camps for Citizens: Ashcroft's Hellish Vision
by Jonathan Turley LA Times
00.Aug.2002 Attorney general shows himself as a menace to liberty.
Atty. Gen. John Ashcroft's announced desire for camps for U.S. citizens he deems to be "enemy combatants" has moved him from merely being a political embarrassment to being a constitutional menace.

Ashcroft's plan, disclosed last week but little publicized, would allow him to order the indefinite incarceration of U.S. citizens and summarily strip them of their constitutional rights and access to the courts by declaring them enemy combatants.

The proposed camp plan should trigger immediate congressional hearings and reconsideration of Ashcroft's fitness for this important office. Whereas Al Qaeda is a threat to the lives of our citizens, Ashcroft has become a clear and present threat to our liberties.
00.Aug.2002 In the US, people are under the ILLUSION that they possess true power. They are under the ILLUSION that they are living in a democracy. They are under the ILLUSION that they are free. They wish for these things and they honor these principles, yet the last thing they will do is allow objective evidence to suggest to them that they are living in a dream world, that there is and always has been a serious discrepancy between what their leaders say and what their leaders do.
Sir Thomas More (1478-1535) was an English writer and statesman, well-acquainted with the workings of governments. He was a favourite of Henry VIII's until the King decided he wished to divorce Katherine of Aragon. More was opposed to this + lost his life for disagreeing with his king. He wrote in his book, "Utopia" :

"Therefore I must say that, as I hope for mercy, I can have no other notion of all the other governments that I see or know, than that they are a conspiracy of the rich, who, on pretence of managing the public, only pursue their private ends + devise all the ways and arts they can find out; first, that they may, without danger, preserve all that they have so ill-acquired + then, that they may engage the poor to toil and labour for them at as low rates as possible + oppress them as much as they please; and if they can but prevail to get these contrivances established by the show of public authority, which is considered as the representative of the whole people, then they are accounted laws; yet these wicked men, after they have, by a most insatiable covetousness, divided that among themselves with which all the rest might have been well supplied, are far from that happiness that is enjoyed among the Utopians;.." [...]

Things haven't changed since Thomas More was alive.
00.Aug.2002 Uranium enrichment is also at the core of the IAEA'S dispute with Iran. The nuclear watchdog agency has threatened to turn the issue over to the UN Security Council, a mover that could lead to sanctions against the Islamic Republic.
Brazil won't let UN inspectors check for signs of nuclear weapons development

Brazil has emphasized that its commitment to the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty may not be open-ended + it continues to resist access by UN inspectors to technology that can be used to make nuclear arms, diplomats said Thursday.

The diplomats, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity, referred to comments made by Brazil at the general conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency, which is currently exerting heavy pressure on Iran over the same issue.

Eduardo Campos, Brazil's minister of science and technology, told the session on Wednesday that his country had approved the treaty meant to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons on condition of a "cessation of the nuclear arms race at an early date + to the complete elimination of all atomic weapons."

The treaty calls on nuclear-armed countries to disarm as quickly as possible. Still, the diplomats, who are familiar with Brazil's nuclear program, said the IAEA was concerned about the fact that Brazil chose to emphasize the link between total nuclear disarmament and its own commitment to the treaty.

This comes at a time when Brazil is disagreeing with the agency on how to inspect its uranium enrichment program - technology that can be used to make nuclear arms.

"The IAEA has duly noted the comment," said one of the diplomats.
the tribune doesn't ask this directly, but the obvious question is what kind of sicko would want to shoot caged animals?
now we know the answer: sickos like dick cheney and his friends.

Plamegate Sources: Prosecutor Considering Criminal Conspiracy ...

It was an act of vengeance, which Cheney is well known for, as well as George Bush + I think by this time, having complete control over the entire ...
Kokopelli's Wrath Cheney Is known for being brilliant, quick + having a phenomenal memory. I Realize he meets many people day in and day out, but that Is what he Is all ... /
13.Sep.2000 PolicyWatch 500 " Cheney is known for his hostility to The Jewish lobby AND Israel." –London Al-Sharq Al-Awsat (Internet Version), "for The first time,...

18.Feb.2006 Technology | One earth, One owner: Help keep the ... Fortunately, the Cheney is known for never leaving a trail of crumbs, since All bread is carefully divided among a select few + the hunters were left ...
A man under wraps: These days, Cheney is known mainly for the scale of his influence - and for his tendency to say as little as possible. The taciturnity only disappears ...

Forum: - Print page now, if he had legitimate health concerns You'd think he would have mentioned those. although Cheney is known for misleading people and concealing facts. ...;action=print;num=1058908681

Guardian Unlimited | Special reports | Dick Cheney: the high ... Mr Cheney is best known internationally for the four years he spent as defence secretary in President George Bush's administration between 1989 and 1993. ...,2763,347328,00.html
morialekafa The Bush/Cheney administration is well known for secrecy . I think they must have secret knowledge of an invasion from outer space. Otherwise I don't see how ... /
AP Wire | 08/05/2004 | Cheney to showcase Cabela's outdoors stores ... ... job creation.". Plus, Cheney is known for being a sportsman who likes to hunt, so Cabela's is a nice fit, Womack said. A spokesman ...
archives by date : LA IMC Cheney is well known for being the former CEO of Haliburton, a fuel company that is coordinating the privatized aspects of the current occupation of Iraq. ...

The Annotated NY Times - Top Articles 7 Days ... The man who was sprayed by Dick Cheney's birdshot is known largely for his pivotal role in building the Republican Party in Texas into a powerhouse. ...

WireCan: 2005-10-30 Cheney is already known for forging his own path in policy creation, but this situation sounds like it's ripe for creating competition between the Oval ...

Saddam Hussein Saddam Hussein may have come from humble origins Cheney is also known for his public endorsement of Israel’s policy of assassinating Palestinian activists +

for not trusting Palestinian President Yasir ...
Bush and his Warmongers' LIES About WMDs Mr Cheney is not known for his commitment to open government + has sought to head off attempts to discover which energy corporations he has consulted with ...

Auch in Indien herrscht Vogelgrippe-Alarm. Dort wurde das H5N1-Virus erstmals bei toten Vögeln in einem Dorf rund 300 Kilometer von Bombay entfernt festgestellt, bestätigte das Tierseuchen-Institut der Stadt Bhopal. Betroffen war eine Hühnerfarm mit 200.000 Tieren in Nandurbar. Mindestens 5000 Hühner seien dort gestorben.
Paris - Der Vogelgrippe-Erreger wurde am Samstag das erste Mal auch in Frankreich bestätigt.

Laboruntersuchungen hätten ergeben, dass eine im Südosten des Landes gefundene tote Ente mit dem gefährlichen Virus infiziert gewesen sei, erklärte das Landwirtschaftsministerium.

Die Ente war am Montag nahe Lyon entdeckt worden.

Bereits am Freitag war bekannt geworden, dass das Tier mit einem H5-Virus infiziert war, die genaue Bestimmung des Erregers folgte am Samstag.

In ganz Frankreich gilt bereits seit Mittwoch eine Stallpflicht für Geflügel.
Tierseuche: Erste Vogelgrippe-Fälle in Frankreich
RSA: Consumer trust and the government's thrust special coverage Without e-tail security, Americans may dump their Net-buying habits. Meanwhile, the U.S. works to batten down its hatches.
18.Feb.2006 Origin of flying metal that hit home remains unknown 
A chunk of metal fell through a Davie man's roof. Initial reports indicated it came from a airplane, but the Federal Aviation Administration said it did not.
For their work on liquid armor, Wetzel and his team were awarded the 2002 Paul A. Siple Award, the Army's highest award for scientific achievement, at the Army Science Conference.
"Prison guards and police officers could also benefit from this technology," said Wetzel. "Liquid armor is much more stab resistant than conventional body armor.

This capability is especially important for prison guards, who are most often attacked with handmade sharp weapons."
To make liquid armor, STF is soaked into all layers of the Kevlar vest.

The Kevlar fabric holds the STF in place + also helps to stop the bullet.

The saturated fabric can be soaked, draped + sewn just like any other fabric.
Wetzel and his team have been working on this technology with Dr. Norman J. Wagner and his students from the University of Delaware for three years.
"The goal of the technology is to create a new material that is low cost + lightweight which offers equivalent or superior ballistic properties as compared to current Kevlar fabric,

but has more flexibility and less thickness," said Wetzel. "This technology has a lot of potential."
Liquid armor is still undergoing laboratory tests, but Wetzel is enthusiastic about other applications that the technology might be applied to.
"The sky's the limit," said Wetzel. "We would first like to put this material in a soldier's sleeves and pants, areas that aren't protected by ballistic vests but need to remain flexible.

We could also use this material for bomb blankets, to cover suspicious packages or unexploded ordnance.

Liquid armor could even be applied to jump boots, so that they would stiffen during impact to support Soldiers' ankles."
Google's Response to the DoJ Motion CowboyNeal 177 neoviky writes

"Google Inc. on Friday formally rejected the U.S. Justice Department's subpoena of data from the Web search leader, arguing the demand violated the privacy of users' Web searches + its own trade secrets.

Responding to a motion by U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales,

Google also said in a filing in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California the government demand to disclose Web search data was impractical."
Interview with a Botmaster Zonk 169
An anonymous reader writes "The Washington Post is running a fascinating feature profiling a couple of botnet operators who make thousands of dollars each month installing adware on machines they infect.

This is by far the most detailed examination of this issue I've seen so far -- and includes an interview with the CEO of 180Solutions, as well as interviews with some of the botmasters' victims.

From the story:

'Most days, I just sit at home and chat online while I make money,' 0x80 says.

'I get one check like every 15 days in the mail for a few hundred bucks + a buncha others I get from banks in Canada every 30 days.'

He says his work earns him an average of $6,800 per month, although he's made as much as $10,000. Not bad money for a high school dropout.'"
Outsourcing Evolving Zonk 158
Shree writes "An article at NYTimes suggests that the outsourcing mantra is shifting to reasons of hiring global talent, tapping new potential minds and amassing top global human resources.

Its not just software companies trying to save a buck by outsourcing;

now its about Berkely trying to hookup with Tsinghua University and institutes in India + companies like IBM and Microsoft looking to setup R&D labs in Asia."
Space Race 2.0 has Begun Zonk 80
An anonymous reader writes "MSNBC has a story about a second company starting up to compete with Virgin Galactic.

Both are planning on operating passenger sub-orbital flights. Will this new Space Race usher in more new technologies into our daily lives, like the previous one?

Will the competition to go higher/faster lead to orbital tourism?"

From the article:

"The company that helped put three millionaires into orbit has teamed up with Russia's Federal Space Agency + the financial backers of the $10 million Ansari X Prize to develop a new breed of suborbital passenger spaceship.

Thursday's announcement by Virginia-based Space Adventures herald the entry of new international players in the commercial space race -- a race that is expected to enter a critical phase in the next year or two."
Houston Police Chief Wants Cameras in Homes Zonk 554
An anonymous reader writes "In one of the most blatant + frightening statements made on privacy, the Associated Press reports that Houston's police chief wants surveillance cameras in apartment buildings + even private homes. Chief Harold Hurtt wants building permits to require cameras in shopping malls and large apartment complexes. He also wants them in private homes if the homeowner has called the police repeatedly.

So, if you're in Houston, don't call the cops too much, or they might install a camera the next time they show up.

And what does Hurtt have to say about privacy concerns? 'I know a lot of people are concerned about Big Brother, but my response to that is, if you are not doing anything wrong, why should you worry about it?'"
Ebola Vaccine Passes Initial Human Tests Zonk 102
An anonymous reader writes " has an article about the first successful tests of an Ebola vaccine on human subjects."

From the article: "Nabel and colleagues at the NIH's Vaccine Research Center developed a vaccine made of DNA strands that encode three Ebola proteins.

They boosted that vaccine with a weakened cold-related virus + the combination protected monkeys exposed to Ebola.

The first human testing looked just at the vaccine's DNA portion; the full combination will be tested later.

At a microbiology meeting in Washington on Friday, Nabel + colleagues reported seeing no worrisome side effects when comparing six people given dummy shots with 21 volunteers given increasing doses of the DNA vaccine."
Creating a Backboneless Internet? Cliff 94+
Peter Trepan asks:

"The Internet is the best thing to happen to the free exchange of ideas since... well... maybe ever.

But it can also be used as a tool for media control + universal surveillance, perhaps turning that benefit into a liability.

Imagine, for instance, if Senator McCarthy had been able to steam open every letter in the USA.

In the age of ubiquitous e-mail and filtering software, budding McCarthys are abel and willing to do so.

I Am Not A Network Professional, but it seems like all this potential for abuse depends upon bottlenecks at the level of ISPs + backbone providers.

Is it possible to create an internet that relies instead on peer-to-peer connectivity? How would the hardware work?

How would the information be passed? What would be the incentive for average people to buy into it if it meant they'd have to host someone else's packets on their hard drive?

In short, what would have to be done to ensure that at least one internet remains completely free, anonymous + democratized?"
$10k Bounty for Critical Windows Flaws CmdrTaco 93+
An anonymous reader writes "iDefense, a Verisign company, is offering $10,000 to any researchers who find and report to it information on a previously unknown Windows flaw for which Microsoft later issues a "critical" advisory, according to a story over at Not really surprising, considering that Russian hacking groups are now paying thousands of dollars for exploits that attack unpatched holes in Windows.

From the article: "Details of the flaw must be submitted exclusively to iDefense by March 31.

There is no limit on the number of prizes that can be paid: if five researchers find and report five different Windows flaws for which Microsoft later issues critical advisories, all five will get paid...iDefense will change the focus of the challenge with each quarter -- the next challenge may focus on another vendor, or it may just center on particular class of vulnerabilities.""
Americans Using Internet 'Just for Fun' Zonk 151+
Ant writes "CNET reports that nearly one-third of American Internet users go online just for fun."

From the article: "A survey of 1,931 Internet users conducted by Pew Internet & American Life Project in late November + December 2005 found 30 % of respondents said they went online "for no particular reason" on the previous day. That was up from 21 % in a November 2004 survey.

The survey also showed that 34 % of online men were surfing for fun on an average day in December, compared with 26 % of women."
Flexible Body Armor ScuttleMonkey 64
dotmax writes "One item to pop out of the Turin Winter Olympics is the use of flexible body armor.

Similar to silly putty, this shear rate material is flexible under normal load and hardens under impact.

Sounds expensive, but could offer some great alternatives for traditional hard shelled impact gear in active sports and military applications."
Wind in den Zweigen des Sassafras

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Veteran hunters and shooting experts said Thursday that they still did not understand how the vice president injured his fellow hunting partner so badly if he was actually 30 yards away as Cheney says.
Two U.S. Marines Choppers Crash Off Africa; The status of the crews of the CH-53E helicopters was not known 2/18
Rumsfeld says we're losing the propaganda war. Hey, Rummy, we're losing the real one, too, or did someone forget to mention that to you? He thinks the U.S. needs a blog. Really. Oh, that'll stop an IED. 2/18
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Annan Says U.S. Should Close Gitmo Prison 2/17
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Fooled Again by Bush 2/16

Mohammed-Darstellungen: Karikaturist bedauert nichts
Dennoch: Die Nachbarstaaten wollen die Impfung.

Falls H5N1 auf Nutztierbestände überspringen sollte, wird wohl auch bei deutschen Bauern, Ökobauern + Tierschützern die Forderung nicht lange auf sich warten lassen, lieber zur Spritze zu greifen als zur Sense.
"Wenn wir entscheiden zu impfen, brauchen wir auch das Serum dazu", sagt Hafez. "Im Moment ist in Deutschland gar kein Impfstoff zugelassen."

"Die Impfung maskiert das Virus", sagt der Experte. Epidemiologen fürchten sich genau davor: Dass das hochgefährliche H5N1 sich unbemerkt in geimpften Beständen ausbreiten kann.

Wie ein Ping-Pong-Ball könnten Infektionen dann zwischen Wild- und Nutztieren hin- und zurückspringen, wie es heute schon in Teilen Südostasiens der Fall ist.

Ein Virus, das ein solches Reservoir findet, gilt als nicht mehr ausrottbar.
Drei Jahre ist es her, seit in den Niederlanden eine Vogelgrippe-Epidemie wütete. Das Virus vom Typ H7N1 war für Menschen weniger gefährlich als H5N1, doch für Geflügel war H7N1 eine Seuche.

Die Niederländer reagierten damals prompt und töteten 30 Millionen Tiere. Bis heute macht das Virus dort keine Probleme mehr.

In Italien hingegen impfte man 2003 einige Bestände. "Bis heute kann man nicht sagen, dass sie virusfrei sind", sagt Hafez. Auch ein Ausbruch in Deutschland konnte durch Massenschlachtungen eingedämmt werden.
Doch eine neue EU-Richtlinie (Direktive 2005/94/EC) hat das Prozedere flexibilisiert. Sie ist gerade einmal zwei Monate alt und stellt die Entscheidung weitgehend ins Belieben der Mitgliedsstaaten.

Am Montag trifft sich der EU-Agrarrat.
"Impfung ist keine Lösung", hatte Bundesverbraucherschutzminister Horst Seehofer noch vergangen Mittwoch im Bundestag erklärt.

Dass er in Brüssel keine geschlossene Zustimmung der Partner hören wird, ist  bereits jetzt klar.

In Anbetracht des aufziehenden Streits ist es wahrscheinlich, dass ein Bauer impfen wird, während wenige Hundert Meter weiter jenseits der Grenze die Keulkommandos anrücken.
Doch die scheinbar nahe liegende Lösung birgt gleich mehrere schwerwiegende Nachteile.

"Mein Problem mit dem Impfstoff ist, dass er die Infektion nicht verhindert", sagt Hafez Mohamed Hafez, Leiter des Instituts für Geflügelkrankheiten an der Freien Universität Berlin, zu SPIEGEL ONLINE.

Zwar schütze das Serum Geflügel davor, an Vogelgrippe zu erkranken und zu sterben.

"Aber geimpfte Tiere können sich eben auch noch infizieren und das Virus ausscheiden", sagt Hafez. Mit anderen Worten: selbst geschützt aber eine Ansteckungsgefahr für andere.
Geimpfte Tiere können das Virus weiterverbreiten

Im Herbst gehen viele Deutsche zum Hausarzt, um sich gegen Grippe impfen zu lassen.

Seit die gefährliche Tierseuche in Deutschland angekommen ist, erwägen Frankreich und die Niederlande jetzt dasselbe für ihre Geflügelbestände.

Doch die Impfung verspricht eine trügerische Sicherheit: Experten befürchten, dass sie die Ausbreitung von H5N1 in Europa sogar noch begünstigen würde.
Vogelgrippe: Hunderte Vögel verendet, Bundeswehr schickt Experten
Arbeitslosengeld II: Weniger Geld, mehr Bürokratie
TV-Flop: Wieso die US-Amerikaner Olympia ignorieren
London: Zehntausende protestieren gegen Karikaturen
Sicherheit: Große Koalition plant neues Anti-Terror-Gesetz
Gefängnisse in Hamburg: Häftlinge sollen nackt gefesselt worden sein
Vogelgrippe: Seehofer will Bundeswehr-Einsatz auf Rügen
Tödlicher Zwischenfall: Elefant greift Parkwächter an

18.Feb.2006 Todeskandidat: Schwarzenegger lehnt Gnadengesuch ab
Dosenkost: Vogelkopf in US-Konserve gefunden

18.Feb.2006 Venezuela: Chavez will USA den Öl-Hahn abdrehen
Nahost: Abbas erteilt Hamas Regierungsauftrag

18.Feb.2006 Naturkatastrophe: Verschüttete schickten SMS

18.Feb.2006 Luftbilder: Gewaltiger Bergsturz begrub ganze Dörfer
Elektrosmog: Bundesamt warnt vor schnurlosen Telefonen
Gletscherschmelze: Grönlands Eispanzer schrumpft schneller als befürchtet

18.Feb.2006 Naturkatastrophe auf den Philippinen: Behörden befürchten weitere Lawinen

18.Feb.2006 Vogelgrippe: Impfkampagne könnte fatal sein

18.Feb.2006 Geldstrafe für Schulboykotteure: "Wir wollen nur das Gebot Gottes erfüllen"