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16.Mar.2006 Chapter 3: An Overview of the CIA; SECTION II: Origins of the ... The day after he set up the group, the President announced the appointment of Rear Admiral Sidney Souers as the first Director of Central Intelligence. ... www.ratical.org/ratville/JFK/ST/STchp3ii.html

SPYMASTERS: Ten CIA Officers in Their Own Words This is a collection of interviews of ten eminent CIA officials, including Sidney Souers , Allen Dulles, Richard Bissell, Samuel Halpern, Lyman Kirkpatric, ... www.afio.com/sections/book_reviews/reviews/spymasters.html
16.Mar.2006
National Security Council ... Chairman of the JCS, the Director of Central Intelligence, two special advisers (Averell Harriman and Sidney Souers ) + the NSC Executive Secretary. ... www.whitehouse.gov/nsc/history.html
16.Mar.2006
Central Intelligence Agency Beschreibung im Artikel der Library ... Erster CIA-Direktor war Admiral Roscoe Hillenkoetter ; vor ihm war Admiral Sidney W. Souers Chef der CIG. Auf Hillenkoetter folgte 1953 bis 1961 Allen Welsh ... central_intelligence_agency.know-library.net

Shattered Peace Admiral Leahy, seinem Vertreter bei der National Intelligence Authority + Admiral Sidney Souers , dem ersten Direktor des CIG, überreichte er schwarze ... www.jahrbuch2001.studien-von-zeitfragen.net/Weltmacht/Shattered_Peace/shattered_peace.html

fUSION Anomaly. Majestic 12 Navy Rear Admiral Sidney Souers , former director of Naval Intelligence and the first director of Central Intelligence. ... fusionanomaly.net/majestic12.html

NSC-4 COORDINATION OF FOREIGN INFORMATION MEASURES Sidney W. Souers/2/./2/Printed from a copy that bears this typed signature. Enclosure/3/./3/Confidential. The word "Draft" at the top of the first page ... www.fas.org/irp/offdocs/nsc-hst/nsc-4.htm

The Evolution of the US Intelligence Community-An Historical Overview The first DCI, Rear Admiral Sidney Souers (who wrote the intelligence section of the ... 3 The same Sidney Souers who had been appointed the first DCI by ... www.fas.org/irp/offdocs/int022.html
16.Mar.2006
mhp: Souers, Sidney W. Souers , Sidney W.: Timeline, relationships, references. www.modernhistoryproject.org/mhp/EntityDisplay.php?Entity=SouersSW
16.Mar.2006
Munzinger Personen - Sidney W. Souers Kurzbiographie: Sidney W. Souers ; CIA-Chef. Quelle: Munzinger-Archiv/Internationales Biographisches Archiv 14/1973; Stand der Online-Version: 26.03.1973; ... register.munzinger.de/personen/00/000/002/00002845.shtml

mugshots The shape of the postwar world was still uncertain when Sidney Souers

23.Jan.1946 became the first DCI for the newly created Central Intelligence ... www.redrat.net/family/mugshots.htm

Rear Admiral-Sidney Souers, U director of Intelligence, Adm. Sidney W. Souers . EARLIER CAREER: Investment banking , Military service in WWII.: senior US ... andrews.esc18.net/AHS/TCEA%20WEB%20CONTEST/2002%20Webpages/17Team/Ddci%201.htm

Rear Admiral-Sidney Souers, U After his reelection 00.000.1972, President Richard Nixon fired Richard Helms, who had led the CIA throughout his first term. Intent on reforming the Agency, ... andrews.esc18.net/AHS/TCEA%20WEB%20CONTEST/2002%20Webpages/17Team/dci%209.htm

Majestic 12 MJ-8: Admiral Sidney Souers . Erster Zentraler Nachrichtendirektor der USA, 1947-1950 erster Exekutivsekretär des Nationalen Sicherheitsrates, ... www.science-explorer.de/ufos_aliens/mj12.htm
16.Mar.2006
Sidney Souers - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Sidney William Souers (March 30, 1892 - January 14, ... Prior to this, as Deputy Director of Naval Intelligence, Souers had been one of the architects of ... en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sidney_Souers

Sidney Souers - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (Redirected from Sidney W. Souers ). Jump to: navigation, search. To meet Wikipedia's quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sidney_W._Souers
16.Mar.2006
Majestic Documents.com: Evidence We Are Not Alone From January through June 1946, Admiral Sidney W. Souers was Truman's first director of the Central Intelligence Group, the CIA's forerunner. ... www.majesticdocuments.com/personnel/souers.php
16.Mar.2006
CIA was formed by absorbing in secret almost the entire Nazi war ... One of the US officers with whom Gehlen met was General Edwin L . Sibert , chief of military intelligence in the American zone in Germany. ... emperors-clothes.com/analysis/gehlen.htm
16.Mar.2006
Mar-Apr 99 100Years Head of G-2 (Intelligence) division of US Forces in the European Theatre, Brigadier General Edwin L . Sibert '18, USA, directed half a million American ... corne l l -magazine.corne l l .edu/archive/Mar1999/Mar100Years.html
16.Mar.2006
NARA - Prologue - Prologue: Selected Articles Edwin L . Sibert , former USFET G-2 + Dr. Thomas Parran, surgeon general of the United States. Concluding that the witnesses then in the United States ... www.archives.gov/publications/prologue/2002/fal l/berlin-black-market-2.html
16.Mar.2006
UL Lafayette: Library: Special Collections: Jefferson Caffery Sheridan, Mrs. LJ: Swarthmore, Pennsylvania Sibert , Edwin L ., Colonel: US War Department Silva, Francisco: New York Simmons, John F.: US State Department ... l ibrary. l ouisiana.edu/Spec/COL/045.shtm l
16.Mar.2006
Truman Library - Gordon Gray Oral History Interview But Jackson was General [ Edwin L .] Sibert's deputy, General Sibert being General Bradley's chief intelligence officer, his G-2. And as Bill Jackson had told ... www.trumanlibrary.org/oralhist/gray.htm

Truman Library - Truman Papers: Psychological Strategy Board Files ... Lt. Colonel Aldo L . 201 Ravndal, Christian M. 201 Shainmark, EL; 201 Sibert , Brig. General Edwin L . and James B. Sweeney; 201 Stevens, Captain JE ... www.trumanlibrary.org/hstpaper/physc.htm
16.Mar.2006
The usual suspects by David Pryce-Jones An American General by the name of Edwin L . Sibert once let this cat out of the bag to a journalist + that’s substantiation enough for Hamrick. ... www.newcriterion.com/archive/23/oct04/dpj.htm
16.Mar.2006
CONTEXT - This Week in Arts and Ideas from The Moscow Times Central to his argument is an offhand comment made

00.000.1976 by General Edwin L . Sibert , an "experienced and respected US army intelligence officer," to ... context.themoscowtimes.com/stories/2004/12/17/108.html
16.Mar.2006
Prelude to Inchon Brigadier General Edwin L . Sibert commanded the Aggressor ground forces, which were composed of troops from his Antilles Command. ... www.valerosos.com/Prel udetoInchon.html

Honor and Fidelity - End Notes [23] Headquarters, United States Armed Forces Antilles Command, Letter ANTAG 312, 15 October 1952; Letter, Brigadier General Edwin L . Sibert , www.valerosos.com/HonorandFidelityEndNotes3.html
16.Mar.2006
Index for Articles by Title Operation Portrex : Sibert , Edwin L : Spring 1960. Operation Uproot : Moravec, Frantisek : Spring 1963. Operational Contacts : Bekrenev, LK : Winter 1965 ... cia.gov/csi/studies/declass/artsintn.htm

Index for Articles By Author Sibert , Edwin L . : Operation Portrex : Spring 1960. Silver, Daniel B. : CIA and the Law: The Evolving Role of the CIA's General Counsel, The : Summer 1981 ...

cia.gov/csi/studies/declass/artsauth.htm
16.Mar.2006
The CIA and Nazi War Criminals Document 8: Report of Interview with General Edwin L . Sibert on the Gehlen Organization. March 26, 1970. Document 9: Debriefing of Eric Waldman on the US ... www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB146
16.Mar.2006
497291 S7/JFK Debate [POLITICS] 03-Mar-96 11:35:33 Sb: Prouty ... [footnote in source text] A month later Brigadier General Edwin L . Sibert , G-2 of the US twelfth army in Germany, came across Gehlen's name in the prisoner ... mcadams.posc.mu.edu/prouty16.txt
16.Mar.2006
WORLD WAR 2 British Black Propaganda Operations Now he had gone forward and had temporarily attached himself to the staff of the US 12th Army Group's intelligence chief, Brigadier General Edwin L . Sibert . ... www.seftondelmer.co.uk/45a.htm

Allen W. Dulles Papers - Series 1 Folder List: Correspondence, S ... 9, Sibert , Edwin L . 1945-1958. 10, Silvercruys, Robert. 1948-1954. 11, Simons, John F. 1917-1919. 12, Simpson, James A. 1950. 13, Simpson, John L . 1950-1969 ... infoshare1.princeton.edu/libraries/firestone/rbsc/finding_aids/adulles/folder1s.html
16.Mar.2006
Guerrillas for WWII.I Blowback America's recruitment of ... ... by the United States and Britain under still another code-named project, Operation Rusty + it is those agents who were marked for "liquidation. ... www.thirdworldtraveler.com/Fascism/Guerrillas_B_CS.html
16.Mar.2006
FindLaw for Legal Professionals - Case Law, Federal and State ... (c) Records of the US Army " Operation Rusty ," carried out in Europe between ...

Additionally, Army denied access to an entire 483-page Operation Rusty file, ... caselaw.lp.findlaw.com/cgi-bin/getcase.pl?court=dc&navby=case&no=945408a

FindLaw Legal News Additionally, Army denied access to an entire 483-page Operation Rusty file, ... As with the Operation Rusty file, should the Court require further ... caselaw.lp.findlaw.com/scripts/printer_friendly.pl?page=dc/945408a.html

NARA - IWG - Records of the Army Staff (RG 319 The US Army "Gehlen Organization" and " Operation Rusty " Files are Counter-intelligence Corps (CIC) dossiers from the Intelligence and Security Command's ... www.archives.gov/iwg/declassified-records/rg-319-army-staff

NARA - IWG - Announcements ... and the US Army "Gehlen Organization" and " Operation Rusty " Files documenting the Army's involvement with German Spymaster General Reinhard Gehlen. ... www.archives.gov/iwg/about/press-releases -
16.Mar.2006
Reinhard Gehlen - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Another mission by the Gehlen Org was " Operation Rusty " that carried out counter-espionage activities directed against dissident German organizations in ... en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reinhard_Gehlen
15.Mar.2006
Bird flu 'causes first dog death' A stray dog dies of bird flu in Azerbaijan - reportedly the first time the deadly virus has killed a dog.
15.Mar.2006 Our main defense so far,
the Rumsfeld-enriching Tamilflu, is based on the deadly strain from Vietnam. Now doctors are trying to find a vaccine for the strain in Indonesia that kills 75% of humans that become infected.
15.Mar.2006 "Toll roads" are coming, the
Christian Science Monitor reports on Wednesday + that means high costs for the speedy media downloads people have quickly grown to love.

Dr. Vinton Cerf, a founding father of the Internet who now works as a Google executive, warned Congress last that money-hungry scumbags must not be allowed to kill off the "free" Internet.

Normal citizens will be left with "narrow dirt access roads," Cerf testified.
15.Mar.2006 2004 was the
gassiest year ever, according to the World Meteorological Association. And greenhouse gas levels are still climbing.

"Global observations coordinated by WMO show that levels of carbon dioxide, the most abundant greenhouse gas in the atmosphere, continue to increase steadily and show no signs of leveling off," said Michel Jarraud, secretary-general of the agency.

Americans can keep making the world a gassier place by flying on planes, driving cars + engaging in other activities that require burning fossil fuels. And if you can't do your part, don't fret. The world has carbon dioxide to spare.

"If we stop now CO2 emissions to the atmosphere, it would take 50 to 100 years before we were starting to see approaches to preindustrial levels," said Leonard Barrie, chief of atmopheric research at WMO.
15.Mar.2006
Bad kiddie porn busts cause 40 suicides

Around the world, victims of credit card fraud have found themselves unfairly accused of buying child pornography.

00.000.1999, police closed down the Texas-based website Landslide Productions after it was caught selling access to child pornography. Investigators found a database of more than 100,000 names and credit card details.

Police around the world began tracking down suspected child porn buyers, ignoring the fact that at least some of the credit card numbers belonged to people whose identities had been stolen.

As a result, innocent people were hauled out of their homes, arrested, and subjected to intense and unforgiving public scrutiny.

According to a CBC News report, nearly 40 people in the U.K., six Australians, and one Canadian have committed suicide in the past six years in relation to their arrest.

Paul Lambert, an Irish lawyer, said that the presumption of innocence vanished due to the nature of the crimes people were accused of committing.

"Certain police forces around the world ... would have been told by U.S. authorities, 'These are pedophiles and this is a 100-per-cent pedophile website,' " he said.

Jim Bates, a computer expert, told The Sunday Times: “I am convinced that a massive fraud has been perpetrated at Landslide and an unknown number of subscriptions are fake."
15.Mar.2006
http://news.com.com/2102-1008_3-6050161.html?tag=st.util.print

Over the next five years, the team wants to develop a fuel cell that can propel itself.

The research is funded by $4.4 million from the Department of Defense's Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative. The DoD is determined to put more robots in the field to transport equipment, conduct battle operations, or serve as reconnaissance vehicles. Conceivably, a small robot powered by a bacteria fuel cell could shuttle a camera or listening device unobtrusively next to someone.
15.Mar.2006
http://news.com.com/2102-1008_3-6050161.html?tag=st.util.print

"You can feed them pretty much what is available," said Andreas Luttge, an associate professor of earth sciences and chemistry at Rice. "The goal would be to feed them waste water and produce energy."

Hybrid fuel cells--where one strain of bacteria feeds off the waste product of another to produce electricity--are also possible.

Microbes could become one of the crucial ingredients in the future of the energy industry. Researchers at Stanford have isolated a microbe that turns light into hydrogen, which could become a fuel source. Meanwhile, Craig Venter, the first person to map the human genome, has formed a company that will try to develop energy-producing microbes. 15.Mar.2006 Afghanistan is asking the nation's drug lords to invest their money at home, they're even offering to help
15.Mar.2006
Electricity belching bacteria could power tiny robots Microbe that releases electrons as a waste product someday could fit in a fuel cell.
15.Mar.2006
One REALLY Long Runway for Rent Author: ScuttleMonkey 57
DarkNemesis618 writes "NASA is looking into putting its 15,000 foot runway up for rent at the Kennedy Space Center. The runway, which is used for Space Shuttle landings, will soon be used less and less as the Shuttle fleet is set to be retired in 2010. The first private venture was seen last month when Steve Fossett took off at KSC in Virgin Atlantic's experimental plane. One promising deal in the works comes from Zero Gravity Corp. which offers customers a few seconds of weightlessness on a Boeing 727-200. The shuttle runway, built in the 1970s never got the use it was expected to + with the next generation of space vehicles using parachutes to land, the runway is going to have even less use."

15.Mar.2006
Instant Messaging E-Commerce Exploits- Judgement Day
Acting on an anonymous tip, FaceTime Security Labs researchers have uncovered two "botnet" networks that collectively represent up to 150,000 compromised computers, one of which is being used as a vehicle to fraudulently scan desktop and back-end systems to obtain credit card numbers, ...

15.Mar.2006
http://www.time.com/time/archive/preview/0,10987,1169905,00.html
Holocaust Archive When TIME named Hitler man of the Year for 1938, our cover showed him playing his hymn of hate on an organ with tortured victims dangling in the background
15.Mar.2006
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But a spokesman for Burton said that while he was at the meeting, he does not recall seeing Atta's name or picture on the chart.

Even so, the story has survived, reflecting the adage that it is impossible to prove that something didn't happen.

"How do you prove that pink elephants did not dance along your backyard last night?" said one frustrated former member of the 9/11 commission staff. "It would seem to me that if you are making an allegation, the burden of proof is on the person making the charges."

Said Weldon: "I don't know what the bottom-line answer is for Able Danger. All I want is the truth."
15.Mar.2006
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The fact that Phillpott and Shaffer were of relatively high rank and held responsible positions added weight to the allegations.

But problems soon began to develop with the story.

The 9/11 commission said its executive director, Philip Zelikow, and three others had met with Shaffer at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan, where he was on assignment, in October 2003 as part of its probe. Contradicting Shaffer, the 9/11 commission said that during this meeting, he never mentioned that Able Danger had identified Atta and other hijackers before the plot, the commission said.

Commission members now believe it is a case of mistaken identity, because military data-mining programs before 9/11 produced charts with the names and pictures of other al-Qaeda members who were not part of the plot, but whose names and pictures resemble Atta's.

Other senior government officials and key players in the 9/11 aftermath also have raised questions about Weldon's account. A source familiar with a Senate Intelligence Committee probe of the issue said that committee had turned up no documentation to support Weldon's story.
15.Mar.2006
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He also maintains that the Bush administration suppressed information about the Able Danger program out of concern it might be embarrassed by disclosures that it failed to follow up leads that might have helped avert the plot.

"Am I going to take on something that is a challenge? Absolutely," Weldon said in a lengthy interview last week. "I'm not here to kiss people's butts. I'm here to do what's right. And if sometimes that means I have to push someone, well what are we here for?"

Weldon's allegations are the latest in a long skein of alarming scenarios that the Delaware County congressman has unspooled as he has sought to draw attention to what he seems to fervently believe are the nation's military and intelligence vulnerabilities.

On occasion, Weldon has turned out to be well ahead of the curve, as he was in the mid-1980s when he contended that the Soviet Union was violating an antiballistic-missile treaty by deploying a radar system that could be used as part of a defense to shoot down enemy rockets. And he appeared prescient with a prediction that the Russians would threaten to cut off access to their vast energy supplies as a way of pressuring neighboring states to toe their strategic political and policy lines.

He made the prediction in 2004, nearly two years before the explosionsoin January that disrupted gas supplies to Georgia, sabotage for which the Russians were prime suspects.
15.Mar.2006 RFK Assassin Comes Up for Parole in Calif.
Robert F. Kennedy's assassin, Sirhan Sirhan, comes up for parole again this week in a potential conflict for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who is married to RFK's niece.
15.Mar.2006
http://www.clamormagazine.org/issues/14/feature3-2.shtml

On March 19, 1934, Prescott Bush handed Averell Harriman a copy of that day's New York Times.

The Polish government was applying to take over Consolidated Silesian Steel Corporation and Upper Silesian Coal and Steel Company from'"German and American interests" because of rampant "mismanagement, excessive borrowing, fictitious bookkeeping and gambling in securities."

The Polish government required the owners of the company, which accounted for over 45% of Poland's steel production, to pay at least its full share of back taxes.

Bush and Harriman would eventually hire attorney John Foster Dulles to help cover up any improprieties that might arise under investigative scrutiny.

Hitler's invasion of Poland

00.000.1939 ended the debate about Consolidated Silesian Steel Corporation and Upper Silesian Coal and Steel Company.

The Nazis knocked the Polish Government off Thyssen, Flick and Harriman's steel company and were planning to replace the paid workers.

Originally Hitler promised Stalin they would share Poland and use Soviet prisoners as slaves in Polish factories. Hitler's promise never actually materialized and he eventually invaded Russia.

1940s: Business As Usual
15.Mar.2006
http://www.clamormagazine.org/issues/14/feature3-2.shtml

Hitler also wanted to seriously upgrade Germany's military machine. Hitler ordered a'"rebirth of the German army" and contracted Thyssen and United Steel Works for the overhaul. Thyssen's steel empire was the cold steel heart of the new Nazi war machine that led the way to

WWII., killing millions across Europe.

Thyssen's and Flick's profits soared into the hundreds of millions

00.000.1934 + the Bank voor Handel en Scheepvaart and UBC in New York were overflowing with money.

Prescott Bush became managing director of UBC + handled the day-to-day operations of the new German economic plan.

Bush's shares in UBC peaked with Hitler's new German order.

But while production rose, cronyism did as well.
15.Mar.2006
http://www.clamormagazine.org/issues/14/feature3-2.shtml

Heir to the Holocaust - Page 2 Union Banking Corporation

00.000.1924 -Early- Hendrick J. Kouwenhoven, the managing director of Bank voor Handel en Scheepvaart, traveled to New York to meet with Walker and the Harriman brothers.

Together, they established The Union Banking Corporation. The UBC's headquarters was located at the same 39 Broadway address as Harriman & Co.

As the German economy recovered through the mid to late ‘20s, Walker and Harriman's firm sold over $50,000,000 worth of German bonds to American investors, who profited enormously from the economic boom in Germany. 00.000.1926 August Thyssen died at the age of 84.

Fritz was now in control of one of the largest industrial families in Europe.

He quickly created the United Steel Works (USW), the biggest industrial conglomerate in German history.

Thyssen hired Albert Volger, one of the Ruhr's most influential industrial directors, as director General of USW.

Thyssen also brought Fredich Flick, another German family juggernaut, on board.

Flick owned coal and steel industries throughout Germany + Poland + desperately wanted to invest into the Thyssen empire.

One of the primary motivations for the Thyssen/Flick massive steel and coal merger was suppressing the new labor + socialist movements.
15.Mar.2006
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National Archives Hosts Summit with Federal Agencies to Discuss Re-review of Documents 03/06/06 Archivist of the United States Announces New Steps in Response to Withdrawal of Declassified Records from Open Shelves at the National Archives 03/02/06 Public Interest Declassification Board Holds First Meeting: Document Withdrawal from the National Archives a Serious Concern 02/28/06
15.Mar.2006
http://www.archives.gov/press/index.html
The National Archives Responds to Reclassification of Documents 02/22/2006
15.Mar.2006
The CIA and Nazi War Criminals Released Under Nazi War Crimes Disclosure Act. National Security Archive Electronic Briefing Book No. 146. Edited by Tamara Feinstein . February 4, 2005 ... www.eyespymag.com/The%20CIA%20and%20Nazi%20War%20Criminals.htm

The CIA Names File on Adolf Eichmann National Security Archive Electronic Briefing Book No. 150. Edited by Tamara Feinstein Intern Assistance: Sara Coburn. (24.Mar.2005) ... www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/Holocaust/ciaeich.html
15.Mar.2006
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In the Global Village the Medium is the Message (Score:2) by
Quirk (36086) on Wednesday March 15, @03:40PM (#14927155)
(
http://slashdot.org/~Quirk/journal/| Last Journal: Monday October 03, @04:07PM) What isn't being seen for the trees is that the forest, for the first time, is visible to everyone on the web. For the first time we can relatively easily peek and poke into one another's cultural biases and make a variety of inter/intra comparisons.

As governments struggle to literally get a grip on the world web, the world web citizenry is building a new hierarchy of cultural cross development.

We can individually and collectively point fingers at one another, but the greater fact is that we have in place a mechcanism that allows us to do so
15.Mar.2006
Nanotech may pull oil from tar sands
On Friday I was at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research’s Economic Summit (some videos available), where among other things I learned that the oil sands of Canada are, unfortunately, more accurately thought of as “tar sands”. But Chevron has announced a $60 ...

15.Mar.2006
Torn-up Credit Card Apps Not So Safe Author: CmdrTaco 73
Maximum Prophet writes "This dude tears up a credit card application, tapes it back together, sends it in with his cell phone number and father's address + voila, gets a credit card. Who would have thought security at a credit card company was so lax? The company recommends that s "tear up" financial solicitations before throwing them away, "so thieves can't use them to assume your identity.", but according to them, "Applications that arrive in damaged form are customarily transferred to an electronic format, he said -- often by machine. So it's possible a human being never handled the taped-up application and never had the chance to spot the obvious sign of trouble." In this era where we worry so much about identity theft, this sort of thing really makes you wonder what the point really is.

15.Mar.2006
Tangible Impact of Censorship on Search Engines Author: ScuttleMonkey 31
An anonymous reader writes "NetworkWorld is reporting that Indiana University Informatics researchers have created a site that highlights the differences in query results provided by country-specific search engines. cenSEARCHip looks at engines like the versions of Google and Yahoo built to accommodate free-speech restrictions in China, Germany and France."

15.Mar.2006
Grappling With Climate Change As scientific skepticism over global warming all but evaporates, three experts take the temperature of this man-made catastrophe.

Leading off is biologist Tim Flannery, who argues computer models are badly blowing predictions of the pace of change. First in a three-part series. By Mark Anderson.
15.Mar.2006
Grappling With Climate Change As scientific skepticism over global warming all but evaporates, three experts take the temperature of this man-made catastrophe. Leading off is biologist Tim Flannery, who argues computer models
15.Mar.2006
Global Warming Problems May Be Worse Than Predicted Author: Dave Drews Have we less time that we thought before the Earth becomes unlivable?
15.Mar.2006
Internet means end for media barons, says Murdoch Rupert Murdoch last night sounded the death knell for the era of the media baron, comparing today's internet pioneers with explorers such as Christopher Columbus and John Cabot and hailing the arrival of a "second great age of discovery". The News Corp media magnate nurtures a long-held distaste ...
15.Mar.2006
EU: No Public Hearing for Microsoft The European Commission has rejected a call by Microsoft to open up an antitrust hearing scheduled for March 30 and 31. The hearing will decide whether the Redmond company has complied with a March 2004 ruling against it + could lead to additional fines surpassing 200 million euros.
15.Mar.2006
Sen. Feingold: Senate Democrats Are "Cowering" To Bush... Author: The Huffington Post
Sen. Feingold said the following to Fox News' Trish Turner: I'm amazed at Democrats, cowering with this president's numbers so low. The administration just has to raise the specter of the war and the Democrats run and hide. ... Too many Democrats are going to do the same thing they did in 2000 ...

15.Mar.2006
Judge to Demand Google Release Data
UPDATED A US. federal judge indicated Tuesday that he would grant at least part of a Department of Justice request to access search result data from Google. The feds say the data would be used to defend a law against pornography, but the search giant says the demand violates the privacy of its ...

15.Mar.2006
IBM: The 'next big thing' no longer exists
The era of technology breakthroughs for their own sake rather than for profit is over, says IBM innovation exec Nicholas Donofrio.

15.Mar.2006
Biometrics unreliable, says EU privacy head European Data Protection Supervisor Peter Hustinx warns that biometrics may have serious data protection implications.
15.Mar.2006
Humans evolved color vision to see emotion, not food Blog: Your eyes evolved to see rosy cheeks.The eyes in humans and their closest relatives in the primate world are geared to detect...
15.Mar.2006
Quote of the day: Politicians 'drinking their own bath water' Blog: In a closing speech Tuesday at the South by Southwest interactive conference, science fiction writer Bruce Sterling applauded...
15.Mar.2006
U.S. Internet Growth Stalling Author: ScuttleMonkey 154

abb_road writes "Internet usage is predicted to grow by only 1% in 2006, with uptake slowing even more in subsequent years. The article examines causes for the slowdown, including individuals who are actively choosing to not be online. These non-users cite a number of reasons for their decision, including cost and increased productivity. Is this simply a combination of luddites and a statistical quirk, or is the Internet reaching its saturation point in the U.S.?"
15.Mar.2006
U.S. Army Robots Break Asimov's First Law Author: CmdrTaco 627
buanzo writes "The US Army is deploying armed robots in Iraq that are capable of breaking Asmov's first law that they should not harm a human. SWORDS (Special Weapons Observation Reconnaissance Detection Systems) robots are equipped with either the M249, machine gun which fires 5.56-millimeter rounds at 750 rounds per minute or the M240, which fires 7.62-millimeter rounds at up to 1,000 per minute. " update this story refers to this article from 2005. But com'on, robots with machine guns! I don't get to think about that most days!

15.Mar.2006
RFID & Viral Vulnerability Author: CmdrTaco 112
Arleo writes "Student Melanie Rieback and others, part of a Tannenbaum research group in Amsterdam, have proven that RFID-tags are vulnerable for infection with viruses. In a research paper titled "Is Your Cat Infected with a Computer Virus?" is shown how an altered RFID tag can be used to send a SQL injection attack or a buffer overflow. They describe on the rfidvirus.org website possible exploits of this types of viruses: from altering the backoffice of a supermarket to spreading RFID viruses by infected bags on airports."

15.Mar.2006
http://www.wired.com/news/wireservice/1,70417-0.html

Aubrey de Grey, a biomedical gerontologist from Cambridge University, goes much further. He believes the first person to live to 1,000 has already been born and told the meeting that periodic repairs to the body using stem cells, gene therapy and other techniques could eventually stop the aging process entirely.

De Grey argues that if each repair lasts 30 or 40 years, science will advance enough by the next "service" date that death can be put off indefinitely -- a process he calls strategies for engineered negligible senescence.

His maverick ideas are dismissed by others in the field, such as Tom Kirkwood, director of Newcastle University's Center of Aging and Nutrition, as little more than a thought experiment.
15.Mar.2006
Grappling With Climate Change As scientific skepticism over global warming all but evaporates, three experts take the temperature of this man-made catastrophe. Leading off is biologist Tim Flannery, who argues computer models are badly blowing predictions of the pace of change. First in a three-part series. By Mark Anderson.
15.Mar.2006
Do you have a moment to help Impeach President Bush? This administration must be held accountable for its misdeeds. We have considerable work to do and I am going to need your help to make this effort successful. Join me in sending the message to the President, the media + the American people that we are not going to stand for an imperial presidency any longer.
15.Mar.2006
Israeli troops attack Palestinian jail: Kill guard wound 18 others: "We warn Israel against any incursion in the prison because it is under American and British control by international agreement."
15.Mar.2006
UAE turns back on dollar in foreign reserves shake-up The United Arab Emirates is planning to switch 10pc of its foreign reserves from dollars to euros in the first sign of fall-out from Washington's snub to Dubai Ports World last week.
15.Mar.2006
Justice Department looks at lawyers: The Justice Department is investigating its lawyers' conduct in sending terrorism suspects to jail when there was insufficient evidence to charge them with a crime.
15.Mar.2006
Hotel U.S.A.: The government's plans for an 'immigration emergency' include relocation and detention centers -- courtesy of Kellogg, Brown and Root.
15.Mar.2006
Pepper 'kills prostate cancer' The ingredient which makes jalapeno peppers hot also makes prostate cancer cells commit suicide, a study suggests.
15.Mar.2006
1,000 children 'consider suicide' The number of children contemplating suicide has increased by 14% over the past year, a national charity has said.
15.Mar.2006
Labour loans to be investigated Labour's treasurer reveals he did not know the party had secretly taken out loans last year.
15.Mar.2006
Saddam denounces court Former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein describes the court trying him for crimes against humanity as a "comedy".
15.Mar.2006
Third Lords rejection of ID cards Government plans to make ID cards compulsory for anyone getting a passport are rejected by the peers.
15.Mar.2006
DPW to sell off all its US ports Dubai Ports World confirms it intends to sell all its US port operations to an American buyer within six months time.
15.Mar.2006
UN creates new human rights body The UN votes to create a new human rights monitor, despite US concerns the reforms are not enough.
15.Mar.2006
Billionaire boosts Saudi stocks Stock markets in the Gulf region suffer a sharp sell-off as a "crisis of confidence" weighs on trade.
15.Mar.2006
Warders' £1m trauma compensation Six prison officers who saw the aftermath of a killing by an inmate win more than £1m in compensation.
15.Mar.2006
Terror flight claims 'will fade' Claims the US secretly flies terror suspects through the UK will eventually "fall away", says Foreign Secretary Jack Straw.
15.Mar.2006
Solar riches survive probe crash Precious information is extracted from the remains of the Genesis space capsule that crashed into a US desert in 2004
15.Mar.2006
Colonial Latin America Chronology 1517 -18. Spanish reconnaissance from Cuba of eastern Mexican coast. ... Silver ores found at Potosí . 1546. Silver ores found at Zacatecas: start of mining ... www.college.emory.edu/culpeper/BAKEWELL/chronology.html
15.Mar.2006
How America Won the Vietnam War, By Losing -- A BuzzFlash Editorial. "The Vietnam War was an ill-conceived bungling disaster built upon a quicksand of lies and mistaken premises. Just as is its ill-begotten offspring: the Iraq War."
"Paper Clips": An American Story About Tolerance in Tennessee and the Holocaust
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Iraq Edges Closer to Open Civil Warfare. Bush Edges Closer to Permanent Vegetative State of Denial.
H.R. 1606: Time to ACT; It's up to you to convince Congress to stand up for H.R. 1606, which is scheduled for a vote tomorrow + prevent the FEC from voting on new regulations which may change Internet political activity forever. 3/16

15.Mar.2006
Iran: Where do we go from here? -By Mike Whitney
The Bush administration has run into a rock wall at the Security Council. Neither Russia nor China will agree to any resolution that condemns Iran for “noncompliance” with its treaty obligations. In fact, there is general agreement that Iran has not violated the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) so the point is moot. This eliminates any chance that punitive action will be taken against Iran or that sanctions will be applied.
Continued

15.Mar.2006 The Parasites of God - By Charles Sullivan
Have we become so indoctrinated by the language of empire that we can no longer see the disconnect between these acts of terror and the non-violent teachings of Christ? Why are so many who call themselves Christians worshiping the parasites of god and empire, while shunning and betraying the genuine article?
Continued

15.Mar.2006 - Arab central banks move assets out of dollar : Middle Eastern anger over the decision by the US to block a Dubai company from buying five of its ports hit the dollar yesterday as a number of central banks said they were considering switching reserves into euros.

15.Mar.2006 Chalmers Johnson : No Longer the "Lone" Superpower: Alice-in-Wonderland Policies and the Mother of All Financial Crises

15.Mar.2006 FBI took photos of antiwar protesters: An FBI agent in Pittsburgh photographed members of an antiwar activist group in 2002, according to documents released Tuesday by the American Civil Liberties Union, which said the disclosure marks the latest incident in which the FBI has monitored left-leaning groups.
15.Mar.2006
US 'may want to keep Iraq bases' : The United States may want to keep a long-term military presence in Iraq to bolster moderates against extremists in the region and protect oil supplies, the army general overseeing US operations in Iraq has said.

15.Mar.2006 Electricity Hits Three-Year Low in Iraq : Electricity output has dipped to its lowest point in three years in Iraq. The Iraqis, in fact, may have to turn to neighboring Iran to help bail them out of their energy crisis - if not this summer, then in years to come.

15.Mar.2006 In case you missed it: Secret U.S. Plans For Iraq's Oil : The Bush administration made plans for war and for Iraq's oil before the 9/11 attacks sparking a policy battle between neo-cons and Big Oil, BBC's Newsnight has revealed.

15.Mar.2006 'I am still the head of state' : Saddam Hussein insisted today that he was still Iraq's president and called on Iraqis to stop fighting each other and rise up against US and British troops as he gave evidence for the first time at his trial.

15.Mar.2006 US general says no proof Iran behind Iraq arms: President George W. Bush said on Monday components from Iran were being used in powerful roadside bombs used in Iraq + Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said last week that Iranian Revolutionary Guard personnel had been inside Iraq.

15.Mar.2006 Bush ready to initiate 'regime change' for the mullahs: Buoyed up by achieving its initial goal of dragging Teheran before the United Nations Security Council, which is to debate Iran this week, officials are now promoting several measures reminiscent of the American approach towards Moscow in the Cold War.

15.Mar.2006 Russia warns US on Caspian buildup : Russia cautioned the United States on Tuesday against raising its military presence in the strategic Caspian sea region bordering Iran, saying buildup of forces from "outside" would destabilize the region, Itar-Tass news agency said.

15.Mar.2006 Edward S. Herman : Uncle Chutzpah and His Willing Executioners on the Dire Iran Threat : Uncle Chutzpah and his willing executioners-the media, UN and coalition of the cowardly and bribed-have isolated Iran and set her up for possible destabilization and aggression. One wouldn't think this possible given the remarkable parallels in argument and (phony) evidence in this case and that of the failed aggression in Iraq, but the power of the aggressor and subservience of the media and international community are apparently boundless.

15.Mar.2006 In case you missed it: Nazis of the Nineties: In his book "The Road to Serfdom," Friedrich Hayek warned Americans

00.000.1944 that despite their military war against Nazis, they were travelling the philosophical and economic road to that the Nazis were travelling. The Americans ignored that warning. Now along the Americans we are left with the consequences that are coming home to roost

15.Mar.2006 In case you missed it: Howard Zinn: Machiavellian Realism and U.S. Foreign Policy: Means and Ends: For the United States, as for others countries, Machiavellianism dominates foreign policy, but the courage of a small number of dissenters suggests the possibility that some day the larger public will no longer accept that kind of "realism." Machiavelli himself might have smiled imperiously at this suggestion + said, "You're wasting your time. Nothing will change. It's human nature."

15.Mar.2006 Abbas condemns Israel raid as unforgivable crime: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday condemned Israel's raid on a West Bank prison and seizure of a militant leader as a crime that would not be forgiven.
15.Mar.2006 Salvador option"? :
American arrested with weapons in Iraq: The man it described as a security contractor working for a private company, possessed explosives which were found in his car. It said he was arrested on Tuesday.

In case you missed it: ‘The Salvador Option’: The Pentagon may put Special-Forces-led assassination or kidnapping teams in Iraq
15.Mar.2006
Feingold Accuses Democrats of 'Cowering' - By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Wisconsin Sen. Russell Feingold accused fellow Democrats on Tuesday of cowering rather than joining him on trying to censure President Bush over domestic spying.
Continued

15.Mar.2006
Global Economic Hegemony: A New Kind of Warfare? -By Kaleem Hussain
In the year 2000, Iraq had decided that it was no longer going to accept dollars for oil being sold under the UN’s Oil For-Food Program and decided to switch to the Euro as Iraq’s oil export currency.

The result was a military strike by the U.S. and it’s allies and subsequently in ample time the dollar was restored as Iraq’s oil export currency. Continued
15.Mar.2006
http://www.spiegel.de/wissenschaft/erde/0,1518,druck-406113,00.html
Die durch den Treibhauseffekt hervorgerufene Klimaerwärmung bedeutet jedenfalls nicht, dass es in allen Weltgegenden gleichmäßig wärmer wird.
"Aufgrund der sich durch die Treibhausgase erwärmenden Atmosphäre und der damit einhergehenden Aufheizung der arktischen Regionen verlangsam sich der Wärmeaustausch der Nordhalbkugel mit dem wärmeren Süden", sagte Rüdiger Rosenthal vom Bund für Umwelt und Naturschutz Deutschland (BUND) zu SPIEGEL ONLINE. Als Folge seien künftig häufiger extrem
kalte Winter in Europa denkbar.
15.Mar.2006
http://www.spiegel.de/wissenschaft/erde/0,1518,druck-406113,00.html
Wenn es diesen Frühling und Sommer nicht außergewöhnlich kalt wird, dann werden wir wohl Verluste an Meereis beobachten, die die 2005 beobachteten noch übertreffen könnten", sagte Mark Serreze, Wissenschaftler am National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) im US-Bundesstaat Colorado, der "New York Times". Der Forscher hat beobachtet: Im vergangenen September war in der Arktis soviel Eis geschmolzen, wie noch nie seit Beginn der Satellitenbeobachtung im Jahr 1979. Ein Forscherteam der University of Illinois kam unabhängig vom NSIDC zum gleichen Ergebnis.
"Nimmt man das mit jüngsten Nasa-Erkenntnissen zusammen, dass der grönländische Eispanzer an einem Umkipp-Punkt angelangt sein könnte, ist ziemlich klar, dass die Arktis beginnt, auf die globale Erwärmung zu reagieren", sagte Serreze der britischen Zeitung "The Independent".
Umkipp-Punkte, sogenannte "tipping points", zählen zu jenen Phänomenen, die Klimaforschern große Sorgen bereiten. Man beschreibt damit den Moment, wo vormals lineare Entwicklungen - wie eine kontinuierliche Eisschmelze - durch bestimmte Rückkopplungen abrupt abbrechen, die Richtung wechseln oder stark beschleunigt werden.
Ein solches Feedback befürchtet Serreze nun für den arktischen Ozean: Dort ist nun mehr Wasser denn je zu sehen. Das dunkle Wasser absorbiert mehr Sonnenwärme als reflektierendes Meereis. So verstärkt sich die ohnehin seit langem andauernde Erwärmung noch einmal - und im nächsten Winter würde das arktische Eis im dritten Jahr in Folge nicht zunehmen.

15.Mar.2006
http://www.spiegel.de/panorama/0,1518,druck-406034,00.html
Die höchste jemals von der US-Notenbank ausgegebene Banknote hatte jedoch in Wirklichkeit einen Nennwert von 100.000 Dollar und war niemals im Umlauf.
15.Mar.2006
http://www.spiegel.de/reise/aktuell/0,1518,druck-406068,00.html

Im letzten Jahr hat die Zahl der Flugpassagiere enorm zugelegt: Weltweit flogen im letzten Jahr rund vier Milliarden Menschen, das sind sechs Prozent mehr als im Vorjahr. Der Flughafen von Atlanta hat die meisten Gäste abgefertigt.

Genf - Von den vier Milliarden Flugpassagieren im letzten Jahr reisten 1,6 Milliarden auf internationalen Strecken, was einer Zunahme von acht Prozent entspricht, teilte die Internationale Flughafenbehörde (ACI) am Dienstag in Genf mit. Der internationale Frachtverkehr legte um drei Prozent zu.
15.Mar.2006
BND-Affäre: Persilschein aus Washington

15.Mar.2006 Trotz US-Veto: Uno gründen Menschenrechtsrat
15.Mar.2006
Sensationsprozess in Kalifornien: Schreckensherrschaft hinter Gittern
15.Mar.2006
Joint Strike Fighter: Neuer US-Kampfjet sorgt für Ärger
15.Mar.2006
Abu-Ghureib-Folterskandal: Archiv des Grauens geöffnet
15.Mar.2006
Gaza-Streifen: Palästinenser-Generalstreik gegen Israels Militäraktion
15.Mar.2006
Klimawandel: Eis der Arktis kehrt nicht zurück
15.Mar.2006
Ex-Diktator vor Gericht: Saddam ruft zum Kampf gegen US-Truppen auf

15.Mar.2006 "Cicero"-Affäre: Zwei Journalisten unter Anklage

15.Mar.2006 Studentenproteste in Frankreich: Freiheit, Gleichheit, Bürgerlichkeit
15.Mar.2006
Saddam-Prozess: Richter schließt Öffentlichkeit aus
15.Mar.2006
Sterbendes Land: Keine Zukunft für die Kuhzunft
15.Mar.2006
Satellitenbild: Europa versinkt im Schnee
15.Mar.2006
US-Richter: Google soll Userdaten herausrücken
15.Mar.2006
Kernkraft: E.on fordert doppelte AKW-Laufzeiten
15.Mar.2006
Irak-Waffenschmuggel: USA fehlen Beweise für Irans Verwicklung

15.Mar.2006 Kurioser Fund: Eine-Milliarde-Dollar-Noten beschlagnahmt

15.Mar.2006 Schnecken-Paarung: Die List der Liebespfeile
15.Mar.2006
From: Ralph McGehee <rmcgehee@igc.apc.org> Subject: Intel vs ... ... Photos of Deutch, Nora slatkin , executive director and David Cohen, do. A correction in the post says the photo is of George tenet not David Cohen. ... www.acorn.net/jfkplace/03/RM/Ovw/RM.intel-policy
15.Mar.2006
The Crimes of Citibank - More CIA Connections ... CITIBANK'S SENIOR MANAGER FOR GOVERNMENT RELATIONS, NORA SLATKIN PLAYED KEY ROLE IN JOHN DEUTCH INVESTIGATION - FORMER NUMBER 3 AT CIA. ... 100777.com/node/view/309
15.Mar.2006
Hillary Clinton Forum - Electronic Democracy - Everybody Welcome ... 8. (Bebeto Matthews/AP Photo ). ... Senior aides to Mr. Deutch at CIA, namely CIA Executive Director Nora Slatkin and Michael O'Neill, the agency's general counsel ... www.kwik-link.com/hc/Hillary_Clinton_Forum_171_chat1.cgi
15.Mar.2006
From: <Saved by Microsoft Internet Explorer 5> Subject: Federal ... ... their real = names?=20 Doesn't everyone have to show a photo ID to ... Casey, David=20 Doherty, George Herbert Walker Bush, John Deutch, Nora = Slatkin =20 and Hank ... illuminati-news.com/terror-overview.mht
15.Mar.2006
An Overview of the War on Terrorism ... Doesn’t everyone have to show a photo ID to claim a boarding pass? ... Bill Casey, David Doherty, George Herbert Walker Bush, John Deutch, Nora Slatkin and Hank ... www.apfn.org/apfn/wtc_overview.htm
15.Mar.2006
CIA Officials Reveal What Went Wrong – Clinton to Blame... CIA Director John Deutch and his top assistant, Nora Slatkin . ... e-mail Tuesday evening:"Deutch and Nora , Clinton's anti ... politicians will use lots of photo ops to ...www.freerepublic.com/forum/a3b9f514f0c60.htm
15.Mar.2006
War on Terrorism ... Doesn't everyone have to show a photo ID to claim a boarding pass? ... Bill Casey, David Doherty, George Herbert Walker Bush, John Deutch, Nora Slatkin and Hank ... www.2012.com.au/war_on_terrorism.html
15.Mar.2006 [PDF]
Colleen Preston on Acquisition Reform View as HTML ... Photos by Richard Mattox ... Mr. Deutch, the Service Acquisition Executives—Gil Decker, John Douglass (who assumed the position held by Nora Slatkin ) + Art ... www.dau.mil/pubs/pm/pmpdf97/preston.pdf
15.Mar.2006
TIME Magazine Archive Article -- SKIRTS AND DAGGERS -- Jun. 12 ... ... post. "I will be pushing that very hard." Deutch has appointed former Navy Assistant Secretary Nora Slatkin to the No. 3 position ... www.time.com/time/magazine/article/subscriber/0,10987,1101950612-134265,00.html
15.Mar.2006
DefenseLINK News: Daily Activity ... 9/19/96 TBD House Committee on Intelligence 1300 OPEN Witnesses: John Deutch, DCI; Joan Dempsey, DASD(C3I); Nora Slatkin , CIA; LtGen Patrick Hughes, DIA; LtGen ... www.dod.gov/today/1996/a091996_as960919.html
15.Mar.2006
The CIA's Role in the Attack upon America ... Photos of deutch, nora slatkin , executive director and david cohen, do. A correction in the post says the photo is of george tenet not david cohen. ... www.freedomdomain.com/Templemount/cooper2.html
15.Mar.2006 Thank You Ronnie Raygun & Pappy Bush For the bang up job that your CIA did in training bin Laden For more on the connection between the Bush Criminal Family and bin Laden click
here
14.Mar.2006
http://blog.wired.com/biotech/ Menstrual Blood Yields Stem Cells Topic: Stem Cells
Japanese researchers have discovered a new source of stem cells: human menstrual blood. The ABC, Australia's public broadcast commission,
reports the blood engendered 30 percent more stem cells than bone marrow, a more common source of the cells.
The scientists presented their findings at the annual
American College of Cardiology meeting. They took menstrual blood from six women + they say the stem cells they found originated in the lining of the uterus.

15.Mar.2006
Moussaoui trial cleared to resume The trial of 9/11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui can continue despite allegations of misconduct by the prosecution, a US judge rules.
15.Mar.2006
UK gas prices soar on new warning Gas prices continue to rise after National Grid's alert asking industrial users to limit their usage.
15.Mar.2006
Euro MPs back mercury curbs Tough measures to reduce the use of mercury in Europe are supported by members of the European Parliament.
15.Mar.2006
Rants 'n' Raves: Mine Shaft Some suspicious readers elaborate on how data mining could be a Trojan horse for U.S. citizens' privacy in today's Rants 'n' Raves.
15.Mar.2006
Senator: Net neutrality may not happen Senate Commerce Chairman Ted Stevens seems lukewarm to mandatory Net neutrality + analysts say it's not a good idea.
15.Mar.2006
Google, feds face off over search records Google's attempt to fend off Justice Department's request for search records goes before a federal court in San Jose, Calif.
15.Mar.2006
Judge May Force Google to Submit to Feds Author: ScuttleMonkey 72
illeism writes "News.com is reporting that a California Judge may force Google to give the feds at least some of the information it wanted. The feds may get some of Google's index of sites but none of the user search terms. From the article, the Judge said he was 'reluctant to give the Justice Department everything it wanted because of the "perception by the public that this is subject to government scrutiny" when they type search terms into Google.com.'"

15.Mar.2006
Supercomputer Performs Simulation of Virus Author: ScuttleMonkey 113
moller writes to tell us Red Herring is reporting that researchers from the University of California at Irvine and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have announced that they created a computer simulation of a virus. From the article: "Using one of the world's fastest computers at the U.S. National Center for Supercomputing Applications, located at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the researchers ran a computer program devised to reverse engineer the dynamics of all atoms making up the virus particle and a tiny drop of water containing it." Nature also has an interesting write up on the research surrounding this project.

15.Mar.2006
New Tool Tracks Online Media Consumption Author: ScuttleMonkey 62
Carl Bialik writes "Technology and market research company BigChampagne is introducing a measurement tool called BCDash to let media companies quickly track how people -- legally or illegally -- use their products online. BigChampagne said BCDash will bring together data from AOL, Yahoo Music, iTunes, and Wal-Mart, along with estimates of illegal file sharing activity for specific titles. It's meant as a marketing tool, the WSJ reports: 'Media companies have often been caught flat-footed when a video or song takes off online. By the time they try to capitalize on it, the opportunity often has passed.'"

14.Mar.2006
http://www.spiegel.de/netzwelt/politik/0,1518,druck-406013,00.html
San José/USA - Bundesbezirksrichter James Ware machte am Dienstag deutlich, dass er dem Antrag des Justizministeriums auf Herausgabe der Daten stattgeben will. Das Ministerium fordert von dem Unternehmen die Suchanfragen einer beliebigen Woche sowie einen Auszug aus der Google-Datenbank mit 50.000 Adressen. Google lehnt dies unter Verweis auf den Datenschutz ab.
Das Justizministerium will mit den Daten die Nutzung von Suchmaschinen simulieren, um zu beweisen, dass bestehende Filtertechniken nicht ausreichten, um Kinder vor Pornografie und anderen anstößigen Web-Inhalten zu schützen. Von allen anderen Suchmaschinen-Betreibern in den USA hat die Regierung die geforderten Daten erhalten. Die Regierung verweist darauf, dass es sich nicht um personalisierbare Informationen erhalten - etwa darüber, welcher Internetnutzer welche Anfragen gestellt hat.
Google argumentiert hingegen, die geforderten Datensätze würden durchaus Informationen über die Gewohnheiten seiner Nutzer insgesamt hergeben. Außerdem fürchtet das Unternehmen um seine Firmengeheimnisse - der Konzern verweigert grundsätzlich Angaben zur Größe seiner Datenbank.

14.Mar.2006
UK 'needs a nuclear contingency'
The UK needs a nuclear "contingency" in case the alliance with the US ends in the future, MPs have heard.

14.Mar.2006
Abreise verschoben: "Discovery" startet frühestens im Juli

14.Mar.2006 USA: Moussaoui-Prozess wird fortgesetzt

14.Mar.2006 Daten-Streit: Richter will Google zu Übermittlung von Daten an Regierung zwingen
14.Mar.2006
Irak: Gerichtshof für Menschenrechte schmettert Saddam-Klage ab
14.Mar.2006
War die US-Regierung vor dem 11. September vorgewarnt? ... N ovember 2001, "Suicide Flights and Crop Dusters Considered Threats at '96 ... für die Sowjetunion als genauso schwächend erweisen würde wie Vietnam für die ... www.pds-sachsen.de/ag/MF/f1083.htm
07052003antiwarblogg Bewußtseinsmanipulation . Mit der Aussendung spezifischer physiologischer Muster (zB ... 4.permanente präventive Konterrevolution ist die Methode ... authenticamigos.planetaclix.pt/07052003antiwarblogg.html

20030509antiwarblogg. Noltes Methode orientiert sich dabei an der Phänomenologie, das heißt ... Bewußtseinsmanipulation . Mit der Aussendung spezifischer physiologischer Muster ... authenticamigos.planetaclix.pt/20030509antiwarblogg.html
14.Mar.2006
Mike Whitney : Bush’s Roadblock at the Security Council : Surveys were conducted months before the war on Iraq which showed that the American people would only support the conflict if there was a danger that Saddam was developing nuclear weapons.

15.Mar.2006 U.S. Torture: Top commanders approved use of dogs at Abu Ghraib : When Army Sgt. Michael J. Smith faces a court-martial today on charges that he used his military working dog to harass and threaten detainees, one of the prime examples of that alleged misconduct will be a photograph of Smith holding the dog just inches from the face of a detainee
14.Mar.2006
Russian TV revives allegation of secret CIA prison in Ukraine: The alleged prison was located in a former nuclear weapons storage base in a military garrison in the Kiev region, an investigative reporter for Rossiya television said in a broadcast late Sunday. He said the prisoners were probably transferred to Ukraine from Poland and Romania.

14.Mar.2006 US Want Full Access to Bulgarian Military Bases: The United States demand that Bulgaria grants them unlimited access to Bulgaria's military bases and equipment + Bulgaria does not agree, Angel Naydenov, Head of the Parliamentary Defence Committee has said.

14.Mar.2006 Undersea Global Strike: The Pentagon has expressed a need for global strike ability: Global means exactly that: the capacity to “reach out and touch someone” -- or some thing -- anywhere on Planet Earth.

14.Mar.2006 Philippines: The Killing Fields Of Asia: Since President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo joined the US global “War on Terrorism”, the Philippines has become the site of an on-going undeclared war against peasant and union activists, progressive political dissidents and lawmakers, human rights lawyers and activists, women leaders and a wide range of print and broadcast journalists.

14.Mar.2006 Muslim students condemn UK newspaper spy ploy: The umbrella organization of Muslim student groups Tuesday condemned a British weekly newspaper for reportedly offering cash to students to spy on Islamic Society meetings.

14.Mar.2006 Newspaper's former boss drawn into Plame row: THE former executive editor of The Washington Post Ben Bradlee is quoted in Vanity Fair magazine as saying that Richard Armitage, then the deputy secretary of state, was probably the source who revealed CIA operative Valerie Plame's name to the paper's assistant managing editor, Boby Woodward.

14.Mar.2006 Justice Department looks at lawyers: The Justice Department is investigating its lawyers' conduct in sending terrorism suspects to jail when there was insufficient evidence to charge them with a crime.

14.Mar.2006 Webmaster cleared of promoting terrorism: Sami Omar Al-Hussayen, 34, a computer science student at the University of Idaho, was accused of running websites used to recruit terrorists, raise money and spread inflammatory rhetoric

14.Mar.2006 In case you missed it: : Long live the King: A jury resoundingly vindicated a University of Idaho student, but only after our government destroyed his life
14.Mar.2006
Evangelical broadcaster Pat Robertson calls radical Muslims 'satanic' ; Evangelical broadcaster Pat Robertson said Monday on his live "700 Club" television program that Islam wants to take over the world and is not a religion of peace + that radical Muslims are "satanic."

14.Mar.2006 War pimp alert: Bush blames Iran for some bombs in Iraq : Iran has been supplying explosives to those intent on wreaking violence in Iraq, U.S. President George W. Bush said Monday.

14.Mar.2006 Russia Blocking U.S. Bid to Pressure Iran: China and Russia are blocking agreement on a U.S.-backed statement by the United Nations Security Council that Iran must suspend uranium enrichment activities, U.S. Ambassador John Bolton said.

14.Mar.2006 Russia and China remain at odds with U.S., Britain and France over Iran statement : The five permanent veto-wielding council members met for more than 90 minutes but didn't resolve differences on a proposed British-French draft that would demand Iran halt all uranium enrichment and call for a report within weeks on Iran's progress in

answering questions about its nuclear program.

14.Mar.2006 Activists in Iran say U.S. strategy hurts their work: Prominent activists inside Iran say President Bush's plan to spend tens of millions of dollars to promote democracy here is the kind of help they don't need.
14.Mar.2006
British general will lead U.S. mission in Afghanistan : First time U.S. troops have followed a foreign commander since WWII
14.Mar.2006
US postwar Iraq strategy a mess, Blair was told : Senior British diplomatic and military staff gave Tony Blair explicit warnings three years ago that the US was disastrously mishandling the occupation of Iraq, according to leaked memos.

14.Mar.2006 'Leaked British Memo' : Memo from John Sawer, Blair's special envoy to Iraq after Saddam's overthrow

14.Mar.2006 Saddam Did Not Plan Insurgency: US military study : Ousted president Saddam Hussein did not plan the insurgency in Iraq because he thought the United States would never invade the country, a US military history has concluded.

14.Mar.2006 Do you have a moment to help Impeach President Bush? This administration must be held accountable for its misdeeds. We have considerable work to do and I am going to need your help to make this effort successful. Join me in sending the message to the President, the media + the American people that we are not going to stand for an imperial presidency any longer.

14.Mar.2006 US Army: Peak Oil and the Army's future : “The days of inexpensive, convenient, abundant energy sources are quickly drawing to a close,” according to a recently released US Army strategic report. The report posits that a peak in global oil production looks likely to be imminent, with wide reaching implications for the US Army and society in general. 14.Mar.2006 Remarks of Senator Russ Feingold Introducing a Resolution to Censure President George W. Bush Video and transcript
14.Mar.2006
Permalink 14.Mar.2006 http://www.cannonfire.blogspot.com/There has likely never been in history a culture more dependent on its government than US citizens are right now. Every single thing we require, from food and water to heat and shelter, depends upon huge grids and structures over which we as citizens have no control, into which we have no real input. It’s all lobbyists and profiteers, and none of those folks ever bothers to stop and think about mere survival. They just want another, bigger yacht and a villa on the Riviera. And most of us mere citizens just want another, bigger SUV and a house in the Hamptons.
14.Mar.2006
http://www.cannonfire.blogspot.com/These mindless, bloodthirsty, power-mongering nincompoops will not go down without a fight. Or an outright refusal that manifests in the form of a full-blown overt coup (as opposed to the slower subversive one now in play). Most of us anticipate and dread such events, replete with martial law, detention compounds + suspension of everything that resembles American life, liberty + pursuit of happiness.
So here we are again, at that question mark: What are we to do?
14.Mar.2006
http://www.cannonfire.blogspot.com/ 4. Under the Shah, Iran was a massive (MASSIVE) producer of opium, and also provided a huge market. The mullahs shut down the dope trade. No-one who knows how the world really works will have any doubt that this trade will resume in full force if America succeeds in dislodging the current Iranian regime. Lots of money to be made there.
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14.Mar.2006
http://www.spiegel.de/wissenschaft/weltraum/0,1518,druck-405924,00.html
Noch vor einem Jahrzehnt wären Entdeckungen wie diese kaum möglich gewesen, weil es an Techniken fehlte, Planeten überhaupt nachzuweisen. Mittlerweile wurden rund 170 Exoplaneten gefunden, bei den meisten handelt es sich um Gasgiganten der Jupiterklasse. Nur eine Handvoll leichterer Planeten der Größe von Neptun wurden bislang entdeckt. Mit einer neuen Generation von Teleskopen, so hofft Gould, könnten Forscher schon bald auch noch leichteren, erdähnlichen Planeten auf die Spur kommen.
14.Mar.2006
http://www.spiegel.de/wissenschaft/erde/0,1518,druck-405921,00.html
Die Erkenntnisse der US-Wissenschaftler sind auch politisch nicht ohne Brisanz: Die NOAA untersteht dem US-Handelsministerium. Die Bush-Regierung hatte in der Vergangenheit immer wieder Äußerungen von Forschern sowie die Interpretation ihrer Ergebnisse zu beeinflussen versucht. Der Chefredakteur des Fachmagazins "Science", Donald Kennedy, warf der Regierung in Washington gar vor, sie habe Klimaexperten der NOAA und der Raumfahrtbehörde Nasa einen Maulkorb verpasst.
Kennedy zufolge ignoriere Washington nicht nur schlagende Beweise für die globale Erwärmung durch Treibhausgase wie Kohlendioxid. Vielmehr habe die Regierung NOAA-Forschern, die die Klimapolitik des Weißen Hauses ablehnen, den Kontakt mit der Presse verboten. Ebenso müssten die staatlich angestellten Klimaforscher ihre Vorträge auf wissenschaftlichen Kongressen zuvor mit Washington abstimmen, schrieb Kennedy.
Bislang hat die NOAA den neuen Höchstwert in der weltweiten bodennahen CO2-Konzentration auch nicht offiziell vermeldet. Allerdings stehen die entsprechenden Zahlen und Grafiken auf der Website der Global Monitoring Division der NOAA.
Die britische Regierung hat indes den Klimawandel als umweltpolitisches Thema für sich entdeckt. Anfang Februar hatte Premierminister Tony Blair erklärt, die industrialisierten Staaten hätten nicht mehr als sieben Jahre, um dem Klimawandel entgegenzuwirken und "den Planeten zu retten".

14.Mar.2006
http://www.spiegel.de/wissenschaft/erde/0,1518,druck-405921,00.html
Der Wert 381 ppm, die absolute Menge, das ist hier tatsächlich das Hauptaugenmerk", sagt Heimann. Steige die Konzentration immer weiter, träten irgendwann nichtlineare Effekte auf. Beispielsweise wenn
die Ozeane, die gegenwärtig wegen steigenden CO2-Gehalts fast schon so sauer sind, wie zu Zeiten des Sauriersterbens , weniger oder kein Kohlendioxid mehr aus der Luft aufnehmen können - das würde die Zuwachsraten der CO2-Konzentration in der Atomsphäre noch schneller steigen lassen.
Klimatrend ist politisch heikel

14.Mar.2006
http://www.spiegel.de/wissenschaft/erde/0,1518,druck-405921,00.html

Der Kohlendioxid-Gehalt in der Erdatmosphäre ist so hoch wie seit mindestens einer Million Jahren nicht mehr. Und die Konzentration des Treibhausgases steigt weiter, wie globale Messungen zeigen.

Die Konzentration des Treibhausgases Kohlendioxid lag 2005 bei durchschnittlich 381 Teilen pro eine Million Teile Luft (ppm). Das sind 100 ppm mehr als der Durchschnitt in vorindustriellen Zeiten, meldet die britische BBC. "Jetzt sind wir über 380 ppm, das ist mehr als seit einer Million Jahren, möglicherweise sogar höher als seit 30 Millionen Jahren", sagte Sir David King, oberster Wissenschaftsberater der britischen Regierung. "Die Menschheit verändert das Klima."
Beunruhigender noch als das eigentliche Überschreiten der 380-ppm-Marke ist der zugrunde liegende Trend. Im vergangenen Jahr ist die CO2-Konzentration in der Erdatmosphäre so stark angestiegen wie selten zuvor, wie Messungen der National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) besagen. Nur zwei Mal in den vergangenen 25 Jahren, 1987 und 1998, ist noch mehr CO2 neu hinzugekommen, berichtet die US-Behörde.

14.Mar.2006
11. September 2001: US-Staatsanwaltschaft versucht Moussaoui-Prozess zu retten
14.Mar.2006
Vertraulicher Irak-Bericht: "US-Nachkriegsstrategie war unglaubliches Schlamassel"
14.Mar.2006
Exoplaneten-These: "Super-Erden" sind keine Raritäten

14.Mar.2006 Innovationsprogramm: Bund will Wasserstoffautos mit 500 Millionen Euro fördern
14.Mar.2006
Klimawandel: CO2-Konzentration auf Rekordniveau
14.Mar.2006
http://www.spiegel.de/politik/deutschland/0,1518,druck-404888,00.html
Wissenschaftler klagen über "Allparteien-Schweigekartell"
Den Bielefelder Bevölkerungsforscher Herwig Birg ärgert die "Unwilligkeit" von Ökonomen, über die sozialen Folgen des Wandels ernsthaft nachzudenken. "Ich bin selbst Volkswirt und kenne deshalb meine Kollegen gut", sagt der Professor: "Demografie passt nicht in das enge Tunneldenken der Wirtschaftswissenschaftler heutiger Prägung."
Für das, was Deutschland bevorstehe, urteilt der langjährige Präsident der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Demografie, tauge "nicht einmal der Dreißigjährige Krieg als Vergleich": "Der endete nach drei Jahrzehnten mit einem Frieden und alles ging wieder nach oben."
In den Abwanderungsregionen dagegen seien "die Weichen dauerhaft auf Schrumpfen gestellt". Dieser Umstand erkläre auch das "Allparteien-Schweigekartell gegen die existenzbedrohende demografische Fehlentwicklung". Denn, so Birg: "Ein Problem, das keine Lösung hat, verschweigt man normalerweise."
Lesen Sie in der nächsten Folge:
Keine Zukunft für die Kuhzunft - Bauerndörfer ohne Bauern, Landgemeinden ohne Gemeinderat, ohne Laden, ohne Kneipe, ohne Arzt - Nicht einmal mehr die Kirche bleibt im Dorf.
14.Mar.2006
http://www.spiegel.de/politik/deutschland/0,1518,druck-404888,00.html
Zu den besten Kennern der Problematik zählen die Forscher des Berlin-Instituts für Bevölkerung und Entwicklung. Die Wissenschaftler haben mit Hilfe ihrer Datensammlungen eine Landkarte generiert, die das Deutschland der Zukunft zeigt - und die, anderthalb Jahrzehnte nach der Wiedervereinigung, eine zweite Teilung des Landes dokumentiert.
Ein Rostgürtel zieht sich quer durch die Republik

14.Mar.2006
http://www.spiegel.de/politik/deutschland/0,1518,druck-404888,00.html
Eine solche Strategie, so sinnvoll sie aus ökonomischer Sicht ist, liefe hinaus auf eine Abkopplung der halben Republik, auf eine Zwei-Klassen-Gesellschaft neuen Stils - hier die Nutznießer gehätschelter Arbeits- und Vorzeigeregionen, dort die zu vernachlässigende Restbevölkerung in den stillschweigend abgeschriebenen Provinzen, darunter womöglich mehr und mehr Menschen, die apathisch dahinvegetieren oder sich in Alkoholismus und Extremismus flüchten.
"Die Fläche wird geräumt, die Fläche wird geschliffen"

14.Mar.2006
http://www.spiegel.de/politik/deutschland/0,1518,druck-404888,00.html
Während das Problembewusstsein in der ostdeutschen Bevölkerung mittlerweile "relativ gut ausgeprägt" sei, hat Philipp Oswalt, der im Auftrag der Kulturstiftung des Bundes das Zukunftsthema "Schrumpfende Städte" bearbeitet hat, in den alten Ländern ganz andere Reaktionen beobachtet: "Der Großteil der Westdeutschen realisiert bestimmte Problemlagen nicht." Schon warnt auch SPD-Spitzenmann Matthias Platzeck ignorante West-Genossen: "Was heute schon im Osten geschieht, steht auch im Westen mit voller Wucht bevor."
Dass die Gefahr in den alten Ländern noch nicht ins allgemeine Bewusstsein gedrungen ist, hat einen schlichten Grund. Die westdeutsche Geburtenrate kann zwar schon seit Anfang der Siebziger die Sterbefälle nicht mehr ausgleichen. Doch die zeitweise extrem starke Zuwanderung zumeist jüngerer Menschen aus Ostdeutschland und aus dem Ausland hat die Folgen der Gebär- und Zeugungsmüdigkeit im Westen zunächst nicht voll durchschlagen lassen und den Schrumpfungs- und Vergreisungsprozess vorübergehend gebremst.
Goldene Atolle in einem Ozean von Armut und Demenz

14.Mar.2006
http://www.spiegel.de/politik/deutschland/0,1518,druck-404888,00.html
Einwanderer ziehen nicht in die schrumpfenden Zonen
Dort und anderswo, abseits der prosperierenden Städte und ihres Umlandes, vollziehen sich sogenannte "kumulative Schrumpfungsprozesse", rotieren tückische Teufelskreise. Wirtschaftsprobleme - Abwanderung - vermehrte Wirtschaftsprobleme - vermehrte Abwanderung und so weiter und so fort: Eine Abwärtsspirale ohne Ende führt nach dem Urteil der Experten dazu, dass sich Deutschland in Ost und West ähnlich tiefgreifend verändern wird wie zuletzt im Mittelalter.

14.Mar.2006
http://www.spiegel.de/politik/deutschland/0,1518,druck-404888,00.html
"Ab in die Wälder" - so war voriges Jahr eine Titelgeschichte des Nachrichtenmagazins "Newsweek" überschrieben, das die europaweite Entvölkerung des ländlichen Raumes grell beleuchtete: Auch in Deutschland fielen ganze Landstriche "zurück in den urzeitlichen Zustand, Wölfe treten an die Stelle des Menschen". Und die "Neue Zürcher Zeitung" berichtete schon über Mahnungen, die Landflucht vor allem jüngerer, besser gebildeter Deutscher führe unweigerlich zur "Verödung" und "Verblödung" weiter Teile der Bundesrepublik.
Wissenschaftler, die dem Trend seit längerem in ihren Studierstuben und auf Symposien nachgehen, sind sich über die fatalen Folgen der Entwicklung weithin einig: In Ost- wie Westdeutschland schrumpft auf Grund der niedrigen Geburtenrate die Bevölkerung - kaum spürbar vorerst noch in einigen Ballungsgebieten, rasend schnell aber in jenen provinziellen Zonen, die nicht von Zuzug und Zuwanderung profitieren können, sondern, im Gegenteil, selbst unter massenhafter Landflucht in wirtschaftlich stärkere Regionen leiden, vor allem in den reichen Süden der Republik.

14.Mar.2006
http://www.spiegel.de/wirtschaft/0,1518,druck-405785,00.html
Wann kommt der Einbruch?
Gegenwärtig mehren sich dennoch die Anzeichen dafür, dass die Immobilienhausse ihrem Ende entgegengeht. Wie die "New York Times" Anfang März berichtete, hat der Anstieg der Immobilienpreise schon stark an Tempo verloren. Der Verkauf von Immobilien ist vom Januar 2006 im Vergleich zum Vorjahresmonat um 35 Prozent gesunken. Zugleich stieg der der Bestand unverkäuflicher Häuser deutlich an. Käufer lassen sich außerdem mehr Zeit, bevor sie ihr Angebot abgeben.
Dies sei eher eine saisonale Abschwächung, meinen einige Beobachter + rechnen mit einem Neuanstieg im Sommer. Es hat sich aber ein gefährlicher Trend entwickelt, der ein Ende der Immobilienhausse beschleunigen könnte.
Berichten der Notenbank kann man zum Beispiel Folgendes entnehmen: Der Häuserpreis im Verhältnis zur Jahresmiete - ein wichtiges Erkennungsmerkmal für eine Immobilienblase - ist von 1995 bis 2005 gefährlich angestiegen. Lag das Preis-Jahresmiete-Verhältnis für ein Objekt vor elf Jahren noch bei lediglich 15, betrug der Vergleichswert für das vergangene Jahr schon 21 - ein Anzeichen dafür, dass die Kaufpreise den Mieten davongelaufen sind.
Weitere Besorgnis erregende Daten: Das Verhältnis des Haushaltsvermögen zu den Verbindlichkeiten ist im selben Zeitraum von fünf auf nur noch drei Prozent gesunken. Und das Verhältnis der Haushaltsverschuldung zum verfügbaren Einkommen ist von 80 Prozent im Jahr 1999 auf 120 Prozent im vergangenen Jahr hochgeschnellt.
Die Amerikaner geben also einen größeren Teil ihres Geldes für die Rückzahlung von Schulden aus. Hinter der Immobilienblase steht eine Kreditblase. Eine Politik weiter steigender Zinsraten, wie sie der neue Notenbankchef Ben Bernanke in Aussicht gestellt hat, ist da eine sehr schlechte Nachricht für all diejenigen amerikanischen Haushalte, deren Kreditraten im Gleichklang mit den Marktzinsen ansteigen.
Langsam anziehende Zinsen allein werden indes kaum reichen, um das Ende der Immobilienblase herbeizuführen. Dazu wäre schon, wie 1990/91, ein massiver Einbruch des Durchschnittseinkommens nötig, wie er durch eine Wirtschaftskrise und einen Anstieg der Arbeitslosigkeit verursacht werden könnte. Angesichts der gegenwärtigen hohen Wachstumsraten der US-Wirtschaft steht ein solches Szenario noch nicht unmittelbar bevor.
Wann die Immobilienblase platzt, hängt also vom Verlauf der Konjunktur ab. Der genaue Zeitpunkt ist ungewiss. Aber die Amerikaner sagen: "All balloons come down sometime" - alle Ballons kommen irgendwann runter.
14.Mar.2006
Immobilienpreise: Wann Amerikas Häuser-Blase platzt

(Wirtschaft, Göttin Sekhmet: Frau mit Löwenhaupt

14.Mar.2006 Jericho: Israelische Armee stürmt palästinensisches Gefängnis

14.Mar.2006 Atomstreit: Iran bleibt hart
14.Mar.2006
Babys: Antibiotika sollen Asthmarisiko verdoppeln
14.Mar.2006
Bushs Versprechen: Irakische Armee soll bald große Teile des Landes kontrollieren
14.Mar.2006
Schwiegermütter: Teufel im Haus
14.Mar.2006
Indonesien: Seebeben löst Panik aus
14.Mar.2006
CIA-Verhör: Masri bekräftigt Beteiligung eines Deutschen
14.Mar.2006
Unbestätigter Vogelgrippe-Verdacht: Seehofer kritisiert bayerisches Krisenmanagement
14.Mar.2006
http://www.wired.com/news/technology/medtech/1,70371-0.html

The breakthrough came after the Berkeley team realized that similar layered structures formed when mineral-rich water froze. So they tried freezing a mixture of water and hydroxyapotite, the mineral component of bone. As the ice formed, the minerals became trapped between the layers of ice crystals. They freeze-dried the material to remove the ice, leaving behind hydroxyapotite layers similar to nacre's. By increasing the speed of the freezing process, they could decrease the layers' thickness to just 1 micron -- nearly reproducing the scale found in nature.

By using metal or changing the composition of the ceramic layers the scientists envision a range of applications including dental implants, automotive and aerospace manufacturing + computer hardware.

The parts are molded so they could likely be produced in any shape or size. "This is a great advance in how you make these kinds of materials" says Karl Jepsen, professor of bioengineering at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. "We've never been able to replicate in the lab what nature has already done. The potential for this could be huge."
14.Mar.2006
Google set for court in data spat Google is to take on the US government in court as the web giant fights demands to hand over data.
14.Mar.2006
Call for more BBC accountability
The government is to publish its White Paper on the future role, functions and structure of the BBC.

14.Mar.2006
Brunstrom wants drug gangs action
North Wales' chief constable Richard Brunstrom says drugs criminalisation has caused an 'explosion' in organised crime.

14.Mar.2006
MPs back identity card proposals MPs back government plans to make all passport applicants get an ID card, overturning an earlier defeat in the Lords.
14.Mar.2006
Comets 'are born of fire and ice' Nasa says samples from the Stardust mission show cometary material must have been made in hot as well as cold environments.
14.Mar.2006
Sharp rise in CO2 levels recorded
US scientists record a significant rise in CO2 levels in the atmosphere, pushing them to a new record.

14.Mar.2006
Three Azeris 'die from bird flu' Azerbaijan reports three human deaths from avian flu - the first such fatalities in the country.
14.Mar.2006
Man vs. Machine in Newsreader War
The quest to build a better news filter boils down to the age-old conflict between computer intelligence and human judgment. Here's why the machine will win. By Ryan Singel.

14.Mar.2006
Pushing the Internet Into Space The interplanetary internet sounds like something out of a sci-fi novel. But it's moving closer to reality, thanks to delay-tolerant networking technologies for communicating across vast distances. By Joanna Glasner.
14.Mar.2006
Building Better Bones With Ice
Scientists have discovered how to replicate one of the strongest materials in nature. Their work could lead to the toughest-ever replacements for hips and knees. By Gretchen Cuda.

14.Mar.2006
Life, the Universe and Everything
Quantum mechanic Seth Lloyd says the universe is one giant, hackable computer. Let's hope it's not running Windows. By Kevin Kelly from Wired magazine.

14.Mar.2006
Adapt to New Technology or Die Author: ScuttleMonkey 165
An anonymous reader writes "Yahoo! News is reporting that in a recent speech to fellow stationers and newspaper makers, Rupert Murdoch has stated that the 'newspaper industry needs to embrace the technological revolution of the Internet, MP3 players, laptops and mobile phones or face extinction.'"

14.Mar.2006
France To Force iTunes to Open to Other Players? Author: ScuttleMonkey 120
JordanL writes "It appears that France is pushing through a law that some feel may force Apple to open iTunes to other players. From the article: 'Under a draft law expected to be voted in parliament on Thursday, s would be able to legally use software that converts digital content into any format. It would no longer be illegal to crack digital rights management -- the codes that protect music, films and other content -- if it is to enable to the conversion from one format to another.'"

14.Mar.2006
Cocaine Biosensor Author: ScuttleMonkey 126
Aaron Rowe writes "The MIT Technology review reports that a lab at UC Santa Barbara has created a biosensor by attaching a special type of DNA called an aptamer to a gold electrode. When cocaine is present, the aptamer tightly hugs a cocaine molecule and leans over so that a metal tag can touch the gold surface. This causes a spike in a plot of current versus voltage when the electrode is attached to a machine called a cyclic voltmeter."

14.Mar.2006 Bush: Job Ratings
14.Mar.2006
Note to Moronic Democratic Senators: Americans Can't Stand George Bush Author: Cenk Uygur
The Republicans are unbearable. They break the law, lie, spin, spend, invade, torture and give away our money to lobbyists. So, I'm trying my best to not disparage the Democrats, since they're our only hope left. I don't want to perpetuate the image of them as soft, feckless and spineless. I am ...

14.Mar.2006
How your IT department is breaking data protection laws
Grid-tools a dream in a compliance nightmare Comment Now, here’s a dirty little secret that most of the people that concern themselves with corporate governance and compliance don’t know about.…

14.Mar.2006
Moussaoui Death Penalty Case May Be Tossed
AP - The federal judge in the Zacarias Moussaoui case is considering ending the death-penalty prosecution of the al-Qaida conspirator after learning that a federal lawyer apparently coached witnesses on upcoming testimony.

14.Mar.2006
http://www.spiegel.de/politik/ausland/0,1518,druck-405819,00.html

Nur noch 36 Prozent der US-Bürger sind mit der Arbeit ihres Präsidenten zufrieden. Damit erreicht George W. Bush einen neuen Tiefpunkt in den Umfragewerten.

Washington - Sechs von zehn Amerikanern geben ihrem Präsidenten schlechte Noten. Das geht aus einer Umfrage des Meinungsforschungsinstituts Gallup hervor. Nur noch 20 Prozent glauben mit Sicherheit daran, dass die USA den Krieg im Irak gewinnen werden. Vor zwei Jahren waren es noch knapp acht von zehn Befragten.
57 Prozent aller US-Bürger halten den Irak-Krieg inzwischen für einen Fehler. Bush hatte im November vergangenen Jahres mit 37 Prozent die bislang geringste Zustimmung erhalten. Außer Bush hatte nur der frühere US-Präsident Richard Nixon derart schlechte Umfragewerte in der zweiten Amtszeit.

14.Mar.2006
USA: Bush auf neuem Umfragetief
14.Mar.2006
Milosevic-Brief: "Die haben mir ein Medikament gegen Lepra aufgezwungen"
14.Mar.2006
Feingold Draws Little Support for Censure :
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada declined to endorse it and said he hadn‘t read it. Sen. Joe Lieberman , D-Conn., said he had not read it either and wasn‘t inclined simply to scold the president

13.Mar.2006 Cannibal Crickets Cause "Forced Marches" Through Crops: Why do crop-eating bugs like Mormon crickets cover so much ground so quickly? Stephen Simpson, entomologist: "They have an incentive to move, because they're least at risk of being cannibalized if they're going in the same direction as everybody else."
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13.Mar.2006 Seth Godin: "Global Warming" is Badly Marketed: Global is good. Warm is good. Even greenhouses are good places. How can "global warming" be bad?
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13.Mar.2006 The Bread of Conquest: The agony and the ecstasy are intertwined in California's countryside. Artichokes, freestone peaches, and Gravenstein apples are but a few of the vast number of crops grown in the Golden State, which were it a country, would be the sixth leading agricultural exporter in the world. For the workers whose hands create wealth out of nature, the agony has been ever-present, from the bloody repression of the 1913 Wobbly-led Wheatland hop pickers strike to the recent attempt by Southern California grocery workers to hold onto their health care and pensions.
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13.Mar.2006 Separation of Man and Ape Down to Gene Expression: Humans and chimpanzees have in common more than 98 percent of DNA and 99 percent of genes. Yet, in looks and behavior we are very different from them. For more than 30 years--well before either the human or chimpanzee genome had been sequenced--scientists have speculated that this might be due to the way that the common genes express themselves rather than differences in the genes themselves. A new comparison published in Nature seems to prove that theory.
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13.Mar.2006
http://www.911review.org/Wiki/AnthraxAttacks.shtml
Government By Anthrax by Richard J. Ochs, June 9, 2002. Anthrax attacks and microbiologist deaths by Paul Thompson. Federation of American Scientists While Media Spotlights One Anthrax Suspect, Another Is Too Hot to Touch BioWarfare, Terror Weapons and the US: Home Brew? By Francis A. Boyle, 4/18/2002. Synopsis of "Government by Anthrax" By Richard J. Ochs. Learning the Wrong Lessons from the Anthrax Attacks By Richard J. Ochs September 17, 2002. US anthrax attackers aimed to assassinate Democratic leaders Media silent on military links. By Jerry White, 23 January 2002. Wayne Madsen: Anthrax and the Agency The Anthrax Timeline - Connect the Dots Jim Rarey Archives FBI closes in on Anthrax Terrorist - Prime suspect is a Zionist FBI's Top Anthrax Letters Suspect is Jewish The Proof of a 9/11 Frameup Is Right Before You The Anthrax Letters Anti-Arab Frame Up Attempt Anthrax and the Politics of Terror by Daniel Hopsicker Did the Government Okay the Anthrax Attacks? by Michelle Mairesse Anthrax Frame Up? The Anthrax Commissars By Way of Deception The Mena Anthrax Poisoning Case Anthrax Terrorists may be Zionists The Anthrax Putsch of Autumn 2001 Government By Anthrax Anthrax Atrocities The Pursuit of Steven Hatfill The Anthrax Letters Framing Arabs Another Top Bioweapons Expert Killed Biological Weapons Must Be Abolished Immediately
13.Mar.2006
LinksZeitung - Welt Wie die US-Zeitung "Washington Post" unter Berufung auf einen Polizeisprecher berichtete, wird Claude Allen vorgeworfen, eine US-Geschäftskette um über 5000 ... linkszeitung.de/content/blogcategory/23/45/6/12 /
13.Mar.2006
The Enemy Within the Firewall Author: ScuttleMonkey 60 Mel Tom writes to tell us The Age is reporting that many businesses are now considering employees a much bigger threat to security than most external threats. From the article: "With email and instant messaging proving increasingly popular and devices such as laptop computers, mobile phones and USB storage devices more commonplace in the office, the opportunities for workplace crime are growing."
13.Mar.2006
A furious George hits gutless Dems George Clooney (above) says top Democrats like Hillary Clinton (below) should be held accountable for not speaking out earlier against Iraq war. George Clooney has a message for Democratic office-holders who voted for the war in Iraq, only to claim later that they'd been misled by President Bush:
13.Mar.2006
Water discovery vs. NASA budget cuts Author: Feedback The potential discovery of liquid water on a moon of Saturn is bittersweet for many scientists.
13.Mar.2006
Study Finds More News Media Outlets, Covering Less News A study looked at how a variety of outlets covered a single day's worth of news and concluded that there was enormous repetition of a handful of stories.
13.Mar.2006
Government Sides Against EBay in Patent Dispute The federal government yesterday took a position against eBay Inc. in a patent dispute that threatens to shut down one of the online auction site's popular shopping features.
13.Mar.2006
Franks Didn't Need Advice, He Already Had All The Answers The NY Times has a major story today in which it spells out the flawed internal decision-making process early in the Iraq War.

The story makes very clear that the problems we have in Iraq today are the result of decisions made by Bush's team very early on. Shorter version: Franks and Rumsfeld didn't need any advice because they thought they already had all the answers.

Shorterst version: Disaster.
13.Mar.2006
Met chief taping 'unacceptable' Met Police chief Sir Ian Blair is criticised for acting in a "totally unacceptable" way by secretly recording calls.
13.Mar.2006
Met chief taping 'unacceptable' Met Police chief Sir Ian Blair is criticised for acting in a "totally unacceptable" way by secretly recording calls.
13.Mar.2006
Moussaoui judge interrupts trial A federal judge halts the sentencing trial of Zacarias Moussaoui to consider government misconduct.
13.Mar.2006
Milosevic 'took the wrong drugs' Slobodan Milosevic had drugs in his body that may have neutralised his heart medication, an expert says.
13.Mar.2006
Euro-MPs debate mercury curbs Tough measures to reduce the use of mercury in Europe are to be debated in the European parliament.
13.Mar.2006
'Gene cause' of cocaine addiction The chances of becoming addicted to cocaine may depend on people's genes, scientists have discovered.
13.Mar.2006
Airports fail air pollution test Levels of the pollutant nitrogen dioxide exceed EU guidelines at most airports in England, a report suggests.
13.Mar.2006
Burma reports first bird flu case Burma reports what is believed to be its first case of bird flu, in chickens near the city of Mandalay.
13.Mar.2006
Short films eye the really small screen Independent filmmakers are wondering if mobile devices could allow them to get their work in front of a mass audience.
13.Mar.2006
Under 30 and On The Cutting Edge Author: ScuttleMonkey 33 conq writes "BusinessWeek has an interesting piece on cutting edge technology entrepreneurs under 30. From the article: 'Don't look at what the industry is doing,' Erchak says. 'Look at what they're not doing and focus on that. That's where the real disruptive technology comes from.'"
13.Mar.2006
VENUS Satellite, The Next Eye in the Sky Author: ScuttleMonkey 77
Erica Campbell writes "According to IsraCast, Israel and France are working together on a new micro-satellite called VENUS, which is supposed to be far more advanced then present satellites. VENUS, which will be launched in 2008, will carry a unique Super Spectral Space Camera + will have an advanced plasma-thruster engine for propulsion. From the article: 'The Israeli-French project will allow farmers to better treat their crops, fisherman to locate large quantities of fish in mid-sea and will also vastly increase the ability of the scientific community to study and monitor the flora and fauna in many areas around the globe.'"

13.Mar.2006
Defending Against Harmful Nanotech and Biotech Author: Roblimo 130
Maria Williams writes "KurzweilAI.net reported that: This year's recipients of the Lifeboat Foundation Guardian Award are Robert A. Freitas Jr.and Bill Joy, who have both been proposing solutions to the dangers of advanced technology since 2000. Robert A. Freitas, Jr. has pioneered nanomedicine and analysis of self-replicating nanotechnology. He advocates "an immediate international moratorium, if not outright ban, on all artificial life experiments implemented as nonbiological hardware. In this context, 'artificial life' is defined as autonomous foraging replicators, excluding purely biological implementations (already covered by NIH guidelines tacitly accepted worldwide) and also excluding software simulations which are essential preparatory work and should continue." Bill Joy wrote "Why the future doesn't need us" in Wired in 2000 and with Guardian 2005 Award winner Ray Kurzweil, he wrote the editorial "Recipe for Destruction" in the New York Times (reg. required) in which they argued against publishing the recipe for the 1918 influenza virus. In 2006, he helped launch a $200 million fund directed at developing defenses against biological viruses."

13.Mar.2006
1001 Islamic Inventions Author: Roblimo 706+

pev writes "There's a new traveling exhibition in the UK entitled 1001 inventions. It contains some of the most interesting inventions from the past few thousand years. The common theme, however, is that they all came from the Islamic world and not the west. In some cases [the list is] quite surprising. For the lazy, the Independent newspaper in the UK printed their top 20 from the exhibition."
13.Mar.2006
Title: Why I will stop blogging I can do it, folks, I have already, in some sense, stopped one of my rivers, and soon, probably before the end of 2006, I will put this site in mothballs, in archive mode + go on to other things, Murphy-willing of course.

It's been a long time coming. When I started blogging, depending on how you look at it, either 00.000.1994, 1996 or 1997, I had different goals + happily the goals have been accomplished. Billions of Websites now no longer seems an outrageously ambitious goal. We're pretty close to a billion, I suspect. The goal was also to create tools that would make it easy for everyone to have a site + then more specifically a chronological one. That's done.
13.Mar.2006 How Islamic inventors changed the world
From coffee to cheques and the three-course meal, the Muslim world has given us many innovations that we take for granted in daily life.
13.Mar.2006
http://www.spiegel.de/politik/ausland/0,1518,druck-405630,00.html
George W. Bush. Der weigerte sich in Washington derweil, in klassischer Verleugnungspose, das ganze Theater um seine Person überhaupt zur Kenntnis zu nehmen. "Meine Buddys in Texas fragen mich: 'Wie kommst du mit all diesem Zeugs nur zurecht?'", sagte Bush vor der Jahrestagung der National Newspaper Association. "Wisst ihr, es ist so, dass man sich nach einer Zeitlang einfach dran gewöhnt."
13.Mar.2006
http://www.spiegel.de/politik/ausland/0,1518,druck-405630,00.html

Dramatischer Wendepunkt
Ein Redner nach dem anderen riet Bush, sein offenbar überfordertes Team im Weißen Haus umzukrempeln - eine Forderung, die bereits seit dem Skandal um Libby und die Enttarnung der CIA-Agentin Valerie Plame durch die Partei geistert. "Es fragt sich, ob ihm die Leute in seinem Umfeld gute Dienste leisten", sagte der Senator Norm Coleman. Vor allem Stabschef Andy Card, so finden immer mehr Republikaner, sei reif für den Ruhestand.
"Wir können uns dieses Jahr keine große Verluste leisten", sagte Haley Barbour, der Gouverneur des Hurrikan-geschockten US-Bundesstaats Mississippi. Barbour, der selbst früher Parteichef der Republikaner war, erinnerte daran, dass dieses Jahr wichtige Kongress-Zwischenwahlen anstehen + die seien oft ein dramatischer Wendepunkt für eine Regierungspartei: Jeder wiedergewählte Präsident seit dem Zweiten Weltkrieg habe in seinem sechsten Amtsjahr Niederlagen erlitten.

13.Mar.2006
http://www.spiegel.de/politik/ausland/0,1518,druck-405630,00.html
Vergessen der überschwenglich-arrogante Siegestaumel vom November 2004, als sich Bush und seine Truppen für weitere vier Jahre das Weiße Haus sicherten und die Mehrheit in beiden Kammern des Kongresses. Vergessen die Solidarität zwischen Partei und Präsident.
Stattdessen quälen sich die Republikaner, wie in Memphis deutlich wurde, zusehends mit einem Loyalitätsspagat: Einerseits fühlen sie sich Bushs erzkonservativer Basis weiter verpflichtet. Andererseits wird der Präsident immer mehr zu einer Art politischem Kassengift.
Die Gründe, weshalb Bushs Popularitätswerte auch bei den eigenen Leuten inzwischen auf dem niedrigsten Stand seit seinem Amtsantritt sind, lassen sich kaum mehr an einer Hand abzählen:
· das katastrophale - und bis heute anhaltende - Versagen des Weißen Hauses nach dem Hurrikan "Katrina"
· die Bespitzelung von Amerikanern durch den Geheimdienst
· das Blutbad im Irak
· die endlose Folterdiskussion
· das explodierende Defizit
· Vizepräsident Dick Cheneys Schießwut
· der Prozess gegen Cheneys Ex-Stabschef "Scooter" Libby
· Bushs missglückte Reise nach Pakistan und Indien
· die Raubanklage gegen Bushs früheren Top-Politikberater Claude Allen
· und zuletzt der von Bush völlig verkorkste Versuch, das Terminal-Management in den sechs größten US-Seehäfen an die arabisch geführte Firma Dubai Ports World abzutreten.

13.Mar.2006
http://www.spiegel.de/politik/ausland/0,1518,druck-405630,00.html
Doch irgendwie wurde die Southern Republican Leadership Conference, das alljährliche Treffen der US-Südstaaten-Republikaner, diesmal zum Flop. Zwar hielten alle Ehrengäste im großen Ballsaal des historischen Peabody Hotels artig ihre Reden, darunter auch die potentiellen Präsidentschaftsaspiranten John McCain, Trent Lott und Bill Frist. Doch die Stimmung war gedrückt, keiner blieb lange - und die "Straw Poll", die erste Testwahl für 2008, wurde dank eines cleveren Schachzugs McCains zum redundanten Schattenboxen.
"Es ist, als seien wir die Partei, die sich vor dem Verlieren fürchtet", fasste Senator Lindsey Graham aus South Carolina die Stimmung der malträtierten Regierungspartei treffend zusammen. "Wir müssen die Partei werden, die sich auf das Gewinnen konzentriert."
Raubanklage gegen Ex-Politikberater

13.Mar.2006
http://www.spiegel.de/wissenschaft/mensch/0,1518,druck-405640,00.html

Wenige Tage nach dem Fund von sechs Statuen der Göttin Sekhmet in der ägyptischen Stadt Luxor haben Archäologen 17 weitere Sekhmet-Skulpturen ausgegraben. Die Figuren aus schwarzem Granit sind knapp zwei Meter hoch.

Luxor - Die Statuen der Kriegsgöttin Sekhmet seien im Tempel des Pharaos Amenophis III. am westlichen Nil-Ufer Luxors ausgegraben worden, erklärte der ägyptische Kulturminister Faruk Hosni am Sonntag. Die schwarzen Granit-Skulpturen hätten Menschengröße und mäßen zwischen 1,70 und 1,80 Meter. Sie zeigten die Kriegsgöttin mit dem Löwenkopf auf einem Thron mit dem Schlüssel des Lebens in den Händen, erklärte der Chef der ägyptischen Altertumsverwaltung, Zahi Hawass. Auf den Seiten des Throns seien die Namen des Pharaos Amenophis III. eingraviert.
13.Mar.2006
http://www.spiegel.de/panorama/0,1518,druck-405689,00.html
Richard Barnes, konservatives Mitglied der Kontrollbehörde, forderte Blair auf, sich seiner Position entsprechend verantwortlich zu verhalten. "Das Ansehen von Scotland Yard muss an vorderster Stelle stehen und unter allen Umständen gewahrt werden", sagte Barnes der BBC. Der Chef der britischen Bürgerrechtsbewegung "Liberty", Shami Chakrabarti, forderte den Rücktritt des Polizeichefs. Er bezeichnete das Verhalten des Scotland-Yard-Chefs als "bizarr". Was er getan habe, sei "verfassungswidrig, unethisch und vermutlich auch unrechtmäßig". "Er macht es allen sehr schwer, ihm als obersten Polizisten in diesem Land noch zu vertrauen", sagte Chakrabarti.
13.Mar.2006
http://www.spiegel.de/panorama/0,1518,druck-405689,00.html
London - Die Stimmen derer, die an Ian Blair zweifeln, werden immer lauter. Im vorigen Juli war es nach den Terroranschlägen auf die Londoner U-Bahn unter seiner Leitung zu einer fatalen Panne gekommen: Scotland-Yard-Beamte hatten den unschuldigen Brasilianer Jean-Charles de Menezes in der Londoner U-Bahn erschossen, weil sie ihn irrtümlich für einen Terroristen hielten. Blair hatte auch nach dem Zwischenfall an seiner "Shoot-to-kill"-Strategie festgehalten - dass Terrorverdächtige im Zweifel mit einem gezielten Schuss getötet werden dürfen.
Nun habe Blair ein Gespräch mitgeschnitten, das er mit dem obersten Rechtsberater der Regierung, Lord Peter Goldsmith, geführt hatte, teilte die Polizei mit. In der Unterhaltung ging es um eine Gesetzesänderung zur Verwendung von abgehörten Telefonaten. Außerdem habe er Telefonate mit Ermittlern mitgeschnitten, die die Menezes-Panne untersuchten. Lord Goldsmith sagte, er sei wütend und enttäuscht. Seine Sprecherin teilte inzwischen mit, Blair habe sich heute entschuldigt. Die Kontrollbehörden sollen sich heute mit den Vorwürfen befassen.

13.Mar.2006
http://www.spiegel.de/wirtschaft/0,1518,druck-405657,00.html
"Alles nur ein böser Traum"
Unter den Kursgewinnern sieht Citigroup - keine Überraschung - die Pharmakonzerne, die antivirale Heilmittel produzieren (Gilead, Roche, GlaxoSmithKline) oder an Impfstoffen arbeiten (Sanofi-Aventis, CSL). Wobei die Bank vor allzu großer Hoffnung auf Roches Tamiflu warnt: Es gebe keinen klinischen Nachweis für die Effektivität von Tamiflu gegen den derzeitigen H5N1-Stamm, geschweige denn künftige Mutationen. Die beschränkte Verfügbarkeit von Tamiflu sei überdies "eine Petrischale für Tamiflu-resistente Stämme".
Weitere Gewinner der Vogelgrippe wären nach Einschätzung der Citigroup-Experten die Hersteller von Reinigungsprodukten (Henkel, P&G, Reckitt Benckiser, Ecolab, Clorox, Kao), das Gesundheitswesen (Tenet, Community Hospitals), Home-Entertainment-Firmen wie Nintendo oder Blockbuster, die vom Drang zur persönlichen Isolation profitieren würden sowie längerfristig die Telekommunikations- (AT&T, Deutsche Telekom, BT) und die Internet-Branche (eBay, Google, Yahoo).
All das, so prophezeien die Citigroup-Analytiker, könnte bereits dieses Jahr wahr werden, spätestens aber 2008. "Theoretisch möglich" sei jedoch auch noch ein anderes Szenario: "Es war alles nur ein böser Traum."

13.Mar.2006
http://www.spiegel.de/wirtschaft/0,1518,druck-405657,00.html
Im schlimmsten Fall werde sich, so fürchten die Experten, an den Börsen und in der Weltfinanz "alles verändern". Die politischen Reaktionen auf eine weltweite Pandemie und das Verlangen des gefährdeten Menschen, persönlichen Kontakt zu vermeiden, würden "Angebot und Nachfrage" global aus dem Gleichgewicht werfen. Die Wirtschaftsaktivität werde sich generell verringern, die finanzielle Risikobereitschaft sinken, die Währungspolitik werde sich abschwächen, die Rohstoffpreise würden kollabieren und die Zinsen fallen.
Im besten Fall würden die Folgen denen der Sars-Epidemie ähneln, nur "extensiver und ausgedehnter": Eine "temporäre Störung" der Weltmärkte, ein vorübergehender Absturz der betroffenen Börsen, gefolgt jedoch von einer schnellen Erholung und einer globalen, "potentiell ziemlich starken" Aktienrallye. Die vorübergehende Phase von Immobilität werde zur "intensiveren Nutzung" von Technologie und vor allem von Internet-Handel führen.
Schlecht fürs Bier

13.Mar.2006
http://www.spiegel.de/politik/ausland/0,1518,druck-405798,00.html
In all' ihren Jahren auf der Richterbank habe sie nie eine derartige "ungeheuerliche Verletzung" der Regeln zur Vorbereitung von Zeugenaussagen erlebt, erklärte Brinkema heute ihren drastischen Schritt. Am Wochenende hatten sie die brisanten Informationen erreicht. Brinkema hatte ursprünglich verfügt, dass kein Zeuge vorab Zugang zu Prozessaussagen erhalten solle. Dennoch unterrichtete eine Anwältin der amerikanischen Verkehrssicherheitsbehörde (TSA) vier Angestellte der Flugaufsicht (FAA) detailliert über die Inhalte mehrerer geschlossener Sitzungen, über die Strategie der Anklage sowie über ein Verhör eines FBI-Agenten am ersten der bislang fünf Prozesstage.
Damit habe die zum Justizministerium gehörende Bundesanwaltschaft "bedeutende Fehler" begangen und gegen die verfassungsmäßigen Rechte des Angeklagten sowie "die Integrität des Justizsystems" verstoßen, kritisierte Brinkema. Nach dem überraschenden Statement der Richterin reichte die Verteidigung sofort einen Antrag auf Einstellung des Verfahrens ein. "Wir werden kein faires Verfahren bekommen", sagte Moussaouis Anwalt Edward MacMahon. Sein Antrag zielt darauf ab, dass Moussaoui ohne weiteres Verfahren die Todesstrafe erspart bleibt und er stattdessen zu lebenslanger Haft verurteilt wird.
Der marokkanischstämmige Moussaoui hatte sich bereits im Vorfeld des Verfahrens schuldig bekannt, in die Planungen für den 11. September eingeweiht gewesen zu sein; er selbst sollte nach eigener Aussage zwar nicht am 11. September, jedoch zu einem späteren Zeitpunkt ein entführtes Passagierflugzeug in das Weiße Haus lenken. Wegen dieses Schuldbekenntnisses geht es in dem Verfahren nur noch darum, ob gegen Moussaoui die Todesstrafe oder eine lebenslange Haftstrafe verhängt werden soll. Moussaoui war einen Monat vor dem 11. September 2001 festgenommen worden, nachdem er an einer Pilotenschule im US-Bundesstaat Minnesota als verdächtig aufgefallen war.

13.Mar.2006
http://www.spiegel.de/politik/ausland/0,1518,druck-405798,00.html

Es ist der einzige Prozess in den USA wegen der Anschläge vom 11. September 2001 - und er droht für die US-Regierung zum Desaster zu werden. Die Richterin erwägt die Einstellung des Verfahrens gegen den Franzosen Moussaoui, weil die US-Bundesanwaltschaft massiv Zeugen beeinflusst haben soll.

Alexandria - Seit Jahren bemüht sich die US-Regierung für Zacarias Moussaoui die Todesstrafe zu erreichen. Der 37-jährige Franzose ist der bislang einzige Angeklagte in den USA, dem im Zusammenhang mit den Anschlägen vom 11. September der Prozess gemacht wird. Doch jetzt steht die Bush-Administration möglicherweise vor einer dramatischen Niederlage. Richterin Leonie Brinkema verkündete heute, den Prozess für 48 Stunden auszusetzen, um über eine mögliche Einstellung des Verfahrens nachzudenken. Das vorzeitige Ende des Prozesses wäre eine absolute Sensation. Moussaoui wäre dann zwar zu lebenslanger Haft verurteilt, würde jedoch einem Todesurteil entgehen.
13.Mar.2006
http://www.spiegel.de/wissenschaft/weltraum/0,1518,druck-405737,00.html
In einer fliegenden Untertasse, angetrieben von einem Fusionsreaktor, sollten Passagiere befördert werden. Diese Idee des Erfinders Charles Osmond Frederick ließ sich British Rail im Dezember 1970 gar patentieren. Unter der Patentnummer 1310990 wurde es im März 1973 veröffentlicht.
Der einzige Schönheitsfehler - und wohl der Grund dafür, dass bis heute kein solches Objekt von einem britischen Bahnsteig aus zu den Sternen geflogen ist - ist erschütternd simpel: Heute wie damals gibt es den in der Patentschrift geschilderten Antrieb nicht. Kurz gesagt sollten an einem Punkt unter dem Ufo Laserstrahlen so aufeinander treffen, dass in einem unter Hochdruck genau dorthin gespritzten Flüssigtreibstoff eine "kontrollierte thermonukleare Fusion" stattfindet. "Möglicherweise supraleitende Magneten" an der Unterseite des Gefährts könnten die Partikel aus dieser Fusionsreaktion vom Ufo ablenken.
"Das alles fußt auf einem Fusionsprozess, den es bis heute nicht gibt. Und selbst wenn es ihn gäbe, würde er eine unglaubliche Menge Energie benötigen", sagte Michel van Baal von der Europäischen Raumfahrtbehörde (Esa) der Londoner Zeitung "Daily Telegraph".

13.Mar.2006
http://www.spiegel.de/wirtschaft/0,1518,druck-405801,00.html
Im Fall einer weltweiten Epidemie müssten sich Länder auf Transport- und Handelsstörungen, Einbrüche bei Strom- und Gasversorgung und Störungen im internationalen Zahlungsverkehr einstellen. Wenn reihenweise Mitarbeiter ausfielen und Zukunftsangst die Verbraucher packe, sei außerdem mit erheblichen Produktionseinbußen und sinkenden Verbraucherausgaben zu rechnen. Neben der Geflügelbranche seien bei einer Epidemie auch Tourismus, Transport, Einzelhandel und Versicherungen hart getroffen.
So würden die Staatskasse wahrscheinlich in erhebliche Finanznöte kommen, zumal auch ein Explodieren der Gesundheitskosten und der Sozialausgaben zu befürchten sei und ganze Industriezweige unterstützt werden müssten. "Die staatliche Finanzlage würde sich deutlich verschlechtern", schreibt der IWF. Auf den Finanzmärkten müsse mit einer Kapitalflucht aus aufstrebenden Märkten und hohem Liquiditätsbedarf gerechnet werden.
Entwickelte Länder sind gut vorbereitet

13.Mar.2006
Bombenbau: Bush wirft Iran vor, Aufständische im Irak zu unterstützen

13.Mar.2006 Horrorszenarien: IWF warnt vor Wirtschaftschaos durch Vogelgrippe
13.Mar.2006
Elizabeth II. in Australien: Staatsbesuch beim eigenen Volk

13.Mar.2006 11. September 2001: US-Regierung droht schwere Schlappe im Moussaoui-Prozess
13.Mar.2006
Vogelgrippe: H5N1-Verdacht auf Geflügelhof nicht bestätigt
13.Mar.2006
Urlaub in islamischen Ländern: Die Angst wächst
13.Mar.2006
Urteil: Berufsverbot für linken Lehrer

>13.Mar.200 Urteil: Harsche Kritik am Vorgesetzten ist erlaubt
13.Mar.2006
Alterstudie: US-Senioren fitter als gedacht

13.Mar.2006 Atomstreit: Iran hält sich russische Option offen
13.Mar.2006
All-Transporte: Britische Eisenbahn patentierte Ufo

13.Mar.2006 Heldendämmerung: Mao soll von Chinas Banknoten verschwinden
13.Mar.2006
US-Truppenübung: Irak-Krieg light in der Oberpfalz
13.Mar.2006
Citigroup-Analyse: Wer von der Vogelgrippe profitiert
13.Mar.2006
Polizei-Skandal: Scotland-Yard-Chef zeichnete heimlich Telefonate auf
13.Mar.2006
Ägypten: Weitere Löwenkopf-Statuen entdeckt
13.Mar.2006
Vogelgrippe-Verdacht: Nutztierbestand in Bayern gekeult
13.Mar.2006
Republikaner in der Klemme: Bushs Pannenserie nervt die Parteifreunde
13.Mar.2006
Krawalle in Frankreich: "Villepin allein gegen alle"
13.Mar.2006
Bush: Locking Horns with Being a Loser -- A BuzzFlash Editorial
Now We Have Another Count of Impeachment Against Bush, Racketeering: "Private equity firm The Carlyle Group established a team to acquire public-purpose facilities such as ports a day after a United Arab Emirates company said it would transfer newly acquired operations at American ports to a U.S. organization."
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14.Mar.2006 Feingold Wants Bush Censured for Spying
Get "Articles of Impeachment Against George W. Bush" from BuzzFlash.com.

13.Mar.2006 Angry Judge Halts Moussaoui Sentencing Trial; Death Penalty May Be Eliminated as Option. Will the Bush Administration Blow this Case and Provide another Glaring Example of Bush's Failed War on a Word? 3/14
Soledad O'Brien. Idiot. "Feingold brilliantly called her on her ignorance, telling her the RNC intimidated her, because that's the only way someone would think there is a serious debate about the legality of the [Bush's NSA Spying] program." Contact your Senator and ask them to sign on to Feingold's censure resolution. 3/14
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Iran and the utter incompetence of Bush World -- The Last Chance Democracy Cafe by Steven C. Day

13.Mar.2006
http://www.cannonfire.blogspot.com/In case you've missed it, be sure to catch this report on Sandra Day O'Connor's blasting of some of our rightwingnut friends.
Hopefully she'll keep this up.
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13.Mar.2006 http://www.cannonfire.blogspot.com/
You might want to look at
this May, 2003 post on Keith Boykin's blog. The body of the post is interesting in its own right, but the first comment (by someone named "Xavier") packs quite a wallop -- especially if you are familiar with Allen's history as a vehement gay-basher: I happen to have gone to high school with both claude and his brother and upon reading the words he uttered concerning "queers" I find this very odd when in high school he was the "Queen of the Queers" and it is very easy to verify.13.Mar.2006 http://www.cannonfire.blogspot.com/
I suspect there is a lot more to the strange, sad case of Claude Allen. This story shouldn't be allowed to "spend time with its family." Not just yet.
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13.Mar.2006 03/12/06 Think Beyond Impeachment, Says Former U.N. Weapons Inspector By Nathan Diebenow
Ritter explained that more people should be held accountable for supporting the current war in Iraq than the Bush Administration, including members of the Clinton administration, congressmen, senators, the U.S. media + the American people.
Continued

13.Mar.2006
Nigeria's militants highlight woes amid wealth: "We ARE not terrorists," screamed a black-masked militant brandishing an assault rifle. "We are freedom fighters!"

13.Mar.2006 Milosevic said doctors were killing him : The death of Slobodan Milosevic was shrouded in mystery and deepening controversy on Sunday night as Dutch pathologists examined his corpse and it emerged that he had claimed he was being slowly killed by doctors.

13.Mar.2006 Bush Lite: Daschle Weighing White House Run in '08 : Former Senate Democratic leader Tom Daschle, accusing the GOP of spreading a message of fear, says he is considering a 2008 presidential bid.

13.Mar.2006 Morally Bankrupt: Republican contenders agree: Let's cut spending : For two days before an audience of Southern Republicans here, the party's potential candidates for 2008 called for cutting or slowing government spending across the board and retooling bedrock entitlement programs - Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security - that have become a drain on the Treasury.

13.Mar.2006 Foreign owners tied to US fleet: Three-fourths of the cargo ships in a special fleet carrying vital supplies to US military forces are owned by foreign companies, raising concerns about the lack of American-owned vessels to help the Pentagon in a global crisis
13.Mar.2006
Michael T. Klare: Saudi Arabia: the sands run out : Oilfields won’t satisfy world demand
13.Mar.2006
U.S. terror hunt targets animal activists: Kevin Kjonaas set up a website with details about businesses that use animals for research information + now he and five other activists have been convicted of inciting terrorism

13.Mar.2006 Pa. seizes paper's computer hard disks: The Attorney General's Office says they may show evidence of a felony: unauthorized use of a restricted Web site
13.Mar.2006 In case you missed it:
Zbigniew Brzezinski: How the US provoked the Soviet Union into invading Afghanistan : It was July 3, 1979 that President Carter signed the first directive for secret aid to the opponents of the pro-Soviet regime in Kabul. And that very day, I wrote a note to the president in which I explained to him that in my opinion this aid was going to induce a Soviet military intervention.

13.Mar.2006 Justice O'Connor: Dictatorship is the danger : A Reagan-appointed supreme court justice voices her fears over attacks on US democracy

13.Mar.2006 Video: Harper's Magazine Panel on Case Bush Impeachment: Harper's Magazine hosts a panel “Is There a Case for Impeachment?”, discussing President Bush and his policies. Forum speakers include Lewis H. Lapham, Editor of Harper’s Magazine; Rep. John Conyers (D-MI), Ranking Member of U.S. House Judiciary Committee; and Michael Ratner, President of Center for Constitutional Rights.
13.Mar.2006 In case you missed it:
The Secret Government: : Bill Moyers, documents U.S. support of terrorist regimes and the brutality of Americas foreign policy
13.Mar.2006
Mike Whitney : Bush’s Roadblock at the Security Council : Surveys were conducted months before the war on Iraq which showed that the American people would only support the conflict if there was a danger that Saddam was developing nuclear weapons.

13.Mar.2006 U.S. Torture: Top commanders approved use of dogs at Abu Ghraib : When Army Sgt. Michael J. Smith faces a court-martial today on charges that he used his military working dog to harass and threaten detainees, one of the prime examples of that alleged misconduct will be a photograph of Smith holding the dog just inches from the face of a detainee

13.Mar.2006 Chris Floyd: Friendly Fire: Another Crack UK Soldier Quits the Illegal War : Here's an important story that for some strange reason is not on the network news or splashed across the front pages of America's leading newspapers:
13.Mar.2006
Mike Ferner: 67 Billion For Murderous Work : The killing will proceed as planned, with no congressional intervention, although chances are you heard absolutely zip about the 67 Billion Dollar Question, thanks to the Guardians of Reality who insured the news from that hearing was the Dubai Port deal, not the unimaginable sum of our money Congress voted for war, nor the voices raised against it.

13.Mar.2006 British companies profited by at least £1.1bn out war in Iraq: The company roll-call of post-war profiteers includes some of the best known names in Britain's boardrooms as well many who would prefer to remain anonymous. They come from private security services, banks, PR consultancies, urban planning consortiums, oil companies, architects offices and energy advisory bodies.

13.Mar.2006 Troops from Iraq suffer the 'Vietnam effect': BRITISH veterans of the Iraq war are suffering a "Vietnam effect" after returning home to face a hostile public, according to one of Britain's foremost experts on post-traumatic stress disorder.
13.Mar.2006 Resolution Relating To The Censure Of President Bush : Whereas George W. Bush repeatedly misled the public..... Pdf format
13.Mar.2006
Feingold Will Introduce Resolution To Censure President Bush
Video

"What the President did by consciously and intentionally violating the constitutional laws of this country with this illegal wiretapping has to be answered." Video & Transcript
12.Mar.2006
http://hatestheright.blogspot.com/Comment by Left of Center — March 11, 2006 @ 1:59 am Misunderstanding.. I had an inmate one time tell me that the five banks he robbed just was a bit of a misunderstand. He just misunderstoond he didn’t have any money in there .."
12.Mar.2006
http://www.crooksandliars.com/2006/03/10.html#a7479: Update: Digby found more. “in the early days of Katrina, the White House Katrina task force was being run by Claude Allen .” Very odd. In the worst natural disaster in American history the Bush administration’s response was assigned to a shoplifting religious extremist and a crony from the arabian horseshow association while the head of homeland security flew off to give a speech. The president and John .."
12.Mar.2006
VIDEO: Feingold Will Introduce Resolution To Censure President Bush »

Appearing on ABC’s This Week, Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI) announced that he will introduce a resolution tomorrow to censure President Bush for authorizing an illegal warrantless domestic surveillance program. Feingold said President Bush’s actions were “right in the strike zone of the concept of high crimes and misdemeanors.” Watch it:
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12.Mar.2006 UPDATE: Allen had the highest salary of any employee in the White House, tied with Karl Rove, Andrew Card + Stephen Hadley, among others. He was earning
$161,000 a year.

UPDATE II: Atrios debunks one early right-wing talking point that Allen was some unknown staffer. In fact, he was the top domestic policy adviser and a former Bush Federal Circuit Court nominee. The Washington Post labeled him the embodiment of “conservative values.”
12.Mar.2006
http://www.spiegel.de/politik/ausland/0,1518,druck-405616,00.html
Rom - Die Redakteurin Lucia Annunziata hatte den Zorn des Medien-Magnaten mit der Frage erregt, wie er es sich erkläre, dass sein Bild im Ausland im Grunde nur von zwei wesentliche Punkten geprägt sei: Seiner Unterstützung für US-Präsident George W. Bush und dem Interessenkonflikt, in den er wegen seiner politischen und wirtschaftlichen Aktivitäten geraten sei. Berlusconi reagierte zunächst irritiert und weigerte sich dann, über sein Verhältnis zu Bush zu reden.
Berlusconis Unterstützung der USA im Irak-Krieg ist in Italien nicht populär. Daher hatte sich der Regierungschef im Wahlkampf bemüht, das Thema herunterzuspielen. Als die Journalistin seine Versuche abblockte, das Thema zu wechseln und seine Regierungsbilanz vorzustellen, reagierte Berlusconi mit einem Zornausbruch: "Dieser Kanal ist eine Kriegsmaschine, die gegen den Ministerpräsidenten gerichtet ist." Es handele sich um einen von Linken unterwanderten Sender. Dann stürmte Berlusconi aus demStudio des Fernsehsenders RAI 3.
Berlusconis Bündnis liegt in Umfragen 3,5 Prozentpunkte hinter der Mitte-links-Allianz seines Kontrahenten Romano Prodi. Am Dienstag werden die beiden Kontrahenten in einem ersten Fernsehduell aufeinander treffen. Das Staatsfernsehen RAI bestätigte am Samstag, dass Prodi zugestimmt habe. Ein zweites Duell soll am 3. April folgen.

12.Mar.2006
Milosevic died of heart failure Slobodan Milosevic died of a heart attack, a Hague tribunal official says ahead of results of Sunday's autopsy.
12.Mar.2006
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PROSTITUTES USE RADIO FOR PR A side effect of Web 2.0 could be things like prostitutes in Brazil starting their own radio and podcasts. Sure we all wanted the blogosphere to empower the individual and minority groups in the face of mainstream media, but the externalities of the freedom of Internet interaction were also a factor we would eventually have to pay for. (No pun intended.)Public Relations for ProstitutesLeave it to the oldest profession in the world to monetize the blogosphere. It may all sound a little over the top, these prostitutes using radio for outreach and publicity. But, the Brazilian prostitutes refuse to apologize because they are "struggling for the dignity of the profession".On further analysis of the news release, their idea is to use radio and podcasts as publicity and awareness vehicles to look at health issues, AIDS prevention + racism. That can't be all bad. Perhaps they will take on issues that even Howard Stern won't, but should. Source: PR Machine
12.Mar.2006
The Western Humanities: Essay Quiz Essay Quiz (See related pages). 1. The Romans are known for being practical and ingenious at adapting things invented by other cultures for even better uses. ... highered.mcgraw-hill.com/sites/0072556323/student_view0/chapter5/essay_quiz.html
12.Mar.2006
The Passion of Christ In history, the Romans are well known for their inhumane and cruel treatment of prisoners. (See also R. Brown, The Death of Jesus, Doubleday: New York, ... www.gospelresearch.dnsalias.com:8000/PassionOfChrist.html
12.Mar.2006
The Soap Factory - Colonial Soap Making. Its History and Techniques While the Romans are well known for their public baths , generally soap was not used for personal cleaning. To clean the body the Greeks and then the Romans ... www.alcasoft.com/soapfact/historycontent.html
12.Mar.2006
Empire Earth 2 Heaven - GameInfo: Civilizations Romans are known for their organized approach to warfare and their professional armies. The Roman power is Art of War. With Art of War, barracks and ... ee.heavengames.com/new/ee2h/gameinfo/civilizations.php
12.Mar.2006
Arguments For and Against Christianity Doubter: If the Romans are known for their justice , why would Pontius Pilate torture Jesus and then have him crucified if he found him innocent of any ... www.coppit.org/god/arguments.php
12.Mar.2006
Geometry In The Roman Coliseum Leon Battista Albertisetadgroup72 ... And the Romans are known for practicing infanticide . The Roman household was quite large and could include the paterfamilias his wife his sons with their ... www.4teenagers.net/cgi/geometry_in_the_roman_coliseum.html
12.Mar.2006
Lecture 13: A Brief Social History of the Roman Empire He could not only sell any of his children into slavery, he could kill them as well. And the Romans are known for practicing infanticide . ... www.historyguide.org/ancient/lecture13b.html
12.Mar.2006
http://news.com.com/2102-1028_3-6048254.html?tag=st.util.print
One of the pilots who testified was Lt. Cmdr. Tom Bush, a U.S. Navy F-18 Hornet pilot who also flies a small civilian plane and said he was speaking as a private individual.

"Freedom and security are polar opposites + I am not willing to give up my freedom for the sake of terrorists," Bush said during the hearing, according to a report at AviationNow.com.

The report also said Bush suggested the airspace restrictions were irrational because a terrorist could pretend to fly through the Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) to nearby Dulles airport, make a right-hand turn at the last minute + be over downtown Washington, D.C., in four minutes. The ADIZ is a ring stretching almost 40 miles around Washington, D.C.
12.Mar.2006
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/03/10/AR2006031001806_pf.html

But the larger core did not account for all the heat generated in the collision. It also could not explain why the plasma particles did not stop moving once they collided with one another _ for about 10 billionths of a second, some unknown energy caused them to keep pushing back against the magnetic field.

Haines theorized that the energy of the Z machine's magnetic field itself added energy to the particles.

The new phenomenon could be exploited in fusion power as a trigger that would set off a controlled nuclear reaction by heating a small amount of deuterium or tritium. It is likely to be more efficient than other proposed methods because it produces higher temperatures while requiring less input energy.
12.Mar.2006
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/03/10/AR2006031001806_pf.html

Scientists working with Sandia's Z machine said the feat also revealed a new phenomenon that could eventually make future nuclear fusion power plants smaller and cheaper to operate than if the plants relied on previously known physics.

"At first, we were disbelieving," said Chris Deeney, head of the project. "We repeated the experiment many times to make sure we had a true result and not an 'Oops'!"

Sandia's experiment, which held up in tests and computer modeling in the 14 months since it was first done, was outlined in the Feb. 24 edition of Physical Review Letters. The authors also presented a theoretical explanation of what happened by Sandia consultant Malcolm Haines, a physicist at Imperial College in London.

The achievement will not mean fusion in the near future, but it's another step toward that goal, said Neal Singer, a Sandia spokesman.
12.Mar.2006
http://news.com.com/2100-1012_3-6048766.html?part=rss&tag=6048766&subj=news
NORAD orders Web deletion of transcript Feds suggest 21-day deadline for Google subpoena
12.Mar.2006
http://news.com.com/2102-11397_3-6048530.html?tag=st.util.print
"Everybody was on pins and needles," said McCleese, who worked on both of the previous failed orbiter missions at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. "This isn't just a mission, this is careers. This is the future of JPL. This has been five years and there is an awful lot of emotion wrapped up in it."
12.Mar.2006
http://news.com.com/2061-10788_3-6048772.html?part=rss&tag=6048772&subj=news

Why isn't there a lawsuit? Jared Nichols
12.Mar.2006
http://news.com.com/2061-10788_3-6048772.html?part=rss&tag=6048772&subj=news

The talk was a frank discussion of how bloggers who write about both their personal and private lives can navigate the waters of honesty and disclosure and still remain employed.

Thus, Dawes and Liner were the poster children on display for what can go wrong, even when bloggers attempt to discuss issues in their lives and related to their jobs under the cover of anonymity, as both had done.

One lesson: people can figure out who you are, even if you think you're being clever and writing under a pseudonym. That's what happened to Dawes and Liner, as both said their bosses somehow discovered their identities as they wrote about race issues and criticisms of SMU, respectively.

The idea then is that bloggers should be awful circumspect when they post their innermost thoughts in a forum that is open to the world. It's a shame in a world where the Internet is supposed to be a tool for spreading democracy and free speech that people can't say what they want without fear of retribution, but it shouldn't be a surprise.

After all, getting Dooced--being fired for blogging, so named for the first famous fired blogger, Heather Armstrong, known as Dooce--is no longer a rarity.
12.Mar.2006
Videogames Used to Treat ADHD Author: Zonk
Deeptrace writes "USA today has an article about a videogame based treatment for ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). It uses NASA derived technology to measure brainwave activity while playing videogames. Clinical psychologist Henry Owens says 'If they just play videogames on their own,

12.Mar.2006
Plame's identity, if truly a secret, was thinly veiled
WASHINGTON - The question of whether Valerie Plame's employment by the Central Intelligence Agency was a secret is the key issue in the two-year investigation to determine if someone broke the law by leaking her CIA affiliation to the news media. Federal prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald contends that ...

12.Mar.2006
The Siren Song of Gatekeeping For more than a century, journalists in professional news organizations have prized their gatekeeping role. Generally, audiences have been grateful for this gatekeeping -- it means they can put less effort into figuring out what's happening, what matters + what to believe. Over at BuzzMachine ...
12.Mar.2006
AT&T is Ripping Off American Soldiers It’s bad enough that they overcharge domestic customers but we have alternatives. The soldiers don’t because, according to The Prepaid Press, AT&T has an EXCLUSIVE contract to put payphones in PXes in Iraq and Afghanistan. But, you ask, can’t the soldiers get cheap calling cards to call .
12.Mar.2006
Nash Equilibrium At Princeton, in a series of papers published from 1950-1953, "Equilibrium Points in N-Person Games," "Non-Cooperative Games," "The Bargaining Problem," and "Two Person Cooperative Games," Nash outlined a new paradigm for mathematical and economic thinkers with his pioneering use of Equilibrium ...
12.Mar.2006
Internet blows CIA agents' cover The Chicago Tribune says it has compiled a list of 2,653 CIA employees, just by searching the internet.
12.Mar.2006
Music Based on Fibonacci Sequence and Stock Market Author: CmdrTaco 87 Gary Franczyk writes "A band named Emerald Suspension has made an album named Playing the Market that is, as they put it: "structured based on patterns created by the stock market, economic indicators, algorithms". They have some songs based off of the Fibonacci sequence, the misery and confidence indices + the national debt. "
12.Mar.2006
Internet Searches Reveal CIA's Secrets Author: Zonk 154 GabrielF writes "In another blow to the reputation of the agency that just can't seem to get anything right, the Chicago Tribune used web searches and various commercial online databases to uncover a treasure trove of information about the CIA. The Tribune found the identities of over 2600 CIA employees (including an undisclosed number of covert operatives) as well as the locations of over two dozen CIA facilities across the U.S., internal telephone numbers + information on 17 aircraft."
12.Mar.2006
Hyperdrive and Space Propulsion Author: Zonk 160 Interested reader writes "MSNBC has an article covering the recent Space Technology and Applications Forum in New Mexico, which included a frontier physics session on hyperdrive, wormholes + other blue sky ideas. The idea is a revival of NASA's long-dead (and heavily criticized) Advanced Propulsion Project."
12.Mar.2006
Fossil Rises From its Grave Author: Zonk 156 gokulpod writes "Scientific American reports that a family of animals known as Diatomyidae thought to have been dead for 11 million years has been discovered in Laos. From the article: 'Fossilized remnants of this group have been found throughout Asia with a distinctive jaw structure and molars. It represents a rare opportunity to compare assumptions derived from the fossil record and an actual living specimen to determine overall accuracy of the techniques involved. This discovery also provides a compelling argument for preservation efforts in Southeast Asia.'"
12.Mar.2006 Lab Heats Particles Past Star's Interior
A particle accelerator at Sandia National Laboratories has heated a swarm of charged particles to a record 2 billion degrees Kelvin, a temperature beyond that of a star's interior.
Found over at the
Anomalist.
12.Mar.2006 http://www.spiegel.de/netzwelt/politik/0,1518,druck-405594,00.html
Die Zeitung konnte auch zwei Dutzend CIA-Einrichtungen in mehreren US-Staaten lokalisieren.
Eine ist das legendäre CIA-Trainingslager "The Farm" in Virginia, dessen Existenz über Jahrzehnte geheim gehalten wurde. Mit erschreckender Leichtigkeit sei es gelungen, 26 örtliche Angestellte zu ermitteln, zum Teil mit Privatadressen, die die Zeitung der CIA in Kombination mit Ausdrucken von Straßenkarten und Satellitenbildern der betreffenden Orte übergab. Über die "Farm" gelang auch die Identifizierung von 17 Flugzeugen, die die dortigen Anlagen genutzt haben sollen. Mit einigen dieser Maschinen sollen mutmaßliche Terroristen transportiert worden sein, von denen einige nachher aussagten, sie seien gefoltert worden, berichtet die "Tribune".

12.Mar.2006
http://www.spiegel.de/netzwelt/politik/0,1518,druck-405594,00.html
Vor der Veröffentlichung informierte die "Tribune" die CIA und legte den Geheimen die Ergebnisse der Recherchen vor.
Die zeigten sich beeindruckt. "Tarnung ist immer wieder ein Thema; wir bemühen uns immer wieder darum, sie zu verbessern", sagte CIA-Sprecher Tom Crispell der Nachrichtenagentur AP. Die Chefsprecherin der CIA, Jennifer Dyck, räumte in der "Chicago Tribune" ein, dass die Tarnung in Zeiten des Internets schwieriger geworden sei. "Dinge, die früher funktionierten, sind heute nicht mehr möglich."
Inzwischen, berichtet die "Tribune" weiter, arbeite die CIA an Strategien, die aufgezeigten Sicherheitslecks zu kitten. Einfach, argumentieren von dem Blatt befragte Experte, werde das nicht: Genügte es früher, einen verdeckt arbeitenden Agenten mit einer "Legende" auszustatten", sei diese heute oft schon durch eine Namenssuche per Searchengine ("googeln") zu entzaubern. Tarnpersönlichkeiten müssten darum künftig schon ganz am Beginn einer Agentenkarriere angelegt werden, um sie bei Bedarf einsetzen zu können.
Firmensterben im CIA-Reich
Seit Vorlage der Rechercheergebnisse, berichtet die "Tribune", habe ein kleines Firmensterben begonnen: Immer mehr der enttarnten Scheinfirmen verschwänden einfach.

12.Mar.2006
http://www.spiegel.de/netzwelt/politik/0,1518,druck-405594,00.html

Tausende CIA-Mitarbeiter enttarnt
Desaster für den US-Geheimdienst: Mit völlig legalen Online-Recherchen konnte die "Chicago Tribune" tausende Angestellte, geheime Trainingslager und die berüchtigten Flugzeuge der CIA identifizieren. Der Dienst gestand ein, dass die Zeitung etliche verdeckt operierende Agenten enttarnte.

Chicago - "Scoop" nennt man das, wenn einem Medium exklusiv und vor allen anderen die Veröffentlichung einer brisanten Nachricht gelingt. Einen Scoop der Extraklasse landete am Wochenende die "Chicago Tribune" mit einer Enthüllungsgeschichte im Sinne des Wortes: Das Blatt konnte berichten, im Rahmen eines Experimentes über 2600 CIA-Agenten, Scheinfirmen, Flugzeuge und rund zwei Dutzend Standorte des Geheimdienstes enttarnt zu haben. Und das alles mit völlig legalen, jedem zugänglichen Mitteln.
12.Mar.2006
http://www.spiegel.de/netzwelt/politik/0,1518,druck-405594,00.html
Zu denen zählten laut Bericht "Telefoninformationen, Dokumente über Immobilienverkäufe Wahlregistereinträge, Gerichtsurteile, Grundsteuerbescheide, Offenbarungseide, Handelsregistereinträge und ähnliches". Das alles konnten die Reporter des Blattes entweder per Internet aus öffentlich zugänglichen Quellen abrufen, oder aber über professionelle Datenbankunternehmen erwerben. Für sich genommen, erklärt das Blatt die Methodik, seien diese isolierten Daten zwar wenig aussagekräftig und - da über "Hunderte von Büchereien, Rathäuser und Gerichte im ganzen Land verteilt" - auch nur ein "geringes Risiko für die Privatsphäre". Mit "Datamining"-Methoden zueinander in Beziehung gesetzt und analysiert aber würden sie zu einem "gefährlichen Instrument in den falschen Händen".
12.Mar.2006
Sicherheitsleck: Tausende CIA-Mitarbeiter enttarnt
12.Mar.2006
Späte Verhaftung: Vietnamdeserteur nach 38 Jahren festgenommen
12.Mar.2006
Chile: "Schmerzhafte Erinnerung darf nicht verdrängt werden!"
12.Mar.2006
http://www.spiegel.de/politik/ausland/0,1518,druck-405563,00.html
Die Wechselstimmung bei den Wählern wächst derzeit zügig. In einer ebenfalls in der "Sunday Times" veröffentlichten aktuellen Meinungsumfrage sprachen sich 41 Prozent der Befragten dafür aus, dass Blair noch im Laufe dieses Jahres das Zepter an Brown übergeben sollte. Das, argumentiert die "Times", sei keine Minderheit, sondern die Mehrheit der 79 Prozent, die überhaupt eine Meinung zu dem Thema hätten.
12.Mar.2006
http://www.spiegel.de/politik/ausland/0,1518,druck-405563,00.html
Sowohl die britischen Wähler, als auch Tony Blairs eigene Partei mögen zu dem Thema eine andere Meinung haben. Sollten sich die Informationen bestätigen, dass Blair die Waffenentwicklung an Parlament und Partei vorbei beauftragt hat, müsste er sich wohl auf kritische Fragen aus den Reihen seiner eigenen Labour-Partei einstellen. Seit der Stern des Premiers in der Öffentlichkeit sinkt, mehren sich auch innerparteilich die Rufe nach einem Wechsel an der Spitze noch im Laufe dieses Jahres. Designierter Nachfolger ist der auch bei den Wählern populäre Gordon Brown.
12.Mar.2006
http://www.spiegel.de/politik/ausland/0,1518,druck-405563,00.html
Wörtlich heißt es: "Ganz geradeaus, wollen wir wirklich den Franzosen die Rolle als Europas einzige Atommacht überlassen?"
12.Mar.2006
http://www.spiegel.de/politik/ausland/0,1518,druck-405563,00.html
Die "Sunday Times" zitierte den Beamten mit den Worten: "Wir müssen etwas konstruieren, das wir nie testen können, und müssen dennoch absolut sicher sein, dass es funktioniert, wenn man es einsetzt."
Das Geheimprojekt, sollte es bestätigt werden, wird die Diskussion über die Atomrüstung weiter antreiben. Schon seit längerem argumentieren britische Kritiker, dass sich eine Neuentwicklung nicht mit den Appellen an Iran und andere Länder vereinbaren ließe.

12.Mar.2006
http://www.spiegel.de/politik/ausland/0,1518,druck-405563,00.html

Laut "Sunday Times" soll der britische Premier Tony Blair heimlich die Entwicklung einer neuen Atomwaffe in Auftrag gegeben haben. Die Briten arbeiten gemeinsam mit den Amerikanern an dem Gefechtskopf, obwohl die Regierung bisher entsprechende Pläne stets dementiert hat.

London - Laut des Berichts hat die Regierung Blair die Entwicklung einer neuen britischen Nuklearwaffe bereits nach der vergangenen Wahl im Mai 2005 initiiert. Offiziell dagegen geben die Verantwortlichen an, noch keine Entscheidung über eine Nachfolge für das überalterte "Trident"-Waffensystem gefällt zu haben.
12.Mar.2006
http://www.spiegel.de/wissenschaft/mensch/0,1518,druck-404379,00.html
Sieg über Kolumbus
Als wohl spektakulärste Fahrt eines Wikingerschiffs gilt die Reise der "Viking", die 1893 von Bergen in Norwegen nach New York und von dort über den Hudson und die Großen Seen zur Weltausstellung nach Chicago segelte. Kapitän Magnus Anderson brachte von der Reise aufschlussreiche Beobachtungen mit. So stellte er fest, dass sich der Nachbau des Gokstadschiffs selbst bei härtestem Seegang von nur einem Mann steuern ließ. Die elastischen Verbindungen von Planken und Spanten erwiesen sich als vorteilhaft, weil der Rumpf den Kräften des Wassers nachgab. Nur mit dem Rudern hatte die Mannschaft Probleme, aber das mag am mangelnden Training gelegen haben. Die "Viking" benötigte für die 4800 Kilometer lange Strecke im offenen Schiff nur 27 Tage. Die Konkurrenz, ein von Spanien gestarteter Nachbau von Christoph Kolumbus' "Santa Maria", brauchte die doppelte Zeit und musste schließlich mit Mann und Maus in den New Yorker Hafen geschleppt werden.

12.Mar.2006
http://www.spiegel.de/wissenschaft/mensch/0,1518,druck-404379,00.html
Ab dem 11. Jahrhundert sank der Stern der Wikinger allmählich. Städte begannen, sich mit Wehranlagen zu schützen - statt überraschend zuzuschlagen, mussten die Normannen nun langwierige und Kräfte raubende Belagerungen in Kauf nehmen. In Europa entwickelte sich die Hanse zur größten Wirtschaftsmacht und zur unschlagbaren Konkurrenz. Nun fuhren Koggen Reichtümer über das Meer. Wegen ihrer Hochwandigkeit waren sie dem Drachenboot überlegen. Von den hohen Koggendecks flogen Pfeile und Feuer auf die Wikinger herab, die im Gegenzug nur unter hohen Verlusten die Bordwand des Gegners hinaufklettern konnten. Die letzte Nachricht von kämpfenden Nachkommen der Wikinger stammt aus dem Jahr 1429, als ein Aufgebot von Drachenbooten zusammengestellt wurde, um Bergen gegen einen Angriff von Hansepiraten zu verteidigen.
12.Mar.2006
http://www.spiegel.de/wissenschaft/mensch/0,1518,druck-404379,00.html
Die altnordische Saga von Olaf dem Heiligen erzählt von einem leuchtenden Stein: "Das Wetter war trübe und es war Schneetreiben, wie es Sigurd gesagt hatte. ... Dann ließ der König Ausschau halten und sah nirgendwo unbezogenen Himmel. ... Da ließ der König einen Sonnenstein bringen + er hielt ihn in die Luft empor und sah, wo es aus dem Steine strahlte + es bezeichnete genau die Stelle, die Sigurd genannt hatte." Den Sonnenstein der Wikinger gibt es tatsächlich. Er heißt Cordierit und ist ein Mineral, das in Skandinavien häufig vorkommt. Cordierit hat die Eigenschaft, sich je nach Lichteinwirkung blau oder gelb zu färben. Die Farben zeigen die Lage der Polarisationsebene und damit den Stand der Sonne an - und das selbst dann, wenn die Sonne nicht zu sehen ist. Für die Seefahrer der Wikingerzeit verloren dank des Sonnensteins sogar die Nebelbänke des Nordatlantiks ihren Schrecken.
12.Mar.2006
http://www.spiegel.de/wissenschaft/mensch/0,1518,druck-404379,00.html
Im Jahr 1066 setzten 30. 000 Normannen in 3000 Schiffen nach England über, um unter Wilhelm dem Eroberer die englische Krone in der Schlacht von Hastings zu gewinnen. Die Zahlen sind in den Berichten der Besiegten nachzulesen und vermutlich übertrieben. Aber sie spiegeln den Eindruck wider, den die herannahenden Scharen bei ihren Feinden und Opfern hinterlassen haben müssen.
12.Mar.2006
http://www.spiegel.de/wissenschaft/mensch/0,1518,druck-404379,00.html
Im Jahr 885 fuhren 40.000 Krieger auf 700 Langschiff en die Seine hinunter und belagerten Paris.
12.Mar.2006
http://www.spiegel.de/wissenschaft/mensch/0,1518,druck-404379,00.html
Am 8. Juni 793 begann mit dem Überfall auf das Kloster Lindisfarne in Nordengland eine Reihe von Raubfahrten, auf denen mit Schätzen gefüllte Kirchen und küstennahe Dörfer geplündert wurden. Bei den Beutezügen erwiesen sich die Drachenboote als nahezu unbesiegbar. Sie ragten nur etwa einen Meter aus dem Wasser und wurden von der Küste aus erst entdeckt, als es für Gegenwehr bereits zu spät war. Für die Überfallenen müssen die berüchtigten Drachenkopfsteven wie Seeschlangen am Horizont aufgetaucht sein. Dank des geringen Tiefgangs konnten die Schiffe an der Küste landen und die Plünderer direkt an Land waten. Beim Rückzug waren ebenfalls keine Zeit raubenden Manöver erforderlich. Da die Drachenschiffe am Heck denselben Rundsteven aufwiesen wie am Bug, ließen sie sich problemlos rückwärts aus der Gefahrenzone rudern.
12.Mar.2006
http://www.spiegel.de/wissenschaft/mensch/0,1518,druck-404379,00.html
Ihre nautischen Leistungen gaben den Wikingern Recht - und Macht. Schon 620 schifften sich Skandinavier ein, um die Hebriden zu besiedeln. Im Jahr 800 fassten sie Fuß auf den Färöer Inseln, zwei Jahre später eroberten sie die Orkneys und Shetlands. Und nochmals fast zwei Jahrzehnte danach gründeten Wikinger ein Reich in der Gegend um Dublin. Die Besiedlung Islands um 930 war die letzte große Landnahme in Europa. Von dort setzte der Verbannte Erik Raude (Erik der Rote) nach Grönland über und errichtete 986 auf der größten Insel der Welt die Siedlung Brattalid. Wegen Holzmangel richteten die Kolonisten am Fuß der Gletscher eine Schiffsroute ein, auf der Händler zwischen treibenden Eisbergen hindurch bis nach Island und Norwegen segelten. Seit der Jahrtausendwende beeinflusste der Warentransport die Gestalt der Schiffe. Mit der "Knorre" lief die wikingische Variante des Handelsfrachters vom Stapel. Sie war breiter und kürzer als die Drachen und konnte mit nur drei Mann Besatzung gesegelt werden. Da blieb viel Raum für Ware in den bauchigen Booten, die von den großen Handelszentren Haithabu und Birka bis nach Palermo, Sevilla oder Nowgorod gelangten.
Von Brattalid aus drang um das Jahr 1000 Leif Erikson mit 35 Gefährten weiter in unbekannte Gewässer vor, um Gerüchten über eine Küste im Westen nachzugehen. Die Expedition entdeckte Vinland, einen Küstenstrich im heutigen Neufundland. Die Wikinger hatten Amerika gefunden. So bedeutend diese Pioniertat aus heutiger Sicht erscheint - im Vergleich zu anderen Vorstößen der Wikinger scheint sie gering. Die Entfernung zwischen Grönland und Nordamerika ist mit vier Tagen auf See für eine geübte Mannschaft im Drachenschiff verhältnismäßig klein. Schon um von Mittelnorwegen nach Island zu gelangen, segelten die Wikinger sieben Tage auf dem offenen Meer - und das nicht nur in Ausnahmefällen oder bei zufälligen Irrfahrten, sondern auf bekannten Handelsrouten und mit ganzen Flotten von Auswandererschiffen.

12.Mar.2006
http://www.spiegel.de/wissenschaft/mensch/0,1518,druck-404379,00.html
Segeln ist keine Erfindung der Wikinger. Schon Römer und Kelten kreuzten Jahrhunderte zuvor auf Segelschiff en vor den europäischen Küsten. Die ersten Segel blähten sich in Nordeuropa jedoch erst zu Beginn des 8. Jahrhunderts n. Chr. Zu dieser Zeit verewigten Steinmetze auf Gotland die frühesten aufgetakelten Paradeschiffe auf Bildsteinen.
12.Mar.2006
http://www.spiegel.de/wissenschaft/mensch/0,1518,druck-404379,00.html
Die Wikinger mussten also in der Lage gewesen sein, die innere Struktur eines Baumes zu erkennen, bevor er fällig war. "Wie sie das geschafft haben, wissen wir noch nicht", sagt Morten Gøthche.
12.Mar.2006
Unfall-Spätfolgen: Bush witzelt über Cheney
12.Mar.2006
Geheimprogramm: Briten bauen neue Atomwaffe
12.Mar.2006
Wikinger: Reformstau im Drachenboot

>12.Mar.200 Seuchenangst auf Rügen: Nach dem Virus die Kurzarbeit

>12.Mar.200 Milosevic: Tribunal lässt Leiche obduzieren
12.Mar.2006
Venezuela expresses alarm: FBI terror agents question recognized US academic

Ex-Bolivian leader in treason charge over missiles: Bolivia's last president has been charged with treason for sending the South American country's only missiles to be destroyed in the United States, the attorney general said on Thursday.

In case you missed it: American Bar Association-accuses President Bush, of violating both the Constitution and federal law.: RESOLVED, that the American Bar Association calls upon the President to abide by the limitations which the Constitution imposes on a president under our system of checks and balances and respect the essential roles of the Congress and the judicial branch in ensuring that our national security is protected in a manner consistent with constitutional guarantees

John W. Dean: The Broken Branch: An Unusual Lawsuit Takes Congress to Task For Shoddy and Partisan Lawmaking

Bush Lite: Kerry takes another look at presidency: As Senator John F. Kerry prepared to make a return to presidential-style politics with a classic day of New Hampshire campaigning, he said that the 2004 run left him tougher and more eager to fight.

In case you missed it: Charley Reese: Vote Incumbents Out : We should all go to the polls and vote against every single incumbent running for re-election, regardless of his or her party or so-called philosophy. Can you understand what a shock it would be if all 435 members of the U.S. House and the third of the Senate that will be running were defeated? Washington would never be the same again + that, on its face, would be a good thing.
12.Mar.2006
Hawkish US warns of 'negative' China: CONDOLEEZZA Rice has warned that Beijing could become a "negative force" in the region, revealing that China's military and economic rise will be at the core of trilateral security discussions with Australia and Japan in Sydney next week.
12.Mar.2006
"How then did we arrive at this day, with anti-American Islamist governments rising in the Mideast, bin Laden sneering at us, Qaeda lieutenants escaping from prison, Iran brazenly enriching uranium, and America as hated and mistrusted as it ever has been? The answer, in a word, is incompetence."
Polls: Public Worried About Gov't Secrecy. Then the Bush/Cheney Politburo Should Scare Them to Death.
"How then did we arrive at this day, with anti-American Islamist governments rising in the Mideast, bin Laden sneering at us, Qaeda lieutenants escaping from prison, Iran brazenly enriching uranium, and America as hated and mistrusted as it ever has been? The answer, in a word, is incompetence."
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12.Mar.2006
http://www.cannonfire.blogspot.com/ John McCain
Ratbang Diary has it exactly right: 1) McCain will do ANYTHING to be President in 2008.

2) Southern Repubs are convinced Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) will be the Democrat candidate in 2008. 3) Southern Repubs are convinced McCain is the only candidate who can defeat Clinton. Permalink
12.Mar.2006
Milosevic suicide claims scorned Claims that Slobodan Milosevic killed himself or was poisoned are just "rumours", the UN chief prosecutor says.
12.Mar.2006
Heavy snow and winds hit travel Heavy snow is causing treacherous driving conditions in Scotland and parts of northern England and Wales.
12.Mar.2006
Colombia poised to elect Congress Colombians are due to vote for a new Congress, amid tight security.
12.Mar.2006
Corsican MP shot dead at airport Corsican politician and casino boss Robert Feliciaggi is shot dead after leaving a plane at Ajaccio airport.
12.Mar.2006
Russia deal 'off Iran's agenda' Iran says a Russian compromise proposal on its nuclear programme is no longer on its agenda.
12.Mar.2006
'Fifty hurt' in Bangladesh clash Opposition leaders say 50 protesters are injured in a clash with the police during a demonstration in the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka.
12.Mar.2006
Scripting News Chicago Tribune: "It's easy to track America's covert operatives, all you need to know is how to navigate the Internet." Nik Cubrilovic reviews Dabble DB. One of the most significant demos at Under the Radar. FileMaker for 2006, running as an AJAX web app. What Office Live should have been.
12.Mar.2006
Devices provide full life cycle of the information protection:
Devices for the emergency data destruction from magnetic media are designed for instant and non-recoverable destruction of confidential information in case of danger of its outflow or disclosure, plunder or withdrawal of the computer system block (the media with the data). The new approach that ...

12.Mar.2006
Digital Domain: Anonymous Source Is Not the Same as Open Source Wikipedia is learning that a list of numbers is not as authoritative as a Nobel laureate.
12.Mar.2006
Internet Searches Reveal CIA's Secrets Author: Zonk
GabrielF writes "In another blow to the reputation of the agency that just can't seem to get anything right, the Chicago Tribune used web searches and various commercial online databases to uncover a treasure trove of information about the CIA. The Tribune found the identities of over 2600 CIA ...

12.Mar.2006
Digital Cinema Not Quite There Yet Author: Zonk
An anonymous reader writes "A Reuters article explains how, in some ways, the digital future of movie theatres isn't quite here yet. Despite the push for new technology in the projection booth, theaters have been slow to adopt the new and expensive gear." From the article: " Many in the movie ...

12.Mar.2006
A Blog Writes the Obituary of TV
According to Prince Campbell, a media-exec-turned-blogger, "Just like the Internet killed the music industry, it's about to do the same thing to broadcast TV."

12.Mar.2006
Dave’s Wordpress Blog » Blog Archive » Scripting News for 3/10/2006 Says:
The sum of the expertise of the people in the audience is greater than the sum of expertise of the people on stage. It’s probably much worse than that. My guess is that if you swapped the people on stage with an equal number chosen at random from the audience, the new panelists would ...

12.Mar.2006
http://www.cannonfire.blogspot.com/
The party in power has only two choices, right? They can steal the important races--again--and hope to get away with it, even though the pre-election polls will have them losing 40-60. Or, they can cancel (although I'm sure they would call it postpone) the elections.
Which will it be? I'm betting that the closer it gets to November, the more they favor the latter course.
What say you, effwit?
# posted by unirealist : 5:32 AM 12.Mar.2006 http://www.cannonfire.blogspot.com/
Comments: Hee. That was a little fun. Thanks, man!
# posted by Jen : 12:33 PM Is it any wonder why Bush, Cheney, Rove, et al need to make sure that the Republicans retain majorities in the House and Senate this fall? If the Dems take over, there will be - in theory - hell to pay. Consequently, I wouldn't be surprised to see an awful lot of interesting things happening in the coming months...basically anything to make American voters believe that voting for Republicans, despite their blatant inadequacies, is in their best interests.
Fasten your seatbelt. This could be quite a ride.
# posted by DrewL : 7:16 PM

12.Mar.2006
http://www.cannonfire.blogspot.com/
Go ahead. Make your day. As of this writing, 86% of respondents to an MSNBC poll say that Bush has committed crimes worthy of impeachment. Not that such polls count for much in the real world. But you may enjoy
participating nonetheless... Permalink
12.Mar.2006
http://www.cannonfire.blogspot.com/
At a later time, we will discuss the Moon connections to this crowd -- especially to LaHaye and James Dobson, another CNP star.
What on earth attracts Kapo Kenny and Klepto Klaude to such an obnoxious milieu?
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For more on this matter, see
this important Daily Kos diary. From that account, we derive this telling quote: Alongside figures like LaHaye and leaders of the anti-abortion movement, the nascent CNP also included Joseph Coors, the wealthy beer magnate; Herbert and Nelson Bunker Hunt, two billionaire investors and energy company executives known for their advocacy of right-wing causes + William Cies, another wealthy businessman.
Interestingly, the Hunts, Cies and LaHaye all were affiliated with the John Birch Society, the conspiracy-obsessed anti-communist group founded 00.000.1959. LaHaye had lectured and conducted training seminars frequently for the Society during the 1960s and '70s a time when the group was known for its campaign against the civil rights movement.
00.000.1988, writer Russ Bellant noted in his book The Coors Connection . . . that many CNP members have been associated with the outer reaches of the conservative movement.
12.Mar.2006 http://www.cannonfire.blogspot.com/
Since James Baker is also the senior counsel to the Carlyle Group -- and thus to the Bin Laden family interests in that group -- we can't help but wonder just how much Mr. Allen knows about the milieu that led to 9/11.
In the 1990s, B&B also supplied legal counsel to Enron, as well as to the oil firms which once intended to build a pipeline through Afghanistan
http://www.cannonfire.blogspot.com/.

12.Mar.2006 "How then did we arrive at this day, with anti-American Islamist governments rising in the Mideast, bin Laden sneering at us, Qaeda lieutenants escaping from prison, Iran brazenly enriching uranium, and America as hated and mistrusted as it ever has been? The answer, in a word, is incompetence."
Polls: Public Worried About Gov't Secrecy. Then the Bush/Cheney Politburo Should Scare Them to Death.

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David Sirota: After torturing them and laughing after killing 10,000, Bush should give the fake "concern" over Dubai message to Arabs a rest 3/12
Dean Criticizes GOP on Ports Security 3/12

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Top domestic advisor to Bush who resigned on Feb. 9 arrested for shoplifting at least 25 times!
Maryland House votes to oust Diebold machines 3/12

12.Mar.2006
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The impeachment of George W. Bush (Community rating: 0/5 ) sidewinder on Mar 6, 2006 7:31 PM
Reply to this Comment --> --> First, I'd like to say that I despise Smirk just as much as any of you, probably more than most. However, you people are not going to impeach anyone. You're all just as full of shit as you can be. Every one of you. All you're going to do is talk, talk, talk. Give it up, folks, it's a lost cause.

12.Mar.2006
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Ed Boyle (Community rating: 0/5 ) ejboyle@olypen.com on Mar 6, 2006 5:34 PM
Reply to this Comment --> --> I'm a 76 yr old retired USN Chief Bos'n Mate.I voted against Bush the first and second time.I firmly believe he and the rest of his cabinet should be impeached.We have an Air National Guard Pilot who deserted in wartime and a bunch of draft dodgers running the country who are totally incompetent and believe they know whats best for the country.I believe if left to their present mode they will try to become dictators.Impeach Bush for blood stains not dress stains.

12.Mar.2006
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Impeachment jump starts everything. (Community rating: 0/5 ) -->
Posted by: doinaheckuvajob on Mar 6, 2006 3:42 PM
Reply to this Comment --> --> RE: all the nay-sayers here who think Impeachment is impossible:
1. Important to try anyway. We gain nothing by surrendering. We gain everything by trying, even if we don't get the results. And stop worrying about Cheney or Hastert. They all have to go, they all have crimes committed to remove them from office. It's a package deal, so don't worry about it.
2. Lots of Republicans are coming around towards impeachment. This may not be reflected through their elected officials, but in the grassroots, netroots, etc. there is growing support. So don't assume it's entirely impossible.
3. There are lots of ways to think outside the box to remove and deter this crew of crooks. Cities, states, state legislatures passing impeachment provisions, grand jury investigations/indictments, etc. Too many of you fall into the trap we see left of center of "we can't do that, it's never been done". How do you think the righties got so far?
4. It's either remove this bunch or our country will be turned into a dictatorship. I may be inclined to agree that we're already there, but in fact there's still plenty of democratic mechanisms to use that are still standing. So don't stand still, use them! Think outside the box. It will drive these moron crooks nuts. And the more dictatorial they act, the more popular support they lose, including among Republicans.
5. In the long term, this is winnable. In the short term who knows. But we must try, and that starts with Impeachment.

12.Mar.2006
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No Impeachement (Community rating: 0/5 ) -->
Posted by: vkobaya on Mar 6, 2006 10:14 AM
Reply to this Comment --> --> Impeachment simply legitimizes this man as president. He is not the president, he is the usurper, never won either election. He's a criminal, thief, international war criminal, despot, liar, but not president. I say, drag him out in streets and dump him in the gutter to be a homeless, friendless person with capital punishment for anyone who offers him as much as a crust of bread or sip of water.
As for the Four Articles of impeachment, more balonney. There should be a bazillion articles of impeachment against him and his gang of criminals. These four say nothing about the voting fraud in 2000, and 2004. Nor do they say anything about Katrina and the lies. There were organized gangs of whites hunting and shooting Blacks. Bush did that. They say nothing about the hundreds of billions of dollars embezzled from the war effort, from rebuilding Iraq, from domestic programs, schools, highways, utilities, etc. , nor do they say anything about the thousands and tens of thousands snatched, tortured and secretly imprisoned in this country and around the world.
Impeachment would honor this demonic creature straight from hell legitimating all his crimes as if he were president. I doubt if he were legitimately elected he could possibly have commited the crimes that he has perpetrated on this nation and the world. He hates this nation and the world because he knows he isn't the real elected president, but the usurper. Don't legitimize his crimes by impeaching him.

12.Mar.2006 Presidency for ReSale (Community rating: 0/5 ) --> Posted by: ravebyron on Mar 6, 2006 7:54 AM
Reply to this Comment --> --> Highest Bidder + sitting Chairman, in deep arrears. Seeking new Chief Exec to expand miltary government and leverage new money creation beyond 2112. Import/Export Experience helpful, but operation is turnkey. Great opportunity to be a part of history! [
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12.Mar.2006 Light a fire. Beat a drum. (Community rating: 0/5 ) --> Posted by: rockpicker on Mar 6, 2006 7:30 AM
Reply to this Comment --> --> Find a piece of high ground and burn a bon fire near your community to show solidarity and your displeasure. March 20th.
If your fire can be seen ten miles away, it would only take 300 fires to span the country.

It's time to quit waiting for the spineless to act. Gather wood. And beat the drums... [« Reply to this comment] [Post a new comment »]
12.Mar.2006
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/4737186.stm

The first satellite released, 27 minutes into the flight, was the 3.7-tonne Spainsat, the first Spanish satellite dedicated to secure government communications.

It shared a ride with the 4.1-tonne Hot Bird 7A, the 21st satellite launched for the Paris-based telecoms operator Eutelsat Communications.

Eutelsat Communications said Hot Bird 7A would transmit more than 850 television channels and 550 radio stations to 110 million homes in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East for the next 15 years.
12.Mar.2006
PIN scandal 'worst hack ever' The unfolding debit card scam that rocked Citibank this week

is far from over, an analyst said Thursday as she called this first-time-ever mass theft of PINs "the worst scam to date
12.Mar.2006
Even as U.S. Invaded, Hussein Saw Iraqi Unrest as Top Threat
Saddam Hussein was so preoccupied about the threat from within that he crippled his military in fighting the threat from without.

12.Mar.2006
Limitations on liability relating to material online
(a) Transitory Digital Network Communications.— A service provider shall not be liable for monetary relief, or, except as provided in subsection (j), for injunctive or other equitable relief, for infringement of copyright by reason of the provider’s transmitting, routing, or providing ...

12.Mar.2006
Doctors to probe Milosevic death
An autopsy on Slobodan Milosevic will be held as his family blames his death on The Hague tribunal.

12.Mar.2006
Chicago Tribune: "It's easy to track America's covert operatives, all you need to know is how to navigate the Internet."
12.Mar.2006
Crowds greet Queen in Australia
The Queen is welcomed in Australia as she arrives for a five-day tour that will see her open the Commonwealth Games.

12.Mar.2006
Japanese city votes on US base
A Japanese city is voting on Sunday on whether to accept plans to expand a local US marine base.

12.Mar.2006
Chile inaugurates female leader
Former torture victim Michelle Bachelet is sworn in as Chile's first woman president, watched by regional leaders.

12.Mar.2006
Alaska hit by 'massive' oil spill An oil spill at Prudhoe Bay field is confirmed by US officials as the largest ever on Alaska's North Slope region.
12.Mar.2006
http://www.firedupamerica.com/bonfiglio_is_everywhere

But Senator Conrad Burns is once again swimming against the ethics reform tide. Just last month, on

21.Feb.2006 Senator Burn established a new affiliated political committee called, the BC Committee. The treasurer was none other than Williams and Jensen's, Barbara Bonfiglio. --> Trackback URL for this post: http://www.firedupamerica.com/trackback/614
12.Mar.2006
http://www.astroseti.org/impacts.php
09-Mar-2006 23:28 CET
Tres enigmas cósmicos y una propuesta audaz
La energía oscura y la materia oscura, dos de los mayores misterios que confrontan los físicos, pueden ser los dos lados de una misma moneda.

12.Mar.2006
http://www.astroseti.org/impacts.php
10.Mar.2006 14:32 CET
Científicos establecen record de temperatura más alta en la Tierra
Los científicos del Laboratorio Nacional de Sandía, en Nuevo México, han conseguido que un plasma alcance la mayor temperatura de la que se tiene constancia en la Tierra. En concreto hablamos de casi 2.000 millones de grados Celsius; muchísimo más alta que la temperatura del sol. ¿Cómo lo han logrado? Eso es lo bueno... no lo saben.

12.Mar.2006
http://www.astroseti.org/impacts.php

Fernando Claudín answer was quite fast. "Circularity doesn't mean anything by itself for identifying an impact structure", he said, "but in the first structure the external ring has layers inclined outwards + the internal ring has a central elevation. It doesn't look volcanic"

About the second crater he said "not as pronunciated as the first one, but you can appreciate two rings, external and internal, with some paths (and that's good because it means outcrops). The central zone seems collapsed, limited by internal ring"

Confirmation is basically a finantial problem : "it is necessary do some fieldwork with geologists to check if there are breccia, impact metamorfism, etc."
12.Mar.2006
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Suddenly the questions came to me. No one saw this before? How can a 31 km diameter structure not be noticed? So I decided to explore around for a while to check for similar structures.

Just passed the Libyan border entering Chad at 121 miles "flying" high when another circular structure appeared in my screen. A closer look was showing, apparently, a typical impact structure, not volcanic. Of course, finding an impact crater has no merit if it is an already known one, so I had to check and visited the Canadian Brunswick University impact crater database, in Canada + none of the listed matched my discovery.
12.Mar.2006
Farinella To Run Bayh'Farinella To Run Bayh's PAC -

In a prelude to the 2008 Presidential race, the Washington Post blog is reporting that Senator Evan Bayh has hired Marc Farinella to take over the helm of his PAC.

Farinella engineered Missouri Governor Mel Carnahan's victory over Senator John Ashcroft in 2000. He's also the smartest political operative that I know.

[X-posted at Fired Up! Missouri]
12.Mar.2006
When She Catches A Cold, The Entire GOP Leadership Gets Sick

Barbara Bonfiglio is treasurer to the GOP stars, or at least she was.

TPM Muckraker reports that she is leaving lobbying powerhouse Williams & Jensen. That's also the firm where DeLay's former Chief of Staff Susan Hirschmann hangs her hat.

TPM mentions that Bonfiglio was treasurer for Tom DeLay, Rick Santorum's charity, Richard Pombo and Duke Cunningham.

A casual review of FEC records indicates that Bonfiglio is, or was until very recently, also treasurer, deputy treasurer, or custodian of records for many other GOP luminaries.
12.Mar.2006
Thanks to Detroit, China Is Poised to Lead
Ford's success in rapidly expanding its operations in China illustrates how quickly the auto industry is expanding and modernizing there.

12.Mar.2006
ISP Fined $5000 For Hate Content Author: Zonk
ERondeau writes "In a precedent-setting ruling, the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal has fined a hosting company for carrying 'objectionable content'.

The material in question was White Supremacist postings. From the article: 'The ruling sends a very strong message that Internet servers, if they are ...
12.Mar.2006
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Protesters had marched around the building shouting "The Sorbonne belongs to students!"
12.Mar.2006
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Concern

The Mayor of Paris, Bertrand Delanoe, has said he is "deeply concerned" about the use of force by police against the protest, which he said had been passing off peacefully.

At least 100,000 people protested in cities across France on Tuesday against the new law, disrupting airports and public services.

The overnight violence has echoes of the labour and student unrest of 1968 in Paris.

One Parisian student, named only as Elodie, told AFP it was not a conscious attempt to repeat those riots.

"The context is different," she said. "In '68, the students when they left university, they found work."
12.Mar.2006
Washington Post to Cut 80 Newsroom Jobs 1 hour ago permalink NYT > Media and Advertising

The Washington Post is joining a roll call of major U.S. newspapers reducing editorial positions as the industry continues to face advertising and circulation concerns.
12.Mar.2006
How the Masses Will Innovate 2 hours ago permalink Www.businessweek.com

00.000.1985 -Launched- Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Media Lab has engaged in the innovations that helped drive the digital revolution of the late 20th century.

Such breakthroughs as digital ink, wearable computers + advanced prosthetics got their start there. The Media Lab, with an annual ...
12.Mar.2006
Little-used corner of Net becomes piracy battlefield 1 hour ago permalink Www.boston.com

An obscure data network technology called the Usenet has become the newest battleground between the entertainment industry and digital music and movie pirates.

Late last month, the Motion Picture Association of America filed its first-ever lawsuits against Internet companies that help people ...
12.Mar.2006
Judge Issues Secret Ruling in Case of 2 at Mosque 3 hours ago permalink NYT > National

A federal judge issued a classified ruling in the case of two leaders of an Albany mosque who are accused of laundering money in a federal terrorism sting operation.
12.Mar.2006
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"A race is going on in Greenland between these competing forces of snow build-up in the interior and ice loss on the edges," explained Dr Zwally.

"But we don't know how long they will be approximately in balance with each other, or if that balance has already tipped in favour of the recently accelerating outflow from glaciers."

The Rignot study included data up to 2005, whereas Jay Zwally's analysis ran only until 2002.
12.Mar.2006
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This mass gain is something which computer models of climate have predicted.

Warmer air is able to carry more water; so as the atmosphere heats up, Greenland and Antarctica should experience greater snowfall.

But rising temperatures could have the opposite effect at the edges of both landmasses, causing rates of melting to increase.
12.Mar.2006
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There is a net loss of ice to the ocean from the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets, a study has found.

In one of the most comprehensive studies of its type, satellite data was used to plot changes in the height of the ice sheets between 1992 and 2002.

Writing in the Journal of Glaciology, a US team says that 20 billion tonnes of water are added to oceans each year.

Mass changes in the ice sheets match predictions from computer models of global climate change, they say.

Dr H Jay Zwally, of the US space agency (Nasa) Goddard Flight Center in Maryland + colleagues analysed radar altimeter data from two European remote-sensing satellites, ERS-1 and ERS-2, as well as Nasa's plane-based Airborne Topographic Mapper instrument.

This seems to suggest that East Antarctica might not save our bacon after all
Liz Morris, Scott Polar Research Institute

12.Mar.2006
Amazon Considering Downloads .. is in talks with three Hollywood studios about starting a service that would allow s to download movies and TV shows for a fee and burn them onto DVD's.
12.Mar.2006
Reuters gets it Tom Glocer, CEO of Reuters, is giving a keynote at the Online Publishers Association. It’s good enough to live-blog. Glocer said a year ago, the focus of Reuters was on “the as editor,” with tools such as RSS to allow s to consume differently. Now, it has gone ...
12.Mar.2006 Reconnaissance Orbiter Animation

12.Mar.2006 Mars orbiter clears hurdle (CNN) The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, on a two-year mission to study the Martian atmosphere + surface + search for water, pulled off a dangerous and tricky maneuver known as "orbit insertion" and began circling the red planet Friday. "It was picture perfect. We could not ...
12.Mar.2006
Democrats Struggle To Seize Opportunity

News about GOP political corruption, inept hurricane response and chaos in Iraq has lifted Democrats' hopes of winning control of Congress this fall. But seizing the opportunity has not been easy, as they found when they tried to unveil an agenda of their own. Democratic leaders had set a goal of ...
12.Mar.2006
Fourth flight for biggest Ariane Europe's most powerful rocket - the Ariane 5-ECA - launches from the Kourou spaceport in French Guiana.
12.Mar.2006
Marc Canter had BBQ in Austin and found a new anthem. I'm with him, I'm providing tools for people who eat BBQ, pay taxes, educate the next generation of kids, elect Congress and the President + decide if the rest of us can live the way we want to. If we want to stay free we have to learn how to listen.
12.Mar.2006
http://newsvote.bbc.co.uk/mpapps/pagetools/print/news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/4797400.stm

A Target employee said he saw Mr Allen put items in an empty Target bag, which he then took to the refund desk with a receipt, and claimed money back, Reuters said, citing a police statement.

He was credited more than $5,000 to his credit card through similar transactions at other shops, police said.

Mr Allen reported the 2 January incident to White House staff the next day, saying it was a misunderstanding related to his credit cards, a White House spokesman said.

"He assured them that he had done nothing wrong and the matter would be cleared up," the spokesman said.

Mr Allen, a lawyer born in Philadelphia, was promoted to White House domestic policy adviser in early 2005, having been the No 2 official at the health and human services department.

Mr Bush had nominated him in 2003 for a seat on the Fourth US Circuit Court of Appeals in Virginia, but withdrew him because of political opposition.
12.Mar.2006
http://newsvote.bbc.co.uk/mpapps/pagetools/print/news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/4797400.stm
Bush adviser charged with thefts US President George W Bush's former political adviser has been charged with stealing more than $5,000 (£2,900) from department stores.

The president said he was "shocked" and "sad" on hearing the news about Claude Allen, who resigned abruptly as his domestic policy adviser last month.

Mr Allen, 45, has denied at least 25 thefts from Target and Hecht's stores.

The scam allegedly involved Mr Allen claiming refunds for merchandise that he did not buy.

Mr Allen was arrested on Thursday by police in Montgomery County, Maryland, following an investigation into an alleged incident at the Target store in Gaithersburg, Maryland on 2 January.
12.Mar.2006
States Pass Thousands of Info Restriction Laws Author: Zonk 24
nebaz writes "The AP has published an article analyzing over 1000 laws passed by state legislatures since 9/11 + discovered a disturbing trend. More and more information is being made unavailable to the public. Some of this information may seem reasonable, dealing with national security and all, but there are other things, such as safety plans at schools, medication errors at nursing homes + disciplinary actions against state employees, that are becoming restricted." From the article: "In statehouse battles, the issue has pitted advocates of government openness - including journalists and civil liberties groups - against lawmakers and others who worry that public information could be misused, whether it's by terrorists or by computer hackers hoping to use your credit cards. Security concerns typically won out."

12.Mar.2006
ISP Fined $5000 For Hate Content Author: Zonk 170
eRondeau writes "In a precedent-setting ruling, the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal has fined a hosting company for carrying 'objectionable content'. The material in question was White Supremacist postings. From the article: 'The ruling sends a very strong message that Internet servers, if they are aware there is hate content and don't take timely action to remove it, can be held liable,' said the Ottawa lawyer who filed the complaint in February 2002. The individual posters were fined thousands as well."

12.Mar.2006
Mass Innovation and Disruptive Change Author: Zonk 120
bart_scriv writes "The new head of MIT's Media lab argues that societal advances, previously the domain of a small group of individuals, will now become the product of millions of people due to changes in education and technology. He also offers advice to would be start-ups and entrepreneurs, including an argument against instrumentalism: 'The successful will look for fundamental disruptive change.'" There sure do seem to be a lot of creative people doing projects on the web today. What do you folks think of this?

12.Mar.2006
Aussie Techs Threaten Chaos Author: CowboyNeal 182
tintinaujapon writes "The Sydney Morning Herald is reporting that NCR staff with key responsibility (among other things) for fast food & supermarket chains, banking ATMs, schools and baggage handling at Sydney airport are preparing to walk off the job next week, in industrial action aimed at resolving a pay dispute. NCR's general manager thinks few people in the general community will care about the plight of the palest workforce, but the union claims potential disruption and financial losses could be huge. The strike could last up to a week and is the most significant action yet taken in Australia by the techie workforce."

12.Mar.2006
How to Discover Impact Craters with Google Earth Author: CowboyNeal 122
Maikel_NAI writes "Believe it or not, Emilio Gonzalez, a Spaniard amateur began his crater search at home after reading an article about the discovery of Kebira, the biggest one found in the Sahara. After a couple of minutes he located two craters. After checking the records, he realized these were completely new + now two geologists confirm his findings. And there is more, these craters may be part of a chain studied by NASA geologist Adriana Ocampo, so if it's confirmed that these new ones are part of the same episode, it could mean the definitive evidence for her theory of an asteroid broken into pieces fallen in that area."

12.Mar.2006
Orbiter Successfully Enters Orbit Author: Zonk 121+ dylanduck writes "Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has slipped safely into orbit - unlike two of the last four orbiters NASA sent to Mars. Remember Mars Climate Orbiter and the mix up between metric and English units? MRO is going to send back 34 trillion bytes of data, more than all the previous missions put together." From the article: "The spacecraft will use a suite of six instruments, including the most powerful camera ever sent to another planet. This will image objects as small as 1-metre wide and should be able to snap pictures of the Spirit and Opportunity rovers. The instruments will track the planet's weather, geology and mineralogy + even probe about a kilometre beneath its surface to hunt for water."
12.Mar.2006
PIN Scandal 'Worst Hack Ever' Author: Zonk 271+ QuietLagoon writes "The evolving Citibank PIN scandal is getting worse with each passing day. Gregg Keizer of TechWeb News writes: 'The unfolding debit card scam that rocked Citibank this week is far from over, an analyst said Thursday as she called this first-time-ever mass theft of PINs 'the worst scam to date.' ... The problem...is that retailers improperly store PIN numbers after they've been entered, rather than erase them at the PIN-entering pad. Worse, the keys to decrypt the PIN blocks are often stored on the same network as the PINs themselves, making a single successful hack a potential goldmine for criminals: they get the PIN data and the key to read it.'"
12.Mar.2006
Microsoft Research Warn About VM-Based Rootkits Author: Zonk
70+ Tenacious Hack writes "According to a story on eWeek, lab rats at Microsoft Research and the University of Michigan have teamed up to create prototypes for virtual machine-based rootkits that significantly push the envelope for hiding malware and maintaining control of a target OS. The proof-of-concept rootkit, called SubVirt, exploits known security flaws and drops a VMM (virtual machine monitor) underneath a Windows or Linux installation. Once the target operating system is hoisted into a virtual machine, the rootkit becomes impossible to detect because its state cannot be accessed by security software running in the target system."

12.Mar.2006
Deleting Files is a Crime? Author: Zonk 270+ cemaco writes "A former employee of International Airport Centers, who is currently embroiled in a legal dispute with them, returned his company laptop as required. Hoping to find incriminating evidence, I.A.C. attempted to retrieve deleted information from the laptop in question with no success. This employee had beaten them to the punch. He had used 'secure delete' software, in order to make sure nothing could be recovered. He is now being charged with a violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act."
12.Mar.2006
EU Says Microsoft Still Not Compliant Author: Zonk 199+
what about writes "News.com is reporting that the European Union still doesn't consider Microsoft in compliance with its anti-trust ruling." From the article: "Should the Commission issue a final decision against Microsoft, the software giant would face a retroactive fine of $2.36 million a day for the period between Dec. 15 and the date the final decision is issued. The Commission may then take additional steps to extend the daily fine until Microsoft complies with the order. The Commission's letter is just the latest action it has taken in the closely watched antitrust case. "

12.Mar.2006
Maryland Votes To Ban Diebold Voting Machines Author: Zonk 173+ Comments
vandon writes "Computerworld.com reports: 'The state Maryland House of Delegates this week voted 137-0 to approve a bill prohibiting election officials from using AccuVote-TSx touch-screen systems in 2006 primary and general elections. The legislation calls for the state to lease paper-based optical-scan systems for this year's votes. State Delegate Anne Healey estimated the leasing cost at $12.5 million to $16 million for the two elections.'"

12.Mar.2006
Mars Recon Orbiter Nearing Mars Orbit Author: Zonk 93+
DarkNemesis618 writes "The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, launched 12 August 2005, has nearly completed its 7 month journey to the Red Planet. At 9:24 pm GMT, the MRO is scheduled to fire its thrusters to slow it down enough to enter Mars orbit. NASA scientists are concerned about this final step for the orbiter as Mars has a history of 'swallowing' probes, orbiters, and landers sent to the Red Planet. What makes it more difficult is the delay time between NASA computers on earth and computers on board the orbiter. There is about a 12 minute delay between when data is sent from Earth to the time the orbiter's receivers pick it up + vice versa. Because of this, onboard computers will handle the burn which adds to the risk."

12.Mar.2006
Kids Learn About Cyber Security A New York school program teaches high-school students about data protection, firewalls and forensics, as well as ethical and legal aspects of security. It's set to go statewide next year.
12.Mar.2006
Fighting Terror, Vegas Style Government officials and Dionysian geeks hang out at an all-night freak fest in Sin City, all in the name of national security. By Chris Anderson from Wired magazine.
12.Mar.2006
Probe Will Pry Secrets From Mars NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter slips into orbit around the Red Planet, ready to give scientists their closest look yet at the strange Martian world.
12.Mar.2006
Photo Gallery: Cassini Sees H20 New images from NASA's space probe Cassini -- launched eight years ago -- reveal evidence of liquid water just beneath the surface of a Saturn moon. This unique discovery could be the most promising advance in finding life on other planets.
12.Mar.2006
Working Toward Computer Roll-Ups The possibilities of building products made with stretchy silicon go far beyond e-paper. Get ready for televisions and laptops you can carry like a yoga mat. By Gretchen Cuda.
12.Mar.2006
Poor handovers 'risking patients' Patients are put at risk because hospital doctors are not receiving proper handovers, a study suggests.
12.Mar.2006
'Living will' proposals revealed Details of plans for "living wills" for people to implement if they become incapacitated are unveiled.
12.Mar.2006
Global measles deaths slashed The number of people dying of measles across the world has fallen by almost half, the latest figures show.
12.Mar.2006
Medics attack Guantanamo policy Some 250 medical experts condemn the US for force-feeding prisoners on hunger strike at Guantanamo Bay.
12.Mar.2006
Bird flu kills Indonesia children Two Indonesian children are confirmed to have died from bird flu, bringing the country's toll to 22.
12.Mar.2006
Russia launches bird vaccinations Russia begins the mass vaccination of poultry to try to stop the spread of the lethal H5N1 bird flu virus.
12.Mar.2006
Milosevic found dead in his cell Former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic is found dead in his cell in The Hague, where he had been on trial on war crimes charges. His lawyer wants an autopsy elsewhere as Mr Milosevic feared he was being poisoned.
12.Mar.2006
Jowell out of cabinet Iran talks Tessa Jowell has been barred from some cabinet talks since 2003 due to her husband's dealings, it emerges.
12.Mar.2006
Milosevic a bad influence – Straw Slobodan Milosevic had a 'malign influence' on Serbian people, Foreign Secretary Jack Straw says.
12.Mar.2006
Churchill sculpture sparks uproar A mental health charity has defended a statue it commissioned of Sir Winston Churchill in a straitjacket.
12.Mar.2006
Bush adviser charged with thefts US President Bush says he is "shocked" as his former political adviser Claude Allen is charged with alleged theft.
12.Mar.2006
France defends raid on Sorbonne The French education minister defends the use of force to clear protesting students from Paris' Sorbonne university.
12.Mar.2006
Nasdaq hails 'attractive' LSE bid The Nasdaq says its rejected £2.43bn takeover bid for the London Stock Exchange is an "attractive" offer.
12.Mar.2006
Minister admits Iraq is 'a mess' Foreign office minister Kim Howells admits Iraq is "a mess" but says the country's prospects are still bright.
12.Mar.2006
http://newsvote.bbc.co.uk/mpapps/pagetools/print/news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/4795866.stm

They estimate that up to 267,000 gallons (one million litres) of crude leaked from a corroded transit pipeline at the state's northern tip.

The spill was detected on 2 March and plugged. Local environmentalists have described it as "a catastrophe".

00.000.1989 the Exxon Valdez shipping disaster spilled 11m gallons (42m litres) of oil onto the Alaskan coast.

'Painful reminder'

"I can confirm it's the largest spill of crude oil on the North Slope that we have record of," Linda Giguere, from Alaska's state department of environmental conservation, was quoted as saying by the Associated Press news agency.

The estimate is based on a survey conducted several days ago at the site where the leak was discovered, officials say.
12.Mar.2006
Alaska hit by 'massive' oil spill An oil spill at Prudhoe Bay field is confirmed by US officials as the largest ever on Alaska's North Slope region.
12.Mar.2006
US cinema suffers year of slump Final figures reveal that box office takings in the US fell by 6% in 2005 compared with the previous year.
12.Mar.2006
Africa pledges 'not materialised' Promises on trade and conflict in Africa have yet to materialise, a year after they were made, Oxfam says.
12.Mar.2006
Mars orbiter reaches Red Planet The US space agency's latest Mars probe successfully places itself in an orbit around the Red Planet.
12.Mar.2006
Police battle Sorbonne protesters French riot police clash with protesters at the Sorbonne in unrest over a new labour law affecting young people.
12.Mar.2006
Iran 'grave concern', says Bush President George W Bush says the stand-off with Iran presents a "grave national security concern" for the US.
12.Mar.2006
Hamas seeks support from Saudis Hamas leaders arrive in Riyadh in a bid to win Saudi backing for the new Palestinian government.
12.Mar.2006
Union leader to criticise Labour The leader of Britain's biggest private sector union is to say Labour policies are failing and skilled jobs are in decline.
12.Mar.2006
Bush warns over port row 'signal' President Bush says the row over a deal giving a Dubai company control of US ports sends a bad signal to allies.
12.Mar.2006
Italy bid for PM corruption trial Italian prosecutors ask a judge to indict PM Silvio Berlusconi and a UK lawyer on corruption charges.
12.Mar.2006
Syrian bank 'blacklisted' by US The US imposes sanctions on the Commercial Bank of Syria forcing all US banks to sever ties with the state-owned bank.
12.Mar.2006
Royal pay £32 per hour for nurses The Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast is paying an agency £32 per hour for intensive care nurses, the BBC learns.
12.Mar.2006
Prosecutors ask for Mills trial Italian prosecutors ask a judge to let David Mills, the husband of minister Tessa Jowell, be put on trial.
12.Mar.2006
Polar ice sheets show net loss There is a net loss of ice to the ocean from the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets, a space-based survey suggests.
12.Mar.2006
Fuels cells to change laptop use Laptop computers could soon run all day without recharge as commercial versions of fuel cells go on sale.
12.Mar.2006
Police payout for Lawrence friend Police give the surviving victim of the racist attack on Stephen Lawrence £100,000 in damages.
12.Mar.2006
Microsoft faces new fines threat Microsoft could soon face daily fines as its efforts to comply with a 2004 anti-trust ruling are "inadequate", Brussels warns.
12.Mar.2006
Hamas attacks Israel border plan A senior Hamas leader describes Israeli plans to set new borders unilaterally as a declaration of war.
12.Mar.2006
http://news.scotsman.com/features.cfm?id=346952006
Cadiz has plenty more to offer. A visit to the city's museum takes you back to the early days of Europe, to 1100BC, when Cadiz was founded by the Phoenicians (although legend says Hercules had a hand in it) to become Europe's oldest inhabited city. Pride of place goes to a pair of Phoenician sarcophagi on which are carved the figures of a Phoenician woman clutching a drinking vessel + a Phoenician man. Discovered in 1887, the male sarcophagus dates back to 400BC. There is also a fascinating collection of rare Phoenician jewellery and Roman statues
12.Mar.2006
Spain's top secret IT'S THE oldest city in Europe, but standing on the beach in Cadiz, with the sun glinting off the gold dome of the cathedral and the neighbouring brightly coloured houses in the distance, Latin music drifting in on the breeze from a local bar, you could...
12.Mar.2006
A sure sign of things to come
SHE'S written about the future, now Margaret Atwood is shaping it. The author tells JULIE WHEELWRIGHT how the LongPen is destined to change lives.

12.Mar.2006
Terror alert WHEN is a terrorist a freedom fighter? That's the question in V for Vendetta, Hollywood's most unlikely venture in years.
12.Mar.2006
http://www.spiegel.de/panorama/0,1518,druck-405557,00.html
Valparaiso - Ein Sprecher von Rice gab sich diplomatisch: "Das ist ein schönes Instrument, typisch bolivianische Handwerkskunst. Wir werden mit dem Zoll sprechen und herausfinden, wie wir das regeln".

Er hoffe aber, dass die Gitarre mit in die USA darf. Das Instrument ist mit echten Koka-Blätter dekoriert, die unter einer Klarlack-Schicht liegen.
Morales hat das Präsent, der er der US-Außenministerin im chilenischen Valparaiso überreichte, vermutlich mit Bedacht gewählt. Vor seiner Amtszeit war er schließlich Anführer der Koka-Bauern in Bolivien. Morales kämpft für eine Legalisierung der Pflanze. Die USA kritisieren diese Haltung scharf und verlangen ein konsequentes Vorgehen gegen den Koka-Anbau.
12.Mar.2006
http://www.ngo-online.de/ganze_nachricht.php4?Nr=10655
"Das Handlungsfenster, einen gefährlichen Klimawandel noch abzuwenden, ist klein", warnte Günther. Die klimaschädlichen Treibhausgase müssten jetzt drastisch reduziert werden. "Statt wolkiger Versprechen muss es endlich ein Bekenntnis zu einer nachhaltigen Energiewirtschaft hin zu erneuerbaren Energien und höherer Energieeffizienz geben", forderte Günther.
12.Mar.2006
http://www.ngo-online.de/ganze_nachricht.php4?Nr=10655
Klimawandel
Gletscherchmelze im Himalaja bedroht Wasserversorgung von Millionen Menschen
14.Mär.2005 Das Abschmelzen der Gletscher im Himalaja ist nach einer Studie die schnellste Wirkung der globalen Klimaerwärmung und bedroht die Wasserversorgung von Millionen Menschen. Nach der am Montag von der Umweltschutzorganisation WWF in Gland, Schweiz, vorgestellte Studie drohen weit reichende Folgen für mehrere hundert Millionen Menschen in China, Indien und Nepal. Die schmelzenden Gletscher könnten die Wasserversorgung in weiten Teilen der Länder gefährden. Laut der Studie gingen die Gletscher der Region um den Himalaja durchschnittlich um zehn bis 15 Meter im Jahr zurück.
11.Mar.2006
Brisantes Geschenk: Rice erhält Koka-Gitarre
11.Mar.2006
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11.Mar.2006
http://www.spiegel.de/panorama/0,1518,druck-405363,00.html
Andere Denunzianten bezichtigten Begin, für Terroranschläge 1947 Geld aus Moskau erhalten oder sich einer Operation zur Gesichtsveränderung unterzogen zu haben. Erst 1953 überprüfte ein Geheimdienstler alle Vorwürfe und kam zu dem Ergebnis: "Begin war wahrscheinlich kein sowjetischer Agent." An der Abneigung Londons änderte das allerdings wenig. Im internen Schriftverkehr blieb Begin für die Briten ein "jüdischer Terrorist".
11.Mar.2006
http://www.spiegel.de/panorama/0,1518,druck-405363,00.html
Ins Visier der Geheimdienste geriet der aus Polen stammende Begin, nachdem ihm zahlreiche Informanten unterstellten, früher Mitglied der Kommunisten gewesen zu sein und unter dem deutschen Genossen Wolf am Spanischen Bürgerkrieg (1936 bis 1939) teilgenommen zu haben. Tatsächlich waren weder Begin noch Wolf in Spanien.
11.Mar.2006
http://www.spiegel.de/panorama/0,1518,druck-405363,00.html
Laut Geheimdokumenten, die die Dienste jetzt freigegeben haben, führte der Friedensnobelpreisträger von 1978 in Palästina seit 1943 eine Untergrundorganisation, die mit blutigen Terroranschlägen die britische Mandatsmacht zu vertreiben suchte. Nach der Gründung Israels zog Beg00.000.1949 in die Knesset ein. 1992 starb er im Alter von 78 Jahren.
11.Mar.2006
http://www.spiegel.de/panorama/0,1518,druck-405363,00.html
Hamburg - Die britischen Geheimdienste für Inlands- und Auslandsaufklärung, MI5 und MI6, hielten Menachem Begin in den vierziger und fünfziger Jahren für ein "Sicherheitsrisiko" und einen Spion, der zeitweise von Friedrich Wolf, Vater des späteren DDR-Spionagechefs Markus Wolf, geführt wurde.
11.Mar.2006
http://www.spiegel.de/wissenschaft/mensch/0,1518,druck-405555,00.html
Eine neue Umfrage vom Aachener Marktforschungsinstituts Dialego und dem "Handelsblatt" bestätigt jedoch, dass die Verbraucher vorsichtig sind. Ein Viertel der Befragten sagte, sie würden weniger Geflügelfleisch essen, fünf Prozent gaben an, sie hätten Geflügel komplett von ihrem Speiseplan verbannt.
11.Mar.2006
http://www.spiegel.de/wissenschaft/mensch/0,1518,druck-405555,00.html

Frühlingswetter kann Vogelgrippe eindämmen
Bei 20 Grad Celsius kann das Vogelgrippe-Virus nur einen Tag überleben. Experten erwarten deswegen eine vorübergehende Entspannung der Lage bis zum Herbst. Derzeit werden aus Deutschland, Griechenland und Polen jedoch neue Fälle gemeldet.

Berlin - "Bei Temperaturen um 20 Grad Celsius beträgt die Überlebensdauer von H5N1 höchstens einen, bei Kälte bis zu dreißig Tage", erklärte der für die Vogelgrippe zuständige Direktor der Welternährungsorganisation (FAO) in Rom, Samuel Jutzi. Trotzdem machen sich Wissenschaftler keine Hoffnung auf eine dauerhafte Entspannung. Es könne in dieser Zeit zu "überraschenden Virus-Transporten" kommen, deren Verlauf sich erst im Herbst zeigen werde, betonte der Vogelkundler Wolfgang Fiedler.
Die Verbreitung der Seuche durch Zugvögel sei nur einer von mehreren Übertragungswegen des Erregers. Der Leiter der Vogelwarte am Max-Planck-Institut für Ornithologie in Radolfzell nannte als weiteren möglichen Weg den illegalen Vogelhandel, "der weltweit offenbar sehr intensiv ist".

11.Mar.2006 So. As the "real media" implodes, how can we, the unpaid punditocracy, truly hope to replace them?
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11.Mar.2006
http://www.cannonfire.blogspot.com/CAN we "be the media"? Cannon here: If you're an aficionado of the Buzzflash headlines which scamper across the left side of this page, you may have noted the following:
Washington Post offers "early retirement plan" to 80 newsroom positions. Way to look after that bottom line, Graham family. News can be profitable and good for democracy at the same time, right? More than ever, it's the duty of the bloggers out there to do more reporting and information gathering + offer less punditry about the news and political establishment. This sentiment achoes what Brad Friedman has said for a while: Be the media .
11.Mar.2006
http://www.cannonfire.blogspot.com/
Go ahead. Make your day. As of this writing, 86% of respondents to an MSNBC poll say that Bush has committed crimes worthy of impeachment. Not that such polls count for much in the real world. But you may enjoy
participating nonetheless... Permalink
11.Mar.2006
Permalink http://www.cannonfire.blogspot.com/ scandal Lefty bloggers can't help but find amusement in the humiliation of Claude Allen. A close Bush advisor, a guy who lives in a million-dollar house, was arrested for shoplifting over $5,000 worth of merchandise from Target . Unreal! One must rely on a trope often heard in the past: No fiction writer would dare try to convince an audience of such an event.
Naturally, many now scurry to discover whatever they can about Mr. Allen. Hmm...a black aide to Jesse Helms...a Dominionist...a fierce opponent of gays...ah yes. This is an interesting fellow. By definition, a Dominionist does not believe in democracy. How can a man with such views achieve the necessary clearance for so august a position?
The item in his resume that intrigues me most, at the moment, is the stint he did at Baker and Botts from 1991 and 1995. That law firm belongs to Bush family consigliere James Baker, the man who helped "arrange" the presidential selection of 2000.
Baker/Botts founding member Robert Jordan is now the ambassador to Saudi Arabia. This was the law firm the Saudi royal family hired to defend them against the private suit field by families of the 9/11 victims. The lawsuit occurred well after Allen left the firm, of course. Still, the royal ties precede 1991. As far back as the 1970s, Baker and Botts worked closely with James R. Bath, the shady character associated with W in his early business ventures -- the man widely believed to have directed Bin Laden family investment capital into Arbusto energy.
Since James Baker is also the senior counsel to the Carlyle Group -- and thus to the Bin Laden family interests in that group -- we can't help but wonder just how much Mr. Allen knows about the milieu that led to 9/11.
In the 1990s, B&B also supplied legal counsel to Enron, as well as to the oil firms which once intended to build a pipeline through Afghanistan. Another B&B star was James Doty, who was the not-terribly-effective SEC General Counsel probing the Harken Energy insider trading scandal. Remember that one? Recall how W sold his shares at just the right moment? Remember how he had previously received loans to buy Harken stock? Had that bad business received the attention it deserved, W might not be president today. (Of course, Dubya claims he did nothing wrong -- after all, he was cleared by the SEC!)
There is much more, of course. It is clear that Baker and Botts functions as an arm of the Bush family + it is clear that Allen owed his high position to the associations forged during the 1991-1995 period.
My suggestion: Offer Allen leniency if he talks about the things that truly matter. We may snicker at the image of an affluent fundamentalist Christian in his mid-40s using a high-schooler's gambit to heist a DVD player from Target.

But I want to do more than snicker. I want to learn more about what really goes on at the law firm of Baker and Botts. Permalink
11.Mar.2006
http://www.spiegel.de/politik/ausland/0,1518,druck-405372,00.html ler/AFP/AP
11.Mar.2006
http://www.spiegel.de/politik/ausland/0,1518,druck-405372,00.html
Am 16. März wollen Studenten und Schüler einen eigenen Protesttag abhalten. Für diesen Tag gibt es inzwischen auch mehrere Streikaufrufe von Gewerkschaften.
11.Mar.2006
http://www.spiegel.de/politik/ausland/0,1518,druck-405372,00.html
Am Dienstag waren laut Polizei 400.000 Menschen gegen das Vorhaben auf die Straße gegangen; die Veranstalter sprachen sogar von einer Million Demonstranten.
11.Mar.2006
http://www.spiegel.de/politik/ausland/0,1518,druck-405372,00.html
Die Proteste werden voraussichtlich weitergehen. Gewerkschaften, Studenten- und Schülerorganisationen haben für den 18. März zu einem weiteren Protesttag gegen die Vorlage aufgerufen.
11.Mar.2006
http://www.spiegel.de/politik/ausland/0,1518,druck-405372,00.html
Gemeinsam mit Gewerkschaften machen Studenten derzeit Front gegen die konservative Regierung von Premierminister Dominique de Villepin. Sie wollen ihn mit ihren Protesten zur Rücknahme des umstrittenen Gesetzes zur Lockerung des Kündigungschutzes für Berufseinsteiger zwingen. Nach ihm können mittlere und Großunternehmen Arbeitnehmer unter 26 Jahren in den ersten beiden Jahren nach der Anstellung ohne Grund entlassen.
11.Mar.2006
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Einige Beobachter zogen Parallelen zu den Pariser Studentenunruhen von 1968, die zum Sturz der damaligen Regierung führten. Die Proteste griffen auch auf andere Universitäten über. Nach Angaben des Bildungsministeriums waren 24 der 84 Universitäten in unterschiedlichem Umfang von den Protestaktionen betroffen. Acht der Hochschulen seien vorübergehend geschlossen worden.
11.Mar.2006
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Der Pariser Bürgermeister Bertrand Delanoë übte schon vor der Erstürmung Kritik am Vorgehen der Polizei. Er sei sehr besorgt über den rigiden Einsatz, erklärte er am Freitagnachmittag. Er betrachte die Studentenproteste als friedfertig.
11.Mar.2006
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Seit Freitagnachmittag hatte sich die Stimmung auf dem Sorbonne-Gelände hochgeschaukelt. Aus Protest gegen die Entscheidung der Universitätsleitung, die Hochschule wegen der Proteste zu schließen, hatten sich mehrere hundert Studenten in dem Gebäude verbarrikadiert.
11.Mar.2006
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Sicherheitskräfte riegelten den Platz um das Gebäude ab. Nach Angaben der Polizeiführung hatte Universitätskanzler Maurice Quenet um die Räumung gebeten. Ob es Verletzte gab, ist noch unklar.
11.Mar.2006
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Paris - In der Nacht bahnte sich eine Sondereinheit der Polizei mit Tränengas und Knüppeln einen Weg zu der besetzten Lehranstalt. Rund 400 Studenten hatten sich am Freitag dort verschanzt. Sie bewarfen die vorrückenden Polizisten aus den Fenstern mit Tische, Feuerlöschern, Stühlen und Büchern. Gegen vier Uhr begann eine Sondereinheit der Polizei mit der Erstürmung, nach einer knappen halben Stunde war der Einsatz abgeschlossen.
11.Mar.2006
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Die Studentenunruhen in Frankreich weiten sich aus:Bei Protesten gegen die Arbeitsmarktreform hat die Polizei die besetzte Pariser Universität Sorbonne mit Gewalt geräumt. In Frankreich werden schon Parallelen zu den Unruhen von 1968 gezogen, die zum Sturz der Regierung führten.
11.Mar.2006
http://www.spiegel.de/wissenschaft/weltraum/0,1518,druck-405386,00.html
Mit Hilfe eines Radarsystems soll bis zu einer Tiefe von einem Kilometer unter der Oberfläche nach Eis und Wasser gesucht werden.
11.Mar.2006
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Eine halbe Stunde bestand kein Funkkontakt zu der Sonde, weil sie sich hinter dem Mars befand. Der Plan ging auf. In Pasadena brach Jubel aus, als die Sonde dann fast auf die Sekunde genau wie vorausberechnet wieder auftauchte. "Ich bin sehr erleichtert", sagte Graf. "Es hätte nicht besser laufen können."
Die emotionale Anspannung entlud sich gegen 14.30 Uhr im Ausruf eines Medienberichterstatters, der die Erleichterung nach Stunden knisternder Spannung in einen Fußball-Fieberhaften Satz übersetzte: "Wir sind im Orbit um den Mars!"

11.Mar.2006
http://www.spiegel.de/wissenschaft/weltraum/0,1518,druck-405386,00.html
Nun umkreisen gleich vier hoch moderne Beobachtungssysteme den Roten Planeten: Neben MRO sind auch noch die Nasa-Sonden

"Mars Global Surveyor" und "Mars Odyssey" aktiv, nicht zu vergessen die ESA-Sonde "Mars Express".
11.Mar.2006
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Pasadena - Aufatmen bei der NASA: Sieben Monate nach ihrem Start ist die Mars-Sonde der US-Raumfahrtbehörde am Freitag erfolgreich in eine Umlaufbahn um den Roten Planeten
eingeschwenkt. Die mit beispiellosem technischen Aufwand betriebene Mission Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) meisterte das heikle Manöver mit Bravour.

Sie könnte die Kenntnisse über den Mars revolutionieren, hoffen die Experten. "Die Lehrbücher über den Mars werden jetzt neu geschrieben", sagte Projektleiter Jim Graf am Kontrollzentrum in Pasadena.

Eine Hochleistungskamera soll Bilder mit bislang unbekannter Detailschärfe liefern. MRO sei das "technologisch fortschrittlichste Gerät, das die NASA jemals auf
einen anderen Planeten geschickt" habe, sagte Graf.

11.Mar.2006
Israelis were warned on illegality of settlements 00.000.1967 memo : Israeli ministers were secretly warned just after the Six-Day War

00.000.1967 that any policy of building settlements across occupied Palestinian territories violated international law.

11.Mar.2006 Robert Fisk: The erosion of free speech : "the degree of abuse and outright threats now being directed at anyone ... who dares to criticise Israel ... is fast reaching McCarthyite proportions. The attempt to force the media to obey Israel's rules is ... international". And growing.

11.Mar.2006 Sane Britain disappears: With liberal apologists all but in line, the ground is being prepared in Britain for the clash of civilisations US neo-cons have been dreaming of.

11.Mar.2006 U.N. Report Card Shows: U.S. Can't Buy Loyalty: NewsMax examined 12 key General Assembly votes taken on issues of critical importance to the U.S. + found that only four countries -- Israel and the Pacific Ocean nations of Palau, Micronesia and Marshall Islands -- sided with the U.S. on most of the issues.

11.Mar.2006 Lawyer says Milosevic feared he was being poisoned: "Today, I have filed an official request to the tribunal to have the autopsy carried out in Moscow, having in mind his claims yesterday that he was being poisoned in the jail," Tomanovic told reporters in The Hague.

11.Mar.2006 Hawkish US warns of 'negative' China: CONDOLEEZZA Rice has warned that Beijing could become a "negative force" in the region, revealing that China's military and economic rise will be at the core of trilateral security discussions with Australia and Japan in Sydney next week.

11.Mar.2006 Facing the echoes of the past : Rice is scheduled to attend the inauguration of Chile's president, who once suffered at the hands of a Washington-backed junta

11.Mar.2006 In case you missed it: American Bar Association-accuses President Bush, of violating both the Constitution and federal law.: RESOLVED, that the American Bar Association calls upon the President to abide by the limitations which the Constitution imposes on a president under our system of checks and balances and respect the essential roles of the Congress and the judicial branch in ensuring that our national security is protected in a manner consistent with constitutional guarantees

11.Mar.2006 John W. Dean: The Broken Branch: An Unusual Lawsuit Takes Congress to Task For Shoddy and Partisan Lawmaking

Bush Lite: Kerry takes another look at presidency: As Senator John F. Kerry prepared to make a return to presidential-style politics with a classic day of New Hampshire campaigning, he said that the 2004 run left him tougher and more eager to fight.

11.Mar.2006 In case you missed it: Charley Reese: Vote Incumbents Out : We should all go to the polls and vote against every single incumbent running for re-election, regardless of his or her party or so-called philosophy. Can you understand what a shock it would be if all 435 members of the U.S. House and the third of the Senate that will be running were defeated? Washington would never be the same again + that, on its face, would be a good thing.
11.Mar.2006
Stop your meddling, Iraqi minister tells US : In a remarkable broadside against the US, Mr Enzy charged that it was deliberately slowing Iraq's redevelopment because of a self-serving agenda that included oil and the "war on terror".

11.Mar.2006 Iraqi Shi'ite cleric calls U.S., Britain and Israel a 'Triad of Evil' : Speaking on state-run Iraqiya television, the anti-American al-Sadr also said last month's attack on a Shi'ite shrine in the central city of Samarra was carried "in collusion with the occupiers and the Zionist Entity of Israel," meaning for the U.S. and Israel.

11.Mar.2006 Paul Craig Roberts: Why Did Bush Destroy Iraq?: March 20 is the third anniversary of the Bush regime's invasion of Iraq. US military casualties to date are approximately 20,000 killed, wounded, maimed + disabled. Iraqi civilian casualties number in the tens of thousands. Iraq's infrastructure is in ruins. Tens of thousands of homes have been destroyed. Fallujah, a city of 300,000 people had 36,000 of its 50,000 homes destroyed by the US military.

11.Mar.2006 Official: Iraq may still seek WMDs: A former top CIA official said Thursday that despite the overthrow of Saddam Hussein, Iraq is likely to be looking for weapons of mass destruction within the next five to 10 years.

11.Mar.2006 US Army in jeopardy in Iraq: An Iraqi civil war could cost the United States its army.

11.Mar.2006 Neocon Advocates Civil War in Iraq as "Strategic" Policy: One of the abiding myths about the War on Iraq is that the neocons were too stupid to realize that they would confront an unrelenting, indigenous resistance to their occupation of Iraq. Unwittingly, the story line goes, they led the U.S. into a conflict which has now produced a civil war. But this simply does not fit the facts.

11.Mar.2006 Torture exposed: Doctors attack US over Guantanamo Force Feeding : More than 250 medical experts have signed a letter condemning the US for force-feeding prisoners on hunger strike at Guantanamo Bay, : The letter, in the medical journal The Lancet, said doctors who used restraints and force-feeding should be punished by their professional bodies.

11.Mar.2006 Full Text the Lancet Letter: Forcefeeding and restraint of Guantanamo Bay hunger strikers

11.Mar.2006 Sick joke? U.S. State Dept. Names Iran Among Worst Violators : Releasing the latest edition of its annual human rights "Country Reports", the U.S. State Department Wednesday named Iran and China as among the world's "most systematic human rights violators" in 2005, along with North Korea, Burma, Zimbabwe, Cuba and Belarus.

11.Mar.2006 US rejects Russian proposal on Iran: In a blunt rejection of Russia's proposal for international crisis talks on the Iranian nuclear issue, the United States has said the United Nations Security Council was the only place to debate the matter now.

11.Mar.2006 Angry US says Iran must end nuclear program in two weeks: THE United States is pushing the United Nations Security Council to give Iran a two-week deadline to halt nuclear work that could be related to the making of weapons.
11.Mar.2006
Iraq War: Profits Turn to ‘Prophets’
Blair has now come out of the closet and claimed that God inspired him to go to war -By Yamin Zakaria
The unprovoked aggression against Iraq, the consequential murder of thousands of innocent civilians and destruction of the entire country was sanctioned by the divine – and this is supposed to be an example of God’s guidance for the rest of humanity.
Continued

11.Mar.2006
There Are Criminals + Then There Are CRIMINALS - By Cindy Sheehan

As I lie here in bed recuperating from the injuries that I received from a federal agent and the NYPD in front of the US Mission to the UN the other day, I have had time to reflect on the experience, the state of our union and its descent into a fascist state. Continued
11.Mar.2006
A Lawless and Incompetent Leadership Bush at the Tipping Point -By Ralph Nader
George W. Bush and Dick Cheney, two top outlaws smashing our country's rule of law and democratic liberties, are testing the American people's resistance. Every day they are testing. Every day they think by flaunting the words, "war on terror", they can get Americans to concede more and more of what makes the United States a constitutionally-abiding government under the rule of law.
Continued

11.Mar.2006
Justice O'Connor Warns Of Dictatorship Decries Republican Attacks on Freedoms of All Americans
Audio & Transcript

She told an audience at Georgetown University that Republican proposals, pose a danger to the independence of the judiciary + the freedoms of all Americans. Continued
11.Mar.2006
http://www.spiegel.de/wissenschaft/mensch/0,1518,druck-399983,00.html
"Die negativen Wirkungen des Kaffees sind moderat", sagt Andreas Pfeiffer. So viele Indizien erschüttern die Annahme, das Getränk sei Gift für den Körper. Daher sollte man sich beim Kaffee auf das Wesentliche beschränken: den Genuss.
11.Mar.2006
http://www.spiegel.de/wissenschaft/mensch/0,1518,druck-399983,00.html
Kaffeegegner griffen derartige Forschungsergebnisse bislang mit dem stets gleichen Argument an: Kaffee mache abhängig und deshalb seien die gemessenen Effekte keine Leistungssteigerung, sondern nur eine Normalisierung. Teilnehmer, deren Stimmung oder Geistesleistung nach Kaffeegenuss steige, hätten nur ihre Entzugssymptome beseitigt. Auch diese Meinungsfeste wird geschliffen. Die Probanden von Andrew Smith durften ihren Kaffeedurst wie gewohnt stillen, bevor der britische Psychologe von der Universität Cardiff seine Untersuchung begann. Und mehr Koffein half tatsächlich mehr, die 60 Teilnehmer bewältigten ihre Testaufgaben im Schnitt schneller.
11.Mar.2006
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Der treue Bürobegleiter hemme Parkinson, da das Koffein die Produktion des Nervenbotenstoffs Dopamin anrege, melden amerikanische Neurologen. Der Ausbruch der Alzheimerkrankheit könne durch regelmäßigen Genuss vielleicht verzögert werden, heißt es von anderer Stelle.
11.Mar.2006
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Eine Ansicht, die bereits länger anerkannt wird: So hat das Nationale Herz-, Lungen- und Blutinstitut der USA 2003 eine Empfehlung zurückgenommen, wonach Patienten mit hohem Blutdruck höchstens moderate Mengen Kaffee trinken sollten. Wolfgang Winkelmayer von der Harvard School of Public Health in Boston untermauerte diese Einschätzung: Im Journal of the American Medical Association präsentierte er kürzlich eine Studie mit Daten von 150000 Frauen. Hinweise auf einen Zusammenhang zwischen Kaffeekonsum und hohem Blutdruck habe man nicht gefunden, hieß es darin.
11.Mar.2006
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Heute sei Kaffee eines der weltweit beliebtesten Getränke, schreiben die Norweger Trine Ranheim und Bente Halvorsen in einer Überblicksstudie für das Fachmagazin Molecular Nutrition & Food Research, in der die beiden Mediziner Kaffee von einigen Vorwürfen wissenschaftlich zurückhaltend freisprechen. Deutschland gehört beim Pro-Kopf-Verbrauch weltweit zur Spitze: 2004 hat der Bundesbürger 151 Liter Kaffee getrunken oder 6,4 Kilogramm Kaffeepulver verbraucht, rechnet der Deutsche Kaffeeverband vor.
11.Mar.2006
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"Die Aussage, dass Kaffee generell schädlich sei, ist heute nicht mehr haltbar", sagt Thomas Hofmann, Direktor des Instituts für Lebensmittelchemie an der Universität Münster.
Nach und nach offenbart sich, dass viele Studien, die dem Kaffee Maliziöses bescheinigen, methodische Mängel hatten. "Früher hat man zum Teil negative Wirkungen einzelner Kaffeeinhaltsstoffe auf den Gesamtkomplex Kaffee übertragen", sagt Hofmann, der mit Wissenschaftlern der Deutschen Forschungsanstalt für Lebensmittelchemie in Garching Kaffee und dessen Eigenschaften untersucht. Das Getränk besteht jedoch aus über 1000 einzelnen Substanzen, deren Wirkungen sich gegenseitig beeinflussen.

11.Mar.2006
http://www.spiegel.de/wissenschaft/mensch/0,1518,druck-399983,00.html

Kaffee wird zu Unrecht als Gift verdächtigt: Das Getränk schmeckt nicht nur wunderbar, sondern scheint auch noch gesund zu sein.

König Gustav III. war sich sicher: Kaffee muss giftig sein. Um die üblen Wirkungen des Gebräus aber zu belegen, missbrauchte der Monarch, der Schweden in der zweiten Hälfte des 18. Jahrhunderts regierte, zwei zum Tode verurteilte Häftlinge als Versuchsobjekte. Heute lässt sich sagen, die beiden Männer haben es verdammt gut erwischt. Erst bestellte Gustav III. den Henker ab, dann verdonnerte er einen der Verbrecher, fortan täglich Kaffee zu trinken. Der andere bekam dagegen Tee gereicht. Zwei Mediziner wurden beauftragt, das erwartete Siechtum zu dokumentieren. Das Experiment sollte zeigen, wie schnell Kaffee - im Gegensatz zu Tee - seine tödliche Wirkung entfaltet.
11.Mar.2006
Welternährungsorganisation: Frühlingswetter kann Vogelgrippe eindämmen

11.Mar.2006 Kriegsverbrechertribunal: Milosevic wäre verurteilt worden

11.Mar.2006 Kritik aus Moskau: "Glauben nicht an eine objektive Autopsie"
11.Mar.2006
Israel: Briten verdächtigten Begin der Spionage
11.Mar.2006
Reaktionen auf Milosevics Tod: "Er wurde ermordet"

11.Mar.2006 Bus und Bahn: Deutschland fährt Schwarz
11.Mar.2006
Slobodan Milosevic: Der Totengräber Jugoslawiens starb allein in seiner Zelle
11.Mar.2006
Schmiergelder: Der Ikea-Skandal weitet sich aus

11.Mar.2006 Debatte um Gewaltspiele: Gesetze gegen Medienkonsum von Jugendlichen?
11.Mar.2006
Wetterkapriolen: Der Norden versinkt im Schnee
11.Mar.2006
Kriegsverbrecher: Milosevic im Gefängnis gestorben
11.Mar.2006
Nasa Mars-Mission: "Wir sind im Orbit!"
11.Mar.2006
Spendenaffäre: Schreiber soll Zahlung an Geheimkonto der CSU geleistet haben

11.Mar.2006 Frankreich: Studentenunruhen bringen Regierung in Bedrängnis
11.Mar.2006
Zeitverträge: Die Mär von der Befristungsschleife

11.Mar.2006 Ernährung: Die Wunderbohne

11.Mar.2006 Britische Gesetze: Reiten Sie niemals betrunken auf einer Kuh!

11.Mar.2006 Autor Kenneth Cook: Die durch die Hölle gehen

11.Mar.2006 Wetterkapriolen in Deutschland: Der Norden versinkt im Schnee