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14.Jun.2006 Think Progress 

The press may be gushing over the recent “positive developments” for President Bush, but The Carpetbagger Report reminds us what good news really looks like .

More plagiarism by Ann Coulter in her new book, Godless.

Ezra Klein responds to the right wing’s “ same old canards about wage increases decimating jobs .” “The minimum wage, of course, doesn’t decide employment on its own,” he writes + “any attempt to correlate minimum wage increases with joblessness falls on its face.” (He has the graphs to prove it.)

House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL) has mixed his private interests with official business. Hastert “has used an Illinois trust to invest in real estate near the proposed route of the Prairie Parkway, a highway project for which he’s secured $207 million in earmarked appropriations.”

At Take Back America 2006, Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI) calls for troop withdrawal from Iraq , stresses that wiretapping terrorists must be done within the law + throws aside the Bush administration’s “war on terror” rhetoric.

And finally: Liberal bloggers start a YearlyKos 2006 group on Flickr , highlighting photos from the week’s conference.
15.Jun.2006 HHS Secretary Campaigns For Medicare Drug Plan Using Private Jet Reserved For Emergencies Faiz 

An investigative report by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution today finds that HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt has been commandeering a private jet, intended to be used for public emergencies, to campaign for the Medicare prescription drug plan.

Leavitt used the emergency jet to travel to 90 cities in order to promote the Medicare prescription drug plan and to make appearances at pandemic flu meetings. Keith Ashdown, vice president for policy at Taxpayers for Common Sense, said, “This is a gold-plated jet to promote a boondoggle of a prescription plan,” Ashdown said. “He’s getting the CDC to pay for his own personal political travel.”

Leavitt’s use of the jet has had consequences:

During two of the CDC’s emergencies, Leavitt was traveling on the Gulfstream III jet, requiring the agency to use another plane.

The first emergency involved an individual who contracted anthrax. A second instance resulted from persons being subjected to radioactive material in San Juan, Puerto Rico. In both cases, CDC had to dispatch other planes because its emergency plane was being used for non-emergency purposes by Leavitt.

Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) said, “It is mind-boggling that the secretary would commandeer for his own personal convenience a jet that is supposed to be used by CDC for public health emergencies.” Leavitt countered that the private jet was essential for accomplishing the “breathtaking challenge” of signing up millions of senior citizens for the new drug benefit before the May 15 deadline.
15.Jun.2006 House Conservatives Endorse Direct, Unconditional Talks With Iran Guest 

Twelve conservative House Republicans have written a letter to President Bush backing unconditional direct talks with Iran + warning that the USA should “not allow a disagreement over pre-conditions to scuttle negotiations before they have the chance to begin.”

The letter pointedly notes that the “‘no negotiation’ stance has not yielded positive results” — an implied indictment of the Bush policy over the last several years — and concludes by saying that “There are seldom occassions in history where a great country should fear dialogue with a potential adversary.”

Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice recently announced that the Bush administration would participate in direct negotiations with Iran — but only if Iran first agreed to suspend uranium enrichment. Many experts doubt whether that offer will be sufficient. Kenneth Katzman, an Iran expert at the Congressional Research Service, told Laura Rozen:

“I don’t think the Iranians are going to accept this. The U.S. didn’t offer any concrete concessions. All the U.S. said is we would come to the table. We didn’t say what we would do at the table. There’s not enough in it for Iran.”

The letter was signed by Reps. Wayne Gilchrest (R-MD), John Hostettler (R-IN), Scott Garrett (R-NJ), among others.

Andy Grotto
15.Jun.2006 President Bush To Legally Blind Reporter: ‘Are You Going to Ask That Question with Shades On?’ Think Progress 

At a press conference this morning, President Bush needled Los Angeles Times reporter Peter Wallsten after he stood up to ask a question wearing sunglasses. “Are you going to ask that question with shades on?” Bush said, telling Wallsten, “I’m interested in the shade look, seriously.”

But as Wonkette first noted + which ThinkProgress subsquently confirmed, Wallsten is legally blind. Wallsten tells us he has a rare genetic disorder called Stargardt’s Disease. The disease is a form of macular degeneration that can be slowed “by wearing UV-protective sunglasses and avoiding exposure to bright light.”

Wallsten said Bush’s comments did not offend him at all. “I never advertise it to him. I’ve never told him.” Watch it: Transcript below:

THE PRESIDENT: Yes, Peter. Are you going to ask that question with shades on?

Q I can take them off.

THE PRESIDENT: I’m interested in the shade look, seriously.

Q All right, I’ll keep it, then.

THE PRESIDENT: For the viewers, there’s no sun. (Laughter.)

Q I guess it depends on your perspective. (Laughter.)

THE PRESIDENT: Touche. (Laughter.)

Q Following up on the other Peter’s question about Karl Rove, you said that you were relieved with what happened yesterday. But the American public, over the course of this investigation, has learned a lot about what was going on in your White House that they didn’t know before, during that time, the way some people were trying to go after Joe Wilson, in some ways. I’m wondering if, over the course of this investigation, that you have learned anything that you didn’t know before about what was going on in your administration. And do you have any work to do to rebuild credibility that might have been lost?

THE PRESIDENT: I think that — first of all, the decision by the prosecutor speaks for itself. He had a full investigation. Karl Rove went in front of the grand jury like — I don’t — a lot of times. More times than — they took a hard look at his role.

Secondly, as I told the other Peter, I’m going to tell you, that there’s an ongoing trial, it’s a serious business. And I’ve made the comments I’m going to make about this incident + I’m going to put this part of the situation behind us and move forward.
As Crime Spikes, Bush Slashes Law Enforcement Funding Amanda 

Throughout his tenure, President Bush and his staff have bragged about their efforts fighting crime.

In his 2006 State of the Union address, Bush claimed, “Violent crime rates have fallen to their lowest levels since the 1970s.”

00.May 2006 Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said the country had “a violent crime rate at its lowest level in three decades.”

But new FBI statistics released Monday show that crime has actually jumped under the Bush administration. Violent crime in 2005 increased at 2.5 percent, the highest rate in 15 years for violent offenses.

In his FY 2007 budget, however, Bush proposed cutting local law enforcement funding by a total of 52 percent. Some examples:

– Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) : Since 1995, COPS has put more than 118,500 new law enforcement officers on the streets.

But Bush’s FY 2005 budget proposed cutting funding for the COPS program for the fourth consecutive year, including eliminating all funding for hiring.

For FY 2007, Bush is trying to cut COPS by another 76 percent.

– Byrne Justice Assistance Grants : These grants give state and local governments funds to “prevent and control crime + to improve the criminal justice system.”

Bush’s FY 2005,

2006 +

2007 budgets proposed eliminating the grants. (Congress hasn’t eliminated them, but has slashed funding each year.)

– COPS Interoperable Communications Grant : Succcessful program awards technology grants to law enforcement and public safety agencies for enhancing communication.

Bush proposed eliminating the program in FY 2005 + has again proposed its elimination in FY 2007.

Bush’s motto: Take a bite out of crime (prevention programs).
15.Jun.2006 Will Bush Cut the Deficit In Half This Year? Only In Fantasy Land… Judd 

The right-wing blogosphere is crowing about an article in Investors Business Daily that claims that “President Bush may make good on his pledge to cut the deficit in half in 2006 — three years early.”

This is only true in fantasy land. Here’s are the facts:

1. Even accepting the most optimistic predictions, the deficit will not be cut in half. The article asserts that the deficit for this year may end up being $270 billion, or 2.1% of GDP. Even accepting that optimistic assessment, the 2004 deficit was $412 billion or 3.5% of GDP. For those of us living in reality, that’s not cutting the deficit in half.

The White House projected a deficit of $512 billion for 2004, but that never happened. At the time, budget experts warned the number was inflated for political purposes.

2. The budgetary outlook for 2006 has degraded by about $800 billion since Bush took office. In January 2001, the Congressional Budget Office predicted a $505 billion surplus for 2006. The optimistic deficit number pushed by International Business Daily is still $775 billion worse.

It shows a lot about the state of fiscal discipline in the conservative movement that these kind of numbers are cause for celebration.
Pentagon bans U.S. media from Guantanamo. Nico 

Buried at the end of a Miami Herald report today: “Also Tuesday, the military ordered all independent news media off the base by 10 a.m. Wednesday + had arranged a flight to Miami to expedite their departure. … The correspondents came down to the base on Saturday to cover the aftermath of the suicides, at the invitation of the admiral in charge of the prison. The Pentagon canceled the invitation Tuesday night, despite protests from the newspapers.”
15.Jun.2006 EXCLUSIVE: Majority Leader Boehner’s Confidential Strategy Memo For Thursday’s Iraq Debate Judd 

On Thursday, the House of Representatives will hold a debate on the Iraq war. Media reports say Majority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) “hopes to match the serious, dignified tone of deliberation that preceded the Gulf war, in 1991.”

ThinkProgress has obtained a “Confidential Messaging Memo” from Boehner instructing his caucus to conduct a very different kind of deliberation. Here’s a quick summary:

1. Exploit 9/11. The two page memo mentions 9/11 seven times. It describes debating Iraq in the context of 9/11 as “imperative.”

2. Attack opponents ad hominem. The memo describes those who opposes President Bush’s policies in Iraq as “sheepish,” “weak,” and “prone to waver endlessly.”

3. Create a false choice. The memo says the decision is between supporting President Bush’s policies and hoping terrorist threats will “fade away on their own.”

You can read the confidential memo for yourself HERE.
14.Jun.2006 Think Progress 

Pentagon officials will not include a classified section in the newly updated Army Field Manual. Descriptions of interrogation techniques initially planned for the classified section (presumed to be more aggressive) are “either being made public or are being eliminated as tactics that can be used against prisoners.”

“Despite record low approval ratings, House lawmakers Tuesday embraced a $3,300 pay raise that would increase their salaries to $168,500.”

Part of President Bush’s PR offensive on Iraq yesterday was the announcement that 70,000 American and Iraqi troops would launch “a large-scale security sweep in Baghdad.” But an Iraqi major general acknowledged to the Washington Post that the plan “does not involve an increase in troops in the city.”

FEMA doled out $1.4 billion in bogus assistance to “victims” of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita , paying for football tickets, a tropical vacation, “adult erotica products,” and “Girls Gone Wild” videos. The wrongful recipients included prison inmates and a person who used a New Orleans cemetery for a home address.

A Harvard education study has found that No Child Left Behind is “failing to close racial achievement gaps and will miss its goals by 2014 according to recent trends.” Also, the legislation has “had no significant impact on improving reading and math achievement since it was introduced in 2001, contradicting White House claims and potentially adding to concerns over America’s academic competitiveness.”

Though the neoconservative Project for a New American Century is reportedly on the verge of shutting its doors, the group “has been inactive since January 2005? when the group’s leadership, such as William Kristol, “began attacking” fellow PNAC founder Donald Rumsfeld for his management of the Iraq war.

The AP’s Peter Yost on Rove avoiding an indictment: “The decision not to charge Karl Rove shows there often are no consequences for misleading the public . … Rove’s truth-telling to the FBI saved him from indictment. And by misleading reporters, the White House saved itself from a political liability during the 2004 presidential campaign.”

Amnesty International urged European states to stop being “partners in crime” with the USA over the alleged kidnapping of terrorism suspects and their transfer to countries that use torture. “There is irrefutable evidence of European complicity in the unlawful practice of renditions ,” Amnesty said.

In advance of next month’s G8 gathering in Russia, the world’s top scientists warned that “ climate change solutions agreed at the G8 summit in Scotland a year ago risked being pushed off the agenda.”

And finally: Last weekend, nude cyclists in San Francisco and Seattle rode in protest of “dependence on oil, automotive air pollution + the dangers that cars pose to cyclists.” “Nakedness doesn’t seem to have much to do with dependence on cars, but one message took a stab at tying the two subjects together: ‘Stop indecent exposure to vehicle emissions!’”
15.Jun.2006 Newsbattery 08 das Politmagazin der Blogsphäre sfux 
Stephan Fuchs ? Zum achten Mal erscheint Newsbattery, das Politmagazin aus den Blogs. Auf 38 Seiten schreiben Autoren aus verschiedenen Weblogs was bewegt. Weltweit: Im Krieg, im Terror und im Dschungel der harten Drogen. Aber auch im nahen Deutschland und in der Schweiz: Hartz IV, WM, Geheimdienstaffären und CIA Flüge. Brisante Themen mit Biss. Autoren in dieser Ausgabe sind World Content News, Harald Haack, Norman Solomon,...

15.Jun.2006 Mißbrauch von verletzten Rekruten in einem US-Army-Camp sfux 
Karl Weiss - Die US-Army warb und wirbt eifrig neue Rekruten, denn der Bedarf an Soldaten ist groß, wenn man überall Stützpunkte unterhalten will und gleichzeitig mehrere Kriege führen. So wird denn auch eine ins Gewicht fallende Zahl von Soldaten bei der Grundausbildung verletzt. Für diese verletzten Soldaten hat die Army eigene Einheiten eingerichtet, eines davon in Fort Sill. Nun ist herausgekommen, daß die verletzten Soldaten dort nicht medizinisch behandelt wurden, aber dafür...

15.Jun.2006 US-Truppen betreiben Genozid im Irak sfux 
Karl Weiss - Daß 200.000 bis 300.000 Ziviltoten (je nach Quelle) des Irak-Kriegs seit 2003 auf das Konto des völkerrechtswidrigen Überfalls der US-Militärs und ihrer ?Koalition der Willigen" gehen, steht fest. Daß dabei aber auch eine große Anzahl von Massakern, also von bewußten und willkürlichen Ermordungen ganzer Gruppen von Zivilisten, begangen wurde, wird nun immer klarer. Es handelt sich also um einen Genozid im eigentlichen Sinne, denn dabei sind meist auch Frauen und...

15.Jun.2006 Berliner Zeitung" schert aus dem Chor der Mißbrauchsankläger aus sfux 
Karl Weiss - Während fast alle bundesdeutschen Groß-Medien zusammen mit der Politiker-Kaste das Lied von den angeblichen Mißbräuchen der Arbeitlosen singen, scherte ein Kommentator der ?Berliner Zeitung" am 10. Juni aus dieser einmütigen Schelte aus und bezeichnete stattdessen die verschärfenden Gesetze gegen die Arbeitslosen und Bedürftigen als ?Kriegserklärung? des Staates an seine Bürger.

15.Jun.2006 Nur der Flügelschlag eines Schmetterlings? sfux 
Harald Haack ? Angeblich reicht der Flügelschlag eines Schmetterlings aus, um laut Chaos-Theorie Unheil anzurichten. Aber sollten wir deshalb gleich alle Schmetterlinge vernichten? Immerhin bestünde die Möglichkeit, dass auch Gutes durch den zarten Schlag eines Schmetterlingflügels bewirkt wird.
Zufälle können im Grunde genommen keine Zufälle sein. Das haben Wissenschaftler...

15.Jun.2006 Britische Polizei stürmt Haus von Unschuldigen sfux 
Karl Weiss - Scotland Yard, die englische Polizei, war für lange Zeit ein Symbol für korrekte Anwendung der Gesetze (wenn auch schon damals schwere "Ausrutscher" vorkamen). Nun aber wird sie zu einem Symbol von Pleiten, Pech und Pannen, wenn man die Ereignisse wohlwollend interpretiert, oder von Brutalität, Gesetzesbruch und Corpsgeist, wenn man es nicht ganz so wohlwollend sieht.
Früher waren die Polizisten der Scotland Yard sogar bewußt ohne...

15.Jun.2006 WorkingForChange-BuzzFlash interview: Greg Palast  WorkingForChange-BuzzFlash interview: Greg Palast
15.Jun.2006 US rents fuel inflation as buyers are priced out  Rising rents were the main culprit for worrying inflationary pressures last month, prompting concerns that as buying a house becomes less affordable demand for rented accommodation is heating up.
15.Jun.2006 Guardian Unlimited | World Latest | French Court Upholds Soros' Conviction

15.Jun.2006 Dr. Peter Rost: Now I'm REALLY freaking out! | The Huffington Post  
The Blog | Dr. Peter Rost: Now I'm REALLY freaking out! | The Huffington Post Tuesday I gave an in-depth account of everything I had learned about THE RENDOND GROUP in a blog called How a Public Relations Firm Helped Start the War.

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Scientists respond to Gore's warnings of climate catastrophe  
Scientists respond to Gore's warnings of climate catastrophe "Gore's circumstantial arguments are so weak that they are pathetic. It is simply incredible that they + his film, are commanding public attention." Blogger Thoughts: I don't know what I think of this or who Tom Harris is.

15.Jun.2006 9/11 Cough - More Than Just "Asthma" Indeed By Cathy Garger

9/11 Cough - More Than Just "Asthma"

Indeed What in the world could Mayor Michael Bloomberg's administration possibly be thinking in appealing a deputy mayor's workman's compensation case to cover his doctors' costs in order to care for his ...
Global Guerrillas: Requiem for Preventative War
15.Jun.2006 Leo Strauss and the American Right (Shadia B. Drury)  
On the destruction of the Republican Party and the conservative movement by the virulently anti-American Straussians and neoconservatives. A spot on review: The chief insight offered by Shadia Drury in LEO STRAUSS AND THE AMERICAN RIGHT is that Leo Strauss's political philosophy is a radical variant of conservatism whose assumptions and strategies are at odds with traditional conservatism.

15.Jun.2006 Israel Lobby: Bush is an Appeaser
15.Jun.2006 The Huffington Post's Daily Brief  
"In 39 years, I have never written these words in a movie review, but here they are: You owe it to yourself to see An Inconvenient Truth. If you do not + you have grandchildren, you should explain to them why you decided not to." Roger EbertWorld Sees US In Iraq As Bigger Danger Than Nuclear Iran... APThe Bush administration's effort to publicize the threat of a nuclear Iran does not appear

15.Jun.2006 Neocon Assclowns


But here's who Hutchenson (and the White House) consider "the critics": "In addition to [Fred] Kagan, Bush heard from Eliot Cohen, a professor of strategic studies at Johns Hopkins University, journalist Robert Kaplan and former CIA officer Michael Vickers, who now is with the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments."
Noble lies and perpetual war: Leo Strauss, the neo-cons + Iraq  
A devastating critique of Leo Strauss by Shadia Drury. Strauss was a quintessential anti-American and anti-libertarian thinker, a sort of anti-Jefferson.

Just the sort of fascist visionary whom the neocons who embrace wholeheartedly. . __,_._,___
U.S. military says contractors won't face charges  Crooks and Liars
15.Jun.2006 The White House Criminal Conspiracy


Legally, there are no significant differences between the investor fraud perpetrated by Enron CEO Ken Lay and the prewar intelligence fraud perpetrated by George W. Bush.

Both involved persons in authority who used half-truths and recklessly false statements to manipulate people who trusted them.
Who Will Miss,Who was Abu Musab al Zarqawi?The US  
Who was Abu Musab al Zarqawi? By Michel Chossudovsky Jun 12, 2006, 00:46 Email this article Printer friendly page Mythical figure and terror mastermind Abu Musab Al Zarqawi was killed in an air raid, according to a statement of the Iraqi government.Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki announced at a press conference . "We have eliminated Zarqawi."

15.Jun.2006 Did Hillary Clinton Attend Bilderberg Conference? Paul Joseph Watson 
Did Hillary Clinton Attend Bilderberg Conference? Hotel head says she was there, coupled with high security arrival of U.S. official

15.Jun.2006 Chicago Conference: Morgan Reynolds Paul Joseph Watson Chicago Conference: Morgan Reynolds Alex Jones interviews former Chief Economist for the Department of Labor during President George W. Bush's first term
15.Jun.2006 Das Kapital am Ball Malte Olschewski 
Ein tosendes Blabla hallt durch Deutschland. Das Kapital ist am Ball.Bei der Fußball-WM werden Umsätze bis zu zehn Milliarden Euro erwartet.

Indes ist das Spiel der Nationalmannschaften eine große Täuschung.

Der Fußball ist eine goldene Globalisierungskugel, der alles Nationale aufgelöst hat. Das Kick-Spektakel soll Modernisierungsverlierer ablenken und trösten.

Sie jubeln über ein Tor, doch stehen sie alle in einer gewaltigen Abseitsfalle. Ein jedes Tor bei der WM ist ein Eigentor der Vernunft.
Why Wall Street didn’t believe Steve Ballmer (and what he can do about it) Robert Scoble 
You might have missed that Microsoft's stock has been in a freefall lately. My friends have been asking me "why doesn't Wall Street believe Steve Ballmer?"

That's an easy one. Cause he didn't convince the grass roots influence networks first. Why have Google and Apple done ...
Damn Officials ! Mark Cuban 
You would think the officials in miami would be able to get something so simple right. Wouldnt you ?  How difficult is it to see what is or isnt right in front you ?

It amazes me that Miami Officials are telling everyone that they made me take down a Go Mavs Go banner from my boat parked out ...
Bush The Sensitive Uncle Dave Bush being Bush at a press conference.
15.Jun.2006 Bullets 'flooding Baghdad market'
New ammunition is abundant in Iraq because of lax control over the global bullets trade, a charity says.

15.Jun.2006 Tories want more history lessons The Conservatives say children should be given at least a "basic knowledge" of British and world history.
15.Jun.2006 Call for pre-9pm junk food ad ban The government's food watchdog is expected to call for a ban on TV ads for junk food before the watershed.
15.Jun.2006 New law in asbestos claims New laws to help sufferers of asbestos-related cancer claim compensation are to be introduced BBC Wales learns.
15.Jun.2006 ACLU Sues Pentagon for Monitoring The civil liberties organization seeks disclosure of information allegedly gathered on antiwar groups and shared with other government agencies through the Talon database.
15.Jun.2006 Guinness: World's Largest Photo Los Angeles photographers use a massive, abandoned Marine Corps hangar as a camera obscura to make a photo one-third of a football field long and three stories tall.
15.Jun.2006 Trojan Compromises Oregon Taxpayers samzenpus 96 Blair writes

"An employee at the Oregon Department of Revenue downloaded a trojan file from a porn site, possibly compromising up to 2,200 taxpayers. An information technology security officer with the state said, "the released data likely involved names, addresses or Social Security numbers, or possibly in some cases all three." I guess some of our public workers are having too much fun after all."
Busheviks sued the New Jersey attorney general and other state officials Wednesday to stop them from seeking information about telephone companies' cooperation with the National Security Agency.
"The Boys of Baraka" (DVD): "Here is a movie that makes you want to do something. Cry, or write a check, or howl with rage." -- Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

15.Jun.2006 VIDEO: Jon Stewart makes mincemeat out of Ken Mehlman. 6/15
The BuzzFlash Mailbag -- Uncensored and Unvarnished Truth from BuzzFlash Readers.
Karl Rove Helped Raise Money for Illegal Vote Suppression Tactics -- And the Mainstream Press Couldn't Give a Hoot
Dick Cheney to attend fundraiser of raging homophobe. Didn't take long to sell out your lesbian daughter, did it Dick? 6/15
More plagiarism concerns voiced about Ann Coulter's new book. 6/15

15.Jun.2006 Exit fake blog hype. Enter real blog power. 6/15
Boehner memo reveals GOP strategy: Exploit 9/11, attack Dems 6/15
"Syriana" (on DVD) from It is About the Oil, Stupid. (Advance Order, Will Ship On or About June 20)

15.Jun.2006 FORTUNE 500 2006: Charter Communications Charter Communications Rank: 413 (Previous rank: 390) Get quote: CHTR. CEO: Neil Smit Address: 12405 Powerscourt Dr., St. Louis, MO 63131 ...

15.Jun.2006 RIAA unterliegt im Streit mit Charter Communications -

Charter Communications hatte sich gegen gerichtliche Entscheidungen gewehrt, nach denen es die Daten von zahlreichen Nutzern an die RIAA übergeben musste. ...
Report says NSA spying broader than Bush acknowledged ... to see the page-for-page replica of today 's The Santa Fe New Mexican.
15.Jun.2006 Atomenergie: Russland baut schwimmendes Kernkraftwerk
Ex- Präsident der USA: Clinton macht Millionen mit Vorträgen
15.Jun.2006 New York: Mysteriöser Messerstecher geht um
15.Jun.2006 Interview mit BP- Chef Browne: "Es sind noch genug Ölreserven da"
15.Jun.2006 120 Million Year Old Spiders Discovered... The Huffington Post 

Spiral orb webs, which to many people typify spiders, were catching insects in their sticky silk while the dinosaurs still walked the Earth. True orb weaving spiders found trapped in amber from 121-115 million years ago are the oldest of their type yet found.
Saudi 'torture' Britons lose case Four men who claim they were tortured in a Saudi Arabian prison are denied the right to sue officials.
15.Jun.2006 Crystal meth to be class A drug Crystal meth is to be reclassified as one of the most dangerous drugs, the government has announced.
15.Jun.2006 Blair defends police over raid Tony Blair tells anti-terror police not to be "inhibited" in the wake of controversy over the Forest Gate raid.
15.Jun.2006 France jails 25 for attack plot A Paris court jails 25 suspected Islamic militants for planning attacks in France in support of Chechen rebels.
15.Jun.2006 Bush pledges to help Iraq succeed US President George W Bush vows to do "what it takes" to help Iraq succeed, a day after his trip to Baghdad.
15.Jun.2006 Fed hints at looming US slowdown The Federal Reserve hints at a possible slowdown in US growth in its latest Beige Book report on the state of the economy.
15.Jun.2006 Two species become one in the lab Scientists have interbred two butterfly species and created a third, distinct species, the journal Nature reports.
15.Jun.2006 Doubts over Gaza deaths inquiry Palestinians call for independent probe after Israel denied killing civilians relaxing on a beach in Gaza last week.
15.Jun.2006 UK 'in grip of measles outbreak' Experts say hundreds of measles cases represent the biggest outbreak of the disease since 1988.
15.Jun.2006 Alt-Fuel Cars That Ate Paris Automakers show off prototypes for a new wave of alternative-fuel vehicles. Some move faster than regular cars. Bruce Gain snaps some pictures at the Michelin Bibendum Challenge in Paris.
15.Jun.2006 Humans Mellow With Age Better brain control comes with getting older. Plus: Stem cells repair livers.... Women can't replenish their egg supplies. In Bodyhack.
15.Jun.2006 Oil Shortage Spawns Ethanol Boom To meet the expected demand for ethanol, we should start planting trees and switchgrass now.

Plus: Tax credits for buying Toyota hybrids set to shrivel in October.

In Autopia

15.Jun.2006 Apple Probes IPod Factories
Apple is investigating claims its iPods are assembled in China in sweatshop conditions. The company's code of conduct forbids exploitation, but it also guarantees unions, which are outlawed in China. From the Cult of Mac blog.

15.Jun.2006 EMI courts YouTube to help fight pirates Strange bedfellows, record label and video upload sites would work together to help curtail copyright infringement.
15.Jun.2006 Apple probes iPod maker's labor practices Blog: Apple Computer says it is looking into a British newspaper report that the company's iPods are made by workers in China who are...
15.Jun.2006 Researchers Teach Computers To Perceive 3D from 2D ScuttleMonkey 110 hamilton76

researchers at Carnegie Mellon have found a way to allow computers to extrapolate 3 dimensional models from 2 dimensional pictures. From the article: "Using machine learning techniques, Robotics Institute researchers Alexei Efros and Martial Hebert, along with graduate student Derek Hoiem, have taught computers how to spot the visual cues that differentiate between vertical surfaces and horizontal surfaces in photographs of outdoor scenes. They've even developed a program that allows the computer to automatically generate 3-D reconstructions of scenes based on a single image. [...] Identifying vertical and horizontal surfaces and the orientation of those surfaces provides much of the information necessary for understanding the geometric context of an entire scene. Only about three percent of surfaces in a typical photo are at an angle, they have found."
Senators, ISPs + Network Neutrality CmdrTaco 149+
Polarism submitted a good article about net neutrality that is currently running on Ars.

It's a good explanation of where the pieces of the problem are, the government issues, the industry issues, etc. Worth a read.
Google's Secretive Data Center CmdrTaco 324+ valdean wrote in with a NY Times article about Google which says

"On the banks of the windswept Columbia River [in Oregon], Google is working on a secret weapon in its quest to dominate the next generation of Internet computing. But it is hard to keep a secret when it is a computing center as big as two football fields, with twin cooling plants protruding four stories into the sky...' What's the goal of this new complex? Expanding Google's raw computer power. It's one more piece in the Googleplex, the massive global computer network that is estimated to span 25 locations and 450,000 servers.'
Bill would limit consumers' credit rights : "It's like telling someone you can't put a deadbolt on your front door until after you've been burglarized," says Washington state Attorney General Rob McKenna.

15.Jun.2006 The Case of the Missing $21 Billion: Who's Following the Iraq Money?

15.Jun.2006 Congress Gives Itself 7th Straight Pay Raise: Despite record low approval ratings, House lawmakers Tuesday embraced a $3,300 pay raise that will increase their salaries to $168,500.

15.Jun.2006 Strapped states lease roads to private firms: Indiana is about to turn over its entire toll road for the next 75 years to two foreign companies, making it more expensive to drive.

15.Jun.2006 Some Ohio Families Refuse to Claim Bodies : Bodies going unclaimed because relatives are either unwilling or unable to shoulder the responsibility or expense of burying the dead.

15.Jun.2006 Ward Churchill: My Trial By Media: On February 2, 2005, Colorado Governor Bill Owens called for me to be fired because of statements I made about U.S. foreign policy that were clearly protected by the First Amendment. It would have been illegal to do so then + it is just as illegal today.

15.Jun.2006 US continues global market slump : The global stock market sell-off has continued with US shares the latest to suffer amid mounting fears about inflation and interest rates

15.Jun.2006 The Short View: Braced for very bad news : Another day, another bout of jitters on global equity markets. This time round, it seemed to be a rash of hawkish statements from Federal Reserve governors that convinced investors more US rate rises were on the way.
15.Jun.2006 Abid Ullah Jan: Behind the Terror-arrests in Toronto: Are the 17 Muslim men arrested in Toronto on June 3, 2006 innocent until proven guilty? Theoretically, yes. But practically, they are absolutely not

Bush sneaking North American super-state without oversight? : Mexico, Canada partnership underway with no authorization from Congress
15.Jun.2006 In case you missed it: None Of Us Are Free - If One Of Us Is Chained : 4 Minute Video - Flash presentation.
15.Jun.2006 US to hit back if NKorea tests missile: US envoy: The top US envoy to South Korea said Wednesday that Washington would hit back if North Korea test-fired a missile capable of reaching the USA.

15.Jun.2006 China, Russia refuse to join Iran sanctions statement: China and Russia refused to join with other world powers in a statement that would threaten sanctions over Iran's nuclear program, during diplomatic jostling at the UN nuclear watchdog.

15.Jun.2006 Russia Will Not Discuss its Nuclear Weapons With U.S. — Official: Russia does not intend to discuss issues relating to the future of nuclear tactical weapons with the USA, a senior defense ministry official said Tuesday.
15.Jun.2006 We wouldn't be allowed to treat animals like this: DAVID Hicks is being subjected to sensory deprivation having been returned to solitary confinement in a concrete cell after previously surviving 244 nights and days without sunlight or human contact. This is in clear violation of the third Geneva Convention

15.Jun.2006 Postmark Guantánamo: Why is the Pentagon keeping prisoners’ mail from their lawyers?: Paracha, 58, decided to write a letter to 98 U.S. senators describing his plight. The senators haven’t responded, though it’s hard toy blame them. They don’t know the letters exist. The Department of Defense won’t release them for delivery.

15.Jun.2006 Religious Leaders Urge U.S. to Ban Torture :: Titled "Torture is a Moral Issue," the statement says that torture "violates the basic dignity of the human person" and "contradicts our nation's most cherished values." "Nothing less is at stake in the torture abuse crisis than the soul of our nation.

15.Jun.2006 Doctors forbid roles in harsh interrogations : The 544-member house of delegates, which sets policy for the leading U.S. physicians group, voted at its annual meeting to approve a seven-page report that outlined a physician's duty "as healer" not to take any part in interrogating prisoners.
15.Jun.2006 Despite the divisions, the national consensus holds : The Palestinian strategy of negotiation and resistance is common to liberation movements. Attempts to foster splits will fail

15.Jun.2006 Lebanese man confesses to killings on behalf of Israel : A Lebanese man has confessed to assassinating a series of senior Hezbollah and Palestinian militants over a seven-year period on behalf of Israeli intelligence, the Lebanese Army said on Tuesday.

15.Jun.2006 Apartheid Israel : Solution found to end 'Jews only' flights : The Transportation Ministry on Wednesday said it would install temporary X-ray scanning machines in the Kiryat Shmona airport, in an effort to calm public protests over its policy barring Arabs from traveling on flights from the north to Tel Aviv.

15.Jun.2006 Witnessing the Destruction of Gaza: Where is the world community’s condemnation of Israel’s military actions? Where are the words of reprobation from the European Union—the champion of democracy? I know the death of Palestinians is not as interesting as the World Cup—but this is getting a bit ridiculous. T

15.Jun.2006 Revealed: Shrapnel evidence that points to Israel's guilt : - Israel has dismissed continuing calls for an independent international inquiry into the beachfront explosion which killed seven members of a Palestinian family in Gaza last Friday

15.Jun.2006 Palestinian FM returns to Gaza with $20 million in suitcases: A cutoff in Western aid has left the Hamas-led Palestinian government have left it broke.

Tens of thousands of civil servants haven't received salaries in more than three months.

15.Jun.2006 EU, US "Partners" on CIA Flights: Amnesty : Amnesty International urged European states on Wednesday to stop being ``partners in crime'' with the USA over the alleged kidnapping of terrorism suspects + their transfer to countries that use torture.
15.Jun.2006 Baghdad's unwelcome visitor: For the Iraqi prime minister, just beginning the arduous task of establishing legitimacy for his national-unity government, Bush's trip is not likely to help at all.

15.Jun.2006 Greg Palast: Keeping Iraq's Oil In the Ground : Did the U.S. invade Iraq to tap its oil reserves or to make sure they stayed under the sand?

15.Jun.2006 Do mention the war: The Dem insiders think they can just breeze their way to victory 00.Nov.2006 by only talking about middle-class utopia - even as an 800-pound gorilla named Baghdad is doing the macarena up on stage right behind the podium.
15.Jun.2006 The Flag of the Corporate States of America By Charles Sullivan
Far too many Americans are so thoroughly indoctrinated in popular myths and propaganda that they are unable to recognize reality when they see it.

They desperately need to cling to the absurd myths conjured by our rulers and deny the most criminal and unethical behavior upon which this nation was founded.

Aided by a bogus educational system, we then contort them into virtue.

Thus, murderers + robber barons are celebrated as self made industrialists who built America into a world class power. Continue

15.Jun.2006 Where Is The Voice Of Sanity -By Paul Levy
Something is being revealed to us about ourselves by the fact that we are being ruled by people who are mad.

Imagine, what would we do if we truly recognized that our government is being run by people who have collectively gone mad? What would we do if we realized that the leader of the most powerful nation on the planet, the person with his finger on the button, is a genuine psychopath? Continue
14.Jun.2006 The incidents are carefully chosen. In each case, the provocateurs must be able to raise up a veneer of plausible deniability.

The denials will not fool the victims, but they will placate the Israelis and the Americans public -- who will accept any lie, however threadbare, if it allows them to remain smugly convinced of their rectitude.
It is the Israelis who want to drive the Palestinians into the sea, not the other way around.

14.Jun.2006 Yesterday, Amy Goodman devoted to a segment of Democracy Now! to the Israeli beach massacre - +

I have no qualms about using that terminology, since, as the testimony proves, the civilian deaths were caused by the Israeli Defense Forces.

One of the two people Goodman interviews is Dr. Mona El-Farra, who works in the hospital that had to deal with the aftermath. Dr. El-Farra runs a blog called "From Gaza, With Love."

Here is her latest posting (with some minor spelling errors corrected; she wrote under horrible circumstances): Gaza 12.30 pm local time,
Israeli Apache helocopter launched its rockets three times against Palestinian civilians in the east of Gaza city.

The target was one of jihad movement member who was killed, but civilians were not avoided, 9 at least were killed, 35 injured + the number of killed may increase, due to the serious injuries.

2 of the killed were emergency health workers, while trying to evacuate the injured.

I am writing from my home, unable to focus, trying to reassure my youngest daughter,

while the f16 jet fighters are crossing the sky, the electrical power might cut off any minute, this is the case after any attack, so I am writing in a hurry, we are surrounded with death, friends, neighbors, colleagues…
My quick message to you:

Israel has the free hand to attack us in Palestine with the full support of usa, financial political and military, talking about democracy please forget it, it is a world of one hopeless criminal power USA.

Together we shall do many things, the future is ours one day we shall see just peaceful world + we shall prevail.
I love you all - Mona ElFarra

14.Jun.2006 I write in response to Vyan's Truth 2 Power piece, which scoffs at the idea that Bush is having a good week:

In the last week we've had Iraq finally complete it's government by finding a Defense and Foreign Minister, Turdblossom's impending indictment + frog-march has fizzed just in time for him to bitch-slap liberals for being "cut and run cowards", the so-called "most dangerous man in Iraq" was taken out by a 500-lbs that left the building he was in a pile of rubble (but left the man himself in prestine condition ripe for a snuff photo orgy around the globe), Ann Coulter has finally put those "Jersey Girl Harpies" in their place + the President just had a fabulous photo-op doing laps + shaking hands around the Green Zone before turning tail getting his ass out of dodge before somebody blew it off.
The Net result?
He's up all of two-points in the polls.

Oh yeah?

Last poll I saw had W at 42%, which is rather more than a two-point hop above 29%.

The generic Dem-v-Rep spread in congress has narrowed to 9 points.

The people are clearly anxious to support this president.

More than that, they are anxious to support conservatism.
aza- Streifen: Israel soll doch Schuld an Explosion am Strand haben
14.Jun.2006 Hurrikane in den USA: Milliardenschwindel mit Hilfsgeldern

14.Jun.2006 Reisekonzern: TUI streicht jede fünfte Stelle
14.Jun.2006 Kongo- Einsatz: Im Notfall auf Kindersoldaten schießen

14.Jun.2006 Klage: Bundesfinanzhof lässt Erbschaftssteuer überprüfen
14.Jun.2006 Interview zum Adenauer- Attentat: "Historiker haben Scheuklappen"

14.Jun.2006 Pflege- Mängel in Deutschland: Hunderttausende Alte müssen hungern
14.Jun.2006 Insiderhandel: US- Milliardär Soros in Frankreich verurteilt
Irak- Mission: Bush will Sieg der "Islam- Faschisten" verhindern
14.Jun.2006 Seuche: Pest im Kongo - mehr als 100 Tote
14.Jun.2006 Umstrittenes Internierungslager: Bush lässt an Plan zur Schließung Guantanamos arbeiten

14.Jun.2006 Israel und Palästinenser: Jeder gegen Jeden

14.Jun.2006 Streit um CSU- Vorschlag: SPD hält Hartz- IV- Zwangsdienste für Quatsch
14.Jun.2006 Felsenratte: Forscher fotografiert lebendes Fossil
14.Jun.2006 Afghanistan: Operation "Mountain Trust" soll Taliban in die Knie zwingen
14.Jun.2006 Umfrage zur WM: "Wir verlieren bald den Verstand"
Airbus- Probleme: EADS- Kurs sackt dramatisch ab

14.Jun.2006 Flug nach Mallorca: Urlaubsflieger dreht wegen Fehlalarm um
14.Jun.2006 Psychologie: Die Älteren sind glücklicher

14.Jun.2006 Hartz- IV- Missbrauch: Forderung nach täglicher Meldepflicht für Arbeitslose sorgt für Wut
14.Jun.2006 Gefährliche Community: Die Netzgemeinde kennt keine Gnade
Menschenrechte: USA setzen Militärprozesse in Guantanamo aus
14.Jun.2006 Umfrage: Zustimmung zur EU in der Türkei bricht ein
13.Jun.2006 Think Progress 

Did Karl Rove make a deal with Fitzgerald “under which he gets a pass from prosecution in exchange for his continuing cooperation in the Plame investigation? Rove spokesman Mark Corallo says no. … ‘There is no deal. Period.‘”

Josh Marshall gives his take on Rove being cleared : “[N]ot only am I happy to take Fitzgerald’s word for it, if this is in fact the case, good for Fitzgerald. A prosecutor’s role is not to punish people for malicious acts. It is to ascertain whether they’ve committed specific criminal acts and determine whether there is sufficient evidence to sustain a charge.”

After a strong response to his post questioning why panels about labor weren’t very popular at YearlyKos , labor blogger Nathan Newman writes an “inspiring” essay, “Why Unions? Labor 101.”

More fallout from Bush’s go-it-alone foreign policy . Kevin Drum cites the latest Pew numbers about how American are viewed around the world. “There’s not much good news here,” he says.

An Ohio bill that would have banned abortion in all cases — including in cases of rape or incest and even if the life of the woman’s life was endangered — is “expected to be placed back in a file cabinet and left to die at the end of the year.”

The Agonist reminds us that a knowledge of history is essential to formulating good foreign policy . “The value it provides is similar to the value stock charts and earnings histories provide investors and how a person’s family medical history informs her doctor. … Indeed, history won’t tell you where you are going, but it will help you understand how you got there. …

We ignore history too much in this country and we (and others) suffer because of it.”
Bilderberg Provocateurs Tried To Instigate Violence Paul Joseph Watson  Canvassed support for unrest to discredit alternative media and protesters
14.Jun.2006 McCain And Lieberman Failed To Defend 9/11 Widows Against Coulter... The Huffington Post 
With the predictable regularity of a locust plague, Ann Coulter and her enablers at the once-reputable firm of Random House have issued yet another volume of fascistic entertainment. Now the hard-drinking, trash-talking, fortysomething bachelorette bills herself as a Christian moralist, in holy ...

14.Jun.2006 Ontario Revives Nuclear Power Plan Ontario announced a plan to spend about 20 billion Canadian dollars ($18 billion) to build reactors and refurbish some current units.
14.Jun.2006 Iraq brings in new security plan Tens of thousands of troops flood Baghdad's streets in the biggest operation to control the Iraq capital yet.
14.Jun.2006 UK role in CIA flights 'criminal' Britain has helped the CIA transport terror suspects around the world, a human rights group claims.
14.Jun.2006 Assets Recovery Agency 'failing' The agency set up to seize UK criminals' assets has recovered just £8m from law breakers since 2003.
14.Jun.2006 Further rise in UK jobless total The UK jobless total rose by 77,000 to 1.61 million between February and April, official figures show.
14.Jun.2006 Homes to be energy-saving rated Every house sold in England and Wales will be given an energy efficiency rating, the government is to announce.
14.Jun.2006 China and Taiwan set flight plan A deal is reached between China and Taiwan, paving the way for regular direct passenger flights.
14.Jun.2006 US 'biggest global peace threat' People in European and Muslim nations see US policy in Iraq as the biggest threat to world peace, a survey shows.
14.Jun.2006 Bangladesh strike turns violent Police and protesters clash in Bangladesh's capital Dhaka on the second day of a general strike.
14.Jun.2006 Early web-spinner found in amber Scientists describe the oldest true orb-weaving spider yet found: a specimen locked in Spanish amber.
14.Jun.2006 Wrinkly smokers 'at greater risk' Smokers with wrinkles have a five times higher risk of lung disease than their un-wrinkled peers, a study suggests.
14.Jun.2006 Meat and fish taste 'inherited' Children inherit their taste for meat and fish, but not for vegetables, research suggests.
14.Jun.2006 Heute in den Feuilletons: "Wörterbuch des Herrenmenschen"
AT&T: Wired News Is a 'Scofflaw'

In a combative court filing, the telecommunications giant accuses Wired News of stealing trade secrets and violating a court order by "leaking" evidence of alleged illegal internet surveillance to the public.
Google: Don't Not Be Evil What if Google were to get into the market for evil?
During a telescope test last November 7th, Suggs + Swift recorded an explosion on their very first night of observing.

A piece of debris from Comet Encke struck the plains of Mare Imbrium, making a crater about 3 meters wide.

Taking into account the duration of the flash and its brightness (7th magnitude), Cooke was able to estimate the energy of impact, the dimensions of the crater + the size and speed of the meteoroid.

"It was a space rock about 10 inches (25 cm) wide traveling 85,000 mph (38 km/s)," he says.

Lunar impacts have been seen before--"stuff hits the Moon all the time," notes Cooke--but this is the best-ever recording of an explosion in progress:
"NASA has released a video clip of a
meteorite striking the surface of the Moon. From the article:

02.May 2006 a meteoroid hit the Moon's Sea of Clouds (Mare Nubium) with 17 billion joules of kinetic energy - that's about the same as 4 tons of TNT," says Bill Cooke, the head of NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office in Huntsville, AL.'"
Christian Science Monitor Putting OSS at the Helm ScuttleMonkey 2 Jane

The Christian Science Monitor is becoming quite the proponent of open source.

The aggressive nature of OSS was a large part of what drew CIO Curtiss Edge into the fold, it seems. From the article: "But beyond the tangibles like open source code it was the community that made a convert of Edge. Behind all the open code, it was the forums and flexibility that were the driving forces he believes breeds better developers than those that toil away with proprietary code.

Open source software makes developers more aggressive + more apt to go out into the communities that exist around the software to find solutions to their problems, Edge said,

rather than holding on some proprietary help desk line while tech support looks up the answer."
Labs Compete to Build New Nuclear Bomb ScuttleMonkey 304 "Yahoo! News is reporting that two labs are currently competing to design the first new nuclear bomb in twenty years.

The new bomb was approved as a part of the 2006 defense spending bill. From the article: '

Proponents of the project say the U.S. would lose its so-called "strategic deterrent" unless it replaces its aging arsenal of about 6,000 bombs, which will become potentially unreliable within 15 years.

A new, more reliable weapon, they say, would help the nation reduce its stockpile.'"
New Crater On Moon Caught On Video ScuttleMonkey 143 From A Far Away Land writes

"NASA has released a video clip of a meteorite striking the surface of the Moon. From the article:

02.May 2006 a meteoroid hit the Moon's Sea of Clouds (Mare Nubium) with 17 billion joules of kinetic energy -

that's about the same as 4 tons of TNT," says Bill Cooke, the head of NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office in Huntsville, AL.'"
Study Says Coffee Protects Against Cirrhosis ScuttleMonkey 183
"Good news for those who like both coffee and alcohol.

In a recent study of more than 125,000 people an Oakland, CA medical team found that consuming coffee seems to help protect against alcoholic cirrhosis.

The study was done based on people enrolled in a private northern California health care plan between 00.000.1978-00.000.1985 ." From the article:

"People drinking one cup of coffee per day were, on average, 20% less likely to develop alcoholic cirrhosis.

For people drinking two or three cups the reduction was 40% + for those drinking four or more cups of coffee a day the reduction in risk was 80%."
Politik-Poker | Gedanken zur Politik von morgen Stefan Müller .

Vor einiger Zeit wurde im Rahmen eines ... Die Medien und vor allem die Politiker von FDP, CDU/ CSU , SPD und DIE GRÜNEN ...
DIE LINKE IM BUNDESTAG - Beweislastumkehr führt zur ... ( Stefan Müller [Erlangen] [CDU/ CSU ]: Haben Sie ihn auch so intensiv gelesen wie den Gesetzentwurf?)

Bei weiteren knapp 50 % der geprüften Fälle hatten ...
CDU-Fraktion Die Mailadressen der gesamten CDU/ CSU -Fraktion sind hier an einem Stück hintereinander ..., Stefan . Mueller, Gerd. ...
14.Jun.2006 Aktuell Der Bischof von Augsburg, Dr. Walter Mixa, hat die CSU -Bundestagsabgeordneten Dorothee Bär, Alexander Dobrindt + Stefan Müller zu einem Gedankenaustausch ...

14.Jun.2006 Kongo-Einsatz: Abstimmung und persönliche Erklärungen, 04.06.2006 ... Stefan Müller (Erlangen) (CDU/ CSU )

Trotz erheblicher Bedenken werde ich heute dem Antrag der Bundesregierung zur Entsendung deutscher Truppen zur ...
"Alle arbeitsfähigen Langzeitarbeitslosen müssen sich dann jeden Morgen bei einer Behörde zum 'Gemeinschaftsdienst' melden +

werden dort zu regelmäßiger, gemeinnütziger Arbeit eingeteilt - 8 Std/Tag, von Montag bis Freitag", sagte Müller in der "Bild"-Zeitung.

Wer sich verweigere und nicht erscheine, müsse "mit empfindlichen finanziellen Einbußen rechnen".

Müller begründet seine Forderung mit den Worten:

"Die Langzeitarbeitslosen haben so nicht länger das Gefühl, überflüssig zu sein, gewöhnen sich wieder an regelmäßige Arbeit." [[ARBEIT MACHT FREI”]]

Ein "positiver Nebeneffekt" sei, dass sie in dieser Zeit nicht schwarzarbeiten könnten.

"Arbeit, die getan werden muss, wird dann wieder nur von Sozialversicherten erledigt. Das schafft neue Arbeitsplätze und füllt die Sozialkassen", sagte Müller.

Der Politiker sagte, er sei sicher, dass eine solche Regelung dafür sorge, dass die von SPD-Chef Kurt Beck zu Recht angeprangerten Mitnahme-Effekte bei Hartz IV auf ein erträgliches Maß eingedämmt werden. Wer sich jeden Morgen zu gemeinnütziger Arbeit melden müsse, werde sich wohl überlegen, ob er ohne Not Hartz IV beantrage.

Vor allem die Deutschen sehen den Konflikt und seine Auswirkungen auf die weltweite Sicherheitslage weiterhin kritisch. In der Pew-Umfrage erklärten 66 % der deutschen Befragten, der Krieg habe die Welt unsicherer gemacht. Nur 21 % sahen die Auswirkungen des Krieges positiv und gaben an, die Welt sei zu einem sichereren Ort geworden.

An Beliebtheit gewonnen haben die USA nur in einigen wenigen Ländern, darunter Pakistan, das nach dem Erdbeben vom Oktober massive amerikanische Hilfe bekam. Dort stieg der Zustimmungswert für die Vereinigten Staaten seit vergangenem Jahr um vier Punkte auf 27 %. Auch in China sind die USA populärer geworden - 47 % haben dort laut Pew eine positive Meinung von den Vereinigten Staaten, das sind fünf %punkte mehr als 2005.

Er galt lange als finsterer Keulenschwinger, seine geistigen Fähigkeiten wurden unterschätzt. Doch der Neandertaler, benannt nach dem Fundort, einem Tal im heutigen Nordrhein-Westfalen, war dem modernen Menschen durchaus ebenbürtig.

150 Jahre nach der erstmaligen Entdeckung von Neandertalerknochen durch Steinbrucharbeiter nahe der Stadt Mettmann haben Wissenschaftler jetzt zwei neue Gesichtsrekonstruktionen erstellt. Der eine Kopf ist Teil der Schau "Roots 2006" im Rheinischen Landesmuseum Bonn (8. bis 19. Juli) - die andere Rekonstruktion kann im Neanderthal- Museum Mettmann besichtigt werden.
14.Jun.2006 Gesichtsrekonstruktion: Beim Barte des Neandertalers
14.Jun.2006 Milliarden- Zukauf: Axa rüstet sich gegen die Allianz
CSU- Idee: Politiker fordert Zwangsdienst für Hartz- IV- Empfänger
14.Jun.2006 Stahlkonzern Mittal: 26.000 Jobs auf der Streichliste
14.Jun.2006 Militär: US- Repräsentantenhaus billigt Nachtragsbudget
14.Jun.2006 I was kicked after being shot, says terror raid Muslim  
Independent Online Edition > UK Politics

14.Jun.2006 Zarqawi, 9/11 and the Bogus War on Terror  <>
As reported in 2004 by Jim Miklaszewski of NBC News the U.S. Military presented President Bush three plans to kill or capture Abu Musab Al Zarqawi between June of 2002 and January, 2003 before the invasion of Iraq. In each instance the authorization was not forthcoming. They never pulled the trigger and by March of 2004 over 700 terrorist killings had been blamed on Zarqawi. Investigative reporter, Greg Palast presents the case that it was the U.S. that effectively invited Zarqawi into Iraq in the first place.

14.Jun.2006 Triumph of the Swill By Mustang Bobby

Andrew Sullivan found a rather interesting e-mail at WorldNet Daily. "Don't you know that you are aiding the enemy when you speak against President Bush? I will bet you that of all the presidents since 1950, with the exception of President Ronald Reagan, President Bush is by far the best. We and hundreds of thousands of Americans stand by the president. Of course, he is not perfect, but he is a man of God. If you are a born-again Christian, you will support him and pray for him every day. We are called, no, commanded, to pray for our president," - an email to WorldNet Daily. Its title? "Born Again? Then Support The President." It would be hard to find a more candid expression of Christianism. It makes it pretty hard for there to be compromise and civil discourse when you have attitudes like that.
As the post
below suggests, not all evangelicals are goose-steppers, but they're being drowned out by those who are.

14.Jun.2006 Leo Strauss' Philosophy of Deception  <>
A mental refresher:
"Many neoconservatives like Paul Wolfowitz are disciples of a philosopher who believed that the elite should use deception, religious fervor and perpetual war to control the ignorant masses."
Strauss -- the anti-Jeffersonian.

14.Jun.2006 cannot defend itself against accusations that a domestic

DETROIT - The Bush Administration argued in U.S. District Court on Monday that it cannot defend itself against accusations that a domestic spying program is illegal and unconstitutional because details of the program would be revealed, rendering it ineffective and jeopardizing national security.

"The president has decided that the program is necessary to protect and defend the USA," Anthony Coppolino, a lawyer for the Department of Justice said in the nation's first court hearing on theprogram.

"Without evidence that goes to the heart of the matter, the president's claims cannot be addressed."

The domestic surveillance program ? in which the National Security Agency taps calls between the U.S. and other countries ? is being challenged by lawyers, academicians, journalists, advocates for civil liberties and Nazih Hassan, a Lebanese immigrant who lives in Ypsilanti, Mich. They asked U.S. District Judge Anna Diggs Taylor to order a halt to the spying.

The case is one of a few + the first in which the government has made an argument, that could determine how much power the president has to conduct domestic spying without obtaining prior approval.

Diggs Taylor heard arguments for and against so-called summary judgment Monday without issuing a decision or saying when she might.

Another hearing in the case is scheduled for July 10.

A lawyer for the plaintiffs argued that the Bush Administration's position about state secrets is of little relevance.

"The issue in this case is simply whether the National Security Administration is violating the law + the Constitution in eavesdropping on the telephone calls of Americans without a warrant,"

said Ann Beeson, a lawyer for the American Civil Liberties Union.
Re: Begin allegedly involved in bid to kill then German Chancellor Adenauer  

Most historians + certainly most conspiracy researchers, are going to examine this news report and wonder immediately how many high-level political leaders Menachem Begin and his fellow Jabotinskyites/neoconservatives murdered all around the world. Menachem Begin is not just any Israeli -- he became the prime minister of Israel and he was the most powerful leader of neoconservatism for quite a few years. This is much more than a German issue. This is about the political methods of the Israeli government vis-a-vis the entire world.
Political fanatics and ethnic zealots generally do not commit only one assassination -- it becomes a habit. They commit many assassinations. It seems quite likely, for instance, based on the known evidence, that neoconservatives in the Israeli government murdered the "liberal" Yitzhak Rabin, whom they believed was violating the will of God and selling Israel down the river. Israel is the only government in the world currently which openly boasts about its policy of assassinating political opponents as standard operating procedure. (Supposedly they assassinate only "terrorists" -- but as we have seen repeatedly from the demented rhetoric of neoconservatives like Richard Perle and David Horowitz (right-wing propaganda machine -> ), they consider all political opponents to be "terrorists.")
Do you believe that the Israeli government is justified in assassinating any world leader, or any ordinary citizen, it dislikes? Did John F. Kennedy deserve to get whacked because he opposed David Ben-Gurion's plans to develop Israel's nuclear weapons program?

Re: Begin allegedly involved in bid to kill then German Chancellor Adenauer
13.Jun.2006 NSA Blocking Whistleblower From Telling Committee About Shocking, Illegal Activities  
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Global equity sell-off accelerates across Europe  
The sell-off in global equity markets gathered pace as European bourses suffered sharp losses following overnight falls on Wall Street and declines across Asia amid fears about the effect of tighter monetary policy on global growth.
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13.Jun.2006 Christianism as a Mind Control Device for the exceptionally feebleminded.
Now: when will Andrew Sullivan begin to address the subject of Jewish fundamentalism with the same intellectual rigor that he dissects Muslim and Christian fundamentalism? Or could it be that Sullivan himself is the victim of brainwashing?

13.Jun.2006 War Crimes and BBC's Insane Society  
War Crimes and BBC's Insane Society By The Cat's Dream

Dear Craig Oliver, Editor, Ten O'Clock News, BBC1
I read your email to a Media Lens’ poster (
Posted by Mr Bombastic on June 12, 2006, 2:47 pm): The story about rendition flights was an exclusive on Newsnight the previous day. It was covered widely in the national press and on radio on the day. We took the view that there was little more we could add to the story.
I do not agree that there was nothing new in the Rooney story. As we reported it was becoming increasingly clear that he was returning to Germany to play in the latter stages of the World Cup - should England qualify.
Best wishes,
Craig Oliver Could you please inform your audience on which basis you "took the view that there was little more we could add to the story"?
From Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly rapporteur Dick Marty’s report
“Alleged secret detentions and unlawful inter-state transfers involving Council of Europe member states”: 280.

Our analysis of the CIA 'rendition' programme has revealed a network that resembles a 'spider’s web' spun across the globe. The analysis is based on official information provided by national + international air traffic control authorities, as well as on other information including from sources inside intelligence services, in particular the American.

This 'web', shown in the graphic239, is composed of several landing points, which we have subdivided into different categories + which are linked up among themselves by civilian planes used by the CIA or military aircraft. (...)
292. With regards to these extremely serious allegations, it is urgent

– that is the principal aim of this report – that all Council of Europe member states concerned finally comply with their positive obligation under the ECHR to investigate.

It is also crucial that the proposals in the draft resolution and recommendation are implemented so that terrorism can be fought effectively whilst respecting human rights at the same time.

How can the BBC writes “that there was little more we could add to the story" when the government leading the “Coalition of the Willing”, the “War on Terror” + the “Exporting Democracy Enterprise” is guilty (together with your own government) of massive human rights violation according to the United Nations, the Council of Europe, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International among others?
When you "took the view that there was little more we could add to the story", had you read the Council of Europe’s report?

This is what that reports states just about one point: 1.2. Guantanamo Bay
4. At Guantanamo Bay, on the island of Cuba, several hundred people are being detained without enjoying any of the guarantees provided for in the criminal procedure of a state governed by the rule of law or in the Geneva Conventions on the law of war. These people have been arrested in unknown circumstances, handed over by foreign authorities without any extradition procedure being followed, or illegally abducted in various countries by USA special services. They are considered enemy combatants, according to a new definition introduced by the American administration7.
5. The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has strongly criticised this state of affairs:

26.Apr.2005 with no votes against and just five abstentions, it adopted a resolution (1433/2005) and recommendation (1699/2005) in which it urges the USA Government to put a stop to this situation and to ensure respect for the principles of the rule of law and human rights.

It also concludes that the USA has engaged in the unlawful practice of secret detention. In its reply of

17.Jun.2005 (doc. 10585), the Committee of Ministers expresses its full support to all such efforts + to all efforts to obtain a prompt release or fair trial of persons detained at Guantánamo Bay by an independent + impartial court.

It urges the USA Government to ensure that the rights of all detainees are ensured and that the principle of the rule of law is fully respected.

For its own part, it expresses the determination of the member states to ensure that the rights of persons released and returned to their jurisdiction are fully respected.

The Committee of Ministers has conveyed a message in these terms to the Government of the USA of America8. To our knowledge, no reply has been received to date.
6. The UN Committee against Torture has also called for the closure of the Guantanamo Bay detention facility in recent times, criticising its secret character and the denial of access to the ICRC9.

Your words

“We took the view that there was little more we could add to the story” are dated

June 10. In those same hours, three people – INNOCENT PEOPLE!!! - were killing themselves in the US concentration camp Guantanamo.
Once again the BBC is actively aiding and abetting in war crimes and crimes against humanity. And now, please, tell us everything about the Rooney story.
You have shown what an INSANE SOCIETY is.
Regards,Gabriele Zamparini

13.Jun.2006 WSJ angry at Hayden. Faiz 

Ever since CIA Director Michael Hayden testified that he “wasn’t comfortable” with Doug Feith’s secret Pentagon intel operation that tried to link Saddam and al Qaeda, both Feith and Sen. Jon Kyl have been trying to get him to change his opinion. But they’ve failed + now the WSJ is upset that Hayden is feeding the “Bush lied myth.”
13.Jun.2006 Bush Officials Stoke International Outrage Over Guantanamo Suicides Payson 

Over the weekend, two Saudis and a Yemeni committed suicide in their cells at Guantanamo. In response, the State Department’s Colleen Graffy – who “coordinates efforts with a special envoy, Karen Hughes, in a campaign to improve the US image abroad, especially in Islamic countries” - described the suicides as “good PR move to draw attention.” In addition, Guantanamo’s camp commander Navy Rear Admiral Harry Harris called the suicides “an act of asymmetric warfare waged against us.”

The comments caused a diplomatic uproar around the world and have led to renewed calls for Guantanamo’s closure. A few examples of the international displeasure from both conservative and liberal editorial boards:

- “In an editorial headlined ‘Bad Language’, the right-leaning Times [of London], normally a defender of Britain’s alliance with the USA, said such rhetoric ‘plays once again into the hands of America’s enemies.’ ” [Link]

- “France’s Le Monde newspaper condemned Graffy’s comments, saying that they ‘illustrate the gulf which separates American authorities from the rest of the world on this sinister question.’” [Link]

- “Britain’s Guardian newspaper called Harris’ remarks ‘cold and odious.’ ‘It is entirely in keeping with the clinical illegality of America’s treatment of terror suspects since 2001,’ the left-leaning newspaper said.” [Link]

- “Britain’s conservative Daily Mail newspaper said the officials had spoken ‘with utter insensitivity to world opinion’ in an editorial headlined: ‘From the high moral ground to the gutter.’” [Link]

- “Spain’s El Mundo newspaper called the comments ‘gruesome.’ ” [Link]

The administration immediately had to go “into damage control,” with State Department spokesman Sean McCormack saying, “I would just point out in public that we do not see it as a PR stunt.”
13.Jun.2006 Pentagon Papers published 35 years ago today. Think Progress 

TinyRevolution marks the anniversary by highlighting a new op-ed by Vietnam-era whistle-blower Daniel Ellsberg + a flashback of President Bush’s answer when he was asked two weeks before the Iraq invasion, “What can you say tonight, sir, to the sons and the daughters of the Americans who served in Vietnam to assure them that you will not lead this country down a similar path in Iraq?”
13.Jun.2006 Conservatives Hype ‘Danger,’ ‘Risks’ of Bush Trip, Claim He’s Getting ‘In the Face’ of Iraqi Terrorists Nico 

This morning on Fox News, anchor Jon Scott and Rep. Peter Hoekstra (R-MI) focused much of their discussion about President Bush’s Iraq trip on the six-minute helicopter ride from the Baghdad airport to the Green Zone.

After saying a top U.S. goal is “to take the battle to where radical Islam would plan and strategize” for an attack, Hoekstra said “today the President is going in their face” by traveling to Iraq. Scott added, “[C]learly a trip like this is not without risk,” since Bush “had to jump on a helicopter and fly at low altitudes. … The fact he was willing to undertake some of those risks says a lot about his confidence in the future.”

Watch it:
13.Jun.2006 Conservatives Hype ‘Danger,’ ‘Risks’ of Bush Trip, Claim He’s Getting ‘In the Face’ of Iraqi Terrorists Nico 

This morning on Fox News, anchor Jon Scott and Rep. Peter Hoekstra (R-MI) focused much of their discussion about President Bush’s Iraq trip on the six-minute helicopter ride from the Baghdad airport to the Green Zone.

After saying a top U.S. goal is “to take the battle to where radical Islam would plan and strategize” for an attack, Hoekstra said “today the President is going in their face” by traveling to Iraq. Scott added, “[C]learly a trip like this is not without risk,” since Bush “had to jump on a helicopter and fly at low altitudes. … The fact he was willing to undertake some of those risks says a lot about his confidence in the future.” Watch it:
13.Jun.2006 Rep. King: My Wife ‘Is At Far Greater Risk Being a Civilian In D.C. Than An Average Civilian In Iraq’ Faiz 

Last night on the House floor, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) downplayed the violence on the ground in Iraq, claiming his wife is taking a greater risk by living in Washington, D.C. King said:

27.51 Iraqis per 100,000 die a violent death on an annual basis. 27.51. Now what does that mean? To me, it really doesn’t mean a lot until I compare it to people that I know or have a feel for the rhythm of this place. Well I by now have a feel for the rhythm of this place called Washington, D.C. + my wife lives here with me + I can tell you, Mr. Speaker, she’s at far greater risk being a civilian in Washington, D.C. than an average civilian in Iraq. 45 out of every 100,000 Washington, D.C. regular residents die a violent death on an annual basis. Watch it.

King’s stats are faulty. First, using the most recent 2004 data, the violent casualty rate in D.C. is 35.8 deaths per 100,000, not 45. Second, the King comparison has an obvious problem of scale, comparing the entire country of Iraq to one concentrated urban area. Taking Baghdad for instance, the Brookings Institution’s Iraq Index estimates an annualized murder rate of 95 per 100,000 Iraqis for that city, a rate more than 2.5 times as high as D.C.’s. (Brookings notes this number may be “too low since many murder victims are never taken to the morgue, but buried quickly and privately and therefore never recorded in official tallies.”)

Even the Wall Street Journal’s opinion page noted that King’s numbers have “painted a misleadingly Pollyanish picture of Iraq.”

Apparently, Bush hasn’t read King’s study. On his trip into Iraq today, Bush employed “extraordinarily-tight protective measures,” which were deemed necessary “because of Iraq’s tenuous security situation.” Bush “never seriously considered” staying overnight, wanting to leave Iraq immediately for the safety of Washington, D.C.
13.Jun.2006 Malkin On Detainee Suicides: ‘Boo-Freakin-Hoo’ Amanda 

Yesterday on Fox News, Michelle Malkin mocked the suicides of three Guantanamo Bay detainees. Her reaction was so out-of-line that even O’Reilly took exception. Watch it:

Full transcript below:

MALKIN: And really, the reaction to the suicides should be, “Boo-freakin-hoo.”

O’REILLY: Well, I don’t know about that. I don’t want anybody, you know, killing themselves , but I do believe it was a political statement. Anyway —

MALKIN: Exactly.

O’REILLY: If I were in Guantanamo Bay + I couldn’t get out — and these guys will never get out, believe me — I might commit suicide too .
NBC To Feature Coulter On Tonight Show Judd 

Last Tuesday, Ann Coulter appeared on NBC’s Today Show and defended her comments that several 9/11 widows were “self-obsessed women…enjoying their husband’s death.” That evening, NBC News anchor and managing editor Brian Williams called Coulter’s remarks “over the line — the line that is shared by just about everybody because some things, it turns out, are still sacred.”

Nevertheless, Coulter is scheduled to appear Wednesday on NBC’s Tonight Show with Jay Leno:

“Tonight” host Jay Leno might want to consider wearing referee stripes on Wednesday’s show when Ann Coulter and George Carlin are his guests.

Coulter, the acid-tongued conservative with a new book out + Carlin, the quick-witted, antiestablishment comedian who’s in the voice cast for the new animated film “Cars,” were booked at separate times for the NBC late-nighter, a spokeswoman said Monday.

Apparently, the line isn’t sacred enough for NBC to stop using Coulter and her extreme comments to pump up their ratings.
Bush makes surprise trip to Baghdad Judd 

to meet with Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. He’ll be staying for five hours.
13.Jun.2006 ThinkFast AM: June 13, 2006 Think Progress 

Republican House leaders unveiled a draft resolution that will be the subject of this week’s floor debate on Iraq . But the resolution cloaked the Iraq conflict under the broader war against terrorism. In a letter to House Majority Leader John Boehner, Rep. Ike Skelton, ranking member of the Armed Services Committee, said, “I think you well understand that the war in Iraq is a separate conflict, an insurgency with terrorist elements and sectarian violence.”

An EPA rule designed to keep “groundwater clean near oil drilling sites and other construction zones was loosened after White House officials rejected it amid complaints by energy companies that it was too restrictive and after a well-connected Texas oil executive appealed to White House senior advisor Karl Rove .”

The Washington Post reviews the writings of new White House domestic policy adviser Karl Zinsmeister , who started his job yesterday. “With a sharp pen,” Zinsmeister personally attacked his opponents, for instance, calling Al Gore a “mad dog” known to “foam at the mouth.” Jacques Chirac, Nelson Mandela, Gerhard Schroeder and Kofi Annan were labeled “feckless fools.”

A new study shows the “bloody fingerprints” of global warming: Polar bears “may be turning to cannibalism because longer seasons without ice keep them from getting to their natural food.”

“Faced with a widening federal investigation into his ties to a high-powered lobbying firm, House Appropriations Chairman Jerry Lewis (R-CA) has retained a criminal defense attorney . … Lewis is facing federal scrutiny over his dealings with the lobbying firm Copeland, Lowery, Jacquez, Denton & White. FBI officials recently pulled Lewis’ personal financial records + several current and former Lewis aides also are being investigated.”
13.Jun.2006 “ Private military contractors are earning billions of dollars in Iraq — much of it from U.S. taxpayers. … Lucrative U.S. government contracts go to firms called on to provide security for projects and personnel — jobs that in previous conflicts have been done by the military.”

The National Religious Campaign Against Torture, a group of twenty-seven distinguished religious leaders, have signed a statement urging the USA to “ abolish torture now — without exceptions .” The statement, being published in newspaper advertisements starting today, states that torture “violates the basic dignity of the human person” and “contradicts our nation’s most cherished values.”

Al Gore is looking to spread his global warming message beyond movie theaters. Gore said yesterday “that by the end of the summer he would start a bipartisan education campaign to train 1,000 people to give a version of his slide show on global warming featured in the film ‘An Inconvenient Truth’ and book of the same name.”

And finally: locals and tourists in St. Andrews, Scotland, don’t seem to know much about Abramoff’s infamous golf junket. “For all the Beltway chatter…, locals in this windswept beach town are distinctly uninterested. […] As for Americans misbehaving in St. Andrews, locals would rather talk about recent allegations that actor Kevin Costner acted inappropriately during a massage at the spa in the Old Course Hotel.”
13.Jun.2006 U.S./Mexican Security Barrier
Great article comparing the barrier Israel is erecting to protect itself from the West Bank with the hypothetical barrier the U.S. would build to protect itself from Mexico:

The Israeli West Bank barrier, when finished, will run for more than...
Free-market telecom - Editorials/Op-Ed - The Washington Times, America's Newspaper
A little free-market common sense emerged from Congress late Thursday night when the House rejected by 269-152 an amendment to a wide-ranging broadband bill that would have imposed "net neutrality." As nice as it sounds, the underlying idea is anything but. Essentially, the amendment would have ...

13.Jun.2006 Raid police apologise for 'hurt'
Police apologise for the "hurt" they caused two brothers after an anti-terror raid on their east London home.

13.Jun.2006 Bush makes surprise Iraq trip
US President George W Bush pays an unannounced visit to Iraq - his first trip there since November 2003.

13.Jun.2006 'Kill Iraqis marine song' probe
The US marines criticises a video posted online apparently showing a US Marine singing about killing Iraqi civilians.

13.Jun.2006 Nepalese rebels freed from jail Nepal's government begins releasing Maoist rebels detained under a controversial anti-terror law.
13.Jun.2006 Father of energy efficiency to get Fermi Award U.S. government will give one of its highest scientific awards to one of the figures behind conservation.
13.Jun.2006 New Nano Desalinization Method ScuttleMonkey 39 lbmouse writes

"The Technology Review is reporting that researchers at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory have announced a way to use carbon nano-tube technology to reduce the cost of desalination of ocean water by 75 percent over current methods of reverse osmosis. From the article: 'The technology could potentially provide a solution to water shortages both in the USA, where populations are expected to soar in areas with few freshwater sources + worldwide, where a lack of clean water is a major cause of disease.' The technology may also lead to new ways of eliminating carbon dioxide emitted from power plants."
New IP Treaty Looming? ScuttleMonkey 114 Comments 

"According to an article by James Boyle in the Financial Times, the USA is helping push a Treaty that would create an entirely new type of intellectual property right in the US, in addition to copyright, covering anything that is broadcast or webcast. (Regardless of whether the work was in the public domain, Creative Commons Licensed etc, the broadcaster would control any copies made from the broadcast for 50 years.) Boyle argues that this is dumb, unconstitutional + anyway should be debated domestically first."
Projecting Data on a Sphere ScuttleMonkey 92 Comments necro81 writes

"The NYTimes has an article in today's Science section that describes a four-projector system that displays images on a spherical screen. The Science on a Sphere system, developed at the Goddard Space Flight Center and used in some planetariums, can display and animate vast amounts of visual data from the Earth, Moon, Sun + the other planets. The sphere is suspended by thin wires + animating the image data gives the illusion of a free-floating, rotating world."
Hawking Says Humans Must Go Into Space ScuttleMonkey 505 Comments neutralino writes

"The Associated Press reports that astrophysicist Stephen Hawking wants humans to establish colonies in space in order to ensure the survival of the human race. At a news conference in Hong Kong, Hawking said that 'It is important for the human race to spread out into space for the survival of the species. Life on Earth is at the ever-increasing risk of being wiped out by a disaster, such as sudden global warming, nuclear war, a genetically engineered virus or other dangers we have not yet thought of.'"
RIAA Claims P2P Has Been Contained ScuttleMonkey 298 Comments Magorak writes

"USA Today is reporting the RIAA now claims that the issues surrounding P2P and piracy have been contained and are no longer as big an issue as they once were. From the article; 'The problem has not been eliminated,' says association CEO Mitch Bainwol. 'But we believe digital downloads have emerged into a growing, thriving business + file-trading is flat.'"
VoIP's Security Vulnerabilities Zonk 96 Comments garzpacho writes

"Experts predict that attacks on VoIP systems could be right around the corner + are calling for preemptive security measures. The BusinessWeek article compares the current state of voice-over-IP to the pre-spam email era and suggests that spammers could be the first to exploit the system. From the article: 'Here's what VoIP security breaches could mean for consumers. For starters, it's a big channel for spammers. Think of the Viagra ads that flood your e-mail inboxes now. They work because the cost of e-mailing thousands of people at once is so low, only 1% to 3% or so need to respond for it to be worth it, Ingevaldson says. Comparable economics apply to VoIP calls, he says. Then there are potential phishing attacks, where fraudsters posing as banks lead consumers to fake sites. Those and other attempts at identity theft could spring up via VoIP accounts too, experts say. Imagine the messages from relatives of deposed Nigerian dictators -- only this time they're on voice mail, too.'"
Judging The Apple 'Sweatshop' Charge Zonk 659 jurgen writes

"MacWorld summarizes an article published in the U.K., stating that Apple's iPods are made in China by women who work 15 hours/day, make $50/month + have to pay half of that right back to the company for housing and food. The article also claims the workers live in dormitories where they are housed 100 per room + are not allowed visitors." A Wired article looks at the same story, exploring the reliability of the Mail on Sunday's claims. From that article: "The situation is too murky for a rush to judgment on Apple's ethics here + it may well meet minimum global standards. But for a company that has staked its image on progressive politics, Apple has set itself up as a potential lightning rod on global labor standards. Sweatshops came back to bite Nike after its customers rose up in arms; and Apple can expect a similar grilling from its upscale Volvo-driving fans in the months ahead."

''It's a group of very powerful individuals whose objective is to create one world government, based on an economic model from the Middle Ages,'' he said. This would be ''a post-industrial model where you have slaves and slave owners.''

He claimed to have Bilderberg insiders feeding him information.

Protester J. P. Arial of Ottawa was there for the fourth straight day.

"They're ruining our planet. They're suppressing free energy, controlling the food industry. They're forcing farmers to switch to genetically modified seeds,'' he said.

''They want to control everyone. No freedom, no democracy.''

But most residents took no notice of the black cars running in and out between the computer companies, past the lineup at Tim Hortons on March Road + off to the airport.

Ottawa Citizen
13.Jun.2006 Secretive Bilderberg over but was world domination discussed? 
13.Jun.2006 Saudi-owned super yacht stormed by FBI on exit from Malta 

The 90-tonne, 60-metre 'Le Pharaone' that flies a Panamanian flag, was intercepted by FBI agents deployed from the US Embassy in Rome, in a bid to arrest the 65-year-old owner, identified as Gaith Rashad Pharaon, a Saudi national wanted in Washington for a series of federal and international crimes ranging from massive fraud to financing terrorism.
13.Jun.2006 Using Children as 'God's Army' : A new documentary chronicles a summer camp where children, as young as six, are trained to become devout Christian soldiers.
13.Jun.2006 Promises and Betrayals: : Video: An intriguing look at how the British double-dealing during WWI ignited the conflict between Arab and Jew in the Middle East. A disturbing picture of a duplicitous wartime government.

13.Jun.2006 Fax reveals US is flying terror suspects to Europe’s secret jails : THE intercepted top-secret fax contained information that America never wanted the world to know – that the US was holding war-on-terror captives at clandestine “black site” prisons in eastern Europe.
12.Jun.2006 When Suicide becomes Resistance By Mike Whitney
Guantanamo is the face of America under Bush. It has changed how we are perceived in the world and it has eroded our moral authority. We should be grateful to the 3 men who sacrificed their lives in the struggle against barbarity and cynicism.

13.Jun.2006 Another U.S. Cover-Up Surfaces By Dahr Jamail and Arkan Hamed -Inter Press Service
In the wake of the Haditha massacre, reports of another atrocity have surfaced in which U.S. troops killed two women in Samarra + then attempted to hide evidence of their responsibility.

13.Jun.2006 How Not to Get Out Of IraqBy Pat Gerber
Rep. John Murtha introduced America to the word “redeployment” during his press conference last November, when he spoke about a bill he authored that was designed to prevent the military he loves from becoming “a broken force,” to use General Helmly’s words. Rep. Murtha has never claimed that his redeployment bill was peace-oriented + if you examine it closely, you can see that its purpose is to change the arc of the war rather than end it.

13.Jun.2006 Showdown Looming With Iran By Mark H. Gaffney
Our problem in 2006 is that the world can no longer afford even a single miscalculation, lest we become irradiated flakes of ash on the wasted winds.

13.Jun.2006 Nuking Iran By Paul Craig Roberts
John Bolton, a notorious neocon warmonger who could not be confirmed as America's ambassador to the UN by even the compliant and corrupt US Senate, got the job as a recess appointment. He is using the platform to push America into war with Iran.

13.Jun.2006 Jim Lobe: "New American Century" Project Ends With A Whimper : Is the Project for the New American Century (PNAC), which did so much to promote the invasion of Iraq and an Israel-centred "global war on terror", closing down?

13.Jun.2006 Apologise or we'll cut your funding, US envoy tells UN : AMERICA’S bitter dispute with the United Nations escalated last night when John Bolton, the US envoy to the UN, threatened to withhold funding to the organisation unless it apologised for the remarks of a senior British official.

13.Jun.2006 Brothers in terror raid speak out: A must watch video: The two men arrested in the Forest Gate anti-terror raid have spoken publicly for the first time about their ordeal - when armed police burst into their home.

13.Jun.2006 Europe’s deadly business : The European Union’s aggregate arms exports are enormous + many are deliberately sold to developing countries.

13.Jun.2006 Evangelism in the military under fire: "Members of the military swear an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the USA," Weinstein told United Press International. "They do not put their hand on the Constitution and swear an oath to support and defend the New Testament."

13.Jun.2006 Rove Won't Be Charged in CIA Leak Case : Top White House aide Karl Rove has been told by prosecutors he won't be charged with any crimes in the investigation into the leak of a CIA officer's identity, his lawyer said Tuesday, lifting a heavy burden from one of President Bush's most trusted advisers.

13.Jun.2006 'Not Only What Is Legal, But What Is Right': A senior White House official willfully undermined U.S. national security in an effort to tar a critic of the administration’s case for war in Iraq

13.Jun.2006 Gathering To Demand The Truth About 9/11: "This was not incompetence," Bowman said, referring to the failure of military commanders to order fighter jets to shoot down the airliners before they hit the buildings, "this was treason." Judging by the reaction from his audience, it was clear he was not alone in that sentiment.
13.Jun.2006 Dr. Elias Akleh: Palestinian Referendum … A Distraction: Palestinians had given Israel and the previous Fatah government plenty of time (ten years) and plenty of chances to broker a political agreement to establish the peaceful two states solutions. Yet Fatah leaders kept on giving free political concessions one after the other + Israel kept on violating all agreements and disregarding international laws

13.Jun.2006 Israel: Iran Cannot Have Nuclear Weapons: "Israel will not tolerate nuclear weapons in the hands of Iran. We will not be able to accept such a reality. It is quite obvious why," Olmert said at a joint news conference with British Prime Minister Tony Blair.

13.Jun.2006 Russia and china reject statement on Iran N-issue : China and Russia have rejected joining the West in a joint statement urging Iran to halt uranium enrichment, in diplomatic manoeuvring on Tuesday ahead of a debate at the UN nuclear watchdog.

13.Jun.2006 Book links Begin to 1952 plot to kill then-German Chancellor Adenauer : Former prime minister Menachem Begin played a central role in a failed attempt to assassinate then-West German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer, with the objective of sabotaging the reparations agreement in the works with Israel, according to the journal of Eliezer Sudit, one of the men who carried out the attempted hit.
13.Jun.2006 The fluctuating value of life : Why does a terrorist attack on the transport system in London that kills and injures dozens, draw utter condemnation and creates shock amongst us all, yet an attack by the Israeli military on a beach in Gaza killing and wounding dozens, including young children on a seaside outing, fails to register the same decibel levels?
13.Jun.2006 American Accomplice of Terrorist Linked to Death Squads in Iraq: US Army Colonel James Steele, who was involved in the Iran-Contras scandal along with international terrorist Luis Posada Carriles at his command, is now an advisor to death squads in Iraq.

13.Jun.2006 US costs for Iraq war top $320bn : America has spent more on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan than on all its foreign wars up to 1939, following the passage of a bill allowing $66bn (£35.8bn) in new funding for the Pentagon.

13.Jun.2006 Military expenditure: World military expenditure in 2005 is estimated to have reached $1001 billion at constant (2003) prices and exchange rates, or $1118 billion in current dollars - The USA is responsible for 48 per cent of the world total

13.Jun.2006 US insists on right to develop arms for outer space: The USA on Tuesday reasserted its right to develop weapons for use in outer space to protect its military and commercial satellites and ruled out any global negotiations on a new treaty to limit them.

13.Jun.2006 Chalmers Johnson: ”The Last Days of the American Republic.” : Video and transcript : The largest element in our budget of discretionary spending goes for national security. We are spending today more on national defense, so-called really on war, than all the other nations on earth combined.

13.Jun.2006 Poll: U.S. in Iraq greater threat than Iran: he presence of U.S. troops in Iraq is considered a greater threat to Mideast stability than the current government in Iran, according to a new poll of European and Muslim countries.

13.Jun.2006 US Marines leave Ukraine amid protests: Some 200 US Marine reservists in Ukraine have left the county ahead of planned military exercises amid protests over their presence.

13.Jun.2006 More murder in Gaza: Israeli missiles kill Gaza bystanders: At least 11 Palestinians, including two children, have been killed in two Israeli air strikes in central Gaza City.
13.Jun.2006 Iraqi 'error' triggers US raid: 2 children among 9 dead : Local residents accused the Americans of targeting civilians and a man wearing a white dishdasha held up the charred body of a toddler whose head had been blown in half.

13.Jun.2006 US test fire kills three Iraqis : The US military has admitted that three Iraqi civilians killed in an explosion on Friday died because of an artillery training exercise that went wrong.
13.Jun.2006 Young People of America…… Rise Up and Rebel! By Doug Soderstrom, Ph.D.
Young men fresh out of high school, frustrated by life, with nothing better to do than to sign up as mercenaries ready and willing to kill for their country, yet, as always, afraid to die and angry as hell as a result of buddies (comrades-in-arms) having been killed
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13.Jun.2006 Support The Troops By Sheila Samples
When torture, murder and war crimes committed by Americans in places such as Guantanamo, Haditha, Abu Ghrab, Ishaqi and Fallujah, as well as in Afghanistan, comes to light, Bush and his criminal defense department initially try to conceal the atrocities. If forced to investigate themselves, they find no wrongdoing. When all else fails, Bush comes out, blames the troops and says the few bad apples will be brought to justice.

13.Jun.2006 Terrorism Is A Tactic By Charley Reese
Terrorism is a tactic, not an entity + it is a tactic used by people who have a political grievance. Therefore, if you want to eliminate terrorism, you have to address the political problems that gave it birth.

13.Jun.2006 A tunnel without end
The US version of the Guantánamo suicides is disgraceful. The cause of death was gross injustice -By Zachary Katznelson
Islam says it goes against God to kill yourself. So what would drive a man to take his own life, despite his religious beliefs? The answer shames the US and its allies, Britain prominently included.

13.Jun.2006 Guantanamo: A History of Torture Interview with Alfred McCoy, Professor of history at the University of Wisconsin.
Guantanamo is a complete construction. It's a system of total psychological torture, designed to break down every detainee contained therein, designed to produce a state of hopelessness and despair that leads, tragically, sadly in this case to suicide.


Greg Palast Uncovers the 'Armed Madhouse' of the Bush Reign of Greed, Fear and Stolen Elections


We were screaming in the streets: no blood for oil, which, of course, you know, most Americans consider a bargain – blood for oil, as long as it’s not their blood, right? But in fact, it wasn’t blood for oil. It was blood for no oil. It was blood to make sure that not too much oil would flow and bust the market. Oil had been down under Bill Clinton to eighteen bucks a barrel. Now it’s over $70 a barrel. -- Greg Palast

RESOURCES: Armed Madhouse: Who's Afraid of Osama Wolf?, China Floats, Bush Sinks, The Scheme to Steal '08, No Child's Behind Left + Other Dispatches from the Front Lines of the Class War (Hardcover) by Greg Palast, a BuzzFlash Premium. Greg Palast, from the BuzzFlash archives.

BuzzFlash: Is ChoicePoint playing a big role in this?

Greg Palast: You betcha, because where are they getting these databases? The answer is the war on terror. People keep talking about how they are attacking our civil liberties by keeping these big databases on Americans. What are they for? They’re not to keep you safe from al-Qaeda. There’s not a war on terror. It’s a war on democracy.
The electoral dumpster is filled with basically a Democratic pile of uncounted votes. That’s how they did it. And they’re planning to do a better job of not counting those votes in 2008. It’s the non-count of the vote – it’s not the count – that picks our president.

But it’s not just anyone’s ballot that doesn’t count. Whose votes are they? We did a precinct-by-precinct analysis of whose votes were thrown away. If you are in a black majority precinct, the chance that your vote will be thrown in the electoral dumpster is 900% higher than if you’re in a white precinct. If you are Hispanic - 500% higher than if you’re in a white precinct. This also includes something called "rejected provisional ballots," a whole new gimmick. A million people were shunted to back-of-the-bus ballots called provisional ballots. And over half a million of those were never counted – never counted. And who made the decision not to count them? The Secretaries of State, like the Secretary of State of Ohio, who is also the head of the Bush reelection campaign.

Whose votes are thrown out? It’s black voters and poor voters. That’s why the Armed Madhous e subtitle says “Dispatches from the Front Lines of the Class War.” Vote theft is class war by other means. Not everyone’s vote gets thrown out.

It was Ohio, New Mexico, Iowa + on and on. 3.6 million votes were cast and never counted in the 2004 election – 3.6 million. This isn’t Greg Palast getting the info from a black helicopter. This is Greg Palast and our team going through the computer files of the election information agency – and, by the way, the computer files of the Republican National Committee, which is one of the most enjoyable parts of the investigation because some schmuck at the RNC wrote some e-mails, in which they were discussing exactly how to jigger the election. We were able to suck that down through a fake web site.

BuzzFlash: One more question on oil. In essence, we look at the war in Iraq + saber-rattling in Iran + see it as a Bush failure. Our soldiers are dying in a macabre fiasco. It’s a civil war there. From the perspective of the oil companies, however, it’s been a big success. They’re making out literally like bandits.

Greg Palast: Exactly. If you thought that we went into Iraq to get that oil, then we failed. But the oil companies are not in the business of finding oil. They’re in the business of finding profits + they make profits by not finding oil – by locking up these fields.

The history of Iraq is a history of locking up their fields so they don’t produce. So it is mission accomplished. You have to understand - Exxon-Mobil Corporation, the number one, lifetime, career giver to George W. Bush after Enron - is making $10 billion clear profit every three months. We haven’t seen cash like that since the pharaohs. This is mission accomplished.

In other words, Abdullah plays his game of jerking the market way up and way down. That’s how the Saudis keep control of the oil market. Chavez says, I’m not playing that game. I’m not giving George Venezuela’s oil money. In fact, Chavez withdrew $20 billion from the U.S. Federal Reserve and lent it to Argentina, Ecuador and other Latin American countries. When you start withdrawing your money from the Federal Reserve and giving it out, instead, to Latin America, you basically are getting a date with a bullet.

Greg Palast: Let’s put it this way. Iraq can pump 6 million barrels a day. As long as they are members of OPEC under Saudi control, they can only pump 3 million a day. With the oil for food program – we put a clamp on Saddam – it was 2 million a day. People misunderstand this one. We were screaming in the streets: no blood for oil, which, of course, you know, most Americans consider a bargain – blood for oil, as long as it’s not their blood, right? But in fact, it wasn’t blood for oil. It was blood for no oil. It was blood to make sure that not too much oil would flow and bust the market. Oil had been down under Bill Clinton to eighteen bucks a barrel. Now it’s over $70 a barrel.

But the plan was that we don’t sell off Iraq’s oilfields. Rather they have lock-up agreements with U.S. oil companies.

And most importantly, this plan would guarantee that Iraq does not produce beyond its OPEC quota. In other words, we want the oil, but not too much, because that would bring down the price of oil.

In the book, I actually show the pages from these plans for Iraq + one says the purpose is to enhance the Iraq government’s relationship with OPEC. As you can imagine, OPEC is the oil cartel which basically has its foot on the world’s economic windpipe at the moment - $70 a barrel gasoline. Three bucks a gallon at the pump is what it comes out to. We are literally in there right now to make sure that Iraq remains good members of OPEC. They were afraid that Saddam was going renegade + he could not be trusted to play ball with OPEC, which is basically an illegal cartel controlled by Saudi Arabia and big oil.

That was the winning plan for the oil. In other words, if you wonder why your cousin is shivering under a tank in Fallujah, it is to enhance Iraq’s relationship with OPEC. There it is, guys – black and white.

BuzzFlash: To ensure a controlled flow of oil at a good profitable price for the oil industry.
We Invaded Iraq to Increase Oil Company Profits by Ensuring that the Price of Oil Would Rise Due to Decreased -- Not Increased -- Availability, Greg Palast Asserts in a BuzzFlash Interview About His New Book, "Armed Madhouse"

13.Jun.2006 "Syriana" (on DVD) from It is About the Oil, Stupid. (Advance Order, Will Ship On or About June 20)
Legal Counsel for Joe Wilson and Valerie Plame Issues Statement in Response to Apparent Likelihood that Rove Won't be Indicted: "The day still may come when Mr. Rove and others are called to account in a court of law for their attacks on the Wilsons."
Chicago Tribune: Rove's Lawyer Says Fitzpatrick Has Informed Him That Rove Will Not be Indicted. "Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald formally advised us that he does not anticipate seeking charges against Karl Rove,'' attorney Robert Luskin said in a statement issued this morning [Tuesday]. BuzzFlash is Just Passing It On. You be the Judge.

13.Jun.2006 The BuzzFlash Mailbag -- Uncensored and Unvarnished Truth from BuzzFlash Readers.
Bush Team Meets to Pick New Scapegoat for Iraqmire Folly -- A BuzzFlash News Analysis
US-led war on terror increases risk of terrorist attacks says England's Oxford Research Group 6/14
New Report Dismantles Industry Claims about Net Neutrality 6/14

13.Jun.2006 Daniel Ellsberg: Iraq's Pentagon Papers; This unjustified war is waiting for its whistle-blower, says the leaker of Vietnam's secret history. 6/13
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13.Jun.2006 Rove gets off Patrick Fitzgerald will not charge Karl Rove.

"In Abell 3266 sehen wir Strukturbildung in Aktion", sagte Mark Henriksen von der University of Maryland, einer der mitarbeitenden Wissenschaftler. "Dunkle Materie ist der gravitatorische Kleber, der den Gasball zusammen hält. Aber während dieser durch die Galaxien-Ansammlung rast, entspinnt sich ein Tauziehen, das die Galaxien letztlich gewinnen werden."

Der Gasball habe sich vermutlich vor etwa zwei Milliarden Jahren bei der Kollision einer großen Galaxie mit einer kleineren gebildet, schreiben die Wissenschaftler in der Fachzeitschrift "Astrophysical Journal" (Bd. 642, S. 790). Dabei spaltete sich  ein Gasklumpen vom kleineren Kollisionspartner ab und wurde ins All geschleudert, wo er schließlich in den Gravitationsbereich des Galaxienhaufens Abell 3266 geriet.

Es ist der gewaltigste Feuerball, der je am Himmel entdeckt wurde. Der Kometen-artige Gasklumpen ist mehr als eine Milliarde Mal so schwer wie die Sonne und rast mit einer Geschwindigkeit von 750 Kilometern pro Sekunde durch einen fernen Galaxienhaufen.

Mit einem Durchmesser von ungefähr drei Millionen Lichtjahren ist der Gasball fünf Milliarden Mal größer als unser Sonnensystem und damit das größte bislang bekannte Objekt seiner Art. Bestehend aus heißem Gas rast er durch den fernen Galaxiehaufen Abell 3266.
Nahost: Olmert genehmigt Waffenlieferung an Abbas
13.Jun.2006 Börsenzittern: Dax rutscht auf Sieben- Monats- Tief
13.Jun.2006 Grenze USA- Mexiko: Soldaten schrecken Einwanderer ab
13.Jun.2006 Kritik an Londoner Terroreinsatz: "Ohne Vorwarnung geschossen"
Rekord- Feuerball: Größter Komet verliert stündlich die Masse der Sonne
13.Jun.2006 Afrika: Köhler wirft Westen koloniales Denken vor
13.Jun.2006 Kursrutsch: Angst an den Aktienmärkten
Geheimdienst- Affäre: Bush- Berater Rove kommt ungeschoren davon

13.Jun.2006 Truppenbesuch: Bush überraschend im Irak eingetroffen
13.Jun.2006 Bundesgerichtshof: Klage wegen Roboter- Operation abgewiesen
Israel: Menachem Begin soll Mordanschlag auf Adenauer geplant haben
13.Jun.2006 Communique a l?ATS-SDA sfux 
Claude Covassi - Mais qui est donc le procureur Roschacher? Il est celui qui a détruit la vie du banquier Oskar Holenweger sur les allégations imaginaires d?un trafiquant de drogue. Il est celui qui a mené la banque Al-Taqwa à la faillite, et placé en détention sans preuves son président, Youssef Nada, sur simple demande des autorités américaines. Il est celui qui, toujours à la demande des autorités américaines, a fait emprisonner pendant deux ans des musulmans yéménites avant...

13.Jun.2006 Chinesischer Aktivist nach ARD-Interview schwer verletzt worden sfux 
Peking / SDA - Ein chinesischer Aktivist, der in einem Bericht des deutschen Fernsehens über den umstrittenen Drei-Schluchten-Damm mangelnde Entschädigung für die Umsiedlung beklagt hatte, ist brutal zusammengeschlagen und schwer verletzt worden.
Das Studio des Ersten Deutschen Fernsehens in Peking berichtete, Fu Xiancai sei nach der Attacke am vergangenen Donnerstag offenbar die Wirbelsäule angebrochen.

Der NDR-Intendant wollte beim chinesischen Botschafter...
Bush gibt Gefangenenflüge über Europa zu sfux 
World Content News - Endlich.

US-Präsident Bush hat bei einem Treffen mit dem dänischen Ministerpräsidenten Rasmussen eingestanden, dass Gefangenenflüge im Rahmen der Terrorismusbekämpfung über europäischem Luftraum stattgefunden haben. Gefangene seien ohne Formalia transportiert worden, ohne dass dabei Souveränitätsrechte anderer Staaten verletzt wurden.
Wenn man seinen Angaben Glauben...

Karl Rove will not be prosecuted Nico  in the CIA leak case, NBC News is reporting.

UPDATE: Now CBS News: “A lawyer for senior White House official Karl Rove says prosecutors have decided not to charge him with any crimes in the CIA leak investigation.”
Quaint and Curious Customs of Concentration Camp Canada

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Alex Jones reports in to Blood/Rense/ Noorey from Ottawa
Bilderberg-bound filmmaker held at airport
Laura Payton, Ottawa Citizen Published: Thursday,

08.Jun.2006 Canadian authorities detained an American activist filmmaker at the Ottawa airport late Wednesday night, confiscating his passport, camera equipment and most of his belongings.
Citizenship and Immigration Canada agents stopped Alex Jones, whose films include Martial Law 9/11: The Rise of the Police State + questioned him for nearly four hours before letting him go with only one change of
clothes and telling him to return Thursday morning

“It s really chilling, like a police state,” said Mr. Jones of his detention.
Mr. Jones + his crew, camera operators Ryan Schlickeisen + Aaron Dykes, travelled to Canada to film a documentary about the Bilderberg group, a secretive group of former politicians + business leaders who are meeting in Ottawa this week.
A Citizenship + Immigration representative said that her department was unable to comment on Mr. Jones ' detention.
“As a result of the privacy act, we are forbidden from discussing individual cases,” said Marina Wilson, spokesperson for the department.

“I'm not aware of this ... (detention) is at the discretion of our visa officers.”
Mr. Jones said that he and the agents had reconciled prior to his release.
?I want to say, on the record, it takes two to tango. I could have handled it better.?

2006 Bilderberg: Jim Tucker
Alex Jones Bullhorns Bilderberg in Ottawa - June 2006
George W. Bush had Alex Jones arrested in 1998

.Jun.2006 VICTORIA, B.C. -- His Royal Highness The Earl of Essex, Prince Edward + his wife, Sophie Rhys-Jones, the Countess, are making their final stop on their 10-day Western Canadian tour in Victoria today.
Over the past week, the youngest child and third son of Queen Elizabeth II has been touring Alberta and British Columbia.
The main purpose of the Prince?s visit is to present the Duke of Edinburgh's Awards -- an award program for personal achievement for those aged 14-25 who live well-rounded lifestyles, regardless of personal ability.
There are three levels attainable in the Duke of Edinburgh's Awards: bronze, silver and gold.
The bronze awards are presented by a provincial representative of the Queen; silver by a federal representative; and the gold awards are presented by a member of the Royal Family.
The Award program was started by Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, in 1956.

13.Jun.2006 The Columbine Massacre Unravels [excerpt]  Sampler Interesting (to me) gems from the blogosphere or anything else that may strike my fancy.
The Columbine Massacre Unravels [excerpt] By gethky

Columbine has never made any sense. On a close examination of eyewitnesses + events, one can easily see that there were at least seven people involved + maybe a third shooter. Basically, there were 100 bombs found that day + Klebold and Harris didnt' bring them in alone. And the fact that an eyewitness said he saw two cars, with seven kids, at the school early that morning confirms there
Wall Street Doesn't Like This War
[In the REAL world, Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld would have been fired a long time ago for gross incompetence.

Also: more evidence that it is Israel and the Israel lobby + The Lobby only, which is agitating for a war against Iran.

Enough of this shit, all the pragmatists in the business world are muttering, more and more loudly with each passing month.

They consider the neocons to be surpassing wankers, all mouth, zero skills in any field other than in manufacturing hate propaganda.]
Investment banker Ken Miller says that the war in Iraq, conflated with the other policies coming out of Washington, are of growing concern to American financiers....
Wall Streeters now fall mainly into two camps: Those who think the war in Iraq was itself a horrible mistake and those who think it could have been a good choice but was bungled in the execution.

It is not the $800 billion the Iraq War is projected to cost that drives us nuts.

A $13 trillion economy can make adjustments.

But the troop drawdown + failure to finish the job in Afghanistan, the bad information in the run-up to the Iraq invasion, the ever-changing rationales,

the failure to develop realistic scenarios after the collapse of Saddam Hussein + the chronic bloodletting without an exit plan -

these smack of the type of performance that, in the brutal meritocracy of the Street, would cost us our jobs.
Dan Abrams and Israeli Control of MSNBC  

Dan Abrams was just appointed head of MSNBC. Contemplate these facts: Dan Abrams /c Ann Coulter associate at Jewish World Review
Dan Abrams /c Bill O'Reilly associate at Jewish World Review
Dan Abrams /c Charles Krauthammer associate at Jewish World Review
Dan Abrams /c Daniel Pipes associate at Jewish World Review
Dan Abrams /c David Horowitz associate at Jewish World Review
Dan Abrams /c Dennis Prager associate at Jewish World Review
Dan Abrams /c Frank Gaffney associate at Jewish World Review
Dan Abrams /c Jackie Mason associate at Jewish World Review
Dan Abrams /c Jewish World Review member
Dan Abrams /c Jewish World Review writer
Dan Abrams /c JINSA link by Michael Ledeen at Jewish World Review
Dan Abrams /c Jonah Goldberg associate at Jewish World Review
Dan Abrams /c Mark Steyn associate at Jewish World Review
Dan Abrams /c Meir Kahane link by Jackie Mason at Jewish World Review
Dan Abrams /c Michael Ledeen associate at Jewish World Review
Dan Abrams /c Michelle Malkin associate at Jewish World Review
Dan Abrams /c Mort Zuckerman associate at Jewish World Review
Dan Abrams /c MSNBC general manager
Dan Abrams /c MSNBC head
Dan Abrams /c neoconservative
Dan Abrams /c pro-Israel militant
Dan Abrams /c Rich Lowry associate at Jewish World Review
The most extreme neocons in America are substantially in control of cable television news.

From Dan Abrams we can expect systematic censorship of criticism of Israel and the Israel lobby, a total blackout out on any questions about 9/11, a shrieking propaganda campaign to ignite a holy war between the USA and Israel's enemies and a toleration of vicious hate speech when it suits the interests of Israel and the Israel lobby. Furthermore, we can expect "alternative" media outlets like the Huffington Post, Air America and From the Wilderness to maintain a strict silence about any of the above facts and issues.
Lawyer Sees Political Angle to Terror Case in Canada - New York;en=d0690e70c78f6b22&ei=5088&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss
Rocco Galati on the Toronto terrorism case.

13.Jun.2006 FOR MORE DEPLETED URANIUM INFORMATION GO TO: The 'X' Zone Radio Show - Depleted Uranium Effects
13.Jun.2006 Usama Bin Bull Sh**

13.Jun.2006 Dozens Attempted Suicide At Guantanamo,Army base can't pay light Bil
13.Jun.2006 NOW WHAT? Posted by: "Bugs" brawny1946 Mon Jun 12, 2006 5:00 am (PST) Zarqawi autopsy over, results withheld 12 Jun 2006 A US military autopsy was finished on Abu Musab al-Zarqawi on Sunday, but the findings were not immediately released by American officials. U.S. commanders initially said al-Zarqawi died in the airstrike but later said he survived and died soon after.
12.Jun.2006 Democrats for more War - Rmail  Gorilla in the Room From: "Gorilla in the Room" <>

Subject: Democrats for more War – Rmail
The Democrats seem more determined to get us into war than Republicans.
Reid is a co-sponsor along with Sens. George Allen (R-Va.), John McCain (R-Ariz.), Evan Bayh (D-Ind.) + Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) of the new Iran sanctions legislation, which is opposed by the Bush administration as too radical and warmongering. Sen. Dick Lugar (R-Ind.), not any Democrat, is leading the opposition to the draconian bill drafted by wingnuts Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.).

The imposition of strict economic sanctions on Iran would be, in itself, an act just short of war and would send out an unmistakable signal to the Iranians and the rest of the world: the shooting is about to start.
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11.Jun.2006 Other People's Blood — By BOB HERBERT

11.Jun.2006 Re: ACTION POINT.... SAVE THE INTERNET — Patricia Johnson-Holm

11.Jun.2006 Alex Jones — maddog

11.Jun.2006 Govt. Tracking: RFID & NAIS — Privacy expert Katherine Albrecht

11.Jun.2006 Direct Energy Weapons / Electronic Harassment / Video Link — gerryduffett

11.Jun.2006 Electronic Harassment / Direct Energy Weapons / Video Link — gerryduffett

11.Jun.2006 TRUE LOW COST EMERGENCY ITEMS FOR ALL STATES — Ralph C. Whitley, Sr. a Veteran

11.Jun.2006 "Shadow Government" in the Case of a "Second 9/11": — by William M Arkin

11.Jun.2006 9/11 COVER UP GUIDE — Fran Shure

11.Jun.2006 ***Action Alert***For all groups and issues*** — Marsha

11.Jun.2006 CANCER HITS 283 RESCUERS OF 9/11 — Cathy Garger

11.Jun.2006 Thousands to DIE within 20 years! — Ralph C. Whitley, Sr. a Veteran

11.Jun.2006 WTC Basement Nuclear BOMB (nm) — helicopter detonated

13.Jun.2006 Raid brother tells of death fears A man shot during a police anti-terror raid in east London has told how he thought he was going to be killed.
13.Jun.2006 Nine killed in Israeli air strike At least nine Palestinians, including two children, die in an Israeli air strike in Gaza, witnesses and medics say.
13.Jun.2006 Energy bills push up UK inflation Higher gas and electricity bills helped to push UK inflation up to 2.2% in May, official figures show.
13.Jun.2006 Rubbish collection 'may be taxed' Plans are being considered which would see households charged for the amount of waste they produce.
13.Jun.2006 Rove 'not to face' leak charges White House aide Karl Rove will not be charged over the leak of a CIA officer's identity, his lawyer says.
13.Jun.2006 Iraq pull out 'would be mistake' Pulling British troops out of Iraq now would be a "very great mistake" and harm the UK's security, Tony Blair says.
13.Jun.2006 Pioneering eye operation in baby US doctors have successfully carried out the first artificial cornea implant operation on a British child.
13.Jun.2006 NHS staff 'not happy with care' The majority of NHS staff would not want to be treated in their own hospital, a survey shows.
13.Jun.2006 Westjordanland: Israel soll Verhandlungen über Rückzug vorschlagen
Produkt- Entfremdung: Coca Cola mag Mentosfontäne nicht
11. September: Al- Qaida benennt 20. Attentäter der Anschläge

13.Jun.2006 Konjunkturindikator: Finanzmärkte erwarten Abschwung
Minus- Tag: Kursrutsch an den Börsen
Netzwelt- Ticker: Armee der Zombies

13.Jun.2006 Forschungsfahrzeug Oscar: Knutschkugel mit Hintersinn

13.Jun.2006 Nach Sarkawis Tod: al- Qaida weist Verratsvorwurf zurück
Futtermangel: Eisbären fressen sich gegenseitig

13.Jun.2006 Regierung: Koalition bleibt im Umfragetief
Gaza- Streifen: Israel lehnt Verantwortung für tödliche Explosion am Strand ab
Neue Programmversion: Google Earth wird tiefer gelegt

13.Jun.2006 USA: Polizisten überfahren Badegast am Strand
Fluggastdaten: Datenschützer will Weitergabe an USA begrenzen

13.Jun.2006 Kritik am Staudammprojekt: Chinesischer Aktivist nach Interview zusammengeschlagen
Schlappe für Bundesregierung: Vorentscheidung gegen Tabakwerbung

13.Jun.2006 Ernährung: Fast- Food- Fett macht fetter
Energiehunger: RWE plant Einstieg in Holland
US- Arbeitsmarkt: Wachstum ohne Jobs