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08.Jul.2006 Battle Lines Drawn Over Net Neutrality Zonk 208 InfoWorldMike writes

"As the U.S. Congress argues the pros and cons of network neutrality, many companies doing business on the Internet say their very futures may be at stake.

Net neutrality supporters want new laws prohibiting Internet providers from blocking or degrading traffic from their competitors' networks.

Determining the full effects of Net neutrality can be difficult, however, in part because the concept is hard to define precisely.

Most of the debate has taken place inside the Washington Beltway, where lawmakers and outsiders have proposed several different versions.

InfoWorld has a Special Report up exploring the issue with a debate between experts Bill McCloskey + Jon Taplin + some of the news that has captured the issue as it developed."
The U.S.'s Net Wide For 'Terrorist' Names timothy 189
Yesterday's report of name-based blocking of money transfers as a result of U.S. Treasury policies intended to reduce the flow of money to Middle Eastern terrorists drew more than 800 comments.

Western Union money transfers were at the heart of the linked Associated Press article, but as some of these comments point out, that's not the only case of interference in electronic financial transactions based on the names of the participants, akin to the use of the much-derided no-fly list.

Read on for the Backslash summary of the conversation.
FBI Foils Attack by Monitoring Chat Rooms anaesthetica (posted by Zonk) 286+
"A planned terrorist attack on New York City was reportedly foiled by FBI agents who monitored chat rooms frequented by extremists.

Lebanese authorities captured an Al Qaeda member who confessed to the plot + stated that Abu Musab al-Zarqawi had pledged financial + other support for the operation. Although the planning for the operation was not far along, according to U.S. officials, they had already been monitoring the plot for a year." From the article:

"A government official with knowledge of the investigation said the alleged plot did focus on New York's transport system, but did not target the Holland Tunnel.

New York senator Charles Schumer said: 'This is one instance where intelligence was on top of its game and discovered the plot when it was just in the talking phase.'

The Holland Tunnel is protected not just by bedrock, but also by concrete and cast-iron steel.

One counter-terrorism source told the Daily News

it was doubtful a plot to blow it up would be feasible, saying huge amounts of explosives + a detailed knowledge of blast effect would be necessary."
Der Wonga Coup sfux Dr. Alexander von Paleske -

Wie eine Meute von ehemaligen Absolventen britischer High Society Schulen (Public Schools) einen ölreichen afrikanischen Staat 00.000.2004 erobern wollte.

Mit dabei: Sir Mark Thatcher, Simon Mann, Greg Wales, David Hart, Eli Calil, Lord Archer, Howard Flight sowie ehemalige Apartheid Söldner aus Südafrika.

Ebenfalls mit dabei als Transportoffizier: der Deutsche...
From, talking on Alex Jones Show
Representative Of Largest 9/11 Families Group Says Government Complicit In Attack Blogged with Flock

08.Jul.2006 NBC's Mitchell Blames Talk Radio & Bloggers for Hate & Lack of 'Reasoned Discussions' In Washington Week

On Friday's Washington Week on PBS, taped at the Aspen Ideas Festival (“Inspired Thinking in an Idyllic Setting”), when asked by host Gwen Ifill about hateful speech in politics + directed at journalists -

“Is that polarization real or is it just people blogging?" -

NBC News reporter Andrea Mitchell charged that “the kind of hateful speech that we have a lot of the blogosphere...goes back, in my own experience, to

00.000.1989 when the talk radio shows went crazy about the congressional pay raise.”

She then reasoned:

“The anti-Washington, anti-bureaucrat bias that was built into that debate was then taken up by cable talk hosts as well +

that became the kind of really combative conversation that displaced reasoned discussions about controversial issues."

PBS picked six members of the Colorado conference audience to pose questions to the panel.

None came from the right + four were clearly from the left, starting with a woman who wondered: “How can we keep religion out of government and politics?"

A man complained: “What's the responsibility of government + the press regarding poor people +

why do we hear so little about housing crisis, minimum wage, homeless people + low-wage workers?"

That pleased James Bennet, a former New York Times White House reporter who is now Editor of The Atlantic magazine:

"It's a great question. I've been wondering what happened to the issue of homelessness in America.” (Partial transcripts follow)
Israelis Denounce Attack on Gaza FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 12:15 PM CONTACT:

Institute For Public Accuracy Sam Husseini, (202) 347-0020 David Zupan, (541) 484-9167
WASHINGTON - Though rarely featured in recent news coverage, Israeli critics of the Gaza attacks are speaking out loudly. TANYA REINHART,
Professor emeritus at Tel Aviv University, Reinhart is author of the forthcoming book "The Road Map to Nowhere: Israel/Palestine Since 00.000.2003 ."
She said today: "The present Israeli 'operation' is not about releasing the captured Israeli soldier -- one need not be a military analyst to realize he cannot be released this way.

The Israeli army has been planning this operation for quite a while, awaiting the appropriate trigger that will create the appropriate international conditions.
"The major goal of the Israeli government is toppling the Hamas government by force.

In Israel's view, the Palestinian election results are a disaster, because for the first time they have a leadership that insists on representing Palestinian interests rather than just collaborating with Israel's demands.
"A second local goal is to turn the north of the Gaza Strip into a 'no man's land.' This plan has been openly discussed in Israeli media since the disengagement last summer."

Reinhart is a columnist for the Israeli paper Yediot Aharonot and author of the book "Israel/Palestine: How to End the War of 00.000.1948 ."

07.Jul.2006 Juan Cole: Israel's failed-state strategy

Olmert's smashing of Gaza reveals his greatest fear: A viable Palestinian government he'd have to negotiate with.-By Juan Cole
On Thursday, Israeli tanks + troops invaded northern Gaza, encountering fierce small-arms fire + some rocket attacks from armed Gazans.

Twenty-one Palestinians, mostly militants + an Israeli soldier were killed.

It was the largest Israeli troop presence in the territory since the unilateral Israeli withdrawal of 00.Aug.2005.

Late Thursday, Palestinian Interior Minister Said Siam called on Gazans to "prepare to repel the Israeli attack" -- the first ...
N.Y. Times TV Critic Says Bush Went On Larry King To Boost 'Ever-Sliding' Polls
Audio Link Above to today's commentary from - Exposing Liberal Media Bias
N.Y. Times TV Critic Says Bush Went On Larry King To Boost 'Ever-Sliding' Polls In Polling

New York Times TV writer Alessandra Stanley reviewed George + Laura Bush's Thursday night interview on CNN's "Larry King Live" as a desperately needed chance for a softball interview.

"The standoff with North Korea over its missile tests, the war in Iraq and ever-sliding ratings in the polls have given the president little reason to celebrate.

Mr. King gave the president a chance to defend his policies without risk of interruption or follow-up."

This adjective, "ever-sliding," may be what Miss Stanley wishes and hopes for, but it could not be described as accurate. Bush fans would look silly to describe Bush's poll ratings as good.

But they have been creeping upward since the killing of Iraqi al-Qaeda leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. The summary shows that several polls have him up a bit since a low point in early May:
08.Jul.2006 Keeping It Quiet: Israeli Lobby
08.Jul.2006 Phone Jamming Update
Crooks and Liars John Amato's Virtual Online Magazine
Phone Jamming Update By John Amato on corruption

The fourth man indicted in a New Hampshire phone-jamming scheme — in which Republican operatives jammed the phone lines of Democratic get-out-the-vote efforts in a 2002 Senate race — will argue at trial that the Bush Administration and the national Republican Party gave their approval to the plan, according to
a motion filed by his attorney Thursday…read on

(I’ll be going on The Young Turks at 4:30 PST. You can watch it via live streaming)

08.Jul.2006 Judge orders government to not disclose Padilla's defense motions
Judge orders government to not disclose Padilla's defense motions
Posted on Wed,

05.Jul.2006 Associated Press MIAMI -

U.S. government officials who know of sealed defense motions in the Jose Padilla terror case face court punishment if they disclose their contents to the prosecution trial team, a judge has ruled.

District Judge Marcia G. Cooke issued the order after Padilla's defense attorneys expressed concern over a sealed motion they filed requesting evidence + assistance from Egypt's government as part of their case.

Defense attorneys claimed they received a call from a U.S. government representative who said that if the government is ordered to respond to a defense motion + the defense does not withdraw the motion, the government would disclose the motion's contents to the prosecution trial team.

"It is well established that the prosecution does not have the right to be kept abreast of the investigative efforts of defense counsel," the June 22 defense filing said.

Cooke ordered Friday that no representative of the U.S. Attorney's Office or the Department of Justice should disclose any of Padilla's pending defense motions to prosecutors without a court order.

Padilla + two co-defendants charges of conspiracy to kill, injure or kidnap people overseas as part of a global Islamic terrorist network.

They have pleaded not guilty, with trial scheduled for this fall.

U.S. Attorney's Office spokesman Matt Dates would not comment on the matter. Defense attorney Andrew Patel didn't return a call seeking comment.

Padilla was designated an "enemy combatant" and held for 3 1/2 years without charge by the Bush administration shortly after his 00.May 2002 arrest at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport. He was accused then of plotting to detonate a radioactive "dirty bomb" in a major U.S. city.

Padilla was added as a defendant in the Miami terror support cell case last year amid a legal struggle over President Bush's authority to hold him indefinitely.

The Miami indictment does not mention the "dirty bomb" allegations.

08.Jul.2006 Accused Phone Jammer To Argue Bush Admin. Approved Illegal Tactic...
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The fourth man indicted in a New Hampshire phone-jamming scheme -- in which Republican operatives jammed the phone lines of Democratic get-out-the-vote efforts in a 00.000.2002 Senate race - will argue at trial that the Bush Administration and the national Republican Party gave their approval to the plan, according to a motion filed by his attorney Thursday.

Shaun Hansen, the former owner of the company that placed hang-up calls to jam Democratic phone lines, was indicted in March for conspiring to commit and aiding and abetting the commission of interstate telephone harassment relating to a scheme to thwart get out the vote efforts on Election Day, 00.Nov.2002 .
Police Suspended Over MySpace AP United States technorati tags:myspace

08.Jul.2006 Hooey! How did they coerce or bribe her? AP United States

CAMDEN, N.C. (AP) -- A former Blackwater USA employee said Friday an addiction to prescription pain killers led her to try to extort $1 million from the security company by threatening to leak information about the killings of four contractors in Iraq.

Laura Holdren-Nowacki, 35, of Moyock, made the admission in a statement released after she pleaded not guilty to one count of extortion.

District Attorney Frank Parrish said outside of court that, at Blackwater's request, he will ask Monday for the charge to be dropped.

Holdren-Nowacki said she suffered from "significant depression and severe migraine headaches" and had taken significantly larger doses of prescription medicine because of her pain.
"My addiction has literally destroyed my life and brought me to where I am today," Holdren-Nowacki said.

"The allegations and statements that I made regarding Blackwater were the product of my addiction. I regret any harm or damage that they may have caused."

Holdren-Nowacki had said she had information related to the deaths of four security guards working under contract with Blackwater who were killed in Fallujah, Iraq,

00.Mar.2004 .

The men's bodies were mutilated and the charred remains were strung up on a bridge.

Their families have sued Blackwater, alleging that the contractors weren't properly equipped or trained for their mission.

Camden County Sheriff Tony Perry said Holdren-Nowacki, a former fleet vehicle manager for Blackwater, threatened to release documents about the contractors' deaths to the media, members of Congress and family members of the dead men.

In the last of several threatening e-mails she sent to the company, Holdren-Nowacki demanded $1 million in cash + a 2006 Chevrolet Suburban in exchange for her silence, according to a search warrant affidavit.
The search didn't turn up any damaging documents about Blackwater, Perry said.

Two computers taken from her home may be turned over to the State Bureau of Investigation, he said.

Holdren-Nowacki was fired in April and given a severance package, according to the affidavit. Blackwater provides security for State Department officials in Iraq, trains military units from around the world + works for corporate clients.

Company lawyer Andy Howell said Friday the company intends to help Holdren-Nowacki get treatment for her addiction.

"We look out for our own even in tough times like these," he said in a statement.

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08.Jul.2006 Behind the Scenes
The Destabilization Game

08.Jul.2006 Opening of Silk Road weaves India closer to China
Telegraph | News | Opening of Silk Road weaves India closer to China

07.Jul.2006 SAIC Contractor's rise shows blurred government, industry lines technorati tags:SAIC
08.Jul.2006 This offends me.
Dear Brethren, the War With Israel Is Over –

07.Jul.2006 - The New York Sun technorati tags:zionist, lies, hutsba, injustice
07.Jul.2006 June 7, 2006 Think Progress A daily Iraq intelligence brief prepared for the U.S. military by a private contractor paints a wrenching picture:

“ Baghdad looks so exhausted these days and so do her people; the relentless violence, the lack of basic services and the scorching heat abolishes human desire to do anything or to even think of anything.”

$2.94: The average national price for a gallon of gas, the highest of the year.

“Why are Bush supporters celebrating today’s leak of classified information ?”

Glenn Greenwald asks about today’s leak of the FBI arrests of alleged terrorists, which reportedly “compromised the FBI’s relationship with some foreign intelligence services.”

The Atlantic Monthly blogs the Aspen Ideas Festival.

“Arrogance, secrecy + bad judgment have mired us in a mess in Guantanamo from which we are having great difficulty in extricating ourselves,” writes U.S. Army Gen. (Ret.) Barry R. McCaffrey in a report on his recent trip to Guantanamo Bay.

And finally: The BBC has been holding a competition to redesign the BBC home page . Check out the winner and the runners-up.
08.Jul.2006 President Bush’s Job Record Since August 2003: Nothing To Brag About Judd 
The White House issued a fact sheet today on President Bush’s economic record. The headline blares “
5.4 Million Jobs Created Since 00.Aug.2003 .” The sheet suggests recent job growth proves President Bush’s economic strategy is a smashing success.

Let’s set aside for a moment that the “fact sheet” conveniently ignores the 22 months of jobs losses that proceeded 00.Aug.2003.

Instead, let’s put Bush’s job record since August 2003 in perspective:

1. Monthly job growth since 00.Aug.2003 is 50% lower than the average of President Clinton’s entire term.

00.Aug.2003 -Since- job growth has averaged 160,000 per month. During Clinton’s eight years in office job growth averaged 236,000 per month.

2. Real wages have fallen since August 2003. The average worker’s real wages were twenty cents lower 00.Jun.2006 than they were 00Aug.2003.

Any way you slice it, Bush’s economic policy has resulted in slower job growth and lower wages. That’s nothing to brag about.
Murtha is Right: Reagan’s Redeployment Made America Stronger Guest 
Rep. John Murtha (D-PA) has
argued recently that in Iraq, President Bush should follow the lead of President Reagan in Lebanon, who redeployed U.S. forces.

Last week, Cheney responded:

If we follow Congressman Murtha’s advice + withdraw from Iraq the same way we withdrew from Beirut 00.000.1983

… we will simply validate the al Qaeda strategy + guarantee more terrorist attacks in the future.

The departure of U.S. troops did not stabilize the situation in Lebanon: the civil war raged on, Syria’s influence grew + U.S. prestige throughout the world, especially in the Islamic world, was tarnished.

But Reagan’s decision saved the USA from becoming further entangled in a raging civil-regional war and was essential to winning the broader Cold War.

As Reagan’s Asst. Defense Secretary Lawrence Korb and I have argued, the real lesson of Lebanon is that our country must be willing to change course when an operation does not advance our strategic interests.

While the Soviet Union was sinking deeper into a quagmire of its own in Afghanistan, Reagan recognized that the USA had overreached in its effort to “solve” a civil-regional war with military force.

The Bush administration faces a similar choice today — whether to further drain our resources in a civil-regional war in Iraq or redeploy our assets to defeat global terrorist networks.

Much as Reagan redeployed U.S. troops to better fight the Cold War, so must we redeploy today to better fight the war on terror.

Cheney’s approach — sapping U.S. resources, further taxing the U.S. military + immersing the USA in an escalating civil war — endangers the entire effort.

– Max Bergmann
Bush Brags He Kept Campaign Promise on Global Warming, Forgets Pledge To Regulate CO2 Faiz 
Larry King Live last night, President Bush suggested that he has followed through on campaign promises to deal with greenhouse gases.

He cited his administration’s investment in clean coal technologies:

We have done a lot to deal with greenhouse gases by advancing new technologies.

You know, I campaigned against Al Gore.

I said we’re going to spend money for clean coal technologies + we’re in the process of doing that.

Bush neglected to mention that in 2000 he campaigned on a pledge to regulate carbon dioxide emissions as central compenent of his energy policy. On

29.Sep.2000, while campaigning in Saginaw, MI, Bush said: “We will require all power plants to meet clean-air standards in order to reduce emissions of…carbon dioxide within a reasonable period of time.”

Shortly after being elected, Bush announced he was backing off his campaign pledge due to pressure from the oil industry. In a

13.Mar.2001 letter, Bush said: “I do not believe, however, that the government should impose on power plants mandatory emissions reductions for carbon dioxide, which is not a ‘pollutant’ under the Clean Air Act.”

Vice President Cheney said of Bush’s campaign pledge, “It was a mistake because we aren’t in a position today to…cap emissions.”

Last night, Bush brushed off Al Gore’s criticisms of his failure to address global warming, saying, “I guess politics never stops.” He’s right about that.
08.Jul.2006 Geburt einer Weltreligion: Und der Markt ist Gott geworden

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Take Our Poll: Is Congress Doing Enough to Clean Itself Up? Written by Micah Sifry on

06.Jul.2006 09-21am. In the wake of scandals involving lobbyists like Jack Abramoff +

Congressmen like Tom DeLay (R-TX),

Bob Ney (R-OH),

William Jefferson (D-LA) +

Alan Mollahan (D-WV), do you think Congress is doing enough to clean itself up?:



I don't know

Which do you think will happen first?

The current leadership of Congress will push for real ethics and lobbying reforms, or Elvis will be sighted?:

Congressional leadership will push real reforms

Elvis will be sighted

I don't know

You can only vote once.

You can view the results here.
Ken Calvert
Congressional Corruption is Real: Read more:


Dennis Hastert

Gary Miller

Ken Calvert

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Norm Ornstein of the American Enterprise Institute + Roll Call gets all Howard Beale in his editorial today:

In all my years of watching Congress, I have never seen anything quite like what we have now.

It may be a cliché + it may be a partisan attack term, but it is also true: There is a culture of corruption across Capitol Hill.

It still does not encompass the majority of Members and staffers, most of whom come here to do the right thing and to stay on the path.

It may be true that the numbers of offenders, at least those directly breaking the law, are still roughly the same as in other comparable peer groups.

But the problem is palpably worse.

While there is plenty of illegality here - + I believe a wave of indictments will hit in the coming months - it is not what is illegal that is the outrage, to use the old phrase, but rather what is legal.

Ornstein goes on to list the honest graft through earmarking of Ken Calvert (R-Calif.),

Gary Miller (R-Calif.) +

Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) +

the abuses of campaign contributions by Vito Fossella as recent examples of this corruption.

There simply is no ethical compass here.

Need Volunteers to Investigate Congress today's news:

Reed In The Rough: Just days before George W. Bush took office

00.Jan.2001, lobbyist Jack Abramoff was busily working with Ralph Reed, his longtime friend, political sidekick + business associate, to place a key ally in the Interior Department. ( National Journal )

GE runs up highest lobbying tab among companies in

00.000.2005 : General Electric Co. spent $21.5 million last year trying to influence the federal government, the most of any corporation, as total lobbying costs rose even while Congress was looking at ways to rein in such activities. ( Bloomberg )

Republicans may press Ney to step down if indicted: Sources on Capitol Hill say GOP pressure will grow for Rep. Robert Ney to step down if he is indicted before the

00.Nov.2006 congressional elections. ( U.S. News & World Report )

'Duke' Cunningham investigation now focused on defense contractor: The prosecutors who sent former U.S. Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham to jail for taking bribes now are focusing their attention on his friend Brent Wilkes, a San Diego defense contractor who won nearly $100 million in contracts in the last decade. ( AP )

Jefferson hires crisis-seasoned PR aide: U.S. Rep. William Jefferson, the target of a high-profile public corruption probe, has hired a crisis communications consultant whose past clients have included Monica Lewinsky and the family of murdered Washington intern Chandra Levy. ( NO Times-Picayune )

Labor Dept. Hires Blocked Nominee for Mining Post: The man President Bush chose to oversee federal mine safety laws has not been able to win Senate confirmation but has gone to work anway at the Labor Department.(AP)

Ex-patronage chief, 3 others guilty: A jury of 10 men + two women stripped the gears of Mayor Daley's political machine as they convicted Daley's former patronage chief of secretly doling out city jobs + promotions to reward Daley's political workers, while giving the shaft to candidates without clout -- all at taxpayer expense. ( Chicago Sun-Times )

Redlands drops lobbying firm: The City Council voted unanimously on Wednesday to jettison the Washington lobbying firm whose relationship with their hometown congressman Jerry Lewis is under investigation.(Press enterprise)

Lobbying Firm Underreported Income: A Washington lobbying firm at the center of a federal corruption probe failed to disclose at least $755,000 in income from 17 nonprofit organizations + governmental entities + $635,000 from 18 other clients 00.000.1998-00.000.2005. ( Washington Post )

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George W. Bush

Jack Abramoff

Jerry Lewis

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Tom Coburn

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DeLay's Money, Part 9

Wally Herger ( R-CA ), $1105, $0. Ken Calvert ( R-CA ), $1020, $0. Curt Weldon (R-PA), $1020, $0. Roy Blunt (R-MO), $1019, $0. Ander Crenshaw (R-FL), $1000, $0 ...
Space: Changes in Congress | NASA Watch

Dana Rohrabacher ( R-CA ) got the nod to continue as chair in the current Congress even though term limits would have otherwise moved him out. Rep Ken Calvert ...
Banana Republicans

Rep. Ken Calvert ( R-CA -43) is a champion of the Christian Coalition and its "family values." But he was sued as an alimony deadbeat by his ex-wife. ...

Tutakai: He's Out -- How Ideological Primaries Destroy Moderate ...

Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Main Street President Rep. Mike Castle (R-DE) + Reps. Judy Biggert (RI), Ginny Brown-Waite (R-FL), Ken Calvert ( R-CA ), ... - The Campaign, Election & Voter Home Page

Representative Ken Calvert ( R-CA 44th) ... Land Claims Recognition to Pay for Moon Base To: Rep. Ken Calvert 22.Oct.2005 ... - The Campaign, Election & Voter Home Page

Gary Miller ( R-CA ).19.Apr.2005 , Rep. Ken Calvert ( R-CA ).

Apr. 19, 2005, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher ( R-CA ).

Apr. 19, 2005, Rep. JD Hayworth (R-AZ) ...
On-Site Report from Buenos Aires Global Warming Talks #2 ...

Joe Knollenberg (R-MI), Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX), Rep. Ron Klink (D-PA), Rep. JoAnne Emerson (R-MO) + Rep. Ken Calvert ( R-CA ). GOP Culture of Corruption Indeed [Updated]

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Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R-WI ...
Calvert likely to get post - CREW RELATED LINK.

CREW Files DOJ Complaint Against Rep. Jerry Lewis ( R-CA )

09.Jan.2006 ... Among the connections of Rep. Ken Calvert , R-Riverside: ...


Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Rep. Ken Calvert ( R-CA ), Rep. Ben Cardin (D-MD), Rep. Lois Capps (D-CA), Rep. Michael Capuano (D-MA), Rep. William Lacy Clay (D-MO), ...

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Rep Ken Calvert ( R-CA -44)/ Sen Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX). Passed Senate (UC) – 00.Sep.2005 Passed House (Voice Vote) – 00.Dec.2005 ...

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Rep Ken Calvert ( R-CA -44)/ Sen Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX). Passed Senate (UC) – 00.Sep.2005 . Passed House (Voice Vote) – Dec 2005 ...
ACEC - The Last Word

22.Jul.2005 ACEC/PAC co-hosted fundraising events in Washington DC this week for Rep. Curt Weldon (R-PA) + Rep. Ken Calvert ( R-CA ), two important industry supporters ...

Nelson Garcia : ITSA Staff : Inside ITSA

Gary Miller ( R-CA ) and as Legislative Assistant to Rep. Ken Calvert ( R-CA ). He began his career on the Hill with Rep. Jerry Lewis ( R-CA ), Chairman of the ...
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John Doolittle ( R-CA ),

Rep. Ken Calvert ( R-CA ) +

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher ( R-CA )

all came along, joined by three delegates from US territories. ...

Congressional Support for the DNMC

Rep.Dan Boren [D-OK] Rep. Robert Brady [D-PA] Rep. Henry Brown [R-SC] Rep. Michael Burgess [R-TX] Rep. George Butterfield [D-NC] Rep.Ken Calvert [ R-CA ]
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Outsourcing the Pentagon - The Center for Public Integrity

Rep Joe Knollenberg (R-MI), $21000. Rep Don Young (R-AK), $20000. Sen Harry Reid (D-NV), $18999. Rep Ken Calvert ( R-CA ), $18500. Rep George R Nethercutt Jr ...

Outsourcing the Pentagon - The Center for Public Integrity

Rep Robert A Brady (D-PA), $1000. Rep Randy "Duke" Cunningham ( R-CA ), $500. Rep. Lee Terry (R-NE), $500. Rep Ken Calvert ( R-CA ), $500. Rep Bob Clement (D-TN) ...
Space Politics: Calvert supports NASA shuttle decision

Rep. Ken Calvert ( R-CA ), chairman of the space subcommittee of the House Science Committee, has announced his public support for NASA's decision to proceed ...

Space Politics: Ken Calvert, Champion of Science!

Rep. Ken Calvert ( R-CA ), chairman of the space subcommittee of the House Science Committee, will receive a "National Champion of Science Award" (yes, ...
Key Authorizer Offers Views on NASA Vision, Reauthorization, Hubble

Rep. Ken Calvert ( R-CA ) is the new chairman of the House Science Committee's Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics.

Calvert was first elected to the House ...

From the Floor and Press Room: Praise for NSF and its New

Rep. Ken Calvert ( R-CA ). "It always pays to be mindful of the fact - especially in the wake of the September 11 events - that there is a strong + tight ...
Manufactured Housing Institute

Rep. Rick Renzi (R-AZ) Rep. Ken Calvert ( R-CA ), Co-Chair Rep. Mary Bono ( R-CA ) Rep. Randy Cunningham ( R-CA ) Rep. Ed Royce ( R-CA ) Rep. Brad Sherman (D-CA) ...
The Stakeholder:: Ken Calvert Joins the Ranks of the Corrupt

Rep. Ken Calvert ( R-CA ) is the next name to surface as a subject of scrutiny by federal investigators, Roll Call reports today. ...
Entführter Soldat: Israel lehnt Austausch von Gefangenen ab
Dem amtlichen Wahlergebnis zufolge bekam Calderón mit 35,89 Prozent der Stimmen nur 0,58 Prozentpunkte mehr als López Obrador, der 35,31 Prozent erzielte.

Eine Stichwahl ist im mexikanischen Wahlgesetz nicht vorgesehen.

Mexiko-Stadt - Subcomandante Marcos, Führer der mexikanischen Zaptisten-Rebellen, sprach von "Wahlbetrug".

In Wirklichkeit habe nicht der konservative Kandidat Felipe Calderón den Urnengang vom vergangenen Sonntag gewonnen, sondern der Sozialdemokrat Andrés Manuel López Obrador, erklärte Marcos der Zeitung "La Jornada". Die Wahlfälschung habe die konservative Präsidentschaft unter dem amtierenden Staatschef Vicente Fox + die Führung der Partei der Nationalen Aktion (PAN) von Fox und Calderón organisiert.

Es bestünden Zweifel an der "Legitimität und angeblichen Neutralität" der zentralen Wahlbehörde IFE, fügte Marcos hinzu. Die Demokratie gerate dadurch in Gefahr.
Mexiko: Zapatisten- Führer spricht von Wahlbetrug
07.Jul.2006 $75.78. Judd Price of a barrel of crude oil on Friday morning, another record high.
07.Jul.2006 Your tax dollars at work. Nico “The federal government will pay a Texas law school $1 million to do research aimed at rolling back the amount of sensitive data available to the press and public through freedom-of-information requests.”
07.Jul.2006 Questions About 7/7 The Tanweer Video Doesn't Answer Paul Joseph Watson 

Anniversary provokes renewed focus on bombing story that doesn't stand up
David Goldstein: Did President Bush Have Ken Lay Murdered? David Goldstein 
Enron founder Ken Lay, facing a possible life term for fraud and conspiracy in one of the largest financial scams in U.S. history, died early Wednesday morning of an "apparent heart attack."

Condolences to his family, but... If this had happened during the Clinton administration + Lay had been ...
Giant Crater Found: Tied to Worst Mass Extinction Ever
An apparent crater as big as Ohio has been found in Antarctica. Scientists think it was carved by a space rock that caused the greatest mass extinction on Earth, 250 million years ago.

The crater, buried beneath a half-mile of ice and discovered by some serious airborne and satellite sleuthing, is ...
EU warns Israel on Gaza attacks The EU accuses Israel of using "disproportionate" force, as Israel tightens its hold on northern Gaza.
07.Jul.2006 Study: BP, Toyota top green energy, auto brands Being green is increasingly popular, but most consumers still don't consider ecological impact when buying.
07.Jul.2006 Stephen Hawking Asks The Internet a Question Zonk 142
"Dr. Stephen Hawking received about 15000 answers to a question he posted 2 days ago on Yahoo Answers.

His question was 'How can the human race survive the next hundred years?'." I imagine you can do better than 'It Can't.' How would you answer Dr. Hawking's question?
So now
Ken Lay is dead. (Or not.*) His heart "just gave out," as though it were too good for this world.

("There's only so much stress one can take," a sad Barbara Walters reportedly mused on The View .)
Most likely, it was a suicide. What's good enough for Goering + all that. Or perhaps assisted suicide, to ease a reluctant liability into the afterlife.

Lay may not have sung at trial, but there remains his under-examined role in Dick Cheney's still secretive Energy Task Force.

(It was on Lay's recommendation that Bush appointed Cheney to the position.)

Thinking of precedence, Lay's former business partner and almost stoolie, Cliff Baxter, comes to mind.

(And that it's been so long that I've thought of him reminds me of how much death has been dealt since.)

Regardless, CNN is saying "out of respect for the family" no further details will be announced,

so I suppose there's nothing left to Enron now but closure + nothing we're supposed to do now but move on .
07.Jul.2006 Is Cheney Betting on Economic Collapse? 
Why does Dick Cheney hate America?
07.Jul.2006 Lay's death could set Skilling free  Cui bono?
07.Jul.2006 Professor researches paranormal media effects on viewing public 

Since the early 1990s, Sparks, a professor of communication, has been researching how the media affects the public's belief in the paranormal.
07.Jul.2006 UK hacker confirmed for US extradition 

The decision to allow the extradition of the alleged US military hacker has been confirmed by the Home Secretary John Reid.

07.Jul.2006 Mexico Presidential Election Ballots Found in Dump 

As the apparent victor in Mexico's presidential election switched back + forth Thursday morning, ballots were found in two garbage dumps,RAW STORY has learned
07.Jul.2006 Paul Krugman: The Wall Street Journal, the Busheviks + the Effort to Seize Tyrannical Power
A new Gallup poll finds that roughly 2 in 3 Americans urge a U.S. withdrawal from Iraq, with 31% wanting this to start immediately.
Can someone tell us why Republicans are so mean, offensive and bitter? Iowa Congressman Steve King is the BuzzFlash GOP Hypocrite of the Week.
The BuzzFlash Mailbag -- Uncensored and Unvarnished Truth from BuzzFlash Readers.

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"As timely as today's headlines, this vital book explains why impeachment should be deployed against the serial Constitution-shredder George W. Bush."

Okay, if you think impeachment is a radical concept, answer this question? Tell Us Ten Reasons Bush and Cheney Should Not be Impeached. Okay, We'll Settle for One.
Mark Morford: George W. Bush Is Dead To Me; Nation cringes as the worst president ever continues long, painful slog to the end 7/7

07.Jul.2006 Israeli minister hints at freeing prisoners if soldier released, rockets halted 7/8
Thirty-five corpses have been discovered in different areas of the Iraqi capital over the past 24 hours, most of them showing signs of torture, police reported. 7/7
Lieberman Channels Bush in Debate

07.Jul.2006 Mexiko- Wahl: Knapper Sieg für Calderon
07.Jul.2006 Unwetter: Ausnahmezustand in Berlin
07.Jul.2006 Spurensuche im Intenet: FBI deckt Anschlagsplan gegen New Yorker Tunnel auf
07.Jul.2006 Polen: Präsidialamt vergleicht "taz" mit dem "Stürmer"
07.Jul.2006 Betrugsvorwürfe: Berlusconi muss vor Gericht
07.Jul.2006 Teurer Rohstoff: Ölpreis erklimmt weiteren Rekord
07.Jul.2006 Tierseuche: Erster Vogelgrippe- Fall in Spanien
Israels Gaza- Offensive: Palästinas Innenminister ruft Truppen zum Kampf

07.Jul.2006 Anschlagsplan vereitelt: Terroristen hatten New Yorker Tunnel im Visier
07.Jul.2006 Vogelgrippe in Spanien: Toter Vogel abseits von Urlaubsregion gefunden
Polish police, US FBI block neo-Nazi website Polish police, working with the US Federal Bureau of Investigation, have blocked a neo-Nazi website hosted by a US server, which published blacklists of Polish gays, feminists and left-wing sympathisers.
07.Jul.2006 King Gives Bush A "Smooth" Interview: He "Looked Less Like An Interrogator Than A Hotel Concierge".. The Huffington Post 
Two kinds of celebrities go on "Larry King Live" on CNN: those with something to sell and those with something to hide. Al Gore and Brandon Routh, the young star of the newly released "Superman Returns," recently appeared on the show to promote their new movies. The second category includes ...

07.Jul.2006 Another Day, Another Terror Plot
The Daily News wants you to know that FEAR is BACK, exclusively reporting that the FBI has uncovered a serious terrorist plot to bomb the Holland Tunnel "in hopes of causing a torrent of water to deluge lower Manhattan." (And disrupt all that progress down at the WTC? Terrible.) So, how is this ...

07.Jul.2006 Berlusconi to be tried for fraud Former Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi is to stand trial over alleged fraud at his media firm, a judge rules.
07.Jul.2006 Religious row over stem cell work Scientists condemn a leading Catholic cardinal's calls for those who carry out embryonic stem cell research to be excommunicated.
07.Jul.2006 Low earners 'live shorter lives' People from poorer backgrounds are more unhealthy and die earlier than the rich, a study shows.
07.Jul.2006 UK Judge Rules COA is Not Evidence of a License Zonk 47 blane.bramble writes

"In a ruling against a company selling counterfeit and genuine licenses, a UK judge seems to have ruled that the Certificate of Authenticity is not itself sufficient proof of license possession.

This could have major ramifications for UK businesses that consider keeping the COA as proof of being licensed.

The quote in question is

'Thus it can confer no license for the use of any Microsoft software by passing on the COA (certificate of authenticity), nor can the COA be evidence of, or itself confer, such a license'."
Peinlich: Al-Zarkawi-Nachfolger sitzt im Knast sfux Stephan Fuchs ?

Die irakische Regierung publizierte ihre neueste “Most Wanted” Liste.

Darunter ist auch jener Mann, der als Al-Zarkawis Nachfolger gilt:

Abu Hamza al-Muhajir, Iraks neuer Top-Terrorist.

Peinlich: jener sitzt seit sieben Jahren in Ägypten im Knast.
Nachdem Amerikas irakischer Lieblingsterrorist Abu Mussab al-Sarkawi mit einer 250-Kilogramm-Bombe in die Luft gesprengt wurde, machte...

Bush says he’s “solving” global warming Judd  during an interview with People Magazine. Matt Stoller isn’t convinced.
07.Jul.2006 Labor Department reports weak job growth. Faiz “The labor market posted weak job growth for the third straight month, according to a government report Friday.”

The economy had a net gain of 121,000 jobs last month, less than the 175,000 economists predicted.
07.Jul.2006 Bush on Ken Lay: He Was ‘A Good Guy’ Judd 
Yesterday, Larry King asked President Bush about his reactions to the death of Ken Lay. While President Bush said he was “disappointed…he betrayed the trust of shareholders,” he described Lay as “a good guy.”
Watch it:


KING: The death of Ken Lay.

G. BUSH: Yes, yes.

KING: I know he was your friend. How do you feel? Were you shocked?

G. BUSH: I was. I was very surprised. You know, just — my hope is that his heart was right with the Lord + I feel real sorry for his wife. She’s had a rough go + she’s now here on earth to bear the burdens of losing her husband, a man she loved.

KING: Was that whole thing, the whole Enron story shocking to you?

G. BUSH: Yes, yes.

KING: Because, I mean, you knew him pretty well from Texas, right?

G. BUSH: Pretty well, pretty well. I knew him. I got to know him. This — people don’t believe this, but he actually supported Ann Richards in the ‘94 campaign.

KING: She told me that.

G. BUSH: She did?

KING: She liked him a lot.

G. BUSH: Yes, he’s a good guy. And so what I did — then did was we had a business council + I kept him on as the chairman of the business council. And, you know, got to know him and got to see him in action.

One of the things I respected him for was he was such a contributor to Houston’s civil society. He was a generous person. I’m disappointed that there was this — he betrayed the trust of shareholders, but…

KING: Did you know him well, Mrs. Bush?

L. BUSH: I knew him. Not really well, but I did know him.

KING: Did you know his wife?

L. BUSH: And I know Linda and I’m sorry for her.

KING: Did you contact her?

L. BUSH: I haven’t.

G. BUSH: I haven’t yet. I’m going to write her a letter at some point in time.
July 7, 2006 Think Progress “A decade after the Pentagon declared a zero-tolerance policy for racist hate groups, recruiting shortfalls caused by the war in Iraq have allowed ‘large numbers of neo-Nazis and skinhead extremists’ to infiltrate the military .”

House Speaker Dennis Hastert’s (R-IL) “net worth has soared from no more than $290,000 to more than $6 million during his 19-year tenure on Capitol Hill.” Hastert has made most of his money through land deals , sometimes using federal earmarks to turn a profit.

Coal industry veteran Richard Stickler, the man President Bush chose to oversee federal mine safety laws , “has not been able to win Senate confirmation but has gone to work at the Labor Department anyway.”

Allegations of plagiarism in Ann Coulter’s new book are “trivial,” “meritless,” and “irresponsible,” says Steve Ross, SVP of Crown Publishing, which published the book. “The number of words used by our author in these snippets is so minimal that there is no requirement for attribution.”

Contrary to claims in the U.S. media that conditions in Guantanamo have improved, Australian terror suspect David Hicks, who is being held at the prison camp, told relatives that conditions have worsened since three inmates committed suicide last month.

“A diversion of dollars to help fight the war in Iraq has helped create a $530 million shortfall for Army posts at home and abroad, leaving some unable to pay utility bills or even cut the grass.”

Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad and Gen. William Casey tried to calm Iraqi anger by strongly condemning the rape and murder of a young Iraqi woman and the killing of her family, saying that the crime had injured the “Iraqi people as a whole.” Bush added, “People will be held to account if these charges are true. … There will be absolute justice if this person is guilty.”

Russia has cracked down on Voice of America and Radio Free Europe , forcing 60 radio stations to stop broadcasting their news reports. “In a country where the news media increasingly avoid controversial subjects, millions of Russians had made the broadcasts a listening staple.”

Afghanistan’s foreign minister said yesterday that the “confidence of [the Afghan] people in the government to protect them, especially in our southern provinces, is not strong.” After meetings with Cheney, Rice + Hadley yesterday, the minister added, “I think our government and international community were perhaps a little bit naive about how easy it would be to bring the Afghanistan project to an end.”

And finally: A “bored-looking” President Bush “sprang to life whenever the subject turned to his birthday ” during yesterday’s press conference with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Afterwards, Bush invited anyone in the room with a July 6 birthday on stage; Harper “stood off to the side, rubbing his nose, as his photo op [with Bush] disintegrated.”
07.Jul.2006 Larry King to Bush: ‘You Took The Lead on Iraq, the U.N. Went Along’ Judd 
CNN’s Larry King started his interview with President Bush by asking him about North Korea: “ You’re into taking the lead on these things. You took the lead on Iraq, the U.N. went along , you got other countries to go along, why not take the lead here?”

Actually, the U.N. did not “go along” with the invasion of Iraq. President Bush promised to take the issue to the U.N. Security Council “no matter what the whip count,” but never did. U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan described
07.Jul.2006 July 6, 2006 Think Progress 
The World Cup scores a green goal. The event’s organizers “are earning praise for the event’s execution — and its
environmental friendliness.”

Sen. John Kerry calls for the reopening of the CIA’s bin Laden unit .

He writes, “Disbanding the bin Laden unit sends the message to the terrorists that they can kill thousands of Americans without being held to account.”

President Bush explains why he refuses to attend the funerals of fallen soldiers .

Wal-Mart has asked Al Gore to address company executives on global warming at the “retailer’s quarterly conference on sustainability.”

Cheney’s investments indicate that he’s betting on large deficits to drive down the dollar, drive up interest rates + cause inflation.
07.Jul.2006 Bush Nominates Anti-Regulatory Zealot To Head ‘Super-Powerful’ Public Safety Office Rohan 
President Bush is expected to
nominate Susan Dudley as the next head of an obscure but “super-powerful office that oversees many business regulations.”

The Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs holds sway over federal regulatory agencies like the EPA and helps set regulatory policy for a wide range of issues, from workplace safety to water quality.

The most recent head, John Graham, has “demonstrated consistent hostility to protections for public health, safety and the environment over his career.”

And according to Frank O’Donnell of Clean Air Watch, Dudley “makes John Graham look like Ralph Nader.”

As the director of regulatory studies at the industry-backed Mercatus Center she has worked to oppose vital public health regulation as a “hidden tax” that hinders profits. Some of her targets:

– Opposed EPA plans to set tougher public health standards for smog .

– Opposed lower-polluting cars and SUVs and cleaner gasoline .

– Opposed air bags in cars , preferring to leave public safety decisions “to the market place.”

– Opposed stronger regulations for arsenic in drinking water , claming that there “is a wide range of uncertainty in the science surrounding the health effects of arsenic in U.S. drinking water supplies.”

– Opposed measures to curb global warming , stating that the “evidence regarding global warming + human contribution to it is mixed + … if a slight warming does occur, historical evidence suggests it is likely to be beneficial, occurring at night, in the winter + at the poles. Taking ‘precautionary action’ to protect human health based on a series of tenuous linkages would likely create a new set of risks.”

Not surprisingly, Exxon Mobil has donated $80,000 to Dudley’s think tank.
07.Jul.2006 Pentagon Said Response To North Korea Would Be Hurt By Overstretched U.S. Military Think Progress 
In the White House press briefing this afternoon, Tony Snow was asked whether the White House believes the military is so overstretched that it would trouble responding to a potential North Korea threat:

QUESTION: Do current military obligations in any way limit or restrict potential U.S. responses to North Korea?

SNOW: Not that I’m aware of. But that’s probably better posed to the Pentagon, which would have — it’s not a question that I can give you an informed answer to.

Snow may want to check in with the Pentagon himself because the Joint Chiefs of Staff has already stated on the record that the military would have trouble responding to a military conflict in either North Korea or Iran. From USA Today, 2/16/05:

Stretched thin in Iraq,

the U.S. military would have trouble responding as quickly + effectively as commanders would like if it had to go to war in Iran or North Korea, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told Congress Wednesday.

Air Force Gen. Richard Myers, said a sudden military crisis in one of those two nations — both of which are resisting U.S. demands that they give up nuclear programs — would likely force the Pentagon to remobilize reserve and Guard components that have rotated home from Iraq to rest.

In addition, because of the current strain on U.S. forces, it would take longer for U.S. troops to respond to a crisis in Iran, North Korea or some other major conflict than U.S. battle plans call for, Myers told the House Armed Services Committee.

“The timeliness of our response might not be totally consistent with what the combatant commander wants and so forth,” Myers said.
Passage of India Nuclear Deal Sends The Wrong Message To North Korea, Iran Faiz 
Last week, foreign relations committees in both the House and the Senate quietly
passed resolutions expressing support for a potential U.S.-India nuclear energy deal.

The proposal would provide India with access to nuclear fuel, technology + reactors from the USA.

Under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), access to peaceful nuclear technology has been provided by nuclear states only to those nations that agree to forego nuclear weapons, something that India has not pledged to do nor has the U.S. required. Congressional committees carved out an exception to the nuclear trade law so that India can receive nuclear technology.

But the committees refused amendments that would have required the Bush administration to certify the technology would not be used to benefit the Indian nuclear weapons program.

The U.S.-India nuclear deal is “going [to] weaken our case with Iran;

it’s going to weaken our case with North Korea,” argued Christopher Paine, senior nuclear programs analyst at the Natural Resources Defense Council.

Rep. Diane Watson (D-CA), who voted against the nuclear deal, explained why:

Terming India as a ‘‘reliable steward’’ of nuclear technology, Watson said her concerns were beyond India.

‘‘I do not fear India with nuclear power. I do fear a world where both India and the US must face a nuclear Iran or a nuclear North Korea.

Our key tool for constraining nuclear designs of Iran and North Korea has been Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty, or NPT ,’’ Watson told The Indian Express.

Watson said her main fear was that this legislation would damage the NPT to the point that we would make it harder to stop the Iranian and North Korean nuclear programmes.

The Bush administration does not seem the understand the difficulties. Bush said in response to the recent North Korean missile tests:

“I view this as an opportunity to remind the international community that we must work together to continue to work hard to convince the North Korean leader to give up any weapons programs.”

The India nuclear deal makes that case harder.
Larry King plans to quiz Bush on Ken Lay, Lieberman. Judd 
Larry King is interviewing President Bush and the First Lady tonight. He told he may ask his first question about Ken Lay because “
Lay was a friend of his.”

King added, “I’ll definitely ask about Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman… I’d like to know if Bush would support him as an independent.”
Washington Times Misfires on Missile Defense Payson 

Today the Washington Times posted a UPI story with the following headline:

The article continues: “The U.S. missile defense system was tested this week with North Korea’s launch of seven missiles + performed as it should, Pentagon sources said.”

A reader might think the U.S. has an operational missile defense system capable of shooting down long-range missiles. Of course, it doesn’t. So what part of the missile system was “tested and passed”?

The U.S. Northern Command said in a statement that all seven missiles were detected and tracked “immediately” after launch Tuesday and Wednesday.

“While Ground-based Midcourse Defense System interceptors at Fort Greely, Alaska + Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., were operational during the flight , top officials from the command were able to determine quickly that the launch posed no threat to the USA or its territories,” the statement said.

The purpose of a missile defense system isn’t just to track missiles, it’s to intercept and destroy them. The Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system has gone through testing to see if it can do so, but it has failed consistently.

In fact, the system “hasn’t successfully intercepted a missile since October of 2002. … And the last two times it tried to hit an oncoming missile, the interceptor didn’t even leave the ground.”
07.Jul.2006 New Study: Manmade Global Warming Contributing To Increase In Wildfires Amanda 
A common right-wing argument about why global warming isn’t a problem is that it may have positive benefits for the earth:

“When it’s not even clear that the warming we’ve seen is hurting us — many argue that it’s a boon , citing its benefits to agriculture and its potential to make severe climates more hospitable.” [Jason Lee Steorts, National Review, 6/6/06]

A new study to be published today in the journal Science, however, concludes that recent increases in Western wildfires may be a result of global warming. While “part of the increase may be attributed to natural fluctuations, evidence also links it to the effects of human-induced climate warming,” according to Dan Cayan, a co-author of the paper and director of the climate research division at Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

The AP reports on the study:

An analysis of data going back to 1970 indicates the fires increased “suddenly and dramatically” in the 1980s and the wildfire season grew longer , according to scientists in Arizona and California. … Beginning about 1987, there was a change from infrequent fires averaging about one week in duration to more frequent ones that often burned five weeks or more, they reported. The length of the wildfire season was extended by 78 days.

“So far in 2006, more than 3.8 million acres have burned in the USA — double the 10-year average for this time of year,” according to the Interagency Fire Center. In 2000, fires burned 7.4 million acres across the West and more than 20 people died.
07.Jul.2006 Sheriff Requires Jailed Immigrants to Listen to ‘Patriotic Songs,’ Wear Pink Underwear Think Progress 

Yesterday on Fox’s The Big Story, Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio described how he jails hundreds of immigrants and subjects them to degrading treatment. Arpaio says he dresses jailed immigrants in pink underwear, pink handcuffs and a stripped jumpsuit. He also forces them to listen to “patriotic songs” multiple times a day. Watch it:
07.Jul.2006 Sen. Graham’s Strategy To Restore Bush’s Detainee Policy Is Unconstitutional Judd 
In an interview with the National Review, Sen. Lindsey Graham strongly objected to the Supreme Court’s ruling in Hamdan v. Rumsfeld that the Geneva Conventions applied to enemy combatants. Graham suggested that
Congress should reverse the Supreme Court’s interpretation:

We’ve got to put a fence around this decision by the Court to grant Common Article Three of the Geneva Convention rights to terrorists.

00.000.2002 Bush said that enemy combatant terrorists will be treated humanely within the spirit of the Convention but not given Convention status.

I think he was right. You don’t want to erode the Convention.

What Graham is sugesting is unconstitutional.

The Supreme Court has the final say on how treaties should be interpreted.

The Court explained in another case, Sanchez-Llamas v. Oregon, issued the same day has Hamdan:

Under our Constitution, “[t]he judicial Power of theUSA” is “vested in one supreme Court + insuch inferior Courts as the Congress may from time to time ordain and establish.” Art. III, §1.

That “judicialPower . . . extend[s] to . . . Treaties.” Id., §2.

And, as Chief Justice Marshall famously explained, that judicial power includes the duty “to say what the law is.”

Marbury v. Madison, 1 Cranch 137, 177 (1803).

If treaties are to be given effect as federal law under our legal system, determining their meaning as a matter of federal law “is emphatically the province and duty of the judicial department,” headed by the “one supreme Court” established by the Constitution.

It’s difficult for Graham + other loyal supporters of the Bush administration to accept that their legal approach to combating terrorism is dysfunctional.

The Hamdan decision spelled this out. And it’s not a problem they can rubber stamp their way out of.
06.Jul.2006 July 6, 2006 Think Progress 
Rod Nordland, a former Baghdad bureau chief for Newsweek, says the U.S. military “has started censoring many [embedded reporting] arrangements .”

“They want to know your slant on a story - they use the word slant - what you intend to write + what you have written from embed trips before.

If they don’t like what you have done before, they refuse to take you.”
07.Jul.2006 $75.19: the closing price of one barrel of crude oil yesterday,
a record-high.

“The unrelenting demand for oil in the U.S. and Asia and the nuclear standoff with Iran forced up oil prices even before North Korea pushed them into record territory by test-firing missiles.”

Cyber-insecurity at the FBI: “A government consultant, using computer programs easily found on the Internet, managed to crack the FBI’s classified computer system and gain the passwords of 38,000 employees, including that of FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III.”

Conservative Felipe Calderon has retaken the lead over left-leaning Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador in a recount of Mexico’s “closest ever presidential election.”

Yesterday, Sens. Arlen Specter (R-PA) and Rick Santorum (R-PA) clashed over the definition of amnesty . Santorum: “If I am [mischaracterizing it], then so are…a lot of other folks who read that bill and see it for what it is.” Specter responded: “Sen. Santorum is entitled to his views. … ‘Amnesty’ is a buzz word that is used in derogation…I think we’re moving past that.”

42%: President Bush’s approval rating among non-Hispanic whites, down from 61 % in 00.Jun.2004 .

Bush’s ratings “have remained virtually unchanged among blacks (15%) + Hispanics (38%)” during the same period.

Lawmakers have issued a subpoena demanding internal Pentagon communications about Army Spc. Samuel Provance, a whistleblower who says his rank was reduced after he reported abuses at Abu Ghraib prison .

Sec. Rumsfeld did not respond to a letter requesting the documents voluntarily.
07.Jul.2006 Re: MSNBC: Keith Olbermann reports NSA wiretaps 7 Months BEFORE 9-11 From: A.J.
C-SPAN sits on historic 9/11 panel By Total

Received from author Barbara Honegger:"As you probably know, C-SPAN videotaped a CRITICAL AND HISTORIC panel of 9/11 experts -- Jim Fetzer, Bob Bowman, Stephen Jones + Webster Tarpley, June 25 at the Alex Jones conference on "9/11 and the Neo-Con Agenda" in L.A. C-SPAN's information line has been so flooded with calls asking when the panel will be aired that the main operator
The agents get more provocteur Left I on the News A leftwing view of the day's news and the way it's presented in the media
The agents get more provocteur By Eli

Those FBI agents provocateurs in Miami? I wrote on June 24: News reports of the incident all refer to how "the group had been infiltrated by a government informant." "Informant" is the media's word.

I'm giving even odds that the correct term is agent provocateur + that the first one to mention the words "Sears Tower" or "ammonium nitrate" was he.

And, whaddya know?

Earlier in the day [during a bail hearing], the FBI admitted that two people working for the agency planted the idea of blowing up government buildings, including an FBI office in Miami, with members of an alleged South Florida terror group known as the Liberty City 7.

That information, incidentally, comes from local TV coverage of the bail hearing. Reuters + AP both use language like "their attorneys said

the defendants were manipulated by paid FBI informants," without giving the reader a clue that the FBI had admitted as much.
Picked From Usenet Newsgroups I By SheaNC

I've saved a crapload of stuff from Usenet meanderings, so I'm gonna start cleaning out my "save" folder + sharing it with you!
Here we go, kicking off with a statement by Rush Limbaugh from 00.000.1988 : "And now the liberals want to stop President Reagan from selling chemical warfare agents + military equipment to Saddam Hussein + why?

Because Saddam 'allegedly' gassed a few Kurds in his own country.

Mark my words. All of this talk of Saddam Hussein being a 'war criminal' or 'committing crimes against humanity' is the same old thing. LIBERAL HATE SPEECH! And speaking of poison gas... I SAY WE ROUND UP ALL THE DRUG ADDICTS AND GAS THEM." - Rush Limbaugh, Nov. 3, 1988
9/11 L.A. Conference Highlights Special Paul Joseph Watson 
9/11 L.A. Conference Highlights Special Alex Jones hosts a medley of 9/11 truth movement figureheads at the recent L.A. 9/11 symposium, including Jim Fetzer,

Man Raided By FBI, ATF, After Handing Out 'Subversive' Alex Jones Paul Joseph Watson 
Man Raided By FBI, ATF, Canadian Law Enforcement After Handing Out 'Subversive' Alex Jones Material Gun seller questioned on militia, ownership of George

07.Jul.2006 FBI Disrupts Alleged NYC Plot
The New York Daily News reports foreign terrorists are foiled in a plot to blow up the Holland Tunnel. The FBI says they've monitored web chats by extremists for months but that the tunnel is likely not a target.

PCs beat TV for the internet generation
Britain's young people are for the first time spending more time looking at internet sites than watching TV, a new survey has revealed. The lives of youngsters aged between 16 and 25 are dominated by their computers. The average youth spends 23 hours a week online and 67 per cent of youngsters say ...

07.Jul.2006 Consultant Breached FBI's Computers
A government consultant, using computer programs easily found on the Internet, managed to crack the FBI's classified computer system and gain the passwords of 38,000 employees, including that of FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III.

07.Jul.2006 Bush To Take Trips Around Country To Learn What's On Americans' Minds... The Huffington Post 
President Bush will hold a news conference Friday in Chicago as the White House explores new venues for putting the president before the public. It will be his first full scale news conference since June 14 in the Rose Garden on his return from a surprise visit to Iraq...

An Angry Open Letter To Paramount
1) Last week Paramount contacted me and kindly requested that I take down a Bumblebee picture I had up on the site.  I complied and took it down. 2) This morning I woke up to find that in the middle of the night my website was taken down because of a complaint that my hosting company received ...

07.Jul.2006 US foils 'New York tunnel plot' US authorities say they have disrupted the early stages of a plot to blow up road tunnels around New York city.
07.Jul.2006 Brazil police 'bust cocaine gang' Brazil's most wanted cocaine trafficker is arrested and his international network broken up, police say.
07.Jul.2006 Spain suffers first bird flu case Spain confirms its first case of the lethal H5N1 strain of bird flu, found in a dead migratory grebe.
07.Jul.2006 Germans back major federal reform German MPs back sweeping reforms to the constitution, giving regions more say over public services.
07.Jul.2006 Clarion call to save amphibians Campaigners form an Amphibian Survival Alliance to carry through a $400m global conservation strategy.
07.Jul.2006 Mexico candidate vows vote fight Mexico's leftist candidate says he will challenge election results which confirm his rival has won.
07.Jul.2006 Putin urges importance of talks Russian President Vladimir Putin says problems with Iran and N Korea must be solved via negotiation.
07.Jul.2006 Family calls for 7 July inquiry The family of a Scottish victim who died in last year's bomb attack on London renew calls for a public inquiry.
07.Jul.2006 Go-ahead for hacker's extradition Home Secretary John Reid agrees to extradite hacker Gary McKinnon to the US.
07.Jul.2006 Legal victory for tobacco firms Florida's Supreme Court upholds a ruling to throw out a $145bn damages award against tobacco companies.
07.Jul.2006 Copy Instruments, Not Music Downloading ready-made music is so 2004. Today, it's all about copying famous amp sounds and iconic guitar shapes -- and this time the courts are on the side of the copiers.
07.Jul.2006 Another Attack on Free Speech Even after a federal judge blocks anti-games bill, Louisiana state senators still attempt to get video games banned.
07.Jul.2006 Hackers May Lose Nuclear Option The Nuclear Regulatory Commission votes unanimously to add cyber security rules to nuclear power plant regulations, after one commissioner says he's getting a little nervous.
07.Jul.2006 Navy: Sonar vs. Whales Appealing to a federal court, the Navy tries to block a court order preventing the use of active sonar for war games off Hawaii. Environmentalists claim the sound waves might harm whales; the military says they need the sonar for national security.
07.Jul.2006 UK Gives Go-Ahead to Gary McKinnon Extradition Zonk 17 robzster1977 writes

"Judges in the UK have given the go-ahead to the extradition of UK hacker Gary McKinnon.

McKinnon is accused of breaking into US Navy, Army and Department of Defense computers 00.000.2001 + 00.000.2002." From the article: "On

04.Jul.2006 the secretary of state signed an order for Mr McKinnon's extradition to the USA for charges connected with computer hacking. Mr McKinnon had exercised his right to submit representations against return but the secretary of state did not consider the issues raised availed Mr McKinnon." 07.Jul.2006 "Discovery": Nasa hofft auf Ende des Shuttle- Ärgers

In den kommenden Jahren könnte es noch weit ungemütlicher werden, wie 2007 im nächsten Bericht des Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) der Uno zu lesen sein wird. Alle sieben Simulationen der Klimaentwicklung hätten in einem Punkt zu einem ähnlichen Ergebnis geführt, erklärt Running: Im westlichen Nordamerika werden die Durchschnittstemperaturen im Juni, Juli und August bis spätestens 2069 um zwei bis fünf Grad steigen.

"Viele Menschen glauben, dass der Klimawandel und die ökologischen Folgen 50 bis 100 Jahre in der Zukunft liegen", sagte Swetnam. "Aber das ist falsch. Sie finden schon jetzt statt - als Feuer in den Wäldern."

Die drastisch gestiegene Zahl der Waldbrände sei "einer der ersten großen Indikatoren für die Auswirkungen des Klimawandels in den USA", sagte Thomas Swetnam von der University of Arizona, ein Mitglied des Forscherteams. "Science" hat den Artikel auf seiner Internetseite frei zugänglich gemacht.

Einen Zusammenhang gebe es auch mit den Temperaturen im Frühjahr und Sommer: In wärmeren Jahren verzeichnete die Statistik mehr Brände als in kühleren.

Im Frühling + Sommer der Jahre

00.000.1987-00.000.2003 sei es in den westlichen US-Bundesstaaten im Mittel mehr als 1,5 Grad wärmer gewesen als in den 17 Jahren davor, schreiben Westerling + seine Kollegen im Fachblatt "Science".

Die Temperaturen

00.000.1987-00.000.2003 seien sogar die höchsten seit Beginn der Aufzeichnungen im Jahr 1895 gewesen. Auch eine frühere Schneeschmelze erhöht der Studie zufolge die Gefahr von Waldbränden.

"Das passt mit dem Klimawandel zusammen

Zahl der großen Feuersbrünste vervierfacht

Seit 1970 hat sich die Zahl der großen Feuersbrünste in den Vereinigten Staaten vervierfacht. Eine Erklärung dafür war bisher, dass die Bevorzugung bestimmter Baumarten durch die Forstwirtschaft die schnelle Ausbreitung von Feuern begünstige. Doch US-Forscher haben das jetzt offenbar widerlegt: Sie fanden nach eigenen Angaben heraus, dass die Brände ausgerechnet in den Wäldern der nördlichen Rocky Mountains am stärksten zunahmen - wo der Mensch kaum in die natürlichen Bestände eingegriffen habe. Die Zunahme der Brände lasse sich dort nur mit den gestiegenen Temperaturen und der früheren Schneeschmelze erklären, die zu größerer Trockenheit und damit Feuergefahr geführt hätten.
Feuersbrünste in USA: Brandbeschleuniger Klimawandel
07.Jul.2006 Einbruch in US- Militärrechner: Briten wollen UFO- Hacker ausliefern
07.Jul.2006 NRW: Verfassungsschützer sollen Verdächtige hacken
07.Jul.2006 Helles Fell: Mutation machte Mammuts blond
07.Jul.2006 Raketentest: Nordkorea zielt auf Hawai
07.Jul.2006 Schwere Gewitterstürme: Neun Menschen vom Blitz getroffen
07.Jul.2006 BBC Allowed Security Service To Spy On Employees: Confidential papers show that the BBC allowed Britain's domestic security agency, MI5, to investigate the backgrounds and political affiliations of thousands of its employees, including newsreaders, reporters and continuity announcers.
Ted Rall: U.S. Plants Seeds of Disaster in Kazakhstan : Dick Cheney has been spending a lot of time in the huge Central Asian republic, so much so that its windswept steppes have become his new Secret Undisclosed Location.

06.Jul.2006 Chavez shows off new Russian jets: Two Sukhoi SU-30MK fighters sent from Russia roared overhead as troops, tanks and vehicles filed past Chavez and his counterparts from Argentina, Bolivia and Paraguay who were visiting for a summit of the Mercosur trade bloc.

06.Jul.2006 Saul Landau: Who Mourned the Victims of US Covert War on Chile?: On Memorial Day, Americans supposedly recall their deaths in war. How many of them thought about the deaths imposed by the USA not only in dubious wars like Vietnam and Iraq, where millions died, but in the covert CIA wars, like the one Nixon and Kissinger waged on 9/11? 9/11/73, that is!

06.Jul.2006 Government threatens Padilla's defense team : Defense attorneys claimed they received a call from a U.S. government representative who said that if the government is ordered to respond to a defense motion and the defense does not withdraw the motion, the government would disclose the motion's contents to the prosecution trial team.

06.Jul.2006 Senators Kyl and Graham's Hamdan v. Rumsfeld Scam: The Deceptive Amicus Brief They Filed in the Guantanamo Detainee Case

06.Jul.2006 The Hidden Power : The legal mind behind the White House’s war on terror.
06.Jul.2006 Gordon Prather: Another fine mess you've gotten us into, Condi!: When forced to confront the mess she has made of our foreign policy, do you suppose Condi Rice views the interrelated messes, individually, or collectively? Take the U.S.-India-Iran-Pakistan-Russia mess.

06.Jul.2006 The New American Cold War: Since the early 1990s Washington has simultaneously conducted, under Democrats and Republicans, two fundamentally different policies toward post-Soviet Russia--one decorative and outwardly reassuring, the other real and exceedingly reckless. A must read

06.Jul.2006 Oil will soar to well over $100, stay high: Rogers: Oil prices will soar to well over $100 a barrel and stay high as part of a sustained commodities bull run that has another 15 years to run, U.S. celebrity investor Jim Rogers told Reuters in an interview.
06.Jul.2006 UN speaks out on Israeli action: A UN body has condemned Israeli action in Gaza and called for the release of Palestinians captured during the offensive.

06.Jul.2006 UN to send fact-finding mission to occupied Palestinian territory: According to the resolution, which was adopted by a vote of 29 in favour to 11 against with 5 abstentions, the Council will send its Special Rapporteur on the situation, John Dugard, to the area, while demanding Israel end its military operations, saying they are having a “detrimental impact” on the “already deteriorating humanitarian conditions of the Palestinian people.”

06.Jul.2006 British Jews criticise Gaza raids : Palestinians in Gaza were being subjected to "collective punishment" because of the actions of militants, said Jews for Justice for Palestinians
06.Jul.2006 Zarqawi successor 'in Egypt jail' : - Egyptian newspaper Al-Masri al-Yawm has quoted Mamduh Ismail as saying he met al-Muhajir, also known as Sharif Hazaa, or Abu Ayub al-Masri, in Tura prison in Cairo, where he has been held for seven years.

06.Jul.2006 Take a Stand by Signing the Voters Pledge! : "I will not vote for or support any candidate for Congress or President who does not make a speedy end to the war in Iraq + preventing any future war of aggression, a public position in his or her campaign."
06.Jul.2006 Europe's response to the siege of Gaza is shameful The Palestinians have no partner for peace. - Jonathan Steele
The Palestinians kill two soldiers and take one prisoner and, in response, power stations are blown up, sewage and water systems grind to a halt, bridges are destroyed, sonic booms terrify children day and night + all this is inflicted on a hungry people who are under siege in what is effectively a huge open prison. The EU's response? Vague expressions of "concern" and calls for "restraint.

06.Jul.2006 Summer Rain over Gaza -By Alice Gray

Consider this: an 8 km wide by 23 km long strip of arid land by the Mediterranean Sea containing a population of one and a half million people.  This is Gaza, one of the most densely populated regions in the world + the one of the most water poor, second only to Kuwait.  Over half of the population are refugees, expelled from Israel following the 1948 and 1967 wars.   Continue

06.Jul.2006 The Destabilization Game
This is the new, American-driven cold war -- a striking feature of our landscape, almost utterly ignored by the mainstream media -By Tom Engelhardt
In the wake of the collapse of the Soviet empire, the USA was the sole military power of significance left standing. It had, as they saw it, enough excess power to ensure a Pax Americana into the distant future, in part by ensuring that no future or resurgent superpower or bloc of powers would, in any foreseeable future, arise to challenge the USA. As the President put it in an address at West Point in 2002, "America has + intends to keep, military strengths beyond challenge."
Continue . This is a must read

06.Jul.2006 Go to Venezuela, You Idiot! - By Jeff Cohen
I don't usually take the advice of rightwingers. But I did this time. After receiving inflamed email messages from dozens of angry rightists that I should get the hell out of the USA and go to Venezuela, I accepted their challenge and flew to Caracas.

06.Jul.2006 Not In Our Name: Vietnam, Iraq and the Voters' Pledge -By Dan Ellsberg
If the war itself was unjust, then all the victims of our firepower were being killed without justification. That's murder.

06.Jul.2006 Bernhard + IG Farben Background Explored, by Eustace Mullins ...

He was a director of American Solvay + American Metal + other firms.

00.000.1933 IG Farben gave four + a half million reichsmarks to the Nazi Party ;
06.Jul.2006 Butter & Soap - View as HTML Poulenc, Solvay (an international chemical + pharmaceutical Group, ...

Unilever grilled on bribery + human rights + environmental practice by BBC
Die Zeit - Wirtschaft : "Geldverdienen ist eine Gottesgabe"

John D . Rockefeller erbaute ein Ölimperium. Konkurrenten trieb er in den Ruin, ...

Die Geschichte des John D . Rockefeller beginnt 303 Jahre vor seiner Geburt ...
Präsidentschaftswahl in Mexiko: Calderón offiziell Wahlsieger
Atomstreit: Iran versichert Gesprächsbereitschaft
06.Jul.2006 US- Tabakindustrie: Milliarden- Strafzahlung aufgehoben
06.Jul.2006 Bewegungsmelder: Demo gegen Studiengebühren eskaliert
06.Jul.2006 Anti- Terror- Gesetze: "Der Appetit bei den Diensten ist groß"
Erfolgreiches Manöver: "Discovery" an Raumstation angedockt
06.Jul.2006 Präsidentschaftswahl in Mexiko: Verlierer Obrador ruft zu Protesten auf
06.Jul.2006 Atomstreit: Irans Guerilla- Marine soll USA in Schach halten
Tanker- Jumbo: Das größte Löschflugzeug der Welt
06.Jul.2006 Flugzeugindustrie: Milliardenauftrag für Boeing aus
Sozialleistungen: Budget für Arbeitslosengeld II wird knapp

06.Jul.2006 Großbritannien: Anti- Terror- Pläne am Straßenrand entdeckt
06.Jul.2006 Geldpolitik: EZB lässt Zinssatz unverändert
06.Jul.2006 Aufregung um Wikipedia: Die vielen Tode von Kenneth Lay

06.Jul.2006 Pressefreiheit: "Zeit"- Korrespondent wieder frei
06.Jul.2006 Energie: Keine Entspannung beim Ölpreis
06.Jul.2006 "Discovery": Kleckse auf dem Kot- Flügel

06.Jul.2006 "Taepodong- 2": Rätselraten um Nordkoreas Atomrakete
06.Jul.2006 Strafandrohung: US- Kongress verlangt Abu Ghureib- Dokumente vom Pentagon
06.Jul.2006 Präsidentschaftswahl in Mexiko: Kopf- an- Kopf- Rennen bei der Nachzählung

06.Jul.2006 Suche nach Planeten: Das Sonnenblumen- Phantom
05.Jul.2006 July 5, 2006 Think Progress 
“Craig Durrett, editorial page editor of the Shreveport (La.) Times,
revealed in a column in his paper that he is considering dropping Ann Coulter as a columnist + in fact, has ‘come close’ before.”

Sen. James Inhofe’s (R-OK) spokesman responds to criticism of his use of taxpayer funds to smear Al Gore .

The spokesman’s response suggests he finds it “scarcely noteworthy that Senate committees are used for the personal partisan vendettas of their chairs.”

Nature publishes a list of the top 50 science blogs . Pharyngula (who tops the list) explains his success.

Weak on cybersecurity : Nearly a year after Homeland Security Secretary Chertoff announced the creation of a Cabinet-level cybersecurity czar, the position remains vacant.

Following up on the Hamdan decision, Secrecy News provides its readers with documents that “provide rich background on military law .”

And finally: Lindsay Beyerstein discovers that only 40 states have official State fossils + is helping the remaining 10 find fossils of their own.
06.Jul.2006 Andrew Sullivan Compares Gore on Global Warming to Cheney’s Reckless Claims About WMD Judd 
Andrew Sullivan writes that Al Gore’s claims about global warming are irresponsible,
just like Vice President Cheney’s claims about weapons of mass destruction:

It occurs to me that the global warming debate is not unlike the WMD-terrorist debate, except the sides are reversed. Accrding [sic] to Ron Suskind, Dick Cheney’s “one % doctrine” means that if there’s a one % chance that a terrorist could have access to a WMD, we must act as if it were a certainty - because the outcome, however unlikely, would be too disastrous to risk. On global warming, Gore expresses a not-too-dissimilar equation: if there’s a small chance that human behavior could lead to environmental catastrophe, we should act as if it were a certainty - because waiting too long is too big a risk to take.

Except Gore’s claims are based on scientific research that has been rigorously peer-reviewed by thousands of scientists. Cheney’s claims were based intelligence he manipulated and cherry-picked to reach a predetermined result.

There is a scientific consensus (not a “small chance”) that global warming is real and driven by humans. Even most skeptics (maybe even Cheney) would acknowledge, if the earth is going to keep getting warmer and warmer, we are in for serious trouble.
06.Jul.2006 Snow On Lay’s Death: ‘I Don’t Know, What Do You Think Would Be The Appropriate Thing To Say?’ Think Progress 
At today’s press briefing, Press Secretary Tony Snow was asked about the death of Ken Lay, the convicted former Enron CEO whom President Bush nicknamed “Kenny Boy.”

First, Snow dodged the question, asking the reporter: “I don’t know, what do you think would be the appropriate thing to say?” Later, he played down the relationship between the two, refusing to let Bush be described as a “friend” of Lay’s. “[T]he President has described Ken Lay as an acquaintance + many of the President’s acquaintances have passed on during his time in office,” he said. Watch it: Full transcript below:

Q: What has been the President’s reaction to the death of Ken Lay?

SNOW: I really have not talked to him about it. I will give you my own personal reaction, which is that when somebody dies, you leave behind those that grieve + I think that they deserve our compassion. But — I don’t know, what do you think would be the appropriate thing to say?

Q: I do not know. I don’t know him. The President was his friend, not me.

SNOW: No, the President has described Ken Lay as an acquaintance + many of the President’s acquaintances have passed on during his time in office. Again, I think that it is sort of an interesting question but not answerable by me.
“Rush Limbaugh will not face criminal charges Nico  in Palm Beach County after authorities found he had a bottle of Viagra that was apparently prescribed to in his doctor’s name, prosecutors said Wednesday.”
06.Jul.2006 Congressman Attacks Liberal ‘Backbiters’ And ‘Naysayers’ For Criticizing Failed Missile Defense Amanda 
The right wing has latched on to
North Korea’s unsuccessful missile launch to renew its calls for increased funding for the Pentagon’s failed $92-billion missile defense system. Yesterday on Fox News, Rep. Dana Rohrbacher (R-CA) attacked Democratic “backbiters” and “naysayers” — including guest Rep. Bob Filner (D-CA) — for questioning the program. Watch it:

But despite Rohrbacher’s rhetoric, the U.S. missile defense system can’t — and probably never will — protect the nation against an attack. Some problems:

– The Pentagon’s Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system “hasn’t successfully intercepted a missile since October of 2002. … And the last two times it tried to hit an oncoming missile, the interceptor didn’t even leave the ground . Things have gotten so bad that the Missile Defense Agency’s independent review team concluded last year that more tests may only undermine the GMD’s value as a deterrent.”

– A recent Pentagon Inspector General report found that security vulnerabilities are so serious “that the agency and its contractor, Boeing, may not be able to prevent misuse of the system.”

– “A little-noticed study by the Government Accountability Office issued in March found that program officials were so concerned with potential flaws in the first nine interceptors now in operation that they considered taking them out of their silos and returning them to their manufacturer for ‘disassembly and remanufacture.’ “ Full transcript here.
06.Jul.2006 Who’s next? Judd 
Duke Cunningham “is now in jail, but his case exposed a world of bribery, booze + broads that reaches into the Pentagon, the CIA + Congress.” Vanity Fair takes a look at
who might be the next Washington power-player to go down.

06.Jul.2006 Columnist Grossly Distorts Study To Argue ‘We Can’t Do Much’ About Global Warming Judd 
In today’s paper, Washington Post columnist Robert J. Samuelson asserts that
there is little we can do about global warming:

The real truth is that we don’t know enough to relieve global warming + — barring major technological breakthroughs — we can’t do much about it.

Samuelson draws his conclusions from “a new report from the International Energy Agency.”

Actually, the study – Energy Technology Perspectives, Strategies and Scenarios for 2050 (purchase required) — concluded the exact opposite:

[B]y employing technologies that already exist or are under development , the world could be brought onto a much more sustainable energy path. The scenarios show how energy-related C02 emissions can be returned to their current levels by 2050 .

Samuelson twists the data to argue we are now “powerless” in the face of global warming:

[T]he IEA simulates five scenarios with differing rates of technological change. In each, greenhouse emissions in 2050 are higher than today. The increases vary from 6 % to 27 % …the IEA report indicates we’re now powerless. We can’t end annual greenhouse emissions + once in the atmosphere, the gases seem to linger for decades.

Here is what Samuleson doesn’t tell you. Without taking action, the IEA estimates that greenhouse emission will increase by 138%, so even the most pessimistic action scenario decreases growth in emissions by 111%. Samuleson doesn’t bother to mention a sixth scenario where greenhouse emissions decrease by 16%.

You can contact the Washington Post at Please be polite.
Former Enron CEO Ken Lay is dead. Judd  CNN reports, “Enron founder Ken Lay has died in Aspen, Colorado, a spokesman for Lay’s family said today. Lay was awaiting sentencing after being found guilty of conspiracy and fraud.”

UPDATE: KPRC in Houston reports Laydied of a massive heart attack.”
06.Jul.2006 News and Articles - Centre for Research on Globalization

01.Jul.2006 U.S. losing war on terror, experts say - by Bob Deans

01.Jul.2006 Cuban exile militant Luis Posada Carriles' CIA links 40 years ago in South Florida

27.Jun.2006 Arab Lawyers call for Closure of Guantanamo Detention

27.Jun.2006 End Canada's Occupation of Afghanistan!

27.Jun.2006 Missile Mania: US and Japan Threaten North Korea by Gregory Elich

25.Jun.2006 Miami “terror” arrests—a government provocation by Bill Van Auken

25.Jun.2006 How US hid the suicide secrets of Guantanamo by David Rose

25.Jun.2006 Is the NSA spying on U.S. Internet traffic? by Kim Zetter

25.Jun.2006 Israeli artillery strikes on the Gaza Strip: Missing the Point and the Target Apathy for the loss of innocent Palestinian life in the US media by Remi Kanazi

25.Jun.2006 The assault on Adhamiya: "Shia against Sunni" US sponsored ethnic War Limitations + perspectivellls of war reporting from Iraq by Inge Van de Merlen

25.Jun.2006 The Wall Street Journal Calls Hugo Chavez a Threat to World Peace by Stephen Lendman

22.Jun.2006 Al-Zarqawi Death: Myth vs. Reality by Ramzy Baroud

20.Jun.2006 North Korea: U.S. Keeps Mum on Warships in East Sea

19.Jun.2006 Malaysia Forum to discuss possibility of another World War

18.Jun.2006 SOS Ramadi: New Wave of US Sponsored Atrocities in Iraq by Inge Van de Merlen

18.Jun.2006 Wall Street Journal Gives Hugo Chavez A Mixed Review by Stephen Lendman

17.Jun.2006 Bush sneaking North American super-state without oversight? Mexico, Canada partnership underway with no authorization from Congress - by Jerome R. Corsi –

16.Jun.2006 “al-Qaeda in Iraq” Boogieman: Abu al-Masri by Kurt Nimmo

16.Jun.2006 Massacre on a Beach in Gaza by Mike Whitney

13.Jun.2006 Desperate Bush administration ends already blown Zarqawi deception by Larry Chin

13.Jun.2006 Let Us All Praise the Dixie Chicks by Ralph Nader

13.Jun.2006 Ambassador John Bolton: Either Iran will acquiesce or it will face dire consequences Bolton’s message was not well received at Oxford University -by MichaelCarmichael

13.Jun.2006 Gitmo Sings the Tombstone Blues by Chris Floyd

13.Jun.2006 US War Crimes in Iraq: Another U.S. Cover-Up Surfaces - by Dahr Jamail, Arkan Hamed

11.Jun.2006 LONDON 7/7: Leaked official report damns London Police bosses for Brazilian Jean Charles de Menezes Shooting

11.Jun.2006 More Holes in the Official Story on Zarqawi's Death - by Michel Chossudovsky

11.Jun.2006 Death of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi: Major General William Caldwell's Baghdad Press Conference Full Transcript

10.Jun.2006 "Shadow Government" in the Case of a "Second 9/11": Back to the Bunker: Federal government to conduct large scale anti-terror drill - by William M Arkin

10.Jun.2006 IRAQ: Thinking the Unthinkable: "Was Margaret Hassan sacrificed" by the British Government - by Felicity Arbuthnot.

10.Jun.2006 Hubub in Hibhib: The Timely Death of al-Zarqawi - by Chris Floyd

10.Jun.2006 FBI says, “No hard evidence connecting Bin Laden to 9/11

10.Jun.2006 Canada Police State or Overzealous Border Patrol? - by Catherine Whelan Costen

09.Jun.2006 Debating World Domination: Bilderberg Meets in Canada's Capital - by James P. Tucker Jr.

09.Jun.2006 Video Webcast The day after the next 9/11 our Freedoms are Gone - by Daniel Ellsberg

09.Jun.2006 Malaysia's Mahathir warns World War Four Looming -

09.Jun.2006 Propaganda and Haditha - by Dahr Jamail

09.Jun.2006 Who Is Planning World Soccer Terror? - by Claudio Celani

09.Jun.2006 Military Plays Up Role of Zarqawi - by Thomas E. Ricks

09.Jun.2006 Pentagon Jettisons US Agent Provocateur Al-Zarqawi - by Paul Joseph Watson

09.Jun.2006 Seven years since the end of the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia

09.Jun.2006 More news  Feature Articles 

01.Jul.2006 Re-Interpreting Iraq: Propaganda Campaign Underway - by Ramzy Baroud

01.Jul.2006 How Many More Innocents Must Die Before the World Realizes that Israel is Gathering Thorns and Thistles? - by Jason Miller

01.Jul.2006 The US Federal Reserve Bank: Dirty Secrets of the Temple - by Stephen Lendman

27.Jun.2006 Iraq between genocide and coincidences - by Gabriele Zamparini

26.Jun.2006 Global Strike: The Non-Proliferation Treaty and the U.S. Quest for Global Military Dominance War is Peace, Arms Racing is Disarmament - by Western States Legal Foundation

26.Jun.2006 US Collusion with Iraqi Death Squads Diyala - A Laboratory of Civil War? - by Max Fuller

25.Jun.2006 Terrorism Myth: The “War on Terrorism” is a flourishing business for the corporate world Muslims Look for Responsible Journalism - by Mahboob A. Khawaja

25.Jun.2006 “Ethnic Cleansing” in New Orleans - by Ghali Hassan

20.Jun.2006 Exceptional Americans Manifest Their Destiny: And to Hell with the Consequences... - by Jason Miller

20.Jun.2006 Bush's America opposes verifiable ban on nuclear fission - by Michael Carmichael

19.Jun.2006 Canada: A Galloping Police State? - by Marjaleena Repo

18.Jun.2006 Iraq: False Jubilations “A new dawn for Iraqis” in the post-Zarqawi era - by Ghali Hassan

16.Jun.2006 The case for impeachment is clear beyond question Worldwide U.S. militarization - by Ramsey Clark

15.Jun.2006 The General, the New York Times and the Gitmo Suicides: The Evil of Banality - by Anthony Alessandri

14.Jun.2006 Trying Times for Palestinians - by Ramzy Baroud

14.Jun.2006 US, Global Arms & Huge Infant Deaths - by Gideon Polya

13.Jun.2006 Pentagon sets its sights on social networking websites - by Paul Marks

13.Jun.2006 Recipe for war: Israeli hysteria and imperial logic - by James Brooks

11.Jun.2006 Britain's Immigrant Holocaust: Torture and Dehumanizing Treatment in Britain's Immigration "Detention Centres" - by Colnbrook Detainees Forum

10.Jun.2006 Tortured Fragments of History Veil of secrecy surrounding methods of interrogation and torture - by Stan Winer

09.Jun.2006 A Warning to Africa: The New U.S. Imperial Grand Strategy - by John Bellamy Foster

08.Jun.2006 Death Squads in Iraq: Fanatic Militias Used in a Dirty war

08.Jun.2006 Who was Abu Musab al Zarqawi? - by Michel Chossudovsky

06.Jun.2006 Haiti, Failed Solidarity: International Trade Union Organizations "Pay Lip Service" to 2004 Overthrow of President Aristide - by Jeb Sprague

06.Jun.2006 The U.S. Role in Darfur, Sudan Oil reserves rivaling those of Saudi Arabia? - by Sara Flounders

04.Jun.2006 Top 10 Signs of the Impending U.S. Police State - by Allan Uthman

04.Jun.2006 Is Latin America Really Turning Left? - by James Petras

03.Jun.2006 Offensive Counterspace and US Military Superiority above the Skies: ."Parasitic" Weapon Eyed for Space - by Noah Shachtman

03.Jun.2006 The Logic of War Crimes in a Criminal War - by Mara Verheyden-Hilliard, Brian Becker

01.Jun.2006 Palestinian Violence as an Indicator of a Bigger Battle - by Prof. Ramzy Baroud

01.Jun.2006 Arms control in a unipolar world - by Siddharth Varadarajan

30.May 2006 Construyendo 'Europa' Manu Militari, - by Ramón Fernández Durán

27.May 2006 Iran has the right to self-defence - by Ghali Hassan

24.May 2006 9/11 Commission report is a lie - by Richard Curtis

24.May 2006 Top U.S. Defense Officials Increase Hostility Towards Venezuela - by Eva Golinger

23.May 2006 National Security Department: Listening In - by Seymour M. Hersh

23.May 2006 Sharon's Legacy in Action - by Prof Tanya Reinhart

23.May 2006 Palestinian Catastrophe: Myths Revisited - by Prof. Ramzy Baroud

23.May 2006 Venezuela and Peak Oil: New Estimate of Oil Reserves Makes Venezuela the Grandest of Grand Prizes for the US - by Stephen Lendman

23.May 2006 Raid on the nuclear fuel market - by Rudo de Ruijter

22.May 2006 VIDEO No Bravery - by James Blunt

22.May 2006 The Harper Government: Towards A New Social Order? - by Prof. Ann Porter

21.May 2006 Pain Ray - US torture weapons used against civilians

20.May 2006 Inflated Terrorism - Propaganda Lies - by Peter Phillips

19.May 2006 God’s Ministers Are Listening: God Bless the Vice President, Secretary of Defense + NSTAC - by John Stanton

06.Jul.2006 UN rights envoy says Israel Gaza offensive breaches 'fundamental norms' By Joshua Pantesco

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in the Palestinian Territories John Dugard [official website; Wikipedia profile]

told an emergency session [announcement] of the UN Human Rights Council [official website] Wednesday that Israel's military off
Madison Newspaper Editorials Slams Rep. Nass Over Teacher Firing Statements By dz

Editorial: Sifting and winnowing – -State Rep. Steve Nass, R-Whitewater, is not very good at legislating.

But that doesn't stop him from trying to tell everyone else how to do their jobs.
Indeed, it seems that whenever Nass hears about a college instructor who expresses views that do not fit with his own, the legislator begins to call for sanctions + silencing.
Nass piped up again last week after he learned that a University of Wisconsin lecturer has been active in a movement that raises questions about whether U.S. government officials rather than foreign terrorists were responsible for some or all of the tragic events of 11.Sep.2001 .

Indicted Likud treasurer had hand in 9/11 airport security By Total

05.Jul.2006 -email report of Barry Chamish- Excerpted from : "

00.000.1989 the Likud Party was investigated by the state comptroller for massive fraud. The two chief accountants of the party were Menachem Atzmon and Ehud Olmert. Somehow, Atzmon was convicted of fraud and Olmert wasn't. In 2006 Olmert was elected in his way to be prime minister of Israel. [...] On a Republic Broadcasting Network's
Ken Lay Dies at 64 Conglomerate Business Law Economics & Society Ken Lay Dies at 64

I hate to interrupt the Workshop, but the Houston Chronicle is reporting that Ken Lay has died from a heart attack in Colorado.

UPDATE: Peter Henning explains how Lay's death extinguishes the criminal case against him under appeal, preserves his estate against the forfeiture action + may create a collateral estoppel argument that plaintiffs in the civil case cannot use Lay's conviction as any evidence in the civil case against him. Wow. Larry Ribstein also weighs in.
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JULIA BARD, CHANNEL FOUR, UK - Patrick Henry College [was] set up five years ago in Virginia, near Washington DC.

Its mission is to train young fundamentalist Christians to become the next generation of America's cultural and political leaders.

Though the separation of church and state is enshrined in the US Constitution, with financial backing from the evangelical community the college aims to 'rechristianise' America;

to 'preserve the world from the sinfulness of man'.
PHC students are an isolated group who come from close-knit communities where everyone prays together + shares moral certainties. . .

Once at the college, the students ceremonially sign a covenant which commits them to a strict behaviour code:

no alcohol, drugs or obscene literature; sex will be reserved for marriage; personal conflicts will be resolved biblically;

the students will be above reproach, will uphold the tenets of evangelical Christianity + lead the nation for Christ. . .
Everyone at PHC, including the academics, also signs a statement of faith which includes these assertions:
- The Bible in its entirety . . . is the inspired word of God, inerrant in its original manuscripts + the only infallible and sufficient authority for faith and Christian living.
- Man is by nature sinful and is inherently in need of salvation, which is exclusively found by faith alone in Jesus Christ and His shed blood.
- Satan exists as a personal, malevolent being who acts as tempter + accuser, for whom Hell, the place of eternal punishment, was prepared, where all who die outside of Christ shall be confined in conscious torment for eternity.
There are political as well as biblical imperatives. The students are highly trained in political debating techniques for which they win national trophies.

The college is extremely well-connected in Washington + students are propelled towards internships working for top politicians.
God's Next Army shows students taking their first step towards power, canvassing for a key Republican candidate. They visit a conservative lobbying company which is opposing the payment of compensation to people affected by asbestos + is trying to repeal estate tax because 'the earth is the Lord's'.
Helped by the institution's friends-in-high-places, PHC has already provided the current White House administration with more interns than any other college in the USA + more are in the pipeline – on the way to becoming 'key players in a Christian republic'.
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06.Jul.2006 The Tides Turn in Favor of Bush and the GOP By Noel Sheppard

29.Jun.2006 Did you hear that sound on Thursday ?

That was millions of conservatives gasping in horror when the Supreme Court issued its Hamdan v. Rumsfeld decision seemingly giving the...
06.Jul.2006 Bloglines - Orwell in Iraq: Snow Jobs, Zarqawi and Bogus Peace Plans
06.Jul.2006 Bloglines - IS BUILDING SEVEN THE SMOKING GUN OF 9/11?
06.Jul.2006 Google Co-Founders Interviewed in 2001 (Video) From: Sean McBride 7. Sen. Stevens’ Internet Ignorance Is Frightening From: Sean McBride 8. Bloglines - 9/11 scholars find children, job under threat From: 9. Lt Col. Bob Bowman's speech from LA conference From: Sean McBride 10. Norway's Le Monde covers 911 Skeptics - Great Article! From: tim_howells_1000
Prostituierte, Parties, Pferderennen, Penny Stocks, Deutsche Bank in Toronto und... sfux Dr. Alexander von Paleske - Am

29.Jun.2006 erschien eine kleine Meldung in der Tageszeitung Pioneer Press, die in Minneapolis im US Bundesstaat Minnesota erscheint.

Danach hat die Deutsche Bank ohne einen Kommentar abzugeben, einen Betrag von etwas unter 100 Millionen US Dollar an ein dortiges Brokerhaus namens Stockwalk gezahlt.
Schon am 18.Jan.2006 ...

Italienische Geheimdienstbeamte verhaftet sfux 
Rom - Im Zuge der Ermittlungen zur mutmasslichen Entführung eines islamischen Geistlichen durch die CIA sind zwei italienische Geheimdienstmitarbeiter festgenommen worden.

Ihnen wird laut Medienberichten vorgeworfen

00.000.2003 an der Verschleppung des Ägypters Osama Mustafa Hassan Nasr in Mailand beteiligt gewesen zu sein.

Die Untersuchung des Falls erstreckt sich damit erstmals auch auf italienische Staatsbürger. Gegen 22 mutmassliche Agenten des US-Geheimdienstes CIA wird...
Wuppertal: Dreiste Medienhetze gegen "Riss+Lücke" Riss+Lücke 
Wuppertaler Wochenzeitung "Rundschau" veröffentlicht dreiste Fehlinformationen des Polizeihauptkommisars Manfred Hakenbeck bezüglich eines Anschlags auf das Kreiswehrersatzamt + betreiben damit üble Medienhetze gegen den Wuppertaler Bauwagenplatz "Riss+Lücke".

06.Jul.2006 (Staats-)Terrorismus oder Guerilla? Zvi Schuldiner - Jerusalem 
Die bürgerlichen Medien bieten in Sachen Israel/Palästina immer neue Kapriolen: So wird aus einem gefangenen Besatzungsoldaten im Handumdrehen ein armes "Entführungsopfer"...

Die israelische Linke ist sich dieser sprachpolitischen Propagandaoffensive und ihren Hintergründen sehr bewusst, wie der folgende Kommentar des linken israelischen Soziologieprofessor und Friedensaktivist Zvi Schuldiner zeigt, der an der Hebräischen Universität Jerusalem lehrt + des Öfteren für die linke italienische Tageszeitung "il manifesto" schreibt. Sein am ...

27.Jun.2006 dort erschienener Text ist umso bemerkenswerter, weil Schuldiner bisher alles andere als ein Freund des bewaffneten palästinensischen Widerstandes oder der Hamas war.
Watchdog to vet internet content
ALL local internet content will come under Federal Government supervision after the Communications Minister revealed her response to the Big Brother sexual assault scandal.

The regulatory powers of the media watchdog will be broadened to cover emerging technologies such as video streaming on the ...
If Senators Aren't Going To Understand Tech, Can They At Least Be Consistent? Mike 
This one has been all over the internet since the weekend, but since it was submitted by more people than have ever submitted a story to Techdirt, we might as well post it for the three or four of you who might have missed it. In defending his vote against network neutrality legislation, Senator ...

06.Jul.2006 Enron Founder Dies Before Sentencing
A spokeswoman for the Lay family, Kelly L. Kimberly, confirmed reports of Mr. Lay's death but declined to discuss specifics.

In a prepared statement, Ms. Kimberly said: "Ken Lay passed away early this morning in Aspen. The Lays have a very large family with whom they need to communicate. And out ...
Senate Scorecard: AT&T 1, Google 0
AT&T (T)+ other big phone-service providers had reason to celebrate last week. On

28.Jun.22006 the Senate Commerce Committee, chaired by Senator Ted Stevens (R-Alaska), approved a bill that would free phone carriers + cable operators such as Comcast (CMCSA) from key restrictions on how they set...
Google says bill could spark anti-trust complaints
SOFIA (Reuters) - Google warned on Tuesday it will not hesitate to file anti-trust complaints in the USA if high-speed Internet providers abuse the market power they could receive from U.S. legislators. The U.S. Senate Commerce Committee last week approved sweeping communications reform ...

06.Jul.2006 Microsoft's Antitrust Woes Continue
Microsoft learned of bad news on two antitrust fronts Tuesday. European Union officials voted in Brussels to unanimously accept the European Commission's plans to fine the company 2 million euros per day, while in South Korea Microsoft's injunction appeal was rejected.

06.Jul.2006 Defeating their ideas Jeff Jarvis 
In an incredible case of missing the point, MPs took Tony Blair to task for not doing enough to “win the hearts and minds” of British Muslims after, the Guardian reports, a Times poll revealed that 13 % of Muslims there think of the 7/7 bombers as martyrs and 16 % think ...

06.Jul.2006 N Korea vows more missile tests
N Korea threatens to continue launching test missiles and warns of "stronger actions" if pressured to stop.

06.Jul.2006 UK house prices go into reverse House prices fell unexpectedly by 1.2% in June, according to the UK's biggest mortgage lender.
06.Jul.2006 Bomber's father tells of anguish The father of Hasib Hussain says he does not believe his son took part in the 7 July bombings.
06.Jul.2006 Climate change 'real and severe' An expert panel convened by the BBC concludes that climate change is "real and severe", but maybe not "catastrophic".
06.Jul.2006 Call for action on child poverty The government may fail in its bid to eliminate child poverty unless it changes its approach, a charity says.
06.Jul.2006 Historic India-China link opens China and India open a historic trade route in the Himalayas that was closed 44 years ago.
06.Jul.2006 Mexico vote result on knife-edge Mexico's presidential race goes down to the wire with just thousands of votes between the two candidates.
06.Jul.2006 'No risk' from stolen terror file A secret file detailing the UK's response to a terror attack is found dumped in a Surrey ditch.
06.Jul.2006 UK interest rates remain at 4.5% UK interest rates are kept at 4.5% for the 11th month in a row after the latest Bank of England meeting.
06.Jul.2006 Enron ex-chief Kenneth Lay dies Kenneth Lay, the former Enron chief executive and chairman convicted on fraud and conspiracy charges, has died.
US urges talks on N Korea crisis The US secretary of state says six-party talks should be the place to resolve the crisis over N Korea's missiles.
06.Jul.2006 Macedonia PM admits poll defeat Macedonian PM Vlado Buckovski concedes victory to the nationalist opposition party in elections.
06.Jul.2006 Research studies race attitudes Social attitude data reveals how majority Scots feel about those "not like them" such as Muslims and English people.
06.Jul.2006 Energy customers flee price rises A total of 900,000 people switched energy supplier in March as gas and electricity prices rose, the regulator says.
06.Jul.2006 Blair's bail pledge to Enron trio Tony Blair says he will try to help people extradited to the US get bail but rejects criticism of extradition laws.
06.Jul.2006 Down's syndrome gene identified Scientists believe they have found a possible cause for mental impairment in Down's syndrome.
06.Jul.2006 Food industry proposes TV ad ban Food manufacturers and advertisers accept the need for a limited ban on junk food commercials on children.
06.Jul.2006 Senate tax proposal under scrutiny The U.S. Senate mulls expanding how the IRS can use the Internet to contact American taxpayers. But privacy and security concerns linger.
06.Jul.2006 Aussies Brace for DMCA ScuttleMonkey 2 Rusty writes

"Aussies are counting down to the introduction of the US-FTA-required DMCA legislation + trying to pressure the government to listen to consumers and innovators, not just industrial copyright holders. Linux Australia has kicked off the campaign with and"
Tweaking Genes in the Basement Technophile hobbyists are experimenting with the biotech tools in home labs, like the founders of Apple and Microsoft did with computers and software. But this time, they're using DNA, not silicon. By Allen Riddell.
06.Jul.2006 Mother Earth: Check, Please Even the right concedes that global warming is real. But they argue that Al Gore is alarming us needlessly and, besides, the free market will ultimately save the day. Really? Commentary by Tony Long. This column is also available as a
06.Jul.2006 Enron's Lay Dies Suddenly Kenneth Lay, convicted and awaiting sentencing in one of the biggest business frauds in U.S. history, dies suddenly while vacationing in Colorado. He was facing a life sentence.
EU Shows Microsoft a Yellow Card The European Union votes unanimously to fine Microsoft for defying a

00.000.2004 antitrust ruling.

Plus: The Maryland court upholds city and county cell phone fees.... China uncovers an online soccer gambling ring.... and more.
Apple widget checks raise eyebrows Some Mac users express concern about a new feature in the latest Mac OS X that sends information back to Apple.
06.Jul.2006 Google seeks justice on Net neutrality Blog: Google may be getting ready to take the battle over Net neutrality to the courts.Congress last week rejected attempts to pass...
06.Jul.2006 Jimmy Wales Starting Campaign Wikis samzenpus 29 Billosaur writes "Jimmy Wales, self-described creator of the Wikipedia, is apparently trying to bring the functionality offered by the Internet encyclopedia to a new realm: politics and political campaigns. He is starting a new website, the Campaigns Wikia, which "has the goal of bringing together people from diverse political perspectives who may not share much else, but who share the idea that they would rather see democratic politics be about engaging with the serious ideas of intelligent opponents, about activating and motivating ordinary people to get involved and really care about politics beyond the television soundbites." Sounds intriguing, but one has to wonder if it will be plagued by internecine feuding, punditry + political manipulation."
06.Jul.2006 Australia Wants to Regulate Internet Streaming. Samzenpus 117 Paul writes

"After an incident that occurred on a popular television show's internet stream, the Australian government has once again demonstrated that it simply does not understand the internet by indicating that they intend to regulate streaming video. I wonder what these geniuses plan on doing with porn streamed from Europe?"
The Declaration of Independence of the Thirteen Colonies In Congress,

04.Jul.1776 We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. --That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it + to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Continue 
06.Jul.2006 Iran is given

12.Jul.2006 deadline to suspend nuclear activities: Beyond revealing the deadline, the diplomats also said Russia and China were closer than ever to supporting the West on Security Council action - including sanctions

06.Jul.2006 UN drafts resolution on North Korea: Japan + the USA + Britain prepared a resolution demanding that nations withhold all funds, goods and technology that could be used for North Korea's missile program.

06.Jul.2006 N.Korea missile tests no threat to Russia's security - minister : North Korea officially announced Wednesday that it had conducted test launches of ballistic missiles + claimed it was the country's sovereign right.

06.Jul.2006 Weapons in outer space: TENSIONS IN the United Nations over space-based weapons ran to new heights recently when the USA delivered a hard-line statement on its right to develop such weapons.

06.Jul.2006 Greg Palast North Korea’s Missile: Fired by Kim Jong Il, Built by Team Bush: George Bush is upset, distraught, that North Korea has fired a missile that could reach Alaska — carrying a nuclear warhead.

Well, Mr. President, you have only yourself to blame.

06.Jul.2006 Greg Palast: The Khan job and the 'back-off' directive: To raise the cash for Pakistan's program (and to pocket a tidy sum for himself), Khan sold off copies of his baby, his bomb, to Libya and North Korea—blueprints, material and all the fixings to blow this planet to Kingdom Come

06.Jul.2006 IDF raises alert on Syrian border: The IDF has raised the level of alert along the northern border with Syria out of fear that President Bashar Assad would launch a strike against Israel in response to a recent IAF buzz of his palace.

06.Jul.2006 Israel has pounded 1500 rounds of artillery on Gaza -- UN official: Speaking on behalf of the African group, Algerian ambassador to the UN Idriss Jazairy, said the group expresses deep indignation of the Israeli acts against the Palestinian people and condemns those acts.

06.Jul.2006 Israeli aircraft bomb university in Gaza city: Israel aircraft hit a building at the Islamic University in Gaza city early on Tuesday, Palestinians said. Black smoke rose from the building, set on fire in the attack. There was no immediate word of casualties.

06.Jul.2006 Olmert: Qassam attack on Ashkelon will have 'unparalleled consequences' : Israel is planning to respond with heavy aerial bombardment of the Gaza Strip, after a Qassam rocket fired from Gaza hit the southern town of Ashkelon for the first time last night.

06.Jul.2006 UN envoy attacks Israel over Gaza : An emergency meeting of the UN's new human rights body on the Gaza crisis has heard condemnation of Israeli policy and its effects on civilians.

06.Jul.2006 Widespread illegal experiment conducted at Meir Hospital : Professor Mordechai Ravid and five other doctors and interns at Meir Hospital in Kfar Sava conducted an illegal medical experiment on some 60 women, most of whom were Arab.

06.Jul.2006 Kremlin requests right to hunt terrorists abroad: . According to a Kremlin statement, Putin requested the right to defend "the human rights and freedoms of citizens, the sovereignty of the Russian Federation, its independence and state integrity," by using security forces outside Russia.

06.Jul.2006 Italian Prosecutors Seek Arrest of CIA Operatives : Italian prosecutors today sought the arrest and extradition of four Americans, three of them CIA operatives, for their role in the

00.000.2003 kidnapping in Milan of a radical Egyptian cleric. Two officials of the Italian secret service were arrested in the case today.

06.Jul.2006 Mind Control : America's Secret War: The projects involved brutal, often terminal experiments on thousands of unwitting citizens in direct defiance of law, all ethical codes + the most basic human rights. Windows Media

06.Jul.2006 The politics of fear, the revenge of hope: Fear is a powerful weapon in politics, but its days are numbered. The administration and the majority in Congress have tried to arouse us recently about gay marriage, the flag and the future of democracy in Iraq. Polling numbers indicate it no longer works.

06.Jul.2006 Populist Lopez Obrador Demands Full Vote Recount in Mexico's Presidential Race : A preliminary count of the votes cast in Sunday's election gave a slim lead to conservative candidate Felipe Calderon. But federal election officials acknowledged Tuesday that more than three million ballots - or eight % of the total - remain uncounted.

06.Jul.2006 More votes counted -- gap shrinks : The controversy and confusion surrounding Mexico's presidential election deepened Tuesday as electoral officials released new results that further tightened the razor-thin gap between left-of-center candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and front-running conservative Felipe Calderon.

06.Jul.2006 China, Africa: ‘A new strategic partnership’ : Chinese Prime Minister Wen's trip included Egypt, Ghana, the Republic of Congo, Angola, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda, Xinhua news agency reported.

06.Jul.2006 'Heaven or Hell': Some scientists believe the future will be worse than our darkest nightmares. - "We are certainly at a turning point. For centuries we have used technology to change our environment. But now we are using it to change ourselves, we are messing around with our souls and what it is to be human.

06.Jul.2006 In case you missed it: Bill Joy: Why the future doesn't need us.: Our most powerful 21st-century technologies - robotics, genetic engineering + nanotech - are threatening to make humans an endangered species.

06.Jul.2006 Growth of sushi bars 'driving tuna to extinction': Commercial fishing for bluefin tuna in the Mediterranean and eastern Atlantic should be halted immediately or the species will become extinct, the World Wide Fund for Nature says.

06.Jul.2006 More acidic seas pose new threat, scientists warn: They warn that, by the end of the century, the trend could devastate coral reefs and creatures that underpin the sea's food web.

06.Jul.2006 Abramoff Had Access to DoJ, Ashcroft: The former Attorney General + his staff had extraordinary ties to Abramoff + his team, as numerous emails + the recent report out from the Justice Department Inspector General make clear.

06.Jul.2006 Washington Babylon: California Republican congressman Randy "Duke" Cunningham traded military contracts for $2.4 million in antiques, cash + other booty.

He is now in jail, but his case exposed a world of bribery, booze + broads that reaches into the Pentagon, the CIA + Congress. Washington is wondering: Who's next?

06.Jul.2006 Bullies Along the Potomac : WITH conservatives controlling the White House and Congress, one might expect states' rights to be firmly in vogue. But several recent federal actions have seriously weakened the states' efforts to protect health and the environment.

06.Jul.2006 Fed Treading on Thin Ice as U.S. Housing Bubble Weakens: The idea, as Fed economists see it, is that as overall spending is reduced, employers will hire fewer workers. As unemployment rises, employees are in a weaker bargaining position + this leads to slower wage growth. Slower wage growth, the Fed hopes, will lower inflation.

06.Jul.2006 An Outcry Rises as Debt Collectors Play Rough : The rise in American consumer debt has been accompanied by a sharp increase in complaints about aggressive and sometimes unscrupulous tactics by debt collection agencies, a phenomenon that has government regulators increasingly concerned.

06.Jul.2006 America's Hidden History: The 50th state: Most people in the USA have no real knowledge of Hawaiian history. Located 2,500 miles past the coast of California. Hawaii is home to the largest military command in the world. Anne Keala Kelly brings us through the history of Hawaii
06.Jul.2006 US troops refusing to fight in Iraq and Afghanistan: 'One weekend a month, two weeks a year. My ass.' National Guardsmen in Iraq express their frustration at their endless deployment. Tim Richard and Carl Webb, two war resisters, spoke to Simon Assaf about why there is a growing revolt against the Afghanistan and Iraq wars inside the US army

06.Jul.2006 Homelessness a Threat for Vets: "Then the nightmares would start," says the 26-year-old former Army private first class, who drove a fuel truck in Iraq. "I saw a baby decapitated when it was run over by a truck - I relived that every night."

06.Jul.2006 DoD Wants $8.6 Billion for New Weapons: The Defense Department is seeking $8.6 billion to buy new weapon systems needed to support operations in Iraq and Afghanistan during the first part of fiscal year 2007, a sum well above what lawmakers so far have authorized and appropriated.

06.Jul.2006 Bush's foreign friends fading fast : Most of the leaders who defied criticism at home to stand with him on Iraq and win his friendship are no longer players on the world stage, or are on their way out. And it was a small band of brothers to begin with.
The Destabilization Game
This is the new, American-driven cold war -- a striking feature of our landscape, almost utterly ignored by the mainstream media - By Tom Engelhardt
In the wake of the collapse of the Soviet empire, the USA was the sole military power of significance left standing. It had, as they saw it, enough excess power to ensure a Pax Americana into the distant future, in part by ensuring that no future or resurgent superpower or bloc of powers would, in any foreseeable future, arise to challenge the USA. As the President put it in an address at West Point in 2002, "America has + intends to keep, military strengths beyond challenge."
Continue . This is a must read

06.Jul.2006 Starving for Attention: Troops Home Fast, Day One

It is midnight of the 5th of July and 24 hours since thousands of us began the Troops Home Fast. - By Cindy Sheehan

I encourage everyone in America to move away from the comfortable complacency that allows BushCo to kill people with impunity. If we don't stand up and speak out against their offenses and for accountabitlity the crimes will continue even into the next administration, whichever party is in power. Continue

06.Jul.2006 Targeting Gaza’s Children with Sound Bombs-By Mike Whitney
The photographs of bombed-out buildings, burned-down power plants + blown-up bridges only tell half the story of Israel’s terror-war on the people in Gaza.

06.Jul.2006 It's Time to End the "Last Taboo"- By Stephen Lendman

Few people anywhere have suffered more or longer than the beleaguered Palestinians. For nearly four decades they've lived under a harsh and unending Israeli occupation of their land. They've endured a continued assault to seize it, a loss of their personal and economic rights and a denial of any chance for justice or their very humanity. These courageous people remain isolated in their own land with little support from the outside. Yet it's never broken their spirit as they continue their heroic efforts to survive and struggle to gain their freedom. Continue

06.Jul.2006 The Middle East Agenda: Oil, Dollar Hegemony & Islam -By Prof. Francis A Boyle
Little has changed in the imperialist tendencies of American foreign policy since the founding of the USA of America in seventeen eighty-nine. The fledgling USA opened the nineteenth century by stealing the continent of North America from the Indians, while in the process ethnically cleansing them and then finally deporting the pitiful few survivors by means of death marches (a la Bataan) to Bantustans, which in America we call reservations, as in instance of America's manifest destiny to rule the world.

06.Jul.2006 At least 19 killed as U.S. occupation grinds on: Baghdad's main morgue received nearly 1,600 bodies last month -- the highest number since the February bombing of a Shi'ite shrine sparked sectarian killings.

06.Jul.2006 Iraq hints at compromise as nearly 20 rebel groups talk of peace: Minister of state for national dialogue Akram Al Hakim said that the concessions being sought by Sunni Arab rebel groups included a timetable for withdrawal of troops of the US-led coalition as well as the disbandment of Shia militias + added that some were acceptable to the government.
06.Jul.2006 "Conservative" Mexican Candidate for President Appears to be Reading Bush's Florida Script from 2000, No Kidding. It's Like They Didn't Even Change the Words. Meanwhile, In Recount, the Progressive Candidate is Leading, Until They Steal the Rest of the Votes from Him, As in Florida.
Another Pat Bagley Pin: "Clueless George is Watching You." (Be the First to Wear "The Spy Monkey" Pin!)
Repost: Hideous WSJ Editorial Board Inadvertently Proves NYT Set Up for Bushevik Red Meat Attack -- A BuzzFlash News Analysis
Google warned on Tuesday it will not hesitate to file anti-trust complaints in the USA if high-speed Internet providers abuse the market power they could receive from U.S. legislators. 7/6
GOP Holding "Dog and Pony Show" Immigration Hearings - Next Attempt to Strengthen Base Before Elections? - A BuzzFlash News Alert

06.Jul.2006 Democratic National Committee says it won't support Lieberman as an independent candidate. (It's buried in the story.) 7/6
David Sirota: "In an explosive story, the Rocky Mountain News reports that freshman Sen. Ken Salazar (D-CO) has become the first Democrat to publicly say he will ignore the will of Connecticut Democratic primary voters and support Sen. Joe Lieberman even if Lieberman loses the primary, leaves the Democratic Party and runs as an independent." What Part About Democracy Doesn't Ken Salazar Understand? 7/6

06.Jul.2006 S.Korea media: More N. Korea rockets ready. But Bush Wants to Start a War With Iran. Well, No One Claims Bush is a Rocket Scientist, Just a Dimwit Who Threatens Our National Security. 7/6
Are the Busheviks Playing the "Coded" Anti-Semite Card in Their Attack on the New York Times Banking Story? You Bet. -- A BuzzFlash News Analysis

06.Jul.2006 Lawmakers have issued a subpoena seeking Pentagon information on a soldier who says he suffered retaliation for reporting abuses at Abu Ghraib prison. The subpoena from the House Government Reform Committee seeks all communications relating to information provided by Army Spc. Samuel Provance about the Iraq prison, where U.S. mistreatment of detainees caused an international uproar. 7/
06.Jul.2006 Better than the Bard dr. elsewhere here
I swear, this story is better than soaps!! Better than Survivor !! And it just keeps on giving.
If you have not yet read the latest from
Murray Waas, don’t fail to do so. Although CHS at FDL does a great synopsis/analysis, as per usual;

it's all about Bush's role in the smear Wilson compaign. (Recall that similar details of Bush’s interview with the feds were also reported by Jason Leopold in early April of this year.)
06.Jul.2006 Christy then maps out an interesting scenario of Rove’s motives –

clearer now that we have so much more background information – that resembles the back-biting den of thieves scenario I speculated about recently.
06.Jul.2006 (To read the rest, click "Permalink" below)
This logic may be one reason why
Team Libby went suddenly + so uncharacteristically silent on their obsession with Rove’s notes + testimony the last time they stood before Judge Walton.

They’ve been demanding to have access to everything about Rove, who is not even a witness for the prosecution, but their own witness, exposing their nervousness about what he might have to say.

Now that Rove is suddenly “free,” despite what they know (which is at least as much as we do) about Rove’s guilt, Team Libby is likely getting a pretty clear picture what Rove’s new situation could mean for their defense.
emptywheel has chimed in with a couple of posts, the more recent – + by far the more compelling – is her analysis of Fitz’s case against Libby.

At least Libby. Fitz appears to have caught Libby in a lie that exposes the probability that he actually leaked Plame’s identity to Judy Miller on 08.Jul.2003 .

Emptywheel makes a great case that Libby has testified in two conflicting ways about that meeting, such that there is at least one lie.

And their notes betray them both, as well.

That noose sure is tightening around Libby’s neck + snaking toward Cheney's.
All these new data + perspectives raise some curious points, not least of which is the fact that the President has – wittingly or not – made his own VP the fall guy in this mess, who has then made his COS his fall guy.

This was my hunch, based as much on the psychologies of the players as the facts before us, that they'd all turn on each other when the chips went down.
I’m going to guess now that Bush was unwitting + not only because Bush lacks wits on so many levels.

Cheney had been managing the entire Iraq enterprise, from soup to nuts + it makes perfect sense to me that Dick [Cheney]would have kept Bush in the dark on what he was doing.

Dick [Cheney ]so loves the dark.

It makes no difference really what Dick [ Cheney ]’s reasoning was;

plausible deniability maybe, but just as easily control freak, who needs the rules?

Who cares, it only matters for the screenplay, because Libby testified that Cheney told Libby that Bush had directed the declassifications, presumably to give his actions some authority.

We may never know if that included Bush's approval of leaking Plame’s identity, unless Fitz caught Bush in a lie, too.

The point right now is that Fitz does appear to have Libby’s goose ready for the oven, with a little help from his stool pigeon friend Karl + may even have a bead on Cheney for a second course.

(Going after Cheney is a little dicier since he's a Constitutional officer; he'd have to be impeached, or resign. But not impossible.)
This whole picture raises a serious question in my mind.


Libby must be obsessively wondering if it is really worth it to fall on his sword for the likes of the Big Dick [ Cheney ], especially in light of the fact that his boss actually handed him the sharpened blade + then shoved.

Also, knowing – or at least suspecting – that Rove has turned on him, what the hell is he left with?

If even Bush is willing to point the finger at Cheney, who will then point it at Libby, what are the odds now that Rove would risk perjury to loyally protect either one of them?

Libby must be losing serious sleep trying to read all the writing on the wall.
So I wonder if he’s also considering this:

If there is no other way to spin the public perception of all these facts that Libby went way out of line in a rogue action beyond Bush’s directive,

then everyone close to Bush must also wonder how they would spin Libby’s getting a pardon?
The whole prospect of pardons gets even stickier if one tries to make the case that Libby went beyond Cheney’s directive, what with that marked up paper clipping and all.

“All” here including but not limited to Cheney’s role not just in the Wilson smear, but in the manufacturing of this godforsaken invasion + occupation of a sovereign nation, ruination of our international reputation + near complete destruction of the Constitution.

And his own demonic personality + all, shooting friends in the face and all.

All of that, too + his accompanying abysmal approval ratings.
These two characters, Libby + Cheney, would thus become, as I’ve asserted previously, just so much chum in the murky waters of WH power wars.
Without speculating on intent or leaks or any of that, it’s still worth considering just what + whose purposes Murray’s reporting will serve.

Not that he was party to that as a plan;

I’m just wondering what the players – and us spectators – will be able to take away from this new stuff. Some thoughts.
First, it reminds everyone that the investigation remains ongoing.

Second, it reminds us that Bush early on admitted to a plan to disqualify Wilson, but not to any illegal leaks (of course, given their history, why should we trust them? +

given Bush's legal team, how would they know?).

Third, it supports our assumption that Karl [Rove] cut a deal.

Fourth, it also presents to Libby the rather bleak outlook for his defense + for a pardon.

All of which serves to make Libby, if he’s as smart as they all say he is, exquisitely sensitive to the relative benefits of cooperating with the investigation.

Which, in Fitz-speak, must mean to turn on Cheney.
Not a bad day’s work.
One last thought:

Rove might well advise Bush to cut out the “cancer on this Presidency” + leave Cheney + Libby to fend for themselves, without benefit of pardon.

But it seems to me that will ultimately reveal a no-win reality for the Dubya.

As the truth comes out on this deadly scandal, it will become increasingly clear just how much power Cheney has really held in this WH.

(As a brief aside, in this week’s New Yorker , Jane Meyer writes about David Addington’s role in increasing the power of the executive.

On Rachel Maddow this morning, Meyer told of interviewing an old friend of Addington's;

this friend stated that Addington told him after the 00.000.2000 SC decision for Bush that they were going to consolidate the power of the P + VP in the WH. Scary thought. ‘Splains a lot.)
In any case, the bottom line is this:

However much power Dick [Cheney ]has had only means how little power Bush has had by comparison.

On the one hand, Bush can now blame the Dick [Cheney] for everything that’s gone wrong, but so much has gone wrong, this approach would backfire because he’ll be assigning power even as he assigns blame.

There may thus be no way out of this whole mess for Bush without his being exposed as very very weak.
Yup; ultimately reality bites the big no-win for the Chimp.


Der Schmerzrezeptor wird durch die Substanz ATP angeschaltet, den Energielieferanten der Zellen.

ATP wird von beschädigtem oder zerstörtem Gewebe freigesetzt.

Im Experiment sprachen die Forscher den Wärmerezeptor mit dem Stoff Capsaicin an, welcher der Chilipflanze ihre Schärfe verleiht.

"Die Wärme sorgt nicht nur für Gemütlichkeit und damit für einen Placebo-Effekt. Vielmehr deaktiviert sie den Schmerz auf molekularer Ebene ganz ähnlich wie pharmazeutische Schmerzmittel es tun", sagte King. Die Hemmung der Schmerzrezeptoren wirke jedoch nur vorübergehend.

Die Forscher möchten daher in Zukunft Medikamente entwickeln, die am gleichen Rezeptortyp ansetzen und starke Schmerzen so längerfristig hemmen können.
Bauchschmerzen: Wärmflasche wirkt wie Medikament
06.Jul.2006 Frankreich jubelt: "Die Götter sind mit uns"
Nahostkonflikt: Israelische Armee rückt weiter in Gazastreifen vor
Einzug ins Finale: Rauschendes Fest in Frankreich

06.Jul.2006 Getränkeriesen: Trio wollte Coca- Cola- Geheimnisse an PepsiCo verkaufen

06.Jul.2006 Raketentests: Nordkorea droht mit Gewalt
06.Jul.2006 Präsidenten- Besuch: Ein Wildschwein für Bush
06.Jul.2006 AP Looks at Piracy, Misses the Point ScuttleMonkey 332 TechDirt is reporting that the Associated Press has covered several stories recently about what a "huge threat" piracy is in other countries.

This article, however, argues that they have perhaps missed out on the whole story by ignoring the other side of the coin. From the article: "the AP doesn't bother to mention how all that piracy helped created new and different business models for musicians in China that let them thrive despite the piracy (actually, in some cases, because of it). Nor does the AP bother to mention how software piracy helped boost certain aspects of the industry in China by decreasing the cost of inputs."
Enron's Kenneth Lay Dies ScuttleMonkey 657+ Don420 writes

"This morning the biggest corporate criminal in modern history, Kenneth Lay, died of a massive coronary before he could receive his sentence. Lay was found guilty of being in charge of the scheme that had many lose their live-savings through a scheme of complex offshore holdings and is to thank for our having to live with Sarbanes-Oxely." From the article: "Enron filed for bankruptcy in December 2001 after investigators found it had used partnerships to conceal more than $1 billion in debt and inflate profits. Enron's downfall cost 4,000 employees their jobs and many of them their life savings + led to billions of dollars of losses for investors."
Athens Breeding "Super Mosquitoes" Hemos 389+ Chemisor writes

"Air pollution and cramped housing conditions in Athens, Greece, are creating a new breed of mosquitoes which are bigger, faster + can smell humans from farther away. The super insects have color vision and detect humans from 25-30 meters, which is about 50% farther than the ordinary mosquitoe. Beating their wing 500 times a second provides them with extra speed + the larger bodies (by 0.3ug) presumably allow larger bloodsucking capacity." And in a similar vein (har har) New Scientist had a piece about what mosquitoes like or hate about people. 06.Jul.2006 Google Fires Off Warning to US Telcos samzenpus 241+ mytrip writes

"The US Senate Commerce Committee last week approved reforms in communications legislation that will make it easier for Internet providers to offer IP-based television. The resultant perceived threat of telecommunications companies muscling in on the Web has stirred search giant Google into firing off warnings. A spokesman said it would not hesitate to file anti-trust complaints if Internet-providing telcos abuse powers that could come from U.S. legislators in further reforms - some of which, Google argues, could threaten 'Net Neutrality'.
Continued... Charles Higham's book, "Trading with the Enemy ... Grangesberg was now headed by Bo Hammarskjold , whose brother, Dag Hammarskjold was then Secretary General of the United Nations— Bo Hammarskjold became a ...

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The Rockefeller Syndicate Grangesberg was now headed by Bo Hammarskjold , whose brother, Dag Hammarskjold was then Secretary General of the United Nations - Bo Hammarskjold became a

28.Nov.1999 The Rockefeller Syndicate Bo Hammarskjold became a casualty of the Rockefeller revolution. when his plane was shot down during hostilities in the Congo . ; ...
06.Jul.2006 The lost "terror drill"? Pt.11 - 93 wargames In another "coincidence", many passengers of Flight 93 came originally from ... there was also a Continental Flight #548 that many ...
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2004062426_Report "... airport officials reported that a second airplane in distress had passed through Cleveland ... ...
06.Jul.2006 That Black Day - A 9 | 11 Archive We landed in LaGuardia Friday afternoon, flying in from Cleveland Hopkins Airport . ... the respective crews and passengers + flew them ...
06.Jul.2006 The Guaranty Trust Partner Fisher Ames Baker was counsel to the First National Bank and the uncle of ... Mrs. Averill Harriman was the granddaughter of Central Trust trustee ...
06.Jul.2006 Frankreich im WM- Finale: Zidanes entscheidender Schuss

06.Jul.2006 Sicherheitscheck: Keine Schäden an "Discovery" entdeckt

06.Jul.2006 Sieg über Portugal: Zidane schießt Frankreich ins Finale
06.Jul.2006 Hochsitz- Attacken: Tierschützer rächen Bruno
06.Jul.2006 Konflikte: USA erwarten neue Raketentests Nordkoreas
06.Jul.2006 Gaza- Offensive: Uno wirft Israel Verstoß gegen Menschenrechte vor
06.Jul.2006 Ex- Enron- Chef Ken Lay: Vom Helden zum Paria
06.Jul.2006 Zehn Jahre Dolly: Die vielen Vettern des Klon- Schafs
Justiz: Irak will Mordvorwürfe gegen US- Soldaten selbst prüfen
06.Jul.2006 US- Pleitekonzern: Ex- Enron- Chef Lay tot
06.Jul.2006 Nordkorea: Nato fordert harte Antwort auf Raketentests
06.Jul.2006 Nahost: Israel weitet Gaza- Offensive aus

06.Jul.2006 Konzernumbau: Noch mehr Stellen bei Siemens- Tochter bedroht
06.Jul.2006 Verletzung: Inder verliert Teil seines Schädels
06.Jul.2006 Netzwelt- Ticker: Chinas Firewall geknackt
05.Jul.2006 July 5, 2006 Think Progress 1,595: . Number of bodies Baghdad’s central morgue received last month, up 16 % from May.

The tally indicates that “the pace of killing here has increased since the death of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.”

This is not what I fought for, what I almost died for. This is not what I was supposed to come home to,” says Herold Noel, an Iraq veteran, one of 200,000 U.S. veterans without a home .

The push for more tax cuts “is waning on Capitol Hill” because “constituents, who once clamored for tax cuts, have recently begun quizzing them about the deficit + questioning whether the tax cuts were doing more for wealthier Americans than the middle class.”

“ President Bush’s stalwart foreign friends are fading fast ,” the Associated Press reports. “Most of the leaders who defied criticism at home to stand with him on Iraq and win his friendship are no longer players on the world stage, or are on their way out. And it was a small band of brothers to begin with.”

A military officer who retired seven years ago was accidentally re-enlisted in the army until 2010 and sent to Iraq for one year — all because of an Army administrative error.

Increasing amounts of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere may be killing coral reefs , according to a new report.

Scientists + government officials call rising oceanic acidity “one of the most pressing environmental threats facing Earth.”

Pakistani Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz on Osama bin Laden’s whereabouts : “There is speculation as to where he is, but certainly nobody has a clue.”

President Bush “is signaling a new willingness” to give up comprehensive immigration reform — establishing border security, guest worker + citizenship programs all at once — to appease the right wing’s call for enforcement-only policies.

As the “margin between the two leading candidates for president narrowed suddenly,” “ Mexico seems poised for an acrimonious, drawn-out post-electoral struggle strikingly similar to the Florida recount in the

00.Nov.2000 U.S. presidential race.”

Three days after the Pentagon granted the Navy a “national security exemption” to use sonar during exercises, a federal judge has issued a temporary restraining order blocking its use.

The Natural Resources Defense Council and other groups have filed a lawsuit against the Navy, charging that the use of sonar violates the Marine Mammal Protection Act .

And finally: Ann Coulter is this year’s winner of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists’ Sitting Duck award for “Easiest Column Target.”

The right-wing pundit received the honor “for cheapening political discourse in America,” although the society was reluctant to give it to her “because we know Ms. Coulter is desperate for any kind of attention.”
05.Jul.2006 Brennan Center Report on Security of Voting Systems I have been participating in the Brennan Center's Task Force on Voting Security.

Last week we released a report on the security of voting systems. From the Executive Summary: In

00.000.2005 the Brennan Center convened a Task Force of internationally...
Italy spy held over 'CIA kidnap' A top Italian intelligence officer is arrested over the alleged CIA kidnapping of a terror suspect in Milan.
05.Jul.2006 UK condemns North Korea missiles Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett says North Korea's missile tests are provocative and will raise tensions.
05.Jul.2006 Reactor crack fears played down Government inspectors dismiss concern over 'major cracks' in reactor cores of UK atomic power stations.
05.Jul.2006 Jabs link to autism 'dispelled' Mercury-based vaccines and MMR jabs do not lead to an increased risk of autism, a Canadian study says.
05.Jul.2006 Atomstreit: Teheran zögert Gespräch mit EU hinaus

05.Jul.2006 Arbeitsmarkt: Deutschland bei offenen Stellen Spitzenreiter

05.Jul.2006 Shanghai: Rekord- Börsengang der Bank of China
05.Jul.2006 Medizin aus Zucker: Süße Versprechen

05.Jul.2006 Militär- Roboter: Kamerad Blech

05.Jul.2006 Hohe Rohstoffpreise: Recycling als willkommener Kostenkiller
05.Jul.2006 Flugzeugbestellungen: Boeing hängt Airbus ab
05.Jul.2006 Soul- Sängern Joy Denalane: "Jeder hat ein Recht auf Veränderung"
05.Jul.2006 Frankreich: Geheimdienst verhörte Häftlinge in Guantanamo

05.Jul.2006 Risikofaktor: Dicker Bauch zeigt Krebsgefahr

05.Jul.2006 Entführung von Abu Omar: Italienischer Top- Geheimdienstler festgenommen
05.Jul.2006 Kopftuch- Streit: "Frauen werden zu Unruhestifterinnen stigmatisiert"
05.Jul.2006 Reformpolitik: Merkels Selbstverrat

05.Jul.2006 Umfrage: Jeder Vierte will Schröder wiederhaben
Aufrüstung: Nordkorea beantwortet weltweite Kritik mit neuem Raketentest
"Discovery" im All: Shuttle wird auf Schäden geprüft
Zwei- Klassen- Internet: Google droht mit Kartellklage
Zukunft des Mülls: Aus Abfall Öl machen
Lissabon: Känguru hüpfte drei Tage durch Portugal
Kanada: Gefängnis für Eisbären wird ausgebaut
Billiges Geld: Japan vor Ende der Null- Zins- Politik
Nahost: Israel attackiert palästinensisches Innenministerium

04.Jul.2006 Rüstung: Nordkorea provoziert mit Raketentests
05.Jul.2006 Region Alentejo: Traum eines Großstadtflüchtlings
04.Jul.2006 Waffentest: Nordkorea feuert Raketen ab
04.Jul.2006 All- Mission: Start geglückt - "Discovery" auf dem Weg zur ISS
04.Jul.2006 Wahlkrimi in Mexiko: "Wir werden vernünftig sein"
04.Jul.2006 Terrorismus: CIA- Sondereinheit zur Ergreifung Bin Ladens aufgelöst
Valencia: Verunglückte U- Bahn fuhr viel zu schnell
04.Jul.2006 Milliarden- Volumen: Finanzinvestoren schwimmen in Geld
Umfrage: Deutsche wollen weniger Bundesländer

Monopol der Plattenfirmen in Gefahr

Doch in Wahrheit geht es den Plattenfirmen nicht nur um Künstler oder Qualität. "Was verschwindet ist das Monopol der Firmen zur Veröffentlichung bestimmter Aufnahmen", erklärte Kay Withers, eine Medienexpertin des britischen Institute for Public Policy Research auf der Webseite der BBC.

Zwar erlöschen die Rechte an der Darbietung nach 50 Jahren, nicht jedoch das Urheberrecht der Autoren an Text und Komposition.

Und genau dies wird von der Musikindustrie gern verschwiegen.

Das Urheberrecht endet erst 70 Jahre nach dem Tod des oder der Urheber - zumindest ist das in dem meisten Ländern so.

Und Paul McCartney, der die meisten Beatles-Songs gemeinsam mit John Lennon schrieb, lebt nach wie vor.

Mit der Unterscheidung zwischen dem Urheberrecht und dem sogenannten Leistungsschutzrecht der Einspielung wollte der Gesetzgeber die kreative Leistung der Autoren höher stellen als die Darbietung.

Das Urheberrecht gilt deshalb in den meisten Ländern der Welt wesentlich länger (70 Jahre nach Tod des Autors) als das Leistungsschutzrecht (50 Jahre nach Erstveröffentlichung).

Ein Song ist erst dann grundsätzlich frei, wenn sowohl Urheberrecht als auch Leistungsschutzrecht erloschen sind.

Die 70-Jahresfrist gilt übrigens auch für Texte, Gemälde, Zeichnungen und Fotos. Deshalb ist es beispielsweise möglich, Texte von Goethe oder Nietzsche im Netz zu veröffentlichen - etwa im Gutenberg-Projekt.

Aufpassen müssen Website-Betreiber jedoch bei neuen Übersetzungen alter Werke, weil die Übersetzung als solche ebenfalls geschützt ist.

Und auch neue Reproduktionen mittelalterlicher Gemälde dürfen nicht ohne Zustimmung des Rechteinhabers, also des Fotografen, gezeigt werden. Denn auch das Foto selbst ist geschützt.
Für Liebhaber von Songs aus den zwanziger Jahren bringt das Erlöschen von Copyrights ungeahnte Vorzüge mit sich. Die Titel werden als MP3 im Internet veröffentlicht und können gratis heruntergeladen werden.

Beispielsweise auf dem amerikanischen Weblog Dessen Betreiber hat jetzt 20 Titel aus den Jahren 1905 bis 1919 ins Netz gestellt.

Und mancher Titel ist durchaus hörenswert, wenn man mal vom unvermeidlichen Rauschen der frühen Aufnahmen absieht.

In den USA ist das Copyright für Werke, die vor 1923 veröffentlicht worden sind, bereits abgelaufen - eine Besonderheit des amerikanischen Rechts.

Die Titel, die jetzt auf zu haben sind, wurden von einer CD namens "Nipper's Greatest Hits: 1901 -1920" gerippt, die mittlerweile nicht mehr in Handel erhältlich ist.
Google is ready to take your order Its new online payment system draws little flak from privacy advocates. Do people really trust Google that much?
05.Jul.2006 Congressional confusion on Internet privacy CNET's Declan McCullagh examines why a Republican supporter of online privacy wants to force Net providers to snoop on what Americans do online.
05.Jul.2006 The Internet Knows What You'll Do Next Google Trends offers a window into what people are actually doing. Freaky? Maybe. But chances are good you'll check it out.
05.Jul.2006 Baja diferencia entre Calder?n y AMLO a 0.64% 19:37 Con la suma de las actas de c?mputo y escrutinio que tienen inconsistencias, del Programa de Resultados Electorales Preliminares (PREP), se redujo a 0.64% la diferencia entre el panista Felipe Calderon y Andr?s Manuel Lopez Obrador, de la coalici?n Por el Bien de Todos. Hay una diferencia de ...
05.Jul.2006 Is Your Congressman a Jackass? This is the jackass in favor of destroying the web to prop up earnings for telecom monopolies. Just listen to his incoherant arguments ( "the Internet started with concept of tubes" WTF?) and ask yourself if you really want to let that man's opinion count more than your own. I sure as hell don't.

Balla said the discovery seems to reflect on the way artifacts were treated in the 19th century. The focus was more on the object itself, not on details such as how deep the soil was where it was found, if anything was found near it, or how far it was from the lake.

"All of that is lost," he said.

One problem is the story of the stone's discovery is fuzzy, he said.

"You couldn't be certain exactly what kind of context it came from.

There's a lot of ambiguity there ... it's very difficult to evaluate it," he said. "The context of the discovery is sometimes more important than the item itself."
In the 4th century AD the local bishop obtained the rank of Patriarch and the first in a series of major religious congresses was held there. An imperial palace was constructed in which emperors after the time of Diocletian frequently stayed + the city often played a part in major power struggles .
At the end of the century, a Roman historian ranked it ninth among the great cities of the world .
But it was so utterly destroyed by Attila's Huns in 452 that it became difficult to recognize the original site. The Roman inhabitants, together with those of smaller towns in the neighbourhood, fled to the lagoons, laying the foundations of Venice .

Aquileia was founded as a frontier fortress in 180/181 BC, initially serving to ward off Gaullish invaders .The outpost was soon linked to present-day Bologna and Genoa and began to thrive commercially after gold was discovered nearby in 130 BC .
"We're now focusing on uncovering the lay-out of the public baths, one of the largest and plushest of the fourth century AD, measuring more than two hectares," said lead archaeologist Marina Rubinich .
05.Jul.2006 Ruins revived at Aquileia 

Italian archaeologists are working hard to unearth more of the largest Roman city ever uncovered, a colony that served as a bulwark against barbarian invasions before being destroyed by Attila the Hun.
05.Jul.2006 Race on to save Egypt's ancient treasures 
Swiss archaeologists are joining the scramble to recover invaluable ancient remains in Egypt before they are lost forever beneath modern developments.
05.Jul.2006 Mystery of an African queen  There are two versions of the legend of the Queen of Sheba - one set in Yemen and the other in Ethiopia. Catherine Arnold explores them both.
05.Jul.2006 Solved: case of the first stamped letter  THE mystery of the world's first stamped envelope has been licked by a team of first-class historians.
05.Jul.2006 Fallen Soldier Gets a Bronze Star but No Pagan Star  At the Veterans Memorial Cemetery in the small town of Fernley, Nev., there is a wall of brass plaques for local heroes. But one space is blank. There is no memorial for Sgt. Patrick D. Stewart.
03.Jul.2006 Report: Bush ordered Cheney to use classified info to discredit Wilson  President Bush told Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald that he instructed Vice President Cheney to use classified information to discredit former Ambassador Joseph Wilson, according to a report in the National Journal.
05.Jul.2006 Witchcraft ban ends in Zimbabwe  Zimbabwe has lifted a ban on the practice of witchcraft, repealing legislation dating back to colonial rule.
05.Jul.2006 Happy Birthday, Covert History!  Covert History celebrates one year in action.
05.Jul.2006 Ann Coulter: Plagiarist  "John Barrie, the creator of a leading plagiarism-recognition system, claimed he found at least three instances of what he calls "textbook plagiarism" in the leggy blond pundit's "Godless: the Church of Liberalism" after he ran the book's text through the company's digital iThenticate program," writes Philip Recchia.
05.Jul.2006 FBI losing senior agents to private sector  Years of pummeling by the press and Congress, plus wrenching changes produced by the FBI's shift in focus to antiterrorism, have depressed morale at the bureau and are causing senior agents to mull job offers worth as much as $600,000 a year in the private sector.

Hackjin Kim von California Institute of Technology in Pasadena beschreibt zusammen mit Kollegen dieses Experiment in einem Aufsatz für die Fachzeitschrift "PLoS Biology" (Bd. 4, Ausg. 6). Während ein Proband anhand des Versuchsaufbaus seinen Kontostand zu verbessern suchte, interessierten sich die Wissenschaftler für sein Gehirn. Mithilfe der funktionellen Magnetresonanztomographie beobachteten die Forscher während des Tests die Aktivität in verschiedenen Hirnarealen. Dabei stellten sie fest, dass der orbitofrontale Cortex der Probanden nicht nur bei einer Belohnung aktiviert war, sondern auch immer dann, wenn die Versuchsteilnehmer einer Bestrafung in Form von Dollar-Abzug entgehen konnten.

Kim und seine Kollegen folgern daraus: Eine Belohnung zu sichern oder einer Bestrafung zu entgehen, bedeute für das Gehirn dasselbe, nämlich ein Ziel zu erreichen. Nun wollen die Forscher herausfinden, welche Nervenzellen in dieser Gehirnregion am Werk sind, wenn der Mensch lernt, eine Bestrafung zu verhindern. Davon erhoffen sie sich auch ganz praktische Aufschlüsse - etwa über die neurologischen Ursachen für die bei manchen Menschen krankhafte Neigung zum Risiko. stx/ddp
Hitzewelle in Europa: Anwälte verhandeln oben ohne

05.Jul.2006 Klimaschäden: EU- Parlament will Emissionshandel für Luftverkehr

05.Jul.2006 Polen: Breite Front gegen Patriotismusunterricht
Travellerportal: Couchsurfing ist tot - es lebe Couchsurfing
Hochrechnung: Ein Viertel aller Vogelarten bedroht
Wachstumsprognose: Binnenkonjunktur springt endlich an
Hirnforschung: Belohnung und Vermeidung von Strafe sind gleich
Antwort auf Atomkompromiss: US- Regierung setzt Iran knappe Frist

04.Jul.2006 USA: Streit über Zwei- Klassen- Internet entbrannt
"Discovery"- Fernsteuerung: Krisen- Kabel an Bord des Shuttles
05.Jul.2006 WTO- Gespräche: Uno sieht Dritte Welt als Verlierer
Marine- Übungen: US- Gericht schützt Wale
05.Jul.2006 BREAKING: North Korea Test Launches Missiles Judd 
One landed in the Sea of Japan, according to an AP report. “Japanese government officials were trying to determine whether it was a long-range ballistic missile that had been readied for launch recently.”

UPDATE: “North Korea launched a long-range Taepodong-2 missile early Wednesday in an apparently unsuccessful test that failed in flight, a senior State Department official said. North Korea also tested at least two smaller missiles, U.S. sources told CNN.”

UPDATE II: A Pentagon official, contradicting the CNN report, tells the AP the long-range missile was not fired. “North Korea test-launched two missiles Wednesday that landed in the Sea of Japan, but a Pentagon official said they were Scud missiles and not the longer-range variety that has been the focus of international concern.” The AP now reports the Taepodong-2 was fired.

UPDATE III: The New York Times says a long rangle missile was fired. “North Korea apparently test-fired several missiles in the early hours of Wednesday, July 5 (Tuesday afternoon Eastern time), including the Taepodong-2, the long-range missile at the heart of diplomatic tensions with the USA and its allies, according to reports by Reuters, The Associated Press, CNN and other agencies.”
UPDATE IV: CNN now reports there were
five total launches, including the long-range Taepodong-2, which failed after 42 seconds.

House vote on a minimum wage increase likely. Judd 
“Faced with elections that could cost them control of Congress, John A. Boehner, the House majority leader, acknowledged Thursday that Republican leaders are
likely to reverse course and hold a vote on a proposed minimum wage increase.” The House hasn’t allowed a vote on the issue since 1997.

05.Jul.2006 Paris Pushes City Wide Wireless Internet Christopher Vendemio 
In a bid to remain internationally competitive and encourage technological advancement, the city of Paris has made plans to blanket the entire city with free wireless internet access by the end of 2007. The system would consist of 400 access points and would be setup and maintained by firms which ...

05.Jul.2006 MyBlogLog: The social networking company wants to profile your traffic
Here comes MyBlogLog, with yet another social networking offering: A promise to let bloggers make more money by letting them see their users and their preferences. It is the latest company of Scott Rafer, former chief executive of Feedster. So far his team has boot-strapped. He wants to launch it ...

05.Jul.2006 N Korea 'fires seventh missile' North Korea launches a seventh missile hours after earlier test-firings, Japanese officials are quoted as saying.
05.Jul.2006 Energy customers flee price rises A total of 900,000 people switched energy supplier in March as gas and electricity prices rose, the regulator says.
05.Jul.2006 Warning of storms after heatwave Thunder storms, flash floods and hail are all possible in much of England and Wales on Wednesday.
05.Jul.2006 Mexican left demands recount Left-wing presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador demands a full recount of Sunday's poll.
05.Jul.2006 Spain crash train 'was speeding' The underground train that crashed in Spain on Monday killing 41 was travelling at twice the normal speed.
05.Jul.2006 Soldier died after 'punishment' Friends speak of their shock as it emerges a Royal Welsh soldier died after a punishment exercise.
05.Jul.2006 N Korea tests long-range missile North Korea test-fires at least six missiles, including the long-range Taepodong-2, US officials say.
05.Jul.2006 Shuttle Discovery races skyward The Discovery orbiter blasts away from the Kennedy Space Center - on a hot and sunny US Independence Day.
05.Jul.2006 Israel PM warns of 'escalation' Israel says a Palestinian rocket strike on an Israeli city is a "major escalation" in Hamas's warfare.
05.Jul.2006 Ex-council chief 'abused boy, 13' A former council and police authority boss goes on trial charged with indecently assaulting a boy.
05.Jul.2006 Patients 'suffer extensive abuse' People with learning disabilities are being subjected to widespread abuse and neglect, a report reveals.
05.Jul.2006 DDT 'link' to slow child progress Children exposed to DDT while in the womb experience development problems, researchers say.
05.Jul.2006 Drug maker files for insolvency The maker of the drug at the centre of a disastrous trial that left six men seriously ill declares itself insolvent.
05.Jul.2006 Heat 'blocks body's pain signals' Researchers say they have found out why hugging a hot water bottle can help to relieve pain.
05.Jul.2006 Couch Surfers Wipe Out A website for budget travelers to locate guest rooms and sofas around the world is destroyed by a system crash, leaving thousands of cyber-hobos without a place to stay. Scott Carney reports from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
05.Jul.2006 EFF Defends Tech Liberties Taking on such powerhouses as the Secret Service and AT&T, the EFF is a kind of high-tech ACLU, fighting to ensure that offline rights transfer to emerging technologies.
05.Jul.2006 Liftoff: Shuttle Heads for Space Discovery soars skyward on July 4th, despite flying foam and tumbling ice, on its way to deliver an astronaut and supplies to the space station.
05.Jul.2006 America's Auto Revolution Americans revolt against gas prices by dumping SUVs overboard. In Autopia.
05.Jul.2006 EU Fines for Microsoft Approved, Off the Record ScuttleMonkey 289 mattaw writes

"The Register is carrying a report that all 25 member states of the EU have found Microsoft guilty of non-compliance, off the record. Microsoft is in line for a fine of $2.51 million per day backdated to

15.Dec.2004 for failing to meet the terms of the EU commission's ruling."
Portrait of an Identity Thief ScuttleMonkey 158 Ant writes to tell us that the New York Times has a closer look and an interview with an identity theft addict. From the article:

"As far back as 2002, Mr. Sharma began picking the locks on consumer credit lines using a computer, the Internet and a deep understanding of online commerce, Internet security and simple human nature, obtained through years of trading insights with like-minded thieves in online forums. And he deployed the now-common rods and reels of data theft -- e-mail solicitations and phony Web sites -- that fleece the unwitting."
05.Jul.2006 So please, do us all a favor. Just shut the fuck up today. Especially today. We should be celebrating the birth of a document and a nation whose ideals have stood for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Instead, we are forced to be reminded of the willful destruction of the very ideals that this country and the Declaration of Independence were based on.

And for that, I say to you, from the bottom of my heart, "fuck off. Please."
05.Jul.2006 The Daily Star - Politics - Visiting US official evades querieson Mossad-backed terror network
05.Jul.2006 CBS's Mideast 'Cycle of Violence': Analysis omits Palestinian deaths Action Alert

July 17, 2006 Issue Copyright © 2006 The American Conservative
The president uses signing statements to decree which laws apply to him. by James Bovard
For generations, Republican politicians have spoken reverently of the rule of law. But since 2001, this hoary doctrine has been redefined to mean little more than the enforcement of the secret thoughts of the commander in chief.
George W. Bush has added more than 750 “signing statements” to new laws since he took office.

Earlier presidents occasionally appended such comments to new statutes, but Bush is the first to use signing statements routinely to nullify key provisions of new laws.

He perennially announces that he will not be bound by limits on his power and that he will scorn obligations to disclose how federal power is being used.
05.Jul.2006 In other words, any provision in the law that requires disclosure is presumptively null and void.

The crux of the “unitary executive” is that all power rests in the president + that checks and balances are an archaic relic.

This is the same “principle” the Bush administration invoked to deny Congress everything from Iraqi war plans to the records of the Cheney Energy Task Force.

Bush has invoked the “unitary executive” doctrine almost 100 times since taking office, according to Miami University professor Christopher Kelley.
Democrats were furious over what they saw as a Bush Patriot Act double-cross.

Representatives Jane Harman (D-Calif.) + John Conyers (D-Mich.) bitterly complained to Gonzales: ‘‘Many members who supported the final law did so based upon the guarantee of additional reporting and oversight.

The administration cannot, after the fact, unilaterally repeal provisions of the law implementing such oversight.” The Bush administration ignored the complaint.
The Depressive and the Psychopath - At last we know why the Columbine killers did it. By Dave Cullen Blogged with Flock
05.Jul.2006   Government "set up phone snooping" post before 9/11
Terrorism a handy excuse -By Nick Farrell: Monday

03.Jul.2006 07:52 - WASHINGTON spooks were setting up a snooping department within AT&T seven months before the September 11, 2001 atrocities. According to court documents, the snooping centre was up and running before any war on terror was declared. This means that September 11 was a handy excuse when the unit, to spy on the calls of ordinary Americans without a court order, was discovered. The allegation is part of a court case against AT&T, the US's largest telephone company. It claims that the telco, the NSA and President George W. Bush violated the Telecommunications Act of 1934 and the US Constitution + seeks money damages. One of the lawyers in the case said that the Bush Administration asserted the hi-tech snooping unit in AT&T became necessary after 9/11, however the evidence undermines that. A whistleblower from AT&T provided them with evidence that the NSA approached the carrier with the proposed plan. The worker's log book independently confirmed his participation in the project, so he seems to know what he is talking about. Meanwhile AT&T has been told by the US Department of Justice it may neither confirm nor deny the company's participation in the alleged NSA program because doing so would cause 'exceptionally grave harm to national security' and would violate both civil and criminal statutes.
9/11 story -- fiction or truth? By reprehensor 9/11 story -- fiction or truth?
Former CIA official may know more than he lets on.
Robert Baer's audacious first novel is going to be controversial because of both who he is and what he says. He retired after 20 years with the CIA and wrote a memoir, See No Evil, a memoir that inspired the murky Middle East spy film Syriana. In Blow the House Down, Baer gives us a fictional version of the 9/11 attacks, suggesting that high-level CIA officials could have stopped the terrorists but had other priorities.

It's fiction, of course, but in an interview with journalist Seymour Hersh that the publisher sent along with the novel, Baer says: "It's like Primary Colors. There's a lot more truth in this book than is apparent."
Continued at link. (Maybe John Loftus got Baer thinking when he enlightened him about the Muslim Brotherhood +
who its sponsors are.)

Cosmic Iguana - Voice of the Evil Doers Faith-based News for Extra-Terrestrials

NY TIMES: The Central Intelligence Agency has closed a unit that for a decade had the mission of hunting Osama bin Laden and his top lieutenants, intelligence officials confirmed Monday.

The unit, known as Alec Station, was disbanded late last year and its analysts reassigned within the CIA Counterterrorist Center, the officials said.

The decision is a milestone for the agency, which formed the unit before Osama bin Laden became a household name and bolstered its ranks after the Sept. 11 attacks, when President Bush pledged to bring Mr. bin Laden to justice "dead or alive." ... [*]

They say it's because "Al Qaeda has become non-hierarchial" but that's an excuse. Really, its because they are not getting anywhere with finding him. And that's probably because they were never looking. After all, doesn't CIA have a mole inside Al Qaeda, according to Ron Suskind's new book?

How hard can it be, then? Of course, the whole Suskind story about the proposed NY subway attack sounded remarkably like BushCo propaganda [*].

Anyway, Osama if he's still alive + not still working for CIA, must be very relieved. So much for punishing evil-doers.

But as they say about other members of the Super-rich who get away with murder "He's suffered enough..."
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05.Jul.2006 Chinese mob shopping sites score big discounts Marshall Kirkpatrick 
The Economist ran a funny story last week on “team buying” web sites in China.

The sites, and were highlighted, co-ordinate large numbers of consumers interested in buying the same products. People agree on a place and time to meet, then enter the store in ...
Report a Content Violation Tim 
The other day, I was wondering to a reporter why Google didn't explicitly "harness collective intelligence" by asking users to report search engine spam.

I was pleased to see that they are doing this at least in the sketchup 3D...
Shuttle Launch Success ScuttleMonkey 95 mkosmo writes to tell us

NASA is reporting that shuttle launch today was successful. This launch occurred despite the safety warnings from many top NASA officials.
Bone Marrow Cells Repair Heart ScuttleMonkey 54 Science Daily is reporting that

Toronto researchers have discovered a method to utilize bone marrow cells in the repair of a damaged heart after a heart attack. From the article:

"While it has long been known that bone marrow cells have the ability to clear the dead tissue after a heart attack, what has not been known until now is the critically important role of bone marrow adult stem cells in repairing a damaged heart, restoring its function and enhancing the growth of new blood vessels."
Smart Mob in China for Retailer Discount ScuttleMonkey 179 taweili writes

"The Economist has a story about Tuangou in China.

Tuangou, roughly translated into group purchasing, is basically a smart mob who arrange the meet up over the internet and show up at a retailer at a specific time + use their number to negotiate a discount with the retailer. In the story, a Tuangou group of 500 show up in Gomei (largest home electronic retailer in China) at 4pm on 16.Jun.2006 + negotiate a 10 ~ 30% discount for the group.

Gomei not only closed the door to the normal customers but also prepared goody bags for these Tuangou shoppers. Now, that's Power to the People!"
Cambridge Breached the Great Firewall of China Zonk 158 Darren Rayes writes to mention a

ZDNet article on Cambridge academics' claims that they have breached the great firewall of China.

They also claim that by misusing the firewall they can launch DDoS attacks against IP addresses behind the wall. From the article:

"The IDS uses a stateless server, which examines each data packet both going in and out of the firewall individually, unrelated to any previous request.

By forging the source address of a packet containing a 'sensitive' keyword, people could trigger the firewall to block access between source and destination addresses for up to an hour at a time."
The Man Behind MySpace Zonk 139 "The Guardian has an article looking at the life of Chris DeWolfe, a co-founder of the popular MySpace community site.

The article details some of his previous work history + the thought process that went into creating the site." From the article:

"They pinched the best bits of everybody else's sites (Craigslist, Evite, + put them together in a manner that made sense.

Unconcerned with technological bells and whistles and geeky one-upmanship, they instead set out to appeal to the people they knew and, beyond them, the youth tribes of middle America."
Secrets & lies: While researching Kenya, she found shocking truths about the British empire

05.Jul.2006 Are all lives equal? How much is an Iraqi life worth? Answer: A lot less than an American or British life, according to the amount of compensation paid to the relatives of victims.

05.Jul.2006 An interview with Evo Morales: The US, Bolivia + Venezuela

05.Jul.2006 Why the Bush administration values Joe Lieberman : He just spent 18 years helping Republicans hijack the Constitution and pick on little guy after little guy

05.Jul.2006 Born on the Fourth of July : It is appropriate that we, - declare our independence from more modern forms of repression over our God-given freedoms + redouble our commitment to a vision for "life, liberty and happiness" for all people of the USA and the world.
U.S. Army orders Excalibur guided shells: Raytheon has received a $42.7 million order for its Excalibur precision-guided artillery shells from the U.S. Army.

05.Jul.2006 North Korea fired Taepodong missile which failed: North Korea launched a long-range Taepodong-2 missile and two small Scud-type missiles within a two-hour period, but the long-range missile appears to have failed, a diplomatic source told Reuters on Tuesday.

05.Jul.2006 Patrick J. Buchanan: An independent republic still?: This is not the road on which the Founding Fathers set out, but it is a familiar road, one taken before by every empire in history.
Moscow urges further diplomacy to resolve Iran nuclear problem : Russia insists that political and diplomatic efforts be continued to resolve the Iranian nuclear problem, a deputy foreign minister said at a meeting with high-ranking Israeli officials Tuesday.
05.Jul.2006 Gaza in the Dark: Israel is not content with its occupation and total military domination of Palestine. No, Israel has proven that it wants to assure the Palestinians continue to live in the most dire poverty, a poverty created by a near-total lack of affordable energy. That truth was made clear by the Israeli military's recent bombing of the Gaza City power plant, the only electric power station inside Palestinian territory.

05.Jul.2006 Palestinian poll: Faith in Hamas government is on the rise : According to a recent poll of Palestinians in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip by the Jerusalem Media and Communication Centre, residents of the Palestinian Authority have faith in the new Hamas government.

05.Jul.2006 Visiting US official evades querieson Mossad-backed terror network: "All I'm doing is talking about the USA and what we do + we're setting it as an example"

05.Jul.2006 In case you missed it: Israel Is Spying In And On The U.S.? : Fox News has learned some U.S. investigators believe that there are Israelis again very much engaged in spying in and on the U.S., who may have known things they didn't tell us before 11.Sep.2001 Fox News correspondent Carl Cameron has details in the first of a four-part series. QuickTime video
05.Jul.2006 Israel bombs university in Gaza: Israel continued destruction of civilian Infrastructure
05.Jul.2006 Military Records Show Doctors Tortured Detainees : 10 Minute Video Report: Pentagon records detail various detainee abuses by military doctors according to a new book by Medical Ethicist Dr. Stephen Miles.

05.Jul.2006 Bush Directed Cheney To Discredit War Critic : Bush told federal prosecutors during his

24.Jun.2004 , interview in the Oval Office that he had directed Cheney, as part of that broader effort, to disclose highly classified intelligence information that would not only defend his administration but also discredit Wilson, the sources said.

05.Jul.2006 CIA disbands Bin laden unit : Nearly five years after George Bush vowed to bring Osama bin Laden to justice "dead or alive", it's the end of the line for the CIA's Alec Station, the unit dedicated to the hunt for the al-Qaida leader.
Paul Craig Roberts: The Reality Beneath the Flag-waving: Americans who get their propaganda from Fox "News" or are told what to think by right-wing talk radio hosts are outraged at news reports that US troops planned and carried out the rape and murder of a young Iraqi woman. They are not outraged that the troops committed the deed; they are outraged that the media reported it.
05.Jul.2006 The Plot To Overthrow FDR

America's Hidden History

The Plot To Overthrow FDR reveals how, inspired by political trends in Germany and Italy, this group conceived of a plan to either overthrow the newly-elected president or force him to take orders from them. They envisioned a paramilitary organization of disgruntled WWI veterans as the force to intimidate the government. The man they chose to inspire and lead this veteran's army was retired Marine General Smedley D. Butler. Click here to watch. Windows Media

05.Jul.2006 Is Cheney betting on Economic Collapse? By Mike Whitney

Wouldn’t you like to know where Dick Cheney puts his money? Then you’d know whether his “deficits don’t matter” claim is just baloney or not. Continue
The Occupation of Iraqi Hearts and Minds -By Nir Rosen
Imagine how many Iraqi homes have been destroyed. How many families have been traumatized. How many men have disappeared into American military vehicles in the night. How many crimes have been committed against the Iraqi people every single day in the course of the normal operations of the occupation.

05.Jul.2006 Bombs Bursting in Air -By Cindy Sheehan
The flag represents so much lying, fixed elections, profiting by the war machine, high gas prices, spying on Americans, rapid erosion of our freedoms while BushCo literally gets away with murder, torture and extreme rendition, contaminating the world with depleted uranium + illegal and immoral wars that are responsible for killing so many. A symbol which used to represent hope to so many around the world now fills so many with disgust.

05.Jul.2006 Patriotism & The Fourth of July -By Howard Zinn
In celebration of the 4th of July there will be many speeches about the young people who “died for their country.” Let's be honest about war. Those who gave their lives did not die for their country, as they were led to believe but for their government. The distinction between country and government is at the heart of the Declaration of Independence, which will be referred to again and again on July 4, but without attention to its meaning.

04.Jul.1776 The Declaration of Independence of the Thirteen Colonies In Congress,

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life + Liberty + the pursuit of Happiness. -

-That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, -

-That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it + to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety + Happiness. Continue 

04.Jul.2006 A New Declaration of Independence -By Emma Goldman

When, in the course of human development, existing institutions prove inadequate to the needs of man, when they serve merely to enslave, rob + oppress mankind, the people have the eternal right to rebel against + overthrow, these institutions. Continue

04.Jul.2006 Lou Dobbs on the North American Union 4 Minute Video -President Bush signed a formal agreement that will end the USA as we know it + he took the step without approval from either the U.S. Congress or the people of the USA. Click here to watch
04.Jul.2006 “The real victims of Fox News weren’t the liberals Judd attacked but the conservatives who believed it.” — NYT Columnist Nick Kristof on Fox News’ coverage of the Iraq war, 7/4/06
04.Jul.2006 The CIA unit dedicated to hunting Osama Bin Laden Judd  was closed late last year.

“Michael Scheuer, a former senior CIA official who was the first head of the unit, said the move reflected a view within the agency that Mr. bin Laden was no longer the threat he once was.

Mr. Scheuer said that view was mistaken.”
bin Laden revisited CIA Shuts bin Laden Unit... | The Huffington Post
04.Jul.2006 Illegal War Brings Out Contridictions Within American Imperial Pretensions To Democracy
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Illegal War Brings Out Contridictions Within American Imperial Pretensions To Democracy

Every election cycle, America's rulers have to contend with putting up some pale pretense of democracy only if the voters don't support it, the rulers will circumvent popular will.

This is increasingly dangerous to our rulers who don't quite understand the internet.

So this 4th, we see our distant aggressions celebrated as 'defending America' while both parties at home struggle to distance themselves from the disasterous reality of these wars.
04.Jul.2006 Re: 911 Eyewitness (Video) From: better_off_said

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4. Bloglines - Has Senator McConnell or Jonah Goldberg Read the Geneva From: bill.giltner

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04.Jul.2006 Baytown, TX: Exxon Mobil EXPLODES!!! (911-2B set-up?) From: Captain May

Al-Zarqawi's cell phone reportedly yields surprises From: Vigilius Haufniensis

11. The Israel Lobby: Pro-Censorship, Anti-Free Speech From: Sean McBride

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The Internet Needs You! DJ Prem 
The US government is asking for comments on how the internet should be run + anyone is allowed to comment - but you'll need to be quick. The NTIA - an arm of the US government's department of commerce - is holding a public meeting at the end of July over what should happen to the current ...

04.Jul.2006 National learning 'grid' scrapped The UK government's school computer agency is no longer talking about a National Grid for Learning.
04.Jul.2006 Switzerland decries Gaza campaign Geneva accuses Israel of inflicting collective punishment as a military campaign continues in Gaza.
04.Jul.2006 BBC to offer 'personalised' radio The BBC's director general reveals plans for audiences to create their own radio stations from BBC content.
Patient Revives After 19 Years By Rewiring Brain Zonk 101 dylanduck writes

"A study of the recovery of a man who spent 19 years in a minimally conscious state has revealed the likely cause of his regained consciousness -

his brain rewired itself around the injured areas into totally novel structures. It suggests the human brain shows far greater potential for recovery and regeneration then ever suspected." From the article:

"There were ... significant changes between scans taken just two months after the recovery + the most recent, at 18 months.

Some of the new pathways had receded again, while others seem to have strengthened and taken over as Wallis continued to improve."