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15.Jul.2006 Scorched. Think Progress 
“The average temperatures of the first half of 2006 were the
highest ever recorded for the continental USA, scientists announced today.”

Almost 45 % of the contiguous U.S. experienced “moderate to extreme droughts” while “some areas, such as the Northeast of the country experienced record rainfalls + severe floods.”
15.Jul.2006
Remembering Iraq. Faiz  Last fall, the Senate declared that 2006 would be “a period of significant transition” for Iraq. We have now passed the halfway mark.

Recall this statement and other key events in our updated Iraq war timeline.
15.Jul.2006 The merits of the Wilson lawsuit against Cheney, Judd 

Rove + Libby. Gregg Sargent talks with legal expert Jonathan Turley.
15.Jul.2006 Specter’s Sham Legislation Touted By The Media As A White House ‘Concession’ Amanda 
Yesterday Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter (R-PA) announced that the White House had agreed to a court review of the warrantless wiretapping program.

But what Specter didn’t say is that his legislation does not require President Bush to submit the program to the FISA court; it merely gives the president the option.

Under the FISA law, the administration can wiretap persons inside the U.S. But it is required to demonstrate that the targets are agents of a foreign power, like al Qaeda or their affiliates.

Specter’s bill actually empowers Bush by making it optional for him to follow the law and rewards him for illegal conduct.

Nevertheless, the media has quickly picked up Specter’s line, calling the legislation a “compromise,” a “concession,” and even a “policy reversal” by the White House.

Some examples —

Bush Poised To Accept 2 Curbs On His Authority , Houston Chronicle, 13.Jul.2006:

In compromises crafted by the Senate , the White House was poised Thursday to change the way the USA prosecutes prisoners from the war on terror and to require court review of government eavesdropping on terror suspects.

Bush Agrees To Review Of Domestic Spying Program , LA Times, 14.Jul.2006:

The tentative agreement would mark a concession by the administration , which has insisted the president has the constitutional authority to authorize the warrantless surveillance, initiated after the 11.Sep.2001 attacks.

Bush Says Court Can Review Surveillance , Washington Post, 14.Jul.2006:

Thursday’s agreement is the latest in a series of concessions Bush has made in his hard-line anti-terrorism tactics in recent days.

White House Agrees To NSA Review By Court: Senator , Reuters, 13.Jul.2006:

The White House, in a policy reversal , has agreed to allow a secret federal court review of the National Security Agency’s domestic spying program, a top Senate Republican announced on Thursday.

Balkinization, Glenn Greenwald + Horse’s Mouth all have more.
15.Jul.2006 Christian Science Monitor Prints Attack On Global Warming Science Written by Stand-Up Comic Judd 

The Christian Science Monitor has printed an attack on Al Gore and others who take the threat of global warming seriously. The article is penned by stand-up comic Julia Gorin. An excerpt:

Scared and unsure how to fight terrorists, they confront “climate change,” which only requires spending trillions of other people’s dollars on something that may not need fixing or may not be fixable.

No wonder some of these people chain themselves to trees - they think money grows on them.

She’s not joking.

These are the lengths that reputable publications like the Christian Science Monitor are going to provide “balanced coverage” of the global warming issue.

There is no meaningful debate within the scientific community, so scientific research is balanced by “conservative comedians.”
15.Jul.2006
A “closely similar” account -Nico- of the financial tracking program was discussed at an open House hearing 00.000.2002, the Washington Post reports, providing yet another example of the program being discussed publicly prior to last month’s New York Times report.
15.Jul.2006 WSJ: The ‘Real Problem’ Behind Middle East Violence Is The ‘U.S. Is So Bogged Down In Iraq’ Faiz 
The rising violence in the Middle East has apparently caused the editorial board at the Wall Street Journal to rethink its understanding of the war in Iraq. They
write today:

Critics of the Bush Administration will surely find a way to blame it for the current crisis, on the theory that this is what happens when you push for change in the Middle East.

But the real problem is the growing perception among Arab regimes and terrorist frontmen that the U.S. is so bogged down in Iraq + so suddenly deferential to the wishes of the “international community,” that it has lost its appetite for serious reform. This has created openings for the kind of terror assaults on American allies we are now witnessing.

Despite trying to cast their stance as one that “critics of the Bush Administration” would dispute, the position that the WSJ editors take today is one that “critics” have been arguing for some time.

American Progress’s Iraq strategy, Strategic Redeployment 2.0, explicitly states that,

“As long as the USA is bogged down in Iraq and refuses to admit the thousands of mistakes it has made, it will not have the moral, political + military power to deal effectively” with the threats it faces.

00.Aug.2005 Sen. Chuck Hagel argued : “I think our involvement there has destabilized the Middle East.

And the longer we stay there, I think the further destabilization will occur,” adding, “We are locked into a bogged-down problem not unsimilar or dissimilar to where we were in Vietnam.”

But the idea that the U.S. was “bogged down” in Iraq – which the WSJ now appears to embrace – has been repeatedly blasted by their editorial page. For example:

The political class and media treat the war as something whose “policy” details can somehow be revisited, even rethought. At home, the war is a political event, a normal partisan phenomenon. Its metaphors are borne out of Vietnam — quagmire, bogged down, body counts, Ted Kennedy. Guess what? Vietnam isn’t coming back. The people of this country tore the nation’s fabric terribly over Vietnam. They are not going to do it again. [Daniel Henninger, WSJ, 4/30.2004

Being “bogged down” in Iraq has had damaging consequences in the Middle East due to the disastrous choices the administration made. The WSJ finally seems to understand that. Better late than never.
15.Jul.2006
As violence spreads in the Middle East, -Nico - a Rapture Ready message board for evangelicals asks, “Is it time to get excited?” (Via Cursor)
15.Jul.2006 As Violence Ignites In The Middle East, Bush Falls Back On Standard Talking Points Guest 
Reacting to a new conflict igniting on Israel’s northern border, President Bush stuck to his standard talking points about freedom and democracy during
today’s press conference with German Chancellor Merkel:

We’re concerned about the fragile democracy in Lebanon. We’ve been working very hard through the United Nations and with partners to strengthen the democracy in Lebanon. The Lebanese people have democratic aspirations, which is being undermined by the actions and activities of Hizbollah.

Indeed, the USA must support the advance of freedom and democracy in the Middle East. But simply holding elections – the focus of the Bush administration – will not create stability in the region. Consider:

- In Lebanon and the Palestinian territories, elections have empowered, not defeated, Islamist extremists like Hizbollah and Hamas who espouse violence.

- In Iraq, two elections and a constitutional referendum still has not brought freedom or stability to the country, which slips further into violence each day.

Democracy is not simply about going to the polls. It also means having institutions operating within the rule of law, a system of checking the power of strong executive bodies + political actors that respect the rights of women and religious minorities.

We need to think beyond elections and take serious diplomatic steps to promote stability in the Middle East. Brian Katulis
15.Jul.2006 Young America’s Foundation Student Conference Bans Progressive Reporters Judd  Starting

30.Jul.2006 the Young America’s Foundation – which “specializes in helping young people advance conservative ideas” – will host the The National Conservative Student Conference.

Julie Siegel, a staff member at the Daily Pennsylvanian at UPenn, contacted YAF and asked for credentials to cover the convention on behalf of CampusProgress.org, the student publication at the Center for American Progress.

YAF’s spokesman Jason Mattera, who describes himself as “the surprisingly fresh face of conservatism,” denied her request:

Our event is open to real members of the press. You will not receive press credentials. My advice for you is to watch it on C-SPAN. If you have a problem with that decision, you can complain to the Foundation’s media department spokesman. Oh wait…that’s…me. :)

Subsequently, Mattera made clear that his decision to reject Siegel’s request was made on ideological grounds. Mattera told CampusProgress.org editor Ben Adler that The Nation, the country’s oldest progressive magazine with a circulation of almost 200,000, would also be denied credentials.

Mattera has twice covered the CampusProgress student conference for the National Review after that publication was granted press credentials, including the 2006 conference which took place on Wednesday.

Contact Rich Lowry, who is on the board of YAF’s National Journalism Center and writes for the National Review + ask him if he supports Mattera’s decision to exclude reporters on ideological grounds. Let us know what you hear back.
14.Jul.2006 July 14, 2006 Think Progress 
Oil surged to record highs above
$78 a barrel on Friday as intensifying violence in the Middle East raised concerns of possible supply disruptions.

The Congressional Budget Office estimates the Iraq war could cost anywhere between $202 billion and $406 billion more over the next decade, depending on how quickly U.S. force levels are reduced.

Senators from the “Gang of 14” expressed concern yesterday over President Bush’s nomination of William J. Haynes II to the 4th Circuit, heightening the likelihood that the nomination will be filibustered or outright defeated.

“Less than two months after voting overwhelmingly to build 370 miles of new fencing along the border with Mexico , the Senate yesterday voted against providing funds to build it.”

33 House conservatives voted against the renewal of the Voting Rights Act yesterday + a majority of House conservatives voted for several “potentially killer amendments” that were nonetheless defeated.

“Pro-immigrant marches this spring and the nation’s ongoing immigration policy debate have unified and politically energized Latinos ,” and “signal the beginning of an enduring new social movement,” according to a new survey by the Pew Hispanic Center.

The U.S. Army private accused of raping and murdering a 14-year-old Iraq girl “was a high school dropout with three misdemeanors and was accepted into the Army just as the military, desperate for recruits, began issuing more ‘moral waivers.’

“Beer magnate and former Republican U.S. Senate candidate Pete Coors was arrested on a drunken-driving charge and is due to appear in court next week.”

And finally: Mr. T answers a question for a TV Land viewer: “ Mr. T, why do you pity the fool? ” Mr. T: “That is a good question and a legitimate question. And I’m the man to answer it. You pity the fool because you don’t want to beat up a fool.”
15.Jul.2006 Israel Crosses the Line
13.Jul.2006 Israeli Attacks Kill More Women and Children Lebanese Civilian Deaths Rise, Arab Foreign Ministers Plan Emergency Meeting while European Stocks Fall -Compiled by Daily Star staff
The Israeli army has warned Lebanon to evacuate all residents from a southern Beirut neighborhood where it believes Hizbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah lives, Israeli media reported on Thursday.
The USA, reacting to escalating violence between Israel and Hizbollah guerrillas in Lebanon, on Thursday urged restraint on both sides but said Israel had a right to defend itself. “We are urging restraint on both sides, recognizing Israel's right to defend itself” a U.S. administration official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
Death tolls from dawn air strikes in Lebanon are now estimated at least 47 civilians and wound over 100 people. Lebanese officials say that a family of 10 and another family of seven were killed in their homes in the village of Dweir, the officials said.

14.Jul.2006 U.S. accused of kidnappings in Iraq: Rumsfeld must respond to Congress by 5 ET

Congress demands that the Pentagon release documents that could show U.S. forces kidnapped family members of terror suspects. -By Mark Benjamin
Congress has demanded that Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld hand over a raft of documents to Congress that could substantiate allegations that U.S. forces have tried to break terror suspects by kidnapping and mistreating their family members. Rumsfeld has until 5 p.m. Friday to comply.
It now appears that kidnapping, scarcely covered by the media + absent in the major military investigations of detainee abuse, may have been systematically employed by U.S. troops.

Salon has obtained Army documents that show several cases where U.S. forces abducted terror suspects’ families.

After he was thrown in prison, Cpl. Charles Graner, the alleged ringleader at Abu Ghraib, told investigators the military routinely kidnapped family members to force suspects to turn themselves in.
15.Jul.2006
Bush Compromises On Spying Program
Switching course on one of his most controversial anti-terrorism policies, President Bush agreed yesterday to submit the administration's warrantless surveillance program to a court for constitutional review.

A deal negotiated between the White House and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen ...
15.Jul.2006
34 States Sue Memory Manufacturers
New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer on Thursday sued the world's top memory chip manufacturers, accusing them of colluding in order to artificially raise prices.

California + 33 other states will follow with a separate lawsuit on Friday.
15.Jul.2006
Hezbollah leader vows 'open war' Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah promises "war on every level" against Israel, after his offices are bombed.
15.Jul.2006 Britons warned on Lebanon crisis Thousands of Britons in Lebanon are told to keep a low profile and Foreign Office warns against travel to the country.
15.Jul.2006 Chirac warns of 'African flood' France's President Chirac says Africans will "flood the world" unless the continent's economy is boosted.
15.Jul.2006 NatWest trio deny fraud charges Three former NatWest bankers accused of fraud over the Enron collapse formally deny all charges.
15.Jul.2006 Bush in Russia ahead of G8 summit The US president is in Russia to hold talks with President Vladimir Putin ahead of a G8 summit.
15.Jul.2006
Palestinians breach Gaza border Palestinian militants blow a hole in the wall separating Gaza from Egypt, allowing hundreds to pour through.
15.Jul.2006 India warns Pakistan over terror Indian PM Manmohan Singh says Pakistan must curb terrorism for peace talks to continue after the Mumbai blasts.
15.Jul.2006 Enron banker in Celtic share bail One of the three former NatWest bankers extradited on fraud charges offers his Celtic shares to cover his bail.
15.Jul.2006
Life-threatening wasp stings boom Experts warn of a sharp rise in hospitalisations and deaths from wasp, bee and hornet stings.
15.Jul.2006 Net neutrality showdown Network operators want to charge Net content providers for enhanced services, but critics say regulations are needed to prevent abuse.
15.Jul.2006 RFID Passports Raise Safety Concerns Zonk 394 CurtMonash writes

"CNNMoney.com features a skeptical article about the US State Department's plans to soon issue RFID passports (currently being tested on State Department employees).

One fear is that they can be hacked for information about you.

And even if they can't, carrying around a little transmitter saying 'I'm an American! I'm an American!' isn't a fun and safe thing to do in all parts of the world." From the article:

"Basically, you've given everybody a little radio-frequency doodad that silently declares 'Hey, I'm a foreigner,' says author and futurist Bruce Sterling, who lectures on the future of RFID technology.

'If nobody bothers to listen, great. If people figure out they can listen to passport IDs, there will be a lot of strange and inventive ways to exploit that for criminal purposes.'"
15.Jul.2006
Congress Passes Energy Efficient Server Initiative Zonk 276+ Krishna Dagli writes to mention a

News.com article about a just-passed Congressional initiative. On Wednesday the House passed legislation instructing Americans to make energy efficiency a priority when purchasing computer servers. From the article: "Washington politicians voted 417-4 on Wednesday to tell American purchasing managers that it's in their 'best interests' to pay attention to energy conservation.

The bill, sponsored by Rep. Mike Rogers, a Michigan Republican, also directs the Environmental Protection Agency to conduct a three-month study 'of the growth trends associated with data centers and the utilization of servers in the federal government and private sector.'" Well, at least if they're doing this they're not passing 'real' laws, right?
15.Jul.2006
China, Russia Agree to Consider Threatening Iran With Sanctions : China and Russia have agreed to support a United Nations resolution demanding that Iran suspend uranium enrichment or face economic penalties, France's foreign minister said after a major-power meeting in Paris.

15.Jul.2006 Italian Probe of CIA Abduction Broadens to Domestic Spying Scandal :

Two Italian intelligence officers have been arrested on charges they helped CIA agents abduct a Muslim cleric off the streets of Milan three years ago.

15.Jul.2006 Supporters of Mexico's "leftist" presidential candidate head to capital, demanding recount :

Protesters gathered outside the country's 300 electoral districts before heading to the capital,

where a mass rally is planned for Sunday to denounce official results showing conservative Felipe Calderon as the apparent winner of the July 2 election.

Must watch video report: Florida Con Salsa : Greg Palast Reports on Voter Fraud in Mexico's Presidential Election

15.Jul.2006 In case you missed it: U.S. government purchase data on Mexico’s 65 million registered Voters ;

A probe has been launched into how the Atlanta-based corporation ChoicePoint Inc. was able to purchase data on Mexico’s 65 million registered voters as well as six million licensed drivers in Mexico City.

15.Jul.2006 In case you missed it: U.S. data mining riles Latin America: Nicaragua - For a people who have grappled with American meddling for more than a century, Nicaraguans were surprised to find that Uncle Sam's long reach may now extend right into their private lives.

15.Jul.2006 Mexico's Fractured Electoral Landscape : Mexico has always been two lands – "Illusionary Mexico" and "Profound Mexico" is how sociologist Guillermo Bonfils described the great divide between rich and poor.

15.Jul.2006 Caracas rejects US probe into its oil policy: US officials say Mr Chávez is using Venezuela’s bumper oil revenues to undermine democracy in Latin America, but Venezuela maintains it is merely helping communities impoverished by US-backed economic policies.

15.Jul.2006 Pinochet 'sold cocaine to Europe and US': Augusto Pinochet's $26m (£14m) fortune was amassed through cocaine sales to Europe and the US, the general's former top aide for intelligence has alleged.

15.Jul.2006 Pinochet denies cocaine drove $34m fortune: Pinochet and his son deny the charges. His son said he would sue Contreras, whom he called "a liar" and "a monster".

15.Jul.2006 German anger at orchestration of visit by Bush to see Merkel : The reception party includes 300 soldiers dressed in civilian clothes. Ordinary people have been told to stay indoors.

All shops in the town's historic market have been shut + cars, rubbish bins and flowerpots have been removed.

15.Jul.2006 Germans locked down for Bush visit: EAST Germany is sealed off again with barbed wire, tanks, warships and fighter planes.

15.Jul.2006 Novak: Rove was a source in outing Plame: Columnist Robert Novak said publicly for the first time Tuesday that White House political adviser Karl Rove was a source for his story outing the identity of CIA officer Valerie Plame.

15.Jul.2006 Stranger than fiction: Republican says US readying crackdown on leaks: Michigan Republican Rep. Peter Hoekstra also suggested some unauthorized leaks could have been deliberate attempts to help al Qaeda.

15.Jul.2006 U.S. May Want More Bank Data: The administration debates whether to force American institutions to turn over information on all international wire transfers.

15.Jul.2006 Texas Tribe Sues Abramoff, Reed: It's still unclear whether Ralph Reed has anything to fear from Justice Department prosecutors, but he's not going to get away without at least one legal headache.

15.Jul.2006 Congressman Tom Feeney: : Feeney, a close ally of the religious right and of Florida Governor Jeb Bush, is known as an eccentric lawmaker.

He's also one of the most corrupt members of Congress according to Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, in part because he went on a golfing trip to Scotland

00.000.2003 that was paid for by Jack Abramoff.

15.Jul.2006 Enron Fraud case : Key NatWest Three witness found dead: A KEY witness in the case of the NatWest Three has been found dead.

The dramatic development comes on the eve of the extradition to the US of the three British bankers.
14.Jul.2006
Author of Iran insignia lie invited to White House: Canada's National Post has apologized for running a fabricated story that Iran passed a new law requiring Jews to wear a yellow insignia. Oddly enough, or maybe not so odd at that, the author of this deceit, Iranian exile journalist Amir Taheri, was invited to the White House on May 30 as one of a group of "Iraq experts" to consult with US President George W. Bush.

14.Jul.2006 Justin Raimondo : Israel Crosses the Line : The Israeli offensive against Iran – until now, purely polemical – morphed into military action the moment the IDF crossed the border into Lebanon and took on Hezbollah. As our regular readers know, this turn of events was predicted in this space three months ago:

14.Jul.2006 Chris Floyd: Fresh Hell in the Holy Land : To say that the "government of Lebanon" – and thus, by extension, the ordinary people of Lebanon who, as usual, are bearing the deadly brunt of the Israel's assault – is responsible for Hezbollah's attack is an outright lie + the Israeli leaders know this

14.Jul.2006 Jewish Extremist Group: We kidnapped 2 Palestinians : ‘Gilad Shalhevet Brigades’ organization claims it kidnapped two Palestinians, residents of the Jerusalem area. Group says hostages will be released only in exchange for Israeli soldiers abducted in Gaza, Lebanon

14.Jul.2006 Abbas 'held secret Israel talks' : Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has secretly met Israel's domestic spy chief to try to broker an end to the crisis in Gaza, reports say.

14.Jul.2006 US Vetoes UN Resolution Condemning Israel's Gaza Offensive : The USA has vetoed a U.N. Security Council resolution that would have demanded a halt to Israel's military offensive in the Gaza Strip. The veto drew a sharp rebuke from Arab representatives.

14.Jul.2006 Statements of support for Israel issued this week by Democratic leaders:

14.Jul.2006 Greece condemns Israeli operations in Lebanon: "The out-of-bounds military activity in Lebanon over the last few days has escalated dangerously and may make the already critical situation in the Middle East out of control," Bakoyannis said in a statement.
14.Jul.2006 Israeli attacks against Lebanon Kills 63 : Israel struck Beirut airport again on Friday and bombed Lebanese roads, power supplies and communication networks in a widening campaign .

14.Jul.2006 Explosives-laden drone damages Israeli ship : An explosives-laden drone hit an Israel Navy warship off the coast of Beirut on Friday night, causing serious damage to its steering capability, Israel Defense Forces confirmed on Friday night.

14.Jul.2006 Al-Jazeera reports IDF searching for 4 soldiers: Al-Jazeera television reported that the IDF was searching for four soldiers missing after their naval vessel off Lebanon's coast was hit by a Hizbullah rocket on Friday night.

14.Jul.2006 Hezbollah leader vows 'open war': Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah has promised "open war" against Israel, in an address broadcast shortly after his Beirut offices were bombed by Israel.

14.Jul.2006 Two people killed in Moshav Meron rocket attack : A woman and her 5-year-old grandson were killed + four others were injured, when a Katyusha rocket fired by Hezbollah slammed into a home in Moshav Meron on Friday evening.

14.Jul.2006 Israeli shelling kills Palestinian in Gaza: Israeli planes later destroyed a bridge in the central Gaza Strip, wounding a civilian, Palestinian security sources said.

It was the fourth bridge destroyed by Israel since the offensive in Gaza began two weeks ago.

14.Jul.2006 War pimp alert: Israel says Lebanon will hide WMDs for Iran : In remarks made before the UN Security Council today, Ambassador Dan Gillerman claimed that Lebanon was willing to work with Iran to hide weapons of mass destruction.
14.Jul.2006 Lebanon pays for Hezbollah's sins A report from Lebanon's south, ravaged by retaliatory Israeli strikes. By Mitchell Prothero

Why do they involve children? She was not attacking Tel Aviv,” he says of Akkash's 6-month-old daughter, killed in the strike. "She was sleeping with her family.

I hope the American people think of a 6-month-old-girl killed with an American fighter, flown by an Israeli pilot.

If she was with a soldier at the front, then these things happen. But she was asleep with her family." Continue

14.Jul.2006 Noam Chomsky: U.S.-Backed Israeli Policies Pursuing "End of Palestine" ; Democracy Now!
 MIT professor Noam Chomsky says the US and Israel are punishing Palestinians for electing Hamas + says Hezbollah's capture of Israeli soldiers subjects Lebanese "to terror and possible extreme disaster" from Israeli strikes. We also get comments from Middle East analyst Mouin Rabbani in Jerusalem.
Real Audio and transcript 

14.Jul.2006 My life in Gaza By Mona El-Farra
Ostensibly, this bombing campaign started because of the soldier's capture. To the outside world it might seem like an easy decision for Palestinians: Let the soldier go + the siege will end.

Yet for Gazans, even in the face of this brutal violence, another decision comes, not with ease, but with resolve. He is one soldier who was captured in a military operation.

Today, several hundred Palestinian children and women are locked in Israeli prisons. They deserve their freedom no less than he does. Continue

14.Jul.2006 Pour out your fury upon the people of Lebanon and Gaza Gilad Atzmon
I would argue that once again the Israeli government serves us with a fascinating glimpse into the mindset of the Israeli collective psyche. I will try to elaborate on this issue.
Continue 

14.Jul.2006 From my home, I saw what the 'war on terror' meant -By Robert Fisk
An Israeli plane dropped a bomb on to the home of a Shia Muslim cleric. He was killed. So was his wife. So were eight of his children. One was decapitated.

All they could find of a baby was its head and torso which a young villager brandished in fury in front of the cameras. Then the planes visited another home in Dweir and disposed of a family of seven. Continue
14.Jul.2006 https://www.paramuspost.com/article.php/2006071015214274/print
00.000.1970 -In the s- the U.S. Army and the CIA spent millions investigating the potential of remote viewing, but that effort apparently went for naught and funding ceased.

00.000.1979 the Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research (PEAR) program began investigating interaction between human consciousness and the physical world.

Over the years, PEAR has produced a wealth of data indicating human intent by itself, without any physical connection, can alter the behavior or results of unthinking machines.

The PEAR experiments, many similar to Schmidt's 1992 random number generator test, produced only small effects, but they were observable, measurable and repeatable.
PEAR's operations, however, are now in the process of closing down, with researchers moving on to other institutions.

14.Jul.2006
https://www.paramuspost.com/article.php/2006071015214274/print
"You'd think people would want to either refute or confirm some of these reports," said Stapp, "but the only people willing to test them are people who already tend to believe them.

Most mainstream labs shy away for fear of sullying their reputations, as if they would be dirtying their hands by even imagining some of this is possible."
14.Jul.2006
https://www.paramuspost.com/article.php/2006071015214274/print
The idea, which Stapp and others have since expanded upon and promoted, is that human consciousness is an unexplained, nonlinear force of nature.

Like subatomic particles in quantum mechanics, the numbers in Schmidt's experiment existed in a sort of limbo in which they were positive, negative and neither until the students saw them.

At that point, human consciousness and intent (instructions to think positive) induced the numbers to assume a specific condition or quantum state.
14.Jul.2006
https://www.paramuspost.com/article.php/2006071015214274/print
Or think about this: You're invited to a Saturday wedding. On Friday, you go to the barber for a haircut. As you sit in the chair, the future is influencing the present. The wedding hasn't happened. It may not happen at all. And yet its possibility changes what will be the past.
14.Jul.2006 https://www.paramuspost.com/article.php/2006071015214274/print
"The present is always a negotiation between the past and the future," said Sheehan.
14.Jul.2006 https://www.paramuspost.com/article.php/2006071015214274/print
"The only reason for time is so that everything doesn't happen at once," Albert Einstein once said.
14.Jul.2006 Mystery Ice Block Misses Mans Head  A football-sized block of ice crashed through the roof and ceiling of a bungalow, smashing shocked householder Simon Jones on the head.
Headline writer apparently unfamiliar with the definition of the word "misses". But Simon Jones is a lucky man - check out the size of that hole.

14.Jul.2006 Enron witness found dead in park  If you had anything at all to do with the Enron case I suggest you watch your back. It's clean-up time.
14.Jul.2006 Dead men don't talk  The "suicide" of a British banker tied to the Enron scandal is the latest in a string of mysterious insider deaths in England and the USA.
14.Jul.2006 The Stolen Election of 2004  The numbers simply do not add up.
14.Jul.2006 Are Enron Bankers/Witnesses Being Murdered?  With the latest revelation that a body discovered in North-east London is that of a banker intimately connected with the Enron fraud case, one has to begin to ask why are there so many "unexplained" deaths linked to this case?
14.Jul.2006 RFK Jr Files Fed. Suit Against Voting Machine Cos.  Good.
14.Jul.2006 Evangelist arrested on federal charges  Kent Hovind, the anti-evolution evangelist who owns Dinosaur Adventure Land, has been arrested for tax evasion.
Kent Hovind, who often calls himself "Dr. Dino," has been sparring with the IRS for at least 17 years on his claims that he is employed by God, receives no income, has no expenses and owns no property.
Man, that's a sweet deal. Is God hiring?

14.Jul.2006 Report: Harris tried to implicate Scarborough in intern's death  Lie down with dogs...
14.Jul.2006 'NatWest Three' extradited to U.S.  The dead guy, of course, will stay home.
14.Jul.2006 Cause and defect: Can the future influence the past?  While reverse causation (also called backward or retro-causation) may sound like science fiction, it is firmly grounded in classical laws of physics. These laws say time is symmetrical, that it moves - or should be able to move - in all directions with equal ease.
14.Jul.2006 ACCUSED G.I. WAS TROUBLED LONG BEFORE IRAQ  On the last day of January 2005, Steven D. Green, the former Army private accused of raping a 14-year-old Iraqi girl and murdering her family, sat in a Texas jail on alcohol-possession charges, an unemployed 19-year-old high school dropout who had just racked up his third misdemeanor conviction.
Days later, Mr. Green enlisted in a soldier-strapped Army + was later assigned to a star-crossed unit to serve on an especially murderous patch of earth.
14.Jul.2006 Creepy speculation about Bush spying on political opponents  I've said it before and I'll say it again - Bush's domestic spying has nothing to do with terrorism and eveything to do with keeping tabs on his opponents and blackmail. Every Democrat and journalist in this country should regard their phone calls and emails as being monitored.
Imagine the crap they've got on
O'Reilly.

14.Jul.2006 Former CIA officer sues Cheney over leak  Valerie Plame comes out swinging.
14.Jul.2006 Dead executive 'not a suspect'  A former banking executive who was due to give evidence at the trial of the NatWest Three killed himself by cutting his throat, police sources said.
"We believe it was a tragic shaving accident," said one officer.

14.Jul.2006 Iraq?s Civil War Spins out of US and Iraqi Government Control
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14.Jul.2006 https://www.cannonfire.blogspot.com/ Incidentally, the Wilsons have a web page up for their case. Permalink
14.Jul.2006 https://www.cannonfire.blogspot.com/ They do not name this source in their legal complaint, but they do target Cheney as acting in a "supervisory capacity" over Libby. The complaint comes close to stating (paragraph 18, subparagraphs v, w and x) that Cheney authorized a leak to Matt Cooper, although subparagraph u implies that Libby learned about the leak to Novak after the fact.
14.Jul.2006 https://www.cannonfire.blogspot.com/ Joy Tomme, in the under-appreciated blog Ratbang Diary, argues that Rove + Novak ratted out someone more important than Rove.

The only guys on a higher level are Cheney or Bush.
14.Jul.2006
https://www.cannonfire.blogspot.com/ They do not name this source in their legal complaint, but they do target Cheney as acting in a "supervisory capacity" over Libby. The complaint comes close to stating (paragraph 18, subparagraphs v, w and x) that Cheney authorized a leak to Matt Cooper, although subparagraph u implies that Libby learned about the leak to Novak after the fact.
Paragraph 23 of the complaint reads: Upon information and belief, Defendants Libby, Rove, Cheney and John Does 1-10 reached an agreement to discredit, punish and seek revenge against the Plaintiffs that included, among other things, disclosing to members of the press Plaintiff Valerie Plame Wilson’s classified CIA employment.

14.Jul.2006 https://www.spiegel.de/spiegel/0,1518,druck-426732,00.html
Landesarchäologen fordern seit langem, den Verkauf von Metalldetektoren zu reglementieren. Doch ein wirksamer Schutz gegen die Raubgräberszene ist noch nicht entwickelt - zumal auch deutsche Museen trotz anders lautender Selbstverpflichtungserklärungen noch immer heiße Ware aus trüben Quellen ankaufen.
In Antikenhochburgen wie Griechenland oder der Türkei drohen Raubgräbern jahrelange Haftstrafen, in Italien wachen Hunderte spezialisierter Carabinieri über die Zeugnisse der Vergangenheit.

Selbst in Schweden müssen eingereiste Schatzsucher mit monatelanger Untersuchungshaft rechnen, wenn sie in flagranti erwischt werden.
Im Vergleich dazu fallen die Strafen in Deutschland noch immer lächerlich gering aus. Viele Verfahren, auch solche gegen notorische Mehrfachtäter, werden eingestellt.

Überführte Plünderer kommen mit Geldbußen wegen Ordnungswidrigkeiten davon, die selten 1000 Euro übersteigen - "das bezahlen Profis mit dem, was sie in einer Nacht aus dem Boden holen", sagt Biel.
14.Jul.2006
https://www.spiegel.de/unispiegel/wunderbar/0,1518,druck-425990,00.html
Die supraleitende Magnetschwebebahn kommt ohne Oberleitung aus: Die Lok enthält einen Supraleiter aus Yttrium-Barium-Kupfer-Oxid.

Mit minus 196 Grad Celsius kaltem Stickstoff abgekühlt, leitet das Material widerstandslos elektrischen Strom und friert bestehende magnetische Felder ein.
14.Jul.2006
https://www.spiegel.de/wissenschaft/erde/0,1518,druck-426716,00.html

Lehrer stellen sich auf Schüler ein

Auffallend ist, dass die Erdmännchen-Erzieher ihre Schüler nach und nach an größere Herausforderungen heranführen, schreiben die Forscher im Wissenschaftsmagazin "Science". Ähnlich überraschend stellten sie fest, dass die älteren Tiere ihre Aufgabe ohne eigenen Nutzen und unter persönlichen Opfern erfüllen. So nahmen sie es auf sich, giftigen Skorpionen den Stachel zu entfernen, bevor sie die Leckerbissen den Jungen zum Probieren vorlegten. Bis der Nachwuchs das Erwachsenenalter von etwa 90 Tagen erreicht hatte, war er von seinen Lehrern in alle Überlebenstricks für wilde Erdmännchen eingeweiht worden.

Damit seien die gängigen Kriterien für echtes Lehren erfüllt, erklären die Forscher: Ein Individuum verändert sein Verhalten nur in der Gegenwart eines unwissenden Beobachters, hat als Lehrer keinen Vorteil oder gar Nachteile durch seine Rolle + der Schüler lernt schneller, als wenn er allein gewesen wäre.

"Klarer Fall von Lehrverhalten"
14.Jul.2006
Gaza- Streifen: Grenzanlage zwischen Gaza- Streifen und Ägypten gesprengt

14.Jul.2006 Russland: Bush trifft Regierungskritiker

14.Jul.2006 USA: Anthrax- Alarm bei der "New York Times"

14.Jul.2006 Eskalation in Nahost: Hisbollah- Chef erklärt Israel den offenen Krieg
14.Jul.2006 Terrorserie in Bombay: Indien unterstellt Pakistan Mitschuld an Anschlägen

14.Jul.2006 Hilferuf: Lehrer kapitulieren vor Schülergewalt

14.Jul.2006 Libanon: Bericht über Tod einer deutsch- libanesischen Familie
14.Jul.2006 Krise im Nahen Osten: Die ratlose Supermacht
14.Jul.2006
Nahostkrise: Olmert stellt Bedingungen für Ende der Angriffe
14.Jul.2006 Dax- Geflüster: Im Schattenreich der USA
14.Jul.2006 G- 8- Gipfel: Russische Behörden nehmen mehr als 200 Globalisierungsgegner fest
14.Jul.2006 Angriffe auf Libanon: Zentralrat der Juden kritisiert Steinmeier
14.Jul.2006 Eiger: Spektakel am bröckelnden Berg
14.Jul.2006 Raketen auf Israel: Flucht aus der Idylle
14.Jul.2006 Nahost- Krise: Libanon ruft Bush zu Hilfe
14.Jul.2006 Nahost- Krise: Veranstalter sagen Libanon- und Israel- Reisen ab
14.Jul.2006 Keine Atta- Connection: Ermittlungen gegen Darkazanli eingestellt

14.Jul.2006 Umfrage: Wähler sind mit Bundesregierung unzufrieden - und sehen keine Alternative
14.Jul.2006 Archäologie: Raubgräber durchwühlen Deutschland

14.Jul.2006 Neuer Rekord: 10.000 Flüge in Deutschland - an einem Tag

14.Jul.2006 Nahostkrise: Ölpreis steigt, Kurse stürzen
14.Jul.2006 Isoliertes Beirut: Angststarre in der Falle
14.Jul.2006
Interview zum Eiger- Felssturz: "Das ganze Felsmassiv ist durchgerüttelt"
14.Jul.2006 Überraschung: Erdmännchen sind gute Lehrer
14.Jul.2006 An den Haaren herbeigezogen sfux Karl Weiss -

“Anschlag verhindert, Anführer festgenommen”, “Das FBI verhinderte das Attentat, mit dem Wall Street überfluten sollte (sic!).”

So klingen die Schlagzeilen der bürgerlichen Presse am

08.Jul.2006 in diesem Fall die der “Süddeutschen”, die es so eilig mit der Meldung hatte, daß sie mit der deutschen Grammatik durcheinander kam.
Ein gewisser Assem Hammoud sei schon vor einiger Zeit im Libanon festgommen worden und habe bekannt, der ?Philosophie...

14.Jul.2006
Die abgebröckelte deutsche Demokratie sfux Michael Schulze von Glaßer

“Die Deutschlandfahnen, die ein Meer bunt geschminkter Patrioten zur WM schwenkte, können nicht darüber wegtäuschen: Deutschlands Demokratie ist mürbe geworden. Es gibt immer mehr totalitäre Tendenzen. Diese Bedrohung für Demokratie und Verfassung geht allerdings weniger von radikalen Bevölkerungsteilen, sondern inzwischen mehr von den Regierenden aus. “
14.Jul.2006
Wenn der Berg kracht ? Dramatischer Rummel am Eiger sfux Harald Haack ?

Dem weltberühmten Schweizer Touristenort Grindelwald im Berner Oberland droht der Untergang. Die Katastrophe ist angesagt. Besonders japanische, amerikanische und indische Touristen, die alljährlich massenweise durch das Bergdorf strömen, sind ganz aufgeregt.
Wahrscheinlich würde sich Louis Trenker angesichts des Rummels belustigt die Hände reiben, dann aber uns ganz ernst anschauen und erzählen, dass die Eiger-Nordwand eigentlich eine Mordwand...

14.Jul.2006
Amazonien kaufen? sfux Karl Weiss -

Der schwedische Unternehmer Johan Eliasch, Besitzer der Sportartikelfirma ?Head", bekannt durch ihre Ski und Tennisschläger, hat am 5.Juli auf einer Konferenz in London anderen Unternehmern vorgeschlagen, mit ihm zusammen, das gesamte Amazonasgebiet zu kaufen, was etwa 18 Milliarden Dollar kosten würde.
Dies hat jedenfalls die größte brasilianische Tageszeitung, die ?Folha de São Paulo", berichtet. Eliasch ist bereits Besitzer einiger...

14.Jul.2006
Israel steps up Lebanese strikes
Israel intensifies its attacks on Lebanon with fresh air raids on the Beirut airport and sites in the southern suburbs.

14.Jul.2006 'Dropped sweet' fine for father A father is fined £50 by a council warden because his son dropped a sweet on the street.
14.Jul.2006 Indonesia bird flu toll hits 41 Indonesian officials confirm a child who died last week was the country's 41st victim of the bird flu virus.
13.Jul.2006 July 13, 2006 Think Progress 
GQ reports that former Christian Coalition head Ralph Reed and Jack Abramoff emailed each other about “
mortgaging old black people” with a “Black Churches insurance program” scam. Read the full article.

Racial and gender diversity are scarce in the White House these days. The scorecard among Bush’s inner circle of White House advisers: zero African-Americans or Asians, one Hispanic + four women.

The first ever Progressive Faith Blogger Con happens tomorrow.

The Carpetbagger Report has background and details on Valerie Plame’s new civil suit against Karl Rove, Scooter Libby + Vice President Cheney.

TPM Muckraker debunks Robert Novak’s attack last night on investigative journalist Murray Waas.

Meanwhile, Novak will do his one-and-only interview with a progressive on his role in the CIA leak scandal tomorrow morning at 7am ET on The Bill Press Show. (Listen in.)
14.Jul.2006 The House votes to renew the

00.000.1965 Voting Rights Act, Amanda landmark civil rights legislation “that helped thousands of African Americans gain access to the ballot box.”
14.Jul.2006 Rumsfeld Confronted By Soldier Over Equipment Shortages In Iraq Think Progress 
Improvized Explosive Devices (IEDs) are responsible for “
nearly half the casualties of our troops in Iraq.” Among the best defenses against IEDs is a massive heavily-armored vehicle called the Buffalo, which has “become the favorite of U.S. Army combat engineer teams.”

Yesterday, during a surprise trip to Iraq, Defense Secretary Rumsfeld was confronted by a U.S. Army corporal who said the Buffalo he was using was “one of oldest pieces of equipment in the country,” and that just two weeks before, he’d seen a brand new Buffalo in New York City. Rumsfeld defended the Pentagon’s anti-IED efforts and deflected the specific question with a joke.

Watch it:

Full transcript below:

CORPORAL ARTHUR KING: Right now we have one of the oldest pieces of equipment in the country. It’s called a Buffalo and ours is the oldest. And the other day, two weeks ago, we saw a brand-new one in downtown New York City and we’ve been waiting for three months for ours. We are just wondering why that was.

RUMSFELD: Well, I don’t know about New York City. They obviously have a separate budget and they buy what they buy. We’ve got $3.6 billion that dwarfs anything that New York City does just for I.E.D. work and General Monty Miggs has been brought back and he is in the process — he has been in the Army for two and a half, three years, he has been working their heads off as the nature of the I.E.D. problem has migrated and evolved they have put enormous effort on it. I can’t answer why your particular unit ends up with one of the oldest pieces of equipment, but I’ll bet you General Casey can.

OLBERMANN: To his credit, General Casey skipped the jokes said he didn’t know either but would find out and get back to him with an answer.
14.Jul.2006
Kick The Oil Habit: The Road Trip Begins Think Progress 
There are more than
5 million “flexfuel” vehicles on the road in the U.S., ready to run on ethanol. Yet only about 600 of America’s 170,000 gas stations currently offer E85 fuel.

This is a major problem. Americans are ready to use cleaner burning, American-made E85, but the oil companies aren’t making it available because they are addicted to the profits their petroleum business has brought them. Last month, American Progress launched Kick the Oil Habit, a campaign to get the Big 6 oil companies to double the number of E85 pumps over the next year.

Yesterday, as part of the campaign, Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) helped kick off a cross-country flexfuel road trip to highlight the severe lack of E85 fueling stations around the country.

Come along for the ride on the road trip blog — they’re only in West Virginia and they’ve already almost run out of gas.
14.Jul.2006 Plame to file civil lawsuit Faiz  against Karl Rove, Scooter Libby + Vice president Dick Cheney. Joseph Wilson and Valerie Plame will announce the lawsuit tomorrow at 10 am.

UPDATE: The lawsuit accuses Cheney, Libby, Rove and 10 unnamed administration officials or political operatives of putting the Wilsons and their children’s lives at risk by exposing Plame + embarking “on an anonymous ‘whispering campaign’ designed to discredit…(the Wilsons) and to deter other critics from speaking out.”
14.Jul.2006 Specter’s ‘Compromise’ on Warrantless Wiretapping Excuses Bush For Illegal Conduct Faiz 
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter announced today that the White House has agreed to a court review of the warrantless wiretapping program. Specter said the following at a press conference today:

I am authorized to say that if the bill is not changed, the president will submit the terrorist surveillance program to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.

But what Specter didn’t say is that his legislation does not require President Bush to submit the program to the FISA court; it merely gives the president the option . The AP reports:

An administration official who spoke on condition of anonymity said the bill’s language gives the president the option of submitting the program to the intelligence court, rather than making the review a requirement.

Specter appears to have received assurances from the White House that, if his bill is passed without changes, Bush would agree to exercise the option and submit the warrantless wiretapping program to the court for a judgment on its constitutionality. This compromise is a sham because it makes optional what Bush is already required to do. Under the FISA law, the administration can wiretap persons inside the U.S. But it is required to demonstrate that the targets are agents of a foreign power, like al Qaeda or their affiliates.

Sen. Patrick Leahy accurately characterized what Bush is agreeing to: “[Bush is] saying, if you do every single thing I tell you to do, I’ll do what I should have done anyway.”

The Specter bill makes it optional for Bush to follow the law, while rewarding him for illegal conduct.

More from Atrios.
14.Jul.2006 1,700. Nico  The number of earmarks, “totaling about half a billion dollars,” in a domestic spending bill that House conservatives are now “struggling” to push through.

The problem?

The earmarks “are tied to a Democratic minimum-wage increase that is anathema to the GOP + no proposed solution has taken root.”
14.Jul.2006 “One day after the mass transit rail bombings in India, Amanda the U.S. Senate was asked to increase funding for rail security in this country. The majority said no.”
14.Jul.2006 Deputy Attorney General: Saying ‘The President Is Always Right’ Is ‘Humorous’ Think Progress 
On Tuesday, acting Deputy Attorney General Steven Bradbury told Congress, “
The president is always right.” After the remark was widely criticized in the national media,

Bradbury was asked about it yesterday by Rep. Jim Cooper (D-TN). Bradbury said he was trying “to be humorous.” Watch it:

You can watch Bradbury’s initial remarks here.

Full transcript below:

COOPER: Mr. Bradbury, the Republican chairman of the House Intelligence Committee released a letter last week saying that he had not been properly informed as the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee.

You’re quoted in the newspaper yesterday as saying that, “The President is always right.” And I hope that’s a misquote, ’cause I’ve never met an infallible human being yet –

BRADBURY: Neither have I, congressman –

COOPER: — with the possible exception of the Pope.

BRADBURY: Neither have I, congressman. I’m glad you brought that up. I guess that just shows I shouldn’t try to be humorous when I’m testifying. That was a tongue-in-cheek comment.

Nobody is always right and I certainly didn’t mean to say that other than in humor.
14.Jul.2006
Rep. King Designs Electrified Fence For Southern Border: ‘We Do This With Livestock All The Time’ Judd 
Rep. Steve King (R-IA) went on the House floor on Tuesday to discuss a fence that he “designed” for the southern boarder. (King constructed a model of the fence as he was speaking.) King’s design features a wire electrified “with the kind of current that would not kill somebody.” King noted that “we do this with livestock all the time.”
Watch it:

Transcript:

KING: So when I get down there and sit on that border, what I do is I come to this conclusion, we can’t shut that off unless we build a fence and a wall. I want to put the fence in, but I want to put a wall in + I designed one. And this just simply is the desert floor – put a trench in that desert floor. We have the ability to put together a machine that would be a slip form machine that would lay a footing about like this, Mr. Speaker.

And if I give you a look at the end of that, that’s so you’d have that about five feet deep underneath the ground. It’d keep the wall from tipping over. We’d pour a notch in it that’ll allow us to put pre-cast panels in. And it would sit, it would look like this + this would be flush with the desert floor. And then you’d bring in pre-cast concrete walls – ten fee wide, thirteen and a half feet tall. It’d construct itself to be a twelve foot finished wall, just like that, Mr. Speaker. Drop these panels in together, in this fashion. Just take a crane and drop them in. Our little construction company could build a mile a day of this pretty easily, once you’ve got your system going. The whole two thousand miles are not going to work that way, but a lot of it will work this way, Mr. Speaker.

14.Jul.2006 Bad Vibes Past Peak Cause for Alarm
Bad Vibes By Jonathan on Palestine/Middle East

It's hard to escape the sickening feeling that Israel is working with the Bush administration to create a crisis where an attack on Iran becomes inevitable. Certainly the scale of the Israeli attacks is so far out of proportion with the claimed provocation that one has to assume that the kidnapping of the Israeli soldiers was merely the excuse for an operation that had already been planned.

And now with the night-time bombing of the fuel depot at the Beirut airport, we have a visual that will inflame the anger of untold millions of people in the Middle East and around the world. Who can doubt that Israel knew how it was going to look on the world's tv screens? What else is one to think but that the goal is to invite more "provocations" to give Israel a pretext for widening the war even further? Is there anyone who imagines that Israel would take these steps without first conferring with the US? How long before they pin blame on Iran? Or Syria? Or both?

It's hard not to think of Ron Suskind's famous conversation with a senior Bush aide. Suskind: The aide said that guys like me were "in what we call the reality-based community," which he defined as people who "believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality." I nodded and murmured something about enlightenment principles and empiricism.

He cut me off. "That's not the way the world really works anymore," he continued. "We're an empire now + when we act, we create our own reality. And while you're studying that reality — judiciously, as you will — we'll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too + that's how things will sort out. We're history's actors...and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do."

I hope I'm wrong, but I fear we have just taken a sharp turn into much darker territory.
14.Jul.2006
Lawyers on the Right: Maybe There Really is a Vast Right Wing Conspiracy? ProfessorBainbridge.com
Lawyers on the Right: Maybe There Really is a Vast Right Wing Conspiracy? By Steve Bainbridge on Avocational

Lawyers of the Right: Networks and Organization

Lawyers for conservative and libertarian causes are active in organizing and mobilizing interest groups within the conservative coalition + networks of relationships among those lawyers help to maintain + shape the coalition. Using data gathered in interviews with 72 such lawyers, the article analyzes characteristics of the lawyers and the structure of their networks.

The findings suggest that the networks are divided into segments or blocks that are identified with particular constituencies, but that a distinct set of actors with an extensive range of relationships serves to bridge the constituencies. Measures of centrality and brokerage confirm the structural importance of these actors in the network + a search of references in news media confirms their prominence or prestige.

This core set of actors occupies the structural hole in the network that separates the business constituency from religious conservatives.

Libertarians, located near the core of the network, also occupy an intermediate position.

Causal analysis of the formation of ties within the network suggests that the Federalist Society has played an important role in bringing the lawyers together.

Sadly, yours truly does not figure, prominently or otherwise.
14.Jul.2006
WhatReallyHappened.com
IT SEEMS ISRAEL PLANNED DELIBERATE PROVOCATION OF HAMAS AND HIZBOLLAH In ISRAEL

A report in the Jerusalem Post today proves very revealing. It claims that, `Only weeks ago, an entire reserve division was drafted in order to train for an operation such as the one the IDF is planning in response to Wednesday morning's Hizbollah attacks on IDF forces along the northern border.'[1]

The news is revealing because it was only a little over two weeks ago that Cpl. Gilad Shalit was captured by Palestinian fighters. One needs to ask how the Israelis knew at, or even before, he was captured that it would be taking action against Hizbollah in Lebanon.
14.Jul.2006
Glenn Beck Tries to Justify WW3 with 9/11
14.Jul.2006 The Grand Illusion: The Untold Story of Rudy Giuliani and 9/11
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The Grand Illusion: The Untold Story of Rudy Giuliani and 9/11 By reprehensor

Preview of Upcoming Book That Roasts Rudy Giuliani -- Over 9/11
A long-awaited re-appraisal of New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani's much-hailed actions surrounding the 9/11 terrorist attacks will be published in September to mark the fifth anniversary of the tragedy. It's called "The Grand Illusion: The Untold Story of Rudy Giuliani and 9/11," written by Wayne Barrett, the longtime Village Voice writer and author of a biography of the former mayor + Dan Collins, a senior producer for CBSNews.com. The publisher is HarperCollins.
"When he assured New York that things would come out all right, he was blessedly believable." That was on 9/11. Things haven't been as good for Rudy Giuliani since. And this book won't make it any better...
...Giuliani, for instance, detailed an Office of Emergency Management, but then located its headquarters inside what had long been identified as a prime target—the World Trade Center. It was, the authors write, "the only bunker ever built in the clouds." ...
...The authors' account verges on indictment when they explore why the firefighters' handy-talkies did not work, a congeries of causes ranging from the technological to the political. Suffice it to say that the Giuliani City Hall seems to have been no stranger to sweetheart deals and patronage, so that the employee in charge of emergency broadband communications had a sister who worked as a lobbyist for the phone provider who just happened to win the lucrative contract. That employee later committed suicide...
Well, well, well. It just never ends with this guy.

14.Jul.2006 Palitone Press
"People place their hand on the Bible and swear to uphold the Constitution; they don't put their hand on the Constitution and swear to uphold the Bible." Jamie Raskin, American University
Disgusting Hypocrisy & Double Standards By MJW

14.Jul.2006 Even As Israel Bombs All of Lebanon, The USA Harps Only About Iran
Culture of Life News The Blog Is Mightier Than The Sword
Even As Israel Bombs All of Lebanon, The USA Harps Only About Iran By ElaineMeinelSupkis

Today is a busy day. Thanks to all the wonderful wars America is content to either create or finance, we are seeing record oil prices. Meanwhile, all our pretty democracy revolutions are turning into big fights as Russia successfully overthrows the Orange Revolution in Ukraine and Iran thumbs its cat's paws at the USA bluster and Russia and the USA exchange harsh words yet again.
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14.Jul.2006 Israel, the only democracy in the Middle East - an email to Israel's Ambassador to the UK The Cat's Blog
"DID YOU, TOO, O FRIEND, SUPPOSE DEMOCRACY WAS ONLY FOR ELECTIONS, FOR POLITICS + FOR A PARTY NAME?" - WALT WHITMAN
Israel, the only democracy in the Middle East - an email to Israel's Ambassador to the UK By The Cat's Dream

Dear Mr. AMBASSADOR ZVI HEIFETZ, I can barely find the words to comment on the atrocities that your Government has been committing against innocent civilians in these past few days and hours. Your cruel, ruthless and criminal behavior is against any ethical, moral or religious principle and certainly it’s against that international Law your Government has never respected. The despicable racism
14.Jul.2006
Bush Administration Fast-Tracks Formation of North American Union
14.Jul.2006
A Note from Professor Steve Jones
14.Jul.2006 Unless stopped, Israel will carry on regardless
12.Jul.2006 Summers Supporters Deny Harvard Donations
Summers Supporters Deny Harvard Donations URL: https://online.wsj.com/article/...412.html?mod=rss_whats_news_us

Major donations to Harvard, totaling $390 million, have been scrapped or put on hold since Lawrence Summers announced his resignation as president.
14.Jul.2006
Digest Number 1291
political-research Messages In This Digest (16 Messages)

CIA Federal Intelligent Document Understanding Laboratory From: Sean McBride

2. Re: Fox News Spin Attack Ends With Red-Faced Anchors From: LeaNder

3. The very strange saga of Adam Gadahn From: Sean McBride

4. Fwd: [SPY NEWS] Fwd: Mumbai blasts planned outside of India From: Sean McBride

5. Problems with the Politics of Ethnic Self-interest From: Sean McBride

6. Who Benefited from 9/11? From: Sean McBride

7. CFP: “Knowledge Dynamics in Semantic Web and Social From: Sean McBride

8. Nation's capital declares crime emergency (AP) From: better_off_said

9. World War / Infowar Analysis (for AMBUNT from CPTMAY) From: Captain May

10. The Neocons Are Destroying American Access to World Oil From: Sean McBride

11. Financial Times: Abramovich Bidding for Rosneft From: Vigilius Haufniensis

12. Author of Iran insignia lie invited to White House as 'expert' From: Vigilius Haufniensis

13. 33 Places to Hangout in the Social Networking Era - rev2.org From: Sean McBride

14. Why the war on terror is a sick joke-Joe Quinn From: civl ecco

15. WMR-WTC criminal Fitz lets Novack off the hook,racist remark at Worl From: civl ecco

16. The Israel Lobby: Elliott Abrams in the NSC From: Sean McBride
14.Jul.2006
The Screaming Ant » Blog Archive » Why Doesn’t Media Hold Bush Accountable?
14.Jul.2006 Strong exports help to offset US trade deficit FT.com / World / US
14.Jul.2006 Military Justice Idea Rejected for Alleged Terror Defendants - Los Angeles Times "....military courts provide protections for defendants that are unwarranted in the war on terrorism."
14.Jul.2006 Newspapers Drops Coulter's Column When "Conservative Readers Felt That Their Views Were Being Misrepresented"...
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Newspapers Drops Coulter's Column When "Conservative Readers Felt That Their Views Were Being Misrepresented"... By The Huffington Post on Ann Coulter

Ann Coulter is no stranger to controversy, but her latest adventures have several newspapers questioning whether carrying her syndicated column is worth the trouble. The Shreveport (La.) Times is currently leaving the decision of whether or not to keep Coulter up to its readers. But the first newspaper to officially drop Coulter's column since the latest uproar began seems to be The Gazette of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where she had appeared for about 14 months.

Opinion Page Editor Doug Neumann told E&P, "Our decision was made before the plagiarism allegations. It did come after the publication of [Coulter's] book, but I would say it didn't directly play any role on our decision."
14.Jul.2006
Vorgehen gegen baskischen Zeitungsdirektor Ralf Streck 
Erneut ist die spanische Justiz gegen einen baskischen Zeitungsdirektor vorgegangen. Doch der am Dienstag im Seebad Donostia-San Sebastián verhaftete Pablo Muñoz passt so gar nicht ins typische Anschuldigungsbild passt. Erneut lautet die Anschuldigung, Muñoz habe die baskische Untergrundorganisation ETA unterstützt. Er soll zu dem Netz gehören, welche für die ETA
die Revolutionssteuer eintreibt . Neben dem Journalisten der neuen Zeitungen Diario de Noticias de Navarra und Noticias de Guipúzcoa , die politisch eher zu den regierenden spanischen Sozialisten (PSOE) tendieren, traf es in der Hafenstadt Zumaia auch Jesús Iruretagoiena. Der Ex-Gefangene und Ex-Exilant entspricht mehr dem typischen Anschuldigungsbild. Der 66jährige, der in Asturien geboren wurde, ist allerdings gestern ohne Kaution wieder auf freien Fuß gesetzt worden und hat lediglich Meldeauflagen erhalten.

14.Jul.2006 https://www.megite.com/index.php?section=technology&date=1152868479&start=1#item_12
TV standby buttons will be outlawed 16 hours ago    permalink Technology.timesonline.co.uk

THE Government is to outlaw standby switches on televisions and video and DVD players to cut the amount of electricity wasted in the home.

Refrigerators, washing machines and dishwashers will have to become energy-efficient + lightbulbs that burn too much energy will be phased out.
14.Jul.2006
Plame sues Cheney, Libby, Rove
Valerie Plame, the CIA officer whose identity was leaked to reporters, sued Vice President Dick Cheney, his former top aide + presidential adviser Karl Rove on Thursday, accusing them of conspiring to destroy her career.

14.Jul.2006 Religious Left finally starts to make itself heard Smartalix 
It’s about time someone stood up and complained about the bad rap the Right is giving faith.

At a church in Washington, hundreds of committed Christians met recently and tried to map out a strategy to get their values into the political debate. But these are not the conservative Christian ...
14.Jul.2006
The US Army to end its Halliburton contract SN  The end of Halliburton?!
14.Jul.2006 Wireless devices to get emergency alerts
WASHINGTON (AP) -- We interrupt your cell phone call with this important announcement:

The government will soon be sending warnings of national emergencies on wireless phones, Web sites and hand-held computers.

The new digital system will update the emergency alerts planned -- but never used -- ...
14.Jul.2006
Israel steps up Lebanese strikes
Israel intensifies its attacks on Lebanon with fresh air raids on the Beirut airport and sites in the southern suburbs.

14.Jul.2006 Cheney sued in CIA identity case A former CIA officer whose identity was leaked to the media sues US Vice-President Dick Cheney and others.
14.Jul.2006
Abbas 'held secret Israel talks' PA President Mahmoud Abbas met Israel's spy chief to try to broker an end to the Gaza crisis, reports say.
14.Jul.2006 Japanese rates increased to 0.25% Japan's central bank raises its key interest rate as expected from 0% to 0.25% - the first increase since 2000.
14.Jul.2006 Meerkat pups go to eating school Meerkats teach their young how to catch and kill prey such as scorpions and spiders, scientists discover.
14.Jul.2006 NatWest Three face bail hearing Three former NatWest bankers who were extradited to the US, are to appear before a bail hearing in Houston.
14.Jul.2006 Israel pursues strikes on Lebanon Israel hits Lebanese targets by land, sea and air, following the capture of two of its soldiers by Hezbollah militants.
14.Jul.2006 Israel crisis hits world markets Growing tension over Israel's offensive in Lebanon sends world markets tumbling as oil creeps towards $77 a barrel.
14.Jul.2006 Musharraf pledges help on Mumbai Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf offers India support in its investigation into the Mumbai train bombings.
14.Jul.2006 Norway's whale catch falls short Norway's whaling fleet will catch only half its quota this season. Conservation groups say the industry is in crisis.
14.Jul.2006 Bard's first folio fetches £2.8m A "remarkably untouched" First Folio of Shakespeare's plays sells for £2.8m at auction house Sotheby's.
14.Jul.2006 Pakistan rejects Mumbai link Pakistan's foreign minister reacts angrily to suggestions his country is linked to the deadly train bombings in India.
14.Jul.2006 New clue in Jack The Ripper case New paperwork from the investigating officer of the Jack The Ripper inquiry is to be revealed for the first time.
14.Jul.2006 Indian shares rise after bombings Shares on India's Mumbai stock exchange rise as the market reacts to Tuesday's bomb attacks.
14.Jul.2006 Doctors concerned over e-records Doctors are raising concerns about the confidentiality of the electronic care records system.
14.Jul.2006 Hospitals told not to ban mobiles Hospitals should not impose blanket bans on people using mobile phones, health regulators say.
14.Jul.2006 Patient voice 'to be beefed up' Patients may be given the power to petition local health bosses to force changes in services.
14.Jul.2006 Solo living 'doubles heart risk' Living alone doubles the risk of heart disease compared to living with a partner, research suggests.
14.Jul.2006 Britons 'sleep in dirty duvets' Up to 20,000 dust mites could be living in the average unwashed duvet, new research shows.
14.Jul.2006 Don't Flush It -- Breathe It
Astronauts use up lots of oxygen, but they also produce plenty of raw material for making more of it. The unlikely source: pee. Add filters and electrolysis + urine could open up new vistas for interplanetary travel.

14.Jul.2006 Cold Pigs Could Save Human Lives A procedure tested on these poor pink porkers may allow surgical patients to flatline for over an hour.
14.Jul.2006 S.F. Evaluating Its Ties to AT&T The city of San Francisco will conduct a fact-finding study to reassess its relationship with AT&T, following allegations that the telecommunications company has been secretly making its customer records available to the National Security Agency.
14.Jul.2006 Genetics Key to Ethanol's Future Someday your car might run on fuel derived from organisms specifically engineered to produce cellulosic ethanol. In Autopia.
14.Jul.2006 Judge dismisses suit over Google ranking Web site had sued the search giant after it fell to a "zero" ranking in the Google index.
14.Jul.2006 Ready or not, here come the e-passports Also: Telecommuting's quiet storm. Read these stories and more from around the Web on News.com Extra.
14.Jul.2006 Hydrogen car tech revs up Start-up develops sodium capsules that generate small amounts of hydrogen on the go. Plus: Make your own fuel cell at home.
14.Jul.2006 Hydrogen cars to hit the road by 2015? Will the gas used for the Hindenburg be running cars in a decade or so? Carmakers say it could be in the works.
14.Jul.2006 Administration To Request Another $110 Billion For Iraq Next Year : Yesterday, the White House released its FY2007 mid-session budget review with great fanfare, celebrating its projection that the deficit will be nearly $300 billion this year.
14.Jul.2006 Bush defends Israel, EU, Russia condemn attacks : RUSSIA and the European Union condemned Israel's strikes in Lebanon as a dangerous escalation of the Middle East conflict but the USA said Israel had the right to self defence.

14.Jul.2006 Lebanon recalls ambassador to U.S., France calls Israeli action in Lebanon “acts of war”

14.Jul.2006 War pimp alert: Hezbollah plans to move abducted IDF soldiers to Iran : Israel has concrete evidence that Hezbollah plans to transfer the two Israel Defense Forces soldiers abducted Wednesday to Iran, Foreign Ministry spokesman Mark Regev said Thursday.

14.Jul.2006 War pimp alert: Israel Points Finger at Iran, Syria : A senior government official has blamed Syria for providing "shelter + logistical support for Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal" and noted that Iran provides Hizbullah terrorists with funds and weapons.

14.Jul.2006 Australian Radio Interviews Robert Fisk: MP3 - Transcript Here
14.Jul.2006 Israel targets Lebanese air bases: Israeli jets fired on the Lebanese air force base in Rayak, in eastern Lebanon near Syria.

Israeli jets also hit an air force base in Qlaiat, in northern Lebanon also not far from Syria.
14.Jul.2006
Lebanon : At least 52 civilians killed in Israeli attacks: Israel has threatened to bomb Beirut and the cities southern suburbs today in the continuing military escalation by the Middle East’s only nuclear power.

14.Jul.2006 Israeli Attacks Kills Women and Children: Lebanese officials say that a family of 10 and another family of seven were killed in their homes in the village of Dweir, the officials said.
14.Jul.2006 Beirut waits as Syrian masters send Hezbollah allies into battle -By Robert Fisk
There is one certain bet that Syria will rely on; that despite all Israel's threats of inflicting "pain" on Lebanon, this war will run out of control until - as has so often happened in the past - Israel itself calls for a ceasefire and releases prisoners. Then the international big-hitters will arrive and make their way to the real Lebanese capital - Damascus, not Beirut - and appeal for help.
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14.Jul.2006 What Are They Fighting For -By Prof. Tanya Reinhart
Whatever may be the fate of the captive soldier Gilad Shalit, the Israeli army’s war in Gaza is not about him. As senior security analyst Alex Fishman widely reported, the army was preparing for an attack months earlier and was constantly pushing for it, with the goal of destroying the Hamas infrastructure and its government.
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14.Jul.2006 Comparing The cost of war and domestic expenses We are spending $267 million a day, or $11 million an hour on Iraq -By Congressman John Murtha
I wanted to demonstrate what these expenses mean to domestic policy in the USA and give you an idea of just some of the things that we could accomplish with this amount of money.
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Patrick Fitzgerald: Der Bundesanwalt gilt als hartnäckig, unbestechlich und unparteiisch.

Dem Sohn irischer Einwanderer wurde die Untersuchung in der CIA-Affäre Ende 00.000.2003 übertragen.

Zuvor hatte er bereits Mafiamörder ins Gefängnis gebracht und die Hintermänner des ersten Anschlags auf das World Trade Center 00.000.1993 verfolgt.
Joseph C. Wilson: Wilson war jahrelang Diplomat und arbeitete an den US-Botschaften in Niger, Burundi, im Kongo und in Gabun.

00.000.1991 Als der Golfkrieg losbricht, leitet er die Botschaft in Bagdad.

00.000.1998 zieht er sich aus dem diplomatischen Dienst zurück und macht eine politische Beraterfirma auf.

00.Feb.2002 kehrt Wilson noch einmal nach Afrika zurück, um im Auftrag von Vizepräsident Dick Cheney herauszufinden, ob Niger Uran in den Irak exportierte - und findet keine Beweise.

Der Titel seines Beitrages in der "New York Times" ist eine Ohrfeige für die US-Regierung: "Was ich nicht in Afrika fand".
Valerie Plame: Sie ist eine der Schlüsselfiguren der Affäre. Wilsons Frau war bis zu ihrer Enttarnung eine Elite-Offizierin der CIA, ihr Spezialgebiet: Massenvernichtungswaffen. Ihre Enttarnung ist eine kriminelle Handlung, durch die Bekanntgabe ihres Klar- und Decknamens ist ihre Karriere als CIA-Agentin beendet.
Karl Rove: US-Präsident George W. Bush nennt ihn den "Architekten". Rove ist Bushs Großstratege, engster Weggefährte und Organisator, verantwortlich für dessen Wahlkämpfe - + steht seit geraumer Zeit im Verdacht, widerrechtlich über Valerie Plame geplaudert und zwei Journalisten auf die Spur der Agentin gebracht zu haben. Eine Anklage Roves in der Affäre gilt als nicht ausgeschlossen.
I. Lewis Libby: Die Grand Jury hatte den Juristen vergangenen Oktober in der Enttarnungsaffäre angeklagt - ihm werden Falschaussage, Meineid, sowie Behinderung der Justiz vorgeworfen.

Libby trat damals umgehend als Stabschef von Cheney zurück. Bei einer Verurteilung drohen Libby bis zu 30 Jahren Haft und eine Geldstrafe von 1,25 Millionen Dollar.
Dick Cheney: Über den US-Vizepräsident wird mittlerweile viel spekuliert. Einem Bericht der "New York Times" zufolge informierte Cheney seinen Berater Libby am

12.Jun.2003 über die Identität Plames.

Mit der Weitergabe geheimer Informationen an seinen Chefberater hat Cheney völlig legal gehandelt. Anders sähe es aus, sollte die Aktion dazu gedient haben, Plame zu enttarnen.
Judith Miller: Die Reporterin der "New York Times" hat vor einem Untersuchungsausschuss eingeräumt, mit ranghohen Mitgliedern der US-Regierung über die CIA-Agentin Plame gesprochen zu haben.

Weil sie sich weigerte, den Behörden den Namen eines Informanten zu nennen, war sie 85 Tage im Gefängnis. Zunächst als Märtyerin für die Pressefreiheit gefeiert, geriet Miller zunehmend ins Zwielicht.

Sie habe die Redaktion über "das Ausmaß ihrer Verwicklung irregeführt", sagte Bill Keller, Chefredakteur der "New York Times" - und schickte sie in Zwangsurlaub.
14.Jul.2006
https://www.spiegel.de/contentainer/0,,PB64-SUQ9MTczNzUmcGFydD0y,00.html
Seit mehr als zwei Jahren untersucht der Sonderermittler Patrick Fitzgerald, wer für die Enttarnung von Valerie Plame verantwortlich ist.

Es geht um Geheimnisverrat und Falschaussagen, die vorsätzliche Enttarnung eines Agenten ist in den USA strafbar.

Der Verdacht bringt die Bush-Administration in Bedrängnis: Die Informationen, die zur Enttarnung Plames führten, könnten gezielt von Regierungsvertretern gestreut worden sein, um Joseph C. Wilson zu diskreditieren.

In der Schusslinie sind Präsidentenberater Karl Rove und I. Lewis Libby, der frühere Stabschef von Cheney.
14.Jul.2006
https://www.spiegel.de/contentainer/0,,17375,00.html
06.Jul.2003 -wenige Wochen nach dem Einmarsch der USA in den Irak- wirft Joseph C. Wilson der US-Regierung in der "New York Times" unter der Überschrift "What I didn't find in Africa" vor, "unter Vorspiegelung falscher Tatsachen in den Krieg" gegen den Irak gezogen zu sein. Der Ex-US-Botschafter war von US-Vizepräsident Dick Cheney als Sondergesandter in den Niger geschickt worden, um Beweise für das Gerücht zu finden, Iraks damaliger Diktator Saddam Hussein wolle sich in dem Land Uran für den Atombombenbau verschaffen.
Wilson findet keine Spuren und spricht von einer Inszenierung.

Acht Tage später, am

14.Jul.2003 wird seine Ehefrau Valerie Plame, eine bis dahin verdeckt arbeitende CIA-Angestellte, in einem Zeitungsartikel enttarnt.

Der konservative Kolumnist Robert Novak nennt ihren Deck- und Klarnamen und beruft sich in seinem Bericht auf "zwei hohe Regierungsbeamte".
14.Jul.2006
Internationale Presse: "Blutige Sackgasse"
14.Jul.2006 Anschläge in Bombay: Pakistans Geheimdienst unter Verdacht
14.Jul.2006
Nahost- Krise: Israel droht Hisbollah- Chef mit Liquidierung
14.Jul.2006 Eskalation in Nahost: Israel zerstört Libanons Infrastruktur

14.Jul.2006 Staatsbesuch beendet: Bush und Merkel voneinander begeistert
14.Jul.2006 Alpen: Eiger- Felsen stürzen auf Gletscher
14.Jul.2006 Heute in den Feuilletons: "Lasst uns Intelligenz bauen"
14.Jul.2006 Integrationsgipfel: "Bildung, Bildung, Bildung"

14.Jul.2006 China: Hunderttausende fliehen vor Tropensturm
14.Jul.2006 Krise in Nahost: Ölpreis nimmt Kurs auf 80- Dollar- Marke
14.Jul.2006 Japan: Zentralbank hebt erstmals seit Jahren Zinsen an

(Wirtschaft, Studie: Irak- Krieg könnte USA 500 Milliarden Dollar kosten
14.Jul.2006 Nahost- Krise: Ahmadinedschad warnt Israel vor Angriff auf Syrien
14.Jul.2006 Edelmetall: Bakterien machen Gold zu Nuggets
14.Jul.2006 13. JULI 2006
14.Jul.2006
Gewalt in Nahost: Steinmeier spricht von "zweiter Eskalationsstufe"

14.Jul.2006 CIA- Affäre: Enttarnte Agentin verklagt Vizepräsidenten
14.Jul.2006
Grillfest mit Staatsgast: Merkel, Bush und das berühmteste Wildschwein der Welt
14.Jul.2006 Suspended Animation Tests Successful CowboyNeal 233 chrisb33 writes

"Wired News reports that suspended animation tests have been successfully carried out with pigs. From the article: 'Long the domain of transhumanist nut-jobs, cryogenic suspension may be just two years away from clinical trials on humans (presuming someone can solve the sticky ethical problems).'" The pig that was the subject of the article was kept in suspended animation for two hours + Duggan and his team have successfully suspended hundreds of pigs for an hour at a time. It's still a far cry from a spaceship filled with sleep pods, but would be just the ticket for doctors who need to buy extra time to save lives.
14.Jul.2006
Computer Control, by Bug + by Brain timothy 64+ electric_mongoose writes

"NewScientistTech has a fascinating story about a paralysed man who can control a computer and robot arm using electrodes implanted in his brain. The electrodes measure neural signals generated when he concentrates on trying to move one of his paralysed limbs and software translates these imagined gestures into the movement of an on-screen cursor or a robotic arm. Other researchers have also revealed a way to dramatically boost the efficiency of similar brain implants in monkeys." If you don't have a handy human brain to play with, 9x320 writes points to a report on LiveScience of Wim van Eck's graduation project: a computer game similar to Pac-Man controlled, not by conventional computer code, but by the brain of an insect. From the article:"Instead of computer code, I wanted to have animals controlling the ghosts. To enable this, I built a real maze for the animals to walk around in, with its proportions and layout matching the maze of the computer game. The position of the animals in the maze is detected using colour-tracking via a camera + linked to the ghosts in the game. This way, the real animals are directly controlling the virtual ghosts."
14.Jul.2006
DARPA's Cortically-Coupled Computer Vision System timothy 115+ BluePariah writes

"Wired News has an article on a 'cortically coupled computer vision' system being developed at Columbia University and funded by the ever-curious folks at DARPA. Essentially, it uses the extremely powerful visual recognition ability of the human brain and couples it with a computer's raw processing power to allow a user wearing an EEG cap to filter through scores of digital images at high-speed and pick out something of interest. This has applications in military intelligence, face-recognition, anti-terrorism + hunting down replicants."
14.Jul.2006
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13.Oct.1995 issue of Executive Intelligence Review. The SAS:
Prince Philip's manager of terrorism -
by Joseph Brewda

00.Sep.1995 -On the eve of the first of six scheduled French nuclear weapons tests in the South Pacific atoll of Mururoa-

Greenpeace, an offshoot of Prince Philip's World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), carried out a series of violent protests.

A Greenpeace team somehow managed to penetrate the highly militarized nuclear test zone.

French authorities revealed that the team was led by two highly trained retired professionals from the British Army's Special Air Services (SAS), its elite paratrooper and commando arm.

"They are people used to operations which have nothing to do with ecology," commented the French Security Services commander on the scene.

The incident points to the fact that SAS is active in international terrorism today + that the motives behind its deployment are different than those of its patsies.

As this report will show, SAS deployment is a key component of the "afghansi."
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SAS methods and procedures

According to the British Army handbook, the SAS is "particularly suited, trained + equipped for counter-revolutionary operations,"

with a specialization in "infiltration," "sabotage," "assassination," as well as "liaison with, organization, training + control of friendly guerrilla forces operating against the common enemy."

From its inception in WWII. Special Air Services was detailed to run sabotage behind enemy lines + to organize popular revolt,

at first in North Africa +

then in the Balkans, where another Stirling cousin, Fitzroy Maclean, ran British operations.
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WWF's 'Operation Lock'

00.000.1988 Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands, a co-founder of the WWF with Prince Philip,

established a special hit squad within the WWF under the name of "Operation Lock,"

officially charged with stopping the poaching of elephants + rhinos in South Africa's national parks.

Operation Lock hired Kilo Alpha Services (KAS), the private security firm led by Lt. Col. Ian Crooke.

Crooke was a commander of the 23rd SAS Regiment, a part-time unit composed of reserve officers + soldiers frequently employed in SAS private security firms.

Crooke s brother Alastair, the British vice consul in Pakistan, helped oversee the arming of the Afghan mujahideen.

00.000.1990-00.000.1995 Operation Lock is the secret behind the fratricidal warfare in South Africa between the African National Congress (ANC) + the Inkatha, which killed 10,000 people.
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The afghansi

00.000.1980 -s Throughout the- SAS was on the ground in Pakistan as a lead agency training the Afghan mujahideen.

SAS expertise in "sabotage," + "liaison with, organization, training + control of friendly guerrilla forces," was, of course, much in demand when Islamic volunteers with plenty of fervor,

but no military training, began arriving in Pakistan from all over the world.

In camps throughout Pakistan, these youth + their Afghan refugee counterparts, were turned into commandos + sent into Afghanistan to fight.

In reality, the Afghan operation was always deployed against all nation-states in the region, not just the Soviet Union.

00.000.1979-00.000.1989 Oman was a particularly critical base of SAS operations into Afghanistan throughout the war.

According to the recent unauthorized biography of Mark Thatcher, son of the former British prime minister,

Oman's extensive SAS community served as the principal British arms-shipping center for the mujahideen.

00.000.1970 The sultan of Oman, Qaboos bin Said, was installed on the throne, in an SAS-orchestrated coup that deposed his father.

The head of the coup effort was Brig. J.T.W. ("Tim") Landon, who

00.000.1950 -since the s- when both had attended the British military academy at Sandhurst- had been an intimate of Qaboos .

The newly installed sultan showed his gratitude to his old school chum by making Landon his equerry, special adviser + chief military counsellor.

Landon built up Oman's military as one of the best-armed small forces in the world.

The arms purchases were handled by another former British Army officer, David Bayley, who set up a purchasing office in the Omani capital of Muscat.

Another active figure in the British military community in Oman was Lt. Col. Johnny Cooper, a founder of SAS.

00.000.1980 -throughout the s- Landon enjoyed intimate ties to both Mark Thatcher and Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher

+ this further facilitated Oman's key role as a weapons conduit to the Afghan mujahideen.

A look at a map of the Arabian Sea + the Indian subcontinent shows that Oman is a stone's throw away from the Pakistani port of Karachi, the major weapons-importing point (+ heroin-exporting point) for the Afghan rebels.

00.000.1980 -throughout the s-during this period- Ironically, another strong player in Oman was one of the American CIA figures who most closely followed the British SAS model:

Theodore G. Shackley.

00.000.1960-00.000.1970 -during the late + early s- Shackley had directed the CIA's "secret war in Laos"

+ had written a book, The Third Option, spelling out the SAS approach to training + controlling local insurgent armies as surrogates.

Much of the Laos "secret war" had been financed by the sale of Golden Triangle opium.

Shackley was a pivotal

behind-the-scenes player

in George Bush's "secret parallel government" apparatus that ran

the Afghan + Nicaraguan + Angolan + other covert operations.

When Shackley left the CIA,

Shackley went on retainer with a shadowy Dutch oil trader named John Deuss ,

who developed a special relationship with Sultan Qaboos

that was almost as tight as the Omani's ties to Brigadier Landon.

Typical SAS uses of these afghansi include: Punjab:

00.000.1984 Sikh separatists assassinated Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, following a several-year bloody insurgency in Punjab.

Many of the Sikh terrorist leaders had fought in Afghanistan.

The Sikh terrorist groups active in Punjab, such as Babbar Khalsa, were trained abroad by SAS veterans in British Columbia, Canada + Britain.

Many of these Canadian Sikh leaders also oversaw western arms smuggling to Pakistan for the war in Afghanistan.
Kashmir:

00.May 1995 Kashmiri separatists occupying the Charare-e-Sharif mosque burnt it down, after a three-month Indian Army siege.

"India should remember that the fire of Charare-e-Sharif will not be confined to Kashmir alone, but will burn Delhi and Bombay," the leader of Harkat-ul-Ansar threatened following the incident.

The group is composed and led by former Afghan mujahideen + is an offshoot of the "Islamic fundamentalist" Jamiati Islami of Pakistan which received millions of dollars from the West during the Afghan War.

If Pakistan "continues to interfere in India's internal affairs, we shall have no option but to accomplish the unfinished task of vacating Pakistan-occupied Kashmir," the Indian home minister threatened, claiming that Pakistan oversaw the incident. Pakistan's Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto convened a special cabinet meeting to review Pakistan's military preparedness in response, claiming Indian responsibility for the affair.

But there is another "third force" at work. The Kashmiri groups demand that Pakistani-occupied Kashmir + not just Indian Kashmir, be "liberated," to form an independent State. The creation of an independent Kashmir would fragment and destroy Pakistan, while massively eroding the strength of India.
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In a national Zogby poll, of

00.May 2006, found that 45%, of the American public felt a new 9/11 investigation should be launched because "so many unanswered questions about 9/11 remain that Congress or an International Tribunal should re-investigate the attacks, including whether any US government officials consciously allowed or helped facilitate their success." An earlier Zogby poll of New York City residents, from August of 2004, found that Half (49.3%) of New Yorkers felt that U.S. government officials "knew in advance that attacks were planned on or around 11.Sep.2001 + that they consciously failed to act."

While 66% of New Yorkers called for a new probe of Unanswered Questions by Congress or New York’s Attorney General.
Now to the second issue the television media interviewers were most concerned with, which was the expertise and sanity of the people demanding a new 9/11 investigation + some even suggesting possible U.S. government complicity in the attacks of 9/11/2001. Again, a simple google "video 9/11" search, provided a wealth of information.
This too yielded some surprising results.
One of the loudest advocates of the most damning charge that "members of the U.S. government actually orchestrated the events of 9/11 to fool the nation into unpopular wars", was not a tree-hugging Green Party activist, but rather a prominent Republican, in fact a Former Chief Economist under George Bush + professor at Texas A&M, Morgan Reynolds.
https://www.lewrockwell.com/reynolds/reynolds12.html
Google research of the growing list of other 9/11 skeptics of the official story, some "convinced of U.S. government involvement," while others not going that far, but pointing out that"the official story is highly questionable and demands further investigation," yielded surprising results. Including a host of high level Republican administration officials, defense experts, intelligence experts + respected scholars, as well as well known celebrities who are now adding the spotlight of their names to the issue of 9/11.
Among them were:
Former Director of Advanced Space Programs Development for the U.S. Air Force, under President Reagan + combat fighter pilot Col. Robert Bowman (Caltech Phd in aeronautics and nuclear engineering).
https://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-6900065571556128674 Former CIA Intelligence Advisor to Reagan and George HW Bush and founder of the Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity, Ray McGovern
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Researchers_questioning_the_official_account_of_9/11
Kevin Ryan, former department head at UL (Underwriter Laboratories) the company which certified the steel which went into the WTCs upon their construction + inspected it after the WTC collapses 00.000.2001.
https://www.911truth.org/article.php?story=20041112144051451 Former assistant secretary of the U.S. Treasury Senior Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Research Fellow at Stanford's Independent Institute + former associate editor of the Wall Street Journal, Paul Craig Roberts
https://www.wanttoknow.info/050908insidejob911#roberts Canadian National Defense Minister, the Honourable Paul Hellyer
https://www.septembereleventh.org/kc/multimedia/movies/Hellyer.mov Minister for the Environment + Member of Parliament (United Kingdom) Michael Meacher
https://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=8274552561914055825 National Minister of Defense (Germany). Also, served as Minister of Technology Andreas Von Bulow
https://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=8274552561914055825 Former Chief of Staff of the Russian armed forces + chief of the department for General affairs in the Soviet Union 's ministry of Defense, General Leonid Ivashov
https://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=viewArticle&code=NIM20060123&articleId=1788 Former MI6 British Counter Intelligence Officer, David Shayler
https://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-5403286136814574974 Distinguished McKnight University Professor of Philosophy at the University of Minnesota, former Marine Corps officer, author or editor of more than 20 books + co-chair of Scholars For 9/11 Truth, James Fetzer
https://www.911podcasts.com/display.php?vid=122 Professor of Physics, Brigham Young University + co-chair of Scholars For 9/11 Truth, Steven Jones
https://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=964034652002408586 Emeritus Professor of Philosophy of Religion & Theology, Claremont Graduate University + author or editor of some 30 books, including "The New Pearl Harbor" and "The 9/11 Commission Report: Omissions and Distortions" David Ray Griffin
https://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=6837001821567284154 Professor of mathematics, University of Western Ontario + founder of the Scientific Panel Investigating Nine-Eleven (SPINE), A.K Dewdney
https://www.serendipity.li/wot/operation_pearl.htm

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A._K._Dewdney
Aircraft crash investigation authority, USAF Col. (Ret) George Nelson
https://www.physics911.net/georgenelson.htm
Former chief Pentagon arms negotiator for the Middle East, USAF Col. (Ret) Don de Grand-Pre
https://www.prisonplanet.com/022904degrand.html
Actor Charlie Sheen (Platoon, Wall Street, etc.)
https://prisonplanet.com/articles/june2006/280606juggernautoftruth.htm
Actor, Ed Asner
https://www.911blimp.net/videos/EdAsner-UnityIsTheKey.mov
Actor, Ed Begley, Jr
https://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-7140359934129245752
So, now that we've examined the two main issues of concern for the television news interviewers, which was the "fringe" aspect of the questioners + the "sanity/expertise" issue, it appears those arguments are very weak arguments, really with no merit at all.
Obviously tens of millions of Americans, according to polls, want a new investigation into 9/11/2001 and have a strong suspicion of U.S. government involvement at some level. Obviously not all of the national defense, intelligence, aeronautics, physics and engineering experts questioning the official story of 9/11 are insane or unqualified to comment.

14.Jul.2006 article13969.htm
For media reading this article, time will tell whether you are an insane conspiracy theorist or not. If you too, are among the insane in our media, the public will likely eventually demand your resignation.

As one who writes sometimes on parental issues, I believe it is unhealthy to have insane people in charge of the national information highways our children are taught to watch.

We need sane media people who look at facts regarding issues, not ones who launch into insane screeds of paranoia to avoid reality.
Also, you may recall that when I contacted State Representative, Stephen Nass' office, his aide stated that they were aware of but not interested in and would not look at the physics facts provided by the website Scholars for 9/11 Truth, www.st911.org. However, they did want to fire a university teacher for presenting facts, many of which were available on that site.

To fire someone for presenting facts, facts that you dispute, yet have no idea what those facts are + are unwilling to look at them to find out what they are . . . is also insane.

Again, as someone who writes on parenting issues, as a concerned parent as well, America should also consider retiring our insane government officials who fire people for facts they aren't aware of + are unwilling to look at.

These politicians apparently assert some wild conspiracy theory that millions of Americans are questioning the events of 9/11 because they are "Bush haters" according to the aide at Nass' office.

This kind of delusional paranoia by our elected officials is of particular concern. Such wild-eyed conspiratorialists should not be allowed in government.
Bill Douglas, author of "The Amateur Parent - A Book on Life, Death, War & Peace + Everything Else in the Universe"

14.Jul.2006
Russia and Iran lead the new energy game : Russian President Vladimir Putin has already spectacularly preempted this weekend's Group of Eight (G8) summit in St Petersburg with his own bit of Pipelineistan news. Putin announced in Shanghai on June 15 that "Gazprom is ready to support the construction of a gas pipeline from Iran to Pakistan and India with financial resources and technology".

14.Jul.2006 Russia-Iran military cooperation cannot be target of sanctions - Lavrov: "Russian-Iranian military-technical cooperation is proceeding in complete compliance with relevant international norms," Lavrov told reporters on a plane en route to Moscow from Paris on Thursday.

14.Jul.2006 Aide: Russia, U.S. Closer to WTO Deal : Russia + the USA have resolved a key issue over Russia's acceptance to the World Trade Organization + a final agreement could be signed by the end of the week, a Finance Ministry spokesman said Thursday.

14.Jul.2006 Mexican govt confirms no president-elect decided yet : Mexico does not have a president-elect now, because the Federal Election Tribunal (TRIFE) has not yet ruled on the issue, Mexican Presidential Spokesman Ruben Aguilar Valenzuela said on Wednesday.

14.Jul.2006 López Obrador plans protests over Mexican poll: A top aide to Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the leftwing candidate in Mexico’s disputed presidential election, on Thursday vowed to organise mass protests in the event of an unfavourable ruling by the country’s electoral tribunal.

14.Jul.2006 Citgo to cut off 1,800 U.S. gas stations: Venezuela-owned Citgo Petroleum Corp. has decided to stop distributing gasoline to 1,800 independently owned U.S. stations, shedding a lackluster segment of its business while forcing the owners of those stations to find other suppliers.

14.Jul.2006 Mounties had mole in alleged terror cell: A well-known member of Toronto's Muslim community worked as a police agent to infiltrate an alleged terrorism cell that police say was planning attacks in Canada, the Toronto Star has learned

14.Jul.2006 Spy or Risk Green Card: How the Bush Administration 'Recruits' Muslim Informants: The report detailed the case of Yassine Ouassif. Last November Yassine's green card was taken away from him when he crossed the border from Canada. Yassine was then sent home to San Francisco and told to contact a counterterrorism agent at the FBI.

14.Jul.2006 A Muslim's Choice: Turn U.S. Informant or Risk Losing Visa : Walid Mustafa, a 53-year-old Palestinian American who teaches kung fu, first encountered the FBI when a young agent knocked on his door in Sacramento to ask about fund-raising at the local mosque.

14.Jul.2006 FBI Agent Gets Probation for Fraud Role: Former FBI special agent Lynn Wingate was sentenced to probation for her role in a 2002 criminal case involving the use of confidential government information to manipulate the stocks of small companies.

14.Jul.2006 Plame sues White House figures over CIA leak : Former CIA officer and husband file lawsuit against Cheney, Libby, Rove

14.Jul.2006 Exposing the 9/11 Conspiracy Wingnuts : I began researching the mainstream media coverage of the controversy regarding the attacks of 11.Sep.2001 -when reading an article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Newspaper, dated 29.Jun.2006 .

It was titled, "Sept. 11 claim stirs UW probe - Instructor says U.S. planned the attacks to provoke war." This led to my discovery of some wild conspiracy theorists that endanger our government and media establishments, with quite frankly insane assertions.

14.Jul.2006 Tony Blair's top bag man arrested : British Prime Minister Tony Blair's top fundraiser, Lord Levy, was arrested Wednesday in an investigation into whether Labour party leaders improperly nominated financial backers for seats in the House of Lords, Levy's spokesman said.

14.Jul.2006 Medical journal reveals that 70 % of drug decision-making panel members have financial ties to industry: So much for evidence-based medicine. Drug approval decisions have little to do with evidence and everything to do with materialistic greed and cold, hard cash. That cash is doled out to decision-makers in the form of research grants, consulting fees and outright bribes.
14.Jul.2006 Bosnia's leftover guns: Sell, give, destroy?: What's been called the biggest arms transfer since World War II - the shipping of leftover weapons from Bosnia's 1992-1995 war to combat zones in the Middle East and elsewhere - may not have come to an end, despite a year-old moratorium on Bosnian arms sales.
14.Jul.2006 War Veterans Feeling Stressed, Deserted: According to a recent report from the Veterans Administration, more than 50,000 vets from Iraq and Afghanistan are believed to be suffering from mental health problems — nearly half of them from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD

14.Jul.2006 Pakistan hand in Mumbai blasts, sources say: Pakistan is suspected of involvement in Tuesday’s bomb attacks on trains in Mumbai, according to Indian government sources.

14.Jul.2006 'Pak should not be blamed for everything happening in India' : Amid growing sparring over the terror attacks in Mumbai, Pakistan today said there should be no "knee-jerk reaction" to blame it for "everything happening" in India.

14.Jul.2006 Does India have a right to invade Britain?: Although nobody has as yet claimed responsibility for Tuesday's attacks in Mumbai, in which hundreds have died, it seems just possible that British extremists may have had a hand in them somewhere.
14.Jul.2006 Britain prepares secrets case over Iraq memo : Details of the still-undisclosed memo began to leak out, first in a Daily Mirror article reporting that during the Bush-Blair conversation the president, shockingly, had suggested that allied forces should bomb the Arab television network Al Jazeera.

14.Jul.2006 Dahr Jamail: "This is going to be a big war.": Now that the U.S. military/Rumsfeld (who was just in Baghdad) and Khalilzad have declared war on the Shia Mehdi Army, accusing them of terrorism, all bets are off. Of course, the timing of this with Israelis attacks against Hezbollah couldn't be more perfect. Coincidence?  
14.Jul.2006 Racism, Not Ignorance, Plagues the Media Covering Palestine: The capture of Israeli soldier, Gilad Shalit is a clear act of self-defense. One of America’s top and most courageous international law professors wrote me yesterday: “Insist on calling Gilad Shalit a prisoner of war, for he is one.”

14.Jul.2006 Better hypocrisy than Hamas: The U.S. has a clear interest in blocking Hamas, which is disconnected from the Israeli interest.

14.Jul.2006 Evangelicals to push for more support for Israel : More than 3,000 pro-Israel evangelical Christians will be in town next week for a "Washington/Israel summit" to push the Bush administration toward stronger support for the Jewish state.
14.Jul.2006 EU accuses Israel of 'disproportionate use of force' in Lebanon : "The presidency deplores the loss of civilian lives and the destruction of civilian infrastructure.

The imposition of an air and sea blockade on Lebanon cannot be justified."

14.Jul.2006 Bush defends Israel, EU, Russia condemn attacks : RUSSIA and the European Union condemned Israel's strikes in Lebanon as a dangerous escalation of the Middle East conflict but the USA said Israel had the right to self defence.

14.Jul.2006 Lebanon recalls ambassador to U.S., France calls Israeli action in Lebanon “acts of war”
14.Jul.2006 Beirut passengers stranded; airlines cancel flights : Thousands of passengers traveling to Beirut are stranded all across the Middle East due to the closure of the Beirut airport following the Israeli attack on it.
14.Jul.2006 Israeli Attacks Kills Women and Children: Lebanese officials say that a family of 10 and another family of seven were killed in their homes in the village of Dweir, the officials said.
14.Jul.2006 Beirut waits as Syrian masters send Hezbollah allies into battle -By Robert Fisk
There is one certain bet that Syria will rely on; that despite all Israel's threats of inflicting "pain" on Lebanon, this war will run out of control until - as has so often happened in the past - Israel itself calls for a ceasefire and releases prisoners. Then the international big-hitters will arrive and make their way to the real Lebanese capital - Damascus, not Beirut - and appeal for help.
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14.Jul.2006 What Are They Fighting For -By Prof. Tanya Reinhart
Whatever may be the fate of the captive soldier Gilad Shalit, the Israeli army’s war in Gaza is not about him.

As senior security analyst Alex Fishman widely reported, the army was preparing for an attack months earlier + was constantly pushing for it, with the goal of destroying the Hamas infrastructure + its government. Continue

14.Jul.2006 Comparing The cost of war and domestic expenses We are spending $267 million a day, or $11 million an hour on Iraq -By Congressman John Murtha
I wanted to demonstrate what these expenses mean to domestic policy in the USA and give you an idea of just some of the things that we could accomplish with this amount of money.
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14.Jul.2006 Breaking: Valerie Plame Sues Cheney + Libby + Rove. Hey, We Want Novak In There Too. Please?
The Best-Selling New Book by John Dean: "Conservatives Without Conscience." Get It from BuzzFlash.com.
The Joseph and Valerie Wilson Legal Support Trust 7/14
Wilkerson: Cheney's Office Cultivated a Pro-Torture Environment
"Republicans used to accuse Democrats of "throwing money at problems." The Bush administration not only throws money at problems; it misses them." 7/14
Kingdom Coming: The Rise of Christian Nationalism - Thom Hartmann's "Independent Thinker" Book of the Month Review
CIA Leak Case Source No. 1 Still a Mystery; Novak reveals that he cooperated with the special prosecutor but chooses not to name the Bush official who started it all. 7/14
Despite Supreme Court Ruling, Busheviks Continue to Emulate Joe Stalin's Forced Confessions and Pre-Determined Outcomes
The BuzzFlash Mailbag -- Uncensored and Unvarnished Truth from BuzzFlash Readers.
Bushevik Corporate Cronies Make Out Like Bandits: Oil prices hit new high of $75.88 a barrel 7/13

14.Jul.2006 https://www.cannonfire.blogspot.com/ RFK jr. files suit We told you that he was planning to do it + now he has done it. Florida attorney Mike Papantonio who, along with Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. hosts Ring of Fire [3], weekends on Air America Radio [4], was a guest on Mike Malloy's radio program last night... He discussed the upcoming whistleblower suits that he and Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. are filing against several of the voting machine companies. Pap was loaded for bear. More: Speaking of the level of fraud to be revealed by the suits, which must be sealed by law for 60 days as the Attorney General decides if they will join the complaint, Papantonio told Malloy: "When you hear the details, when you hear the caliber of the fraud… you… it'll make Americans feel like they're living in a damned banana republic, a third world country. I have never heard such outrageous facts."
"And you know what?" he continued, "We've had our investigators look at it. We verified everything. And when you hear it, you're gonna say, 'Not in America.' Bad news is: Yeah, it is in America."
The fraud suits, Papantonio said, are "a way to get at their money + that's the only thing these people understand."
"At the end of the day, we're gonna shut down some of these companies," Papantonio said.

13.Jul.2006 Joe Wilson Responds to Bob "GOP Partisan The Traitor" Novak
The Best-Selling New Book by John Dean: "Conservatives Without Conscience." Get It from BuzzFlash.com.
Kingdom Coming: The Rise of Christian Nationalism - Thom Hartmann's "Independent Thinker" Book of the Month Review
Wilkerson: Cheney's Office Cultivated a Pro-Torture Environment
"Republicans used to accuse Democrats of "throwing money at problems." The Bush administration not only throws money at problems; it misses them." 7/14
Despite Supreme Court Ruling, Busheviks Continue to Emulate Joe Stalin's Forced Confessions and Pre-Determined Outcomes

13.Jul.2006 Bushevik Corporate Cronies Make Out Like Bandits: Oil prices hit new high of $75.88 a barrel 7/13
Kidnappers gun down 22 during Rumsfeld's visit: At least 45 killed throughout Iraq in a fourth violence-filled day 7/13
How many children did you guess were expelled from school for bringing a firearm? 50? 100?

13.Jul.2006 Ga. judge blocks "Jim Crow" voter ID law enforcement 7/13
13.Jul.2006 https://www.cannonfire.blogspot.com/ But I do know who Number Two is: Robert Novak. He may be the biggest piece of number two in the history of journalism. Permalink
13.Jul.2006 https://www.cannonfire.blogspot.com/ emptywheel, in a characteristically fine piece of work, presumes that Mr. Unmentionable must be Richard Armitage. That's a pretty good guess, especially since his name fits into a redacted segment of a court document in the case. (Ah, that takes me back! Fit-the-name-into-the-redaction is an old game, which used to be easier in the days of monospaced fonts.)
13.Jul.2006 https://www.cannonfire.blogspot.com/ Kinapping and war Israel has, in essence, declared war on Lebanon and the Palestinians in Gaza after the kidnapping of a few soldiers. But the real kidnappers in the region are the Israelis themselves, who have kidnapped hundreds of Palestinian "suspects":
Some people will say: The IDF doesn't "just" kidnap. These people are "suspects." There is no more perverse lie than this. In all the years I served, I reached one simple conclusion: What makes a "suspect"? Who, exactly suspects him + of what?
Who has the right to sentence a 17-year-old to kidnapping, torture and possible death? A 26-year-old Shin Bet interrogator? A 46-year-old one? Do these people have any higher education, apart from the ability to interrogate? What are his considerations? I all these "suspects" are so guilty, why not bring them to trial?
Anyone who believes that despite the lack of transparency, the IDF and Shin Bet to their best to minimize violations of human rights is naïve, if not brainwashed. One need only read the testimonies of soldiers who have carried out administrative detentions to be convinced of the depth of the immorality of our actions in the territories.
To this very day, there are hundreds of prisoners rotting in Shin Bet prisons and dungeons, people who have never been –and never will be – tried. And Israelis are silently resolved to this phenomenon.

13.Jul.2006 https://www.cannonfire.blogspot.com/ Incidentally, former Mossad agent Victor Ostrovsky has made brief reference to medical experiments being conducted on "detained" Palestinians.

Ostrovsky's books are banned in Israel. Permalink
13.Jul.2006 https://www.spiegel.de/wissenschaft/erde/0,1518,druck-426470,00.html

Franz Rohrer vom Forschungszentrum Jülich + Harald Berresheim vom Deutschen Wetterdienst (DWD) haben fünf Jahre lang von

00.000.1999-00.000.2003 die Konzentration des Hydroxyl-Radikals in der Luft der untersten Atmosphärenschicht über dem Hohen Peißenberg gemessen.

Das Molekül mit dem chemischen Namen OH sorgt für den Abbau der meisten Luftschadstoffe und wird dabei selbst umgewandelt.

Durch die OH-Radikale reagieren Schadstoffe in der Luft so, dass der Regen sie auswaschen kann.

Da OH so reaktionsfreudig ist, hat es nur eine Lebensdauer von etwa einer Sekunde. "Es muss ständig produziert werden", sagte Franz Rohrer vom Institut für Chemie und Dynamik der Geosphäre in Jülich.
13.Jul.2006
Eskalation: Bericht über Raketeneinschläge in israelischer Hafenstadt Haifa
13.Jul.2006 Geiselkrise: Israel fürchtet Verschleppung der entführten Soldaten nach Iran
13.Jul.2006 Analyse zum Nahost- Konflikt: Israel in der Kidnapping- Falle
13.Jul.2006 Russland: Putin verwahrt sich gegen Kritik an Demokratieverständnis

13.Jul.2006 Enron- Prozess: Blair lässt britische Staatsbürger ausliefern
13.Jul.2006
Nahost- Konflikt: Israel will Hisbollah aus dem Libanon vetreiben
13.Jul.2006
Unfallstatistik: Alle 72 Sekunden verunglückt ein Mensch

13.Jul.2006 Bush in Stralsund: Und danke für den Fisch
13.Jul.2006 "Discovery": Abhängen im All
13.Jul.2006 Nahost- Krise: Lufthansa streicht Flüge nach Beirut
13.Jul.2006
Nahost- Krise: Israel will Lebensadern des Libanon kappen
13.Jul.2006 Staatsbesuch: Bush und Merkel warnen Iran
13.Jul.2006 Aufblasbare Station: Gummiboot umkreist die Erde

13.Jul.2006 Staatsbesuch: Bushs Fanmeile in Stralsund
13.Jul.2006 Atomstreit: Iran droht EU mit Ende der Zusammenarbeit
13.Jul.2006
Passagierdaten: USA verlangen Informationen früher
13.Jul.2006 Geisel- Krise: Israel will Libanon von Außenwelt abschneiden
13.Jul.2006
Staatsbesuch: Bush lobt Merkels "kühne Visionen"
13.Jul.2006 Luftverschmutzung: Überraschende Waschkraft der Atmosphäre
13.Jul.2006 CDU- Basis: Sozialdemokratische Union Deutschlands
13.Jul.2006 Buschfeuer in Kalifornien: Behörden rufen Notstand aus
13.Jul.2006 In case you missed it: U.S. government purchase data on Mexico’s 65 million registered Voters ; A probe has been launched into how the Atlanta-based corporation ChoicePoint Inc. was able to purchase data on Mexico’s 65 million registered voters as well as six million licensed drivers in Mexico City.

13.Jul.2006 In case you missed it: U.S. data mining riles Latin America: Nicaragua - For a people who have grappled with American meddling for more than a century, Nicaraguans were surprised to find that Uncle Sam's long reach may now extend right into their private lives.

13.Jul.2006 Mexico's Fractured Electoral Landscape : Mexico has always been two lands – "Illusionary Mexico" and "Profound Mexico" is how sociologist Guillermo Bonfils described the great divide between rich and poor.

13.Jul.2006 Caracas rejects US probe into its oil policy: US officials say Mr Chávez is using Venezuela’s bumper oil revenues to undermine democracy in Latin America, but Venezuela maintains it is merely helping communities impoverished by US-backed economic policies.

13.Jul.2006 Pinochet 'sold cocaine to Europe and US': Augusto Pinochet's $26m (£14m) fortune was amassed through cocaine sales to Europe and the US, the general's former top aide for intelligence has alleged.

13.Jul.2006 Pinochet denies cocaine drove $34m fortune: Pinochet and his son deny the charges. His son said he would sue Contreras, whom he called "a liar" and "a monster".

13.Jul.2006 German anger at orchestration of visit by Bush to see Merkel : The reception party includes 300 soldiers dressed in civilian clothes. Ordinary people have been told to stay indoors. All shops in the town's historic market have been shut + cars, rubbish bins and flowerpots have been removed.

13.Jul.2006 Germans locked down for Bush visit: EAST Germany is sealed off again with barbed wire, tanks, warships and fighter planes.

13.Jul.2006 Novak: Rove was a source in outing Plame: Columnist Robert Novak said publicly for the first time Tuesday that White House political adviser Karl Rove was a source for his story outing the identity of CIA officer Valerie Plame.

13.Jul.2006 Stranger than fiction: Republican says US readying crackdown on leaks: Michigan Republican Rep. Peter Hoekstra also suggested some unauthorized leaks could have been deliberate attempts to help al Qaeda.

13.Jul.2006 U.S. May Want More Bank Data: The administration debates whether to force American institutions to turn over information on all international wire transfers.

13.Jul.2006 Texas Tribe Sues Abramoff, Reed: It's still unclear whether Ralph Reed has anything to fear from Justice Department prosecutors, but he's not going to get away without at least one legal headache.

13.Jul.2006 Congressman Tom Feeney: : Feeney, a close ally of the religious right and of Florida Governor Jeb Bush, is known as an eccentric lawmaker. He's also one of the most corrupt members of Congress according to Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, in part because he went on a golfing trip to Scotland 00.000.2003 that was paid for by Jack Abramoff.

13.Jul.2006 Enron Fraud case : Key NatWest Three witness found dead: A KEY witness in the case of the NatWest Three has been found dead. The dramatic development comes on the eve of the extradition to the US of the three British bankers.

13.Jul.2006 Who's Behind TV Ads About Cable Prices : "Here's a phony ad," says Orton. "Here's a group that is a puppet of AT&T."
13.Jul.2006 China, Russia Agree to Consider Threatening Iran With Sanctions : China and Russia have agreed to support a United Nations resolution demanding that Iran suspend uranium enrichment or face economic penalties, France's foreign minister said after a major-power meeting in Paris.

13.Jul.2006 Italian Probe of CIA Abduction Broadens to Domestic Spying Scandal : Two Italian intelligence officers have been arrested on charges they helped CIA agents abduct a Muslim cleric off the streets of Milan three years ago.

13.Jul.2006 Supporters of Mexico's "leftist" presidential candidate head to capital, demanding recount : Protesters gathered outside the country's 300 electoral districts before heading to the capital, where a mass rally is planned for Sunday to denounce official results showing conservative Felipe Calderon as the apparent winner of the July 2 election.
13.Jul.2006 US military exercise 'violates' North Korea's sovereignty: officia: North Korea accused the USA of running a "massive" military exercise off the Korean Peninsula, which Pyongyang's vice foreign minister said was a "serious violation of the principles of sovereignty".

13.Jul.2006 China and Russia offer rival UN draft on N. Korea: China and Russia introduced a U.N. Security Council resolution on Wednesday that would urge North Korea to suspend its nuclear program but avoid mandatory weapons-related sanctions as sought by Japan

13.Jul.2006 Putin rebuffs 'colonialist' West : He singled out US Vice-President Dick Cheney, who earlier this year accused Mr Putin of backsliding on democracy.

13.Jul.2006 Chris Floyd: Bushists Back Hard-Right in Russia : The reason Putin is now attracting continuous criticism from the lords of the West has nothing to do with the very real contraction of democracy and increasing authoritarianism in Russia.

13.Jul.2006 Gorbachev: 'Americans Have a Severe Disease': "We have made some mistakes," he said, referring to recent attacks on Russia's democracy. "So what? Please don't put even more obstacles in our way. Do you really think you are smarter than we are?"

13.Jul.2006 Ukraine coalition born in chaos : The parties which supported the mass protests of the Orange Revolution had been on the verge of forming a government, but that coalition collapsed last week.
13.Jul.2006 Kashmiri militants deny carrying out the attacks: TWO leading Kashmiri militant groups denied yesterday having committed Bombay’s biggest terrorist atrocity in more than a decade

13.Jul.2006 We have no control over ISI: Pak defence ministry: ISLAMABAD: Amidst charges that several people have been kidnapped by ISI and Military Intelligence (MI) for interrogation, Pakistan's Defence Ministry has washed its hands off the controversy claiming it had no operational control over these agencies to verify allegations of illegal abduction and detention.
13.Jul.2006 Anti-terror squad says 'big power' behind Mumbai train bombs India: The head of the anti-terrorist squad investigating Mumbai's train bombings says a "big power" was behind the well-coordinated operation.
13.Jul.2006 Israel hits Beirut targets : Israeli jets struck deep into southern Lebanon, blasting bridges and Hezbollah positions and killing two civilians, the Lebanese officials said.

13.Jul.2006 War pimp alert: U.S. blames Syria, Iran for kidnappings: The USA blamed Syria and Iran on Wednesday for the kidnapping of two Israeli soldiers by Hezbollah militants and an eruption of violence along the southern border of Lebanon.

13.Jul.2006 Brian Whitaker: Borderline beneficiaries: The frequent Israeli incursions into Lebanese airspace have figured in two UN reports on the implementation of resolution 1559, though they attracted almost no media attention. More recently, there was the case of a terrorist cell uncovered in Lebanon that has carried out at least two assassinations, apparently with backing from Mossad.

13.Jul.2006 Yesha rabbis call for 'extermination of the enemy': The Council called on the IDF to ignore Christian morals and "exterminate the enemy in the north and the south."

13.Jul.2006 In case you missed it: Rabbi Goldstein gives a historic overview of Zionism: "As soon as it was founded [zionism], it was condemned - Jews came out and said this is atheistic, this is idol worship..."
13.Jul.2006 Israeli use of poisonous material alleged: The ministry called on the international community and human rights organization "to send medical committees to examine the wounded and verify the existence of poisonous material in their bodies caused by Israeli weapons."

13.Jul.2006 The Influence of Israel and its American Lobby over US Middle East Policy : The apparent ability of Israel, one of the world’s smallest countries, to shape the Middle East policies of the world’s remaining superpower has been a source of puzzlement, conjecture + constant frustration on the part of those fighting for justice for the Palestinians and for the peoples of the region, as a whole.
13.Jul.2006 Iraqi Girl Blog: Atrocities... : The news the world hears about Iraq and the situation in the country itself are wholly different. People are being driven out of their homes and areas by force and killed in the streets + the Americans, Iranians and the Puppets talk of national conferences and progress.

13.Jul.2006 Dahr Jamail and Ali Fadhi: Merchants of death in Iraq: "This force is not totally unknown to us here in Fallujah," Ahmed, who witnessed the incident from a nearby house told Inter Press Service (IPS). "They are a special force of Americans that assassinates more people than it arrests."

13.Jul.2006 Halliburton to lose exclusive Army deal: The Army is discontinuing a controversial multibillion-dollar deal with oil services giant Halliburton for logistical support to U.S. troops worldwide, a decision that could cut deeply into the firm's dominance of government contracting in Iraq.

13.Jul.2006 Halt business With Pentagon: Twelve major suppliers of petroleum products to the Pentagon, including ExxonMobil, Shell, BP and Valero, have been asked by a group of peace organizations and activists, including Cindy Sheehan and Howard Zinn, to stop doing business with the U.S. military until all U.S. troops and mercenary forces are out of Iraq.
13.Jul.2006 Latest Example of State Terrorism:
Israel drops quarter ton bomb on home, killing a Palestinian, his Wife + 7 Children; 34 Civilians were Injured
Then we found the body of his son, Yehya, who is in fourth grade. It was a headless body. We found the head in the hallway of a neighbor’s house, from Abass family. I knew Yehya and the girl well .
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13.Jul.2006 Born Free Exclusive Uncensored Interview with Mordechai Vanunu -By Eileen Fleming
The Israelis have this very beautiful article about freedom and liberty but they want to destroy anyone who criticizes them for revealing the truth to the world. The world must look and see what kind of democracy Israel is when one speaks out the truth." - Mordechai Vanunu
Click here to watch: Windows Video and text 

13.Jul.2006 The Palestinian Catastrophe, Then and Now
On the story we almost never hear about—the Palestinian one—and an anniversary few of us have ever considered -By Sandy Tolan
Besieged Palestinian families, trapped in a locked-up Gaza, are in many cases down to one meal a day, eaten in candlelight. Yet their desperate conditions go largely ignored by a world accustomed to extreme Israeli measures in the name of security: nearly 10,000 Palestinians locked in Israeli jails, many without charge; 4,000 Gaza and West Bank homes demolished since 2000 and hundreds of acres of olive groves plowed under; three times as many civilians killed as in Israel, many due to "collateral damage" in operations involving the assassination of suspected militants.
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13.Jul.2006 The Politics of American Greed: -By Molly Ivins
Anyone who doesn't think this is a country where the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer needs to check the numbers -- this is Bush country, where a rising tide lifts all yachts.
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13.Jul.2006 https://www.cannonfire.blogspot.com/ Another wrote: Abir was killed as part of U$ “initiate civil war” operation. The US army wants to slaughter people of Iraq while blaming it on the resistance. They have been blowing up Mosque, busses and market places and blaming Sunnis and Shies for all the killings. Their plan was to get Arabs to kill each other and they would carry the slaughter on with or without the participation of the Sunnis and Shies.
Never before the US and Britain moved into Iraq did Sunnis and Shies blow up each other places of worship. Never was anyone afraid to walk on the streets of an unknown neighborhood. Never was anyone kidnapped and tortured for their brand of Islam.
It is US and Britain + very likely Israel, who are doing the bombings and the killings. It is a purposeful act and this is not their first time doing it either. The US has done the exact thing in Afghanistan, Vietnam, Korea + many other places.

13.Jul.2006
Despite Supreme Court Ruling, Busheviks Continue to Emulate Joe Stalin's Forced Confessions and Show Trials
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Republicans have lots of respect for our dead troops. Too bad they couldn't care less about the living ones. 7/13
Bush To Request Another $110 Billion For Iraq Next Year. Jesus. 7/13
Gorbachev calls Cheney and Rummy "shallow people." 7/13
First Review of Upcoming Frank Rich Book: "A Savaging Sermon" on the Bush Years 7/13
Israeli aircraft have fired rockets at the runways of Beirut's international airport in Lebanon, forcing its closure and the diversion of flights. 7/12

13.Jul.2006 https://www.cannonfire.blogspot.com/ We now have, courtesy of the Washington Post, a list of the detainees. One of them is a fellow named Mohammed Sadiq (not an uncommon name in that part of the world) -- who happens to be 93 years old.
That may sound like a Crowley-esque joke. But it's for real, folks. How much harm can a 93-year-old man do to America?
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13.Jul.2006 https://www.spiegel.de/wissenschaft/mensch/0,1518,druck-426433,00.html

Bonn - "Rechnung auff der Linihen" heißt das im Mittelalter beliebte Rechenlehrbuch Adam Rieses von 1518. Darin erklärte der Mathe-Meister den Kaufleuten seiner Zeit, wie sie große Zahlen fix addieren konnten - ohne die ganze Arbeit im Kopf erledigen zu müssen. Früher schon, mehr als 1000 Jahre vor Christus, hatten Menschen in Indien oder China den ersten Abakus erfunden - einen simplen Rechenschieber mit mehreren Stangen voller verschiebbarer Kugeln oder Steine.
13.Jul.2006
Buschfeuer in Kalifornien: Behörden rufen Notstand aus
13.Jul.2006
Geisel- Krise: Israel will Libanon von Außenwelt abschneiden
13.Jul.2006
Umweltpolitik: Seehofer will jährlichen Waldschadensbericht abschaffen
13.Jul.2006 Bush in Deutschland: Winken ohne Publikum

13.Jul.2006 Hirn- Implantat: Gelähmter steuert Geräte mit Gedanken
13.Jul.2006 12. JULI 2006
12.Jul.2006
Irak: Saddam Hussein im Hungerstreik AN>Nordkoreas Raketentests: China und Russland legen neuen Resolutionsentwurf vor AN>Bush- Besuch: Stacheldraht und kühler Empfang

12.Jul.2006 Deutschland- Besuch: Bush zu Gast bei Kritikern
12.Jul.2006
Neues Werk: Chinesischer Autobauer will in USA produzieren
12.Jul.2006
Nuklearprogramm: Atomstreit mit Iran kommt wieder vor Sicherheitsrat
12.Jul.2006
Quantencomputer: Rechenschieber aus sieben Atomen
12.Jul.2006
July 12, 2006 Think Progress 

Ann Coulter dumped. The first newspaper “to officially drop Coulter’s column since the latest uproar began seems to be The Gazette of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where she had appeared for about 14 months.”

The Shreveport Times is still considering the decision.

Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA): “The President should transfer Secretary Rumsfeld to Iraq.”

Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) kicked off the Kick the Oil Habit road trip today. Go along for the ride.

Alberto Gonzales reportedly “won’t be responding” to Rep. Peter King’s (R-NY) letter requesting criminal charges against the New York Times .

Gristmill is blogging live from Wal-Mart’s Arkansas headquarters , where various enviros have been invited to a quarterly meeting of company executives.

Bill Frist announced he is scheduling a vote next week on the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act (HR 810), the “best chance for our country to vigorously pursue research” into embryonic stem cells.

Has your Senator taken a position? Find out here, then take action.

And finally: Welcome to Madurodam, “ a miniature city located in Scheveningen, The Hague in the Netherlands. It is a model of a Dutch town on a 1:25 scale” — meaning it looks particularly strange on Google Maps.
13.Jul.2006
DeLay: ‘I Cannot Run For Office’ In Texas, ‘I’m Ineligible’ Think Progress 

Earlier this month, a federal district court ruled that former Rep. Tom DeLay’s name must stay on the ballot in Texas even though he withdrew from the race and moved to Virginia. Recently, the media has reported that DeLay is planning an “aggressive campaign to retake the House seat” should the ruling be upheld on appeal.

Today on Fox, DeLay was asked by Neil Cavuto if he still had a chance to win the election. DeLay said, “I cannot run for office [in Texas]” because “I’m ineligible.” Watch it:

DeLay also trashed the federal district court decision as “a policy statement instead of a ruling” and expressed confidence that the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals would “turn it around.” Election Law blog explains that the ruling is on soild constitutional ground and argues that “there is good chance this opinion is upheld on appeal.”

Transcript:

CAVUTO: I’ve noticed now a judge has ruled you’re still on the ballot, so you could conceivably still win this thing. What’s the deal?

DELAY: Well, we had a Democrat federal judge make a policy statement instead of a ruling. I think the Fifth Circuit will look at the law, look at the constitution and understand that the voters of the 22nd district need a choice. I’m a resident of Virginia. I live in Virginia. I’m working in Virginia and Washington, DC. I’ve established a legal defense fund, a speakers bureau. I’m even working on a book and working with conservative groups. I’m making my living in Washington, DC, so by the Constitution, I cannot run for office and I’m ineligible. So I don’t know what this judge is doing, but I think the Fifth Circuit will turn it around.
13.Jul.2006
Senate Cover-up Committee update. Faiz 

Sen. Pat Roberts is expected to announce new deadlines that will delay the completion of Phase II of the investigation into the manipulation of pre-war intelligence. CQ reports that the investigation is unlikely to be completed prior to the fall elections. Click HERE to track Roberts’ repeated efforts to stonewall the investigation.
13.Jul.2006
Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (R-GA) bristles Amanda 

that the Voting Rights Act unfairly targets the South because of its past: “Do we treat the British any differently because of the Stamp Act? If we’re going to do that, then let’s go back to the Indians and say they butchered Custer.”
13.Jul.2006
Conservative Lawmaker Debunks Administration Claim That Congress Was Briefed Payson 

After the media reported last month on the financial tracking program, Treasury Undersecretary Stuart Levey claimed the administration had “briefed appropriate members of Congress and their staffs on this program.” Yesterday, Financial Services Oversight Subcommittee Chairwoman Sue Kelly (R-NY) corrected the spin.

Lawmakers “complained bitterly” that the administration had kept them “in the dark” about the program until the media broke the story. Here’s what Kelly had to say:

Many people in Congress who should have been briefed by this administration were not. And while I appreciated the visit last week from Undersecretary Levey - after the program’s existence was reported in the media - our oversight obligations are far from fulfilled. … We must insure that an environment of accountability is provided for all government. Watch it:

Kelly isn’t the only conservative upset over the administration’s secrecy. She joins House Intelligence Committee Chairman Peter Hoekstra (R-NY), who recently told Bush the “U.S. Congress should not have to play Twenty Questions to get information that it deserves under the U.S. Constitution.” Full transcript below:

KELLY: That said, many people in Congress who should have been briefed by this administration were not. And while I appreciated the visit last week from Undersecretary Levey - after the program’s existence was reported in the media - our oversight obligations are far from fulfilled. I believe that the skepticism the administration afforded this Congress, perhaps properly, regarding the Terror Finance Tracking Program must be reciprocated. We must insure that an environment of accountability is provided for all government, everyone in government who deals with this sensitive financial information.
13.Jul.2006
Bush may trim Crawford vacation. Faiz 

“The White House is concerned enough about President Bush’s job rating…that word of reduction in vacation time at Crawford next month is being put about,” the Houston Chronicle reports. “Bush may be so desperate to look engaged that, even if he’s not in Washington, aides say he will spend more August nights on the road away from his Prairie Chapel Ranch.”
13.Jul.2006
O’Reilly Slams NYT For Printing Photo of Rumsfeld’s Home, Doesn’t Mention Paper Had Permission Judd 

Last night, Bill O’Reilly and radio host Laura Ingraham tag teamed to slam the New York Times for publishing a picture of Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld’s vacation home. O’Reilly repeatedly called the publication of the picture “awful.” O’Reilly didn’t mention that the pictures were taken with Rumsfeld’s permission and the Secret Service said the photo did not constitute a security threat. Watch it: Transcript:

INGRAHAM: I got the view from — in the makeup room, by the way, that you got a B plus but a very strong B plus from him. That’s what he told me.

But look, he believes that the New York Times is an absolute national treasure + the New York Times believes that it truly is being patriotic when it publishes the banking records that, you know, of story when it publishes a photo of the secretary of defense’s vacation home, as it did last week.

O’REILLY: Yes, I know, that was awful. Awful.

INGRAHAM: That was bizarre.

O’REILLY: It was awful.

INGRAHAM: I mean, they showed the security camera in the photos. They think they’re being patriotic when every day page after page after page is devoted to what’s wrong with America and what America is doing wrong. That’s their vision of being patriotic. We have — I have a different vision of what being patriotic is.
13.Jul.2006
Administration To Request Another $110 Billion For Iraq Next Year Faiz 

Yesterday, the White House released its FY2007 mid-session budget review with great fanfare, celebrating its projection that the deficit will be nearly $300 billion this year.

Buried within the mid-session review, the White House reveals that it will ask Congress for another $110 billion for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan early next year. From the document:

00.000.2007, to fund the anticipated additional costs of operations in Iraq and Afghanistan , this Mid-Session Review assumes an additional $60 billion in budget authority will be needed later in the fiscal year, for a total allowance of $110 billion. This update also provides a $50 billion allowance for a portion of additional costs anticipated 00.000.2008 for the Global War on Terror.

So far, the U.S. government has allocated $311 billion total to support U.S. stabilization and reconstruction efforts in Iraq.

If you add together the amounts already allocated, plus the appropriations expected to be approved this year ($116 billion) and next year, the total spending for Iraq will soon exceed $400 billion.
13.Jul.2006
U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Says Highly-Touted Baghdad Security Crackdown is Not Succeeding Judd 

Sixty % of violence in Iraq takes place in Baghdad. Following his visit to Iraq last month, President Bush trumpeted a major joint US-Iraqi effort to improve security in Baghdad. From a June 14 press conference:

The Prime Minister is taking immediate action to implement a plan to improve security and his top priority is around Baghdad. Operation Together Forward started this morning. This operation is a joint effort to restore security and rule of law to high-risk areas in the capital city. It will be carried by some 26,000 Iraqi soldiers, some 23,000 Iraqi police, backed up by over 7,200 coalition forces.

How is “Operation Forward Together” going? Yesterday at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Zalmay Khalilzad addressed the question:

Q: Hello, Mr. Ambassador. So the security crackdown in Baghdad has been going on a
couple of weeks — what’s your assessment of how well is it going? Is it succeeding?

AMB. KHALILZAD: It has not produced the results I expected so far. The plan is being reviewed + adjustments will be made. No, it has not performed to the level that was expected.

According to Army Col. Jeffrey Snow, “I think since we have started Operation Together Forward, you’ll find that the number of attacks are going up.”
13.Jul.2006
Rove heckled. Faiz 

In an address to the National Council of La Raza’s annual conference yesterday, Karl Rovedrew scattered boos when he highlighted Bush’s recent approval of $1.9 billion in funding for more border security, including deployment of National Guard troops + was disrupted twice by hecklers who unfurled antiwar and anti-Bush banners.”
13.Jul.2006
Justice Department Lawyer To Congress: ‘The President Is Always Right’ Amanda 

The Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday heard testimony from Steven Bradbury, head of the Justice Department’s office of legal counsel. When questioned by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) on whether the President’s interpretation of the Hamdan case was right or wrong, Bradbury replied, “The President is always right.” Watch it:

Full transcript below:

LEAHY: The president has said very specifically + he’s said it to our European allies, he’s waiting for the Supreme Court decision to tell him whether or not he was supposed to close Guantanamo or not. After, he said it upheld his position on Guantanamo + in fact it said neither. Where did he get that impression? The President’s not a lawyer, you are, the Justice Department advised him. Did you give him such a cockamamie idea or what?

BRADBURY: Well, I try not to give anybody cockamamie ideas.

LEAHY: Well, where’d he get the idea?

BRADBURY: The Hamdan decision, senator, does implicitly recognize we’re in a war, that the President’s war powers were triggered by the attacks on the country + that law of war paradigm applies. That’s what the whole case —

LEAHY: I don’t think the President was talking about the nuances of the law of war paradigm, he was saying this was going to tell him that he could keep Guantanamo open or not, after it said he could.

BRADBURY: Well, it’s not —

LEAHY: Was the President right or was he wrong?

BRABURY: It’s under the law of war –

LEAHY: Was the President right or was he wrong?

BRADBURY: The President is always right.
12.Jul.2006
July 12, 2006 Think Progress 

The federal antiterrorism database includes potential “targets” like Old MacDonald’s Petting Zoo, the Amish Country Popcorn factory + an unspecified “Beach at End of a Street,” a new inspector general report shows. Indiana is listed as the most target-rich state in the U.S., with “50 % more listed sites than New York.”

House Intelligence Chairman Peter Hoekstra (R-MI) promised yesterday to crackdown on intelligence leaks to the media , suggesting “some unauthorized leaks could have been deliberate attempts to help al Qaeda.” To back up his claim, Hoekstra said: “I don’t have any evidence.”

$98.40: Next year’s monthly premium for Medicare Part B outpatient coverage, an 11 % increase over this year and a 68 % increase since 2003.

The defense industry, with White House backing , is bitterly fighting an amendment to the Senate’s 2007 defense spending bill that requires fixed-price contracts that set a firm limit on the cost of weapons systems. The Pentagon’s contracting system is currently plagued by waste and cost overruns.

The U.S. government “is discontinuing a controversial multibillion-dollar deal with oil services giant Halliburton Co. to provide logistical support to U.S. troops worldwide.”

Putin fires at Cheney. During an interview with NBC, Russian President Vladimir Putin called Vice President Cheney’s recent criticisms of Russia “an unsuccessful hunting shot.”

Meanwhile, a Russian pro-democracy conference was interrupted yesterday when “Russian security officers, in plain clothes” entered the hotel and “swiftly seized four members of a political movement opposed to [Putin], handcuffed them and rushed them away.”

“ Hackers in China broke into the State Department’s computer system in Washington and overseas in search of information, passwords and other data.”

Officials say the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs “lost its Internet connectivity for several days” preceding North Korea’s missile tests.
13.Jul.2006
Rep. Hunter: U.S. Too Easy on Detainees
13.Jul.2006
Another Day in the Empire Israel Graduates from Killing Gazans to Lebanese By Administrator on Uncategorized

Now that Hezbollah has “abducted” two Israeli soldiers in Lebanon, we can expect a “wider Mideast military confrontation,” according to Bloomberg. Ehud Olmert holds “Lebanon responsible for the fate of the missing soldiers,” who were captured near Aita al-Shaab on the Lebanese side of the border, that is to say the soldiers violated the sovereignty of Lebanon, a common occurrence.

“Israeli ground forces also crossed into Lebanon to hunt for the missing soldiers, Israeli Army Radio said,” reports Reuters + then offers an excuse, per usual: “Israeli troops have not struck deep into Lebanon since they withdrew from a southern border strip 00.000.2000 after Hizbollah’s Shi’ite fighters waged an 18-year war of attrition against them,” in other words they resisted the illegal occupation of the southern part of their country, as they now resist the illegal occupation of the Shebaa Farms area and continual Israeli border provocations (and violations of Lebanese airspace by Israeli fighter jets). No mention of this by Reuters or Bloomberg.

Like the civilians of Gaza, the civilians of Lebanon will be required to pay for Hezbollah capturing prisoners of war.
13.Jul.2006 Israelis need to realize their government never had any intention of ending the “conflict with various foes” who had and continue to have their land systematically stolen, their communities destroyed, their civilian infrastructure targeted. Israelis need to go back to the United Nations Partition Plan (resolution 181) conceived

00.000.1947 (see this map). Instead, the Palestinians live on a fraction of land as original proposed (see this page). Israelis need to realize they support apartheid, a refashioned and high-tech Warsaw ghetto wall + also understand their society is riddled with anti-Arab racism and hatred.

Israelis need to consider the following quotes issued from their founders and leaders:

“There is no such thing as a Palestinian people… It is not as if we came and threw them out and took their country. They didn’t exist.” — Golda Meir Statement to The Sunday Times, 15 June, 1969.

“How can we return the occupied territories? There is nobody to return them to.” — Golda Meir (quoted in Chapter 13 of The Zionist Connection II: What Price Peace by Alfred Lilienthal )

“We shall try to spirit the penniless population across the border by procuring employment for it in the transit countries, while denying it any employment in our own country …. expropriation and the removal of the poor must be carried out discreetly and circumspectly.” — Theodore Herzl (from Rafael Patai, Ed. The Complete Diaries of Theodore Herzl, Vol I)

“… it is the duty of the [Israeli] leadership to explain to the public a number of truths. One truth is that there is no Zionism, no settlement + no Jewish state without evacuating Arabs + without expropriating lands and their fencing off.” — Yesha’ayahu Ben-Porat, (Yedi’ot Aharonot 07/14/1972) responding to public controversy regarding the Israeli evictions of Palestinians in Rafah, Gaza,

00.000.1972. (Cited in Nur Masalha’s “A Land Without A People” 1997, p.98)

“The very point of Labor’s Zionist program is to have as much land as possible and as few Arabs as possible!” –Yitzhak Navon (”moderate” ex-Israeli president and a leading labor party politician.) Cited on p.179 of Nur Masalha’s A Land without a People who cites Bernard Avishai’s The Tragedy of Zionism 1985 p.340

“One million Arabs are not worth a Jewish fingernail.”
–Rabbi Ya’acov Perin in his eulogy at the funeral of mass murderer Dr. Baruch Goldstein.

“In working for Palestine, I would even ally myself with the devil”
– Vladimir Jabotinsky founder of Revisionist Zionism (Likud party roots)
responding to condemnation for his alliance with Ukrainian pogromist Petlyura.

“In strategic terms, the settlements (in Judea, Samaria + Gaza) are of no importance.” What makes them important, he added, was that “they constitute an obstacle, an unsurmountable obstacle to the establishment of an independent Arab State west of the river Jordan.”
–Binyamin Begin, (son of the late Menahem Begin and a prominent voice in the Likud party writing

00.000.1991, Quoted on page 159 of Findley’s Deliberate Deceptions)

“Our fathers had reached the frontiers recognized in the partition plan; the Six-Day War generation has managed to reach Suez, Jordan + the Golan Heights. This is not the end. After the present cease-fire lines, there will be new ones. They will extend beyond Jordan … to Lebanon and … to central Syria as well.”
– Moshe Dayan to Zionist youth at a meeting in the Golan Heights July, 1968

“They [Israel] have typically concealed the continually expansionist nature of their project from their western sponsors and pursued a “step by step” process toward these goals. While pointing to militant Arab rhetoric to frighten Jews and convince them that the Arab world is genocidal against Jews and that no peace is possible with them, Israeli leaders have been quite aware of the actual inability of the Arab world to deliver on this militant rhetoric. ”
–Rosemary and Herman Ruether in “The Wrath of Jonah” (1989)

“The main difference between Bosnia and Palestine is that ethnic cleansing in the former took place in the form of dramatic massacres and slaughters which caught the world’s attention, whereas in Palestine what is taking place is a drop-by-drop tactic in which one or two houses are demolished daily, a few acres are taken here and there every day, a few people are forced to leave”
–Edward Said (Washington Report 09/1998)

“The demolition and sealing of houses are among the most severe methods of punishment used by the authorities against Palestinians in the Occupied Territories. To our knowledge, this harsh form of punishment is unique to Israel and is not employed by any other nation. Demolition and sealing of houses in the territories contravene international law that prohibits collective punishment and arbitrary injury to property.”
– B’Tselem, an Israeli Human Rights Organization.

“It is an open secret that Israeli policy makers hoped for a massive emigration of Palestinians as a result of economic and demographic pressure. Therefore, they also developed a clever system which caused numerous Palestinians born here to lose their residency rights when they went to work or study abroad.”
– Amira Hass in 08/26/1998 Ha’aretz Op’Ed titled The Settlers are Not to Blame.

While campaigning for the prime ministership, Binyamin Netanyahu Criticized his Labor party opponents for missing an opportunity during the Tiannamen Square massacre.

“Had he been prime minister, he said, he would have seized the chance then, while the world was watching China, to carry out the transfer of the Palestinians.”
– p. 137 Washington Report 09/1998

“[Israel will] create in the course of the next 10 or 20 years conditions which would attract natural and voluntary migration of the refugees from the Gaza Strip and the west Bank to Jordan.

To achieve this we have to come to agreement with King Hussein and not with Yasser Arafat.”
– Yitzhak Rabin (a “Prince of Peace” by Clinton’s standards), explaining his method of ethnically cleansing the occupied land without stirring a world outcry. (Quoted in David Shipler in the New York Times,

04.Apr.1983 citing Meir Cohen’s remarks to the Kenesset’s foreign affairs and defense committee on March 16.)

“To solidify their gains after the 1967 war, according to UN figures, the Israelis destroyed during the period 11.Jun.1967-15.Nov.1969 some 7,554 Palestinian Arab homes in the territories seized during that war;

this figure excluded thirty-five villages in the occupied Golan Heights that were razed to the ground.

In the two years between 00.Sep.196900.000.1971 the figure was estimated to have reached 16,312 homes.”
–from The Zionist Connection II, by Alfred Lilienthal, p.160. 1978

“Jews came and took, by means of uprooting and expulsion, a land that was Arab. We wanted to be a colonialist occupier + yet to come across as moral at the same time…

The Arab armies — chiefly from Egypt, Syria, Iraq and Transjordan, now Jordan — totaled just over 20,000 men. The core of the Arab nations’ fighting forces remained behind, in part to ensure the internal stability of their own fledgling regimes…. Crucially, Israel had a quiet agreement with Transjordan that its Arab Legion, the strongest of the invading armies, would take over only the West Bank, which the U.N. partition plan had intended as the center of a Palestinian Arab State.”
– Ilan Pappe’, Israeli Historian at Haifa University.

“Till then everyone in Israel spoke about Arabs who had just run away

00.000.1948, but there existed no real historical research on it.

There were two conflicting propaganda versions, one Arab and another Jewish. As one who received his education in Israel, I thought I knew that the Arabs had ‘run away.’ But I knew nothing else.

The Jewish generations of 1948, however, knew the truth and deliberately misrepresented it.

They knew there were plenty of mass deportations, massacres and rapes . . . . The soldiers and the officials knew, but they suppressed what they knew and were deliberately disseminating lies.”
– Israeli Historian Benny Morris in an interview with Rami Tal published in Israeli Daily Yediot Ahronot 00.Dec.1994.

“Israel’s conquests included not only such major cities as Jaffa, Lydda and Acre, but also 418 Palestinian villages that were destroyed and another 100 villages that were occupied by Jews.

In all Israelis took over more than 50,000 homes, 10,000 shops and 1,000 warehouses.

It was estimated that about a quarter of the buildings in the new state were originally the property of the Palestinians.” – p. 72 of Fallen Pillars by Donald Neff

“Indiscriminate plundering of Palestinian property by Jews [

00.000.1948

] was so common that it caused Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion to confide to his diary that he was ‘bitterly surprised’ by the ‘mass robbery’ in which all parts of the population participated. […]

Tom Segev reported: ‘In Haifa, Jaffa and Jerusalem there were many civilians among the looters.’

Another Israeli writer, Moshe Smilanky, reported: ‘Individuals, groups and communities, men, women and children, all fell on the spoils.

Doors, windows, lintels, brinks, roof-tiles, floor-tiles, junk and machine parts …’

Segev commented that Smilansky ‘could have also added to the list toilet bowls, sinks, faucets and light bulbs.’” – p.68 of Fallen Pillars by Donald Neff (Classic Quotes on Zionism, from the Jerusalemites website.)

13.Jul.2006 PlameGate: Jonah Goldberg Reads Patrick Fitzgerald’s Mind Bloglines user bill.giltner has sent this item to you.

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PlameGate: Jonah Goldberg Reads Patrick Fitzgerald’s Mind By PGL

After reading the reveal nothing column from Robert Novak, Jonah Goldberg makes an amazing discovery:
Okay so the government official who leaked Plame's CIA status to Novak is known to Fitzgerald. He hasn't been charged. If Novak's version is to be believed + I don't see why it shouldn't be, the initial leak wasn't some nefarious assault on Wilson, but an "inadvertant" mistake. So what, exactly, was the big deal? The CIA itself confirmed Plame's employment status. Where are the apologies? The whole thing was a big stupid nothing. I'm not saying by the way, the matter shouldn't have been investigated. Merely that the investigation revealed that the initial suspicions were unfounded.
Let’s review the facts as we know them – Bill Harlow (the member of the CIA) upon learning that Novak is about to out the fact that Valerie Plame is a CIA agent tells Novak that it would be a mistake if he does run his piece. Novak’s primary source was someone within the Administration other than Karl Rove (somewhere we should say something about the Office of the Vice President). Patrick Fitzgerald’s grand jury is still in session. So how does Jonah Goldberg know that no wrongdoing occurred? He does have powers beyond my comprehension!
Update : Even rightwinger
Joe Scarborough finds the Novak canard that the leak was an accident to be of questionable merit:
Conservative commentators are already trumpeting Novak's claim that the leak was inadvertent and accidental ... Maybe I'm cynical or perhaps it's because I worked in Congress for years.

But you know what, I always found that leaks of this size were rarely mistakes regardless of what the writer or the right-wing people may tell you. I can assure you that if you assign selfish motives to leakers, you will rarely be proven wrong."
Christy has more including a picture of a hippo yawning at the Novak “news”.

13.Jul.2006 The Plame Game https://www.waynemadsenreport.com The Plame Game
13.Jul.2006
Smoking Gun of Squibs? Killtown Questioning the 9/11 attacks...
Smoking Gun of Squibs? By Killtown

Notice the two puffs of white smoke, or "squibs," coming out of the South Tower as is starts to collapse.
The bottom squib is the one in question. Notice how far down it is from the demolition wave. Notice it casts a shadow. Also, notice in the video below that this bottom squib starts before the top squib.
So what is causing that puff of smoke far below the demolition wave? "Compressed air"? Or is it proof that explosives were used to bring down the Twin Towers?
13.Jul.2006
About that dog-headed girl CANNONFIRE Joseph Cannon About that dog-headed girl By Joseph

A couple of posts down, I referred to the report (which I first read on Talking Poits Memo) that Sunni rebels in Iraq had decapitated a Shi'ite girl, then sewed a dog's head onto her body.

Turns out the whole thing was just a rumor -- rumor reported as fact by the New Republic. The story is here.
13.Jul.2006
Michelle Malkin's Neo-Con Blog Fears Bruce Willis Now 9/11 Truther Laments "truly, truly depressing news"
13.Jul.2006 Linklater On A Scanner Darkly: "It's The World We're Living In" Paul Joseph Watson  Surveillance, war on drugs and terror themes parallel reality
13.Jul.2006 MySpace may face legislative crackdown
Politicians on Tuesday accused MySpace.com and other social-networking sites of failing to protect minors from sexual predators and other malign influences and said a legislative crackdown may be necessary.

During a hearing before a House of Representatives subcommittee, politicians argued over ...
12.Jul.2006
Fine not appropriate; key issue not compliance, but clarity of March 2004 decision.
REDMOND, Wash. -Microsoft Corp. issued the following statement by General Counsel Brad Smith, following the decision by the European Commission to impose a €280.5 million fine against the company:

“We have great respect for the Commission and this process, ...
13.Jul.2006
German philosophers take on nanotechnology
It had to happen: a book in which German philosophers direct their attention to nanotech. (Ethicists and social scientists too.)

Excerpts from the English abstracts (pdf), with my commentary inserted: An account is provided of how the purpose of gaining knowledge is reoriented towards purposes of ...
08.Jul.2006
Indian-born scientist developing coated DVD's that can make hard disks obsolete Sydney, (ANI):

An Indian born scientist in the US is working on developing DVD's which can be coated with a light -sensitive protein and can store up to 50 terabytes (about 50,000 gigabytes) of data.

Professor V Renugopalakrishnan of the Harvard Medical School in Boston has claimed to have ...
13.Jul.2006
Come One, Come All, Join the Terror Target List A database of targets is so flawed, inspectors said, that it lists more sites in Indiana than in New York or California.
13.Jul.2006
Identity Theft and Methamphetamines
New trend or scary rumor? When methamphetamine proliferated more recently, the police and prosecutors at first did not associate it with a rise in other crimes.

There were break-ins at mailboxes and people stealing documents from garbage, Mr. Morales said,...
13.Jul.2006
Israel in fresh Lebanon strikes Israel launches air strikes on Lebanese bridges and roads, as the search for two captured soldiers goes on.
13.Jul.2006
'NatWest three' extradition due Three former NatWest bankers who face charges arising from the collapse of energy giant Enron are to fly to the US.
13.Jul.2006
Plane market 'to see huge growth' Airlines will pump up to $2.6 trillion into buying new planes over the next 20 years, Boeing predicts.
13.Jul.2006
'Global fear' over energy plans People across 19 nations fear energy policies are affecting the environment and stability, a BBC poll suggests.
13.Jul.2006
Iran referred to Security Council Foreign ministers from world powers agree to refer Iran back to the UN Security Counil over the nuclear row.
13.Jul.2006
China warns of veto over N Korea China says it will veto a UN Security Council resolution on North Korea + proposes an alternative with Russia.
13.Jul.2006
Mexicans travel to poll protest Supporters of Andres Manual Lopez Obrador travel to Mexico City, ahead of a march calling for an election recount.
13.Jul.2006
President Bush in Germany visit US President George W Bush arrives in Germany for a two-day visit, his first since Angela Merkel became Chancellor.
13.Jul.2006
Israel hits Palestinian ministry Israel strikes the Palestinian foreign ministry in Gaza City, injuring at least 10 people, as it continues its offensive.
13.Jul.2006
Enron witness found dead in park A body found in parkland is identified as that of a banker who was questioned in the Enron fraud case.
13.Jul.2006
Scots banker to fight Enron court Scottish banker Gary Mulgrew describes his extradition to the USA as "catastrophic".
13.Jul.2006
Trust warning over personal data Personal information on government databases must be protected or trust will be damaged, says a watchdog.
13.Jul.2006
Silk fibre to help repair nerves Scientists say silk fibres could be used to repair severed nerves, possibly even in damaged spinal chords.
13.Jul.2006
Indie labels want copyright shift The UK's independent music labels want internet providers to become liable for illegal file-sharing by their users.
13.Jul.2006
Brain sensor allows mind-control A brain-chip enables a paralysed man to control objects around him by simply using his thoughts.
13.Jul.2006
Brain-Computer Tech Progresses Scientists developing technology that plugs directly into gray matter to help paralyzed people regain autonomy publish their promising results in Nature. In Bodyhack.
13.Jul.2006
House Bans Most Online Gambling Legislation that would prohibit using credit cards to settle internet wagers, while updating current law to make most online gambling illegal, passes overwhelmingly in the House. The bill moves on to the Senate.
13.Jul.2006
Britain May Ban Sex Selection U.K. parents may be barred from picking their babies' sex except "for medical reasons." Sound public policy, or invasion of privacy? In Sex Drive Daily.
13.Jul.2006
Short Film About CERN's Large Hadron Collider ScuttleMonkey 115 Lobster911 writes

"Seedmagazine.com has posted a new film, Lords of the Ring, about CERN's Large Hadron Collider. NESTA fellow Alom Shaha takes us through the world's largest machine, as he lets the scientists who work at CERN explain the LHC and what they hope to accomplish with it. The highly-anticipated collider is set to start up

00.000.2007, running at full speed by 2008."
13.Jul.2006
Sony 'Anti-Used Game' Patent Explored Zonk 309
Sometime 00.000.2000, Sony patented a process that would 'verify a disc as legitimate, register the disc to that particular game console, then wipe out verification data so the disc would be rendered unreadable in other PlayStations'. Despite unrest in the gaming community over this technology, the company has repeatedly stated they have no plans to use it in the PS3. The LA Times explores this persistent debate, examining why Sony developed the tech and why gamers are nervous. From the article:

"Whatever Sony's plans, the tempest [over the patent] illustrates the changing nature of ownership as millions of people accumulate vast collections of digital entertainment.

Few people realize that when they buy software or music or movies, they are actually buying a license to use, watch or listen.

That's why it violates copyright laws for people to sell copies of their music collection." Thanks to 1up.com for the link.
13.Jul.2006
Inflatable Private Space Station Launched ScuttleMonkey 187 Anonymous_Space_Ranger writes

"CNN is reporting that the first steps to have a private space station are underway in Russia. While today's launch is unmanned, it is designed to orbit the planet for 5 years while the durability of the design is tested + future flights are planned around it." From the article: "[Robert] Bigelow envisions building a private orbiting space complex by

00.000.2015 that would be made up of several expandable Genesis-like modules linked together + could be used as a hotel, or perhaps a science lab or college. He has committed $500 million toward the project."
13.Jul.2006
Northrop to Sell Laser Shield Bubble for Airports samzenpus 117 NeoPrime writes

"CNN Money web site has a story about Northrop Grumman forecasting development of a laser shield "bubble" for airports and other installations in the USA within 18 months.

The system will be called Skyguard--a joint venture with Isreal and the U.S. Army. It will have the capability to generate a shield five kilometers in radius."
13.Jul.2006
DHS to Send Widespread Alerts ScuttleMonkey 225 MarsGov writes

"The Department of Homeland Security is gearing up to be able to periodic test 'alerts' to cable television stations, satellite radio, as well as any text-capable device — PDAs, cell phones + web sites." From the article: Some glitches remain as telephone companies and other networks grapple with potentially trying to alert all of their customers at the same time without jamming their systems, Lawson said.

But the alerts could be transmitted by text messages, audio recordings, video or graphics, he said,

opening the possibility of sending out additional detailed information to specific sectors, like hospitals or emergency responders."
13.Jul.2006
Scientists Question Laws of Nature ScuttleMonkey 258 mknewman writes

"MSNBC is reporting that scientists are finding differences in many of the current scientific 'constants' including the speed of light, alpha (the fine structure constant of the magnetic force), the ratio of proton to electron mass and several others. These findings were made by observing quasars and comparing the results to tests here on the earth." From the article:

"Time-varying constants of nature violate Einstein's equivalence principle, which says that any experiment testing nuclear or electromagnetic forces should give the same result no matter where or when it is performed.

If this principle is broken, then two objects dropped in a gravitational field should fall at slightly different rates. Moreover, Einstein's gravitational theory -- general relativity -- would no longer be completely correct, Martins says."
12.Jul.2006
https://www.spiegel.de/panorama/0,1518,druck-426418,00.html
"Die Menschen hier sind glücklich, weil sie mit sehr wenig zufrieden sind", erklärte Marke Lowen von "Vanuatu Online", der Online-Zeitung der Inselrepublik, das Ergebnis.

"Wir haben hier keine konsumorientierte Gesellschaft.

Das Leben dreht sich hier um die Familie und die Gemeinschaft", berichtete Lowen dem Blatt über den Alltag 200.000 Bewohner von Vanuatu. "Es ist ein Ort, an dem man sich nicht viele Sorgen macht."

Angst hätten die Menschen nur vor Wirbelstürmen und Erdbeben.
12.Jul.2006
https://www.spiegel.de/wirtschaft/0,1518,druck-426468,00.html

Der Enron-Konzern war durch den Handel mit Energie, Breitbandkapazitäten und hochspekulativen Finanzpapieren zu einem der zehn größten US-Unternehmen wurde. Es hatte zeitweise einen Börsenwert von mehr als 60 Milliarden Dollar. Der Konzern hatte

00.000.2001 nach einem Bilanzbetrug in Milliardenhöhe Insolvenzantrag gestellt. tim/dpa-AFX
12.Jul.2006
https://www.spiegel.de/wirtschaft/0,1518,druck-426468,00.html
Lay war zusammen mit seinem Nachfolger Jeffrey Skilling, 52, im Chefsessel von Enron Ende Mai schuldig gesprochen worden. Das Strafmaß sollte am 11.Sep.2006 verkündet werden.

Lay drohte eine lebenslange Haftstrafe.
12.Jul.2006
https://www.spiegel.de/wirtschaft/0,1518,druck-426468,00.html
Erst in der vergangenen Woche war der wegen Betrugs und Verschwörung verurteilte einstige Enron-Chef, Kenneth Lay, 64, an Herzversagen gestorben.
12.Jul.2006
https://www.spiegel.de/wirtschaft/0,1518,druck-426468,00.html
London - Die Leiche von Neil Coulbeck war gestern in einem Stadtpark im Osten der Finanzmetropole entdeckt worden.
12.Jul.2006
https://www.spiegel.de/wirtschaft/0,1518,druck-426468,00.html
Ein wichtiger Zeuge im Skandal um die Milliardenpleite des US-Energiekonzerns Enron ist in London tot aufgefunden worden. Nun wurde die Leiche des Chefs der Nordamerika-Abteilung der Royal Bank of Scotland identifiziert. Die Auslieferung von drei Briten in die USA im Enron-Fall könnte sich damit verzögern.
12.Jul.2006
Großbritannien: Blairs wichtigster Spendenbeschaffer verhaftet

12.Jul.2006 Enron- Fall: Zeuge tot aufgefunden
12.Jul.2006
Eskalation in Nahost: Hisbollah fordert Israel zum Austausch von Gefangenen auf

12.Jul.2006 Nahost- Krise: Die Zweifronten- Zwickmühle
12.Jul.2006
Vor dem Gipfel: Integratives Kuscheln AN>Barbecue mit Bush: Ringstorff schlägt Einladung zum Grillen aus
12.Jul.2006 https://www.spiegel.de/wissenschaft/erde/0,1518,druck-426414,00.html

Wenn eine Spinne ihren Faden nicht in windstille Luft, sondern in eine Brise schleudere, dann winde und verdrehe sich die Seide wie ein Segel - "was ihre aerodynamischen Eigenschaften beeinflusst und ihren Anhang über kaum vorhersagbare Entfernung befördert", sagte Reynolds.
12.Jul.2006
Aerodynamik- Trick: Spinnen fliegen an Fäden übers Meer
12.Jul.2006 https://www.spiegel.de/wissenschaft/erde/0,1518,druck-426293,00.html

Quer durch die Alpen haben Forscher einen dramatischen Rückgang der Gletscher dokumentiert. Auch der Untere Grindelwaldgletscher ist ein Opfer der Klimaerwärmung + eines heißen Sommers wie diesem, bei dem die Nullgrad-Grenze bis auf 4500 Meter am Tag ansteigt.

In den letzten 20 Jahren hat der Eisstrom pro Jahr einen Meter an Dicke verloren + von der Besuchergalerie ist er überhaupt nicht mehr zu sehen.
12.Jul.2006
Drohender Bergsturz: Am Eiger wackelt die Wand
12.Jul.2006
Heye über WM: "Nur mit viel Glück gab es keine Toten"
12.Jul.2006
Bush- Besuch: Pofalla nennt Mecklenburg- Vorpommerns Regierung unwürdigen Gastgeber

12.Jul.2006 Atomkonflikt mit Iran: USA drohen mit Uno- Sanktionen

12.Jul.2006 Fossiler Fleischfresser: Forscher finden Killer- Känguru

12.Jul.2006 Ehrensenf: Bush, Gullideckel und der Blumentropf