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27.Jul.2006 Nine Israelis killed in Lebanon Nine Israeli soldiers die in clashes - the country's biggest loss of life in one day of its campaign in Lebanon.
27.Jul.2006 British Gas raises energy prices British Gas owner Centrica plans to raise gas bills by as much as 12.4% for its 10.7 million customers.
27.Jul.2006 Met chief faces Lawrence quizzing Met Police chief Sir Ian Blair is expected to respond to new claims over the inquiry into Stephen Lawrence's murder.
27.Jul.2006 Vote urged over decisions on war Tony Blair is urged to scrap the government's right to go to war without first seeking a vote in Parliament.
27.Jul.2006 Rice flies to attend Asean summit US Secretary of State will attend the Asean summit, with North Korea likely to dominate the agenda.
27.Jul.2006 High death toll in Gaza clashes Israeli operations around Gaza City kill 23 people, including militants, children and civilians, Palestinians say.
27.Jul.2006 Beckett protest at US bombs flight The UK foreign secretary protests to the USA about it using a British airport to transport bombs to Israel.
27.Jul.2006 Who are the Mid-East prisoners? BBC News examines the issue of prisoners in the Middle East, at the heart of the current crisis in the region.
27.Jul.2006 East DRC militias lay down arms Three militia groups in eastern Congo lay down their arms, raising hopes for a democratic election on Sunday.
27.Jul.2006 Australian troops quit S Lebanon Australia is withdrawing a contingent of troops from south Lebanon, following the deaths of four UN observers.
27.Jul.2006 Chicago backs higher minimum wage Chicago's city council approves a measure forcing major retailers to pay an increased minimum wage.
27.Jul.2006 Court due to rule on Chechen case A European court is to rule in the case of a Chechen who went missing after Russian forces detained him.
27.Jul.2006 Saddam plea against hanging Former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein says he should be shot not hanged if his trial ends in the death penalty.
27.Jul.2006 US House backs India nuclear deal A US agreement to share civilian nuclear technology with India moves a step nearer to becoming law.
27.Jul.2006 One in 10 'falls out' over will One in 10 adults in the UK has fallen out with a family member over an inheritance, a survey finds.
27.Jul.2006 Natural events 'occuring earlier' A study for Scottish Natural Heritage says climate change is altering the timings of natural events.
27.Jul.2006 Hope for treatment of endometriosis Scientists say they have made a "crucial step" forwards in understanding treating endometriosis.
27.Jul.2006 Concern for Newbury bypass snail A wildlife group says a species of snail that almost halted the Newbury bypass has become extinct on a nearby site.
27.Jul.2006 Ripeness Sticker Coming to Supermarket Fruit bysamzenpus 52 Adam Weiss writes

"A biosystems engineering professor has just announced a "ripeness sticker" for fruit. According to this AP article, grocers throw out thousands of bushels of fruit a year because it ripens too fast (1 bushel is about 9 US gallons). Mark Riley's RediRipe stickers turn from white to blue as fruit ripens. The stickers react with ethylene gas, a chemical which is released as fruit or vegetables ripen. However the article says "there are still bugs to be worked out: The stickers do not change color to reflect an overripe or rotten piece of fruit. Also, not all fruit produces enough ethylene to be detected by the sticker.""
The Hybrid Scooter bysamzenpus 58 anthemaniac writes

"Hybrid cars are all the rage. Now comes a hybrid scooter. It gets beyond ethanol and lots of batteries, though, running on a hydrogen fuel cell that charges a battery. During braking, energy is also harnessed. All this and speedy too, says inventor Crijn Bouman of Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. For now, however, the prototype lacks one crucial component: the hydrogen fuel cell! It's coming, Bouman says.

Yes, just like $5/gal gas..."

27.Jul.2006 Writing on Standing Water byScuttleMonkey 112 Chancer writes

"Engadget is reporting on Japanese scientists who have found a way to 'write' characters on the surface of water using waves.

This looks very cool - but the time required to change character seems very high (15-30 seconds). From the article:

'Liquid-based displays are nothing new -- in a vertical orientation, at least -- but apparently it's a lot more difficult to coax a standing pool of water into forming recognizable shapes and characters.'"
Arnies tödliche Appelle bysfux Harald Haack ?

Ausgerechnet dort, wo der Klimawandel bislang am intensivsten auf oberster politischer Ebene geleugnet wurde, schlägt der Hitzetod erbarmungslos zu.

In den USA, genauer: in Kalifornien, wo der Ex-?Terminator?-Darsteller Arnold Schwarzenegger sich als Gouverneur versucht, sorgte die anhaltende Hitze für mehr als 50 ausgedörrte Tote.

Laut ?Los Angeles Times? gab es die meisten...
Klimawandel - Heiss erwischt bysfux Harald Haack ?

In der Zukunft, so warnten uns Klimaforscher im vergangenen Jahrhundert, nehme die Erderwärmung rapide zu.

00.000.2006 -Spätestens ab- müsse es nicht nur katastrophale Hitzewellen geben, sondern auch Gewitterstürme mit Hagelbombardement, Starkregenfälle und Windhosen. Hinzu käme die Häufung von Hurricans und Taifunen in Nord- und Mittelamerika und im fernen Osten.
The Senate Doesn’t Trust Clergy byGuest 

The Senate doesn’t trust women to make decisions about what’s best for their bodies, their lives, or their families. Apparently, it doesn’t trust clergy either. Last night, the Senate passed the Child Custody Protection Act, a federal bill that would criminalize accompanying a minor across state lines to have an abortion without her parent’s permission or knowledge. The law contains no exceptions for grandparents, adult siblings, or clergy members.

But clergy of all faiths have historically played an essential role in helping women receive abortions.

00.000.1967 -when abortion was illegal in most of this country, a group of clergy banded together to form the Clergy Consultation Service in order to help women obtain safe, but illegal, abortions.

By the time Roe v. Wade was decided, the network had more than 1000 clergy members.

Should Congress have allowed clergy to exercise their conscience and minister to their congregations without the threat of violating federal law? God forbid. Jessica Arons
27.Jul.2006 Bolton’s Bubble: U.N. Ambassador Skips All Security Council Foreign Travel byAmanda 
18.Oct.2005 -In testimony to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee-
U.N. Ambassador John Bolton argued that diplomacy has to happen outside of the New York “bubble”:

Well, I think that’s why it’s so important to work not only in New York…but to work in capitals as well.

It is the phenomenon that sitting up there at Turtle Bay, that you operate in a little bit of a bubble. …

So that’s why this effort, I think, really does require a lot of attention not just in New York. If we left it only in New York I think we’d have the bubble problem and trying to break through that bubble should be one of our main diplomatic efforts .

According to the U.N. Security Council (UNSC), there have been four UNSC trips since Bolton was recess appointed as ambassador in Aug. 2005 — to Central Africa, Ethiopia and Eritrea, Chad and Sudan + to the Congo. He did not attend any of them.

In early June, Bolton passed up the delegation trip to Sudan because he had a “full platter here.” In reality, Bolton was giving a lecture at the Centre for Policy Studies, a right-wing think tank in London.

ThinkProgress repeatedly attempted to confirm Bolton’s foreign travel with his spokesman, Rick Grenell. Grenell insisted we were “wrong” — that in fact Bolton had attended UNSC trips — but refused to say where Bolton went with the UNSC. Grenell also told us if we publicized the fact that Bolton had not attended UNSC trips “ we’ll just blast you out of the water .” ThinkProgress also sent an e-mail to Bolton’s press office with our request, but have not yet received a response.

Bolton’s confirmation hearing is tomorrow. Maybe a Senator could ask him about his foreign travel and Bolton could blast us out of the water himself.
27.Jul.2006 White House Holds One-Year ‘Celebration’ of Energy Bill With Industry Reps byNico 
One year ago today, Congress finalized the Energy Policy Act of 2005, which lavished $14.5 billion in tax breaks on energy firms, nearly 60 % of which went to “
oil, natural gas, coal, electric utilities and nuclear power.”

One year ago, the average national gas price was $2.14. Today, it’s $3.00. The country is no closer to ending its addiction to oil + fuel economy standards are still stuck at 27.5 miles per gallon (where they’ve been for 20 years). Meanwhile, “five of the world’s largest energy companies are expected to report combined second-quarter profits next week of more than $30 billion.”

For most Americans, this is no reason to celebrate. But most Americans aren’t “Representatives of industries who are benefiting from tax incentives available through the Energy Policy Act of 2005.” Those industry reps are holding a “celebration” of the bill on Capitol Hill today with Energy Secretary Bodman, according to a press release obtained by ThinkProgress:


Media Advisory

Secretary of Energy to Observe One-Year Anniversary of the Energy Policy Act of 2005

WASHINGTON, DC – On Wednesday,

26.Jul.2006 U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Samuel W. Bodman will join Senator Pete Domenici + Congressman Joe Barton to deliver remarks at an “EPAct at One” celebration .

Secretary Bodman + Chairmen Domenici + Hobson are expected to discuss the importance of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, America’s first comprehensive energy legislation in over a decade.

They will also highlight progress towards implementing the Act intended to increase the USA energy security and reduce its dependence on sources of energy from unstable regions of the world.

WHO: Secretary of Energy Samuel W. Bodman
U.S. Senator Pete Domenici (NM)
U.S. Congressman Joe Barton (TX-6th)
Representatives of industries who are benefiting from tax incentives available through the Energy Policy Act of 2005.

Party on.
Q: Is the country closer to a civil war? byNico 
Rumsfeld: “Oh, I don’t know. You know, I thought about that last night +
just musing over the words, the phrase + what constitutes it. …

It clearly is being stimulated by people who would like to have what could be characterized as a civil war and win it, but I’m not going to be the one to decide if, when or at all.”
Senators Call For New Intelligence Estimate on Iraq byFaiz 
00.000.2004 The New York Times reported that a classified National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) on Iraq
laid out three possible scenarios for the future of that country.

The most favorable outcome warned of continuing instability while the worst case scenario predicted a civil war.

At the time, Bush casually dismissed the dire predictions, claiming the CIA was “just guessing as to what the conditions might be like.”

Despite the fact that the intelligence community’s predictions have been largely vindicated by the events in Iraq over the past two years, the Bush administration has been wary of returning to the CIA to ask for another NIE. Last Friday, Harper’s Ken Silverstein reported why there’s been a delay:

[S]ome senior figures at the CIA, along with a number of Iraq analysts, have been pushing to produce a new NIE.

They’ve been stonewalled, however, by John Negroponte, the administration’s Director of National Intelligence , who knows that any honest take on the situation would produce an NIE even more pessimistic than the

00.000.2004 version.

That could create problems on the Hill and, if it is leaked as the last one was, with the public as well.

Today, a group of Senators led by Harry Reid called for the development of a new NIE:

Virtually every prediction made by Administration officials about Iraq has turned out to be wrong + it is time to get some straight answers and sound analysis.

This Administration can start by having intelligence community professionals update the National Intelligence Assessment on Iraq, something that has not been done since 2004. Congress is entitled to this information + Director Negroponte should do the right thing and see that this NIE is provided in a professional and timely manner. Click HERE to see a copy of the letter sent to Negroponte.
27.Jul.2006 $5.18 billion. byNico The second quarter income for Conoco-Phillips, the world’s third-largest oil company, a 65 % increase from last year.
27.Jul.2006 “In the past two weeks, byAmanda more Iraqi civilians have been killed than have died in Lebanon and Israel.”
27.Jul.2006 VIDEO: Maliki Speech Interrupted By War Protestor by Think Progress 
Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki’s address to a joint session of Congress was interrupted by a protestor,
Medea Benjamin of Code Pink. Watch it:

Benjamin shouted, “Iraqis want the troops to leave. Bring them home now.” According to a January poll, 87 % of Iraqis support a U.S. timetable for withdrawal. The Iraqi President, Vice President + National Security Adviser have all advocated a timetable for the withdrawal of U.S. troops. The latest USA Today/Gallup poll shows that 52 % of the American people want a withdrawal within 12 months.
27.Jul.2006 McCain Falsely Claims the Iraqi Prime Minister Has ‘Condemned Hezbollah’ by Think Progress 
Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki has
repeatedly refused to condemn Hezbollah for its role in initiating the Lebanon-Israel conflict. Yesterday, in a press conference with President Bush, he “criticized the ‘damage and destruction’ caused by Israeli attacks but said nothing on Hezbollah’s role.” Other Arab states, including Saudi Arabia, Jordan + Egypt, have condemned Hezbollah for its role in initiating the conflict.

Sen. John McCain appeared on Fox this morning and falsely claimed that Maliki has “condemned Hezbollah.” McCain said that, as a result, Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and others who have criticized Malaki for his position on Hezbollah are “not qualified to lead.” Watch it:


FOX ANNOUNCER: I want to change gears for a minute because the Prime Minister of Iraq, of course, is in the USA, met with President Bush yesterday. He’s going to be speaking at the joint meeting of Congress later on. There’s been a lot of turmoil about this in the last 24 hours regarding Democrats, some saying they’re going to protest this because of the Prime Minister’s comments, or lack thereof, about Hezbollah as a terrorist group. What do you think about the potential protests of this meeting?

SEN. JOHN MCCAIN: Well, we’ve got a conflict going on in Iraq where the USA is fighting and doing everything that they can to help democracy evolve there. The Prime Minister of Iraq and others have condemned Hezbollah and say they do not support them. So, if you want to have our effort in Iraq impaired by this situation, go ahead, but I think the Democrats are proving again why they’re not qualified to lead.
“I think the president will enforce the law,” byAmanda - said Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), explaining why he won’t back Sen. Arlen Specter’s (R-PA) bill that would allow Congress to sue President Bush over his use of presidential signing statements.
27.Jul.2006 Right-Wing ‘Guide to World War III’: ‘Kill ‘Em All, Let Allah Sort ‘Em Out’ byNico 
The conservative advocacy group GrasstopsUSA sent out a mass email yesterday featuring a column described as “a spectator’s guide to World War III — the Lebanese Front.” The title: “
Kill ‘Em All. Let Allah Sort ‘Em Out.” Some low-lights:

A disproportionate response is the best kind. … What would a proportionate Israeli response be? Snatching two Hezbollah fighters, torturing them to death, cutting off their genitals and stuffing them in their mouths?

Lebanon used to be a nice little country, before the Sons of Allah got their blood-smeared hands on it. Believe it or not, Beirut was once…the most advanced and prosperous country in the Arab world — because a majority of Lebanese were Christians.

Israel needs to step-up its air strikes and send in the troops (can you say “massive deployment, baby?”) to do the job only ground forces can do. … To resurrect and reconfigure one of my favorite Vietnam-era slogans — Kill ‘em all. Let Allah sort ‘em out.

GrasstopsUSA is no fringe group. Its executive director, Christopher Carmouche, sat on the exclusive host committee for last year’s high-profile “tribute” to then-House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-TX) (along with luminaries like Grover Norquist) + was a member of the National Coalition to End Judicial Filibusters, the conservative umbrella group run by Manuel Miranda, former staffer to Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN).
26.Jul.2006 July 26, 2006 by Think Progress 
Some 4,000 U.S. troops will soon move into Baghdad where “
violence…is still terrible,” as Bush said yesterday. National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley called the deployment “Phase II,” but another White House official said there was no Phase II in the original plan. “This is more like Plan B,” he said.

“Imagine Glacier Park without glaciers or Yellowstone without any grizzly bears .” Global warming threatens 12 of the nation’s most famous national parks, according to a new NRDC report.

Four U.N. observers were killed yesterday “when an Israeli airstrike hit their observation post near the Israeli border.” Secretary-General Kofi Annan said he was “shocked” at Israel’s “apparently deliberate targeting” of a UN post; an Israeli official called Annan’s suggestion “outrageous.”

“Al McAffrey is poised to become the first openly gay member of the Oklahoma state legislature.” Arkansas and Alabama both elected their first openly gay representatives this year, as well.

Sens. Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Hillary Clinton (D-NY) are “seriously reconsidering” their opposition to U.N. Ambassador John Bolton , according to a New York Sun report. “I think there’s a reasonable chance they might support him this time around,” said Zionist Organization of America president Morton Klein.

5.2%: Drop in earnings for workers with four-year degrees between 2000 and 2004, the first such wage stagnation for graduates in 30 years.

Majority Whip Roy Blunt said the House leadership will soon hold the first vote in a decade on increasing the minimum wage . Predicting the bill will pass, Blunt said, “I’m not sure that it’s a ‘must-pass,’ but it will probably be a ‘will-pass.’”

“ Do large corporations need another tax break? The House of Representatives seems to think so.” House conservatives will take up a measure this week that would prohibit states from taxing many out-of-state businesses.

0 . Number of documents the Department of Justice has received from the U.S. attorney’s office in San Diego in connection with the corruption case of former Rep. Duke Cunningham (R-CA), since requesting thousands of pages five months ago.

And finally: Rob Woodall, chief of staff to Rep. John Linder (R-GA), “has been quietly slipping down to ‘the cage’ on the first floor of the Longworth House Office Building to curl up and go night-night next to the office supplies .” Woodall keeps a towel, foam cot + personal items such as a decorative throw pillow, but swears he sleeps down there only “a couple of nights every couple of weeks.”
27.Jul.2006 The Child Custody Protection Act byAmanda - passed the Senate tonight in a 65-34 vote. The legislation makes it a “crime to take a pregnant girl across state lines for an abortion without her parents’ knowledge” and is opposed by major medical groups and women’s organizations.
27.Jul.2006 Don't You Dare Criticize Israel By SusanUnPC

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has learned -- and so too U.N. secretary general Kofi Annan -- that strong criticism of Israel's devastating military campaign in Lebanon is apparently the equivalent of being anti-Israeli. And almost every TV news report I've heard has made that clear.

The Israelis are outraged by Annan's remarks that yesterday's deadly attack on the longtime, clearly marked U.N. bunker in Southern Lebanon was "apparently deliberate." Dan Gillerman, Israel's ambassador to the U.N., called Annan's statement "premature, hasty, deplorable + irresponsible."

And members of the media are phrasing and shaping their reporting of yesterday's deaths in order to shift the story's FOCUS to a criticism of Kofi Annan's statement -- not to the eight hours of Israeli attacks on the U.N. bunker, despite constant pleas from U.N. officials + the deaths of the Austrian, Finnish, Chinese + Canadian observers from the 2,000-person UNIFIL force.

Last night, Larry King asked Christiane Amanpour why Annan was "against Israel": LARRY KING: ... Christiane, Kofi Annan is usually very diplomatic and careful. Were you surprised that he was so strikingly against Israel today?

I see Maliki's criticism of Israel as mostly what he knew he had to say to the Shiite majority (and Sunnis) in Iraq. It would have been suicidal to have saved his criticism for Hezbollah, a Shiite political and militia group.

Kofi Annan's criticism and suspicions, however, have strong bases since he knows, only too well, the recent history of other deaths and injuries from Israeli air strikes, as well as numerous, repetitive efforts by U.N. officials + the general in charge, to let Israel's military know where the U.N. observers are located so that they wouldn't be bombed by mistake.

A civilian employee of the U.N. force, along with his wife, was killed by Israeli bombing on July 12. And, "[f]ive Unifil soldiers and one military observer had also been wounded," according to The Independent . "They included four Ghanaians injured by artillery fire on Monday and a peacekeeper shot through the back on July 23."

Yesterday, the U.N. observer base was attacked from 11:20 AM until 7:40 PM, when contact with the base was lost and presumably the four U.N. observers were killed. "I spoke to Mr Olmert and he definitely believes it was a mistake and has expressed his deep sorrow, " Mr Annan told a press conference in Rome.

"But the shelling started in the morning and went on until after 7pm. You cannot imagine the anguish of the unarmed men and women peacekeepers who were there."

According to a detailed timeline of the incident provided by an unidentified UN officer and reported by CNN, the first bomb exploded around 200 metres from the post at 1.20pm (11.20am BST) yesterday.

Unifil observers then telephoned their designated contact with the Israeli military, who assured them the attacks would stop. In the following hours, nine more bombs fell close to the post, each one followed by a call to the Israeli military , the UN officer said.

The main Unifil base in the town of Naqoura lost contact with the post at 7.40pm, seemingly the time when the post received a direct hit. -- The Guardian , July 26, 2006

In the past two weeks, U.N. forces have endured "dozens" of attacks: The 2,000-strong Unifil force, which sits on the Israel-Lebanon border, has suffered dozens of attacks and direct hits in two weeks of conflict. Israel is suspicious of the force and wants it beefed up with an international stabilisation force involving up to 20,000 troops. -- The Guardian , July 26, 2006

Today, Amy Goodman interviewed Timur Goksel, former spokesperson and senior advisor for UNIFIL, who said that the observers "had been working there for over 50-60 years." TIMUR GOKSEL: It's a big loss. It’s an unnecessary loss. These people had been working there for over 50-60 years in very [inaudible] positions. They are made up of armed officers. There are 42 nationalities there [inaudible]. And it's a very sad loss. It's a totally unnecessary loss, because of an [inaudible] action by the other side. That’s what it is. It's heartbreaking, but it's not the first time, unfortunately.

AMY GOODMAN: Can you explain what you mean, “this is not the first time”?

TIMUR GOKSEL: Well, they had UN soldiers and officers killed by [inaudible] before. One difference is that this time they attempt to apologize. In the past, they do not even apologize. [.....]

AMY GOODMAN: What do you mean, “they don't care”?

TIMUR GOKSEL: They don't care if they kill a UN man or anybody on the Lebanese side. For them, their own life is sacred, their own troops are sacred. They have a mission + if the UN gets in the way of their efforts over there, if the UN gets hit, so be it. That’s what I’m saying.

AMY GOODMAN: Timur Goksel, yesterday on CNN the Consul General of Israel, in talking about UNIFIL, said that they were sympathetic to Hezbollah. Can you respond to that?

TIMUR GOKSEL: That is the biggest [inaudible]. UNIFIL came here 00.000.1978 .

We were, because at that time there was no Hezbollah here, accused of being sympathetic to Palestinians. A peacekeeping force does not come here with pre-set enemies. There is no enemy [inaudible] in a peacekeeping force. UNIFIL is a peacekeeping force. It’s not a Israeli combat force or an anti-terror force, as they would like it to be. As long as we don’t serve their direct interests, they are going to denigrate it as much as they can.

What does it mean, the Hezbollah [inaudible]? Hezbollah people are the people -- are Lebanese people. They are not from outer space. They live in those villages. And a peacekeeping force, first of all, primarily lives on its good will of the people, with the population of the area. And on this one, nobody can deny UNIFIL’s success. So if that includes -- if I am [inaudible] village and at nighttime there’s [inaudible], that’s what? Am I a Hezbollah sympathizer? [inaudible] So, I mean, this is Israeli propaganda. ...

Here is Christiane Amanpour's response to Larry King's loaded question: KING: Christiane Amanpour is in Jerusalem, Christiane, Kofi Annan is usually very diplomatic and careful. Were you surprised that he was so strikingly against Israel today?

CHRISTIANE AMANPOUR, CNN CHIEF INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well I mean, you know, you make that judgment about being against Israel. I'm not sure that's what his statement said. It asked for a full investigation and it did say that it was apparently deliberate targeting.

And then he went on to say in the statement that the observation post was clearly marked, that his top general there had been in touch with the Israeli authorities all throughout the day about this and asking them to protect it. And the UNIFIL statement that was put out about these casualties said that they had had 14 very close firings in just this afternoon alone.

In contrast, Wolf Blitzer's response to Larry King's question focused entirely on Israeli anger over Annan's statement, never referring to the four deaths yesterday: KING: Wolf Blitzer in Jerusalem, didn't it appear that Kofi Annan was making such a charge?

WOLF BLITZER, CNN ANCHOR: It certainly appeared that way to the Israelis. They were outraged that the top U.N. diplomat would effectively come up with a conclusion, even an apparent conclusion, even while calling for an investigation. In other words, the verdict comes in before the trial.

And we heard the Israeli ambassador to Washington, we heard the Israeli ambassador to the United Nations both deploring in very deliberate and very tough words what Kofi Annan says.

And I think there's going to be a very angry reaction here in Israel when people wake up. It's still the middle of the night here. But they're going to be shocked that Kofi Annan would accuse the Israelis of doing this apparently deliberately.

It's one thing if the Israelis did it they would say "You know what, there are innocents that sometimes die even with the best of intentions." But for Kofi Annan to do this, to lay this out, the Israelis are very angry. They're furious at the U.N. secretary- general -- Larry.

And this from the Anderson Cooper 360 show on CNN: DAN GILLERMAN, ISRAELI AMBASSADOR TO UNITED NATIONS: Good evening, Anderson.

COOPER: Kofi Annan says -- good evening.

Kofi Annan says that this was an apparently deliberate strike at a U.N. position. Was it?

GILLERMAN: First of all, I want to express our deep regret at this very tragic event + extend out condolences to the families of the victims.

But, to use Kofi Annan's own words, I am shocked and deeply distressed by his deliberate targeting of Israel. I think that the statement made by the secretary-general was very unworthy of such a seasoned diplomat. I think it was premature, hasty, deplorable + irresponsible.

And I certainly hope that, after the secretary-general has had a good night's sleep in Rome, he may wake up and realize that he made a mistake + apologize for those very unfortunate words.

Amazing. Snark from the Israeli ambassador in the midst of such unnecessary and cruel deaths.
from Rense... hmmmm 9-11 Controlled Demolition: New Evidence
27.Jul.2006 Israel sets up terrorists in Lebanon to lob missiles into Israel. The damage is minimal, but Israel has never hesitated.... ZioPedia: All There Is To Know About Zionism - Ziophobia
27.Jul.2006 Conservative Mag: Bush Allies Are "In Revolt" Against Condi Rice... By The Huffington Post on George W. Bush

Conservative national security allies of President Bush are in revolt against Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, saying that she is incompetent and has reversed the administration?s national security + foreign policy agenda.

The conservatives, who include Newt Gingrich, Richard Perle and leading current and former members of the Pentagon and National Security Council, have urged the president to transfer Miss Rice out of the State Department and to an advisory role. They said Miss Rice, stemming from her lack of understanding of the Middle East, has misled the president on Iran and the Arab-Israeli conflict.
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Our drug policy effectively promotes the use of the most deadly and addictive drugs, alcohol and tobacco, while using violence to deter people from using far safer and less addictive drugs, like marijuana and ecstasy. Millions of people are dead as a result of this policy. This makes me angry. Shouldn't you be angry too?
All the news that's fit to print By nokilli

As you can read here, it appears that there is quite a bit of evidence building up now that undermines whatever legitimacy Israel hoped for itself as it commits these brutal acts against the Lebanese people. Here's another good link to a page quoting from a very wide variety of sources all of which state that it was in Lebanon, not Israel, where these Israeli soldiers were captured, not
A conversation with a (Corporate) Cockroach by William Bowles “ There appears to have been a cold calculation made at senior levels within the Anglo-American policymaking establishment: that the system is dying, but the last remaining viable means of sustaining it remains a fundamentally military solution designed to reconfigure and rehabilitate the system to continue to meet the requirements of the interlocking circuits of military-corporate power and profit. ” — ‘UK Government Sources Confirm War With Iran Is On’, Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed

I would add to this, ‘Apres la deluge’. It is an established fact that cockroaches can survive immense doses of nuclear radiation and that following a nuclear conflagration, if all else died, the cockroaches would still be around, although probably with little to eat given how they live of us, or at least our garbage.

Likewise, the Corporate Cockroach Class of the USA have made the calculation that Climate Catastrophe is unavoidable and unstoppable. Indeed, I contend that they came to this conclusion some years ago and have been actively engaged in preparing for such an eventuality.

Moreover, I contend that the decision was made based on cold, hard facts, not the least of which is the fact that what we call global capitalism is on the verge of a meltdown of enormous proportions, which in itself is not a new phenomenon, such over-accumulation of capital and intra-imperialist rivalries led to WWI and II in which hundreds of millions of people were sacrificed to the great God Mammon.

The only thing that has changed is firstly the scale of the catastrophe, brought about the changing nature of capitalist productive relations, or globalisation as it is called, which has led to a fragile and extremely unstable ‘system’, described by the cybernetician Stafford Beer some decades ago as follows “A homeostat works (and we know all the cybernetic rules) by moving its stable point in a very complicated response to the shocks it receives to its total system. Any homeostat takes a finite time to re-establish its new stable point. This is called the relaxation time of the system. Today it is typical of social institutions that the mean interval between shocks (thanks to the rate of change) is shorter than the relaxation time. That is because the institutions were originally designed to accept a much longer interval between shocks. From this it follows that societary institutions will either go into a state of oscillation, or Plunge into that terminal equilibrium called death.”

Homeostasis is, by the way

“the tendency of a complex system to run towards an equilibrial state. This happens because the many parts of the complex system absorb each other’s capacity to disrupt the whole.”

Beer goes on say + I think extremely presciently given that this was written 00.000.1973

“The cybernetician will expect the politician to adopt one of two basic postures in the face of these systemic troubles.

“The first is to ignore the cybernetic facts and to pretend that the oscillations are due to some kind of’ wickedness which can be stamped out . The second is to undertake some kind of revolution, violent or not, to redesign the faulty instruments of government. I do not have to relate the polarisation throughout the entire world to which this cybernetic expectation is the key. But it seems very clear to me as a matter of management science that if in these typical circumstances you do not like violence, then you should quickly embark on a pacific revolution in government. If you do not, then violence you will certainly get. [my emph. WB]” — ‘Fanfare for Effective Freedom’ by Stafford Beer, 1973.

This may sound a far cry from the present circumstances but it describes very accurately the situation brought about by ‘globalisation’, namely a situation spinning rapidly out of control for which the only solution the capitalist class have is predictably, war.

So, I think that the ‘plan’ is as follows:

Given the financial, technical and military resources they have at their disposal, they can effectively ‘ride out the storm’ and emerge, on the other side, relatively unscathed. Not without enormous cost of course, but hopefully they calculate, not to them.

Consider also, that the revolution in production made possible by information technology means that far fewer workers are actually needed to produce what will in any case be a vastly lower demand for goods and services.

They will have at their disposal the ‘intellectual capital’ needed to kickstart the capitalist system once again as well as the security forces to protect them and of course, savings to live off.

Also consider that with climate catastrophe taking care not only those millions of ‘uppity natives’ but also a good deal of the competition in countries like China and India, making the resources the rest of the developing world possesses available to these elites.

It is within this context that one must set the unfolding scenario that is Iraq and now Lebanon. Indeed, I would argue that the barbarity that is Lebanon is a carefully calculated ‘experiment’ to see what kind of reaction we in the rich world would have, in much the same way as the destruction of Yugoslavia served (or the Gulf War of 1990-91) or perhaps even more to the point, how the German Nazis used the Spanish Civil War to test out mass, aerial bombardment or the US the Vietnam War to test new and untried weapons systems.

If the reactions of the great mass of the populations are anything to go by, the destruction of Lebanon has on this basis, been a resounding success (with the able assistance of course, of the Mass Media in hiding the reality from us + also through the wall of Israeli propaganda, justifying the awful slaughter and destruction.

Consider also how the ‘War on Terror’ fits into this scenario, for in order to pull it off, it needs a total Security State complete with all manner of ‘legal’, social control mechanisms, in the UK personified by the Civil Contingencies Bill as well as the various ‘anti-terrorism’ legislations.

“So is that what all the “emergency preparedness” legislation, here in the UK as well as in the USA and in Europea, all about? The US plans are bad enough, as Ellsberg notes, but the plans [of the] UK … are … hardly better, prompting The Guardian to describe the Civil Contingencies Bill (passed as an Act 00.000.2004) as “the greatest threat to civil liberty that any parliament is ever likely to consider.” — Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed

The question of course remains whether such a gamble, for that is what it is, will pay dividends. But make no mistake, these are the same elites who sacrificed hundreds of millions of people when they initiated WWI and II, so the idea of sacrificing a couple of billion people will not trouble them anymore than the millions already sacrificed.

Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed doubts that such a plan will succeed but firstly, I argue that won’t stop them from trying anymore than the certain knowledge that the invasion of Iraq was doomed to failure. Okay, it might show that the elites are either blind to learning the lessons of the past or, motivated only by short term greed. But I argue that they really have no choice in the matter considering that they will not relinquish their control voluntarily and are thus driven by a kind of inevitability to commit the same errors (and crimes) over and over again, until we get rid of the bastards or, that Gaia does it for us?

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27.Jul.2006 Daily Information from Occupied Iraq] - [newsletter 25 Jul 2006]
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My Letter to Lebanon?s Prime Minister Fouad Siniora
Mike Whitney Dear Prime Minister Fouad Siniora, Perhaps you will be kind enough to answer a few questions regarding the recent visit of United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, so that people around the world who have looked on with sympathy as your country has been ravaged by Israeli aggression can understand your feelings on these important matters. First of all, why did you allow the Secretary of State to visit Beirut? The Bush administration had ! already made its position entirely clear and everyone who followed the issue knew that the US would continue to give Israel the "green light" until it finished its military operations according to its original plans. Were you unaware that Rice had already stated that she was not prepared to offer a "cease fire"? Were you unaware that the USA was "rushing a shipment of precision-guided bombs to Israel" to continue the slaughter of Lebanese civilians and the destruction of the nation?s infrastructure? Why would you allow yourself to be photographed "smiley-faced" and shaking hands with the woman who is destroying your country and killing your people? (...) Jesus Christ said, "For what shall it profit a man if he should gain the whole world but lose his soul." What about your soul, Prime Minister? Was that part of America?s bargain, too? You have disgraced your country and betrayed your people. You should do the honorable thing and submit your resignation so tha! t your people can elect a leader worthy of their respect... Read the full article / Leggi l'articolo completo:

Depleted Uranium Situation Worsens Requiring Immediate Action By President Bush, Prime Minister Blair + Prime Minister Olmert
Dr. Doug Rokke, PhD., former Director, U.S. Army Depleted Uranium project The delivery of at least 100 GBU 28 bunker busters bombs containing depleted uranium warheads by the USA to Israel for use against targets in Lebanon will result in additional radioactive and chemical toxic contamination with consequent adverse health and environmental effects throughout the middle east.! Today, U.S., British + now Israeli military personnel are using illegal uranium munitions- America's and England's own "dirty bombs" while U.S. Army, U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Department of Defense + British Ministry of Defence officials deny that there are any adverse health and environmental effects as a consequence of the manufacture, testing, and/or use of uranium munitions to avoid liability for the willful and illegal dispersal of a radioactive toxic material - depleted uranium. The use of uranium weapons is absolutely unacceptable + a crime against humanity. Consequently the citizens of the world and all governments must force cessation of uranium weapons use... Read the full article / Leggi l'articolo completo:

Did you know?
Gabriele Zamparini Did you know that "Dana Olmert, the daughter of Israel's Prime Minister Ehud Olmert... [was one of] the demonstrators [who] chanted slogans such as 'Tzahala residents, there's a murderer in your neighborhood,' and raised signs calling on the government to 'put a stop to the murder of civilians' and stating, 'Halutz is a killer, the intifada shall prevail.' Activists also shouted, 'neighbors, ask Halutz why he's killing children and how many'"? Why not? Did you know that "45! % of those killed in Lebanon are children and of the 500,000 people who have fled to safety, some 200,000 are children"? Why not? Did you know that Israel bombed "the nation's biggest private network, the Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation"? Why not? Did you know that a "big milk factory in the Bekaa region called 'Liban Lait? was completely burned and destroyed by direct attacks from the Israeli Air Force."? And that a "food storehouse called 'TransMed? in Choueifate, in Beirut?s southern suburbs, was totally destroyed"? Why not? Did you know that "Lebanon's president accused Israel on Monday of using phosphorous bombs in its 13-day offensive and urged the United Nations to demand an immediate ceasefire"?...Read the full article / Leggi l'articolo completo:

Israel uses cluster bombs, chemical weapons.
Lenin's Tomb According to Human Rights Watch, Israel is now dropping cluster bombs on Lebanese villages + have already killed and wounded men, women and children. Meanwhile, the Lebanese Minister of Health says wounded children are suffering from the impact of white phosphorus. The Lebanese president repeated the claim yesterday. As Israel pushes further into Lebanon, it continues to target civilians, in one incident blowing up a house and killing the family inside.! A Times reporter has told ABC news that he has witnessed the deliberate targeting of civilians. We have to bear in mind precisely how much the information that gets out into the mass media is conditioned by Israeli censorship... Read the full article / Leggi l'articolo completo:

War crimes, a moment of humanity + Harper's shame
SPENCER OSBERG, Special to Shunpiking Online ...In the villages in the hills east of the costal town of Naquora, Rami says the Israelis have bombed all the roads and bridges, meaning nobody can leave and supplies cannot get in. People are beginning to starve and they're too afraid to leave the basements of their homes. Now the Israelis are bombing the houses. He says there is nowhere to hide and you unable to run. Between 40 and 70 families from the town took r! efugee from the bombing at a school + then on Monday the Israelis bombed the school, killing almost everyone. Rami says seven families where sheltering in a large house next to the hospital and the Israelis bombed them. It took emergency crews two days to remove all the bodies because the Israeli jets continued to bomb it over and over again, killing some of the emergency workers... Read the full article / Leggi l'articolo completo:

Media Lens ...The rules are clear but never discussed - corporate reporters are free and happy to declare their personal views insofar as they accord with state interests, but not when they conflict. To criticise the powerful is to be 'biased' and 'crusading'. To support the case made by power is to be 'measured', 'objective' and 'balanced'. Journalists' moral outrage is not relevant when the West does not give a damn about the men, women and children dying under its bomb! s... Read the full article / Leggi l'articolo completo:

Text of Bush-al-Maliki news conference
Associated Press ... Maliki In the name of God, the most merciful, the passionate, I would like to thank President George Bush. Mr. President, I would like to thank you for your invitation to come here and visit the USA of America. And I would like to thank you for the warm welcome that myself and my delegation received.

And, also, I appreciate very much your interest in the situation in Iraq and the responsible spirit that have dominated our discussions today !

We have discussed with President Bush clearly and frankly all the current challenges + the horizon + the future + ways of cooperation between our two country in order to build a democratic, united, flourishing Iraq that enjoys its full national sovereignty... Read the full article / Leggi l'articolo completo:

Today in Iraq Four mortar bombs fell in the southern Baghdad suburb of Abu Dshir, killing two civilians and injuring seven more. Earlier, one civilian and one soldier were killed in a series of bomb attacks which injured seven people. The final death toll from an explosion and clashes which erupted between gunmen and the police on Monday on Haifa street in central Baghdad is four policemen killed and 36 wounded. One policeman was killed and three wounded when a roadside bomb we! nt off near their patrol in the Zayouna district of the capital. Gunmen killed a policeman in a drive-by shooting in southwestern Baghdad. Five civilians were killed and four others were wounded Monday evening when mortar shells crashed into a southern Baghdad neighborhood... Read the full article / Leggi l'articolo completo:

Five myths that sanction Israel?s war crimes
Jonathan Cook, This week I had the pleasure to appear on American radio, on the Laura Ingraham show, pitted against David Horowitz (right-wing propaganda machine -> ), a "Semite supremacist" who most recently made his name under the banner of Campus Watch, leading McCarthyite witch-hunts against American professors who have the impertinence to suggest that maybe, just maybe, Arabs have minds and feelings like the rest of us. It was a revealing experience, at least for a British journali! st rarely exposed to the depths of ignorance and prejudice in the USA on Middle East matters -- well, apart from the regular whackos who fill my email in-tray. But five minutes of listening to Horowitz speak + the sympathy with which his arguments were greeted by Laura ("The Professors -- your book?s a great read, David"), left me a lot more frightened about the world?s future... Read the full article / Leggi l'articolo completo:

What in hell does the Bush Regime want out of the Middle east?
Ted Bohne The New Iraqi Prime Minister says Iraq will not descend into Civil war. This, of course, begs the question, where in hell he is, the Bahamas? Iraq is in the very midst of a civil war. The three factions in Iraq are hard at war with the US and other Iraqis. Car bombs, suicide bombs and such are killing of Iraqis faster than bullets. Then you have American field grade officers telling their men to kill any Iraqi male of military age. That woul! d be about fifteen. Iraq and Afghanistan are no longer discernable as nations. Only a huge areas of carnage. The American's have failed entirely + really should leave. Reason and logic dictate an American departure + now since they are nothing more than an acute exacerbation of a Bush Catastrophe... Read the full article / Leggi l'articolo completo:

Israel's False Assumptions about Lebanon: Israeli Miscalculations
The Angry Arab News Service At this stage, it is not clear what will happen next. But at this stage, it is possible to state that Israeli political goals will not be achieved, no matter how long Israeli aggression takes. No matter what happens next + even if Israel manages to kill Nasrallah or other leaders, Israel's ability to achieve its goals is diminishing not increasing. I am not being triumphalist: Israeli military superiority + Israeli! willingness, nay eagerness, to use massive and indiscriminate violence, has never been in doubt. I lived and barely survived the 1982 Israeli invasion after all. But the political situation is rather spiraling quickly away from the intentions of Israel and its vocal and silent partners in the world... Read the full article / Leggi l'articolo completo:

I accuse you !
Tsilli Goldenberg, Israeli citizen, Axis of Logic I, Tsilli Goldenberg, Israeli citizen, Accuse you - Ehud Olmert, Prime Minister of Israel, Amir Peretz, Minister of Defense, Dan Halutz Head of Staff Chief Commander of the Israeli Army, of committing this bestial barbaric slaughter in Lebanon. I accuse you of committing Crimes against Humanity towards the Palestinian People. I accuse you of deserting our soldiers, when their lives could be saved by negotiations + I accuse you of starting an unju! stified war in my name... Read the full article / Leggi l'articolo completo:

The spirit of resistance
Pepe Escobar As southern Lebanon is turned into a wasteland mirroring the Gaza gulag, Washington neo-cons may stridently celebrate the contours of a final solution for the Hamas-Hezbollah "problem". Or should they? Israel's feverish military machine at least conveys the impression it knows exactly what it's doing - with its made-in-the-USA bombs destroying not just military but civilian targets. But this does not mean Israel is winning its war against Hezbollah... Read the full article / Leggi l'articolo completo:

?You can tell them that I?m not leaving. We love Lebanon.?
ZENA EL-KHALIL ....Biggest cynical statement of the day: Israel has told people to evacuate from the south because they are going to annihilate the south of Lebanon. However, the people can not leave because all the roads have been destroyed/blocked. And yesterday when people did try and leave, the Israelis opened fire on them! A massacre is happening! Update on the attacks, as of yesterday: Israelis have been bombing the south of Lebanon with phosphorus! and other chemical bombs. Israelis have bombed all ports along the coastline of Lebanon. Israelis have bombed all our local army radars and some outposts Israelis have bombed/attacked the fire fighting brigade and the Search and Rescue Brigade in the South. Innocent civilian lives were lost. It was a massacre - the buildings were also housing refugees.. Israelis have continued to bomb the suburb of Beirut, Read the full article / Leggi l'articolo completo:

Beirut, 1982
Sabra and Shatila and the Brave Woman Who Awoke the Press to the Massacres
MAHER OSSEIRAN ...The story she told me was her personal experience + as such, I left it to her alone to share with others. Since the time I heard her story, I had hoped to read it in a magazine or a newspaper. Perhaps people in Europe got to read it; but I certainly did not read it here in the States. I have always felt that the story, as a first hand account of what happened around Sabra and Shatila while the! refugees were being slaughtered, should be widely shared. Today, I feel that the passage of time insulates my friend and gives me the freedom to share it with you... Read the full article / Leggi l'articolo completo:

The IDF Will Become Even More Violent
Why Israel is Losing
ASHRAF ISMA'IL The world is witnessing what could be a critical turning point in the Arab-Israeli conflict. Israel is now engaged in a war that could permanently undermine the efficacy of its much-vaunted military apparatus. Ironically, there are several reasons for believing that Israel's destruction of southern Lebanon and southern Beirut will weaken its bargaining position relative to its adversaries + will strengthen its adversaries' h! Ands... Read the full article / Leggi l'articolo completo:

Jewish Zionists Keeping Up the Pretense of America's Global Empire
Bob Finch Both America and the Jews-only state in Palestine (Jos) have a vested political interest in continuing to maintain the fiction that America is the empire and the Jos is its satellite. After all, a hyper-power like America doesn?t want the world to ridicule it, even if only in private, for being the servant of a tiny nation of belligerent paranoid racists surrounding themselves with walls, buffer zones + security fences, in the Middle ! East. The Jos doesn?t want the world to know it is giving orders to the Bush administration because then it would have to take the blame for its racist deeds that it is currently deflecting onto America... Read the full article / Leggi l'articolo completo:

Rice begins Mideast tour to promote US-Israeli war aims
Patrick Martin US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice arrived in Beirut, Lebanon Monday, the first stop in a trip whose purpose is to shore up the joint US-Israeli military campaign against Hezbollah and give more time for the Israeli military to use American bombs and weapons to devastate Lebanon. Rice visits Israel not, as media accounts suggest, to act as a moderating influence on the Zionist regime. Rather, following the logic of Bush administration fore! ign policy, Rice will pressure the Israelis to intensify the violence in south Lebanon so as to create the optimum conditions for joint Israeli and American pressure against the Syrian regime of President Bashar Assad... Read the full article / Leggi l'articolo completo:

While the world is turning its back on Lebanon and closing its eyes
Raida Hatoum ...I went home feeling sad and helpless. Decided to occupy myself with reorganizing the old newspapers I keep in my room: I carry the first one and open it to find it is "Al Safeer" newspaper from 1996 and on the first page pictures of killed infants and children - it was the Israeli massacre of Qana. This massacre happened when people from the southern villages took refuge at a UN center in the village of Qana and were murdered as I! srael bombed the UN center. Pain sweeps me and I crack down with the tears I tried very bravely and hardly to stop for seven days. The whole picture is so shockingly clear to me: we will never live in peace and will never have a future as long as Israel is protected, tolerated and allowed to kill children and destroy houses and hospitals in Lebanon and Palestine. It is a genocide. Nothing less. Nothing else... Read the full article / Leggi l'articolo completo:

Kidnapped in Israel or Captured in Lebanon?
Joshua Frank As Lebanon continues to be pounded by Israeli bombs and munitions, the justification for Israel's invasion is treading on very thin ice. It has become general knowledge that it was Hezbollah guerillas that first kidnapped two IDF soldiers inside Israel on July 12, prompting an immediate and violent response from the Israeli government, which insists it is acting in the interest of national defense. Israeli forces have gone on to kill over 370 innocent Leban! ese civilians (compared to 34 killed on Israel's side) while displacing hundreds of thousands more. But numerous reports from international and independent media, as well as the Associated Press, raise questions about Israel's official version of the events that sparked the conflict two weeks ago... Read the full article / Leggi l'articolo completo:

The Lobby Or Not The Lobby?
Issa Khalaf, ...The two, apparently conflictive assertions, that Israel serves American imperial interests and that the Israel lobby "controls" US foreign policy are both partially correct + therefore not mutually exclusive. There has been an increasing convergence of interest between a more militarized and aggressive US foreign policy navigated by neo-conservatives and supported by Christian fundamentalists and a lobby that has increasingly become more aggressiv! e, uncompromising + demanding in its support of Israel. US and Israeli policies and strategies have also become blurred and integrated, partially because of the fact that many of the neo-conservatives in government and its ideologues outside it are Jewish Americans who are also exceptionally committed and loyal to Israel as much as they are to America... Read the full article / Leggi l'articolo completo:
27.Jul.2006 Kidnapped in Israel or Captured in Lebanon?
Joshua Frank As Lebanon continues to be pounded by Israeli bombs and munitions, the justification for Israel's invasion is treading on very thin ice. It has become general knowledge that it was Hezbollah guerillas that first kidnapped two IDF soldiers inside Israel on July 12, prompting an immediate and violent response from the Israeli government, which insists it is acting in the interest of national defense. Israeli forces have gone on to kill over 370 innocent Leban! ese civilians (compared to 34 killed on Israel's side) while displacing hundreds of thousands more. But numerous reports from international and independent media, as well as the Associated Press, raise questions about Israel's official version of the events that sparked the conflict two weeks ago...
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22.Jul.2006 Congress and the Israeli Attack on Lebanon: A Critical Reading Stephen Zunes - Editor: John Feffer, IRC -Foreign Policy In Focus
29.Jul.2006 the U.S. House of Representatives, by an overwhelming 410-8 margin, voted to unconditionally endorse Israel's ongoing attacks on Lebanon and the Gaza Strip. The Senate passed a similar resolution defending the Israeli attack earlier in the week by a voice vote, but included a clause that “urges all sides to protect innocent civilian life and infrastructure.” By contrast, the House version omits this section and even praises Israel for “minimizing civilian loss,” despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary. The resolution also praises President George W. Bush for “fully supporting Israel,” even though Bush has blocked diplomatic efforts for a cease-fire and has isolated the USA in the international community by supporting the Israeli attacks.

27.Jul.2006 Israelis Slaughter U.N. Observers Another Day in the Empire
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After Israel bombed a U.N. shelter near Khiam, Lebanon, killing four observers, Daniel Ayalon, Israeli ambassador to the USA, had the audacity to tell Wolf Blizter of CNN he expects an apology from U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan for complaining.

Of course, this is nothing new, as the Israelis routinely attack the United Nations and little if anything comes of such murderous crimes against humanity.

For instance, on April 18, 1996, in the Lebanese village of Qana, during Israel’s “Operation Grapes of Wrath” invasion, the IOF killed 106 Lebanese refugees seeking protection at a Fijian UNIFIL compound. As usual, the Israeli government expressed regret, but words are cheap, especially considering the fact the IOF consistently issues such meaningless apologies after slaughtering innocents. The Zionist state added insult to injury, or rather mass murder, by not paying compensation to the victims.

A few days earlier, on April 12, an IOF attack helicopter fired a missile at an ambulance in the village of al-Mansuri, killing two women and four young girls. On the same day the Israelis killed refugees at Qana, a “helicopter gunship attack on a house in the village of Upper Nabatiyeh on April 18, 1996 … killed nine civilians, including a newborn baby, six children under thirteen years old + their mother,” according to Human Rights Watch.

No word if Daniel Ayalon or his counterpart at the time expected an apology from the families of the victims.

Israel’s IOF has engaged in numerous massacres in Bint Jbeil, Khan Yunis, Maaraka, Jibaa, Qibya, Saida, Trqumia, Homeen al-Tahta, Seer al-Garbiah, Yohmor, Sabra and Shatila, on and on, ad nauseam, killing thousands of Arabs, massacres so common we rarely hear about them here in America, what with our “fair and balanced” corporate media.

The numbers of United Nations personnel killed by the IOF pales in comparison. However, on

03.Dec.2002 -sixty-four U.N. workers issued a petition demanding the Israeli military stop “beating + killing” them, according to the Memory Hole, an appropriate venue, as the corporate media ignored the petition.

“You might think that such a strongly-worded statement sent by more than five-dozen United Nations workers to the ‘Middle East’s only democracy’ would be highly newsworthy. Apparently not. Among the very few media outlets to cover it were Reuters, the BBC, the Independent (London), Ha’aretz (Jerusalem) + the Jerusalem Post. Notice that all these sources are British or Israeli. Not one American media outlet has covered the story.”

“[F]or two years United Nations staff have been subject to escalating harassment and violence by Israel’s military, so that the protection supposed to be afforded by the blue letters of the UN is being steadily eroded,” the petition explains. “UN staff—international and Palestinian alike—have been verbally abused, stripped, beaten, shot at + killed by Israeli soldiers.”

Tragically Iain Hook was not the first person working with the UN to die at the hands of the IDF this year. In March, Kamal Hamdan was shot and killed while travelling in a clearly marked UNRWA ambulance in the West Bank. In April, Husni Amer died in Israeli military custody in Jenin after, according to witnesses, receiving a brutal beating by the soldiers at the time of his arrest. From its silence, we presume the Israeli authorities have ignored UN requests for an investigation and report of these two incidents + have not seen fit to take any disciplinary action against the soldiers involved. To us, this seems to confirm a pattern of utter contempt on the part of the Israeli army for the lost lives of these men, the safety of UN staff or the minimum standards imposed by international law which should protect UN staff and other humanitarian workers.

Again, no word if Daniel Ayalon demanded an apology.


It appears the IOF targeted UNIFIL for a very specific reason, namely to send the message the Zionist state doesn’t need no stinkin’ peacekeepers, especially peacekeepers who mostly evacuate citizens from Israel’s killing fields. Specifically, it was a message sent in regard to the prospect of yet another multinational peacekeeping force sent to Lebanon.

As Bush, or rather the neocons, tell us, Israel must be left alone to go after Hezbollah, that is to say Lebanese resisting invasion and occupation.

It didn’t take long for the corporate media to shellack the murder of the UN observers with sickening excuses. In addition to excuses, the Chicago Tribune felt compelled, as a standard lickspittle for Israeli crimes, to powder puff the invasion:

“The experience for the U.N. Interim Force in Lebanon, or UNIFIL, has not been a good one. In place since 1978 and comprising soldiers from France, Poland, India, Italy and a few other countries, UNIFIL was unable to stop the July 12 Hezbollah border raid that resulted in the kidnapping of two Israeli soldiers. It was also unable to block retaliating Israeli troops from entering Lebanon a few days later.”

As we know, the Israeli soldiers were captured in Lebanon, as reported by Forbes, the Hindustan Times, the Bahrain News Agency, Deutsche Presse-Agentur, AFP, Asia Times + others.

But then, naturally, the Chicago Tribune would be bucking the pro-Israel corporate media stampede if it told the truth. Imagine Winston Smith rewriting historical documents so that they match the current party line, which changes on a daily basis, over at the Ministry of Truth.

One wonders what the response would be if the Palestinians and Lebanese “retaliated” against Israel for kidnapping their citizens, numbering in the hundreds.

Finally, according to the Washington Post, the IOF continued firing on the targeted shelter, even as rescue workers attempted to clear the rubble. But then this should not be surprising, as the surviving members of the USS Liberty, the intelligence ship attacked by Israel on June 8, 1967, will likely tell you. In that instance, our “friends” attacked lifeboats with torpedoes and machine gun fire, a war crime.

It seems the Israelis are mighty fond of war crimes.
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27.Jul.2006 Heat 'key to cancer therapy' Testicular cancers are particularly susceptible to treatment because body heat makes the cells unstable, say researchers who are developing heat therapies for other cancers.
27.Jul.2006 Thailand records bird flu death A teenager becomes the first person to die of bird flu in Thailand this year, amid fears of a new outbreak.
27.Jul.2006 CIA: Warrants Hurt al Qaeda Hunt Defending the warrantless surveillance system he set up for Bush's domestic spying program, CIA director Michael Hayden tells senators those darned warrants only hinder pursuit of the real bad guys.
Spy agencies call for broader surveillance laws Intelligence officials say controversial changes are needed to track moving terrorist targets in an Internet age + Republicans agree.
27.Jul.2006 A device that writes, draws on water Blog: It may be a miracle to walk on water, but scientists have figured out a way to write and draw on it. This post on Pink Tentacle...
27.Jul.2006 India Rejects One Laptop per Child Program byScuttleMonkey 252ex-geek writes

"Seems like Negroponte's One Laptop per Child program has been rejected by the Ministry of Human Resource Development of India. Among the objections are concerns about the effect of extensive laptop use on children's health. Better uses for the monies, which would be required to roll out the OLPC project, are also named. Most insightful however is the observation that not one industrial country has so far implemented a similar program for its children, which casts doubt as to what the pedagogical use for notebooks in class really is."
Using Electricity to Heal byScuttleMonkey 133 ganjadude -

.. while the idea of using electricity to heal wounds was first reported 150 years ago by Emil Du Bois-Reymond, modern scientists may have found a way to practically apply this idea. From the article: "The researchers grew layers of mouse cells and larger tissues, such as corneas, in the lab. After 'wounding' these tissues, they applied varying electric fields to them + found they could accelerate or completely halt the healing process depending on the orientation and strength of the field."
Deja Vu Recreated in a Lab Setting byScuttleMonkey 305 esocid writes -

BBC News is reporting that scientists may have found a way to study deja vu, that uneasy feeling you have seen something before. Using hypnosis, scientists claim to be able to incorrectly trigger the portion of the brain responsible for recognition of something familiar. From the article: "Two key processes are thought to occur when someone recognizes a familiar object or scene. First, the brain searches through memory traces to see if the contents of that scene have been observed before. If they have, a separate part of the brain then identifies the scene or object as being familiar. In deja vu, this second process may occur by mistake, so that a feeling of familiarity is triggered by a novel object or scene."
Congress vs Misleading Meta Tags byCmdrTaco 400+ Krishna Dagli writes

"The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday approved a bill that would make it a federal felony for Webmasters to use innocent words like "Barbie" or "Furby" but actually feature sexual content on their sites. Anyone who includes misleading "words" or "images" intended to confuse a minor into viewing a possibly harmful Web site could be imprisoned for up to 20 years and fined, the bill says." Terrible news for the Barbie/Furbie fetishists out there, to say nothing about being completely impossible to enforce globally.
The Whiz of Silver Bullets byScuttleMonkey 201+ ChelleChelle writes

"In an entertaining yet well thought-out article, software architect Alex E. Bell of The Boeing Company lashes out at the so-called 'Silver Bullets' and those who rely on them to solve all their software development difficulties. From the article: 'the desperate, the pressured + the ignorant are among those who continue to worship the silver-bullet gods and plead for continuance of silver-fueled delusions that are keeping many of their projects alive.'"
Wiretapping Lawsuit Against AT&T Dismissed byScuttleMonkey 523+ BalanceOfJudgement writes

"A major victory by the federal government was won today when a federal judge dismissed the lawsuit against AT&T for providing phone records to the federal government. From the article: 'The court is persuaded that requiring AT&T to confirm or deny whether it has disclosed large quantities of telephone records to the federal government could give adversaries of this country valuable insight into the government's intelligence activities'" Not to be confused with the EFF case, this case was filed by the ACLU on behalf of author Studs Terkel and other activists who argued that their constitutional rights had been violated by the actions of AT&T and the NSA.
Dreist: Folterflieger in Zürich gelandet bysfux World Content News -

Unbehelligt hat vor kurzem das bekannteste Terrorflugzeug der CIA, der "Guantanamo Bay Express", Zwischenstation in der Schweiz gemacht. Die Gulfstream 5 mit der neuen Registriernummer N126CH (früher: N379P, N44982) landete am 26. Juni 2006 auf dem Flughafen Zürich-Kloten. Mit der N379P sollen laut Berichten von Menschenrechtsorganisationen etliche Menschen entführt und nach Guantanamo...
Bankdaten munter an US-Regierung weitergegeben bysfux Karl Weiss -

Wie der schleswig-holsteinische Landes-Datenschutzbeauftragte Thilo Weichert mitteilt, wird weiterhin alles, was international auf den Konten deutscher Banken bewegt wird, über eine belgische Privatfirma an den US-Geheimdienst CIA weitergegeben.
Nachdem schon vor einiger Zeit durch US-Zeitungsmeldungen bekannt wurde, daß dem CIA über die belgische Firma ?Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication? (SWIFT) die internationalen...

27.Jul.2006 Voinovich’s Case for Bolton: ‘The World Is Going Whacko Everywhere’ by Think Progress 
Last year, President Bush circumvented the United States Senate and installed John Bolton as Ambassador to the U.N. with a recess appointment.

This Thursday, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will consider his nomination again.

Sen. George Voinovich (R-OH) opposed Bolton last year, delivering a powerful and eloquent indictment of the Bolton nomination.

Now, Voinovich supports Bolton’s nomination. Today on Fox, Voinovich explained that Bolton needed to be confirmed because “the world, you know, is going whacko everywhere.” Watch it:


VOINOVICH: But the fact of the matter is the urgency of the situation, I mean, the world is going, you know, whacko everywhere.


VOINOVICH: One thing we need to do is to have somebody up at the United Nations that is going to speak for this country.

CAVUTO: OK. Gut call then Senator. I’m so rude. But gut call. If it were a vote, he’d win?

VOINOVICH: I don’t know.

CAVUTO: OK. Sen. George Voinovich on Capitol Hill.
Steele was the mystery source. byNico 

Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael Steele (R) has confirmed he was the unidentified source in today’s Washington Post claiming the Iraq war “didn’t work” and criticizing the conservative-controlled Congress. Steele lamented “the spending, the finger-pointing, not getting the bills passed” and counseled: “just shut up and get something done.”
27.Jul.2006 U.S. approves two more weeks of fighting. ByNico - “The USA has given Israeli forces between 10 and 14 days to finish dealing Hezbollah ‘a strategic blow,’ a senior Israeli Foreign Ministry official told FOX News, as both Israeli forces and Hezbollah guerrillas continued to volley rockets across the Lebanon-Israel border.”
27.Jul.2006 $55,000 per minute. ByJudd - Profits for oil giant BP in the second quarter, which totaled $7.27 billion. Profits for BP are up 30% from last year.
27.Jul.2006 Pentagon Approves $11 Billion Contract For Useless Weapons System byGuest 
In an effort to combat Al Qaeda’s non-existent fleet of stealth fighter jets, the Air Force, following an endorsement by the taxpayer-funded
Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA), approved a new three-year, $11 billion contract for the F-22.

The F-22 is arguably the Pentagon’s most useless weapon system. Not only is it the world’s most expensive fighter jet, but it was conceived

00.000.1985 to fight a Soviet fighter jet that was never built. As wars in Iraq, Afghanistan + Kosovo show, U.S. air superiority is not in doubt. So it is perplexing that the independent Institute for Defense Analyses would recommend that the Pentagon continue purchasing a jet that has been plagued by technical problems and cost overruns.

But it turns out that IDA is not so “independent” after all. The Washington Post reported today:

The endorsement came from the Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA), a federally financed research center whose president, Dennis C. Blair, is a member of the board of a subcontractor for the F-22 Raptor fighter program, EDO Corp . EDO developed a missile launcher for the F-22 and has held contracts worth at least $38 million that are part of the program, according to its news releases.

Opposition to the F-22 is bipartisan.

00.000.2002 -In the summer of- Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld moved to cancel the plane, backing off only when Secretary of the Air Force James Roche threatened to resign. In a recent piece in Foreign Affairs, conservative Fred Kagan pointed out that a single F-22 could pay for 3,000 additional American troops. As the military struggles to afford the costs of repairing and replacing equipment damaged in Iraq, choosing to waste $11 billion on an unnecessary Cold War relic is an outrage. – Max Bergmann
27.Jul.2006 Dick Morris: ‘Civil War Is Progress’ In Iraq byPayson 
Mar.2006 -conservative pundit Dick Morris told Sean Hannity things were going better than people thought in Iraq, arguing “what is going on is not a civil war.”

Now, Morris believes that there is civil war in Iraq but argues that it’s a good thing.

Appearing on the O’Reilly Factor last night, Morris said “a civil war is progress, because it means it’s no longer a war against us.” Watch it:

A recent U.N. report found that over 14,000 civilians have been killed in Iraq during the first half of this year.


O’REILLY: It also knocked Iraq off the front page.

MORRIS: Yeah, well, that’s true. But you know in Iraq, the casualties are dropping, the U.S. casualties are dropping.

O’REILLY: U.S. casualties, right. Civilians - because it’s now a civil war. After Zarqawi was killed, the insurgency fell down.

MORRIS: What we don’t understand is in Iraq, a civil war is progress, because it means it’s no longer a war against us.

O’REILLY: I don’t know, it’s such a mess in there.
Are you ready for some football global warming? byFaiz 
Peter King, one of the nation’s top football journalists, writes in Sports Illustrated: “This is not exactly the venue to warn the world about global warming, but all you football junkies readying for your fantasy drafts should do one real-world thing in the next couple of weeks: take two hours to see [An Inconvenient Truth]. I’m not saying you’ll be glad you did, because it’s going to slap you around mentally a bit.

But it’s something you need to see. You don’t want to wake up in 15 years with the Earth permanently damaged and huge portions of the Earth’s surface under water, forever.”
Stem cell research described as “killing” embryos. byNico No, not by President Bush — by the Associated Press.
27.Jul.2006 50%. byJudd -%age of Americans who believe that Iraq had WMDs when the USA invaded, up 14% since February 2005.
27.Jul.2006 Iraqi Speaker, Defended By White House, Claims America Invaded Iraq ‘With A Pure Zionist Agenda’ byJudd 
Last weekend, the speaker of the Iraqi parliament, Mahmoud al-Mashhadani, described the U.S. occupation of Iraq as “
butcher’s work.” Confronted with those remarks on Sunday, White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolten said he had met with al-Mashhadani privately and believes he has an “appreciation for the sacrifice so many Americans have made.”

If al-Mashhandi appreciates the sacrifices of Americans, he has a funny way of showing it. At a news conference, he said “I personally think whoever kills an American soldier in defense of his country would have a statue built for him in that country.” Also this:

Saying that the U.S. seeks to control oil fields in southern Iraq, Mashadani added, “ America didn’t come to the country for our sake. America came with a pure Zionist agenda. “

Remember, the neoconservatives in the Bush administration promised us that invading Iraq and creating a democratic government would stabilize the Middle East. From Newsweek:

Last year’s invasion of Iraq and toppling of Saddam Hussein were supposed to bring prosperity and stability to the Middle East. “The road to Jerusalem,” the mantra went, led through Baghdad. Neoconservatives and other hawks within the Bush administration expected that the USA would win respect in the Arab world through a massive show of force + that Israel would be more comfortable making peace with the Palestinians once Saddam was gone.

President Bush today will meet with Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and present an image of the Iraqi government as a strong ally of the USA. In reality, there are powerful forces in the Iraqi government who are completely at odds with U.S. interests.

It’s a reality that the White House and Josh Bolten prefer to ignore.
July 25, 2006 by Think Progress 
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice
said yesterday of the Mideast violence that has claimed hundreds of lives, “We’re seeing here is, in a sense, the growing — the birth pangs of a new Middle East .”

“Despite jubilation within conservative ranks” over the renomination of John Bolton as U.N. Ambassador , “it remains unclear” whether conservatives “will be able to muster enough support to break an expected Democratic filibuster, Senate aides on both sides of the aisle said.”

Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA) said he will have a bill ready by the end of the week that would allow Congress to sue President Bush over his use of presidential signing statements . The bill, according to Specter would authorize judicial review “of those signing statements with the view to having the president’s acts declared unconstitutional.”

The House and Senate leadership have decided to put off a vote to lower estates taxes until after the August recess. The delay is considered a “major blow” to the estate tax effort because “the legislative calendar will be crowded with other measures” when Congress returns from its break.

Most Americans blame Hezbollah “a great deal” for initiating the current Mideast crisis, a new USA Today poll shows, though half also say Israel was justified in responding but has now “gone too far.” “Two-thirds say President Bush does not have a clear Mideast policy .”

The White House said yesterday it has long known about Pakistan’s growing nuclear program that was revealed publicly in yesterday’s Washington Post. “It just didn’t feel like telling Congress, which instead learned about it a few days ago from independent analysts.”

The Christian Science Monitor finds, not surprisingly, that the practice of earmarking is “ingrained in Capitol Hill culture.” Case in point: Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL) “is attempting a major expansion of the FBI in his state, earmarking millions of dollars for Huntsville facilities the White House did not ask for.”

“President Bush’s veto of legislation to expand federally financed embryonic stem cell research has had the unintended consequence of drawing state money into the contentious field,” as Govs. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R-CA) and Rod Blagojevich (D-IL) lent support to millions of dollars in grants to stem cell research.

37%: Bush’s job approval rating, which “seems to have reached a plateau in the 37% to 40% range since mid-June.” Only 35 % of Americans approve of Bush’s handling of Iraq.

And finally: Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman has proposed a new punishment for graffiti vandals : bind them in a medieval-style stocks and give the public a chance to paint their faces. “I want to see if it falls under cruel or unusual punishment. If not, great. Let’s put it into effect.”
27.Jul.2006 The Myth of U.S. Engagement In Uganda byGuest 
Disengagement isn’t just the Bush administration’s strategy for the Arab-Israeli conflict. At a recent
press roundtable following her visit to Northern Uganda, Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Jendayi Frazer claimed that the U.S. is indeed committed to peace in Northern Uganda:

Question: Ambassador Frazer, you said in London that the Bush Administration was going to insure that the LRA [Lord’s Resistance Army] rebellion ends by the end of the year . How do you think that is going to happen?

Frazer: What I was saying is that is our goal – that seems to be a good time frame in which we can focus our actions and that of other international partners and countries to try to end what are clearly the atrocities of the war.

Frazer further enumerated the importance of resolving a conflict that has displaced 1.5 million, abducted 38,000 children +

whose rates of violent death are three times higher than those reported in Iraq

00.000.2003 -following- the invasion:

I think that in terms of assisting the government of Uganda — President Bush has been trying to do that since 2001 .

I was sent here by Secretary Rice to look into the conditions in northern Uganda, so that I could come back with additional recommendations on how the president and she can assist in bringing this war to an end .

However, the State Department’s Uganda Desk Officer Barbara Yoder has confirmed that the US has no presence at potentially ground-breaking peace talks in Juba between the Lord’s Resistance Army and the Government of Uganda. When asked who is representing the US, the officer replied:

We’re not involved. We’re watching it but we are not involved in that, in the talks themselves. That’s between the LRA and the [Government of Uganda].

Yoder offered thoughts on the peace talks suggesting her level of knowledge was less than stellar:

We’re watching every thing with this, but it’s a daily changing thing , so there are a number of elements that are going into this. There is UN action and other things where we are setting the development of things .

The Government of Uganda as a sovereign nation is basically taking the lead on this and we support their right to try to solve the problem. That’s really been one of our talking points for a while.

It’s to the governments in the region to try and solve this problem. It’s very fluid…that conflict is a day-to-day thing .

We have not come out on any strong position on any thing other than let the process unfold + we’re watching it.

The only thing clear is that neither the President nor his administration is serious about fulfilling their pledges to help Uganda end its twenty-year war.

Caroline Andresen and Chrissie Coxon
27.Jul.2006 The "Father of Spin" Wondering where the modern practice of public relations got its start? Start with Edward Bernays , the fabled ...

After WWI. , for example, he was called upon to help an ailing hair net company. Bernays urged labor ... American newspapers about communist influences in Guatemala + soon the ...

Chopin und die Topologie

Tymoczko wollte herausfinden, wie Akkorde einer Komposition miteinander zusammenhängen und landete schließlich bei einem Modell in der nichteuklidschen Geometrie. Dort, in einem topologischen Gebilde namens Orbifold, stellt jeder Punkt einen Akkord dar. Zur Überraschung Tymoczkos liegen die Akkorde eines Werks, etwa von Frédéric Chopin, in einem sehr beschränkten Bereich des Orbifolds - sie bilden eine Art Cluster.

Von Akkord zu Akkord sind nur kurze Sprünge üblich.

Ein Werk mit einer anderen Harmonie belegt mit seinen Akkorden einen Cluster in einem anderen Bereich des Raums - und bildet so eine andere Klangwelt, die aber in sich stimmig ist.

Tymoczko Arbeit, die unlängst im renommierten Wissenschaftsmagazin "Science" erschien, ließ die Musiktheoretiker aufhorchen.
Presse zur Libanon- Konferenz: "Ohnmacht der Diplomatie"
27.Jul.2006 Siemens: Verdoppelter Gewinn, enttäuschte Experten

27.Jul.2006 US- Kongress: Repräsentantenhaus billigt Atomabkommen mit Indien
27.Jul.2006 Flüchtlinge in Israel: Urlaub vom Krieg

27.Jul.2006 Waffenstillstand: Rice warnt Iran und Syrien

yUnwetter: Gewitter toben über Westdeutschland
Mexiko: Wahlverlierer Obrador erklärt sich zum Präsidenten

27.Jul.2006 Armut: 2,5 Millionen Kinder leben auf Sozialhilfeniveau

27.Jul.2006 Rekordsommer: Politiker fordern Hitze- Siesta
Numerator: Wir sind alle Super- Computer!

27.Jul.2006 Angriff auf Uno- Posten: USA blockieren Verurteilung Israels
Unberechtigte Gebühren: Visa und Mastercard wenden Sammelklage ab

27.Jul.2006 Kongo: Gewalt gegen Demonstranten nimmt zu
Fox News (respecting Israeli Censorship) The following may have been about specific attack plans or troop movements. Coming from Fox News it seemed to be another example of biased TV News reporting.
Reporting from Israel on Fox News TV tonight around 9:00p, Shepard Smith said that he could say more, but he was respecting Israeli censorship rules.

26.Jul.2006 These failings have not only exposed poor soldiering skills, flawed intelligence.... Now is the time to investigate - Haaretz - Israel News
26.Jul.2006 Five myths that sanction Israel's war crimes

Horowitz's response to every question, every development in the Middle East, whether it concerns Lebanon, the Palestinians, Syria or Iran, is the same: "They want to drive the Jews into the sea". It's as simple as that. Not even a superficial attempt at analysis; just the message that the Arab world is trying to finish off the genocide started by Europe. And if Laura is any yardstick, a lot of Americans buy that stuff.
Nothing Like ICE to deal with the Devil....
Cosmic Iguana - Voice of the Evil Doers Faith-based News for Extra-Terrestrials

You probably didn't hear much about this at the time, but back in March Our Leader signed an executive order- # 13397 - stating:
By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America + in order to help the Federal Government coordinate a national effort to expand opportunities for faith-based + other community organizations and to strengthen their capacity to better meet America's social and community needs, it is hereby ordered as follows:

Section 1. Establishment of a Center for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives at the Department of Homeland Security.... [*]

Aside from the obvious church-state separation issues, the question arises - what the fark is such an agency doing in HOMELAND SECURITY?

One fellow figured it out though: ... Do we need a new office with a head in charge of Religion in our country?.

Has anybody even care to step out of their boxes and figure out what in the heck this is supposed to accomplish?

I guest the gullible will fall for anything that is served with the tag of Good for the nation and for your security

Now what in the heck does Homeland Security has to do with religious base programs unless under the umbrella of Fighting terrorism the nation would be scrutinized to see who gets what and for what cause and under what religious denomination when it comes to government scrappy give aways that are after all our tax payer dollars [*]
(thx - Nancy Levant

Controversial Instructor Speaks About His 9/11 Views, UW Course

How to Give a 9/11 Interview Kevin Barrett Appears On 'For The Record' By Adam Malecek, Staff Writer

22.Jul.2006 This article is quite fine, but watch the absolutely splendid interview video! Barrett's lengthy, warm and compelling tour de force should be seen and studied by anyone facing civil questioning of their 9/11 beliefs. 26.Jul.2006 LOOK IF YOU DARE mparent7777: Israel bans reporting of use of "unique" weapons in Lebanon
26.Jul.2006 Snow schickt den Dollar auf Talfahrt - Snow hat nur Tatsachen beschrieben", sagt Robert Sinche , Währungsexperte der Citigroup in New York ... und da sieht es in Amerika besser aus als in Europa".
26.Jul.2006 Patrick Ruffini :: 2008 Presidential Wire - WBIR-TV A personal + political weblog by Patrick Ruffini, including the 2008 Presidential Wire, exclusive research, a photo gallery + more about me. ...

Connie Clark replaces Drowota on Tennessee Supreme Court ... Chesterton TribuneHuffington Post CBS 2 New YorkWINK TV Southwest Florida ABC News North County TimesBoston Herald ...

"It's exciting," Cochran said, "but it certainly isn't what you would rely on to tell you what is happening."

They're getting an unfiltered experience," said J.D. Lasica, co-founder of the website "We're used to the idea of neatly packaged presentations by traditional media and this is like the events are happening in your backyard."

But Barbara Cochran, president of the Radio-Television News Directors Association, said it's important to note the difference between some of what is posted by amateur videographers and the material gathered by professional journalists. "There's a big gap between the two and it has to do with credibility, verification and context," she said.

TV networks have tended to keep this material at arm's length. CNN, for example, will occasionally air snippets of videos posted online during specific segments on what people are talking about online.
wtc7 An interview with a firefighter from a screening of Loose Change at St. Mark's Church on 12-11-2005.St. Mark's Church - 12/11/2005 - Google Video Blogged with Flock
20.Jul.2006 Straight News - Mystery of explosive star solved
26.Jul.2006 Sectarian break-up of Iraq is now inevitable, admit officials Independent Online Edition Middle East
26.Jul.2006 Burning Babies Are Child's Play To Israel's Ethnic Cleansers by Paul Joseph Watson- 

Burning Babies Are Child's Play To Israel's Ethnic Cleansers Racial purists don't accept civilian slaughter as a necessity of war, they fiendishly embrace it
9/11 Symposium: Professor Steven Jones gives an illustrated keynote speech about the role of incendiary devices used in the destruction
Press Security Concerns in Lebanon Problems of reporting from a war zone: Among broadcasters there is a concern about how our small convoys of cars full of equipment and personnel look from the air.

There is a risk Israelis (eyes in the sky: drones, satellites)...
© 2005 Pew Internet & American Life Project The ease and appeal of blogging is inspiring a new group of writers and creators to share their voices with the world.

A national phone survey of bloggers finds that most are focused on describing their personal experiences to a relatively small audience of readers and that only a small proportion ...
SONA hangover byMlq3- The bogosphere was abuzz during and after the State of the Nation address.  The reactions of young bloggers ran the gamut from admiring to dismayed. 

Students like Waypoint to sudden death, or the present's just a pleasant interuption to the past and anne_17 had to watch it because of school ...
Study: Games Guilty of 'Blatant Racism' A University of British Columbia researcher has completed a report on racism in videogames, in which he says negative portrayals of minority groups are widespread + blatant.
26.Jul.2006 Rice regrets Mid-East 'suffering' - US Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice expresses concern for "innocent people" suffering in the Mid-East.
26.Jul.2006 Trio cleared of red mercury plot - Three men are acquitted of trying to procure a substance which could have been used to make a "dirty bomb".
26.Jul.2006 Space images show UK sweltering - Sensors in space capture the dramatic increases in land temperatures and air pollution of the UK's heatwave.
26.Jul.2006 Reid outlines immigration plans - Home Secretary John Reid outlines plans to toughen up border controls as part of an immigration shake-up.
26.Jul.2006 BP boss to stand down 00.000.2008 - BP boss Lord Browne confirms
26.Jul.2006 Diary: Rice's Mid-East mission - The BBC's Jonathan Beale travels with Condoleezza Rice as she tries to find a "lasting solution" to the Middle East crisis.
26.Jul.2006 UN launches Lebanese aid appeal - The UN launches a $150m Lebanon aid appeal and the US pledges $30m as its secretary of state visits.
26.Jul.2006 US heat stretches energy supplies - Soaring temperatures push power supplies in parts of the US to the brink as people are urged to reduce demand.
26.Jul.2006 Creditors vote to bankrupt Yukos - Creditors vote to liquidate Russia's Yukos, heralding the end for what was once the country's biggest oil firm.
26.Jul.2006 US seeks Baghdad security boost - President Bush and Iraqi PM Nouri Maliki are due to meet to discuss plans to bolster security in Baghdad.
26.Jul.2006 Assembly powers bill to be passed - A bill giving the assembly new powers to legislate is to become law after being passed by the House of Lords.
26.Jul.2006 Election night could be no more - The traditional election night could come to an end because of new voting laws, says the elections minister.
26.Jul.2006 UK physics funding to be revamped - The way in which the physical sciences are organised and publicly funded in the UK is to be revamped.
26.Jul.2006 Lamy urges rethink for trade deal - WTO chief Pascal Lamy urges countries to revive world trade talks - India says it could take 'months to years'
26.Jul.2006 Impact of NHS deficits 'deepens' - Dozens of hospitals face acute pressure and social services are being scaled back due to deficits, reports say.
26.Jul.2006 Smoking 'reduces alcohol effect' - Smoking may lower levels of alcohol in the blood, research carried out on rats appears to suggest.
26.Jul.2006 Web Video: Mideast Conflict Raw - Unfiltered images of fighting between Israel and Lebanon appear on video-sharing websites. Some say it's like seeing it happen in your backyard; others question credibility.
26.Jul.2006 The 10 Most Deadly Poisons - All your favorites are here: Anthrax, sarin, cyanide. But who's got the dose with the most? By Christopher Null from Wired magazine.
26.Jul.2006 Technology Adapts for Human Error - Vehicles now include sensors that anticipate accidents, but we do little to correct the cause: humans are bad drivers. In Autopia.
26.Jul.2006 Feds Win Round Two in Spy Suits - An Illinois judge tosses an ACLU lawsuit alleging that AT&T helped the NSA spy on Americans, just days after a California judge allowed a similar suit to progress.
26.Jul.2006 E-Health Gaffe Exposes Hospital - An Indiana computer consultant finds a password hard-coded into a popular medical office application + that leads to patient data from a hospital in Washington, D.C. By Kevin Poulsen.
26.Jul.2006 License Plate Tracking for All - Law enforcement technology that rapidly reads and logs license plates on the road is about to filter down to commercial and consumer applications -- so we can all track each other in real time. Luke O'Brien reports from Washington.
26.Jul.2006 Hackers Fight Authority in NYC - The Man keeping you down? The sixth-annual Hackers on Planet Earth conference doles out briefings on picking locks, jamming phones and beating wiretaps. There was only one arrest. Annalee Newitz reports from New York.
26.Jul.2006 3-D Imaging Goes Ballistic - Government-funded research produces new gun-fingerprinting technology that can analyze and compare 3-D images of spent rounds. Luke O'Brien reports from Washington, D.C.
26.Jul.2006 Rising Gas Prices Fuel Efficiency - Pain at the pump prompts interest in smaller cars that don't gorge on gasoline. Will U.S. automakers get the message? In Autopia.
26.Jul.2006 Microsoft's Security Meeting Causes Unease byScuttleMonkey 136+ Tony Maclennan -

... there were many mixed feelings at this year's Microsoft Security Response and Safety Summit. Many who attended the conference felt that the presentations were sadly lacking in the technical details that were shared in previous years. With Microsoft entering the arena as a competitor to these anti-virus companies, one has to wonder about the effect on the free flow of information that ultimately benefits the consumer.
Air Marshals Place Innocents on Secret Watch List byScuttleMonkey 495+ "The Denver Channel 7 News reports that

federal air marshals are operating under a quota for reporting a minimum number of suspicious travelers which is resulting in innocent people being placed on a secret government watch list. From the article:

'These unknowing passengers who are doing nothing wrong are landing in a secret government document called a Surveillance Detection Report, or SDR.'"
The previous poster Sal to be mildy blunt is a moron. That is a spoof site setup by a university professor studying the naivety of people and what it takes to convince typically rational people to believe almost anything. The substance that is referring to is WATER...

People please don't blindly accept things as true, that is what got this current president elected.

Just look at the assosciated health risks and environmental damage that Dihydrogen Monoxide or "Aguygen" is attributed to:

*Prolonged exposure to solid DHMO causes severe tissue damage.
*Death due to accidental inhalation of DHMO, even in small quantities.
*Excessive ingestion produces a number of unpleasant though not typically life-threatening side-effects.
*DHMO is a major component of acid rain.
*Gaseous DHMO can cause severe burns.
*Contributes to soil erosion.
*Leads to corrosion and oxidation of many metals.
*Contamination of electrical systems often causes short-circuits.
*Exposure decreases effectiveness of automobile brakes.
*Found in biopsies of pre-cancerous tumors and lesions.
*Often associated with killer cyclones in the U.S. Midwest and elsewhere.
*Thermal variations in DHMO are a suspected contributor to the El Nino weather effect.

There is an excellent web resource aimed at educating the public to Dihydrogen monoxide and its dangers can be found at

Someone should do something about this...
Things fall apart. Other things are pulled apart. The distinction means little to those caught in the collapse, but perhaps those of us who haven't fallen yet may still find a place to stand by discerning one from the other.
Every week, the world becomes a little more like Godard's
Weekend. We're becoming inured to the degradation of infrastructure, public institutions and personal ethics. Thousands of New Yorkers are entering their second week without electricity + in St Louis a quarter of a million residents and businesses are not far behind. Unheard of midnight temperatures of 40 degrees Celsius (103 Fahrenheit) are being recorded. Wires are melting, grids are stressing and networks are failing. Our increasingly frequent and violent electrical storms just don't feel right + don't tell me different. The global climate is changing more rapidly than even the gravest recent projections + temperatures are creeping up towards creating our own extincition-level conditions. ("If the ambient temperature is higher than 40C (104F), the human body will eventually reach 40C unless there is a cooling mechanism. At a sustained body temperature of 40+C, a human will die.") The planet is already facing its greatest extinction event in 65 million years: "We're losing life on Earth and we're losing the diversity of life on Earth," says Dr Anne Larigauderie. "Everywhere we look, we are losing the fabric of life." So it may be in death that we at last rejoin the natural realm.
26.Jul.2006 What is red mercury?  The most bizarre aspect of the trial of Abdurahman Kanyare and his two co-defendants was the fact that no-one in the court could be certain whether the terrifying substance on which the entire prosecution case was based actually existed.
26.Jul.2006 Alchemy Enters The Academy  In Philadelphia last week, a group of scientists busily polished what was, until recently, a rusty old science. Alchemy, the ancient pursuit of transmuting base metals into gold, has been absent as a focus of serious scientific inquiry since roughly the mid-1700s. So who could have foreseen that this once obsolete practice would enjoy growth as a topic of modern academic analysis?
26.Jul.2006 'Zombies' arrested in downtown Minneapolis  This just in: Minneapolis Police total morons.
26.Jul.2006 Suburban mayor charged with child porn  More Republican family values.
26.Jul.2006 Solar Power Minus the Light byScuttleMonkey 99+ "Popular Science is running a story about

a small company trying to take advantage of all the global warming hype. Matteran Energy uses 'thermal-collection technology to heat a synthetic fluid with a very low boiling point (around 58F), creating enough steam to drive a specially designed turbine. And although a fluid-circuit system converting heat into electricity is nothing new, Matterans innovative solution increases the systems efficiency to a point where small-scale applications make economic sense.' Notably, this comes during a record breaking heat wave here in the US. So has the day finally arrived where I can run my AC off of all that heat outdoors?"
Law of Unintended Consequences Strikes Grocers byScuttleMonkey 242+ netbuzz writes

"The law of unintended consequences is taking a chomp out of grocery chain profits as more stores transition from human clerks to self-service checkout technology, thus reducing the time shoppers spend in line and under the temptation of impulse items. That's the upshot of research being released tomorrow by IHL Consulting Group in Franklin, Tenn., which provides market analysis to the retail industry and its IT vendors."
Bubble Fusion Inquiry Under Wraps bytimothy 149+ hubie writes

"Purdue University launched an investigation last March into the questionable research behavior and actions by Prof. Rusi Taleyarkhan following his controversial claims of achieving bubble fusion. The investigation has completed but the results are being kept secret. The alleged behavior is remeniscent of another tabletop fusion incident from a number of years back. Coincidentally, Purdue University has just secured Federal money to open up a new energy center. A more cynical person than I might suggest that there is a connection between the two."
Nahost- Diplomatie: Wie die Hisbollah gezähmt werden soll
Rede vor dem Kongress: Maliki nennt Irak die entscheidende Front im Kampf gegen den Terror

26.Jul.2006 Krieg gegen die Hisbollah: Der unsichtbare Feind

26.Jul.2006 Atomschmuggel: Richter lässt Prozess platzen

26.Jul.2006 Gefechte im Südlibanon: Israel erleidet hohe Verluste
USA: Zuviel Fett vereitelt Röntgen- Aufnahmen
Italienischer Fußball- Skandal: Später Sieg für Berlusconi

26.Jul.2006 Nahost- Konferenz in Rom: Zaghafte Mahnungen an Israel
26.Jul.2006 Ergebnisbericht: Bundesrechnungshof stoppt Millionenverschwendungen
Studie: Familienunternehmen vor dem Ausverkauf
26.Jul.2006 Charles Russell [Lord Killowen]

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Lockheed Martin to Design Remote-Controlled Nano Air Vehicle
26.Jul.2006 Congress Fuels South Asian Nuclear Arms Race byGuest 
As Congress is marching in lock step to approve the administration’s sweetheart deal that would allow India to rapidly ramp up its nuclear bomb production to about 50 new weapons each year, news comes that Pakistan is racing to match the Indian capability.

The Washington Post reports on new satellite photos that reveal construction of a plutonium production reactor that should enable Pakistan to punch out — surprise — 50 bombs a year.

It is not too late for Congress to stop this developing nuclear arms race in South Asia. All they have to do is approve an amendment that conditions the U.S.-India deal on an Indian agreement not to make any more material for weapons. This was part of the deal originally sought by Bush administration officials, but they caved in to India demands and dropped the idea.

Rep. Howard Berman (D-CA) says, “The Bush Administration conceded on almost every major point in negotiating this agreement with India. Even worse, the Administration essentially ignored the concerns of its own nonproliferation experts + kept Congress in the dark until after the agreement was concluded.”

He and other legislators are trying to get amendments to the deal that would enable the U.S. to expand cooperation with India without allowing India to go on a nuclear weapons binge. One amendment would require India to halt production of fissile material, the main component needed to make nuclear weapons, in exchange for greater nuclear Cooperation with the USA. A second important amendment would prevent India from transferring nuclear enrichment technology to other countries.

The Arms Control Association has more. - Joseph Cirincione
26.Jul.2006 0: byFaiz Number of White House officials who have been stripped of their security clearance over the leak of Valerie Plame’s identity. “In a letter to Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), the CIA said it had no record of anyone in the administration who is no longer privy to the nation’s most sensitive secrets because of the Plame leak.”
26.Jul.2006 Ohio Right Wing Spreads Minimum Wage Jobs Myth byPayson 
In Ohio and other states, progressives are pushing ballot initiatives to raise state minimum wages above the federal minimum of $5.15 an hour, where it’s been stuck since 1997.

The right wing in Ohio is fighting against the initiative with the old argument that a minimum wage increase would lead to fewer jobs:

“ This is economics 101. When you raise the minimum wage, you cost young people and low-income people their jobs ,” [the conservative Buckeye Institute’s Matthew] Carr said. “Businesses don’t create as many of them, because they cost more now.”

But here are the facts:

1. A higher minimum wage does not mean higher unemployment. One comprehensive study found increases in the minimum wage in various states in the late 1980s and early 1990s did not result in increased unemployment. It found a minimum wage increase in New Jersey did not cause a decrease in lower-wage jobs.

2. Small business growth has been greater in states with minimum wage levels above the federal level. A report by the Center for American Progress and Policy Matters Ohio found that the “11 states with a minimum wage above the federal minimum of $5.15 per hour had higher rates of small business growth between 1997 and 2003.”

3. State minimum wage hikes have increased payroll and revenue without creating job loss. “A recent report from the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development said last year’s increase in the state’s hourly rate — to $5.70 from $5.15 — produced $175 million in additional payroll and a $3 million boost in state tax revenue.”
Sen. Inhofe Compares People Who Believe In Global Warming To ‘The Third Reich’ byJudd 
Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) is the nation’s most prominent global warming denier. He famously declared that global warming is “the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people.” Now, he’s taken the argument a step further. In an interview with Tulsa World, Inhofe compared people who believed global warming was a problem to Nazis:

In an interview, he heaped criticism on what he saw as the strategy used by those on the other side of the debate and offered a historical comparison.

“It kind of reminds . . . I could use the Third Reich, the big lie,” Inhofe said.

“The big lie,” is a propaganda technique Adolf Hitler attributed to Jews in his book Mein Kampf. It involves telling lies “so colossal” that no one would believe “others could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously.”

Inhofe added that every claim in An Inconvenient Truth “has been refuted scientifically.” He also admitted he’d never seen the movie.

UPDATE: Inhofe also compared An Inconvenient Truth to Hitler’s book, Mein Kampf.
As Mideast Crisis Grows, Bush Invites ‘American Idol’ To The White House byNico 
Violence in the Middle East continues to escalate. Iraq has descended into a civil war, with more than 6,000 Iraqi civilians killed in May and June. North Korea just launched seven missiles into the Sea of Japan + Iran is aggressively developing its nuclear program; Afghanistan is “close to anarchy,” and al Qaeda “has not only regrouped, but it is on

the march.”

Sounds like the perfect time for President Bush to host the cast of American Idol at the White House this Friday:

President Bush will come face-to-face with the one man who has his voting record beat. Bush plans to host “American Idol” Taylor Hicks and the other Top 10 finalists next Friday in the Oval Office. It will be the first time contestants from the hit television show have been invited to meet the president.

After that, President Bush starts his vacation in Crawford, Texas, which is expected to last from August 3-14 and August 23-27.
Detainee abuse is still “standard operating procedure,” byAmanda 
according to U.S. soldiers in Iraq interviewed for a new
Human Rights Watch report. Soldiers told HRW that “in direct violation of international law, detainees at one camp ‘were regularly stripped naked and subjected to beatings, forced exercises, severe sleep deprivation and various forms of degrading and humiliating treatment.’”

26.Jul.2006 The Reviews Are In: John Bolton Is Failing At the United Nations byFaiz 

Last year, Sen. George Voinovich eloquently made the case against the nomination of John Bolton, stating, “I’m afraid that his confirmation will tell the world that we’re not dedicated to repairing our relationship or working as a team.” Voinovich now intends to support Bolton, but his original concerns turned out to be well-founded.

In just over a year at the U.N., Bolton has managed to offend many U.S. friends and allies, demonstrating that he’s an ineffective diplomat:

Greece’s U.N. Ambassador Adamantios Vassilakis: “He is not an easy man to get close to. … Some people have the possibility to build consensus. Others operate in other ways.”

Algeria’s U.N. Ambassador Abdullah Baali , after a disagreement with Bolton: “The U.S. stand that ‘you take it or you leave it is not helping the Security Council + is not helping the cause of peace in the Middle East.’”

Peru’s U.N. Ambassador Oswaldo de Rivero: “He lives in another world, with this belief that he is morally superior and the U.S. is more moral than all the countries around the world. It is a pity.”

Michael Doyle, former special adviser to Kofi Annan: “Sometimes he [states U.S. policy] in a manner that is grating. But it is the policy that is most of the problem, even though the personality doesn’t help.”

An ambassador with close ties to the Bush administration: “My initial feeling was, let’s see if we can work with him + I have done some things to push for consensus on issues that were not easy for my country. … But all he gives us in return is, ‘It doesn’t matter, whatever you do is insufficient.’ … He’s lost me as an ally now + that’s what many other ambassadors who consider themselves friends of the U.S. are saying.”

A European diplomat: “A lot of us wonder what his real agenda is. First, we think maybe he wants things to fail because then he can say, ‘We cannot reform this place.’ The other question is, does he really reflect the position in Washington? That is always the question: Is it Bolton or is it Washington?”

But Bolton is undeterred by all the criticism, claiming to have the support of New York City cab drivers and ordinary people on the street. “Hey Ambassador Bolton, you’re doing a great job,” Bolton claims they tell him. “Give ‘em hell.”
White House Endorses Column Calling For Israel to Attack Syria byJudd 
On Friday, the White House released a document entitled “Setting the Record Straight: President Bush’s Foreign Policy is Succeeding.” One section, headlined “Conservatives Stand Behind The President’s Policies,” contains just one example:

On Wednesday, Max Boot Wrote: “Our Best Response Is Exactly What Bush Has Done So Far – Reject Premature Calls For A Cease-Fire And Let Israel Finish The Job.” (Max Boot, “ It’s Time To Let The Israelis Take Off The Gloves ,” Los Angeles Times, 7/19/06)

So apparently, urging the Israelis to “take off the gloves” means you are endorsing the administration’s policies in the current conflict. Also, the Boot column that the White House views as an endorsement of their policies also calls on Israel to attack Syria:

Syria is weak and next door. To secure its borders, Israel needs to hit the Assad regime. Hard. If it does, it will be doing Washington’s dirty work.

Tim Russert confronted White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolten about the release on Meet the Press yesterday. Bolten claimed the Boot column “was sent around as a reflection of some of the conservative columnists’ support for Israel.” In fact, it was sent around explicitly as reflecting support for administration policy. Watch it: (H/T: Alternet)

Bush advised to ‘lawyer up.’ byNico With November’s elections appearing “ominous,” “one presidential adviser wants Bush to beef up his counsel’s office for the tangle of investigations that a Democrat-controlled House might pursue,” Time reports.
26.Jul.2006 FACT CHECK: Combating Global Warming Does Not Require ‘Economic Castration’ byJudd 
There is a group of people who will say whatever it takes to cast doubt on global warming science. But if all else fails, their default position is that even if global warming is real and dangerous, trying to solve it wouldn’t be worth the economic cost. For example, here’s our old friend Jason Steorts in the National Review:

Even if warming is predominately the result of human activity + even if its harms will outweigh its benefits, the question is whether it will be bad enough to justify the economic castration that significant greenhouse-gas reductions would require.

In today’s Washington Post, columnist Sebastian Mallaby efficiently dispenses with this argument:

00.000.2004, for example, the U.S. government’s Energy Information Administration analyzed a carbon-cutting plan advanced by Sens. John McCain and Joe Lieberman, which aimed to stabilize greenhouse emissions. The energy administration estimated that reaching this target would cause U.S. GDP to be 0.4 % less than it would otherwise have been 00.000.2028. Since GDP was projected to grow by 90 % between the time of the study and that year, this meant that the nation could address climate change and still experience growth of 89.6 % over the period.

00.000.2001 the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the most prestigious authority in the field, carried out a similar exercise . It calculated that stabilizing carbon emissions at an acceptable level — defined as slightly higher than today’s — would cause world GDP to be 4 % lower than it would otherwise have been 00.000.2050. Again, that is a modest cost — roughly one year of decent growth for the world economy.

Even on a global level, combating global warming is relatively affordable. Of course, what’s always missing from the analysis of those who insist that our climate policy should be determined by cost-benefit analysis is the cost of doing nothing. I wonder why?
July 24, 2006 by Think Progress 
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice made a surprise visit to Lebanon today. The total death toll from the recent violence has climbed to 36 people in Israel and nearly 400 in Lebanon. The estimated damage cost from the conflict is $1.5 billion in Israel and $3 billion in Lebanon.

Stephen Hawking, the “world’s best-known living scientist,” urged Europe not to “follow the reactionary lead of President Bush” on stem cell research . “Stem cell research is the key to developing cures for degenerative conditions like Parkinson’s and motor neuron disease from which I and many others suffer,” he said.

In a “dramatic escalation of violence,” bombs killed more than 60 people and wounded more than 200 Sunday in Baghdad and the northern oil center of Kirkuk.

The father of modern conservatism, William F. Buckley , on President Bush: “If you had a European prime minister who experienced what we’ve experienced it would be expected that he would retire or resign.”

The Institute of Science and International Security concluded Pakistan is building “a powerful new reactor for producing plutonium , a move that, if verified, would signal a major expansion of the country’s nuclear weapons capabilities and a potential new escalation in the region’s arms race.”

The World Trade Organization will formally announce today that the Doha round of trade talks has been suspended “anywhere from months to years.”

“ Wage stagnation , long the bane of blue-collar workers, is now hitting people with bachelor’s degrees for the first time in 30 years. Earnings for workers with four-year degrees fell 5.2% from 2000 to 2004 when adjusted for inflation, according to White House economists.”

“ Hundreds of Taliban guerrillas firing rocket-propelled grenades attacked a police station on Monday in southwestern Afghanistan, amid heightened violence in the south before a NATO deployment.”

And finally: Is Pootie-Poot the prankster who turned on a mic near Bush at the G-8 summit? A British television station thinks so. “The footage on Britain’s Channel 4 shows Blair finally spotting and turning off the ‘telltale red light,’ and then the film cuts to Putin, grinning about something. A British reporter asked a Putin spokesman about this, but the spokesman insisted the broadcast was ‘an accident.’”
Ugh. All of California stands by Israel in its just struggle against extremist Islamic terror organizations who oppose all peace arrangements, said the former Hollywood star.Rally: All of California stands with Israel - News from Israel, Ynetnews Blogged with Flock
26.Jul.2006 Of course now, it is obvious to me the bombing scene was in reference to the Alfred P Murrah federal building bombing, War On Suckers: Fight the Future
26.Jul.2006 Could be Nothing.... DRILLS OF THE WEEK:1) Michigan Tabletop disaster drills from July 17-282) WMD drill in Yakima, WA on July 24 (link has been removed from website and Google Cache)3) Avian Flu pandemic drills from July 17-28 in Vermont4) Australian disaster drills from July 17-285) Volunteers needed for terrorist response drill at Washington on July 23-6) Stadium terrorism exercise “Poi Bowl 2006” planned for July
26.Jul.2006 Dr Kelly's death was not suicide + Blair's inner-circle arranged the cover-up conspiracy theories and a search for the truth
26.Jul.2006 Case didn't Realise what a Corrupt Corp. Time is AOL founder says he is 'sorry' for Time Warner merger
26.Jul.2006 News Hounds : Hanity Poll Shows His Fans Out of Sync with the FOX Message
Ziki - Bgiltner's last published content My aggregated content at News Hounds : Hanity Poll Shows His Fans Out of Sync with the FOX Message This morning Sean Hannity began running a poll on asking the question "Do you believe Israel is justified in attacking Hezbollah?" At this point the poll numbers are as follows: 1. Yes, Israel has

26.Jul.2006 "Hezbollah's hubris has created an opportunity for Israel." Oh Really! What will happen next? - Haaretz - Israel News Blogged with Flock
26.Jul.2006 Schlussel On Hezbollah’s Population in the US (VIDEO)
Bloglines user BillGiltner ( has sent this item to you, with the following personal message: If I were a Christian, I would desribe Schlussel as the Anti-Christ. Expose the Left Monitoring and exposing liberal bias in the media and partisan politics on the left. Schlussel On Hezbollah’s Population in the US (VIDEO) By Ian on Israel
26.Jul.2006 IDF doesn't not deny Phosphorus in Weapons
CNN reports a Lebanese MD's charge of Phosphorus use based on patient. Search via CNN for Phosphorus

26.Jul.2006 Haaretz News : Senior British MP calls to halt weapons exports to Israel
Ziki - Bgiltner's last published content My aggregated content at Haaretz News : Senior British MP calls to halt weapons exports to Israel The leader of Britain's opposition Liberal Democrats on Monday asked Prime Minister Tony Blair to suspend arms exports to Israel after fighting that has killed hundreds of civilians. ...

26.Jul.2006 The Fog of War
THE BLOVIATOR...home of the well reasoned rant Cutting through the obfuscation of the mainstream media and the information glut of the blogosphere, in a one-man quest for Partial Information Awareness. The Fog of War By (Akeel Shah) Just wanted to share a very very good documentary that you can watch in its entirety on google

26.Jul.2006 Israeli Bombardment Of Lebanon Escalation For World War Three byPaul Joseph Watson Israeli Bombardment Of Lebanon Escalation For World War Three Hyped incursions, kidnappings designed to trap Syria and Iran
26.Jul.2006 Foremost 9/11 Whistleblower Discusses Possibility Attack Was Inside byPaul Joseph Watson Foremost 9/11 Whistleblower Discusses Possibility Attack Was Inside Job Edmonds agrees weight of evidence leans towards criminal complicity Prison
26.Jul.2006 9/11 Symposium: Lt. Col. Bob Bowman byPaul Joseph Watson 9/11 Symposium: Lt. Col. Bob Bowman Robert M. Bowman is widely ackowledged as the father of the Star Wars missile defense program before it became public.
'Ransomware' Becoming a Serious Problem Occurrences of ransomware are on the rise + the encryption algorithms used are becoming increasingly complex, security firm Kaspersky Labs warned Friday in its quarterly report on the state of the malware industry.
26.Jul.2006 High-tech cloning With the debate over genetic cloning in full swing, hackers could not have cared less at a conference in New York City, where two presenters demonstrated the electronic equivalent of making a copy of an implanted RFID or radio frequency ID chip. The point was to show just how easy it is to fool a ...
26.Jul.2006 FBI Charges HOPE Speaker with Witness Tampering, Obstructing Justice byBrian Krebs 
Security Fix obtained a copy of the complaint against "Steven Rambam" the private investigator arrested Saturday at the Hope Number Six hacker conference in New York City. The government document says Rambam is an alias + that his real name...

26.Jul.2006 MySpace shut down by US heatwave Social networking website MySpace restarts after being shut down for more than half a day following a power cut.
26.Jul.2006 Distractions can impact learning, says new study Distractions can affect one's learning capabilities, even making it hard to use the knowledge one has gained at a later time, according to new research.
26.Jul.2006 Child Support Agency to be axed The Child Support Agency is being scrapped, with absent parents facing curfews and the suspension of passports.
26.Jul.2006 National flags ban to be lifted Laws banning the flying of national flags - such as the Cross of St George - are to be scrapped.
26.Jul.2006 EU to fund embryo cell research European ministers decide not to follow the US in limiting funding for embryonic stem cell research.
26.Jul.2006 Peace bid under way - PM Tony Blair has said a plan is being drawn up to secure an "immediate cessation of hostilities" in Lebanon.
26.Jul.2006 Pakistan 'building new reactor' Satellite images appear to show a powerful new nuclear reactor being built in Pakistan, a report says.
26.Jul.2006 Energy prices rise at EDF Energy More than 5 million UK customers face higher gas and electricity bills after EDF Energy unveils price rises.
26.Jul.2006 Bovine TB health risk 'very low' The risks of eating meat with bovine TB are "very low", experts say in response to claims the disease is in the food chain.
26.Jul.2006 Odd Pick for Top Privacy Slot The Department of Homeland Security tabs Hugo Teufel III -- a midlevel lawyer short on actual privacy-compliance experience -- to be the nation's new chief privacy officer.
26.Jul.2006 Lawyers Knock Bush Legal Tricks The American Bar Association criticizes the president's tactic of writing exceptions for laws he has just signed.
26.Jul.2006 Marines Use MySpace to Recruit High school campuses must not yield enough catch -- the latest military recruiting tactic has the U.S. Marine Corps trawling the MySpace community looking for young converts.
26.Jul.2006 Congress' Top 10 Stem-Cell Flubs Sometimes legislators make stuff up when they're not sure about the facts -- especially when it comes to complicated science like stem-cell research. Here are the worst offenses heard in Congress this week. Commentary by Steven Edwards.
26.Jul.2006 Trio cleared of red mercury plot : Three men have been cleared of trying to procure a substance which police claimed could have made a "dirty bomb".

26.Jul.2006 Judge backs CIA contractor, bars testimony on child abuse: A former CIA contract employee facing charges he beat a suspected insurgent in Afghanistan who later died will not be forced to rebut allegations that he was a violent man who also beat his young stepson.

26.Jul.2006 Peace prize winner 'could kill' Bush : NOBEL peace laureate Betty Williams displayed a flash of her feisty Irish spirit yesterday, lashing out at US President George W.Bush during a speech to hundreds of schoolchildren.

26.Jul.2006 Marshals: Innocent People Placed On 'Watch List' To Meet Quota: "Innocent passengers are being entered into an international intelligence database as suspicious persons, acting in a suspicious manner on an aircraft ... and they did nothing wrong," said one federal air marshal.

26.Jul.2006 Bush is flouting Constitution, bar says: The American Bar Association said Sunday that President Bush was flouting the Constitution and undermining the rule of law by claiming the power to disregard selected provisions of bills that he signed.
US keen on giving Israel time in Lebanon: According to a well-worn script that Israel has grown accustomed to over the years, the arrival of the US secretary of state during wartime means an end to Israeli military advances. But this time the script is different.

26.Jul.2006 Israel 'to control Lebanon strip' occupy portion of Lebanon : Israel says it will keep control over an area in southern Lebanon until an international force can be deployed.

26.Jul.2006 Hezbollah proves its mettle: Hezbollah’s war with Israel, so far, has been a rare military accomplishment in the history of the Middle East conflict, analysts say. But they doubt whether the Islamist militia can endure sustained and intensive warfare.

26.Jul.2006 U.S. plan for Lebanon likely to fail, Arab analysts: "I think it's preposterous. From the beginning this is a plan that cannot be achieved," former Egyptian foreign minister Ahmed Maher told Reuters.

26.Jul.2006 Military Intelligence Chief: Syrian army now at its highest state of alert : Yadlin emphasized that "neither Syria nor Israel are interested in a military clash but the situation is explosive and the events may potentially be incorrectly interpreted. This could entangle Syria up in a battle against us."

26.Jul.2006 Saudi king warns of Middle East war: In a statement read out on state television on Tuesday, King Abdullah said, "If the option of peace fails as a result of Israeli arrogance, then the only option remaining will be war + God alone knows what the region would witness in a conflict that would spare no one."

26.Jul.2006 U.S. Turns to Arab Dictators to Contain Hezbollah: The USA is using authoritarian Arab leaders, who fear that Iran could export its revolutionary political model to their disgruntled populations and are concerned about Washington's reprisal against them a la Saddam Hussein in Iraq

26.Jul.2006 Hamas PM slams Rice's 'new Middle East' concept : Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniya said the US view of a new Middle East was one that began with "destroying Lebanon" and with killing the maximum number of Palestinians.

26.Jul.2006 Seven Palestinians, including two children, killed in the Gaza Strip on Monday : A 5-year old child was killed and three members of her family were injured in Beit Lahia in the northern part of the Gaza Strip. In a separate incident, a child and his grandmother were killed; three residents were injured in the northern part of the Gaza Strip.

26.Jul.2006 Palestinian killed in an Israeli air strike in Gaza : Palestinian resident died of wounds suffered in an earlier Israeli air strike in Al Maghazi refugee camp, south of Gaza City. Fourteen residents were injured in an Israeli shelling

26.Jul.2006 UN official accuses Israel of excessive force in Gaza : UN humanitarian coordinator Jan Egeland today criticised Israel's strike last month on the sole power plant in impoverished Gaza as a "clear" example of disproportionate use of force.

26.Jul.2006 Israelis accused of 'human shields' tactic : According to the Israeli human rights group, B'tselem, six civilians including two minors were subjected to the illegal tactic during an invasion into the town of Beit Hanoun last week.

26.Jul.2006 Leave your home, we are going to demolish it: Without warning, the telephone or cellular phone rings in a Palestinian home. The caller is an Israeli intelligence officer who speaks weak Arabic. He speaks little and has only specific words to say, "We are from the Israeli Defence Force. Leave the house - we will destroy it in half an hour."

A Must Listen BBC Radio Documentary: A Date With Bevin : Jewish insurgents, who had long been fighting a bloody insurgency campaign against British troops in Palestine, were about to take their war to London.
Israel used cluster grenades on civilians: A US-based human rights group has accused Israel of using artillery-fired cluster grenades against a Lebanese village last week during its assault against Hezbollah.

26.Jul.2006 Full HRW Report: Israeli Cluster Munitions Hit Civilians in Lebanon - Israel Must Not Use Indiscriminate Weapons

26.Jul.2006 MK Bishara: IDF attacks 'like a nuclear bomb on Lebanon': Knesset member Azmi Bishara (Balad) has accused Israel of such massive use of force in the conflict with Hizbullah that "it's like a nuclear bomb falling on Lebanon - the whole country is destroyed."
New questions about US military's 'aggression' in Iraq: Reports allege that tactics for operations, interrogations led to continued prisoner abuse, wrongful deaths.

26.Jul.2006 US to boost troop presence in Baghdad:: President George W. Bush said on Tuesday the USA would boost the presence of U.S. troops and Iraqi security personnel in Baghdad in an effort to curb the violence in the capital.

26.Jul.2006 Iraqi general criticises US security approach: A top Iraqi military officer yesterday drew a dark picture of the security situation in his war-torn country while on a visit to Washington and said the current US strategy lacked vision and had failed.

26.Jul.2006 In a world gone crazy : 50 % of U.S. thinks Iraq had WMDs: :

Half of Americans say now- 00.000.2003 -Iraq had weapons of mass destruction when the USA invaded the country -- up from 36 % last year, a Harris poll finds. 

26.Jul.2006 Pigs at the trough : Democrats Blast Iraqi Prime Minister on Israel Statements : Congressional Democrats voiced alarm on Tuesday over Iraq's denunciation of Israel in the Mideast conflict + some said Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's upcoming address to Congress should be canceled unless he apologizes.

26.Jul.2006 White House Endorses Column Calling For Israel to Attack Syria : “It’s Time To Let The Israelis Take Off The Gloves,”

26.Jul.2006 Air strikes kills 7 civilians : Israeli troops sealed off a Hezbollah stronghold and warplanes killed six people in a market city in southern Lebanon on Tuesday, while Beirut was pounded by new air strikes. Guerrillas fired rockets at northern Israel, killing a girl

26.Jul.2006 Two IDF soldiers killed in battle for Bint Jbail : An Israel Defense
Lebanese Doctor Says Israel Using 'Phosphorus Weapons'
Video Report - The doctor treating the family says that there is phosphorus i n the weapons that cause extremely painful burns on it's victims.: - WARNING - Graphic images . Click here to view

26.Jul.2006 Israeli Missiles Rip Into Lebanese Medics-By Megan K. StackSix Red Cross volunteers were wounded in the Sunday attack + the injured family they were ferrying to safety suffered fresh agonies. A middle-age man lost his leg from the knee down. His mother was partially paralyzed. A little boy's head was hammered by shrapnel. Continued

 The wounded cry out for slain loved ones -By Anthony Shadid"Where's my father? Where's my father?" asked Mahmoud Srour, an 8-year-old whose face was burned beyond recognition after an Israeli missile struck the family's car Sunday. His mother, Nouhad, lurched toward his hospital bed, her eyes welling with tears. Continue

26.Jul.2006 Why Is Israel Destroying Lebanon? -By Patrick Seale
Its strategy in Lebanon seems to be to empty the south of its population, driving the Shi'ites out of their traditional homeland, where they have lived for centuries, in much the same way as it continues its pitiless onslaught on Gaza. In Lebanon, some 600,000 people have already been displaced, while the entire country is being brutalized and strangled.

26.Jul.2006 My Letter to Lebanon’s Prime Minister Fouad Siniora Why did you allow the Secretary of State to visit Beirut? By Mike Whitney - What type of man would put out the “red carpet” for his enemy while his people are still being slaughtered in the field? Continue

26.Jul.2006 The spirit of resistance -By Pepe Escobar - As southern Lebanon is turned into a wasteland mirroring the Gaza gulag, Washington neo-cons may stridently celebrate the contours of a final solution for the Hamas-Hezbollah "problem". Or should they? Continue

26.Jul.2006  Uncensored News Reports From Across The Middle East Video News Reports -Warning - This video contains images depicting the reality and horror of war and should only be viewed by a mature audience. Continue
26.Jul.2006 Israeli Bombs Kills 4 UN Observers-By Reuters -"I am shocked and deeply distressed by the apparently deliberate targeting by Israeli Defence Forces of a UN Observer post in southern Lebanon," Mr Annan said. Continue

26.Jul.2006 You Can Not Kill Us All This is a must listen interview with Tina Naccache in Beirut -The Silence of the good people of the USA is deafening! How can they not do anything? Click here to listen 

26.Jul.2006 Five Myths That Sanction Israel's War Crimes -By Jonathan Cook-
So the chronology of war has been reorganized: now we are being told that Israel was forced to attack Lebanon to defend itself from the barrage of Hezbollah rockets falling on Israeli civilians. The international community is buying the argument hook, line + sinker. “Israel has the right to defend itself," says every politician who can find a microphone to talk into.

26.Jul.2006 The American Guilt -By Nasim Zehra
The world has facilitated Israel's continuing crime. As always the muted Arab and Muslim response are inconsequential. UN's early murmurings against disproportionate response, were initially ignored. Led by the USA the international community has given Israel a carte blanche to do whatever Israel considers necessary to promote its security. This was conveyed by the mild worded G-8 summit statement.


Die Zukunft der Elefanten zu sichern und deren Lebensräume zu erhalten, hat sich "Save the Elephants" (STE) zur Aufgabe gemacht. Die gemeinnützige Organisation wurde 1993 vom Mitautor der nun präsentierten Studie, Douglas-Hamilton, gegründet. Mit Hilfe von Spendengeldern erforscht STE unter anderem das Verhalten wandernder Elefanten.

26.Jul.2006 Prozess gegen Ex- Diktator: Saddam will im Fall der Todesstrafe erschossen werden
Energienot: Strombörse meldet drastischen Preisanstieg
26.Jul.2006 Krieg in Nahost: Wir wollen doch nur ein schönes Leben
26.Jul.2006 Krise im Libanon: Nahost- Konferenz drängt auf Waffenstillstand
Angriff auf Uno- Posten: Blauhelm- Soldaten flehten stundenlang um Hilfe

26.Jul.2006 Hisbollah: "Israel hat die moderaten Kräfte geschwächt"
DownThemAll! Runter mit den Klamotten!
Waffenhilfe: USA liefern über Schottland Bunkerbomben an Israel
Tate Modern: Gläserne Pyramide an der Themse
Hitzewelle: Urlauber flüchten vor Wassermangel

26.Jul.2006 Essay zur Meeresarchäologie: Die Neiddebatte um Franck Goddio

26.Jul.2006 Nahost: Olmert bekundet nach Luftangriff auf Uno- Soldaten tiefe Trauer
Wie Lemminge: Hunderte Schafe galoppieren in den Abgrund

26.Jul.2006 US- Außenpolitik: Bush- Kritiker beklagen Verfall der Autorität Amerikas
Big Brother Award: Datenkraken 2006 gesucht
Nahost: Hohe israelische Verluste bei Kämpfen im Südlibanon

26.Jul.2006 Konjunktur: Ifo- Geschäftsklima verschlechtert sich im Juli

26.Jul.2006 Wirbelsturm: Jupiters zweites rote Auge

26.Jul.2006 Nahost: Zentralrat lehnt deutsche Soldaten für Friedenstruppe ab
Internethändler: Amazon verdient 58 Prozent weniger, Kurs stürzt ab

26.Jul.2006 Schweiz: Schwere Verwüstungen nach Unwetter

26.Jul.2006 Libanonkonferenz in Rom: Vetomacht Hisbollah?

26.Jul.2006 Trotz Reformfrust: Deutsche sehen keine Alternative zur Großen Koalition

26.Jul.2006 Rentenkassen: Einnahmen im ersten Halbjahr gestiegen
Ausstellung: Die Queen öffnet ihren Kleiderschrank

26.Jul.2006 Getötete Uno- Beobachter: Annan wirft Israel vorsätzliche Attacke vor
Nahost: Nasrallah will Angriffe auf Israel ausweiten

25.Jul.2006 Nahost- Krise: EU- Kommissar kritisiert Menschenrechtsverletzungen Israels

25.Jul.2006 Libanon: Israel trifft Beobachtungsposten der Uno - vier Tote

25.Jul.2006 Kolumbien: Rebellenchef "King Kong" gefasst

25.Jul.2006 Razzia in Frankreich: 80 Zentimeter- Joint - und doch kein Rekord

25.Jul.2006 Beruf: Anteil ausländischer Azubis um die Hälfte gesunken
Fischer zu Libanon: "Krieg gegen die Existenz Israels"
Beirut: Hilfe für den Libanon läuft an

25.Jul.2006 Humanitäre Krise: "Genügend Hilfsgüter - doch sie kommen nicht ins Land"
Klage gegen Bundespräsidenten: Gericht erteilt Massen- Papa eine Abfuhr
Trotz Dürre: RWE- Tochter lässt gigantische Mengen Wasser versickern
Kongo: Bundeswehr gerät in Gewalt- Demonstration

25.Jul.2006 Friedenstruppe im Libanon: Israel fordert 20.000 ausländische Soldaten

25.Jul.2006 Irak: Bush schickt Verstärkung nach Bagdad

25.Jul.2006 Fastfood: McDonald's schafft Rekordquartal
Multiple Sklerose: Väter übertragen MS häufiger als Mütter
US- Automarkt: Importeure überflügeln GM und Co.
Hochschulausgaben: Bildung im Sinkflug

25.Jul.2006 Online- Rekrutierung: Marines suchen "Freunde" auf MySpace
Weimarer Dreieck: Deutschland, Frankreich und Polen fordern starkes Mandat für Nahost- Friedenstruppe
Wandlung einer Behörde: Wie die BA sich zum Überschussbetrieb mauserte

25.Jul.2006 Kriegsopfer: "Fragen Sie nicht weiter"

25.Jul.2006 Flüchtlingsdrama: Israel stimmt Luftbrücke in den Libanon zu

25.Jul.2006 Korruptionsaffäre: Ermittlungen gegen Zulieferer- Chef Levi
Trampelpfade: Dickhäuter meiden Hügel und Berge
Michael Nacke: "Langweilig ist mir nie"

25.Jul.2006 Ingrid A.: "Ich bin meine eigene Sozialarbeiterin"

25.Jul.2006 Leben ohne Arbeit: Wir können auch anders
Afghanistan: Koalitionstruppen töten über 600 Taliban
BP: Ölpreis treibt Profit, Chef kündigt Rückzieher an
Ein Datierungsexperte vom Trinity College in Dublin schätzte, dass das Manuskript um 800 nach Christus geschrieben worden sei.
Die Bedeutung des frühmittelalterlichen Manuskripts sei nach Angaben der Experten - auf Irland bezogen - vergleichbar mit den Schriftrollen vom Toten Meer. Sie sind 1947 bei Qumran im Westjordanland entdeckt worden und gelten als die frühesten bekannten Bibeldokumente, die erhalten geblieben sind.

Die Fragmente sähen aus wie ein mittelalterliches Textbuch (Psalter) oder ein Psalmbuch, teilte das National Museum of Ireland mit. Vermutlich stammten die etwa 20 erhaltenen Seiten aus einem dünnen, großformatigen Buch mit einem Ledereinband.

Psalmensammlung birgt noch einige Geheimnisse
Saturnmond: Fotos zeigen Seen auf Titan

0030509antiwarblogg Autor: Dr. Bernd Kleinhans <mailto: Bernd.Kleinhans>. Literatur. --. Auch die Reden vieler Ns-Führer haben Anklänge an religiöse Zeremonien. ...
26.Jul.2006 Totaler Krieg. Zweiter Weltkrieg und Drittes Reich bei Von Dr. Bernd Kleinhans . Begriff. „Totaler Krieg“ bezeichnet eine Kriegsführung, bei der über die militärischen Mittel hinaus alle gesellschaftlichen und ...
26.Jul.2006 NYT vs. Blogland Check out David Sirota's "The political fault line we're never supposed to talk about." Sirota offers a hostile response to a hostile New York Times review of Sirota's new book "Hostile Takeover." Without faulting the volume on a factual basis, the NYT reviewer expresses sniffy outrage that a mere blogger would dare to attempt the long form. A blogger? Write a book? Da noive! Permalink
26.Jul.2006 The Kurds recently killed ten Turkish soldiers. By Israeli logic, Turkey now has the right to invade and to destroy Kurdish Iraq -- and anyone who says otherwise must be anti-Turk.
26.Jul.2006 Our president maintains that this is battle between the forces of democracy and those who would destroy it. But Israel is not a true democracy; racism determines citizenship + the Israeli government controls the lives of many non-Jews who lack basic freedoms. Lebanese democracy -- however young, however faulted, however haunted by civil war and occupation -- is (was?) superior to the Israeli variety. The Israeli occupation will almost certainly end this promising democratic experiment.
26.Jul.2006 Impeach This Puppet Fool: After How Many Years of Lies and Failure in Iraq, Bush Announces NEW Plan to Secure Baghdad. Who Can Support This Guy But Failures, Creeps, Nitwits and War Profiteers -- And They are All in Bush's Cabinet!
Just Published: "Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq." The Making of a Disaster by Dunderheads Who Inhabit Fantasy Island. Written by a War Reporter Who Knows His Stuff.

26.Jul.2006 Yes, Our BuzzFlash Credit Card Payment is Coming Up. We Need Your Support Today.
Are We Living Under the Stasi in East Germany of the Cold War? "Citing national security, a federal judge Tuesday threw out a lawsuit aimed at blocking AT&T Inc. from giving telephone records to the government for use in the war on terror." AT & T won't even be required to state whether or not it is complying with Bushevik search requests, so we won't even be able to know if it is acting illegally. Stalin would be proud of the Busheviks, very proud. 7/26
Fighting for all our rights, Congressman John Lewis of Georgia is this week's BuzzFlash "Wings of Justice Award" Winner.
Praise the Lord ? the loving liberal one! From the Last Chance Democracy Cafe.
For Democrats, war looms as the nation's most pressing problem. Republicans cite the economy, terrorism, the war and immigration, the Associated Press-Ipsos poll found. 7/26
The BuzzFlash Mailbag -- Uncensored and Unvarnished Truth from BuzzFlash Readers.

26.Jul.2006 The Senate passed legislation Tuesday that would make it a federal crime to help an under-age girl escape parental notification laws by crossing state lines to obtain an abortion. The bill was approved on a 65-to-34 vote, with 14 Democrats joining 51 Republicans in favor. 7/26
26.Jul.2006 "Nick Possum," one of the oldest friends of this blog, has covered a large demonstration in Sydney, directed against the atrocities in Lebanon.
26.Jul.2006 Wikis meet open source with Socialtext Software company introduces Socialtext Open, an open-source, downloadable version of its primary wiki product.
MySpace feels the heat California power outage throws the social-networking site for a loop. Can it improve its reliability?
Visual Exploration of Complex Networks bytimothy 62 jweebo writes

"Seed magazine has a story on complexity + how it can be visually represented with fascinating results. From the article: 'Complexity is everywhere. It's a structural and organizational principle that reaches almost every field imaginable, from genetics and social networks to food webs and stock markets ...Collected here are a few of the many intriguing + often beautiful, images that illustrate how the whole is more than the sum of its parts.'"
Cell Phones Presage Future of Non-Neutral Internet bytimothy 142 "The US cell phone network has no network neutrality. This story on NewsForge takes a look at the obstacles to getting a third-party application running on cell phone networks + explains why the same obstacles could ruin a non-neutral Internet." (NewsForge and Slashdot are both part of OSTG.)
HOPE Speaker Rambam Charged with Witness Tampering bytimothy 161+

"Steven Rombom -- a.k.a. "Steven Rambam" -- the licensed private investigator who was arrested Saturday by FBI agents minutes before his talk on privacy at the Hope Number Six hacker convention in New York -- is being charged with witness tampering and obstruction of justice in a money laundering case the government is pursuing against Albert Santoro, a former Brooklyn assistant district attorney, according to's Security Fix blog. The government alleges that Santoro hired Rombom to locate a government confidential informant whom Santoro accuses of entrapment + that Rombom visited the informant's in-laws under the guise of an FBI agent and tried to convince them tha their son-in-law was a danger to their daughter and grandkids."
Fear of Snakes May Have Driven Pre-Human Evolution byHemos 68+ Krishna Dagli writes

"An evolutionary arms race between early snakes and mammals triggered the development of improved vision and large brains in primates, a radical new theory suggests. The idea, proposed by Lynne Isbell, an anthropologist at the University of California, Davis, suggests that snakes and primates share a long and intimate history, one that forced both groups to evolve new strategies as each attempted to gain the upper hand. Early primates developed a better eye for color, detail and movement and the ability to see in three dimensions — traits that are important for detecting threats at close range. Humans are descended from those same primates. "