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02.Aug.2006 Treasury Secretary ready to privatize Social Security. Nico New Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson “said Tuesday that he won’t shy from the fightto privatize Social Security.

In his first speech since taking office last month, Paulson claimed Bush’s privatization plan — which would sharply cut guaranteed benefitswould “strengthen and modernize Social Security.”
02.Aug.2006 Majority Whip Blunt: If I Stay In Charge, Congress Won’t ‘Do Anything Meaningful’ On Climate Change Judd 
Today in
Energy and Environment Daily (sub. req’d), House Majority Whip Roy Blunt (R-MO) said that if he remains in power after the

00.Nov.2006 elections, there will be no action on global warming for the entire 110th Congress:

Continued Republican House and Senate majorities would likely mean more of the same on climate. House Majority Whip Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) said he would oppose global warming mandates if Republicans control the 110th Congress. “I think the information is not adequate yet for us to do anything meaningful,” he said.

Actually, thousands of scientists have agreed that global warming is real, humans are responsible for much of it and, unless steps are taken to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, there will be extremely serious consequences.

61 House members – including Rep. Jim Leach (R-IA) – understand this and have co-sponsored Rep. Henry Waxman’s Safe Climate Act. Waxman’s bill is a serious and practical effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

You can find more information of the Safe Climate Act here.
02.Aug.2006 Evolution In Action As Creationists On Kansas Ed. Board Couldn’t Survive Election Extinction Event Uncle Dave Reason prevails in election.
ARCHIMEDES TEXTS IN THE PALIMPSEST Equilibrium of Planes Spiral Lines The Measurement of the Circle Sphere and Cylinder On Floating Bodies The Method of Mechanical Theorems Stomachion

Mr Noel describes the palimpsest as "the eighth wonder of the world".

"You never get three unique palimpsested texts from the ancient world together in one book," he told the BBC News website. "That's just completely unheard of."

The monks filled the recycled pages with Greek Orthodox prayers.
X-rays reveal Archimedes secrets Texts written by the Greek mathematician Archimedes are being read for the first time in 800 years.
02.Aug.2006 New experiences 'improve memory' Being exposed to new experiences can boost the memory, research suggests.
02.Aug.2006 Ruling to Make Reporters Act Like Drug Dealers? ScuttleMonkey 78 netbuzz writes

"A 2-1 New York appeals court ruling yesterday will require two reporters to cough up their telephone records over a property-seizure case unless it gets reversed on appeal.

As the dissenting judge noted, this kind of erosion of press protections will have reporters 'contacting sources the way I understand drug dealers do to reach theirs -

- by use of clandestine cell phones + meeting in darkened doorways.' It's long past time for a federal shield law."
Nine Ways to Stop Industrial Espionage CmdrTaco 142

"IT staff are in the unique position that if they are nosy, immoral, greedy or corrupt that can get at what they want within their company at the touch of a button.

The corporate crown jewels are usually left open and exposed to the IT guys.

So how do you protect your corporate crown jewels from staff that can so easily be bribed to steal them and hand them over to a competitor?"

I can't imagine having to be paranoid about employees. That seems to me to be a bigger problem than hardware.
11.Sep.2001 Whistleblower Richard Andrew Grove (Transcript)

00.Oct.2003 I went to the SEC + I was told that they were not able to help me ... noting that it was destroyed exactly 60 years to the day later.
00.000.2001-00.000.2005 Memory Lane- Milestones in 9/11 Skepticism - The history of WTC 7 - headquarters to CIA + the SEC + , +, + ... compiled by John Horne ...

FAA: destroyed 9/11 tape evidence after attacks (NYT, 00.May 2004 ) ...
Daily Kos: No Matter What Happened on 9/11, Rational Questions Are ...

The " 9/11 Changes Everything" mantra has been successfully used to justify: ... to blow up a skyscraper in New York containing SEC files on his supporters, ...
9/11 Insider Trading Within a month of 9-11 , the SEC , acting in concert with the Department of Justice ... transactions could not be traced after the main frames were destroyed . ...

02.Aug.2006 Justice for 9/11 Complaint and Petition -- []

[The loss of the latter offices destroyed paper files on 200 open investigations into securities fraud + -presumably- greatly delayed + blocked all SEC ...
IS BUILDING SEVEN THE SMOKING GUN OF 9/11? - Forums powered by ...

Other amazing crimes piggybacked onto 911 : SEC files relating to World COMM + ENRON cases destroyed when WTC 6 was gutted.
The WTC Demolition Site Building 7 was where the SEC was storing files related to numerous Wall Street investigations. The files for approximately 3000 to 4000 cases were destroyed ... 02.Aug.2006 911 Eyewitness News The SEC files contained evidence of insider trading by Citigroup-AMEC ...

00.000.1998-00.Dec.2000 were stored at the building + destroyed 11.Sep.2001 .
Wall Street, SEC files lost in WTC 7 collapse - The SEC has not quantified the number of active cases in which substantial files were destroyed . ...

11.Sep.2001 Facts [New York Times,

02.Mar.2002 WTC7 Building 7 was where the SEC was storing files related to ... The files for approximately 3000 to 4000 cases were destroyed .
Loose Change Forum -> but "why" The whole 911 Scam involved action almost exclusively coming from the ... lately in the stockmarket/similar: The SEC offices in WT7 held many case files for ...

02.Aug.2006 BUSH REFUSED TO LISTEN TO LOCAL FBI WARNINGS-Could Have Stopped 9/11 Nothing must come in the way,no leaks,no mishaps.

3000 died + the SEC investigations into cheney/halliburton were lost in the collapse of WT7 .
Raw Story | Blue Lemur :: View topic - Building # 7, World Trade ... The SEC has not quantified the number of active cases in which substantial files were destroyed [in the collapse of WTC 7].

Reuters news service + the Los Angeles Times ...
02.Aug.2006 From the Christian Science Monitor: Hizbullah's capture of two Israeli soldiers on

12.Jul.2006 was a direct result of Israel's silent but unrelenting aggression against Lebanon, which in turn is part of a six-decades long Arab-Israeli conflict.
Since its withdrawal of occupation forces from southern Lebanon

00.May 2000, Israel has violated the UN-monitored "blue line" on an almost daily basis, according to UN reports. Hizbullah's military doctrine, articulated

in the early 1990s, states that it will fire Katyusha rockets into Israel only in response to Israeli attacks on Lebanese civilians or Hizbullah's leadership; this indeed has been the pattern.
In the process of its violations, Israel has terrorized the general population, destroyed private property + killed numerous civilians...
From Israeli Justice Minister Haim Ramon:

"All those now in south Lebanon are terrorists who are related in some way to Hezbollah,"

Those "terrorists" include the children of Qana:

One small arm stretched out from under the sheets; thin, the arm of a little girl, a piece of cloth like a bracelet wrapped around the wrist.

As bodies were loaded on the stretcher, I saw another dead girl; she was dressed in a black shirt with a coloured scarf wrapped loosely around her head.

Her face was swollen. Were there rockets in Qana, as Israel claims?
Red Cross workers and residents of Qana, where Israeli bombing killed at least 60 civilians, have told IPS that no Hezbollah rockets were launched from the city before the Israeli air strike...
"There were no Hezbollah rockets fired from here," 32-year-old Ali Abdel told IPS. "Anyone in this village will tell you this, because it is the truth"...
Qana had been a shelter because no rockets were being fired from there, survivors said. "When Hezbollah fires their rockets, everyone runs away because they know an Israeli bombardment will come soon," Abdel said. "That is why everyone stayed in the shelter and nearby homes, because we all thought we'd be all right since there were no Hezbollah fighters in Qana."

How long will they be able to spin away the truth? The real trick, in terms of keeping American + British public opinion on side, is to blur the sequence of events that led to the war + present it as a desperate Israeli struggle against an unprovoked onslaught by thousands of terrorist rockets. As for my previously-articulated theory that the war is, in large measure, about access to increasingly-scarce water resouces, note that the ground invasion is being chracterized as a "push to the Litani River."

And we have this from Uri Avnery: Now the generals are convinced that there is no alternative to occupying the whole area up to the Litani River, about 24 km from the border, in order to prevent the rockets from being launched from there. Then they will find out that they have to reach the Awali River, 40 km inside - the famous 40 km which Menachem Begin talked about 00.000.1982.

Finally, I encourage everyone to read this important commentary by Turkish writer Sadik Yalsizucanlar (Turkey being the one Islamic state admired by Bush and Israel). A few excerpts: This victim psychology is substitute for religious/ethnic nationalism. Explaining something by killing someone is, at most, as Schuon said, “the work of a spoiled, decayed + putrid state.” More:
In this attack the region’s main highways, electric and water distribution networks, communication channels, hospitals + emergency institutions, total infra structure, have been destroyed.

Civilian settlements have been indiscriminately bombarded and hundreds of children, women and civilians have been massacred.


It’s as if Israel is consciously attempting to strengthen anti-Semitism, which is increasingly deepening + spreading in the world.

That's as good an explanation as any for the despicable Israeli practice of firing on fleeing refugees.
Why would Israel's leaders want to increase hatred of Jews? Because anti-Semitism is Israel's greatest weapon, greatest ally and greatest excuse.
Although this column has always striven to condemn both the Israeli state + anti-Semitism (just as, 00.000.1939, I would have condemned the Third Reich without hating the German people on ethnic or religious grounds), this war of aggression will inevitably make expressions of anti-Semitism more common. Each such expression, anywhere in the world, hardens the hearts of the Israeli population. And people with a hard heart will blind themselves the war-planners' real goal -- the hidden goal, the unstated goal, the obvious goal -- of taking Lebanon and stealing its resources.

02.Aug.2006 Breaking: 9/11 Panel Suspected Deception by Pentagon. "It was just so far from the truth. . . . It's one of those loose ends that never got tied." Criminal Charges Were Considered.
Read "Take This Job and Ship It: How Corporate Greed and Brain Dead Politics are Selling Out America," by Senator Byron Dorgan. One Democratic Senator Understands How to Say the Fighting Words for the Working Men and Women of America -- And The Increasingly Unemployed.
The Bush Administration is a threat to our national security in and of itself. You need look no further than 9/11. -- A BuzzFlash Editorial
Get an AUTOGRAPHED copy of Conservatives Without Conscience by John Dean
Bush Fails the Military + America's National Security:

More than two-thirds of the Army National Guard's 34 brigades are not combat ready, mostly because of equipment shortages that will cost up to $21 billion to correct
Frist Will Only Let Working People Get a Much Needed Minimum Wage Boost if the Wealthiest Americans Get ANOTHER Unneeded Tax Break That Will Only Add to the Record-Breaking Deficit.

Of course, Frist and his family will personally benefit from an estate tax reduction.
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.
Four Alarm Turnaround, If True: "Tony Blair called for a fundamental reappraisal of British and US foreign policy yesterday, admitting that excessive emphasis on military power and failure to address the Palestinian issue had left the west losing the battle for hearts and minds in the Middle East."
Conservative Republicans who approved new classroom standards that call evolution into question lost control of the Kansas State Board of Education in Tuesday's primary election. 8/2
Bill Maher: The World is Mel Gibson 8/3

02.Aug.2006 Sprengstofffunde: Terrorexperte geht von "verwirrtem Einzeltäter" aus
02.Aug.2006 Atomkonflikt: Fischer warnt Iran
Telefonie- Zukunft: Reden mit allen gleichzeitig

02.Aug.2006 Internet- Statistik: Der Siegeszug der Web- Communities

Public Relations  
Meister der Verdrehung
Von Nils Klawitter

"Wir handeln nicht mit Bildern", beschrieb die PR-Ikone ihren Job, "sondern mit der Realität."
Ewen traf den PR-Profi Anfang der neunziger Jahre sogar noch selbst.

Bernays war 98 Jahre alt + hatte sein Haus voller Erinnerungsbilder, die ihn mit Winston Churchill, Henry Ford + bei der Friedenskonferenz von Versailles 1919 zeigten. "Goebbels hatte alle meine Bücher in seiner Bibliothek", erzählte Bernays, der Jude war.
Aus PR-Sicht sind Brömme und Graham Volltreffer: Feuerwehrleute, die für Brandschutz sind - glaubwürdiger geht es kaum noch.
Frontgruppen wie das Brom-Forum ins Feld zu führen gehört zu den ältesten Techniken von PR, die einst Edward Bernays (1891 bis 1995), Neffe von Sigmund Freud, begründet hat.

Damals arbeitete Bernays für Lucky Strike.

Er bestellte ausgewählte Journalisten zum Osterumzug auf die New Yorker Fifth Avenue.

Zuvor hatte er eine Gruppe bekannter Frauen angeheuert, die während der Parade rauchen sollten, was ihnen bis dahin öffentlich nicht gestattet war.

Aus den Zigaretten machte Bernays "Fackeln der Freiheit", aus den Raucherinnen wurde so was wie der Anfang der US-Frauenbewegung. Der Lucky-Strike-Absatz schoss in die Höhe.
Bernays Raffinesse: Er zielte meist nicht auf ein bestimmtes Produkt, sondern auf eine Verhaltensänderung beim Publikum.

Für eine andere Kampagne fand er Mediziner, die ein "herzhaftes Frühstück" empfahlen - Eier mit Schinken etwa. Bernays war damals von der Fleischindustrie engagiert worden, deren Absatz zu dem Zeitpunkt schwächelte.
Eine besonders denkwürdige PR-Operation gelang der Agentur Hill & Knowlton 00.Okt.1990.

Die Firma war von der amerikanischen Regierung beauftragt worden, die öffentliche Meinung für einen Krieg am Golf zu formen.

Vor Kongressabgeordneten trat die 15-jährige kuweitische Krankenschwester Nayirah auf + berichtete unter Tränen, wie irakische Soldaten in kuweitischen Krankenhäusern Babys aus Brutkästen gerissen + zu Boden geworfen hätten. Mit einem eigenen Kamerateam sorgte Hill & Knowlton dafür, dass der Auftritt fast alle TV-Stationen des Landes erreichte.
Der damalige Präsident George Bush baute den Auftritt mehrfach in seine Reden ein.

Es gab nur ein Problem:

Es war alles erlogen.

00.Jan.1992 kam heraus, dass Nayirah die Tochter des kuweitischen Botschafters in den USA war.

Eine Hill & Knowlton-Managerin hatte die Heulgeschichte vorher mit ihr einstudiert.
"Das wirkliche Schlachtfeld ist die Öffentlichkeit in unserem Land", so Verteidigungsminister Donald Rumsfeld.

"Wir verkaufen ein Produkt", sagte schon Ex-Außenminister Colin Powell über die Reklamebemühungen der US-Regierung während des Golf-Kriegs.
Attacken auf den Realitätssinn sind vor allem in Kriegs- und Krisenzeiten gefragt. Dann steigt die Nachfrage nach PR-Leuten sprunghaft an. Und Krise ist inzwischen permanent.
Aus Pentagon-Dokumenten geht hervor, dass Rendon zwischen den Jahren 2000 und 2004 allein 35 Verträge mit dem Verteidigungsministerium schloss - für mindestens 50 Millionen Dollar.

In dem Bürohaus an der Washingtoner Connecticut Avenue 1875 weist weder in der Lobby noch vor der Eingangstür zu den Büroräumen ein Schild auf die Firma hin.

Spricht man vorbeihuschende Mitarbeiter auf ihren Chef an, reagieren sie wie Autisten.
Rendon gehört quasi zum Kriegsinventar der Amerikaner:

Wo immer US-Truppen in den vergangenen 17 Jahren in den Krieg zogen, war Rendon dabei:

In Panama bereitete er die US-Invasion vor. In Afghanistan half er, der Welt den Sinn von Flächenbombardements zu vermitteln.

Manchmal war er sogar schon vor den Soldaten vor Ort, wie 1991 in Kuweit, zum Verteilen der Fähnchen.

Er kreiert Nachrichten, manipuliert Szenen, zerstreut Zweifel an der Heimatfront. "Informationskrieger" nennt sich Rendon.
Für Leute wie ihn gilt die oberste Regel des Gewerbes besonders:

Die beste PR ist jene, die nicht als solche erkannt wird + sie ist ein Multimilliardengeschäft geworden
Man kann sicher sein, dass auch im aktuellen Nahost-Konflikt PR-Leute an allen Fronten arbeiten. Aber man wird es vielleicht nie erfahren - oder erst nach einigen Jahren wie im Fall des ersten Golf-Kriegs.
Als amerikanische Panzer am 27. Februar 1991 auf Kuweit City zurollten, winkten ihnen Hunderte Kuweiter mit kleinen amerikanischen Fähnchen zu.

Einige hatten sogar britische Flaggen dabei. Die Amerikaner wurden im damaligen ersten Golf-Krieg als Befreier gefeiert. Das sollten die Bilder zumindest nahelegen.
"Haben Sie sich jemals darüber gewundert, wie Menschen aus Kuweit City, nachdem sie sieben lange und schmerzhafte Monate in Geiselhaft gehalten wurden, in der Lage waren, an kleine amerikanische Flaggen zu kommen?" John Rendon stellte diese Frage nach dem Krieg in einer Rede vor dem Nationalen Sicherheitsrat - und er fügte an: "Tja, Sie kennen die Antwort. Das war einer meiner Jobs."

Die Kampagne der Kritiker kontert Edelman nun aus einem "war room", der am Konzernhauptquartier von Wal-Mart in Arkansas eingerichtet wurde.

Wie die Wal-Mart-Gegner hat Edelman hierfür bekannte politische Spin Doctors wie Ronald Reagans Ex-Berater Michael Deaver engagiert.

Sie sind dabei, mit einem "Rapid-Response-PR-Team" jeden einzelnen Vorwurf der Gegner zu kontern, "damit die, die das Unternehmen bekämpfen, es nicht bald bestimmen", so Deaver.

Er redet von "swing voters" (unentschiedenen Kunden) und "true believers" (unerschütterlichen Kunden).

Es ist wie in einem Wahlkampf. Manchmal ist es auch wie in einem Krieg. Und bisweilen werden Kriege sogar schon von PR-Profis inszeniert.

Längst nicht nur in einem Film wie "Wag the Dog", wo Dustin Hoffman als alternder Hollywood-Regisseur einen irgendwo in Osteuropa angeblich stattfindenden Krieg inszenierte,

um von einer echten Affäre des US-Präsidenten abzulenken.
"Für Unternehmen, die Probleme haben, spielt der Kontakt zu Nichtregierungsorganisationen eine Schlüsselrolle", sagt Kunzes Chef Richard Edelman in seinem Büro am New Yorker Times Square.

Edelman fädelt solche Kontakte ein. Er gilt als Experte für das plötzliche Ergrünen von Unternehmen.
"Greenwashing" wird diese Technik genannt: umweltfreundlicher auszusehen, als man ist. Und es ist nur eine von vielen Instrumentarien moderner Public Relations.
Denn die Pflege dieser - wörtlich übersetzt: öffentlichen Beziehungen - bedeutet viel mehr. Sie steht für das Entfesseln einer täglichen Springflut von Meldungen über die eigenen Kunden - Unternehmen, Kirchen, Gewerkschaften, Länder, Armeen, Tierschutz- und Chemieverbände.
Mindestens 40 Prozent der Informationen einer Tageszeitung, schätzen Medienwissenschaftler, stammen bereits von PR-Agenturen oder aus den Marketingzentralen von Unternehmen, Behörden und Verbänden. Oft kommen die "Nachrichten" als vermeintliche Studien daher und werden gar nicht mehr als PR wahrgenommen.

"Statt Propaganda aufzudecken, sind Medien der Kanal für Propaganda geworden", sagt John Stauber, Gründer des unabhängigen Nachrichtendienstes PR Watch + Autor mehrerer Bücher über den Einfluss von PR.

In Deutschland stehen 30.000 Politik- und Wirtschaftsjournalisten bereits 15.000 bis 18.000 PR-Leuten gegenüber, schätzt der Leipziger Medienwissenschaftler Michael Haller.

In den USA hat sich das Verhältnis längst zugunsten der PR-Branche gedreht.
PR habe die große Chance, in den kommenden Jahren "die führende Kommunikationsdisziplin" zu werden, glaubt Edelman - "noch vor Werbung", deren simple Verkaufsslogans sich viel schneller abnutzen als die strategische Konspiration der PR-Profis: Geschichten in Medien schleusen, Ereignisse inszenieren, Interviews platzieren, positive Berichterstattung erzeugen - "das kann Werbung nicht", sagt Edelman stolz.


Streit um Quellenschutz
US-Blogger sitzt im Gefängnis
Ein US-amerikanischer Blogger sitzt seit Dienstag im Gefängnis, weil er sich weigerte, mit einem Gericht zu kooperieren. Der 24-Jährige hatte Aufnahmen von einer Protestkundgebung gemacht, wollte diese aber nicht Strafverfolgern zur Verfügung stellen.

Der 24-jährige Josh Wolf hatte im vergangenen Jahr an einer Protestveranstaltung in San Francisco im Zusammenhang mit dem G8-Gipfel in Schottland teilgenommen. Die Vorgänge während der Veranstaltung hatte er mit einer Videokamera aufgenommen und teilweise in seinem Blog online gestellt.

Weil es im Verlauf der Protestveranstaltung zu Zusammenstößen mit der Polizei kam, bei denen auch ein Polizist verletzt und eine Rauchbombe unter ein Polizeifahrzeug gelegt wurde, begannen sich Strafverfolger für die Videos zu interessieren. Wolf wurde per Gerichtsverfügung dazu gebracht, vor einem Gericht auszusagen und sein Videomaterial von der Demonstration herauszugeben. Er weigerte sich jedoch, das Material freizugeben, mit der Begründung, er habe als Journalist das Recht, seine Quellen zu schützen.

Der Richter des Federal District Court entschied nun jedoch, es bestehe "eine legitimes Bedürfnis", die Aufnahmen zu sehen. Wolf sitzt nun wegen Missachtung des Gerichts im Gefängnis, berichtet die "New York Times". Sie zitiert seinen Anwalt, der dem Blatt sagte, Wolf könne womöglich bis zum kommenden Sommer festgehalten werden.

Wolf wird inzwischen von verschiedenen Seiten unterstützt, unter anderem von der Bürgerrechtsorganisation Amercian Civil Liberties Union und der Society of Professional Journalists, die Geld für seine Verteidigung beisteuerte. Sein Anwalt will nun Einspruch erheben und erwirken, dass Wolf auf Kaution freigelassen wird. In seinem Blog wirbt unterdessen Wolfs Mutter um Mitgefühl für das Schicksal ihres Sohnes und um Spenden für künftige Gerichtskosten. cis

Voigt und seine Kollegen vom Fernerkundungsdatenzentrum des DLR in Oberpfaffenhofen haben die erste Satellitenkarte der Ölverschmutzung vor der Küste Libanons erstellt.

Auf eine ältere Aufnahme aus dem Jahr 2000 zeichneten sie die nun verschmutzte Fläche mit roter Schraffur ein:

Ein 130 Kilometer langer und teilweise über 30 Kilometer breiter Streifen zieht sich von der Stadt Sidon bis nach Syrien im Norden an der Küste entlang.
Im Auswärtigen Amt in Berlin wird derzeit geprüft, wie Deutschland seine Fachkenntnisse zur Verfügung stellen kann.

Das bestätigte eine Sprecherin des Ministeriums gegenüber SPIEGEL ONLINE. Sie sagte, die Bundesregierung sei sich der kritischen Lage vor der libanesischen Küste bewusst.

Die Umweltkatastrophe an Libanons Küste haben Offizielle und Umweltschützer mit großen Tankerunglücken verglichen - etwa mit dem der "Exxon Valdez" 1989 vor Alaska, der "Haven" 1991 im Golf von Genua oder der "Erika" 1999 vor der Bretagne. Der Ölteppich hatte sich nach israelischen Luftangriffen auf die Öltanks eines küstennahen libanesischen Kraftwerks vor zwei Wochen gebildet.

Nach Einschätzung des libanesischen Umweltexperten Wael Hmaidan kann das Öl Schäden und Folgekosten in Höhe von rund 200 Millionen Euro verursachen.

Unter den Umweltschutzorganisation im Libanon sei die Entschlossenheit gewachsen, ungeachtet der israelischen Angriffe die Aufräumarbeiten zu starten.

"Das Problem ist so gravierend und die absehbaren Folgen eines weiteren Abwartens so katastrophal, dass uns die Bomben inzwischen egal sind", sagte Hmaidan, der als Berater für regierungsunabhängige Umweltschutzorganisationen tätig ist.

Zu den international anerkannten Kapazitäten, die Deutschland auf dem Gebiet der Ölpestbekämpfung hat, zählt das Havariekommando in Cuxhaven.

Mit Experten und Gerät steht es eigentlich für den Einsatz bei Tankerunfällen bereit.
Libanon: Erstes Satellitenbild des Ölteppichs

02.Aug.2006 Streit um Quellenschutz: US- Blogger sitzt im Gefängnis
02.Aug.2006 Luftabwehr: Zehn Jahre für einen lahmen Laser
02.Aug.2006 Psychologische Kriegsführung: Israel hackt sich in Hisbollah- Sender ein
02.Aug.2006 Israeli cricket match postponed Protest fears lead to the postponement of a Glasgow match and cancellation of Edinburgh film sponsorship.
02.Aug.2006 How to Become Invisible CmdrTaco 52 mdm42 writes

"Looks like a theoretical physicist at St. Andrews University in Scotland believes that invisibility may be possible. And its not going to be a potion or a cloak, but will come in the form of a device. "

Let's just hope that when the invisible woman arrives, she's played more convincingly then Jessica Alba.
Freedom fries on the march. Nico “Freedom fries” and “freedom toast” are off the congressional menu.

Three years after House Republicans trumpeted the new names to get back at the French for snubbing the coalition of the willing in Iraq,” both fries + toast have been returned to their traditional names.
02.Aug.2006 Following Powerline, Washington Times Falsely Claims Dingell Refuses To ‘Condemn Hezbollah’ Judd 
Yesterday, the right-wing blog Powerline
posted a chopped audio clip from a July 30 interview to smear Rep. John Dingell (D-MI) as a Hezbollah apologist.

This morning, the Washington Times follows their lead:

Here’s what Mr. Dingell had to say to a reporter in Detroit the other day during a television program: “I don’t take sides for or against Hezbollah; I don’t take sides for or against Israel.”

When asked if he really wasn’t “against Hezbollah,” Mr. Dingell replied, “No.”

Part of what’s behind Mr. Dingell’s appalling refusal to condemn Hezbollah are the tens of thousands of Muslims, mostly Shi’ites, living in his Michigan district.

Dingell did condemn Hezbollah in the same interview the Washington Times criticizes. The Washington Times cuts Dingell’s answer off at “No.” Here’s the full exchange:

Q: You’re not against Hezbollah?

DINGELL: No, I happen to be — I happen to be against violence , I think the USA has to bring resolution to this matter. Now, I condemn Hezbollah as does everybody else, for the violence.

Dingell also signed a letter on July 28, two days before the interview aired, calling on the EU to add Hezbollah to their terrorist list.

He also voted for a House Resolution in March 2005 which made the same request.

(In a subsquent post responding to “the loons at Think Progress,” Powerline nevertheless maintains that Dingell “does not quite deem [Hezbollah] a terrorist group.”)

There are legitimate criticisms of Dingell’s position on this issue. But they should be based on his actual views, not a dishonest caricature.

Contact Tony Blankley, the Washington Times Editorial Page Editor + (politely) tell him to publish Dingell’s full response and stop misleading his readers.
02.Aug.2006 August 2, 2006 Think Progress 
“President Jalal Talabani said Wednesday that Iraqi forces will take over security of all provinces in the country by the end of the year.

Currently U.S. forces handle security in 17 of Iraq’s 18 provinces.”

U.S. troops are fighting to turn around the “insurgent stronghold” in Ramadi . A sign in the U.S. headquarters advises soldiers to “be polite, be professional + have a plan to kill everyone you meet.”

Pro-science moderates “are virtually guaranteed to win backa majority on the Kansas Board of Education after yesterday’s election, which saw two far-right conservatives defeated in the Republican primary.

As expected, President Bush on Monday nominated anti-regulatory zealot Susan Dudley to head the obscure but “super-powerfulOffice of Information and Regulatory Affairs.

Clean Air Watch said the move was “like naming Mel Gibson as a special Mideast Peace Envoy.”

The last few weeks have essentially transformed Lebanese politics ,” the New York Times finds, “marginalizing…democratic forces+ “instead empowering President Émil Lahoud, a staunch ally of Syria,” + “above all” Hezbollah-aligned Parliament speaker Nabih Berri.

Some officials on the 9/11 Commission have concluded that the Pentagon’s initial claims that it scrambled jets to apprehend United Flight 93 were “ part of a deliberate effort to mislead the commission ” about its bungled response to the attacks + that the false statements may have “violated the law.”

Unions representing thousands of EPA scientists say the environmental agency is “ bending to political pressure and ignoring sound science in allowing a group of toxic chemicals to be used in agricultural pesticides.”

The deadline for the EPA to approve the use of the chemicals is tomorrow.

And finally: A sure-fire plan to help resolve the abortion debate. “As a shock tactic, a national group that opposes abortion plans to fly a billboard-size picture of an aborted fetus over Cleveland beginning Monday.”
02.Aug.2006 Dvorak Poll: Should Reporters Be Allowed To Shield Sources? Uncle Dave 
With a ruling yesterday where a US appeals court allowed the prosecution to see reporter’s phone records of conversations with sources, we are once again faced with a dilemma.

One the one hand, reporters won’t be able to get confidential sources to speak if their identities can’...
Blair returns to face UK critics Tony Blair has flown back to the UK from America amid growing debate over his policy in the Middle East.
02.Aug.2006 Flood defences hit by £200m cuts Efforts to prevent floods are under threat as the environment department is forced to cut £200m.
02.Aug.2006 Green Wi-Fi's sun-powered gear A Bay Area nonprofit has developed solar-powered Wi-Fi gear designed to bring wireless broadband to developing countries.
02.Aug.2006 PR- Agenturen: Meister der Verdrehung
02.Aug.2006 Hot Apple: 400 Kühlzonen für hitzegeplagte New Yorker eingerichtet
02.Aug.2006 Wettbewerbsvorteil: Indische Ärzte amputieren Bettlern Gliedmaßen
Gladio ... war der Bombenanschlag auf den Hauptbahnhof von Bologna mit 85 Toten + 200 Verletzten im ... mit elf weiteren Menschen beim Bombenattentat auf das Münchener Oktoberfest 1980 starben ...
1980 ... entdeckt worden ist.

26.Sep.1980 Bombenattentat auf dem Münchner Oktoberfest, 13 Tote ... eine Bombe im Bahnhof der italienischen Stadt Bologna . 85 Menschen sterben, mindestens ...
Zweifel an der Theorie vom verwirrten Einzeltäter (PDF) ... Im Bahnhof von Bologna warten hunderte Menschen auf die Einfahrt ...
News: 2004-06-27 News Items On the Net. ... Korrespondenz mit Lothar Baier. Zum Bombenattentat aufs Münchener Oktoberfest 1980 ... the bandit was conducted could be called nothing but bologna .

We would also like to remind that ...
Microsoft earning money on beta testers Martin This world is really changing - it used to be exactly different few years ago, but Microsoft is changing the rules once again. Betatesters will have to pay small fee to enter the public beta test of Office 2007, instead of being payed by Redmont evil. The official reason is following: “The
02.Aug.2006 Father's tribute to Iraq soldier The father of Corporal Matthew Cornish, who was killed in Basra, says he is very proud of his son.
02.Aug.2006 House and Senate finally call for investigation into Depleted Uranium (DU) poisoning of troops

(NewsTarget) Veterans' appeals for government assistance in post-service health problems have finally resulted in the U.S. House and Senate calling for immediate research on radioactive metals used in armor and weapons. Published research shows uranium binds to DNA and causes cell mutation, leading...
Bush's domestic spying: How America is rapidly becoming a police state
For years I've been warning my readers about the coming police state and the abusive use of power by the Bush administration. This year, we have learned that President Bush -- or should I say King George Bush -- personally authorized domestic spying on American citizens by the National Security Agency...

02.Aug.2006 The cost of Bush's aggression, both in money and lives, has turned America into a nation of war criminals
Faced with mounting civilian carnage, both from war crimes committed by demoralized and broken US troops and from the raging civil war unleashed by Bush's ill-fated illegal invasion of Iraq, the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee has decided to waste another $50 billion to continue the lost war...

02.Aug.2006 Beendet antisemitischer Ausfall Mel Gibsons Karriere? sfux Los Angeles - Er entschuldige sich für "verachtenswerte" Äusserungen während seiner Festnahme wegen Trunkenheit am Steuer, liess Mel Gibson letzten Samstag verlauten. Was er gesagt hatte, wurde erst nachträglich bekannt: "Drecksjuden".
Hollywood verzeiht viel. Gibson (50) hätte wohl nicht viel zu befürchten, wenn er nur betrunken Auto gefahren wäre und einen Polizisten angepöbelt hätte. Doch was er sich zusätzlich leistete, dürfte nach...

02.Aug.2006 Gasmasken, Giftgas und Milliardenbetrug - auf den Spuren des Moshe Regev sfux Für unseren Gastautor Dr. Alexander von Paleske sollte es eigentlich ein Sommerurlaub in Deutschland werden.

Aber Israels Krieg gegen die Hisbollah lockte ihn in Frankfurt/Main auf die Spur des Milliardenbetrügers Moshe Regev alias Regenstreich.
Dr. Alexander von Paleske - ?Die Welt? brachte in ihrer Print-Ausgabe vom 28.Jul.2006 ein Foto, das...

02.Aug.2006 US-Regierung: 5 Jahre Haft ohne Grund sfux Karl Weiss -

11.Sep.2001 -nach den Anschlägen des- waren -Weitgehend unbemerkt von der Öffentlichkeit in den USA- eine beträchtliche Anzahl von Moslems festgenommen worden (über 1000).

Man hatte zwar keine konkreten Anhaltspunkte, aber zu jenem Zeitpunkt war die Gier nach Rache so groß, daß irgendetwas plus Moslem ausreichte, um ins Gefängnis zu wandern.
Bereits damals - das war ja noch vor dem Überfall auf Afghanistan - erfand man diese Sache mit den...

Crisis grows as Israel ‘launches attack deep in Lebanon.’ Nico The AP reports,

The ferocity of the battles in Baalbek and across southern Lebanon on Tuesday, the determination of the Israelis to keep fighting + the minimal diplomatic progress toward a cease-fire all indicate the 3-week-old war is more likely to escalate than end soon.”
02.Aug.2006 The helpless oil junkies in Congress. Nico 
The Senate voted 71-25 today to open up eight million acres in the Gulf of Mexico
to oil and natural gas drilling. The area will provide all of 47 days worth of oil + four months worth of natural gas.

00.000.1980-00.000.1999 three million gallons of oil spilled from offshore drilling operations in the Gulf — that’s 150,000 gallons a year.
02.Aug.2006 Sen. Max Baucus’ (D-MT) nephew dies in Iraq. Nico “Marine Cpl. Phillip E. Baucus, 28, died Saturday in the province of Al Anbar,” according to the Department of Defense.

Baucus said his family is “devastated by the loss.”
Progressive Reporter Ejected From National Conservative Student Conference Nico 
This week, the Young America’s Foundation is hosting the
National Conservative Student Conference.

ThinkProgress reported recently that YAF’s spokesman Jason Mattera (who describes himself as “the surprisingly fresh face of conservatism) had denied a request by a representative of our sister organization, Campus Progress, to cover the event. From Mattera’s email:

Our event is open to real members of the press. You will not receive press credentials. My advice for you is to watch it on C-SPAN.

If you have a problem with that decision, you can complain to the Foundation’s media department spokesman. Oh wait…that’s…me. :)

Mattera’s reaction was criticised around the web — including by fellow conservatives at National Review, who acknowledged that they had received press credentials for Campus Progress’ annual conference.

Apparently Mattera didn’t care. Yesterday, he tracked down and ejected Conor Clarke, one of the lone progressive journalists covering the event for the Washington Monthly:

I was approached by YAF’s spokesman, Jason Mattera, on my way to see Newt Gingrich. “Who do you work for?”

Mattera demanded, with a touch of petulance. “The Washington Monthly,” I told him. “Are you writing for anyone else?” “I’m blogging for Campus Progress.”

And that did the trick. “There’s the elevator,” Mattera pointed. “I can have one of my interns push the down button.” But it didn’t end there.

What happened to the vaunted marketplace of ideas, I asked. The openness and exchange?

When Clarke asked why he was being ejected, Mattera responded, “Because I said so.”

He then admitted, “If you were with The National Review, I’d get you a seat right up front and have one of my interns give you a nice massage + grab you a cup of Sunkist.”

Read the rest of Clarke’s piece HERE.
02.Aug.2006 20,000 Iraqis displaced in 10 days. Nico 20,000 Iraqis “fled their homes to escape sectarian violence” in just the last 10 days, the Iraqi Ministry of Displacement and Migration announced yesterday.

In some cases, typed notes ordering people to leave within 48 hours have been left with a bullet taped to the page.”
02.Aug.2006 Link Between Global Warming And Hurricane Intensity Remains Strong Judd 
A study published in the journal Science questioning the link between increased hurricane strength + global warming was quickly seized upon by Matt Drudge + the right-wing blogosphere as evidence the dangers of global warming are over-hyped.

Time for a reality check. The author of the study, Christopher Landsea, does “not dispute global warming was occurring or that it could influence hurricanes.”

Rather, Landsea argues that pre-1990 data on hurricane strength is unreliable, so it can’t be used to construct multi-decade trends in hurricane strength.

These findings are preliminary and the author of the major study Landsea criticizes, M.I.T. scientist Kerry Emanuel, disputes them.

But ultimately, it doesn’t matter much whether Landsea is right or not about hurricane intensity data.

Other major studies have established the link between global warming and hurricane strength by relying on different data. Bill Chameides, Chief Scientist at Environmental Defense, elaborates on this point, using a study that relies on ocean temperature:

[Landsea’s study] from a public policy perspective has been made largely moot by the work of Trenberth and Shea, published in June 2006 in Geophysical Research Letters.

They showed that 50 % of the extremely warm temperatures of the North Atlantic Ocean in the summer of 2005 that spawned the record-breaking 2005 hurricane season was caused by global warming.[Release 31.Jul.2006]

The global warming deniers should put the cork back in their champagne.
National Review then: ‘We’re Winning.’ Nico National Review now: not so much.
02.Aug.2006 Swift Boaters take aim at Murtha. Nico “The ‘Swift Boat’ veterans who grabbed national headlines in 2004 are back + their new target is Rep. John Murtha (D-PA).

Armed as a new group — Veterans for the Truth — they’re bringing their campaign to ‘Redeploy John Murtha From Congress’ to his backyard.”

Exakter Plan der steinzeitlichen Anlage

Wissenschaftler erläutern, was die Menhire von Belz einzigartig macht:

Die Hinkelsteine wurden vor etwa 7000 Jahren aufgestellt, etwa drei Jahrtausende später haben Menschen aus noch unbekannten Gründen die Steine umgestürzt.

So ruhten sie gut 4000 Jahre lang in einer Sedimentschicht, die sie vor Wind und Wetter schützte und die zugleich wertvolle Hinweise auf die Geschichte der Hinkelsteine speicherte.

Die bis zu zwei Meter langen Felsbrocken zeugten von einer organisierten Gesellschaft in der Steinzeit, sagte Demoule.

Um einen 20 Tonnen schweren Menhir zu bewegen, mussten mindestens 150 Menschen Hand anlegen.

Die Archäologen legten bei den Ausgrabungen auch kleinere Steine frei, die als Stütze für die großen Menhire gedient haben sollen.

So könnten die heutigen Menschen in Belz "die Organisation der Steine zum Zeitpunkt ihrer Aufrichtung nachvollziehen", schwärmt Inrap-Forschungsleiter Stéphane Hinguant.

"Der Plan des Denkmals ist exakt." Andernorts seien Hinkelsteine dagegen von ihren Ausgräbern "dort aufgestellt worden, wo man dachte, dass sie einst gestanden haben - vielleicht zu Unrecht."

00.Jul.1969 -Anfang- kamen daher der Präsident + Kissinger überein, den Krieg in Südostasien auszuweiten.

"Ich weigere mich zu glauben, dass eine viertrangige Macht wie Nord-Vietnam keine Bruchstelle hat", erklärte Kissinger den neuen Dokumenten zufolge einer Arbeitsgruppe, die er eigens zusammenrief.

Die Experten sollten "ohne jegliche Vorbehalte" alle Möglichkeiten eines "brutalen, entscheidenden Schlages" prüfen.

Furcht vor China und der Sowjetunion

Den Nordvietnamesen in Hanoi ließ Nixon ausrichten, er würde "Maßnahmen mit schwerwiegenden Konsequenzen" ergreifen, falls sie nicht bis zum 01.Nov.1969 größere Kompromissbereitschaft zeigten.

Kissingers Fachleute empfahlen das Verminen von Häfen und weitere Luftangriffe.

Die jetzt freigegebenen Dokumente lassen vermuten, dass sie beim Einsatz der Atombombe an einen begrenzten Nuklearschlag dachten.

Denn in einem Vermerk Kissingers an Nixon ist davon die Rede, dass

"die totale Zerstörung des Landes oder des Regimes" Vietnams nicht das Ziel sei, sondern Hanois Verbündete China oder die Sowjetunion zu einem Eingreifen bewegen würde. Und daran hatte das Weiße Haus kein Interesse.

00.Okt.1969 -Anfang- wurden die Planungen eingestellt.

Nixon war inzwischen zu dem Schluss gekommen, dass die US-Öffentlichkeit für einen möglicherweise nuklearen Entscheidungsschlag gegen Hanoi mit wohl Hunderttausenden Toten nicht zu gewinnen war.

Und "den Kurs einzuschlagen und ihn dann nicht durchzuhalten", so hatte ihn Kissinger belehrt, sei eine "Katastrophe".

Der Vietnam-Krieg ging noch sechs Jahre weiter und endete erst

00.000.1975 - mit dem Sieg der nordvietnamesischen Seite.

Gibson stand schon vor zwei Jahren mit seinem Film "Die Passion Christi" in der Kritik. Mehrere jüdische Organisationen hatten dem Film antisemitische Untertöne vorgeworfen.

Nach Gibsons Ausfall hat der Fernsehsender ABC eine mit ihm vereinbarte Serie über den Holocaust abgesagt.

Begründet wurde dies von offizieller Seite damit, dass man seit knapp zwei Jahren auf ein Drehbuch warte.

Das Disney-Studio sprach dem Star am Dienstag dagegen die volle Unterstützung bei dem Vertrieb seines nächsten Filmes zu.

Das Historien-Spektakel "Apocalyptico" über den Untergang eine Maya-Kultur, soll im Dezember in die Kinos kommen. Vereinzelt war in Branchenkreisen der Ruf nach einem Boykott Gibsons laut geworden.

Ein Untersuchungsausschuss der Polizei will zudem noch prüfen, ob Gibson als Hollywood-Star bei der Verhaftung bevorzugt behandelt wurde.

Ein Teil der Schimpftiraden war in dem für die Veröffentlichung bestimmten Polizeibericht herausgestrichen worden, hieß es.

Gibson muss sich am

28.Sep.2006 vor Gericht einfinden, berichtet die "Los Angeles Times". Die Staatsanwaltschaft könnte noch in dieser Woche über eine mögliche Anklageerhebung entscheiden. ffr/AP/dpa/ddp

Alle Entschuldigungen waren bislang fruchtlos: Schauspieler Mel Gibson steht nach einem Rausch am Steuer und antisemitischen Äußerungen mit dem Rücken zur Wand.

Nun hat ein US-Magazin auch noch peinliche Fotos aus einem Lokal aufgetan, in dem Gibson vor dem Vorfall feierte.

Los Angeles - Das US-Magazin "In Touch" hat mehrere Aufnahmen aus einem Restaurant in Malibu abgedruckt, auf dem Gibson mit mehreren Frauen zu sehen ist.

Sichtlich guter Dinge, mit einer Flasche in der Hand und zwei Damen im Arm lächelt der Schauspieler da in die Kamera.

Eine der Frauen ist nach Angaben des Blattes ein Gast des Restaurants namens "Moonshadows", auf einem anderen Bild sind vermutlich zwei Fans des Stars zu sehen.
Frankreich: Hinkelstein- Fund begeistert Archäologen

02.Aug.2006 Kosmetik: Duftmarke "4711" steht zum Verkauf

02.Aug.2006 Südlibanon: Zerstörung und Angst
02.Aug.2006 Nixons Vietnam- Krieg: Der Madman und die Bombe

02.Aug.2006 Nahost- Krieg: Entkam Hisbollah- Scheich israelischen Kommandotruppen?
02.Aug.2006 Libanon- Offensive: "Als die Rakete einschlug, sah ich nichts mehr"

02.Aug.2006 Webseiten- Sperrung: Intellektuelle in China protestieren
02.Aug.2006 Frauen und Technik: Plasma- TV beliebter als Diamanten
02.Aug.2006 Malkin: Outrage About Qana ‘Manufactured,’ ‘If It’s Not Qana, It’s Something Else…It’s Beauty Pageants’ Judd 
Last night on The O’Reilly Factor, Michelle Malkin said anger in the Arab world about the tragedy at Qana — where
at least 56 innocent civilians, including 37 children, were killed — was “manufactured.”

Malkin called it “the jihad du jour” that “members of the religion of perpetual outrage are always ginning up.”

She added, “If it’s not Qana, it’s something else. … It’s Gitmo, Abu Ghraib. It’s beauty pageants.” Watch it:


O’REILLY: Then why — why doesn’t the rest of the world accept your analysis?

MALKIN: Because they are intoxicated. They are clouded by this moral equivalence that has set in over the world for the past several decades. And I think it behooves us to fight against that, to claw against that.

Because the manufactured outrage that Qana is not really about the deaths at Qana; it is something about much larger. It is about the jihad du jour that these — that members of the religion of perpetual outrage are always ginning up. I mean, if it’s not Qana, it’s something else.

O’REILLY: No, I got it. I got it. I got it.

MALKIN: It’s Gitmo, Abu Ghraib. It’s beauty pageants.
Krauthammer falsely claimed estate tax "penalizes a lot of small businesses"
The national survey of 1,010 adults  Third of Americans suspect 9-11 government conspiracy | ScrippsNews
02.Aug.2006 In an elegiac survey of his nine-year leadership, Mr Blair .....  Guardian Unlimited Politics | Special Reports | 'Cross-dressing' on political policy is here to stay, says PM
02.Aug.2006 The Israel Defence Forces is the most moral army in the world”  The Truth Will Set You Free: Israeli opinion after Qana - MIND BOGGLING
02.Aug.2006 Racist Jewish Fundamentalism By The Cat's Dream

Two articles on the Racist Jewish Fundamentalism 1) Israel's Latest Massacre in Qana: Racist Jewish Fundamentalism a Factor by Omar Barghouti, Electronic Lebanon, 30 July 2006 2) Yesha Rabbinical Council: During time of war, enemy has no innocents, YNET NEWS.COM, 30 July 2006
Gibson forgot Rule # 1: Public criticism not permitted for some  BELLACIAO - Jew Hater! - Greg L. Smith - Collective Bellaciao
02.Aug.2006 CNN: Qana building not hit by Israeli strike, but collapsed on residents In israel

CNN's Ben Wedeman, who was at the site, reported that no ordinance actually hit the building, but hit the ground nearby, creating a large crater. He speculated that the concussive impact cause the nearby four-story apartment to collapse.
Deutsche Bank building at Ground Zero  Family Members Seeking Human Remains at Ground Zero Receive Only Silence :: 9/11 CitizensWatch :: We are concerned citizens challenging the official story of 9/11
02.Aug.2006 Bombs In Oliver Stone World Trade Center Movie? Paul Joseph Watson Bombs In Oliver Stone World Trade Center Movie? Clip features actor Cage looking up as explosions boom from upper floors
02.Aug.2006 Another Israeli Myth Exposed: There Were No Hezbollah Rockets In Qan Paul Joseph Watson Another Israeli Myth Exposed:

There Were No Hezbollah Rockets In Qana Meanwhile, northern Israeli residents say they have more chance of winning the lottery
Videoblogger jailed Robert Scoble A guy I know, Josh Wolf, was just thrown in jail for refusing to hand over some videotapes he made of a 00.Jul.2005 demonstration in San Francisco.

The San Francisco Chronicle has the details. The government has scary powers and is using them. Interesting to watch this case evolve and see how Josh ...
Gibson's Anti-Semitic Tirade -- Alleged Cover Up

TMZ has learned that Mel Gibson went on a rampage when he was arrested Friday on suspicion of drunk driving, hurling religious epithets.

TMZ has also learned that the Los Angeles County Sheriff's department had the initial report doctored to keep the real story under wraps. TMZ has four pages of ...
Olmert says fighting will go on Israel's Prime Minister Ehud Olmert says there will be no halt in its Lebanon attack until peacekeepers deploy.
02.Aug.2006 Bad debts trim Lloyds TSB gains Lloyds TSB reports a 4% rise in half-year profits but says provisions to cover bad debts have risen by 20%.
02.Aug.2006 Mexico election protesters dig in A second day of protests over Mexico's disputed election brings renewed traffic chaos in the capital.
02.Aug.2006 Prison complaints reach new high The number of prisoner complaints rise to the highest level in 12 years with HMP Dumfries faring worst.
02.Aug.2006 Gibson arrest 'handled correctly' Mel Gibson's arrest on suspicion of drink-driving was handled correctly by sheriffs, a watchdog says.
02.Aug.2006 Photos transformed into 3D model Technology that can transform digital photographs to 3D will be unveiled at a conference.
02.Aug.2006 School workers 'pushed too far' Nursery nurses and teaching assistants are being asked to work longer hours for the same pay, a union hears.
02.Aug.2006 Israel targets Hezbollah bastion Israeli mounts a major operation in the Bekaa valley, a Hezbollah stronghold in eastern Lebanon, officials say.
02.Aug.2006 Blair warns of 'arc of extremism' The prime minister calls for a foreign policy rethink to combat an "arc of extremism" in the Middle East.
02.Aug.2006 Ministers lose terror law appeal Ministers lose a court appeal against a ruling that control orders on six terror suspects broke human rights laws.
02.Aug.2006 FTSE pensions gap 'remains high' The black hole in the UK's largest company pension schemes shrank by just £1bn during the past year despite record contributions, a report says.
02.Aug.2006 Banks 'profiting from customers' Profits per customer have risen more than 13% to £75 at UK High Street banks, a report says.
02.Aug.2006 Cannabis 'might harm conception' Cannabis use around the time of conception may prevent women getting pregnant, a study in mice suggests.
02.Aug.2006 Lung damage seen in 9/11 rescuers Emergency crews exposed to dust after 9/11 had substantial reduction in lung function.
02.Aug.2006 Hospital expansion plan ditched Plans to rebuild much of Derriford Hospital in Plymouth at a cost of £600m are scrapped.
02.Aug.2006 How can 'terrorism' be condemned while war crimes go without rebuke?
Despite Israel's protestations that it is doing everything it can to avoid civilian casualties, it is clear that its military strategy is aimed at maximising the suffering of the Lebanese people as a whole.

This was declared quite openly on day one of the campaign, when Israel's chief of staff, General Dan Halutz, promised to "turn back the clock in Lebanon by 20 years" +

confirmed again yesterday with the horrific slaughter at Qana.
Virtual War on Troop Terror Shell-shocked soldiers are coming back from Iraq with snakes in their heads. But gritty, war-zone simulations might help treat psychologically scarred vets.
02.Aug.2006 Peace and Privacy in the Pacific The Japanese have no native word for "privacy" -- but a government crackdown on peace activists is quickly expanding their vocabulary.
02.Aug.2006 Photo: Ice-cold in AC Ice-powered air conditioning system promises to reduce energy use by up to 30 %.
02.Aug.2006 Internet Usage Boosts Post Office Revenue ScuttleMonkey 7 etirw writes

"Contrary to popular belief, the New York Times reports that Internet usage has actually boosted the USPS's revenue, instead of decreasing it.

It is commonly believed that the rise of the Internet has negatively affected the Postal Service's revenue, since e-mail usage is rapidly superseding snail-mail usage.

'Six years ago, people were pointing at the Internet as the doom and gloom of the Postal Service,' said James Cochrane, manager of USPS package services.

However, the widespread usage of e-commerce sites has boosted USPS revenue, since millions of packages are shipped from such sites daily."
Tech Replaces Diamonds As Girl's Best Friend ScuttleMonkey 75 Ant that :

'diamonds are no longer a girls best friend', at least according to a recent study commissioned by the Oxygen Network. From the article:

"The survey, commissioned by U.S. cable television's Oxygen Network that is owned and operated by women, found the technology gender gap has virtually closed with the majority of women snapping up new technology + using it easily. Women were found on average to own 6.6 technology devices while men own 6.9 + four out of every five women felt comfortable using technology with 46 % doing their own computer trouble-shooting."
Spanish Region Goes Entirely Open Source ScuttleMonkey 89 greengrass

TechWorld is reporting that the Spanish region of Extremadura has decided to go completely open source with their day-to-day operations.

While the region has long been a supporter of open source software, within a year it will be a requirement that all officials use the ODF and PDF formats for all documents. From the article:

"Extremadura, Spain's poorest region, made headlines following a 2002 decision to migrate about 70,000 desktops + 400 servers in its schools to a locally tailored version of Debian called gnuLinEx.

The government has estimated that the total cost of this project was about 190,000 euros (£130,000), 18 million euros lower than if the schools had purchased Microsoft software. "
Children Arrested, DNA Tested for Playing in a Tree? Cliff 426 skelator2821

wrote in with another account of a police action gone way overboard. From the article:

"To the 12-year-old friends planning to build themselves a den, the cherry tree seemed an inviting source of material.

But the afternoon adventure turned into a frightening ordeal for Sam Cannon,

Amy Higgins + Katy Smith after they climbed into the 20ft tree - then found themselves hauled into a police station + locked into cells for up to two hours." skelator2821's basic question in all of this:

"What is this World coming to? Do you think they went to far?" Well? Do you?
Halving Half Lives ScuttleMonkey 288 "PhysicsWeb is reporting that

German scientists may have found a way to significantly reduce the radioactive decay time of nuclear waste.

This could render the waste harmless in just tens of years + make disposal much less difficult as opposed to current standards. From the article:

'Their proposed technique - which involves slashing the half-life of an alpha emitter by embedding it in a metal + cooling the metal to a few degrees kelvin - could therefore avoid the need to bury nuclear waste in deep repositories, a hugely expensive and politically difficult process. But other researchers are skeptical and believe that the technique contradicts well-established theory as well as experiment.'"
Voting Isn't Easy, Even if Cheating Is timothy 194
The Open Voting Foundation's disclsosure that only one switch need be flipped to allow the machine to boot from an unverified external flash drive instead of the built-in, verified EEPROM drew more than 600 comments;

some of the most interesting ones are below, in today's Backslash story summary.
3-D Software for 'Virtual Surgery' ScuttleMonkey 56 Roland Piquepaille writes

"Computer scientists at Brigham Young University (BYU) have developed a new software tool to perform 'virtual surgery'.

This tool, dubbed 'Live Surface,' will allow surgeons to visualize in 3-D any part of a patient's anatomy with just a few clicks of a mouse.

Similar software already exists, but according to the Deseret Morning News, Live Surface is interactive and fast.

This software can be used for better diagnosis by physicians, but it might even suppress the need for some exploratory surgeries.

The researchers add that Live Surface might even been used for special-effects in movies or games by extracting an actor's performance from a video clip."
The Real Issue With Net Neutrality ScuttleMonkey 209

"TechDirt brings into focus one of the largest problems in the net neutrality debate, not the issues themselves, rather it's the people involved and the lies they like to sling.

An example of this is certainly the number of lobbyists that are being looked to as 'experts' and getting their opinions published as such.

One specific example was a recent piece published in the Baltimore Sun by Mike McCurry, a lobbyist working for AT&T who claimed that with new legislation working for net neutrality Google wouldn't have to pay a dime.

In response, TechDirt has suggested that McCurry should swap telco bills with Google, somehow I doubt it will happen."
The NYT Imagines Life After Earth Zonk 240 to mention a

New York Times article entitled Life After Earth. The article looks at 'bio-vaults', be they in the frozen north or on the moon, which might allow the human race to continue on after a globally catastrophic event.

From the article: "The trouble with doomsday, Dr. Shapiro argues, is that it is almost always rendered in popular culture as grandiose, though in reality, many minor incidents present substantial everyday threats. 00.000.1918, an influenza strain killed some 30 million people; a possible new bird flu strain spurs contemporary panic.

00.Jan.2003 a computer virus shut down airlines, banks and governments.

That same year, a tree fell on power lines outside Cleveland, resulting in a blackout for much of the Northeast. Doomsday can be understated."

The conference on the history of alchemy opened with a program of chamber music called “The Philosophers’ Tone.” The scholars delighted in Handel’s transmutation of Ben Jonson’s “The Alchemist” into pure gold.

Over coffee between sessions, they pondered new directions of research and topics for dissertations.

They said, for example, that more attention should be paid to alchemy’s role in the history of medicine.

They also remarked, somewhat conspiratorially, over parallels between the misguided certainties and self-delusion of alchemy + today’s political + religious attacks on modern science.

Of Boyle’s efforts to replicate experiments from alchemical writings, Joseph E. Early, a retired Georgetown University professor who studies the philosophy of chemistry, said,

He couldn’t do it any more than we could find the weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.”

Then the scholars departed Philadelphia, leaving the city’s lead-to-gold ratio unchanged.

"I was shocked at how different the truth was from the way it was described," John Farmer, a former New Jersey attorney general who led the staff inquiry into events on.

11.Sep.2001 said in a recent interview. "The tapes told a radically different story from what had been told to us and the public for two years. . . . This is not spin. This is not true."

Maj. Gen. Larry Arnold and Col. Alan Scott told the commission that NORAD had begun tracking United 93 at

11.Sep.2001 09:16 a.m., but the commission determined that the airliner was not hijacked until 12 minutes later.

The military was not aware of the flight until after it had crashed in Pennsylvania.

These and other discrepancies did not become clear until the commission, forced to use subpoenas, obtained audiotapes from the FAA and NORAD, officials said.

The agencies' reluctance to release the tapes -- along with e-mails, erroneous public statements + other evidence -- led some of the panel's staff members + commissioners to believe that authorities sought to mislead the commission and the public about what happened on 11.Sep.2001
9/11 Panel Suspected Deception by Pentagon
Allegations Brought to Inspectors General

By Dan Eggen
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, August 2, 2006; A03

Some staff members and commissioners of the Sept. 11 panel concluded that the Pentagon's initial story of how it reacted to the

11.Sep.2001 terrorist attacks may have been part of a deliberate effort to mislead the commission and the public rather than a reflection of the fog of events on that day, according to sources involved in the debate.

Suspicion of wrongdoing ran so deep that the 10-member commission, in a secret meeting at the end of its tenure in summer 2004, debated referring the matter to the Justice Department for criminal investigation, according to several commission sources. Staff members and some commissioners thought that e-mails and other evidence provided enough probable cause to believe that military and aviation officials violated the law by making false statements to Congress and to the commission, hoping to hide the bungled response to the hijackings, these sources said.

In the end, the panel agreed to a compromise, turning over the allegations to the inspectors general for the Defense and Transportation departments, who can make criminal referrals if they believe they are warranted, officials said.

"We to this day don't know why NORAD [the North American Aerospace Command] told us what they told us," said Thomas H. Kean, the former New Jersey Republican governor who led the commission.

"It was just so far from the truth. . . . It's one of those loose ends that never got tied."

Although the commission's landmark report made it clear that the Defense Department's early versions of events on the day of the attacks were inaccurate, the revelation that it considered criminal referrals reveals how skeptically those reports were viewed by the panel and provides a glimpse of the tension between it and the Bush administration.

A Pentagon spokesman said yesterday that the inspector general's office will soon release a report addressing whether testimony delivered to the commission was "knowingly false."

A separate report, delivered secretly to Congress in May 2005, blamed inaccuracies in part on problems with the way the Defense Department kept its records, according to a summary released yesterday.

A spokesman for the Transportation Department's inspector general's office said its investigation is complete and that a final report is being drafted.

Laura Brown, a spokeswoman for the Federal Aviation Administration, said she could not comment on the inspector general's inquiry.
02.Aug.2006 Cannonfire 
Great new Cannonfire on shady Lebanese businessmen and George Bush as Messiah. Very interesting.
02.Aug.2006 Professor applies science to rare-book frontier  A unique method for dating old books.
02.Aug.2006 9/11 Panel Suspected Deception by Pentagon  Some staff members and commissioners of the Sept. 11 panel concluded that the Pentagon's initial story of how it reacted to the 2001 terrorist attacks may have been part of a deliberate effort to mislead the commission and the public rather than a reflection of the fog of events on that day, according to sources involved in the debate.
02.Aug.2006 Israeli occupation forces kill 7-year-old Palestinian girl: Israel keeps Rafah crossing sealed:

The Rafah border crossing between Egypt and the Gaza Strip remained closed on Tuesday despite Israel's pledge to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice it would open to traffic.

02.Aug.2006 America will attack Iran, Syria in October: Gul : The former chief of ISI, Maj. Gen (R) Hameed Gul has "predicted" that America would definitely attack Iran and Syria simultaneously 00.Oct.2006 .
02.Aug.2006 You go a bit crazy when you see little body after little body coming up out of the ground' : Huge numbers of children are being killed, injured or displaced in south Lebanon.

Why are so many suffering in this conflict?

02.Aug.2006 Gwynne Dyer: End game between Israel and Hezbollah : The real trick, in terms of keeping American and British public opinion on side, is to blur the sequence of events that led to the war and present it as a desperate Israeli struggle against an unprovoked onslaught by thousands of terrorist rockets.

02.Aug.2006 News on a Platter: Propaganda is part of every war, just like bombs + soldiers. Still, it's remarkable how professionally Israel deals with foreign journalists, catering conscientiously to all their needs.

Lunch included.

02.Aug.2006 Fighting ‘has sunk hope of a free Lebanon’: Walid Jumblatt, leader of the most powerful clan in Lebanon’s Druze community, said on Tuesday the conflict between Israel + Hizbollah guerrillas had dealt a fatal blow to Lebanese hopes of a strong independent state, free of Iranian and Syrian influence.

02.Aug.2006 'Some Arab states supporting Israel' : Qatar's foreign minister accused some Arab states of supporting the Israeli offensive on Lebanon to dismantle Hezbollah.
02.Aug.2006 Israel sends 10,000 troops into southern Lebanon; commandos destroy hospital: They said at least seven people were killed as Israeli planes staged more than 10 bombing runs around the hospital, as well as on hills in eastern and northern Baalbek where Hezbollah's supporters live.

02.Aug.2006 Israeli Army Destroyed Hospital in the Town of Baalbeck: The Israeli Army has destroyed a hospital in the Lebanese town pf Baalbeck
02.Aug.2006 Hizbullah's attacks stem from Israeli incursions into Lebanon -By Anders Strindberg
As pundits and policymakers scramble to explain events in Lebanon, their conclusions are virtually unanimous: Hizbullah created this crisis. Israel is defending itself. The underlying problem is Arab extremism. Sadly, this is pure analytical nonsense.

02.Aug.2006 Israeli commandos kill at least 12 civilians in Bekaa Valley: At least 11 civilians were killed when Israeli air strikes hit the village of Jammaliyeh near Baalbek. Security sources said five family members were found dead in the rubble of their house.

Six other villagers were killed and two wounded. One civilian was killed by an air strike in Hermel to the north.
this news from Pakistan under "For what it's worth." I think this commentary is, if nothing else, interesting: RAWALPINDI: The former chief of ISI, Maj. Gen (R) Hameed Gul has "predicted" that America would definitely attack Iran and Syria simultaneously in October.
He was talking after attending the Hamdard Majlis Shoora, Tuesday evening. He also condemned the lackluster and weak reaction of Pakistan and Islamic bloc about Israel’s attack of Lebanon.
Analyzing the current war scenario he observed that war has both political and strategic factors and despite "using" Israel, America has lost the war in Lebanon, where masses have united against the recent Israeli onslaught + would have been more formidable if the generals of Saddam had not sold out to American dollars.
He analyzed that Israel would soon be "forced" to stop its land strikes but would continue its horrific and heinous air strikes against Lebanon, converting it to ruins.
He also "predicted" that after Iran and Syria, Saudi Arabia would also meet the same fate, followed by Pakistan. Hamid Gul is notoriously pro-Osama Bin Laden and pro-Taliban. (He also had
strong ties to the CIA, natch.) So take everything he says with a grain of salt. Several grains. Several pounds of salt.
Still...he ought to know the region. Who knows what kind of reports are coming across his desk?
Note, incidentally, that this pro-Al Qaeda guy thinks that the U.S. is pulling Israel's strings, not the other way around. Don't tell Xymphora.

02.Aug.2006 THis is a set up. The key to this story is getting the missing 4 pages of the original 8 page report which I'm sure put into context his "anti-semetic' statements and their relevance to current events taking place today.
All day long, on every single news station, at every single commercial break, I hear "Mel Gibson the anti-semite" and how he will 'never work in Hollywood again.'
THe most ironic thing of all, is the police spokesman at the press conferance, is a known Israeli-firster' beholden to the strong West Coast zionist mob. He could hardly contain his glee. I believe it was on either MSNBC or CNN last night. I will try to find the clip, though I doubt I will.
A good take on the scapegoating of Gibson can be read here...


There are many questions concerning the incident that occurred on Friday when Mel Gibson, driving in his automobile, was stopped by a Los Angeles County Sheriff near his home. There is no doubt that certain Jews were out to get Mr. Gibson ever since he produced "The Passion of the Christ". Was Sheriff's Deputy James Mee, a Jew, lying in wait for Mel Gibson. Pacific Coast Highway in this part of Malibu is a well known police trap. Here they can wait for celebrities that live in Malibu and that they know are coming home from restaurants, social engagements and parties where drinks are served. Why was Deputy Mee ordered to redo his police report by his superiors? Most important of all, how did reporter Harvey Levin end up with a copy of the original and unapproved report written by Deputy Mee and which Levine used to justify calling Mel Gibson "garbage". The report was obtained by Levine within a few hours after it was written. Was there collusion here between Deputy Mee, Levine and other Jews?

New York - "Diese Hitzewelle ist mehr als unangenehm", sagte Bürgermeister Michael Bloomberg, "sie ist ernsthaft lebensbedrohlich." Er rief alle Einwohner zum Stromsparen auf. Wer wider besseren Wissens diese Anweisung missachte und zum Beispiel die Klimaanlage auch bei Abwesenheit laufen lasse, müsse mit einer Anzeige rechnen. Die Stadt richtete 338 klimatisierte Zentren für alte Menschen ein. Die Schwimmbäder mussten ihre Öffnungszeiten verlängern, um auch nach Feierabend Abkühlung bieten zu können. Die Maßnahmen sollen bis Freitag in Kraft bleiben. Die Wetterdienste sagen für New York Temperaturen um die 38 Grad vorher.
Schüler- Nachhilfe: Lehrerverbände und Kultusminister warnen vor Scientology (UniSPIEGEL, 09:42)
Strategiewechsel: Blair wirbt für neue Anti- Terror- Allianz
02.Aug.2006 Top 100: Deutschlands größte Banken

02.Aug.2006 Tödliche Hitze: Behörden rufen Notstand in New York aus

02.Aug.2006 Kollaps des US- Automarkts: Japaner lehren die "Big Three" das Fürchten

02.Aug.2006 Gaza- Streifen: Die vergessenen Deutschen
Fidel Castro: "Meine Laune ist ausgezeichnet"

02.Aug.2006 Pensionslast: Die 100- Milliarden- Euro- Lücke

02.Aug.2006 Deutsche Soldaten in Nahost: Rütteln am großen Tabu

02.Aug.2006 Kommandoaktion: Israelische Luftlandetruppen im Norden des Libanon
Beyond Stealing Them, How Do the Repulicans Win Elections? Find Out by Reading This Book.
Big Oil Making Out Like a Bandit on All Fronts: "The Senate voted Tuesday to open 8.3 million acres of federal waters in the central Gulf of Mexico to oil and gas drilling, setting up a confrontation with the House which wants even more drilling in waters now off-limits." Blood for Oil and Record Windfall Profits are Not Sufficient for Their Greed.
Bush Sneaks Into OH; Millionaires to mingle with Bush and Blackwell As GOP "Noe" Culture Re-Emerges 8/2
Rep. Van Hollen to Condi Rice: Bush Admin's Foreign Policy Diminishes US Credibility and Moral Standing 8/2
Michael Winship: Play the Cards Fair. I Know What I Dealt You. - A BuzzFlash Guest Contribution
State of the First Amendment - Editorial Cartoon by Andrew Wahl
Mel's Holocaust - Satire by Lee Cohen - A BuzzFlash Guest Contribution
Dispatch from the BuzzFlash Department of Reality: Iraqi gunmen kidnap 26 in daylight raids. Many more killed in another bloody day in Bush's fiasco.
Once Again, BuzzFlash Asks if a Primary Goal of the Israeli Initiative is Drawing Syria +/Or Iran Into the Conflict, At the Request of the White House,

So the Neo-Cons Can Have Their Excuse to Launch An American Air Attack Against Either or Both Countries?
Scripps Howard/Ohio University poll:

"More than a third of the American public suspects that federal officials assisted in the 9/11 terrorist attacks or took no action to stop them so the USA could go to war in the Middle East." 8/2
Libanon: Israelis starten neue Offensive
Libanon- Konflikt: Fischer sieht Iran als möglichen Vermittler

01.Aug.2006 Ligapokal: Werder siegt im Nordgipfel
Über hundert Tote: Rekordhitze hat USA im Griff
Diplomatie: EU fordert sofortiges Ende der Kämpfe im Libanon
Libanon: Verstärkte Offensive Israels
Russischer Ölriese: Jukos für bankrott erklärt

01.Aug.2006 (N)ONLINER Atlas 2006: Generation 50 plus erobert das Netz
Rush Limbaugh on the Qana bombing, Nico which left dozens of Lebanese dead, including many children:

[U]ntil those civilians start paying a price for propping up these kinds of regimes, it’s not going to end, folks.” Billmon finds that Limbaugh isn’t the only believer in collective punishment.
Powerline Uses Chopped Audio Clip to Smear Rep. John Dingell As Hezbollah Apologist Judd 
Yesterday, the popular right-wing blog Powerline smeared Rep. John Dingell (D-MI) as an apologist for Hezbollah using an edited clip from local Detroit television.

The post, entitled “Dingell: What’s Wrong With Hezbollah,” features this misleading transcript, complete with edited audio:

Asked, “You’re not against Hezbollah?” Dingell answers, “No…”

Here’s what Dingell actually said:

Q: You’re not against Hezbollah?

DINGELL: No, I happen to be — I happen to be against violence , I think the USA has to bring resolution to this matter. Now, I condemn Hezbollah as does everybody else, for the violence.

Dingell was arguing that the USA should seek to maintain its historic role as an “honest broker” in the Middle East.

There are legitimate criticisms of this position, but they should be based on Dingell’s actual views, not a dishonest caricature. Watch the entire exchange:

Email Powerline and (politely) request that they tell their readers that, right after the audio clip they posted cuts out, Rep. Dingell says, “I condemn Hezbollah.”


DINGELL: First of all, our problem is that we must be a fair and honest broker and a friend to all parties.

The resolution didn’t make us that. We have to have the trust of both of the people of Israel + the people of the Arab countries around it, in order to help resolve the problem.

If we don’t, the possibilities of regional war, calamitous situation with regard to israel which has 5 million people amidst a billion and a half Arabs are a real potential for calamity.

Having said at that, what we have to do is to see to it that finally we begin to address the problems that exist to abate the difficulties that are preventing a– a honest solution to the problem + a negotiated end.

It takes– it takes a lot of work to get the trust that it takes to do this.

The resolution did not instill that kind of trust and the end result would be quite frankly, the real solution to the problems that exist in the middle east would probably have been and probably will be put off.

ANCHOR: Overall majority of your colleagues didn’t see it that way and some would suggest that if– even though there are obviously a lot of issues with Lebanon and with Palestinian cause wrapped up in this, that this largely boils down to israel against Hezbollah and Hezbollah is a group that the USA has deemed a terrorist organization, that there’s only one side for the Americans to come down on in this fight.

DINGELL: Well, we don’t, first of all, I don’t take sides for or against Hezbollah or for or against Israel.

ANCHOR: You’re not against Hezbollah?

DINGELL: No, I happen to be — I happen to be against violence, I think the USA has to bring resolution to this matter.

Now, I condemn Hezbollah as does everybody else, for the violence, but

I think if we’ve got to talk to them and if we don’t — if we don’t get ourselves in a position where we can talk to both sides and bring both sides together, the killing and the blood let is going to continue.
August 1, 2006 Think Progress 
Less than a year after the conservative-controlled Kansas State Board of Education adopted new rules challenging the teaching of evolution in classrooms , “moderate Republicans and Democrats
are mounting a fierce counterattackand are hoping to “retake power” in an election today.

Hurricane experts and insurance industry reps met for the first time last month to plan for “a long overdue northeast hurricane which the latest computer models now predict could devastate the region and cripple the U.S. economy.”

The Wall Street Journal reports that the “U.S. + Israel are diverging some on how much longer Israel should continue its offensive against Hezbollah,” while the Washington Post “sees ‘fissures’ between the U.S. and its European alliesover the make-up of a potential cease-fire.

A renovation of the White House press briefing room will include a video wall that could display everything from “flags waving in the breeze [to] detailed charts and graphs,” part of a “subtle but sweeping effort by administration officials to deliver their message directly to the public, particularly through video.”

Disney’s ABC television network has dropped plans to produce a Holocaust-themed miniseriesoverseen by Mel Gibson, who reportedly went on an anti-Semitic tirade after he was arrested for DUI last week.

$100 billion: The amount in taxes lost each year due to “sham companies hiding the assets of super-wealthy Americans and corporations offshore.”

Violence in Iraq left at least 55 people dead on Tuesday, including at least 23 soldiers. One Iraqi man said, “The government is useless. Only days ago we suffered from a huge blast here. The interior minister has to admit they lost the war against the terrorists.”

[A]fter months of disillusionment, America’s neoconservatives have fallen in love again with the Bush administration” over its tacit support for the ongoing Mideast violence, the Financial Times reports.

Former Vice President chief of staff Scooter Libby “asked a federal judge on Monday to allow a memory expert to testify in their bid to show Libby may have been confused or had a faulty memory in recalling conversations in the CIA leak case.”

And finally: Sen. Joe Lieberman (D-CT) knows cool.

Remarking on primary challenger Ned Lamont’s appearance last night on the Colbert Report, Lieberman said, “I think you can try too hard to be cool and the coolness can come back to hit you in the face.”
Mideast crisis grows. Nico 
“Israel’s Security Cabinet approved early Tuesday
widening the ground offensive in Lebanon and rejected a cease-fire until an international force is in place,” the AP reports. Meanwhile, “Syrian President Bashar al-Assad told the Syrian military on Monday to raise its readiness, pledging not to abandon support for Lebanese resistance against Israel.”

United on Iraq. Nico “Key Democratic leaders in the House and Senate” — including Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, Joseph Biden + John Murtha — united today “to call on President Bush to begin pulling U.S. troops out of Iraq by the end of the year,” the AP reports. Read their letter.
Boehner Pledges To Privatize Social Security: ‘We’re Going to Get Serious About This’ Nico 
In an interview with the Washington Times published yesterday, House Majority Leader John Boehner (R-OH)
promised to privatize Social Security:

Q: Where does Social Security reform stand?

A: I just met with Congressman [Frank R. Wolf, Virginia Republican], a few minutes ago with his SAFE Commission [formed to fix the entitlement programs].

00.000.1990 -when I first ran for Congress- I talked about the need to reform these big entitlement programs because the sooner we began the process, the easier it would be to make the necessary changes so that these programs were sustainable for the long term. … If I’m around in a leadership role come January, we’re going to get serious about this.

Privitization plans championed by Boehner and others would sharply cut guaranteed benefits and are opposed by the overwhelming majority of Americans. Nevertheless, Boehner is just the latest prominent conservative to reaffirm his commitment to privatize Social Security in the months and years to come.

President Bush, 6/27/06:

Now is the time for the Congress and the President to work together to reform Medicare and reform Social Security so we can leave behind a solvent balance sheet for our next generation of Americans. … If we can’t get it done this year, I’m going to try next year. And if we can’t get it done next year, I’m going to try the year after that , because it is the right thing to do.

White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolten, 17.Jun.2006 :

Looking ahead to next year, he is trying to lay the groundwork for a renewed effort to reform Social Security and Medicare, the federal health-care program for seniors. He suggests Mr. Bush and his aides may have learned from their failed attempt to push through Social Security reform in 2005.

House Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee Chairman Jim McCrery (R-LA), 6/6/06:

Congress should make Social Security overhaul its top priority next year , while a rewrite of the tax code and revamping the nation’s healthcare system probably will wait until at least 2009, House Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee Chairman Jim McCrery, R-La., said today.
Miller was in charge of the prison camp from 2002 to 2004, while it housed foreign terrorism suspects.  
All Headline News - Controversial Ex-Head Of Gitmo Retires With Honors - August 1,
01.Aug.2006 Drudge & Neo-Con's Photos That 'Damn Hezbollah': Not Quite As Damnin Paul Joseph Watson Drudge & Neo-Con's Photos That 'Damn Hezbollah': Not Quite As Damning As Mangled Babies
01.Aug.2006 Israel steps up ground offensive Israeli forces push deeper into southern Lebanon after the cabinet agrees to widen its ground offensive.
01.Aug.2006 No 10 'rebuffed ceasefire call' Downing St rejected Foreign Office calls to press the case for an immediate Mid-East ceasefire, the BBC learns.
01.Aug.2006 Airport curb on US 'bomb flights' US military flights carrying bombs to Israel will no longer use any civilian airports in the UK, the BBC learns.
01.Aug.2006 MPs make security watchdog call MPs and peers call for a new security service watchdog and are critical of MI5 chief Eliza Manningham-Buller.
01.Aug.2006 Study to grow 'healthier' berries Scientists attempt to develop blackcurrants that are super-rich in vitamin C to make fruit drinks healthier.
01.Aug.2006 Boston Weighs Nonprofit Network Hoping to keep costs down for an underserved population, Boston officials are considering hiring a nonprofit organization to build and maintain the city's wireless internet network. A slight tremor is felt on the entrepreneurial side of the house.
01.Aug.2006 It's Alive (ish) Scientists are growing rat neurons in a dish to learn about human brain development. They're only clumps of brain, but they're learning. By Brandon Keim.
01.Aug.2006 Feds Appeal State Secrets Ruling The government asks an appeals court Monday to overturn last week's landmark decision to let an anti-eavesdropping lawsuit go forward.
01.Aug.2006 Liquid Armor the New Bulletproof Vest ScuttleMonkey 348 kjh1 writes

"Armor Holdings Inc. plans to start selling their 'liquid armor' next year. The new armor, originally envisioned to be spread on like peanut butter, is instead sprayed onto Kevlar in ultrathin coats. From the article: 'it's a mix of polyethylene glycol, a polymer found in laxatives and other consumer products + nanobits of silica, or purified sand. Together they produce a "sheer-thickening liquid" that stiffens instantly into a shield when hit hard by an object. It reverts to its liquid state just as fast when the energy from the projectile dissipates.'"
Mel Gibson: The Speed of Scandal The speed at which the scandal surrounding Mel Gibson unfolded was almost as stunning as Mr. Gibson’s tirade itself.
01.Aug.2006 Uno- Ultimatum: Ahmadinedschad beharrt auf Urananreicherung
01.Aug.2006 Forderungen nach Waffenruhe: Krieg im Libanon spaltet die EU
Mikroorganismen: Im Meer lebt mehr
01.Aug.2006 Krieg im Libanon: Die Schlacht der Propaganda- Videos
01.Aug.2006 Angriffe im Libanon: Beckstein kritisiert Israel scharf

The letter to Harris listed major obstacles, including coverage of campaign contributions she took from a defense contractor, Mitchell Wade, who later pleaded guilty to bribing another congressman.

Harris has said that she wasn't aware of the illegal contributions and that she was only trying to bring high-wage jobs to her district when she tried to help Wade's company, MZM Inc., get a federal contract.
Yesha Rabbinical Council: During time of war, enemy has no innocents:

All of the discussions on Christian morality are weakening the spirit of the army + the nation + are costing us in the blood of our soldiers + civilians," the statement said.

01.Aug.2006 Syrian Foreign Minister: US Position on Cease-Fire "Totally Unacceptable": Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Moallem, 65, says America's rejection of an immediate cease-fire in Lebanon is "totally unacceptable." He denies that Syria has been supplying arms to Hezbollah and says an international force in Lebanon will only work if it isn't perceived as merely protecting Israel.

01.Aug.2006 Baghdad Burning: Iraqi Girl Blog: Qana Massacre...: The UN is beyond useless. They’ve gone from a union of nations working for the good of the world (if they ever were even that), to a bunch of gravediggers. They’re only good for digging mangled bodies out of the ruins of buildings and helping to identify and put them into mass graves.

01.Aug.2006 U.S. accused of kidnappings in Iraq : Congress demands that the Pentagon release documents that could show U.S. forces kidnapped family members of terror suspects.

01.Aug.2006 Koreas exchange fire along DMZ: Border guards of the two Koreas briefly traded fire Monday but there were no South Korean casualties, Seoul's Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said Tuesday.

01.Aug.2006 Castro steps aside after surgery : Cuban leader Fidel Castro has undergone surgery and temporarily handed power to his brother Raul.

01.Aug.2006 Las Vegas marshals ticket 7, arrest 3 amid homeless protests : City marshals blocked a radio personality from feeding homeless people at a City Hall park Monday + issued summonses to a television news crew covering a publicity protest against a ban on "mobile soup kitchens."

01.Aug.2006 A Nato-led force would be in Israel's interests, but not Lebanon's -By Robert Fisk

How come the people of southern Lebanon have not been consulted about the army which is supposed to live in their lands? Because, of course, it is not coming for them. It will come because the Israelis and the Americans want it there to help reshape the Middle East. Continue

01.Aug.2006 Israeli Cabinet approves expanding ground operations Security-political cabinet ministers give IDF green light to widen ground offensive in south Lebanon to banks of Litani River in north -By Ronny Sofer
The aim of the widened offensive is to attain real achievements on the ground in weakening Hizbullah before the window of opportunity closes this weekend when the UN Security Council is expected to decide on ceasefire conditions.

01.Aug.2006 "Supporters of Hezbollah" -By Dahr Jamail
There was Khuder Gazali, an ambulance driver, whose left arm was blown off by a rocket fired by an American-made Apache war helicopter while he was rescuing civilians whose home had been bombed.

The ambulance then sent to rescue the rescuer was bombed, everyone in it killed. Miraculously, the third ambulance was able to retrieve him, only because the Apache had left. Continue

01.Aug.2006 Assad tells Syrian army to get ready : Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has told the Syrian military to raise its readiness, pledging not to abandon support for Lebanese resistance against Israel.

01.Aug.2006 Israel rejects pressure to end Lebanon war:

Israel rejected mounting international pressure on Monday to end its war against Hizbollah and launched a new incursion into Lebanon, as world powers squabbled over the urgency of a cease-fire.

01.Aug.2006 Amnesty: 48 Hours Not Enough As War Crimes Continue :

"It is utterly shameful that governments who have influence over Israel + Hizbollah + who could help end this crisis, continue to prioritize political + military interests over innocent lives of civilians."
There is much archaeological evidence that the late Stone Age was also a stoned aged.
01.Aug.2006 France's new Stonehenge: Secrets of a neolithic time machine 

A spectacular discovery of Stone Age menhirs in Brittany could unlock the code to one of the most puzzling chapters of human development + transform our knowledge of mankind's early history.
01.Aug.2006 'Great treasure' of rare cave drawings goes on display 

More than 30 prehistoric cave drawings and etchings inside Dunbar Cave were put on display Saturday, giving the public the first glimpse of a "great treasure of North America."
01.Aug.2006 EXCLUSIVE: Bush Admin May Have Violated 26 Statutes, Dems Say 
Bush break the law? I am SHOCKED!
01.Aug.2006 Diebold machines less secure than an X-Box 

"Diebold has made the testing and certification process practically irrelevant," according to Dechert. "If you have access to these machines and you want to rig an election, anything is possible with the Diebold TS - +

it could be done without leaving a trace. All you need is a screwdriver." This model does not produce a voter verified paper trail so there is no way to check if the voter's choices are accurately reflected in the tabulation.
Bush and the "Lord of the Flies" --
A BuzzFlash News Editorial

Learn About the Republican Strategy to Achieve a One-Party Virtual Dictatorship for a Century. Read "One Party Country," Available from
This is What the Neo-Cons Have Been Hoping Israeli Bombardment of Lebanon Would Do, Draw Syria or Iran Into a War: "Raise readiness, Assad tells Syrian Army" 8/1
"Analysis: Bush Mideast stance may flop." Uh, Wouldn't That be Consistent with the Entire Bush Presidency?

If He Didn't Leave So Many People Dead in the Wake of His Failure, It Would be the Presidential Version of "Animal House."
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Thousands of backers of Mexico's leftist presidential candidate stepped up their protest against the July 2 vote, camping out in the streets of Mexico City and causing massive traffic jams.

There's a Lesson for the Democrats Here: Fight for Democracy, If You Value It! 8/1
Florida Republican Party Tells Katherine Harris, the Woman Who Played a Key Role in the Theft of the Presidency in 2000, to Take a Hike. What Ingratitude!
Israel Plans Deeper Push Into Lebanon 8/1
Dispatch from the BuzzFlash Department of Reality: Bombings, shootings kill 52 in Iraq 8/1
"Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals"

01.Aug.2006 Any conspiracy buff will adore the official America Sevens logo.

First we have the eye-in-the-triangle motif (falsely considered the symbol of the Illuminati) superimposed over the star of David.

The eye radiates a golden seven (Malcolm X's favorite number). which is affixed to a USA flag.
Very droll. I like this guy. I really do.

Korea: Grenzsoldaten liefern sich Schusswechsel
Empörung in Frankreich: Unternehmer- Tochter heiratet mit Geld- Konfetti
Ölpest: Umweltkatastrophe an Libanons Küste

01.Aug.2006 Südlibanon: Blutige Gefechte zwischen israelischen Soldaten und Hisbollah
Klimapolitik: Schwarzenegger und Blair schmieden Öko- Allianz
Job- Daten: Aufschwung erreicht Arbeitsmarkt

01.Aug.2006 Badeverbot: Giftige Alge verseucht Genuas Strände
Amazonas: Auch sanfte Holzfäller zerstören den Regenwald

01.Aug.2006 Millionenraub: 200 Kunstwerke aus St. Petersburger Eremitage gestohlen
Deutsche Bank: Gewinnsprung im zweiten Quartal
01.Aug.2006 AMATEUR HOUR On the Internet, everybody is a millenarian. Internet journalism, according to those who produce manifestos on its behalf, represents a world-historical development—not so much because of the expressive power of the new medium as because of its accessibility to producers and consumers. That ...
01.Aug.2006 Israelis End Unilateral Ceasefire Bluto Cross-posted from The Dread Pundit Bluto From the Associated Press:JERUSALEM (AP) -

Israeli warplanes carried out airstrikes in southern Lebanon on Monday, hours after agreeing to temporarily halt raids while investigating a bombing that killed nearly 60 Lebanese civilians, mostly...
Music Publishers Now Say Teaching Someone To Play A Song Is Copyright Infringement Uncle Dave Guitar tab website threatened by NMPA and MPA.
Israel to widen ground offensive Israel decides to widen land operations in Lebanon, hours after PM Ehud Olmert rules out an immediate ceasefire.
California and UK in climate pact Britain and California agree to work together to help reduce greenhouse gases linked to global warming.
Castro steps aside after surgery Veteran Cuban leader Fidel Castro undergoes surgery and temporarily hands power to his brother Raul.
MPs make security watchdog call MPs and peers call for a new security service watchdog and are critical of MI5 chief Eliza Manningham-Buller.
N and S Korean guards trade fire North and South Korean troops exchange gunfire along their border for the first time since October.
New terror alert system launched The official level of the terrorist threat to the UK is made public for the first time under a new simplified system.
Single households 'waste energy' Efforts to get people to reduce energy use are being hampered by the appliance-packed homes of single men.
OECD upbeat on Australian economy As Prime Minister John Howard says he wants a fifth term in office, an OECD report praises the Australian economy.
India-Pakistan pledge peace talks Top officials of India and Pakistan meet for the first time since the Mumbai blasts and pledge to pursue peace.
Green 'bomb' protest to US consul Green MSPs are meeting the US consul to protest against the use of Scottish airports for "bomb flights" to Israel.
HBOS profits up on cost controls Banking group HBOS reports a 17% rise in pre-tax profits for the first six months of the year.
Environmental 'crisis' in Lebanon The UN expresses concern over Lebanon's environment after Israeli bombs cause major oil spill.
Experts try to fix NHS IT failure Technicians work to solve a computer failure that has prevented 80 NHS trusts gaining access to patients' records.
Apple gets reprieve from French DRM-busting law France's controversial copyright law is dealt a major setback as sections are ruled unconstitutional.
Feds appeal loss in NSA wiretap case The Bush administration asks the 9th Circuit to halt a lawsuit saying AT&T illegally opened its network to the National Security Agency

"A Demora na Justiça Significa a Negação da Justiça"

O atraso ocorrido em qualquer procedimento no tribunal, naturalmente, é motivo para grandes preocupações, tanto nas disputas na área civil quanto nos casos criminais.

A velha máxima "a demora na justiça significa a negação da justiça"

pode ser particularmente verdadeira, especialmente no caso de uma situação na área de direito civil no qual se procura obter uma indenização para alguém que está ferido ou desempregado, ou

para uma entidade ou pessoa que está tentando fazer com que sejam cumpridas as cláusulas de um contrato.

Outra preocupação para as partes em litígio na área civil são os valores, cada vez mais elevados, dos honorários advocatícios que elas podem ter que pagar, e que freqüentemente resultam de um longo processo de investigação e outras atividades preparatórias para um julgamento. Na verdade, algumas partes em litígio acham que depois de muito esforço levando o seu caso a julgamento, e saindo vitoriosas, elas, na verdade, não "venceram" porque o tempo e o dinheiro gastos para conseguir a vitória superam, em muito, os benefícios que elas possam ter recebido em virtude de um resultado favorável.

Die Nachricht von der Erkrankung Castros ist von vielen Exil-Kubanern in den USA gefeiert worden.

Fernsehbilder aus den Straßen "Little Havannas" in Miami, einer Hochburg der Exil-Kubaner im US-Bundesstaat Florida,

zeigten am späten Montagabend (Ortszeit) ausgelassene Menschen, die Fahnen schwenkten + Autohupen ertönen ließen.
Kuba: Castro überträgt Amtsgeschäfte an Bruder Raul
Libanon: Israel will Bodenoffensive ausweiten
31.Jul.2006 Libanon: Irans Außenminister attackiert die USA und Großbritannien
31.Jul.2006 Sistani warns U.S. of regional war. Nico 
“Islamic nations will not forgive the entities that hinder a cease-fire,” Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani said today “
in a clear reference to the USA.”

The Iraqi leader added that “dire consequences will befall the region” if a cease-fire is not agreed upon.

Last week, it was reported that Sistani was “on the verge of withdrawing his tacit but vital supportfor U.S. efforts in Iraq.
Army In Crisis: Two-Thirds of Brigade Combat Teams Not Ready to Report for Duty Faiz 
In an interview today with Fox News’ Neil Cavuto, President Bush declared, “We have a very strong military and we can deal with any threat to the homeland there is + will if we have to.”

In reality, “the Army is showing the wear and tear of constant battle after nearly five years of war.” Rep. Ike Skelton, the ranking member on the House Armed Services Committee, recently reported:

Army readiness is in crisis. The administration has brought us here because of a lack of planning and a lack of funding.

Today two-thirds of the brigade combat teams in our operating force are unready.

As a result of the crisis, the Army is being forced to cut resources to nondeployed forces to make sure front-line troops stay at the highest combat readiness.

Rep. John Murtha explained that these are “the units that could be called upon or would be called upon to go to war in North Korea, Iran, or any other country or region.”

In 2000, Bush explained who should be blamed for a military that is overextended:

So let’s get something straight right now. To point out that our military has been overextended, taken for granted and neglected, that’s no criticism of the military.

That is criticism of a president and vice president and their record of neglect. [CNN, 11/3/00]

Today, two-thirds of the Army’s brigade combat teams are a testament to Bush’s record of neglect.
White House Conspicuously Absent From Blair, Schwarzenegger Energy Meetings Faiz 
British Prime Minister Tony Blair + California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger are convening a series of high-profile meetings this week to discuss solutions to global climate change.

Twenty-five chief executive officers of major corporations around the world will be in attendance, including the heads of BP, DuPont Co. + Goldman Sachs Group.

But there is one group that will be notably absent: the White House. Greenwire reports (sub. req’d):

The Bush administration’s top environmental adviser received an informal invitation to attend the California-UK event, but

White House Council on Environmental Quality Chairman Jim Connaughton’s spokeswoman said he could not participate because of a scheduling conflict.

Connaughton’s spokeswoman, Kristen Hellmer, said the deal did not upset the Bush administration.

This is just a wonderful amplification of the work that President Bush and Prime Minister Blair agreed to at the G8 last year,” she said. “This wasn’t a surprise.”

The meeting may not be a suprise, but it is an embarrassment for the administration.

The agenda will focus on items that Bush pledged he would act on but hasn’t: 1) regulating carbon dioxide and 2) encouraging new, greener technologies.

Barry Rabe, a University of Michigan professor and an expert on U.S. climate policy at the state level, said the administration’s failure to attend sends the wrong message.

It suggests certainly in this instance the federal government is really conspicuous by its absence,” he said.
Hagel: The Iraq War Is ‘An Absolute Replay Of Vietnam’ Think Progress 
Four months ago, Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE) described the conditions in Iraq as a “
low grade civil war.” Today, his view is much more bleak.

In an interview with the Omaha World Herald, the Vietnam War veteran said that the country had descended into “absolute anarchyand the war was “an absolute replay of Vietnam.”

Hagel also blasted the Pentagon’s plan to send 5,000 additional U.S. troops to Iraq, saying the move was opposed by several four-star generals: [Hagel] said that

in the previous 48 hours, he had received three telephone calls from four-star generals who were “beside themselves” over the Pentagon’s reversal of plans to bring tens of thousands of soldiers home this fall.

Instead, top Pentagon officials are suspending military rotations and adding troops in Iraq. The Pentagon has estimated that the buildup will increase the number of U.S. troops from about 130,000 to 135,000.

That isn’t going to do any good. It’s going to have a worse effect ,” Hagel said. “ They’re destroying the United States Army. “

Hagel — unlike Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN)understands that “staying the course” in Iraq isn’t an option.
[UrukNet] - [Daily Information from Occupied Iraq] - [newsletter 30 Jul 2006 -Part Two]  
  uruknet. info  :: information from occupied iraq :: informazione dall'iraq occupato
More ?Birth Pangs? in Condi?s ?New Middle East?
Mike Whitney Nations are like people; ultimately they return to the habits with which they feel most comfortable. In Israel?s case, the infrequent periods of peace typically end with a return to the familiar pattern of war crimes and human rights abuse. Last night was no different. The attack on Qana killed 54 Lebanese civilians most of them women and children. The heart-wrenching photos of the bloody victims being pulled from the wreckage have already flooded the ! internet although they probably will be blocked from the mainstream news until Israel can mount its public relations offensive. "Perception management" always takes precedent over the normal expressions of grief. Israeli Prime Minister Olmert has already blamed Hezbollah for the attack; accusing them of using civilians as "human shields" to protect supplies of Katushya rockets. So far, all of the news reports have denied that there were any rockets at the site.

Israeli Prime Minister on Qana.
The Angry Arab News Service "Olmert: Hezbollah used Qana as base to launch 100s of rockets", so we decided to kill all the women and children who are launching these rockets. I proudly announce to the Israeli nation that we have succeeded in killing a large number of the women and children of the enemy today + will kill more tomorrow. This is the essence of Zionism. And we shall continue to kill their women and children; this has been the mission of our proud IDF. And if ! anybody protests, we can easily call those women and children terrorists--whether they are PLO, Hizbullah, Communists, it does not matter. As the only democracy in the Middle East, we have the moral duty to kill their woman and children.

I ask the people of Israel to stand behind the Israeli army in its moment of glory as they continue to kill the women and children of Lebanon and Palestine...

Dear Kofi, It?s Time remove the U.S. and Israel from the United Nations
Mike Whitney Dear Secretary-General, I am writing to you with the hope that you will take swift action to address a grave and existential threat to the United Nations. The events in the Middle East are quickly spinning out of control as today?s attack on the UN offices in Beirut clearly indicates. The central problem is that the UN is no longer able to fulfill its mandate to "keep the peace" because of the obstructionism of the USA!

In the last few days, 15 foreign ministers met in Rome to determine the appropriate language for a statement calling for an immediate cease-fire to the violence in Lebanon. As you know, the countries unanimously supported the motion except for the USA which blocked the measure to give Israel more time to destroy Lebanon with its vicious air-campaign. I think you will agree that the UN cannot survive if it is hamstrung in its duties by the narrow policy-objectives of the individual states. In this case, both Washington and Tel Aviv want war + so, war it is...

Settler Rabbis: Jewish law permits Qana carnage
David Bloom, World War 4 Report, ...From Israel's largest newspaper, Yediot Aharonot: Yesha Rabbinical Council: During time of war, enemy has no innocents The Yesha Rabbinical Council announced in response to an IDF attack in Kfar Qanna that "according to Jewish law, during a time of battle and war, there is no such term as 'innocents' of the enemy." All of the discussions on Christian morality are weakening the spirit of the army and the nation and are c! osting us in the blood of our soldiers and civilians," the statement said. (Efrat Weiss) ...

This is the Terrorist State of Israel - Qana Massacre, July 30, 2006
Sabbah's blog Zionist barbarism, brutality, crimanilism call it what ever you want, but it is a massacre and war crime against humanity? The United state is pronounced to be guilty for it before its ally, the Zionist entity, which gave it a free hand to continue with is massacres and war crimes, George W. Bush and his staff led by his secretary of state, Rice, who is on a tour in our land that those criminals want to call "The New Middle East" t! hat is a splinter of colonies to be under their control. It was officially declared by the Lebanese people and authority that her visit to Beirut is cancelled whether it is scheduled or not, she is persona non grata, during her present tour in what they call the Middle East and what is our Arab land...

Sarah Meyer, INDEX RESEARCH A peace offer was vetoed just prior to the US / Israeli war on Lebanon.1 Since the war started, there has been much discussion concerning the use of (US) cluster bombs, bunker-busting bombs and chemical weapons ? all illegal - presently being used in Lebanon. Some have also said illegal bombs are also being used in Palestine. Those ruling the American Empire, supported by PM Blair2, have become mad with megalomania. The War of (sic) Terror is not ! the solution. Those responsible for the Iraq War, illegal kidnapping and detention without representation + for the bombs used in Afghanistan, Iraq and now Lebanon need to be put on trial for War Crimes. Sanity, dignity, respect, integrity and peace urgently need to be reclaimed (...) I have put together an index of photographs, reports and articles which, at our peril, have been irresponsibly ignored by the corporate Mainstream Media...

Israel as Future of the Globe?
Satya Sagar, Mathaba For all those who think that Israel is run by the most despicable, racist and repressive regime in the world here is some very bad news indeed. Not only are the Israeli state and its ruthless methods here to stay they could also be, very frighteningly, a prototype of our collective global future. Watching the unbelievable destruction wrought by the Israelis in Gaza and Lebanon a simple question very high on many minds must be ' How in hell does this artificially! concocted child of European guilt and American ambition get away with all this again and again and again?? The answer is that instead of being a strange historical aberration Israel may well be a model state that global elites want to establish to control the world in the days to come...

U.S. military says four more marines killed in Iraq's Anbar province
Xinhua Four U.S. marines were killed on Saturday in Iraq's western Anbar province, the U.S. military said on Sunday. The four marines being killed were from the Regimental Combat Team 7, the military said in a brief statement said, without giving further details. The deaths were announced following another four casualties on Thursday in the restive province. On Saturday, the military also said in a brief statement that four U.S. marines were kil! led in actions in the volatile Anbar province. Three soldiers assigned to the 1st Armored Division and the fourth from the Regional Combat Team 5 were killed on Thursday, said the statement, adding the names of the killed soldiers are being withheld pending notification of next of kin...

Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Saturday, 29 July 2006
Translated and/or compiled by Muhammad Abu Nasr, member, editorial board, the Free Arab Voice ...In a dispatch posted at 3:30pm Makkah time Saturday afternoon, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that members of the 34,000 Palestinians in Iraq had issued an appeal to Hizballah in Lebanon to intercede with the Iranian Shi'ah in Iraq to stop the murder of Palestinians in that occupied country. The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported Palestinians in the ho! using project for orphans of fighters in the First Palestinian Intifadah ? a project built for them by the Iraqi government of President Saddam Husayn ? as saying that Hizballah had to intervene with the Iranian Shi'ah of the Badr Brigades and Jaysh al-Mahdi to stop the slaughter of Palestinians in Iraq. Since the occupation of Iraq in 2003 and particularly in recent months Palestinians have been abducted and murdered and many have been thrown out of their homes by the Shi'i sectarian militias...

Relentless Sectarian Violence in Baghdad Stalks Its Victims Even at the Morgues
Kirk Semple, The New York Times Now, even the morgues have become a source of danger, at least for Sunni Arabs. In recent months, Shiite militias have been staking out Baghdad's central morgue in particular + the authorities have received dozens of reports of kidnappings and killings of Sunni Arabs there. Many Sunnis now refuse to go there to look for missing family members and are forced to take extraordinary measures to recover a! relative's body, including sending Shiite friends in their stead (...) Mr. Jubouri and other Sunni leaders blame the Mahdi Army, a Shiite militia, for the reported attacks at the morgue. The militia professes loyalty to the cleric Moktada al-Sadr and is accused of aggravating the sectarian frenzy that has ravaged Iraq in recent months. The Ministry of Health is run by Mr. Sadr's allies...

Zionist War Crimes Censorship
Gideon Polya FREE SPEECH is something that has made America great. Americans are very lucky in having the First Amendment that guarantees freedom of speech. In the British Commonwealth World defamation laws have compromised free speech. The "sedition" sections of recent anti-terrorism laws in Australia provide for 7 years in prison for saying things the authorities don?t like - although anti-violence, peace-loving commentators such as myself have been personally assured that these l! aws are only going to be used against "terrorists" or "terrorist sympathizers". However it now appears that comment on Zionist war crimes are automatically being censored in the US and the UK by automatic, robotic rejection of anything containing a particular word (the Z-word) linking Zionist and Nazi war crimes (for the Z-word that I do NOT want to use now, see MWC News ). Let me amplify...

Qana 1996, Qana 2006 and The Arab Dis-League
Mohamed Khodr , ICH ...Not one Arab nation pulled its Ambassadors out of Israel or America, not one called for boycotts or massive protests, not one leader went to Lebanon for support, not one dares challenge America lest there be a "regime change". How much Muslim blood must be shed before Muslims awaken their souls and spirit to challenge the modern killers of Muslims? The twelve year old Palestinian girl in Gaza while watching her entire family murdered by an Americ! an made Israeli rocket fueled by Arab oil screamed on behalf of the entire Muslim Nation: "Father, Father, forgive me". Don't forgive us little girl, we don't deserve your courage. We fear America, not Allah (swt)...

Qana Massacre...
Riverbend, Bagdad burning ...I?m so frustrated I can?t think straight. I?m full of rage against Israel, the US, Britain, Iran and most of Europe. The world is going to go to hell for standing by and allowing the massacre of innocents. For God?s sake, 34 children??? The UN is beyond useless. They?ve gone from a union of nations working for the good of the world (if they ever were even that), to a bunch of gravediggers. They?re only good for digging mangled bodies out of the ruins of buildings and ! helping to identify and put them into mass graves. They won?t stop a massacre- they won?t even speak out against it- they?ll just come by and help clean up the mess. Are the lives of Arabs worth so little? If this had happened in the US or UK or France or China, somebody would already have dropped a nuclear bomb? How is this happening?

Today in Iraq Bring 'em on: Four Marines assigned to Regimental Combat Team 7 killed in action in Anbar province on Saturday. No further details announced at this time. Note: These are not the four Marines KIA cited in Matt's post, whose deaths Thursday were only announced yesterday. Total U.S. military deaths in Iraq now stand at 2,578, according to ICCC. Two killed, 36 injured by bomb targeting a bus in al-Hillah, south of Baghdad. Bomb targeting police vehicle in Baqou! ba kills one police officer, wounds one civilian. Civilian also killed by unknown gunman in nearby town of Maqdadiya. U.S. airstrike kills two people who the U.S. describes as terrorists. Four people arrested by ground forces in the same incident...

Photos: The Massacre at Qana
Qana Massacre II: Condoleezza Rice gets her "New Middle East."
The Angry Arab News Service

The ?Human Shield? LIE Exposed
The Truth Will Set You Free On the heels of Israel's horrendous massacre of more than 60 civilians in Qana, among them OVER 40 CHILDREN, I will lay to rest once and for all, the colossal lie presented in unison by these mass murderers and their accomplices, in defense of the indefensible - the position that Hizbullah uses civilians as "human shields" against overwhelming Israeli aggression. Nothing could be more illogical or absurd. Let's examine it carefully. When someone uses anot! her human being as a "shield," under the plain meaning of the word, it is understood to be a method to deter aggression by adversaries. In order for that objective to be achieved, crucial premises must first exist. The party who employs the human shield MUST assume that their adversary will hesitate to fire against those shields for fear of harming them.

But in order for that to happen, the adversary must first CARE about the welfare of the so-called "human shields."

If the opposing party DOES NOT CARE about their welfare, then the alleged objective of deterring aggression falls apart....

"I came over here because I wanted to kill people."
Andrew Tilghman, Washington Post Over a mess-tent dinner of turkey cutlets, the bony-faced 21-year-old private from West Texas looked right at me as he talked about killing Iraqis with casual indifference. It was February + we were at his small patrol base about 20 miles south of Baghdad. "The truth is, it wasn't all I thought it was cracked up to be. I mean, I thought killing somebody would be this life-changing experience.

And then I did it + I was like,! 'All right, whatever.' " He shrugged. "I shot a guy who wouldn't stop when we were out at a traffic checkpoint and it was like nothing," he went on.

"Over here, killing people is like squashing an ant. I mean, you kill somebody and it's like 'All right, let's go get some pizza.' "...

UN building stormed amid Lebanon rage over Qana

Salim Yassine and Ramzi Haidar. AFP

Angry Lebanese protestors have stormed the building of the UN in Beirut, smashing glass doors + hacking at the furniture in rage at Israel's deadly bombing of homes in Qana.

After the violent protest at UN headquarters, thousands of people -- some in tears and others shouting angry slogans -- converged from both Christian + Muslim areas of the capital on Riad Solh Square where the building is located. After hearing! news of the carnage in Qana which killed 51 people, including 25 children, a group of protestors attacked and briefly occupied the UN House in downtown Beirut where they smashed windows, burned curtains and destroyed furniture...

Syria denounces call for international force in Lebanon
AFP Syria yesterday slammed US-backed proposals for the deployment of a multinational force in southern Lebanon, saying it would be "an occupation force" that could deepen the conflict and spark a backlash against the troops. "The international force proposed by (US Secretary of State) Condoleezza Rice... will occupy southern Lebanon and it, instead of Israel, will be charged with eradicating the Lebanese national resistance," said an editorial in the offici! al Tishrin daily...

Today in Iraq In the village of Abu Sayda, near the northeastern city of Baqubah, Iraqi police battled unidentified gunmen throughout the day Saturday.

Witnesses said the attackers first destroyed the village's Shiite mosque with several bombs, then fought off attempts by police to apprehend them.

Four Marines were killed Thursday in unspecified "enemy action" in the western province of Anbar. The names of the four Marines ? three assigned to the Army's 1st Brigade, 1st ! Armored Division + one from Regimental Combat Team 5 ? were being withheld pending notification of next of kin. Armed men in two cars sprayed gunfire at the Muhammad Rassulluallah mosque shattering windows and damaging walls.

An hour later gunmen stormed the nearby Ashra al-Mubashara mosque, fleeing when police arrived...

Israel on US State Department Watch List: Why Do We Support Israel?
Genevieve Cora Fraser, Al-Jazeerah Israel holds over 10,000 Palestinian and Lebanese prisoners, including 400 abducted children + 100 women. Human Rights groups claim they are tortured + starved.

Recently, US House-Senate resolutions upheld Israel?s Right to Defend Itself, while condemning the Lebanese and Palestinian resistance. Israel?s military force is disproportionate.

They kill with guided missiles, depleted uranium, cluster bombs and w! hite phosphorous (incinerates people).

They have obliterated Palestinian and Lebanese power plants, bridges, roads, water and fuel supplies needed to sustain life.

According world press reports, the Israeli soldiers were killed after Israeli troops crossed the border into Lebanon to attack a Hizbullah stronghold.

Most of the soldiers died when their jeep overturned..
C-Span Firestorm: 9/11 Truth Symposium Gains Momentum Paul Joseph Watson C-Span Firestorm: 9/11 Truth Symposium Gains Momentum Scholars symposium to re-air again on Tuesday
01.Aug.2006 Thousands of microbes in one gulp Just one litre of seawater can contain more than 20,000 different types of bacteria, scientists find.
31.Jul.2006 Citizen Photographers v. The Police? timothy 203 Several hundred readers commented on yesterday's Slashdot post about citizens arrested for photographing police either in public or in the photographer's own property. Read on for some of the comments which defined the conversation in today's Backslash summary.

Nach dem Bombardement eines Kraftwerks hat sich vor der libanesischen Küste ein gigantischer Ölteppich ausgebreitet.

Bei ähnlichen Katastrophen sollen künftig erdölfressende Bakterien helfen. Deutsche Forscher haben jetzt das Genom der wichtigsten Art entziffert.

Auf Ölkatastrophen war und ist die Natur nicht vorbereitet. Und so ist sie auch mit dem aktuellen Unglücksfall an der libanesischen Küste überfordert.

Nachdem die israelische Luftwaffe am Wochenende ein Kraftwerk in Dschija südlich von Beirut bombardiert hatte, liefen aus einem der fünf Tanks mindestens 15.000 Tonnen Schweröl aus.

Nun schwappt ein über 100 Kilometer langer Ölteppich an der Küste des östlichen Mittelmeers.

Nach Angaben der Umweltstiftung World Wildlife Fund (WWF) sind vor Ort Flora, Fauna + die Bevölkerung von den Auswirkungen der Ölkatastrophe bedroht.
Atomstreit: Uno droht Iran erstmals mit Sanktionen
Worst Ever Security Flaw in Diebold Voting Machine timothy 69 WhiteDragon writes

"The folks at Open Voting Foundation got their hands on a Diebold AccuVote TS touchscreen voting machine. They took it apart (pictures here)+found the most serious security flaw ever discovered in this machine.

A single switch is all that is required to cause the machine to boot an unverified external flash instead of the builtin verified EEPROM."
Congressman Brags About Sabotaged Minimum Wage Bill: ‘You Have Seen Us Really Outfox You’ Judd 
2 a.m. on Saturday morning, the House of Representatives passed a bill that links a $2 increase in the minimum wage to a dramatic cut of the estate tax for millionaires.

A few hours earlier, Rep. Zach Wamp (R-TN) went on the House floor to brag about this ploy, which has little chance of passing the Senate.

Wamp said to his opponents, “I know why you’re so mad and why you say things you don’t really mean. It’s because you have seen us really outfox you on this issue tonight.” Watch it:


WAMP: The other side says all the time, you run this place. You’ve got majorities in the House and Senate. And I want to remind them that we do. And if we didn’t want to do this, we wouldn’t do it.

You know why we are doing it this way? Because this is the better way to do it because the small businesspeople and the family farmers need certainty in terms of this estate tax. We eliminated it but it comes back.

It is an onerous tax. It’s an unfair tax.

When you raise wages, it is a fixed cost in business, You have to compensate that with smart business investments through tax polcy.

Our tax policy has been good for America.

Our economic policy is good for America.

This minimum wage increase is a savvy way to put it all together and make this medicine for America go down smooth and keep our economy strong.

Because this will force some fixed costs up in small business + you can’t just throw it on them without some people losing their jobs + this is a fair and responsible way to do it.

I know why you’re so mad and why you say things you don’t really mean. It’s because you have seen us really outfox you on this issue tonight.

That’s what we are doing today is bringing a very crafty, smart, good for America, good for the economy package and still allow the minimum wage to go up.
South Dakotans reject abortion ban. Nico 
47 % of South Dakotans
will vote to overturn the near-total abortion ban passed into law this year, which included no exceptions for incest or rape, according to a new poll. 39 % said they would uphold the ban.

More at South Dakota Campaign for Health Families.
To Paris With Love: Multi-Millionaire Heirs Get 183 Years of Minimum Wage Income Guest 
House conservatives
passed a bill last week that combined a minimum wage hike with a dramatic cut to the estate tax (aka the Paris Hilton Tax).

By my calculations, the minimum wage hike will increase the incomes of full-time, minimum wage workers by $84 a week, or about $4,368 a year.

This would bring their income up to just over $15,000 a year (assuming 40 hours per week and 52 weeks per year.)

By contrast, the heirs of multimillionaires would receive substantially more by way of benefits. Consider the heirs who stand to receive a $10 million fortune through married parents. Under the new proposed law they would receive a tax break of as much as $2.76 million (compared with the 2006 estate tax law.)

Put another way, the heirs of the $10 million estate would get a tax break worth as much as 183 years of the income of a full-time minimum wage earner.

John Irons, Director of Tax and Budget Policy

Cross-posted at BudgetBlog. Check out BudgetBlog every day for real-time analysis and commentary on the federal budget.
Schumer calls Bolton filibuster “unlikely.” Judd Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) “supported an effort last year to block Mr. Bolton’s nomination from gaining a full Senate vote, but he confirmed that he is considering changing his position,” the New York Sun reports.
31.Jul.2006 The Alex Jones Report July 31st 2006 Paul Joseph Watson The Alex Jones Report

Alex returns to the studio to discuss the increasing amount of credible + prominent whistleblowers speaking out on 9/11,
Blair to lure US stem cell firms Tony Blair is due to promote the UK as an ideal place for stem-cell research as he meets US firms on Monday.
Krieg im Libanon: Olmert schließt baldigen Waffenstillstand aus
SicherheitsratsollFactFindingMissionentsenden Übersetzung ai Pressemitteilung

18.Jul.2006 Amnesty International: Der Sicherheitsrat der UN soll eine Mission zur Tatsachenerhebung in den Libanon + nach Israel entsenden, um die Angriffe gegen Zivilisten zu untersuchen!

Israel's PM rules out ceasefire Israeli PM Ehud Olmert says a ceasefire with Hezbollah is not imminent, as both sides continue to trade fire.
Lawrence detective denies claim A former officer accused of police corruption in the Stephen Lawrence murder case has refuted the allegations.
UN issues Iran nuclear deadline The UN Security Council passes a resolution giving Iran a month to suspend uranium enrichment.
RFID-enabled Vehicles: Pinch My Ride Hemos 46 Billosaur writes

"Wired has an excellent article on the problems with the theft of RFID-enabled vehicles and how insurance companies are so over-confident in the technology, they are denying claims when such vehicles are stolen.

Example: "Emad Wassef walked out of a Target store in Orange County, California, to find a big space where his 2003 Lincoln Navigator had been.

The 38-year-old truck driver and former reserve Los Angeles police officer did what anyone would do: He reported the theft to the cops and called his insurance company.

Two weeks later, the black SUV turned up near the Mexico border, minus its stereo, airbags, DVD player + door panels.

Wassef assumed he had a straightforward claim for around $25,000. His insurer, Chicago-based Unitrin Direct, disagreed."

Their forensic examiner concluded that since all the keys were accounted for,

there was no way the engine could have been started, despite the evidence that the ignition lock had been forced + the steering wheel locking lug had been damaged."
Parexel Destroys Immune Systems, Not Liable Hemos 109 A reader writes:

" The four TGN1412 test victims learned recently that they have no detectable t-cells, which makes it "likely" (read certain) they will suffer from numerous diseases and truncated lifespans.

It has been determined that Parexel was negligent in its aftercare of the victims.

The victims have already suffered severe injuries such as gangrene requiring the amputation of all toes and three fingers (without toes you cannot remain standing or walk, btw) and endured unimaginable agony.

But it seems Parexel, despite having the moral responsibilty for the outcome of its incompetence + the financial ability to pay proper restitution (estimated yearly revenue of $750 million) is ignoring the victims + using the legal system to avoid liability.

The lessons are that $4000 is not worth risking your life over, that that is what you are doing if you are foolish enough to volunteer for medical testing whatever promises you receive not withstanding + that if you are so foolish you will be left to die by the company responsible without legal recourse should things go wrong.

In other words, only an ignorant would sign up for medical testing. I predict a decline in voluntary test subjects + a rise in the use of prisoners and other "disposable" human subjects."
Libanon: Flucht aus der Todesfalle
22.Jul.2006 Sightings from The Catbird Seat
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Lebanon and Gaza invasions planned last month in Colorado meetings between Netanyahu, Sharansky + Cheney. Wayne Madsen Report

The Israeli invasion of Lebanon was planned between top Israeli officials and members of the Bush administration.

17.Jun.2006-18.Jun.2006 former Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu + Likud Knesset member Natan Sharansky met with Vice President Dick Cheney at the American Enterprise Institute conference in Beaver Creek, Colorado.

There, the impending Israeli invasions of both Gaza and Lebanon were discussed.

After receiving Cheney's full backing for the invasion of Gaza + Lebanon, Netanyahu flew back to Israel + participated in a special "Ex-Prime Ministers" meeting, in which he conveyed the Bush administration's support for the carrying out of the "Clean Break" policy -- the trashing of all past Middle East peace accords, including Oslo .

Present at the meeting, in addition to Netanyahu, were current Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and former Prime Ministers Ehud Barak and Shimon Peres .

Former Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir is very old and suffers from dementia and Ariel Sharon remains in a coma after a series of strokes.

After the AEI meeting, Sharansky, who has the ear of Bush, met with the Heritage Foundation in Washington + then attended a

29.Jun.2006 seminar at Philadelphia's Main Line Haverford School sponsored by the Middle East Forum led by Daniel Pipes .

Sharansky appeared with Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum who this past Thursday was beating the war drums against Syria, Iran + "Islamo-fascism" in a fiery speech at the National Press Club attended by a cheering section composed of members of the neocon Israel Project , on whose board Santorum serves along with Georgia Sen. Saxby Chambliss and Virginia GOP Rep. Tom Davis .

Our Washington sources claim that the U.S.-supported invasions of Gaza + Lebanon and the impending attacks on Syria and Iran represent the suspected "event" predicted to take place prior to the November election in the USA and is an attempt to rally the American public around the Bush-Cheney regime during a time of wider war .
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31.Jul.2006 Atomstreit: Iran weist Uno- Ultimatum zurück

31.Jul.2006 Rückkehr wegen Defekts: Jet lässt Kerosin über Alpen ab

31.Jul.2006 Ölteppich: Bakterien sollen Dreckbrühe verputzen
Nahost: Zorn und Trauer

31.Jul.2006 Kana: Tragödie um halb zwei in der Nacht

31.Jul.2006 Nahost: Grauen auf beiden Seiten der Grenze

31.Jul.2006 Tschechien: Erneute Panne im Atomkraftwerk Temelin
Südlibanon: Hilfskonvois kommen trotz Feuerpause nur langsam voran

31.Jul.2006 Libanon: Der Tag danach in Kana

31.Jul.2006 Polens Regierung und der Tabak: Vom Schmuggel profitiert?
Horrortrip: Urlauber benötigten zwei Tage für Rückreise von Ibiza
31.Jul.2006 Eingeständnis: Frankreichs Atomtests verursachten in Polynesien Krebs
31.Jul.2006 Kriegsführung: Angstgegner Hisbollah
Jagd auf Taliban: Menschliche Köder im Feindesland
31.Jul.2006 Libanon: Israel fliegt neue Luftangriffe
31.Jul.2006 Lying About Ledeen: National Review Falsely Claims NeoCon ‘Has Opposed Military Action Against Iran’ Judd 
The right-wing blogosphere is up in arms over a Rolling Stone article about prominent neo-conservative Michael Ledeen.

The article, written by James Bamford, argues that Ledeen was using unreliable intelligence to push the Bush administration into military action against Iran.

The National Review’s Andrew McCarthy and Mark Levin claim that the premise of Bramford’s article is flawed because Ledeen opposes military action against Iran:

Yet, anyone even vaguely familiar with Michael’s work knows that he has opposed military action against Iran — notwithstanding that he was years ahead of most experts in accurately portraying Iran’s role as the terror master at the center of the jihadist network.

Ledeen makes a similar argument is his own response to Bramford, claiming “I’ve openly and consistently opposed military invasion.”

11.Jul.2006 -Actually, writing for the National Review on- Ledeen said the USA should attack Iran:

But one thing I do know: I would insist that my soldiers have the right of “hot pursuit” into Iran and Syria + I would order my armed forces to attack the terrorist training camps in those countries.

The National Review has every right to defend Ledeen. But they should at least make a modest effort to get their facts straight.

I ask Abbas Kassab why the Israelis would strike Qana so severely — what tactical or strategic value it might have.

But he is adamant that there is none — that Hezbollah, or the resistance, as the Lebanese call it, does not operate in the village.

"There's no resistance here. Israel is lying. There are no resistance fighters here. Children are playing; there are no resistance at all," he says.

"There was a mother with a seven-month-old child that was killed. Was she a resistance fighter?"
Folter-Skandal in Münster sfux Michael Schulze von Glaßer -

In der nordrhein-westfälischen Stadt Münster leben rund 280.200 Menschen, die sich auf 142.303 Wohnungen und wiederum 142.026 Haushalte verteilen.

Die Statistiker der Stadt haben viele Zahlen vorzuweisen, doch in ihrer offiziellen Statistik fehlt eine wichtige ?Bevölkerungsgruppe?, nämlich 1.500 Äffchen.
Der ?Rush? gewinnt an Tempo / Teil 3 sfux Karl Weiss -

In diesem Teil soll u.a. der Frage der Umweltbilanz der Bio-Kraftstoffe und der Bedeutung von Bio-Diesel nachgegangen werden.

Bevor aber in diesem und weiteren Teilen dieser Reihe die bereits angekündigten weiteren mit dem Bioethanol als Kraftstoff zusammenhängenden Themen behandelt werden, soll die seit der Veröffentlichung des ersten Teils der Serie neuen Entwicklungen auf dem Gebiet Ethanol als Kraftstoff berichtet werden. Die Entwicklung ist jetzt so schnell geworden,...
July 31, 2006 Think Progress Rove attacks the media.

During his commencement speech at GWU graduate school of political management, “Rove lambasted journalists for playing what he said was a ‘corrosive role’ in politics by ‘focusing on process, not substance.’”

Is the U.S. prodding Israel to attack Syria? The Jerusalem Post reports,

[Israeli] Defense officials told the Post last week that they were receiving indications from the USA that the US would be interested in seeing Israel attack Syria.”

Arguing Iraq is a central front in the war on terror , Iraqi officials are demanding that they be compensated with economic and military assistance for fighting terrorists on behalf of other countries.

Iraq is now defending not only Iraqis but is also defending the region and the world,” national security adviser Mowaffak al-Rubaie said. “So what is the world giving us in return?

Medicare’s “doughnut hole” is starting to hit shocked and angry seniors.

They have just learned that their Medicare drug plans are maxing out on early coverage and that they must spend $2,850 from their own pockets before coverage will resume.”

Britain and California are preparing to sidestep the Bush administration and fight global warming together by creating a joint market for greenhouse gases. …

Such a move could help California cut carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping gases scientists blame for warming the planet. President Bush has rejected the idea of ordering such cuts.”

The Special Inspector General for Iraq reported recently that “the State Department agency in charge of $1.4 billion in reconstruction money in Iraq used an accounting shell game to hide ballooning cost overruns on its projects there and knowingly withheld information on schedule delays from Congress.”

DeLay’s day in court. “The 5th Circuit federal appeals court in New Orleans on Monday will become the latest venue for the partisan legal battle over whether Tom DeLay — the former House majority leader who resigned from Congress under a cloud of ethics controversies 09.Jun.2006 — must remain on the ballot this November as the Republican nominee in Texas’ 22nd District.”

The Boston Globe investigates the world of consumer debt in the USA, finding “a system where debt collectors have a lopsided advantage, debtors are often treated shabbily by collectors and the courts + consumers can quickly find themselves in a life-upending financial crisis.”

And finally: Indiana homeland security officials have warned Vermillion County to stop using electronic emergency message boards to advertise fish fries, spaghetti dinners and other events .

The Department of Homeland Security bought the signs for $300,000 because the area is considered a potential terrorist target.

Local officials defended their use of the signs, claiming that sponsors of a spaghetti dinner fundraiser and an elementary school carnival reported larger-than-normal turnouts after message board ads.
Suspension over. Nico The Israeli army says its air force has struck southern Lebanon despite an agreement to halt air raids for 48 hours, the AP reports.
Israel agrees to 48-hour suspension Judd “of aerial activity over southern Lebanon after its bombing of a Lebanese village on Sunday that killed a number of children.” The AP reports,

It was not immediately clear how much Israeli military activity the suspension would end.

[An Israeli] official said only that the agreement covered aircraft, which would not rule out the use of ground troops or ground-based weapons systems.”
Google Alert - carlyle group Carlyle plans $1bn push into Mideast MSNBC - USA

Carlyle Group , the US buy-out fund, is planning an investment push into the Middle East with a dedicated fund of up to $1bn, in spite of the mounting spiral of ...

Raytheon looks best to private equity firms The Wichita Eagle – Wichita,KS,USA ... Alderman, the investment banker, said East Coast equity firms Carlyle Group and Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. ... But Carlyle Group does. 31.Jul.2006 Bush Submits New Terror Detainee Bill  Citizens for Legitimate Government
Whose Video Is It, Anyway? YouTube's runaway success has opened a Pandora's box of copyright issues
Israel 'not ready for truce yet' Israel's defence minister rejects a Lebanon ceasefire, saying it will allow the threat posed by militants to return.
Nato to control south Afghanistan The Nato force in Afghanistan takes over from the US in the south, where security has deteriorated.
Blair in ceasefire pressure call World leaders must apply "maximum pressure" for a UN resolution to end Middle East violence, Tony Blair says.
Australia PM to go for fifth term Australian PM John Howard is to stand for a fifth term, as deputy Peter Costello rules out a challenge.
Poll protests block Mexico City The left-wing candidate in Mexico's disputed poll and his backers occupy the capital's main square and avenues.
Tenerife tourists help migrants Tourists on a Tenerife beach help 88 exhausted African migrants - among 205 new arrivals on the Canary Islands.
Police investigate Prescott claim Police are to consider whether John Prescott broke anti-corruption laws by visiting American billionaire Philip Anschutz's ranch.
Huge rally challenges Mexico poll Hundreds of thousands rally in Mexico to support the left-wing candidate in the disputed presidential poll.
'Urgency' call on nuclear waste The UK government should move quickly to begin burying radioactive waste, says the Royal Society.
Major oilspill hits west Russia An oil pipeline spill in western Russia threatens an "environmental catastrophe", Moscow warns.
Chavez to sign Vietnam deals Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez arrives in Vietnam where he will sign a series of economic deals.
NWS to Upgrade in Hurricane Areas The government's equipment for monitoring wind speed is run by electricity without backup and often fails during storms. Lack of accurate information affects damage claims and Congress authorizes funds for an upgrade.
Blue Crab Nanosensor to Fight Terrorism Zonk 71 Roland Piquepaille writes

"A substance found in crab shells called chitosan has very useful properties. For example, it has been used in bandages to stop bleeding. But now, researchers at the University of Maryland have used the chitosan from blue crabs living in Chesapeake Bay as a component of a nanoscale sensor system which could save many lives in the future. These blue crab nanosensors will be used to improve security in airports, hospitals and other public locations by detecting tiny amounts of explosives or chemicals in air and water. Read on for additional references and pictures of these blue crab nanosensors."
Stem Cells - The Hope and the Hype Zonk 264 zer0skill writes to mention a CNN summary of a Time cover story.

The Truth about Stem Cells deals with an increasingly politicized area of scientific inquiry + likens the fight to those over global warming and evolution. From the article: "Five years after Bush announced that federal money could go to researchers only working on embryonic stem cell lines that scientists had already developed, Democrats hope to leverage the issue as evidence that they represent the reality-based community, running against the theocrats. States from Connecticut to California have tried to step in with enough funding to keep the labs going and slow the exodus of U.S. talent to countries like Singapore, Britain and Taiwan."
31.Jul.2006 Bush submits new terror detainee bill 
U.S. citizens suspected of terror ties might be detained indefinitely and barred from access to civilian courts under legislation proposed by the Bush administration, say legal experts reviewing an early version of the bill.
Working for the clampdown.

31.Jul.2006 Giant Dinosaur Discovered in Argentina  Argentinean scientists have discovered gigantic neck, back + tail bones from one of the largest dinosaurs ever to roam the Earth.
31.Jul.2006 Large Shaanxi tomb belonged to 1st emperor's grandmother  After more than a year's excavation and research in northwest China's Shaanxi Province, Chinese archeologists have concluded that a large tomb belonged to the grandmother of Qinshihuang, the country's first emperor.
31.Jul.2006 Mobilize to avenge the blood of Qana -By Uri Avnery -George Bush and his vassal, Tony Blair, are no statesmen. They are war criminals. They claim to be pious Christians. They are the physical manifestation of the devil himself. Continue
Bush to Armageddon: "Bring It On! -- A BuzzFlash News Analysis
A Supreme Disgrace
Busheviks Do An About Face and Go Whining to the U.N. About Getting a Ceasefire. It's Just Another Stalling Tactic. What a Grand Hypocrisy Party, Indeed. 7/31
"It's really a proxy war between the USA and Iran," said David J. Rothkopf, a scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and author of "Running the World," a book on U.S. foreign policy. "When viewed in that context, it puts everything in a different light." 7/31
Seattle Muslim Who Shot American Jews and Mel Gibson Should Share Cell
As many BuzzFlash Readers know, "Air America" almost didn't get off the ground. It was underfinanced and almost crashlanded. That's why you should watch "Left of the Dial."
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Buzzflash Editorial: How we miss Yitzhak Rabin
Bloomberg Deceived Public About His Role in Suppressing Demonstrations Against the 2004 Republican Convention 7/31
Did Malibu Police Sanitize Gibson's Anti-Semitic Tirade 7/31

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this review: It's interesting, however, that this evil twit and his book turn up very few hits in a web search. The only ones that do turn up mention a "Smatt Brothers Jamaican drug cartel," and its connection to the Bush family. Interestingly, the dedication to this "copyright pending" screed is to sweet William's "two deceased beloved brothers Alfred Smatt and Adolph Smatt." Also, at the end of the book is a bizarre plug for the Shaw Park Hotel in Cutlass Bay, Ocho Rios, Jamaica - where Mr. Smatt evidently spends a lot of time communing with god. Coincidence?
Novinger (who died of cancer in 2003) also believed that
"Poppy" Bush and Jeb Bush were involved.
The Smatts, led by paterfamilias William Smatt, were linked to the
quasi-fascist Lebanese Phalange -- more properly called the Kataeb Social Democratic Party -- founded by the Gemayel family. The Gemayels have long been accused of running the opium production trade which one thrived in the Bakaa valley.
clandestine telephone recording indicates that Cacho's harassment was arranged, in large part, by another Lebanese businessman in Mexico: Kamel Nacif, who travels in the highest circles of the Mexican government. Nacif, a wealthy and (by all accounts) exploitative and despotic maquiladora owner, seems to have had close ties to Jean Succar Kuri: In the conversations, the voices identified as those of Nacif and [Puebla governor Mario] Marín discuss how they had the activist arrested and thrown into a cell with "nutcases and dykes (lesbians)," so that she would be raped. That did not happen, however, because in the prison in Puebla, "the prisoners themselves and the guards protected me," said the writer. But she was mistreated. Cacho described how she was threatened during the nearly 20-hour trip to Puebla and was only allowed to eat once. From the Casino Watch website: Mexican textile magnate Kamel Nacif has been a familiar face at Las Vegas gambling tables for some 30 years, using phony identification to wager at Caesars Palace when he was still in his late teens. He remains, however, a bit of a multimillionaire mystery man, long suspected by Nevada Gaming Control Board agents of money laundering and arms and narcotics dealing. There's more. The Bushes have been tied to yet another shadowy Lebanese clan.
We soon come face-to-face (and quite a forbidding face it is) with
Jean Succar Kuri, a Cancun-based Lebanese businessman who now resides in an Arizona jail. Kuri has been named as the proprietor of a child prostitution ring which supplied sexual playthings -- slaves, essentially -- to the elite. The story is told here; Rigorous Intuition has devoted some fine posts to this vile business.
An earlier post discussed the Lebanese-born Richard Rainwater, a billionaire financier who profits from calamity. Perhaps the greatest calamity he helped to inflict on the world is the presidency of his good friend and financial partner, George W. Bush. Daniel Hopsicker has linked a Rainwater enterprise with the
"drug jet" owned by the scam company Skyway.
Forscher vom National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ) haben in der Dunkelheit des Alls gewaltige Ansammlungen von Galaxien und Gasmengen - sogenannte Lyman Alpha Blobs - ausgemacht.

Mit den Keck- und Subara-Teleskopen auf dem hawaiianischen Vulkan Mauna Kea nahmen die Astronomen um Yuichi Matsuda von der Kyoto University mehr als 30 dieser Klumpen auf. Die Galaxien in diesen Strukturen seien vier Mal dichter gepackt als durchschnittlich üblich. Die Klumpen sind nach Angaben der NAOJ-Forscher "die größten jemals entdeckten Strukturen".

Die Wissenschaftler sprechen von dreidimensionalen Fadenstrukturen, in denen sich die Klumpen 200 Millionen Lichtjahre weit erstrecken. "Die einzigen vorher bekannten Strukturen mit einer so hohen Dichte sind viel kleiner und messen nur rund 50 Millionen Lichtjahre", heißt es in einer Mitteilung der NAOJ.
Arbeitslosengeld: Arbeitgeber fordern weitere Einschnitte

31.Jul.2006 Libanon: Israel will Offensive verstärken

31.Jul.2006 Immobiliengeschäfte: Vollstrecker aus Texas
Riesen- Klumpen: Größte Strukturen des Alls entdeckt
31.Jul.2006 Interview mit Zeruya Shalev: "Ein riesiges moralisches Dilemma"
31.Jul.2006 Libanon: Die Angst vor dem Tag nach dem Krieg
31.Jul.2006 Afghanistan: Nato weitet Einsatz aus
July 29, 2006 Can this possibly be right?
by Kagro X

I know the bill (PDF) obtained by Marty Lederman at Balkinization , which is now making the (hushed-up) rounds of Washington, purports to be just an early draft of the Bush "administration's" draft of post- Hamdan curative legislation for the use of military tribunals. But I also know that the "administration" has little or no intention of conforming to the state of the law as you and I understand it. So I have to ask whether some of the provisions in there are just poorly-drafted mistakes, or intentional short-cuts.

Let's start with this one, already caught by Dave Glazier at Intel Dump , who points out:

The draft endeavors to formally define the Bush Administration coined term “enemy combatant,” but does so in a somewhat bizarre manner. After first declaring them to be persons who have violated the law of war, it further divides them into “lawful enemy combatants” – law of war violators who otherwise meet the Hague and Geneva criteria such as carrying arms openly whereas “unlawful enemy combatants” would specifically be members of al Qaeda or the Taliban. There are two fundamental problems with this definitional approach. First, it literally presupposes guilt + second, “lawful enemy combatants” should merit full POW status whereas nothing in the draft seems to provide for that.

Here's how that provision appears in the draft. Tell me what you think it means if, for some reason, you're not buying Glazier's reading. For ease of understanding, strikethrough text is original bill language that has been removed + underlined text is language that has been added. I don't know whose edits these are:
Haass, the former Bush aide who leads the Council on Foreign Relations, laughed at the president's public optimism. "An opportunity?" Haass said with an incredulous tone. "Lord, spare me. I don't laugh a lot. That's the funniest thing I've heard in a long time. If this is an opportunity, what's Iraq? A once-in-a-lifetime chance?"
Seattle Jewish Shooter, Mel Gibson Should Share Cell
Aristide and the Endless Revolution: A New Documentary (DVD). Yes, He Was Kidpnapped, Because Poor Countries Can Only Have Democracy if They Elect Leaders Who Favor the Oligarchy. An Excellent Introduction Into Haitis Recent History and the Role of the U.S. in Overthrowing a Democratically Elected Leader, Again.
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Buzzflash Editorial: How we miss Yitzhak Rabin
Did Malibu Police Sanitize Gibson's Anti-Semitic Tirade 7/31
Demand a ceasefire, says Annan 7/31
Israel Should Can the Air Strikes Completely. They Aren't Working. They are Killing Civilians. And They Aren't Accomplishing Bush's Deranged Goal of Drawing Syria and/or Iran Into the War So that Bush Can Send the U.S. Airforce In to Bomb Those Two Countries. The gasoline is flowing all over the Middle East now. One more match and it explodes. Bush is a mad man, bringing on Armageddon. 7/31
Qana was engulfed in Israeli-Hezbollah conflict 00.000.1996 7/31
Ted Kennedy: The new Supreme Court justices deceived us 7/31

31.Jul.2006 Are you an "enemy combatant"? Am I? Please read Kagro X's important post at the Next Hurrah. After Hamdan, Bush intends to "fix" the situation by making it worse . He hopes to expand his abilities to subject American citizens to military justice -- with a presumption of guilt.
31.Jul.2006 Afghanistan: Nato weitet Einsatz aus

31.Jul.2006 China: Erste Magnetschwebebahn schon dieses Jahr
Mexiko: Massendemonstration gegen Wahlergebnis
Südlibanon: Israel stoppt Luftangriffe für 48 Stunden
Nahost: Sicherheitsrat von Angriff auf Kana "extrem schockiert und erschüttert"
The attack in the village of Qana brought Lebanon's confirmed death toll to more than 510. Throughout the day, workers pulled dirt-covered bodies of young boys and girls ? dressed in the shorts and T-shirts they had been sleeping in ? out of the rubble of the three-story building.
Four U.S. Marines were killed in a Sunni Arab insurgent stronghold west of Baghdad + pressure mounted in parliament Sunday to replace the interior minister because of the security crisis in the capital. If Osama bin Laden wanted to wreck the USA, he would have voted for George W. Bush, if he could have.
Aristide and the Endless Revolution: A New Documentary (DVD). Yes, He Was Kidpnapped, Because Poor Countries Can Only Have Democracy if They Elect Leaders Who Favor the Oligarchy. An Excellent Introduction Into Haitis Recent History and the Role of the U.S. in Overthrowing a Democratically Elected Leader, Again.
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"Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals"
Briefcase full of "extremist-related documents" found in Afghanistan as up to 38 Taliban die 7/31
Rice and Bush are Worse than Worthless. The Killing Just Goes on as Rice Returns to U.S. Still Not Calling for a Ceasefire. This is Dante's Inferno! 7/31
AlterNet pieces together the case for Mel Gibson as a classic Jew-hater 7/31
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Israel will suspend air attacks for investigation to proceed into child deaths 7/31

Südlibanon: Israel will Luftangriffe für zwei Tage aussetzen

30.Jul.2006 Ahmadinedschad: Israels Offensive beeinflusst Antwort im Atomstreit

30.Jul.2006 Gaza- Stadt: Demonstranten stürmen Uno- Gebäude

30.Jul.2006 Angeklagter US- Soldat: "Menschen töten ist wie Ameisen zerquetschen"
Rechte simulieren Politik - konservativ2day ? Hammerhai 
In der Politiksimulation Demokratie-online-today ( für das Rechtsaußenblatt "JungeFreiheit" mächtig die Werbetrommel gerührt. - Und die verantwortlichen greifen nicht ein.

30.Jul.2006 Israeli strikes may boost Hizbullah base TYRE, LEBANON – The ferocity of Israel's onslaught in southern Lebanon and Hizbullah's stubborn battles against Israeli ground forces may be working in the militant group's favor. "They want to shatter the myth of Israeli invincibility," says Amal Saad-Ghorayeb, a leading Lebanese expert on 30.Jul.2006 Annan urges Lebanon action 'now' The UN secretary general renews calls for an urgent truce after Israel kills 54 Lebanese civilians.
30.Jul.2006 Virtual View Aids Plane Landings Corporate jets are being fitted out with a system that gives a computer-generated view of the terrain ahead,even in heavy fog or clouds.Military + commercial craft may be next
30.Jul.2006 Tsunami Alarm System: Slow Build Regional officials gather on Bali to discuss a $126-million-dollar system that's supposed to warn people in 27 countries on the Indian Ocean of tsunami danger. But politics impedes progress and lives are being lost.
30.Jul.2006 Israel backed by army of cyber-soldiers - World - Times Online  Israel backed by army of cyber-soldiers - World - Times Online
30.Jul.2006 China to help Pak build 6 N-power stations:

Pakistan's "China card" with regard to cooperation in nuclear energy worked almost at the same time as the India-US civil nuclear deal was being cleared by the House of Representatives on Wednesday.

30.Jul.2006 Venezuela Reportedly Finalizes $1B Deal for Helicopters, SU-30s: here have been a series of reports from a number of sources that Venezuela has finalized a deal with Russian arms manufacturers for around $3 billion, which reportedly includes SU-30MK2 (Mnogafunctunali Kommercial 2-seat) long-range multi-role fighters and various Russian helicopters in an extension of an earlier 2005 helicopter deal.

30.Jul.2006 100 Million Trees for Venezuela: Venezuela has launched a five-year reforestation project for Orinoco headwaters and tributary rivers in which more than 900 conservation committees and students from more than 100 schools will help plant 100 million trees in a 150,000-hectare area.

30.Jul.2006 Green card holders may be fingerprinted at airports: The nation's estimated 12 million legal permanent residents would be subject to fingerprinting every time they re-enter the USA, under a plan the Homeland Security Department intends to announce today

30.Jul.2006 Big brother on campus: U.S. wants to track students' every step: Does the federal government need to know your family's financial profile, how much aid you received and whether you took off a semester to help out at home?

30.Jul.2006 Wal-Mart quits Germany: The exit from Germany marks the second time in two months that Wal-Mart has pulled out of one country to focus on countries with less stringent labor laws. -- such as in USA , China, South and Central America, or India.
30.Jul.2006 War pimp alert:
Bush and Blair lay out Lebanon plan but warn Tehran : As they set out a vague plan for bringing a cessation of violence in the Israel-Lebanon conflict at a joint press conference in the White House, they repeatedly referred to the threat posed by Iran and Syria + their links with Hizbullah.

30.Jul.2006 Blair Gets Payoff: Murdoch set to back Blair - for a place in his boardroom : Fox TV owner and media magnate Rupert Murdoch is expected to offer Tony Blair a senior role in his News Corporation empire when he stands down as Prime Minister.

30.Jul.2006 US planning $4.6bn in Mideast arms sales : The Bush administration spelled out plans yesterday to sell $4.6bn of arms to moderate Arab states, including battle tanks worth as much as $2.9bn to protect critical Saudi infrastructure.

30.Jul.2006 Congresswoman Woolsey Calls for Repeal of President’s Iraq War Powers : Says Congress never authorized an occupation of Iraq

30.Jul.2006 US must abolish secret detention facilities: UN rights panel: The UN Human Rights Committee has called on the USA to immediately abolish all secret detention facilities, in a report raising deep concerns about the conduct of the "war on terror".

30.Jul.2006 Israel 'to destroy homes in Gaza: The YNet news website quoted an unnamed senior officer in the army's southern command as saying the aim was to "clean" a 1km wide strip of land.
Shiite cleric condemns Iraqi leader for U.S. visit : In a sermon rich with bloody imagery and religious struggle, an influential Shiite cleric yesterday condemned Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s trip to Washington this week as a betrayal of Islam and a humiliation to his people at the hands of U.S. and Israeli aggressors.

30.Jul.2006 Israel Kills Woman And 6 Children : Sources said the woman was the mother of five of the children. The other victim was the child of neighbours.

30.Jul.2006 Israeli warplanes attack Beirut-Damascus road near crossing gate : Israeli warplanes on Saturday attacked the Masnaa area, the main road leading to the border region with Damascus, a Lebanese security sources said.

30.Jul.2006 UN soldiers injured in Israeli strikes: Two Indian soldiers with the United Nations (UN) peacekeeping force in southern Lebanon have been wounded and their observation post damaged by an Israeli air strike.

30.Jul.2006 Israel says, no humanitarian aid : Rejects truce: Israel, backed by the USA, has refused to set a date for ending its war on the Shiite Muslim Hezbollah that has killed more than 450 people in Lebanon, most of them civilians,

30.Jul.2006 Aid workers lament no safe access to south Lebanon:

Aid workers are finding it impossible to get medical supplies and food safely to isolated villages in southern Lebanon due to the Israeli bombardment, aid agencies said on Friday.

30.Jul.2006 MSF: Aid corridors 'an illusion': An international medical charity has said that Israel's promised humanitarian aid corridors in south Lebanon are an illusion and that rockets have landed close to its teams two days in a row.

30.Jul.2006 Lebanon: One In Five Homeless : With one in five of Lebanon's 3.8 million population homeless and hostilities continuing, WFP has launched a three-month US$8.9 million emergency operation to feed over 300,000 people, including 50,000 in Syria.

30.Jul.2006 Hizbullah men await the Israelis: - Inside a well-furnished apartment in a village on the outskirts of Tyre, with shelves of books piled from floor to ceiling, a black turbaned cleric and three men sit sipping bitter coffee. By the door is a pile of Kalashnikovs and ammunition boxes; handguns are tucked into the men's trousers. The four are Hizbullah fighters, waiting for the Israelis.

30.Jul.2006 Nasrallah says Rice mission to serve Israel: "Rice is returning to the region to try to impose her conditions on Lebanon again to serve her new Middle East project and to serve Israel," Nasrallah said in a televised speech.

30.Jul.2006 Just hot air? Bush and Blair refuse to call for ceasefire : Cabinet ministers warned that Mr Blair's refusal to stand up to Mr Bush would hasten his own exit from power.

30.Jul.2006 Pushing for a ceasefire from behind a barrage of Katyushas : Hizbullah wants an immediate ceasefire and is ready to swap the two abducted Israeli soldiers "in six hours" after it comes into force, according to officials from Amal, a Shia party allied to Hizbullah.

30.Jul.2006 Israel Retreats: Expert: Hizbullah announced earlier in the day that it forced Israeli soldiers to withdraw from the two strategic towns of Bint Jbeil and Maroon Al-Ras.

30.Jul.2006 Rationalizing murder : 'IDF may be morally justified in flattening terror strongholds': The man who wrote the IDF code of ethics, Professor Asa Kasher, has indicated that in the current circumstances in southern Lebanon, provided the appropriate precautions are taken, it may be "morally justified" to obliterate areas with high concentrations of terrorists, even if civilian casualties result.

30.Jul.2006 Lebanon’s Berri lambastes Arab leaders over war : Lebanon’s Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri lashed out at US-allied Arab governments on Friday for not doing enough to stop Israel’s war on his country.

30.Jul.2006 People of character: Lebanese wounded turn cold shoulder on Jordan aid: Lebanese casualties are rejecting aid from Jordan in protest at what they view as its failure to press for an end to Israeli air strikes in the 17-day-old war against Hizbollah.

30.Jul.2006 Hezbollah: Halt Israeli aggression: Hezbollah pledged on Saturday to deny the USA and Israel any political gains from the war in Lebanon as US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice flew to Jerusalem to discuss ways to end the 18-day-old conflict.

30.Jul.2006 Lebanon to Israel: Return Shebaa Farms: Lebanon's Prime Minister Fouad Siniora has said that if Israel wants secure borders it must withdraw from the disputed Shebaa Farms area that it has occupied since 1967.

30.Jul.2006 Israeli families plead for kidnap soldiers: Israeli army won't help.
Paras claim to have killed 700 Taliban : Paratroopers have killed more than 700 Taliban fighters during fierce battles in southern Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence confirmed.
30.Jul.2006 Under fire in Beirut -By Robert Fisk
In his second weekly dispatch from the front line, veteran war reporter confesses he was so scared after one attack that he could not put pen to paper.

30.Jul.2006 07/29/06 The truth of Blair's 'urgent diplomacy' Blair and his masters regard ceasefires as a weapon, a means to a political end -By Robert Fisk
I dropped by the hospital in Marjayoun this week to find a young girl lying in a hospital bed, swathed in bandages, her beauty scarred for ever by some familiar wounds; the telltale dark-red holes in her skin made by cluster bombs, the weapon we used in Iraq to such lethal effect and which the Israelis are now using to punish the civilians of southern Lebanon.

30.Jul.2006 The “Honest Broker’s” Plan for occupying Southern Lebanon -By Mike Whitney
The Bush administration has played an integral part in the war on Lebanon. They blocked the “peace initiative” proposed by the 15-member coalition at the Rome Conference and they supplied “precision-guided weapons” during the hostilities so Israel could continue to pulverize Beirut and the cities in the south. They have been as engaged in the fighting as any combatant in the field and should not be regarded an “impartial arbiter”.

30.Jul.2006 Imperial Rulers and the Deadly Games They Play: Lamentations for the Sacrificial Pawns -By Jason Miller
"The shells and rockets ripping apart Muslim bodies in Gaza and Lebanon are not only Israeli (weapons), but are supplied by all the countries of the crusader coalition. Therefore, every participant in the crime will pay the price."

30.Jul.2006 Lebanese Die as Condi Plays Piano in Malaysia -By Kurt Nimmo
The Lebanese, facing “the geopolitical realities” of Israeli aggression and indiscriminate murder, are not having a good time, but then they hardly matter, as became obvious the moment Rice’s plane touched down and she engaged in “discussions” with the Israelis, talks designed to do little more than provide the Israelis with more time to kill Lebanese civilians.

30.Jul.2006 More Time To Bomb Blair and Bush: Killing To Go On Until We Find A Plan - Must Watch 6 Minute Video. Click here to view

30.Jul.2006 Israel's secret war: The humanitarian disaster unfolding in Palestine -By Anne Penketh in Gaza City
A 12-year-old boy dead on a stretcher. A mother in shock and disbelief after her son was shot dead for standing on their roof. A phone rings and a voice in broken Arabic orders residents to abandon their home on pain of death.

30.Jul.2006 Beware of the 'New Order' Israel is imposing -By Siddharth Varadarajan
No peace or stability can emerge in West Asia through occupation, subjugation + the military slaughter of civilians.

30.Jul.2006 The Iraq War is a Huge Success
The Economics of Creative Destruction -By Aseem Shrivastava
"The American imperium becomes a private, for profit, off -- the -- shelf, regime -- change industry. There will be firms standing ready to fight the wars, organize the occupation that follows, rebuild the ruined infrastructure that results from the wars, recruit new governments + manage the post -- war economy. "

30.Jul.2006 Sins of Statecraft: The War on Terror Exposed Theories on Militarism + Prospects for Transformation  -By Brian Bogart  

Few things are more crucial to our global situation today than a comprehensive understanding of the fundamental habits and recent overtly aggressive trend present in USA foreign policy.  To achieve such requires a look into the long-standing tradition of creating external threats to conceal unsavory imperial operations conducted elsewhere in the world. Continue
Pictures From Qana
"We want this to stop," shouted villager Mohammed Ismail. " May God have mercy on the children. They came here to escape the fighting. They are hitting children to bring the fighters to their knees." WARNING Graphic images depicting the reality and horror of Israel's Invasion and destruction of Lebanon. Click here to continue
30.Jul.2006 '57 Slaughtered' as Israeli air strike hits children - By Kathy Gannon- The bodies of at least 27 children were found in the rubble, said Abu Shadi Jradi, a civil defence official at the scene. At least 10 children's bodies had been pulled out, placed in plastic bags and loaded in ambulances, he said. Continue
30.Jul.2006 Close Guantanamo Bay? They're expanding it instead, building new wing "Camp 6"
Buzzflash editorial: How we miss Yitzhak Rabin
Aristide and the Endless Revolution: A New Documentary (DVD). Yes, He Was Kidpnapped, Because Poor Countries Can Only Have Democracy if They Elect Leaders Who Favor the Oligarchy. An Excellent Introduction Into Haitis Recent History and the Role of the U.S. in Overthrowing a Democratically Elected Leader, Again.
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America and Tehran are battling for influence in the Mideast, with Israel and Hezbollah doing the fighting. It's a 'proxy war,' a U.S. official says.
Whoa! New York Times Editorial Board Tells Joe Lieberman to Take a Hike and Endorses Ned Lamont. Rightfully Nails Lieberman as an Enabler of a Republican Grab for Tyrannical Power.
With hugely watered-down legislation, Congress will pretend it responded to recent ethics scandal 7/31
CNN: What we can't show from the Mideast 7/31
An Israeli airstrike killed at least 50 people ? more than half children ? in a southern Lebanese village Sunday, the deadliest attack in 19 days of fighting.

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice postponed a visit to Lebanon in a setback for diplomatic efforts to end hostilities. Does the Israeli IDF have Donald Rumsfeld as a consultant on how to lose hearts + minds + lose wars? Hezbollah has pulled the Israeli army into a public relations nightmare -- and the Israeli army has played right into their hands. It's like Iraq II.
Matthews: War in Iraq United ‘the Disparate Pieces of Shia Radicalism into a Frankenstein Monster’ Think Progress 
Chris Matthews, at the conclusion of his Sunday morning talk show explored the impact of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq.

Matthews said that Iraq used to be “a country which has fought revolutionary Iran for eight years to a bloody stand still.” Now, it’s a “Shia dominated ally of Iran.” Matthews concluded: “Our brave soldiers have fought, died and been dismembered in Iraq only to connect the disparate pieces of Shia radicalism into a frankenstein monster that has come to life right there on our TV screens.” Watch it:


MATTHEWS: Two years ago, King Abdullah of Jordan warned me of what was coming in the mideast. His prediction was dead. He spoke of his fears and what the USA was doing in iraq, toppling one government, electing another, was creating what he called a shi’ia crescent, from Tehran through Baghdad to Beirut that threatened to dominate the Arab world, challenging modern Sunni governments in Egypt + Saudi Arabia + others with an axis of Shia power based in Iran.

When I look at the map today, that Shia crescent the King foretold has come to light.

It is hard for us westerners to understand the internal politics of another region when we can’t predict whether the Democrats will take congress from the Republicans three months from now, how could we see the Shi’ia grabbing the high ground from the Sunni in the mideast three years ago? That’s what happened.

We converted Iraq from a country which has fought revolutionary Iran for eight years to a bloody stand still to a Shia dominated ally of Iran and created a boulevard of common religion and common regional politics.

Did you hear the new Iraqi leader take sides with Hezbollah in a struggle with Israel?

This is the emerging threat, not just to the moderate Sunni countries including Egypt and Jordan who formed + honored treaties to Israel + us.

Our brave soldiers have fought, died and been dismembered in Iraq only to connect the disparate pieces of Shi’ia radicalism into a frankenstein monster that has come to life right there on our TV screens + worse yet in the vicarious mideast where young arabs found a hero named Hezbollah.
Rice abandons talks, shuttles back to the USA. Judd “Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was forced to cancel a trip to Beirut Sunday after an Israeli airstrike killed more than 50 people, mostly women and children, in the southern Lebanese town of Qana in the bloodiest attack since the hostilities began between Israel and Lebanon’s Hezbollah militia. But she did not call for an immediate ceasefire.

Rice will abandon her Middle East negotiations at least temporarily to return to Washington Monday.”
Zakaria: Rumsfeld ‘Seems In A Parallel Universe and Slightly Deranged’ Nico  Newsweek editor Fareed Zakaria ripped into Donald Rumsfeld this morning on ABC’s This Week. Watch it:

[If I were running against conservatives,] I would make up a campaign commercial almost entirely of Donald Rumsfeld’s press conferences, because the man is looking — I mean, it’s not just that he seems like a bad Secretary of [Defense]. He seems literally in a parallel universe and slightly deranged. If you listen to what he said last week about Iraq, he’s living in a different world, not a different country.

Zakaria may have been referencing Rumsfeld’s “glibremarks last week when asked whether Iraq was getting “closer to a civil war:

SEC. RUMSFELD: Oh, I don’t know. You know, I thought about that last night + just musing over the words, the phrase + what constitutes it.

If you think of our Civil War, this is really very different. If you think of civil wars in other countries, this is really quite different.

There is - there is a good deal of violence in Baghdad and two or three other provinces + yet in 14 other provinces there’s very little violence or numbers of incidents.

So it’s a - it’s a highly concentrated thing. 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.
An environmental disaster Judd in Lebanon. “Lebanon is facing an environmental crisis after an Israeli air strike on the Jiyeh power station, about 20km south of Beirut caused 10,000 tons of oil to spill into the Mediterranean sea.”
132,000. -Judd- Number of U.S. troops in Iraq, up from 127,000 last week.

The Financial Times reports, “The US administration has quietly reversed its goal from whittling down troop numbers in Iraq before the mid-term congressional elections in November.”
52%. Judd %age of Americans who want all U.S. troops withdrawn from Iraq within 12 months, according to a new Gallup Poll.

00.000.1970 -In the summer of- a Gallup Poll found 48% of Americans wanted all U.S. troops withdrawn from Vietnam within 12 months.
New maximum-security jail to open at Guantanamo Bay  Independent Online Edition > Americas
Is Mel Gibson Arrest A Setup? Paul Joseph Watson Is Mel Gibson Arrest A Setup? Is Passion of The Christ Star being targeted for character assassination?
Global Oil Scam: War, Disaster, Lower Living Standards Mean Mega -Paul Joseph Watson- Mega Profits - Bilderberg's big oil boys come up trumps again while we pay through the nose.
Bush meeting American Idol stars whilst world on brink of major war Paul Joseph Watson Infowars - War in Iraq, war in Afghanistan, war in Lebanon.
Blair to attend Bohemian Grove This Weekend? Paul Joseph Watson - Others including Schwarzenegger, Clinton, Murdoch, Shultz, Peres, Gore, Gingrich, Beane, Summers, Bono all in San Francisco
The Bishop of London calls SUV drivers and airline passengers selfish sinners SN SUV drivers are selfish and sinful
The Big Picture: The Wall Street core-inflation index... William Blaze The Big Picture: The Wall Street core-inflation index...
Russia, India to Produce, Sell Supersonic Cruise Missiles -Eideard- over the next ten years through their joint venture company + nearly 50 % of them are expected to be sold to other countries,

defense sources said Friday.
Germany defeats Wal-Mart!!! SN Germany defeats Wal-Mart!!!
Belief Seth Godin People don't believe what you tell them. They rarely believe what you show them. They often believe what their friends tell them.

They always believe what they tell themselves....
Dozens killed in Lebanon air raid More than 54 civilians, at least 34 of them children, die in Lebanon in Israel's deadliest strike of the conflict.
Flights protest targets Prestwick Demonstrators stage a protest against the refuelling of US flights bound for Israel at a Scottish airport.
UK protests over Mid East attacks Pro and anti-Israel protests are held in London and Manchester over continuing violence in the Middle East.
Chavez invites Iranian investment Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez urges Iran to increase investment in his country's oil and gas assets.
Lebanon crisis 'cannot continue' Tony Blair calls for an end to the conflict in the Middle East after a devastating attack in Lebanon.
Drink-driving Gibson says sorry Hollywood actor Mel Gibson says he is "ashamed" after being caught drink-driving and saying "despicable" things.
Blair defends decision on Lebanon Tony Blair stands by his refusal to call for a Mid-East ceasefire, saying conditions for a truce are not in place.
Israel raid closes key crossing An Israeli air strike closes the main Lebanese-Syrian border crossing, as two more UN observers are wounded.
Blair urges new Mid-East solution "Tragedy" in the Middle
Test to assess 'blood clot risk' Researchers have developed a test to predict future risk of blood clots in people who have already had one.
Citizens Pony Up for Green Energy Some utility customers feel that if the government won't put muscle into renewable energy, they'll pay a little more to make utility companies deliver it.

Utilities in 36 states offer some form of green pricing.
Study: AIDS Virus Hides in Gut New research from the University of California shows the AIDS virus does much of its damage to the immune system inside the intestines right after viral infection.

Anti-inflammatories may help treatment.
Cheyenne Mountain Shutting Down Zonk 23 WilliamSChips writes

"The USA military has announced that they are shutting down the facility at Cheyenne Mountain, home to the high-tech NORAD which tracks every object in the sky.

NORAD's operations will be moved to the nearby Peterson Air Force base. The mountain facility is being placed on standby in case they need it again." From the article:

"The Cheyenne Mountain center, at the eastern foot of the Rockies near the base of Pikes Peak, was constructed underground in the mid-1960s.

Fearing nuclear attacks at the time, the USA built sites such as the Cheyenne Mountain complex.

The Navy prepared a floating White House aboard the communications cruiser USS Northampton, in case the president needed to be evacuated from U.S. soil.

Another protective bunker was created near White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., for members of Congress."
Cyberwar on NASA Websites CmdrTaco 246 Vexorian writes

"Two NASA websites were hacked today by a group of Chilean activist hackers. The reason was to protest against the war on Lebanon.

The mirror of the defaced site contains an image of an injured child and claims that the sites were running MacOSX."
Japan's Petaflop Supercomputer CmdrTaco 110 slashthedot writes

"Japan has built the fastest supercomputer in the world.

While the BlueGene/L contains 130,000 processors, Japan has managed to create the first Petaflop supercomputer, called MDGrape-3, with just 4808 chips + it cost just $9 million to develop."
Photograph the Police, Get Arrested Zonk 431 Servo writes

"Last month a man was arrested in New Hampshire after presenting evidence of a police officer being verbally abusive that he had captured on his home security camera system.

Now just recently in Philadelphia a 21 year old student was arrested on his property after he took a photo of the police who were in the process of arresting a drug dealer down the street." From the article:

"Cruz said that when he heard a commotion, he walked out of his back door with his cell phone to see what was happening.

He said that when he saw the street lined with police cars, he decided to take a picture of the scene. 'I opened (the phone) and took a shot,' Cruz said.

Moments later, Cruz said he got the shock of his life when an officer came to his back yard gate."
Pentagon Monitors War Videos Online Zonk 188 jonfr writes

"According to the BBC, the Pentagon is monitoring online war videos on YouTube and other webpages." From the article:

"There is no specific policy that bans troops from posting graphic material.

But troops who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan are hearing the message that they should consider carefully what videos they upload to the web.

Sites such as YouTube + Ogrish have hundreds or thousands of clips from soldiers, some set to rock music."
Parts of French 'iPod Law' Struck Down Zonk 44 idobi writes

"Parts of the French 'iPod law' have been struck down.

The French Constitutional Council found certain aspects of the law to be troubling + a violation of copyright... not the copyright of artists, but companies' copyright of their DRM software." From the article:

"In particular, the council eliminated reduced fines for file sharing and said companies could not be forced, without compensation, to make music sold online compatible with any music device.

The law, which had been approved by the French Senate and National Assembly last month, was brought for review by the council following the demand of more than 100 members of the National Assembly.

The council's review of whether the law fits within the French Constitution's framework is one of the final steps before a law is promulgated.

Now it could take effect as altered by the council, or the government could bring it once more before the Parliament."
Microsoft Locking Out Anti-Virus Makers? Zonk 120 twitter writes

"Anti-virus makers have more to fear than stonewalling by Microsoft if a report by Agnitum, maker of Outpost Personal Firewall, is right about recent trusted computing changes.

All the problems were summarized in a choice Register quote,

'In addressing the potential problem of not being able to install Outpost on new versions of Windows, we have discovered that it is possible to drill past the new security measures introduced by Microsoft -

if we use the same techniques used by hackers.'"
Nahost: Trotz Kana - Israel will noch zehn Tage weiterbomben
Wütende Demonstranten in Beirut: Christen schwenken Hisbollah- Flaggen
Korruptionsverdacht: Karstadt feuert vier Manager

30.Jul.2006 Kongo: Ansturm auf die Wahlurnen
Börsenwoche: Auftrieb für Aktien
Mercedes: Ex- Mitarbeiter soll Millionen veruntreut haben
Atomstreit: Teheran warnt vor "Verschlimmerung der Krise"
Doku "Loose Change": Internetfilm über 9/11 bricht alle Rekorde
Nahost: Israel lehnt Feuerpause trotz Kana- Tragödie ab
Zentralafrika: Angst vor Gewalt bei der Kongo- Wahl
Verhörmethoden: Folter- Streit entzweit Amerikas Psychologen

30.Jul.2006 Nahostkrieg: Dutzende zivile Opfer bei Luftangriff, Libanon lädt Rice aus