Libet's experiments suggested that our brain makes up its mind long (in neurobiological terms) before we become aware of any conscious intention to act.
Consciousness seems to be a mere bystander with just an illusion of control. Where does this leave free will or personal responsibility?
Dijksterhuis points out that consciousness is good at following precise rules - arithmetic, solving anagrams, etc - but has only limited capacity for handling more complex problems.
He proposes the "deliberation without attention" hypothesis, whereby complex problems are best solved by the parallel-computing capabilities of the unconscious mind.
So bear this in mind the next time you need to choose between the flat-pack wardrobe + the futon: trust your instincts.
Johnjoe McFadden is professor of molecular genetics at the University of Surrey
27.Aug.2006 Telegraph Caught Republishing Blogger’s Post Without Acknowledgement - Darren Rowse
This tale of the Telegraph Newspaper foolish action in publishing a bloggers post without permission, acknowledgment of source + under one of it’s author’s name (all they did was change the heading)
has left me shaking my head today. Very odd. See the original post, a cached version ...
27.Aug.2006 Third of China 'hit by acid rain' One third of China is suffering from acid rain caused by rapid industrial growth, an official report says.
27.Aug.2006 US mulls Iran's new nuclear move The US says it will take into account Iran's move to step up its nuclear technology plans at the next UN talks.
27.Aug.2006 Pakistan rebel death sparks riots Pakistan increases security in Balochistan as rioting follows the killing of rebel leader Nawab Akbar Bugti.
27.Aug.2006 The Mystery of Oregon's 'Dead Zone' - Zonk 64 - Roland Piquepaille writes
"The area off Cape Perpetua on the central Oregon coast is now a gigantic crab and fish graveyard.
It was first discovered in 2002, but according to the Christian Science Monitor, researchers at Oregon State University (OSU) have taken a close-up look into this coastal dead zone.
And things are getting worse.
A few weeks ago, the researchers measured the level of dissolved oxygen in this part of the ocean.
They found that levels were 10 to 30 times lower than normal, down to 0.5 milliliters per liter, a characteristic of hypoxia.
And because they have no explanations about this phenomenon, they're even envisioning a total absence of oxygen, or anoxia.
Read more for additional details and pictures about this mystery."
27.Aug.2006 Climate Changes Shift Springtime in Europe - Zonk 117 - gollum123 writes to mention a
BBC article on a study of Europe's changing climate. The study collated information from 17 nations + 125,000 studies involving 561 species.
The results indicate that, at least in Europe, 'Spring' is coming earlier and earlier every year. From the article:
"Spring was beginning on average six to eight days earlier than it did 30 years ago, the researchers said.
In regions such as Spain, which saw the greatest increases in temperatures, the season began up to two weeks earlier.
The findings were based on what was described as the world's largest study of changes in recurring natural events, such as when plants flowered.
The team of researchers also found that the onset of autumn has been delayed by an average of three days over the same period."
27.Aug.2006 Neuroscientist Halts Research to Stop Extremists - Zonk 610 - FleaPlus writes - "UCLA neuroscience professor Dario Ringach, known for his contributions to our understanding of how the visual system processes information,has been forced to give up his experiments by the actions of animal-rights extremists
Although he and his family had endured harassment and vandalization by animal-rights activists for years, Ringach reconsidered after extremists tried to firebomb a colleague's home + accidentally left their Molotov cocktail on an elderly neighbor's doorstep. Ringach sent an email to animal activist groups saying, 'You win... please don't bother my family anymore.'"
27.Aug.2006 Iranian Heavy Water Nuke Plant Goes Online Today - Zonk 507 - avtchillsboro writes
"According to an article in the NYT, an Iranian heavy water nuke plant goes online today. From the article:
'An Iranian plant that produces heavy water officially went into operation on Saturday, despite U.N. demands that Tehran stop the activity because it can be used to develop a nuclear bomb.
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad inaugurated the plant, which Tehran says is for peaceful purposes.
The announcement comes days before Thursday's U.N. deadline for Iran to stop uranium enrichment — which also can be used to create nuclear weapons — or face economic and political sanctions.'"
27.Aug.2006 NASA Delays Shuttle Launch Until Monday - Zonk 33 - rfunches writes
"The Associated Press and the New York Times are now reporting that Atlantis will not launch Sunday.
The delay will 'give engineers more time to determine whether one of the most powerful lightning strikes ever at a Kennedy Space Center launch pad caused any problems.
The lightning Friday didn't hit the shuttle - it struck a wire attached to a tower used to protect the spacecraft from such strikes at the launch pad - but it created a lightning field around the vehicle, NASA managers said. The launch, planned for Sunday, now won't happen until at least Monday.'"
27.Aug.2006 Dodging the Negative Reaction To GE Crops - Zonk 275 - BINC writes
"Wired has an article up today entitled 'Selective Breeding Gets Modern.'" From the article: "Genetically modified food has gotten a chilly reception from consumers, especially in Europe and Asia.
Just last week, Japan suspended imports of American long-grain rice after authorities discovered that a genetically modified variety had accidentally mixed with conventional rice.
To skirt such problems altogether, biotech companies are creating superior plants using genetics technology that is advanced but which falls short of grafting genes from one organism into another."
27.Aug.2006 Repercussions of Reporting on Apple 'Sweatshops' - Zonk 91 - PRC Banker writes
"Following the media attention over Apple using 'sweatshop' tactics to manufacture iPods, facts were disseminated making things seem not as bad as first reported.
However, recent developments suggest that 'Apple Computer's iPod supplier FoxConn has decided to sue the media for mis-reporting on working conditions in their factories.
Rather than sue the British tabloids, FoxConn sues a Shanghai newspaper. The reporter has a translated version of his personal experience and thoughts.' Powerful Chinese company threatens local media.
Worrying indeed, especially given this company's track record. The president of Foxconn is the richest man in Taiwan + the company has attempted to use coercion in the past."
27.Aug.2006 Evolution study no longer approved under federal education grants (NewsTarget)
There is a big hole in the National Smart Grant list where evolutionary biology used to be.
While spokespersons for the Department of Education say that it was a clerical error, some members of the scientific community fear that pressure from religious groups may have been the real cause...
27.Aug.2006 The Honest Government Agenda: How Congress Can Clean Up Corruption (press release)
Commercial Alert released today the Honest Government Agenda, a set of fifteen reforms to clean up corruption in Congress and the executive branch.
'The Abramoff scandal shows us how Congress really works + what we see is venal, mercenary and ugly,' said Gary Ruskin, executive director of Commercial...
27.Aug.2006 Stretch Goals Matter By ChrisBrogan on motivation
My son, Harold, is 7 months old (You can glimpse him at the end of a movie here). He’s mastered sitting up + now he’s trying to figure out moving around on the ground.
I’ve realized something pertinent to careers this morning based on this experience + thought I’d share it.
(You didn’t think this was suddenly Parent Hacks, did you?)
Stretch Goals Matter
Harold was trying to reach a toy just a hair out of his reach. I almost leaned over and handed it to him, but then I realized the moment: he had a shot at achieving something.
It’d take some work + he’d really have to be uncomfortable and unfulfilled until he got the job done, but the end product would be achievement. Accomplishment.
What good would handing the block to him be? He’d be satisfied, but not fulfilled. It’s the difference between a lunch of potato chips versus a lunch with a salad and sandwich and water.
Both fill the belly, but one adds value.
But Don’t Stretch Too Far
Now, had I come over and pulled the block 12 feet away, Harold would recognize right away that he wouldn’t be able to get the block.
At least not at his current level. Instead, he’d be frustrated, sad + probably start looking around for something new to do.
27.Aug.2006 The conscious mind isn't much use in making hard decisions
EducationGuardian.co.uk | Research | Johnjoe McFadden: The conscious mind isn't much use in making hard decisions: "
26.Aug.2006 The Guardian Trust your instincts
The evidence seems to be that the conscious mind isn't much use in making hard decisions - Johnjoe McFadden
Do you really need that flat-pack wardrobe or would the foldaway futon be a better buy? Why not have lunch and think about it?
Then you might need to choose between pickled herring or Swedish meatballs.
Everywhere we are confronted with difficult choices. In Luke Rhinehart's novel The Dice Man, the eponymous hero makes all his decisions by rolling a dice.
Few of us would trust to a life ruled by chance, so we tend to think carefully about the complex decisions (the wardrobe or the futon) but are content to trust our instincts with the simpler things (meatballs or herring).
New research by Ap Dijksterhuis and his colleagues at the University of Amsterdam suggests that we would be better off thinking about the simple choices + leaving the life-changing decisions to our unconscious mind."
27.Aug.2006 The Huffington Post | Raw Feed
Newsweek: Armitage Confessed To Being Plame Leak — And State Department Kept It A Secret By Rachel Sklar
Newsweek 's Michael Isikoff reveals that Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage admitted to leaking Valerie Plame 's name — but that the State Department held that information back.
This is revealed in Isikoff's upcoming book, "Hubris: The Inside Story of Spin, Scandal + the Selling of the Iraq War," written with The Nation 's David Corn + State Department intelligence chief Carl Ford Jr.
Armitage apparently let the tidbit slip to Robert Novak in an unguarded moment + realized that he was the source when Novak revealed in a column that the source was a senior administration officially who was "not a partisan gunslinger".
Revealed Armitage to Colin Powell :
"I'm sure he's talking about me."
State Department officials Armitage, Powell + William Howard Taft IV, the State Department's legal adviser did not reveal the information, which was, according to Isikoff, that "rarest of Washington phenomena:
a hot secret that never leaked."
Earlier this week it was revealed that Armitage may have also told Bob Woodward about Plame's identity.
It was previously established that Karl Rove had confirmed to Novak that "Wilson's wife" — the identity of which was just a Who's Who entry away — worked at the CIA + also revealed that information to Time 's Matt Cooper ; separately, I. Lewis (Scooter) Libby, told the New York Times' Judith Miller .
26.Aug.2006 Strange Coincidence Michael Zebuhr, the student ST911 member who was killed under suspicious circumstances, was the
same guy who did the "glowing aluminum" experiment with Dr. Judy Wood that casted doubt upon Dr. Steven E. Jones (apparently bogus) thermite hypothesis.
Strange + also creepy.
Actually, looking at it some more - the timing is suspicious. Zebuhr and Wood did their experiment in late Feb 2006. Zebuhr was killed a few weeks later.
Here's what seems to be the latest on the killing + the suspects. posted by Spooked at 11:12 AM
27.Aug.2006 Strange Coincidence By Spooked
Michael Zebuhr, the student ST911 member who was killed under suspicious circumstances, was the same guy who did the "glowing aluminum" experiment with Dr. Judy Wood that casted doubt upon Dr. Steven E. Jones (apparently bogus) thermite hypothesis. Strange + also creepy. Actually, looking at it some more - the timing is suspicious. Zebuhr and Wood did their experiment in late Feb 2006.
27.Aug.2006 Terroralarm in Deutschland: BKA- Chef sieht Anschlagsgefahr gebannt
27.Aug.2006 Neue Planeten- Merksätze: Mit vegetarischen Eiern mundet Jupiter
27.Aug.2006 On Your Mark, Get Set, Bomb!
Remi Kanazi Ladies and gentlemen, grab your rockets and start firing.
The sovereign state of Lebanon must respond to the gross violation of UN resolution 1701, by destroying Israel if necessary.
The Lebanese population cannot wake up every morning, wondering if their rogue state of a neighbor is going to drive them into the sea or possibly up to the mountains (it depends which direction the Israeli forces drop in from). But seriously, can Iran nuke Israel yet?
I realize Iran doesn't have any, but since violating a UN resolution excluding the 66 passed chiding Israelis a death sentence (i.e. UN Resolution 1559),
I'm sure the US government will have no problem express shipping a couple to Tehran.
The world will call it "disproportionate," but since when did the ol' red, white and blue give a damn about what those pansies in Europe + those carpet riders in the desert said anyway?
My freedom toast tastes better with a little ass-kicking on top... https://www.uruknet.info/?p=26122
Those opposed to nuclear annihilation are appeasers and guilty of "handwringing"
I read numerous pro-Bush blogs on a daily basis, including many war mongerers who routinely imply that we ought to be eradicating large numbers of Middle Eastern civilians as the solution to all of our woes, so it takes a lot in the extremism department to really surprise me.
But this column from Walter Williams - highly recommended today by National Review 's Mark Levin - did so with plenty of room to spare. !
Williams points out that we could easily "annihilate" Iran or Syria with nuclear weapons launched from submarines.
He then claims that the Great Generation of WWII. would have done so already, but laments the tragic fact that we are deterred from doing this by what he calls the "handwringing about the innocent lives lost, so-called collateral damage" https://www.uruknet.info/?p=26123
Israel rejects Amnesty International report
Mark Elf, Jews sans frontieres ...
Every time Israel kills children or other civilians some zionist or other claims that they were used as human shields.
Now the idea of a human shield is that the other side will hold their fire so as not to kill the human shield.
Since its inception, Israel has had no compunction about killing children so who is there in the whole of the Arab world who thinks to use a child, or any civilian, as a human shield? https://www.uruknet.info/?p=26119
William Cohen Demands Never Ending Servitude
Kurt Nimmo According to William Cohen, former Secretary of Offense + Clinton administration war criminal, few of us have made the sort of "commitment to universal service" demanded by our rulers, or are we "really committed to this war against terrorism," that is to say the forever war against Islam.
Appearing on Fox, Cohen said
"something has to be done to put us on a war footing mentality,"
as obviously the spate of fake color-coded terror alerts, revealed to be nothing more than crass political monkeywrenching +
the parade of duped patsies in Miami + Ontario + London, to name but the most recent, have not frightened the populace to the degree required.
In order to get the people in the appropriate mindset,
Cohen believes we need "national service," that is to say he is in favor of mandatory servitude, otherwise known as slavery + he describes this national serfhood as "helping out at homes, health care, nurses, etc.," when in fact the state or, more specifically, the multinational corporations + banksters who run the state could care less about such things.
this is a foot in the door for a military draft, as millions of soldiers, or pawns, need to be thrown on toxic + depleted uranium battlegrounds for the next generation or two.https://www.uruknet.info/?p=26118
'Fixing' Iran Intelligence
John Prados More and more it appears that the pattern of manipulation and misuse of intelligence that served the Bush administration in the drive to start a war with Iraq is being repeated today for its neighbor Iran. Recently we reported on TomPaine.com one facet of the repetition that Congress, not the president, has had to ask for National Intelligence Estimates that would shed light on a key foreign policy issue on the front burner in the Bush White House. The demand described there! pertained to Iraq, but Congress has also pressed for an NIE on Iran, where many worry that the government of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, which denies it, is secretly conducting a nuclear weapons development program... https://www.uruknet.info/?p=26117
Stoking Hate Toward Arabs and Muslims Politicians Responsible for Climate of Racism
Sharon Smith, www.dissidentvoice.org ...By invoking the war on terror abroad, Bush has emboldened the cause of racial profiling against Arabs and Muslims at home.
Fox News' Bill O'Reilly asserted just days ago, "All young Muslims should be subjected to more scrutiny than Granny [at U.S. airports]. And we should blend some Israeli screening procedures with our own."
A significant minority of Americans apparently agree.
A USA Today/! Gallup Poll conducted in late July showed nearly 40 % of Americans said they felt at least some prejudice against Muslims.
The same %age favored requiring all Muslims, including U.S. citizens, to carry a special ID "as a means of preventing terrorist attacks in the USA."
Nearly one in four - 22 % - said they wouldn't want to have Muslims as their neighbors... https://www.uruknet.info/?p=26115
Saviour of Iraq's antiquities flees to Syria
Michael Howard, The Guardian Iraq's most prominent archaeologist has resigned and fled the country, saying the dire security situation, an acute shortage of funds + the interference of supporters of the radical Shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr had made his position intolerable. Donny George, who was president of the State Board of Antiquities and Heritage, achieved international recognition for his efforts to track down and recover the priceless antiquities looted from Iraq's National Museum in the mayhem that followed the fall of Baghdad in 2003 (...)
The culture ministry could not be reached for comment yesterday but a senior Sadrist, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said
Dr George had served throughout the former regime + "had done nothing to stop Saddam carving his name into the walls of every brick" during the reconstruction of the ancient palace at Babylon... https://www.uruknet.info/?p=26112
The Liquid Bomb Hoax: The Larger Implications
James Petras, www.dissidentvoice.org The charges leveled by the British, US and Pakistani regimes that they uncovered a major bomb plot directed against nine US airlines is based on the flimsiest of evidence, which would be thrown out of any court, worthy of its name. An analysis of the current state of the investigation raises a series of questions regarding the governments' claims of a bomb plot concocted by 24 Brits of Pakistani origin. The arrests were followed ! by the search for evidence, as the
12-Aug.2006 Financial Times states: "The police set about the mammoth task of gathering evidence of the alleged terrorist bomb plot yesterday." (FT, August 12/, 2006) In other words, the arrests and charges took place without sufficient evidence - a peculiar method of operation - which reverses normal investigatory procedures in which arrests follow the "monumental task of gathering evidence." If the arrests were made without prior accumulation of evidence, what were the bases of the arrests? https://www.uruknet.info/?p=26103
Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Friday, 25 August 2006.
Translated and/or compiled by Muhammad Abu Nasr, member, editorial board, the Free Arab Voice
In a dispatch posted at 7:05pm Makkah time Friday evening,
Mafkarat al-Islam reported that fierce fighting broke out between US occupation forces + Iraqi Resistance fighters in the ash-Shurtah neighborhood of central al-Hadithah, about 220km northwest of Baghdad
at midday Friday.
The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported eyewitnesses as saying during the fighting, which raged for about an hour,
the Resistance fighters used medium machine guns + armor-piercing pipe rockets, destroying one Humvee + disabling a second... https://www.uruknet.info/?p=26108
Stoking Hate Toward Arabs and Muslims Politicians Responsible for Climate of Racism
Sharon Smith, www.dissidentvoice.org ...By invoking the war on terror abroad, Bush has emboldened the cause of racial profiling against Arabs and Muslims at home.
Fox News' Bill O'Reilly asserted just days ago, "All young Muslims should be subjected to more scrutiny than Granny [at U.S. airports]. And we should blend some Israeli screening procedures with our own."
A significant minority of Americans apparently agree. A USA Today/! Gallup Poll conducted in late July showed nearly 40 % of Americans said they felt at least some prejudice against Muslims.
The same %age favored requiring all Muslims, including U.S. citizens, to carry a special ID "as a means of preventing terrorist attacks in the USA." Nearly one in four - 22 % - said they wouldn't want to have Muslims as their neighbors...https://www.uruknet.info/?p=26115
Karl Rove's Blood Libel
Chris Floyd From CNN/AP: Rove Blasts Warrantless Wiretapping Decision.
TOLEDO, Ohio - Presidential adviser Karl Rove criticized a federal judge's order for an immediate end to the government's warrantless surveillance program, saying Wednesday such a program might have prevented the 11.Sep.2001terrorist attacks. Rove said the government should be free to listen if al Qaeda is calling someone within the U.S. "Imagine if we could have done that before 9/11.
It might have been a diff! erent outcome," he said.
It's time to be done with the dangerous fiction that this kind of thing is just "hardball politics" or indeed, politics of any kind, as the term is normally understood in a democracy.
What Rove is giving voice to here is nothing less than the new blood libel of our age: that those who oppose the Bush Administration's unconstitutional actions are opening the door to a new 9/11.
The implication is clear: anyone who speaks up for the Constitution is working for the death of innocent Americans.
They are, by definition, traitors. Thus they deserve what traitors get: death... https://www.uruknet.info/?p=26116
27.Aug.2006 Superstitious FAQ Writers - Joel Spolsky
Have you noticed that FAQ pages for online services almost never include instructions for how to cancel your account?
It's like they're all subject to the same bizarre superstition ... if you don't tell people how to cancel, maybe they'll lose interest and keep paying you. A long time ago I wrote ...
Und der Behauptung L.s, er habe mit der Lok nur nach Karatschi reisen wollen, glaubt die Polizei natürlich auch nicht.
Es brauche Jahre,
bis ein pakistanischer Lokführer in der Lage sei,
eine Diesel-Maschine dieser Größe
völlig allein zu beherrschen, hieß es.
Der Entführer, dem nun lebenslange Haft droht,
müsse diese Kenntnisse besessen haben +
wie angebliche Verwandte im pakistanischen Hyderabad reklamieren,
Richtig skandalös war aber, dass ein Manager der Eisenbahnlinie zunächst versucht hatte, die wilde Jagd ganz zu vertuschen.
Auch gegen ihn ermittelt nun die Polizei.
Und auch ein terroristischer Hintergrund ist nach den ersten Verhören Madan L.s möglich.
Denn der stammt offenbar aus Hyderabad in Indien, dem alten Erzfeind Pakistans + nicht aus der pakistanischen Millionenstadt mit gleichem Namen östlich von Karatschi.
"Gott hat uns geholfen, eine große Katastrophe abzuwenden", ist Irshad Baig überzeugt, Sprecher der Bahnpolizei von Karatschi. Übertrieben ist das nicht.
Denn wenn es dem Entführer gelungen wäre, ganz zum Baba-Farid-Express aufzuschließen + in dessen Waggons zu krachen, wäre Minuten später ein noch schnellerer Zug gefolgt:
der Karakorum-Express, der Karatschi mit den Metropolen des Nordens verbindet.
Cops in Containern
Nerven liegen blank. "Wir bekommen wieder mehr Klagen über Misshandlungen durch die Polizei", sagt Stadtratspräsident Oliver Thomas.
Polizeichef Warren Riley, dessen flamboyanter Vorgänger Eddie Compass nach "Katrina" zurücktrat, verfolgt Korruption und Brutalität zwar aggressiv und hat auch eine Beschwerdekommission eingerichtet.
Doch da die Stadt finanziell am Tropf hängt, wurde sein Haushalt von 124 auf 100 Millionen Dollar gekürzt. Auch ist das alte NOPD-Hauptquartier in der Downtown weiter unzugänglich.
Die Cops arbeiten selbst aus Containern heraus.
"Katrina" überflutete die Beweiskammer. Viele Akten gingen verloren. Das Gerichtsgebäude wurde erst im Juni wieder eröffnet - mit dem Prozess gegen einen Kokaindealer.
Doch die Zustände bleiben so unhaltbar, dass Richter Arthur Hunter dieser Tage angedroht hat, zum ersten "Katrina"-Jahrestag Hunderte von Untersuchungshäftlingen freizulassen.
"Wenn uns die Verfassung etwas bedeutet", schrieb Hunter in einem Noterlass, "warum ist das Justizsystem dann weiter so im Chaos?"
27.Aug.2006 Mauretanien: Viele Tote bei neuem Flüchtlingsdrama
27.Aug.2006 Libanesische Küste: Aus Ölpest wird Ökokrise
27.Aug.2006 Dealer- El- Dorado New Orleans: Nach "Katrina" kamen die Drogen
27.Aug.2006 Spionagevorwürfe: Pulitzerpreisträger im Sudan angeklagt
27.Aug.2006 Unruhen in Kinshasa: Kongo- Kommandeur wegen Urlaubsreise in der Kritik
27.Aug.2006 Rückholaktion aus dem Libanon: Hisbollah- Mitglieder nach Deutschland eingesickert
27.Aug.2006 Verhinderte Bahn- Attentate: Terrorverdächtige suchten im Internet nach Bombenplänen
27.Aug.2006 Nordsee: Countdown für deutsches Wellen- Kraftwerk
27.Aug.2006 Raumfahrt: "Atlantis"START https://alfatomega.com verschiebt sich
27.Aug.2006 Torture fear for blogger Syrian blogger arrested raising fears that the government seeks to curb freedom of speech on the internet.
27.Aug.2006 US housing slump fuels crash fears Business: Foundering American property market could spark global slowdown worse than dotcom collapse.
27.Aug.2006 Peasants' long road from poverty After years of deprivation, even the poorest provinces in China are sharing a new-found prosperity.
27.Aug.2006 Outbreak of killer virus 'ignored' After bird flu in an Indonesian village goes unchecked for weeks, officials are accused of being unable to cope.
27.Aug.2006 Israeli colonel attacks army Commander says reservists were ill-prepared for battle in Lebanon and officers were out of touch.
27.Aug.2006 American Gulag: Five Guantanamo Detainees Transferred to Afghanistan: Action leaves about 445 still at U.S. gulag site in Cuba
27.Aug.2006 Beirut rejects deployment of UN troops on border with Syria: "Only the Lebanese army is in charge of controlling the borders with Syria and it is out of the question to deploy the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL)," he said Friday.
27.Aug.2006 Israel Urges Some Muslim Nations to Send Troops : Israel, objects to nations that do not recognize the Jewish state, saying such troops would make it impossible for Jerusalem to share intelligence with the U.N. force. That would exclude Indonesia, Bangladesh and Malaysia, which have offered troops
27.Aug.2006 Chavez Slams Israel and USA During Beijing Visit : Chavez compared the Israeli aggression to the acts of Adolf Hitler, the leader of Nazi Germany + said Israeli leaders should be prosecuted for genocide before the International Court of Justice.
27.Aug.2006 Documents reveal details of U.S. aid stirring suspicion in Venezuela : Chavez, however, believes the USA is campaigning - overtly and covertly - to undermine his leftist government, which has crusaded against U.S. influence in Latin America and elsewhere.
27.Aug.2006 Venezuela says US was smuggling : The authorities in Venezuela have accused the US embassy in Caracas of importing cargo illegally after halting lorries carrying diplomatic baggage
27.Aug.2006 The CIA-Contra-Crack Connection, 10 Years Later: TEN YEARS AGO today, one of the most controversial news articles of the 1990s quietly appeared on the front page of the San Jose Mercury News. Titled "Dark Alliance," the headline ran beneath the provocative image of a man smoking crack — superimposed on the official seal of the CIA.
27.Aug.2006 Sophie McNeill : Standoff At The Zocalo: Five weeks ago, the conservative PAN candidate Felipe Calderon was reported to be the winner of Mexico’s presidential elections by 243 thousand votes, a slim victory of just 0.58 % in this country of over 100 million.
27.Aug.2006 N Korea warns of 'counter-measures' against US financial sanctions: North Korea has warned the USA it will take "all necessary counter-measures" against Washington for ratcheting up the pressure on the communist state through financial sanctions, state media said
27.Aug.2006 Robert Kuttner: The Cheney presidency: The press buys the pretense of Bush being ``the decider," and relentlessly covers Bush - meeting with world leaders, cutting brush, holding press conferences, while Cheney works in secret, largely undisturbed.
27.Aug.2006 War Profiteer Blackwater Faces Trial: In a major blow to one of the most infamous war profiteers operating in Iraq, Afghanistan and New Orleans, a federal appeals court has ruled that a wrongful death lawsuit filed against the mercenary firm Blackwater USA can proceed in North Carolina's state courts.
27.Aug.2006 Israel attacks Reuters car: According to witnesses, a Reuters cameraman + a freelance cameraman working for an Arabic network were standing outside the vehicle in the Shajaiyeh neighborhood of Gaza filming a nearby Israeli raid when the missiles hit the car.
Fatah agrees to unity government : Fatah leaders have given Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, the go-ahead to form a national unity government with Hamas.
27.Aug.2006 Israel appoints coordinator of possible war with Iran: : Israeli Army Chief of Staff Dan Halutz has appointed a top Israeli officer to be in charge of preparing a possible war with Iran, the Ha'aretz daily reported Friday, quoting a security official.
27.Aug.2006 Iran inaugurates new atomic project: - Iran inaugurated a heavy-water plant Saturday, expanding its nuclear program only days before a U.N. deadline that threatens sanctions unless Tehran curbs activities the West fears are meant to make atomic weapons.
27.Aug.2006 Iran nuclear response leak reveals demands : The US would have to lift decades-old sanctions against Iran and probably give assurances that it has no policy of regime change towards the Islamic republic to settle Iran's nuclear dispute with the west, according to leaks of the Iranian response.
27.Aug.2006 Russia blocks sanctions against Iran : Russia ruled out imposing economic sanctions on Iran yesterday, delivering a blow to America's efforts to isolate Teheran's regime in protest over its nuclear programme
U.S. May Curb Iran: If the U.N. Security Council won't penalize Tehran for its nuclear program, the White House may forge an alliance to do so.
27.Aug.2006 Nato pilots accused of killing 13 Afghan civilians including children
Nato pilots have been accused of killing 13 Afghan civilians, including nine children, during an attack close to the British base at Musa Kala in Helmand province.
27.Aug.2006 Why should Europeans protect Israel? -By Robert Fisk
The Americans and the British want no part of this mess. After Iraq and Afghanistan, they have no stomach to defend Israel, let alone Lebanon. Their job is to push the European masses into the bog they have created by their injustice and cowardice in the Middle East. Continue
27.Aug.2006 Empire + resistance to it, is the central issue of our time -From Iraq and Lebanon to Afghanistan, the Anglo-American attempt to remake the world by force is failing--By Andrew Murray
Despite Blair's determined green light to Israel's attack on Lebanon, the "long, strong arm of the US" in the region - as the Israeli commentator Sima Kadmon describes his country - has had to retreat with its objectives unmet. No one seems to be rushing to pick up the white man's burden there either. Continue
27.Aug.2006 Not a Clue -By Charley Reese
What have you gotten for your $300 billion, your 2,600 dead, your 8,000 seriously maimed in Bush's ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan? Stability? Don't make me laugh. Security? America is hated in more parts of the world today than at any time in its history. What has Bush done right? Continue
27.Aug.2006 Cooking intelligence – again -By Gordon Prather
The members of the Cheney Cabal continue to forcefully assert – without offering any proof whatsoever – that Iran has a nuclear weapons program that has already "reached a point of no return." Continue
27.Aug.2006 Hoekstra’s Hoax: Just When You Thought You’d Seen Everything -By Ray McGovern
Hoekstra’s release of this paper is no innocent caper. Rather it is another sign pointing in the direction of a US attack on Iran. Tehran is now being blamed not only for inciting Hezbollah but also for enhanced improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in Iraq that are killing and maiming US forces—not to mention Iran’s nuclear development program . Continue
27.Aug.2006 The Liquid Bomb Hoax: The Larger Implications -By James Petras
An analysis of the current state of the investigation raises a series of questions regarding the governments’ claims of a bomb plot concocted by 24 Brits of Pakistani origin . Continue
27.Aug.2006 Protection Racket: Judicial Cover for Crony Contractors - By Chris Floyd
Just last week, a federal judge - appointed by Ronald Reagan, no less - issued a bold ruling that offers shield and succor to a small, despised minority on the fringes of American society. War profiteers. Continue
More on the cell phone spying/dead whistleblower scandal Few readers responded to my previous post on the telecom spying scandals in Italy and Greece - scandals which may have resulted in the non -suicidal deaths of Adamo Bove and Costas Tsalikidis, two important whistleblowers. Still, these related matters are finally getting some much-needed attention.
Many thanks to Steven D for his genuinely fair and balanced Daily Kos diary entry. One of his readers offered a comment which I consider of worthy of special note: i have a greek friend...
that i chat with on IM. he's pretty well connected in military matters over there. i discuss world events with him to get a perspective on things. i asked him about the greek guy who was involved in this mess + he shut up fast and emphatically refused to discuss this at all.
the only time he ever ahut up and said change the subject like that before was when i mentioned the israeli/south africa joint nuclear test in the south indian ocean. hmm. The most interesting new claims in the Costas Tsalikidis case come to us by way of Wikipedia. I have no idea who wrote this and cannot judge the veracity. As always, caveat lector : The most recent reports are of a 'mystery man' who has allegedly been providing information about the circumstances surrounding the death who had met with the family’s lawyer and insisted that the technician had been murdered. Themistoklis Sofos (the lawyer) said he met with the man, who has still not been identified, at a remote spot on the outskirts of Attica. All that is known about the informant is that he is not a Vodafone employee.
He told Sofos that Tsalikidis was murdered to prevent him from talking about the spy software he discovered in Vodafone’s system. The man named the alleged killers, some of whom had links to the mobile phone firm, he claimed. Sofos said he asked for evidence to back up this claim and was told by the informant that he would get it in 10 days. (To read the rest, click "Permalink" below)
This page is devoted to the Costas Tsalikidis case. These sample entries from the timeline deserve to be noted: February 3, 2006
The press widely believes that the wire tapping case is related to the suicide of Mr. Tsalikidis. This is first page news in all the press and mass media of the country for the next two weeks. Countless news programs are assuming that the suicide of Mr. Tsalikidis may not have been a suicide.
08.Feb.2006 The investigation of Mr. Tsalikidis’ death is handed over to the highly experienced Prosecutor, Mr. Diotis. For the first time in a year since the death of Mr. Tsalikidis an investigation of his apartment is conducted. The results have not been made public yet. No search for an entire year ? Someone must have fed a 12-months' supply of Unisom to the Greek cops. Or perhaps Hypnos, Greek god of sleep, has been interfering with police procedure again.
We should also take note of these words from the family's lawyer: According to his brother, Panagiotis, Costas submitted his resignation to Vodafone Senior Engineering Manager, Nikos Plevris, 20 days before his death. The resignation was strongly rejected by Vodafone + he continued to go to work until his death. It was also confirmed that a stormy meeting had taken place at the company the day before his death.
He had also expressed great concerns to his fiancée over something wrong going on at the company. He did not mention the bugging or any illegal activity, but he said something very wrong was happening and that if it became public it would create havoc. He had also said to his fiancée the last days before his death, that his departure from the company was a matter of life and death. Please do what you can to draw attention to what should be a huge story. Remember, the spying targets were politicians and military figures, not terrorists. If properly exposed, the Greek and Italian telecom scandals could demonstrate, once and for all, that anti-terrorism serves as an excuse for truly Orwellian offenses.
26.Aug.2006 "Bush on the Couch" is Back + Not a Moment Too Soon!
Jimmy Carter personally disappointed in his friend Tony Blair: "I think that more than any other person in the world the Prime Minister could have had a moderating influence on Washington"
How Can You Blame Bush? There's Just a One Letter Difference Between Iran and Iraq. - A BuzzFlash News Analysis (Remember, Your - are Now Welcome on All BuzzFlash Original Content. Free Registration.)
Failures treated like experts: Washington Post examines Bush and Katrina - but only talks to Republicans 8/27
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Shadow government! Legislation to open up murky world of government contracting is frozen by a "secret hold." We hadn't heard of it either. 8/27
Lieberman's cynical ploy: NOW he wants to consider an Iraq pullout plan, after calling it a victory for terrorists if proposed by others 8/27
Media keeps overlooking vote scandals - Dennis Hastert nullifies special election in California after huge irregularities 8/27
"Strategic alliance" hailed by Chavez after signing big oil deal with China 8/27
Palestinian PM is hopeful Fox News reporters will be freed 8/27
26.Aug.2006 Bush and Saddam Should Both Stand Trial, Says Nuremberg Prosecutor By Aaron Glantz,
A chief prosecutor of Nazi war crimes at Nuremberg has said George W. Bush should be tried for war crimes along with Saddam Hussein. Benjamin Ferenccz, who secured convictions for 22 Nazi officers for their work in orchestrating the death squads that killed more than 1 million people, told OneWorld both Bush and Saddam should be tried for starting "aggressive" wars - Saddam for his
00.000.1990 attack on Kuwait + Bush for his 2003 invasion of Iraq. Continue
26.Aug.2006 "Folks, We Are Being Set Up Again!" Iran's Nuclear "Threat" -By JUAN COLE
We are beset by instant experts on contemporary Iran, like the medievalist Bernard Lewis, who wrongly predicted that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad would attack Israel 22.Aug.2006 based on Lewis's weird interpretation of his alleged millenarian beliefs. Continue
26.Aug.2006 Links do CRG acerca do 11 de Setembro As conexões de Wall Street com a CIA:
03.Nov.2001 Transcrição de entrevista com Michael C. Ruppert ,. "Eles deixaram acontecer propositalmente. https://resistir.info/links/links_11set.html
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Crossing the Rubicon: the Decline of the American Empire at the End of the Age of Oil by Michael C. Ruppert (published by New Society) unmasks the authors of ... www.cge.uevora.pt/energia/newsletter46.doc
[GAIA-geral] [IN-NEWS]: Bush Administration Nuclear Wars
00.Feb.2000-00.Mar.2000 "The Bush-Cheney Drug Empire," Michael C. Ruppert, Nexus Magazine;
The Politics of Heroin: CIA Complicity in the Global Drug Trade, ... gaia.org.pt/pipermail/gaia-geral/2005-May/004358.html
mito ¿Que tería feito Bush sen Bin Laden?, pregunta-se Michael C. Ruppert, con trinta anos de experiencia en misións "segredas" as súas costas, ... cnmarin.com.sapo.pt/internacional/mito.htm
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26.Aug.2006 A coalition of the willing for Iran. - Judd -
“With increasing signs that several fellow Security Council members may stall a USA push to penalize Iran for its nuclear enrichment program, Bush administration officials have indicated that
they are prepared to form an independent coalition to freeze Iranian assets and restrict trade.”
26.Aug.2006 THE REAL TERRORISTS IN IRAQ IRAQ-TERROR THE REAL TERRORISTS IN IRAQ By aangirfan
The BBC, Insurgent Attacks And The New York Times MEDIA ALERT: BURYING THE INSURGENCY IN IRAQ The BBC, Insurgent ...
26.Aug.2006 WAR PROFITEERS
aangirfan: Islamic Caliphate myth
Real History and Mossad's Operations in Occupied Iraq
Who is stirring up the Sunni-Shiite conflict?
Halliburton iraq Depleted Uranium iraq
british beating clip in iraq He knew too much about US mafia activity in Iraq? https://xymphora.blogspot.com/2006/07/suicide-parade.html
U.S. accused of kidnappings in Iraq She was only 14 when a squad of all-American "Christian" good-old-boys killed her family, raped her + burned her body. (And 9 11 was an inside job). https://www.uruknet.info/?p=m24532&hd=0&size=1&l=e
Zarqawi successor 'in Egypt jail'
What is in the minds of the UK military?
The hidden forces behind wars
Iraq's tougher stance toward US
"The al-Zarqawi sporting tattoos probably was not and never was a Wahhabi Muslim. More likely, the al-Zarqawi we recognize (with a barrage of recent images in preparation for his theatrical exit from the corporate media stage), was a Jordanian patsy, probably a garden variety criminal who served prison time and was groomed by Jordan’s Dairat al-Mukhabarat intelligence service."
Killing al-Zarqawi: End of a Pentagon-Dairat al-Mukhabarat Collaboration?
Pentagon Jettisons US Agent Provocateur Al-Zarqawi
BBC - controlled by the military? MEDIA ALERT: AN EXCHANGE WITH BBC WORLD AFFAIRS EDITOR JOHN ...
German troops cleared of killing boy.
British Brigade: More False Flag Terrorism
US probes new Iraq massacre claim
Sixty attacks a month on British forces as 1,000 soldiers go Awol
The US struck a deal with the Bosnian authorities to open up its stockpiles of weapons left over from the conflicts in the former Yugoslavia in the 1990s. It aimed to send these weapons to help Iraq's new army... The prosecutors' office in Brescia, the hometown of Beretta where a criminal investigation is taking place into aspects of this deal, confirmed that serial numbers on pistols found in possession of what are described as "hostile forces" relate to the consignment sent from Beretta to the UK and then onwards to Iraq.
BBC NEWS Programmes File on 4 Iraq arms 'leaking to insurgents'
American Holocaust - the USA is probably responsible for the biggest holocaust of all time.
Secret report reveals how the MoD has lost track of its personnel ...
MoD sought to gag troops, lawyer claims
Iraq's cabinet falls short
Why Iraqis Aren't Cheering Their New Government 'If he didn't answer the way we liked, we would shoot his youngest kid in the head.' Testimony from a former U.S. Army Ranger, Jessie Macbeth.
Advocates of this racist Zionist ideology are driving our US foreign policy... There is never any mention in mainstream US media of the Israeli connection to 9-11, to the war on Iraq, to the so-called "war on terror" + to the subject of Israel's quest for oil.... Another example of the Israelization of America: have you been to the airports lately? ... Israel's "war on terror" has SOMEHOW become America's "war on terror" and how it directly impacts the lives of Americans. The "war on terror" is NOT about democracy.
The Secret Relationship Between Israel and Oil: What the US Media Hides
UK: Soldiers to get life in jail for refusing to act as occupiers
Tamil Tigers and drugs, the Kurds and drugs, bin Laden's alleged visit to MI6 A senior Pentagon official lamented the lack of good targets in Afghanistan and proposed instead U.S. military attacks in South America.
'Mossad in Iraq killing Iraqis'
The assassination of Iraqi academics: the pie charts
'Unknown Americans' are provoking civil war in Iraq article12885.htm
Photos of kids
Australias Wheat for Weapons scandal - a bomb due to go off
Sakra known as Saqa 'was paid by the CIA'; Ken Bigley; 9 11
The Outlaw World
US: More Than 600 Implicated in Detainee Abuse
Dead Abu Musab al-Zarqawi Makes a Video Debut
Iraqi insurgents control parts of three cities
The War on Terror is largely about making money.
When a UK Prime Minister helped Israel steal territory from a neighbour.
WMD's found in Iraq
U.S. invasion responsible deaths of over 250,000 civilians in Iraq
Who is behind "Al Qaeda in Iraq"? Pentagon acknowledges fabricating a "Zarqawi Legend"
Levels of mutation in radioactively contaminated areas.
26.Aug.2006 Cenk Uygur: The NeoClowns Are at it Again
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Cenk Uygur: The NeoClowns Are at it Again By Cenk Uygur on Iraq
The New York Times had an article on Thursday about desperate neoclown warmongers who are dying for more war.
This time the neoclowns want to attack Iran, because attacking Iraq went so well.
Newt Gingrich had a gargantuanly stupid quote in the article, which we'll get to in a second.
But first let me start with my favorite quote by a "senior USA official," otherwise known as a neoclown inside the Vice President's office.
He is referring to the intelligence agencies who have found no evidence of an Iranian nuclear program: "We're not in a court of law," he said.
"When they say there is 'no evidence,' you have to ask them what they mean, what is the meaning of the term 'evidence'?"
Aren't these the same guys that were all over Clinton for asking what "is" is? Read the above sentence again. First, he admits that there is no evidence.
Then, his best defense is to question what the word "evidence" means. That's embarrassing. This is a person in a position of power inside our government.
Gee, I wonder how the intelligence got manipulated in the lead up to the Iraq War. If you'd like a refresher course, just watch how they're doing it right now with Iran.
Here's my second favorite quote from the article:
"The consensus of the intelligence agencies is that Iran is still years away from building a nuclear weapon. Such an assessment angers some in Washington."
Isn't it a good thing that they are years away from a nuclear weapon? Wouldn't it give us more time to figure out how to stop them? Not if you're a neoclown.
This means war might be delayed. They must have war and they must have it right now . War, war, war.
Now, we come to our old friend Newt Gingrich, who has stopped cheating on his wives long enough to make this absolutely asinine statement:
"When the intelligence community says Iran is 5 to 10 years away from a nuclear weapon, I ask: 'If North Korea were to ship them a nuke tomorrow, how close would they be then?"
Not as close as North Korea.
Let me ask a very simple question: If North Korea already has the weapons and they are also in the axis of evil, why aren't we attacking them?
Why are the neoclowns trying to attack a country that might buy it from the North Koreans when they could just attack North Korea, who they haven't paid a lick of attention to in six years?
The answer is 100% undeniable - because it isn't about the weapons. That's just a convenient excuse used to scare the American people.
Iraq didn't have any weapons and we're still in there three and half years later.
It was never about the weapons. One of the main neoclown architects, Paul Wolfowitz, pretty much admitted it after the Iraq War started.
Now, they're shamelessly bringing that old dead horse out again.
Other quick points about Gingrich's buffoonish point:
1. Isn't he admitting that Iran doesn't have any weapons and would have to buy them from North Korea?
What would prevent them from buying those weapons the day after our air strikes? 3. In fact, wouldn't they have a far greater incentive to buy nuclear weapons if we attacked them?
Especially because they would have learned that their current weapons were not enough of a deterrent and North Korea's nuclear weapons were.
You see, I don't think Gingrich is actually this dumb. But I do think he believes you are. He thinks he can sell any bag of goods to the US population because he is so much smarter than everyone else.
Like when he so cleverly divorced his wife as she was lying in a hospital bed with cancer. Man, that was crafty.
Look, I don't have a problem with neoclowns making these arguments. It's a free country. If you want to put on a shiny red nose and big floppy shoes and make clowning your calling in life, more power to you.
What I don't get is why we're still going to the circus. Haven't we had enough of this freak show?
These guys should be the laughing stock of the country right now.
And here is all of Washington taking them very seriously to this day and having a legitimate discussion about whether we should attack another Middle Eastern country that did not attack us and has no weapons .
How many times do we have to point out how absolutely insane that is before the people in power (politicians and the press) get it? It shouldn't that difficult.
Anyone who backs this war drive will look back and regret it forever. Anyone who still wants to get in the car these neoclowns are driving is going to be eternally embarrassed.
You're going to think - what was I thinking? Consider this a preemptive intervention. Get out of the clown car and slowly back away.
There is still time for you to pretend you were on to them the whole time. The Young Turks
26.Aug.2006 Lodi man caught in California terror probe released from custody San Jose Mercury News SACRAMENTO -
Umer Hayat was jailed for a year, branded a liar by federal prosecutors and forced to sell his house to his brother to pay his legal bills.
Calif. man in terrorism probe put on supervision Reuters
Umer Hayat to be Sentenced This Morning KXTV
Washington Post - Sacramento Bee - CBS 13
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26.Aug.2006 Another Day in the Empire
William Cohen Demands Never Ending Servitude By Administrator on Uncategorized
According to William Cohen, former Secretary of Offense + Clinton administration war criminal,
few of us have made the sort of “commitment to universal service” demanded by our rulers, or
are we “really committed to this war against terrorism,” that is to say the forever war against Islam.
Appearing on Fox,
Cohen said “something has to be done to put us on a war footing mentality,”
as obviously the spate of fake color-coded terror alerts, revealed to be nothing more than crass political monkeywrenching + the parade of duped patsies in Miami + Ontario + London, to name but the most recent,
have not frightened the populace to the degree required.
In order to get the people in the appropriate mindset, Cohen believes we need “national service,” that is to say
he is in favor of mandatory servitude, otherwise known as slavery +
he describes this national serfhood as “helping out at homes, health care, nurses, etc.,”
when in fact the state—or, more specifically, the multinational corporations + banksters who run the state—could care less about such things.
this is a foot in the door for a military draft, as millions of soldiers, or pawns, need to be thrown on toxic + depleted uranium battlegrounds for the next generation or two.
In a truly sane + just world,
William Cohen would be doing the perp walk in an orange jumpsuit.
As the the International War Crimes Tribunal notes,
Cohen is guilty of slaughtering innocents in Yugoslavia.
24.Mar.1999 corporate gangster don Bill Clinton ordered the Pentagon + NATO to attack the people of Yugoslavia, not only a war crime + a crime against humanity, but
also a violation of Article 2 of the USA Constitution
USC 1542, mandating initial + regular consultations with Congress;
50 USC 1543, mandating written reports of necessitating circumstances; +
50 USC 1544 mandating the termination of the war use of USA Armed Force after 60 days in the absence of the official enactment by Congress of specific statutory authority).
Clinton + his minions stand accused of the following crimes:
bombing homes, residential areas, bridges, historical sites, churches, passenger buses, embassies, hospitals, prisons, sanatoriums + even a zoo. “
A group lawyers from several countries has laid a formal complaint with the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia against all of the individual leaders of the NATO countries + officials of NATO itself,”
07.May 1999 -dated- Michael Mandel, a member of the Osgoode Hall Law School, wrote in a press release-.
The complaint was initiated by professors from Osgoode Hall Law School of York University in Toronto - where Tribunal prosecutor Louise Arbour was also a professor before becoming a judge.
The group has charged
Bill Clinton +
Madeleine Albright +
Javier Solana +
Jamie Shea +
Jean Chretien +
Art Eggleton + Lloyd Axworthy +
other heads of state + government +
foreign ministers +
defense ministers +
with war crimes committed in NATOs six-week old bombing campaign against Yugoslavia.
The list of crimes includes
willfully causing great suffering or serious injury to body or health,
extensive destruction of property, not justified by military necessity + carried out unlawfully + wantonly,
employment of poisonous weapons or other weapons to cause unnecessary suffering,
wanton destruction of cities, towns or villages, or devastation not justified by military necessity,
attack, or bombardment, by whatever means, of undefended towns, villages, dwellings, or buildings,
destruction or willful damage done to institutions dedicated to religion, charity and education, the arts and sciences, historic monuments + works of art + science.”
The complaint also alleges “open violation” of
the United Nations Charter,
the NATO treaty itself,
the Geneva Conventions +
the Principles of International Law
Recognized by the Nürnberg Tribunal (the latter of which makes “planning, preparation, initiation or waging of a war of aggression or a war in violation of international treaties, agreements or assurances” a crime).
Instead of facing formal charges for such egregious crimes, Clinton is allowed to walk free,
recently visiting Shea Stadium during a baseball game where he basked in the adoration of the celebrity hungry crowd.
00.000.1936 -during the the Berlin Olympics -Hitler did likewise.
Of course, a few short years later, the German people paid a heavy price for their unquestioning devotion + fawning worship.
It still remains to be seen if the American people will one day be called to pay for the vulgar crimes of their rulers.
Instead of focusing on William Cohen’s unabashed call for war servitude + sacrifice in the name of our corporate rulers, the media concentrates on his latest novel, a fictional account of state power unbound going up against “terrorist attacks, a possible alliance among Russia, Germany and China, right-wing militias in the U.S. + more,” according to a frothy review posted on the MSNBC website.
Of course, there are few “right-wing militias” in the USA, although plenty of folks are worried about the systematic destruction of the Constitution (these folks are considered dangerous “right-wing nuts”) +
most terrorism is state-sponsored, but never mind, this is, after all, a work of fiction + wildly speculative fiction at best.
In fact, reality, under the reign of our corporate fascist rulers, is far more scary than any horror novel, as the future portends, under Cohen’s bleak vision, shared by our decadent and indeed sociopathic rulers + their sycophants, hegemonic and endless war in the name of a corporate + thus fascist, Oceania.
It is entirely natural for Cohen + his ilk to expect—nay, demand—our subservience to a predatory Novus Ordo Mundi, window dressed as selfless volunteer work for the sake of “homes, health care, nurses,”
when in fact it is nothing less than the naked, blood-streaked face of the oligarchy engaged in the dance of the vultures.
26.Aug.2006 Learning to Love a Cable Guy Phone and cable companies are trying harder to please customers because they risk losing them forever if they do not keep them happy.
26.Aug.2006 Leading Iraq archaeologist flees A leading archaeologist flees Iraq, reportedly saying poor security and political pressures forced him out.
26.Aug.2006 Engineers Doubt Big Easy Levees After nearly a year of work on the levee system in the Crescent City, the commander of the Army Corps of Engineers admits it's likely not up to holding against a big one.
26.Aug.2006 IPod Factories: No Unions Apple's investigation of its Chinese iPod factories isn't a whitewash, but the most important issue isn't even mentioned: the ability of workers to organize.
26.Aug.2006 Oak Ridge Lab Supercomputer Doubles Performance - CowboyNeal 59 -
"The most powerful supercomputer available for general scientific research in the USA has undergone an upgrade that's doubled its peak performance.
The Cray XT3 supercomputer at Tennessee's Oak Ridge National Laboratory can now perform up to 54 trillion calculations per second, up from its previous peak of 25 trillion calculations.
'It is probably the fifth-fastest machine' in the world, said Thomas Zacharia, associate laboratory director. 'It is clearly the fastest open-science machine in the U.S. today.'"
26.Aug.2006 Terror- Ermittlungen: Dritter Haftbefehl gegen mutmaßlichen Bahn- Bomber
5 Responses to “Nanotechnology design-of-the-month reaches 25,000 precisely-placed atoms” bob snyder Says: at 1:18 am If nanotechnology can produce the perfect magnetic shield, you will own the world!!
Matt Arnold Says: at 7:59 am I’ve frequently wondered which colors traditionally represent which chemical elements in images and animations such as these. But so far my web searches haven’t turned up a list.
Christine Peterson Says: at 2:43 pm Here is a short list from https://www.schoolmasters.com/chemkits3.html:
carbon (black),hydrogen (yellow),chlorine (green),nitrogen (blue),oxygen (red),bromine (orange),iodine (purple)Hope this helps! Maybe someone else will dig up a longer version. —Christine
26.Aug.2006 Venezuela says US was smuggling Venezuela accuses the US embassy in Caracas of importing cargo illegally after seizing diplomatic baggage.
26.Aug.2006 Package holiday 'will be history' Climate change may halt the traditional British package holidays to the Mediterranean by 2030, a study claims.
26.Aug.2006 Church 'alarm' over cross caution The Catholic Church says the cautioning of a Celtic player for crossing himself during an Old Firm game is "alarming".
26.Aug.2006 Terror: Stoiber fordert Taten von muslimischen Verbänden
26.Aug.2006 Kapitalismuskritik: US- Notenbankchef fordert gerechtere Globalisierung
26.Aug.2006 Iran- Konflikt: USA erwägen Sanktionen ohne Sicherheitsrat
26.Aug.2006 Libanon: Hisbollah von Wucht israelischer Offensive überrascht
26.Aug.2006 New Yorker on Perelman and Poincaré Controversy - Zonk 111 - b4stard writes
"The New Yorker has an interesting article on the recent proof of the Poincaré conjecture and the controversy surrounding it. This is a very nice read, which, among other things, sheds some light on what may have motivated Perelman in refusing to accept the Fields medal." From the article: "The Fields Medal, like the Nobel Prize, grew, in part, out of a desire to elevate science above national animosities. German mathematicians were excluded from the first I.M.U. congress, in 1924, and, though the ban was lifted before the next one, the trauma it caused led, in 1936, to the establishment of the Fields, a prize intended to be 'as purely international and impersonal as possible.'"
So it seems that both Satan and God share the blame (or the credit) for these killings. If so, then the tally would be:
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This catastrophe occurred 55 million years ago, after the age of the dinosaurs and long before humans appeared. But scientists warn that today's global warming means that it could be happening again.
The ancient hot spell, which lasted 50,000 to 100,000 years, goes by the unwieldy name of Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum. It was caused by a sudden - in geological terms - doubling or tripling of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Climate scientists say the result was a massive increase of 10 to 12 degrees Fahrenheit - even higher near the poles - above the prevailing temperature.
"In certain regards, the PETM is very similar to what is happening right now," said Gerald Dickens, an earth scientist at Rice University in Houston. "Just like now, a huge amount of carbon rapidly entered the ocean or atmosphere. The most notable difference is the rate. Things are happening much faster now than during the PETM."
Most scientists attribute much of today's global warming to the burning of carbon-rich fossil fuels in factories, cars and trucks. If the present trend continues, Dickens said, the world will add as much carbon to the atmosphere in 500 years - from 1800 to 2300 - as the PETM did over 10,000 years.
The long-ago heat wave "shows without a doubt that if you pump a bunch of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, the planet warms," Matthew Huber, an earth scientist at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind., wrote in the June 1 edition of the journal Nature.
Scientists realized the speed and extent of the prehistoric carbon explosion only recently.
26.Aug.2006 Global warming may be an accelerated version of ancient heat wave It was one of the greatest calamities of all time: Something turned up the Earth's thermostat, touching off a monstrous heat wave that killed many animals and drove others far from their homes to seek cooler climes.
This catastrophe occurred 55 million years ago, after the age of the dinosaurs and long before humans appeared. But scientists warn that today's global warming means that it could be happening again.
Have a great weekend! posted by Prof. Hex
26.Aug.2006 https://cannonfire.blogspot.com/2006/08/how-they-arranged-californian-election.html We’re clearly at the point where members of the ruling party are making up rules post hoc to justify whatever actions they wish to take. We are also at a point where there is little if any opposition to this. The House is silent. With the exception of local and national voting rights activists and Chairman Dean, the opposing party is silent. The Defendants literally argue that the Courts are powerless to stop them (without jurisdiction). Friday will reveal whether the courts are powerless to stop this abuse of power and premature termination of elections.
Will Judge Yuri Hoffman carry on the emerging tradition of silence, or will he take us back to the courage and integrity shown by Judge John Sirica, a Republican appointee, who made history by demanding the truth from the Watergate burglars? # posted by Joseph : 5:01 PM
26.Aug.2006 https://cannonfire.blogspot.com/2006/08/how-they-arranged-californian-election.html The following is form the filing yesterday:
Clearly, the swift swearing in did not end the election in the 50th Congressional District + it did not render everything, including the certification of results weeks later, nugatory and without “jurisdiction.”
If this swearing in had this effect, then in the course of dismissing this case the Court would be bound to conclude that the certification of the results after the swearing in of Bilbray was without force and effect, without jurisdiction + in contravention of principles of federalism, as Defendants argue.
That conclusion, however, requires either an absurdity, or the conclusion that our Congressional election was canceled by decision of the Speaker of the House, before all the votes were fully counted + well before certification. Document available here. So there you have it. Dennis Hastert, Speaker of the United House of Representatives, called “the peoples’ House,” now has the authority to nullify elections simply by swearing in candidates and claiming federal privilege based on one narrow section of the constitution, while completing ignoring the others, including the one stating that members of the House shall be elected every two years “by the People,” and not selected in Washington DC. Once again, the country is faced with a Bush v. Gore style selection manufactured in Washington DC + if only the people did not know which party benefited and which party was hurt by the selection, the country would be unanimous in denouncing this power grab.
26.Aug.2006 https://cannonfire.blogspot.com/2006/08/how-they-arranged-californian-election.html In a filling in San Diego Municipal Court yesterday, attorney Paul Lehto outlined the core in stark terms:
Defendants are in effect arguing for the remarkable proposition that unilateral self-serving actions by a majority party in the House of Representatives to shuttle in a member of the same party can be effective,
even if those actions do violence to and amount to circumvention of other sections of the US Constitution as well as the California constitution. Document available here.
26.Aug.2006 https://cannonfire.blogspot.com/2006/08/how-they-arranged-californian-election.html link to Scoop Independent Media. 26.Aug.2006 https://www.cannonfire.blogspot.com/
30.Jun.2006 -On or about- -17 days after Bilbray was sworn in as a member of the House,
Mikel Haas, Registrar of San Diego County, officially completed the audit of election results required for certification + officially certified the election of Bilbray over Busby based on 163,931 votes cast, of which 2,053 votes were said to be cast on Diebold TSX touchscreens + the remainder scanned via Diebold Accuvote OS computers.
31.Jul.2006 the Contestants filed an election contest, seeking a hand recount and to invalidate the election on several grounds, not only including the affirmative evidence of irregular results,
but also including the stonewalling of citizen information requests and the pricing of recounts at an estimated $150,000 that made it difficult or impossible for any citizen to tell who won the election.
22.Aug.2006 the defendants moved to dismiss, arguing that the swearing in of Bilbray deprives everyone else of jurisdiction including specifically the San Diego Superior Court because
Art. I, sec. 5 of the US Constitution has been held to mean that the House + Senate are the judges of the Qualifications of their Members, one of those qualifications is supposed to be “election.”
There is some thing very wrong with this sequence.
Elections are not complete, anywhere, until they are officially certified by local authorities.
How can a citizen get sworn in as a member of the House of Representatives before his or her election is certified?
Only Speaker Dennis Hastert, his team + Bilbray have the answer.
In a filling in San Diego Municipal Court yesterday, attorney Paul Lehto outlined the core in stark terms:
Defendants are in effect arguing for the remarkable proposition that unilateral self-serving actions by a majority party in the House of Representatives to shuttle in a member of the same party can be effective, even if those actions do violence to + amount to circumvention of other sections of the US Constitution as well as the California constitution. (Document available here).
Lehto is one of the two attorneys representing citizens who are challenging the election. Shortly after the last vote was cast, citizens discovered disturbing facts.
Prior to Election Day, several poll workers had taken home voting machines for periods of a day to a week at a time without supervision or even consistent tracking procedures.
Other irregularities like vote switching on touch screen machines emerged.
Brad Friedman of www.BradBlog.com conducted an extensive investigation that uncovered a series of sloppy procedures by County Registrar Haas.
The election became an immediate cause for citizens, supporters of the losing candidate + national voting rights activists.
The results were also challenged by Howard Dean, Chairman of the Democratic National Committee.
A suit was filed by two local citizens challenging the election.
The initial filing relied on the right of citizens to know that their votes are and counted correctly in order to assure that the candidate designated as the winner is in fact the winner.
Part of the suit is a request, denied to date, for a recount of the ballots cast on Election Day.
In response to the suit, the County of San Diego filed a response questioning the authority of the local court to decide the case since
(a) membership in the house was the province of the House of Representatives +
(b) the speaker had already sworn in Bilbray.
Lehto + Simpkins filed a withering response to this argument.
They point out that elections are the province of local and state authorities for all elections including federal contests, unless otherwise specified in the constitution.
The following is form the filing yesterday:
Clearly, the swift swearing in did not end the election in the 50th Congressional District + it did not render everything, including the certification of results weeks later, nugatory and without “jurisdiction.”
If this swearing in had this effect, then in the course of dismissing this case the Court would be bound to conclude that the certification of the results after the swearing in of Bilbray was without force + effect,
without jurisdiction + in contravention of principles of federalism, as Defendants argue.
That conclusion, however, requires either an absurdity, or the conclusion that our Congressional election was canceled by decision of the Speaker of the House,
before all the votes were fully counted + well before certification. Document available here.
So there you have it.
Dennis Hastert, Speaker of the United House of Representatives, called “the peoples’ House,” now has the authority to nullify elections simply by swearing in candidates + claiming federal privilege based on one narrow section of the constitution, while completing ignoring the others, including the one stating that members of the House shall be elected every two years “by the People,” + not selected in Washington DC. Once again,
the country is faced with a Bush v. Gore style selection manufactured in Washington DC +
if only the people did not know which party benefited + which party was hurt by the selection, the country would be unanimous in denouncing this power grab.
Ongoing support + interference by the House of Representatives or persons associated therewith continues in San Diego.
Paul Vinovich, Counsel to the House Administration Committee, Chaired by Bob Ney, R, of Ohio,
had a letter delivered to San Diego Superior Court presiding Judge Yuri Hoffman, with a number of arguments in favor of the Judge dismissing the case.
This type of communication with members of the judiciary, particularly when another government authority is involved, is covered by strict rules.
One such rule is that the ex parte communication be provided simultaneously to counsel for all involved.
In his own hand, Vinovich says to plaintiff’s attorney Lehto, “Letter delivered to court last evening.”
Lehto received the fax at 8:56 a.m. Thursday morning, many hours after the letter was admittedly provided to the judge by Vinovich.
In the letter, Vinovich admits the time sequence of a
13.Jul.2006 swearing in followed by a
29.Jul.2006 certification of the election and then, through circular reasoning, tries to use the certification as justification for the swearing in ceremony.
He fails to note that Speaker Hastert would have needed psychic powers on
13.Jun.2006 to know that the swearing in of Bilbray would be justified by a
We’re clearly at the point where members of the ruling party are making up rules post hoc to justify whatever actions they wish to take.
We are also at a point where there is little if any opposition to this.
The House is silent.
With the exception of local + national voting rights activists + Chairman Dean, the opposing party is silent.
The Defendants literally argue that the Courts are powerless to stop them (without jurisdiction).
Friday will reveal whether the courts are powerless to stop this abuse of power + premature termination of elections.
Will Judge Yuri Hoffman carry on the emerging tradition of silence, or
will he take us back to the courage + integrity shown by Judge John Sirica, a Republican appointee, who made history by demanding the truth from the Watergate burglars? Permalink
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26.Aug.2006 The GOP Congressman From Illinois and the Dictator's Daughter: Republican Corruption and Dictatorship Goes International
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26.Aug.2006 Foreclosures skyrocket across America: in Sacramento County, Ca they increased 118% from last year 8/26
Russia says it opposes U.N. sanctions on Iran - expect a blue-faced Bolton tirade any moment now 8/26
26.Aug.2006 Can you guess who said this? "We are in the midst of a war that is draining vast amounts of our treasure and is costing the blood of our armed forces. I am a person who believes in peace, but not peace at any price." - Christian Warrior Pat Robertson, August 2006 8/26
26.Aug.2006 https://cannonfire.blogspot.com/2006/08/southern-discomfort_25.html This summer of '06 is now coming to its close + the likelihood of another heat wave is diminishing.
(Heck, today it's been 60 degrees all day and rainy, with the same forecasted through the weekend.
This is also New England!) But we have yet to slide past the Katrina anniversary, much less the end of the hurricane season, though it has been relatively quiet compared to last year.
And then I am forced to consider the heat wave in Europe just three years ago when at least 35,000 died. Still, we have the temerity to complain.
But we should have the foresight to see the trends, if not the future + the determination to correct our course.
I fear, though, that just like everywhere else, from medicine and education to the economy and politics in general, the solution will only look like a band-aid + not anything like a real cure.
That will require a real acknowledgement of the nature and depth of this disease, this authoritarian slavemaster epidemic that threatens to destroy us all.
Perhaps our greatest hope can be found in those who have suffered most, the Southern blacks, at least those who are able to recognize the symptoms and steer toward higher principles.
The South has many like Cynthia McKinney to offer as antedote, but just as many too who will only feed the sickness.
Methinks this recovery - if we can even hope for it - will require a revelation within each of us, a moment of recognition that we each suffer from + participate in the problem + so must learn to huddle together, despite the heat, because we are all in this together.
But we cannot afford to wait for more Katrinas or heatwaves or slavemaster corruption and destruction to wake us from this sultry Southern sleep.
The affliction consumes us with every bite of trucked-in Georgia peach + with every breath of compressed cool air.
We are dying in our desperate attempts, not just to live, but - so foolishly, so selfishly - to live without discomfort.# posted by Joseph
26.Aug.2006 https://www.spiegel.de/panorama/0,1518,druck-433687,00.html Auf einem US-Airways-Flug von Philadelphia nach Bradley in Connecticut fanden Crewmitglieder auf einem leeren Sitz ein Taschenmesser.
Der Besitzer konnte nicht ermittelt werden, niemand wurde festgenommen.
26.Aug.2006 https://www.spiegel.de/panorama/0,1518,druck-433687,00.html Ein US Airways-Flug von Phoenix nach Charlotte wurde nach Oklahoma umgeleitet, nachdem ein Sky Marshal einen aggressiven Passagier überwältigt hatte, der einen Flugbegleiter angegriffen hatte.
26.Aug.2006 https://www.spiegel.de/panorama/0,1518,druck-433687,00.html Laut FBI sollten alle Passagiere befragt werden.
26.Aug.2006 https://www.spiegel.de/panorama/0,1518,druck-433687,00.html Der Grund für die Umleitung: Den US-Behörden lagen Hinweise auf eine Bedrohung des Flugzeugs vor.
26.Aug.2006 https://www.spiegel.de/panorama/0,1518,druck-433687,00.html Die Maschine, aus der das Gepäck entfernt wurde, befand sich in einem abgelegenen Teil des Flughafens.
26.Aug.2006 https://www.spiegel.de/panorama/0,1518,druck-433687,00.html Sie wurden in einen besonderen Sicherheitsraum am Flughafen gebracht.
26.Aug.2006 https://www.spiegel.de/panorama/0,1518,druck-433687,00.html Student ging mit Dynamit an Bord
Sieben Zwischenfälle an einem Tag - in US-Flugzeugen liegen angesichts der Terrorgefahr die Nerven blank. Mancher Passagier gibt sich allerdings auch sehr naiv:
In Houston fanden Sicherheitskräfte im Gepäck eines Studenten Dynamit - ein Souvenir, behauptete der Student.
Houston - Die Sicherheitsbeamten am George W. Bush-Flughafen im texanischen Houston trauten ihren Augen nicht,
als sie routinemäßig das Gepäck von Continental Airlines-Flug 52 aus Buenos Aires kontrollierten, bevor die Maschine ihren Flug nach New Jersey fortsetzen sollte.
In einem Koffer des 21-jährigen Studenten Howard McFarland Fish, den dieser am Schalter aufgegeben hatte, entdeckten sie einen kleinen Sprengsatz.
"Wir haben es noch nicht überprüft, aber es sieht aus wie eine halbe Stange Dynamit", zitierte der US-Nachrichtensender CNN eine Sprecherin des FBI.
Ein eingesetzter Bombenspürhund schlug bei der Überprüfung des verdächtigen Gegenstands an.
Der lokale texanische TV-Sender KTRK-13 berichtete unter Berufung auf Sicherheitsquellen, dass weitere Teile zum Bau eines Sprengsatzes in dem Gepäckstück des Studenten gefunden wurden.
Zusätzlich zum Dynamit seien auch eine Zündkapsel, eine selbst gebastelte Zündvorrichtung sowie Ammoniumnitrat in dem Koffer gewesen.
Flughafensprecher Mark Mancuso wollte die Angaben nicht bestätigen, räumte aber ein, dass möglicherweise weitere verbotene Gegenstände mit an Bord des Flugzeugs waren, in dem 173 Passagiere saßen.
Nach ersten Ermittlungen gehen die Behörden nicht von einem terroristischen Hintergrund aus.
Der Passagier habe angegeben, er habe eine Bergbaumine in Bolivien erkundet und das Dynamit als Souvenir mit in die USA genommen, sagte Sprecher Mancuso.
Die Angaben Fishs würden nun überprüft, er wurde wegen Mitführung von Sprengstoff an Bord eines Flugzeugs angeklagt.
Bei einem Schuldspruch ist eine Höchststrafe von zehn Jahren Gefängnis möglich.
26.Aug.2006 Alarm auf US- Flug: Student ging mit Dynamit an Bord
26.Aug.2006 "Katrina"- Folgen: Die USA entdecken ihr grünes Gewissen
26.Aug.2006 Ousted Peruvian Spy Chief Linked To Drugs
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26.Aug.2006 Why Was Martha Mitchell Kidnapped
Nixon + Mitchell discount responsibility for the Watergate Affair.
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26.Aug.2006 Crony Capitalism at our Nuclear Facilities
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26.Aug.2006 Karibik: Erster Hurrikan des Jahres in Sicht
26.Aug.2006 Anti- Terror- Kampf: Ministerstreit über Videoüberwachung
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26.Aug.2006 Qantas ban may extend to Mac laptops
Qantas is seeking advice on whether it should place restrictions on the use of Apple Mac notebooks on its aircraft, following the computer maker’s recall of 1.8million batteries today.
A Qantas spokesman told APC this afternoon that the company was seeking further information on the precise ...
26.Aug.2006 Verizon gaffe lets customer details slip A spreadsheet with limited details on more than 5,000 wireless subscribers was accidentally e-mailed to other customers.
26.Aug.2006 Know a Good Business Ethicist? In the wake of sweatshop charges, Apple advertises for a manager of a Corporate Social Responsibility program, to help improve human rights and worker conditions. In Cult of Mac. 26.Aug.2006 RIAA-Proof Music Sharing A soon-to-be-released Firefox extension will allow you and your friends to share files of any type without any uninvited guests to spoil the party.
26.Aug.2006 China and Russia to Launch Joint Mars Mission - Zonk 72 - The Interfacer writes
"China + Russia are planning a joint mission to Mars that will bring back samples to earth + land on one of the red planet's tiny moons, state media quoted a Chinese scientist as saying Wednesday." From the article:
"Russia will launch the spacecraft, while China will provide the survey equipment to carry out the unmanned exploration, Ye Peijian, a senior scientist at the Chinese Academy of Space Technology, told a meeting in Beijing, according to the official Xinhua news agency."
26.Aug.2006 Evolution No Longer Worth Learning, Says Government - Zonk 669+ - Davemania writes "The New York Times reports that
the Evolution biology subject has disappeared from a list of acceptable fields of study for recipients of a federal education grant for low-income college students.
The Education department has described this as a Clerical Mistake but others are skeptical about this.
'Scientists who knew about the omission also said they found the clerical explanation unconvincing, given the furor over challenges by the religious right to the teaching of evolution in public schools.
"It's just awfully coincidental," said Steven W. Rissing, an evolutionary biologist at Ohio State University.'
" As someone who made use of one of those grants to study Evolutionary Biology, I find this more than a little galling.
26.Aug.2006 Scientists erase rat's memory Blog: Scientists at MIT have managed to erase the long-term memories of rats, in a first-ever experiment that could lead to medical...
26.Aug.2006 Alzheimer mice memories restored The memory of mice suffering from Alzheimer's disease has been restored by boosting an enzyme, researchers say.
26.Aug.2006 Warming 'more severe' for cities Predicted rises in temperatures will hit cities harder than surrounding areas, with the elderly most at risk, a study warns.
26.Aug.2006 Gen. Batiste: Rumsfeld ‘Served Up Our Great Military A Huge Bowl of Chicken Feces’ - Judd -
Today on MSNBC, retired General John Batiste — former commander of the First Infantry division in Iraq — said that it was “outrageous” Rumsfeld was still in charge of the Pentagon.
Batiste added, “He served up our great military a huge bowl of chicken feces + ever since then, our military + our country have been trying to turn this bowl into chicken salad.” Watch it : Digg It! Transcript:
Donald Rumsfeld is still at the helm of the Department of Defense, which is absolutely outrageous.
He served up our great military a huge bowl of chicken feces + ever since then, our military + our country have been trying to turn this bowl into chicken salad. And it’s not working.
26.Aug.2006 Plane diverted over 'scare' An American Airlines flight from Manchester to Chicago has been diverted following a reported threat, the FBI says.
26.Aug.2006 Nigeria troops 'burn Delta slums' Nigerian soldiers set fire to hundreds of slum houses in Port Harcourt following a kidnapping, residents say.
26.Aug.2006 US Army reviewing combat deaths The US Army reviews how hundreds of soldiers died in Iraq and Afghanistan following complaints by relatives.
26.Aug.2006 Hezbollah TV provider charged A US businessman is charged after offering broadcasts from Hezbollah's al-Manar TV to customers in New York.
26.Aug.2006 India protests over plane arrests India lodges a formal protest with the Dutch government after 12 of its citizens are arrested in a flight alert.
26.Aug.2006 Ryanair to sue government for £3m Ryanair is to sue the UK government for £3.3m for losses resulting from tighter aviation security measures.
26.Aug.2006 Spammers manipulate stock markets A study shows how spam e-mail can affect stocks and shares - and thus make spammers money
26.Aug.2006 Pluto vote 'hijacked' in revolt A fierce backlash has begun against the decision by astronomers to strip Pluto of its status as a planet.
26.Aug.2006 Jet alert suspects 'to be freed' The 12 men held after a security alert forced a US airliner back to Amsterdam will be freed, prosecutors say.
26.Aug.2006 Galapagos 'faces species threat' Officials in Ecuador are worried about the discovery of foreign species on the remote Galapagos Islands
26.Aug.2006 Israel army chief admits failures Israel's military chief of staff admits publicly to failings during the conflict with Hezbollah in Lebanon.
26.Aug.2006 Dropped iPod Leads to Terror Alert