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24.Mar.2005 SINGAPORE - Olivia Lum, founder + chief of water treatment group Hyflux Ltd., reckons fresh water will someday be more valuable than crude oil.
LIVING ALOFT: Human Requirements for Extended Spaceflight

...the early phases of a science require...a certain disregard for the formalisms and pedantic, creeping construction of the ultimate scientific edifice. Perhaps what is essential is a foundation of sensible, if vague, ideas and orienting attitudes- correct in their broadest sweep if not in their precise predictions.   Jack P. Hailman Science, 168, 701 (1970)
Judge orders ICANN to disclose workings
IBM buys PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting

Armies may one day be fielded by machines that think for themselves while devices will respond to soldiers' commands before their thoughts are fully formed, it says.

The report says the abilities are within our grasp but will require an intense public-relations effort to "prepare key organisations and societal activities for the changes made possible by converging technologies" + to counter concern over "ethical, legal and moral" issues. Education should be overhauled down to the primary-school level to bridge curriculum gaps between disparate subject areas.

Professional societies should be open to practitioners from other fields, it says. "The success of this convergent-technologies priority area is crucial to the future of humanity," the report says.
17.Oct.2006 Großbritannien: Terrorverdächtige auf der Flucht - Regierung unter Druck

Nahe der Laichplätze wachsen die Bäume bis zu dreimal schneller als ihre Artgenossen in lachsfreien Regionen. Beschleunigter Waldwuchs am Flussufer verbessert die Lebensbedingungen der Junglachse. Der Schatten der Bäume hält das Wasser kühl und somit sauerstoffreich; abgestorbenes Holz schafft Unterschlüpfe; Blätter und Nadeln dienen als Nahrung für Insekten und deren Larven, die wiederum den Fischen als Beute zur Verfügung stehen.

In der Fachzeitschrift "Freshwater Biology" (Vol. 51, S. 1211-1218) berichtet jetzt der Biologe Jason Walter:

Junglachse profitieren nicht nur über den Umweg durch die Pflanzenwelt vom Tod ihrer Eltern, sondern auch direkt. Zusammen mit seinen Kollegen Robert Bilby und Brian Fransen spannte Walter einen engmaschigen Zaun in einem Wasserlauf und hinderte so laichbereite Lachse daran, flussaufwärts zu schwimmen. Während und nach der Laichzeit untersuchten die Forscher das Vorkommen von Köcherfliegen-Larven auf beiden Seiten des Zauns.

Kadaver düngen Laichgründe - und nähren Junge
Wildlachs: Elternkadaver düngen Kinderbiotop
17.Oct.2006 Bremen: Ermittlungen gegen Murat Kurnaz eingestellt

17.Oct.2006 Tata Steel: Indischer Gigant auf dem Sprung nach Europa

17.Oct.2006 Analystenumfrage: Konjunktur- Index sinkt auf 13- Jahrestief
17.Oct.2006 Uno- Sanktionen: Nordkorea droht mit "erbarmungslosen Gegenmaßnahmen"
17.Oct.2006 Religious right takes aim at Condi. - Nico Last week, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice swore in the new global AIDS coordinator Mark Dybul, who is openly gay + referred to his partner’s mother as his “mother in law.” The right wing is livid. John Aravosis has details.
17.Oct.2006 Rep. Curt Weldon (R-PA) is now blaming - Amanda 

CREW’s Melanie Sloan, former National Security Advisor Samuel Berger + former CIA officer Mary McCarthy for his current ethical troubles. Weldon believes the FBI’s investigation is “revenge for his criticisms.” (TPMmuckraker has more.)
17.Oct.2006 POLL: Bush Disapproval Rating At 61 %, An All-Time High - Amanda 

A new CNN poll shows that public disapproval of President Bush has reached an all-time high. Sixty-one % of Americans now disapprove of Bush’s handling of his job as President:

Some other highlights from the poll:

– 64 % disapprove of Bush’s handling of the war in Iraq.

– 70 % of women and 58 % of men now oppose the war in Iraq.

– 60 % of Americans believe the situation with North Korea can be resolved using only economic and diplomatic measures.

– More than 70 % of Americans believe the war in Iraq is making it harder for the USA to deal with North Korea.
Why Is Bush Waiting On Military Commissions Act? - Paul Joseph Watson -Many fear pre-election event will lead to expansion of bill, hold on Bush's signature provides window of
17.Oct.2006 Time For The Sleeping 9/11 Giant To Awaken - Paul Joseph Watson -Will 84% Of Americans remain content with a lying, exploitative and criminal government?
17.Oct.2006 Entsetzlicher Rückfall - sfux München ? wieder auf dem Weg zur ?Hauptstadt der Bewegung?? Karl Weiss -

Die Einstellung des Verfahrens gegen einen der faschistischen Mörder des Massakers auf der griechischen Insel Kephallonia kurz vor Ende des Zweiten Weltkriege durch die Münchener Staatsanwaltschaft bedeutet einen entsetzlichen Rückfall in ein Denken und Handeln, daß man in Deutschland schon als überwunden...
Milliardendeal: RWE verkauft marodes, britisches Wassernetz - sfux Harald Haack ? Am

25.Sep.2006 erwähnte [journalismus ? nachrichten von heute] das schlechte Image von RWE, Deutschlands größten Stromversorger. Tagelange Stromausfälle nach Eisregen, dann die Ankündigung RWE wolle trotz guter Geschäftslage die Strompreise erhöhen + besonders auch die britische RWE-Tochter der Wasserversorger Thames Water, in dessen maroden Wasserrohren enorm viel...
'25% of smokers' get lung disease At least a quarter of long-term smokers will develop an incurable lung condition, a study suggests.
17.Oct.2006 Indonesian bird flu toll hits 55 Indonesia's bird flu death toll reaches 55, after officials say a 27-year-old woman has died of the disease.
17.Oct.2006 N Korea says sanctions 'are war' North Korea says UN sanctions imposed after its nuclear test are a "declaration of war", state media reports.
17.Oct.2006 US population to hit 300 million The US population will hit 300 million on Tuesday, 39 years after reaching 200 million, officials predict.
17.Oct.2006 US panel 'to urge Iraq policy shift' An US panel is set to call for major changes in policy, in including a withdrawal of troops, reports say.
17.Oct.2006 US lawyer jailed on terror charge US lawyer Lynne Stewart is jailed for 28 months on terror-related charges over passing on messages from a client.
17.Oct.2006 Trial of Farc leader begins in US The first trial in the US of a member of Colombia's largest left-wing rebel group, Farc, begins in Washington.
17.Oct.2006 E Timor ex-PM accused on unrest A UN inquiry says East Timor's former PM should face a criminal investigation over recent unrest.
17.Oct.2006 Japan agrees to halve tuna quota Environmentalists welcome Japan's agreement to halve its annual catch of southern blue-fin tuna.
17.Oct.2006 UK 'must act' on plane emissions Britain cannot meet its targets on climate change without curbing demand for air travel, a report concludes.
17.Oct.2006 Oil above $60 ahead of Opec deal Oil continues to rally as prices breach the $60-a-barrel mark in Asian trading as markets prepare for a cut in output.
17.Oct.2006 Terror controls 'may get tougher' A Home Office minister suggests control orders may get tougher, after two terror suspects disappear.
17.Oct.2006 Warning over global bird flu plan A third of nations have not made plans for distributing treatment if there is a bird flu pandemic, a report says.
17.Oct.2006 Facial expressions 'hereditary' Facial expression may be passed from generation to generation, research suggests.
17.Oct.2006 Orange experiences 'major' outage Mobile firm Orange says it is experiencing a major national outage of its broadband services
17.Oct.2006 Stone plans Afghan invasion film Director Oliver Stone is to follow up World Trade Center with a film about the US-led invasion of Afghanistan.
17.Oct.2006 Two terror suspects 'on the run' Two terror suspects under control orders to restrict their movements are on the run, it has emerged.
17.Oct.2006 Russia investigates Lukoil taxes Russian authorities demand information on 398 Lukoil licences amid fears taxes linked to the deals have gone unpaid.
17.Oct.2006 Study: Stem Cells Could Treat ALS Research on rats shows preliminary evidence that stem cells implanted into the spinal cord could treat Lou Gehrig's disease. In Bodyhack.
17.Oct.2006 Have I got a proposition for you Blog: There's lots being said and written about the November election and the future control of Congress by Democrats or Republicans....
17.Oct.2006 Company that moves with the sun nabs $8 million Blog: Practical Instruments, which makes a device that lets solar panels follow the sun, has announced it has raised $8 million dollars...
17.Oct.2006 TV Really Might Cause Autism - Alien54 (posted by CowboyNeal) 63 Alien54 writes

"Cornell University researchers are reporting what appears to be a statistically significant relationship between autism rates and television watching by children under the age of 3. The researchers studied autism incidence in California, Oregon, Pennsylvania + Washington state. They found that as cable television became common in California and Pennsylvania beginning around 1980, childhood autism rose more in the counties that had cable than in the counties that did not. They further found that in all the Western states, the more time toddlers spent in front of the television, the more likely they were to exhibit symptoms of autism disorders. The Cornell study represents a potential bombshell in the autism debate."
Google Campus to Become Solar-powered - CowboyNeal 140 prostoalex writes

"Reuters is reporting that Google is equipping its headquarters with a solar panel 'capable of generating 1.6 megawatts of electricity, or enough to power 1,000 California homes.' This will make Google's Mountain View campus the largest solar-powered office complex in the USA."
Is the Botnet Battle Already Lost? - CowboyNeal 162

"Researchers are finding it practically futile to keep up with evolving botnet attacks. 'We've known about [the threat from] botnets for a few years, but we're only now figuring out how they really work + I'm afraid we might be two to three years behind in terms of response mechanisms,' said Marcus Sachs, a deputy director in the Computer Science Laboratory of SRI International, in Arlington, Va. There is a general feeling of hopelessness as botnet hunters discover that, after years of mitigating command and controls, the effort has largely gone to waste. 'We've managed to hold back the tide, but, for the most part, it's been useless,' said Gadi Evron, a security evangelist at Beyond Security, in Netanya, Israel + a leader in the botnet-hunting community. 'When we disable a command-and-control server, the botnet is immediately re-created on another host. We're not hurting them anymore.' There is an interesting image gallery of a botnet in action as discovered by security researcher Sunbelt Software."
MySpace Predator Caught By Code - kdawson 259 "Wired News editor and former hacker Kevin Poulsen wrote a 1,000-line Perl script that checked MySpace for registered sex offenders. Sifting through the results, he manually confirmed over 700 offenders, including a serial child molester in New York actively trying to hook up with underage boys on the site + who has now been arrested as a result. MySpace told Congress last June that it didn't have this capability." Wired News says they will publish Poulsen's code under an open-source license later this week.
The True Cost of Standby Power - kdawson 293 Luther19 writes,

"How much do all of our computers and electronic devices sitting in standby mode cost us? The author of the article concludes that he could save $24.44 per year by switching out wasteful power supplies. The article also touches on a global initiative to cut down on standby power, called '1-Watt': 'The idea has been promoted by the IEA, which first developed an international 1-Watt plan back 00.000.1999 .

Countries like Australia and Korea have signed on officially, while countries like the US require 1-Watt in government procurement, which will have ripple effects throughout the economy. The goal of the program is to have standby power usage fall below 1W in all products by 2010.'" It's estimated that in industrialized countries, devices on standby consume on average 4% of the power used.

In her book "The Fall of Columbus," Varela uses the testimony from 23 witnesses contained in the document to show that as governor of Hispaniola, Columbus regularly used torture to maintain order on the island. "It was far more brutal than we had known," says Varela. "It was a frontier society, with terrible misery and injustice."

Columbus was also a strong supporter of slavery, refusing to baptize the indigenous people of Hispaniola so that he could enslave them (Spanish law prohibited the enslavement of Christians) + auctioning Spaniards into slavery, including a young boy caught stealing, as punishment. Varela also notes that Columbus was "surprisingly greedy. He was always tremendously worried about making money."
17.Oct.2006 Who really sailed the ocean blue in 1492? 
Spanish scholars are on a mission to demystify Christopher Columbus's life, long shrouded in a veil of mythic heroism.posted by Prof. Hex
17.Oct.2006 Islam, is it really how the media portrays it? Is it really all about terrorism and extremism? Ever wondered? Here is your chance to find out! Visit our blog--> # posted by Admin 17.Oct.2006
(Many thanks to,
"Zontar" for bringing this matter to my attention.) Permalink
17.Oct.2006 Here is the actual statement of the Sh'ite clans, in English. An excerpt: We learned from the Occupation the lesson that Iraq will never ever enjoy stability and will never ever be prosperous and that the dignity of its women and men will never ever be safeguarded without the existence of a strong and central leadership which asserts the law of justice and strikes with an iron hand the evildoers, the destroyers and the plotters. His Excellency the President Saddam Hussein was + still is, the only one capable of providing all of those things for every Iraqi man and every Iraqi woman. The return of his Excellency will mean the return of security and stability and the end of the murders, rapes, plunder, humiliation, state disrespect, wide spread corruption and daylight robberies, in order to regain sovereignty and independence. I cannot believe that this statement reflects the sentiment of all or even most Shi'ites in Iraq. Is this text a forgery? Disinformation?
17.Oct.2006 This comes from a blog called Cytations:
But after watching the Kurds recently lower the Iraqi flag as a sign of secession, the Southern Shiite clans of Iraq have decided to bear arms and join the resistance. They also demanded the return of Saddam to power.
The flag lowering also alienated many Kurds.
The Northern Iraqi clans and the clans of Baghdad had recently made a similar decision to join the resistance.

17.Oct.2006 Bush to Sign Law That Will Officially Make the USA the Republic of Torture, With the Man Who Loves Death Too Much as Our Torturer in Chief
Joan Burbick's 'Gun Show Nation' Explains How the "Gun Rights" Movement is a White Male Political Power Play -- A BuzzFlash Interview
"DUMBASS" the book. Come on, You Know Who We are Talking About!

17.Oct.2006 The notion that Bush is not just in denial -- but is petulantly in denial -- is now a seious possibility after two new Washington Post stories. He's a rich kid with arrested development in a bratty snit, only he has the powers of the president of the USA. 10/17
Dispatch from the BuzzFlash Department of Reality: Four days of sectarian slaughter killed at least 91 people by Monday in Balad, a town near a major U.S. air base an hour's drive north of the capital. Elsewhere, 60 Iraqis died in attacks and 16 tortured bodies were found. 10/17

17.Oct.2006 "Fake News" Reports Thrive on TV -- A BuzzFlash News Alert
From 2005 WP Article: Past Arguments of Cheney and Rumsfeld Don't Square With Current Iran Policy
"Senior Republican leaders have concluded that Senator Mike DeWine of Ohio, a pivotal state in this year?s fierce midterm election battles, is likely to be heading for defeat and are moving to reduce financial support for his race and divert party money to other embattled Republican senators, party officials said."

17.Oct.2006 Alleged Pervert, Philandering Husband of GOP Country Singer "Dancing With the Stars Babe" Denies Everything and Appeals to "Persons of Faith." We Kind of Believe the Babe Here. Apparently, She's got evidence. "Those allegations against Schelske include an alleged affair with their children's former nanny, as well as verbal abuse, possession of pornography and photographs of Schelske having sex with several different women." 10/17

17.Oct.2006 The BuzzFlash Mailbag -- Uncensored and Unvarnished Truth from BuzzFlash Readers.

Verwandte reagieren mit ähnlichen Gesichtsausdrücken auf Emotionen. Forscher fanden heraus: Sogar das Mienenspiel von Geburt an Blinder ähnelt dem der restlichen Familie. Freudenstrahlen und Trauermiene stecken also auch in den Genen - und sind nicht nur abgeguckt.

Ärger, Trauer, Freude, Ekel, Überraschung und Konzentration - solche Emotionen drücken Menschen auch mit ihrer Mimik aus. Und diese typischen Gesichtsausdrücke werden zumindest teilweise vererbt. Das zeigt eine vergleichende Studie israelischer Forscher mit 21 von Geburt an blinden Menschen.

San Francisco - Nach Google -Darstellung ist es das ehrgeizigste Solarprojekt dieser Art, das bisher von einer US-Firma angepackt wurde: Auf dem Gelände der Firmenzentrale im kalifornischen Mountain View südlich von San Francisco sollen mehr als 9200 Solarmodule installiert werden. AFP

Google-Zentrale: Konzernwelt aufgepasst Der Internetkonzern hofft, bis zu 30 Prozent seines Energiebedarfs durch Sonnenenergie decken zu können.
Handel mit Treibhausgasen: Schwarzenegger plant Bündnis mit EU
17.Oct.2006 Bevölkerungswachstum: Keine Blumen für Amerikaner No. 300.000.000
17.Oct.2006 Herbstgutachten: Experten rechnen mit mehr als zwei Prozent Wachstum
17.Oct.2006 Unterschicht- Debatte: Koalition streitet über Ursachen der Armut
17.Oct.2006 Alternative Energie: Google setzt auf Solarstrom
17.Oct.2006 Uno- Sicherheitsrat: Wahlkrimi um lateinamerikanischen Sitz
17.Oct.2006 Verdächtige Aktivitäten: Nordkorea plant möglicherweise zweiten Atomwaffentest
17.Oct.2006 Mienenspiel: Gesichtsausdrücke werden vererbt

17.Oct.2006 Übernahme: Wal Mart expandiert in China

17.Oct.2006 Guatemala gegen Venezuela: Offenes Rennen um Sitz im Sicherheitsrat
17.Oct.2006 16. OKTOBER 2006
Milliardendeal: RWE verkauft Thames Water

17.Oct.2006 Politkowskaja- Mord: Polizei schlägt Demonstration gewaltsam nieder

“When you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains--however improbable--must be the truth.” Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
If the twin towers had remained standing on 9/11 (as they were supposed to) they would have been monuments to the inaction of the US government and military.

These monuments would have rapidly become a huge embarrassment to many people + would have required a costly demolition.

Incredibly these two quarter mile high buildings both suffered catastrophic structural failures and collapsed straight into their own footprints.

The people who should have been red faced bankrupts as a result of 9/11 are now swimming in money and power thanks to the perfect collapse of the twin towers. Think about it.
Review of 'A New Standard For Deception: The NIST WTC Report' -- A Presentation by Kevin Ryan
NIST's World Trade Center FAQ
Building a Better Mirage: NIST's 3-Year $20,000,000 Cover-Up of the Crime of the Century -- NIST's Report sidesteps the very question it purported to investigate: what caused the total destruction of the World Trade Center's Twin Towers?
911 Research critiques
Common Dreams essay
Sifting Through
LOOSE CHANGE: A Viewer Guide to Loose Change, 2nd Edition
The Pentagon Attack: What the Physical Evidence Shows
The Pentagon No-757-Crash Theory: Booby Trap for 9/11 Skeptics

Statistics prove prescription drugs are 16,400% more deadly than terrorists

However, a little over a year after praising Paxil as a cure-all, in July 2004, Ricky did an about face. He announced his early retirement from football + at the same time relinquished any hope of winning the Paxil "celebrity spokesman" of the year award when he declared during an interview with Dan Le Batard, a reporter for the Miami Herald and ESPN The Magazine, that he had found "marijuana to be 10 times more helpful than Paxil.”
00.000.1981Newsweek,Washington Post owners acknowledge cooperation ...

00.000.1981Newsweek,Washington Post owners acknowledge cooperation with CIA.
00.Okt.1989 Strahlungsfreie Explosionen von nuklearen Ausmassen; US-Patent Nr. 4.873.928 -
00.Sep.1990 US-Patent Nr.4.954.709 -

16.Oct.2006 ORF ON Science - CO2-Konzentration dramatisch angewachsen US-Patent Nr. 4.873.928 - Oktober 89 Strahlungsfreie Explosionen von nuklearen Ausmassen; US-Patent Nr.4.954.709 - September 90 ...

Quotes Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble + to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. --US Constitution, Amendment I

Der geschilderte Tag sollte der 17. Oktober sein, der ausgesucht wurde, weil er "ein ganz gewöhnlicher Tag ohne besondere nationale Signifikanz" sei. Bisher. Wenn alles gut geht, wird sich das bis Ende des Monats ändern, denn so lange läuft die Aktion.

Dann werden Hunderttausende Briten die Frage, was sie denn am 17. Oktober 2006 so gemacht haben, sehr knapp beantworten können: "Lies es doch nach."
"Ein Tag in der Geschichte" nennt sich das ambitionierte Projekt, es soll einen "Schnappschuss des Alltags im beginnenden 21. Jahrhundert" liefern, sagt Fiona Reynolds, Chefin des National Trust, der britischen Gesellschaft zum Schutz des historischen Erbes.

Die British Library startet ein Mega-Projekt: Alle Briten sind aufgerufen, den morgigen Dienstag in einem Blog zu dokumentieren.

Die Aktion soll künftigen Generationen einen Einblick in unseren Alltag bieten - "je profaner, desto besser".

Historiker schauten dem Volk schon immer gern aufs Maul. Die neuen Möglichkeiten des Internets ermöglichen aber neue Größenordungen.
What in the world? The other evening, a talk show hosted a Baptist preacher who declared that God hates America + that is the reason why the World Trade Center was attacked ...

Eine mögliche Erklärung für das Phänomen seien Rückkopplungen: Bei der Wahrnehmung zähle nicht alleine das, was vom Auge kommt.

Auch Erinnerungen spielten eine Rolle. "Das Feedback moduliert die Wahrnehmung", sagt der Forscher.

Gedächtnis beeinflusst Farbempfinden

"Alle 14 Teilnehmer haben überkompensiert", sagt Hansen im Gespräch mit SPIEGEL ONLINE. "Es gab gewisse Unterschiede, aber der Effekt war überall der gleiche."

Diese systematische Überkompensation ging immer in Richtung der Gegenfarbe und trat nicht auf bei neutralen Objekten, die keine typische Farbe aufweisen.

Probanden hätten offenbar eine Tendenz dazu, die Banane immer als gelb wahrzunehmen, sagt Hansen. Um einen Schwarz-Weiß-Eindruck zu erhalten, müsse diese Tendenz dann zusätzlich noch ausgeglichen werden.

Bei einem tatsächlich farblosen Bild einer Banane hätten die Probanden stets das Gefühl gehabt, noch etwas Gelb zu sehen.

"Der konkrete Farbeindruck wird durch unser Gedächtnis beeinflusst", sagt der Psychologe. Dass dies selbst bei Schwarzweißbildern funktioniere, sei eine neue Erkenntnis.

Hansen verwies auf Studien anderer Psychologen, die zu ähnlichen Ergebnissen gekommen waren. In ihnen mussten Probanden den zu einem Rasen passenden Grünton aus einer Farbpalette auswählen. "

Auch dabei wurde überkompensiert", sagt Hansen: "Die Sättigung der gewählten Muster war viel höher als in der Realität."

Wir sehen rot, wenn wir Tomaten sehen. Selbst wenn sie blau eingefärbt wurden. Das ist das Ergebnis einer Studie von Psychologen an der Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen.

Das Team von Thorsten Hansen + Karl Gegenfurtner hatte 14 Probanden Bilder von Obst + Gemüse gezeigt,das immer in einer bestimmten typischen Farbe auftritt - zum Beispiel Bananen (gelb), Möhren (orange) + Salat (grün)
16.Oct.2006 Zeugen Jehovas - Facharbeit (Schule ... 1916 starb Charles Taze Russsell während einer Vortragsreise in Texas.

00.000.1931 -Im Sommer- änderten die Bibelforscher ihren Namen in Zeugen Jehovas. .
16.Oct.2006 Iran-amuck, pt. 2 From RAW Story: The Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Peter Hoekstra (R-MI), has recently held meetings in Paris with a front man working for Iranian arms dealer and Iran-Contra figure Manucher Ghorbanifar, US and foreign intelligence sources tell RAW STORY. There seems to be a faction within the Iranian power structure that wants an American military strike. Ghorbanifar is tied in with that faction + with Ledeen and the neocon plotters.
An unconfirmed report links another Iran-contra mystery man, Vaughn Forrest, with these covert meetings. (There have been at least two.) Forrest worked with Rob Owen, Ollie North, John Hull -- ah, those names bring one back! He seems to have an affection for
spooked up congressmen; back then, he worked for Florida Republican Bill McCollum. But what really intrigues me is this resume (now available only via Google cache):
Vaughn Forrest, also a co-founder of AFG Biosolutions, has over 25 years experience in coordinating national security and domestic policy with the White House, U.S. Congress + executive government departments and agencies. His national security and intelligence expertise includes operational experience in the Middle East and Central Asia. He was the Founding Director of the Task Force on Terrorism and Unconventional Warfare of the U.S. House of Representatives. He also founded the Higgins Terrorism Research Center, a non-profit corporation that focuses on the causes, cultures and operations of terrorist entities and provides anti-terrorism instruction to local, state and federal government agencies.
Mr. Forrest is one of the world’s leading experts in infrastructure protection technologies, experience he uses to help investors evaluate technologies for development or financing. He works closely with former Soviet biological warfare scientists and scientists at American universities to develop novel approaches to bolster the immune system in order to counter biological weapons.

Something big is up. I've been saying that a lot lately, haven't I? Permalink
16.Oct.2006 Scott Ritter claims the U.S. army does have a division available to put into Iraq -- however (according to Ritter) when BushCo discovers that our "intervention" doesn't spark an overthrow of the Iranian government (by, of course, a pro-American government which loves Israel, GWB and the Fortune 500 --so go their fantasies) and things don't go as planned in the neo-con imagination, the U.S. will find itself with its army effectively entrapped. At that point, Bush will use tactical nuclear weapons.
Ritter, who describes himself as a conservative Republican, claims to have seen such war-game plans + to have talked to high-level military planners.
You can get the whole interview (or will be able to) at, Leonard Lopate show, 10/16.
# posted by Anonymous
16.Oct.2006 The Bush family buys into...PARAGUAY? (Update) This report claims that George Bush Sr. has purchased a 98,842-acre farm in northern Paraguay, between Brazil and Bolivia.
A source privately tells me that the elder Bush appears to have made the purchase through an organization called
Fundación Patria, a group based in the Dominican Republic which claims as its goal the improvement of life for impoverished students in the third world. The same correspondent says that the ranch will be administered by W's former abassador to Paraguay, Timothy Towell.
I cannot verify this information at this time, so apply a strong note of caution to all of the above.

16.Oct.2006 UPDATE: As doc elsewhere reminds us, this area is home to the world's largest aquifer, which will play an important role in the water-starved world to come. And as this piece points out, Bolivia's vast gas fields are nearby.
Right-wing blogs have long reported an Al Qaeda "presence" near the area now allegedly under Bush ownership. (Rancho Poppy is supposedly in northern Paraguay, while the "tri-border" area associated with Osama's lads is in the south.) See
here and here and here, as well as this 2002 CNN piece. Although the reports of suspicious Middle Easterners travelling to Paraguay seem persuasive enough, some cynics believe that the "Islamic terror goes south" meme is disinfo.
You'll also want to read
this 2005 piece on the heavy U.S. military presence in Paraguay -- a very bizarre allocation of resources, given the need for personnel in Iraq and Afghanistan: A statement issued from the U.S. embassy in Paraguay explained that the military exercises in question involve humanitarian and medical assistance to poor communities as well as military training. The embassy maintained that the U.S. has “absolutely no intention of establishing a military base anywhere in Paraguay” and “has no intention to station soldiers for a lengthy period in Paraguay.” (3)
The Pentagon used this same rhetoric when describing its actions in Manta, Ecuador, now the home of an $80 million U.S. military base. Finally, of course, we must note the Bush family's undeniable relationship with the Reverend Sun Myung Moon, who also owns vast holdings in Paraguay. Something's going on here, people...
Permalink # posted by Joseph : 3:30 PM 5 comments -: ah. this is not that surprising.
that area, joe, is the site of the world's largest aquifer, the guarani, larger than texas and california combined.
moreover, much of that area is owned by ... wait for it... sun myung moon.
and we know how tight moon is with poppy. water; the new oil.
# posted by dr. elsewhere : 7:58 PM  

Jenna purportedly in PANAMA for UNICEF # posted by Anonymous
16.Oct.2006 Ovi Blog » 2006 » February I mean, I don’t think Osama Bin Laden is the reason why the World Trade Center was attacked, I even think it’s Bush + his friends, but do I have to go to ...
16.Oct.2006 thoughts...usually with attitude...: November 2005 Hmmmm. So THAT'S why the world trade center was attacked on 9/11/01, huh. I always wondered. Even though the war didn't start til 2003, ... forum: Bush Administration / War I guess he must have been living under a rock or something but he didn ' t understand as to why The World Trade Center was attacked , why the war started ...

2004090204_Sep_2004 Sep.2001 Commission Report (on page 147) also mentions that USA support for Israel was why the World Trade Center was attacked 00.000.1993.
16.Oct.2006 Menschenrechte: "Wir nehmen unseren Glauben nicht ernst genug"
16.Oct.2006 Extremismus: Rechte Gewalt nimmt dramatisch zu
Unterschicht- Debatte: Die SPD scheut das U- Wort
Untersuchung von Luftproben: USA bestätigen Nordkoreas Atomtest
16.Oct.2006 Schweriner Landtag: Premiere mit Pöbel- Attacken

16.Oct.2006 Blindes Vertrauen: GPS- Fahrt in den Crash

16.Oct.2006 Unterschicht- Debatte: Verloren, verarmt, verdrängt
16.Oct.2006 Wachstum: Forscher korrigieren Prognose nach oben

16.Oct.2006 Schneechaos: Notstand im Bundesstaat New York

16.Oct.2006 Gebühren- Affäre: Zweite schwedische Ministerin zurückgetreten
16.Oct.2006 Erbgut- Analyse: Schlüssel- Gen für Hundegröße entdeckt
16.Oct.2006 Armut in Deutschland: "Wir müssen von denen, die arbeiten, mehr Flexibilität fordern"
16.Oct.2006 Netzwelt- Ticker: British Telecom zerreißt Spam- Netze
16.Oct.2006 Uno- Sanktionen: Nordkorea führt Krieg der Worte

16.Oct.2006 Umstrittenes Abkommen: EU billigt Weitergabe von Fluggastdaten

16.Oct.2006 Sex und Islam: Heimliche Oasen der Lust
16.Oct.2006 Moskau: Russischer Medienmanager ermordet
16.Oct.2006 Armut in Deutschland: Koalition entdeckt die Unterschicht

16.Oct.2006 Managergehälter: 175 Prozent Plus für den Vorstand
16.Oct.2006 Misshandlungen: Kinderhilfe spricht von "nationaler Katastrophe"
16.Oct.2006 Farbwahrnehmung: Gehirn färbt Bananen blau
16.Oct.2006 US- Wahlkampf: Robin Williams mischt sich in Politik ein
16.Oct.2006 Russland: "Es gibt Überfälle, es verschwinden Menschen"
IAEA predicts more nuclear states Atomic monitoring body warns that up to 30 countries may go nuclear if proliferation is not tackled.
16.Oct.2006 Will Plug-In Hybrids Kill the EV? If you can drive on electricity most of the time and still get a range of 500 miles or more, why bother with an electric vehicle? In Autopia.
16.Oct.2006 It's Big Brother's Space, Too A 14-year-old pacifist is pulled out of class and interrogated by Secret Service agents in Sacramento after she vents her anger at Bush's Iraq policies on her MySpace page.
16.Oct.2006 Stem Cells' New Role: Kingmaker A veteran political fund-raiser hopes to harness the public's growing support for stem cell research in an effort to sway congressional elections in several states. By Kristen Philipkoski.
16.Oct.2006 Eco Concern: Coal Plant Boom Scores of new coal-fired plants are on drawing boards to boost the U.S. power grid. Pollution, energy costs, energy demand and proven vs. unproven technology all weigh in on whether they should be permitted.
16.Oct.2006 U.S. Growers Fear Biotech Rice Small amounts of experimental strains of genetically engineered rice are discovered in storage facilities with food crops. The Japanese and European rice markets react + farmers sue a German company responsible for the mistake.
16.Oct.2006 The Alex Jones Report October 16th 2006 - Paul Joseph Watson Alex discusses his contemplation of "abondoning ship" and leaving the USA, following the example of Jesse
16.Oct.2006 Prominent Right-Wing Activist Smears Kuo As Member Of ‘Axis Of Evil’ - Faiz 

Last night on CBS’s 60 Minutes, David Kuo, a former White House deputy on faith-based issues, explained that the Bush White House has consistently subverted its so-called “values” agenda in favor of crass political gain. “This message that has been sent out to Christians for a long time now: that Jesus came primarily for a political agenda + recently primarily a right-wing political agenda - as if this culture war is a war for God. And it’s not a war for God, it’s a war for politics,” said Kuo.

Interviewer Lesley Stahl asked Kuo whether he thinks the White House is going to view his book as a betrayal and may go after him. Kuo responded:

“Of course they will. I can hear the attacks, right? ‘Oh, he’s really a liberal.’ or, ‘Oh, maybe that brain tumor really messed up his head.’ Or, you know, ‘He’s an idealist.’”

The assaults have already started coming in from the White House’s conservative allies. Christian evangelical leaders James Dobson, Tony Perkins + Chuck Colson have also launched criticisms of Kuo while defending Bush.

In the latest attack, an article entitled “David Kuo: An Addition to the Axis of Evil,” Jason T. Christy, the publisher of The Church Report (+ once nominated to head the Bush-friendly Christian Coalition), lobs many of the accusations that Kuo predicted:

Don’t be fooled by Kuo; he is someone who has been described as a “wolf in sheep’s clothing.” Don’t let his smarmy tones and pouty eyes fool you. Having done campaign work for several Kennedys, having contradicted himself and his own letters, Kuo is being used to try and prop up the liberal left, to breathe life into lifeless campaigns and his master literary work is a mere smokescreen.

Questioning the faith and motivation of this administration is wrong.

When he was young, Kuo interned for Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-MA) and was a campaign volunteer for Rep. Joe Kennedy (D-MA), who retired from Congress 00.000.1998.

In his professional life, Kuo worked for leading conservatives John Ashcroft and Bill Bennett.
16.Oct.2006 Snow on Iraq: ‘I Don’t Know’ If We Are Winning - Judd 

Sen. John Warner (R-VA), one of President Bush’s staunchest allies, now says we are moving “sideways” and “backwards” in Iraq. Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE) agrees and says we need to find a way out.

During today’s White House press conference, Tony Snow was asked a simple question about Iraq: “Are we winning?” Here was Snow’s response:

QUESTION: Just a simple question: Are we winning?

SNOW: We’re making progress. I don’t know. How do you define winning?

The fact is, in taking on the war on terror — no, let me put it this way: The president’s made it obvious we’re going to win. And that means ultimately providing an Iraq that is safe, secure and an ally in the war on terror. And at any given time, as you’ve seen in previous wars, there are going to be spikes in violence.

More than 53 American soldiers have died in Iraq this month already. Things are going so badly that even Tony Snow, who is paid to spin the news in the most positive light possible for the administration, can’t claim that the USA is winning. Digg It!
16.Oct.2006 Feds raid home of Rep. Weldon’s daughter. - Nico 

“Federal agents raided the home of the daughter of U.S. Rep. Curt Weldon (R-PA) and his longtime friend Charlie Sexton this morning,” the Philidelphia Inquirer reports. “The agents departed Karen Weldon’s home…with arms loaded with boxes.” The FBI is investigating whether Rep. Weldon “used his influence to help his daughter, a registered lobbyist, win consulting contracts.”
16.Oct.2006 Right-Wing Group Falsely Claims Suffragists Were Anti-Choice - Amanda 

The conservative anti-choice group Feminists For Life (FFL) has continually claimed that it is the successor to the 19th century feminist movement. Materials on its website point to anti-abortion rhetoric by the suffragists — such as Susan B. Anthony — to support its anti-choice agenda:

But as Pulitzer-Prize winning author Stacy Schiff points out in today’s New York Times, FFL has taken the 1869 article out of context:

What is generally not mentioned is that the essay argues against an anti-abortion law ; its author did not believe legislation would resolve the issue of unwanted pregnancy. Also not mentioned is the vaporous textual trail. According to the editors of Anthony’s papers, the article is not hers.

The essay was signed by “A.” Historians note that Anthony never signed her writings that way. Even if Anthony did write the article, she, like most pro-choice advocates today, wanted to reduce the number of abortions. But she recognized that restricting women’s rights through legislation wasn’t the answer.

Doesn’t look like Anthony would have been a donor to FFL. (Pandagon has more.)
16.Oct.2006 ‘Hero of Guantanamo’ on Detainee Bill: ‘I Don’t Believe’ It Will ‘Match Constitutional Muster’ - Payson 

Lt. Commander Charles Swift, the lawyer who represented Guantanamo detainee Salim Hamdan in the landmark Supreme Court case that ruled President Bush’s military commissions unconstitutional and in violation of international law, appeared on C-Span yesterday to take questions from viewers. Swift has been dubbed the “hero of Guantanamo,” yet he was recently “passed over for promotion” by the Pentagon.

Swift spoke forcefully against the detainee legislation the House and Senate approved in September.

“Unfortuantely,” Swift said, Congress did “exactly what Justice Kennedy told them not to do” and passed “legislation that was done in the heat of the moment.”

“I don’t believe that it’s going to match constitutional muster when the courts have an opportunity to take a look at it,” Swift added. Watch it:

Read a summary of the problems with the detainee bill HERE. Transcript:

Unfortunately, Congress in [sic] doing exactly what Justice Kennedy told them not to do. He warned against legislation that was done in the heat of the moment + was not done carefully and measured over time + thought outside of the conflict, “What’s the best thing to do?” Unfortunately, instead of that, we got a very quick piece of legislation heard in a difficult political climate. And I don’t believe that it’s going to match constitutional muster when the courts have an opportunity to take a look at it.
“I just looove saying that! Yeaaah, I was in the Oval Office. - Judd 

Just meeee and the president. Nooooobody else.” — Tony Snow, on why he likes being White House Press Secretary, 10/15/06
16.Oct.2006 Paramount Hires Path to 9/11 Writer For Movie On ‘The Hunt For Osama Bin Laden’ - Judd 

Cyrus Nowresteh wrote ABC’s docudrama “The Path to 9/11.” Norwresteh maintained the movie was “an objective telling of the events of 9/11.” But his script contained several glaring inaccuracies, all of which shifted blame to the Clinton administration. Nearly 100,000 people contacted ABC to protest the film.

Now Paramount Pictures and Oliver Stone have signed up Norwresteh to write another movie about 9/11. Variety has the details:

After steering clear of political controversy with 9/11 heroism tale “World Trade Center,” Oliver Stone and Paramount Pictures are venturing into edgier territory with “Jawbreaker.” Pic will focus on America’s response to the terrorist attacks with the invasion of Afghanistan and hunt for 9/11 mastermind Osama Bin Laden.

Cyrus Nowrasteh, whose most recent credit was the controversial ABC miniseries “The Path to 9/11,” is set to write a second draft of “Jawbreaker.”

The movie is to be based on a book, also called “Jawbreaker,” that blames the Clinton administration for failing to capture Bin Laden and praises President Bush:

In a memoir heavily vetted by the CIA (there are pages of blacked-out lines), Bernsten details feeling stymied by bureaucrats in President Bill Clinton’s administration who prevented operatives from engaging a growingly malicious Al Qaeda and Bin Laden presence. While Bernsten describes how he and his cohorts were stunningly told to stand down when they had Bin Laden cornered in Tora Bora, he writes approvingly of President George W. Bush’s handling of the invasion.

Nowrasteh is an avowed conservative activist. Last year, he spoke on a panel titled, “Rebels With a Cause: How Conservatives Can Lead Hollywood’s Next Paradigm Shift.” When confronted with his bias, Nowrasteh lied about his political leanings in the Wall Street Journal. Digg It!
16.Oct.2006 McConnell’s “thuggish,” “heavy-handed” fundraising. - Amanda 

A new report by the Lexington Herald-Leader on Senate Majority Whip Mitch McConnell (R-KY) “shows the nexus between his actions and his donors’ agendas,” which has benefited “cigarette makers, Las Vegas casinos, the pharmaceutical industry, credit card lenders, coal mine owners and others.”
16.Oct.2006 October 16, 2006 - Think Progress 

“The Justice Department is investigating whether Republican Rep. Curt Weldon of Pennsylvania traded his political influence for lucrative lobbying and consulting contracts for his daughter.”

A new poll on the health care system in the U.S. finds it is “becoming more precarious to most Americans, who are rattled by rising costs, questions about quality and fears about the future.” Most survey respondents, 56%, said they prefer a universal coverage system.

The Iraq Study Group is considering two options: “withdrawing American troops in phases + bringing neighboring Iran and Syria into a joint effort to stop the fighting.” “It’s not going to be ’stay the course,’ ” one participant said. “The bottom line is, [current U.S. policy] isn’t working… There’s got to be another way.”

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said “his government will not force militias to disarm until later this year or early next year, despite escalating violence in Baghdad fueled by death squads and religious warfare.” He also criticized the U.S.-military led coalition’s overreliance on force in Iraq, calling it the “wrong approach.”

Former President Bill Clinton said this weekend that voters “know something is wrong” about the politics in Washington . “I have never seen the American people so serious,” said Clinton. “I think I know why. People know things are out of whack.” Meanwhile, Bush and Rove are “inexplicably upbeat.”

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia yesterday debated American Civil Liberties president Nadine Strossen, arguing that nothing in the Constitution supports abortion rights or affirmative action. “Someday, you’re going to get a very conservative Supreme Court and regret that approach,” Scalia ominously warned.

The U.S. Coast Guard is proposing to use areas of the Great Lakes to as “ permanent, live fire shooting zones for training on their new 7.62 mm weapons, which can blast as many as 650 rounds a minute + send fire more than 4,000 yards.”

Growing populations and booming economies are threatening fragile coastal areas in East Asia + the region’s coral reefs could face total collapse with00.000.20 years, according to a new United Nations study.”

And finally: Faced with a “ 10-foot-tall marijuana forest ,” Canadian soldiers were “forced to eliminate the weedy threat” to see Taliban fighters. “But a section of soldiers that was downwind from that had some ill effects and decided that was probably not the right course of action.” “Sir,,” one soldier said, “three years ago before I joined the army, I never thought I’d say ‘That damn marijuana.’
16.Oct.2006 Stems cells 'slow nerve disease' Stem cells show potential for treating motor neurone disease, research suggests.
16.Oct.2006 US confirms N Korea nuclear test Air samples from North Korea confirm that a nuclear explosion was carried out, US intelligence officials say.
16.Oct.2006 Saddam urges united Iraqi fight Former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein calls on insurgents to set aside differences and fight for a united Iraq.
16.Oct.2006 Iran leader in Bush 'Satan' claim Iran's President Ahmadinejad attacks US President George W Bush, saying he is inspired by Satan, Iranian media say.
16.Oct.2006 Conflicts 'feeding global hunger' Nations with the highest levels of hunger are also gripped by conflicts or civil wars, a report shows.
16.Oct.2006 Weather observer ready for flight Europe prepares to launch its most sophisticated weather and climate satellite - the Metop spacecraft.
16.Oct.2006 Radio tags spark privacy worries European citizens are worried about the dangers radio tags pose to personal privacy finds an EU study.
16.Oct.2006 Virtual Economies Attract Real-World Tax Attention - kdawson 55 doug141 writes to point out a

Reuters story on the attention tax authorities are beginning to focus on virtual economies. From the article: "Users of online worlds such as Second Life and World of Warcraft transact millions of dollars worth of virtual goods and services every day... People who cash out of virtual economies by converting their assets into real-world currencies are required to report their incomes to the U.S. Internal Revenue Service or the tax authority where they live in the real world... 'Right now we're at the preliminary stages of looking at the issue and what kind of public policy questions virtual economies raise — taxes, barter exchanges, property and wealth,' said Dan Miller, senior economist for the Joint Economic Committee of the U.S. Congress."
Who Cares If Privacy Is Slipping Away? - kdawson 101 IAmTheDave writes,

"This morning MSNBC's home page is topped by the opening story in a series, Privacy Under Attack, But Does Anybody Care? Privacy rights have been debated to death here on Slashdot, but this article attempts to understand people's ambivalence towards the decline of privacy. The article discusses how over 60 % of Americans — while somewhat unable to quantify what exactly privacy is and what's being lost — feel a pessimism about privacy rights and their erosion. However, a meager 6-7% polled have actually taken any steps to help preserve their privacy. The article's call to action: '...everyone has secrets they don't want everyone else to know + it's never too late to begin a discussion about how Americans' right to privacy can be protected.'"

National security whistleblower posts tell-all video on YouTube

By NewsTarget, 31.Aug.2006
(NewsTarget) Former Lockheed Martin project manager and engineer Michael DeKort has stirred up a hornets' nest with his 10-minute video on During the video, he charges his former company of shoddy workmanship on security upgrades for Coast Guard vessels. "What I am going to tell you is...


Former HP chair indicted over same crimes still committed by Bush Administration

- By Ben Kage, October 6 2006
(NewsTarget) An internal investigation at Hewlett-Packard that may have used illegal practices has led to the arrests of several key members of the company's hierarchy, but one political critic wants to know why HP's higher ups have been indicted for illegal spying while the Bush administration is not...

Bush Administration blocks scientific report on global warming

- By Jerome Douglas, September 28 2006
(NewsTarget) The Bush administration has blocked the release of a report suggesting that global warming is likely contributing to the formation, frequency and strength of hurricanes. NOAA scientists drafted the report linking human activity with hurricane activity in February 2006. It was scheduled...

Verstaatlichung: Bolivien greift nach den Gold- und Silberminen

16.Oct.2006 Nahost- Konflikt: Todesangst und Verwüstungen
16.Oct.2006 Russland- Geschäft: Deutsche Bank will Jukos- Schulden kaufen
16.Oct.2006 53. - Amanda  Total number of U.S. troop deaths in Iraq this month, “an extraordinarily high midmonth tally.”

At the current rate of American deaths, “October is on track to be the third deadliest month of the entire Iraq war for American forces.”
16.Oct.2006 Hagel: ‘We Need To Find A New Strategy, A Way Out Of Iraq’ - Judd 

Today on CNN’s Late Edition, Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE) delivered a blistering critique of the Bush administration’s Iraq policy.

Hagel said, “The American people are not going to continue to support, sustain a policy that puts American troops in the middle of a civil war.” He added, “So we need to find a new strategy, a way out of Iraq, because the entire Middle East, Wolf, is more combustible than it’s been probably since 1948 + more dangerous + we’re in the middle of it.” Watch it:

If Hagel is looking for a responsible way out of Iraq, he should take a look at the American Progress plan, Strategic Redeployment.


BLITZER: I don’t know about you, but I was pretty surprised by Senator Warner’s comments, given the fact that from day one he’s been an ardent supporter of the Bush administration’s strategy in Iraq.

HAGEL: Well, I agree with Chairman Warner’s assessment. Carl essentially said the same thing. We are going to have to find a new strategy. Let’s start with this very clear understanding + Carl noted it. The future of Iraq is going to be determined by the Iraqi people. It will not be determined here in Washington.

Now, that is a fact of life as far as I’m concerned + we are now in a situation where we have very few options. Our options are limited. The American people are not going to continue to support, sustain a policy that puts American troops in the middle of a civil war.

Let’s also examine what the Iraqi parliament did about three days ago, when they voted to go ahead and allow the 18 provinces in Iraq to start thinking about breaking up into autonomous regions. Now, they can’t activate that for 18 months, but these are the kind of political decisions that are going to have to be made by the Iraqis. We do need to change some kind of course here.

Jim Baker and Lee Hamilton’s commission is going to come back in by the end of the year with some new recommendations. That’s a hopeful sign, finally, that we’re getting another point of view. Also, this issue is going to be forced upon us by the U.N. because by the end of this year, coalition forces, the legal mandate to have U.N. forces in there, including the USA, is up.

So we need to find a new strategy, a way out of Iraq, because the entire Middle East, wolf, is more combustible than it’s been probably since 1948 + more dangerous + we’re in the middle of it.
Al-Qaeda general 'in the UK' - sfux 
AN al-Qaeda general believed to be plotting dirty bomb attacks on seven US cities could be in Britain, FBI sources said yesterday.
Adnan El Shukrijumah, who has a £2.5million bounty on his head, is suspected of planning a spectacular attack using bombs that spread radioactive waste.The...

16.Oct.2006 Die ?Welt? und die Wollust am Weltuntergang - sfux Karl Weiss -

Es gibt eine ganze Industrie von ?Skeptikern der globalen Erwärmungs-Theorie?, die gesponsert von den Öl- und Energiekonzernen und anderen ?Interessierten?, mit scheinwissenschaftlichem Anspruch versuchen, die feststehende Tatsache der globalen Erwärmung zu leugnen, die hauptsächlich durch den übermäßigen Ausstoß von Treibhausgasen verursacht wird.
Türken türken den armenischen Genozid - sfux Zwei Signale an Ankara: Nobelpreis und Pariser Beschluss
Malte Olschewski - Die Türkei hält an der getürkten Version des Völkermordes an den Armeniern fest. Es seien ?kriegsbedingte Deportationen? gewesen, die 1915/16 etwa ?300 000 Armeniern? das Leben gekostet hätten. Am 12.10. erhielt die Türkei von Europa zwei deutliche Hinweise für eine Textänderung....

16.Oct.2006 Negropontes Planspiel als Realität ausposaunt? - sfux Harald Haack ?

Wer einmal lügt, dem glaubt man nicht. Inzwischen weiß die Welt es, die CIA, die NSA, die Homeland-Security, das Pentagon und unter vielen anderen an der Spitze der US-Präsident George W. Bush. Ihnen wurden Lügen nachgewiesen - Lügen, die Tausenden von Menschen, darunter viele eigene Soldaten und Journalisten, das Leben gekostet haben. Schon 2004 offenbarte eine Serie von Enthüllungen,...
Alcoholic milk 'cuts allergies' Ingredients of an alcoholic milk drink could protect children from food allergies, research says.
16.Oct.2006 'Hunger critical' in South Asia A report released by a US-based group says South Asia continues to face "critical" levels of hunger.
16.Oct.2006 Pope to visit Turkey despite row The Vatican confirms Pope Benedict will travel to Turkey in November, despite a row over remarks on Islam.
16.Oct.2006 Australia to ban N Korean ships Australia is to ban North Korean ships from its ports, as talks in Tokyo focus on implementing UN sanctions.
16.Oct.2006 Dutch terror suspects go on trial Dutch prosecutors are using tough new anti-terror laws in the trial of six alleged Islamists.
16.Oct.2006 Katsav avoids parliament opening President Moshe Katsav opts to miss the opening of Israel's Knesset as police say he should face rape charges.
16.Oct.2006 Bush aides 'mocked evangelicals' US President Bush's top advisers ridiculed evangelical leaders while publicly embracing them, a new book says.
Online world to get news bureau News agency Reuters opens bureau inside virtual world and staffs it with a digital reporter.
16.Oct.2006 L American pair in battle for UN seat Intense lobbying surrounds a vote due on Venezuela and Guatemala's bids for a UN Security Council seat.
16.Oct.2006 Second Swedish minister resigns Swedish minister Cecilia Stego Chilos is the second to resign from the newly formed centre-right cabinet.
16.Oct.2006 Chaos at airports boosts Eurostar Summer security alerts at UK airports help swell sales and passenger numbers at Eurostar to record levels.
16.Oct.2006 Dubai rulers reject slavery case Dubai's ruling family says a legal case alleging it enslaved thousands of young camel jockeys is baseless.
16.Oct.2006 Chemical campaigns 'misleading' Leading toxicologists accuse green groups of misleading the public over chemical contamination campaigns.
16.Oct.2006 Police back Katsav rape charges Israeli police say there is enough evidence to bring rape and other charges against President Moshe Katsav.
16.Oct.2006 US urges China action on N Korea The US urges China to fully implement UN sanctions imposed on North Korea after its claimed nuclear test.
16.Oct.2006 Strong earthquake rattles Hawaii An earthquake knocks out power and topples rock walls across the US state of Hawaii but no-one is killed.
16.Oct.2006 Tunisia moves on headscarves Tunisia launches a campaign against Islamic headscarves, as officials hit out at 'sectarian' dress.
16.Oct.2006 SunPower boosts solar panel output Better efficiency and larger panels result in a 43 % jump in output, says solar energy equipment maker.
16.Oct.2006 Email Servers Will Choke, Says Spamhaus - kdawson 181 Rub3X writes,

"The legal battle between antispam organization Spamhaus and e360 Insight is heating up. Spamhaus has a user base of around 650 million + its lists block some fifty billion spam emails per day, according to the project's CEO Steve Linford. Spamhaus CIO Richard Cox says the immediate issue is that if the domain is suspended, the torrent of bulk mail hitting the world's mail servers would cause many of them to fail. More than 90% of of all email is now spam, Cox says + he doubts that servers worldwide would be able to handle a ten-fold increase in traffic." Others estimate Spamhaus's blocking efficacy as closer to 75%; by this metric spam would increase four-fold, not ten-fold, if Spamhaus went unavailable. The article paraphrases CIO Cox as saying that the service will continue "even if there is a short-term degradation."
Backyard Rocketeers Keep the Solid Fuel Burning - timothy 219
Jamie Clay points out a New York Times article about one sticky wicket faced by members of the Tripoli Rocketry Association, whose members are some of the private citizens trying to bust into the space-launch business (or just having fun) by financing and building their own rockets. An excerpt: "On Tuesday, lawyers representing Tripoli and the National Association of Rocketry and officials of the firearms bureau will head to Federal District Court in Washington to resolve the seven-year-old dispute over the hobbyists' use of a flammable propellant, ammonium perchlorate composite, or APCP. The chemical is the main ingredient on the space shuttle's solid rocket boosters. ... The firearms bureau classifies APCP as an explosive and, amid post-Sept. 11 security concerns, requires that anyone who uses more than two ounces of propellant undergo federal background checks."

Molecules Manipulated with Lasers - timothy 45 eldavojohn writes

"Scientists have been busy in Ottowa using lasers to manipulate chemical reactions. While this may not seem like an impressive feat, the implications this has for quantum mechanics is quite large. From the article, "According to Albert Stolow, the NRC team leader, the tool used to alter molecular landscapes has implications beyond the control of chemical reactions. One example already mentioned is in the area of quantum information either to directly encode molecular scale information or to control molecular scale switches. Another application is in developing novel forms of optical microscopy of live cells, where quantum control methods can be used to sharpen images, enhance sensitivity and perhaps even perform molecular scale surgery on individual cells. The electric interaction underlying the NRC technique is an essential tool on the quantum mechanic's workbench. Its application to science and technology could reach deep into the quantum world of the ultrasmall." The article in science was where I caught this initially though it doesn't seem to be free anywhere online. The final words of the summary are "suggesting broad applicability" but only time will tell how far our imaginations will use this research."
Canadian PM's comment on Liberals disgraceful: : No prime minister has the right to say that anyone who voices a criticism of Israel is an enemy of the Jewish state, Liberal leadership front-runner Michael Ignatieff charged in a stinging attack levelled at the Conservative leader on Friday.

16.Oct.2006 Spy Jonathan Pollard caught on tape: Surveillance video from 1985 shows American stealing secrets for Israel

16.Oct.2006 Guantanamo guards 'admitted abusing inmates' An American soldier has made new charges that military guards brutally treated inmates at the controversial top security prison for terrorist suspects in south-eastern Cuba.

16.Oct.2006 Terry Hicks welcomes resolution from lawyers' group: The father of David Hicks has welcomed a motion by Australian lawyers condemning the Federal Government's treatment of the Guantanamo Bay detainee.

16.Oct.2006 Australia: PM stopped Cole investigating govt ministers, Rudd says: The Federal Opposition says the Cole Inquiry will not get to the truth until it investigates the activities of government ministers involved in the United Nations oil-for-food program.

16.Oct.2006 Peace Activists Beware: Homeland Security May Be Reading Your E-Mail + Passing it on to the Pentagon

16.Oct.2006 Wall Street's political cash favors Democrats: Wall Street has shifted its allegiance in the 2006 election cycle by donating more to Democrats than Republicans who have been the investment banks' usual benefactors, U.S. Federal Election Commission data show.

16.Oct.2006 FBI Probing Rep. Curt Weldon: The FBI is investigating whether Rep. Curt Weldon, R-Pa., used his influence to secure lobbying and consulting contracts for his daughter, two people familiar with the inquiry said Saturday.

16.Oct.2006 Controversial US company wins US$ 700m South Sudan contract: Paid as development aid by the US government. The US contractor has been much criticised for "disastrous" infrastructure projects in other US protectorates; Iraq and Afghanistan.
16.Oct.2006 UN imposes stringent sanctions: The US-drafted resolution allows nations to stop cargo going to and from North Korea to check for weapons of mass destruction or related supplies. It was adopted after the USA, Britain and France made some modifications to dealt with last-minute objections from Russia and China.

16.Oct.2006 N. Korean ambassador considers U.S. pressure 'declaration of war' : "If the USA increases pressure upon the Democratic People's Republic of Korea persistently, the DPRK will continue to take physical countermeasures considering it as a declaration of war."

16.Oct.2006 Text of the U.N. resolution imposing sanctions on North Korea : The text of the U.N. resolution passed Saturday that imposes sanctions on North Korea for its claimed nuclear test:

16.Oct.2006 Activists say Ike Battle Group heading to Iran; protest planned: The Chief of Naval Operations is reviewing plans for a blockade of Iran's oil.
16.Oct.2006 "Silent" Iraqi exodus from violence fuelling asylum flow to Europe: Iraq is suffering from a "steady, silent exodus" of more than 40,000 people a month fleeing violence and the flow of refugees towards Europe is growing, the UN refugee agency has said.

16.Oct.2006 Blair devastated as Army chief savages his approach to Iraq : The authority of Tony Blair was left battered last night as he attempted to play down a rift with the head of the British Army over his unprecedented warning that the presence of foreign troops was "exacerbating" the security situation in Iraq

16.Oct.2006 British soldiers respond to Army chief: 'At last, someone told the truth' : I'm overjoyed that someone in a senior position has finally had the moral fortitude to forget the spin, forget the politics and just stand up and speak the truth - Danvnuk

16.Oct.2006 Half of UK troops 'must leave Iraq' : Military chiefs warned the government six months ago that the war in Afghanistan would fail without huge military back-up
16.Oct.2006 2 Ordered Not to Discuss Gitmo Claims: Marine Lt. Col. Colby Vokey, who represents a detainee at the U.S. naval base in eastern Cuba, filed a complaint with the Pentagon last week alleging that abuse was ongoing at the prison. He attached a sworn statement from his paralegal, Sgt. Heather Cerveny, in which she said several Guantanamo guards bragged in a bar about beating detainees, describing it as common practice.

16.Oct.2006 Weldon Faces Probe on Daughter's Deals : The inquiry focuses on lobbying contracts worth $1 million that Weldon's daughter, Karen Weldon, obtained from foreign clients + whether they were assisted by the congressman

Bush Buys Land in Northern Paraguay: Luis D Elia, undersecretary for the Social Habitat in the Argentine Federal Planning Ministry, issued a memo partially reproduced by digital, in which he spoke of the purchase by Bush of a 98,842-acre farm in northern Paraguay, between Brazil and Bolivia.
Number of children killed by Israeli occupation troops doubles: The number of Palestinian children who have already been killed this year in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, almost double the number for the whole of 2005, according to the United Nations Children's Fund

16.Oct.2006 Hamas warn against coup attempts during rise in Israeli violence: The Hamas movement has confirmed that the Israeli escalation is part of the plan aimed at bypassing the Palestinian election results which brought the movement to power.

16.Oct.2006 Hamas: US working to topple our gov't: Group officials enraged over report that Americans will transfer USD 42 million to Fatah in order to strengthen movement. 'Financing aimed at overturning results of democratic elections in Palestinian Authority

16.Oct.2006 UK NGOs call for Israel arms embargo: A London based non-governmental organization, The Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT), has launched a campaign calling for an arms embargo on Israel, accusing the British government of "complicity in the occupation."

16.Oct.2006 Israel war crime charge roils Canada politics: Leading candidate to head Canada's opposition Liberal Party says Israel committed war crime when it bombarded Lebanese village of Qana in July

War pimp alert: Iran should also face sanctions, Israel says : Israel's ambassador to the United Nations urged the Security Council on Sunday to take tough measures against Iran for its nuclear program in the wake of North Korea's declaring it had tested a nuclear bomb.

16.Oct.2006 War pimp alert: Olmert: Iranian nukes likely to end up in Hizbullah's hands: Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Sunday that Iran poses a strategic threat to Israel.

16.Oct.2006 Khamenei: US promoting terrorism : Iran's supreme leader yesterday accused the USA of promoting terrorism and religious division in Iraq and called Jordan's king one of Washington's "dependent" rulers.

16.Oct.2006 Michel Chossudovsky: War Preparations in the Middle East and Central Asia: The World is at the crossroads of the most serious crisis in modern history. The US has embarked on a military adventure, "a long war", which threatens the future of humanity.

16.Oct.2006 F. William Engdahl: Crisis of the U.S. Dollar System: The US position in the world since 1945 + especially since 1971, has rested on two pillars, however: The superiority of the US military over all, and, the role of the dollar as world reserve currency. That dollar is the Achilles heel of American hegemony today.
16.Oct.2006 There was a plan for Iraq - but it was torn up:

Garner drew up detailed plans and, at his first briefing with President Bush, outlined three essential "musts" that would, he asserted, ensure a smooth transition after the war.

16.Oct.2006 It's time to say sorry for Iraq's agony : General Sir Richard Dannatt, the army's biggest gun, has blown apart Blair's promises and exposed the disaster our leaders try to hide

16.Oct.2006 Australia: Former Defence chief General Peter Cosgrove admits he was wrong about Iraq : "If people say that there has been an energising of the jihadist movement through the protracted war in Iraq - well that's pretty obvious."

16.Oct.2006 US will stay at full strength in Iraq until 2010, says army chief : Military commanders at the Pentagon have revealed that they are laying plans to maintain troop numbers in Iraq at about 140,000 for at least another four years as sectarian violence continues to surge and fatalities among American soldiers have risen sharply.
16.Oct.2006 Iraqis call for five-man junta to end the anarchy : Dr Saleh al-Mutlak, a prominent Sunni politician, travelled to Arab capitals last week seeking support for the replacement of the present government with a group of five strongmen who would impose martial law and either dissolve parliament or halt its participation in day-to-day government.

16.Oct.2006 Lack of confidence in Maliki government grows: Since Iraq's first permanent government was elected, security has eroded by nearly every measure, despite the U.S. training of more than 300,000 Iraqi police and soldiers. When the government came into power, 65 bodies on average were appearing on Iraq's streets a day; today, 100 are killed daily.

16.Oct.2006 What about all those purple fingers?: David Brooks has incredible access to the White House so when he said this shocker on "The Chris Matthews Show," I believed him. Bush is thinking about replacing the entire Iraq government. I kid you not.

16.Oct.2006 Government postpones critical reconciliation conference: The government on Sunday postponed indefinitely a much-anticipated national reconciliation conference aimed at shoring up Iraq's brittle political system, citing "emergency reasons."
16.Oct.2006 Let me denounce genocide from the dock Suddenly, those Armenian mass graves opened up before my own eyes - By Robert Fisk
This has been a bad week for Holocaust deniers. I'm talking about those who wilfully lie about the 1915 genocide of 1.5 million Armenian Christians by the Ottoman Turks.

16.Oct.2006 The Great Experiment - By Uri Avnery
IS IT possible to force a whole people to submit to foreign occupation by starving it? That is, certainly, an interesting question. So interesting, indeed, that the governments of Israel and the USA, in close cooperation with Europe, are now engaged in a rigorous scientific experiment in order to obtain a definitive answer.

Padilla Update

16.Oct.2006 Bush has been Torturing American Citizens since 2002 - By Mike Whitney
Jose Padilla is an innocent man.

His story tells us everything we need to know about the Stalinist regime currently operating in Washington and their utter disdain for human rights, civil liberties and American citizenship. Continue

16.Oct.2006 If Only George Bush Had Been Amish- By Doug Soderstrom,
Having “the last say” depends not so much upon who is able to throw the final punch, but rather who it is that is most wise, who is able to impel folks to be a friend of he who happens to be crowned as victor.

16.Oct.2006 Is G.O.P. candidate Crist STRAIGHT? Was he into SEED? 

Cannonfire has some troubling questions about the GOP's candidate to replace Jeb Bush. To paraphrase Johnny Carson, it's weird, weird stuff. posted by Prof. Hex
16.Oct.2006 Ohio State Ethics Documents Found Blowing Through Streets 

There's fear of identity theft after the names and Social Security numbers of hundreds of Ohioans were found blowing around in a Columbus alley.
Really? Documents from the Ohio Ethics Commission? Man, I can hardly believe that. The state of
Republican Party leader Tom Noe?

The state of Republican Representative Bob Ney? , Governor Bob Taft?
Republican Secretary of State Ken Blackwell
I can't imagine why anybody would want those. Is Ohio the most corrupt state in the Union? posted by Prof. Hex

The Israelis aptly call their nuclear program "the Samson option." The Biblical Samson ripped down the pillars of the temple and killed everyone around him, along with himself.
Chris Hedges is the former Middle East bureau chief for The New York Times and the author of "
War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning."

The aircraft carrier Eisenhower, accompanied by the guided-missile cruiser USS Anzio, guided-missile destroyer USS Ramage, guided-missile destroyer USS Mason + the fast-attack submarine USS Newport News, is, as I write, making its way to the Straits of Hormuz off Iran.

The ships will be in place to strike Iran by the end of the month.

It may be a bluff. It may be a feint. It may be a simple show of American power. But I doubt it.

War with Iran -- a war that would unleash an apocalyptic scenario in the Middle East -- is probable by the end of the Bush administration.

It could begin in as little as three weeks.

This administration, claiming to be anointed by a Christian God to reshape the world + especially the Middle East, defined three states at the start of its reign as "the Axis of Evil."

They were Iraq, now occupied; North Korea, which, because it has nuclear weapons, is untouchable; and Iran.

Those who do not take this apocalyptic rhetoric seriously have ignored the twisted pathology of men like Elliott Abrams, who helped orchestrate the disastrous + illegal contra war in Nicaragua + who now handles the Middle East for the National Security Council. He knew nothing about Central America.

He knows nothing about the Middle East. He sees the world through the childish, binary lens of good and evil, us and them, the forces of darkness and the forces of light.

And it is this strange, twilight mentality that now grips most of the civilian planners who are barreling us towards a crisis of epic proportions.

These men advocate a doctrine of permanent war, a doctrine which, as William R. Polk points out, is a slight corruption of Leon Trotsky's doctrine of permanent revolution.

These two revolutionary doctrines serve the same function, to intimidate + destroy all those classified as foreign opponents, to create permanent instability + fear and to silence domestic critics who challenge leaders in a time of national crisis.

It works.

The citizens of the USA, slowly being stripped of their civil liberties, are being herded sheep-like, once again, over a cliff.

But this war will be different. It will be catastrophic. It will usher in the apocalyptic nightmares spun out in the dark, fantastic visions of the Christian right.

And there are those around the president who see this vision as preordained by God; indeed, the president himself may hold such a vision.

Bush's Petro-Cartel Almost Has Iraq's Oil Joshua Holland, AlterNet

U.S. Corporations Work to Prevent Chinese Workers' Rights Jeremy Brecher, Brendan L. Smith, Tim Costello, AlterNet

Does Bush Think War with Iran Is Preordained? - By Chris Hedges, Truthdig. Posted October 10, 2006.
The Christian right sees an apocalyptic nuclear war with Iran as a vision set forth in the Bible. Bush himself may be a believer, too.

16.Oct.2006 well, there's this from digby:
the timing is just a little to, um, unnerving, eh?
# posted by dr. elsewhere

16.Oct.2006 upcoming winter issue of Reconstruction. The issue is the “Theories/Practices of Blogging.”

In addition to the special section of posts on blogging there will be about a dozen essays on blogging.
The deadline is October 27th.
Our intent in this section of the issue will be to collect a wide range of bloggers and link up to their statements in regards to why they blog (something many of us are asked) and any statement they have on the theories/practices of blogging.
If you already have a post on this you can feel free to use it, or, if you are interested, you can submit a new one.
We will link to each statement from the issue at our site,

with the intent of creating a hyperlinked list of statements on blogging that can serve as an introduction to blogging (or an expansion of knowledge for those already blogging).
If you are interested please contact me at mdbento @
# posted by Thivai Abhor

16.Oct.2006 Related to these questions, news from Spain may give us something like a clue.
Seems a year ago, the US captured in Pakistan a man with direct ties to the planning of 9/11, Spanish-born Mustafa Setmarian.
Seems this was reported in May, right after the US offered a $5 million bounty; his name has also been removed from the FBI's Most Wanted list.
Seems Amnesty International reports him as disappeared + his wife claims he is being held in a secret CIA prison.
And it seems he sports a head of flaming red hair.
Well, maybe the red hair part. The rest is just too ...predictable.

16.Oct.2006 Red October Surprise? dr. elsewhere here
So Karl has promised at least one
October surprise, has he?
16.Oct.2006 Lieberman won't endorse Democrats More evidence that Lieberman plans to switch parties after the election: Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman, a lifelong Democrat and student of politics, blanked when asked if America would be better off with his party regaining control of the U.S. House of Representatives...
"Uh, I haven't thought about that enough to give an answer," Lieberman said, as though Democrats' strong prospects for recapturing the House hadn't been the fall's top political story.
He was similarly elusive about the race for governor. Is he voting for John DeStefano Jr., a Democrat and mayor of the city where Lieberman has lived since the 1960s?
"I'm, uh, I'm having," he stammered, then laughed and said his decision would remain private. What kind of Democrat would vote for Lieberman after these admissions?

16.Oct.2006 "Senior Republican leaders have concluded that Senator Mike DeWine of Ohio, a pivotal state in this year?s fierce midterm election battles, is likely to be heading for defeat and are moving to reduce financial support for his race and divert party money to other embattled Republican senators, party officials said."

16.Oct.2006 Kentucky GOP Senator and All-Around Republican Bad Boy, Mitch McConnell,"pushes the government to help cigarette makers, Las Vegas casinos, the pharmaceutical industry, credit card lenders, coal mine owners and others." And gets campaign contributions in return.
Get Barack Obama's "The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream" from
Startling 9/11 Poll by the New York Times and CBS: "Only 16 per cent of respondents say the government headed by U.S. president George W. Bush is telling the truth on what it knew prior to the terrorist attacks." 10/12 16.Oct.2006 British troops are fighting for their lives in Afghanistan. Those in Iraq are wondering when they can go home. But they all share their commander's view of a confused and chaotic mission. "Many of the troops on the ground in Iraq + their commanders back home, believe that they are remaining there almost exclusively for political reasons."
Panel has some opinions on Iraq: find way to remove troops 10/16

16.Oct.2006 How the General Who Heads the UK Army Called Iraq War a Threat to the Military and a Creator of Tension in the Region. Online Poll Shows 97% of UK Soldiers Agree with Him.
Parties shift funds as contests tighten: GOP abandons races deemed unwinnable 10/16

16.Oct.2006 Busheviks Turning the Great Lakes Into the Machine Gun Lakes: For the first time, Coast Guard officials want to mount machine guns routinely on their cutters and small boats here and around all five of the Great Lakes as part of a program addressing the threats of terrorism after Sept. 11. 10/16
If the Democrats Regain Control of Congress, Will They Investigate the Years of Republican Illegal Activity?

16.Oct.2006 Israel: Katsav meidet nach Sex- Vorwürfen die Knesset
16.Oct.2006 Kohls Souffleure: Die graue Effizienz im Kanzleramt
16.Oct.2006 Bevölkerungswachstum: USA durchbrechen 300- Millionen- Marke
16.Oct.2006 Unterschichtsstudie: SPD- Linke geben Schröder Schuld an neuer Armut
16.Oct.2006 Atomwaffen- Terror: Angst vor dem Problem aus der Hölle
Streitfall Chavez: Venezuela muss um Sitz im Sicherheitsrat bangen

16.Oct.2006 Anti- Terror- Kampf: Briten planen Spitzelsystem gegen Muslime
16.Oct.2006 Israels Präsident Katsav: Ermittler haben Beweise für Vergewaltigungs- Vorwürfe

16.Oct.2006 Ölpreis- Verfall: Opec will mit Förderreduzierung gegensteuern

16.Oct.2006 Große Koalition: Drastischer Mitgliederschwund bei SPD und CDU

16.Oct.2006 Atomwaffen- Streit: Annans Nachfolger bietet Nordkorea direkte Gespräche an

16.Oct.2006 Katastrophen: Zwei schwere Erdbeben sorgen für Panik auf Hawaii
Winslow glaubt, eine Lösung des Problems zu kennen. Seit mehr als 20 Jahren sucht er nach einer Substanz, die wenigstens vorübergehend Spenderblut ersetzt. Ursprünglich forschte er im Auftrag der Armee, inzwischen hat er eine eigene Firma. Es geht um ein Milliardengeschäft. Künstliches Blut, das nachweislich so sicher ist wie heutige Blutkonserven, das wäre eine Lizenz zum Gelddrucken.
"[We] believe that the government not only permitted 9/11 to occur but may even have orchestrated these events to facilitate its political agenda." -
"The 'Official Story' of what actually took place on 9-11 is a lie.

We do not pretend to have put together a full and definitive account of how + by whom, the attacks were carried out. But information reported in mainstream media + viewed in the light of common sense and the laws of physics, demonstrate that the 'Official Story', examined closely, is not credible." - Attorney Phil Berg ( )
"Within days of the attacks, we were told that the perpetrators were from a terrorist network known as Al Qaeda. When reporters and members of the public asked for details, then Secretary of State Colin Powell promised that it would all be made clear to the world in a White Paper.
Nearly four years + two wars later, we still have no official statement from the Bush administration on the specifics of who did it, who aided and financed them or what their origins are."
- Rep. Cynthia McKinney's opening statement at the July 22nd, 2005 Congressional Briefing
16.Oct.2006 Pazifik: Schweres Beben auf Hawaii
Irak: Al- Qaida ruft islamischen Staat aus
Libanon: "Historische Mission" für deutsche Flotte
16.Oct.2006 Atomwaffen: Wettrennen in die Katastrophe
16.Oct.2006 Schweden: TV- Gebührenskandal löst Regierungskrise aus
16.Oct.2006 Medizin: Kokosmilch und Rinderblut für Menschen
16.Oct.2006 Ahnenforschung: Forscher suchen Geburtsort von Kolumbus
16.Oct.2006 Indien vs. China: Aufholjagd des Elefanten
16.Oct.2006 Starwissenschaftler: Hawking wird Schauspieler
16.Oct.2006 A $200-Million Floating Nuclear Plant? - timothy 47 Roland Piquepaille writes

"In 'A Floating Chernobyl?,' Popular Science reports that two Russian companies plan to build the world's first floating nuclear power plant to deliver cheap electricity to northern territories. The construction should start next year for a deployment 00.000.2010. The huge barge will be home for two 60-megawatt nuclear reactors which will work until 2050... if everything works fine. It looks like a frightening idea, don't you think? But read more for additional details and pictures of this floating nuclear power plant."
French Scientists Link Higher BMI with Lower IQ - timothy 220 Xemu writes

"French scientists have linked obesity to lower IQ reports the Telegraph. In a new five-year study of more than 2,200 adults, people with a low body mass index (BMI) could recall 30% more words in a vocabulary test than those who were obese. The fatter subjects also showed a higher rate of cognitive decline when they were retested five years later. In the USA, 30% of the population is obese according to OECD. That's the highest rate of obesity anywhere. Do these high obesity rates affect the average IQ of the population?" (Of course, this sidesteps discussion of whether IQ tests measure anything significant at all.)
More E-mail, Fewer Mailboxes - timothy 135 mikesd81 writes

"Over at the Baltimore Sun there is an article about the post office removing those blue corner mail boxes because of e-mail. From the article: 'As more people send e-mails and pay bills online, the decline in first-class mail is forcing the U.S. Postal Service to remove tens of thousands of underused mailboxes from city streets.' The article goes on to say that the boxes were an American icon: 'You recognize them in Chicago, you recognize them in D.C., you recognize them in Florida, you recognize them in Montana,' Pope said. 'It's a piece of American iconography that has a wonderful history behind it.'" What the article forgets to mention: they're like an American TARDIS for children.
Warner: Since I Said ‘Things Are Going Sideways’ In Iraq, There’s Been An ‘Exponential Increase’ In Violence - Payson 

After visiting Iraq earlier this month, Senate Armed Services Committee chairman John Warner said the country is “drifting sideways” and several parts of Iraq have taken “steps backwards.” “In two or three months if this thing hasn’t come to fruition and this level of violence is not under control,” Warner said, “I think it’s a responsibility of our government to determine: Is there a change of course we should take?”

Today, Warner said he stands by his previous statements + he added that “one week out” from his trip, there has been an “exponential increase in the killings and the savagery that’s going on over there.” Watch it:


SCHIEFFER: Alright, let’s go quickly now to Iraq. You came back from Iraq, Senator Warner + said we’re going “sideways” there. And if things don’t improve we’re going to have to rethink our policy. What does that mean?

WARNER: It means just exactly what that statement is + I stand by it. you cannot see - you can see some movement forward, but a lot of movement back. As we are sitting here today, one week out of my trip there, the exponential increase in the killings and the savagery that’s going on over there.
Bolton Refuses To Rule Out Military Action Against North Korea - Amanda 

Last week in response to North Korea’s nuclear test, President Bush stated:

The transfer of nuclear weapons by North Korea to states or non-state entities would be considered a grave threat to the USA and we would hold North Korea fully accountable for the consequences of such action

Today on ABC’s This Week, host George Stephanopoulos asked U.N. Ambassador John Bolton if Bush’s statement meant the USA would use military force against North Korea. Bolton replied, “No.”

But Bolton quickly backtracked on his answer. Bush has referred to another country as a “grave threat” just one other time during his presidency. In Jan. 2003 he called Iraq a “grave threat to peace.” Shortly after that statement, the Bush administration invaded Iraq. When Stephanopoulos pointed out this fact, Bolton retracted his earlier answer and said, “Well, I’m not going to speculate on what our response might be to something like that.” Watch it:

Full transcript below:

STEPHANOPOULOS: The President was also very active publicly the day after we learned of the North Korean test.

He went into the Roosevelt Room, I believe it was + laid out a very stern warning. Here it is.

BUSH [VIDEO]: The transfer of nuclear weapons by North Korea to states or non-state entities would be considered a grave threat to the USA and we would hold North Korea fully accountable for the consequences of such action.

STEPHANOPOULOS: Crack the diplomatic code here. When a president calls something “a grave threat,” that means that action will be met by a military response, correct?

BOLTON: No, what the President has said repeatedly is that he seeks a peaceful and diplomatic solution to the problem posed by North Korea’s pursuit, not only of nuclear weapons, but of chemical and biological weapons and ballistic missiles and other means of delivering them + by rallying the international coalition that he has leading to this 15-0 vote in the Security Council yesterday, he’s made it clear that he’s going to do what he can through economic and political pressure to isolate North Korea and to deprive them of the means and technology they need to pursue those programs + as well, to work with China + others to get North Korea to do what Libya did, to see that they’re really much safer giving up the pursuit of nuclear weapons than continuing to go after them.

STEPHANOPOULOS: But Mr. Ambassador, I went back and checked and from what we’ve been able to tell, the President has used that formulation, “grave threat to the USA,” only once before in his presidency. It was in

00.Jan.2003 + he was referring to Iraq. Two months later we invaded.

Is it the policy of the USA if North Korea transfers nuclear material that that transfer will be met by a military response?

BOLTON: Well, I’m not going to speculate on what our response might be to something like that. I think higher authority will make whatever response is appropriate.
Bush keeps revising war justification. - Judd The AP finally catches on.
15.Oct.2006 Chris Wallace Ignores 20,000 Emails Demanding He Ask Rice About The U.S.S. Cole - Judd 

More than 20,000 people emailed Chris Wallace and demanded he ask Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice this question today:

Prior to 9/11, you had eight months to respond to the al-Qaeda attack on the U.S.S. Cole. Why didn’t the Bush administration take action and put al-Qaeda out of business?

Wallace didn’t ask the question or any question on the topic. It’s the twenty-fourth time Rice has been on Fox News Sunday since 9/11 without being asked about the U.S.S. Cole.

Last month, Fox’s Chris Wallace asked President Clinton why he didn’t respond to the Oct. 12, 2000 bombing of the U.S.S. Cole. He asked the question even though the “CIA and the FBI refused to certify that Bin Laden was responsible” until early 2001, which foreclosed the possibility of a full response during the Clinton administration.

Wallace claimed he asked the question of Clinton because “I got a lot of e-mail from viewers.”
15.Oct.2006 One Year After Bankruptcy Bill, It’s Well Past Time To Crack Down On Predatory Lenders - Guest 

(Our guest blogger, John Edwards, is a former North Carolina Senator and candidate for Vice President)

There are happy anniversaries and sad ones. October 17th is one of the sad ones. It’s been a year since Congress put into effect a new bankruptcy law that makes it harder for people to declare bankruptcy and get a fresh start. It was easy for Congress to characterize bankrupt families as “deadbeats” and ignore the reality that more than 90 % of all bankruptcies are due to medical emergencies, job loss, divorce or a death in the family.

This anniversary has got me thinking. Our middle class is built on shaky ground. The latest sign: a wave of new foreclosures driven by higher interest rates, lower housing prices + predatory mortgage lending.

Middle and low-income families are under attack from predatory lenders who offer deceptive terms, charge unfair fees + trap the unwary or the unlucky. According to Fannie Mae, about half of the subprime borrowers could qualify for regular interest rates, but didn’t get them. That means there are hundreds of thousands of people paying much more than they should for their home loans.

What’s especially outrageous is how predatory lenders go after African-American and other minority communities. If you are an upper-income African-American family, you are twice as likely to get a subprime loan as a lower-income white family. It’s incredible — even though you are doing better, you get a worse loan if you are African-American.

We didn’t see the full impact of these abuses during the housing boom, but now — with home prices sliding down and interest rates moving up — we are seeing the first signs of a big problem. Tens of thousands of families have gotten into unfair deals and are now in over their heads. Mortgage foreclosures are up 53 % from last year + they are expected to keep rising.

Rather than passing laws that punish consumers trying to make ends meet, we should be cracking down on the irresponsible lenders that prey upon them. Congress needs to start paying attention to the growing problem of predatory lenders.

Just like with the bankruptcy bill, we aren’t seeing action on Capitol Hill because financial companies are huge campaign contributors. 00.000.2000, one of George Bush’s biggest donors was credit card giant MBNA.

00.000.2004, it was the owner of Ameriquest’s turn.

We know how to solve this problem. We need strong legislation against predatory lending — preventing mortgage lenders from charging excessive fees, forbidding loan “flipping” where lenders rack up fees by refinancing mortgages without benefiting borrowers + limiting pre-payment penalties.

Predatory lending isn’t the only problem for families that are working hard, paying their bills + still struggling to get by. Short-term payday loans with excessive interest rates can quickly turn into a crushing long-term debt. Congress recently passed protections for our military men and women, but why not all families?

It’s well past time to install leaders who care about issues like predatory lending, rising mortgage foreclosure rates, increasing the minimum wage + helping middle and low-income families. Americans deserve leaders that have the backbone to stand up and do something about their concerns.

I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again until it’s a reality — we need a government that works for all of its people, especially the most vulnerable among us. – John Edwards
15.Oct.2006 Liquid to seal open wounds fast Scientists have developed biodegradable liquids that can stop bleeding in wounded rodents within seconds.
15.Oct.2006 Chile head revisits torture site Chilean President Michelle Bachelet visits the detention centre where she was tortured 00.000.1975.
15.Oct.2006 N Korea condemns UN sanctions Pyongyang decries a UN vote for sanctions over its claimed nuclear test as the focus switches to implementation.
15.Oct.2006 Woman gives birth to grandchild A woman gave birth to her own grandchild, a doctor reveals amid debate in Japan over surrogacy.
15.Oct.2006 Clue to flaws in autistic brain Regions of the brain may not communicate with each other as efficiently as they should in people with autism, research suggests.
15.Oct.2006 Element 118 Created - kdawson 149 BuzzSkyline writes,

"The heaviest element yet, Element 118, has been created in Dubna, Russia by a collaboration of researchers from Russia's Joint Institute for Nuclear Research and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in the US. They created the new element by fusing together Californium (element 98) and Calcium atoms. The achievement comes five years after the scandal-plagued retraction of an earlier claim, which was based on fabricated data, that three atoms of element 118 had been produced at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California. The achievement was reported on October 9 in the journal Physical Review C (subscription needed to read more than the abstract)."
Software To Authenticate Paintings - kdawson 56 eldavojohn writes,

"There's a new software tool out and about called Authentic which analyzes paintings to determine if they are indeed authentic works of the artist. If you don't think this is a serious problem to tackle, some experts estimate up to 15 % of 'original prints' sold at auction houses are actually fake. From the article: 'By dividing 145 digitized paintings into pixels and analyzing the colors of each and how they compared with nearby pixels, the system was able to spot patterns unique to the painter. The software also showed Van Gogh's use of complementary colors (PDF) increased during his most active period from 1885 to 1890, according to the study published in Pattern Recognition Letters... In tests, Authentic performed as well as 15 human volunteers who were each given a small segment of a painting to study.' I've heard of many tools that analyze texts to verify the author but this is an extra dimension and a new frontier for pattern recognition. Tacking on another dimension, how much longer until we are able to analyze video in the same way?"
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• Vote Fraud:
Internal Documents from Diebold Election Systems
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A Guide to 'Senior Administration Officials'
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Bush Admin

"[D]on't criticize my children and don't criticize my daughters-in-law and don't criticize my husband, or you're dead." — Barbara Bush, Larry King Live (CNN), 10/22/03
15.Oct.2006 Why are these men smiling? They must have something planned: Amid widespread panic in the Republican establishment about the coming midterm elections, there are two people whose confidence about GOP prospects strikes even their closest allies as almost inexplicably upbeat: President Bush and his top political adviser, Karl Rove. Even absent a big surprise, I'm not at all happy with the Senate sitch, given the probability of a Lieberman party hop. Both Tennessee and Virginia are must-wins. Permalink
15.Oct.2006 Deutsch- Türken gegen Kopftuch: "Symbol der Frauenunterdrückung"

15.Oct.2006 Uno- Resolution gegen Nordkorea: Japan erwägt zusätzliche Sanktionen
14.Oct.2006 Atomstreit: Iran hält Drohungen für "psychologische Kriegsführung"
14.Oct.2006 Breaking the Silence of the Night- By Ron Kovic
Like many Americans who served in Vietnam and those now serving in Iraq + countless other human beings throughout history, I had been willing to give my life for my country with little knowledge or awareness of what that really meant. I trusted and believed and had no reason to doubt the sincerity or motives of my government. It would not be until many months later at the Bronx Veterans Hospital in New York that I would begin to question whether I and the others who had gone to that war had gone for nothing.

Lied Into War - An Interview With Daniel Ellsberg Video & Transcript
The most famous whistleblower of the Vietnam era, former State and Defence Department official, Daniel Ellsberg, is speaking out, calling on Bush Administration officials to do what he did with the Pentagon papers more than 30 years ago and leak secret documents and war plans to the public. Ellsberg claims President Johnson lied to take America to war in Vietnam.

He accuses President Bush of lying to take America to war with Iraq and he believes secret groundwork is being laid for a war with Iran. Click to view 
14.Oct.2006 Pulling a Boehner They're only making it worse for themselves...

House Majority Leader John Boehner today echoed Congressman Patrick McHenry's big lie that Democrats are behind the Foley scandal:
Someone who had this information allowed those 16-year-old pages to be at risk while they were playing their political games," said Boehner, R-Ohio.

"I do not believe thus far that Republicans knew about these sexually explicit instant messages.
14.Oct.2006 (See the ABC News report here.)

As long as McHenry, Boehner, Rove and company continue to play their disgusting games, we may and must do everything we can to exploit that conflict. Permalink
14.Oct.2006 Is G.O.P. candidate Crist STRAIGHT? Was he into SEED? According to Radar Online and other sources, Charlie Crist -- the GOP's candidate to replace Jeb Bush as Governor of Florida -- has long been considered yet another of the many Republican leaders who enjoy the company of, um, other men.
This blog offers an interesting tidbit which I would like to see confirmed: Charlie Crist, the GOP candidate for Fla. gov., is also supposedly only half-closeted and was Foley's roommate when he and Foley served in the Fla. Leg. together. 2. Foley supported Mel Sembler, the head of the notorious Straight program and its offshoots. Allegedly an anti-drug project, Straight has achieved notoriety for its horrible record of child abuse. Young people were beaten, degraded, dehumanized, ill-fed, forced to wallow in feces and urine, etc.
If you're not up to speed on Sembler,
start here.
3. Mel Sembler has provided
strong financial backing for Crist.
The ties between Crist and the Sembler family are not just financial. I urge readers (especially those who live in Florida) to publicize
this 2002 piece by Wesley Fager, who has done so much to expose Sembler's child abuse.

14.Oct.2006 Since high school, Crist has been friends with Brent Sembler, son of Mel Sembler.

They spend a great deal of time together on Crist's boat. This story from the St. Petersburg Times refers to Brent as simply a 'developer," even though he is actually the vice chairman of his father's company.
As noted earlier, Jeb Bush appointed Crist to a position where he could quash many of the Sembers' legal troubles.

The Bush family + the Semblers have long been allies; Mel's wife -- Brent's mother -- was the finance co-chair for one of Jeb's gubernatorial campaigns.Something's going on here, folks. Permalink
14.Oct.2006 U.N. Adopts Resolution Against North Korea for Nuclear Blast No One is Sure Took Place. Just When You Thought It Couldn't Get Any Stranger...
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14.Oct.2006 More Republican Sexual Pedophilia, This Time in Chicago Suburb. "A 36-year-old Aurora man seeking election to the Kane County Board in November has been charged with sexually abusing two girls. Brent K. Schepp, of the 400 block of Linden Avenue, was named in a 26-count criminal indictment announced Friday by Kane County State's Atty. John Barsanti. Schepp is the Republican candidate in the race for an open County Board seat based in Aurora." 10/15

14.Oct.2006 Another Republican Revealed as Sex Pervert: GOP Fundraiser and Husband of "Dancing With the Stars" Contestant -- A BuzzFlash News Alert
Richly deserved Nobel prize for Bangladeshi whose "microloans" helped lift millions from poverty 10/15

14.Oct.2006 An Inconvenient Truth (DVD) -- Advance Order for Release Date of November 21. Reserve Now from (See the Trailer.)
Florida contest turns into a joke as GOP "sure bets" go up for grabs. Replacement candidate: "People are saying you can't push the button next to Mark Foley's name. But I know that you're smarter than that" 10/15
Santorum officially designated a loser by GOP? RNC has no plans to buy ads for flailing Ricky. 10/15

14.Oct.2006 Bush's stumping will show just what "moral values" the Republicans have 10/15
Bush says North Korea vote sends "swift and tough" message to Kim Jong-Il 10/15

14.Oct.2006 PhilTalk Philosophieforen - USA-Anfang und Ende der Demokratie?
Gedankenmanipulation sei nur nebenbei erwähnt. ... Die ausgegrenzte Rest-Welt könnte sich zusammenschließen und gegen den Alleinvertretungsanspruch der US ...
14.Oct.2006 O'Reilly Equates 9/11 Scholars With Terrorists - Paul Joseph Watson -With FBI Investigation
14.Oct.2006 SA broadcaster 'gagged critics' A leaked report accuses South Africa's public broadcaster of gagging outspoken commentators.
14.Oct.2006 POLL: Majority Of Americans Reject Right Wing’s Anti-Gay Smears In Foley Scandal - Amanda 

Since the Foley scandal broke, many right-wing activists have attempted to brand the scandal as a homosexual issue. Linda Harvey of the conservative site WorldNetDaily stated that “sex with youth are built into the ‘gay’ sub-culture” and Family Research Council President Tony Perkins said that “neither party seems likely to address the real issue, which is the link between homosexuality and child sexual abuse.”

Fortunately, the American public has rejected their dishonest scare tactics. A new Human Rights Campaign poll shows that Americans continue to support gay rights:

– 62 % of Americans believe that Foley’s behavior was “typical of politicians,” as opposed to just 30 % who believe his behavior was “typical of gay men.”

– 70 % of Americans say that the Foley scandal has not changed their opinion of gay people .

– 80 % of Americans believe it is important to make “sure that gays and lesbians receive the same rights and protections under the law as other Americans,” up from 77 % in April 2006.

Foley’s behavior was the disgraceful behavior of a pedophile. It had nothing to do with the behavior of gay men.
Three in Four Americans Support Bringing Troops Home From Iraq - Guest 

A new Fox News/Opinion Dynamics poll conducted October 10-11 finds that nearly three in four Americans (73 %) agree that U.S. troops should start to come home.

The Fox News poll asked Americans if they agreed or disagreed with this statement: “The USA has sacrificed enough for the people of Iraq + now it is time that they take on most of the burden of their security in their country and let U.S. troops to start to come home.”

A strong majority of Americans of all ideological stripes agree with this statement — which is similar to the argument the Center for American Progress makes in the Strategic Redeployment plan released last September — that American troops have done their share + it is time for Iraqis to take responsibility for their own affairs. Brian Katulis
14.Oct.2006 Colorado Group: God, Moses Oppose State Minimum Wage Increase - Payson 

This November, Coloradoans will vote on Amendment 42, a ballot initiative to raise the state minimum wage from $5.15 to $6.85. If the initiative passes, the minimum wage would be “adjusted annually for inflation, as measured by the Consumer Price Index used for Colorado.”

Stop 42, the group opposed to the initiative, is taking a “biblical” approach in their campaign against a minimum wage increase. Their new ad depicts a “Moses” character speaking to the voice of God in the Rocky Mountains. “We need divine intervention,” Moses says. God responds: “We can’t let the people make this mistake. Go. Spread the word. Vote no on 42!

Watch it:

More than 650 of the nation’s leading economists disagree. The academics said in a statement issued by the Economic Policy Institute, “[M]odest increases in state minimum wages in the range of $1.00 to $2.50 and indexing to protect against inflation can significantly improve the lives of low-income workers and their families, without the adverse effects that critics have claimed.”

Divine intervention may be the only thing that can help the Stop 42 campaign. In the latest Rocky Mountain News/CBS 4 poll, 74 % of Colorado voters said they will “definitely” or “probably” support Amendment 42.


MOSES: Hello!

GOD: Can you hear me now?

MOSES: We need divine intervention. They want to chisel Amendment 42 into Colorado’s constitution where it doesn’t belong.

GOD: What on earth are you talking about?

MOSES: An annual minimum wage increase in stone for eternity!

GOD: When inflation and recession come, it will be a catastrophe!

MOSES: It’s a plague we’ll face every year.

GOD: We can’t let the people make this mistake. Go. Spread the word. Vote no on 42!
10,000 14,000 People Demand Chris Wallace Ask Rice About The U.S.S. Cole - Judd 

This morning, we suggested that readers email Chris Wallace and tell him to ask Condoleezza Rice the following question:

Prior to 9/11, you had eight months to respond to the al-Qaeda attack on the U.S.S. Cole. Why didn’t the Bush administration take action and put al-Qaeda out of business?

After all, Wallace asked President Clinton this question last month, even though the “CIA and the FBI refused to certify that Bin Laden was responsible” until early 2001, which foreclosed the possibility of a full response during the Clinton administration.

Also, Chris Wallace said he asked Clinton because “I got a lot of e-mail from viewers.” So far 10,000 people have emailed Wallace and told him to ask this question. Join this effort HERE.

We’ll monitor Fox News Sunday this weekend and let you know how Wallace responds.

UPDATE: As of 9PM, 14,000 people sent emails to Chris Wallace.
Rumsfeld Allies Launch Smear Campaign Against NATO General - Faiz 

Gen. James Jones, the Supreme Allied Commander in Europe, was quoted in Bob Woodward’s State of Denial as believing the Iraq war is a “debacle” and that “the Joint Chiefs have been systematically emasculated by Rumsfeld.” Jones is also quoted as cautioning Joint Chiefs Chairman Peter Pace: “You should not be the parrot on the secretary’s shoulder.”

To the dismay of Rumsfeld and his supporters, Jones has stood by the criticisms reported in the book. He recently said, “I don’t challenge Bob’s characterization of it, except that had I seen [the book], I probably would have suggested that the tone was more critical than I intended it to be. … I did talk about Iraq with a concern that Iraq deserves.”

Jones now finds himself the target of a smear campaign at the hands of Rumsfeld’s allies:

“Military and civilian officials close to the secretary are taken aback by Gen. Jones’ comments,” said the former aide, who asked not to be named. “Rumsfeld certainly takes a very different view of how he has empowered the Joint Chiefs by involving them in every decision. James Jones is highly political — a real Washington operator. He of all generals to claim that the chiefs have become political is highly ironic if not laughable. “

The anonymous aide said Rumsfeld is particularly upset because he believes Jones owes him gratitude for recommending Jones to become the first Marine general to head the NATO Command in Jan. 2003. “Rumsfeld bent over backwards to accommodate this guy,” said the former official.

Before the war, Jones criticized Rumsfeld’s plan to topple Saddam Hussein by using special forces in a repetition of the tactics that succeeded in Afghanistan. “It would be foolish, if you were ever committed to going into Iraq, to think that the principles that were successful in Afghanistan would necessarily be successful in Iraq. In my opinion, they would not.” Now, Rumsfeld and his allies are determined to ruin the reputation of a general whose assessments have been proven correct. Digg It!
14.Oct.2006 UN vote backs N Korea sanctions The UN Security Council votes unanimously in favour of a resolution imposing sanctions on North Korea.
14.Oct.2006 Low-caste Hindus adopt new faith Hundreds of Hindus convert to other faiths as part of protests against the injustices of India's caste system.
14.Oct.2006 Sweden's trade minister to quit Swedish Trade Minister Maria Borelius is to resign over allegations of tax evasion after just a week in office.
14.Oct.2006 Malaysia turtle egg plan 'crazy' Environmentalists are aghast at a plan to license turtle egg collection in a Malaysian state.
14.Oct.2006 Plague found in northern DRC The World Health Organization confirms 42 deaths in an outbreak of pneumonic plague in DR Congo.
14.Oct.2006 Mill protests shut Uruguay border Argentinians protesting against a paper mill being built in Uruguay cut road links between the countries.
14.Oct.2006 Director scorns 'laughable' laws Banned Summer Palace director Lou Ye attacks the Chinese government's censorship laws.
14.Oct.2006 EU socialists expel Slovaks Slovakia's governing Social Democrats are expelled by the EU socialist bloc for joining with a far-right party.
14.Oct.2006 Muslim clerics reach out to Pope A letter to the Pope from top Muslim clerics accepts his regret about his Islam speech but points out his "errors".
14.Oct.2006 Muslim teacher defends her veil A Muslim support teacher suspended for wearing a veil in lessons says it was never a problem for her pupils.
14.Oct.2006 Slipping tech laws in via the back door If you want to learn how Congress really works, CNET's Declan McCullagh says, just follow the paper trail of tech legislation.
14.Oct.2006 Photos: Making 'The War Tapes' Soldiers in Iraq, filmmaker in U.S. use inexpensive camcorders and constant stream of IMs and e-mail to create award-winning documentary.
14.Oct.2006 Dutch Securing E-voting After Being Pwned - kdawson 95

"After the Dutch we-don't-trust-voting-computers foundation demonstrated glaring security holes in Dutch voting computers last week, the Dutch government has ordered (Dutch) all software to be replaced, all hardware to be checked, unflashable firmware to be installed + an iron seal to be placed on voting machines. A certification institute will double-check all measures + on election day will cull random machines to check them for accuracy. The Dutch intelligence service AIVD has been approached to consult on the radio emissions issue. Furthermore, foreign observers will monitor the upcoming elections on November 22nd. But the action group is still not confident (Dutch) that all problems are solved." US elections are controlled at the local level, so unfortunately such a nationwide fix would not be workable here.
Airport To Tag Passengers With RFID - kdawson 179 denebian devil writes

"A new technology is to be trialled in Debrecen Airport in Hungary that will involve tagging all passengers with high-powered RFID tags. From the Register article: 'People will be told to wear radio tags round their necks when they get to the airport. The tag would notify a computer system of their identity and whereabouts. The system would then track their activities in the airport using a network of high definition cameras. "[The tags] have got a long range, of 10m to 20m," said Dr. Paul Brennan of University College London's antennas and radar group which developed the tags, "and the system has been designed so the tag can be located to within a meter + it can locate thousands of tags in one area at a given time."' The system is being touted for 'Improving airport efficiency, security and passenger flow by enhanced passenger monitoring.' BBC is also reporting this story + brings up such hurdles to the project as 'finding a way of ensuring the tags cannot be switched between passengers or removed without notification.' As for any mention of the 'hurdle' of people's rights, the article vaguely and briefly states that 'The issue of infringement of civil liberties will also be key,' but doesn't bother to go into any pesky details."
Targeted Trojan Attacks Causing Concern - kdawson 73 Bill Andad writes to point out

a surprise trend emerging from the Virus Bulletin Conference 2006 in Montreal this week. From the article on Daniweb: "It is the smallest of Trojan attacks that are causing the biggest headache in the world of corporate security right now. By targeting individuals within individual companies with individually constructed infected messages, the new-age industrial spy is slipping under the security radar." has more in-depth coverage.
This Rare Friday the 13th - kdawson 219 Juha-Matti Laurio writes to point out a Washington Times

story about how special this particular Friday the 13th is. The digits in the numerical notation for the date add up to 13 — whether you write it in the US or the European form. From the article: "The phenomenon hasn't happened in 476 years, said Heinrich Hemme, a physicist at Germany's University of Aachen who crunched the numbers to find that the double-whammy last occurred Jan. 13, 1520."
North Korea Air Sample Shows No Radiation - kdawson 5+ Apocalypse111 writes,

"According to, air samples taken over North Korea have not yet shown any radiation from the event on Monday that North Korea claims was a nuclear test. This is not definitive proof that the event was non-nuclear, as it may either have been so small and deep that it did not let any radioactive debris escape, or perhaps the North Koreans sealed the site. The article mentions the possibility that the explosion might have been produced by conventional explosives. Personally, my money is on the theory that a few million North Koreans got together and yelled 'BOOM!'" Furthering speculation over whether North Korea has actually exploded a nuclear device, vk38 writes to point out a (free) article in today's Wall Street Journal claiming that the blast could have been set off by exploding fertilizer (ammonium nitrate). The article points to the Texas City disaster of 1947, in which 7,700 tons of ammonium nitrate exploded in the hold of a ship with the estimated power of 2 to 4 kilotons of TNT.
Von der Leyen: Kinderrechte in der Verfassung verankern

14.Oct.2006 Nordkorea: Sicherheitsrat beschließt Sanktionen
14.Oct.2006 Lebenslang für Rebellenführer Guzmán: "Pol Pot der Anden"
14.Oct.2006 US- Geheimdienste zu Nordkorea: "Ein nukleares Zischen"
14.Oct.2006 Steuerschuld: Flick- Clan fordert Millionen- Betrag zurück
14.Oct.2006 Phänomen am Eiger: Wackel- Wand versinkt im Eis
14.Oct.2006 Statik: Öffentliche Bauten schlecht gegen Terror geschützt
14.Oct.2006 Al- Qaida- Propaganda: Angriff auf die Webmaster des Terrors
14.Oct.2006 Bush Is Said to Have No Plan if GOP Loses 

Some Republican strategists are increasingly upset with what they consider the overconfidence of President Bush and his senior advisers about the midterm elections November 7 - a concern aggravated by the president's news conference this week.
Overconfidence=Diebold -posted by Prof. Hex at
4:08 PM

Five Scandals that Could Put Republicans in Jail 

The Foley cover-up is just the tip of the iceberg. If the Democrats succeed in retaking Congress this fall, here are five investigations they should get started on right away. posted by Prof. Hex
14.Oct.2006 Does world-record meteorite await unearthing in Kansas?  Scientists and the man who detected a large object beneath a wheat field may know today. Via the Anomalist. posted by Prof. Hex
14.Oct.2006 LSD Mystery: 00.000.2002, Justice Dept. OK'd Dosing Detainees 

How do we know that? Because in August 2002, the Justice Department gave then-White House counsel Alberto Gonzales a 50-page document saying so. And a follow-up document 00.000.2004 reaffirmed it. posted by Prof. Hex
14.Oct.2006 FBI investigates Rep. Curt Weldon 

The Justice Department is investigating whether Republican Rep. Curt Weldon of Pennsylvania traded his political influence for lucrative lobbying and consulting contracts for his daughter, according to sources with direct knowledge of the inquiry. Via Raw Story. posted by Prof. Hex
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14.Oct.2006 Others echo what Fertik here says.

The following comes from the Queer Standard, a website which appears to be devoted to the North Carolina gay community: surprise there. But seriously now… Fertik isn’t kidding.

I’ve had discussions with a few folks not only in North Carolina but across the country and the “reliable sources” on McHenry’s gay-ness are real.
I talked to one person in North Carolina, a resident of McHenry’s district, who says that he has heard McHenry once led a gay youth support group.
McHenry’s closet-case, anti-gay, anti-himself, anti-people-just-like-him days in Congress are soon to be over!

14.Oct.2006 No tolerance for the intolerant. No need to respect the privacy of any congressperson who voted for Bush's right to invade our privacy.
Surprise, surprise, surprise (in the words of another son of North Carolina, also a "confirmed bachelor"): Patrick McHenry himself turns out to be a closeted gay man.

At least, so claims Bob Fertik, whom I admire and trust. How do I know Patrick McHenry is gay? Let me put it this way: "everyone" knows Patrick McHenry is gay.
This weekend I learned that "everyone" knew Mark Foley was gay. Isn't that strange, since last week no one (outside the DC gay community) knew Mark Foley was gay?
In McHenry's case, I have completely reliable sources. With any luck they will go on the record soon.

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New York - Cory Lidle und sein Fluglehrer hätten vor dem Absturz am Mittwoch versucht, über dem East River an der Ostseite Manhattans eine sehr enge 180-Grad-Kurve zu fliegen, berichtete die "New York Times". Dieses Manöver an der Stelle sei derart kompliziert, dass selbst erfahrene Piloten darauf nach Möglichkeit verzichteten.

Von viel Erfahrung konnte bei Lidle indes keine Rede sein. Der 34-jährige Lidle hatte erst im Februar seine Fluglizenz bekommen. Sein Begleiter dagegen, der 26 Jahre alte Tyler Stanger, war nach Informationen der Zeitung zwar ein erfahrener Fluglehrer, hatte aber kaum Flugpraxis in dem stark frequentierten Luftraum über Manhattan. Der East River ist nur etwa 600 Meter breit, was nicht viel für eine solche Kurve ist. Der Flugschul-Besitzer Stanley Anderson sagte der Zeitung: "Es war kein Spielraum für Fehler. Ich würde hier niemals eine 180-Grad-Kurve versuchen, niemals."
Mikrofinanz- Banken: Gewinnmaximierung in der Armutszone

14.Oct.2006 Urteil: Wal- Mart muss Ex- Mitarbeitern 80 Millionen Dollar zahlen

14.Oct.2006 Nordkorea: US- Geheimdienst findet Hinweise auf Atomtest

14.Oct.2006 Wintereinbruch in den USA: Hunderttausende im Dunkeln
14.Oct.2006 Kritik an Bush: US- Geheimdienst führt Schülerin ab
14.Oct.2006 13. OKTOBER 2006 Guantanamo: US- Militär prüft Vorwürfe wegen Misshandlung

13.Oct.2006 Börse: Dow- Jones- Index erneut auf Rekordstand
13.Oct.2006 Nuklearstreit: Nordkorea plötzlich gesprächsbereit
13.Oct.2006 Israel's Plan for a Military Strike on Iran - By Jonathan Cook
The Middle East + possibly the world, stands on the brink of a terrible conflagration as Israel and the USA prepare to deal with Iran's alleged ambition to acquire nuclear weapons. Israel, it becomes clearer by the day, wants to use its air force to deliver a knock-out blow against Tehran. It is not known whether it will use conventional weapons or a nuclear warhead in such a strike.

14.Oct.2006 Nuclear Umbrella? The Peril of Missile Defense - By William A. Cohn
The US will spend some $9 billion this year to develop ballistic missile defenses, with $9.3 billion slated for next year. Total US military spending exceeds half a trillion dollars for 2006. The September 16, 2006 International Herald Tribune reports that the US now spends more on its military than does the rest of the world combined.

13.Oct.2006 Busy fondling their self-esteem - By John Pilger
As the news reveals a study that puts civilian deaths in Iraq at 655,000, John Pilger recalls the words of a song by the great Chilean balladeer, Victor Jara, to describe those who see themselves as rational and liberal are, in fact, complicit in an unrecognised crime.

14.Oct.2006 The USA as Defined by the Founding Fathers No Longer Exists - By Paul Craig Roberts - When does “collateral damage” so dwarf combatant deaths that war becomes genocide? Continue

14.Oct.2006 Randi Rhodes Interviews Dr. Les Roberts; co-author of the Johns Hopkins Iraq Mortality Study Audio
The Iraqi death toll has reached 655,000! Johns Hopkins University has just released the only truly scientific accounting on the matter since their 2004 report on the post-invasion death toll .
Click here to listen

14.Oct.2006 The Assassins of Truth- By Charles Sullivan
I charge that the government is engaged in immoral and criminal conduct on a global scale. That it does not conform to the norms of civil society; that it is sociopathic + flagrantly violates domestic and international law. The form of government that we have does not serve the citizenry—it preys upon them. It is not a government of the people, for the people. It is government of the corporations, for the corporations, by the corporations—a corporate Plutocracy.

14.Oct.2006 A Last Wild Ride on the Titanic - By Mike Whitney
Yesterday’s report in the Washington Post that over 650,000 Iraqis have died as a result of the US-led invasion is just the latest bit of bad news to hit the Bush administration. In fact, the buzzards have been circling the White House for some time now and they won’t be leaving anytime soon.

14.Oct.2006 The End of the U.S. as a Civilized Nation- By Ted Rall
The recently passed Military Commissions Act removes the USA from the ranks of civilized nations. It codifies racial and political discrimination, legalizes kidnapping and torture of those the government deems its political enemies + eliminates habeas corpus--the ancient precept that prevents the police from arresting and holding you without cause--a basic protection common to all (other) modern legal systems + one that dates to the Magna Carta.

14.Oct.2006 The Dumbing Down of America - By Manuel Valenzuela
Something is amiss in the great nation called America. Ominous sirens warning this reality can be heard emanating loudly through invisible winds of change circulating our towns and cities. The American people are being strangulated; unbeknownst to the masses they are being transformed and conditioned, becoming the entity the elite have long sought, the culmination of decades of social engineering designed to make of hundreds of millions the slaves of times past and the automatons of the future.

13.Oct.2006 Olmert Courts Hard-Line Party in Israel : Olmert is scrambling to shore up his rickety coalition by courting a hard-line party that favors redrawing Israel's borders to exclude Arab citizens.

14.Oct.2006 Former Weapons Inspector, Experts Warn Against Military Action Toward Iran : "Iran does not today + in my judgment will not for some time, pose a nuclear threat to the USA or the state of the [Middle East] region," Kay said.

14.Oct.2006 14.Oct.2006 Security Council agrees on North Korea sanctions resolution, to vote Saturday : Both the USA + Russian indicated that more tinkering would have to be done Friday before the resolution goes to the 15-nation body.

14.Oct.2006 North Korea Warns of New Tests As Nuclear Standoff Intensifies: This is a must listen report for background on N. Korea - U.S. relationship. Audio and transcript.

14.Oct.2006 Michael T. Klare: Beware Empires in Decline: Just as an empire on the rise, like the USA on the eve of the invasion of Iraq, is often inclined to take rash and ill-considered actions, so an empire on the decline, like the British and French empires after World War II, will engage in senseless, self-destructive acts. And I fear the same can happen to the USA today, as we, too, slip into decline.

14.Oct.2006 'Cops tortured Chechen for terror confession' : The last article written by murdered Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya was an account from a Chechen man who said police passed electric shocks through his fingers until he confessed to terrorism.

14.Oct.2006 The Bush administration's torture of U.S. citizen Jose Padilla : The Bush administration insisted it had the right to abduct and detain U.S. citizens indefinitely and deny them access to any courts or even to any lawyers, to either contest the validity of their detention or the legality of their treatment. That is still the Bush administration's position + the Congress less than two weeks ago purported to give the President the legal authority to do virtually all of that.

14.Oct.2006 US law experts question timing of Qaeda treason charge: The first treason charge against an American since the World War II era has puzzled some law experts who suspect that political motives were behind the move less than a month before congressional elections.

14.Oct.2006 Rep. Ney pleads guilty; : Rep. Bob Ney pleaded guilty Friday in the Jack Abramoff influence-peddling investigation, the first lawmaker to confess to crimes in an election-year scandal that has stained the Republican-controlled Congress and the Bush administration
13.Oct.2006 U.S marines accused of murdering British journalist: A Coroner is to ask the UK's attorney general to consider bringing charges against US troops who killed ITN reporter Terry Lloyd in southern Iraq.

14.Oct.2006 UK Government stunned by Army chief's Iraq blast: General Sir Richard Dannatt said troops should come home within two years - flatly contradicting the Prime Minister's policy that the military will stay "as long as it takes". In unprecedented comments he warned that the Army could 'break' if British soldiers are kept too long in Iraq.

13.Oct.2006 British Army Chief Says Troops Should Be Pulled Out Of Iraq : Tony Blair has received a public warning from the country's most senior military commander that the British presence in Iraq is threatening disaster there and in the UK.

13.Oct.2006 General Clarifies Iraq Comment: After suggesting that British troops be withdrawn from Iraq, Gen. Richard Dannatt, is backpedaling through the firestorm his comment caused.
13.Oct.2006 Breaking the Silence of the Night- By Ron Kovic
Like many Americans who served in Vietnam and those now serving in Iraq + countless other human beings throughout history, I had been willing to give my life for my country with little knowledge or awareness of what that really meant. I trusted and believed and had no reason to doubt the sincerity or motives of my government. It would not be until many months later at the Bronx Veterans Hospital in New York that I would begin to question whether I and the others who had gone to that war had gone for nothing.

13.Oct.2006 Lied Into War - An Interview With Daniel EllsbergVideo & Transcript
The most famous whistleblower of the Vietnam era, former State and Defence Department official, Daniel Ellsberg, is speaking out, calling on Bush Administration officials to do what he did with the Pentagon papers more than 30 years ago and leak secret documents and war plans to the public. Ellsberg claims President Johnson lied to take America to war in Vietnam. He accuses President Bush of lying to take America to war with Iraq and he believes secret groundwork is being laid for a war with Iran.
Click to view 

13.Oct.2006 Don't Go!
The Ballad Of Ho Chang
Video animation a classic anti-war story.
Click to view . Real Video 

13.Oct.2006 Bush’s Willing Legislators- By Paul Craig Roberts
The Case for Impeachment And Why It Won’t Happen.

13.Oct.2006 American Prison Camps Are on the Way- By Marjorie Cohn
Kellogg Brown & Root, a Halliburton subsidiary, is constructing a huge facility at an undisclosed location to hold tens of thousands of Bush's "unlawful enemy combatants." Americans are certain to be among them.

13.Oct.2006 Documents Reveal Scope of U.S. Database on Antiwar Protests - By ERIC LICHTBLAU
Internal military documents released Thursday provided new details about the Defense Department’s collection of information on demonstrations nationwide last year by students,

Quakers + others opposed to the Iraq war. Continue 
13.Oct.2006 Did Bush bomb Al Jazeera?

If W gave the order to attack journalists 00.000.2004, he is guilty of a war crime. He has thus exposed himself to the possible legal action, should the Democrats come to power 00.000.2008.

A memo exists which documents the Bush decision + that memo is at the heart of a under-reported (in the U.S.) British court case. This story could have far-reaching implications. Permalink
13.Oct.2006 Emergency Paper Ballots Remember when the issue of vote fraud was considered fare fit only for fringe-dwellers?

Now, many big names are standing up to call for a fair count. Read it here.
One day, this call may be considered one of the key documents in our nation's history.

13.Oct.2006 Rep. Bob Ney pleads guilty to Abramoff bribery charge;

"the first lawmaker to CONFESS to crimes in a scandal that has STAINED the Republican-controlled Congress and the Bush administration." (Our Emphasis)

13.Oct.2006 Bush Stands by Hastert's "See Nothing, Know Nothing, Do Nothing" Mollycoddling of an Internet Sexual Predator. A Couple of White Guys Standing Around Knowingly Betraying America by Putting Our Youth at Risk and Our Ability to Detect WMDs at Risk (Remember PlameGate.) Bush Stands By a Kindred Spirit.
You're Not Paranoid: The Gov't IS Watching You.

Documents Reveal Scope of U.S. Database on Antiwar Protests; military officials labeled as "potential terrorist activity" events like a "Stop the War Now" rally in Akron, Ohio

13.Oct.2006 U.K. army head said seeking Iraq pullout; "the military's presence there only exacerbates security problems" and "Britain's presence in the country was worsening security problems domestically." Gen. Richard Dannatt began back-pedaling this morning; now says he meant "phased withdrawal." That must have been some phone call he got last night.

13.Oct.2006 Bush Came to Hastert's Home State to Stand Up for Letting a GOP Internet Sex Stalker Run Loose Among House Pages, But the Voters in Illinois Aren't Buying the "We're too Stupid to Figure Out What is Going on" Excuse. "A new Tribune/WGN-TV poll shows a majority of Illinois voters disapprove of the president's job performance and nearly 60 % are unhappy with the GOP-led Congress." 10/14

13.Oct.2006 The Foley scandal has the Christian right hopping mad -- they're calling for a purge of all gay GOP staffers
Rep. Waxman: Medicare Premiums Rising + Bush Admin Lied about it. (which is more surprising?) -- A BuzzFlash News Alert
The GOP Hypocrite of the Week: Dennis Hastert. "You can tell why Bush has a place in his heart for Hastert: here's a guy who knows how to mouth the words "accept responsibility" for the cameras, but uses every finger pointing scam in the world to evade accountability."

13.Oct.2006 Anna Politkovskaya's Last Article Hits Close to Home; The murdered Russian journalist's final article exposes torture tactics used by Russians 10/14
Jesse M. Reiter: An Open Letter to Bush: Mr. President, We Need to Start Talking about Insurance Reform - A BuzzFlash Guest Contribution

13.Oct.2006 Verfassungsgericht billigt "Handy-Fahndung" - Vieltelefonierer Handy-Fahndungsgerät ist mit dem Grundgesetz vereinbar
Die Polizei darf auch weiterhin Fahndungsgeräte einsetzen, mit denen sich die Standorte eingeschalteter Handys ermitteln lassen. Die 2002 geschaffene gesetzliche Grundlage für den so genannten "IMSI-Catcher" ist mit dem Grundgesetz vereinbar, hat das Bundesverfassungsgericht entschieden.

13.Oct.2006-00.000.2004 Political Concern Over Foley Emails Suggest White House Snow Issues Non-Denial Denial - Nico 

The Palm Beach Post has published emails between ex-Rep. Mark Foley (R-FL) and Gov. Jeb Bush (R-FL) suggesting that the White House considered Foley a political liability

00.000.2004 -as early as- + asked him not to attend events with President Bush.

29.Sep.2004 Foley wrote to Gov. Bush :

Have I done something to offend the White House … I am always getting the shaft … they came to ft pierce a few weeks ago and said I was not allowed to attend … yet joe negron is there …

Tomorrow Potus is in Martin County and I am told I am not allowed to be there either . I can’t quite figure what I have done but this is a continuing pattern of slights

… I have constantly put the President in the best possible light on everything from haiti to hurricanes … sorry to trouble you … and I wouldn’t if this wasn’t so frequent …

Gov. Bush responded that day: “I will try to help. I know it is nothing you have done. Promise. I think it relates to debate prep time. Jeb.”

Foley also sent Jeb Bush “a cryptic message in the fall of 2005, roughly coinciding with the time” that a former page complained to Rep. Rodney Alexander (R-LA) about inappropriate emails from Foley.

“ I need your thoughts on something … are you in south florida or somewhere we can meet up,” Foley messaged Bush on 03.Oct.2005 .

“I am up in Tallahassee. Will a call suffice?” Bush responded.

Foley asked Bush to call him at his Fort Pierce office or on his cellphone.

At today’s press conference, Tony Snow was issued a non-denial denial when asked whether President Bush didn’t want to be seen with Foley.

As far as we know the answer is no,” Snow said, “but I’ll try to give you an actual definitive [answer].” We’ll be waiting.
13.Oct.2006 REPORT: The Cost of Ignoring Climate Change Is $20 Trillion A Year - Judd 

Global warming deniers frequently fall back on the following argument: even if global warming is real, it’s too expensive to mitigate .

For example, the National Review’s Jason Steorts said it would require “economic castration.” Such arguments, however, ignore the costs of inaction.

A new study by the Global Development and Environment Institute at Tufts University reveals the severe economic consequences of doing nothing. From the report:

[I]f nothing is done to restrain greenhouse gas emissions, annual economic damages could reach US $ 20 trillion by 2100 (expressed in U.S. $ at 2002 prices),or 6 to 8 % of global economic output at that time (Kemfert 2005). The same study found that immediate adoption of active climate protection policies could limit the temperature increase to 2° and eliminate more than half of the damages…If, however, climate protection efforts do not begin until 2025, the same model estimates that it will be impossible to limit warming to 2° by 2100 — and climate protection in general will be more expensive, the later it starts.

Even that estimate “necessarily omit[s] some of the most troubling potential consequences of climate change.” Importantly, the study found that the cost of mitigation is about one quarter the cost of doing nothing.
Sen. Conrad Burns (R-MT) has earmarked $8 million - Nico  over the last four years “for a project ostensibly designed to make Montana a center for space-related research and industry.” The results? The program “appears to have produced few tangible results while spawning several state and federal investigations.

It has also earned lobbyists and companies connected to Burns hundreds of thousands of dollars in contracts and lobbying fees as well as more than $80,000 in campaign contributions for Burns + Rep. Denny Rehberg (R-MT).” 13.Oct.2006 Rep. Shays: Abu Ghraib was a ’sex ring.’ - Nico 

During a debate on Wednesday, Rep. Chris Shays (R-CT) said, “Now I’ve seen what happened in Abu Ghraib + Abu Ghraib was not torture. It was outrageous, outrageous involvement of National Guard troops from [Maryland] who were involved in a sex ring and they took pictures of soldiers who were naked.” Watch the video.
13.Oct.2006 Reality Show Contestant Backed By DeLay For Her ‘Good American Values’ Quits Show, Files For Divorce - Amanda 

Unlike Tucker Carlson, country singer Sara Evans has been talented enough to avoid elimination from ABC’s Dancing With The Stars. She even had the support of Tom DeLay, who sent a letter to his supporters asking them to vote for her because she represented “good American values“:

Sara Evans has been a strong supporter of the Republican Party and represents good American values in the media . … One of her opponents on the show is ultra liberal talk show host Jerry Springer. We need to send a message to Hollywood and the media that smut has no place on television by supporting good people like Sara Evans .

Unfortunately for DeLay, Evans herself is ruining his plans:

Country singing star Sara Evans has announced she is quitting the hit ABC show “Dancing with the Stars” and also filing for divorce after 13 years of marriage .

DeLay sure knows how to pick ‘em.

Wonkette has more.

(HT: Holden of First Draft)
13.Oct.2006 Tell Chris Wallace To Ask Rice About The U.S.S. Cole - Judd 

Last month, Fox’s Chris Wallace asked President Clinton why he didn’t respond to the Oct. 12, 2000 bombing of the U.S.S. Cole.

He asked the question even though the “CIA and the FBI refused to certify that Bin Laden was responsible” until early 2001, which foreclosed the possibility of a full response during the Clinton administration.

Clinton pressed Wallace: “I want to know how many people in the Bush administration you asked why didn’t you do anything about the Cole.” Wallace responded, “We asked, we asked.”

In fact, he hadn’t asked. Neither Chris Wallace, nor his predecessor, Tony Snow, ever asked anyone in the Bush administration why they failed to respond to the bombing of the U.S.S Cole. (They had 42 opportunities with top administration officials to do so, including 23 with Condoleezza Rice.)

Wallace claimed he asked Clinton the question, because “I got a lot of e-mail from viewers.”

This weekend, Condoleezza Rice will be back on Fox News Sunday. Email Chris Wallace and tell him to ask the Secretary of State this question:

Prior to 9/11, you had eight months to respond to the al-Qaeda attack on the U.S.S. Cole. Why didn’t the Bush administration take action and put al-Qaeda out of business? You can email Wallace HERE. Digg It!
13.Oct.2006 VIDEO: Marine Sergeant Reports Detainee Abuse At Guantanamo Bay - Think Progress 

President Bush has consistently touted the U.S. detention facility in Guantanamo Bay as a “model prison,” saying the American people should “take great pride” in the facility.

But a sworn statement by Marine Sgt. Heather Cerveny paints an entirely different picture. Cerveny has described how “she met several Navy prison guards at a club on the base where, over drinks, they described harsh physical abuse” of Gitmo detainees. The guards alledgedly told Cerveny of practices including “hitting the detainee’s head into the cell door” and “punching [them] in the face.” The Pentagon Inspector General today announced a new investigation into the claims.

Cerveny gave her first public comments on her charges last night to ABC News. Watch an excerpt:

You can read Cerveny’s affidavit to the Pentagon Inspector General here.

Full transcript below:


(Voiceover) Twenty-three-year-old Marine Sergeant Heather Cerveny was sent to Guantanamo Bay in late September as a legal aid to a marine lawyer representing a detainee. She has come back, now, with a story of what she says is unchecked abuse by guards there.


None of them looked like they cared. None of them looked shocked by it.


(Voiceover) In a sworn affidavit filed with the Pentagon inspector general, Cerveny says, she met several navy prison guards at an on base club, where over drinks, they described, in detail, harsh, physical abuse of the detainees.


The one sailor specifically said, ‘I took the detainee by the head and smashed his head into the cell door.” Other ones specifically saying, ‘you know, today, that guy was annoying me. You know? I smacked him in the head.”


(Voiceover) The sergeant says the guards told her they worked at camps five and six. And that such beatings of detainees were common and justified.


I initially asked him, what consequences - you know, what happened for you doing this to him? And he said nothing.
Air America files for bankruptcy. - Nico 

Air America Radio has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, but the network will stay on the air as it searches for new investors, the AP reports.

“The network had denied rumors just a month ago that it would file for bankruptcy, but on Friday Air America said negotiations with a creditor from the company’s early days had broken down.”
Ney to plead guilty today, may resign. - Nico 

Rep. Bob Ney (R-OH) “is to enter a guilty plea today to two felony charges that could send him to prison for up to 10 years,” the AP reports.

Ney may announce his decision to resign from Congress in front of the judge “because that would represent acceptance of responsibility for his crimes, a critical issue with regard to the length of his prison term.”

UPDATE: Roll Call reports that Ney will in fact resign today.

UPDATE II: Meanwhile, NBC reports that Jack Abramoff will begin his federal prison term next month on November 15.

UPDATE III: A statement from Ney says he will not officially resign for a “few weeks.”
13.Oct.2006 October 13, 2006 - Think Progress 

President Bush made his first appearance with Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL) last night since the Foley scandal erupted.

“I am proud to be standing with the current speaker of the House who is going to be the future speaker of the House,” Bush said.

“With our intelligence on North Korea so uneven, the doctrine of pre-emption must return to the fore,” writes American Enterprise Institute scholar Dan Blumenthal, one of several prominent neoconservatives now advocating regime change “by military means, if necessary” in the wake of North Korea’s nuclear test.

“Churches so many times feel they shouldn’t get involved [in politics] because of the separation of church and state + that is just not true,” said Rep. Katherine Harris (R) , attempting to explain away her earlier commments that “if you’re not electing Christians” then “in essence you are going to legislate sin.”

Trash collectors “have one of the most dangerous jobs in Baghdad,” frequently killed by hidden insurgent bombs, or by insurgents seeking to keep the collectors from finding the bombs. As a result, garbage is now “ubiquitous” in Baghdad , “especially in dangerous neighborhoods, blanketing street medians, alleys and vacant lots in stinking, fly-infested quilts.”

“Five conservative nonprofit organizations, including one run by prominent Republican Grover Norquist, ‘appear to have perpetrated a fraud‘ on taxpayers by selling their clout to lobbyist Jack Abramoff , Senate investigators said in a report issued yesterday.”

While the Bush administration claims that beneficiaries who stay in the Medicare prescription drug plan will pay an average of $24/mo. in premiums next year, a report produced by Rep. Henry Waxman’s (D-CA) office says the administration has its math wrong . Waxman concluded that premiums will rise to $29/mo. under the plan + the administration is disguising this increase.

A Pennsylvania state jury ruled that Wal-Mart broke state labor laws by “forcing employees to work through rest breaks and off the clock, a decision plaintiffs’ lawyers said would result in at least $62 million in damages.” Wal-Mart “is facing a slew of similar suits around the country.”

“Insurance companies…are becoming leading business protagonists in the assault on global warming .” Some are beginning to offer incentives for hybrid cars and “green” buildings that emit fewer greenhouse gases and save energy.

106. Number of countries that still allow physical punishment in schools , according to a new U.N. report, which also concluded that “00.000.2002 some 150 million girls + 73 million boys were subjected to forced sexual intercourse and other forms of violence involving touch, while 53,000 were killed.”

And finally: “I’m unkind on occasion + I am selfish,” reveals former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft in this weekend’s New York Times Magazine.

While most people are already familiar with Ashcroft’s vocal talents, he also notes his other artistic hobby: making “barbed-wire sculpture.”
13.Oct.2006 Limbaugh Attacks "Democrat Kook" Alex Jones On Plane Crash Story - Paul Joseph Watson -Laughs off notion Bush admin. got political gas mileage out of accident, yet admits it himself
13.Oct.2006 "Liberated Iraq" Is The Most Absurd Of All The War Excuses - Paul Joseph Watson -Freedom under occupation makes Saddam Hussein look like Nelson Mandela in comparison
13.Oct.2006 Iraqis 'fleeing rising violence' Thousands are leaving Iraq as violence continues to rise across the country, the UN refugee agency says.
13.Oct.2006 S Korean elected new UN chief South Korean Foreign Minister Ban Ki-moon is formally elected UN secretary general in a General Assembly vote.
13.Oct.2006 'Guantanamo boasts' probed The US Pentagon orders an inquiry into alleged abuses at Guantanamo Bay after reports of boasting by guards.
13.Oct.2006 Blair 'agrees' with UK Army chief UK Prime Minister Tony Blair says he agrees with "every word" the head of the British Army has said on Iraq.
13.Oct.2006 SA broadcaster 'gagged critics' The state broadcaster in South Africa refused to interview government critics, a leaked report says.
13.Oct.2006 Verdict due in Shining Path trial A verdict is expected in the retrial of the founder of Peru's Maoist Shining Path guerrilla movement.
13.Oct.2006 US Republican Ney admits bribery Republican congressman Bob Ney, linked to disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff, pleads guilty to bribery charges.
13.Oct.2006 Red Cross sees key terror inmates The Red Cross for the first time visits 14 top terror suspects moved from secret CIA jails to Guantanamo.
13.Oct.2006 'Eight held' over Pakistan alerts Pakistan says a total of eight suspects are being held over recent security alerts in Islamabad and Rawalpindi.
13.Oct.2006 'Hunger critical' in South Asia A report released by a US-based group says South Asia continues to face "critical" levels of hunger.
13.Oct.2006 Iraq reporter unlawfully killed ITN reporter Terry Lloyd - shot dead in Iraq in March 2003 - was unlawfully killed by US forces, a coroner says.
13.Oct.2006 Tiny fossils reveal inner secrets Scientists examine the inner workings of the oldest known fossil embryos, shedding light on early evolution
13.Oct.2006 Mandatory Hardware Recycling Coming To US? - kdawson 134 BDPrime writes,

"A U.S. congressional caucus has met twice to discuss proposing national legislation that would make hardware manufacturers responsible for taking back their own stuff, similar to what Europe implemented with WEEE (PDF). The story quotes David Douglas, one of Sun's eco-evangelists, reflecting on the alternative: 'If we were having to deal with local regulations and local disposition facilities in every state, to deal with every state's nuanced costs, that would clearly involve cost to our basic equipment.'" It's early days for this movement; the buzzword to watch here is "E-waste."
Stopping "PattyMail" Email Bugs - kdawson 175

"In the U.S. Congressional Inquiry into the HP spy scandal, it was revealed that HP used Web bugs to track the source of leaks. HP's Fred Adler considers them a useful investigative tool which HP will keep using. Since dubbed PattyMail after HP Chairwoman Patricia Dunn, Web bugs have been around for a while. But it turns out the vulnerability they represent is far worse than first thought. Microsoft Outlook won't have a patch until 2007. The company at the center of the scandal claims they've done nothing wrong. But could repressive governments use them to track down critics? Can anything be done to stop Web bugs?"
X-Prize to Award $10M for Fast Sequencing - timothy 44 Shipud writes

"The X-Prize foundation has announced the $10 million Archon X PRIZE for Genomics — for the first privately financed group to sequence 100 human genomes in 10 days. The motivation is to create an incentive for faster, cheaper genome seqeunceing, heralding the era of preventative personalized medicine. The winner will also receive an extra $1,000,000 for sequencing the genomes of 100 additional people; among them Larry King and Stephen Hawking. Apparently this is the largest medical prize in history."
Der neue Fall gibt den Demokraten weiter Auftrieb. Es sei höchste Zeit, dass eine neue Führung die Integrität des Abgeordnetenhauses wiederherstelle, sagte Fraktionschefin Nancy Pelosi.

Ney galt im US-Kongress als eine der Schlüsselfiguren der Republikaner. Der Abgeordnete trug den Spitznamen "Mayor of Capitol Hill" (Bürgermeister des Kongresses), weil er als Vorsitzender des Verwaltungsausschusses unter anderem die Vergabe von Aufträgen des Kongresses kontrollierte. Darüber hinaus verwaltete Ney Büroräume und Parkplätze. Damit konnte er anderen Abgeordneten und Senatoren Gefälligkeiten erweisen.

Washington - Der Abgeordnete Bob Ney, 52, gab heute vor einer Richterin zu, Geld, Geschenke und andere Zuwendungen für politische Gegenleistungen zu Gunsten des Ex-Lobbyisten Jack Abramoff und dessen Kunden angenommen zu haben. Richterin Ellen Huvelle sagte, die Staatsanwälte wollten eine Haftstrafe von 27 Monaten und eine Geldstrafe fordern. Ney drohte eine Höchststrafe von zehn Jahren Gefängnis. AP

Republikaner Ney: Zehn Jahre Gefängnis? Neys Anwalt sagte, sein Mandant wolle vor Verkündung des Urteils am 19. Januar zurücktreten. Wie verlautete, hat Ney finanzielle Schwierigkeiten und will so lange wie möglich seine Bezüge von jährlich 165.000 Dollar (132.000 Euro) kassieren. Der Fraktionschef der Republikaner, Dennis Hastert, versicherte aber, Ney werde sein Mandat schneller verlieren. Darüber will der Kongress in seiner ersten Sitzung nach der Wahl Anfang November beraten. Dann soll Ney, der sich formal der Verschwörung und der Falschaussage für schuldig bekannte, ausgeschlossen werden.

Ney hatte sich bereits im September zugegeben, von Abramoff Geschenke und Reisen angenommen zu haben. Die Ermittler warfen dem Abgeordneten weiterhin vor, von einer anderen Person Jetons im Wert von mehreren zehntausend US-Dollar für Glücksspiele erhalten zu haben.

In einer Pressemitteilung erklärt Scheeres, dass auch weiterhin keine nennenswerte Gefahr einer Kollision zwischen 1999 KW4 und der Erde bestehe.

Hermann Böhnhardt vom Max-Planck-Institut für Sonnensystemforschung glaubt aber, dass die Möglichkeit eines Zusammenstoßes steigen könnte, sollte der Asteroid auseinanderbrechen. Und das sei durchaus vorstellbar.

"Durch seine unregelmäßige Form wird der Asteroid von der Sonneneinstrahlung an manchen Stellen stärker erwärmt als an anderen", sagte Böhnhardt im Gespräch mit SPIEGEL ONLINE.

Durch diesen sogenannten Yorp-Effekt könne die Rotationsgeschwindigkeit von 1999 KW4 weiter steigen.

"Falls er auseinanderbricht, wäre es denkbar, dass die Fragmente die jetzige Umlaufbahn des Asteroiden verlassen", sagte Böhnhardt. "Dann würde sich die Kollisionswahrscheinlichkeit für diese Objekte ändern." Allerdings müsste man für genauere Aussagen wissen, wie der Asteroid auseinanderbrechen würde. "Und das ist nicht vorhersagbar."

Die Temperaturprognosen von "Remo" seien "auch weiterhin robust", bekräftigte derweil Martin Claußen, Direktor am Hamburger Max-Planck-Institut, auf der Münchener Konferenz. Laut Claußen kann mit dem Modell weiter gerechnet, der größte Teil der Simulation ohne Einschränkung weiter verwendet werden.

"Remo"-Chefentwicklerin Daniela Jacob betont, der Fehler betreffe lediglich die letzten vier Jahrzehnte in der Klimasimulation für das 21. Jahrhundert.

Ein Meteorologe bei einem deutschen Landesumweltamt meint dagegen, es sei "egal, ob der Fehler nun klein oder groß" sei. Die Anwender zögerten nun, die Daten weiter zu benutzen.

Die Skepsis gegenüber dem Modell "ist jetzt groß".

Es gibt auch Klimaforscher, die das MPI für seinen Mut loben, den Fehler zuzugeben - so etwas könne schließlich jedem Modellierer passieren.

In Hamburg läuft mittlerweile eine neue "Remo"-Simulation, diesmal komplett mit den kurzen Rechenzeitschritten. Laut Jacob ist sie bereits im Modelljahr 2085 angelangt, Ende 2006 soll sie abgeschlossen sein.
Südkoreaner: Ban Ki Moon zum neuen Uno- Generalsekretär ernannt
US- Kongresswahlen: Hoher Republikaner gibt Schuld im Bestechungsfall zu
13.Oct.2006 Milliarden- Verkauf: Briten steigen bei Airbus aus
13.Oct.2006 Tod eines britischen Reporters: "US- Soldaten verhielten sich wie Cowboys"
13.Oct.2006 Bizarres Geschoss: Astronomen in Sorge wegen Doppel- Asteroid

13.Oct.2006 Nuklearstreit: USA finden keine Beweise für Nordkoreas Atomtest
13.Oct.2006 Börsenschluss: Dax auf der Erfolgswelle
Nordkoreas Bombe: Keine Beweise für Atomtest gefunden
13.Oct.2006 Nobelpreis- Träger Yunus: Business statt Almosen

13.Oct.2006 Interview mit Wieczorek- Zeul: "Yunus ist ein hoch anerkannter Innovator"

13.Oct.2006 Lebensversicherer: Verbraucherschützer klagen auf Nachzahlung

Weltweit ist nach Angaben der Forscher etwa ein Prozent der Bevölkerung von Schizophrenie betroffen. Die Patienten verlieren nicht nur die erwähnten kognitiven Fähigkeiten, sondern leiden unter Verfolgungswahn, Halluzinationen und sozialem Rückzug. Diese Symptome hätten sich durch die Epo-Behandlung allerdings nicht verändert, erklären die Wissenschaftler.

Ungefährlich ist das oft als Dopingmittel missbrauchte Hormon Erythropoietin nicht:

Unkontrolliert angewendet, kann Epo sogar zum Tod führen - das Blut verdickt sich, was die Gefahr von Thrombosen, Kollaps + Infarkt steigert.

219.000 Kubikmeter Wasser schießen jede Sekunde aus dem Amazonas in den Atlantischen Ozean - was dem Inhalt von 88 olympischen Schwimmbecken entspricht. Das Wasser breitet sich von der Flussmündung her aber nicht gleichmäßig in alle Richtungen aus, sondern zieht in Schwaden durch den Ozean und vermischt sich erst allmählich mit dem salzigen Meereswasser.

Die Schwaden lassen sich aus der Luft erkennen, wie diese Bilder des "Aqua"-Satelliten der US-Raumfahrtbehörde Nasa zeigen.
Kritik an Blair: Britischer Armeechef entschärft Äußerungen über Irak- Politik
Epo als Medizin: "Hirn- Doping" hilft Schizophrenen
13.Oct.2006 Friedensnobelpreis: Belohnung für den Banker der Armen
Atomkrise: Japan beschließt Sanktionen gegen Nordkorea
13.Oct.2006 Rechtsextremismus: Österreichische Neonazis prügeln Deutschen fast zu Tode
Börsen- Rekorde: Keiner traut der Rally
Irak- Krieg: Richter wirft US- Soldaten Tötung von britischem TV- Reporter vor
13.Oct.2006 Mumien- Medizin: Doktor sammelt uralte Leichen
Mail aus Yale: Zwischen Party- Hopping und Staatsphilosophie
13.Oct.2006 Urheberrechte: Time Warner setzt Google und YouTube unter Druck
13.Oct.2006 Oslo: Friedensnobelpreis für Muhammad Yunus
13.Oct.2006 Innumerate cowards recoil from the facts:

665,000 dead Iraqis  Majikthise has a nice round-up of right wing reactions to this study by American and Iraqi epidemiologists that estimates 665,000 excess deaths (non-combat) in Iraq since the U.S. invasion.
While all the Right Wingers seemed shocked at the high number, one gets the feeling that they would have been shocked at any number.

War, for the armchair warrior, is apparently mostly fought by noble warriors with few, if any, civilian casualties.
And for the record, when asked, I estimated 250,000. posted by Prof. Hex

Water for millions at risk as glaciers melt away: Crisis threatens parts of South America and Asia: Decline accelerates as global warming takes hold.
13.Oct.2006 Chavez's Push for UN Council Seat Sets Up a Showdown With U.S. : Venezuela is pushing for a seat on the Security Council for the next two years, arguing that its independent voice is needed on the UN's principal policy-making panel. The U.S. is lobbying for Guatemala to get the spot that will go to a Latin American nation in an Oct. 16 vote of the General Assembly.

13.Oct.2006 U.S. cuts economic aid for Colombia area : Six years and more than $4 billion in American tax dollars after Plan Colombia was launched in Caqueta, Colombia's army is still fighting rebels here + coca, the raw ingredient of cocaine, is still the region's No. 1 cash crop.

13.Oct.2006 'Cops tortured Chechen for terror confession' : The last article written by murdered Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya was an account from a Chechen man who said police passed electric shocks through his fingers until he confessed to terrorism.

13.Oct.2006 Update on Padilla motion to dismiss for outrageous government conduct : In an effort to gain Mr. Padilla’s "dependency and trust," he was tortured for nearly the entire three years and eight months of his unlawful detention. The torture took myriad forms, each designed to cause pain, anguish, depression and, ultimately, the loss of will to live.

13.Oct.2006 First US Citizen Indicted for Treason Since WWII Era: A former resident of Orange County, Calif., has become the first person to be charged with treason against the USA since the World War II era, the U.S. Department of Justice announced on Wednesday.

13.Oct.2006 UK: Abu Hamza paid £220,000 for house while in prison: GORDON BROWN was asked last night to explain how Abu Hamza al-Masri, the militant cleric, managed to buy a £220,000 house in London while being held in a top-security prison.
13.Oct.2006 Academic to quit post in anger over Israel: PROMINENT left-wing Israeli academic and author Tanya Reinhart plans to quit as emeritus professor at Tel Aviv University in protest against her Government's handling of the Palestinian issue.

13.Oct.2006 China backs off N. Korea sanctions: China appeared to shy away from backing U.S. efforts to impose a travel ban and financial sanctions on North Korea for its claimed nuclear test, saying any U.N. action should focus on bringing its communist neighbor back to talks.

13.Oct.2006 Russia urges U.S. not to rush N. Korea vote: Russia urged the USA not to rush the vote, saying Moscow still had differences and the U.S. should wait for the results of a flurry of high-level diplomacy. China backed Russia's call,

13.Oct.2006 Key stances on N Korea sanctions : The BBC News website looks at what sanctions are already in place + the stance of some of the key countries involved.

13.Oct.2006 Report: N. Korea threatens 'countermeasures' against Japan : A North Korean official threatened "strong countermeasures" against Japan for new sanctions against the communist regime, Kyodo News agency reported from Pyongyang on Thursday.

13.Oct.2006 North Korea Warns of New Tests As Nuclear Standoff Intensifies: This is a must listen report for background on N. Korea - U.S. relationship. Audio and transcript.

13.Oct.2006 Neo-cons come out guns blazing: Encouraging Japan to build nuclear weapons, shipping food aid via submarines and running secret sabotage operations inside North Korea's borders are among a raft of policy prescriptions pushed by prominent US neo-conservatives in the wake of Pyongyang's reported testing of an atomic bomb.

13.Oct.2006 Robert Scheer: Dear Leader Brings It On : Over the past six years, our “my way or the highway” president blew up a crucial nonproliferation agreement which was keeping North Korea’s plutonium stores under seal, ended bilateral talks with Pyongyang, squashed Japan’s and South Korea’s carefully constructed “sunshine policy,” which was slowly drawing the bizarre Hermit Kingdom back into the light + then took every opportunity to personally insult the country’s reportedly unstable dictator because it played well politically at home.
13.Oct.2006 Gideon Levy : Collateral damage : Sometimes tragedies happen, but the tragedy of the Hamad family is almost too much to describe.

13.Oct.2006 "Gaza. Inexplicable Wounds And New Weapons" : Video report: This report has been triggered by the warning launched in mid-july by some doctors of Gaza hospitals, who, for the first time, have treated inexplicable wounds which, in at least 62 cases, have caused the amputation of a lower limb.

13.Oct.2006 Gaza sliding into civil war: As soon as Hamas formed a government after winning January's elections, Israel withheld $60m (£32m) in monthly tax revenues + the international community halted direct financial aid to the Palestinian Authority. That, combined with frequent Israeli closures of the crossing points into Gaza, has prompted a severe economic crisis + left hundreds of young men, who have ready access to weapons, without salaries.

13.Oct.2006 The logic behind Rice's grin: In its struggle for the regional order it wants, the US is reaching new lows in its deceitful and disingenuous stance towards the Palestinians
13.Oct.2006 Leader Of Afghan Upper House Resigns In Protest : The president of Afghanistan's upper house of parliament, Sebghatullah Mujadidi, announced his resignation today to protest "undesirable people" within the Afghan government

13.Oct.2006 War pimp alert: IDF: 'Only a military strike will stop Iran': "Only a military strike by the US and its allies will stop Iran attaining nuclear weapons," an IDF spokesman said on Thursday.

13.Oct.2006 War pimp alert: US General: Strikes on Iran possible by 2007 : U.S Air Force General reveals details of possible US aerial offensive against Iran should diplomacy fail to solve dispute over Tehran's nuclear ambition; says 'doing it alone' is not an option for Israel

13.Oct.2006 Six powers agree to draft iran sanctions The five permanent members of the UN Security Council have agreed to start working on UN sanctions against Iran next week but have failed to bridge differences on how harsh the penalties should be, diplomats and officials said

13.Oct.2006 Naval exercise planned : Facing nuclear disputes with Iran and North Korea, the US, Bahrain and other states will hold their first naval exercise in the Gulf this month to practice interdicting ships carrying weapons of mass destruction and missiles, US officials said.

13.Oct.2006 AIPAC Runs Right: The Republicanization and increasing hawkishness of the American Israel Political Affairs Committee (AIPAC) has continued apace, with little heed paid to the ramifications of this shift or its increasing alliance with the far right.
13.Oct.2006 Baker's Panel Rules Out Iraq Victory: A commission formed to assess the Iraq war and recommend a new course has ruled out the prospect of victory for America, according to draft policy options shared with The New York Sun by commission officials.
13.Oct.2006 Israel's Plan for a Military Strike on Iran - By Jonathan Cook
The Middle East + possibly the world, stands on the brink of a terrible conflagration as Israel and the USA prepare to deal with Iran's alleged ambition to acquire nuclear weapons. Israel, it becomes clearer by the day, wants to use its air force to deliver a knock-out blow against Tehran. It is not known whether it will use conventional weapons or a nuclear warhead in such a strike.

13.Oct.2006 Nuclear Umbrella? The Peril of Missile Defense - By William A. Cohn
The US will spend some $9 billion this year to develop ballistic missile defenses, with $9.3 billion slated for next year. Total US military spending exceeds half a trillion dollars for 2006. The September 16, 2006 International Herald Tribune reports that the US now spends more on its military than does the rest of the world combined.

13.Oct.2006 Busy fondling their self-esteem - By John Pilger
As the news reveals a study that puts civilian deaths in Iraq at 655,000, John Pilger recalls the words of a song by the great Chilean balladeer, Victor Jara, to describe those who see themselves as rational and liberal are, in fact, complicit in an unrecognised crime.

13.Oct.2006 The USA as Defined by the Founding Fathers No Longer Exists - By Paul Craig Roberts - When does “collateral damage” so dwarf combatant deaths that war becomes genocide? Continue

13.Oct.2006 Randi Rhodes Interviews Dr. Les Roberts; co-author of the Johns Hopkins Iraq Mortality Study Audio
The Iraqi death toll has reached 655,000! Johns Hopkins University has just released the only truly scientific accounting on the matter since their 2004 report on the post-invasion death toll .
Click here to listen

13.Oct.2006 The Assassins of Truth- By Charles Sullivan
I charge that the government is engaged in immoral and criminal conduct on a global scale. That it does not conform to the norms of civil society; that it is sociopathic + flagrantly violates domestic and international law. The form of government that we have does not serve the citizenry—it preys upon them. It is not a government of the people, for the people. It is government of the corporations, for the corporations, by the corporations—a corporate Plutocracy.

13.Oct.2006 A Last Wild Ride on the Titanic - By Mike Whitney
Yesterday’s report in the Washington Post that over 650,000 Iraqis have died as a result of the US-led invasion is just the latest bit of bad news to hit the Bush administration. In fact, the buzzards have been circling the White House for some time now and they won’t be leaving anytime soon.

13.Oct.2006 The End of the U.S. as a Civilized Nation- By Ted Rall
The recently passed Military Commissions Act removes the USA from the ranks of civilized nations. It codifies racial and political discrimination, legalizes kidnapping and torture of those the government deems its political enemies + eliminates habeas corpus--the ancient precept that prevents the police from arresting and holding you without cause--a basic protection common to all (other) modern legal systems + one that dates to the Magna Carta.

13.Oct.2006 The Dumbing Down of America - By Manuel Valenzuela
Something is amiss in the great nation called America. Ominous sirens warning this reality can be heard emanating loudly through invisible winds of change circulating our towns and cities. The American people are being strangulated; unbeknownst to the masses they are being transformed and conditioned, becoming the entity the elite have long sought, the culmination of decades of social engineering designed to make of hundreds of millions the slaves of times past and the automatons of the future.

13.Oct.2006 UK minister urged Aljazeera bombing - sfux Aljazeera -

David Blunkett, the UK's former home secretary, has said that during the 2003 invasion of Iraq he suggested to Tony Blair that Britain's military should bomb Aljazeera's television transmitter in Baghdad.
Aljazeera television said on Thursday that Blunkett's...

Nichts wissen über Nordkorea? - sfux Harald Haack ?

In der ?Berliner Runde? von PHOENIX wurde es wieder einmal gesagt: Man wisse nichts über Nordkorea. TELEPOLIS hatte...
13.Oct.2006 Weltweit werden Kinder zu Tode geprügelt - sfux Harald Haack ?

Eine UNO-Studie zur Gewalt an Kindern beschreibt Ausmaß, Erscheinungsformen und Ursachen von Gewalt gegen Kinder. Demnach litten Millionen von Kindern an den Folgen von Vernachlässigung und Gewalt, die keinen Halt vor den Türen des trauten Heims machten und die Mehrheit der Gewaltakte erfolgten durch ?Vertrauenspersonen? der Kinder: Onkel und Tanten, Erzieher, Lehrer und vor allem Eltern. Aber auch ältere Kinder zählen zu den Tätern.Die Ergebnisse dieser UNO-Studie...
The agency that runs Pakistan - sfux Vikram Sood -

They always refer to it in hushed tones, both in awe and fear + never by the full name. ?The Agency? is how the nationalists in Pakistan or any onewho has earned the wrath of this organisation, call the Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) of Pakistan. Benazir Bhutto, herself a victim of nume-rous murderous...
Umkehr der Realität oder Wahrheit? - sfux Harald Haack -

US-Präsident George W. Bush wird von seinen eigenen Landsleuten inzwischen mehrheitlich bezichtigt, mehrfach gelogen zu haben - was er kürzlich auch zugab und dafür ?Sicherheitsinteressen? als Grund vorschob. Doch ausgerechnet er dient der britischen Regierung als Quelle, demnach die Ergebnisse einer Studie, nach der seit Beginn der US- Invasion im Irak 655.000 Menschen ums Leben gekommen sind, unzutreffend sein sollen ? eben deshalb, weil Bush sie als ?unglaubwürdig?...
37 Offiziere aus 17 Ländern zur Militärbeobachterausbildung im schweizerischen Stans - sfux 
09.Oct.2006-27.Okt.2006 -findet im Grossraum Stans der 15. Schweizer Militärbeobachterkurs statt. Schweizer und internationale Instruktoren bilden die Offiziere, normalerweise ab Rang eines Hauptmannes, zu UNO-Militärbeobachtern aus.
Während der kommenden drei Wochen lernen die Teilnehmerinnen und Teilnehmer die Besonderheiten der Aufgabenschwerpunkte "Patrolling" (Patrouillieren) "Observing" (Beobachten), "Reporting" (Rapportieren) + "Negotiation"...
13.Oct.2006 British Army chief: ‘We must quit Iraq soon’ - Judd - The Daily Mail has the exclusive:

The head of the Army is calling for British troops to withdraw from Iraq “soon” or risk catastophic consequences for both Iraq and British society.

In a devastating broadside at Tony Blair’s foreign policy, General Sir Richard Dannatt stated explicitly that the continuing presence of British troops “exacerbates the security problems” in Iraq.
Report: Iraq Study Group Will Rule Out Victory In Iraq, Propose Redeployment - Faiz 

A 10-member bipartisan commission that is charged with assessing Bush’s Iraq strategy has reportedly “ruled out the prospect for victory.” The New York Sun reports:

A commission formed to assess the Iraq war and recommend a new course has ruled out the prospect of victory for America, according to draft policy options shared with The New York Sun by commission officials.

Currently, the 10-member commission — headed by former secretary of state for President George H.W. Bush, James Baker — is considering two option papers, “Stability First” and “Redeploy and Contain,” both of which rule out any prospect of making Iraq a stable democracy in the near term.

The commission was established at the instigation of Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA) + was intended to “devise a fresh set of policies to help the president chart a new course.” Bush noted at his press conference this week that he “supported the idea” of the so-called Iraq Study Group and that he “looks forward to listening” to the commission’s recommendations. Among the leading options being considered by the task force is a redeployment plan:

The “Redeploy and Contain” option calls for the phased withdrawal of American soldiers from Iraq, though the working groups have yet to say when and where those troops will go.

Redeployment offers the last best chance for Iraq. The longer Bush refuses to accept that, the weaker the U.S.’s position unnecessarily becomes.

The Center for American Progress released its Iraq strategy — Strategic Redeployment — in September 2005. It called for the drawdown of troops over 2006 and 2007 to refocus their mission on the war against terrorist networks in the surrounding region. At the time the plan was first proposed, just over 1,900 members of the U.S. military had died in the war. Today, the count stands over 2,750.
13.Oct.2006 Former CIA director Porter Goss - Amanda may have been responsible for tipping off journalists to the agency’s secret rendition program. “He set me on the trail,” said reporter Stephen Grey.
13.Oct.2006 Media Hypes Nutcase Scribblings as "Terror Plot Admission" - Paul Joseph Watson -Admits no funding, no bombs, no vehicles, but still saturates fairy tale story while ignoring
13.Oct.2006 US issues revised N Korea draft The US issues a compromise draft UN resolution calling for sanctions on North Korea for its claimed nuclear test.
13.Oct.2006 Army chief defends Iraq comments The British army chief defends his comments that UK troops should leave Iraq "sometime soon".
13.Oct.2006 Nobel for anti-poverty pioneers Muhammad Yunus and the Grameen Bank have been awarded the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize.
13.Oct.2006 US rejects Guantanamo criticism The US says the controversial detention camp at Guantanamo Bay is still needed, rebuffing UK criticism.
13.Oct.2006 Pinochet faces chemist case trial Chile's former military ruler Gen Pinochet is to face trial in the case of a murdered chemist and police agent.
13.Oct.2006 Australian PM warning on drought Australian Prime Minister John Howard has warned that the country's worsening drought could hit economic growth.
13.Oct.2006 General seeks UK Iraq withdrawal The head of the British Army says UK forces in Iraq make security problems worse and wants them to leave soon.
13.Oct.2006 Hamas leader sticks to hard line Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal again rules out recognising Israel but says a Palestinian unity government is possible.
13.Oct.2006 New hope for rare Mid East ibis Bird charities are ecstatic after finding the winter home of the northern bald ibis, an endangered species.
13.Oct.2006 Sensex hits record high India's main stock index hits a record high, on the back of rising optimism about the strength of India's economy.
13.Oct.2006 Creating a stink in the name of science Japanese scientists have developed a sophisticated electronic nose that is capable of sniffing an object then reproducing the smell
13.Oct.2006 The Green Room Fish stocks may face an uncertain future but that does not mean fish is off the menu, says this week's Green Room.
13.Oct.2006 Vista Licenses Limit OS Transfers, Ban VM Use - timothy 406 NiK0laI writes

"TechWeb has posted an article regarding Vista's new license and how it allows you to only move it to another device once.

How will this work for people who build their PCs? I have no intention of purchasing a new license every time I swap out motherboards. 'The first user of the software may reassign the license to another device one time.

If you reassign the license, that other device becomes the "licensed device," reads the license for Windows Vista Home Basic, Home Premium, Ultimate + Business.

In other words, once a retail copy of Vista is installed on a PC, it can be moved to another system only once. ... Elsewhere in the license, Microsoft forbids users from installing Vista Home Basic and Vista Home Premium in a virtual machine. "You may not use the software installed on the licensed device within a virtual (or otherwise emulated) hardware system," the legal language reads. Vista Ultimate and Vista Business, however, can be installed within a VM.'" Overly Critical Guy points out more information about changes to Vista's EULA and the new usage restrictions. "For instance, Home Basic users can't copy ISOs to their hard drives, can't run in a virtualized environment + can only share files and printers to a maximum of 5 network devices."
Open Source Foes In Bed With Abramoff - kdawson 114 Will Rodger writes,

"Citizens Against Government Waste has said some highly critical things about open source software in the past. They've also pounced on supporters of the OpenDocument Format along the way. Alas, it seems their close ties to Jack Abramoff have drawn the (unfavorable) attention of Senate staff."
School Official Sues Over MySpace Page - kdawson 383 SoCal writes,

"How much legal liability do parents have for what their kids do online? A lawsuit filed in Texas by a high-school assistant principal may give some answers. Some students she had disciplined set up a fake MySpace page in her name depicting her as a lesbian (which she happens not to be). In its coverage, Ars Technica notes that 'What sets this case apart from many other lawsuits filed over the content of blogs is that it doesn't target only the teenagers who created the site. It also argues that the parents were guilty of negligence by failing to supervise their children + that they bear some of the responsibility for the defaming site.'" The article links the Media Law Resource Center's resource tracking more than 50 cases now in the courts nationwide, in which bloggers have been sued for libel and related claims.
Cache Servers Keeping Exploit Code Alive - kdawson 63 1960's architecture writes,

"At last some evidence that exploit code is hiding on servers used to cache website content. According to Techworld, Israeli outfit Finjan has come up with evidence that real exploits have hidden on cache servers used by large search engines, effectively extending their life for periods of weeks after the original website had been taken down.

00.000.2003-00.000.2004 -The exploits detailed are from- but the principle would still apply to any exploit website around today + any cache servers used by any one of the three unnamed search engines.

It's almost literally malware 'life after death.'"
Web Censorship on the University Campus? - Cliff 430 Censored Prof asks:

"I teach at a private university in San Antonio, TX. Besides some horrendous bandwidth issues, we have lately been subjected to Lightspeed and/or Websense blocking.

This means that suddenly, university students are unable to see content that the rest of the (free) world sees; and more importantly are often blocked from very legitimate information crucial to their area of study.

Papers like Village Voice are blocked. Anatomy sites are blocked. Electronic Art sites are blocked. Anything with ".mp3" is blocked.

Our CIO has assured us that this is not uncommon and that there are good reasons to do this on a university campus.

It strikes me as odd that students must leave campus to learn + smacks of censorship in horrible ways.

So my question: Is this unique to our university? Who else at what other universities are subject to similar web-content blocking? Are we alone, or part of a disturbing trend?"
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13.Oct.2006 Guardian | Follow the money: the multibillion pound trail that led to Caribbean bank.

FCIB was founded by a Dutch businessman, John Deuss , 64, who used it in part to handle his ... the bank's offices in Berg en Dal , a town near the German ...,,329581837-104770,00.html
13.Oct.2006 A Comprehensive Resource for Y2K - Biomedical Equipment and Y2K (Experimental)

The Gartner Group, widely regarded as the premier research firm on Year ... page, please contact the Medical Devices Y2K project manager, Denis Roy at TEL: ...
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