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20.Oct.2006 Wall Street in Top- Stimmung: Gigantischer Gewinn für Google
20.Oct.2006 Columnist: Saddam Hussein's "guilty" conviction announcement planned for two days before elections
(NewsTarget) According to Tom Engelhardt's editorial in the

18.Oct.2006 issue of The Nation, the U.S.-backed tribunal of Saddam Hussein will likely delay its verdict until 05.Nov.2006 which he notes makes it fall on the day of midterm elections. What Engelhardt finds hard to accept is the fact that many in...
Media Terrorizes Public With Phony Messageboard Stadium Threat - Paul Joseph Watson 
Media Terrorizes Public With Phony Messageboard Stadium Threat Fox News shoves demented ramblings of Internet loser down viewers throats eight times in one

20.Oct.2006 Fox News Falsely Claims Media Have Ignored Sen. Reid’s Land Deal - Guest 

Fox News is arguing that the media are “ignoring questions about Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-NV) land deal.”

On Tuesday, Fox News host Sean Hannity told right-wing pundit Bob Novak that “you don’t see as much in the newspapers about this [the Reid land deal], Bob Novak + I wonder if it would be the same if it was a Republican.” Bob Novak agreed, calling it “one of those strange things.” Watch it:

But in reality, the media have extensively covered the Reid land deal, while ignoring the $207 million earmark House Speaker Dennis Hastert inserted into the

00.000.2005 highway bill that greatly increased the value of his property in Illinois:

– CNN has devoted 50 times as much coverage to Reid’s case as to Hastert’s.

– According to a Lexis-Nexis database search, Fox News has mentioned the Reid land deal nine times, but has brought up the Hastert deal just three.

According to Center for American Progress Senior Fellow Scott Lilly, Hastert made an astounding 136 % a year on what he invested, whereas Reid made an annual return of 29 %, probably quite typical of the profits made by other Las Vegas real estate investors during the same period.

Reid immediately apologized for the oversight lapse + amended his 2001 disclosure forms. Hastert, on the other hand, has done nothing.

– Kindra Wilson - Full transcript below:

SEAN HANNITY: It shouldn’t be a surprise when we learn that Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid is in hot water for illegally using campaign funds to pay for Christmas bonuses at his condominium at the Ritz-Carlton in Washington. Well, now that he’s been caught, he is paying back the money.
And, of course, there’s the Senator Reid land deal which caught the attention of reporters last week.

The minority leader has said that he will change his ethics filing with the Senate to represent more than $1 million that he made off the deal but, again, only after he was caught.

Joining us now to explain all of this is the latest example of some Democratic excess. Syndicated columnist, FOX News contributor Robert Novak.

First thing that stands out here, you don’t see as much in the newspapers about this, Bob Novak + I wonder if it would be the same if it was a Republican.

ROBERT NOVAK: You sure don’t. It’s one of those strange things.
Conservatives Using Pro-Pedophilia Group To Tar Opponents - Nico 

In an apparent effort to deflect controversy from the congressional page scandal, some prominent conservatives have begun baselessly accusing their opponents of being allied with the North American Man/Boy Love Association (NAMBLA).

NAMBLA is a group that promotes pedophilia and has called for the “abolition of age-of-consent and all other laws” regarding sexual relations with minors. Some examples:

Rep. John Doolittle (R-CA):

Rep. John T. Doolittle — under fire for his connection to disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff — has been attacking his Democratic opponent, Charlie Brown, for belonging to the ACLU.

To Doolittle, Brown’s membership in the ACLU is enough to characterize him as an extremist liberal, since the group has defended sexual predators such as the North American Man Boy Love Assn. in the past.

“It is astounding that anyone could defend a group dedicated to aiding and abetting pedophiles,” Doolittle said in a recent press release. [LA Times, 10/172006 ]

Political pundit Pat Buchanan:

[House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)] has marched in gay pride parades with the North American Man/Boy Love Association, NAMBLA.

Which, who are pedophiles who are trying to get the laws repealed for sex between men and boys.

If she’s been marching with pedophiles, is she credible standing up there saying I’m shocked, shocked that some Republican is after 17 year old pages? [CNN, 10/82006 ]

Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell (R):

With Republican Ken Blackwell trailing by double digits in almost every poll, Blackwell’s campaign Tuesday tried to link his Democratic opponent to child sex predators…

Blackwell also reiterated charges Tuesday that Strickland had voted in stride with the North American Man/Boy Love Association, which supports pedophilia. [Cincinnati Enquirer, 10/182006 ]

Political pundit David Limbaugh:

Does Mrs. Pelosi truly support the National American Man/Boy Love Association (NAMBLA) or just proudly march in parades with them and receive 90 % approval from their enablers in the American Civil Liberties Union? Inquiring minds surely want to know. [Washington Times, 10/122006 ]
20.Oct.2006 House clerk testifies on Foley scandal. - Nico 

ABC News reports, “Trandahl planned to name Ted Van Der Meid, [Speaker Hastert’s] counsel + floor manager, as the person who was briefed on a regular basis about any issue that arose in the page program, including a ‘problem group of members and staff who spent too much time socializing with pages outside of official duties.’ One of whom was Mark Foley.”
20.Oct.2006 FLASHBACK: Bush Rejected Iraq-Vietnam Analogy, Said It Sends The ‘Wrong Message To Our Troops’ - Payson 

Yesterday, President Bush said New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman “could be right” that the current spike of violence in Iraq is “jihadist equivalent” of the 1968 Tet Offensive in Vietnam.

The event was “widely credited with eroding support for President Johnson” and turning the American public against that war.

President Bush has flatly rejected comparing Vietnam + Iraq as recently as 00.Jun.2006.

00.000.2004, Bush said such an analogy “sends the wrong message to our troops + sends the wrong message to the enemy.”

Watch it: Transcript:

Q: Do you see, as some of your critics do, a parallel between what’s going on in Iraq now and Vietnam?

THE PRESIDENT: No. [6/142006 ]


Q: Mr. President, April is turning into the deadliest month in Iraq since the fall of Baghdad + some people are comparing Iraq to Vietnam and talking about a quagmire.

Polls show that support for your policy is declining and that fewer than half Americans now support it. What does that say to you and how do you answer the Vietnam comparison?

THE PRESIDENT: I think the analogy is false. I also happen to think that analogy sends the wrong message to our troops + sends the wrong message to the enemy. [4/132004 ]
20.Oct.2006 Judge orders release of Cheney visitor logs. - Nico 

“A federal judge has ordered the Bush administration to release information about who visited Vice President Dick Cheney’s office and personal residence, an order that could spark a late election season debate over lobbyists’ White House access.”
20.Oct.2006 Congressional Campaign Behind Letter Telling Immigrants They Will Be Deported If They Vote - Amanda 

Approximately 14,000 Hispanic Democratic voters in Orange County, CA recently received a Spanish-language letter warning them to stay away from the polls:

Be advised that if your residence in the USA is illegal or if you are an immigrant, voting in a federal election is a crime that can result in incarceration + possible deportation for voting without the right to do so. …

Not like in Mexico, here there is no benefit to voting.

In the USA there is no registration card to vote. Therefore, it is useless and dangerous to vote in any election if you are not a citizen of the USA.

Do not pay attention to a politician who may try to tell you otherwise. They only care about their own interests.

This letter is a deceptive ploy to suppress Hispanic voter turn-out. Immigrants who are naturalized U.S. citizens can legally vote.

The letter has now been traced back to the campaign of Tan D. Nguyen, a Republican challenger to Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-CA).

Twenty-two organizations have written to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales requesting an investigation into the Orange County voter suppression.

California Secretary of State Bruce McPherson has ordered an investigation into the mailing, which may have violated the Voting Rights Act.

Read House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) statement HERE.

UPDATE: MSNBC Breaking News is reporting that “Calif. GOP leaders want candidate to drop out after threat to Hispanic voters.” Digg it!
20.Oct.2006 O’Reilly on Blogosphere: ‘I’d Go in With A Hand Grenade’ - Think Progress 

Last night on The O’Reilly Factor, political strategist Larry Sabato bemoaned the “blogs on left and right” and “the things they come up with daily, the vitriol, the vile nature of the comments.”

O’Reilly said that he knew “for a fact that President Bush doesn’t know what’s going on in the Internet.” O’Reilly then said, “I have to say President Bush has a much healthier attitude toward this than I do.

Because if I can get away with it, boy, I’d go in with a hand grenade.” Watch it: Digg It!


SABATO: It’s very personal. And you’ve mentioned the blogs earlier.

O’REILLY: Oh, it was off the chart.

LARRY SABATO: Well, we both have experienced this. The blogs on left and right + I mean way left and way right, the things they come up with daily, the vitriol, the vile nature of the comments.

And then they have hundreds and hundreds of people e-mailing.

O’REILLY: I know for a fact that President Bush doesn’t know what’s going on in the Internet. I know that for a fact because I did ask around.

SABATO: Well, he’s lucky.


SABATO: He’s lucky.

O’REILLY: He is lucky, because these are hired guns. These are people hired — being paid very well to smear and try to destroy people. And that’s the difference, Dr. Schiller.

That had never happened before. I’ll give you the last word.

BROWN POLITICAL SCIENTIST WENDY SCHILLER: Well, I think that one thing is for sure.

The millions of voters that go to the polls 00.000.2006 aren’t spending most of their working hours during the day reading blogs on the Internet. They’re working for a living. They’re taking those kids to school.

They’re going on with their lives. So yes, there’s a lot of vitriol out there. It’s a marketplace of ideas. It’s a free country last time we all checked. And it still is. It’s a great country.

O’REILLY: All right.

SABATO: It’s free for that reason.

O’REILLY: I think - I have to say President Bush has a much healthier attitude toward this than I do. Because if I can get away with it, boy, I’d go in with a hand grenade
House Majority Whip Roy Blunt (R-MO) - Nico 

yesterday “sent an email to the media” suggesting the agenda of his political opponents is to “plot to establish a Department of Peace, raise your taxes and minimize penalties for crack dealers.”
20.Oct.2006 POLL: Two-Thirds of Americans Believe There’s A Civil War In Iraq - Judd 

A poll released by the Wall Street Journal this morning found that 66 % of Americans believe there is a civil war in Iraq. Here is the question and the results:

In other words, 40 % of Americans believe that violence in Iraq should be described as “Iraqis fighting against each other in a civil war.” Another 26 % think there is a civil war in addition to an anti-U.S. insurgency. (ThinkProgress noted yesterday there are actually at least four different violent conflicts ongoing in Iraq.) Therefore, fully 2/3 of Americans believe there is a civil war in Iraq.

Conservative pollster Bill McInturff noted “If Americans continue to see U.S. troops caught in the middle of a civil war…that will ratchet up the pressure to terminate our deployment in Iraq.’” Digg It!
20.Oct.2006 Rep. Jerry Lewis (R-CA) - Amanda 

is the House’s top recipient of lobbyist donations. According to Public Citizen, “Lewis raked in more than $700,000 from lobbyists between January 1999 and December 2005.” Among senators, Banking Committee Chairman Richard C. Shelby (R-AL) was ranked the top recipient of lobbyist contributions.
20.Oct.2006 Rove had “every social disadvantage imaginable” - Amanda  in high school, according to a former classmate. “Physically immature, no athletic ability, wasn’t good with the girls, nothing.” Another woman remembers Rove as “endearing,” but “too flippin’ geeky.”
29.Oct.2006 October 19, 2006 - Think Progress 

“ Evangelical Christian leaders are tackling a growing list of domestic and international issues, such as genocide in Darfur and global warming.”

Today, a “broad coalition of evangelical leaders will begin airing advertisements on Christian radio stations calling for action to address climate change.”

October is on track to be the third-deadliest month of the war, despite the fact that the “military has not conducted any major operations.” The two months with higher casualty rates — Apr. 2004 and Nov. 2004 — “were marked by full-scale offensives in Falluja and Najaf.”

Addressing Bush’s false claim that detainees will be able to “hear all the evidence against them,” MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann said last night, “The Military Commissions act specifically permits the introduction of classified evidence not made available to the defense. Your words are lies, Sir. They are lies, that imperil us all.”

A National Research Council study reports a “demonstrably downward” trend in the population of birds, bees, bats and other species that pollinate North American plant life.

The trend could damage dozens of commercially important crops, scientists warned, because three-fourths of all flowering plants depend on pollinators for fertilization.

Staff on the House Veterans Affairs Committee report that the “number of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans who have sought help for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) doubled — from nearly 4,500 to more than 9,000 — from October 2005 through June 2006.”

CNN has given 50 times as much coverage to a controversial land deal by Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-NV) than to a land deal (worth more than two times as much) made by House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL).

“Information in an attack ad run by Rep. Bob Beauprez (R-CO) against his Democratic opponent for governor used illegal confidential information from a federal law enforcement database .”

The Colorado Bureau of Investigation has asked the FBI to join a criminal investigation into the ad.

“Half of all Americans believe most members of Congress are corrupt ,” according to a new CNN poll, “a figure that has risen 12 points since the start of the year - and more than a third even think their own representatives are crooked.”

And finally: With full Windsors and justice for all. Before a debate with challenger Don Hilliard, Rep. John Peterson (R-PA) “asked everyone to say the Pledge of Allegiance.”

Unfortunately, “there was no American flag anywhere in the hall to pledge allegiance to.”

“So the moderator, spotting Peterson’s wide, American flag-themed tie, asked everyone to turn their attention to Peterson, who obliged by putting his right hand over his breast and holding his tie out for the crowd to revere.
20.Oct.2006 Fox News Falsely Claims Media Have Ignored Sen. Reid’s Land Deal - Guest 

Fox News is arguing that the media are “ignoring questions about Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-NV) land deal.”

On Tuesday, Fox News host Sean Hannity told right-wing pundit Bob Novak that “you don’t see as much in the newspapers about this [the Reid land deal], Bob Novak + I wonder if it would be the same if it was a Republican.” Bob Novak agreed, calling it “one of those strange things.” Watch it:

But in reality, the media have extensively covered the Reid land deal, while ignoring the $207 million earmark House Speaker Dennis Hastert inserted into the 2005 highway bill that greatly increased the value of his property in Illinois:

– CNN has devoted 50 times as much coverage to Reid’s case as to Hastert’s.

– According to a Lexis-Nexis database search, Fox News has mentioned the Reid land deal nine times, but has brought up the Hastert deal just three.

According to Center for American Progress Senior Fellow Scott Lilly, Hastert made an astounding 136 % a year on what he invested, whereas Reid made an annual return of 29 %, probably quite typical of the profits made by other Las Vegas real estate investors during the same period.

Reid immediately apologized for the oversight lapse and amended his 2001 disclosure forms. Hastert, on the other hand, has done nothing.

– Kindra Wilson

Full transcript below:

SEAN HANNITY: It shouldn’t be a surprise when we learn that Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid is in hot water for illegally using campaign funds to pay for Christmas bonuses at his condominium at the Ritz-Carlton in Washington. Well, now that he’s been caught, he is paying back the money.
And, of course, there’s the Senator Reid land deal which caught the attention of reporters last week.

The minority leader has said that he will change his ethics filing with the Senate to represent more than $1 million that he made off the deal but, again, only after he was caught.

Joining us now to explain all of this is the latest example of some Democratic excess. Syndicated columnist, FOX News contributor Robert Novak.

First thing that stands out here, you don’t see as much in the newspapers about this, Bob Novak + I wonder if it would be the same if it was a Republican.

ROBERT NOVAK: You sure don’t. It’s one of those strange things.
Blair urges climate change action Tony Blair warns a European summit the world is close to a "catastrophic tipping point" on climate change.
20.Oct.2006 DR Congo hippos 'face extinction' Poaching by local militia could wipe out hippopotamuses in DR Congo's Virunga Park by the end of the year.
20.Oct.2006 Guatemala 'may' abandon UN race Guatemala says it may withdraw its candidacy for a UN Security Council seat amid a row with Venezuela.
19.Oct.2006 Charles Darwin Online - Zonk 13 eldavojohn writes

"The entire works of Charles Darwin have been made available online. It includes scanned works that were owned by his family — many of which were signed by the author.

The University of Cambridge hopes to have this completed by 2009 and is only estimated to be about half way done.

If you have any love for books whatsoever, I suggest you take a look at how they present the user with each book.

Take the very first edition of On the Origin of Species, for example, where they use frames to display the text on the left with the original image on the right.

From the Reuters article: 'Other items in the free collection of 50,000 pages and 40,000 images are the first editions of the Journal of Researchers, written in 1839, The Descent of Man, The Zoology of the Voyage of HMS Beagle, which includes his observations during his five-year trip to the Amazon, Patagonia and the Pacific + the first five editions of the Origin of Species.'"
Web Geniuses Or Web Dimwits? - Zonk 96 ScribeCity writes

"The Washington Post has a provocative piece about online experiments at identifying experts. One wonders when someone will come up with a truly effective formula for measuring human intelligence — or take a stab at doing so — that exploits all the stuff people are publishing online." From the article: "This wisdom of the crowd could be outsmarted by what Michael Arrington, editor of the TechCrunch blog, recently dubbed the 'wisdom of the few.' Sites like PicksPal rely on input from the masses chiefly as a venue for auditioning prospective experts, on the theory that these virtuosos could provide even more accurate information and predictions than the crowd. 'If you figure out which ones did the best and get rid of the ones who have no idea, you'd do even better. Distill it down to the people who really know,' Arrington said."
U.S. Announces New Space Security Policy - Zonk 259 hey! writes

"The Bush administration has announced a new space security policy, which includes the statement that 'Consistent with this policy, the USA will preserve its rights, capabilities and freedom of action in space ... and deny, if necessary, adversaries the use of space capabilities hostile to U.S. national interests.'" More from the article: "Eisendrath, co-author of a forthcoming book, 'War in Heaven: Stopping an Arms Race in Outer Space Before It Is Too Late,' says the USA is wasting its time. 'Defense Secretary Rumsfeld says we need to protect against a 'space Pearl Harbor,'' he says. 'But we're still the dominant power there.'"
Scientists Make Item Invisible to Microwaves - Zonk 170 Vicissidude writes

"A team of American and British researchers has made a cloak of invisibility. In their experiment the scientists used microwaves to try and detect a copper cylinder. Like light and radar waves, microwaves bounce off objects making them visible and creating a shadow, though it has to be detected with instruments. If you can hide something from microwaves, you can hide it from radar and visible light. In effect the device, made of metamaterials — engineered mixtures of metal and circuit board materials, which could include ceramic, Teflon or fiber composite materials — channels the microwaves around the object being hidden. When water flows around a rock, co-author David R. Smith explained, the water recombines after it passes the rock and people looking at the water downstream would never know it had passed a rock. The first working cloak was in only two dimensions and did cast a small shadow, Smith acknowledged. The next step is to go for three dimensions and to eliminate any shadow."
19.Oct.2006 Priest tells of Foley relationship 

A Catholic priest told the Herald-Tribune on Wednesday about an intimate two-year relationship he had with former U.S. Rep. Mark Foley when the congressman was a teenage altar boy living in Lake Worth.
See also:
Priest denies having sex with FoleyVia Raw Story. posted by
Prof. Hex
19.Oct.2006 AG: Voter warning linked to GOP campaign 

State investigators have linked a Republican campaign to letters sent to thousands of Orange County Hispanics warning them they could go to jail or be deported if they vote next month, a spokesman for the attorney general said. posted by Prof. Hex
19.Oct.2006 Congresswoman on page board buried file on husband's child abuse allegation 

A file allegedly suppressed by Congresswoman Heather Wilson (R-NM) has been obtained by RAW STORY.
00.000.1995, just three days into her tenure as Secretary of the New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department, Wilson removed a routine working file alleging that her husband had engaged in inappropriate contact with a minor. The file was then transferred to the department's attorney in her own Albuquerque office, where it soon went missing.
posted by
Prof. Hex
19.Oct.2006 Judge Orders Cheney Visitor Logs Opened 

A federal judge has ordered the Bush administration to release information about who visited Vice President Dick Cheney's office and personal residence, an order that could spark a late election season debate over lobbyists' White House access.posted by Prof. Hex
19.Oct.2006 Poll Signals More Republican Woes As Disapproval of Congress Grows  I'm linking this due to the stipple illustration the Wall Street Journal used of Bush.

When the spinners get caught, they reconfigure the story with elliptical language, then let it “linger” some more.  Weapons of mass destruction become a “weapons program,” then a “seeking” of WMD.  George Tenet’s CIA “had questions” about the British forgery on Niger’s purported yellow-cake uranium.  Caraccilo just “wanted to share that pride with the people back home.” And let the lingering constructed memory kick in as the next flurry of stories is released to bury the newly emergent lie.

Retired Air Force Col. Sam Gardiner in October 2003 published a remarkable document online, “Truth From These Podia,” which I recommend. He found over 50 systematic and intentional lies that were generated for the express purpose of deceiving not some putative enemy but the press and the people of the USA and Britain.

He describes the evolution and structure of the White House’s Office of Global Communications—an office almost run by Rendon people—and how it generated news stories out of CENTCOM and elsewhere faster than the press could keep up in order to push deadlines and competition and thereby inhibit fact-checking.

As the stories come apart, sometimes in mere days or hours, the Rendon technique counsels that fabrications be allowed to ” linger“ without comment.

By 2003, the Pentagon propaganda program had been repackaged + a secret 74-page directive emanated from Rumsfeld’s office, now struggling with the catastrophic cascade developing in Iraq, where key advisors had assured the administration a year earlier of the “cake walk.” That directive was the “Information Operations Roadmap” (IOR).  Using the almost painfully dissociative wordsmithing of good military bureaucrats, IOR was described thus:

The integrated employment of the core capabilities of electronic warfare [EW], computer network operations [CNO], psychological operations [PSYOP], military deception + operations security [OPSEC], with specified supporting and related capabilities to influence, disrupt, corrupt, or usurp adversarial human and automated decisionmaking while protecting our own.

Six months later, a young enlisted man, Spec. 4 Tom Glen, sent a letter to Gen.  Creighton Abrams, commander of U.S. forces in Vietnam. Without specifically mentioning My Lai, Glen said that murder had become a routine part of Americal operations. The letter was shunted over to Americal Division + then to the office of the same officer who had been leading the South Vietnamese arson campaign five years earlier, since promoted to major. He was now the deputy assistant chief of staff of the division—a functionary who was directed to craft a response to this report of widespread atrocities against Vietnamese civilians.

“In direct refutation of this portrayal,” wrote the officer dismissively and with no investigation whatsoever, “is the fact that relations between Americal soldiers and the Vietnamese people are excellent.” Perhaps he believed that those killed were MAMs + therefore outside the protection of the Geneva Conventions and international law.

That officer was Colin Powell.

The massacre at My Lai, for which it was his responsibility to conduct damage control for the Americal Division, was a turning point in the loss of American domestic support for the war.  This did not lead Powell to question the legitimacy of the Vietnam occupation, or the brutality with which it was carried out.  It led him to believe that control of public perceptions, ergo control of the press, is an integral part of any war effort; as an adjunct to the overwhelming application of lethal force.
Democracy Now! Interview: Ghost Plane: The True Story of the CIA Torture Program

Bush says he may ignore new war-funding law: In a “signing statement” released when he signed the 2007 Defense Authorization Act on Oct. 17, the president listed two dozen provisions in the act that he indicated he may or may not abide by.

19.Oct.2006 Tom Engelhardt : November Surprise?: Why Hasn't Mainstream Media Connected the Dots Between Saddam's Judgment Day and the Midterm Elections?
19.Oct.2006 Putin cool to Olmert's Iran plea: An Israeli appeal to Russia that it should help block Iran's acquisition of a nuclear bomb appears to have failed, with Russia not offering any public pledge.

19.Oct.2006 BBC poll: World against torture, Israel in favor : Poll of 25 countries reveals that the majority of world's population opposes torturing prisoners suspected of terror involvement. In Israel, over half of Jewish population supports using torture to get information from terrorists, while most Muslims oppose it

19.Oct.2006 North Korean General: 'War Is Inevitable': If President Bush continues to ask North Korea to "kneel," war "will be inevitable," and it would begin on the Korean Peninsula, North Korean

19.Oct.2006 China's Economic Growth Slows on Investment Controls: China's soaring trade surplus has flooded the world's fourth-largest economy with cash, funding an investment binge that may result in idle factories and bankruptcies. Foreign exchange reserves have surged to almost $1 trillion, fueled by exports that the U.S. and Europe say are unfairly supported by an undervalued currency.

19.Oct.2006 US turns space into U.S. colony: President George W Bush signed an executive order creating a new National Space Policy on Wednesday. The most crucial feature of this policy is that it "rejects future arms-control agreements that might limit US flexibility in space and asserts a right to deny access to space to anyone 'hostile to US interests'."
19.Oct.2006 U.S. building huge military airfield in Iraq: Following hints U.S. troops may remain in Iraq for years, the USA is reportedly building a massive military base at Arbil, in Kurdish northern Iraq.

19.Oct.2006 Riverbend is back: Iraqi girl blog: The Lancet Study...: This has been the longest time I have been away from blogging. There were several reasons for my disappearance the major one being the fact that every time I felt the urge to write about Iraq, about the situation, I'd be filled with a certain hopelessness that can't be put into words and that I suspect other Iraqis feel also.

19.Oct.2006 U.S. Embassy in Baghdad Built by Trafficked Workers in Squalid Working Conditions: One longtime supervisor claims that 50 to 60 % of the laborers regularly complain that First Kuwaiti “treats them like animals,” and routinely reduces their promised pay with confusing and unexplained deductions.

19.Oct.2006 Residents killed as Nato occupation forces bombs rips through village: "If the foreign soldiers were so smart that they knew there were Taliban here, why didn't they see the women and children who were sleeping? Why do they want to kill us? How can they help us rebuild if they want to kill us? Maybe they should leave."
19.Oct.2006 Reflections on the Eve of Another Rigged Election -By Ernest Partridge
The Bush administration can not allow the Democrats to take control of either house of Congress. And they are in a position to prevent it, regardless of the will of the American voters.

19.Oct.2006 Australian Treasurer Seeks Orderly Withdrawal From U.S. Dollar -By John Garnaut- Economics Correspondent
Central banks in China, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea and Hong Kong have channelled immense foreign reserves into American government bonds, helping to prop up the US dollar and hold down American interest rates. Mr Costello said "the strategy had changed" and Chinese central bankers were now looking for alternative investments.

19.Oct.2006 Striking the US where it hurts-By Victor N Corpus
A decision by China to shift a major portion of its reserve to the euro or the yen or gold could trigger other central banks to follow suit. Nobody would want to be left behind holding a bagfull of dollars rapidly turning worthless. The herd psychology would be very difficult to control in this case because national economic survival would be at stake.

19.Oct.2006 Upon Red Rivers of Genocide -Living Inside Hell on Earth--By Manuel Valenzuela
The Iraq Genocide is a curse upon us all, a shame for all humanity, a crime of the highest order that should bring those responsible to deserved justice. In a more perfect world, there would be confidence that criminals and murderers and malfeasant authoritarians would be brought to justice. In the real world, however, they are promoted, elected and made much more powerful.

19.Oct.2006 Perception Management -By Stan Goff
The USA is not suffering from some collective personality disorder called compassion fatigue.  We are suffering from the most well-funded thought-control experiment in history, more sophisticated and deadly by many orders of magnitude than anything contrived by Kim Jong Il—the latest bete noir of American public discourse.

19.Oct.2006 The reliable CrimeBlog has a good summary of what we know so far. Weller is indeed a scoundrel (at least by my lights), but the page story remains unproven.
19.Oct.2006 Weller update LieParDestin, Kos diarist + friend to this humble blog, published his cautious take on the Jerry Weller accusation. That piece references this Illinois political site, CapitolFaxBlog, whose proprietor has tried to verify the story.
Bottom line: High-level reporters have not been able to find any solid evidence + Weller's spokesman denies the claim:

19.Oct.2006 As Democrats and Republicans battle for control of the U.S. Senate heading into the last three weeks before Election Day, many races around the nation are too close to call, a new package of Zogby Interactive polling shows.

19.Oct.2006 The government of South Korea told Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice today that it had no intention of pulling out of an industrial zone and a tourist resort in North Korea, even though both put hard currency into the pocket of the Pyongyang regime.
Judge orders Cheney visitor logs opened "or at least identify them and justify why they are being withheld."
The Gun Industry Profits Off of Murder. Help Fight Back
"Hidden Power" by Charles Derber - Thom Hartmann's Independent Thinker of the Month Review

19.Oct.2006 'Beginning of the end of America'; Olbermann addresses the Military Commissions Act in a special comment 10/20
Congresswoman on page board buried file on husband's child abuse allegation 10/20

19.Oct.2006-12 Security Upgrade Deadline Missed; "The U.S. Energy Department has acknowledged failing to meet a deadline this month to improve security at a weapon-grade uranium storage facility in Tennessee, raising concern that terrorists could acquire material for a nuclear bomb" 10/20
Republican Ad Calls Black Women "Ho's" 10/20

19.Oct.2006 Poll Signals More Republican Woes; As Disapproval of Congress Grows; That 16% rating statistically matches Congress's lowest point in the 17 years the Journal and NBC have polled 10/20

Die "World's 10 worst-polluted places" sind nach Auswahl des Blacksmith Institute :

· Tschernobyl, Ukraine

· Dserschinsk, Russland

· Bajos de Haina, Dominikanische Republik

· Kabwe, Sambia

· La Oroya, Peru

· Linfen, China

· Mailuu- Suu, Kirgisien

· Norilsk, Russland

· Ranipet, Indien

· Dalnegorsk und Rudnaja Pristan, Russland

"Es gibt Städte, in denen die Lebenserwartung mittelalterliches Niveau erreicht, wo Geburtsdefekte der Normfall sind", steht in einer begleitenden Studie, die auch im Internet abrufbar ist. Erst kürzlich hatte die Uno berichtet, dass die Umweltverschmutzung 13 Millionen Menschen im Jahr tötet.
19.Oct.2006 USA: Priester räumt Intimkontakt zu minderjährigem Foley ein
19.Oct.2006 Libanon- Krieg: Human Rights Watch wirft Hisbollah Einsatz von Streubomben vor
19.Oct.2006 GEZ für Internet- Rechner: Kritiker wettern gegen Gebühren- Kungelei
19.Oct.2006 Abgelenkte Strahlung: Forscher bauen erste Tarnkappe
19.Oct.2006 Einreiseregeln: USA verschärfen Bestimmungen für Kinder
19.Oct.2006 Umweltdreck: Die zehn schmutzigsten Orte der Welt
19.Oct.2006 US- Autonkonzern: Russischer Milliardär steigt bei GM ein
Ministerpräsidentenkonferenz: GEZ- Gebühr für Internet- Computer beschlossen
19.Oct.2006 Motor- Forschung: Honda will in zwei Jahren Brennstoffzellen- Autos verkaufen
Terrorismus: Briten fürchten spektakuläre Anschlagsserie von al- Qaida
19.Oct.2006 Umfrage: Jeder Dritte lehnt Folter nicht grundsätzlich ab
19.Oct.2006 Kurnaz- Vorwürfe: Große Koalition beschließt geheime Aufklärung
19.Oct.2006 Ostsee- Zwischenfall: Politiker mahnen nach Warnschüssen zu Besonnenheit

19.Oct.2006 Zwischenfall in der Ostsee: Reederei stoppt Ausflugsfahrten nach Polen
19.Oct.2006 Leichenskandal in New York: Sieben Bestatter bekennen sich schuldig
19.Oct.2006 Congressional approval falls to 14-year low. - Nico 

“Just 20 days until Election Day, the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll finds approval of the GOP-held Congress is at its lowest mark in 14 years, the Republican Party’s favorability rating is at an all-time low + President George W. Bush’s approval rating remains mired in the 30s,” NBC reports.
19.Oct.2006 Bush Agrees Current Iraq Violence May Be ‘Jihadist Equivalent of The Tet Offensive’ - Think Progress 

In an interview today with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, President Bush said he agreed with a recent op-ed arguing that the current spike of violence in Iraq could be the “jihadist equivalent” of the 1968 Tet Offensive in Vietnam, which was “widely credited with eroding support for President Johnson” and turning the American public against that war.

President Bush is right to finally admit that violence in Iraq has reached a tipping point + that the U.S. is not winning the war as he has claimed. But the current violence is not a propaganda campaign by Iraqis to impact the U.S. elections, as he suggests. It is a civil war, one that he has repeatedly failed to acknowledge and has no plan to address.

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Full transcript:

STEPHANOPOULOS: Tom Friedman wrote in the New York Times this morning that what we might be seeing now is the Iraqi equivalent of the Tet Offensive in Vietnam 00.000.1968. Tony Snow this morning said, “He may be right.” Do you agree?

BUSH: He could be right. There’s certainly a stepped up level of violence + we’re heading into an election.

STEPHANOPOULOS: But what’s your gut tell you?

BUSH: George, my gut tells me that they have all along been trying to inflict enough damage that we’d leave. And the leaders of al Qaeda have made that very clear. Look, here’s how I view it. First of all, al Qaeda is still very active in Iraq. They are dangerous. They are lethal. They are trying to not only kill American troops, but they’re trying to foment sectarian violence. They believe that if they can create enough chaos, the American people will grow sick and tired of the Iraqi effort and will cause government to withdraw
VIDEO: Conrad Burns Says Bush Has A Plan For Iraq, But ‘He’s Not Going To Tell Everyone In The World’ - Amanda 

Yesterday in a debate against Senate Democratic candidate Jon Tester, Sen. Conrad Burns (R-MT) took offense at the suggestion that President Bush has no real plan for victory in Iraq. Burns stated, “He [Tester] says our president don’t have a plan. I think he’s got one. He’s not going to tell everyone in the world.” Burns added that Tester, in specific, was not allowed to know the path forward in Iraq because “you’re just going to go out and blow it.” Watch it:

But as Tester pointed out, Bush doesn’t have a plan other than “stay the course.” Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE) recently stated that Bush needs to “find a new strategy, a way out of Iraq” and 61 % of the American public agreed that Bush has no clear plan for handling the situation in Iraq, according to a Sept. CNN/Gallup poll.

(Audio file here.)

Full transcript below:

CONRAD BURNS: I said we gotta win. He wants to pull out. He wants everybody to know our plan. That’s not smart. If you had a plan in order to win are you gonna tell the enemy? He’s not — the enemy’s not gonna tell us! That is absolutely unbelievable that anyone would take that approach! He says our president don’t have a plan. I think he’s got one. But he’s not gonna tell everybody in the whole world. And if you wanna go out and spar for a fight or you gonna tell your enemy what your plan is? I don’t think so. And that’s the way we’ll win it, Because we want to win it.


BURNS: Again he says there’s no plan. There is a plan. We’re not gonna tell you, John. We’re not gonna tell you what our plan is because you’ll just go out there and blow it. Period! By heavens, that’s just common sense. That’s enough.

JON TESTER: I just wanna say one thing.

BURNS: Wait a minute, hold the phone!

TESTER: Ok, all right, all right.

MODERATOR: This is his response.

TESTER: This is my response…

MODERATOR: Just this last word, then we’ll move on.

BURNS: No, I don’t think he has. I think he’s out of bounds.


TESTER: Mike asked me a question, I answered, you get to answer, I get to answer. That’s the way it works.

BURNS: Oh really?


BURNS: Like checkers?

TESTER: That’s the way it works. Well it’s interesting, Senator Burns because I listened to some of your comrades on TV last week who came back from Iraq, I guess they don’t know the plan either. The chairman of the Armed Services Committee doesn’t know the plan but you do. Because the chairman of the Armed Services Committee says that if things don’t change we need to change things. We need to have a plan.
Bush Invites Right-Wing Radio Hosts To White House - Nico 

The White House yesterday released a photo of President Bush meeting with right-wing radio hosts.

The guests:

– Sean Hannity (”[M]aking sure Nancy Pelosi doesn’t become the [House] speaker” is “worth … dying for“)
– Neal Boortz (Islam is a “
deadly virus“)
– Laura Ingraham (Sens. Biden and Boxer are “
on the side of” Kim Jong-Il)
– Mike Gallagher (Gore and Hitler
brilliantly put together side by side” in campaign video)
– Michael Medved (”[T]he subject of my conversation with the president of the USA” was that Islam has “
a special violence problem.”)

One big happy family.
“[A]pprehension and unease - Nico 

about the country’s international position are at high levels and…the public mood may be nearing a tipping point,” a new Foreign Affairs study shows. Eighty-seven % of Americans believe the threat to national security is exacerbated when other countries and cultures view the USA in a negative light; 78 % believe their country is seen as arrogant. Details HERE.
19.Oct.2006 Iraq: Worse Than Civil War - Guest 

For the last few months, top Bush administration officials have refused to admit that Iraq is currently in a civil war — disagreeing with many of Iraq’s leaders, U.S. troops in Iraq + seven in ten Americans.

Recent estimates of Iraqis killed over the last three and a half years have ranged from 40,000 to more than half a million.

The simple fact of the matter is the situation in Iraq is worse than civil war — the world is witnessing at least four major internal conflicts in Iraq:

1) A Shiite-Sunni civil war in Baghdad and the central part of Iraq. For much of the last year, a vicious campaign of sectarian cleansing has been taking place in the neighborhoods of Baghdad and the surrounding central regions, with Shiite militias targeting Sunni Iraqis and Sunni insurgent groups bombing Shiite sites.

The Los Angeles Times reported yesterday that the latest killings this week in the central part of the country may be directly related to the lack of progress on the national reconciliation front. U.S. troops on the ground in Iraq have argued that the political solution + not more boots on the ground, is the key to stopping the conflict: “you fix the government, you fix the problem.”

2) Intra-Shiite conflict in the south. Less noticed in the American media have been some battles between Iraqi Shiites in the streets of southern cities such as Diwaniya and Basra. In these clashes, intra-Shiite political disputes have being played out in violence in the streets — and in some cases U.S. forces have supported one faction versus another.

3) Sunni Arab insurgency in the West. The Sunni Arab insurgency continues to undermine security in the Western part of Iraq. The chief of intelligence for the Marine Corps in Iraq filed a report last month saying that the Al Qaeda in Iraq insurgent group has filled a political vacuum there.

4) Arab-Kurdish violence in the North. Violence and tensions have increased in northern Iraq between Arabs and Kurds, particularly in the disputed city of Kirkuk.

The Bush administration still does not have the right diplomatic, political or military strategy to deal with each of these multiple conflicts — all of which add up to a situation that is worse than civil war.

The USA needs to call for an immediate internal peace conference to put a stop to Iraq’s civil war, as the Center for American Progress proposes in its Strategic Redeployment plan. Brian Katulis
19.Oct.2006 Milbank: ‘There Are Rumors About A Third [Page Scandal], This One Involving A 16-Year-Old Girl’ - Nico 

Last night on MSNBC, Washington Post reporter Dana Milbank told Keith Olbermann that “there are rumors now about a third [page scandal], this one involving a 16-year-old girl.”

Milbank later noted that “political news is starting to sound more and more like you’re reading the police blotter, with Ney last week, the eighth guilty plea or conviction in the Abramoff case, piled on top of Scooter Libby and Tom DeLay and Curt Weldon. It goes on and on. And, of course, the punchline is that President Bush has declared this to be National Character Counts Week.” Watch it: Digg It!

Full transcript:

OLBERMANN: We know very little about these allegations, at least from Congressman Kildee’s remarks + if it is Congressman Kolbe of Arizona, it’s important to stress we know nothing about the actual allegation yet, nor the investigation. But did the scandal, by dint of this one mention from Mr. Kildee, just get another set of legs?

MILBANK: Legs would be the least offensive body part. But, yes, we–Jim Kolbe is retiring, so it’s not necessarily a big deal about him. Already, there are rumors now about a third, this one involving a 16-year-old girl. That’s been swirling around Washington today.

The real effect here is not necessarily with Kolbe, but that it just compounds that we have another one. And political news is starting to sound more and more like you’re reading the police blotter, with Ney last week, the eighth guilty plea or conviction in the Abramoff case, piled on top of Scooter Libby and Tom DeLay and Curt Weldon. It goes on and on.

And, of course, the punchline is that President Bush has declared this to be National Character Counts Week.

OLBERMANN: Well, we’re going to count the number of people who have character.

Congressman Kildee had complained that he had been shut out by the Republican chairman of the page board when he had learned about Mark Foley’s conduct in the fall of 2005. Presumably, he testified to that before the House Ethics Committee. We–do we know more than the presumption? And do we know if they’re taking it as evidence of a coverup, or how they’re treating that testimony?

MILBANK: Well, it’s hard to know exactly what the Ethics Committee is doing. But clearly, the public has made its decision. There’s a poll out today saying 57 % of the people believe that there was, in fact, a coverup, 77 % saying it was handled badly.

Now, clearly, there was a coverup at some level, by definition, because it–people knew about this, certainly Shimkus and the page board knew about it + it didn’t get out. The question really is, how far up it goes + does it–how far into Denny Hastert’s office?
Electricity Levels In Baghdad At Lowest Level Since U.S. Invasion - Amanda 

00.Sep.2003 President Bush promised that he would help Iraqis “restore basic services, such as electricity and water + to build new schools, roads + medical clinics. This effort is essential to the stability of those nations + therefore, to our own security.”

But three years later, electricity levels in Baghdad are at an all-time low. Residents of Baghdad are receiving just 2.4 hours of electricity this month, compared to an average of 16-24 hours of electricity before the U.S. invasion. The lowest level prior to this month was 3.9 hours/day.

According to our chart — using data compiled by The Brookings Institution — electricity levels have been steadily going down in the past two years (data for parts of 2003-2004 were unavailable) and are now at their lowest point since the U.S. invasion:

Doesn’t look like “so many lights [are] shining brightly” right now. Digg It!
19.Oct.2006 “The Worst Congress Ever.” - Faiz 

“These past six years were more than just the most shameful, corrupt and incompetent period in the history of the American legislative branch. These were the years when the U.S. parliament became a historical punch line, a political obscenity on par with the court of Nero or Caligula — a stable of thieves and perverts who committed crimes rolling out of bed in the morning and did their very best to turn the mighty American empire into a debt-laden, despotic backwater, a Burkina Faso with cable.” Speaker Dennis Hastert tops their list of the ten worst congressmen.
19.Oct.2006 REPORT: Bush Loyalist James Baker Calls Iraq ‘A Helluva Mess’ - Judd 

Former Secretary of State James Baker, one of the most ardent Bush family loyalists, is heading up a commission to review our policy in Iraq. According to the BBC, Baker was “visibly upset” during a recent visit to Iraq, calling the country “a helluva mess.” Watch the BBC report:

The media has reported that Baker’s panel has “ruled out the prospect for victory” and will recommend a “change in course,” possibly including “withdrawing American troops in phases + bringing neighboring Iran and Syria into a joint effort to stop the fighting.” Both options were proposed over a year ago by progressives in Strategic Redeployment.

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President Bush is under increasing effort to change course in Iraq. The BBC has learned that one of the president’s most influential advisors was visibly upset on a recent visit to the country and called it a “helluva mess.” James Baker was Secretary of State to the president’s father, George Bush Sr. He’s now leading a top-level commission which is expect to suggest some significant changes in policy.
Ignorance on the Intelligence Committee. - Nico 

Rep. Terry Everett (R-AL), asked if he knows the difference between Sunni and Shiite Muslims: “Mr. Everett responded with a low chuckle. He thought for a moment: ‘One’s in one location, another’s in another location. No, to be honest with you, I don’t know. I thought it was differences in their religion, different families or something.’” Everett is the vice chair of the House Intelligence Committee.

UPDATE: CQ’s Jeff Stein has more in the New York Times.
19.Oct.2006 A Progressive Governing Philosophy: Securing The Common Good - Think Progress 

Today, the Center for American Progress is hosting a conference called “Securing the Common Good.” Featuring President Bill Clinton as the keynote speaker, the conference is an effort to forcefully articulate an alternative to “compassionate conservatism,” a progressive philosophy of governing. (Read more about the conference in this AP article.)

John Podesta, CAP’s president, delivered the opening remarks. First, he outlined the failures of the right’s governing philosophy:

They have put forward a philosophy, focused on individualism, in which people theoretically have more choices and assume more risk in nearly every part of their lives. In theory, the result of this approach is that people will save more, own more, rely less on the government and become greater stakeholders in the future of our country…

This is the theory.

But let’s look at the results:

– Over 46 million of our fellow citizens do not have health insurance;

– Poverty rates are climbing and personal savings rates are plummeting;

– The richest 1 % of households already owns more wealth than the bottom 90 % combined;

– Oil companies are taking in record profits while global warming advances at a record pace; and

– College tuition rates continue to skyrocket while wages stagnate.

Cutting through the rhetoric, the facts show that in this “ownership society,” most Americans have been left to fend for themselves: they are owners of more burdens and fewer opportunities.

Then, he articulated the progressive alternative:

Under a progressive vision of the common good, government must pursue policies that benefit everyone equally. It must ensure that opportunities are abundant and that even those who have been left out and left behind can get the help they need to succeed. Common good progressivism does not meant that everybody will be the same, think the same, or get the same material benefits. Rather, it simply means that people should start from a level playing field and have a reasonable chance to improve their stations in life.

Internationally, common good progressivism focuses on new and revitalized global leadership through the just use of force; multi-lateral engagement; and the creation of new institutions and networks to deal with difficult problems. As in past battles against fascism and totalitarianism, common-good progressives today seek to fight global extremism by using a comprehensive national-security strategy that employs all our strengths for strategic and moral advantage.

To pursue the common good, though, we as Americans owe something to our country in return. People must assume responsibility for their actions, treat others with respect and decency + serve their families and communities.

What do you think it means to be a progressive? Let us know in the comments section.
October 18, 2006 - Think Progress 

Ten U.S. soldiers were killed in Iraq on Tuesday, one of the bloodiest days of the war for American forces outside of major combat operations.” At least 68 soldiers have been killed in October, on pace to “make it the deadliest month for U.S. forces since January 2005.”

“Gerry Studds, the nation’s first openly gay congressman, pushed the country to another landmark development when he died Saturday: the federal government for the first time will deny death benefits to a congressman’s gay spouse .” Studds and Dean Hara were partners for 15 years and legally married in Massachussetts 00.000.2004.

23: %age of Americans who approve of job Congress is going, according to a new Gallup poll.

Only 30 % are satisfied with the country’s direction. “Both figures are on the low end of what Gallup has measured historically.”

Federal agents are investigating ties between Rep. Curt Weldon (R-PA) and Bogoljub Karic, “a wealthy Serbian businessman who had been barred from visiting or trading with the USA because of his close ties to former Yugoslav leader Slobodan Milosevic.”

Larry Diamond, a former advisor to the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq and a member of the Iraq Study Group, warned the U.S. “could have just weeks, not months, to avoid an all-out civil war.” “The civil war is already well along,” Diamond said. “We have no way of knowing if it’s too late until we try a radically different course.”

A Government Accountability Office report found the Homeland Security Department “ignored its own tests” showing radiation detectors at ports and border crossing “could not meet a standard of detecting enriched uranium 95 % of the time.” “When the nuclear material was shielded, detection rates ranged from 17 % to 53 %.”

A University of Wisconsin study of TV coverage found that Midwest broadcasters “allocated an average of less than 30 seconds per 30-minute news broadcast to election coverage ” compared to “two minutes for crime stories, seven minutes for sports and weather + 10 minutes for advertising.”

One in four children around the world still live in extreme poverty. The “share of children now living in extreme poverty ranges from 5 per cent in some SEE (South Eastern Europe) countries to a startling 80 per cent in the poorest Central Asia countries.”

Dr. O’Reilly will see you now. “On his radio show, Bill O’Reilly falsely claimed that it ‘is never the case’ that a ‘mother’s life is in danger’ during pregnancy because ‘you can always have a C-section and do those kinds of things.’”

And finally: In his new book, Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) “recalls a meet-and-greet encounter at the White House with George W. Bush, who warmly shook his hand, then ‘turned to an aide nearby, who squirted a big dollop of hand sanitizer in the president’s hand .’ (’Good stuff,’ he quotes the president as saying, as he offered his guest some. ‘Keeps you from getting colds.’)”
19.Oct.2006 Former Ambassador Suspects Government Stoking Iraqi Civil War - Paul Joseph Watson -Dire situation goes from bad to worse and provides only excuse for troops to stay
19.Oct.2006 Political Conspiracies Really Do Happen! - Paul Joseph Watson -As Rove conspires to manufacture his promised October surprise, now Reuters are wearing the tin foil hats
19.Oct.2006 Bombing of Cuban Jetliner - sfux Peter Kornbluh and Yvette White -

On the 30th anniversary of the first and only mid-air bombing of a civilian airliner in the Western Hemisphere, the National Security Archive today posted on the Web new investigative records that further implicate Luis Posada Carriles in that crime of international terrorism. Among...
Verflixte Dübel - sfux Michael Schulze von Glaßer ?

Das Atomkraftwerk Biblis im südlichen Hessen ist trotz seines hohen Alters von mehr als dreißig Jahren eines der ?modernsten und sichersten Kernkraftwerke? in Deutschland.

Dauernde Nachrüstung unter Verwendung der neusten Technologien macht das Kraftwerk, das in einer seismisch aktiven Region liegt, erdbebensicher. Dübel gehören jedoch nicht zu den sicheren Teilen...
Atatürk und die Armenier - sfux 
Die Gründe für die türkische Leugnung des Völkermordes 1915/1916
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Artikel über den armenischen Genocid hat erwartungsgemäss heftige...

19.Oct.2006 Sleep loss in child-obesity link A leading UK expert in childhood obesity says there is now clear evidence a lack of sleep could be partly to blame.
19.Oct.2006 China pressures N Korean leader A Chinese envoy meets North Korea's reclusive leader amid international efforts to stop another nuclear test.
19.Oct.2006 UK 'number one al-Qaeda target' Britain is now the top target of a better-organised al-Qaeda, security sources have told the BBC.
19.Oct.2006 Bush accepts Iraq-Vietnam echoes President Bush says there are comparisons between rising violence in Iraq and in the Vietnam War.
Undertakers admit corpse scam Seven undertakers in the New York area admit roles in a scheme to steal body parts for transplants.
19.Oct.2006 One-third support 'some torture' Almost a third of people worldwide say some torture is acceptable to fight terrorism, a BBC World Service poll finds.
19.Oct.2006 Australia drought sparks suicides A severe drought in Australia has led to a sharp rise in the number of suicides among farmers, a group says.
19.Oct.2006 Charles Darwin's works go online The complete works of one of history's greatest scientists, Charles Darwin, are being made available online.
19.Oct.2006 Rice N Korea tour heads to Seoul Condoleezza Rice begins talks in South Korea as she rallies opposition to North Korea's nuclear test.
China's growth slips to 10% China's soaring economic growth rate slows slightly, as government attempts to cool the boom take effect.
19.Oct.2006 Moves begin on Iceland's whaling Iceland's ambassador to Britain is summoned to explain his country's return to commercial whaling.
19.Oct.2006 Court martial in Iraq rape case Four US soldiers will face charges over the alleged rape of an Iraqi girl, as 11 soldiers in all face courts martial.
19.Oct.2006 UN envoys work on Iran resolution UN diplomats work on a draft resolution proposing sanctions against Iran for its refusal to halt its nuclear activities. 19.Oct.2006 Delhi raid plotter wants clemency A man facing execution for his role in the 2001 attack on India's parliament will appeal to the president.
19.Oct.2006 Death row man's execution delayed Pakistan authorities delay for two months the execution date for a Briton from Leeds who has been on death row for 18 years.
19.Oct.2006 Credit card firms shun MP3 site Visa and Mastercard have stopped accepting credit card transactions for music downloading site AllofMP3.
19.Oct.2006 US adopts tough new space policy The US adopts a new policy to protect its interests in space and deny "adversaries" access for hostile purposes.
19.Oct.2006 Dozens seized in Italy mafia raid Italian police arrest dozens of suspected members of Italy's Ndrangheta mafia, wanted for scores of murders.
19.Oct.2006 Plea for action on child poverty Unicef urges Eastern European and former Soviet states to act on behalf of the 25% of children in extreme poverty.
19.Oct.2006 Lashkar-e-Toiba founder released Hafiz Mohammad Saeed, the founder of the Lashkar-e-Toiba militant group, is released from detention.
19.Oct.2006 Scientists urge ban on cod catch The leading advisory body on north Atlantic fisheries says cod stocks are still too low to allow any fishing.
19.Oct.2006 Japan's Aso urges atomic debate Japan should debate having nuclear arms but the government is still opposed to them, Taro Aso says.
19.Oct.2006 Get Your Daily Plague Forecast A new website mashes health data with Google Maps to track global disease outbreaks. By Seán Captain.
19.Oct.2006 Space: It's Our Final Frontier The USA asserts its primacy over the heavens, too. A revamped national space policy likens the use of space to air power and sea power + declares that America will defend its right to exploit space -- and defend it from perceived adversaries.
19.Oct.2006 FBI Head Wants Strong Data Retention Rules - samzenpus 76 KevHead writes

"Speaking at a conference of international police chiefs, FBI Director Robert Mueller called for strict data retention guidelines for US ISPs. Echoing DHS head Michael Cherthoff's assertion that the Internet was enabling terrorists to telecommute to work, Mueller went further and said that the US needs stricter data retention guidelines. '"All too often, we find that before we can catch these offenders, Internet service providers have unwittingly deleted the very records that would help us identify these offenders and protect future victims," Mueller said. The solution? Forcing ISPs to retain data for set periods of time.' If that happens, how long before the MPAA and RIAA start asking to take a peek at the data too, as they have in Europe?"
No Ice on the Moon - samzenpus 61 eldavojohn writes "

00.000.1994 there was speculation that there might be a southern ice cap on the moon — something our exploration of it could take advantage of. Unfortunately, recent evidence has come to light revealing that this probably isn't true." From the article: "If there is any ice at the South Pole, it probably comes from tiny, scattered grains that probably account for only one or two % of the local dust, the authors suggest. "Any planning for future exploitation of hydrogen at the Moon's South Pole should be constrained by this low average abundance rather than by the expectation of localized deposits at higher concentrations," the paper says soberly. The research involved sending a radar signal from the Arecibo telescope in Puerto Rico. The signal hit the southern lunar region and the reflection was picked up by the Green Bank Telescope in West Virginia." Well, it looks like we're going to have to hit Hoth before we hold that kegger on the moon."
What Earth Without People Would Look Like - Zonk 438 Raynor writes

"Imagine a world without people. What if every human being, all 6.5 billion of us, were suddenly abducted and the planet was left to fend for itself? The planet would heal. 'The sad truth is, once the humans get out of the picture, the outlook starts to get a lot better,' says John Orrock, a conservation biologist. Pollution would cease being created. It would remain around for many years, CO2 taking as long as 20,000 years to be restored to it's natural level, but will decrease. Even if we were all whisked away and our nuclear reactors melted down, it would have a surprisingly little effect on the planet. Chernobyl gives hope to this end. 'I really expected to see a nuclear desert there,' says Ronald Chesser, an environmental biologist. 'I was quite surprised. When you enter into the exclusion zone, it's a very thriving ecosystem.' In the grand scheme of the world there would be little evidence of our existence at 100,000 years. The most permanent piece is the radio waves we've emitted of the last century. As the article puts it, 'The humbling — and perversely comforting — reality is that the Earth will forget us remarkably quickly.'"
Building a Better Voting Machine - Zonk 181 edmicman writes

"Wired News has an interesting article about what would make the perfect voting machine: 'With election season upon us, Wired News spoke with two of the top computer scientists in the field, UC Berkeley's David Wagner and Princeton's Ed Felten + came up with a wish list of features we would include in a voting machine, if we were asked to create one. These recommendations can't guarantee clean results on their own. Voting machines, no matter how secure, are no remedy for poor election procedures and ill-conceived election laws. So our system would include thorough auditing and verification capabilities and require faithful adherence to good election practices, as wells as topnotch usability and security features.'"
Robot Swarm Shifts Heavy Objects - Zonk 134 holy_calamity writes

"A swarm of robots has been demonstrated that can get together to transport an object too heavy for a single bot. Each robot is loaded with the same simple set of behaviors but more complex intelligence emerges from a group interacting. Two videos show the robots in action + using a more complex behavior necessary when they're set to short sighted mode and can't see the target location from the starting point."
Iran Caps Net Access to Keep West Out - CmdrTaco 227+ davidwr writes

"The Guardian reports that Iran has banned high-speed internet access to attempt to curb the west's influence. In addition to seizing satellite dishes and filtering more websites than any country save China, Iran is now capping Internet speeds to 128kbps in order to keep out Western influences." From the article: "The latest step has drawn condemnation from MPs, internet service companies and academics, who say it will hamper Iran's progress. 'Every country in the world is moving towards modernization and a major element of this is high-speed internet access,' said Ramazan-ali Sedeghzadeh, chairman of the parliamentary telecommunications committee. 'The country needs it for development and access to contemporary science.'"
Techies Must Educate Governments - CmdrTaco 180+ Rub3X writes

"Those in the know about technology must spend more time reaching out to governments and helping them understand the Internet's role in society, Google Chief Executive Eric Schmidt said Tuesday. "The average person in government is not of the age of people who are using all this stuff," Schmidt said at a public symposium here hosted by the National Academies' Computer Science and Telecommunications Board. "There is a generational gap + it's very, very real." "
FDA Approves New Drug for Type 2 Diabetes - ScuttleMonkey 210+ Neopallium writes to tell us that the

FDA has approved the first of a new kind of treatment for type 2 diabetes. From the article: "JANUVIA belongs to a new breakthrough class of prescription medications called dipeptidyl peptidase-4 (DPP-4) inhibitors that improves blood sugar control in patients with type 2 diabetes. JANUVIA enhances a natural body system called the incretin system, which helps to regulate glucose by affecting the beta cells and alpha cells in the pancreas. Through DPP-4 inhibition, JANUVIA works only when blood sugar is elevated to address diminished insulin due to beta-cell dysfunction and uncontrolled production of glucose by the liver due to alpha-cell and beta-cell dysfunction."
19.Oct.2006 "Your words are lies, Sir." 
Olbermann sticks it to Chimpy. With transcript and video. posted by Prof. Hex
19.Oct.2006 KLARTEXT Erklärung des Bankiers Kurt von Schröder. an das Nürnberger Kriegsverbrecher-. tribunal hervorgeht: »Die allgemeinen Be- ...

19.Oct.2006 Hitlers Auslandsfinanzierung (1)
Bankier + SS-General Kurt von Schröder, dem SS-Führer Himmler persönlich. verbunden": ... den Kölner Bankier Kurt von Schröder, in dessen Haus am 4. ...

19.Oct.2006 Emall FR Dès le début de 1930, le banquier Kurt von Schröder décide de soutenir les nazis. Le

27.Oct.1931 C.F. von Siemens parle devant la General Electric ...

28.Nov.1999 The Rockefeller Syndicate and Baron Kurt von Schröder. Schröder was held a short time in a detention camp. and then set free to return to his banking business. ; ...

‘The Trial That Never Was’ : Why there was no Second International ...
The British favoured Kurt von Schroeder, an indus-. trialist, banker and SS member. The Americans pressed for the inclusion ...

19.Oct.2006 Which way to the future?: July 2006 ... which included such key Nazi institutions as IG Farben, the Keppler Circle + the Cologne Stein Bank of Allgemeine SS financier Kurt von Schroeder. ...

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04.Jan.1933 Adolf Hitler rencontra l’ancien Chancelier Von Papen chez le banquier Kurt Von Schröder, à Cologne. Von Papen, qui avait démissionné de ...

Derrière l'actuelle vague de cartellisation : Du Traité de ... Investment Bankers, qui a pour associés Avery Rockefeller, neveu de John Rockefeller, le baron Bruno von Schroeder de Londres et Kurt von Schröder de la BRI ..

zeitleiste_propaganda Zu den 25 Teilnehmern zählen der Reichsbankpräsident Hjalmar Schacht, der Bankier Kurt von Schröder (1889-1966) + die Industriellen Gustav Krupp von ... KURT VON SCHROEDER WALTER VON SIMONS IDA VON STENGEL GEORGE VON SUSICH [PC] CAPT. VON WETTSTEIN FRANK ADOLF WILLOW [aka FRANZ VON WEIDE] ...
19.Oct.2006 Kids.Net.Au - Encyclopedia > Weimar Republic On

04.Jan.1933 Hitler met secretly with von Papen at the house of the Cologne banker Kurt von Schroeder [?]. They agreed on forming a joint government; ...

THE WEB OF FASCISTS' LINKS Kurt Von Schroeder. Thyssen spent the rest of the war under VIP house arrest. He had fooled Hitler, hidden his immense profits + now it was time to fool ...
De Tweede Wereld Oorlog en haar geldmagnaten | Je eigen ... Dit alles in overleg met Max Warburg en Kurt von Schröder.

Later zij de baron Kurt von Schröder ; "De invloed van de grote banken op de Duitse industrie ...

19.Oct.2006 Documento senza titolo ... 1933, after a meeting at the home of Baron Kurt von Schröder in Cologne among this banker, the former Chancellor Franz von Papen and the same Hitler. ...

Toward An American Revolution - c5 ... which financed Himmler's inner circle under the aegis of the international banker Kurt von Schroeder ,” a close associate of the Dulles brothers. ...

Burned Bridges. The Rise and Fall of the Former BBC Journalist ...
Schnitzler, an important IG Farben manager, Kurt von Schroeder, a. Cologne banker + one of Hitler’s financiers, Herbert von Dircksen, ... | Unauthorized biography of George Bush Baron Kurt von Schroeder was co-director of the massive ... German-British-American banker, Kurt von Schroeder. According to ...

Bilderberg Origins - The Biggest Secret Forum ... Hitler's financial agent - and through him deals were made with Baron Kurt von Schroeder of the Schroeder banking house (see AIOC above). ...

19.Oct.2006 Bush in Paraguay (Update) Wonkette, of all sites, has a superb rundown of a story we first told a few days ago: Bush the elder has purchased nearly a hundred thousand acres in northern Paraguay, apparently adjacent to, or carved from, the 1,482,600 acres (!!!) owned by the Reverend Sun Myung Moon, the Bush family's most notorious friend. Regarding the latter spread, this story (brought to my attention by a reader) is a must-read: Nevertheless, national Senator Domingo Laino sees a different pattern in Moon's acquisitions. "There are two principal branches to Moon's interest in Paraguay," he said, "control of the largest fresh drinking water source in the world and control of the narcotics business ", which is so prevalent in this area. (Emphasis added.) 19.Oct.2006'think Poppy and Dubya want a piece of the action?
UPDATE: Turns out there may be
oil there... Permalink

19.Oct.2006 Keith Olbermann Holy SHIT. Permalink
19.Oct.2006 Bush Announces Again in a "Signing Statement" That He Will Break the Law: "Congress said it wants next year?s defense budget to include funding for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, but President Bush has indicated he may ignore that request."
Have You Had Enough of the NRA Shoving Guns Down Our Throats and Making American Schools Killing Fields? Support the Forces of Sanity and Public Safety. Donate Goods and Services to an Auction for Gun Control.
Dispatch from the BuzzFlash Department of Reality: U.S. October death toll in Iraq hits 70. Their Blood is on the Hands of Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and Rice.

19.Oct.2006 Get Barack Obama's "The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream" from
If You Want to Blow Off Your Nuts With a Handgun, Here is the Product for You! 10/18

19.Oct.2006 Dispatch from the BuzzFlash Department of Reality: Suicide car bombing in Mosul kills 12 10/19
Decrease in Middle Eastern Students in U.S. Since Bush, Iraq War -- A BuzzFlash News Analysis

19.Oct.2006 Bill Clinton: "The ideological, right-wing element of the Republican Party has been building strength, partly in reaction to things that happened 40 years ago ? Barry Goldwater's defeat, the excess of the '60s, Ronald Reagan's election" he said. "But this is the first time on a consistent basis, the most conservative, the most ideological wing of the Republican Party has had both the executive and legislative branches with a very distinct governing philosophy and very distinct political philosophy." 10/19

19.Oct.2006 Bush and Cheney in Deep Denial. American GIs at Grave Risk. "American military casualties in Iraq are mounting dramatically amid reports that allies of US President George W. Bush are pushing him for a new exit strategy." 10 More GIs Killed Today.
Worse than Foley? Republicans Covering Up Evidence that GOP Knew of ex-Rep. Duke Cunningham Bribery & Cronyism -- A BuzzFlash News Analysis

19.Oct.2006 At least this time it's a FEMALE page All day, the rumor mill has buzzed about another congressional sex scandal, this time involving a Representative and a female page, all of 16 years old. Dems have feared that the offender might be one of their own.
Now, a Kos diarist with a good rep gives us a name:
Republican Jerry Weller of Illinois. Archpundit does not mention Weller directly, but otherwise has confiremd the claim. I don't know if the allegation is true, but I do know that this pol has a feeeelthy history.
Took money from Brent Wilkes...
Took money directly from Jack Abramoff...
Took money from Tom Delay's ARMPAC...
Took money from Enron...
Took money from big oil...
Took money from big tobacco...
Lovely guy. Word has it his Cunningham-scam connections run deep; we can say with confidence that he has tried his damnedest to
squelch the report on Cunningham's misdeeds: An internal congressional investigation has found that "major breakdowns" in legislative controls enabled former Republican Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham to use his position on the House Intelligence Committee to steer classified government contracts to political cronies - like Jerry "Wily E." Weller, according to a memo distributed this week to Democrats on the panel. Permalink


In Kandahar sind 2400 Kanadier stationiert, die im September zusammen mit amerikanischen Soldaten gegen die Taliban vorrückten. Eingeleitet wurde die sogenannte Operation Medusa mit schwerer Rockmusik der Gruppe AC/DC, die aus großen Lautsprechern gegen die Stellungen der Gotteskrieger im Bezirk Pashmul schallte. Dort hatten sich die Aufständischen in Lehmtürmen verschanzt, in denen Weintrauben getrocknet werden, hinter Granatapfelbäumen und in den Mohnfeldern Pashmuls.

Die Taliban erlitten schwere Verluste, doch gegen ihre Schlupfwinkel in den Cannabiswäldern war nicht anzukommen. Die Kanadier versuchten, die Pflanzen mit Diesel anzuzünden - ohne Erfolg, da die Flammen erstickten.

"Dann probierten wir es mit weißem Phosphor," berichtet die Nachrichtenagentur Reuters über einen Vortrag des Generals, "aber auch das funktionierte nicht.

Die Pflanzen waren derart voll mit Wasser, dass nichts sie verbrennen konnte."

Die so entstandenen Radarbilder "zeigen keine Hinweise für konzentrierte Ablagerungen von Wassereis im Shackleton-Krater oder anderswo am Südpol", schreiben die Forscher in der aktuellen Ausgabe des Fachmagazins "Nature". Damit widersprechen sie der bisherigen Lehrmeinung über Wasser auf dem Erdtrabanten.

00.000.1994 -Seit dem Jahr- herrschte unter Planetenforschern Optimismus: Radaraufnahmen der Raumsonde "Clementine" vom Südpol des Monde hatten ein bestimmtes Polarisationsmuster gezeigt.

Die Art, wie der Mond die Radarwellen zurückgeworfen hatte, deuteten Wissenschaftler als Folge der Reflexion durch Wassereis.

Eine schöne Überraschung für hochfliegende Pläne - zumal "Clementine" ein ehemaliger Militärsatellit war, den die US-Amerikaner im Rahmen des Star-Wars-Programms von US-Präsident Ronald Reagan gestartet hatten.
Nordkorea: Chinesischer Sondergesandter bei Kim Jong Il
19.Oct.2006 Gewalt im Irak: Bush räumt Parallelen zum Vietnamkrieg ein
Evolution: Ur- Fisch hatte Ohren
Afghanistan: Kanadas Krieger in der Cannabis- Falle
19.Oct.2006 Isaf- Truppe: Kanada fordert deutsche Unterstützung in Südafghanistan
Nuklearkrise: Bush warnt Nordkorea vor Verkauf von Atomwaffen

19.Oct.2006 Trockener Trabant: Radar findet kein Eis in Mondkratern

19.Oct.2006 Berlin- Urteil des Verfassungsgerichts: Entscheidung im Machtkampf um Euro
12.Dec.2005 "Americas Settled by Two Groups of Early Humans, Study Says"
18.Oct.2006 Photo Gallery: Exotic New Orchids Discovered in New Guinea

18.Oct.2006 First New Mammal Found in Europe in 100 Years
18.Oct.2006 New Land-Bridge Evidence Adds to Mystery of 1st Americans 

The long-gone land bridge between Asia and Alaska—a route possibly followed by the first humans to reach the Americas-flooded about 12,000 years ago, a new study suggests posted by Prof. Hex

Against all expectations seed scientists at the Ardingly seed bank have grown small plants from most of the 32 different species discovered in a leather-bound notebook at the Royal Dutch Library's national archive.

Prof. Hex
18.Oct.2006 Will Media Finally Count the Dead in Iraq?  Part One is
here and the follow up is here.
Would it surprise you to learn that if the Johns Hopkins estimates of 400,000 to 800,000 deaths are correct -- and many experts in the survey field seem to suggest they probably are -- that the supposedly not-yet-civil-war in Iraq has already cost more lives, per capita, than our own Civil War (one in 40 of all Iraqis alive 00.000.2003)? posted by
Prof. Hex
18.Oct.2006 Grim bit of history for sale  Great article on the sale of a Chicago gallows kept for years in case the escaped criminal "Terrible Tommy" O'Connor (fictionalized in the film The Front Page) was ever caught. The gallows also saw labor activists convicted in the Haymarket Riots of 1886 into the next world.Via Fark.posted by Prof. Hex
18.Oct.2006 We Hate To Bring Up the Nazis, But They Fled To South America, Too  Wonkette takes a look at the disturbing rumors floating around about the Bush family and Paraguay.
Rigorous Intuition has a few things to add. posted by
Prof. Hex
18.Oct.2006 Talking with Marwan Barghouthi: Marwan Barghouthi is a member of the Revolutionary Council of Fateh. He is currently serving a life sentence in an Israeli jail, but is viewed by all observers, including Israelis, as a potential future Palestinian leader. His imprisonment is seen as a political act and his release will constitute a substantial part of any future political breakthrough.

18.Oct.2006 America Accuses Israel of Discriminating Against 'American Palestinians' : Acting on direct orders from Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, the US has filed a discrimination complaint with the Israeli Embassy in Washington.

18.Oct.2006 Court Rules Against Israeli Extremists: The U.S. government had sufficient basis to designate an Israeli extremist group a foreign terrorist organization, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday.

18.Oct.2006 Israel Lobby Initiates Hispanic Strategy: Israel lobby objectives to legitimize population separation by religion, retain conquered and occupied territory, regional military domination and wall building are not natural or easy policy "sells" to a Hispanic viewership.

18.Oct.2006 Iran warns against U.N.sanctions : "Resorting to arm-twisting through the Security Council would be considered a security threat to Iran and will change (Iran's) behavior,"

18.Oct.2006 Action on Iran must be "proportionate": Russia: "The IAEA is not reporting to us about the presence there of a threat to peace and security."

18.Oct.2006 The Politics of Fear: The recently released staff report on Iran issued by the Republican-controlled House Intelligence Committee and the new National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) on global terrorism conclude that the threats to U.S. national security are grave and increasing.

18.Oct.2006 A terror raid that doesn't make the headlines - despite chemical explosives and a rocket launcher

18.Oct.2006 In case you missed it: WMD Plot Uncovered In East Texas: At least one weapon of mass destruction - a sodium cyanide bomb capable of delivering a deadly gas cloud - has been seized in the Tyler area.

18.Oct.2006 Documents Shed New Light on Pentagon Surveillance of Peace Activists: - Documents released today by the American Civil Liberties Union reveal new details of Pentagon surveillance of Americans opposed to the Iraq war, including Quakers and student groups.

18.Oct.2006 FBI tried to entrap Ramsey Clark : Yousry, told ABC News that the FBI offered him a chance to avoid indictment -- if he would wear a hidden microphone to gather evidence against Stewart and Clark, who was also part of the blind sheik's defense team

18.Oct.2006 FBI director wants ISPs to track users: FBI Director Robert Mueller on Tuesday called on Internet service providers to record their customers' online activities.

18.Oct.2006 Payback's a Bitch for Weldon: NOT WELL DONE WeldonAdd one more name to our America's Dumbest Congressmen list: Rep. Curt Weldon (R-PA). The FBI raided the homes of Weldon's lawyer friend who did business in Russia and the Soviet Union, another friend who ran a public relations firm + his daughter—she's a lobbyist whom authorities allege Weldon helped land lucrative deals, including $1 million contracts from two Russian energy firms

18.Oct.2006 America's Dumbest Congressmen: Radar ranks the 10 biggest fools on the Hill

18.Oct.2006 Judge Allows 9/11 Lawsuits to Go Forward : A federal judge on Tuesday refused to toss out claims by thousands of emergency workers who sued New York City and about 150 private contractors after the workers were sickened by dust at the World Trade Center site.

18.Oct.2006 LAPD is cracking down on the city's poorest residents.: "It's like we are dogs," said Melvin, an elderly homeless man in a wheelchair, as tears streamed down his cheeks.
18.Oct.2006 Troops may occupy Afghanistan for 20 years says commander : The commander of British forces returning from Helmand, Afghanistan, said that his forces were having to make up for the time lost by the decision of the USA and Britain to invade Iraq instead of concentrating on post-Taleban Afghanistan.
18.Oct.2006 Saudi Arabia speaks out against bill to divide Iraq: "The Cabinet hopes the leaders of Iraq, the wise men and 'ulema' [religious scholars], appreciate that their duty is to stand against attempts at partition under whatever disguise."

18.Oct.2006 English translation of Saddam Hussein Letter: I know the heart of the freedom fighter and love to his nation, his people after his love to God, I expect you to heal the wounds and not to open new wounds.
18.Oct.2006 The Republic is Dead, Long Live the Republic .-By Juan Cole
Bush and a supine, cowardly Congress shredded the US Constitution on Tuesday, abolishing the right of a court review (habeas corpus) for some classes of suspect. Suspect, mind you, not proven criminal.

Sowing the Seeds of Fascism in America -By Stan Goff
Author Stan Goff, a retired 26-year veteran of the U.S. Army Special Forces, sounds a warning call that many of the historical precursors of fascism—white supremacy, militarization of culture, vigilantism, masculine fear of female power, xenophobia and economic destabilization—are ascendant in America today.

Bush's Petro-Cartel Almost Has Iraq's Oil -By Joshua Holland
Even as Iraq verges on splintering into a sectarian civil war, four big oil companies are on the verge of locking up its massive, profitable reserves, known to everyone in the petroleum industry as "the prize."

18.Oct.2006 I strongly urge readers to check out HinesSite, which has become one of the pages I open up first thing each morning. Permalink
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18.Oct.2006 Another closeted gay Republican congressman is David Dreier, a representative from San Gabriel Valley, California, a fairly conservative area not far from my own home town. He lived + may still live, with his Chief of Staff, Brad Smith.
18.Oct.2006 Mike Rogers of BlogActive has "outed" Idaho Senator Larry Craig. Normally, I would not bother to link to such a report; what annoys me is not Craig's private behavior but his consistently anti-gay rights voting record.
18.Oct.2006 Big Tent or Big Closet? Why would any gay person would work for the party of hypocrisy? No one can now ignore the contradiction between the G.O.P.'s public intolerance and private "Roehmosexuality."
A desperate
Ken Blackwell, losing his Ohio gubernatorial race against Ted Strickland, is trying to insinuate that his Democratic opponent is not only gay but tolerant of pedophilia. The G.O.P.'s Christian voting base is demanding a "pink purge" of all gay Republican congressional staffers: "Some Christians, who are pivotal to the GOP's get-out-the-vote effort, are charging that gay Republican staffers in Congress may have thwarted their legislative agenda...."
18.Oct.2006 The net, the media + other free press matters dr. elsewhere here
So much news has been exploding out there, it's really near impossible to keep up.
But keep up we must, as that is precisely what will ultimately thwart the forces of greed, corruption and destruction that have gained such a powerful stranglehold on this country's government.
But those forces are not entirely dumb. They have figured out that when the people can keep up with their criminal activities, it makes life much harder for them. Interestingly, they understand the power of Jefferson's wisdom, but instead of celebrating it, they fear it: Were it Left to Me to Decide Whether We Should Have Government Without Newspapers or Newspapers Without Government, I Should not Hesitate a Moment to Prefer the Latter. Consequently, they have launched offenses on the two most important fronts in their war on democracy, freedom + our First Amendment.
One of these, let's call it the Eastern Front, is the threat to net neutrality. I've been watching for those subtle but insidious little newsclips that lead those already in power closer to the goal of controlling the net. For example, in just the past 24 hours, Chertoff has claimed the
net could be a terrorist training camp, quickly followed by the FBI encouraging internet providers to keep track of customer activity.
So tonight, do not fail to watch
Moyers on America, where he trains his American eagle eye on the attempts of corporate media to impose "market" standards on the net + the real threats this poses to the freedoms we enjoy here.
And if Moyers does not sufficiently freak you out about this topic, try this little trip through a probable future.
On the Western Front, there is another threat to our First Amendment right to keep up with the shenanigans of the ruthless and greedy + that is a threat we thought we'd won handily a couple of years ago, but like cockroaches, these creeps just will not die. Remember when the FCC heard arguments regarding the demands of the corporate media to expand ownership rules? Remember just how soundly we trashed them, in the public arena and in the courts? You'd think that would have sent the message and they'd have just let it go and adjust.
Well, you'd think wrong. They're baaaack!
Yep, there is now in progress yet another round of arguments about media ownership in play (I brought
this up last month), with actual real town meetings on the subject being conducted around the country. FAIR has a recent review of the situation, including the exposure of the FCC's suppression of a report that showed media concentration reduces local news reporting. And be sure to submit your comment to the FCC, letting them know how you, the people, feel about how the increasing centralization of media ownership encroaches upon your First Amendment rights.
These issues are utterly key to the future of our democracy, folks. Jefferson was absolutely right; we need a free press far more than we need a government.

18.Oct.2006 Uni Lüneburg: Vorlesungen zum Thema Wirtschaftsspionage von Dr. Udo Ulfkotte Scarlett neuer MI6 Chef, Bericht im Observer Mai 2004. CIA passed on prisoners...

Wireless Networks in big trouble, 00.Aug.2001 ...
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18.Oct.2006 Irak: US- Soldaten wegen Mordes vor Gericht
hat Clinton noch anders formuliert: Er wollte vom All aus "das Wissen über die Erde, das Sonnensystem und das Universum steigern". Von einem Weltraum-Verbot für andere Staaten war nicht die Rede.
Peter Teets, Direktor des National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), musste bereits im März 2004 in einer Anhörung vor dem US-Senat einräumen: "Es ist richtig, dass die Fähigkeiten von Nfire, versehen mit einem anderen Operationsziel, für ein Weltraum-basiertes Waffensystem genutzt werden können."
Im Frühjahr 2007 soll nach mehreren Verschiebungen ein Satellit im Rahmen des "Near Field Infrared Experiment", kurz NFire, ins All geschossen werden. Nach offiziellen Angaben soll der Himmelskörper lediglich feindliche Raketen während der Abschussphase orten können. Kritiker argwöhnen jedoch, dass das nicht alles ist.
Ein weit ehrgeizigerer Plan sieht vor, Wolfram-Stäbe aus dem All ("Rods from God") auf die Erde regnen zu lassen.

Allein durch ihre Aufprallenergie, so die Hoffnung des Pentagon, könnten die Geschosse tief eingegrabene Bunker knacken.
Seit 2004 ist bereits das "
Counter Satellite Communications System" im Einsatz, das feindliche Kommunikationssatelliten vom Boden aus lahmlegen kann.
Im November 2003 veröffentlichte die US-Luftwaffe ein Zukunftspapier namens "Transformation Flight Plan", das ein ganzes Arsenal exotischer Waffen enthält.

00.Jan.2001 -veröffentlichter Bericht einer Kommission, die vom späteren Verteidigungsminister Rumsfeld geleitet wurde, malte gar ein "Pearl Harbor im Weltraum" an die Wand:

Die "Feinde der USA" könnten sich auf dem weltweiten Markt Mittel beschaffen, um Satelliten oder deren Bodenstationen anzugreifen.

Geschosse aus dem All
Zwar ratifizierte der US-Kongress 1967 den "Outer Space Treaty" der Vereinten Nationen, der die internationale Nutzung von Erdorbit und Himmelskörpern regelt. Doch der Vertrag war ein Produkt einer Zeit, in der die Angst vor einem Atomkrieg das politische Denken beherrschte. In Artikel IV verpflichten sich die Nationen lediglich zum Verzicht auf Massenvernichtungswaffen in der Erdumlaufbahn. Von anderen Systemen, die ebenfalls verheerende Wirkung haben könnten, ist nicht die Rede.
Das Pentagon wird damit beauftragt, "mehrschichtige integrierte Raketen-Verteidigungssysteme" für den Orbit bereitzustellen. Wie das funktionieren soll, dürfte derzeit selbst den Experten des US-Verteidigungsministeriums schleierhaft sein. Denn bisher gilt selbst die am Boden stationierte Raketenabwehr als kaum funktionstüchtig, sollte es wirklich zu einem Angriff auf die USA mit Interkontinentalraketen kommen.
Zudem erteilt Bush in dem Dokument Verteidigungsminister Donald Rumsfeld den Auftrag, Militär- und Spionagetechnologie für den Weltraum nicht nur zu entwickeln, sondern auch einzusetzen.

Die Vereinigten Staaten, so heißt es in dem Papier, werden sich allen Verträgen entgegenstellen, die "den Zugang zum Weltraum oder seine Benutzung durch die USA begrenzen".

Verräterisch ist, dass das Dokument an dieser Stelle ausdrücklich Abkommen zur Rüstungskontrolle nennt: Das Recht der Vereinigten Staaten, im Weltraum zur Wahrung der "nationalen Interessen" aktiv zu werden, dürfe durch solche Verträge in keinem Fall eingeschränkt werden.

Mit anderen Worten: Sollte eine andere Nation auch nur den Versuch unternehmen, mit den USA im Weltraum militärisch zu konkurrieren, bekommt sie es mit der US-Regierung zu tun. Das könnte durchaus eine verklausulierte Drohung mit Präventivschlägen sein - nicht nur aufgrund der Tatsache, dass Bush und seine Mitstreiter in der Vergangenheit durchaus weit gefasst haben, wer oder was den US-Interessen zuwiderläuft.
Jetzt hat die US-Regierung eine ähnliche, wenn auch etwas vorsichtiger formulierte Strategie für den Weltraum entworfen: Die neue "
National Space Policy", die vor einigen Tagen unauffällig auf der Website von Bushs Office of Science and Technology Policy veröffentlicht wurde.

Das Dokument fasst im Grunde offiziell in Worte, was seit längerem US-Politik ist. Das amerikanische Militär hat bereits Milliarden von Dollar für die Entwicklung von Waffen ausgegeben, die im Weltraum stationiert werden sollen - darunter Technologie für Attacken auf irdische Ziele und feindliche Satelliten.

Die neue Sicherheitsdoktrin fürs All enthält gehörige politische Sprengkraft, wie schon erste Reaktionen von Kritikern in den USA zeigen: Das neue Dokument habe einen "sehr unilateralen Ton", sagte Theresa Hitchens, Leiterin des Center for Defense Information in Washington. Es öffne die Tür zu einer "Kriegsstrategie für den Weltraum".

Weltraum-Verbot für Gegner der USA
Bushs All-Macht-Doktrin

Von Markus Becker

US-Präsident George W. Bush hat die aggressive Außenpolitik seiner Regierung auf den Orbit ausgedehnt. In seinem neuen Grundsatzpapier stehen amerikanische Interessen über allem - und könnten auch durch präventive Aktionen gesichert werden.

Es war ein weltpolitisches Erdbeben, das George W. Bush im September 2002 mit der Vorstellung seiner "Nationalen Sicherheitsstrategie" auslöste: Die USA würden ihren Interessen künftig Geltung verschaffen, indem sie ihre Werte in alle Welt verbreiteten - und sich notfalls auch mit Präventivkriegen vor Bedrohungen schützen. Die als "Bush-Doktrin" berüchtigte Strategie führte unter anderem in den Irak-Krieg.
"In gewisser Weise benutzen sie das Internet zur Selbstmedikation", so der Mediziner. Außerdem stimme ja offensichtlich etwas nicht, "wenn Menschen sich die Mühe machen, ihre Internet-Aktivität zu verheimlichen".
18.Oct.2006 Zollstreit: Polen schießen auf deutschen Dampfer
18.Oct.2006 Mannesmann- Prozess: Ackermann will seiner Verurteilung durch Geldbuße entgehen

18.Oct.2006 Atomstreit mit Nordkorea: USA sichern Japan militärische Unterstützung zu
18.Oct.2006 Regierungskrise: Schwedischer Schwarzmarkt

18.Oct.2006 Terrorismus: Syrien stellt Zammar vor Gericht

18.Oct.2006 Studie zu Übernahmen: Sorge vor Ausverkauf der deutschen Wirtschaft unbegründet

18.Oct.2006 Versteckte Armut: Zehn Millionen Deutsche sind bedürftig

18.Oct.2006 Neues Film- Fördermodell: Clever statt stupid

18.Oct.2006 Liste erfundener Ikonen: Die Macht des Marlboro- Manns
18.Oct.2006 Fall Kurnaz: Heikle Begegnung in Kandahar

18.Oct.2006 Nutzungs- Studie: Das Internet als Krankheit

18.Oct.2006 Luxus für den Vatikan: Der Papst fährt Phaeton
18.Oct.2006 Deutsches Studentenwerk: "Fehlende Stipendien sind ein Skandal"
18.Oct.2006 Atomstreit: Iran warnt Uno vor Sanktionen
18.Oct.2006 Argentinien: Tumulte bei Umbettung von Peron
Energie: Forscher warnen vor Gasknappheit in Europa

18.Oct.2006 "Freaking"- Tanz: US- Sittenwächter stoppen Porno- Polonaisen an Schulen

18.Oct.2006 Weltraumstrategie: Bushs All- Macht- Doktrin
18.Oct.2006 Razzien in Italien: Polizei nimmt 34 mutmaßliche Mafiosi fest
18.Oct.2006 Rechtsextremismus: "Es haben sich Parallelgesellschaften gebildet"

Der Index benötigte siebeneinhalb Jahre, um von der Marke von 11.000 Punkten die 12.000er-Hürde zu nehmen. Allein in diesem Monat legte der Index um 350 Punkte zu, nachdem der Ölpreis sich bei etwa 60 Dollar pro Barrel (159 Liter) eingependelt hat und keine weiteren Zinserhöhungen zu befürchten waren. Zum Dow Jones gehören Börsenschwergewichte wie Microsoft, Wal-Mart und Coca-Cola.
Der amerikanische Aktienindex Dow Jones hat heute zum ersten Mal in seiner 110-jährigen Geschichte die 12.000-Punkte-Grenze überschritten. Kurze Zeit später sank er allerdings wieder unter diese historische Marke.

verkohlte Kanten und schwarze Flecken aus Asche. Der Papyrus ist nach Ansicht der Wissenschaftler nach dem Tod seines Besitzers zusammen mit ihm verbrannt und anschließend dem Grab beigefügt worden.

Mit modernen Bildbearbeitungs- und Scan-Methoden konnten griechische und US-amerikanische Forscher nun auch die am stärksten verkohlten Teile lesen - "sogar die Stücke, die komplett schwarz sind und wo man mit dem Auge gar nicht erkennen kann, ob darauf Text vorhanden ist oder nicht", sagte Polyxeni Veleni, Direktor des Archäologischen Museums von Thessaloniki schon zu Beginn der Untersuchungen.

Sagengestalt Opheus und das Reich der Toten
2500 Jahre alte Schriftrolle entziffert

Sie war verkohlt und vergraben - trotzdem haben Wissenschaftler eine der ältesten Schriften Europas nun entziffert. Aus dem 2500 Jahre alten Derveni-Papyrus erfahren sie auch, wie sich Menschen in der Antike das Jenseits vorgestellt haben.

Athen/Thessaloniki - Der Text des ältesten Buchs Europas galt als nicht entzifferbar. Doch nun kann man tatsächlich in dem Werk lesen: Dank moderner Technik ist der mindestens 2500 Jahre alte Derveni-Papyrus größtenteils entziffert worden, eine der ältesten bekannten literarischen Schriften Europas. Das teilte der griechische Archäologe Kyriakos Tsantsanoglou von der Universität Thessaloniki mit. Jetzt kann man nachlesen, wie die Menschen sich in Zeiten der Antike das Jenseits vorgestellt haben und was es mit der Sagenfigur Orpheus auf sich hat.
Antikes Buch: 2500 Jahre alte Schriftrolle entziffert
18.Oct.2006 Barockmaler Caravaggio: Unbekanntes Gemälde entdeckt

18.Oct.2006 Enthüllungen im Fall Kurnaz: Bundeswehrsoldaten bewachten in Afghanistan Gefangene der USA

18.Oct.2006 US- Börse: Dow Jones durchschlägt 12.000er- Marke
18.Oct.2006 Geschlechterdebatte: Unnachgiebiger werden! Oder hinschmeißen!
18.Oct.2006 Tishman- Speyer- Gebäude: Das Imperium eines New Yorker Magnaten

18.Oct.2006 US- Ranking: Toyota Prius zum sparsamsten Auto gekürt
18.Oct.2006 Europa: Postmonopol soll 2009 fallen
18.Oct.2006 Netzwelt- Ticker: Apple liefert iPods mit Wurm aus
18.Oct.2006 Fotostrecke: Die Leiden der Gefolterten
18.Oct.2006 Fall Kurnaz: Verwirrung um Bundeswehr- Kontakt zum "Bremer Taliban"

18.Oct.2006 Umstrittene Ausstellung: Folter in Öl
18.Oct.2006 Pipeline- Schäden in Alaska: Neue Vorwürfe gegen BP

Mogul mit Drähten nach Deutschland

Speyer führt die Firma Tishman Speyer, seit sie 1978 gegründet wurde. Der Immobilien-Mogul stammt zwar gebürtig aus dem US-Bundesstaat Wisconsin, hat aber in New York an der Renommier-Uni Columbia studiert und sich seither ein Netzwerk einflussreicher Freude in Geschäftswelt und Politik der Stadt aufgebaut. So verfügt er über einen guten Draht zum früheren Citigroup -Boss Sanford Weill und sitzt im Exekutivkomitee der New Yorker Notenbank-Zweigstelle.
Saturnmond: Rätselhafter Fleck auf Titan

18.Oct.2006 Armut: Millionen verzichten auf Unterstützung
18.Oct.2006 Monopoly- Deal: Investor kauft New Yorker Stadtviertel für 5,4 Milliarden
Los Angeles Times 2004 Article on Weldon Copyright 2004 Los Angeles Times
All Rights Reserved
Los Angeles Times
20.Feb.2004 Friday
Lucrative Deals for a Daughter of Politics;
Karen Weldon, whose dad is a Pennsylvania congressman, is a lobbyist for three foreign clients who need his help + get it.
BYLINE: Ken Silverstein, Chuck Neubauer and Richard T. Cooper, Times Staff Writers

The Very Proactive Congressman: Curt Weldon deserves honorable mention on list of dumbest members of Congress Posted on Tuesday, October 17, 2006. By
Ken Silverstein. Sources

Radar Magazine has a story out on the dumbest members of Congress + I'm relieved to see that the editors have belatedly added Congressman Curt Weldon to their list.
Consider the Weldon family's involvement with the Russian firm
ITERA International (motto: “We bring warmth to people!”). In May 2002, Weldon led a congressional delegation to Moscow and toured ITERA’s offices;
After the Weldons returned from Russia, the congressman worked hard to jumpstart a saucer deal between Saratov and the
Naval Air Systems Command, or NAVAIR, which is based near Washington.
It's not clear what else the FBI is investigating about Weldon, but
as I've detailed here, Weldon has basically been running an employment agency for family and friends.
18.Oct.2006 October Surprise in November? 

How's a November 5 execution of Saddam Hussein grab ya?
[..]Raid Juhi, a chief investigating judge in the trial linked to the anti-Shiite crackdown, said a verdict against Saddam and seven co-defendants will be announced Nov. 5. He said sentences for those found guilty will be issued the same day. posted by
Prof. Hex
What is Cunningham's secret? I suspect that disgraced former congressman Randy "Duke" Cunningham has many secrets, but today's
TPM Muckraker points to one in particular. According to reporter Justin Rood, a precis of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence's as-yet unreleased report on Cunningham emphasizes this point: [W]e are aware of dealings that Cunningham had with certain foreign nationals, which we expect will be given careful scrutiny by appropriate law enforcement and national security agencies" for possible breaches of national security. Now that's intriguing. When a congressional inquiry fears to name "foreign nationals," suspicious folk naturally glance in the direction of Israel, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and other points East.
18.Oct.2006 As we noted in an earlier post, the most astonishing item in the MZM resume is the contract to provide "office furniture" for the West Wing. One does not normally ask an intelligence/defense firm to go shopping at the local Ikea.

15.Sep.2006 Duke Cunningham sent a handwritten letter from prison to a reporter for the San Diego Union-Tribune. Josh Marhall published jpgs of the actual pages, although the text has not been transcribed until now.
18.Oct.2006 Where does all this leave us?
First, we cannot be sure that the secret program mentioned in this letter has any direct relationship to Cunningham's dealings with "foreign nationals," or with MZM's bizarre foray into the world of office furnishings.

But the human mind naturally works in a connect-the-dots fashion. Was someone in the USAF spying on the White House? Is someone in the USAF sharing information with either Israel or some other Middle Eastern nation?
Or should we place the "Air Force" secret and the "foreign nationals" secret in two separate categories?
# posted by Joseph

18.Oct.2006 One mustn't forget the American Turkish Council. Their board is a veritable who's who of neocon ideology
18.Oct.2006 If bradblog and the rest are still too afraid of touching this, perhaps the rest of you reporters can dig in.....
Sibel Edmonds, Israel espionage, Nuclear drug trafficking to Turkey, Georgia, Azerbaijan confirmed
More exposed
More on project Echelon
Still more # posted by Anonymous : 9:04 PM   Dr E - to clarify,
1) it was BOTH Doug Dickerson and his wife who tried to recruit sibel.
2) the wiretaps DID refer to Hastert.
3) Doug Dickerson was also in Ankara, in weapons procurement from 1991-1995.
4) Doug Dickerson was back in the US from about 1999 (?) to 2002 in weapons procurement for all the Turkic countries + then hot-footed to Nato in Belgium when Sibel made too much noise.
# posted by lukery

18.Oct.2006 Dispatch from the BuzzFlash Department of Reality: 9 U.S. Troops Killed in Iraq Bombings, Driving American October Death Toll to 67
Bush AGAIN Fails America's National Security: The U.S.-led coalition in Afghanistan failed to follow through as it should have after ousting the Taliban government 00.000.2001, setting the stage for this year's deadly resurgence, the NATO commander in the country said Tuesday.
"DUMBASS" the book. Come on, You Know Who We are Talking About!

18.Oct.2006 Discontent with GOP finds way into Texas
Exile Him to the Isle of Elba: Cheney Says ?General Overall Situation? In Iraq Is Going ?Remarkably Well? 10/18
Former US secretary of state James Baker was visibly shocked when he last visited Iraq + said the country was in a "helluva mess", the BBC reported today. 10/18
The Fight Isn't Over Yet on Bush's Establishment of the Republic of Torture 10/18

18.Oct.2006 Republican Congressman Curt Weldon Responds to FBI Raids on Friends and Family in the Face of Massive Corruption Charges in the Typical GOP Fashion: He Plays the Victim, Doesn't Accept Responsibility + Blames the Mythical "Liberal Attack Machine." We're Sure He Must Blame Bill Clinton Too, Somewhere in His Diatribe. 10/18

18.Oct.2006 "Former congressman Randy "Duke" Cunningham (R-Calif.) channeled more than $70 million in Pentagon and intelligence agency contracts to two companies that paid him bribes + required the "cooperation or at least the non-interference of many people" to pull that off, a congressional investigation has found." 10/18
Foley, a Bush family friend since the early 1980s? 10/18


87 % der Befragten waren der Auffassung, dass die Bedrohungen der nationalen Sicherheit übertrieben dargestellt würden. 78 % äußerten die Ansicht, dass die USA im Ausland als arrogant betrachtet würden. Und 64 % erklärten, dass keinem Land ein demokratisches System aufgezwungen werden könne, wenn es noch nicht dazu bereit sei.

Nach dem amerikanischen Schulnotensystem von A bis F wollte weniger als ein Drittel der Befragten der Irak- und Afghanistan-Politik der Regierung die Noten A und B geben. Befragt wurde eine Stichprobe von 1001 Personen. Die statistische Fehlerquote wurde mit plus/minus 3,5 %punkten angegeben.

Jedes vierte Kind in Südosteuropa und der ehemaligen Sowjetunion lebt in extremer Armut. Das geht aus einer Unicef-Studie hervor.
Africa focus on climate change A climate summit in Nairobi will focus on plans to help poor nations adapt to climate change, a UK minister says.
18.Oct.2006 Breast screening 'may harm some' Breast screening may do more harm than good, according to a report.
18.Oct.2006 Bush unterschreibt Gesetz zu Militärtribunal - sfux 
Mit seiner Unterschrift hat US-Präsident Bush am Dienstag ein Gesetz in Kraft gesetzt, das den Umgang mit Terrorverdächtigen im umstrittenen Gefangenenlager Guantánamo auf eine solide rechtliche Grundlage stellen soll. Bush verteidigte das Gesetz bei der Unterzeichnungszeremonie in Washington gegen Kritiker, die in den Vorschriften eine Verletzung der Bürgerrechte sehen.
"Das ist eine der seltenen Gelegenheiten, bei denen ein Präsident ein Gesetz unterzeichnet...

Wackelige Atomkraftwerke an der Donau - sfux Michael Schulze von Glaßer ?

?Leistung die Leiden schafft.? - So lautet der Vorschlag einiger Mitglieder der Anti-Atomkraft-Bewegung zum Slogan der Deutschen Bank. Es geht um Geld, Korruption in einem Erdbebengebiet an der rumänisch- bulgarischen-Grenze und einem zu Sowjet-Zeiten errichteten Betonfundament.
Auf der bulgarischen Seite des Grenzflusses Donau, der Rumänien...

Parkinson's therapy trial success An initial trial of gene therapy treatment in the US for Parkinson's patients is hailed a success.
18.Oct.2006 Air cargo security gaps exposed A BBC investigation reveals major flaws in the security of the air cargo industry that could threaten the lives of passengers.
18.Oct.2006 Benefits of fish 'outweigh risks' Researchers say the benefits of eating fish outweigh any potential risks from pollutants.
18.Oct.2006 Building a Better Voting Machine It shouldn't be so hard to make a secure and reliable electronic voting machine, right? As election season kicks off, Wired News fields a set of features to include in a good e-voting device. By Kim Zetter.

18.Oct.2006 Solar cell business poised for huge growth Manufacturing plants will soon be able to produce solar cells at a daily rate equal to the entire solar cell production 00.000.1980.
18.Oct.2006 Google CEO: Techies must educate governments -Tensions between privacy and ready access to data lace visions for 2016 tech by Eric Schmidt and Microsoft VP Rick Rashid.

Beobachter sehen die US-Position dem Bericht zufolge teils dadurch begründet, dass viele US-Waffensysteme auf Informations- und Kommunikationssatelliten angewiesen sind. Die Brisanz des Themas wurde kürzlich deutlich, als ein US-Satellit von einem aus China kommenden Laserstrahl getroffen wurde. Laut dem US-Verteidigungsministerium ist unklar, ob es sich dabei um ein versuchtes Störmanöver Chinas handelte.

Washington - Mit zahlreichen Stellungnahmen und Militärprojekten hat die US-Regierung in den vergangenen Jahren angedeutet, dass sie nicht nur auf Erden, sondern auch im All eine Vormachtstellung anstrebt. Jetzt hat George W. Bush dieses zur offiziellen Politik erklärt: Der Präsident habe eine neue "Nationale Weltraumpolitik" ("National Space Policy") unterzeichnet, berichtet die "Washington Post". Dem Dokument zufolge werde die US-Regierung alle künftigen Rüstungskontrollabkommen ablehnen, die der Bewegungsfreiheit der USA im All schaden könnten.

Nationen, die sich nicht amerikanischen Interessen gemäß verhielten, werde der Zugang zum All versperrt.
Enron- Gründer Lay: Richter hebt Schuldspruch auf
18.Oct.2006 Zügel für das Web: Iran verbietet Highspeed- Internet

18.Oct.2006 Neue Automodelle: Volkwagen investiert eine Milliarde Euro in Brasilien
18.Oct.2006 US- Weltraumpolitik: Bush erklärt sich zum Herrscher des Universums

Evolutionary theorist Oliver Curry of the London School of Economics expects a genetic upper class and a dim-witted underclass to emerge.

The human race would peak in the year 3000, he said - before a decline due to dependence on technology.

People would become choosier about their sexual partners, causing humanity to divide into sub-species, he added.

The descendants of the genetic upper class would be tall, slim, healthy, attractive, intelligent + creative and a far cry from the "underclass" humans who would have evolved into dim-witted, ugly, squat goblin-like creatures.

Race 'ironed out'
World's Smallest Robotic Hand - ScuttleMonkey 17 BuzzSkyline writes

"The world's smallest robotic hand has been built by Yen-Wen Lu and Chang-Jin "CJ" Kim at UCLA's Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department. The microhand can make a fist that can grasp objects smaller than a millimeter across. Check out the freaky video on the researchers' website of the microhand grabbing a blob that looks like a fish egg. The tiny hand is made of inert materials, making it ideal for handling gooey biological samples. Lu and Kim describe their microhand in a paper published October 16 in the journal Applied Physics Letters."
Kansas Soil Yields Massive Meteorite - ScuttleMonkey 59 ROMRIX writes

"The Discovery Channel is reporting that Scientists have unearthed a 154 pound meteorite from a Kansas field using ground penetrating radar. The article also states that this type of radar may someday be used on Mars to locate water in a future mission."
EU Considering Regulating Video Bloggers - ScuttleMonkey 202 Aglassis writes to tell us that

recent proposed EU legislation could require anyone running a website featuring video content to acquire a broadcast license. From the article: "Personal websites would have to be licensed as a "television-like service". Once again the reasoning behind such legislation is said to be in order to set minimum standards on areas such as hate speech and the protection of children. In reality this directive would do nothing to protect children or prevent hate speech - unless you judge protecting children to be denying them access to anything that is not government regulated or you assume hate speech to be the criticism of government actions and policy."
Human Species May Split In Two - ScuttleMonkey 652 gEvil (beta) writes

"According to an article at the BBC, an evolutionary theorist in London suggests that humanity may split into two sub-species within the next 100,000 years. From the article: 'The descendants of the genetic upper class would be tall, slim, healthy, attractive, intelligent + creative and a far cry from the "underclass" humans who would have evolved into dim-witted, ugly, squat goblin-like creatures.'" No missing link here, we already have the troll-like humans to prove it.

Kloker und seine Kollegen nutzen kleine Absaugöffnungen von nur 50 Mikrometer Größe in der Flügeloberfläche, um die schädlichen Wirbel zu vermeiden. Durch das gezielte Absaugen von Luft an der Flügeloberfläche werde die Grenzschicht zwischen schnell strömender Luft und am Flügel still stehender Luft verkleinert. "Man holt die schnell strömende Luft näher an der Flügeloberfläche heran", erklärt Kloker im Gespräch mit SPIEGEL ONLINE.

Die dabei entstehende dünnere Grenzschicht sei stabiler gegenüber Strömungen und Turbulenzen. Mithin sinke der Luftwiderstand.

Experimente mit Haifischhaut
Kassel: Kinderpornos auf Richter- Computer
18.Oct.2006 Australien: Fettsucht erdrückt Staatsfinanzen
Flugzeugtechnik: Billiger Fliegen - mit durchlöcherten Flügeln
18.Oct.2006 Unterschicht- Debatte: Die Armut, die aus dem Osten kam
18.Oct.2006 Geheimdienst- Affäre: SPD und Union planen Kurnaz- Ausschuss

18.Oct.2006 Zweikampf mit Guatemala: Bush- Hasser Chavez will Kampf um Sitz im Sicherheitsrat nicht aufgeben

18.Oct.2006 Unterschichten- Debatte: SPD und DGB fordern Arbeitsprogramme für Problemgruppen

18.Oct.2006 Nuklearkonflikt: US- Geheimdienst befürchtet Atomtest- Serie in Nordkorea
18.Oct.2006 Matt Drudge’s Efforts To Cast Doubt on Global Warming Reaches New Level of Desperation - Judd 

Global warming is real. Matt Drudge, “the Walter Cronkite of his era,” is working overtime to convince people it isn’t happening. Here’s what he put up on the Drudge Report today:

First, this is totally irrelevant. Global warming does not mean there is never going to be a cold day or a cold month somewhere on the globe. Globally, September 2006 was the 4th warmest on record.

Second, Drudge leaves out this crucial fact from the NOAA report he links to:

The January-September 2006 combined temperature is warmest on record. The previous record warm January-September happened 00.000.2000.

In other words, according to the NOAA report Drudge cites, there has never been a warmer year in the USA so far than 2006. Amazingly, Drudge is seizing on this report to suggest that global warming isn’t real.
Sherwood ‘Calling In Chits’ With Right-Wing Leaders - Nico 

Rep. Don Sherwood (R-PA) had a five-year affair with a 29-year-old woman that ended 00.000.2004 when she called 911 after Sherwood allegedly tried to strangle her. The woman has now sued Sherwood “for what she alleges were repeated beatings that seriously injured her physically and emotionally.”

Sherwood acknowledges he had an affair with the woman, but denies the allegations of abuse.

Now he is in danger of losing his seat + has been “calling in chits” with “campaign officials and House colleagues.” He’s getting good results. The embattled congressman received about $90,000 from campaign committees and House members in the three-month period ending Oct. 1, according to his latest campaign finance report to the FEC.

– Majority Leader John Boehner (R-OH): $2,000
– Senate Judiciary Chairman Arlen Specter (R-PA): $5,000
– Conference Chairwoman Deborah Pryce (R-OH): $5,000
– House Energy and Commerce Chairman Joe Barton (R-TX): $5,000
– Infrastructure Chairman Don Young (R-AK): at least $1,000
– Government Reform Chairman Tom Davis (R-VA): at least $1,000
– Rep. Richard Burr (R-NC): $5,000
– Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK): $5,000
– Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX): $5,000

In all, over 40 House conservatives contributed $1,000 or more to Sherwood in just the current quarter.

But he’s just getting started. Sherwood “is expected to raise up to $400,000 at a Thursday fundraiser hosted by President Bush in Sherwood’s district.”
18.Oct.2006 Cheney: ‘General Overall Situation’ In Iraq Is Going ‘Remarkably Well’ - Think Progress 

Rush Limbaugh interviewed Vice President Cheney on his show today. At one point, Limbaugh asked Cheney to respond to growing frustration over U.S. efforts in Iraq.

Cheney acknowledged there is a “natural level of concern out there” because fighting didn’t end “instantaneously.” (Next month, the war will have lasted longer than U.S. fighting in WWII.)

Cheney then pointed to various news items to paint a positive picture of conditions in Iraq and concluded, “If you look at the general overall situation, they’re doing remarkably well.” CLICK HERE FOR AUDIO Digg It!

Full transcript:

CHENEY: Well, I think there’s some natural level of concern out there because in fact, you know, it wasn’t over instantaneously. It’s been a little over three years now since we went into Iraq, so I don’t think it’s surprising that people are concerned.

On the other hand, this government has only been in office about five months, five or six months now. They’re off to a good start.

It is difficult, no question about it, but we’ve now got over 300,000 Iraqis trained + equipped as part of their security forces. They’ve had three national elections with higher turnout than we have here in the USA.

If you look at the general overall situation, they’re doing remarkably well.

It’s still very, very difficult, very tough. Nobody should underestimate the extent to which we’re engaged there with this sort of, at present, the “major front” of the war on terror.

That’s what Osama bin Laden says + he’s right.
EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Rep. Peter King (R-NY) Says That Being In Baghdad Is ‘Like Being In Manhattan’ - Amanda 

09.Feb.2006 House Homeland Security Chairman Peter King (R-NY) spoke at the Merrick Jewish Center in Merrick, NY. King told his constituents that “the situation [in Iraq] is more stable than you think.”

He cited “bumper to bumper traffic,” shopping centers, restaurants, video stores, vendors + hotels to conclude that being in Baghdad is “like being in Manhattan.”

ThinkProgress has obtained exclusive video from a person who was at the event. Watch it:

Life in Baghdad is nothing like life in Manhattan. There have been 441 murders in New York City so far this year.

In contrast, approximately 14,458 Iraqis have died in the war this year according to iCasualties, which counts casualties based on media reports.

A study in the British medical journal Lancet suggests the real number may be much higher.

When they think the media aren’t watching, politicians like King are willing to grossly distort the facts on Iraq to their constituents for political purposes. Digg It!

Full transcript below:

As we go through the city of Baghdad, it was like being in Manhattan. I mean, I’m talking about bumper to bumper traffic, talking about shopping centers, talking about restaurants, talking about video stores, talking about guys selling (inaudible) on the street corner, talking about major hotels.

And so, at that moment, people must be (inaudible) resilient and you would never know that there was a war going on. Now, car bomb goes off + that street or those streets for that hour and people will (inaudible) but the rest of the country is functioning.

Up in Mosul, I remember seeing news reports about roller coasters? Where you had two or three parking lots filled with their cars on a Sunday afternoon. Again, that’s not something you’d see on television + at any given time a suicide bomber can walk into an amusement center, but the point I’m making is that the situation is more stable than you think.
Would Gandalf stay the course? - Nico 

Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) explains the Iraq war by citing Lord of the Rings: “As the hobbits are going up Mount Doom, the Eye of Mordor is being drawn somewhere else,” Santorum told a newspaper editorial board. “It’s being drawn to Iraq and it’s not being drawn to the U.S. You know what? I want to keep it on Iraq. I don’t want the Eye to come back here to the USA.”
18.Oct.2006 16 %. - Amanda Number of Americans who “believe the Bush Administration is telling the truth about what they knew prior to the 11.Sep.2001 terrorist attacks on the USA.”

Fifty-three % believe the Bush administration is “Bush_Administration_hiding_1016.html">hiding something,” according to a new poll.
18.Oct.2006 Bush: Iraq War Critics ‘Propagandize,’ Engage In ‘Illogical Behavior’ - Amanda 

Yesterday Fox News host Bill O’Reilly asked President Bush whether the “anti-Bush press” is responsible for the American public turning against the war in Iraq. Bush agreed with O’Reilly, stating that he’s “disappointed that people would propagandize to that effect because the stakes are too high for that kind of illogical behavior.” Watch it:

Sixty-four % of the American public now disapproves of Bush’s handling of the war in Iraq. These people are not “illogical” or victims of a propaganda campaign, but are responding to the facts.

Bush_Iraq_War_Critics_Propagandize_Engage_In_Illogical_Behavior">Digg It!

Full transcript below:

O’REILLY: Is one of the reasons they’ve turned against the war in Iraq is that the anti-Bush press pounds day in and day out in newspapers, on the network news, in books like Bob Woodward’s, that you don’t know what you’re doing there. You have no have a strategy. You don’t listen to dissent. You’ve got this thing in your mind and you’re stubborn and you just can’t win it.

BUSH: Well, I’m disappointed that people would propagandize to that effect because the stakes are too high for that kind of illogical behavior. We have got a plan — first of all a stated goal.
President Bush Fails to Put Iraq’s Leaders on Notice - Guest 

President Bush made a friendly phone call to Iraq’s Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki yesterday, “telling him to not believe ‘rumors’ (in spokesman Tony Snow’s words) that the U.S. had privately given him a two-month timetable to shape up.”

In fact, the “rumors” were comments on CNN by U.S. Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad two weeks ago. Bush’s contradictory statement sent the wrong message — that the USA will continue giving a blank check to the Iraqi leadership no matter what it does or doesn’t do. In assuring that the USA does not seek to impose a timeline, President Bush also undercut the message that Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice tried to send to Iraq’s leaders in her trip there earlier this month: speed up the political process.

The timing of Bush’s call made its impact even worse.

On the same day, Iraq’s leaders postponed a national reconciliation conference aimed at addressing the problems that are at the heart of Iraq’s violence + USA Today published comments from Prime Minister Maliki saying he would not take steps to disarm militias anytime soon, even though these militias are a key part of Iraq’s security problem.

Bush’s message to Maliki also ignores the advice from U.S. leaders from across the ideological spectrum — including Rep. John Murtha, Sens. Jack Reed, John Warner, Chuck Hagel to former Secretaries of State James Baker and Colin Powell — that staying the course is not an option and Iraq’s leaders need to take responsibility.

The Bush administration clings to its open-ended commitment to Iraq, which is fostering a culture of dependency among Iraq’s leaders.

Instead, the USA needs to set a policy of Strategic Redeployment — including a peace conference to stop Iraq’s civil war and a phased redeployment of U.S. forces. - Brian Katulis and Peter Juul
18.Oct.2006 Another page scandal? - Nico 

The House Page Board “discussed allegations on Monday involving a second lawmaker,” board member Rep. Dale Kildee (D-MI) said.

“It’s only been allegations made,” Kildee told reporters of the House page board’s discussion about a second lawmaker, who he declined to identify.
O’Reilly: ‘You Cannot Be Confrontational With The President of the USA - Judd 

Fox’s Bill O’Reilly, who argues in a new book that Osama Bin Laden is “cheering” the progressive movement in America, was invited to the White House yesterday for an exclusive interview with President Bush.

It was Bush’s third interview with O’Reilly.

Last night, just before he broadcast the first installment of the interview, O’Reilly explained to his viewers that, “You cannot be confrontational with the President of the USA.”

Instead, according to O’Reilly, “President Bush will have his say.” O’Reilly added, “I think it is important to look ahead rather than to look back. What good does it do to rehash WMDs? Does that do you any good?” Watch it: Digg It!

Full transcript:

This is my third interview with the president. He does get a fair shake here but he also gets tough questions, as everybody does. Now interviewing a president is not like interviewing anyone else on the planet. You cannot be confrontational with the president of the USA. You can be direct, but you can’t be disrespectful.

Over the next three nights, President Bush will have his say. You will know exactly where he stands on the most vital issues facing america and the world. Because every presidential interview is finite — time is always a concern — I decided to concentrate on the conflicts — Iraq, Iran, North Korea and terror — rather than on domestic issues. Also, I think it’s important to look ahead rather than to look back. what good does it do to rehash WMDs? Does that do you any good?
October 17, 2006 - Think Progress 

President Bush signs the “Military Commissions Act of 2006? today in the Rose Garden, a bill that will not grant detainees legal counsel. “

Also, it specifically bars detainees from filing habeas corpus petitions challenging their detentions in federal courts.” The new law sets the stage for what many analysts believe will be yet another historic showdown between the courts, the president + Congress.

With the FBI investigating Rep. Curt Weldon (R-PA) over “ familial influence peddling ,” USA Today notes that lobbying groups employed 30 congressional family members last year, who lobbied for $750 million in earmarks. “There are no laws against this brand of nepotism.”

Sen. Sam Brownback (R-KS) is blocking the confirmation of Bush-nominated Judge Janet Neff because she may have “once attended a commitment ceremony for a lesbian couple.”

The number of embedded journalists reporting in Iraq has dropped to its lowest level. “Some journalists blame the decline on Pentagon bureaucracy, the reporting restrictions journalists face + pressure by some commanders to avoid ‘negative’ coverage.”

Scientists yesterday reported the first direct evidence linking the 2002 collapse of the Larsen B Antarctic ice shelf to human-induced global warming.

The U.S. population surpassed 300 million today.

While the USA accounts for just five % of the world’s population, it consumes nearly 25 % of the world’s energy.

Lester Crawford, the former FDA chief who resigned two months after being confirmed for the job, “will plead guilty today to charges that he hid his ownership of stock in food and drug companies that his agency regulated.” “[D]uring a period when the Crawfords held shares in Pepsico, a soft drink and snack food company, he was chairman of an F.D.A. Obesity Working Group that among other tasks was reviewing calorie content labeling for soft drinks.”

“ Rep. John Doolittle (R-CA) acknowledged Monday that his lawyer, whom he has paid more than $38,000 in the last two months, is talking with the Justice Department about the congressman’s relationship with disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff.” Doolittle has denied he is under investigation for corruption.

3,000: The death toll for coalition military forces in Iraq, according to a CNN tally.
18.Oct.2006 Federal Judge Strikes Down Warrantless Spying Program, Says Brennan Center for Justice (press release)
A federal district judge in Detroit today struck down the President's warrantless domestic spying program operated by the National Security Agency. The decision by Judge Anna Diggs Taylor is yet another setback for the President's claim of unchecked executive power + an important victory for the rule...

18.Oct.2006 Europe Moves To Kill The Internet - Paul Joseph Watson -New EU rules would prevent uploading video without a license
18.Oct.2006 Government Targets American Bloggers As Enemy Propagandists - Paul Joseph Watson -Military, Homeland Security, Bush White House strategy sharpen knives against anyone critical of
17.Oct.2006 Chertoff's 'Web of Terror' The Homeland Security chief declares the internet a potential hotbed of terrorism, a place where radicals can go to train themselves to become terrorists.
17.Oct.2006 Supplies Limit Oil Alternatives Moving away from petroleum to cleaner alternatives requires infrastructure investment that anticipates consumer demand. In Autopia.
17.Oct.2006 Letter to European Commission Warns Against Open Source - ScuttleMonkey 27
"TechWorld is reporting that they have a leaked copy of a letter written to the European Commission detailing the extent of lobby pressure coming from proprietary software groups working against open source software. From the article: 'Lueders sent the letter on 10 October to leaders of the Commission's Directorate General for Enterprise and Industry, in response to an EC-commissioned study into the role of open source software in the European economy (referred to by Lueders as Free/Libre/Open Source, or FLOSS). In the letter, he criticised the study as biased and warns that its policy recommendations, if carried out, could derail the European software economy.'"

Listening for Cancer Cells - ScuttleMonkey 51 Roland Piquepaille writes

"According to researchers at the University of Missouri-Columbia, it's now possible to detect skin cancer cells present in blood samples by listening to the sound of melanoma cells. The scientists have used a method named photoacoustic detection, which uses a laser to make cells vibrate and ultrasound techniques to pick the sound of cancerous cells. This technique is so precise that it's possible to identify the spread of cancer even if there are only ten melanoma cells in a blood sample. Still, large clinical tests must be done before this method can be widely used."
Researchers Debut DNA-Powered Computer - ScuttleMonkey 127 -
"Researchers at Columbia University and the University of New Mexico have built a DNA -powered computer that is unbeatable at Tic-Tac-Toe. Although it's much slower than a normal computer, the researchers say their proof-of-concept system could help them develop new techniques for sorting and analyzing viruses and DNA mutations."

17.Oct.2006 International Music Industry Amps Up Anti-P2P War - Zonk 233 newtley writes to mention a

BBC article discussing a new initiative against file-sharers by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry. This international version of the MPAA is breathing down the necks of 8,000 users of file-sharing software. From the article: "The new cases cover file sharers in 17 different countries who have been allegedly using sites including BitTorrent, eDonkey, SoulSeek and WinMX. For the first time legal action is being taken in Brazil, Mexico and Poland. The IFPI said the actions affect a wide-variety of people: a laboratory assistant has been charged in Finland, while a parson has been served with action in Germany."
FDA Set To Approve Products from Cloned Cows - Zonk 415 phantomlord writes

"The FDA is currently set to allow beef and milk from cloned animals onto the market. Further, the products will likely not be branded as such and there is no way to know if we're currently consuming products from cloned animals." From the article: "Farmers and companies that have been growing cloned barnyard animals from single cells in anticipation of a lucrative market say cloning will bring consumers a level of consistency and quality impossible to attain with conventional breeding, making perfectly marbled beef and reliably lean and tasty pork the norm on grocery shelves. But groups opposed to the new technology, including a coalition of powerful food companies concerned that the public will reject Dolly-the-Lamb chops and clonal cream in their coffee, have not given up."
U.S. Population Hits 300 Million - Zonk 403 ChrisK87 writes

"The USA' population will hit 300 million on Tuesday morning, just 39 years after it reached 200 million, the US Census Bureau estimates. A 'population clock' will record the milestone at 0746 (1146 GMT) — a timing based on calculations that factor birth and death rates and migration." From the article: "But it is not possible to say if the 300-millionth American was a new-born or crossed one of the US borders. Correspondents say that there is not expected to be the same hullabaloo as when the figure of 100 million was reached 00.000.1915, or

the double century 00.000.1967 when President Johnson gave a speech and newborn Robert Ken Woo Jr was hailed the 200-millionth American by Life magazine.

Today, the population figure is mired in the divisive politics of immigration - a hot-button issue ahead of the 7 November mid-term elections, they say. " The story has lots of interesting stats and graphs, for those of us so inclined.
Talabani backs 'Iran-Syria plan' Violence in Iraq would end "within months" if Iran and Syria were directly involved, says Iraq's president.
17.Oct.2006 Iceland to start whaling Iceland is to resume commercial whaling, becoming the second nation to defy the global moratorium.
17.Oct.2006 Bush signs US terror trial bill The US president signs a law paving the way for the trial of terror suspects held at Guantanamo Bay.
Late Enron boss's verdict quashed A US court says late Enron boss Kenneth Lay's conviction should be wiped out as he died before he could appeal.
17.Oct.2006 Delay issue over Afghan mission A British commander in Afghanistan says the war in Iraq had an impact on UK military operations there.
17.Oct.2006 Burundi refugees to settle in US The US offers to resettle thousands of Burundian refugees from Tanzania, who left home 00.000.1972.
17.Oct.2006 UN vote on Latin America resumes Voting enters a second day in the fierce battle for one of Latin America's UN Security Council seats.
17.Oct.2006 N Korea warned over second test North Korea is warned not to conduct a second nuclear weapon test, as the US says such a move is likely.
17.Oct.2006 Israeli politicians go on trial Two Israeli MPs go on trial in separate cases, as reports say an indictment is being drafted against the president.
17.Oct.2006 US opens Iran basketball inquiry The US is investigating whether American basketball players in Iran have violated sanctions, Frances Harrison reports.
17.Oct.2006 No walking away from Iraq - Blair British forces will not "walk away" from Iraq or Afghanistan until their job there is done, Tony Blair says.
17.Oct.2006 File sharers facing legal action More than 8,000 alleged file sharers are facing legal action, according to the global music industry.
17.Oct.2006 Tories urge terror suspect update John Reid is under pressure to make a statement about the use of control orders after two terror suspects fled.
17.Oct.2006 Foley, a Bush family friend since the early 1980s  With friends like these... posted by Prof. Hex
17.Oct.2006 Kenneth Lay's Conviction Erased From Record 

17.Oct.2006 A federal judge in Houston this afternoon wiped away the fraud and conspiracy conviction of Kenneth L. Lay, the Enron Corp. founder who died of heart disease in July, bowing to decades of legal precedent but frustrating government attempts to seize nearly $44 million from his estate. posted by Prof. Hex
17.Oct.2006 FAKE TERROR>>THE ROAD TO >>DICTATORSHIP>>simple ...that USS Maddox was involved in aggressive intelligence gathering in coordination with actual attacks. by South Vietnam. +. the Laotian Air ...
17.Oct.2006 Israel rejects Syrian offer on the Golan Heights: Syrian President Bashar Assad has offered to end his conflict with Israel if it gives back the disputed territory it's held for nearly 40 years.

17.Oct.2006 Israeli PM arrives in Moscow for talks on Iran: Olmert told journalists aboard his airplane Tuesday that international efforts to curb Iran's nuclear programme would be at the top of the agenda in talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin and other officials.

17.Oct.2006 U.N. sanctions on Iran to exempt Russia project: To dissuade Moscow from blocking U.N. action against Iran, Russia would be permitted to work on a nuclear reactor in Iran even if the U.N. Security Council imposes sanctions on Tehran for its nuclear program, U.S. and European officials said.

17.Oct.2006 Russia Demands U.S. Lift Sanctions Against Arms Exporter and Aircraft Maker: Russia demanded that the USA lift sanctions against two Russian companies accused of making deals with Iran involving sensitive technology. Russia’s UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin hinted that a U.S. refusal could affect negotiations on UN sanctions resolution against Tehran.

17.Oct.2006 North Korea on war footing : The U.N. sanctions against North Korea for its nuclear test are a declaration of war + the country will ``deal merciless blows" if the nation's sovereignty is violated, the North's central government said Tuesday in its first response to the U.N. measures.

17.Oct.2006 Pyongyang Vows Merciless Measures: North Korea yesterday rejected the U.N. Security Council resolution imposing nonmilitary sanctions on the communist state for its nuclear test and vowed to take appropriate countermeasures.

17.Oct.2006 US Reviews War Plan on N. Korea: According to the report, the USA is considering a plan against North Korea to neutralize Pyongyang's nuclear capability with overwhelming use of the U.S. Air Force.

17.Oct.2006 Mickey Z: Nukes: Iran and North Korea are not the problem : Thanks to the nuclear aspirations of North Korea and Iran, there's no shortage of rhetoric along these lines: "We can't let rogue nations have nukes. They might use them." Absent from the discussion are two elementary questions. 

17.Oct.2006 30 more countries could have nukes soon: The head of the U.N. nuclear agency warned Monday that as many as 30 countries could soon have technology that would let them produce atomic weapons "in a very short time," joining the nine states known or suspected to have such arms.

17.Oct.2006 UN investigates mercenaries : Over the past three years, Latin Americans have been contracted more and more by private security companies to fight in armed conflict zones, a disturbing trend that has caught the attention of the United Nations (UN).

17.Oct.2006 UN Security Council seat battle enters 2nd day: Round 10 ended with 77 votes for Venezuela to 110 for Guatemala, leaving Guatemala short of the two-thirds majority required.

17.Oct.2006 Chavez, Chomskey and State Terrorism: In Guatemala, the commission appointed by the United Nations concluded that 93 % of the terrorist acts, including 92 % of the murderous ones and 91 % of forced disappearances were committed by the government or its agents.

17.Oct.2006 Noam Chomsky defends Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez' foreign policy : Noam Chomsky Monday defended Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez' foreign policy + justified nuclear tests by North Korea as "an act of survival."

17.Oct.2006 Tariq Ali on Hugo Chavez, the Axis Of Hope : Ali examines Hugo Chavez’s influence and his legacy and how Chávez’s views have polarized Latin America and examines the aggression directed against his administration. Together Ali argues Venezuela, Bolivia and Cuba form an “Axis of Hope.”

17.Oct.2006 Count failure mires Ecuador election: The probable candidates in Ecuador's presidential runoff vote have begun trading blows, but the collapse of the electoral counting system means some votes are yet to be counted and has angered voters.

17.Oct.2006 Human rights workers attacked : Amnesty International released a report Sept. 7 blasting the Colombian government for giving a "green light" for attacks against human rights workers in the country.

17.Oct.2006 Bush signs law authorizing "harsh" interrogation: Bush signed a law on Tuesday authorizing tough "interrogation" and prosecution of terrorism suspects and took an indirect, election-year swipe at Democrats who opposed the legislation.

17.Oct.2006 Under Bush's law, guilty until confirmed guilty : Graham and other supporters of this dreadful legislation seem to have forgotten that American justice does not merely deliver swift punishment to the guilty. It also protects the innocent

17.Oct.2006 Bush’s S.S. Grills 14 Year-Old: Two super-sized adult male U.S. Secret Service (“S.S.”) agents banged on the front door at 14 year-old Julia Wilson’s home last Thursday during school hours, but Julia wasn’t home. Predictably (except to the S.S. agents), the straight-A student was in her microbiology class at school.

17.Oct.2006 Former FDA Chief Lester Crawford to Plead Guilty in Fraud Case : Former FDA chief Lester Crawford will plead guilty for failing to disclose a financial interest in companies his agency regulated, his lawyer said.

17.Oct.2006 Lone Wolf Takes on the Pharma Pack: The Whistleblower: Confessions of a Healthcare Hitman, Rost compares corporate culture to running with a wolf pack. "Everyone helps out and is friendly as long as it benefits the group," he writes, "but each wolf cares only about himself and will do anything to survive."

17.Oct.2006 US ponders market manipulation: The long-run economic problems are nothing new. Although growth has been excellent, inflation has been running well above target and with the balance of payments deficit being so large, the dollar is in continual danger of tanking. Personal savings are nil and the US is, in effect, being financially supported by China.

17.Oct.2006 China to Pass US in Total Broadband Lines: China is poised to overtake the USA in broadband lines by the third quarter of 2006 to become the most wired country in the world.
17.Oct.2006 Gaza doctors say patients suffering mystery injuries after Israeli attacks : Doctors in occupied Gaza have reported previously unseen injuries from Israeli weapons that cause severe burning and deep internal wounds often resulting in amputations or death.
17.Oct.2006 The War in Afghanistan: Drugs, Money Laundering and the Banking System: It must also be recognized that the insurgency is also partially and genuinely a resistance movement in many parts of Afghanistan. The media "erroneously" calls this movement the "Taliban." On the ground in Afghanistan, however, NATO troops term the Afghan insurgents as Anti-Coalition Militias (ACMs).
17.Oct.2006 The courts are starting to accept that the war against Iraq is a crime : In Britain and Ireland, protesters who have deliberately damaged military equipment are walking from the dock

17.Oct.2006 Iraqi Judge Sentences U.S. Citizen To Death After U.S. Military “Demanded” the Man Be Executed: An Iraqi-born US citizen is in a battle to save his life as he tries to avoid execution in Baghdad. But he’s not up against insurgents groups – he’s up against the Iraqi and US governments
17.Oct.2006 The Iraq Study Group: a bipartisan conspiracy against the American and Iraqi people

17.Oct.2006 Iran and Iraq have agreed to share intelligence: Officials said the two countries have established a panel meant to launch an intelligence exchange. They said the group would also explore security cooperation.
17.Oct.2006 Stewart in Leg-irons; the latest victory in the war on terror -By Mike Whitney
So far, Bush’s only triumph in his muddled war on terror has been locking up the two Stewart Sisters, Lynne and Martha. (They’re not really sisters) Neither posed any threat to national security, but that’s beside the point. Their arrest sends a chilling message to “home-decoration mavens” and 67 year old cancer patients that they’d better “watch their step” or they’ll find themselves in prison-pinstripes.

17.Oct.2006 Why Bush Smiles: Victory is at Hand in Iraq -By Chris Floyd
Yes, victory. You wonder why Bush and his minions maintain the seemingly irrational belief that "things are going well" in Iraq, that "we're making progress," etc.? That's because things are going well in the war they are fighting: the war for money and power.

17.Oct.2006 The worst in Iraq is still to come -By Simon Tisdall
In the US, Iraq is now primarily an electoral rather than a nation-building, humanitarian or counter-terrorism issue. With the Republicans fighting to retain control of Congress in next month's midterm polls, George Bush's Middle East freedom mission has become a hard-nosed numbers game.

17.Oct.2006 Iraq: Leave Or Be Forced Out -By Gareth Porter
The USA is not militarily capable of preventing the worse war yet to come + trying to do so would only start a new war between the USA and the Shiites who want the U.S. to leave. Since we cannot prevent sectarian violence, the only question is whether we leave before the inevitable confrontation with Shiites—a battle U.S. troops would certainly lose.

17.Oct.2006 The propaganda of our times -By Paul R. Dunn
J.B. Priestly in the Root Is Fear wrote: "Almost all propaganda is designed to create fear. Heads of governments and their officials know that a frightened people are easier to govern, will forfeit rights it would otherwise defend, are less likely to demand a better life + will agree to millions and millions being spent on 'defense'." Between now and Election Day we'll see Karl Rove's minions flaunt the Islamic Fascist line repeatedly and unabashedly to garner votes.

17.Oct.2006 A majority of voters living in the nation's most hotly contested congressional districts prefer Democratic candidates in this year's midterm elections, according to a new poll.
Joan Burbick's 'Gun Show Nation' Explains How the "Gun Rights" Movement is a White Male Political Power Play -- A BuzzFlash Interview
Don't Bother to Send in the Clowns: They are Already Here
-- A BuzzFlash Editorial

17.Oct.2006 Brent Budowksy: Democrats In Congress Should Announce That Any Election Fraud Will Be Investigated By A Democratic Congress - A BuzzFlash Guest Contribution
Bush Job Approval Dips to 37%; Job approval for Congress drops below 20%; Just one in three say Iraq war has been worth it in new Zogby Poll 10/17

17.Oct.2006 The BuzzFlash Mailbag -- Uncensored and Unvarnished Truth from BuzzFlash Readers.
"DUMBASS" the book. Come on, You Know Who We are Talking About!

17.Oct.2006 First Bush-Appointed Chair of U.S. Election Assistance Commission says 'No Standards' For E-Voting Devices, System 'Ripe For Stealing Elections' 10/18
Foley Contributed Nearly $745,000 to Republicans; Florida congressman in scandal was a major donor to the Republicans? effort to hold the House. Candidates in close races are dumping his money?but Foley has nearly $2.8 million left. 10/18

17.Oct.2006 David Wallechinsky: Is George Bush a Democratic Mole in the Republican Party? - A BuzzFlash Guest Contribution
17.Oct.2006 A couple of legal questions... 1. The new torture bill, which allows Bush to detain anyone, "specifically bars detainees from filing habeas corpus petitions challenging their detentions in federal courts." So how can any case involving this totalitarian law be brought before the Supreme Court?
2. A first-year legal student tells me that federal bankruptcy court has been placed under the control of the Department of Homeland Security. What the hell? Is this true? If it is...why? Why?

17.Oct.2006 It Is Done dr. elsewhere here
17.Oct.2006 So. It is done.
On this day, at 9:40 AM EDT, in the White House of Washington, DC, in the presence of the Bush cabal (Cheney, Rumsfeld, Gonzalez, Hayden, Graham, Sensenbrenner, et al.; again, McCain was notably absent + unmentioned) and staff and reporters, our own President himself thrust the most critical – and potentially fatal – blow ever dealt to our nation. Bush’s signature constituted a Constitutional coup + – ironically – heralds the end of America as we have known it. Though – again – not its death.
It is done, but it is not finished.
I found myself throughout this charade being drawn back to, of all things, that scene in
The Control Room, where Hassan Ibrahim – the Sudanese journalist and director – is being confronted by his Al-Jazeera colleagues about the aggressive role of America in the world. He is mainly quiet in the face of angry shouting, but finally says, with a depth of hope and conviction I have rarely seen in any American, “I have faith in the American people; I have faith in the American Constitution.”
Can we find that much faith in ourselves? Because that is what we will need to recover our rights and our freedoms and – far more importantly – the moral responsibility to keep America alive.
It is done, but it is not finished, though it is up to US.

17.Oct.2006 The true meaning of the American spirit is bigger than that, more resilient + far more powerful.
Certainly more powerful than the repeated conjuring of “the victims of 9/11,” to whom Bush actually had the unmitigated gall to dedicate the signing of the
Military Commissions Act. He even asserted the bill would help bring to justice the perpetrators of that crime, as well as those who assaulted the USS Cole and US Embassies in Africa. Bringing up these tender spots may have seemed politically astute in the past, but surely his handlers don’t believe those attacks will forever serve as the saving aces up their sleeves. Citizens are getting wise. Reminders of those insults to our sovereignty and safety appear to be backfiring, serving instead as reminders that this administration has yet to actually do anything about those crimes, being so distracted as they are with all this hegemonic hubris and the eternal battle of good and evil, distractions that only line their pockets while impoverishing the masses. Bush further asserted that "history will show" that this was the right thing to do + that "we" do what it takes "to defeat evil." History is already being written on this point + I suspect Bush will find it "unacceptable."
17.Oct.2006 Bush + Foley

George W. Bush may now pretend that he never knew Mark Foley, but lukery has dug up some news stories indicating that Foley has been a Bush family friend since the early 1980s.

In an earlier piece, I noted Foley's links to Mel Sembler, head of the notorious Straight program. Sembler and Poppy Bush have long been close.
Foley and W have things in common. Substance abuse issues. Maybe more.


Aus einer Höhe von knapp 300 Kilometern konnten die hochauflösenden Kameras an Bord der Nasa-Sonde "Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter" Details von der Größe eines Bürostuhls erfassen und faszinierende Landschaftsaufnahmen zur Erde funken. An denen interessiert die Wissenschaftler vor allem eins: Wasser.

Forscher Scott Murchie sagte, Lehmablagerungen und Schichten von Eis und Schmutz (wie am Nordpol des Planeten) würden auf "dynamische Klimaveränderungen" vor relativ kurzer Zeit hinweisen.

Murchie sprach von 100.000 Jahren - geologisch gesehen eher ein kurzer Zeitraum.

Auf der Südhalbkugel schmilzt Frost ab

Die Frage, wie genau die Schwellenländer zum Mitmachen bewegt werden können, verbreitet unter Klimaforschern eine gewisse Ratlosigkeit.

"Das müsste vor allem über den Technologietransfer gehen", meinte PIK-Forscher Cramer.

"Wir haben diesen Menschen lange genug vorgemacht, dass man mit 200 Stundenkilometern über die Autobahn fahren kann.

Jetzt sollten wir ihnen vormachen, dass ein Leben in Nullenergie-Häusern möglich ist."

"Es geht darum, das Unbeherrschbare zu vermeiden und das Unvermeidbare zu beherrschen", sagte Hans-Joachim Schellnhuber, Leiter des Potsdam-Instituts für Klimafolgenforschung (PIK), bei der Vorstellung der neuen Modellrechnung. Das Ziel Deutschlands und der EU sei es, den Temperaturanstieg auf höchstens zwei Grad zu begrenzen, da Experten die Folgen ansonsten für nicht mehr beherrschbar halten.

Um das zu erreichen, muss laut Gabriel in Deutschland der Ausstoß des Treibhausgases Kohlendioxid bis 2020 um rund 40 % niedriger liegen als im Jahr 1990, bis 2050 sogar um 60 bis 80 %. Die Fachleute des Umweltbundesamts hätten das schon seit langem gefordert, sagte UBA-Präsident Andreas Troge. "Aber angesichts der Folgen für die Wirtschaft ist das nicht überall auf erotischen Zuspruch gestoßen."

Den neuen Daten zufolge könnten die jährlichen Durchschnitts-Temperaturen in Deutschland bis zum Jahr 2100 um 1,5 bis 3,7 Grad steigen, verglichen mit den Verhältnissen zwischen 1961 und 1990. Am wahrscheinlichsten ist den beteiligten Wissenschaftlern zufolge eine Erwärmung um zwei bis drei Grad - die sich im Winter am stärksten bemerkbar machen wird.

Die Folgen könnten dramatisch sein: Von einem Rückgang der Niederschläge um bis zu 30 % ist die Rede; der Nordosten und Südwesten des Deutschlands sollen von der Trockenheit am schlimmsten betroffen sein.

Hitzewellen, heftiger Regen, Schäden in Milliardenhöhe und viele Tote: Eine neue Studie warnt, der Klimawandel wird Deutschland in den nächsten Jahrzehnten massiv verändern.

Verhindern kann die Folgen der Erwärmung niemand mehr, die Bundesregierung setzt daher auf Anpassung.

Wieder haben Wissenschaftler ein Klimamodell vorgestellt + wieder besitzen sie ein Puzzlestück, das sich in ein immer schärfer werdendes Bild einfügt:

Der Klimawandel findet statt + seine Folgen werden auch für Deutschland verheerend sein.

Das Umweltbundesamt (UBA) hat am Dienstag in Berlin eine neue regionale Modellrechnung vorgestellt, die mit statistischen Daten aus der Klimabeobachtung dynamische Klimasimulationen ergänzen soll.

Atlanta - Die Klage, die gestern eingereicht wurde, richtet sich gegen den Landkreis DeKalb und seine Vertreter. Ein Richter hatte den Strafzettel bereits im April für nichtig erklärt.

Das Staatsgesetz gegen anstößige Aufkleber, auf Grundlage dessen der Polizist das Ticket ausgestellt hatte, sei vor Jahren als verfassungswidrig erklärt worden, urteilte der Richter.

Die Krankenschwester Denise Grier hatte einen Aufkleber mit der Aufschrift "I'm Tired Of All The BUSH**" an ihrem Wagen angebracht.
Armutsdebatte: Struck attackiert Kritiker in den eigenen Reihen
IAB- Studie: Rente mit 67 gefährdet Millionen Jobs
Schwedische Regierung: Schwarzseher- Skandal weitet sich aus

17.Oct.2006 Trotz Fangverbot: Island will wieder Wale jagen
17.Oct.2006 Montagemängel: Dübel legen AKW Biblis lahm

17.Oct.2006 Indonesisches Fossil: Mini- Büffel war so groß wie ein Schäferhund
17.Oct.2006 Regierungsstudie: Klima- Extreme verändern Deutschland
17.Oct.2006 Unterschichtendebatte: Die neue soziale Frage

17.Oct.2006 Armutsdebatte: SPD und Gewerkschaften nehmen Reiche ins Visier
17.Oct.2006 Acht- Milliarden- Deal: US- Derivatemärkte schmieden Börsenriesen
17.Oct.2006 Rechtsextreme Gewalt: Lafontaine wirft Bundestag Frustration der Bürger vor

17.Oct.2006 Terrorismus: Dschihadisten streiten über Qaida- Staat
17.Oct.2006 USA: Knöllchen für Anti- Bush- Aufkleber, Krankenschwester klagt
17.Oct.2006 Künstliches Edelgas: Forscher stellen Rekord- Teilchen her

17.Oct.2006 Unterschicht- Debatte: Oben Heuschrecke, unten rum nix
Gewinn bricht ein: Sony taumelt wegen explosiver Akkus
Kriegsrhetorik: USA warnen Nordkorea vor weiterem Atomwaffentest