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27.Oct.2006 Totenschändung: Wehrbeauftragter will Soldaten- Ausbildung überprüfen
26.Oct.2006 Microsoft: Gewinn und Umsatz hoch, aber Ausblick enttäuschend

26.Oct.2006 Unruhen in Frankreich: Polizei verstärkt Präsenz in Bussen
26.Oct.2006 Hacker Skewers Airport Security Convinced that current measures won't stop terrorists from blowing up jumbo jets, a graduate student tests the limits of Transportation Security Administration rules. In 27B Stroke 6. 26.Oct.2006 Geek the vote Blog: My voters' information "pamphlet" arrived at my house a few days ago. I dropped it + it nearly broke my foot. There's a ton...
26.Oct.2006 UN initiates arms trade treaty A UN committee votes to begin work on a new treaty to regulate the international arms trade.
26.Oct.2006 FBI probing 'nuclear info leak' The FBI investigates reports that information from a US nuclear weapons lab was found in a police raid on a trailer park.
26.Oct.2006 Nicaragua votes to ban abortions Nicaragua's national assembly approves bill banning abortions even in cases where the mother's life is at risk.
26.Oct.2006 Bush to make rare campaign visit President Bush is due to visit the state of Iowa to back Republican Congressional candidate Jeff Lamberti.
Rep. Jim Kolbe was a “problem” with pages, - Judd  according to a source close to former House Clerk Jeff Trandahl, ABC News reports.
26.Oct.2006 Another excellent - Nico  new stem cell ad.
26.Oct.2006 Neuer Job für alten Spion - sfux Stephan Fuchs -

George Tenet, ehemaliger Chef des amerikanischen Geheimdienstes CIA arbeitet nun für die Briten. Allerdings nicht für ?her majesties secret service? MI6, sondern für die britische recherche Firma QinetiQ. Das Q steht für die Fabelfigur des Quartiermeisters aus James Bond, Major Geoffrey Boothroyd. Als Fabelfigur und quasi Qaurtiermeister hat Tenet nun bei der Firma einen Job als non-executive director...
'Most Wanted Terrorists' confirmed dead - sfux Henry Schuster -

An al Qaeda operative wanted in connection with the 1998 U.S. Embassy bombings was killed in April in Pakistan, American officials have confirmed.
Pakistani officials had said that Muhsin Musa Matwalli Atwah was killed in North Waziristan during an airstrike by Pakistani forces...

Ghost Plane: The True Story of the CIA Torture Program - sfux 
AMY GOODMAN: Joining us right now in our firehouse studio is the British journalist who helped expose the Bush administration's secret CIA rendition flights. Stephen Grey has just published a new book. It?s called Ghost Plane: The True Story of the CIA Torture Program. The book covers the case of Maher Arar, as...

26.Oct.2006 New York Bar May Crack Down on Blogging Lawyers - Zonk 35 - An anonymous reader writes

"While you might not guess it from watching late night TV, advertisements by lawyers are regulated by a web of regulations intended to protect potential clients from deceptive claims in such ads. Generally, these rules require lawyers to submit their ads to a review board, often with a filing fee paid with each new advertisement. The New York bar has proposed new rules which would define blogging as advertising. Should these rules be enacted, any New York lawyer who blogs on any legal topic in New York would be required to submit any new blog post to the New York Bar for review. For New York lawyers who write frequently updated blogs, this could force them to make multiple (and potentially expensive) reports to the New York Bar every single day."
New Campaign Tactic - Google Bombing - Zonk 180 - jeian writes

"My Direct Democracy, a liberal group blog, is trying out a new campaign tactic — Google bombing. From the New York Times article: 'Searching Google for Peter King, the Republican congressman from Long Island, would bring up a link to a Newsday article headlined King Endorses Ethnic Profiling.' Google's policy has typically been to not intervene and let the algorithms work by themselves, but could this change if Google-bombing becomes a common tactic?"
How to Hack the Vote and Steal the Election - CmdrTaco 416 divisionbyzero writes

"Many people have asked for it so that the government will have to deal with it. So here it is: a guide to stealing an election that uses electronic voting machines written by Jon Stokes over at Arstechnica. From the article: "In all this time, I've yet to find a good way to convey to the non-technical public how well and truly screwed up we presently are, six years after the Florida recount. So now it's time to hit the panic button: In this article, I'm going to show you how to steal an election.""
Nasa to Determine Hubble's Fate - CmdrTaco 160 - clickclickdrone writes

"According to the BBC NASA is debating whether or not to send astronauts in to space to service the Hubble telescope. Without intervention it is thought to be good for another 24-36months. Given the quality of images and data it has produced since it's launch, it sounds like a no brainer to me but the people who hold the purse strings are rarely predictable when it comes to spending money."
Google Under Fire Over Racist Blogs - samzenpus 477 - AcidAUS writes

"Google is being accused of refusing to remove racist blogs targeting minority groups in Australia.

Google, whose corporate motto is "don't be evil", says it will take the blogs in question offline only if ordered to do so by a court."
Detailed Panorama of Mars Released - samzenpus 81 - dptalia writes

"NASA has just released a detailed panorama of Mars taken by the Spirit rover. During the short Martian winter the rover didn't get enough sunlight to move, so it took these pictures instead.

Spirit took over 1400 pictures, for a total of 500 megs of data. If you look to the left of the picture, you'll see the tracks from the rover's trip."
Matt Lauer on Michael J. Fox: - Amanda  “Didn’t Rush Limbaugh just say what a lot of people were privately thinking?”
26.Oct.2006 Speaker Hastert Lies About Leader Pelosi - Nico 

Yesterday, embattled House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL) released a statement attacking House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) over immigration:

Democrat Leader Pelosi’s plan is to leave our borders open, grant blanket amnesty and provide Social Security benefits to illegal immigrants. Is THAT their plan? Democrat Leader Nancy Pelosi has NEVER visited the border. She claims to understand the needs of those on the front lines but has never visited those agents and offers no solutions.

First, Hastert is fabricating Pelosi’s position on immigration. Pelosi has consistently backed extensive new border security measures and comprehensive immigration reform.

Second, Hastert’s claim that Pelosi has never visited the border or met with border agents is false. Today, Rep. Silvestre Reyes (D-TX), a 26-year veteran of the United States Border Patrol, issued a statement discussing Pelosi’s trip to El Paso, Texas, in March:

House Democratic Leader Pelosi not only understands the importance of border security, she understands the dynamics and importance of trade and commerce to our border region and our country. She understands the critical implications that failures on the part of both the Bush Administration and the Republican Congressional leadership have had on our border communities and in making our country less safe even five years after 9/11.

How do I know? I have been at the border with her. She has taken the time not only to visit but to listen.

Here’s a photo of Pelosi in El Paso: Digg It!
26.Oct.2006 Rumsfeld To Iraq Critics: ‘This Is Complicated Stuff…So You Just Ought To Back Off,’ ‘Relax’ - Think Progress 

At his news conference yesterday, President Bush repeatedly mentioned “benchmarks” for progress in Iraq, using the word 13 times. “But he did not discuss the consequences of the Iraqi government missing those targets. Such a question, he said, was ‘hypothetical.’”

At the Pentagon press conference this afternoon, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld was asked what would happen if the Iraqi government failed to meet the “benchmarks.”

Rumsfeld first responded that “it is not complicated,” but just seconds later said, “This is complicated stuff. It’s difficult. We’re looking out into the future. No one can predict the future with absolute certainty.”

He added, “So you ought to just back off, take a look at it, relax, understand that it’s complicated, it’s difficult.” Watch it: Digg It! Transcript:

QUESTION: Sir, what I don’t understand about the benchmark plan — if we can call it that — is what happens if and when the Iraqi government fails to meet the timelines, projections, whatever you want to call them, for some of the major benchmarks?

I mean, we’ve been told that they’re not given ultimatums, but we’ve also been told by the president in recent days that U.S. patience is not unlimited.

But I don’t understand. There must be consequences or responses built into this plan. Can you address that at all?

RUMSFELD: Well, it’s a political season. And everyone’s trying to make a little mischief out of this + make — turn it into a political football + see if we can’t get it on the front page of every newspaper and find a little daylight between what the Iraqis say or someone in the USA says or somebody else in the USA says.

And it is not complicated. I’ve explained it two or three times. The president did an excellent job of explaining it yesterday.

And the situation is this. It is that the USA, in the persons of our ambassador and the Embassy and General Casey and his team, have been, over a period of time, in continuous discussions with the Iraqi government at various levels. And they’ve been discussing the way forward through the rest of this year and next year. That’s a perfectly logical thing for them to do.


Now, you’re looking for some sort of a guillotine to come falling down if some date isn’t met. That is not what this is about.
This is complicated stuff. It’s difficult. We’re looking out into the future. No one can predict the future with absolute certainty.

So you ought to just back off, take a look at it, relax, understand that it’s complicated, it’s difficult. Honorable people are working on these things together. There isn’t any daylight between them. They’ll be discussing this and discussing that. They may have a change there, a change here. But it’ll get worked out.
Vote For The Next Progressive Talk Radio Star - Guest 

The Center for American Progress Action Fund has joined forces with Clear Channel Radio, Jones Radio Networks and Media Syndication Services to launch a search for the next great progressive talk show host.

Over the next three weeks, one at-large winner from the website, along with local winners from participating Clear Channel Progressive Talk stations across the country, will be narrowed to two finalists who will travel to Washington, DC for the live finals at the Center for American Progress Action Fund.

Right now, voting is open in the online at-large contest at You can vote to send one of the ten online finalists to the nationals.

Progressive Talk is a strong and growing radio format. Great hosts like Al Franken, Ed Schultz, Bill Press and Stephanie Miller have pioneered the format and now this contest is looking for the next great host.

Click here to listen and vote now. Theo LeCompte
26.Oct.2006 54 %. - Nico 

Proportion of Americans who want U.S. troops to redeploy out of Iraq within a year, according to a new Gallup poll. “Slightly more (21% vs. 19%) say the insurgents, not our forces, are winning, with 58% declaring neither.”
26.Oct.2006 ‘The Fox effect.’ - Nico 

A new study of Michael J. Fox’s stem cell ad shows “support for stem cell research increased from 78% prior to viewing the ad, to 83% after viewing the ad. Support among Democrats increased from 89% to 93%, support among Republicans increased from 66% to 68% and support among Independents increased from 80% to 87% after viewing the ad.”
26.Oct.2006 Ohio GOP Smears Al Franken In Press Release With Doctored Photo, Fabricated Quote - Amanda 

Yesterday, the Ohio Republican Party sent out a news release (full text here) attacking Rep. Sherrod Brown (D) for enlisting the support of comedian Al Franken:

It is not surprising that Sherrod Brown is enlisting the help of a Hollywood liberal, who like him, is so far out of the mainstream of Ohio values. What is troubling is that Brown would solicit support from someone [Franken] who compared conservatives to Nazis “who should drink poison and die.”

The quote used in the news release is taken from Bernard Goldberg book, 110 People Who Are Screwing Up America, in an alleged interview between Goldberg and Franken. But in his book, Goldberg makes it clear that the exchange is completely fictional. The Ohio Republican Party represented it as fact.

The news release was accompanied by this photograph, showing Franken dressed up like a baby bunny, wearing adult diapers and clutching a fluffy white teddy bear.

Andy Barr, director of Franken’s Midwest Values PAC, confirmed, “The picture is a fake.” The Ohio Republican Party used a 2004 AP photo of Franken for the doctored image: Digg It!
26.Oct.2006 Snow: With Black Candidates, ‘There Is Always An Attempt…To Attribute Something To The Race Card’ - Nico 

A recent ad by the Republican National Committee targeting Rep. Harold Ford (D-TN) was criticized by various parties, including former Republican senator William Cohen, as a “very serious appeal to a racist sentiment.”

As Nitpicker noted, White House Press Secretary Tony Snow was asked on Tuesday if he thought the ad was racist. Snow said no, then claimed:

I mean, maybe I’m just quaint in this day and age. But no, I think there is always an attempt when you have got an African-American candidate to try to attribute something to the race card.

Watch it:

The ad is still being shown.

The Tennessean reported yesterday that the ad “will continue airing in the Chattanooga area, despite the head of the Republican National Committee’s statement today that the ad was off the air.” Digg It!

Full transcript:



MATTHEWS: Harold, call me. There’s a cute–I would say sexy, most people would say that–white woman, naked–naked–on the screen setting up a date with Harold Ford who is an African-American.

In American society–you went to school in North Carolina. So did I for a year. Do you think in any part of the country that is not playing on racial sensitivities?

SNOW: I don’t think so. I mean, maybe I’m just quaint in this day and age. But no, I think there is always an attempt when you have got an African-American candidate to try to attribute something to the race card.

But no, I don’t.
Bush’s ‘Fence Bill’ Doesn’t Actually Create Fence - Nico 

Bowing to anti-immigration hardliners in the House, President Bush today held a White House ceremony celebrating the signing of the “Secure Fence Act.” Bush told reporters, “The bill authorizes the construction of hundreds of miles of additional fencing along our southern border.”

Bush is right, the bill does “authorize” the constrution of a new fence. But that doesn’t mean the bill pays for it. As the Washington Post reported earlier this month:

No sooner did Congress authorize construction of a 700-mile fence on the U.S.-Mexico border last week than lawmakers rushed to approve separate legislation that ensures it will never be built, at least not as advertised, according to Republican lawmakers and immigration experts.

… [S]hortly before recessing late Friday, the House and Senate gave the Bush administration leeway to distribute the money to a combination of projects — not just the physical barrier along the southern border. The funds may also be spent on roads, technology and “tactical infrastructure” to support the Department of Homeland Security’s preferred option of a “virtual fence.”

The “Secure Fence Act” has everything to do with motivating the right-wing base + nothing to do with securing America’s borders or passing comprehensive immigration reform.

Bush_s_Fence_Bill_Doesn_t_Actually_Create_Fence">Digg It!
Rumsfeld Agrees Terrorists Are Saying ‘We’ve Got an Election in Two Weeks in America…We Want to Change Horses Over There’ - Judd 

In an interview with North Dakota radio host Scott Hennen, Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld said that “it would be logical” that terrorist groups are ramping up violence in Iraq and elsewhere to give liberals a boost in November’s election. Here’s how Hennen described the situation:

Here they are, getting up every day saying, “ We’ve got an election in two weeks in America, gang + we want to change horses over there because we don’t like the folks we’re having to deal with now; they’re a little tough on us. So let’s get out there and let’s make some noise. “

Hennen added, “I don’t get the sense the American people have a sense they’re being played in that fashion.” Rumsfeld agreed, telling Hennen, “Probably not. It’s hard. No one likes to think they’re being manipulated. They believe that they can make their own judgments and the like.”

Rumsfeld’s claims are baseless. President Bush admitted this weeked that there isn’t “any intelligence” that suggests terrorists are trying to influence U.S. elections. Digg It!

Full transcript of the Rumsfeld interview HERE.
26.Oct.2006 October 26, 2006 - Think Progress 

In a radio interview Tuesday, Vice President Cheney confirmed that detainees were subjected to water-boarding, the first such admission by a Bush administration official. “It’s a no-brainer for me,” Cheney said.

$10.49 billion: Exxon’s third-quarter profit, “its second highest total ever.”

The Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington filed a complaint asking the IRS to investigate Kansas attorney general Phill Kline’s (R) efforts to politicize the use of churches for his reelection effort. CREW’s Melanie Sloan notes that the IRS has not been even-handed in its enforcement, often targeting liberal organizations but taking few actions against conservatives.

At a public signing ceremony today, President Bush will sign a bill authorizing 700 miles of new fencing along the U.S.-Mexico border. “The decision to have a public ceremony is a reversal for the Bush administration, which had appeared reluctant to tie itself so publicly to the enforcement-only measure.”

According to a secret intelligence report, the CIA offered to let Germany have access to one of its detained citizens in return for Berlin’s assistance in silencing EU protests about the clandestine torture flights program. The classified documents make clear that the U.S. sought Morocco’s participation in the rendition program.

In Baghdad’s violent Washash neighborhood, which is predominantly Shiite with pockets of Sunni residents, U.S. troops suspect “that Shi’ite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr’s Mahdi Army are conducting what amounts to an ethnic cleansing campaign .”

United Nations agencies report that “ thousands of Iraqi women are being taken advantage of by unscrupulous sex worker traffickers seeking to exploit young girls’ desperate socio-economic situation for profit.”

“A month after NATO forces claimed a major victory in fierce fighting in southern Afghanistan, large numbers of Taliban forces returned to the region Tuesday and battled NATO forces.” The Taliban has “regrouped, helped by a booming illegal opium trade and growing frustration at the slow pace of reconstruction and a lack of jobs or a real economy.”
26.Oct.2006 Another racially-tinged ad targeting Harold Ford? - Nico  Greg Sargent has the details.
26.Oct.2006 Frist: Ignore the Iraq war. - Nico 

Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) said today that if conservatives want to be reelected, “they should turn their focus away from the Iraq war.” Frist told the Concord Monitor, “The challenge is to get Americans to focus on pocketbook issues + not on the Iraq and terror issue.”
26.Oct.2006 Limbaugh on Michael J. Fox: ‘I Take Back None of What I Said’ - Judd 

Rush Limbaugh is sticking to his claim that Michael J. Fox is exaggerating the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease — by “acting” or “not taking his medications” — in an advertisement promoting stem cell research.

The media falsely reported that he “apologized” to Fox. On his radio show today, Limbaugh said he regrets nothing. Watch it:


I stand by what I said. I take back none of what I said. I wouldn’t rephrase it any differently. It is what I believe; it is what I think. It is what I have found to be true. Digg It!
26.Oct.2006 A new homeland security report card - Nico  from the Council on Foreign Relations gives the Bush administration grades you wouldn’t “want to bring home to your mother,” ABC News reports. Overall, the administration’s efforts receive two B’s, four C’s, two D’s + one D-/F.
26.Oct.2006 Parkinson Foundation Debunks Limbaugh’s False Smears on Michael J. Fox - Nico 

Rush Limbaugh has repeatedly attacked actor Michael J. Fox for appearing in television campaign ads promoting stem cell research. Fox, who suffers from Parkinson’s disease, appears “visibly racked by tremors” in the ads.

“He is exaggerating the effects of the disease,” Limbaugh told listeners yesterday. “He’s moving all around and shaking and it’s purely an act. … This is really shameless of Michael J. Fox. Either he didn’t take his medication or he’s acting.”

According to the National Parkinson’s Foundation, Limbaugh has no idea what he’s talking about. The Washington Post reports:

[I]n an interview in Ladies Home Journal’s September edition, Fox said he was taking a medication that causes jerking, fidgeting and other abnormal involuntary movements, known as dyskinesia. Fox said he was taking another medication to lessen those side affects.

An official of the National Parkinson Foundation said movements like those exhibited by Fox are the result of taking medication to treat the disease, which would otherwise result in rigidity.

“ When you see someone with those movements, it’s not because they have not taken medication but because they probably have taken medication for some time ,” the official said.

“If you don’t take the medication, then you freeze.”

Limbaugh continued the assault today, calling Fox’s video “an attack ad” that is “filled with disinformation about embryonic stem cell research.”
26.Oct.2006 Consumer Reports Investigation Warns Your Privacy Is for Sale (press release)
The practices of commercial data brokers can rob consumers of their privacy, threaten them with identity theft and profile them as dead beats or security risks, according to an investigative report in Consumer Reports October Issue. Choice Point, LexisNexis and Acxiom are among the largest of the...

26.Oct.2006 Now Europe Targets Bloggers As Terrorists - Paul Joseph Watson -UK, EU crackdown on "spreading propaganda," mirrors U.S. assault on Internet freedom
26.Oct.2006 High-Tech Electronic Vote Fraud: Vicki Karp - Paul Joseph Watson -co-author of HACKED! High Tech Election Theft in America, joins Alex Jones in studio.
26.Oct.2006 Russo Film Exposes Criminal Banking Syndicate That Rules America - Paul Joseph Watson -Steve Watson & Alex Jones /
26.Oct.2006 The Empire's Foot Soldiers Ape Its Master - Paul Joseph Watson -No longer any confusion about who "the bad guys" are Paul Joseph Watson/Prison
26.Oct.2006 The Alex Jones Report October 25th 2006 - Paul Joseph Watson Alex Jones discusses North Korea's underground nuclear test and how the Neo-Cons are attempting to hide the Bush
26.Oct.2006 Olbermann: The New Edward Murrow? - Paul Joseph Watson -Steve Watson / | October 24 2006 "Every act that denies or limits the freedom of the individual in this country
26.Oct.2006 'Tower of Babel' translator made A "Tower of Babel" translation device that gives users the illusion of being bilingual has been developed in the US.
26.Oct.2006 Indian alarm at new polio cases Officials in India are worried as polio spreads in the country, with 119 new cases in the past month.
26.Oct.2006 Italy examining hospital deaths Italy's government examines allegations that as many as 90 people die daily in the country's hospitals.
26.Oct.2006 'Civilians killed' in Nato raids Scores of civilians have been killed in Nato raids against the Taleban in southern Afghanistan, officials say.
26.Oct.2006 Bush signs Mexico fence into law President Bush signs into law a new fence on the US-Mexico border, in a move to curb illegal immigration.
Australia fury at cleric comments Australia's top Muslim cleric apologises after comparing women who do not wear the hijab to "uncovered meat".
26.Oct.2006 Space station ship finally docks A cargo ship has docked with the International Space Station after several hours of problems.
26.Oct.2006 Iran charged over Argentina bomb Argentine prosecutors charge Iran's government and Hezbollah over the 1994 bombing of a Jewish centre.
26.Oct.2006 Little evidence of Thaksin graft Thailand's coup leader admits difficulties in proving ex-PM Thaksin Shinawatra is guilty of corruption.
26.Oct.2006 China to host fresh N Korea talks The next UN chief, South Korea's foreign minister Ban Ki-moon, is due in China for talks on the N Korea crisis.
26.Oct.2006 Youths torch two buses near Paris Masked youths set two buses ablaze in Paris suburbs, one year after a wave of rioting swept French cities.
26.Oct.2006 Russia queries EU draft on Iran Moscow says a draft UN Security Council resolution on Iran seems not to match positions agreed earlier.
26.Oct.2006 India tackles domestic violence A new law seeking to protect women from physical, sexual or emotional abuse comes into effect in India.
26.Oct.2006 Bangladesh faces political crisis Talks on who will oversee Bangladesh's elections appear to break down, throwing the country into political crisis.
26.Oct.2006 Price of new US homes slumps 10% Selling prices of new US homes see their biggest fall in 35 years, but the pace of sales continues to rise.
26.Oct.2006 Nasa to decide Hubble's fate Nasa is to debate whether to send the space shuttle on a mission to save the Hubble Space Telescope.
26.Oct.2006 Bush team defends US Iraq plans Senior US administration members say President Bush's policy can succeed in Iraq, as mid-term elections approach.
What It's Like to Be Face Blind They can see your eyes, your nose, your mouth -- and still not recognize your face.

Now scientists say people with prosopagnosia may help unlock some of the deepest mysteries of the brain.

26.Oct.2006 The Marvel of Microbubbles Tiny things can do a lot + microbubbles are no exception. Researchers say the little guys could improve medical treatment in a wide number of fields.
26.Oct.2006 Aussies Eye Sun to Beat Blackouts Hoping to keep the juice flowing despite a predicted energy shortfall, Australia plans to build the world's biggest solar power plant.
26.Oct.2006 Auto-Oil Marriage on the Rocks Tired of losing sales due to spiking gas prices while oil companies rake in billions in profits, automobile execs move slowly toward alternative-fuel vehicles and higher-mileage models. In Autopia.

26.Oct.2006 Saving Democracy With Web 2.0 Mashing maps and tagging data can transform American politics for the better. Web 2.0 wizards, America needs you! Commentary by Jennifer Granick.
26.Oct.2006 Reporters Without Borders plans cyberdemonstration over censorship
Blog: Paris-based human rights group Reporters Without Borders is organizing a 24-hour online demonstration to protest Internet censorship....

26.Oct.2006 Danish court blocks access to Blog: A Danish court has ruled that an ISP in that country must block access to, the Russian download site accused of pirating...
26.Oct.2006 Garbage-to-gas system makes its debut University of California at Davis unveils a digester that converts food scraps and other waste into natural gas and methane.
26.Oct.2006 Laptops Searched and Confiscated at U.S. Border - kdawson 146 An anonymous reader writes,

"According to an article in the New York Times, the Association of Corporate Travel Executives is asking the U.S. government for more detailed guidelines on when and why a laptop gets confiscated at the U.S. border, which, anecdotally, is happening more often. The story includes a report from a business traveler who had her laptop confiscated over a year ago and has yet to have it returned." According to the article, a knowledgeable lawyer said: "[Border guards] don't need probable cause to perform... searches under the current law. They can do it without suspicion or without really revealing their motivations." And an ACTE exective is quoted, "Potentially, this is going to have a real effect on how international business is conducted."
Wachsender Widerstand im Irak, US-General sieht das offensichtliche

Realitätsverlust, Richard “Dick” Cheney über den Irak

“Schoßhund der USA”, Kritik an britischer Regierung

Nebenwirkung, Cola und schwache Knochen

Das große Experiment, Das Aushungern der Palästinenser

Provokationen, Fernsehbericht zum Fall al-Masri

Das geheime Wissen des Islam

Katzav droht Klage wegen sexueller Nötigung

Besatzer-Probleme, Britisches Militär mietet private Hubschrauber

Britischer Innenminister riet zu Bombardierung von Aljazeera, Propaganda, Staatsterror und Demokratie
26.Oct.2006 Die USA auf dem Weg in eine Diktatur? [Archiv] - Seite 9 ... And as I looked at those demolished towers in Lebanon it entered my mind that we should ... Das alles schreit geradezu nach einem atomaren Zwischenfall.
26.Oct.2006 Before the 9/11 Conspiracies, There Was the Oklahoma Bombing 

Much of the faulty logic and circumstancial evidence that justifies the 9/11 conspiracies are repeats of the theories that abounded in Timothy McVeigh's Oklahoma City bombing. posted by Prof. Hex
26.Oct.2006 A History Of Halloween  Halloween and the festivities associated with it evolved from ancient cultural and religious practices of the Celts. posted by Prof. Hex
26.Oct.2006 Recipe for a Cooked Election  From Greg Palast. posted by Prof. Hex

Der Wertverlust gebrauchter Häuser ist nicht minder deutlich. Um 2,5 % sanken die Preise in den vergangenen vier Wochen - der stärkste Rückgang seit der statistischen Erfassung der Preise.

Experten befürchten, dass die Zahlen ein Indiz für das Ende der Immobilien-Haussee darstellen könnten, die in den vergangenen fünf Jahren einen entscheidenden Anteil am Wirtschaftswachstum hatte. Als ein weiteres Indiz für diese These werten Pessimisten die Zinspolitik der US-Notenbank. Diese hat bereits die dritte Sitzung in folge keine Zinserhöhung beschlossen.

Washington - Der aktuellen Statistik des US-Handelsministeriums zufolge kostete ein Eigenheim in den USA im September durchschnittlich 217.100 Dollar - die Preise sind damit auf dem niedrigsten Stand seit September 2004 gesunken. Noch deutlicher aber wird die Dramatik der Entwicklung, wenn man die die Kurve des Wertverfalls betrachtet: Ein Minus von 9,7 % innerhalb eines Jahres gab es seit 1970 nicht mehr.
Italien: Prodi gewinnt Vertrauensfrage
26.Oct.2006 Raumstation ISS: Antenne zeigte sich widerspenstig

26.Oct.2006 Totenschändung in Afghanistan: Tauschhandel mit makaberen Andenken

26.Oct.2006 EU- Innenminister: Terrorismus ist größte Gefahr für Europa

26.Oct.2006 Frauenfeindliche Predigt in Australien: Mufti entschuldigt sich
26.Oct.2006 Alarmzeichen: US- Immobilien verlieren dramatisch an Wert

26.Oct.2006 Autoindustrie: Wie China den internationalen Kfz- Markt aufrollen will
26.Oct.2006 Rekord: Meteorologen messen 27,6 Grad in Freiburg
Guantanamo: US- Justizminister weist Kritik zurück

26.Oct.2006 USA: Kult- Flamingo vom Aussterben bedroht
26.Oct.2006 Volkszorn in Mittenwald: Schädel- Schänder? Holzköpfe!
Wowereits Regierungserklärung: "Den sozialen Frieden wahren"
26.Oct.2006 Simple Rechnung: Warum es keine Vampire gibt

26.Oct.2006 Studentenproteste: Chinesen verwüsten ihren Campus
26.Oct.2006 Gemeinschaftsschulen in Berlin: Alle unter einem Dach
26.Oct.2006 Einwanderung: Bush unterzeichnet Gesetz für Grenzzaun
26.Oct.2006 A lot of nervousness' about British deal in Afghanistan: US Ambassador : The US ambassador to Afghanistan has questioned Britain's deal to pull out of a previously insurgency-hit town, saying there is "a lot of nervousness" about it,

26.Oct.2006 Elizebath Rubin: In the Land of the Taliban : I went to Afghanistan and Pakistan this summer to understand how and why the Taliban were making a comeback five years after American and Afghan forces drove them from power. What kind of experience would lead Afghans to reject what seemed to be an emerging democratic government? Had we missed something that made Taliban rule appealing?

26.Oct.2006 Militias defy peace deal to impose Taliban rule on Afghan border: Taliban militias in Pakistan have set up offices, introduced taxes and taken control of justice in the tribal agency of North Waziristan, where last month the government signed a peace agreement with militants.

26.Oct.2006 Arundhati Roy: 'And His Life Should Become Extinct' : The Very Strange Story of the Attack on the Indian Parliamet

26.Oct.2006 Iranian news agency: Iran has activated new cascade of enrichment centrifuges : Iran has expanded its controversial nuclear work by starting a second cascade of centrifuges to enrich uranium, a semiofficial news agency reported Wednesday.

26.Oct.2006 EU, US at odds on Iran draft text, more disagreement expected with Russia, : Frustrated by the lack of progress on their talks with the US which wants a "tougher" draft resolution on Iran for its nuclear programme, the EU3 - UK, France and Germany - circulated a Security Council draft text to Russia and China + more disagreement looms ahead, a council diplomat said on Wednesday.

26.Oct.2006 Russian nuclear project snags Iran sanctions deal: The current U.N. Security Council draft from the Europeans exempts "construction" of Bushehr and appears to allow some 1,500 Russians to continue working at the site, said one European diplomat.

26.Oct.2006 Michel Chossudovsky: US naval war games off the Iranian coastline: A provocation which could lead to War?

26.Oct.2006 Putin Says Pressuring North Korea Could Backfire: Russian President Vladimir Putin says North Korea should not be backed into a corner over its nuclear weapons program.

26.Oct.2006 N Korea warns S Korea's against participation in U.S. sanctions : "If the South Korean authorities end up joining U.S.-led moves to sanction and stifle, we will regard it as a declaration of confrontation against its own people ... and take corresponding measures," the statement said.

26.Oct.2006 South Korea successfully tests long-range cruise missile: Report: South Korea has successfully tested a new longer-range cruise missile, which has not only North Korea but also parts of China and Japan within range, a news report said on Tuesday.

26.Oct.2006 Ali Abunimah: World silent as fascists join Israel government : It is dismaying that the European Union, a key international actor, seems set to maintain warm, normal relations with this extremist government, thus giving it encouragement and legitimacy.

26.Oct.2006 'Syria increasing preparedness following IDF maneuvers': According to one source, Syria expressed concern over the “the unusual military maneuvers" conducted by the IDF in the Golan Heights.

26.Oct.2006 Report: FBI, Justice Dept. probe American Israel Public Affairs Committee: US Justice Department and FBI prosecutors are examining whether Representative Jane Harman of California and t AIPAC may have violated the law in a scheme to get Harman reappointed as the top Democrat in the House Intelligence Committee, according to a Time magazine report

26.Oct.2006 Oil leaps after OPEC cuts and US fuel stocks fall: Oil prices leapt nearly two dollars higher on Wednesday after other OPEC members, including its second biggest producer Iran, followed Saudi Arabia's lead in enforcing output cuts and U.S. fuel stocks unexpectedly fell.

26.Oct.2006 Hunting Hugo : In late June, U.S. Southern Command, the arm of the U.S. military in Latin America, concluded that efforts by Venezuela, Ecuador, and Bolivia to extend state control over their oil and gas reserves posed a threat to U.S. oil supplies. While Latin America produces only 8.4 % of the world's oil output, it supplies 30 % of the oil consumed in the USA.

26.Oct.2006 US embarrassed by terror suspect : A former CIA operative wanted for trial for acts of terrorism against Cuba is stuck in legal limbo in a Texas jail. Luis Posada, 78, who has allegedly taken part in plots to assassinate Fidel Castro and bomb Havana hotels, is being described as a test case of the US government's commitment to fighting terrorism.

26.Oct.2006 Report: Pinochet Gold Stash in Honk Kong Bank: A Hong Kong bank has a multimillion-dollar gold deposit registered to Augusto Pinochet, the government said Wednesday. Newspapers put the total at some $160 million, but a lawyer and spokesman for the former Chilean dictator denied it.

26.Oct.2006 John Pilger: exposing the rotten heart of the empire: Journalist and film-maker John Pilger spoke to Charlie Kimber about his new book and the global resistance to imperialism, war and neoliberalism

26.Oct.2006 London mayor: Veil debate redolent of Nazism : London Mayor Ken Livingstone said Tuesday that the public debate over whether or not Muslim women should be allowed to wear veils is redolent of Nazi Germany.

26.Oct.2006 Rising tide of global warming threatens Pacific island states : While rich nations tinker with policies that may shave their carbon dioxide emissions, low-lying South Pacific nations such as Kiribati are sinking beneath the waves.
26.Oct.2006 Grass-Roots Group of Troops Petitions Congress for Pullout From Iraq: More than 100 U.S. service members have signed a rare appeal urging Congress to support the "prompt withdrawal" of all American troops and bases from Iraq, organizers said yesterday.

26.Oct.2006 US soldier to voice Iraq conflict opposition : Sergeant Liam Madden - who was against the war even before being sent to Iraq with his unit in late 2004 - is one of more than 100 soldiers on active duty who have organised the petition drive through a website called Appeal for Redress.

26.Oct.2006 An electoral prism that distorts the abject reality : America's mission in Iraq has been manipulated at every turn to suit the US domestic political agenda. Each one was stage-managed to convince the public in America that progress was being made.

26.Oct.2006 'US withdrawal from Iraq would be disastrous for Israel': As talk of an American withdrawal from Iraq heats up, some local experts say the removal of a strong US military presence there could be disastrous for Israel. 26.Oct.2006 US will have to fight 'dirty' in new wars: THE US could defeat any enemy with overwhelming power but any new conflict would involve more brute force and civilian casualties than in Iraq, the top US general said today.
26.Oct.2006 Mike Whitney : Charnel House : Will we destroy the city to liberate it? How many doors will be kicked in? How many buildings will be reduced to rubble? How many innocent people will be dragged off to interrogation-centers and filthy prisons? How many tens of thousands of people will be killed?

26.Oct.2006 U.S. official: Britain seeks Iraq pullout in a year: The official's comments offered the first hint Britain's military may have a timetable for withdrawal in mind.

"It's about a year, give or take a few months," the official said.

26.Oct.2006 Some contracts in Iraq spend over 50% on overhead : Halliburton unit cited in U.S. report on reconstruction

26.Oct.2006 Chris Floyd: Blood and Gravy II: The Jackal's Feast Goes On : War profiteering by favored corporate cronies was one of the primary benefits envisaged by the Bush Regime as it drove so relentlessly and deceitfully toward the baseless and unprovoked attack.

26.Oct.2006 Heather Wokusch: How the Bush Family Makes a Killing from George's Presidency: An estimated 655,000 dead Iraqis, over 3,000 dead coalition troops, billions stolen from Iraq's coffers, a country battered by civil war - but Halliburton turned a profit, so the results are very good.
26.Oct.2006 We have turned Iraq into the most hellish place on Earth -By Simon Jenkins- Armies claiming to bring prosperity have instead brought a misery worse than under the cruellest of modern dictators. Continue

26.Oct.2006 Selling Satan: Iraqi War Dead and the Collateral Damage to America's Soul -By Phil Rockstroh
History reveals: What a nation inflicts upon the world -- its own people will, sooner or later, inflict upon each other. There is no need to warily scan the horizon line for its arrival, because we're already living in the midst of the angst and emptiness we have wrought. Ergo, when dreams mean nothing -- when words and images are rendered meaningless -- our lives reflect these dismal states.

26.Oct.2006 Bush’s Useful Idiots -The Strange Death of Liberal America -By Tony Judt
The alacrity with which many of America’s most prominent liberals have censored themselves in the name of the War on Terror, the enthusiasm with which they have invented ideological and moral cover for war and war crimes and proffered that cover to their political enemies: all this is a bad sign.

26.Oct.2006 Stealing the Midterms and the Power of Myth -By Mike Whitney
There are only two weapons in the imperial tool-chest; force and deception. I expect that the anticipated Democratic landslide will be preempted by massive voter fraud accompanied by some type of “searing event”; that way the fantastical outcome of a GOP victory can be neatly folded into a larger and all-pervasive “myth”.

26.Oct.2006 Recipe for a Cooked Election-By Greg Palast
A nasty little secret of American democracy is that, in every national election, ballots cast are simply thrown in the garbage. Most are called "spoiled," supposedly unreadable, damaged, invalid. They just don’t get counted. This “spoilage” has occurred for decades, but it reached unprecedented heights in the last two presidential elections. In the 2004 election, for example, more than three million ballots were never counted
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26.Oct.2006 America Freedom to Fascism Video
Aaron Russo's "America Freedom to Fascism" presents startling facts about our laws, raising critical issues that Americans must consider if they are to be a free people.

26.Oct.2006 Out of the shadows: Israel's Minister of Strategic Threats -By Jonathan Cook in Nazareth
Lieberman, a Russian immigrant, is every bit the populist and racist politician he is portrayed as being. Like many of his fellow politicians, he harbours a strong desire to see the Palestinians of the occupied territories expelled, ideally to neighbouring Arab states or Europe. Lieberman, however, is more outspoken than most in publicly advocating for this position.

26.Oct.2006 At This Point, the Only Way the Republicans Can Maintain Control of the House is to Steal the Vote in Key Races
-- A BuzzFlash Editorial

Bushevik Alert: U.S. Death Toll in Iraq Worst in a Year


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26.Oct.2006 What Bush Really Said at His Latest Surreal News Conference: Go Cheney Yourself. I'm the Great Decider. And I've Decided that We're Losing, But We Are Losing Victoriously. And Anyone Who Thinks That is Enabling Terrorists. So I Must Be Helping the Terrorists. And Why Aren't Those Eye-Raqis Grateful?
Maybe the word marriage can wait - Last Chance Democracy Cafe by Steven C. Day

26.Oct.2006 Oh My God! Cheney indicated that the Bush administration doesn't regard water-boarding as torture and allows the CIA to use it. "It's a no-brainer for me," Cheney said at one point in an interview. 10/27
Another Stolen Election Headed Our Way? We Talked with Mark Crispin Miller About What Voters Can Do to Prevent It 10/26

26.Oct.2006 Video Record of Busheviks Repeating "Stay the Course" in Iraq and Then Denying It 10/26
26.Oct.2006 When they steal this one, I am afraid there will be riots. People hate Bush in South Carolina, a traditionally red state!

As far as "other polls", when did America become a two cast system?? Under Rove(r) and Bush right?
# posted by Anonymous : 2:56 If global warming detractors ever wonder what that constant ringing in their heads is, it's probably the "divide by zero error" alarm. # posted by icerat

26.Oct.2006 UPDATE : The first comment below, from Dr. Stern, asks the obvious question about Rove's smug knowledge of, um, special, hidden factors that might, um, influence the outcome of the upcoming elections. And within minutes of reading the comment, I found this excellent analysis of the situation from the perspective of states and contests most vulnerable to, um, manipulation. In addition to listing Greg Palast's voter suppression strategies, this thorough and edifying piece breaks down the current statistical likelihood of Democrats winning the House (99% likelihood) and Senate (74% likelihood).
WARNING: "The" REAL math statistics are included in this article (not likely Karl's). Don't be daunted, as it is quite readable + not that hard to understand. And just for the record, I'm fairly savvy with stats + the reasoning behind these analyses is quite sound. And also for the record, the basic math that supports this analysis + supports the logic of exit polls and global warming and the lack of logic behind balancing the budget while cutting taxes, it's fundamentally all the same. 1 + 1 will always equal 2. The likelihood of getting heads when you flip a coin will always be 50%. The likelihood that all, or even enough of the predicted Democratic victories turn Republican on the 7th? Astronomical.

26.Oct.2006 The interviewer, Robert Siegel, asks him what values he has been encouraging the volunteers to share with voters + this is what Rove says: Well, for example, look, one -- the war on terror. Do you support in a time of war reauthorization of the Patriot Act, the terrorist surveillance program? There's a vote in the House; 88 % of the Democrats in the House voted against giving additional authority to a program to listen in on suspected al Qaeda figures calling or trying to contact people inside the USA. The vote on the CIA interrogation bill -- where, again, over 80 % of the Democrats in the House and Senate voted against a program of the CIA interrogating high-value targets like Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the mastermind of the 9/11. There it is, folks. He's convinced the WOT is going to win this one for the Gipper AGAIN!!

Aus den umfangreichen Daten haben Wissenschaftler der US-Raumfahrtbehörde Nasa nun eine Übersicht der schwersten Gewitter auf Erden erstellt. Sie enthält einige Überraschungen: So jagen auch in eher trockenen Regionen wie den südlichen Ausläufern der Sahara, im Norden Australiens und in Teilen des indischen Subkontinents gewaltige Blitze durch die Lüfte.

Die schwersten Gewitter entdeckten Edward Zipser von der University of Utah und seine Kollegen jedoch östlich der Anden in Argentinien. Dort stößt warme, feuchte Luft häufig mit kühlerer, trockener Luft zusammen, die sich östlich der Rocky Mountains in den USA gebildet hat.

Erstaunlicherweise fanden die Forscher in sehr regenreichen Regionen wie dem westlichen Amazonasgebiet und Südostasien zwar viele Gewitter, aber darunter nur relativ wenige schwere. Heftige Gewitter gebe es hingegen im Norden Pakistans, in Bangladesch und Teilen Zentralafrikas.

Angriff auf den Islam schwerlich zu konstruieren

In der ersten Aufregung werden allerdings entscheidende Unterschiede zwischen den früheren Krisen des vergangenen Jahres und dem aktuellen Bundeswehr-Skandal verdrängt. Denn noch ist gar nicht sicher, dass er sich überhaupt von Islamisten in ihrem Sinne skandalisieren lässt - es hat bis jetzt auch noch kein Islamistenführer öffentlich versucht.

Zwar sind die Bilder grauenhaft und mit Sicherheit geeignet, das afghanische Sittlichkeitsempfinden zu stören: Sie zeigen deutsche Soldaten, die mit einem Totenkopf herumspielen; auf einem Foto hält ein Soldat den Schädel neben seinen entblößten Penis. Aber eine Beleidigung des Islams oder seines Propheten Mohammed lässt sich daraus nur schwerlich konstruieren. Genau das war allerdings bei den vorherigen Fällen der Treibstoff für die Erregung.

Afghanistan ist zwei Jahrzehnte lang ein einziges Schlachtfeld gewesen. Vermutlich wird man nicht einmal in Erfahrung bringen können, ob es überhaupt das Skelett eines Muslims war, das hier geschändet wurde - und nicht etwa das eines gefallenen russischen Soldaten.
Jemen: "Deutschland ist Freundesland"
26.Oct.2006 Totenkopf- Skandal: Das unheimliche Schweigen der Islamisten

26.Oct.2006 Totenschändung in Afghanistan: Weitere Skandalfotos aufgetaucht
26.Oct.2006 US- Wahlumfrage: Republikanern droht klare Niederlage
26.Oct.2006 12. Documenta: Kunst und Kapital (Kultur)
26.Oct.2006 Skandal in Italien: Prodis Steuererklärung ausspioniert

26.Oct.2006 Mannesmann- Prozess: Zwickel attackiert die Justiz
26.Oct.2006 Therapietagebuch: Ständiger Festplattenabsturz im Gehirn

26.Oct.2006 Totenschändung: Schock- Bilder empören Bundestag
26.Oct.2006 Skandal- Predigt in Australien: Mufti gibt Unverschleierten Schuld an Vergewaltigungen
Konjunktur: Deutsche im Kaufrausch
26.Oct.2006 Nordkorea: Experten warnen vor Hungerkatastrophe

26.Oct.2006 Mohammed- Karikaturen: Gericht weist Klagen von Muslimen ab
26.Oct.2006 US- Wahlkampf: Starmoderator verhöhnt Parkinson- Kranken Michael J. Fox

26.Oct.2006 Fall Kurnaz: Deutsche Behörden früher informiert als bisher zugegeben
26.Oct.2006 Unruhen in Paris: Ministerin wirft Jugendlichen Mordversuch vor
26.Oct.2006 Auslandspresse: "Jetzt drohen Anschläge in Deutschland"

26.Oct.2006 Bundeswehr- Skandal: Erhöhte Sicherheitsvorkehrungen für deutsche Botschaften

26.Oct.2006 Mannesmann- Prozess: Ackermann verrät sein Gehalt - sonst nichts
26.Oct.2006 Terror- Experte Suskind: "Bush weiß mehr, als er zugibt"
26.Oct.2006 US- Wahlkampf: Schwarzenegger knöpft sich Bush vor

26.Oct.2006 3D- Bilder der Sonne: Doppel- Sonde ins All gestartet

26.Oct.2006 Verkaufsgerüchte: Chrysler gerät unter Druck

26.Oct.2006 Genforschung: Die entzifferte Honigbiene
26.Oct.2006 Mannesmann- Prozess: Esser zuversichtlich, Ackermann schweigt
Geheimdienste: Aufregung um vermeintliche CIA- Enthüllung
26.Oct.2006 Attacke auf Drogenberaterin: Polizei nimmt Naomi Campbell fest
26.Oct.2006 Politisches Roulette: Putins Kasino- Feldzug
26.Oct.2006 Frankreich: Neue Krawalle in Pariser Vorstädten

26.Oct.2006 Bundeswehr- Skandal: Soldat soll Totenschändung gestanden haben

26.Oct.2006 Brutale Jäger: Terrorvögel hatten Schädel wie Pferde

26.Oct.2006 Militante Tierbefreier: Verteidigung der Zwerghasen, Angriff auf den Kapitalismus

Arubas wichtigste Handelspartner sind die Niederlande, die USA sowie Kolumbien und Venezuela.
26.Oct.2006 Political Punch - David Cunningham - Executive Producer - right wing religious nut job. Son of Loren Cunningham ...

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25.Oct.2006 Federal Reserve: US- Notenbank hebt Zinssatz nicht an
Totenschändung: Afghanistan reagiert schockiert auf Skandal- Fotos
25.Oct.2006 Nato: Merkel stimmt auf langen Afghanistan- Einsatz ein

25.Oct.2006 Irak- Einsatz: Bush gibt sich siegesgewiss
25.Oct.2006 Energieprobleme: Australien baut weltgrößtes Solarkraftwerk

25.Oct.2006 Libanon- Einsatz: Israelische Jets geben Schüsse über deutschem Schiff ab

25.Oct.2006 Problem- Vorstädte: Frankreich fürchtet neue Explosion der Gewalt
25.Oct.2006 Vergewaltigungsvorwürfe: Putin verteidigt Amtskollegen Katzav
25.Oct.2006 Selbstverpflichtung: Dreiviertel der großen Autobauer verfehlen Klimaziele

25.Oct.2006 Bundeswehrskandale: Scheinerschießungen und Kreuzigung
Neue Details: Kofferbomber wollten möglichst viele Menschen töten

25.Oct.2006 Chancen der Demografie: Deutschland altert - na und?
25.Oct.2006 Drastische Strafgelder: China will Große Mauer gegen Vandalismus schützen
25.Oct.2006 Transplantationen: Ethikrat erlaubt erste komplette Gesichtsverpflanzung
25.Oct.2006 Bundeswehrverband: "Solche Bilder spielen den Taliban in die Hände"

25.Oct.2006 Atomkonflikt: Iran startet weiteren Zentrifugen- Satz
25.Oct.2006 Rechtspopulismus: "Die politischen Eliten sind hilflos"

25.Oct.2006 Lafontaine über Schröder: "Wir wollten etwas anderes"

25.Oct.2006 Schäuble- Plan: 132 Millionen Euro für Terrorabwehr
25.Oct.2006 Sterbende Riffe: Forscher prophezeien dramatischen Korallentod

25.Oct.2006 Cheney- Lob für Hillary Clinton: "Äußerst beeindruckende Kandidatin"

25.Oct.2006 Skandalfotos: Bundeswehr sorgt sich vor islamistischen Racheakten
25.Oct.2006 The Ultra-Extreme Calorie Restriction Diet Test 
Is a life lived on the edge of starvation worth living? Our hungry reporter gives the ultra-extreme Calorie Restriction Diet a two-month taste test.
In lab studies going back to the thirties, mice on severely limited diets have consistently lived as much as 50 % longer than the oldest of their well-fed peers- the rodent equivalent of a human life stretched past the age of 160. Via
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25.Oct.2006 Blogging the Unsolved  The busiest man in the blogosphere, Steve Huff of Crimeblog, has started a new blog about unsolved cases, Unsolvedblog. The Professor says check it out. posted by Prof. Hex
25.Oct.2006 Warning from Winston Churchill: Do Not Let Them Steal Your Freedom Anymore. And the Thieves of Liberty are in the White House Today.
"A Village in Texas Has Lost Its Idiot." Get the Magnet. Would Someone Put Bush's Mug on a Milk Carton, So the Village Can Find Its Idiot and Take Him Back.
Limbaugh's barbaric, unconscionable attack on Michael J. Fox for having Parkinson's Disease shows what a contemptible creature the drug-addict, Dominican Republic sex hedonist is. A major blunder for Mr. narcotics. Stem cell research is the third rail for Republicans. They are panicking. 10/23

25.Oct.2006 Steven Jonas: Attack on Defense
Minimum Wage Earners in the USA Deserve and Receive This Week's "BuzzFlash Wings of Justice Award"
Democrats hope stem cell stance crosses party lines. It Will. Every American Knows Someone Who Could Potentially Benefit From It. Opposing Stem Cell Research was a HUGE Strategic Cave-in to the Right Wing Whackos on the Part of the Busheviks.

25.Oct.2006 Forget About Phony "Benchmarks." We've Heard Those Lies Before from the Busheviks. The Truth Will Out: General May Call for Increase in U.S. Troop Levels in Baghdad. "U.S. officials previously said they were satisfied with troop levels and had expected to make significant reductions by year's end. But a surge in sectarian killings, which welled up this past summer, forced them to reconsider."

25.Oct.2006 Danny Schechter: Those Vietnam Parallels - A BuzzFlash Guest Contribution
PM Carpenter: Is Our Leaders Learning? 10/25

25.Oct.2006 Is the Senate possible? Updated info... The L.A. TImes/Bloomberg poll:
25.Oct.2006 Are they trying to lose? The time has come to ask whether the Republicans are trying to lose this election -- and if so, why. Consider:
1. Rush Limbaugh accused Michael J. Fox of faking the

25.Oct.2006 Joe, I do think this is a set up in alot of ways. The3 Republicans CONTROL everything,the images, the talking points, etc. I have wondered from the get go.... are they setting us up? I have no clue for what but can only imagine.....Bush has sold us out to some new arrangement here in North America and my guess is this is to make it look like the democrats gave the country away. However, there are three parties in DC already, Repubs, Demos, and NEOCONS> It is the NEOCONS who need removal from our system. Neocons do not share our American values. The Republicans were taken over in a coup..... perhaps they are trying to reclaim their party but I do not trust anyone wearing the scarlet R. # posted by Anonymous : 3:43 Is this how Republicans normally do business?
Yes + it's worked for them so far.
# posted by Infernal Optimist

25.Oct.2006 think that the conservatives are beginning to wakeup and smell the coffee and realize where BushCo is marching this country down a road leading to an abolute police state.
They are becoming desparate as they realize how out of control bushco is becoming and how this country is fast turning into a dictatorship.
# posted by Anonymous : 10:49 PM

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25.Oct.2006 My overall question: Is this how Republicans normally do business? Or are they acting in a particularly vile fashion in order to create revulsion?
The "hari kari" theory has occurred to
others. Perhaps G.O.P. string-pullers have decided that they would prefer for economic ragnarok to occur on a Democratic watch. Since the Asians, who fund our deficit, are backing away from investments in America, any chess player capable of thinking three or four moves ahead may have concluded that this is an election best forfeited.
25.Oct.2006 Luftuntersuchung: Südkorea bestätigt Pjöngjangs Atomtest

25.Oct.2006 Terror- Propaganda im Irak: Der Sniper mit der Strichliste

25.Oct.2006 China wie früher: Zeitreise in die Ming- Dynastie
So entstand die Büste vermutlich im ersten Jahrhundert nach Christus - also rund 400 Jahre nach Aristoteles' Tod im Jahr 322 vor unserer Zeitrechnung.

19 andere Büsten aus der römischen Epoche Athens - die Stadt wurde 86 v. Chr. von den Römern erobert - zeigen Aristoteles nicht mit Hakennase, sondern auch mit einem geraden Riechorgan oder gar mit Stupsnase, wie Horemi erklärte. Bei diesen Bildnissen handele es sich durchweg um Kopien griechischer Originale.

Hakennase. Jetzt haben Forscher ein steinernes Bildnis des alten Griechen gefunden, das diese Geschichten zu belegen scheint.

Athen - Es ist nicht irgendein Bildnis von Aristoteles - es ist die bisher am besten erhaltene Büste des Philosophen überhaupt. Das zumindest sagt der griechische Archäologe Akestis Horemi über das steinerne Porträt, das kürzlich bei Ausgrabungen auf der Akropolis in Athen entdeckt wurde. Demnächst sollen dort die Bauarbeiten für ein neues Museum beginnen.
15.Jun.2004 gingen in weiten Teilen des Internet für ein paar Stunden die Lichter aus.

Und ein heute 32-jähriger Mann aus Florida war daran schuld. So zumindest lautet die Anklage gegen John B., angeblicher Verursacher der Denial-of-Service-Attacke auf den Internet-Dienstleister Akamai mit Hilfe einer Variante des Botnetz-Wurms Gaobot. Dem Mann wird zur Last gelegt, von einem Computer unter der Domain aus zumindest zwei universitäre Rechnersysteme zur Attacke gegen das Akamai-Netz dirigiert zu haben. Für das böswillige Hacken und den "absichtlichen Zugriff auf einen geschützten Computer ohne Berechtigung" könnten John B. zwei Jahre Haft und 200.000 Dollar Strafe erwarten.

Die Hintergründe der Attacke gehen leider nicht aus dem Register- Artikel hervor.
25.Oct.2006 Irak: Hans Blix wirft USA Versagen vor
Antike Büste: Aristoteles mit Hakennase

25.Oct.2006 Kabinettsentscheidung: Bundeswehr bleibt länger in Afghanistan
25.Oct.2006 Bundeswehr- Skandal: Alptraumbilder aus den Killing Fields
25.Oct.2006 Totenschändung: Entsetzen über Skandal- Fotos deutscher Soldaten
25.Oct.2006 Migration in Italien: 500 Euro für Festnahme von Zuwanderern
Forschungsskandal: Hwang bezahlte Mafia für Mammut- Proben
25.Oct.2006 Mordfall Politkowskaja: Polizeioffiziere unter Verdacht
25.Oct.2006 Ranking: Die wertvollsten US- Börsenkonzerne
25.Oct.2006 Atemaussetzer: Schlafapnoe verdoppelt Autounfall- Risiko
Heute in den Feuilletons: "Spinnen kann ja jeder"
Politisch korrekte Bibel: "Vater und Mutter im Himmel"

25.Oct.2006 Umstrittene Übersetzung: Vater- Mutter unser

25.Oct.2006 Umstrittene Übersetzung: Paulus' Brief an die Römer

25.Oct.2006 Umstrittene Übersetzung: Die Schlange hatte mehr drauf
25.Oct.2006 Existenzminimum: Von der Leyen fordert mehr Großzügigkeit
25.Oct.2006 Weltsicherheitsrat: Bolivien will statt Venezuela antreten
25.Oct.2006 Afghanistan- Mission: Deutsche Soldaten sollen Toten geschändet haben

25.Oct.2006 Homosexualität bei Tieren: Männchen mit Männchen, Weibchen mit Weibchen

25.Oct.2006 Sicherheitspolitik: Weißbuch zwischen Wehrpflicht und Weltpolitik
25.Oct.2006 Geheimsache 09/11 ...berichtet der amerikanische Rechts anwalt und frühere Staatsanwalt im Justiz ... einreisen + in Florida eine Flugschule ... Terror, Geld + Macht ...

25.Oct.2006 Die Bush-Administration vor ihrer zweiten Amtszeit Politik an den Grenzen der wirtschaftlichen und militärischen ... Florida kommen könnte, haben sich als nicht stichhaltig erwiesen. Macht dreieck zwischen dem Verteidigungsministerium, dem von Powell geführten Außenministerium und ... ...
Antimilitarismo. Gastos de armamento. Guerra. Datos sobre la militarización del 2002 en el estado español -

Expal mostró en primicia la espoleta electrónica ER -501, concebida para la bomba ... Vulcan TP (M-55A2) fabricado por Expal (13- 02 -2001) ...
IV Boeing es uno de los líderes mundiales en la fabricación de proyectiles de uso militar. ... podemos encontrar el SLAM- ER (Standoff Land Attack Missile ... ... /economia/ investiga/informe2002/capitulo410c.htm
25.Oct.2006 Snow Falsely Claims Bush Said ‘Stay The Course’ Only 8 Times (Actually, It’s At Least 30) - Think Progress 

On Sunday, President Bush told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos that his Iraq policy has “never been stay the course.” (Today, Rumsfeld disagreed, calling suggestions they were backing away from the phrase “nonsense.”)

Moments ago on Fox News, White House Press Secretary Tony Snow said “we went back and looked today and could only find eight times where he [Bush] ever used the phrase stay the course.” Watch it:

Apparently, the White House research team isn’t very good at “the Google.” ThinkProgress has documented 30 times that Bush has used the phrase to describe his policy in Iraq:

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BUSH: We will stay the course, we will help this young Iraqi democracy succeed + victory in Iraq will be a major ideological triumph in the struggle of the 21st century. [8/30.2006 ]

BUSH: Stay the course also means don’t leave before the job is done. And that’s - we’re going to get the job done in Iraq. [8/11.2006 ]

BUSH: As a matter of fact, we will win in Iraq so long as we stay the course. [7/11.2006 ]

BUSH: And I saw people wondering whether the USA would have the nerve to stay the course and help them succeed. [6/19.2006 ]

BUSH: If we don’t lose our nerve, if we stay the course, someday down the road, an American President will be working with democratically-elected leaders in the broader Middle East at the table to keep the peace. [3/24.2006 ]

BUSH: Some critics continue to assert that we have no plan in Iraq except to, “ stay the course .” If by “ stay the course ,” they mean we will not allow the terrorists to break our will, they are right. If by “ stay the course ,” they mean we will not permit al Qaeda to turn Iraq into what Afghanistan was under the Taliban - a safe haven for terrorism and a launching pad for attacks on America - they are right, as well. If by “ stay the course ” they mean that we’re not learning from our experiences, or adjusting our tactics to meet the challenges on the ground, then they’re flat wrong. [11/30.2005 ]

BUSH: We will stay the course, we will complete the job in Iraq. [8/4.2005 ]

BUSH: And so the United States of America will stay the course and we will complete the task. We’ll help Iraq develop a democracy and the world will be better off for it. [11/21.2004 ]

BUSH: My message is that - is that we will stay the course and stand with these people so that they become free. [9/23.2004 ]

BUSH: We will stay the course so that they can develop an army and police force of their own so they can defend themselves. [9/13.2004 ]

BUSH: We must stay the course until the job is done. [8/13.2004 ]

BUSH: But Americans are used to hard work when it comes to a cause greater than ourself. And that’s what we’re doing. And we’ll stay the course. [4/20.2004 ]

BUSH: And that’s why we’re going to stay the course in Iraq. [4/16.2004 ]

BUSH: And we will stay the course in Iraq so that his son did not die in vain. [4/15.2004 ]

BUSH: And my message today to those in Iraq is: We’ll stay the course ; we’ll complete the job. [4/13.2004 ]

BUSH: We will stay the course in Iraq. [4/6.2004 ]

BUSH: So we’ve got tough action in Iraq. But we will stay the course. [4/5.2004 ]

BUSH: You know, I told the family how much we appreciated his sacrifice - he was killed in Iraq - and assured him that we would stay the course. [4/5.2004 ]

BUSH: I met with the family of a fellow who - who was killed in Iraq. … I told the - I told the dad + the mom + the wife that we’d stay the course. [4/5.2004 ]

BUSH: This country will stay the course and get the job done. [4/2.2004 ]

BUSH: We will stay the course until the job is done, because a free Iraq in the heart of the Middle East will make the world more peaceful. [1/23.2004 ]

BUSH: And we will stay the course until the job is done. [1/12.2004 ]

BUSH: We will stay the course until the job is done, Steve. And the temptation is to try to get the President or somebody to put a timetable on the definition of getting the job done. We’re just going to stay the course. [12/15/03]

BUSH: I was able to assure them that we were going to stay the course and get the job done, but I also reminded them what I said publicly, that it’s up to them to seize the moment, to have a government that recognizes all rights, the rights of the majority and the rights of the minority, to speak to the aspirations and hopes of the Iraqi people. [11/27/03]

BUSH: We will stay the course + as more and more Iraqis realize freedom is precious and freedom is a beautiful way of life, they will assume more and more responsibilities, not only for security, but for humanitarian reasons, as well. [11/14/03]

BUSH: It’s in the national interest of the USA that a peaceful Iraq emerge. And we will stay the course in order to achieve this objective. [10/27/03]

BUSH: And we’ll just stay the course. [10/22/03]

BUSH: We talked about Iraq. And I told him and assured him that the USA would stay the course because we believe freedom is on its way to the Iraqi people. [7/14/03]

BUSH: We’re making steady progress. A free Iraq will mean a peaceful world. And it’s very important for us to stay the course, and we will stay the course. [7/10/03]

BUSH: Not only does the war on terror go on, but we’ve got a lot of work to do in Iraq. And we’re going to stay the course until the job gets done. [6/5/03]

Video Transcript :

GIBSON: Tony Snow, Thanks very much for joining us. Is it true the president has abandoned the line we’re staying the course and the new explanation of Iraq is there is a time line in place?

SNOW: This a great story, because we went back and looked today and could only find eight times where he ever used the phrase stay the course.
Rumsfeld Agrees Bush Is ‘Not Backing Away From Stay The Course’ - Think Progress 

Faced with widespread disappoval of its Iraq policy, the Bush administration launched a coordinated effort this week to convince Americans it has never had a stay-the-course strategy in Iraq. On Sunday, President Bush said, “We’ve never been stay the course.” White House Counselor Dan Bartlett disavowed the label again yesterday.

But in a radio interview today with Sean Hannity, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld confirmed that the Bush administration isn’t planning to shift its strategy. Rumsfeld called media reports about Bush’s reversal “nonsense,” and said “of course” Bush is “not backing away from ’stay the course.’” CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

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Full transcript:

HANNITY: A lot of debate has no emerged over the phrase “stay the course,” and what that actually means. “Well, the President is backing away from staying the course.”

RUMSFELD: Aww, that’s nonsense.

HANNITY: He’s not backing away from staying the course?

RUMSFELD: Of course not. The concern was that it gave opponents the chance to say, “Well, he’s not willing to make adjustments,” and of course, just the opposite is true.
Olmert faces bribery allegations Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert faces accusations of corruption when he was acting finance minister 00.000.2005.
25.Oct.2006 Comverse boss admits fraud guilt A former executive at US firm Comverse Technology pleads guilty to fraud and conspiracy in the abuse of share options.
25.Oct.2006 UK 'tops energy wasters league' British people are Europe's worst energy wasters, a survey of the continent's five most populous nations claims.
25.Oct.2006 Telephone banking system recognizes your voice RSA product aims to use voice recognition to identify customers for financial transactions conducted over the phone.
25.Oct.2006 2006 Election Maps Mashups - kdawson 70 John Fitzpatrick writes,

"Search Engine Watch has an article on the launch this week of map-based search tools to follow the 2006 Congressional elections, from both Google Earth and the map-based real estate site The Google Earth Blog notes the release of two election-oriented layers outlining the borders of the congressional districts and linking to Google News articles related to the different races. And HotPads is offering the 2006 Election Edition. From their blog: 'The 435 congressional districts are outlined on HotPads Maps, with red and blue designating the party affiliation of the districts' current Representatives. By clicking on the districts' "I" buttons..., users can view quick facts about the districts including the current Representatives and the candidates in November's contests. By clicking on the quick facts bubble, users can get more detailed information [from] Wikipedia articles with detailed information about the candidates and the close races.'"
Malware In Quantum Computing? - kdawson 77 MattSparkes writes,

"Today's quantum computers are not sophisticated enough to do anything malicious to your online bank account; the field is in its infancy. However, there are in theory more ways to attack quantum computers than classical ones. As quantum networking takes off, this is going to become a larger and more immediate problem." The Wikipedia article correctly identifies as an unsolved problem in physics the question of whether it is possible to construct a practical computer that performs calculations on qubits.
The Sun Had Sisters - Zonk 128 [TheBORG] writes to mention a

article about the Sun's departed solar siblings. Our own medium-sized yellow star was far from alone when it was formed, with hundreds of fellow solar bodies and a supernova to keep it company. From the article: "The evidence for the solar sisters was found in daughters--such as decayed particles from radioactive isotopes of iron--trapped in meteorites, which can be studied as fossil remnants of the early solar system. These daughter species allowed Looney and his colleagues to discern that a supernova with the mass of about 20 suns exploded relatively near the early Sun when it formed 4.6 billion years ago; and where there are supernovas or any massive star, you also see hundreds to thousands of sun-like stars, he said. The cluster of thousands of stars dispersed billions of years ago due to a lack of gravitational pull, Looney said, leaving the sisters 'lost in space' and our Sun looking like an only child ever since, he said."
US Slips Again In Freedom of the Press Ranking - ScuttleMonkey 837+ npwa

Reporters Without Borders has released their annual worldwide press freedom index. While developing nations like Haiti and Mauritania continue to gain ground developed nations like France, Japan + the US continue their downward spiral. From the article: "The USA (53rd) has fallen nine places since last year, after being in 17th position in the first year of the Index, 00.000.2002. Relations between the media and the Bush administration sharply deteriorated after the president used the pretext of 'national security' to regard as suspicious any journalist who questioned his 'war on terrorism.' The zeal of federal courts which, unlike those in 33 US states, refuse to recognise the media's right not to reveal its sources, even threatens journalists whose investigations have no connection at all with terrorism."
Administration Sends Troops Info on Foley Replacement, Doesn’t Mention Other Candidates - Nico 

Last week, U.S. troops received messages from the State Department and the Pentagon explaining how to vote in the congressional race in ex-Rep. Mark Foley’s (R-FL) former district.

The emails provided detailed instructions explaining how to vote for Foley’s replacement, Joe Negron, but failed to even mention the two other candidates in the race:

On September 29th, Mark Foley resigned from the United State House of Representatives. He also withdrew as the Republican Candidate for the House of Representatives in Florida’s 16th District.

Pursuant to Florida Law, the Florida Republican Party nominated Joe Negron as the Republican Candidate in the 16th District replacing Foley. Pursuant to Section 100.111(4) of Florida Statute, Foley’s name will remain on the ballot for both absentee and regular ballots. Any votes cast for Foley will count towards the total of the substitute candidate.

Voters from Florida’s 16th Congressional District should be aware that any votes cast for Mark Foley will be counted toward the total of Joe Negron. Additionally, voters who wish to cast a vote for Joe Negron should cast their vote for Mark Foley.

Read the full text of one of the State Department emails HERE.

There is no mention in this email of the other candidates in the race, Democrat Tim Mahoney and independent Emmie Ross. As a result, Mahoney had to issue a separate message to soldiers yesterday explaining that troops could also vote for him or Ross. Mahoney’s letter also included instructions on how soldiers could vote for Joe Negron.
“Either he didn’t take his medication - Nico  or he’s acting.” — Rush Limbaugh on Michael J. Fox, who appears “visibly racked by tremors” from Parkinson’s disease in new television campaign ads about stem cell research.
24.Oct.2006 Hastert testifies over page scandal. - Nico 

Television cameras unexpectedly caught House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL) entering the ethics committee meeting to testify about the Mark Foley page scandal. It was not previously known that Hastert would be testifying. ABC reported yesterday that the “investigation of how the Republican leadership handled the issue has provoked turmoil and finger-pointing in Hastert’s office.”

UPDATE: The AP has more. Digg It!
24.Oct.2006 O’Reilly: Taliban Resurgence In Afghanistan Is A ‘Myth’ - Amanda 

Yesterday on Fox News, host Bill O’Reilly tried to argue that Afghanistan has been “successful” and that “there’s no danger at all of the Taliban reclaiming that country.” At the worst, he said, the Taliban will be “annoying.” When his guest, Harvard University professor Sarah Sewall, pointed out that people on the ground disagree, O’Reilly dismissed her, stating, “I talked to everybody.” Watch it:

Supreme NATO commander Gen. James Jones recently stated that Afghanistan is close to becoming a “narco state,” whose $3 billion dollars in annual drug profits are financing the Taliban. Council on Foreign Relations Afghanistan expert Dr. Barnett Rubin said that Afghanistan Afghanistan is at a “tipping point” and that the Afghan people believe “trends are going in the Taliban’s favor.” Gen. David Richards, a British officer who commands NATO’s 32,000 troops, warned that unless coalition forces begin stepping up reconstruction efforts, 70 % of the country could decide to back the Taliban.

Doesn’t sound like O’Reilly talked to everybody. Digg It! Full transcript below:

O’REILLY: But look, we were successful in Afghanistan. And nobody thought –

SEWALL: Well, the jury’s still out on Afghanistan.

O’REILLY: — overthrow the Taliban in that way. So we were successful.

SEWALL: Unfortunately, Afghanistan’s going backwards.

O’REILLY: That’s a myth.

SEWALL: — which I think speaks –

O’REILLY: That’s a myth.

SEWALL: — to part of the problem with the focus of effort on Iraq. We risked losing the progress that has been made in Afghanistan.

O’REILLY: Now you’re just - that’s not true. There’s always going to be a Taliban insurrection.

SEWALL: It is true.

O’REILLY: As long as they have mountain - now it’s not. Every military analyst working for our team says most of that country is pacified.

SEWALL: Maybe you should be talking to the people on the ground –

O’REILLY: I talked to everybody.

SEWALL: — because they’re concerned about the situation.

O’REILLY: You’re just parroting the left wing line that America doesn’t know what it’s doing.

SEWALL: I’m parroting conversations with commanders who are in uniform serving in Afghanistan.

O’REILLY: All right, so have I. Our information is that there’s no danger at all of the Taliban reclaiming that country, none. They’ll be annoying. There will be a guerrilla warfare. It will not happen. I believe that.
Cohen Warns Conservatives Using ‘Purely Overt Racist Approach’ To Attack Rep. Ford - Nico 

A new right-wing ad targeting African-American Rep. Harold Ford (D-TN), who is running for Senate in Tennessee, features “a scantily clad white woman winking and inviting [Ford] to ‘call me.’” The woman “speaks in a hushed, suggestive tone and says that she met Ford at ‘the Playboy party.’”

Yesterday on CNN, former Republican senator and Defense Secretary William Cohen called the ad a “very serious appeal to a racist sentiment” and said it reminded him “of what happened in North Carolina with Harvey Gantt, a purely overt racist approach.” Watch it:

Some history on Harvey Gantt:

00.000.1990, locked in a tight race with an African American Democrat, former Charlotte mayor Harvey Gantt, [Sen. Jesse] Helms aired a final-week TV ad that showed a pair of white hands crumpling a rejection letter, while an announcer said, “You needed that job and you were the best qualified. But they had to give it to a minority because of a racial quota.”

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Full transcript:

COHEN: I think the Republicans have to be careful, also, in terms of not engaging in conduct. And I was watching the — the Tennessee race, specifically. It reminded me of what happened in North Carolina with Harvey Gantt, a purely overt racist approach.

BLITZER: You are talking about the new RNC ad which has this white woman talking about Playboy and the — the African-American candidate, Harold Ford Jr., the Democratic candidate.


COHEN: It’s — to me, at least as I watch that, is a very serious appeal to a racist sentiment.

And when the question is always asked, why — he would be the first African-American since Reconstruction elected to the Senate, you say, well, why is that the case? So, why is the South different? Why would they not elect someone…

BLITZER: So, you’re a former Republican senator. Is the RNC playing the racial card against Harold Ford in Tennessee right now?

COHEN: I think they are coming very close to it, if not doing it exactly. And I think they ought to stop it. I think that they have a candidate + discuss the — the issues on the merits + not get into that kind of personal type of an attack.
$6,300. - Amanda 

Amount U.S. taxpayers will end up paying for every additional second spent in Iraq.
Acute Power Shortage In Baghdad Interrupts Bush Administration Press Conference - Amanda 

This morning, coverage of U.S. ambassador to Iraq Zalmay Khalilzad and Gen. George Casey’s Baghdad press conference was briefly interrupted.

The TurkishPress notes that “the hall was plunged into darkness by one of Baghdad’s regular power cuts, despite the fact the venue was in the capital’s heavily-fortified Green Zone, also home to the US embassy.” Here’s a screenshot from CNN:

While the power cut may have been an inconvenience for the media outlets and for Khalilzad — who “kept talking in obscurity for three or four minutes until order was restored” — it’s part of daily life for residents in Baghdad. Electricity levels in the city are at an all-time low. Residents now receive an average of just 2.4 hours per day, compared to 16-24 hours before the U.S. invasion.

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Bush Administration Hypes ‘Timeline’ For Iraq, Policy Stays The Course - Judd 

The American public wants a timeline for withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq. In response, the Bush administration has started throwing around terms like “timeline” and “timetable.” Watch some excerpts from today’s press conference with the U.S. ambassador to Iraq, Zalmay Khalilzad, and Gen. George W. Casey Jr.:

Unfortunately, this rhetoric is not accompanied by any change in strategy. The Iraqis have agreed to a 12-18 month “timeline” to control violence in Iraq. But if they don’t meet the benchmarks they’ve agreed to, there are no consequences. The “timeline” is disconnected from a drawdown of U.S. troops.

Casey noted, “I said a year or so ago that if the conditions on the ground continued the way they were going, that I thought we’d have fairly substantial reductions in coalition forces.”

That plan was thrown out in “early July.”

Casey made it clear that if the latest effort to get the Iraqis to assume more responsibility doesn’t work out, he’s ready to reinvent the wheel again. This is the same approach the Bush administration has been pursuing for more than three years. Staying the course provides very little incentive for Iraqis to assume control of their own security problems.

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KHALILZAD: Success in Iraq is possible and can be achieved on a realistic timetable. Iraqi leaders must step up to achieve key political and security milestones on which they have agreed.


KHALILZAD: Iraqi leaders have agreed to a timeline for making the hard decision needed to resolve these issues.
October 24, 2006 - Think Progress 

53. America’s ranking on Reporters Without Borders’s global press freedom index, dropping from 17th place 00.000.2002. “Relations between the media and the Bush administration sharply deteriorated after the president used the pretext of ‘national security’ to regard as suspicious any journalist who questioned his ‘war on terrorism.’”

“Several governments around the world have tried to rebut criticism of how they handle detainees by claiming they are only following the U.S. example in the war on terror,” U.N. anti-torture chief Manfred Nowak said yesterday.

19 %. Number of Americans who believe the USA is winning the war in Iraq, an all-time low. Fifty-four % of Americans believe the U.S. economy is getting worse.

The natural world is being degraded “at a rate unprecedented in human history,” and if current consumption levels continue, “two planets would be needed to meet global demand by 2050.” The new report by the World Wildlife Fund also found that the world’s species have declined by 30 % since 1970.

The House ethics committee “spent more than six hours Monday grilling” Scott Palmer, “Hastert’s chief of staff for more than 20 years.” “Kirk Fordham, Foley’s former chief of staff, said he alerted Palmer several years ago to his concerns about Foley’s friendships with pages.”

“The FBI and Justice Department appear to be expanding their probe into the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal in hopes of nabbing another member of Congress and aides,” U.S. News reports.

House International Relations Chairman Henry Hyde (R-IL) has written a letter to Donald Rumsfeld saying “that the U.S.-supported poppy eradication program in Afghanistan is a failure ,” and that “record opium poppy harvests show efforts to target farmers are not working.”

“ Former Enron chief executive Jeffrey Skilling, who gained infamy as the man who orchestrated one of the largest corporate frauds in history, has been sentenced to more than 24 years in prison.” Skilling will also “fork over $45 million in restitution should he lose his appeal.”

And finally: Wyoming Libertarian congressional candidate Thomas Rankin said Rep. Barbara Cubin (R-WY) threatened to slap him after a televised debate. “Barbara walked over to me and said, ‘If you weren’t sitting in that chair, I’d slap you across the face.’ That’s quote-unquote,” Rankin said. Rankin has multiple sclerosis and uses an electric wheelchair.
24.Oct.2006 Gore Vidal Assured Military Would Prevent Staged Terror - Paul Joseph Watson -Literary giant says 9/11 allowed to happen, slams Bush administration coup de 'tat of American freedom
24.Oct.2006 If Your Fingerprints Aren't Down You're Not Coming In - Paul Joseph Watson -UK Government wants to control where citizens go to get drunk. Will people start caring more about the
24.Oct.2006 Iraq 'success' possible, US says US envoy Zalmay Khalilzad says success is possible in Iraq in a realistic time-frame despite ongoing violence.
24.Oct.2006 French probed over Rwanda genocide France played an active role in Rwanda's genocide, a former senior Rwandan diplomat tells a tribunal.
24.Oct.2006 Budapest police deny brutality Budapest's police chief defends the use of force against protesters during clashes in Hungary's capital.
24.Oct.2006 Global ecosystems 'face collapse' Global consumption levels could lead to a large-scale ecosystem collapse by 2050, a report warns.
24.Oct.2006 US jails Egypt pair for slavery A California court sends an Egyptian couple to prison for enslaving a 10-year-old girl as their servant in the US.
24.Oct.2006 Niger orders expulsion of Arabs The government of Niger tells 150,000 Arabs, originally from Chad, to leave the country, without explaining why.
24.Oct.2006 Ivorians to sue 'toxic ship' firm A lawyer for victims of toxic waste dumped in Ivory Coast says he will sue the firm that shipped the waste there.
24.Oct.2006 North warns against Ortega vote Ex-White House aide Oliver North tells Nicaragua not to return to the past by voting for Daniel Ortega.
24.Oct.2006 Brazilian miner buys Canada rival Brazilian firm CVRD becomes the world's second-biggest miner after securing a $17bn takeover of Canada's Inco.
24.Oct.2006 Iran condemns US Gulf exercises Iran criticises planned US exercises in the Gulf, while Ayatollah Ali Khamenei calls for Muslim unity.
24.Oct.2006 MPs overturn extradition change MPs overturn a change made by the Lords that would have blocked "fast-track" extraditions to the US.
24.Oct.2006 Opec quota pledges lift oil price Oil prices rise back above $59 a barrel after the United Arab Emirates confirms it will join Saudi Arabia and cut output.
24.Oct.2006 Amazon river 'switched direction' The world's largest river, the Amazon, once flowed from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific - the opposite of its present direction.
24.Oct.2006 Google offers personal searches A tool that allows users to create a customised search engine is the latest offering from search giant Google.
24.Oct.2006 Smart Sensors Find Floods British researchers use grids of small CPUs to help monitor flood waters and get local warnings out faster. By Brendan Borrell.
24.Oct.2006 Messenger Makes a Pass at Venus The space probe continues a complex series of maneuvers to slip into orbit around Mercury, flying by the sultry planet for the first of two times as part of its positioning.
24.Oct.2006 JetBlue Experiment Goes Awry A clinical trial on pilot fatigue puts passengers at risk and could land the airline in hot water. In Bodyhack.
24.Oct.2006 Google Co-op Narrows Your Search A new customizable search tool gives Googlers a way to restrict their web searches to certain sites while giving content publishers yet another outlet for serving text-based ads
24.Oct.2006 Taliban leader warns of fierce fighting to come : Taliban video obtained by Reuters this month shows fighters well-armed and equipped in the mountains of Uruzgan in the south. Omar said President Hamid Karzai would face Islamic justice for cooperating with Washington

24.Oct.2006 Taliban and NATO in talks to pull out of several areas : Talks are underway between the Taliban and NATO forces - through tribal elders - over the pullout of troops from 12 districts along the Pakistan Afghan border, providing the Taliban make concessions to the NATO forces and agree not to attack their bases in those Afghan provinces where the deal is signed

24.Oct.2006 UK: MoD bans TV news access to warzones: In an unprecedented move that risks accusations of censorship, the Government has withdrawn co-operation from ITV News in warzones after accusing it of inaccurate and intrusive reports about the fate of wounded soldiers.

24.Oct.2006 Iran condemns US Gulf exercises : Reports say the US is to hold naval exercises at the end of October with Bahrain, Kuwait, France and Britain.

24.Oct.2006 US Wants UN To Ban Missile Sales To Iran - Diplomats : The U.S., France and the U.K. are pushing for U.N. Security Council bans on the sale of missile and nuclear technology to Iran and an end to most technical aid programs from the International Atomic Energy Agency, diplomats said Tuesday.

24.Oct.2006 Simon Tisdall: Time for Bush to talk to Iran and Syria : Whatever else James Baker may recommend in his much-anticipated report on future US strategy in Iraq, it seems certain he will urge George Bush to open direct, high-level talks with Iran and Syria.

24.Oct.2006 Olmert pins hopes on Lieberman to stop Iran: Lieberman as Deputy Prime Minister, will serve as Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's right-hand man to liquidate Iran's nuclear bomb before it is created.

24.Oct.2006 Report: Illegal W. Bank construction up : Israel reportedly has suppressed a government report revealing large-scale illegal settlement expansion in the occupied West Bank.

24.Oct.2006 China denies reports of NKorean apology for nuclear test: North Korea is not planning a second nuclear test and is willing to return to six-party talks under certain conditions, but warned that it would take action if it felt pressured, China's Foreign Ministry said Tuesday.

24.Oct.2006 China may back coup against Kim: THE Chinese are openly debating "regime change" in Pyongyang after last week's nuclear test by their confrontational neighbour.

24.Oct.2006 ‘Coup Possible in Pyongyang’: A ``Beijing-friendly palace coup’’ may happen in North Korea to drive out the North’s ``dear leader’’ Kim Jong-il, a U.S. weekly magazine reported in its latest issue.

24.Oct.2006 EU shocked as Putin comes out fighting : Mr Putin's response was sharp. He told the Europeans Russia would set its own terms on energy supplies + not sign the Energy Charter Treaty, as they asked.

24.Oct.2006 Ortega leads Nicaragua presidential election polls : Daniel Ortega, candidate of the Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN), leads presidential polls in Nicaragua with 34.2 % of the votes, polling firm GCM said on Monday.

24.Oct.2006 North warns against Ortega vote : : "My hope is that the people of Nicaragua are not going to return to that. That's not good for your country. That's not good for my country." Mr North visited a memorial for fallen Contra rebels.

24.Oct.2006 Blowout! Chávez Holds Huge Lead in Venezuela Reelection Bid: Support is more than double that of nearest challenger—U.S. Gov’t held in very low esteem by Venezuelans

24.Oct.2006 US waives law for Chin refugees : The US has waived a security regulation to let thousands of refugees from Burma's Chin state request asylum.
Strict laws passed after the 11 September 2001 attacks prevent people who have provided "material support" to armed groups from resettling in the US. Many Chin refugees had provided such help to rebel groups such as the Chin National Front and Chin National Army.

24.Oct.2006 Australia: US told Hicks delay 'not satisfactory': THE Federal Government is concerned David Hicks has been behind bars at Guantanamo Bay for five years without facing trial, Federal Justice Minister Chris Ellison has said.

24.Oct.2006 Judge strikes down part of Canada's anti-terrorism law: A judge Tuesday struck down a portion of Canada's anti-terrorism law, ruling that the clause dealing with the definition of terrorism violates the country's bill of rights.

24.Oct.2006 Former CIA spy branded a traitor wants to clear his name: He was hurtling into history as one of this nation's most infamous traitors until three years ago -- when a federal judge concluded he'd been buried with the help of government lies.

24.Oct.2006 Stranger than fiction: Drinkers to leave prints for pints: Drinkers could be asked to leave their fingerprints at the bar every time they buy a pint in a pub or club. They may also need to show a passport or a driving licence and theirdetails will be held on a database available to police.
24.Oct.2006 Saddam Hussein’s “guilty” conviction announcement planned for two days before elections : “In my experience, everything that comes out of Baghdad is very carefully prepared for American domestic consumption,” he said.
24.Oct.2006 Stranger than fiction: U.S. blames Iran, Syria for Iraq violence: America's civilian and military leaders in Iraq linked Iran and Syria with al Qaeda on Tuesday as forces trying to tear the country apart and prevent the USA from establishing a stable democracy.

24.Oct.2006 Iraq: The British people have their say. And It's bad news for Blair : Demands for an urgent Commons debate on pulling British troops out of Iraq were stepped up last night at Westminster after an opinion poll found that 62 per cent of voters support a withdrawal before the country has been made stable.
24.Oct.2006 U.S. Planing Coup against Maliki Government : Iraqi army officers are reportedly planning to stage a military coup with U.S. help to oust the government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.

So much for an independent and democratic Iraq!": Bush tells Maliki government to tackle militias or face penalties : The White House confirmed yesterday that it had set "benchmarks and milestones" for the Iraqi government to disarm militias and take other concrete steps to stabilise the country.

24.Oct.2006 Shiite leader calls for southern Iraq autonomy: The leader of Iraq's largest Shiite bloc has called for the country to be divided into federal zones, to the dismay of minority Sunnis who fear losing out on Iraq's vast oil wealth.

24.Oct.2006 Iraq war could be judged a disaster, Beckett admits: IRAQ could break up into different parts eventually, Margaret Beckett, the Foreign Secretary, said yesterday as she acknowledged the limitations to what could be achieved by coalition forces.
24.Oct.2006 Advertising Terrorism -By Keith Olbermann

You have adopted bin Laden and Zawahiri as spokesmen for the Republican National Committee!  Video and transcript
24.Oct.2006 Vaccine created for deadly flu of 1918 

Government scientists reported Monday they have created a vaccine against the catastrophic "Spanish flu" virus of 1918-1919, raising hopes that a remedy could be developed if a modern strain of avian flu turns equally deadly. posted by Prof. Hex
24.Oct.2006 Hastert and Sibel This is turning into one of those days when all my posts tell you to go read other bloggers. But you cannot count yourself truly educated about current affairs if you don't read lukery's latest on Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert.
24.Oct.2006 Sibel is trying her damnedest to get the story out...
She currently has at least two veteran FBI agents, with first hand information, who are willing to go on the record and confirm the entire story (Hastert, ATC, ATAA, Livingston Group...).
All we need is one reporter. How can we force the media to pay attention to the true "Hastergate" story? Lukery has a plan.
Go here and scroll to the bottom. Permalink
24.Oct.2006 The FBI has tapes indicating the bribing of Hastert + investigator David Rose has spoken to those who know what is on those tapes. In essence, one claimed bribe episode involved a congressional resolution recognizing the Aremenian genocide, an event which the Turks hope to wipe from memory. Hastert announced his support for this measure 00.000.2000. But what is significant, the resolution had passed the Human Rights Subcommittee of the House. It passed the International Relations Committee, but on the eve of the House vote, the full House vote, Dennis Hastert withdrew the resolution...
Well, whether or not these allegations have substance is not something that I am able to state with any knowledge, but it is said that in the wiretaps that were translated by Sibel Edmonds, reference was made to this very controversial question of the House vote. One of the Turkish targets of these wiretaps claimed that the price for getting Dennis Hastert to withdraw the resolution would be $500,000. Now, I do emphasize there's no evidence at all that he received such a payment, but that is what is said to have been recorded in one of the wiretaps.

24.Oct.2006 In a recent interview quoted by lukery, Daniel Ellsberg said the following: Sibel says that suitcases of cash have been delivered to the Speaker of the House, Dennis Hastert, at his home, near Chicago, from Turkish sources, knowing that a lot of that is drug money.
Now these are pretty inflammatory allegations, let's say + it's note-worthy that they haven't even been picked up by the mainstream press.

24.Oct.2006 A Confederacy of Dunces Running America Into the Ground
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24.Oct.2006 Acute Power Shortage In Baghdad Interrupts Bush Administration "Smoke and Mirrors" Press Conference
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24.Oct.2006 Jimmy Lohman: Republican I.Q. Test - A BuzzFlash Guest Contribution

Dass WWF-Direktor Leape die statistische und methaporische Botschaft der Umweltschützer ausgerechnet in Peking der Weltöffentlichkeit vorstellte, hat einen tieferen Sinn.

Denn der Verbrauch von fossilen Brennstoffen trage am meisten zur immer negativeren Bilanz bei, sagte er.

Daher sei es ein Schritt in die richtige Richtung, wenn das bevölkerungsreiche China sich verpflichte, seinen Energieverbrauch in den kommenden fünf Jahren um 20 % zu reduzieren.

"Von den Entscheidungen der schnell wachsenden Entwicklungsländer wie China oder Indien wird viel abhängen", sagt Leape. stx/fba/AFP/AP/dpa/rtr

"Der Kollaps großer Lebensräume ist wahrscheinlich"

Sollte sich der Trend fortsetzen, brauche die Menschheit im Jahr 2050 zwei Planeten, um ihren Ressourcenverbrauch zu decken. Damit bedienen sich die Autoren bei einem der wohl bekanntesten Bilder der Ökobewegung, den "Grenzen den Wachstums", die der Club of Rome schon 1972 beschworen hat: Solange unser Fußabdruck zu groß für die zur Verfügung stehende Fläche ist, wird die Menscheit ihre Lebensgrundlage zertrampeln. Und zwar so weit, dass im Jahr 2050 die Erde allein nicht mehr genug hergibt für die Menschen. "Der Kollaps großer Lebensräume ist wahrscheinlich", warnt der WWF.

Um den Beweis zu führen, dass genau dies stattfindet, veröffentlichte der WWF ein zweites ökostatistisches Werk: den "Living Planet Index". Darin werden zahlreiche Tierbestände über die Jahre vergleichen. Und auch die Ergebnisse dieser Statistik klingen ernst.

Rund 30 % der beobachteten Populationen höherer Tierarten seien in den vergangenen 33 Jahren geschrumpft: 31 % der an Land lebenden Arten, 28 % der Süßwasser- und 27 % der Meerwasserarten. Für diese vergleichende Erhebung hat der WWF in Zusammenarbeit mit der Zoological Society London und dem Umweltprogramm der Vereinten Nationen (Unep) 3600 Populationen von 1313 Wirbeltierarten beobachtet.

In 33 Jahren 30 % der Tierarten verloren

"Seit mehr als 20 Jahren überschreiten wir die Fähigkeit der Erde, einen konsumgeprägten Lebensstil zu tragen, der nicht nachhaltig ist", sagte WWF-Generaldirektor James Leape. Daran sei nicht bloß das Bevölkerungswachstum schuld. Denn der Verbrauch wachse schneller als die Weltbevölkerung.

Der Mensch überfordere die Fähigkeit der Natur, sich zu regenerieren. "Um zu erneuern, was die Menschen auf der Erde in zwölf Monaten an Ressourcen aufbrauchen und vernichten, braucht die Natur 15 Monate. Wir leben also über unsere Maße, unser Planet kommt nicht hinterher", warnt der WWF.

Es ist ein simples Gedankenspiel: Rund ein Viertel der Erdoberfläche ist produktive Land- und Meeresfläche, der Rest sind Wüsten, Gebirge, Gletscher und so fort. Das nutzbare Viertel müssen die Menschen bewirtschaften, um von seinen Früchten zu leben. Die so verfügbaren 11,2 Milliarden Hektar teilen die WWF-Forscher durch die Weltbevölkerung von aktuell 6,4 Milliarden Menschen. Jeder Mensch hat demzufolge im Schnitt 1,8 Hektar zur produktiven Nutzung - ein Richtwert.

"Unser Planet kommt nicht hinterher"
"Enduring Freedom": Merkel vor Zwei- Fronten- Kampf um Afghanistan

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24.Oct.2006 Fischer in Princeton: Professor Joschka erklärt die Welt
24.Oct.2006 SPD- Oberschichtdebatte: Die unbekannten oberen 280.000
Operation: Blasenstein ist so groß wie Pampelmuse
Großfusion: Unternehmen schmieden zweitgrößten Bergbaukonzern
24.Oct.2006 Pressefreiheit: Wie die deutsche Politik trickst, tarnt und täuscht
TV- Revolution in Frankreich: Chirac kritisieren? Pas de problème!
24.Oct.2006 Vermeintliche Horrormeldung: Zweifelhafte Studie zu Spermienschäden durch Handys
Rechtsextreme Gewalt: Zentralrat der Juden warnt vor Verhältnissen wie zur Nazi- Zeit
24.Oct.2006 Heißer Herbst: 25 Grad mitten im Oktober
24.Oct.2006 Anti- Terror- Krieg: BND wusste schon 2001 von CIA- Gefängnissen
24.Oct.2006 Irak- Krieg: US- Terrorbekämpfer können Sunniten und Schiiten nicht unterscheiden

24.Oct.2006 Jahrestag des Ungarnaufstands: Krawalle in Budapest
24.Oct.2006 Dustin Hoffman: "Euthanasie ist in Hollywood legal"
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Search for information about food and agriculture recommended by the Food and Agriculture organization of the United Nations. Try these queries: Rice, Avian Flu

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Was Google da jedoch in der Nacht von Montag auf Dienstag angekündigt hat, geht darüber weit hinaus. Die
"Custom Search Engine", die Google ab sofort an jeden Interessierten verteilt, ist ein Toolkit, um eine maßgeschneiderte, auch optisch auf das Design der "gastgebenden" Webseite zugeschnittene Google-Suche zu ermöglichen.

Über die schon seit langem mögliche, auf nur eine Webseite eingrenzbare Google-Suche (quasi eine kostenlose Archiv-Suchfunktion) hinaus, erlaubt Google nun den Vollzugriff auf seine Suchdatenbank

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Umfrage: Amerikaner glauben nicht mehr an Sieg im Irak
US- Umfrage: Republikaner vor Desaster bei Kongresswahlen
24.Oct.2006 Bestätigung aus dem Präsidialamt: Köhler stoppt Privatisierung der Flugsicherung
24.Oct.2006 Britische Studie: Hunderte Patienten starben - weil Krankenschwestern fehlten
24.Oct.2006 Fernsehauftritt: Amerikaner findet seine Identität
24.Oct.2006 Weltweites Ranking: Mehr Pressefreiheit in Bolivien als in Deutschland

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24.Oct.2006 Rekord: Google- Marktwert steigt über 150 Milliarden Dollar

24.Oct.2006 Ungarn: Dutzende Verletzte bei Straßenschlachten in Budapest
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24.Oct.2006 N Korea food shortages 'critical' North Korean food shortages have worsened since its recent nuclear test led donors to withdraw aid, the UN says.
24.Oct.2006 Stem Cell Therapy Causes Tumors - kdawson 3 - SpaceAdmiral writes,

"Using human embryonic stem cells, researchers have cured a Parkinson's-like disease in rats. Unfortunately, the Parkinson's cure causes brain tumors." From the first article: "...10 weeks into the trial, [University of Rochester researchers] discovered brain tumours had begun to grow in every animal treated... By definition, human embryonic stem cells have the almost mythical, immortal power to grow and divide indefinitely as they become the various tissues that make up the body. As a result, scientists have always known that any stem cell therapy could result in an uncontrolled growth of cells that could give rise to cancer."
24.Oct.2006 REPORT: Bush Officials Were 'Rooting' For North Korea to Test Nuclear Weapon 
Senior Bush administration officials wanted North Korea to test a nuclear weapon because it would prove their point that the regime must be overthrown. posted by Prof. Hex
24.Oct.2006 Getting Out  Whether you find the government oppressive, the economy on a devastating course, or if you simply want adventure, you're not alone. Over 300,000 Americans emigrate each year.
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24.Oct.2006 Bush Signs the Reichstag Fire Decree: With a flip of the wrist, Bush signed into law the anti-Habeas Corpus, pro-torture law (cleverly repackaged as the Military Commissions Act of 2006), signaling with it the end of American democracy.
Peace, Propaganda & The Promised Land: This video carefully analyzes and explains how--through the use of language, framing and context--the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza remains hidden in the news media + Israeli colonization of the occupied terrorities appears to be a defensive move rather than an offensive one.

24.Oct.2006 Mossad angry over British espionage series? : British daily 'The Sunday Express' reports senior Israeli agents arrived in London to view episode of BBC drama 'Spooks' where Mossad agents are depicted shooting bound prisoners in the back

24.Oct.2006 Eight more doctors suspected of illegal human experiments : Eight more doctors from the Kaplan Hospital in Rehovot and the Hartzfeld Geriatric Hospital in Gedera are suspected of involvement in experiments on human beings, Chief Superintendent Meir Cohen, told the Knesset Labor and Welfare Committee on Monday.

24.Oct.2006 Olmert: Our soldiers will be trained to face Iranian "threat:". Our soldiers will be trained to face all the threats against Israel, topped by the Iranian threat. We have already begun the work."

24.Oct.2006 Iran won't retreat from atomic rights - president: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Monday Western powers were wrong if they thought Iran would retreat under political pressure from its nuclear plans, even as the country faces possible sanctions.

24.Oct.2006 Iran expands nuclear program: A senior diplomat familiar with U.N. nuclear inspections in Iran said Tehran remained a long way from "industrial scale" capacity that would signal its emergence as a nuclear power, as North Korea showed on October 9 by detonating an atomic device.

24.Oct.2006 Military Build-up in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Persian Gulf: Israel and NATO sign Framework Agreement

24.Oct.2006 Helen Caldicott : The Way the World Ends: With all the hype about North Korea, we're forgetting that the world is still staring down the barrels of thousands of U.S. and Russian ICBMs
24.Oct.2006 Extreme right-winger to join Israeli government : A FAR-RIGHT politician dubbed "the most dangerous politician in the history of Israel" because of his anti-Arab and authoritarian views last night looked set to join the Israeli government.

24.Oct.2006 Israel Downplays Russia’s - on Hamas: Israel’s prime minister on Sunday downplayed the Russian foreign minister’s comments that it was “unrealistic” to demand that Hamas immediately recognize Israel and disarm, the Associated Press news agency reports.
24.Oct.2006 There is never going to be a Nato victory in Afghanistan : The military option is going nowhere. The way forward is to emulate Pakistan by withdrawing troops and making deals

24.Oct.2006 Afghan militants 'plan UK attacks' : Afghan militants are for the first time plotting to attack westerners in Britain and the rest of Europe, a Taliban commander has claimed.

24.Oct.2006 1.9 mln USD for slush fund in Afghanistan burned as plane on fire : The money, packed into two four-wheel-drive vehicles being carried on the British Hercules C-130 plane, was reportedly intended to "buy off" local warlords against the Taliban.
24.Oct.2006 The Exodus: 1.6m Iraqis have fled their country since the war : Iraq is in flight.

Everywhere inside + outside the country, Iraqis who once lived in their own houses cower for safety six or seven to a room in hovels.

24.Oct.2006 UK warned against invasion : On the day after the September 11 terrorist attacks, senior British intelligence officials told their American counterparts that they would not support retaliatory action against Iraq, a new book claims.

24.Oct.2006 Alleged corrupt arms deals cost Iraq US$800M: Iraq's former finance minister alleged in a U.S. television report aired Sunday that up to US$800 million meant to equip the Iraqi army had been stolen from the government by former officials through fraudulent arms deals.

24.Oct.2006 Many military families rely on donated goods : They were waiting for day-old bread and frozen dinners packaged in slightly damaged boxes. These families are among a growing number of military households in San Diego County that regularly rely on donated food.

24.Oct.2006 Halliburton's 3Q Income Rises 22 % : The Houston-based oilfield services conglomerate Sunday posted $611 million, or 58 cents per share, in net income for the June-September quarter, including a $4 million charge from discontinued operations.
24.Oct.2006 US 'cannot stay course' in Iraq : The US is not winning in Iraq and will not be able to stay the course in the long-term, a US state department insider has said.

24.Oct.2006 Ike Skelton, who backed Iraq war, now wants U.S. to withdraw: The spiraling violence is "deeply disturbing," Skelton said in a conference call with reporters, during which he called for the redeployment of U.S. troops out of Iraq.

24.Oct.2006 Active-Duty Troops Launch Campaign to End U.S. Occupation of Iraq: For the first time since the U.S. invasion of Iraq, active- duty members of the military are asking Members of Congress to end the U.S. occupation of Iraq and bring American soldiers home.

24.Oct.2006 Iraqi Forced To Drink Urine By British Occupation Forces: An Iraqi civilian detained by British troops in Iraq told a military court Monday that he was beaten and forced to drink urine by his captors.
24.Oct.2006 Bush's Absolute Power Grab - By Carla Binion
17.Oct.2006 George W. Bush signed into law the Military Commissions Act of 2006. This new law gives Bush power similar to that of Stalin or Hitler + grants agencies within the executive branch powers similar to those of the KGB or Gestapo.

24.Oct.2006 The Limits of Liberty: We're All Suspects Now -By Henry Porter
Identity cards. Number-plate surveillance. CCTV. Control orders. The list of ways in which the Government has sought to manipulate and define the limits of our liberty grows ever longer. Ten years ago, the novelist and polemicist Henry Porter would have felt silly speaking out about human rights in Britain. But that was before the most fundamental assault on personal freedom ever undertaken. Now, he argues, it's time we woke up to reality.

24.Oct.2006 Israel / Palestine: The Two State Solution Is Dead -An interview with Ali Abunima
Ali Abunimah, reveals the bankruptcy of the two-state approach, takes on the objections and taboos that stand in the way of a binational solution, and demonstrates that sharing the territory will bring benefits for all.

24.Oct.2006 Leaset we forget the victims killed prior to Bush Invasion of Iraq Paying The Price: Killing The Children Of Iraq -A documentary film by John Pilger
Sanctions enforced by the UN on Iraq since the Gulf War have killed more people than the two atomic bombs dropped on Japan 00.000.1945, including over half a million children - many of whom weren't even born when the Gulf War began.
Click to watch

24.Oct.2006 As Crises e a Manobra de Crises A distinção entre janelas de oportunidade e vulnerabilidade decorre da assimetria entre ataque e defesa. Essa assimetria, com nítida vantagem para a defesa, ...

23.Oct.2006 Bush's Arrogance and Stupidity in Silencing "Arrogance and Stupidity" Diplomat -- A BuzzFlash News Analysis
Some of Hastert's principal aides have hired criminal defense lawyers to represent them during the investigation. Ted Van Der Meid, Hastert's chief in-house counsel, has retained Washington, D.C.-based attorney Lee Blalack, who also represents convicted former Congressman Duke Cunningham.

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24.Oct.2006 Jeff Skilling sentenced to 24 years in prison. "The former CEO's arrogance, belligerence and lack of contriteness under questioning made him a lightning rod for the rage generated by the collapse of Enron 00.000.2001." 10/24
Are You Sick and Tired of NRA Types Urging Students to Protect Themselves from Guns and Bullets with Old Textbooks (For Real)? Then Sign This Pledge.
Republican Makes Childish Retaliation after Dems Release Report Showing GOP Knew about ex-Rep. "Duke" Cunningham Corruption -- A BuzzFlash News Analysis
Playing the Game of Fantasy Island with American Lives: " As the U.S. death toll in Iraq reached 86, the highest monthly total this year, a senior White House adviser Monday rejected suggestions that U.S. troops were exacerbating problems in Iraq and that a timetable should be set to withdraw forces from the war-torn nation.." 10/24
The deaths brought the month's total of lost American lives in Iraq to at least 83. 10/23

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

And then there is this "new player." Seems he is none other than Ken Duberstein, who cleaned up the White House after Iran-Conra as Reagan's COS, and has gone on to - among many other political things - serve on the Boards of several huge mega-corporations. Seems, right after Armitage "realized" he was the leak to whom Novak referred ("not a partisan gunslinger") and contacted Powell, they together contacted Duberstein. Not the DOJ, not the FBI, not the WH. Duberstein. Elizabeth does a great job of exploring why this is important, further supporting her notion that Armitage is playing the standard organized crime scapegoat to diminish the damage, demonize Fitz + deflect attention from the core of the case, the lies coming out of Cheney's office to get us into this godforsaken war. All these distractions working as a scheme to make the Christmas pardon oh so much easier.
Able Danger "debunked" Xymphora has a
must-read analysis of the DOD's report debunking the claims that the Able Danger "data mining" effort had targeted the 911 hijackers -- secifically Mohammed Atta -- before the event. I can quibble with X on a few points, but his basic stance is quite sound. One of the witnesses (names redacted by the report writers) to the infamous chart thus recalls the image of Mohammed Atta: He recalled that shortly after 11.Sep.2001, when he first saw photographs identifying Mohammed Atta as one of the terrorists, he recognized him. Mr. XXXXXX testified, ‘Yeah and I'm looking and I said, Jesus, I recognized his picture instantly.. .. Yeah, I went to my chart to compare and I said there he is.’ That's just one of many such identifications. Yet the DOD, using techniques that would have embarrassed even the Warren Commission, has concluded that all such witnesses are lying. For what earthly reason? Permalink # posted by Joseph : 10:17 AM 2 comments -: I spent a lot of time at one point trying to sort out the claims involved in Able Danger and could never make them add up in any way that seemed plausible.
For example, none of the people involved seemed to agree on when the chart was created (late 1999? early 2000? summer 2000?), or on when and on whose orders the files were destroyed.
Weldon has stated that he gave away his only copy of the chart on September 25, 2001, but he displayed what sounds like the same chart to Congress the next May,
I did not find out about this until October of 2001, after the attack on the trade center. A year before, special forces command developed their own mini version of a data processing or collaborative center with very limited capabilities. But what they did, Mr. Speaker, they did a profile of al Qaeda 1 year before 9-11.
Mr. Speaker, here is the chart, the unclassified chart of what special forces command had 1 year before 9-11. Interesting. The entire al Qaeda network is identified in a graphic chart with all the linkages to all the terrorist groups around the world.
Note that here Weldon states he did not even find out about the chart until October 2001, a month after he supposedly handed over his copy.
Xymph tries to get around some of the problems by suggesting that the Atta on the Able Danger chart was a different Atta from the one the CIA was surveilling in Germany 00.000.2002. But in that case, which of them was the Atta whose doings in Florida have been obsessively scrutinized by Daniel Hopsicker?
Usually, when suppressed information comes out, the effect is to make clear certain things that have previously been murky. The Able Danger story just adds several new levels of murk. That may be the major reason why I have real problems with it.
# posted by starroute : 2:18 PM   Sorry, that should read, "surveilling in Germany 00.000.2000." # posted by starroute

23.Oct.2006 Permalink # posted by Joseph : 10:05 AM 2 comments -: In the mind of a reasonable person -- putting aside the madness of the scenario for a moment -- it would take an Iranian nuclear attack on U.S. to precipitate a nuclear strike on Iran.
But not for BushCo. In their minds, they don't need a suitcase bomb in a U.S. city -- just a few weeks of propaganda on Fox, with the networks dutifully following suit. And probably a staged incident or two outside the country.
Remember Panama? Bush Sr. invaded because an American got kicked in the balls at a traffic light.
These people are too arrogant + too confident in their constitutional usurpations and a supine Congress, to a need a big cause to drop the big one on Iraq. An advertising campaign will do (in their minds).
# posted by Anonymous : 11:05 This wouldn't surprise me in the least.
23.Oct.2006 North Korea and beyond I advise you (as a reader advised me) to check out this Think Progress report on the North Korean nuke blast...
Senior Bush administration officials wanted North Korea to test a nuclear weapon because it would prove their point that the regime must be overthrown.
This astonishing revelation was buried in the middle of a Washington Post story published yesterday. Glenn Kessler reports from Moscow as he accompanies Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice: Before North Korea announced it had detonated a nuclear device, some senior officials even said they were quietly rooting for a test, believing that would finally clarify the debate within the administration. It's not dificult to extrapolate an Iran scenario from these ominous words. A suitcase nuke or a CBW attack in an American city would "clarify the debate" over action against Iran.

23.Oct.2006 Einzelhandel: Abendzuschläge sollen fallen
23.Oct.2006 Gen- Reis: EU ordnet Gen- Tests für Reis aus den USA an
23.Oct.2006 Viking Mars Mission Might Have Missed Life - Hemos 117
Johan Louwers writes "The Viking mars mission 00.000.1976 might have missed signs of life due to not completely working analysis equipment. GC-MS on the Viking 1976 Mars missions did not detect organic molecules on the Martian surface, even those expected from meteorite bombardment. This result suggested that the Martian regolith might hold a potent oxidant that converts all organic molecules to carbon dioxide rapidly relative to the rate at which they arrive. This conclusion is influencing the design of Mars missions. We reexamine this conclusion in light of what is known about the oxidation of organic compounds generally and the nature of organics likely to come to Mars via meteorite."

Thieves Find Cemetery of Pharaoh's Dentists - kdawson 88 junglee_iitk writes with

news of an important archaeological find from Egypt. Grave robbers located a tomb and were arrested while digging; what they found turns out to be the graves of three dentists who took care of a Pharaoh's teeth. The graves are located in the shadow of the Step Pyramid at Saqqara, said to be Egypt's oldest + are around 4,000 years old. From the article: "Although archaeologists have been exploring Egypt's ruins intensively for more than 150 years, [a senior archaeologist] believes only 30 % of what lies hidden beneath the sands has been uncovered." Yahoo has a few pictures of the dig.
Challenging the Child Online Protection Act - narramissic (posted by kdawson) 66 narramissic writes,

"Today in Philadelphia a federal trial got underway that will decide whether COPA is constitutional. The outcome will determine whether operators of Web sites can be held accountable for failing to block children's access to inappropriate materials. An article on ITworld outlines the arguments of the foes in the battle: the DOJ and the ACLU. If I were a betting woman, I'd put my money on the ACLU. Parents, schools, etc. have to take responsibility for the internet usage of children in their charge." Two courts have found COPA unconstitutional and the Supreme Court has upheld the ban on its enforcement, while asking a lower court to examine whether technological measures such as filtering could be as effective as the law in shielding children; thus this trial. The article does not mention that it was the DOJ's preparation for the trial that was behind its earlier request that search companies turn over their records — a request that only Google refused.
Diebold e-voting source code leaked again Also: Postini says 80 % of e-mail is spam. Read these stories and more of today's best from around the Web on Extra.
23.Oct.2006 Diebold election software disks turn up in ex-lawmaker's office Blog: The Associated Press is reporting that a few pieces of Diebold election software--yep, the stuff they really hate over at Daily...
23.Oct.2006 Amputated Arm Moved to Groin All jokes aside, a man in Spain loses his arm in a gutter mishap and doctors stitch it to his groin in order to save it. In Bodyhack.
23.Oct.2006 The Crusade Against Religion A band of intellectual brothers is mounting a crusade against the belief in God. Are they winning converts, or merely preaching to the choir? By Gary Wolf from Wired magazine.
23.Oct.2006 Tax Break for Hybrids, not Oil A change in the makeup of Congress could be bad news for oil companies and positive for makers of fuel-efficient vehicles. In Autopia.
23.Oct.2006 Gov't Defends Anti-Porn Law
Salon, Nerve and the ACLU, along with other web publishers, team up in a suit over the 1988 Child Online Protection Act. They argue it could restrict publishing legitimate material online and expose them to fines or jail time.
23.Oct.2006 Australia launches climate plans The Australian government unveils a major initiative to develop clean technology in response to climate change.
23.Oct.2006 Shanghai scandal 'implicates 50' More than 50 people have been held over Shanghai's corruption scandal, a Beijing-funded newspaper reports.
23.Oct.2006 Losses increase 30-fold at Ford Struggling US car firm Ford sees its latest losses soar dramatically, hit by the expense of cost cuts.
23.Oct.2006 UK 'broke pledges' on Afghan aid The governor of Afghanistan's southern Helmand province says the UK has broken promises on aid.
23.Oct.2006 UK 'tops energy wasters league' British people are Europe's worst energy wasters, a survey of the continent's five most populous nations claims.
23.Oct.2006 Pro-Taleban militants in tax move Pro-Taleban militants in Pakistan's North Waziristan tribal region will raise their own taxes, reports say.
23.Oct.2006 Rubber bullets at Hungary protest Police use rubber bullets and tear gas to break up protests as Hungary marks 50 years since the anti-Soviet uprising.
23.Oct.2006 Protection for Italy veil row MP Italian police protect an MP branded an infidel by an imam after she made comments about the Islamic veil.
23.Oct.2006 'No building halt' at Ground Zero Building at Ground Zero will not stop, despite recent finds of human remains at the 9/11 site, New York's mayor says.
23.Oct.2006 Olmert appoints right-wing deputy Right wing politician Avigdor Lieberman is to join Israel's ruling coalition as a deputy to PM Ehud Olmert.
23.Oct.2006 Riot warning for France suburbs The French suburb hit by riots a year ago could once again descent into violence, an intelligence report warns.
23.Oct.2006 Enron boss gets 24-year sentence Former Enron boss Jeffrey Skilling gets 24 years for his role in the giant fraud that led to the energy firm's collapse.
23.Oct.2006 Rajasthan farmers face opium ban Thousands of farmers in the Indian state of Rajasthan are banned from the legal production of opium.
23.Oct.2006 Große Blamage - Hamburgs Politiker ließen sich blenden - sfux Harald Haack ?

Wenn Konzerne ihren Willen durchsetzen wollen, so drohen sie Politikern gegenüber mit dem Verlust von Arbeitsplätzen. So ähnlich war es auch in Hamburg. Der Hamburger Senat, zuerst jener aus SPD und Grünen, dann der gegenwärtige CDU-Senat, ließ sich von Airbus mit der Zusage der Schaffung mehrerer tausend Arbeitsplätze blenden und setzte den Bau einer von dem Konzern verlangten...
Gut zu wissen: Gott führt das Pentagon - sfux Stephan Fuchs ?

Der ranghöchste Soldat der amerikanischen Streitkräfte, General Peter Pace weiss von wem sein Boss Rumsfeld inspiriert ist: Von keinem geringeren als von Gott selbst. Mit dieser Überzeugung verteidigte der Hochdotierte an einer zeremoniellen Ansprache für das Southern Command (Southcom) in Miami die Führung des Verteidigungsministers Donald Rumsfeld.
HIV kein Virus oder harmloses Virus? - sfux Dr. Alexander von Paleske ?

HIV ist ein Virus, HIV führt zu AIDS und die HIV Krankheit ist behandelbar. Das waren bisher die gesicherten Kenntnisse in der Medizin.
Fahrlässige Brandstiftung - ein kosmisch-dummer Fall der Ursachenverschleierung - sfux Harald Haack ?

Menschen wurden schon von Eisbrocken erschlagen und einige wenige sogar mit Eis erdolcht. Die Tötungen, die auf natürliche Ursachen beruhen, überwiegen angeblich. Aber jene, die auf nicht natürliche Weise geschahen, waren keine perfekten Morde, obwohl die eisigen Tatwaffen nie gefunden wurden, weil sie sich in Wasser verwandelt hatten. Kriminalisten kamen den schlauen Mördern dennoch auf die Spur; sonst wüsste man heute nicht, dass Eis als Tatwaffe verwendet wurde...
Mutiert die Bundeswehr zum faschistischen Trojaner? - sfux Michael Schulze von Glaßer ?

Viele rechtsextremistische Organisation umschwärmen die Bundeswehr, das ist bekannt, doch immer häufiger geht auch von der Bundeswehr selbst eine rechte Ideologie aus. Einige Vorfälle:
Ex CIA and Marine Intel Officer: 9/11 Was An Inside Job - Paul Joseph Watson -An important story that broke over the weekend and may
23.Oct.2006 Vote Neo-Fascist Or The Islamo-Fascists Will Kill You - Paul Joseph Watson -Are these really the stakes or does this crap just not work anymore?
23.Oct.2006 “We’re on the verge of chaos, - Nico and the current plan is not working,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said today. “Asked who in particular should be held accountable — Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, perhaps, or the generals leading the war — Graham said: ‘All of them. It’s their job to come up with a game plan’ to end the violence.”
23.Oct.2006 Bush says he uses “the Google.” - Judd  Watch it:

Bush_says_he_uses_the_Google">Digg It! Transcript:

HOST: I’m curious, have you ever googled anybody? Do you use Google?

BUSH: Occasionally. One of the things I’ve used on the Google is to pull up maps. It’s very interesting to see — I’ve forgot the name of the program — but you get the satellite, and you can — like, I kinda like to look at the ranch. It remind me of where I wanna be sometimes.
Fox News Warns Viewers Of Upcoming Socialist Revolution - Think Progress 

Today on Fox News, Neil Cavuto had a segment asking whether Democrats will “crush the economy” if they win November’s elections. One of the guests, Jonathan Hoenig, said they would, because Democrats’ “overriding philosophy is socialism.”
Bush Admits There Is No Evidence Iraqi Insurgents Are Trying To Influence U.S. Elections - Amanda 

In the past week, top Bush administration officials have been suggesting that insurgents in Iraq are increasing attacks in order to influence the U.S. midterm elections. Some highlights —

Vice President Cheney, 10/17.2006 :

I was reading something today that a writer — I don’t remember who — was speculating on increased terrorist attacks in Iraq attempting to demoralize the American people as we get up to the election. And when I read that, it made sense to me. And I interpreted this as that the terrorists are actually involved and want to involve themselves in our electoral process, which must mean they want a change.

President Bush, 10/18.2006 :

There’s certainly a stepped up level of violence + we’re heading into an election. … They are trying to not only kill American troops, but they’re trying to foment sectarian violence. They [Al Qaeda] 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.

White House Press Secretary Tony Snow, 10/19.2006 :

[I]t is possible, although we don’t have a clear pathway into the minds of terrorists, it is possible that they are trying to use violence right now as a way of influencing the elections.

But these claims are completely without any basis in reality. Yesterday on ABC This Week, President Bush admitted to host George Stephanopoulos, “I don’t have any intelligence that says that” insurgents in Iraq are trying to influence the election. Watch it: Full transcript below:

STEPHANOPOULOS: And for the first time the President acknowledged parallels to Vietnam. It came when I asked for his response to ‘New York Times” columnist Tom Friedman’s contention that we’re now seeing an Iraqi version of the Vietcong’s 1968 Tet offensive that turned American public opinion decisively against the war.

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

STEPHANOPOULOS: So they’re trying to influence the elections?

BUSH: It could be. I don’t know. I haven’t - I don’t have any intelligence that says that.
Active-duty troops speak out on Iraq. - Nico 

“For the first time since the U.S. invasion of Iraq, active-duty members of the military are asking Members of Congress to end the U.S. occupation of Iraq and bring American soldiers home,” according to a press release. “Sixty-five active-duty members have sent Appeals for Redress to Members of Congress” under the Military Whistle-blower Protection Act.
23.Oct.2006 $34,000. - Nico 

The amount conservative pundit Armstrong Williams will have to repay of the $240,000 government contract he received for promoting President Bush’s agenda. Under a settlement reached with prosecutors, Williams also “admits no wrongdoing.”
23.Oct.2006 Specter: ‘We Have To Face The Fact’ That Iraq Is A Civil War - Nico 

This weekend on CNN’s Late Edition, Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI) made the case that U.S. troops in Iraq are “being sucked slowly into a civil war with disastrous consequences.”

Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA) was asked if he agreed with Reed’s view that Iraq is in a civil war. Specter flatly said “yes” and added, “I don’t think there’s any point, Wolf, in hiding the facts. I think we have to face the facts.” Watch it:

Specter’s view mirrors that of many of Iraq’s leaders, U.S. troops in Iraq, and seven in ten Americans.

Full transcript:

SEN. JACK REED: This is a civil war. And we are being sucked slowly into a civil war with disastrous consequences.

BLITZER: Is it a civil war already, Senator Specter, as many of the critics are suggesting?


BLITZER: That’s your flat answer. So on this specific point, Senator Specter, you clearly disagree with the president and vice president.

SPECTER: Well, I think it’s a matter of semantics, but when you have the insurgents as violent as they have been + when you have the three major factions in Iraq killing each other + you have the level of violence, I don’t think there’s any point, Wolf, in hiding the facts. I think we have to face the facts.
Americans will spend 5x more on Halloween - Amanda than on the midterm elections this year. Total spending for Republicans and Democrats in this year’s midterm elections is more than $1 billion. But according to the National Retail Foundation, Americans will spend more than $4.95 billion on Halloween.
23.Oct.2006 REPORT: Bush Officials Were ‘Rooting’ For North Korea to Test Nuclear Weapon - Guest 

Senior Bush administration officials wanted North Korea to test a nuclear weapon because it would prove their point that the regime must be overthrown.

This astonishing revelation was buried in the middle of a Washington Post story published yesterday. Glenn Kessler reports from Moscow as he accompanies Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice:

Before North Korea announced it had detonated a nuclear device, some senior officials even said they were quietly rooting for a test, believing that would finally clarify the debate within the administration.

Until now, no U.S. official in any administration has ever advocated the testing of nuclear weapons by another country, even by allies such as the United Kingdom and France.

One of these officials may have been Rice herself, Kessler hints. Rice, he reports, “has come close to saying the test was a net plus for the USA.” Rice has been trying to counter the prevailing view that the test was a failure of the Bush administration’s policy.

A factual timeline of the North Korean program traces how policies of containment and engagement slowed and stopped the program, while threats of regime change increased the dangers. The two key failures were the choice to focus on overthrowing the government in Pyongyang rather than stopping the nuclear program + the invasion of Iraq which distracted U.S. attention from the real nuclear dangers and propelled both North Korea and Iran to accelerate their programs.

The revelation that some officials secretly wanted North Korea to test their nuclear weapons is evidence of how the administration’s national security policy has become completely divorced from reality. Joe Cirincione

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Abramoff gets a desk at the FBI. - Amanda 

U.S. News reports that fallen lobbyist Jack Abramoffspends up to four hours a day detailing his shady business to agents eager to nail more congressmen in the scandal. And when cooperative witnesses spend that much time inside, they get a desk.” Federal officials are also hoping to place him in a nearby prison after he is sentenced.
23.Oct.2006 Bartlett: ‘It’s Never Been A Stay The Course Strategy’ - Judd 

On CBS this morning, White House Counselor Dan Bartlett claimed that the administration has “never” had “a stay-the-course strategy.” Watch it: Digg It!

Transcripts: Video 1

STORM: So, Mr. Bartlett, staying the course is no longer the operative strategy?

BARTLETT: Well, Hannah, it’s never been a stay-the-course strategy. Strategically, we think it’s very important that we stay in Iraq and we win in Iraq. And if we were to cut and run and go and leave that country too early it would be a disaster for American policy.

But what we aren’t doing is sitting there with our heads in the sand. We’ve completely changing and making tactical changes on a week-by-week basis as we respond to the enemy’s reactions to our strategies.

Video 2

BUSH: We will stay the course, we will complete the job in Iraq. [8/4.2005 ]

SNOW: The second thing you do is you stay the course. [7/10.2006 ]

SNOW: But on the other hand, you also cannot be a President in a wartime and not realize that you’ve got to stay the course. [8/17.2006 ]

BUSH: We will stay the course. [8/30.2006 ]

BUSH: We will stay the course until the job is done, Steve. And the temptation is to try to get the President or somebody to put a timetable on the definition of getting the job done. We’re just going to stay the course. [12/15/03]

BUSH: And my message today to those in Iraq is: We’ll stay the course. [4/13.2004 ]

SNOW: People are going to want more of it + that’s why the President is determined to stay the course. April. [8/16.2006 ]

BUSH: And that’s why we’re going to stay the course in Iraq. And that’s why when we say something in Iraq, we’re going to do it. [4/16.2004 ]

BUSH: And so we’ve got tough action in Iraq. But we will stay the course. [4/5.2004 ]
23.Oct.2006 ThinkFast: October 23, 2006 - Think Progress 

Former German chancellor Gerhard Schroeder writes in a new book that Bush’s frequent references to God in their meetings before the Iraq war had made him wary. “What worried me, despite a relaxed atmosphere to our talks + to a certain degree what made me skeptical was how much it came through that this president saw himself as ‘God-fearing’ and saw that as the highest authority,” he said.

“ Majorities of Iraqi youth in Arab regions of the country believe security would improve and violence decrease if the U.S.-led forces left immediately, according to a State Department poll.”

Senators Richard Lugar (R-IN) and Arlen Specter (R-PA) called yesterday “for direct talks with North Korea aimed at easing a nuclear standoff.” Direct talks are “inevitable,” Lugar said. Specter added, “I think we ought to use every alternative, including direct bilateral talks.”

The Sudan peace agreement signed in May “is in disarray.” The “hardening conflict” is “increasingly taking place along porous borders among some of the least stable countries in Africa, threatening to ignite a wide conflagration in the heart of the continent.”

“Iceland broke a global moratorium on commercial whaling, killing an endangered fin whale for the first time since the 1980s.” Fin whales are on the International Conservation Union’s “red list” of endangered species.

A company headed by Neil Bush — President Bush’s brother — and partly owned by his parents is “benefiting from Republican connections and federal dollars targeted for economically disadvantaged students under the No Child Left Behind Act.”

“Nearly two million people in southern Afghanistan will need food aid this winter because of drought, the UN and Afghan government have warned. … The food shortage is being blamed on intensified fighting against Taliban insurgents in the troubled southern provinces and expanding cultivation of opium poppies instead of food.”

“Rep. Rodney Alexander (R-LA), already enmeshed in the ex-Rep. Mark Foley (R-Fla.) page scandal, now faces a new controversy” as a former staffer has sued Alexander’s chief of staff for “sexual advances,” “ogling and touching,” and other harassment.
23.Oct.2006 The former Iraq expert at the State Department - Faiz said that it is untenable for the the U.S. to stay the course. Wayne White, who was the head of the State Department’s Iraq intelligence section until last year, told the BBC: “The effort can’t be sustained over the long haul, and so we can’t stay a course, I think, that requires years and years more.” He added, “We’re not winning. It’s apparent.”

Wissenschaftler aus Marburg haben herausgefunden, dass der Fettschwanzmaki, ein tropischer Halbaffe, mehr als die Hälfte des Jahres verschläft URL:,1518,305772,00

DISTRICT 8 Newman, C.J. D 5,026 61.98 Musemeche, Robert W. D 3,083 38.02 Total Party Votes: 8,109 Brady, Kevin R 14,769 22.07 18,583 53.36 Fontenot, Gene R 24,204 36.16 16,244 46.64 Henderson, Don R 10,599 15.84 Thornberry, Fred D. R 9,786 14.62 Reinbeck, Betty R 4,800 7.17 New, Daniel D. R 2,772 4.14 Total Party Votes: 66,930 34,827 Total District Votes : 75,039 34,827 -----------------------------------------
TEXAS March 12th April 9th November 5th In August 1996, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, in Vera et al. v. Bush et al., redrew district boundaries, invalidated the results of the primary and runoff elections + ordered new elections in 13 congressional districts. In the districts noted, candidates participated in a special general election on November 5, 1996. Where no candidate received a majority of the votes cast, a runoff election was held on December 10, 1996, between the top two vote-getters, regardless of party.
23.Oct.2006 Ungarn: Demonstranten kapern Panzer von 1956

23.Oct.2006 Börse: Dax schließt auf höchstem Stand seit April 2001

23.Oct.2006 Regierungsplan: Börsennotierte Immobilienfonds werden abgespeckt
23.Oct.2006 Gesetzesvorhaben: Köhler stoppt Privatisierung der Flugsicherung

23.Oct.2006 Gesundheitsreform: AOK warnt vor beispielloser Beitragserhöhung
23.Oct.2006 Nasses Gestein: Regenfälle können Erdbeben auslösen

23.Oct.2006 Ungarn: Straßenschlachten in Budapest
23.Oct.2006 Effizienzstudie: Deutsche sind Europa- Meister im Energiesparen
23.Oct.2006 Feinstaub: EU- Umweltminister wollen Frist für Grenzwert verschieben
23.Oct.2006 Filmfest in Rom: Millionen für den schönen Schein

23.Oct.2006 Ausländerrecht: "Sicherheit ist das Entscheidende"
23.Oct.2006 Energieverschwendung: Briten üben Selbstgeißelung
23.Oct.2006 Weltkriegsbombe auf der A 3: Tödliche Explosion nach über 60 Jahren

23.Oct.2006 Strategie- Debatte: Protest gegen Bushs Aussitz- Taktik im Irak

23.Oct.2006 Gedenkfeier in Ungarn: Der doppelte Volksaufstand

23.Oct.2006 Polizist als "Dödel" beschimpft: Autofahrer soll drastische Strafe zahlen
23.Oct.2006 Buchhaltungsfehler: Ford muss Bilanzen neu berechnen
Star- Protest gegen Erdgas- Anlage: Letzte Hoffnung Terminator
23.Oct.2006 Schmerzen: Der Quälgeist unter den Genen
Hastert: I Don't Recall 2005 Conversation About Foley's Questionable Emails
Fall '05: Tom Reynolds (R-NY) "says he told Hastert in a conversation months ago that he had heard about some problematic e-mails. Hastert says he doesn't recall the conversation but does not dispute Reynolds' recollection"
NATIONAL JOURNAL - October 2nd, 2006
Rice: I Don't Recall CIA Alert About al-Qaeda Attack
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said she cannot recall then-CIA chief George Tenet warning her of an impending al-Qaida attack in the USA, as a new book claims he did two months before the attacks on 11.Sep.2001. Anne Gearan, AP - October 2nd,
Ex-FDA Chief Pleads Guilty Over Stock Holdings
Former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Lester Crawford (
campaign contributions) pleaded guilty on Tuesday to two charges stemming from his ownership of stock in companies the agency regulated.
Lisa Richwine, REUTERS - October 18th, 2006
Die Befunde der Darwinisten sind die neueste Munition in einem Kulturkampf, der in den USA heftiger denn je zwischen Ratio und Religion tobt. Die Anschläge vom 11. September haben die Gewichte zugunsten der christlichen Fundamentalisten verschoben.
Einer Gallup-Umfrage vom vergangenen Oktober zufolge sind 53 % aller US-Bürger sogenannte Kreationisten: Sie gehen davon aus, dass die Erde vor 6000 Jahren entstanden ist - während die Naturwissenschaft das Alter auf 4,6 Milliarden Jahre schätzt. Richard Dawkins offenbart das Ausmaß des Fehlers durch einen geografischen Vergleich: "Es ist so", feixt er, "als ob man glaubte, New York City und San Francisco seien 700 Yards entfernt."

Der Evolutionspsychologe Marc Hauser von der Harvard University hat das Moralverhalten von gläubigen und ungläubigen Menschen unterschiedlicher Kulturkreise untersucht und kommt zu dem Schluss: Alle Menschen verfügten über eine "universelle moralische Grammatik, eine Fähigkeit des Geistes, die im Laufe von Millionen Jahren" entstanden sei - durch die Evolution, ganz ohne göttliches Zutun.
Auch die Vorstellung, Seele und Körper des Menschen seien getrennte Einheiten, ist inzwischen durch Erkenntnisse der Neurobiologie überholt. Gedanken entstehen aus Molekülen, Proteinen, Enzymen. "Wir Menschen mögen eine Seele haben", sagt Philosoph Dennett, "aber sie besteht aus vielen kleinen Robotern."
Doch warum haben so gut wie alle Menschenvölker Religionen? Den nun aufbegehrenden Atheisten zufolge ist die Hinwendung zum Übernatürlichen ein Nebenprodukt der Evolution. Der Philosoph Daniel Dennett, 64, von der Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts, vermutet: Unsere Gehirne seien durch die Evolution so gestrickt, dass religiöse Storys sich unter Menschen ausbreiten wie erfolgreiche biologische Arten.
Gerade die Gehirne von Kindern seien für religiöse Inhalte besonders empfänglich, glaubt Dawkins: Sprösslinge, die ihren Eltern brav gehorchen, haben demnach einen Vorteil in der natürlichen Auslese. Folglich seien Kleinkinder von Natur aus darauf programmiert, elterliche Anweisungen nicht weiter zu hinterfragen. Dawkins schreibt: "Das Kind kann nicht wissen, dass 'Paddel nicht im krokodilverseuchten Limpopo-Fluss' ein guter Ratschlag ist, dass aber 'Du musst eine Ziege bei Vollmond opfern, da sonst der Regen ausbleibt' bestenfalls eine Verschwendung von Zeit und Ziegen ist." Die Empfänger des widersinnigen Ratschlags gäben diesen später an die eigenen Kinder weiter.
Die Folge dieser Unsinnslawine: Die mit religiösem Gedankengut infizierten Menschen sind mit rationalen Argumenten kaum mehr zu erreichen und kennen keine Selbstzweifel mehr. "Die Vermessenheit tiefreligiöser Menschen", urteilt Philosoph Dennett, "ist die gefährlichste Sache in der heutigen Welt."
Den Präsidenten George W. Bush und den Terrorchef Osama Bin Laden stecken die Atheisten Dennett und Dawkins in eine Schublade: beide auf der Seite des Glaubens und der Gewalt; beide gegen die Seite der Vernunft und des Diskurses.

Im Volk indes stieß Harris mit seinem Erstlingswerk auf großes Interesse. "The End of Faith" ("Das Ende des Glaubens") hat bisher 270.000 Exemplare in den USA verkauft und läuft auch als Taschenbuch glänzend. Im soeben erschienenen Nachfolgebuch, das ebenfalls in den US-Bestsellerlisten geführt wird, stichelt Harris weiter**. Organisierte Religionen vergleicht er mit Vergewaltigungen. Wenn es in seiner Macht läge, die Welt von einem dieser zwei Dinge zu befreien, erklärt Harris, dann "zögerte ich nicht, die Religion abzuschaffen".
Als Beispiele lassen sich junge Muslime anführen, die Flugzeuge in Hochhäuser fliegen. Oder amerikanische Christen, die Abtreibungskliniken in die Luft jagen. Aus Harris' Sicht waren da mitnichten Extremisten am Werk, die ihre Religion nur falsch verstanden haben. Ganz im Gegenteil: Sie hätten sich nur an den Wortlaut ihrer jeweiligen heiligen Schriften gehalten. Denn diese seien nun einmal Anthologien von Gewalt, Racheakten und Dekreten, denen zufolge Ungläubige sterben müssen.
Nur einen Tag nach den Anschlägen vom 11. September 2001 machte sich Sam Harris, ein Doktorand der Neurowissenschaft an der University of California in Los Angeles, daran, ein ketzerisches Buch zu schreiben: Die großen Weltregionen seien miteinander schlichtweg nicht zu vereinen, sie würden unweigerlich Konflikte schüren und "das Aufkommen einer brauchbaren Welt-Zivilisation verhindern".
Grauenhaft seien die Zustände in seiner Heimat, befand Harris; es sei schlichtweg tabu, den Glauben eines Mitbürgers zu kritisieren - mit fatalen Folgen: Menschen, die sonst eigentlich normal seien, könnten "die Früchte des Wahnsinns ernten und diese als heilig betrachten".

Mit Gottes Beistand hat Bush sein Land nicht nur in einen verlorenen Krieg gegen den Irak geführt. Auch der in der Welt aufblühende Anti-Amerikanismus ist zu einem Gutteil darauf zurückzuführen, dass viele die Unbelehrbarkeit des nach eigener Einschätzung "wiedergeborenen Christen" nicht mehr verknusen können.
Zuerst tost Gelächter durch das Gotteshaus, dann klatschen die 600 Zuhörer in die Hände. Das Spektakel, das vergangenen Donnerstag in der First Parish Church im amerikanischen Cambridge stattfand, war das Gegenteil eines Gottesdienstes: Hier predigte einer, der den Leuten den Glauben austreiben will.
Richard Dawkins ist ein glühender Anhänger der Evolutionstheorie. In zahlreichen Büchern hat er sie einem Millionenpublikum erklärt. Jetzt, im Alter von 65, legt der Professor sein Vermächtnis vor: "The God Delusion" heißt das Werk - die Wahnvorstellung von Gott*.
Mit der Beflissenheit eines Naturwissenschaftlers legt Dawkins dar, warum es "fast sicher keinen Gott geben kann" + fordert eine Abkehr vom Glauben: "Sie können ein Atheist sein, der glücklich, ausgeglichen, sittlich und geistig ausgefüllt ist."


In dem Christenstaat USA bilden Atheisten inzwischen eine geächtete Minderheit. Doch nun wehren sich Evolutionsbiologen und wollen den Menschen den Glauben austreiben. Ihre These: Religionen sind das eigentliche Übel unserer Zeit.

Richard Dawkins, Zoologe von der Oxford University, tritt vor den Altar, genießt den Blick auf die vollbesetzten Kirchenbänke und sagt in feinstem Englisch: "Der Gott aus dem Alten Testament ist ein frauenfeindlicher, homophober, rassistischer, völkermordender, sadomasochistischer, unberechenbar bösartiger Tyrann."
Timothy Rigas
Adelphia executive; convicted of corporate fraud $24,500    Republican
$3,850    Democrat
$33,000    special interest
total:   $61,350    


“Ladies and gentlemen, you’ve been working very hard + your task is not over,” he said.

The Rigases and Mulcahey were charged with hiding $2.3 billion in debt at the cable company, deceiving investors and stealing company cash to line their own pockets.

The verdict marked another success in Manhattan for federal prosecutors, who won convictions against Martha Stewart in March and former star technology banker Frank Quattrone in May.

The elder Rigas founded the company 00.000.1952 in tiny Coudersport, Pa. + turned it into one of the nation’s largest cable firms.

While most of the alleged fraud took its form in hidden debt, the trial was also notable for examples of the eye-popping personal luxury that has marked other white-collar trials.
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Adelphia Communications Corporation, named after the
Greek word "brothers", was the sixth largest cable company in the USA before filing bankruptcy 00.000.2002 due to internal corruption.

Adelphia was founded 00.000.1952 within the town of Coudersport, Pennsylvania.

The headquarters for the company was moved to Greenwood Village, Colorado shortly after filing for bankruptcy.
Adelphia was officially acquired by
Time Warner Cable and Comcast on July 31, 2006.
Adelphia officers trial

The founders of Adelphia were charged with securities violations but despite five officers indicted only two (John Rigas + Timothy Rigas) were found guilty [2]; the others were acquitted of some or all the charges [3].

Rigas founded Adelphia with a $300 license 00.000.1952, took the company public 00.000.1986 and built it up by acquiring other systems in the 1990s.

The company collapsed into bankruptcy 00.000.2002 after it disclosed $2.3 billion in off-balance-sheet debt. Federal prosecutors said the Rigases used complicated cash-management systems to spread money around to various family-owned entities and as a cover for stealing $100 million for themselves. A second Rigas son, Michael, former executive vice president for operations, was acquitted of conspiracy and wire fraud 00.000.2005.

However, jurors were deadlocked on certain counts + Michael Rigas is scheduled for a second trial. Former Adelphia assistant treasurer Michael Mulcahey was acquitted of all charges.
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