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08.Nov.2006 Rumsfeld to step down  U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, the face of U.S. war policy and a lightning rod for critics worldwide, will step down, a U.S. defense official said on Wednesday.
08.Nov.2006 'Spy lab' decodes disappearing ink  A U.S. historian and chemist have teamed up to crack an old mystery: the formula the East German secret police used to make invisible ink.
08.Nov.2006 Bloodbath in Gaza: Hamas Urges Attacks Against America: Hamas' exiled leader, Khaled Mashaal, says a 2005 truce with Israel is finished + appealed to all Palestinian factions to resume attacks:

"There must be a roaring reaction so that we avenge all those victims."

Israeli tank shells ripped through a residential neighborhood in the northern Gaza Strip early Wednesday,

killing at least 18 members of an extended family, including eight children as they slept

08.Nov.2006 Survivors tell harrowing tales of Israeli barrage : Scorched fragments of clothes, a girl's slipper and body parts lay strewn in pools of blood in front of a row of houses that was riddled by what witnesses said was an Israeli artillery strike today while Palestinian residents slept.

08.Nov.2006 Gaza media: It's Palestine's Qana massacre: "We pulled out bodies, all women and children, dismembered, without heads or hands," says Khaled Abu Saada, a Palestinian ambulance driver who evacuated the wounded to hospitals

08.Nov.2006 International Red Cross 'appalled' by deaths in Gaza: The international Red Cross said it was "appalled" that 18 people — mostly women and children — had been killed during Israeli military operations Wednesday in the northern Gaza Strip.

08.Nov.2006 Study: 57 unarmed Palestinian minors killed by IDF since June : A third of unarmed Palestinians killed during IDF operations in the Gaza Strip since the abduction of Gilad Shalit have been minors, according to a new report prepared by Physicians for Human Rights, to be published Wednesday.

08.Nov.2006 Ortega wins Nicaraguan presidency: With 91% of the ballot counted, Mr Ortega had 38% of the votes compared with 29% for his rival Eduardo Montealegre.

Under Nicaraguan law, the winner of Sunday's election must have 35% of the vote and a lead of 5 percentage points to avoid a runoff vote.

08.Nov.2006 Superbug brought back by Iraq war casualties :: He said the exact source of the infection had not been identified but US casualties returning to America had also been found to be carrying the superbug.
08.Nov.2006 Bush: Donald Rumsfeld Stepping Down: President Bush announced Rumsfeld's departure and Gates' nomination at an afternoon news conference.

Administration officials notified congressional officials in advance.

08.Nov.2006 UK's Iraq policy 'a rank disaster' : British policy in Iraq has been a "rank disaster", a former diplomat told MPs on Wednesday as he pledged to reveal secret evidence about the war.
08.Nov.2006 Voting in the absence of Choice-By Charles Sullivan
The corporate financing of political campaigns is, in fact, a capital investment in the status quo that benefits the wealthy and marginalizes those with neither wealth nor property. That explains why substantive change is rarely accomplished through the vote in America. It also explains the remarkable consistency and homogeneity of governmental policy through the decades; domestic and foreign, regardless of which party is in power.

08.Nov.2006 Tom Harkin from the Archives: "I also have doubts and questions about Mr. Gates' role in the secret intelligence sharing operation with Iraq. Robert Gates served as assistant to the Director of the CIA....In that capacity he helped develop options in dealing with the Iran-Iraq war, which eventually involved into a secret intelligence liaison relationship with Saddam Hussein's Iraq. Gates was in charge of the directorate that prepared the intelligence information that was passed on to Iraq."
09.Nov.2006 Bush says Rumsfeld Stepping Down, Recommends Robert Gates, former head of the CIA, for Sec. of Defense. "Gates was close to many figures who played significant roles in the Iran/contra affair and was in a position to have known of their activities." It's the same old song, just a different name. Didn't Bush praise Rumsfeld and promise to keep him on just a week ago?
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Jon Tester beats Republican Sen. Conrad Burns in Montana. James Webb has claimed victory in Virginia. The Dems need to claim control of the Senate and set up a transition team now. Let the Republicans play the thieves, the losermen.
Webb is Assembling a Transition Team to Become the 51st Democratic Senator 11/9

08.Nov.2006 Tester and Webb Have won Their Races by Way More - However Slim the Margin - Than Bush Allegedly "Won" Florida in 2000.

The Republicans Should Concede Defeat as Bush Demanded of Gore and Get Out of the Way. The Voters Have Elected a Democratic Senate. The GOP Shouldn't Act Like a Loserman. (Check Out the Final Senate Votes Here.) The Dems Should Announce a Transition Team to Plan for Dem Control of the Senate.

09.Nov.2006 Hastert Will Step Down; The Speaker bows out of the Republican leadership after Democrats take his power. The contest to succeed him will help define the Republican Party in a new era of divided government. The BuzzFlash Mailbag -- Uncensored and Unvarnished Truth from BuzzFlash Readers.

08.Nov.2006 Democrats captured 27 Republican-controlled seats + no Democratic incumbent had lost thus far.

"Today the American people voted for change and they voted for Democrats to take their country in a new direction + that is exactly what we intend to do," said Speaker Pelosi
Robert Gates "was close to many figures who played significant roles in the Iran/contra affair and was in a position to have known of their activities." Kos: Bush's penchant for bringing out the most corrupt of retreads of past Republican administrations continues. 11/9

08.Nov.2006 Comment and Vote on the Top News Stories! Submit Them too! This is a democracy, right?
08.Nov.2006 But wouldn't you have loved to be a fly on Bush's wall last night when we took the House? And don't you know these guys are starting to really sweat? Pelosi has mentioned the subpoena word already + so those battles begin. But between a decidedly unfriendly Congress, the Libby trial, all those ongoing investigations into Abramoff and Cunningham and Halliburton, the Plame lawsuit + Iraqi bloodshed, you gotta know these guys are starting to lean psychotic in their attempts to maintain their imperial delusions.
08.Nov.2006 The position everyone should be taking now is to emphasize that Democrats are pursuing this essential issue of election reform precisely because it is the foundation of our democracy, and EVERY CITIZEN - DEMOCRATIC AND REPUBLICAN - STANDS TO BENEFIT FROM REFORM OF OUR ELECTION PROCESS . Rahm Emanuel coined what should be our rallying cry from here on out: "The American people should never lose their zeal for reform." The good news is that now we have the attention of Republicans on this issue, including the MD governor.
08.Nov.2006 US- Kongress: Wähler verdonnern Bush zur Zwangsehe

08.Nov.2006 Deutsche Bahn: Schienennetz wird Eigentum des Bundes
08.Nov.2006 Hastert will step down. - Nico  “House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) will not seek reelection to the Republican leadership when his members return as a minority party after taking heavy losses in Tuesday’s elections, a Republican official tells TIME.”
08.Nov.2006 VIDEO: Bush Admits He Lied About Rumsfeld For Political Purposes - Think Progress 

Last week, President Bush unequivocally told a group of reporters that Defense Secretary Rumsfeld and Vice President Cheney would “remain with him until the end of his presidency, extending a job guarantee to two of the most-vilified members of his administration.” Bush said, “Both those men are doing fantastic jobs and I strongly support them.”

Today, he announced Rumsfeld is resigning and being replaced by former CIA Director Robert Gates. At the press conference, Bush said that “the only way to answer that question + get it on to another question, was to give you [the reporters] that answer.” Bush admitted that he had talked to Rumsfeld about resigning and was actively searching for his replacement at the time. Watch it:

Bush_Admits_He_Lied_About_Rumsfeld_For_Political_Purposes">Digg It!


REPORTER: Last week you told us Secretary Rumsfeld would be staying on. Why is the timing right now + how much does it have to do with the election results?

BUSH: You and Hunt and Keil came into the Oval Office and asked me to question one week before the campaign. Basically, are you going to do something about Rumsfeld and the Vice President? The reason why is I did not want to make a major decision in the final days of the campaign. The only way to answer that question + get it on to another question, was to give you that answer. The truth of the matter is as well, that is one reason I gave the answer. The other reason why is I had not had a chance to visit with Bob Gates yet. I had not had my final conversation with Don Rumsfeld yet at that point. I had been talking with Don Rumsfeld over a period of time about fresh perspectives. He likes to call it fresh eyes.
President Bush announces Rumsfeld’s resignation. - Think Progress  Watch it:
BREAKING: Rumsfeld Will Step Down - Think Progress 

The Associated Press reports that President Bush has accepted Donald Rumsfeld’s resignation.

Flashback to one week ago:

President Bush said Wednesday he wants Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and Vice President Dick Cheney to remain with him until the end of his presidency, extending a job guarantee to two of the most-vilified members of his administration.

Both those men are doing fantastic jobs and I strongly support them,” Bush said in an interview with The Associated Press and others.

UPDATE: AP reports that Rumsfeld’s replacement will be Robert Gates, a former CIA Director (1991-93) and National Security Council official. He is currently the President of Texas A&M University.

UPDATE II: Robert Gates is a member of the Iraq Study Group, the bipartisan panel co-chaired by James Baker III and Lee Hamilton to develop a new strategy for Iraq. In Feb. 2005, Gates turned down an offer to serve as the Director of National Intelligence, the position now held by John Negroponte.

UPDATE III: Rumsfeld made no mention of resignation during meetings today. AP (published before the resignation announcement):

Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, a key target of Iraq war critics, gave no indication Wednesday that he planned to step down in the wake of Democratic midterm election gains, his chief spokesman said.

Eric Ruff, the Pentagon press secretary, said he participated in meetings with Rumsfeld on Wednesday morning and heard no talk of changing war strategies or of Rumsfeld leaving his post. Digg It!
08.Nov.2006 Kristol: Donald Rumsfeld Will Resign - Think Progress 

This morning on Fox News, Weekly Standard editor William Kristol predicted that because of yesterday’s election results, Donald Rumsfeld will now submit his resignation and President Bush will accept it:

Q: Your feelings — will he get rid of Rumsfeld now?

KRISTOL: I think Secretary Rumsfeld will offer his resignation. I think he almost has to as a courtesy to President Bush, and I think President Bush will accept it, because the war is more important than one man.

And the truth is, to win this war — and I have been a critic of Rumsfeld for a while, so some people can discount this — to win this war, it will be helpful to have a new secretaryy — no one man is indispensable, you know + it will be helpful to have a new Secretary of Defense to give a new face to the war, to make the case to the American people, to work with Congress.

Rumsfeld has very bad relations with the Democrats in the House and in the Senate, who are going to control the Armed Services Committees in those bodies. It would just be — I think, for the sake of the war, I think Rumsfeld will step aside.
Tester (D) declares victory in Montana. - Nico 

Democratic challenger Jon Tester declared victory Wednesday morning over Republican incumbent U.S. Conrad Burns. Following the resolution of a software issue in Butte, which proved there was not a large number of unaccounted for votes as was feared, Tester’s camp declared victory.”

UPDATE: AP projects Democrat John Tester the winner in the Montana Senate race.
Progressive Victories Lead To A Night Of Firsts - Nico 

Progressive candidates won decisively across the country yesterday + with their victories came some historic firsts for the U.S. government. A round-up:

Nancy Pelosi will be the first woman to serve as Speaker of the House of Representatives and the third highest official after president and vice-president. [Link]

Pelosi will also be the first Italian-American elected as House Speaker.

For the first time, three African-Americans — Charlie Rangel (D-NY), John Conyers (D-MI) + Bennie Thompson (D-MS) — will serve simultaneously as House committee chairmen. [Link]

Keith Ellison (D-MN), elected to the House yesterday, will become the first Muslim to serve in Congress. [Link]

With Claire McCaskill’s (D) Senate victory in Missouri, a record number of women (15) will now serve in the U.S. Senate. [Link]

Governor-elect Deval Patrick (D-MA) became the first black governor elected in Massachussetts and the second African-American elected governor in the nation. [Link]
08.Nov.2006 The White House claims - Think Progress 

President Bush will make a “significant announcement” at his press conference today at 1 PM ET.
November 8, 2006 — Election Edition - Think Progress 

A “ broad charm offensive by White House officials is unlikely ,” Time magazine’s Mike Allen reports. “They’re not in the mood for it, and they don’t think it would work,” said one close adviser.

Democratic victories yesterday in the House and Senate appear likely to boost efforts to strengthen U.S. global warming policy ,” E&E writes. In the House, Rep. John Dingell (D-MI) “is poised to direct climate and air pollution policy as chairman of the powerful Energy and Commerce Committee.” He is expected to hold a series of hearings on global warming specifically, as well as direct oversight of U.S. EPA’s most controversial air emission regulations.

The campaigns of Gov. Bob Ehrlich (R-MD) and U.S. Senate candidate Michael Steele (R-MD) chartered at least six buses to carry mostly poor, black homeless men “from as far as Philadelphia to hand out inaccurate voter guides in Baltimore and Prince George’s County yesterday” as part of an effort to woo black voters. Ehrlich defended the practice, saying: “If folks are here from out of town, that’s fine with me.”

60 percent . Number of voters who said the war in Iraq has “hurt the long-term security of the United States.” More than half said they supported the withdrawal of some U.S. troops from Iraq.

In a number of states, including California, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas and Utah, voters reported that electronic voting machines were not working properly . Among the errors were voting machines not turning on, failing to scan the ballots + software that failed to function properly.”

And finally: “Drunken pirate” James Hill didn’t make his opponents “walk the plank,” but he did manage to plunder almost 2,000 votes in Iowa’s 1st congressional district race. Hill ran as an independent under the “Pirate Partymantle.
08.Nov.2006 November 8, 2006 - Think Progress 

[ThinkProgress’ election news round-up will be posted shortly.]

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in two cases today on the legality of the federal ban on “partial-birth” abortions . The court is deciding whether a 2003 law outlawing the procedure is unconstitutional because it lacks an exception for the pregnant woman’s health.

At least 60 Iraqis were killed or found dead on Wednesday.

In what critics call another sign of waning American influence in Central and Latin America , an ‘all-out’ effort by the United States to convince Nicaraguans not to elect former Sandinista president Daniel Ortega to a second term has apparently failed.”

New York City plans to “make it easier for transgender New Yorkers to switch the sex listed on their birth certificate even without undergoing sex-change surgery, putting the city at the forefront of efforts to redefine gender .”

The quietest hurricane year in a decade officially ends in three weeks, but meteorologists and disaster managers on the Gulf and Florida coasts agree that the season is already over.” ?We “dodged a bullet this year,”? said meteorologist Gerry Bell of the National Weather Service’s Climate Prediction Center. “?If there was ever a time that we needed a break, we got one.” ?

Sudan has tightened restrictions on aid workers and journalists traveling to Darfur + analysts say the aim is to conceal renewed hostilities between rebels and the army.

The Federal Communications Commission has ruled that “ profanities can be used in news interviews but not on awards shows or in fictional shows.” Chairman Kevin Martin: “Hollywood continues to argue they should be able to say the F-word on television whenever they want. The commission again disagrees.”

The “debate among senior U.S. military officials” over whether to support the International Criminal Court “seems to be shifting away from staunch opposition, and a fresh assessment of the court seems to be underway.”
08.Nov.2006 Rumsfeld replaced after poll loss US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is to resign as the Republicans lose control of the House of Representatives + Senate power hangs on a tight race in one state.
08.Nov.2006 Sight restored to blind mice Cell transplants successfully restore vision to mice, leading to hopes people could benefit in the same way.
08.Nov.2006 Nepalese rebels end violence Nepal's top Maoist leader declares an end to violence after 10 years of armed insurgency.
08.Nov.2006 Naples arrests in Mafia crackdown Italian police arrest 30 people in Naples as part of a crackdown on the Mafia following a surge in violence.
08.Nov.2006 China-Egypt nuclear deal China says it has reached an agreement with Egypt to co-operate on the peaceful use of nuclear energy.
08.Nov.2006 Mixed reaction to Karzai's offer Afghan President Hamid Karzai's offer to hold talks with insurgent leaders receives a mixed response.
08.Nov.2006 Blogosphere sees healthy growth 100,000 new blogs are started each day and the number of blogs responding to political issues is also on the rise.
08.Nov.2006 Let Post-Election Debugging Begin E-voting gaffes prove plentiful on Election Day + both political parties find some reason to complain. Maybe now we can start reforming the system. Commentary by Jennifer Granick.
08.Nov.2006 EULA La Vista, Baby What's in an end-user license agreement? In the case of Windows Vista, a lot of creepy clauses that will freeze your blood. Commentary by Lore Sjöberg.
08.Nov.2006 Fighting AIDS With AIDS HIV is a difficult virus to target with drugs. But researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have a plan to manufacture an anti-AIDS guided missile out of a hacked AIDS virus. In Bodyhack.
08.Nov.2006 HP promises to cut back on greenhouse gases Joint effort with World Wildlife Fund calls for the tech giant to make a significant reduction in carbon dioxide emissions.
08.Nov.2006 Rumsfeld Stepping Down - ScuttleMonkey 85 macinrack that Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, architect of the unpopular war in Iraq, intends to resign after six stormy years at the Pentagon. Officials said Robert Gates, former head of the CIA, would replace Rumsfeld.
DARPA Starts Ultimate Language Translation Project - CmdrTaco 91 "Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has launched the ultimate speech translation engine project that would be capable of real-time interpretation of television and radio programs as well as printed or online textual information in order to be summarized, abstracted + presented to human analysts emphasizing points of particular interest." If combined with the tower of babel project we discussed earlier, it could only lead to awesomeness.
Democrats Take House, Senate Undecided - CmdrTaco 751

Every news publication on earth is saying mostly the same thing. The Democrats have taken the house picking up a sizable number of seats. But the Senate remains a tossup with a few undecided seats holding the balance. Concerns of voter fraud have been heard from around the nation as well.
Wave-Powered Desalination - kdawson 147 dptalia writes,

"Scientists think they've found a way to harness the energy of waves to desalinate salt water. Currently desalination is an energy-intensive process, but this new design harnesses the renewable energy of waves to produce fresh water. Many countries depend on desalinated water to support their populations, and this invention could lower the cost of water generation." Production versions of the "desalination ducks" would be about 10 meters in diameter and 20 meters long. Each would supply water for more than 20,000 people.
An Indian On the Moon By 2020 - kdawson 235 turgid writes,

"The Hindustan Times reports that the Indian Space Research Organization plans to land an Indian on the Moon by 2020. First, experiments will be conducted to launch, orbit + recover a capsule. Plans are to launch an Indian into space in 2014. Manned orbital missions will be launched, initially for a day, but eventually lasting a week or more. Expeditions to the Moon are expected to last 15 days to a month." The article doesn't estimate the cost of such a program. The US Apollo program cost about $135 billion (in 2006 dollars), according to Wikipedia.

Washington - Es war eine Minute nach 19.00 Uhr MEZ als George W. Bush ganz in schwarz gekleidet mit dunkelroter Krawatte in Washington vor die Presse trat. Er gratulierte den Demokraten zu ihrem Sieg bei den Kongresswahlen. Der Präsident kündigte an, mit dem politischen Konkurrenten gut zusammenarbeiten zu wollen. Er gratulierte Nancy Pelosi, der Fraktionsvorsitzenden der Demokraten und ersten Präsidentin des Repräsentantenhauses in der Geschichte der USA. AP

Rumsfeld: Rücktritt nach schwerer Niederlage der Republikaner bei Kongresswahlen Nach sechs Minuten dann die Sensation: Bush kündigte den Rücktritt seines Verteidigungsministers Donald Rumsfeld an. Nach einer Reihe "nachdenklicher Gespräche" sei man dazu gekommen, dass es eine neue Führung im Pentagon geben müsse. "Rumsfeld war ein herausragender Führer, ein Patriot, der dem Land mit Ehre gedient hat", lobte Bush den Pentagon-Chef.
USA: Pentagon- Chef Rumsfeld tritt zurück

08.Nov.2006 Stromausfall: Ermittler vermuten menschliches Versagen
08.Nov.2006 Blutbad im Gaza- Streifen: "Nach diesem Massaker mag niemand an Frieden denken"
08.Nov.2006 Telefonüberwachung: Netter abgehört
Wahlen in den USA: Demokraten gewinnen auch Montana
Mit Bernard Sanders aus Vermont, 65 Jahre alt, in kleinsten Verhältnissen aufgewachsener Sohn eines polnischen Immigranten und Farbenverkäufers aus Brooklyn, nimmt so etwas wie das linke Gewissen Amerikas auf den blauen Lederbänken des Oberhauses im Washingtoner Kapitol Platz. Sanders, in den frühen Siebzigern Mitbegründer der linksradikalen "Liberty Union Party" und in den Achtzigern Bürgermeister der "Volksrepublik Burlington", deklassierte mit Zweidrittelmehrheit gestern seinen republikanischen Gegenkandidaten, einen Software-Unternehmer und Millionär.

Als Irak-Kriegsgegner der ersten Stunde und wortmächtiger Kritiker der Bush-Regierung, die er "die reaktionärste, unfähigste und korrupteste Führung in der amerikanischen Geschichte" nennt, hatte Sanders bei dieser Wahl deutlichen Rückenwind - auch in Vermont, das prozentual die höchste Zahl an Gefallenen aller US-Bundesstaaten zu beklagen hat, war Irak das große Thema.

Der Eisberg A-43 habe genau die richtige Stelle im südlichen Ozean getroffen, um mit der Strömung so weit zu kommen und dabei nicht zu schmelzen. "Dann musste er weit genug nach Norden treiben, damit er nicht wieder nach Süden schwimmt, was mit den meisten Eisbergen geschieht", so Williams.

Mit der globalen Erwärmung müsse das aber nicht unbedingt zusammenhängen. Große Eisberge lösen sich alle 50 bis 60 Jahre von der Antarktis, sagte Williams. "Ich glaube nicht, dass man sagen kann, gerade dieser Eisberg habe etwas mit dem Klimawandel zu tun."
Palästinenser- Krise: "Die Reaktion der Hamas war zu erwarten"

08.Nov.2006 Orion- Nebel: Die Glut im Schwert des Jägers
08.Nov.2006 Wall Street nach der Wahl: Anleger nehmen Gewinne mit

08.Nov.2006 US- Sozialist Sanders: Roter Stern überm Kapitol

08.Nov.2006 Biometrischer Reisepass: Weniger sicher als erhofft
08.Nov.2006 Energie- Studie: China erzeugt 2010 mehr Kohlendioxid als USA
08.Nov.2006 Gaza- Streifen: Israel löscht Großfamilie aus - Hamas erklärt Waffenruhe für beendet
08.Nov.2006 Streit über Zypern: EU droht Türkei mit Stopp der Beitrittsverhandlungen

08.Nov.2006 Wahlen in den USA: Senat droht wochenlange Hängepartie

08.Nov.2006 Energiekonzern: E.on rutscht in Verlustzone
08.Nov.2006 Biomechanik: Was Nas- Hörner spitz macht
Rechtsextremismus: In der Mitte angekommen

08.Nov.2006 Neue Demokraten- Generation: Revolution ohne Revoluzzer
08.Nov.2006 Interview mit Karsten Voigt: "Hoffe auf Abbau von Vorurteilen gegen Amerika"
08.Nov.2006 Republikaner- Debakel: McCain rechnet mit Bush ab

08.Nov.2006 Raumfahrt: Russland und China planen Weltraumteleskop
08.Nov.2006 US- Wahl: Triumph für die Demokraten, erbitterte Schlacht um Virginia

08.Nov.2006 Fotostrecke: Demokraten feiern Sieg über Bush

08.Nov.2006 Gefährliche Brocken: Eisberge treiben auf Neuseeland zu
08.Nov.2006 Nature 'can help people keep fit' Getting in touch with nature can help keep people fit, saving the NHS millions, conservation experts say.
08.Nov.2006 Police contact Brown on honours Chancellor Gordon Brown has been contacted by police probing cash-for-honours claims, Labour sources say.
08.Nov.2006 Pinch Us! Wake Us Up From this Dream! CNN Predicts the Democrats Have Already Picked Up the 15 House Seats Necessary to Assume Control of Congress!
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Congratulations, Speaker Pelosi! 11/8

08.Nov.2006 How Sweet It is! Bye, Bye, Rick "Man on Dog" Santorum. You are Toast My Friend. Casey Declared the Winner!
CNN Key House Election Results 11/8

08.Nov.2006 CNN Senate Vote Counts. Check Here for Latest Figures. As of 1 AM EST, Dems have a slim chance of pulling off a Montana, Missouri, Virginia Triple Hat and Taking the Senate. But the Virginia race is ending up so close, either side will probably demand a recount if they lose. As for Missouri and Montana, check back. We're taking a break. As We Sign Off for Awhile, the Dems are Ahead in all Three States. But it's Hard to Tell What Votes are Still Out in Montana and Missouri. CNN is Constantly Updating the Vote Count, So Check Back Anytime. Just Remember to Refresh Your Browser. 11/8

08.Nov.2006 Kevin Tillman, Brother of Pat Tillman, is the Winner of This Week's BuzzFlash Wings of Justice Award
Poised to become the first female speaker of the House, House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi Tuesday night celebrated her party's return to power in Congress after 12 years. 11/8
Dems Regain Majority of Governorships 11/8

08.Nov.2006 South Dakota voters have rejected a state law banning almost all abortions. 11/8
08.Nov.2006 Now that we have majorities in Congress, we need investigations into vote fraud. More than that. We need prison sentences.
Alas, here we have a problem. The Dems will offer anything to Joe Lieberman to assure his stay in their camp. And Holy Joe will probably want to run the Senate Ethics Committee.
08.Nov.2006 Nahost: Hamas ruft erstmals seit eineinhalb Jahren zu Anschlägen in Israel auf
Archäologen in Israels Wüste: "Das schweißt uns zusammen"

08.Nov.2006 US- Wahlnächte: Klassiker Hängepartie
08.Nov.2006 Republikaner nach der Wahl: George W. Who?
08.Nov.2006 Energie: Experte befürchtet weitere Stromausfälle

08.Nov.2006 Elektronische Stimmabgabe: Wenn das Chaos zur Normalität wird

Und es fehle schlicht der Nachweis, dass die evolutionär vorteilhafte D-Form vom Neandertaler in den Homo sapiens eingebracht wurde. "Dazu muss man sich die genaue Sequenz des Gens anschauen." Und man müsste genau diese Sequenz auch beim Neandertaler nachweisen.

Nur, so weit ist die Wissenschaft noch nicht. Ein Forschungsprojekt zur Entschlüsselung des Neandertaler- Genoms hat gerade erst begonnen. Erst in fünf bis zehn Jahren werde das Erbgut sequenziert sein, sagte Ralf Schmitz vom Rheinischen Landesmuseum in Bonn, der an dem Projekt ebenso beteiligt ist wie das renommierte Max-Planck-Institut für evolutionäre Anthropologie in Leipzig. "Wir sichten gerade das Material", so der Urgeschichtler.

Das Team um Bruce Lahn selbst stützt seine These einfach auf die Erbsubstanz von 89 heute lebenden Menschen. Beim Neandertaler scheint die besonders zuträgliche D-Form des Gens Microcephalin noch gar nicht nachgewiesen zu sein.

Experten zweifeln Sex-Szenario an
Virginia is for lawyers.’ - Judd  – Fox’s Shep Smith, 11/08/06, 1:32 AM
Karl breaks the news. - Nico 

From WH spokesperson Emily Lawrimore: ‘Karl has informed the president that they’ve lost the majority in the House. He’s obviously disappointed, but he’s eager to work with Congress on his priorities and issues important to Americans.’ The president called NRCC chair Tom Reynolds tonight, but that was his only call. He’s not talked to Hastert or Pelosi. He’ll make those calls in the a.m.”
08.Nov.2006 BREAKING: - Admin  NBC projects Democrats take control of House.
Election Day Edition - Think Progress  Running Election Day news and commentary from ThinkProgress:

1:34 AM ET: “MO SEN: Bill Kristol, on McCaskill’s new lead in MO: ‘It’s hard to believe that that lead’s not going to increase. I believe now that Missouri is going to go Democratic. … If you had to bet right now, you’d have to bet on a Democratic Senate’ (FNC).”

1:33 AM ET: California’s clean energy initiative was defeated.

12:38 AM ET: Races to watch — TN-Sen CNN projects Corker (R) over Ford Jr. (D).

12:06 AM ET: Races to watch — MT-Sen Jon Tester (D) leading Sen. Conrad Burns 56%-44% in early returns.

11:52 PM ET: Race to watch — VA-Sen CNN: Webb (D) takes lead over Allen (R).

11:50 PM ET: The end of Speaker Hastert — coming soon. National Review:

Hastert Seems to Be Conceding [Ramesh Ponnuru]
Scratch that–just preparing to concede later.

11:45 PM ET: Race to watch — AZ-5 “Rep. J.D. Hayworth (R-AZ) appears headed for defeat. He’s trailing ex-Tempe Mayor Harry Mitchell (D) 52-45% with 79% of precincts reporting.”

11:44 PM ET: “CNN projects that a proposed law in South Dakota to ban nearly all abortions will be defeated.”

11:36 PM ET: NYT reports: “Eliot Spitzer, the reform-minded state attorney general who crusaded against Wall Street corruption, was elected governor of New York tonight in a historic Democratic sweep of statewide offices.”

11:34 PM ET: Race to watch — NY-20 Rep. John Sweeney (R) has lost re-election.

11:31 PM ET: “MSNBC changes House prediction to 234 Dems and 201 GOPers (adding yet another seat for the Dems).”

11:28 PM ET: “This is shaping up as the Year of the Woman. Nancy Pelosi is poised to become the first female Speaker of the House and a record number of women will be in the U.S. Senate.”

11:26 PM ET: South Dakota’s extreme abortion ban headed for defeat.

11:22 PM ET: “Almost overlooked in the focus on Congress was the election of Deval Patrick (D) as governor of Massachusetts — only the second African-American to be elected as a governor in the nation’s history.”

11:19 PM ET: Race to watch — TN-Sen Bob Corker (R) maintains a slight lead over Harold Ford (D). Hotline notes:

While East TN GOP strongholds Hamilton (Chattanooga) and Knox Co have largely reported, Dem bulwarks Davidson (Nashville) and Shelby (Memphis) have still reported less than 50% of their precincts. Hamilton is Corker’s base (he was Mayor of Chattanooga) and Shelby is home to Ford, as well as the the biggest trove of black votes in the state.

11:16 PM ET: Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) has been reelected in California.

11:13 PM ET: Race to watch — AZ-Sen NBC News projects that Arizona Republican Jon Kyl will be re-elected to his U.S. Senate seat.

11:09 PM ET: “Ken Mehlman, speaking in third person about the war in Iraq: ‘The chairman is not out there saying I understand the nuance of policy’ (MSNBC).”

11:07 PM ET: Michael Steele (R) goes down fighting in the Maryland Senate race. “Steele spokesman Doug Heye tells NRO: ‘The Steele campaign is not conceding. Every vote must be counted.’”

11:01 PM ET: “CNN and MSNBC call NC 11 for Heath Shuler (D) over Rep. Charles Taylor (R).”

10:58 PM ET: The Missouri stem cell ballot initiative is trailing 47% to 53%.

10:55 PM ET: Tim Mahoney (D-FL) has won Mark Foley’s former district.

10:45 PM ET: Race to watch — TX-22 Nick Lampson (D) is leading Sheila Sekula-Gibbs (R) in the ex-Rep. Tom DeLay’s former district.

10:42 PM ET: Minnesota voters elected Keith Ellison, a black Democrat, as the first Muslim in Congress on Tuesday.

10:39 PM ET: “With about 10 percent of the vote in, Tom Reynolds, the chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, holds an eight-point edge over Democrat Jack Davis in the 26th District, where the results figure to say something about the locals’ response to Reynolds’ role in the Mark Foley affair.”

10:38 PM ET: Another minimum wage ballot initiative passes in Nevada.

10:35 PM ET: Race to watch — MO-Sen Sen. Jim Talent (R) currently has a 12% lead over Claire McCaskill (D). Results here.

10:30 PM ET: Fox News has called that Zack Space (D) has won in OH 18, the district formally occupied by ex-Rep. Bob Ney (R). Also, Reps. Don Sherwood (R-PA) and Curt Weldon (R-PA) have lost re-election.

10:27 PM ET: Current balance of power: Democrats 3 seats away from controlling Senate, need 7 to take House.

10:22 PM ET: “Rep. Curt Weldon (R-PA), who saw the homes of friends and family raided in October + Rep. Don Sherwood (R-PA), whose affair became public when his ex-mistress filed a lawsuit alleging abuse,” are both trailing their Democratic opponents in early returns.

10:18 PM ET: Race to watch — FL-16 Tim Mahoney (D) has pulled ahead of Joe Negron (R) in Mark Foley’s former district.

10:13 PM ET: CBS’s Bob Schieffer: “We knew this was going to be a bad night for the Republicans, but it may turn out to be their worst nightmare.”

10:11 PM ET: South Carolina, Tennessee + Virginia have all approved gay marriage bans.

10:08 PM ET: Race to watch — CT-5 Chris Murphy (D) has defeated Rep. Nancy Johnson (R).

10:05 PM ET: Race to watch — NH-2 “ has learned that Republican U.S. Rep. Charles Bass is preparing to call Paul Hodes and congratulate the Democrat on his victory.”

10:01 PM ET: FNC’s Baier reports the senior White House staff “just ordered chicken tenders,” anticipating a long night.

9:57 PM ET: NBC News projects that Republican (and President Bush-dodger) Charlie Crist will be elected Florida governor, taking the place of fellow Republican Jeb Bush.

9:50 PM ET: CNN has predicted that ballot measures to raise the minimum wage have passed in Missouri and Ohio.

9:45 PM ET: RNC Chair Ken Mehlman says “the mood is goodinside the White House.

9:42 PM ET: National Review’s K-Lo gives her Santorum eulogy: “Shame on Pennsylvania.What a depressingly bad choice.”

9:41 PM ET: NBC News projects that Baltimore Mayor Martin O’Malley, a Democrat, will win the Maryland governorship - unseating Republican incumbent Robert Ehrlich.

9:39 PM ET: Race to watch — RI-Sen CNN projects Democratic win in Rhode Island, beating incumbent Lincoln Chafee, giving the Democrats three of the six pickups they need to take control of the Senate.

9:23 PM ET: Race to watch — IN-2 CNN projects Joseph Donnelly (D) defeats the incumbent Chris Chocola (R).

9:19 PM ET: Race to watch — MD-Sen CNN has called Maryland’s Senate race for Cardin (D) over Steele (R).

9:12 PM ET: CBS News and CNN have called Connecticut’s Senate race for Joe Lieberman (I).

9:01 PM ET: NBC projects Democrat Senate wins: Stabenow, Mich.; Klobuchar, Minn.

8:56 PM ET: With 66% precincts reporting, Sen. Allen (R) moves ahead of Webb (D) 50.35% to 48.44% in Virginia.

8:53 PM ET: Race to watch — CT-SEN Results here. Lieberman and Lamont dead even.

8:27 PM ET: CBS News has called New Jersey’s Senate race for Sen. Bob Menendez (D) over Tom Kean Jr. (R).

8:24 PM ET: CBS News has called Ohio’s Senate race for Rep. Sherrod Brown (D) over Sen. Mike DeWine (R).

8:21 PM ET: ABC News has called Pennsylvania’s Senate race for Bob Casey Jr. (D) over Rick Santorum (R).

8:17 PM ET: AP: “It could be a sign of a long night for the GOP if Democrats knock off Reps. John Hostettler, Chris Chocola and Mike Sodrel in Indiana and Ron Lewis, Anne Northup and Geoff Davis in Kentucky.”

8:11 PM ET: Race to watch — FL-16 Negron (R) currently leading Mahoney (D) 49.2% v. 48.2% in Mark Foley’s former district. Results here.

8:07 PM ET: Katherine Harris (R) has lost her intrepid bid for Florida’s Senate seat. Sen. Nelson (D) retains.

8:05 PM ET: Kennedy (D-Mass.), Lott (R-Miss.), Snow (R-Maine) re-elected to Senate, Fox News reports.

8:03 PM ET: Race to watch — VA-Sen Results are here. With 27% precincts reporting, Webb (D) at 49.54% and Sen. Allen (R) at 49.23%.

7:59 PM ET: Fox News calls Ellsworth (D) over Rep. Hostettler (R) in IN-2.

7:56 PM ET: Race to watch — IN-8 Ellsworth (D) currently leading incumbent Rep. Hostettler (R) 64%-36% with 26% precincts reporting.

7:52 PM ET: Race to watch — IN-2 Donnely (D) currently leading incumbent Rep. Chocola (R) 59%-41% with 26% precincts reporting.

7:40 PM ET: “CNN projects Democratic wins for incumbent West Virginia Senator Robert Byrd and Ted Strickland in the Ohio gubernatorial race.” Also, a ballot measure banning gay marriage has passed in Virginia.

7:36 PM ET: Criminally indicted ex-Rep. Tom DeLay to 110th Congress: “Make my day.

7:29 PM ET: “Voters got an extra hour to vote in four precincts in South Carolina’s 5th Congressional District on Tuesday because of glitches with the electronic voting machines, a judge ruled.”

7:22 PM ET: Jim Webb (D-VA) picked up 56 percent of women, according to CNN exit polls. Apparently George Allen’s sexist charge fell flat among the target audience.

7:18 PM ET: US News reports, “Fifty-seven percent of late deciders, the Fox exit polls show, are breaking for the Democrats, and 39 percent for Republicans. This is a very important harbinger.”

7:09 PM ET: Roll Call reports, “In automated and live calls, Democrats allege, Latinos have been told that their ethnicity makes them ineligible to vote in today’s elections. The calls also threatened that Latinos would be arrested at polling places if they did attempt to vote, party sources said.”

7:06 PM ET: CNN predicts Senate victories for Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Richard Lugar (R-IN).

7:04 PM ET: Associated Press exit polls find that “most white evangelicals said corruption was very important to their vote,” and that 1/3 of white evangelicals voted for Democrats.

6:59 PM ET: A federal judge has ordered 16 Ohio precincts to remain open late because of long lines and other voting delays, according to CNN’s Lou Dobbs.
08.Nov.2006 Santorum concedes. - Judd  Watch it: - Who will tell us where the WMD are now?
08.Nov.2006 DeLay To 110th Congress: ‘Make My Day’ - Think Progress 

Moments ago on MSNBC, Chris Matthews asked former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-TX) about what he would do to “stop” the 110th Congress from investigating the misdeeds of the 109th Congress and the administration. “My only answer to that,” DeLay replied, “is make my day.”

Watch it: Digg It! Transcript:

MATTHEWS: How do you prevent people like Charlie Rangel, the Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee if the Democrats win, from getting his way? Henry Waxman would love to go after the energy business down there in the oil patch down where you live. People like, oh who else, Conyers might get even more aggressive and go after impeachment. I can think of a lot of guys. Let’s think Dave Obey on Appropriations might like to get a little feisty. How do you stop a majority and make it into what you call a lame duck majority?

DELAY: You’re exactly right, Chris, as to what they’re going to do. And my only answer to that is make my day –

MATTHEWS: I was just teasing you Congressman. I don’t believe they’re going to do it, but I know you do.

DELAY: Make my day.
Early CNN Senate Exit Polls - Think Progress  ThinkProgress has obtained CNN’s early Senate exit polls. Early exit polls are highly unreliable, but information needs to be free.
$250,000. - Nico  The reward MoveOn is offering for material evidence leading to a felony conviction for an organized effort of partisan voter suppression or electronic voting fraud.
08.Nov.2006 BREAKING: Exit Polls Show Corruption As Most Important National Issue - Think Progress 

CNN just released the first exit polls, showing that national issues matter more than local issues to voters this year, with the issue of corruption leading:

Additionally, 57 percent of the voters polled disapprove of the way the Iraq war is being run.

UPDATE: “”The reporting on the importance of national issues is off - again. It’s not correct to say that Iraq is less important than corruption or terrorism to people’s vote — it’s solely a function of question wording. The items listed on television are rated individually as “How important is this issue to you” and not against one another or as a motivator for voting.” — John Halpin
08.Nov.2006 ThinkProgress’s live election coverage tonight. - Payson  In addition to blogging at ThinkProgress all evening, some other places to tune in:

6 - 7 PM ET: Payson Schwin will lead an hour of The Young Turks with host Cenk Uygur. Jennifer Palmieri and Brian Katulis, both from the Center for American Progress, will join them to discuss the issues facing voters this Election Day. Listen here.

7 PM - 1 AM ET: Tune in to CNN for E-lection blogger coverage with Judd Legum and Nico Pitney.

8 - 11 PM ET: Amanda Terkel will blog at BBC’s Pods and Blogs and give commentary on Radio Five Live. Listen here.
08.Nov.2006 AUDIO: Laura Ingraham Tells Listeners To Jam Voter Protection Hotline - Think Progress 

As FireDogLake has been reporting, right-wing radio host Laura Ingraham today urged her listeners to obstruct efforts to protect voting rights by jamming a free voter protection hotline.

After playing a recording of DNC Chairman Howard Dean promoting the line to voters, Ingraham suggested her listeners call en masse:

Tell me if you think I’m crazy. This is what I’m thinking. I think we all need to call 1 888 DEM VOTE all at the same time. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO INGRAHAM

The DNC has released audio recordings of some of the prank calls to the hotline. Listen to one call HERE. Digg It!

Full transcript:

DEAN (recorded): We have a hotline — 1 888 DEM VOTE — anybody can call that. If they feel like there are voting irregularities, we’ll send some folks over to the polling place in a matter of minutes.

(Phone ringing) OPERATOR: Leave a message with your question or press pound to be transferred at no extra charge to your local election protection team or the state Democratic Party. (Dialing) Your call cannot be completed at this time. Please try your call again later.

INGRAHAM: Wait a second! So — (Laughter) you call 1 888 DEM VOTE — otherwise ‘Dim Bulb Vote’ or ‘Dumb Vote’ — and all you do is get tranferred to muzak, then they cut you off. This is what I’m thinking. Tell me if you think I’m crazy. This is what I’m thinking. I think we all need to call 1 888 DEM VOTE all at the same time. And, by the way, when you call, when you call the number — and remember, it’s ‘Dem Vote’ not ‘Dumb Vote’ — when you call the number, as we did + we got transferred, transferred, then we just got hung up upon. You know, we’re supposed to have these election teams within a matter of minutes, they’re supposed to be coming to the polls. Can you imagine what those people look like? Halloween all over again. So if you have trouble with the poll, you’re supposed to call, via 1 888 ‘Dumb Vote,’ and this is what you get.

OPERATOR: Thank you for calling 1 888 DEM VOTE. To continue in English, press 1. Para continuar in Espanol, oprima el dos.

INGRAHAM: Oh + if you’re Saddam Hussein, no problem. Vote absentee, in Maryland or Ohio.
Voter disenfranchisement in Georgia. - Amanda  A polling place sign in Henry County, GA:

Only problem? Georgia voters don’t need to show ID. In September, a state court struck down Georgia’s voter ID law and as People for the American Way notes, “most voters do not need to show an ID of any kind.” (HT: PFAW)
08.Nov.2006 ROUND-UP: 2006 Election Predictions - Think Progress 

This weekend, President Bush said, “Oh, you’ve probably heard them in Washington — all the pundits and prognosticators have already determined the outcome of the election.”

For those who didn’t hear the prognosticators, we’ve compiled a list of 2006 election predictions. Predictions are listed from most favorable to Republicans at the top to most favorable to Democrats at the bottom:

Mark Noonan, Blogs for Bush

I’ve been talking big about how well we’re going to do and my faith, shaken from time to time, never failed. Now it is to be put to the acid test - we shall know within 24 hours of this writing if I’ve been whistling past the graveyard, or have been realistic in my predictions.

I’m standing by my words: the GOP gains seats in both Houses. [11/7.2006 ]

Karl Rove, White House adviser

I’m looking at all of these [races] and adding them up. I add up to a Republican Senate and Republican House. You may end up with a different math but you are entitled to your math and I’m entitled to the math. [10/24.2006 ]

Michael Novak, National Review

The Left is going to lose - big - because they have nothing noble, nothing beautiful, nothing real, nothing true, with which to lead. They are the merchants of illusion. And a significant majority of Americans, although not all, see through them. In a democratic election, however, it only takes a small majority to win. And the upcoming election of 2006 is not likely to be all that close. The Democrats piqued too soon. Just watch. [6/15.2006 ]

Kathryn Jean Lopez, National Review

I’m putting my money on Republicans miraculously (not totally deservingly, but it’s not about deserving it) keeping the House and the Senate, painfully narrowly . [11/7.2006 ]

Barron’s magazine

Our analysis — based on a race-by-race examination of campaign-finance data — suggests that the GOP will hang on to both chambers , at least nominally. We expect the Republican majority in the House to fall by eight seats, to 224 of the chamber’s 435. At the very worst, our analysis suggests, the party’s loss could be as large as 14 seats, leaving a one-seat majority. [10/23.2006 ]

Vice President Dick Cheney

I think we’re going to do reasonably well. And I think we’ll hold the Senate + I also think we got a good shot at holding the House . [10/17.2006 ]

Jonah Goldberg, National Review

House: Dems +17 (whatever that math means).

Senate: R 53 - D 47 .

Steele wins, Corker wins, Webb-Allen won’t be decided until recounts are finished, at which point Allen wins very narrowly. Chafee comes very close. [11/7.2006 ]

Robert Novak, columnist

In the final Evans-Novak report about the upcoming election, Democrats will gain 19 House seats, two Senate seats + almost half a dozen governorships in what is predicted to be the possible end of Republican Congressional control. [11/6.2006 ]

Donna Brazile, Democratic Strategist

[Democrats win] 23 seats [in the House]. I haven’t gotten to 25 yet. But I predict that Democrats will come close to picking up the Senate at well - 29 gubernatorial seats. Right now a solid five [seats in the Senate]. I’m working on that sixth one. [11/5.2006 ]

George Will, columnist

I think [Democrats] will get maybe a tie in the Senate [five seats] which means Mr. Cheney will spend a lot of time in the chair breaking ties. And I would expect the Democrats to have a majority of about 10 seats which has been the average majority in the House for the Republicans for the last six elections. [11/5.2006 ]

Fred Barnes, Weekly Standard

Senate: 51 (R), 49 (D)

House: 210 (R), 225 (D)

Dark Horse: Conrad Burns holds on in Montana. [11/03.2006 ]

George Stephanopoulos, ABC News

Democrats pick up 25 seats in the House, fall just shy in the Senate, picking up five. [11/5.2006 ]

Cook Political Report

Going into Election Day, we see a 20-35 seat gain for Democrats in the House, a four to six seat gain for Democrats in the Senate and a six to eight seat gain for Democrats in the governor’s races. [11/6.2006 ]

Stu Rothenberg, political analyst

Rothenberg Political Report projection: Democratic gain of 30-36 seats.
Rothenberg Political Report projection: Democratic gains of 4-7 seats. [
11/6.2006 ]

Larry J. Sabato, U.Va. Center for Politics

THE HOUSE: +29 Dems = 232D, 203R

THE SENATE: +6 Dems = 51D, 49R [11/6.2006 ]

Joe Trippi, Democratic Strategist

I think the House is going to be really big — at the upper end of some of the numbers. It could easily be 35 seats won by the Democrats. The Senate is the one that’s tough to predict because it really could go either way. I could see anything from Democrats only gaining four or five seats to gaining eight seats. That’s possible, but my guess is that Democrats are going to come up a seat or two short in the Senate. [11/6.2006 ]

William Kristol, Weekly Standard

Senate: 48 (R), 52 (D)

House: 192 (R), 243 (D)

Dark Horse: Anti-immigration stance backfires with Republican meltdown in Arizona and Colorado. [11/03.2006 ]
08.Nov.2006 Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX) agrees - Amanda  that non-Christians are going “straight to hell with a nonstop ticket.” Perry said it’s in his “faith, that’s what it says + I’m a believer of that.”
08.Nov.2006 Burns Campaign Attacks Newspaper For Publishing Poll That Showed Burns Losing - Amanda 

A new USA Today/Gallup poll shows that Democratic challenger Jon Tester appears to hold a slight lead over Republican Sen. Conrad Burns — 50 to 41 percent — in the Montana Senate race.

Burns’s spokesman Jason Klindt immediately dismissed the poll as “inaccurate.” He then lashed out at reporters at the Great Falls Tribune because they published the poll, telling them he was revoking their credentials to attend Burns’s election night event:

Running a bogus poll on the day before an election to try and suppress Republican voter turnout is irresponsible and in poor taste.

While Klindt eventually restored the paper’s credentials — “so as not to punish the readers” — his outlash was misplaced. There is no evidence that the Great Falls Tribune was attempting to “suppress Republican voter turnout.” The only evidence Klindt offered for characterizing the poll as “bogus” was that the numbers “just don’t smell right.”

The results of the USA Today/Gallup poll are similar to other recent poll results. According to, Burns has not beaten Tester in a poll since April.
08.Nov.2006 FBI Investigating Voter Intimidation In Virginia - Judd 

The head of the Virginia Board of Elections, Jean Jensen, tells MSNBC that “the FBI is now investigating allegations of voter intimidation and voter suppression.” State officials have documented “dozens of phone calls that were made to heavily Democratic precincts in which the people who were receiving the calls were either given incorrect information about polling sites [or] misdirected about election laws.” Watch it: - Listen to one of misleading phone messages being left for Virginia voters here. Digg It!


O’DONNELL: We begin this hour in Virginia where the hotly contested Senate race between Sen. George Allen and Democratic challenger Jim Webb now has a new wrinkle. The FBI is reportedly looking into possible voter intimidation in that state. Hardball’s David Shuster is in Richmond has the very latest. David, what can you tell us about this FBI investigation? What are the democrats alleging that the Republicans are doing?

SHUSTER: Well, let’s start with the Secretary of State as far as the Board of Elections is concerned. Jean Jensen who runs the board of elections confirms that the FBI is now investigating allegations of voter intimidation and voter suppression. State officials yesterday, after getting information initially from Democrats, said that they were able to document dozens of phone calls that were made to heavily Democratic precincts in which the people who were receiving the calls were either given incorrect information about polling sites, misdirected about election laws. And so the FBI has now interviewed state officials and state officials say the investigation continues. The Democrats, particularly the Webb campaign, they have issued a written statement saying that Republicans are behind an orchestrated effort to suppress and intimidate Democratic voters. Republicans say they don’t know anything about the investigation. A Republican official says that the GOP and the Allen campaign are focused on mobilizing voters and have not discouraged anyone from going to the polls. But as if investigation continues, slors, this is just the latest chapter in what has been a very, very nasty senate campaign here in Virginia.
Rep. Jean Schmidt (R-OH) has trouble voting. - Judd  The ballot scanners are broken. Watch it: - Officials say the uncounted votes “will be scanned later.”
19. - Judd  Number of U.S. troops killed in Iraq in November.
08.Nov.2006 November 7, 2006 - Think Progress 

[ Watch John Podesta’s take on the elections on MSNBC at 10:08 AM ]

Today is Election Day. Find your polling place HERE. Get election protection information and report any problems voting HERE or call 1-866-OUR VOTE.

The Washington Post reports on the “ heavy volume of automated political phone calls ” that has “infuriated countless voters and triggered sharp complaints.” Conservative groups have “crafted the messages to delude voters — especially those who hang up quickly — into thinking that Democrats placed the calls.”

News Corp. chief Rupert Murdoch yesterday called the 2,832 U.S. troop deaths in Iraq “minutefrom a historical perspective.

A UN-sponsored audit of Halliburton subsidiary KBR found the company “charged the Iraqi government as much as $25,000 per month for each of as many as 1,800 fuel trucks that were to deliver gasoline to Iraq after the 2003 invasion, but the trucks often spent days or weeks sitting idle on the border.”

At the U.N. treaty conference on climate change, chief U.S. climate negotiator Harlan Watson defended the Bush administration’s stand against compulsory caps on global-warming emissions and said the policy is unlikely to change. Watson claimed the U.S. is doing better at voluntarily restraining the growth of such gases than some countries that are committed to reductions under the Kyoto Protocol.

Missouri’s chief elections official said Monday she was asked three times to show photo ID at the voting booth , despite a court ruling striking down the requirement. When the official tried to explain that ID was not necessary, “the election worker replied that she was instructed to ask for one anyway.”

Iraq’s Interior Ministry has charged 57 employees, including high-ranking officers, with human rights crimes for their roles in the torture of hundreds of detainees .”

Extra secrecy measures are being taken to plug the leak of exit poll data to “ravenous political bloggers.” This year, media executives figure the secret will keep for less than half an hour. “Based on past experience, I expect that I’ll have exit-poll data soon after it’s released from multiple sources,” Taegan Goddard of Political Wire said. Hotline OnCall’s editors have vowed not to post any exiting-polling data.
08.Nov.2006 Pentagon 9/11 Video Being Held Back by FBI - Paul Joseph Watson -Government says it needs "more time" before releasing a video that shows nothing
08.Nov.2006 Voting Expert: Widespread Election Fraud Again - Paul Joseph Watson -Harris tells Alex Jones Show she has acquired software for big three companies, stories of mass voter
08.Nov.2006 GOP Spins Exit Polls Ahead Of Vote Fraud - Paul Joseph Watson  Pre-empting dirty tricks allegations, Republicans debunk historically accurate forecasts
08.Nov.2006 Democrats seize control of House The Democrats are on track to win the US House of Representatives in mid-term polls, but the Senate race remains neck-and-neck.
08.Nov.2006 Ortega wins Nicaraguan election Nicaragua's ex-Marxist leader, Daniel Ortega, returns to power winning the presidential race with 38% of the vote.
08.Nov.2006 About these results Where do the results come from? What is an exit poll? And other election questions answered.
08.Nov.2006 MEPs probe Poland rendition claim MEPs go to Poland to investigate claims that terror suspects were transported and detained there secretly.
08.Nov.2006 Emirates 'to debut mobile calls' Emirates is set to become the first airline to allow mobile phone calls in flight in a deal with Aeromobile.
08.Nov.2006 Concern over chemicals brain risk Chemicals may be causing a pandemic of brain disorders because of a lack of regulation, researchers say.
08.Nov.2006 Stern vision 'needs new targets' New targets for carbon emissions are needed for the Stern Review's conclusions to become reality.
08.Nov.2006 Schwarzenegger als Gouverneur wiedergewählt Netzeitung - Arnold Schwarzenegger hat die Gouverneurswahl in Kalifornien gewonnen. Er siegte über seinen demokratischen Herausforderer Phil Angelides. Arnold Schwarzenegger wird für weitere Amtszeit in Kalifornien regieren. ...
Schwarzenegger bleibt Gouverneur in Kalifornien Rheinische Post Arnold Schwarzenegger darf noch einmal Die Welt eBund - N24 - 20minuten -

08.Nov.2006 Klimagipfel uneins über Termin für Kyoto-Folgeregelung Reuters Deutschland - Nairobi (Reuters) - Auf der UN-Klimakonferenz in Nairobi sind Meinungsverschiedenheiten über den Beginn der Verhandlungen für eine Nachfolge des Kyoto-Protokolls deutlich geworden. Während Vertreter Europas ...
Energieagentur warnt vor Engpässen Die Welt Welt steuert auf Energiekrise zu Handelsblatt taz - Tages-Anzeiger Online - Frankfurter Rundschau

08.Nov.2006 Demokraten auf der Siegerstraße Stern - Bei den Kongresswahlen in den USA haben die oppositionellen Demokraten nach zwölf Jahren die Mehrheit im Abgeordnetenhaus zurückgewonnen. Auch im Senat nahmen sie der republikanischen Partei von Präsident George W. Bush wichtige Sitze ab. ...
Wahlsplitter aus der Nacht der Entscheidung Demokraten gewinnen wichtige Senatssitze Berliner Morgenpost Tages-Anzeiger Online - -

08.Nov.2006 Demokraten gewinnen Mehrheit im US-Repräsentantenhaus OÖNachrichten -

WASHINGTON. Die Republikaner von US-Präsident George W. Bush haben bei den Kongresswahlen ihre Mehrheit im Repräsentantenhaus eingebüßt. Das Weiße Haus hat den Sieg der oppositionellen Demokraten anerkannt. ...
Demokraten gewinnen das Repräsentantenhaus Deutsche Welle Die lange Nacht der Demokraten NZZ Online

08.Nov.2006 'Meltdown 2006': Voting problems across US  Raw Story's got it. posted by Prof. Hex
08.Nov.2006 Dilip Hiro: Keeping the oil pumping: Washington and Tehran are preparing for a fight to see whether Iran can block the Straits of Hormuz, source of a quarter of the world's oil.

08.Nov.2006 Israel will not strike Iran nuclear plants: US official : "Israel will not target Iran's nuclear facilities because it has said this is a problem of the entire world," the official told AFP. "Israel understands that the only way to defuse the nuclear crisis is through diplomatic channels."

08.Nov.2006 Muslim officer sacked from guarding Blair : An experienced Muslim firearms officer has begun race and religious discrimination proceedings against the Metropolitan Police after he was removed from a close-protection unit guarding senior dignitaries, including Tony Blair.

08.Nov.2006 George Monbiot: Britain is determined to protect its right to kill civilians at random: The British and US governments will today join forces in Geneva to block an international ban on cluster bombs

08.Nov.2006 In case you missed it: The Secret Wars Of The CIA: : How 6 million People Were killed in CIA secret wars: John Stockwell, former CIA Station Chief in Angola.  He is a very compelling speaker and the highest level CIA officer to testify to the Congress about his actions. He estimates that over 6 million people have died in CIA covert actions + this was in the late 1980's.

08.Nov.2006 CHAOS: Problems worsen, Dems seek voting extension: On a day already rife with computer glitches, long lines, and legal appeals to extend voting in Denver, provisional ballots are now running out at some Denver voting centers.

08.Nov.2006 Long Lines, Voting Machine Problems Reported Across State: James W. Marquart of Cleveland said he left an elementary school polling place without voting because election workers told him his name wasn't on the rolls even though he had with him a postcard from the elections board showing that's where they told him to vote

08.Nov.2006 Virginia Voters Report Getting Suspicious Calls: The FBI is looking into allegations from Jim Webb's campaign that Virginia Democrats are getting suspicious telephone calls from so-called volunteers threatening voters with arrest if they go to the polls

08.Nov.2006 Sheila Samples : Give Us The Word: : Never in its 230-year history has America been in such peril. It is up to us to keep George Bush from further ransacking of this great nation. We must not wake up the day after the elections and realize -- too late -- that we failed to vote when "Democracy" was the single most important issue on the ballot.

08.Nov.2006 Cheney Says Unlikely He Would Comply with Congress Subpoena : US Vice President Dick Cheney said he would likely refuse to testify before Congress if he is faced with a subpoena from the opposition Democratic party.

08.Nov.2006 EU to investigate secret CIA jails in Poland : A delegation of the European Council will arrive in Warsaw on Tuesday to start a three-day probe into alleged secret CIA prisons in Poland, the Polish Press Agency reported.

08.Nov.2006 Swift justice, then Swift booted : Navy attorney is ousted after victory for Gitmo inmate

08.Nov.2006 Need a laugh? U.S.: 'American Taliban' soldier deserves records 'privacy' : A government lawyer told a judge yesterday that American-born Taliban soldier John Walker Lindh deserves privacy for his written arguments aimed at shortening his 20-year federal prison sentence.

08.Nov.2006 Analysts outraged over U.S. adjustments of employment data: 'Massive revisions' make report 'nonsense'

08.Nov.2006 Dollar poised for a dip: We believe we have just seen the beginning of a more pronounced slowdown that will likely push us into recession. The reason we are more negative than many economists is that high levels of consumer debt make the economy much more interest-rate-sensitive than in past economic cycles.

08.Nov.2006 U.S. loses business travelers to Europe: The United States is losing substantial numbers of business travelers to Europe because of the stringent security measures it imposes on international visitors, according to a report by a tourism industry group that was released Monday
08.Nov.2006 Red Cross Descries Shooting of Medics: The International Red Cross Committee condemned Friday s shooting of two Palestinian Red Crescent Moon medics during an Israeli military operation against the Gaza strip.

08.Nov.2006 Hundreds of Ethiopians protest in Jerusalem / Blood demo becomes anti-racism rally : Hundreds of Israelis of Ethiopian descent demonstrated yesterday in Jerusalem against what they said was blatant discrimination against their community by the state.

08.Nov.2006 Something's rotten in Israel : Latest drop in global corruption index yet another warning sign
08.Nov.2006 Saddam will be hanged 'by end-January ': Saddam’s execution will probably take place in a closed room inside an Iraqi prison, most likely in Baghdad in the presence of Iraqi government officials and private citizens, whose families suffered under the dictator’s reign

08.Nov.2006 Two TV stations closed for showing Iraqis protesting against death sentence for Saddam: Reporters Without Borders today condemned the Iraqi government’s decision yesterday to close down two privately-owned TV stations for “inciting violence and murder” by screening footage of protests against former President Saddam Hussein’s death sentence.

08.Nov.2006 Gwynne Dyer: Why Hussein ultimately wins + dies a martyr: He is the victim of a state-sponsored lynching + so, for many people, he will die a martyr.

08.Nov.2006 Move to reinstate Saddam supporters : Iraq's Shia-dominated government has announced a major concession for the Sunni Muslim backers of Saddam Hussein, a day after the former president was sentenced to hang.

08.Nov.2006 New audit hunts Iraq's lost millions: A new audit examining 15 contracts signed in Iraq has found new evidence of massive corruption and mismanagement by the US government.

08.Nov.2006 Hundreds of US Soldiers Call for Iraq Withdrawal in Petition : Hundreds of US soldiers have signed a petition calling for a troop withdrawal from Iraq and the document is to be formally presented to Congress in January, organizers said.

08.Nov.2006 Failed' American envoy to leave Iraq : Zalmay Khalilzad, the US envoy in Baghdad who tried to conciliate the Sunni people, is to leave his post in the next few months said a senior member of the US administration.

08.Nov.2006 Rats jump ship: U-turns the neocon way : David Frum, Mr Bush's "axis of evil" speechwriter, reportedly believes failure in Iraq is inescapable and the president is to blame. Other well-known neocons also have critical things to say about administration competence.

08.Nov.2006 It's clear. The case for war was cooked up : The vast majority of Labour MPs failed Parliament when they didn't back a fresh inquiry into Blair's manipulation of the case for the invasion of Iraq
08.Nov.2006 Here's how the 2006 mid-term election was stolen. -Note the past tense. And I'm not kidding.-By Greg Palast
And shoot me for saying this, but it won't be stolen by jerking with the touch-screen machines (though they'll do their nasty part). While progressives panic over the viral spread of suspect computer black boxes, the Karl Rove-bots have been tunneling into the vote vaults through entirely different means.

08.Nov.2006 Bush Has Gone Unchecked For Too Long: -By Keith Olbermann
Having frightened us, having bullied us, having lied to us, having ignored and rewritten the Constitution under our noses, having stayed the course, having denied you’ve stayed the course, having belittled us about "timelines" but instead extolled "benchmarks," you’ve now resorted, sir, to this?
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08.Nov.2006 Sandinista! How Will Bush Make Nicaragua Pay for its Disobedience? -By Chris Floyd -There's no doubt that one way or another, the Nicaraguan people are about to learn that in the Bush Imperium, democracy is never free; if you vote the "wrong" way, you've got to pay the price. Continue
08.Nov.2006 Pinch Us! Wake Us Up From this Dream! CNN Predicts the Democrats Have Already Picked Up the 15 House Seats Necessary to Assume Control of Congress!
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Congratulations, Speaker Pelosi! 11/8

08.Nov.2006 How Sweet It is! Bye, Bye, Rick "Man on Dog" Santorum. You are Toast My Friend. Casey Declared the Winner!
CNN Key House Election Results 11/8

08.Nov.2006 CNN Senate Vote Counts 11/8
South Dakota voters have rejected a state law banning almost all abortions. 11/8
Dems Lose in Battle Over Tennessee Seat 11/8

08.Nov.2006 Robert Scheer: How convenient for Saddam Hussein to be convicted two days before the midterm election by a U.S.-elected and -directed court, providing President Bush with his much needed November surprise. How irresponsible for the mass media to neglect to point out that the ?crimes against humanity? for which Hussein was convicted occurred 15 months before Donald Rumsfeld, then the special envoy to Iraq, met with Hussein in Baghdad to develop an alliance between the administration of Ronald Reagan and that of the murderous Iraqi dictator. 11/8

08.Nov.2006 Latest Senate and Governors' Races as Called by the Associated Press 11/8
08.Nov.2006 Vote notes; midnightish dr. elsewhere here
DEMS OWN THE HOUSE!! 234 to 201. We picked up almost 50 seats! [Color me brain-dead; 30; we picked up 30 seats.]

08.Nov.2006 At least we have the House now. Speaker Pelosi!!Permalink
08.Nov.2006 Clint Curtis Curtis seems to have lost his race with the vile Feeney. But there have been many irregularities in the race. Permalink
08.Nov.2006 The Catholic vote I just received the following from, which has never contacted me before. I don't know if these numbers are fully reliable, but they remain highly interesting.
*** EXIT POLL UPDATE *** 9:30 pm
A preliminary analysis of National Election Poll data by Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good shows a startling 47-point shift among Ohio Catholic voters from 2000, when these seats were last up for election, to 2006. Pennsylvania and Virginia also show dramatic shifts in Catholic vote to Democrats. The Iraq War and corruption, issues related to a concern for the common good, are being identified as the most important moral issues.
Ohio numbers mirror the beginning of a national trend among Catholic voters.
OH - 47 points
PA – 22 points
VA - 15 points I always felt that Dems would be smart to drive a wedge between the Catholic voters and the evangelicals -- most of whom believe, in their hearts, that the Pope is going to Hell.

08.Nov.2006 UPDATE: I didn't mean to imply that there isn't vote fraud elsewhere. Here's a brief list (from Voters Unite) of states in which D-to-R vote flips have been noted: AK: Jacksonville - ES&S iVotronic
AR: county not given - ES&S iVotronic
FL: Broward, Miami-Dade, Palm Beach, Sarasota - ES&S iVotronic, Sequoia Edge
IL: Cook (Chicago) - Sequoia Edge
KY: Calloway - Hart InterCivic eSlate
SC: Charleston - ES&S iVotronic
TX: Jefferson, Collin, El Paso, Williamson, - ES&S iVotronic, Diebold TSx
ALL reported incidents favor Republican candidates at the expense of Democrats.

08.Nov.2006 Vote Notes, 8:25ish dr. elsewhere here
08.Nov.2006 Oh, I hope this is the beginning of the tsunami.
As per my previous post, though the TV coverage is pretty good on the numbers, I'm a little concerned that they're not giving much attention to the glitches and suppression issues. I mean, for cryin' out loud, armed men are
intimidating Hispanics in AZ! A poll worker in KY attacked a voter. WTF!?!?!

08.Nov.2006 Menendez has been projected as the winner in NJ!! That one was key; Dems could not afford to lose it. And he beat Tom Kean, Jr. And OH has been projected for Brown.
Bodes well. So far, no really bad news.

08.Nov.2006 Vote Notes, 8:15ish dr. elsewhere here
A few interesting points to come out of exit polls, which appear to show Dems taking eight Senate seats.
One that is particularly interesting is the fact that these four issues rank highest for voters polled today: Corruption, Terrorism, Economy + Iraq. In roughly that order, but also with roughly about the same percentages. And evangelicals are ranking corruption as their top issue + have dropped their Republican loyalty about 20%.

08.Nov.2006 And, chuckle, Tom Brokaw just noted the "fed up factor;" "folks are just fed up." Permalink
08.Nov.2006 Geez!?! [ongoing updates....] dr. elsewhere here
Hokay. This is just getting ridiculous.

08.Nov.2006 To punctuate the point, it appears some other (I dunno, maybe the same) rightwing blogger Laura Ingraham!! is telling folks to go out and crank call the Dems voter protection hotlines.
How low can they go? Really??
Things could get really nasty.
[Update 1: OK. Now you guys
watch this and tell me, does this just SMACK of that Rove 'bugged' incident of TX lore? I mean, Kean's guy even looks like a Rove wannabe!]
[Update 2: Desperado in MD. Seems the First Lady has bussed in the homeless from across the line to distribute
fake ballots. Folks, this is just going to be Theatre of the Absurd.]Permalink

08.Nov.2006 Umstrittene These: Forscher glaubt an Hirntuning durch Neandertaler

07.Nov.2006 Nahost: Viele Tote bei israelischen Militäreinsätzen

07.Nov.2006 US- Wahl: Clinton und Schwarzenegger klare Sieger

07.Nov.2006 Nicaragua: Ortega gewinnt Präsidentenwahl

07.Nov.2006 USA: Erstmals Muslim in Kongress gewählt

07.Nov.2006 US- Wahl: Demokraten erobern Repräsentantenhaus zurück

07.Nov.2006 New York: Hillary Clinton als Senatorin wiedergewählt

07.Nov.2006 US- Wahl: Erste Ergebnisse zeigen Demokraten vorn

07.Nov.2006 Umfrage: Skandale entscheidender als Irak- Krieg (Politik)
07.Nov.2006 Greg Palast's latest synopsis of how the election has already been stolen. Bloggers are doing an amazing job of keeping up with all manner of problem reports. Keep up with it all, for posterity.
This vote could be history, in both senses of that word.

07.Nov.2006 According to the Associated Press, in at least 53 competitive House races, the National Republican Campaign Committee had launched hundreds of thousands of robocalls and appear to be violating the law.
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An Example of Republican Ballot Stuffing in Utah 11/8

07.Nov.2006 Congressional Hearings Must Examine Robocalls, Other Deceptive Election Day Calls; PFAW Urges Voters to Submit Evidence 11/8
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07.Nov.2006 Jury selection Tuesday in suit over "W" sticker; "Jerry Gossett claims he created the blueprint for the popular "W '04" bumper sticker for Bush's campaign, but that the Republican National Committee and a campaign supplier stole the idea..." 11/8
GOP distributing false sample ballots in Maryland 11/8

07.Nov.2006 Saddam 'executed by end of year' Iraqi PM Nouri Maliki expects Saddam Hussein to be executed by the end of the year, he tells the BBC.
07.Nov.2006 Nepal's Maoists agree peace deal The Nepalese government and Maoist rebels agree a peace deal aimed at ending the 10-year insurgency.
07.Nov.2006 Israeli city hit by rocket fire Rockets are launched into Israel hours after troops end an operation in Beit Hanoun aimed at stopping them.
07.Nov.2006 Al-Qaeda plotter jailed for life Briton Dhiren Barot is given a life sentence for planning carnage on a "colossal scale" in the UK and US.
07.Nov.2006 'Enemies of the internet' named Civil liberties group Reporters Without Borders has published its list of countries which suppress online freedoms.
07.Nov.2006 Blog: Campaign 'sleaziest ever'? Analysis and comment from BBC correspondents covering the campaign for the 7 November mid-term elections
07.Nov.2006 Velcro president faces final test George W Bush goes into his final election with a strong wind at his face, the BBC's Matt Frei writes.
07.Nov.2006 At-a-glance: 7 November Everything you need to know about the latest developments in this year's US mid-term elections.
07.Nov.2006 Panama wins UN council seat Panama is elected as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council - ending weeks of deadlock.
07.Nov.2006 Bush approval rating tracker Track George W Bush's popularity over the last five years in relation to key events of his presidency.
07.Nov.2006 Skygazers await Mercury transit Astronomers in the Americas, East Asia and Oceania will get a rare opportunity to see Mercury pass in a direct line across the Sun this week.
07.Nov.2006 Voting Tech Problems Reported Two-hour lines, voting machines that won't start and ballots that can't be read. Is 2006 turning into 2004 all over again? In 27B Stroke 6.
07.Nov.2006 Hydrogen Mowers Trim Emissions Keeping your lawn looking good could become a truly green exercise. In Autopia.
07.Nov.2006 Images: Mercury transits the sun The little planet passes between the Earth and the sun only 3 times per century and the next time is Wednesday.
07.Nov.2006 Is An Uninformed Vote Better Than No Vote? - Cliff 285 ras_b asks:

"I don't pay attention to politics at all + so I will not be voting in today's elections. My family has been telling me that this is a mistake and I should vote anyway, partly because I have slightly conservative views which agrees with their political outlook. My reasoning is that since I am totally uninformed, I shouldn't vote. I don't want to vote Republican or Democrat, only to find out later I totally disagree with something a candidate stands for. So, here's my dilemma and my question: Is an uninformed vote better than no vote?" This issue is touched upon in a posting by Ezra Klein, of the The American Prospect, who disagrees, arguing against a similar assertion by Greg Mankiw, from a suppressed Fortune article. Greg says: "Sometimes...the most responsible thing a person can do on election day is stay at home ... If you really don't know enough to cast an intelligent vote, you should be eager to let your more informed neighbors make the decision." What do you think?
Space Telescope Catches Monster Flare - kdawson 67 gollum123 writes,

"NASA's Swift satellite has seen a giant flare explode from a nearby star. Our sun also flares when twisted magnetic field lines in the solar atmosphere suddenly snap — but this was on a far larger scale, perhaps 100 million times as strong. The energy released by the explosion on II Pegasi was equivalent to about 50 quintillion atomic bombs. If the Sun were ever to produce such an outburst, it would almost certainly cause a mass extinction on Earth. II Pegasi is a binary system 135 light-years from Earth in the constellation Pegasus. Its two stars are close, only a few stellar radii apart; as a result, tidal forces cause both stars to spin quickly, rotating in lockstep once in seven days compared to the Sun's 28-day rotation period. Fast rotation is thought to be conducive to strong stellar flares."
Information Technology and Voting - kdawson 66 ChelleChelle writes,

"In an interview in ACM Queue, Douglas W. Jones and Peter G. Neumann attempt to answer the question: Does technology help or hinder election integrity?" From the article: "Work in this area is as politically loaded as work on evolution or stem cells. Merely claiming that research into election integrity is needed is seen by many politicians as challenging the legitimacy of their elections... One of the problems in public discussions of voting-system integrity is that the different participants tend to point to different threats. Election-system vendors and election officials generally focus on effective defense against outside attackers, usually characterized as hackers. Meanwhile, many public interest groups have focused on the possibility of election officials corrupting the results."
IT Worker Shortages Everywhere - kdawson 236 Vicissidude writes with news from the IT front in India:

"The software industry body Nasscom has warned that India faces a shortfall of half a million skilled workers by 2010. The country will need 350,000 engineers a year, but no more than 150,000 of the most highly skilled engineers will be available each year." This shortfall is fueling a new development, the exporting of Indian tech jobs to the US. But will there be workers in the US to do those jobs? Reader Jadeite2 writes with a word from Bill Gates, speaking to a business forum in Moscow, who said: "There is a shortage of IT skills on a worldwide basis. Anybody who can get those skills here now will have a lot of opportunity."
Aggressive Botnet Activities Behind Spam Increase - kdawson 121 ,

"A spam-sending Trojan dubbed 'SpamThru' is responsible for a vast amount of the recent botnet activity which has significantly increased spam levels to almost three out of every four emails. The developers of SpamThru employed numerous tactics to thwart detection and enhance outreach, such as releasing new strains of the Trojan at regular intervals in order to confuse traditional anti-virus signatures detection." According to MessageLabs (PDF), another contributor to the recent spam increase is a trojan dropper called "Warezov."
Voting Machine Glitches Already Being Reported - Zonk 574 Neovanglist writes

"CNN, FOX + MSNBC are reporting that voting machines in three states (Ohio, Indiana + Florida) have already been showing issues, both in the machines themselves and in the training of poll attendants, causing many districts to switch to paper ballots." From the article: "Voters put the Republican congressional majority and a multitude of new voting equipment to the test Tuesday in an election that defined the balance of power for the rest of George W. Bush's presidency. Both parties hustled to get their supporters out in high-stakes contests across the country, Democrats appealing one more time for change + appearing confident the mood was on their side. Republicans conceded nothing as their vaunted get-out-the-vote machine swung into motion." If you're in the U.S. + you haven't voted already, go do it!
The Hacker Profiling Project - Zonk 85 NewsForge writes

"NewsForge is running a story about a project aiming to profile hackers like the police do with common criminals. Not based out of the U.S. per se, this project falls under the auspices of the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI). The project was co-founded by Stefania Ducci, in 2004, along with Raoul Chiesa." From the article: "NewsForge: What would the project concretely produce as final output? Stefania Ducci: The final goal is a real and complete methodology for hacker profiling, released under GNU/FDL. This means that, at the end of our research project, if a company will send us its (as detailed as possible) logs related to an intrusion, we — exactly like in the TV show C.S.I. when evidence is found on the crime scene — will be able to provide a profile of the attacker. By 'profile' we mean, for example, his technical skills, his probable geographic location, an analysis of his modus operandi + of a lot of other, small and big, traces left on the crime scene. This will also permit us to observe and, wherever possible, preview new attack trends, show rapid and drastic behavior changes, and, finally, provide a real picture of the world of hacking and its international scene."
IBM Touts Smart Surveillance System - Zonk 34 mikesd81 writes

"Reuters reports that IBM hopes to capitalize on the enormous growth in video surveillance. They'll begin selling technology from their research labs that performs real-time analysis on footage captured by security cameras in stores and sensitive locales. IBM contends that it is the first to add advanced search functions, which make use of computers' improving ability to recognize video content. For example, the IBM system would let a user search for all instances of a green car passing by a store on a certain day. It can also incorporate data gathered from audio or chemical sensors. And IBM said S3 includes important privacy enhancements, such as the ability to automatically obscure faces of customers or passers-by. IBM said that S3's target market includes retail outlets, banks, airports, freight terminals and mass transit systems. It is also being sold to public security agencies and other government departments." C|Net reports that the software is so impressive, it may be monitoring border crossings before too long.
The 13 Enemies of the Internet - Zonk 176 Hennell writes

"Reporters without borders has just released its annual list of internet enemies, a list of countries 'that systematically violate online free expression.' A couple of countries have been removed, but Egypt has been added. A detailed summary can be read on the BBC Website." From that article: "The blacklist is published annually but it is the first time RSF has organized an online protest to accompany the list. 'We wanted to mobilize net users so that when we lobby certain countries we can say that the concerns are not just ours but those of thousands of internet users around the world,' said a spokesman for RSF. Many of those on the internet blacklist are countries that are regularly criticized by human rights groups, such as China and Burma."

Den Versuchstieren wurden Bilder gezeigt, zu denen entweder links oder rechts vom Bild eine Taste aufleuchtete. Wenn den Tieren die Bilder später erneut gezeigt wurden, mussten sie richtig reagieren, indem sie die dazugehörige Taste auswählten. Die Paviane benutzten dazu Joysticks, während die Tauben auf Tasten pickten.

Trotz der kleinen Zahl an Versuchstieren waren die Ergebnisse eindeutig: Die Tauben merkten sich 800 bis 1200 verschiedene Bilder, ehe ihr Gedächtnis an seine Grenzen stieß. Bei den Pavianen waren es deutlich mehr. Nach mehr als drei Jahren hatten sie zwischen 3500 und 5000 Bilder gespeichert. Die Wissenschaftler vermuten, dass die Paviane sich noch Tausende weitere Bilder und dazugehörige Markierungen merken könnten - wäre die Studie nur lange genug fortgeführt worden, schreiben sie in der Wissenschaftszeitschrift "PNAS".
Eine Umweltexpertin sagte, es gebe in den seit 114 Jahren erstellten Wetteraufzeichnungen Australiens keine vergleichbare Trockenphase. Mathematisch sei es sogar wahrscheinlich, dass es in den vergangenen 1000 Jahren keine ähnliche Trockenzeit gegeben habe.

Canberra - Bei der seit fünf Jahren herrschenden Trockenperiode könne nicht mehr nur von einer Jahrhundert-Dürre gesprochen werden, sagten Politiker und hochrangige Behördenvertreter auf einem australischen Umweltgipfel am heutigen Dienstag. "Was wir hier sehen, ist ein furchteinflößender Blick in eine Zukunft mit globaler Erwärmung", warnte Mike Rann, Regierungschef des Bundesstaats Südaustralien.
Stimmabgabe mit Hindernissen: Amerikaner kämpfen mit neuen Wahlmaschinen
China: Gelber Fluss wird zum Rinnsal
Uni Mainz: Neonazis stören Vortrag über die Nazizeit

07.Nov.2006 Qaida- Urteil: Hollywoodfilm wird zum Terrorbeweis

07.Nov.2006 Bundessozialgericht: Richter stärken Rechte von Hartz- IV- Empfängern
07.Nov.2006 Extremwetter: Jahrtausend- Dürre in Australien
Rechtsextremismus: Berliner Bezirk wehrt sich gegen NPD- Parteitag
07.Nov.2006 USA: Wahlcomputer machen Probleme

07.Nov.2006 Nuklearenergie: Sechs arabische Staaten kündigen Atom- Programme an

07.Nov.2006 Flugsicherheit: Kleinkind unter Terrorverdacht
07.Nov.2006 TV- Konsum: Kinder finden Mattscheibe interessanter als Gesichter

07.Nov.2006 Prozess gegen Ex- Diktator: Saddam ruft Iraker zur Versöhnung auf
07.Nov.2006 Rekordgewinn: Münchener Rück plant Riesenausschüttung
07.Nov.2006 Demografie: Deutsche Bevölkerung schrumpft und altert dramatisch
Wildrinder- Vorhersage: Offensive gegen ausbüxende Bisons
07.Nov.2006 Umfrage: Topmanager befürchten wachsende Kluft zur Bevölkerung
07.Nov.2006 Folter- Vorwürfe: Ermittlungen gegen 57 irakische Beamte
07.Nov.2006 Wahltag in den USA: Republikaner auf Last- Minute- Stimmenfang in der Provinz
07.Nov.2006 Computerfehler: Space Shuttle kennt keinen Jahreswechsel
07.Nov.2006 Experiment beantragt: Menschen- Erbgut in Rinderzellen
US- Wahlkampf: Tag der Entscheidung
07.Nov.2006 Irak: Schiiten wollen Saddam live im TV hängen sehen
07.Nov.2006 Gedächtnis: Paviane merken sich Tausende Bilder
Piracy Stats Don't Add Up - ScuttleMonkey 53 arenam Australian IT is reporting that

in a recent briefing for the Attorney-General's Department prepared by the Australian Institute of Criminology draws certain piracy statistics into question. From the article: "The draft of the institute's intellectual property crime report, sighted by The Australian shows that copyright owners 'failed to explain' how they reached financial loss statistics used in lobbying activities and court cases. Figures for 2005 from the global Business Software Association showing $361 million a year of lost sales in Australia are 'unverified and epistemologically unreliable,' the report says."
AIDS Can Fight AIDS - ScuttleMonkey 104 dptalia writes

"Scientists at the University of Pennsylvania have announced that they have engineered a strain of the AIDS virus that fights AIDS. This strain of AIDS works like a vaccine and improved the immune system of the test subjects. After three years on this new therapy, no side effects have been observed."
German ISP Forced To Delete IP Logs - ScuttleMonkey 114 "A German federal court decided today that T-Online, one of the largest ISPs in Germany, was obligated to delete all IP logs of a customer upon request to guarantee their privacy. From the article: 'The decision (German) does not mean that T-Online is now obliged to delete all their IP-logs, the customers first need to complain. But, if they ask T-Online to delete their IP-logs, the ISP has no other choice than to comply. A lawyer from Frankfurt already sketched a sample letter (German) to make this process easier.'"
Computer Date Glitch May Limit Next Shuttle Launch - ScuttleMonkey 211 n3hat writes

"Reuters reports that the next Space Shuttle mission may have to be deferred if it gets too close to the New Year because the onboard computers do not handle the changing of the date in the same way as the ground computers. From the article: '"The shuttle computers were never envisioned to fly through a year-end changeover," space shuttle program manager Wayne Hale told a briefing. The problem, according to Hale, is that the shuttle's computers do not reset to day one, as ground-based systems that support shuttle navigation do. Instead, after December 31, the 365th day of the year, shuttle computers figure January is just day 366."
HBO's Hacking Democracy Available Online - ScuttleMonkey 274 prostoalex writes

"HBO's controversial special 'Hacking Democracy' on issues with Diebold voting machines is now available in full on Google Video." Covered earlier on Slashdot, the documentary seems to have gathered quite a bit of heat from Diebold in addition to the one that didn't air.
Computational Simulations of E.coli - kdawson 47 Gearoid_Murphy writes,

"BBC news has the story of a scientist who has been using computational models of bacteria to advance our understanding of actual bacteria — a step towards simulating fully fledged organisms in virtual environments and potentially an extraordinarily powerful tool for medical science."
Has Verizon Forfeited Common Carrier Status? - kdawson 516 ,

"Freedom of speech, the future of the Net, you name it. In October, a U.S. vigilante group asked Verizon to cut off Net access to Epifora, a Canadian ISP that hosts a number of (entirely legal) web sites offering support to minor-attracted adults. Shortly thereafter, Verizon gave 30 days notice to Epifora, ending a 5 year relationship. Telecos have traditionally refrained from censoring legal content, arguing that as 'common carriers' it is outside of their scope to make such decisions. Furthermore, they have refrained because if they did so in some cases, they might be legally liable for other cases where they did not exercise censorship. The questions are: has Verizon forfeited their claim to common-carrier status by selectively censoring legal speech that they do not like? And can the net effectively route around censorship if the trunk carriers are allowed to pick and choose whom they allow to connect?"
Republican Robocall Pretexting Campaign - kdawson 552 WCityMike writes,

"In 53 Congressional campaigns across the country, including the Pennsylvania 6th, the Connecticut 4th, the North Carolina 11th, the New Hampshire 2nd + the Illinois 6th and 8th (and possibly all races), the National Republican Congressional Committee is conducting a $2.1 million campaign to make it appear as if Democrats are spamming callers with telemarketing calls. The NRCC hired Conquest Communications Group to conduct a massive nationwide robocalling campaign with calls specifically scripted to appear as if they're coming from the Democratic candidate — in violation of FCC regulations on such 'robocalls,' which requires the identity of the caller to be stated at the beginning of the message [47 CFR 64.1200(b)(1)]. The call begins with 'Hello. I'm calling with information about,' and then says the name of the Democratic candidate. There is then a pause; if the recipient hangs up here, they will receive repeated calls back with the same message, potentially up to 18 times or more (according to one callee). If the callee doesn't hang up, they hear a smear message from the machine about the Democratic candidate. The NRCC thinks the legality of the calls is, conveniently, a 'complicated legal question that's not going to get adjudicated this weekend.'" Update 20:47 GMT by SM: Thankfully we all learned how to deal with these folks last week.
Global Warming Debunked? - kdawson 880 limbicsystem writes,

"I'm a scientist. I like Al Gore. I donate to the Sierra club, I bicycle everywhere and I eat granola. And I just read a very convincing article in the UK Telegraph that makes me think that the 'scientific consensus' on global warming is more than a little shaky. Now IANACS (I am not a climate scientist). And the Telegraph is notoriously reactionary. Can anyone out there go through this piece and tell me why it might be wrong? Because it seems to be solid, well researched + somewhat damning of a host of authorities (the UN, the editors of Nature, the Canadian Government) who seem to have picked a side in the global warming debate without looking at the evidence." The author of the Telegraph piece is Christopher Monckton, a retired journalist and former policy advisor to Margaret Thatcher.
Robo calls, push polls and other dirty tricks. - Judd -Read about them at TPMmuckraker.
07.Nov.2006 109 Reasons To Dump The 109th Congress - Think Progress 

Tomorrow is Election Day. Find your polling place HERE. Digg this post HERE

We need a new Congress — here’s why:

1. Congress set a record for the fewest number of days worked — 218 between the House and Senate combined. [Link]

2. The Senate voted down a measure that urged the administration to start a phased redeployment of U.S. forces out of Iraq by the end of 2006. [Link]

3. Congress failed to raise the minimum wage, leaving it at its lowest inflation-adjusted level since 1955. [Link]

4. Congress gave itself a two percent pay raise. [Link]

5. There were 15,832 earmarks totaling $71 billion in 2006. (In 1994, there were 4,155 earmarks totaling $29 billion.) [Link]

6. Congress turned the tragic Terri Schiavo affair into a national spectacle because, according to one memo, it was “a great political issue” that got “the pro-life base…excited.” [Link]

7. The chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works thinks global warming is the “greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people.” [Link]

8. The House leadership held open a vote for 50 minutes to twist arms and pass a bill that helped line the pockets of energy company executives. [Link]

9. Congress fired the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction, the lone effective federal watchdog for Iraq spending, effective Oct. 1, 2007. [Link]

10. The Chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee thinks the Internet is “a series of tubes.” [Link]

11. Congress established the pay-to-play K Street corruption system which rewarded lobbyists who made campaign contributions in return for political favors doled out by conservatives. [Link]

12. The lobbying reform bill Congress passed was a total sham. [Link]

13. Rep. Jean Schmidt (R-OH) shamefully attacked Rep. John Murtha (D-PA) on the House floor, telling him that “cowards cut and run, Marines never do.” [Link]

14. Congress passed budgets that resulted in deficits of $318 billion and $250 billion. [Link]

15. House Majority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) said Donald Rumsfeld “is the best thing that’s happened to the Pentagon in 25 years.” [Link]

16. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Pete Hoekstra (R-MI) baselessly announced that “we have found the WMD in Iraq.” [Link]

17. Congress passed a special-interest, corporate-friendly Central American trade deal (CAFTA) after holding the vote open for one hour and 45 minutes to switch the vote of Rep. Robin Hayes (R-NC). [Link]

18. Senate conservatives threatened to use the “nuclear option” to block members of the Senate from filibustering President Bush’s judicial nominees. [Link]

19. Congress stuck in $750 million in appropriations bills “for projects championed by lobbyists whose relatives were involved in writing the spending bills.” [Link]

20. The typical Congressional work week is late Tuesday to noon on Thursday. [Link]

21. Congress has issued zero subpoenas to the Bush administration. [Link]

22. Congress eliminated the Perkins college loan program and cut Pell Grants by $4.6 billion. [Link]

23. Rep. Don Sherwood (R-PA) paid $500,000 to settle a lawsuit alleging that he stranged his 29-year-old mistress. [Link]

24. Congress decreased the number of cops on the streets by cutting nearly $300 million in funding for the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) program. [Link]

25. In a debate last year over the reauthorization of the Patriot Act, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee abruptly cut off the microphones when Democrats began discussing the treatment of detainees at Guantanamo Bay. [Link]

26. Just two out of 11 spending bills have made it out of Congress this year. [Link]

27. 1,502 U.S. troops have died in Iraq since Congress convened. [Link]

28. The House Ethics Committee is “broken,” according to the Justice Department. [Link]

29. The FBI continues to investigate Rep. Curt Weldon’s (R-PA) willingness to trade his political influence for lucrative lobbying and consulting contracts for his daughter. [Link]

30. Congress failed to protect 58.5 million acres of roadless areas to logging and road building by repealing the Roadless Rule. [Link]

31. Congress spent weeks debating a repeal of the estate tax (aka the Paris Hilton Tax), which affects a miniscule fraction of the wealthiest Americans. [Link]

32. The percentage of Americans without health insurance hit a record-high, as Congress did nothing to address the health care crisis. [Link]

33. Both the House and Senate voted to open up our coasts to more oil drilling, “by far the slowest, dirtiest, most expensive way to meet our energy needs.” [Link]

34. Congress stripped detainees of the right of habeas corpus. [Link]

35. The House fell 51 votes short of overriding President Bush’s veto on expanding federal funding of embryonic stem cell research. [Link]

36. Only 6 percent of Americans think Congress is doing a good job. [Link]

37. Congress confirmed far-right activist Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito. [Link]

38. Congress spent days debating a constitutional amendment that would criminalize desecration of the U.S. flag, the first time in 214 years that the Bill of Rights would have been restricted by a constitutional amendment. [Link]

39. Congress raised the debt limit by $800 billion, to $9 trillion. [Link]

40. Rep. Charles Taylor (R-NC) earmarked $11.4 million for a highway to increase the property values in a rural area where he owned land. [Link]

41. Congress passed an energy bill that showered $6 billion in subsidies on polluting oil and gas firms while doing little to curb energy demand or invest in renewable energy industries. [Link]

42. Rep. Jerry Lewis (R-CA) used his seat on the House Appropriations Committee to steer earmarks towards to one of his closest friends and major campaign contributor. [Link]

43. Congress passed a strict bankruptcy bill making it harder for average people to recover from financial misfortune by declaring bankruptcy, even if they are victims of identity theft, suffering from debilitating illness, or serving in the military. [Link]

44. The House passed a bill through committee that that would “essentially replace” the 1973 Endangered Species Act with something “far friendlier to mining, lumber and other big extraction interests that find the original act annoying.” [Link]

45. Rep. Ken Calvert (R-CA) earmarked funds to increase the property value of lands that he later sold for a profit. [Link]

46. House Majority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) distributed a memo urging colleagues to exploit 9/11 to defend Bush’s Iraq policy. [Link]

47. Congress repeatedly failed to pass port security provisions that would require 100 percent scanning of containers bound for the United States. [Link]

48. Ex-House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-TX) declared an “ongoing victory” in his effort to cut spending + said “there is simply no fat left to cut in the federal budget.” [Link]

49. Congress allowed Rep. Bob Ney (R-OH) stay in Congress for a month after pleading guilty in the Jack Abramoff investigation. [Link]

50. Congress didn’t investigate Tom DeLay and let him stay in Congress as long as he wanted. [Link]

51. The Justice Department and the Securities and Exchange Commission are investigating the Senate Majority Leader’s sale of HCA stock a month before its value fell by nine percent. [Link]

52. Congressional conservatives pressured the Director of National Intelligence to make public documents found in Iraq that included instructions to build a nuclear bomb. [Link]

53. Conservatives repeatedly tried to privatize Social Security, a change that would lead to sharp cuts in guaranteed benefits. [Link]

54. Congress is trying to destroy net neutrality. [Link]

55. Rep. Katherine Harris (R-FL) accepted contributions from disgraced lobbyist Mitchell Wade and MZM, Inc., her largest campaign contributor, in return for a defense earmark. [Link]

56. Former Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham (R-CA) was sentenced to eight years federal prison for taking $2.4 million in bribes in exchange for lucrative defense contracts, among other crimes. [Link]

57. Congress passed a $286 billion highway bill in 2005 stuffed with 6,000 pork projects. [Link]

58. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Peter Hoekstra (R-MI) abused his power and suspended a Democratic staffer in an act of retribution. [Link]

59. Congress failed to offer legal protections to states that divest from the Sudan. [Link]

60. The Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Ted Stevens (R-AK) tried to earmark $223 million to build a bridge to nowhere. [Link]

61. Congress spent days debating an anti-gay constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. [Link]

62. Congress isn’t doing anything significant to reverse catastrophic climate change. [Link]

63. House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL) secured a federal earmark to increase the property value of his land and reap at least $1.5 million in profits. [Link]

64. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) used a video tape “diagnosis” to declare that Terri Schiavo, who was later found to be blind, “certainly seems to respond to visual stimuli.” [Link]

65. Rep. Mark Foley (R-FL) resigned in disgrace after ABC News revealed explicit instant messages exchanges between Foley and former congressional pages. [Link]

66. Half of all Americans believe most members of Congress are corrupt. [Link]

67. Rep. Marilyn Musgrave (R-CO) said that gay marriage “is the most important issue that we face today.” [Link]

68. The House voted against issuing a subpoena seeking all reconstruction contract communications between Cheney’s office and Halliburton. [Link]

69. Sen. Conrad Burns (R-MT) told a Virginia-based volunteer firefighting team they had done a “piss-poor job” in fighting wildfires in Montana. [Link]

70. The House voted against amendments prohibiting monopoly contracts and requiring congressional notification for Department of Defense contracts worth more than $1 million. [Link]

71. Congress failed to pass comprehensive immigration reform. [Link]

72. During a floor debate on embryonic stem cell research, Sen. Sam Brownback (R-KS) held up a picture of an embryo drawn by a 7-year-old girl. Brownback explained that one of the embryos in the picture was asking, “Are you going to kill me?” [Link]

73. Sen. George Allen (R-VA) used the slur “macaca” to describe an opposing campaign staffer of Indian descent + has been repeatedly accused by former associates of using racial epithets to refer to African-Americans. [Link]

74. Congress refused to swear in oil executives testifying about high prices. [Link]

75. Against congressional rules, ex-House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-TX) accepted expensive foreign trips funded by Jack Abramoff. [Link]

76. Rep. Steve King (R-IA) went on the House floor to unveil a fence that he “designed” for the southern border. King constructed a model of the fence as he said, “We do this with livestock all the time.” [Link]

77. Ex-House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-TX) threatened the judges who ruled in the Terri Schiavo case, saying the “time will come” for them “to answer for their behavior.” [Link]

78. Congressional conservatives wanted to investigate Sandy Berger, but not the Iraq war. [Link]

79. Rep. Gary Miller (R-CA) engaged in crooked land deals with campaign donors. [Link]

80. Not a single non-appropriations bill was open to amendment in the second session of the Congress. [Link]

81. House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL) claimed that supporters of Bush’s Iraq policy “show the same steely resolve” as did the passengers on United 93. [Link]

82. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) appeared with prominent Christian conservatives in a telecast portraying opponents of Bush’s judicial nominees as “against people of faith.” [Link]

83. Under the guise of “tort reform,” Congress passed legislation that would “undermine incentives for safety” and make it “harder for some patients with legitimate but difficult claims to find legal representation.” [Link]

84. Despite multiple accidents in West Virginia and elsewhere, Congress passed legislation that failed to adequately protect mine workers. [Link]

85. House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL) said “if you earn $40,000 a year and have a family of two children, you don’t pay any taxes,” even though it isn’t true. [Link]

86. Monthly Medicare Part B premiums have almost doubled since 2000, from $45.50 in 2000 to $88.50 in 2006. [Link]

87. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) and House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL) inserted a provision in the Defense Appropriations bill that granted vaccine manufactures near-total immunity for injuries or deaths, even in cases of “gross negligence.” [Link]

88. Congress appropriated $700 million for a “railroad to nowhere, but just $173 million to stop the genocide in Darfur. [Link]

89. Congress included a $500 million giveaway to defense giant Northup Grumman in a bill that was supposed to provide “emergency” funding for Iraq, even though the Navy opposed the payment. [Link]

90. Ex-Rep. Bob Ney (R-OH), who has since pled guilty to talking bribes, was put it charge briefing new lawmakers “on congressional ethics.” [Link]

91. Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (R-GA) can’t tell the difference between the Voting Rights Act and the Stamp Act. [Link]

92. Three days before Veterans Day — House Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Steve Buyer (R-IN) announced that for the first time in at least 55 years, “veterans service organizations will no longer have the opportunity to present testimony before a joint hearing of the House and Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committees.” [Link]

93. Members were caught pimping out their offices with $5,700 plasma-screen televisions, $823 ionic air fresheners, $975 window blinds + $623 popcorn machines. [Link]

94. House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL) skipped a vote on Katrina relief to attend a fundraiser. [Link]

95. Congress made toughening horse slaughtering rules the centerpiece of its agenda after returning from summer recess this year. [Link]

96. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) wants to send 20,000 more troops into the middle of a civil war in Iraq. [Link]

97. Katrina victims were forced to take out ad space to “plead[] with Congress to pay for stronger levees.” [Link]

98. Congress passed the REAL ID Act, “a national ID law that will drive immigrants underground, while imposing massive new burdens on everyone else.” [Link]

99. Congress extended tax cuts that provided an average of $20 relief but an average of nearly $42,000 to those earning over $1 million a year. [Link]

100. Congress received a “dismal” report card from the 9/11 Commission — five F’s, 12 D’s, nine C’s, and only one A-minus — for failing to enact the commission’s recommendations. [Link]

101. Congress won’t let the government negotiate lower prices for prescription drugs for people on Medicare. [Link]

102. Congress has left America’s chemical plants vulnerable to terrorist attack. [Link]

103. Sen. Ted Stevens (R-AK) “threw the senatorial version of a hissy fit” when he threatened to resign unless the Senate approved funding for his bridge to nowhere. [Link]

104. Congress didn’t simplify the tax code. [Link]

105. Seventy-five percent voters
How much is finding the truth about 9/11 worth to you? - sfux Daniel Hopsicker -

40 years ago one courageous American exposed the names of some of the people involved in the Kennedy Assassination. Thanks to New Orleans DA Jim Garrison, we first heard of David Ferrie + Guy Bannister + Clay Shaw.
Four years ago we moved to Venice, FL and began poking around on-scene at the site of the biggest Sept 11 crime scene that wasn?t reduced to rubble.

'Nasa hackers' detained in Chile - sfux The authorities in Chile have arrested four people who the police say are members of one of the world's most successful groups of computer hackers.

The men are accused of breaching more than 8,000 websites, including that of US space agency Nasa. One of the men, who has used the alias "Net Toxic",...
Ortega bringt Amerikas Albtraum zurück - sfux Stephan Fuchs ? Daniel Ortega ist neuer Präsident Nicaraguas. Damit bringt ein Alt-Revoluzzer die Sandinisten wieder an die Macht. Ein Links-Trend in Südamerika, der den Amerikanern Albträume beschert.
Castro, Chavez, Morales und Ortega. Mit dem 61 jährigen ehemaligen Guerillero Daniel Ortega hat sich Nicaragua als viertes linksregiertes lateinamerikanisches Land gegen die Interessen der USA gestellt....

07.Nov.2006 Jetlag 'can damage your health' Jet lag - or working irregular shifts - damages health, a US study of elderly mice has shown.
07.Nov.2006 UK alcohol deaths double Alcohol-related death rates have almost doubled since 1991 in the UK, government statistics show.
07.Nov.2006 US votes in crucial mid-term poll Voting begins in the mid-term elections for the US Congress, seen as a key test for the Bush administration.
07.Nov.2006 Saddam in court for second trial Saddam Hussein is back in court as his genocide trial resumes two days after he was sentenced to death.
07.Nov.2006 Ivory Coast toxic waste in France A ship with 3,000 tons of toxic waste arrives in France from Ivory Coast, where it is blamed for 10 deaths.
07.Nov.2006 Global risks 'hitting' business Half of the world's nations do not have stable enough conditions for business to flourish in, a report claims.
07.Nov.2006 World risks 'dirty' energy future The world's future energy mix will still be "dirty and insecure" if nations fail to act, an influential report warns.
07.Nov.2006 Rwanda suspect at UK charity A doctor accused of crimes against humanity in Rwanda has been working for a UK charity, the BBC finds.
07.Nov.2006 HIV gene therapy 'shows promise' Preliminary tests suggest HIV infection can be treated using a disabled version of the virus itself.
07.Nov.2006 Ohio Election Portends Trouble Lost electronic voting machines, cab drivers ferrying ballots from precincts, crumpled and illegible paper trails, numbers that don't add up.... Ohio's populous Cuyahoga County could play a pivotal role in next week's election, but it didn't do so well in last May's primary. By Kim Zetter.
07.Nov.2006 The Virus That Ate DHS Moroccan malware that crippled sensitive US-VISIT border screening workstations last year also penetrated immigrations systems and border patrol computers. And the government really didn't want you to know that. Plus: See it all laid bare with our interactive un-redaction tool. By Kevin Poulsen.
07.Nov.2006 The Boarding Pass Brouhaha A researcher lands in hot water for creating a website that allowed visitors to create fake boarding passes capable of fooling airport screeners. Why isn't the TSA in trouble for staging such easily circumvented security theater in the first place? Commentary by Bruce Schneier.
07.Nov.2006 Time magazine names YouTube 'Invention of the Year' Blog: YouTube bashers often argue that the video-sharing site offers little more than a place for people to watch other people behave...
07.Nov.2006 Scrapbook Terrorist Recycled Again Before Election - Paul Joseph Watson -"Limousine bomber" makes world news headlines for second month running, but evidence remains non-existent
220403antiwarblogg Listen: "George Bush is the descendent of the 13th top Illuminati family . ...benefiting from Nazi slave labor and the extermination of millions of Jews . ...
07.Nov.2006 Edward Bernays, the most influential man you never heard of Free ... It's actually quite funny when you think about it, Edward Bernays was a master of public relations and propaganda - and yet his name is largely ...

Finland gained independence from Russia right after the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917. A civil war ensued, along the lines of the post-revolution conflict in Russia itself: ‘Reds’ against ‘Whites’. The conservative ‘White’ forces won out, thanks in part to support of the Germans.

An outgrowth of this conservative victory was the birth of an irredentist, ‘Pan-Finnish’ movement, claiming a ‘ Greater Finland ’ ( Suur Suomi ) composed of all areas inhabited by Finns or by people ethnically related to Finns. This irredentism was in large part aimed at areas still under control of the fledgling Soviet Union.
07.Nov.2006 Spies cover up Diana 'murder' 
The Princess Diana inquiry is in danger of stalling after French spy chiefs blocked British detectives' attempts to establish the final hours of driver Henri Paul. posted by Prof. Hex
07.Nov.2006 Lost Moon landing tapes discovered  For years 'lost' tapes recording data from the Apollo 11 Moon landing have been stored underneath the seats of Australian physics students. A recent search has uncovered them. posted by Prof. Hex
07.Nov.2006 Plastic trash vortex menaces Pacific sealife: study  Thought the Sargasso Sea was scary? Try a swirling vortex of plastic the size of Texas. posted by Prof. Hex
07.Nov.2006 Republican Dirty Tricks  TPMmuckraker has been getting the low down on the latest illegal maneuvers from the Republican party as they desperately try to suppress tomorrow's vote. Meanwhile, Cannonfire let's them have it back in spades. Remember that Seinfeld episode when Jerry tries to call the phone solicitor at home? Your wildest dreams realized. posted by Prof. Hex
07.Nov.2006 109 Reasons To Dump The 109th Congress  With a nice picture of a building that belongs to every American.109. There were just 12 hours of hearings on Abu Ghraib. (There were more than 100 hours of hearings on alleged misuse of the Clinton Christmas card list.) posted by Prof. Hex
07.Nov.2006 Republican national 'robo-calling' scam on eve of election  Raw Story. posted by Prof. Hex
07.Nov.2006 11/05/06 Bush & Blair: The Iraq Fantasy
Neither will admit that Iraq is a disaster. But while their state of denial may cost votes in Washington and London, on the frontline in the Middle East, it continues to cost lives -By Patrick Cockburn
"When does the incompetence end and the crime begin?" asked an appalled German Chancellor in the First World War when the German army commander said he intended to resume his bloody and doomed assaults on the French fortress city of Verdun.

07.Nov.2006 Rough Justice; -Prowling Baghdad with a sidearm and a defective bulletproof-vest -By Mike Whitney
None of the people who started this war will ever be held accountable. In fact, the cabal of militarists, think-tank sycophants + genocidal nutbars, who operate covertly behind the scenes, are probably devising their next bloodbath already. Unless we root them out, the cancer will persist.

07.Nov.2006 Do Republicans Think Black Voters Are Stupid?: There are reports out of Nashville that African Americans are getting phone calls telling them if they voted for Harold Ford Jr. in the August primary, they don't need to vote for him again now.
07.Nov.2006 Ortega headed for stunning victory in Nicaragua: "It is God's miracle. Our savior has returned," said Fernanda López, 76, tears of joy streaming down her face.

07.Nov.2006 In case you missed it: Nicaragua - A Nations Right To Survive : A Documentary Film By John Pilger

07.Nov.2006 Report: Feds Refusing FBI Terror Cases: The Justice Department increasingly has refused to prosecute FBI cases targeting suspected terrorists over the past five years,
07.Nov.2006 Israeli official urges Jew-Arab divide: Israel's new deputy prime minister called for a near-total separation between Arabs and Jews in the Holy Land yesterday, sparking a wave of condemnation less than a week after the far-right politician joined the Cabinet.
07.Nov.2006 Israeli fighter jets strike children on way to school; 15-year old killed, teacher critically injured

07.Nov.2006 Woman blows herself up, slightly injuring Israeli soldier in occupied Gaza: One Israeli soldier is slightly hurt after what officials say was a suicide bombing by a woman.
07.Nov.2006 Taliban support on rise in Afghanistan : Many in southern Afghanistan had high hopes after the election of their fellow Pashtun tribesman Karzai in 2004, but two years later remain mired in poverty and lamenting a lack of security and development in the south.
07.Nov.2006 Bush and Blair have forfeited the moral authority to hang Saddam: George Bush's handling of this issue restores one's respect for Pontius Pilate.

07.Nov.2006 Blair opposed to Saddam death penalty : "We are against the death penalty, whether it's Saddam or anybody else.

07.Nov.2006 In case you missed it: Exclusive: Saddam Was key in early CIA plot: While many have thought that Saddam first became involved with U.S. intelligence agencies at the start of the September 1980 Iran-Iraq war, his first contacts with U.S. officials date back to 1959, when he was part of a CIA-authorized six-man squad tasked with assassinating then Iraqi Prime Minister Gen. Abd al-Karim Qasim.

07.Nov.2006 In case you missed it: Secret Message From James Baker to Tariq Aziz: Baker informs Aziz, whose government 13 months previously had gassed Kurdish villages, that "the United States seeks a broadened and deepened relationship with Iraq."

07.Nov.2006 In case you missed it: The Teicher Affidavit: Iraq-Gate: The United States actively supported the Iraqi war effort by supplying the Iraqis with billions of dollars of credits, by providing U.S. military intelligence and advice to the Iraqis, and by closely monitoring third country arms sales to Iraq to make sure that Iraq had the military weaponry required.

07.Nov.2006 A Brief History: US-Iraq 1980s: Iraq uses US-supplied military intelligence “to calibrate attacks with mustard gas on Iranian ground troops....”

07.Nov.2006 America helped make a monster: It is hard to believe that, during most of the 1980s, America knowingly permitted the Iraq Atomic Energy Commission to import bacterial cultures that might be used to build biological weapons. But it happened.
07.Nov.2006 Only 8% of Americans Support Iraq Strategy : Many adults in the United States believe their federal administration should alter its tactics in Iraq, according to a poll by the New York Times and CBS News. 61 per cent of respondents believe the U.S. should change its military strategy.

07.Nov.2006 US 'breeding extremism' in Iraq: An Iraqi parliamentary delegation visiting Qatar has accused the US army in Iraq of breeding extremism by carrying out an "irresponsible arrest campaign".

07.Nov.2006 Military services seek $160 billion extra to cover war costs : The military services and defense agencies have requested as much as $160 billion in supplemental spending for the remainder of fiscal 2007 -- a staggering figure that would bring wartime costs this year to $230 billion, defense sources said Friday.
07.Nov.2006 The Hidden Horrors Of Israel's Attack On Palestinian Civilians In  Gaza Images that the Israeli and  U.S. government's don't want you to see. Click to view

07.Nov.2006 Are We Winning in Iraq? – A Dark Argument -By James Rothenberg -It is not unreasonable to suggest we are winning the war. Not won, but winning . Continued

07.Nov.2006 Bushs Carnival of Blood - By Mike Whitney -This is a dark day for Americans and Iraqis alike. Killing Saddam Hussein isn’t justice; its vengeance. Only Bush believes the two are the same. Continue

07.Nov.2006 This was a guilty verdict on America as well - By Robert Fisk- So America's one-time ally has been sentenced to death for war crimes he committed when he was Washington's best friend in the Arab world. America knew all about his atrocities and even supplied the gas - along with the British, of course - yet there we were yesterday declaring it to be, in the White House's words, another "great day for Iraq" . Continue

07.Nov.2006   In case you missed it : Iraq-Gate - How The United States Illegally Armed Saddam Hussein

"Spider's Web": The Secret History of How the United States Illegally Armed Saddam Hussein; a Conversation with the Journalist Who Broke the Iraq-gate Scandal That Involved President George Bush, James Baker and Donald Rumsfeld . This is a must listen

07.Nov.2006 Is Bush Next? -Paul Craig Roberts
The show trial of Saddam Hussein was drawn out until two days before the midterm US elections. The death sentence imposed on the former Iraqi president may help the deluded band of Bush supporters find victory in the defeat that Bush has met in Iraq and motivate them to support the beleaguered Republicans on November 7.

07.Nov.2006 Elections Or Electrons -What If Anything Will Count Your Vote - By Dom Stasi This new gang are not only non-Republicans, they’re not even politicians. Hell, they are not even corrupt politicians. No. They are criminals. They are criminals and sociopaths posing as corrupt politicians and dragging the GOP legacy down with them. Continue

07.Nov.2006 Hacking Democracy -HBO Video Special Report-This cautionary documentary exposes the vulnerability of computers - which count approximately 80% of America's votes in county, state and federal elections - suggesting that if our votes aren't safe, then our democracy isn't safe either. Continue

07.Nov.2006 The Genocide Election -By Peter Rost -This election is about much more than Democrats or Republicans, higher or lower taxes, or the war in Iraq. It is about the survival of millions of people around the globe. And if candidates supported by the drug industry prevail, we may become participants in a silent genocide. Continue
07.Nov.2006 Was kann, hat und macht Mister Wong? »
07.Nov.2006 "Während Suchmaschinen wie Google eher ein Breitschwert im Datenschungel sind, sind Portale wie Mister Wong ein Skalpell, mit dem feinere Suchen möglich sind." 04.05.06
07.Nov.2006 "Nicht Maschinen, sondern Menschen steuern beim 'Social Bookmarking' die Suche nach Internetseiten." Hamburger Morgenpost 11.04.06
07.Nov.2006 Clinton's speech at Webb's final rally, as only he can do it. And pay attention; he makes several references to GOP dirty tricks and voter disenfranchisement.] Permalink
07.Nov.2006 the terrain the GOP is encountering out there is just not as forgiving as it's been the past several years. So I'd say we're facing a true watershed moment in our history.
07.Nov.2006 Meanwhile, Nancy Pelosi has actually come right out and expressed her concerns over the integrity of the count. There; she said it in a public interview from her office on the Hill.
07.Nov.2006 has anyone seen Mehlman's pre-election spin-o-matic? Democrats can't win with ballots so they have to rely on activist judges?? Truly fascinating to watch these guys in action; how do they keep all those lies from bumping into each others contradictions? Oh, right; they don't.
07.Nov.2006 Now there appear to be reports coming out about calls telling voters their voting location has been changed. Josh is on this, just as he is all over the robocop calls, so follow TPM for updates.
07.Nov.2006 The Dems have also issued a cease and desist letter to the GOP on these calls + have alerted the DOJ, FCC + FEC. So this could get interesting.
07.Nov.2006 Howard Dean was just on Keith's show + took note of the various voter suppression problems, mentioning the robocall issue. Then Jonathon Alter pointed out that Rahm Emanuel says the DCCC will file lawsuits Wednesday morning against the GOP filed on these actions. The math was bracing: where the laws hold fines of $500 per call , the totals could run into millions of dollars hemorrhaging out of the GOP warchest.
07.Nov.2006 But then there were more polls + these showed no such Republican surge. Glenn Greenwald was kind and astute enough to sort it out, including some comparisons to 1994.
LINK-SAMMLUNG Menscheln statt googeln

Mister Wong ist ein deutsches Portal für "Social Bookmarking". Hinter dem Modewort steckt eine reizvolle Mischung aus Suchmaschine und Best-of-Internet-Sammelalbum. Im Interview mit SPIEGEL ONLINE erklärt Christian Clawien, wie der Faktor Mensch dabei sogar Google aussticht.

SPIEGEL ONLINE: Was ist Social Bookmarking ?

Christian Clawien: Erstens: Ich kann meine Internet-Lesezeichen online verwalten. So habe ich überall Zugriff darauf - nicht nur vom Browser zu Hause oder am Arbeitsplatz. Außerdem kann ich sie nach meinen eigenen Schlagworten kategorisieren, den sogenannten Tags. Zweitens: Wenn das tausende Nutzer tun, entsteht eine Art menschliches Suchverzeichnis. Eine Linksammlung, die häufig viel größere Relevanz hat als die Ergebnislisten klassischer Suchmaschinen.
US- Umfrage: Amerikaner vertrauen auf Demokraten

07.Nov.2006 Heute in den Feuilletons: "Ein hochgradig fatales Signal"
07.Nov.2006 Wahltag in den USA: Kampf bis aufs Messer
07.Nov.2006 Okinawa: Die missbrauchte Insel
07.Nov.2006 Japan: Tornado zerstört Wohngebiet - viele Tote
07.Nov.2006 Marktöffnung: Post- Chef plädiert für Mindestlöhne
07.Nov.2006 Saddam- Urteil: Uno- Beauftragter kritisiert Sondergericht scharf

07.Nov.2006 US- Wahlkampf: Kandidat der Republikaner will sich nicht mit Bush zeigen

07.Nov.2006 ccording to TPMmuckraker, the Robo Calls are produced by a firm called Conquest Communications. That firm suddenly took down all pages on their site revealing who these guys are and how to contact them. Why? Because they do not want to give out the phone number for Conquest Communications. Apparently, annoying phone calls are okay for you but not for them . Permalink
The phone number for Conquest Communications is 804-358-0560.
The FAX number is 804-213-0797.
The exact street address is 2812 Emerywood Parkway, Suite 103, Richmond, Virginia 23294. If you live anywhere near the capitol of the old Confederacy, consider paying them a visit. Say hi. Be nice.
Who runs Conquest?

07.Nov.2006 What is Your Prediction About the Election? Let Other BuzzFlash Readers Know.
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Democrats assail Republican status quo: "They can't run anything right," said former President Clinton, taunting Republicans about the war in Iraq, the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and even the scandal involving the House page program that complicated GOP efforts to win two more years in power. 11/7
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07.Nov.2006 To accelerate this process, Democrats must expand and consolidate their control over the Northeast and Midwest by purging as many of the remaining "Rockefeller Republicans" as possible. "Rockefeller Republicans" are an oxymoron, dinosaurs. They should be retired to a museum. 11/7
It's Not Too Late to Make a Difference this Election -- A BuzzFlash News Alert

07.Nov.2006 The BuzzFlash Mailbag -- Uncensored and Unvarnished Truth from BuzzFlash Readers.
This is turning into a big story. They're doing it across the country - Kansas, NH + now PA. This is the Republican October Surprise, launched in November. It's to cheat, pretend that they are Democrats calling voters and then piss the voters off so much that they don't vote for the Democrats. The culprit in this race is the National Republican Congressional Committee, an organization that's used such scurrilous campaign tactics this season that it has been disavowed in some instances by the candidates it is supporting. In the past week alone, FCC records reflect $22,119 for anti-Murphy phone-bank expenses, said NRCC spokesman Ed Petru. 11/7

07.Nov.2006 Returns from the Eastern States Will Set the Tone Tuesday Night 11/7
Mike Rogers, the nation?s leading gay activist blogger, last night took his campaign against hypocrisy by anti-gay Republicans and evangelicals who are gay themselves to the U.S. Capitol steps. 11/7

07.Nov.2006 The Republican criminal legacy dr. elsewhere here
07.Nov.2006 Perhaps the best known example of those tricks was the infamous Canuck letter sent to the Manchester Union Leader claiming Edmond Muskie disliked Americans of French Canadian descent.
07.Nov.2006 Rove was thus allowed to remain on the loose, as it were, to the great and possibly terminal destruction of our election process. And he has clearly applied what he learned at the feet of Lee Atwater, another Nixon consultant, too well.
07.Nov.2006 Nothing but a bunch of cheap cheats. Responding to assertions that their robocalling scheme is at least unseemly and at worst illegal, they insist they’re within the laws, inasmuch admitting that they’re placing these calls, which are clearly designed to irritate voters and associate that irritation with the Democratic opponents.
07.Nov.2006 You’d have thought they would have learned the hard lessons from Watergate – crime truly does not pay + certainly does not further the democratic program – but instead it seemed to redouble their resolve. It was in this aftermath that Lee Atwater emerged as the evil, the original Darth Vader of the Republican Party, running Reagan's campaigns with an unparalleled ruthlessness. Consciously implementing the horrifyingly cynical Southern Strategy that had worked for Nixon in ’68, Atwater was notorious for his last minute, below-the-belt smears (think Dukakis and Willie Horton in ’88) + was completely unapologetic about their Southern Strategy. Atwater’s barrel had no bottom.
07.Nov.2006 06. NOVEMBER 2006
Nicaragua: Die Wiederkehr des Daniel Ortega
06.Nov.2006 Rove’s irritated - Judd  that Flordia gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist decided “not to appear with President Bush at a rally in Pensacola.”
06.Nov.2006 What Ward Connerly Doesn’t Want You To Know About Affirmative Action - Guest 

Tommorow, Michigan voters will be asked to vote on Proposition 2, Ward Connerly’s proposal to amend the state constitution to ban affirmative action programs in the state of Michigan.

Connerly says affirmative action harms African-Americans, claiming it has “perpetuated the notion that black people aren’t as smart.” Connerly’s views are not supported by the facts:

In the most comprehensive study on affirmative action to-date, author William Bowen concluded, “ This notion that we have somehow harmed the intended beneficiaries, that they are victims in fact, is really nonsense . There is just not an iota of evidence, certainly in what we have looked at that would support that proposition.”

The same study found, African American students with lower SATs who went to schools where the average was higher did much better along any dimension, were more satisfied with their school, graduated in higher numbers + were more likely to go to graduate and professional schools.

Does Connerly think white Anglo-Saxon men feel hampered by self-doubt for the decades of preferential treatment they received over women and minorities? Sam Davis
06.Nov.2006 From Ted Haggard’s sermon last week, - Nico  four days before accusations of his gay affair became public: “Heavenly Father give us grace and mercy, help us this next week and a half as we go into national elections and Lord we pray for our country. Father we pray lies would be exposed and deception exposed. Father we pray that wisdom would come upon our electorate …”
06.Nov.2006 Iraq ambassador Khalilzad to quit. - Nico 

The AP reports, “Zalmay Khalilzad, the plainspoken dealmaker and Republican insider who has won praise and criticism for attempts to broker Sunni political participation in Iraq’s fragile government, is likely to quit his post as U.S. ambassador in Baghdad in the coming months, a senior Bush administration official said Monday.”
06.Nov.2006 Saddam’s Verdict Announced Four Days Early, Court Won’t Finish Writing Decision Until Thursday - Judd 

Yesterday, the Supreme Iraqi Criminal Tribunal announced that Saddam Hussein had been found guilty and would be sentenced to death. But it didn’t release the official verdict. NBC News has the story:

The full verdict, a document of several hundred pages, explaining how and why today’s judgment was reached was not released. U.S. officials said it should be ready by Thursday. So why issue the verdict today? U.S. court advisors told reporters today it was delayed mainly for technical reasons.

The court was created by the administration-controlled Coalition Provisional Authority and the administration still exercises considerable control over the court. The New York Times reports, “American influence…has been undeniably pervasive, with about 90 percent of the $145 million in annual costs for the court and associated investigations paid for by the United States Justice Department + lawyers sent by Washington acting as advisers.” Digg It! (HT: Talking Points Memo)
06.Nov.2006 In June, Hoekstra And Santorum Insisted ‘We Found WMD In Iraq,’ Hoekstra Now Says ‘I Don’t Know’ - Judd 

In June, Hoekstra unequivocally claimed that WMD had been found in Iraq. From a press conference with Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA), 6/21/06:

Congressman Hoekstra and I are here today to say that we have found weapons of mass destruction in Iraq , chemical weapons.

Hoekstra and Santorum went on a media blitz, telling anyone who would listen that WMD’s had been found. (The pair seized on a report describing abandoned, degraded pre-1991 munitions that were already acknowledged by the White House’s Iraq Survey Group and dismissed.) Yesterday, Hoekstra reversed course, saying it he didn’t know whether there was WMD or not. CNN, 11/5/06:

HOEKSTRA: Well, you know, there’s 48,000 boxes of documents that we’ve acquired. I think it’s important to declassify as much of the information. I don’t know whether there was WMD or not. But what we should do is make sure that we go through the process and fully explore what Saddam was capable of doing.

It was Hoekstra’s insistence on declassifying documents found in Iraq that lead to the publication of a document describing how to build a nuclear weapon on a government website.

The truth is that there has been an exhaustive search for WMD in Iraq. None were found. Nevertheless, “Hoekstra is still pressing U.S. intelligence agencies to look for possible weapons of mass destruction in Iraqeven though intelligence officials say further work is unlikely to reveal anything new about Saddam’s WMD programs.”
06.Nov.2006 November 6, 2006 - Think Progress 

FBI Criminal Division chief James Burrus says “the bureau is ramping up its ability to catch crooked politicians and might run an undercover sting on Congress.” He expects an emphasis on rooting out public corruption “for many, many, many years to come.”

House Speaker Hastert’s (R-IL) future “is in doubt even if the Republicans retain control of the House” because of unease over his handling of the Foley page scandal and “what a House ethics committee investigation might conclude about him,” the Washington Post reports.

A proposed constitutional amendment to ban gay marraige in South Dakota is too close to call. Forty-seven percent say they are opposed to the amendment while 46 percent support it.

Federal prosecutors rejected 87 percent of the international terrorism cases brought by the FBI during the first nine months of fiscal year 2006. Prosecutions fell from 118 defendants in fiscal year 2002, to 19 defendants from Oct. 1, 2005, to June 30, 2006. The Justice Department disputed the findings.

The U.S. government conducted a series of secret war games in 1999 that anticipated an invasion of Iraq would require 400,000 troops + even then chaos might ensue.” Read the full study HERE.

Robert Novak writes conservative political operatives grumble that Bush’s presence on the campaign trail has been a drag . One operative told Novak what Bush’s strategy should have been: “The president should go on a 2 1/2 -week vacation + when he gets back, go right into the hospital for minor surgery. In other words, he should have disappeared.”

Iraq is one of the most corrupt countries in the world , according to new rankings from Transparency International. “When you have high levels of violence,” the group’s chief executive said, “not only does security break down, but so do checks and balances, law enforcement and the functioning of institutions like the judiciary and legislature.”

A recent CIA assessment found that Afghan president Hamid Karzai has been “significantly weakened by rising popular frustration with his American-backed government.” Karzai continues “to struggle to exert authority beyond Kabul,” and is increasingly viewed as corrupt.

House Intelligence Chairman Peter Hoekstra (R-MI) criticized the Bush administration yesterday “for its handling of a trove of once-secret documents from Saddam Hussein’s covert nuclear program disclosed on a federal Web site .” “It looks like they screwed up,” he said.

And finally: Vice President Dick Cheney will shoot his friend pheasant on Election Day. “On his first hunting trip since he accidentally shot a companion last February while aiming at a covey of quail on a private Texas ranch,” Cheney “will head to South Dakota to spend several days at a private hunting lodge near Pierre.”
06.Nov.2006 America's Slide to Totalitarianism - sfux Robert Parry -

With last-minute polls showing a strong Republican comeback, Election 2006 may yet serve as a ratification of George W. Bush's dark vision of endless war abroad and an end to the American Republic at home.Though...
Plans for human-cow embryos UK scientists have applied for permission to create embryos by fusing human DNA with cow eggs.
06.Nov.2006 Eurozone economy gathers pace The eurozone economy is now expanding at its fastest rate since the turn of the century, says the European Commission.
06.Nov.2006 World oil prices slip below $59 Oil prices continue to fall, slipping below $59 a barrel on the back of rising fuel stocks among consumer countries.
06.Nov.2006 Image: Solar shield may save the planet University of Arizona astronomer Roger Angel proposes a giant shield to block sunlight if global warming gets out of control.
06.Nov.2006 FTC chief warns against 'unnecessary' Net regulations She says consumer voices, market forces, existing laws are often good enough to remedy problems posed by technologies.
06.Nov.2006 Genetically Engineered Machines Competition - kdawson 5 aqkiva writes,

"This past weekend, 33 schools from around the world gathered at MIT for the international genetically engineered machine competition. Teams consisting of mostly undergraduates had designed, built, tested + characterized biological parts, devices + systems over the course of the summer and came together to present their work. The competition is helping push the field of synthetic biology and opening access to the tools to engineer biological systems by providing standard biological components. The team from Slovenia won first prize overall for their engineering of mammalian systems and won the 'BioBrick,' a large metal Lego brick. The MIT team won the top prize for the best system with their engineering of bacteria that smell like wintergreen and banana. For news coverage of this weekend's jamboree, see the Boston Globe and Technology Review."
Phishers Arrested In Eastern Europe and US - kdawson 25 to let us know about the roundup of a phishing gang by the FBI and authorities in Poland and Romania.

18 arrests were made in what the FBI calls "Operation Cardkeeper." The gang has allegedly been selling stolen identities and information on credit cards and bank accounts since at least 2004. To remind us what a drop in the bucket such international operations are, the article says: "The Anti-Phishing Working Group, an industry consortium, said more than 10,000 phishing Web sites were active on the Internet in August, about double the number of sites in January."
The End of Net Anonymity In Brazil - kdawson 159 DieNadel writes, "The Brazilian senate is considering a bill that will make it a crime to join a chat, blog, or download from the Internet without fully identifying oneself first. Privacy groups and Internet providers are very concerned + are trying to lobby against the bill, but it seems they won't have much success." From the article: "If approved, it will be a crime, punishable with up to 4 years of jail time, to disseminate virus or trojans, unauthorizedly access data banks or networks and send e-mail, join chat, write a blog or download content anonymously."
What's a Media Mogul To Do - Hemos 20 Andy Kessler's been writing on his blog about the state of affairs for being a media mogul. The the final piece about the new state of affairs has been published, as has a consolidation piece of all of the parts. The comparison to media control to control of The Pipes is an apt comparison.

Nicht nur Symptome behandeln, sondern auch die Ursachen

Die Hauptkritik an Geoengineering-Szenarien bezieht sich weder auf technische Details, noch auf möglicherweise unvorhersehbare Nebenwirkungen. Umweltschützer und Forscher fürchten gleichermaßen: Beginnt die Menschheit erst einmal, an den Symptomen des Klimawandels (allen voran der Erderwärmung) herumzudoktern, geraten alle Maßnahmen gegen seine Ursachen (den Ausstoß von Treibhausgasen) unter die Räder.

Ob gigantisches Sonnensegel im All oder Schwefelstaub in der Atmosphäre: Diese Pläne scheinen gegenwärtig mehr Erfolg zu versprechen als das Kyoto-Protokoll. Dem gehört der größte Klimasünder, die USA, nicht an; und es nimmt China, den zweitgrößten Luftverschmutzer des Planeten, von seinen Vorschriften aus. Die Entwürfe der Wissenschaftler "sind Teil der Debatte geworden, auch wenn es weiter große Vorbehalte gibt", sagt der französische Klimaforscher Jean Jouzel.

Nicht nur Symptome behandeln, sondern auch die Ursachen
Todesurteil: Italien und Frankreich wollen Saddams Hinrichtung verhindern
06.Nov.2006 Bundesgerichtshof: T- Online darf Internet- Verbindungsdaten nicht speichern
06.Nov.2006 Konfetti im All: Ein Sonnenschirm für die Erde
06.Nov.2006 Kontaktsperre an englischer Schule: Umarmen unerwünscht
Irak: Europäische Politiker lehnen Saddams Hinrichtung ab
Stromnetz- Ausfall: Hexenschuss in Europas Rückgrat
06.Nov.2006 Todesurteil: Saddams Schicksal - eine Fußnote des täglichen Terrors
06.Nov.2006 Sexskandal um US- Prediger: "Ich bin ein Betrüger und ein Lügner"
Blackout: Politik geißelt Schlamperei und Profitgier bei Stromkonzernen
06.Nov.2006 Rule of law the only path to peace Taiwan's scandal grows
06.Nov.2006 Iran fires missile able to reach Israel
Republican push to oust Rumsfeld Kerry plays the Manchurian Candidate Bush wants US general as top UN peacekeeper
06.Nov.2006 Seafood off menu by 2048

Aber auch schon die zuletzt bekannt gewordenen Forschungsergebnisse geben Anlass zur Sorge: So ist die durchschnittliche Temperatur auf der Erde auf ein Niveau gestiegen, dass es zuletzt vor 12.000 Jahren gab. Besonders deutlich war der Anstieg dabei in den vergangenen 30 Jahren, wie US-Forscher im September berichteten.

Nairobi - In den kommenden beiden Wochen beraten in Nairobi Tausende Politiker, Wissenschaftler und Umweltschützer aus rund 190 Staaten über ein Nachfolgeabkommen für das 2012 auslaufende Kyoto-Protokoll, das den Ausstoß an sogenannten Treibhausgasen wie Kohlendioxid stoppen sollte. Dies ist bisher aber nicht im gewünschten Umfang gelungen. AP

Klimakonferenz Nairobi: Hoffen auf ein Zeichen aus den USA Viele Delegierte hoffen dabei auch auf ein Zeichen aus den USA, die als größte Industrienation für rund 21 Prozent der Treibhausgase verantwortlich sind. Es gilt aber als sehr unwahrscheinlich, dass sich die Regierung von Präsident George W. Bush zu verpflichtenden Zielen bei der Reduzierung des Ausstoßes an Treibhausgasen bereit erklären könnte. Die US-Regierung setzt hierbei auf freiwillige Verpflichtungen der Industrie. Treibhausgase entstehen vor allem bei der Verbrennung fossiler Rohstoffe wie Kohle oder Öl.
Weltklimagipfel: Warten auf ein Zeichen

From The Denver Post :

In a letter of apology read to the congregation of New Life Church Sunday morning, Ted Haggard confessed to sexual immorality and described himself as "a deceiver and a liar"...

..."The accusations that have been leveled against me are not all true, but enough of them are true that I have been appropriately and lovingly removed from ministry," Haggard wrote... Read the entire article here.
06.Nov.2006 Michael Ledeen, another prominent neoconservative - Judd  quoted in the Vanity Fair article, now claims he “opposed the military invasion of Iraq before it took place.” He’s lying. More here.
06.Nov.2006 Haggard Confesses: ‘I Am a Deciever and a Liar’ - Judd -From a statement read in right-wing evangelical leader Ted Haggard’s church this morning: “The fact is I am guilty of sexual immorality + I take responsibility for the entire problem. I am a deceiver and a liar. There’s a part of my life that is so repulsive and dark that I have been warring with it all of my adult life.” Haggard previously denied having sex with a male prostitute. Video at HuffPost.
06.Nov.2006 Perle: I Only Agreed To Tell The Truth About Iraq If It ‘Would Not Be Published Before The Election’ - Judd 

In a new article in Vanity Fair, prominent neoconservative Richard Perle — one of the principle advocates of invading Iraq — blasts the Bush administration’s policy in Iraq. Here’s some key excerpts:

[Bush] did not make decisions, in part because the machinery of government that he nominally ran was actually running him … Huge mistakes were made + I want to be very clear on this: They were not made by neoconservatives, who had almost no voice in what happened + certainly almost no voice in what happened after the downfall of the regime in Baghdad. I’m getting damn tired of being described as an architect of the war. I was in favor of bringing down Saddam. Nobody said, ‘Go design the campaign to do that.’ I had no responsibility for that.

Now, Perle is calling foul, saying he only agreed to tell the truth if it was published after the election. Here’s Perle in the National Review:

Vanity Fair has rushed to publish a few sound bites from a lengthy discussion with David Rose… I had been promised that my remarks would not be published before the election.

Another prominent conservative quoted in the article Eliot Cohen, has a different view. Cohen said, “thinking the government’s conduct of the Iraq war an entirely appropriate subject of political debate I do not think anyone should have kept mum in an interview of this kind until an election had passed.”
Dole Falsely Claims That Saddam ‘Had In His Focus The Preparation of Nuclear Weapons’ - Think Progress 

Today on NBC’s Meet the Press, Sen. Elizabeth Dole (R-NC) — echoing Condoleeza Rice’s justification for the warsaid that Saddam Hussein was “a madman who had in his focus the preparation of nuclear weapons.” Watch it:

Contrary to Dole’s claim, Saddam was not focusing on “the preparation of nuclear weapons” at the time of the U.S. invasion in March 2003 and hadn’t been for more than a dozen years. He also had no capability to restart the program. From the Duelfer report:

Saddam Husayn ended the nuclear program in 1991 following the Gulf war . ISG found no evidence to suggest concerted efforts to restart the program . … Although Saddam clearly assigned a high value to the nuclear progress and talent that had been developed up to the 1991 war, the program ended and the intellectual capital decayed in the succeeding years .


RUSSERT: Do you think this will have an effect on the election, Sen. Dole?

DOLE: I think this shows the Iraqis are putting their past behind them, the establishment of the rule of law. I feel this will mean they are moving forward. Certainly a madman who had in his focus the preparation of nuclear weapons.

This will, I think, be received as the right thing and I don’t expect that it’s going to have that much effect one way or the other.
Wallace Falsely Claims Missouri Stem Cell Initiative Would Allow ‘Human Cloning’ - Amanda 

Today on Fox News Sunday, host Chris Wallace repeatedly pushed the incorrect right-wing talking point that the Missouri ballot initiative on stem cells would allow human cloning. Watch it:

The Missouri ballot initiative clearly prohibits human cloning and makes it a felony crime. The initiative reads, “No person may clone or attempt to clone a human being.” The amendment does protect somatic cell nuclear transplant (SCNT), but it is not the same as human cloning, despite Wallace’s claim. Medical researchers, patient advocates, and others point out that the SCNT does not aim to duplicate a human being.

Additionally, as McCaskill notes, the initiative would actually tighten regulations for stem cell research by creating “a legal framework with sound ethical guidelines for this kind of research which frankly we don’t have in Missouri right now.”

Full transcript below:

WALLACE: Let’s turn to domestic issues. Stem cell research is a big issue in your campaign as it is in several around the country, and it’s particularly true in Missouri because there’s a constitutional amendment on the ballot that your opponent points out would allow some forms of human cloning. You support that measure.

McCASKILL: I do. But I disagree with Sen. Talent’s analysis. As a lawyer looking and reading the measure, it is very clear that it strictly prohibits human cloning. In fact, it provides a legal framework with sound ethical guidelines for this kind of research which frankly we don’t have in Missouri right now. So not only would it make sure the research could go forward in Missouri as long as it was legal at the federal level, it also will provide a much needed ethical and legal framework for this research that all of us want in Missouri and frankly all of us want in America.

WALLACE: But, Mrs. McCaskill, the ballot measure provides for something — this gets technical — provides for something called somatic cell nuclear transfer, which is a form of therapeutic cloning. Isn’t that a slippery slope if you get into any kind of cloning at all?

McCaskill: Well, the bottom line is you are not going to get a baby out of a petri dish. This measure, which we don’t have right now, strictly prohibits any implantation of any cells in order for a human being to be created.
Cheney: I Would ‘Probably Not’ Testify Before Congress, Even If Subpoenaed - Judd 

This morning on ABC, George Stephanopoulos asked Vice President Cheney if he would testify before Congress if he was subpoenaed. Cheney said “probably not in the sense at that vice president and president and constitutional officers don’t appear before the Congress.”

Stephanopoulos noted that President Gerald Ford testified before Congress. Watch it: Digg It! Transcript:

STEPHANOPOULOS: You’ve talked a lot about the consequences of the Democrats taking over congress in the last week. Nancy Pelosi said this: “we win, speaking of the democrat, we get subpoena power.” If you’re subpoenaed by the Democrats, would you go?

CHENEY: I have no idea that i’m going to be subpoenaed. Obviously, we’d sit down and look at it at the time. But probably not in the sense at that Vice President and President and constitutional officers don’t appear before the Congress.

STEPHANOPOULOS: That’s your view of executive power? You’re not going to go up and testify.

CHENEY: I think that’s been the tradition. I can’t remember the last time a President did appear before the Congress. Or a Vice President.

STEPHANOPOULOS: Gerald Ford, I think.

CHENEY: That’s right. But not on a subpoena, he did it on his own.
Saddam sentenced to death by hanging. - Judd  “Iraqi officials imposed a full curfew on the capital and four provinces, confining people to their homes, fearing today’s verdict could unleash a new outburst of sectarian bloodshed between Shiites Muslims and Sunnis Arabs.”
06.Nov.2006 Ist China noch kommunistisch? - sfux Michael Schulze von Glaßer - Vieles wurde schon über die neue Großmacht aus Fernost gesagt. Doch herrscht in China wirklich noch der einst von Mao eingeführte Kommunismus?
Das Wirtschaftswunderland China ist allgegenwärtig. Egal, ob man sich neue Schuhe, Kleidung oder auch High-Tech-Geräte wie mp3-Player oder DVD-Rekorder kauft, nahezu alles ist ?Made in China?. Die...

06.Nov.2006 Das Ende einer Wahnfahrt - Südafrika wendet sich von den Virusleugnern ab - sfux Dr. Alexander von Paleske -

Während Gesundheitsministerin ?Dr. Beetroot? Manto Tshabalala Msimang wegen einer Erkrankung das Bett hüten muss, hat die Regierung Mbeki die Gelegenheit genutzt, um weit reichende Änderungen in der Behandlung der AIDS-Seuche einzuleiten. Der Vizepräsidentin Mlambo-Ngcuka wurde der Gesamtbereich ?HIV? übertragen und damit der Gesundheitsministerin entzogen. Diese...
MP says Iran should fingerprint US nationals - sfux Iran - The Islamic Republic should fingerprint American nationals upon their arrival in the country, Rapporteur of Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Commission said on Sunday.

Kazem Jalali pointed to the US officials' impolite behavior towards Iranian nationals at American airports,...
US-Militärzeitungen wollen Rumsfelds rücktritt - sfux Stephan Fuchs -

Wie der Sender CNN heute berichtete wird in mehreren US-Militärzeitungen der Rücktritt von Verteidigungsminister Donald Rumsfeld gefordert. Der Aufruf ist in einem Kommentar in den am Montag erscheinenden Ausgaben der "Army Times", "Navy Times", "Airforce Times" und der "Marine Corps Times" enthalten.
1999 war games foresaw problems in Iraq - sfux John Heilprin -

The U.S. government conducted a series of secret war games in 1999 that anticipated an invasion of Iraq would require 400,000 troops + even then chaos might ensue.
In its "Desert Crossing" games, 70 military, diplomatic and intelligence officials assumed the high...

Hussein zum Tod durch den Strang verurteilt - sfux SDA -

Der frühere irakische Staatschef Saddam Hussein ist zum Tod durch den Strang verurteilt worden. Ein Sondertribunal in Bagdad befand den 69-Jährigen wegen eines Massakers an Schiiten im Jahr 1982 für schuldig.
Saddam Hussein nahm den Urteilsspruch sichtlich erschüttert entgegen.

Ebenfalls zum Tod verurteilt wurden sein Halbbruder Barsan Ibrahim el Tikriti und der frühere Vorsitzende des Revolutionsrates, Awad Ahmed el Bandar.
Painkillers 'confuse' UK public A survey suggests many people in the UK do not know the differences between various types of painkillers.
06.Nov.2006 Tight curfew after Saddam verdict Baghdad remains under curfew a day after former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein was sentenced to death.
06.Nov.2006 US parties poised for poll battle Republicans and Democrats get set for the final day of campaigning ahead of key US mid-term elections.
06.Nov.2006 Man 'planned massive explosions' A Muslim convert planned to detonate a dirty bomb and launch an attack on London's Tube, a court hears.
06.Nov.2006 German firm admits blackout fault German firm E.ON confirms it was to blame for the blackout that hit swathes of Europe at the weekend.
06.Nov.2006 Africa focus for climate summit The latest round of UN climate talks in Nairobi will focus on measures to "climate-proof" poor countries.
06.Nov.2006 Haiti tops world corruption table Haiti is ranked as the most corrupt country in the world by Transparency International.
06.Nov.2006 New bid to oust Taiwan's leader Taiwan's opposition begins a third attempt to oust troubled President Chen, after he denies corruption allegations.
06.Nov.2006 Rules on flight liquids changed New rules allow liquids in hand luggage at Europe's airports, easing restrictions imposed after a UK terror alert.
06.Nov.2006 Merkel warns Turkey over Cyprus The German chancellor says Turkey's EU bid will be in serious trouble if Ankara maintains its Cyprus boycott.
06.Nov.2006 'Cyprus plan' proposed for Israel Israeli deputy PM Avigdor Lieberman says Israel should separate Jews and Arabs using the Cypriot model.
06.Nov.2006 Blair defends identity card plan Tony Blair launches a defence of ID cards, saying the issue is more about "modernity" than about civil liberties.
06.Nov.2006 Birth of a quieter, greener plane Researchers produce a radical new aircraft design that could make a major contribution to curbing climate change.
06.Nov.2006 Iraqi tales from the blogs For an inside view of life in Iraq, we cherry-pick some of bloggers' recent postings.
06.Nov.2006 Solar Powers Up, Sans Silicon For years, energy entrepreneurs have talked up technologies for printing cheap solar cells.

Today, soaring energy demand and tight silicon supplies are moving alternative materials to the front burner. By Joanna Glasner.
Dems Challenge Post of Iraq Docs The Bush administration posts classified documents detailing Saddam's nuclear program on a now-shuttered federal website.

Democratic senators question the timing of the posting, which includes weapons' design info, just days before midterm elections.
Tagging Phones to Track Traffic Forget radar, sensors, helicopters and camera networks to report on traffic -- companies want to track the movements of cell-phone signals to overlay on maps for detailed traffic info. But what about privacy?
06.Nov.2006 Online Maps Aid Eco Mine Fight Stop whacking the tops off our mountains!

Opponents of mountaintop coal mining in Appalachia use Google Earth to show the real impact of the scarred countryside with aerial photos.
EU May Cap Vehicle Emissions The European Union wants to require automakers to produce vehicles that reduce pollutants -- the action could result in cleaner cars in the United States. In Autopia.
06.Nov.2006 Funding Cut For Arecibo Observatory - Hemos 4 satorchi writes

"In a recent Senior Review conducted by the National Science Foundation, a panel of experts recommended the reduction of funding to Arecibo Observatory, the world's largest radio telescope. Unless other sources of funding are found, Arecibo faces severe cuts in its program, with the prospect of closure around the year 2011. Development of the global project called the Square Kilometer Array (SKA) is cited as a reason to decommission Arecibo, but with the SKA coming online around the year 2020, closure of Arecibo in 2011 is some ten years premature. Until SKA is up and running, Arecibo remains the world's most sensitive radio telescope."
A Sunshade In Space To Combat Global Warming - kdawson 184 - ultracool writes,

"While the only permanent solution for human-driven global warming is developing renewable energy, a temporary hack to counteract possible abrupt climate change is to build a giant sunshade in space. The sunshade would be launched in small pieces by electromagnetic launchers, conventional chemical rockets being far too expensive. The sunshade could be developed and deployed in 25 years, would last about 50 years + would reduce the amount of sunlight reaching Earth by 2% — enough to balance heating due to a doubling of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere." From the article: "The [trillions of] spacecraft would form a long, cylindrical cloud with a diameter about half that of Earth + about 10 times longer... Sunlight passing through the 60,000-mile length of the cloud, pointing lengthwise between the Earth and the sun [at L-1], would be diverted away from our planet... The sunshade could be deployed by a total 20 electromagnetic launchers [collectively] launching a stack of [a million] fliers every 5 minutes for 10 years."
Research Supports "Snowball Earth" Hypothesis - kdawson 151 - u2boy_nl writes,

"A new U.S. study finds evidence for 'Snowball Earth,' the hypothesis that the entire Earth was ice-covered for long periods on several occasions, most recently 600-700 million years ago.

The icy conditions (Earth's oceans frozen completely with ice more than a kilometer thick) ended violently under extreme greenhouse conditions — suggests the meltdown could have occurred in as little as 2,000 years. Snowball Earth challenges long-held assumptions regarding the limits of global change. Wikipedia has more on the hypothesis."
Verifiable Elections Via Cryptography - kdawson 302 - ,

"Cryptographer David Chaum and his research team have invented a new voting protocol which allows voters to verify that their vote has been correctly cast and counted. This is enabled using a surprisingly low-tech technique of cryptographic secret sharing. The secret — your marked ballot — is split into two halves using a hole punch" You take half home and can verify later via a Web interface how your particular ballot was counted.
Tracking Traffic Jams With Cell Phones - kdawson 100 kaufmanmoore writes,

"Companies and governments are looking to alternatives to expensive radars and road sensors to track traffic jams. Two Atlanta-based companies are aiming to use data from wireless carriers to mark how fast phones are moving and overlaying that with maps to calculate traffic conditions. One of the companies, AirStage, has already partnered with Sprint-Nextel and the Georgia DOT to cover Atlanta's notorious traffic. The plans raise obvious privacy concerns over the usage of the data of your cell phone's location and the accuracy of this data." From the article: "[The] systems rely on wireless companies allowing them to process the data from their towers that calculate the position of each phone about twice a second when it's being used and once every 30 seconds when it's not. [One company's technology] can track vehicles to within 330 feet without using Global Positioning System satellites. Its software is designed to weed out the difference between pedestrians and drivers, then crunch it into detailed color-coded maps that show average speeds along roadways."
Nano-Optical Switches To Restore Sight? - kdawson 42 Roland Piquepaille writes,

"Researchers in California are now using light to control biological nanomolecules and proteins. They think it can help them to develop treatments for eye diseases, such as the loss of the light detectors in the retina that is a major cause of blindness. They envision putting some of their nano-photoswitches in the cells of the retina, restoring light sensitivity in people with degenerative blindness such as macular degeneration. It will be a while before this technique emerges from the laboratory. ZDNet has additional references and pictures of what you can do with these photoswitches."
Melting Arctic Ice Has Consequences - kdawson 388
OriginalArlen about some compelling global warming coverage in the Washington Post. First there is an article about a study indicating that melting Arctic ice is threatening polar bears with extinction. The article quotes an environmentalist: "This study is the smoking gun. Skeptics, polluting industries and President Bush can't run away from this one." And the polar melting is opening new shipping lanes. The second article details a trip late in October through the Northwest Passage by a Canadian icebreaker. Never before in history could this trip have been accomplished so late in the year; ice would have choked off the passage. Estimates of when the passage might be navigable by commercial shipping range from 2020 to the end of the century. The indigeneous people are not looking forward to this development.

Mainstream Media To Start "Crowdsourcing" - CmdrTaco 131 guanxi writes

"Gannett, one of the largest newspaper publishers in the U.S., plans to change its newsrooms to utilize Crowdsourcing, a new term for something Slashdot readers have been familiar with for years: \From the article, they will 'use crowdsourcing methods to put readers to work as watchdogs, whistle-blowers and researchers in large, investigative features.' Last summer, the The News-Press in Fort Myers, Florida asked readers to help investigate a local scandal. The response was overwhelming: 'Readers spontaneously organized their own investigations: Retired engineers analyzed blueprints, accountants pored over balance sheets + an inside whistle-blower leaked documents showing evidence of bid-rigging.' Public service isn't their only concern, of course: 'We've learned that no one wants to read a 400-column-inch investigative feature online. But when you make them a part of the process they get incredibly engaged.' Is this the beginning of a revolution at major media organizations? Can they successfully duplicate what online communities have been doing for years?"

Das Problem des enormen Kerosinverbrauchs der Luftfahrt werden Nurflügler wohl nicht lösen können. Die erwarteten 10 bis 20 Prozent Einsparung sind zwar schön, aber alles andere als ein Durchbruch. Sie könnten durch eine Zunahme der Flüge sogar mehr als kompensiert werden.

Vor drei Jahren haben University of Cambridge und das Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) die "Silent Aircraft Initiative" (SAI) gestartet - heute Nachmittag wurden die ersten Entwürfe in der Royal Aeronautical Society in London vorgestellt.

Ein fast lautloses Flugzeug
Konzept Nurflügler: Rochen sollen Fluglärm minimieren

Kai Bussmann fordert ein Umdenken in den oberen Etagen: Eine "Kultur der Fairness und der Wirtschaftsethik" sei dringend geboten. "Wir dürfen die Scham vor dem Betrug nicht verlieren."

Kai Bussmann von der Universität Halle ist von den Resultaten nicht überrascht. Das gesellschaftliche Klima, bestimmt vom wenig ethischen Verhalten vieler Wirtschaftsunternehmen, lege den Menschen gewissermaßen Rücksichtslosigkeit nahe: "Der Bürger beobachtet, wie Unternehmen agieren + hat das Gefühl, das sei eben normal." Gigantische Managergehälter, betrügerische Verträge, feindliche Übernahmen, Tricks im Kleingedruckten - die Enrons dieser Welt sind mit Schuld am moralischen Verfall, glaubt Bussmann. Gerade im Augenblick können die Deutschen ja im neu aufgerollten Prozess um die Mannesmann-Abfindungen wieder einem exemplarischen Schaulaufen der fröhlichen Selbstbereicherer zusehen. "Eine Wirtschaft, die als rücksichtslos wahrgenommen wird, hat eine kriminogene Wirkung", macht also Menschen zu Verbrechern, sagt Bussmann.

"Die starke Intention, zurückzuschlagen"

Karstedt und Farrall schreiben: "Während britische Bauern sich einst gegen die Müller erhoben, die Mehl zu überteuerten Preisen verkauften, regen sich Verbraucher heute über Preis-Leistungs-Verhältnisse auf, über betrügerische Verkäufe, versteckte Gebühren und ungenaue Produktbeschreibungen." Heute gäbe es keine Unruhen mehr, wenn die Verbraucher unzufrieden seien, "aber sie tun unfaire Praktiken am Markt auch nicht als bloße Unannehmlichkeit ab. Wenn sie sehen, wie Märkte außer Kontrolle geraten, reagieren sie mit der starken Intention 'zurückzuschlagen', sobald sich die Möglichkeit ergibt".

Die beiden fragten auch nach Einstellungen zur Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft. Das Ergebnis: Die Wurzel des Übels seien neoliberale Reformen. Der einzelne müsse sich heute wie ein Unternehmer gebärden, viel mehr Entscheidungen und Verantwortung selbst übernehmen. Selbst gegenüber Regierungsbehörden würden Bürger zu "Konsumenten", die sich nach Marktgesetzen richten müssten. Es herrsche eine "zynische Einstellung gegenüber dem Gesetz". Ökonomische Metaphern würden auch auf den zwischenmenschlichen Bereich ausgedehnt. Eine Kombination aus Misstrauen gegenüber dem Markt, Angst vor Verbrechen und "rechtlichem Zynismus" bilde schließlich das "Syndrom der Marktanomie".

Bestätigt wird die düstere Weltsicht der Befragten durch eigene Erfahrung: 75 Prozent gaben an, selbst schon einmal zum Opfer eines Verbrechens geworden zu sein - 30 Prozent der West- und 27 Prozent der Ostdeutschen hatten sich sogar im Jahr vor der Befragung mindestens einmal als Opfer etwa eines Betruges gefühlt. Das trägt zur Selbstrechtfertigung bei - schließlich wehrt man sich ja nur.

"Moralische Ignoranz"
Waffenhandel: Iran will Mittelstreckenraketen an befreundete Staaten verkaufen

06.Nov.2006 Internationale Presseschau: "Nicht einmal Saddam Hussein hat die Todesstrafe verdient"

06.Nov.2006 Neue Handgepäckregeln: Europaweit starten Flüge mit Verspätung
06.Nov.2006 Bastelei: U- Boot aus heimischer Werkstatt

06.Nov.2006 Kongresswahlen: US- Wirtschaft hofft auf halben Sieg der Demokraten
06.Nov.2006 Motiv Geldmangel: Sohn lagert Leiche des Vaters in Mülltonne
06.Nov.2006 Unmoralische Deutsche: Dreistigkeit, Unrecht und Freiheit
06.Nov.2006 Pentagon targets Kim’s nuclear sites: THE Pentagon is speeding up plans for possible military strikes on North Korea’s nuclear programme as concern mounts that Arab states are also looking to acquire nuclear technology

06.Nov.2006 U.S. Wants Filmmaker's Suit Dismissed : "I found it disturbing that their position is that American citizens can be treated with impunity by American officials without a recognition that the constitution applies," Rosenbaum said.

06.Nov.2006 Cheating possible on vote machine: Pushing yellow button on device could reset machine, let someone cast ballot multiple times

06.Nov.2006 Republican dirty tricks: Repeat calls not from Hodes : Democratic field offices received dozens of phone calls and e-mails from frustrated voters upset about repeated automated phone calls they thought were coming from Democratic candidate Paul Hodes - though the calls were paid for by a Republican group instead.

06.Nov.2006 Gideon Levy : Listen to Maj. Gen. Stern : A brigade commander tells his soldiers, who killed 12 people in one day: "You've won 12:0," and the soldiers grin broadly. This is the moral nadir we have reached, following a long slide down a slippery slope: Human life has become cheap.
06.Nov.2006 1999 war games foresaw problems in Iraq : The U.S. government conducted a series of secret war games in 1999 that anticipated an invasion of Iraq would require 400,000 troops + even then chaos might ensue.

06.Nov.2006 Neo Culpa: As Iraq slips further into chaos, the war's neoconservative boosters have turned sharply on the Bush administration, charging that their grand designs have been undermined by White House incompetence

06.Nov.2006 Saddam Hussein sentenced to hang : Saddam's sentence will be automatically appealed and reviewed by a panel of appeal judges, who will decide whether or not to allow a retrial. If the judgement stands, however, Saddam must be executed within 30 days of the appeals panel delivering its verdict, the chief prosecutor has said.

06.Nov.2006 In case you missed it: : Iraqi president will not sign death warrant for Saddam : Iraq's new rulers split yesterday over whether to execute Saddam.

06.Nov.2006 Saddam urges Iraqis to not take revenge: Saddam Hussein urged Iraqis on Sunday to reject the sectarian violence ripping his country apart and to "not take revenge" on "invading" forces, his chief lawyer said after the ousted leader was sentenced to death.

06.Nov.2006 Judgment: Statement of Saddam Hussein's Defense Lawyers : This is a trial which has a political purpose to convict President Saddam Hussein in order to keep pace with the occupying invader's policy to get use of such a decisions (of conviction) and to utilize it for electoral objectives as been illustrated by President Saddam Hussein in a letter he sent to the Court on the 22nd of October 2006

06.Nov.2006 Baghdad Burning: When All Else Fails...… Execute the dictator. It’s that simple. When American troops are being killed by the dozen, when the country you are occupying is threatening to break up into smaller countries, when you have militias and death squads roaming the streets and you’ve put a group of Mullahs in power- execute the dictator.

06.Nov.2006 Saddam verdict date 'rigged' for Bush : "This court is a creature of the US military occupation, and the Iraqi court is just a tool and rubber stamp of the invaders," insisted Dulaimi.

06.Nov.2006 World differs on Saddam's sentence: Islamic leaders warned that executing Saddam could inflame those who revile the U.S., undermining President Bush's policy in the Middle East and inspiring terrorists.

06.Nov.2006 EU: Saddam should not hang: The European Union urged Iraq on Sunday not to carry out the death sentence passed on Iraq's former leader Saddam Hussein after his conviction for crimes against humanity.

06.Nov.2006 War Criminals, Beware : On November 14 a group of lawyers and other experts will come before the German federal prosecutor and ask him to open a criminal investigation targeting Donald Rumsfeld, Alberto Gonzales and other key Bush Administration figures for war crimes.

06.Nov.2006 War Crimes : The Case Against Secretary Rumsfeld : Our effort to gain information vitiated 200 years of history. International obligations didn’t matter, nor did morality or humanity. "

06.Nov.2006 Israeli snipers continue Gaza executions: Israeli snipers killed two Palestinians in occupiedGaza on Saturday, one of them a 12-year-old girl, Palestinian sources said.
06.Nov.2006 Bush & Blair: The Iraq Fantasy Neither will admit that Iraq is a disaster. But while their state of denial may cost votes in Washington and London, on the frontline in the Middle East, it continues to cost lives -By Patrick Cockburn
"When does the incompetence end and the crime begin?" asked an appalled German Chancellor in the First World War when the German army commander said he intended to resume his bloody and doomed assaults on the French fortress city of Verdun.

06.Nov.2006 Rough Justice; -Prowling Baghdad with a sidearm and a defective bulletproof-vest -By Mike Whitney
None of the people who started this war will ever be held accountable. In fact, the cabal of militarists, think-tank sycophants + genocidal nutbars, who operate covertly behind the scenes, are probably devising their next bloodbath already. Unless we root them out, the cancer will persist.

06.Nov.2006 Fourteen Senators Face Voters for the First Time since Authorizing Iraq War -By Stephen Zunes
It should be remembered that it was the Democrats who controlled the Senate in the fall of 2002 when the Senate voted to authorize the invasion of Iraq. Majority leader Tom Daschle and assistant majority leader Harry Reid led the majority of their fellow Senate Democrats in voting to launch a war of aggression against a country that, despite their claims to the contrary, was no threat to the security of the United States.

06.Nov.2006 Bush Plans Post-Election Call Up Of National Guard And Reserves -By Brent Budowsky
Plans are secretly underway for a suprise new call up of National Guard and Reserves to be announced sometime after the election.

06.Nov.2006 U.S. says terror suspect shouldn't talk to civilian lawyer -By Associated Press
A suspected terrorist who spent years in a secret CIA prison should not be allowed to speak to a civilian attorney, the Bush administration argues, because he could reveal the agency's closely guarded interrogation techniques.

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A national USA TODAY/Gallup Poll finds remarkable parallels between the congressional elections Tuesday and the watershed elections in 1994 that swept Republicans into control of the House and Senate. Only this time the Democrats have the advantage. 11/6
The Justice Department increasingly has refused to prosecute FBI cases targeting suspected terrorists over the past five years, according to private researchers who reviewed department records. 11/6

06.Nov.2006 Secret nuclear weapons documents found in New Mexico drug raid -- security breach called potentially "devastating" 11/6
Now We're Cutting to the Chase: Bush Says Iraq is About the Oil 11/6

06.Nov.2006 New York Times Will Endorse No Republicans: "On Tuesday, when this page runs the list of people it has endorsed for election, we will include no Republican Congressional candidates for the first time in our memory. Although Times editorials tend to agree with Democrats on national policy, we have proudly and consistently endorsed a long line of moderate Republicans, particularly for the House. Our only political loyalty is to making the two-party system as vital and responsible as possible. That is why things are different this year." 11/6
Don't Forget, You Can Vote on the News at 24 Hours a Day! It's As Easy as One, Two, Three... Don't Complain About the News When You Can Produce The News!

06.Nov.2006 What you need to know to ensure your voice counts in the election 11/6
Brent Budowsky -- December Surprise: Bush Plans Post-Election Call Up Of National Guard And Reserves

06.Nov.2006 Bruce McPherson of CA is the new Ken Blackwell I just received the following, which speaks for itself: Dear Friends,
The Northern Californian ACLU has
filed a lawsuit ( against GOP Secretary of State Bruce McPherson and Choicepoint for purging 145,000 African-American and Latino "felons" in California to prevent them from voting in the November election.
People should be advised to go on Monday to their County Elections Office to vote (on a paper or provisional ballot, if their names have been incorrectly purged as happened in Florida in 2000 by the same company Choicepoint). If the citizen has not yet received any information from his or her county regarding the November 7 election, that is a sign that his or her name has been possibly tagged as that of a "felon." It is not a good idea to wait until Tuesday because of the election day crowds + it is wise to go to the County Election Office to submit the ballot, if possible.
The ACLU sued Choicepoint in Florida after the 2000 election and the company had to pay the NAACP $75,000 for disenfranchising legitimate African-American Democratic voters that the company had incorrecty listed as felons. Apparently 91,000 errors were made (of the 95,000 citizens prevented from voting in Florida in 2000). It is worthy of note that at the time of the Florida election purge, Choicepoint was located in McKinney, Texas, the same city in which Diebold was and is located. Choicepoint has since changed its address to the Atlanta metropolitan area to a place called Alpharetta.
In a related matter Rep. Edward Markey of Massachussetts and Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida have both filed bills to have the Federal Trade Commission impose greater oversight of such companies as Choicepoint (HR 1078) because the company was also heavily criticized at Congressional hearings for selling 145,000 consumer identities located at the Bank of America to a group of thieves that had misrepresented themselves as a legitimate company. Choicepoint agreed to pay $15 million to the Federal Trade Commission ($5 million of which was to go to victims of fraud).
In 2005 Choicepoint was hired with Diebold to purge the voting rolls in California. Diebold set out before the primary to eliminate names of approximately 45,000 legiimate voters who made the slightest error on their voter registration forms when they first registered in the state or reregistered after moving. And, as we see from the ACLUNC lawsuit (whose focus is slightly different than mine since my focus is on the unusual history of the company itself), Choicepoint is repeating its efforts to cleanse the voter rolls of socalled "felons" as it did in Florida in 2000. So please tell citizens that if they have not yet received the appropriate elections information for November 7, they should go to the County Elections Office on Monday to ensure that they have a ballot on which to vote.
(1) They should take extra care to use the exact information on their state ID or license to submit their paper ballot.
(2) They should request a second ballot if they make a mistake, such as overvoting for two candidates for the one race.
(3) Their signature should be legiibly written and include the names from their driver's licenses.

06.Nov.2006 Why does Weller have one eye on Central America?
06.Nov.2006 He has a strange obsession with Central America, having married the daughter of Guatemalan tyrant/religious nut Efrain Rios Montt. Why now learn that Weller has also purchased land in Nicaragua, although he did not disclose his assets to Congress, as the rules stipulate he ought. Permalink
06.Nov.2006 aura of spookiness surrounds Weller.

Not only does he link up with Abramoff + the Cunningham scnadal, his father-in-law was installed as dictator by the CIA + Israeli intelligence.
In the current election cycle, he has held a substantial lead over his opponent,
John Pavich, who seems a decent young fellow.

To be fair, it should be noted that Pavich is pretty damned spooky in his own right -- as his website puts it, he's a former "CIA intelligence officer." Now there is some talk that Pavich has a fighting chance.