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11.Nov.2006 US army 'to suggest Iraq changes' -US military leaders are set to recommend changes in strategy on Iraq, America's top military officer says.
11.Nov.2006 Swede returns Acropolis marble -A Swede returns a piece of marble from the Acropolis, increasing pressure on the British Museum to follow suit.
11.Nov.2006 Rumsfeld may face abuse charges Ex-US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld may face criminal charges in Germany over alleged prisoner abuses.
11.Nov.2006 Pressure 'predicts heart outcome' A simple blood pressure measurement can predict a heart failure patient's chance of recovery, a study finds.
11.Nov.2006 E-voting woes surface in Florida Blog: Headlines after Tuesday's election tended to categorize reports of electronic voting machine troubles as mere "hiccups." But as...
11.Nov.2006 Tech Companies and Politicians: Who Pays Who? - Zonk 70 fiorenza writes

"An investigation into political contributions by technology companies shows that Republicans are the top beneficiaries of such donations, but the Dems aren't too far behind.

Perhaps most interesting, it appears that tech companies know that to really get what they want, they need to lobby directly. From the article: 'It's not just Microsoft that is spending these massive amounts.

The computer/Internet industry as a whole dropped $84 million on lobbying 00.000.2005 — more even than the TV/movies/music groups.

Although the firms at the end of the Internet 'pipes' are spending money, it's dwarfed by the expenditures of those firms that own the 'pipes' themselves.'"
UK Woman Charged As Terrorist For Computer Files - Zonk 280 Terror Alert Brown writes

"Reuters is reporting that a UK woman has been charged as a terrorist because of computer files on her hard drive.

According to the article, these files included 'the Al Qaeda Manual, The Terrorists Handbook, The Mujahideen Poisons Handbook, a manual for a Dragunov sniper rifle + The Firearms and RPG Handbook.' She was picked up in connection with the plot stopped in August to detonate explosives in airplanes flying out of Heathrow airport. Now might be a good time to delete any copies of the Anarchist's Cookbook you once read for amusement and still have floating around on your hard drive."
Snow: The Bolton Nomination - Judd  Is Not Dead. Tony, it’s dead.
11.Nov.2006 We overcame our fear
The unarmed women of the Gaza Strip have taken the lead in resisting Israel's latest bloody assault -By Jameela al-Shanti in Beit Hanoun -"The Guardian" -

Yesterday at dawn, the Israeli air force bombed and destroyed my home. I was the target, but instead the attack killed my sister-in-law, Nahla, a widow with eight children in her care. Continue
11.Nov.2006 Israel accused of 'state terrorism': Riyad Mansour, the Palestinian UN observer, told an emergency UN Security Council meeting on Thursday: "This is terrorism, this is state terrorism. "These are war crimes for which the perpetrators must be held accountable under international law."

11.Nov.2006 UN: Israeli Occupation Forces killed 116 children 00.000.2006: UNICEF says 17 children killed in Gaza + 2 in West Bank so far in November, 40 killed in July

11.Nov.2006 Kahane supporters praise Gaza killings as 'holy': Supporters of assassinated rabbi Meir Kahane hold ceremony to commemorate killed rabbi, say 'holy canon' fired shells at family in Beit Hanoun in which 18 Palestinians died on Wednesday

11.Nov.2006 Gilad Atzmon: Deconstructing David Grossman: If He Is Israeli Left, Who Needs Right?: : Though the man is seen by some as an Israeli left intellectual, I see in his speech nothing but hard core Jewish supremacy and even maintenance of the old crude Zionist racial agenda.

11.Nov.2006 Deputy Defense Minister: Israel may be forced to attack Iran : Deputy Defense Minister Ephraim Sneh suggested in comments published Friday that Israel might be forced to launch a military strike against Iran's nuclear program - the clearest statement yet of this possibility from a high-ranking Israeli official.

11.Nov.2006 Olmert to Focus on Iran in Visit to U.S. : "The prime minister is going to be focusing on the Iranian issue - how to get the world on path with what are essentially very similar views between the United States and Israel," said Olmert spokeswoman Miri Eisin.

11.Nov.2006 Cleric Details CIA Abduction, Egyptian Torture: In an account smuggled out of prison, a radical Muslim cleric has detailed how he was kidnapped by the CIA from this northern Italian city and flown to Cairo, where he was tortured for months with electric shocks and shackled to an iron rack known as "the Bride."

11.Nov.2006 Sweden Violated Torture Ban in CIA Rendition: The United Nations’ ruling that Sweden violated the global torture ban in its involvement in the CIA transfer of an asylum seeker to Egypt is an important step toward establishing accountability for European governments complicit in illegal US renditions, Human Rights Watch said today.

11.Nov.2006 The CIA, the MCA + Detainee Abuse: Everyone knows that after the crime, comes the cover-up. In this case, the government is not only taking aggressive steps to prevent its crimes from coming to light, it has also tried to ensure that when and if these crimes come to public attention, the perpetrators are protected from punishment.

11.Nov.2006 Bolton unlikely to hold U.N. ambassador post: Sen. Lincoln Chafee, R-R.I., who holds the swing vote that would determine whether the evenly split Foreign Relations Committee reconsiders Bolton, said he would not support the nomination, which the White House resubmitted Thursday.

11.Nov.2006 Howard Zinn on activism: Audio MP3 - There is nothing more satisfying than to participate with other people in a struggle or a good cause. That whatever sacrifices may be required of you, whatever troubles you may go through, whatever threats may be made to you, once you have been part of such a movement, you will never forget it. It will be a high point of your life.

11.Nov.2006 Paul Krugman: The Great Revulsion : I'm not feeling giddy as much as greatly relieved. O.K., maybe a little giddy. Give 'em hell, Harry and Nancy!

11.Nov.2006 U.S. seeks better ties by aiding militaries : Concern about leftist victories in Latin America has prompted President Bush to quietly grant a waiver that allows the United States to resume training militaries from 11 Latin American and Caribbean countries.

11.Nov.2006 Venezuela's Chavez applauds Rumsfeld's resignation, says Bush should quit too: Chavez pointed to the strong gains by Democrats in U.S. congressional elections and called it a "reprisal vote" against Bush's policies and the Iraq war. The leftist leader beamed as he read aloud a news report of Rumsfeld's resignation.

11.Nov.2006 Video shows LA police beating suspect: The video shows two officers punching William Cardenas in the face while he struggles. David Willis reports from Los Angeles. - Viewers may find the footage in this report disturbing

11.Nov.2006 Homeland Security Creates Terrorism Score for Travelers: What's your terrorism quotient? U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents will know with a newly announced Automated Targeting System, a data mining system which will use the Treasury's watch list (.pdf), data provided to it by the airlines, your I-94 form and other data sources to compute your terrorism risk when you cross the border.

11.Nov.2006 18,000 votes in U.S. House race may be lost: Thousands of votes were either not counted or not cast in Sarasota's nationally watched congressional race.


11.Nov.2006 Saddam: Let's now charge the accomplices -By John Pilger
Why isn't George Bush Snr being charged? 00.000.1992, a congressional inquiry found that Bush as president had ordered a cover-up to conceal his secret support for Saddam and the illegal arms shipments being sent to Iraq via third countries.

11.Nov.2006 Mubarak warns on Saddam execution : Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has warned that hanging former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein will lead to even more bloodshed in Iraq.

11.Nov.2006 Exclusive: Charges Sought Against Rumsfeld Over Prison Abuse: A lawsuit in Germany will seek a criminal prosecution of the outgoing Defense Secretary and other U.S. officials for their alleged role in abuses at Abu Ghraib + Gitmo

11.Nov.2006 Coalition of Antiwar, Veteran Groups Launching National Movement to Impeach Bush + Cheney: On Saturday, a coalition of groups are meeting near Independence Hall in Philadelphia to announce plans to mobilize a national movement to impeach President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney. Audio and transcript

11.Nov.2006 Fighting empire: An interview with former US Attorney General Ramsey Clark: Just government is a commitment to fulfil human need wherever it exists and prevent violence wherever it threatens.

The present US administration is the antithesis of that.

11.Nov.2006 U.S. vote embarrasses allies: America's rejection of President George W. Bush's Iraq policy is a slap in the face for his allies, but it may give Prime Minister Tony Blair a chance to improve his standing at home by discussing exit options.
11.Nov.2006 War on Iran
Unleashing Armageddon in the Middle East-By Dr. Elias Akleh
The powder keg is ready and all it needs is a match to ignite it. This could come in the form of an “arranged” terrorist act in Lebanon – e.g. another political assassination or toppling of government- to be blamed against Syria and Iran. American warnings of such an act are already in the media.

11.Nov.2006 Gunning for Iran-Video Documentary- Exposed : Where The U.S. gets its "intelligence" about Iran's nuclear program. Click to view

11.Nov.2006 Iraq disaster warning-By William S. Lind
An attack on Iran will not be an invasion with ground troops. We don't have enough of those left to invade Ruritania. It will be a "package" of air and missile strikes, by U.S. forces or Israel. -

The Democrats taking either or both Houses of Congress, if it happens, will not make any difference. They would rather have the Republicans start and lose another war than prevent a national disaster.

Politics comes first and the country second. Continue

11.Nov.2006 I doubt there is guilt -By John Chuckman
The Democratic Party has been all but dead for years as a meaningful national alternative. The party has no recognized national leader. It has no cause, no fire in the belly.

It has been largely silent for six years while Bush rampaged through the world and literally peed on American liberties like a grotesquely-smirking, small-town sheriff. Continue

11.Nov.2006 'Iraq: Legacy of Hate' : The Lost Generation Video Documentary By Channel 4 - UK
'Iraq: The Lost Generation' opens a window onto the hidden world of Iraqi youth, revealing the brutalisation and psychological trauma of living under military occupation.

It reveals how the people with whom the future of Iraq rests, are reacting with anger, aggression and, in some cases, violence. Click to view

11.Nov.2006 Cheney in a Box -By Mike Whitney
The Democrats didn’t win anything; that’s all hogwash. Bush was buried beneath an avalanche of bad news.

It was a carefully-coordinated coup intended to install “adults” (like Robert Gates) in positions of power, change the policy in Iraq + remove Rumsfeld and Cheney from office. Continue
11.Nov.2006 TIME Magazine "Exclusive": A lawsuit in Germany will seek a criminal prosecution of the outgoing Defense Secretary and other U.S. officials for their alleged role in abuses at Abu Ghraib and Gitmo.
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11.Nov.2006 The Next Chapter in Bush's Revisionist History: Himself -- A BuzzFlash News Analysis
Dems Must Use Successful Midterm as Opportunity to Improve Elections, not Reason to Stop Fighting -- A BuzzFlash News Analysis
The BuzzFlash Mailbag -- Uncensored and Unvarnished Truth from BuzzFlash Readers.

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Another One Bites the Dust: Mehlman to Get Das Boot from the RNC 11/10
Karl, You are About to Learn the Price of Failing a Bushevik. You Might Want to Pull That Knife Out of Your Back.
MI5 chief says Iraq war is driving British Muslims into terrorism 11/11

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11.Nov.2006 Why we need more exit polls BradBlog has published what should be a blockbuster story about the latest congressional race in CA-50, the Francine Busby (Democratic challenger) vs. Brian Bilbray (Republican incumbent) match.
As you will recall, this is Duke Cunningham's old seat. The first election was highly controversial, since the voting machines were allowed "sleepovers" in private homes. The same controversy affected the Nov. 7 vote.
Officially, Bilbray won, 53% to 43%. However, Zogby conducted an exit poll in this district + discovered a six % discrepancy between the "actuals" and the exits.

11.Nov.2006 Irish Blogs " Mercenaries ... Africa's Indymedia carries a new piece by Dr Alexander Von Paleske on Mark Thatcher, Simon Mann and 'the ... an interesting article by Dr Alexander Von Paleske . Google any of the ...
10.Nov.2006 Today's Quote:
"With the USS Intrepid mired in mud and unable to budge, officials were considering a variety of options, including renaming it the USS George W. Bush." -
Andy Borowitz Editor's Notes & Rants:
naval strike force in position for attack on Iran. Israel can't wait.
What the Bush hath wrought: "The average household in Iraq now gets two hours of electricity a day. There is 70% unemployment, 68% of Iraqis have no access to safe drinking water + only 19% have sewage access." And to think, that only cost us half a trillion dollars, the lives of thousands of soldiers + a world-wide reputation approaching that of Hitler's Germany.
At a press conference yesterday, Donald
Rumsfeld praised his own performance as Secretary of Defense + his incredible success in Iraq. Men in white coats are waiting in the wings with straightjackets to take him to his new padded office at a private alzheimer's facility in Sante Fe.
case for war crimes charges against Rumsfeld. Visualize Nuremberg.
GOP pissed that Bush didn't fire Rumsfeld before the election, when it might have saved their majorities.
Mehlman's Out. Well, sorta. RNC chairman Ken
Feygelah Mehlman to step down in January.
Nyah nyah nyah.
Dubya's professed desire for bipartisanship lasted exactly one day.

Yesterday the White House announced it plans to ram as much right wing crap through the lame-duck session of Congress as possible.

We The People may have spoken, but the Republicans have their fingers in their ears. Remember this in '08.
Bad news for the economy, as
China is no longer willing to cover the US' astronomical debt. The American lifestyle is about to change.


The Fix is In
Looks like between James Baker + Henry Kissinger, there's been a
change in management in the Company.
WASHINGTON (AP) Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld stepped down Wednesday, one day after congressional elections in which opposition to the war in Iraq contributed to heavy Republican Party losses.
President George W. Bush said he would nominate Robert Gates, a former CIA director, to replace Rumsfeld at the Pentagon...
Rumsfeld, 74, was in his second tour of duty as defense chief. He first held the job a generation ago, when he was appointed by President Ford.
Gates is the president of Texas A&M University + a close friend of the Bush family.

00.000.1991-00.000.1993 Gates served as director of the CIA Central Intelligence for Bush's father.
Gates first joined the CIA 00.000.1966 and served in the intelligence community for more than a quarter century, under six presidents...
Looks like
Gates was offered Black Spot's job as Director of Homeland Security awhile back, but Gates [or somebody] decided Negroponte was a better uber-spook.

Like Negroponte, Gates was an unindicted co-conspirator during Iran-Contra.
Over at Correntewire,
xan has an interesting suggestion: What if Diebold threw the $election to the Democrats?
My response: never forget the Company is not a monolith.
Look at what else happened today: the Negroponte faction of Iran-Contra got control of both Homeland Security and the Department of Defense.
While both branches of Congress are marginally in control of the Democrats, that means Bu$h ( + incidently, the next Reptilican candidate for Preznit) gets somebody else to blame for anything that goes wrong + still holds the veto and the $upremes in the Carlyle Group pocket.
And speaking of the world’s largest private equity, even though the Party controlling Congress changed, if you talley up campaign contributions, they still own Congress.
Yet the fact that the Theocrats were unequivocally the big losers nationwide is priceless- not only to you and me, but to certain corporate barons who were damned tired of the way the holy rollers mucked up business.
It's very possible Diebold heard money talk louder than Jeebus this time around.

10.Nov.2006 Hot News of the Year 2002 Creationist sues Los Alamos Nat'l Lab for Big Bang Censorship.

McKinney said the war on terrorism has enriched Carlyle Group investors by enhancing the ...
Tom Harkin in the Senate, 1991: 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 00.000.1981 + as Deputy Director for Intelligence.

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.
10.Nov.2006 New DOD Head, Oversaw CIA Cooperation With and Assistance to Saddam sent
The Secret World of Robert Gates Replacing Donald Rumsfeld at the Pentagon with Robert Gates is a sign the Bush Family is circling the wagons around the embattled presidency of George W. Bush.

Gates is a trusted hand of George H.W. Bush, but there remain troubling questions about whether Gates is a trustworthy government official.

Since his last confirmation as CIA director 00.000.1991, new evidence has surfaced suggesting that he may not have told the full truth.

09.Nov.2006 11:40 AM PST Category: CURRENT EVENTS Rumsfeld replacement ( Robert Gates ) was director of voting company Gates was on the board of directors of VoteHere, a strange little company that was the biggest elections industry lobbyist for the Help America Vote Act (HAVA).

VoteHere spent more money than ES&S, Diebold + Sequoia combined to help ram HAVA through.

And HAVA, of course, was a bill sponsored by by convicted Abramoff pal Bob Ney and K-street lobbyist buddy Steny Hoyer. HAVA put electronic voting on steroids.
09.Nov.2006 01:20 Special Reports They hate our freedom: The truth about the Military Commissions Act By Aaron Sussman On

17.Oct.2006 with Dick Cheney, Alberto Gonzales + Donald Rumsfeld standing behind him, George W. Bush solemnly announced, “in memory of the victims of

11.Sep.2001 , it is my honor to sign the Military Commissions Act of 2006 into law.
The Cheney-Gates Cabal -by Ray McGovern

Gates is the one most responsible for institutionalizing the politicization of intelligence analysis by setting the example + promoting malleable managers more interested in career advancement than the ethos of speaking truth to power.

00.000.2002, it was those managers who then-CIA Director George Tenet ordered to prepare what has become known as the “Whore of Babylon”—the

01.Oct.2002 National Intelligence Mis-Estimate on weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.

He instructed them to adhere to the guidelines set by Vice President Dick Cheney in his infamous, preemptive speech of

26.Aug.2002 + complete it in three weeks—in order to force a congressional vote before the mid-term election.

To their discredit, the managers complied and issued the worst NIE in the history of American intelligence.

10.Nov.2006 Center for Constitutional Rights to charge Rumsfeld with war crimes in German court, next week.
If you liked Iran Contra, you'll love the new Secretary of Defense.
What Senator Tom
Harkin had to say about Gates 00.000.1991: He's Saddam's man in Washington.
The 2008 presidential campaign season has officially begun, Iowa governor Tom Vilsack (D) filed papers this morning establishing his campaign for the White House. [
AP] [Reuters]
terrorist training camp for children in ND closes, due to bad publicity in film, Jesus Camp .
Imperial immunity.

DNC chair Bush&expire=&urlID=20119478&fb=10.Nov.2006&">Howard Dean promises not to impeach Bush, no matter what.
10.Nov.2006 Americans will speak of the battles like Fallujah - Judd  with the same awe and reverence that we now give to Guadalcanal and Iwo Jima.” — President Bush, 11/10/06
10.Nov.2006 Either the beer is free - Nico  or you’re happy that Donald Rumsfeld resigned today,” Dixie Chicks lead singer Natalie Maines said to a cheering concert crowd on Wednesday. “It was one of several pokes at Bush by Maines.” The new Dixie Chicks movie “Shut Up And Sing” opens in wide release today.
10.Nov.2006 Atrios examines one of the “conservatives” - Judd  newly elected to Congress.
10.Nov.2006 8. - Judd  Number of House races that are still without winners. In Ohio, “elections officials are delaying the count of more than 9,000 provisional ballots by one day so it doesn’t disrupt the much-vaulted Ohio State-Michigan football game on Nov. 18.”
10.Nov.2006 November 10, 2006 - Think Progress 

Unnamed White House officials say that President Bush is aware of Defense Secretary nominee Robert Gates’ “critique of current policy and understood that Mr. Gates planned to clear the ‘E Ring’ of the Pentagon, where many of Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld’s senior political appointees have plotted Iraq strategy.”

Meanwhile, “Rumsfeld’s abrupt resignation from the Pentagon the day after Republicans lost both chambers of Congress has infuriated some GOP officials on and off Capitol Hill,” the Hill reports.

Twenty-three U.S. soldiers have died in Iraq in the first ten days of November.

During his press conference yesterday, President Bush “made it clear that, for now, his idea of how to ‘put the elections behind us’ is to use the Republicans’ last two months in control of Congress to try to push through one of [his administration’s] worst ideas…: a bill that would legalize his illegal wiretapping program and gut the law that limits a president’s ability to abuse his power in this way.”

The election “only spells more trouble for politicians under federal investigation ” who were voted out of office — including Sen. Condrad Burns (R-MT) and Reps. Curt Weldon (R-PA) and Katherine Harris (R-FL) — since it prompts prosecutors “to pursue more aggressively a case since the potential defendant no longer has the institution of Congress defending him or her.”

Massachusetts’ lawmakers on Thursday took a giant step toward killing a proposal to ban gay marriage in the only U.S. state where it is legal,” delaying a decision “on whether to back a constitutional amendment that would have given voters a chance to ban gay marriage.”

Speaking to Democratic House leaders Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Steny Hoyer (D-MD), President Bush said yesterday that “all three of us recognize that when you win, you have a responsibility to do the best you can for the country .” Except, as the New York Times notes, there was a fourth person in the room: Vice President Dick Cheney.

In a “closely watched race” for the Ohio School Board, pro-science candidate Tom Sawyer “handily defeated incumbent Deborah Owens-Fink,” who had “ consistently supported antievolution measures ” and described the idea that there is a scientific consensus on evolution as “laughable.”

And finally: Someone call Will Smith. Former British Ministry of Defense chief Nick Pope has warned that Earth “could be attacked by extraterrestrials at any time.”
10.Nov.2006 Fox News: Election Results Show ‘Conservative USA’ - Think Progress 

Fox news is trying to spin Tuesday’s election as a victory for conservatives:

The argument made on Fox and elsewhere is that the new members of Congress elected on Tuesday are conservative.

But according to a Media Matters analysis of the 27 House candidates who (as of the morning of Nov. 8) unseated majority Republicans or won open seats previously held by the majority party, all support a core progressive agenda. All 27 candidates back raising the minimum wage, advocate changing course in Iraq + oppose efforts to privatize Social Security. Only two of the 27 oppose embryonic stem cell research + only five describe themselves as “pro-life.”
10.Nov.2006 Conyers Toes Party Line: No Impeachment - Paul Joseph Watson -Something Is Extremely 'Rotten In The State Of Denmark' Steve Watson Friday, November 10, 2006 The latest
10.Nov.2006 9/11 Truth Remains The Critical Issue - Paul Joseph Watson -Democrat leadership treacherously joins forces with Neo-Cons to take wind out of sails, massive effort to keep 9/11 truth
10.Nov.2006 Arsenic water breakthrough Scientists say they can remove arsenic from water, a move that could help millions of Bangladeshis.
10.Nov.2006 Palestinian PM offers to resign Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniya of Hamas offers to resign if this will bring an end to a Western aid boycott.
10.Nov.2006 Blair backs MI5 terrorism warning UK PM Tony Blair backs a security service warning that the country faces possible multiple terror plots.
10.Nov.2006 'Iraq al-Qaeda' welcomes US poll A statement purportedly from the leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq hails the Republicans' losses in US mid-term polls.
10.Nov.2006 LA police in YouTube beating film An investigation begins after a video of a man being beaten by Los Angeles police is posted on YouTube.
10.Nov.2006 Zambian mine sparks water scare Zambia tells its largest copper mine to halt a key part of production after a spill pollutes water supplies.
10.Nov.2006 Israel minister in Iran warning Israel's deputy defence minister says Israel could attack Iran's nuclear programme as a "last resort".
10.Nov.2006 Scientists create artificial gut UK scientists have built an artificial stomach to mimic human digestion + help develop new superfoods.
10.Nov.2006 European Mars launch pushed back The European Space Agency will delay the launch of its rover mission to Mars from 2011 to 2013.
10.Nov.2006 Zanzibar islands ban plastic bags Zanzibar prohibits the import and production of plastic bags to protect the environment and encourage tourism.
10.Nov.2006 Poland criticised over CIA probe A delegation of MEPs criticises Poland for not co-operating with a probe into alleged CIA secret prisons in Europe.
10.Nov.2006 Solar Power Becoming More Affordable - Zonk 212 prostoalex writes

"With both startups and large companies such as Boeing working on solar power, the technology is becoming more affordable, MIT Technology Review says. Solar power concentrators are all in rage now: 'The thinking behind concentrated solar power is simple. Because energy from the sun, although abundant, is diffuse, generating one gigawatt of power (the size of a typical utility-scale plant) using traditional photovoltaics requires a four-square-mile area of silicon, says Jerry Olson, a research scientist at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, in Golden, CO. A concentrator system, he says, would replace most of the silicon with plastic or glass lenses or metal reflectors, requiring only as much semiconductor material as it would take to cover an area the size of a typical backyard. And because decreasing the amount of semiconductor needed makes it affordable to use much more efficient types of solar cells, the total footprint of the plant, including the reflectors or lenses, would be only two to two-and-a-half square miles.'"
Cassini Observes Hurricane-like Storm on Saturn - Zonk 58+ Aglassis writes

"The Cassini spacecraft recently observed a hurricane-like storm on the south pole of Saturn. What makes this storm particularly interesting is that this is the first time that a clearly defined eyewall has been seen outside of the Earth in the Solar System. Neither the Great White Spot of Saturn nor the Great Red Spot of Jupiter have had an observable eyewall. NASA, JPL + the Space Science Institute have released a short movie of the motion around the eyewall (mirrored at YouTube)."
Judge OK's Challenge to RIAA's $750-per-song Claim - Zonk 209+ NewYorkCountryLawyer writes

"In UMG v. Lindor, in Brooklyn federal court, the presiding judge has held that Marie Lindor can try to prove that the RIAA's claim of $750-per-song statutory damages is a violation of the Due Process Clause of the Constitution, since she has evidence that the actual wholesale price of the downloads is only 70 cents. This decision activates an earlier ruling by the Magistrate in the case that the record labels must now turn over 'all relevant documents' regarding the prices at which they sell legal downloads to online retailers + produce a witness to give a deposition by telephone on the subject. Judge Trager rejected the RIAA's claim that the defense was frivolous, pointing out that the RIAA had cited no authorities contradicting the defense, but Ms. Lindor's attorneys had cited cases and law review articles indicating that it was a valid defense. See the Decision at pp. 6-7."

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10.Nov.2006 Video aufgetaucht: US- Polizisten misshandeln Festgenommenen
10.Nov.2006 Thomas Lubanga: Der Mann, der unzählige Kinder in den Tod schickte
10.Nov.2006 I'm a little disconcerted by the speed of Allen's concession (scheduled for just a few hours from now). A recount might have uncovered a telling discrepancy between the electronic tallies and the paper trail, as gleaned from absentee ballots, provisionals and so forth. Perhaps Allen decided to concede early to keep national observers from studying every jot and tittle of the Virginia results. Some of those jots and tittles might have been suspicious.
We see a very similar situation in
this story about the strange count in the Florida 13 Congressional race. Pay attention:
Democrat Christine Jennings lost to Republican Vern Buchanan by 368 votes, making it the second closest congressional race in the country.
More than 18,000 voters who showed up at the polls voted in other races but not the Buchanan-Jennings race.
That means nearly 13 % of voters did not vote for either candidate -- a massive undercount compared with other counties, including Manatee, which reported a 2 % undervote. Here's the telling detail: In addition, absentee voters, who didn't have to use the voting machines, had only an estimated 1.8 % undervote. Touch screen voters had a bizarre 13% undervote, while paper voters had a normal undervote of less than 2%. So startling a difference between the paper vote and the compu-vote constitutes prima facie evidence of vote fraud.

10.Nov.2006 the vote issue: i'm going to put this in a real post tonight, but i am so disgusted with atrios i could vomit. he has come out and said ok folks, we won, can we put this vote fraud crap to bed? what kind of patriotism is THAT??
finally, impeachment. liz holtzmann was on DN! this morning, with daniel ellsberg + she pointed out that the dems kept impeachment off the table for a long time with regard to watergate. it wasn't until there was unequivocal evidence that they gave in to the voice, the clamor of the people.
so, we just need to keep that up, on impeachment and everything else.
# posted by dr. elsewhere :

10.Nov.2006 Südsee: Vulkan spuckt Eiland im Pazifik aus
Amerikanische Bisons: Ausflug in die Nachbarorte
Neue Schätzung: 150.000 Tote im Irak seit Einmarsch der US- Truppen
10.Nov.2006 Atomtransport im Wendland: Polizei alarmiert wegen aggressiver Castor- Gegner
Klimakonferenz: Absurde Vorschläge am Pranger
Anti- Terror- Kampf: Bundestag verlängert Afghanistan- Einsatz der Bundeswehr
10.Nov.2006 Rettungsaktion: 77 Wale in Neuseeland gestrandet

10.Nov.2006 Einigung mit Opfern: BP muss Millionen für Raffinerie- Explosion zahlen
10.Nov.2006 Immune boost tackles skin cancer The body's own immune system could be used to fight the most serious form of skin cancer, say scientists.
10.Nov.2006 Huge 'hurricane' rages on Saturn A hurricane-like storm, two-thirds the diameter of Earth, rages on Saturn, the first seen on another planet.
10.Nov.2006 Rwanda nun jailed over genocide A Roman Catholic nun is jailed for 30 years for helping Hutu militiamen kill Tutsis during the 1994 genocide.
10.Nov.2006 Iraqi official: War dead 100,000 An Iraqi minister says more than 100,000 people have died in the war, more than other official figures.
10.Nov.2006 'Toxic' pigs cull in Ivory Coast Ivory Coast culls hundreds of pigs raised near toxic waste that was dumped illegally in the main city, Abidjan.
10.Nov.2006 Lord Sainsbury quits as minister Science minister Lord Sainsbury - one of Labour's biggest donors and a key ally of Tony Blair - resigns.
10.Nov.2006 Russia to fill Chinese fuel tanks Russian energy giant Rosneft is expanding into China and intends to construct hundreds of petrol stations nationwide.
10.Nov.2006 A Concrete Solution to Pollution - CowboyNeal 14 PreacherTom writes

"With concerns over global warming and pollution control reaching an all-time high, an Italian company has developed an interesting solution. It is called TX Active: a concrete that literally breaks down pollutants in the air. The effects are significant: 'In large cities with persistent pollution problems caused by car emissions, smoke from heating systems + industrial activities, both the company and outside experts estimate that covering 15% of all visible urban surfaces (painting the walls, repaving the roads) with products containing TX Active could abate pollution by up to 50%.' Even more significant is that the cost is only 30% over that of normal concrete. Remarkable."
Haftbefehl gegen Rafsandschani - sfux 
Zwölf Jahre nach dem Anschlag auf ein jüdisches Kulturzentrum hat ein argentinischer Richter gestern einen internationalen Haftbefehl gegen den früheren iranischen Präsidenten Akbar Haschemi Rafsandschani erlassen.
Betroffen sind zudem acht weitere Personen. Staatsanwälte werfen der früheren Regierung Irans vor, hinter einem Bombenanschlag auf ein jüdisches Gemeindezentrum 1994 in Buenos Aires zu stecken.
Damals kamen 85 Menschen ums Leben, mehr als...

10.Nov.2006 The Secret World of Robert Gates - sfux Robert Parry -

Robert Gates, George W. Bush?s choice to replace Donald Rumsfeld as Defense Secretary, is a trusted figure within the Bush Family?s inner circle, but there are lingering questions about whether Gates is a trustworthy public official.
Defense Secretary Nominee Robert Gates Tied to Iran-Contra Scandal and the Secret... - sfux 
Democracy Now - President Bush nominated former CIA director Robert Gates on Wednesday to replace Donald Rumsfeld as Secretary of Defense. We take a look at Gates' role at the CIA in connection to the Iran-Contra scandal and the secret arming of Saddam Hussein with former CIA analyst Mel Goodman, who testified before the Senate 00.000.1991 against the nomination of Gates as CIA director + investigative journalist...

10.Nov.2006 Bump in the road. - Nico  The L.A. Times notes that prominent right-wing activist Grover Norquist views the 2006 election “as a bump on an otherwise smooth road to continued conservative dominance.”
10.Nov.2006 150,000: - Amanda 

Number of Iraqi civilians who have been killed in the war — “about three times previously accepted estimates” — according to Iraq’s health minister.
10.Nov.2006 First Post-Election Meet the Press Features Exclusively Pro-War Politicians - Nico 

The 2006 election was defined by a) a repudiation of the war in Iraq and the current Iraq strategy + b) widespread national victories for Democratic House, Senate + gubernatorial candidates.

Yet, according to a press aide, this Sunday’s edition of NBC’s Meet the Press will include two interviews: one with Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-CT), an Iraq war supporter who defeated Ned Lamont (D-CT) + one with Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), who recently called for 20,000 additional U.S. troops to be sent to Iraq + who was not up for reelection 00.000.2006.

In other words, the first post-election edition of Meet the Press will exclusively feature politicians who support the war in Iraq, neither of whom ran as a Democrat. Digg it!
10.Nov.2006 National Review’s Victor Davis Hanson - Nico 

can’t bear to say goodbye:

Don’t Blame Rumsfeld! [Victor Davis Hanson]
I don’t see how removing the Secretary of Defense helps either the country or the Republicans, especially given the pre-election vote of confidence in his full tenure. He was on the right track reforming the military; the removal of the Taliban and the three-week victory over Saddam were inspired.

Bolton renomination already dead. - Nico 

Prospects for extending John Bolton’s job as U.N. ambassador essentially died Thursday as Democrats and a pivotal Republican said they would continue to oppose the nomination,” the AP reports. “Sen. Lincoln Chafee (R-RI), who was defeated by Democrat Sheldon Whitehouse on Tuesday, told reporters in Rhode Island on Thursday that he would continue opposing Bolton. That would deny Republicans the votes they would need to move Bolton’s nomination from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to the full Senate.”
10.Nov.2006 Bush Will Push Bolton Nomination in Lame Duck Session - Think Progress 

At today’s White House press conference, Tony Snow revealed that the White House has officially renominated John Bolton as U.N ambassador and plans to push for his confirmation during the lame duck session of Congress. Bolton, who has repeatedly failed to gain Senate confirmation, is one of Bush’s most divisive nominations. The move comes one day after Bush pledged to “to work with the new Congress in a bipartisan way.” Watch it:

00.Sep.2006 Bolton’s nomination was sent back to the White House after Sen. Lincoln Chafee (R-RI) said he had “more questions that needed to be answered.”

Incoming Senate Foreign Relations chairman Joe Biden (D-DE) said yesterday that Bolton’s nomination is “going nowhere,” but previous accounts have indicated that Bush plans to again recess appoint him during the lame-duck session.


On the other hand, the readout I got from the meeting is it was primarily focused on the lame-duck session, where you’ve got a Vietnam free trade agreement that we want to get done, an Indian civil nuclear agreement that’s of great importance; obviously the budget matters, the outer continental shelf, nominations of John Bolton and also, if possible, Bob Gates and the Terrorist Surveillance Act.
George Allen is going through a “nightmare.”-AmandaA senior Allen staffer tells CNN that the senator is “sequestered in his home, ‘shell shocked,’ + going through ‘a nightmare,’ during this period of limbo” 10.Nov.2006 In defeat, Santorum is clear and to the point. - Think Progress 

From Rick Santorum’s farewell letter: “And I did + I’m very proud of that. I do not rescind a word because those words are words that this country was not receptive to hear tonight. But, they are going to continue to hear those words from me and I assure you from many others as that threat become my clear + hopefully our country is called to action to stop that threat before it becomes too serious of a threat to the future of our country.”
10.Nov.2006 9/11 Truth Is Dying - Paul Joseph Watson -Many in liberal, progressive, truth community pacified by sham re-arranging of the deck chairs, desert movement, dilute focus, as Dean and
10.Nov.2006 Howard Dean Says No Impeachment Of Bush - Paul Joseph Watson -Lapdog Democrats to waste two years on minimum wage and mass illegal amnesty, no to Iraq inquiry, no to police state
10.Nov.2006 Scrapbook Terrorist's 9/11 Foreknowledge? - Paul Joseph Watson -Do hyped home movies indicate a loner wannabe terrorist had prior knowledge?
10.Nov.2006 UK 'tracking 30 terror plots'
The UK security service MI5 knows of 30 terror plots and has 1,600 people under surveillance, its chief says.

10.Nov.2006 US envoy to UN 'set to lose job' US envoy to the UN John Bolton looks likely to lose his job after the Democrats' victory in mid-term polls.
10.Nov.2006 Iran warns over UN resolution Iran's nuclear negotiator says it will review ties with the UN's nuclear watchdog if the UN approves sanctions.
10.Nov.2006 Saddam verdict timing 'suspect' A former foreign secretary says he believes the US delayed the verdict on Saddam Hussein for political reasons.
10.Nov.2006 Democrats hail return to power Democrats celebrate after being confirmed as the majority party in both houses of the US Congress.
10.Nov.2006 Google 'aids doctors' diagnoses' Using internet search engine Google can help doctors diagnose tricky cases, researchers have said.
10.Nov.2006 Lawmakers face arrest in Colombia A Colombian court orders the arrest of three congressmen over alleged ties to a right-wing paramilitary group.
10.Nov.2006 US citizens on trial in Vietnam Three Americans and four Vietnamese nationals have gone on trial in Vietnam charged with terrorism.
10.Nov.2006 China village fury at 'land grab' Thousands of Chinese villagers clash with police after a blockade protest over alleged illegal land grabs.
10.Nov.2006 Gaza barrage 'technical failure' Israel's PM says the shelling that killed 18 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip was the result of a "technical failure".
10.Nov.2006 Mubarak warns on Saddam execution Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak says sectarian divisions in Iraq will deepen if Saddam Hussein is executed.
10.Nov.2006 Millions 'hit by toilet phobia' A campaign is being launched to raise awareness of the crippling impact of toilet phobia.
10.Nov.2006 Spiny creature's genome insight Scientists say the genetics of the sea urchin have much to tell us about the biology of humans.
10.Nov.2006 The Green Room The Stern Review's emphasis on carbon trading is wrong, Kevin Smith argues; only cutting emissions at source will curb climate change.
10.Nov.2006 Democrats seal US Senate victory Republican George Allen admits defeat in the US state of Virginia, giving Democrats control of the Senate.
10.Nov.2006 Now We'll Find the WMD Robert Gates, the president's choice for a new defense secretary, thinks computer viruses are weapons of mass destruction + could be worse than nuclear and biological weapons. Who do we invade over this? In 27B Stroke 6.
10.Nov.2006 Outgoing Sen. Allen touts Net efforts Blog: Even as he conceded defeat in a tight U.S. Senate race, Virginia Republican George Allen trumpeted his leadership on a law that...
10.Nov.2006 Democrat Win May Be Good News For Internet Policy - Zonk 77 Null Nihils writes

"Following the pivotal U.S. Midterm elections, things look hopeful for a free and open Internet, but the likelihood of progress in terms of copyright and privacy legislation is still uncertain. At any rate, it isn't hard to see a shift in U.S. information technology policy coming over the horizon. Reps. John Dingell (D-Mich.) and Ed Markey (D-Mass.), strong supporters for Net Neutrality, will most likely take command of Internet policy, but Democrat commitments regarding privacy, data retention + digital copyright have yet to be made certain. A C|Net article discusses the likely shift in priorities at Capitol Hill. 'If (Democrat Rick) Boucher gets the nod as chairman, a broadcast flag becomes far less likely and changes to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act's anti-circumvention sections become politically feasible ... If Rep. Howard Berman, however, gets the job, the recording industry and motion picture industry will have a staunch ally as subcommittee chairman.'"
10.Nov.2006 RIP Ed Bradley 

Veteran 60 Minutes correspondent Ed Bradley died of complications from leukemia this morning at Mt. Sinai hospital in Manhattan. He joined the staff of the venerable news magazine 26 years ago. posted by Prof. Hex
10.Nov.2006 OUR LONG NATIONAL NIGHTMARE HAS JUST BEGUN  Like Cornered Rats, GOP Losers More Dangerous Than Ever.posted by Prof. Hex
10.Nov.2006 Roman artifacts found in Swedish graves  Shards of Roman ceramics found in ancient graves in western Sweden suggest there was more contact between the Romans and Swedes than thought.
10.Nov.2006 Shocking Migraine Treatment  Ancient Romans sometimes placed a black torpedo fish on their foreheads, thinking that the electrical shock it produced would cure their migraine woes.
10.Nov.2006 US to veto int’l probe on Gaza attack: United States expected to veto Security Council decision against Israel regarding recent IDF operations in occupied Gaza

10.Nov.2006 Venezuela's Chavez condemns IDF shelling in Gaza: "This morning Israel again, against UN resolutions, began bombing Gaza ... sleeping children and their mothers perished," Chavez said at a news conference with foreign journalists.

10.Nov.2006 Israeli forces beat schoolchildren in occupied Jerusalem: More than 25 female and male school students were beaten, amongst them 8 female students, who were fiercely beaten, causing one of them to lose consciousness.

10.Nov.2006 French troops almost fired at Israel jets: minister: French peacekeeping troops in Lebanon recently came within two seconds of firing missiles at Israeli fighter jets that approached as if to attack them, French Defense Minister Michele Alliot-Marie said.

10.Nov.2006 Are Democrats' gains in House good for Israel?: Supporters of Israel are expected to lean heavily on the party's incoming House Democratic leadership

10.Nov.2006 Pelosi’s support for Israel: With Pelosi as speaker, Jewish activists and officials are confident that the U.S. Congress will remain strongly pro-Israel.

10.Nov.2006 In case you missed it: Nancy Pelosi Gives A Pep Talk To AIPAC: The speech affords a up-close look at what Pelosi thinks about Israel, the Palestinians, the Mideast + nukes.

10.Nov.2006 John Bolton Likely to Depart U.N. : U.S. ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton will likely leave his post next month. - "The Bolton nomination will not get voted on," Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., reportedly has told colleagues.

10.Nov.2006 Bush Crony to Head UN's Food Program : US Ambassador John Bolton once again breached UN protocol in New York, this time by prematurely announcing the appointment of former Washington Times editor Josette Shiner to head the World Food Program.

10.Nov.2006 Peter Phillips : Human Rights Denial Deserves Impeachment: Human Rights belong to people collectively. To believe in rights for some and not others is a denial of the humanness of people worldwide. Yet, denial is exactly what Congress and George W. Bush did with the signing of the Military Commission Act of 2006.

10.Nov.2006 Outlawed: Video: Extraordinary Rendition, Torture and Disappearances in the "War on Terror" : Human rights groups and several public inquiries in Europe have found the U.S. government, with the complicity of

numerous governments worldwide, to be engaged in the illegal practice of extraordinary rendition, secret detention + torture.

10.Nov.2006 Rumsfeld replacement (Robert Gates) was director of voting company : I don't know about you, but I'd rather use a paper, pencil + count by hand at the polling place than have former CIA director Robert Gates fooling around with my vote.

10.Nov.2006 Tariq Ali: Bolívar's dream: A shadow of his former self, Ortega's victory is still an expression of the wider demand for change sweeping Latin America

10.Nov.2006 Colombian rebels want Denzel Washington, Oliver Stone, Michael Moore to help negotiate with government: "To the people of the United States, we ask for your always generous solidarity to pressure President Bush and his government to support a prisoner exchange in Colombia," said Raul Reyes, the chief spokesman for the FARC

10.Nov.2006 One day cock of the walk, the next a feather duster: Allen concedes in Virginia Senate race: Republican Sen. George Allen conceded defeat Thursday to Democrat Jim Webb, sealing the Democrats’ control of Congress and the political downfall of a man once considered a White House contender

10.Nov.2006 US Court grants AT&T, govt. appeal in spy case: The U.S. government and AT&T Inc (T.N: Quote, Profile, Research), fighting against a lawsuit accusing the telephone operator of illegally allowing the government to monitor telephones and e-mails, won the right to argue for dismissal of the case before a U.S. Appeals Court on Tuesday.

10.Nov.2006 In case you missed it: The Doomsday Code: Tony Robinson investigates the people with powerful political friends in the White House, who are trying to bring about the end of the world. Julia Bard reports.
Saddam: Let's now charge the accomplices -By John Pilger
Why isn't George Bush Snr being charged?

00.000.1992, a congressional inquiry found that Bush as president had ordered a cover-up to conceal his secret support for Saddam and the illegal arms shipments being sent to Iraq via third countries. Continue

10.Nov.2006 Journalists' Coverage of Middle East Shallow and Distorted-By Robert Fisk
Journalists in the "West" should feel a burden of guilt for much that has happened in the Middle East because they have, with their gullibility, sold a fictitious version of events.

10.Nov.2006 Hubris followed by nemesis: The verdict on perhaps the worst presidency in US history -By Rupert Cornwell-That old Bush self-certainty and swagger ('In Texas, we call it walking') is dead and buried. Continued

Will the Democrats Become Part of the Problem? - Paul Craig Roberts
If the Democrats are to make a real difference, their first task is to repeal the Orwellian-named “Patriot Acts,” the torture legislation, the detention without court evidence legislation + the right-to-spy and invade privacy without court warrant legislation. The White House tyrant needs to be quickly told that one more “signing statement” and he will be impeached, convicted + turned over to the War Crimes Tribunal at the Hague.

10.Nov.2006 Our Long National Nightmare Has Just Begun -By Ted Rall
As ugly secrets surface, Bushists will turn desperate. Democracy has failed their grand schemes; token resignations like Rumsfeld's come too little, too late. Only tyranny can save their skins. Will the beleaguered neocons led by Cheney and Bush, cornered like rats, unleash their brand-new police state on their political opponents? Or will they tough it out and suck up the fines and prison sentences to come? The next year or two could go either way .

10.Nov.2006 War Crimes Suit Prepared Against Rumsfeld -By Democracy Now!
The president of the Center for Constitutional Rights, Michael Ratner, is heading to Germany today to file a new case charging outgoing Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld with war crimes for authorizing torture at Guantanamo Bay.

10.Nov.2006 The Deeper Reality Behind Rumsfeld's Resignation yBy Chris Floyd
As Don Rumsfeld is tossed overboard by the panicky Bushes (who value loyalty to themselves above all other virtues but never, ever, practice it toward others; there will be many more bodies left behind as the Family rallies to clean up Junior's mess again)

10.Nov.2006 Rumsfeld: Virgin For The Volcano -By Greg Palast
President Bush is one lucky fella. I can imagine him today on the intercom with Cheney: "Well, pardner, looks like the game's up." And Cheney replies, "Hey, just hang Rummy out the window until he's taken all their ammo."

10.Nov.2006 Bush’s Chernobyl Economy; hard times are on the way -By Mike Whitney
In the next few months, a financial crisis will arise somewhere in the world which will jolt the American economy and trigger a swift and precipitous decline in the value of the dollar.

10.Nov.2006 We overcame our fear
The unarmed women of the Gaza Strip have taken the lead in resisting Israel's latest bloody assault
By Jameela al-Shanti in Beit Hanoun
11/09/06 "The Guardian"

Yesterday at dawn, the Israeli air force bombed and destroyed my home. I was the target, but instead the attack killed my sister-in-law, Nahla, a widow with eight children in her care. Continue

10.Nov.2006 News Reports Capture Courage Of Palestinian Women- 4 Minute Video -"Israeli troops fired at a crowd of women" Continue
10.Nov.2006 Chafee Sees the Light Too Late: NOW, He May Become a Democrat
BuzzFlash Has Been Here Since May of 2000 Fighting for Democracy. In this Moment of Celebration, Please Consider a Contribution to We Never Gave Up on the Constitution + Never Will. Keep the Dream Alive.

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Another One Bites the Dust: Mehlman to Get Das Boot from the RNC 11/10
CNN tells YouTube to pull down video outing GOP party head Ken Mehlman 11/10
Pre-2007 Release: "Clueless George Takes on Liberals"

10.Nov.2006 Associated Press: Democrats Win Senate! Democracy Wins a Reprieve! This Will Mean Bush Won't Get a Blank Check on Federal Hack Judges and the Next Key Supreme Court Nomination. It May Also Just Mean that the Constitution has Been Saved from Destruction. Dems Control Both Houses of Congress Come January. Believe it!

10.Nov.2006 Iraqi official: 150,000 civilians dead. That is what they shockingly now officially admit to. So the REAL figure is probably that 600,000 plus John Hopkins study figure after all. 11/10
George Allen Concedes. Democrats Control Both Houses of Congress. There Will be No Republican Challenge to the Dems Assuming Leadership of the Senate.

10.Nov.2006 Sidney Blumenthal: The American revolution of 2006 and beyond
10.Nov.2006 Perhaps Allen decided to concede early to keep national observers from studying every jot and tittle of the Virginia results. Some of those jots and tittles might have been suspicious.
We see a very similar situation in
this story about the strange count in the Florida 13 Congressional race. Pay attention:
Democrat Christine Jennings lost to Republican Vern Buchanan by 368 votes, making it the second closest congressional race in the country.
More than 18,000 voters who showed up at the polls voted in other races but not the Buchanan-Jennings race.
That means nearly 13 % of voters did not vote for either candidate -- a massive undercount compared with other counties, including Manatee, which reported a 2 % undervote. Here's the telling detail: In addition, absentee voters, who didn't have to use the voting machines, had only an estimated 1.8 % undervote. Touch screen voters had a bizarre 13% undervote, while paper voters had a normal undervote of less than 2%. So startling a difference between the paper vote and the compu-vote constitutes prima facie evidence of vote fraud.

10.Nov.2006 The era of bad feelings: Kos Blogger mgoltsman argues against the instinct for vengeance on defeated members of the Republican party: Second, don't forget that these Republicans were elected by somebody. Few things would give me more pleasure than seeing them treated exactly the way they deserve - in a humiliating and abusive way + to see a good number of them get nice juicy jail terms for their most egrigious abuses. However, they are not people unto themselves but the representatives of a huge slice of America. Sure, wingnuts may have put them over the top, but they had to have substantial support among decent citizens misguided by various factors. Treating the congressional Republicans like dirt is, in large measure, treating their constituents like dirt + that is not what we want. Much better to allow them to have a dignified voice, even if it does not amount to any power in the end. That way we avoid further alienating the decent people among their constituents. I argue otherwise: Let justice be done, though the heavens fall.
Dems should not alienate the G.O.P. constituency. ( I do that, whenever I lapse into one of my riffs on rednecks, but no Democratic pol should do likewise.) The best way to entice those constituents to our side is to alienate them from the party of deceit. Ney and Cunningham need company in the Big House.
And if cleaning out the congressional stables means showing a merciless attitude toward corrupt Dems, then so be it. William Jefferson must go.

We need congressfolk who are as pure as the Virgin Mary in a tub of Ivory soap.
10.Nov.2006 Should Allen un-concede? Brad Friedman says "Make 'em prove those numbers if they can!" I quite agree. Of course, as most of you know, I suspect (based on the exit polls + on history) that Webb's margin of victory would not be so razor-thin if the vote were recounted. Or should I say "if it were recountable ?"

Gustav Stresemann klagt Ende der zwanziger Jahre: "Das einzig Saubere an Schacht ist sein weißer Kragen." Schachts Kompetenz als Bankier indes bezweifelt kaum jemand.

NEUERSCHEINUNG "Hjalmar Schacht. Aufstieg und Fall von Hitlers mächtigstem Bankier" von Christopher Kopper. Hanser Verlag, 432 Seiten; 24,90 Euro.
Sein Höhenflug beginnt während des Ersten Weltkriegs: Als Beamter der Zivilverwaltung ist er ab 1914 für Geldpolitik in Belgien zuständig - und hilft durch klug konstruierte Anleihen, dem besetzten Land Tribute abzupressen, ohne die Inflation in die Höhe zu treiben. 1916 beruft ihn eine der größten deutschen Aktienbanken, die Nationalbank, in ihren Vorstand. Da ist Schacht gerade 39 Jahre alt.

Später, in der Weimarer Zeit, ist der Bankier mit dem eisigen Blick und der Liebe zu Zigarren prominenter als mancher Reichskanzler. Mitte November 1923, wenige Tage nach dem gescheiterten Hitler-Putsch, beruft man ihn zum Präsidenten der Reichsbank. Schacht koordiniert die Einführung der neuen Rentenmark - und hilft so, die zerstörerische Hyperinflation mit ihren 50-Milliarden-Mark-Scheinen zu besiegen.

"Die Nationalsozialisten erscheinen mir schneidig"

Die demokratisch-liberale DDP, der er damals noch angehört, zieht später mit der Losung in den Wahlkampf: "Wer hat die Rentenmark gemacht, natürlich unser Hjalmar Schacht." Auch Schacht selbst kultiviert dieses Bild vom "Retter der Mark". Kopper dagegen zeigt, deutlicher als die Biographen vor ihm, dass Schacht sich mit fremden Federn schmückte. Der Notenbanker hatte die Währungsreform zwar umgesetzt. Ihre Grundideen gingen aber auf andere zurück - unter anderem den SPD-Theoretiker Rudolf Hilferding.
Argentinien: Haftbefehl gegen iranischen Ex- Präsidenten Rafsandschani
10.Nov.2006 Kalifornien: Zug mit Tausenden Litern Kraftstoff entgleist
Großbritannien: Geheimdienst warnt vor Terroranschlägen
Frankfurt an der Oder: Rechte randalieren nach Gedenken an Pogromnacht

10.Nov.2006 Wahlniederlage: Bush muss mit Oppositionsmehrheit regieren

10.Nov.2006 Bankier Hjalmar Schacht: Hitlers selbstherrlicher Helfer

10.Nov.2006 Karibik: Invasion der Riesenschnecken
10.Nov.2006 US- Wahl: Letzter republikanischer Senator gesteht Niederlage ein
09.Nov.2006 You've lost in Iraq, Blair: get troops out now

28.Oct2006 Socialist Worker -by Lindsey German, convenor, Stop the War Coalition (personal capacity)

"There are only bad options for the coalition from now ...
Wahlniederlage: Bush rüstet seine Irak- Rhetorik ab

10.Nov.2006 Verheerender Granatenangriff: Olmert spricht von technischem Versagen

09.Nov.2006 Aktiver Erdtrabant: Gas- Blähungen auf dem Mond
09.Nov.2006 Eskalation im Libanon: Frankreich ruft Israel nach Beinahe- Gefecht zur Ordnung
09.Nov.2006 Labour- Spendenaffäre: Blair droht Polizeiverhör
09.Nov.2006 Grundsatzurteil: Gericht beschneidet Arbeitnehmerrechte bei Massenentlassungen

09.Nov.2006 Tiergesetz: Peking führt die Ein- Hund- Politik ein
Tackling the CO2 consequences of high-tech perspective Sun's David Douglas says computer industry should take steps to reduce emmissions.
09.Nov.2006 Former Pentagon Spokeswoman Claims Rumsfeld ‘Respected Role Of The Media’ - Amanda 

According to Pentagon spokeswoman Torie Clarke, the media respected Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld because he respected them:

Reporters often told me that he raised the levels of their performances ,” says…Clarke. “He forced them to be more precise in the way they asked questions.” She says he obviously respected the role of the media in society .

In reality, Rumsfeld’s tenure was characterized by severe restrictions on press freedom. He attacked news reports critical of President Bush’s policies “nonsenseand “exaggerated.” In June, the Pentagon “shut down access entirelyto the Guantanamo Bay prison. Journalists covering the suicides had their clearances revoked and were immediately flown back to the United States. Some more lowlights:

AP, 8/20/06:

They [Terrorists] are actively manipulating the media in this country . … The enemy lies constantly — almost totally without consequence.”

CNN, 3/7/06:

From what I’ve seen thus far, much of the reporting in the U.S. and abroad has exaggerated the situation, according to General Casey,” Rumsfeld said. “The number of attacks on mosques, as he pointed out, had been exaggerated. The number of Iraqi deaths had been exaggerated.”

AP, 12/5/05:

Rumsfeld also delivered a broadside against the media, saying that in the present era of the 24-hour new cycle, events in Iraq may be reported too quickly and without context + at times with little substantiation . “A lie moves around the world at the speed of light,” he said, stressing there is a “jarring contrast between what the American people are reading and hearing about Iraq and the views of the Iraqi people.”

According to Reporters Without Borders, the United States is now ranked 53rd on its global press freedom index, dropping from 17th place 00.000.2002.
09.Nov.2006 RFID Passport Security "Poorly Conceived" - kdawson 4 tonk writes,

"European expert researchers on identity and identity management summarize their findings from an analysis of passports with RFID and biometrics — Machine Readable Travel Documents or MRTDs — and recommend corrective measures that 'need to be adopted by stakeholders in governments and industry to ameliorate outstanding issues... By failing to implement an appropriate security architecture, European governments have effectively forced citizens to adopt new international MTRDs which dramatically decrease their security and privacy and increases risk of identity theft. Simply put, the current implementation of the European passport utilizes technologies and standards that are poorly conceived for its purpose.' The European experts therefore come to similar conclusions as the Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee of the US Department of Homeland Security in a draft report, which seems to be delayed."
DeLay Blasts Gates Nomination, Claims He Wants To ‘Negotiate With Terrorists’ - Faiz 

In his previous writings and speeches, Defense Secretary nominee Robert Gates has been among the many national security experts who recognize there are no good military options for Iran.

In the summer of 2004, Gates + former national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski co-chaired a task force sponsored by the Council on Foreign Relations that argued for opening a dialogue with Iran, a position Bush has so far rejected.

For that reason, the right wing is angered over the Gates nomination.

Frank Gaffney said subscribing to Gates’ ideas would “engender strategic perils the United States can ill-afford.”

Last night on Hannity, former Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-TX) claimed Gates would “negotiate with terrorists,” and criticized President Bush for not picking a nominee that would satisfy “those of us that have supported him and supported his leadership in fighting this war.” Watch it: Transcript:

I have a little different concern about Robert Gates. He is from the Brzezinski, Scowcroft, the James Baker ilk. He made a speech a couple years ago talking about how we should negotiate with terrorists, negotiate with Iran. I’m worried about his worldview. If the President is going to work with the Democrats, I want the President to tell those of us that have supported him and supported his leadership in fighting this war and winning this war that we’re not going to see a war run by consensus and committee like we did in Korea and Vietnam and Central America.
Dobson would like to counsel Haggard, doesn’t have time. - Nico 

Citing a lack of time, Focus on the Family founder James Dobson withdrew Tuesday from the team overseeing counseling for the Rev. Ted Haggard, the evangelical pastor who was fired amid allegations of gay sex and drug use. ‘Emotionally and spiritually, I wanted to be of help - but the reality is I don’t have the time to devote to such a critical responsibility,’ Dobson said.”
09.Nov.2006 O’Reilly’s Plan For Iraq: Stop Being ‘This Crazy Country’ - Amanda 

Last night on The O’Reilly Factor, host Bill O’Reilly offered his simple plan to end violence in Iraq. Watch it:

If O’Reilly’s plan isn’t enough for you, we also have a plan of Strategic Redeployment here. Atrios has more. Digg It!

Transcript: I think the Iraqis have got to step up and at least try to fight for their democracy, instead of being this crazy country of Shiia against Sunni — I don’t ever want to hear Shiia and Sunni again.
18 Months Ago, SecDef Nominee Gates Suggested U.S. Withdrawal ‘In A Year or Two’ - Judd 

Yesterday, President Bush nominated former CIA Director Robert Gates to replace Donald Rumsfeld as Secretary of Defense.

Speaking at the Leon Panetta institute in May 2005, Gates expressed hope for a relatively rapid withdrawal of U.S. troops:

We all hope that it will be quick. That in a year or two the — this government in Iraq will be secure enough that they will be able to invite us to leave and we can do so, leaving behind us a government that can survive and that will be very different from what preceded it.

That was 18 months ago. Since that time, Iraq has formed a government. Gates has also been serving on the Iraq Study Group. The LA Times reports that group may recommend “withdrawing American troops in phases.” 09.Nov.2006 November 9, 2006 - Think Progress 

Incoming Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) promised to press forward with an ambitious agenda “that includes an increase of $2.10 an hour in the minimum wage.” Her agenda for the first “100 hours” of Congress is filled with items that, “though opposed by Bush, should attract near-universal approval from Democrats and could even win some Republican votes.” Read about the agenda here.

Defense Secretary nominee Robert Gates “apparently holds a view on the highly sensitive subject of relations with Iran that hasn’t been embraced by all his new colleagues in the Bush administration.” In a report entitled “Iran: Time for a New Approach,” he and former NSA Zbigniew Brzezinski co-chaired a task force that argued for opening a dialogue with Iran .

A day after Michigan approved an initiative to ban affirmative action, University of Michigan president Mary Sue Coleman pledged to “consider every legal option availableto continue to fight for diversity on campus. Opponents of the proposition also “filed a federal lawsuit challenging the measure as unconstitutional.”

Incoming Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Joe Biden (D-DE), said yesterday that John Bolton’s troubled nomination as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations is “going nowhere.” He added, “I never saw a real enthusiasm (for Bolton’s nomination) on the Republican side to begin with. There’s none on our side.”

A federal judge ruled the Center for Reproductive Rights could “ subpoena more than three years of Plan B-related communications between the White House’s domestic-policy office” and FDA officials. The documents could “determine whether the White House interfered with the FDA’s handling of a request by manufacturer Barr Pharmaceuticals Inc. to allow sales without prescriptions.”

Iraqi government corruption could amount to $4 billion a year, over 10 % of the national income, according to the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction. Much of that money “frequently goes out to fund criminal militias or insurgents.”

Iraq’s parliament yesterday voted to extend the country’s state of emergency for 30 more days, “a recognition that Iraqi security forces and their U.S. allies are still far from bringing violence in check.”

After tumbling from the pinnacle of the American evangelical movement amid allegations he snorted meth and cavorted with a male prostitute,” former National Association of Evangelicals president Ted Haggard will undergo a “rehabilitation process that could last three to five years.” “There will be advice, confrontation and rebuke from ‘godly men’ appointed to oversee” Haggard’s spiritual “restoration.”

And finally: Rummie resigns, Onion-style. The satirical news site The Onion caught the tail end of Rumsfeld’s resignation speech yesterday: “Years ago, I decided to bog this great nation down in an extended, grueling foreign occupation + I’m happy to say that’s exactly what I’ve done. … Each of my actions - from undersupplying troops with body armor to focusing on capturing Saddam Hussein while Osama bin Laden remained free - has led America inexorably toward our current state of extreme crisis. Well, anyway, goodbye!”
09.Nov.2006 Bush drive to heal partisan split US President George W Bush reaches out to Democrats, as they look set to take control of both houses of Congress.
09.Nov.2006 Argentina seeks Rafsanjani arrest An Argentine judge orders the arrest of ex-President Rafsanjani of Iran over the 1994 Buenos Aires bombing.
09.Nov.2006 Mars rover may get one-way ticket Nasa considers sending the Mars rover Opportunity into a crater on the Red Planet with no escape route.
09.Nov.2006 Italian police 'bust drug cartel' Police in Italy arrest 50 people in a major operation targeting suspected drug-traffickers.
09.Nov.2006 Cheaper oil narrows US trade gap Cheaper oil helped the US trade deficit to narrow by the largest amount for five years in September, figures show.
09.Nov.2006 UN urges end to 'water apartheid' A further $4bn is needed to combat water-borne diseases, one of the worst killers for the world's poor, says the UNDP.
09.Nov.2006 France rebukes Israel over jets The French foreign ministry summons Israel's ambassador over "menacing" Israeli jet flights over Lebanon.
09.Nov.2006 UK interest rates increased to 5% The Bank of England raises UK interest rates by one quarter of a %age point to 5%, the highest level in five years.
09.Nov.2006 Russia launches probe at TNK-BP Russia launches a criminal probe into alleged licence breaches at a unit of TNK-BP, the firm part-owned by BP.
09.Nov.2006 Global climate efforts 'woeful' Efforts to help poor nations adapt to climate change are "woefully inadequate", a UN report says.
09.Nov.2006 A better way to make seawater drinkable UCLA researcher develops efficient membrane for filtering out salt and impurities; nanoparticles do a lot of the work.
09.Nov.2006 Bar Performer Arrested For Copyright Violations - kdawson 251 Edis Krad writes,

"An elderly Japanese bar manager and performer has been arrested for playing copyrighted songs on his harmonica. From the article:

'Investigators accuse Toyoda of illegally performing 33 songs such as the Beatles' songs "Here, There and Everywhere" and "Yesterday," whose copyrights are managed by the Japanese Society for Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers. He allegedly performed the songs on the harmonica with a female pianist at the bar he operated between August and September this year.'

This is for all those kids who are learning chords on their guitars — be ready to pay fees for practicing 'Smoke On The Water.' This story seems to be legit, though it reads like an Onion piece.

It's only being reported in the Mainichi Daily News via MSN.
US- Kongresswahl: Araber hoffen auf die Bush- Bremse
09.Nov.2006 Klimawandel: Die Kurve kriegen mit dem Potsdamer Prozent
Tod im Meer: Ein Drittel aller Hai- Arten vom Aussterben bedroht
09.Nov.2006 Korruptionsverdacht: Afrikanischer Präsidentensohn kauft für 35 Millionen Dollar Luxusvilla

09.Nov.2006 Kriegsverbrechen: Erstes Verfahren in Den Haag

09.Nov.2006 Experten- Warnung: Gift aus gesprengter Kriegsmunition bedroht Kieler Förde

09.Nov.2006 US- Außenpolitik: Viel Freund, viel Verantwortung
09.Nov.2006 Rüstung: Frankreich testet atomare Langstreckenrakete
09.Nov.2006 Internationale Presseschau: "Die USA befreien sich aus der 9/11- Starre"
Gefahr für Menschen: Gorillas tragen aidsähnliches Virus

09.Nov.2006 Eskalation im Libanon: Israelischer Scheinangriff auf Franzosen endet beinahe mit Blutbad
09.Nov.2006 Russland: "Borat" muss draußen bleiben
Vielen Dank Herr Rumsfeld ? gehen Sie nun ins Gefängnis? - sfux Stephan Fuchs ?

Nach der vernichtenden Niederlage der Republikaner hat am Mittwoch der umstrittene Verteidigungsminister Donald Rumsfeld sein Amt abgegeben. Der Pentagon-Chef zog damit die direkte Konsequenz aus dem Debakel für die Republikaner bei den Kongresswahlen. Er hätte sein Amt nie antreten dürfen. Besser wird es aber wohl nicht. Das Militär kommt in die Hände eines weitern Bush-Freundes und CIA-Mannes: Rumsfelds...
Sodomiter nach Sodom!? - sfux 
Orthodoxe Proteste gegen Schwulenparade in Jerusalem -
Malte Olschewski -

Israel hätte derzeit andere Probleme, aber die für 11.11. geplante Parade Homosexueller durch Jerusalem rührt an den Wurzeln des Verständnisses von Staat und Gesellschaft.

Ultraorthodoxe Juden, die so genannten Charedim, suchen seit Tagen mit Demonstrationen eine Absage der Parade...
Iraq corruption 'costs billions' Corruption within the Iraqi government is costing the country billions of dollars, a US official says.
09.Nov.2006 Stasi spy chief Markus Wolf dies Markus Wolf, ex-head of communist East Germany's foreign intelligence service, dies aged 83.
09.Nov.2006 French nearly fired at Israelis French troops nearly fired on "menacing" Israeli aircraft in Lebanon, the French defence minister says.
09.Nov.2006 Kyrgyz president agrees changes Kyrgyz President Bakiyev signs a new constitution which limits his powers, in a bid to end street protests.
09.Nov.2006 3D computer map pinpoints pains People in pain could soon use a 3D computer program to explain how severe their symptoms are.
09.Nov.2006 Borat spoof film banned in Russia Russia blocks the film debut of spoof Kazakh reporter Borat by refusing to issue a distribution licence.
09.Nov.2006 Bibliothek der Max Freiherr von Oppenheim Stiftung

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Britsche Rüstungsschmiede QinetiQ, 08.03.2006 (Friedensratschlag)

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House of Commons - Defence - Minutes of Evidence Carlyle will bring QinetiQ access to further capital, global expertise and cross-industry contacts. Its global team of 60 venture professionals will play an ...

Carlyle Shows It's Still Tops In Defense The Carlyle - Qinetiq Deal. January 2003: Carlyle Group invests $73 million to buy a 33 ... A Carlyle spokesman declined to comment on the Qinetiq investment, ...

Sale of a Stake in QinetiQ PLC to The Carlyle Group Dr Moonie said: "The strategic partnership with The Carlyle Group keeps QinetiQ on course to become a leading science and technology company that aspires to ...

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A LOGICON TASK force was set up to assemble Trailblazer. It included "Veridian (00.000.2003 aquired by General Dynamics), Advent Systems Inc., Mountain View, EDS, Advanced Engineering & Sciences, RDR Inc., SRS Technologies. Veridian had also close ties with AMS (00.000.2004, two different parts got acquired by CGI and CACI). AMS is a NASA contractor. On their board is Neil A. Armstrong (Apollo 11), Dr. Joseph P. Allen (Apollo 15 and 17), Steven C. Beering (Eli Lily) and Dr. Sally K. Ride (mission specialist on space shuttle flights 00.000.1983 and 1984)."
Haupt finds SAIC "most obvious," and "some of the real perpetrators of 9/11 are also hiding at SAIC." The San Diego engineering conglomerate is "controlled by at least two former CIA bosses, John Deutch and Robert Gates. SAIC is meanwhile connected with one anthrax suspect, the 'maintenance' of e-voting machines, former OEM-Director Jerome Hauer." Not to mention "the audition of Venezuela's oil company PDVSA, plus equity partners like Bechtel, Danet, Saudi SAI, DigiLens or VeriSign."5

09.Nov.2006 Associated Press: Democrats Win Senate! Democracy Wins a Reprieve! This Will Mean Bush Won't Get a Blank Check on Federal Hack Judges and the Next Key Supreme Court Nomination. It May Also Just Mean that the Constitution has Been Saved from Destruction. Dems Control Both Houses of Congress Come January.

09.Nov.2006 Take Some Time to Celebrate. Take Some Time to Donate to BuzzFlash. We've Been Advocating for Democracy for More Than Six Years. Please Keep Feeding the Meter.
The One-Party Near Dictatorial Reign of the Republicans Ends as Dems Sweep to Power in Both Houses of Congress. "The days of the do-nothing Congress are over," declared Democratic Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada, in line to become majority leader. "In Iraq and here at home, Americans have made clear they are tired of the failures of the last six years." 10/9

09.Nov.2006 Senior Republicans and White House Insiders Concede Jim Webb Won Senate Race in Virginia. Top Republicans Will Call On Allen to Concede In a Few Days.
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!
New Senate Faces 51 Federal Judge Vacancies and other Nominations -- A BuzzFlash News Alert

09.Nov.2006 Reid to Become Majority Leader of the Senate 11/9
Are Republican sore losermen willing to grind the House and Senate to a halt by challenging the elections for months to come? I don't think the voters are going to be very happy with that. 11/9
Bush Lied to Reporters Last Week When He Said He Would Retain Rumsfeld -- And He Admits It At His "News Conference"

09.Nov.2006 Cindy Sheehan Arrested at White House 11/8
09.Nov.2006 Tabak- Konsum: Rauchen schädigt die Gebärmutter
Demokraten- Triumph: Bush gestutzt - Irak- Strategie verzweifelt gesucht
09.Nov.2006 Die "Freshmen": Das ist die neue Generation der Demokraten
Geheimdienste: Früherer DDR- Spionagechef Markus Wolf ist tot

09.Nov.2006 Scharfes Gift: Vogelspinne nutzt Chili- Trick
Kirgisien: Neue Verfassung schränkt Rechte des Präsidenten ein
09.Nov.2006 Granatangriff in Gaza: Israel in Alarmbereitschaft
09.Nov.2006 Verteidigung: Nato will milliardenschweres Aufklärungssystem
09.Nov.2006 Peking verkündet Ein-Hund-Politik -
Im Kampf gegen eine Überbevölkerung durch Hunde und die sich ausbreitende Tollwut haben die Behörden in Peking eine Ein-Hund-Politik ausgerufen. Jede Familie darf ab sofort nur noch einen Hund halten, wie ...
Ein-Hund-Politik gegen tierische Überbevölkerung


Bush und Pelosi hatten beide ihre Bereitschaft zur Kooperation deutlich gemacht. "Ich glaube, dass wir in der Lage sein werden, unsere Differenzen abzuarbeiten", sagte der Präsident. Die Botschaft der Wähler sei gewesen, dass sie von der politischen Führung in Washington verlangen, Parteipolitik beiseite zu lassen und gemeinsam für eine Lösung der Probleme des Landes zu arbeiten.

Die Demokraten forderten eine unverzügliche Kursänderung der USA im Irak. "Den Kurs beizubehalten, funktioniert nicht, das macht unser Land nicht sicherer", sagte Pelosi. Die Regierung könne diesen "katastrophalen Weg" nicht weiter verfolgen, betonte sie.
AP zufolge lag Webb 7236 Stimmen und damit weniger als einen halben Prozentpunkt vor Allen. Diese knappe Marge gäbe Allen das Recht, eine Neuauszählung der Stimmen zu beantragen, die sich über Wochen hinziehen könnte. Der Fernsehsender CNN meldete am Abend jedoch unter Berufung auf ungenannte Quellen, Allen beabsichtige, "die Sache nicht in die Länge ziehen zu wollen". Webb seinerseits wolle bereits am Morgen bei einer Pressekonferenz seinen Sieg verkünden.

Um die Mehrheit im US-Senat zu erringen, mussten die Demokraten sechs Mandate hinzugewinnen. Das gelang ihnen in den Bundesstaaten Pennsylviana, Rhode Island, Ohio, Missouri, Montana und den Berichten zufolge nun auch auch in Virginia.

In der Hängepartie im Bundesstaat Montana hatte sich am Mittwoch Stunden zuvor, ebenfalls mit nur vergleichsweise wenigen Stimmen, der Demokrat Jon Tester gegen den republikanischen Amtsinhaber Conrad Burns durchgesetzt.

Mit dem Sieg in Virginia kämen die Demokraten im 100 Sitze umfassenden Senat wie die Republikaner auf 49 Mandate. Die gewählten unabhängigen Senatoren Bernie Sanders und Joe Lieberman hatten aber angekündigt, mit den Demokraten stimmen zu wollen.
AP has called Virginia Senate race for James Webb (D). - Nico Provided AP’s call holds, Democrats have taken control of the U.S. Senate, 51-49.
Sen. George Allen (R-VA) urged to concede race. - Think Progress 

Top Republicans in Washington will give Sen. George Allen a few days to take stock of his legal and political options before beginning to pressure him to concede to James Webb. Senior Republican officials and White House aides believe that Webb won the race.”
09.Nov.2006 Despite widespread progressive victories, - Nico  the Washington Post declares the United States is “a nation that leans slightly right of center.”
09.Nov.2006 Bladder cancer early smoking link Smoking - or being exposed to second-hand smoke as a child - increases the risk of bladder cancer, a study suggests.
09.Nov.2006 Democrats 'to control US Senate' AP news agency calls the final US Senate seat for the Democrats, as defence chief Donald Rumsfeld steps down.
09.Nov.2006 International court to begin work The International Criminal Court is due to hear its first case, against a militia leader from DR Congo.
09.Nov.2006 Agencies condemn Gaza carnage International aid agencies say they are appalled by the violence in Gaza in which 18 civilians died.
09.Nov.2006 Ortega pledges economic stability Nicaragua's President-elect, ex-Marxist Daniel Ortega, says he will not introduce radical economic changes.
09.Nov.2006 US stocks shrug off Democrat win US shares close at record highs as investors shrug off concerns about the impact of a Democratic mid-term election win.
09.Nov.2006 Winners and losers The US mid-term polls produce high-profile winners and losers for both Democrats and Republicans.
09.Nov.2006 S Asia media cautious on US poll Newspapers in India and Pakistan react cautiously to the results of the US mid-term polls.
09.Nov.2006 Election Spawns New Hope for Tech

The Democrats' resounding victory in the midterm elections portends changes in all spheres of American life. What will it mean for science and technology? A Wired News report.
An Open Letter to Diebold - samzenpus 1 Comment  jcatcw writes

"Computerworld's Rob Mitchell tells Diebold President and CEO Thomas Swidarski how to regain Diebold's reputation instead of throwing in the e-voting towel. He recommends full disclosure of all existing problems, a process for disclosure of future problems, hiring of some real professionals as CTO and as an advisory group + public testing. "Surely if Diebold can make a secure ATM there is no reason why it cannot make secure and reliable e-voting apparatus in which the public has confidence.""
Election Could Have Been Thrown, Says Fraud Expert - Paul Joseph Watson -Harris considers token victory for Democrats fixed to quell dissent on mass voting fraud, liberal bloggers
09.Nov.2006 Figureheads On The Chopping Block - Paul Joseph Watson -Big oil interests have had enough of being bashed over Iraq, Rumsfeld sacrificed, 'Democratic Revolution' a good cop/bad cop
09.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.

09.Nov.2006 Iraq exit the No 1 priority for Rumsfeld successor: Robert Gates, the 63-year-old career intelligence officer chosen to replace Donald Rumsfeld at the Pentagon, takes over with the clearest of missions: get American troops out of Iraq as quickly and cleanly as possible.

09.Nov.2006 Who is Robert Michael Gates : Involvement in the Iran-Contra Scandal: Owing to his senior status in the CIA, 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.

09.Nov.2006 Robert Gates: A New Perspective on Iran?: Whatever else he may bring to his new job at the Pentagon, Robert Gates apparently holds a view on the highly sensitive subject of relations with Iran that hasn’t been embraced by all his new colleagues in the Bush administration.

09.Nov.2006 Justin Raimondo : The Antiwar Wave : The antiwar wave that has been rising for months crashed and broke over the heads of the Republican Party, sweeping away all but the most entrenched incumbents. This election, in the broadest sense, was a referendum on the Iraq war – and the results are a dramatic rebuke to the War Party.

09.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.

09.Nov.2006 A shameful vote in the House of Commons : On Tuesday 31 October MPs missed an historic opportunity to pass judgement on the Iraq war.The following MPs voted with the government
09.Nov.2006 Election 2006: Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up To Me -By Chris Floyd
If anyone thinks the horrors of the Bush Imperium are somehow at an end – or will even be seriously impaired – by the results of yesterday's election, they have a harsh and bitter awakening to come.

09.Nov.2006 The Fire Next Time -By Morton Skorodin
It was no fluke that the reckless faction of the ruling elite picked up the ball and ran with it – the neoconservatives with their Project for a New American Century. These geniuses had and, presumably, still have the utopian plan of establishing permanent military predominance over the whole world.

09.Nov.2006 A brutal taste of the future The assault on Beit Hanoun is a terrifying example of what lies in store for Palestinians -By Sami Abdel-Shafi in Gaza City
The initiation of Avigdor Lieberman - widely regarded as an outright racist - into Ehud Olmert's Israeli government seems to have already brought a taste of things to come.

For the past week, the Gaza Strip city of Beit Hanoun has been made a ground zero by the Israeli army. By yesterday, more than 260 Palestinians lay dead and injured, with 53 fatalities - women, children and ambulance drivers among them. Continue
09.Nov.2006 Plebiscite on an Outlaw Empire - Outlaw Empire Meets the Wave - By Tom Engelhardt
The wave -- and make no mistake, it's a global one -- has just crashed on our shores, soaking our imperial masters. It's a sight for sore eyes.

09.Nov.2006 wildly speculative..but what if something iranish but really israelish hit now something amerikanish ?
that would divide the opposition into a big majority in favor of the vaterlandish under patriotic leadershit + the restish to the camps. i smell a trap..
# posted by Anonymous : 3:32 PM   Certainly possible, anon. Fits one of my pre-election scenarios. If the new Dem. controlled House is allowed to sit, the whole administration is doomed.

For example, how far into January will it be before Sibel Edmonds gets to speak? I mean, that whole sick crew is fucking doomed.
The rats are cornered. I'm still thinking martial law before the new Congress sits.
# posted by unirealist : 3:42 PM The threat of martial law being declared has been suspended for the time being. I was feeling that something drastic was about to happen in the next few weeks after Tuesday's elections to coverup what would have been another round of stolen elections for the Dems again but someone has intervened is my best guess.
So, what's the proof? just last weekend Bush was proclaiming what a great job Rummy was doing and how important he is to Bush's "team". No question, Rummy was ordered to step down.
today, I am feeling the pressure is off. The stock market surged to new highs today celebrating the change in the House.
The scenario for Wedding II that was looming ahead has changed irrevocably.
there must have been a behind the scenes "come to jesus reckoning" in the past few days most likely by some powerful folks in the military who finally realized that Bushco was setting up this country to destroy the bill of rights/constitution and breakup the military and use private mercenary armies to implement the new police state. FINALLY!

09.Nov.2006 Associated Press: Democrats Win Senate! Democracy Wins a Reprieve! This Will Mean Bush Won't Get a Blank Check on Federal Hack Judges and the Next Key Supreme Court Nomination. It May Also Just Mean that the Constitution has Been Saved from Destruction. Dems Control Both Houses of Congress Come January.

09.Nov.2006 Take Some Time to Celebrate. Take Some Time to Donate to BuzzFlash. We've Been Advocating for Democracy for More Than Six Years. Please Keep Feeding the Meter.
The One-Party Near Dictatorial Reign of the Republicans Ends as Dems Sweep to Power in Both Houses of Congress. "The days of the do-nothing Congress are over," declared Democratic Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada, in line to become majority leader. "In Iraq and here at home, Americans have made clear they are tired of the failures of the last six years." 10/9

09.Nov.2006 Senior Republicans and White House Insiders Concede Jim Webb Won Senate Race in Virginia. Top Republicans Will Call On Allen to Concede In a Few Days.
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!
New Senate Faces 51 Federal Judge Vacancies and other Nominations -- A BuzzFlash News Alert

09.Nov.2006 Reid to Become Majority Leader of the Senate 11/9
Are Republican sore losermen willing to grind the House and Senate to a halt by challenging the elections for months to come? I don't think the voters are going to be very happy with that. 11/9
Bush Lied to Reporters Last Week When He Said He Would Retain Rumsfeld -- And He Admits It At His "News Conference"

09.Nov.2006 Election turnout was 40% this time. 11/9
09.Nov.2006 SWEET! dr. elsewhere here
NBC just called VA for Webb!! Allen is expected to concede tomorrow. The Senate is Blue.
I have to say, I'm in a bit of a state of shock. Really; what a difference a day makes, eh?

09.Nov.2006 US- Wahlen: Demokraten holen auch im Senat die Mehrheit
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Rumsfeld replaced after poll loss In quotes: Donald Rumsfeld Rumsfeld's career in pictures Profile: Donald Rumsfeld Profile: Robert Gates Reporters' blog
08.Nov.2006 Rumsfeld Is Sacrificed, But Who Pushed Him Into The Flames? - Paul Joseph Watson -All Early Reports suggested he would not go quietly, Was he set up to go weeks ago? Steve Watson
08.Nov.2006 Meet The New Boss, Same As The Old Boss - Paul Joseph Watson -Will Democrats repeal and impeach or salute and follow? Mobbed-up establishment sycophant Nancy Pelosi is nobody's
08.Nov.2006 Fox News Reports Dennis Hastert Will Not Run For ‘Minority Speaker’ - Think Progress  Perhaps he’s not running because it isn’t a real position in Congress.
08.Nov.2006 Gates called for direct talks with Iran. - Nico 

President Bush has nominated former CIA Director Robert Gates to replace Donald Rumsfeld. WSJ reports,

In the summer of 2004, Gates and former national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski co-chaired a task force sponsored by the Council on Foreign Relations that argued for opening a dialogue with Iran.

The task force’s report [”Iran: Time for a New Approach] contended that the lack of American engagement with Iran had harmed American interests + advocated direct talks with the Iranians.”

UPDATE: The Federation of American Scientists notes GatesIran/Contra ties:

Owing to his senior status in the CIA, Gates was close to many figures who played significant roles in the Iran/contra affair + was in a position to have known of their activities.”
08.Nov.2006 Bush To Terrorists: ‘Do Not Be Joyful’ Over Midterm Election Results - Think Progress 

Before the election, President Bush said on the campaign trail that if opponents of his Iraq policy were victorious, “the terrorists win and America loses.”

During his press conference earlier today, Bush returned to the same extreme rhetoric.

Addressing “our enemies,” Bush said “do not be joyful” over the election results, or view them as evidence of America’s “lack of will.” Watch it:

Moments before his comments to “our enemies,” Bush claimed, “The message yesterday was clear: The American people want their leaders in Washington to set aside partisan differences.”

Apparently the message wasn’t clear enough.

Full transcript:

To our enemies, do not be joyful. Do not confuse the workings of our democracies with a lack of will.

Our nation is committed to bringing you to justice. Liberty and democracy are the source of America’s strength and liberty and democracy will lift up the hopes and desires of those you are trying to destroy.
Bush shaken Rumsfeld's resignation shows disarray over Iraq
08.Nov.2006 Results map State-by-state guide to the election
08.Nov.2006 Domestic victory How Democrats recaptured the middle ground
08.Nov.2006Results map State-by-state guide to the election
08.Nov.2006 Rare Mercury pass of Sun begins -For a few hours, astronomers have a rare opportunity to see Mercury transit in a direct line across the Sun.
08.Nov.2006 Bush wounded -Results likely to hit president's foreign policy
Rumsfeld- Rücktritt: Bush feuert seinen stursten Krieger
08.Nov.2006 Reaktionen: Keine Tränen für Rumsfeld

08.Nov.2006 Wahldebakel: Bush opfert Verteidigungsminister Rumsfeld

08.Nov.2006 US- Kongresschefin Pelosi: Der eiserne Besen

00.Nov.2006 Pentagon- Chef Gates: Der neue Vorkämpfer des Präsidenten
08.Nov.2006 Rumsfeld Hangs It Up -After six years at the Pentagon, oft-reviled Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld resigns in the face of the Democrat's midterm victory and controversy over the Iraq war.

He will be replaced by former CIA director Robert Gates.
Chinese GPS System to be Offered Free - ScuttleMonkey 30 MattSparkes writes

"The Chinese GPS system, Beidou, is apparently to be opened up for free access within China, worrying European investors on the 2.5 billion competing project, Galileo.

Initially, China had declared that access to their system would be restricted to the military + Europe had planned to recoup some of the cost of their system selling licenses to China.

Michael Shaw, from the US government's National Space-based Positioning, Navigation and Timing Coordination Office in Washington DC said "Frankly, China's behavior towards Europe is not so different to how Europe behaved with us when GPS was the only game in town a decade ago.""
Google CEO — Take Your Data and Run - ScuttleMonkey 50 BobB that

Google is promising to make the data they store for end users more portable and is urging other companies to do the same. From the article:

"Making it simple for users to walk away from a Google service with which they are unhappy keeps the company honest and on its toes + Google competitors should embrace this data portability principle, Eric Schmidt said at the Web 2.0 Conference in San Francisco."
Why Upper Management Doesn't "Get" IT Security - ScuttleMonkey 68 Schneier is reporting that the

Department of Homeland Security has decided to delve into why upper management doesn't "get" IT security threats. The results aren't terribly surprising to those in the trenches, stating that most executives view security as something akin to facilities management. "Thankfully", the $495 report (if you aren't a "Conference Board associate") helps tell you how to handle the situation.