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Saturday, March 18, 2006

Gomez - Silence

Hoffmania!: Revenge Opened His Eyes

Originally published Mar 18, 2006
 
Pretty fascinating story here. A father enlists and goes to Iraq to exact some revenge for his soldier son's death. Now that he's there, he's having second thoughts.
 
Interestingly, this was on the front page of our little wingnut newspaper here in LA's South Bay, the Daily Breeze. Here's your weekend read.
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Stupid People make Us All Dumber

...Abrahams, who has a vast knowledge of improbable scientific literature, compares Gier's work to that of two Cornell scientists who showed that one attribute of extreme incompetence is "that the person so afflicted is incapable of knowing that he is incompetent." The study, titled "Unskilled and Unaware of It," demonstrated that people who scored, on average, at the 12th percentile in tests of humor, grammar and logic assessed themselves to be, on average, at the 62nd percentile. Incompetence at the extreme is a double-whammy, the authors declare: "Not only do these people reach erroneous conclusions and make unfortunate choices, but their incompetence robs them of the metacognitive ability to realize it." (Which explains Washington, in a nutshell.)
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Science briefing: Breakthrough on memory loss

Science briefing: Breakthrough on memory loss
Published: March 16 2006 19:38 | Last updated: March 16 2006 19:38

In a breakthrough that will give drug developers a target for creating
medicine to treat patients with dementia, researchers have for the first
time identified a substance in the brain that is proven to cause memory
loss
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Bush Signs Bill That Didn't Pass Congress

Wilfully violates Constitution and places himself above the law again
Paul Joseph Watson/Prison Planet.com | March 18 2006
 
In an amazing development that has received almost no media attention, mainstream or alternative, President Bush again placed himself above the law and wilfully violated the Constitution by signing into law a bill that didn't pass both Houses of Congress.
 
According to representative Henry Waxman, Bush signed into law a version of the Budget Reconciliation Act that didn't pass Congress. The discrepancy between the version Bush signed and the actual bill that passed equates to a value of $2 billion.
 
Bush knew he was directly violating the Constitution and effectively acting as a despot because he received a call from the Speaker of the House before signing the bill, warning him that it had not been passed.
 
The Presentment Clause of the U.S. Constitution states that before a bill can become law, it must be passed by both Houses of Congress.
 
Over the past two years Bush staffers and advisors like John Yoo and Alberto Gonzales and Senators like Pat Roberts have declared in their own memos that Bush is above the law and therefore above the very US Constitution that he swore to protect and defend.
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Friday, March 17, 2006

The Elephant In The Room: How Estate Tax Repeal Makes A Really Bad Situation Even Worse

In what has become somewhat of an annual ritual, Congress yesterday voted to raise the debt limit once again?this time to $8.97 trillion (yes that?s with a T). How can we make sure the debt will absolutely explode? Granting President Bush?s wish to make the tax cuts permanent.
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Operation Overblown

Back to Iraq 3.0:

BAGHDAD ? Operation Swarmer is turning out to be much less than meets the eye, or the television camera, for that matter.
 
...Operation Swarmer included more than 1,500 troops from the Iraqi Army?s 4th Division, the U.S. 101st Airborne Division and 101st Combat Aviation Brigade. The Soldiers isolated the objective area in a combined air and ground assault.
 
More than 50 Attack and assault aircraft and 200 tactical vehicles participated in the operation. Troops from the Iraqi Army?s 4th Division, the ?Rakkasans? from the 187th Infantry Regiment and the ?Hunters? from the 9th Cavalry Regiment assaulted multiple objectives. Forces from the Iraqi 2nd Commando Brigade then completed a ground infiltration to secure numerous structures in the area...
That sounds exciting! But according to a colleague of mine from TIME who traveled up there today on a U.S. embassy-sponsored trip, there are no insurgents, no fighting and 17 of the 41 prisoners taken have already been released after just one day. The ?number of weapons caches? equals six, which isn?t unusual when you travel around Iraq. They?re literally everywhere.
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Well, it seems Chris was right... it was another "Operation Bullshit".

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Hoffmania!: Okay...This'll Be The Last Time I Flog This

[concerning the Katherine Harris campaign in Florida] Hoffman said:
 
"I still want someone - anyone - else in the left side of the blogosphere to help me pursue this. Because online petitions like this one (and you know how much I love online petitions) are springing up and being promoted by some of the A-list blogs - because they're objecting to her draining her family's fortunes on this campaign."
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Update: A Hairy "Lobstah"


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PARIS - A team of American-led divers has discovered a new crustacean in the South Pacific that resembles a lobster and is covered with what looks like silky, blond fur, French researchers said Tuesday.

Scientists said the animal, which they named Kiwa hirsuta, was so distinct from other species that they created a new family and genus for it.

The divers found the animal in waters 7,540 feet (2,300 meters) deep at a site 900 miles (1,440 kilometers) south of Easter Island last year, according to Michel Segonzac of the French Institute for Sea Exploration.


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Morford waxes philosophical on the "Lobstah" and its significance today...

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Thursday, March 16, 2006


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Defense Review - Is Cloaking Technology for U.S. Infantry Warfighters Finally Possible?

by David Crane
defrev@gmail.com

In the movie Predator (1987), an alien hunter visits earth to bag armed human warriors (military Special Operations personnel) as trophies, and engages in this recreational endeavor very methodically and efficiently. By the time the movie ends, the alien predator has killed off two complete (elite) and highly-experienced U.S. Special Operations teams, save for one survivor (Major Alan "Dutch" Schaeffer, played by Arnold Schwarzenegger), with extreme prejudice. Now, while the alien is bigger, stronger, faster, and much more mobile in the dense jungle environment than its human prey, it's also got another major advantage--superior technology. The alien has many high-tech weapons in its arsenal, all formidable. However, one weapon in particular stands out. The power of invisibility.
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Uncle Chutzpah and His Willing Executioners on the Dire Iran Threat

With Twelve Principles of War Propaganda in Ongoing Service
by: Edward S. Herman on: 16th Mar, 06
 
Back at the time of a major Bush-1 "drug war" in 1989, Hodding Carter pointed out that with increasing attention to the newly declared "crisis" by the administration and media, the public's estimate of the importance of the drug problem rose spectacularly. "Today's big news is the drug war. The president says so, so television says so, newspapers and magazines say so, and the public says so." Today's big news is the possibility that Iran, the Little Satan, might some day acquire a nuclear weapon: the administration says so, the media say so, and now three times as many people regard Iran as the U.S.'s greatest menace than four months ago and 47 percent of the public agrees that Iran should be bombed if needed to prevent its acquiring any nuclear weapon capability.
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Facing South: Contracts going to tax cheats

Government contracting -- a growing form of privatization, which turns over public work to private interests -- is one of the biggest cesspools of corruption and scandal in our country today.
 
Regular Facing South readers are familiar with the endless stories of cost-overruns, fraud, profiteering and other misdeeds of the contracting class, from Iraq to the Gulf Coast. Usually, these violations of the public trust don't lead to a crack-down on contracting abuse; indeed, the corporations found guilty of looting public assets are rewarded with yet more contracts.
 
The General Accounting Office just released a report which adds another layer of scandal to contracting: the fact that many of the companies receiving tax-payer money are themselves tax cheats. The Associated Press reports:
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Unclaimed Territory - by Glenn Greenwald: Cornered rats

There is a palpable increase in the level of extremism and desperation among Bush followers as the Commander in Chief's approval ratings fall lower and lower and as the views which Americans have of both him and his party become more hostile. This is going to be a significant dynamic -- as their power slips further and further away, Bush followers are going to resort to increasingly radical and rage-fueled measures to keep it. Here are just a couple of illustrative examples in the past 24 hours:
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Atoms in new state of matter behave like Three Musketeers: All for one, one for all

An international team of physicists has converted three normal atoms into a special new state of matter whose existence was proposed by Russian scientist Vitaly Efimov in 1970.
 
In this new state of matter, any two of the three atoms--in this case cesium atoms-- repel one another in close proximity. "But when you put three of them together, it turns out that they attract and form a new state," said Cheng Chin, an Assistant Professor in Physics at the University of Chicago.
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Anomalous Nebula at the heart of the Milky Way


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Many Utilities Collect for Taxes They Never Pay

Published on Wednesday, March 15, 2006 by the New York Times
by David Cay Johnston 
 
Many electric utility companies across the nation are collecting billions of dollars from their customers for corporate income taxes, then keeping the money rather than sending it to the government.
 
The practice is legal in most states. The companies say it is smart business.

But some representatives of utility customers say that the practice, which involves using losses from other subsidiaries to reduce taxes owed, is not fair. They say the money that utilities are required to collect for federal and state taxes ? typically a nickel on each dollar paid for electricity ? should go for just that, or not be included in electric bills.
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Insurance Industry Feels the Heat of Global Warming

Published on Wednesday, March 15, 2006 by the Boston Globe
by Derrick Z. Jackson   
 
Neither Tim Wagner nor Mike Kreidler imagined how climate change would intrude into state insurance regulation. Wagner, the director of the Nebraska Department of Insurance, said the reality is literally pelting him.
 
''While you can't correlate it directly, in the Plains states we've had severe droughts," Wagner, 63, said over the telephone. ''We've had fires in Texas and Oklahoma. There's a terrible drought in Arizona right now. When we get rain, we seem to get more and more severe hail. I just drove to Kansas City. My nephew is in Iraq and we went to see his family. Our brand-new car got pummeled while it was parked in north Kansas City. We didn't lose any glass, but plastic parts of the car rack and a piece of the bumper was hanging off. I don't think I remember being in a hail storm like that in my lifetime."
 
Kreidler, 62, the Washington state insurance commissioner, has seen his Pacific Northwest weather go from a drought emergency last winter to floods this winter. ''Obviously a trigger for the threshold of getting our attention was Katrina and the number of hurricanes we've been having," Kreidler said in a phone interview. ''But even in Washington the vagaries in weather patterns make you suspicious."
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Stop the Election Day Cheating - Or it Will Spread Further

Published on Wednesday, March 15, 2006 by the Miami Herald
by Robert Steinback
 
If you bet on a race horse, and later heard about serious allegations that the winning horse may have been illegally doped to gain an advantage, would you demand an investigation?
 
You know the answer. It would depend on whether or not you bet on the winning horse.
 
That's what has made much of America so hesitant to demand accountability regarding a growing ledger of allegations that the November 2004 election was so badly tainted that one could fairly question the outcome of the biggest race of all -- the one for the Oval Office. Anyone who questions the reliability of the election is assumed to be a sour-grapes bad sport who has fallen into the thrall of aluminum-foil helmeted conspiracy theorists. And the media, ever tremulous about affirming their critics' allegations of liberal bias, would sooner remove a hot radiator cap than make a mission of investigating the anomalies.
 
But the anomalies were real. Many have been documented. They kept thousands in swing states from voting, and prevented thousands of ballots from being counted.
 
Not incidentally, most of the 2004 anomalies benefited one party.
 
What stands out in the analysis of 2004 voting practices in the critical state of Ohio, says Columbus State Community College professor Bob Fitrakis, ``is the asymmetrical nature of the anomalies. Virtually every single anomaly tends to favor Bush, just overwhelmingly.''
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Wednesday, March 15, 2006

YouTube - Pierce Bush In 2024

The apple doesn't fall far from the tree...does it? Dubya's nephew appears on TV.
 
<URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cWidr0Uwj8E >

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Greenhouse Theory Smashed By Biggest Stone

Well, 'smashed' is a bit much, but it just goes to show that we are a long way from establishing what the actual cause of global warming is. However there is little doubt now it is occurring and if we can do anything to alleviate the changes we are probably better off than doing nothing and just watching it happen. It could get pretty rough in the next few decades. We just saw this year's tornado season in the US open with 100 tornadoes in just a couple of days - the average for a whole season is 1000. --pseudolus
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Leicester UK (SPX) Mar 15, 2006
A new theory to explain global warming was revealed at a meeting at the University of Leicester and is being considered for publication in the journal "Science First Hand". The controversial theory has nothing to do with burning fossil fuels and atmospheric carbon dioxide levels.
 
According to Vladimir Shaidurov of the Russian Academy of Sciences, the apparent rise in average global temperature recorded by scientists over the last hundred years or so could be due to atmospheric changes that are not connected to human emissions of carbon dioxide from the burning of natural gas and oil.
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The Other Greatest Tool Ever - Forbes.com

Top 20 Tools of all time...
 
 No. 1 The Knife  
No. 2 The Abacus  
No. 3 The Compass  
No. 4: The Pencil  
No. 5: The Harness  
No. 6: The Scythe  
No. 7: The Rifle  
No. 8: The Sword  
No. 9: Eyeglasses  
No. 10: The Saw  
No. 11: The Watch  
No. 12: The Lathe  
No. 13: The Needle  
No. 14: The Candle  
No. 15: The Scale  
No. 16: The Pot  
No. 17: The Telescope  
No. 18: The Level  
No. 19: The Fish Hook  
No. 20: The Chisel  
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Models use it to create cleavage. Sled-dog drivers use it to prevent frostbite. Athletes use it to support weak joints. Veterinarians use it to repair horses' hooves.
 
What's this wonder tool? Duct tape.
 
When Forbes.com compiled its list of the 20 most important tools of all time, we asked a panel of scientists, historians and engineers to look at the devices that have most impacted human civilization and shaped the course of history. The final list highlighted tools that have been around for ages: the knife, the abacus, the compass. But critics soon started raising objections. What about duct tape, the sticky silver stuff that can do just about anything?
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Kangaroo Having Fun - Funny Animals Videos

Bud Light Good Dog - Funny Bud Light Commercials

MS Ipod Parody - Google Video

Wardens yank dogs from Katrina zone

By GREGORY D. KESICH, Portland Press Herald Writer
Copyright � 2006 Blethen Maine Newspapers Inc.
 
The handlers of Buddy and Raider, a pair of cadaver-sniffing dogs from the Maine Warden Service, cut short their trip to New Orleans this week after days of searching through toxic sludge amid thousands of rats for bodies left behind by Hurricane Katrina.
 
It wasn't the difficult work, said Sgt. Roger Guay of Greenville, who along with Warden Wayde Carter had spent two weeks in the city in December. This time, Guay said, the Federal Emergency Management Agency's body recovery program lacked organization and logistical support, posing a danger to the men and their dogs.
 
He said the low point came Tuesday night, when the men were locked out of their hotel rooms and told they couldn't get back in until they filled out paperwork requesting federal assistance as flood refugees.
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Environmental Defense - Hog Watch - No. Carolina

Here is more of your unregulated 'free enterprise' at work. Businesses (hog factory farms) have abandoned more than 700 waste lagoons in No. Carolina. They are left for the public to deal with; the health hazards, the stink, the monetary costs to clean up. The hog factories churn out millions of pounds of pork products. They sell it cheaply by off-loading some of the cost of production (the waste handling) onto the public. The public gets cheap ribs, ham, sausage and bacon at the supermarket, but everyone, pork eaters or not, pays a 'hidden' cost in dealing with the waste. If pork producers took care of the waste and added the cost to the end product, as they should, pork would be more expensive. Less pork would be sold. Maybe those
huge factories wouldn't be necessary. -- pseudolus
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Welcome to Environmental Defense's central source for information and action on industrial hog farming in North Carolina.
 
During the past decade, the Tar Heel State has become the unwitting site of a giant explosion. North Carolina's hog population has grown faster than any state in the nation, swelling from 2.6 million to 10 million hogs since 1987. That's a 285% increase in hogs, compared to only a 14% increase in people.
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Leprosy Treatment


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The latest spin on the poisoning of Slobodan Milosovic is that it was likely self-administered. Well, we're getting there.

Initial reports that Milosovic had recently expressed fear for his life and that his blood contained traces of Rifampicin, a drug used to treat leprosy and tuberculosis, were greeted with skepticism and even hostility on the part of the stubbornly incurious, who are inclined to type "Not everything is a conspiracy" when in fact they admit to none.

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AlterNet: Questioning CNN

Questioning CNN
By Rory O'Connor, AlterNet
Posted on March 13, 2006, Printed on March 15, 2006
http://www.alternet.org/story/33485/
 
Rory O'Connor has sent this list of questions to CNN president Jonathan Klein in lieu of their scheduled interview. AlterNet will be publishing Klein's responses, but in the meantime, if you have additional questions relating to CNN's war coverage, send them to QuestionCNN@AlterNet.org.
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Whoever They Run, Republicans Have to Go

Published on Tuesday, March 14, 2006 by the Portland Press Herald (Maine) 
by William H. Slavick 
 
The 2006 elections are, I am convinced, the most important in our history.
 
Beyond doubt, the Bush-Cheney ideologues twisted 9/11 and employed fraud upon fraud to justify a long-planned, unwarranted, illegal attack on Iraq - violative of all of just-war norms - to control oil, establish Middle East dominance, and remove an obstacle to Israel's expansion.
 
The cost is tens of thousands of American soldiers' lives or health; the same for hundreds of thousands of Iraqis'; a devastated country; and the expenditure of over $1 trillion in funds needed here for health care, education, and a safety net for the helpless.
 
For what? Al-Qaida terrorist attacks have tripled. U.S.-trained death squads and U.S. air attacks are now targeting Sunni civilians. Intolerant and sexist mullahs "govern" Iraq's disunity. The real causes of 9/11 remain steadfastly unaddressed.
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Note to Moronic Democratic Senators: Americans Can't Stand George Bush

Published on Tuesday, March 14, 2006 by the Huffington Post
by Cenk Uygur
 
The Republicans are unbearable. They break the law, lie, spin, spend, invade, torture and give away our money to lobbyists. So, I'm trying my best to not disparage the Democrats, since they're our only hope left.
 
I don't want to perpetuate the image of them as soft, feckless and spineless. I am worried to death that will turn off some voters and have them vote for Republicans who are driving this country over a cliff instead.
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Burst Oil Pipeline Causes 'Catastrophe' in Alaska

Published on Tuesday, March 14, 2006 by the Independent / UK
by Andrew Gumbel
  
A burst pipeline in Alaska's North Slope has caused the Arctic region's worst oil spill, spreading more than 250,000 gallons of crude oil over an area used by caribou herds and prompting environmentalists again to question the Bush administration's drive for more oil exploration there.
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Pentagon Eyeing Weapons in Space

Published on Tuesday, March 14, 2006 by the Boston Globe
Budget seeks millions to test new technologies
by Bryan Bender
  
WASHINGTON - The Pentagon is asking Congress for hundreds of millions of dollars to test weapons in space, marking the biggest step toward creating a space battlefield since President Reagan's long-defunct ''star wars" project during the Cold War, according to federal budget documents.
 
The Defense Department's budget proposal for the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1 includes money for a variety of tests on offensive and defensive weapons, including a missile launched at a small satellite in orbit, testing a small space vehicle that could disperse weapons while traveling at 20 times the speed of sound, and determining whether high-powered ground-based lasers can effectively destroy enemy satellites.
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Lessons of Iraq War Start With US History

Published on Tuesday, March 14, 2006 by The Progressive
by Howard Zinn 
On the third anniversary of President Bush's Iraq debacle, it's important to consider why the administration so easily fooled so many people into supporting the war.
 
I believe there are two reasons, which go deep into our national culture.
 
One is an absence of historical perspective. The other is an inability to think outside the boundaries of nationalism.
 
If we don't know history, then we are ready meat for carnivorous politicians and the intellectuals and journalists who supply the carving knives. But if we know some history, if we know how many times presidents have lied to us, we will not be fooled again.
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U.S. Military Plans to Make Insect Cyborgs

Published on Tuesday, March 14, 2006 by United Press International
by Shaun Waterman  
 
WASHINGTON - Facing problems in its efforts to train insects or build robots that can mimic their flying abilities, the U.S. military now wants to develop "insect cyborgs" that can go where its soldiers cannot.
 
The Pentagon is seeking applications from researchers to help them develop technology that can be implanted into living insects to control their movement and transmit video or other sensory data back to their handlers.
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GOP's Culture of Corruption Vs. Democrat's Culture of Weakness

Published on Tuesday, March 14, 2006 by WorkingForChange.com
by David Sirota 
 
The American Heritage Dictionary describes the term "weak" as "lacking firmness of character or strength of will, lacking aptitude or skill, lacking the ability to function normally or fully or lacking authority or the power to govern." Incredibly, even with President Bush at an all-time low, we are watching the Democratic Party in Washington fulfill all these definitions and more.
 
Let's just forget about the fact that congressional Democrats refuse to take a serious position on the Iraq War - the most pressing national security issue of the day. Let's forget about what a joke it is for the party to think it is going to compete on national security without taking a serious, contrasting position on the war. Let's even forget about the fact that the party is still too afraid to do this while polls have now shown for 3 years that the American public wants a change of direction on war policy. Let's just take a look at what's gone on over the last week.
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CBS Vindicated: Dittoheads Remain Mum

The silence from the Republican noise machine has been deafening this week in the wake of the updated CBS News poll that indicates president Bush is still stuck with an embarrassing 34 percent job approval rating; unchanged since last month. You'll recall that on Feb. 28, when CBS released polling data that showed Bush for the first time dropping to 34 percent, right-wingers, especially online, went bonkers, screaming how the always-liberal CBS had rigged the survey because its pollsters had contacted too many Democrats which meant the results were bogus, which meant Bush wasn't really unpopular.
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Tuesday, March 14, 2006

That Old-Fashioned Corruption

Published on Monday, March 13, 2006 by WorkingForChange
Don't underestimate the power of legal bribery to foul our government
 
by Geov Parrish
 
Richard Cohen, a longtime syndicated columnist for the Washington Post who is the type of liberal that gives the word a bad name, had a column Thursday in which he made the case that when using the phrase "culture of corruption," the real problem with Bush and the Republicans in D.C. is "not?corruption having to do with money, it's?corruption having to do with thought. The Bush administration is intellectually corrupt."
 
By "corruption having to do with money," Cohen means only the narrow legal cases against Jack Abramoff, Randy "Duke" Cunningham, and other Republicans with past or future indictments and guilty verdicts. These cases he dismisses as small potatoes compared to "intellectual corruption," or what he describes as the "magical thinking" of the Bush administration, that "what works is what ought to work," scientific evidence or geopolitical history be damned. Under this, Cohen lumps everything from stem-cell research and abstinence-only sex education to global warming and the invasion of Iraq.
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Living standards not keeping pace with productivity

New data from the Federal Reserve?s Survey of Consumer Finances provide further evidence that the recovery hasn?t had much effect on living standards, as incomes hardly budged despite rapid productivity growth.  The median household income rose just 1.6% between 2001 and 2004 (from $42,500 to $43,200 in 2004 dollars) compared to an 11.7% rise in productivity. Simply put, workers aren?t reaping the rewards of their labor: real wages are trailing productivity gains because profits are taking the lion?s share of economic growth (see Snapshot  for April 21, 2005).
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CQPolitics.com - Craig Crawford: A Leaky Argument

Craig Crawford
By Craig Crawford   |   10:54 PM; Mar. 10, 2006
 
The last time we saw a president conduct an all-out war on leaks, we later watched him resign in disgrace. And yet George W. Bush, in his zeal to impose his will on every facet of governing, is taking on the very thing that undermined Richard M. Nixon: the news media.
 
Sure, the times are different for Bush. He is charged with protecting national security in a time of war. And the news media have nowhere near the clout they did when Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee, as played by Jason Robards in the film ?All The President?s Men,? admonished his reporters to stick with the Watergate story, saying, ?Nothing?s riding on you except the First Amendment of the Constitution.?
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Rest Easy, Bill Clinton: Milosevic Can't Talk Anymore

Published on Monday, March 13, 2006 by CommonDreams.org
by Jeremy Scahill
Slobodan Milosevic is characterized in the obituaries as the "Butcher of the Balkans." If that is the story you want to read about, please go to almost any other media outlet and read it again and again. Some are now suggesting that death is Milosevic's final revenge, that he "ended up cheating history" by dying before judgment was passed. But the world has already passed judgment on Milosevic and what is being cheated by his death is history itself.
 
What the corporate media overwhelmingly ignores in Milosevic's death is what they ignored in his life as well--his intimate knowledge of US war crimes in Yugoslavia. While Milosevic was undoubtedly a war criminal who deserved to be tried for his crimes, he was also the only man in the unique position of being able to expose and detail the full extent of the US role in the bloody disintegration of Yugoslavia in the 1990s. In fact, that is precisely what he was fighting to do at his war crimes trial when he died.
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Eight Easy Pieces: News You May Have Missed if You Rely on the Deficit Disorder Mainstream Media (ADD MSM)

Published on Monday, March 13, 2006 by CommonDreams.org
by John Atcheson
Over the past few months, the press has given scant attention to eight stories ? each of more moment and greater import to the nation than the Lewinsky affair ? that should have headlined the newspapers and broadcast news for weeks if not months.
 
But true to their form for the last five years, the so-called "liberal media" have been reporting the news with all the due diligence of a six-year old with attention deficit disorder hyped up on a triple-shot espresso of Starbuck?s finest high-test.
 
Odd, how they stuck with that Lewinsky thing ? a private affair with no public consequence ? for three years, with almost daily headlines, but haven?t been able to hang in there for even three days on lies and incompetence that directly effects us all in the most profound manner.
 
Oh well, that?s "the liberal press" for you.
 
Let?s list the headlines you may not have seen, or the follow up stories that weren?t written by our Attention Deficit Disorder Mainstream Media (ADD MSM):
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Bush and Milosevic

Published on Monday, March 13, 2006 by CommonDreams.org
by John Brown
No American likes to compare just-deceased Serbian strongman Sloboban Milosevic to a U.S. president. How can Hitler and FDR possibly be alike? After all, one is Nazi evil personified, the other is the incarnation of American democracy.
 
But parallels between Serbia?s ?Slobo? and our very own ?Dubya? are hard to avoid. They used the same methods to gain power -- fear, propaganda, and war -- combined with the arrogance that only they are right and the rest of the world is wrong. A major difference: Milosevic was put on trial by an international war crimes tribunal, George W. Bush is in the White House.
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I Am a Liberal. There, I Said It!

Published on Monday, March 13, 2006 by the Huffington Post
by George Clooney 
I am a liberal. And I make no apologies for it. Hell, I'm proud of it.
 
Too many people run away from the label. They whisper it like you'd whisper "I'm a Nazi." Like it's a dirty word. But turn away from saying "I'm a liberal" and it's like you're turning away from saying that blacks should be allowed to sit in the front of the bus, that women should be able to vote and get paid the same as a man, that McCarthy was wrong, that Vietnam was a mistake. And that Saddam Hussein had no ties to al-Qaeda and had nothing to do with 9/11.
 
This is an incredibly polarized time (wonder how that happened?). But I find that, more and more, people are trying to find things we can agree on. And, for me, one of the things we absolutely need to agree on is the idea that we're all allowed to question authority. We have to agree that it's not unpatriotic to hold our leaders accountable and to speak out.
 
That's one of the things that drew me to making a film about Murrow. When you hear Murrow say, "We mustn't confuse dissent with disloyalty" and "We can't defend freedom at home by deserting it at home," it's like he's commenting on today's headlines.
 
The fear of being criticized can be paralyzing. Just look at the way so many Democrats caved in the run up to the war. In 2003, a lot of us were saying, where is the link between Saddam and bin Laden? What does Iraq have to do with 9/11? We knew it was bullshit. Which is why it drives me crazy to hear all these Democrats saying, "We were misled." It makes me want to shout, "Fuck you, you weren't misled. You were afraid of being called unpatriotic."
 
Bottom line: it's not merely our right to question our government, it's our duty. Whatever the consequences. We can't demand freedom of speech then turn around and say, "but please don't say bad things about us." You gotta be a grown-up and take your hits.
 
I am a liberal. Fire away.
 
George Timothy Clooney is an Academy Award-winning American actor, director and screenwriter. Clooney was nominated for Achievement in Directing for Good Night, and Good Luck and Best Performance By An Actor In A Supporting Role for Syriana, as well as Original Screenplay for Good Night, and Good Luck. He became the first person in Oscar history to be nominated for directing one movie and acting in another in the same year.
 
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Monday, March 13, 2006

Isaac Hayes is a hypocrite...but we could see this coming a mile away.


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Oh, sure, take those paychecks when the So. Park boys are tearing into Fundy Christians, Mormons, Catholics and Secular Humanists, but when he sees his own ox gored (Scientology)...he goes all righteous and tolerant all of a sudden. Bloody wanker! --pseudolus
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NEW YORK (AP)-- Isaac Hayes is quitting "South Park."
 
The musician who voices Chef says he takes issue with the way show deals with religion.
 
Hayes acknowledges there's a place for satire, but says there's a time "when satire ends and intolerance and bigotry toward religious beliefs of others begins."
 
Hayes is a Scientologist. Last fall, the show poked fun at Scientology and its celebrity followers, including Tom Cruise and John Travolta.
 
South Park co-creator Matt Stone believes Hayes' quitting "is 100 percent" due to his being a member of Scientology. Stone tells The Associated Press in the past, Hayes has "cashed plenty of checks with our show making fun of Christians."
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"Stone told The AP he and co-creator Trey Parker "never heard a peep out of Isaac in any way until we did Scientology. He wants a different standard for religions other than his own, and to me, that is where intolerance and bigotry begin.""
http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/tv/1401AP_People_Isaac_Hayes.html

Amen, brother! --pseudolus

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Donald Rumsfeld makes $5m killing on bird flu drug

By Geoffrey Lean and Jonathan Owen
Published: 12 March 2006
 
Donald Rumsfeld has made a killing out of bird flu. The US Defence Secretary has made more than $5m (�2.9m) in capital gains from selling shares in the biotechnology firm that discovered and developed Tamiflu, the drug being bought in massive amounts by Governments to treat a possible human pandemic of the disease.
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Buyer's Remorse for Bush

Published on Saturday, March 11, 2006 by the Casper Star Tribune (Wyoming)
by Pat Williams
  
Here in the ?purple states? of the Rocky Mountain West, President George W. Bush?s job approval ratings have fallen lower than a rattlesnake?s belly. In five of our eight mountain states, Bush approval has sunk well below 50 percent with his standing in Nevada at an all-time low of 39 and Montana at a rock-bottom 42 percent. Even in the most crimson, conservative states in America?Utah, Wyoming, and Idaho?the President?s 2004 election night approval has now collapsed by an average of 10 percent with a dizzying loss of 14 percent in Vice President Cheney?s home state of Wyoming.
 
It has become clear that the buyer?s remorse here in the Rockies is due to more than simple disagreement with Bush?s policies. Westerns have developed serious doubts about Bush?s judgment and character as well.
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Bush Hides Bungling With Secrecy

Published on Sunday, March 12, 2006 by the Boulder Daily Camera (Colorado)
by Tom Teepen
  
As it becomes more beleaguered, with its programs and policies collapsing around it like plague victims ? the needless Iraq invasion, Social Security privatization, the bungled response to Katrina, port security, domestic spying and more ? the Bush administration is digging ever deeper holes of secrecy in which to hide.
 
This administration from its start has been battened down, secretive, uncommunicative and even sneaky, and as it has entrenched itself in power, that instinct to keep the public from nosing around in what after all is the public's own business has deepened and hardened.
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Chemical Safety: What You Don't Know is Deadly

Published on Sunday, March 12, 2006 by the Boulder Daily Camera (Colorado)
by Clint Talbott
  
The federal government wants to let chemical facilities publicly report their toxic releases only every other year ? making the off years a potential open season for toxins. The feds also want to save chemical facilities time and money by allowing them to reveal much less information about their toxic releases.
 
Under the plan, 24,000 chemical facilities would save 164,000 hours of labor costs annually. That would strengthen profits, but what about the citizens? Well, they don't figure much into the equation.
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Big Soda vs. Our Kids: Better Beware of Benzene in Soda Pop

Published on Sunday, March 12, 2006 by the Providence Journal (Rhode Island)
by Ross E. Getman 

Internal soda-company documents provided by a whistleblower show that in late 1990 it was known that the benzene being discovered in some soft drinks was not due to contaminated carbon dioxide, as had been the case with Perrier. Rather, it was due to the breakdown of benzoate in the presence of ascorbic acid.
 
On Jan. 12, the Food and Drug Administration gave me two memos from 1990-91 about benzene in soft drinks. The representatives of the National Soft Drinks Association told the FDA at the time that they wanted to avoid any publicity on the issue.
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A Moral Economy

Published on Sunday, March 12, 2006 by The Nation
by Fred Block
 
The daily headlines suggest that a toxic combination of arrogance, corruption and incompetence is weakening the Republican Party's hold on national political power. As the Democrats struggle to capitalize on this opportunity, progressives should remember what happens when one side wins an election without defeating the opponent's main ideas.
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Port Deal Question: What's the White House Still Hiding?

Published on Sunday, March 12, 2006 by The Nation
by John Nichols
  
President Bush, after watching his already low approval rating take a dive because of his mishandling of the issue, wants memories of the controversy about whether Dubai Ports World should run six east coast ports to fade away fast.
 
Republicans in Congress, well aware that severe damage has been done to the public impression that their party is serious about national security, want the controversy to go away.
 
Democrats in Congress, punch drunk from the experience of actually prevailing in a standoff with the White House, appear to be quite willing to pop the champagne corks and declare victory.
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Sunday, March 12, 2006

Hot Wheel!!


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We love reading about new products and designs from Bombardier, mostly because besides building things like airplanes and subway cars, the privately held, Quebec-based company also builds fun stuff like Rotax karts, Ski-Doo and Lynx snowmobiles, Bombardier ATVs, Sea-Doo sport boats and Johnson and Evinrude outboard engines.

No wonder, then, that they have produced an exciting answer to the Segway Human Transporter. Like the Segway, Bombardier's Embrio concept--a prototype that may or may not make production--uses gyroscope technology to balance riders but adds a dash of flair absent in the Segway, which we as car nuts find slightly nerdy.

The Embrio concept also uses one less wheel than the Segway and will attract, Bombardier hopes, a younger demographic. The vehicle is designed as a guess at what transportation in the year 2025 might look like.

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'The Devil's advocates: Are Republicans buddies of Beelzebub's?'

When the roll is called Up Yonder, the 109th Congress -- led by Sen. Frist, Reps. Hastert and DeLay -- will be conspicuous by its absence. Yes, I know, the Republican true believers are convinced they'll collectively be transported heavenward via sunbeams during the end times; that their eternal reward will be administered in an all-Caucasian gated community with Hummers, private quail hunts and eternal golf games; and that daily devotionals will be provided by Pats Robertson and Buchanan, Ann Coulter and Rick Should B.N.A. Sanitarium.
 
Behold. I have some good news for modern man. That is, the GOP will soon be roasting in Hell, if not metaphorically or metaphysically, then historically.
 
How else can one explain the current state of the Republican Party and the agenda they're pushing in the face of the lowest approval ratings in modern history than that they're on Beelzebub's payroll? The policies that this, the worst Congress ever, has embraced are simply Satanic. Not content with weakening our national security, under-equipping and shortchanging our military, outsourcing our jobs to India, antagonizing our oldest allies, bankrupting our Treasury, laying waste to our national treasures, ignoring global warming crises, violating our privacy, taking life-sustaining resources from our children, poor and elderly, and lowering standards for job safety, gun control and voting, now they want to kill us off via our food supply.
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'Whistling Diebold: What price will we exact from a hero of democracy?'

They ain't gonna kiss you just because you're a whistleblower. No matter that you exposed wrongdoing and struck a blow for fair elections. The larger good isn't always obvious to the powers that be.
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New Scientist News - Three cosmic enigmas, one audacious answer

DARK energy and dark matter, two of the greatest mysteries confronting physicists, may be two sides of the same coin. A new and as yet undiscovered kind of star could explain both phenomena and, in turn, remove black holes from the lexicon of cosmology.
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Your Next PC Will Cost $159

KeepVid: Download videos from Google, Youtube, iFilm, Putfile, Metacafe, DailyMotion and more

Have you ever seen a video on the web and wished you could download it and keep it on your hard drive? Well, this site may be of interest to you. Check it out, you merely copy the url of the video you want into the field on this page and it will fetch the file for you!
 
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Scientists discover swimming ants. 12/03/2006. ABC News Online

North Queensland scientists have discovered a new type of ant, believed to be the only species that can live, swim and navigate under water. The team from Townsville's James Cook University is receiving international recognition for its discovery of polyrhachis sokolova. The ants nest in submerged mangroves and survive by hiding in air pockets and then swimming to the surface. Researcher Dr Simon Robson says he stumbled upon the ants while researching another project.
 
"The swimming behaviour was discovered," he said.
 
"I was actually working with a film crew working on insects in the mangroves and they wanted to film one of these ants and I said, 'Well, lets put it on a rock in a puddle of water and that'll stop it going away and then you'll be able to film it,' and the ant promptly just leapt off the edge of the rock and swam across the water and disappeared.
 
"We were sort of dumbfounded."
 
Dr Robson says it is amazing that the ants can survive in such a hostile environment.
 
"We've been doing a lot of studies on their foraging behaviour and there's a lot of things that eat them, so when they're swimming, fish will sometimes eat them, mud skippers will eat them, crabs will attack them," he said.
 
"It seems a very nasty place to live and we're still trying to work out how they manage to do so."
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The Big Picture: Music Labels Continue to Ignore Basic Economics

It continues to astonish, but the recording industry STILL does not have a clue WTF they are doing. Utterly amazing.
 
A story in the NYT Thursday reveals that the actual levels of business knowledge and economic understanding that exists in the recording industry. The answer, it turns out, is nonewhatosever.
 
Proof for this revelation is what the RIAA braintrust now thinks is hurting CD sales: its legal digital downloading that is holding back CD sales. Not illegal P2P, as the RIAA likes to tell us, but legal sales!
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