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Sep 18 11:32

Topless Women, Rule Of Law, And Perceptions Of China.

This proves something many of my expat friends in China are always talking about. They say they find it ridiculous that China is viewed as this incredibly oppressive place where the government is spying on you all the time and concerned with your littlest actions. They oftentimes like to tell me that China actually has more freedoms than the United States or England.

Sep 18 11:30

The hypocrisy of the Fed

The Fed is reportedly looking to monitor banker pay in order to discourage excessive risk-taking. But aren't the Fed's easy money policies encouraging risk?

Sep 18 09:29

Sun surprisingly active at low point in its cycle

Just looking at the number of sunspots doesn't provide a full picture of how the sun's solar energy impacts Earth, a new study suggests. The findings contradict previous thinking about how the sun behaves during low points in its solar cycle.

"What we're realizing is that the sunspots do not tell the whole story," said Sarah Gibson, a scientist from the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Colo.

Sep 18 09:28

Coldest place in the solar system? On the moon

Astronomers have found the coldest spot in our solar system and it may be a little close for comfort. It's on our moon, right nearby.

NASA's new Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter is making the first complete temperature map of the moon. It found that at the moon's south pole, it's colder than far away Pluto. The area is inside craters that are permanently shadowed so they never see sun.

Sep 18 08:27

Abraham Lincoln on unconstitutional US wars of invasion: courageously standing against the OBVIOUS lies

US presidents are lying about our Wars of Aggression, invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan, while lying to cause a third war with Iran. Let’s review the courageous words of truth from Mr. Lincoln, and encourage ourselves to act against these treasonous and cowardly wars that have so-far killed over 5,000 American troops. The following five paragraphs from Mr. Lincoln’s speech in Congress deserve your full attention. They are written in his acclaimed concise and powerful prose.

Sep 18 07:18

The Obama Gun Control Plan

The Barack Obama Gun Control Plan will impede your rights to Keep and Bear Arms under the Second Amendment. Barack Obama's Gun Control Plan will likely not be covered by the mainstream media until after the new gun laws have been swiftly approved by the Democrats controlling both the Senate and the House of Representatives.

Sep 18 06:57

US missile system's track record: test delays, failed launches, missed targets

For a system designed to protect the country from nuclear oblivion, the US national missile defence project's history of failure has long raised eyebrows among scientists.

Years of testing have seen rocket-propelled interceptors refuse to launch from their silos, fail to separate from their boosters and miss their targets, sometimes by hundreds of miles.

Military officials can claim only a 50% hit rate, and only then in tests that are far removed from a real world attack scenario, said David Wright, a physicist and co-director of global security at the Union of Concerned Scientists in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Sep 18 06:45

Dangerous Crossroads: Missile Defense and Washington’s Foolish Eurasia Strategy

Eight months into the Obama Presidency the outlines of Administration foreign policy are becoming very clear and what is emerging is a foreign policy establishment flying blind on automatic pilot, evidently unable to make the fundamental policy changes required of its new geopolitical and economic position in the world since the collapse of the Greenspan “revolution in finance” September 2008. For the first time since it emerged as the world’s dominant power after 1945 the US policy establishment is unable to combine its military “stick” with any economic “carrot.” The Obama effort marks the end of an era of geopolitics.

Sep 18 06:27

Roubini and Taleb: Government's Socialization of Losses Is Destroying the Real Economy

In an essay last month, Nouriel Roubini wrote:

This is a crisis of solvency, not just liquidity, but true deleveraging has not begun yet because the losses of financial institutions have been socialised and put on government balance sheets. This limits the ability of banks to lend, households to spend and companies to invest...

The releveraging of the public sector through its build-up of large fiscal deficits risks crowding out a recovery in private sector spending.

Sep 18 06:25

Colours

A proposal by the Homeland Security Advisory Council, unveiled late Tuesday, recommends removing two of the five colors, with a standard state of affairs being a “guarded” Yellow.

Sep 18 06:20

New Version Of "What Hit The Pentagon?"

Numerous criticisms have been received of "What Hit the Pentagon?". Some pointed to errors, some were unfounded. The new version, version 4, has now been placed at the Journal of 9/11 Studies. I have attempted to correct errors and have added a preface to help explain the purpose of the paper.

http://journalof911studies.com/volume/2009/WhatHitPentagonDrLeggeAug.pdf

If this proves to provoke further criticism, a version 5 may well be produced, as I regard this issue as extremely important. The fact that explosives were used at the WTC is now widely accepted by the truth movement, as the science is now well understood. In the case of the Pentagon attack, however, there is a lack of cohesion in the movement because widely differing views are held. This damages our credibility. The paper provides a study of evidence to show what can, and more importantly, what cannot, be scientifically proved. It makes the case for avoiding asserting to the public what cannot be proved. It is important to avoid action which will impede progress toward a new investigation, with the hope of prosecution of those responsible for 9/11.

Sep 18 06:05

60 Minutes: Cold Fusion Is Hot Again

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Sep 18 06:03

Virtual reality used for blind to map real world

Virtual reality can let video game players escape from the real world but a group of researchers are using virtual reality to help the blind join the real world more, by navigating real places.

Researchers at the University of Chile and Harvard Medical School are using three audio-based PC games that allow players to navigate a labyrinth, a subway system and real-world buildings based on audio cues. "Essentially the games work by interpreting information generated by spectral sounds like footsteps and door knocks," said Lotfi B. Merabet, Ph.D of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School and co-author of "AER Journal: Research and Practice in Visual Impairment and Blindness."

Sep 18 06:03

How you write 'shows if you're a liar', scientists discover

Instead of analysing body language or eye movement, to catch out people telling fibs, people’s handwriting can instead give them away.

While stressing the research was in the early stages, scientists say it could one day help validate loan application or even insurance claims.

Sep 18 06:02

Google easter eggs: 15 best hidden jokes

Google loves to slip in-jokes and hidden features known as "easter eggs" into its products

Sep 18 06:01

World Heritage sites about to go digital

Scientists to use laser scanning to recreate sites in case they’re damaged

A team of British scientists is preparing to create a digital model of Mount Rushmore using laser scanning so that the iconic U.S. monument can be recreated were it to be damaged.

The survey work is part of a project to accurately record the exact dimensions of 500 of the most famous World Heritage sites, including the Acropolis in Athens and the Great Wall of China.

Sep 18 05:34

Tehran clashes 'left 13 dead'

Iran's state media has said that at least 13 people were killed on Saturday as police and pro-government militia clashed with protesters gathering over the disputed presidential election.

Television reports on Sunday blamed rioters and "terrorist groups" for the previous day's violence, saying two petrol stations and a mosque had been set alight, and a military outpost attacked.

(*I should point out that I'm posting off of Al Jazeera , because I didn't like the smell of THIS story >>> http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/133504 /

Iranian 'Anti-Israel' Rally Turns on Regime , or it's implications ; Iran's annual Quds Day – a national “holiday” of anti-Israel rallies and speeches – has taken a new turn this year, with protesters shouting down the Iranian regime instead of the Jewish state. According to Israel National News sources

update (*from al jazeera article) : Government-run television said members of the exiled Mujahedeen-e-Khalq (MEK)opposition group were arrested in connection with Saturday's unrest.

The report claimed they were acting under British influence.

Sep 18 05:22

State Says Forced Injections, Quarantines For “Rapidly Spreading Germ,” But Not Swine Flu

Health authorities in Massachusetts have indicated that they will impose quarantines and mandatory vaccinations in the event of the H1N1 virus mutating into a lethal germ, but that forcible injections are not on the agenda for the swine flu outbreak as it stands.

Concerns about mandatory vaccination programs have been growing worldwide over recent weeks as governments have failed to unequivocally state that the swine flu shot will be voluntary, while ordering enough batches to inoculate their entire population.

These fears have been heightened by warnings from whistle blowers that law enforcement and military officials have been running drills focused around quarantining people who refuse to take the vaccine.

Sep 18 04:46

75 Percent of Oklahoma High School Students Can't Name the First President of the U.S.

75 Percent of Oklahoma High School Students Can't Name the First President of the U.S.
THAT'S RIGHT ! (*and here it is , a third time , for a normal mind to wrap itself around.) Only one in four Oklahoma public high school students can name the first President of the United States,
(*according to a survey released today.)

Sep 18 04:37

Ohio Plans to Try Again

Ohio Plans to Try Again as Execution Goes Wrong

CINCINNATI — The State of Ohio plans to try again next week to execute a convicted rapist-murderer, after a team of technicians spent two hours on Tuesday in an unsuccessful effort to inject him with lethal drugs.

This is the first time an execution by lethal injection in the United States has failed and then been rescheduled .

Sep 18 04:13

Is America Hooked on War?

Because the United States does not look like a militarized country, it's hard for Americans to grasp that Washington is a war capital, that the United States is a war state, that it garrisons much of the planet, and that the norm for us is to be at war somewhere at any moment. Similarly, we've become used to the idea that, when various forms of force (or threats of force) don't work, our response, as in Afghanistan, is to recalibrate and apply some alternate version of the same under a new or rebranded name -- the hot one now being "counterinsurgency" or COIN -- in a marginally different manner. When it comes to war, as well as preparations for war, more is now generally the order of the day.

This wasn't always the case. The early Republic that the most hawkish conservatives love to cite was a land whose leaders looked with suspicion on the very idea of a standing army. They would have viewed our hundreds of global garrisons, our vast network of spies, agents, Special Forces teams, surveillance operatives, interrogators, rent-a-guns, and mercenary corporations, as well as our staggering Pentagon budget and the constant future-war gaming and planning that accompanies it, with genuine horror.

Sep 18 04:06

John Pilger: For Britons, the Party Game Is Over

During the 1914-18 slaughter, Prime Minister Lloyd George confided: "If people really knew [the truth], the war would be stopped tomorrow. But of course they don’t know and can’t know." Have we not yet advanced over a century’s corpses to a point where the likes of Brown are denied their mendacious subterfuge? The Afghan war is a fraud. It began as an American vendetta for domestic consumption in the wake of the 11 September 2001 attacks, in which not a single Afghan was involved. The Taliban, who are Afghans, had no quarrel with the United States and were dealing secretly with the Clinton administration over a strategic pipeline. They offered to apprehend Osama Bin Laden and hand him over to a clerical court, but this was rejected.

Sep 18 04:03

Raimondo: The Worms in the Apple

I have long held that the invasion of Iraq, and subsequent military occupation, was engineered by a group of neoconservatives whose primary loyalty is not to the US, but to Israel. I said that at the very outset of the debate over whether to launch a military strike, and, although my view was far from popular at that time, as events progressed it became less controversial: the evidence for it was too overwhelming to be summarily dismissed. This time, as we enter the first stages of a debate over going to war with Iran, I make the same accusation against the War Party – and the background and arguments of Makovsky-Rubin make my point very well indeed.

Sep 17 20:14

Netanyahu went to Russia: alarming theory as to why

Think about this: in return for Russia giving a green light to attack Iran, Netanyahu gets the US to abandon the anti-missile program in Europe as Bush arranged. This was a theory from another talk show host. YMMV

Sep 17 20:05

Larken Rose - You're Not the Boss of Me!

This is the most salient excerpt of Larken's rousing speech in Philadelphia. You have to give this guy props for his moral clarity, and his passion

For the FULL speech by Larken Rose which was delivered on July 4th, 2009, in front of Independence Hall (where the Declaration of Independence was signed)...

Part 1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Msr01w7iYw
Part 2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NJCC-_m9p7I
Part 3 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2MX9hwITqik

Visit http://www.larkenrose.com for details of Larken Rose's three important books, an archive of his stirring BLOG entries, and other material.

I'm Canadian... but I endorse this guy in an heartbeat. He walks his talk with passion and commitment.

Sep 17 20:04

45% Of Doctors Would Consider Quitting If Congress Passes Health Care Overhaul

Two of every three practicing physicians oppose the medical overhaul plan under consideration in Washington, and hundreds of thousands would think about shutting down their practices or retiring early if it were adopted, a new IBD/TIPP Poll has found.

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