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Sep 10 07:23

Scholar: Cheney secrecy laying groundwork for possible 'history heist'

While they might not like to admit it, President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney are, at the end of the day, employees of the American people, and four generations of precedent -- not to mention US law -- require that the people be allowed to audit their performance once they leave office.

Sep 10 07:21

Georgia on My Mind

On Wednesday, The New York Times on the Web flashed a headline that caught my eye: “U.S. to Unveil $1 Billion Aid Package to Repair Georgia.” Wow, I thought. That’s great: $1 billion to fix Georgia’s roads and schools. But as I read on, I quickly realized that I had the wrong Georgia.

We’re going to spend $1 billion to fix the Georgia between Russia and Turkey, not the one between South Carolina and Florida.

Sep 09 18:32

Fortress Iran is Virtually Impregnable to a Successful Invasion

To understand Iran, you must begin by understanding how large it is. Iran is the 17th largest country in world. It measures 1,684,000 square kilometers. That means that its territory is larger than the combined territories of France, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain and Portugal - Western Europe. Iran is the 16th most populous country in the world, with about 70 million people. Its population is larger than the populations of either France or the United Kingdom.

Sep 09 09:08

Police give up taser for forced injections

While most people are aware of police use of Taser weapons, many may be fairly shocked to learn of an alternate method used by police in Nashville, Tennessee to subdue "unruly" people. The city has a policy allowing police to inject unruly people that they encounter on the street with a strong sedative.

One of the doctors responsible for this bright idea claims that it is the safest option available and that it is being used all over the country. However, a top medical ethicist says that it is troubling.

Sep 08 18:45

EPO Blood Doper Is Also Memory Enhancer

A drug used to increase blood production in both medical treatments and athletic doping scandals seems to also improve memory in those using it. New research published in BMC Biology says that the memory enhancing effects of erythropoietin (EPO) are not related to its effects on blood production but are due to direct influences on neurons in the brain. The findings may prove useful in the treatment of diseases affecting brain function, such as schizophrenia, multiple sclerosis, and Alzheimer’s.

Sep 08 18:40

Energy Weapons Might be Eye-Poppers

As we have seen, burning someone to a crisp with a laser takes a tremendous amount of energy. Blinding them is much easier. U.S. Special Operations Command's new Advanced Tactical Laser is approximately one hundred thousand times more powerful than a so-called "Class IV" laser, which can cause permanent eye damage.

Sep 08 18:32

Young Children in U.S. Among World’s Most Polluted With Fire Retardants

In the first nationwide investigation of chemical fire retardants in parents and their children, Environmental Working Group (EWG) found that toddlers and pre-schoolers typically had 3 times more of the neurotoxic compounds in their blood than their mothers. The study suggests that U.S. children 1 to 4 years of age bear the heaviest burden of flame retardant pollution in the industrialized world.

Sep 08 18:24

SATA RAID has a 56% chance of data loss

Here's a guy who discusses SATA vs. SCSI disk reliability. Short conclusion: actual disk failures (MTBF) are almost exactly as likely wtih cheap SATA disks as expensive SCSI disks. But the bit error rate of SATA is much higher. In other words, the likelihood of not being able to read a sector because it got corrupted on SATA is vastly higher than SCSI. By his calculation, on a 1TB disk, you have about a 56% chance of not being able to read every single sector, which means rebuilding your RAID correctly in the case of a failed disk is usually impossible.

Sep 08 18:13

AP: Sarah Palin is a liar

The Associated Press just wrote about Palin's speech today. She lied in it. A lot. And they caught her. John McCain and Sarah Palin are criticizing Democrat Barack Obama over requesting money for his home state of Illinois even though the Alaska governor's record is mixed. At a rally, the Republican presidential nominee and his running mate accused Obama of requesting nearly $1 billion in earmarks. In fact, Obama hasn't asked for any earmarks this year and last year, he sought $311 million worth.

Sep 08 08:42

Veterans' mental care condemned

Britain faces a "timebomb" of mental health problems among veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, best-selling author Andy McNab has said. He spoke out ahead of the launch of his latest book, which examines the fate of the men he served with in the SAS. Two of them have killed themselves and a third has shot his girlfriend dead.

Sep 07 21:05

South Ossetia says Georgian attack caused $4 billion damage

Georgia's recent military operations in South Ossetia caused some 100 billion rubles ($4.1 billion) in damage, according to the breakaway republic's preliminary estimates.

South Ossetia's deputy speaker of parliament, Tarzan Kokoity, speaking of the destruction of local factories, said: "Today it is senseless to speak of the republic having its own industries."

Sep 07 20:51

S.Ossetia says almost 1,500 locals killed in Georgia's attack

Authorities in Georgia's breakaway republic of South Ossetia said on Wednesday that 1,492 of the province's residents were killed in Georgia's August 8 military offensive, according to revised data.

The authorities of the breakaway republic earlier put the number of deaths at over 2,000 people, almost all civilians, while Russia has estimated the figure at 1,600.

Sep 07 20:48

One Fifth of Iraq Funding Goes to Private Contractors

If spending continues at the current rate, the U.S. will have spent 100 billion dollars on military contractors in Iraq by the end of the year.

Sep 06 20:25

Car Bombing Kills at Least 6 In City in Northwestern Iraq

A car bomb exploded near shops and cafes in the northwestern city of Tal Afar late Saturday morning, killing at least six people and wounding at least 50 others, at least 19 of them critically.

Sep 06 20:00

Alaskans Speak (In A Frightened Whisper): Palin Is “Racist, Sexist, Vindictive, And Mean”

“So Sambo beat the bitch!”

This is how Republican Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin described Barack Obama’s win over Hillary Clinton to political colleagues in a restaurant a few days after Obama locked up the Democratic Party presidential nomination.

Sep 06 17:20

Computer firm loses prison staff data

Justice Secretary Jack Straw last night ordered an urgent inquiry after it emerged that a private contractor had lost a portable hard drive holding personal details of thousands of prison workers.

The huge US firm Electronic Data Systems (EDS) has owned up to losing the names, dates of birth, National Insurance numbers and prison service numbers of up to 5,000 employees of the National Offender Management Service.

Sep 06 17:12

Exposing Five Dangerous Lies in McCain's Big Speech

McCain's falsehoods on health care, oil companies, trade, taxes and worker training were egregious and covered up his pro-corporate positions.

Sep 06 17:10

Permanent Fund backup for backup fails in data glitch

Nine months of Alaskans' documents go poof

Sep 06 17:06

Samsung: "Blu-ray has 5 years left"

Samsung has said that it sees the Blu-ray format only lasting a further 5 years before it is replaced by another format or technology.

"I think it [Blu-ray] has 5 years left, I certainly wouldn't give it 10", Andy Griffiths, director of consumer electronics at Samsung UK told Pocket-lint in an interview.

Sep 06 08:38

John McCain GOP convention speech.

"Today -- today, the prospect of a better world remains within our reach. But we must see the threats to peace and liberty in our time clearly and face them, as Americans before us did, with confidence, wisdom and resolve."

There's not much wisdom in this McCain video:

Sep 06 08:30

Red Bull Can Give You a Stroke

Just one can of the popular stimulant energy drink Red Bull can increase your risk of heart attack or stroke. The effect was seen even in young people. The caffeine-loaded beverage causes blood to become sticky, a pre-cursor to cardiovascular problems such as stroke.

One hour after drinking Red Bull, your blood system becomes abnormal, as might be expected from a patient with cardiovascular disease. Red Bull is banned in Norway, Uruguay and Denmark because of health risks.

Sep 05 21:24

Scientists get death threats from idiots over possible apocalypse

Frank Wilczek, of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has received death threats, said Prof Brian Cox of Manchester University to The Telegraph, saying in as frank a manner as possible: "Anyone who thinks the LHC will destroy the world is a twat."

Sep 05 20:12

Palin: Iraq war 'a task that is from God', gas pipeline 'God's will'

She also urged ministry students to pray for a plan to build a $30 billion natural gas pipeline in the state, calling it 'God's will': "What I need to do is strike a deal with you guys." As they preached the love of Jesus throughout Alaska, she said, she'd work to implement God's will from the governor's office, including creating jobs by building a pipeline to bring North Slope natural gas to North American markets. "God's will has to be done in unifying people and companies to get that gas line built, so pray for that," she said.

Sep 05 20:07

McCain’s Fighting Words

Last night, during John McCain’s Not-Too-Subtle Call to Arms acceptance speech, a speech that lasted less than 50 minutes, John McCain used the word Fight or Fighting or Fought a whopping 32 times. ... I don’t know about you, but I have had enough fighting over the last five plus years. ... I want a president who understands that fighting is a last resort, one which is used to protect imminent and verifyable threats to our nation. I want a president who doesn’t resort to fighting first and reexamining later. I want a president who gets it.

Sep 05 19:54

GOP Ignores Copyrights, Raises Ire Of Multiple Recording Artists

This campaign season, Republicans have been using a lot of songs from artists who wouldn't have given permission if asked, and some who have spoken up to ask that their songs not be used in the future.

Sep 05 19:51

RNC Spelling Fail

Anti-intellectualism wasn’t just being spoken from the podium, evidently.

Sep 05 19:43

10 things to know about McCain

For all the coverage this week of Senator John McCain's background, there are some important things you won't learn about him from the TV networks. His carefully crafted positive image relies on people not knowing this stuff-and you might be surprised by some of it.

Sep 05 19:41

McCain Speech: I, Me, Mine

At one point in his speech last night, taking a shot at Barack Obama, Republican nominee John McCain assured Americans that "I'm not running for president because I think I'm blessed with such personal greatness that history has anointed me to save our country in its hour of need."

Which makes the following statistic kind of interesting. In a 50-minute speech, McCain used the word "I," or variations like "me" or "my" or "myself," more than 200 times. That's about twice as many references to personal self-greatness as Obama used in Denver.

Sep 05 19:23

Revealed: Brown's £1bn power windfall

The government profits come from a scheme set up in the 1980s to support renewable energy projects by guaranteeing to pay developers building wind, biomass and other non-fossil fuel generation plants a fixed price for their electricity for 15 years. During the first decade of the so-called Non-Fossil Fuel Obligation scheme, it ran at a loss, paid for by consumers, but over the last six years rising electricity prices have allowed the government to cash in on the energy contracts at a substantial profit.