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Oct 10 06:30

Oops : Asus EEE Mini PC Box Contaminated With Recycled.exe Virus

Big Box manufacturer Asus has acknowledged that its EEE Box Desktop Mini PCs contain a virus called Recycled.exe which is hidden in the box's 80GB hard disk drive.

While Asus says that it only affects computers shipped in Japan, the Register understands that EEE Boxes in Europe and elsewhere could also be at risk.

The Windows-only malware is activated once the D: drive is accessed and it will try to infect all fixed and removable drives. What's more, The Register found another password-sniffing Worm loaded on their review EEE PC box - definitely not a good sign.

Oct 10 06:30

Financial crisis: Gordon Brown to sue Iceland over near £1bn of frozen bank deposits

Gordon Brown has described the behaviour of the Icelandic government following the bank collapses as "totally unacceptable", adding that the Government was considering legal action.


Oct 10 06:27

Messages from Earth sent to distant planet by Bebo

Messages from Earth – including a photo of George W Bush chosen to illustrate evil - have been sent to a distant planet that could be home to intelligent life.

Oct 10 06:26

Want to know your true wealth?

24hGold has added an interesting little feature -- a mechanism that converts numercial values in U.S. dollars, euros, British pounds, Australian dollars, Japanese yen, Canadian dollars, and Swiss francs to either current values in gold and silver or to gold and silver values on past dates.

Oct 10 06:24

MoD loses hard drive holding military personnel data

Downing Street has described the loss of data from a Ministry of Defence computer hard drive, which contained the private details of armed forces personnel, as "regrettable".

"The MoD police are currently investigating this regrettable incident and will take any appropriate action," a spokesman for Gordon Brown said.

Oct 10 06:22

'Unprecedented demand' for U.S. gold coins reason for mint sell halt? Hardly

While the U.S. Mint attributes to "unprecedented demand" its suspension of the production of gold coins, coin market reporter Michael Zielinski shows that it's not true. Zielinski, a White Plains, N.Y., resident who publishes the Mint News Blog ( and Coin Update
(, lists the Mint's Gold Eagle coin sales for each year back to 1986 and finds 14 years when the Mint produced more Gold Eagles than it has produced so far this year.

Oct 10 04:40

The world is at severe risk of a global systemic financial meltdown and a severe global depression

The US and advanced economies’ financial system is now headed towards a near-term systemic financial meltdown as day after day stock markets are in free fall, money markets have shut down while their spreads are skyrocketing, and credit spreads are surging through the roof. There is now the beginning of a generalized run on the banking system of these economies;

Oct 09 21:06


John Quincy Adams said, "Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost."

Oct 09 19:26

The Ron Paul Money Machine Bombs a Republican Congressional Candidate

On October 7, former Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul sent an email to his list urging financial support for Republican candidate B.J. Lawson (N.C.-4). The result has been an influx of hundreds of thousands of dollars for the campaign. thing is clear, a national network of citizens like those connected by Paul can impact a Congressional race outside of the establishment.

Oct 09 19:10

McCain and Keating: "Till death do us part"

In 1986 John McCain wrote a political note — on official House of Representatives stationary — apologizing to Charles H. Keating Jr. for his campaign having listed his good friend and supporter as part of McCain's Senate campaign finance committee.

Keating responded with a handwritten note — addressed to "senator," seven months before McCain won his Senate seat — telling him not to sweat it, "I'm yours till death do us part."

Oct 09 19:05

[Video] McCain Supporter Rants About "Hooligan" Obama And "Socialist" Takeover -- And McCain Agrees

When is the unhinged frenzy gripping crowds at McCain-Palin gatherings -- not to mention McCain-Palin's own role in stoking that frenzy -- going to become a big story?

Today in Wisconsin, a McCain supporter unleashed a long, unhinged rant in which he blasted the "socialists taking over our country" and referred to Obama and Nancy Pelosi as "hooligans." McCain didn't utter one syllable of objection. In fact, he nodded bemusedly at the "socialist" mention.

And at the end of the man's rant, McCain said that the man was "right."

Oct 09 18:59

Guantanamo techniques applied on US soil: civil rights groups

Internal documents show the US military exported the "brutal interrogation techniques" from Guantanamo prison and applied them to three terror suspects in US jails, civil rights groups said Wednesday.

The so-called "Guantanamo protocols" -- sleep and sensory deprivation, prolonged isolation and death threats -- have been applied to mainland prisons despite attempts by some military personnel to improve harsh conditions, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Allard K. Lowenstein International Human Rights Law Clinic at Yale Law School said in a statement.

Oct 09 18:53

The guy McCain insulted on TV? Here's what he's saying...

Remember the moment during the Town Hall debate, when McCain fielded a question from a young African-American man? Remember how he prefaced the answer by saying "You probably never heard of Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac before this"?

Meet Oliver Clark. Here's what he's saying now, in response to this historically-insulting encounter.

Oct 09 18:42

Kids need to agree to 120+ pages of EULAs in order to watch BluRay Sleeping Beauty

Over on Boing Boing Gadgets, our John notes that watching Sleeping Beauty on Blu-Ray requires that you accede to over 120 pages of legal garbage in various EULAs before you can start the movie.

Oct 09 18:38

[Video] John McCain's Rage is a National Security Concern

"Do I trust him with the button? No."

Oct 09 18:22

Maryland Police Redefine “Terrorist” - Activists Beware

“Terrorist” has been redefined by the Maryland State Police. If you oppose the death penalty or against the war in Iraq - so basically anyone that believes killing is immoral - now is a “terrorist.”

Oct 09 18:16

The Palins’ un-American activities

Imagine if the Obamas had hooked up with a violently anti-American group in league with the government of Iran.

“My government is my worst enemy. I’m going to fight them with any means at hand.”

This was former revolutionary terrorist Bill Ayers back in his old Weather Underground days, right? Imagine what Sarah Palin is going to do with this incendiary quote as she tears into Barack Obama this week.

Oct 09 18:07

Chicago's Cook County won't evict in foreclosures

The sheriff here said Wednesday that he's ordering his deputies to stop evicting people from foreclosed properties because many people his office has helped throw out on the street are renters who did nothing wrong.

"We will no longer be a party to something that's so unjust," a visibly angry Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart said at a news conference.

"We have to be sure that when we are doing this — and we are destroying some people's lives — we better be darned sure we're talking about the right people," Dart said.

Oct 09 18:05

Outrage Leads AIG To Cancel Second Luxury Retreat

Battered by outrage over the $440,000 it spent on a luxury retreat less than a week after the federal government loaned it $85 billion dollars, the giant AIG Insurance Company says it has called off plans to hold a second retreat next week at the exclusive Ritz-Carlton Resort in Half Moon Bay, California.

The exclusive Ritz-Carlton Resort in Half Moon Bay, California, was supposed to be the site for a...

The Ritz-Carlton outing, like the earlier one, was to reward top independent insurance agents, which the company called a "standard industry practice."

Oct 09 15:39


Jewish Scholar - 'Jewish
People' Were Invented
By Jonathan Cook

No one is more surprised than Shlomo Sand that his latest academic work has spent 19 weeks on Israel's bestseller list ­ and that success has come to the history professor despite his book challenging Israel's biggest taboo.

Dr. Sand argues that the idea of a Jewish nation ­ whose need for a safe haven was originally used to justify the founding of the state of Israel ­ is a myth invented little more than a century ago.

Oct 09 13:13

911 Truth Outshines Phony "Debunkers" on Press TV - (and why you should care)

Do you consider yourself a skeptical person? You may ask me - "About what?" How about the reasons you are asked by your government to surrender your liberty? Shouldn't the surrender of your inalienable Constitutional Liberties top any list of reasons to be skeptical? And if every reason given for you to give up your freedom originates with the attacks of September 11, 2001 would you agree it is your solemn duty to be skeptical of the explanations provided to you by your PUBLIC SERVANTS about what happened that day?

Oct 09 13:06

Bank of China buys into Rothschild bank

BEIJING: Bank of China Ltd. is buying a stake in French bank LCF Rothschild and says the two will develop private banking and asset-management services for China's newly rich.

China's fast-growing banking industry is eager to expand its foreign ties, and the latest deal announced late Thursday came despite industry turmoil following the failure of Wall Street house Lehman Brothers.

Oct 09 12:56

Zero Dollar Bill

Artist Laura Gilberts' print 'The Zero Dollar' protesting the breakdown of the American economy. Gilbert distributed 10,000 of the fake greenbacks in front of the New York Stock Exchange on Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2008 to call attention to the economic crisis gripping the nation.

(AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Oct 09 10:09

Iceland bank freeze 'used anti-terror laws'

The UK government implemented anti-terror laws to freeze the estimated £4 billion worth of British financial assets in a failed Icelandic bank, it has been revealed.

The freezing order against Landsbanki, which owns failed internet bank Icesave, was issued under the 2001 Anti-Terrorism, Crime and Security Act.

The move threatens to drag down British-Icelandic relations to their lowest point for over three decades, with Gordon brown announcing legal action against Reykjavik authorities yesterday to recover depositors' money.

Oct 09 09:15

Interactive map of doom

Dynamic Maps of Nonprime Mortgage Conditions in the United States

This is really neat! Enter your zipcode and find out how bad things are in your own neighborhood!

Oct 09 08:19

Senecavirus Structure Revealed (Oh, And It Still Kills Cancer Cells 10,000 Times Better Than Traditional Chemotherapeutics)

The Senecavirus is a "new" virus, discovered several years ago by Neotropix Inc., a biotech company in Malvern, Pennsylvania. It was at first thought to be a laboratory contaminant, but researchers found it was a pathogen, now believed to originate from cows or pigs. Further investigation found that the virus was harmless to normal human cells, but could infect certain solid tumors, such as small cell lung cancer, the most common form of lung cancer.

Oct 09 08:16

Iceland collapse costs UK billions

DOZENS of British councils risk losing hundreds of millions in taxpayers' money held in Iceland's stricken banks as shockwaves from the tiny nation's financial collapse reverberate across Europe.

As councils across Britain began contemplating the prospect of raising taxes and cutting services to cover their losses, the two countries squared up for a diplomatic row over Iceland's refusal to refund the deposits.

Oct 09 08:10

Analysis: data mining doesn't work for spotting terrorists

"Automated identification of terrorists through data mining (or any other known methodology) is neither feasible as an objective nor desirable as a goal of technology development efforts."

—Protecting Individual Privacy in the Struggle Against Terrorists: A Framework for Program Assessment, pp. 27-28

Oct 09 08:01

[Video] Countdown: McCain May Be Hazardous to Your Health Care

McCain desires to deregulate the health care industry. Be afraid, be very afraid.