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Sep 13 07:04

Common Knee Surgery Called Unnecessary

One of the most common surgical procedures performed in the United States -- arthroscopy to treat arthritis in the knee -- is useless, researchers reported yesterday.

A study involving 178 men and women found that those who underwent the surgery fared no better than those who received medication and physical therapy only.

Sep 13 06:43

Blizzard of Lies

Did you hear about how Barack Obama wants to have sex education in kindergarten, and called Sarah Palin a pig? Did you hear about how Ms. Palin told Congress, “Thanks, but no thanks” when it wanted to buy Alaska a Bridge to Nowhere?

These stories have two things in common: they’re all claims recently made by the McCain campaign — and they’re all out-and-out lies.

Dishonesty is nothing new in politics. I spent much of 2000 — my first year at The Times — trying to alert readers to the blatant dishonesty of the Bush campaign’s claims about taxes, spending and Social Security.

Sep 12 21:25

Ron Paul at Sovereign Wealth Funds Hearing

This is Congressman Ron Paul's opening statement at the Financial Services Hearing on Sovereign Wealth Funds, September 10, 2008.

Sep 12 21:19

Not-so-big tent: RNC host committee pushed for cancellation of Ron Paul

Here’s a behind-the-scenes postscript about the lengths to which the planners of the Republican National Convention went to ensure the appearance of a discord-free GOP: They tried to scuttle Ron Paul’s counter-convention across the river in Minneapolis and the next night’s Rage Against the Machine concert as well.

Sep 12 21:12

Priceless! Gravel Appalls Pacifica Hosts by Defending Palin

My respect for Mike Gravel has skyrocketed. Whatever you think of Palin, this interview is absolutely priceless. The smug pro-Obama Pacifica hosts are simply left speechless. Gravel gets in a few good licks at the end attacking the Democrats as the party of imperialism.

Sep 12 19:48

Pro-McCain Group Dumping 28 Million Terror Scare DVDs in Swing States

This week, 28 million copies of a right-wing, terror propaganda DVD are being mailed and bundled in newspaper deliveries to voters in swing states. The 60-minute DVDs, titled "Obsession: Radical Islam's War Against the West," are landing on doorsteps in a campaign coinciding with the 7th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. Funding is coming from a New York-based group called the Clarion Fund, a shadowy outfit whose financial backers are unclear.

Sep 12 19:03

New Evidence: Palin Had Direct Role In Charging Rape Victims For Exams

Despite denials by the Palin campaign, new evidence proves that as mayor of Wasilla, Alaska, Sarah Palin had a direct hand in imposing fees to pay for post-sexual assault medical exams conducted by the city to gather evidence.

Palin's role is now confirmed by Wasilla City budget documents available online.

Sep 12 18:58

McCain Admits He's "Divorced" From Reality: Obama Camp Lets Rip

The Obama campaign is jumping all over a line from John McCain, in which the Arizona Republican suggested that time in Washington had made it easier from him to be out of touch with everyday concerns.

"I think John McCain is right about John McCain," said Rep. Rahm Emanuel, a fellow Chicagoan known for his brass-knuckled politics. "He has been there so long that is why he has voted 90 percent of the time with George Bush and that why his staff is bogged down by lobbyists that represent special interests."

Sep 12 18:43

Google Chrome, s3mp, and security

Seeing that Chrome was just released, I decided to make sure it works with s3mp, and I'm pleased to say that it does (see screenshot). That said, when playing with s3mp in Incognito mode, I found a disturbing security hole that allows "cookies" to not only be retained between Incognito sessions, but leak from a regular session to Incognito.

I said cookies, but I meant Flash SharedObjects. They're basically a way for Flash applets to store information locally (s3mp uses them to store "Local Settings"). Unlike cookies, Chrome doesn't flush these from Incognito mode or sandbox them.

Sep 12 18:42

What's the difference between Palin and Muslim fundamentalists? Lipstick

John McCain announced that he was running for president to confront the "transcendent challenge" of the 21st century, "radical Islamic extremism," contrasting it with "stability, tolerance and democracy." But the values of his handpicked running mate, Sarah Palin, more resemble those of Muslim fundamentalists than they do those of the Founding Fathers. On censorship, the teaching of creationism in schools, reproductive rights, attributing government policy to God's will and climate change, Palin agrees with Hamas and Saudi Arabia rather than supporting tolerance and democratic precepts.

Sep 12 18:40

Sarah Palin is a disaster in waiting

I AM going to burn in Hell. Well, I suppose it's one way of keeping warm this winter.

This is what will happen to me because of my words last week on Sarah Palin, the Republican's candidate for vice-president.

According to my critics, I only had a go at Palin because she's a Christian. No, I had a go at the woman because she is potentially more destructive than the Large Hadron Collider.

I'll leave the CERN boffins, when they've finished playing with their new expensive toy in Switzerland, to argue with her over whether God did or didn't make the world in six days.

Sep 12 18:38

Ballot snafu endangers votes

About one-third of the absentee ballot applications received at the Hamilton
County Board of Elections have been ruled invalid because Republican Sen. John McCain’s presidential campaign printed a version of the form with an extra, unneeded box on it.

In a narrow interpretation of Ohio law, Democratic Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner says many of the McCain forms have not been completed properly. If the box stating the person is an eligible elector -- or qualified voter – is not checked, Brunner said, the application is no good.

Sep 12 18:36

Unfit to stand so close to presidency

TODAY, on the anniversary of the horror of Sept. 11, 2001, we should recall what happens when an unqualified candidate captures the presidency. An incurious western governor, George W. Bush, arrived in Washington unprepared for the job. And it showed every day of his presidency.

Sep 12 06:13

Anyone with an Internet connection can disprove many assertions of the McCain campaign.

Did you hear about how Barack Obama wants to have sex education in kindergarten, and called Sarah Palin a pig? Did you hear about how Ms. Palin told Congress, “Thanks, but no thanks” when it wanted to buy Alaska a Bridge to Nowhere?

These stories have two things in common: they’re all claims recently made by the McCain campaign -- and they’re all out-and-out lies.

Dishonesty is nothing new in politics. I spent much of 2000 -- my first year at The Times -- trying to alert readers to the blatant dishonesty of the Bush campaign’s claims about taxes, spending and Social Security.

Sep 12 06:11

Venezuela to expel U.S. ambassador

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said Thursday he is recalling his own ambassador from Washington and expelling the U.S. ambassador from Venezuela.

The president said he was making the moves "in solidarity with Bolivia and the people of Bolivia."

"When there's a new government in the United States, we'll send an ambassador," he said. "A government that respects Latin America."

Sep 11 16:56

Evolutionary Acceleration Research Institute Ready to Start “Squirrel Smasher”

Scientists from the Evolutionary Acceleration Research Institute (EARI) announced that the first test of the Giant Animal Smasher (GAS) will begin on December 19, 2008, the 41st anniversary of the premiere of Dr. Dolittle.

Dr. Thomas Malwin, head of the research project, said, "The first test runs will only accelerate microscopic life-forms like bacteria and viruses to high speeds, but theoretically the GAS can handle animals as large as squirrels, hence the squirrel smasher moniker."

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Sep 11 13:04

Kucinich to Propose National Commission on Truth and Reconciliation

America must move from the errant, retributive justice of 9/11 to a healing, restorative process of truth and reconciliation.

Before the Congress adjourns, I will bring forth a new proposal for the establishment of a National Commission on Truth and Reconciliation, which will have the power to compel testimony and gather official documents to reveal to the American people not only the underlying deception which has divided us, but in that process of truth seeking set our nation on a path of reconciliation.

Sep 10 21:57

We Need 7 More Congressmembers to Have an Official Impeachment Inquiry*

(*This depends on the concept that Conyers would actually honor his word which hasn't been the case up until now)

Kucinich to Renew Call for Impeachment Hearing
by Ralph Lopez
Wed Sep 10, 2008 at 09:42:01 AM PDT

Sep 10 17:08

BBC has exclusive video footage of 101st Airborne in Iraq

"I think we're in a stupid pointless war because a lot of politicians can't admit they're wrong or are making a lot of money from this war." This is one testimony from a US soldier in Iraq. Guardian photographer and filmmaker Sean Smith spent two months embedded with soldiers from the US 101st Airborne division in the Shia areas of Sadr City and Shula in Baghdad this summer. He's produced an extraordinary film, documenting the day-to-day life of US soldiers during the troop "surge", and the Iraqis they work with and encounter.

Sep 10 07:34

Water Bears Can Even Survive Unprotected In Space

Space is extremely cold, near absolute zero, and it is a vacuum, so no oxygen, plus there is the threat of lethal radiation from stars. It is considered the most hostile of environments, where unprotected humans would last for a fraction of a second.

But research by Ingemar Jönsson and colleagues in Current Biology shows that some animals — the tardigrades, or 'water-bears' — can do away with space suits and can survive exposure to open-space vacuum, cold and radiation just fine.

Sep 10 07:24

How Did the RNC Insult Troops and Veterans? Let me count the ways…

Last week's Republican convention sure made every superficial effort to come off as pro-Troop and pro-Veteran. And, of course, the media ate it up, not challenging a single thing. But to those of us who did serve, it was offense after offense after offense. Let's count the ways:

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.

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