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"You get America out of Iraq and Israel out of Palestine and you'll stop the terrorism." - Cindy Sheehan

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Come and get me, British MP Galloway challenges US Congress
Tue Oct 25, 6:26 AM ET

LONDON - British MP George Galloway has challenged the United States to charge him with perjury after he was accused of lying to a Senate committee over the UN oil-for-food programme in Iraq.

Galloway, a strident opponent of the Iraq war, said he was "completely bemused" by fresh allegations that he personally solicited and received eight oil vouchers from Saddam Hussein's regime between 1999 and 2003.

During sworn testimony in May the bombastic left-winger told a US Senate subcommittee investigating the oil-for-food scheme that he never benefitted from the controversial programme.

Speaking to BBC radio on Tuesday, Galloway said: "I did not lie under oath in front of the Senate committee."

He said he had not seen the latest allegations from the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs, which he accused of being "cavalier with any idea of process and justice".

Galloway added: "I'm still willing to go to the United States and still willing to face any charge of perjury in front of that Senate committee.

"I'm demanding that they charge me with contempt and with perjury, I'm demanding it.

"If a Senate committee can go on the international airwaves without putting this to you, without sending me an advance (copy) and accuse me of lying under oath in front of a Senate committee, then I demand they charge me with perjury -- and I'll be on the next plane to face it." [...]

Comment: Now, why would our good friend Norm Coleman be trying to throw the same old dirt at George Galloway? Perhaps the folks in Washington are hoping that it will serve as a nice distraction from Cheney's nervous twitch that seems to have resulted from the stress of waiting for Fitzgerald to unleash the indictments of administration officials:

Then again, maybe they don't want you to notice that Cindy Sheehan is back in action:

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2000th Death Sparks New Protests by Sheehan, Peace Movements
By Deborah Zabarenko
Oct 23, 2005

WASHINGTON - Cindy Sheehan, the military mother who made her son's death in Iraq a rallying point for the anti-war movement, plans to tie herself to the White House fence to protest the milestone of 2,000 U.S. military deaths in Iraq.

"I'm going to go to Washington, D.C. and I'm going to give a speech at the White House, and after I do, I'm going to tie myself to the fence and refuse to leave until they agree to bring our troops home," Sheehan said in a telephone interview last week as the milestone approached.

"And I'll probably get arrested, and when I get out, I'll go back and do the same thing," she said. [...]

Beyond Sheehan's plans, a candlelight vigil is planned at the White House to mourn the 2,000-death milestone. Hundreds of other demonstrations are scheduled for the day after the milestone number is reached. [...]

The American Friends Service Committee was helping coordinate activists to protest the Iraq war.

"On the day after the 2,000th reported U.S. military death in Iraq, people will gather in communities across the U.S. to say that the countries pro-peace majority wants Congress to stop the deaths by stopping the dollars that are funding the war," a coalition of anti-war groups said online at

Comment: The timing of the Galloway perjury claims couldn't possibly have been better for the Bush administration. Unfortunately, it seems its too little too late:

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Bush Lays Groundwork for Miers to Back Out
October 24, 2005

As our insider source told us over the weekend, Republican senators on the Judiciary committee do not want to confirm Harriet Miers to the U.S. Supreme Court. Today, President Bush gave them their way out.

The Los Angeles Times reports that Republican senators have joined Democrats in asking for the White House "to release documents relating to" Miers' "service as White House counsel, with some warning that she might not win confirmation otherwise." One of them, Sen. Sam Brownback (R-KS) is a consistent Bush ally.

This afternoon, CNN notes President Bush refused the Senate request, saying "It's a red line I'm not willing to cross." Bush insisted that complying with such requests "would make it impossible for me and other presidents to be able to make sound decisions."

Now, the White House can withdraw the nomination over principle and not out of political necessity. They may still wait to see if the circumstances change in the coming days, but they've given themselves a way to at least partially save face.

Update: The Wall Street Journal says opposition to Miers "intensified as a conservative coalition launched a campaign to force her withdrawal from consideration."

Comment: Bush backing down would be a huge step backward for the notoriously stubborn president. In other Miers news, Hillary Clinton received loud applause the other day when she announced that should would ask Miers:

"Please tell us one thing you disagree with the president on."

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Bush's Pick for State Post Criticized
Associated Press Writer
October 25, 2005

WASHINGTON - Ellen Sauerbrey, a Republican loyalist chosen by President Bush to head the State Department's refugee program, is the latest nominee to face tough questions from senators about her qualifications.

The State Department's refugee and migration program needs a chief with experience handling crises of displaced people, Democrats said Tuesday.

"It doesn't appear that you have very specific experience," said Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., during Sauerbrey's confirmation hearing before the Foreign Relations Committee.

"I don't think we see the requisite experience that we've seen in other nominees" for the job, added Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif.

Sauerbrey, a two-time Republican candidate for Maryland governor who ran Bush's 2000 campaign in the state, said she had the management, budgetary and humanitarian experience of three decades of public service and, currently, as U.S. envoy on women's issues to the United Nations. [...]

Comment: At least one Congressman is now calling for an investigation of Bush and the entire Neocon cabal:

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Rep: Nadler: "Expand the investigation"

....from the Office of Congressman Jerome Nadler:

"In light of recent developments in the CIA leak investigation and other recent revelations, Congressman Jerrold Nadler today called for Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald to expand his investigation to include a criminal investigation to examine whether the President, the Vice President, and members of the White House Iraq Group conspired to deliberately deceive Congress into authorizing the war in Iraq.

'The CIA leak issue is only the tip of the iceberg,' Congressman Nadler said. 'This is looking increasingly like a White House conspiracy aimed at misleading our country into war – in part by manufacturing now-refuted evidence in support of its rationale, in part by smearing and silencing critics, and in part by manipulating media complicity. There is mounting evidence that there may have been a well-orchestrated effort by the President, the Vice President, and other top White House officials to lie to Congress in order to get its support for the Iraq War.'"

Perhaps we should also send postcards to Congressman Nadler to remind him of the Muhammad Naeem Noor Khan leak.

The Congressman's address is:

Hon. Jerrold Nadler
U.S. House of Representatives
2334 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Comment: On the House web site, Nadler also remarks:

"But, if, as mounting evidence is tending to show, Administration officials deliberately deceived Congress and the American people, this would constitute a criminal conspiracy against the entire country."

Gee whiz! What have we been saying for the past 4 years here??? And not just us, hundreds of alternative news sources and thousands of U.S. citizens, and bloggers and on and on... What kind of people do we have in Congress if it took them this long to wake up and smell the coffee???

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Will the French Indict Cheney?
Doug Ireland
October 22, 2005

Yet another sordid chapter in the murky annals of Halliburton might well lead to the indictment of Dick Cheney by a French court on charges of bribery, money-laundering and misuse of corporate assets.

At the heart of the matter is a $6 billion gas liquification factory built in Nigeria on behalf of oil mammoth Shell by Halliburton--the company Cheney headed before becoming Vice President--in partnership with a large French petroengineering company, Technip. Nigeria has been rated by the anticorruption watchdog Transparency International as the second-most corrupt country in the world, surpassed only by Bangladesh.

One of France's best-known investigating magistrates, Judge Renaud van Ruymbeke--who came to fame by unearthing major French campaign finance scandals in the 1990s that led to a raft of indictments--has been conducting a probe of the Nigeria deal since October. And, three days before Christmas, the Paris daily Le Figaro front-paged the news that Judge van Ruymbeke had notified the Justice Ministry that Cheney might be among those eventually indicted as a result of his investigation. [...]

The notion that the judge's targeting of Cheney might be in part retaliatory for the Bush Administration's exclusion of France from Iraq reconstruction contracts is unlikely: Van Ruymbeke is notoriously independent, and his previous investigations have been aimed at politicians and parties of both right and left. He's also no stranger to the unsavory world of oil-and-gas politics, having previously investigated bribe-giving by the French petrogiant Elf--indeed, it was in the course of his Elf investigation that van Ruymbeke stumbled upon the Nigerian deal.

The suspected bribe money was mostly ladled out between 1995 and 2000, when Cheney was Halliburton's CEO. The Journal du Dimanche reported on December 21 that "it is probable that some of the 'retrocommissions' found their way back to the United States" and asked, did this money go "to Halliburton's officials? To officials of the Republican Party?" [...]

Comment: To top it all off, no one believes the claims that recent lower fuel prices are here to stay:

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Consumers fret over high gas prices
By Chris Reese
Tue Oct 25, 1:08 PM ET

NEW YORK - Consumer confidence fell in October, sagging under the weight of hurricanes, high gasoline prices and uncertainty over jobs, although the dip in sentiment did not stop Americans from buying houses last month, data showed on Tuesday.

The Conference Board said its index of consumer sentiment fell in October to 85.0 from an upwardly revised September reading of 87.5. A Reuters poll of economists had on average forecast a rise in October to 88.1

"We had expected a rebound. Gasoline prices are down a lot, so that is good news, but they are still very high and that may be what is weighing on people's minds at this point," said Kurt Karl, head of economic research at Swiss RE in New York.

The employment outlook also was a worry. The survey's measure of the difficulty in finding employment edged up to 25.3 in October, its highest reading since December 2004, from 25.0 in September.

Comment: Many analysts are now predicting that high fuel prices are going to be around for quite some time...

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Consumers Could Face Price Spikes at Pump
Oct 25, 6:04 AM (ET)

NEW YORK - While the most dire predictions have been largely dismissed as alarmist - gasoline prices in the U.S. of up to $6 a gallon and crude oil climbing to $105 a barrel in 2007 - analysts warn consumers could face new price spikes and won't soon be returning to pump prices that propelled the popularity of gas-guzzling SUVs.

The consensus is that the era of cheap oil for U.S. consumers, accustomed to some of the lowest prices in the industrialized world, is over, at least for the next few years.

"We have very little spare capacity internationally to provide enough crude oil to the system to tolerate any more of these types of disruptions," said Ken Miller, an analyst with the Houston-based consultancy Purvin & Gertz. [...]

Comment: Hurricane Wilma also placed added financial strain on an already-battered airline industry:

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Wilma Causes Havoc at Florida Airports
The Associated Press
Tuesday, October 25, 2005; 3:32 PM

MIAMI -- It could be midweek before normal service resumes at major Florida airports, meaning hundreds of thousands domestic and international fliers will be inconvenienced at least another day because of Hurricane Wilma and the troubled airline industry will lose millions of dollars in revenue.

Airports in Miami, Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale, which were closed because of extensive hurricane-related damage and power outages, were struggling to reopen by the end of Tuesday, but officials said there were no guarantees such goals would be met. At least 2,000 flights have been canceled into and out of South Florida's three major airports.

"For all practical purposes, if we don't get power by 2 o'clock or so, we probably will not be able to open up" until at least Wednesday, said Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport spokesman Steve Belleme. The airport terminal and at least one concourse sustained damage.

Officials also were trying to figure out how a Broward County curfew that begins at 7 p.m. would affect arriving passengers.

Miami International Airport, the busiest U.S. hub for Latin American travel and the busiest state hub for foreign travel, had power on Tuesday morning, but repairs were still being made to roofs, fences and loading bridges, according to spokesman Marc Henderson. [...]

The hurricane also wreaked havoc at some smaller airports and made others inaccessible by downing trees on access roads. Boca Raton lost most of its hangars, and Hollywood-North Perry sustained extensive damage to its tower and roof.

The runway at Key West is under water from the storm surge, Brown said. [...]

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Toy, Cookie Are Mistaken for Bomb Parts
Oct 25, 2005

SAN DIEGO - A terminal at San Diego International Airport was evacuated Tuesday after luggage screeners mistook a child's toy and a cookie for bomb- making components, officials said.

A screening machine at the Commuter Terminal detected what appeared to be bomb-making material in a carryon bag around 7:45 a.m., said Transportation Security Administration spokeswoman Jennifer Peppin.

A bomb squad was called to the terminal, which serves regional flights, and investigators determined the bag did not contain any "IED," or improvised explosive devices, Peppin said.

"Essentially what they did find was a child's toy and some organic material in a bag that turned out to be a cookie," Peppin said. "Those two items combined on-screen, they very much appeared to be an IED, and it turned out not to be."

The terminal was reopened about 9:20 a.m. and passengers were allowed back in, Peppin said. Five commuter flights to Los Angeles and one flight to Salt Lake City were delayed, said Steve Shultz, an airport spokesman. [...]

Comment: The high-tech equipment used to ensure your safety from evil terrorists is so advanced that it cannot distinguish between an IED and a toy next to a cookie. But then, why use real bomb detection equipment in a fake war on terror...?

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U.S. Ranks 44th in Worldwide Press Freedom Index

Nation's openness sinking after Sept. 11, northern Europe tops the list
Jesper Westi-Henriksen

The annual worldwide press freedom index from Reporters Without Borders shows the United States, which is supposedly spreading freedom and liberty throughout the world, is in a fast decline regarding the freedom of its own press.

The report ranked the United States in 44th place, an atomic drop from a favorable position of 22nd held last year, and from a handsome 17th place in 2002.

The organization mentioned that several journalists were expelled from the country since the terrorist attacks of 2001.

South Korea, positioned at 34th place, is improving its image, partly because of open-source media OhmyNews. Any citizen in South Korea can be a reporter, thanks to its policy of posting submissions from people with all backgrounds. [...]

Open source journalism and Internet blogs are hooking more and more readers for every day. At the same time the mainstream media, or established media, has been on a steady decline by losing readership and subscriptions during the last years.

Repeated evidence of the media printing government propaganda and misleading information leading up to the U.S.-led Iraq invasion have surely made the decline of mainstream readers accelerate.

European nations Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Iceland, the Netherlands, Norway and Switzerland tied for first. North Korea was ranked last out of 167 countries surveyed.

A full list can be found at the RSF Web site.

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Colleagues call for removal of New York Times journalist in CIA leak case
Gary Younge in New York
The Guardian
Monday October 24, 2005

The New York Times continued to implode under the weight of internal criticism yesterday as the public clamour for one its most prominent reporters, Judith Miller, to be removed from her job gained pace.

The row threatens to engulf one of the country's most venerated newspapers in a bitter dispute over its reporting of the Iraq war, its unquestioning defence of an allegedly rogue reporter and its editor's ability to assert his authority over his staff.

This weekend, the paper's readers' editor and a prominent columnist argued in print that Ms Miller's presence in the newsroom damaged the credibility of the paper. Their comments came after the paper's editor sent a memo to staff claiming that Ms Miller misled him about her involvement in a story over a CIA leak. [...]

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Bombs explode near courts in Spanish towns
Tue Oct 25, 2:49 PM ET

MADRID - Bombs exploded near magistrates courts in four Spanish towns on Tuesday and police said they suspected the armed Basque separatist group ETA was to blame.

The explosions damaged buildings but no one was injured, officials said.

The bombs exploded as ETA released a statement saying it was willing to take steps toward a negotiated solution of the Basque conflict. But it said nothing about the government's condition that it lay down its arms before talks could begin.

Basque police said a caller claiming to represent ETA warned the newspaper Gara shortly before one bomb exploded in a rubbish bin in the Basque town of Guernica. [...]

There were also explosions at Ordizia and Amurrio in the Basque country and the fourth blast, caused by a home-made bomb placed by the window of a court, was at Berriozar in Navarre, a region adjoining the Basque country, a government official said. [...]

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Eyes to the sky for the Mars spectacular
Mon Oct 24, 5:49 PM ET

PARIS - The last time Mars swung so close to Earth, Hindu seers foretold of war, European astrologers predicted love and Germany reported a rash in UFO sightings.

Thus is the spell cast by planetary alignment, so extreme predictions and odd events seem entirely possible this week as Mars and Earth edge together once more.

On Sunday, October 30, the Red Planet will be 69.4 million kilometers (43.1 million miles) from Earth -- a distance that in galactic terms is less than wafer-thin and will not be equalled until 2018.

Skywatchers are rubbing their hands at the opportunity.

In the runup to Sunday, but also for much of November, Mars will appear as a big orangey-yellow "star" in the east, an object so bright that it should be visible in almost any conditions of light pollution, says the US publication Sky & Telescope.

Weather permitting -- on Earth and also on Mars, where there are some worrying signs of an impending dust storm -- anyone with a modest telescope should be able to pick out some of the features that make Mars so special. [...]

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New Twists on the Milky Way's Big Black Hole
By Robert Roy Britt
Senior Science Writer
24 November 2003

The supermassive black hole at the center of our Milky Way Galaxy is heftier than thought and rotates at an amazing clip, new research shows.

For years scientists said the black hole contained about 2.6 million times the mass of the Sun. They now believe the figure is somewhere between 3.2 million and 4 million solar masses.

And a new study suggests all that mass, confined to an area about 10 times smaller than Earth's orbit around the Sun, spins around about once every 11 minutes. The Sun, for comparison, takes about a month to make a revolution on its axis. Earth spins once every 24 hours. [...]

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On Human Diversity

Why has the genetics community discarded so many phenotypes?
By Armand M. Leroi
The Scientist
October 24, 2005

Henry Flower became director of the British Museum of Natural History in 1884, and promptly set about rearranging exhibits. He set a display of human skulls to show their diversity of shape across the globe. A century later, the skulls had gone, and in their place was a large photograph of soccer fans standing in their terraces bearing the legend: "We are all members of a single species, Homo sapiens. But we are not identical." In 2004 even this went, and so it is that the world's greatest natural history museum has nothing to say to the public about the nature and extent of human biological diversity.

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Explaining how the brain creates false memories
Dave Munger
Cognitive Daily
October 3, 2005

It often doesn't take much to make an eyewitness to a crime change her or his story. While Mafia hardball tactics for intimidating witnesses make the headlines, just seeing or hearing a different version of the "facts" can be enough. One key (as we've discussed before) is remembering the context for an event. If we can successfully recall that we personally witnessed one version of the story as it occurred last Thursday, then we're more likely to realize that it's different from the article we read in the newspaper the next day. If we don't recall the context of either the original version or the revised version, our chances for making a mistake increase.

So what's going on in our brain when we remember both the context and the event itself, and what's different when we don't? Yoko Okado and Craig Stark designed a study to examine the problem. They showed participants eight different slide shows telling stories on topics ranging from students talking in the hallway outside of class to the theft of a woman's wallet. Each slide show had 50 pictures and was shown twice. During the second showing, 12 of the pictures were surreptitiously changed in an effort to create false memories. Two days later, participants were tested on their memory for those 12 critical slides.

Sure enough, a significant portion of the time, participants responded with false memories: They believed they had seen the same slide in both presentations (the man stole the wallet and hid behind a tree), when in fact they had seen two different slides (in the first slide show, the man hid behind the door, but in the second show, he hid behind the tree).

This result matched earlier research finding that when people watch a movie and then are presented with a written account that doesn't match the movie, they will often falsely "remember" that the written story agrees with the movie. But Okado and Stark were able to take their research one step further, because their participants had agreed to perform the task while undergoing a constant fMRI, which mapped brain activity in three dimensions as they watched the slide shows.

Other fMRI research had previously revealed that when accurate memories are formed, they correspond to increased activity in particular parts of the brain: the medial temporal lobe and the prefrontal cortex. Okado and Stark's data matched this finding: when participants had accurate memories, these parts of the brain were more active during the first slide show. When they had false memories, these parts of the brain were more active during the second, "false" slide show.

What's more, Okado and Stark observed something else: a trend toward increased activity in other areas of the brain (parts of the hippocampus and parahippocampal cortex) when accurate memories were not being formed. Okado and Stark argue that this activity may be related to the inability to correctly recall the context for an item. Other studies have found that the left parahippocampal cortex is among the regions responsible for recalling the source of a memory. Since the region is less active when the critical second slide is presented during creation of a false memory, participants may not be forming the necessary contextual information they need to recall that the misleading slide was not, in fact, present during the original slide show. Similarly, when true memories were formed - when the misleading picture in second slide show was presented, but the participant still accurately remembered the correct first slide - these areas were again more active, suggesting that people had correctly recalled the context of the misleading second slide.

So apparently one of the key moments in determining whether a memory will be true or false occurs right as that memory is formed. During that critical instant, our entire conception of the past - right or wrong - is shaped.

So what does this say about Mafia "hardball" attempts to influence witnesses? Ironically, they may be doing exactly the wrong thing. If a witness is intimidated by physical force to change her original story, isn't she more likely to remember the context? It might be more effective to use subtler techniques to get witnesses to change their tune.

Comment: We are reminded of all those people who are absolutely certain that they saw an airliner slam into the Pentagon, when all the evidence indicates that it was not a large passenger jet that struck the US military headquarters. Our eyes and brains can clearly deceive us, especially during emotionally traumatic events. As such, it behooves us all to consider the facts - the hard data - even if we think we know what actually happened.

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Smoking can lessen IQ, thinking ability: study
By Charnicia E. Huggins
Reuters Health
Mon Oct 24,10:50 AM ET

NEW YORK - The poorer mental function seen among alcoholics, many of whom also regularly smoke cigarettes, may be partially due to the long-term effects of nicotine, new research suggests.

"People who are also smokers are at a much higher risk," Dr. Jennifer M. Glass, of the University of Michigan's Addiction Research Center, told Reuters Health.

In her study, "cigarette smoking was negatively related to IQ and thinking," she said.

This finding may seem counterintuitive, since many smokers attest to feeling more alert and focused after smoking. Indeed, research shows that improved mental functioning is one of the immediate effects of nicotine exposure. Chronic smoking, however, is known to have the opposite effect.

Comment: Actually, there is a great deal of evidence that indicates that chronic smoking does result in increased mental functioning, and can even be beneficial for those with certain neurological disorders. As we will see below, this new study is about as unscientific as they come...

Studies show that up to 87 percent of alcoholics smoke cigarettes, compared to less than 30 percent of the general United States population. Yet, few studies have looked into cigarette smoking as a factor that might explain the cognitive deficits reported among alcoholics.

To investigate that association, Glass and her colleagues examined brain function among 172 men from the same community, including 103 men who abused alcohol.

The team found that men with higher scores on the lifetime alcohol problems scale (LAPS) and those who reported a higher number of pack-years of smoking (i.e. packs of cigarettes smoked per day times number of years) both had lower IQ scores and lower scores on a test of global proficiency.

The proficiency test took into account the speed and accuracy with which the men were able to perform on a battery of tests including those that measured short-term memory, verbal reasoning and mathematical reasoning.

Comment: Wow! A study of only 173 men from the same community, and 103 of them abused alcohol! Yup, it must be the smoking that caused their low test scores...

Upon further investigation, the researchers found that smoking predicted poorer global proficiency even more strongly than alcoholism did. Their findings were published online before publication in Drug and Alcohol Dependence.

Smoking also appeared to be independently associated with weaker verbal and visual-spatial reasoning, the study indicates.

Thus, though smoking did not account for all of the decreased neurocognitive functioning observed among the alcohol abusers, it did seem to account for some of the effects, the report indicates.

The reason for the observed associations is unknown, and the researchers did not investigate the "cause and effect story," Glass said, but she speculated that the diminished cognitive ability among smokers may be partly due to some mechanism involving a restricted flow of blood and oxygen to the brain.

Based on the current report, Glass said, "if you need another reason to quit smoking, it's a good potential one to add to the list."

SOURCE: Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 2005

Comment: Unfortunately, this type of research is what passes for "science" these days. What about considering the "cause and effect story", or drastically enlarging the subjects of the study to include both men and women from different communities, or adding a control group? Nah! Smoking must be evil! Tell everyone!

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Remote Control Device 'Controls' Humans
AP Business Writer
Tue Oct 25, 8:54 PM ET

ATSUGI, Japan - [...] Prepare to be remotely controlled. I was.

Just imagine being rendered the rough equivalent of a radio-controlled toy car.

Nippon Telegraph & Telephone Corp., Japans top telephone company, says it is developing the technology to perhaps make video games more realistic. But more sinister applications also come to mind. [...]

A special headset was placed on my cranium by my hosts during a recent demonstration at an NTT research center. It sent a very low voltage electric current from the back of my ears through my head - either from left to right or right to left, depending on which way the joystick on a remote-control was moved. [...]

The technology is called galvanic vestibular stimulation - essentially, electricity messes with the delicate nerves inside the ear that help maintain balance.

I felt a mysterious, irresistible urge to start walking to the right whenever the researcher turned the switch to the right. I was convinced - mistakenly - that this was the only way to maintain my balance. [...]

Another program had the electric current timed to music. My head was pulsating against my will, getting jerked around on my neck. I became so dizzy I could barely stand. I had to turn it off. [...]

Timothy Hullar, assistant professor at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Mo., believes finding the right way to deliver an electromagnetic field to the ear at a distance could turn the technology into a weapon for situations where "killing isn't the best solution." [...]

Indeed, a small defense contractor in Texas, Invocon Inc., is exploring whether precisely tuned electromagnetic pulses could be safely fired into people's ears to temporarily subdue them. [...]

Comment: US defense contractors seem to be creating a huge arsenal of "non-lethal" weapons for crowd control. Obviously, they plan on selling a whole lot of these weapons to the government, or they wouldn't be wasting the time and money developing them. Now, do you really believe that they are creating these new toys for use in other countries, like Iraq? Where are the stun guns produced in the US primarily used? Here's a hint: it ain't Iraq or Afghanistan...

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Almost 60 pilot whales die in Australian mass stranding
Oct 25, 2005

Almost 60 pilot whales have died after stranding themselves on a beach on the Australian island of Tasmania.

A Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service spokeswoman said on Tyesday that the pod of 67 pilot whales was spotted at Tasmania's Marion Bay on Tuesday morning.

Most were stranded on an area of the bay inaccessible by road and most had died by the time wildlife officers used boats to ferry volunteers across to them, spokeswoman Liz Wren said. [...]

Pilot whales, which can grow up to six metres (20 foot) long, frequently beach themselves in a phenomenon that remains a mystery to scientists.

Tasmania's rugged coastline has one of the highest stranding rates in the world, with state government records showing some 2,800 pilot whales and 500 dolphins had beached themselves up until 2003.

Wren said there were a number of theories on why the animals stranded. [...]

"Other people think it might be something to do with the magnetic fields that they use to navigate. We simply don't know."

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Ranchers worry about horses
October 25, 2005

CALHAN - Folks in this close-knit community on the eastern plains are baffled and worried about two mysterious incidents in which 22 horses and a burro were found dead.

The rural residents in these parts are pretty level-headed people, and they scoff at the notion that UFOs might be responsible. But many were around when a spate of unsolved cattle mutilations occurred in the 1970s and again in the early 1990s, and they're willing to entertain the notion - maybe with a little tongue in cheek - that cults, creeps and "black helicopter" people might be to blame.

"There's strange stuff going on," Terry Ashcraft said Monday while doing some business at the Pikes Peak Co-op in Calhan.

Ashcraft, who lives 19 miles east of town, remembers driving a farm truck down a dark rural road 15 years ago at harvest time and "running off" a helicopter in a field where cattle were later found mutilated. [...]

The veterinarian investigating the deaths of the animals, John Heikkila, fielded lots of questions from worried stockmen Monday as he performed state- required inspections of animals at the weekly Calhan livestock auction.

The tall, burly Montanan, who has cared for animals in the area for years, said he's pretty certain the 16 horses found dead Saturday in rancher William DeWitt's pasture were killed by lightning. All of the horses were found lying within 50 yards of one another, including one found still perched on its knees, snout to the ground. [...]

Sixkiller found his animals dead on Oct. 11, less than two miles from where the 16 horses were found Saturday.

Heikkila performed autopsies on Sixkiller's animals and found perfectly round puncture wounds in their hides or skulls, about the size of 22-caliber bullets. But the wounds were no more than three-quarters of an inch deep, and exams and X-rays revealed no bullet fragments or slugs in the carcasses.

The vet said a first round of tests for poisons and for a feed additive for cattle that is deadly to horses have come back negative. He said he's waiting for further tests that might reveal why the blood in Sixkiller's animals didn't clot, which he said would be expected.

If that test doesn't solve the mystery, he said, a definitive cause of the animals' deaths might never be known.

"Ned's was not a case of lightning," Heikkila said. "In real life, there are a lot of incidents where we just don't know." [...]

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Occult fear as sheep slaughtered
October 25, 2005

A DARTMOOR farmer who found six of his sheep with their necks broken and their eyeballs removed believes occultists could be responsible.

Four of the dead animals had been laid out in a square, while the other two were discovered near stones apparently arranged to make a pagan symbol.

Farmer Daniel Alford previously found seven of his sheep killed and left in a circle less than half a mile away on moorland near Tavistock, Devon, in January.

Mr Alford, from Sampford Spiney, near Tavistock, said the sheep were wild moorland animals and would have been difficult to catch without a net.

Devon and Cornwall Police said the incident was being investigated.

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NEW! 9/11: The Ultimate Truth is Available for Pre-Order!

On the fourth anniversary of the September 11th attacks, Laura Knight-Jadczyk announces the availability of her latest book:

In the years since the 9/11 attacks, dozens of books have sought to explore the truth behind the official version of events that day - yet to date, none of these publications has provided a satisfactory answer as to WHY the attacks occurred and who was ultimately responsible for carrying them out.

Taking a broad, millennia-long perspective, Laura Knight-Jadczyk's 9/11: The Ultimate Truth uncovers the true nature of the ruling elite on our planet and presents new and ground-breaking insights into just how the 9/11 attacks played out.

9/11: The Ultimate Truth makes a strong case for the idea that September 11, 2001 marked the moment when our planet entered the final phase of a diabolical plan that has been many, many years in the making. It is a plan developed and nurtured by successive generations of ruthless individuals who relentlessly exploit the negative aspects of basic human nature to entrap humanity as a whole in endless wars and suffering in order to keep us confused and distracted to the reality of the man behind the curtain.

Drawing on historical and genealogical sources, Knight-Jadczyk eloquently links the 9/11 event to the modern-day Israeli-Palestinian conflict. She also cites the clear evidence that our planet undergoes periodic natural cataclysms, a cycle that has arguably brought humanity to the brink of destruction in the present day.

For its no nonsense style in cutting to the core of the issue and its sheer audacity in refusing to be swayed or distracted by the morass of disinformation that has been employed by the Powers that Be to cover their tracks, 9/11: The Ultimate Truth can rightly claim to be THE definitive book on 9/11 - and what that fateful day's true implications are for the future of mankind.

Published by Red Pill Press

Scheduled for release in October 2005, readers can pre-order the book today at our bookstore.

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