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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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Why is Bush so unpopular? We can't figure it out...

Why is Bush so unpopular?

Bush's visit to Latin America stirs up violent demonstrations

When President Vladimir Putin steps off the aircraft "Rossiya", he is greeted by warm smiles of friendship and an aura of silence which reflects genuine respect and interest. Not so the presence of George Bush, who does not dare to step off an aircraft in most countries and when he does, he is greeted with seething and sullen hatred.

Why so?

Why did thousands of Argentineans take to the streets to protest against the unwelcome presence of George Bush at the Summit, why do thousands of Brazilians prepare tonight to demonstrate against the unwelcome presence of Bush in Brazil? Why was Bush the only leader to have been forced to scuttle out the back door of Number 10 Downing Street during his last visit to London, in which he was confined to just three streets for security reasons? Why does George Bush frequently have to deploy thousands of bodyguards?

For some reason it must be. Could it be because he is extremely popular and wishes to keep his many fans at arm's length? Or could it be that he is perhaps the most hated man on Earth?

People in general dislike self-righteous blasphemers who take God's name in vain to justify their own lies as they go globe-trotting, committing acts of mass murder. People in general dislike those who break the law, in the case of Bush, practically every rule in international law and diplomacy, which renders him and his regime liable in future to stand trial for war crimes and crimes against humanity.

People in general dislike those who interfere in the sovereign affairs of other nations and those who set up Roman-style military bases across the globe. Basically, what we see today is the message: Go home, stay at home. The forces of the United States of America belong in the United States of America.

Until George Bush, his regime and the governing class of his country understands this message, there will be a tremendous difference between the way US Presidents are received, compared with leaders of practically every other nation on earth, except perhaps Zimbabwe.

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Impeachment Poll
Washington Post
November 11, 2005

Back in June, Zogby asked Americans if they agreed or disagreed with the following question:

"If President Bush did not tell the truth about his reasons for going to war with Iraq, Congress should consider holding him accountable through impeachment."

An astonishing 42 percent of Americans agreed. (I wrote about that in my July 6 column.)

Since then, no news organization has expressed any curiosity, and no polling company has decided to ask the question on its own.

But, a group urging Congress to launch a formal investigation into whether President Bush has committed impeachable offenses in connection with the Iraq war, keeps asking.

In October, they commissioned Ipsos Public Affairs to ask a similar question. That poll found that 50 percent of Americans agreed.

Now, a new Zogby poll commissioned by the group finds that a clear majority - - 53 percent of Americans -- agree with the statement.

Comment: Mirror of the World reports:

Also notable: 46 percent of those who considered themselves "born again" said they would support Congress considering impeachment.

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Cheney's 'Dark Side' Is Showing
By Dan Froomkin
Special to
Monday, November 7, 2005; 1:21 PM

Vice President Cheney is on a passionate, mostly secret and sometimes lonely campaign to prevent Congress from approving prohibitions against torture -- prohibitions that he insists could encumber American intelligence gathering. [...]

Cheney publicly embraced the "dark side" within days after the terrorist attacks. Here he is talking to NBC's Tim Russert on Sept. 16, 2001. The U.S. military has "a broad range of capabilities. And they may well be given missions in connection with this overall task and strategy," Cheney said.

"We also have to work, though, sort of the dark side, if you will. We've got to spend time in the shadows in the intelligence world. A lot of what needs to be done here will have to be done quietly, without any discussion, using sources and methods that are available to our intelligence agencies, if we're going to be successful. That's the world these folks operate in, and so it's going to be vital for us to use any means at our disposal, basically, to achieve our objective."

Arguments against torture -- along both moral and pragmatic lines, from both Democrats and Republicans, and even from inside the White House -- have not dissuaded the vice president. Indeed, he got some apparent support today from President Bush... [...] [Click link to read Bush's remarks]

Dana Priest and Robin Wright write in The Washington Post: "Over the past year, Vice President Cheney has waged an intense and largely unpublicized campaign to stop Congress, the Pentagon and the State Department from imposing more restrictive rules on the handling of terrorist suspects, according to defense, state, intelligence and congressional officials. . . .

"Increasingly, however, Cheney's positions are being opposed by other administration officials, including Cabinet members, political appointees and Republican lawmakers who once stood firmly behind the administration on all matters concerning terrorism. . . .

"Cheney's camp is a 'shrinking island,' said one State Department official who, like other administration officials quoted in this article, asked not to be identified because public dissent is strongly discouraged by the White House. . . . [...]

It was just over a week ago that Scooter Libby, Cheney's chief of staff, was indicted in the CIA leak investigation. Is that the end of the story? Or just the beginning?

Here's Sam Donaldson on the "Chris Matthews Show" on NBC:

Matthews: "Sam, isn't the vice president going to get drawn into all the problems again as this trial evolves?

Donaldson: "Well, of course the vice president knew what Lewis Libby was doing with reporters. There's an old expression from the Watergate days: 'Whatever Haldeman knew, Nixon knew.' Meaning, 'strong chief of staff, strong principle.' To think that Dick Cheney had no idea what Lewis Libby was doing is just kind of absurd." [...]

And here's John Dean writing on Findlaw: "Indeed, when one studies the indictment , and carefully reads the transcript of the press conference, it appears Libby's saga may be only Act Two in a three-act play. And in my view, the person who should be tossing and turning at night, in anticipation of the last act, is the Vice President of the United States, Richard B. Cheney."

Elisabeth Bumiller writes in the New York Times: "President Bush was asked four times on Friday about Karl Rove and the C.I.A. leak investigation, and four times he refused to answer." [...]

Richard W. Stevenson writes in the New York Times: "The issue now for the White House is how long it can go on deflecting the inquiries and trying to keep the focus away from Mr. Bush. . . . [...]

Blogger Brad Friedman , writing on, takes issues with Stevenson's assertion that "there has been no suggestion that Mr. Bush did anything wrong."

Friedman writes: "Okay, then. Let me be the first (as far as Stevenson is apparently concerned) to both 'suggest' and 'hint' that not only did Bush do something wrong, he was also both 'involved' and 'aware' of it." [...]

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If Cheney's for torture, why not use it on Scooter?
The Toronto Star
Nov. 7, 2005

Here's an idea, and I can't believe I'm the first to come up with this modest proposal, but why doesn't the U.S. government just go ahead and torture Lewis "Scooter" Libby? And not just for that ridiculous name.

Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald has laid five charges against Libby related to the investigation into how an undercover CIA operative's identity was leaked to the press. One can only imagine how long it's going to take for Fitzgerald to lay out the evidence, to put witnesses on the stand, to build a case against Libby, and find out whether he lied to cover up for his actions or those of others at the White House.

Who knows how many other CIA agents may be outed while this case works its way through the courts?

Now, couldn't the whole process be expedited if Fitzgerald could attach a few electrodes to Libby's chest and then crank up the volts?

Some of you might find this position a bit extreme, but unless I'm reading the situation all wrong, this is exactly the sort of thing that Libby's boss, vice-president Dick Cheney, could get behind. [...]

Now don't get me wrong. I'm not saying ol' Scooter is a terrorist. I don't see him strapping dynamite to his waist and getting on a bus. I mean, look at the nice suits he wears. Who'd want to ruin one of those? But it's not much of a leap to suggest that the leaking of a CIA agent's name is a matter of national security. And if just one U.S. official thinks it's okay to blab the names of undercover operatives, or at the very least, cover up for those who think it's okay to blab the names of undercover operatives, isn't everyone going to start thinking it's okay?

If Dick Cheney is pushing for the authority to torture terror suspects to find out what they know and what threats they pose to national security, why would he be opposed to using the same methods on his former chief of staff? Even if Libby turns out to be completely innocent? It's certainly a great shortcut to the truth. [...]

The only real question remains, who should do it?

If Fitzgerald feels uncomfortable performing the torture himself, there are any number of foreign countries where Libby could be sent to have it done. He could check with the White House for a complete list.

Like I say, it's just a thought. Maybe Cheney should issue a statement: "I'm so committed to torture for extracting information, I'm willing, as a gesture of goodwill, to have it used on my former chief of staff first."

He'd make a believer out of me.

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Rove's Security Clearance Widely Questioned
By Peter Wallsten and Tom Hamburger
LA Times Staff Writers
Sun Nov 6, 2005

WASHINGTON - An intelligence analyst temporarily lost his top-secret security clearance because he faxed his resume using a commercial machine.

An employee of the Defense Department had her clearance suspended for months because a jilted boyfriend called to say she might not be reliable.

An Army officer who spoke publicly about intelligence failures before the Sept. 11 attacks had his clearance revoked over questions about $67 in personal charges to a military cellphone.

But in the White House, where Karl Rove is under federal investigation for his role in the exposure of a covert CIA officer, the longtime advisor to President Bush continues to enjoy full access to government secrets.

That is drawing the attention of intelligence experts and prominent conservatives as a debate brews over whether Rove should retain his top- secret clearance and remain in his post as White House deputy chief of staff - even as Special Prosecutor Patrick J. Fitzgerald mulls over whether to charge him with a crime in connection with the operative's exposure. [...]

If Rove's access to classified information were taken away, it would prevent him from doing much of his job. His wide portfolio includes domestic policy and national security issues, and he is at the president's side often during the day. [...]

Comment: Meanwhile, in an attempt to distance themselves from the Bush administration, the Democrats who so ardently supported the president have come up with a whopper of an excuse:

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Democrats: Deceit made us back war
By Dick Polman
Inquirer Political Analyst
Nov. 06, 2005

The Democratic party appears to have finally come up with a way to explain why so many of its elected leaders gave President Bush the authority to wage war in Iraq.

Three simple words: "We were duped."

A parade of top Democrats have contended in recent days that they would have been antiwar in 2002 had they known then what they now believe to be true: that the Bush administration manipulated the intelligence in order to build a bogus case for war. In pursuit of that theme, Senate Democrats on Tuesday successfully demanded that their GOP colleagues quit stalling and finish a long-promised investigation that could determine whether the war planners were dishonest.

Many Democrats believe it's good politics these days to say that they were lied to. This message, actually a rite of confession, is designed to help their erstwhile pro-war politicians get back in sync with the party's liberal antiwar base. That's especially important for some of the original pro-war Democrats who want to run for president in 2008. After all, liberal voters tend to dominate the Democratic primaries, and they're expecting to hear apologies. [...]

Charlie Cook, a Washington analyst who runs the nonpartisan Cook Political Report, said Friday: "If Democrats want to argue that the administration misrepresented and distorted the prewar intelligence, OK, that's one thing. But if they push the argument that they have been duped, fooled and victimized - well, to a lot of [independent swing] voters, they're just going to come across as weak." [...]

Comment: From the following article, we can see why the Democrats are so anxious...

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US forces 'used chemical weapons' during assault on city of Fallujah
By Peter Popham
The Independent
08 November 2005

Powerful new evidence emerged yesterday that the United States dropped massive quantities of white phosphorus on the Iraqi city of Fallujah during the attack on the city in November 2004, killing insurgents and civilians with the appalling burns that are the signature of this weapon.

Ever since the assault, which went unreported by any Western journalists, rumours have swirled that the Americans used chemical weapons on the city.

In December the US government formally denied the reports, describing them as "widespread myths". [...]

But now new information has surfaced, including hideous photographs and videos and interviews with American soldiers who took part in the Fallujah attack, which provides graphic proof that phosphorus shells were widely deployed in the city as a weapon.

In a documentary to be broadcast by RAI, the Italian state broadcaster, this morning, a former American soldier who fought at Fallujah says: "I heard the order to pay attention because they were going to use white phosphorus on Fallujah. In military jargon it's known as Willy Pete."

"Phosphorus burns bodies, in fact it melts the flesh all the way down to the bone ... I saw the burned bodies of women and children. Phosphorus explodes and forms a cloud. Anyone within a radius of 150 metres is done for." [...]

The documentary, entitled Fallujah: the Hidden Massacre, also provides what it claims is clinching evidence that incendiary bombs known as Mark 77, a new, improved form of napalm, was used in the attack on Fallujah, in breach of the UN Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons of 1980, which only allows its use against military targets. [...]

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An Enemy of The State
Nov 7, 2005

According to a printout from a computer controlled by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Department of Justice, I am an enemy of the state.

The printout, shown to me recently by a friend who works for Justice, identifies me by a long, multi-digit number, lists my date of birth, place of birth, social security number and contains more than 100 pages documenting what the Bureau and the Bush Administration consider to be my threats to the security of the United States of America.

It lists where I sent to school, the name and address of the first wife that I had been told was dead but who is alive and well and living in Montana, background information on my current wife and details on my service to my country that I haven't even revealed to my wife or my family.

Although the file finds no criminal activity by me or members of my immediate family, it remains open because I am a "person of interest" who has "written and promoted opinions that are contrary to the government of the United States of America." [...]

According to my file, the banks where I have both business and checking accounts have been forced to turn over all records of my transactions, as have every company where I have a charge account or credit card. They've perused my book borrowing habits from libraries in Arlington and Floyd Counties as well as studied what television shows I watch on the Tivos in my house. They know I belong to the National Rifle Association, the National Press Photographers Association and other professional groups. They know I attend meetings of Alcoholic Anonymous on a regular basis and the file notes that my "pattern of spending" shows no purchase of "alcohol-related products" since the file was opened in 2001. [...]

Comment: Click here to read the entire article.

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IRS Targeting Pro-Peace Churches; Pro War, No Problemo

Antiwar Sermon Brings IRS Warning
By Patricia Ward Biederman and Jason Felch
LA Times
November 7, 2005

The Internal Revenue Service has warned one of Southern California's largest and most liberal churches that it is at risk of losing its tax-exempt status because of an antiwar sermon two days before the 2004 presidential election. [...]

In his sermon, Regas, who from the pulpit opposed both the Vietnam War and 1991's Gulf War, imagined Jesus participating in a political debate with then-candidates George W. Bush and John Kerry. Regas said that "good people of profound faith" could vote for either man, and did not tell parishioners whom to support.

But he criticized the war in Iraq, saying that Jesus would have told Bush, "Mr. President, your doctrine of preemptive war is a failed doctrine. Forcibly changing the regime of an enemy that posed no imminent threat has led to disaster."

On June 9, the church received a letter from the IRS stating that "a reasonable belief exists that you may not be tax-exempt as a church … " The federal tax code prohibits tax-exempt organizations, including churches, from intervening in political campaigns and elections. [...]

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Pirates attack cruise liner
05/11/2005 19:29  - (SA)

London - Pirates fired a rocket-propelled grenade and machine guns on Saturday in an attack on the luxury cruise liner Seabourn Spirit off the coast of the east African nation of Somalia, the vessel's owners said.

One crew member was slightly injured before the attackers were repulsed, Seabourn Cruises said. The 10,000-ton vessel was only slightly damaged.

The Bahamas-registered Seabourn Spirit, which is carrying more than 300 passengers, was 160 kilometres off Somalia when the attack took place early on Saturday, said Seabourn Cruises spokesperson David Dingle.

"The ship's crew immediately initiated a trained response and as a result of protective and evasive measures taken the occupants of the small craft were unable to gain access to the ship," Dingle said. [...]

Comment: A QFS member shared the following descriptions of a major part of the "trained response" used by the crew to fight off the pirates:

From The Guardian:

The ship escaped by speeding up, then it tacked and the crew deployed a high-decibel sonic gun to deafen the pirates.

From The Times Online:

The liner used a sonic blaster to foil the pirates. Developed by American forces to deter small boats from attacking warships, the non-lethal weapon sends out high-powered air vibrations that blow assailants off their feet. The equipment, about the size of a satellite dish, is rigged to the side of the ship.

From The Sydney Morning Herald:

One of Spirit's three Gurkha security guards manned a "sonic sound deflector" at the rear of the ship, blasting the attackers with waves of sound to disorient and repel them.

From The Courier-Mail:

Mr Meagher said a sonic deflector aboard the ship had also helped to drive off the attackers. "On the back of these ships they have a sonic deflector (which can send) out sonic waves which when they hit you on the chest sort of pound you," he said. "It's like being hit with a big rubber bullet and it bursts your ear drums." This device was being manipulated on the rear of the ship by a security guard – a former Gurkha soldier.

Well! It seems that all these wonderful non-lethal technologies we hear about aren't in the experimental stages any more - they are already being used.

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Let them eat pork
St. Petersburgs Times
November 6, 2005

Congressional leaders say it's time to get serious about the deficit, so they cut $36-billion in spending on the country's working poor. And then they give the wealthy $70-billion more in tax breaks.

The spenders in the U.S. Congress are so busy congratulating themselves for cutting food stamps and child-care subsidies that they must think people can't do simple math. But the appropriations bills being portrayed as a necessary curb on deficit spending fail the most basic budgetary test. Take the Senate plan, adopted Thursday: Cut spending by $36-billion and cut taxes by $70-billion.

In other words, take meals away from poor children to hand more tax cuts to millionaires. And increase the federal debt by $34-billion in the process. That's fiscal recklessness in the cruelest of ways. [...]

Comment: And the timing of Congress' latest move couldn't possibly have been worse:

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Commentary on the Flux of Events
by Jim Kunstler
November 7, 2005

The American public's failure to pay attention reached supernatural levels this week as our mass media gloated over falling gasoline prices -- down 24 cents, average, to pre-hurricane levels. The news media took this to mean that all the end-of-the-summer trouble is over with and things can now get back to normal, including especially an economy based on trade in suburban houses.

What they failed to notice is this: since the hurricanes shredded our Gulf of Mexico oil and gas capacity, Europe has been sending us 2 million barrels of crude oil and "refined product" a day from its collective strategic petroleum reserve. The "refined product" includes 800,000 barrels of gasoline, plus diesel, aviation, and heating fuel. Meanwhile, US domestic production has fallen to around 4 million barrels of conventional crude a day. America uses close to 22 million barrels of oil a day. Bottom line: post-hurricane, total imports have accounted for 80 percent of America's oil consumption.

Now, the important part of all this is that last week the International Energy Agency (IEA), Europe's energy security watchdog, declared that it would now end the 2 million barrel a day shipments to the US. Not because they are hateful meanies, but because, after all, it is Europe's strategic reserve and they can't sell it all to us because, well, some strategic emergency might come up for them, too.

It will take a few weeks for the last of Europe's tankers to offload supplies and for the various fuels to work their way through the US fuels retail system. With US production and refining still crippled, we can look forward to watching the price of gasoline, heating oil, diesel and aviation fuel kick back up through Thanksgiving and on into the heart of the Christmas shopping season. At the same time, homeowners will be getting their first substantial heating bills of the season. [...]

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More cars torched but situation calmer as France plans anti-riot curfews
November 8, 2005

PARIS - More cars were torched overnight but the situation looked calmer after Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin announced that regions are to be given powers to impose curfews to curb riots that have gripped hundreds of towns across France. [...]

Under pressure to act as the arson and street violence headed into a 12th night, Villepin, speaking on national television, said regional authorities would be given the the power to impose curfews "where necessary".

A decree was to be adopted at a special cabinet meeting on Tuesday and curfew measures would be applicable from Wednesday morning, Villepin said.

The prime minister ruled out an army intervention to stop the violence, which spread to some 300 towns over the weekend, but said that 1,500 police reinforcements would be deployed to restore public order. [...]

Villepin also announced a series of measures in favour of the run-down neighbourhoods at the centre of the riots.

Funding to housing and education groups, cut under the centre-right government, was to be restored, scholarships tripled and new apprenticeship schemes introduced for teenagers with serious schooling problems. [...]

Comment: In an earlier AFP article, we found the following:

Villepin said the government was convinced there were "organised criminal networks" backing some of the unrest, but that he did not believe Islamic radicals to be playing a major part.

Meanwhile, the BBC reports:

The French Government has authorised a range of emergency powers in an effort to combat riots that have broken out across France for 12 straight nights.

The move, announced by interior minister Nicolas Sarkozy, allows local authorities to impose curfews and lets police perform raids without warrants.

The powers were invoked under a 1955 law and it is the first time it has been implemented in mainland France. [...]

The curfews, which come into force at 2300 local time (2200 GMT) will be imposed under a 1955 law which allows a state of emergency to be declared in all or parts of France.

The power to declare curfews is apparently given to the local mayors. Once again, we are reminded of the need to control the population as the cycle of earth changes accelerates.

Speaking of disasters...

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Doctors Say ERs Not Ready for a Disaster
Associated Press
Sun Nov 6, 5:18 PM ET

ATLANTA - At this city's main trauma hospital, lines of waiting patients clog the hallways - even on slow days. Doctors say they probably couldn't handle a major plane crash or any other incident with more than 20 or 30 severe injuries.

"It's a struggle to meet the nightly demand of 911 calls," said Dr. Arthur Kellermann, an ER physician at the hospital, Grady Memorial.

"But somehow we're supposed to deal with a ... terrorist bombing? Or a new strain of influenza?"

Trauma centers and emergency departments similarly are strained in many U.S. cities, experts say.

"Trauma systems are never more than a couple of minor incidents from being overwhelmed," said Larry Gage, president of the National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems. [...]

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French Jews remain largely untargeted
Nov. 8, 2005

As Muslim rioters continue to rage across France, the Jewish community has watched as the fears it once trumpeted to French authorities have become reality. Still, Jewish leaders have breathed a sigh of relief that so far their community hasn't been targeted.

Since 2000 "the Muslim people attacked the Jewish community and the Jewish community said to the government, 'Help us, help us. It's very important you help us because after us it's going to be you.' And the government said, 'It's not a real problem. It's a little problem and you're paranoid.' And today I think all the French are paranoid," said Paule H. Levy of France's Radio Communite Juive. "The Jewish people are not surprised [by the riots], because the Jewish people said, 'Pay attention [to Islamicism]. It's dangerous.'"

After a half-decade surge in anti-Semitic attacks and a long history of troubled treatment of Jews, Levy added that the recent violence is "the first time in French history that it's not a Jewish problem." She continued, "In the mind of the French people, it's not a Jewish problem. The Jewish community is not in this story, and that's a very good thing." [...]

Comment: There's one problem: a large number of the rioters aren't even practising Muslims!

Given Mossad's penchant for false flag operations, coupled with Sarkozy's ties to the Neocon/Zionist cabal, this article really raises the question of who benefits from the riots in France? Villepin said he does not believe Islamic terrorists are organising the riots, and those committing the violent acts - including murder - are certainly not going to gain much, except perhaps a nice jail sentence...

That's not to say that there isn't real social and economic strife in France, but the question is: who or what is the organising force that is taking advantage of the rioters' strife and anger?

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17 Terror Suspects Arrested in Australia
Associated Press
November 8, 2005

SYDNEY, Australia - Police arrested 17 terror suspects in Australia's two biggest cities Tuesday in raids authorities said foiled a plot to carry out a catastrophic terror attack. A radical Muslim cleric known for praising Osama bin Laden was charged with masterminding the plot.

More than 500 police backed up by helicopters were involved in raids across Sydney and Melbourne, arresting eight men in Sydney and nine in Melbourne and seizing chemicals, weapons, computers and backpacks. [...]

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Russian Company to Build Two Billion Dollar Oil Refinery in Syria

Minister of Oil and Mineral Resources Ibrahim Haddad on Sunday [6 November] conferred with the director-general of the Russian Trans KazOil Progress Company Pereiv Nizami [name as received] on the Russian company's offer to establish a petroleum refinery in Syria with a capacity of 140.000 bpd. [...]

Talks also referred to the possibility for the Russian company to finance another project for developing Banyas Refinery on the Syrian Coast. Following the meeting, Minister Haddad told SANA reporter that the Russian company submitted a request to the Investment Bureau to establish this refinery with an amount of 2bn dollars.

"The refinery will play an important role in developing the oil manufacture in Syria and increasing petroleum products locally manufactured," minister of oil added.

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Recent Earthquakes

November 6, 2005:

Magnitude 5.3 - PAKISTAN


November 7, 2005:


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Geologists delve into giant crater off Virginia

Huge object blasted 6 miles into seabed 35 million years ago
San Francisco Chronicle
Monday, November 7, 2005

Eastville, Va. -- A white fireball 2 miles across thunders from the sky at 30,000 mph and crashes into the ocean off the Virginia coast. The impact vaporizes billions of tons of water, rips a hole in the seafloor 6 miles deep and fractures the bedrock far into the Earth.

The splash is 30 miles high. Debris are lofted over the horizon and rain down on an area of 3 million square miles, as distant as the Antarctic. Towering tsunamis surge toward the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Nearby life -- ferocious-looking sea creatures and dog-size proto-horses along the tropical shoreline -- is blasted and then swept into the abyss by the boiling ocean. A calamity of unimaginable scale, it is probably the most stupendous geological event ever on the East Coast.

For more than a decade, geologists have believed that a gigantic object, an asteroid or a comet, struck the Earth north of Norfolk, Va., about 35 million years ago in a cataclysmic occurrence that left behind a 53-mile- wide, long-buried crater.

An international team of scientists, seeking clues to the origins of the planets, has assembled in a windblown bean field near the crater's center to try to determine, among other things, exactly what happened when the object struck.

Since September, the team has been working with a large drilling rig that uses diamond-tipped bits and brings up core samples to bore through eons of sediment toward the floor of the crater and the place where the impactor hit, believed to be about 7,000 feet below the surface. [...]

"This is so big that we can't really picture it," said David Powars, a U.S. Geological Survey geologist, who said he first suspected the presence of an impact crater in the 1980s. "You could take the whole nuclear arsenal in its heyday: Russia, China, U.S. ... That's a firecracker compared to what this explosion would be." [...]

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Big Meteor Shower Puts on Show in Alaska
Sun Nov 6, 2005

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Alisha Klingenmeyer of Anchorage recalled spotting an orange-red fireball streaking across the sky as she drove north at about 8 p.m. Thursday. Paul Vos was watching a movie with his wife and son at their home in Hope at about 8:30 p.m. the same night when all three saw an arc of light over the mountains in the southern sky. [...]

A spectacular sky show is playing over Alaska this month as Earth passes through the fiery remnants of a comet.

Fireballs and bright streaks of light seen in the sky around Anchorage Thursday were part of the Taurid meteor shower, the annual spray of comet dust over the Earth's upper atmosphere, according to a University of Alaska Fairbanks scientist. [...]

The better viewing is generally after midnight, and the best time is in the vicinity of 3 a.m., said Don Martins, chair of the UAA Department of Physics and Astronomy.

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Scientists closing in on 'gravity waves'
By Nic Fleming
The Telegraph

In the corner of a giant field of beet on an unremarkable patch of wasteland, two 2,000ft-long corrugated steel pipes emerge at right angles from a grey cabin. In the shadow of a row of electricity pylons and surrounded by nettles, there is little about the scene to detain the casual observer.

It is here, however, at the end of a dirt track at the edge of a sleepy village in northern Germany, that scientists are close to the culmination of a 40-year quest for the holy grail of physics.

The shed in Ruthe, near Hanover, contains the heart of the Anglo-German GEO600 interferometer - an instrument so sensitive it can detect an object moving one million billionth of a millimetre. The team believes it is just months away from mankind's first detection of gravitational waves - shifts in space and time caused by the movement of massive astronomical bodies. [...]

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And Finally...

Yahoo! Entertainment
Friday November 4, 2005

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. -- A new cereal company is about to release the world's first breakfast cereal containing heroin!

The Purple Haze Cereal Company has just announced the national rollout of new Junkie Flakes. Each box of the cereal contains crispy wheat and rice flakes, almonds, granola bits, raisins and two tablespoons of heroin extract. It will sell for approximately $125 per box.

"Our market research revealed a tremendous demand for this product," states Purple Haze Director of Communications Eric "Poppy Fields" Cassidy. "We're targeting our promotional campaign to basically three segments of the public: Former hippies who are now upscale establishment burnouts, Alpha dog overachievers who will pay any price to keep up with the Joneses, and AM radio disc jockeys.

Cassidy reveals that the new Junkie Flakes have tested so well that the company has decided to expand into other foods. [...]

"The government and the Justice Department haven't hassled us at all over any of this," reveals Cassidy. "I'm not saying that has anything to do with our company president's generous donation to Bush's reelection campaign, but I guess that didn't hurt."

Comment: While "Junkie Flakes" are a little farfetched, somehow we wouldn't be surprised at all to find new breakfast cereals like Honey Nut Prozacios or Chocoritalin Crisp hitting the market...

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NEW! 9/11: The Ultimate Truth is Now Available!

On the fourth anniversary of the September 11th attacks, Laura Knight-Jadczyk announced 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

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