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Founded in 1882 by a distinguished group of Cambridge scholars, the Society for Psychical Research was the first of its kind to examine allegedly paranormal phenomena in a scientific and unbiased way. Today the Society continues with its aim of understanding events and abilities commonly described as 'psychic' or 'paranormal' by promoting and supporting important research in this area. Through the publication of scholarly reports and the organisation of educational activities, it acts as a forum for debate and promotes the dissemination of information about current developments in the field. The interdisciplinary nature of the Society's subject matter is reflected in the interests of its former presidents, which include philosophers Henry Sidgwick, C.D. Broad, Henri Bergson and H.H. Price; Prime Minister A.J. Balfour; psychologists William James and F.W.H. Myers; physicists Sir William Crookes, Sir Oliver Lodge and Lord Rayleigh; physiologist and Nobel Laureate Charles Richet; classicist Gilbert Murray; zoologist Sir Alister Hardy; and parapsychologist J.B.Rhine.

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Spirit Possession has been reported since ancient times. Is it real?

Moved by the suffering of patients who came to her with seemingly incurable psychological and psychosomatic problems, noted psychologist Dr. Edith Fiore began to explore beyond the boundaries of traditional psychology and made a startling discovery: a significant number of her patients were suffering from spirit possession, a condition that no amount of orthodox treatment could cure.

Depression, phobias, addiction - these and other disorders can be caused by spirits who, after death, remained in the physical world as “displace persons”, inhabiting the bodies and minds of those still living. The Unquiet Dead is filled with the case histories of these patients, along with details of Dr. Fiore's hypnotherapeutic methods.

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The ancient Tibetans called it bardo. Dr. Joel L. Whitton, metaphysical expert and researcher, calls it metaconsciousness. It's the wondrous state that occurs after death - the threshold of consciousness that separates once incarnation from another.

Based upon thirteen years of research and more than thirty medical case histories, and drawing on the revolutionary technique of hypnotic regression, Dr. Whitton and Joel Fisher, himself an expert on reincarnation, take you back into the past lives of contemporary men and women. Here are the amazing stories of their subjects - who they were, how their past problems reach into their present, and what it's like in that extraordinary time between lives. Offering a mind-expanding guide to the self-exploration of your own metaconsciousness and past lives, Life Between Life is an extraordinary adventure into the unknown.

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January 7, 2006
JERUSALEM - Doctors treating Israeli Prime Minister
Ariel Sharon after his massive brain haemorrhage have said that he was still in a critical but stable condition.

A brain scan carried out on Saturday morning had shown a slight reduction in the swelling, Hadassah hospital director Shlomo Mor Yosef told reporters.

"According to the results of a the CT (computed topography) scan, there's a slight improvement in the oedema (swelling) in the brain," he said Saturday.

But the prime minister remained "still critical and stable", he added.

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By Gideon Bachar
In recent years, one phenomenon that directly impacts on Israel and our regional standing has become increasingly prevalent in the Arab world. It is the belief that anything bad that happens in the region is the result of an Israeli and Western conspiracy against Arab interests. The chief culprit is always Western and Israeli intelligence agencies, like the Mossad, the CIA or the British MI6.

One recent example of this is in the former chairman of the Jordanian Writers Union, Fakhri Qi'war, who claimed the Mossad was behind the fatal bombings in Amman in November. Anyone who happened to be in Sinai after the bombings there would have heard locals repeating the claim that Israel was responsible for the atrocities, since "Al-Qaida does not have a terror infrastructure in Sinai." Many even claim that Bin Laden and Zarqawi are fictions of Western intelligence agencies' imagination, created to take the blame for attacks carried out by the CIA. After all, they argue, if this were not the case, they would have been caught long ago.

Other examples are accusations that Israel was behind the assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri because of his links to Syria, and the claim that the Mossad and the CIA were behind the September 11 attacks on New York and Washington, which, they claim, served American and Israeli interests.

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Comment: While the author suggests that all such conspiracy theories are the result of desperate attempts by a defeated Arab population to explain their weakness or the efforts of evil Arab terrorists to damage Israel and the West, he notes the perplexing conundrum that:

"in the age of open communication, Internet and the mass availability of information, the power of these conspiracies should have dwindled. But the opposite is true."

Indeed. And it is not just in the Arab world that such "conspiracy theories" are finding attentive audiences; more and more citizens of Western countries are beginning to understand such conspiracy theories as the most logical explanation for the otherwise inexplicable lack of progress that is being made towards a more peaceful world.

Western leaders cannot continue indefinitely to talk peace and make war. Before long, large numbers of citizens of Western nations will be forced to join with their Arab brothers in concluding that, far from desiring peace, people like Bush and Sharon, and those that control them, are the real aggressors, the real terrorists.

Kurt Nimmo
It makes perfect sense for the CIA to be attracted to Iran’s Baluchistan province. First, the area has well established drug smuggling routes — and the CIA has an insatiable hunger for profits to be gleaned from illegal drugs — and second Baluchistan is a neglected tribal backwater where Hanafi Sunni Islam has a foothold in contrast to Iran’s Shia majority. In other words, Iran’s Sistan Baluchistan province is a perfect place to stir up trouble and make some money for covert ops in the process.

As evidence the CIA has been busy at work in the province, back in 2002 the neocon-Israel friendly DEBKAfile reported "a CIA undercover unit has entered Iran through Zabul, in the Sistan Baluchistan province. Its assignment is to stir up dissent among the largest population in the area, the Baluchi tribes." Moreover, according to DEBKAfile, in December of 2001 "al Qaeda fugitives, including some 4,000 Saudis, began using these obscure [drug smuggling] routes on their way from Afghanistan and Pakistan to Saudi Arabia, the Gulf States, Lebanon and other points in the Middle East. The CIA’s undercover unit has undertaken the tall order of closing this al Qaeda escape route, while gathering intelligence on its nefarious traffic." In other words, the CIA is working hand-in-glove with "al-Qaeda" (a term used to describe useful idiot Muslim fanatics and patsies), probably smuggling drugs and also importing "dissent" among the Sunni Baluchi tribes, who hate and distrust the Shia regime in Tehran.

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Conal Urquhart in Jerusalem
Saturday January 7, 2006
The Guardian
Ariel Sharon, the Israeli prime minister, yesterday underwent emergency surgery for the second time after doctors discovered evidence of new bleeding in his brain.

Doctors said they managed to stop the bleeding and reduce pressure in his brain after five hours of surgery but he remained in a critical condition with most medical commentators suggesting that his chances of survival remain slim.

Condoleezza Rice, the US secretary of state, cancelled a planned trip to Indonesia out of concern for Mr Sharon's health. An official said she does not "want to be a long way from Israel should he die".

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Comment: We would like to propose that the technology exists whereby heart attacks etc. can be induced from a distance.

Sharon was certainly one of the most brutal and inhuman Israeli PMs ever to have blighted the stage of Middle East and international politics. What is most worrying however is that it seems likely that. from the point of view of the Powers That Be in Israel, the "butcher of Sabra and Shatila" was not cruel enough to conduct their planned, upcoming Middle East war.

While it is beyond doubt that Sharon would not have hesitated to ethincally cleanse the Palestinians and the Middle Eastern Arab peoples in general, as fiendish as he was, he may have balked at the idea of turning a blind eye to consigning the Middle East's Jews to a similar fate.

Sharon had to be removed therefore, and with his demise, the path is now clear for new Likud leader Netanyahu to take the reins and "bring on" the long-planned Middle Eastern conflgaration. Starting with an attack on Iran, perhaps precipiated by a faked (or real) attack on Israeli or American "interests".

Donald Neff in the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs Aug/Sept 2001
In 1971, Sharon formed a special assassination unit to combat unrest among Palestinians living under Israeli occupation in the Gaza Strip. Sharon's antagonistic biographer, Uzi Benziman, an Israeli newsman, wrote that Sharon conducted “a reign of terror” against Gazans:[2] “On his orders, every adult male in Gaza was stopped and subjected to a thorough search. Periodically, curfews were imposed on the refugee camps, and all residents were assembled for hours on end for purposes of identification. Paths through the refugee camps were widened [by razing homes and businesses] and the population thinned out, to make it harder for terrorists to find refuge:”[3] In seven months, between July and February 1972, Sharon reported the deaths of 104 and capture of 742 terrorists.[4]

Such violent feats qualified Sharon to become Israel's defense minister in 1981. Sharon came to his powerful post with an ambitious plan. It was to completely destroy the Palestine Liberation Organization in Lebanon “in such a way that they will not be able to rebuild their military and political base,” as he told a group of Israeli officers.[5]

To accomplish his goals, Sharon in 1982 invaded Lebanon, tampered with Lebanon's politics to assure the election of pro-Israeli Maronite Christian Bashir Gemayel as president, and sought to evict the Syrian army from Lebanon.[6] He failed in all three objectives. The PLO remains a viable force, Gemayel was assassinated and the Syrians are still in Lebanon 19 years later. What is different is that thousands of Lebanese and hundreds of Israelis are dead.

The Israeli invasion of Lebanon began on June 6. Within a week Israeli troops reached Beirut and launched a merciless siege of the capital. Over the next nine weeks, Israeli planes, ships and guns, all of them made or financed by the United States, lobbed thousands of aerial bombs and 60,000 shells on the city of more than a half-million residents, indiscriminately killing and wounding thousands of Lebanese and Palestinians.7 Actress Jane Fonda proudly posed with the Israeli troops besieging Beirut while U.S. supporters of Israel defended the invasion. Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger declared at the time that the invasion opens up extraordinary opportunities for a dynamic American diplomacy throughout the Middle “East....Lebanon can be another testing ground for proving that radical Arab regimes and Soviet backing offer no solution to any of the central issues of concern in the area.”[8]

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Fri Jan 6, 2006 7:15 PM ET
WASHINGTON - The head of the National Security Agency told employees last month that NSA officials had not violated U.S. law by participating in an agency program that eavesdrops on U.S. citizens without judicial oversight, newly released documents show.

"Media coverage surmises that administration and agency officials may have acted unlawfully -- notions I reject, categorically!" NSA Director Lt. Gen. Keith Alexander assured agency employees in a December 22 message.

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By Paul Rieckhoff
Fri, 06 Jan 2006 03:05:20 -0800
You probably missed this, since that was exactly the point. Over New Years weekend the Bush Administration “took out the trash,” as they say in the business. And this was some particularly smelly garbage.

Remember last month when President Bush agreed to Sen. McCain’s legislation banning the use of torture on enemy prisoners?

Unfortunately, it now appears he didn’t really mean it.

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Fri Jan 6, 2006 12:15 PM ET
KANSAS CITY, Missouri - Vice President Dick Cheney on Friday was walking with the help of a cane because of what his spokeswoman said was a "re-occurrence of a pre-existing foot condition."

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Sat Jan 7, 1:01 AM ET
WASHINGTON - A secret Pentagon study found that as many as 80 percent of Marines killed in Iraq from wounds to the upper body could have survived if they had had extra body armor, The New York Times reports.

"Such armor has been available since 2003, but until recently the Pentagon has largely declined to supply it to troops despite calls from the field for additional protection," the Times reported citing unnamed military officials.

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Comment: US soldiers were - and still are - forced to purchase their own body armor, even though the Pentagon has known all along that supplying such armor to its forces could have saved lives. Who are the real terrorists?

By Cindy Sheehan
"The apathy of the people is enough to make every statue leap from its pedestal and hasten the resurrection of the dead."
-- William Lloyd Garrison
The apathy of most of America is stunning and appalling to me. When I found this quote I was filled with wide-eyed wonder that there is one statue left in America complete with statue, or one grave or tomb still occupied.

On October 26th, as was holding its candlelight vigils across the country to mourn the death of the 2000 th American soldier in Iraq, I, and two dozen others, were being arrested in front of the White House protesting the carnage done in our name by the illegitimate residents therein.

Now, counting the 11 American soldiers who were pointlessly killed in George's unconscionable and brainless war of terror in the Middle East, the American "official" death toll is up to 2193: 200 more families ruined in less than three months!

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by David Swanson
January 7, 2006
Remarks prepared for Out of Iraq event in Washington, D.C., on day of 164 Out of Iraq Events around the country, Jan. 7, 2006.


President Nixon famously said that if the President does it, it's legal. And he didn't think that up on his own – that's a way of thinking that has long had currency in America.

Today there are over 150 Out of Iraq events like this one happening around the country. A dozen members of Congress are taking part. Numerous candidates for Congress, local elected officials, and national leaders of the peace movement are speaking. Large crowds are gathering. We'll see what sort of job the media does of noticing. Thus far, progressive and rightwing radio have provided the most coverage. The event in New York will be broadcast on Air America / Nation Radio at 7 p.m. ET, as soon as this event is over.

When I spoke on a rightwing radio show yesterday, I heard from callers who would paraphrase Nixon thus: If the U.S. military does it, it's legal.

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Washington University School of Medicine
Comparing veterans deployed in the first Persian Gulf War and veterans deployed elsewhere at the same time has revealed veterans who served in the Persian Gulf have nearly twice the prevalence of chronic multi-symptom illness (CMI), a cluster of symptoms similar to a set of conditions often called Gulf War Syndrome.

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Comment: Strangely enough, no mention is made of the effects of depleted uranium - used extensively in munitions in the Gulf War - on the human body.

Jan 06 10:32 AM US/Eastern
A 21-year-old US navy sailor has admitted to killing a local woman near Tokyo, in a case likely to reignite controversy over the American military presence in Japan, police said.

Japanese investigators spoke to the serviceman at a US naval base in Yokosuka, at the mouth of Tokyo Bay, where he has been put in confinement, a media relations official at Kanagawa prefectural police said.

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By Karin Strohecker
January 7, 2006
BERLIN - German Chancellor Angela Merkel, in an interview published days before her first visit to the United States, said Washington should close its Guantanamo Bay prison camp and find other ways of dealing with terror suspects.

"An institution like Guantanamo can and should not exist in the longer term," Merkel said in an interview with the weekly magazine Der Spiegel published on Saturday. "Different ways and means must be found for dealing with these prisoners."

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Black Box Voting Forums
Thursday, January 05, 2006 - 05:49 am
Across the USA, citizens are waking up and insisting on oversight of their own elections. Two such citizens are Paul Malischke of Madison and John Washburn of the Milwaukee area.

A tough new law, helped by Malischke's efforts, very nearly enabled Washburn to get a look at the source code: Assembly Bill 627

SECTION 2. 5.84 (3): If a municipality uses an electronic voting system for voting at any election, the municipal clerk SHALL PROVIDE TO ANY PERSON, UPON REQUEST, at the expense of the municipality, THE CODING FOR THE SOFTWARE THAT THE MUNICIPALITY USES to operate the system and to tally the votes cast.

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By Kevin Johnson
Fri Jan 6, 7:56 AM ET
In early November, the FBI and Houston police learned that six suspected members of Mara Salvatrucha, a violent Central American gang known as MS-13, were raiding a house on Liberty Street where a rival gang had stashed drugs.

MS-13 - the focus of a nationwide crackdown by FBI and federal immigration agents - has become known in recent years for home invasion robberies, drug dealing and machete attacks on its enemies. But what happened in Houston on Nov. 2, FBI and Houston police officials say, has heightened concerns that MS-13 could be far more dangerous than thought.

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by Bret Stephenson
January 6, 2006
One of the greatest fears related to our teens is their propensity to use and abuse drugs and alcohol. “Just Say No” has been one of the most visible anti-drug campaigns yet has failed to live up to its logical hope: that it is easy for kids to simply refuse the call of altered consciousness. Ponder this: the US has spent more than $250 billion dollars in the past 20 years on drug prevention. In the past few years, I’ve yet to find one person who works with kids who thinks things are getting any better after such a hefty investment of tax dollars.

D.A.R.E., the most recent cornerstone of the anti-drug industry, has actually backfired. Study after study confirms that all D.A.R.E. has really accomplished is to expose our children to drugs at an early age, prompting more use and addiction than kids who never heard of the program. Think about it: would you rather your kids know everything about drugs, or nothing about them (like the 40’s and 50’s)? Personally, I want my daughter naïve enough so she can’t even spells ‘drugs.’ Why? She’s much less likely to engage in drugs if she knows little or nothing about them.

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Comment: Given that groups like the CIA use illegal drug sales to generate a large part of the enormous sums required to fund "black" projects, we might suspect that efforts like DARE don't work because they were never really designed to work.

By Myra P. Saefong
4:18 PM ET Jan. 6, 2006
SAN FRANCISCO -- Gold futures closed above $541 an ounce Friday to log a gain of more than 4% for the week with a decline in the U.S. dollar driving investors toward precious metals as a hedge against potential losses.

Gold for February delivery closed at $541.20 an ounce on the New York Mercantile Exchange after touching an intraday high of $541.80. Prices haven't closed at a level this high since March 1981, though on an intraday basis, they touched $543 on Dec. 12 of last year. [...]

"China's announcement of wanting to diversify their foreign-exchange reserves holdings is going to have a profound effect on financial markets worldwide," said Peter Grandich, editor of the Grandich Letter.

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Fri Jan 6, 2006 2:19 PM ET
NEW YORK - U.S. stocks extended their gains on Friday, pushing the Nasdaq index above 2,300 for the first time since May 2001, with rival Internet search companies Google Inc. and Yahoo Inc. leading the way.

The Dow Jones industrial average was up 73.40 points, or 0.67 percent, at 10,955.55. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index was up 11.07 points, or 0.87 percent, at 1,284.55. The technology-laced Nasdaq Composite Index was up 26.66 points, or 1.17 percent, at 2,303.53.

Comment: All that remains is for someone to echo Yale economics professor Irving Fisher's infamous remark:
"Stocks have reached what looks like a permanently high plateau."
The next day saw the 1929 stock market crash that sparked the Great Depression.

By Joshua Holland
January 6, 2006
Why are folks so pessimistic about our boom-boom American economy? Because for most of us, it's painful to live in.

The economy the cable news networks gush about is going gangbusters. We're hearing about 10 straight quarters of strong growth in gross domestic product, and jobs being created at a clip of over 2 million per year. Unemployment is down, and more Americans own their homes than ever before. And don't forget, Americans' net worth is at an all-time high! And all this prosperity, the corporate media will tell you, is thanks to five years of President George Bush.

But that's an economic picture you won't find hanging on the wall in any normal American house. Most of us know that we're not doing as well today as we were a few years ago. According to a recent Gallup Poll, almost two-thirds of those asked said the economy was "fair" or "poor," and almost six in 10 thought it was getting worse.

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The News Tribune
January 6th, 2006 02:30 AM
WASHINGTON – As it hunted down tax scofflaws, the Internal Revenue Service collected information on the political party affiliations of taxpayers in 20 states.

Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., a member of an appropriations subcommittee with jurisdiction over the IRS, said the practice was an “outrageous violation of the public trust” that could undermine the agency’s credibility.

IRS officials acknowledged that party affiliation information was routinely collected by a vendor for several months. They told the vendor last month to screen the information out.

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By The Associated Press
January 7, 2005
It will cost Americans 2 cents more to mail a letter starting Sunday. First-class postage rises to 39 cents for the first ounce.

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By Doug Vakoch
Director of Interstellar Message Composition, SETI Institute
05 January 2006 06:33 am ET
The scenario is familiar from Hollywood blockbusters like Armageddon and Deep Impact. A massive asteroid—perhaps ten miles in diameter—is headed straight for Earth. An all-out effort to deflect it is mounted. If the mission succeeds, civilization as we know it will continue.

But if natural human reactions to threats interfere, the ending could be far from uplifting. If fear and denial postpone an adequate response, dust and debris could make the daytime sky look like night, the Earth’s surface could be razed by a global firestorm, and tsunamis could obliterate coastal cities.

In theory, threats from space may be detected far in advance of their arrival, giving plenty of time to deflect them or at least prepare for the aftermath. But that’s in theory. "What we may actually get," says psychologist Albert Harrison, "is an obsessive focus on a very constricted range of options, a refusal to consider or integrate new data, defensiveness that prevents decision makers from appreciating threats and developing alternatives, and panicky, ineffective last-minute choices."

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Rutland Herald
January 4, 2006
People laugh about the story of Chicken Little who cries out that the sky is falling. But a group of astronomers has warned that something like that may very well happen before this half-century is out. They have discovered an asteroid nearly a quarter-mile wide that they think might slam into the earth 30 years from now and are urging immediate action by governments around the world to start planning programs to avert that happening.

The group is made up of people who are experts in near-Earth objects, for which they make the acronym NEO. They had a conference in London recently and compared notes on their findings.

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Sat Dec 31, 3:11 AM ET
PARIS - In 2006, Arnold Schwarzenegger will be re-elected governor of California, Internet giant Google will suffer a setback -- and Brazil will hang on to the World Cup.

If Earth doesn't get wiped out by a giant comet first, that is.

Maybe it will all come true and maybe not, but a legion of soothsayers -- from business gurus to Bible decoders -- is full of predictions for the year to come.

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Comment: Anyone can make predictions. Not everyone collects data to demonstrate that the incidences of meteorites and other NEOs visiting the planet have been increasing recently. In any case, it is clear that the idea of a disaster involving a cosmic body slamming into Earth is being subtly brought to the attention of the masses.

QFG Member,CM
27 Dec 2005
Being home due to the holidays, I've seen a lot more tv than usual. Has anyone else noticed the increasing references to meteors and asteroids in weird places?

The most blatent one is a commercial for a new variety of garbage bag (Glad) which is more stretchy. It's got a lady emptying her kitchen trash while listening to a tv report of a meteor shower impacting the earth. The next scene is '50s style sci-fi kitsch with the meteors coming down on the earth and being caught in this super-stretchy strong new garbage bag. It then shows this gal taking her trash out to be collected and pulling a chuck of rock off the windshield of a car and putting in the bag. (Nothing to worry about here . . .)

The second weird reference was in a Discovery channel show, which was a "teen science challange". They got these teams of whiz kids together for a sort of science-under-pressure contest. The teams were presented with five types of natural disaster and had to come up with ways of accurately modeling them for study and ways to collect the data. Among the things they had to figure out was how to make a device to cause a wave tank to consistently model a tsunami. The talking head host mentions that tsunamis can be caused by earthquakes, underwater landslides, **asteroid strikes**, and volcanic eruptions.

These were both today. It just seems like there's a general uptick in the mentions of asteroids/meteors lately.

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News5 Net
Fri Jan 6, 3:22 PM ET
Officials confirmed that there was an earthquake in northeast Ohio Thursday night, NewsChannel5 reported.

Preliminary reports indicate that it was a 2.8 on the richter scale.

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Fri Jan 6, 5:33 PM ET
ROME - An estimated 11 million people in the Horn of Africa "are on the brink of starvation" because of severe drought and war, with some deaths already being reported in Kenya, the
United Nations said Friday.

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Jan 06 1:22 PM US/Eastern
French children are catching up to their US counterparts in the obesity stakes, a group of French pediatricians said.

The scales are tipping towards obesity at a rate of five percent per year since 1997 in France, the same rate as seen on the other side of the Atlantic, the AFPA association said.

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January 7, 2005
GREAT FALLS, Mont. - A cow that escaped a slaughterhouse dodged vehicles, ran in front of a train, braved the icy Missouri River and took three tranquilizer darts before being recaptured six hours later. News of the heifer's adventures prompted a number of people to offer to buy the animal.

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KITV 4 News
4:35 pm HST January 6, 2006
HONOLULU -- Something is killing hundreds of catfish in the Manoa Stream. The mysterious fish killing has prompted officials with the state Health Department and the Department of Land Natural Resources to begin testing the water and the fish.

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NBC5 News
12:14 pm CST January 6, 2006
CHICAGO -- It's not your imagination if you've walked outside and noticed a rusty colored dust sprinkled all over your car.

The strange rusty powder appeared on cars in the Chicago area this week.

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National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
Friday, January 6, 2006
Boulder, Colo. -- A laboratory method developed for making and analyzing cold, concentrated samples of a mysterious "floppy" molecule thought to be abundant only in outer space has revealed new data that help explain the molecule's properties.

The advance, described in the Jan. 6 issue of Science,[*] is a step toward overcoming a decades-old challenge in chemistry -- explaining reactions that occur within very cold clouds among the stars, and perhaps for developing new chemical processes. The paper combines experiments performed by David Nesbitt and colleagues at JILA, a joint institute of the Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and University of Colorado at Boulder, with theoretical predictions made with Joel Bowman at Emory University in Atlanta, Ga., and Anne McCoy at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.

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Fri Jan 6, 12:24 PM ET
ScratcherOSLO - A contrite Frenchman who stole a relic from a Norwegian museum 42 years ago has returned the item, but art experts are now scratching their heads over what the obscure object is and where it came from, the Norwegian embassy in Paris said.

"For 40 years I have enjoyed this rare tool in my home. In my old age ... I have now decided to return it to the descendants of those who imagined it, built it and used it," the anonymous thief wrote in a typed letter sent to the embassy just before Christmas.

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