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Donald Hunt
January 16, 2006
Gold continued its rise, closing at 556.90 dollars an ounce on Friday, up 2.7% from $542.20 the Friday before. The dollar closed at 0.8236 euros on Friday, virtually unchanged from 0.8239 the week before. The euro, in turn, closed at 1.2142 compared to 1.2137 the week before. Gold in euros would be 458.66 euros an ounce up 2.7% from 446.73 at the previous week’s close. Oil closed at 63.92 dollars a barrel, down 0.6% from $64.31 the week before. Oil in euros would be 52.64 euros a barrel, down 0.7% from 52.99 at the end of the previous week. The gold/oil ratio closed at 8.71, up 3.3% from 8.43 the Friday before. In the U.S. stock market, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 10,959.87, virtually unchanged from 10,959.31 the week before. The NASDAQ closed at 2,317.04 up 0.5% from 2,305.62 at the close of the previous week. The yield on the ten-year U.S. Treasury note was 4.35 at Friday’s close, down two basis points from 4.37 the week before.

Besides gold, everything in the numbers looks pretty normal. Gold, however, has risen 10% since Christmas. The economic crisis is here. So why is the stock market doing so well? Steven Lagavulin of the Deconsumption blog points out that the U.S. Federal Reserve Board has pumped more money into the system than they have since September 11, 2001:

Fed Flood

I've been watching this handy thumbnail graph of Federal open market actions for some time now and thought it might be of interest to pass along. It basically reflects the daily liquidity that's being created--measuring the power of the proverbial printing presses. And frankly, they've been kicked into high gear for the past couple weeks. I assumed this was just to give a quick boost to the stock market going into year's end, but I gotta tell ya.....yesterday's action was massive...I mean the kind of liquidity you wouldn't see unless there was real Fear at the Fed.

To give you some perspective you might eyeball the bottom black lines on this longer-term chart....and note that the last time we saw 60 billion was in the second week of Sept. 2001....
Michael Nystrom confronts the high stock price question and also concludes that it is due to the massive increase in the M3 money supply:

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by Mike Whitney
15 Jan 2006
Alito is the final piece in the neocon puzzle; the cornerstone for an American police-state. If he is approved by the Senate, Bush will have his Federalist “rubber-stamp” on the high court and the Congress will be rendered powerless. No law will be able to check or balance the “unitary” authority of the executive.

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by Rev. Bill McGinnis
Wake up, America! It's happening right now, while you are sound asleep! If Alito gets confirmed to the Supreme Court, that would give Bush the one extra vote he needs on the Supreme Court to prevent Congress from stopping him as he disregards the anti-Torture and anti-Spying laws already passed.

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by Stephen Crockett
16 Jan 2006
This writer cannot count the number of deep expressions of worry about the future of our Constitutional Democracy received in the past year from worried American citizens.

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16 Jan 2006

CALL YOUR SENATORS RIGHT NOW at 888-818-6641, 888-355-3588 or 800-426-8073

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By Eleanor Clift
Jan. 13, 2006
The Alito hearing couldn't have come out better for the Republicans if the Supreme Court nominee himself had chaired the committee. Even though it was a Republican senator, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, who brought Alito's wife to tears by asking her husband if he was "a closet bigot," the Democrats got blamed for hectoring the nominee with questions he wasn't going to answer.

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15 Jan 2006
ACCRA, Ghana -- First lady Laura Bush said Sunday that the U.S. government is right to eavesdrop on Americans with suspected ties to terrorists, but a top Senate Republican joined a chorus of lawmakers who think domestic spying is on shaky legal ground.

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Arutz Sheva
Israel National News
She may be attractive, articulate and intelligent, but don’t let that fool you into thinking that Condoleezza Rice is a friend of Israel.

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By Yaroslava Krestovskaya
January 11, 2006
In one of the more remarkable interviews in modern political history, the leader of the Liberal and Democratic Party [extreme nationalists], Vladimir Zhirinovsky explains Condoleezza Rice's recent 'harsh' criticism of Russia. According to him, 'Rice needs a company of soldiers. She needs to be taken to barracks where she could be satisfied.' Courtesy of Russia's pro-communist Pravda newspaper.

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14 January 2006
From New Scientist Print Edition
Annalee Newitz
HOWARD HALLIS is a comic book artist who made a big mistake. He used his website to publish parodies of Chick Tracts - Christian comic books chronicling the adventures of mixed-up teenagers who are rescued from lives of sex, drugs and Dungeons and Dragons when they find Jesus. Hallis drew a "Cthulhu Chick Tract" in which the confused youths eschew Jesus in favour of Cthulhu, H. P. Lovecraft's infamous, slimy demon of the deep. Soon after Hallis posted it, his internet service provider received a letter from lawyers representing Chick Publications, ordering the ISP to take down Hallis's comic on the grounds that it infringed their copyright.

Many copyright attorneys would argue that Hallis' work was clearly a satire and therefore would qualify under "fair use", an exemption to American copyright law. Still, rather than face a legal battle, Hallis removed the comic from his website. His experience reads like a digital update on one of the oldest forms of censorship in the west: the church squelching its critics.

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Comment: Indeed, intimidation and COINTELPRO tactics are being used to suppress information. If you doubt this, read Laura's blog where she is publishing exchanges of a similar nature with an alleged "Conspiracy" discussion forum.

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Arkadiusz Jadczyk
Gennady Shipov replies to Ark's New Dawn letter

Date sent: Sun, 15 Jan 2006 22:42:19 0300

Hi, Arkadiusz!

I do not think, that the example resulted by you on the unification of even and odd numbers is similar to the unification of the quantum theory and the general theory of relativity. All is much more complex also a problem not in good mathematics, and in excellent physics. Now there is no lack of good mathematicians and physicists. Are now necessary ingenious physics of a level of Einstein. They are not present and it is the reason of crisis in physics.

As I see a situation in physics for today. The matter is that physics in the beginning of the last century have refused the direct description of a reality, having replaced the direct description indirect.

1. It began since that moment, when E. Rutherford has found out a deviation from the Coulomb law at scattering of the charged particles in strong (E, H =10^16V/s) electromagnetic fields. Physicists had enter "by hands" short-range additives to Coulomb potential. It is done till now the nuclear potentials are very complex and for their definition there are no reasonable equations.

2. Even more significant approach to the indirect description of a reality has arisen after creation of the quantum theory. Physics have ceased to understand physics and in general have refused figurative thinking. In physics there were unsoluble paradoxes and attempts of them to understand have led to split of leading scientists on two groups led by Einstein and Bohr.

3. The numerous models suggested for the description of elementary particles based on laws of conservation of energy-momentum , mass, charge, spin, etc. In some experiments these laws were broken. In this case new elements of the theory and new concepts were entered (for example, neutrino), restored the broken laws of conservation. It is one of elements of the indirect description, widely widespread in physics of a microcosm.

Usually search of generalization by this or that physical theories stimulate experiments which cannot be
described within the framework of the existing theory. It is possible to specify enough of such experiments in modern physics. And speech here goes not only about experiences in elementary particles spent on accelerators, or the phenomena observable in depths of cosmos with the help of modern telescopes. The question is about experiments which have been carried out in laboratory conditions also are known to experts.

I shall list only some (from the big number):

1. Mechanical experiments of Tolchin-Torson-Shipov on the creation of the inertial propulsion, showing " jet movement without rejection of mass".

2. Experiments Tesla-Avramenco on wireless and single-wire transfer of the electric power.

3. Experiments of the Ampere - Nicolaev on longitudinal electromagnetic fields

4. Classical experiments of the Aharonov-Bohm-Nicolaev.

5. Electrotorsional experiments Akimov-Chatchison

Though these and many other "abnormal" phenomena is good enough are known, the scientific beau monde prefers to ignore them and supersedes these experiences from a field of a science. Therefore sources of "free energy" are created not by scientists, but watch-makers (Paul Bauman, Switzerland) and musicians (Kochei Minato, Japan).

That is why are now necessary physics of a level of Einstein.

Ark's reply will be published soon in our upcoming new "Science corner".

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Jan 13 12:58 PM US/Eastern
SEATTLE - People in water-logged Washington now have official confirmation of something they've been suspecting: It's been raining a lot.

The city had its 26th straight day of rain Friday and was just a week short of the 1953 record of 33 consecutive rainy days. Daily rainfall records have already fallen in Seattle and Olympia.

More seriously, officials worried about the potential for more landslides and floods, warning that the saturated landscape can't hold much more water.

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1/12/2006 3:07 PM
PHOENIX - As much of Arizona enters an 11th year of drought conditions, the state could experience its driest winter season in centuries.

And that has officials worried about agriculture, water supplies and the threat of wildfires.

Arizona's mountains are virtually bare, with snowpack conditions worse than they were at the same time in 2002 - a year that set records as one of the driest in five centuries.

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By Michael McCarthy Environment Editor
16 January 2006
Thirty years ago, the scientist James Lovelock worked out that the Earth possessed a planetary-scale control system which kept the environment fit for life. He called it Gaia, and the theory has become widely accepted. Now, he believes mankind's abuse of the environment is making that mechanism work against us. His astonishing conclusion - that climate change is already insoluble, and life on Earth will never be the same again.

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By Michael McCarthy
Published: 16 January 2006
With anyone else, you would not really take it seriously: the proposition that because of climate change, human society as we know it on this planet may already be condemned, whatever we do. It would seem not just radical, but outlandish, mere hyperbole. And we react against it instinctively: it seems simply too sombre to be countenanced.

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UK Independent
15 January 2006
It really could kill millions. So say the scientists in a locked British lab who are now the best hope of stopping it

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Comment: Matthew 24:3 ...Take heed that no man deceive you.
24:5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.

For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.

All these are the beginning of sorrows. ...But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.

January 2006 news service
Maggie McKee
The collision that spawned the Earth's moon was relatively mild, reveals the longest and most detailed computer simulation ever done of the impact. The research puts limits on the size and velocity of space rocks that can lead to the formation of satellites in cosmic smash-ups.

Computer models suggest the Moon formed after an object the size of Mars (just over half the diameter of Earth) crashed into Earth about 4.5 billion years ago. Debris from the impact formed a disc around Earth that eventually coalesced to become the Moon.

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14 January 2006
New Scientist Print Edition.
WHEN supervolcanoes blow they can cover entire continents with ash. But how this happens has been a puzzle because wind and the initial force of the eruption are not enough to carry the ash over such long distances. Now an examination of prehistoric eruptions has come up with an answer.

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07 January 2006 news service
Duncan Graham-Rowe
IS TROPHY hunting the way to save dwindling populations of African lions? That's the question on the table for delegates to the World Conservation Union's (IUCN) meeting in Johannesburg on 8 January when they will try to agree on the first ever pan-African lion conservation strategy. But countries that oppose hunting, notably Kenya, are sure to raise bitter objections to the proposal.

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Jan. 10, 2006
“Once they discover that they can eat people they get quite bold. They are even breaking into people’s houses and pulling them out,” Packer said.

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By Geov Parrish
January 14, 2006.
For over 40 years, MIT professor Noam Chomsky has been one of the world's leading intellectual critics of U.S. foreign policy. Today, with America's latest imperial adventure in trouble both politically and militarily, Chomsky -- who turned 77 last month -- vows not to slow down "as long as I'm ambulatory." I spoke with him by phone, on Dec. 9 and again on Dec. 20, from his office in Cambridge.

Geov Parrish: Is George Bush in political trouble? And if so, why?

Noam Chomsky: George Bush would be in severe political trouble if there were an opposition political party in the country. Just about every day, they're shooting themselves in the foot. The striking fact about contemporary American politics is that the Democrats are making almost no gain from this. The only gain that they're getting is that the Republicans are losing support. Now, again, an opposition party would be making hay, but the Democrats are so close in policy to the Republicans that they can't do anything about it. When they try to say something about Iraq, George Bush turns back to them, or Karl Rove turns back to them, and says, "How can you criticize it? You all voted for it." And, yeah, they're basically correct.

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By Mike Whitney
15 Jan 2006
There’s been a lot of rubbish written about Iran’s “removing the seals” from its uranium enrichment equipment.

The fear-mongering western media have exploited the expression for all its worth. Even those who are normally skeptical of the Bush-propaganda machine are taken aback by this ominous-sounding phrase.

What gibberish!

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16 Jan 06
A terrorism expert says he has seen evidence showing al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden is either seriously ill or dead.

Dr Clive Williams, director of terrorism studies at the Australian National University, says documents provided by an Indian colleague suggested bin Laden died of massive organ failure in April last year.

"It does seem reasonably convincing based on the evidence that I've been provided with that he's certainly either severely incapacitated or dead at this stage," Dr Williams told ABC radio.

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14 Jan 2006
US policies in the war on terrorism are contravening international law on human rights, a top European investigator said today.

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By Charles Hawley in Berlin
12 Jan 2006
German intelligence agents reportedly helped US forces target Saddam Hussein in an April 2003 Baghdad bombing raid that killed at least 12 people, contravening former chancellor Gerhard Schröder's insistence that Germany was not involved in the war in Iraq.

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Jan 14, 2006
Germany's BND foreign intelligence agency has issued German passports for Israel's Mossad secret service, the daily Koelner Stadt-Anzeiger quoted a former high-ranking BND member as saying on Saturday.

According to the official, Mossad agents are using German passports during their covert operations in Middle Eastern countries.

Reacting to the news report, an unidentified BND spokesman said, "Of course we also have a cooperation with Mossad." The number of issued German passports for Mossad operatives has reportedly increased dramatically since September 11, 2001.

Mossad used also passports from Canada and New Zealand in the 1990s.

Jason Burke and Imtiaz Gul in Islamabad
January 15, 2006
The Observer
In the hunt for al-Qaeda, a missile attack on a mountain village killed women and children. The attack was precise, the intelligence was flawed, and the strained relation between Pakistan and the US has been pushed to breaking point

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Robert Tait in Tehran
Sunday January 15, 2006
The Observer
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the hardline President of Iran, launched an angry tirade against the West yesterday, accusing it of a 'dark ages' mentality and threatening retaliation unless it recognised his country's nuclear ambitions.

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AP Television Writer
PASADENA, Calif. - Former CBS anchor Walter Cronkite, whose 1968 conclusion that the Vietnam War was unwinnable keenly influenced public opinion then, said Sunday he'd say the same thing today about Iraq.

"It's my belief that we should get out now," Cronkite said in a meeting with reporters. [...]

The best time to have made a similar statement about Iraq came after Hurricane Katrina, he said.

"We had an opportunity to say to the world and Iraqis after the hurricane disaster that Mother Nature has not treated us well and we find ourselves missing the amount of money it takes to help these poor people out of their homeless situation and rebuild some of our most important cities in the United States," he said. "Therefore, we are going to have to bring our troops home."

Iraqis should have been told that "our hearts are with you" and that the United States would do all it could to rebuild their country, he said.

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Associated Press
15 Jan 2006
Washington - The prospect of higher energy prices should not stop the world from imposing sanctions against oil-rich Iran, U.S. senators said Sunday.

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said sanctions will be tough but that Iran poses a greater danger to the United States than Iraq at this point and must be contained.

``If the price of oil has to go up, then that's a consequence we would have to suffer,'' McCain said on ``Face the Nation'' on CBS.

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By Norman G. Finkelstein
Aftenposten (Norway)
January 14, 2006
The recent proposal that Norway boycott Israeli goods has provoked passionate debate. In my view, a rational examination of this issue would pose two questions: 1) Do Israeli human rights violations warrant an economic boycott? and 2) Can such a boycott make a meaningful contribution toward ending these violations? I would argue that both these questions should be answered in the affirmative.

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By Uri Avnery
15 Jan 06
There is indeed a growing danger of anti-Semitism and anti- Israelism - two different phenomena that can appear both together and separately. But it is not connected with primitive skinheads like the Moscow knife-wielder. It is much more dangerous, and the fuel that feeds them exists in other places and on other levels.

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15 Jan 06
“Now here's the thing,” commented Iraq expert Juan Cole. “If a Palestinian-American had diverted $140,000 from a Muslim charity to ‘security equipment’ and ‘sniper lessons’ for Palestinians on the West Bank, that individual would be in Gitmo so fast that the sonic boom would rattle your windows...But here’s a prediction. None of the Jewish extremists, some of them violent, who are invading the West Bank and making the lives of the local Palestinians miserable will ever be branded ‘terrorists’ by the U.S. government, and Abramoff’s foray into providing sniper lessons will be quietly buried.”

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Associated Press Writer
January 15, 2006
WASHINGTON - The leaders of Congress' ethics committees are not committing to any investigation of misconduct despite the growing revelations about the favors that lobbyist Jack Abramoff won for clients and the largesse he arranged for lawmakers.

The committees, for now, are poised to remain on the sidelines.

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By Jonathan Alter
Jan. 23, 2006 issue
We are in danger of scrapping our checks and balances—not just for a few years (as was done during the Civil War), but for good.

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By Staff and Wire Reports
Jan 16, 2006
The powerful Republican chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee admitted Sunday President Bush could face impeachment over his authorization for spying on Americans by the National Security Agency.

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New York Times
15 Jan 06
You would think that Senators Carl Levin and John McCain would have learned by now that you cannot deal in good faith with a White House that does not act in good faith. Yet both men struck bargains intended to restore the rule of law to American prison camps. And President Bush tossed them aside at the first opportunity.

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Last Updated Sun, 15 Jan 2006 20:05:02 EST
CBC News
A socialist doctor and former political prisoner has been elected as Chile's first female president.

With 97.5 per cent of about eight million votes counted by early Sunday evening, Michelle Bachelet of the centre-left coalition Concertacion had captured 53.5 per cent of the vote.

Her conservative opponent, Sebastian Pinera, held 46 per cent of the ballots and conceded defeat.

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Associated Press Writer
Jan 14 8:42 PM US/Eastern
STOCKHOLM, Sweden - A Norwegian cancer researcher has admitted fabricating data published in a renowned international medical journal, officials in Norway said Saturday.

The researcher at Norway's Comprehensive Cancer Center, who was not identified, used faked patient data in an article on oral cancer published in the October 2005 issue of The Lancet, Britain's leading medical journal, said Stein Vaaler, strategy director for the cancer center.

The article claimed that a certain kind of drug decreased the risk of getting oral cancer and referred to results seen in patients in two national databases, Vaaler said in an interview.

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By Roger Dobson
15 January 2006
For centuries astrologers have sworn that the time of year a baby is born plots the course its life will take. Now extensive research conducted over a seven-year period appears to prove that babies born in the winter are more likely to grow into big, bright and successful adults than their summer counterparts.

The study, which will be published this week, was led by scientists at Harvard University and monitored the development of 21,000 boys and girls worldwide. It shows that there were large seasonal variations when it came to weight, length, height, head size and mental ability.

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Indo-Asian News Service
London, January 14, 2006
A group of rationalists of Indian origin here have raised 10,000 pounds that is being offered to tantriks or mystical healers who can scientifically prove they can cure people of diseases or solve their personal problems.

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January 15, 2006
The Observer
Author and critic Nik Cohn has been obsessed by New Orleans for more than 30 years, and has been involved in the rap scene there for the last five. Six months after Hurricane Katrina he revisited the city and was stunned by what he found. In this compelling despatch he describes communitites struggling to piece together their lives as they watch their city being ripped apart by politicians and planners with designs on a very different New Orleans.

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by Mary Shaw
15 Jan 2006
Because of this apathy, the United States is the only Western democracy that still claims for itself the right to execute its citizens. Each year since 1976, three more nations have added their names to the list of countries that have abolished the death penalty. This worldwide trend towards abolition of the death penalty reflects the growing awareness that there are alternative punishments that are effective and which do not involve state-sponsored killing. But America does not care.

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Comment: Take action -- click here to contact your local newspaper or congress people: End the death penalty

January 16, 2006



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