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Signs of the Times for Mon, 03 Apr 2006

Forrest M. Mims III
Citizen Scientist
There is always something special about science meetings. The 109th meeting of the Texas Academy of Science at Lamar University in Beaumont on 3-5 March 2006 was especially exciting for me, because a student and his professor presented the results of a DNA study I suggested to them last year. How fulfilling to see the baldcypress ( Taxodium distichum ) leaves we collected last summer and my tree ring photographs transformed into a first class scientific presentation that's nearly ready to submit to a scientific journal (Brian Iken and Dr. Deanna McCullough, "Bald Cypress of the Texas Hill Country: Taxonomically Unique?" 109th Meeting of the Texas Academy of Science Program and Abstracts, Poster P59, p. 84, 2006).

But there was a gravely disturbing side to that otherwise scientifically significant meeting, for I watched in amazement as a few hundred members of the Texas Academy of Science rose to their feet and gave a standing ovation to a speech that enthusiastically advocated the elimination of 90 percent of Earth's population by airborne Ebola. The speech was given by Dr. Eric R. Pianka (Fig. 1), the University of Texas evolutionary ecologist and lizard expert who the Academy named the 2006 Distinguished Texas Scientist.

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Henry See
3 April 2006
Signs of the Times

The planet is in a bad state, but some of the cures, such as that of killing off 90% of the population by ebola, are worse than the disease... or are in fact part of the disease.

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Donald Hunt
Signs of the Times
April 3, 2006

Friday was the last day of the first quarter of 2006, so let's recap the year so far. Gold went from $519.70 an ounce to $583.50, a rise of 12.3% in three months. Oil went from 61.04 dollars a barrel to $66.35, an increase of 8.7% after having risen 40.5% in 2005. The yield on the ten-year U.S. Treasury note increased 46 basis points from 4.39 to 4.85 so far this year. The Dow Jones Industrial Average is up for the quarter, going from 10,717.50 to 11,109.32, a rise of 3.7%. The NASDAQ rose 6.1%, from 2,205.32 to 2,339.79 in Q1 2006. Sounds like good news for the U.S. stock market, unless you compare stock prices to the price of oil or gold. The dollar fell 2.3% from 0.8440 to 0.8252 euros so far in 2006.

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By Robert Fisk
The Independent
If I were an Israeli I would have built a wall, but not as a way of stealing land

We have been conned again. The Israeli elections, we are told, mean that the dream of "Greater Israel" has finally been abandoned. West Bank settlements will be closed down, just as the Jewish colonies were uprooted in Gaza last year. The Zionist claim to all of Biblical Israel has withered away. Likud, the nightmare party of Menachem Begin and Benjamin Netanyahu, has been smashed by the Gaullist figure of the dying Ariel Sharon, whose Kadima party now embraces Ehud Olmert and that decaying symbol of the Israeli left, Nobel prizewinner Shimon Peres. This, at least, is the narrative laid down by so many of our journalists, "analysts" and "commentators". But it is a lie.

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Dollars and (non)Cents

money.png U.S. stocks close down on day, up on quarter

money.png GM to sell GMAC stake to Cerberus group

red_flag.png Consortium launches its agreed $9 bln bid for VNU

money.png Experts See Danger in Rising Oil Prices

smiley-tongue-out.png Chavez seeks to peg oil at $50 a barrel

republican.png Wolfowitz looks at opening World Bank Iraq office

money.png France's Alcatel to buy Lucent for $13 bln

grenade.png US Defence Work To Be Taken Out Of Alcatel-Lucent Merger

bulldozer.png O'Hare Set for Largest-Ever U.S. Expansion

bart.png French PM admits error in handling CPE law

How to Start a World War

stormtrooper.png Government in secret talks about strike against Iran

u-s-flag.png Flashback: Who is the rogue state really?

tnt.png U.S. attack on Iran may prompt terror

stormtrooper.png US not to resolve Iran nuke issue by force: ambassador to UN

grenade.png Iran test-fires high-speed underwater missile

cowboy_boot.png Bush Offers Quake Assistance to Iran

nuclear.png Australia And China Poised To Sign Uranium Deal

nuclear.png Japanese Nuclear Plant Starts Tests

Earth News

earth.png Severe Storms Leave 14 Dead in Midwest

earth.png Strong Storms Leave 1 Dead in North Dakota

earth.png Record-Breaking Rainy Month in Hawaii Ends

earth.png Floods force evacuation of thousands in Central Europe

syringe.png Rain Worsens Risk Of Disease In Drought-Stricken Ethiopia

smiley-tongue-out.png Cartoon: Global Warming Denial

earth.png Thousands Of Iran Quake Victims Seek Shelter

earth.png Five Whales Wash Ashore in Fla.

red_flag.png Hybrids aren't so green after all

The Resistance

attention_sign.png Watergate figure returns from the 'dark side' to condemn Bush

red_flag.png Former US general says Rumsfeld should quit over Iraq

attention_sign.png US 'intoxicated' by power: Gorbachev

stormtrooper.png U.N. Creates New Watchdog Over U.S. Opposition

vader.png 9/11 - Eliminating The Impossible

u-s-flag.png The Art Of War For The Anti-War Movement

u-s-flag.png US Struggling To Find New Disaster Chief

vader.png Documentary makers decry Smithsonian deal


syringe.png 400 Chinese students hospitalized with unknown flu

syringe.png Mumps Cases Reach Epidemic Level in Iowa

syringe.png Health Assembly Must Stop Dangerous Smallpox Experiments

syringe.png Bird flu: the secret Cabinet document

syringe.png Allergies reach epidemic levels in Europe: experts

penis_pump.png Technology Terror And Viagra Could Warp Sex And Relationships

u-s-flag.png Obese Americans get super-size ambulances

The Weird and Wacky

blackbox.png Brazilian plane carrying 19 disappears

smiley-tongue-out.png Crafty Sea Lion Befuddles Fish Biologists

alarmclock.png Some scientists think humans descended from Martian microbes

garbage_can.png Senate Told Canadian Trash Security Threat To America

condiments.png Pouring Ketchup: The full technical explanation

smiley-tongue-out.png Ark's Quantum Quirks

Jewish lobby? What Jewish lobby?

reptile_eye.png Heard the one about the racist black comedian?

reptile_eye.png A War for Israel

reptile_eye.png Most favored nation

reptile_eye.png Keeping It Quiet: The Israel Lobby's Crushing of Dissent

reptile_eye.png KSG: End of Walt's Term 'Completely Unrelated' To Uproar Over Israel Remarks


stormtrooper.png Diary: Iraq is splitting into three different parts

stormtrooper.png Rice says next Iraqi prime minister must be strong, unifying force

grenade.png US says 2 pilots dead after chopper lost in Iraq

road_cone.png Iraq terror backlash in UK 'for years'

Isn't Technology Wonderful?

syringe.png Swedish researchers find link between cell phones and brain tumors

pc_mouse.png Nortel to test "Wireless Mesh" in Israel

spying.png America's war on the web

Accidents and Violence

road_cone.png C-5 Cargo Plane Crashes at Dover Air Base

road_cone.png At least 57 dead in Bahrain sinking

tnt.png At least 28 killed in factory explosions in China

tnt.png Man dies in coffee shop 'wall of flames'

attention_sign.png Motorist opens fire on Hell's Angels bikers, killing one

blue_questionmark.png Three Men Charged in 'Dungeon' Castration

Odds n Ends

vader.png Final Declaration Holds Diluted View of Water as a "Right"

u-s-flag.png New York City Losing Blacks, Census Shows

reptile_eye.png Israel's Sharon to be declared 'permanently incapacitated': report

road_cone.png Surprise "no" vote rattles Thai PM

money.png Insect Activities Worth 57Bn In US Alone

vampire.png Catholics call for John Paul's sainthood, 1 year after death

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