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Signs of the Times for Tue, 26 Sep 2006

Essays on Life

NEW Book! Essays on Life on Planet Earth

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Liz Else
23 September 2006
When Michael Frayn was a child, the other children nicknamed him "the scientist". He wasn't, of course. Just a bright little boy with glasses, who eventually became a successful novelist and playwright. In his writing he worries a lot about who we are, how we understand the world, and how subjectivity lies at the heart of everything - the tricky stuff that science and scientists also grapple with. His latest book, he tells Liz Else, attempts to deal with many of these issues head-on, asking, for example, what the universe would look like if humans didn't exist.

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by Don Williams
George Bush 43, Commander-in-Chief, Decider, Your Royal Highness, however you'd like to be addressed....

For God's sake, take your torture program and go. Take your secret prisons, your attack dogs, your electrodes, your water boards, your feeding tubes, your ceiling restraints, your whipping wires, your excruciating music, your sleep deprivation, your hobbles and cuffs. Take all such instruments and go.

They're making things much worse, as I will show you.

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Ever wondered just why it is that Americans seem so intellectually challenged when it comes to knowledge of the world outside America and the truth about their political leaders? You've heard the claim that the US media is "government-controlled", but is it true?

Newsweek, courtesy of an advertisement on the MSNBC website, makes the case clear:


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by Stephen Lendman
It takes great courage to venture onto the editorial pages of the Wall Street Journal - especially on Fridays when Mary Anastasia O'Grady's Americas column appears. This is a woman who surely will have a serious back problem one day resulting from her permanent position of genuflection to the most extreme far-right she pledges allegiance to. In her assigned role at the Journal, which includes character assassination, she can best can be characterized as one of the "devil's" disciples - to borrow a word so aptly used by a well-known "courageous man" in recent days. She proved it in her September 22 column titled In Chavez's Crosshairs (the "courageous man" in question), and in it she outdid herself in her level of vitriol that was enough to punish all the senses of those able to get through it.

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Science and Environment

lightning.png Hurricane Katrina's waves felt in California

cow_skull.png Fuels gold: Big risks of the biofuel revolution

atom.png Do the laws of nature last forever?

snowman.png Arctic Ice the size of Texas melts in one year

garfield.png Snooze your way to high test scores

nuclear.png Uncovering the hazards in our electronic gadgets

earth.png Minor earthquake awakens S.C. residents

sun.png Global Temperature Highest in Millennia

pizza.png Scientists to unveil secrets of Mona Lisa

lightbulb.png Computers taught to sort opinion from fact

volcano.png Catastrophic mudslide could last 100 years, say scientists - Land in East Java likely to collapse as thousands flee - Attempts to seal channels will 'probably not succeed'

snowman.png Frost devastates Oz fruit harvest


tnt.png Azzaman, Iraq: Deadlier Weapons Signal Start of 'Full Scale Civil War'

u-s-flag.png Losing a War, Winning a Police State

smiley-tongue-out.png Saddam ejected again from genocide trial

stormtrooper.png Army holds Pentagon to ransom over Iraq - America's top uniformed army officer has refused to submit his service's budget request for fiscal 2008

stormtrooper.png Army chief tells Bush: there's not enough money for Iraq war

stormtrooper.png Army Warns Rumsfeld It's Billions Short - An extraordinary action by the chief of staff sends a message: The Pentagon must increase the budget or reduce commitments in Iraq and elsewhere.

stormtrooper.png U.S. Army weighs more combat units for Iraq

money.png Anxious Dems eye power of the purse on Iraq

road_cone.png Stuff Happens Again in Baghdad - Three and a half years later, have we learned anything?

reptile_eye.png Bomb Near Group of Iraqi Women Kills at Least 35

money.png Army Corps Faked Budget Entries - Funds for Iraq work, set to expire, were stashed. It's called improper, but not criminal

skullbones.png Civilian deaths soar to record high in Iraq - UN report warns of grave sectarian crisis in country - Doubts on PM's ability to avoid slide to civil war

u-s-flag.png Terrorist who escaped U.S. custody reported killed in Iraq

skullbones.png For Americans Killed in Iraq: A Period, Not a Comma - On CNN on Sunday, President Bush suggested that one day the conflict in Iraq will be looked back on as "just a comma" - The dead, and their families, might propose different punctuation

skullbones.png US looks for ways to send more troops to Iraq

stormtrooper.png Private Jacob Kovco: the unanswered questions

Web of Terror

cheese.png L'Est Republicain, France: Secret Service Report: Saudis 'of Conviction' bin Laden is Dead

joker.png Le Monde, France: 'No Nation Confirms bin Laden's Death'

stormtrooper.png The uses of scare-talk - The Republicans think talking about terrorism can save them from defeat in November. A new poll suggests they may be on to something

reptile_eye.png Propaganda and Disinformation: Iran's Terror-cum-Intelligence Networks Thrown across Three Continents

u-s-flag.png Web Of Terror

stormtrooper.png The diminished dividends of war

penis_pump.png War Pimp Cheney says Democrats soft on national security

smiley-tongue-out.png Blair gears up for last hurrah

stormtrooper.png Iraq has fuelled terror threat, US intelligence warns


reptile_eye.png AJC Warmonger compares Ahmadinejad to Hitler

road_cone.png Russia Selling Iran Missiles to Protect Bushehr Nuclear Reactor - Source

reptile_eye.png Israel Denounces Foreign Affairs Group for Allowing Iranian to Speak, invokes Hitler Comparison

eagle.png Iran confirms purchase of 5 passenger jets from Russia

do_not_enter.png Russia opposed to any ultimatums on Iran, Middle East -- Lavrov

nuclear.png Russia to deliver 80 tons of fuel to Iran NPP - Atomstroiexport

road_cone.png Russia Selling Iran Missiles to Protect Bushehr Nuclear Reactor

road_cone.png Iran: Bushehr to be finished in 6 months

Zio-Con Reality Creation

stormtrooper.png Animal rights activists jailed in the US

cupcake.png 20% of U.S. Children Suffer From Hunger

house.png US housing slowdown continues

smiley-tongue-out.png WorldCom boss jailed as America cracks down on white-collar crime

eye_of_ra.png Out of America: Behind the bronze doors of the masons' HQ - Far from being the secretive cult of legend, Freemasonry is openly built into the US capital's very fabric

penis_pump.png Who's Co-Opting Feminism? - 'Ifeminists' have no problem with sexual harassment, oppose affirmative action, and think there's nothing sexist about porn. Meet a new women's group that seeks to prop up male power.

heart.png Fox funds gay party - Conservatives are pissed... and want compensation

reptile_eye.png Jonathan Cook: Engineering the 'Clash of Civilizations'

The Promised Land

reptile_eye.png Address Palestinian issue to fix Iraq: Musharraf

money.png National Jewish community has come through for us

u-s-flag.png The Nation, Pakistan: Bush and CNN Signal New Violations of Pakistan Sovereignty

reptile_eye.png Israeli Army Still in Lebanon

u-s-flag.png U.S. rejects visa for Muslim scholar

reptile_eye.png Ten questions to the Zionists

do_not_enter.png Irish academics urge Israel boycott

lightbulb.png Irish lecturers call on EU to boycott Israeli universities

Europe, the Far East, and the Defunct Empire

stock_ticker.png Europe, Japan Wean Themselves From Dependence on U.S. Consumers

road_cone.png Hungary: end of goulash paradise, welcome to Budapest syndrome

blue_questionmark.png Propaganda? Beijing secretly fires lasers to disable US satellites

attention_sign.png Romania and Bulgaria to join EU

money.png Longevity is deepening deficits, says pension regulator

heart.png Mau Mau veterans to sue over British 'atrocities'

eye_of_ra.png Royalty and revolution: The absolute monarch - Thailand's coup was organised by the army, but it would never have succeeded without the support of a king whose power is unquestioned.


cowboy_boot.png A Rock In His Boot

red_x_sign.png Le Monde, France: To Oppose U.S. on Iran, France Attends to Putin

mr-potato-head.png Financial Times Deutschland, Germany: George Bush Like Napoleon in His Day

ducky.png Le Figaro, France: At the United Nations, Chirac and Bush 'Diverge' Over Iran

reptile_eye.png Tunis Hebdo, Tunisia: George W. and Tony B. Shed 'Crocodile Tears' Over Darfur

heart.png Daily Sun, Nigeria: Global Goodwill Over September 11 Turns to Outrage

skullbones.png Die Zeit, Germany: End of the New American Century? - In America at present, a completely un-American debate is germinating: Is it time for neo-conservatism's obituary?

cowboy_hat.png Financial Times Deutschland, Germany: George W. Bush's 'Ridiculous Rallying Cry'

Bizarro World

mib.png Mystery of Castleton triangle - More Electronic Glitches

lightning.png Harmless clouds, high above the Earth - Response to "Suspicious clouds over Napa" Chemtrails?

lightning.png Flashback: Garage doors work after mystery signal vanishes

lightning.png Flashback: Airwave glitch hits Springs area: Garage-door openers jammed, hundreds say

lightning.png Flashback: The Canary in the Mine

lightning.png Flashback: Hundreds left stranded after fuel-gauge failures

lightning.png Flashback: Air Force radios jamming garage-door openers in Panhandle


smiley-tongue-out.png Venezuela rejects US apologies

smiley-tongue-out.png Bolivia and Venezuela, military cooperation agreement

smiley-tongue-out.png President Chavez proposes Latin American currency to replace US dollar

smiley-tongue-out.png Venezuela's Chavez says Bush may try to kill him for 'devil' comments

smiley-tongue-out.png 'Threats' to Venezuelan minister provoke war of words with US


skullbones.png Liberation, France: The United States a Step Closer to 'Legalizing Torture'

cupcake.png Sueddeutsche Zeitung, Germany: CIA in Europe: No Need for Disguise - The CIA sends its people to Europe for kidnappings - without even bothering to disguise what they're doing

lightbulb.png El Tiempo, Colombia: Bush as Bad as bin Laden? In Some Ways, Worse ...

reptile_eye.png BOYS GONE WILD - Pick Your Favorite Homoerotic Torture Technique With the Blessings of the Neocons

reptile_eye.png It's the War Crimes, stupid - How to cover Bush's torture victory

Operation "Enduring Freedom"

cow_skull.png The woman who defied the Taliban, and paid with her life - Women's rights campaigner in Afghanistan shot dead One in two Afghan women a victim of violence Suicide on the rise as Taliban's power increases Thanks to Bush and the Neocons

skullbones.png 18 killed in Afghanistan suicide attack

stormtrooper.png A journey into the 'Taliban republic' where the militias rule unchallenged

flower.png Afghan opium production soars to new high

flower.png Who benefits from the Afghan Opium Trade?

Great Men, An Empress, and a Little Boy

flower.png Remains of Danish-born empress arrive in Russia for reburial

car.png Boy aged three buys £9,000 car on internet

pink_rose.png Renaissance man comes home - Intimate portrait of Sir Thomas More and family returns after nearly 500 years

fortune_cookie.png Hero of the Ming Dynasty: The man who mapped the world - A Mongolian Muslim who was castrated as a boy became one of the most intrepid explorers in history.

Setting Up the War on Terror

nuclear.png Flashback: Musharraf: US threatened to bomb Pakistan after 9/11

skullbones.png Key 9/11 planner linked to London bombings: Musharraf

money.png Pakistan Sold al-Qaeda Suspects To CIA

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