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Signs of the Times for Fri, 29 Dec 2006

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Cenk Uygur
29 Dec 06
Actually, I'm more bitter that the man wasted his life away being a good sport after his presidency. Do something man! You're not an average schlep. You're an ex-President.

Do you know how many different interesting things he could have done with the power that comes from that title? He didn't have to save the world, but he could have at least tried to do something slightly relevant...

I'm sure I am overgeneralizing, and maybe the guy just liked to drink ice tea on his front porch, but it seems like he's been falling down the same stairs on for the last thirty years. I wish he would have gotten up and done something.

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The Boston Globe
December 29, 2006
FROM THE RISE of Stephen Colbert to the fall of Michael Richards, from the use of racial stereotypes in campaign ads to the recycling of botched jokes on YouTube, 2006 was a year in which provocative humor driven by hardball politics and new media convulsed America.

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27 Dec 06
THE PRESIDENT: Today, I am deeply saddened by the loss of Gerald R. Ford, 38th President of the United States.


The American people will always admire President Ford for his duty, his personal character, his masterful practice of the physical comedy arts, and his lifelong battle with terminal cancer of the personality. I personally mourn Gerry's passing, if for no other reason than it's lonely at the bottom of history's barrel.

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Washington, Dec 28 (Prensa Latina)
Jim Lobe
For those who believed that the precise and overwhelming demonstration of US military power in Afghanistan and Iraq would "shock and awe" the rest of the world, 2006 was not a good year, said Jim Lobe, staff writer of IPS.

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December 27th 2006
Kurt Nimmo

It's fishy as hell.

Paul Sanford, a prominent Aptos, California, attorney, who accused Karl Rove of treason in the Plame outing case, took a leap from the Embassy Suites Hotel in Monterey Bay on Christmas Eve. Police describe it as "probable" suicide, even though it appears Sanford was not depressed.

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Mid-East Muddle

clock.png 3 Million Muslims Begin Annual Hajj

heart.png Holocaust Deniers and the Iraq Study Group

spying.png Feds apologize for strip-search of Muslim woman stopped at Tampa airport

reptile_eye.png 200 trailers placed in West Bank outposts since June

reptile_eye.png 7 Qassam rockets land in open areas in west Negev; no injuries

reptile_eye.png Flashback: Killing children is no longer a big deal

reptile_eye.png Foreign Minister's meeting with Fatah leaders angers Olmert

reptile_eye.png Fatah Lebanon chief: Hezbollah curbed our attacks on Israel

reptile_eye.png Israel Won't Free Palestinian Prisoners

reptile_eye.png Killing of Palestinians triples

smiley-tongue-out.png U.S. forces release Iranian diplomats in Iraq

smiley-tongue-out.png Iran defense industry unharmed by sanctions: minister

Super Size Fire and Ice

snowman.png Ice Mass Snaps Free From Canada's Arctic

faucet.png Waning El Nino offers hope of break in Australian drought

volcano.png How to Super-Size a Volcanic Eruption

reptile_eye.png Head-banging Chinese snakes can predict earthquakes days in advance, say scientists

pc_mouse.png Earthquake in Asia, Spam Plummets

snowman.png Arctic ice shelf collapse poses risk: expert

pc_mouse.png Scramble To Repair Telecom Lines Across Asia After Taiwan Quake

cow_skull.png UN International Year Of Deserts Ends With Stark Warnings

eagle.png Christmas counters find fewer birds going south

snowman.png Denver Gets Blitzed by Another Snowstorm

Health Matters

cupcake.png Most Americans Want Public Policies to Prevent Obesity

burger.png Weight May Be Linked to Type of Bacteria

attention_sign.png Sea Slug Offers Clues to Human Brain Disorders

baby_bottle.png Meat, milk from cloned animals safe to eat, U.S. officials say

grocery_bag.png Housework cuts breast cancer risk (Men can get breast cancer too!)

ducky.png Egypt faces grim bird flu situation

molecule.png Life is a Devil's Bargain: Cancer or Aging

cow.png Why I gave vegetarianism the chop after 17 years

syringe.png The vaccine to prevent every strain of flu

Old Year, New Year

money.png 2007: will the dam break? - In 2006 Bush's foreign policy was decisively rejected by voters. And 2007 could see his deficit budget get a sharp comeuppance.

condiments.png Just imagine what might be, if only Labour dared

ducky.png Review of the year: Bush's America - A lame duck, presiding over a lost cause

reptile_eye.png Review of the year: The Middle East - Pray for little countries that believe in empty promises of a superpower

flamingo.png North Europe to welcome new year with ice-free Baltic Sea

ufo.png 2006 A Year End Wrapup: UFO Digest

lightbulb.png 2006: A year of invention - Patent Sleuth turns up some strange things

The Fortress and the Fringe

money.png Living in America's Fringe Economy

money.png Value of RMB against USD ends 2006 on new high

stock_ticker.png Consumer confidence up, Wall Street tumbles

money.png Crude oil prices rebound on drop of U.S. stockpiles

money.png 'Fortress America' visa system scaring businesses away

money.png A coming of age for the European currency

alarmclock.png The Truth About Where Your Donated Clothes End Up

mummy.png The shocking truth about the baby factories


bart.png Weirdest Science Stories of 2006

reptile_eye.png Female Komodo Dragon Has Virgin Births

ufo.png French space agency to publish UFO archive online

gray_alien.png Mother-Ships? Crikey!!!

ufo.png Montana a UFO hotspot dating back to 1950s

unlock.png Report: Woman Stuck In Broken Paris Elevator For 3 Days

earth.png Wild Bees Reject Genetically Engineered Crop

So-Damn Insane

smiley-tongue-out.png Saddam wins big! (And human rights take a thumping)- Saddam Hussein might have been the first leader to be held accountable for genocide. Instead, he'll go down as a martyr to neocolonialism.

stormtrooper.png Saddam could be executed within days: reports

skullbones.png Officials: Saddam still in U.S. custody

stormtrooper.png TV: Iraq denies transfer of Saddam

cowboy_boot.png Saddam's Time Running Out - U.S. Takes First Step Toward Handing Him Over To Iraqi Authorities

condiments.png Saddam to hang, but confusion over how soon

Fearless Leaders - NOT!

vader.png Blair's Folly: Britain's Afghan quagmire

vader.png Once, Labour wanted Blair to go, now it wants him in jail

cowboy_hat.png Bush Works 3 Hours, Tires Quickly - Taking More Time to Craft Iraq Plan

u-s-flag.png Bush Redefines His Global War to Encompass a New Range of Enemies

flower.png Sheehan arrested near Bush ranch

handgun.png Rise in New York's murder rate reflects new US appetite for guns

Spy vs. Spy

nuclear.png Russia claims Yukos links to ex-spy's murder

story_default.png How Israel's Master spy was caught and why he still stands to profit

blackbox.png Russia fingers Israeli fugitive in radiation poison probe

alarmclock.png FBI Says Files In Leak Cases Are 'Missing'

spying.png School Cameras Spy On Kids In Toilets

u-s-flag.png Lawyer "falls to death" at hotel

Fortune Cookie

handgun.png China to strengthen military

fortune_cookie.png U.S. Embassy Is Warning Beijing on Iran Gas Deal

handgun.png Japan Passes Landmark Patriotism Laws

smiley-tongue-out.png S. Korea Report Calls N. Korea a Threat

fortune_cookie.png China defends military rise, says faces threats


search.png Top Ten Iraq Myths for 2006

bart.png Many soldiers say troop surge a bad idea

chess.png Prominent cleric warns against West's plot to divide Shia-Sunni

chess.png Iran ready for comprehensive assistance to Iraqi nation - Rafsanjani

Katrina Kapers

handgun.png Seven US cops indicted in post-Katrina shooting deaths

u-s-flag.png Katrina: Tale of Two Sisters

u-s-flag.png 7 police officers indicted in Katrina bridge shootings

Condi's Capers

reptile_eye.png War Whore Rice still struggling for success after two years as top US diplomat

joker.png Foreign Policy 101 With Condoleezza Rice

Governments Lie, People Lie

pc_mouse.png What a tangled web we weave: high-tech lying

search.png What freedom of information? Ministers are accused of scuppering right-to-know legislation

South of the Border

attention_sign.png Drug gangs ravage Rio; 9 civilians, 3 police die

vader.png Sandinistas Serious on Poverty, IMF

What? Me Worry?!

attention_sign.png Top Ten U.S. Disaster Threats for 2007 and Beyond

attention_sign.png Tsunami-Generating Earthquake Near U.S. Possibly Imminent

attention_sign.png History Reveals Hurricane Threat to New York City

comet.png Catastrophe Calculator: Estimate Asteroid Impact Effects Online

attention_sign.png Potential Southern California Tsunami Could Cost up to $42 Billion

volcano.png Super Volcano Will Challenge Civilization, Geologists Warn

attention_sign.png Central U.S. Warned of Larger Earthquakes to Come

money.png Billion Dollar Weather Disasters

money.png A Chronology of U.S. Billion Dollar Disasters

fireball.png Catch the Wave: Asteroid-driven Tsunami in U.S. Eastern Seaboard's Future

attention_sign.png New Warning: U.S. Gulf Coast Faces High Tsunami Risk

search.png Tsunamis in History

search.png March is Earthquake Month, and Other Shaky 'Facts'

attention_sign.png Ominous Rumbling Under San Andreas Fault

2001: September 11

eye_of_ra.png 2001: January - Opposition believes Saddam footage is bogus

eye_of_ra.png 2001: January - US faces 'Pearl Harbour in space'

eye_of_ra.png 2001: Plane crashes into World Trade Centre

eye_of_ra.png 2001: Explosion at World Trade Centre

eye_of_ra.png 2001: Second plane crashes into World Trade Centre

eye_of_ra.png 2001: Third explosion at World Trade Centre

eye_of_ra.png 2001: Pentagon evacuated due to fire

eye_of_ra.png 2001: Reports of helicopter crashing into Pentagon

eye_of_ra.png 2001: Terrorist threats made against the White House

eye_of_ra.png 2001: Fighter jets patrolling skies after Pentagon attack

eye_of_ra.png 2001: Car bombing outside of State Department

eye_of_ra.png 2001: Car bomb explodes in Washington - Fifth Explosion in One Hour and a Half

eye_of_ra.png 2001: Second aircraft hits Pentagon

eye_of_ra.png 2001:Pentagon in state of collapse - Hit by Two Planes

2001: September 11 - Part 2

eye_of_ra.png 2001: Fears plane crashes were acts of terrorism

eye_of_ra.png 2001: Up to 800 possibly dead at Pentagon - "It was like a Cruise Missile" says witness

eye_of_ra.png 2001: America reeling in horror and shock

eye_of_ra.png 2001: Explosions in Kabul not US retaliation strike

eye_of_ra.png 2001: Location of second United Airlines plane unknown

eye_of_ra.png 2001: World Trade Centre building number seven collapses

eye_of_ra.png 2001: United Airlines concerned about fourth plane

eye_of_ra.png 2001: Hijack passenger Barbara Olsen rang husband from plane

eye_of_ra.png 2001: Pittsburgh plane may have been shot down

eye_of_ra.png 2001: Spectre of 'World War Three' raised

eye_of_ra.png 2001: Taliban rulers condemn attacks on US

eye_of_ra.png 2001: Bush resolves to 'hunt down' terrorists

eye_of_ra.png 2001: Pentagon Crash Highlights a Radar Gap - Limited System in One Area Made Flight 77 Invisible to Controllers for Half-Hour

eye_of_ra.png 2001: Andrey Kosyakov: "Sequential acts of terrorism in THE USA will be carried out by Wednesday or Thursday of next week."

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