Greater Buffalo (NY) residents are currently being treated to billboard ads like the one above, thanks to the fact that Bush's Department of Homeland Security seems to have decided to outsource its "war on terror" programming to humorously-named 'humanitarian' organisations like the American Red Cross.
I too am a lifelong activist. I started in my pre-teen years by insisting on riding in the back of the bus in Baton Rouge Louisiana when only blacks were supposed to ride there. I am half Danish and half Norwegian. From Civil Rights I moved on to the Anti-Viet Nam War movement of the 60's and early 70's. Then on to the Union of Concerned Scientists and the Freedom of Choice movements (I am a physician.) as well as other environment causes both specific and general in nature. I have been and am still actively working for campaign finance reform as I feel that without this we can never have a true democracy. I fight for a national health insurance plan based loosely on the current Medicare model and for enforcement of the existing immigration laws.I fight against NAFTA as I feel that it is destroying the industrial base of this nation and really does threaten the existence of the middle class in this nation (the U.S.)
Like almost everyone else, I was shocked and awed by the horror of 9/11/01 and watched in disbelief as the Twin Towers fell. I did not find out about bldg. 7 until years later. Why not? I try to keep up with current events. I was willing to let the 9/11 Commission do its job and reserve judgment until their report came out. I was shocked and awed again by the glaring omissions made by this report. I decided to investigate further and discovered WTC 7, but it wasn't even mentioned in the Kane Zelicow-Hamilton Report.
Stephen Lendman sjlendman.blogspot.com 2007-02-21 09:02:00
Hugo Chavez Frias gained an Ecuadoran ally last November when voters rejected Washington's choice and the country's richest man and elected Raphael Correa its President by an impressive margin. Correa is a populist economist and self-styled "humanist, leftist Christian" promising big changes for another Latin American country long ruled by and for the elite and against the interests of ordinary people Ecuador abounds in whose voices finally spoke and prevailed.
Did George Swallow a Sour Grape Along with the "official conspiracy theory"?
It stinks of desperation. George Monbiot, inveterate leftist of the foundation financed environmentalist persuasion, has once again taken a swing at the "conspiracy idiots" who believe government is capable of mass murder, including the reflexive murder of its own subjects.
Not unlike his brethren, most notably Noam Chomsky and Alex Cockburn, Monbiot buys the Ward Churchill version of events in regard to the attacks of September 11, 2001 - that is to say Osama and a small number of cave-dwelling Wahhabi fanatics magically made NORAD stand down and defied the immutable laws of physics, thus delivering one to the conclusion a piece of paper cannot be slipped between Monbiot and the moonstruck followers of the neocons, as they all buy the same Brothers Grimm fairy tale.
By E&P Staff Editor & Publisher 2007-02-21 13:12:00
NEW YORK Al Neuharth, the former Gannett chief, USA Today founder and currently weekly columnist for that newspaper, has had a change of heart.
A year ago, in honor of President's Day, he stated that while he was often critical of George W. Bush, he did not, and probably would not ever, crack his list of the five worst presidents we've ever had.
A year later he admits he was wrong. In his USA Today column today he announces that Bush has not only cracked the bottom five, he's now at the very bottom.
John Byrne and David Edwards Raw Story 2007-02-21 12:54:00
According to MSNBC's David Shuster, legal sources say that if I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby is convicted for perjury and obstruction, prosecutors may try to get him to turn over evidence against the Vice President.
WASHINGTON - A federal judge in Virginia has dealt two blows to the defense of a pair of pro-Israel lobbyists accused of illegally trafficking in classified information.
In one ruling this week, Judge Thomas Ellis III rejected defense motions to demand testimony from Israeli government officials. In another decision, the judge refused to suppress statements the FBI obtained in 2004 from the two lobbyists, Steven Rosen and Keith Weissman, who were later fired from the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.
Italy's prime minister resigned Wednesday after his center-left government Wednesday lost a key foreign policy vote.
Prime Minister Romano Prodi and Foreign Minister Massimo D'Alema both lobbied to extend Italy's Afghanistan mandate, but in a Senate vote Wednesday, the coalition failed to get the necessary majority of 160 votes because of opposition from the far left inside the government coalition. It only got 158 votes.
French Defence Minister Michele Alliot-Marie called Wednesday for a "true dialogue" on the US plan to install an anti-missile defence system in Poland and the Czech Republic, which has drawn angry reactions from Moscow.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, speaking together with Alliot-Marie, emphasized that Moscow has never said the planned missile shield was "directed against Russia," though he restated doubts about US claims the shield was meant to protect against Iranian or North Korean weapons.
French Socialist Segolene Royal received a much-needed boost to her presidential campaign Wednesday, when for the first time in weeks a poll showed her back almost on level pegging with her rightwing rival Nicolas Sarkozy.
The CSA survey -- taken after her appearance Monday on a television election special -- showed her at 49 percent of the vote in a second round run-off with Sarkozy, a full four percentage points higher than in a similar poll taken before the broadcast.
The frank words of Russia's President Vladimir Putin to the assembled participants of the annual Munich Wehrkunde security conference have unleashed a storm of self-righteous protest from Western media and politicians. A visitor from another planet might have the impression that the Russian President had abruptly decided to launch a provocative confrontation policy with the West reminiscent of the 1943-1991 Cold War.
Czech Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg said on Tuesday that the Czech Republic would not be "intimidated" by Russia's threat to place the country on its list of missile targets if the Czech Republic agreed to host a U.S. missile defense system.
Schwarzenberg, who was in Warsaw for a meeting, said that the Russian threat would only make the Czech Republic "more resolved" to join the U.S. missile defense system.
The United Nations Security Council on Tuesday authorized the African Union to set up a mission in Somalia to help stabilize the war-ravaged country to achieve national reconciliation and facilitate the delivery of humanitarian aid.
Resolution 1744 was adopted unanimously by the 15-member Security Council under Chapter VII of the UN Charter, which allows for enforcement measures.
By Andrew Borowiec THE WASHINGTON TIMES 2007-02-21 13:48:00
LIMASSOL, Cyprus -- Warnings and threats backed by gunboat diplomacy have electrified the eastern Mediterranean region, where news of a possible major oil and natural gas field has created visions of unexpected wealth.
Terrorists better put on their makeup because European researchers are developing small cameras to be mounted in the backs of airline seats. The cameras would profile suspicious movements and then transfer the information up to pilots and authorities. But it doesn't stop there, microphones would also record speech.
British and German scientists from the Onboard Threat Detection System project are working on the system that could give early warning about airline hijackers. Nervous movements like rapid blinking and constantly looking around would be detected and the passenger would then be profiled against the aircraft's passenger list.
On December 20 1954, a woman known as Marion Keech gathered her followers in her garden in Lake City, Illinois, and waited for midnight, when flying saucers were supposed to land and save them from huge floods about to engulf the planet.
BERLIN, Feb. 21-- U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice insisted on Wednesday that the missile defense system that her country plans to build in Poland and the Czech Republic is not a threat to Russia.
"There is no way that 10 interceptor in Poland and radar sites in the Czech Republic are a threat to Russia or that they are going to diminish Russia's deterrent of thousands of warheads," Rice told a press conference.
In the second day of his declarations to the National Court in Madrid on Monday, one of the key accused in the Madrid Train Bombings case, Jamal Zougam, has denied belonging to any terrorist group, be it Al Qaeda, ETA or even GRAPO. Once again he condemned the terrorist attacks in Madrid.
'I still don't know why I am in this court case', he said. Zougam only answered questions from his defence team. He claimed that he now considered Spain as his home.
The US central Command in Iraq admitted on Wednesday the death of two soldiers in the western province of Al Anbar, where resistance attacks against the occupation troops and its allies are increasing considerably.
A. Alexander Progressive Daily Beacon 2007-02-21 13:23:00
How do you know when you've lost a war? Is it when the country you are supposedly fighting to save decides to start fighting one another and shooting your soldiers, too? Is it after you've spent more than a quarter-trillion dollars on the war and it only gets worse? Have you lost the war when a large majority of the occupied country wants you to leave? How about when the people being occupied, more than 60 percent, think it is acceptable to kill American soldiers? Maybe the war jig is up when a plurality of your own soldiers lose faith in the mission and their commander-in-chief?
UNITED NATIONS -- For "unknown" reasons, the United Nations Security Council has given Iran two extra days to comply with its demands to halt its uranium-enrichment activites or face the first phase of sanctions.
NewsMax has been shown Security Council documents that now indicate the standoff with Iran will not take place before Friday at the earliest.
Palestinian sources in the Gaza Strip reported on Sunday that Israeli Navy gunboats fired on Sunday at Palestinian fishing boats off the Gaza Strip shores and destroyed several boats. No injuries were reported.
Eyewitnesses reported that the Navy gunboats and vessels fired several shells and opened machine gunfire at Palestinian fishing boats at the Tal Al Sultan Beach, west of Rafah, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.
On Wednesday the Israeli army invaded the Abu Dis Secondary Boys' School in suburban Jerusalem between Bethlehem and Ramallah and attacked a number of children. Israeli soldiers burst into classroom after classroom, pushed the teachers out of the way, and beat several students. Some of the kids hid under their chairs while others protected themselves with their school bags.
HONG KONG - BNP Paribas SA, France's largest bank by market value, last month pulled out of its investment-banking joint venture with China's Changjiang Securities after the two parties failed to agree on a business-development strategy.
This was the first case in China of a foreign partner pulling out its investment in a joint-venture investment bank, which has taken market analysts somewhat by surprise. Given China's gravity-defying stock market and tightened government restrictions on approval for new Sino-foreign joint-venture brokerages, it now can be said that it is payoff time for foreign investors in securities firms, as the markets have turned bullish after being dominated by the bear for several years.
South Korea's short-term external debt stock nearly doubled in 2006 on the back of prolific yen-borrowing by commercial banks.
This injection of foreign capital did little to stabilize South Korea's deflation-gripped economy. While savvy Korean investors sent record sums of money abroad in 2006, foreign investors, apparently unaware of the country's weak and deteriorating political, social and economic fundamentals, continued to load up on Korean assets.
The US Federal Reserve left interest rates on hold last month because of uncertainty about the future path of inflation, minutes of the meeting show.
"Participants did not yet see a downward trend in core inflation as definitively established," notes said.
While there had been some good news on the economy - such as strong growth, members of the group remained concerned about the outlook for inflation.
The news came hours after data showed a surprise sharp rise in US inflation.
Mozambican army officer looks through a helicopter window as it flies above the flooded area near Caia, northern Mozambique
Floods have already forced tens of thousands from their homes
Mozambican authorities have put the country on the highest level of alert, as it waits for an approaching cyclone.
The cyclone, named Favio, is predicted to arrive on Wednesday with winds of up to 175km/h (109m/h).
An earthquake that shook parts of Uganda early yesterday morning for about 15 seconds, coincided with another in southern Taiwan in the Pacific Ocean.
The United States Geological Survey said the quake measured 5.7 on the Richter scale, and said a similar quake had occurred around the same time in Taiwan. The seismological station in Entebbe measured it at 5.2.
It wasn't "experts" who figured out that when a canary stops singing and starts teetering on his perch, its time to get out of the coal mine. Not surprisingly, the "experts" claim they cannot determine conclusively why reports from all over the world describe flocks of birds dying by the thousands. The forensic sciences have improved to a point that causes of death can be accurately determined upon autopsy - if the death is not political. Recent bird kills have been reported in Idaho, Texas, New York, New Jersey, Australia, Turkey, SE Asia and Africa. Though the dead birds in SE Asia, Turkey and Africa have been blamed on "bird flu," the causes of death remain mysteries in the U.S. and Australia.
U.S. Billionaire Bill Gates and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced Tuesday a joint plan to finance the testing of possible AIDS vaccines.
The plan, named Canadian HIV Vaccine Initiative, is to receive 111 million Canadian dollars (94.3 million U.S. dollars) from Ottawa and 28 million Canadian dollars (23.8 million U.S. dollars) from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Petersburg, VA - What you can't see, can hurt you. Just ask James P. Hilton a 45 year old paramedic educator turned freelance journalist. In his newly launched book, Playing With Fire: What Everyone Needs To Know to Protect Their Health From X-rays Hilton claims airport Backscatter x-ray machines, sometimes called "virtual strip searches" for their ability to allow security men to see beneath people's clothing, are setting the stage for a future epidemic of cancer.
TIMBERLY ROSS The Mercury News 2007-02-21 13:26:00
OMAHA, Neb. - Stocking up on food is as simple as a trip to the grocery store, a veritable land of plenty for Americans. But will fresh fruits and vegetables, meat, bread, milk and other household staples still be available if the U.S. is hit with an anticipated bird flu pandemic? If state and federal officials urge people to stay away from public places, like restaurants and fast-food establishments, will they be able to get the groceries they need to prepare food in their homes?
By MARTHA MENDOZA Washington Post 2007-02-21 13:14:00
In 2005, when government scientists tested 60 soft, vinyl lunch boxes, they found that one in five contained amounts of lead that medical experts consider unsafe _ and several had more than 10 times hazardous levels.
Catharine Paddock Medical News Today 2007-02-21 08:21:00
The American Psychological Association (APA) suggests that the proliferation of sexual images of girls and young women in the media is harming their self-image and development.
An APA Task Force on the Sexualization of Girls examined research papers covering the effect of all kinds of media content including television, music videos, magazines, video games, the Internet, movies, and music lyrics. They also looked at the way products are sold and advertised to young girls.
The Task Force described sexualization as: "when a person's value comes only from her/his sexual appeal or behavior, to the exclusion of other characteristics, and when a person is sexually objectified, e.g., made into a thing for another's sexual use."
Researchers at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences in Toronto have just completed an analysis of hospital visits in Ontario, showing that, compared to people born under other astrological signs, Virgos have an increased risk of vomiting during pregnancy, Pisces have an increased risk of heart failure, and Libras have an increased risk of fracturing their pelvises.
The large amount of data - from 10,000,000 Ontario residents - showed that each of the 12 astrological signs had at least two medical disorders associated with them, thus placing people born under a given sign at increased risk compared to those born under different signs.
Malcolm Ritter The Columbus Dispatch 2007-02-21 09:49:00
NEW YORK - Researchers are trying to find ways to regrow fingers - and someday, even limbs - with tricks that sound like magic spells from a Harry Potter novel.
There's the guy who sliced off a fingertip but grew it back after he treated the wound with an extract of pig bladder. And the scientists who grow extra arms on salamanders. And the laboratory mice with the eerie ability to heal themselves.
Contrary to conventional thought dating back to Freud, victims of traumatic events do not subconsciously repress the memories but rather recall them with a clarity reminiscent of reality.
That startling finding comes from a five-year-study conducted by researchers at Dalhousie University in Halifax. The same study, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) concludes that people have much more difficulty recalling pleasant memories than they do unpleasant.
Elizabeth Svoboda National Geographic News 2007-02-21 09:23:00
A giant asteroid named Apophis could be on a trajectory to careen into Earth in 2036. That was the prediction NASA scientists made in 2004, suggesting a 1 in 37 chance that the space rock would hit our planet.
The danger has since receded - the revised likelihood that Apophis will hit Earth is 1 in 45,000. But the close call has galvanized efforts among scientists to predict and hopefully prevent a potentially apocalyptic impact.
So I was sitting around watching "Oprah" yesterday afternoon when I realized how I could stop W. and Crazy Dick from blowing up any more stuff.
All I needed to do was Unleash my Unfathomable Magnetic Power into the Universe!
Energy flows where intention goes. Or maybe it's the other way around.
Anyhow, Oprah taught me how to stop abusing myself and learn The Secret. I finally get it: because the Law of Attraction dictates that like attracts like, my negativity toward the president and vice president is attracting their negativity and multiplying the negative vibrations in the cosmos, creating some sort of giant doom magnet.
The topic of creationism nearly makes me retch. I hate arguing about it, I hate even acknowledging that the fight even exists because it shouldn't. I must vent so indulge me.
The debate between creationists and evolutionists rages on these days over at Cryptomundo in a post opened solely for the two teams to duke it out. I would opine that it was a mistake to do that. These aren't kids who will give up fighting and make nice. It could end up with hard feelings and people leaving in a huff. I gotta keep telling myself not to read those types of posts and comments, and for all that's logical and sane, quit responding to the commentary! Alas, I didn't listen to myself and entered the fray.
Webbed feet run in Stumpy's family, but he's the first to have four of them.
A rare mutation has left the eight-day-old duckling with two nearly full-sized legs behind the two he runs on. Nicky Janaway, a duck farmer in New Forest, Hampshire, 95 miles southwest of London, showed the duckling to reporters Saturday.
"It was absolutely bizarre. I was thinking 'he's got too many legs' and I kept counting 'one, two, three, four,'" Janaway said.