- Signs of the Times Archive for Mon, 25 Jun 2007 -

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Signs Economic Commentary for 25 June 2007

Donald Hunt
Signs of the Times
2007-06-25 07:54:00

Stocks fell last week on news that problems in the subprime mortgage market are affecting hedge funds.

In such an environment with massively leveraged hedge funds creating derivatives on a huge pile of really bad debt, a huge collapse can take place quickly. But it won't take place without warning. The word has been going out that the plug will get pulled soon, and we ignore it at our peril.

How did we get to this place, the edge of a huge cliff?

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Best of the Web
Goodbye to the City on the Hill and to Its Fabled Economy

Paul Craig Roberts
2007-06-25 15:04:00

"We shall be as a city upon a hill. The eyes of all people are upon us." --John Winthrop

America is being destroyed. Many Americans are unaware, others are indifferent, and some intend it.

The destruction is across the board: the political and constitutional system, the economy, social institutions including the family itself, citizenship, and the character and morality of the American people.

Those who rely on the Internet for information are aware that the Bush regime has successfully assaulted the separation of powers and civil liberty. Both Bush and Cheney claim that they are not bound by laws that impinge on their freedom of action or that interfere with their ideas of the power of their offices. Bush has issued presidential directives that permit him to make himself a dictator by declaring a national emergency. Cheney asserts that his handling of secret documents is not subject to oversight or investigation or bound by a presidential order governing the protection of classified information.

The foundation of social organization--marriage, family, and parental control over children--is disintegrating.

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"Demonstration" Government in Palestine

Stephen Lendman
S J Lendman Blog
2007-06-25 12:52:00

In 1984 (a year of Orwellian significance), activist and media and social critic Edward Herman wrote one of his many important books titled "Demonstration Elections." In it, he analyzed the US-staged elections in the 1960s in the Dominican Republic and Vietnam and the 1982 one in El Salvador. In the book's Orwellian glossary of terms, he defined the process as "A circus held in a client state to assure the population of the home country that their intrusion is well received. The results are guaranteed by an adequate supply of bullets provided in advance (and freely used as necessary to achieve the desired outcome)."

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U.S. News
Murdoch Said to Be Close to Terms on Wall Street Journal

Richard Siklos and Andrew Ross Sorkin
New York Times
2007-06-25 17:46:00

The News Corporation, controlled by Rupert Murdoch, and advisers for Dow Jones and its controlling Bancroft family were close last night to agreeing on terms designed to protect The Wall Street Journal's newsroom independence if the company accepts a takeover bid from Mr. Murdoch, according to several people briefed on the talks.

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Google calls for more limits on Microsoft

Richard Waters
Financial Times
2007-06-25 22:03:00

Google on Monday called on a judge to extend part of the US government's four-year anti-trust oversight of Microsoft, intensifying a lobbying battle that has seen the arch-rivals turn to anti-trust enforcement machinery to try to limit each other's power.

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Medical marijuana: New York is waiting to inhale

Tom Precious
The Buffalo News
2007-06-25 16:34:00

Joel Peacock, a registered member of the Conservative Party, has little use for liberal politicians.

"I'm as far from liberal as you're ever going to get," the 57- year-old Buffalo construction inspector said.

Yet Peacock said he hopes state lawmakers in Albany this week will pass a bill legalizing marijuana for certain medical uses.

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Student loses ruling over "Bong Hits 4 Jesus"

James Vicini
2007-06-25 16:17:00

A divided Supreme Court on Monday curtailed free-speech rights for students, ruling against a teenager who unfurled a banner saying "Bong Hits 4 Jesus" because the message could be interpreted as promoting drug use.

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'Most severely wounded' soldier endures: blind, quadriplegic, struggling to breathe

2007-06-25 07:40:00

He lies flat, unseeing eyes fixed on the ceiling, tubes and machines feeding him, breathing for him, keeping him alive. He cannot walk or talk, but he can grimace and cry. And he is fully aware of what has happened to him.

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Dunce-Cap Nation; 41% still believe Saddam Hussein responsible for 9-11

Brian Braiker
2007-06-25 07:32:00

For our What You Need to Know Now cover story, we asked our polling firm to test 1,001 adults on a variety of topics, including politics, foreign affairs, business, technology and popular culture. The results were mixed, to be charitible. NEWSWEEK's first What You Need to Know Poll found many gaps in America's knowledge - including a lingering misperception about an Iraqi connection to the September 11 terror attacks, an inability to name key figures in the American government and general cultural confusion.

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UK & Euro-Asian News
Germany bans Cruise film shoot - over Scientology

Louis Charbonneau
2007-06-25 12:33:00

Germany has barred the makers of a movie about a plot to kill Adolf Hitler from filming at German military sites because its star Tom Cruise is a Scientologist, the Defense Ministry said on Monday.

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Psychopathic judge says: 'Young woman' of 10 years old shouldn't mislead the rapist by dressing provocatively

Daily Mail
2007-06-25 10:34:00

Attorney General Lord Goldsmith is considering appealing against a sentence given to a window cleaner for raping a 10-year-old girl.

Keith Fenn, 24, was given concurrent two-year and 18-month jail sentences at Oxford Crown Court by Judge Julian Hall for two attacks on the girl in a park.

Because of the amount of time he has already spent in prison awaiting sentence, Fenn could be free in a few months time.

The sentence was condemned by one MP as "pathetically lenient".

The Attorney General acted after Tory backbencher Mike Penning wrote to him protesting about Fenn's treatment.

A spokesman for Lord Goldsmith said: "He has asked for the papers from the CPS so he can consider whether or not to refer the sentence to the Court of Appeal as unduly lenient."

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Brown may lift some protest restrictions

Daily Express
2007-06-24 09:54:00

Gordon Brown is to hold out an olive branch to opponents of the Iraq war by reinstating the right to demonstrate and march outside the Houses of Parliament, it has been claimed.

Restrictive legislation introduced by Tony Blair will allegedly be reversed by the Chancellor soon after he enters Number 10 next week.

It is understood to be one of a raft of initiatives planned for Mr Brown's first 100 days in office, which are designed to distance him from his predecessor's most unpopular policies.

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France brings big powers together for new push on Darfur

2007-06-25 03:16:00

France brings the United States, China and some 15 other nations together for a major conference here Monday aimed at launching a new international drive to end atrocities in Sudan's Darfur region.

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Around the World
U.S. is the third wheel in Russian-Venezuelan negotiations

Andrei Vasilyev
RIA Novosti
2007-06-25 12:22:00

President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela is arriving in Russia at the end of June on an official visit.

Pundits are asking whether the two sides will sign new contracts for arms supplies, in particular, submarines. The United States is particularly interested. For some reason it thinks its opinion must be taken into account in the decision-making process.

The Bush administration has cause for concern. Russia has entered the arms market so aggressively in recent years that many, including the U.S. itself, have called American dominance into doubt.

Following the collapse of the Soviet Union, the United States dominated the highly competitive market for conventional arms, military analyst Richard Grimmet said in December 2006. Now the situation has changed. Moscow is acting more aggressively.

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Man,80,killed by truck after round-Japan bike tour

2007-06-25 12:14:00

An 80-year-old man on the verge of completing a round-Japan cycling tour was struck and killed by a truck on Monday only a few hours ride from his home, police said.

Kamesaburo Harano, a resident of the central prefecture of Nagano, set off in April 2006 to circle his homeland, Kyodo news agency said, and had just arrived back in Nagano.

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'Prophet' held as doomsday passes

Jeremy Page
The Times
2007-06-25 09:51:00

Police in Nepal have detained a self-styled holy man who sowed panic across much of the country by prophesying that a massive earthquake would kill 300,000 people in South Asia last week.

Bishweshwor Chaudhari, a former builder, had his followers distribute thousands of pamphlets last month forecasting that the earthquake would strike at 6.15am on June 22 and last until July 10.

The prophesy caused such widespread alarm that the home ministry and council of astrologers were forced to issue statements in denial.

When Friday came and went without the slightest tremor, angry residents of the city rushed to Mr Chaudhari's house and beat him up, declaring him a charlatan and demanding that he be punished. Police intervened and detained him for disturbing the peace.

The incident illustrates how deeply superstitious much of Nepal remains and how easy it is for the unscrupulous to exploit the millions of Nepalis who have little access to basic education and healthcare.

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Twenty-two killed in violence in and around Kenyan capital

Elizabeth A. Kennedy
2007-06-25 03:44:00

A wave of violence across the Kenyan capital killed 22 people yesterday morning, and police were investigating whether a shadowy gang that has threatened to launch an uprising against the government was involved in at least some of the deaths.

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Update! Slave scandal kilns used 53,000 illegal workers

2007-06-25 03:42:00

Brick kilns and mines at the centre of a slavery scandal used more than 53,000 illegal migrant workers, state media reported Monday, as the probe into the abuses spread.

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Taliban expected to free deminers, official says

2007-06-25 03:15:00

Afghanistan's Taliban were expected to free 18 mine-clearing experts they seized at the weekend, an official for the group said on Monday.

Comment: The question is who produces mines and who has a policy of using mines?

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Big Brother
Flu could hitch a ride on banknotes, excuse for...?

Debora MacKenzie
New Scientist
2007-06-22 10:05:00

The flu virus persists so well on banknotes that money could help spread the next pandemic, researchers say.

Yves Thomas and colleagues at the University Hospitals of Geneva in Switzerland dripped various strains of flu virus - including some that were circulating during winter 2007 - onto Swiss banknotes and left them at room temperature for varying amounts of time before testing for live virus.

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FBI wants university faculty, students and staff to spy on each other

Canada IFP
2007-06-24 22:11:00

US university students will not be able to work late at the campus, travel abroad, show interest in their colleagues' work, have friends outside the United States, engage in independent research, or make extra money without the prior consent of the authorities, according to a set of guidelines given to administrators by the FBI.

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Delaware County Cops "Stop and Frisk"

2007-06-24 18:28:00

One police department in Delaware County is now implementing a controversial police procedure called Stop and Frisk.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled it legal nearly 40 years ago, and the Upper Darby Police department, after seeing a tremendous increase in drug trafficking, has decided to give it a try.

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Axis of Evil
The Triumph of US-Israeli Policy in Palestine

Jennifer Loewenstein
2007-06-25 14:49:00

Contrary to the many claims that the Hamas takeover of the Gaza Strip represents the failure of US and Israeli policies in Palestine, the violent civil infighting that has dominated the Gaza Strip over much of the last year and a half and that led directly to the Hamas coup of June 2007, marks yet another major foreign policy victory for the occupiers. Hamas will never be allowed to remain in power in Gaza so we must fear for the future of that tiny, desperately overcrowded strip of land and its 1.4 million inhabitants; additionally, Abbas ­in order to maintain his role as "Good Guy"- will have to accede to the dictates of Israel and the United States or suffer the same fate as his predecessor, Yassir Arafat.

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Dick Cheney Impassive as Twin Towers Crumbled, Thousands Died

Luke O'Brien
Wired Blog
2007-06-25 08:09:00

All you conspiracy theorists out there (and everyone else, for that matter) should check out the big Dick Cheney feature in the Washington Post today. It's the first of a four-part series that interviewed over 200 people to explore how the most powerful vice president in the history of the universe brought his megalomaniacal tendencies to bear on a pushover president, operating unchecked and in deep-bunker secrecy while he and his lawyers dismantled fundamental civil liberties, a country unto himself.

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Neo-Con Hawks Take Charge of Government-Funded Media

Khody Akhavi
IPS News
2007-06-25 07:50:00

As the George W. Bush administration struggles through its last two years in office, it appears that the agenda of neoconservative ideologues has finally lost its appeal among strategic parts of the U.S. foreign policy apparatus.

But as their influence has waned at the Pentagon and State Department, neo-conservative hawks have taken charge on the battlefield of public diplomacy.

Intent on fixing what American Enterprise Institute (AEI) fellow Joshua Muravchik termed Bush's "public diplomacy mess," right-wing hawks have gained control of the weapons in the "war of ideas" -- U.S. government-funded and supported media outlets such as Voice of America (VOA), Al-Hurra, and Radio Farda, which broadcast to the Middle East and aim to offer an alternative view of the news.

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Middle East Madness
Baghdad blast kills Sunni leaders

2007-06-25 14:43:00

A number of senior Sunni tribal leaders are among 12 people killed in a suicide bombing at a hotel in central Baghdad.

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Israeli authorities forcibly remove residents of Arab village in the Negev

Nisreen Qumsieh
2007-06-25 14:29:00

In the early hours of Monday morning, a huge Israeli force comprised of Israeli police, border authorities, bulldozers and military vehicles, began the forcible removal of families from the Um Al Hayran village in the Negev.

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Zahhar: we found "shocking" secret information in the Palestinian security services' buildings in Gaza

Ma'an News Agency
2007-06-25 14:15:00

Hamas leader in the Gaza Strip, Mahmoud Zahhar, on Monday announced that he unveiled top secret information in buildings belonging to the Palestinian security services in the Gaza Strip.

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Captured Israeli soldier says he needs medical aid in audiotape

RIA Novostiן
2007-06-25 12:47:00

An Israeli soldier captured by Islamists a year ago said in an audiotape played on Palestinian television Monday that he needed medical aid and urged Israeli authorities to free Palestinian prisoners to secure his release.

"I am Gilad Shalit. I am not feeling very well and I need to be treated in a hospital. I regret that the Israeli government has been paying so little attention to my problem, failing to meet the demands of Izzedine al-Qassam Brigade," he said speaking in Hebrew.

Shalit, 20, was seized last June to be exchanged for Palestinians in Israeli prisons. Hamas's militant wing was one of three groups to have claimed responsibility for the abduction.

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Iran Launches its Answer to CNN, BBC World

Fars News Agency
2007-06-24 09:50:00

An increasingly crowded market for 24-hour news is facing a new rival -- a channel from Iran whose self-proclaimed aim is to break the "stranglehold" of the West over the world's media.

Iran's state broadcaster is to launch "Press TV" on July 2 at a time of mounting international tension over its nuclear program, complete with international journalists brought in from foreign countries including Britain.

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More Afghan civilians killed by U.S. than insurgents

USA Today
2007-06-25 07:44:00

U.S.-led coalition and NATO forces fighting insurgents in Afghanistan have killed at least 203 civilians so far this year - surpassing the 178 civilians killed in militant attacks, according to an Associated Press tally.

Insurgency attacks and military operations have surged in recent weeks, and in the past 10 days, more than 90 civilians have been killed by airstrikes and artillery fire targeting Taliban insurgents, said President Hamid Karzai.

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The Loan Gunmen
1Q Subprime Volumes Plummet

Paul Muolo
National Mortgage News
2007-06-25 12:01:00

Mortgage bankers funded just $88 billion in subprime residential loans during the first quarter with dozens of shops failing and concerns about credit quality - and delinquencies - taking their toll on the sector.

According to exclusive survey figures compiled by National Mortgage News and the Quarterly Data Report, subprime accounted for just 12% of all loans originated in the U.S., compared to a high of 24% in 2005.

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Another subprime mortgage broker faces liquidation

OC Register
2007-06-25 09:50:00

In another fallout from Orange County's subprime mortgage industry collapse, Brookstreet Securities Corp., an Irvine broker dealer, shut its doors and laid off 100 local employees because it could not meet margin calls on complex securities backed by faltering mortgages, company spokeswoman Julie Mains said.

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BIS warns of Great Depression dangers from credit spree

Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
The Telegraph
2007-06-25 09:46:00

The Bank for International Settlements, the world's most prestigious financial body, has warned that years of loose monetary policy has fuelled a dangerous credit bubble, leaving the global economy more vulnerable to another 1930s-style slump than generally understood.

"Virtually nobody foresaw the Great Depression of the 1930s, or the crises which affected Japan and Southeast Asia in the early and late 1990s. In fact, each downturn was preceded by a period of non-inflationary growth exuberant enough to lead many commentators to suggest that a 'new era' had arrived", said the bank.

The BIS, the ultimate bank of central bankers, pointed to a confluence a worrying signs, citing mass issuance of new-fangled credit instruments, soaring levels of household debt, extreme appetite for risk shown by investors, and entrenched imbalances in the world currency system.

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Global economy faces 'chaos' - World Economic Forum

2007-06-25 08:00:00

The international community faces a real risk of 'economic chaos' arising from major imbalances in the global financial system, the World Economic Forum on East Asia was told Sunday.

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TOGO: Trees Disappearing, Even as Some Believe the Supply "Will Never End"

Noël Kokou Tadegnon
2007-06-25 06:38:00

In the southern Togolese village of Yoto Kopé, Akoua Amouzouvi and several other women emerge from the bush with bowls of charcoal balanced on their heads -- hands and faces smeared with black dust.

They have been burning trees to make charcoal for sale. "It's our daily activity," says Amouzouvi.

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The Living Planet
Wildfire Update: State of Emergency Declared for Lake Tahoe Area

Aaron C. Davis
Associate Press
2007-06-25 14:17:00

California officials declared a state of emergency Monday in the area near Lake Tahoe where firefighters battled a raging forest fire that has destroyed 225 buildings and forced the evacuation of hundreds more.

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Antarctic Icebergs Act As Hotspots Of Ocean Life

Staff Writers
Terra Daily
2007-06-22 17:20:00

Global climate change is causing Antarctic ice shelves to shrink and split apart, yielding thousands of free-drifting icebergs in the nearby Weddell Sea. According to a new study in this week's journal Science these floating islands of ice - some as large as a dozen miles across - are having a major impact on the ecology of the ocean around them, serving as "hotspots" for ocean life, with thriving communities of seabirds above and a web of phytoplankton, krill, and fish below.

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Tornadoes leave trail of destruction in Manitoba; 'It kept getting bigger and bigger'

CBC News
2007-06-25 16:25:00

Residents in the small town of Elie woke Saturday morning to the devastation caused by one of three tornadoes that ripped through southern Manitoba.

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The Great Biofuel Hoax

Eric Holt-Gimenez
2007-06-25 16:19:00

Biofuels invoke an image of renewable abundance that allows industry, politicians, the World Bank, the United Nations and even the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change to present fuel from corn, sugarcane, soy and other crops as a replacement for oil that will bring about a smooth transition to a renewablefuel economy.

Myths of abundance divert attention from powerful economic interests that benefit from this biofuels transition, avoiding discussion of the growing price that citizens of the global South are beginning to pay to maintain the consumptive oil-based lifestyle of the North. Biofuel mania obscures the profound consequences of the industrial transformation of our food and fuel systems -- the agro-fuels transition.

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Two swans die from bird flu in Bavaria

RIA Novosti
2007-06-25 13:00:00

Two swans have died from the deadly strain of bird flu in Bavaria, Germany, the press service of the European Commission said Monday.

The press service said German authorities had informed the European Commission that tests in Bavaria had revealed the H5N1 virus in the birds' bodies.

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Stricken Pakistan braces for possible cyclone

Mohamed Husain
2007-06-25 10:16:00

Pakistan evacuated thousands of people from southern coastal areas ahead of a possible cyclone, two days after a storm killed at least 235 people in the port city of Karachi, officials said.

The meteorological department issued an alert saying that a tropical storm forming in the Arabian Sea 150 kilometres (90 miles) south of Karachi was likely to intensify into a cyclone in the next six to 12 hours.

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Health & Wellness
Number of victims in Moscow food poisoning hits 433

RIA Novosti
2007-06-25 13:23:00

The number of foreign workers sickened by food poisoning at the construction of a new terminal at Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport has risen to 433, a food safety watchdog spokesperson said Monday.

The mass food poisoning hit the Turkish construction company Enka's summer camp near Moscow last week. Local food safety officials said earlier that all patients, mainly nationals of Georgia, Uzbekistan and other former Soviet states, had been diagnosed with salmonella infection.

"Three hundred and seventeen people are in hospital in [nearby] Solnechnogorsk, and another 116 are being treated at the Morozovka holiday center, where they have been accommodated," Olga Gavrilenko said.

Gavrilenko said all the patients were receiving appropriate treatment and food, and that none of them had been released from hospital yet.

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Statistics say Moscow has 30,000 drug addicts

RIA Novosti
2007-06-25 12:56:00

Official statistics say there are some 30,000 registered drug addicts in Moscow, while experts suggest there may be as many as 1.5 million, the director of a Moscow drug research center said Monday.

"In 2006 22,300 Muscovites were receiving regular medical check ups, and another 7,000 were undergoing preventive treatment," Yevgeny Bryun said.

The official said the number of registered drug addicts in the city, which has a population of 11 million, had increased tenfold since 1991.

"The situation is getting worse, and I don't know what the results for 2007 will be," Bryun said.

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Science & Technology
Mushrooms become source for eco-building

Jessica M. Pasco
Associated Press
2007-06-25 12:16:00

Eben Bayer grew up on a farm in Vermont learning the intricacies of mushroom harvesting with his father. Now the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute graduate is using that experience to create an organic insulation made from mushrooms.

More at home on a pizza, mushrooms certainly aren't a typical building material, but Bayer thought they just might work when given the assignment two years to create a sustainable insulation.

Combining his agricultural knowledge with colleague Gavin McIntyre's interest in sustainable technology, the two created their patented "Greensulate" formula, an organic, fire-retardant board made of water, flour, oyster mushroom spores and perlite, a mineral blend found in potting soil. They're hoping the invention will soon be part of the growing market for eco-friendly products.

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Laser technique could help redefine the kelvin

Hamish Johnston
2007-06-25 12:08:00

Physicists in France have made the first direct measurement of the Boltzmann constant by laser spectroscopy. The new technique, which involves observing how light is absorbed by ammonia molecules, is currently much less accurate than existing methods for measuring the constant. However, the researchers are confident that its accuracy could easily be improved and that the technique could help to create a new and improved definition of the kelvin unit of temperature.

The Boltzmann constant, kB, is a fundamental constant of nature that relates the kinetic energy of an ensemble of microscopic particles -- such as gas molecules -- to its temperature. As a result, it provides the crucial link between the microscopic world of atoms and molecules and the macroscopic properties of matter such as pressure. So far, there is only one technique -- measuring the speed of sound in argon gas - that can determine kB to an accuracy of about 2 parts-per-million (ppm). Other techniques for determining kB include measuring noise in a resistor; determining the dielectric constant of a gas; and measuring the radiation emitted from a black body. However, none of these techniques has yet to reach ppm accuracy.

Having a number of independent measurements of kB - those based on techniques that are subject to different systematic errors - at the ppm level is particularly important to the Paris-based International Committee for Weights and Measures (CIPM), which is planning to redefine the kelvin in 2011 using kB.

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Rise of man theory 'out by 400,000 years'

Dalya Alberge
The Times
2007-06-25 10:17:00

Our earliest ancestors gave up hunter-gathering and took to a settled life up to 400,000 years earlier than previously thought, according to controversial research.

The accepted timescale of Man's evolution is being challenged by a German archaeologist who claims to have found evidence that Homo erectus - mankind's early ancestor, who migrated from Africa to Asia and Europe -began living in settled communities long before the accepted time of 10,000 years ago.

The point at which settlement actually took place is the first critical stage in humanity's cultural development.

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Sugar based fuels could be better than corn based ones

William Atkins
2007-06-25 03:02:00

Synthetic fuel made from simple sugar found within fruit, honey, berries, root vegetables, and other materials could be more efficient than corn (ethanol).

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Our Haunted Planet
Pyramid-style crop circle points the way to Wiltshire's White Horse

Daily Mail
2007-06-25 07:03:00

Crop circle season has started early this year but in a familiar setting after this impressive three-dimensional pyramid design was discovered at Milk Hill in Wiltshire.

The 175-foot formation was spotted by early morning commuters on the A361 Devises to Alton Barnes road.

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Don't Panic! Lighten Up!
Victory of Sanity over Psychopathy: Dry Cleaner Wins Missing Pants Case

Lubna Takruri
Associated Press
2007-06-25 17:38:00

A judge ruled Monday in favor of a dry cleaner that was sued for $54 million over a missing pair of pants.

The owners of Custom Cleaners did not violate the city's Consumer Protection Act by failing to live up to Roy L. Pearson (nyse: PSO - news - people )'s expectations of the "Satisfaction Guaranteed" sign once displayed in the store window, District of Columbia Superior Court Judge Judith Bartnoff ruled.

Bartnoff ordered Pearson to pay the court costs of defendants Soo Chung, Jin Nam Chung and Ki Y. Chung.

Pearson, an administrative law judge, originally sought $67 million from the Chungs, claiming they lost a pair of suit trousers and later tried to give him a pair that he said was not his. He arrived at the amount by adding up years of alleged law violations and almost $2 million in common law claims.

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This wouldn't happen in Soviet union: Only half of Russians know how national flag looks

RIA Novosti
2007-06-25 12:51:00

Slightly more than half of polled Russians know what the color scheme on the national flag looks like, while only one-third can cite the opening lines of the Russian national anthem, an opinion research center said Monday.

Fifty-five percent of respondents in a survey conducted by the All-Russian Center for Public Opinion Study managed to name the colors and their sequence on the national flag, while 34% were able to name the colors but failed to place them in the right order.

Only 34% of respondents remembered the opening lines of the Russian national anthem, which has the same music as the Soviet anthem, but with new words, while 32% gave the wrong answer and 35% did not answer at all.

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Kid Impersonates Bush!

2007-06-25 04:42:00

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Race Gives New Meaning to Beer Run

Associated Press
2007-06-24 23:18:00

SUAMICO, Wis. - Only in Wisconsin do beer and exercise mix. Several hundred people laced up Sunday morning for a two-mile charity race in which suds were the refresher of choice. Competitors in the 19th annual Beer Belly Two might not be considered athletes, but they know how to have a good time.

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