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Catalogue of aërolites and Bolides, from A.D. 2 to A.D. 1860

Comment: A catalogue of many historical accounts of meteors and asteroids falling all over the earth such as this one:

Stone-fall; many large ones; flames in sky and great detonations. Kangra, N.E. of Lahore, india. For an account of this remarkable fall, see the "Times" newspaper, end of December 1860.

A series of shocks and explosions frightened the inhabitants, and shook the mountains; all the phenomena painfully sublime and alarming; lasted a long time; to the noises succeeded flames of fire (12 feet long?), like the flames from a cannon-mouth; then a great shower of meteoric stones ploughed up the earth in numbers. Another account says the fall took place at Dharamsala, July 14. A great fiery body was seen, then a great detonation, which shook the ground, followed by 14 or 15 smaller ones.

One stone was picked up which was so intensely cold as to benumb the fingers and hands. See Haidinger's paper in the 42nd volume of the Transactions of the Imperial Academy of Vienna. Specimens are being sent to Europe.

Equatorial Guinea's "God"


In a programme called Bidze-Nduan (Bury the fire) which deals with "peace, tranquillity and the order reigning in the country" the radio declared that President Teodoro Obiang Nguema was "in permanent contact with the Almighty".

He can decide to kill without anyone calling him to account and without going to hell because it is God himself

It said that the president was "like God in heaven" who has "all power over men and things". [...]

Comment:Nguema and Bush have a lot in common, not only do they both love oil, here are Bush's exact words, quoted by Haaretz:

"God told me to strike at al-Qaida and I struck them, and then He instructed me to strike at Saddam, which I did, and now I am determined to solve the problem in the Middle East. If you help me, I will act, and if not, the elections will come and I will have to focus on them."

Terms of engagement

Herewith, definitions to keep on top of current events

By ERIC MARGOLIS -- Contributing Foreign Editor

It's very difficult keeping up with Mideast news due to the Orwellian newspeak coming from Washington.
So here's a handy list of key terms, translated into simple English.

• Liberation - Invasion.

• Coalition - The U.S. and British invaders, plus some troops from rent-a-nations like Romania and Poland. In the past, "the coalition" would have been called imperial forces and mercenary auxiliaries.

• Dictator - A ruler you don't like, or who does not cooperate.

• Statesman - A cooperative dictator.

• Stability - when things go the way Uncle Sam likes, ie., the status quo.[...]

• Terrorism - violent acts by dangerous fanatics and malcontents who refuse to accept the downtrodden status assigned to them by Washington.

• Anti-terrorism - State terrorism.[...]

• Torture - a foul act committed by your enemies. When your side does it, it's called intensive interrogation in Guantanamo.

• Homeland security - bolting the barn door after the horse has escaped by rounding up Muslims and denying them due process of law.

• French - Insubordinate ingrates and depraved chain-smokers who had the nerve to try to block the jolly little war in Iraq, and now sneer, "we told you so."

• Germans - Untrustworthy. Just when you order them to be warlike again, they go soft. Wait until they see the next dozen WWII epics from Hollywood.

• Canadians - A bunch of pot-smoking, pinko, wimp nancy boys who marry their best friends and refuse to obey orders from the Great White Father in Washington.

• Islam - An evil faith that promotes violence and hatred, as proven by the Rev. Jimmy Swaggart, who learned about the agents of the devil while encountering them in motel rooms.[...]

Video Clip: "Shaking Hands with Saddam Hussein," Iraqi President Saddam Hussein greets Donald Rumsfeld

AUDIO: Scott Lipscomb of on why the 8000 dead figure is conservative


US warned it faces 'third Gulf War' in Iraq

By Charles Clover in Baghdad

Five US soldiers were killed over the weekend in a spate of attacks by Iraqi militants, as a new study warned that the US may soon find itself in the midst of "a third Gulf war against the Iraqi people".

U.S. & Coalition/Casualties

U.S. Hunts for Saddam Around Tigris River

The Associated Press
Sunday, July 27, 2003; 7:40 PM

TIKRIT, Iraq - American forces focused their hunt for Saddam Hussein around his Tigris River hometown and reported a near-miss Sunday in a raid to capture his new chief of security - and perhaps the ousted dictator himself. A U.S. soldier was killed south of Baghdad, the latest death in a spike of guerrilla attacks. [...]

Another US soldier killed in Iraq, US accuses Arab media of incitement

AFP, Monday July 28, 5:59 AM

[...] A top US official meanwhile accused Arab news networks of inciting violence against troops in Iraq, as the coalition announced it was poised to decide what to do with the bodies of Saddam's dead sons. [...]

Arab news networks are also encouraging violence against US troops in Iraq, the US deputy secretary of defense charged Saturday, singling out the Qatar-based Al-Jazeera channel and Dubai-based Al-Arabiya which he said were "slanting news incredibly".

"We're talking to the owners of these stations and asking for some balance," Paul Wolfowitz said.

"What I'm complaining of are false reporting and very biased reporting that has the effect of inciting violence against our troops, and these governments should stop and realize that this is not a game, that they are endangering the lives of American troops," he added. [...]

Disguised US Soldiers Reportedly Escaping From Iraq

By Aws al-Sharqi
Islam Online Iraq Correspondent

BAGHDAD ( -- U.S. soldiers in Iraq are escaping from Iraq under the guise of Kurdish citizens, wearing the famous Iraqi and Arab al-Dashdasha (loose headdress) which has become mush sought-after recently, Iraqis told Sunday, July 27.

However, a U.S. colonel categorically denied that 2,500 U.S. soldiers have escaped from duty so far, noting that it was a rumor propagated by the Baathists and the loyalists to ousted Iraqi President Saddam Hussein. [...]

Comment: This is from an Islamic source, if anyone finds this story covered by the "Western" media please email us. Is it being suppressed or is it propaganda?

See How They Ran

By Evan Thomas and Rod Nordland

Aug. 4 issue — In his famous short story “The Things They Carried,” writer Tim O’Brien shows that you can learn a great deal about men by what they take into battle.

IN THE CASE OF the platoon he described slogging through the rice fields in ‘Nam, those items included love letters from home, grenades and land mines, lucky charms, insecticide, copies of Stars and Stripes, fingernail clippers, bags of marijuana, bandages, psyop leaflets and tanning lotion. “Often,” O’Brien writes, “they carried each other, the wounded and the weak.”

And what did Uday Hussein carry to the fight? After a hot and noisy siege last week, American soldiers found, in the rubble near his body, his briefcase. The contents, NEWSWEEK has learned, included painkillers, numerous bottles of cologne, Viagra, unopened packages of men’s underwear, dress shirts, a silk tie and a single condom. Uday and his brother, Qusay, also had with them a huge stash of cash, as well as, for some reason, two ladies’ purses.

Sounds like they were headed out for a kinky last night of disco, not a fight-to-the-death last stand. [...]

The Power of Death

July 26, 2003

Arabs have never been squeamish about death. They see too much of it. So on the streets of Baghdad Iraqis will pore over the all-too-soon-to-be-iconic photographs of Uday and Qusay.

They will say, some of them, "Yes, that's them, the terrible brothers, the 'lion-cubs' of the monster of Baghdad." And others will ask--a good question this--why couldn't they see them yesterday, or indeed the day before? [...]

And history, which has an unhappy way of reorganising the most staged of events, might just conspire to turn these photographs into those of martyrs. Which is what the Baath militiamen will do. Cruel the brothers may have been. But cowards? That will be the message. [...]

The Americans are experts in siege techniques (viz General Manuel Noriega). So why not put a cordon round the villa, evacuate local civilians, point lights at the building, blast it with loud music (the Noriega technique) and starve them out? No Iraqi would have been able to doubt the truth if they eventually saw Uday and Qusay Hussein emerging with their hands up.

But no. In went the rockets from the Kiowa CH-58 helicopters, in went the 10 TOWS, in went the 50-cal machine-gun bullets--there were also Apache gunships and A-10 anti-tank aircraft in readiness,--and on the third attempt to enter the house, "there was no fire as we moved up the stairs". Surprise, surprise. But then again, had not General Sanchez admitted that preparations had been made to "neutralise the target"?

Now there are Iraqis aplenty comfortable with the thought that Uday and Qusay are dead, especially Uday. His cruelty was legendary. "It would be justice after what he has done," an old Iraqi friend of mine said. But note the words "would be". The level of scepticism remains high despite the pictures. [...]

"This is all a deception. The Americans are just playing games," said housewife Sajida Abdel Rahim. "Besides why is it such a big deal? Don't you think the British and Americans commit atrocities?" [...]

Bremer suggested he didn't care whether Saddam, his sons or others on the American most-wanted list were taken dead or alive. Experts disagreed.

"If the Americans captured Uday and Qusay, they would have known all about the old regime, all about the weapons of mass destruction and resistance groups," said Fouad Allam, an Egyptian terrorism expert. [...]

Robert Fisk: “The Publication of the Uday and Qusay Photographs will Prove to be Either a Stroke of Genius or a Historic Mistake of Catastrophic Consequences”

Democracy Today
Friday, July 25th, 2003

And everybody I spoke to today -- without exception, including the most mild-mannered middle class people, including the father of my own driver who is a friend of mine, all said the Americans must go -- they must go now. We don't accept occupational forces in this country.

9/11 report advises U.S. spy chiefs to learn from Israel

By Nathan Guttman, Haaretz Correspondent
Last Update: 27/07/2003 19:41

WASHINGTON - American intelligence services should take a leaf out of Israel's book and cooperate with its security services to learn how to acquire intelligence from human sources, says the report from the U.S. congressional inquiry into the events of September 11, 2001.

In its recommendations the report calls for a new agency that "should endeavor to learn from both the successes and failures" of Israel's "humint" (human intelligence) strategy. "Their aggressive tactics and inventive use of non-official covers may serve as a useful guide for this new agency," the report continues. "The Israelis have had notable successes in penetrating terrorist organizations and we should learn from their efforts."

Comment: There you have it, folks. The US intelligence agencies need to learn from the people that organised the attack on the World Trade Center, Israel intelligence. And this "inventive use of non-official covers", would this include moving companies? Art students?

If we lived in a rational and sane world, one would expect that if such a horrifying event as 9/11 was carried out, that the government of the country attacked would want a thorough investigation into what happened. Call me a raving idealist, but it seems to me that this is something of a minimum that the citizens would expect from their elected representatives. Bush fought like a cornered chimpanzee on a banana boat to prevent this kind of investigation from happening. They have refused to cooperate with the Congressional investigation, they are refusing to release relevant documents; they are stonewalling.

Might one be tempted to ask "Why?"? What does the Bush Reich have to hide? What else could it be than their own guilt. Not simply incompetence, which is the fallback story, the story they will be willing to accept to prevent the truth of their own guilt from getting out. Admitting to incompetence is nothing if the truth is that they organized the whole thing, from the rigged elections in 2000, a veritable coup where a clique took power, through to the events of 9/11, Afghanistan, and Iraq. In fact, let the world think they are incompetent, like the frat-boy image of the Commandant-in-Chief. While you are being laughed at, you're sticking knives in their backs.

Of course, Bush may well be being set up. He can be sacrificed if needed, either impeached or assassinated. The fascist state could certainly be consolidated if the president were to be killed. That would be the excuse to bring in Patriot Act 3, for carting off anyone who "dissented". The CIA has a lot of experience in this type of work, having killed political leaders the world over. As we note below, the schism between the "Patriots" of the CIA and the Bush Reich is growing.

Stay tuned...


July 25, 2003

Tel Aviv-- Rejecting the claims of the Israeli government prosecution, Judge Gabriel Kling ruled July 24, that three international peace activists do not represent a "security risk" to the state of Israel.

Continuing that "to protest is not illegal," Kling's statement appears to set a hopeful precedent in the case of three. Primarily, it allows them to be released on bail, until their next hearing, which will come before the Israeli High Court in October. At that point, the courts will again consider the claim of the Ministry of the Interior that the three represent a security risk and should be deported immediately.

Israel gets biggest share of American aid assigned to the Middle East

The US House of Representatives has approved a $17.1 billion foreign aid and export assistance-spending bill for the fiscal year beginning October 1. The bill allocates $2.2 billion in military and $480 million in economic aid for Israel and $1.3 billion in military and $575 million in economic aid for Egypt, reported Washington File.

The bill appropriates $456 million in military and economic aid for Jordan and $35 million for aid to Lebanon. For the first time, it would provide $20 million in aid to the Palestinian Authority (PA). In approving the measure, the House rejected an attempt to include Syria on the government's list of state sponsors of terrorism ineligible to receive military training aid.

Resistance attacks intensify: Five US troops killed in 24 hours

26-07-2003, 08:02

One U.S. Marine was killed and one wounded early Sunday in a grenade attack south of Baghdad. The US military said the attack occurred at 2:35 a.m. in the region controlled by the Marines south of the capital.

On Saturday morning, three American troops were killed in Baqouba, northeast of Baghdad, and four were wounded in a grenade attack.

Another U.S. soldier died and two others were wounded later in the afternoon when their convoy was attacked west of Baghdad near the Abu Ghraib prison.

The deaths of the soldiers brought to 163 the number of soldiers killed in action in Iraq since the start of the war.

The US Army had warned that attacks might intensify after the US killed Saddam Hussein's two sons Uday and Qusay in an intense raid Tuesday in the northern city of Mosul while another group had vowed to avenge the deaths.

Ten US soldiers have now died since the brothers were killed. (

US authorities urge cancellation of Batelco’s GSM service in Iraq

The US-led Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) in Iraq has asked the Bahrain Telecommunications Company (Batelco) to discontinue the GSM roaming service it put into operation in the Baghdad area last week. Batelco’s unlicensed service jeopardizes US plans to win an upcoming tender for three mobile phone licenses in the country.

Comment: We looked at this story yesterday. The US government talks about the "free market"; the US ideologues of capitalism love to talk about "entrepreneurial spirit" and "risk-taking". But look what happens when a company, not from the US, shows both qualities. Just another example of US hyprocrisy and use of the double standard.

Libertarians and members of was once called the "Old Right" can talk about the virtues of the free market and rail against the government in Washington and how the "closet socialists" have perverted the real nature of free enterprise. But so what? How can this ideal exist in a world where the psychopaths seem to float to the top? The old adage says that it only takes one rotten apple to spoil the basket. How can there be any justice in this world when this is the case? How many of us have had the experience of a group that works well until one person decides to make it serve his or her own interests and not those of the group? The one-sided individualism of the proponents of a decentralized, free market is the perfect environment for the pyschopath.

Without a radical transformation of the individual himself, these structures can not work. But this transformation must of necessity be internally driven; it cannot be imposed from above. This was one of the many errors of the comunist system. It thought it could legislate internal change or force it through brutality.

There are no solutions to these problems within this world. That is why those who think we are taking a political position are wrong.

US sets up trade bank in Iraq

The US-led Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) in Iraq has established a trade bank with an authorized capital of $100 million. Along with the creation of this new institution comes an international tender for the bank’s management.

The Trade Bank of Iraq (TBI) has been established as a separate government entity, independent of the Central Bank of Iraq. It will provide financial and related services to facilitate the importation and exportation of goods and services to and from Iraq...

US administrators are expected select a number of international banks by August to run the bank, reported Wall Street Journal. Some of the banks that have expressed interest in the bid are JP Morgan Chase & Co, which has joined forces with Britain's Standard Chartered, the Australia and New Zealand Banking Group, the National Bank of Kuwait and Poland's Millennium Bank.

Israel normalizes trade ties with Iraq

Israel’s Minister of Finance Benjamin Netanyahu has signed a general permit authorizing trade with Iraq. The new agreement normalizes commercial and financial ties between the two countries, marking the Jewish state’s recognition of Iraq as a hostile-free nation, reported Globes.

Brother of Palestinian Prime Minister on trial in Jordan for embezzlement

The brother of Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas is being tried in absentia by Jordan’s State Security Court for the forgery of documents connected to a bank embezzlement scam. Ahmad Reda Shehadeh Abbas is one of six men being prosecuted in a larger a $500 million bank fraud case.

Britain wants Saddam taken alive

15:25 Sunday 27th July 2003

Britain's new envoy to Iraq says Saddam Hussein should be brought to trial for his crimes, not killed like his sons Uday and Qusay.

The call from Sir Jeremy Greenstock - who quits his role as UN ambassador to take up the Baghdad posting in September - has been backed by a prominent member of the new Iraqi Governing Council, Ahmed Chalabi. [...]

US intensifies Saddam hunt

BBC News

A raid in Baghdad by elite US troops searching for Saddam Hussein has reportedly left up to five Iraqi civilians dead.

Local people accused the Americans of "hysteria", the BBC's Mike Donkin reports from the scene.It is thought, our correspondent says, that the squad believed a relative of Saddam - perhaps his son Ali from his second wife - was hiding in the house.But they left after a search, making no arrests.The house owner, tribal chief Prince Sabir Rabiyah, was not there during the raid but later told reporters he had not seen Saddam since the end of the war."I found the house was searched in a very rough way," he told AP news agency.

The Amazing Stories of Condoleezza Rice


Iraq Flap Shakes Rice's Image - Controversy Stirs Questions of Reports Unread, Statements Contradicted

By Dana Milbank and Mike Allen
Washington Post Staff Writers

Just weeks ago, Condoleezza Rice, President Bush's national security adviser, made a trip to the Middle East that was widely seen as advancing the peace process. There was speculation that she would be a likely choice for secretary of state, and hopes among Republicans that she could become governor of California and even, someday, president.

Bush hiding Iraqi costs, senator says

[...]Lugar mentioned a possible cost of US$30 billion [...]

The real hero behind the 'bravery' of Private Jessica

By Julian Coman

As she watched Private Jessica Lynch's emotional homecoming on television last week, Arlene Walters struggled to suppress her growing anger. [...]

For Mrs Walters, however, the standing ovation and praise lavished on the young woman soldier, who was captured by Iraqi forces and later freed in a dramatic American raid, served only to highlight the contrasting treatment of her dead son, who fought in the same unit.

It was, fellow soldiers have told her, Sgt Donald Walters who performed many of the heroics attributed to Pte Lynch in the fanfare of publicity designed to lift the nation's morale, and Sgt Walters who was killed after mounting a lone stand against the Iraqis who ambushed their convoy of maintenance vehicles near Nasiriyah. [...]

Thousands being recruited for 'jihad'

[...]"Jihad is spreading like wildfire in Pakistan," claims an official in the country's Interior Ministry. He says that according to several jihadi publications between January and June 2003, Islamic groups recruited over 7,000 young boys aged between 18 and 25. [...]

Car bomb explodes at Spain's Santander airport, no injuries

Monday July 28, 5:09 AM

A car bomb exploded in an airport parking lot in the northern Spanish city of Santander, the latest in a string of explosions believed to be the work of Basque separatists, police said.

No one was injured in the attack, which came after an anonymous caller claiming to speak for the Basque separatist organisation ETA warned of an explosive device at the outdoor parking lot, police said. [...]

Families move to infamous Love Canal dump

NIAGARA FALLS, New York (Reuters) -- Twenty-five years after its leaking poisons forced residents to flee, America's most notorious toxic dump, Love Canal, is home to families who moved into cleaned-up houses and toddlers who romp on land still too dangerous to build on.

"I choose not to think about it," said one mother, pushing her infant on a swing set at a playground next to the now filled-in dump site. "We don't have any control over it." [...]

Comment: The Bush Reich has succeeded in making so many Americans feel the same way regarding it's continual onslaught on their freedoms and constant war-mongering. What will it take before we all decide we have had enough? This complete feeling of powerlessness is exactly what we are supposed to feel, as they continue to dismantle the U.S.A. right before our eyes. Their song and dance numbers are for the play over our mind and soul. An attempt to break us, as they use our energy to fuel their murderous ideals.

Wolfowitz dashes Liberian hopes for US peacekeepers

The US Deputy Secretary of Defence, Paul Wolfowitz, has dashed hopes of a US-led intervention in Liberia, saying the US will play no more than a supporting function in peacekeeping operations in the war-torn country.

Heavy fighting is continuing around the capital Monrovia, and the country's second port, Buchanan, after rebels rejected a ceasefire proposal by the US ambassador.

The first Nigerian peacekeepers are not expected to arrive until the end of this week. President Charles Taylor has repeatedly said he will step down when peacekeepers arrive. Food and water supplies for the 1 million people trapped in Monrovia are said to be critically low.

U.S. ambassador to rebels: Please retreat

Associated Press

MONROVIA, Liberia -The U.S. ambassador to Liberia on Sunday appealed to rebels to pull back from the bloodied capital to allow food and other aid into the city crowded with hungry refugees, while shelling around the rebel-held port killed at least 16 civilians.

Explosions rocked Monrovia as rebels and government forces battled at key crossings leading to President Charles Taylor's downtown stronghold. Government commanders and residents reported that the rebels were stepping up their eight-day drive into the city.

Christopher Reeve visits terror attack victims

Associated Press
15:54 Sunday 27th July 2003

Christopher Reeve is visiting Israel to study the country's treatment of spinal injuries and further his campaign for stem cell research. [...]

During the five-day trip, he will visit Israeli research institutions, tour facilities for the disabled and meet Israelis paralysed in terrorist attacks. He also is expected to meet Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and visit Jerusalem's Western Wall, Judaism's holiest site. [...]

Did Watergate OK go through Key Biscayne?


CIA the GOP's new Bill Clinton

So there you have the new Bush team spin on Iraq: Ahmed Chalabi would have had a police force in place, but the CIA wouldn't let him.

When exactly did the CIA become the GOP's new Bill Clinton?

CIA Probe Finds Secret Pentagon Group Manipulated Intelligence on Iraqi Threat

by Jason Leopold
July 25, 2003

A half-dozen former CIA agents investigating prewar intelligence have found that a secret Pentagon committee, set up by Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld in October 2001, manipulated reams of intelligence information prepared by the spy agency on the so-called Iraqi threat and then delivered it to top White House officials who used it to win support for a war in Iraq.

[...] The ad-hoc committee, called the Office of Special Plans, headed by Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz, Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Douglas Feith and other Pentagon hawks, described the worst-case scenarios in terms of Iraq's alleged stockpile of chemical and biological weapons and claimed the country was close to acquiring nuclear weapons, according to four of the CIA agents, speaking on the condition of anonymity because the information is still classified, who conducted a preliminary view of the intelligence.

Here's the evidence, says US
Despite protests from military, Americans release pictures of Saddam's sons' bodies

Julian Borger in New York
Friday July 25, 2003
The Guardian

The military top brass was reluctant to approve release of the photographs, citing the military tradition of respecting enemy dead, concern over appearing to gloat over the bloody, damaged bodies, and fear of setting a precedent that could easily backfire for families of American soldiers. In the past, Washington has responded angrily to any publication of photographs of American dead.

[...] However, there were clear signs that the decision to release the photographs cut against the grain of US military culture. Serving officers did not comment, but Colonel Dan Smith, a retired military intelligence officer, said: "We have a tradition of respecting the dead ... We objected to the showing of bodies of American servicemen. It's kind of ironic that we turn around and display dead folks now."

The Bush administration pointed out that publishing the photographs did not contravene the Geneva conventions. But in March, when dead US soldiers were shown by Iraqi television and Arab networks, Washington condemned the broadcasts. General John Abizaid, now commander of US troops across the Middle East, described them as "disgusting".

Comment: More in the on-going battle between the Bush Reich and the CIA. Can anyone say "Good cop, bad cop?" On the one side, the Bushies: the prez himself, the neocons in the Pentagon, and Condo Rice. On the other, the CIA, the military (who are not appalled at killing civilians, but who are upset that the pictures of the sons were published), and alternative media sources. What is wrong with this picture?

Is Bush being set up for a fall? Are the CIA and the military being set up as the Hero in the White Hat? As the calvary ready to charge to save the encircled American People? Will true American "Patriots" come to the rescue, saving America from the "UnAmerican" activities of the Jewish Neocons?

Something very ugly is being prepared. The pieces are being put into place. All we have are observations and questions.

Russia space agency squabbles with U.S. over visas

Friday, July 25, 2003 Posted: 1425 GMT

MOSCOW (AP) -- A top Russian space official flew to the United States Friday following bitter complaints from Russia's space agency about the delay in granting him a visa. [...]

The grounding of the U.S. shuttle fleet following the shuttle Columbia's disaster on February 1 boosted the importance of Russia's space program, leaving Russian Soyuz crew capsules and Progress cargo ships as the only links to the international space station for the time being. [...]

The space agency's complaint, which made Russian television newscasts, came amid a flap between the Russian Foreign Ministry and the U.S. Embassy over new U.S. visa requirements, under which virtually anybody applying for a nonimmigrant visa anywhere in the world will be required to appear in person for an interview beginning August 1. [...]

Unlocking the brain's secrets

By Caroline Ryan
BBC News Online health staff

The mysteries of how the brain controls everything from language to movement could be explained by a "map" created by scientists.

The international team behind the atlas used thousands of images of the brains of people of all ages, and with a range of conditions.

They hope to create the most comprehensive picture yet of the brain's structures and functions.

They have carried out brain scans on 7,000 people to obtain the data needed to create the map, and they say they will continue to add to the atlas as more research is carried out.

Comment: Now if they would release information on how the psychopath's brain is different from the human brain...

Queens Horror: Man Hangs 2-Year-Old Son

[...]"This was a total shock. Nobody expected it. Nobody saw it coming," said Fernandez, 23. "He didn't seem angry." [...]

The N.Y. Times' 9-11 scam

[...] This week, it was revealed that the Times Company's development partner for the headquarters project has asked city officials for $400 million in federally financed "Liberty Bonds." The federal program was meant for rebuilding in New York City's Sept. 11 disaster zone, not for subsidizing a private newspaper's long-planned palatial ambitions. [...]

Rumors of Lynching Prompt Investigation Into Black Man's Hanging Death in Rural South

By Jill Barton
Associated Press Writer

BELLE GLADE, Fla. (AP) - Not long after the family of Feraris "Ray" Golden found his dead body dangling from a tree outside his grandmother's home, ugly suspicions began to surface. [...]

Friends say Golden was dating a white policeman's daughter in this rural farming community of about 15,000, divided almost equally between black and white residents.

The uneasiness after his death in May became so rampant that NAACP leaders called for an inquest into the lynching rumors.[...]

Prison population growth pushes number of US inmates to over 2.1 million

AFP, Monday July 28, 12:08 PM

The US prison population grew more than twice as fast last year as in 2001, bringing the total number of people held behind bars in the United States to more than 2.1 million, a record, according to a government report. [...]

Soros: the profiteer who would be a philanthropist and his murky career

by Heather Coffin

[...] This is not a case of narcissistic personality disorder; this is how George Soros exercises the authority of United States hegemony in the world today. Soros foundations and financial machinations are partly responsible for the destruction of socialism in Eastern Europe and the former USSR. He has set his sights on China. He was part of the full court press that dismantled Yugoslavia.

Calling himself a philanthropist, billionaire George Soros' role is to tighten the ideological stranglehold of globalization and the New World Order while promoting his own financial gain. Soros' commercial and "philanthropic" operations are clandestine, contradictory and coactive. And as far as his economic activities are concerned, by his own admission, he is without conscience; a capitalist who functions with absolute amorality. [...]

'Kebab-throwing' British family arrested over Athens assault

Associated Press
20:06 Sunday 27th July 2003

A British couple and their two sons have been arrested in Greece after allegedly beating the owner of a tourist shop, leaving him with a broken leg. [...]

Woman dies after having legs cut off

13:40 Sunday 27th July 2003

An Indian woman has bled to death after thugs cut off her legs to steal two silver anklets she was wearing.

Homeland Security Warns That Windows Exploit Is Being Created

By Gregg Keizer
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The U.S. Department of Homeland Security said Thursday that it believes exploits are being created to attack computers compromised by a vulnerability recently disclosed by Microsoft in its Windows operating system.
The vulnerability, which is found in Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows NT, and Windows Server 2003, first came to light July 16. The problem relates to the Remote Procedure Call protocol, which allows a computer to run code on a remote system. A malformed request sent over TCP/IP port 135 could result in a buffer overflow, and allow an attacker to install code of his choice, change or delete data, and create new accounts on the PC.


Louis Saia III says a vision of the Virgin Mary marked a turning point in his battle with a corporation over control of his freight invention.

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In June, Reuters profiled Jerri Lyons, 55, of Sebastopol, Calif., who conducts seminars on the legalities and etiquette of do-it-yourself funerals, which are supposedly becoming more popular as alternatives to $5,000 funeral home services. According to one Lyons client, personally bathing and dressing a deceased friend made the loss easier to accept. Tip: Ice must be applied after about 24 hours (packages of frozen vegetables OK). A funeral-industry analyst said Lyons was not a threat; of more concern to the industry these days was, as Reuters put it, "a soft mortality rate due in part to a weak flu season." [Reuters, 6-21-03]

Earlier this year in Mobile, Ala., Daina Sancho, 42, and Irwin Vincent ("I.V.") O'Rourke III, 14, were married after a several-months' courtship. Said the boy's approving father (of Sancho's infatuation), "If you've met the man of your dreams, why wait?" The couple live in Gonzales, La., but I.V. could not marry there until he turns 16; Alabama permits 14-year-olds to marry if they have their parents' permission. [Birmingham News, 3-30-03]

Where the Fault Lies: Gilbert D. Walker, 43, arrested (and then released) in Panama City, Fla., after crazily breaking into a neighbor's house and chasing her with a dagger, said the problem was that he had drunk too much jasmine tea (July). And heroin-cocaine addict Amanda C. Hagan, 29, brought to a Norristown, Pa., hospital after an overdose, said it was the hospital's fault that she shot up again in her bed because it let in the visitor who resupplied her (June). And fired Rochester, N.Y., police officer Clint Jackson, 24, convicted of fondling eight women during traffic stops, said he was contemplating a lawsuit against the police department for inadequate training (July). [St. Petersburg Times-AP, 7-12-03] [Allentown Morning Call, 6-25-03] [Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, 7-3-03]

Becky Nyang, 26, was hospitalized while on holiday after being struck by lightning, attracted to her face by her tongue stud, leaving her with severe blisters about the mouth, face and feet (Corfu island, Greece). Mongolian sumo champion Asashoryu was disqualified during the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament when he inexplicably pulled a World Wrestling Entertainment move and took down his opponent by yanking his hair (Nagoya, Japan). And a 4-year-old girl was hit by a computer that came flying out of a 12th floor apartment window, flung by a father angry that his 12-year-old daughter wouldn't stay off the Internet (Seoul). [BBC News, 7-5-03] [St. Petersburg Times-AP, 7-12-03] [Reuters, 7-7-03]

Study: 1 in 5 Laid off During Recession, Few Got Unemployment, Health Benefits

By Linda A. Johnson
The Associated Press

[...]Kher, now a stay-at-home dad, got one month's severance pay and is collecting $300 per week in unemployment benefits. His family went without health benefits for two months until his wife found a job offering the insurance.

Still, he's received more aid than most Americans laid off since 2000, according to a new study by researchers at Rutgers University and the University of Connecticut.

[...]The study found that one in five, or 18 percent, of those interviewed had been laid off during the 2000-2003 period. The study randomly targeted 1,015 working-age adults.

And of those who lost their jobs, only 49 percent of the ones who had earned $40,000 or more annually said they received unemployment insurance. For those who made under $40,000 a year, the number with unemployment insurance shrinks to 35 percent.[...]

Martian warm spots could be towers of ice

BBC 'proves' Nessie does not exist

A BBC team says it has shown there is no such thing as the Loch Ness monster.

Using 600 separate sonar beams and satellite navigation technology to ensure that none of the loch was missed, the team surveyed the waters said to hide Scotland's legendary tourist attraction but found no trace of the monster. [...]

Fierce storms batter southern Germany

MUNICH, Germany (AFP) Jul 27, 2003

Violents storms late Sunday caused widespread damage in Germany's southern state of Bavaria, where authorites used a snowplough to remove hail stones blocking a section of the Munich-Stuttgart highway, authorities said. [...]

173 fishermen missing after 20 trawlers sink in rough Bangladesh sea

BARISAL, Bangladesh (AFP) Jul 27, 2003

At least 173 fishermen were missing Sunday off Bangladesh's coast after 20 trawlers sank in rough weather in the Bay of Bengal, as six other people died in a separate capsizing, officials said. [...]

Infant ‘Driver’ Gets a Ticket Fine

TAIF, 28 July 2003 — Almost too young to walk, a one-year-old child has received a ticket for parking a car in a restricted area. The Riyadh ticket office issued the violation, which was only discovered when the child’s father — a Sudanese on the point of returning to Sudan — encountered a hold up in his exit process, Madinah said. He was made to pay the fine, even though his son is not eligible to drive for another 17 years and his father has never been to Riyadh. The alternative was to remain in Kingdom and negotiate with them.

Wife Divorced Minutes After Marriage

MAKKAH, 28 July 2003 — Setting a record for what might be the shortest term of married life, a husband divorced his new wife immediately after the ceremony, Madinah newspaper said. The reason was that the new husband objected to his bride’s brother taking a photograph of the happy couple to keep and remember their wedding. He became angry and threatened to attack the photographer. He was dissuaded from this, but instead divorced his wife on the spot.

Elusive lizard has clawhold in state


It went as any good "B" movie should: Distressed woman shrieks her way up ladder to escape menacing black monster. [...]

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