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August 12, 2003
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The new ice
What is more, the geological record shows that ice ages have tended to occur at 10,000-year intervals and are preceded by few warning signs. The last ice age ended 10,000 years ago.
For anyone reading this on a sun-lounger in Bournemouth, enjoy it while you can. For readers in Skegness, it may be too late already. Even the mass of hot air generated by the climate-change lobby will not prevent the next ice age when it does arrive.
September 6, 2002 - A perspective on potential climate changes presented by Dr. Robert B. Gagosian, President and Director of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution - Global warming could actually lead to a big chill in some parts of the world. If the atmosphere continues to warm, it could soon trigger a dramatic and abrupt cooling throughout the North Atlantic region—where, not incidentally, some 60 percent of the world’s economy is based.
When I say “dramatic,” I mean: Average winter temperatures could drop by 5 degrees Fahrenheit over much of the United States, and by 10 degrees in the northeastern United States and in Europe. That’s enough to send mountain glaciers advancing down from the Alps. To freeze rivers and harbors and bind North Atlantic shipping lanes in ice. To disrupt the operation of ground and air transportation. To cause energy needs to soar exponentially. To force wholesale changes in agricultural practices and fisheries. To change the way we feed our populations.
In short, the world, and the world economy, would be drastically different. [...] And when I say “abrupt,” I mean: These changes could happen within your lifetime, and your grandchildren’s grandchildren will still be confronting them.
And when I say “soon,” I mean: In just the past year, we have seen ominous signs that we may be headed toward a potentially dangerous threshold. If we cross it, Earth’s climate could switch gears and jump very rapidly—not gradually— into a completely different mode of operation. [...]
These warm-to-cold transitions happen in about 3 to 10 years. The cold periods lasted for 500 to 1,000 years. Such oscillations in temperature and ocean circulation have occurred on a regular basis.
February 22, 1997
A: Climate is being influenced by three factors,
and soon a fourth.
SPACE AGENCY NEWS RELEASE
Observations by the DUST experiment on board Ulysses have shown that the stream of stardust is highly affected by the Suns magnetic field.
In the 1990s, this field, which is drawn out deep into space by the out-flowing solar wind, kept most of the stardust out. The most recent data, collected up to the end of 2002, shows that this magnetic shield has lost its protective power during the recent solar maximum.
In an upcoming publication in the Journal of Geophysical Research ESA scientist Markus Landgraf and his co-workers from the Max-Planck-Institute in Heidelberg report that about three times more stardust is now able to enter the Solar System.
The reason for the weakening of the Suns magnetic shield is the increased solar activity, which leads to a highly disordered field configuration. In the mid-1990s, during the last solar minimum, the Suns magnetic field resembled a dipole field with well-defined magnetic poles (North positive, South negative), very much like the Earth.
Unlike Earth, however, the Sun reverses its magnetic polarity every 11 years. The reversal always occurs during solar maximum. Thats when the magnetic field is highly disordered, allowing more interstellar dust to enter the Solar System.
It is interesting to note that in the reversed configuration after the recent solar maximum (North negative, South positive), the interstellar dust is even channelled more efficiently towards the inner Solar System. So we can expect even more interstellar dust from 2005 onwards, once the changes become fully effective.
While grains of stardust are very small, about one hundredth the diameter of a human hair, they do not directly influence the planets of the Solar System. However, the dust particles move very fast, and produce large numbers of fragments when they impact asteroids or comets.
It is therefore conceivable that an increase in the amount of interstellar dust in the Solar System will create more cosmic dust by collisions with asteroids and comets.
We know from the measurements by high-flying aircraft that 40,000 tonnes dust from asteroids and comets enters the Earths atmosphere each year. It is possible that the increase of stardust in the Solar System will influence the amount of extraterrestrial material that rains down to Earth.
The article mentions the potential danger from a galactic dust storm:
From today's article, it sounds like the dust storm creates something like a feedback loop, increasing the amount of dust and subsequently the amount of dust that enters the earth's atmosphere...
Relations Between Israel and the Apartheid Regime in South Africa
We looked yesterday at the issue of Ethnic Weapons, biological and chemical weapons that can be built to single out populations by their genetic characteristics. We saw evidence that Israel may be building such weapons to be used in their final solution against the Palestinians.
The technology for this program came from the apartheid regime of South Africa, that is, the Boers who ruled over the Blacks until the last decade of the 20th century.
The close relations between Israel and the apartheid regime go back to the mid seventies.
While many African countries had seen Israel as an ally in the fifties and early sixties, another country struggling to survive in a hostile climate, after the wars of 1967 and 1973, their view had changed and Israel was now the neighborhood bully. For more on this, see the article Africa, Arabia, and Israel: Forty-Five Years of Relations.
South Africa had seen two of its neighbors become "Popular Republics" under Marxist-inspired "People's Armies" after the fall of the Salazar regime in Portugal in 1974. So both Israel and South Africa had a siege mentality, believing they were surrounded by enemies.
The attitudes of the two countries can be summed up by this comment from Jane Hunter, cited above:
As she suggests, this understanding is "somewhat superficial, as we will see below.
Another factor cementing the relationship was the embargo placed on South Africa following the riots of 1975 and the international outcry over the death of Stephen Biko.
Because of this, South Africa was isolated, at least "officially", from the world.
One of the projects Israel and South Africa undertook together was the development of nuclear weapons. Hunter continues:
This cooperation is discussed as well here:
There is evidence of a joint nuclear test carried out in the Indian Ocean in September, 1979. Ruchita Beri, cited above, writes:
We can see that the relations between the two countries were very close.
Not only were nuclear weapons part of the partnership, but strategy and tactics in dealing with their enemies, both internal and external were also an important part of the collaboration. Jane Hunter again:
And when the population you are systematically trying to annihilate fights back, how do you justify it? Of course, you call it "terrorism". Hunter continues:
Two countries, both with the mentality of the "besieged", begin carrying out attacks against their neighbors under the cover of "defence". Sometimes "to see how its version of events would play in the media".
In fact, it looks as if they were field-testing the strategies and tactics that the Bush Reich is now imposing upon the US population and the rest of the world.
The links between Israel, the apartheid regime, and the CIA are well-established. It is not too much to suspect that this information was being shared by the intelligence agencis of the three countries.
But as we are trying to see "behind the scenes", as it were, we leave you with one last item to reflect upon. Remember a few years ago how the anti-globalization forces were growing stronger? Remember the Conference Against Racism held in South Africa? Remember how Israel was becoming isolated because of its butchering of the Palestinians in the period following Sharon's provocative visit to the Temple Mount in September 2000?
We wonder what Sharon was discussing with Putin, aside from the "common threat posed by Islamic fundamentalism".
Did you happen to notice the date?
Five days latter the world would explode. The field trials carried out for thirty years by the Israelis and South Africans would be implemented throughout the world. The battle against "terrorism" would become the justification for imposing the New American Tyranny on the world.
Coincidence? We think not.
New Revelation Surfaces about Gulf War II "Mystery
The American Gulf War Veterans Association (AGWVA), an independent Gulf War Veterans’ support organization, has long searched for answers to explain why nearly half of the 697,000 Gulf War I Veterans are now ill and why over 200,000 of those servicemen/women have requested disability, but have received no adequate diagnosis or treatment, from either the Department of Defense (DOD), or Veteran’s Affairs.
The AGWVA is now again asking questions, this time, about the newest “mystery illness” to hit the military. Again, however, there were no adequate answers, but, only that the “mystery illness” diagnosis had reared its ugly head again. According to a family member of one of the military victims, the DOD recently, has changed its label of the illness and is now calling it “pneumonia” in sharp contrast to what a physician on the scene reported.
Contrary to the “pneumonia” and “mystery illness” labels, enlightening information surfaced today on " The power hour” radio show in an interview with Mark Neusche, father of Josh Neusche, one of the GW II troops to lose his life from the “mystery illness” while serving in Iraq. The father stated that his 20-year-old healthy son, a former track star and non-smoker, had written home on June 26th explaining that he would be going on a 30-hour “hauling” mission, but that he could not disclose what they would be hauling.
Marsha Paxson also appeared on the show, as she is the journalist who broke the U.S. story for the Lake Sun Leader. Ms. Paxson revealed in her articles that the father reported that his son was not the only ill soldier. Neusche stated that while his son was in a coma at Landstuhl Hospital, the father overheard the nurses say that they were expecting numerous sick troops to be brought in all at one time.
In fact, the father actually witnessed approximately 55 other troops being received by the hospital after they were transported by a military ambulance (bus). According to the father, the transported troops were exhibiting varying degrees of the illness. Some walked, some were in wheelchairs and others were on respirators. In the commotion, a doctor reported to the father that his son was suffering from a “toxin”. No mention of pneumonia was made, nor was it ever reported in the medical record.
Paxton and the AGWVA now question the diagnosis, the actual number of troops that were reported ill, and the date when the DOD first became aware of this incident.
One of the most surprising statements to come from The Power Hour interview conducted on “The Genesis Network” was that while the son, Josh Neusche, was a healthy young soldier on June 26, 2003, when he reported that he was going to serve on the secret hauling mission, by July 1, 2003, he was in a coma, and that day was suddenly classified by the military, as medically retired from the Army without Josh or his family’s consent. Josh did not die until July 12, 2003. Among other problems that this new classification created was that the DOD was no longer obligated to assist the family in getting to Germany to be with their son as he lay in a coma.
Because the DOD would not provide even so much as plane or taxi fare for the Neusche family, all 650 members of the 203rd Engineer Battalion each contributed $10.00 to make the family’s final visit possible.
Science used to serve Bush ideology, report says
WASHINGTON | The Bush administration persistently manipulates scientific data to serve its ideology and protect the interests of its political supporters, a report by the minority staff of the House Committee on Government Reform says. [...]
On topics ranging from global warming to sex education, the administration "has manipulated the scientific process and distorted or suppressed scientific findings," the report said.
"The administration’s political interference with science has led to misleading statements by the president, inaccurate responses to Congress, altered Web sites, suppressed agency reports, erroneous international communications and the gagging of scientists," the report added. [...]
Says Bush is Responsible for September 11th Attacks
Air Force officer in California recently accused President Bush of
deliberately allowing the September 11 terror attacks to take
place. The officer has been relieved of his command and faces
further discipline. The controversy surrounding Lt. Col. Steve
Butler's letter to the editor, in which he affirmed that Bush did
nothing to warn the American people because he "needed this war on
terrorism," received scant coverage in the media.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - With a co-defendant's guilty plea, the focus of a federal weapons case shifts back to its key figure, David Hudak of Vancouver, accused of amassing thousands of warheads and training foreign troops in counterterrorist strategies in Roswell.
Hudak, president of Roswell-based High Energy Access Tools Inc., or HEAT, and co-defendant Michael Payne were arrested one year ago when the missiles were found. Payne pleaded guilty last month, acknowledging that he helped train soldiers from the United Arab Emirates in marksmanship and counterterrorism.
A trial date in the Hudak case has been set for later this month.
During a motions hearing Monday, U.S. District Senior Judge John Conway rejected motions to dismiss.
Conway also ruled that the jury could hear testimony about Houston-based Halliburton Corp. role in the Hudak transactions. But he said that there could be no mention of U.S. Vice-President Dick Cheney, who came on as the company's chief executive a year after the explosives were purchased in 1994.
The prosecution had asked to have any mention of Cheney or Halliburton excluded from the case, contending Cheney joined Halliburton after the missile deal was finalized. Defence lawyer Robert Gorence responded that Hudak's belief Halliburton would not break the law - the company's credibility bolstered by Cheney - was relevant to his defence. [...]
Homeland Security denies knowledge of formal investigation
Brock N. Meeks
WASHINGTON, Aug. 11 — The Transportation Security Administration is conducting a “witch hunt” to ferret out and discipline employees in the federal air marshal program who have talked to the media, several sources within the program told MSNBC.com. Some air marshals are even being threatened with having the USA Patriot Act, a law enacted to help fight terrorism, used against them. The Department of Homeland Security, which oversees the TSA, denies that any such investigation is taking place. [...]
Oil, gas development ordered in Rockies
11 August 2003
A major exercise simulating a terrorist strike on London Underground is to take place next month, the Government announced today.
Nigel Morris Home Affairs Correspondent
Police in London have been put on their highest state of alert after warnings were received that an al-Qa'ida suicide attack may be imminent. [...]
Comment: Prisonplanet.com has compiled an archive of news reports regarding M15/M16 terrorist activity.
A US soldier in Iraq with the 2nd Armoured Cavalry Regiment has been found dead in the regiment's barracks, according to the US military's Central Command.
"The soldier was taken to the unit medical facilities but could not be resuscitated," it said in a statement.
It added that the cause of death was unknown and Saturday's incident was under investigation.
At least 61 American troops have now died in non-combat incidents since US President George W Bush declared major combat operations in Iraq over on May 1, while 56 US soldiers have been killed in guerrilla-style attacks.
Steven R. Hurst
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- It's 122 degrees in the shade.
The temperature in the Iraqi capital - already superheated by resistance to the American occupation - has danced around that enervating, shoe-sole frying figure for days now.
This year, with electricity in short supply after the war, what is normally a nuisance has become a catalyst for violence that raises the deadly threat facing U.S. and British soldiers. [...]
Baghdad is always hot in summer. The difference this year is the electricity cuts. Normally, most Baghdadis stay cool through the August heat with air conditioners or old water-evaporation coolers.
But with no electricity, there's no cooling. And who's to blame? The Americans, who haven't been able to bring electricity generation back to prewar levels. [...]
The heat has been deadly for American troops who patrol the city in 12-hour shifts, weighed down with weapons, helmets and 30-pound flak jackets. One soldier reportedly died of heat stroke over the weekend in a convoy, and a second was found dead in his living quarters - cause of death not immediately known. [...]
(AFP) -- US soldiers in
Baghdad on Saturday shot dead an Iraqi policeman they mistook for
an attacker, killed another as he tried to surrender to them and
beat a third, a survivor of the incident said.
ALAN FRAM, Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON - The U.S. bill for rebuilding Iraq and maintaining security there is widely expected to far exceed the war's price tag, and some private analysts estimate it could reach as high as $600 billion. [...]
Whatever the costs, administration officials have resisted making estimates on how much of them will be shouldered by U.S. taxpayers. They cite several uncertainties: the future numbers and missions of U.S. troops, contributions by allies, and revenue from the hobbled Iraqi oil industry and seized Iraqi assets.
Comment: Well, what seems to be so is:
That leaves John
and Joanie Taxpayer to foot the bill. Too bad they've both been
unemployed for the past year. Unless something changes, these and
other factors seem to be leading toward an economic
Family Shot Dead by Panicking US
The Abd al-Kerim family didn't have a chance. American soldiers opened fire on their car with no warning and at close quarters. They killed the father and three of the children, one of them only eight years old. Now only the mother, Anwar, and a 13-year-old daughter are alive to tell how the bullets tore through the windscreen and how they screamed for the Americans to stop.
"We never did anything to the Americans and they just killed us," the heavily pregnant Ms abd al-Kerim said. "We were calling out to them 'Stop, stop, we are a family', but they kept on shooting."
The story of how Adel abd al-Kerim and three of his children were killed emerged yesterday, exactly 100 days after President George Bush declared the war in Iraq was over. In Washington yesterday, Mr Bush declared in a radio address: "Life is returning to normal for the Iraqi people ... All Americans can be proud of what our military and provisional authorities have achieved in Iraq."
But in this city Iraqi civilians still die needlessly almost every day at the hands of nervous, trigger-happy American soldiers.
Doctors said the father and his two daughters would have survived if they had received treatment quicker. Instead, they were left to bleed to death because the Americans refused to allow anyone to take them to hospital.
It happened at 9.30 at night, an hour after sunset, but long before the start of the curfew at 11pm. The Americans had set up roadblocks in the Tunisia quarter of Baghdad, where the abd al-Kerims live. The family pulled up to the roadblock sensibly, slowly and carefully, so as not to alarm the Americans...
correspondents in Baghdad
SIX huge explosions rocked a US military base west of Baghdad overnight as mysterious assailants fired on the compound, an eyewitness said.
Faras Mustafa, 34, said he saw smoke rising from the base, in Ramadi, 100km from Baghdad, after the blasts.
There was no immediate comment from the US army, but earlier, Colonel Guy Shields, the coalition's top military spokesman, said the base in Ramadi had come under repeated mortar attack the previous few nights.
The town is considered a stronghold of sympathisers of Saddam Hussein's regime, who hailed from the same Sunni Muslim community, now embattled in the post-war Iraq era as the country's Shi'ite majority asserts its will.
US bases attacked after US forces strike at
US officials announced the death of a US soldier, killed when assailants hurled a grenade at a police station he was protecting late Sunday in the town of Baquba, 66 kilometres (41 miles) northeast of Baghdad. Two other soldiers were wounded in the attack, US Army Major Josslyn Aberle said.
At least 57 US soldiers have now been killed in
guerrilla-style attacks, while another 60 have died in non-combat
incidents since the White House declared major combat
operations in Iraq over on May 1. [...]
LONDON (Reuters) - A boy whose armless torso, horrific burns and haunted eyes symbolized civilian suffering in the Iraq war smiled for the cameras Monday and said he bore no grudges against U.S. forces for his injuries.
Ali Ismaeel Abbas, 13, victim of a U.S. bombing raid on Baghdad that killed his parents and other family members, spoke to reporters at Queen Mary's Hospital in London where he and another Iraqi boy are due to be fitted with artificial limbs.
In a sign of his affection for Britain's biggest soccer club, Ali said he wanted a Manchester United logo on one of the artificial arms he will be given.
"I'm looking forward to getting the ... limbs as soon as possible," said Ali, speaking through a translator.
"He's very grateful to the British people and he assures us he has no bitter feelings," said Zafar Khan, chairman of the Limbless Association, which is affiliated to the rehabilitation center where the boys will be treated. [...]
The limbs, each costing about $30,000-$40,000, will have to be changed regularly as the boys grow. The Kuwaiti government has said it will foot the bill for all medical care until the boys reach adolescence. [...]
Comment: The U.S. blows off Ali's arms and murders his family, and
yet it is the U.K. who gives him prosthetics, paid for by Kuwait.
This is referred to as freedom and justice according to the Bush
Reich. But don't worry about poor Ali, because he has a Manchester
United decal on one of his new fake arms. He's perfectly content
now, so everyone please just go back to
By THOM SHANKER
WASHINGTON, Aug. 10 — The commander of the 101st Airborne Division, which is on patrol in northern Iraq, has proposed an unusual holiday that would allow his troops to visit home once in their lengthy tours of duty.
In a letter to families of the division's troops, the commander, Maj. Gen. David H. Petraeus, wrote of his efforts to fly the soldiers back to the United States for up to two weeks of leave after they are midway through a 12-month deployment. [...]
To ease the separation of his troops from their families at home, General Petraeus wrote, each battalion will soon set up a computer center for Internet access and e-mail, and the number of telephones available to the troops will be increased. Over 200 satellite dishes should be installed in time to watch the fall football season, he wrote.
But reliable electricity remains a challenge, he wrote, which especially complicates efforts to cool the sleeping quarters.
By Roni Singer, Jonathan Lis and Amos Harel, Haaretz Correspondents, Haaretz Service and The Associated Press
Israelis were killed and at least 13 people were wounded in two
separate suicide attacks Tuesday morning, one in the Israeli town
of Rosh Ha'ayin and a second at the entrance to the West Bank
settlement of Ariel.
Hamas and Islamic Jihad spokesmen said they didn't know who was responsible for the attacks and that their groups remained committed to the cease-fire.
Ismail Hanieh, a spokesman for Hamas, laid the blame for the attacks at Israel's feet. "This situation was born as a result of Israel's refusal to commit to the Palestinian hudna," he said.
Comment: Hamas generally admit to suicide bombings when they are responsible. Sharon has proven that he is desperate, and will do whatever is needed, to keep the war against the Palestinians active.
As we have often said, the only group to benefit from the "Palestinian terrorist bombings" are the extreme right-wing Zionist Jews like Sharon and those in this world that delight as we slip further down the slope towards catastrophe.
Bomb in Jakarta Hotel Was
now we have all been saturated with the standard “War on
Terror” blurb about the bombing of the Marriott Hotel in
downtown Jakarta on 5 August 2003. Speaking with a single corporate
voice, the western media stated surprisingly quickly that the bomb
was the work of a lone suicide bomber working for the “feared
terrorist organization ” Jemaah Islamiah, which allegedly and
very brazenly drove a Toyota van up to the front of the hotel,
where the Toyota obligingly and predictably exploded with a loud
and unmistakable bang.
Tuesday August 12, 1:38 PM
Bashir, a Muslim cleric who allegedly leads the Jemaah Islamiyah (JI), faces 20 years if convicted of trying to topple the government through terrorism and to establish an Islamic state.
In a radio interview before the hearing, he said his trial has produced no proof of his guilt. "The issue now is the extremely high likelihood that foreigners have intervened in it," Bashir told Elshinta radio.
64-year-old cleric alleged that the US Central Intelligence Agency
was behind last week's car bombing of the American-run JW Marriott
hotel, which killed 11 people. [...]
CNN Jakarta Bureau Chief Maria Ressa
The claim comes amid reports the Marriott bomber may have been a member of a new 15-strong suicide strike brigade which is preparing more attacks. [...]
Comment: It has never been clearer who is really behind the "terrorist threat" with which the US government has attempted to terrorise the global population.
JOHN HEILPRIN, Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON - For the second time in his term, President Bush chose for his environment chief a GOP governor who has cultivated an image as a moderate on environmental issues. [...]
"It's an appointment that fits right in line with the Bush administration record. You're not going to see any dramatic improvement. It's business as usual," Young said. [...]
Scientists Designing Spacecraft To Crash Into
The team hopes the craft will be able to hit Comet Tempel 1 on July 4, 2005 in a spot 80 million miles from earth. The craft will be about 2 feet high and 4 feet wide with a large copper nose that will be able to smash into the comet, traveling at 22,000 mph, creating a crater.
Another spacecraft will record the image of the collision using two high-powered telescopes. [...]
Selfish Baby Universes
Has an Oregon lawyer discovered the secret of the universe?
[...] Gardner's hypothesis is called the "Selfish Biocosm." It states that intelligent life plays a key role in a cosmological cycle whereby the universe, over enormous timescales, creates new copies of itself. The laws of physics, in this view, strongly favor the emergence of life and intelligence -- and indeed are designed to do so. However, this design is not of supernatural origin. Biocosm carries the subtitle "The New Scientific Theory of Evolution: Intelligent Life is the Architect of the Universe."
The universe, in Gardner's telling, is "selfish" in the same metaphorical sense that genes are regarded as "selfish"; it is geared for self-replication. The Big Bang thus resulted from a Big Crunch in a previous universe. Our universe will end with a similar event, giving rise to one or more baby universes. Intelligent life arises in each universe, and eventually develops the ability to create new universes friendly to intelligent life.
But how did the cycle begin? Isn't there a gigantic chicken-and-egg problem? One might suppose the first universe containing intelligent life arose by accident, perhaps as part of an ensemble of universes that were mostly unfriendly to life. But Gardner regards this as an unsatisfying explanation. Rather, he proposes a notably strange idea. There may be a "closed timelike curve," a gravitational warping of space and time such that future events can influence the past. Thus, the universe may have been created by its own inhabitants!
Another quake jolts northern Japan
An earthquake measuring 4.5 on the Richter scale shook a northern Japan region on Tuesday that has been hit by powerful earthquakes recently, the meteorological agency said. There was no danger of tsunami tidal waves, the agency said.
The quake took place at 9:28 am (0028 GMT), with the focus located about 10 kilometers (six miles) underground in northern Miyagi Prefecture, some 350 kilometres (220 miles) north of Tokyo. [...]
Quake rocks Taiwan
An earthquake measuring 5.6 on the Richter scale rocked Taiwan Tuesday, seismologists said. There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.
The tremor struck at 00:30 am (1630 GMT Monday) with an epicenter eight kilometers (4.96 miles) east of Niutou in eastern Ilan County, the Seismology Center said. [...]
Quake hits northwestern Iran
An earthquake measuring a 4.7 on the Richter scale rocked northwestern Iran early Tuesday, state news agency IRNA reported. [...]
The epicenter of the quake was 15 kilometres (nine miles) northeast of the city of Khoy, bordering Turkey, at 00:42 am (2012 GMT). [...]
Richard McGregor in Shanghai
The greatest growth in demand has come from increased industrial production, barely interrupted during the Sars crisis, and investments in power-hungry aluminium smelters.
The rapid expansion coincides with an extended heatwave in parts of China, especially around Shanghai, which has forced the government to ration power to some factories and even close them on some days. [...]
MADRID (Reuters) - Five members of the same family were killed by forest fires that ravaged Spain Monday as forecasters predicted there would be some relief from Europe's sizzling heatwave by the end of the week. [...]
In neighboring Portugal, which has been worst affected by the blazes, four villages in the Algarve resort region were evacuated because of a fire that more than 200 firefighters have been battling to control for three days.
Germany too struggled to contain blazes. In Jueterbog in the eastern state of Brandenburg, emergency services said up to 250 acres of forest was burning.
But weather forecasters said the hot, dry weather that has claimed dozens of lives was expected to break by the weekend. [...]
French mortuaries in crisis and mafia blamed for Italy's forest fires
Amelia Gentleman in Paris
and John Hooper in Rome
Funeral parlours in the Paris region were forced to turn away new arrivals yesterday, with no more space in their mortuaries to accommodate the increased number of mainly elderly victims of heat-related illnesses.
At least 50 people, and maybe many more, have died in the capital as a result of the exceptional heatwave which has gripped France for 10 days, according to emergency services. As forecasters warned that there would be no imminent relief from the extreme temperatures, doctors and opposition politicians con demned the government for failing to alleviate the situation.[...]
Hospitals in the Paris region were unable to find beds for the continuing flow of arrivals. A spokesman for the health ministry conceded that "the extreme heat is clearly linked to an increase in mortality".[...]
Paris has witnessed temperatures of 40C (104F) in the past week. Yesterday morning, after the highest night-time temperatures ever recorded in Paris [...]
Agent Orange Lingers in Vietnam
"Although the spraying
ended over three decades ago, in certain areas of Vietnam food is
clearly a present-day route of intake of dioxin from Agent Orange,"
the study said. [...]
Tuesday, August 12, 2003; 3:15 AM
SEOUL (Reuters) - A U.S. Army cargo plane crashed in a populated area of South Korea on Tuesday, but it was unclear whether the crew or civilians on the ground were injured, the U.S. military in Seoul said in a statement.
Local fire and rescue personnel had reached the site where the C-12 Huron twin turboprop crashed, southwest of the city of Pyongtaek, 24 miles south of the capital Seoul, the statement said.
Christopher Hale's account of a Nazi expedition to Tibet, Himmler's Crusade, explores the delusion and dementia in the psuedo-science of the concentration camp
[...]Christopher Hale returns to Auschwitz in the end, sure enough, but his centrepiece is the bizarre all-German expedition to Tibet dispatched by Himmler to hunt for the remnants of the Aryan race. Call it Raiders of the Lost Lama. [...]
Mishawaka man holds on to returned parcel that might be linked to Martin Luther King slaying
[I]t is to whom the envelope is addressed, "Mr. James Earl Ray," that makes it a mind-twisting mystery -- one that could have some connection or no connection to the death of Martin Luther King Jr. in Memphis, Tenn., on April 4, 1968.
Ray died in 1998 in prison, having served nearly 30 years of a 99-year sentence after pleading guilty to King's assassination.
He later recanted his guilt and tried to get a new trial but was not successful. [...]
[...] "We know that the moon is a strong source of energy, as it affects the tides and weather patterns, but were surprised by this bizarre trend,'' Craig Staniland, head of car insurance at Churchill, said in the release. [...]
Just what are the ghost planes of Chicago?
No one's quite sure, but they're spooking pilots and air traffic controllers alike. Images of airplanes that either do no exist or are very far away are popping up on radar that controls traffic at O'Hare International Airport, according to reports.
And on a few occasions, controllers at Terminal Radar Approach Control center in Elgin unnecessarily ordered pilots to make sudden, dangerous moves to avoid the false images.
'The ghosting is a complete terror for the air traffic controllers,' Charles Bunting, president of the Elgin local of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association, told the Chicago Sun-Times. [...]
A nine-year-old boy has died after being severely beaten and tied to his bed in eastern France, police have confirmed.
Several family members, including his parents, are in custody. Police said the boy suffered through "torture and barbaric acts". [...]
A man who claims to be Saddam Hussein's sorcerer predicts the dictator will be found dead. The 62-year-old says troops will find his corpse in Dhuluaiyah, a village 55 miles north of Baghdad. The magician has asked not to be identified because he says Saddam is still alive. [...]
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