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September 12, 2003
“We must kill Yasir Arafat because the world leaves us no alternative … if we are going to be condemned in any case, we might as well do it." [Jerusalem Post]
The death of Arafat will open the gates of Hell and turn the Middle East into a bloodbath. Arafat has made it clear that he will die rather than be deported and exiled, and who can blame him? He has the courage to stand up for his brutalized people, and for this, the Israelis will put the blame on him. This is yet another of their lies.
The hypocrisy of a man like Sharon, war criminal, active terrorist, (although a "state-sponsored terrorist" since the early fifties), makes him a worthy companion of that other hypocrite and international terrorist, George W. Bush.
The state of Israel was founded on terror, has been maintained by terror, and now they have announced their wish for ALL the world to be engulfed in flames: "if we are going to be condemned in any case, we might as well do it."
A little history.
The idea for a Jewish State in the Middle East emerged in the 1890s and was taken up by the World Zionist Congress, although as early as 1882 Baron Edmond de Rothschild of Paris started financial backing for Jewish settlement in Palestine. ( Palestinian timeline.)
After the dissolution of the feudal states in Europe where Jews had often played the role of middleman between the feudal lords and the peasants, collecting taxes and acting as the enforcers for the lords, many Jews in Europe had begun leaving the Jewish ghettos and becoming integrated into European society.
Prior antagonism against Jews was due mostly to their social position as middlemen and was not, as many people think, due to any deepseated antagonism toward their religion or ethnicity. On numerous occasions, when European peasants revolted against taxes and the oppression of their feudal lords, the target was often the Jewish middlemen. Again, NOT BECAUSE THEY WERE JEWISH, but because they were the visible arm of the oppressor.
This is important to understand when modern Jews or Zionists attempt to play the victim and speak of a trans-millennial hatred of the Jews.
Many Jews by the late 19th and early 20th centuries were thoroughly European. Many of them had abandoned Judaism as a relgion, though they treasured their ethnic identity.
Members of the World Zionist Congress entered into negotiations with the British Government, attempting to persuade the British that their interests would be served by having a Jewish state in Palestine. The success of these negotiations was crowned in the infamous Balfour Declaration.
The consequences of the Balfour agreement, as well as the two other contradictory positions taken by the British at the same time, are analysed in detail in the following:
Part of the Zionist efforts to "secure" their homeland included a campaign of terror against the British and the Palestinians.
And so we say: for Sharon and the other Butchers in power in Israel or in the media to refuse to deal with Arafat because they label him a "terrorist" is sickening hypocrisy.
Either you see it or you don't.
We are sickened by what is transpiring on our planet in the present day. The coming bloodd bath will make what has happened in the last few decades look like children playing cowboys and Indians with sticks.
One thousand years ago, prior to the Crusades, the Arabs were the only "civilization" in the West. Europe had gone into a dark age in the middle of the 6th century due to a comet, an event carefully erased from history. See Michael Baillie's Exodus to Arthur: Catastrophic Encounters With Comets for more on that. Or read our article Independence Day.
When Europe rediscovered the Greeks, it was through the Arab translations of Aristotle and other classical authors whose books had been destroyed in the West.
In the intervening centuries the West has conquered the world, imposing its own version of "civilization", that is, money talks and any kind of moral code in dealing with one another is just not profitable enough. Of course, for those raised within the tentacles of its profit-motive morality and practical "the world's always been this way" pragmatism, it is difficult to see and feel in the pit of your gut just how deep the lies go, just how wrong it all is, just how perverted is this perspective on things.
And so we face the consequences.
We present the revolting report of Sharon paying his respects to Gandhi during his recent trip to India to cement the Alliance of the sun worshippers so as to engage in their global ritual of mass human sacrifice. This article looks at what Gandhi thought of Zionism.
There are days when the staff here at Signs Central has as difficult a time facing the Signs as our readers. Like many of you, when we confront the growing chaos on our planet that was incepted on September 11, 2001, we often experience uncontrollable feelings of revulsion against the monsters among us masquerading as human beings.
Sharon, Bush, and their hit squads, both military and intellectual, are sowing the wind, and we shall all reap the whirlwind. This world of theirs, hidden from the awareness of their supporters/victims by tight media control, is a world that worships death. They have brought back human sacrifices in the view of all the people in the form of Human Sacrifice News Network, broadcasting their bloody rituals 24/7.
Who knows what this world was like at its origin, whether it was ever the Eden we would like to believe it was. If Eden - a world of love and truth and peace - ever existed, one thing we can say for certain, there has certainly been no trace of it for many thousands of years.
We are told that violence is evil, and yet all around us there is nothing but violence. The violence of today has been made an abstract thing in the minds of the viewers of the sacrifices. The fact is, violence is always concrete. The victim of violence is never abstract. The propagandists of the powerful, the scribes who justify spending $400,000,000 dollars on the US defence budget, never discuss the specifics of violence when it comes to the Palestinian resistance.
Is there a difference between Israeli violence and Palestinian violence? When it is phrased in such a way, you are encouraged to say, "No, they are the same." But if someone broke into your house, stole your goods, murdered your brother and raped your wife, would your defence of your home and family be of the same order as that of the attacker?
Arafat Israel and the Palestinians
The Israeli cabinet has been ramping up the rhetoric about Arafat for years, so the publicly announced move to expel and/or kill him comes as no surprise. Israel was founded on deception, violence and racism, and as such, it is not surprising that these same 'virtues' are used to ensure it's continuance and growth.
A look at history suggests that the entire Israeli-Palestinian relationship has been one protracted game of cat and mouse with Israel attempting to corner the Palestinian leadership and people to implement it's 'final solution' to the 'Palestinian problem'.
To garner international support for it's brutal treatment of the Palestinians, Israel relies on obscure biblical citations about an Israeli 'homeland' and uses the 'terrorist' card when required.
The Palestinians for their part have been left with the short straw, they apparently are forced to die in large numbers before international attention is drawn to their plight. As is the case with the US 'war on terror', 'terrorist' always has at least two definitions depending on which side you are on, for example:
We are told that the difference is more or less "semantic." We are told that one man's "oppressive or tyrannical institution" is another man's benevolent government and one man's "enforcing of will to achieve the surrender of principles and rights maintained by a society or people" is another mans' 'liberation' It's just depends which side of the fence you sit on.
But is that true?
Our world seems to have been invaded and taken over by individuals whose approach to life and love is so drastically different from what has been the established norm for a very long time that we are ill- prepared to deal with their tactics of what can be called the "plausible lie."
The philosophy of the "plausible lie" has overtaken the legal and administrative domains of our world, turning them into machines by means of which human beings are destroyed.
Take, for example, the "legal argument." The legal argument seems to be at the foundation of our society. This amounts to little more than con-artistry: the one who is the slickest at using the structure for convincing a group of people of something, is the one who is believed. It has nothing to do with semantics.
Because this "legal argument" system has been slowly installed as part of our culture, when a conflict ensues, we automatically fall into the cultural assumption that in any conflict, one side is partly right one way, and the other is partly right the other, and that we can form opinions about which side is mostly right or wrong.
Because of our exposure to the "legal argument" norms, when any dispute arises, we automatically think that the truth will lie somewhere between two extremes.
In this case, I would like to apply a little mathematical logic to the problem of the legal argument.
Let us assume that in a dispute, one side is innocent, honest, and tells the truth. It is obvious that lying does an innocent person no good; what lie can he tell? If he is innocent, the only lie he can tell is to falsely confess "I did it."
But lying is nothing but good for the liar. He can declare that "I didn't do it," and accuse another of doing it, all the while the innocent person he has accused is saying "I didn't do it," and is actually telling the truth.
The truth - when twisted by good liars, can always make an innocent person look bad - especially if the innocent person is honest and admits his mistakes.
The basic assumption that the truth lies between the testimony of the two sides always shifts the advantage to the lying side and away from the side telling the truth.
Under most circumstances, this shift put together with the fact that the truth is going to also be twisted in such a way as to bring detriment to the innocent person, results in the advantage always resting in the hands of liars - psychopaths. Even the simple act of giving testimony under oath is useless. If a person is a liar, swearing an oath means nothing to that person. However, swearing an oath acts strongly on a serious, truthful witness. Again, the advantage is placed on the side of the liar.
And so it is with the conflict between the Palestinians and the Zionists.
Of course it would be marvelous if good were good and bad were bad and all agreed and understood them as such. Unfortunately that is not the case. Go ask your average American, and then go ask your average Iraqi.
The only defence then that the Palestinians have against the US sponsored Israeli war machine is international public opinion. As long as it is clear to all that they remain the brutalised and aggrieved party then they are afforded some protection from the Israeli mob outside their door. It seems however that the Israeli government is growing tired of playing the waiting game.
With their threatened expulsion of Arafat, Israel is apparently 'upping the ante', attempting to force a response from the Palestinians that would justify the all out war and resulting 'cleansing' that people like Sharon have for so long desired.
In the event of the expulsion or death or Arafat, should the Palestinians take the bait? Without doubt the mobilisation of the 35,000 strong Palestinian army would simply play into Israel's hands, sufficiently blurring the, up to now, well defined lines between aggressor and aggrieved. Perhaps there is no longer any hope for negotiation or a peaceful settlement anyway; in truth was there ever one?
A basic requirement of any possible peaceful settlement is that all parties at the table have peace as their goal. It is patently obvious that Sharon and his government do not want a peaceful settlement.
When you have placed yourself in a position of power and control that is based on forcibly imposed inequality and discrimination, any talk of 'agreement' requires that some of that 100% share you possess be given up. It is something of a paradox then that a person or group possessing the 'virtues' required to seek and achieve absolute power is supposed at the same time supposed to possess the virtues that would allow them to give up that power.
And this is Sharon's predicament: He wants to maintain Israel's barbaric treatment of the Palestinians while at the same time appearing to the world as a peace-lover. A tough one for sure. It has forced Sharon into some pretty creative logic and even the possibility that he is fighting the war on BOTH sides.
The more we look at the history of the Israel-Palestine conflict the more it seems that a trap has slowly been closing, and with the skill and surety of the hunter that knows the nature of his prey, the pieces have been put in place to facilitate a very specific outcome. The final chapter of which we may be seeing at present.
Thursday 11 September 2003 18:11 GMT
Israel's security cabinet on Thursday agreed in principle to expel Palestinian President Yasir Arafat from the region.
But an immediate expulsion of the 74-year old Palestinian leader has been kept on hold for the time being keeping in view US opposition. "Arafat is an obstacle to peace and Israel will take steps to rid itself of that obstacle," an Israeli cabinet statement said.The Israeli army has meanwhile been asked to prepare a plan for Arafat's exile.
The decision to expel Arafat comes amid spiraling violence in the region coupled with heightened tensions between the Palestinians and Israelis.
Palestinians, led by none less than Arafat himself reacted to the Israeli decision with unrestrained rage.
"No one can kick me out. They can kill me with bombs but I will not leave," Arafat told reporters. Islamic Jihad, the Palestinian resistance group, also promised to stand up to the Israeli threat of expelling Arafat.
one can kick me out. They can kill me with bombs but I will not
Its spokesman said Palestinian resistance would intensify if the leader was to be expelled.
"It would lead the region into a cycle of violence and the Palestinian people are ready to defend our leaders and our rights," spokesman Khaled al-Batch said.Nabil Abu Rudeina, a top aide of Arafat said Israel "will pay a high price" if it expelled the Palestinian leader.
Jerusalem Post told its readers on Thursday that "we must kill
Yasir Arafat because the world leaves us no alternative…if we
are going to be condemned in any case, we might as well do
Comment: The above allegation from the Israeli cabinet that "Arafat is an obstacle to peace" is patently absurd. Was it not Israel that deliberately and unprovoked broke the most recent ceasefire by continuing their assasinations of what they term "Palestinian terrorists"? Taking a leaf out of Bush's book, Israel sees that on the current world stage allegations need not be backed up wth evidence, warmongers are given a free rein, with "do as thou wilt" apparently being the whole of the law.
Yasser Arafat himself told a crowd of hundreds of supporters in Ramallah he would never leave what he called his homeland. The Israeli cabinet decided in principle on Thursday night to expel Mr Arafat following two suicide bombings in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, which killed 15 people.
The Palestinian Prime Minister-designate, Ahmed Qurei, reacted to the news by announcing he was suspending his bid to form a new government, saying that Israel's decision threatened the stability of the entire region.
The BBC's James Reynolds in Jerusalem says political sources in Israel say they do not expect Israel to carry out its threat immediately. But, he says, it looks like Israel's decision has effectively put efforts to restart the roadmap on hold.
show of support, huge crowds gathered at Mr Arafat's battered
compound in the West Bank and there were similar scenes in the Gaza
Strip where thousands took to the streets.
"You are brave people, my loved ones. Abu Ammar is staying here," he said, using his nom de guerre. The BBC's David Chazan in Jerusalem says Mr Arafat is clearly revelling in the international attention he is getting.
Senior Palestinian officials have warned Israel not to implement its decision, describing the possible consequences as catastrophic. Mr Arafat's Fatah movement urged Palestinians to mount a round-the-clock guard at the headquarters to block any Israeli moves to remove Mr Arafat forcibly.
Israel's announcement has provoked a chorus of disapproval around the world. Fatah has called upon Palestinians to mount a 24-hour guard
US State Department spokesman Richard Boucher said: "We think that it would not be helpful to expel [Arafat] because it would just give him another stage to play on". [...]
Our correspondent says the Americans are concerned that anger at Mr Arafat's expulsion would reverberate throughout the Muslim world and hinder US foreign policy, especially in Iraq.
Comment: So the US is not against Arafat's expulsion in principle, but only insofar as it would not help to facilitate their continued bloody pillaging of Arab countries under the guise of "liberation"
Expelling Arafat would be
"serious" mistake: Russia
"Such a step would remove the possibility of peacefully resolving the Israeli-Palestinian crisis and would lead to an uncontrollable chain of events in the worst case scenario," said a statement from Russia's foreign ministry. [...]
Liberty deniers continue to insist that, despite all the
evidence, the attack on our ship must have been a mistake. "Israel
would not do such a thing to its best friend," they insist. They
persist in presenting silly arguments such as "poor memory," "fog
of war," and "transmitters were 1KC off frequency for a few
seconds." No serious researcher to our knowledge has ever bought
into those stories, yet they persist.
We have known for years that communications between the attacking Israeli jets and their headquarters were intercepted as the aircraft approached our ship. The Israeli pilots were clearly told by their controllers to find and quickly sink "the American ship" which was USS Liberty. Those communications were almost simultaneously translated and broadcast from a US Air Force C130 near the scene to an intelligence site at Crete where they were sent to Washington and to other stations as "Critical Intelligence," the fastest and most secure means available. Known as CRITICs, these reports routinely arrived in the White House, State Department and Pentagon within ten minutes or less.
Thus Liberty's attackers were caught in the act and their treachery was known to the highest levels of the US government even before the attack was completed.
Comment: By way of deception thou shall wage war - Israeli
David Teather in New York
A chilling videotape, purportedly of Osama bin Laden, was released yesterday on the eve of the second anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks, warning that the real battle with America and the west has not even started.
The tape shows a figure believed to be Bin Laden, the leader of the al-Qaida network, dressed in Afghan-style robes and walking in rocky mountainous terrain, apparently accompanied by his chief lieutenant, Ayman al-Zawahiri. It was aired on the Arab television network al-Jazeera.
Comment: More BS from the White House. Osama's "chief lieutenant" in the video was captured over a year and a half ago so this tape is bogus. See below:
McCarthy in Islamabad and Luke Harding in Kabul
Osama bin Laden's most senior lieutenant, the Egyptian militant
Ayman al-Zawahiri, has been captured and jailed in Tehran, a
leading Iranian newspaper reported yesterday.
Blair 'overrode terror warnings'
Ahead of the war, says the report, Mr Blair was told the threat from al-Qaeda and allied terrorist groups would be made worse by invading Iraq.
US troops kill 11
American soldiers mistakenly killed 11 Iraqi policemen today as they chased a car through a US checkpoint in a small town west of Fallujah, witnesses said.
The US military in Baghdad had no information on the incident.
Fallujah police were chasing a white BMW without licence plates that they identified as one used by highway bandits on the road connecting Baghdad with the Jordanian border.
The officers chasing the four men in the BMW were in pick-up trucks. US troops manning a checkpoint on a road leading to the resort of Saddamiyat al-fallujah, formerly used by senior officials of the Saddam regime, opened fire on the BMW and the trucks when they did not stop.
Witnesses said 11 police officers and all four men in the car were killed in the hail of fire.
The chase began when the BMW drove by a bakery owned by Ibrahim Alawi, the Fallujah police chief who recognised the BMW as one being used by the bandits to rob travellers along the Amman highway.
Richard Drew, Richard Drew, an Associated Press photographer, won a
Pulitzer Prize in 1993.
The photograph was denounced as coldblooded, ghoulish and sadistic. Then it vanished.
Yet, two years later, I still get asked about it. I've been invited on national talk shows, interviewed by foreign TV crews and asked to speak about it at universities across the country. Esquire magazine just published a 7,000-word essay that hails it as an icon, a masterpiece and a touching work of art.
All this for a single frame out of hundreds shot in haste before I was pulled to safety as the second tower of the World Trade Center tumbled toward me. My fellow photographers call it "the most famous picture nobody's ever seen." [...]
One editor who objected to my photo said, "Americans don't want to look at pictures of death and dying over their morning cornflakes." I disagree. I think they're fine with it, as long as the victims aren't American.
During the Vietnam War, my friend and colleague Nick Ut took a photograph of a girl who'd been napalmed, running down the road in flames. The picture became an instant icon and won the Pulitzer Prize. But no one in the States worried about getting napalmed. The photo evoked sympathy, not empathy.[...]
Comment: Are 'national outcries' the
exclusive right of the American people? When 2,794 civilians die in
an attack on America there is international outrage. When 10,000
civilians are slaughtered in Iraq, the Iraqi outcry is drowned out
by American cheering and flag waving.
"Sleeping with the
Devil: How Washington Sold Our Soul for Saudi
Think About This: Whenever You Buy a Tank of Saudi Arabian Gas, You are Helping to Finance Terrorism. [...]
Thu September 11, 2003
GENEVA (Reuters) - International cooperation is vital if the fight against terrorism begun after the September 11, 2001, attacks in the United States is to be successful, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan said on Thursday.
Speaking to Reuters Television, Annan said last month's bombing of the U.N. office in Baghdad and Wednesday's fatal knifing in Stockholm of Swedish Foreign Minister Anna Lindh showed that terrorism was not defeated.
"Obviously we will remember those who died on September 11. I was in New York when it happened and I know what a traumatic and tragic incident that was," the U.N. chief declared.
"I think it (the anniversary of the incidents) should also remind us that we need to cooperate across borders, that we need international cooperation and to work together to be able to counter terrorism," Annan said.
fight against terrorism is not over, as we saw in Iraq recently
with the attack against my own colleagues of the U.N., and what
we've seen yesterday in Sweden with the death of the wonderful and
great foreign minister of Sweden."[...]
India has ruled out sending troops to Iraq, UN
mandate or not: reports
India will not send troops to Iraq even if the United Nations mandates multinational peacekeeping operations in the strife-torn country, the Indian media reported Friday.
Quoting top government sources, newspapers said the line New Delhi is now pushing is that it cannot spare any of its million-strong army for peacekeeping operations due to security threats within the country and on its borders.
However, the real reason, the reports said, was that national elections are due in India by October 2004 and the ruling Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) believes it would be politically disastrous if any Indian soldier died in Iraq. [...]
France, Germany and Russia have offered the United States a deal on Iraq: approving US military leadership but downgrading US civilian control in favour of Iraqis and the United Nations.
The three nations submitted amendments, circulated on Wednesday, to a US-drafted Security Council resolution shortly before a weekend foreign ministers meeting in Geneva to see if a compromise can be reached.
However, US Secretary of State Colin Powell immediately ridiculed the idea of giving up power quickly during an interview with the Arabic television channel Al-Jazeera. [...]
France and Germany made no objection to the force but they want the United States and Britain to accelerate the end of the occupation and give Iraqis more authority over civilian life, including oil resources. [...]
WILL LESTER, Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON - By all appearances, retired Army Gen. Wesley Clark is poised to enter the presidential race as the 10th Democratic candidate.
He's told friends he's leaning strongly toward entering the contest, he's contacted potential campaign advisers, and he's asked for political advice from many party veterans. The 58-year-old former NATO commander could shake up the crowded field. [...]
Clark has a resume that unnerves potential rivals — Rhodes scholar, first in his 1966 class at West Point, White House fellow, head of the U.S. Southern Command and NATO commander during the 1999 campaign in Kosovo. [...]
OAKLAND, Calif., Sept. 11 -- For the first time since the 2000 elections, a major poll shows the country split evenly between former Vice President Al Gore and President Bush. The same poll also shows that half the voters in America have not forgotten the controversy of the 2000 election.
The results of the Sept. 5-9 Zogby poll show Bush with less than majority support and only with the narrowest of margins over Al Gore, 48 percent to 46 percent -- a difference that's within the poll's margin of error (3.2 percent). Moreover, Gore leads Bush among independent voters by 47 percent to 43 percent. [...]
The poll, conducted on Sept. 5-9 by Zogby International for Draft Gore (draftgore.com), also shows Gore easily leading all major contenders for the Democratic nomination with 24 percent compared to 16 percent for Dean, 12 percent for Lieberman, 11 percent for Kerry, 7 percent for Gephardt, and 2 percent for Edwards. [...]
Thursday, September 11, 2003; 11:53 PM
BEIJING (Reuters) - U.S.
investigators have concluded that China almost certainly gained
access to classified information as a result of a mid-air collision
between a Chinese fighter and a U.S. spy plane, Jane's Defense
Weekly says in its next edition.
The report said the spy plane crew had been unable to destroy all classified "materiel" on board in time before making their emergency landing. [...]
A Roman Catholic cardinal mentioned as a possible future pope is being investigated for possible money laundering.
Mexico's justice department received complaints from a former attorney general who has a long-running dispute with Guadalajara Cardinal Juan Sandoval.
The dispute stems from an investigation into the shooting death of Sandoval's predecessor. [...]
If nicotine patches, hypnosis and acupuncture don't work, you might want to try the digital age's answer to the problem of how to quit smoking.
Scientists are developing software that creates a series of flashing images on a hand-held computer screen that are designed to confuse pleasure-seeking centres of the brain and combat craving.
As soon as someone feels an urge to smoke they can switch on their Palm Pilot's anti-smoking program and feel their cravings melt away, said Jon May, an addiction specialist at Sheffield University. [...]
Comment: We wonder where else this technology might be being used...
Bottled water blamed for rush of
Canadians' growing penchant for bottled water may help explain what some dentists are calling a steep jump in the rate of cavities among children.
As families increasingly opt for spring water, most of which contains only trace amounts of naturally occurring fluoride, they are avoiding tap water that in many cities is supplemented with the decay-fighting chemical.
"It's not just drinking the bottled water. It's the parents thinking the tap water is no good, whereas, in fact, there is fluoride in it," said Franklin Pulver, a pediatric dentist in Toronto.
"If they don't get it through prepared food and what-not, the kids are missing out on the fluoride." [...]
Comment: The swiss town of Basel has recently discontinued its flouridation of the water supply after findings suggested that flouride actually contributed to cavaties. The above sounds like an attempt by the authorities to combat the growing awareness among the population that flouride in fact has rather negative effects on humans
U.S. Diet Proposals Reflect Nation's Lack of
The Department of Agriculture is proposing dietary advice that for the first time recognizes that a majority of Americans, 64 percent, are overweight and sedentary and need to eat less.
As the U.S. Department of Agriculture prepares to revamp the pyramid in 2005, it is proposing tailoring its advice to sedentary Americans to help them avoid overeating. The current pyramid, an at-a-glance portrayal of federal nutrition advice unveiled in 1992, assumes most Americans are healthy and active.[...]
"We need to actually invest in helping people put this advice into practice. We're really not doing that. With all the hand-wringing there is about obesity, the federal government is doing very little to address it. It's basically talk and very little action."
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The smallpox vaccine may help protect people against the AIDS virus, U.S. researchers said on Thursday.
A team at Virginia's George Mason University said they had shown, in lab dishes, that blood cells from people vaccinated against smallpox were four times less likely to become infected by the AIDS virus.
They are now negotiating with Acambis Plc, which makes vaccines against smallpox and other diseases, to test their idea further.
"Our outcomes are very encouraging," Ken Alibek, a bioterrorism and smallpox expert at George Mason, said in a statement. "Additional studies that may lead us to more definitive conclusions already are under way."[...]
Smallpox was eradicated in 1979 through a global vaccination
effort. Hundreds of millions of people have been vaccinated against
the virus and the United States and other countries have resumed
limited vaccination campaigns because of fears the deadly virus
could be used as a biological weapon.
A cross-section of the brain showing the fear-sensing part of the brain, the amygdala (NIH)
A region on the X-chromosome linked to the perception of fear may explain why men are 10 times more likely than women to have autism, report U.K. researchers.
The research, which includes a paper published last week in the journal Brain, was announced this week at the British Association for the Advancement of Science conference in Manchester.
Researchers had always suspected autism was related to a problem with the sex chromosomes, because the condition is so skewed towards one gender: men. Professor David Skuse from the Institute of Child Health in London and colleagues have now found a genetic component of the inability to recognise fear, which is a common symptom of autism.[...]
Hans Greimel, AP, in Tokyo
Five massive explosions rattled the magma dome below Mount Fuji yesterday as part of an attempt to discover when Japan's most famous volcano might erupt again.
The underground blasts, each using 500kg (1,100lb) of explosives, triggered mini-earthquakes, which will help scientists to map the magma bubbling beneath and gauge the likelihood of Fuji blowing its top.
Keiji Doi, of Tokyo University's Earthquake Research Institute, said: "When the next eruption will happen is very difficult to forecast, but for these 300 years we've been waiting and waiting."
Mount Fuji is listed as an active volcano with moderate risk of eruption. It last blew in 1707, sprinkling Tokyo with ash. An estimated 12.5 million people, about 10 per cent of the population, live near the mountain, 70 miles south-west of Tokyo. A report last year said another eruption could spew lava and ash over hundreds of square miles, causing up to 2,500bn yen (£13.4bn) of damage..
Aig agencies are preparing for the worst should Kartala volcano erupt
JOHANNESBURG, 8 Sep 2003 (IRIN) - United Nations agencies in the Comoros on Monday said plans for the evacuation of civilians were underway following reports of a possible volcanic eruption on the main island of Grande Comore.
"Some of the major UN agencies are currently working together to come up with an emergency response contingency plan. It still is not clear when the eruption will occur, or if it will occur at all, but we are preparing for a number of possible scenarios," acting UN Resident Coordinator Kalula Kalambay told IRIN.
If asteroid dosen't get us the volcano
The gigantic volcano has a crater bowl 53 miles long and 30 miles wide and lies below Yellowstone Park, in Wyoming in the United States.
If it erupts, it will be the loudest noise heard on Earth since 73,000BC.
The monster explosion would send fireball lava rocks shooting miles up into the atmosphere. The ground would be swamped by a red hot liquid sea while above, huge dust clouds would block out sunlight, sending global temperatures tumbling.
Vulcanologists have long known about the potential and explosive danger of the sleeping beast. The aftermath of an eruption would plunge the planet into a devastating nuclear-style winter. And all life would face an impossible struggle to survive as acid rain deluged the planet.
The latest warning about a future eruption came from Professor Bill McGuire, of the Benfield Greig Hazard Research Centre at University College, London. He said: "The Yellowstone super-volcano has been on a regular eruption cycle of 600,000 years. The last eruption was 640,000 years ago, so the next is long overdue.[...]
DREW TERRY Northwest Arkansas Times
A recent trip to install instruments measuring ground movement caused by volcanoes became a firsthand experience for a University of Arkansas geoscience researcher in the power of the landforming mountains.
Glen Mattioli, an associate professor in the Department of Geosciences in the University of Arkansas, and several students and other researchers traveled in July to the Caribbean island of Montserrat to install four strain meters around the active Soufriere Hills volcano.
Such instruments can provide short-term measurements of ground movement caused by a volcano.
But the active mountain didn’t wait for the team to finish installing the equipment before unleashing its force. "It was great. I was a little nervous, but we had to deal with it," Mattioli said. "The actual event was somewhat stressful and afterwards we had to deal with the misery of life with the ash." "On top of that, they turned the water off, and we were working in the field all day and you’d come home and couldn’t take a shower," he said.
Hurricane Isabel is "extremely dangerous" and has gained strength Thursday as it rages over the Atlantic Ocean and heads west towards the Caribbean's northern Leeward Islands, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.
The NHC said Isabel's maximum sustained winds have increased to 240 kilometers an hour (149 miles an hour) as it bears west at 15 kilometers an hour (nine miles an hour).
At 1500 GMT, the eye of the hurricane was located 865 kilometers to the east-northeast of the Leeward Islands on the eastern fringe of the Caribbean.
If Isabel continues along its current path, the hurricane is expected to hit seas to the north of Puerto Rico by the weekend.
Although a manned mission to Mars remains in the realm of science fiction, more than a dozen NASA scientists and contractors have been conducting on-the-ground experiments with robotics, mapping and communication equipment around Meteor Crater.
The data they have collected during the two weeks of experiments, which end today, will help lay down the groundwork and identify challenges with missions to Mars. But no date has been set for that next great space adventure.
are developing space suits, robotics systems and communications,"
said Joe Kosmo, spokesman for NASA. "None of what you see will go
to Mars, but the information we learn from it will be passed
Mysterious blast shakes
Nanaimo, B.C. — Was it a sonic boom, a dynamite blast, or an asteroid hitting the earth?
Government and local emergency services were stumped Wednesday afternoon, unable to explain a powerful blast that shook Nanaimo from stem to stern.
The blast, which occurred around 1 p.m., was heard and felt as far south as Chemainus, and as far north as Nanoose.
Nanaimo RCMP say no damage or injuries had been reported.
One thing is fairly certain: it was not an earthquake, although it did register on a seismograph in Nanaimo. [...]
They all want to
see dead people
bit like Morse code, says medium with the message
Being in touch with the dead has been coming alive.
Conversations with people in the hereafter is so very now — in movies, on television, in best-selling books and in personal appearances before live audiences across the continent.
The widespread urge to get in touch with the dearly departed is making the afterlife mainstream.
That's no surprise to James Van Praagh. He's the medium whose show Beyond With James Van Praagh is one of two about communicating with the dead that airs on TV multiple times each day.
"We share two common experiences in this world — the first is birth and we have some idea what that's about," he says in a telephone interview from his Los Angeles home. "The second is death. We don't really know about death, but every one of us has this experience. People want to know more about what's going to happen to them."
Even more so, people want to know what happened and what is happening to those who have already passed into the hereafter.
About 700 people are expected at tomorrow's three-hour seminar, paying anywhere from $50 to $250 for the privilege of possibly making a connection. There are no guarantees. The dead are notoriously elusive and anything but predictable.[...]
11:09 Friday 12th September 2003
An Italian cosmetics manufacturer has created a new range of bathroom products that smell of pizza.
Creator Ducio Cresci from Florence believes the traditional Italian dish should indulge all the senses, not just the stomach, and so created the luxury bubble bath, soap and body lotion.
The products are made from natural ingredients and contain tomato extract, essential oils of basil and oregano.
Cresci said: "The bubble bath smells especially strong when you are bathing in it, but once out of the water it leaves an irresistible trace of scent on your skin."
The former TV presenter said his products have been selling very well. Customers can also wash, moisturise and perfume themselves with an entire three course meal.
Cresci's Experimenta range also includes cappuccino soap, freshly baked Tuscan bread body lotion and oils smelling of chocolate, cake and chewing gum.
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