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    Repiglican Roast

    A spirited discussion of public policy and current issues

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    I'm furious about my squandered nation.

    Wednesday, November 29, 2006

    Some Good News. Wall eyed Kitten Killer Frist won't run in 08.



    Now Gingrich and McCain need to piss off

    NATIONAL STANDARDS INSTITUTE TO RECOMMEND SCRAPPING DIRECT RECORDING ELECTRONIC TOUCH-SCREEN VOTING MACHINES!

    Indiana May Turn Over Welfare System To IBM Under $1.6 Billion Outsourcing Deal

    Ah, more money for IBM and less money for welfare recipients.
    The state of Indiana is close to outsourcing the technology and back-office operations that support its welfare system under a contract that, if approved by the governor, would be worth $1.6 billion to IBM and a handful of partners, including ACS and Phoenix Data Corp.
    [...]

    Well, no. Privatization actually never makes anything better for the people it "serves" It makes things richer for corporate interests who also don't have to be bothered with accountability. Not that republicans are ever accountable for what they do anyway. They pass the buck on everything.
    The 10-year deal requires the final approval of Indiana governor Mitch Daniels, who, in a statement released Wednesday, said it would make "America's worst welfare system better for the people it serves." Daniels said he will wait until the outcome of a Dec. 8 public hearing before signing off on the agreement.
    [...]

    Indiana officials say the deal will result in $500 million in administrative savings over the life of the contract.

    Yeah, I'll certainly be paying attention.

    But this is about what I expect from the Klan state.

    In exchange for the work, IBM has agreed to create 1,000 new jobs in Indiana over the next four years. Many of those will be located at a new customer service center that IBM has pledged to open in the state at a location yet to be determined. IBM will also donate to the state a supercomputer for use by researchers at Purdue University and Indiana State University.

    Republikkkan's Boomin g Economy: Holiday job cuts gain momentum

    Water-starved areas get new hope with typhoon

    Iran backs Venezuela car factory

    [...]

    Venezuela is currently undergoing a process of industrialisation to make it less dependent on US imports.

    Mr Chavez has set up a string of industrial projects with partners such as Iran, China and Russia to give his country the expertise it needs.
    [...]
    Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (l) and Hugo Chavez

    Global Drowning: Floods death toll rises to 34 in Kenya

    Torrential rains have battered the Horn of Africa region in recent weeks, killing hundreds, uprooting thousands more and triggering a humanitarian disaster. Somalia and parts of neighbouring Ethiopia and Kenya have been particularly hard hit.

    More Food Safety Issues

    Cadbury Beverages, now Cadbury Schweppes, privately withdrew its Diet Orange Crush drink in five regions in the US in 1990 because tests found some products with benzene several times above the acceptable limit. Benzene is a cancerous chemical.
    [...]

    ILLINOIS: Pension problem keeps growing, state still seeking answers

    Illinois must step up payments to the state pension system or that escalating burden will begin consuming what the state can spend on schools, health care and other services.
    [...]
    Illinois ranks behind most states when it comes to government spending, taxes and public employee head count, yet has $42 billion in unfunded pension liability debt, the highest in the country, according to a study released by the bipartisan fiscal think tank Tuesday.

    The liability grew by $7 billion in the last two years alone, according to the study.

    For decades, Illinois skimped on its funding for the pension system. Now the state finds itself playing catch-up and as the pension debt and its compounding interest grows, it consumes more and more of the state's budget.

    [...]

    This is what repiglikkkans call an activist judge

    A Louisiana federal judge has ruled many New Orleans homeowners whose houses sustained water damage after Hurricane Katrina are not excluded from coverage under their insurance policies, a judgment that represents a loss for the insurance industry.

    In an 85-page judgment, U.S. District Court Judge Stanwood Duval denied motions by some insurers seeking to stop policyholders from receiving claims they said were prevented by exclusion language spelled out in the policies.

    [...]

    Tuesday, November 28, 2006

    Terrorist Saudi bastards Taking orders from Dick Hunting Cheney?

    London, Nov 28: World crude prices rose after oil kingpin Saudi Arabia suggested that OPEC might need to cut output further at its next meeting in December, analysts said.

    Traders also reacted to news yesterday that Iraq's main northern oil distribution centre was in flames after being struck by two mortar shells.

    New York's main contract, light sweet crude for delivery in January, won 62 cents to USD 59.86 per barrel in pit trading.
    [...]

    Galactic Baby Boom Influenced Life on Earth

    **FILE PHOTO** Clouds of gas and dust billow near the center of our Milky Way galaxy in this false-color composite picture that combines three images made by Utah State University's orbiting Spirit III telescope. (AP Photo/ho, Department of Defense)

    On my List

    The Iron Cage: The Story of the Palestinian Struggle for Statehood

    One State or Two? Rashid Khalidi & Ali Abunimah on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

    Mass Protest by Anti-Zionist Orthodox Jews Outside "Israeli Consulate" in New York City

    group of illegal settlers attacked Palestinian school kids

    The Criminal Gang known as the Republican Party

    US durable goods orders plunge

    Bush: No pullout from Iraq until 'mission is complete'

    Ultra Right wing court laced with appointees by illegitimate president, sides with Phillip Morris

    A woman smokes a cigarette in an undated file photo. A Philip Morris attorney on Tuesday challenged a $79.5 million punitive damages award to a former smoker's widow, arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court the tobacco giant could not be punished for harm to other smokers. REUTERS/File

    Fat Repulsive Woman Abusing Swine and Presidential Hopeful Newt Gingrich Doesn't want to suppress their Freedom of Speech

    But he does want to eliminate free speech of dissenters against fascism calling itself republican

    Newt Gingrich

    Black in Amerikkka: Michael Richards Racial Slurs

    Black in Amerikka. New Orleans

    Blackin Amerikkka. Trent Lott Returns to Senate Leadership

    Black in Amerikkka: Kathryn Johnson. Shot Dead by Atlanta Cops at 92 years of age

    Black in Amerikkka

    [...]
    Early Saturday morning, five officers fired 50 shots at a car carrying 23 year-old Sean Bell, who had just left his bachelors party on the eve of his wedding with two friends. None of them were armed. Bell died before reaching the hospital. His friend Joseph Guzman remains in critical condition after being hit by 11 bullets and Trent Benefield is in stable condition with wounds to his leg.
    [...]

    Last Italian soldiers to leave Iraq by Dec 2-Prodi

    Sen. Sam Brownback blocking a judicial nominee over concerns her appearance at a lesbian commitment ceremony

    Monday, November 27, 2006

    Oil Companiess Crimping Oil Supplies to drive up Price

    New York on edge as police kill unarmed man in hail of 50 bullets on his wedding day

    Exit poll: Left-winger Correa wins Ecuador presidency

    Bye Bye Banana Baron!

    Correa has promised to seek closer ties with Venezuela and reject trade agreements with the US.

    Speaking of India

    Balasore (Orissa), Nov 27 (IANS) India Monday successfully test-fired two nuclear-capable Prithvi-II missiles against each other from different military test ranges on the Orissa coast to test their effectiveness, officials said.

    Offshoring blamed for loss of funding, jobs in industry

    This must mean the drug industry excuse Americans have to pay more for prescriptions than anyone else in the world because someone must pay to fund expensive research and development of new products no longer stands.

    Colorado fascist Bob Kearns freaks out over peace symbol wreath

    You'd think anyone with a child in Iraq would do everything in their power to promote peace, including not harassing people who display peace symbols.
    [...]

    Some residents who have complained have children serving in Iraq, said Bob Kearns, president of the Loma Linda Homeowners Association in Pagosa Springs. He said some residents have also believed it was a symbol of Satan. Three or four residents complained, he said.

    Ah, I wonder if these are some of Pastor Haggard's bleating flock?

    [...]
    The association in this 200-home subdivision 270 miles southwest of Denver has sent a letter to her saying that residents were offended by the sign and the board "will not allow signs, flags etc. that can be considered divisive."

    Yes, peace is most divisive.

    The subdivision's rules say no signs, billboards or advertising are permitted without the consent of the architectural control committee.

    Kearns ordered the committee to require Jensen to remove the wreath, but members refused after concluding that it was merely a seasonal symbol that didn't say anything. Kearns fired all five committee members.

    [...]



    West must prepare for Chinese, Indian dominance: Wolfensohn

    [...]

    "The fact that not enough of our young people are preparing themselves with knowledge, experience, residence and language to deal certainly with China, although India has the benefit of an English language, it does seem to me that it presents a formidable challenge."

    Wolfensohn pointed to both China's and India's recent substantial investments in Africa as an example of how the two emerging giants were exercising their increasing clout on the global stage.

    [...]

    While Bush and his republikkkan pals invest America's resources in war, Halliburton and Lockheed Martin which is nothing but investment in their own enrichment.

    Zavata Wins $80 Million Health Care BPO Deal

    Zavata India, a provider of health-care Business Processing Outsourcing (BPO) services, has bagged new customer contracts worth more than $80 million. As per the new contracts, the company will provide end-to-end Revenue Cycle Management Services (RCMS) to major hospitals in West Virginia, Illinois, California and Missouri. The company is planning to expand its Hyderabad facility in Southern India, to meet its new growth requirements.

    Ahmadinejad Predicts Collapse of Israel, U.S., U.K.

    http://www.gb.tomshardware.com/NewsImages/2004/0000811/crystal-ball.jpg

    The Iranian president also called on neighboring countries to drive out ``foreign occupiers,'' in a reference to U.S.-led forces in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    ``The people of the region are well able to establish regional security,'' the president said in the speech near the shrine of the Islamic Republic founder Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. ``The presence of foreigners is the source of discord and conflict.''

    Bush Now Badgering Other countries to pay for his mistakes

    WASHINGTON - President Bush's agenda at a NATO summit this week will include pressing alliance members to increase defense spending. Aides say many U.S. allies are ill-equipped for modern military operations.

    The defense outlays of some NATO partners are less than half those of the United States as a percentage of gross domestic product.
    [...]

    Jordan's king: Three civil wars loom in Middle East

    Our Allies: 90 lashes for rape victim cause uproar in Saudi Arabia

    Nat’l Science Teachers Reject Offers for “An Inconvenient Truth”

    Sunday, November 26, 2006

    US rides weapons wave

    George Bush is the best thing to ever happen to Weapons Makers

    King Of Jordan: "Strong Potential" Of Three Civil Wars In Middle East Next Year...

    CELIA CRUZ.. Guantanamera..

    Vegan Soup Recipes

    Not Quite 2 years into his senate term, Clintonian "liberal" Obama wants to run for president




    Better than Bushites and smarter than Kerry, but far too obedient to corporate interests and thinks compromise means voting for destructive right wing legislation and confirming unqualified fuck ups for cabinet posts, in other words he believes in appeasement of extremists, including oil companies right to price fix.

    Obama seems to have quickly become intoxicated by his own aroma. But it smells like special interest money to me causing me to have to take anti-nausea drugs when I get a whiff.

    When will the democrats stop running as republicans? Maybe when the republicans stop running as Nazis.

    Saturday, November 25, 2006

    Ex Guantanamo prisoner said his CIA evidence was the reason he was jailed.

    Oil prices rise after attack on oil facility in Nigeria, weakening of dollar

    But let us not overlook the fact that the oil companies own every step of their production from locating fields to drilling, extracting, shipping, refining and delivering at the pump.

    In other words oil companies are price fixing.

    And as far as Nigeria goes they are fucking over the population, including murdering them as in Ken Saro Wiwa, and murdering them slowly through economic manipulation and deprivation and environmental degradation, and also fucking over American consumers.

    And Bush, the Pig Boy, appointed SubHuman blood sucker and former head of Exxon, Lee Raymond to head the energy task force in the US. http://www.neatorama.com/2006/05/08/top-15-amazingly-ginormous-fat-cats/

    Foreign oil workers kidnapped for ransom in restive southern Nigeria

    Murdering, American Backed, Fascist Pig Pinochet turns 91

    SANTIAGO, Chile: Former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet celebrates his 91st birthday today, surrounded by friends and relatives but, more than ever before, circled by lawyers who want to put him on trial.
    Pinochet will mark the event at his home in the exclusive La Dehesa district of the Chilean capital Santiago.
    This year, unlike last, he is free from house arrest and is expected to receive well-wishers. In previous years, a band of mariachi musicians has visited him and serenaded him with his favourite song, a ballad called El Rey (The King).
    But while Pinochet's supporters will be toasting his longevity inside, a legion of lawyers in the outside world are seeking to bring him to court for a host of alleged crimes, including kidnap, torture and other human rights abuses.
    Pinochet, who ruled Chile for 17 years until 1990, is also accused of embezzlement and tax evasion in connection with millions of dollars hidden in secret foreign bank accounts.
    [...]

    Bet this election had Amerikkkan help.Landslide victory for ruling party in Paraguay, Bush's new home

    Honduras fines U.S. subsidiary over alleged mercenary training

    The company Your Solutions trained 340 Hondurans, Chileans and Nicaraguans in violation of labor laws, Public Safety Department spokesman Santos Flores told a news conference.

    "The fine was imposed because the company was training mercenaries, and the act of being a mercenary is a form of violating labor rights in whatever country," Flores said, adding that the company, which he said is based in Chicago, Illinois, "operated without permission in Honduras."

    Nicaragua's Ortega supports Central American union

    Bolivia's Morales plan to distribute land to the poor infuriates the wealthy

    [...]
    Morales, who finished 25 points ahead of his nearest challenger in last year's presidential election, believes he has a powerful mandate to transform Bolivia, and he dismisses opposition protests. Morales has made no secret of his intention to end centuries of dominance by a European-descended elite and redistribute power and wealth.

    The president's fortunes were boosted on Oct. 28 when foreign oil companies bowed to his nationalization decree and signed contracts giving the government a majority of their Bolivian revenues. The signings reversed Morales' sinking poll numbers and even his bitterest rivals acknowledged the contracts were a boon for South America's poorest country.

    [...]

    Newt Gingrich, Sexual Misconduct from a dead beat dad

    Newt Gingrich, another republikkkan pig who wants to be president

    Upon assuming the role of Speaker of the House of Representatives, one of Newt Gingrich's first proposals was to resurrect the notion of using orphanages as a response to the problems of child poverty and maltreatment. Since then, the debate surrounding orphanages' reemergence as a policy option raises questions about the motives for the proposal's revival as well as its feasibility. Examination of the history of orphanages reveals that Gingrich and his supporters must not only disprove the criticism by professionals concerned about the impact of institutionalization of children, but also the feasibility problems presented by the population's treatment needs and the extraordinary cost of institutional maintenance.
    [...] http://www.time.com/time/covers/0,16641,19950109,00.html

    Bayer's GMO rice safe without oversight, USDA says. Same USDA behind epidemic food poisoning in US

    Friday, November 24, 2006

    Renowned Jazz Singer Anita O'Day Dies

    CD Cover of 'Pick Yourself Up with Anita O'Day'

    Bad News for Canada

    16,000 Single Mothers Fighting in Iraq

    [...]
    When war started in Iraq, a generation of U.S. women became involved as never before-- in a wider-than-ever array of jobs, for long deployments, in a conflict with daily bloodshed. More than 155,000 women have served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    Among their ranks are more than 16,000 single mothers, according to the Pentagon, a number that military experts say is unprecedented.

    [...]

    Unsafe abortions in the developing world kill 68,000 women a year, research suggests.

    Argentina-Uruguay dispute deepens

    Argentine protesters say the Uruguayan mills will pollute the Uruguay river, and have blocked border bridges.

    Uruguay has protested, saying the protests are harming its economy.

    On Tuesday, the World Bank approved more than $500m (£259m) in loans for the project.

    Chavez's home-building sows hope in Venezuela's slums

    US Colombia trade pact is decried

    When union president Gregorio Melendez was shot to death as he left work in September, his murder seemed just another statistic in a country where labor organizing is a deadly endeavor.

    But the still-unsolved killing of Melendez, who headed a municipal workers union in the Amazon River basin town of Arauca, and the assassinations of 55 other Colombian labor officials this year have suddenly become a pressing issue in Washington.

    That's because American and Colombian officials are expected to sign an agreement today in Washington that is aimed at boosting U.S. exports and decreasing Colombia's dependence on drug trafficking.
    [...]

    Putting the Coca Back in Cola

    Coca products were taboo for a long time in Colombia. Now Colombians can purchase coca wine, coca tea and coca cookies. The newest product is called Coca-Sek, an energy drink that is fast developing an international reputation -- much to the irritation of the Coca Cola company.

    De Beira-Commencement of Drilling at the Titiribi Copper/Gold Project, Colombia

    DE BEIRA is a Nevada based mineral exploration company. The Company has recently initiated a new program to evaluate undervalued assets for potential addition to its mineral claim portfolio.

    Crisis in Congress shakes Colombia

    BOGOTA, Colombia � The government of (US backed) President Alvaro Uribe is being shaken by its most serious political crisis yet, as details emerge about members of Congress who collaborated with right-wing death squads to spread terror and exert political control across Colombia's Caribbean coast.

    Two senators, Alvaro Garcma and Jairo Merlano, are in custody, as is a congressman, Eric Morris, and a former congresswoman, Muriel Benito. Four local officials have been arrested, and a warrant has been issued for a former governor, Salvador Arana. All are from the state of Sucre, where the attorney general's office has been exhuming bodies from mass graves -- victims of a paramilitary campaign to erode civilian support for Marxist rebels in Colombia's long conflict.

    [...]

    American Backed Colombia arrests correspondent for Venezuelan news channel on terrorism charges

    [...]

    The arrest warrant was issued by a prosecutor on Nov. 10 for charges of terrorism and rebellion relating to a series of bombings along the Caribbean coast in 2002. No one was killed in the attacks. No further details were given.

    The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, better known as the FARC, were blamed for a number of attacks across the coastline in 2002.

    "This type of accusation undoubtedly surprises us. We think this is an attack against freedom of the press, against the right to information," Andres Izarra, Telesur president, told The Associated Press in a telephone interview. "We are analyzing our legal options for the defense of Fredy Munoz' rights".

    [...]

    Just Because the Saudis Attacked us on 9/11 Don't Expect Bush and Cheney not to hold hands with Prince Abdullah

    Christian Coalition loses leader in dispute

    The Rev. Joel Hunter, of Northland, A Church Distributed, in Longwood, Fla., said he quit as president-elect of the group founded by evangelist Pat Robertson because he realized he would be unable to broaden the organization's agenda beyond opposing abortion and same-sex marriage.

    He hoped to include issues such as easing poverty and saving the environment.

    "These are issues that Jesus would want us to care about," Hunter said.

    Dollar loses ground against euro

    Analysts have voiced concerns about the US economy after the White House downgraded its growth forecasts amid a sharp slowdown in the housing market.

    Ecuador's Leftist Candidate Slams Bush

    The American people have been the first to speak their minds in an overwhelming fashion on the errors committed by the Bush administration, above all in Iraq,'' he said. ``I think all citizens of the world have a right to express ourselves about that mistake, which put world peace in danger.''
    Correa, 43, has promised radical political reforms if elected and is an admirer of Venezuela's firebrand President Hugo Chavez. He faces pro-U.S. populist Alvaro Noboa, 56, Ecuador's wealthiest man, in Sunday's runoff.

    Later, at his closing campaign rally in northern Quito, Correa again accused his opponent of using child labor on his banana plantations and evading taxes on some of the 114 companies he operates.

    ``At stake here is whether to have a nation or be just one more plantation for the conceited Noboa,'' he told thousands of cheering supporters.

    Noboa, owner of the world's fourth-biggest banana company, has crisscrossed Ecuador handing out computers, wheelchairs and money, and pledging to boost the economy by persuading his rich foreign friends to invest in Ecuador.

    If they don't invest they could always send in death squads and military covert operators. Do you know where your linguistically enabled marine special operators are?


    France Authorizes Troops To Fire At Israeli Jets Over South Lebanon

    Olmert: Thank God for Dead Iraqis and U.S. Soldiers

    American priest and nun join Palestinian non-violent resistance in Gaza

    Gay 'Marriage' in Israel: Worse than Holocaust - Will Cause Terrorism Warns Rabbi Levin

    Says "far worse to allow the homosexualization of the Holy Land than to give back land to the Arabs"

    Wow. homsexuals are worse than Arabs. Wow.

    Rogue Terrorist State of Israel rejects ceasefire proposal

    Ameren gets rate hike for delivering power in many Illinois communities

    Ohioans tired of losing jobs to workers overseas and angry over trade deals they believe are to blame can take heart.

    Trade agenda facing defiance
    Election of Democrats to snarl Bush plans

    Fish oils, vitamins, herbs helpful for depression

    [...]
    And while European studies have found that St. John's Wort has antidepressant effects, US clinical trials have shown the opposite, which some think may be due to the herb's interaction with other medications.
    [...]
    Though the article doesn't indicate, you can bet the drug companies who hold patents on big selling, dangerous anti-depressants conducted the research.

    Give me the European research every time. European scientists believe in evolution and practice universal healt care while Amerikkkan scientists believe in WMD and profit.

    Drug Industry Executives Fear Democrats will stop Drug Industry profiteering

    [...]
    drug company lobbyists concede that the House is likely to pass a bill intended to drive down drug prices, but they are determined to block such legislation in the Senate. If that strategy fails, they are counting on President Bush to veto any bill that passes. With 49 Republicans in the Senate next year, the industry is confident that it can round up the 34 votes normally needed to uphold a veto.
    [...]

    Billy Tauzin, president of that group, a lobbying organization for brand-name drug companies, recently urged Representative Edolphus Towns, Democrat of New York, to seek a position as chairman of a powerful House subcommittee, said Karen Johnson, a spokeswoman for Mr. Towns. The subcommittee has authority over Medicare and the Food and Drug Administration.

    Democrats have yet to decide who will head the subcommittee.

    Mr. Tauzin, a former congressman, also met with Senator Byron L. Dorgan, a North Dakota Democrat who has been trying for six years to allow drug imports from Canada. The industry vehemently opposes such legislation.

    James C. Greenwood, president of the Biotechnology Industry Organization, another trade group, said, “There is a lot of pent-up animosity among Democrats against the pharmaceutical industry.”

    Mr. Greenwood, a former Republican congressman from Pennsylvania, said he had a list of 37 Congressional Democrats whom he intended to call in the next month.

    Amgen, the biotechnology company, recently disclosed that it had retained as a lobbyist George C. Crawford, a former chief of staff for Representative Nancy Pelosi of California. Ms. Pelosi, the House Democratic leader, is in line to become speaker in January and has said that the House will immediately take up legislation authorizing Medicare to negotiate prices with drug manufacturers.

    [...]

    How anyone can claim the government operates in the interests of the people simply confounds me. Laws and legislation are for sale to the highest bidder, and the highest bidder will always be corporate interests.

    The way to stop this is campaign finance reform, and not Fake Moderate John McCain's version which isn't reform at all, and which ought to include a waiting time of 10 years before former congress people can go to work as lobbyists for any industry, and elections
    financed strictly by tax dollars.

    Great Editorial

    [...]
    How America became polarized is simple. More than thirty years ago, the Republican Party set out on a mission to divide the country. Early on they used race-based wedge issues to make inroads into the South. Come to think of it, if the recent senate campaign in Tennessee is any indication, that whole race-based wedge issue trick remains a vital and vibrant part of today's Republican electoral strategy. When pitting Anglo-American against African-American finally failed to get the big results, Republicans turned to the so-called social issues. They rode abortion for all it was worth. Then the Republicans simply declared war. They call it a "culture war," but for them it is a very real war. In some cases, regarding doctors that provide abortions, the Republican war has become a shooting war...and at abortion clinics, a bombing war.

    For the better part of twenty years blathering buffoons like Rush Limbaugh, mouth-frothing morons like Sean Hannity, bigots like Michael Savage, and liberal assassination supporting bit...ladies like Ann Coulter have been making it their business to ensure that the "Conservative Crusaders" understood who America's real enemy was. Then along came FOX "News" and before the country knew what had hit, the entire Republican Party propaganda network -- the people that started and declared the "culture war" -- was busy telling the GOP faithful that the LIBERALS were waging a war against CONSERVATIVES ... against "American values," Christianity, and anybody that disagreed with "their secularist agenda."
    [...]

    Thursday, November 23, 2006

    Genetic breakthrough that reveals the differences between humans

    [...]
    "One can no longer consider human traits as resulting primarily from [simple DNA] changes... With all respect to Watson and Crick, many Mendelian and complex traits, as well as sporadic diseases, may indeed result from structural variation of the genome," Professor Lupski said.
    [...]

    India, China Seek To Double Trade By 2010, Sign 13 Pacts

    Teen Screen: A Front Group for the Psycho-Pharmaceutical Industrial Complex

    If you never look at another link on this site, look at this one. And look thoroughly

    TeenScreen
    is a very controversial so-called "diagnostic psychiatric service" aka suicide survey; done on children who are then referred to psychiatric treatment. The evidence suggests that the objective of the psychiatrists who designed TeenScreen is to place children so selected on psychotropic drugs.
    [...]
    One tactic TeenScreen officials use is to sell the child on the suicide survey first and after they have the child's agreement, they later contact parents.

    TeenScreen Project Coordinator, Kathleen Cigich, was quoted as saying: "We found early on, though, that sending out letters directly to parents is prohibitively time consuming and gets a low response rate. We thought, why not go to students themselves and offer a $5 video store coupon to anyone who brings back a parental consent form within a two-day turnaround period. It works. Our response rate is extremely high."

    TeenScreen also utilizes a "passive consent" form which requires no written parental approval. The passive consent form is sent home to parents and if they don't return it TeenScreen considers that the parents approve. TeenScreen officials favor passive consent because they say it boosts their chances of screening kids to 95% as opposed to the written parental consent technique. What if the child forgets to bring the consent form home? What happens if the parent is too busy to refuse in writing? They've consented in the eyes of TeenScreen personnel.
    [...]
    Yet psychiatrists continue to pound the public with misleading and fraudulent statements that these so called mental disorders are biochemical or neurological conditions. That is false. They are simply a list of behaviors that psychiatrists vote into existence and insert into their billing bible, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.

    This has led to over 8 million children in the U.S. taking mind-altering psychiatric drugs.

    [...]

    Lebanese minister assassinated

    Wednesday, November 22, 2006

    Imperial History of the Middle East in living Map

    Right Wing Extremist McCain Flip-Flops, Supports Immediate Reversal of Roe v. Wade

    Did the CIA kill Bobby Kennedy?

    http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/1999/kennedy/stories/tragic.kennedys/link.robert.jpg

    Atlanta Cops Murder 92 year old Woman in Wrong House trying to execute search warrant

    [...]
    “They done the wrong house,” said Johnson’s niece, Sarah Dozier. “And they killed her! This lady lived to be 92. She lived to be 92 and in good health. They went in there and she was scared to death.”

    According to family members, Johnson lived alone. Dozier says that Johnson did have a firearm. She says she took her aunt to get a permit for that firearm, for her own protection.
    [...]

    U.S. poised to shift Latin America policies

    [...]
    Some Democrats want to rewrite both the Colombia and Peru agreements to include, among other things, more environmental regulations and stronger guarantees for union organizers.
    [...]

    Under the administration's "Plan Colombia" policy, the U.S. has provided nearly $5 billion in mostly military aid since 2000 to fight the country's narcotics traffickers and Marxist guerrillas. Although security has improved in many areas, the rebels remain a threat while tons of Colombian cocaine and heroin continue to reach the U.S.

    "Six years and $4.7 billion later, the drug-control results are meager at best," Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., told a congressional hearing last June.

    Many Democrats want to reduce military spending and use the money to boost programs to fight poverty, relocate people displaced by Colombia's 42-year civil war and encourage farmers to plant legal crops.

    [...]

    Dell to start making PCs, laptops in India

    Because a 12% increase in profit isn't enough. Personally I believe if companies don't want to provide good jobs for Americans they shouldn't be allowed to sell their products in America.
    In other words Fuck Michael Dell.

    Dell profit rises 12%; sales up 3.5% to $14.4 billion

    An Israeli peace group has said that nearly 40 per cent of the land on which Jewish settlements in West Bank built is privately owned by Palestinians

    Paulson Says Business Is Over-Regulated

    Well, that's what I expect from a Bush appointed Pig - A republican grunt in favor of big business and a look the other way while the little guy gets screwed senseless. At least he says he's for some accountability, no matter how thin.
    And it is thin

    Birds Eye Foods recalls frozen-squash packages

    Consolidation, increasing lack of regulation and diminished worker's rights have made the food supply unsafe. One product after another (fresh, frozen, canned, meat) leaves production and heads to the consumer in deadly condition.

    [...]
    Ammonia can cause headache, nausea, vomiting and throat irritation. Consumers can return the product to the place of purchase for a full refund.

    Birds Eye said it received fewer than a dozen complaints and that testing confirmed ammonia was present in a package sold under a store brand name. The brand names are: Stop & Shop, Shaw, Price Chopper, Lafe, Shurfine, Hannaford, Flavorite, Market Basket, Wegmans, Giant, Tops, Safeway, IGA, Roundy's, Remarkable and Dominicks. The squash was produced by Chase Farms in Walkerville, Mich.

    For more information, call 800-807-8817 or visit http://www.fda.gov/opacom/7alerts.html


    Tapes Provide First Glimpse of Secret Gitmo Panels

    Anton Zander Lavay Lookalike and Gross Incompetent Michael Chertoff Claims obeying international law, agreed to by US, destroys US.

    Critics have aimed at Bush's policies such as the indefinite detention of foreign terrorism suspects at the Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba.

    Chertoff said the U.S. Supreme Court decision on Guantanamo prisoner Salim Ahmed Hamdan that required the United States to treat detainees under Geneva Conventions standards showed international law's entry into the U.S. domain.

    He also pointed to negotiations leading up to last month's interim agreement between the United States and the European Union on sharing personal information about trans-Atlantic airline passengers.

    The Bush administration sought addresses, credit card details, phone numbers and other details for U.S.-bound European air passengers as a way to determine whether any should be turned back from entering the United States as a security risk.

    [...]

    Protests Mark Bush Visit to Indonesia.

    Protesters and their "Stop Bush Now" placards could get no place near the Bogor Palace, which is an hour outside of Jakarta and heavily protected by troops and fences. But Bush, recognizing the reality that State Department surveys show that the percentage of Indonesians who say they had a favorable view of the United States has declined from 75 percent six years ago to 30 percent today, turned the Jakarta protests into a example of how far Indonesia has come in allowing free expression.

    Is Offshoring a National Security Threat?

    Democrats to quickly target oil industry tax breaks

    U.S. poised to shift Latin America policies

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    The most recent trade deal, the Central American Free Trade Agreement, passed by just one vote last year in the Republican-controlled House. In the Nov. 7 election, 34 House and Senate seats switched hands from supporters of the current model of international trade deals to critics, according to a study by Washington-based Global Trade Watch.

    Revisions possible

    Some Democrats want to rewrite both the Colombia and Peru agreements to include, among other things, more environmental regulations and stronger guarantees for union organizers.

    [...]

    Under the administration's "Plan Colombia" policy, the U.S. has provided nearly $5 billion in mostly military aid since 2000 to fight the country's narcotics traffickers and Marxist guerrillas. Although security has improved in many areas, the rebels remain a threat while tons of Colombian cocaine and heroin continue to reach the U.S.

    "Six years and $4.7 billion later, the drug-control results are meager at best," Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., told a congressional hearing last June.

    Many Democrats want to reduce military spending and use the money to boost programs to fight poverty, relocate people displaced by Colombia's 42-year civil war and encourage farmers to plant legal crops.

    [...]

    Israeli troops and tanks pushed deep into the Gaza Strip in two separate raids on Tuesday

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    Israel has killed more than 320 Palestinians in Gaza, about half of them civilians, since it began its offensive.
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    Tuesday, November 21, 2006

    Officer in Taser case identified

    Terrence Duren, a 2001 UCLA officer of the year, has been the subject of two other use-of-force complaints.

    College Debt. A loan industry engineered class war weapon for use against middle and working class american kids

    Students Dropping Out of High School Reaches Epidemic Levels

    Better for the all "volunteer armed service" and the fucked over work force having its benefits taken away day by day, but not good for the country.

    College access slips away for underprivileged

    Commander in Chief Cheney's Plans to Attack Iran

    Sunday, November 19, 2006

    Human shield deters Israel strike

    Since the Israeli government does not typically differentiate between "military" targets and innocent civilians, I was shocked by this good news.

    Perhaps decision making has been moved into more rational hands, though that is hard to believe with the recent political ascendancy of hard right Zionist nut case, bigot and Moldavian transplant Avigdor Lieberman who insists the Palestinians have no right of return to their homeland and has been calling for more aggression, violence and violations of international law and human rights.

    Houston Crackdown on Right to Peaceful Protest, Freedom of Speech...

    HOUSTON, Nov. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- In an unprecedented transparent attempt to severely limit the right to peaceful protest and freedom of speech of low-wage Houston janitors and their supporters, a Harris County District Attorney has set an extraordinarily high bond of $888,888 cash for each of the 44 peaceful protestors arrested last night. Houston janitors and their supporters, many of them janitors from other cities, were participating in an act of non-violent civil disobedience, protesting in the intersection of Travis at Capitol when they were arrested in downtown Houston Thursday night. They were challenging Houston's real estate industry to settle the janitors' strike and agree on a contract that provides the 5,300 janitors in Houston with higher wages and affordable health insurance.

    Friday, November 17, 2006

    More Zionist Lies and Bullshit

    If you don't support the Zionist Genocide, according to this propaganda, you must hate Jews.
    Zionists define Jews as those who have a right to murder Arabs.
    Sick shit.

    Raid on Niger oil facility

    Nigerian oil company mercenaries have killed two freedom fighters after an attack on an oil facility in the Niger Delta.

    About 60 freedom fighters in speedboats launched the pre-dawn raid on Monday on a logistics base operated by Royal Dutch Shell at Nun river in Bayelsa state.

    Sudan 'agrees' Darfur peace force

    Hubble telescope makes new discovery

    NEW YORK - The
    Hubble Space Telescope has shown that a mysterious form of energy first conceived by Albert Einstein, then rejected by the famous physicist as his "greatest blunder," appears to have been fueling the expansion of the universe for most of its history.
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    This so-called "dark energy" has been pushing the universe outward for at least 9 billion years, astronomers said Thursday.
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    U.S. says it has removed 50,000 unexploded bombs in Lebanon

    Israel has defended its right to use collective punishment and genocide with US support.

    Searching for 'our alien origins'

    In July 2001, a mysterious red rain started falling over a large area of southern India.

    Locals believed that it foretold the end of the world, though the official explanation was that it was desert dust that had blown over from Arabia.

    But one scientist in the area, Dr Godfrey Louis, was convinced there was something much more unusual going on.

    Not only did Dr Louis discover that there were tiny biological cells present, but because they did not appear to contain DNA, the essential component of all life on Earth, he reasoned they must be alien lifeforms.
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    Houston Teen Convicted in Racial Attack

    A jury that convicted a white teenager in a savage attack in which he yelled racial slurs as he sodomized a Hispanic boy with a plastic pipe will now determine his punishment.

    Jurors deliberated for four hours Thursday before finding David Henry Tuck, 18, guilty of aggravated sexual assault in the attack during an April party in a Houston suburb.

    [...]


    Wisconsin Republican Sensenbrenner Blocks bill to stop Animal Abuse

    Report: Hunger has more than doubled in low-income areas

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    Poor families are not earning enough to handle both increased heating and food costs, and they economize by skipping meals or buying inexpensive foods that are filling, but high in sugar and fat, said Ellen Parker, executive director of Project Bread.

    The group called for a statewide Campaign to End Hunger with a collaboration of businesses, healthcare providers, governments, and schools. It also urged legislators to provide nutritional breakfasts to 35,000 more students and to make it easier for families to get food stamps.

    Parker suggested that the families of children who receive free school breakfasts should be automatically eligible for food stamps.

    [...]

    Thursday, November 16, 2006

    The Military-Industrial Oedipus Complex