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Saturday, August 26, 2006
August 26, 2006: Recent links of interest
Saturday, 26 August 2006 10:01 A GMT-05
A college student was detained Friday after customs agents found what they suspected was dynamite in his checked luggage, but authorities said he was not involved in terrorism.
Saturday, 26 August 2006 9:54 A GMT-05
Because of the ban on liquids aboard planes, Clearwater Seafoods, which sells lobsters in the Nova Scotia airport, had to find a substitute for the ice packs it uses to keep carry-on lobster cold during flights. The general manager of the lobster division, Tony Jabbour, says that the company went a week with no sales before finding the perfect solution: frozen vegetables.
Saturday, 26 August 2006 4:14 A GMT-05
Friday, 25 August 2006 7:38 P GMT-05
A very good news recap.
Friday, 25 August 2006 7:34 P GMT-05
Furthermore, the Wal-Mart business model increasingly betrays what was once the operating principle of American capitalism, as explained by Henry Ford the First: You've got to pay your workers enough so that they can buy your product; that's what keeps the system going. When the American majority can't buy the very goods they manufacture or sell, that system is cruising for a bruising.
Friday, 25 August 2006 7:30 P GMT-05
The Food and Drug Administration yesterday announced it had approved an emergency contraceptive for over-the-counter sale to men and women age 18 and older. The decision was years in the making and fraught with accusations of political interference.
Friday, 25 August 2006 7:29 P GMT-05
The bill has widespread bipartisan support, but one senator, or a group of senators, has thwarted its quick passage by placing an anonymous "hold" on it. Supporters of the bill were hoping to move it quickly through the Senate by gaining "unanimous consent" for a vote. But any Senator can stop such a procedure by requesting a hold on the bill, thereby forcing a longer debate process.
Friday, 25 August 2006 7:12 P GMT-05
Friday, 25 August 2006 6:09 P GMT-05
Activists celebrated Wednesday's verdict as a victory over a culture of silence that means the majority of human rights abuses go unpunished. Death squads, however, are a cultural legacy of state neglect, they said, and will not cease to exist overnight.
Friday, 25 August 2006 6:05 P GMT-05
Vo Nguyen Giap is the Vietnamese general who planned the Ho Chi Minh trail and defeated the French at Dien Bien Phu. In a rare interview with the author of a book about the trail, he recalls his part in defying the might of the US military
Friday, 25 August 2006 5:50 P GMT-05
America went through a terrible year. The levees broke in New Orleans. When bodies floated in the streets, the Republican Congress saw an opportunity for more tax cuts and consolidation of the corporatopia they had created for their moneyed donors. The Democratic Party was clueless, written off, politically at death’s door. The year was 1927.
Friday, 25 August 2006 5:43 P GMT-05
State Farm Insurance supervisors systematically demanded that Hurricane Katrina damage reports be buried or replaced or changed so that the company would not have to pay policyholders' claims in Mississippi, two State Farm insiders tell ABC News.
Friday, 25 August 2006 5:24 P GMT-05
A chief prosecutor of Nazi war crimes at Nuremberg has said George W. Bush should be tried for war crimes along with Saddam Hussein. Benjamin Ferenccz, who secured convictions for 22 Nazi officers for their work in orchestrating the death squads that killed more than 1 million people, told OneWorld both Bush and Saddam should be tried for starting "aggressive" wars--Saddam for his 1990 attack on Kuwait and Bush for his 2003 invasion of Iraq.
Friday, 25 August 2006 5:19 P GMT-05
The chief law enforcement officers of several Texas counties along the southern U.S. border warn that Arabic-speaking individuals are learning Spanish and integrating into Mexican culture before paying smugglers to sneak them into the United States.
Friday, 25 August 2006 5:09 P GMT-05
Nine black children attending Red River Elementary School were directed last week to the back of the school bus by a white driver who designated the front seats for white children.
Friday, 25 August 2006 5:06 P GMT-05
A paper disputing the controlled demolition hypothesis with regard to the collapse of WTC 1, 2 & 7.
Friday, 25 August 2006 4:43 P GMT-05
Sixty-three percent of Israelis want Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to resign in a sharp public rebuke over his handling of the war in Lebanon, a newspaper poll showed on Friday.
Friday, 25 August 2006 4:26 P GMT-05
On May 21, 1999, reacting to some satirical criticism of him, Bush snapped: "There ought to be limits to freedom."
Friday, 25 August 2006 3:53 P GMT-05
What Rove is giving voice to here is nothing less than the new blood libel of our age: that those who oppose the Bush Administration's unconstitutional actions are opening the door to a new 9/11. The implication is clear: anyone who speaks up for the Constitution is working for the death of innocent Americans. They are, by definition, traitors. Thus they deserve what traitors get: death.
Friday, 25 August 2006 3:38 P GMT-05
I had my camera and headed for the upper roof and I couldn't believe what I saw. There was a large piece of a landing gear and pieces of airplane parts all over the roof. I took many pictures and quickly left the roof.
Thursday, 24 August 2006 6:17 P GMT-05
Two hours before he was to debate a member of "Scholars for 9/11 Truth" on a Seattle radio talk show, a research editor for "Popular Mechanics" magazine pulls out.
Thursday, 24 August 2006 6:12 P GMT-05
Most of those surveyed— 80%—said they want votes to be counted in front of observers representing the public, and that elections officials should not rely solely on the proprietary software that operates electronic voting machines that are presently being installed all over the United States.
Thursday, 24 August 2006 6:07 P GMT-05
"This is not the time to cover up and we need to tell the truth," he said. "No doubt, the north was abandoned and someone should provide explanations and take responsibility."
Thursday, 24 August 2006 5:51 P GMT-05
Wage slaves and sweat shop laborers have supplanted serfs and chattel slaves. Five major corporations comprise 90% of the mass media in the United States. What are their specialties? Shaping public opinion to maintain the illusion that one of the world’s most rapacious and bellicose nations is a “benevolent superpower” and enticing those who fall prey to their charms to experience a virtually insatiable desire to acquire more material possessions. A brain-washed complacent citizenry perpetually ready to go on a buying binge is a wet dream for the ruling elite.
Thursday, 24 August 2006 5:41 P GMT-05
If you can watch this entire video, and still use an electronic voting machine, you deserve the government you get.
Thursday, 24 August 2006 5:38 P GMT-05
Evolutionary biology has vanished from the list of acceptable fields of study for recipients of a federal education grant for low-income college students.
Thursday, 24 August 2006 5:30 P GMT-05
On July 19 the Associated Press and Reuter’s reported an "amazing find" at a museum in Allentown, Pennsylvania: A copy of a letter dated March 16, 1861, and signed by Abraham Lincoln imploring the governor of Florida to rally political support for a constitutional amendment that would have legally enshrined slavery in the U.S. Constitution.
Thursday, 24 August 2006 5:00 P GMT-05
In an editorial board interview with The Telegraph on Wednesday, the candidate, Mary Maxwell, said the U.S. government had a role in killing nearly 3,000 people at the World Trade Center and Pentagon, so it could make Americans hate Arabs and allow the military to bomb Muslim nations such as Iraq. Maxwell, 59, seeks the 2nd District congressional seat. The Concord resident opposes the incumbent, Charles Bass of Peterborough, and Berlin Mayor Bob Danderson in the Republican primary Sept. 12.
Thursday, 24 August 2006 12:04 A GMT-05
According to the report, the clearest instances of waste in Gulf Coast reconstruction are the contracting pyramids schemes – layers of subcontracting that turn an easy profit for the many middlemen. This layering creates distance between corporations such as Halliburton subsidiary Kellogg, Brown & Root (KBR) and the subcontractor that ultimately performs the work. It allows KBR, for example, to plead ignorance when labor abuses are uncovered, as happened when a subcontractor was caught employing undocumented immigrants late last year and accused of mistreating them.
Wednesday, 23 August 2006 11:20 P GMT-05
In this special report, Michael Kane recounts the personal story of JP Morgan IT professional, Indira Singh, a heroic 9/11 whistleblower who was fired, harrassed, and physically threatened for exposing the Saudi/terrorist-linked origins of one of the government's most pervasive software systems, and thereby offering the 9/11 Commission more truth than it ever wanted to know.
Wednesday, 23 August 2006 9:00 P GMT-05
Two whistleblowers — one in Italy, one in Greece — uncovered a secret bugging system installed in cell phones around the world. Both met with untimely ends. The resultant scandals have received little press in the United States, despite the profound implications for American critics of the Bush administration.
Wednesday, 23 August 2006 8:43 P GMT-05
Seventy-four percent of the 1,033 adult Americans polled said they believe an attack is being planned, according to the poll conducted by Opinion Research Corporation on behalf of CNN.