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Friday, January 12, 2007

January 12, 2007: Recent links of interest

Saudi torture: a Whitehall cover-up

Friday, 12 January 2007 5:00 P GMT-05
Indeed, far from helping their citizens to get justice, the UK government has hindered them in a number of ways. Most remarkably in our particular case, it intervened on the side of the Saudis. In the Lords, the government's counsel even supported the Saudi claim to immunity. That lawyer was Professor Christopher Greenwood QC, the same man who advised Tony Blair that the invasion of Iraq was lawful, against the views of nearly every other international lawyer.

Scientific American Lies for the Empire

Friday, 12 January 2007 4:23 P GMT-05
If buildings that are "95 percent" air -- virtually all modern office buildings -- can only collapse straight down, one has to wonder why demolition companies are paid millions of dollars to engineer straight-down collapses with hundreds of carefully placed and precision-timed explosives. Shermer fails to note that no structure before or after 9/11/01 has ever exhibited the phenomenon of top-down progressive total collapse, no matter what fraction of it was air. The non-repeatability of this phenomenon will trouble students of the scientific method, but not Shermer.

A Peculiar Version of Friendly Fire

Thursday, 11 January 2007 8:03 P GMT-05
Female soldiers, she soon learned, were called “bitches,” “sluts,” and “dykes.” A friend in an all-male unit related a story in which an obligatory equal opportunity class devolved into a rant against servicewomen, who “always” said they’d been raped after regrettable drunken liaisons. A woman in Dougherty’s unit who stayed behind the initial deployment because she was pregnant showed up in Iraq four months later after an abortion—and was congratulated by the platoon commander on getting “the first confirmed kill in the unit.”

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