Friday, August 31, 2007
Posted by Edward at 2:30 PM
By MARC SANTORA
The Republican National Committee plans to penalize at least four states holding early primaries, including New Hampshire and Florida, by refusing to seat at least half their delegates at the party’s national convention in 2008, a party official said Tuesday.
Much of the focus in the primary scheduling fight up to now has been on the Democratic National Committee’s moves to penalize Florida by not seating its convention delegates because of the state’s decision to move up its primary. But the Republican rules are even more stringent, and the national party said today that it would not hesitate enforcing them.
By Laura McGann - June 18, 2007, 12:41 PM
Email messages sent by White House officials using Republican National Committee addresses have been extensively destroyed, according to an early report on the ongoing investigation released today by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
The full report is here (pdf) and the executive summary is available here.
By Sharon Begley
Aug. 13, 2007 issue - Sen. Barbara Boxer had been chair of the Senate's Environment Committee for less than a month when the verdict landed last February. "Warming of the climate system is unequivocal," concluded a report by 600 scientists from governments, academia, green groups and businesses in 40 countries. Worse, there was now at least a 90 percent likelihood that the release of greenhouse gases from the burning of fossil fuels is causing longer droughts, more flood-causing downpours and worse heat waves, way up from earlier studies. Those who doubt the reality of human-caused climate change have spent decades disputing that. But Boxer figured that with "the overwhelming science out there, the deniers' days were numbered." As she left a meeting with the head of the international climate panel, however, a staffer had some news for her. A conservative think tank long funded by ExxonMobil, she told Boxer, had offered scientists $10,000 to write articles undercutting the new report and the computer-based climate models it is based on. "I realized," says Boxer, "there was a movement behind this that just wasn't giving up."
Published on Sunday, May 23, 2004 by the Denver Post
President Bush has installed more than 100 top officials who were once lobbyists, attorneys or spokespeople for the industries they oversee.
by Anne C. Mulkern
August 31, 2007; Page A8
So now comes Idaho's Senator Larry Craig to verify one
more time Mr. Dooley's truth that "politics ain't beanbag." Were it gentle beanbag, a long parade of troubled politicos caught in cars, tidal basins, on boat decks and inside cookie jars would have been left to God's mercy and their own demons. Even in the days of smoke-filled rooms, the boys knew there were some malefactors who had strayed to that place beyond their protective reach, which is to say, into the hands of the party faithful. Senator Larry Craig is in that place.
Senator Craig's incident inside the men's room of the
Minneapolis-St. Paul airport is, at the least, bad timing on his part. His party, it might have occurred to him, had just lost control of Congress for reasons that Republican voters chose to call "corruption." The various corruptions included Representatives Mark Foley and Duke Cunningham, Tom DeLay and the K Street mob, the disgrace of earmarks and bridges to nowhere and whatever else GOP voters concluded had
fallen outside the norms of established party principle.
Thursday, August 30, 2007
Circuit denies fees for
attorneys who recovered money seized from multiple innocent claimants
According to this opinion
the government may avoid paying attorney fees incurred by an innocent
owner simply by seizing property owned by multiple innocent owners.
On August 10, 2007,
the Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that CAFRA (Civil Asset
Forfeiture Reform Act of 2000) exempts the government from liability
when seized currency is subject to “competing claims” of multiple
who substantially prevail in a forfeiture case.
The appeals panel also held that CAFRA now provides the
exclusive means of awarding fees to forfeiture
defense attorneys, and therefore fees incurred defending a forfeiture
no longer be awarded under EAJA (Equal Access to Justice Act). While
“mindful” that defense attorneys in U.S.
v. $293,316 in United States
05-6522-cv, invested considerable time
helping nearly eighty innocent claimants recover their money, the panel
nonetheless ruled that “under
CAFRA those facts cannot justify the imposition of another burden on
A sheriff convicted of stealing $120,000 from a motorist gets probation and a $1000 fine.A former Iowa sheriff received a suspended sentence yesterday for the crime of stealing $120,000 from a motorist. A jury convicted Dallas County Sheriff Brian Gilbert, 44, in April for taking the money during a traffic stop last year. Instead of ten years in prison, a judge
imposed probation, a $1000 fine and some community service.
If the DEA can't show better judgement in its actions, then the forfeiture act needs to be revoked. I am betting the DEA fights this tooth and nail. The scary thing is they may win. Are we still a democracy?
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A trucker has sued the Drug Enforcement Administration, seeking to get back nearly $24,000 seized by DEA agents earlier this month at a weigh station on U.S. 54 in New Mexico north of El Paso, Texas.
Anastasio Prieto of El Paso gave a state police officer at the weigh station permission to search the truck to see if it contained "needles or cash in excess of $10,000," according to the American Civil Liberties Union, which filed the federal lawsuit Thursday.
Prieto told the officer he didn't have any needles but did have $23,700. Officers took the money and turned it over to the DEA. DEA agents photographed and fingerprinted Prieto over his objections, then released him without charging him with anything.
Border Patrol agents searched his truck with drug-sniffing dogs, but found no evidence of illegal substances, the ACLU said. The lawsuit alleges the defendants violated Prieto's right to be free of unlawful search and seizure by taking his money without probable cause and by fingerprinting and photographing him.
"Mere possession of approximately $23,700 does not establish probable cause for a search or seizure," the lawsuit said.
It said Prieto pulled into the weigh station about 10:30 a.m. Aug. 8 and was let go about 4 p.m.
DEA agents told Prieto he would receive a notice of federal proceedings to permanently forfeit the money within 30 days and that to get it back, he'd have to prove it was his and did not come from illegal drug sales.
They told him the process probably would take a year, the ACLU said.
The ACLU's New Mexico executive director, Peter Simonson, said Prieto needs his money now to pay bills and maintain his truck. The lawsuit said Prieto does not like banks and customarily carries his savings as cash.
"The government took Mr. Prieto's money as surely as if he had been robbed on a street corner at night," Simonson said. "In fact, being robbed might have been better. At least then the police would have treated him as the victim of a crime instead of as a perpetrator."
Write the DEA here:
Drug Enforcement Administration
Information Services Section
700 Army-Navy Drive
Arlington, VA 22202
DEA official web site
The History of the DEA from 1973 to 1998
Agency of Fear - The History of the origins of the DEA in the Nixon White House
Results of Prohibition The financial costs of drug use and drug prohibition in the US, impact on levels of drug use and prices.
A response to the DEA web site
"98 Percent Of All Domestically Eradicated Marijuana Is "Ditchweed," DEA Admits", NORML News Archive, 7 September 2006. Retrieved on 2007-03-27.
Major Studies of Drugs and Drug Policy Full text of major government commission reports on the effects of drug enforcement
The Drug Hang-Up by Rufus King A history of the drug laws with special emphasis on the predecessors to the DEA
DEA Watch - A dissenting view of the DEA
Drug Enforcement Administration Meeting Notices and Rule Changes from The Federal Register RSS Feed
DEA Lookup.com Commercial DEA number database search service
The case reached a prominence as one of the most cited examples of Darwinian evolution in action because of the visual impact of the case, the ease with which it can be understood by non-specialists, and because empirical evidence was collected, in the 1950s, to show the selective agent responsible for the changes that had been observed.
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
By Linda Rosencrance, Computerworld
June 25, 2007
The report, based on aggregated data from nearly
80,000 broadband users, found that the median real-time download speed in the U.S. is 1.9 Mbps, compared with 61Mbps in Japan, 45Mbps in South Korea, 17Mbps in France, and 7Mbps in Canada.
By Robert X. Cringely
My friend Ira, who lives in Yokohama, Japan, has 100-megabit-per-second fiber-optic Internet service in his home. This costs Ira less than $30 per month. What the heck is up with that? Ten years ago, the United States had the fastest and cheapest residential Internet service in the world. Today U.S. residential Internet service, especially broadband, is among the slowest and most expensive. I'll explain next week how I believe we came to be in this bandwidth mess, but this week I get to predict that the situation may (finally) be changing. Get ready for a substantially faster and somewhat cheaper Internet.
Posted by Edward at 9:16 PM
By Fernando Cassia in Argentina: Tuesday 28 August 2007, 09:59 THE CO-FATHER of the TCP/IP protocol and so-called "father of the Internet" as well told a packed auditorium at the University of Buenos Aires last week that all internet links should be symmetric.
Monday, August 27, 2007
'HIV denial' is costing lives
11:39 27 August 2007
NewScientist.com news service
AIDS is caused by HIV; it's a fact established beyond any reasonable doubt. Yet many beg to differ, blaming it instead on social causes, from poverty to promiscuity. South African president Thabo Mbeki is perhaps the most famous HIV denialist, with tragic consequences for his country's fight against AIDS. HIV denial is also flourishing worldwide on the internet and it is costing lives.
According to a new analysis, HIV denial is remarkably similar to other anti-scientific ideologies such as creationism, anti-vaccine movements and even Holocaust denial (PLoS Medicine, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pmed.0040256).
For example, HIV denialists claim that the idea that HIV causes AIDS is backed by an orthodoxy, or conspiracy, that makes money selling HIV drugs; that science is based on faith, rather than evidence, and that their ideas are on the verge of acceptance. They point to gaps in the science, back-pedalling as those gaps fill up. The study calls for scientists to fight back.
Sunday, August 26, 2007
- They just said a 90% performance hit to an unrelated system is normal? So where's the "defective by design" tag?
- Back in 1994, I bought a Power Macintosh 7100. One of the first PPC chips, about 66MHz, and running a positively archaic operating system.
I still have the machine, and drag it out from time to time. When this story broke, I pulled it out of storage to test it, and see how it compared. With a 10/100 ethernet card in, running the mac's System 7.5.3, it could successfully play an MP3 while transferring, and it made no difference whatsoever to send or receive speed over the network.
Take note Microsoft: 1994, 66MHz, System 7.5.3, more than 13 fricken years ago.
- To say nothing of traditional multithreading, how do they explain how the entire OS could be run on either of my cores, but just networking and multimedia can't run together on both of them without some kind of tradeoff?
- Interesting, VERY interesting. This either means that Microsoft Programmers are incredibly incompetent or they are hiding something. I can take a really old Linux kernel (or windows 98 install) on a Pentium 233 mmx processor and see less than 0.05% drop in networking performance while playing an mp3. In fact I dont see that drop playing 2 mp3's at the same time while transferring large amounts of data over 100 base T. I do this daily on my whole house mp3 jukebox that is linux based, it has 2 seperate sound cards that plays 2 different mp3 files while I upload another 60-80 mp3 files I corrected the data tags on. I do not see the performance hit of 10% on hardware that is at least 20 to 30 times slower than the typical Vista machine.
What are they hiding?
Microsoft Windows Vista comes with a new network stack that can adjust or tune itself. On some machines rather than help file transfer speeds it actually slows it down. Many times this issue is caused by third party network drivers.
Run the command at a command prompt (cmd.exe), you may need to run the cmd.exe as an administrator (right click "run as administrator"). Command Prompt by default is located under the Accessories menu folder. If you are logged in as administrator you can simple click "start" then "run" type in: cmd.exe and then run it.
- The second reason for using a separate process for the audio engine is DRM. The DRM system in Vista requires that the audio samples be processed in a protected process, and (for a number of technical reasons that are too obscure to go into) it's not possible for a svchost hosted service to run in a protected process.
A federal district court judge in Washington, D.C., this week ruled
that the Bush administration violated a 1990 law that requires it to
publish the nation's climate change research agenda as well as periodic
updates on the projected health and economic impacts of global warming.
Judge Saundra Armstrong dismissed the administration's claim that it
had the flexibility to decide when and how to issue the reports, and
set new deadlines of March 1 for the White House to issue the research
plan (already a year late) and May 31 for the impact assessment,
currently overdue by three years. (Center for Biological Diversity)
Court Rules Against Bush Administration in Global Warming Case:
Federal Judge Orders Production of Suppressed
Scientific Reports on Global Warming Impacts
OAKLAND, Calif.–The Bush administration was rebuked today by a federal judge for suppressing scientific reports on the impacts of global warming on the United States. In response to a lawsuit brought last year by conservation organizations, Federal District Court Judge Saundra Armstrong issued an order finding the Bush administration in violation of the Global Change Research Act of 1990 for failing to produce an updated Research Plan and a National Assessment as required by the statute.
“This administration has denied and suppressed the science of global warming at every turn,” said Brendan Cummings of the Center for Biological Diversity, one of the attorneys arguing the case. “Today’s ruling is a stern rebuke of the administration’s head-in-the-sand approach to global warming.”
The Research Plan and National Assessment required by the Global Change Research Act are intended to be the preeminent documents guiding federal research and policy-making on issues related to global warming. The Research Plan guides all federal climate research, while the National Assessment serves to provide an understandable summary of global warming impacts on the environment, economy, human health and human safety of the United States and is to by used by Congress and federal agencies in setting policy and responding to global warming.
The last National Assessment was issued in late 2000 under the Clinton administration. Its use and dissemination was suppressed by the Bush administration, and the required update in 2004 was never produced. The Research Plan was required by law to be updated in 2006 but also has never been produced.
The Court ordered the Bush administration to issue the draft overdue Research Plan by March 1, 2008, with a final 90 days thereafter, and the National Assessment by May 31, 2008.
“Knowledge is the key to effective action,” said Danielle Fugere, global warming program director for Friends of the Earth. “Congress knew this when it required the best minds in our government to conduct a National Assessment documenting the impacts of global warming on the U.S. Today’s ruling will help make that information available.”
In April 2005, at the request of Senators John Kerry and John McCain, the U.S. Government Accountability Office investigated the Bush administration’s failure to produce a 2004 National Assessment. It concluded that 1) the administration “did not submit a scientific assessment in November 2004, 4 years after the previous assessment, as required by the [Global Change Research] act,” 2) the administration expressly refuses to complete a single National Assessment, and 3) the White House’s piecemeal approach lacks an “explicit plan or…assessing the effects of global change on the eight areas enumerated in the act: the natural environment, agriculture, energy production and use, land and water resources, transportation, human health and welfare, human social systems, and biological diversity. “From muzzling NASA’s top climate scientist to political cronies in the White House editing climate science reports, the Bush administration has repeatedly tried to obscure and deny the science, while attempting to run out the clock on his administration,” said John Coequyt, energy policy analyst with Greenpeace.
Scientific research continues to indicate that rapid global warming from human production of greenhouse gases threatens every aspect of society, from our economy and public health to water availability and biological diversity. Recent scientific literature documents the melting of the Greenland and West Antarctic ice sheets at a rate faster than predicted. There is also evidence that the Arctic permafrost is beginning to melt, which will result in massive emissions of the powerful greenhouse gas methane. Dr. James Hansen, NASA’s leading
climate scientist, has warned that just 10 more years on current greenhouse gas emissions trajectories will commit the world to large-scale, disastrous climate impacts.
Today’s court ruling comes in the case Center for Biological Diversity, Friends of the Earth, and Greenpeace, Inc. v. Brennan, et al.,
(Case No. 06-CV-7062 (SBA) (N.D. Cal.)). Senator Kerry and Congressman Jay Inslee filed an amicus brief and moved to intervene in support of plaintiffs in the case.
Saturday, August 25, 2007
Thursday, August 23, 2007
An argument from authority is one in which a proposition is claimed to be true because an esteemed person says it is true. It is a fallacy in that it relies on the person's fame, rather than expertise, or empirical evidence.I love this quote:
"Note that in science, there are experts, but no authorities."
Hapless Citizen: "DARN IT! Oooo, curse my AWFUL luck. This rotten dagnabbertiblabbit car of mine will not start. Again! I'm going to be late for work."
Masked Superhero: "Fear not, Citizen!"
Hapless: "Who are you?"
Hero: "I'm the Ayn Rand Crusader!"
Hapless: "Are you here to solve my problems?"
Ayn Rand Crusader: "No, even better! I'm here to motivate you to solve them yourself!..."
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Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Silicon nanoparticles enhance performance of solar cells
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Placing a film of
silicon nanoparticles onto a silicon solar cell can boost power, reduce
heat and prolong the cell’s life, researchers now report.
“Integrating a high-quality film of silicon nanoparticles 1
nanometer in size directly onto silicon solar cells improves power
performance by 60 percent in the ultraviolet range of the spectrum,”
said Munir Nayfeh, a physicist at the University of Illinois and
corresponding author of a paper accepted for publication in Applied
Posted by Edward at 11:30 PM
Wordpress.com is the fourth biggest blog hosting site on the internet, and is home to more than 1 million blogs. According to the founding developer of Wordpress, Matt Mullenweg, his site was doing more than 12 million pageviews a month in Turkey
-- in other words, a large, thriving citizen-journalist community has been completely cut off because of the ego of a single wealthy creationist.
Tragic story puts a face on HIV denial
... Eliza Jane Scovill. She was the child of wealthy parents, living a good life in California. Eliza died this past spring at the age of 3 from AIDS-related pneumonia.
You may wonder how in the world this can happen in America. Don't we have tests for HIV? Don't our doctors recommend treatment to keep pregnant mothers from passing the virus onto their children? Don't they discourage breast-feeding in order to further lower the risk of transmission?
Indeed, they do. But Eliza's mother is Christine Maggiore, author of What if everything you thought you knew about AIDS was wrong? She is an HIV denier, following the lead of Peter Duesberg and Phillip Johnson...
How many musicians have had their AT&T Blue Room performances edited or censored?
AT&T engineer: NSA built secret rooms in our facilities
By Nate Anderson | Published: April 12, 2006 - 11:55AM CT
The EFF's case against AT&T has barely begun, yet it has already brought to light some fascinating details about the methods behind the NSA's alleged wiretapping abilities. Mark Klein, a retired AT&T engineer who is now participating in the case as a witness, has released a statement to the media in which he outlines many of the allegations that are currently under seal. Chief among them is his claim that AT&T installed powerful traffic monitoring equipment in a "secret room" in their San Francisco switching office at the behest of the NSA.
"Events like this are connected to the larger issue of network neutrality, so it is very very important," Copps said in response to a question about whether or not AT&T's censorship of Vedder has any implications for network neutrality. He went on to say, "So when something like the episode occurs with Pearl Jam that you're referencing that ought to concern all of us... because if you can do it for one group, you can do it to any group and say 'Well, it's not intentional,' and things like that. But nobody should have that power to do that and then be able to exercise distributive control over the distribution and control over the content too.
In the US, the battle over network neutrality has captured the public imagination in a way that it has yet to do in Europe or Australia. Debates over network neutrality occur in the media and in Washington, but new ISP Copowi wants to give customers a way to vote with their dollars as well. When it opened its doors for business two weeks ago, Copowi billed itself as the country's first ISP to guarantee network neutrality, and it now hopes to prove to other ISPs that the issue matters enough to consumers to provide a competitive advantage, even if prices are higher (and they are).
Monday, August 20, 2007
Are Planetary Systems Filled to Capacity? (part 2)
Stellar Evolution Summary (Aug 20, 2007): In this essay, Steven Soter examines computer experiments that simulate the gravitational interactions among planets over billions of years. These models suggest that the solar system is only marginally stable and is dynamically full, or nearly so. Adding another planet between the existing ones would make the system unstable, resulting in a collision or ejection of a planet.
Sunday, August 19, 2007
1991: The world wide web becomes publicly available on the internet for the first time.
The web has changed a lot since Tim Berners-Lee posted, on this day, the first web pages summarizing his World Wide Web project, a method of storing knowledge using hypertext documents. In the months leading up to his post, Berners-Lee had developed everything necessary to make the web a reality, including the first browser and server.
Saturday, August 18, 2007
Dynamic, biped walking is a difficult motor coordination problem for robots. "RunBot," shown here, contains two
joint motors and two hip motors and an upper-body component. These
actuators are dynamically controlled by a neural network that can adapt
via simulated synaptic plasticity to novel situations, such as a change
in the terrain. This way, RunBot's walking pattern looks rather
human-like (see Video S2 5.1 MPG), and the little machine successfully tackles difficult walking situations (see Manoonpong et al., e134).
Friday, August 17, 2007
Spring in Tokyo brings a profusion of flowers. The climate is warm enough for flowers even in winter but when as the days grow longer and warmer it seems as though every hedge and tree blooms.
15 years ago, our town planted cherry trees along both banks of the Meguro River which runs not far from our house. The trees began their annual flowering last week and we monitored their progress every day as we commuted to work on the trains which pass over them.
Memories can be erased, scientists find
Submitted by Vidura Panditaratne on Fri, 2007-08-17 02:37.
Posted by Edward at 5:00 PM
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Thu Aug 16, 2007 at 02:18:25 AM PDT
For the past few months, "We must wait for the September report from General Petraeus," has been the mantra from the White House whenever questions about Iraq were asked. Until yesterday that is, when we learned that that much ballyhooed report would be written by the White House rather than George Bush's top man in Iraq. And when asked about this during yesterday's press briefing, White House spokesman Dana Perino said:Well, let me remind you of a couple of things. The Congress asked for these reports from the President; they asked for the President to report to the Congress.
Really? That's not how I remember it. And unless a virulent case of Alberto Gonzales-itis has stricken Senate Republicans, that's not how they remember it either. Because, from the Congressional Record, here is what they had to say when they filibustered the Defense Authorization Bill last month:
August 15, 2007 -- 5:37 PM EST // //
By now you've probably heard the news that the report on Iraqi progress we've been expecting in September from General Petraeus is actually going to be written by the White House, with "input" from "officials throughout government."
As the Los Angeles Times, which broke the story today, suggests, this revelation is at odds with "Bush's repeated statements that the report will reflect evaluations by Petraeus and Ryan Crocker."
The structures allowed the scientists to identify exactly how the new function evolved. They found that just seven historical mutations, when introduced into the ancestral receptor gene in the lab, recapitulated the evolution of GR's present-day response to cortisol. They were even able to deduce the order in which these changes occurred, because some mutations caused the protein to lose its function entirely if other "permissive" changes, which otherwise had a negligible effect on the protein, were not in place first.
"These permissive mutations are chance events. If they hadn't happened first, then the path to the new function could have become an evolutionary road not taken," Thornton said. "Imagine if evolution could be rewound and set in motion again: a very different set of genes, functions and processes might be the outcome."The atomic structure revealed exactly how these mutations allowed the new function to evolve. The most radical one remodeled a whole section of the protein, bringing a group of atoms close to the hormone. A second mutation in this repositioned region then created a tight new interaction with cortisol. Other earlier mutations buttressed particular parts of the protein so they could tolerate this eventual remodeling.
"We were able to walk through the evolutionary process from the distant past to the present day," said Ortlund, who is now at Emory University in Atlanta. "Until now, we've always had to look at modern proteins and just guess how they evolved."
Pastor Wiley Drake is asking Christians to pray for God to smite Americans United for Separation of Church and State. Why, because they pointed out that Pastor Drake issued a press release on church letterhead endorsing Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee and also offered the endorsement on a church-affiliated radio show. By explicitly endorsing a political candidate he is at risk of endangering his Church's Tax Exemption. So he wants God to strike down the AU because his own actions could cost him his tax exemption. Seems to me that praying to god for something like this is tempting fate, not that i believe in fate.
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86. Sword Swallowing to Oblivion
... and both the brutal oppression of Muslim women (including widespread polygamy,
wife beating, honor killings, and clitorectomy/genital mutilation), ...
87. AINA Guest Editorials
02-19-2007, 'Honor' Killings: A Tale of Two Cities. 02-07-2007, Mr. Stallone,
Don't Forget the Assyrian Genocide. 01-15-2007, Assyrians Also Have the Right ...
88. AINA News
08-11-2007, Honor Killings in Turkey Claimed Lives of Mother, Daughter. 08-11-2007,
With Fixtures of War As Their Canvas, Muralists Add Beauty to Baghdad ...
89. Terrorists' Bill of Rights
They will look the other way for fear of retribution, honor killings, and
punishments from those who uphold the Islamic requirement to seek revenge on ...
90. Egypt Women's Rights Still an Uphill Climb
Honor killings, whereby women who are suspected of tarnishing the family's
reputation through their sexual indiscretions are murdered by male family members ...
91. An Ancient People's Last Stand: The Plight of the ChaldoAssyr...
Celebrations in honor of the fall of Saddam Hussein are old news. The ...
targeting Christians of all ages for killing, beating, robbing, and raping. ...
92. KDP Intimidation, Expropriation of Assyrian Villages Continues
... death ordeal was treated by the Bahdinani villagers as a sort of celebratory
festival until the climactic "honor" of finally killing Mr. Khoshaba was ...
93. Video Captures Stoning of Kurdish Teenage Girl
Killing women for reasons of honor, shame and religion does happens in regions
of Kurdistan and Iraq. The above incidents are not uncommon in some of the ...
94. Assyrian Human Rights Report 1997
One of the most notable killings involved Francis Shabo, an Assyrian member of
..... were granted to the elder most woman of the village as a sign of honor. ...
95. http://uscis.gov/graphics/services/asylum/ric/documentation ...
"Political killings and terrorist actions" have also continued in ..... of State
reports that the Iraqi government (in Baghdad) often does not honor the ...
96. Assyrian International News Agency
Glory and honor to our Assyrian martyrs and their beloved nation now and for
..... and pillaged the monastery of Rabban Hormizd, killing many monks and one ...
Let us honor their memory in this most suitable way by preserving the very .....
Arabs and Kurds attack Arbela, killing, looting and destroying the houses ...
98. Diamanda Galás With Sergei Tcherepnin
They're always hired when there needs to be a killing or a war with the Turks,
... But they had a very strict code of honor, and they had vendettas, ...
99. Experiences and Reports accounted by Assyrian
Experiences and Reports accounted by Assyrian-Suryoye about the mass-killings
1914-1918 .... The code was: "When I say, with my conscience and my honour, ...
100. The Fate Of Assyrian Villages Annexed To Dohuk
... they had no one to defend them, protect their honor and properties. ....
Its people were subjected to fleeing, and killings then the Zibari Kurds ...
101. Syria http://www.state.gov/g/drl/rls/hrrpt/2005/61699.htm 1 of 19 ...
No official statistics were kept on honor crimes. There was one ... were no
reports of the authorities arresting and charging the brother for the killing. ...
102. U.S. Funding Armed Groups to Overthrow Iranian Government: Author
... Iran shelled Iraqi Kurdish villages, killing five people as a warning to ...
He has won several awards, including Human Rights Watch's highest honour in ...
103. The Blight Of Asia
Suffice it to say that, in addition to actual and repeated killings on a ......
an American resident of Asia Minor (whose name is still borne with honor on ...
104. Incipient Genocide
honor and in following the Islamic principles that were practiced by ......
neighborhood of Camp Sarah in Baghdad, killing 12 people and wounding 56. ...
105. The Assyrians of The Van District
... army and attacked the Kurds killing 80 Kurds, looted them and returned home.
.... The shirt is underwear which is like a robe of honor or as a gift. ...
106. The Lost Peoples Of The Middle East
September 1.3, 12 noon, I have the honor to transmit a Memorandum of ......
resorted to killing, torturing and looting in this vast district under the guise ...
107. The Assyrian Tragedy
... a matter which very directly affects the chivalry and honour of this country.
...... All the survivors testify that the killing was done by "men in blue ...
108. The Text of the European Parliament's Report on Turkey
Strongly condemns the killing of a judge of Turkey's highest court; .....
particularly domestic violence and crimes of honour, forced marriages, ...
109. The Flickering Light of Asia
The Assyrians of Urmia gave a banquet in honor of the Patriarch. .... Kurds everywhere
that the Christians were not only not killing their prisoners of war, ...
110. Assyrian Diaspora
I. They were killing the males and taking the young females? ...... It apparently
was a great honor to be asked to pour the tea. ...
111. Assyrian Diaspora
I. They were killing the males and taking the young females? ...... It apparently
was a great honor to be asked to pour the tea. ...
112. SHALL THIS NATION DIE?
Photographs, purporting to show Christians killing Turks, were passed from hand to
..... their menfolk to defend their homes, their lives and their honor. ...
113. Tragedy of the Assyrians
The killings at Dohuk have already been described, and many also were shot at
...... Garden" in honour of the British Secretary of State for the Colonies, ...
114. British Betrayal of the Assyrians
They pay infinite honor to Virgin Mary and revere her as the Mother of God. ......
the government is putting the blame for killing the Assyrians have saved ...
115. The Monks of Kublai Khan
And they were each worthy [of honour]. And RABBAN MARK received the rank of ......
send a messenger, and see how [the Christians] are killing the Muslims, ...
116. The Epic Of Gilgamesh
... a curse: 'Woe to Gilgamesh, for he has scorned me in killing the Bull of Heaven.
..... "Behold, what you have commanded I will honour and perform, ...
117. THE ASSYRIANS AND THEIR NEIGHBOURS
Honour the sun, or fire. They defile water by their ablutions; they refrain from
... killing of such Christians as would not adore the sun was issued, ...
118. THE BAQUBAH REFUGEE CAMP
... killing women and children, old men and sick, in the streets of the town;
...... and dances and festivities in their honour were celebrated daily for ...
119. An Assessment of the Iraqi Community in Greece
regime and were themselves targeted after the killing. Kurdish Diyar was because
of his fathers activities .... lys honour is to be restored. 3.3 Economic ...
120. Notes From Nineveh And Travels In Mesopotamia, Assyria, And Syria
For myself, the killing of them would be as the killing of a Wild beast." ......
Will you not honor me by entering and drinking a pipe,40 since it is yet ...
121. Everyday Life In Babylonia And Assyria
... because of the killing of Humbaba and the Heavenly Bull, Enkidu must die.
...... Cults of a sexual nature were carried on in her honour in many places. ...
122. The Cradle of Mankind: Life in Eastern Kurdistan
They installed us in his one room in the seat of honour by the fireplace and
...... Accordingly he published his intention of killing one Seyyid a month ...
123. Discoveries At Nineveh
A band of Kurdish musicians advanced at the same time to do honor to the ......
and were skillful in their use, killing the small birds as they rested on ...
Posted by Edward at 2:12 AM
A woman (47) deserted her husband in Kars, in eastern Turkey, and moved in with her divorced daughter (27), mother of three. They were located by the husband/father and his son who came yesterday to the women's home in Kocaeli, where the 19 year old son brutally killed his mother and his sister by beating them on the head with a bat, with his three young nephews watching.
Upon his arrest the 19 year old said that he had killed the women to clean the honor of his family.
Recently, the new women MPs from all political parties in Turkish parliament had announced that they would cooperate in the fight against honor killings and to elevate the status of women in Turkey.
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
"[T]ouch a solemn truth in collision with a dogma of a sect, though capable of the clearest proof, and you will soon find you have disturbed a nest, and the hornets will swarm about your legs and hands, and fly into your face and eyes." - John Adams, 1814
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Posted by Edward at 11:52 PM
After the FCC released their 700Mhz broadband spectrum auction rules (pdf) a few weeks ago, there was ample applause that the Commission at least met Google's demands half-way. People assumed that while the FCC wasn't going to force true
open access, they'd at least force auction winners to offer unlocked devices and unimpeded access to content.
We assumed there were loopholes that would allow AT&T and Verizon lawyers to wiggle around the conditions should they win the spectrum, or else those operators
wouldn't have been quite so enthusiastic about the rules. Attorney, ICANN board member and law professor Susan Crawford has had some time to digest the rules and says that yes, the devil is in the details:
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
The human immunodeficiency viruses (HIV-1 and -2) together with the simian immunodeficiency
viruses (SIV) comprise the primate lentivirus family. Since the isolation of the first SIV in 1985 ,
our knowledge of the diversity of these primate lentiviruses has continuously developed by the isolation
and characterization of new SIV strains from additional species of African simians. It is now clear
that the SIVs are a large group of viruses that can be found naturally in feral and domesticated African
primates, such as guenons, mangabeys, mandrills, and chimpanzees; to indicate the species from which
each SIV was isolated they are given a short suffix, such as SIVagm for the virus derived from African
green monkeys. Most of these African primates are natural hosts for these viruses, but some infections
are the result of recent cross-species transmissions. In those species that are natural hosts, the proportion
of animals that are seropositive in the wild can be quite high [5, 33, 55, 60], and infected primates do not
seem to develop any clinical symptoms [22, 51, 66]. ...
Posted by Edward at 10:23 PM
Monday, August 13, 2007
Could there be a worst qualified school board member? Read the email below. It just gives me a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach.
October 30, 2003
The Glencoe Motion
My Personal Confession
Given all the time in the world, I don't think I could make a
spider out of a rock. However, most of the books we are considering
adopting, claim that Nothing made a spider out of a rock.
I don't think I share a common ancestor with a tree. However, most
of the books we are considering adopting, claim as a fact that we all
share a common ancestor with a tree.
Has science made its case that Nothing made a spider out of a rock
and that we share a common ancestor with a tree? I say NO, there are
too many difficulties with their case, therefore, I am making these
Evolution science is predominantly historical science; it is not
observable or testable empirically, it must be inferred. For example,
even the empirical research on embryology and the sequences of
proteins and DNA only give rise to historical speculations. Thus, the
argument for evolution is not deductive, but inductive; in an
inductive argument, scientists weigh evidence to see what is most
probable to have occurred. On this basis, most scientists hypothesize
that Nothing made a spider out of a rock and that we share a common
ancestor with a tree. However, other scientists find serious flaws
with those hypotheses.
In most of the books we are considering adopting, our students are
not being presented both sides; the minority viewpoint is being
withheld. This means that these books do not conform to our
In fact, most of the books assert the majority view as a fait
accompli. While all the books contain some "qualifiers", Glencoe's
Biology, the Dynamics of Life comes the closest to meeting Texas'
high standards and is the most "qualified" book up for adoption.
Therefore, I plan to make the following motions at our November
First, I will move that we separate out the regular biology books
from the commissioner's recommendation.
Second, I will move that we adopt Glencoe's Biology, the Dynamics
of Life as conforming and adopt the rest of the regular biology books
This action would approve all the books up for adoption, plus
reward the book that most closely follows our standards. It does not
negatively single out any book but fulfills our responsibility of
Just wrong on so many levels.
Dr. McLeroy is apparently a dentist. My advice is to avoid him if you have dental problems. Anyone who does not believe in evolution is so incompetent in biology as to not be trusted in medicine.
Sunday, August 12, 2007
By Robert X. Cringely
The $200 Billion Rip-Off: Our broadband future was stolen.
This is part three of my explanation of how America went from having
the fastest and cheapest Internet service in the world to what we have
today -- not very fast, not very cheap Internet service that is hurting
our ability to compete economically with the rest of the world. Part
one detailed expected improvements in U.S. broadband based on emerging
competitive factors, yet decried that it was too little too late. Part
two explained how U.S. broadband ISPs are different from most overseas
ISPs and how those differences make it unlikely that we'll ever regain
leadership in this space. And this week's final part explains that this
all came about because Americans were deceived and defrauded by many of
their telephone companies to the tune of $200 billion -- money that was
supposed to have gone to pay for a broadband future we don't -- and
never will -- have.
Posted by Edward at 8:30 PM
Published: 11:00 EST, August 10, 2007 Coil design confines plasma in stellarator fusion reactor By Lisa Zyga
Stellarator design with 12 twisted coils that generate an external magnetic field to confine the plasma. The color map of the plasma displays an axial symmetry property of the magnetic field strength that enhances confinement. Credit: Alexander, et al. ©2007 PNAS.
Researchers from New York University have designed a configuration of coils for a stellarator, a type of device that controls fusion reactions. The shape, number and position of the coils are optimized to generate an external magnetic field for the stellarator that will prevent the hot plasma from deteriorating.
NYU scientists Romeo Alexander and Paul Garabedian have published their coil design in a recent issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The group hopes that the improved design will overcome a significant challenge faced by fusion reactors: disruptions in the plasma that cause particles to escape the machine, resulting in a machine crash. “A pressing issue of our time is to develop clean and efficient energy sources,” the researchers explained in their paper. “One proposed solution of the problem implements the concept of nuclear fusion of hydrogen to form helium, which does not leave radioactive wastes that are as permanent as those involved in fission.”
Fusion reactors can produce energy by the nuclear fusion of deuterium and tritium—isotopes of hydrogen that contain one and two neutrons, respectively (hydrogen contains no neutrons). When confined by a strong magnetic field in the vacuum of a fusion reactor, the isotopes can overcome their repulsion and combine, producing helium ions (containing two protons) and releasing energetic neutrons. If the velocity of these neutrons can be slowed, their energy can be safely harnessed and transferred to, for example, a steam generator to cleanly and efficiently produce electricity.
The ability of stellarators to precisely confine plasma is one of the key benefits of this type of fusion reactor. Although its biggest rival, the tokamak, is widely considered the leading candidate for fusion energy production, the tokamak’s symmetrical torus shape requires a current to be driven through the plasma to keep the particles from drifting. On the other hand, the stellarator’s asymmetrical torus shape can use twisted coils to generate a confining magnetic field, avoiding the need for a current.
“After the magnetic field inside the boundary of a physically desirable plasma has been optimized, we determine the number, shape, and position of coils that are required to generate the external field,” the scientists wrote.
Alexander and Garabedian’s design consists of 12 circular coils wrapped around the torus in a moderately twisted fashion, generating a magnetic field that is compatible with the field inside the plasma. Although this requirement may sound simple to compute, the researchers explained that mathematical solutions can result in a design that is too complicated to realistically construct.
While using as few coils as possible, the design maintains the shape of the plasma and optimizes the physical properties inside. The coils generate both vertical and toroidal magnetic fields in order to stabilize the confinement force on the plasma. The design also requires the coils to have smooth surfaces to enable effective construction and to eliminate extraneous harmonics that may cause the magnetic surfaces in the plasma to deteriorate.
Saturday, August 11, 2007
Treacherous computing arrives
By Egan Orion: Saturday 11 August 2007, 14:40
VISTA'S DRACONIAN "content protection" features often degrade its users' video and audio quality and have led to design hurdles and higher costs for PC components, a speaker told the USENIX Symposium in Boston last week.
Thus we find in the DRM features of Vista the actualisation of the darkening, dystopian future that Richard Stallman warned us about several years ago when he renamed the Vole's Trusted Computing as Treacherous Computing. µ
Posted by Edward at 6:22 PM
Saturday, August 04, 2007
I think its time for Google to sell hardware.
What would I like to see? A Computer. Start with say the "G100", the base system, It has ram, but no hard drives. One thing I would like the system to provide is speed. Running the same processor it should be at a minimum subjectively twice as responsive as a Windows system using equivalent hardware doing the same thing.
It boots from the internet running the simplest possible OS that provides the features most people need. The OS should be secure, designed from the outset to be resistant to viruses etc. It should be open so people know it is secure and free of malignant code (such as DRM).
The base computer should be fast with a high priority on energy efficiency. Once it connects your browser is your desktop, with access to the internet your software and your files. Your should be able to run your own programs, as well as Googles.
All your personal files stored on Googles servers should be completely encrypted and inaccessible by Google by default.
The computer should be able to connect via your local ISP, cable, DSL, whatever, but I would also like to see Google provide wireless anywhere connectivity.
Posted by Edward at 12:22 PM
Thursday, August 02, 2007
FreewareWiki - freeware & free info - A place to look for great freeware, c...
A place for you to look for great freeware that's been tried and reviewed by people just like you. The only bad software you will find here is always part of a warning to stay away from it. If you like, you can submit your own tips and reviews here. It's easy, all you have to do is write your own review.
I modified page before publishing, not the what I would like, need to find way to modify default page.
Posted by Edward at 1:47 PM
Note: This puts two many lines at top of page.
Posted by Edward at 1:40 PM
Human bone is mainly composed of 65% hydroxyapatite nanocrystals and 25% collagen fibres. In dentine, which is found in teeth, this changes to about 70% hydroxyapatite and 20% collagen.
Scientists have tried to make nanosized artificial bone materials using various methods before now and have recently turned their attention to mineralised collagen, a nanoapatite/collagen composite. This material is highly biocompatible and has the nanostructure of artificial bone. It could be used in bone grafts and bone-tissue engineering, among other applications.
Posted by Edward at 1:15 PM
Not all fields of endeavor appear to be as collectively organized as well as the federal government when it comes to migrating to version 6 of the Internet Protocol. Now, an engineer from the Internet Engineering Task Force has posted a proposed timetable for all organizations and service providers to move to the new protocol.
In short, we may start to have IPv6-only networks as soon as 2011, if this plan takes hold.
"One of the challenges [the migration] poses is that it's very easy to get caught up in the various transition approaches and miss the high-level view of what needs to be accomplished," engineer and draft author John Curran wrote in a dispatch announcing the paper sent to the mailing list of the North American Network Operators' Group (NANOG).
Wednesday, August 01, 2007
Click here for an update on the investigation on the cause of the bridge collapse.
Click here for a page on the Myths and Conspiracy Theories about the bridge collapse.
Click here for a page of materials prepared for the media about the bridge collapse.
Click here for a page of I-35W Bridge Collapse Photos taken from the Guthrie Theater.
Click here for a page of I-35W Bridge Collapse Photos taken from NP Bridge #9.
Click here for a page of I-35W Bridge Collapse Photos taken from the 10th Avenue Bridge.
Click here for a page of I-35W Bridge Collapse Photos taken various other locations.
Click here for a page on the new I-35W St. Anthony Falls Bridge.
Posted by Edward at 7:47 PM
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