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  • Hamas song: "Fire your rockets... blow up Tel Aviv"

    07/10/2014 9:55:29 AM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies
    Youtube ^ | 7/10/14 | palwatch
    Hamas TV song: "Fire your rockets, make them explode...victory is from Allah...O Martyrdom-seeker, O blaze, hurry, blow up Tel-Aviv"
  • Obama: Marijuana 'not very different' from cigarettes

    01/19/2014 11:07:30 AM PST · by gusopol3 · 65 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | January 19, 2014 | Brian Hughes
    President Obama in an interview released Sunday said that using marijuana was not that different from smoking cigarettes nor any more dangerous than drinking alcohol. “As has been well documented, I smoked pot as a kid, and I view it as a bad habit and a vice, not very different from the cigarettes that I smoked as a young person up through a big chunk of my adult life,” Obama said as part of an extensive profile published by the New Yorker on Sunday. “I don't think it is more dangerous than alcohol.”
  • Indoctrinating Religious Warriors (GOP who put faith over science embarrassing Charles)

    01/04/2014 1:56:42 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    The New York Times ^ | January 3, 2014 | Charles Blow
    In 2009, the gap between the share of Republicans and Democrats who believed in evolution was just 10 percentage points, 54 percent and 64 percent, respectively. Last year, that gap widened to a whopping 24 points because as the percentage of Democrats who believed in evolution inched up to 67 percent, the percentage of Republicans believing so plummeted to 43 percent. Now, more Republicans believe that “humans and other living things have existed in their present form since the beginning of time” than believe in evolution. This sad news comes via a survey released this week by the Pew Research...
  • Cops: Black mob kidnaps, rapes teen girls

    11/16/2013 8:32:53 PM PST · by Anila · 65 replies
    WND ^ | 11/10/13 | Colin Flaherty
    The latest case of black-mob violence in Chicago is far from the worst. We’ll get to that one in a minute. But when a mob of black people rushed into three Chicago-area Sports Authority stores this week and rushed out dragging entire racks of winter clothing, the local CBS affiliate dubbed that “unbelievable.” CNN said the videos were “shocking.” Not really: “That crime was only unbelievable or shocking to the reporters who spend all their time ignoring and denying black mob violence,” said one Chicago cop, who would rather keep his job than be identified as a source of stories...
  • ‘The Most Dangerous Negro’

    08/29/2013 6:29:58 PM PDT · by lbryce · 47 replies
    New York Times ^ | August 28, 2013 | Charles M. Blow
    The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” so disturbed the American power structure that the F.B.I. started spying on him in what The Washington Post called “one of its biggest surveillance operations in history.” The speech even moved the head of the agency’s domestic intelligence division to label King “the most dangerous Negro of the future in this nation from the standpoint of Communism, the Negro and national security.” Of course, King wasn’t dangerous to the country but to the status quo. King demanded that America answer for her sins, that she be rustled from her...
  • Nevada Early Voting is Starting and Day One Results Are Out

    10/21/2012 5:22:02 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 18 replies
    Early voting is a new phenomenon that is has great implications on the final election outcome. Despite this, I don’t much enjoy blogging it. The numbers get updated sporadically, there is an inherent uncertainty in what the requests or submissions actually mean and the sample sizes are really small. This makes drawing conclusions not much better than just plain old guess work until a critical mass of votes have accumulated. And by that time someone else has already done a better job analyzing the data than I could so I just leave it to them. One of the only reasons...
  • Golfer in Chief? Obama Hits 100th Time on the Links

    06/18/2012 6:48:59 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 34 replies
    ABC News ^ | June 1,2012 | By Matthew Larotonda
    President Barack Obama’s love of golf hit a milestone today as he marked his 100th time on the links. His Father’s Day achievement was reached at the Beverly Country Club in his hometown, the windy city. Mark Knoller, CBS radio correspondent and chronicler of all things presidential, pointed out the quiet occasion to the traveling press. Like 15 of the 18 presidents since Theodore Roosevelt, Obama has used golf as a way to unwind outdoors, but away from the prying eyes of press and onlookers. And despite the fact that he had never golfed before taking office, his love of...
  • Eureka! When a blow to the head creates a sudden genius

    05/20/2012 12:27:30 AM PDT · by Nachum · 36 replies
    Kurzweil ^ | 5/20/12 | staff
    How can we explain “acquired savants” — people with extraordinary talent who’ve miraculously developed artistic, musical, or mathematical abilities as a result of a brain injury, or temporarily from a transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) session — since they weren’t born with the talent and didn’t learn it later? For example, how is it that somebody like Derek Amato (video below), who’d never demonstrated any musical talent before hitting his head at the bottom of a pool, could suddenly handle jazz and classical pieces of astounding complexity without training? Darold A. Treffert, M.D., Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of...
  • 5 Arrested For Allegedly Trying To Blow Up Ohio Bridge

    05/01/2012 9:53:52 AM PDT · by Fennie · 78 replies
    FOX News ^ | May 1, 2012
    URGENT: Five people described as anarchists were arrested Monday in a Cleveland-area park for allegedly trying to blow up a bridge, sources tell Fox News.
  • The G.O.P.’s ‘Black People’ Platform (Slimes BLOW Alert)

    01/07/2012 7:10:57 PM PST · by lbryce · 19 replies
    New York Times ^ | January 6, 2012 | The Inimitable CHARLES M. BLOW
    The inimitable, quintessentially monikered CHARLES M. BLOW That didn't take long. As we’ve gotten around to casting votes to select a Republican presidential nominee, the antiblack rhetoric has taken center stage. You just have to love (and despise) this kind of predictability. On Sunday, Rick “The Rooster” Santorum, campaigning in Iowa, said what sounded like “I don’t want to make black people’s lives better by giving them somebody else’s money. I want to give them the opportunity to go out and earn the money.” At first, he offered a nondenial that suggested that the comment might have been out...
  • Obama in the Valley

    08/20/2011 1:06:32 PM PDT · by skimbell · 11 replies
    NYT The Opinion Pages ^ | August 19, 2011 | Charles M. Blow
    ...But one person I never thought would fall into this valley was Barack Obama, the charismatic candidate who electrified the electorate in 2008 and whom many saw as the fulfillment of the dream of the even-more-electrifying Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Yet here Obama is, down in the valley, struggling to connect with the American people and failing, increasingly coming across as dispassionate to some and outright revolting to others...
  • See a Robot Blow Up Suspicious Packages at John Boehner’s Office

    08/15/2011 2:45:04 PM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 8/15/11 | Jonathon M. Seidl
    WEST CHESTER, Ohio (The Blaze/AP) — Briefcases with handwritten signs attached were left at the front door of U.S. House Speaker John Boehner’s Ohio office, bringing out a bomb squad. Investigators in the Cincinnati suburb of West Chester tell multiple media outlets that the bomb squad blew the cases apart on Sunday and found they contained only papers. No one was hurt. WCPO-TV captured the bomb squad robot removing the briefcases and exploding them:
  • Amid another poll blow, Julia Gillard admits her push for a carbon tax may get even tougher

    06/27/2011 6:30:21 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 9 replies
    The Australian ^ | 28th June 2011 | Lanai Vasek
    JULIA Gillard admits Australia is a long way from consensus on climate change - and says the debate may become ever tougher for Labor - as new polling reveals her behind Tony Abbott as preferred prime minister for the first time. ..... Ms Gillard said today the polling was a result of her plan to put a price on carbon, and that while it was a tough reform "it may get even tougher, before it gets easier". “I believe that once carbon pricing is in place people will see how the system works and the benefits of it,” the Prime...
  • 'Fatah-Hamas unity a blow to peace, victory for terrorism'

    05/04/2011 1:10:43 PM PDT · by Nachum · 1 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 5/4/11 | TOVAH LAZAROFF
    The signing of the Hamas Fatah unity deal in Cairo is a setback for peace and an advancement for terror, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told reporters in London on Wednesday. “What happened today in Cairo is a tremendous blow to peace and a great victory for terrorism,” Netanyahu said. “Three days ago terrorism was dealt a resounding defeat with the elimination of Osama Bin Laden. Today in Cairo it had a victory,” said Netanyahu. He charged that in signing this deal, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas had “embraced” an organization that had condemned American action against Bin Laden, who it...
  • US Supremes deal death blow to class action lawsuits

    04/28/2011 1:41:05 PM PDT · by Nachum · 77 replies
    The Register ^ | 4/28/11 | Rik Myslewski
    San Francisco - The US Supreme Court has granted a whopping victory to AT&T, the US Chamber of Commerce, and supportive corporations, by reversing previous court decisions that had prevented corporations from requiring individual arbitration of customers' complaint. By issuing its 5-4 decision on Wednesday, the Court has essentially stripped away individuals' rights to band together in class-action lawsuits should a corporation choose to include an arbitration requirement in its contracts or
  • Latest jobs data is blow to Obama election hopes (Obama 'deflation' a work in progress?)

    08/07/2010 7:48:18 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 21 replies
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 8/7/10 | Tangi Quemener
    WASHINGTON (AFP) – The latest grim data on unemployment has dealt a new blow to President Barack Obama as he struggles to maintain his party's majority in Congress in November elections. Obama, who has been hurt by the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster, has been scrambling to highlight his economic management in helping lift the US economy out of its worst slump in decades. But the latest data released Friday showed the recovery is sputtering: A Labor Department report showed 131,000 jobs were lost in July and the unemployment rate remained stuck at 9.5 percent, .. The private sector created...
  • Michelle, kids to miss Obama's 49th birthday celebrations

    08/02/2010 8:58:43 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 50 replies · 14+ views
    CHICAGO: US President Barack Obama will celebrate his 49th birthday in the company of his friends in Chicago and not with his wife and two daughters. The White House said that Obama will leave Washington for Chicago on Wednesday and will stay at his home in Kenwood for the night, Chicago Sun-Times reported. First lady Michelle Obama will not be with the president. She will leave next week for Spain, travelling with daughter Sasha, 9. Malia, 12, for an overnight camp. Obama, born on August 4, 1961, in Honolulu, was last in Chicago with his family over the Memorial Day...
  • Dog Days of Obama(Barf Alert-read the entire article)

    07/17/2010 5:31:22 PM PDT · by Signalman · 7 replies
    NYT ^ | 7/17/2010 | Charles Blow
    This summer has not been kind to this president. A CBS News poll released on Tuesday found that “a majority of Americans have a negative impression of the economy and expect the effects of the recession to linger for years.” One of the most stinging findings: “Only 13 percent of Americans say Mr. Obama’s economic programs, among them the stimulus package, have helped them personally. Twenty-three percent say they have hurt, while 63 percent say they have had no effect.” Ouch. That’s an abysmal favorability return on an enormous financial investment. A Gallup poll released on Friday found that satisfaction...
  • Zombie Obama in Racine Wisconsin

    07/01/2010 7:02:49 PM PDT · by vrwc54 · 44 replies · 4+ views
    You Tube ^ | 7/01/10 | RobtKraft/GrannyJan
    Does Obama use cocaine? He's been touching his nostrils like he did in this video for as long as I can remember yet few seem to notice.
  • Gay? Whatever, Dude

    06/07/2010 6:49:42 PM PDT · by Salman · 46 replies · 194+ views
    The New York Times (op-ed) ^ | June 4, 2010 | CHARLES M. BLOW
    Last week, while many of us were distracted by the oil belching forth from the gulf floor and the president’s ham-handed attempts to demonstrate that he was sufficiently engaged and enraged, Gallup released a stunning, and little noticed, report on Americans’ evolving views of homosexuality. Allow me to enlighten: 1. For the first time, the percentage of Americans who perceive “gay and lesbian relations” as morally acceptable has crossed the 50 percent mark. (You have to love the fact that they still use the word “relations.” So quaint.) 2. Also for the first time, the percentage of men who hold...
  • Need a laugh for today?

    02/17/2010 12:31:39 PM PST · by OL Hickory · 12 replies · 1,009+ views
    you tube ^ | feb-12-2008 | pourekkos76
    Here is your laugh for today!
  • Obama says court ruling a blow to democracy

    01/23/2010 6:12:34 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 57 replies · 1,703+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 1/23/10 | Ross Colvin
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama launched an extraordinary attack on the Supreme Court on Saturday, saying a ruling on corporate donations to political campaigns this week "strikes at democracy itself." Obama's broadside was triggered by a 5-4 ruling by the court's justices on Thursday that removed long-standing campaign finance limits and allowed corporations to spend freely in campaigns for president and Congress. In the ruling, the court's conservative majority said the limits had violated corporations' constitutional right to free speech. The ruling is expected to unleash a flood of money into this year's congressional elections. Obama's fellow Democrats face...
  • Year of policy debate for Wyoming wind industry

    12/24/2009 5:02:15 PM PST · by This_far · 16 replies · 573+ views
    Billings Gazette ^ | December 24, 2009 | MATT JOYCE
    CHEYENNE — Wind energy development in Wyoming garnered unprecedented attention this year as the state wrestled with regulation, taxation and environmental protection issues. Developers brought online about 400 megawatts of wind-generated energy in Wyoming in 2009, pushing the state's wind industry past the 1,000-megawatt capacity mark for the first time. Karyn Coppinger of the Wyoming Power Producers Coalition, a trade group, said 2009 was a pivotal year for the industry because of the state's attention to wind policy questions. During the 2009 session, the Legislature allowed a sales tax exemption for wind projects to sunset, and lawmakers created a task...
  • Berlusconi 'Suffers Blow To Face' [Bleeding From Mouth]

    12/13/2009 10:16:26 AM PST · by Steelfish · 65 replies · 4,555+ views
    BBC News ^ | December 13th 2009
    Berlusconi 'Suffers Blow To Face' Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has reportedly been struck in the face after leaving a meeting in Milan. He was reportedly left bleeding from the mouth. It was not clear whether the injury was caused by a punch or an object thrown by a protester.
  • Rio Looks to Sue Robin Williams for Olympic Comment

    12/01/2009 1:17:02 PM PST · by OldDeckHand · 54 replies · 1,742+ views
    nbcchicago.com ^ | 12/01/09 | ANDREW GREINER
    Robin Williams went out on a limb defending Chicago's Olympic bid, and now Rio de Janeiro wants to sue him. Williams told David Letterman during an appearance on the Late Show that he wasn't surprised Rio won the bid instead of Chicago. "Chicago sent Oprah and Michelle Obama," Williams said. "Rio sent 50 Strippers and a pound of blow. It wasn't really fair, you know?" Williams' comments have been replayed several times on news shows across Brazil on Tuesday, while city mayor Eduardo Paes says Williams is envious of Rio's achievement.
  • FRIEND OF BIDEN'S DAUGHTER SHOPPING TAPE OF HER ALLEGEDLY DOING COCAINE

    03/28/2009 4:58:09 PM PDT · by NavVet · 263 replies · 15,771+ views
    NY Post ^ | 28 Mar 09 | Brad Hamilton
    A friend of the daughter of Vice President Joseph Biden is attempting to hawk a videotape that he claims shows Ashley Biden snorting cocaine at a house party this month in Delaware. An anonymous male "friend" of Biden took the video, said Thomas Dunlap, a lawyer representing the seller. Dunlap and another man claiming to be a lawyer showed The Post about 90 seconds of 43-minute tape, saying it was legally obtained and that Biden was aware she was being filmed. The Post refused to pay for the video.
  • New York Times' Blow Goes After "Limbaugh-tomized Minions of the Far, Far Right"

    03/10/2009 1:35:58 PM PDT · by lewisglad · 38 replies · 1,469+ views
    Newsbusters ^ | March 10, 2009 - 12:29 ET | Clay Waters
    New York Times "visual op-ed" columnist Charles Blow remains giddy over Republican failures in his latest column, "Three Blind Mice." Blow's mice (aka "the axis of drivel") are Republican governor Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, RNC chairman Michael Steele, and talk show giant Rush Limbaugh (the latter of whom controls "Limbaugh-tomized minions of the far, far right"). All these insults are packed into one puny-sized column in Saturday's edition, accompanied by a graph (that would be the "visual" part) demonstrating beyond a shadow of a doubt that among citizens at large, the newly elected President of the United States is more...
  • Judge Deals Blow to RIAA in Music Piracy Case

    05/02/2008 12:49:05 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 18 replies · 162+ views
    PC World ^ | 4/30/08
    The Recording Industry Association of America suffered a legal setback this week in a music piracy case where a judge ruled that the sole act of making a music file available in a "shared folder" does not violate copyright laws. In Atlantic v. Howell, the RIAA made the legal assertion that a "sound recording" that is ripped to a computer and stored in any kind of a shared folder is unauthorized. This was an interesting statement because a shared folder can be a very broad category that wasn't entirely made clear by the RIAA.
  • Super Freak <V>

    03/24/2008 8:11:07 PM PDT · by the invisib1e hand · 4 replies · 287+ views
    Glide Mag ^ | march 25, 2008 | author?
    One thing that has never been successfully outsourced is Bluegrass music. Which is kind of ironic because it has a tradition of fearlessly covering any and every other style with good old all American virtuosity. She's a very special girrrrrrl...
  • Obama Deals Blow to Clinton Campaign (unfortunate headline alert)

    01/07/2008 6:09:18 PM PST · by xjcsa · 16 replies · 261+ views
    The New York Sun ^ | January 4, 2008 | Russell Berman
    DES MOINES — Senator Clinton will head to New Hampshire a wounded candidate after finishing a disappointing third place in the Iowa caucuses won handily last night by Senator Obama. The freshman Illinois senator pulled away from his top two rivals after a year-long race that had looked too close to call through the final day, winning by eight points with 38% of the vote. With 97% of the 1,781 precincts reporting, a former North Carolina senator, John Edwards, took 30%, and Mrs. Clinton took 29%.
  • Analysis: Bhutto death deals blow to US

    12/27/2007 1:03:26 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 23 replies · 70+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/27/07 | Matthew Lee - ap
    WASHINGTON - The assassination of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto has dealt a severe blow to U.S. efforts to restore stability and democracy in a turbulent, nuclear-armed Islamic nation that has been a critical ally in the war on terror. While not entirely dependent on Bhutto, recent Bush administration policy on Pakistan had focused heavily on promoting reconciliation between the secular opposition leader who has been dogged by corruption allegations and Pakistan's increasingly unpopular president, Pervez Musharraf, ahead of parliamentary elections set for January. In Washington and Islamabad, U.S. diplomats urged that Jan. 8 elections should not be postponed...
  • Judge's stand on Norfolk man's sentencing heads to Supreme Court (Crack vs Powder Cocaine )

    09/29/2007 3:47:36 AM PDT · by csvset · 1 replies · 128+ views
    The Virginian-Pilot ^ | September 29, 2007 | TIM MCGLONE
    Judge's stand on Norfolk man's sentencing heads to Supreme Court By TIM MCGLONE, The Virginian-Pilot © September 29, 2007 Last updated: 12:10 AM U.S. District Judge Raymond A. Jackson ignored federal rules. The Virginian-Pilot file photo NORFOLK Derrick Kimbrough is a Gulf War veteran who, until three years ago, worked in construction and stayed out of trouble. After Norfolk police caught him with a small amount of crack cocaine and a handgun, he pleaded guilty in federal court to four felonies. The U.S. Attorney’s Office sought a prison term between 19 and 22 years. U.S. District Judge Raymond A. Jackson...
  • Clinton says she's not blowing off Iowa

    05/25/2007 7:49:25 PM PDT · by don-o · 40 replies · 760+ views
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | May 25, 2007 | BETH FOUHY
    CHARLES CITY, Iowa - Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton made one thing very clear to Iowa voters Friday: She's serious about campaigning in their state. "I'm going to be in Iowa so often I'm going to be able to caucus for myself," Clinton told attendees at town meetings here. It was Clinton's first visit to Iowa since the leak of a detailed memo from her deputy campaign manager, who advised her to skip the state's caucuses in January and focus time and resources on states where she is faring better. Polls in Iowa have shown her consistently trailing rival John Edwards...
  • Bombers Blow Themselves Up (Casablanca)

    04/10/2007 4:08:43 PM PDT · by blam · 11 replies · 448+ views
    News Au.com ^ | 4-10-2007
    Bombers blow themselves upFrom correspondents in Casablanca April 11, 2007 07:45amDeadly raid ... police look for evidence on the body of one of the bombers / AFP Three men blow themselves up to avoid capture Fourth gunned down after brandishing sabre Police and civilians killed and hurt in blasts THREE bombing suspects have blown themselves up after a police raid on a house in a Casablanca slum in which a fourth man was shot dead. The carnage began when police launched a dawn operation in the el Fida district of the Moroccan city looking for suspects involved in a bomb...
  • **FNC Breaking - Suspicious White Powder Found in Clinton's Harlem Office -nothing follows

    10/27/2006 4:08:56 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 232 replies · 16,591+ views
    FNC
    Nothing follows.
  • Double Blow To Nuclear Detente (Iran/Korea)

    10/03/2006 2:17:11 PM PDT · by blam · 2 replies · 272+ views
    BBC ^ | 10-3-2006 | Paul Reynolds
    Double blow to nuclear detente By Paul Reynolds World affairs correspondent, BBC News website A US military response to North Korea's move remains unlikely On the same day, the crises over the nuclear policies of North Korea and Iran have taken a turn for the worse. North Korea's announcement that it intends to carry out a nuclear weapons test is another grave twist in a crisis that appears to be without end or solution. And a senior British official has said it is now clear that Iran will not suspend uranium enrichment and that therefore moves to impose sanctions will...
  • ’We will blow up all of Gaza’s churches’

    09/16/2006 10:54:57 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 63 replies · 2,046+ views
    Judeoscope ^ | 9/16/06
    The spiritual leader of Lebanon’s Sunnis, the Grand Mufti Sheik Mohammed Rashid Kabbani, said the pope’s remarks emanated either from "Ignorance and lack of knowledge or were deliberately intended to distort Islam." Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi said “there should be no controversy; the pope has already explained his true intentions. The religious dialogue and the respect for every religion is a necessity, and religion doesn’t justify violence. Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said of Benedict XVI: He is a great pope, with great intelligence. Right-wing politician Roberto Calderoli said “I ask myself some crazy member of the Left...
  • CA: Democrats' deals with Schwarzenegger a blow to Angelides

    08/24/2006 4:00:27 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 26 replies · 427+ views
    ap on Riverside Press Enterprise ^ | 8/24/06 | Laura Kurtzman - ap
    SACRAMENTO - Although it's an election year, Democrats in the Legislature are getting along with Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger like never before. This week, the two sides made deals to raise the state's minimum wage and create a prescription drug discount program. The governor also is pursuing a deal on a Democratic proposal to reduce the greenhouse gases associated with global warming. The issues help Schwarzenegger appeal to the moderate voters who dominate the state, while denying his Democratic rival, state Treasurer Phil Angelides, avenues of attack. Democratic legislators, in turn, are trying to get what they can from Schwarzenegger...
  • Study questions link between power of hurricanes, global warming

    07/27/2006 1:29:09 PM PDT · by devane617 · 9 replies · 374+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | 07/26/2006 | MARTIN MERZER
    Studies that link global warming to an increase in hurricane ferocity might be full of hot air, according to a research paper that will be published Friday in a major scientific journal. The paper, co-written by Chris Landsea of the National Hurricane Center in West Miami-Dade, challenges earlier findings that hurricanes have grown more powerful in the last 30 years. It says those studies failed to account for technological improvements that now produce more accurate -- and often higher -- estimates of a storm's power than were available in the past. 'If you say, `Hey, the number of Category 4...
  • Plants Predict Where Rumbling Volcanoes Will Blow

    06/09/2006 1:11:03 PM PDT · by blam · 8 replies · 583+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 6-9-2006
    Plants predict where rumbling volcanoes will blow 09 June 2006 NewScientist.com news service WANT to know where a rumbling volcano is likely to split at the seams? Look for the tallest and greenest plants. Vigorous plant growth on the flanks of a volcano like that at Rabaul, Papua New Guinea, can indicate where magma is most likely to spurt out. Satellite images reveal that shrubs and trees grow taller and greener along stripes where the volcano eventually ruptures. Nicolas Houlié from the University of California, Berkeley, and his colleagues studied satellite images of Mount Etna in Sicily and Mount Nyiragongo...
  • (Al-Qa'eda) Gang 'Plotted To Blow Up Ministry Of Sound' (UK)

    05/25/2006 7:12:46 PM PDT · by blam · 7 replies · 359+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 5-26-2006 | Duncan Gardham
    Gang 'plotted to blow up Ministry of Sound' By Duncan Gardham (Filed: 26/05/2006) An alleged al-Qa'eda terrorist cell discussed blowing up the Ministry of Sound nightclub to take revenge on "those slags dancing around", a jury heard yesterday. Top, from left: Jawad Akbar, Omar Khyam and Shujah Mahmood. Bottom, from left: Salahuddin Amin, Anthony Garcia and Waheed Mahmood Pictures of six of the seven alleged British terrorists were released for the first time as the court heard a covert recording made by MI5 in the student flat occupied by Jawad Akbar in Uxbridge, west London. Akbar, then 20 and studying...
  • Bush: Democratic Iraq Crippling Blow to Terrorists

    04/29/2006 8:47:28 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 270+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Steven Donald Smith
    WASHINGTON, April 29, 2006 – The establishment of democracy in Iraq will deal a severe blow to terrorism and help spread freedom throughout the region, President Bush said today. "By helping the Iraqi people build their democracy, America will deal the terrorists a crippling blow and establish a beacon of liberty in the Middle East," Bush said during his weekly radio address. "And that will make our nation and the world more secure." A democratic Iraq will deny the terrorists their immediate aim of turning Iraq into what Afghanistan was under the Taliban, a safe haven for terrorists to plot...
  • Bush: Victory in Iraq Will be Blow to Terrorist Ideology

    04/24/2006 6:03:41 PM PDT · by SandRat · 10 replies · 432+ views
    WASHINGTON, April 24, 2006 – A successful democracy in Iraq will be a major tactical and ideological blow to the totalitarian vision of Osama bin Laden and his lieutenants, President Bush said in California today. "One, it will be a tactical blow. We'll deny them that which they want," Bush said in a speech in Irvine. "But secondly, it will be a major blow because, in the long term, the best way to defeat an ideology of hatred is with an ideology of hope." Bush said the United States learned a lot of important lessons on Sept. 11, 2001. The...
  • Taxpayers may face big blow for pensions

    03/03/2006 11:14:12 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 17 replies · 606+ views
    LA Daily News ^ | 3/3/06 | Troy Anderson
    Already facing deficits of more than $110 billion, public-employee pension plans in Los Angeles and elsewhere in the state have overestimated future investment income in a move that could imperil the systems and require taxpayer bailouts, former Mayor Richard Riordan and other financial experts warn. Pension systems in California are operating on assumptions of a 7.5 percent to 8.5 percent annual return on investment portfolios, but investment experts say historical trends suggest stocks will increase by only 6 percent to 7 percent annually. Coupled with rising retirement rates and growing pension benefits, the resulting squeeze could leave dozens of pension...
  • Costa Rica election another blow to US trade pact (CAFTA)

    02/08/2006 10:33:36 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 466+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 2/8/06 | John McPhaul
    SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (Reuters) - A U.S. free trade pact with Central America, already delayed by a legal wrangle, has run into further trouble at presidential elections in Costa Rica where voters punished the main pro-trade candidate. Costa Rica's electoral board began a recount on Tuesday of the vote from the weekend, which ended with a near dead heat despite opinion polls showing free trade advocate Oscar Arias would win easily. Arias, a former president who strongly backs the U.S.-Central American Free Agreement, or CAFTA, won just over 40 percent of votes on Sunday, on a par with main...
  • Death of Operatives a Blow to al-Qaida

    01/19/2006 1:06:04 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 22 replies · 1,249+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/19/06 | Hans Gremel - ap
    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - One is believed to be a chemical weapons expert, another allegedly plotted assassinations. A third planned attacks targeting U.S. troops, while a son-in-law publicized their exploits in the name of al-Qaida and recruited new militants. Now this top group is believed to have been wiped out by a U.S. missile strike. If true, it's far from a death blow to al-Qaida, but analysts say it could weaken the terror group's operations in Afghanistan, which has seen an alarming rise in suicide attacks. The strike apparently missed al-Qaida's second-in-command, Ayman al-Zawahri. And an audiotape aired Thursday, the first...
  • Rush Prediction - CIA Leak Will Blow Up in Democrat Faces (time to investigate Wilson)

    11/03/2005 4:51:21 PM PST · by Libloather · 75 replies · 3,392+ views
    Rush Limbaugh .com ^ | 11/03/05 | The Maha
    CIA Leak Will Blow Up in Democrat Faces November 3, 2005 BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: As many of you know, I have been suspicious of this whole Joe Wilson and Valerie Plame Niger CIA story for a long time, and I wouldn't be surprised -- I can't make the allegation but I wouldn't be surprised -- if before this is all over we learn that the whole thing was an attempted coup, if you will, to send this guy Wilson over to Niger to purposely undermine the Bush war on terror and the Bush administration and hopefully have an effect on...
  • Iraqi Voting Strikes Blow for Freedom, Bush Says

    10/15/2005 2:16:48 PM PDT · by SandRat · 16 replies · 574+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Oct 15, 2005 | Petty Officer 3rd Class John R. Guardiano, USN
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 15, 2005 – The millions of Iraqis who voted in their country's landmark Oct. 15, 2005, constitutional referendum have dealt a catastrophic blow to the worldwide al Qaeda terrorist network, which would like to subjugate them and the entire Middle East to a jihadist, terrorist tyranny, President Bush said today in his weekly radio address. "By casting their ballots," Bush said, "the Iraqi people deal a severe blow to the terrorists and send a clear message to the world: Iraqis will decide the future of their country through peaceful elections, not violent insurgency ... . "The terrorists," he...
  • U.S. says Iraq militants dealt sharp blow

    07/08/2005 9:31:07 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 17 replies · 987+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 7/8/05 | Robert Burns - AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. and Iraqi forces have "mostly eliminated" the ability of insurgents to conduct sustained, high-intensity attacks in Baghdad, the top U.S. commander in the Iraqi capital said Friday. Maj. Gen. William G. Webster Jr. said in a video-teleconference interview from Baghdad with reporters at the Pentagon that offensive operations by U.S. and Iraqi troops in recent weeks had sharply reduced the number of insurgent bombings. But he cautioned against concluding that the insurgency has been broken. "It's very difficult to know it's over," Webster said. There were 14 to 21 car bombings per week in Baghdad before...
  • Denise Coke Arrested on Cocaine Charges

    05/05/2005 2:30:05 PM PDT · by martin_fierro · 89 replies · 1,054+ views
    Yahoo news ^ | 5/6/05
    ROSEVILLE, Mich. - A woman identified by authorities as Denise Coke was arrested after a drug-sniffing dog discovered 33 pounds of cocaine in her vehicle. Roseville police acting on a tip gave Michigan State Police the description of a vehicle allegedly containing drugs. Coke, 25, of Detroit was arrested after being pulled over for speeding Tuesday night on Interstate 696. Coke was arraigned Wednesday on a charge of possession with intent to deliver more than 1,000 grams of cocaine, punishable by up to life in prison upon conviction. A judge set her bond at $1 million. Roseville Police Chief Richard...