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  • Congresswoman: “100% Chance of a Severe Geo-Magnetic Event Capable of Crippling Our Electric Grid”

    09/03/2013 4:18:38 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 141 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 9/3/13 | Mac Slavo
    The fall-out from a grid-down scenario would be absolutely devastating, as noted by a spokesman for the Center for Security Policy who recently responded to the potential for EMP capable weapons being deployed over the United States: And experts forecast if such an attack were a success, it effectively could throw the U.S. back into an age of agriculture. “Within a year of that attack, nine out of 10 Americans would be dead, because we can’t support a population of the present size in urban centers and the like without electricity,” said Frank Gaffney, president of the Center for Security...
  • 'We may be able to watch dark energy turn on': U-M involved in unprecedented sky survey

    09/03/2013 4:20:57 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 5 replies
    U-Mich ^ | 9/3/13 | Nicole Casal Moore
    ANN ARBOR—Moonless nights outside the Cerro Tololo astronomical observatory in Chile are so dark that when you look down, you can't see your feet. "You can't see your hands," said David Gerdes, physics professor at the University of Michigan. "But you can hold them up to the sky and see a hand-shaped hole with no stars in it. It's really incredible." From this site in the Andes over the next five years, an international team will map one-eighth of the sky in unprecedented detail—aiming to make a time lapse of the past 8 billion years of a slice of the...
  • Power Grid Down Drill To Be Conducted By US Government

    08/31/2013 12:44:22 PM PDT · by LucyT · 108 replies
    OffTheGridNews ^ | August 28, 2013 | Tara Dodrill
    Power grid vulnerabilities are finally garnering some attention by government officials. An electrical grid joint drill simulation is being planned in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Thousands of utility workers, FBI agents, anti-terrorism experts, governmental agencies, and more than 150 private businesses are involved in the November power grid drill. The SHIELD Act, which is stalled in Congress, is the first serious piece of legislation in many years to attempt to address the vulnerabilities of the power grid in.
  • Simple theory may explain mysterious dark matter, physicists say

    06/11/2013 4:12:59 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 21 replies
    Science Recorder ^ | 6/11/13 | James Fluere
    One physicist says he likes this theory because of “its simplicity, uniqueness and the fact that it can be tested.”Theoretical physicists at Vanderbilt University contend that a simply theory may explain mysterious dark matter. They propose that most of the matter in the universe may be constructed of particles that have an abnormal, donut-shaped electromagnetic field known as an anapole. According to a news release from Vanderbilt University, Professor Robert Scherrer and post-doctoral fellow Chiu Man Ho carried out an in-depth analysis to determine the validity of this theory. Scherrer points out that he likes this theory because of “its...
  • Potential Dark Matter Discovery a Win for Space Station Science

    04/04/2013 12:52:30 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 21 replies
    AccuWeather ^ | 4/4/13
    Potential Dark Matter Discovery a Win for Space Station Science April 04, 2013; 7:56 AM If nature is kind, the first detection of dark matter might be credited to the International Space Station soon. The Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer experiment hangs on the side of the International Space Station, July 12, 2011. CREDIT: NASAToday (April 3), researchers announced the first science results from the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS), a $2 billion cosmic-ray particle detector mounted on the exterior of the football-field-size International Space Station. The instrument has observed a striking pattern of antimatter particles called positrons that may turn out to...
  • White House chefs and beekeper brew Obama's honey ale beer (video)

    09/01/2012 9:03:36 PM PDT · by ExxonPatrolUs · 47 replies
    Whitehouse.gov ^ | 9/1/2012 | White House YouTuber
    Go behind the scenes in the white house kitchen and see the brewing of President Obama's homemade beer.
  • LA Times Can’t Believe 'Dark Knight Rises' Portrays Communism Negatively

    07/24/2012 2:15:44 PM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 7/24/12 | Ben Shapiro
    In perhaps the least self-aware review of the politics of "The Dark Knight Rises" yet, Steven Zeitchik of the Los Angeles Times is befuddled at the idea that left-wing thought could ever be portrayed negatively. First, he admits his own incompetence: [M]ore politics doesn't mean your movie's message is more consistent or decipherable. Or perhaps the politics of "The Dark Knight Rises" is perfectly consistent and decipherable … and Zeitchik just doesn’t get it. In the next few lines, he shows that he has no clue what he’s talking about: Contradictions abound in "The Dark Knight Rises."
  • Is Dark Matter a Glimpse of a Deeper Level of Reality?

    06/13/2012 11:11:54 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 90 replies
    Scientific American ^ | 6/11/12 | George Musser
    Two years ago several of my Sci Am colleagues and I had an intense email exchange over a period of weeks, trying to figure out what to make of a new paper by string theorist Erik Verlinde. I don’t think I’ve ever been so flummoxed by physicists’ reactions to a paper. Mathematically it could hardly have been simpler—the level of middle-school algebra for the most part. Logically and physically, it was a head-hurter. I couldn’t decide whether it was profound or trite. The theorists we consulted said they couldn’t follow it, which we took as a polite way of saying...
  • Al-Qaeda’s Online Forums Go Dark For Extended Period

    Al-Qaeda’s main Web forums have been offline for the past 11 days in what experts say is the longest sustained outage of the sites since they began operating eight years ago. No one has publicly claimed responsibility for disabling the sites, but the breadth and the duration of the outages have prompted some experts to conclude the forums have been taken down in a cyberattack — launched perhaps by a government, government-backed organization or hacking group. The first Web site, Shumukh al-Islam, a primary source for al-Qaeda videos and messages, went down on March 22, and since then four others...
  • Saint Warren’s dark side

    01/31/2012 8:45:33 PM PST · by Nachum · 4 replies
    NY Post ^ | 1/31/12 | Charles Gasparino
    Imagine a Republican president regularly invoking the wisdom of a multibillionaire businessman who had profited off companies with questionable business practices, and who law-enforcement officials had recently asked to provide information about his own company’s questionable practices. No question about it: Democrats and the media would be having a field day. So why do we hear so little about the dark side of Warren Buffett? True, the double standard involving Buffett’s business record is longstanding. But now President Obama is using him as a central prop in his class-warfare strategy for winning a second term. Getting a free pass from...
  • Support for Dark Energy

    05/21/2011 3:00:25 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 13 replies
    Centauri Dreams ^ | 5/20/11 | Paul Gilster
    Support for Dark Energy by Paul Gilster on May 20, 2011 The far future may be a lonely place, at least in extragalactic terms. Scientists studying gravity’s interactions with so-called dark energy — thought to be the cause of the universe’s accelerating expansion — can work out a scenario in which gravity dominated in the early universe. But somewhere around eight billion years after the Big Bang, the continuing expansion and consequent dilution of matter caused gravity to fall behind dark energy in its effects. We’re left with what we see today, a universe whose expansion will one day...
  • Is an Adjacent Universe Causing the Dark Flow of Hundred of Millions of Stars at the Edge of the...

    04/16/2011 5:50:42 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 30 replies
    Daily Galaxy ^ | 4/15/11
    Is an Adjacent Universe Causing the Dark Flow of Hundred of Millions of Stars at the Edge of the Observable Universe? Or, Might It Be Something ElseBack in the Middle Ages, maps showed terrifying images of sea dragons at the boundaries of the known world. Today, scientists have observed strange new motion at the very limits of the known universe -- kind of where you'd expect to find new things, but they still didn't expect this. A huge swathe of galactic clusters seem to be heading to a cosmic hotspot and nobody knows why. The unexplained motion has hundreds of...
  • Dark matter could provide heat for starless planets

    04/02/2011 6:24:09 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 51 replies
    PhysOrg ^ | 4/1/11 | Deborah Braconnier
    (PhysOrg.com) -- In a resent paper posted at arXiv.org and submitted to Astrophysical Journal, Dan Hooper and Jason Steffen, physicists at Fermilab in Illinois, present the theory that cold and dark planets, not heated by a star, could be heated by dark matter. In theory, this dark matter could produce habitable planets outside of what is known as a habitable zone. While no one knows exactly what dark matter is, it is believed to make up about 83 percent of the universe. The most accepted theory is this dark matter is made up of what are called WIMPs, or weakly...
  • Universe Could be 250 Times Bigger Than What is Observable

    02/10/2011 1:21:07 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 56 replies
    Universe Today ^ | 2/8/11 | Vanessa D'Amico
    Our Universe is an enormous place; that’s no secret. What is up for discussion, however, is just how enormous it is. And new research suggests it’s a whopper – over 250 times the size of our observable universe. Currently, cosmologists believe the Universe takes one of three possible shapes: It is flat, like a Euclidean plane, and spatially infinite.It is open, or curved like a saddle, and spatially infinite.It is closed, or curved like a sphere, and spatially finite. While most current data favors a flat universe, cosmologists have yet to come to a consensus. In a paper recently submitted...
  • Budget Cuts To Darken SoCal City Street Lights

    12/21/2010 8:52:22 AM PST · by Skeez · 36 replies · 2+ views
    CBS 2 Los Angeles ^ | 12/21/2010
    VISTA (AP) — To trim $9 million from their budget, Vista officials say they will shut off half of the city’s residential street lights in March unless property owners agree to pay higher lighting fees. Fees could cost residents of the north San Diego County city between $4 and $20 a year. In turn, Vista residents complained about bright lights at the new City Hall. City spokeswoman Andrea McCullough tells the North County Times that lights in the park behind the building have been shut off and lights in front of the Civic Center have been dimmed. Inside the building,...
  • A Costly Quest for the Dark Heart of the Cosmos

    11/17/2010 11:44:54 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 2 replies
    NYTimes ^ | 11/16/10 | Dennis Overbye
    After 16 years and $1.5 billion of other people’s money, it is almost showtime for NASA and Sam Ting. Sitting and being fussed over by technicians in a clean room at the Kennedy Space Center in preparation for a February launching — and looking for all the world like a giant corrugated rain barrel — is an eight-ton assemblage of magnets, wires, iron, aluminum, silicon and electronics that is one of the most ambitious and complicated experiments ever to set out for space. The experiment, if it succeeds, could help NASA take a giant step toward answering the question of...
  • New dark age on our streets: Up to 75% of councils are dimming the lights to save money

    11/10/2010 7:19:06 AM PST · by Jack Hydrazine · 13 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 10th November 2010 | Laura Caroe and David Derbyshire
    Town halls are plunging our streets into darkness as they try to cut energy bills, damning research reveals. Up to three-quarters of councils are planning to turn off street lamps or dim the lights in an attempt to save money and meet climate change targets, a poll has found. But police fear that darkened streets will act as a haven for burglars, muggers and vandals – and motoring experts warn that there may be more accidents on the roads. Evoking memories of 1970s-style blackouts, the poll found that 43 per cent of town hall bosses are already committed to switching...
  • Phil Scott for VT LT. GOV

    12/02/2009 4:52:57 PM PST · by JimVT · 369+ views
    http://vtgop.org ^ | 12/01/09 | VT GOP
    Senator Phil Scott Announces His Candidacy for Lieutenant Governor
  • 'Big Wave' Theory Offers Alternative to Dark Energy

    08/19/2009 11:03:17 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 29 replies · 1,870+ views
    Space.com ^ | 8/18/09 | Clara Moskowitz
    Mathematicians have proposed an alternative explanation for the accelerating expansion of the universe that does not rely on the mystifying idea of dark energy. According to the new proposition, the universe is not accelerating, as observations suggest. Instead, an expanding wave flowing through space-time has caused distant galaxies to appear to be accelerating away from us. This big wave, initiated after the Big Bang that is thought to have sparked the universe, could explain why objects today appear to be farther away from us than they should be according to the Standard Model of cosmology. "We're saying that maybe the...
  • Was Universe 1.0 Destroyed by Dark Matter?

    07/07/2009 1:06:35 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 51 replies · 1,851+ views
    Daily Galaxy ^ | 7/07/09
    Did dark matter destroy the universe? You might be looking around at the way things "exist" and thinking "No", but we're talking about ancient history. Three hundred million years after the start of the universe, things had finally cooled down enough to form hydrogen atoms out of all the protons and electrons that were zipping around - only to have them all ripped up again around the one billion year mark. Why? Most believe that the first quasars, active galaxies whose central black holes are the cosmic-ray equivalent of a firehose, provided the breakup energy, but some Fermilab scientists have...
  • Obama's dark secret revealed

    01/12/2009 6:28:37 PM PST · by OL Hickory · 11 replies · 1,577+ views
    you tube ^ | August 31, 2008 | myndenway
    Watch out when sipping the Obama kool-aid, The truth comes out!
  • Did Dark Matter Power Early Stars?

    01/02/2009 11:46:33 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 36 replies · 616+ views
    Universe Today ^ | 1/02/09 | Nancy Atkinson
    The first stars to light the early universe may have been powered by dark matter, according to a new study. Researchers from the University of Michagan, Ann Arbor call these very first stars "Dark Stars," and propose that dark matter heating provided the energy for these stars instead of fusion. The researchers propose that with a high concentration of dark matter in the early Universe, the theoretical particles called Weakly Interacting Massive Particles(WIMPs), collected inside the first stars and annihilated themselves to produce a heat source to power the stars. "We studied the behavior of WIMPs in the first stars,"...
  • Dark Energy Survey Advances

    06/25/2008 2:21:17 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 9 replies · 131+ views
    Dark Energy Survey AdvancesJune 25th, 2008 Figuring out what makes up 73 percent of the universe is no small matter. But the late 20th Century discovery that the rate of expansion of the universe is not slowing but accelerating makes the research all but imperative. The Dark Energy Survey is behind the construction of an extraordinarily sensitive camera that will be installed on the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory (CTIA) 4-meter telescope in Chile, with the aim of creating an unprecedented sky survey to probe these questions. I’m looking at the original proposal for the DES survey as submitted to...
  • Dark energy 'imaged' in best detail yet

    05/23/2008 5:09:20 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 19 replies · 100+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 5/23/08
    Some had hoped it might be just an illusion. But it looks like dark energy is real and here to stay, as astronomers "image" the mysterious entity in action. In 1998, astronomers found that distant supernovae were dimmer, and thus farther away, than expected. This suggested that the expansion of the universe is accelerating – and "dark energy" was named as the culprit. Since then, astronomers have struggled to explain what dark energy actually is – leading some to speculate that it may not exist at all...
  • First stars 'may have been dark'

    02/23/2008 9:47:44 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 34 replies · 224+ views
    BBC ^ | 2/19/08 | Roland Pease
    The first stars to appear in the Universe may have been powered by dark matter, according to US scientists. Normal stars are powered by nuclear fusion reactions, where hydrogen atoms meld to form heavier helium. But when the Universe was still young, there would have been abundant dark matter, made of particles called Wimps: Weakly Interacting Massive Particles. These would have fused together and obliterated each other long before nuclear fusion had the chance to start. As a result, the first stars would have looked quite different from the ones we see today, and they may have changed the course...
  • 'Dark field' X-rays reveal bodies in new detail

    01/21/2008 6:39:54 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 1 replies · 71+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 1/21/08 | Tom Simonite
    A set of simple silicon filters could dramatically improve the quality of X-ray images produced in hospitals and at airport checkpoints. The technique provides a more detailed picture of fractured bone and could help airport security scanners distinguish plastic explosives from harmless substances. X-ray images normally reveal the way different materials, including body tissue, absorb X-ray radiation. Strongly absorbing areas are white and weakly absorbing ones black. But finer details are often lost in a fog caused by areas with intermediate radiation-absorbing ability.
  • Out Among the Dark Stars

    12/03/2007 3:53:48 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 8 replies · 198+ views
    You would think that a star anywhere from 400 to 200,000 times wider than the Sun would be fairly easy to detect. But not if it’s a ‘dark star,’ the name for a new, theoretical entity about to make its appearance in Physical Review Letters. Astrophysicist Paolo Gondolo (University of Utah) makes the case that dark matter would have affected the temperature and density of the gases that formed the first stars. Dark stars would mostly contain normal matter — hydrogen and helium — but they would have been much larger than the Sun, glowing largely in the infrared. Hypothetical...
  • Batman special effects man killed

    09/25/2007 6:53:05 AM PDT · by Virginia Ridgerunner · 1 replies · 82+ views
    BBC News ^ | September 25, 2007 | BBC News
    A special effects technician working on the new Batman film was killed when a vehicle he was in crashed while on a stunt test run. The accident happened off-set and there was no filming taking place, movie company Warner Bros Pictures said. The victim was on a camera truck which was following a stunt vehicle, believed to have been the Batmobile. An ambulance spokeswoman said he was pronounced dead at a test track in Longcross, near Chertsey, in Surrey. Warner Bros said in a statement: "There was a fatal accident at a special effects facility for Batman: The Dark Knight....
  • Dark matter mystery deepens in cosmic 'train wreck'

    08/18/2007 1:37:28 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 50 replies · 1,651+ views
    The Analyst Magazine ^ | 8/07 | Megan Watzke
    Astronomers have discovered a chaotic scene unlike any witnessed before in a cosmic "train wrecK" between giant galaxy clusters. NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and optical telescopes revealed a dark matter core that was mostly devoid of galaxies, which may pose problems for current theories of dark matter behavior. Astronomers have discovered a chaotic scene unlike any witnessed before in a cosmic “train wreck” between giant galaxy clusters. NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory and optical telescopes revealed a dark matter core that was mostly devoid of galaxies, which may pose problems for current theories of dark matter behavior. "These results challenge our...
  • Enlightened Medicine Found In Dark Ages

    07/27/2007 3:05:20 PM PDT · by blam · 27 replies · 963+ views
    Live Science ^ | 7-23-2007 | Heather Whipps
    Enlightened Medicine Found in Dark Ages By Heather Whipps, Special to LiveScience posted: 23 July 2007 08:42 am ETThe way sick people are treated is a reflection of the prevalent cultural norms, and in the Dark Ages, being sick was much more common than today, so people accepted and dealt with ill people on a daily basis." People living in Europe during early Medieval times (400—1200 A.D.) actually had a progressive view of illness because disease was so common and out in the open, according to the research presented at a recent historical conference. Instead of being isolated or shunned,...
  • Need Alaska Info

    01/28/2007 7:26:42 PM PST · by blu · 69 replies · 3,415+ views
    I have a few questions about living in Alaska...
  • Very high frequency radiation makes dark matter visible

    12/14/2006 2:20:00 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 21 replies · 898+ views
    EurekAlert ^ | 12/14/06
    Caption: Fig. 1: Image of the mass distribution over a patch of sky about one quarter of the area of the Full Moon. These images were made by PhD student Stefan Hilbert using the Millennium Simulation, the largest computer simulation of cosmic structure formation ever carried out. The left panel represents the kind of image which could be made by a low-frequency radio telescope with a diameter of 100 kilometres, using the gravitational distortion of images of pregalactic structure in the neutral hydrogen distribution. The right panel represents the kind of image which could be made for the same region...
  • Dark and stormy night

    10/31/2006 1:19:21 PM PST · by Snoopers-868th · 17 replies · 567+ views
    I have searched and searched for the thread that was present late last week. Someone named Old sargeant or something like that started this story that was to be carried on by others on the thread. However, this person did such a good job that they continued the story. Can anyone provide the link please?
  • Dark times ahead for chocolate

    10/13/2006 5:17:54 PM PDT · by blam · 85 replies · 1,645+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 10-14-2006 | David Derbyshire
    Dark times ahead for chocolate By David Derbyshire, Consumer Affairs Editor (Filed: 14/10/2006) Britain's taste for chocolate is growing more sophisticated, figures out yesterday suggest. Sales of dark chocolate have trebled in a year, while the number of dark mainstream brands has risen tenfold. Confectionary analysts say the figures reflect a more discerning palate. They also follow several studies — some funded by chocolate makers — indicating that dark chocolate can have health benefits. Antioxidants in dark chocolate can help lower cholesterol and blood pressure, say researchers. However, dark and milk contain the same amount of fat and sugar. Although...
  • Defeating Depression Part I [Charismatic Devotional Thread]

    08/22/2006 7:56:23 PM PDT · by JockoManning · 255 replies · 3,052+ views
    Kad-Esh Shabbat Letter 16th of June MAP Ministries ^ | 16 June 2006 | Rabbi Baruch, Bishop Dominiquae Bierman
    16th of June DEFEATING DEPRESSION PART 1 “Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression, but a good word makes it glad” Proverbs 12:25 Depression- from Webster’s New Unabridged Dictionary Low spirits, gloominess, dejection, sadness, a decrease in force, or activity, or amount, a decrease in functional activity. An emotional condition either normal or pathological characterized by discouragement, a feeling of inadequacy, the act of humbling abasement as a depression of pride. Abasement, reduction, sinking, fall, humiliation, dejection, melancholy. Major Depression Facts Major depression is the No.1 psychological disorder in the western world.(1) It is growing in all age groups,...
  • A Stunning Demonstration of Why Good Science Needs Good Math

    08/22/2006 11:19:27 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 20 replies · 1,082+ views
    Everyone is scientific circles is abuzz with the big news: there's proof that dark matter exists! The paper from the scientists who made the discovered is here; and a Sean Carroll (no relation) has a very good explanation on his blog, Cosmic Variance. This discovery happens to work as a great example of just why good science needs good math. As I always say, one of the ways to recognize a crackpot theory in physics is by the lack of math. For an example, you can look at the electric universe folks. They have a theory, and they make predictions:...
  • Remains Of Past Emerge From The Dark - Ancient Buddhist Stupas Discovered In Bihar

    05/08/2006 2:50:38 PM PDT · by blam · 9 replies · 702+ views
    Telegraph India ^ | 5-7-2006 | Santosh Singh
    Remains of past emerge from the dark - Ancient buddhist stupas discovered in bihar districts SANTOSH SINGH A mound discovered recently at Turki in Bihar’s Vaishali district. Telegraph picture Patna, May 7: A forgotten chapter of ancient history is emerging, slowly and silently, in Bihar with Patna’s KP Jaiswal Research Institute identifying as many as 70 Buddhist stupas, 50 of which remain buried underground. The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) approved project plans to document all the stupas by September this year, said director of the institute Vijay Chaudhary. Buddhist texts indicate that when the Buddha died, he was cremated...
  • If..Muslims..Serious About Presenting the Radiant Face of Islam They Must Acknowledge... Dark Past

    03/28/2006 2:24:57 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 19 replies · 685+ views
    MEMRI ^ | 3/29/06
    Reformist Writer Dr. Kamel Al-Najjar: "If the Muslims are Serious About Presenting the Radiant Face of Islam… They Must… Acknowledge Their Dark Past" In January 2006, the Austrian-Iraqi Association for Development held its first conference on extremism and terrorism around the world, in Vienna. The conference was attended by Arab, Muslim and European researchers, intellectuals and diplomats. In the closing statement, the participants made the following recommendations: to present the humane and rational side of Islam which calls for co-existence and acceptance of the other; to condemn all forms of violence and terrorism; to promote dialogue and cooperation among all...
  • Smoldered-Earth Policy: Created By Ancient Amazonian Natives, Fertile, Dark Soils. . .

    03/05/2006 3:53:54 PM PST · by blam · 8 replies · 825+ views
    Science News ^ | 3-5-2006 | Ben Harder
    Week of March 4, 2006; Vol. 169, No. 9 , p. 133 Smoldered-Earth Policy: Created by ancient Amazonian natives, fertile, dark soils retain abundant carbon Ben Harder Shortly after the U.S. Civil War, a research expedition encountered a group of Confederate expatriates living in Brazil. The refugees had quickly taken to growing sugarcane on plots of earth that were darker and more fertile than the surrounding soil, Cornell University's Charles Hartt noted in the 1870s. The same dark earth, terra preta in Portuguese, is now attracting renewed scientific attention for its high productivity, mysterious past, and capacity to store carbon....
  • Hamas’ win: historical revisionism, a dark reality, but a little hope

    01/27/2006 5:22:09 AM PST · by forty_years · 1 replies · 404+ views
    War to Mobilize Democracy, LLC ^ | January 27, 2005 | Andrew Jaffee
    Hamas' victory in Palestinian parliamentary elections is already being sanitized by the politically correct, despite the terrorist group's bloody track record and its fallacious and dubious historical claims to the land of Israel. Thankfully, some Western leaders are condemning the selection of murderers by Palestinians for their government. At the top of a BBC article yesterday regarding the Hamas terrorist group winning Palestinian elections: The win poses problems for efforts to restart peace talks with Israel, say analysts. Israel insists it will not deal with an authority including Hamas. So this is all just Israel's problem/fault because the majority of...
  • Invalid Rule Spares Former Prosecutors from Discipline

    01/21/2006 4:46:19 AM PST · by hdrabon · 20 replies · 1,487+ views
    The Raleigh News & Observer ^ | Jan 21, 2006 | Joseph Neff
    The disciplinary arm of the N.C. State Bar dropped charges of felonious misconduct against two former Union County prosecutors Friday because of a 1999 clerical error at the state Supreme Court. The State Bar had charged Kenneth Honeycutt and Scott Brewer with lying, cheating and withholding evidence in a 1996 death penalty case. The ruling Friday marks the second time that Honeycutt and Brewer won on procedural grounds before the bar's Disciplinary Hearing Commission, which sits as judge and jury in disciplinary cases. . . . Prosecutors around the state are concerned that the case is damaging their reputation and...
  • Chocolate's Dark Secret: It's Good For Your Heart

    12/19/2005 6:20:41 PM PST · by blam · 5 replies · 452+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 12-20-2005 | Celia Hall
    Chocolate's dark secret: it's good for your heart By Celia Hall (Filed: 20/12/2005) A couple of squares of dark chocolate every day could help stave off heart disease, researchers say today. Swiss scientists say that just two ounces of good quality chocolate with a high cocoa butter content can help to prevent narrowing and hardening of the arteries. A study was carried out on smokers - smoking is known to damage arterial function - but the effect of eating dark chocolate is believed to be true for non-smokers. The subjects ate either two squares of dark chocolate with 74 per...
  • 'Iran On The Brink Of A Dark Age'

    11/19/2005 7:11:31 PM PST · by blam · 14 replies · 671+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 11-20-2005 | Lillian Swift
    'Iran is on brink of a dark age' By Lillian Swift (Filed: 20/11/2005) Iran is on the brink of entering another dark age under its new conservative regime, according to one of its leading artistic luminaries. Ali Reza Sami-Azar, who recently resigned as the head of the Teheran Museum of Contemporary Art, said the cultural glasnost of the past five years had come to an end. "We are in very grave danger of reverting back to the post-revolutionary days, when only those artists who were deemed as expressing so-called Islamic values were displayed," he said in an interview with the...
  • N.D. Man Wins Annual Bad-Writing Contest

    07/28/2005 12:12:25 PM PDT · by Mike Bates · 62 replies · 1,335+ views
    Yahoo News/AP ^ | 7/28/2005 | Garance Burke
    A man who compared a woman's anatomy to a carburetor won an annual contest that celebrates the worst writing in the English language. Dan McKay, a computer analyst at Microsoft Great Plains in Fargo, N.D., bested thousands of entrants from North Pole, Alaska to Manchester, England to triumph Wednesday in San Jose State University's annual Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest. "As he stared at her ample bosom, he daydreamed of the dual Stromberg carburetors in his vintage Triumph Spitfire," he wrote, comparing a woman's breasts to "small knurled caps of the oil dampeners." The competition highlights literary achievements of the most dubious...
  • In Khomeini's Shadow -- Iranian Jewish Community

    06/28/2005 2:19:32 PM PDT · by F14 Pilot · 3 replies · 1,116+ views
    reformjudaismmag.org ^ | June 05 | Roya Hakakian
    Roya Hakakian's story of growing up Jewish during the Iranian Revolution. Revolution. Everything in Iran changed on February 1, 1979, the day Ayatollah Khomeini returned to our country a few days after the departure of the Shah. Suddenly, millions were demanding an end to 2,500 years of monarchy--including hundreds of young Jews who joined the revolution against the wishes of their elders, hoping to recast their identities as secular Iranians who could assimilate seamlessly into the fabric of the promised utopia. Khomeini quickly took on the status of an "imam," only a step away from prophet in the Shi'ite tradition,...
  • Right wing stepping up war on Hillary Clinton (dark days for conservative activists)

    06/20/2005 3:26:11 PM PDT · by Libloather · 42 replies · 2,832+ views
    North Jersey .cam ^ | 6/20/05 | DICK POLMAN
    Right wing stepping up war on Hillary Clinton Monday, June 20, 2005 By DICK POLMAN PHILADELPHIA - These are dark days for the conservative activists who despise Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, and they're itching to brighten their mood by taking her down. Much to their horror, she appears to be shedding her 1990s image as a leftist Lady Macbeth, winning plaudits as a hawkish senator who talks about God and breaking bread with many of the same Republicans who impeached her husband. It's gotten to the point where a Fox News poll last week found that her national favorability rating...
  • Prison Could Mean Famous Digs for Michael Jackson (but it's dark & airless)

    06/12/2005 2:39:45 PM PDT · by Libloather · 27 replies · 1,177+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 6/12/05 | KIM CURTIS
    Prison Could Mean Famous Digs for Jackson By KIM CURTIS, Associated Press Writer 20 minutes ago A Michael Jackson fan who gave her name as Muna, from Switzerland, right, faces off with a Jackson critic known as Billy Bible in front of the Santa Barbara County Courthouse in Santa Maria, Calif., Friday, June 10, 2005. The jury in the Jackson child molestation case entered their sixth day of deliberation. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes) SAN FRANCISCO - If the child molestation case against Michael Jackson ends with a prison sentence, the pop star's likely new home would be almost as exclusive as...
  • Astronomers find star-less galaxy

    02/23/2005 1:32:25 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 85 replies · 1,695+ views
    An illustration of the inivisible galaxy The invisible galaxy could only be 'seen' using radio waves Astronomers say they have discovered an object that appears to be an invisible galaxy made almost entirely of dark matter. The team, led by Cardiff University, claimed it is the first to be detected. A dark galaxy is an area in the Universe containing a large amount of mass that rotates like a galaxy, but contains no stars. It was found 50 million light years away using radio telescopes in Cheshire and Puerto Rico. The unknown material that is thought to hold these...
  • Dark and Stormy Night Contest Subject

    02/21/2005 4:43:50 AM PST · by Vaquero · 41 replies · 2,489+ views
    the English Department of San Jose State University, | the English Department of San Jose State University,
    Subject: Fw: "Dark and Stormy Night Contest" winners For you lovers of good writing, listed below are the 10 winners of this year's Bulwer-Lytton Contest, aka the "Dark and Stormy Night Contest" run by the English Department of San Jose State University, wherein one writes only the first line of a bad novel: 10. "As a scientist, Throckmorton knew that if he were ever to break wind in the echo chamber, he would never hear the end of it." 9. "Just beyond the Narrows, the river widens." 8. "With a curvaceous figure that Venus would have envied, a tanned, unblemished...
  • Moon measurements might explain away dark energy

    02/20/2005 2:18:12 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 46 replies · 1,637+ views
    The New Scientist ^ | 2/19/05 | Will Knight
    Plans to trace the Moon's orbit with extraordinary new accuracy could reveal kinks in Einstein's theory of gravity and help explain the mysterious accelerating expansion of the universe, says a US researcher. The acceleration cannot be explained by known forces in the Universe. To account for the behaviour, cosmologists have introduced the concept of a new, as yet unseen, force - dark energy. But Gia Dvali, of New York University, US, believes there could be another explanation. He thinks the accelerating expansion might be caused by unexpected properties of gravity, which are only seen over very large distances. Taking inspiration...