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  • Story of evolution can be seen as comedy of errors (The Ancient Hiccup, Male Hernias, and more)

    04/27/2008 2:42:03 AM PDT · by canuck_conservative · 240 replies · 257+ views
    Philadephia Enquirer via Houston Chronicle ^ | Saturday, April 26, 2008 | Faye Flam
    "Oh what a piece of work is man," wrote Shakespeare, long before Darwin suggested just how little work went into us. Somehow, that same process that gave us reason, language and art also left us with hernias, flatulence and hiccups. One argument scientists often make against so-called intelligent design — the idea that evolution cannot by itself explain life — is that on closer inspection, we look like we've been put together by someone who didn't read the manual, or at least did a somewhat sloppy job of things. Viewed as products of evolution, however, our anatomical quirks start to...
  • GAO: DOD lacks evidence for exemptions

    03/07/2008 2:46:59 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 183+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/7/08 | Erica Werner - ap
    WASHINGTON - The Pentagon hasn't made the case for exemptions from three environmental laws or provided examples of how military operations have been impeded by them, a congressional report said Friday. The Government Accountability Office report came after the Navy lost in court over training exercises it was conducting under an exemption to the Marine Mammal Protection Act. Environmentalists contended that the Navy's use of sonar could harm whales off the Southern California coast, and the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled March 2 that the Navy had to limit the sonar use. In a written response included in...
  • Global Warming -- ya think?

    02/10/2008 7:01:22 AM PST · by Mike Acker · 11 replies · 115+ views
    2008-02-10 | Mike Acker
    Global warming ?? 2008=02-10 0930 EST temp: 9 deg F
  • CA: LA judge won't dismiss evidence in Pellicano bugging case

    12/22/2007 8:41:07 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 87+ views
    LOS ANGELES A federal judge refused to suppress evidence in a government case that accused Hollywood private eye Anthony Pellicano of illegally wiretapping stars. U.S. District Judge Dale S. Fischer issued six separate rulings on Friday that went against Pellicano and five co-defendants. The motions sought to suppress evidence the defense argued was mishandled or obtained through government misconduct. That included recordings of Pellicano's telephone conversations that were seized in a search of his Sunset Strip offices four years ago. One of the motions sought to have the entire criminal indictment dismissed. "We are extremely pleased with the court's ruling,"...
  • Last-Minute Evidence, Legal Debate Delay Case on Canadian Detainee

    11/08/2007 3:47:26 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 137+ views
    NAVAL STATION GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba, Nov. 8, 2007 – The case against a Canadian detainee accused of killing a U.S. soldier in Afghanistan and supporting al Qaeda took another strange twist today when the judge delayed the proceedings to give the defense team time to review last-minute evidence likely to favor the defendant. Army Col. Peter Brownback arraigned Omar Ahmed Khadr here today on charges of murder, attempted murder, conspiracy, supporting terrorism and spying. Khadr, who sat in the courtroom in a white detainee uniform with his hair tucked up under a black skull cap, waived the right to raise...
  • HUMINT: Secret Transcript

    10/09/2007 2:18:47 PM PDT · by humint · 1 replies · 121+ views
    human intelligence ^ | 09 October 2007 | humint
    SATIRE: The following are transcripts of recorded conversations between chess pieces conspiring to check mate their opponents. To understand the jargon, let’s review chess pieces and the chess board. The players on each side include 1 King, 1 Queen, 2 Rooks, 2 Bishops, 2 Knights and 8 Pawns. The board, or battle field as it is aptly named by the pieces, is broken down into eight rows labeled 1-8 and eight columns labeled a-h. To designate the location of a piece, the notation is as follows, [ROW,COLUMN] for example, 1a indicates the far left and closest square on the white...
  • Studying Evidence From Ice Age Lakes

    09/11/2007 4:25:24 PM PDT · by blam · 22 replies · 681+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 9-11-2007 | Geological Survey of Norway
    Source: Geological Survey of Norway Date: September 11, 2007 Studying Evidence From Ice Age Lakes Science Daily — During the last Ice Age, the ice dammed enormous lakes in Russia. The drainage system was reversed several times and the rivers flowed southwards. A group of geologists is now investigating what took place when the ice melted and the lakes released huge volumes of fresh water into the Arctic Ocean. ”The ice-dammed lakes in Russia were larger than the largest lakes we know today,” Eiliv Larsen, a geologist at the Geological Survey of Norway (NGU), tells me. He is in charge...
  • No Evidence That Widely Prescribed Statins Protect Against Prostate Cancer

    08/09/2007 7:39:00 PM PDT · by blam · 4 replies · 274+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 8-10-2007 | American Association Of Cancer Research
    Source: American Association for Cancer Research Date: August 10, 2007 No Evidence That Widely Prescribed Statins Protect Against Prostate Cancer Science Daily — A large community-based study refutes previous findings that statins -- a top-selling drug class, worldwide -- might cut one's risk of developing prostate cancer by reducing production of the male hormones that fuel cancer growth. Researchers from the New England Research Institutes found that while men using statins did indeed have lower blood levels of androgens such as testosterone, it was more likely attributable to poor health rather than the use of statins. "The public health significance...
  • U.S.: NATO has intercepted Iranian arms ("irrefutable evidence")

    06/13/2007 9:17:29 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 37 replies · 1,008+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 6/13/07 | Jamey Keaten - ap
    PARIS - NATO has intercepted Iranian weapons shipments to Afghanistan's Taliban insurgents, providing evidence Iran is violating international law to aid a group it once considered a bitter enemy, a senior U.S. diplomat said Wednesday. "There's irrefutable evidence the Iranians are now doing this," Undersecretary of State Nicholas Burns said on CNN. "It's certainly coming from the government of Iran. It's coming from the Iranian Revolutionary Guard corps command, which is a basic unit of the Iranian government." Speaking separately to The Associated Press, Burns said NATO must act to stop the shipments. The Iran-Afghanistan frontier is "a very long...
  • Evidence Links ‘High-Value’ Detainee to Al Qaeda

    05/15/2007 5:19:42 PM PDT · by SandRat · 12 replies · 755+ views
    amer ^ | Donna Miles
    WASHINGTON, May 15, 2007 – A detainee at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, who previously lived in the United States, denied he had any involvement with an al Qaeda group or had planned to reenter the country to commit a terrorist act. Majid Khan, a native of Pakistan whose family lives in Baltimore, Md., insisted during his Feb. 8 combatant status review tribunal hearing that he is not an enemy combatant. Pentagon officials today released a transcript of the hearing held at the Guantanamo facility. The tribunal was an administrative hearing to determine only if Khan meets the criteria to be...
  • Al Fayed in astonishing bid to force Queen to give evidence at Diana inquest

    05/15/2007 6:55:37 AM PDT · by bedolido · 19 replies · 1,130+ views
    thisislondon.co.uk ^ | 5-15-2007 | Staff Writer
    Lawyers for Mohamed al Fayed today launched an astonishing bid to force the Queen to give evidence in the Diana, Princess of Wales inquest. They called for the monarch to be "directly approached" over conversations she allegedly had with former royal butler Paul Burrell. Mr Burrell, who previously worked for the Princess, claimed after the collapse of his Old Bailey trial for theft that the monarch had once warned him of "powers at work in this country which we have no knowledge about".Mohamed al Fayed has fought a long battle over the inquest of his son, Dodi, and Diana, Princess...
  • More evidence found for water on Mars

    02/15/2007 8:59:17 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 19 replies · 596+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 2/15/07 | Randolph E. Schmid - ap
    WASHINGTON - An orbiting spacecraft has sent back new evidence for the presence of water on Mars. Scientists long have debated whether water flowed on the red planet, with evidence increasing in recent years. The presence of water would raise the possibility of at least primitive life forms existing there. Images from a camera aboard NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter show alternating layers of dark- and light-toned rock in a giant rift valley. Within those deposits are a series of linear fractures, called joints, that are surrounded by "halos" of light-toned bedrock, according to researchers from the University of Arizona. Their...
  • The Physical Evidence of Earth's Unstoppable 1,500-Year Climate Cycle

    02/03/2007 3:27:38 PM PST · by xcamel · 48 replies · 2,103+ views
    National Center for Policy Analysis ^ | 2004 | National Center for Policy Analysis
    Is the Earth currently experiencing a warming trend? Yes. Are human activities, including the burning of fossil fuel and forest conversion, the primary — or even significant — drivers of this current temperature trend? The scientifically appropriate answer — cautious and conforming to the known facts — is: probably not. " ** The Earth's climate cycles through 90,000-year Ice Ages interspersed with shorter warm periods." Indeed, the current warming cycle is not unusual: Evidence from around the world shows that the Earth has experienced numerous climate cycles throughout its history. These cycles include glacial periods (more commonly known as Ice...
  • Official: Evidence doesn't back Marines (Haditha,, AP/WP Marines 'hit' piece)

    01/06/2007 2:18:30 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 154 replies · 2,814+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/6/07 | Robert Burns - ap
    WASHINGTON - U.S. criminal investigators found no evidence to support the claim of Marines charged in the deaths of unarmed Iraqi civilians that five were shot after trying to flee the scene of a roadside bombing that killed one Marine, a senior defense official said Saturday. Investigators determined that all five Iraqis were shot within arm's length of each other and no more than 18 feet from the white taxi they were ordered to exit by members of a Marine squad in the western Iraqi town of Haditha, said the official, who is familiar with reports produced by the Naval...
  • Penguins offer evidence of global warming

    12/16/2006 5:26:12 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 77 replies · 1,278+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 12/16/06 | Deborah Zabarenko
    MCMURDO STATION, Antarctica (Reuters) - The first Adelie penguin chicks of the season -- black fluffballs small enough to hold in the hand -- started hatching this month, and the simple fact that there are more of them in the south and fewer of them further north is a sign of global warming, scientists say. Smaller than the more majestic Emperor penguins, the Adelies have some 193 colonies that have a total population of 2.5 million breeding pairs, said researcher David Ainley in a telephone interview from his camp at the penguin rookery at Cape Royds in Antarctica. "We're looking...
  • Foley Stuff from the Corn Blog

    10/05/2006 9:58:14 AM PDT · by Wuli · 9 replies · 742+ views
    David Corn Blog | October 5, 2006 | wuli
    You have got to read what's in these links. Very interesting pointers to where some of the Dim-Foley machinations have been coming from Go down to post titles "good news bad news" at http://blogactive.com/ then after reading the original post, click on the comments some eye openers
  • Father Produces More Evidence Implicating UN in Kidnapping

    09/07/2006 9:43:47 AM PDT · by Nachum · 24 replies · 1,854+ views
    Arutz 7 ^ | Sep 07, '06 | Hillel Fendel
    The film of the kidnapping of the 3 IDF soldiers on the Lebanese border in 2000, simulcast in Lebanon and Israel this week, lacks the parts implicating the UN in the affair, says the father of one. Chaim Avraham is the father of Benny Avraham, who was one of the three soldiers kidnapped and murdered by Hizbullah in October 2000. He produced a photograph today further implicating the UN in at least indirect involvement in the violent abduction. Videotapes of the kidnapping, filmed by UNIFIL sources, have long been known to exist, though the UN originally denied it for months....
  • Does enough evidence remain to ID Karr?

    08/20/2006 4:36:19 PM PDT · by apackof2 · 33 replies · 672+ views
    seatllepi.com ^ | 8.20.06 | DEBORAH HASTINGS
    BOULDER, Colo. -- The most important evidence amounts to this: DNA taken from two blood stains, hair and fibers taken from the body, half a footprint and two partial palm prints. What it boils down to is this: It is infinitely easier to prove itinerant teacher John Mark Karr did not kill JonBenet Ramsey 10 years ago than it is to show beyond a shadow of a doubt that he garroted and beat the 6-year-old child he claims to have loved. Because of the nature of DNA testing, it is simpler to prove a negative. "DNA is the sure way...
  • Report: Marines may have foiled evidence (AP parrots NYT)

    08/17/2006 10:12:01 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 1,011+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 8/17/06 | AP
    NEW YORK - U.S. Marines involved in the killings last fall in Haditha of two dozen Iraqis, most if not all of them civilians, appear to have destroyed or withheld evidence, The New York Times reported. Pages from an official company logbook of the unit involved in the deaths were missing, and an incriminating video taken by an aerial drone was not given to investigators until a top commander asked for it, two Defense Department officials told the newspaper. The Times posted the story on its Web site Thursday night. The Pentagon officials said a report about the Haditha killings...
  • New Evidence Suggests Longer Paper Making History In China

    08/13/2006 3:58:00 PM PDT · by blam · 8 replies · 378+ views
    New Evidence Suggests Longer Paper Making History in China A 2,000-year-old piece of paper inscribed with legible handwriting has been found in Gansu Province, suggesting that China's paper-making and handwriting history are older than previously thought. The 10 square centimeter piece of paper, made from linen fibers, was found during restoration of an ancient garrison near the Yumen Pass at Dunhuang in northwest China. The garrison was in use during the Western Han Dynasty (206 B.C.-25 A.D.), a report in the Beijing-based Guangming Daily said. "The paper was made in 8 B.C., more than 100 years before the birth of...