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  • Questioning the Iraq War

    11/17/2005 5:42:42 PM PST · by forty_years · 6 replies · 622+ views ^ | November 17, 2005 | Andrew Jaffee
    5 Marines were killed in Iraq yesterday. The more than 2000 U.S. troops lost in Iraq makes me want to vomit. But now, as calls to pull our troops out of Iraq grow, I fear that a premature withdrawal will lead to an even greater disaster than the sacrifices already made. Cutting and running now would render this ultimate in human toll meaningless. Unfortunately, the great gains that have come from American sacrifices go under-reported. Iraqis are learning the intricacies of democratic politics, as “accountability has taken root.” Coalitions are being formed and reshuffled. Pundits are speculating on party endorsements....
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-16-05, Opt. St. Margaret-Scotland, St. Gertrude-Great

    11/16/2005 7:46:41 AM PST · by Salvation · 19 replies · 638+ views American Bible ^ | 11-16-05 | New American Bible
    November 16, 2005Wednesday of the Thirty-third Week in Ordinary Time Psalm: Wednesday 49 Reading I2 Mc 7:1, 20-31 It happened that seven brothers with their mother were arrestedand tortured with whips and scourges by the king,to force them to eat pork in violation of Gods law. Most admirable and worthy of everlasting remembrance was the mother,who saw her seven sons perish in a single day,yet bore it courageously because of her hope in the Lord.Filled with a noble spirit that stirred her womanly heart with manly courage,she exhorted each of themin the language of their ancestors with these words:I do...
  • Homeless Victims Of South Africa's Great Eviction

    09/28/2005 6:36:18 PM PDT · by blam · 7 replies · 576+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 9-29-2005 | David Blair
    Homeless victims of South Africa's great eviction (Filed: 29/09/2005) A million black workers have been thrown off white-owned farms since apartheid. David Blair reports on the threat of a Zimbabwe-style backlash Almost a million black workers have been evicted from South Africa's farms since the advent of the "rainbow" nation's new democracy, more than during the last decade of apartheid. A new survey has disclosed the huge scale of an enforced upheaval sweeping the country, with 942,303 farm workers and dependants evicted in the 10 years after the transition to black rule in 1994. In the previous decade, when apartheid...
  • The evil empire

    09/07/2005 9:23:06 PM PDT · by Khashayar · 10 replies · 699+ views
    The Guardian ^ | Thursday September 8, 2005
    Persia's kings are history's great villains. Does the British Museum's show do them justice? By Jonathan Jones The title of this exhibition is a bit misleading. Forgotten Empire, the British Museum calls its spectacular resurrection of ancient Persia. Yet the Persians are as notorious in their way as Darth Vader, the Sheriff of Nottingham, General Custer, or any other embodiment of evil empire you care to mention. They are history's original villains. In its day, which lasted from the middle of the 500s BC until the defeat of Darius III by Alexander the Great in 331 BC, the Persian empire...
  • Saint James the Greater

    07/25/2005 6:35:38 AM PDT · by Salvation · 8 replies · 1,165+ views ^ | not given | Catholic Forum
    JAMES the Greater Also known asone of the Sons of Thunder; Jacobus Major; Iago; Santiago Memorial25 July; formerly 5 AugustProfileSon of Zebedee and Salome, brother of Saint John the Apostle, and may have been Jesus' cousin. He is called "the Greater" simply because he became an Apostle before Saint James the Lesser. Apparent disciple of Saint John the Baptist. Fisherman. Left everything when Christ called him to be a fisher of men. Was present during most of the recorded miracles of Christ. Preached in Samaria, Judea, and Spain. First Apostle to be martyred. The pilgrimage to his relics in Compostela...
  • If You Didn't Love Ronald Reagan, DON'T READ THIS!

    07/16/2005 1:25:46 PM PDT · by DARCPRYNCE · 36 replies · 1,098+ views
    The Daley Times-Post ^ | 07/16/05 | Edward L. Daley
    LEGACY Oh say do you recall his shining city on the hill Though strained and scarred by wickedness, that city stands here still A proud and grateful people watched his strength illuminate her That beautiful, bright city of the Great Communicator
  • The Great UFO Debate

    07/15/2005 5:21:02 PM PDT · by Momaw Nadon · 44 replies · 1,311+ views ^ | Thursday, July 14, 2005 | Seth Shostak
    The good news is that polls continue to show that between one and two-thirds of the public thinks that extraterrestrial life exists. The weird news is that a similar fraction thinks that some of it is visiting Earth. Several recent television shows have soberly addressed the possibility that alien craft are violating our air space, occasionally touching down long enough to allow their crews to conduct bizarre (and, in most states, illegal) experiments on hapless citizens. While these shows tantalize viewers by suggesting that they are finally going to get to the bottom of the so-called "UFO debate", they never...
  • The U.K. Takes the Helm of the Rotating European Presidency

    07/05/2005 10:11:44 PM PDT · by Srirangan · 6 replies · 339+ views
    The European nation-state considered to be the least Europeanist, the United Kingdom, took the presidency of the E.U. on July 1, right after the double French and Dutch rejection of the E.U. Constitutional Treaty and the failure of the June 16-17 European Council -- a sign interpreted by many as the beginning of the end for the European political and strategic union. Although many observers believe that the British rotation is going to further aggravate the E.U.'s political crisis, and that the project of a common European Security and Defense Policy (E.S.D.P.) could suffer from a "final blow" in the...
  • Gold and Economic Freedom

    05/11/2005 4:45:35 PM PDT · by babylontoday · 3 replies · 439+ views ^ | 1966 | Alan Greenspan
    "An almost hysterical antagonism toward the gold standard is one issue which unites statists of all persuasions. They seem to sense - perhaps more clearly and subtly than many consistent defenders of laissez-faire - that gold and economic freedom are inseparable, that the gold standard is an instrument of laissez-faire and that each implies and requires the other. In order to understand the source of their antagonism, it is necessary first to understand the specific role of gold in a free society. Money is the common denominator of all economic transactions. It is that commodity which serves as a medium...
  • Gold and Economic Freedom

    05/11/2005 3:44:02 PM PDT · by babylontoday · 325+ views ^ | 1966 | Alan Greenspan
    "An almost hysterical antagonism toward the gold standard is one issue which unites statists of all persuasions. They seem to sense - perhaps more clearly and subtly than many consistent defenders of laissez-faire - that gold and economic freedom are inseparable, that the gold standard is an instrument of laissez-faire and that each implies and requires the other. In order to understand the source of their antagonism, it is necessary first to understand the specific role of gold in a free society. Money is the common denominator of all economic transactions. It is that commodity which serves as a medium...
  • Face to face with the great firewall of China

    05/05/2005 1:39:37 PM PDT · by ILurkedIRegisteredIPosted · 9 replies · 461+ views
    Ottawa Citizen ^ | 5/5/2005 | Michael Geist
    Face to face with the great firewall of China Michael Geist Citizen Special Thursday, May 05, 2005 As the Internet was taking flight in the early 1990s, John Gilmore, one of the co-founders of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a leading online civil liberties group, is credited with having coined the infamous phrase that "the Internet interprets censorship as damage and routes around it.'' Gilmore's view has since been regularly invoked whenever there are failed attempts to limit the dissemination of information. Beginning with a string of cases dating back to the Paul Bernardo trial in the mid-1990s, the Internet has...

    04/11/2005 1:28:19 PM PDT · by Libloather · 69 replies · 2,807+ views
    NY Post ^ | 4/11/05 | IAN BISHOP
    HILLARY STOKES '08 FIRE WITH RED-HOT SPEECH By IAN BISHOP ----------------------------------------- HILLARY CLINTON Photo: Rick Dembow April 11, 2005 -- MINNEAPOLIS Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton bowled over the Democratic faithful in the key 2008 presidential swing state of Minnesota with a fiery weekend stump speech that had fans hailing her as the "great hope" to take back the White House. "She speaks her mind and she's a leader," swooned Debra Manninen. "She's our great hope." Party faithful here devoured Clinton's brand-new, red-meat material in her first major political speech Saturday night since the November 2004 election, which aides said...
  • Foes Reunited at Peace Pope's Funeral

    04/07/2005 12:37:33 PM PDT · by F14 Pilot · 18 replies · 1,762+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | Thu Apr 7 | By Sophie Hardach -REUTERS
    ROME (Reuters) - The "Great Satan," part of the "axis of evil" and an "outpost of tyranny" will gather for the funeral of Pope John Paul, who toiled for peace but whose mourners find it hard to forgive each other. At what is expected to be one of the biggest funerals ever, there will be heads of governments whose hostile exchanges have long dominated the headlines -- the United States and Iran, Israel and Syria, Zimbabwe and Britain among others. "The conviction he had about humankind, about life and about peace -- it just shone through," said former U.S. president...
  • A Rabbinic Eulogy For The Pope (Rabbi Daniel Lapin Lauds Pope John Paul II's Greatness Alert)

    04/05/2005 10:18:54 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 10 replies · 681+ views ^ | 04/06/05 | Rabbi Daniel Lapin
    What meaningful eulogy can a rabbi possibly add to the many heartfelt tributes being paid to the Holy Father, Pope John Paul II? Ancient Jewish wisdom advised that in this world a man is known by his father. Not only a man's last name, but much of his identity comes from his father. However, after the process of death transforms us to spirit, we look to our children and grandchildren for clues to our eternity. In the future world of the spirit, where all is light and truth, Judaism teaches that each of us will be known by the actions...
  • Congratulations Sean Hannity - 2005 R&R Talk Personality of the Year

    03/15/2005 1:30:16 PM PST · by ajolympian2004 · 55 replies · 8,020+ views
    Radio and Records ^ | March 2005 | Radio and Records
    N/T Syndicated Personality of the Year Nominees: Glenn Beck The Glenn Beck Show Premiere Radio Networks Sean Hannity The Sean Hannity Show ABC Radio Networks Don Imus Imus In The Morning Westwood One Laura Ingraham The Laura Ingraham Show Talk Radio Network Rush Limbaugh The Rush Limbaugh Show Premiere Radio Networks Dave Ramsey The Dave Ramsey Show Independent The Winner!
  • Army commander says Iran considers any threat serious

    03/15/2005 12:20:06 PM PST · by F14 Pilot · 21 replies · 740+ views
    Tehran Times ^ | March 16, 2005
    TEHRAN -- Iran takes the military threats of the United States and the Zionist regime seriously and is prepared to repel any air, ground, or sea attack, a top military official said here on Tuesday. "We take the U.S. and Israeli threats seriously, given the statements made by U.S. and Israeli officials over the past 26 years," Army Commander Major General Mohammad Salimi stated. The enemies of the country are seeking regime change in Iran, he said on the sidelines of a graduation ceremony at the Military Academy. Commenting on the so-called Greater Middle East Initiative, the recent statements of...
  • 575 Beetles found in cereal, store charged

    02/27/2005 10:18:51 PM PST · by freedom44 · 57 replies · 1,718+ views
    Caneo News ^ | 2/28/05 | Caneo News
    HONG KONG -- An upscale Hong Kong grocery store is being prosecuted after a customer allegedly discovered 575 beetles in a jar of cereal he bought, officials and media reports said yesterday. The customer, lawyer Philip Dykes, said the breakfast cereal was "too organic for my liking," according to the South China Morning Post. The Food and Environmental Hygiene Department has charged the Great grocer store with sale of "food not of the nature, substance or quality demanded by the purchaser," said Emily Mak, a department spokeswoman. The charge carries a maximum fine of 10,000 Hong Kong dollars, $1,589 Cdn,...
  • Make Washington's Birthday a national holiday...again

    02/22/2005 7:02:30 AM PST · by Kitten Festival · 4 replies · 202+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | Feb. 22, 2005 | Rick Moran
    The year was 1783. While formal hostilities had virtually ceased between the Crown and the American colonies, peace talks continued to drag on in London. The Congress was broke and in serious debt even though the Articles of Confederation, which required individual states to contribute funds to the Congress, had been approved two years earlier. The Continental Army was restless. Many of its officers hadnt been paid in months. Promises made by Congress at the time of their enlistment regarding reimbursement for food and clothing, pensions, and a pledge to give the officers half pay for life were either not...
  • Discovery Could Change Dates For Human Arrival On The Great Plains

    02/15/2005 12:14:05 PM PST · by blam · 21 replies · 1,620+ views
    News Wise ^ | 2-15-2005 | University Of Kansas
    Source: University of Kansas Released: Sat 12-Feb-2005, 09:00 ET Embargo expired: Tue 15-Feb-2005, 00:00 ET Discovery Could Change Dates for Human Arrival on the Great Plains Dated by carbon-14 methods at 12,200 years old, recently discovered bones could be the oldest evidence of human occupation in Kansas, and they may be the oldest evidence of humans on the Great Plains. For photos related to the story, go to Newswise Bones of now-extinct animals and a rock fragment discovered last summer in northwestern Kansas could rewrite the history of humans on the Great Plains. The bones, which appear to...
  • Dick Weber, one of bowling's greats, dies (75)

    02/14/2005 8:53:01 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 24 replies · 1,178+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 2/14/05 | Jim Salter - AP
    ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Dick Weber, one of bowling's first national stars and a three-time bowler of the year, died. He was 75. Weber died Sunday night in his sleep at his home in the St. Louis area, said Steve James, retired executive director of the American Bowling Congress Hall of Fame. A cause of death was not immediately known. Weber had just returned from the opening of the congress' championships in Baton Rouge, La. James said he spent Sunday morning with Weber, who gave no indication he was ill. In an e-mail to the Bowlers Journal, Weber's wife, Juanita,...
  • Fanfare for the Common Man

    02/11/2005 6:45:20 AM PST · by Kitten Festival · 2 replies · 486+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | Feb. 11, 2005 | Amy Reeves
    Composing can be a lonely job. Hour after hour, the composer sits at a piano, trying to bring out the music in his head. But for Aaron Copland, composition was about the people. Working with people, learning from them, befriending them, organizing and mentoring them. His enthusiasm for combining music with humanity assured his place in music history almost as much as his compositions. "As organizer, teacher, propagandist, critic, lecturer and expositor, he has been by far the most voluble, articulate and respected American musician of his time," wrote Harold Schonberg in The New York Times in 1970. His ballets...
  • The Future of Judaism

    01/25/2005 11:35:24 AM PST · by stevejackson · 30 replies · 2,433+ views
    netWMD - The War to Mobilize Democracy ^ | January 25, 2005 | Daniel Pipes
    Until the 18th century, there was basically only one kind of Judaism, that which is now called Orthodox. It meant living by the religion's 613 laws, and doing so suffused Jews' lives with their faith. Then, starting with the thinker Baruch Spinoza (1632-77) and moving briskly during the Haskala, or "enlightenment," from the late 18th century, Jews developed a wide variety of alternate interpretations of their religion, most of which diminished the role of faith in their lives and led to a concomitant reduction in Jewish affiliation.These alternatives and other developments, in particular the Holocaust, caused the ranks of the...
  • Hollywood, Michael Moore and the Democrats

    01/07/2005 9:50:35 PM PST · by Kitten Festival · 2 replies · 433+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | Jan. 7, 2005 | Thomas Lifson
    Chris Whittle, who edits Sunday Morning Shootout ... has a fascinating, wide ranging post on his site Eject! Eject! Eject!, which hits many of my political-entertainment industry buttons. The amn knows whereof he speaks, and has a lot of worthwhile thoughts. >>There are only eight conservative actors in the history of Hollywood, and five of them have been elected to high office. (The sixth was elected president of the National Rifle Association, the seventh was elected Mayor of Carmel, California on a pro-business platform, and John Wayne had the class to never run for or from anything.) If,...

    08/16/2002 7:39:49 AM PDT · by Merchant Seaman · 735 replies · 30,137+ views
    Annoyed Reader
    The purpose of's multiple message boards is to limit the topics for each board to particular topics. Posting the same message on all the boards defeats the purpose of multiple-boards for special topics. It is very annoying to see the same message on every bulletin board. PLEASE! DO THE READERS A FAVOR. STOP CROSS-POSTING YOUR MESSAGES!
  • Greek Lawyers Attack 'Alexander' Bisexual Claims (Demand Oliver Stone Fiction Disclaimer on Film)

    11/22/2004 12:28:09 PM PST · by gopwinsin04 · 81 replies · 1,805+ views
    WENN ^ | 11/21/04 | imdb staff
    The makers of Colin Farell's upcoming epic 'Alexander' are facing the threat of lawsuit for claiming warrior Alexander the Great was bisexual.A group of furious Greek lawyers insist the legendary conqueror was heterosexual, and now they are looking into suing film studio Warner Brothers and director Oliver Stone for claims to the contrary.Yannis Varnakos, the spokesman for the 25 lawyers, says, 'The production company should make it clear that this film is pure fiction and not a true depiction of the life of Alexander.'The group of attorneys say they have gathered enough evidence so far to know that there are...

    11/21/2004 6:10:52 PM PST · by jpallenjd · 16 replies · 790+ views
    NETWORK TV | jpallenjd
    Good Evening, did anyone see the episode on tonight's "American Dreams', while I am not a fan of late of network TV, it was unquestionably the best hour of TV I have seen in several years, it REALLY REALLY stuck home and was such a GREAT boost to the military! Did anyone tape it or DVD it? I will pay! Please chat it up! Regards, Jim, a Republican from Bergen County, NJ
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-15-04, Optional St. Albert the Great

    11/15/2004 7:02:29 AM PST · by Salvation · 13 replies · 355+ views American Bible ^ | 11-15-04 | New American Bible
    November 15, 2004Monday of the Thirty-third Week in Ordinary Time Reading IRev 1:1-4; 2:1-5 The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave to him,to show his servants what must happen soon.He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John,who gives witness to the word of Godand to the testimony of Jesus Christ by reporting what he saw.Blessed is the one who reads aloudand blessed are those who listen to this prophetic messageand heed what is written in it, for the appointed time is near. John, to the seven churches in Asia: grace to you and peacefrom him...
  • "Upper Macedonia" Suggested for State Name

    11/12/2004 7:42:22 AM PST · by Destro · 23 replies · 1,868+ views ^ | 11 November 2004, Thursday. |
    "Upper Macedonia" Suggested for State Name Politics: 11 November 2004, Thursday. The leader of Macedonia's Democratic Alternative Party Vassil Tupurkovski suggested the name Upper Macedonia to replace Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. He was quoted saying by MPA news agency that his country should adopt a name that would contribute to the good cooperation between Greece and Macedonia. Macedonia needs a partner in the face of Greece, Tupurkovski stated, on the small Balkan state's path toward the European Union. He ruled out the direct role of the US in the conflict over Macedonia's official name, after Bush's administration officially recognised...

    11/02/2004 3:01:43 AM PST · by Ulysse · 4 replies · 494+ views
    11 02 2004 | Ulysse
    Is there something organized in FRANCE? I would like to know!
  • Uncovering The Secrets Of The Great Pyramid

    08/29/2004 8:46:23 AM PDT · by blam · 29 replies · 1,231+ views
    IOL ^ | 8-29-2004 | Annick Benoist
    Uncovering the secrets of the Great Pyramid August 29 2004 at 01:18PM By Annick Benoist Paris - Two French amateur archaelogists this week published a book in which they claim to have located the secret burial chamber of the Pyramid of Cheops near Cairo, the largest pyramid ever built. According to the study of the Great Pyramid, a fourth, undiscovered room lies underneath its so-called Queen's chamber, and is likely to have been the burial chamber for Cheops, an Egyptian pharaoh who ruled from 2560 to 2532 BC. Cheops' final resting place has never been found despite decades of investigation...
  • A great Wartime Leader!

    08/22/2004 6:37:14 AM PDT · by BigDoom · 11 replies · 845+ views
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  • Great-grandmother has lucky escape from very unlucky mishap (grazed by meteorite)

    08/18/2004 5:14:00 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 754+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 8/18/04 | AFP - London
    LONDON (AFP) - Most people would think they were supremely unlucky to be struck by a falling meteorite while out in their back garden. Yet great-grandmother Pauline Aguss is just grateful the rock only grazed her arm. The 76-year-old was hit by a swiftly-falling fragment of rock while hanging out washing in her garden in the county of Suffolk, the Sun newspaper reported in its Wednesday edition. If the golf ball-sized fragment is confirmed as originating from space, Aguss will be the first Briton ever known to have been struck by a meteorite. Aguss told the newspaper that she had...
  • Ronald Reagan - a poem

    06/15/2004 8:32:37 PM PDT · by PoetPatriot · 3 replies · 4,664+ views
    Ronald Reagan by Roger W Hancock An actor, orator, fortieth President, Ronald Reagan, man of many paths. .... Now sits among Americas greats. Copyright June 9, 2004 Roger W Hancock
  • "A Cowboy's Requiem" Ronald Reagan art tribute by Linda Eddy

    06/06/2004 6:53:07 PM PDT · by IPWGOP · 45 replies · 1,127+ views ^ | 5/6/2004 | IPWGOP
    Well done, good and faithful servant...
  • What Is So Great About Israel?

    04/30/2004 6:59:59 PM PDT · by Nachum · 44 replies · 493+ views
    Arutz 7 ^ | Apr 29, '04 | Steven Plaut
    Israeli Independence Day is just behind us. We spend so much time on the mindless, self-destructive, insane side of Israel that we may tend to forget the positive aspects of life in Israel. And there are ever so many of those. Here is a small list of some of my favorite things about life in here: 1. Israel is the only country in the world where people can read the Bible and understand it. 2. Israel is the only country in the world where, if someone calls you a "dirty Jew", it means you need a bath (old Efraim Kishon...
  • Uzbekistan's Best Kept Secret (Alexander The Great)

    04/23/2004 2:09:26 PM PDT · by blam · 5 replies · 243+ views
    BBC ^ | 4-23-2004 | Monica Whitlock
    Uzbekistan's best kept secret By Monica Whitlock BBC Correspondent, Uzbekistan Kampyr-Tepe, in southern Uzbekistan, was built at the time of Alexander the Great's empire and occupied for about 500 years until it fell into decline. The fortified city controlled a key route from central to south Asia Since it was discovered, a generation ago, it has been closed to the public because it stands in a sensitive and tightly guarded military zone, right on the Afghan border. The city perched on a high shelf of land - cut into clay walls that dropped sheer into the plains below. Caught in...
  • Our Military Is GREAT! Pass It On! (graphic)

    04/21/2004 11:55:03 AM PDT · by Registered · 30 replies · 136+ views
    Registered Media ^ | 04.21.04 | Registered
  • CDC's 10 Most Dangerous Dogs List [you'll never guess which one is the most dangerous!]

    01/14/2004 5:14:36 PM PST · by ambrose · 619 replies · 87,750+ views
    NBC17 ^ | 1-14-04 | NBC17
    NBC 17 CDC's 10 Most Dangerous Dogs List POSTED: 3:58 PM EST January 14, 2004 RALEIGH, N.C. -- Tuesday's fatal dog attack in Harnett County is not as rare as you may think. Dogs kill 10 to 20 people in the United States every year.Last year in Orange County, 300 dog bites were reported, and 350 were reported in Raleigh. DOG SAFETY Stay SafeTips For ParentsOwn A Dog?Been Injured By A Dog? While national statistics show at least 30 breeds have attacked humans, 10 dog breeds are on the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's most dangerous list, meaning they...
  • Nelson's Great Love Found At The Bottom Of The Ocean (Uruguay)

    03/27/2004 3:57:44 PM PST · by blam · 21 replies · 649+ views
    The Scotsman ^ | 3-27-2004 | Angus Howarth
    Nelson's great love found at the bottom of the ocean ADMIRAL Horatio Nelsons favourite ship, on which he is said to have seduced Lady Hamilton and lost an eye in battle, has been found off the coast of Uruguay. International treasure-divers said yesterday that they had found HMS Agamemnon, a 64-gun vessel which was the pride of Britains naval fleet when it went down in 1809. Plans are now being made to lift the ship from its watery grave following the multi-million-pound deep-sea exploration. Uruguayan millionaire Hector Bado, the operations backer, hailed the find as "akin to finding the Holy...
  • Did Comet Trigger The Great Chicago Fire?

    03/06/2004 2:15:32 PM PST · by blam · 48 replies · 1,387+ views
    Discovery ^ | 3-6-2004 | Irene Mona Klotz
    Did a Comet Trigger The Great Chicago Fire? By Irene Mona Klotz, Discovery News The Great Chicago Fire of 1871 March 5, 2004 Perhaps it was not Mrs. O'Leary's cow kicking over a lantern that sparked the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, which destroyed the downtown area and claimed 300 lives. New research lends credence to an alternative explanation: The fire, along with less-publicized and even more deadly blazes the same night in upstate Wisconsin and Michigan, was the result of a comet fragment crashing into Earth's atmosphere. The comet theory has been around and most often discarded...
  • The Great Water Myth

    01/27/2004 3:01:47 PM PST · by blam · 24 replies · 95+ views
    Independent (UK) ^ | 1-28-2004
    The great water mythMexican farmers are being urged to 'save' water by investing in more efficient irrigation. But the initiative may have the opposite effect. Fred Pearce reports on the makings of an environmental disaster 28 January 2004 In a world of growing water shortages, farmers are becoming convinced that they need to grow, "more crops for every drop." Water efficiency is all the rage in an industry that uses two-thirds of the world's water. But could the farmers be wrong? From the corn fields of Mexico to the paddy fields of China to the lettuce plantations of California, farmers...
  • "Material Girl" Madonna endorses Democratic candidate Wesley Clark

    12/16/2003 9:07:41 PM PST · by yonif · 66 replies · 559+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | Tue Dec 16 2003 | AFP
    Former vice president Al Gore (news - web sites) may be supporting Howard Dean (news - web sites), but retired army general Wesley Clark (news - web sites) has support in his quest for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination from ... Madonna (news - web sites). The Material Girl on Tuesday publicly threw her support behind the retired four-star general, one of nine Democrats seeking to replace George W. Bush in the November 2004 election. "I endorse him because I think he's a great guy," the pop superstar said on CNN Tuesday. "I think he's a natural born leader." Madonna...
  • Madonna's book: Zillions printed, 8,000 sold.

    09/24/2003 10:05:35 AM PDT · by yankeedame · 20 replies · 467+ views
    BBC On-Line ^ | Wednesday, 24 September, 2003 | staff writer
    Last Updated: Wednesday, 24 September, 2003, 11:09 GMT 12:09 UKMadonna book sells 8,000 copies This was Madonna's first attempt at children's fiction Madonna's children's book The English Roses has sold just over 8,000 copies in its first week in the UK. The book, launched amid a blaze of publicity, made it to number 17 in the national book chart, according to data company Nielsen Bookscan. It was the second bestselling children's book of the week, behind JK Rowling's fifth Harry Potter book. This week the top-selling book in the UK, David Beckham's autobiography My Side, sold 103,508 copies. Madonna's book,...
  • Madonna's Author Act Stranger Than Fiction (middle-aged serial slurper role-plays as actual mom)

    09/30/2003 11:14:31 AM PDT · by dead · 17 replies · 490+ views
    New York Post ^ | September 30, 2003 | Andrea Peyser
    <p>The middle-aged serial slurper came to Midtown yesterday clad in an early Halloween costume - dowdy tweed suit and bushy hair - to role-play the part of an actual mom.</p> <p>We've seen this gal tied up, beaten down, with cones protruding from her bosom, and naked so frequently, it is to yawn. But Madonna's new, prissy act, unveiled on Fifth Avenue, was downright weird.</p>
  • 'Apples' is a bruise on Madonna's new career

    11/10/2003 10:39:06 AM PST · by Hillary's Lovely Legs · 4 replies · 340+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 11-10-2003 | Deirdre Donahue
    Poor Madonna (news - web sites). In her new career as a writer of children's books, lightning has not struck twice. Her first effort, The English Roses, had skeptical critics baying with praise at how effectively she examines the subtle but cruel ways girls exclude those they envy or pity. The book has been translated into 37 languages, and it has been on the USA TODAY Best-Selling Books list since Sept. 22. Its highest rank was No. 7. In the second of Madonna's expected five books, Mr. Peabody's Apples, illustrated by Loren Long, the pop star and mother turns her...
  • Maverick Madge in fistfight with Warner Bros

    11/16/2003 3:08:18 PM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 318+ views
    Times India ^ | 10/31/03
    LONDON: "Material Girl" Madonna is said to be gearing up for a fistfight with Warner Bros Records over differences about where her Maverick Records is heading. According to PeopleNews , a reason for the impending parting of the ways may be attributed to a rumour that Time Warner is lining up to sell off the Warner Music Group. Tension seems to be brewing, as renegotiations between the two warring parties is virtually non-existent, sources close to the disgruntled Warner executives, say. Others are even predicting "a nuclear lawsuit," with the big guns of parent company Time Warner lining up for...
  • MADONNA'S 2nd children's book "Mr Peabody's Apples" tops NYT best sellers list (BARF alert)

    11/27/2003 8:41:26 AM PST · by yankeedame · 7 replies · 394+ views
    News.Com. AU ^ | staff writer
    Madonna's bestseller November 26, 2003 MADONNA'S second children's book Mr Peabody's Apples is on top of the New York Times best sellers list for children this week. The queen of pop has topped the book chart just eight weeks after her last number one with The English Roses. Children are loving Madonna's tales. As funny as it may sound, Madonna has kept The Cat In The Hat from going number one in the book world. The Cat In The Hat is being propelled by the movie starring Mike Myers, Alec Baldwin and Kelly Preston. Madonna's career as an author couldn't...

    12/15/2003 4:15:01 AM PST · by JesseHousman · 24 replies · 421+ views
    Dayton Daily News ^ | December 12, 2003 | Laura Dempsey
    Nobody ever says, "Madonna who?" She's part of our culture, an American success story who's maintained a media presence for 20 years now, re-inventing herself with every prevailing wind, while never, ever giving the impression she's doing anything other than what she wants to do. We are by turns impressed, embarrassed, shocked and amazed by Madonna's antics, but we're rarely surprised anymore. Madonna, the dancer from Detroit, set out to become famous and succeeded beyond anybody's but her own wildest dreams. She's 45, and shows no signs of slowing down or relinquishing her place in the spotlight; in fact, she's...
  • Material Girl covers [Weasel] Clark with praise

    12/17/2003 12:55:43 PM PST · by freedom44 · 58 replies · 509+ views
    CNN ^ | 12/17/03 | CNN
    LOS ANGELES, California (CNN) --The Material Girl has stepped onto the political stage and endorsed Democratic presidential hopeful Wesley Clark. "I think he has a good handle on foreign policy, I think he's good with people, and I think he has a heart and a consciousness," pop singer Madonna said. "He's interested in spirituality -- I mean, those things mean a lot to me." The singer and children's book author met Clark a few weeks ago for over an hour. In an interview recorded last week with CNN's Denise Quan, Madonna said they discussed his becoming president. The singer told...
  • Russian Base Raises Stakes In 'Great Game'

    10/23/2003 6:50:22 PM PDT · by blam · 86+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 10-24-2003 | Daniel McLaughlin
    Russian base raises stakes in 'Great Game' By Daniel McLaughlin in Moscow (Filed: 24/10/2003) Russia stepped back into ex-Soviet Central Asia yesterday and found the US army its new neighbour. Fighter jets screamed overhead as President Vladimir Putin opened the Kant air base in Kyrgyzstan, and hailed the Russian military's return to a corner of its old empire as a boost to regional security and stability. But only 20 miles away is Manas air base, where America and its allies have fighter jets, cargo aircraft, and 1,100 serviceman. In a turbulent area rattled by Islamic extremism and resting on vast...