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  • We Can All Relate

    09/09/2005 5:51:12 PM PDT · by Forgiven_Sinner · 2 replies · 536+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Thursday, September 8, 2005 12:01 a.m. EDT | PEGGY NOONAN
    Soldiers, commanders, children, parents: The human face of a natural disaster. The e-mail came from a reader, U.S. Marine Corps, retired: So, I was driving down I-20 from NE Columbia [S.C.] toward the city when I began to pass this huge convoy of Army trucks, Humvees, etc. The convoy was in the right lane. I was driving in the left. The convoy vehicles were loaded with tough-looking young soldiers, and each of them had the familiar "AA" (All American) patches of the famous 82nd Airborne Division stitched on their sleeves. Of course--being such an enormously long convoy of these young...
  • I don't know about you (I have an idea) but I'm sick and tired of the MSM burying good news!

    09/02/2005 1:28:16 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 120 replies · 2,617+ views ^ | September 2, 2005
    I see Americans helping Americans. I hear stories and see photos that inspire me! I thank God I live in America.Brett Coomer / Chronicle A paramedic carries a pair of girls away from an Army helicopter after they were airlifted from their flooded home in New Orleans on Tuesday. More Chronicle PHOTOSI just listened to the local D.C. radio news and they played a woman screaming about no showers in the Astrodome. No this, no that, no nothing (I hear different). Then they quoted Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich making snide remarks about the progress of relief efforts. Melissa Phillip...
  • 'We're All in This Together'

    09/01/2005 3:01:00 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 29 replies · 744+ views
    Dallas Morning News ^ | September 1, 2005
    Living in the most materially advanced civilization in history, we Americans forget how fragile civilization is and the tragic nature of the human condition. This week, nature reminded us. .....Civilization has been compared to skin stretched over a skull – that is, the thin veneer under which the ever-present savage dwells. We have seen the truth of that observation borne out in horrifying tales of looters, some of them armed – and some of them police officers – running rampant in flooded New Orleans. To paraphrase Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, the line between civilization and barbarism runs through every human heart. And...
  • Iran expresses grief at deaths of American people by Hurricane Katrina disaster

    08/30/2005 3:05:55 PM PDT · by F14 Pilot · 51 replies · 1,430+ views
    IRNA ^ | Wednesday August 31, 2005
    Iran expresses grief at deaths of American people by Hurricane Katrina disaster Iran-US-Condolence Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi on Tuesday expressed grief at deaths of people in the United States caused by Hurricane Katrina. He said that Iranian nation and government sympathize with American people especially the bereaved families of the natural disaster. He hoped that situation in the flood hit states of America would return to normal soon. At least 50 people died in Mississippi and flood waters poured into low-lying New Orleans through levees battered by powerful Hurricane Katrina.
  • Assisted dying by the backdoor (Quiet developments are shifting the UK law on ending life.)

    08/25/2005 12:38:27 PM PDT · by jb6 · 1 replies · 205+ views
    Spiked ^ | 7 July 2005 | Kevin Yuill
    Though assisted dying seems to have been out of the news, several quiet developments have furthered its cause in the UK. First we have the highest judge in the land, Lord Chief Justice Woolf, supporting a move by the Home Office to set gradations of sentences for murder. When asked about mandatory sentences, Woolf noted the differences in murder: 'If you intend to kill someone deliberately then a life sentence may be the only appropriate sentence. But you can have someone who has a relative who is suffering pain of severity which someone in my position can only try to...
  • An Open Letter to George W. Bush from Cindy Sheehan

    08/12/2005 4:03:22 AM PDT · by F14 Pilot · 207 replies · 4,926+ views ^ | November 4, 2004
    Dear George, You don’t mind if I call you George do you? When you sent me a letter offering your condolences on the death of my son, Spc. Casey Austin Sheehan, in the illegal and unjust war on Iraq, you called me Cindy, so I naturally assume we are on a first name basis. George, it has been seven months today since your reckless and wanton foreign policies killed my son, my big boy, my hero, my best-friend: Casey. It has been seven months since your ignorant and arrogant lack of planning for the peace murdered my oldest child. It...
  • Darwinian thought and the march to the Holocaust

    08/01/2005 7:26:21 PM PDT · by david ford · 6 replies · 464+ views
    I'll reply to this with a chronology.
  • Moral Debate: Procedure Risks Making Monkeys More Humanlike

    07/14/2005 7:57:51 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 12 replies · 388+ views
    LiveScience ^ | 14 July 2005 | Robert Roy Britt
    The insertion of human stem cells into monkey brains runs a "real risk" of altering the animals' abilities in ways that might make them more like us, scientists said today. A panel of 22 experts -- including primatologists, stem cell researchers, lawyers and philosophers -- debated the possible consequences of the technique for more than a year. While the group agrees it is "unlikely that grafting human stem cells into the brains of non-human primates would alter the animals' abilities in morally relevant ways," the members "also felt strongly that the risk of doing so is real and too ethically...
  • As the World Turns. Turns. Turns . (Life's lottery)

    07/11/2005 7:04:27 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 4 replies · 443+ views
    Washington Post ^ | June 11, 2005 | Stephen Reiss
    It turns out your real estate agent was right. In determining the historic reasons why societies thrived and conquered, while others stayed backward, the answer is: location, location, location. At least that's the persuasive theory advanced by Jared Diamond, a UCLA professor, MacArthur "genius" grant winner and author of the best-selling book "Guns, Germs, and Steel." Now, Diamond's book has been adapted into a three-part television series by National Geographic that begins tonight at 10 on Maryland Public Television (Channel 22) and tomorrow at 9 p.m. on WETA (Channel 26). The shows strive for an epic feel, hopscotching the continents...
  • Could Asia Have Been The Cradle Of Humanity?

    07/06/2005 1:12:13 PM PDT · by blam · 53 replies · 1,238+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | 7-5-2005 | David Ropeik
    Could Asia have been the cradle of humanity? By David Ropeik, Globe Correspondent | July 5, 2005 Science continues to struggle with one of the most basic questions of all: Where did humans come from. There isn't much question that modern humans came out of Africa, probably in several waves of migration over the past 100,000 years. But it now appears that the ancient ancestors who gave rise to those African humans might have come from Asia. Until recently the only fossils of anthropoids -- the creatures at the base of the branch of the evolutionary tree that gave rise...
  • Celebrities' Embrace of Africa Has Critics

    07/01/2005 3:42:31 PM PDT · by Pharmboy · 12 replies · 532+ views
    NY Times ^ | July 1, 2005 | ALAN COWELL
    Jon Super/Associated Press The rock star Sir Bob Geldof is leading a drive for aid to Africa. LONDON, June 30 - It is virtually impossible these days to open a newspaper or turn on the television here without confronting the cavalier locks, rumpled visage and hectoring tones of Sir Bob Geldof, the former Boomtown Rats lead singer now cast by friends and foes alike as Africa's savior. With awesome ubiquity - a rock concert here, a documentary there, interviews at every turn - he offers his listeners a blend of profanity, rage and messianic imprecation, urging the political leaders of...
  • Darwinian a-morality; Hitler was a homosexual

    06/02/2005 4:17:31 PM PDT · by david ford · 38 replies · 1,189+ views
    I'll reply to this with details.
  • WHO LIVES, WHO DIES? The Terri Schiavo case was only the tip of the euthanasia iceberg

    05/29/2005 6:40:54 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 60 replies · 1,165+ views
    WORLD NET DAILY.COM ^ | MAY 25, 2005 | Staff Writers
    The whole world watched as 41-year-old Terri Schiavo was slowly starved and dehydrated to death by order of a judicial system that defied Congress, the president and – many believe – the law itself. But the Terri Schiavo story was not unique, as a stunning new edition of WND's monthly Whistleblower magazine – titled "WHO LIVES, WHO DIES?" – makes frighteningly clear. In fact, Terri's case is only the tip of the iceberg. Take the case of Marjorie Nighbert, for example. Although she had asked for nothing more than a "little something to eat" and a drink of water,...
  • DNA Study Yields Clues on First Migration of Early Humans

    05/12/2005 9:52:10 PM PDT · by Drammach · 1 replies · 688+ views
    NY Times ^ | May 13, 2005 | Nicholas Wade
    The New York Times May 13, 2005 DNA Study Yields Clues on First Migration of Early HumansBy NICHOLAS WADE By studying the DNA of an ancient people in Malaysia, a team of geneticists says it has illuminated many aspects of how modern humans migrated from Africa. The geneticists say there was only one migration of modern humans out of Africa; that it took a southern route to India, Southeast Asia and Australia; and that it consisted of a single band of hunter-gatherers, probably just a few hundred people strong. Because these events occurred in the last Ice Age, when Europe...
  • Geographic Society Is Seeking a Genealogy of Humankind

    04/13/2005 3:33:59 AM PDT · by Pharmboy · 66 replies · 2,758+ views
    NY Times ^ | April 13, 2005 | NICHOLAS WADE
    A five-year project to reconstruct a genealogy of the world's populations and the migration paths of early humans from their ancestral homeland in Africa will be started today by the National Geographic Society and I.B.M., the society said in a statement. The goal of the program is to collect 100,000 blood samples from indigenous populations around the world and analyze them genetically. Researchers at 10 local centers and at the National Geographic Society in Washington will then assign the people who give blood to lineages that trace the routes traveled by their early ancestors. The program is an effort to...
  • Oh, The Humanity!

    03/22/2005 9:46:49 AM PST · by .cnI redruM · 128+ views
    Knight Of The Mind ^ | Tuesday, March 22, 2005 | .cnI redruM
    A woman named Terri Schiavo lies dehydrating in Florida. She is incapable of receiving nutrition through her mouth, and thus must be fed by a tube. Her husband claims that she wishes to die and be free, her parents say otherwise and both the husband and the immediate family are lawyered to the hilt. This has become yet another battleground in the war between so-called Pro Life and so-called Pro-Choice political advocacy groups. In a recent poll on whether Terri should live or dehydrate, ABC News offered the following preamble to the main question. " Schiavo suffered brain damage and...
  • Terri Schiavo's Passion Begins

    03/18/2005 8:45:54 PM PST · by Grey Ghost II · 5 replies · 541+ views
    Christ or Chaos ^ | March 18, 2005 | Thomas A. Droleskey
    March 18, 2005 Terri Schiavo's Passion Begins by Thomas A. Droleskey Each of us is called to walk our own Via Dolorosas every day of our lives. Every day is simile for the creation of the world by God and the re-creation of mankind on the wood of the Holy Cross by the Sacrifice offered by the Son to the Father in Spirit and in Truth. We are called to carry the crosses, both great and small, of everyday living by remembering that the graces won for us by the shedding of the God-Man's Most Precious Blood are sufficient for...
  • Hostage's Cool Compassion Disarmed Atlanta Fugitive (Ashley Smith-Atlanta)

    03/15/2005 12:29:47 AM PST · by beyond the sea · 16 replies · 941+ views
    Yahoonews/LA Times ^ | 3/14/05 | John-Thor Dahlburg and Jenny Jarvie
    ATLANTA — She trembled with fear before the armed man who was wanted in the shooting deaths of a judge and three others. But Ashley Smith kept her head, even when Brian Gene Nichols pushed into her home by sticking a gun in her ribs, and bound her with masking tape, an extension cord and a curtain. "I didn't want to die," she said Sunday. "I didn't want him to hurt anybody else." The 26-year-old woman, credited by police for bringing a massive search for Nichols to a nonviolent end Saturday, resurfaced a day later with a harrowing account of...
  • Rwanda leaders gets 6 years for role in Genocide

    03/14/2005 9:15:32 AM PST · by EBH · 6 replies · 448+ views
    World--Reuters ^ | March 14, 2005 | Helen Nyambura
    Rwanda Leader Gets 6 Years for Role in Genocide Mon Mar 14, 7:11 AM ET World - Reuters By Helen Nyambura DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania (Reuters) - The U.N. tribunal for Rwanda sentenced a former local leader to six years in prison on Monday after he pleaded guilty to a charge of extermination by omission under a plea bargain with prosecutors. The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda convicted Vincent Rutaganira of aiding and abetting the killings of ethnic Tutsis who came to hide in a church in Muguga, Kibuye province, between 8 and 15 April, 1994. "We find you guilty...
  • Iran girl recieves 100 lashes

    02/24/2005 6:54:37 PM PST · by future F22 pilot · 8 replies · 406+ views
    BBC world news
    A girl in Iran, accused of having sex was sentenced with 100 lashes. The government of this country is just as bad if not worse than Hitler's. I pray to God that those people will rise up for their rights and set up a democratic government. The worst part is how we deal with them, they harbor terrorists, threaten the world with Nuclear Weapons, torture thier own people, and we threaten them with sanctions. Sanctions should have employed a long time ago, and like they are going to do anything anyways. This government is set rock hard on destroying everything...
  • Boy Who Dubbed Tumor 'Frank' Cancer-Free

    02/15/2005 9:13:27 AM PST · by wmichgrad · 6 replies · 586+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | February 15, 2005 | KRISTEN GELINEAU
    RICHMOND, Va. - A 9-year-old boy who nicknamed his brain tumor "Frank" and whose mother launched an online auction to help pay for his medical bills is now cancer-free, his mother said Tuesday. "Frank is dead!" an elated Tiffini Dingman-Grover said by telephone from her Sterling home as the family prepared to head to a press conference in Washington, D.C. David Dingman-Grover had most of his tumor removed Feb. 2 at the Skull Base Institute at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. The family learned the results of a biopsy on the tumor at midnight Monday. The family was crowded...
  • Is the United Nations attempting self-parody?

    02/07/2005 8:16:52 AM PST · by SheLion · 39 replies · 705+ views
    Town ^ | 02-03-05 | Clifford D. May
     Is the United Nations attempting self-parody?   How else to explain the announcement that a panel has been elected to decide which complaints will be heard by the U.N. Human Rights Commission at its annual meeting in Geneva this spring -- and that three of the five members are Cuba, Zimbabwe and Saudi Arabia? Placement on the diplomatically-named Working Group on Situations virtually guarantees that these abject human rights abusers won't be criticized, censured or sanctioned no matter what crimes they have committed, are committing or plan to commit. If any senior U.N. officials are troubled by this system, they are too discreet...
  • T r u i s m s

    01/24/2005 1:24:24 PM PST · by vannrox · 32 replies · 1,199+ views
    Williamson Labs ^ | FR Post 1-24-05 | Various
    The two most abundant things in the universe are Hydrogen and Stupidity. (not necessarily in that order) If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. A conclusion is the place where you got tired of thinking. He who hesitates is probably right. For every action, there is an equal and opposite criticism. The problem with the gene pool is that there is no lifeguard. No one is listening until you make a mistake. Finding a job is easy, if you already have one. Success always occurs in private, and failure in full view. To steal ideas...
  • European Secular Madness vs Judao-Christian Values

    01/05/2005 12:27:26 PM PST · by Lindykim · 26 replies · 977+ views ^ | Jan. 5, 2005 | Treowth
    In "Better Answers: The Case For Judao-Christian Values," Dennis Prager said....."There is an epic battle taking place in the world over what value system humanity will embrace. There are essentially three competitors: European secularism, American Judeo-Christianity and Islam. I have described this battle in previous columns." Under the aegis of European secularism, Americans have been lured and seduced into liberating themselves from the social constraints of America's traditional Judao-Christian moral ethics, which served as both eternally unchanging moral anchor and as the anchor to objective reality. "This much needed liberation," we were told, "is a sign of social enlightenment."...
  • Six days on and still they wait for help - A dozen U.S. ships with 40 helicopters

    01/01/2005 5:18:57 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 299 replies · 4,072+ views
    Daily Telegraph ^ | January 1, 2005
    US helicopters arrive at the airport in Banda Aceh Aid agencies and military transports are beginning to deliver aid to the areas of Indonesia and Sri Lanka worst hit by the Asian tsunami, six days after the giant wave killed at least 124,000 people. But the scale of the devastation and the difficulty in co-ordinating relief efforts has meant that aid workers are facing major problems in reaching areas outside major towns. Indonesia, which bore the brunt of the tsunami last Sunday, has confirmed that 80,000 people died in the disaster, but has warned that it may never know...
  • Palestinian Couple Aids Israeli Couple

    12/31/2004 10:56:40 AM PST · by to_zion · 6 replies · 517+ views ^ | 12/31/2004 | EN TAILANDIA
    Translated since it's in Spanish... Maariv Newspaper from Tel Aviv posted a story today of an Israeli couple, who having barely survived the tsunami, were aided by a Palestinian couple who were also in the same area, Phuket Island in Thailand. The recently married Israeli couple had only been there for a day, when the huge wave stormed into their room, and literally imploded on top of them. While extremely lucky to have escaped without major injury, the couple did lose everything they had with them, including money. That is when a Palestinian couple from Jerusalem offered help, including money...

    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!
  • Pup safe at home after ordeal in Montana

    10/26/2004 12:11:16 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 12 replies · 1,038+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | October 26, 2004 | AP
    BEVIL OAKS - A tiny dog from East Texas is back home after surviving a big adventure in the Montana wilderness. Esther, a 10-month-old terrier mix, went missing for five days after jumping out of her owner's truck. She disappeared last week while Leonard "Bo" Tiemann was vacationing with his wife. He and a friend spent six hours searching for the puppy, but the couple eventually decided they couldn't further delay their return home. Before leaving, Tiemann took off his coat and tied it to a tree near where Esther was last seen. He asked his friend to check every...
  • Bush's world about dignity

    09/28/2004 4:47:16 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 5 replies · 395+ views
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | Septemer 28, 2004 | Jim Wooten
    Just as JFK's appeal to a nation's idealism inspired a generation yearning for something more than materialism, George W. Bush's vision of the world that lies beyond the war on terrorism should appeal to a generation drowning in relativism. The partisans and cynics won't see it. But the president who spoke last week to the U.N. General Assembly was a visionary who stood in the midst of chaos and angst to project a boldly clear vision of the course and the destination. It is a striking difference between Bush and the muddled and vacillatory John Kerry, whose positions on Iraq...

    09/25/2004 2:35:03 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 22 replies · 759+ views
    TheRant.US ^ | SEPTEMBER 21, 2004 | ALI SINA
    Dear fellow human, Today humanity is being challenged. Unthinkable atrocities take place on daily basis. There is an evil force at work that aims to destroy us. The agents of this evil respect nothing; not even the lives of children. Every day there are bombings, every day innocent people are targeted and murdered. It seems as if we are helpless. But we are not! The ancient Chinese sage Sun Zi said, "Know your enemy and you won't be defeated". Do we know our enemy? If we don't, then we are doomed. Terrorism is not an ideology, it is a tool;...
  • Colin Powell Calls Sudanese Rampage “Genocide”

    09/09/2004 8:14:40 AM PDT · by forty_years · 6 replies · 568+ views
    War to Mobilize Democracy ^ | September 9, 2004
    U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell, speaking before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee today, has called the Sudanese rampage against Black Africans a “genocide:” We concluded that genocide has been committed in Darfur and that the government of Sudan and the Janjaweed [Arab militia] bear responsibility and genocide may still be occurring. The Sudanese government has been sponsoring a campaign of mass rape, mass murder, forced relocations, and forced starvation against Black Africans in Darfur. The BBC today tried to spin the usual “the U.S. is damned if it does and damned if it doesn’t” argument today: Critics point out...
  • They Must March Against - Not For!

    09/05/2004 11:43:14 PM PDT · by LifeTrek · 7 replies · 220+ views
    LifeTrek Honing the Passage ^ | September 6, 2004 | LifeTrek
    They Must March Against - Not For! 4RWW When Alan began to cry from hunger, Dzandarova was allowed to join several other mothers in an adjacent room, which had its own water and was several degrees cooler. After a former local political leader visited the school Thursday, the women in the adjacent room were told there was "good news": They would be released. "They said, 'Pack your things quickly, and take your babies with you,' " Dzandarova said. Shortly after, she learned that she would have to choose between taking her son or her daughter. Dzandarova had both Alan and...
  • Toward a Conceptual Framework for Capitalism

    08/13/2004 5:06:12 AM PDT · by Hank Kerchief · 21 replies · 443+ views
    The Autonomist ^ | 8/12/04 | Edward W. Younkins
      Toward a Conceptual Framework for Capitalism by Edward W. Younkins The power of ideas is great. If we are to educate, persuade, and convert others to free-market thinking, we need to articulate, in structured form, the conceptual and moral foundations of free enterprise. We are obliged to expound a coherent and consistent body of principles that are in accord with reality and that properly reflect and explain capitalism. In other words, we must approach the idea of free enterprise from a philosophical point of view. The survival of free enterprise may be in jeopardy unless people understand its conceptual...
  • NASA to Announce 'Significant Findings' of Water on Mars Tuesday!

    03/01/2004 2:08:45 PM PST · by vannrox · 111 replies · 729+ views
    Space DOT com ^ | 3-1-04 | Robert Roy Britt Senior Science Writer
    NASA to Announce 'Significant Findings' of Water on Mars Tuesday By Robert Roy Britt Senior Science Writer posted: 03:30 pm ET 01 March 2004 NASA will hold a press conference Tuesday to announce "significant findings" about water on Mars based on evidence from its Opportunity Mars rover. "It's going to be the most significant science results that we've had from the rovers, and it's bearing on their primary mission," NASA spokesperson Don Savage told That mission is to find signs of water that might support life. Will the announcement change how we think about Mars? "Anything of a significant...
  • Christology: The Emptying of Himself

    02/13/2004 11:37:39 AM PST · by Frumanchu · 17 replies · 247+ views
    When Paul wrote that Jesus emptied himself and became a servant and yet he was God, in what ways did he retain or not retain his powers of being God? by R. C. Sproul     The concept of "emptying" was a raging controversy in the nineteenth century, and elements of it remain today. The Greek word used by Paul in the second chapter of Philippians, kenosis, is translated as "emptying" in most Bible versions. The question is, Of what did Jesus, in his human (incarnate) state, empty himself?      The popular view in certain circles in the nineteenth century was...
  • Relieving man's estate

    02/02/2004 10:19:17 AM PST · by .cnI redruM · 83+ views
    In October 2003, the President’s Council on Bioethics published Beyond Therapy: Biotechnology and the Pursuit of Happiness. This three-hundred-and-some-odd-page report summarizes the Council’s reflections on a wide variety of ethical issues that recent advances in biotechnology—from gene therapy for fetuses to the development of psychotropic and “age-retarding” drugs—have forced upon the public’s attention. This volume now has a mate: Being Human: Readings from the President’s Council on Bioethics. Each of these books is surely among the most unusual of documents ever to roll off the presses of a government printing office. (Both, incidentally, are available upon application from The President’s...
  • 'Chicken Flu Poses Threat To Humanity'

    01/23/2004 4:12:30 PM PST · by blam · 21 replies · 1,008+ views
    'Chicken flu poses threat to humanity' (Filed: 23/01/2004) A virus the World Health Organisation fears could set off an epidemic worse than Sars has spread further into Asia, with Thailand confirming several cases after the death of a chicken butcher. A patient suffering from 'bird 'flu' After declaring the country free of the bird 'flu, the Thai government said two boys, aged six and seven, were "critical but stable" with the disease. Three more people are being tested. At least five people in Vietnam, four of them children, are now known to have died in the latest outbreak of the...
  • Krauthammer: America has been lost in space. It's time to find our nerve again

    01/09/2004 10:23:59 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 58 replies · 564+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 01/31/2000, Volume 005, Issue 19 | Charles Krauthammer
    If you were to say to a physicist in 1899 that in 1999, a hundred years later . . . bombs of unimaginable power would threaten the species; . . . that millions of people would take to the air every hour in aircraft capable of taking off and landing without human touch; . . . that humankind would travel to the moon, and then lose interest . . . the physicist would almost certainly pronounce you mad. --Michael Crichton I - WHAT MANNER OF CREATURE ARE WE? It took 100,000 years for humans to get inches off the ground....
  • Comparing Genomes Shows Split Between Chimps and People

    12/12/2003 3:03:48 AM PST · by Pharmboy · 67 replies · 616+ views
    NY Times ^ | December 12, 2003 | NICHOLAS WADE
    By comparing the human genome with that of chimpanzees, people's closest living relative, scientists have identified a partial list of the genes that make people human. They include genes for hearing and speech, genes that wire the developing brain, genes for detecting odors and genes that shape bone structure. The comparison, reported yesterday in Science, was undertaken by Dr. Michele Cargill and colleagues at Celera Diagnostics in Alameda, Calif., who decoded most of the genes in the chimp's genome, and Dr. Andrew G. Clark and colleagues at Cornell, who made the analysis. A more complete version of the chimp genome...
  • Allen Tate: "The language of men who are, or who are waiting to be, slaves"

    12/07/2003 4:52:08 PM PST · by cornelis · 23 replies · 253+ views
    Book: Essays of Four Decades | 1952 | Allen Tate
    "the language of men who are, or who are waiting to be, slaves." The Man of Letters in the Modern World The invention of standards by which this difference may be known, and a sufficient minority of persons instructed, is a moral obligation of the literary man. But the actuality of the difference does not originate in the critical intelligence as such; it is exemplified in the specific forms of the literary arts, whose final purpose, the extrinsic end for which they exist, is not the control of other persons, but self-knowledge. By these arts, one means the arts without...
  • Preaching abundant living

    12/06/2003 6:30:18 PM PST · by TBP · 5 replies · 293+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | December 2, 2003 | Larry B. Stammer
    Preaching abundant living The Rev. Della Reese Lett teaches lessons of material success and personal empowerment in her own church. Della Reese, who played a down-to-earth heavenly being on "Touched by an Angel" isn't acting as she stands in front of a congregation on Sundays in West Hollywood. She's preaching — in her own church. And her message has no mention of sin, no mention of good and evil and no endorsement of sacrifice if it means doing without. She talks about abundant living, not in the hereafter but in the here and now.
  • Political prisoners hunger for justice - How long could you live in a cage?

    10/29/2003 1:47:01 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 2 replies · 175+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | October 29, 2003 | OSWALDO PAYA
    HAVANA -- Tony Díaz Sánchez, of the Liberation Christian Movement, is imprisoned at Holguín, 1,000 miles from his hometown, Marianao. To see him, his wife, Gisela, daughters Yeni, 16, and Lázara Massiel, 4, and his brother Carlos must make a long trip, filled with the difficulties of the Cuba of the poor. The visits occur every three months, and on Oct. 14, the family carried ''the basket'' -- a bag of sugar, a bag of powdered milk, a little oil, a powdered beverage, but no proteins, because prison officials do not permit them. The officials allow only 30 pounds of...
  • Satellite Image Of Brazilian Rocket Explosion Aftermath

    08/29/2003 11:12:11 PM PDT · by witnesstothefall · 26 replies · 372+ views
    Space Daily ^ | 8/28/03
    This Aug. 23, 2003 IKONOS satellite image shows the aftermath of the explosion that destroyed the Brazilian VLS-1 V-03 rocket designed to carry two satellites into orbit. The Aug. 22 explosion killed 21 people after an engine ignited by mistake while on its launch pad. The rocket exploded at its jungle base of Alcantara, in the northeastern state of Maranhao, Brazil. The image shows the burned vegetation and the collapsed launch pad. A before image taken on Sept. 5, 2001 is also available for comparison. The image may be used to support reporting of this story in print, broadcast and...
  • Some Things Really Are Best Left To Nature. (Three Score and Ten. The immortality threat.)

    08/20/2003 6:09:49 AM PDT · by .cnI redruM · 6 replies · 99+ views
    NRO ^ | August 20, 2003, 8:00 a.m. | John Derbyshire
    James Boswell, during his London socializing, once found himself in the company of an aged peer of the realm. Never at a loss for a conversational opening, Boswell asked the old boy whether, looking back on his long life, he could see any pattern or purpose in it. No, replied His Lordship, it had all been "a chaos of nothing." This came to mind when I read those news stories about recent advances in the understanding of aging, and hopes for dramatically extending human life. Now, in the first place, I am skeptical, not to say cynical, about science-news stories...
  • Blair Accused By Greeks Of Crimes Against Humanity (ICC)

    07/28/2003 6:28:16 PM PDT · by blam · 9 replies · 167+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 7-29-2003 | Ambrose Evans-Prichard
    Blair accused by Greeks of crimes against humanity By Ambrose Evans-Pritchard in Brussels (Filed: 29/07/2003) Tony Blair was accused yesterday of "crimes against humanity" in a lawsuit lodged at the International Criminal Court in The Hague by Greek lawyers. The Athens Bar Association filed 22 charges against the Prime Minister and senior Cabinet members, alleging that they invaded a sovereign country on a dubious pretext. "The repeated, blatant violations by the United States and Britain of the stipulations of the four 1949 Geneva conventions, the 1954 Convention of The Hague as well as of the International Criminal Court's charter constitute...
  • Book support please

    07/24/2003 12:29:26 PM PDT · by paladinkc · 5 replies · 164+ views
    jul 24 '03 | Myself
    I am getting ready to self publish a book of poetry that I have written, one or two of them I have submitted here, looking to find supporters, I will be producing 50 books to begin with, and do a book signing, please let me know what you think,also here is a link to one of the poems i submitted.
  • Proposed Cuts Could Impact Queens’ School Lunch Program (Liberal Barf Alert)

    05/01/2003 5:29:05 PM PDT · by I_Love_My_Husband · 14 replies · 290+ views
    Queens Chronicle ^ | 5/1/03 | Jessica Bruder
    Proposed Cuts Could Impact Queens’ School Lunch Program by Jessica Bruder, Chronicle Correspondent May 01, 2003 It’s Friday afternoon at Long Island City’s PS 166, and a girl is nibbling on a pizza crust while waiting in line to throw away her lunch tray. All around her, the cafeteria buzzes while kids eat their lunches, many provided by the government.    Four out of five children at PS 166, 948 out of 1,164 students in all, are considered poor enough to qualify for federally funded school lunch. But according to child advocates, many of them risk losing their subsidized meals if...
  • Transhumanism: Materialism Gone Mental

    02/24/2003 2:59:39 PM PST · by B-Chan · 1 replies · 305+ views ^ | February 16, 2003 | George P. Dvorsky
    From "TransExodus: The Enduring Secular Reformation, Pluralist Transhumanism, and Posthuman Pilgrims", by George P. Dvorsky, February 16, 2003: A large community of genetically modified posthumans and fyborgs, fed up with antiquated and restrictive biolegislation, depart Earth to parts unknown. Similarly, a group of clones, hoping to flee religious persecution and threats from terrorists, build a spacecraft and head to Rigel Kentaurus. And unnerved by the revivalist turn taken by the World Government and its parliamentary human majority, an entire population of cyborgs permanently upload themselves into a secure and massive supercomputer on Titan and establish an isolationist polis of their...
  • On a Mission for Humanity

    02/01/2003 1:03:47 PM PST · by Magoo · 2 replies · 114+ views
    WTNT 570 News AM Radio ^ | 02-01-2003 | Dale McFeatters
    On a Mission for Humanity By Dale McFeatters - Scripps Howard News Service With a certain chilling coincidence, the shuttle Columbia's fatal breakup comes in the 100th year since the Wright brothers first took flight. It is a harsh reminder that mankind's determination to slip the bonds of Earth is a dangerous enterprise. In the 17 years since the Challenger, space flight had again settled into a seemingly predictable routine. At age 77 John Glenn returned to space. The Russians even took a paying tourist aloft. The Columbia itself was on its 28th mission. The sudden loss of seven admirable...
  • Science, Soul, Heaven and Supreme Mind

    01/10/2003 5:40:38 PM PST · by Momaw Nadon · 19 replies · 323+ views
    Pravda On-line ^ | January 8, 2003 | Alexander Bolonkin
    Russian scientist Alexander Bolonkin develops artificial intelligence in the USA It was shown in my previous articles about the artificial intelligence and human immortality that the issue of immortality can be solved fundamentally only with the help of changing a biological bubble of a human being to an artificial one. Such an immortal person made of chips and supersolid materials (the e-man, as it was called in my articles) will have incredible advantages in comparison with common people. An e-man will need no food, no dwelling, no air, no sleep, no rest, no ecologically pure environment. Such a being...