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U.S. Softens Stand on Internet Control

An administration official has indicated the United States may loosen its control over the Internet.  The statement comes as something of a surprise after last year?s announcement by the Bush administration that the U.S. has no intention of relinquishing authority over its own invention.

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A Brief History of Human Sex

To get an idea of how we humans might act if unfettered by cultural restraints, we could look at bonobo chimpanzees, which engage in frequent sexual acts ... “a fairly quick, perfunctory and relaxed activity that functions as a social cement,” according to an expert.

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Army Dismisses Gay Arabic Linguist

A decorated sergeant and Arabic language specialist was discharged after an investigation determined that he was gay. He alleges his commanding officer blatantly violated the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, and that investigators asked him if he had close friends who were gay, and if he was involved in community theater.
Thank goodness our military is on top of things. We’ve got too damned many Arabic linguists in the service these days.

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Arab Support Swings to Hezbollah

Egypt, Jordan and Saudi Arabia have all started sounding off about Israeli aggression. And even Al Qaeda, which is normally hostile to all Shiite groups, has thrown its support behind the militants fighting against the vaunted Israeli military.

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Low-Fat Ice Cream Uses Cloned Fish Blood Proteins

Appetizing news from the N.Y. Times: “New industrial processes, including one that involves a protein cloned from the blood of an Arctic Ocean fish, have allowed manufacturers to produce very creamy, dense, reduced-fat ice creams with fewer additives.”

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Profits up 40% at Shell, 36% at Exxon

No need for creative accounting at these outfits: It’s good to be an oil company these days.

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Tour de France Winner Flunks Drug Test

Floyd Landis tested positive for high levels of testosterone, which Landis claims is either a mistake or the result of natural bodily processes. He was tested after his near-superhuman comeback win on an Alpine stage of the race, which the New York Times called perhaps the greatest single-day push in Tour history.
If this accusation proves true, Wheaties may have to find a new cover boy.

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Al Qaeda Calls for Holy War Against Israel

The terrorist group’s No. 2 leader, Ayman al Zawahri, called for Muslims to rise up against Jews in Lebanon and Gaza until Islam reigns from “Spain to Iraq.”

  • Already, over 250 Iranians have heeded the call, and are headed to Lebanon via Turkey.


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  • 56% Want Deadline for Leaving Iraq

    According to a new New York Times/CBS poll, 56% of Americans support a timetable for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq.  Of that group, more than half support a withdrawal even if it leads to insurgent control of the country.

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    Deadliest Day for Israel in Lebanon

    More than 100 Hezbollah fighters staged a fierce ambush on Israeli ground forces entering a Lebanese border town, killing at least eight Israeli soldiers. Meanwhile, 24 Palestinians were killed in fighting in the Gaza Strip.

  • Looking to make sense of the roots of this carnage? Read Truthdig contributor Chris Hedges’ new Dig, “Israel’s Barrier to Peace.”
  • Posted on Jul 26, 2006 READ MORE

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