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Find Out How Much the Iraq War Is Costing You

The National Priorities Project, a nonprofit organization that aims to turn “data into action,” has an interesting tool on its website that shows just how much the Iraq war is costing your community. The cost so far to Crawford, Texas: $986,998. The cost to Los Angeles County: $11,342,897,442—that’s billions—and counting.

Posted on Jan 16, 2007 READ MORE


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Libby Trial May Put Cheney, Press in Hot Seat

I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby’s Plamegate trial finally gets started on Tuesday, promising to reveal the polluted secrets of a dishonest and opportunistic Washington elite. Expect to see Dick Cheney, the first sitting vice president to testify at a criminal trial, squirm as lawyers and witnesses discuss the administration’s cherry-picking of intelligence.

Posted on Jan 15, 2007 READ MORE


Obesity and Bikinis
bbc.co.uk

Anti-Obesity Gum

British scientists are developing a chewing gum that could help to regulate the appetites of obesity sufferers. Although the research is promising, the first infomercials are years away.

Posted on Jan 15, 2007 READ MORE


Olmert and Abbas
from theepochtimes.com

Abbas and Olmert Agree to Informal Talk With U.S.

The United States will meet with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert for a casual three-way chat aimed at reviving Bush’s failed “road map” to peace. A successful outcome seems unlikely, with Abbas and Olmert both suffering from political weakness and with the conspicuous absence of Hamas.

Posted on Jan 15, 2007 READ MORE


Gates
from asashop.org

Bush Administration Continues to Trash-Talk Iran

Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who only two years ago supported renewing diplomatic relations with Tehran, has taken the administration’s recent Iran bashing to heart, saying the U.S. will beef up its presence in the Persian Gulf to make sure Ahmadinejad & Co. don’t get any ideas.

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Pro-war pundits
From Radaronline.com

Why Do These Pundits Still Have Jobs?

Radar magazine takes aim at people like David Brooks (above left), Thomas Friedman (above right) and Fareed Zakaria, wondering why they haven’t been held accountable for their spectacularly erroneous pre-Iraq war analyses. The magazine also recognizes those who got it right before the war, including Jonathan Schell, Scott Ritter and Truthdig’s own Robert Scheer.

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Saddam’s Half Brother and Chief Judge Are Hanged

More gruesome news from Iraq: “Saddam Hussein’s half-brother and the head of his revolutionary court were executed before dawn [Monday], according to the Iraqi government.” (The New York Times)

Posted on Jan 15, 2007 READ MORE


Cloned cow
From the Daily Mail

Scientists Seek to Create Docile Zombie Animals

Researchers are probing ways to create genetically modified livestock that are oblivious to their confinement and thus easier to prepare for subsequent slaughter.
Zombie bacon double-cheeseburger, anyone?

Posted on Jan 14, 2007 READ MORE


Chicken
news.bbc.co.uk

The Cancer-Fighting Chickens of Edinburgh

The same research lab that cloned Dolly the sheep has found a way to produce cancer-fighting proteins in genetically modified chicken eggs. Although practical treatments could be years off, the process promises to reduce the cost and complexity of generating cancer medicine.

Posted on Jan 14, 2007 READ MORE


Bush Authorizes Secret CIA Action in Lebanon

President Bush has authorized the CIA to take covert action in Lebanon against Hezbollah, according to a secret presidential finding obtained by The Daily Telegraph. As part of the policy, the CIA and other intelligence groups will subvert Hezbollah’s influence by funding activists who are supportive of Prime Minister Fouad Siniora’s government.
(h/t: Largest Minority)

Posted on Jan 14, 2007 READ MORE


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