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NASA’s Goals Delete Mention of Home Planet

The space agency’s mission statement has been quietly altered to omit mention of the phrase ?...to understand and protect our home planet.?
Why does George Bush hate Earth?

Posted on Jul 23, 2006 READ MORE


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Israel Captures Village and Continues Airstrikes

Israeli troops have taken the Lebanese village of Maroun al-Ras, which they claim has been used as a rocket base by Hezbollah. Israel has said it has no plans for a large-scale invasion but intends to use ground forces to attack targets unavailable to its jets.

Posted on Jul 22, 2006 READ MORE


Eye Test Detects Alzheimer?s

Science/Medicine: Detecting Alzheimer?s in the future could be as simple as an eye test.  Doctors in Boston are testing a method using a pulse of infrared light that has been successful in mice.

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Looking Back on the Fiasco’

The Washington Post has an interesting series that analyzes the mess in Mesopotamia.

Posted on Jul 22, 2006 READ MORE


U.S. Will Rush Bombs to Israel

The United States has agreed to a request from Israel to expedite a shipment of precision munitions.

Posted on Jul 21, 2006 READ MORE


Tech Group Appeals Wiretap Ruling

A group of technology companies and civil liberties organizations has appealed a court ruling that would require Internet service providers to allow the government backdoor access to their systems.

Posted on Jul 21, 2006 READ MORE


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The Water Torture--Facsimile of a woodcut in J. Damhoudre's "Praxis Rerum Criminalium:"

CIA Blogger Fired for Anti-Torture Post

Christine Axsmith, a software contractor for the CIA, was fired when she posted a blog entry to the agency’s closed network stating her opposition to torture. The post started like this: “Waterboarding is Torture and Torture is Wrong.” Such a sad confirmation of our government’s dismal human rights policies that so obvious a statement qualifies as grounds for termination.

Posted on Jul 21, 2006 READ MORE


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Judge OK’s Wiretap Lawsuit

A federal judge has denied the government?s request to dismiss a lawsuit against AT&T.  The Electronic Frontier Foundation is suing AT&T for its involvement in the NSA?s wiretapping program.

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Blogging the Middle East Conflict

Both Wired News and boingboing.net have featured excellent links to blogs from Lebanon and Israel. Check out a collection of links to blogs from both sides of the border.

  • Mazen Kerbaj comicblogging from Lebanon
  • Melly blogging from northern Israel
  • Mana: Manamania blog from Beirut
  • More links on the story pages (Wired, BB)

  • Posted on Jul 21, 2006 READ MORE


    Israeli Soldiers Near Lebanese Border
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    Israel Will Call Reservists for Possible Expansion of Ground Ops

    Reservists called for duty will most likely be sent to Gaza in order to free soldiers in compulsory service for deployment in Lebanon. This is definitely not a good sign of things to come. Hezbollah continued to fire Katyusha rockets while Israel rained down missiles on cities in southern Lebanon. 

    Posted on Jul 21, 2006 READ MORE


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