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June 2009

Civilization by Marco Brambilla (Video)
2009 06 30
Civilization is a video installation we created with artist/director Marco Brambilla for the elevators Standard Hotel in NYC. It's comprised of over 400 video clips and it takes elevator passengers on a trip from hell to heaven as they go up or from heaven to hell as they go down. Pictures of the installation and Q&A with Brambilla and Crush ...
2 kids discover plastic-eating microbes
2009 06 30
It’s not your average science fair when the 16-year-old winner manages to solve a global waste crisis. But such was the case at last May’s Canadian Science Fair in Waterloo, Ontario, where Daniel Burd, a high school student at Waterloo Collegiate Institute, presented his research on microorganisms that can rapidly biodegrade plastic.
Czech MPs mull suspension of Klaus' powers over Lisbon treaty
2009 06 30
The Czech social democrat party is discussing the possibility of suspending president Vaclav Klaus' powers if he does not sign the EU's Lisbon treaty. The temporary suspension would require a simple majority of 41 votes in the country's 81-seat senate and would allow caretaker prime minister Jan Fischer to sign the document instead. Social democrat senator Alena Gajduskova is leading an ...
Pyramid and All-Seeing Eye – Their Occult Meaning and Use in Corporate Logos
2009 06 30
The Pyramid and the All-Seeing Eye on the American dollar bill are the ultimate “conspiracy theory” symbol. And there’s a good reason for that. They reveal at the same time who the conspirators are, where they’re from and where they want to go. The fact that the Great Seal is an occult and Masonic is a fact, proven by the ...
NASA moon bombing violates space law & may cause conflict with lunar ET/UFO civilizations
2009 06 30
The planned October 9, 2009 bombing of the moon by a NASA orbiter that will bomb the moon with a 2-ton kinetic weapon to create a 5 mile wide deep crater as an alleged water-seeking and lunar colonization experiment, is contrary to space law prohibiting environmental modification of celestial bodies. The NASA moon bombing, a component of the LCROSS ...
Innoculations: The True Weapons Of Mass Destruction
2009 06 30
“One basic truth can be used as a foundation for a mountain of lies, and if we dig down deep enough in the mountain of lies, and bring out that truth, to set it on top of the mountain of lies; the entire mountain of lies will crumble under the weight of that one truth. And there is nothing more ...
Crucifying The Earth On the Galactic Cross
2009 06 30
While the world is anticipating the effects of the End of the Maya Long Count Calendar on December 21 2012, they have already started to develop right in front of our eyes. The Cross, in all its forms, presents the most ancient symbol, and a series of meanings stands behind each of them (See Supplement 1). Some of these meanings ...
Sisterhood of the Skulls
2009 06 30
The Neapolitan caves where a cult of old women "adopt" human skulls and commune with the dead A row of skulls at Fontanelle, including several in shrines provided by women who had "adopted" them. Naples has a reputation for being Italy’s city of greatest extremes. The gap between rich and poor is nowhere more visible; despite being devoutly pious, the city is ...
Madoff gets 150 years for fraud
2009 06 30
Disgraced financier Bernard Madoff was sentenced Monday in New York to the maximum 150 years behind bars for fleecing hundreds of investors out of tens of billions of dollars in a massive Ponzi scheme.
Shift Possible on Terror Suspects’ Detention
2009 06 30
The Obama administration is considering forgoing legislation and issuing an executive order that would authorize the president to incarcerate some terrorism suspects indefinitely, White House officials said Friday.
EPA relents, discloses list of high-risk coal ash sites
2009 06 30
The EPA initially refused to disclose the location of the high-hazard sites to the public, saying it would share the information only with members of Congress and their staffs. Sen. Barbara Boxer , D- Calif. , the chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee , pressed the agency to release the list, saying the public had a right ...
A robot displaying human emotion has been unveiled
2009 06 29
Kobian, a "humanoid" robot, which can express seven human emotions, has been unveiled by researchers at Waseda University in Japan. The Emotional Humanoid Robot can express seven different feelings, including delight, surprise, sadness and dislike. In addition to assuming different poses to match the mood, Kobian uses motors in its face to move its lips, eyelids and eyebrows into various positions, ...
Mummy Was No Lady
2009 06 29
If mummies could only talk, what would they tell us? Perhaps why one in the Brooklyn Museum of Art was wrapped up like a woman but turned out to be a male. Researchers at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, N.Y., examined four of the museum’s mummies using CT — or computed tomography — to see what they could find ...
Ice on fire: The next fossil fuel
2009 06 29
Deep in the Arctic Circle, in the Messoyakha gas field of western Siberia, lies a mystery. Back in 1970, Russian engineers began pumping natural gas from beneath the permafrost and piping it east across the tundra to the Norilsk metal smelter, the biggest industrial enterprise in the Arctic. By the late 70s, they were on the brink of winding down the ...
Oceans charge up new theory of magnetism
2009 06 28
A radical new idea may revolutionise our understanding of one of the most vital forces on Earth Earth's magnetic field, long thought to be generated by molten metals swirling around its core, may instead be linked to ocean currents, according to controversial new research published this week. It suggests that the movements of such volumes of salt water around the world ...
Japan Unveils Mind Control Robot (Video)
2009 06 28
In Japan scientists at the Honda Research Institute have unveiled the world's first brain to machine interface. Dubbed BMI short for Brain Machine Interface this new technology system will enable people to control robots using their mind. Pushing buttons and fiddling with levers to control a robot could be a thing of the past. Honda's new system works using a brain ...
Polar bear expert barred by global warmists
2009 06 28
Mitchell Taylor, who has studied the animals for 30 years, was told his views 'are extremely unhelpful’. One of the world's leading experts on polar bears has been told to stay away from this week's meeting, specifically because his views on global warming do not accord with those of the rest of the group.
Iranian Protest vs. London Protest
2009 06 28
European and American image-consumers love such feisty expressions of democratic discontent; burning cars, throwing bricks, beating the crap out of riot police unlucky enough to come off their two-stroke motorbikes. Because dissent is laudable overseas: At home it’s undemocratic.
NASA gets cold feet on Moon base plan
2009 06 28
NASA will probably not build an outpost on the moon as originally planned, the agency's acting administrator, Chris Scolese, told lawmakers on Wednesday. His comments also hinted that the agency is open to putting more emphasis on human missions to destinations like Mars or a near-Earth asteroid. NASA has been working towards returning astronauts to the moon by 2020 and building ...
U.S. reverses Afghan drug policy
2009 06 28
Washington is to dramatically overhaul its Afghan anti-drug strategy, phasing out opium poppy eradication, the U.S. envoy to Pakistan and Afghanistan told allies on Saturday. U.N. figures indicate Afghanistan's opiate output has risen more than 40-fold since the 2001 U.S.-led invasion.
The Climate Bill & ‘Carbon Trading’: Scam of The Century
2009 06 28
“The fight over regulating the $592 TRILLION over-the-counter derivatives market spilled over into climate-change legislation being debated in the U.S. House of Representatives today. A derivatives provision tucked inside the 1,201-page measure to limit greenhouse gases is intended to spur Congress to enact new laws reining in a largely unregulated swath of U.S. financial markets, according to Representative Bart Stupak ...
'If I didn't confess to 7/7 bombings MI5 officers would rape my wife,' claims torture victim
2009 06 26
A British man spoke publicly for the first time yesterday to accuse MI5 officers of forcing him to confess to masterminding the July 7 bombings. Jamil Rahman claims UK security officers were behind his arrest in 2005 in Bangladesh. He says he was beaten repeatedly by local officials who also threatened to rape him and his wife. Mr Rahman, who ...
John Cusack, Superstar: 2012 and the Age of Horus
2009 06 26
Well, the full trailer for 2012 is here. And as to be expected from a Roland Emmerich film, it's chock-full of mass destruction and genocide. The guy certainly has a knack for it, doesn't he? Apocalyptic film seems to have an added appeal during times of malaise like this one- it's the ultimate fantasy of the global reset button. Of ...
Mystery surrounds Michael Jackson's sudden death
2009 06 26
One day after Michael Jackson's sudden death, speculation was already turning on Friday to what killed the 50-year-old "King of Pop" just weeks before his long-awaited series of comeback concerts. Jackson, a former child star who became one of the best-selling pop artists of all time before a descending into a strange and reclusive lifestyle, died on Thursday afternoon at ...
Round-the-world solar plane debut
2009 06 26
Swiss adventurer Bertrand Piccard has unveiled a prototype of the solar-powered plane he hopes eventually to fly around the world. The initial version, spanning 61m but weighing just 1,500kg, will undergo trials to prove it can fly at night. Dr Piccard, who made history in 1999 by circling the globe non-stop in a balloon, says he wants to demonstrate the ...
'Everyone's a pagan now'
2009 06 25
The Beltane Bash, following The Pagan Pride Parade, London, 2009. Photograph: Teri Pengilley Look out, here come the pagans. It's late May in central London and a man dressed as a tree, a witch in a velvet robe and a woman pretending to be a raven with a long black beak are dancing through the streets of Holborn, with several hundred ...
The Ubiquitous Matrix of Lies
2009 06 25
Let's begin with beer. Near my home I drive past a billboard advertisement for Coors Light. The slogan is, "Coors rocks Harrisburg." Now, does anybody actually believe that Coors does in fact "rock Harrisburg?" No. Does the Coors corporation itself believe it? No. Does anyone believe that Coors believes it? No. It is a lie, everyone knows it is a ...
Azerbaijani President says nation must prepare for war with Armenia
2009 06 25
“Azerbaijan has military formations capable of carrying out any mission. If necessary, Azerbaijan can use its military power to restore its territorial integrity, and it is our sovereign right. International law allows us to do it," the president said. “We live in a state of war, thus our primary goal is and should be the strengthening of our army. With the ...
Why Afghanistan might gain a CEO
2009 06 25
As race for presidency nears, a new role is eyed for a former US ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad: Help Kabul work with the outside world. On the ground: Security contractors guarded Mr. Khalilzad, then US ambassador to Iraq, in Baghdad in 2007. JACOB SILBERBERG/AP/FILE Afghan voter Bakhtiar Najman has some 40 other options this August besides President Hamid Karzai, whose leadership he describes as ...
Ukraine cancels joint navy exercises with US
2009 06 25
The Sea Breeze 2009 exercises, planned for the Black Sea between July 13 and 26, were meant to simulate anti-piracy action. But the Ukrainian parliament did not bring forward legislation authorizing overseas troop deployment on its territory. Exercises planned in 2006 were annulled after pro-Russian demonstrations in the country.
Police Expert Recreates Ancient Mummy's Face
2009 06 25
Using state-of-the-art forensics science, a police sketch artist who works with the Maryland Department of Justice and the State Police Missing Persons Unit has reconstructed the face of the University of Chicago-owned mummy of the ancient Thebes temple singer Meresamun. A second reconstruction has been done by Chicago artist Joshua Harker, who has used a software that reconstructs dead people's ...
Predictive Programming 2.0: Operation Blackjack
2009 06 25
At first glance the picture gallery seems to depict nothing but poorly illustrated mushroom clouds and other archetypal images of doom towering over familiar landmarks. As the months drew on, the story evolves as the emerging super state replaces the initial horror of the “attacks”. This also very meticulously follows the plausible storyline of problem-reaction-solution, where government creates the terror, ...
Neo-Cons Are Cheerleading For A Terrorist Who Helped Kill Hundreds Of U.S. Marines
2009 06 25
The horrible irony to arise out of the riots and protests in Iran is that many Neo-Cons and phony conservatives, in their unified effort to enthusiastically embrace the Anglo-American establishment’s agenda for regime change, are cheerleading for a brutal thug who directed a terrorist campaign that killed hundreds of U.S. Marines in the 1980’s.
God hates Twitter
2009 06 25
Leave it to God to spoil the party: The Catholic churches of Scotland are speaking out against Twitter, Facebook, and other social networking technologies, which are being decried by the Church as creating an "obsessive" reliance in their users.
Time Travel: Fantasy or Science?
2009 06 24
Physicist Builds Time Machine to Save his Father's Life - People might think he was crazy, even though he has worked his way to a job as a tenured physicist at the University of Connecticut. But it's not a secret anymore, because of something really crazy. He said he thinks he has come up with a way to do it.
Doctors Baffled, Intrigued by Girl Who Doesn't Age
2009 06 24
Brooke Greenberg is the size of an infant, with the mental capacity of a toddler. She turned 16 in January. At about 16 pounds and 30 inches, 16-year-old Brooke Greenberg has not aged significantly, physically or apparently cognitively, since she was a toddler. Doctors hope that her case could shed light on the mysterious genetics behind aging. (Courtesy Greenberg Family) "Why doesn't she age?" ...
Retired 9/11 General Among Metro Deaths in DC
2009 06 24
Among the nine fatalities in yesterday's deadly subway train collision in Washington D.C. was a retired Air Force general who headed the National Guard in the nation's capital and gave the order to scramble fighter jets during the 9-11 terror attack. At a news conference at the crash site this afternoon, Washington DC Mayor Adrian Fenty confirmed that Maj. Gen. ...
Prototype Nokia phone recharges without wires
2009 06 23
Prototype Nokia phone recharges without wires. By Christopher Null | www.YahooTech.ca Pardon the cliche, but it's one of the holiest of Holy Grails of technology: Wireless power. And while early lab experiments have been able to "beam" electricity a few feet to power a light bulb, the day when our laptops and cell phones can charge without having to plug ...
Iran Lashes Out At West, Media Over Election Unrest
2009 06 23
Iran accused the U.K. and U.S. on Sunday of meddling in its affairs, amid an international outcry over its crackdown on protests over the results of last week's presidential election.
Riot police use tear gas to halt protest in Iran
2009 06 23
Riot police cracked down anew on demonstrators in Iran's capital on Monday hours after the feared Revolutionary Guard threatened to crush any further post-election protests. A witness described an "air of sadness" marked by people wailing prayers into the night.
Life After Guantanamo: Why the Media's Happy-Ending Narrative Is Totally Bankrupt
2009 06 22
The transfer of four Uighur prisoners to Bermuda has been treated like a happy human-interest story, but the truth is far darker.
Mars May Still Be A Living Planet, Methane In Atmosphere Reveals
2009 06 22
A team of NASA and university scientists has achieved the first definitive detection of methane in the atmosphere of Mars. This discovery indicates the planet is either biologically or geologically active.
Definitive Evidence For Ancient Lake On Mars
2009 06 22
A University of Colorado at Boulder research team has discovered the first definitive evidence of shorelines on Mars, an indication of a deep, ancient lake there and a finding with implications for the discovery of past life on the Red Planet. This is reconstructed landscape showing the Shalbatana lake on Mars as it may have looked roughly 3.4 billion years ago. ...
Plant communication: Sagebrush engage in self-recognition and warn of danger
2009 06 22
Sagebrush exhibits communication only when air contact is allowed, says Richard "Rick" Karban, shown here bagging sagebrush. When air contact is blocked with plastic bags there is no indication that communication has occurred
Is Moore's Law about to die?
2009 06 22
It's one of the most famous maxims in the technology world: Moore's Law, originally conceived by Intel's Gordon Moore in 1965, posits that the number of transistors on a circuit will double every 1 1/2 to 2 years. That has held true -- like a rock -- since it was envisioned, from the 2,300 transistors on an Intel 4004 to ...
2012 [Video]
2009 06 22
2012 Movie Trailer"Never before has a date in history been so significant to so many cultures, so many religions, scientists, and governments. A global cataclysm brings an end to the world and tells of the heroic struggle of the survivors." Video from: YouTube.com InterNet Movie Database: 2012 Geoff Stray - Beyond 2012: Catastrophe or Ecstasy Geoff Stray - Crop Circles, Catastrophe, ...
9/11 Hero Dog Cloned
2009 06 20
Clones of 9/11 hero dog unveiled in Los Angeles Trust, Solace, Prodigy, Valor and Dejavu in Los Angeles, California to present the cloned puppies of Trakr, a German shepherd, who sniffed out survivors from under the rubble of New York's World Trade Center after the 2001 terror strikes. Trakr was cloned in South Korea under the direction of Doctor Hwang Woo-Suk. ...
Taser death: stun gun fired 28 times
2009 06 20
Civil liberties groups are demanding a more thorough investigation after it emerged a Queensland man who died during an arrest last week may have been tasered by police more than 20 times.
A solar-powered pyramid on wheels
2009 06 20
If the pharaohs of old ever decided to build Popemobiles for themselves, I imagine they'd look something like this. What you're looking at is the Dreamcar 123, described by inventor Greg Zanis (pictured above) as a vehicle for the future that's as safe as the cars used in Nascar. Someday, he'd like to see his solar-powered pyramid travel over thousands ...
Gates: Hawaii missile defense in place
2009 06 20
The United States has positioned more missile defenses around Hawaii as a precaution against a possible North Korean launch across the Pacific, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Thursday. "We do have some concerns if they were to launch a missile to the west in the direction of Hawaii," Gates said.It cited an analysis by Japan's Defense Ministry and intelligence gathered by ...
Judge to review Cheney interview in CIA leak case
2009 06 20
Libby told the FBI in 2003 that it was possible that Cheney ordered him to reveal Plame's identity to reporters. The prosecutor in that case said in his closing remarks at Libby's trial that there was a "cloud" over Cheney's role in the case.
Moon's South Pole Gets Close-Up in Restored Photos
2009 06 19
Newly restored photographs of the moon's dark south pole, taken by lunar orbiters in 1967, were released this week in anticipation of NASA's planned Thursday launch of two new probes that will investigate the region in search of underground ice. Through the Lunar Orbiter Image Recovery Project (LOIRP), experts have scanned and digitally refurbished nearly 1,800 photographs of the moon that ...
NASA Investigates Remote Possibility of Shuttle Sabotage
2009 06 19
NASA does not suspect sabotage was behind the glitch that twice delayed the launch of the space shuttle Endeavour recently. But, as with any problem without an apparent solution, the space agency is investigating all possible explanations, including intentional tampering, officials said.
Fantasist hired as social worker after council fails to check record
2009 06 18
A fantasist who hired a hitman to kill her former husband was employed as a senior social worker in charge of vulnerable children after a council failed to properly check her criminal record.
One in 10 boys 'carries a knife'
2009 06 18
Chris Huhne, home affairs spokesman, said: "These extremely worrying findings show that the Government has failed to get a grip on the knife culture that still prevails on many of our streets. It is deeply disappointing that so many of our young people feel the need to arm themselves for protection."
Exploding Stars: Is Earth at Risk?
2009 06 18
When stars go pop, a murderous torrent of energy is released. Life on Earth may have been partly extinguished by just such a violent outburst, but there's little hard evidence yet to justify such a claim. A new study plans to fill in the forensic details. "We are trying to get a better estimate of how dangerous a particular event will ...
Afghanistan’s Operation Phoenix
2009 06 18
His rise through the ranks was “marked by his central role in directing special operations teams engaged in extrajudicial assassinations, systematic torture, bombing of civilian communities and search and destroy missions. He is the very embodiment of the brutality and gore that accompanies military-driven empire building.”
Rutgers Professor Warns Geoengineering Could “Create Disasters,” Global Famine
2009 06 18
A top Rutgers University professor warned at the meeting that tampering with the planet’s delicate ecosystem could create famines and droughts, threatening the lives of no less than a third of the world’s population. The plan to shoot aerosols - dust particles - into the earth’s upper stratosphere in an attempt to cool the planet and offset the purported effects of ...
Terrified Romanian families forced to flee homes in Belfast after racist attacks
2009 06 17
About 20 families were moved to safety from their homes in the Lisburn Road area of the city last night as it emerged there had even been threats to cut a Romanian baby's throat. The move came a day after youths making Nazi salutes hurled bottles at residents who marched in support of the migrants in the south of the city.
NKorea warns US of 'thousand-fold' military action
2009 06 17
"If the U.S. and its followers infringe upon our republic's sovereignty even a bit, our military and people will launch a one hundred- or one thousand-fold retaliation with merciless military strike," the government-run Minju Joson newspaper said in a commentary.
Agent Orange Continues to Poison Vietnam
2009 06 17
An estimated 3 million Vietnamese people were killed in the war, which also claimed 58,000 American lives. For many other Vietnamese and U.S. veterans and their families, the war continues to take its toll.
Are You Ready For War With Demonized Iran?
2009 06 17
How much attention do elections in Japan, India, Argentina, or any other country, get from the US media? How many Americans and American journalists even know who is in political office in other countries besides England, France, and Germany? Who can name the political leaders of Switzerland, Holland, Brazil, Japan, or even China? Yet, many know of Iran’s President Ahmadinejad. The ...
Israel: Military Robot Snake [Video]
2009 06 16
"Video shows the six-foot-long robot, covered in camouflage, winding its way through rocks and tree stumps, its "head" a flat camera lens ringed by LED lights. The "snake" can also prop up its front sections vertically to peer over obstacles. It's remote-controlled by a soldier, who uses a laptop both to guide the robot and to see and hear what it's feeding ...
Detainee claims to have lied under CIA torture
2009 06 16
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, an accused top Al-Qaeda operative and self-confessed mastermind of the September 11 attacks, claimed to have lied under torture by the CIA, according to government transcripts released Monday.A CIA spokesman, George Little, said, "The CIA plainly has a very different take on its past interrogation practices, what they were and what they weren't, and on the need ...
Roubini sees weeds amid green shoots
2009 06 16
The U.S. economy will not recover until the end of this year, and even then growth will remain meek and vulnerable to higher interest rates and commodity prices, economist Nouriel Roubini said on Tuesday. Roubini, who rose to prominence for predicting the global credit crisis, tore down the "green shoots" theory that a rebound is imminent, saying there was a significant ...
Wish Fulfillment? No. But Dreams (and Sleep) Have Meaning
2009 06 16
Dreams may not be the secret window into the frustrated desires of the unconscious that Sigmund Freud first posited in 1899, but growing evidence suggests that dreams — and, more so, sleep — are powerfully connected to the processing of human emotions. According to new research presented last week at the annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies in Seattle, ...
Transparency? What a joke. Iraq war inquiry will sit in secret, has no power to apportion blame... and, oh yes, won't report until after the election
2009 06 16
Gordon Brown was accused of an 'establishment stitch-up' yesterday after announcing an inquiry into the Iraq War. It will meet in secret and blame no one. It will have no legal powers to demand documents, compel anyone to attend or require witnesses to swear an oath. And since it will take at least a year to conduct, the findings will come ...
Future Uncertain For Health of 9/11 Heroes
2009 06 16
In testimony given before the House Committee on Education and Labor, one prominent physician has suggested that the first responders who cleared the WTC site are still in grave danger.“At ground zero, we inhaled ‘toxic dust’ with a high concentration of pulverized concrete, microscopic glass shards, asbestos, dioxins and benzene, to name a few components,” says Mr. Centore. “We’ve already ...
9/11 museum will keep the fairytale alive.
2009 06 16
“We have to address the scale of loss,” Ms. Greenwald said. “Three thousand is a number that’s hard to fathom, so you have to personalize it.” “You will literally and physically be surrounded by the victims,” said Alice Greenwald, director of the museum.
Writing In Air Not Pie In The Sky: Student Device Turns Phone Gestures Into Email
2009 06 15
It's a familiar scene in airports and train stations. Hands full with luggage, briefcase, laptop or coat and there's something you need to remember, like the level and row numbers where you parked your car in the deck. What do you do? Instead of relying on your memory, or finding a place to put all your stuff down to find a ...
Swedish PM Fredrik Reinfeldt calls for national carbon taxes in Europe
2009 06 15
Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt of Sweden, which will assume the rotating EU presidency next month, called Tuesday for European nations to tax carbon emissions to reduce greenhouse gases. Sweden introduced such a tax on carbon dioxide as far back as 1991, deeming it an inexpensive way of helping the environment without resorting to costly new infrastructure and technology. The move ...
NATO's War Plans For The High North:Scandinavia and the Baltic Sea
2009 06 15
Since the beginning of the year the United States and NATO have repeatedly indicated in both word and deed their intention to lay claim to and extend their military presence in what they refer to as the High North: The Arctic Circle and the waters connecting with it, the Barents and the Norwegian Seas, as well as the Baltic.
Lisbon Treaty may have to be approved for second time
2009 06 15
Britain may have to approve the Lisbon Treaty for a second time if the EU grants Ireland substantial concessions in an attempt to persuade its voters to back it in a referendum later this year. A new Commons vote could prove explosive and would be seized on by the Tories and UKIP who made big gains in the recent European ...
Is there a Life On Mars Conspiracy?
2009 06 15
Some pesky scientists have just pointed out an appalling design error in NASA’s latest attempts to find life on Mars. This is beginning to look like a conspiracy. Does someone not want us to find life on Mars? NASA has tried looking for signs of life on Mars precisely once, in the 1976 Viking mission. The result was positive. The ...
CIA Director says Dick Cheney "almost wishing for attack"
2009 06 15
CIA director Leon Panetta says it's almost as if former vice president Dick Cheney would like to see another attack on the United States to prove he is right in criticizing President Barack Obama for abandoning the "harsh interrogation" of terrorism suspects.
How the Vatican sold its soul
2009 06 15
A new book by the journalist Gianluigi Nuzzi lays bare a history of political bribes being paid through the Vatican's central bank The Vatican appears to have an enduring vocation for Italian political and financial scandal. Secrecy and intrigue were the order of the day when American archbishop Paul Marcinkus held sway in the Bastion of Nicholas V, the medieval tower ...
Crops under stress as temperatures fall
2009 06 15
For the second time in little over a year, it looks as though the world may be heading for a serious food crisis, thanks to our old friend "climate change". In many parts of the world recently the weather has not been too brilliant for farmers. After a fearsomely cold winter, June brought heavy snowfall across large parts of ...
Life May Extend Planet's 'Life': Billion-year Life Extension For Earth Also Doubles Odds Of Finding Life On Other Planets
2009 06 14
Roughly a billion years from now, the ever-increasing radiation from the sun will have heated Earth into inhabitability; the carbon dioxide in the atmosphere that serves as food for plant life will disappear, pulled out by the weathering of rocks; the oceans will evaporate; and all living things will disappear. Or maybe not quite so soon, say researchers from the California ...
Iraq inquiry 'must not be held in secret'
2009 06 14
Gordon Brown was under intense pressure last night to throw open a new inquiry into the Iraq war to the public as families of soldiers who died, and anti-war MPs, reacted with horror to suggestions it would be held largely in secret.
Riots erupt in Tehran over 'stolen' election
2009 06 14
Shock as Ahmadinejad claims victory as rival calls poll 'dangerous charade'. Iran faces political turmoil after hardliner Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was confirmed today as the winner of the presidential election and outraged supporters of his chief rival took to the streets to protest against a "dangerous charade" after a record 85% turnout.
Coal Ash Spills Too Dangerous to Reveal to Public, Says Department of HomeLand Security
2009 06 13
Just how bad has the coal ash situation gotten in the United States? So bad that the Department of Homeland Security has told Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) that her committee can't publicly disclose the location of coal ash dumps across the country. The pollution is so toxic, so dangerous, that an enemy of the United States -- or a storm or ...
Rivals claim victory in Iran presidential vote
2009 06 13
Iran's state media declared hardline incumbent Mahmoud Ahmadinejad the victor in Friday's hotly contested presidential election, despite reformist candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi earlier declaring himself the "definite" winner.
Military hush-up: Space rocks now classified
2009 06 12
A recent U.S. military policy decision now explicitly states that observations by hush-hush government spacecraft of incoming bolides and fireballs are classified secret and are not to be released, SPACE.com has learned.
'Orwellian language' in schools turns pupils into 'customers', finds damning report
2009 06 12
In a damning indictment, the report said that a culture of hitting targets, where 'cuts in resources are euphemistically called 'efficiency gains', has led to 'the consumer or client' replacing 'the learner'. Among the jargon were such baffling phrases as 'performativity' (the emphasis that government monitoring has on achieving targets) and 'level descriptor' (the outcomes that a learner should reach).
The masterpiece that killed George Orwell
2009 06 12
"It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen." Sixty years after the publication of Orwell's masterpiece, Nineteen Eighty-Four, that crystal first line sounds as natural and compelling as ever. But when you see the original manuscript, you find something else: not so much the ringing clarity, more the obsessive rewriting, in different inks, that betrays ...
US police could get 'pain beam' weapons
2009 06 12
The research arm of the US Department of Justice is working on two portable non-lethal weapons that inflict pain from a distance using beams of laser light or microwaves, with the intention of putting them into the hands of police to subdue suspects. A modified version of this laser rifle created to dazzle enemies by the US Air Force has been ...
NKorean leader's son is 'Brilliant Comrade'
2009 06 12
The youngest son of North Korea's authoritarian leader has been given the title of "Brilliant Comrade," a newspaper reported Friday, a sign the communist regime is preparing to name him as successor to the ailing Kim Jong Il.
New, superheavy element to enter periodic table
2009 06 11
A new, superheavy chemical element numbered 112 will soon be officially included in the periodic table, German researchers said. "The new element is approximately 277 times heavier than hydrogen, making it the heaviest element in the periodic table," the scientists at the GSI Helmholtz Center for Heavy Ion Research said in a statement late on Wednesday.
WHO: Swine flu pandemic has begun, 1st in 41 years
2009 06 11
The World Health Organization told its member nations it was declaring a swine flu pandemic Thursday — the first global flu epidemic in 41 years — as infections climbed in the United States, Europe, Australia, South America and elsewhere. WHO also told countries it was in "close dialogue" with flu vaccine makers and it believed the firms would work "to ...
Glenn Beck’s Outrageous Lie: Racist Von Brunn is “Hero of 9/11 Truthers”
2009 06 11
There should be absolutely no doubt Glenn Beck is a government disinfo operative tasked with taking down the 9/11 truth and patriot movements. In fact, Fox News — as a primary fount of Operation Mockingbird — is tasked with attacking not only the 9/11 truth movement but the pro-liberty and Constitution movements as well. Source: YouTube.com “Our country is now vulnerable,” the ...
EU security proposals are ‘dangerously authoritarian’
2009 06 11
Civil liberties groups say the proposals would create an EU ID card register, internet surveillance systems, satellite surveillance, automated exit-entry border systems operated by machines reading biometrics and risk profiling systems. "National frontiers should no longer restrict our activities," he said.
Gunman, guard shot at Holocaust museum
2009 06 10
An elderly gunman exchanged fire with security guards inside the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum on Wednesday. One security guard and the gunman were taken to a hospital with life-threatening injuries. Authorities said the gunman was in critical condition and the security guard was in grave condition. Both were taken to George Washington University Hospital.
The Curious Case of 5 US Contractors Arrested by Iraq for 'Murder'
2009 06 10
Over the past day, new information is coming out of Baghdad regarding the arrest of the five men in connection with the death of another contractor. On May 22, James Owen Kitterman was found stabbed to death in Baghdad. He was president of Janus Construction, a company which Kitterman started last year, though he had worked in Iraq from the ...
Long distance space travel leaves you short, fat and ugly, claim scientists
2009 06 10
Making long space journeys, like those envisaged in the future, will not be good for your looks or figure, claim scientists who believe they will leave astronauts looking short, fat and bald. They believe living permanently in space for many years, perhaps even for many generations, adversely affects human's looks because they will not require any effort to move or keep ...
Barack Obama invokes Jesus more than George W. Bush
2009 06 10
He’s done it while talking about abortion and the Middle East, even the economy. The references serve at once as an affirmation of his faith and a rebuke against a rumor that persists for some to this day. As president, Barack Obama has mentioned Jesus Christ in a number of high-profile public speeches — something his predecessor George W. Bush rarely ...
NASA Study Acknowledges Solar Cycle, Not Man, Responsible for Past Warming
2009 06 10
A study from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland looking at climate data over the past century has concluded that solar variation has made a significant impact on the Earth's climate. The report concludes that evidence for climate changes based on solar radiation can be traced back as far as the Industrial Revolution.
Scientists faking results and omitting unwanted findings in research
2009 06 09
Faking results and omitting inconvenient truths in scientific research is more widespread than originally thought, a study suggests. More than two-thirds of researchers said they knew of colleagues who had committed "questionable" practices and one in seven said that included inventing findings.
Peru finds human sacrifices from Inca civilization
2009 06 09
Children play in front of the Coricancha Inca Temple in the city of Cuzco February 2, 2009. REUTERS/Enrique Castro-Mendivil Researchers at an archeological site in northern Peru have made an unusually large discovery of nearly three dozen people sacrificed some 600 years ago by the Incan civilization. The bodies, some of which show signs of having been cut along their necks and ...
Pentagon admits "problems" with Afghan air strike
2009 06 09
The Pentagon acknowledged on Monday that there were "problems" with the way U.S. forces conducted a bombing raid in Afghanistan that provoked outrage over civilian casualties.
Home: Watch a Movie, Save the Earth?
2009 06 08
HOME Synopsis In 200,000 years on Earth, humanity has upset the balance of the planet, established by nearly four billion years of evolution. The price to pay is high, but it is too late to be a pessimist: humanity has barely ten years to reverse the trend, become aware of the full extent of its spoliation of the Earth's riches and change ...
Is the US Really a Nation of God-Fearing Darwin-Haters?
2009 06 08
Is it only Europeans who want to save the environment and only Americans who discount Darwin? In the final part of his series on trans-Atlantic differences, American historian Peter Baldwin explains why these stereotypes don't work - and what the real differences between Old Europe and America are.
Universal ‘Rubik’s Cube’ Could Become Pentagon Shapeshifter
2009 06 08
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is developing a technology that will allow future military equipment to change shape on command. Several university teams are working on different approaches to create "programmable matter"—made of individual pieces that can self-assemble into tools or spare parts. One of the approaches being examined uses sheets of self-folding material that can form three-dimensional ...
Bill Moyers Journal: Jeremy Scahill Examines the Human and Financial Costs of America's Wars [Video]
2009 06 08
The Associated Press headline read, "War in Afghanistan is 'Winnable,'" but the "Washington Independent" reported that the general had, quote, "painted a bleak picture of the Afghanistan war" and that the United States "needed to show significant progress within '18 to 24 months' or risk the war spiraling out of control." What we know for sure is that the fighting in ...
Obama Warns not to challenge Official 9/11 Story [Video]
2009 06 07
"Egypt, Cairo June 4th 2009 US President Barack Obama Speech, defends the official 9/11 story. These are not opinions to be debated, these are facts to be dealt with." Video: Youtube.com Video: Youtube.com
Right-wing military writer: We may have to kill war journalists
2009 06 07
In his latest essay, in a segment titled "The killers without guns," Peters suggests that the media is responsible for "saving" Hamas in Gaza and Hezbollah in Lebanon, but that media had "failed to defeat" the U.S. government's charge toward Iraq. "Rejecting the god of their fathers, the neo-pagans who dominate the media serve as lackeys at the terrorists’ bloody ...
Obama Admits US Involvement in Iran Coup in 1953, But Doesn’t Admit American Involvement in False Flags
2009 06 07
Obama has admitted that the U.S. was involved in the Iranian coup in 1953. I applaud the president for admitting this fact. The important admission is not that the U.S. helped with a coup, but that America and virtually all other powerful nations throughout history have used “false flag terror” as means to political ends.
Green & Lean: Austerity in the Age of Obama
2009 06 06
Ever noticed how the environmental ‘crises’ and economic ‘crises’ both prey upon the green of it all? The color of greed, jealousy, disease, Federal Reserve notes and trees. The marketing of both manufactured green crises have hinged around selling us on tightening our belts and buckling down for the big one.
U.S. military: Heavily armed and medicated
2009 06 06
Thousands of American fighters armed with the latest killing technology are taking prescription drugs that the Federal Aviation Administration considers too dangerous for commercial pilots. When he returned to his stateside base he knew he'd brought more than memories back from Iraq. He would cry for no reason. He flew into fits of rage. One night he woke up with ...
Obama Finds Look-Alike Hieroglyph In Tomb in Egypt (Video)
2009 06 05
Embedded video from CNN Video The pyramids outside of Cairo boast tombs, camels and relics thousands of years old. What about an image reminiscent of the 44th president? The great pyramid is one of the Seven Wonders of the World and during a brief stop here Thursday after delivering a major speech aimed at Muslims around the world, President Obama spotted another ...
Mysterious 'ice circles' in remote Siberian lake baffle scientists
2009 06 05
This strange almost perfect 'ice circle' has appeared on a frozen lake in Siberia.
First a jellyfish, now a dragonfly... Giant crop circles just get weirder
2009 06 05
A dragonfly the size of a dragon has landed in a farmer's field - in the second astonishing animal-style crop circle to appear this week. The intricate 150ft insect pattern appeared overnight in a barley field near Yatesbury, Wiltshire, just days after a jellyfish design was mysteriously cut into crops in Oxfordshire. When the 600ft Portuguese man-of-war turned up near Kingstone Coombes, ...
Enormous crowds in Hong Kong for Tiananmen Square vigil
2009 06 05
More than 150,000 people gathered in Hong Kong last night to sing and chant in memory of the students killed in the Tiananmen Square massacre 20 years ago. The gathering was larger than it was on the first anniversary of the bloodshed in 1990. An area the size of six football pitches was marked out for the event, but proved ...
Who Is to Blame for EU Voter Apathy?
2009 06 04
Voter turnout for this week's European parliamentary election is expected to be the lowest since direct elections began 30 years ago. Is this the fault of the parliament itself? Inadequate media coverage? Or are national governments failing in their responsibility to educate the electorate?
Mint can't account for missing gold
2009 06 04
A significant quantity of gold, silver and other precious metals is unaccounted for at the Royal Canadian Mint. Officials with the commercial Crown corporation are saying little and refuse to confirm the amount and value of the unaccounted for gold, silver and palladium.
U.S. Releases Secret List of Nuclear Sites Accidentally
2009 06 04
The federal government mistakenly made public a 266-page report, its pages marked “highly confidential,” that gives detailed information about hundreds of the nation’s civilian nuclear sites and programs, including maps showing the precise locations of stockpiles of fuel for nuclear weapons.
Click Here for Torture
2009 06 04
The author, in digital effigy, kneels in a Guantánamo cell in Second Life. Looking on are the avatars of the virtual model’s creators, Nonny de la Peña (brunette) and Peggy Weil (with blue hair). Courtesy Nonny de la Peña and Peggy Weil. Two unnaturally sexy activists (at least that’s how they appear online) are trying to raise awareness of the horrors ...
Cheney: No 'evidence' of Iraq, 9/11 link
2009 06 03
Former Vice President Dick Cheney says there was “never any evidence” that Saddam Hussein’s Iraq played any role in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on New York and Washington.Cheney did not list the never-found Iraqi weapons of mass destruction as an intelligence failure, saying only that the CIA and the broader intelligence community have done a “magnificent job as ...
Military: Gitmo detainee dies of apparent suicide
2009 06 03
A Yemeni detainee at Guantanamo Bay has died of an apparent suicide, U.S. military officials said Tuesday. His is the fifth apparent suicide at the offshore U.S. prison, which President Barack Obama hopes to close by January. "This kind of desperation is caused by the uncertainty of not knowing whether one will ever be released or even charged,"....
Guess what we're thinking... Twitter to test psychic powers in scientific study
2009 06 02
Have you ever suspected you could be psychic? Now you can find out thanks to an experiment to be conducted through Twitter. In the first scientific study to use the social messaging service, experts will investigate 'remote viewing' - the psychic ability to identify distant locations. Thousands of members of the public will be asked to 'Tweet' their impressions of a randomly ...
The cloud with no name: Meteorologists campaign to classify unique 'Asperatus' clouds seen across the world
2009 06 02
Whipped into fantastical shapes, these clouds hang over the darkening landscape like the harbingers of a mighty storm. But despite their stunning and frequent appearances, the formations have yet to be officially recognised with a name.
Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth - Richard Gage on KMPH Fox 26 in Fresno (Video)
2009 06 02
Richard Gage, AIA, of Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth lays out all the evidence for the controlled demolition of the 3 WTC high-rises on 9/11. Read more at: ae911truth.org AE911Truth.org - Richard Gage Interviewed on The Standard, Vancouver In this 20 minute Satellite TV interview, Richard Gage, AIA, of Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth lays out all the ...
The Beautiful Paradox
2009 06 02
A kôan is a question, statement or story, that on the surface, defies logic. It operates by confounding customary discursive thinking, forcing the intelligent student to use other faculties of awareness to shed light onto the seemingly bizarre linguistic conundrum presented. Only by bringing deeper, non-dualistic consciousness to the matter, can the gem of gnosis be uncovered.
Boy chosen by Dalai Lama turns back on Buddhist order
2009 06 02
As a toddler, he was put on a throne and worshipped by monks who treated him like a god. But the boy chosen by the Dalai Lama as a reincarnation of a spiritual leader has caused consternation – and some embarrassment – for Tibetan Buddhists by turning his back on the order that had such high hopes for him. Instead ...
America's Nightmare: The Obama Dystopia
2009 06 02
After 8 years of the Bush-Cheney nightmare during which we saw the wanton destruction of Afghanistan and Iraq, the cynical negation of centuries of Law designed to protect the most basic human rights and a foreign policy worthy of Genghis Khan, there came along the "Great Black Hope" in the persona of Barack Obama. The collective world consciousness turned ...
Netanyahu: Call for settlement freeze unreasonable
2009 06 01
Israel's prime minister on Monday dismissed the U.S. demand for a settlement freeze as unreasonable, moving closer to a collision with the Obama administration, while mobs of Jewish settlers attacked Palestinian laborers and burned West Bank fields. Six Palestinians were injured in the stone-throwing attacks, meant to protest the removal of several tiny settler squatter camps by the government ...
US violated Geneva Conventions, Bush Iraq commander says
2009 06 01
The head of the US Central Command, General David Petraeus, said Friday that the US had violated the Geneva Conventions in a stunning admission from President Bush’s onetime top general in Iraq that the US may have violated international law. “When we have taken steps that have violated the Geneva Conventions we rightly have been criticized, so as we move forward ...
Ministers promote space as cure for economic ills
2009 06 01
EU ministers agreed on the need for further development in the European space sector on Friday (29 May), saying greater research and commercial activity in the area would help lift Europe out of its current recession. Part of the agreement centred on the need to push global monitoring for environment and security (GMES) from the research stage into the operational ...
White House: General Motors to file for bankruptcy
2009 06 01
General Motors, the humbled auto giant that has been part of American life for more than 100 years, will file for bankruptcy protection on Monday in a deal that will give taxpayers a 60 percent ownership stake and expand the government's reach into big business. Underscoring the government's extraordinary role, President Barack Obama planned to announce his support for GM's restructuring ...
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