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New water-fuel technology appears to be viable...
Topic: Current Events 5:43 am EDT, May 24, 2006

Okay. I saw this mentioned on CNN last night, and thought it might have been bullshit, or at least a complex fraud.

Apparently, they're being pretty brazen about it working now... It still sounds a bit too good to be true, but if the bloody link will work you'll see a number of things that would indicate that they might actually have a wholly viable mechanism for getting cars to run on freaking water.


New water-fuel technology appears to be viable...

Fuck tha Po-lice
Topic: Current Events 5:08 pm EDT, May 20, 2006

Okay, so the Portland protests aren't entirely recent, but the point is this...

American rights were shit on and thrown out the window by the authorities of Portland, and nothing was done about it. They did literally everything you'd expect cold-war KGB or perhaps East German police (before the wall fell) to do about a riot, short of just running people over with tanks.

Time for Bush to fucking GO. He's irresponsible, he's a bad leader, and he's ruining the country. An empty chair would be better.

Fuck tha Po-lice

Civil Liberties and National Security
Topic: Current Events 6:01 am EDT, May 19, 2006

Stratfor: Geopolitical Intelligence Report - May 16, 2006

Civil Liberties and National Security

By George Friedman

USA Today published a story last week stating that U.S. telephone
companies (Qwest excepted) had been handing over to the National
Security Agency (NSA) logs of phone calls made by American
citizens. This has, as one might expect, generated a fair bit of
controversy -- with opinions ranging from "It's not only legal but
a great idea" to "This proves that Bush arranged 9/11 so he could
create a police state." A fine time is being had by all. Therefore,
it would seem appropriate to pause and consider the matter.

Let's begin with an obvious question: How in God's name did USA
Today find out about a program that had to have been among the most
closely held secrets in the intelligence community -- not only
because it would be embarrassing if discovered, but also because
the entire program could work only if no one knew it was under way?
No criticism of USA Today, but we would assume that the newspaper
wasn't running covert operations against the NSA. Therefore,
someone gave them the story, and whoever gave them the story had to
be cleared to know about it. That means that someone with a high
security clearance leaked an NSA secret.

Americans have become so numbed to leaks at this point that no one
really has discussed the implications of what we are seeing: The
intelligence community is hemorrhaging classified information. It's
possible that this leak came from one of the few congressmen or
senators or staffers on oversight committees who had been briefed
on this material -- but either way, we are seeing an extraordinary
breakdown among those with access to classified material.

The reason for this latest disclosure is obviously the nomination
of Gen. Michael Hayden to be the head of the CIA. Before his
appointment as deputy director of national intelligence, Hayden had
been the head of the NSA, where he oversaw the collection and
data-mining project involving private phone calls. Hayden's
nomination to the CIA has come under heavy criticism from Democrats
and Republicans, who argue that he is an inappropriate choice for
director. The release of the data-mining story to USA Today
obviously was intended as a means of shooting down his nomination
-- which it might. But what is important here is not the fate of
Hayden, but the fact that the Bush administration clearly has lost
all control of the intelligence community -- extended to include
congressional oversight processes. That is not a trivial point.

At the heart of the argument is not the current breakdown in
Washington, but the more significant question of why the NSA was
running such a collection program and whether the program
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Civil Liberties and National Security

THE IRAN PLANS: Would President Bush go to war to stop Tehran from getting the bomb?
Topic: Current Events 7:22 am EDT, Apr  9, 2006

The Bush Administration, while publicly advocating diplomacy in order to stop Iran from pursuing a nuclear weapon, has increased clandestine activities inside Iran and intensified planning for a possible major air attack. Current and former American military and intelligence officials said that Air Force planning groups are drawing up lists of targets, and teams of American combat troops have been ordered into Iran, under cover, to collect targeting data and to establish contact with anti-government ethnic-minority groups. The officials say that President Bush is determined to deny the Iranian regime the opportunity to begin a pilot program, planned for this spring, to enrich uranium.

Here's the article from the New Yorker about the situation.

Bush needs to be made aware that there is no possible way that the use of nuclear weapons is to be considered an acceptable tactic, under any circumstances.

THE IRAN PLANS: Would President Bush go to war to stop Tehran from getting the bomb?

U.S. Stepping Up Plans to Attack Iran, New Yorker Article Says
Topic: Current Events 7:18 am EDT, Apr  9, 2006

WASHINGTON, April 8 — The Bush administration, which publicly advocates negotiations to halt Iran's nuclear program, is accelerating military planning for possible attacks against Iran, and has not ruled out using tactical nuclear weapons, according to a new article.

The article goes on to do some spin-doctoring, but if you were thinking that this was something fictional, think again.

U.S. Stepping Up Plans to Attack Iran, New Yorker Article Says

More sites picking up the Bush is a nuke-wielding maniac story
Topic: Current Events 7:15 am EDT, Apr  9, 2006

Don't just be afraid. Get ANGRY. It doesn't matter what country you're in. A nuclear war means the end of EVERYONE. Not just people in other places.

More sites picking up the Bush is a nuke-wielding maniac story

It's time for Bush to go. Period.
Topic: Current Events 7:00 am EDT, Apr  9, 2006

According to this Bloomberg/AP article, Bush apparently has plans to USE NUCLEAR WEAPONS against Iran.

I don't fucking care WHAT his reasons are. This is NOT ACCEPTABLE.

It's time we started calling people to get his warmongering ass out of office BEFORE HE KILLS THE FUCKING WORLD.

It's time for Bush to go. Period.

Boston Legal makes a powerful political statement
Topic: Current Events 2:19 am EST, Mar 20, 2006

I am astonished to say that Laura Ingram's radio program was the reason I found out about this. I don't normally listen to her program because she annoys me, but this evening on the way to work, she was attempting to rebut what was being said in this episode of Boston Legal by calling it "bad writing". It's kind of sad when the so-called intellectuals of talk radio so blatantly engage in Appeal to Ridicule.

Well, I'm sorry to say that while it might not make for good television, it's entirely goddamn accurate.

Click the link, then look at the third thumbnail from the top on the right of the page for the '"Stick It" Closing Arguments' clip.

Watch it.

Boston Legal makes a powerful political statement

Drug test turns nightmare!
Topic: Current Events 6:21 am EST, Mar 16, 2006

From the Sun Online, reporting that a first-run human trial of an new anti-inflammatory drug made by a company called Parexel nearly kills it's testers.

Two of the poor sods were lucky. They were given a placebo.

Drug test turns nightmare!

Very politically (religously) incorrect cartoon
Topic: Current Events 12:33 pm EST, Feb 20, 2006

Oh dear.

Just when you thought it was about time the extremists were going to cool down...

They are just going to go apesnort over this.

Let's hope the Internet isn't quite as widespread over there as it could be.

Very politically (religously) incorrect cartoon

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