Saturday, August 09, 2003

U.N. is deliberately murdering millions of people by spraying poison from high altitudes.

Well... according to one lady.

A LaVerkin City Councilman is leading a local fight against the United Nations, believing the U.N. is deliberately murdering millions of people by spraying poison from high altitudes. The belief is surprisingly widespread. And a woman in Escalante is also trying to sound the alarm.

Most people think the poisoning theory is nothing but silly paranoia. KSL thinks it's newsworthy because it helps explain the origins of the anti-UN movement in LaVerkin, which gained worldwide attention. The city councilman who wrote the anti-UN ordinance is part of a small but persistent group of true believers.

From her basement office, Toni Thayer believes she's fighting back against what I the most monstrous crime in history, if her beliefs are true that there's a United Nations plot to dominate the world.

The Pentagon wants to build new types of atomic bombs.

Arguing that new threats such as deeply buried bunkers and enemy chemical and biological weapon stockpiles may require new weapons, the administration has asked Congress to permit research on possible new low-yield (less than 5 kiloton) nuclear bombs and on modifying two existing higher-yield ones.

"Why in the world would we move toward manufacturing small, usable nuclear weapons and show how valuable they are, and then expect that no one will ever try to steal, beg or borrow one and use it against us?" asked Robert Musil, executive director of the Physicians for Social Responsibility advocacy group.



Do these cameras take security too far?

"You put the cameras up today, then you start adding facial recognition technology, then you start recording it, then you don't just use them in high-crime areas," says Ed Yohnka of the American Civil Liberties Union. "We've seen just an explosion in the use of these types of technologies."

"Most Shocking Gay Day Event Ever At Walt Disney World "

“No wonder Disney officials threatened to have me arrested for filming this homosexual orgy,”

“It’s absolutely impossible to describe the depth of depravity we saw. Not only did we see men kissing men, but these shirtless homosexuals were twisting the nipples of each other and fondling the butts and groins of their ‘lovers’. And all this occurred right out in the open at a Disney theme park,”


Friday, August 08, 2003

Even On The Run, Hussein Has Iraqis Under His 'Spell'

Many Iraqis believe their former leader, a lifelong dabbler in the occult, will never be found by coalition troops scouring the country. His trick, they say, is a magic stone that protects him from harm.

Like a stone.
Elite Force Aviator: George W. Bush - U.S. President and Naval Aviator - 12" Action Figure

Check this out.

BBI proudly introduces the latest issue in its Elite Force series of authentic military 12- inch figures, President George W. Bush in naval aviator flight uniform. Exacting in detail and fully equipped with authentic gear, this limited-edition action figure is a meticulous 1:6 scale recreation of the Commander-in-Chief's appearance during his historic Aircraft Carrier landing. On May 1, 2003, President Bush landed on the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) in the Pacific Ocean, and officially declared the end to major combat in Iraq. While at the controls of an S-3B Viking aircraft from the "Blue Sea Wolves" of Sea Control Squadron Three Five (VS-35), designated "Navy 1," he overflew the carrier before handing it over to the pilot for landing. Attired in full naval aviator flight equipment, the President then took the salute on the deck of the carrier.

Bush Toy.

Galactic dust storm enters Solar System

The Sun's shifting magnetic field is set to focus a decade-long storm of galactic dust grains towards the inner Solar System, including Earth.

The effect this will have on our planet - if any - is unknown. But some researchers have speculated that sustained periods of cosmic dust bombardment might be related to ice ages and even mass extinctions.

During the last decade, the magnetic field of the Sun acted like a shield, deflecting the electrically charged galactic dust away from the Solar System. However, the Sun's regular cycle of activity peaked in 2001.

As expected, its magnetic field then flipped over, so that south became north and vice-versa. In this configuration, rather than deflecting the galactic dust, the magnetic field should actually channel the dust inwards.

This pattern may have been repeated during previous solar cycles but it is only now that astronomers are beginning to have the data they need to prove it.

News from North Korea.

One would think suck a powerful nation like North Korea could at least have a half assed web site. I mean, they can pay the web master with rice. I think this website was made using a stolen copy of Microsoft's fornt page express.

The Butter Cow Lady

This is a must read. May make you laugh. This lady makes life sized objects likes cows and Harleys out of butter.

Like butter.
New, improved and more lethal: son of napalm

The Pentagon no longer officially uses the brand-name 'Napalm', but a similar sticky, inflammable substance known as 'fuel-gel mixture', contained in weapons called Mark-77 fire bombs, was dropped on Iraqi troops near the Iraq-Kuwait border at the start of the war.

"I can confirm that Mark-77 fire bombs were used in that general area," Colonel Mike Daily of the US Marine Corps said.

Colonel Daily said that US stocks of Vietnam-era napalm had been phased out, but that the fuel-gel mixture in the Mark-77s had "similar destructive characteristics."

"Many folks (out of habit) refer to the Mark-77 as 'napalm' because its effect upon the target is remarkably similar," he said.


Thursday, August 07, 2003

U.S. government's central website for information about identity theft.

DMV 'Face Print' Technology Now In Place

There's a new tool being used to fight identity theft in Colorado. It's called facial recognition technology, and the state Department of Motor Vehicles has put it to use...

...The state says this recent technology is working by preventing someone from using your personal information and getting a driver's license with your information, and their picture.

The state says facial recognition technology is keeping you safe by catching criminals in the act, but critics charge that the way this technology is being used could lead to an invasion of your privacy.

West Nile In Colorado: 4 Dead, 111 Infected

...Colorado has 111 confirmed human cases and 99 suspected cases, said Cindy Parmenter of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment...

...Last year, there were a record 4,156 West Nile cases in the United States, including 284 deaths. The Centers for Disease Control said three other deaths have been reported this year: A 68-year-old man and an 85-year-old woman, both from Texas, and an Alabama woman in her 80s.


Building the BAT box

Black church in Louisiana offers money to whites

NEW ORLEANS: A black Baptist minister looking to diversify his church wants to pay white people to attend his sermons.

For the month of August, whites who go to Greenwood Acres Full Gospel Baptist Church in Shreveport, Louisiana, will get $US5 ($NZ8.70) an hour on Sundays and $US10 an hour on Thursdays, Bishop Fred Caldwell told Reuters on Thursday.

Caldwell said his 5000-member church has been almost exclusively black since it was founded in 1958, which he thinks was not the way Jesus wanted it.

Four Filipinos die saving woman from septic tank

MANILA: A Filipino woman survived a harrowing plunge into a septic tank when the floor underneath her toilet collapsed, but four neighbours died trying to save her, the Philippine Inquirer newspaper reported on Friday.

The men rushed to help after hearing the woman's screams but she failed to grab a rope, prompting one of her would-be rescuers to jump into the tank. The other three went in after him when he did not surface, only to be overcome by noxious fumes.

An emergency rescue unit pulled all five from the tank but the men died soon after reaching hospital in Cebu City, in the central Philippines, the paper said.


Sitchin had apparently got started on his research by questioning the Bible stories while still at school in his native Israel. He notes in parts that Genesis (6:4) reads "There were giants in the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came into the daughters of men, and they bare children unto them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown."

Sitchin went much further examining the old Hebrew texts. He realised that the Hebrew word "Nefilim" was indeeed the name for the giants talked of in the Bible
and the men of renown were really men of the "shem". More importantly Nefilim in its original Sumerian interpretation literally means "those who came down to earth from heaven".

Sitchin goes on to claim that the Earth was visited by aliens as far back as 450,000 years ago. These aliens came from another unknown planet of the solar system called Nibiru. He claims that these aliens were seeking to save the Nibiru atmosphere from serious degradation and for this they needed extremely finely powdered gold dust pumped into the atmosphere that would resolve the problems associated with heat retention when their planet was in the aphelion region of its long looping orbit around the sun. Gold was, of course, relatively plentiful on Earth!

Land bridge theory rattled by new discovery

An archaeological site in Siberia -- long thought to be the original jumping-off point for crossing the Bering land bridge into North America -- is actually much younger than previously believed, shaking the theory that the first Americans migrated overland during the final cold snap of the last great ice age.

Using radiocarbon dating, scientists found that the Ushki site, the remains of a community of hunters clustered around Ushki Lake in northeastern Russia, appears to be only about 13,000 years old -- 4,000 years younger than originally thought.

Smile, You're a Potential Shoplifter

Recently, Gillette was testing a system in retail outlets in the United States and Britain that would snap a photograph of you every time you lifted a pack of the company's razors from their shelf. Somewhere, Orwell smirked. Maybe Gillette wants to check the closeness of its consumers’ shaves, but more likely, it wants to endear itself to retailers by helping to stop shoftlifting. Taking that snapshot of you in case you forget to visit the cashier on your way out, however, is a tacit presumption of your guilt—until you prove your innocence when you pay.

Helping Find African Roots

African Ancestry a company based in Washington, D.C., has developed two DNA test kits for home use that can help African-Americans determine at least some of their genetic links to tribes in Africa. The company collects a user's DNA from a cheek swab, sequences a portion of the genetic material and then matches the sequence against a database that contains genetic information for about 90 African tribes living in West African countries such as Senegal, Mali and Nigeria.

Glow-in-dark pet fish seized

SINGAPOREAN authorities have confiscated 400 aquarium fish genetically modified to make them glow in the dark.

The Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority feared the tiny green fluorescent fish could get into the wild and wreak havoc on Singapore's ecosystem, spokesman Goh Shi-Yong said today.

The fish were implanted with luminous genes from light-emitting jellyfish by Taikong Corp, a Taiwan manufacturer and distributor of aquarium products, Goh said.

Aquariums across the city-state were being checked to make sure they were not selling them.



WARNING... This site has some very nasty pictures of flesh eating bacteria.

We know the following to be true:

A new, deadly strain of Necrotizing Fasciitis (commonly known as FLESH EATING BACTERIA) has begun to appear in some of the more rural northwestern counties in Pennsylvania and southeastern Ohio.
This strain, which we are calling Type B, is EXTREMELY DANGEROUS and thus far has a 100% fatality rate. To reiterate, no one who has contracted the bacteria has survived.

The typical gestation time of this bacteria is between 72 and 96 hours. With very few exceptions, those infected with the Type B bacteria are dead with 4 days.
At the time of this writing, 175 people have died of Type B Necrotizing Fasciitis. We estimate that the first person to contract the bacteria (“Patient 0”) did so in mid-June of 2003. That means that nearly 200 people have died in the space of roughly a month and a half. That’s exponentially more than those who died of SARS, and unlike the latter epidemic, Type B is 100% fatal (as yet).

The United State Government and the Center for Disease Contreol (CDC) are aware of all of the above and have yet to issue so much as a press release. To the contrary, they have done their best to suppress all evidence of this outbreak. They have killed newspaper articles and local television news reports and quarantined large areas of forest with no explanation.
To our knowledge, this site is the only known disseminator of Necrotizing Fasciitis information.



Transsexuals, others would get protection under a measure passed by Assembly.

People whose clothing, speech, hairstyle, mannerisms or demeanor differ from those normally associated with their sex also would be protected.

"Everyone deserves a chance at the American dream," said Assemblyman Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, who wrote the bill.

State law already bans such discrimination on the basis of race, religion, sex, sexual orientation and various other grounds. Leno's bill would expand such prohibitions.


Wednesday, August 06, 2003

Quotes about the Federal Reserve Bank

Representative Wright Patman, former Chairman of a House Banking Committee said:
"The Federal Reserve Banks create money out of thin air to buy Government bonds... The Federal Reserve Bank is a total money making machine."

Former Federal Reserve Bank Chairman Eccles was asked by Patman, "Mr. Eccles, how did you get the money to buy these two billion dollars of government bonds." Mr. Eccles replied, "We create it." "Out of what?" Patman asked. "Out of the right to issue credit money."

Former Congress Louis McFadden, former chairman of the House Committee on Banking and Currency remarked about the Federal Reserve Bank: "A super-state controlled by international bankers and international industrialists acting together to enslave the world for their own pleasure."

When the unconstitutional Federal Reserve Act was about to be passed in 1913, Congressman Charles Lindbergh said, "This Act establishes the most gigantic trust on Earth. When the President signs this bill, the invisible government by the monetary power will be legalized. The people may not know it immediately, but the day of reckoning is only a few years removed...The worst legislative crime of the ages is perpetrated by this banking bill."

"You are a den of vipers and thieves! I intend to rout you out and, by the eternal God, I will rout you out!."
President Andrew Jackson, addressing the international banking monopoly when he refused to renew the central bank's charter.

7-year-old 'sacrificed' by tantrik

seven-year-old boy in Bihar was sacrificed by an occult practitioner who was experimenting with rituals to see if a Hindu goddess would bless him with supernatural powers.

Police said the incident took place in a village in the historical Nalanda district, about 120-km from here.

Officials said the tantrik, or practitioner of the occult, Sube Lal, took Nishu to a cremation ground in the village and killed him.

Nishu's mother had filed a police complaint when the boy went missing.

The village was reportedly shocked when the body was found and it was told that he had been sacrificed by the tantrik to get the goddess' blessings.

Sube Lal, who claimed to have a direct link with the goddess, is absconding.

Age of consent examined in Channel 4 sex series

When your baby is a baby.

The Adult At 14 season will offer a "realistic examination of teenage sexuality" in a succession of programmes highlighting the increasingly sexualised world in which children grow up.

In one episode, Age Of Consent, the presenter, Miranda Sawyer, argues that sex below the age of 16 should be legalised.

A federal judge sentenced a man to a year in prison Monday for creating an anarchist Web site with links to sites on how to build bombs.

What. No ACLU?

U.S. District Judge Stephen Wilson sentenced Sherman Austin to more than the prosecutor had recommended under a plea bargain.

Austin, 20, pleaded guilty in February to distributing information related to explosives.

Austin told the judge Monday he "wasn't really thinking" when he created the Web site. "I'd be devastated if someone used this information to harm others," he said.

Defense Department funding brain-machine work

Even by Washington scandal standards, the "terrorism futures" scandal was strange and dramatic.

It started when two senators discovered an obscure military program designed to gauge the chances of various geopolitical developments, including terrorist attacks, by asking people to bet money on them. Within 48 hours -- or, more precisely, two news cycles -- the program was canceled and the man behind it, John Poindexter of Iran-contra fame, had tendered his resignation.

What most people don't know is that the Department of Defense is already funding a research program with far creepier implications.

The $24 million enterprise called Brain Machine Interfaces is developing technology that promises to directly read thoughts from a living brain -- and even instill thoughts as well.

Ebay is anti 1st Admendment

Ebay bans Dawson artist's controversial 'cards'

Dawson City artist John Steins has been ordered off the popular auction Web site for mocking Bush and other U.S. leaders in a series of hand-painted drawings.

Steins' art project is a parody of the "most wanted" deck of playing cards issued in the Iraqi war.

"George Bush is the ace of spades and (U.S. Defense Secretary Donald) Rumsfeld is the queen of spades and so far down the line," Steins says.


Walter Cronkite's Phenomenal UFO Encounter


Cronkite guessed that the object was about 50-60 feet in diameter, a dull grey color and had no visible means of propulsion. Because the noise of activity around him and the missile engine was so loud, he couldn’t tell whether the disc made any noise. He did not notice any coming directly from the object.

As Air Force guards ran toward the UFO with their dogs, the disc hovered about 30 feet off of the ground. It suddenly sent out a blue beam of light which struck the missile, a guard and a dog all at the same time. The missile was frozen in mid-air about 70 feet from the launcher as it had taken off. A guard was frozen in mid-step and a dog frozen in mid-air as it had jumped at the disc. Cronkite reminded me that this all happened within the space of about five minutes or less.

Suddenly, the missile exploded! After that, the disc vanished. The guard and dog looked alright, but were quickly taken away by medical personnel always present at tests in case anyone became injured. At the same time, guards rapidly ushered the reporters into a concrete observation bunker. After about thirty minutes of sitting in that hot box, they were brought out into the air again and addressed by an Air Force Colonel.

The officer told them, "It was all part of the test." Obviously making it up as he went along, the Colonel said that the event was "staged" to test media reaction to UFOs. He reinforced the usual line to the reporters that Flying Saucers were probably not extra-terrestrial, but what people were actually seeing was secret planes being tested by the Air Force. This test was designed to show the media how "shocking" it could be to suddenly view a new technology. Well, Cronkite was certain that what he viewed was a new technology, but he was also sure it was not an Earthly one. He didn’t believe the Air Force explanation then, and he still didn’t believe it at the time when he told me the story.

Khamenei to have final word on nukes

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei will have the final say on whether Tehran agrees to tougher UN inspections of its nuclear facilities, a government spo-kesman said yesterday.

International pressure has been mounting on Iran to sign an Additional Protocol of the nuclear-Non Proliferation Treaty which would allow more intrusive, short-notice inspections of nuclear sites in the country.

Iran denies any plans to build nuclear wea-pons and the question of whether to sign the protocol has ignited fierce domestic debate.

"The decision about joining the Additional Protocol will be taken based on (our) national interests," government spokesman Abdollah Ramazanzadeh told a weekly news conference.

"The matter will be discussed in the government. The decision will be made in the Supreme National Security Council and after the (Supreme) Leader's approval it would be implemented," he said.

Whoo Hooo


The Rise of the Machines.

The Centibots are a team of 100 autonomous robots (80 ActivMedia Amigobot and 20 ActivMedia Pioneer 2 AT). The goal of the project is to demonstrate by December 2004, 100 robots mapping, tracking, guarding in a coherent fashion during a period of 24 hours.

Uncle Sam shocks some veterans with recall to duty

What's next the draft. Looks like we have years to go in the region. At least we are not going to garrison troops this time like we did in Beirut. This should force the Iraqi guerrilla to contiune to pick off our troops one by one.

Army Capt. Richard Hinman says he's a "draftee" serving in a volunteer army.

Think about it, says Hinman. The West Point graduate, who left the military in 1999, didn't want to go to Iraq and Kuwait. But he got his orders on Feb. 8 and was sent overseas in May.

"I wanted to get out of this kicking-in-doors-with-guns kind of thing," said Hinman, who was looking forward to more time with his two children but is now serving at Camp Doha, Kuwait. "It was a real surprise."

And a shock, Hinman said in a telephone interview from Kuwait, because he was so unprepared. Even his old uniforms had been thrown away.

Hinman is an Individual Ready Reservist, one of about 300,000 former service members available for active duty in a time of crisis, according to the Pentagon. Each year, as thousands of military personnel finish their terms of active duty, they are placed on IRR status for a period that varies according to agreements they signed when they joined the service.

'The Simpsons' coming to Siena Heights University

The Simpsons at Siena Heights University?

That's right, one of television's most popular families from the hit show that bears their name, "The Simpsons," will be the topic of a philosophy class scheduled for the Winter 2002 semester at Siena Heights.

Animated Philosophy and Religion is the name of the two-credit class that will be team taught by Kimberly Blessing, Ph.D., assistant professor of philosophy and coordinator of the philosophy program, and Anthony Sciglitano, assistant professor of religious studies.

The class will feature "challenging readings" and "serious discussions" of William Irwin's "The Simpsons and Philosophy: The D'oh! Of Homer" and Mark Pinsky's "The Gospel According to the Simpsons: The Spiritual Life of the Most Animated Family."


Tuesday, August 05, 2003

Mars 2007 Mission "Phoenix" will go to Mars to study water.

Jet Propulsion Lab -- In May 2008, the progeny of two promising U.S. missions to Mars will deploy a lander to the water-ice-rich northern polar region, dig with a robotic arm into arctic terrain for clues on the history of water, and search for environments suitable for microbes.

NASA today announced that it has selected the University of Arizona "Phoenix" mission for launch in 2007 as what is hoped will be the first in a new line of smaller competed "Scout" missions in the agency's Mars Exploration Program.


Guerrilla of the Week

This is a interview with America's Most Decorated Soldier retired U.S. Army Col. David Hackworth.

Hackworth: God only knows, the way things are going. At least 30 years. Tommy Franks [recently retired commander of U.S. troops in Iraq] said four to 10 years. Based on Cyprus and other commitments in this kind of warfare, it is going to be a long time -- unless the price gets too heavy.

Much more...

17% of area's parolees are missing in Texas.

State authorities weren't able to locate 658 people on parole in Central Texas in July.

That's about 17 percent of the total number of people on parole in Travis, Williamson, Bastrop, Hays, Caldwell, Blanco, Burnet, Lee, Llano and Mason counties, according to state records.

The Central Texas absconders make up about 5 percent of the parole violators statewide.

"Should the public be worried?" said Larry Todd, a spokesman for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. "Most of these absconders don't wish to be found and therefore want to avoid any trouble with the law."

Police Masons Told to Own Up

POLICE officers who are Freemasons, members of the Catholic Knights of Columbanus or the Orange Order will have to disclose their involvement to their bosses under new measures announced today.

The PSNI confirmed that all officers will be required to notify Chief Constable Hugh Orde if they are members of Protestant, Catholic or other secret or cultural organisations.

U.S. Dominance in Space Makes General 'Pity the Enemy'

This is a press release from the American Forces Press Service. This release talks about how the Americans feel they rule the high ground... SPACE.

"I don't believe that many of them understand how powerful we are," the general told reporters. "All countries respect the power of the United States and they respect how dominant we are in this region."

Much more...
A Partial History of Aerosol and Weather Related Technologies.

Referenced in 4704942 - Charged aerosol
"A method of defending against a warfare cloud of toxic aerosol utilizes
a charged defensive aerosol which is sprayed into the cloud.
The defensive aerosol is made of a defensive agent
which may be chemically or biologically active."

The is much reported on Chemtrails in the underground media. This link focuses on Patents submitted that could be used for Weather control and Weather warfare.


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August is UFO history month.

Below is a link to Jeff Reese web site called Sightings. He has put together a list of UFO history in August. This list was compiled by James Neff.

The Link.
How the Earth looks from Mars...


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They are finding all kinds of things on Mars this week. Mars orbiter captures view of stair-stepped mound.

This April 2003 Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image shows a stair-stepped mound of sedimentary rock (right of center) on the floor of a large impact crater in western Arabia Terra near 11.0 deg N, 4.4 deg W.

More on Mars...
Fortune cookies on Mars.

There is no place like Mars for fueling speculation about geologic features that must have been created by intelligent beings. Now scientists bring us the Fortune Cookie photo.

It's doubtful this new image, released July 25, will rise to the level of controversy that surrounds infamous Martian features like The Face or Inca City. But scientists have suggested an earthly analogue for these red planet spots.


Take This Pill & Live (Almost) Forever

The substance, which promotes the production of natural anti-oxidants, is set to be tested in two prescription forms, one designed to repair lung damage from smoking and the other to speed recovery from heart surgery.

In prescription form, the drug could have valuable applications for a wide range of ailments, including Alzheimer’s Disease, stroke and coronary damage, diabetes and virtually any illness that results from oxidative stress. In addition to the two prescription drugs in trial, CereMedix has another version in development: an over-the-counter supplement that would slow aging and increase energy by stimulating the production of natural anti-oxidants.


Monday, August 04, 2003

Kim Jong-il wins again.

North Korea's leader, Kim Jong-il, won a seat on the nation's rubber-stamp parliament with a widely expected 100 per cent of the vote in legislative elections, Pyongyang's official media said yesterday.

Hyundai's Chung commits suicide

His body was found on the ground by a garbage collector and reported to police at around 5:50 a.m. The garbage collector identified by his family name Yoon said he first believed it was a drunken man sleeping in the back garden of the building.

Stalin plotted to kill John Wayne

Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin was so outraged at the anti-communism of film star John Wayne that he plotted to have him murdered, according to a new biography of the American icon.

Murkowski introduces bill to weaken Patriot Act

FAIRBANKS (AP) ‹ Ten days after U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft defended the USA Patriot Act in her home state, U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski has filed legislation to roll back some of its provisions.

''To date it appears portions of the Patriot Act may have moved the scales out of balance,'' Murkowski said Friday.

Congress passed the Patriot Act after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks to give law enforcement officers more power to investigate future threats.

The Legislature and municipalities in Fairbanks and Anchorage were among dozens of groups that protested the law's reach.

Murkowski said her bill, SB 1552, would not repeal any part of the Patriot Act but would limit some of the police powers it granted.

For example, it still would allow a delay in announcing a search warrant but only in terrorism cases and only when the delay was necessary to protect someone's safety, to prevent a suspect from fleeing or to prevent evidence tampering.


U.S. parents say son in Iraq was casualty of chemical weapons

The parents of an American soldier who died in Iraq after contracting a mysterious pneumonialike illness that ravaged his major organs are convinced that their son stumbled across deadly chemical weapons while clearing rubble from one of Saddam Hussein's palaces.
Spc. Josh Neusche, 20, who had been conducting cleanup operations in Baghdad, died July 12 after being transferred from his base at the airport to a U.S. military hospital in Germany.
Army specialists are analyzing tissue samples from his liver, kidneys and lungs to determine the cause of death.
Two U.S. soldiers serving in Iraq have died after their major organs failed. Seven others have reported similarly serious symptoms, although overall about 100 cases have been diagnosed since March 1.

US anti-war activists hit by secret airport ban

After more than a year of complaints by some US anti-war activists that they were being unfairly targeted by airport security, Washington has admitted the existence of a list, possibly hundreds or even thousands of names long, of people it deems worthy of special scrutiny at airports.

And you thought your job sucked.

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (Reuters) - Supermarket cashiers in Argentina are being forced to wear diapers to keep them from taking toilet breaks at work, a union says.

Female cashiers in western Mendoza province must wear adult diapers in case "cold, nerves, pressure or stress" provoke incontinence, union official Jorge Cordova told local news agency Diarios y Noticias on Thursday.

Cordova refused to name the supermarket, but he did say the chain is backed by foreign capital, said Sandra Varela, Mendoza's labor subsecretary.

"The truth is, it's difficult to imagine a line of 20 adult cashiers wearing diapers for eight hours," said Varela, who is investigating the matter.

"In seventeen years as a labor lawyer, I've never heard anything like this before," she added.


Bush administration "surreptitiously terminates only independent oversight of nation's nuclear weapons"

A US department of energy panel of experts which provided independent oversight of the development of the US nuclear arsenal has been quietly disbanded by the Bush administration, it emerged yesterday.
The decision to close down the national nuclear security administration advisory committee - required by law to hold public hearings and issue public reports on nuclear weapons issues - has come just days before a closed-door meeting at a US air force base in Nebraska to discuss the development of a new generation of tactical "mini nukes" and "bunker buster" bombs, as well as an eventual resumption of nuclear testing.


Robo Burger...

High-tech jobs may be moving overseas, but one low-tech job Americans could always fall back on was flipping burgers at McDonald's.


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