As we've often reported here, in September 2000 the Cheney-Rumsfeld outfit, Project for the New American Century, proudly published their blueprint for the direct imposition of U.S. "forward bases" throughout Central Asia and the Middle East. They even foresaw the need for what they called a "Pearl Harbor-type event" to galvanize the American public into supporting their ambitious program. Their reasons for this program were also stated quite openly: to ensure U.S. political and economic domination of the world, while strangling any potential "rival" or any viable alternative to the rapacious crony capitalism favored by the PNAC extremists. This dominance would be enforced by the ever-present threat -- and frequent application -- of violence. (A tactic known elsewhere as "terrorism.")
OrlandoSentinel.com: State News A ban on human cloning sailed through a Florida Senate committee Monday, despite objections from state university scientists that the prohibition could hinder medical research into diseases such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's
The supreme victory for the rapist is proof that his victim "enjoyed" it. Though he may force his way into her property, demolish her home, murder her loved ones, pillage her belongings, though he may terrify and humiliate her, beat and batter her, break her bones and tear her flesh, spill her blood, wound her organs and lay waste to her very soul, if, in the midst of the rape, between tears and shrieks of agony, if his victim should, for a moment, for some reason, any reason, if she should smile, or, better yet, orgasm, the rapist is redeemed; he is even (in his mind) heroic.
This is why, when the Anglo-American rape of Iraq began, we so desperately searched the Iraqi faces on our televisions for a smile.
Your seven-year-old's baby tooth may be worth a lot more than the quarter the tooth fairy left under the pillow. Scientists have discovered that the pulp inside deciduous teeth is a treasure trove of fast-growing stem cells. Naturally-shed choppers could thus provide an easily accessible new source of these sought-after cells for clinical studies of stem-cell transplantation and tissue engineering.
Days after Madonna took a sharp swipe at music file-sharers, the singer's web site was hacked Saturday (4/19) by an electronic interloper who posted MP3 files of every song from "American Life," the controversial performer's new album, which will be officially released Tuesday.
On 9 April 2003, the front page of the London Evening Standard (circulation: 400,000) front page contained a blurry image supposedly showing a throng of Iraqis in Baghdad celebrating the toppling of Saddam Hussein. What we are really looking at is an incredibly ham-fisted attempt at photo manipulation.
Easter does, in fact, have a religious meaning; but the religion is not Christianity. Instead, the word Easter is derived from an ancient Teutonic goddess of fertility named Estere, whose feasts were celebrated in the spring by her pagan adherents. Typically, the Estere celebration occurred in April, at which time she apparently demanded sacrifices from her followers.
54 out of 149 of the allied forces killed during the Iraq campaign were from "accidents" or "friendly fire"... that's 30%... I wonder how this maps to other short campaigns? I can't figure out how a country with a military budget the size of the U.S.A. can train its troops for so long, provide them with the latest and greatest technology known to man, and then have thirty percent of their troops die not at the hands of the enemy...
Newsweek magazine pointed out that “the United States backed Saddam’s armies with military intelligence, economic aid and covert supplies of munitions... the shopping list included... numerous shipments of ‘bacteria/fungi/protozoa’.
According to former officials, the bacteria cultures could be used to make biological weapons, including anthrax.” In December 1983, Donald Rumsfeld’s firm handshake with Saddam in Baghdad, at a time when the Iraqi Army was gassing Kurds, was recorded for posterity by Iraqi TV. It was only later, when Saddam tried to bite the hand that fed him, that the US started portraying him as a dangerous dictator.
The National Museum of Iraq recorded a history of civilizations that began to flourish in the fertile plains of Mesopotamia more than 7,000 years ago. But once American troops entered Baghdad in sufficient force to topple Saddam Hussein's government this week, it took only 48 hours for the museum to be destroyed, with at least 170,000 artifacts carried away by looters.
earth, sun, galaxy and, indeed, humanity are all special in one way: the stuff they are made of is rare in the universe. The familiar matter that forms atoms accounts for only about 4% of the matter and energy that is around.
Most of the rest is something called “dark energy”, which is making the universe expand at what appears to be an accelerating rate. Physicists have no idea what it is.
Hammurabi was the ruler who chiefly established the greatness of Babylon, the world's first metropolis. Many relics of Hammurabi's reign ([1795-1750 BC]) have been preserved, and today we can study this remarkable King . . . as a wise law-giver in his celebrated code. . .
By far the most remarkable of the Hammurabi records is his code of laws, the earliest-known example of a ruler proclaiming publicly to his people an entire body of laws, arranged in orderly groups, so that all men might read and know what was required of them. The code was carved upon a black stone monument, eight feet high, and clearly intended to be reared in public view. This noted stone was found in the year 1901, not in Babylon, but in a city of the Persian mountains, to which some later conqueror must have carried it in triumph. It begins and ends with addresses to the gods. Even a law code was in those days regarded as a subject for prayer, though the prayers here are chiefly cursings of whoever shall neglect or destroy the law.
Over the last dozen years I made 13 trips to Baghdad to lobby the government to keep CNN's Baghdad bureau open and to arrange interviews with Iraqi leaders. Each time I visited, I became more distressed by what I saw and heard — awful things that could not be reported because doing so would have jeopardized the lives of Iraqis, particularly those on our Baghdad staff.
The Pentagon contract given without competition to a Halliburton subsidiary to fight oil well fires in Iraq is worth as much as $7 billion over two years, according to a letter from the Army Corps of Engineers that was released today.
The wider global impact of this war was spelled out by North Korea's foreign ministry this week. "The Iraqi war shows," it declared, with unerring logic, "that to allow disarmament through inspections does not help avert a war, but rather sparks it", concluding that "only a tremendous military deterrent force" can prevent attacks on states the US dislikes.
A trailer for Revolutions will follow the END of the credits for Reloaded (the credits are about 8 minutes long). The Brothers insisted on this - despite studio worries that the audience won't stick around (they knew that after word got out they'd have no problems getting the audience to wait).
This is the general pattern of the defeat of perma-net by nearly-net. In the context of any given system, perma-net is the pattern that makes communication ubiquitous. For a plane ride, the airphone is perma-net -- always available but always expensive -- while the cell phone is nearly-net, only intermittently connected but cheap and under the user's control.
I am not the mind. I know this to be fact. The mind consists of nothing but thoughts. I am aware of these thoughts. Anything I am aware of must necessarily be an "object" to my "subject". As the old saying goes, "the eye cannot see itself". So, therefore, if I am aware of my thoughts, if I can "observe" them, then what is doing the observing? The immediate answer which comes to mind is "me". What, then, is this "me" if not the mind? The soul? What is that? Definitions please. Consciousness? Sentience? What are these but words which attempt to give a name to that which cannot have a name?
This knowledge of what I am not has been with me so long now I hardly ever think of it. Life is something that happens to me. I appear to witness events as they occur. I am not in control, for there is no-one to be "in control". I have analyzed my existence a thousand times and every time have come up with zero evidence of anything except formlessness. What is there of permanence? My cells die and are replaced by new cells. These cells themselves are merely vibrations of energy. What is this energy? How is the energy that makes up my cells different from the energy that makes up the cells of this chair I sit upon? If I am to believe the physicists, an atom of carbon in my body is no different to an atom of carbon in this chair. What makes me think this carbon is "mine" and the other carbon is not? Where do I start and the chair begin? My eyes and the rest of my senses tell me that "I" end at my skin, but can these senses be trusted? Are they not dull? A skin cell viewed through a quantum microscope looks very different than when viewed by the naked eye.
I am that which has no name. Isn't that what the tetragrammaton was invented for? To give "That-Which-Has-No-Name" a name?
The new ANIMATRIX short is live! DETECTIVE STORY - it's pretty impressive. I don't really get into anime (surprisingly to me, maybe I should give it more time), but this is simply stunning. The imagery is hypnotizing and the rendering of Trinity is... well... cool.
A coming era of personalized genetic medicine, breakthroughs that radically extend the human lifespan, nanomedicine, and the merger of our biological species with our own technology were among the future visions presented at TIME's "The Future of Life" conference.
Still reading "Snow Crash", became interested in the tetragrammaton and the commonalities between the Genesis story of The Garden of Eden and the Sumerian story of Adapa, who was tricked out of immortality by the gods telling him the bread and waters of life were those of death. This site contains part of the story. I've always been fascinated with the way that that the myths, stories and legends contained in the Old and New Testaments were adapted from earlier myths from the region.