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Old 07-17-2009, 10:40 AM   #1851
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SOLDIER REFUSES TO DEPLOY TO AFGHANISTAN ON ORDER OF FOREIGN BORN PRESIDENT, U.S. ARMY REVOKES ORDER RATHER THAN FORCE THE ISSUE IN COURT

Via: Ledger Enquirer:

A federal judge this morning dismissed the suit filed here by a U.S. Army reservist who says he shouldn’t have to go to Afghanistan because he believes Barack Obama was never eligible to be president.

Judge Clay Land sided with the defense, which claimed in its response to Maj. Stefan Frederick Cook’s suit, filed July 8 with the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia, that Cook’s suit is “moot” in that he already has been told he doesn’t have to go to Afghanistan, so the relief he is seeking has been granted.

“Federal court only has authority of actual cases and controversies,” Land said. “The entire action is dismissed for lack of subject matter jurisdiction.”

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Public Menace Exxon Sabotaged Oil Wells
July 17th, 2009

Via: Bloomberg:

Exxon Mobil Corp., the largest U.S. oil company, may be fined more than $1 billion for “malicious” sabotage of wells to prevent other producers from tapping fields it no longer wanted, the Texas General Land Office said.

Jerry Patterson, commissioner of the land office that oversees oil leases that help fund Texas schools, asked the Texas Railroad Commission to conduct hearings into an alleged 1990s program at Exxon Mobil of plugging abandoned wells with trash, sludge, explosives and cement plugs. The barriers made it impossible for other producers to revive the wells, Patterson said in a statement he gave to Bloomberg News yesterday.
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Huge Blob of Arctic Goo
July 17th, 2009

Update: Algae

Via: Anchorage Daily News:

A sample of the giant black mystery blob that Wainwright hunters discovered this month floating in the Chukchi Sea has been identified.



It looks to be a stringy batch of algae. Not bunker oil seeping from an aging, sunken ship. Not a sea monster.

“We got the results back from the lab today,” said Ed Meggert of the Department of Environmental Conservation in Fairbanks. “It was marine algae.”
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Old 07-17-2009, 10:45 AM   #1854
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Exxon Spending $600 Million on Algae Based Biofuel Research
July 14th, 2009

Mmm hmm.

Via: New York Times:

The oil giant Exxon Mobil, whose chief executive once mocked alternative energy by referring to ethanol as “moonshine,” is about to venture into biofuels.

On Tuesday, Exxon plans to announce an investment of $600 million in producing liquid transportation fuels from algae — organisms in water that range from pond scum to seaweed. The biofuel effort involves a partnership with Synthetic Genomics, a biotechnology company founded by the genomics pioneer J. Craig Venter.

The agreement could plug a major gap in the strategy of Exxon, the world’s largest and richest publicly traded oil company, which has been criticized by environmental groups for dismissing concerns about global warming in the past and its reluctance to develop renewable fuels.

Despite the widely publicized “moonshine” remark a few years ago by Exxon’s chairman and chief executive, Rex W. Tillerson, the company has spent several years exploring various fuel alternatives, according to one of its top research officials.

“We literally looked at every option we could think of, with several key parameters in mind,” said Emil Jacobs, vice president for research and development at Exxon’s research and engineering unit. “Scale was the first. For transportation fuels, if you can’t see whether you can scale a technology up, then you have to question whether you need to be involved at all.”

He added, “I am not going to sugarcoat this — this is not going to be easy.” Any large-scale commercial plants to produce algae-based fuels are at least 5 to 10 years away, Dr. Jacobs said.

Exxon’s sincerity and commitment will almost certainly be questioned by its most galvanized environmentalist critics, especially when compared with the company’s extraordinary profits from petroleum in recent years.
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Power Sockets Can be Used to Eavesdrop on What People Type on a Computer
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Gore: U.S. Climate Bill Will Help Bring About ‘Global Governance’
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Record-breaking solar cells are tailored to their location
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13 Most Unfortunate Personal Names for their Jobs

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Physicists Propose Scheme for Teleporting Light Beams

(PhysOrg.com) -- Usually when physicists talk about quantum teleportation, they're referring to the transfer of quantum states from one particle to another without a physical link. Now, physicists have investigated a slightly different form of teleportation, in which they teleport a quantum field, or an entire beam of light, from one location to another. This kind of "strong" teleportation is required for some quantum information applications, and could lead to the teleportation of quantum images.
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MDMA and Psychology



Healing Severe Trauma with MDMA

Psychologist Andrew Feldmár and psychiatrist Doctor Ingrid Pacey hope to be the first Canadians ever granted a permit to import MDMA into the country for use in a clinical trial. The pair will examine the effectiveness of the drug, combined with psychotherapy, in treating PTSD.

“What we are trying to show is that even a few sessions with MDMA as an adjunct to therapy will make a huge difference in lowering the scores that measure [patients’] degrees of post-traumatic stress,” explained Feldmár.

“Antidepressants like Paxil and Zoloft don’t work,” he said. “In fact, the people we want [for the study] are the people who’ve tried antidepressants and found they haven’t worked for them.”

Feldmár and Pacey believe that MDMA, when combined with a program of psychotherapy, can succeed where antidepressants have failed. To prove it, they will treat twelve patients over a four-month period.

MDMA is currently being used to treat American soldiers suffering from PTSD as well.

And yet America is still forced to live under the RAVE Act.
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"In 1977 Patricia Renick mounted an extraordinary solo exhibition at Cincinnati’s Contemporary Arts Center. The exhibit comprised one exceptional sculpture crafted of fiberglass and built on the frame of a Vietnam era U.S. Army OH6A/Cayuse helicopter."
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105 Examples of How 8 Essential Technologies Have Evolved

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In Utah, a modern-day caveman has lived for the better part of a decade on zero dollars a day. People used to think he was crazy

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Wednesday, July 22. 2009
A woven crop circle - too complex to be manmade?

An impressive crop circle appeared near Alton Barnes in Wiltshire on 14th July, with a relatively simple shape but an impressive woven design (something similar appeared in Ohio in 2005), you can see more on the field reports, including this description by Mike Callahan:

When I looked into the circle my first thoughts were that it was a mess. I was mistaken as on closer inspection of the lay the pattern was actually quite fascinating and well done. There were ‘stripes’ going from one end to the other and the direction of the lay alternated with each stripe. The distance between each stripe varied and was not consistent. Sometimes it is about 1.5m – 2.0 m, sometimes more. Between each stripe were the ‘chevrons’. These too, alternatively changed direction going across the circle. The overall effect was an intriguing weaving pattern.






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US car dealer offers free Kalashnikov with every purchase
A Missouri car dealer has taken a novel approach to combating the fall in US vehicle sales by offering a free Kalashnikov assault rifle with every truck, whether new or used.

Mark Muller, whose business slogan is "God, Guns, Guts, and American Pick-Up Trucks", said he had been overwhelmed by the response.

"It's extremely successful. There is a lot of worry about crime, we have a methamphetamine problem around here and people just want to protect themselves," said the boss of Max Motors near Kansas City. "And what could be better than supporting American products in these troubled times?"

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An Iranian Perspective: What You Need to Know About Iran So That You Can Filter Out The Noise

It is crucial to know the following facts about Iran to be able to understand its relationship with the United States and its significance on the geopolitical landscape, as well as being able to engage in any productive discussion about the current situation:

1) In 2007 US Congress approved $400 million for the CIA to destabilize Iran — “Late last year (2007), Congress agreed to a request from President Bush to fund a major escalation of covert operations against Iran, according to current and former military, intelligence, and congressional sources. These operations, for which the President sought up to four hundred million dollars, were described in a Presidential Finding signed by Bush, and are designed to destabilize the country’s religious leadership. The covert activities involve support of the minority Ahwazi Arab and Baluchi groups and other dissident organizations. They also include gathering intelligence about Iran’s suspected nuclear-weapons program.”




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The National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty (NLCHP) has a released a report detailing a growing trend in U.S. cities: the criminalization of homelessness. How do places make life (more) miserable for the shelter-less? Via "quality of life" laws making it illegal to sleep, eat, or sit in public spaces. Even as the ranks of the homeless have swelled over the last year or so of recession and foreclosures, the number of anti-loitering regulations in U.S. cities has shot upwards. Of course, people often don't have a choice about sleeping or wandering outside; most cities and towns don't have adequate shelter space or affordable housing to meet demand.

So, where are America's most homeless-hostile cities? Seven out of the top ten are located in California or Florida, with Los Angeles taking the number one spot, followed by St. Petersburg and Orlando, FL; Atlanta; and Gainesville, FL. So, if you're riding the rails, you may want to steer clear of those towns and try Milwaukee or something.

http://www.nlchp.org/news.cfm?id=1
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GlobalPost has a fascinating photo series documenting the popular worship of St. Death in Mexico's toughest barrios. A mixture of Catholic and Aztec religious elements, Santa Muerte, often depicted as a skeletal reaper cloaked in a tunic, has an increasingly large religious following in Mexico. The nation's most famous St. Death alter is found in Tepito, a portion of Mexico City ruled by drug cartels that control who enters or leaves the neighborhood, including the police. Gang members and ordinary citizens pray at the alter, and worshipers will crawl for miles on bloodied knees before breaking into tears upon reaching it. Tales abound of reformed former gang members who renounced their lives of crime in order to devote themselves to Death worship.


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Hillary Clinton: ‘CFR Tells Government What It Should Be Doing’



Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s opening remarks during her speech to the Council on Foreign Relations yesterday will have done little to dampen accusations that the elitist CFR pulls the strings of the U.S. government.

Clinton effectively said that she was happy the CFR had created an outpost in Washington DC because it meant she did not have to travel as far to get her orders.

Here’s the full quote, according to the official transcript.

“I am delighted to be here in these new headquarters. I have been often to, I guess, the mother ship in New York City, but it’s good to have an outpost of the Council right here down the street from the State Department.”

“We get a lot of advice from the Council, so this will mean I won’t have as far to go to be told what we should be doing and how we should think about the future.”

Clinton’s admission that the CFR tells the government what it should be doing is somewhat more concrete an influence than the mere “talking shop” perfunctory role that apologists claim the CFR assumes.
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Kyohei Sakaguchi was walking along a riverside in Tokyo when he spotted a homeless man's amazing makeshift shelter, complete with solar panels. Luckily, the man allowed him to survey the house and make blueprints. Compact, cute, and carbon-neutral, this seems like the future. Choose a tarp color for yours.
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Big Brother Amazon Remotely Deletes Purchased Copies of 1984 and Animal Farm From Thousands of Kindles



Amazon basically guaranteed that I'll never buy a Kindle last night by bending to the wishes of a publisher and deleting every single legitimately-purchased copy of 1984 and Animal Farm from all Kindles remotely. Ridiculous.

Apparently, the publisher changed its mind about having electronic versions of Orwell's books. So Amazon removed them from the store and in the process remotely deleted the books from the Kindles of anyone who bought them, depositing a refund in their account in the process.

If there's a better argument for dead-tree books and against the Kindle, I'd like to know what it is. If you can't be sure that you own something after you pay for it, what's the point? How many people were halfway through these books that they paid for and now are **** out of luck?

Amazon says this is a "rarity," but even once is too many times for bull**** like this to happen. Once I buy a book from Barnes & Noble, I never have to worry about them breaking into my house and taking it back, leaving me a pile of singles on my nightstand.

And of course the fact that this happened to 1984, of all books, makes this even more surreal. [NY Times via Boing Boing]
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