Department of Homeland Security Visits Cryptogon, Again

The DHS user conducted the following Google search: sean gorman map.

Cryptogon has covered the Sean Gorman situation from the beginning, so my site is near the top of the pile.

Raw Apache log entry: - - [30/Jul/2004:13:53:21 -0600] "GET /2003_07_06_blogarchive.html HTTP/1.1" 200 64629 "" "Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1; .NET CLR 1.0.3705)"

President Bush Smacked Up on Powerful Psychiatric Drugs :.

President George W. Bush is taking powerful anti-depressant drugs to control his erratic behavior, depression and paranoia, Capitol Hill Blue has learned.

The prescription drugs, administered by Col. Richard J. Tubb, the White House physician, can impair the President's mental faculties and decrease both his physical capabilities and his ability to respond to a crisis, administration aides admit privately.

"It's a double-edged sword," says one aide. "We can't have him flying off the handle at the slightest provocation but we also need a President who is alert mentally."
Angry Bush walked away from reporter's questions.

Tubb prescribed the anti-depressants after a clearly-upset Bush stormed off stage on July 8, refusing to answer reporters' questions about his relationship with indicted Enron executive Kenneth J. Lay.

"Keep those motherfuckers away from me," he screamed at an aide backstage. "If you can't, I'll find someone who can."

Bush Campaigner: Unhappy Workers Should Take Prozac :.

A campaign worker for President Bush said on Thursday American workers unhappy with low-quality jobs should find new ones -- or pop a Prozac to make themselves feel better.

"Why don't they get new jobs if they're unhappy -- or go on Prozac?" said Susan Sheybani, an assistant to Bush campaign spokesman Terry Holt.

The comment was apparently directed to a colleague who was transferring a phone call from a reporter asking about job quality, and who overheard the remark.

When told the Prozac comment had been overheard, Sheybani said: "Oh, I was just kidding."

While recent employment growth has buoyed Bush's economic record, Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry has argued the new jobs are not as good as those lost due to outsourcing in recent years.

Nearly 1.1 million jobs have been lost since Bush took office in January 2001.

Related: Eli Lilly, Zyprexa & The Bush Family: The Diseasing Of Our Malaise

IRS Says Americans' Income Shrank for Two Consecutive Years :.

If you plot tax revenue on one line and the federal budget deficit and national debt obligations on another line, what you would see is two lines going in opposite directions; the tax revenue line headed down, the debt line headed up. You might call this chart, "The Curves of Doom."

And what has happened since 2002 (the most recent year from which data is available)? That's when offshoring really started to pick up pace. So, since 2002, you have seen hundreds of thousands of high paying jobs permanently eliminated in the U.S. and sent abroad to cheaper labor centers. And what about job creation in the U.S.? Get those hair nets and nametags ready, boys and girls, because it's mostly minimum wage service jobs that have emerged:

The overall income Americans reported to the government shrank for two consecutive years after the Internet stock market bubble burst in 2000, the first time that has effectively happened since the modern tax system was introduced during World War II, newly disclosed information from the Internal Revenue Service shows.

Adjusted for inflation, the income of all Americans fell 9.2 percent from 2000 to 2002, according to the new I.R.S. data.

Disaster at Sea: Global Warming Hits UK Birds :.

Hundreds of thousands of Scottish seabirds have failed to breed this summer in a wildlife catastrophe which is being linked by scientists directly to global warming.

The massive unprecedented collapse of nesting attempts by several seabird species in Orkney and Shetland is likely to prove the first major impact of climate change on Britain.

In what could be a sub-plot from the recent disaster movie, The Day After Tomorrow, a rise in sea temperature is believed to have led to the mysterious disappearance of a key part of the marine food chain - the sandeel, the small fish whose great teeming shoals have hitherto sustained larger fish, marine mammals and seabirds in their millions.

Google Rejects Paid Advertising from Cryptome :.

Don't feel bad, John. Google rejected paid advertising from me two years ago.

From Google's letter to John Young, of Cryptome:

Hello John,

Thank you for your interest in Google AdSense. Our program specialists review all websites for a variety of criteria. These include, but are not limited to, site content, clear navigation, and the site's potential value to the AdSense program and the user experience.

We have reviewed your site and found that many of the ads that would appear on your site would not be relevant to your site's content. As the ads would not provide a valuable experience for your site's users or our advertisers, we feel that your site isn't a good fit for the AdSense program at this time.

OPEC is Pumping Oil at More than 95% of Capacity :.

Hint: "More than 95% of capacity" means 100%. So, if oil output is at "More than 95% of capacity" right now, how is increased demand going to be met? HAHA!

Not long to wait now:

OPEC is pumping at more than 95 percent of capacity, the highest for a quarter of a century, giving it little room for maneuver in an emergency.



Record high.


Oil prices pushed toward fresh 21-year highs on Wednesday after bailiffs ordered beleaguered Russian oil giant Yukos to stop sales, threatening further strain on tight international supplies.

The news intensified concerns over the lack of spare capacity in the international oil system, as the OPEC cartel pumps at its highest level for a quarter of a century to meet strong global demand growth.

U.S. light crude rose 52 cents to a new 8-week high of $42.36 a barrel, just nine cents below early June's 21-year high. London Brent crude rose 51 cents to $39.05 a barrel.

Florida Officials: Some Voting Records Wiped Out :.

HAHA! Make sure to wear your Bozo outfit if you show up to vote in this upcoming scam of an election:

A computer crash erased detailed records from Miami-Dade County's first widespread use of touchscreen voting machines, raising again the specter of election troubles in Florida, where the new technology was supposed to put an end to such problems.

The crashes occurred in May and November of 2003, erasing information from the September 2002 gubernatorial primaries and other elections, elections officials said Tuesday.

Study: Hospital Errors Are the 6th Leading Cause of Death :.

As many as 195,000 people a year could be dying in U.S. hospitals because of easily prevented errors, a company said Tuesday in an estimate that doubles previous figures.

Lakewood, Colorado-based HealthGrades Inc. said its data covers all 50 states and is more up-to-date than a 1999 study from the Institute of Medicine that said 98,000 people a year die from medical errors.

"The HealthGrades study shows that the IOM report may have underestimated the number of deaths due to medical errors, and, moreover, that there is little evidence that patient safety has improved in the last five years," said Dr. Samantha Collier, vice president of medical affairs at the company.

"If the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's annual list of leading causes of death included medical errors, it would show up as number six, ahead of diabetes, pneumonia, Alzheimer's disease and renal disease," Collier said.


Children to Get Vaccinations Against Drug Addiction :.

Again, it's a good thing, for everyone involved, that I don't have kids:

A radical scheme to vaccinate children against future drug addiction is being considered by ministers, The Independent on Sunday can reveal.

Under the plans, doctors would immunise children at risk of becoming smokers or drug users with an injection. The scheme could operate in a similar way to the current nationwide measles, mumps and rubella vaccination programme.

Childhood immunisation would provide adults with protection from the euphoria that is experienced by users, making drugs such as heroin and cocaine pointless to take. Such vaccinations are being developed by pharmaceutical companies and are due to hit the market within two years.

U.S. Army Special Operations Command Visits Cryptogon

Greetings, gentlemen. Don't you have better things to do than read Cryptogon??? Like organizing the antics of the Black Watch Anarchists for the upcoming Democratic National Convention? Hint: Any student of counterinsurgency knows that you guys are behind that nonsense. 22 Jul 2004 - 13:08 20 Jul 2004 - 11:38

U.S. Military Deployed in Boston for Democratic National Convention :.

Even though I have become numb to the absurdity that has enveloped this society, some of these stories shock even me. Overt fascism is operating at full force, and hardly anyone even noticed, cared or said a word about it:

With the Democratic National Convention festivities just hours away, law enforcement officials began final preparations Sunday for what was expected to be the largest security effort in convention history.

"These next few hours certainly will be important as different units and agencies are settling into their roles," Massachusetts State Police Sgt. David Paine said Sunday. "But it's nothing new to these people. They're ready."

The epicenter of the security was the FleetCenter, where the four-day convention will be held. Camouflaged military police officers staked out the elevated subway lines overlooking the Fleet, while bomb-sniffing dogs and officers roamed nearby streets.

Metal barricades, about 7-feet high, were placed along some of the nearby streets to block and direct foot traffic.

A designated protest zone set up near the Fleet was empty - except for a handful of journalists trying to hunt down demonstrators.


U.S. Army Works with Boston Police to Create "Free Speech Zone" :.

Beg the cops to let you wave your sign. Pack into a cage like rats and have your protest:

The area, with a small stage, is surrounded on three sides by a wire fence with razor wire on top. A dozen U.S. Army troops joined Boston police inspecting the space Saturday.


Bigger Breasts Offered as Perk to U.S. Soldiers :.

BE ALL THAT YOU CAN BE, with fake tits:

The US army has long lured recruits with the slogan "Be All You Can Be", but now soldiers and their families can receive plastic surgery, including breast enlargements, on the taxpayers' dime.

The New Yorker magazine reports in its July 26th edition that members of all four branches of the US military can get face-lifts, breast enlargements, liposuction and nose jobs for free – something the military says helps surgeons practice their skills.

"Anyone wearing a uniform is eligible," Bob Lyons, chief of plastic surgery at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio told the magazine, which said soldiers needed the approval of their commanding officers to get the time off.

Code 46 :.

Code 46 is a love story set in an eerily possible near-future where cities are heavily controlled and only accessible through checkpoints. People cannot travel unless they have "papelles," a special travel insurance. Outside cities, the desert has taken over and shanty towns are jammed with non-citizens – people without papelles whose lives are severely restricted.

Related: The Manchurian Candidate

Sickening ABC News Piece Lauds Implantable Microchips :.

I can't believe this is an actual news piece. HAHA! You won't believe this. They're announcing it on network television. Who needs Cryptogon when stuff like this in on the nightly news!?

Hint: All is lost.


Terrorist's Handbook :.

A SECRET dossier of police plans to prevent terror attacks at Heathrow has been handed to The Sun.

But the plans intended to PROTECT Heathrow actually give terrorists a step-by-step guide to ATTACKING it.

The plans — recovered by The Sun after an appalling security blunder — reveal details of sites best suited to launching strikes against aircraft.

They also give away confidential information about police measures including the times of patrols, deployment of rooftop snipers and use of dog units.

And they include key facts about attackers’ potential escape routes, evacuation plans and road closures.

The secret files handed to The Sun were drafted by security chiefs only last month to guard the airport from attack.


Bush: U.S. Probes Possible Iran Links to 9/11 :.

Believe it or not:

U.S. President George W. Bush says Washington is investigating whether Tehran played a role in the September 11 attacks, and has accused Iran of harboring members of al Qaeda.

The U.S. commission investigating the attacks is expected to charge in its final report that several of the hijackers passed through Iran ahead of the attacks.

"As to direct connections to September 11, we're digging into the facts to determine if there was one," Bush said on Monday.

Illegal Dildos in Texas :.

To most people they are marital aids or sex toys, but in prudish Texas police take a less relaxed view.

Officers posing as a couple arrested a businesswoman for selling two "obscene devices", accusing her of violating the state's obscenity laws.

The police said Joanne Webb was breaking the code, which defines an obscene device as "a simulated sexual organ or an item designed to stimulate the genitals".

Adult stores in Texas get around the law with signs saying "sold only as novelties".

Had Ms Webb been convicted she could have spent a year in jail. But a judge dismissed the charges after nationwide attention and claims by her lawyers that they were a waste of court time.


CIA Visits Cryptogon, Again...

A user at CIA conducted the following Google search: Seisint Reed Elsevier. - - [14/Jul/2004:14:10:59 -0600] "GET /2003_11_23_blogarchive.html HTTP/1.0" 200 52928 "" "Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 4.0)

That is all.

U.S. Department of Homeland Security Visits Cryptogon

Well, I knew that would happen, eventually. When I checked the logs, though, I was surprised to see what They were looking at.

Remember the weird story about the booklet that was dropped in front of my house? Apparently, Kevin Harris dropped his little publication on the wrong doorstep (or doorsteps), and someone (or someones) freaked out and called the Feds: - - [16/Jul/2004:14:26:07 -0600] "GET /2004_05_02_blogarchive.html HTTP/1.1" 200 89961 "" "Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.0; DHSI60SP1001)"

To those of you who don't read raw Apache log entries, the DHS user conducted the following Google search: the pricker kevin harris.

Guess who has the top result on Google? That's right. * bow *

1984: Boston :.

An unprecedented number of video cameras will be trained on Boston during the Democratic National Convention, with Boston police installing some 30 cameras near the FleetCenter, the Coast Guard using infrared devices and night-vision cameras in the harbor, and dozens of pieces of surveillance equipment mounted on downtown buildings to monitor crowds for terrorists, unruly demonstrators, and ordinary street crime.

For the first time, 75 high-tech video cameras operated by the federal government will be linked into a surveillance network to monitor the Central Artery, City Hall Plaza, the FleetCenter, and other sensitive sites. Their feeds from cameras mounted on various downtown buildings will be piped to monitoring stations in the Boston area and in Washington, D.C., and officials will be able to zoom in from their work stations to gather details of facial descriptions or read license plates.

With Boston Harbor just a few steps from the arena, the Coast Guard will be using its new "hawkeye system" -- in place in one other port in the nation -- to watch area waterways. The network of infrared imaging, radar, and cameras that operate in both day and night conditions will give security officials a real-time picture of the harbor, and provide agencies an early warning if an unexpected ship enters area waters.

An unspecified number of State Police cameras are also being installed, and more than 100 previously existing MBTA cameras will be used to monitor area subway and bus stations. Law enforcement officials will have as-needed access to as many as 900 cameras that have been operated for months or years by the Massachusetts Port Authority, the state Highway Department, and the Big Dig.

Civil libertarians warn that the latest technology will be used to scare away protesters and others exercising their rights under the First Amendment. The critics complain that there are few state and federal laws regulating the use of video surveillance in public places.

"What this demonstrates is that '1984' is now technologically possible," said Barry Steinhardt, director of the American Civil Liberties Union's Technology and Liberty Program, referring to George Orwell's vision of an all-seeing totalitarian state. "This is really a situation where we are really being asked to blindly trust the government. There is no oversight of this. There are no safeguards."

Hourly Pay in U.S. Not Keeping Pace with Price Rises :.

The amount of money workers receive in their paychecks is failing to keep up with inflation. Though wages should recover if businesses continue to hire, three years of job losses have left a large worker surplus.

Satellites Will Track 5,000 Criminals in Britain :.

Satellite technology will be used to track 5,000 career criminals who are responsible for one in every 10 crimes in Britain, the Home Secretary David Blunkett will announce tomorrow.

The radical new technology, which has been developed in the US, will enable law enforcement officers to pinpoint the exact location of criminals who have been released early from prison and fitted with electronic tags.

It will feature among a series of measures in a five-year plan to tackle burgeoning violent crime and antisocial behaviour. Home Office figures released next week will show police forces recording rises as high as 25 per cent.

A Home Office source said: "We are the largest users of tagging outside the US and we will continue to do this. We will introduce satellite tracing for prolific offenders as well as for domestic violence and sex offenders."


Video Games Based on Ghetto Life :.

Impressing degenerate, crap culture on youth:

One of the dominating themes at this year's E3 was what many dubbed the "thugging" of the games industry. Alongside the expected and the predictable, the sequels and the remakes, an inordinate amount of emphasis had been placed on urban and hip-hop themes in games. Whether it was established franchises morphing into more streetwise versions of their former selves or new franchises emerging wearing their hip-hop influences on their sleeves, it was clear that the urban lifestyle is being embraced by developers and publishers alike.

Terrorist Photo Students :.

Ian Spiers had just hours to finish an assignment for his photography class. He was taking shots of a railroad bridge near the Ballard Locks when an officer with a German shepherd approached him, asked him what he was doing and requested some ID.

Later, he was questioned and photographed by a Homeland Security agent.

It was the second time in less than two months that Spiers had been questioned about taking pictures of a landmark that attracts hundreds of tourists a day, many of whom snap photos of the ships passing between Lake Union and Elliott Bay.

A growing number of photographers around the country have been similarly rousted in recent years as they've tried to take pictures of federal buildings and other major public works, said Donald Winslow, editor of the National Press Photographers Association's magazine.

"We've seen the constant erosion of our civil liberties amid this cry for homeland security by doing things that have an appearance of making us safe, but in reality it's a sham," Winslow said. "No one showed up at the World Trade Center and took photographs from nine different angles before they flew planes into it."

The morning of May 26, Spiers explained he was a photography student at a community college, showed a copy of his assignment, then asked the officer if he was legally obligated to show his ID.

The officer said no and walked away. But soon after, several armed officers approached him, including three from the Seattle Police Department and three from the federal Homeland Security Department.


Mossad Agent Caught Shipping Explosives to Al Queda :.

How do you like dem' Apples?

Philippine National Police (PNP) operatives apprehended an Israeli, Mera Doutvsky, suspected to be a member of the al-Qaeda terror network in in Baguio City on June 7.

Saddam 2.0: Allawi Executed Inmates :.

U.S. appoints psychopath to "lead" Iraq:

Iyad Allawi, the new Prime Minister of Iraq, pulled a pistol and executed as many as six suspected insurgents at a Baghdad police station, just days before Washington handed control of the country to his interim government, according to two people who allege they witnessed the killings.

They say the prisoners - handcuffed and blindfolded - were lined up against a wall in a courtyard adjacent to the maximum-security cell block in which they were held at the Al-Amariyah security centre, in the city's south-western suburbs.

They say Dr Allawi told onlookers the victims had each killed as many as 50 Iraqis and they "deserved worse than death".

The Prime Minister's office has denied the entirety of the witness accounts in a written statement to the Herald, saying Dr Allawi had never visited the centre and he did not carry a gun.

But the informants told the Herald that Dr Allawi shot each young man in the head as about a dozen Iraqi policemen and four Americans from the Prime Minister's personal security team watched in stunned silence.

Plankton Cool Off with Own Clouds :.

Phytoplankton may be small, but that doesn't mean they can't do big things -- like change the weather to suit their needs.

A recent study funded by NASA's Earth Science Department shows that the tiny sea plants release high quantities of cloud-forming compounds on days when the sun's harmful ultraviolet rays are especially strong. The compounds evaporate into the air through a series of chemical processes that result in especially reflective clouds. This, in turn, blocks the radiation from bothering the phytoplankton.

The findings not only confirm earlier theories that plankton are linked to the creation of clouds above the ocean but could also lead to a better understanding of how living things affect the Earth's climate.


Hookers Mass in New York for GOP Convention :.

Family values:

With thousands of Republicans set to invade the city this summer, high-priced escorts and strippers are preparing for one grand old party.

Agencies are flying in extra call girls from around the globe to meet the expected demand during the Aug. 30-Sept. 2 gathering at Madison Square Garden.

"We have girls from London, Seattle, California, all coming in for that week," said a madam at a Manhattan escort service. "It's the week everyone wants to work."

"It's going to be big," agreed one operator at a midtown escort service.

Charging from $300 to upwards of $1,000 for an hour of companionship and a whole lot more, escorts said they can always count on conventioneers for big business.

'Mossad Agents' Jailed in Fake New Zealand Passport Scandal :.

More on Israeli criminal activity:

The prime minister of New Zealand angrily denounced Israel and imposed diplomatic sanctions on it after two suspected Mossad agents were jailed for six months for trying on false grounds to obtain a New Zealand passport.

The plot, which involved obtaining a passport in the name of a tetraplegic man who had not spoken in years, provoked a furious reaction yesterday.

"The breach of New Zealand laws and sovereignty by agents of the Israeli government has seriously strained our relationship with Israel," said the prime minister, Helen Clark.

"This type of behaviour is unacceptable internationally by any country. It is a sorry indictment of Israel that it has again taken such actions against a country with which it has friendly relations."

High-level visits between the two countries will be cancelled, visa restrictions imposed for Israeli officials, and an expected visit to New Zealand by Moshe Katsov, the Israeli president, later this year has been cancelled.

Ms Clark said Israel had ignored requests made three months ago for an explanation and an apology.


Chip Implanted in Mexico Judicial Workers :.

Well, well, well.... Here we go:

Security has reached the subcutaneous level for Mexico's attorney general and at least 160 people in his office - they have been implanted with microchips that get them access to secure areas of their headquarters.

It's a pioneering application of a technology that is widely used in animals but not in humans.

Mexico's top federal prosecutors and investigators began receiving chip implants in their arms in November in order to get access to restricted areas inside the attorney general's headquarters, said Antonio Aceves, general director of Solusat, the company that distributes the microchips in Mexico.

Attorney General Rafael Macedo de la Concha and 160 of his employees were implanted at a cost to taxpayers of $150 for each rice grain-sized chip.

More are scheduled to get "tagged" in coming months, and key members of the Mexican military, the police and the office of President Vicente Fox might follow suit, Aceves said. Fox's office did not immediately return a call seeking comment.


Attention, Shoppers: You Can Now Speed Straight Through Checkout Lines! :.

I'm not kidding, this is the actual tagline from the story in Wired:

Radio-frequency chips are retail nirvana. They're the end of privacy. They're the mark of the beast. Inside the tag-and-track supermarket of the future.


It's always for the children. How can you be against anything that's for the children?

I find it interesting that this is being done in Japan. Japan is, to many in the West, a "free an open" society. In actuality, however, Japan has a profoundly fascistic and highly regimented society. Japanese fascism is subtle, almost elegant in its appearance. Japanese fascism is the model by which all other implementations of fascism must be rated. The reason for this is because Japanese individuals (resident of Japan, not necessarily people of Japanese decent living elsewhere) are essentially bred to comply with systemic and cultural norms that insure system maintenance. Japanese fascists enjoy a militaristic following from their subjects. For example, it is not uncommon for Japanese workers to die from service to their corporations. Karoshi is a Japanese term that means, "death from overwork."

As I've said before, the brainwashing of children is key to any system of fascism. Therefore, it makes perfect sense that Japan, a state with one of the purest expressions of fascism (if not the most overt), would be the first to carry out RFID indoctrination of its children. The U.S. is implementing biometric surveillance and access control in schools, but it is chipping that will ultimately be used because the RFID technology allows for the automatic tracking of individuals anywhere an RFID reader can be installed; subway stations, supermarkets, movie theaters, libraries, etc.

Look for implantation soon. Perhaps the argument will be made that a child could be saved from a kidnapper if the chip was implanted. Under the "backpack" system, the kidnapper simply has to discard the backpack. Obviously, this is just the beginning phase of the PSYOP to convince people to submit to microchip implantation.

I remember fifteen years ago when this type of discussion was just about as fringe as fringe could get. And now, gaze upon it:

The rights and wrongs of RFID-chipping human beings have been debated since the tracking tags reached the technological mainstream. Now, school authorities in the Japanese city of Osaka have decided the benefits outweigh the disadvantages and will now be chipping children in one primary school.

The tags will be read by readers installed in school gates and other key locations to track the kids' movements.

The chips will be put onto kids' schoolbags, name tags or clothing in one Wakayama prefecture school. Denmark's Legoland introduced a similar scheme last month to stop young children going astray.

RFID is more commonly found in supermarket and other retailers' supply chains, however, companies are now seeking more innovative ways to derive value from the tracking technology. US airline Delta recently announced it would be using RFID to track travellers' luggage.

Officials Discuss How to Delay Election Day :.

Get your bucket o' popcorn and your 64oz Big Gulp of sodeepop ready. This one is rated "R" for ridiculous. Let's see, a Bush appointed snake handler is in charge of figuring out how to postpone the election in the event of a terrorist attack? Oh sure. Why not? Can you imagine trying to make up nonsense like this!? You couldn't do it!

U.S. officials have discussed the idea of postponing Election Day in the event of a terrorist attack on or about that day, a Homeland Security Department spokesman said Sunday.

The department has referred questions about the matter to the Department of Justice's Office of Legal Counsel, said spokesman Brian Roehrkasse, confirming a report in this week's editions of Newsweek magazine.

Newsweek said the discussions about whether the November 2 election could be postponed started with a recent letter to Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge from DeForest Soaries Jr., chairman of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission.

The commission was set up after the disputed 2000 presidential vote to help states deal with logistical problems in their elections.

Soaries, who was appointed by President Bush, is a former New Jersey secretary of state and senior pastor of the 7,000-member First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens in Somerset.


Bush, Kerry and Kenny Boy

Bush and Kenny Boy

A clearly-rattled President George W. Bush walked out of a media briefing Thursday, refusing to answer questions about his close relationship with indicted Enron executive Kenneth Lay, a campaign benefactor Bush nicknamed "Kenny Boy" when the two were up-and-comers in Texas.

The President, visibly upset, stomped off the stage when reporters pressed him about his relationship with Lay and left White House press secretary Scott McClellan to deal with the questions.

It has been "quite some time" since Bush and Lay talked with each other, McClellan said Thursday, brushing off questions about whether the two were friends.

"He was a supporter in the past and he's someone that I would also point out has certainly supported Democrats and Republicans in the past," McClellan said.

Kerry and Kenny Boy

President Bush may know indicted ex-Enron boss Ken Lay as "Kenny Boy," but Sen. John F. Kerry and his millionaire wife also have past financial and personal ties to Lay's shamed energy firm, documents show.

Kerry and Teresa Heinz Kerry reported more than $250,000 in Enron stock ownership before the firm's 2003 collapse. Kerry also was forced to return a campaign contribution from an implicated Enron executive.

And Heinz Kerry served on a charity board with Lay, even after he was implicated in the alleged fraud, records show.

Kerry has railed against the Bush administration's handling of the Enron scandal on the campaign trail.


Society as Troglodyte Hell

The mistake we make---as informed and active individuals---is that we believe that others will "see the light" if they just knew what we knew.

This isn't the case.

The vast majority of people simply refuse to look. And many of those who do take the time and energy to delve deeper find that they want to quickly return to the warmth and comfort of their fictional belief systems that have been made real and tolerable by copious amounts of booze, television and profligate consumerism.

The Internet creates a fallacy, though, that activists and dissidents etc. are making a difference. In reality, the Internet allows people like us to find each other, interact and pat ourselves on the back. There are various self congratulatory articles, lots of emails of appreciation, posts to newsgroups, etc. What tangible effect does all of this have on core policies? Hmmm?

Are the elite quaking in their boots yet?

Don't hold your breath.

Much of this online nonsense is just another monkey trap that distracts us away from doing anything significant. It's just beating around the bush... After years of doing this, I have concluded that this amounts to nothing more than preaching to the choir. There's nothing wrong with that. It's an ok way to meet interesting people, etc. It just doesn't lead to any tangible shift in the policies that affect our lives the most. Political dissent, protests, and voting have about as much to do with affecting change as playing video games, watching football or sitting in traffic.

In 1984, George Orwell writes:

Being in a minority, even a minority of one, did not make you mad. There was truth and there was untruth, and if you clung to the truth even against the whole world, you were not mad.
The only hope for the individual is to create his or her own reality in spite of the fact that the rest of society has gone mad. Like-minded individuals must seek each other out, and provide for a common defense against the heirarchies that wish to kill or enslave them.

Society, in general, is a massive freight train that is heading toward oblivion at maximum speed. Those of us who know what is happening, and oppose it, have roughly the same capacity to stop that train as a bunch of ants meandering along the tracks.

The more I learn about this society, however, the more I ask myself, "Why would anyone want to stop this train?" At this point, I have as much contempt for the elite as I do for the fat, dumb troglodyte masses. It's abundantly clear that people, in general, want to be imprisoned; they want the ugly reality. Who am I to presume that it should be any other way? Lead, follow or get out of the way. <--- I'd focus primarily on that last option.

I have a different outlook now. More SUVs, WalMarts on every corner, dump your used motor oil into the sea and make parking lots out of all remaining open space. We don't have long to wait now, the end of the line is in sight, and to the conductor at the controls of this crazy train, I say:

"More coal, my man. More coal."

Related Story #1: Half of U.S. Shuns Literature

A report released yesterday by the US national endowment for the arts says the number of adults who read no literature increased by more than 17 million between 1992 and 2002.

It found that 47% of American adults read poems, plays or narrative fiction in 2002, a drop of seven percentage points from a decade earlier. Those reading any books at all in 2002 fell to 57%, from 61%.

The NEA chairman, Dana Gioia, said the findings were shocking.

"We have a lot of functionally literate people who are no longer engaged readers," Mr Gioia said. "This isn't a case of 'Johnny Can't Read', but 'Johnny Won't Read'.

"We're seeing an enormous cultural shift from print media to electronic media, and the unintended consequences of that shift."

A total of 89.9 million adults did not read books in 2002. The number of books bought in the US in 2003 was reported in May to have fallen by 23m from the year before, to 2.2 bn.

The NEA study was based on a survey of more than 17,000 adults. The drop in reading was widespread, but the fall was marked for adult men, of whom only 38% read literature, and Hispanics overall, for whom the figure was 26.5%.

The decline was especially severe among 18 to 24-year-olds. Only 43% had read any literature in 2002, down from 53% in 1992.

Related Story #2: Americans Object to Graphic War Images They Sought Online

Half of Americans object to the online availability of graphic war images, though millions have actively sought them out, a new study finds.

In a report released Thursday, the Pew Internet and American Life Project also found a major cultural divide: Men, Democrats and younger Americans were more likely to approve of having such images on the Web.

Television, newspapers and the Web sites of mainstream media outlets generally refrained from using the most graphic images of Iraqi prisoner abuses and the killings of Nicholas Berg and other Americans in Iraq.

But photos and even video could be readily found elsewhere, at anti-war sites, Web journals, the Drudge Report and discussion boards frequented by sympathizers of terror groups.

According to the study, 24 percent of adult Internet users, or 30 million people, have seen such graphic images online, and 28 percent of those people actively sought them out. That comes out to more than 8 million active seekers.

Yet overall, Americans disapprove of the postings by a margin of 49 percent to 40 percent. Another 4 percent say approval depends on circumstances, while the rest wouldn't say or have no opinion.

A third of the Americans who saw the images - some 10 million - regret doing so.

Sree Sreenivasan, a Columbia University online media professor who is not connected with the study, said Americans aren't always prepared for what they click, even though many links carry warnings about the images' graphic nature.

"Our experiences on the Internet are built upon experiences with previous media," he said. "What's graphic in most people's minds is a slasher movie or a Sopranos episode with a beheading. Those don't prepare you for how graphic (these images) could be."

Lee Rainie, director of the Pew study, said Americans generally embrace the principle that more information is better, "but once they encounter real-life applications of that principle, in many cases, they are unhappy." cloaked the more disturbing images with a black "curtain" carrying a warning before visitors click. But the most graphic images were left off the site entirely, consistent with NBC broadcast guidelines, said Dean Wright, the site's editor in chief.

"We want our Web site to be a place where the mainstream news consumer can feel safer," he said.

He said a small number of visitors complained that the site was censoring the reality of war, just as a small group complained that even the moderate images were too much. But he said visitors were overall happy with MSNBC's judgment calls.

Bush Military Records 'Destroyed' :.

Military records relating to George W Bush's National Guard service more than 30 years ago have been accidentally destroyed, the Pentagon has said.

The New York Times quoted an office of the department as saying the records were lost as staff tried to salvage deteriorating microfilm.


This Is What Happens When People Spawn Boys :.

My hat is off to this young man. Nice work:

Like any red-blooded, masculine man of the male gender, I love PVC weaponry. You should too. If the concept of heading on down to the local Home Depot and transforming $100 worth of random pipe bits into a killing machine doesn't appeal to you, you're a goddamn pansy. Also, you're probably sane and will live significantly longer than I will. Nonetheless you disgust me, and I take comfort in the knowledge that your obituary will be nowhere near as humorous as mine. For those of you who laugh in the face of hypersonic shards of plastic puncturing your spleen, here's an intimate look at how I've kept myself busy for the past week: building a PVC flamethrower.

Research Credit: JL

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Synthetic Biology May Spawn Biohackers :.

And then it was too late...

Design automation systems tailored to the task of genetic engineering could prove to be double-edged tools. While they represent a central thrust of the emerging synthetic biology movement, they also can lead to the accidental or deliberate creation of pathogenic biological components.

One expert in the field, Harvard University genetics professor George Church, compared the potential misuse of synthetic biological designs with the danger posed by nuclear weapons. But there is one important difference, in his view - it is much harder to build a fusion device than to genetically engineer a pathogen. And the complexity of biological processes also increases the danger of accidents.

The Future of Food: GMO-Food Foes Turn to Film :.

The new documentary, created by Deborah Koons Garcia, uses archival footage and interviews with farmers and agriculture experts to argue that GMO foods are jeopardizing our food safety. During the past 10 years, the film tells us, genetically engineered crops have infected our food supply and undermined cultivation methods that have been refined over thousands of years.

Coalition of the Billing :.

Once upon a time, politics by other means took the form of war between state-sponsored armies. Then along came the creeping tide of international terror, whose practitioners play by different rules. Terrorists have little use for top-heavy chains of command, cumbersome procurement procedures, and pesky government oversight. They eschew conventional rules of engagement and international codes like the Geneva Conventions. Faced with such an agile enemy, beleaguered states are turning to a force that operates under a similar lack of constraints: private military contractors. Once the hired guns settle into the trenches, though, it can be hard to get them to leave.

The role of private companies in Iraq has been widely reported. What hasn't gotten so much play is that, taken as a whole, contractors make up the second-largest armed force there, after the US military. Although this "army" is mostly on the Pentagon's payroll for now, it doesn't fly any flag or belong to any state. It's a multiethnic, for-profit, postnational force, and its sole agenda is to mind the bottom line. It has no incentive to stand down as long as there's money to be made. It's not afraid of terrorists, and whatever passes for an Iraqi government in the future will likely live at its mercy.

Bloggers Suffer Burnout :.


Billmon's inability to keep up with the demands of moderating comments in the face of a job, family and other responsibilities is just one manifestation of a problem increasingly faced by popular daily bloggers: burnout. While they enjoy what they're doing, many find that keeping up with the pressures to post regularly and to be sharp, witty and incisive is often too much.


Fuck for Forest :.

Is it The End yet?

Controversial Kristopher Schau loves to shock his audience, and few knew what was in store for them as they went to his concert at the Quart music festival. In the middle of the concert, a young couple entered the stage.

«How far are you willing to go to save the world?» asked the young man, and without much ado, the couple pulled off their clothes.

Cumshots provided the background music as the couple had intercourse right in front of the audience. A banner was raised on stage informing the audience that the couple was having sex to save the rainforest. After completing the intercourse, the couple received applause from the audience and disappeared.


Courier Robots in Hospitals :.

Near a pair of swinging doors at a local hospital, a cart sits apparently abandoned. Yet at the push of a button, it perks up to say, "thank you" and rolls itself out the door toward the pharmacy.

The 50-pound machine, which looks like a vacuum cleaner mated to a cabinet, is designed to autonomously ferry loads of linens, medical supplies, X-rays, food and other materials.

In a push to lower costs and free up workers for more critical tasks, hospital officials are turning more and more to robots like TUG to ply their hallways.

Other robots include the RoboCart -- a motorized table -- and the droid-like HelpMate, a four-foot tall cabinet with flashing lights and turn signals that would be welcome in any sci-fi movie.

GPS Tracking Via Cell Phones a New Ally for Managers :.

Business 101: Whoever thinks up the most evil plan and implements it in the shortest amount of time wins:

Its most advanced product, AtlasTrack, works with Global Positioning System satellites and Nextel's wireless network, allowing businesses to monitor employees' whereabouts. It's designed to track messengers, cable TV installers, construction workers, sales personnel, and other workers who are constantly out in the field.

Radio chips in the phones send messages to the home office as often as once a minute, allowing a dispatcher to:

* Identify the location of the phone, and whether it's stationary or moving.

* Pull up maps that show the current location of all employees.

* Click on the name of a particular worker to get a map of the route traveled that day, along with specific addresses visited, and even the vehicle's speed at any particular moment.

* Get an automatic warning whenever a driver is stuck in traffic or speeding.

Employee-tracking cell phones are an expansion of electronic monitoring conducted by many companies. Techniques include audio and video surveillance, as well as routine screening of e-mail and Web use.

Oregon to Test Mileage Tax as Replacement for Gas Tax :.

Oh sure, GPS tracking units in all cars, RFID systems interrogating you at the gas station. Oh absolutely. Yes, sir, where do I get my black-box sir?

How does this grab ya? I'LL BE DEAD BEFORE I SUBMIT TO THIS!!!

I can't believe this is happening in Eugene. Actually, I can believe it. Oregon, in general, and Eugene, in particular, is trouble. People aren't going along with the program up there.

I wonder what the plan will be... since just about everyone in Oregon is heavily armed...

Let's pretend someone waves a magic wand and turns every car into a fuel-sipping, gas-electric hybrid. What difference would it make?

The air would be cleaner.

Oil imports would drop.

And the transportation budgets of Oregon, Washington and almost every other state would deflate like a punctured balloon.

Think about it: Most money for highway construction and maintenance comes from state and federal taxes on gasoline. If people bought a lot less gas, highways would get a lot less money.

In Oregon, a state task force has concluded this scenario isn't all that far-fetched. It has proposed a possible long-term replacement for the gas tax, something no one has tried before:

A tax based on how many miles you drive.

'Fahrenheit' Banned in Iowa Theaters for Inciting Terrorism :.

Despite expanding its run to 1,710 screens nationwide, "Fahrenheit 9/11" won't be shown at select theaters in Iowa.

R.L. Fridley, the president of the Des-Moines-based Fridley Theatres in Iowa and Nebraska, is refusing to show the incendiary documentary, claiming it incites terrorism, reports the AP.

Poll: Over 40% of Canadian Teens Think America Is "Evil" :.

Forget winning the hearts and minds of our enemies... how about our closest allies?

Can West News Services, owners of several Canadian newspapers including the National Post as well as the Global Television Network commissioned a series of polls to determine how young people feel about the issues that were facing the country’s voters. Dubbed "Youth Vote 2004", the polls, sponsored by the Dominion Institute and Navigator Ltd. were taken with a view to getting more young people involved in the political process.

In one telephone poll of teens between the ages of 14 and 18, over 40 per cent of the respondents described the United States as being "evil". That number rose to 64 per cent for French Canadian youth.

Super Size Me, Jesus: Megachurches :.

I don't have any use for organized religion, but if I was seeking proof that The Apocalypse was upon us, I wouldn't have to look any further than mainstream Christianity:

After a 14-month, $75-million renovation, the Compaq Center will reopen as Lakewood Church, the nation's largest house of worship.

With 16,000 seats, two waterfalls and an interior camera ready for Sunday broadcasts, the reborn structure dovetails national trends that promise to shake up the economics of urban real estate: the increasing number of obsolete sports stadiums and the meteoric growth of huge religious congregations that need "megachurches."

Requiring arena-sized seating and vast parking lots, these churches are expensive to build and demand large plots of land that are difficult to come by in urban areas. That has made rejected sports arenas, faced with demolition, fertile ground for religious conversion.

It may be a commercial real estate boomlet in its infancy. Besides the Compaq Center, only the Forum in Inglewood has made the jump, now drawing about 6,000 on Sundays as the Faithful Central Bible Church. (The church moved in before all the Forum's event contracts had been fulfilled, so in the early days worshipers shared space with the Women of Wrestling league.)

But interest appears to be growing. Joel Osteen, the 41-year-old pastor of Lakewood Church, said half a dozen pastors from around the country had asked him how he went about signing the 30-year, $12.3-million lease on the Compaq Center.

Church leaders, he said, realize they have to be inventive these days.

"You have to change with the times," he said. "If Jesus were here he'd change with the times. He couldn't ride around on a donkey. He'd drive a car."

Related: Who Would Jesus Bomb?

Related: Hallelujah In Fallujah

Comic Relief

I'm going to periodically post stories that are so off the rails that they will serve as comic relief as this ship goes down. Forget the blow-by-blow account of this creaking, grinding disaster. Now it's only going to be the stuff that is so shocking that if someone tried to make it all up, they couldn't.

Why bother?

Because laughter is healthy!


Taking a Break

No need to email stories. I'll start posting again when I feel like it. That could mean later today, or in a couple of days.

I don't know what it was. I looked at the heap of stories waiting to be posted, and I thought, "They're all important and meaningless at the same time." I've posted more than 2,000 other stories just like them over the past two years on here.... It's like there are a couple of dozen core stories that just keep getting fed into a word randomizer.

This stuff is now sounding like a broken record to me.

Same shit, different day.

It's not that I'm worn out, or depressed, (I passed through those phases long ago), I'm bored. This nonsense is a quagmire. Watching paint dry would be more of a challenge than figuring out where this thing is headed. I mean, what's so hard to understand about environmental collapse, energy crises, slave labor, tracking chips, retinal scans and killer robots? * yawn * This entire area of inquiry is a waste of time, at this late stage in the game.

If you're not spending your day actively attempting to establish your arc, your plan for survival in the years ahead, you might as well forget about all of this stuff before it wrecks your head. Read some books, watch some movies, take a walk, pick some flowers. Whatever you like to do. You might as well be happy in the time you have left. That's pretty much where I am at this point.

Comments from TR:

I saw your post on your site. That's the same conclusion that I've come to: it's a fucking waste of time trying to cover every little aspect of this collapsing show. The details are irrelevant. Attempting to wake up stubborn idiots is a waste of time. At this point, it's so fucking obvious, you have to be blind not to see it. Now's the time for action. Time to fire it up.

Comments from NF:

saw your last post. i can't talk you out of it this time buddy. i'm reaching the same conclusions here. subtract out the psychological wear and tear, the emotions, the depression, forge ahead... and you come to the rational conclusion that the inevitable is upon us. more like the obvious. anyone who cares: 1) knows about what's going on 2) has already taken preparatory action to the best of their ability 3) has tried to warn others. so many inevitables. tis best to prepare and help people when they're ready to listen, if possible.

Comments from AM:

Have to totally agree with the take a break idea, it does all seem pointless and boring sometimes. It's very doubtful that anything will change or be avoided.


Moore: Pirate My Film, No Problem :.

Moore borrows another page from the Alex Jones playbook. Alex Jones has been advocating the non commercial distribution of his films for years. I'm not criticizing Michael Moore, I'm complementing him. I just wish Alex Jones would get more recognition for his efforts:

Controversial film-maker Michael Moore has welcomed the appearance on the internet of pirated copies of his anti-Bush documentary Fahrenheit 9/11 and claimed he is happy for anybody to download it free of charge.

The activist, author and director told the Sunday Herald that, as long as pirated copies of his film were not being sold, he had no problem with it being downloaded.

"I don't agree with the copyright laws and I don't have a problem with people downloading the movie and sharing it with people as long as they're not trying to make a profit off my labour. I would oppose that," he said.

"I do well enough already and I made this film because I want the world, to change. The more people who see it the better, so I'm happy this is happening."


Pilger: Bush or Kerry? Look Closely and the Danger Is the Same :.

Libs and Dems for Kerry = Part of the problem:

A myth equal to the fable of Iraq's weapons of mass destruction is gaining strength on both sides of the Atlantic. It is that John Kerry offers a world-view different from that of George W Bush. Watch this big lie grow as Kerry is crowned the Democratic candidate and the "anyone but Bush" movement becomes a liberal cause celebre.

While the rise to power of the Bush gang, the neoconservatives, belatedly preoccupied the American media, the message of their equivalents in the Democratic Party has been of little interest. Yet the similarities are compelling. Shortly before Bush's "election" in 2000, the Project for the New American Century, the neoconservative pressure group, published an ideological blueprint for "maintaining global US pre-eminence, precluding the rise of a great power rival, and shaping the international security order in line with American principles and interests". Every one of its recommendations for aggression and conquest was adopted by the administration.

One year later, the Progressive Policy Institute, an arm of the Democratic Leadership Council, published a 19-page manifesto for the "New Democrats", who include all the principal Democratic Party candidates, and especially John Kerry. This called for "the bold exercise of American power" at the heart of "a new Democratic strategy, grounded in the party's tradition of muscular internationalism". Such a strategy would "keep Americans safer than the Republicans' go-it-alone policy, which has alienated our natural allies and overstretched our resources. We aim to rebuild the moral foundation of US global leadership ..."

What is the difference from the vainglorious claptrap of Bush? Apart from euphemisms, there is none.

Outsource or Perish, U.S. Firms Told :.

Forget outsourcing. Grow your own food, or perish:

In a significant report, an influential consultancy firm has warned American companies that either they outsource more work to India, including high-powered functions like research and development, or face extinction.

Companies risk extinction if they hesitate to shift facilities to low-cost countries because the potential savings are so vast, said a recently released report by Boston Consulting Group.

Kerry Campaign Releases Middle East Policy Seemingly Drafted in Tel Aviv :.

John Kerry has been at the forefront of the fight for Israel's security during his nineteen years in the US Senate. His pro-Israel voting record is second to none.

John Kerry did not wait until he was running for president of the United States to visit Israel - he has been there on numerous occasions throughout his public life. Through his meetings with Israeli political and military leaders - and especially his interaction with ordinary Israelis - he has experienced the everyday security threat that Israelis face and this has deepened his understanding of Israel's security needs. In short, John Kerry will never do anything to compromise that security.

Israeli Forces Shoot Palestinian Boy Dead as He Plays Football :.

A nine-year-old Palestinian boy was shot dead by Israeli forces yesterday as he played football, local residents said after armoured vehicles once again entered the southern Gaza town of Rafah.

A few hours later five Palestinian gunmen were killed in Gaza by Israeli forces protecting the approach road used by Israelis from the Jewish settlement of Netzarim. The army said its unit returned fire from one gunman and then shot four others who subsequently approached the "structure" occupied by the troops.

The boy killed in Rafah, named as Omar Za'ran, was pronounced dead by medics at the local hospital, after he was brought in from the Brazil section of the town's refugee camp. Bashir Abu Jlidan, 18, said: "We were playing football when Israeli tanks ... started firing inside the camp and towards us." He said that the boy had fallen to the ground, bleeding.


Jeff Rense Show: July 1 Guest Interrupted By FBI In Mid-Program :.

At the end of the first hour of a scheduled 2-hour interview with special guest, Afghan-born Dr. Mohammend Daud Miraki, PhD, Jeff Rense was informed by his program producer that Dr. Miraki reported over his phone line that he had just been confronted with a "terrible problem"...that "the FBI and local police are at my front door." Contact with Dr. Miraki was then lost.

During the first hour, Dr. Miraki shared his views and information on past fighting and the current situation in Afghanistan, and discussed a number of other key issues about life in the country of his birth.

Dr. Miraki has been a champion of his decimated people for years and recently started the Afghan Depleted Uranium Recovery Fund to attempt to deal with the massive uranium contamination and its horrendous impact on the people of Afghanistan.

The Corporation: High Quality Trailer Posted :.

I can't wait to see this film.

U.S. Lawmakers Request UN Observers for Presidential Election :.

So, the U.S. is now officially at banana republic status, requiring international observers to insure that the presidential election is legitimate! HAHAHA! Is the UN staff going to have root access to all the electronic voting systems!? You see, nothing about this election, the candidates or the process, is going to be legitimate, no matter who observes it:

Several members of the House of Representatives have requested the United Nations to send observers to monitor the November 2 US presidential election to avoid a contentious vote like in 2000, when the outcome was decided by Florida.

Recalling the long, drawn out process in the southern state, nine lawmakers, including four blacks and one Hispanic, sent a letter Thursday to UN Secretary General Kofi Annan asking that the international body "ensure free and fair elections in America," according to a statement issued by Florida representative Eddie Bernice Johnson, who spearheaded the effort.

Multivitamins Can Halt HIV Spread :.

US doctors have discovered that a simple multivitamin pill can stymie the advance of HIV, a discovery that can greatly benefit patients in developing countries who could thereby get relief from popping expensive pills.

According to Nature , after a clinical survey involving nearly 1,080 pregnant women with HIV in Tanzania, the doctors found that those who swallowed a daily dose of vitamins B, C and E for up to five years were around 50 per cent less likely to progress to full-blown AIDS.

Hand Scanners to Keep Tabs on Students at Boca Middle School :.

When teachers take attendance at a new middle school next month, they won't need a notebook or even a piece of paper.

They can depend on biometric hand readers to do the job.

The little black boxes, which take less than a second to identify students based on the dimensions of their hands, will be placed in all 61 classrooms, the cafeteria, main office and media center at Don Estridge High Tech Middle School, which will open Aug. 11 at Spanish River Boulevard and Military Trail.

The technology also will be on Don Estridge school buses so the school can monitor who gets on and off at each stop.

"We are a testing ground for this new technology," said Jim Kelly, Palm Beach County schools' police chief. "It's like an ID card for kids, but they won't be able to lose them."


Robot Scout Heading to Iraq :.

A scout robot that acts as the eyes and ears of soldiers, performing dangerous operations and working as a sentry, is on its way to Iraq for testing.

The robot was designed by Hagen Schempf at Carnegie Mellon's Robotics Institute in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in conjunction with the US Marine Corps's Warfighting Laboratory in Quantico, Virginia.

Called Dragon Runner , the rugged robot allows soldiers to gather intelligence in settings where human access is dangerous or impractical.

"Dragon Runner is the lightest, smallest, most rugged readily portable robot system for remote scouting operations in existence today," says Schempf.

Plans To Cancel Elections After 'Terror Attacks' :.

The government needs to establish guidelines for canceling or rescheduling elections if terrorists strike the United States again, says the chairman of a new federal voting commission.

Such guidelines do not currently exist, said DeForest B. Soaries, head of the voting panel.

Soaries was appointed to the federal Election Assistance Commission last year by President Bush. Soaries said he wrote to National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice and Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge in April to raise the concerns.


:. Reading

Fatal Harvest: The Tragedy of Industrial Agriculture by Andrew Kimbrell Readers will come to see that industrial food production is indeed a "fatal harvest" - fatal to consumers, as pesticide residues and new disease vectors such as E. coli and "mad cow disease" find their way into our food supply; fatal to our landscapes, as chemical runoff from factory farms poison our rivers and groundwater; fatal to genetic diversity, as farmers rely increasingly on high-yield monocultures and genetically engineered crops; and fatal to our farm communities, which are wiped out by huge corporate farms.

Friendly Fascism: The New Face of Power in America by Bertram Myron Gross This is a relatively short but extremely cogent and well-argued treatise on the rise of a form of fascistic thought and social politics in late 20th century America. Author Bertram Gross' thesis is quite straightforward; the power elite that comprises the corporate, governmental and military superstructure of the country is increasingly inclined to employ every element in their formidable arsenal of 'friendly persuasion' to win the hearts and minds of ordinary Americans through what Gross refers to as friendly fascism.

The Good Life
by Scott and Helen Nearing
Helen and Scott Nearing are the great-grandparents of the back-to-the-land movement, having abandoned the city in 1932 for a rural life based on self-reliance, good health, and a minimum of cash...Fascinating, timely, and wholly useful, a mix of the Nearings' challenging philosophy and expert counsel on practical skills.

Silent Theft: The Private Plunder of Our Common Wealth by David Bollierd In Silent Theft, David Bollier argues that a great untold story of our time is the staggering privatization and abuse of our common wealth. Corporations are engaged in a relentless plunder of dozens of resources that we collectively own—publicly funded medical breakthroughs, software innovation, the airwaves, the public domain of creative works, and even the DNA of plants, animals and humans. Too often, however, our government turns a blind eye—or sometimes helps give away our assets. Amazingly, the silent theft of our shared wealth has gone largely unnoticed because we have lost our ability to see the commons.

The Self-Sufficient Life and How to Live It: The Complete Back-To-Basics Guide by John Seymour The Self Sufficient Life and How to Live It is the only book that teaches all the skills needed to live independently in harmony with the land harnessing natural forms of energy, raising crops and keeping livestock, preserving foodstuffs, making beer and wine, basketry, carpentry, weaving, and much more.

When Corporations Rule the World by David C. Korten When Corporations Rule the World explains how economic globalization has concentrated the power to govern in global corporations and financial markets and detached them from accountability to the human interest. It documents the devastating human and environmental consequences of the successful efforts of these corporations to reconstruct values and institutions everywhere on the planet to serve their own narrow ends.

The New Organic Grower: A Master's Manual of Tools and Techniques for the Home and Market Gardener This expansion of a now-classic guide originally published in 1989 is intended for the serious gardener or small-scale market farmer. It describes practical and sustainable ways of growing superb organic vegetables, with detailed coverage of scale and capital, marketing, livestock, the winter garden, soil fertility, weeds, and many other topics.