Daily Archives: January 17, 2007

Bush says death of Saddam like revenge killing

Telegraph | Jan 17, 2007 

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Mr Bush said yesterday the hangings showed the Shia-dominated government of prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki, charged by many with compounding the sectarian violence in Baghdad, “has still got some maturation to do”.

He also admitted that he was “frustrated by progress” in Iraq. “A year ago, I felt pretty good about the situation. I felt like we were achieving our objective, which is a country that can govern, sustain, and defend itself. No question, 2006 was a lousy year for Iraq.”

George W Bush yesterday said that the execution of Saddam Hussein bore the hallmarks of a sectarian “revenge killing”, in his most critical assessment of the hanging of the former dictator.

The US President criticised the circumstances surrounding Saddam’s death and the recent execution of two top aides, including Saddam’s half brother, Barzan al-Tikriti, for their roles in the massacre of 148 Shia men in Dujail in 1982.

“I was disappointed and felt like they fumbled the – particularly the Saddam Hussein execution,” Mr Bush said in an interview by public broadcast television’s Jim Lehrer.

“The message is confusing. It basically says to people, ‘Look, you conducted a trial and gave Saddam justice that he didn’t give to others. But then, when it came to execute him, it looked like it was kind of a revenge killing.”‘

Bush at first welcomed the hanging of Saddam on December 30 for crimes against humanity as “an important milestone on Iraq’s course to becoming a democracy”, and declared “good riddance”. He later said, however, that the execution should have been carried out “in a more dignified way”.

Safety is an obstacle in $2.6 trillion nanotech development

World Peace Herald | Jan 17, 2007 

The potential dangers of nanotechnology are far worse than even nuclear technology, yet considerations on safety get short shrift. This is the only technology that is not only extremely dangerous to health and the environment (Google nano-pollution and nano-toxicity), but dangerous to human freedom as well. It can be used to subvert the human species itself, forcing humans to become “transhuman” eventually eradicating everything we know to be “human”. It will also be used to stretch Big Brother technologies way beyond what is imaginable today. Can you imagine nanotech robots flying or crawling around spying on you? Nanobots running around inside your own body? How about inside your brain, telling you what to think? Can you imagine nanotech genetic “enhancements” that grows an ID chip into your own DNA making YOU into a patented technology? Can you imagine brainchips that link up entire armies controlled by the thought commands of a single general? Can you imagine re-engineered humans that look more like chimera freaks and can jump twenty feet in the air and kill a rhino? Can you imagine factory made humanoids and androids running around wreaking havoc? I can because nanotech makes ANYTHING possible and the nightmarish list of possibilites goes on and on and on. The reason they would do such things is because the elites figure they own your body and can do whatever they want with it, putting their “brand” on all their “products”.

To our outmoded thinking, nanotech seems unbelievable, bordering on magic, but just about anything can be created using nanotech because it alters subatomic structures. Thus really, anything conceivable can be manifested in our reality. Considering the fact that the elite are an evil bunch of scum, this technology will definitely be used for extremely evil purposes taking us down into a nightmare planet from hell where the Scientific Dictatorship will rule unrestrained by legal, ethical or moral considerations (Google “Technotronic Era”). As if all that wasn’t bad enough, its uses in weapons technology will put the entire planet in jeopardy, making life very precarious and peace a quaint concept of the past. So you tell me why safety issues are getting short shrift and its full steam ahead. I say it is about money, but it is much more than that. It is about an evil agenda for absolute unrestrained power on all levels and in every aspect of life. And they will never stop unless we all wake up and stop them.

Just because we CAN do something, doesn’t mean we should do it. Think about that. Think about it real good before you work in scientific fields or in the Homeland Security business or do anything that has to do with these Orwellian technologies. Think about it before you join the military or work in any government department. If we all refuse to serve this New World Order agenda, then maybe we can change the course of history and maybe we can live in a sane and peaceful society.

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“These uncertainties include lack of sound, scientific information on occupational risks, poorly determined perceptual risks, and hesitancy over nanotechnology oversight,” they said, calling nanotechnology workers “society’s canaries-in-the-coal mines” when it comes to the environmental, health and safety effects of nanoscale materials.

Another U.S. study focusing on safety issues involving nanotechnology says more research is needed to ensure worker protection.

“Companies, workers and investors alike are being challenged by the uncertainties surrounding nanotechnology workplace safety,” said co-investigators Andrew Maynard of the Washington-based Woodrow Wilson Center and David Pui of the University of Minnesota.

“These uncertainties include lack of sound, scientific information on occupational risks, poorly determined perceptual risks, and hesitancy over nanotechnology oversight,” they said, calling nanotechnology workers “society’s canaries-in-the-coal mines” when it comes to the environmental, health and safety effects of nanoscale materials.

HP nanotechnology bids to outpace Moore’s Law

PC Pro | Jan 16, 2007  

Researchers at HP have turned to nanotechnology to achieve an eight-fold increase in chip density. The development could extend the life of current chipmaking technologies, the company has claimed.

The advance by HP could prove to be significant in an area of technology – nanotechnology – that has to date been long on promises and short on near-term, real-world applications.

Commercial applications of HP’s research could potentially be used not too far in the future in its own line of computer printers, in other consumer electronics areas, and throughout the chip industry at large, HP said.

‘A lot of this is advantages that can be harvested in the near term,’ said Stan Williams, a senior fellow and director of quantum science research at HP’s research laboratory, known as HP Labs. ‘It’s possible to have some real hardware you can start to play with in about a year.’

Historically the chip industry has advanced the power of semiconductors by shrinking the size of transistors, which switch on and off and, in concert, form the computational power of the chip.

A long-held axiom in the chip industry is that the computing power of chips doubles every 18 months to 24 months, as production costs remain the same, an observation known as Moore’s Law. That increase in computing power has been largely due to shrinking the transistor’s size.

What’s different in HP’s approach is that the Palo Alto, California-based company has devised a way using nanowires to shrink the density of the chip without shrinking the transistor. This approach also cuts power consumption, which is an increasing problem for the semiconductor industry as computer chips perform ever more calculations.

HP used a certain type of computer chip, the field programmable gate array, or FPGA, to achieve the eight-fold increase in chip density with its application of nanotechnology.

Is 24 Propaganda? Is The Pope Catholic?

Prison Planet | Jan 17, 2007  

Talking heads omit fact that U.S. government, Neo-Con ideologues met with cast members to run PR for war on terror

To coincide with the start of a new season of Fox’s much vaunted 24 program, MSNBC featured a debate asking whether the lead character, Jack Bauer, was a right-wing propagandist. What the talking heads and others that defend the neutrality of the show consistently fail to omit is the fact that 24 cast and crew members met with U.S. government officials and Neo-Con ideologues to run PR for the war on terror last year.

Those that defend the show against allegations that it is merely fearmongering propaganda used to prop up the facade of the “war on terror” either point to the wildly unrealistic tone of the plotlines or to examples where it isn’t always Muslim jihadists behind the terror.

We can go back and forth all day discussing the intricacies of the plot, instances where the oil cartels are sponsoring the terror or certain individuals within the government turn heel and become bad guys. The majority of the American population do not watch entire episodes back to back for a whole day like some unfortunate souls choose to waste their time doing. The important aspect to make a judgment on is the impression that the show leaves as a whole and certain contextual storylines that are repeated in almost every episode.

This is what you come away with from catching a few minutes of 24 , be it channel surfing or watching trailers – terrorists are everywhere and terror attacks are inevitably going to increase in both number and severity in the United States. The only way to stop terrorists is to violate the U.S. Constitution in a plethora of different ways and torture people into making confessions. In the current season, concentration camps are built to detain suspects.

With kids missing, parents flock to ‘house of horrors’

The Peninsula | Jan 17, 2007  

As public anger has mounted, police officers have been criticised — and a handful dismissed — for failing to take seriously reports of over 40 missing people, and then botching the investigation once the first human bones were recovered.

Koli has admitted raping children he abducted, having sex with the corpses and even tasting human organs in the belief cannibalism cures impotency.

Desperate and poor, they have travelled from all over the national Capital and beyond looking for their missing children, hoping the lavish house they have gathered outside will end their painful search.

Members of about 200 families have flocked here since police began removing remains of about 20 women and children, beginning last month, from the backyard and drain of a rich businessman’s house in Noida, on the outskirts of New Delhi, local people say.

“My son went missing in April 2005, I have searched all over the city, put adverts in newspapers, reported it to the police … where else do I go, except here?” asked Delhi resident Geeta Pal, holding up a photograph of her 18-year-old son, Rakesh.

“Everyone who has come here believes this house where they butchered children is where the search for our own lost children will end,” she said. Desperate mothers and fathers handed out 35 statements containing detailed descriptions of when and where children disappeared, complete with photographs and telephone numbers. Families deny accusations by some police officials they are just chasing compensation being offered by the local government.

Days after they ended their searches of the area around the house, officers of the Central Bureau of Investigation, asked to take over the probe by the state government, said they had dug up 40 polythene bags containing human remains. The house owner and a servant have been arrested on suspicion of kidnapping, rape and murder, but have not been charged.

But while excavators continue to dig up the area around the house—dubbed the “house of horrors” by journalists — and TV crews jostle with police, few pay attention to the parents waiting for answers in near freezing nighttime temperatures.

Evangelicals, scientists agree to unite on global warming

Detroit Free Press | Jan 17, 2007 

Some leading scientists and evangelical Christian leaders have agreed to put aside their differences over the origin of life and work together to fight global warming.

Representatives met recently in Georgia and agreed on the need for urgent action. Details on the talks will be disclosed today in Washington.

“Whether God created the Earth in a millisecond or whether it evolved over billions of years, the issue we agree on is that it needs to be cared for today,” said Rich Cizik, vice president of government relations for the National Association of Evangelicals, which represents 45,000 churches.

Eric Chivian, director of the Center for Health and the Global Environment at Harvard Medical School, agreed, saying: “Scientists and evangelicals have discovered that we share a deeply felt common concern and sense of urgency about threats to life on Earth and that we must speak with one voice to protect it.”

Last February, 86 evangelical leaders signed a statement to fight global warming, saying that human-induced climate change is real, that its consequences will hit poor people the hardest, and that Christian moral convictions demand an urgent response.

They argued that governments, businesses, churches and individuals all have roles to play.

Signatories included presidents of evangelical colleges, aid groups, churches and pastors of megachurches.

Bush set for climate change U-turn

The Observer | Jan 14, 2007 

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Bush and Blair held private talks on climate change before Christmas

Downing Street says that belated US recognition of global warming could lead to a post-Kyoto agreement on curbing emissions

George Bush is preparing to make a historic shift in his position on global warming when he makes his State of the Union speech later this month, say senior Downing Street officials.

Tony Blair hopes that the new stance by the United States will lead to a breakthrough in international talks on climate change and that the outlines of a successor treaty to the Kyoto agreement, the deal to curb emissions of greenhouse gases which expires in 2012, could now be thrashed out at the G8 summit in June.

The timetable may explain why Blair is so keen to remain in office until after the summit, with a deal on protecting the planet offering an appealing legacy with which to bow out of Number 10.

Bush and Blair held private talks on climate change before Christmas, and there is a feeling that the US President will now agree a cap on emissions in the US, meaning that, for the first time, American industry and consumers would be expected to start conserving energy and curbing pollution.

‘We could now be seeing the beginning of a consensus on a post-Kyoto framework,’ said a source close to the prime minister. ‘President Bush is beginning to talk about more radical measures.’

The move will be seen as part of a wider repositioning of the Bush government after its comprehensive defeat in last autumn’s mid-term elections.