Daily Archives: February 24, 2007

China electrocutes the WoW out of Internet addicts

Tom’s Guide Daily | Feb 23, 2007  

De-facto prisoners housed on military bases with metal bars for doors and windows given antidepressant drugs that you would commonly see in mental institutions.

Locked cells, electrocution and freezing temperatures, no this isn’t a military torture chamber, but China’s new way of dealing with Internet addicts. In the past year, several clinics have opened up that treat people who are addicted to online games, chatting and web surfing. Some of the patients come willing, but most have been forced to attend by their parents or even government officials.

The Chinese government has launched an anti-Internet addiction campaign which includes eight such clinics. Here patients are subjected to yelling, psychiatric counseling and the ever so helpful electrical shock treatments. Many patients are even given antidepressant drugs that you would commonly see in mental institutions. But it doesn’t stop there, some of the patients are actually de-facto prisoners because they are housed on military bases with metal bars for doors and windows.

Despite rigorous online censorship, millions of Chinese surf the web and play online games, mainly in state-licensed Internet cafes. There are more than 3.5 million World of Warcraft players in China.

Indian Army hosting global meet on “Emerging World Order”

Zee News | Feb 24, 2007  

President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam will on Thursday inaugurate a two-day international seminar organised by the Indian Army on the emerging world order.

Defence think tank Centre for Land Warfare Studies (CLAWS) is organising the seminar on “Emerging World Order: Implications for the Security Calculus of the extended South Asian Region” that delegates from 28 countries and hosts India will attend.

Among the countries to be represented are Britain, China, Egypt, France, Germany, Israel, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, and the US. Participants from Australia, China, Japan, Sri Lanka and Turkey would be presenting papers.

Dean Foods refuses to use cloned cows’ milk – customers don’t want it

Columbia Tribune | Feb 23, 2007  

Hurray for Free Market Economics! May it be saved from the elite social engineers who want to ram all kinds of unnatural garbage down our throats to poison and weaken the population for further exploitation. If we keep saying no, they’ll be forced to back down.

PW

The nation’s biggest milk company, Dean Foods, said yesterday it will refuse milk from cloned cows.

The Food and Drug Administration gave preliminary approval to meat and milk from cloned animals and could grant final approval by the end of the year. Federal scientists say there is virtually no difference between clones and conventional cows, pigs or goats.

Smaller companies such as Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream and Organic Valley previously have said they oppose milk from clones.

Dallas-based Dean Foods is a $10 billion company that owns Land O’ Lakes and Horizon Organic, among dozens of other brands.

In a statement issued yesterday, the company said its customers and consumers don’t want milk from cloned animals.

“Numerous surveys have shown that Americans are not interested in buying dairy products that contain milk from cloned cows, and Dean Foods is responding to the needs of our consumers,” the statement said.

Bush opposes war powers limits

MSNBC | Feb 23, 2007 

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Bush administration says it will fight Democrats’ attempt to curb power

Several Senate Democrats have called in recent days for revoking the original authorization that Bush sought and won from Congress in the months before the U.S.-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein.

The White House said Friday it would oppose any attempt by Senate Democrats to revoke the 2002 congressional resolution authorizing the war in Iraq and leave U.S. troops with a limited mission as they prepare to withdraw.

The Bush administration argued that changes in the resolution were unnecessary even though it was drafted in the days when Saddam Hussein was in power and there was an assumption _ later proved false _ that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction. Still, the White House said that Democrats were in a state of confusion about Iraq.

Several Senate Democrats have called in recent days for revoking the original authorization that Bush sought and won from Congress in the months before the U.S.-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein.

‘The continuing threat posed by Iraq’

That measure authorized the president to use the armed forces “as he determines to be necessary and appropriate … to defend the national security of the United States against the continuing threat posed by Iraq” and to enforce relevant United Nations Security Council resolutions.

At the time the world body had passed resolutions regarding Iraq’s presumed effort to develop weapons of mass destruction.

Powerful Clothes Stripping X-ray Debuts at Sky Harbor International Airport

MSNBC | Feb 23, 2007 

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‘Backscatter’ visually strips off clothing, to be used on voluntary basis

A new X-ray technology called “backscatter” unveiled in Phoenix today can see through clothes, but not through skin, and some travelers are worried about privacy. NBC’s Tom Costello reports.

An X-ray security scanner that can see through clothing was put into its first operational use Friday at Sky Harbor International Airport and could be rolled out to two other major airports by year’s end.

The so-called “backscatter” technology has been controversial, with critics saying the high-resolution images are too invasive. But the Transportation Security Administration adjusted the machine’s images so the normally graphic pictures can be blurred in certain areas while still being effective at detecting concealed weapons or other threats.

“I think the work we’ve done with the industry to address the privacy concerns has really done well,” said Nico Melendez, an agency spokesman.

Passengers selected for secondary screening by the device are asked to stand in set spots in front of the closet-sized X-ray unit with hands palms out, then turn around for a second screening from the back. The entire operation takes about a minute.

The machine will be tested for up to 90 days at a single checkpoint at Sky Harbor’s largest terminal, which hosts US Airways and Southwest Airlines, two of the airlines with the most flights in and out of Phoenix. The technology could be left in place after the trial period, and Melendez said the agency hopes to also roll out the technology at Los Angeles International Airport and New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport by year’s end.

During the pilot program, the machine will be used only as a secondary screening measure; passengers who fail the standard screening process will be able to choose between the new device or a typical pat-down search.

“It’s 100 percent voluntary, so if the passenger doesn’t feel comfortable with it the passenger doesn’t have to go through it,” Melendez said.

Melendez declined to discuss the TSA’s method for determining which passengers are selected for secondary screening.

The TSA said that the security officer who works with the passenger going through the screening will never see the image the machine produces. The images will be viewed by another officer who will be about 50 feet away and won’t see the passenger.