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July 30, 2008

OREO 07 30 08

Filed under: news — jaspar @ 9:27 am

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Newsstories of interest:
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1  DISORDER
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Iowa Rally Protests Raid and Conditions at Plant
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http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/28/us/28immig.html
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"The marchers said, 'Stop the raids!'  Protesters across
the street responded, 'Illegals go home!'"
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and
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Feds arrest 58 undocumented workers in raids on 8 eateries
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http://www.cleveland.com/crime/plaindealer/index.ssf?/base/iscri/1216888211263560.xml&coll=2
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"None of their bosses has been charged with a crime --yet."
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Another Blow To Justice
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http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/07/28/AR2008072802467.html
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"in 2003, the apolitical process for selecting immigration
judges and prosecutors was stood on its head."
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and
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Gonzales Aides Broke Laws in Hiring, Report Concludes
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http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/29/washington/29justice.html
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and
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Office of Professional Responsibility and Office of the
Inspector General | An Investigation of Allegations of
Politicized Hiring by Monica Goodling and Other Staff in
the Office of the Attorney General | July 28, 2008
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http://www.usdoj.gov/oig/special/s0807/final.pdf
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and
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Editorial | Justice Besmirched | How the Bush administration
soiled itself
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http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/07/28/AR2008072802475.html
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EPA Managers Warned Not to Answer Inquiries | Only Press
Officers Are Allowed To Talk to Media, Investigators
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http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/07/28/AR2008072801198.html
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"according to an e-mail obtained by The Washington Post."
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U.S. Food Portions: Monuments Of Decadence?
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http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/world/lifestyle-food-usa-portions.html
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"Americans have the highest per capita daily consumption in
the world, eating 3,770 calories a day"
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Calculating Economics of an Eye for an Eye
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http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/29/arts/29veng.html?ref=business&pagewanted=all
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"In the last couple of decades a lot of work has shown how
important trust and reciprocity are in developing efficient
markets...and what helps to create trust is punishment."
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To help make that crystal-clear, here's an excerpt from my
November 18, 2006 post, "The Harder Line - Part 3"--
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In my Monday June 12, 2006 essay "Two Reminders For The
Loose Cannon," I wrote:
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"The Superpower has become so dangerous, that mutual
assured destruction is now accepted and is no longer a
factor in decision-making."
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Here's how Putin restated that fact in his Thursday No-
vember 16, 2006 Closing Address at the Meeting with the
Armed Forces' Command Staff:
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"For us, this idea of maintaining the strategic balance
will mean that our strategic deterrence forces must be
capable of destroying any potential aggressor, no matter
what modern weapons system this aggressor possesses.
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"Only the guaranteed possibility of destroying such an
aggressor can ensure Russia's strategic security in a
a long-term perspective."
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Now you know what "strategic balance" means.
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Now you know what "long-term perspective" means.
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O how fortunate you are!
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Dr Bryant Welch | Torture, Political Manipulation and the
American Psychological Association | Why Did They Do It? |
July 28, 2008
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http://www.counterpunch.org/
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In Welch's new book *State of Confusion: Political Manipula-
tion and the Assault on the American Mind,* he writes:

"Gaslighting is an insidious set of psychological manipula-
tions that undermine the mental stability of its victims."
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Gaslighting:
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaslighting
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Eugene Robinson | A Torture Paper Trail
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http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/07/28/AR2008072802465.html
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"I wouldn't be surprised if, as he left office, Bush issued
some sort of pardon clearing those who authorized or carried 
out 'enhanced techniques' of interrogations from any jeopardy
under U.S. law."
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Editorial | The Censors Lose in Court
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http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/28/opinion/28mon3.html
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"the [Federal Communications Commission] violated its own
standards for what constitutes indecency."
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Sovereign immunity blocks DMCA suit against Air Force
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http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/07/30/dmca_suit_blocked/
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THERE IS NO CRIME THE SUPERPOWER WILL NOT COMMIT
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Digital Millennium Copyright Act:
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_Millennium_Copyright_Act
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Strategy Against Al-Qaeda Faulted | Report Says Effort Is
Not a 'War'
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http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/07/29/AR2008072902041.html
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"the authors contend that al-Qaeda has sabotaged itself
by creating ever greater numbers of enemies while not
broadening its base of support.  'Al-Qaeda's probability
of success in actually overthrowing any government is
close to zero,' the report states."
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COWARDLY CONFESSION THAT AQ IS A SUPERPOWER MYTH
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and
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HOW TERRORIST GROUPS END | Lessons for Countering al Qa’ida
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http://www.rand.org/pubs/monographs/2008/RAND_MG741.pdf
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"CHAPTER ONE
Introduction
CHAPTER TWO
How Terrorist Groups End
CHAPTER THREE
Policing and Japan’s Aum Shinrikyo
CHAPTER FOUR
Politics and the FMLN in El Salvador
CHAPTER FIVE
Military Force and al Qa’ida in Iraq
CHAPTER SIX
The Limits of America’s al Qa’ida Strategy"
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3  ASIA
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THE BU$H PLAN (PALESTINE)
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[Ron] Paul: US would back Israeli strike on Iran
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http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=65029§ionid=351020104
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"there is no 'such thing as independent Israel doing
anything'"
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"No matter what they do, it is our money, it is our weapons,
and they are not going to do it without us approving it"
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THE BU$H PLAN (LEBANON)
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Roadside bomb wounds Fatah commander in Lebanon
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http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/world/AP-Lebanon-Bombing.html
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"critically wounded"
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THE BU$H PLAN (IRAQ)
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U.S. Says Contractor Made Little Progress on Iraq Projects
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http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/07/27/AR2008072701768.html
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"$142 million to build prisons, fire stations and police
facilities...never built or finished"
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Parsons Corporation:
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parsons_Corporation
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See item 1 in THE BU$H PLAN (AFGHANISTAN) below.
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Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Monday, 28 July 2008
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http://www.albasrah.net/en_articles_2008/0708/iraqiresistancereport_280708.htm
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Item 5: Sunni-sectarian al-Qa‘idah [in Iraq] belt bombers
kill 32 Iraqi civilians [Shi‘i pilgrims] in sectarian sui-
cide attacks in Baghdad, Monday morning.
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Item 8: Woman bomber kills 25 [Kurdish separatist] civil-
ians in suicide attack on demonstration in Kirkuk Monday
morning
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"Kurdish demonstrators vented their rage on the nearby
headquarters of a Turkoman political party.  The Kurds
opened fire on the guards posted outside the party head-
quarters, wounding five" "Kurdish mobs also set fire to
about 15 private cars that happened to be in the vicin-
ity."
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Image:Iraq demography.jpg:
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Iraqi Turkmen Front;
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iraqi_Turkmen_Front
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Iraqi Turkmen:
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iraqi_Turkmen
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Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Tuesday, 29 July 2008
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http://www.albasrah.net/en_articles_2008/0708/iraqiresistancereport_290708.htm
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THE BU$H PLAN (AFGHANISTAN)
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Private Contractors' Role in Afghanistan To Grow With
Awarding of Latest Contracts
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http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/07/27/AR2008072701592.html
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"the administration, which in Iraq turned to the private
sector for tasks once handled by military or government
personnel, is stepping up this practice in Afghanistan."
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See item 1 in THE BU$H PLAN (IRAQ) above.
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Canadian Soldiers Firing on Car in Afghanistan Kill 2
Children 
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http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/29/world/asia/29afghan.html
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"In Helmand Province...a British soldier was killed Monday
while patrolling"
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Patrolling?  TERRORIZING
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Marjorie Cohn | End the Occupation Of Iraq --and Afghanistan
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http://marjoriecohn.com/2008/07/end-occupation-of-iraq-and-afghanistan_28.html
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"Conspicuously absent from the national discourse is a
...comprehensive strategy to overhaul U.S. foreign policy
to inoculate us from the wrath of those who despise Amer-
ican imperialism."
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THE BU$H PLAN (IRAN)
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Ahmadinejad: US exploiting UNSC
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http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=65097§ionid=351020101
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"'Can the [United Nations Security Council] adopt a resolu-
tion against the US?' President Ahmadinejad...asked in a
Tuesday address to the 15th Foreign Ministerial Conference
of the Non-Aligned Movement...in Tehran. 

'When the root of most problems in the world traces back to
the White House, it is a waste of time to expect this body
(the UNSC) to be the solution to any crisis.' he [stated]."
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"Regarding the Vietnam War, President Ahmadinejad said...
any conflict started by certain permanent members of the
UNSC will not end in justice and [the] aggressors will go
unpunished."
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LIKE IMF AND WORLD BANK, THE UNO
IS A TOOL USED BY THE SUPERPOWER
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Non-Aligned Movement:
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Non-Aligned_Movement
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THE BU$H PLAN (PAKISTAN)
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Five Pakistani troops, 25 militants killed in clashes: army
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http://au.news.yahoo.com/a/-/world/4838570/pakistani-troops-25-militants-killed-clashes-army
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"spokesman for the Taliban in Swat...rejected the military's
casualty claims and said that many soldiers had been killed
and an armoured vehicle destroyed."
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MYANMAR
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Contributions to storm victims
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Left column | Item 6
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http://www.myanmar.com/newspaper/nlm/index.html
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"Wellwishers, from abroad or at home, who want to make any
contribution, cash or kinds, to the storm survivors may
contact the following places," which are listed.
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Myanmar Bank Information:
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http://www.etrademyanmar.com/Bank/#Banking_and_finance
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"Calculation is pegged to SDR at K[yat]s 9.5084 equal to 1
SDR."
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Special Drawing Rights:
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special_Drawing_Rights
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"A few countries peg their currencies against SDRs"
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5  LATAM
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CUBA
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General of the Army Raúl Castro Ruz | Our battle today is
the same as that initiated on the 26th of July [1953] | 
55th anniversary of the assault on the Moncada and Carlos
Manuel de Céspedes Garrisons | The 26th of July Ciudad
Escolar, Santiago de Cuba, July 26, 2008 | transcript
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http://www.granma.cu/ingles/2008/julio/lun28/31rdiscursob-i.html
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Reflections of Fidel | Chávez’ Message
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http://www.granma.cu/ingles/2008/julio/mar29/31reflexiones4.html
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"Today is his birthday.  Raúl and I sent him a painting
which shows Che emerging from the earth"
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6  SUPERPOWER
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**  [NY Governor] Paterson Warns of Economic Crisis
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http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/07/29/paterson-warns-of-economic-crisis/index.html
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"Everywhere I go, I meet people who are losing their jobs
and their homes.  I meet families who are forced to pay
more for gasoline and for food while their paychecks stay
the same.  Next winter, some of these families will have
to choose between heating their homes and feeding their
children.  The rising cost of health care means that they
cannot afford to get sick.”
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Louisianians Cash In on Gas Rush
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http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/29/us/29boom.html?ref=business&pagewanted=all
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"In the space of months, the price of [mineral] rights on
an acre has shot up to $30,000 from a few hundred dollars"
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Editorial | The Reign of 'Sheriff Joe' | In Arizona, the
perils of driving while brown
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http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/07/27/AR2008072701367.html
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SUPERPOWER RACISM
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Roger Hall, a Spy With a Sense of Humor, Is Dead at 89
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http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/28/arts/28hall1.html
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"He wrote...other books, both novels.  One,...'19,' was
about the O.S.S., in particular about a secret organi-
zation within the secret organization."
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__SITUATION SUMMARY__
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Farm animal rights law would require room to roam
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http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080728/ap_on_re_us/farm_scene_animal_welfare
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Hopes of World Trade Deal Collapse [in rancor]
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http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/30/business/worldbusiness/30trade.html
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"[The Superpower's trade representative] challenged the
assertions of India and other developing countries that
the United States had been the chief obstacle to sewing
up the deal."
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THERE IS NO LIE THE SUPERPOWER WILL NOT TELL
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Lloyds TSB net profit falls 63%
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http://au.news.yahoo.com/a/-/world/4838554/lloyds-tsb-net-profit-falls-63
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Lloyds TSB:
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lloyds_TSB
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Bush administration projects record 2009 deficit
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http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080728/ap_on_go_pr_wh/budget_deficit
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over "a half-trillion dollars next [fiscal] year"
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Merrill to sell troubled assets, raise capital
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http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080728/ap_on_bi_ge/merrill_lynch_sale
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"asset-backed securities and...hedges linked to bond
insurers"
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SOLD, SINGAPOREAN!
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As Most Airlines Struggle, Middle East Carriers Expand
	
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/29/business/worldbusiness/29gulfair.html
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"The technological capacity of new-generation aircraft
like the Airbus A380 allows gulf states to leverage their
geographical position as a crossroads, putting 80 percent
of the world’s most attractive markets, like India and
China, within reach of nonstop flights."
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This Oasis Is Closed
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http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/29/business/29lounges.html
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"Airport lounges are the latest casualty of the current
crisis in the airline industry."
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Worried Banks Sharply Reduce Business Loans
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http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/28/business/economy/28credit.html?ref=business&pagewanted=all
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"Two vital forms of credit used by companies...collectively
dropped almost 3 percent over the last year, to $3.27 tril-
lion from $3.36 trillion"
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Venture Capital Funding Slips, Slowing Business Development
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http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/07/27/AR2008072701486_pf.html
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"second-quarter venture capital investment slid 15 percent
from the same period of 2007"
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Fuel Subsidies Overseas Take a Toll on U.S.
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http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/28/business/worldbusiness/28subsidy.html?ref=business&pagewanted=all
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"Many in Asia bridle at being told to reduce oil use,
particularly by the United States, a country of sport-
utility vehicles and big houses."
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LIKE political-environmentalists telling the Third World
not to cut down the bee-you-ti-ful trees --when pioneers
HERE stripped the country bare coast to coast.
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Treasury, Banks Promote 'Covered Bonds' | Use of Securities
Could Help Unlock Housing Market, Paulson Says
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http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/07/28/AR2008072801512_pf.html
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Covered bond:
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Covered_bonds
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Home Prices Drop by Record 15.8% in May
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http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/07/29/AR2008072900978.html
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DAY 3
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**  Calif. Field Goes from Rush To Reflection of Global
Limits
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http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/07/28/AR2008072802905_pf.html
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EXTRAS
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Rising Oil and Gas Prices
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http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/discussion/2008/07/26/DI2008072601366.html
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California's Oil Rush
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http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/gallery/2008/07/25/GA2008072502547.html?sid=ST2008072803138&pos=list
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As Oil Supplies Go Dry
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http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/gallery/2008/07/28/GA2008072802335.html?sid=ST2008072803138&pos=list
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Kern River: A Case Study
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http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/graphic/2008/07/29/GR2008072900630.html?sid=ST2008072803138&pos=list
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Calif. Oil Fields Reflect Limits of Supply
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http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/graphic/2008/07/29/GR2008072900631.html?sid=ST2008072803138&pos=list

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July 24, 2008

OREO 07 24 08

Filed under: news — jaspar @ 7:39 am

OREO 07 24 08

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OREO 07 24 08
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Newsstories of interest:
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** = Important  [in this edition:  ]
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MH = Misleading Headline  [in this edition:  ]
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1  DISORDER
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__MEMO__
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For those interested in learning more about
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STATE MONOPOLY CAPITALISM
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in The Superpower context--
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Frank Kofsky
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Harry S. Truman and the War Scare of 1948: A Successful
Campaign To Deceive The Nation
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St Martin's Press
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1995
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419+ pages
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Paperback ISBN: 0 312 12329 9
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Note the important Appendix B: On "Conspiracy Theories"
in Fact and Fancy (pages 301-308); and the Foreward to
the Paperback Edition (pages xiii-xxi).
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__END OF MEMO__
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__REVENGE RIOT__
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Texas grand jury indicts [Fundamentalist Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter Day Saints] members
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http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080723/ap_on_re_us/polygamist_retreat
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"The criminal indictments were issued after a [duh] sepa-
rate child custody case in which more than 400 children"
were torn from their parents by the state.
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The Texas Supreme Court tossed that "case."
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"The criminal charges came during the [jury]'s second meet-
ing...; it met in June without taking any action."
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"The grand jury...will continue consideration of other pos-
sible criminal charges on Aug. 21"
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Texas Attorney General Abbott's "office is acting as the
special prosecutor in the [duh] case."
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Prices of Food and Gas Take a Toll in Asia
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http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/23/business/worldbusiness/23inflate.html?ref=business&pagewanted=all
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"Most central banks in Asia have been reluctant to give up
any of their economic [duh] independence or challenge the
United States by coordinating their monetary and currency
policies, even as they fret about rising prices."
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THIS IS MOTIVATED BY LOVE OF THE SUPER-
POWER AND HATRED OF THEIR OWN PEOPLES !
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Number of hungry worldwide reaches 50 million States Jack
Diouf, FAO director general
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http://www.granma.cu/ingles/2008/julio/mar22/FAO.html
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"Food prices have experienced a notable increase '52% on
average,' Diouf reported and noted that, in addition to
this 'particularly worrisome phenomenon,' the prices of
agricultural supplies are also rising.  For example, on
a global level, the cost of fertilizer has risen 98% this
year, seed 60% and animal feed 72%."
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Jacques Diouf:
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacques_Diouf
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Study: Online banking possibly dicier than assumed
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http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/tec_banking_security
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"Conventional wisdom is that the clients —-or PCs-— are
inherently insecure devices.  What this study shows is
that the servers — --or the bank and other consumer-
facing Web sites-— are also inherently insecure."
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THEREFORE
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Why is Google, which now owns GreenBorder, keeping it from
selling to individuals?
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GreenBorder:
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GreenBorder
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"GreenBorder said it is no longer taking on new customers"
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PCMag.com | GreenBorder Pro 2.9 | Review Date: 06.24.06
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http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2704,1980991,00.asp
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"For even more extreme security —-when shopping or banking,
say-— you can invoke the Privacy Zone, which causes Green-
Border to close and clean up all programs running under its
protection.  It then opens a single browser window with a
yellow border, signifying you're in the Privacy Zone.  When
you finish your online actions and close the zone, Green-
Border wipes out all traces of the transaction."
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World Bank Criticized on Environmental Efforts
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http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/22/science/earth/23enviro.html
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"recent pledges for environmental sustainability by the bank
and sister institutions, including the International Finance
Corporation, were often not put into practice"
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AS A LIAR-STATE TOOL, WHAT ELSE ?
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A City’s Police Force Now Doubts Terror Focus
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http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/24/us/24terror.html?hp=&pagewanted=all
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"It’s not whether we are going to be attacked; that’s
probably not going to happen.  But I don’t think that
you can let your guard down. Just because nothing has
happened, doesn’t mean that something won’t.”
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MO' MONEY, MAN
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Sophism | Modern usage:
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sophism#Modern_usage
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Report Says Pentagon Pressured, Intimidated Auditors
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http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/07/23/AR2008072301437.html
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"Supervisors at [Defense Contract Audit Agency] attempted
to intimidate auditors, prevented them from speaking with
GAO investigators and created a 'generally abusive work
environment'"
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THE BU$H PLAN (PALESTINE)
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Palestinian in construction truck rams cars
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http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080722/ap_on_re_mi_ea/israel_attack
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"and a bus"
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THE BU$H PLAN (IRAQ)
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Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Monday, 21 July 2008
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http://www.albasrah.net/en_articles_2008/0708/iraqiresistancereport_210708.htm
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Item 1: Belt bomber killed, five [puppet] policemen wounded
in clash in al-Fallujah Monday
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"Recent weeks have witnessed an upsurge in al-Qa‘idah [in
Iraq] activity in al-Fallujah and al-Anbar Province gener-
ally."
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Flight carrying members of Congress makes emergency landing
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http://www.khou.com/topstories/stories/khou080722_tj_congressplane.7f4faa58.html
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"The emergency landing was the third time in two days a
plane was diverted over cabin pressure issues.  A US Air-
ways flight and a Northwest Airlines flight were diverted
to airports in Kentucky and Wisconsin on Monday over cabin
pressure issues."
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Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Tuesday, 22 July 2008
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http://www.albasrah.net/en_articles_2008/0708/iraqiresistancereport_220708.htm
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Item 4: Tractor bomb kills five in as-Sa‘diyah
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"the explosives packed in the tractor under the watermelons
produced a powerful-enough blast to kill five people, four
of them [collaborator] 'Awakening' policemen.   Four other
'Awakening' policemen were wounded in the attack."
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Ship collision shuts Mississippi River, spills fuel
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http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20080723/us_nm/oil_spill_louisiana_dc
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"river closure stalled at least 10 vessels northbound and
15 southbound on the river, as well as 29 at locks water-
ways connecting to the river"
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IRAQ: Most NGOs Losing Face
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http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=43282
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"most [Iraqis] appear to believe that NGOs work for
money and personal interests, if not for intelligence
and missionary purposes."
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THE BU$H PLAN (AFGHANISTAN)
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Suspicion, terrain are foes for US in Afghan surge
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http://apnews.myway.com/article/20080723/D923N1PO0.html
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Suspicion?  "suspicion of NATO and the U.S."
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"'They are launching search operations in villages, which
is completely against the culture of the Pashtun people,'
said Tajeli Khan Sabir, a university professor who heads
the [puppet] Khost provincial council.  'That makes the
people very angry.  This is causing a schism between the
people and the [puppet] government.'
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Maulvi Abdul Aziz, a member of the council of clerics in
Nangarhar province, said the Taliban and other insurgents
are winning support from the local people because of re-
sentment over the foreign presence."
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[puppet] Afghan, NATO troops try to seize Taliban-held town
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http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20080724/wl_nm/afghan_violence_dc
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"campaign [by Emirate of Afghanistan troops] of seizing
remote outposts and forcing thinly spread [Superpower]
security forces to respond in a game of cat-and-mouse."
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Game?  ALL-OUT WAR AGAINST INVADERS
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AP IMPACT: Fatal MRAP accidents prompt warnings
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http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080724/ap_on_go_ca_st_pe/mrap_driving_alerts
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"On June 29, three Green Berets drowned when [their MRAP]
rolled into a canal in southern Afghanistan."
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ALONG WITH MURDERING CIVILIANS
YOU HAVE TO KNOW HOW TO DRIVE!
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THE BU$H PLAN (PAKISTAN)
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__DIRTY WAR__
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Pakistan government pressed on missing persons
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http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/world/AP-Pakistan-Missing-Persons.html
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"Pakistan Supreme Court judges investigating the disappear-
ances were swept from their posts when...Musharraf imposed
...emergency rule last year."
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THE BU$H PLAN (PHILIPPINES)
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Soldiers burn down house, hurt 14-year-old boy in Batangas
--group [Karapatan]
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http://ph.news.yahoo.com/gma/20080722/tph-soldiers-burn-down-house-hurt-14-yea-ce44f36.html
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"This is state terrorism, nothing more, nothing less,”
[said] Arnold Evangelista, information officer of Kara-
patan’s chapter in Batangas"
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vs
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"PAF [Philippine Air Force] chief information officer,
said a coordinated effort seems to be at work to smudge
the image of the government and military in Batangas."
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and
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MARIE HILAO-ENRIQUEZ, Secretary-General of KARAPATAN
(Alliance for the Advancement of People’s Rights in
the Philippines) | STATEMENT TO THE HEARING OF THE SUB-
COMMITTEE FOR EAST ASIAN AND PACIFIC AFFAIRS | SENATE
FOREIGN RELATIONS COMMITTEE OF THE 110TH US CONGRESS |
Washington DC | March 14, 2007
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http://www.senate.gov/~foreign/testimony/2007/EnriquezTestimony070314.pdf
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4 EUROPE
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EU
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Sabre-rattling Europe threatens US diplomats with visas
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http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/07/23/eu_comm_us_visa_threat/
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"and service personnel"
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FRANCE
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100 employees at French nuke site contaminated
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http://apnews.myway.com/article/20080723/D923PGM80.html
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"It was the third incident at a French nuclear site in
recent weeks and the second at the huge Tricastin site"
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Tricastin Nuclear Power Center:
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tricastin_Nuclear_Power_Center
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RUSSIAN FEDERATION
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...Medvedev met with...Putin
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http://www.kremlin.ru/eng/text/news/2008/07/204465.shtml
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"Under the law’s terms, more than 400 government powers,
mostly in the area of lawmaking, and also in areas such
as public administration and local self-government,
education and science, public health protection, urban
planning, construction and housing relations, agriculture,
pension provision and social protection, and culture, will
be transferred to the federal executive authorities."
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SNAP *S*!
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UK
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Report: 5,000 mental health patients escape every year
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http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/health/article4380218.ece
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http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/health/article4380218.ece?token=null&offset=12&page=2
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and
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Local authorities launched 10,000 snooping operations last
year
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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/2446314/Local-authorities-launched-10%2C000-snooping-operations-last-year.html
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"dog fouling and under-age smoking."
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EU NEEDS TO KICK OUT UK
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5  LATAM
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GUATEMALA
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DNA tests find stolen baby in Guatemala
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http://apnews.myway.com/article/20080723/D923PRFG2.html
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"Her mother, Ana Escobar, has spent the past year searching
for the child.
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In May, Escobar saw the toddler with an American woman who
was adopting the girl."
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NO MORE MASS KIDNAPPINGS
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VENEZUELA
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Beginning of a Meeting with President of Venezuela Hugo
Chavez
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http://www.kremlin.ru/eng/text/speeches/2008/07/22/2139_type82914_204432.shtml
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HUGO CHAVEZ: I think that you [Medvedev]...are well aware
that the world today is going through a difficult period.
There is the financial crisis, the energy crisis, the en-
vironmental crisis, the food crisis and the moral crisis
as well.
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And...Fidel says...there is a sanity crisis in some places
in the world, especially in the most powerful countries.
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Fortunately, Russia has...restored reason and common sense.
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SO 'TIS SAID
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6  SUPERPOWER
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Philadelphia Streets Unsafe for Manhole Covers
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http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/23/us/23manholes.html
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and for "storm drain and street grates"
`
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Women Are Now Equal as Victims of Poor Economy
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http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/22/business/22jobs.html?pagewanted=all
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"for the first time since the women’s movement came to
life, an economic recovery has come and gone, and the
percentage of women at work has fallen, not risen"
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MONOPOLY CAPITALISM IS STRAIGHT-ACTING
`
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Charles Wick; Reagan Ally Ran U.S. Information Agency
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http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/07/22/AR2008072202165_pf.html
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"He was an impassioned Cold Warrior" with links to Benny
Goodman, Sarah Churchill, Tommy Dorsey, Kirk Douglas, Charl-
ton Heston, Frances Langford, Peggy Lee, Frank Sinatra, the
Three Stooges.
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So?  Try--
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Tony Shaw
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Hollywood's Cold War
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University of Massachusetts Press
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2007
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342+ pages
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Paperback ISBN: 978 1 55849 612 5
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Wick: see pages 174, 268.
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7  $$$$
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Wachovia loses $8.9B, cuts 6,350 workers, dividend
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http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080722/ap_on_bi_ge/earns_wachovia
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Cuts dividend?
`
THE GREAT TRUMPET IS ANNOUNCING THE END
`
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Speculators Aren’t Driving Up Oil Prices, Report Says
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http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/23/business/23commodities.html?ref=business
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"The analysis was headed by the Commodity Futures Trading
Commission with help from six other agencies, including
the Federal Reserve and the Treasury."
`
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Minimum wage going up, little help as costs soar
`
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080723/ap_on_bi_ge/minimum_wage
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"Thursday...the federal minimum wage rises 70 cents.  The
bad news: Higher gas and food prices are swallowing it up"
`
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Earnings Decline at the [NY] Times Company
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http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/24/business/24times.html
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"newspaper will increase its daily newsstand price by 25
cents, to $1.50"
`
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Ford posts $8.7 billion loss on asset write-downs
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http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080724/ap_on_bi_ge/earns_ford
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"because of a decline in value of North American assets
and Ford Motor Credit Co.'s lease portfolio."
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OREO 07 18 08
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Newsstories of interest:
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MH = Misleading Headline  [in this edition:  ]
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1  DISORDER
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Senate [Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations] Report
Examines Role of Banks in Tax Evasion
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http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/17/washington/17tax.html
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LGT Bank [Liechtenstein Global Trust]:
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LGT_Bank
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TAX HAVEN ABUSES: THE ENABLERS, THE TOOLS AND SECRECY:
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http://hsgac.senate.gov/public/_files/TAXHAVENABUSESREPORT8106FINAL107.pdf
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"A 2005 study of high-net-worth individuals worldwide esti-
mated that their offshore assets now total $11.5 trillion."
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Announcement of Hearings on Tax Haven Banks and U. S. Tax
Compliance:
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http://hsgac.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?Fuseaction=Hearings.Detail&HearingID=3b2c1960-1147-4025-91a0-ed2cb728c962
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==
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Fannie, Freddie spent millions on lobbying
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http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080717/ap_on_bi_ge/fannie___freddie
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"tenaciously worked to nurture, and then protect, their
financial empires by invoking the political sacred cow
of homeownership and fielding an army of lobbyists"
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Political sacred cow?
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THERE IS NO LIE THE EVIL PEOPLE WILL NOT BELIEVE
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Army of lobbyists?
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POLITICAL PRIESTS OF THE SACRED COW
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Fed's Crisis Role Spurs Questions of Overreach
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http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/07/16/AR2008071602655_pf.html
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and
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Editorial | The Fannie-Freddie Dodge | The costs and
contradictions of bailing out housing
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http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/07/16/AR2008071602464.html
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Compare with
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News Analysis | Government as the Big Lender
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http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/14/washington/14guarantee.html?pagewanted=all
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(See OREO 07 16 08 | DISORDER | Item 2)
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There's nothing principled in WaPo whining.  The Post simply
wishes to assert its difference from NYT-style exposition of
facts.
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__ATTACK # 1__
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Hippie town's homeless attack portends trend
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http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080717/ap_on_re_us/homeless_beating
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"a growing problem across the country: attacks on society's
most vulnerable members,
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almost as [>] sport,
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especially by young people."
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"20 witnesses watched the beating...no one stopped it."
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DEPRAVED HEARTS IN A NUTSHELL
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Bolinas, California:
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bolinas
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__ATTACK # 2__
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Amazon Plans an Online Store for Movies and TV Shows
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http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/17/technology/17amazon.html
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"significant step toward...keeping couch potatoes planted
firmly in front of their televisions and computers"
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4 charged with taking $450K from NYC child agency
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http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080717/ap_on_re_us/foster_care_scam
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"supervisor assigned to investigate fraud in New York City's
child services agency was [= is] among" the four
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Ashcroft: 'Not hard' to reject [previously approved] inter-
rogation memos
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http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080717/ap_on_go_ca_st_pe/terror_interrogation
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The tone of the House Judiciary Committee hearing:
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"two lawmakers struggled to get their tongues around Zubay-
dah, which is pronounced 'zoo-BY-dah.'
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Legislative aides and audience members snickered repeat-
edly as Rep. Lamar Smith of Texas, the committee's top
Republican, called him "zoo-BE-doo."  And Rep. Robert Wex-
ler, D-Fla., alternately pronounced it 'zah-boo-da' and
'za-boo-doo.'"
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DEPRAVED HEARTS IN A NUTSHELL
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Abu Zubaydah [Zayn al-Abidin Muhammad Husayn]:
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abu_Zubayda
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Terrorism Funds May Let Brass Fly in Style | Luxury Pods
for Air Force Debated
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http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/07/17/AR2008071703161_pf.html
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"Air Force's top leadership sought for three years to spend
counterterrorism funds on 'comfort capsules'"
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Police Spied on [antiwar] Activists In Md. | Officers In-
filtrated Groups During Ehrlich Years
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http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/07/17/AR2008071701287_pf.html
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The newsstory quotes the then-state police superintendent:
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"Ehrlich...was not aware of it.  You do what you think is
best to protect the general populace of the state."
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The then-state police superintendent is "now a federal de-
fense contractor."
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Bids for Work Falsified, GAO Reports | $100 Million in
Contracts for Distressed Zones Go to Firms Operating
Elsewhere
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http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/07/17/AR2008071702760.html
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"Under federal contracting rules, agencies are to award 3
percent of their annual contracts to qualified companies
in HUB [Historically Underutilized Business] zones.
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...the percentage of prime contracting dollars fell about
33 percent short of the statutory goal in 2006"
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2  AFRICA
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RWANDA
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Rwanda ex-leaders granted life immunity
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http://www.afrol.com/articles/29858
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JUST LIKE IN __DIRTY WAR__LATIN AMERICA
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SUDAN
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Paul Craig Roberts | War Crimes Paradox | Little Crimes Get
Punished, Big Ones Don't
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http://www.counterpunch.org/roberts07162008.html
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"The International Criminal Court is a bureaucracy.  It
has a budget, and it needs to do something to justify its
budget.  Lacking teeth and courage, it goes after the petty
war criminals and leaves the big ones alone."
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3  ASIA
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THE BU$H PLAN (PALESTINE)
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Unease Over West Bank Raids | Israeli Crackdown on Charities
Problematic for [puppet] Palestinian Authority
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http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/07/17/AR2008071702650_pf.html
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"while [puppet] Palestinian Authority forces control Nablus
by day, the Israeli military still sweeps in most nights."
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THE BU$H PLAN (LEBANON)
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Al-Hariri in Baghdad, meets Iraqi [puppet] PM
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http://66.111.34.180/look/english/article.tpl?IdLanguage=1&IdPublication=4&NrArticle=86071&NrIssue=2&NrSection=1
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Saad Hariri:
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saad_Hariri
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THE BU$H PLAN (IRAQ)
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Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Wednesday, 16 July 2008
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http://www.albasrah.net/en_articles_2008/0708/iraqiresistancereport_160708.htm
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Item 1: Fighting rages in streets of al-Hadithah as rival
US-backed police forces battle each other for lucrative
American bridge reconstruction contract
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THE SUPERPOWER'S HUMANITARIAN MISSIONS EQUAL
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MANY-SIDED SUBVERSION OF THE TARGET SOCIETY!
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THE BU$H PLAN (AFGHANISTAN)
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Ex-Ranger gets 35 years in fellow Ranger's slaying
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http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080717/ap_on_re_us/ranger_killed
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"guilty of second-degree murder — depraved heart."
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U.S.-Led Forces Confirm Killing Afghan Civilians
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http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/news/news-afghan-violence.html
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"as reports of [>] more civilian deaths caused by a fresh
air raid by foreign forces emerged"
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THE BU$H PLAN (PAKISTAN)
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Afghan NATO Force Hits Targets Inside Pakistan
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http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/world/international-afghan-violence.html
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"after coming under rocket fire from across the border"
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SMELLS LIKE SUPERPOWER *S*
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and
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CIA deputy chief [Kappes] paid secret visit to Pakistan
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http://thepost.com.pk/IsbNewsT.aspx?dtlid=172800&catid=17
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"day before the visit of General Mullen last week"
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"met top military management and intelligence agencies
officials in order to discuss the regional situation."
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THE BU$H PLAN (PHILIPPINES)
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2 Globe Telecom contractors abducted in Basilan --report
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http://ph.news.yahoo.com/gma/20080716/tph-2-globe-telecom-contractors-abducted-ce44f36.html
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Globe Telecom | Ownership:
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Globe_Telecom#Ownership
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First Pacific | Corporate Profile:
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http://www.firstpacco.com/eng/about/profile.php
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Basilan | Political Scene:
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basilan#Political_Scene
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BANGLADESH
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Two Bangladesh border guards shot dead by India: military
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http://au.news.yahoo.com/a/-/world/4801320/bangladesh-border-guards-shot-dead-india-military
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"It's serious border violation"
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EVEN MURDER BY IMPERIAL INDIA
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INDIA
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Indian Maoists blast police van killing 24 [policemen]
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http://ph.news.yahoo.com/rtrs/20080716/tap-oukwd-uk-india-maoists-e55d1fb.html
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"a fortnight after the rebels sank a police boat and killed
38 officers of an elite anti-insurgency unit"
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"Maoists...stepped up violence in response to a security
[violence] campaign in the area"
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Malkangiri [Orissa state]:
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malkangiri
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"one of the most naxalite-affected areas of the state"
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SAUDI ARABIA
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Saudis Look Beyond Oil to New Economy in Desert
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http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/07/16/AR2008071602796_pf.html
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"first serious step by Saudi Arabia toward building a post-
petroleum economy."
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THAILAND
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Thailand's south derides ceasefire claim as hoax
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http://au.news.yahoo.com/a/-/world/4805626/thailands-south-derides-ceasefire-claim-hoax
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FAKE PEACE DEALS ARE PART
OF SUPERPOWER-STYLE WAR !
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4 EUROPE
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CHECHNYA
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Blast kills nine...Russian soldiers in Chechnya: report
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http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20080715/wl_afp/russiachechnyamilitaryblast_080715182238
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"Chechnya has fought two wars for independence from Russia
since the collapse of the Soviet Union.  Guerrilla attacks
remain frequent despite the end of major combat operations
in the latest conflict, which began in 1999."
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GERMANY
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Hitler's [duh] 'suicidal urge' prolonged war by three years,
German historians say
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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/germany/2306463/Hitler%27s-%27suicidal-urge%27-prolonged-war-by-three-years%2C-German-historians-say.html
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"The history has...broken taboos" "it discloses that
ordinary army units, and not just the SS, committed
atrocities on the eastern front."
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*The German Reich and the Second World War* in 13 volumes.
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SPAIN
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Spain's supreme court acquits four over Madrid bombings
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http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20080717/wl_afp/spainattacksappeal_080717104457
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"also upheld a lower court's decision to acquit one of the
alleged masterminds"
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POOF!
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TURKEY
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Four dead in Kurd rebel clash in SE Turkey: sources
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http://au.news.yahoo.com/a/-/world/4805738/dead-kurd-rebel-clash-se-turkey-sources
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"Turkey's military has recently launched a major offensive"
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At least "Two Turkish soldiers...were killed"
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UK
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Britons face losing everything as Spanish construction
industry goes into meltdown
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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/spain/2304401/Britons-face-losing-everything-as-Spanish-construction-industry-goes-into-meltdown.html
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"Thousands of Britons who have bought homes in the Costas
face losing their investments as Spain's real estate and
construction industry goes into meltdown."
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IT IS TO CRY
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Galicia (Spain):
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Galicia_%28Spain%29
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A Costa do Marisco, Galicia (Spain):
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spanish_costas
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UK plans to counter Islamist extremism
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http://au.news.yahoo.com/a/-/world/4805698/uk-plans-counter-islamist-extremism
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"Last month, the government published a 'de-radicalisation'
program, including advice to local authorities to map their
areas by religion"
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5  LATAM
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ARGENTINA
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Argentina Blocks Farm Export Tax
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http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/18/world/americas/18argentina.html
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"the Senate voted, 37 to 36, against"
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BRAZIL
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Elite Squad: the movie that shook Brazil
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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/arts/main.jhtml;jsessionid=RTFQWJ3BUU2XFQFIQMFSFGGAVCBQ0IV0?xml=/arts/2008/07/18/bfjose118.xml
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"BOPE, the brutal, paramilitary police commando force which
combats crime [?] in Rio's slums by any means necessary."
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BOPE [Special Police Operations Battalion]:
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BOPE
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Tropa de Elite [The Elite Squad]:
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tropa_de_Elite
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6  SUPERPOWER
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Mining Company [Cleveland-Cliffs] Buys Smaller Coal Producer
[Alpha Natural Resources]
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http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/17/business/17mine.html
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Cleveland-Cliffs:
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cleveland-Cliffs
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About Alpha Natural Resources:
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http://www.b2i.us/profiles/investor/ResLibraryView.asp?BzID=1041&ResLibraryID=25339&Category=1250
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"Alpha Natural Resources is a leading supplier of high-
quality Appalachian coal to the steel industry, electric
utilities and other industries.  Approximately 89% of the
company's reserve base is high Btu coal and 82% is low
sulfur, qualities that are in high demand among electric
utilities which use steam coal.  Alpha is also the nation's
largest supplier and exporter of metallurgical coal, a key
ingredient in steel manufacturing.  Alpha and its subsidi-
aries currently operate mining complexes in four states,
consisting of 57 mines supplying 11 coal preparation and
blending plants.  The company and its subsidiaries employ
more than 3,600 people."
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7  $$$$
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Slowing Economy Gives Way to Global Role Reversals
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http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/07/16/AR2008071602732_pf.html
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THEN
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"When financial crises hit the Asian markets in the 1990s
and Argentina in 2001, the aftershocks spread to other
emerging economies, plunging several into recession while
wealthy countries went relatively unscathed."
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NOW
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"The global slowdown...is hitting the world's richest
nations the hardest even as emerging nations, some with
once-fragile economies, are proving relatively resilient.
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Merrill posts [much larger-than-expected] $4.9 billion loss,
sells Bloomberg stake
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http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20080718/ts_nm/merrill_results_dc
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"fourth straight [loss] for Wall Street's third-largest
investment bank"
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Citigroup loses $2.5 billion, not as bad as feared
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http://au.news.yahoo.com/a/-/world/4805804/citigroup-loses-25-billion-bad-feared
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However, "it wrote off an additional 7.2 billion dollars
in securities and banking, largely from soured property
market bets."
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Loan Losses Weigh on JPMorgan; Income Falls 53%
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http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/18/business/18bank.html
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Inflation watch: Consumer prices jump in June
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http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/business/AP-Economy.html
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and
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Key developments on inflation
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http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/business/AP-Economy-Glance.html
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Coca-Cola Profit Drops 23%
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http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/business/AP-Earns-Coca-Cola.html
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"Along with competitors, Coca-Cola has been suffering from
lower demand for soda by U.S. consumers."
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More Homeowners Taking in Boarders
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http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/16/us/16share.html?pagewanted=print
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Single-Family Construction Fell 5.3% in June
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http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/business/AP-Economy.html
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Bartering Expands in the Internet Age
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http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/17/business/smallbusiness/17edge.html
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"EBay is 'more of an exchange for liquidating, not trading.'"
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Ebay Shares Fall 13 Pct After Weak Outlook, Downgrades
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http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/business/business-ebay-shares.html
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July 12, 2008

OREO 07 12 08

Filed under: news — jaspar @ 9:52 am

OREO 07 12 08

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OREO 07 12 08
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Newsstories of interest:
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** = Important  [in this edition: 1 ]
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MH = Misleading Headline  [in this edition: 1 ]
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1  DISORDER
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ACLU [and several other groups] File...Lawsuit to Challenge
Surveillance Law
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http://news.yahoo.com/s/pcworld/20080710/tc_pcworld/148211
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"The power of this surveillance can essentially shut down
the ability of whistleblowers, human-rights activists,
dissidents, true-tellers and people with a conscience to
rise up and speak against the audacity of those in power."
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PEOPLE MAY THEN BEGIN SPEAKING WITH AMPLIFICATION
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New York pressures more ISPs into child pornography crack-
down
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http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/07/12/att_aol_newsgroup_shutdown/
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"But blocking access to large swathes of Usenet is hardly
the right way to go.  The pornography will only turn up
elsewhere.
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And these ISPs --strong-armed by the New York AG-- are bag-
ging tens of thousands of newsgroups that contain nothing
but perfectly legal content."
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Usenet:
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Usenet
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AND
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Cuomo: AT&T and AOL block child porn newsgroups
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http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5iLlpoe8rPOCkBK_j4HVRVp1dyIfgD91RG3FG0
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Cuomo's new Web site:
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http://www.nystopchildporn.com.
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__STATE TERRORISM__
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Iowa Church Is a Beacon After Immigration Raid
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http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/12/us/12religion.html
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Agriprocessors | Federal immigration raid:
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agriprocessors#Federal_immigration_raid
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==
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See OREO 05 14 08 | DISORDER | Hundreds Are Arrested in U.S.
Sweep of [Kosher] Meat Plant [in Postville, Iowa] | excerpt
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"raid had been planned for months" "arrested more than 300
workers." "would not say how many people had been rounded
up beyond...300"
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"Federal officials leased an expansive fairground area in
nearby [?] Waterloo to process and house the arrested work-
ers."
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Postville, [Allamakee and Clayton Counties,] Iowa:
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Postville%2C_Iowa
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Waterloo, [Black Hawk County,] Iowa:
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waterloo%2C_Iowa
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As part of the planning for months...
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"a former plant supervisor had told investigators that a
methamphetamine laboratory had operated at the plant"
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==
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The number of workers rounded up: "nearly 400" according to
the latest newsstory.
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AP IMPACT: An American life worth less today
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http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080710/ap_on_re_us/value_of_life
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"In 2002, the EPA decided the value of elderly people was
38 percent less than that of people under 70.  After the
move became public, the agency reversed itself."
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and
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Roche to Suspend H.I.V. Research
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http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/12/business/12bizbriefs-ROCHETOSUSPE_BRF.html
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"Research scientists currently working in H.I.V. will be
reassigned to other activities."
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School rebuked for ibuprofen strip search
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http://www.reuters.com/article/domesticNews/idUSN1139508220080711?feedType=RSS&feedName=domesticNews&sp=true
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"The majority found flaws in the school's logic that a tip
from another student justified the action.
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"The self-serving statement of a cornered teenager facing
significant punishment does not meet the heavy burden ne-
cessary to justify a search accurately described by the 7th
Circuit as 'demeaning, dehumanizing, undignified, humilia-
ting, terrifying, unpleasant embarrassing.'"
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GOTTA BREAK 'EM FIRST, THEN A LIL' TEACHIN'LL DO
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2  AFRICA
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ZIMBABWE
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Russia, China veto UN sanctions on Zimbabwe
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http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20080711/wl_afp/zimbabwepoliticsunvote
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The 2 BIg Boys "joined South Africa, Libya and Vietnam" in
opposing The Superpower's
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INTERNATIONAL RACISM
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resolution.
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and
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Zimbabwe says sanctions failure a victory over racism
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http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20080712/ts_nm/zimbabwe_crisis_dc
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""We are very happy with the turn of events and would like
to thank those who helped defeat
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international racism
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disguised as multilateral action at the U.N."
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3  ASIA
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THE BU$H PLAN (PALESTINE)
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New Allegations Emerge About Israeli Prime Minister
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http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/12/11/AR2007121101135.html
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"billed multiple charitable organizations for the same
flights, and then used the extra money to fund personal
vacations"
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Jerusalem Old City shooting wounds 2 Israeli police
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http://au.news.yahoo.com/a/-/world/4784225/jerusalem-old-city-shooting-wounds-2-israeli-police
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THE BU$H PLAN (LEBANON)
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Hezbollah gains veto power in new Lebanon Cabinet
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http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080711/ap_on_re_mi_ea/lebanon
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"Lebanon's economy...[is] saddled with a debt of $43
billion, or more than 180 percent of the gross domestic
product —-making it one of the highest in the world."
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VETO THAT
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THE BU$H PLAN (IRAQ)
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**  Bodies of 2 missing US soldiers are found in Iraq
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http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080711/ap_on_re_us/missing_soldiers
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"The three soldiers...disappeared [= were captured] on May
12, 2007, after insurgents ambushed their combat team 20
miles outside Baghdad.  An Iraqi soldier and four other
Americans from the same unit were killed in the attack."
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See PoliticalEssays | "Incompetence --Or Treason?" | June
6, 2007 | excerpt
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http://groups.yahoo.com/group/PoliticalEssays/message/930
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D
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Under the misleading headline "Al-Qaida: Captured U.-
S. Troops Killed," AP reported June 6, 2007: "The Is-
lamic State of Iraq [a Resistance army] issued Web
statements shortly after the attack [about 20 miles
south of Baghdad]...warning the Americans to call off
the hunt 'if you want their safety.'"
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E
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The hunt continued --even continues!-- and the Resis-
tance army correctly points out that ultimately "Bush
is the reason of the loss of your POWs."
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'Lob bombs' new biggest worry for US in Baghdad
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http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080711/ap_on_go_ca_st_pe/iraq_elite_bombers
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"The weapons are launched from small trucks and are fired
in multiples of four to nine [107 mm] rockets at a time."
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Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Friday, 11 July 2008
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http://www.albasrah.net/en_articles_2008/0708/iraqiresistancereport_110708.htm
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Item 1: Bomb rips through US Humvee in al-Hadithah midday
Friday
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"killing or wounding at least three [US] soldiers"
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THE BU$H PLAN (AFGHANISTAN)
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47 Afghan civilians killed by US bombs, [>] group says
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http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080711/ap_on_re_as/afghanistan
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Group?  "Afghan [puppet] government commission investiga-
ting the [>] incident"
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Incident?  MASS MURDER
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THE BU$H PLAN (PAKISTAN)
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Pakistani Lawyer [Aitzaz Ahsan] At Helm of Change | Goal Is
Restoration of Ousted Judges
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http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/07/10/AR2008071002661_pf.html
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"[1] Chaudhry's first suspension was declared illegal last
year after Ahsan represented him in the Supreme Court.
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[2] The November move against the judiciary has yet to be
fully reversed.  The house arrest imposed on the 11 judges
and their families ended in March, but neither they nor 50
provincial judges who also lost their jobs were reinstated."
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Aitzaz Ahsan:
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aitzaz_Ahsan
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Suspension of Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry:
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iftikhar_Muhammad_Chaudhry_%28suspension%29
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Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry:
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iftikhar_Muhammad_Chaudhry
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MH  Pakistan protests to U.S. over Afghan border [mortaring]
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Rather, Pakistan protests to U.S. over Pakistan border mor-
taring
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http://au.news.yahoo.com/a/-/world/4784156/pakistan-protests-afghan-border
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"wounded six Pakistani soldiers"
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4 EUROPE
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GERMANY
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Nazi photos reveal devastation of WWII Allied bombing raids
on Germany
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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/germany/2279721/Nazi-photos-reveal-devastation-of-WWII-Allied-bombing-raids-on-Germany.html
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Click right arrow at "Image 1 of 3":  Hamburg => Hamburg
=> Lubeck
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RUSSIAN FEDERATION
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Medvedev met with Vladimir Yevtushenkov, Chairman of the
Board of the Joint-Stock Financial Company Sistema
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http://www.kremlin.ru/eng/text/news/2008/07/204011.shtml
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"Russia would not be able to build a stable economy [at
home] without ambitious projects and big achievements in
the world market."
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IMPERIAL RUSSIA
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Sistema:
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sistema
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"The company's Global Depository Receipts...are traded on
the London Stock Exchange"
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5  LATAM
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MEXICO
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Mexico military is accused of more abuse
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http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080711/ap_on_re_la_am_ca/mexico_military_abuse
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"eight new cases of military abuse and torture."
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6  SUPERPOWER
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Government shuts down mortgage lender IndyMac
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http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080712/ap_on_bi_ge/indymac
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"The bank is the largest regulated thrift to fail and the
second largest financial institution to close in U.S.
history"
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7  $$$$
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Investment firms d[id]n't draw emergency loans [for the
week ending July 9]
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http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080710/ap_on_bi_go_ec_fi/fed_credit_crisis
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"and commercial banks also scaled back."
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However--
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"Separately...the Fed auctioned $21.3 billion in Treasury
securities to investment companies Thursday." "In exchange
for the 28-day loans of Treasury securities, bidding com-
panies can put up as collateral more risky investments."
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STATE MONOPOLY CAPITALISM
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Oil surges to record high above $146
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http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20080711/bs_nm/markets_oil_dc
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"U.S. crude hit $146 a barrel for the first time and later
rose as high as $146.90."
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Slide by Marriott Signals Distress For Hotel Industry | Oil
Prices Curtail Travel, Landing Fewer Heads on Beds
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http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/07/10/AR2008071002576.html
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Ashland Announces Deal to Acquire Chemicals Maker [Hercules]
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http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/12/business/12bizbriefs-ASHLANDANNOU_BRF.html
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Ashland To Acquire Hercules:
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http://www.herc.com/abouthercules/news/08/Ashland.asp
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"The combined businesses will provide the scale to leverage
opportunities in other key water treatment markets includ-
ing municipal, industrial and marine."
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Rheology:
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rheology
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Soon DOD will be able to make water a solid in a country
under attack.
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July 6, 2008

OREO 07 06 08

Filed under: news — jaspar @ 8:57 am

OREO 07 06 08

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OREO 07 06 08
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Newsstories of interest:
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** = Important  [in this edition: 1 ]
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MH = Misleading Headline  [in this edition: 1 ]
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1  DISORDER
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Lithuania: Attacks [on some 300 Web sites] Focused on Host-
ing Company [Hostex]
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"sites were defaced after Lithuania passed a law prohibit-
ing the public display of symbols dating from the Soviet
Union era, as well as the playing of the Soviet national
anthem."
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LET'S INVESTIGATE!
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(1) According to the newsstory, "Lithuania" in the head-
line = "Lithuania's Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT)"
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CERT Coordination Center:
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CERT_Coordination_Center
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(a) "The CERT/CC is not to be confused with United States
Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT)"
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(b) "The CERT/CC is run by the federally funded Pittsburgh
based Software Engineering Institute (SEI) at Carnegie
Mellon University."
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(2)
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Software Engineering Institute | SEI Partner Network:
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Software_Engineering_Institute#SEI_Partner_Network
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"The network currently consists of nearly 250 partner or-
ganizations worldwide."
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Software Engineering Institute | Focus of Progressive
Protests:
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Software_Engineering_Institute#Focus_of_Progressive_Protests
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"SEI has been a frequent site of anti-war movement and
peace movement protests since its construction began, many
of which have been organized by Pittsburgh's Thomas Merton
Center."
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(3) continuing (1)(b) with an alphabet-soup shift from CERT
to CSIRT
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National Computer Security Incident Response Teams:
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http://www.cert.org/csirts/national/contact.html
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"The following CSIRTs have responsibility for an economy or
a country.
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***
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Lithuania (LT)
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LITNET CERT
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http://cert.litnet.lt/
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***"
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In English--
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http://cert.litnet.lt/index_en.html
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(4)
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CSIRT Description for LITNET CERT:
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http://cert.litnet.lt/CSIRT_descr-en.html
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Under "3.3 Sponsorship and/or Affiliation"--
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"LITNET CERT is funded by LITNET - Academic and Research
Network in Lithuania. 

LITNET CERT is affiliated with FIRST, Forum of Incident
Response and Security Teams, since 2003.  LITNET CERT
maintains affiliations with various CSIRTs around the
world on an [>] as needed basis."
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(5)
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About LITNET:
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http://www.litnet.lt/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=24&Itemid=26
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"Academic and Research Network in Lithuania (LITNET) is an
association of Academic research and [>] other non-profit
organizations.  The members of this association use, manage
and develop the network.
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"The highest governing body of LITNET is the LITNET Board
whose structure and regulations are confirmed by the Mini-
stry of Science and Education in Lithuania.  The LITNET
Board coordinates the development and the management of
the network. 
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"The LITNET Network Operating Center (NOC) carries out...
network activity.  LITNET NOC is located in the Kaunas Uni-
versity of Technology."
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"LITNET gets financial support from Ministry of Science and
Education. 
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LITNET takes part in several international support programs
and projects which are financed by [>] external funds."
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LITNET Topology:
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(6)
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GÉANT:
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G%C3%89ANT
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"the main European multi-gigabit computer network for re-
search and education purposes."
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"It currently has gigabit links to North America and Japan."
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"National research and education networks connected to GÉANT
are:
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***
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Lithuania's LITNET
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***"
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(7) back to (1)(a)
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CERT_Coordination_Center
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"CERT/CC is not to be confused with United States Computer
Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT)..., however the two
organisations do work closely together and cross reference
each other."
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LET'S CONCLUDE!
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Superpower-funded Software Engineering Institute with help
from US-CERT and from select non-profit organizations is
capable of inducing LITNET to create fake cyber attacks.
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After all,
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http://www.litnet.lt/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=25&Itemid=28
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" 2,5 [= 2.5] Gbit/s link connects LITNET to GÉANT."
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"A second high capacity [link] is urgently required."
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That takes $$$$.
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and
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Europe drafts law to disconnect suspected filesharers
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http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/07/06/europe_drafts_law_to_disconnect_filesharers/
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"through this legislation European ISPs could [duh] also
be mandated to block legitimate traffic in an effort to
'prevent' illegitimate traffic slipping by"
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AH, WHAT SLY DOGS THEY ARE!
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Americans' unhappy birthday: 'Too much wrong right now'
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http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/us/AP-Americas-Bad-Mood.html?pagewanted=all
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"Media reports noting that the world isn't rallying around
U.S. policies...build frustration."
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Superpower policies?  THE HIDDEN HAND POLICY is one--
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Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Friday, 4 July 2008
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http://www.albasrah.net/en_articles_2008/0708/iraqiresistancereport_040708.htm
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Item 6: Pictures surface of Iraqi [puppet] regime massacre
of Jaysh al-Mahdi fighters in Karbala’ last year
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"the National Alliance for Tribes of Iraq...demanded an
investigation of the slaughter.
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The General Secretary of the Alliance, Shaykh ‘Isam Al Bu
Hilalah, said that the executions took place last year af-
ter a number of armed men turned themselves in voluntarily
in compliance with demands by the Iraqi [puppet] regime
and after their ammunition had been exhausted.
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Bu Hilalah went on to say that the [puppet] government
agencies immediately ordered their execution on the main
street in the al-‘Askari neighborhood of the city in full
view of local residents"
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Secretive Agency Under the Spotlight | Chief Tries to Repair
CIA as Scrutiny Grows
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http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/07/04/AR2008070402579_pf.html
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"Hayden opposes many of the specific measures sought by
lawmakers"
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SPECIFIC MEASURES WILL NOT DO
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THIS IS A  *SYSTEMIC*  MATTER
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See PoliticalEssays | New Investigation | August 26, 2007
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http://groups.yahoo.com/group/PoliticalEssays/message/965
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NO ILLUSIONS: THE CIA MUST BE ABOLISHED ROOT AND BRANCH!
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ROOT includes The Superpower's National Security Council
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Post-9/11 Dragnet Turns Up Surprises | Biometrics Link
Foreign Detainees To Arrests in U.S.
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http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/07/05/AR2008070501831_pf.html
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"DETAINEES" = NEW KIND OF SUPERPOWER MERCENARY
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2  AFRICA
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Gambia leader validates Mugabe's re-election
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http://www.afrol.com/articles/29701
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"a number of African governments, who believed that the
West's push for a regime change in the Southern African
country would derail the gains of the liberation struggle,
remain supportive to...Mugabe."
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"elections 'cannot be free and fair' in an atmosphere in
which external forces back [an] opposition principally to
destabilise a country through attacks on the ruling party
supporters as well as use NGOs [to] influence polls."
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Yahya Jammeh [President of The Gambia]:
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yahya_Jammeh
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3  ASIA
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THE BU$H PLAN (PALESTINE)
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Israel Blocks West Bank Village Over Protests
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http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/world/international-palestinians-israel-barrier.html
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"protests against the construction of a West Bank barrier
deemed illegal by the World Court."
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Ni'lin:
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ni%27lin
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THE BU$H PLAN (IRAQ)
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MH  Despair Drives Suicide Attacks by Iraqi Women
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Rather, Hatred of The Superpower Drives Suicide Attacks
by Iraqi Women
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http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/05/world/middleeast/05diyala.html?pagewanted=all
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"The women who become suicide bombers often have lost close
male relatives —-a husband, a brother, a son-— in fighting"
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At root of most wildfires, by far: People
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http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/us/AP-Wildfires-Fire-Starters.html
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"People caused more than 73,000 wildfires that burned more
than 5,300 square miles in 2007, according to the National
Interagency Fire Center"
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Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Thursday, 3 July 2008
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http://www.albasrah.net/en_articles_2008/0708/iraqiresistancereport_030708.htm
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From bottom: Item 3 | Iraqi [puppet] government police find
downed American spy plane
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THE BU$H PLAN (AFGHANISTAN)
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Aghan official says US strikes killed 22 civilians [wound-
ing 7]
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http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080705/ap_on_re_as/afghan_violence
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"The U.S. military said" "The province's governor said"
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Gunmen shoot dead Afghan member of [puppet] parliament
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http://www.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idUSISL6122920080705?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews&sp=true
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"Ten [puppet] parliamentarians have been killed since the
Afghan [puppet] assembly was set up in 2005."
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Editorial | Afghan Escalation | Every year, the number of
troops grows --and so do enemy attacks
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Enemy?  Emirate of Afghanistan troops defending their land.
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http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/07/05/AR2008070501360.html
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UN to urge revamp of Afghan aid
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http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7491825.stm
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"an aid effort that many think has been missing the mark,
when winning people over to the government, and keeping
the Taleban at bay, is so vital for the future"
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SUPERPOWER-STYLE  AID = SOCIOCIDE
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THE BU$H PLAN (IRAN)
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Interview With Iranian Presidential Adviser Mojtaba Samareh
Hashemi
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http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/07/05/AR2008070501558_pf.html
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Council for Spreading Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's Thoughts:
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Council_for_Spreading_Mahmoud_Ahmadinejad%27s_Thoughts
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"The members include:
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***
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Mojtaba Samareh Hashemi (advisor to the president)
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***"
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and
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Iran's Leaders Divided on U.S. | Recent Contradictory
Remarks Illustrate Debate Over Relations
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http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/07/05/AR2008070501402_pf.html
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Interview & "newsstory" to be read with circumspection.
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DEMOCRATIC PEOPLES REPUBLIC OF KOREA
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DPRK Foreign Ministry Spokesman on Implementation of Agree-
ment Adopted by Six-Party Talks
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July 5, 2008 | Item 1
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http://www.kcna.co.jp/index-e.htm
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Note that what's being talked about is "denuclearization
of the whole Korean Peninsula."
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INDIA
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N.D.Jayaprakash | **  The NPT as a Roadblock to Disarmament
| Forty Years Onward and Downward
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http://www.counterpunch.org/jayaprakash07062008.html
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NPT = Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty
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"Its worse feature was that it succeeded in diverting
attention away from the goal of general and complete
disarmament.
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Under the cover of the NPT, both USA and [post-1956]
USSR unleashed a mindless nuclear arms race and were
...equally guilty of perpetrating a fraud on humanity.
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It is high time that the essence of the McCloy-Zorin
Accord of 1961 and the Rajiv Gandhi Action Plan of
1988 are resurrected and the issue of general and com-
plete disarmament brought back as the central agenda
of the UN."
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Samajwadi Party undecided [?] on supporting Congress
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http://in.news.yahoo.com/139/20080705/816/tnl-samajwadi-party-undecided-on-support.html
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"the party's General Secretary Amar Singh said that no
decision has been taken as yet."
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However--
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"We'll do anything to combat communalism.  L K Advani is a
greater threat to us than George Bush.  America and imperi-
alism is better than the Bharatiya Janata Party's communal-
ism."
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Amar Singh (politician):
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amar_Singh_%28politician%29
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Abdul Kalam:
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A._P._J._Abdul_Kalam
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Om Prakash Chautala:
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Om_Prakash_Chautala
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Lal Krishna Advani:
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L_K_Advani
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`
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22 perish in incessant rains in [Uttar Pradesh state]
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http://in.news.yahoo.com/20/20080705/1416/tnl-22-perish-in-incessant-rains-in-up.html
`
"cattle also perished in widespread rains which submerged
low-lying areas in several districts raising fears of water-
borne diseases."
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Uttar Pradesh:
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uttar_Pradesh
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JAPAN
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Several thousand anti-G8 protesters rally in Japan
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http://www.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idUST36823520080705?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews&sp=true
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"one-and-a-half hour march by Japanese and foreign acti-
vists, citizen groups and non-governmental organizations"
in Sapporo, Hokkaido
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"A Reuters cameraman was taken away by police"
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PUPPET-JAPAN NEEDS TO KICK OUT THE SUPERPOWER
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Image:The Location Sapporo.png:
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MALAYSIA
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Malaysian opposition raises alarm at plan to use army to
keep order
`
http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=D91NM4880&show_article=1
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"What has caused...the concern is a joint exercise between
the police and the army that began last Wednesday and is
to end next Monday." "to prevent the people from holding
public rallies"
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REPUBLIC OF KOREA
`
New mass protest against [>] govt, US beef in SKorea
`
http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=080705115149.ipkpoz4x&show_article=1
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"Tens of thousands of South Koreans Saturday called for
the scrapping of US beef imports and [>] the resignation
of President Lee Myung-Bak in the latest of a series of
mass protests in Seoul."
`
`
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THAILAND
`
Insurgents Kill 3 in Thailand’s South
`
http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/world/AP-Thailand-Southern-Violence.html
`
"The cafe was frequented by police and soldiers" "despite
the presence in the south of nearly 40,000 police and sol-
diers.  Drive-by shootings and bombings occur almost daily."
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Amphoe [= district] Raman:
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amphoe_Raman
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`
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YEMEN
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Yemen blast 'kills five people'
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http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/7491295.stm
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"happened at a post office" "The government and rebels had
agreed [?] a ceasefire six months ago but fighting resumed
earlier this year."
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FAKE PEACE DEALS
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4 EUROPE
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POLAND
`
Poland Rejects U.S. Missile Shield Offer
`
http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/world/international-shield-poland-usa.html
`
"first time...Poland has said 'no' to the U.S."
`
GETTING TO "NO" THE SUPERPOWER
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does wonders for one's self-confidence.
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RUSSIAN FEDERATION
`
New Cable Linking Japan, Russia Goes Into Service
`
http://news.yahoo.com/s/pcworld/20080704/tc_pcworld/147958
`
"The Hokkaido-Sakhalin Cable System (HSCS) runs between the
two islands, Japan's Hokkaido and Russia's Sakhalin, and
has a capacity of 640G bps ([giga] bits per second)."
`
"provides a back-up route between Asia and Europe should
a problem develop on existing undersea cables."
`
`
Speech at the Celebration of Astana's 10th anniversary
`
http://www.kremlin.ru/eng/text/speeches/2008/07/05/2127_type82914type127286_203676.shtml
`
"the fact that in the 1990s a boundary line was drawn be-
tween our countries [Kazakhstan and Russian Federation]
does not mean...that the hearts of our people were divi-
ded.  It has not changed our open and cordial relations
with each other."
`
IMPERIAL RUSSIA
`
Astana | As Kazakhstan's new capital:
`
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Astana#As_Kazakhstan.27s_new_capital
`
`
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UK
`
Royal police lose fortune in betting ring
`
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/crime/article4276488.ece
`
"A key member of the syndicate disclosed that armed offi-
cers used police cars to courier tens of thousands of
pounds in cash winnings between the palaces [Buckingham
Palace and St James’s Palace] while on duty."
`
`
Iraqi torture victims slam UK 'contempt'
`
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2008/jul/06/military.iraq
`
"only Corporal Donald Payne...was convicted of inhumane
treatment of a prisoner.  However,...Payne has now been
released from prison and is living with his family in
the north of England after setting up his own business."
`
EU NEEDS TO KICK OUT UK
`
`
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5  LATAM
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CUBA
`
Reflections of Fidel | The true story and the challenge of
the Cuban journalists
`
http://www.granma.cu/ingles/2008/julio/vier4/28reflex-i.html
`
`
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PANAMA
`
Panama says no to U.S. military base
`
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/07/04/AR2008070401950.html
`
GETTING TO "NO" THE SUPERPOWER
`
does wonders for one's self-confidence.
`
`
`
6  SUPERPOWER
`
`
FBI probe latest setback for beleaguered Detroit
`
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080705/ap_on_re_us/detroit_struggles
`
"Auto industry cutbacks, double-digit unemployment and one
of the nation's highest home foreclosure rates have left
Detroit with a dreary economic future."
`
`
__SITUATION SUMMARY__
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Companies begin quest for oil, gas off Florida
`
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080705/ap_on_bi_ge/drilling_off_florida
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7  $$$$
`
`
Gas prices hit another high for holiday weekend
`
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080704/ap_on_bi_ge/gas_prices
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"a year ago you could gas up for $2.95 a gallon."
`
`
As Gas Prices Soar, Elderly Face Cuts in Aid
`
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/05/us/05elderly.html?pagewanted=all
`
"after two deliveries the [hot] meals stopped because gas
prices had made the delivery too expensive."
`
`
Long a Reliable Profit Source, Dividends Start to Crumble
`
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/07/04/AR2008070400085.html
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THE GREAT TRUMPET IS ANNOUNCING THE END
`
`
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8  MORE on "Lithuania: Attacks [on some 300 Web sites]
Focused on Hosting Company [Hostex]"
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(1)
`
Eesti Telekom subsidiary purchases IT-provider MicroLink:
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http://www.telekom.ee/index.php?lk=1004&uudis=202
`
"MicroLink operations in Lithuania [will be sold] to Lie-
tuvos Telekomas AB."
`
Teo LT [Lietuvos Telekomas]:
`
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teo_LT
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"owned by Telia Sonera group"
`
TeliaSonera:
`
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Telia_Sonera
`
TeliaSonera AB Company Profile:
`
http://biz.yahoo.com/ic/44/44746.html
`
(2)
`
About The Company [Hostex]:
`
http://www.hostex.net/about/
`
"HOSTEX equipment is located at the Exodus Internet Data
Center in New York"
`
Cable & Wireless | Recent events timeline:
`
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cable_and_Wireless#Recent_events_timeline
`
"November 2001 — Cable and Wireless USA purchased bankrupt
co-location provider Exodus Communications for $800 million
dollars, the operations were merged with the previously ac-
quired Digital Island and renamed Cable and Wireless Ameri-
ca."
`
and
`
March 2004 — SAVVIS Communications Corporation purchased
Cable and Wireless America for $155 million US Dollars via
the Chapter 11 creditor protection process"
`
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Colocation centre:
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colocation_centre
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(3)
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SAVVIS:
`
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SAVVIS%2C_Inc.
`
"In 1999 SAVVIS was acquired by Bridge Information Systems"
`
"In 2004 the company purchased the assets of Cable & Wire-
less America which included 15 data centers and the custom-
ers of Exodus Communications, the Tier-1 Internet backbone"
`
and
`
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SAVVIS%2C_Inc.#Spam_allegations
`
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SAVVIS%2C_Inc.#CEO_and_AMEX_lap_dance_charges
`
`
Tier 1 network | List of Tier 1 IPv4 ISPs:
`
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tier_1_network#List_of_Tier_1_IPv4_ISPs
`
"The following networks were Tier 1 Networks and may still
be, but there is some question as to whether they are now
paying settlements to one or more of their peers:
`
SAVVIS [AS Number] 3561"
`
"The following networks are Transit-Free Networks, even
though they have settlement based or paid peering with
one or more other networks:
`
TeliaSonera [AS Number] 1299  [Settlement Peer] Verizon
Business/as701"
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4)
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Reuters | Investments:
`
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reuters#Investments
`
"Bridge Information Systems - On September 28, 2001, [Reu-
ters] completed the largest acquisition in its history [by]
acquir[ing] certain businesses and assets of Bridge Infor-
mation Systems Inc."
`
Bridge Information Systems, Inc.:
`
http://www.alvarezandmarsal.com/europe/en/Bridge.htm
`
"The US business was sold to Reuters, while the European
business was sold to Moneyline / Telerate."
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Oreo Archive:
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http://groups.yahoo.com/group/O-r-e-o
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