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Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Wonder-fish from Azov sea


Wonder-fish from Azov sea

Wonder-fish from Azov sea Two weeks ago there was a storm in the Azov sea. After the storm the fishermen from Semibalki village pulled out to the shore a strange creature, which looked like a shark. The creature got into their net.

The wonder-fish made strange sounds and revolved the eyes. The length was about 2 metres, the weight is up to 100 kg.

The fishermen were puzzled, "Is that an alien or what?!" They made a picture with a mobile phone camera and soon all the people around has the picture.

To the greatest regret of the scientists and ufologists, the fishermen were not alarmed by the strange look of the "fish" and ate it. They say, it was the tastiest fish ever.

The scientist who have seen the picture are bewildered - they have never seen anything like that.

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Kucinich Urges Colleagues to Find Will to End Occupation

Why oh Why do the DEMS need urging on this matter ?
The Repugs got us into this mess. The DEMS will probably eventually bail us out
after what though ?
More lives? How Many ?
How much more money ?
How many more years ?
What if someone else actually attacks us ?
What if we need all those resources here at home
say for a natural disaster like a HURRICANE ?
Seems the responsible thing to do is get the hell out of there.
After no WMD were found we should have apologized,
gave them some money to help rebuild, then have left.

It is abundantly clear most of the violence is sectarian,
and the "terrorist" are just people that are pissed we are there in the first place.
They wernt there before, so it is clear to me, there will be less of them if we leave.
We have done nothing but damage and murder since the inception of this illegal war.
The US now looks like a bunch of bungling idiots and bafoons
not to mention torturers thief's and murderers.
The people of the U.S. need an immediate cup of Latte
Time to wake up.
Close to 1 million people DEAD that would not be had we never invaded.
We were sold on LIES of yellow cake and aluminum tubes
but for some reason do not want to hold anyone responsible .
As long as our precious way of life doesnt change significantly
we sleep through world issues. Until that is it comes back to bite us on the ass.
Then its time to blame some other country bomb them too
so we can go back to our self indulged coma.


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Kucinich Urges Colleagues to Find Will to End Occupation

WASHINGTON, May. 24 /PRNewswire/ --

WASHINGTON, May 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D., Ohio) will vote No on the latest bill to fund the continued occupation of Iraq. Kucinich is the only Democrat running for President who has consistently voted against funding the war. Today he said that Congress' failure to end the occupation of Iraq is the result of a lack of will to do so on the part of his colleagues and his party's leadership.

"Just as the Democrats could have prevented the invasion of Iraq in 2003, when Senators Edwards, Clinton, Biden, and Dodd supported it," Kucinich said, "and just as the Democrats could have ended the occupation of Iraq at any point by ending the funding, while Senators Clinton, Obama, Biden, and Dodd have voted over and over again to fund it, so too the Democratic leadership could have ended the occupation this week by not bringing any funding bills up for votes."

"The Democratic Party has to choose," Kucinich said, "between standing for peace or continuing to support war and occupation, between heeding the demand of the voters last November or caving in to the demands of President Bush and Vice President Cheney. We can't have it both ways. We can't facilitate the passage of another bill to fund the war and at the same time claim that we want the war to end. The public sees through such hypocritical maneuvering."

"It's instructive," Kucinich added, "that the leadership removed from the Supplemental a requirement that the president gain Congress's consent before launching an additional aggressive war against Iran. Senator Clinton, Senator Obama, and former Senator Edwards have all said that with regard to Iran all options are on the table, a thinly veiled euphemism for a unilateral preemptive military attack."

"If Senators Clinton, Obama, Biden, and Dodd want to end the occupation of Iraq," Kucinich noted, "they can vote against any more funding, and they can filibuster bills that provide it. I urge every Senator to take that step."

Kucinich was one of seven Democrats in the House to vote No this morning on the Rule to bring the latest war funding bill to a vote.

On Wednesday, Kucinich spoke for a full hour on the House floor, pointing out that this is the third Supplemental offered by the Democrats that has demanded that Iraq pass a hydrocarbon law that would set the stage for the wholesale privatization of Iraq's oil industry.

Kucinich argued against invading Iraq prior to the 2003 vote that authorized it. He published his case against it and helped persuade many of his colleagues to vote No. Kucinich challenged the legality of the war in court in an effort to prevent it. He proposed a detailed plan to end the occupation of Iraq over three years ago. His current plan is found in his bill HR 1234. Kucinich is the only Democratic Presidential candidate who has voted against every new funding bill for the occupation, including the recent Supplemental. At the time of the last vote on the Supplemental, Kucinich was the only Member of Congress to both vote No and to urge his colleagues to vote No. He supports using the power of the purse to end the war. He opposes any attack on Iran and proposes formally forswearing the use of so-called preventive war. He has proposed the creation of a Department of Peace to address international and domestic violence.
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Blinded By The Light

Blinded By The Light

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"This is Rumor Control" received a great write-up by one of our loyal readers, and it struck us as so interesting that we decided to post it. It's quite a good piece of investigative reporting, complete with links to sites that support its contentions. Great work, and thanks out there for the submission.

In late December of last year, I came across an article I thought interesting: "Lasers illuminate airline cockpits on approach." The report was that six commercial airliners within four days had laser beams shone in their cockpits, temporarily blinding the pilots. The article worried me. One month earlier an "intelligence bulletin" had been sent "to police agencies to alert them that terrorist groups have shown an interest in using laser beams to try to bring down airliners." The first incident took place on September 22, when a laser light was shined into a pilots eyes as he circled his commercial aircraft over Salt Lake City. This is no laughing matter: terrorists could use lasers to blind pilots flying passenger jets at 5,000 feet and below.

On December 31, I saw another report: "Man quizzed about laser incidents" and three days later, on January 3 -- after a number of internet rumors -- an official denied rumors that the U.S. government was testing lasers to see if they could blind pilots in commercial aircraft. Even so, on January 4, the U.S. government freed a man they said was suspected of shining lasers into passenger jet aircraft. According to the story, David Banach of Parsippany, NJ, bought a green laser for his seven-year-old daughter from BigHa.com whose website states that they not only sell to civilians but "also sell to law enforcement, military personnel." Charges were brought against Banach for shining the laser into the cockpit of a commercial airliner on December 29, and again into a police helicopter on December 31. BigHa.com maintains that the lasers are used mainly to point at stars and constellations, as Banach and his daughter claimed to be doing. Banach was released on $100,000 bail.

It was at this point that I became curious -- how could someone buy a laser and point it in the cockpit of an airplane? Could a laser really blind a pilot? Did David Banach really shine a laser into the cockpit of an airplane from his backyard? A laser expert told me that this was impossible: in order for a laser beam to shine through cockpit glass the person shining the laser would have to be on the same level as the plane. Another expert told me this was wrong, and that terrorists were perfectly capable of bringing down passenger jets at 5000 feet and below. I had a different theory: all of these incidents (in Cleveland, New Jersey, and Salt Lake City), were the result of a government test. The government denied it, but weakly: An anonymous government official proposed two possibilities for the laser incidents. He said that it was a bunch of kids "who got a laser light at Christmas" (oh, yeah, that sounds right), or that it was a group of terrorists in a "deliberate attempt to target aircraft" (holy cow, what're-we-gonna-do?).

Nine days after David Banach's release, there was another laser incident. This time the pilot "was able to determine that the laser was coming from a building on airport grounds." Transportation Secretary Norm Mineta announced that, as of January 19 "all pilots would be required to immediately report any laser sightings to air traffic controllers." This was the last incident reported for a period of one month. Between September of 2004 and mid-January of 2005 rumors circulated that lasers had burned a pilot's retina, that an aircraft had nearly crashed after a laser was shined into its cockpit, and a civilian had been arrested for spotting constellations with his daughter in a New Jersey backyard. What was going on? Were a bunch of crazed laser-toting al-Qaeda terrorists loose in America's backyards? Or was the government running a secret program and just not telling us?

On February 11 of this year an article detailed the development of a new system designed to interdict unauthorized passenger or commercial planes that had penetrated the airspace over the nation's capitol. The system? You guessed it: laser beams. "It's an attention-getter, but it's not blinding," a NORAD official said."It's not a distraction. So pilots can still focus on flying the aircraft without endangering anyone or themselves." And finally, on April 22 -- just days ago -- CNN "Technology" section ran a story headlined: "Lasers to warn pilots in restricted D.C. airspace." So here it is: the U.S. government was testing laser beams all along, despite their denials. The testing caused a minor panic that convinced pundits and air travelers that turbin clad idiots were trying to bring down our aircraft. An intelligence bulletin was even released to local police departments about the threat. Need more proof?

The article announcing Mineta's request to pilots that they begin reporting incidents of lasers being shone into their cockpits was posted on January 12, the same day that technical testing of the laser warning system was completed. That is to say: the U.S. government allowed the public to believe that terrorists were testing laser beams to bring down aircraft when, in fact, the government was testing lasers to bring down aircraft. Did Mineta know and lie? Did anyone at the FBI consult with NORAD to determine whether there was any testing? Did anyone think it might be a bad idea to panic the public? What about airline pilots? Should they have been informed? And was there any danger in the testing? Why didn't the media put two and two together? If I could do it, why couldn't they do it?

Going back to the articles posted months ago on CNN, I now notice things I did not see before. For instance, David Banach was reported as being 15 miles away from the aircraft when shining his laser beam. CNN reports of the beams now used to defend our capitol city, "The laser beams can be seen 15 to 20 miles away, authorities said, except in cloudy conditions." In the December 31 article, CNN reported, "A report for the FAA in June 2004 examined the effect of laser beams on pilots. Of 34 pilots who were exposed to lasers during simulated flights, 67 percent experienced adverse visual effects at even the lowest level of laser exposure. Two high exposure levels resulted in significantly greater performance difficulties and nine aborted landings."

So, let's see if I have this right: the U.S. government has been using us as guinea pigs to test to see whether their stupid laser can blind pilots? What were they thinking?

As for David Banach (now described in news reports as a "fiber-optic cable tester") and his daughter, well, CNN and other news networks remain mum. Was he a part of the testing program? Or was he simply caught up in another wild idea of government-obsessed gadget testers wandering around the country scaring the living hell out of us.


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Lasers warn pilots of restricted airspace

Criminal Complaint -- Charges Alleging Lasers Aimed at Aircraft
U.S. v. David Banach Page 1 of 4
Federal criminal charges against a New Jersey man accused of shining lasers at a jet and a helicopter, after allegedly lying to federal investigators that it "was his daughter" who had shined the laser beam.

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Monday, May 28, 2007

USA: Nevada Gov. investigated over military contracts

USA: Nevada Gov. investigated over military contracts USA: Nevada Gov. investigated over military contracts The FBI is investigating whether Nevada Gov. Jim Gibbons properly reported gifts or payments from a software company that was awarded secret military contracts when he was in Congress.

Gibbons, a Republican who left the House last year after being elected to lead the state, denied any wrongdoing, saying, "They can look as deeply as they need to, and I encourage them to do so, but there would have been absolutely no influence."

A federal law enforcement official confirmed the FBI probe Thursday. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the investigation, said the inquiry was focusing on what role Gibbons played in awarding contracts to eTreppid Technologies and whether he received any gifts in exchange.

Gibbons said he had not been contacted by the FBI regarding his contacts with company owner Warren Trepp, a longtime friend who contributed nearly $100,000 to Gibbons` campaign for governor.

"I don`t think that I have done anything that hasn`t been done by others, which is opening doors for businesses in the state of Nevada," Gibbons said.

Trepp, a former chief trader for convicted junk-bond dealer Michael Milken, also has denied wrongdoing.

The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday that new evidence had emerged in a lawsuit in Reno, involving Trepp and former eTreppid technology chief Dennis Montgomery. The Journal cited e-mails in which Trepp allegedly discussed a payment or gifts to then-Rep. Gibbons. The newspaper said the e-mails also showed Gibbons using his congressional office to help the company seek classified military and civilian contracts.

Gibbons challenges the authenticity of the e-mails. - LA Times

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

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Presenter: Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld
Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001 - 6:42 p.m. EDT

DoD News Briefing on Pentagon Attack

(Also participating were Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Hugh Shelton, Secretary of the Army Thomas E. White, Senator Carl Levin (D-Mich.), and Senator John Warner (R-Va.))

Rumsfeld: This is a -- first of all, good evening. This is a tragic day for our country. Our hearts and prayers go to the injured, their families and friends.

We have taken a series of measures to prevent further attacks and to determine who is responsible. We're making every effort to take care of the injured and the casualties in the building. I'm deeply grateful for the many volunteers from the defense establishment and from the excellent units from all throughout this region. They have our deep appreciation.

We have been working closely throughout the day with President Bush, Vice President Cheney, CIA Director George Tenet, the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Dick Myers, who is currently participating in a meeting elsewhere in the building, and a great many other officials from throughout the government.

I should say we've received calls from across the world offering their sympathy and indeed their assistance in various ways.

I'm very pleased to be joined here by Chairman Carl Levin and Senator John Warner. Senator Warner called earlier today and offered his support and was kind enough to come down and has been with us. We've very recently had a discussion with the president of the United States. Chairman Hugh Shelton has just landed from Europe. Secretary of the Army Tom White, who has a responsibility for incidents like this as executive agent for the Department of Defense, is also joining me.

It's an indication that the United States government is functioning in the face of this terrible act against our country. I should add that the briefing here is taking place in the Pentagon. The Pentagon's functioning. It will be in business tomorrow.

I know the interest in casualty figures, and all I can say is it's not possible to have solid casualty figures at this time. And the various components are doing roster checks, and we'll have information at some point in the future. And as quickly as it's possible to have it, it will certainly be made available to each of you.

I'll be happy to take a few questions after asking first General Shelton if he would like to say anything, and then we will allow the others to make a remark or two.

Shelton: Thank you, Mr. Secretary. Ladies and gentlemen, as the secretary just said, today, we have watched the tragedy of an outrageous act of barbaric terrorism carried out by fanatics against both civilians and military people, acts that have killed and maimed many innocent and decent citizens of our country.

I extend my condolences to the entire Department of Defense families, military and civilian, and to the families of all those throughout our nation who lost loved ones.

I think this is indeed a reminder of the tragedy and the tragic dangers that we face day in and day out both here at that home as well as abroad.

I will tell you up front, I have no intentions of discussing today what comes next, but make no mistake about it, your armed forces are ready.

Warner: The chairman.

Rumsfeld: The chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Carl Levin.

Levin: Our intense focus on recovery and helping the injured and the families of those who were killed is matched only by our determination to prevent more attacks and matched only by our unity to track down, root out and relentlessly pursue terrorists, states that support them and harbor them.

They are the common enemy of the civilized world. Our institutions are strong, and our unity is palpable.

Senator John Warner.

Warner: Thank you.

As a past chairman, preceding Carl Levin, I can assure you that the Congress stands behind our president, and the president speaks with one voice for this entire nation. This is indeed the most tragic hour in America's history, and yet I think it can be its finest hour, as our president and those with him, most notably our secretary of Defense, our chairman, and the men and women of the armed forces all over this world stand ready not only to defend this nation and our allies against further attack, but to take such actions as are directed in the future in retaliation for this terrorist act -- a series of terrorist acts, unprecedented in world history.

We call upon the entire world to step up and help, because terrorism is a common enemy to all, and we're in this together. The United States has borne the brunt, but who can be next? Step forward and let us hold accountable and punish those that have perpetrated this attack.

Again, I commend the secretary, the chairman, and how proud we are. We spoke with our President here moments ago. He's got a firm grip on this situation, and the Secretary and the General have a firm grip on our armed forces and in communication the world over.

Rumsfeld: Thank you very much.

We'll take a few questions and then we'll adjourn.


Q: Mr. Secretary, did you have any inkling at all, in any way, that something of this nature and something of this scope might be planned?

Rumsfeld: Charlie, we don't discuss intelligence matters.

Q: I see. And how -- how would you respond if you find out who did this?

Rumsfeld: Obviously, the president of the United States has spoken on that subject, and those are issues that he will address in good time.


Q: Mr. Secretary, we are getting reports from CNN and others that there are bombs exploding in Kabul, Afghanistan. Are we, at the moment, striking back? And if so, is the target Osama bin Laden and his organization?

Rumsfeld: I've seen those reports. They -- in no way is the United States government connected to those explosions.

Q: What about Osama bin Laden, do you suspect him as the prime suspect in this?

Rumsfeld: It's not the time for discussions like that.

Q: Mr. Secretary, you said you could not be specific about casualties. Can you give us some characterization, whether it's dozens, hundreds in the building?

Rumsfeld: Well, we know there were large numbers, many dozens, in the aircraft that flew at full power, steering directly into the -- between, I think, the first and second floor of the -- opposite the helipad. You've seen it. There cannot be any survivors; it just would be beyond comprehension.

There are a number of people that they've not identified by name, but identified as being dead, and there are a number of causalities. But the FBI has secured the site. And the -- information takes time to come. People have been lifted out and taken away in ambulances. And the numbers will be calculated, and it will not be a few.

Q: Mr. Secretary, could you tell us what you saw?

Q: Mr. Secretary?

Rumsfeld: Yeah?

Q: Mr. Secretary, do you consider what happened today, both in New York and here, an act of war?

Rumsfeld: There is no question but that the attack against the United States of America today was a vicious, well-coordinated, massive attack against the United States of America. What words the lawyers will use to characterize it is for them.

Q: Does that mean that the U.S. is at war then?

Q: Mr. Secretary, you said that the Pentagon would be open for business tomorrow. What kind of assurances can you give the people who work here at the building that the building will be safe?

Rumsfeld: A terrorist can attack at any time at any place using any technique. It is physically impossible to defend at every time in every place against every technique. It is not possible to give guarantees. The people who work in this building do so voluntarily. They're brave people, and they do their jobs well.

Q: Mr. Secretary, can you give a sense of what happened -- what did you see when you left your office, ran down to the site and apparently helped people on stretchers and then returned to the command center?

Rumsfeld: The -- I felt the shock of the airplane hitting the building, went through the building and then out into the area, and they were bringing bodies out that had been injured, most of which were alive and moving, but seriously injured. And a lot of volunteers were doing a terrific job helping to bring them out of the buildings and get them into stretchers and into ambulances and into airlifts.

Q: Mr. Secretary, can you tell us how many of the dead were soldiers and how many were civilians? Have you been able to determine that?

Rumsfeld: Absolutely not.


Q: Mr. Secretary, today we saw military planes both in New York and in Washington. How much more of a military presence will we see, now that this incident has occurred, for the next week?

Rumsfeld: Those kinds of decisions are made day to day. It is correct that we had aircraft flying protective missions at various places in the United States today. And they will do that as appropriate.

Q: Mr. Secretary --

Q: Mr. Secretary --

Q: -- what do you say to the American people who may have questions on how something so coordinated has been carried out against this nation? What do you say to them who might not have confidence that our intelligence and security are what they should have been?

Rumsfeld: I say to them that the president of the United States will be making some remarks to them this evening that will address those subjects.

Q: Mr. Secretary, you've declared -- the Pentagon has declared Threatcon Delta for forces around the world. Could you tell me why? Have you received any threats? Or has anyone claimed credit for this?

Rumsfeld: We have in fact declared Force Protection Condition Delta and a condition of high alert -- indeed, the highest alert. We did so almost immediately upon the attacks, and it is still in force.

Q: Mr. Secretary, were there threats issued against other U.S. facilities elsewhere in the world today?

Rumsfeld: The -- I don't know that there's a day that's gone by since I've been in this job that there haven't been threats somewhere in the world to some facility somewhere. It's a -- it's one of the complexities of the intelligence business that you have to sort through those kinds of things. But we don't get into the specifics.

Yes? You had your hand up? Yes?

Q: Mr. Secretary, there were rumors earlier in the day that the plane which crashed in Pennsylvania had been brought down by the United States, either shot down or in some other manner.

Rumsfeld: We have absolutely no information that any U.S. aircraft shot down any other aircraft today.

Q: I wonder if we could just ask Senator Levin one thing, Senator, if that's all right.

Levin: You bet.

Rumsfeld: Senator Levin, you and other Democrats in Congress have voiced fear that you simply don't have enough money for the large increase in defense that the Pentagon is seeking, especially for missile defense, and you fear that you'll have to dip into the Social Security funds to pay for it. Does this sort of thing convince you that an emergency exists in this country to increase defense spending, to dip into Social Security, if necessary, to pay for defense spending -- increase defense spending?

Levin: One thing where the committee was unanimous on, among many, many other things, was that the -- we authorized the full request of the President, including the $18 billion. So I would say that Democrats and Republicans have seen the need for the request.

Q: Mr. Secretary, could you describe what steps are being taken -- defensive measures -- beyond force protection, and whether there's been any operational planning for homeland defense and as to --

Rumsfeld: Those aren't the kinds of things that one discusses.

Q: Sir, the perpetrators of the Khobar Towers bombing were never found -- the Cole bombing as well. What assurances or what confidence do you have that the perpetrators of this act will be found?

Rumsfeld: All one can offer by way of assurance is a seriousness of purpose. We're still taking bodies out of this building, so I would say that that's a little premature.

Q: Mr. Secretary?

Rumsfeld: Yes?

Q: You've talked about -- and others at the podium have talked about being ready, the military is ready, General Shelton said. And we understand the Navy has dispatched two carriers and some guided-missile cruisers and destroyers and a couple of Marine Corps helicopter amphibious ships, such as the Bataan -- it's not the Bataan -- here and to New York. Can you tell us if that's true? And also any other things you can share with us about how the United States military is preparing to take on whatever in the next few days?

Rumsfeld: We don't make announcements about ship deployments.

Q: Mr. Secretary?

Rumsfeld: Yes?

Q: Can you describe the fire-fighting efforts that are going on right now in that corridor and the search-and-rescue efforts that are beginning?

Rumsfeld: Can I describe them?

Q: Yeah.

Rumsfeld: Why don't we let the Secretary of the Army, who was out there with me a few minutes ago and has been talking to the incident commander on the site.

White: I think it's fair to say at this point that the fire is contained, and will shortly, if not already, be sufficiently controlled to allow entry into the building. That entry will be supervised by the FBI, who are in charge of the site, assisted by the fire departments that are present. We, on the Army side, will support them as they go in the building and search for casualties and bring them out, then we will support them in dealing with that. That's what's going on on the ground.

Rumsfeld: We'll take one last question.

Q: Is the government operating under the assumption that this attack is done, or is it poised or bracing for more action?

Rumsfeld: The government is certainly aware that it's difficult to know when attacks are concluded.

And I want to thank Senator -- Chairman Levin and Senator Warner, and certainly Secretary of the Army White and General Shelton for being here with me. And we'll excuse ourselves. Thank you.

Q: Thank you.

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