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The Terminatorerer

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The Collider, the Particle and a Theory About Fate

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SUICIDE MISSION? The core of the superconducting solenoid magnet at the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland.

More than a year after an explosion of sparks, soot and frigid helium shut it down, the world's biggest and most expensive physics experiment, known as the Large Hadron Collider, is poised to start up again. In December, if all goes well, protons will start smashing together in an underground racetrack outside Geneva in a search for forces and particles that reigned during the first trillionth of a second of the Big Bang.

Then it will be time to test one of the most bizarre and revolutionary theories in science. I'm not talking about extra dimensions of space-time,dark matter or even black holes that eat the Earth. No, I'm talking about the notion that the troubled collider is being sabotaged by its own future. A pair of otherwise distinguished physicists have suggested that the hypothesized Higgs boson, which physicists hope to produce with the collider, might be so abhorrent to nature that its creation would ripple backward through time and stop the collider before it could make one, like a time traveler who goes back in time to kill his grandfather.

Holger Bech Nielsen, of the Niels Bohr Institute in Copenhagen, and Masao Ninomiya of the Yukawa Institute for Theoretical Physics in Kyoto, Japan, put this idea forward in a series of papers with titles like "Test of Effect From Future in Large Hadron Collider: a Proposal" and "Search for Future Influence From LHC," posted on the physics Web sitearXiv.org in the last year and a half.

According to the so-called Standard Model that rules almost all physics, the Higgs is responsible for imbuing other elementary particles with mass.

"It must be our prediction that all Higgs producing machines shall have bad luck," Dr. Nielsen said in an e-mail message. In an unpublished essay, Dr. Nielson said of the theory, "Well, one could even almost say that we have a model for God." It is their guess, he went on, "that He rather hates Higgs particles, and attempts to avoid them."

This malign influence from the future, they argue, could explain why the United States Superconducting Supercollider, also designed to find the Higgs, was canceled in 1993 after billions of dollars had already been spent, an event so unlikely that Dr. Nielsen calls it an "anti-miracle."

You might think that the appearance of this theory is further proof that people have had ample time -- perhaps too much time -- to think about what will come out of the collider, which has been 15 years and $9 billion in the making.

The collider was built by CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, to accelerate protons to energies of seven trillion electron volts around an 18-mile underground racetrack and then crash them together into primordial fireballs.

For the record, as of the middle of September, CERN engineers hope to begin to collide protons at the so-called injection energy of 450 billion electron volts in December and then ramp up the energy until the protons have 3.5 trillion electron volts of energy apiece and then, after a short Christmas break, real physics can begin.


Dr. Nielsen and Dr. Ninomiya started laying out their case for doom in the spring of 2008. It was later that fall, of course, after the CERN collider was turned on, that a connection between two magnets vaporized, shutting down the collider for more than a year.

Dr. Nielsen called that "a funny thing that could make us to believe in the theory of ours."

He agreed that skepticism would be in order. After all, most big science projects, including the Hubble Space Telescope, have gone through a period of seeming jinxed. At CERN, the beat goes on: Last weekend the French police arrested a particle physicist who works on one of the collider experiments, on suspicion of conspiracy with a North African wing of Al Qaeda.

Dr. Nielsen and Dr. Ninomiya have proposed a kind of test: that CERN engage in a game of chance, a "card-drawing" exercise using perhaps a random-number generator, in order to discern bad luck from the future. If the outcome was sufficiently unlikely, say drawing the one spade in a deck with 100 million hearts, the machine would either not run at all, or only at low energies unlikely to find the Higgs.

Sure, it's crazy, and CERN should not and is not about to mortgage its investment to a coin toss. The theory was greeted on some blogs with comparisons to Harry Potter. But craziness has a fine history in a physics that talks routinely about cats being dead and alive at the same time and about anti-gravity puffing out the universe.

As Niels Bohr, Dr. Nielsen's late countryman and one of the founders of quantum theory, once told a colleague: "We are all agreed that your theory is crazy. The question that divides us is whether it is crazy enough to have a chance of being correct."

Dr. Nielsen is well-qualified in this tradition. He is known in physics as one of the founders of string theory and a deep and original thinker, "one of those extremely smart people that is willing to chase crazy ideas pretty far," in the words of Sean Carroll, a Caltech physicist and author of a coming book about time, "From Eternity to Here."


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I want to point out that one can be against war-crimes, plundering, pillaging, raping, killing for pleasure, etc. w/o being 'anti-soldier'.

It's much the same as being against police brutality, and in favor of civil rights, while still supporting the idea of having cops.

The *job* remains.

Honestly, if firemen regularly stole objects of value from the houses that they saved, and we all knew it, would anyone be in favor of eliminating the *job*???

If soldiers are capable of participating in war crimes, this is because they missed some basic civics class points.

In fact, if people who were so 'up in arms' about the government actually noted the construction thereof, any disconnect between the two would be resolved in as many years.

Of course, I live in a culture where there is an industry built around supplying 'paranoia' (such as info about the 'tac-marks' on the backs of road signs), which doesn't actually address the issue (like, buying some rolls of colored reflective tape, and marking the backs of *all* the signs, and altering the markings on the ones you suspect are 'tac-marks').

Nobody is *pro-active* anymore (at least, the societal 'somebody' is snoozing during a commercial break).

Perhaps what we need is remedial civics for all Americans (two hours a week 'till the problem is gone).

Andres is back from vacation

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Last year he had me worried when I noted him disappearing for a couple of weeks.

Maybe I can find a way to get Carlos Balino's reports outside of SWM (if I got him, and Annie, that would be the bulk of my reprints from there).

Falk: Gaza report puts Israeli officials on trial
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights says the Goldstone Gaza report paves the way for indictment of Israeli officials by international courts. 

Richard Falk, a special UN rapporteur, talked about the possibility of Israeli officials being tried in countries which abide to rules of international justice. 

The top UN official, however, predicted that the United States will try its best to influence the International Criminal Court not to bring Israeli officials to the dock. 

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has meanwhile demanded that the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights drop support for Goldstone Gaza report and spare no efforts to convince his European counterparts to oppose its adoption. His attempts have however proved futile. 

Tel Aviv is worried that charges could be lodged against politicians and army officers for war crimes committed during Israel's 22-day offensive against long-blockaded Gaza Strip. Top officials who would be in the judicial cross-hairs could include former prime minister Ehud Olmert, former foreign minister Tzipi Livni as well as current Defense Minister Ehud Barak. 

The UN-ordered Goldstone report on Israel's offensive in Gaza details what investigators call Israeli actions "amounting to war crimes, possibly crimes against humanity." The 575-page account asserts seven incidents in which Palestinian civilians were shot while leaving their homes, trying to run for safety or waving white flags. 

The report says Israel targeted a mosque at prayer time, killing 15 people, and shelled a Gaza City house where soldiers had forced Palestinian civilians to assemble. These attacks constituted war crimes, the report pointed out. 

The probe also found Israel violated international humanitarian law in several ways. Dozens of Palestinian policemen were killed at the start of Gaza onslaught when Israel bombed their stations. The security agents were not involved in hostilities and should have been treated as civilians. Palestinians in addition were forced to walk ahead of Israeli soldiers searching civilian neighborhoods. 

More than 1,500 Palestinians, a large number of then women and children, were killed during three weeks of Israel's land, sea and air assault, Operation Cast Lead , in the Palestinian impoverished coastal sliver. The offensive also inflicted $ 1.6 billion damage to Gaza economy. 


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We Probably Could Have Saved Ourselves, But We Were Too Damned Lazy To Try Very Hard......And Too Damn Cheap

So, My Neighbor's Friend ...

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... has a pair of dogs.  A pit bull puppy and a wiener dog named 'Bacon'.

The pit bull puppy was kind of cute, but I watched him grab a bit of Corelle Ware that I'd used to feed Max (yes, if you follow it, Max lived--I think he was stuck in something).  

Anyway, I watched the puppy chomping on Max's bowl, and realized he'd maybe be able to exceed it's tensile strength (upon which Corelle Ware turns into razor sharp shards).

Not many critters on earth that you have to worry about *that* with, but a pit bull puppy is one of them.

Of course, I took his 'toy' away.


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Yeah, they think they are going faster-than-light, but what I think they are forgetting is the difference in "c" in a 'vacuum' and in 'glass' (300kKPH vs 200kKPH).

Notice the pythagorean theorem?  

From 'UR'

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Abram was from "Ur".

I just set up a new city in ikariam.org.  I decided my new naming convention was going to be the word 'city' in various scripts.  I picked 'Yiddish' (after Greek and Macedonian).  I went to the phonetic transliteration site to see how to 'say' the name.

'Eir' (Ur).

Abram?  He was city-folk.
Not often I bring up Faux News in a video box.  It *must* be intriguing.

Sitar Hero

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Next Year

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Colony of Morons

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Earlier today, I'd mused on living in Ukiah (which is *obviously* a colony of morons).

Of course, they are just a subset of the American 'culture'.

Here's another sentient life-form who pays the ultimate commodity (attention), of course, he rose to the rank of General (most sentients do, yano?):

Check it for yourself at biblegateway.com

Acts 8, verse 37 (if you've got one)

BTW, of *course* Jesus (the Christ) was the living incarnation of Jah.

Duh, *atman IS brahman*, yano??  How could he *not* be the living incarnation of Jah?

BTW, gentle reader, how is it that you might not realize this simple fact of yourself?

It's not the miracles that lead to the understanding, it's the other way around.


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I made a joke earlier about Milton Friedman, but upon researching some other items, I've realized that I misconstrued his desire and advocacy of a 'hard' currency (one w/o inflation, as that is an insidious tax on the poor) as a 'gold' standard advocacy.  He actually was in favor of a much more fluid model (since the discovery of a new vein of gold alters the value of your money).

In looking into this, I found a lovely item called the 'Elliot Wave' which refers to a part of human study that I'd like to think of as the precursor to proper 'psychomath'.

It points out that in all mass movements, there are waves of five and three that interact, and they do so in a way that involves the fibonacci sequence.

Now, that's pretty complex, but it should be easy to see.  Just watch the DJIA.  

It looks like we're on three of five going up.  Should be two more ups then a set of downs.

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This story kinda went by the wayside, as I was prepping to move at the time (they didn't know this, but I was quite ready to burn bridges).

I was elected to the Board of Directors of Quote-Unquote, Inc. in the early part of the millennium.  By 2005, I was pretty much a 'senior' board member, and I was part of the 'Executive Committee'.

Our Executive Director, Steve Ranieri, had been bringing the troubles with one of the employees to meetings for *months* (the lead technician).  He'd been telling us how all the shortcomings in the station were his fault, and he was a lazy, good-for-nothing goldbricker.

As a 'director' I felt I should let him do his job, but I was not convinced, personally (I was awaiting 'evidence').

He fired the technician, and one of the access producers did the kind of follow-up that a Board of Directors member should do.  Her show started asking "why" in a number of instances that I should have, but didn't.

I was brought into this (made aware of the show) by being called into an 'Executive Committee' meeting in which the topic of discussion was how we were going to remove her right to broadcast her show.

My opinion on this matter was that it was her right to free speech that we were discussing, and that I'd not vote on restricting it.

I was in the minority, and Marvin Gladstone and Rick Loray were in the majority.  Her free speech right was quashed.

Now (I was curious) and did the due diligence that I should have done prior.  I watched her show, and I went to the fired tech and I asked some of the questions that she was asking on the show.

I came to the conclusion that I had witnessed (in addition to *obvious* civil rights questions) a simple character assassination.  The man who was maligned for not accomplishing tasks had never known he was assigned these tasks, essentially.

I should say in addition that I've know the technician since 1994, and I've never doubted his word.  I've known the ED since he came on board on that station, and I've never actually 'trusted' him (seemed like a slimy sonabich from the get-go, actually).

The question of the restricted producer was addressed by another of the employees at the station, who also supported the rights of the producers to say what they want on the station.

*HE* was brought up on charges and summarily dismissed from the station.

For bringing the issue to light, *I* was brought up on 'charges' (that I was a lousy Secretary, and didn't turn in my minutes on time).

Now, in most BoD scenarios, that might be reason to dump one from the position of secretary, but *not* to be ejected from the board.

And it turned out that these were entirely fictitious charges.  I've got Marvin Gladstone (the accuser) on tape admitting that I'd actually turned in all outstanding minutes that I was required to turn in.

Yet, even though the charges were bogus, they still held a vote on it, and *still* dumped me from the board.

Then, they fired the employee who spoke up (the next month).

A number of my friends who still produce shows have had 'trouble' working there since.  A few have stopped using Q-U as a studio because of the lack of production quality.  We can't be sure, but it certainly looks as if they just turn stuff off on shows they "don't like" so it doesn't work/look right.

Not on iTunes

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"Pop Song 89" was the third single released from R.E.M.'s sixth studio album Green. It peaked at #86 on the Hot 100, and in the UK "Stand" was re-released instead.

In the music video, MTV asked Stipe, who directed it himself, to censor the three topless women with whom he was dancing in the video. Instead, Stipe superimposed black bars on the chests of all four dancers, himself included, and stated, "a nipple is a nipple."

The acoustic version that was used as the single's b-side was also included on the bonus disc of the limited two-disc edition of In Time: The Best of R.E.M. 1988-2003 in 2003.

"Pop Song 89" was covered by Motion City Soundtrack for Punk Goes 80's and by Rockfour for their record For Fans Only!.

MTV (censored) version:

Darwin Awards Wannabe

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Yeah, some people can't even fuck shit up right.  Still, it sure looks like he blew his hairplugs out.  It's a start, maybe he'll make the Darwins next year.

Chick Publications

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I know I've mentioned them before, dunno if you were paying attention at the time.


The classic item referenced in the trailer:

Still Freaked by 'iGenius'

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from "Birdhouse in your soul" by They Might Be Giants:

Birdhouse In Your Soul They Might Be Giants  Flood 1990
Kiss Off Violent Femmes  Woodstock 94 [Disc 2] 1994
Road To Nowhere Talking Heads Sand In The Vaseline [Disc 2] 1992
What's The Frequency, Kenneth? R.E.M. In Time: The Best Of R.E.M. 1988-2003 1994
Veronica Elvis Costello Spike 1989
(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love And Understanding Elvis Costello & The Attractions Armed Forces 1978
Shiny Happy People R.E.M. Feat. Kate Pearson Out Of Time 1991
Lump The Presidents Of The United States Of America The Presidents Of The United States Of America 1995
I Palindrome I They Might Be Giants Apollo 18 1992
Call And Answer Barenaked Ladies Stunt 1998
Cornflake Girl [Edit] Tori Amos Cornflake Girl [Single] 1994
Once In A Lifetime Talking Heads Sand In The Vaseline [Disc 1] 1992
Stand R.E.M. Green 1988
Devil's Haircut Beck Odelay 1996
You Can Call Me Al Paul Simon Graceland 1986
Rock Lobster The B-52's The B-52's 1987
Alison Elvis Costello My Aim Is True 1977
The Safety Dance Men Without Hats The Silver Collection 1996
Particle Man They Might Be Giants Flood 1990
Peaches The Presidents Of The United States Of America The Presidents Of The United States Of America 1995
Wild Wild Life Talking Heads Sand In The Vaseline [Disc 2] 1992
Alcohol Barenaked Ladies Stunt 1998
Oliver's Army Elvis Costello & The Attractions Armed Forces 1978
The Boy In The Bubble Paul Simon Graceland 1986
Nightswimming R.E.M. In Time: The Best Of R.E.M. 1988-2003 1992

Cloud? Er, Yeah, Sure...

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Видео снятое 7 октября 2009г. на западе столицы. В небе над Москвой видно облако необычной формы. Видео было снято на МКАД при движении от Волоколамского к Новорижскому шоссе.
Один из очевидцев пишет, что получил комментарии по поводу этого облака в Гидрометцентре. Там ему сообщили, что над Москвой зарождался смерч, но потом рассеялся. На облет "странного" облака вылетал вертолет МЧС.

Video captured on Oct. 7th, 2009, the west of the capital of Russia. In the skies over Moscow visible cloud of unusual shape. The video was shot at the Moscow Ring Road in moving from Volokolamsky to Novorizhskoe highway.

One eyewitness wrote that he had received comments about this cloud in the weather center. There he was informed that over Moscow sprang a tornado, but later cleared. On the fly "strange" clouds flew helicopter Ministry of Emergency Situations.

The bells are tolling for the dollar
(Taken from CubaDebate)

THE Empire dominated the world more through the economy and lies than by force. It obtained the privilege of printing convertible currency at the end of World War II; it had a monopoly of nuclear weapons; it had virtually all the gold in the world; and was the only large-scale producer of productive equipment, consumer goods, food and services at global level. However, it did have a limit on printing paper money: the backing of gold, at the constant price of $35 per troy ounce. That was the case for more than 25 years until, on August 15, 1971, via a presidential order from Richard Nixon, the United States unilaterally broke that international commitment by defrauding the world. I shall insist on repeating that. In that way it launched on the world economy its rearmament costs and military adventures - in particular the Vietnam war - which, in line with conservative calculations, cost no less than $200 billion and the lives of more than 45,000 young Americans.

More bombs were dropped on this little Third World country than all of those used in the last world war. Millions of people died or were mutilated. When the conversion rate was suspended, the dollar became a currency that could be printed at the will of the U.S. government without the backing of a constant value.

Treasury bonds and bills continued to circulate as convertible currency; state reserves continued nourishing themselves on those bills which, on the one hand, served to acquire raw materials, properties, goods and services from every part of the world and, on the other, privileged U.S. exports in the face of other economies of the planet. Time and time again, politicians and academics refer to the real cost of that suicidal war, admirably described in the film by Oliver Stone. People tend to make calculations as if the millions were the same. They do not usually take note of the fact that the millions of dollars of 1971 are not the same as the millions of 2009.

One million dollars today, when gold - a metal whose value has been the most stable throughout the centuries - has a price in excess of $1,000 per troy ounce, is worth approximately 30 times what it was worth when Nixon suspended the conversion rate. In 2009, $6 trillion is equivalent to $200 billion in 1971. If this is not taken into consideration, the new generations will have no idea of imperialist barbarism.

In the same way, when one speaks of the $20 billion invested in Europe at the end of World War II - in virtue of the Marshall Plan for reconstructing and controlling the principal European powers that had the necessary workforce and technical culture for the rapid development of goods and services - people usually ignore the fact that the real value of what was invested at that time by the empire is equivalent to a current value of $600 billion. They do not note that today, $20 billion would barely stretch to building three large oil refineries capable of supplying 800,000 barrels of gasoline per day, in addition to other oil derivatives.

The consumer societies, the absurd and capricious waste of energy and natural resources that are currently threatening the survival of the species, would not be explicable in such a brief historical period if one is unaware of the irresponsible manner in which developed capitalism, in its superior phase, has ruled the destinies of the world.

That astounding waste explains why the two most industrialized countries of the world, the United States and Japan, are indebted to approximately $20 trillion.

Of course the U.S. economy has an annual gross domestic product of $15 trillion. The crises of capitalism are cyclical, as the history of the system irrefutably demonstrates, but this time it is about something more: a structural crisis, as Professor Jorge Giordani, Venezuelan minister of planning and development, explained to Walter Martínez in the latter's Telesur program last night.

News agency reports circulated today, Friday October 9, add irrefutable data. An AFP cable from Washington notes that the budget deficit of the United States in the fiscal year 2009 is rising to $1.4 trillion, 9.9% of the GDP, "something unseen since 1945, at the end of World War II," it adds.

The deficit in 2007 was one third of that figure. High deficit figures are expected for the years 2001, 2011 and 2012. That huge deficit is fundamentally determined by the U.S. Congress, to save that country's major banks, to prevent unemployment rising above 10% and to pull the United States out of recession. It is logical that if they flood the nation with dollars, the large commercial chains will sell more merchandise, industries will increase production, fewer citizens will lose their homes, the unemployment tide will stop rising, and Wall Street shares will increase in value. However, the world can no longer return to what it was. The economist Paul Krugman, an eminent Nobel Prize winner, has just affirmed that international trade has suffered its greatest fall, worse than that of the Great Depression, and has expressed doubts on its recovery in the short term.

Nor can the world be inundated with dollars and think that those bills without backing in gold will maintain their value. Other economies, today more solid, have emerged. The dollar is no longer the hard currency reserve of all states; on the contrary, its holders wish to move away from that currency, while as far as possible avoiding its devaluation before they can get rid of it.

The European Union euro, the Chinese yuan, the Swiss franc, the Japanese yen - despite that country's debts - even the pound sterling, together with other hard currencies, have moved to take the place of the dollar in international trade. Gold metal is once again becoming an important international reserve currency.

This is not a capricious personal opinion, nor do I wish to slander that currency.

Another Nobel Prize winner in economy, Joseph Stiglitz, commented, according to one news agency, that the most likely thing is that the green bill will continue its decline. He stated this on October 6 at the IMF World Bank Joint Annual Meeting in Istanbul. Violent repression could be noted in that city. The event was greeted with broken windows in the commercial sector and fires from Molotov cocktails.

Other agencies talked of the fact that the European countries are fearful of the negative effect of the weakness of the dollar compared to the euro and the consequences of that on European exports. The U.S. treasury secretary stated that his country "was interested in a strong dollar." Stiglitz made fun of an official statement and stated, according to EFE: "In the case of the United States money has been squandered and the reason has been the multimillion rescue of the banks and defraying the cost of wars like that of Afghanistan." EFE reported that the Nobel Prize winner "insisted that instead of investing $700 billion to help bankers, the United States should have directed part of that money into helping the developing countries which, at the same time, would have stimulated global demand."

Robert Zoellick, president of the World Bank, raised the alarm a few days earlier, warning that the dollar could not maintain its status as a reserve currency indefinitely.

Kenneth Rogoff, an eminent professor of economics at Harvard, stated that the next major financial crisis will be that of "public deficits."

The World Bank declared that "the International Monetary Fund has demonstrated that the central banks of the world accumulated fewer dollars during the second half of 2009 than at any other point in the last 10 years and increased their euro holdings."

That very same October 6, AFP reported that gold reached the record figure of $1,045 per ounce, prompted by the weakening of the dollar and fears of inflation.

The Independent newspaper of London published that a group of oil producing countries were studying the possibility of replacing the dollar in commercial transactions with a basket of currencies including the yen, the yuan, the euro, gold and a new unified currency.

The news leaked or deduced with impressive logic was refuted by some of the countries presumably interested in that protection measure. They do not want it [the dollar] to collapse, but neither do they want to continue accumulating a currency that has lost its value thirty-fold in less than 30 years.

I must mention a cable from the EFE agency, which cannot be accused of being anti-imperialist and which, in the current circumstances, includes opinions of particular interest:

"Experts in economy and finance were in agreement today in New York in affirming that the worst crisis since the Great Depression has resulted in this country playing a less significant role in the world economy."

"The recession has led to the world changing its way of looking at the United States. Our country is now less significant than before and that is something that we have to recognize," affirmed David Rubenstein, president and founder of the Carlyle Group, the largest risk capital company in the world, addressing the World Business Forum."

"The financial world is going to be less centered in the United States... New York is never again going to be the world financial capital and that role will be shared with London, Shanghai, Dubai, Sao Paulo and other cities," he noted.

"...sort out the problems that the U.S. will confront when it comes out of the 'great recession,' which will probably go another month or two."

"...'enormous public debt, inflation, unemployment, loss in value of the dollar as a reserve currency, energy prices..."

"The government must reduce public spending in order to confront the debt problem and do something that it doesn't much like: increase taxes."

"Jeffrey Sachs, an economist at the University of Columbia and UN special adviser, agreed with Rubenstein that the economic and financial predominance of the U.S. 'is fading.'"

"We have left a system centered in the U.S. for a multilateral one..."

"...'20 years of irresponsibility by the first part of the Bill Clinton administration and then that of George W. Bush,' yielded to the pressures of Wall Street..."

"...the banks negotiated with 'toxic assets to obtain easy money,' Sachs explained."

"'The important thing now is to recognize the unprecedented challenge that supposes achieving sustainable economic development in line with the basic physical and biological rules of this planet'..."

On the other hand, the direct news from our delegation in Bangkok, capital of Thailand, was not at all encouraging:

"The essential issue being discussed - our minister of foreign affairs noted textually - is the ratification or not of the concept of shared but differentiated responsibilities between the industrialized countries and the so-called emerging economies, basically China, Brazil, India and South Africa, and the underdeveloped countries.

"China, Brazil, India, South Africa, Egypt, Bangladesh, Pakistan and the ALBA are the most active. In general terms, the majority of the Group of 77, are holding to firm and correct positions.

"Figures being negotiated for the reduction of carbon emissions do not correspond to those calculated by scientists for keeping temperature increases to a level below 2 degrees Celsius, 25-40%. At this point, negotiations are moving around a reduction of 11-18%.

"The United States is not making any real effort. It is only accepting a 4% reduction in relation to the year 1990."

In the morning of today, October 9, the world awoke to the news that the "good Obama" of the enigma explained by the Bolivarian President Hugo Chávez at the United Nations, has received the Nobel Peace prize. I do not always agree with the positions of that institution but I am obliged to acknowledge at this moment in time, that - in my view - it was a positive measure. It compensates for the setback that Obama suffered in Copenhagen when Rio de Janeiro and not Chicago was chosen as the venue for the 2016 Olympics, which prompted irate attacks from the extreme right.

Many people will say that he has not as yet won the right to receive such a distinction. We would like to see in the decision, more than a prize to the president of the United States, a criticism of the genocidal policy followed by more than a few presidents of that country, who have brought the world to the crossroads where it finds itself today; an exhortation to peace, and the search for solutions that will lead to the survival of the species.

Fidel Castro Ruz
October 9, 2009
6.11 p.m.

Translated by Granma International


But Frank S.ent it to me, so here it is:

Thank *GOD* I'm not stuck somewhere where that's the bar band.

Captivating Performance

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Begins with a "B", Bob ...

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More examples of hyperbole:
  • "Your sister's so skinny, she has to run around in the shower to get wet" Cliff, from Valley View Elementary School, in Richmond, California, USA
  • "Your sister is so dumb, she walked by the YMCA and thought they spelled MACY'S wrong" Alicia, from Shannon Elementary School, in Pinole, California, USA
  • "My history teacher's so old, he lived through everything we've learned about ancient Greece" Ryan, CFS, Willingboro, USA
  • "I think of you a million times a day" Vern Sal, from Jose Rizal Memorial State College, in Dipolog City, the Philippines
  • "The test was so hard, by the time I finished it I was 100 years old!" Ranada, from Larose M.S., Larose, Louisiana, USA
  • "Saskatchewan is so flat, you can see your dog run away for 4 days!" Jenna, from Olympic Heights School, Calgary
  • "Your momma is so dumb, she got locked in the grocery store and starved to death!" Vicky Moreno, from T.C. Marsh M.S., Dallas, Texas, USA
  • "Your momma is so dumb, she thought TACO BELL was a Mexican phone company." Mrs. Jonas' 4th Period Class, T.C. Marsh M.S., Dallas, Texas, USA
  • "It was so cold, even the polar bears were wearing jackets." Elizabeth, from Covington, USA
  • "Our library is so old, its book pages are numbered with roman numarals ... written by the Romans!" Bobby W.
  • "My girlfreind is so popular, she has her own 900 number." Ed, from Lebanon, USA
  • "That boy's eyes are so big, they look like they're going to jump out and grab you! Ashley Clarke
  • "My best friend is so forgetful, I sometimes have to remind her what her name is!" Katie Holmes
  • "The Eiffel Tower is so big, when I looked up I nearly got whiplashed!" Kerri, from Dexter, Missouri

Pelosi Adds Voice 
to Open Source Voting Systems Momentum

Christine Pelosi discusses open source voting systems
with Open Voting Consortium founder Alan Dechert
during a fundraiser last week in San Francisco.
Photos by Luke Thomas

By Luke Thomas

October 7, 2009

The famous quote, "It's not the people who vote that count. It's the people who count the votes," has been attributed to the infamous soviet-era dictator, Joseph Stalin, a premise Christine Pelosi, daughter of Speaker Nancy Pelosi, agrees with.

"Everywhere I go, no matter what else people have to say, they ultimately ask one question: 'Why should we work our hearts out if the fix is already in?'" Pelosi said during a keynote speech at a fundraiser last week held to benefit Open Voting Consortium (OVC). "When we look at the elections and look at how close everything is, you know that there's something happening in that machine that we need to know about."

Pelosi was, of course, referring to paperless proprietary electronic voting systems whose inaccessible software renders them unreliable and vulnerable to electoral manipulation. By contrast, an election conducted solely by paper ballot, though desirable, is resource intensive, subject to human error and is time consuming.

OVC founder and CEO Alan Dechert believes OVC's solution, a non-tabulating open source system that generates an encoded paper ballot using inexpensive off-the-shelf computer components, provides the advantages of automated electronic voting systems without the costs and trust concerns associated with proprietary voting systems.

A former computer programmer for Sacramento County, Dechert said the idea to develop an open source voting system occurred to him when the State of California in 2001 began discussing using proprietary paperless touch screen electronic voting systems. "That was the idea that was floating around in the State legislature at the time, and I, like a lot of computer geeks I talked to, thought that was a crazy idea."

"We want a paper ballot that's unambiguous," Dechert said during a demonstration of OVC's system.  The free open source software, which runs from a read-only CD, cycled through a pre-programmed language-selected menu of ballot choices. Upon ballot selection completion, a paper ballot containing Dechert's selections in plain text as well as matrix code, was printed, code that can be scanned and tabulated by a code reader.

Dechert has been advocating for open source systems since the questionable 2000 and 2004 presidential elections.  He said momentum is now building to replace proprietary systems with open source systems. Los Angeles County is OVC's most promising prospect and is considering using OVC's system by 2012, he said.

Adding to the momentum for more reliable and secure voting systems, Secretary of State Debra Bowen in 2007 conducted a top-to-bottom review of several voting systems certified for use in California which resulted in the decertification and conditional re-approval of some Diebold and Sequoia proprietary voting systems.

"Is LA ready, willing, and able to lead the way for the State?" Dechert asked. "As goes LA, so goes the State of California and, probably, the whole country."

Alan Dechert

And they do

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Due to popular demand, Release has now produced some exclusive Nice People Take Drugs t-shirts. The meaning behind the slogan - that drug use comes in all forms - is most effective when it is endorsed by all sorts of people. If we are to break through the public's preconceptions about drug use and drug users, then we need this slogan to be supportred by as many people as possible.

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Larry, buddy, let me give you a quick piece of advice. Don't advertise your autobody business on a crusty old 1988 red, white, and blue Dodge Caravan with missing hub caps. That would be like Gold's Gym passing out 6XL t-shirts.

Stands On Its Own

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It's from JTA, so it's a horse's mouth thing.

Now, here's my read (between the lines as well as the lines listed):

1) Iran independently and of it's own initiative informs the IAEA that it has another nuclear plant due to come on line in eighteen months (one year ahead of it's responsibility to do so, in fact).

2) the USA and Israel make a big deal out of the leak of this confidential information a week later.

3) Israel continues to bang the war drum about these *legitimate* non-military nuclear facilities (IAEA *approved* facilities), much like they did when lying about the previous facility (making it look rather nefarious in this video).  Of course, I'm assuming that their mockingbirds planted that story as a viral video (and if you are assuming I could be *wrong* about the likelihood of this, you'd be incorrect--it's just the odds that are in question, not the question of whether they intentionally manipulate the info stream).

In any case, we have a legitimate application to the IAEA for certification of a non-military facility well within the timeline which could be expected for *ANY* other country.

Except, of course, that little theocracy in the mid-east with a documented history of murdering pretty much anyone that gets in its way, and a high percentage of documented (and somewhat rationalized) racism.  

Yano, the one that has thermo-nuclear weapons?

The one that *still* refuses the IAEA inspections of its (denied) facilities (like Dimona).


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On the eastern side of the Texas/Louisiana border, they often refer to 'Loozyana' as 'Lousyana'.

Green Party Plenary

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I received this info in email this am:

Since contact with Micheletti is in direct conflict with stated U.S. interests, these nine Republicans, as well as Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who has aided them, seem to have broken U.S. law. The Logan Act says that anyone who without government authorization "directly or indirectly commences or carries on any correspondence or intercourse with any foreign government or any officer or agent thereof, with intent to influence the measures or conduct of any foreign government or of any officer or agent thereof, in relation to any disputes or controversies with the United States, or to defeat the measures of the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both."

Tomas Ayuso, a research fellow at the Council on Hemispheric affairs who spent the summer reporting on the crisis from Tegucigalpa, agrees. The members of Congress meeting with Micheletti "are in violation of the Logan Act," he said.

There have been three Republican trips to Honduras to meet with Micheletti: a July trip by House members Connie Mack (R-Florida) and Brian Bilbray (R-California); last week's trip by Senators Jim DeMint (R- South Carolina), Aaron Schock (R-Illinois), Peter Roskam (R-Illinois), and Doug Lamborn (R-Colorado); and Monday's visit by House members Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Florida), Lincoln Diaz-Balart (R-Florida), and Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Florida).

BTW, I read both sides of the health-care debate, and still favor HR676 as the most sensible and egalitarian system, however, I need to point out that I heard that Baucus' bill has a *tax* on medical supplies.  Now, I have to mention: that's just nuts; taxation of necessities is always wrong.  It was a major step forward a few years back when NM finally stopped taxing medicine.

It sounds to me like the rich guys have this all figured out, and their plan is to make the poor *required* to pay their dividends (oh, and take all their guns, too).

CAJUN ANGELS (and more)

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Gabriel came to the Lord and said, "I have to talk to you.. I have some Cajuns up here in Heaven who are causing some problems. They are swinging on The pearly gates, sliding down stairway to Heaven, and my horn is missing! 

They play their accordions and dance all night! Crawfish shells and beer cans are all over the streets of gold and they're making sausage, boudin, and cracklins on every corner. There is rice all over the clouds! They have eaten almost every animal up here! Some folks are walking around with one wing missing. There is barbecue sauce all over their robes and some of them aren't even wearing their halos, saying they won't wear it because it doesn't have an LSU logo on it. 

The Lord said, "I made them special, as I did you, my angel. Heaven is home to all my children. If you really want to know about problems, let's call the Devil and see how he is dealing with his Cajuns." 

The Devil answered the phone, "Hello? Dang it, hold on!" 

The Devil returned to the phone and said, "Hello God, what can I do for you? 

God replied, "Tell me what kind of problems you are having down there with the Cajuns you have there." 

The Devil said, "Wait a minute," and puts the Lord on hold... 

After 5 minutes he returned to the phone, and said, "Okay, I'm back. What's the question?" 

God asked again, "What kind of problems are you having with the Cajuns down there?" 

The Devil said, "Man, I don't believe this... Hold on, God..." 

This time, the Devil was gone for 15 minutes. 

The Devil returned and said, "I'm sorry, God, I can't talk right now. These coonasses have done put out the fire, and are holding a benefit jambalaya dinner to install air conditioning!!"


Subject: Copper wire fact 

After having dug to a depth of 10 feet last year, New York Scientists found traces of copper wire dating back 100 years and came to the conclusion, that their ancestors already had a telephone network more than 100 years ago. 

Not to be outdone by the New Yorkers, in the weeks that followed, a California archaeologist dug to a depth of 20 feet, and shortly after, a story in the LA Times read: ' California archaeologists, finding traces of 200 year old copper wire, have concluded that their ancestors already had an advanced high-tech communications network a hundred years earlier than the New Yorkers.' 

One week later. A local newspaper in Louisiana reported the following: After digging as deep as 30 feet in his pasture near St. Martinville, Bubba Boudreaux, a self-taught archaeologist, reported that he found absolutely nothing. Bubba has therefore concluded that 300 years ago, Louisiana had already gone wireless.. 

Just makes you proud to live in Louisiana!

Marc Emery's Goodbye

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We can hope to see him again in five years, if the bastards in the 'criminal justice' system don't kill him first.  I'd lay even money on that.

That is, if you take the actual criteria being acceptance of non-dollar payment for oil, like Iran, Venezuela (and formerly Iraq).

Exclusive report

The demise of the dollar

In a graphic illustration of the new world order, Arab states have launched secret moves with China, Russia and France to stop using the US currency for oil trading

By Robert Fisk

Tuesday, 6 October 2009  In the most profound financial change in recent Middle East history, Gulf Arabs are planning - along with China, Russia, Japan and France - to end dollar dealings for oil, moving instead to a basket of currencies including the Japanese yen and Chinese yuan, the euro, gold and a new, unified currency planned for nations in the Gulf Co-operation Council, including Saudi Arabia, Abu Dhabi, Kuwait and Qatar.

Secret meetings have already been held by finance ministers and central bank governors in Russia, China, Japan and Brazil to work on the scheme, which will mean that oil will no longer be priced in dollars.

The plans, confirmed to The Independent by both Gulf Arab and Chinese banking sources in Hong Kong, may help to explain the sudden rise in gold prices, but it also augurs an extraordinary transition from dollar markets within nine years.

The Americans, who are aware the meetings have taken place - although they have not discovered the details - are sure to fight this international cabal which will include hitherto loyal allies Japan and the Gulf Arabs. Against the background to these currency meetings, Sun Bigan, China's former special envoy to the Middle East, has warned there is a risk of deepening divisions between China and the US over influence and oil in the Middle East. "Bilateral quarrels and clashes are unavoidable," he told the Asia and Africa Review. "We cannot lower vigilance against hostility in the Middle East over energy interests and security."

This sounds like a dangerous prediction of a future economic war between the US and China over Middle East oil - yet again turning the region's conflicts into a battle for great power supremacy. China uses more oil incrementally than the US because its growth is less energy efficient. The transitional currency in the move away from dollars, according to Chinese banking sources, may well be gold. An indication of the huge amounts involved can be gained from the wealth of Abu Dhabi, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar who together hold an estimated $2.1 trillion in dollar reserves.

The decline of American economic power linked to the current global recession was implicitly acknowledged by the World Bank president Robert Zoellick. "One of the legacies of this crisis may be a recognition of changed economic power relations," he said in Istanbul ahead of meetings this week of the IMF and World Bank. But it is China's extraordinary new financial power - along with past anger among oil-producing and oil-consuming nations at America's power to interfere in the international financial system - which has prompted the latest discussions involving the Gulf states.

Brazil has shown interest in collaborating in non-dollar oil payments, along with India. Indeed, China appears to be the most enthusiastic of all the financial powers involved, not least because of its enormous trade with the Middle East.

China imports 60 per cent of its oil, much of it from the Middle East and Russia. The Chinese have oil production concessions in Iraq - blocked by the US until this year - and since 2008 have held an $8bn agreement with Iran to develop refining capacity and gas resources. China has oil deals in Sudan (where it has substituted for US interests) and has been negotiating for oil concessions with Libya, where all such contracts are joint ventures.

Furthermore, Chinese exports to the region now account for no fewer than 10 per cent of the imports of every country in the Middle East, including a huge range of products from cars to weapon systems, food, clothes, even dolls. In a clear sign of China's growing financial muscle, the president of the European Central Bank, Jean-Claude Trichet, yesterday pleaded with Beijing to let the yuan appreciate against a sliding dollar and, by extension, loosen China's reliance on US monetary policy, to help rebalance the world economy and ease upward pressure on the euro.

Ever since the Bretton Woods agreements - the accords after the Second World War which bequeathed the architecture for the modern international financial system - America's trading partners have been left to cope with the impact of Washington's control and, in more recent years, the hegemony of the dollar as the dominant global reserve currency.

The Chinese believe, for example, that the Americans persuaded Britain to stay out of the euro in order to prevent an earlier move away from the dollar. But Chinese banking sources say their discussions have gone too far to be blocked now. "The Russians will eventually bring in the rouble to the basket of currencies," a prominent Hong Kong broker told The Independent. "The Brits are stuck in the middle and will come into the euro. They have no choice because they won't be able to use the US dollar."

Chinese financial sources believe President Barack Obama is too busy fixing the US economy to concentrate on the extraordinary implications of the transition from the dollar in nine years' time. The current deadline for the currency transition is 2018.

The US discussed the trend briefly at the G20 summit in Pittsburgh; the Chinese Central Bank governor and other officials have been worrying aloud about the dollar for years. Their problem is that much of their national wealth is tied up in dollar assets.

"These plans will change the face of international financial transactions," one Chinese banker said. "America and Britain must be very worried. You will know how worried by the thunder of denials this news will generate."

Iran announced late last month that its foreign currency reserves would henceforth be held in euros rather than dollars. Bankers remember, of course, what happened to the last Middle East oil producer to sell its oil in euros rather than dollars. A few months after Saddam Hussein trumpeted his decision, the Americans and British invaded Iraq.

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'Girlfriend' is an intriguing tease

Michael Blaiklock is one of the off-camera protagonist's friends in Michael Blaiklock is one of the off-camera protagonist's friends in "Secret Girlfriend.'' (Mark Davis)
By Matthew Gilbert
Globe Staff / October 7, 2009

The format of "Secret Girlfriend'' is pretty cool. The protagonist of this new Comedy Central series is the invisible guy who's holding the camera. We never see him, or hear from him; but all the other characters - his two buddies, his ex-girlfriend, his new love interest - look at him and talk to him and call him "you.'' And as they do that, they're breaking the fourth wall and addressing us. They pull us into the show as if we're at its center.

SECRET GIRLFRIENDStarring: Derek Miller, Michael Blaiklock, Alexis Krause, Sara E. R. Fletcher

On: Comedy Central

Time: Tonight, 10:30-11

This technique in "Secret Girlfriend,'' which premieres tonight at 10:30, reminds me of Jay McInerney's use of the second-person voice in his novel "Bright Lights, Big City.'' By positioning the audience itself as a young, male character, both the novel and the TV show have an interactive, post-modern tone. We aren't just watching objectively as a story unfolds; we're pulled into a highly subjective situation, drawn inside the conflicts of the protagonist's mind. Each segment of "Secret Girl- friend'' opens with a subtitle worded in the second person, such as "You and Your Ex Call It Quits.''

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I'm concerned that my son has a secret girlfriend?

My 17 year old son has been very secretive with me lately, recently he has started to refuse to go to church with the family and tonight when I was going through his room I found a magazine with naked men in it. He obviously has a girlfriend that he is hiding from me that brought that magazine into my home and I am afraid they are having intercourse and I am greatly concerned that he is going to get her pregnant.

What should I do about this?
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He is not a homosexual, we have taught him from the bible and he has learned though our church that this is not in God's plan. I will not teach him about condoms, that is unacceptable, we have always taught him about abstinence and that is what God and his future wife expects from him.

I want to speak to our pastor about this but I am very afraid of what he would think we are teaching our son if he things we are allowing him to sneak a girl into his bedroom. That is clearly inappropriate and we are good parents, I am very afraid what he will think of us.


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Sometimes I think that people really have *no* clue, and other times, they prove it.

For instance, I have a client who supplies a number of people with web publishing services.

The client themselves is perhaps the most clueless about IT that I've ever had.  The fact that they are clueless about this product they provide makes little or no impact on their desire to provide it.

Yet, they end up spending a great deal of money/time spinning their wheels.  I just got a call last week that they had an ASAP job to put a web site up.

I pointed out to them that the domain was already registered, and was pointing at another location.  Without the registrant login/pw, I'd be helpless in trying to 'move' anything.

So, after a great deal of time/effort on their part, they managed to get the FTP userid/pw for the former site.

Now, while this is admirable, and somewhat useful, it's still not going to help move the domain over.

I keep thinking of the person who lost their car keys and is wandering about under the streetlight, even though the keys were dropped half a block away, because that's where the light is.


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You know how those Architects and Engineers get, all facty with *no* truthiness at all.  It's positively depressing (nearly as bad as the Arson Investigators).

Anyway, here's their latest screed:

This is not a 'collapse', it is an explosion!

As seen in this revealing photo, the Twin Towers' destruction exhibited all the characteristics of destruction by explosives:(and some non-standard characteristics)


Destruction proceeds through the path of greatest resistance at nearly free-fall acceleration


Improbable symmetry of debris distribution


Extremely rapid onset of destruction


Over 100 first responders reported explosions and flashes


Multi-ton steel sections ejected laterally 600 ft at 60 mph


Mid-air pulverization of 90,000 tons of concrete & metal decking


Massive volume of expanding pyroclastic-like clouds


1200-foot-dia. debris field: no "pancaked" floors found


Isolated explosive ejections 20 - 40 stories below demolition front


Total building destruction: dismemberment of steel frame


Several tons of molten metal found under all 3 high-rises


Evidence of thermite incendiaries found by FEMA in steel samples


Evidence of explosives found in dust samples


No precedent for steel-framed high-rise collapse due to fire

And exhibited none of the characteristics of destruction by fire, i.e.


Slow onset with large visible deformations


Asymmetrical collapse which follows the path of least resistance (laws of conservation of momentum would cause a falling, intact, from the point of plane impact, to the side most damaged by the fires)


Evidence of fire temperatures capable of softening steel


High-rise buildings with much larger, hotter, and longer lasting fires have never "collapsed"

Origin of Love (for Stever)

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