Though he did not know it at the time, the idea came to Howard Stapleton when he was 12 and visiting a factory with his father, a manufacturing executive in London. Opening the door to a room where workers were using high-frequency welding equipment, he found he could not bear to go inside.
"The noise!" he complained.
"What noise?" the grownups asked.
Now 39, Stapleton has taken the lesson he learned that day--that children can hear sounds at higher frequencies than adults can--to fashion a novel device that he hopes will provide a solution to the eternal problem of obstreperous teenagers who hang around outside stores and cause trouble.
The device, called the Mosquito ("It's small and annoying," Stapleton said), emits a high-frequency pulsing sound that, he said, can be heard by most people younger than 20 and almost no one older than 30. The sound is designed to so irritate young people that after several minutes, they cannot stand it and go away.
Stapleton, a security consultant whose experience in installing store alarms and the like alerted him to the gravity of the loitering problem, studied other teenage-repellents as part of his research. Some shops, for example, use "zit lamps," which drive teenagers away by casting a blue light onto their spotty skin, accentuating any whiteheads and other blemishes.
M. Harper est donc prêt à rouvrir ce débat douloureux qui a divisé le Parlement au cours des trois dernières années. En juin, la Chambre des communes a adopté un projet de loi reconnaissant les mariages gais.
Des parents canadiens estiment que le salaire des enseignants devrait être déterminé en fonction des performances académiques des élèves.
C'est ce qu'indique une enquête nationale qui a été menée auprès d'environ 4000 parents et enseignants. Le National Post élabore sur cette étude qui doit être publiée aujourd'hui (mardi) par la Société pour l'avancement de l'excellence en éducation, un organisme de la Colombie-Britannique.
Les parents et les enseignants interrogés lors d'un sondage affirment que l'expérience et le développement professionnel devraient être considérés au moment de déterminer le salaire des enseignants.
Mais 80 pour cent des parents veulent qu'une portion de ce salaire soit déterminée en fonction du progrès académique de leurs élèves. Or, seulement 38 pour cent des enseignants interrogés sont de cet avis.
The music industry needs to adjust to this new reality, because it's here to stay. The BBC reports that a whole generation of Europeans no longer see music as something that ought to be paid for. Jupiter analyst Mark Mulligan warns that children are being raised on a "limitless diet of free and disposable music." He sees this, unsurprisingly, as a Bad Thing (tm), but only time will tell if file-swapping music lovers are shooting themselves in the foot by putting the labels out of business, or whether they are making possible the growth of a new, artist-driven economy where even niche bands can earn a living.
It comes after a Moscow Court rejected Igor Smykov's appeal to have the show banned from Russian TV.
Mr Smykov wanted to have the cartoon series taken off the air in Russia, or at least shown at a later time, claiming it promoted drugs, violence and homosexuality.
He also demanded £6,000 in compensation from TV channel REN-TV saying the show had morally damaged his nine-year-old son.
Did you get any direct pressure from Tomlinson or CPB to change the content of your show?
The people at PBS told me they were getting excruciating pressure because of our reporting, including threats to de-fund public television unless “Moyers is dealt with.” They never identified the source of that pressure.
If Jose Padilla lives in a police state, then so do you. According to Adam Liptak in the invaluable, but frequently infuriating, New York Times,
“When Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales announced last week that Jose Padilla would be transferred to the federal justice system from military detention, he said almost nothing about the standards the administration used in deciding whether to charge terrorism suspects like Mr. Padilla with crimes or to hold them in military facilities as enemy combatants.
The upshot of that approach, underscored by the decision in Mr. Padilla's case, is that no one outside the administration knows just how the determination is made whether to handle a terror suspect as an enemy combatant or as a common criminal, to hold him indefinitely without charges in a military facility or to charge him in court. Indeed, citing the need to combat terrorism, the administration has argued, with varying degrees of success, that judges should have essentially no role in reviewing its decisions. The change in Mr. Padilla's status, just days before the government's legal papers were due in his appeal to the Supreme Court, suggested to many legal observers that the administration wanted to keep the court out of the case. "The position of the executive branch," said Eric M. Freedman, a law professor at Hofstra University who has consulted with lawyers for several detainees, "is that it can be judge, jury and executioner."
Tell me, what is the relevance of the U.S. Constitution to such a process? And if the Constitution has no relevance for Mr. Padilla, who is after all, a U.S. citizen, how can you be sure it will be there for you? First they came for the gypsies…
Just so, disgraced US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) head Michael Brown has decided to share the secrets of his incompetence with paying customers of his new outfit, Michael D. Brown, LLC. That's right, the fellow who, on assignment in a devastated New Orleans, whinged bitchily about needing more time for a proper hot meal, and who gushed about his new suit ("I am a fashion god!") while the city drowned in the filthy waters of Lake Ponchartrain is about to instruct the masses on what he calls "disaster preparedness."
L'expansion des garderies commerciales pose des questions d'ordre éthique. La Fondation Chagnon, parmi d'autres, s'oppose à ce que l'on permette à des entreprises privées de faire du profit avec l'éducation des enfants en bas âge. Cette critique ne fera peut-être pas l'unanimité. Mais est-il permis de demander pourquoi un gouvernement qui avait promis, par ailleurs, de réduire les subventions aux entreprises, a augmenté celles accordées aux garderies commerciales au point qu'elles reçoivent aujourd'hui 85 % du montant versé à un CPE (pour les enfants âgés de 18 mois à cinq ans).
Belle façon pour un entrepreneur de se constituer un actif, à même les fonds publics, y compris d'acquérir des immobilisations qui, en vertu du projet de loi n° 124, demeurent sa propriété entière, qu'il pourra revendre, après avoir reçu des subventions pendant des années, avec un profit substantiel.
Il est clair que la privatisation du réseau est un objectif poursuivi par le gouvernement libéral sans que celui-ci eût jamais justifié ce choix ni au regard de l'utilisation des fonds publics à cette fin ni au regard de la qualité des services et des autres fonctions sociales des CPE.
The top target that the pentagon assigned to Rendon was the Al-Jazeera television network. The contract called for the Rendon Group to undertake a massive "media mapping" campaign against the news organization, which the Pentagon considered "critical to U.S. objectives in the War on Terrorism." According to the contract, Rendon would provide a "detailed content analysis of the station's daily broadcast . . . [and] identify the biases of specific journalists and potentially obtain an understanding of their allegiances, including the possibility of specific relationships and sponsorships."
The secret targeting of foreign journalists may have had a sinister purpose. Among the missions proposed for the Pentagon's Office of Strategic Influence was one to "coerce" foreign journalists and plant false information overseas. Secret briefing papers also said the office should find ways to "punish" those who convey the "wrong message." One senior officer told CNN that the plan would "formalize government deception, dishonesty and misinformation."
According to the Pentagon documents, Rendon would use his media analysis to conduct a worldwide propaganda campaign, deploying teams of information warriors to allied nations to assist them "in developing and delivering specific messages to the local population, combatants, front-line states, the media and the international community." Among the places Rendon's info-war teams would be sent were Jakarta, Indonesia; Islamabad, Pakistan; Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; Cairo; Ankara, Turkey; and Tashkent, Uzbekistan. The teams would produce and script television news segments "built around themes and story lines supportive of U.S. policy objectives."
The former senior official said that after the election he made a lengthy inspection visit to Iraq and reported his findings to Bush in the White House: “I said to the President, ‘We’re not winning the war.’ And he asked, ‘Are we losing?’ I said, ‘Not yet.’ ” The President, he said, “appeared displeased” with that answer.
“I tried to tell him,” the former senior official said. “And he couldn’t hear it.”
The facts of the Hamdi, Padilla, Lindh, Moussaoui, and other terror cases have never mapped onto the propaganda used to sell them. The trouble, yet again, is those bedeviled facts. The problem the Bush administration keeps having with the legal system is that no matter how long you stall, speechify, and deny, in the end it all comes down to facts—facts that become increasingly inconvenient with every passing day.
The official start to the holiday shopping season kicked off with something less than cheer and good will yesterday morning when an Orlando, Fla., man was wrestled to the ground by security guards at a Wal-Mart store after he tried to cut into a line of people waiting for discount laptops.
Here's a look back at two decades of buyers behaving badly, as chronicled in various media reports:
# December 2004 - Two women and a teenage girl are arrested after they get into a fight over a parking space near a Toys "R" Us in West Hartford, Conn. One woman threw an orange peel at the other woman's car.
# December 2002 - A 41-year-old man is arrested after stealing another motorist's parking space, yelling at the driver and eventually spraying him with Mace at a mall in Connecticut.
# November 2002 - Shoppers stampede a Riverside, Calif., Wal-Mart store, running over a 35-year-old woman and fracturing her foot and hip.
# November 1998 - Frantic "Furby" shoppers bite one woman and knock another down at a Wal-Mart in O'Fallon, Ill.
# December 1996 - A Wal-Mart employee in New Brunswick, Canada, is sent to the hospital after a crowd of 300 "Tickle Me Elmo" shoppers tramples him.
# December 1993 - Drivers abandon their cars in the streets outside a Toronto shopping center, eager to get to the day-after-Christmas sales. A police officer said he ran out of $20 parking-ticket slips ticketing the vehicles.
# December 1992 - A 24-year-old clerk at a Toronto Sport Shoppe in Canada is kicked, punched and bitten by a group trying to grab products from shelves. Four people were arrested, and the clerk was sent to the hospital.
# November 1983 - A 75-year-old man is knocked down by shoppers trying to get to Cabbage Patch dolls at a Jefferson Ward store in North Miami Beach, Fla. That same month, shoppers in Washington, D.C., offer bribes to store clerks for access to the dolls.
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We also recall that the Americans have form when it comes to the mass media outlets of regimes they dislike. They blew up the Kabul bureau of al-Jazeera in 2002, and they pulverised the Baghdad bureau in April 2003, killing one of the reporters. In 1999 they managed to blow up the Serb TV station, killing two make-up girls, in circumstances that were never satisfactorily explained.
Comedy veterans and co-creators Penn Jillette and Paul Provenza capitalize on their insider status and invite over 100 of their closest friends--who happen to be some of the biggest names in entertainment, from George Carlin, Whoopi Goldberg, Drew Cary to Gilbert Gottfried, Bob Saget, Paul Reiser and Sarah Silverman--to reminisce, analyze, deconstruct and deliver their their own versions of world's dirtiest joke, an old burlesque, too extreme to be performed in public, called The Aristocrats.
C'est l'histoire d'un...
Donc, le contenu des confessions sera retenu contre celui qui se confesse.
On se précipitait déjà aux portes des séminaires pour devenir prêtre et j'imagine que ceci va accélérer le processus.
Mort d'un dinosaure en direct.
Si vous pensiez que le développement de la démocratie au Moyen-Orient passait par l'émergence d'une presse libre...
...the Daily Mirror reported that the US president last year planned to attack the Arabic television station al-Jazeera, which has its headquarters in Doha, the capital of Qatar, where US and British bombers were based.
A doctrinal conservative who served as John Paul's defender of the faith for two decades, he spoke out before his election against "filth" in the church, which many observers speculated was a reference to the need to clean up the church after the scandals involving sexually abusive priests.
Les priorités: banissons les prêtres qui "supportent la culture gaie" et taisons les abus des prêtres pédophiles.
Dans sa note, Dick Marty [président de la commission des questions juridiques et des droits de l'Homme de l'Assemblée parlementaire du Conseil de l'Europe] précise avoir contacté le centre satellitaire de l'UE à Torrejon (Espagne) pour obtenir des images de sites en Pologne et en Roumanie, qui pourraient abriter, selon Human Rights Watch, des possibles centres secrets de détention de la CIA. D'après HRW, il s'agit de la base aérienne militaire de Kogalniceanu (Roumanie) et de l'aéroport Szczytno-Szymany (Pologne).
That, at least, is how Canadian Auto Workers Union President Buzz Hargrove sees it. Representing an overall loss of 30,000 jobs in Canada and the United States, the nine North American plant closings by General Motors are, in Hargrove's view, a measure of Washington and Ottawa's failure to force Japan and South Korea to open their domestic car markets while letting those countries flood ours.
C'est surtout pas parce que GM a construit des modèles de merde pendant trop longtemps, et qu'ils ont, deux fois plutôt qu'une, ignoré le fait que le prix de l'essence, il PEUT AUGMENTER. Pfff.
L'étude a révélé que la majorité de ces jeunes n'ont comparu en cour qu'une seule fois, ce qui dément l'idée que la plupart des jeunes qui viennent en contact avec les tribunaux deviennent des délinquants chroniques.
Ceci ne nous permet pas de conclure quoi que ce soit. Il faudrait comparer les taux de récidive selon que les jeunes ont comparu ou non. Ou est-ce que l'on cherche à nous faire avaler la judiciarisation de tels cas?
Quelqu'un dans ce groupe devrait dire à leurs membres qu'ils arrêtent d'attaquer les Français et les Allemands.
J'ai une idée. Faites de plus gros V.U.S.. De quoi avez-vous peur?
Rogers (ISP) in Canada puts software on their networks that prevents activity for BitTorrents, P2P, IRC
Over the past month Rogers (ISP) in Canada has put some software on their networks that prevents activity for BitTorrents, P2P, IRC, and also along with that is a rule that if you are trying to download a large media file from more then 1 server it will be dropped. When you download a Podcast from iTunes it downloads that file from multiple servers in the background (I confirmed this by watching my cable modem logs). As soon as it tries to use more than 2 different servers for the download, it just stops. That's the reason why Podcast downloads stop at random places - it's the point where a 2nd server is involved in the download. The same issue causes timeouts and cut-offs in the iTunes music store.
Here is the problem - when anyone calls Rogers about the problem they say it is either a router, firewall or Apple problem and they shrug you off.
Hundreds or thousands of people in Canada can no longer get Podcasts or purchase music from the iTunes Music store. This is BAD. Please, Apple, contact Rogers and sort it out. So many people have called Rogers with no luck.
De mieux en mieux.
There is more to this story, though, according to information acquired by Asia Times Online.
In fact, the latest peace initiative was started a few months ago when the US realized, finally, that it simply was not making significant progress in stabilizing Afghanistan, despite the relatively successful conclusion of presidential and parliamentary elections.
"The PC then treats the CD as an ordinary single-session music CD, and the commonly used CD 'rip' programs continue to work as usual. Moreover, even without the tape, common CD-copying programs readily duplicate the copy-protected disc in its entirety," Gartner (which is at pains to say it doesn't endorse the use of rip technology) explains.
These partners in high prices already charge $2.50 for a small clip of a song to be used as a ringtone; so on some level, charging $2.50 for a whole song must seem like a bargain to them. But ringtones require editing, at least, and sometimes must be matched to a particular phone. With full-song downloads, Sprint is entering an established, competitive market where the price has been 99 cents. I could swallow a small convenience surcharge of, maybe, 25 cents, but not a 150% markup.
The high costs don't stop there. The new music store can be accessed -- so far -- on only two new high-end phones, from Sanyo and Samsung, which cost more than $200, even after rebates. Even then, if you want to store more than about 32 songs on your phone, you'll have to spring for a larger memory card, which costs anywhere from $25 to $100. You have to pay at least $15 a month for a data plan that allows you just to access the music store, though you also get other services.
For that kind of money, you'd better really, really, really want to download that new Kenny Chesney song, RIGHT NOW, before you can get to a computer.
Not only that, but the Sprint store imposes more limitations on the use of the songs than Apple does. You can play downloaded songs on only one phone, and the song files can't be played back on a PC. To play them on a PC, you have to download them again, on the computer, in a different format, though you don't get charged again for this.
The computer version of the songs can be played only on three PCs (Windows only), and three portable players, but not the most popular and best player, the iPod. Songs bought from Apple can be played on up to five computers and on an unlimited number of iPods.
Oh, and did I mention that Sprint offers only 250,000 songs, for now, compared with Apple's selection of two million tracks?
The theory was that the private sector would find innovative ways to lower costs while providing better care.
The theory was wrong. A number of studies have found that managed-care plans, which have much higher administrative costs than government-managed Medicare, end up costing the system money, not saving it.
But privatization, once promoted as a way to save money, has become a goal in itself.
EMI Music's chief executive Alain Levy has said that there's now a consensus that the price of hit songs will rise on digital download sites. Apple charges 99 cents per song on its iTunes Music Store regardless of the song's popularity - something that the industry is keen to change.
"There is a common understanding that we will have to come to a variable pricing structure. The issue is when. There is a case for superstars to have a higher price," Levy told the Wall Street Journal.
Aux USA, c'est clair:
The chief executive of Diebold, one of the major suppliers of electronic voting machines, Warren “Wally” O’Dell, went on record in the 2004 campaign vowing to deliver Ohio and the presidency to George W. Bush.
In Ohio, Bush won by only 118,775 votes out of more than 5.6 million cast. Honest election advocates contend that O’Dell’s statement to hand Ohio’s vote to Bush still stands as a clear indictment of an apparently successful effort to steal the White House.
Some of the GAO’s findings are: 1. Some electronic voting machines “did not encrypt cast ballots or system audit logs, and it was possible to alter both without being detected.” In short, the machines; provided a way to manipulate the outcome of the election. In Ohio, more than 800,000 votes were cast on electronic voting machines, some registered seven times Bush’s official margin of victory.
2: the report further stated that: “it was possible to alter the files that define how a ballot looks and works, so that the votes for one candidate could be recorded for a different candidate.” Very many sworn statements and affidavits claim that did happen in Ohio in 2004.
Next, the report says, “Vendors installed uncertified versions of voting system software at the local level.” The GAO found that falsifying election results without leaving evidence of doing so by using altered memory cards could easily be done.
The GAO additionally found that access to the voting network was very easy to compromise because not all electronic voting systems had supervisory functions protected by password. That meant access to one machine gave access to the whole network. That critical finding showed that rigging the election did not take a “widespread conspiracy” but simply the cooperation of a small number of operators with the power to tap into the networked machines. They could thus alter the vote totals at will. It therefore was no big task for a single programmer to flip vote numbers to give Bush the 118,775 votes.
Another factor in the Ohio election was that access to the voting network was also compromised by repeated use of the same user ID, coupled with easy-to-guess passwords. Even amateur hackers could have gotten into the network and changed the vote.
System locks were easily picked, and keys were easy to copy, so gaining access to the system was a snap.
Katherine Harris, then Florida's secretary of state — and now a member of the U.S. House of Representatives — ordered a study in which, according to an article by Jim Stratton in the Orlando Sentinel, "researchers worked with a rabbi and a cardiologist to test ‘Celestial Drops,' promoted as a canker inhibitor because of its ‘improved fractal design,' ‘infinite levels of order,' and ‘high energy and low entropy.'"
Katherine Harris? From Wikipedia:
While she was Secretary of State, Harris presided over the contested Presidential election of 2000 in Florida. It was Harris who certified that the Republican candidate, George W. Bush, had carried the State of Florida, thus giving him the election over Al Gore. Her ruling was challenged, and was overturned on appeal by the Florida Supreme Court, but was upheld upon further appeal to the Supreme Court of the United States. There were allegations of a conflict of interest since she was prominent in the Florida Bush campaign.
Harris has been accused of acting in a partisan manner in conducting the Florida election count. No charges have ever been filed. In addition to her opposition to recounts in predominantly democractic counties, those who accuse Harris of acting in a partisan manner allege that:
* Before the election, a firm hired by Harris in her capacity as Secretary of State to purge convicted felons from the voter rolls erroneously removed 8,000 registered voters who had been convicted only of misdemeanors, thousands of others who had the same names as felons, and a few whose computer records said they had committed crimes in the future. This led to her being nicknamed the Purge Princess
* Harris certified the election results from 20 of Florida's 67 counties, in accordance with state law. Subsequent machine and hand recounts confirmed a narrow Republican victory.
* Harris was much criticized for her insistence in following legal deadlines for ballot certifications. [Ultimately, court hearings validated proper procedures; subsequent multiple recounts confirmed the outcome.]
BTW, Northrop Grumman FYI.
Choqués ou jaloux?
Mais la tâche reste immense, et dans certains domaines, urgente, est venue expliquer à la tribune la Nigériane Dora Akunyili, dont la soeur est décédée après avoir été soignée pour un diabète avec des médicaments contrefaits, et qui voit aujourd'hui sa vie menacée en raison de son combat contre ces médicaments meurtriers. «La contrefaçon de médicaments est l'un des plus grands maux de notre temps. C'est aussi une forme de terrorisme contre la santé publique, de même qu'un acte de sabotage économique», a-t-elle résumé.
En associant ainsi le "piratage" informatique à la contrefaçon de médicaments, on fait avancer le débat (et reculer nos droits).
South Park Episode 214:
Gerald (Whispering): Dammit. [...] He's using the Chewbacca defense. Johnny Cochrane: Why would a Wooky, an eight-foot-tall Wooky, want to live on Endor with a bunch of two-foot-tall Ewoks. That does not make sense. [...] It does not make sense. Look at me. I'm a lawyer defending a major record company and I'm talkin' about Chewbacca. Does that make sense? Ladies and Gentlemen I'm am not making any sense. None of this makes sense. And so you have to remember when you're in that jury room deliberating and conjugating the Emancipation Proclamation, does it make sense? No. Ladies and Gentlemen of this deposed jury it does not make sense. If Chewbacca lives on Endor you must acquit. The defense rests.
Dès le lendemain de son élection à la tête du Parti québécois, les ministres du Développement économique, Claude Béchard, et de l'Éucation, Jean-Marc Fournier, questionnent ce matin son autorité morale.
Bien sûr, accepter ouvertement de l'argent volé, accepter des personnes en son parti qui ont participé à de telles activités, ça c'est avoir de l'autorité morale.
It goes on. You get the flavor. By the end of the trip, Hughes had so annoyed a group of Saudi women, they barked at her. So much for winning hearts and minds. God knows what she's saying to the Pakistanis right now.
He said he saw bulldozers push soil into piles and load it on to trucks to carry away. In certain areas where the military used "special munitions" he said 200 sq m of soil was being removed from each blast site.
A few comments on MITA and the government' s spin on the bill. First, the government is clearly trying to convince Canadians that we are playing catch-up on this issue, as it provides a chronology illustrating how the U.S., the U.K., Australia, and New Zealand have already moved forward with intercept legislation. This should not be viewed as particularly persuasive – there are crucial elements in the Canadian legal framework (national privacy legislation, the Charter of Rights) that differ from those other countries. Moreover, Canada is free to choose its own path and create Canadian provisions that better reflect national priorities and values.
Second, the government seeks to assure Canadians that their privacy will be protected with the oversight described above. In fact, one document downplays the sensitivity of the information, likening it to "basic contact information, like that found in a phone book." Unfortunately, the bill does precisely what privacy advocates warned against by increasing surveillance and decreasing oversight.
On ignore où la direction de La Presse trouve de tels crétins, mais, en tout cas, avec André Pratte, ça en fait une belle concentration.
Perhaps you've heard the about the two Iraqi men who, with the ACLU, are suing Donald Rumsfeld over allegations that they were abused as detainees. Perhaps you've heard about them because they claim to have been abused with lions. Lions! Don't get us wrong, we're very much against torturing people, but: Lions!
“Only a generation ago, this was a continent plagued by military dictatorship and civil war,” Bush intoned in Brazil on Sunday. “Yet the people of this continent defied the dictators, and they claimed their liberty… Freedom is the gift of the Almighty to every man and woman in this world — and today this vision is the free consensus of a free Americas.”
Right, and where was Washington? Many of the same leaders with whom Bush met at the summit were in prison, or buried their friends and colleagues murdered for their activism, and faced the constant threat of murder and torture for standing up to dictatorship. And in most instances, they were fighting dictators backed by the United States.
Si vous êtes comme moi (si vous n'avez jamais considéré l'achat de ces titres), laissez tomber, mais, sinon, voyez cette belle liste.
**Mise à jour**
Les titres seront retirés.
Bref, si vous achetez des CDs, n'achetez que des CDs avec le logo ci-contre.
«Nous avons analysé ce programme et avons déterminé que pour assurer la protection de notre clientèle, il est nécessaire d’ajouter une signature de détection et de suppression de la composante rootkit du programme XCP à Windows AntiSpyware beta, couramment utilisé par des millions d’utilisateurs», a expliqué Jason Garms, directeur de l'équipe Anti-Malware Technology, sur le blogue Technet de Microsoft.
Chalabi is a highly controversial figure for many reasons. In the lead-up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq, under his guidance the INC provided a major portion of the information on which U.S. Intelligence based its condemnation of Saddam Hussein, including reports of weapons of mass destruction and alleged ties to al-Qaeda. Much of this information has turned out to be false, and led to a recent falling out between him and the United States. Initially, Chalabi enjoyed a cozy political and business relationships with some members of the US government, including some prominent neoconservatives within the Pentagon. Chalabi is said to have had political contacts within the Project for the New American Century, most notably with Paul Wolfowitz, a student of nuclear strategist Albert Wohlstetter and Richard Perle who was introduced to Chalabi by Wohlstetter in 1985. He also enjoyed considerable support among politicians and political pundits in the United States, most notably Jim Hoagland of The Washington Post, who held him up as a notable force for democracy in Iraq. Chalabi's opponents, on the other hand see him as a charlatan of questionable allegiance, out of touch with Iraq and with no effective power base there, and an escrow.
All adult members must have a verifiable Christian testimony indicating a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. A leader(s) from your church may be interviewed to verify your testimony. All members must live by biblical standards, agree that believers are to bear one another's burdens, attend a fellowship of believers regularly, and actively support that ministry (Galatians 6:2, Romans 10:9-13; Psalm 133; Hebrews 10:24-25). Members must believe the biblical doctrine that their bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit and are therefore to be kept pure. Violations of this doctrine include, but are not limited to, the use of tobacco in any form and the abuse of drugs, including legal drugs, such as alcohol. Applicants must have abstained for at least the 12 months prior to application from the use of tobacco in any form. In accordance with Scripture, members must not engage in sex outside of traditional Christian marriage. Children, who are Medi-Share family members, and the Member parent must certify to Medi-Share within 30 days after the child reaches the age of 18 that the child understands and lives by the requirements for membership. If certification is not received by the due date, the child's membership will be terminated and only medical bills that were incurred prior to the child's 18th birthday will be considered for sharing.
Habeas Corpus, known as The Great Writ, is the final bastion of liberty for those unjustly held. The last time this country suspended Habeas Corpus was for the internment of tens of thousands of Japanese-Americans during World War II. That travesty is now universally recognized as a shameful chapter in our nation's history. To suspend The Great Writ once again, while allegations of systematic torture continue to emerge from US prisons, will threaten our Constitution and render "quaint" our democracy.
I’m not an opponent of markets. On the contrary, I’ve spent a lot of my career defending their virtues. But the fact is that the free market doesn’t work for health insurance, and never did. All we ever had was a patchwork, semiprivate system supported by large government subsidies.
That system is now failing. And a rigid belief that markets are always superior to government programs – a belief that ignores basic economics as well as experience – stands in the way of rational thinking about what should replace it.
Toujours selon cette enquête, le Parti québécois recueillerait 41% des votes de l'ensemble des Québécois avec André Boisclair à sa tête. Le Parti libéral obtiendrait alors 21%, presque ex-aequo avec l'Action démocratique à 22%.
Dirigé par Pauline Marois, le PQ récolterait 35% du vote; l'ADQ, 29%, et le PLQ, 23%.
Parmi les raisons: On casse du sucre sur le dos de la compétition et le livre de Vastel est publié par nul autre que PK. Comme quoi l'indignation de TVA, Canoe, LCN, etc n'est que le résultat d'un calcul comptable.
Due to the incoming global warming, the many waterways that fan out southwards and westwards from the North Pole will soon be navigable for longer and longer each year. Lawson Brigham — oceanographer, former U.S. Coast Guard Captain, and Alaska Office Director of the U.S. Arctic Research Commission — says that while all the models predict easier shipping within this century, one model predicts an ice-free Arctic basin as early as 2050. In the near future, Hans Island may become a jackpot for the country that owns it.
In 1984, Denmark's Minister for Greenland flew to the island where he raised a Danish flag and left a bottle of Denmark's finest schnapps at its base. Subsequent Canadian and Danish visitors to the island took turns leaving bottles of their respective favourite libations, erecting their nation's flag and removing that of their opponent. So with the news of Hans Island's newfound potential the light-hearted, flag-and-bottle fight over the island ended, and
this July, things started to get less informal. Canadian soldiers landed on Hans, erected a Canadian flag and an Inukshuk (a traditional Inuit stone figure) on the island. A week later, Canadian Defence Minister Bill Graham visited Hans Island. The Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs "noted with regret" that the Canadian Minister of National Defence had paid a visit to Hans Island without prior notification of the Danish Government.
The conflict used an unusual and non-lethal weapon: Google ads. First, some anonymous Dane took out a Google ad that popped up whenever somebody searched for the words "Hans Island." "Hans Island is Greenland. Greenland natives have used the island for centuries," it read. The ad linked to a page at the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs stating that Denmark was protesting Canada's claim to the island. Then a Canadian took out his own Google ad that said, "Hans Island -- Dispute. Negotiate? What for? Everyone knows it belongs to Canada."
Since "No two countries that both had McDonald's had fought a war against each other," a full scale military conflict between Denmark and Canada about ownership of the tiny Hans Island remains unlikely. In fact, this kind of disagreement will probably keep diplomats on both sides busy until some kind of agreement is reached. But if this tiny island looks so important, does that mean that global warming will change our way of life sooner rather than later?
"Charles Grassley (R-IA): You know, what--what makes our economy grow is energy. And, and Americans are used to going to the gas tank (sic), and when they put that hose in their, uh, tank, and when I do it, I wanna get gas out of it. And when I turn the light switch on, I want the lights to go on, and I don't want somebody to tell me I gotta change my way of living to satisfy them. Because this is America, and this is something we've worked our way into, and the American people are entitled to it, and if we're going improve (sic) our standard of living, you have to consume more energy."
Je suis con et vaincu par ces beaux arguments.
The French have determinedly avoided multiculturalism or affirmative action. They have insisted that everyone is French together and on a "color-blind" set of policies. "Color-blind" policies based on "merit" always seem to benefit some groups more than others, despite a rhetoric of equality and achievement. In order to resolve the problems they face, the French will have to come to terms with the multi-cultural character of contemporary society. And they will have to find ways of actively sharing jobs with minority populations, who often suffer from an unemployment rate as high as 40 percent (i.e. Iraq).
Under pressure from big agribusiness, the USDA is deliberately refusing to take action against factory farm dairy feedlots who are unethically selling their products as "organic." This blatant labeling fraud is compounded by a loophole in federal organic regulations that is allowing unscrupulous organic dairy farms to import young calves from non-organic conventional farms (where the animals have been weaned on cow blood, injected or medicated with antibiotics, and fed genetically engineered corn, soybeans and cotton seeds, laced with slaughterhouse waste and tainted animal fats).
It should be noted that the incoming board members from the Dover CARES campaign have a platform plank saying that “intelligent design” will be taught in Dover public schools. However, the venue of such instruction will not be the science classrooms, where it was out-of-place, but rather an elective course on comparative religion, where it fits perfectly.
When Rumsfeld became Gerald Ford's White House chief of staff, he again tapped Cheney as his deputy. Now they set out to destroy detente, the fragile new relationship between the United States and the Soviet Union. Dismissing detente as moral relativism, Cheney so believed in Cold War bipolarity that when it began to melt in the late 1980s, he tried to refreeze it. As George H.W. Bush's secretary of defense, Cheney was key to America's refusal to accommodate the hopeful new spirit of the age. Violence was in retreat, with peace breaking out across the globe, from the Philippines to South Africa, Ireland, the Middle East, and Central America. When the Berlin Wall fell in 1989, Cheney forged America's response -- which was, little over a month later, to wage an illegal war against Panama.
Can't make this up.
The place to begin is with Dick Cheney, the dark force behind many of the administration's most disastrous policies, like the Iraq invasion and the stubborn resistance to energy conservation. Right now, the vice president is devoting himself to beating back Congressional legislation that would prohibit the torture of prisoners. This is truly a remarkable set of priorities: his former chief aide was indicted, Mr. Cheney's back is against the wall, and he's declared war on the Geneva Conventions.
«Il y des gens qui m'en parlent, il y a des inquiétudes qui se manifestent, ce sera aux militants de décider si cela doit influencer leur choix», estime Mme Marois.
Ce qu'il faut retenir, c'est plutôt ceci:
Il y aura des lendemains et les pots risquent d'être difficiles à recoller», a prévenu le président de la FTQ, Henri Massé. Selon lui, «Boisclair a fait un geste important et grave. Il a donné ses explications». «Il est inacceptable que les attaques viennent de l'intérieur du parti et semblent bien organisées; ce n'est pas un hasard que quatre candidats demandent en même temps à M. Boisclair de se désister», a souligné M. Massé, semblant faire écho aux accusations de Sylvain Simard.
You can't make this up...