March 26, 2005

Many Germans Want Berlin Wall Back, Study Finds

BERLIN (Reuters) - Nearly a quarter of western Germans and 12 percent of easterners want the Berlin Wall back -- more than 15 years after the fall of the barrier that split Germany during the Cold War, according to a new survey.

The results of the poll, published Saturday, reflected die-hard animosities over high reunification costs lowering western standards of living and economic turmoil in the east.

Full Story @ My Way News

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March 22, 2005

New Art

New artwork posted to my deviantart page.

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Global Warming reality check

While I have not yet decided if I believe the so called global warming alarmists, I do tend to lean on the "their full of crap" side. I was reading this article listed below where it said "Worldwide seal levels could rise by 100 centimeters by 2400 which in turn would have major consequences for many parts of the world." Now I started thinking.. the south pole is solid ice... no land to speak of. The north pole is mostly land. So it got me thinking that if you put some ice cubes in a glass of water and it melts, your mass remains the same. Thus if the ice caps melt, why would the sea level rise? Do the ice caps not already sit in the same water they would melt into??

Now if speaking of ice/snow sitting in some mountains I seriously doubt that volume would be enough to change the level of our oceans enough to notice.

Seems some folks forget basic science when it comes to pushing their agenda.

Full Story @ Earth Times

New poll also created to go along with this.

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March 18, 2005

Dutchman in Iraq genocide charges

Prosecutors in the Netherlands have formally charged a Dutch businessman with complicity in genocide for selling chemicals to Iraq's former regime.

Frans van Anraat, 62, is accused of selling US and Japanese chemicals which were used to produce poison gas.

The gases are said to have been used to kill more than 5,000 in a 1988 attack on the Kurdish Iraqi town of Halabja.

Mr van Anraat earlier admitted selling chemicals but told Dutch TV he had not known what they would be used for.

The full trial of the businessman - the first Dutch national to be prosecuted for genocide - is not due to begin for several months.

Evidence being used by prosecutors includes information obtained from the former head of Iraq's chemical weapons programme, Ali Hassan al-Majid, otherwise known as Chemical Ali.

He has been charged in Iraq of masterminding the mustard gas attack on Halabja for which Saddam Hussein also faces charges.

Full Story @ BBC NEWS

How the American Press has missed this HUGE Story is amazing. If we'd quit spending so much freakin' time on Celebrity asshats and their crap we would be more aware of the important things happening in our world.

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March 15, 2005

Yea France!

Dateline Now : It seems France has found a pair. Arresteing and convicting six slime balls who had plotted to blow up the U.S. embassy in Paris.
The very interesting part is the one who ratted on the others was tortured?, "But during the trial, Beghal retracted those statements, saying they had been made under torture.", this we know to be false.
As the outstanding world citizen France would NEVER use such a horrible thing as torture, this guy was obviously lying. ;-)

The 1-10 year sentences seems a little light imho but hey, they did something.. and for that I applaud them.

Full Story @ VOA News

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March 11, 2005

Moment of Silence for Spain

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Launching a national day of mourning, Spaniards lit candles, laid down flowers as hundreds of church bells rang out to mark the instant when a string of terrorist bombs exploded a year ago Friday, killing 191 people and wounding more than 1,500.

At rail stations targeted in the country's worst-ever terrorist attack, people cried as memories of the blasts returned and left notes that tried to put pain into words.

A moment of silence here as well, terror knows no boundry as America's 9/11 and Spain's 3/11 prove.

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March 10, 2005

American Political Correctness has Worldwide Reach

OSLO, Norway (Reuters) - Swedish home furnishings giant IKEA is guilty of sex discrimination by showing only men putting together furniture in its instruction manuals, Norway's prime minister says.

IKEA, which has more than 200 stores in 32 nations, fears it might offend Muslims by depicting women assembling everything from cupboards to beds. Its manuals show only men or cartoon figures whose sex is unclear.

"This isn't good enough," Prime Minister Kjell Magne Bondevik was quoted Thursday as telling the daily Verdens Gang. "It's important to promote attitudes for sexual equality, not least in Muslim nations."

"They should change this," he said. "There's no justification for it."

Full Story @ CNN/Money

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March 06, 2005

Oh the Japanese

While browsing the fabulous pages over at Engrish.com I found two pics that I could not help but post.
This first one proves that not everyone has a firm grasp of the English language.
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The next shows the Japanese can be very direct, no guess work as to where in this hotel you go potty. :-)

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How Can Someone Who Lives in Insane Luxury Be a Star in Today's World?

As I begin to write this, I "slug" it, as we writers say, which means I put a heading on top of the document to identify it. This heading is "eonlineFINAL," and it gives me a shiver to write it. I have been doing this column for so long that I cannot even recall when I started.

Lew Harris, who founded this great site, asked me to do it maybe seven or eight years ago, and I loved writing this column so much for so long I came to believe it would never end.

But again, all things must pass, and my column for E! Online must pass. In a way, it is actually the perfect time for it to pass. Lew, whom I have known forever, was impressed that I knew so many stars at Morton's on Monday nights.

He could not get over it, in fact. So, he said I should write a column about the stars I saw at Morton's and what they had to say.

Full Read @ Monday Night at Morton's

This is a very good read if you have the time for all three pages ;-)

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March 04, 2005

Socialist wants health care in Constitution

U.S. Rep. Pete Stark, D-Fremont, on Thursday introduced a resolution to amend the U.S. Constitution to guarantee health care as a right for every American.

The resolution would amend the Constitution to read "all persons shall enjoy the right to health care of equal high quality."

H.J. Resolution 30 is
co-sponsored by 27 other House Democrats, including Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., D-Ill. Jackson is also proposing a constitutional amendment on voter rights.

Oakland Tribune

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New Seat Belts

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Actually, I could use this seat belt for muddy when *I'm* the one driving and *he's* in the passenger seat.:-)

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Cows bear grudges: official

We at Vulture Central were growing increasingly concerned that funding bodies may have a taken the axe to the kind of cutting-edge research which proved that cows enjoy a bit of girl-on-girl, and that sheep like happy, smiley people and pine for absent friends.

We needn't have worried. A team at Bristol University has proved what bovine aficionados knew all along: that cows have a "complex mental life in which they bear grudges, nurture friendships and become excited by intellectual challenges", news.com.au reports.

What's more, cows are reportedly "capable of strong emotions such as pain, fear and even anxiety about the future" - as are pigs, goats and chickens. Accordingly, Christine Nicol, professor of animal welfare at Britain's Bristol University, warns that "even chickens might have to be treated as individuals with needs and problems". Yes indeed. Needs: chickenfeed. Problems: Chicken Tikka Masala. Enough said.

How, though, can the team demonstrate that cows bear grudges? According to the report, the cattle-worriers "have documented how cows within a herd form friendship groups of between two and four animals with whom they spend most of their time, often grooming and licking each other. They will also dislike other cows, and can bear grudges for months or years".

Full Story @ The Register

Seems funding of mindless research is not just a U.S. problem.

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March 02, 2005

Movie 'pirate' dead in jail cell

p2pnet.net News:- Russell Sprague, the man who acquired more than 130 screeners of Hollywood features including "The Last Samurai" and "Mystic River" and then posted them on the p2p networks, was found dead in a Los Angeles prison cell.

He got the movies from Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences member Carmine Caridi, 70, was recently ordered to pay Warner Bros $300,000 for providing Sprague with the copies.

Sprague, 52, was facing three years in jail after pleading guilty to one count of copyright infringement. He was to have been sentenced March 21.

Full Story @ p2pnet.net

Seems the MPAA and RIAA have far reaching power. If I didn't know better I would of said this guy had angered the mafia. Could it be the MPAA and RIAA are more like the mafia than we realize?

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