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Saturday, October 29, 2005
  ALF, no better than the filthy head-chopping Islamists they emulate
TheStar.com - `A terrifying, despicable act': "YOXALL, England—Gladys Hammond's desecrated grave lies in the cemetery of a 17th-century Anglican church, where rows of thin grey tombstones stand tilted by the weight of time.

The 82-year-old woman had been dead seven years when police believe her remains became the target of an increasingly radical and effective campaign for animal rights in Britain.

Her bones were dug up and stolen in the middle of the night.

Letters then arrived at the home of her son-in-law, Chris Hall, demanding that he stop breeding thousands of guinea pigs for medical research in return for Hammond's remains."
 
Thursday, October 27, 2005
  Spock's Brain could not be reached for comment

BREITBART.COM - Just The News: "A special headset was placed on my cranium by my hosts during a recent demonstration at an NTT research center. It sent a very low voltage electric current from the back of my ears through my head _ either from left to right or right to left, depending on which way the joystick on a remote-control was moved.

I found the experience unnerving and exhausting: I sought to step straight ahead but kept careening from side to side. Those alternating currents literally threw me off.

The technology is called galvanic vestibular stimulation _ essentially, electricity messes with the delicate nerves inside the ear that help maintain balance.

I felt a mysterious, irresistible urge to start walking to the right whenever the researcher turned the switch to the right. I was convinced _ mistakenly _ that this was the only way to maintain my balance.

The phenomenon is painless but dramatic. Your feet start to move before you know it. I could even remote-control myself by taking the switch into my own hands.

There's no proven-beyond-a-doubt explanation yet as to why people start veering when electricity hits their ear. But NTT researchers say they were able to make a person walk along a route in the shape of a giant pretzel using this technique."
 
Wednesday, October 26, 2005
  The Future is Now: Bionic Ears Can Now 'Hear' Music
Wired 13.11: My Bionic Quest for Boléro: "There's more technical work to do, more progress to be made, but I'm completely shattered. I keep zoning out and asking Emadi to repeat things. He passes me a box of tissues. I'm overtaken by a vast sensation of surprise. I did it. For years I pestered researchers and asked questions. Now I'm running 121 channels and I can hear music again.
...(break)...
My hearing is no longer limited by the physical circumstances of my body. While my friends' ears will inevitably decline with age, mine will only get better."
 
Tuesday, October 25, 2005
  New Bond: "I just killed the franchise", "I mean, I hate guns"


Daniel Craig will have a problem playing the new James Bond - because he hates guns.
The actor will wield 007's famous Walther PPK in the movie Casino Royale.

'That's a simple fact. I've seen a bullet wound and it was a mess. It was on a shoot and it scared me. Bullets have a nasty habit of finding their target and that's what's scary about them.'"
 
  Life imitates Monty Python

Remember in the Holy Grail where the peasants are trying to burn a witch and one of the villagers claims to have been turned into a newt. When challenged he replied "Well I got better".

Flash forward to Nigeria 2005, you have villagers that are going to claim (with a straight face) that their units were bespelled out of existance. A state that a quick package-check could confirm that the aggrieved tribesman was indeed missing his, ahem, unit.
What happens after the lynchings die down and one of the abdickted men get their units back? What do you do, un-lynch them?
BBC News | AFRICA | 'Missing' penis sparks mob lynching: "Police in the south western Nigerian state of Osun say they have embarked on a constant patrol after mobs lynched at least 12 people since last weekend.

All the killings occurred after the victims were accused of making people's genital organs disappear."
 
  ?!!!
Top News Article | Reuters.com: "WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Baggage screeners found bomb components in a carry-on piece of luggage at San Diego International Airport on Tuesday and cleared the area to investigate, Department of Homeland Security spokesmen said.

A department spokesman said the screeners found 'all components of an IED' (improvised explosive device) in a piece of luggage at around 7:45 a.m. (10:45 a.m. EDT)

They then evacuated the commuter terminal of the airport and bomb specialists began to investigate, the spokesman said.

Transportation Security Administration spokesman Nico Melendez said an employee noticed a 'suspicious item' in a piece of luggage as it was going through the X-ray machine."
 
Saturday, October 22, 2005
  Accidental Invention Points to End of Light Bulbs
Accidental Invention Points to End of Light Bulbs: "When you shine a light on quantum dots or apply electricity to them, they react by producing their own light, normally a bright, vibrant color. But when Bowers shined a laser on his batch of dots, something unexpected happened.

'I was surprised when a white glow covered the table,' Bowers said. 'The quantum dots were supposed to emit blue light, but instead they were giving off a beautiful white glow.'

Then Bowers and another student got the idea to stir the dots into polyurethane and coat a blue LED light bulb with the mix. The lumpy bulb wasn't pretty, but it produced white light similar to a regular light bulb.

White light from Bowers' lumpy new bulb.
Credit: Vanderbilt University

The new device gives off a warm, yellowish-white light that shines twice as bright and lasts 50 times longer than the standard 60 watt light bulb."
 
Thursday, October 20, 2005
  Abbas shuts down gambling at Ricks
Arutz Sheva - Israel National News: "(IsraelNN.com) Palestinian Authority (PA) chairman Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) told a press conference several minutes ago that he has succeeded in disarming terrorist gangs. He did not refer to the Monday murders of three Israelis.

Abbas and President George W. Bush met reporters after an hour-long discussion. Abbas said terrorist organizations have accepted his demand not to hold public demonstrations with firearms and that their disarming will enable them to participate in PA elections. Hamas terrorist leaders, the major challenger to Abbas, have said they will not disarm, and eyewitnesses have reported that armed Hamas members patrol several areas in Gaza."
 
Wednesday, October 19, 2005
  The Slammer for the Hammer?
Texas Court Issues Warrant for DeLay: "A state court issued an arrest warrant on Wednesday for Rep. Tom DeLay, requiring him to appear in Texas for booking on state conspiracy and money laundering charges.

The court set an initial $10,000 bail as a routine step before the Texas Republican's first court appearance Friday.

DeLay, R-Texas, could be fingerprinted and photographed, although his lawyers had hoped to avoid this step.

Fort Bend County Chief Deputy Craig Brady said arrangements were being made to bring DeLay to the sheriff's office in his home county sometime Thursday for booking and fingerprinting.

The process was expected to take 45 minutes to an hour. Brady said a specific time has not been set, but Sheriff Milton Wright was contacted Wednesday by DeLay's attorney, Dick DeGuerin.

DeLay's court appearance will be in Austin."
 
  If you listen close, you can hear the wail of the greenie-moonbats all the way up here
The Australian: US okays Arctic refuge oil drilling [October 20, 2005]: "THE US Senate Energy Committee voted today to open Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling as part of a broad budget bill to fund the federal government.

Tapping the refuge's billions of barrels of crude oil is a key part of the Bush administration's national energy plan to boost domestic production.

Environmental groups and many Democrats oppose drilling, saying that instead of threatening the habitat of wildlife in ANWR, MPs should look at ways to cut oil consumption with more fuel-efficient vehicle standards.

The refuge, which is about the size of South Carolina, sprawls across more than 19 million acres in northeastern Alaska."
 
  Your ever shrinking world
Add this to the hidden windows log files serialized printer output. How frickin wonderful. Everything ever printed on a standard consumer printer is trackable.
Sleuths Crack Tracking Code Discovered in Color Printers: "The U.S. Secret Service acknowledged yesterday that the markings, which are not visible to the human eye, are there, but it played down the use for invading privacy.

'It's strictly a countermeasure to prevent illegal activity specific to counterfeiting,' agency spokesman Eric Zahren said. 'It's to protect our currency and to protect people's hard-earned money.'

It's unclear whether the yellow-dot codes have ever been used to make an arrest. And no one would say how long the codes have been in use. But Seth Schoen, the EFF technologist who led the organization's research, said he had seen the coding on documents produced by printers that were at least 10 years old.

'It seems like someone in the government has managed to have a lot of influence in printing technology,' he said.

Xerox spokesman Bill McKee confirmed the existence of the hidden codes, but he said the company was simply assisting an agency that asked for help. McKee said the program was part of a cooperation with government agencies, competing manufacturers and a 'consortium of banks,' but would not provide further details. HP said in a statement that it is involved in anti-counterfeiting measures and supports the cooperation between the printer industry and those who are working to reduce counterfeiting."
 
  Body Frozen in Glacier May Be WWII Airman
FOXNews.com - U.S. & World - Body Frozen in Glacier May Be WWII Airman: "FRESNO, Calif. — Two climbers on a Sierra Nevada (search) glacier discovered an ice-encased body believed to be that of an airman whose plane crashed in 1942.

The man was wearing a World War II-era (search) Army-issued parachute when his frozen head, shoulder and arm were spotted Sunday on 13,710-foot Mount Mendel (search) in Kings Canyon National Park, park spokeswoman Alex Picavet said."
 
  Illegal Invader entitled to tazpayer funded benifits.
Las Vegas SUN: Calif. Ruling Expands Workers' Comp: "LOS ANGELES (AP) - Illegal immigrants injured on the job are entitled to workers' compensation benefits despite their legal status, a state appeals court ruled.

The 2nd District Court of Appeal ruled in a case involving Torrance-based coffee roaster Farmer Bros. Co., which had tried to deny workers' comp benefits to an employee who was in the country illegally.

Farmers Bros. argued that federal immigration laws superseded the state's workers' compensation system, which provides medical care and disability benefits to injured employees.

The court disagreed, upholding an earlier decision against Farmer Bros. by the state Workers' Compensation Appeals Board.

'California law has expressly declared immigration status irrelevant to the issue of liability to pay compensation to an injured worker,' the three-judge panel said in a unanimous ruling issued late Monday."
 
Friday, October 14, 2005
  Read the whole thing
VDH's Private Papers::An Honest Missive: "Over and over the jihadist enemy tells us why he wants to kill us, and over and over we dismiss his words or reduce them to our own categories. Paralyzed by our fear of being “insensitive” to cultural differences, and deluded by our materialist preconceptions that reduce religion to an expression of some more “real” cause, we refuse to name clearly the enemy: an Islamic faith that for centuries has killed, enslaved, plundered, ravaged, and conquered in the service of its arrogant assurance of its spiritual superiority."
 
Wednesday, October 12, 2005
  The But, But Gang Rape is Ok in my Culture defense (ROPMA watch)
Gang rapist's attacks unavoidable, says lawyer - National - smh.com.au: "A violent gang rapist should have been given a lesser sentence partly because he was a 'cultural time bomb' whose attacks were inevitable, as he had emigrated from a country with traditional views of women, his barrister has argued.

MSK, who, with his three Pakistani brothers, raped several girls at their Ashfield family home over six months in 2002, was affected by 'cultural conditioning … in the context of intoxification', Stephen Odgers, SC, told the NSW Court of Criminal Appeal yesterday.

MSK, 26, MAK, 25 and MMK, 19, are appealing against the severity of their sentences after they were found guilty of nine counts of aggravated sexual assault in company - a crime carrying a maximum penalty of life imprisonment - against two girls, aged 16 and 17, in July 2002."
 
  Geek Candy: MSN and Yahoo to standardize IM clients
Microsoft, Yahoo Reach IM Partnership - Yahoo! News: "SEATTLE - Microsoft Corp. and Yahoo Inc. (Nasdaq:YHOO - news) will make their instant-messaging programs work together, a partnership that could give the companies more power to compete against market leader America Online.
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The Yahoo-Microsoft partnership, allowing users of the two services to exchange messages seamlessly, gives the companies nearly as many users combined as AOL has in total. The companies said in a statement Wednesday that they expect the service to start by June 2006.

Yahoo Chief Executive Terry Semel called it 'a turning point for the IM industry,' which has taken years to work out ways for users of rival services to connect to each other.

Analysts said the move could put pressure on Time Warner Inc.'s AOL, the most popular service.

'Up until now, AOL has been able to pick and choose its partners, command the royalties it wants,' said Robert Mahowald, an analyst with research firm IDC. 'They've moved to develop this market at their own pace. This forces them to take a more aggressive stance.'

AOL's instant-messaging product, AIM, had 51.5 million unique U.S. users in September, compared to about 27.3 million for MSN Messenger and 21.9 million for Yahoo's Messenger, according to Nielsen/NetRatings."
 
Tuesday, October 11, 2005
  The free money tit is just not big enough for Africa
International news from swissinfo, the Swiss news platform: "JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Africa has drawn up a $110 billion (63 billion pounds) annual investment plan to meet United Nations goals of halving poverty by 2015 and wants foreign donors to supply at least a third of the cash, a senior official said on Tuesday.

Firmino Mucavele, CEO of the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD), said the money was needed for sectors ranging from agriculture to health to lift the continent's annual economic growth rate to 7 percent from below 5 percent.

'This is the minimum amount of money we need to grow the continent at a pace that would allow us to sharply reduce poverty in line with U.N. Millennium Development Goals,' Mucavele said at an investment conference in Johannesburg.

'For the very first time Africa is keen to invest in itself and governments have put $37 billion annually on the table. The private sector will supply a further $30 billion. That leaves us a gap of $43 billion which should come from donors,' he said.

Mucavele, a senior economic adviser to Mozambique President Armando Guebuza, last month took over the leadership of NEPAD -- Africa's homegrown economic recovery plan that pledges better governance in return for increased donor cash.

The Group of Eight most industrialised countries (G8) agreed a $40 billion debt relief package for developing countries in June and have also said they would make more money available to fight AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis -- huge problems in Africa."
 
  Celebrate Diversity
New York Daily News - City News - Daily News Exclusive: Ed Dept. eyes charge kids bullied, 1 beaten: "City education officials are investigating the claims of a pair of boys from Oklahoma who moved to Brooklyn to experience diversity, and instead say they got schooled in racism and violence.

Mom Lisa Brown, 33, told the Daily News she relocated her family from their small Oklahoma town so her husband, a Brooklyn native and social worker, could more easily find work and her sons could experience different people and ways of life.

Brown enrolled her sons, Sloan, 12, and J.T., 13, at Ebbets Field Middle School in Crown Heights. But when the boys, who are white, showed up, their mom said, they got a chilling indication of what was to come.

'Oh my gosh, we are going to have fun this year,' a security guard muttered, according to Brown.

Things quickly got worse.

Sloan was beaten mercilessly, called 'cracker' and 'white boy,' and chased into traffic by his new classmates, his family said."
 
Monday, October 10, 2005
  Interorbital Systems Signs First Private-Sector Orbital Expedition Crewmember
Interorbital Systems Signs First Private-Sector Orbital Expedition Crewmember: "Rocket company Interorbital Systems (IOS) announced today that Tim Reed, a Mid-western businessman and adventure traveler, is the first to purchase a ticket for week-long orbital expedition aboard the five-passenger IOS Neptune Spaceliner, scheduled for launch in 2008.

Reed and IOS made history by inking the deal, since the ocean-launched Neptune will be the first manned orbital launch vehicle built totally without government funding. The Gladstone, Missouri resident will be among the first civilians to fly to orbit on the first completely commercial, private-sector rocket."
 
  Free Speech for Me and not for Thee
Shield Law Sponsor Lugar: Bloggers 'Probably Not' Considered Journos: "Bloggers would 'probably not' be considered journalists under the proposed federal shield law, the bill's co-sponsor, U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar (R.-Ind.), told the Inter American Press Association (IAPA) Monday afternoon.

Lugar emphasized, however, that debate is not yet closed on how to define a journalist under the proposed law.

'As to who is a reporter, this will be a subject of debate as this bill goes farther along,' he said in response to a question from Washington Post Deputy Managing Editor Milton Coleman. 'Are bloggers journalists or some of the commercial businesses that you here would probably not consider real journalists? Probably not, but how do you determine who will be included in this bill?'

According to the first draft of the Free Flow of Information Act of 2005, the 'covered person' protected by the bill's terms includes 'any entity that disseminates information by print, broadcast, cable, satellite, mechanical, photographic, electronic, or other means and that publishes a newspaper, book, magazine, or other periodical in print or electronic form; operates a radio or television station (or network of such stations), cable system, or satellite carrier, or channel or programming service for any such station, network, system, or carrier; or operates a news agency or wire service.' The legislation also covers employees, contractors or other persons who 'gathers, edits, photographs, records, prepares, or disseminates news or information for any such entity.'

A key reason some journalists oppose the popular federal shield proposal is fear that giving Congress the power to define who is and isn't a journalist could lead effectively to the licensing of journalists."
 
  We'll index the world by 2310, says Google | The Register
We'll index the world by 2310, says Google | The Register: "Good news for people who like making lists: Google's Eric Schmidt says that it will take another three hundred years before all the information in the world is neatly indexed and searchable.

Schmidt was speaking at the US' Association of National Advertisers' annual conference in Phoenix when a member of the audience asked how long it is likely to take before Google fulfilled its mission.

'We did a math exercise and the answer was 300 years,' CNet quotes Schmidt as saying. 'The answer is it's going to be a very long time.'

He estimated that out of the five million terabytes of information (no, we don't know how he counted it all up, either) in the world, a mere 170 terabytes have been indexed so far."
 
Saturday, October 08, 2005
  In 25 years there will be no more private pensions. A government nipple/retirement for all.
KOTV - The News on 6 - Government Takes Over Huffy's Pension Plan: "WASHINGTON (AP) _ A federal agency announced Wednesday that is has taken responsibility for the pensions of 3,700 workers and retirees of Huffy Corp., a distributor of bicycles and sporting goods.

The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. said the company, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in October 2004, met all the criteria under federal law to transfer its pension liabilities to the pension insurance program.

The PBGC estimates that the company's pension plan is 47 percent funded, with $71.7 million in assets to cover $152.4 million in benefit promises. The agency said it will be liable for $80 million of the $80.7 million shortfall.

The agency does not guarantee the same benefit a company promises its workers. The maximum annual benefit for plans taken over in 2005 is $45,614 for workers who wait until 65 to retire. Workers who retire before 65 get smaller benefits.

Huffy is based in Miamisburg, Ohio.

The takeover of Huffy's pension obligations comes against the backdrop of mounting concern on Capitol Hill and elsewhere about the financial health of the PBGC. "
 
  Unlike most Arnie stands tall
SignOnSanDiego.com > News > State -- Licenses for illegal immigrants vetoed: "SACRAMENTO – Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has once again vetoed legislation that would have allowed California to issue special 'driving only' licenses to illegal immigrants, unswayed by a new federal law that left him an opening to reverse course.

'The bill is premature and could undermine national security efforts to identify individuals who pose enormous risk to the safety of Californians,' Schwarzenegger said in his veto message issued yesterday.

Sen. Gil Cedillo, D-Los Angeles, who has turned passage of a license measure into a crusade, insisted he would not surrender.

'I am neither discouraged nor deterred,' he said, promising to return with a new version next year."
 
  Doing it to themselves. Crawfish and show your bellies you good Dhimnis you.
The Sun Online - News: Muslims win toy pigs ban: "NOVELTY pig calendars and toys have been banned from a council office — in case they offend Muslim staff.

Workers in the benefits department at Dudley Council, West Midlands, were told to remove or cover up all pig-related items, including toys, porcelain figures, calendars and even a tissue box featuring Winnie the Pooh and Piglet.

Bosses acted after a Muslim complained about pig-shaped stress relievers delivered to the council in the run-up to the Islamic festival of Ramadan.

Muslims are barred from eating pork in the Koran and consider pigs unclean.

Councillor Mahbubur Rahman, a practising Muslim, backed the ban. He said: “It’s a tolerance of people’s beliefs.”"
 
  Score one for Free Speech and our side (the people)
ISP should not identify blogger - court | The Register: "Proud Citizen called into question the abilities of Smyrna Town Council member Patrick Cahill, referring to his alleged “character flaws”, “mental deterioration”, “failed leadership” and describing him at one point as “Gahill”.

In November 2004, Cahill and his wife sued the blogger, described as John Doe No 1 in the court papers, and three other anonymous bloggers, claiming that John Doe No 1 had accused Cahill of suffering from “mental defects and diseases” and that the misspelling of his name implied he was “engaging in extramarital, homosexual affairs.”

Without notice to the bloggers, the Cahills sought to identify their critics through a subpoena to their ISP. The ISP, Comcast, notified the four bloggers.

The bloggers immediately filed for a protective order, on the grounds that the disclosure would violate their First Amendment right to criticise a public official anonymously, but the trial court denied the motion.

It took a “good faith” approach to the question of when a person pursuing a defamation action could force the disclosure of his defamer’s identity.

Accordingly, the Cahills had to show a “legitimate, good faith basis upon which to bring the underlying claim”; that the identifying information was “directly and materially related to their claim”; and that it could not be obtained from any other source. In the trial court’s opinion, the case was proved.

John Doe No 1 appealed, and on Wednesday, the Delaware Supreme Court reversed the lower court ruling.
The Supreme Court ruling

In the opinion of the five judges of the Delaware Supreme Court, the “good faith” standard was not tough enough.

“We are concerned that setting the standard too low will chill potential posters from exercising their First Amendment right to speak anonymously. The possibility of losing anonymity in a future lawsuit could intimidate anonymous posters into self-censoring their commentsor simply not commenting at all,” wrote Chief Justice Myron Steele, giving the opinion of the court.

The court was concerned that plaintiffs could easily meet the standard of the good faith test without having a particularly strong defamation case, with the result that trivial cases might be brought for purposes of intimidation or revenge.

The court therefore decided to apply a “summary judgment” standard to the case – namely, that the plaintiff must be able to show that he has a basic defamation claim against the defendant before the court will order an ISP to identify that defendant. The plaintiff does not have to show actual malice, said the court, as this would be near impossible to prove without knowing the defendant’s identity.

In addition, wrote Steele, plaintiffs harmed by an internet blog have an instant means of remedying the situation – blogging themselves. He explained:"
 
Friday, October 07, 2005
  Clanking Brass Balls. If you are going to run like a coward, you might as well do it in style.
NOLA.com: T-P Orleans Parish Breaking News Weblog: "Acting New Orleans Police Superintendent Warren Riley said Thursday that as many as 40 officers from the department's 3rd District, including the commanding captain, are 'under scrutiny' for possibly bolting the city in the clutch and heading to Baton Rouge in Cadillacs from a New Orleans dealership.

'It is a subject that is under review,' Riley said, stopping short of saying he has launched a formal investigation. Asked if Capt. Donald Paisant, who replaced Capt. James Scott as the 3rd District commander, was a part of that review, Riley said, 'Certainly the commander of that district is under scrutiny.'

Last week, after reports surfaced that the Louisiana attorney general's office was investigating the alleged theft of about 200 cars from Sewell Cadillac Chevrolet, possibly by NOPD officers, Riley revealed his own internal investigations. All told, Riley said 12 officers were under investigation for looting or failing to combat looting in their presence, four officers had been suspended and one had been reassigned.

He acknowledged then that an unspecified number of officers were being looked at for their alleged involvement in the Sewell incident, which took place in the first four days after Katrina ripped through town. "
 
  The Jackboot of the State. Requiring English is discrimination!
nbc4i.com - News - Officials Call 'Speak English' Sign Discriminatory: "The Ohio Civil Rights Commission has ruled a sign in the window of a southwest Ohio tavern declaring, 'For Service, Speak English,' is discriminatory.

The panel said Thursday the Pleasure Inn on U.S. 42 in Mason, northeast of Cincinnati, violated the state civil rights law.

Commission spokeswoman Christia Alou White said the tavern could be ordered to remove the sign, to pay for advertisements about nondiscrimination, and its staff could be ordered to undergo diversity training or cultural sensitivity training.

The business has 10 days to ask the commission to reconsider. The tavern owner's lawyer declined to comment.

Ohio law says it is unlawful for any proprietor of a place of public accommodation to deny the full enjoyment of the accommodations based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age or ancestry.

The commission said the English-only rule serves no purpose other than to discriminate against non-English speaking individuals."
 
Thursday, October 06, 2005
  The Bent One, ever the whore, uses the 'Q' word ala Teddy
New York Daily News - Home - Bubba: Iraq war's 'a quagmire': "Former President Bill Clinton says Iraq 'looks like a quagmire,' and estimates 'the odds are not great of our prevailing there.'

But, speaking for an interview that appears in the November issue of Ladies Home Journal, Clinton qualified his quagmire remark by saying, 'It's not Vietnam."
 
Tuesday, October 04, 2005
  Your shrinking world
Devices can halt cars with tardy payments - billingsgazette.com: "DALLAS - Most of the credit-damaged customers at North Texas Motorcars learn to live with the lights.

They're attached to a black box on the dashboard and start flashing on the first day a car payment is late. On the fourth day, after two more days of warning lights, the car won't start.

'I would not undertake buy-here/pay-here without this system,' said Ray Williamson, president of North Texas Motorcars, which sells about 50 vehicles a month and installs boxes in each of them. 'There's just too much risk.'

The box - called a starter interrupt unit - is used mostly at used-car dealerships that provide financing to customers with bad credit. But other segments of the auto industry may adopt it, particularly if consumers' credit ratings continue to decline.

'I can see this coming,' said Michael R. Linn, chief executive of the National Independent Automobile Dealers Association, which is based in Arlington and represents 19,000 used-car dealers nationwide."
 
  Alabama 'gets it' So does Florida and Arkansas, it's a shame that Bush can't figure it out.
Newsday.com: Alabama Doubling Number of State Troopers: "MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Alabama soon will more than double the number of state troopers that have the authority to arrest illegal immigrants.

Gov. Bob Riley said 25 state troopers will undergo federal immigration law enforcement training at the Center for Domestic Preparedness in Anniston.

After completing the five-week training course in mid-November, they will join 21 others who went through the special training in 2003.

Alabama, Florida and Arkansas are the only states that have the authority to use troopers as federal immigration enforcement officers.

'Border security and enforcement are a federal responsibility,' Riley said. 'However, Alabama is stepping in to do what it can to arrest those who have no legal right to be here.' "
 
  Welcome news and LONG overdue
BREITBART.COM - Just The News: "President George W. Bush called for the United States to build new refineries after hurricanes Katrina and Rita battered US oil production.

Bush, speaking at a White House news conference, also renewed appeals for Congress to cut spending in other areas to help meet the reconstruction bill arising from the powerful storms.

'The storms that hit the Gulf Coast also touched every American with higher prices at the gas (petrol) pump,' the president said.

'It ought to be clear to everybody that this country needs to build more refining capacity to be able to deal with the issues of tight supply,' he said.

'We haven't built a new refinery since the 1970s so I look forward to working with Congress to pass a reasonable law that allowed current refineries to expand and to encourage the construction of new refineries.'

Bush added that Washington has 'a vital role' to play in the reconstruction of areas left battered by the hurricanes over the past month."
 
  Bwahaha eat it RIAA. Blind woman sues RIAA over false prosecution and cyber-trespassing under RICO.
Disabled woman sues RIAA | The Register: "Justice can sometimes be poetic: the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), which has sued 14,800 people for using peer-to-peer networks, is itself being sued.

An Oregon woman is using anti-gangster RICO laws to countersue the organisation which spends its time suing individual file sharers. She denies ever having downloaded or distributed music and accuses the organisation of trespass - by secretly snooping into her computer.

According to documents filed with the Oregon court Tanya Andersen, a 42-year old single mother, was accused of downloading gangster rap at 4.24am using the user name gotenkito. The document notes: 'Ms Andersen does not like 'gangster rap' music, does not recognise the name 'gotenkito', is not awake at 4.24am and has never downloaded music.'

Ms Andersen was told she could settle with the RIAA or face expensive legal action.

Count 8 of the document accuses the RIAA of breach of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organisation (RICO) laws. The document says: 'The record companies directed its agents to unlawfully break into private computers and engage in extreme acts of unlawful coercion, extortion, fraud, and other criminal conduct. The record companies and their agents stood to financially benefit from these deceptive and unlawful acts"
 
Monday, October 03, 2005
  Countdown to open civil war: 3,2,1
Palestinian Police and Hamas Battle in the Streets of Gaza - New York Times: "JERUSALEM, Oct. 2 - Palestinian police officers and Hamas gunmen waged running gun battles on Sunday night in Gaza City. The shooting began when the police tried to confiscate illegal weapons.

At least two Palestinians were killed, including one policeman, and about 40 people were wounded in the fighting, the worst internal Palestinian violence since Israel withdrew from the Gaza Strip last month.

Last week, the Palestinian Authority, led by Mahmoud Abbas, began enforcing a prohibition against militants carrying weapons in public in Gaza.

But when police officers stopped a car carrying Hamas members on Sunday evening, shooting erupted and spread through two neighborhoods in Gaza City that are known as Hamas strongholds, witnesses and the Palestinian security forces said.

One of the Hamas members in the car was Muhammad Rantisi, the son of Dr. Abdel Aziz Rantisi, a senior Hamas leader who was killed in an Israeli missile strike last year.

There were conflicting reports about whether Muhammad Rantisi was detained, but as word of the confrontation spread, so did the shooting, first in the Sheik Radwan neighborhood, where the initial incident took place, then the nearby Beach refugee camp. Numerous gunmen fired at a number of police stations.

The casualties filled the emergency room at Shifa Hospital, the city's main hospital. The wounded included police officers and Hamas militants, the hospital said.

'Hamas bears full responsibility for the result of these acts and the serious violation of law and order and playing with the blood of our people,' the Palestinian Interior Ministry said in a statement."
 
  Palestinian Founding Fathers practice their craft
Palestinian Police Break Into Parliament - Yahoo! News: "GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - More than three dozen Palestinian police officers broke into the parliament building in Gaza City on Monday, firing in the air to protest a lack of bullets and equipment in what they said was a humiliating confrontation with Hamas.

The protest came a day after the worst internal fighting in Gaza in nearly a decade and underscored Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas' difficulties in taking control of the unruly coastal strip.

On Sunday, Hamas gunmen attacked a local police station with assault rifles and rocket-propelled grenades. The deputy police chief of the Shati refugee camp was killed in the fighting, along with two civilians, and at least 50 people were wounded.

The parliament expressed its dissatisfaction with Abbas by setting a two-week deadline to form a new Cabinet to improve the fledgling government's performance. The vote was held in the parliament building in the
West Bank, with legislators from Gaza participating by video conference."
 
  Doing it to ourselves; the West's death by cultural suicide
Express & Star News for the West Midlands & Staffordshire: "Novelty pig calendars and toys have been banned by bosses at Dudley Council in case Muslim staff are offended.

Workers in the council's benefits department have been told to remove or cover up all pig products including toys, porcelain, calendars and even a tissue box featuring Winnie the Pooh and Piglet.

It comes after a Muslim worker said they were offended by pig-shaped stress relievers delivered to the authority.

Muslims are forbidden from eating pork in the Koran and staff were asked to remove the items.

The partner of one of the members of staff in the Ednam Road department, who did not want to be named, said: 'It's caused a bit of an atmosphere in the office. The staff did comply but it's just crazy - things like ornaments that have been on desks for years have had to be removed.'

Head of finance at the council Mike Williams, who is responsible for the department, said the member of staff said they were offended by the products in the run up to the Islamic festival of Ramadan.

He said a decision will be taken after the festival ends about whether the items are allowed back.

Asked what reason the member of staff gave in making the request for their removal, he said it 'did not matter why it was considered offensive'.

He acknowledged that some members of the department had seen it as 'political correctness gone barmy'.

Councillor Mahbubur Rahman, a practicing Muslim, said he agreed with the action taken.

'If it is a request made by an individual and other officers can reason a comprimise it is a good thing, it is a tolerance and acceptance of their beliefs and understanding,' he said.

'But if it were a blanket ban I don't know how it would benefit the whole issue of working together.'"
 
Sunday, October 02, 2005
  For those people (somewhere) that were following this story. Roy got et by a tiger and now he is back, kinda
AOL News - Roy Horn Walking, Two Years After Attack: "LAS VEGAS (Oct. 2) - Roy Horn says 'the magic is back.'' But two years after he was nearly killed by a tiger on stage, the magic is about walking short distances, not making elephants disappear.

'I meditate a lot, but I am constantly in pain,'' Horn, of the famed duo 'Siegfried & Roy,'' told the Las Vegas Sun. 'I'm trying to live with this.''

Monday is the second anniversary of the attack; It's also his 61st birthday.

Horn can now walk unaided for short distances, and the grip of his right hand is noticeably firm. But signs of the attack remain: A thin white scar cuts across the right side of his neck, his left side is partially paralyzed and his walk is a slow shuffle."
 
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