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The Huffington Post is now up and running. Please visit HuffingtonPost.com and check it out -- and come back every day (many times a day!) to read the latest news headlines 24/7 and our group blog. Right now, you can read posts from Mike Nichols, Ellen DeGeneres, John Cusack, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Brad Hall, Mike Nichols, David Mamet, Russell Simmons -- and many, many others.

Ever since college, I have always enjoyed bringing together people from many different parts of my life, and facilitating interesting conversations. Now I'm excited to be taking these conversations -- about politics and books and art and music and food -- and bringing them into the blogosphere, where some of the most interesting exchanges are taking place.

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You asked us to keep you posted and that's just what we are doing. The Huffington Post is now live. Visit HuffingtonPost.com now and then come back every day -- several times a day -- to see the latest news 24/7 and our group blog.

The Huffington Post is serving up-to-the-minute breaking news and blog posts from hundreds of the most interesting figures in politics, entertainment, business, the arts, and the media. In addition, Harry Shearer will be moderating a section on the media called "Eat the Press" -- where, besides documenting and discussing the absurdities within our news cycle, he will regularly be posting raw satellite feed of our nation's politicians and broadcasters in their most unguarded moments.

Already, [b]John Cusack, Ellen DeGeneres, Russell Simmons, Mike Nichols, David Mamet, Michael Isikoff, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Brad Hall, David Corn, and Marshall Herkovitz [/b]have posted their unique takes on issues as diverse as gay marriage, the war in Iraq, and what "SpamAlot" and political leaders have in common.

The Huffington Post is also your source for breaking news. Today, the Post offers an exclusive pre-publication look at the explosive new book, "Secrets of the Kingdom," by best-selling author Gerald Posner, which reveals the unknown story of how Saudi Arabia’s oil fields are rigged to turn into a radioactive nuclear wasteland in the event of an invasion or internal revolution.

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Creation of Black Hole Detected Today
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Mon May 9, 2:45 PM ET


Astronomers photographed a cosmic event this morning which they believe is the birth of a black hole, SPACE.com has learned.

A faint visible-light flash likely heralds the merger of two dense neutron stars to create a relatively low-mass black hole, said Neil Gehrels of NASA´s Goddard Space Flight Center. It is the first time an optical counterpart to a very short-duration gamma-ray burst has ever been detected.

Gamma rays are the most energetic form of radiation on the electromagnetic spectrum, which also includes X-rays, light and radio waves.

The merger occurred 2.2 billion light-years away, so it actually took place 2.2 billion years ago and the light just reached Earth this morning.

Quick global effort

Gehrels said the burst occurred just after midnight East Coast time. It was detected by NASA´s orbiting Swift telescope. Swift automatically repositioned itself within 50 seconds to image the same patch of sky in X-rays. It just barely caught an X-ray afterglow, Gehrels said in a telephone interview.

The X-ray counterpart was barely detectable and only observed for a few minutes.

An email was sent out to astronomers worldwide, and large observatories then tracked to the location and spotted a faint visible-light afterglow.

Gamma ray bursts are mysterious beasts. They come from all over the universe. Long-duration bursts, lasting a few seconds, are thought to be associated with the formation of black holes when massive stars explode and collapse. In recent years, scientists have detected X-ray and optical afterglows of these long bursts.

Very short-duration bursts, like the one this morning, last only a tiny fraction a second. Until now, no optical afterglows from these bursts have been detected. Theorists think a burst like this represents the formation of a black hole a few times the mass of the Sun, but if so, then there should be flashes of X-rays and visible light, too.

The burst has been named GRB050509b.

What happened

Steinn Sigurdsson, a Penn State University researcher who is excited about the observations but was not involved in them, explained what theorists think happened:

Over a long time period, at least a hundred million years and perhaps billions of years, the two neutron stars spiraled toward each other. Neutron stars themselves are very dense objects, collapsed stellar remnants.

"A fraction of a second before contact, the lower mass neutron star is disrupted and forms a neutrino driven accretion disk around the higher mass neutron star," Sigurdsson told SPACE.com. "It implodes under the weight and forms a maximally spinning low-mass black hole."

Astronomers can´t see black holes, because light and everything else that enters them is lost to observation. But just before material falls in, some high-energy process -- likely involving magnetism and speeds approach that of light -- vents some of the material back into space.

The gamma ray burst signals the formation of a superheated jet of gas being shot out from the chaotic region around the newly formed black hole at a significant fraction of light-speed, Sigurdsson said.

"This really does look like a merger scenario," said Gehrels, who heads up the scientific operations for the Swift satellite.

The first gamma-ray burst was detected by accident in 1967. It was found by U.S. satellites deployed to monitor possible violations of the nuclear test ban treaty. Researchers now know that one erupts roughly every day somewhere in the cosmos. Most originate many billions of light years away.

Each burst can briefly outshine an entire galaxy. Gamma-ray bursts in our own galaxy are very rare. Some scientists speculate that such bursts in the Milky Way´s past might have caused mass extinctions on Earth

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Inventor Creates
Soundless Sound System
By Typh Tucker
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4-23-5

Elwood "Woody" Norris pointed a metal frequency emitter at one of perhaps 30 people who had come to see his invention. The emitter -- an aluminum square -- was hooked up by a wire to a CD player. Norris switched on the CD player.

"There´s no speaker, but when I point this pad at you, you will hear the waterfall," said the 63-year-old Californian.

And one by one, each person in the audience did, and smiled widely.

Norris´ HyperSonic Sound system has won him an award coveted by inventors -- the $500,000 annual Lemelson-MIT Prize. It works by sending a focused beam of sound above the range of human hearing. When it lands on you, it seems like sound is coming from inside your head.

Norris said the uses for the technology could come in handy -- in cars, in the airport or at home.

"Imagine your wife wants to watch television and you want to read a book, like the intellectual you are," he said to the crowd. "Imagine you are a lifeguard or a coach and you want to yell at someone, he´ll be the only one to hear you."

Norris holds 47 U.S. patents, including one for a digital handheld recorder and another for a handsfree headset. He said the digital recorder made him an inventor for life.

"That sold for $5 million," Norris laughed. "That really made me want to be an inventor."

He demonstrated the sound system at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, also called OMSI, on Thursday.

Norris began tinkering as an inventor at a young age -- taking apart the family radio and putting it back together again. He said ideas come to him when he´s driving around or talking with friends.

"I don´t know how I got to be an inventor, but I guess some kids can play the piano, and I can invent."

Norris will receive the Lemelson-MIT Prize at a ceremony here on Friday.
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Scientists at the Cornell University in Ithaca, New York have created small robots that can build copies of themselves.

Each robot consists of several 10-cm (4 inch) cubes which have identical machinery, electromagnets to attach and detach to each other and a computer program for replication. The robots can bend and pick up and stack the cubes.

"Although the machines we have created are still simple compared with biological self-reproduction, they demonstrate that mechanical self-reproduction is possible and not unique to biology," Hod Lipson said in a report in the science journal Nature on Wednesday.

He and his team believe the design principle could be used to make long term, self-repairing robots that could mend themselves and be used in hazardous situations and on space flights.

The experimental robots, which don't do anything else except make copies of themselves, are powered through contacts on the surface of the table and transfer data through their faces. They self-replicate by using additional modules placed in special "feeding locations."

The machines duplicate themselves by bending over and putting their top cube on the table. Then they bend again, pick up another cube, put it on top of the first and repeat the entire process. As the new robot begins to take shape it helps to build itself.

"The four-module robot was able to construct a replica in 2.5 minutes by lifting and assembling cubes from the feeding locations," said Lipson.


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The long-whiskered rodent with stubby legs and a tail covered with dense hair resembles them all but has turned out be a previously unknown species that actually represents an entire new family of wildlife, the Wildlife Conservation Society said.

The kha-nyou, as local people call it, was discovered by a team of scientists in a hunter's market in central Laos, according to a news release from the New York-based group.

"It was for sale on a table next to some vegetables. I knew immediately it was something I had never seen before," Robert Timmins, a WCS researcher, was quoted as saying of his find.


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Afghan Clerics Threaten Muslim Holy War Over Koran

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FAIZABAD, Afghanistan (Reuters) - A group of Afghan Muslim clerics threatened on Sunday to call for a holy war against the United States in three days unless it hands over military interrogators reported to have desecrated the Koran.

The warning came after 16 Afghans were killed and more than 100 hurt last week in the worst anti-U.S. protests across the country since U.S. forces invaded in 2001 to oust the Taliban for sheltering Osama bin Laden and his al Qaeda network.

The clerics in the northeastern province of Badakhshan said they wanted President Bush to handle the matter honestly "and hand the culprits over to an Islamic country for punishment."

"If that does not happen within three days, we will launch a jihad against America," said a statement issued by about 300 clerics, referring to Muslim holy war, after meeting in the main mosque in the provincial capital, Faizabad.

The statement was read out by Abdul Fatah Fayeq, the top judicial official in the mountainous, conservative province near the borders of Tajikistan and China.

Muslim clerics have traditionally been teachers and leaders in Afghan society and throughout its history they have rallied public opinion and sometimes led uprisings against unpopular rulers and foreign occupiers.

Newsweek magazine said in its May 9 edition investigators probing abuses at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay found that interrogators "had placed Korans on toilets, and in at least one case flushed a holy book down the toilet."

Muslims consider the Koran the literal word of God and treat each book with deep reverence.

The United States has tried to calm global Muslim outrage over the incident, saying disrespect for the Koran was abhorrent and would not be tolerated, and military authorities were investigating the allegation.

GROWING RESENTMENT

Another group of clerics in the north demanded punishment for those responsible for desecrating the Koran but did not call for holy war, the governor of Kunduz province said

The protests began in the eastern city of Jalalabad on Tuesday. Violence broke out there on Wednesday and there were clashes in several other places on Thursday and Friday.

Scattered protests on Saturday were mostly peaceful, while on Sunday no demonstrations were reported.

While some Afghan analysts say Muslim rage over the desecration report sparked the protests, not hatred of America, there is growing resentment of U.S. troops, especially in southeastern areas where they are most active.

The United States commands a foreign force in Afghanistan of about 18,300, most of them American, fighting Taliban insurgents and hunting militant leaders, including bin Laden.

President Hamid Karzai, a staunch U.S. ally, has urged the United States to punish anyone found guilty of desecrating the Koran. He said foreign hands were behind the disturbances, but did not identify them.

The anti-U.S. protesters have also criticized Karzai and his U.S.-backed government, attacking and torching provincial offices and police stations as well as U.N. and aid agency compounds.

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Codex Alimentarius Commisona - Threat To Humankind!!


From http://www.drrath.com/mr-publishing-int ... /codex.htm


There is an entire industry with an innate economic interest to obstruct, suppress and discredit any information about the eradication of diseases. The pharmaceutical industry makes over one trillion dollars from selling drugs for ongoing diseases. These drugs may relieve symptoms, but they do not cure. We have to realise that the mission of this industry is to make money from ongoing diseases. The cure or eradication of a disease leads to the collapse of a multi-billion dollar market of pharmaceuticals.

The natural purpose and driving force of the pharmaceutical industry is to increase sales of pharmaceutical drugs for ongoing diseases and to find new diseases to market existing drugs.


By this very nature, the pharmaceutical industry has no interest in curing diseases. The eradication of any disease inevitably destroys a multi-billion dollar market of prescription drugs as a source of revenues. Therefore, pharmaceutical drugs are primarily developed to relieve symptoms, but not to cure.


If eradication therapies for diseases are discovered and developed, the pharmaceutical industry has an inherent interest to suppress, discredit and obstruct these medical breakthroughs in order to make sure that diseases continue as the very basis for a lucrative prescription drug market.


The economic interest of the pharmaceutical industry itself is the main reason why no medical breakthrough has been made for the control of the most common diseases such as cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, heart failure, Diabetes, cancer, and osteoporosis, and why these diseases continue like epidemics on a worldwide scale.


For the same economic reasons, the pharmaceutical industry has now formed an international cartel by the code name "Codex Alimentarius" with the aim to outlaw any health information in connection with vitamins and to limit free access to natural therapies on a worldwide scale.


At the same time, the pharmaceutical companies withhold public information about the effects and risks of prescription drugs and life-threatening side effects are omitted or openly denied.


In order to assure the status quo of this deceptive scheme, a legion of pharmaceutical lobbyists is employed to influence legislation, control regulatory agencies (e. g. FDA), and manipulate medical research and education. Expensive advertising campaigns and PR agencies are used to deceive the public.


Millions of people and patients around the world are defrauded twice: A major portion of their income is used up to finance the exploding profits of the pharmaceutical industry. In return, they are offered a medicine that does not even cure.


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ANALYZING MEDICAL/MEDIA/PR FRAUD

NOVEMBER 30, 2004. This morning, I found a good example of medical writing for analysis.

Why bother?

Because, over the long-term, medical writing about research tends to be PR, and PR is effective for planting ideas and images in the minds of both the public and the medical professionals.

These ideas then substitute for facts.

So you get people saying, "Well, they just made a breakthrough in depression. See, it´s really all about brain chemistry."

You might think, "Well, of course it´s about brain chemistry. Everyone knows that."

Yeah, well, everyone knows it because that idea has been pounded into our heads through articles and ads over the last 20 years.

The example I´m using today comes from an MSNBC article about bipolar disease, otherwise labeled manic-depression. Like all other so-called mental disorders, bipolar has never been proven to exist as a distinct disease or disorder entity. No common root chemical or biological cause has been IDed for bipolar.

Which is why researchers keep looking for one---although they would never admit bipolar is so far just a fiction and a hope and a maybe.

The first thing to look at in the MSNBC article is the admission that the chemical brain abnormalities found by researchers MAY BE the pot of gold they are looking for. May be. Suggests. Could be.

Then you ask yourself, what other group could get such an article in the mainstream press? If a group of nutritional doctors from Nevada---instead of the Mayo Clinic cited by MSNBC---said a vitamin B deficiency may be the key contributor to anxiety disorder-----would the pronouncement get printed?

Certain medical centers and government medical spokespeople have a monopoly on may be and suggests and could be and hope so.

That´s pretty fantastic, when you think about it. How would you like to be able to get your ideas trumpeted by NBC on the basis that you believe they´re true?

Next, the article states that the Mayo Clinic researchers found, not one, but five different brain chemicals in a small group of people previously diagnosed with bipolar disease---five chemicals whose levels differed from those in people not diagnosed with bipolar.

So there are five variables. That´s obviously not a breakthrough or anything close to it. It´s not even significant. It´s another may be.

Next, look for where this study was published. Oh, wait. It was delivered by Mayo Clinic researchers as a report at a medical conference.

Where will it be published, if anywhere? No details on that.

So there was no outside review of the data or the procedures used before this report was made at the conference.

Science is supposed to work by multiple confirmations (or rejections) of the results obtained by the original researchers. Obviously, this has not happened. Science is based on distrust not trust of original findings.

Science is not about groveling before an oral report delivered by the Mayo Clinic team.

Finally, we get a pearl about how many Americans suffer from bipolar disease, according to the US government National Institute of Mental Health. A whopping 2.3 million. How was that arrived at? There is no lab test for bipolar, so 2.3 million is an extrapolation from eyeball/interview diagnoses laid on by psychiatrists. About as reliable as inferring the number of auto accidents in America on a given day by sitting above the Indy Speedway and counting dings and bumps.

However, the PR thrust of the MSNBC piece is effective. Subliminally, more people will now assume that researchers have a good handle on the brain-chemical cause of something called bipolar disease.

Underlying this whole mess is the presumption---driven home by countless press releases and articles and TV interviews---that mental disorders are all the result of brain malfunctions.

That´s the big PR op.

Well, it sort of fits, doesn´t it? Mental disorder. Brain. The brain is a mental organ.

It fits until you see a very jittery child who was diagnosed with ADHD get better after the kid stops eating foods laced with dyes and food colorings and preservatives.

My goodness. You mean? The cure had nothing to do with giving a drug aimed at reconfiguring a brain neurotransmitter?

Here is the MSNBC piece:

Study shows chemical abnormalities visible in victims´ brains

Updated: 9:36 a.m. ET Nov. 30, 2004
CHICAGO - Bipolar disorder, a sometimes misdiagnosed mental illness characterized by wide emotional swings, may be identifiable by chemical abnormalities visible in victims’ brains, researchers said on Tuesday.

Detailed brain scans performed on 42 adults, half of whom had been previously diagnosed as bipolar, showed consistently different levels of five chemicals in areas of the brain that control behavior, movement, vision, reading and sensory information, they said.

The Mayo Clinic study used a high-power magnetic resonance imaging scanner that had twice the magnetic field strength of scanners previously used to examine the brains of bipolar patients.

“Bipolar disorder is challenging to diagnose because individuals can cover up the symptoms of the illness or may recognize only their depression, not the manic phase of the disorder,” Mayo Clinic radiologist John Port said in a report delivered to the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America.

“The psychiatric community clearly needs a tool to help diagnose bipolar disorder,” he said.

The types of therapy used with bipolar disorder differ from those employed to fight depression, so a correct diagnosis is important, Port said. Most diagnoses are made based on conversations with the patient.

Roughly 2.3 million Americans suffer from bipolar disorder, according to the National Institute of Mental Health.

end of MSNBC article

JON RAPPOPORT http://www.nomorefakenews.com

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Fluoride - Not FDA Approved For Ingestion
Fluoride is a drug that has only been approved for topical application.

By Sally Stride, 14/05/2005.


Children’s sodium fluoride anti-cavity supplements were never found safe or effective by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). They were never even tested. And the reason will astound you.

Sodium fluoride supplements are routinely fed to little children to prevent tooth decay. They are drugs requiring a dentist´s or physician´s prescription.

The below e-mail correspondence between this writer and the FDA shows that fluoride supplements were "grandfathered in" before the 1938 law was enacted requiring drug testing.

So, products on the market before 1938 were presumed safe by the FDA who allowed grandfathered drugs to be sold without any testing. Once a drug is on the market for any reason, doctors can use them to treat any disease or condition.

It gets even more incredulous.

Sodium fluoride was on the market pre-1938, but not to stop cavities and not for any medical reason. Sodium fluoride sold as a rat poison.

So, in effect, the FDA says - since sodium fluoride safely and effectively killed rats before 1938, the FDA considers it is safe to give to little children to prevent tooth decay.

Over 91% of U.S. fluoridating communities now use cheaper silicofluorides - another chemical never FDA approved, or safety tested in animals or humans but recently found to increase children´s blood lead levels.

From a 1951 American Dental Association brochure: "There is no proof that commercial preparations such as tablets, dentifrices, mouthwashes or chewing gum containing fluorides are effective in preventing dental decay. Unfortunately such preparations are being offered to the public without adequate scientific evidence of their value."

For my correspondence with the FDA see http://www.suite101.com/article.cfm/11749/107324
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UN denounces ad campaign by US vitamin distributor

The United Nations has denounced a United States-based vitamin distributor( NOTE THE WORDS, NOT QUALIFIED DR.) it accuses of a ´dangerous´ campaign to hype the risks of anti-Aids medication in order to push its own nutritional supplements.

The maverick Aids ´dissident´, ( DISSENT, I.E CRANK, AGAINST THE TRUTH ETC) Dr Matthias Rath, came under renewed fire for placing advertisements touting (REPLACE ADVERTISING WITH TOUTING, MAKES A CLEAR STATEMENT) his company´s vitamin supplements and claiming that antiretroviral (ARV) medicines are toxic ( USE OF CLAIM HERE HIDES THE FACT THEY ARE TOXIC). The controversial German doctor´s campaign in the international press was accused yesterday by UN agencies of misleading the public and promoting his own vitamin therapy business. ( BUT ITS OK TO TOUT BIG PHARMA TOXINS)

´Misrepresentations (WHO EXACTLY SAYS DR RATHS CONTENTIONS ARE MISREPRESENTATIONS) of this sort are dangerous and unhelpful,´ declared the World Health Organisation, the Joint UN Programme on HIV/Aids known as UNAIDS, and the UN Children´s Fund (Unicef). ´In countries where it is widely available, antiretroviral therapy has turned Aids from a ´death sentence´ into a chronic but manageable disease.´ (WOW THAT SAYS IT ALL, INSTEAD OF GETTING BETTER OR AT WORST NOT SICK YOU BECOME CHRONIC AND THEY BLOW THIS AS A TRUMPET)

Yesterday´s condemnations were heard particularly acutely in South Africa, where Dr Rath is soon to face a court challenge brought by the influential activist group Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) on charges of lying about Aids medication. ( ANOTHER TACTIC, SUE IN FIXED COURTS, I.E THE FDA SAYS ITS GREAT SO YOU CANT ENTER ANY EVIDENCE THAT ITS NOT. NEINTHER CAN YOU ENTER ANY EVIDENCE THAT YOU ARE CURING PEOPLE)South Africa has the highest number of HIV infected people in the world " but its government, led by President Thabo Mbeki, infuriates its critics ( OF COURSE IT WILL, EXPOSING THEIR LIES) by arguing that Aids is a poverty issue, not a health crisis. Earlier this year, Dr Rath´s foundation ran a campaign in South African newspapers claiming ARV drugs cause deformities in babies. ´Rath is more active in South Africa than anywhere else in the world because of senior political leaders flirting with quackery and denialism,´ said Nathan Geffen, the spokesman for TAC.

Dr Rath is the latest in a long line of Aids dissidents who dispute the link between HIV and Aids and the use of drugs to treat the illnesses. He accuses the US, Britain, the World Bank and the UN of promoting expensive drugs on behalf of the pharmaceutical industry, and claims that TAC is a front for the ´drug cartel´. His advertisements claim ARV drugs, which have been proven to improve the quality of life for Aids victims as well as reducing the replication of HIV in the body, are ´toxic´ and promote vitamins as a more effective and safer alternative.

´These ARV drugs severely damage all cells in the body ...´ an advert in Tuesday´s International Herald Tribune reads, ´thereby not improving but rather worsening immune deficiencies and expanding the Aids epidemic ... The time has come to stop these crimes against humanity ... Progress in natural health now offers this opportunity.´

Dr Rath´s foundation has offices in Germany, the US and the Netherlands but its marketing strategy targets countries that are vulnerable to claims that Aids can be treated more cheaply. UN agencies are trying to increase access in these poorer countries but ´dissidents´ are not making their job easy. They denounced Dr Rath´s advertisements and website for using quotes and information from UN agencies ´out of context´.

Studies have demonstrated that while good nutrition is an important component of care for HIV patients and boosts their overall health and strength, they have found it is no substitute for anti-Aids drugs. Studies on the value of micronutrient supplements have been inconclusive, the UN agencies said.

Copyright © 2005 Independent Newspapers (UK) Limited Source: Financial Times Information Limited

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AURORA WEEKEND: "Fabulous." "One of the best shows in 15 years!" "Ye-haww!" These are a few of the things sky watchers had to say about this weekend's Northern Lights, which spread across much of the United States on Saturday night, descending as far south as California and Arizona. Photographer Brian Larmay ("This is living!") saw these bright blue auroras over Niagra Falls:

[img]http://www.spaceweather.com/aurora/images2005/15may05c/Hollingshead1.jpg[/img]

May 14th-15th Aurora Gallery http://www.spaceweather.com/aurora/gall ... _page4.htm

What caused the display? A coronal mass ejection (CME) hit Earth's magnetic field. Impact time: May 15th at 0230 UT. Pictured below, the CME billowed away from the sun on May 13th, propelled in our direction by an M8-class explosion near sunspot 759. Eighteen hours later it reached Earth and sparked bright auroras.

http://www.spaceweather.com/index.html

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[quote]What caused the display? A coronal mass ejection (CME) hit Earth's magnetic field. Impact time: May 15th at 0230 UT. Pictured below, the CME billowed away from the sun on May 13th, propelled in our direction by an M8-class explosion near sunspot 759. Eighteen hours later it reached Earth and sparked bright auroras.
http://www.spaceweather.com/index.html[/quote]

[b]Absolutely gorgeous! Thanks for sharing that![/b] ;)


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British Lawmaker Blasts 'Republican Lynch Mob'
Galloway Denies Charges of Iraqi Oil-for-Food Payoffs
Britain's George Galloway had harsh words for the Senate panel even before the hearing started.

WASHINGTON (May 17) - British MP George Galloway angrily rejected charges on Tuesday by Congress that he profited from the Iraq oil-for-food program as ''utterly preposterous'' and blasted it for treating him unfairly.

Far from showing the usual deference of witnesses before Congress, the Scotsman defiantly told a Senate committee its evidence against him was false, condemned its investigation and demanded to know why it had not checked with him first before making its allegations.

Galloway bluntly confronted the Republican chairman of the committee, Sen. Norm Coleman of Minnesota, and challenged the attorney to back up claims the British MP profited handsomely from the now defunct oil-for-food program. Some of his harshest remarks concerned Coleman's support for the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq.

''Now I know that standards have slipped over the last few years in Washington, but for a lawyer, you are remarkably cavalier with any idea of justice,'' Galloway said.

Before the hearing started, Galloway dismissed the panel as a ''neo-con ... pro-war, Republican lynch mob.''

Galloway later told reporter he felt Coleman had failed in his cross-examination. ''He's not much of a lyncher,'' he said.

Galloway appeared before the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, which is examining how ousted Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein used oil to reward politicians, particularly from Russia, France and Britain, under the United Nations oil-for-food program.

A maverick kicked out of the British Labour Party for his fervent opposition to the Iraq war and for personal attacks on Prime Minister Tony Blair, Galloway lashed out at the Bush administration for the Iraq invasion.

''Senator, in everything I said about Iraq, I turned out to be right and you turned out to be wrong,'' he pointedly told Coleman, whom he labeled a ''neo-con, pro-war hawk.''

The committee last week released documents it said showed Saddam gave Galloway the rights to export 20 million barrels of oil under the defunct humanitarian program.

Former French Interior Minister Charles Pasqua, now a French senator, also was named in the Senate report, which said he got vouchers for 11 million barrels. Pasqua, who also angrily denied the allegations, was not at the hearing.

The U.N. oil-for-food program, which began in late 1996 and ended in 2003, was aimed at easing the impact of sanctions imposed after Saddam's troops invaded Kuwait in 1990.

Galloway accused Coleman of sullying his reputation and making false charges against him that he gave money to Saddam. ''You call that justice?'' he asked, adding later: ''This is utterly preposterous.''

With Galloway looking on, Senate investigators laid out their case against him and others, presenting documents they said showed he received oil allocations from Saddam Hussein's government.

Mark Greenblatt, legal counsel on the committee, told senators Galloway had used his cancer charity ''Mariam's Appeal'' to conceal these allocations and provided several Oil Ministry documents referring to the charity.

Greenblatt said a senior Iraqi official interviewed by the committee's investigators again in Baghdad on Monday, had confirmed allegations against Galloway and authenticated Iraqi oil ministry documents.

RUSSIAN PERSONALITIES

Baghdad was allowed to sell oil to buy basic goods and could negotiate its own contracts, but the program has been dogged by allegations of massive fraud and charges Saddam used it to buy influence in the West.

Coleman's panel also gave details about Iraqi oil allocations to Russia's presidential council, which advises President Vladimir Putin.

A report released on Monday said Saddam's government provided Putin's former chief of staff, Alexander Voloshin, and the council with oil rights worth nearly $3 million in exchange for support to lift U.N. sanctions against Iraq imposed in August 1990 after Baghdad's troops invaded Kuwait.

Senate investigators said there was no evidence that Putin knew of the payments.

The committee also said 75 million barrels of oil were allocated to Vladimir Zhirinovsky, an ultranationalist Russian parliamentarian who made frequent visits to Iraq, or his political party.

In both cases, the Houston-based firm Bayoil Inc. or its subsidiaries helped arrange transport and contracts to sell the oil in the United States and elsewhere, the report said.

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From one of my favorites...Mark Morford.

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They Really Are Watching You
Ready for your own all-new, sinister ID card, courtesy of Homeland Security? Shudder!
by Mark Morford

Well, now we've done it.
Congress just passed it and Dubya has promised to sign it and the Homeland Security Department is giddier than Mel Gibson in a nail factory over it and marketers nationwide are salivating at the groin at the prospect of it, and the next big step toward America becoming an even more delightfully paranoid and draconian Big Brother wonderland has now officially been taken.

It's called Real ID. It is, in short, a new and genetically mutated type of driver's license for all Americans, replacing your current license and replacing your Social Security card and replacing your sense of well being and privacy and humanity and part of a new, uniform, deeply sinister, national uniform card system whereby every person living and breathing in these paranoid and tense times shall henceforth be much more traceable and watchable given how we will all soon be required by law to carry this super-deluxe computerized ID card with us at all times, packed as it will be with more personal, digitized info about you than even your mother knows.

Real ID is coming very soon. The legislation was passed with little outcry and zero debate by both House and Senate just last week because lawmakers snuck it into a massive $82 billion military spending bill, and therefore no one was really paying much attention and this is the way you get thorny disturbing culturally demeaning bills to pass without resistance from smart people who should know better.

The new law will, according to the Wired News story linked above, require everyone to hand over not one, not two, but fully four types of documentation to renew their driver's license, such as a photo ID, a birth certificate, proof that their Social Security number is legit and something that validates their home address, like a phone bill. DMV employees will then have to verify the documents against giant teeming federal databases and store the documents and a digital photo of you in a database. Isn't that fun? Doesn't that sound gratifying?

What's more, the card's design plan includes multiple openings for the Homeland Security Department to add on whatever features they deem necessary, with or without your knowledge, consent or who the hell cares what you think because we do what we want now please shut the hell up and quit asking questions.

Computer (RFID) microchip? Likely. Digital fingerprint? Sure. Political affiliation? You bet. Web-site-visit log and religious affiliation and recent sperm count and arrest record and drug addictions and medical history and blood type and gender orientation and parent's/children's home address and number of personal blog posts calling Dr. Phil a "slug-licking ego-bitch charlatan" and your recent purchase history on shotathome.com? One guess.

Make no mistake: Real ID, in short, takes us one happy step closer to a total surveillance state, where everyone is stamped and everyone is watchable and everyone is traceable and unless you live way, way off the grid out in the increasingly nonexistent hinterlands, you cannot escape the spazzy and twitchy and paranoid eye of Homeland Security.

Remember the scenes in that surprisingly not-awful Tom Cruise flick "Minority Report" with the ubiquitous eye scanners, installed all over the near-future city? And as poor Tommy ran around like a maniac, little scanner machines installed by the gummint would read the eye pattern of every citizen as they walked around and the system could track anyone at any time no matter where they might wander and all the info was dumped into a huge database that was studied and cross-checked and manipulated by the CIA and FBI and Banana Republic?

Real ID feels much like that, only not nearly as cool.

Real ID is, as you might expect, giving civil liberties groups and immigrant-support groups the hives. State governors across the nation are none too happy, either, as implementation of the new law will cost each state hundreds of millions of dollars, but, of course, the bill provides zero federal funds to help. Such is the BushCo way.

This is the funny thing. This is the sad thing. This is the terrifying thing. We have suffered one major debilitating act of terrorism in this nation and we have recoiled so violently, so rabidly, so desperately that we are still more than willing to give up whatever freedoms necessary in a vain and silly attempt to control chaos and plug every hole, when of course the nation is basically one giant hole to begin with.

Of course, any good conspiracy theorist worth his secret underground bootleg Area 51 videos will tell you this sort of citizen-surveillance thing has been going on for years, decades, from spy satellites to GPS to all manner of phone tracking and e-mail snooping and behavior watching and this Real ID thing only takes it a little more public, national, makes it part of the cultural lexicon because we have finally weakened so much we just don't seem to give a dang what they do to us anymore.

Don't think it's all that bad? Think BushCo's flying monkeys in the CIA and FBI and Homeland Security really have your best interests at heart and are genuinely trying to protect you from scary swarthy furriners who want to sneak into our country and poison our Cheerios and paint our flag orange and cover our wimmin in burlap? Have at it. The GOP would love to have you. Oh, and while you're at it, enjoy that tiny grain-of-rice-size bar-coded implant RFID microchip the FDA just approved, which they can permanently slip under your skin in under 20 minutes, with nary a peep.

This is what's happening now. With Real ID (and who knows what else), the government is cracking down and creating a new and improved and far more devious and exploitable system to monitor its citizens because, well, because we let them. Because millions of us have been pummeled so successfully by the fear-mongering Right. Because we have never been so lax, so blinded by warmongering and dread, so numbed to what might become of us.

Ah, but maybe I'm wrong. Maybe this is just rampant paranoia talking and it's just a silly piece of harmless legislation and Real ID is overall a genuinely good and useful idea that will ultimately make us safer and more secure. You think?

Because hasn't BushCo proven to be reliable and honest and just reeking with integrity about privacy and security issues so far? Hasn't the USA Patriot Act been just a wondrous boon to police and CIA and our sense that we are trusted and cared for by our government? Aren't we all feeling just so much safer with this most secretive, least accountable administration at the helm?

After all, why not trust the government on this? Why not put our faith in the goodly Homeland Security Department? Maybe Real ID really is patriotic and constructive and it will be a smooth and secure and completely inviolable system, one that protects citizens while giving them a new sense of freedom to move about the country with carefree flag-waving ease, safe in the knowledge that their big, snarling gummint is watching over them like a protective mother bear -- as opposed to, say, a female praying mantis, who greedily screws her lover, and then, of course, eats him alive.

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You ask for homeland security by refusing to claim ownership and thus responsibilty for the thoughts/actions you project.

I suggest that you leave this forum, all of you, everyone, boycott the forum, boycott wingmakers, and see what happens, just test it out, test it out, experiment,

I assure you that the more you wait for whatever it is to happen, the further away it gets.

You ask for everything you get.

How else would you get it, in a freewill world???

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[quote]DeepInWide: "I suggest that you leave this forum, all of you, everyone, boycott the forum, boycott wingmakers, and see what happens, just test it out, test it out, experiment" [/quote]


DeepInWide,

Please "save yourself" and work on exploring your sovereignty and quit worrying or concerning yourself with mine. Believe me, I am more than qualified to explore my sovereignty without needing to tell others how to explore theirs... ;)

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Earth Probe Plan Would Blast a Path to the Core
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May 14, 2003

A scientist proposes sending a grapefruit-size communication device into the heart of the Earth by blasting a crack in the surface and pouring in a huge quantity of molten iron. The weight of the liquid metal would crack the Earth for more than 1,800 miles (3,000 kilometers), carrying the probe to the planet´s core in about a week.

The probe would measure temperature, electrical conductivity, and chemical composition, and would beam back data as encoded sound waves to a surface detector.

David J. Stevenson of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena outlines the plan in the May 16 issue of the scientific journal Nature.

"Planetary missions have enhanced our understanding of the solar system and how planets work, but no comparable exploratory effort has been directed towards the Earth´s interior, where equally fascinating scientific issues are waiting to be investigated," Stevenson said in his paper. "I propose a scheme for a mission to the Earth´s core, in which a small communication probe would be conveyed in a huge volume of liquid-iron alloy migrating down to the core along a crack that is propagating under the action of gravity."

The proposal might sound ambitious, but it´s modest in comparison with the demands of space exploration, Stevenson said.

"We live on the Earth´s surface, which divides what is above from what is below. The part above us, the rest of the universe, is mostly empty, mostly unknown…The part below is crammed with interesting stuff and is also mostly unknown, despite its much greater proximity to us."

Stevenson calculated that the energy required to create the crack to launch the probe would be equivalent to a few megatons of TNT, an earthquake of magnitude 7 on the Richter scale, or a nuclear device such as those already possessed by many nations.

It may also be feasible to make use of existing favorable stress environments in the Earth and to avoid the use of nuclear devices, Stevenson said in his paper. "The technological challenge of initiating the crack should be less than that posed by the Manhattan Project," he said, referring to the code name for America´s first atomic bomb.

Proven Technologies

According to Stevenson´s calculations, it should be possible to send a probe all the way to Earth´s core by combining several proven technologies with a few well-grounded scientific assumptions about the workings of the planet.

"We´ve spent more than [U.S.] $10 billion in unmanned missions to the planets," said Stevenson, who is the Van Osdol Professor of Planetary Science at Caltech. "But we´ve only been down about ten kilometers [6 miles] into our own planet."

The benefits to science would be significant, Stevenson said, because so little has been directly observed about the inner workings of the Earth. Scientists do not know, for example, the exact composition or even the temperature of the core, and what they do know is based on inferences about seismic data accumulated during earthquakes.

Stevenson said his proposal should be attractive to the scientific community because it is of the same scale, price-wise, as planetary exploration. To date, NASA has flown unmanned missions past all the planets except Pluto, has made a few highly successful soft landings on Mars, has probed the clouds of Jupiter, is getting ready to probe the atmosphere of Titan, and has sent four spacecraft into interstellar space. Sending something into the Earth, Stevenson believes, will have comparable payoffs in the quest for knowledge.

"When we fly to other worlds, we are often surprised by what we find, and I think the same will be the case if we go down."

A Million Tons of Molten Iron

According to Stevenson, the crack that will have to be blasted into the Earth´s surface to launch the probe will need to be several hundred meters in depth, and about a foot (30 centimeters) wide, to accommodate a volume of about 100,000 to several million tons of molten iron.

The instant the crack opens, the entire volume of iron will be dropped in, completely filling the open space, he said. Through the sheer force of its weight, the iron will create a continuing crack that will open all the way to the planet´s core 3,000 kilometers (1,800 miles) below. Anything on a smaller scale may not work; anything larger will be even more expensive, so Stevenson thinks a crack of those dimensions is about right.

"Once you set that condition up, the crack is self-perpetuating," Stevenson said. "It´s fundamentally different from drilling, where it gets harder and harder—and eventually futile—the farther you go down."

The iron will continue to fall due to gravity because it is about twice the density of the surrounding material. Riding along in the mass of liquid iron will be one or more probes made of a material robust enough to withstand the heat and pressure. The probe will perhaps be the size of a grapefruit but definitely small enough to ride easily inside the 12-inch (30-centimeter) crack without getting wedged, Stevenson said.

Inside the probe will be instrumentation for data collection, which will be relayed through low-intensity mechanical waves of some sort. Because radio waves cannot propagate through Earth, this is the only way to get the data transferred, Stevenson said.

Based on the rate the molten iron would fall due to gravity, the ball would move downward into Earth at roughly human running pace (about 10 miles/16 kilometers per hour), Stevenson said.

"Each of the principles involved is based on sound knowledge of crack propagation, fluid dynamics, mechanical-wave propagation, and ´stress states,´" Stevenson said. "If these things didn´t already work in nature, we would have no volcanoes and poorly performing bathroom plumbing, but little to fear from a pebble shattering our windshields."

The biggest question should not be the cost, but whether we should pursue the goal of exploring Earth´s interior, he said. "That said, I´d suggest we do it if we can keep the cost under [U.S.] $10 billion."

This proposal is modest compared with the space program, Stevenson said, and may seem unrealistic only because so little effort has been devoted to it. "The time has come for action."

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State Secret: Thousands Secretly Sterilized

N.C. Woman Among 65,000 Sterilized by Gov´t., Often Without Their Knowledge, in 20th Century


Elaine Riddick was sterilized secretly by the government. (ABC News)

WINDFALL, N.C., May 15, 2005 — Beneath the surface of this Southern town, with its lush evergreens and winding riverbanks, is a largely forgotten legacy of pain, secrecy and human indignity.

"My heart still bleeds, and it will forever bleed, because of what had happened to me," local resident Elaine Riddick said.

Riddick was one of thousands of people secretly sterilized by the state between 1929 and 1974.

From the early 1900s to the 1970s, some 65,000 men and women were sterilized in this country, many without their knowledge, as part of a government eugenics program to keep so-called undesirables from reproducing.

"The procedures that were done here were done to poor folks," said Steven Selden, professor at the University of Maryland. "They were thought to be poor because they had bad genes or bad inheritance, if you will. And so they would be the focus of the sterilization."

Sterilized Without Her Knowledge

Riddick was raped and became pregnant at the age of 13. Social workers labeled her promiscuous and too feeble-minded to ever be a responsible parent. So, after giving birth in 1968, Riddick was sterilized without being told.

She learned the truth years later, when she married and tried to have more children.

"They took so much away from me," Riddick said. "They took away my spirit and my soul."

North Carolina sterilized close to 8,000 women in hospitals across the state.

Even though the practice ended more than 30 years ago, some say the time has come to make amends. North Carolina was one of the first states out of 33 that once practiced sterilization to offer an apology. State Rep. Larry Womble is crafting a bill to provide financial reparations.

Some wonder where the state will get the money. "They say, ´Well, we can´t afford it,´ " said Womble, a Democrat. "Well, we cannot not afford it."

Riddick went on to earn a college degree and raise the son she had at 14. He now is an engineering consultant.

"I thank you, God, for giving me my child," she said.

ABC News´ Keith Garvin originally reported this story for "World News Tonight" on April 23, 2005

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War is turning our children into monsters: NY Times reports...

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In U.S. Report, Brutal Details of 2 Afghan Inmates' Deaths
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Even as the young Afghan man was dying before them, his American jailers continued to torment him.

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Kabbalist Blesses Jones: Now´s the Time to Find Holy Lost Ark
14:03 May 20, ´05 / 11 Iyar 5765

An unnamed Kabbalist has granted blessing to famed archeologist Dr. Vendyl Jones to uncover the Holy Ark of the Covenant. Jones plans to excavate the Lost Ark by the Tisha B’Av Fast this summer.


The famed archaeologist, the inspiration for the “Indiana Jones” movie series, has spent most of his life searching for the Ark of the Covenant. The ark was the resting place of the Ten Commandments, given to the Jewish people at Mount Sinai, and was hidden just before the destruction of the First Temple.

The Talmud says the Ark is hidden in a secret passage under the Temple Mount. Jones says that the tunnel actually continues 18 miles southward, and that the Ark was brought through the tunnel to its current resting place in the Judean Desert.

Throughout the many years of his quest, Jones has been in close contact and under the tutelage of numerous Rabbis and Kabbalists. Extremely knowledgeable in Torah, Talmud and Kabbalah sources dealing with Holy Temple issues, Jones has now received permission from both known and secret Kabbalists to finally uncover the lost ark.

Dr. Jones, who divides his time between Texas and Israel, has been here since March 9th ready to finally reveal the Ark. However, he has been waiting for both permission from the mysterious Kabbalist and for project funding to come through.

As recently as last month, the rabbi, who only communicates via messenger, told Jones that the time was not yet right to discover the Temple vessels.

Last Thursday, however, Dr. Jones received a communication from the rabbi reading, “The time is right.”

Armed with this and other blessings, Jones is now excited to uncover his life´s pursuit. He believes the ark will be discovered by Tisha B´Av (Aug. 14), a day of repeated tragedy in Jewish history. Most notably, it is the anniversary of the destruction of both the First and Second Holy Temples.

Noahide guru Jones says that the State of Israel is passing through the same biblical straights as the generation that first entered Israel after the exodus from Egypt. “If history repeats itself, the history itself is prophecy,” Jones says.

“Israel is different from all other nations in a lot of ways, but more than anything else, Israel is the only nation whose history was written before it happened.”

Once a Christian pastor, Jones left his post to become a leader of the growing Noahide movement. Noahides are G-d fearing non-Jews who observe the seven laws of Noah, which are obligatory upon all of humanity.

The explorer and teacher published a book in 1959 predicting the precise outbreak of the Six Day War, based on his analysis of the period from the Exodus from Egypt up until the First Temple Period. He says that applying biblical analysis to modern times points to major events that will “turn the world right-side-up.”

Jones calculated the war in 1967 by analyzing the sequence of events in the First Temple Period and transposing them onto the "Third Temple Period” – the period beginning with the Jews’ foundation of an independent State in the Land of Israel in 1948.

“It fits just like tongue in groove,” he says.

Jones analyzed the following passage from the book of Bamidbar (Numbers): “Every man from 20 years old and upward, all that are able to go to war...". He said it could be read this way, "So from 20 years old and upward, all that are able to go, went to war in Israel.”

“Well, ’67 was the 20th year,” said Jones, who received acclaim for fighting as a non-listed soldier in the Six Day War. He was the only non-Jewish American to take part in the combat.

“Two years at Mt. Sinai, and then the Jewish people went to Kadesh Barnea,” he says, referring to the time immediately following the Exodus. Transposing the Jewish people’s first entry into Israel via the Jericho region and the re-entry to those areas in 1967, one can find striking similarities.

“At Kadesh Barnea, [the Jewish Nation] sent in those [twelve] spies who gave the evil report, and because they believed the evil report, they were sentenced to wander for 38 years before they could come into Gilgal” – an ancient city near Jericho.

“1967 was a repetition of Kadesh Barnea,” Jones says. “If Israel had come in and taken this place, the Arabs would have fled like they did in 1948. But no, because of the evil report of Golda Meir and Motta Gur and Moshe Dayan, who said ‘We cannot do that, world opinion will be against us.’ So Israel was sentenced to 38 years more – and June the 7th [2005], Jerusalem Day, will be the 38th year.

Jones believes that the Jewish prophecies regarding the greatly anticipated redemption are occuring in front of our eyes.

Jones´ escapades and explorations were the inspiration for the blockbuster movie ´Raiders of the Lost Ark´ of the ´Indiana Jones´ trilogy. The man who wrote the first draft of the film, Randolph Fillmore, was one of the volunteers who worked with Jones in 1977.

“I agreed to help him write the movie,” Jones said, “as long as – number one – he wouldn’t set it here (in Israel). Some people believe the ark is in Ethiopia or Egypt, some believe its in Constantinople or Rome. I just didn’t want it to be portrayed as being here. The second thing was, ´Don’t use my name.´ So he didn’t. My name is Vendyl – V-E-N-D-Y-L. So he just dropped the first and last letters and it ended up Endy Jones.”

Although at the time of the film, Jones was far from pinpointing the location of the Ark, he has come a long way since then. With the help of an ancient document found in Qumran together with the Dead Sea Scrolls, known as the “Copper Scroll”, Dr. Jones is convinced he has pinpointed the location of the Ark of the Covenant.

“In the copper scroll, the first five lines say, ´In the desolations of the Valley of Achur, in the opening under the ascent, which is a mountain facing eastward, covered by forty placed boulders – here is a tabernacle and all the golden fixtures,´” Jones says.

"This is what we have been looking for all these years, and I’ve walked over those boulders thousands of times without really stepping back and looking – realizing ‘hey, those boulders have been brought in here, they’ve been placed in here, they didn’t come off a mountain. And they’re huge.’”

Jones recounts his early explorations into the tunnels which lead from the ancient Old City of Jerusalem, near Jaffa Gate, to the foot of the Dead Sea. “My son and I went an hour and 20 minutes into the tunnel. There were so many branches and we didn’t have anything to mark the route, so I said, ‘We better get out of here and come back with a roll of string.’ Then I made the mistake of asking permission to do it. That was before I learned that Israel is a lot like heaven - it is a lot easier to get forgiveness than it is permission.”

Dr. Jones, wearing an orange anti-disengagement bracelet, dismisses the current Israeli government´s plan to uproot the Jews of Gaza and northern Samaria from their homes. "There will not be any disengagement, nor will there be any Palestinian State,” he says.

Jones, who has a photographic memory, quotes: “Chapter One in Isaiah: ´How has the holy city become a harlot? Righteousness filled the street, but now murderers. The ruler is a friend of thieves and the ministers desire bribes.´”

“The prophet wasn’t talking about his day – he was talking about now. ‘Therefore, says the L-rd, I will restore them to their beginnings. I will set judges up as at first, and counselors as in the beginning.’”

The Sharon government will soon be history, Jones asserts, and the Sanhedrin (the Jewish High Court of 71 judges) will take its place and lead the Jewish people. “The Sanhedrin was established October the 13th of last year. Now all we have to do is have an election to elect counselors. The Sanhedrin is like a Senate and the elected counselors are like a House of Representatives.”

Dr. Jones says the discovery of the lost ark will “flip the whole world right-side-up.”

“I just gotta drill a bore-hole into the chamber, drop a pin-camera in and there it is. And everything is gonna change, believe me. The Jewish people are gonna come back.”

Listen to an exclusive interview with Dr. Jones on the Noahide Movement, on IsraelNationalRadio´s brand new show: ´Light Unto the Nations.´

Learn more about Dr. Jones´ excavations online at http://www.vendyljones.org.il.

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Published: 21:55 May 18, 2005
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Eureka! Unlocking Archimedes´ ancient text

Causing invisible ink to glow

Saturday, May 21, 2005 Posted: 10:04 PM EDT (0204 GMT)

Highly focused X-rays were used last week to begin deciphering parts of Archimedes´ 174-page text.

BALTIMORE, Maryland (AP) -- A particle accelerator is being used to reveal the long-lost writings of the Greek mathematician Archimedes, work hidden for centuries after a Christian monk wrote over it in the Middle Ages.

Highly focused X-rays produced at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center in Menlo Park, California were used last week to begin deciphering the parts of the 174-page text that have not yet been revealed.

The X-rays cause iron in the hidden ink to glow.

"One of the delightful things is we don´t know what it´s going to say," said William Noel, head of the Archimedes Palimpsest project at the Walters Art Gallery in Baltimore.

Scholars believe the treatise was copied by a scribe in the 10th century from Archimedes´ original Greek scrolls, written in the third century B.C.

It was erased about 200 years later by a monk who reused the parchment for a prayer book, creating a twice-used parchment book known as a "palimpsest." In the 12th century, parchment -- scraped and dried animal skins -- was rare and costly, and Archimedes´ works were in less demand.

The palimpsest was bought at auction for $2 million in 1998 by an anonymous private collector who loaned it to the Baltimore museum and funded studies to reveal the text. About 80 percent of the text has been uncovered so far.

"It´s the only one that contains diagrams that may bear any resemblance to the diagrams Archimedes himself drew in the sand in Syracuse 2000 years ago," Noel said.

Enter: the particle accelerator
While reading an article on the text, Stanford physicist Uwe Bergmann realized he could use a particle accelerator to detect small amounts of iron in the ink. The electrons speeding along the circular accelerator emit X-rays that can be used to cause the iron to fluoresce or glow.

"Anything which contains iron will be shown, and anything that doesn´t contain iron will not be shown," Bergmann said.

Bergmann normally uses the accelerator, in which electrons are pushed to near the speed of light, to study the structure of water, and how water is split to create oxygen during photosynthesis.

Most of the text has been revealed by scientists at Johns Hopkins University and the Rochester Institute of Technology who used digital cameras and processing techniques as well as ultraviolet and infrared filters developed for medicine and space research.

The so-called Archimedes Palimpsest includes the only copy of the treatise "Method of Mechanical Theorems," in which Archimedes explains how he used mechanical means to develop his mathematical theorems. It is also the only source in the original Greek for the treatise "On Floating Bodies," in which Archimedes deals with the physics of flotation and gravity.

Three of the undeciphered pages were imaged last week, and the rest are expected to take three to four years to complete, Noel said.

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Bank employees used computer screen captures to snag customer data

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MAY 20, 2005 (COMPUTERWORLD) - What is thought to be the largest U.S. banking security breach in history has gotten even bigger.

The number of bank accounts accessed illegally by a New Jersey cybercrime ring has grown to 676,000, according to police investigators. That´s up from the initial estimate of 500,000 accounts police said last month had been breached.

Hackensack, N.J., police Det. Capt. Frank Lomia said today that an additional 176,000 accounts were found by investigators who have been probing the ring for several months. All 676,000 consumer accounts involve New Jersey residents who were clients at four different banks, he said.

Even before the latest account tally was made public, the U.S. Department of the Treasury labeled the incident the largest breach of banking security in the U.S. to date (see story).

The case has already led to criminal charges against nine people, including seven former employees of the four banks. The crime ring apparently accessed the data illegally through the former bank workers. None of those employees were IT workers, police said.

Lomia today said that the suspects manually built a database of the 676,000 accounts using names and Social Security numbers obtained by the bank employees while they were at work. The information was then allegedly sold to more than 40 collection agencies and law firms, police said.

The suspects pulled up the account data while working inside their banks, then printed out screen captures of the information or wrote it out by hand, Lomia said. The data was then provided to a company called DRL Associates Inc., which had been set up as a front for the operation. DRL advertised itself as a deadbeat-locator service and as a collection agency, but was not properly licensed for those activities by the state, police said.

A Hackensack man, Orazio Lembo, 35, has been charged with one count of racketeering and eight counts of disclosing data from a database for his alleged role in the crime ring. Police said that Lembo used his home as an office for DRL Associates and that he hired the upper level bank employees to access data, including names, account numbers and balances, from the banks.

The bank employees worked for Wachovia Corp., Bank of America Corp., Commerce Bancorp Inc. and PNC Bank NA. One of the other suspects is a former manager of the New Jersey Department of Labor.

According to Lomia, investigators learned that the bank employees normally conducted 40 to 50 searches of customer bank accounts as a daily part of their jobs. While the ring was in operation, however, they performed up to 500 account searches a day, looking for new data to steal.

Lembo, who police said was the kingpin of the operation, saved electronic records of all his transactions, including payments he made to the former bank employees for their help, Lomia said.

"In law enforcement, computers are our best friends," he said. "They leave a [data] trail. Now it´s all in one neat place and it gives the forensic computer specialists so much information. This guy was real good at saving everything, and we appreciate that."

Fran Durst, a spokeswoman for Charlotte, N.C.-based Wachovia Corp., today declined to comment on security changes made at the bank since the ring was uncovered. "We have no comment on security procedures, for obvious reasons," she said.

Several federal agencies are now involved in the probe, including the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service, according to Lomia.

The next phase of the investigation is targeting the law firms and collection agencies that bought the information from the crime ring.

The police originally announced the arrests of the nine suspects on April 28 and charged them with illegally selling personal identification information stolen from bank and New Jersey state computer databases.

In addition to Lembo, the other suspects are:

* Orlando Rivera, 42, of New Milford, N.J., a former manager at the New Jersey Department of Labor.

* Kelvin Diaz, 27, of Hackensack, a former Bank of America employee.

* Zoran Levajac, 35, of Totowa, N.J., a former Commerce Bank manager and former PNC Bank manager.

* Myron Frierson, 29, of Teaneck, N.J., a former financial specialist for Wachovia Bank.

* Maurice Williams II, 28, of Hackensack, a former financial specialist for First Union Bank, which later became Wachovia Bank.

* Kathleen Lovelace, 35, of Kearny, N.J., a former assistant manager at Commerce Bank and former employee of PNC Bank.

* James DiGangi, 27, of Elmwood Park., N.J., a former employee of Commerce Bank and PNC Bank.

* Anthony Diamanti, 29, of Clifton, N.J., a former employee of Commerce Bank and of PNC Bank.

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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A buffalo rancher near Fort St. John in northeastern B.C. is bracing for scores of visitors following the recent birth of a rare white calf.

It´s only been a few days since the birth was announced, but rancher Karen Blatz says people are already dropping by to take a look.

And Blatz says she expects those numbers will grow as word gets out. "This is the first white calf that was born in Canada. I know there was a few in the States but not too many."

When a white bison was born in Wisconsin in 1994, half a million people turned out to see it.

Aboriginal legend holds that the white bison is a harbinger of peace and unity. And in that spirit, Blatz says she has named the male calf Spirit of Peace.

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Southern Moscow Hit by Power Outage
Created: 25.05.2005 12:31 MSK (GMT +3), Updated: 12:38 MSK, 12 hours 54 minutes ago


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Power supply to hundreds of households and public facilities was interrupted Wednesday following a breakdown at a power plant in southern Moscow, Russian news agencies reported.

The reasons for the blackout have yet to be established, a source in the Moscow government told the Interfax news agency.

The city’s emergency bodies are taking measures to establish what led to the power cut, he said.

Earlier the agency was told by a city official that the blackout had brought trains in the Moscow metro system to a standstill in tunnels. RBC news agency says three metro lines have stopped working, with lighting and escalators also not working.

Hospitals, traffic lights and mobile telephone providers have also been affected.

Many households are experiencing problems both with electricity and water supply. Parts of the Moscow region and the Tula region have also been affected.

http://www.mosnews.com/news/2005/05/25/blackout.shtml

here is an update already...did anyone hear about the outages in the US and Canada...where was I?
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May 25 2005 4:36PM
Nearly two million people affected by power outages - Chubais
MOSCOW. May 25 (Interfax) - Wednesday's power outages have affected from 1.5 million to two million citizens in Moscow and in neighboring regions, Unified Energy Systems of Russia CEO Anatoly Chubais told reporters following a meeting with Prime Minister Mikhail Fradkov.

The scope of the accident is much smaller than that of the accidents that occurred in the U.S. and Canada two years ago.

"The U.S. lost 100 power plants while we've lost 12-13," Chubais said, adding that 100 million people were affected in the U.S. and Canada.

It will take three-four hours to recoup the damage here. The U.S. spent 26 hours doing this work, Chubais said.
http://www.interfax.ru/e/B/0/28.html?id_issue=11296492

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According to preliminary information, a phenol workshop blew up in Novomoskovs, Tula region, in the south of Moscow. The inhabitants of the city received the alert from the Emergency Management Agency about a possible emission of poisonous gases into the atmosphere.

The inhabitants are already observing a white cloud over the city. There´s no report about victims so far. The accident could be caused by the widespread blackout, which happened in Russia on Wedensday.

The special forces of the Emergency Management Agency have arrived in Novomoskovsk. Helicopters are flying over the city.

http://newsfromrussia.com/accidents/200 ... 59967.html

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American Diabetes Society Has Been Bought Off By Junk Food & Soft Drink Lobby


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After Sweet Industry Gift, Am. Diabetes Assn. Claims Sugar Has Nothing to Do With Diabetes

WASHINGTON -- May 16 -- After the American Diabetes Association received a large gift from major manufacturer of sugar-sweetened beverages, its top medical official is claiming that sugar has nothing to do with diabetes. In an interview published in today¹s Corporate Crime Reporter, Richard Kahn, the chief scientific and medical officer with the American Diabetes Association said "What is the evidence that sugar itself has anything to do with diabetes? There is no evidence," On April 21, the ADA announced a "three-year, multi-million dollar alliance" with Cadbury Schweppes Americas Beverages, which produces sweetened soft drinks that are implicated in the epidemic of obesity and diabetes in the United States. Its parent company is Cadbury Schweppes, which is the third largest soft-drink manufacturer in the world, after Coca-Cola and PepsiCo. "Saying that sugar has nothing to do with diabetes is like saying that tobacco has nothing to do with emphysema," said Gary Ruskin, executive director of Commercial Alert. "The American Diabetes Association has been so corrupted that they have sunk to the mentality of tobacco scientists' who denied the link between tobacco and lung cancer." Incredibly, when Kahn was asked whether sugary drinks have anything to do with diabetes, he responded "No one has a clue of whether they do or don't." There is ample evidence linking diets high in sugar, and sugary drinks, with obesity. For example, a study in the Lancet, titled "Relation Between Consumption of Sugar-Sweetened Drinks and Childhood Obesity: a Prospective, Observational Analysis" found that the likelihood of obesity in children "increased 1.6 times for each additional can of sugar-sweetened drink that they consumed every day."

Today's Corporate Crime Reporter interview is posted at: http://www.corporatecrimereporter.com/d ... 051605.htm More information about the American Diabetes Association-Cadbury Schweppes "alliance" is available at: http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/050421/dcth002.html?.v=7 Commercial Alert is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to keep the commercial culture within its proper sphere, and to prevent it from exploiting children and subverting the higher values of family, community, environmental integrity and democracy. For more information, see our website at: http://www.commercialalert.org.

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Designing the Future
In a new interview series, NEWSWEEK talks to a leading ecological architect whose goal is nothing less than eliminating waste and pollution.

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McDonough: 'Our job is to dream'
NewsweekMay 16 issue - Imagine buildings that generate more energy than they consume and factories whose waste water is clean enough to drink. William McDonough has accomplished these tasks and more. Architect, industrial designer and founder of McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry in Charlottesville, Va., he's not your traditional environmentalist. Others may expend their energy fighting for stricter environmental regulations and repeating the mantra "reduce, reuse, recycle." McDonough's vision for the future includes factories so safe they need no regulation, and novel, safe materials that can be totally reprocessed into new goods, so there's no reason to scale back consumption (or lose jobs). In short, he wants to overhaul the Industrial Revolution—which would sound crazy if he weren't working with Fortune 500 companies and the government of China to make it happen. The recipient of two U.S. presidential honors and the National Design Award, McDonough is the former dean of architecture at the University of Virginia and co-chair of the China-U.S. Center for Sustainable Development. He spoke in New York recently with NEWSWEEK's Anne Underwood.




UNDERWOOD: Why do we need a new industrial revolution?
MCDONOUGH: The Industrial Revolution as a whole was not designed. It took shape gradually as industrialists and engineers figured out how to make things. The result is that we put billions of pounds of toxic materials in the air, water and soil every year and generate gigantic amounts of waste. If our goal is to destroy the world—to produce global warming and toxicity and endocrine disruption—we're doing great. But if the goal isn't global warming, what is? I want to crank the wheel of industry in a different direction to produce a world of abundance and good design—a delightful, safe world that our children can play in.

You say that recycling, as it's currently practiced, is "downcycling."
What we call recycling is typically the product losing its quality. Paper gets mixed with other papers, re-chlorinated and contaminated with toxic inks. The fiber length gets shorter, allowing more particles to abrade into the air, where they get into your lungs and nasal passages, and cause irritation. And you end up with gray, fuzzy stuff that doesn't really work for you. That's downcycling.

[My mentor and colleague] Michael Braungart and I coined the term upcycling, meaning that the product could actually get better as it comes through the system. For example, some plastic bottles contain the resi-dues of heavy-metal catalysts. We can remove those residues as the bottles come back to be upcycled.

Not all products lend themselves to that.
Most manufacturers take resources out of the ground and convert them to products that are designed to be thrown away or incinerated within months. We call these "cradle to grave" product flows. Our answer to that is "cradle to cradle" design. Everything is reused—either returned to the soil as nontoxic "biological nutrients" that will biodegrade safely, or returned to industry as "technical nutrients" that can be infinitely recycled. Aluminum is a technical nutrient. It takes tremendous energy to make, but it's easy to recapture and reuse. Since 1880, the human species has made 660 million tons of it. We still know where 440 million tons are today.

Are there products already that meet cradle-to-cradle goals? If so, how do we find them?
Within the month, we will be branding cradle to cradle. Products that meet our criteria for biological and technical nutrients can be certified to use our logo. A note on the packaging will tell you how to recycle it. You'll know: this one goes into my tomato plot when I'm finished or this one goes back to industry forever. We have already approved a nylon, some polyester textiles, running tracks, window shades, chairs from Herman Miller and Steelcase, and carpets from Shaw, which is part of Berkshire Hathaway. The first was a Steelcase fabric that can go back to the soil. We're now working on electronics on a global scale.

How do paper products like magazines fit into this picture?
Why take something as exquisite as a tree and knock it down? Trees make oxygen, sequester carbon, distill water, build soils, convert solar energy to fuel, change colors with the seasons, create microclimates and provide habitat.

My book "Cradle to Cradle," which I wrote with Michael Braungart, is printed on pages made of plastic resins and inorganic fillers that are infinitely recyclable. They're too heavy, but we're working with companies now to develop lightweight plastic papers. We have safe, lightweight inks designed to float off the paper in a bath of 180 degrees—hotter than you would encounter under normal circumstances. We can recapture the inks and reuse them without adding chlorine and dioxins to the environment. And the pages are clean, smooth and white.

So we can keep our trees and have newspapers, too.
Most environmentalists feel guilty about how society behaves, so they say we should make longer-lasting products—for example, a car that lasts 25 years. That car will still use compound epoxies and toxic adhesives, but the ecological footprint is reduced because you've amortized it over a longer time. But what's the result? You lose jobs because people aren't buying as much, and you're using the wrong technology longer. I want five-year cars. Then you can always be getting the newest car—more solar-powered, cleaner, with the newest air bags and safety features. The old car gets upcycled into new cars, so there are still plenty of jobs. And you don't feel guilty about throwing the old one away. People want new technology. You're not typing on an Underwood, if you know what I mean.


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Discover Dialogue: Physician Nortin Hadler
The Doctor Who Doesn’t Check His Cholesterol
‘Bypass surgery belongs in the medical archives . . . No Western European nation has as high a rate of bypass surgery and angioplasty as we do—and they live longer’
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DISCOVER Vol. 26 No. 06 | June 2005 | Biology & Medicine







For three decades Nortin Hadler, a professor of medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has been rigorously examining statistics generated by his medical colleagues’ practices and arriving at startling conclusions about their effectiveness. To take just one example, Hadler is credited with leading a complete rethinking about the treatment of back pain, which he finds excessive. He wrote the editorial accompanying a landmark study in The Journal of the American Medical Association two years ago suggesting that the benefits of surgery for back pain are overrated. He has also taken on heart treatment, testifying before Congress and the Social Security Advisory Board and publishing papers arguing that very little data back up the value of modern treatments like bypass surgery and angioplasty. He took his case about cardiac care and other health issues to the public in The Last Well Person: How to Stay Well Despite the Health-Care System (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2004).





Your book makes the case that too many people are having bypass surgery without much advantage. Under what circumstances do you think bypass surgery is appropriate?

H: None. I think bypass surgery belongs in the medical archives. There are only two reasons you’d ever want to do it: one, to save lives, the other to improve symptoms. But there’s only one subset of the population that’s been proved to derive a meaningful benefit from the surgery, and that’s people with a critical defect of the left main coronary artery who also have angina. If you take 100 60-year-old men with angina, only 3 of them will have that defect, and there’s no way to know without a coronary arteriogram. So you give that test to 100 people to find 3 solid candidates—but that procedure is not without complications. Chances are you’re going to do harm to at least one in that sample of 100. So you have to say, “I’m going to do this procedure with a 1 percent risk of catastrophe to find the 3 percent I know I can help a little.” That’s a very interesting trade-off.





So you believe the vast majority of those who have had this major surgery have suffered through it for no reason? That seems so counterintuitive. Everyone seems to know a father or uncle who’s been given a new lease on life after their bypass surgery, with more energy and less chest pain.

H: This analysis is upsetting for people to hear—feel free to yell at me if you need to. I’m really asking people to rethink common sense. But people don’t realize that angina is an intermittent illness. It comes and goes. You can have it for months and then months off. Classic cardiologists used to help people handle the symptoms by treating it like a chronic illness. Well into the 1960s and 1970s, they helped people cope with the anticipation of pain, prescribing drugs like nitroglycerine and helping patients learn to wait until things calmed down a little bit.





But for those people bypass surgery helps, it’s not intermittent—it makes the pain go away altogether. Isn’t that worth something?

H: You have to consider how much of that relief is a function of natural history and placebo effects. In one controlled trial of surgery for angina, half the people with the condition underwent an operation in which doctors merely made a skin incision and closed it up; in the other half, the patients had a particular kind of bypass. The numbers from each group whose symptoms were significantly alleviated were about the same. Angina is particularly susceptible to the placebo effect because the anticipation of pain adds to the intermittency of it. FDA-approved pharmaceuticals for alleviating angina have about a 55 percent effectiveness level in randomized controlled trials; the placebo runs about 45 percent. Even if surgery could be proved to alleviate the discomfort, you’d have to consider if that offsets the risks of bypass surgery—about half the patients suffer severe depression after the surgery, a third suffer measurable memory loss, and many never go back to work again. Then there are the added risks of any major surgery.





You analyze the definitive studies and find that the number of people whose lives are saved by bypass surgery, angiograms, and cholesterol-lowering drugs is statistically insignificant—and yet life expectancy has risen since the advent of all three of those treatments. If it isn’t better cardiac care that’s extending lives, what is?

H: The start of the rise in longevity kicked in long before cardiac intervention became popular. Looking at life-course epidemiological studies, the secret lies in two questions: Are you comfortable in your socioeconomic status, and do you like your job? With regard to socioeconomic status, the central question relates to relative wealth—in other words, the smaller the income gap in a given area, the better the longevity. Where the income gap is larger, the poor die sooner. These are powerful associations. The answer does not lie in modern medicine but in modern society.





Let’s say we could come up with a magic pill that would dramatically reduce deaths by heart attack—then do you think we’d see an even further rise in life span?

H: We’d still die at around age 85 of something. When people die of heart disease at that age, it’s not just heart disease they’re dying of, even though that might be the official diagnosis—it’s usually multisystem disease, or as it’s more commonly known, frailty. That’s the most common cause of death.





Surgery is obviously invasive, but why do you object to the widespread prescription of statins, the cholesterol-lowering drugs?

H: In men with normal cholesterol levels, the risk of death for those between ages 45 and 65 over the course of the next five years is only a fraction of 1 percent lower than it is for men with high serum cholesterol in the same category. The most thorough study to date had some 3,000 men with “high” cholesterol levels take a statin every day for five years, while 3,000 similar men took a placebo. When all was said and done, there was no difference in cardiovascular deaths between the two groups. Statins do reduce the risk of heart attack in those who have a strong family history of people in their family having heart attacks very young—but that’s a small percentage of the population. You could argue, looking at the data, that they’re helpful for people who’ve already had one heart attack. But for everyone else, the possible advantage is marginally and clinically insignificant.





You’re 62—do you get your cholesterol checked?

H: I don’t want to know. We have data that tell me if you stigmatize me by labeling me somehow, it will change my sense of well-being. I have nothing to gain from that in this case. I would be infuriated if any doctor checked my cholesterol without my asking and told me if it was up or down. I would think that would be an abuse of science that offered me a chance of feeling less well for no good reason.





If the data are not prompting so much interventional cardiology, what is?

H: Money. Interventional cardiology is what supports almost every hospital in America—it’s an enormous part of our gross domestic product. Every year in this country we do about half a million bypass grafts and 650,000 coronary angioplasties, with the mean cost of the procedures ranging from $28,000 to $60,000. There are a lot of people involved in this transfer of wealth. But no Western European nation has such a high rate of those procedures—and their longevity is higher than ours.





Do you think your book will have any impact on the decisions cardiologists make?

H: I want it to start a dialogue, the way we did with back surgery 10 years ago, to shift the debate so that people are not just talking about how good you are at doing an angioplasty but if it should ever be done.





So what are patients supposed to take away from your critiques?

H: I think the patient’s job is really to find the right person, the right doctor. You need a relationship with a physician who can listen to your experience of illness and consider with you the benefits and risks of all options. The system is not set up to benefit you in this fashion, because it’s set up as part of an enormous business model. There’s too much that we’re doing that doesn’t help. That doesn’t mean we don’t need physicians or that many aren’t caring people. But if I had my way, cardiologists would no longer take care of hearts. They’d take care of people with heart disease, and if they were doing that, they wouldn’t be doing angioplasties.





The kind of statistical analysis you do is laborious and often yields results people don’t want to hear. Why have you made this form of research your sideline?

H: I pursued medical training as a young man in order to serve in what I saw as a ministry, a calling—that’s what I felt. And I sought out and received some elegant education on how to implement the classic Greek warning to “do no harm,” to be sure that what you’re doing is good. We now have the wherewithal, thanks to issues in statistics and experimental design, to actually put meat on this question: Am I doing better or worse with the common practice or the not-so-common practice? It’s the theme of my life as an educator.





Your arguments seem to demand a major rethinking of how we practice modern cardiac care. Has the response from the medical community, many of whose practices you condemn, been fierce?

H: Not really. The book review in The Journal of the American Medical Association, about as establishment a journal as you can find, was so positive I’m convinced my mother wrote it.


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