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$Tech || +DI Explains Govt Treachery ...(BonUS)

Always impressive - the MODERATED comment system at /.  ( [bottom items]
makes it unsurpassed (although has some brainiacs but a broader demographic).

Hmm, it is absurd to see an 18-month OLD  F A C T  about switchgrass covered today as 'news' but I'll presume most commenters know that AND they WILL rant about the heinous $0.51 import tariffs  ["free trade" my assss] on Brazil's smart cane-Ethanol combined with the $0.50 viciously diabolical Govt SUBSIDY [crony-largesse for AMD & Agri-fascists] for Corn-based Ethanol in US.  This evil doctrine promotes global starvation because Corn is the worst resource-INTENSIVE way to get Ethanol, and the result is that there will no longer be SURPLUS FOOD stocks to donate or even purchase for the planet's peasant nations.

"Even" the USian poor will be effectively damned to subsistence at best. 
All food prices will double by next year, WWIII -- pronounced  WHEE! --
(We Have Evangelical Ecstasy -- the "soon" Raptured Brickheads, praying for global nuclear flames / js zog).

Political Soapbox - MoralSurgeon's five minute synopsis: 
(the deliberately inhumane consequences of Corn Ethanol... will be simply whitewashed like the WTC Omissions Report, and excused as)
A "(DELIBERATE) Incompetence" mantra, again, as in the

#1  Foreknown and abetted WTChoax;  the
#2  Deliberately Botched NOLA 'rescue' to justify vote-gerrymandering via gunpoint-forced relocations "they have it pretty good here" plus Bulldozing of thousands of completely inhabitable homes condemned by proximity to wealth; and the
#3  WMD fabrications ("no WMD found here under my desk" jokes the prez on video for Press Correspondents Dinner) providing closure on the fact that Tennet's "Slam Dunk" referred to the sheeple's hunger to believe "the Big Lie" and had no reference to the absurd and proved-false claims from the "Curveball" prisoner already documented by German Intelligence to have zero value.
#4  Plamegate and Jeff Gannon-gate: where Joseph Wilson's wife, Valerie Plame was TREASONOUSLY exposed as a covert agent  ( in the crucial Nuclear Weapons Surveillance realm, thus conveniently incapacitated ) as DIRECT Retribution for Joseph's famous NYTimes editorial.  That Op-Ed piece documented the sophomoric lameness of the Psy-Ops planted Yellowcake purchase which was a known fraud from an Italian Hoaxter. Joseph's story exposed the treachery in the insolence of a " British Intelligence item" in the nefarious 16-words of the inverted-truth-buffet of the Bush SOTUS.  Tennet got the Medal of Freedom for practical perjury regarding this item, and Libby got convicted but then excused for being his boss, Cheney's fall guy.  Yes, they really deploy  "(Deliberate) Incompetence" for everything.  The sheeple WANT to believe in cornpone, they can't handle the Truth.  This felony of exposing Plame was deliberately orchestrated and maniacally pursued, as seen in Cheney's handwriting.  It was also so swift and extreme that any potential patriots would see the grisly warning to not risk crossing the official piffle.
#6  How much time do you have!?  What about Fallujah being Napalmed, ot the million pounds of toxic radiation from DU weapons?  Please see wikipedia or google; I'm quitting here but have a DOZEN+ items, FYI.

Slashdot Daily Newsletter    In this issue:
    * Hubble Finds Double Einstein Ring
    * No Dual-Boot XO Laptop, According to Microsoft
    * Sun Plans to Have No In-House Data Centers by 2015
    * Origin of the iPhone
    * Sony Announces DRM-Free Music at Amazon
    * Origin of Antimatter Cloud Discovered
    * Computer Scientists Grow a Better Virtual Tree
    * Firefox Struggling to Compete as Corporate Browser
    * KDE 4.0 Is Out
    * Legalize File Sharing, Say Swedish MPs
    * First Look At the ACID3 Browser Test
    * Drug Shows Early Promise Against Alzheimer's
    * Toshiba Uses Cell Chip In Consumer Laptop
    * Congress To Investigate FCC
    * Largest Black Hole Measured
    * Old Stars Can Form New Planets
    * National ID Cards Mandated in the US, If You're Under 50
    * McDonald's UK CEO Blames Video Games for Childhood Obesity
    * 14-Year-Old Turns Tram System Into Personal Train Set
    * How to Recognize a Good Programmer
    * 12 Florida Schools Pass Anti-Evolution Resolutions
    * Could the RIAA Just Disappear?
    * Coverity Reports Open Source Security Making Great Strides
    * Proposed Canadian MP3 Player Tax Struck Down
    * Switchgrass Makes Better Ethanol Than Corn

| Origin of the iPhone                                               |
|   from the contents-under-pressure dept.                           |
|   posted by Soulskill on Friday January 11, @01:19 (Handhelds)     |
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rambilly brings us a story from Wired about the [0]origin and development
of the iPhone. From the article: "Steve Jobs had tasked about 200 of
Apple's top engineers with creating the iPhone. Yet here, in Apple's
boardroom, it was clear that the prototype was still a disaster. It
wasn't just buggy, it flat-out didn't work. The phone dropped calls
constantly, the battery stopped charging before it was full, data and
applications routinely became corrupted and unusable. The list of
problems seemed endless. At the end of the demo, Jobs fixed the dozen or
so people in the room with a level stare and said, 'We don't have a
product yet.' The effect was even more terrifying than one of Jobs'
trademark tantrums. When the Apple chief screamed at his staff, it was
scary but familiar. This time, his relative calm was unnerving. 'It was
one of the few times at Apple when I got a chill,' says someone who was
in the meeting."
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| Legalize File Sharing, Say Swedish MPs                                               .     |
|   from the common-sensical dept.                                                               |
|   posted by kdawson on Friday January 11, @08:59 (Government)      |
|                    |
CrystalFalcon writes "In the past week, the file sharing debate has
exploded in Sweden, with numerous mainstream politicians finally having
understood the issue. Last week, seven Swedish MPs wrote [0]a prominent
opinion piece saying that fully legalized file sharing is not just the
best solution, it's the only solution. Now their number has increased to
13, and the issue continues to grow. Good summaries at [1]TorrentFreak
and [2]P2P Consortium. Original opinion piece [0]in English here."
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| Drug Shows Early Promise Against Alzheimer's                           |
|   from the you-must-remember-this dept.                                    . |
|   posted by kdawson on Friday January 11, @09:59 (Biotech)    |
|  |
The feed delivers news from Ars Technica about a new and promising
[0]treatment for Alzheimer's. The drug Etanercept works by disabling the
functioning of a cytokine called TNFa, and reportedly caused immediate
improvement — in minutes — in mental functioning in one Alaheimer's
patient. Double-blind studies have not yet begun.
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| Congress To Investigate FCC                                                                 .     |
|   from the so-there dept.                                                                               |
|   posted by kdawson on Friday January 11, @11:05 (Government)  .    |
|                           |
SirLurksAlot writes to let us know that [0]Congress is planning to
question the FCC on the way the commission is run. From the article: "The
FCC — and Chairman Kevin Martin in particular — are in hot water with
Congress... While Martin was at CES, telling
(lying about an already latent & condoned crime /js zog) all who would listen that
the FCC will [1]investigate Comcast's traffic-shaping practices,
House Energy and Commerce Committee announced a formal investigation of
the FCC. The news couldn't be more welcome to the industries that the FCC
regulates.'"  Discuss this story at:

| 14-Year-Old Turns Tram System Into Personal Train Set              |
|   from the no-volume-control-on-this-tv dept.                                 |
|   posted by ScuttleMonkey on Friday January 11, @14:37 (Hardware Ha|
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[0]F-3582 writes "By modifying a TV remote a 14-year-old boy from Lodz,
Poland, managed to [1]gain control over the junctions of the tracks.
According to The Register the boy had 'trespassed in tram depots to
gather information needed to build the device. [...] Transport command
and control systems are commonly designed by engineers with little
exposure or knowledge about security using commodity electronics and a
little native wit.' Four trams derailed in the process injuring a number
of passengers. The boy is now looking at 'charges at a special juvenile
court of endangering public safety.'"
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| Switchgrass Makes Better Ethanol Than Corn                                  .  |
|   from the seemingly-easy-choice dept.                                       .          |
|   posted by ScuttleMonkey on Friday January 11, @17:27 (Power).  |
|    |
statemachine writes to mention that the USDA and farmers took part in a
[0]5-year study of switchgrass, a grass native to North America. The
study found that switchgrass ethanol can deliver around 540 percent of
the energy used to produce it, as opposed to corn ethanol which can only
yield around 24 percent.
"But even a native prairie grass needs a helping
hand from scientists and farmers to deliver the yields necessary to help
ethanol become a viable alternative to petroleum-derived gasoline, Vogel
argues. 'To really maximize their yield potential, you need to provide
nitrogen fertilization,' he says, as well as improved breeding techniques
and genetic strains. 'Low input systems are just not going to be able to
get the energy per acre needed to provide feed, fuel and fiber.'"
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McGovern Pleads for Impeachment

  Why I Believe Bush Must Go    By George McGovern   
  The Washington Post 
Go to Original    Sunday 06 January 2008
Nixon was bad. These guys are worse.

    As we enter the eighth year of the Bush-Cheney administration, I have belatedly and painfully concluded that the only honorable course for me is to urge the impeachment of the president and the vice president.

    After the 1972 presidential election, I stood clear of calls to impeach President Richard M. Nixon for his misconduct during the campaign. I thought that my joining the impeachment effort would be seen as an expression of personal vengeance toward the president who had defeated me.

    Today I have made a different choice.

    Of course, there seems to be little bipartisan support for impeachment. The political scene is marked by narrow and sometimes superficial partisanship, especially among Republicans, and a lack of courage and statesmanship on the part of too many Democratic politicians. So the chances of a bipartisan impeachment and conviction are not promising.

    But what are the facts?

    Bush and Cheney are clearly guilty of numerous impeachable offenses. They have repeatedly violated the Constitution. They have transgressed national and international law. They have lied to the American people time after time. Their conduct and their barbaric policies have reduced our beloved country to a historic low in the eyes of people around the world. These are truly "high crimes and misdemeanors," to use the constitutional standard.

    From the beginning, the Bush-Cheney team's assumption of power was the product of questionable elections that probably should have been officially challenged - perhaps even by a congressional investigation.

    In a more fundamental sense, American democracy has been derailed throughout the Bush-Cheney regime. The dominant commitment of the administration has been a murderous, illegal, nonsensical war against Iraq. That irresponsible venture has killed almost 4,000 Americans, left many times that number mentally or physically crippled, claimed the lives of an estimated 600,000 Iraqis (according to a careful October 2006 study from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health) and laid waste their country. The financial cost to the United States is now $250 million a day and is expected to exceed a total of $1 trillion, most of which we have borrowed from the Chinese and others as our national debt has now climbed above $9 trillion - by far the highest in our national history.

    All of this has been done without the declaration of war from Congress that the Constitution clearly requires, in defiance of the U.N. Charter and in violation of international law. This reckless disregard for life and property, as well as constitutional law, has been accompanied by the abuse of prisoners, including systematic torture, in direct violation of the Geneva Conventions of 1949.

    I have not been heavily involved in singing the praises of the Nixon administration. But the case for impeaching Bush and Cheney is far stronger than was the case against Nixon and Vice President Spiro T. Agnew after the 1972 election. The nation would be much more secure and productive under a Nixon presidency than with Bush. Indeed, has any administration in our national history been so damaging as the Bush-Cheney era?

    How could a once-admired, great nation fall into such a quagmire of killing, immorality and lawlessness?

    It happened in part because the Bush-Cheney team repeatedly deceived Congress, the press and the public into believing that Saddam Hussein had nuclear arms and other horrifying banned weapons that were an "imminent threat" to the United States. The administration also led the public to believe that Iraq was involved in the 9/11 attacks - another blatant falsehood. Many times in recent years, I have recalled Jefferson's observation: "Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just."

    The basic strategy of the administration has been to encourage a climate of fear, letting it exploit the [foreknown and abetted /js zog ]  2001 al-Qaeda attacks not only to justify the invasion of Iraq but also to excuse such dangerous misbehavior as the illegal tapping of our telephones by government agents. The same fear-mongering has led government spokesmen and cooperative members of the press to imply that we are at war with the entire Arab and Muslim world - more than a billion people.

    Another shocking perversion has been the shipping of prisoners scooped off the streets of Afghanistan to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and other countries without benefit of our time-tested laws of habeas corpus.

    Although the president was advised by the intelligence agencies last August that Iran had no program to develop nuclear weapons, he continued to lie to the country and the world. This is the same strategy of deception that brought us into war in the Arabian Desert and could lead us into an unjustified invasion of Iran. I can say with some professional knowledge and experience that if Bush invades yet another Muslim oil state, it would mark the end of U.S. influence in the crucial Middle East for decades.

    Ironically, while Bush and Cheney made counterterrorism the battle cry of their administration, their policies - especially the war in Iraq - have increased the terrorist threat and reduced the security of the United States. Consider the difference between the policies of the first President Bush and those of his [impudent AIPAC-boott-Licking /js zog ] son. When the Iraqi army marched into Kuwait in August 1990, President George H.W. Bush gathered the support of the entire world, including the United Nations, the European Union and most of the Arab League, to quickly expel Iraqi forces from Kuwait. The Saudis and Japanese paid most of the cost. Instead of getting bogged down in a costly occupation, the administration established a policy of containing the Baathist regime with international arms inspectors, no-fly zones and economic sanctions. Iraq was left as a stable country with little or no capacity to threaten others.

    Today, after five years of clumsy, mistaken policies and U.S. military occupation, Iraq has become a breeding ground of terrorism and bloody civil strife. It is no secret that former president Bush, his secretary of state, James A. Baker III, and his national security adviser, Gen. Brent Scowcroft, all opposed the 2003 invasion and occupation of Iraq.

    In addition to the shocking breakdown of presidential legal and moral responsibility, there is the scandalous neglect and mishandling of the Hurricane Katrina catastrophe. The veteran CNN commentator Jack Cafferty condenses it to a sentence: "I have never ever seen anything as badly bungled and poorly handled as this situation in New Orleans." Any impeachment proceeding must include a careful and critical look at the collapse of presidential leadership in response to perhaps the worst natural disaster in U.S. history.

    Impeachment is unlikely, of course. But we must still urge Congress to act. Impeachment, quite simply, is the procedure written into the Constitution to deal with presidents who violate the Constitution and the laws of the land. It is also a way to signal to the American people and the world that some of us feel strongly enough about the present drift of our country to support the impeachment of the false prophets who have led us astray. This, I believe, is the rightful course for an American patriot.

    As former representative Elizabeth Holtzman, who played a key role in the Nixon impeachment proceedings, wrote two years ago, "it wasn't until the most recent revelations that President Bush directed the [starting well BEFORE 9-11 FYI and the US-Military antrax sent to DEM leaders pressing for WTChoax investigation, doh! /js zog ]   wiretapping of hundreds, possibly thousands, of Americans, in violation of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) - and argued that, as Commander in Chief, he had the right in the interests of national security to override our country's laws - that I felt the same sinking feeling in my stomach as I did during Watergate... . A President, any President, who maintains that he is above the law - and repeatedly violates the law - thereby commits high crimes and misdemeanors."

    I believe we have a chance to heal the wounds the nation has suffered in the opening decade of the 21st century. This recovery may take a generation and will depend on the election of a series of rational presidents and Congresses. At age 85, I won't be around to witness the completion of the difficult rebuilding of our sorely damaged country, but I'd like to hold on long enough to see the healing begin.

    There has never been a day in my adult life when I would not have sacrificed that life to save the United States from genuine danger, such as the ones we faced when I served as a bomber pilot in World War II. We must be a great nation because from time to time, we make gigantic blunders, but so far, we have survived and recovered.

Ari Melber | About Facebook
In The Nation, Ari Melber says, "When one of America's largest electronic surveillance systems was launched in Palo Alto a year ago, it sparked an immediate national uproar. The new system tracked roughly nine million Americans, broadcasting their photographs and personal information on the Internet; 700,000 web-savvy young people organized online protests in just days. Time declared it 'Generation Y's first official revolution,' while a Nation blogger lauded students for taking privacy activism to 'a mass scale.' Yet today, the activism has waned, and the surveillance continues largely unabated."

Brian Beutler | What's Next for FISA?
Brian Beutler, The Media Consortium, writes: "The first year of the 110th Congress closed with a great deal of spilled blood, and few victories for liberals. In just the last weeks of the past session, Democrats fought a series of [faked just like WWF js zog ] gladiator battles over issues like energy, the Iraq war, and government spending - and lost every one of them in the Senate. But on the one issue that Democrats had by-and-large decided to cede to their opponents, they were … still unable to get very far."

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Christ's Marriage Requirements: [ Laugh & Lift Daily Issue 1/4/08]

Laugh & Lift Daily Issue for Jan 4, 2008

Thought for Today "Our battles are first won or lost in the secret places of our will in God's presence, never in full view of the world." - Oswald Chambers

The Lift  BEATITUDES FOR THE HOME   (Author Unknown, As posted in Richard Wimer's "Wit And Wisdom")

BLESSED are the husband and wife who continue to be affectionate and considerate, long after the wedding bells have ceased ringing.

BLESSED are the husband and wife who are as polite and courteous to one another as they are to their friends.

BLESSED are they who have a sense of humor, for this attribute will be a handy shock absorber.

BLESSED are they who love their mates more than any other person in the world and who joyfully fulfill their marriage vows of lifetime of fidelity and mutual helpfulness to one another.

BLESSED are they who attain parenthood, for children are a heritage of the Lord.

BLESSED are they who remember to thank God for their food before they partake of it, and who set apart some time each day for the reading of the Bible and for prayer.

BLESSED are those mates who never speak loudly to one another and who make their home a place where "seldom is heard a discouraging word".

BLESSED are the husband and wife who faithfully attend the worship service of the church and who work together in the church for the advancement of Christ's Kingdom.

BLESSED are the husband and wife who can work out problems of adjustments without interference from relatives.

BLESSED is the couple who has a complete understanding about financial matters and who has worked out a perfect partnership with all money under the control of both.

BLESSED are the husband and wife who humbly dedicate their lives and their home to Christ and who practice the teachings of Christ in the home by being unselfish, loyal, and loving.

The LaughFun Things to Do in an Elevator

Note from Chris: Yes, like a few of the other pieces in my archive, these do require a certain sense of humor. Just to clear it up, because I always end up with a few people writing me about jokes like these, I do not actually propose that you do these...they're just jokes... -Chris

- Grimace painfully while smacking your forehead and muttering: "Quiet, all of YOU! Just stop it!"

- Whistle the first seven notes of "It's a Small World" incessantly.

- Crack open your briefcase or purse, and while peering inside ask: "Got enough air in there?"

- Offer name tags to everyone getting on the elevator. Wear yours upside-down.

- Stand silent and motionless in the corner, facing the wall, without getting off.

- When arriving at your floor, grunt and strain to yank the doors open, then act embarrassed when they open by themselves.

- Greet everyone getting on the elevator with a warm handshake and ask them to call you Admiral.

- On the highest floor, hold the door open and demand that it stay open until you hear the penny you dropped down the shaft go "plink" at the bottom.

- Stare, grinning, at another passenger for a while, and then announce: "I've got new socks on!"

- Meow occasionally.

- Bet the other passengers you can fit a quarter in your nose.

- Walk on with a cooler that says "human head" on the side.

- Stare at another passenger for a while, then announce "You're one of THEM!" and move to the far corner of the elevator.

- Wear a puppet on your hand and use it to talk to the other passengers.

- When the elevator is silent, look around and ask "is that your beeper?"

- Say "Ding!" at each floor.

- Say "I wonder what all these do" and push the red buttons.

- Listen to the elevator walls with a stethoscope.

- Draw a little square on the floor with chalk and announce to the other passengers that this is your "personal space."

- Announce in a demonic voice: "I must find a more suitable host body."

- Make explosion noises when anyone presses a button.

MEMBER RESOURCEs Hear this week's audio teachingMay you have a WONDERFUL day today! :)Your Brother in Christ,
Chris Long            Laugh & Lift Ministries

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