A Note from a Jew to Mel Gibson:
IN VINO VERITAS
So please -- it's MORE insulting for you to stand there
and pretend that what you said isn't what you really think.
But even a small mistake could prove fatal for the bats, because catfish linger near the surface of the water, and they're hungry, too.
Watch a fishing bat go after its prey, and see what happens when one bat finds itself trapped in the water at the mercy of the catfish.*********************
Killer Kangaroo Had Wolf-Like fangs, Scientists Say --
Sean Markey for National Geographic News
July 25, 2006
A cache of bizarre animal fossils unearthed in Australia includes killer kangaroos, marsupial lions, and a giant relative of a huge bird nicknamed the "demon duck of doom," scientists say.
Researchers from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Sydney say they found the remains of as many as 20 new species during a recent two-week dig in northeastern Queensland (map of Australia).
"There are weird, flesh-eating kangaroos," Michael Archer, science dean at UNSW, told Australian Broadcasting Corporation radio earlier this month.
"There are about 35 different kinds of extinct kangaroos in [Queensland] deposits. None of them would've looked like anything we would have recognized today, because they didn't hop," he said.
"These were galloping kangaroos with big powerful forelimbs. Some of them had long canines like wolves."
Henk Godthelp, a UNSW vertebrate paleontologist, says the new kangaroo discoveries include a saber-toothed species that may have used its large teeth for grooming or to attract mates.
"[The teeth] don't really look [like] anything used to rip intestines out of unsuspecting prey," he said.
The team also found more complete skeletons of a previously known carnivorous kangaroo, an early species with short, muscular arms.
"[It] looked like it would give you a very serious bear hug," Godthelp said, adding that 'roo may have used its arms to grab ambushed prey.
"[It] used to leap out from behind trees and scare the bejesus out of prey and then calmly chomp it to pieces."
"Demon Duck of Doom"
The UNSW paleontologists also found fossils of a larger relative of a giant bird previously dubbed the "demon duck of doom."
Most closely related to modern ducks, the flightless "demon bird" probably resembled an enormous emu or ostrich, although fossil remains are scarce. A single fossil leg bone from the new, larger find stands as high as his hip, Godthelp says. The bird's entire leg would have towered above his head.
"And I'm not a short chap. I'm well over six foot [two meters]," he said. "So these were big birds, and you can only imagine what some multinational like Kentucky Fried [Chicken] would have done with them."
The fossils come from the Riversleigh fossil beds in northeastern Queensland, an area rich in old river beds that later became riddled with limestone caves...
Examples from recent years include a number of early crocodile species that were smaller than today's crocs and appear to have been land-based.
It's been suggested that the ancient reptiles may have behaved more like modern-day goannas, or Australian monitor lizards.
The crocs may have climbed trees to escape predators and to leap on prey, scientists theorize.
In the message broadcast by Al-Jazeera television, Ayman al-Zawahri, second in command to Osama bin Laden, said that al-Qaida now views "all the world as a battlefield open in front of us."
The Egyptian-born physician said that the fighting between Israel and Hezbollah and Palestinian militants would not be ended with "cease-fires or agreements."
"It is a jihad (holy war) for the sake of God and will last until (our) religion prevails ... from Spain to Iraq," al-Zawahri said. "We will attack everywhere." Spain was controlled by Arab Muslims for more than seven centuries until they were driven from power in 1492.*****************************
WASHINGTON, July 25 — The Senate passed legislation Tuesday that would make it a federal crime to help an under-age girl escape parental notification laws by crossing state lines to obtain an abortion.
A similar measure passed the House last year, and President Bush said he would sign the legislation if the two chambers could work out their differences and send a final bill to him.
In a statement, Mr. Bush said that “transporting minors across state lines to bypass parental consent laws regarding abortion undermines state law and jeopardizes the lives of young women.”
Critics questioned the necessity of the measure, saying it would apply to only a small number of cases and could result in criminal charges against close relatives or clergy members who interceded to help in a time of personal crisis.*************************
She sure doesn’t seem to happy about it to me.
Every woman will recognize the guy who sidles up and starts "casually" giving you a backrub without even looking at you, because he wants to preserve deniability in case you freak out. Like any practiced groper, Bush stares right past Merkel as she recoils from his touch.
The play fails, but he just moves on, eyes averted, like it's her problem. ("Oh my God, there's a hysterical woman displaying inappropriate behavior! I'll just pretend I don't notice her egregious gaffe.")
From the home page of William Blum, author of Killing Hope: US Military and CIA Interventions Since World War II...
Yet, despite the fact that it would be difficult to name a single area of Iraqi life which has improved as a result of the American actions, when the subject is Iraq and the person I’m having a discussion with has no other argument left to defend US policy there, at least at the moment, I may be asked:
“Just tell me one thing, are you glad that Saddam Hussein is out of power?”
And I say: “No”.
And the person says: “No?”
And I say: “No. Tell me, if you went into surgery to correct a knee problem and the surgeon mistakenly amputated your entire leg, what would you think if someone then asked you: Are you glad that you no longer have a knee problem? The people of Iraq no longer have a Saddam problem.”
A former Bush administration official, after arguing violently with his wife Thursday night, shot and killed his 12-year-old son inside their McLean home, then turned a shotgun on himself and committed suicide, Fairfax County police said.
William H. Lash III, 45, was an assistant secretary of commerce from 2001 until last year, then returned to teach at George Mason University Law School in Arlington, where he had begun as a professor in 1994. His wife, Sharon K. Zackula, fled the house before the shootings, and police said yesterday they were not sure what ignited the murder-suicide in a first-floor bedroom.
And yet, when people used to say "There's something unwholesome, not quite healthy, about Bush and his pals," people would say "Oh that's just because you don't like him." True -- I don't like him, have NEVER made any claim to being objective and him and his cronies, but still...
Here’s the way it has been. The administration has rounded up people at various points on the globe and dumped them like animals (sometimes literally in cages) at the U.S. prison in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. Top officials have insisted not only that these were terrorists, but that they were, as Donald Rumsfeld loudly proclaimed, the “worst of the worst.”
Dick Cheney told Fox News: “They are very dangerous. They are devoted to killing millions of Americans, innocent Americans, if they can.”
In the administration’s view, these prisoners had no rights. They could be kept in a state of permanent degradation. They had no right to a lawyer, or even to see the evidence against them. They could be sentenced to life in prison or even death in what could only be called a kangaroo court.
The entire system was rigged. Hearsay evidence would be allowed. Witnesses could be concealed. Information obtained through abuse and even torture could be used.
The Center for Constitutional Rights, in a new report documenting myriad abuses at Guantánamo, noted that a prisoner named Hadj Boudella was told by military intelligence officers: “You are in a place where there is no law. We are the law.”
Lawyers from the center, a public-interest organization in New York, have fought long and heroically to bring even the most minimal legal protections to the prisoners. Along the way it was learned that the inmates at Guantánamo were far from the worst of the worst. Many of them, it turned out, were no danger to the United States at all...
The article continues here:
There's an Irish expression James Joyce used: "Who is he when he's at home?" It asks the question, for all the public posturing, for all the aristo titles, who is the person REALLY?
Guantanamo shows us, when you scrape the eggs off the pan and get down to the metal, who these chickenshit swaggering rec-room patriots of the Bush-league Administration really -- Monkey Boy, Dumfuck, and Cheney (and their sonderkommando sidekicks -- Gonzalez, Rove, Addison, etc).
Terrified little sadists. Mean little boys. Junior versions of Heinrich Himmler. Scum.
We (actual Americans) will be a long time making up for their crimes.
Posted by Frank James at 10:53 am CDT
Here's a press release on Emanuel's House floor speech.
Emanuel on White House Director of Lessons Learned
WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Representative Rahm Emanuel (D-IL) released the following statement in advance of delivery on the House floor:
"Mr. Speaker, yesterday the President said we continue to be wise about how we spend the people's money.
"Then why are we paying over $100,000 for a 'White House Director of Lessons Learned'?
"Maybe I can save the taxpayers $100,000 by running through a few of the lessons this White House should have learned by now.
"Lesson 1: When the Army Chief of Staff and the Secretary of State say you are going to war without enough troops, you're going to war without enough troops.
"Lesson 2: When 8.8 billion dollars of reconstruction funding disappears from Iraq, and 2 billion dollars disappears from Katrina relief, it's time to demand a little accountability.
"Lesson 3: When you've 'turned the corner' in Iraq more times than Danica Patrick at the Indy 500, it means you are going in circles.
"Lesson 4: When the national weather service tells you a category 5 hurricane is heading for New Orleans, a category 5 hurricane is heading to New Orleans.
"I would also ask the President why we're paying for two 'Ethics Advisors' and a 'Director of Fact Checking.'
"They must be the only people in Washington who get more vacation time than the President.
"Maybe the White House could consolidate these positions into a Director of Irony."
BAGHDAD, July 9 — A mob of gunmen went on a brazen daytime rampage through a predominantly Sunni Arab district of western Baghdad on Sunday, pulling people from their cars and homes and killing them in what officials and residents called a spasm of revenge by Shiite militias for the bombing of a Shiite mosque on Saturday. Hours later, two car bombs exploded beside a Shiite mosque in another Baghdad neighborhood in a deadly act of what appeared to be retaliation.
While Baghdad has been ravaged by Sunni-Shiite bloodletting in recent months, even by recent standards the violence here on Sunday was frightening, delivered with impunity by gun-wielding vigilantes on the street. In the culture of revenge that has seized Iraq, residents all over the city braced for an escalation in the cycle of retributive mayhem between the Shiites and Sunnis that has threatened to expand into civil war.*********************
What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or the holy name of liberty or democracy?
Mahatma Gandhi (1869 - 1948)
Non-Violence in Peace and War
July 05,2006 | HOUSTON -- Kenneth Lay, founder and vilified former chairman of scandal-ridden Enron Corp., died of a heart attack Wednesday morning. He was 64.
Nicknamed "Kenny Boy" by President Bush, Lay led Enron's meteoric rise from a staid natural gas pipeline company formed by a 1985 merger to an energy and trading conglomerate that reached No. 7 on the Fortune 500 in 2000 and claimed $101 billion in annual revenues.
He was convicted May 25 along with former Enron CEO Jeffrey Skilling of defrauding investors and employees by repeatedly lying about Enron's financial strength in the months before the company plummeted into bankruptcy protection in December 2001. Lay was also convicted in a separate non-jury trial of bank fraud and making false statements to banks, charges related to his personal finances. He was scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 11.
6 al 29 de julio de 2006
Curador: Rolando Castellón
Inauguración: Jueves 6 de julio, 7 p.m.
Invitados especiales: Dibujantes Cabécares
Desde 1970 he ejercido varios cargos en museos, galerías alternativas y centros culturales, organizando exposiciones y eventos de diversa naturaleza en varios países. Uno de los placeres de esta profesión es el haber visto una amplia gama del quehacer artístico, y tener la oportunidad de seleccionar obras que a mi criterio ejemplificaban lo mejor que se realizaba en su momento. En 1999 me retiré oficialmente de la profesión y desde entonces me he dedicado a organizar exposiciones que apelan a mi gusto personal y no necesariamente para satisfacer las necesidades de un “sistema” artístico.
Esta exposición titulada Hallazgos 2004-2006, incluye obra seleccionada de lo que me he encontrado en mis continuas andanzas en el ambiente artístico costarricense durante los últimos tres años. Obras que de una u otra manera me han afectado emocional o intelectualmente y que llenan mis expectativas estéticas. La mayoría de los participantes son jóvenes que comienzan sus carreras, así como algunos mayores cuyos trabajos no conocía. Con esta selección me permito introducir sus trabajos al diálogo artístico nacional.
Rolando Castellón / Curador invitado
Artistas: Luis Diego Vargas-Eduardo Vargas - Bytty Tassara - Eugenia Sánchez - Javier Rossel - Umberto Postal - Giovanni Postal - Karla Piedra León-Melissa Panages - Eugenia Murillo Herrera - Mónica Morales - Adriana Montealegre - Maureen Maquillan - Victoria Marenco - Viviana Madrigal - Keren Kroul- Georgia Hayes - Paola González Viscaíno - Jonathan Delgado - Adriana Castro - Javier Calvo - Diana Barquero Pérez - Alexander Arias -Lucía Alfaro-Berta Alegría
Ex-Soldier Charged With Rape of Iraqi
On one hand, good, I guess -- it means justice or something that sounds enough like it to play in an election year is served...
July 03,2006 | CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Federal prosecutors accused a former U.S. soldier Monday of raping and murdering a young Iraqi woman and gunning down her family, all of whose bodies were found burned in an apparent coverup.
Steven D. Green, a 21-year-old former Army private first class who was recently discharged because of a "personality disorder," appeared in a federal magistrate's courtroom in Charlotte Monday.
The murder and rape charges against him grew out of a military investigation involving up to five soldiers in the March rape and killing of the woman in Mahmoudiya and three of her relatives, one of them a young girl believed to be about 5 years old.
Prosecutors said Green and others entered the home of a family of Iraqi civilians, where Green shot the three relatives, and he and another soldier raped the woman and killed her. According to an accompanying affidavit, photos taken by Army investigators in March showed a burned body of "what appears to be a woman with blankets thrown over her upper torso."
FBI agents arrested Green on Friday in Marion, N.C. He is being held in Charlotte without bond pending a transfer to Louisville, Ky.
But on the other hand, this is what happens in that thing called War -- most people manage to keep straight while having their souls and sprits permanently wounded by what they see and what they have to do, but beneath the discipline and training, beneath the mission statements and the high-minded shovelsfull of steaming festering vermin-laden bullshit those sub-humans in power throw at us, it's simple unadorned carnage -- soul-destroying vicious chaotic violent insanity -- it's what Sherman said (and what Christians SHOULD understand, since they believe in that Manichaean crap of Heaven and Hell) ---- "War is Hell."
-- He didn't say "War is Heck."
But then, does ANYONE believe George W Bush or Dick Cheney or Donald Duck Rumsfeld is an actual Christian? ("I'm notreally a Christian but I play one on TV to keep my base voting for me.")
It's why so many of us were appalled that the soulless scum who stole the election in the year 2000 and used the murders of September 11, 2001 to advance their own self-serving agenda, decided to send the few people who cared enough to wear the uniform into the maw of madness, and tough shit if any one cracks and goes nuts with "the horror, the horror," he or she gets busted, andall the hypocrites point an accusing finger because if they say you're bad bad bad they think it means they're good good good.
But all it means is they're a scared lynch mob looking for some form of person they can dehumanize and kill, whether they call it "nigger" or fag" or "bitch," whether it's some 16 year old girl needing an abortion or some soldier who finally went apeshit screaming meemies wild and couldn't tell the diffiernece between "good" killing and maiming and "bad" killing and maiming.
It's the "good" people who need to be brought to justice.