Saturday, July 16, 2005
However, patients receiving music, imagery and touch (MIT) therapy did have a slightly lower mortality rate at six months.
The findings appear in the July 16 edition of The Lancet.
The memo was sent to Colin Powell, then the secretary of state, just before or as he traveled with President Bush and other senior officials to Africa starting on July 7, 2003, when the White House was scrambling to defend itself from a blast of criticism a few days earlier from the former diplomat, Joseph Wilson, current and former government officials said.
Sir Iqbal Sacranie, secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain, yesterday raised the idea when he met with other Muslim community leaders in Leeds to discuss what concrete steps could be taken by the wider Muslim community.
The director, Matthew Damschroder, has told prosecutors that the consultant, Pat Gallina, came to his office in early 2004, offering him $10,000.
"Pat Gallina came into my office at the Board of Elections and said, 'I'm here to give you $10,000. Who should I direct it to?' " Damschroder recalled. "I said, 'Certainly not to me. But I'm sure the Franklin County Republican Party would appreciate a voluntary donation. That was my first mistake."
Friday, July 15, 2005
A three-judge panel ruled 3-0 against Salim Ahmed Hamdan, whose case was halted by a federal judge on grounds that commission procedures were unlawful.
``Congress authorized the military commission that will try Hamdan,'' said the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
Coastal ocean temperatures are 2 to 5 degrees above normal, apparently caused by a lack of upwelling - a process that brings cold, nutrient-rich water to the surface and jump-starts the marine food chain.
Upwelling fuels algae and shrimplike krill populations that feed small fish, which provide an important food source for a variety of sea life, from salmon to sea birds and marine mammals.
"Something big is going on out there," said Julia Parrish, an associate professor in the School of Aquatic Fisheries and Sciences at the University of Washington. "I'm left with no obvious smoking gun, but birds are a good signal because they feed high up on the food chain."
STEWART: At the time she was outed, Valerie Plame was working for a CIA front company, and obviously she didn't work there alone. Can you explain the ripple effect of her outing?
RICE: Well, this is potentially huge, because what happens now is, everything that she touched, every person that she touched, every asset that she may have come across, is now potentially exposed. Every intelligence organization in the world will now go back and scour their files to see if she was ever in their country, was ever involved with anybody, and try to wrap up every operation. The potential is huge.
Thursday, July 14, 2005
Meeting in the historic city of York, all three houses of the Church's parliament voted Monday to "remove legal obstacles" blocking women from becoming bishops.
The process is expected to take about four years to complete.
Some in the Church of England's conservative movement are threatening to break away over the issue of women and gay bishops, but the most vocal opposition is coming from Anglicans in the Third World.
The survey by the Pew Research Center examined public opinion in six predominantly Muslim nations: Morocco, Pakistan, Turkey, Indonesia, Jordan and Lebanon. It also examined views in nine North American and European countries as well as in India and China. In all, more than 17,000 people were questioned either by telephone of face-to-face.
Their genetically altered mice regained the ability to navigate mazes after the genes that caused their dementia were de-activated.
This suggests that the brain damage caused by Alzheimer's is not permanent, they wrote in their report, published in the journal Science.
Compared with control rats given no sweetener, many of the female rats in the experiment developed lymphomas or leukaemias - the risk increasing with the dose of aspartame.
The researchers say their study raises concerns about the levels of aspartame to which humans can be exposed and, therefore, "urgent re-examination" of aspartame's safety is needed, "especially to protect children".
The White House finally released last week its proposal for legislation granting the Bush administration wide-ranging powers to restructure government programs and force them to plead for their lives every 10 years.
Called the Government Reorganization and Program Performance Improvement Act, the proposal is only the latest effort to give the White House sweeping powers to reshape federal government programs. Two bills are already pending in Congress that, like part of the White House proposal, would establish a commission charged with developing government restructuring proposals, and earlier reports suggested that Sen. Sam Brownback (R-KA) and Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX) could be collaborating on a proposal to fuse their interests in restructuring authority and programmatic sunsets. Rep. Tom Davis (R-VA) has been on record that giving the White House fast-track reorganization authority would be a priority this term, and current speculation is that he will be a backer of the White House proposal.
There are three working parts of the proposal:
- results commissions, for restructuring government;
- sunset commissions, forcing agencies to plead for their lives every 10 years; and
- fast-tracking commission decisions in Congress.
In advancing this spin, Sanger selectively quoted from a press conference in which Bush responded to a question about whether he stood "by his pledge to fire anyone found" to have "leaked the agent's name." Sanger then quoted unnamed White House officials saying that if Rove merely identified Plame -- which Rove reportedly did when he told Time magazine reporter Matthew Cooper that former ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV's wife worked at the CIA -- rather than "named" her, and Bush took no action, he would not be violating his pledge to fire the leaker.
But in repeating the White House officials' assertion without challenge, Sanger ignored several instances in which Bush and White House press secretary Scott McClellan made a broader pledge that anyone leaking classified information -- and not just the actual name of a CIA agent -- would be fired.
Cooper told E&P late today, "I'm allowed to talk about what happened in the Grand Jury and plan to write about it." When asked when it might appear, he said, "soon, but I don't know when."
"Given the unique circumstances of this case, it appears beyond doubt that the requested records are public records subject to disclosure," the court wrote in its opinion.
Committee chairman Peter Hoekstra, R-Mich., opened the session to the public in a limited way by allowing one news organization — The Associated Press — to attend, in a move that aides said was unprecedented.
Three other amendments that Democrats proposed failed, including one that would have blocked investigators from getting records from libraries or bookstores.
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Wednesday, July 13, 2005
That is what brought the Philadelphia law firm of Harding Earley Follmer & Frailey to the Wayback Machine two years ago. The firm was defending Health Advocate, a company in suburban Philadelphia that helps patients resolve health care and insurance disputes, against a trademark action brought by a similarly named competitor.
In preparing the case, representatives of Earley Follmer used the Wayback Machine to turn up old Web pages - some dating to 1999 - originally posted by the plaintiff, Healthcare Advocates of Philadelphia.
Last week Healthcare Advocates sued both the Harding Earley firm and the Internet Archive, saying the access to its old Web pages, stored in the Internet Archive's database, was unauthorized and illegal.
In response to allegations of prisoner abuse at the U.S. Navy base in Cuba, Bush made the challenge in June, and again Wednesday while in Denmark.
However, a CNN crew that toured the facility was not allowed to see the worst-behaved inmates, who are kept in a block behind a mesh fence.
The prison holds about 520 prisoners from 44 countries, most of them captured during the U.S.-led war in Afghanistan.
CNN employees were not allowed to speak to the prisoners, and military censors demanded the crew erase video footage they said would allow viewers to identify a prisoner.
"103 members of the [275-member] National Assembly (the Parliament) have demanded the adoption of a resolution cancelling the request made by the Government to the UN Security Council to extend the presence of multinational forces, and urging the Government to put 'a clear plan for army building and a timetable for the withdrawal of occupation troops' from Iraq," reports Juan Cole.
"Falah Hassan Shneishel MP (of the ‘Independent National Bloc’) [the INB is the parliamentary bloc of Muqtada al-Sadr's Current, which plays a prominent role in the organization of the political fight against the occupation] ... threatened to call for popular demonstrations in case 'the authorities were not serious about the implementation of the demands of the Iraqis for an end to occupation.'" (Informed Comment)
She wants people to understand the risks, in her view, while there's still time.
Three climatologists who authored a seminal 1998 analysis of ancient tree rings, ocean sediment and polar ice have been asked to provide details on funding sources, methods, computer code and data.
Their paper in the journal Nature depicted an alarming warming spike and was a turning point in the debate over climate change. But as Mr. Barton points out, some of their data and methods – though not their central conclusions – have been attacked in other peer-reviewed journals.
They said recruits were also being drawn from the ranks of outlawed Shia militias.
Counter-insurgencies are rarely clean fights, but Iraq's dirty war is being waged under the noses of US and British troops, whose mission is to end the abuses of the former dictatorship.
Instead, they appear to have turned a blind eye to the constant reports of torture from Iraq's prisons.
Chris Pascal, director of the federal Office of Research Integrity, said its 28 staffers and $7 million annual budget haven't kept pace with the allegations. The result: Only 23 cases were closed last year. Of those, eight individuals were found guilty of research misconduct. In the past 15 years, the office has confirmed about 185 cases of scientific misconduct.
Chief Justice Thomas Moyer said on Tuesday the unusual move was necessary to eliminate any perception of bias by the court system that's dominated by Democrats. Moyer is a Republican.
Moyer said he will appoint a retired visiting judge from outside Cuyahoga County to the case
The document, emblazoned with the words "Special Edition" and dated Tuesday, seeks to discredit claims put forth by Ambassador Joseph Wilson, whose wife was 'outed' as a covert operative by a conservative columnist. After obtaining copies of emails sent from a Time reporter to his editor, Newsweek fingered Rove as a source for the leak which disclosed the agent's identity.
The talking points mirror a release by Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman earlier Tuesday, in which he declared the attacks on Rove were spawned by the 'MoveOn' wing of the Democratic Party. MoveOn later accused the White House of a 'cover up.'
Tuesday, July 12, 2005
According to guests, the subject of Virgil arose serendipitously, when a servant opened a window in the Red Room, to which the group had retired for after-dinner drinks. Noticing the breeze, Bush raised his glass and delivered a toast to the changing of the seasons. He then apologized to "lovely Winter," explaining that he "meant no slight against her."
"The first blush of Spring always reminds me of Virgil's words," Bush said. "In early spring-tide, when the icy drip / Melts from the mountains hoar, and Zephyr's breath / Unbinds the crumbling clod, even then 'tis time / Press deep your plough behind the groaning ox / And teach the furrow-burnished share to shine."
"Book One of The Georgics, of course," Bush added.
A study of women in antenatal clinics suggests that more than six million of South Africa's 40 million people are infected with HIV.
... VNU's acquisition of IMS, meanwhile, increases its presence in both the market research field, as well as the U.S. marketplace, where it already derived more than half of its overall revenues, including research sales from ACNielsen and Nielsen Media Research, as well as trade publications like Adweek, Billboard and The Hollywood Reporter.
The case for what astronomers call the ELT, or extremely large telescope, was formally put at a meeting of scientists at Dwingeloo in the Netherlands. It could measure 50 or even 100 metres across, cost £1bn and test the ingenuity of engineers and scientists for the next decade. The most ambitious telescope so far made is just 10 metres across.
He's considering a "high-percentage maybe" run for the office. He yells at me his platform, which includes something about "cops that have their legs blown off and soldiers who are in wheelchairs and children with leukemia, who don't get the money because some fat pig welfare brat is sitting on his worthless (expletive.)"
The NRA board member, Fox News talking head and author of books such as "Gods, Guns, and Rock 'N' Roll," "Blood Trails 2" and "Kill It & Grill It: A Guide to Preparing and Cooking Wild Game and Fish" recently moved his family — his wife, Shemane, and the four kids — to Crawford, Texas because he liked the school system there. Nugent divides his time between Crawford and a home near Jackson, Mich., and maintains Michigan residency. The staunch guns advocate taught his children to shoot with BB and cork guns before they even entered elementary school.
When asked, most editors told E&P that they would consider a similar policy, noting that reporters notes, e-mails, and computer files are more likely to come under subpoena by prosecutors seeking source material following the Miller/Cooper case.
"It's ironic and it's sad that this is organized to celebrate the Declaration of Independence and at the same time they want to suppress freedom of speech," said Mike Lawton, of Bethlehem.
The Declaration was read for the first time publicly on July 8, 1776, in Easton, Trenton and Philadelphia. Heritage Day celebrates the reading in Easton.
Starting yesterday, injured workers no longer had automatic access to a number of drugs deemed to have cheaper alternatives - including OxyContin and Celebrex, among others.
This isn't about switching to generic brands - some of the drugs do not have that cheaper equivalent, and such a program is already in effect.
The new "preferred drug" program is focused on pushing injured workers to try cheaper alternatives, meaning different medications.
Under the new program, a doctor must justify the need for the more expensive medication by filling out a form and gaining approval from a bureau pharmacist.
* it is of fundamental importance that peak oil be talked about by the very companies that are the least susceptible to be dismissed as loonies on the topic, as they have the most interest in the short and medium term to keep it under wraps and make the corresponding windfall profits;
* by acknowledging publicly, visibly the concept that oil is now scarce and that something must be done about it before it's too late, they make themselves accountable for their actions. Any promises to act in favor of a new energy balance that are not kept, and conversely, any behavior that is not compatible with that new perspective should be criticised ruthlessly, simply by holding them to their own publicly professed beliefs.
So it is not an academic matter when I say that what I took to be the basic rationale for the war still strikes me as sound. Iraq was a policy problem that we could evade in words but not escape in reality. But what I did not know then that I do know now is just how incompetent we would be at carrying out that task. And that's what prevents me from answering this question with an unhesitating yes.
Such weapons are now nearing fruition. But logistical issues have delayed their battlefield debut -- even as soldiers in Iraq encounter tense urban situations in which the nonlethal capabilities of directed energy could be put to the test.
Monday, July 11, 2005
MCCLELLAN: I'm well aware, like you, of what was previously said. And I will be glad to talk about it at the appropriate time. The appropriate time is when the investigation...
Q: (inaudible) when it's appropriate and when it's inappropriate?
MCCLELLAN: If you'll let me finish.
Q: No, you're not finishing. You're not saying anything.
You stood at that podium and said that Karl Rove was not involved. And now we find out that he spoke about Joseph Wilson's wife. So don't you owe the American public a fuller explanation. Was he involved or was he not? Because contrary to what you told the American people, he did indeed talk about his wife, didn't he?
The program, All Pro Dad, combines a biblical foundation with the draw of popular professional athletes to promote the belief that "the father is the head of the household" and that men should rely on God to help them be better parents and keep their marriages intact. It also encourages Bible reading.
"His mouth kept moving, but there was nothing in his eyes or anything else about him that showed me he really cared or had any real compassion at all. This is a human being totally disconnected from humanity and reality. His eyes were empty, hollow shells and he was acting like I should be proud to just be in his presence when it was my son who died for his illegal war! It was one of the most disgusting experiences I ever had and it took me almost a year to even talk about it," said Sheehan in a telephone conversation from Washington D.C. where she was attending a July 4th anti-war rally.
Habeas corpus is the age-old legal process by which federal courts review the legality of detentions. In the modern era, it has been the pivotal vehicle through which those on death row or serving long sentences in prison can challenge their state-court convictions. Congress in 1996 rolled back habeas review considerably; federal courts have similarly shown greater deference -- often too much deference -- to flawed state proceedings. But the so-called Streamlined Procedures Act of 2005 takes the evisceration of habeas review, particularly in capital cases, to a whole new level. It should not become law.
...It gets worse. The bill, pushed by Rep. Daniel E. Lungren (R-Calif.) in the House and Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) in the Senate, would impose onerous new procedural hurdles on inmates seeking federal review -- those, that is, whom it doesn't bar from court altogether. It would bar the courts from considering key issues raised by those cases and insulate most capital sentencing from federal scrutiny. It also would dictate arbitrary timetables for federal appeals courts to resolve habeas cases. This would be a dramatic change in federal law -- and entirely for the worse.
I have a high tolerance level for material I deem appropriate for this site, but one thing I REFUSE to allow is bullshit conspiracy theories. You know the ones -- Bush and Blair conspired to bomb London in order to take the heat off their respective political problems. I can't imagine what fucking world these people live in, but it sure ain't the Reality Based Community.
So I banned these people, and those that have been recommending diaries like it. And I will continue to do so until the purge is complete, and make no mistake -- this is a purge.
This is a reality-based community. Those who wish to live outside it should find a new home. This isn't it.