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Monday edition - December 10, 2007





Congress, presidential candidates press for answers on CIA tapes
Baltimore Sun, United States - 12-10-07
Democrats and some Republicans expressed skepticism about CIA claims that tapes of the questioning of two terrorism suspects were destroyed only to protect...


China Link Suspected in Hacking of Arms Lab
New York Times - Dec 8, 2007
A cyber attack reported last week by one of the federal government’s nuclear weapons laboratories may have originated in China, according to a confidential memorandum distributed Wednesday to public and private

Audit on Iraq: US weapons are missing
Indianapolis Star, United States - 12-10-07
By Dana Hedgpeth WASHINGTON -- Pentagon auditors said they could not account for millions of dollars worth of rocket-propelled grenades, armored vehicles


Why didn't the CIA just digitally alter the faces of the interrogators on the tapes? Is there more to this story?



U.S. begins shipping American-made lead-tainted products to China - Grant Gerver,




The-World-Is-A-Safer-Place-Without-Saddam News

 US Mercenary Army Update


Federal prosecutors investigating the shooting deaths of 17 Iraqi civilians have narrowed their focus on as few as three Blackwater Worldwide bodyguards and have given others immunity for cooperating in the case, The Associated Press has learned.






“I told the CIA that destroying videotapes of interrogations was a bad idea and urged them in writing not to do it,” Rep. Jane Harman (D-CA)




Disturbing News


President Bush sounded gloomy Thursday when he lit the National Christmas Tree in the Ellipse in Washington D.C. It just wasn't his week. The day before, he threw a tantrum in the mall after Santa Claus told him he couldn't have a war for Christmas. - Argus Hamilton




Republican Shenanigans

Huckabee and Aids


GOP presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee said Sunday he won't run from his statement 15 years ago that AIDS patients should have been isolated.







Click here for the political view from Racine, Wisconsin



Giuliani Blames Police


 Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani on Sunday defended the expenses incurred by his security detail as he was beginning an extramarital affair with current wife Judith Nathan, saying police made the decision after she received threats.


Rock-The-Voter News



Florida State Pensions, Brazil's Oil and Iran Entangled


The St. Petersburg Times has learned that the Florida pension fund has $111,919,435 in foreign equity assets invested in Petrobras, according to the State Board of Administration, which manages the state's investments...The miscalculation could have serious repercussions for the relationship between Petrobras and the state. Under Florida law, Petrobras has until September 2008 to sever its ties with Iran before state officials would be forced to withdraw the $112-million investment in Petrobras.




Biz-Tech News

China to Explore for Oil in Costa Rica

It wasn't clear if the proposed exploration would be on land or offshore...Environmentalists successfully pressured former President Abel Pacheco, who left office last year, to cancel a 1998 concession for oil exploration Costa Rica had granted Houston-based Harken Energy Corporation.

The company then sued the Costa Rican government for damages.

Click here on how Harken Oil tried to stop Costa Rica from enforcing their environmental laws


FYI: Bush was CEO of Harken until 1990.


Trying to fit in





Christian Child Labor


Peter Hale, 9, helps his family process chickens at their farm in Campbell, Texas September 5, 2007.


Bush-Prison-Torture News


President Bush said Friday he didn't know that the CIA destroyed interrogation tapes. He also didn't know Iran ended its nuclear weapons program four years ago. Dick Cheney uses parental controls to block all the president's channels except ESPN.President Bush said Friday he didn't know that the CIA destroyed interrogation tapes. He also didn't know Iran ended its nuclear weapons program four years ago. Dick Cheney uses parental controls to block all the president's channels except ESPN.- Argus Hamilton





Go-F***-Yourself News



Some Good News


A group of scientists at a climate conference in Bali say seaweed could also be a potent weapon against global warming, capable of sucking damaging carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere at rates comparable to the mightiest rain forests.




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Odd News




In this photo released by Vermont State Police, a horse is seen accidentally taking an icy plunge in a swimming pool in Dorset, Vt. Jet, a 6-year-old quarterhorse, walked onto the frozen in-ground pool Thursday, Dec. 6, 2007, and broke through six inches of ice into about 3 feet of water, becoming trapped. Rescuers broke the ice in a corner of the pool and got a rope around the horse's neck, pulling him to safety and wrapping him in a blanket. He was taken to a veterinarian and treated for a cut to his left hind leg.
Photo/Vermont State Police