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« Reply #1140 on: Sep 14th, 2010, 4:04pm »

What kind of guys are these who use to hang around over chinese airports? Don't they have any cloaking devices? Must be some kids. wink

I've got much respect for those folks:

Shark attack survivors don't forget but do forgive

UNITED NATIONS – They have the scars and missing limbs that make it hard to forgive, but these victims are tougher than most. And now they want to save their attackers. They are shark attack survivors, a band of nine thrown together in an unlikely and ironic mission to conserve the very creatures that ripped their flesh, tore off their limbs and nearly took their lives.

They want nations to adopt a resolution that would require them to greatly improve how fish are managed, including shark species of which nearly a third are threatened with extinction or on the verge of being threatened.

"We do not have scientific management plans for how many sharks can be caught," Matt Rand, director of Global Shark Conservation for the Pew Environment Group told reporters at the United Nations on Monday. "There are no limits."

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on Sep 14th, 2010, 4:04pm, philliman wrote:
What kind of guys are these who use to hang around over chinese airports? Don't they have any cloaking devices? Must be some kids. wink

I've got much respect for those folks:

Shark attack survivors don't forget but do forgive

UNITED NATIONS – They have the scars and missing limbs that make it hard to forgive, but these victims are tougher than most. And now they want to save their attackers. They are shark attack survivors, a band of nine thrown together in an unlikely and ironic mission to conserve the very creatures that ripped their flesh, tore off their limbs and nearly took their lives.

They want nations to adopt a resolution that would require them to greatly improve how fish are managed, including shark species of which nearly a third are threatened with extinction or on the verge of being threatened.

"We do not have scientific management plans for how many sharks can be caught," Matt Rand, director of Global Shark Conservation for the Pew Environment Group told reporters at the United Nations on Monday. "There are no limits."

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Kids that made off with the family transport............ grin
I tried that but ended up getting the VW bug stuck on some oleaners in the yard and had to cut the car out. My Mom walked out the next day and said, "What happened to the oleanders?" I answered her as piously as I could, "Those kids next door are always crawling through them. Must have broken off a branch." rolleyes She never figured out what I had done.
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OK, y'all. Here is another "Event Date" to watch for..... tongue

http://www.prweb.com/releases/2010/09/prweb4491804.htm

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Retired NORAD Officer's New Book Predicts a Tentative Worldwide UFO Display on October 13, 2010


Winnipeg, MB (PRWEB) September 13, 2010

A newly-published 352-page book by a retired Air Force officer, Stanley A. Fulham, tentatively predicts October 13, 2010 as the date for a massive UFO display over the world’s principal cities. According to the author, the aliens will neither land nor communicate on that date; they are aware from eons of experience with other planets in similar conditions their sudden intervention would cause fear and panic.

The book, Challenges of Change (3rd ed.), reports this event will be the initial interaction in a process leading to mankind’s acceptance of the alien reality and technologies for the removal of poisonous gases from the earth’s atmosphere in 2015, if not sooner.

The author draws upon his military experience with the UFO phenomenon dating back to WW2, and later, with NORAD and his subsequent life-long association with a senior NORAD intelligence officer who provided him a wealth of historical data relating to NORAD’s experience with the UFO/alien reality which has never been revealed to the public. In the military's view, as conveyed to and understood by Fulham, the public is not yet ready to accept an alien reality.

Fulham writes it is generally recognized UFOs function beyond our earth's physical laws, and has concluded answers to questions regarding who they are, where are they from, why are they here, are they a threat, and the mystery of abductions could only be found at a higher dimension of reality.

For more than a decade, through the services of a world renowned channeler, the author has communicated with an ethereal group of entities known as the Transcendors -- 43,000 very old souls who combine their vast experience and knowledge through eons of incarnations, providing advice and information to humans in search of basic realities of mankind’s existence.

The book Challenges of Change reports on the author’s years of communication with the Transcendors in a question and answer format intended to inform and challenge. The Transcendors reveal through the author crucial information about urgent global challenges facing mankind such as earth changes, international terrorism, worldwide financial collapse and the environmental crisis. One revelation is al Qaeda has a dirty nuclear bomb and WMD, but faces a moral quandary over “containment of collateral damages.”

Utilizing the theme of the Four Horsemen as symbolic metaphor, Fulham warns mankind will survive all of these future challenges, except the CO2 pollution of our atmosphere. According to information provided to the author by the Transcendors, the build-up of CO2 pollution is rising 1% annually to a “critical mass” of 22% in which mankind could not survive ”without outside intervention.”

According to Fulham, the Transcendors state they have borne witness to countless thousands of alien civilizations who polluted their planets to total extinction where not a single being, animal or plant survived. They urgently warn planet earth is presently on the same self-destructive path.

Fulham reports the aliens are well aware of our environmental crisis, and have benevolently decided to rescue mankind in this vast universal drama.

Fulham has been in contact with a distinguished foreign ambassador who read the book with great interest and dispatched it to his home government, where it was translated and studied by hundreds of their top government officials.

A website containing videos of the author discussing his research conclusions and other vital information has been created at: http://sites.google.com/site/challengesofchange
Fulham clarifies there are no absolutes; the principal of free will and choice that exits with all souls precludes all absolute realities, and the aliens may decide to postpone their intervention -- but the Transcendors confirm it will nonetheless occur in 2010. Quoting the author, the event will "occur this year, in what will surely be one of the great dramas of our galaxy, the introduction of their alien civilizations and technologies to mankind. We are not alone, and our world will have changed forever."

Contact:
Randy Kitchur
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Website: http://sites.google.com/site/challengesofchange
(204) 416-5272 (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada)
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on Sep 14th, 2010, 6:45pm, WingsofCrystal wrote:
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« Reply #1148 on: Sep 14th, 2010, 7:59pm »

on Sep 14th, 2010, 7:17pm, Swamprat wrote:
OK, y'all. Here is another "Event Date" to watch for..... tongue

http://www.prweb.com/releases/2010/09/prweb4491804.htm

PRWeb

Retired NORAD Officer's New Book Predicts a Tentative Worldwide UFO Display on October 13, 2010


Winnipeg, MB (PRWEB) September 13, 2010

A newly-published 352-page book by a retired Air Force officer, Stanley A. Fulham, tentatively predicts October 13, 2010 as the date for a massive UFO display over the world’s principal cities. According to the author, the aliens will neither land nor communicate on that date; they are aware from eons of experience with other planets in similar conditions their sudden intervention would cause fear and panic.

The book, Challenges of Change (3rd ed.), reports this event will be the initial interaction in a process leading to mankind’s acceptance of the alien reality and technologies for the removal of poisonous gases from the earth’s atmosphere in 2015, if not sooner.

The author draws upon his military experience with the UFO phenomenon dating back to WW2, and later, with NORAD and his subsequent life-long association with a senior NORAD intelligence officer who provided him a wealth of historical data relating to NORAD’s experience with the UFO/alien reality which has never been revealed to the public. In the military's view, as conveyed to and understood by Fulham, the public is not yet ready to accept an alien reality.

Fulham writes it is generally recognized UFOs function beyond our earth's physical laws, and has concluded answers to questions regarding who they are, where are they from, why are they here, are they a threat, and the mystery of abductions could only be found at a higher dimension of reality.

For more than a decade, through the services of a world renowned channeler, the author has communicated with an ethereal group of entities known as the Transcendors -- 43,000 very old souls who combine their vast experience and knowledge through eons of incarnations, providing advice and information to humans in search of basic realities of mankind’s existence.

The book Challenges of Change reports on the author’s years of communication with the Transcendors in a question and answer format intended to inform and challenge. The Transcendors reveal through the author crucial information about urgent global challenges facing mankind such as earth changes, international terrorism, worldwide financial collapse and the environmental crisis. One revelation is al Qaeda has a dirty nuclear bomb and WMD, but faces a moral quandary over “containment of collateral damages.”

Utilizing the theme of the Four Horsemen as symbolic metaphor, Fulham warns mankind will survive all of these future challenges, except the CO2 pollution of our atmosphere. According to information provided to the author by the Transcendors, the build-up of CO2 pollution is rising 1% annually to a “critical mass” of 22% in which mankind could not survive ”without outside intervention.”

According to Fulham, the Transcendors state they have borne witness to countless thousands of alien civilizations who polluted their planets to total extinction where not a single being, animal or plant survived. They urgently warn planet earth is presently on the same self-destructive path.

Fulham reports the aliens are well aware of our environmental crisis, and have benevolently decided to rescue mankind in this vast universal drama.

Fulham has been in contact with a distinguished foreign ambassador who read the book with great interest and dispatched it to his home government, where it was translated and studied by hundreds of their top government officials.

A website containing videos of the author discussing his research conclusions and other vital information has been created at: http://sites.google.com/site/challengesofchange
Fulham clarifies there are no absolutes; the principal of free will and choice that exits with all souls precludes all absolute realities, and the aliens may decide to postpone their intervention -- but the Transcendors confirm it will nonetheless occur in 2010. Quoting the author, the event will "occur this year, in what will surely be one of the great dramas of our galaxy, the introduction of their alien civilizations and technologies to mankind. We are not alone, and our world will have changed forever."

Contact:
Randy Kitchur
Amisk Enterprises Ltd.
Spokesman for Mr. Fulham
Website: http://sites.google.com/site/challengesofchange
(204) 416-5272 (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada)




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Heh! Heh! Why Mur; you're getting cynical in your old age..... grin
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Photos at links

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/09/14/ufos-on-the-record-leslie_n_714733.html


Hello Jon, Swamprat and Mur!
What a great link Mur, thanks!
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September 14, 2010
U.S. Debates Karzai’s Place in Fighting Corruption
By MARK MAZZETTI and ROD NORDLAND

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is debating whether to make Afghanistan’s president, Hamid Karzai, a more central player in efforts to root out corruption in his own government, including giving him more oversight of graft investigators and notifying him before any arrests, according to senior American officials.

Such a change would represent a significant shift in strategy for an administration that once pinned much of the blame for Afghan corruption on Mr. Karzai, but is now worried that escalating tensions between Kabul and Washington could alienate Mr. Karzai and sabotage the broader campaign to battle the Taliban.

Some administration officials, though, are concerned that such a move could undermine efforts to hold officials in Kabul accountable for a web of corruption inside the Afghan government, efforts Mr. Karzai thwarted in recent weeks by intervening to have a top aide released from jail.

In Kabul, American and Afghan officials said that new corruption prosecutions had ground to a halt as a result of a dispute within the government over the limits of American-backed anticorruption teams that have pursued Afghan officials. A Western diplomat said Tuesday that the work of Justice Department advisers helping with the corruption cases had “paused.”

The corruption issue was at the center of a two-hour White House meeting on Monday, with President Obama and senior aides agreeing that efforts to tackle corruption should be balanced against the need to maintain ties with the Afghan government.

“The discussion on corruption, in essence, is really a discussion about our relationship with Karzai,” said one senior Obama administration official, who like several others interviewed for this article spoke only on condition of anonymity.

Officials cautioned that no firm decisions had been made about whether President Karzai should have any veto power over anticorruption efforts. They said that Mr. Obama told his advisers on Monday to come up with a more “sophisticated” policy toward Afghan corruption.

Mr. Obama, the officials said, directed government agencies — including the Pentagon, the State Department, the Justice Department and the C.I.A. — to develop guidelines that could isolate the corruption that fuels anger among Afghans and drives many into the ranks of the insurgency, as opposed to the more routine kickbacks and bribes that grease the Afghan political system.

“The corruption we need to combat is the corruption that undermines the fight against the Taliban,” said a second American official. “That means going after officials who abuse ordinary Afghans and drive them to the other side — a plundering landlord or a brutal, thieving cop.”

Such distinctions could be difficult to draw. Moreover, there is widespread suspicion in Afghanistan that Mr. Karzai’s inner circle and some of his family members have enriched themselves through land grabs and sweetheart business deals, including the self-dealing that led to the recent crisis at Kabul Bank.

Nevertheless, American officials said that shifting tactics to focus anticorruption efforts on practices that benefit the Taliban could help build good will with the Karzai government and could decrease suspicion inside the presidential palace.

On Monday, Mr. Obama’s advisers also discussed the role the United States played in fueling Afghan corruption, specifically the billions of dollars in government money that flows into Afghanistan each year for government contracts. Military officials believe that some of the money is redirected to the insurgency by warlords and established power brokers, and on Sunday Gen. David H. Petraeus, the top American commander in Afghanistan, issued new guidelines to regulate the flow of American money.

In an interview with ABC News on Tuesday, General Petraeus praised Mr. Karzai’s efforts to fight corruption and said an American anticorruption campaign should not “be seen to threaten the sovereignty of the Afghan government.”

Tensions between Mr. Karzai and the Obama administration boiled over this summer after two anticorruption task forces wiretapped conversations of a Karzai aide soliciting a bribe and threw him in jail. Mr. Karzai later intervened to have the official, Mohammed Zia Salehi, released.

According to one senior Afghan official, the work of the two units has stalled and there has been no movement on at least three other cases that had been referred to the Afghan attorney general’s office for prosecution.

In a telephone interview on Tuesday, the attorney general, Mohammed Ishaq Aloko, denied that his office was dragging its feet on prosecuting corruption, and said that no new cases had been brought to his office.

“That is just rumors and baseless stories,” he said.

Mr. Aloko did confirm, however, that he had canceled salary bonuses that had been given to anticorruption prosecutors. Called “top-up raises,” they had been paid by the American government to keep qualified people and insulate them from corruption and political interference.

“I canceled the pay raises from the Americans,” he said. “I told them not to pay them anymore. We don’t want foreigners’ money; we want to pay from our own budget.”

Afghanistan’s top anticorruption investigators have been trained by Western law enforcement officials, mostly from the F.B.I. and Drug Enforcement Administration, and are largely financed by the United States and other countries. But American officials insist that the units are under Afghan control and that the Americans act only as advisers.

The two anticorruption units have won high praise from American law enforcement officials for their success in building cases. In the past year, their investigations have resulted in the detention of more than 50 people on corruption and drug trafficking charges, 10 of them high-ranking officials.

Mr. Karzai said he had issued a decree detailing limits governing the authorities of those units, but that decree has not been officially published or made into law.

Afghan officials say that in the meantime, the Justice Ministry has been drawing up guidelines, in response to the presidential decree, that would define the missions of the anticorruption units.

A prominent Afghan businessman who knows Mr. Karzai well said that the president was stalling. Referring to the Salehi case, he said of anticorruption efforts: “The fact that the guy got away means it’s a toothless tiger.”

American officials said this week that there was a debate about what oversight Mr. Karzai’s government should exercise over the anticorruption task forces, so that their work would not seem tainted by politics.


Mark Mazzetti reported from Washington, and Rod Nordland from Kabul, Afghanistan. Helene Cooper and Thom Shanker contributed reporting from Washington, and Alissa J. Rubin from Kabul.

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September 15, 2010, 8:03 am
English Soccer Hooligans at Ground Zero
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Among the non-New Yorkers who traveled to Lower Manhattan on Saturday to protest the neighborhood’s decision to allow an Islamic community center to be built were seven men who came from England bearing flags with slogans and the cross of St. George — a symbol of their nation and of the Crusades.

A man draped in the flag of England during a rally on Sept. 11 in Lower Manhattan. Those flags are often seen at soccer stadiums, when ultranationalist fans of England’s soccer team gather to cheer (and to fight fans of other nations), but they have been cropping up regularly at anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim protests in English cities over the past year.

That is because the men are members of the English Defense League, formed last year to counter what the men see as the threat posed to their national identity by immigrants to England and British-born Muslims who are neither white nor Christian.

As the British anti-fascist group Hope Not Hate explained last month, the E.D.L. is led by a former member of the British National Party, whose leader has made common cause with the Ku Klux Klan, and has “mushroomed from a coalition of former football hooligans into an enormous street army with the propensity for large-scale disorder and city center confrontations with the police.”

After spending months working undercover on an 11-minute documentary about the group, Matthew Taylor reported, “A Guardian investigation has identified a number of known right-wing extremists who are taking an interest in the movement — from convicted football hooligans to members of violent right-wing splinter groups.”

The fact that the E.D.L. channels the rage of hardcore soccer fans into racist demonstrations against foreigners and Muslims in England is no secret. A post on the group’s Web site described the scene before a rally in London last month:

More and more lads started to arrive at the pub, Pompey, Southampton, West Ham, Arsenal, Tottenham, Millwall, Chelsea, Brentford, QPR all drinking together, a bit of banter, but no hassle whatsoever. Top lads all there for their country.

The group’s official statements make much of the fact that their membership includes a number of Jewish, Iranian and gay activists and deny charges that it promotes a fascist or racist ideology. The E.D.L. report on the same rally said:

The ‘fascists’ from the various patriot groups are now stood, football rivalries forgotten, side by side with Jews and Iranians, proving once again that these movements are not racial, they are ideological. Islam is not a race, it is a religion. A religion that promotes violence against nonbelievers this induces certain Muslims into a rabid frenzy, these Muslims must be challenged wherever they raise their evil heads.

At the rally on Sept. 11 in New York, the group’s banners and T-shirts carried the Israeli flag along with the cross of St. George.

In a report on the group, the Israeli newspaper Haaretz asked, “What are Israeli flags and Jewish activists doing at demonstrations sponsored by the English Defence League?” The newspaper answered the question this way: “Call it a struggle against a common foe: Islam. Or a journey into the heart of darkness. Or perhaps further proof that Europe is starting to lose its mind again.”

Despite the protestations that the group’s members are not racist, The Guardian’s undercover investigator encountered a very different reality. Mr. Taylor reported:

At each demonstration I attended while making an undercover film for the Guardian’s investigative film unit, Guardian Films, I was confronted by casual — often brutal — racism, a widespread hatred of Muslims and often the threat of violence.

It was only possible to film some of the most alarming scenes with a hidden camera. Inside a pub in Stoke in January about 3,000 E.D.L. supporters gathered for the first demonstration of the year. They had spent the past four hours drinking. The balcony around the top of the cavernous pub was draped in flags bearing the names of different football clubs — Wolves, Newcastle, Aston Villa — and the chants, “We all hate Muslims,” and “Muslim bombers off our streets,” filled the air. The atmosphere was tense, and not just because of the growing anti-Islamic rhetoric. The pub was packed with rival football gangs from across the Midlands and the north of England. Twice, fighting broke out as old rivalries failed to be subdued by the new enemy — Islam. “They’re just kids,” said one man. “That is not what we are here for today.”

As we moved outside for the E.D.L. protest — during which supporters became involved in violent clashes with the police — a woman asked me for a donation to support the “heroes coming back injured from Afghanistan.” I put a pound in the bucket.

“Thanks love,” she said. “They go over there and fight for this country and then come back to be faced with these Pakis everywhere.”

The woman also used another racial slur, using language we cannot repeat here.

This clip from a BBC documentary on the group includes footage of some members denying that they are racist, and other making racial slurs during a rally in London in support of the anti-immigrant Dutch politician Geert Wilders last year:


Other Guardian video reports on E.D.L. rallies in London and Bradford in recent months illustrate that it is not hard to hear similarly racist, anti-immigrant sentiments from members of the group.

Their approach to Islam is similarly aggressive. Here is how members of the group who did not make the trip to New York marked the Sept. 11 anniversary in London — by burning pages of the Koran and chanting, as they have at other rallies this year in Britain, “Allah is a pedo’!” (Note: This video, like that of other E.D.L. rallies, includes strong language and racial slurs.)

On Sunday, Robert Booth reported in The Guardian that the group’s leader was denied entry to the United States when he landed in New York last week. Other members of the group — which has clashed with British police this summer — claimed that they were subject to harassment by the authorities in New York.

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Scientists have hailed a 'penicillin moment' in cancer treatment following trials of a drug that uses genetic data to target the formation of specific tumours.

By Alastair Jamieson
Published: 10:49AM BST 15 Sep 2010

The study has raised hopes drug manufacturers will be able to tailor drugs to individual cancers that will halt them in their tracks and even reverse the growth of existing tumours.

The breakthrough is one of the most significant to use advances in our knowledge of DNA to tackle the root causes of disease.

For years scientists have been assembling vast amounts of genetic information provided through the human genome sequencing project. However, a number of prominent scientists had expressed disappointment that the data had not led to any major advances in treatments.

As part of the latest research, scientists in California developed a drug to block the effects of a specific gene mutation, B-RAF, linked to malignant melanoma – one of the deadliest cancers.

In one small clinical trial, tumours shrank by at least 30 per cent in 24 out of 32 patients with B-RAF mutations, and disappeared entirely in two other patients.

The drug cannot yet be declared a success: it comes with side-effects, can only treat the specific B-RAF mutation and there are no indications of its long-term usefulness.

However, a study of the chemical process behind the drug, detailed in the journal Nature, demonstrates the potential for speedy development of similar treatments targeting the particular genetic mutations that lie behind different types of tumour.

Professor Mark Stratton, Director of the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute in Cambridge, which first linked B-RAF to malignant melanoma, said: "We've entered an end game in which we are going to complete our understanding of what causes cancer."

Yardena Samuels, a cancer geneticist at the National Human Genome Research Institute in Bethesda, Maryland, told Nature News: "It's a very important development, not just for melanoma, but for the entire cancer field."

The company behind PLX4032, Plexxikon, is now working on a test that can diagnose which malignant melanoma patients have the B-RAF mutation and would therefore benefit from the drug.

Sir Mark Walport, director of the Wellcome Trust, agreed with suggestions that the breakthrough was a ‘penicillin moment’ for cancer researchers.

However, he added: “We have got to balance the hype and the hope. Cancer is complicated.”

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