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« Reply #285 on: Jul 27th, 2010, 07:47am »

New York Times

July 25, 2010, 5:24 pm
The War Logs: Reaction to Disclosure of Military Documents on Afghan War
By THE NEW YORK TIMES

The At War blog is following reaction to the release of an archive of classified military documents described here that paints a grim portrait of the war in Afghanistan. The New York Times had access to the documents and published a series of reports.

A note to readers describes The Times’s process of reviewing the documents and deciding what to publish. Editors and reporters who worked on the articles are answering questions about the material in Talk to the Newsroom. E-mail your questions to askthetimes@nytimes.com and post a comment below.

5:07 p.m. |Will Candor Suffer?James Morin, a former captain in the United States Army who has served in Iraq and Afghanistan, questions whether the leak will have a chilling affect on candor among U.S. troops in a post on Room for Debate.

Leaks like those at the heart of the Pentagon Papers, play a role in a democracy when national civilian and military leaders mislead the country deliberately about the challenges faced. What we see in these documents, however, largely demonstrates the absence of such a need. Instead, we are left with the harmful aspects of classified leaks – a chilling lack of confidence and internal candor.

Going forward, a battalion-level intelligence officer may hesitate to pass on what her instinct tells her to be marginally credible information (after all, even the best source is not always right). She may start to wonder, “Do I really want to see this pop up on WikiLeaks or run in a 10-second spot on the evening news?” when she is debating whether the rumor is worth sending up to the next echelon. Ultimately, such concerns will damage the ability of our institutions to fully understand the diplomatic and security landscape before them.

3:13 p.m. |Military Blogs React
Stephen Farrell rounded up a sampling of reaction on military blogs.

In Threat Matrix, the blog of The Long War Journal, Bill Roggio writes: “Longtime readers of The Long War Journal will not be shocked by these reports. For years, Tom Joscelyn and I have been documenting the involvement of the Pakistani military and intelligence services with various terror groups.” He said he and his colleague would “have more to come on these and other subjects as we sift through the documents.”

On the Small Wars Journal, Rex Brynen said the documents appeared to bear out years of reporting from the war, but provided Afghan insurgents with a detailed picture of the Americans’ files on them.

“They seem more like the anti-Pentagon Papers, since they reveal that the official and media portrait of the war has been — within the confines of OPSEC, the normal political spin, and the fog of war — accurate. There are, so far, no big surprises or scandals.

“As to the intelligence and war-fighting consequences of the leak, it provides the Taliban with unparalleled information on what ISAF knows, doesn’t know, and often how it knows it too. It’s likely to have a chilling effect on intelligence cooperation and sharing too, within and across governments.”

Other reader echoed a theme perhaps unsurprising on military-focused blogs – anger at the unauthorized release of secret documents.

“Where in the hell was the C.I.A.? Wikileaks was known to be in possession of classified material in violation of U.S. and NATO country laws well before this release. They should have been stopped before what is probably the largest release of classified material during a war in history. Can you imagine what would have happened during WWII or even the “cold war” if something like this had occurred?”

And in a pointed exchange
gian p gentile:
“Rex: Agree; Like the Pentagon papers, but not really. I would only add to your points about this historical reference that another key difference is the general apathy of the American public toward the war in Afghanistan compared to the moral connection between the American people and war during Vietnam because of the draft.

“Unlike the Pentagon Papers that resonated months and years and even beyond after they were released, these wikileaks on Afghanistan will be front page for a day or two then swept into the dustbin of history where the only folks interested will be wonks, experts, historians doing current history, and military bloggers.”

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« Reply #286 on: Jul 27th, 2010, 07:51am »

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July 26, 2010
Teams of Physicists Closing in on the ‘God Particle’
By DENNIS OVERBYE

A thousand physicists working at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia, Ill., reported in Paris on Monday that they had not found the “God particle,” yet. But they are beginning to figure out where it is not.

Its mass — in the units preferred by physicists — is not in the range between 158 billion and 175 billion electron volts, according to a talk by Ben Kilminster of Ohio State at the International Conference on High Energy Physics in Paris.

And so the most intensive particle hunt in the history of physics goes on.

Over the last decade physicists working on two separate experiments at Fermilab have combed the debris from a thousand trillion (1 with 15 zeros) collisions of protons and anti-protons looking for signs of the Higgs boson, which is said to be responsible for imbuing some other elementary particles with mass. Rumors fanned by a blogger that the Higgs, dubbed the “God particle,” by former Fermilab director Leon Lederman in a book of the same name, had been detected reached all the way to Gawker last week and focused attention on the Paris conference, which also featured a speech by President Nicolas Sarkozy of France.

The new results, combining the data from two separate Fermi experiments, DZero and C.D.F., narrow the range in which the Higgs, if it exists, must be hiding. Physicists had previously concluded that it must lie somewhere between 115 billion and 200 billion electron volts. By comparison a proton, the anchor of ordinary matter, weighs in at about a billion electron volts.

A new competitor is about to enter the hunt. Physicists from CERN’s Large Hadron Collider near Geneva, the most powerful accelerator in the world, announced that their machine, which started operating at half power in March, with 3.5 trillion electron volt protons, had rediscovered all of particle physics, most recently the top quark, and thus the table was set for it begin to look for new physics as well as the Higgs. The new collider has registered about 1.5 billion collisions, but with more energy at its disposal it hopes to catch up to Fermilab in a year or so.

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« Reply #287 on: Jul 27th, 2010, 07:54am »

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Woman fined for 'defaming husband's manhood'
An Indian court has slapped a hefty fine on a woman who cited her husband's sexual impotence as grounds for divorce finding she had defamed his manhood.

Published: 1:17PM BST 27 Jul 2010

A judge in central Madhya Pradesh state ordered Vandana Gurjar to pay 200,000 rupees (£2,747) to her estranged husband Hemant Chhalotre.

Mr Chhalotre had complained the impotence accusation "rendered him unmarriageable and sullied his prestige".

The amount of the fine far exceeds the annual income of millions living in India.

Miss Gurjar married Mr Chhalotre nine years ago but left him after just three months, and later sought a divorce, which was granted by the courts, on the grounds that she "could not have conjugal bliss with Mr Chhalotre as he was impotent".

Mr Chhalotre then sued his wife for defaming his manhood.

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Pentagon can't account for $8.7 billion in Iraqi funds
The reconstruction money was from oil revenue it was entrusted with between 2004 and 2007, according to a newly released audit that underscores a pattern of poor record-keeping.
By Liz Sly, Los Angeles Times

9:13 PM PDT, July 26, 2010

Reporting from Baghdad

The Defense Department is unable to properly account for $8.7 billion out of $9.1 billion in Iraqi oil revenue entrusted to it between 2004 and 2007, according to a newly released audit that underscores a pattern of poor record-keeping during the war.

Of that amount, the military failed to provide any records at all for $2.6 billion in purported reconstruction expenditure, says the report by the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction, which is responsible for monitoring U.S. spending in Iraq. The rest of the money was not properly deposited in special accounts as required under Treasury Department rules, making it difficult to trace how it was spent.

Though there is no apparent evidence of fraud, the improper accounting practices add to the pattern of mismanagement, reckless spending and, in some instances, corruption uncovered by the agency since 2004, when it was created to oversee the total of $53 billion in U.S. taxpayer money appropriated by Congress for the reconstruction effort.

"The breakdown in controls left the funds vulnerable to inappropriate uses and undetected loss," notes the audit report, a copy of which was obtained Monday by the Los Angeles Times.

Special Inspector General Stuart Bowen, who heads the agency, said repeated investigations have shown that "weak oversight is directly correlated to increased numbers of cases of theft and abuse."

In this instance, the audit focused on Iraqi revenue earmarked for reconstruction under a 2004 arrangement granting the Defense Department access to Iraq's oil proceeds at a time when the country did not have a fully functioning government and was unable to undertake urgently needed projects. The revenue was deposited in a special account in New York, called the Development Fund for Iraq.

The report comes as Iraqis are increasingly frustrated with their own government's inability to provide basic services, or to explain how tens of billions of dollars' worth of oil revenue has been spent since 2007. The alleged U.S. mismanagement of Iraqi money is certain to revive grievances against the U.S. for failing to make a big dent in the country's reconstruction needs despite massive expenditures.

Iraqis are still angry about the failure to account for a separate $8.8 billion in Iraqi oil revenue spent by the U.S.-led Coalition Provisional Authority in 2003 and 2004.

If more money is found to be missing, "Iraq will definitely try to get it back," said Ali Musawi, a media advisor to Prime Minister Nouri Maliki.

Most of the money covered in the latest audit has been spent, but the study found $34.3 million that should legally have been returned to Iraq in 2007, when Iraq's government assumed responsibility for its finances.

The Defense Department has not said what it intends to do with the money, which is "at risk" of being spent, the audit said.

In response to the audit findings, the Defense Department concurred with recommendations that it establish better guidelines for managing such funds. But a letter from U.S. Central Command emphasized that failure to establish deposit accounts for the $8.7 billion does not mean it all cannot be accounted for.

The U.S. reconstruction effort is winding down as the military withdraws, and no more new U.S. funds are expected to be allocated.

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New Stryker production, testing approved

By Kate Brannen - Staff writer
Posted : Monday Jul 26, 2010 17:04:43 EDT

The Army’s effort to quickly build and field Stryker infantry combat vehicles with a hull designed to better protect against roadside bombs in Afghanistan has been approved by the Pentagon.

Pentagon acquisition executive Ashton Carter authorized the Army to spend up to $99 million to purchase early order material for 330 vehicles.

Carter’s July 6 memo allows the Army to simultaneously test and produce the double-V-hull vehicles, which the service aims to begin deploying in June. But Carter also directs service officials to return to him throughout the process to get permission to proceed.

Carter notes that building and testing simultaneously is risky but worth it to get the vehicles to Afghanistan quickly. “Concurrent production and testing will maximize the number of Stryker double-V-hull vehicles available for the deployed unit,” he said in his memo.

The V-shaped hull distributes the blast and moves the bottom of the vehicle higher off the ground.

The Army plans to integrate the new double-V hull design into eight of the 10 Stryker variants, excluding the Stryker nuclear, biological and chemical reconnaissance vehicles and the Mobile Gun System.

After several Strykers were damaged in Afghanistan, General Dynamics proposed in January to introduce the new hull design before the next Stryker brigade deployed in July 2011.

On July 9, the Army awarded a $30 million contract to the company for additional test assets, as well as early production items, according to a Pentagon contract announcement.

An April 6 acquisition decision memorandum authorized the Army to spend $51 million for the first 120 vehicles. The April memo also authorized up to $191.7 million in research-and-development funding to develop and test the hull design.

A series of decisions are scheduled for this fall, when the Army and the Pentagon can decide to halt the effort if the test results don’t prove the new design provides more protection.

In the July 6 memo, Carter tells the Army it must convene a configuration steering board “to review and assess Phase I test data and survivability enhancements prior to receiving my approval to continue Stryker [double-V-hull] production.”

The Army also has to present Carter with Phase II test data before deploying the vehicles, the memo reads.

In Phase 1 of testing, the Army will compare the performance of the double-V-hull Stryker to the performance of survivability-kit Strykers currently in Afghanistan, according to a June 14 briefing for the Senate Appropriations defense subcommittee.

In Phase 2, the Army will compare the double-V-hull vehicle’s test data to MRAP survivability performance requirements and regular Stryker reliability and operational mobility numbers.

The Army must keep Pentagon officials informed of anything that happens during testing that could cause them to reconsider their decision to proceed with the program, according to the memo.

“It is recognized that there is financial risk associated with this acquisition strategy because testing may not demonstrate that Stryker double-V hull provides better protection to crew than existing vehicles,” Carter said.

“Once steel is cut for the double-V-hull effort, it is no longer usable for current Stryker production,” the congressional briefing reads. It outlines the amount of money that will be spent between now and December, when a Defense Acquisition Board review is scheduled.

In early September, the Army will have spent $69 million and will have put nine vehicles together. In mid-October, the Army will do prototype mine-blast tests and automotive testing, and it will have spent $145.6 million. By mid-December, automotive testing will be complete, with costs rising to $310 million.

The Army plans to spend $114 million on research and development in 2010, according to the congressional briefing. As part of a reprogramming request, the Pentagon has asked to shift $102 million in Army vehicle procurement funding toward the Stryker double-V-hull effort. Another $12 million in fiscal 2009 funding for the Bradley fighting vehicle has been moved to fund Stryker.

The research-and-development funding needed in 2011 is $77.7 million. According to the briefing, the Army has committed to fund this requirement.


PROJECT TIMELINE

This fall: Officials can decide to halt testing if results don’t show improved protection.

Mid-December: Automotive testing complete.

Spring 2011: Live-fire and operational testing continues.

June 2011: Begin deploying double-V-hulled Strykers.

February 2012: Deliveries complete.

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Since the Source A story is floating around I thought this might be of interest:

Hall of Stolen Valor

Man faked his way into Army as an NCO

By Danny Robbins - The Associated Press
Posted : Sunday May 23, 2010 9:53:48 EDT

FORT WORTH, Texas — A Texas man with no military experience tricked the Army into letting him enter a reserve unit as a noncommissioned officer earlier this year, a deception that placed an untrained soldier in a leadership position in a time of war, an Associated Press investigation has found.

The revelation comes just months after the Army drew criticism for failing to flag the suspicious activities of the Army psychiatrist now charged with killing 13 and wounding dozens of others at Fort Hood.

The case, detailed in court records and other documents examined by the AP, raises more questions about the Army’s ability to vet soldiers’ backgrounds as it faces continued pressure from Congress over its screening and records system. While the soldier never deployed overseas, some say the case demonstrates how easily someone could pose as a member of the U.S. military.

Jesse Bernard Johnston III, 26, joined the Army Reserve in February as a sergeant and was assigned to the Corps Support Airplane Company based at the Fort Worth Naval Air Station. But he wasn’t qualified to hold that rank, according to military records obtained by the AP. The records show that Johnston’s only military experience was attending part of a 12-week Marine officer candidate course for college students in 2004.

Maj. Shawn Haney, spokeswoman for Marine Manpower and Reserve Affairs, said Johnston didn’t complete the course’s final six weeks. “He was never considered a Marine,” she said.

The matter, currently under investigation by the Army, means a soldier received a security clearance and was in position to lead troops in combat even though he hadn’t gone through basic training or spent any time in the service. The Corps Support Airplane Company has been deployed in Iraq, providing pilots as well as intelligence and support personnel for an aviation battalion set up to destroy improvised explosive devices.

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Military Times

4 Lewis-McChord soldiers killed in Afghanistan

The Associated Press
Posted : Monday Jul 26, 2010 15:45:43 EDT

The Defense Department said on Monday that four soldiers from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., were killed Saturday by a roadside bomb attack on their vehicle in Afghanistan.

They are identified as Staff Sgt. Conrad A. Mora, 24, of San Diego; Sgt. Daniel Lim, 23, of Cypress, Calif.; Spc. Joseph A. Bauer, 27, of Cincinnati; and Pfc. Andrew L. Hand, 25, of Enterprise, Ala.

The four were assigned to 5th Battalion, 3rd Field Artillery Regiment, 17th Fires Brigade, out of Lewis-McChord.

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Mohave Daily News

European film crew coming to Needles, seek info on 2008 UFO crash

Published: Tuesday, July 27, 2010 12:14 AM MDT
NEEDLES — A European film crew is planning a half-day visit Aug. 1 to Needles to get the scoop on Route 66 and the alleged unidentified flying object crash from May 2008.

Frank Costigan, of KTOX radio station, said he was contacted by the crew because of their interest in both topics. For a reason unknown to Costigan, Europeans have a fascination with Route 66 and UFO-related topics.

Costigan, former chief of police for the Los Angeles and Ontario, Calif., International Airports, said this particular crew has been here before. They’ve traveled the length of Route 66 on a Harley-Davidson motorcycle tour and they’ve returned to do another show.

This time, they want to include the UFO crash landing. A UFO reportedly crashed south of Needles and west of the Colorado River in May 2008. The story caught the attention of many, including CBS’s Las Vegas affiliate and a show on the History Channel called “UFO Hunters.”

George Knapp of KLAS, the CBS Vegas affiliate, did a series of stories regarding the incident. They covered the mysterious government officials who came out afterward and referred to them as the “Men in Black.”

“UFO Hunters” came out to try and determine if the incident could be a real UFO crash landing or not. A crew came into town, conducted several

interviews with eye witnesses and sought other evidence they could gather to make the determination. Costigan said they did determine it was likely a genuine incident.

He said the radio station, KTOX, gets inquiries from Europeans all the time. Costigan is one of the witnesses to have seen the object crash and saw the government officials caravanning into town.

Costigan didn’t have the name of the crew on-hand, but knows they intend to try and have the show available on the Travel Channel for U.S. residents to view. The intention is to have the video viewed all over Europe, Canada, the U.S. and Australia, Costigan said.

The film crew also will give him a disc with the show on it. Costigan said he intends to give a copy of the disc to the Needles Branch Library for residents to view.

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UFO stuns Pretoria residents
2010-07-26 09:19
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Pretoria - An unidentified flying object (UFO), which apparently consisted of three bright lights, astounded residents from Booysens in Pretoria for two consecutive nights for several hours.

Engela van der Spuy, 67, who lived in Attie Street in Booysens, contacted Beeld after she watched the strange set of lights on Thursday night for the second consecutive night.

"I'm not saying it's green little space men," said Van der Spuy. "We just really want to know what it is."

Van der Spuy for the first time saw the UFO on Wednesday night shortly after sunset in the western sky.

"I couldn't make out the shape of the object because the three lights were too bright, but it almost had a heart shape because there were two lights on top, a blue light on the left and an emerald green light directly next to it, on the right side, with a big bright white light underneath it which shone straight down," she said.

Dumbfounded

According to her, the UFO hung in the air for two hours without moving and then, at about 20:30, slowly started moving down, diagonally to the left and still down, disappearing behind the horizon.

On Thursday night, the UFO again appeared shortly after sunset and at 20:30 again started moving down before disappearing.

"I called all the neighbours and we looked at it together, but no one could figure out what it could be. All we knew, was that it definitely was not a star or a normal plane."

Henrico Swart, 19, Van der Spuy's neighbour, who looked at the UFO through binoculars, was dumbfounded.

"It has to have a very strange shape, because even through the binoculars I couldn't make out the shape," said Swart.

"All you could see, were three bright lights."

On enquiry, spokespeople from the Hercules police station, the Johannesburg Planetarium and the South African Air Force had no knowledge of the incident and were unable to explain the phenomenon.

"I don't think it is a flying saucer, because we would've been able to see the saucer shape. This is something even stranger," said Van der Spuy.

http://www.news24.com/SciTech/News/UFO-stuns-Pretoria-residents-20100726

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HAPPY BE-LATED BIRTHDAY, swamprat! smiley

Sorry, just saw it over at Ufomania. Hope you had a decent day yesterday. smiley

on Jul 27th, 2010, 08:07am, WingsofCrystal wrote:
Since the Source A story is floating around I thought this might be of interest:

Hall of Stolen Valor

Man faked his way into Army as an NCO

By Danny Robbins - The Associated Press
Posted : Sunday May 23, 2010 9:53:48 EDT

FORT WORTH, Texas — A Texas man with no military experience tricked the Army into letting him enter a reserve unit as a noncommissioned officer earlier this year, a deception that placed an untrained soldier in a leadership position in a time of war, an Associated Press investigation has found.

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HAPPY BE-LATED BIRTHDAY, swamprat! smiley

Sorry, just saw it over at Ufomania. Hope you had a decent day yesterday. smiley


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Ansel Adams photos found at yard sale; estimated value at $200 million

Do you love a good yard sale? Ever hoped you’d come across a priceless treasure or antique while browsing through the items for sale? If you live by the adage, another man’s trash is another man’s treasure then you’ll love this story!

A Fresno, California painter, Rick Norisgian, spends his time frequenting yard sales looking for antiques. About ten years ago, he negotiated the price of two small boxes filled with items only an artist would find worth the $45.00 he paid for them: 65 glass negatives.

The negatives, as it turns out, were lost photos taken by the American photographer and environmentalist Ansel Adams. Adams is renowned for his work, particularly those of Yosemite National Park and the techniques he developed to create black and white photos in stark contrast.

The photographs will be unveiled at David Streets Beverly Hills, California gallery today. The David W. Streets gallery is located at 9407 South Santa Monica Boulevard.

According to Streets, a team of forensic and art experts pored over the negatives and determined their authenticity. Streets said there is plenty of evidence confirming the negatives authenticity. According to David Streets website:

• Michael Nattenberg and Marcel Matley, two independent hand writing experts confirmed that hand writing on the envelopes in which the negatives were found belonged to Adams' wife Virginia.

• George Wright, a meteorological expert compared one of Adams' most famous photographs with one found in the Norsigian negatives. By looking at the cloud formation, the snow on the mountains and the shadow cast by a tree, Wright determined that the two photographs were taken on the same day at approximately the same time. These two images are posted on this website to the right.

• Robert Moeller, the former Curator of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts concluded: "After more than six months of close study, it is my opinion, within a high degree of probability, that the images under consideration were produced by Ansel Adams."

• Patrick Alt, a large format photographer with over 40 years of experience, meticulously refuted each of the questions raised and confirmed the authenticity of the negatives.

• In order to test the strength of the overall evidence, former FBI Agent and Section Chief Thomas Knowles and former Assistant United States Attorney and Legal/Supreme Court Reporter for ABC News Manny Medrano were asked to examine all of the evidence including the reports of the five retained experts. Both Knowles and Medrano declared that the evidence was sufficient to prove beyond a reasonable doubt, the highest standard used in United States courts, that the glass negatives were created by Ansel Adams.

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Study: Receipts Could Be Harmful to Your Health


Andrew Schneider Senior Public Health Correspondent

(July 26) -- Cash-register receipts from many fast-food outlets, groceries, pharmacies, big-box stores and U.S. post offices contain high levels of the endocrine-disrupting chemical bisphenol A.

A study released late today by the Environmental Working Group reported that a laboratory analysis it commissioned found the plastic component BPA on 40 percent of receipts from McDonald's, CVS, KFC, Whole Foods, Wal-Mart, Safeway and other businesses.

BPA is used to coat thermal paper, which reacts with dye to form black print on receipts handled by millions of Americans every day. In laboratory tests, the chemical has been linked to a long list of serious health problems in animals. Several environmental activists, including Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., also have called for removing BPA from canned goods.

"Consumers are being exposed to BPA at the point of sale once they're handed a receipt," senior scientist Dr. Anila Jacob told AOL News.

These receipts pile up in purses, wallets and shopping bags, coming into contact with food and other items. When handled, the slips of thermal paper can easily contaminate fingers, which then can result in oral or dermal exposure, the physician explained.

Wipe tests conducted by EWG's researchers easily removed BPA from the sample receipts, indicating that the chemical could rub off on the hands of a person handling the paper. The heat-activated paper that was tested contained as much as 3 percent pure BPA by weight, EWG reported.

But is this harmful to humans?

The EWG, a national nonprofit organization, is undertaking additional studies to determine whether and to what degree BPA enters the body. However, earlier this month Swiss scientist Sandra Biedermann and her colleagues from the Zurich Official Food Control Authority reported that BPA from register receipts can "enter the skin to such a depth that it can no longer be washed off."

That finding raises the possibility that the chemical infiltrates the skin's lower layers to enter the bloodstream directly, the EWG says.

For almost two years now, public health and environmental experts have been pushing to reduce BPA exposure, especially in cans for processed food, baby bottles and infant formula.

In animal tests, scientists have produced evidence that BPA can induce abnormal reproductive system development, diminished intellectual capacity and behavioral abnormalities and can set the stage for other serious conditions, such as reproductive system cancer, obesity, diabetes, early puberty, resistance to chemotherapy, asthma and cardiovascular system disorders.

The EWG added that exposure can also cause epigenetic changes, meaning alterations in the way genes switch off and on and genetic changes that can be passed on to the next generation.

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A new UFO book. Yea! It comes out 10 August 2010

UFOs: Generals, Pilots and Government Officials Go On the Record [Hardcover]
Leslie Kean (Author)

Editorial Reviews:

"At last, a serious and thoughtful book about this controversial subject. Skeptics and true believers will find a treasure trove of insightful and eye opening information. This book is bound to set the gold standard for UFO research."
—Michio Kaku, Ph.D. Author of Physics of the Impossible and host of Sci Fi Science on the Science Channel

“I was astonished by the care and precision of Leslie Kean’s research in this terrific book. Her analysis is carefully reasoned and to the point; her craftsmanship in organization and writing are superb. Her expose' raises important questions: Why does the US government create public distrust by neglecting this important topic? Why do its agencies avoid investigating cases of interference with flight operations and instead issue absurd cover-up stories? This book is ultimately an appeal to all scholars for an "extraordinary investigation of an extraordinary phenomenon.”
—Rudy Schild, Ph.D., Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

“Like me, Leslie Kean is an agnostic on the issue of UFOs. Her book is a fine piece of journalism - not about beliefs, but about facts. Kean presents the most accurate, most credible reports on UFO's you will ever find. She has fought long and hard to discover the facts and let the chips fall where they may. She may not have the final smoking gun, but I smell the gunpowder.”
—Miles O'Brien, former CNN space/science correspondent

“I find explanations offered by UFO enthusiasts and conspiracy theorists to be implausible, but I also have little patience with "deniers" who ridicule credible reports. Leslie Kean has found a thoughtful path between extreme views, documenting the UFO mystery with intelligence and insight. She makes a strong case for U.S. participation in official, international UFO investigations and for public dissemination of the results. The fascinating first-hand accounts make this a thought-provoking book, even for those of us who don’t know much about UFOs.”
—Neal Lane, Ph.D., Rice University; former Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

“If you don't know much about UFOs, you must read this book. If you think that UFO reports are nonsense, this book will disabuse you of that notion. Leslie Kean's UFOs informs readers at every level of knowledge and belief. It could, and should, become the "tipping point" that leads to public acceptance of the reality of UFOs and all of its implications.”
—Don Donderi, Ph.D., Department of Psychology, McGill University (Ret.)

“In an area of study where there aren’t many, this is a serious book. It is credible, clear, and compelling, without any farfetched jumps in logic and assumption. Its credibility begins on the first page with John Podesta and continues with case studies of extraordinary quality to the very end. Leslie Kean not only makes the case for, but calls for, a whole new concrete and realistic perspective on UFOs that has more honesty and integrity than any other that I have read. This is a book for anyone with an open mind.”
—John L. Petersen, Founder & President of The Arlington Institute

“In these pages we are confronted head-on by the UFO phenomenon as revealed firsthand by highly credible government officials and military aviation experts. Their credibility and integrity cannot be questioned, and their firsthand observations cannot be ignored. Leslie Kean provides a challenging analysis and she writes with penetrating depth and insight. The revelations in this book constitute a watershed event in lifting the taboo against rational discourse about this controversial subject.”
—Harold E. Puthoff, Ph.D., Director of The Institute for Advanced Studies at Austin

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