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Coal industry lies again

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009   6:52 am | Author: freethinker | Environment, Technology | 1 Comment
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During the summer The American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE), the coal industry’s mouthpiece, forged letters to Congress about the support the industry has from various groups.

 

They are at it again and taking this Veteran’s Day as an opportunity to lie again.

 

thinkprogress reports that that the ACCCE sent out the following email

 

“With Veterans Day around the corner, we wanted to take a moment to reflect on all the military personnel who are involved in ensuring our country is protected.”

 

“Energy security is one issue that has become increasingly important to our veterans. In fact, national veterans groups Votevets and Operation Free are urging the government to become more energy independent and less reliant on foreign oil.”

 

“We can do this by using the abundant domestic fuels we already have. With more than 250 billion tons of recoverable coal reserves, the United States has more coal than the Middle East has oil.”

 

The problem is ..continue reading

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Cell phones will kill you (but we are not sure)

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009   5:07 am | Author: Jerry | Technology | Add Comment
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This story surfaces every year or two and scares the daylights out of many people.

 

I don’t understand why there are no definitive answers on this by now.

 

The latest article appeared on CNN yesterday “…more evidence is emerging that long-term cell phone use is associated with cancer, but there’s still not a definitive explanation or proof of cause and effect.”

 

The World Health Organization is to release a study by the end of the year that was conducted over the last decade. Last month the London Daily Telegraph reported that the study shows significant risk of brain tumors for those using cell phones for 10 years or more. 

 

“A recent study in the Journal of Clinical Oncology that looked at 23 case-control studies found that the research with the more scientifically rigorous methodologies suggested cell phones and tumors are linked.”

 

“Researchers found that cell phone users had a 10 percent to 30 percent higher risk ..continue reading

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How much longer until Blackwater execs are charged?

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009   5:56 pm | Author: chris | Politics/Government, Technology | Add Comment
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The Blackwater nightmare continues.

 

The question is why is this company still in business and why is the government still dealing with them? They changed their name to Xe Services but that doesn’t change their history and who they are.

 

The New York Times reports tonight that “Top executives at Blackwater Worldwide authorized secret payments of about $1 million to Iraqi officials that were intended to silence their criticism and buy their support after a September 2007 episode in which Blackwater security guards fatally shot 17 Iraqi civilians in Baghdad.”

 

“Four former Blackwater executives said in interviews that Gary Jackson, who was then the company’s president, had approved the bribes, and the money was sent from Amman, Jordan, where Blackwater maintains an operations hub, to a top manager in Iraq.”

 

“Blackwater’s strategy of buying off the government officials, which would have been illegal under American law, created a deep rift inside the company, according to the ..continue reading

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Bomb detection with a Ouija board

Thursday, November 5th, 2009   4:37 am | Author: Jerry | Money, Services/Products, Technology | Add Comment
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It appears that another manufacturer of defense equipment is raking it in in Iraq. This time it is a British company selling a device that most believe is totally useless.

 

The Iraqi forces are using a bomb detection device, a wand device called the ADE 651 , manufactured by ATSC Ltd.

 

The New York Times reports “The small hand-held wand, with a telescopic antenna on a swivel, is being used at hundreds of checkpoints in Iraq. But the device works “on the same principle as a Ouija board” — the power of suggestion — said a United States Air Force officer, Lt. Col. Hal Bidlack, who described the wand as nothing more than an explosives divining rod.”

 

“The American military does not use the devices. “I don’t believe there’s a magic wand that can detect explosives,” said Maj. Gen. Richard J. Rowe Jr., who oversees Iraqi police training for the American military. ..continue reading

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Is this where we are headed?

Sunday, October 25th, 2009   4:56 am | Author: SJB | Life, Politics/Government, Technology | Add Comment
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There is a disturbing article in the NYT that describes the extensive surveillance that occurs in Britain of its citizens. 

 

“..security cameras lurk at every corner, giant databases keep track of intimate personal details and the government has extraordinary powers to intrude into citizens’ lives.”

 

It sounds like a science fiction movie but it is reality in Britain.

 

To emphasize how out of control this surveillance has become the article reviews that case of Jenny Paton, a 40 year old mother of three who was trying to get her youngest daughter into a neighborhood school.

 

“Suspecting Ms. Paton of falsifying her address to get her daughter into the neighborhood school, local officials here began a covert surveillance operation. They obtained her telephone billing records. And for more than three weeks in 2008, an officer from the Poole education department secretly followed her, noting on a log the movements of the “female and three children” and the ..continue reading

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