Saturday, October 27, 2007

saturday reads

The Independent: Guantanamo military lawyer breaks ranks to condemn 'unconscionable' detention

WaPo: Dozens of 'Ghost Prisoners' Not Publicly Accounted For

AlterNet: The Bush Era's Dark Legacy of Torture

Former US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld's jaunt to France was interrupted today by an unscheduled itinerary item -- he was slapped with a criminal complaint charging him with torture.

TPM: House Panel Screw-Up Reveals Whistleblower Email Addresses

Friday, October 26, 2007

friday reads

Iran has issued a defiant response to the harshest sanctions imposed on it by the United States since the 1979 Islamist revolution, saying the measures are "doomed to failure".

Hundreds of Burmese troops and riot police appeared on the streets of Rangoon again today, suggesting the regime fears a resurgence of bloodily suppressed pro-democracy protests.

Economist Paul Krugman on how the right-wing media machine is destroying social progress and on the subprime lending catastrophe.

Oil price hits record high $92 while the dollar dives to a record low against the euro.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

thursday reads

The bu$h administration announced an unprecedented package of unilateral sanctions against Iran today, including the long-awaited designations of its Revolutionary Guard Corps as a proliferator of weapons of mass destruction and of the elite Quds Force as a supporter of terrorism.

Detained Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi held talks with a representative of the ruling junta for more than an hour on Thursday, state television said.

Kucinich Will Force Impeachment Vote Before Thanksgiving

The New York Times takes a look at the Blackwater compound in Baghdad.

The Washingto Post takes a peek at Rep. Waxman's House Oversight Committee staff.

Red Sox 13, Rockies 1

Human species 'may split in two'

Humanity may split into two sub-species in 100,000 years' time as predicted by HG Wells, an expert has said.

Evolutionary theorist Oliver Curry of the London School of Economics expects a genetic upper class and a dim-witted underclass to emerge.


The descendants of the genetic upper class would be tall, slim, healthy, attractive, intelligent, and creative and a far cry from the "underclass" humans who would have evolved into dim-witted, ugly, squat goblin-like creatures.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

wednesday reads

The United States is spending about $8,000 per man, woman and child in the country to pursue wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to new estimates that show the wars will cost about $2.4 trillion over the next decade.

Turkish warplanes and troops attacked Kurdish rebels inside Iraq this week, security sources said on Wednesday, but Ankara wants to hold back from any major incursion for now to give diplomacy a chance.

More than half a million people were ordered to evacuate their homes in southern California as wind-driven wildfires raged for a fourth day Wednesday, razing communities and threatening to overwhelm exhausted firefighters.
Southern California Fires (10-23-07)
San Diego County Fires

Digby: The Art of the hissy Fit

Think Progress: White House ‘Eviscerates’ CDC Director’s Senate Testimony On Global Warming

G292.0+1.8: seeding new planets

Monday, October 22, 2007

monday reads

Valerie Plame Wilson: Finally Telling My Story

Crooks and Liars has the videos up of Valerie Plame on 60 Minutes.

Emptywheel: criminal prosecution of Abu Gonzales?

Eight Turkish troops are still missing after an attack by Kurdish rebels on Sunday which left 12 troops dead, the Turkish military has confirmed.

Nine members of the Sri Lankan military and 20 Tamil Tiger ground fighters have been killed after the rebels attacked an air force base, the military says.

The deputy mayor of the Indian capital Delhi has died a day after being attacked by a horde of wild monkeys.

Living paycheck to paycheck gets harder

Red Sox roar into World Series

Sunday, October 21, 2007

under the covers

"Hey Ellas McDaniel"