Thursday, June 29, 2006 - House approves bill to lift ban on offshore drilling

"The bill, which passed on a 232-187 vote, would end a ban on new domestic offshore drilling that for 25 years confined such activity almost exclusively to the western and central Gulf of Mexico."

These A**holes contrive an oil crisis and then
use it as an excuse to provide this gift to oil companies.

If past history (Alaskan Pipeline) is any example,
consumers will see NO savings at all.
- Frank

Saturday, June 24, 2006 - E-mails detail Abramoff donation requests, administration contacts

"Blunt e-mails that connect money and access in Washington show that prominent Republican activist Grover Norquist facilitated some administration contacts for Abramoff's clients while the lobbyist simultaneously solicited those clients for large donations to Norquist's tax-exempt group."

Thursday, June 22, 2006


U.S. Gets Access to Worldwide Banking Data

"The White House and Treasury Department issued statements about the secret subpoenas after The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and the Los Angeles Times posted stories about the program on their Web sites." - Rising gold prices pique interest in panning

Surging gold prices the past two years have riveted the financial world, just as they did in the days of the Forty-Niners. But today, the gold market is far more industrialized and complex than it was in 1849.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006


gizmag Article: New bicycle design eliminates chain, derailleur and sprocket

"US-based Dynacraft has introduced just such a beastie - the Dekra-D Drive bike has an internal drive shaft which offers less maintenance, greater safety and a cleaner solution than a conventional chain-driven bike by replacing the parts of the bike that cause the most problems and require the most maintenance - the chain and derailleur."


AT&T rewrites rules: Your data isn't yours

"The new policy says that AT&T -- not customers -- owns customers' confidential info and can use it 'to protect its legitimate business interests, safeguard others, or respond to legal process.'

The policy also indicates that AT&T will track the viewing habits of customers of its new video service -- something that cable and satellite providers are prohibited from doing."

Tuesday, June 20, 2006


AP: Police got phone data from brokers - Yahoo! News

"Numerous federal and local law enforcement agencies have bypassed subpoenas and warrants designed to protect civil liberties and gathered Americans' personal telephone records from private-sector data brokers."

Monday, June 19, 2006


Pentagon Lists Homosexuality As Disorder

"A Pentagon document classifies homosexuality as a mental disorder, decades after mental health experts abandoned that position."

Saturday, June 17, 2006


HUMAN EVENTS ONLINE - Bush Administration Quietly Plans NAFTA Super Highway by Jerome R. Corsi

"As incredible as this plan may seem to some readers, the first Trans-Texas Corridor segment of the NAFTA Super Highway is ready to begin construction next year. Various U.S. government agencies, dozens of state agencies, and scores of private NGOs (non-governmental organizations) have been working behind the scenes to create the NAFTA Super Highway, despite the lack of comment on the plan by President Bush. The American public is largely asleep to this key piece of the coming “North American Union” that government planners in the new trilateral region of United States, Canada and Mexico are about to drive into reality. "


AT&T offers broadband by itself / Unpublicized DSL service won't save subscribers much

"Consumer advocates said the price of AT&T's standalone DSL is evidence that AT&T is not interested in giving its customers the choice of unbundled service but is intent on pushing telecommunications packages on them even if they don't need it."

Friday, June 16, 2006


Innovative architects turn used shipping containers into homes

"Rammed earth, sod, yak wool, reclaimed wood, oriented-strand board, straw ... nowadays, the smorgasbord of offerings in alternative building methods and materials is staggeringly abundant, if not a little confusing." Begins Selling Groceries

"Customers shopping for books, DVDs, clothing and toys on Internet powerhouse can now add groceries like canned tuna to their shopping cart."

Thursday, June 15, 2006 - China makes ultimate punishment mobile

"The country that executed more than four times as many convicts as the rest of the world combined last year is slowly phasing out public executions by firing squad in favor of lethal injections. Unlike the United States and Singapore, the only two other countries where death is administered by injection, China metes out capital punishment from specially equipped 'death vans' that shuttle from town to town."

Tuesday, June 13, 2006


Technologists assail federal Net-tapping rules | CNET

"The study, organized by the Information Technology Association of America, says that because VoIP relies on a fundamentally different network architecture from that of traditional phone lines, such a mandate would pose 'enormous costs' to the industry and could even introduce significant security risks."

Thursday, June 08, 2006 - Army officer refuses to deploy to Iraq

"1st Lt. Ehren Watada, who joined the Army in March 2003, said he researched the reasons behind the U.S. involvement in Iraq and concluded the war is illegal and immoral."

Wednesday, June 07, 2006


AT&T gets more for less

"'Carrier costs are not going up to provide long-distance service,' said Lisa Pierce, a vice president at Forrester Research who specializes in telecom issues. 'If anything, the cost has been coming down.'"


Google founder lobbies for net neutrality - Yahoo! News

"Google, Microsoft Corp. and other major Internet site operators have joined with small Web site owners to oppose broadband providers such as AT&T Inc. and Verizon Communications that want to offer faster network performance to companies that pay more. The issue has been dubbed 'net neutrality' by those who oppose a two-tier system of access and pricing." - For Springsteen, 'Seeger Sessions' sends a message

"'Obviously, get rid of the president,' he says. 'When you see the devastation (in New Orleans) and realize the kind of support the city will need to get back on its feet, there's no way to make sense of someone pushing for more tax cuts for the 1% of the 1% of the population. It's insanity and a subversion of everything America is supposed to be about. You can't travel around the city and not wonder what in the world is going on.'" - Senators won't grill phone companies

"A last-minute deal Tuesday with Vice President Cheney averted a possible confrontation between the Senate Judiciary Committee and U.S. telephone companies about the National Security Agency's database of customer calling records."

Tuesday, June 06, 2006


Active-duty troops' data stolen from VA - Yahoo! News

"- Personal data on more than 2.2 million active-duty military troops — not just 50,000 as initially believed — were among the material stolen from a Veterans Affairs employee last month, the
Pentagon said Tuesday."


Alcohol may help protect the heart / Women benefit with far less intake than men, study says

"According to the authors, there are several plausible explanations for the effect. Alcohol helps raise the levels of high-density lipoprotein or HDL cholesterol and lowers plasma fibrinogen levels, which contribute to blood clotting."

Monday, June 05, 2006


Baby left for dead is all grown up / She'll graduate high school a few miles from site of her rescue

"'It makes me feel like I'm here for a reason. I'm here to do something with my life,'' said Ashley, who will attend the University of Arizona in the fall on a scholarship. 'I'm not here to sit around and cry and waste my time thinking about what happened to me.''"

Save the Internets


Sunday, June 04, 2006


After Enron, Corporate Wrongdoing Still Thrives: How Not to Ruin Your Life - Yahoo! Finance

"Now, it would be nice if the Lay and Skilling convictions marked the end of this kind of fraud. The terrible part is that it's still going on in a huge way. Lately, investigative reporters at 'The Wall Street Journal,' aided by university professors, are discovering that top executives at some of the biggest companies in the nation are looting their companies in an almost unbelievably brazen way."


Squeeze Play

"When Tom Torriglia campaigned at City Hall to make the accordion the official instrument of San Francisco, it's not as if he expected protesters to show up waving piccolos."


Bush approval ratings hit new low in California / Poll reflects growing discontent with president, Congress

"'We're in uncharted waters,' said Mark DiCamillo, director of the Field Poll. 'All previous presidents who have dipped this low either resigned from office shortly thereafter or were voted out of office. Here we have a president who will be with us for 2 1/2 more years."

Amazing! There are still 28% that approve of this incompetent??
- Frank

Friday, June 02, 2006


Rolling Stone : Was the 2004 Election Stolen?

"...despite the media blackout, indications continued to emerge that something deeply troubling had taken place in 2004. Nearly half of the 6 million American voters living abroad(3) never received their ballots -- or received them too late to vote(4) -- after the Pentagon unaccountably shut down a state-of-the-art Web site used to file overseas registrations.(5) A consulting firm called Sproul & Associates, which was hired by the Republican National Committee to register voters in six battleground states,(6) was discovered shredding Democratic registrations.(7) In New Mexico, which was decided by 5,988 votes,(8) malfunctioning machines mysteriously failed to properly register a presidential vote on more than 20,000 ballots.(9) Nationwide, according to the federal commission charged with implementing election reforms, as many as 1 million ballots were spoiled by faulty voting equipment -- roughly one for every 100 cast.(10)"

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