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Thu May 20, 2010 at 11:46 AM PDT

Craig Venter Has Made Life - (BREAKING)

by Benito

This is a fast developing story folks, but the gist from The Guardian:

Craig Venter creates synthetic life form

Craig Venter and his team have built the genome of a bacterium from scratch and incorporated it into a cell to make what they call the world's first synthetic life form


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Sat Nov 07, 2009 at 08:16 PM PST

Is this the Reichstag or the US House?

by Benito

Before the Nazi seizure of power in Germany a key element of the fascist strategy for seizing control of the state was to have its elected members disrupt the legislature. The goal, of course, was to discredit the procedural aspects of constitutional, democratic government and reduce the legislature to a farce so as to undermine the legitimacy of the system altogether. By disrupting the workings of the legislature, the Nazis flaunted their contempt of liberal democracy that allowed them their place in government and helped to paralyze the government's response to the economic crisis caused by the Great Depression.

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Wed Oct 21, 2009 at 05:50 PM PDT

Vitter's 'Macaca' Moment?

by Benito

Wow. Just wow. Mike Stark has done it again.

As our friend Mike reports, Louisiana Senator David Vitter hasn't yet commented on the infamous Justice of the Peace who refused to give that interracial couple a marriage license.

More importantly... Vitter didn't want to answer Mike's questions about it either:

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Reid Describes His Legislative Strategy:


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Greetings folks - perhaps some of you have seen the rather vicious anti-Health Care ads being run on TV (I saw it on MSNBC of all places) by the seemingly innocuous group the US Citizens Association. The particular ad I saw was the one at the bottom of the page titled "Socialized Medicine." Amusingly, it has the Soviet National anthem playing as the background music of the ad.

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Not in so many words of course, but that's the gist of an Independent interview with Dr Fatih Birol, the chief economist at the Paris-based International Energy Agency (IEA).

For those who have been watching the ongoing Peak Oil story play out - there were rumors last year at The Oil Drum that the IEA was coming out with a bombshell announcement in regards to long-term oil supplies in November, but such an announcement was allegedly suppressed for reasons unknown.

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Wed Jun 10, 2009 at 09:49 PM PDT

An Online Conversation With A Wingnut

by Benito

I play Axis and Allies at Game Table Online - an online gaming site for board game fanatics.

While playing a game we got into a 'discussion'. Make of it what you will. I'm haplo1998.

A great example of how politics ruins gaming!

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Wed May 27, 2009 at 08:02 AM PDT

Gog and Magog Story Confirmed by Chirac

by Benito

Well folks, here's something a little terrifying to go with your morning cup of coffee.

Remember back in 2003 when it came out from French sources that President Bush, while having dinner with then French president Jacques Chirac mentioned Bible prohpecy - specifically 'Gog and Magog' - as reasons for invading Iraq?

Well, apparently the story is true... and has been confirmed by Chirac himself.

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I haven't seen this in the diaries, so here's the scoop.

Haaretz, a major Israeli paper, has gotten hold of a secret database of illegal settlements amassed by the Israeli government that reveals widespread Israeli government complicity in the illegal settlement of Palestinian land.

From Haaretz:

Just four years ago, the defense establishment decided to carry out a seemingly elementary task: establish a comprehensive database on the settlements. Brigadier General (res.) Baruch Spiegel, aide to then defense minister Shaul Mofaz, was put in charge of the project. For over two years, Spiegel and his staff, who all signed a special confidentiality agreement, went about systematically collecting data, primarily from the Civil Administration.


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Mon Jan 05, 2009 at 10:55 AM PST

Dr. Seuss on Israel and Palestine

by Benito


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PBS' NOW interviews the Kerlees - a working-class couple in Virginia. While Sean Kerlee is your typical white, blue-collar union worker, his wife, Tracy, IS the face face of the modern Republican Party.


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The seemingly bizarre choice of Palin as VP choice for McCain has many heads swimming. Who is he aiming for with this choice?

Gretchen Wilson's

Redneck Woman

, a popular song on many country music stations, provides some interesting insight into this:

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