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Dear friends,

Below
are one-paragraph excerpts of important news articles you may have
missed.
These news articles include revealing information on the purge of
religious
books in U.S. prisons, questions about the effectiveness of flu shots for
the elderly, the collection of personal data about U.S. travelers, and
more. Each excerpt is taken verbatim from the major media website listed
at the link provided. If any link fails to function, click
here. Key sentences are highlighted for those with
limited
time.
By choosing to educate ourselves and to spread
the word, we can and will build a brighter
future.

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best wishes,

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Burks for PEERS and the WantToKnow.info Team


Prisons to Restore Purged Religious
Books


September 27, 2007, New York
Times



http://www.nytimes.com/2007/09/27/washington/27prison.html

Facing
pressure from religious groups, civil libertarians and members of
Congress, the federal Bureau of Prisons has decided to return religious
materials that had been purged from prison chapel libraries because they
were not on the bureau’s lists of approved resources. After the details
of
the removal became widely known this month, Republican lawmakers, liberal
Christians and evangelical talk shows all criticized the government for
creating a list of acceptable religious books. In an e-mail message
Wednesday, the bureau said: “In response to concerns expressed by members
of several religious communities, the Bureau of Prisons has decided to
alter its planned course of action with respect to the Chapel Library
Project. The bureau will begin immediately to return to chapel libraries
materials that were removed in June 2007, with the exception of any
publications that have been found to be inappropriate, such as material
that could be radicalizing or incite violence. The review of all
materials
in chapel libraries will be completed by the end of January 2008.” Only a
week ago the bureau said it was not reconsidering the library policy. But
critics of the bureau’s program said it appeared that the bureau had
bowed
to widespread outrage. “Certainly putting the books back on the
shelves is a major victory, and it shows the outcry from all over the
country was heard,”
said Moses Silverman, a lawyer for three
prisoners who are suing the bureau over the program. “But
regarding what they do after they put them back ... I remain concerned
that the criteria for returning the books will be constitutional and
lawful.”



Study finds flu shots do little to help most
vulnerable elderly


September 24, 2007, San Francisco
Chronicle
(San Francisco's leading newspaper)



http://www.sfgate.com/flat/archive/2007/09/24/chronicle/archive/2007/09/24/MN3RSD8KP.html

A team
of
National Institutes of Health researchers has concluded that the
often-touted benefits of flu shots to people over the age of 70 are
highly
exaggerated - there is no real proof they provide protection to the frail
elderly.
The conclusion published Monday in an online edition of the British
journal The Lancet Infectious Diseases is unwelcome news for
public health officials in the United States who are preparing to launch
the annual flu shot campaign. This season, the Centers for Disease
Control
and Prevention hopes that a record 132 million doses of flu vaccine will
be
manufactured for the U.S. market, but the federal agency has been having
a
hard time boosting the number of Americans who line up for the shots.
Last
year, at least 18 million doses of flu vaccine went to waste. Clearly
worried that a study casting doubt on the value of the vaccine might undo
years of efforts to boost immunization rates, both the study authors and
top U.S. health officials said the elderly still should seek out the
shots. The authors confirmed a strong consensus that the flu shots are
effective for people under 65. The study's lead author, Lone Simonsen, is
a former epidemiologist at the National Institute of Allergy and
Infectious Diseases and is now a professor at George Washington
University. She and her colleagues stressed in their study that
"even a partly effective vaccine would be better than no vaccine
at all." Nevertheless, the report underscores growing doubts about how
useful the current flu vaccines are for the elderly and provides
ammunition to those who argue that more powerful shots need to be
developed for the most vulnerable age group.


Note:
For many key articles on health from reliable major media sources, click here.


Collecting of Details on Travelers
Documented


September 22, 2007, Washington
Post



http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/09/21/AR2007092102347.html

The U.S.
government is collecting electronic records on the travel habits of
millions of Americans who fly, drive or take cruises abroad, retaining
data on the persons with whom they travel or plan to stay, the personal
items they carry during their journeys, and even the books that travelers
have carried, according to documents obtained by a group of civil
liberties advocates and statements by government officials. The personal
travel records are meant to be stored for as long as 15 years, [by] the
Department of Homeland Security's ... Automated Targeting System. But new
details about the information being retained suggest that the government
is monitoring the personal habits of travelers more closely than it has
previously acknowledged. The details were learned when a group of
activists requested copies of official records on their own travel. Those
records included a description of a book on marijuana that one of them
carried and small flashlights bearing the symbol of a marijuana
leaf.
Civil liberties advocates have alleged that the type of
information preserved by the department raises alarms about the
government's ability to intrude into the lives of ordinary people. The
millions of travelers whose records are kept by the government are
generally unaware of what their records say, and the government has not
created an effective mechanism for reviewing the data and correcting any
errors, activists said. The activists alleged that the data collection
effort, as carried out now, violates the Privacy Act, which bars the
gathering of data related to Americans' exercise of their First Amendment
rights, such as their choice of reading material or persons with whom to
associate. They also expressed concern that such personal data could one
day be used to impede their right to travel.


Outsourcing foreign policy

September 21, 2007, Los Angeles
Times



http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/la-oe-brooks21sep21,0,4584140.column

For
years, the [Bush] administration has been quietly auctioning off U.S.
foreign policy to the highest corporate bidder -- and it may be too late
for us to buy it back. Look at Blackwater. Blackwater increasingly
promises to do everything the U.S. government can do, but better.
Blackwater's facility in North Carolina is the world's largest private
military facility -- it's so good that the U.S. military uses it for
training. Since its founding, it has trained 50,000 "consultants" who can
be deployed anywhere in the world. With no geographical limits, the
company is eager to prove its value. Blackwater has trained police in
Afghanistan and naval commandos in Azerbaijan, and it sent heavily armed
employees to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. They started off
offering their services as volunteers -- or vigilantes, some critics
said.
FEMA, playing catch-up, followed with contracts, as did a number of other
agencies. Increasingly, Blackwater looks like a miniature government. It
has people, infrastructure and hardware. For instance, it is buying
Brazilian-made fighter bombers -- great in combat but not really
necessary
if you're merely providing civilian bodyguards. Blackwater is unusual,
but
it's not entirely unique. Other corporations ... are also eagerly filling
the vacuum as the U.S. government retreats worldwide from the business of
governing. The White House's motives are obvious. Why fight
another war, with all the bother of convincing Congress, if you can
quietly hire a private military company to fight it for you? Why
interrogate suspected insurgents if you can outsource the whole messy
business?
As for the corporations so eagerly lapping up the
contracting dollars, there's no conspiracy -- it's just the good old
profit motive.


More Than $1B Needed to Make Forbes
List


September 21, 2007, Associated
Press



http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5gngILC6mqaGCBRjrNiHd5aS5-QbQ

A
billion
dollars just doesn't go as far as it used to. For the first time, it
takes
more than $1 billion to earn a spot on Forbes magazine's list of the 400
richest Americans. The minimum net worth for inclusion in this
year's rankings released Thursday was $1.3 billion, up $300 million from
last year. The new threshold meant 82 of America's billionaires didn't
make the cut. Collectively, the people who made the rankings released
Thursday are worth $1.54 trillion
, compared with $1.25 trillion
last year. The very top of the list was unchanged: Microsoft Corp.
founder
Bill Gates led the list for the 14th straight year, this time with a net
worth estimated at $59 billion. He was followed by Warren Buffett of
Berkshire Hathaway Inc. in second place with an estimated $52 billion and
casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, No. 3 with an estimated worth of $28
billion. Larry Ellison of Oracle Corp. maintained his ranking at No. 4,
with an estimated net worth of $26 billion. But the list showed some
notable changes. Joining the top 10 of the country's richest for the
first
time were Google Inc. founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page, who tied for
fifth place. The 34-year-old moguls' wealth has quadrupled since 2004 to
an estimated $18.5 billion this year, while their company's stock value
has surged 500 percent. And, lower down, almost half of the 45 newcomers
made their millions in hedge funds and private equity investments. The
youngest member of this year's list was 33-year-old hedge fund manager
John Arnold, who joined the ranks at No. 317 and a net worth of $1.5
billion. "Wall Street really led the charge this year," said Matthew
Miller, editor of the Forbes list. "God only knows if they'll be on it
next year. It really just depends on what the market does."

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between the super-rich and the rest, click
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Case Dismissed?

September 20, 2007,
Newsweek



http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/20884696/site/newsweek/from/ET/

The
nation’s biggest telecommunications companies, working closely with the
White House, have mounted a secretive lobbying campaign to get Congress
to
quickly approve a measure wiping out all private lawsuits against them
for
assisting the U.S. intelligence community’s warrantless surveillance
programs.
The campaign -— which involves some of Washington's
most prominent lobbying and law firms -— has taken on new urgency in
recent weeks because of fears that a U.S. appellate court in San
Francisco
is poised to rule that the lawsuits should be allowed to proceed. If that
happens, the telecom companies say, they may be forced to terminate their
cooperation with the U.S. intelligence community -— or risk potentially
crippling damage awards for allegedly turning over personal information
about their customers to the government without a judicial warrant. But
critics say the language proposed by the White House -— drafted in close
cooperation with the industry officials -— is so extraordinarily broad
that it would provide retroactive immunity for all past telecom actions
related to the surveillance program. Its practical effect, they argue,
would be to shut down any independent judicial or state inquires into how
the companies have assisted the government in eavesdropping on the
telephone calls and e-mails of U.S. residents in the aftermath of the
September 11 terror attacks. “It’s clear the goal is to kill our case,"
said Cindy Cohn, legal director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a San
Francisco-based privacy group that filed the main lawsuit against the
telecoms after The New York Times first disclosed, in December
2005, that President Bush had approved a secret program to monitor the
phone conversations of U.S. residents without first seeking judicial
warrants. “I find it a little shocking that Congress would participate in
the covering up of what has been going on," added Cohn.



Searching Passengers' Faces For Subtle Cues to
Terror


September 19, 2007, Washington
Post



http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/09/18/AR2007091801891.html

Looking
for signs of "stress, fear and deception" among the hundreds of
passengers
shuffling past him at Orlando International Airport one day last month,
security screener Edgar Medina immediately focused on four casually
dressed men trying to catch a flight to Minneapolis. One of the men, in
particular, was giving obvious signs of trying to hide something, Medina
said. After obtaining the passengers' ID cards and boarding passes, the
Transportation Security Administration officer quickly determined the men
were illegal immigrants traveling with fake Florida driver's licenses.
They were detained. The otherwise mundane arrests Aug. 13 illustrated an
increasingly popular tactic in the government's effort to fight
terrorism:
detecting lawbreakers or potential terrorists by their behavior. The TSA
has embraced the strategy, training 600 of its screeners ... in detection
techniques. The TSA's teams are the most publicly acknowledged effort by
the government or the private sector to come up with strategies and
technology to detect lawbreakers or terrorists before they commit a
crime.
Other technologies under development or being deployed include machines
that detect stress in voices and software that scans video images to
match
the faces of passengers with those of known terrorists. The government is
testing other technology that can see through clothing with ...
electromagnetic waves. TSA's growing reliance on detecting
behavior and the close study of passengers' expressions concerns civil
liberties groups and members of Congress. "The problem is behavioral
characteristics will be found where you look for them,"
said
John
Reinstein, legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union of
Massachusetts.



How this 12inch miracle tube could halve
heating
bills


September 15, 2007, Daily Mail
(U.K.)



http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/technology/technology.html

It
sounds
too good to be true - not to mention the fact that it violates almost
every
known law of physics. But British scientists claim they have invented a
revolutionary device that seems to 'create' energy from virtually
nothing.
Their so-called thermal energy cell could soon be fitted into ordinary
homes, halving domestic heating bills and making a major contribution
towards cutting carbon emissions. Even the makers of the device are at a
loss to explain exactly how it works - but sceptical independent
scientists carried out their own tests and discovered that the 12in x 2in
tube really does produce far more heat energy than the electrical energy
put in. The device seems to break the fundamental physical law that
energy
cannot be created from nothing
- but researchers believe it taps
into a previously unrecognised source of energy, stored at a sub-atomic
level within the hydrogen atoms in water. The system - developed by
scientists at a firm called Ecowatts [a holding of Gardner Watts] -
involves passing an electrical current through a mixture of water,
potassium carbonate [potash] and a secret liquid catalyst, based on
chrome. This creates a reaction that releases an incredible amount of
energy compared to that put in. If the reaction takes place in a unit
surrounded by water, the liquid heats up, which could form the basis for
a
household heating system. If the technology can be developed on a
domestic
scale, it means consumers will need much less energy for heating and hot
water - creating smaller bills and fewer greenhouse gases. The device has
taken ten years of painstaking work by a small team at Ecowatts' ...
laboratory, and bosses predict a household version of their device will
be
ready to go on sale within the next 18 months.

Note:
For an abundance of reliable reports on amazing new energy developments,
click
here.




Key Articles From Years Past


Free-hug man speaks out
2006-09-28, Sydney Morning Herald
(Australia's leading newspaper)

http://www.smh.com.au/news/music/freehug-man-speaks-out/2006/09/28/1159337257...
The man
behind the latest YouTube sensation has spoken out for the first time
about his global cuddling controversy. Serial hugger Juan Mann describes
the free hugs he hands out...as fast-food emotion. His cuddling campaign
received an international dose of publicity today, after a clip showing his
public displays of affection won a coveted front page spot on the video
sharing website. An American television audience of millions also watched
him at work, when the video was broadcast on the prime-time breakfast
program Good Morning America yesterday. Today, the hugger was at it
again,
brandishing his "free hugs" sign in the busy pedestrian thoroughfare, and
having quite a few people take him up on his offer. "It's a way to make
people smile," Mann said. "For every person who gets a hug, you see five
walk past with a smile on their face." But his efforts to spread the love
became a little too popular for some people's liking, according to a
blurb
on the YouTube video, which said: "As this symbol of human hope
spread across the city, police and officials ordered the Free Hugs
campaign BANNED." Undeterred, Mann collected more than 10,000 signatures
on a petition he presented to the City of Sydney council.

Demands
for a halt to the hugs petered out shortly after, and the end of the clip
shows Mann hugging an official. City worker Elly Mitchell, who handed out
a few free hugs on her lunch break today, said she was inspired to
organise [an] event after seeing the video online. "We're going to hug
the
city," Ms Mitchell said.

Note:
If you haven't seen this powerfully inspiring four-minute video clip yet,
join the over 10 million who have seen it at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vr3x_RRJdd4.
The free hugs movement is rapidly spreading around the world! Click here and here to see
more.
For several other short, deeply inspiring videos, click here.




Take water and potash, add electricity and get
- a mystery


May 18, 2003, Telegraph (One of
the
U.K.'s leading newspapers)



http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml...

British
researchers believe that they have made a groundbreaking scientific
discovery after apparently managing to "create" energy from hydrogen
atoms. In results independently verified at Bristol University, a team
from Gardner Watts - an environmental technology company - show a
"thermal energy cell" which appears to produce hundreds of times more
energy than that put into it. If the findings are correct and can be
reproduced on a commercial scale, the thermal energy cell could become a
feature of every home, heating water for a fraction of the cost and
cutting fuel bills by at least 90 per cent.
The makers of the
cell, which passes an electric current through a liquid between two
electrodes, admit that they cannot explain precisely how the invention
works. "What we are saying is that the device seems to tap into another,
previously unrecognised source of energy." The cell is the product of
research into the fundamental properties of hydrogen, the most common
element in the universe. Hydrogen can exist in a so-called metastable
state that harbours a potential source of extra energy. [Quantum] theory
suggests that if electricity were passed into a mixture of water and a
chemical catalyst, the extra energy would be released in the form of
heat.
After some experimentation, the team found that a small amount of
electricity passed through a mixture of water and potassium carbonate -
potash - released an astonishing amount of energy. "It generates a lot of
heat in a very small volume," said Christopher Eccles, the chief
scientist
at Gardner Watts. The findings of the Gardner Watts team were tested by
Dr
Jason Riley of Bristol University, who found energy gains of between
three
and 26 times what had been put in.
Note:
For an abundance of reliable reports on amazing new energy developments,
click
here.



Unanswered questions: The mystery of Flight
93


August 13, 2002, Independent (One
of the U.K.'s leading newspapers)



http://news.independent.co.uk/world/americas/article173206.ece

The
shortage of available facts [about the crash of Flight 93 on September
11,
2001] did not prevent the creation of an instant legend ... that the US
government and the US media were pleased to propagate, and that the
American public have been eager, for the most part, to accept as fact.
The
absence of official information has led to lively and often well-informed
debate [on] the internet (see www.flight93crash.com.)
There are ... a number of important unanswered questions ...
based
on evidence, as well as on a manifest absence of candour on the part of
the
authorities – which the national US media, typically so sceptical and
inquisitive, have shown a curious reluctance to ask.
The
alternative theories, both of which have been denied by the US military
and the FBI, are a) that Flight 93 was brought down by a US government
plane; and b) that a bomb went off aboard. If doubts remain despite the
denials, if conspiracy theories flourish, it is in large part because of
the authorities' failure to address head-on questions, [including:] 1.
The
wide displacement of the plane's debris, one explanation for which might
be
an explosion of some sort aboard prior to the crash. Letters ... and
other
papers from the plane were found eight miles (13km) away from the scene
of
the crash. A sector of one engine weighing one ton was found [more than a
mile] away . Other remains of the plane were found two miles away near a
town called Indian Lake. 2. A federal flight controller [was quoted] a
few
days later in a newspaper [stating] that an F-16 had been "in hot
pursuit"
of the hijacked United jet and "must have seen the whole thing".
Everything is speculation – that is the problem with the story of Flight
93.

Note:
For a treasure trove of revealing articles from major media sources that
raise numerous questions about what really happened on 9/11, click here.




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