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are one-paragraph excerpts of important news articles you may have
These news articles include revealing information on the decision by
California to bring a lawsuit against a maker of electronic voting
machines, the war protest by Dennis Kucinich at the School of the
Americas, US secret aid to Pakistan to control its nuclear weapons, and
more. Each excerpt is taken verbatim from the major media website listed
at the link provided. If any link fails to function, click
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By choosing to educate ourselves and to spread
the word, we can and will build a brighter

best wishes,
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California suing Nebraska voting machine maker
for $15 million

November 20, 2007, San Francisco
(San Francisco's leading newspaper)

Secretary of State Debra Bowen sued a Nebraska voting machine company on
Monday, seeking fines and reimbursements of nearly $15 million from the
firm for allegedly selling nearly 1,000 uncertified machines to San
Francisco and ... Solano, Marin, Merced and Colusa counties. Bowen
learned of the possible violation last July and ordered an
investigation. "ES&S ignored the law over and over and over
and it got caught," Bowen said in a statement after filing suit against
company. "I am not going to stand on the sidelines and watch a voting
system vendor come into the state, ignore the laws and make millions of
dollars from California's taxpayers in the process."
decision could be a windfall for the affected counties. In the suit, the
secretary of state is seeking a $10,000 penalty for each of the
uncertified machines sold in the state, with half that fine intended to
to the counties that bought them. ES&S also would have to reimburse the
counties for the full cost of the machines, but the counties would be
to keep the AutoMARKs, which are now slated to receive full state
certification in early December. The reimbursement rule was added to the
state election code in 2004 in an effort to boost the penalties against
companies that ignore the state's certification rules. "I was surprised
see this happen," Bowen said in a telephone conference call Monday
afternoon. "I hope this will be the last time I have to use (the new
penalties)." Bowen said there is no ambiguity in the law. "Changes ...
must be submitted to the secretary of state before a voting machine can
sold or used in California," she said. "California law doesn't ask the
manufacturer to decide whether the changes are small or large or
medium-size." California only learned about the changes when an ES&S
representative inadvertently mentioned the new version of the AutoMARK in
a telephone conference call with state election officials. The company
never even mentioned to the state or the five counties that changes had
been made to the machines that were shipped, Bowen said.

For many revealing articles on the serious problems with the new
voting machines, click

Kucinich protests U.S. army training

November 19, 2007, MSNBC/Associated

Democratic presidential hopeful Dennis Kucinich joined thousands of
protesters in a demonstration Sunday against a U.S. Army school that
opponents accuse of fostering human rights abuses in Latin America.
Kucinich used the occasion to emphasize his opposition to the Bush
administration for leading the U.S. into war in Iraq and now threatening
to attack Iran. "We reject war as an instrument of foreign policy," the
Ohio congressman told the crowd, estimated by local police to number
10,000. Kucinich said one of his first acts if elected president would be
to shut down the school at Fort Benning, Georgia, which trains Latin
American soldiers, police and government officials. The Army's School of
the Americas moved to Fort Benning from Panama in 1984 and was replaced
2001 by the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation, under
the Defense Department. The annual protests outside the gate to
the military installation are timed to commemorate six Jesuit priests who
were killed along with their housekeeper and her daughter in El Salvador
on Nov. 19, 1989. Some of the killers had attended the School of the
The military has acknowledged that some graduates
committed abuses after attending the School of the Americas, but has said
in the past that no cause-and-effect relationship has ever been
established. The new Western Hemisphere Institute has mandatory human
rights courses, but the demonstrators contend changes at the school are
only cosmetic. Kucinich said in an interview that he will continue
lobbying for the closure of the school even if his longshot candidacy for
president fails.

U.S. Secretly Aids Pakistan in Guarding

November 18, 2007, New York

Over the
past six years, the Bush administration has spent almost $100 million on
highly classified program to help Gen. Pervez Musharraf, Pakistan’s
president, secure his country’s nuclear weapons. The aid, buried in
portions of the federal budget, paid for the training of Pakistani
personnel in the United States and the construction of a nuclear security
training center in Pakistan, a facility that American officials say is
nowhere near completion, even though it was supposed to be in operation
this year. A raft of equipment — from helicopters to night-vision goggles
to nuclear detection equipment — was given to Pakistan to help secure its
nuclear material, its warheads, and the laboratories that were the site
the worst known case of nuclear proliferation in the atomic age. While
American officials say that they believe the arsenal is safe at the
moment, and that they take at face value Pakistani assurances that
security is vastly improved, in many cases the Pakistani government has
been reluctant to show American officials how or where the gear is
actually used. That is because the Pakistanis do not want to
reveal the locations of their weapons or the amount or type of new
bomb-grade fuel the country is now producing. In addition, the Pakistanis
were suspicious that any American-made technology in their warheads could
include a secret “kill switch,” enabling the Americans to turn off their
While Pakistan is formally considered a “major non-NATO
ally,” the program has been hindered by a deep suspicion among Pakistan’s
military that the secret goal of the United States was to gather
intelligence about how to locate and, if necessary, disable Pakistan’s
arsenal, which is the pride of the country.

Isn't it interesting that the U.S. administration has so fervently
Iraq and Iran for developing nuclear weapons, yet they seem unconcerned
about Pakistan, which is known to have supported terrorist groups.

FBI's Forensic Test Full of

November 18, 2007, Washington

of defendants sitting in prisons nationwide have been convicted with the
help of an FBI forensic tool that was discarded more than two years ago.
But the FBI lab has yet to take steps to alert the affected defendants or
courts, even as the window for appealing convictions is closing, a joint
investigation by The Washington Post and "60 Minutes" has found. The
science, known as comparative bullet-lead analysis, was first used after
President John F. Kennedy's assassination in 1963. The technique used
chemistry to link crime-scene bullets to ones possessed by suspects on
theory that each batch of lead had a unique elemental makeup. In 2004,
however, the nation's most prestigious scientific body concluded that
variations in the manufacturing process rendered the FBI's testimony
the science "unreliable and potentially misleading." Specifically,
the National Academy of Sciences said that decades of FBI
statements to jurors linking a particular bullet to those found in a
suspect's gun or cartridge box were so overstated that such testimony
should be considered "misleading under federal rules of
A year later, the bureau abandoned the analysis. But
the FBI lab has never gone back to determine how many times its
misled jurors. Internal memos show that the bureau's managers were aware
2004 that testimony had been overstated in a large number of trials. In a
smaller number of cases, the experts had made false matches based on a
faulty statistical analysis of the elements contained in different lead
samples, documents show. The government has fought releasing the list of
the estimated 2,500 cases over three decades in which it performed the
analysis. For the majority of affected prisoners, the typical
two-to-four-year window to appeal their convictions based on new
scientific evidence is closing.

Get kids vaccinated or go to jail?

November 17, 2007, USA
/Associated Press

grumbling parents facing a threat of jail lined up at a courthouse
to either prove that their school-age kids already had their required
vaccinations or see that the youngsters submitted to the needle. The
get-tough policy in the Washington suburbs of Prince George's County was
one of the strongest efforts made by any U.S. school system to ensure its
youngsters receive their required immunizations. Two months into the
school year, school officials realized that more than 2,000 students in
the county still didn't have the vaccinations they were supposed to have
before attending class. So Circuit Court Judge C. Philip Nichols ordered
parents in a letter to appear at the courthouse Saturday and either get
their children vaccinated on the spot or risk up to 10 days in jail. They
could also provide proof of vaccination or an explanation why their kids
didn't have them. "It was very heavy handed," [school mom Aloma Martin]
said of the county's action. "From that letter, it sounded like they were
going to start putting us in jail." Any children who still lack
immunizations could be expelled. Their parents could then be brought up
truancy charges, which can result in a 10-day jail sentence for a first
offense and 30 days for a second. Maryland, like all states, requires
children to be immunized against several childhood illnesses including
polio, mumps and measles. In recent years, it also has required that
students up to high school age be vaccinated against hepatitis B and
chicken pox. Several organizations opposed to mass vaccinations
demonstrated outside the courthouse. While the medical consensus is that
vaccines are safe and effective, some people blame immunizations
for a rise in autism and other medical problems. "People should have a
choice" in getting their children immunized, said Charles Frohman,
representing a physicians' group opposed to vaccines.

For more revealing major media reports on the complex issues surrounding
vaccinations, click

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Brothers, Bad Blood and the Blackwater

November 17, 2007, New York

smart, scrappy brothers who rose from modest circumstances in Baltimore
become lacrosse stars at Princeton, succeed in business and land big
government jobs. Now the Krongard brothers — who have carried childhood
nicknames, Buzzy and Cookie, through long careers — are tied up in the
tangled story of Blackwater, the security contractor accused in the
of at least 17 Iraqis while guarding a State Department convoy in
The shorthand version boils their involvement down to that Washington
catchall conflict of interest. The full story appears more complicated.
Alvin [Buzzy] Krongard, 71, ... left a $4 million-a-year job in
banking to serve in top posts at the Central Intelligence Agency from
to 2004. Buzzy Krongard spoke [to the New York Times] in his
15,000-square-foot Georgian mansion, Torch Hill, north of Baltimore.
After rising to the helm of Alex. Brown & Sons, the venerable
Baltimore investment banking firm, Buzzy Krongard oversaw its acquisition
by Bankers Trust in 1997 and left the next year for the C.I.A.
as a counselor to George J. Tenet, then the director of central
intelligence. He became executive director, the No. 3 post, in
2001 and helped design the agency’s secret detention program after the
Sept. 11 attacks.
Buzzy Krongard vigorously defends Blackwater’s
record in Iraq. “It’s very easy to second-guess them when you’re sitting
back in an air-conditioned office,” he said.

Buzzy Krongard took quite a cut in pay to move from Bankers Trust to the
comparatively modest salary of even a high-ranking CIA position. Bankers
Trust was purchased by the same company that placed the highly unusual
suspicious "put options" on United Airlines stock just days before 9/11.
For a powerful summary of similarly strange, unexplained facts related to
9/11, click here.

Chemtrails: Is U.S. Gov't. Secretly Testing
Americans 'Again'?

November 9, 2007, KSLA-TV (CBS affiliate
in Shreveport, LA)

Could a
strange substance found by an Ark-La-Tex man be part of secret government
testing program? That's the question at the heart of a phenomenon called
"Chemtrails." "It seemed like some mornings it was just criss-crossing
the whole sky. It was just like a giant checkerboard," described Bill
Nichols. He snapped several photos of the strange clouds from his home in
Stamps, in southwest Arkansas. Nichols said these unusual clouds begin as
normal contrails from a jet engine. But unlike normal contrails, these do
not fade away. Soon after a recent episode he saw particles in
the air. "We'd see it drop to the ground in a haze," added Nichols. He
then noticed the material collecting on the ground. "This is water and
stuff that I collected in bowls," said Nichols as he handed us a mason
... after driving down from Arkansas. KSLA News 12 had the sample
tested at a lab. The results: A high level of barium, 6.8 parts per
million, (ppm). That's more than three times the toxic level set by the
Environmental Protection Agency, or EPA. We discovered during our
investigation that barium is a hallmark of other chemtrail
This phenomenon even attracted the attention of a Los
Angeles network affiliate, which aired a report entitled, "Toxic Sky?"
already no shortage of unclassified weather modification programs by the
government. But those who fear chemtrails could be secret biological and
chemical testing on the public point to the 1977 U.S. Senate hearings
which confirmed 239 populated areas had been contaminated with biological
agents between 1949 and 1969. Later, the 1994 Rockefeller Report
hundreds of thousands of military personnel were also subjected to secret
biological experiments over the last 60-years. But could secret testing
underway yet again?

Note: This
report breaks a veritable wall of silence in the major media on this
disturbing phenomenon, which has been widely reported on internet sites.
To watch this short newscast on YouTube, click here.

Dolphins save surfer from becoming shark’s

November 8, 2007, MSNBC

Todd Endris needed a miracle. The shark ... had hit him three times,
peeling the skin off his back and mauling his right leg to the bone.
That’s when a pod of bottlenose dolphins intervened, forming a protective
ring around Endris, allowing him to get to shore, where quick first aid
provided by a friend saved his life. The attack occurred ... at Marina
State Park off Monterey, Calif. “Truly a miracle,” Endris [said]. “[It]
came out of nowhere. Maybe I saw him a quarter second before it hit me.
But no warning. It was just a giant shark.” The shark, estimated at 12
15 feet long, hit him first as Endris was sitting on his surfboard, but
couldn’t get its monster jaws around both surfer and surfboard. “The
second time, he came down and clamped on my torso — sandwiched my board
and my torso in his mouth,” Endris said. That attack shredded his back,
literally peeling the skin back, he said, “like a banana peel.” But
because Endris’ stomach was pressed to the surfboard, his intestines and
internal organs were protected. The third time, the shark tried to
Endris’ right leg, and he said that was actually a good thing, because
shark’s grip anchored him while he kicked the beast in the head and snout
with his left leg until it let go. The dolphins, which had been
cavorting in the surf all along, showed up then. They circled him,
the shark at bay, and enabled Endris to get back on his board and catch a
wave to the shore. No one knows why dolphins protect humans, but stories
of the marine mammals rescuing humans go back to ancient Greece,

according to the Whale and Dolphin
Conservation Society. The shark went on its way, protected inside the
waters of the park, which is a marine wildlife refuge. Endris wouldn’t
want it any other way. “I wouldn’t want to go after the shark anyway,” he
said. “We’re in his realm, not the other way around.”

For dozens of other inspiring news stories, see our engaging collection

The New Dawn of Solar
December, 2007, Popular Science

solar panel without the panel. Just a coating, thin as a layer of paint,
that takes light and converts it to electricity. From there, you can
picture roof shingles with solar cells built inside and window coatings
that seem to suck power from the air. Consider solar-powered buildings
stretching not just across sunny Southern California, but through China
and India and Kenya as well, because even in those countries, going solar
will be cheaper than burning coal. That’s the promise of
solar cells: solar power that’s ubiquitous because it’s cheap. The basic
technology has been around for decades, but this year, Silicon
Valley–based Nanosolar created the manufacturing technology that could
make that promise a reality.
The company produces its
solar cells with printing-press-style machines that set down a layer of
solar-absorbing nano-ink onto metal sheets as thin as aluminum foil, so
the panels can be made for about a tenth of what current panels cost and
at a rate of several hundred feet per minute. Nanosolar’s first
cells rolled off the presses this year. Cost has always been one of
solar’s biggest problems. Traditional solar cells require silicon, and
silicon is an expensive commodity. That means even the cheapest solar
panels cost about $3 per watt of energy they go on to produce. To compete
with coal, that figure has to shrink to just $1 per watt. Nanosolar’s
cells use no silicon, and the company’s manufacturing process allows it
create cells that are as efficient as most commercial cells for as little
as 30 cents a watt. "It really is quite a big deal in terms of altering
the way we think about solar and in inherently altering the economics of
solar," says Dan Kammen, founding director of the Renewable and
Appropriate Energy Laboratory at the University of California at

For exciting reports of other new energy technologies, click
A Beloved Professor Delivers the Lecture of a

September 20, 2007, Wall Street

Pausch, a Carnegie Mellon University computer-science professor, was
to give a lecture Tuesday afternoon, but before he said a word, he
a standing ovation from 400 students and colleagues. They had come to see
him give what was billed as his "last lecture." This is a common title
talks on college campuses today. At Carnegie Mellon, however, Dr.
speech was more than just an academic exercise. The 46-year-old
father of three has pancreatic cancer and expects to live for just a few
months. His lecture ... turned out to be a rollicking and riveting
through the lessons of his life.
Flashing his rejection letters
on the screen, he talked about setbacks in his career, repeating: "Brick
walls are there for a reason. They let us prove how badly we want
He encouraged us to be patient with others. "Wait long enough, and people
will surprise and impress you." While displaying photos of his bosses and
students over the years, he said that helping others fulfill their dreams
is even more fun than achieving your own. He also saluted his parents,
let him make his childhood bedroom his domain, even if his wall etchings
hurt the home's resale value. "If your kids want to paint their bedrooms,
as a favor to me, let 'em do it." Considered one of the nation's
teachers of videogame and virtual-reality technology, he helped develop
"Alice," a Carnegie Mellon software project that allows people to easily
create 3-D animations. "Like Moses, I get to see the Promised Land, but I
don't get to step foot in it," Dr. Pausch said. "That's OK. I will live
in Alice." Many people have given last speeches without realizing it. The
day before he was killed, Martin Luther King Jr. spoke prophetically:
"Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its
He talked of how he had seen the Promised Land, even though "I may not
there with you."

For more on this amazing lecture and links to view it, see the New
blog available

Danish Island Is Energy

March 8, 2007, CBS News

It's a
two-hour ferry ride to the Danish island of Samso. To visit Samso is to
see the future. Samso is an area about 40 square miles long with a
permanent population of about 4,000 — all of them living a green dream.
Take farmer Erik Andersen. His tractor runs on oil from rape seed, which
he grows. His hot water and power come from his solar panels or wind
turbines. There's not a fossil fuel in sight. "It's a very good feeling
because the island is a renewable energy island," Anderson says.
Ten years ago, Andersen and the people of Samso accepted a
challenge from Denmark's government: Could they run their farms; could
they power their businesses; could they lead their lives in an entirely
energy self-sufficient and carbon-neutral way? Now they have the answer.
They can.
"Because it's a good idea for the environment,"
Andersen explains. To harness the wind, of which they have plenty, they
built wind turbines. To provide heat, they burn locally grown straw in
central plants that produce super hot water and pump it through
underground pipes into peoples' homes. It's not only more efficient than
running individual furnaces, it's carbon neutral. The net greenhouse gas
emissions from these plants? Zero. It's a system that just recycles
itself, says Jens Peter Nielson with the Samso Energy Authority. Even
after a freezing cold night, the days short and cloudy, the solar-heated
hot water is still hot. The Samso scheme has become so successful that
island has installed a string of turbines offshore to make surplus power
sell to the mainland.

For further inspiring examples of developments in new energy

Key Articles From Years Past

Kenneth Ring: 'You Never Recover Your Original

August 28, 1988, New York

the oldest mystery to vex mankind is what, if anything, occurs after
For a decade, Kenneth Ring, a psychology professor and researcher at the
University of Connecticut, has looked into the question through the
near-death experiences of others. Mr. Ring ... talked with hundreds of
people between the ages of 18 and 84 who have come close to physical
death. [His] Life
at Death
[and] Heading
Toward Omega
both deal with near-death experiences and how they
change people's lives. Q. What is a near-death experience? A. It often
happens to individuals who find themselves on the verge of imminent
biological death. It involves ... a sense of the most profound peace and
well-being that is possible to imagine. It's a sense of being separate
from the physical body and sometimes being able to see it as though a
spectator off to one side or from up above. These people have a sense of
moving through a dark space or tunnel toward a radiantly beautiful white
or golden light. They are absorbed in that light, having in some cases a
panoramic life review in which virtually everything that they've ever
in their life they're able to see; perhaps meeting the spirits of
love ones or friends. And in some cases, they are asked to make a
as to whether they would like to continue or go back to their body. The
most powerful antidote to the fear of death is coming close to death and
having and remembering one of these experiences. So, one finding
is that people who have a near-death experience almost totally lose their
fear of death. After having a near-death experience, people believe the
end of life isn't [the end]; they believe in some sort of life after
death. Death vanishes for them. There's only life. They are so aware of
what life is.

For a short, but breathtaking account of one man's journey into death and
back again, click

Special note:
For a breathtaking documentary showing the
infinite power of the human mind, watch Daniel Tammet, "The Boy With the
Incredible Mind," learn a difficult foreign language in a week and lots
more, and then describe how he does it. Don't miss this incredibly
inspiring film given a rare five-star rating available
here. On another inspiring note, when Fox news starts going
you know things are changing. Take a look by clicking
here and here.

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