A Look At Freedom's Currents

A Look At Freedom's Currents
Each time a person stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others. . .they send forth a ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance." Robert F. Kennedy

21st Century's Priority One

1) Implementation of: The Promise of New Energy Systems & Beyond Oil ___________________________________________ #1 Disolves the Problem of the ill designed "Corporism: The Systemic Disease that Destroys Civilization." through simple scientific common sense ___________________________________________ _________ Using grade school physics of both Newtonian and Nuclear models, does anyone foresee counter currents of sufficient size to minimize/change direction of the huge Tsunami roaring down on us, taking away not only our Freedom, but our Lives? Regardless if our salaries are dependant on us not knowing the inconvenient truths of reality (global warming, corporate rule, stagnant energy science) portrayed by the rare articles in the news media? I know only one - a free science, our window to Reality - that easily resolves the Foundational Problem of Quantum Physics and takes E=MC2 out of Kindergarten

Friday, December 29, 2006

Ice Shelf Breaks Off In Arctic

Ice Shelf Breaks Off In Arctic
CBS TORONTO, Dec. 29, 2006
(AP) A giant ice shelf has snapped free from an island south of the North Pole, scientists said Thursday, citing climate change as a "major" reason for the event. full text

Thursday, December 28, 2006

China's Hu calls for powerful, combat-ready navy

Resource Wars Prep

China's Hu calls for powerful, combat-ready navy

Thu 28 Dec 2006
A Chinese naval guard stands beside a guided missile destroyer at the Ngong Shuen Chau Naval Base in Hong Kong April 30, 2004. Chinese president and commander-in-chief Hu Jintao urged the building of a powerful navy that is prepared "at any time" for military struggle, state media reported on Thursday. REUTERS/Kin Cheung
BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese president and commander-in-chief Hu Jintao urged the building of a powerful navy that is prepared "at any time" for military struggle, state media reported on Thursday.

At a meeting of delegates to a Communist Party meeting of the navy on Wednesday, Hu said China, whose military build-up has been a source of friction with the United States, was a major maritime country whose naval capability must be improved.

"We should strive to build a powerful navy that adapts to the needs of our military's historical mission in this new century and at this new stage," he said in comments splashed on the front pages of the party mouthpiece People's Daily and the People's Liberation Army Daily. "We should make sound preparations for military struggles and ensure that the forces can effectively carry out missions at any time," .... full text

Sunday, December 24, 2006

Across Africa, a Sense That U.S. Power Isn’t So Super

"which critics say propped up one corrupt dictator after another under the rationale of containing Communism" .... how widespread are multinational corporate and world governments SOP/M.O. with the ensuing sweatshops, starvation and poverty?

Across Africa, a Sense That U.S. Power Isn’t So Super
December 24, 2006 NYT - The World

THE rally was supposed to be against Ethiopia, Somalia’s neighbor and historic archenemy, which in the past few weeks had sent troops streaming across the border in an attempt to check the power of the increasingly powerful Islamists who rule Mogadishu.
But the cheers that shook the stadium (which had no roof, by the way, and was riddled with bullet holes) were about another country, far, far away.
“Down, down U.S.A.!” thousands of Somalis yelled, many of them waving cocked Kalashnikovs. “Slit the throats of the Americans!”
Not exactly soothing words, especially when the passport in your pocket has one of those golden eagles on it.
Somalia may be the place that best illustrates a trend sweeping across the African continent: After Sept. 11, 2001, the United States concluded that anarchy and misery aid terrorism, and so it tried to re-engage Africa. But anti-American sentiment on the continent has only grown, and become increasingly nasty. And the United States seems unable ....full text

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Allstate's 'Good Hands' Wave 'Bye Bye'

No more insurance in the future as the problems we create magnify? The trouble with Physics marches hand in hand with the trouble with a prehistoric economic model.......... and an extremely shortsighted, skewed view of Kuhn's philosophy that self-interest ultimately promotes community interest

Allstate's 'Good Hands' Wave 'Bye Bye'
CHICAGO, Dec. 21, 2006
(AP) Wary of the rising risk of hurricanes, Allstate Corp. has added coastal regions of North and South Carolina, Alabama, Maryland and Virginia to the growing list of areas nationwide where it is cutting back homeowners insurance coverage. The latest move adds to concern by consumer advocates that less competition in those areas will cause rates to jump. The nation's second-largest home and auto insurer (behind State Farm) confirmed Thursday that it is dropping coverage for about 12,000 homeowners in eight counties of South Carolina, 4,000 in 14 counties of North Carolina, and an unspecified number in Alabama. It also will no longer write new homeowners' policies starting in 2007 in 11 coastal counties of Maryland and 19 in Virginia, although existing policies will be renewed. Those decisions continue the company's strategy of minimizing risk in the wake of Katrina and other hurricanes that devastated the Gulf Coast and caused it to lose a record $1.55 billion ...full text

What You Can't See Can Kill You

"The American Lung Association is one of many leading medical groups citing overwhelming evidence linking microscopic particles to fatal diseases. Tens of thousands of people die every year, from soot-based heart attacks, cancer, strokes" .............Profit versus Life, corporate scientific research funding direction versus Life's evolution and survival requirements, especially in the energy/trouble with physics arena

What You Can't See Can Kill You
SHIPPINGPORT, Pa., Dec. 21, 2006
(CBS) One day last July, a power plant smokestack rained black soot on the farms and homes of Shippingport, Pa., CBS News correspondent Wyatt Andrews reports. The power company, First Energy, said it was a maintenance accident — and, according to local residents, warned them not to eat anything dusted by the soot. The accident, which had the power company power-washing a town, was an unusually severe and visible example of what Americans breathe — in much smaller amounts — every day. And not just from power plants: Trucks, cars and even fires produce microscopic soot particles and chemicals that can damage your lungs. "Particle pollution, soot, kills people," says Janice Nolan with the American Lung Association The American Lung Association is one of many leading medical groups demanding that the Bush administration adopt stricter controls on microscopic soot. These groups cite overwhelming evidence linking microscopic particles to fatal diseases. Tens of thousands of people die "every year, from soot-based heart attacks, cancer, strokes," Nolan says. Despite that evidence, ....full text

Outsize Profits, and Questions, in Effort to Cut Warming Gases

Global Warming Solution - Polluted Profits: Yet the foreign companies will pay roughly $500 million for the incinerator — 100 times what it cost, which mostly enriches a few bankers, consultants and factory owners ........... human life or profit? Looking back, the civil war issue was only slavery ..... and there was no deliberate trouble with Physics

NYT December 21, 2006
Outsize Profits, and Questions, in Effort to Cut Warming Gases
QUZHOU, China — Foreign businesses have embraced an obscure United Nations-backed program as a favored approach to limiting global warming. But the early efforts have revealed some hidden problems.
Under the program, businesses in wealthier nations of Europe and in Japan help pay to reduce pollution in poorer ones as a way of staying within government limits for emitting climate-changing gases like carbon dioxide, as part of the Kyoto Protocol.
Among their targets is a large rusting chemical factory here in southeastern China. Its emissions of just one waste gas contribute as much to global warming each year as the emissions from a million American cars, each driven 12,000 miles.
Cleaning up this factory will require an incinerator that costs $5 million — far less than the cost of cleaning up so many cars, or other sources of pollution in Europe and Japan.
Yet the foreign companies will pay roughly $500 million for the incinerator — 100 times what it cost ....... full text

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

A Place Where No One Breathes Easy

Continued use of an unrestrained, prehistoric, retarded economic model, appears to be anti- human with the consequences that are being created. Revisiting the Nature of Power: local/global/physical/mental - Key to Evolution or Extinction. The choice between Life or Profit would be unnecessary with the application of the required evolutionary energy systems discovered in the 1940's and 1950's (elementary grade school comprehension of an expanded E=MC2 equation)

A Place Where No One Breathes Easy
SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY, Calif., Dec. 20, 2006
(CBS) It takes good lungs to be on a marching band anywhere, but it's a particular challenge in California's San Joaquin Valley, CBS News correspondent John Blackstone reports. "Oh, I would say 20 or 30 kids probably have asthma in the band," says Mike Hipp, Buchanan High's band director. Asthma is common on the football team, too. When the air is particularly bad, coach Mike Vogt takes his players inside to practice. "Football's not a game to be played indoors, but that's a possibility," Vogt says. The air quality has "no doubt" changed the way he coaches. This stretch of farmland and small cities outside Los Angeles has the worst air pollution in the United States. One child in six has asthma — more than three times the national average. "Once in a while, I start to cry because I think I'm going to die," Ryan McVicar says. Both Ryan and his brother Robert have asthma. "It's like something's just punching your throat and you just stop breathing," Ryan explains. "Like you can't get air." Their mother has no doubt the Valley's heavy pollution is to blame. "I know that my kids are having to live in this air and it's only going to get worse if we don't get some help ... full text

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

U.S. plans naval buildup in Gulf

Full Blown Nuclear Resource Wars "will be comin' around the mountain when she comes" ...... riding in the wave of people's fear of their corporate masters (bread/butter salary), along with their fear of required scientific energy and human evolution survival parameters - The Trouble With Physics: 5 great foundational problems in Theoretical Physics resulting from limitations of E=-MC2 definition

U.S. plans naval buildup in Gulf
CENTCOM plans to use 'gunboat diplomacy,' officials tell NBC News
NBC News and news services
Updated: 9:53 a.m. CT Dec 19, 2006

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Central Command is aggressively planning a naval buildup in the Persian Gulf, including the addition of a second aircraft carrier, in response to a series of aggressive actions by Iran, U.S. military officials told NBC News on Tuesday.
The officials pointed to Iran's interference in Iraq — including its support for Shiite militants and shipments of improvised explosive devices into the country — recent military naval exercises in the Gulf, .....full text

Sunday, December 17, 2006

Eli Lilly Said to Play Down Risk of Top Pill

Back in April 2002, we began questioning skyrocketing insurance rates, medicine, and drugs, as well as questioning drug advertisement hype: "the gift of life itself, Buy It Now!!!" in small print, "warning - 3000 side effects, some may be lethal, consult your doctor and BUY IT NOW "

NYT December 17, 2006
Eli Lilly Said to Play Down Risk of Top Pill
The drug maker Eli Lilly has engaged in a decade-long effort to play down the health risks of Zyprexa, its best-selling medication for schizophrenia, according to hundreds of internal Lilly documents and e-mail messages among top company managers.
The documents, given to The Times by a lawyer representing mentally ill patients, show that Lilly executives kept important information from doctors about Zyprexa’s links to obesity and its tendency to raise blood sugar — both known risk factors for diabetes.
Lilly’s own published data, which it told its sales representatives to play down in conversations with doctors, has shown that 30 percent of patients taking Zyprexa gain 22 pounds or more after a year on the drug, and some patients have reported gaining 100 pounds or more. But Lilly was concerned that Zyprexa’s sales would be hurt if the company was more forthright about the fact that the drug might cause unmanageable weight gain or diabetes, according to the documents, which cover the period 1995 to 2004.
Zyprexa has become by far Lilly’s best-selling product ....full text

U.S. troops should leave country, but how will America then keep control of oil fields

U.S. troops should leave country, but how will America then keep control of oil fields, asks Linda McQuaig
Toronto Star Dec. 17, 2006. 01:00 AM
Advising the Bush administration on how to deal with the Iraq fiasco, the report of the bipartisan Iraq Study Group urges the president to clarify that Washington does not seek to control Iraq's oil.
It then gets down to business and sets out exactly how Washington should take control of Iraq's oil.
The report calls for Iraq to pass a Petroleum Law — to be drafted with U.S. help — that would allow foreign oil companies to develop Iraq's vast and largely undeveloped oil reserves (which, the report notes, are the second-largest in the world).
It's hard not to feel exasperated reading the report. Released in the wake of the Republican trouncing ....full text

A Liberty View When Science Foundation Stagnates

Demise of Democracy, Rise of Corporate Power

Vanquished American liberty
by Paul Craig Roberts

George Orwell warned us, but what American would have expected that in the opening years of
the 21st century the United States would become a country in which lies and deception by the president and vice president were the basis for a foreign policy of war and aggression, and in which indefinite detention without charges, torture, and spying on citizens without warrants have displaced the Bill of Rights and the U.S. Constitution?
If anyone had predicted that the election of George W. Bush to the presidency would result in an American police state and illegal wars of aggression, he would have been dismissed as a lunatic.
What American ever would have thought that any U.S. president and attorney general would defend torture or that a Republican Congress would pass a bill legalizing torture by the executive branch and exempting the executive branch from the Geneva Conventions?
What American ever would have expected the U.S. Congress to accept ....full text

Saturday, December 16, 2006

Military Taking a Tougher Line With Detainees

nearly all of them without having been charged.

NYT December 16, 2006
Military Taking a Tougher Line With Detainees
GUANTÁNAMO BAY, Cuba, Dec. 10 — As the first detainees began moving last week into Guantánamo’s modern, new detention facility, Camp 6, the military guard commander stood beneath the high, concrete walls of the compound, looking out on a fenced-in athletic yard.
The yard, where the detainees were to have played soccer and other sports, had been part of a plan to ease the conditions under which more than 400 men are imprisoned here, nearly all of them without having been charged. But that plan has changed.
“At this point, I just don’t see using that,” the guard commander, Col. Wade F. Dennis, said.
After two years in which the military sought to manage terrorism suspects at Guantánamo with incentives for good behavior, steady improvements in their living conditions and even dialogue with prison leaders, the authorities here have clamped down decisively in recent months.
Security procedures have been tightened. Group activities have been scaled back. With the retrofitting of Camp 6 and the near-emptying of another showcase camp for compliant prisoners, military officials said about three-fourths of the detainees would eventually be held in maximum-security cells. That is a stark departure from earlier plans to hold a similar number in medium-security units.
Officials said the shift reflected the military’s analysis — after a series of hunger strikes, ....full text

China, at Energy Summit, Urges Oil Consumers to Unite

also highlighted U.S. concerns -- and the potential gulf between Washington and Asian counterparts -- about subsidized prices and a global race for assets.

NYT December 16, 2006
China, at Energy Summit, Urges Oil Consumers to Unite
Filed at 11:33 a.m. ET
BEIJING ( Reuters) - China, hosting its first major energy summit on Saturday, urged top oil consumers to join together in the face of resurgent producer power and sought to paper over differences on how best to achieve energy security.
Ministers from the United States, India, Japan and South Korea -- nations that consume nearly half the world's oil -- gathered in Beijing for the meeting, which marked a rare move by China to take a leadership role .... full text

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Report: U.S. Schools Not Making The Grade

Still at it!

FYI: the universe does not stop evolving because of greedy guts. George T. Land called it "Grow or Die. Cessation of scientific research into energy evolution, directly connected to human evolution, by top secret greedy guts confronts us with the scenario described in the evolution blog, "and yet, by SECRECY AND SILENCE - THE DEATH SENTENCE WAS ALSO SEALED, as the advanced energy requirements for survival were denied"

Report: U.S. Schools Not Making The Grade
ARLINGTON, Va., Dec. 14, 2006
(CBS) A bipartisan panel is warning that America's students are falling behind those in even some of the poorest countries, CBS News correspondent Thalia Assuras reports. "I am really worried about where this country is," says ex-Sen. Bill Brock, a former Secretary of Labor. "We've got an information world, we're networked to the rest of the world, it's a global economy and we're not preparing our young people for that world." Students from Asia to Europe outperform Americans on tests. Thirty years ago, the U.S. boasted 30 percent of the world's college students. That figure is now 14 percent. Meanwhile, most other industrialized nations educate their 16-year olds at a college level. Neha Sharma is 16. The daughter of a diplomat from India, she's in an advanced college-level program in Virginia, rare in U.S. public high schools. "I hate to say this, but the education system over here is worse than it is in India," Sharma says. Emerging giants .....full text

Asia's greenhouse gas 'to treble'

Makes one wonder if Footsybally, Shopping Dropping, I-Poding, Hollywoodsy Movies, and Maximizing Profits for the Shareholders (i.e., the 2% that own half the world) can have any effect on global warming, resource wars, corporate predators, demise of democracy and the science/physics hangup

Asia's greenhouse gas 'to treble'
BBC 12/14/06
Asia's greenhouse gas emissions will treble over the next 25 years, according to a report commissioned by the Asian Development Bank (ADB).
The report provides detailed analysis of the link between transport and climate change in Asia.
It says that its estimate of future levels of greenhouse gas could even be an optimistic assessment.
Air pollution and congestion will seriously hamper the ability to move people and goods effectively, it warns.
'Partnerships required'
The report, Energy Efficiency and Climate Change: Considerations for On-Road Transport in Asia, says that Asia currently has low levels of personal motorized transport, which in many cases are motorcycles.
But it says that these levels are likely to increase significantly as incomes in these countries grows and the urban population becomes bigger.
The report points out that China is already the world's fourth largest economy, and the number of cars and utility vehicles .... full text

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Doctor: FDA-Approved Drug A 'Time Bomb'

CEOs, COOs, CFOs and MBAs demonstrate passionate care for your health based on numbers and profit

Doctor: FDA-Approved Drug A 'Time Bomb'
NEW YORK, Dec. 13, 2006
(CBS) Iraq war veteran Chuck Gregg was back home with his family last winter when he got bronchitis. His doctor prescribed Ketek, a relatively new antibiotic, CBS News chief investigative correspondent Armen Keteyian reports. Five days later, Gregg was in the hospital with liver failure. "They run their battery of tests, and they come back and it's definitely what's called 'drug induced' ....full text

Judge: Katrina Program 'A Legal Disaster'

This economic model "don't make no lick of sense"

Judge: Katrina Program 'A Legal Disaster'
WASHINGTON, Dec. 13, 2006
(AP) A federal judge called the Bush administration's handling of a Hurricane Katrina housing program "a legal disaster" Wednesday and ordered officials to explain a computer system that can neither precisely count evacuees nor provide reasons why they were denied aid. U.S. District Judge Richard J. Leon, who ruled last month that the Federal Emergency Management Agency had violated evacuees' constitutional rights by eliminating their housing payments without notice, admonished the government for not moving fast enough to restart the program for between 3,600 and 5,500 storm victims. "Let me make this clear," Leon told government attorney Michael Sitcov. "Tell FEMA that I'm expecting them to get going on this. Like immediately." Leon ruled that FEMA mishandled the transition from a short-term housing program to a longer-term program this spring and summer. Instead of explaining why funding was being cut, FEMA provided only computer-generated and sometimes conflicting program codes, Leon said. The judge ordered FEMA to explain those decisions so thousands of evacuees can understand ....full text

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Huge Profit at Goldman Brings Big Bonuses

"$16.5 billion was set aside for salaries, bonuses and benefits, or an average of $622,000 for each employee.".........Gotcha...those that did not read further actually thought all employees were getting 600K bonuses ..."although the payouts will be far from uniform", yes, very far indeed! And the benefits these huge monster mergers bring to humanity, awesome indeed!

December 12, 2006
Huge Profit at Goldman Brings Big Bonuses
The Goldman Sachs Group reported today that it earned $9.34 billion this year, the most in Wall Street history, and that it would set aside $16.5 billion for salaries, bonuses and benefits for employees.
That figure works out to an average of $622,000 for each employee, .....full text

The Energy Challenge

“In some senses, there is a big market failure.”Energy efficiency can help slow the pace at which the risk from global warming risk increases, but it cannot reverse the trend alone. In the very long term, the world’s economy needs a technological transformation, over-the-horizon breakthroughs, technologies that have not yet been imagined. So where will the research funding come from? The average tax burdened, underpaid worker whose spare time is stuck in traffic doesn't have the extra funds.....and the 2 % that own half of the world ain't thought about it .... boy, this world don't make a lick of sense!

December 12, 2006
The Energy Challenge
The Cost of an Overheated Planet
The iconic culprit in global warming is the coal-fired power plant. It burns the dirtiest, most carbon-laden of fuels, and its smokestacks belch millions of tons of carbon dioxide, the main global warming gas.
So it is something of a surprise that James E. Rogers, chief executive of Duke Energy, a coal-burning utility in the Midwest and the Southeast, has emerged as an unexpected advocate of federal regulation that would for the first time impose a cost for emitting carbon dioxide. But he has his reasons.
“Climate change is real, and we clearly believe we are on a route to mandatory controls on carbon dioxide,” Mr. Rogers said. “And we need to start now because the longer we wait, the more difficult and expensive this is going to be.”
Global warming is not only an environmental hazard, .....full text

Monday, December 11, 2006

Annan Criticizes Bush In Farewell Speech

"permanent members, the world powers, "must accept the special responsibility that comes with their privilege." "The Security Council is not just another stage on which to act out national interests"

Annan Criticizes Bush In Farewell Speech
INDEPENDENCE, Mo., Dec. 11, 2006
(CBS/AP) Outgoing U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan offered a tough critique of the Bush administration's policies Monday in his last major speech before he leaves office. In remarks delivered at the Truman Presidential Museum and Library, the secretary general accused the White House of trying to secure the United States from terrorism in part by dominating other nations through force. ....full text

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Nobel Winner Warns of Dangers of Globalization

Final Merger to one single worldwide corporation, one CEO, one phone number equals freedom

NYT December 10, 2006
Nobel Winner Warns of Dangers of Globalization
OSLO, Dec. 10 — The Bangladeshi banker Muhammad Yunus, who invented the practice of making small, unsecured loans to the poor, warned today that the globalized economy was becoming a dangerous “free-for-all highway.”
“Its lanes will be taken over by ...full text

The Golden Greedy Guts Prize Goes To...

A complimentory reason why Physics fell to the wayside. A fuller comprehension of the the trouble with physics and why it is not coping with the Survival Requirements of a Civilization is found on the sidebar evolution blog link

The Golden Greedy Guts Prize Goes To...
CBS 9, 2006
(The Nation) It's getting close to New Year's and time for annual awards. One of the most coveted is the Golden Greedy Guts Prize — a banana cream pie in the face — to the year's most ....full text

The 9/11 Truth Movement's Dangers

This article's interpretation, as in fractals, changes quickly as you add Physics to expand the equation of disconnected "Truths" bringing skewed beliefs more in line with reality and common sense. Calling it simple human error taking the human population to the brink with the forthcoming inconvenient truths 'just don't make a lick of sense'. (see sidebar link on Conspiracy)

The 9/11 Truth Movement's Dangers
Dec. 10, 2006
(The Nation) This column was written by Christopher Hayes
According to a July poll conducted by Scripps News Service, one-third of Americans think the government either carried out the 9/11 attacks or intentionally allowed them to happen in order to provide a pretext for war in the Middle East. This is at once alarming and unsurprising. ....... full text

Saturday, December 09, 2006

A Missile Defense System Is Taking Shape in Alaska

We are ready!

December 10, 2006
A Missile Defense System Is Taking Shape in Alaska
FORT GREELY, Alaska, Dec. 4 — Snow fences help keep drifts from piling up on the missile silos. Heat-sensing security devices that monitor the edges of this 800-acre installation are sometimes set off by wayward moose.
And the soldiers here, members of the 3-year-old 49th Missile Defense Battalion ....full text

China Shows Signs of Shedding Its False Modesty

Resource wars on the near horizon? Or are we going to solve the science problem - THE TROUBLE WITH PHYSICS?

NYT December 9, 2006
China Shows Signs of Shedding Its False Modesty
BEIJING, Dec. 8 — China’s Communist Party has a new agenda: it is encouraging people to discuss what it means to be a major world power and has largely stopped denying that China intends to become one soon.
In the past several weeks China Central Television has broadcast a 12-part series describing the reasons nine nations rose to become great powers. The series was based on research by a team of elite Chinese historians ......full text

As World Warms, Africa's Waters Going Dry

Where is the Physics of Energy evolution that can solve Every news item issue posted on this blog? I guess that's the Trouble With Physics

As World Warms, Africa's Waters Going Dry
JINJA, Uganda, Dec. 9, 2006
(AP) At Jinja pier the rusty red hull of a Lake Victoria freighter sat barely afloat in water just six feet deep — and dropping. .....full text

Friday, December 08, 2006

The Straw That Broke The Planet's Back

Julia Whitty's phrase 'the truth is, humans can change, and change fast', expresses concisely, through human historical experience, that this period of evolution is now almost entirely under the control of conscious human intent and will, and far less influenced by unconscious instinct, genetic mutation and natural selection as the evolutionary driver.

The Straw That Broke The Planet's Back
CBS Dec. 8, 2006
(Mother Jones) This column was written by Julia Whitty.

What if 12 asteroids were on collision courses with earth? What if we could alter their trajectories and save our planet by the cumulative effect of our individual efforts? What if science and history proved that we were fully capable of such heroism? What would it take to get us started?

John Schellnhuber, distinguished science advisor at the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research in the United Kingdom, has identified 12 global warming tipping points, such as the deforestation of the Amazon rain foret or the melting of the west Antarctic ice sheet. Any of these, if triggered, will likely initiate sudden changes across the planet, as cataclysmic as any asteroid strike. ..........full text

Non-Lethal Weapon Makes Targets Feel Like They're on Fire

Crowd Control

Non-Lethal Weapon Makes Targets Feel Like They're on Fire
Active Denial System Called 'Holy Grail' of Crowd Control But Raises Questions of Ethics
Dec. 8, 2006 — - A military convoy is making its way through a crowded Baghdad street. Without warning, a blast rings out and the Bradley Fighting Vehicle leading the convoy is destroyed, along with the men and women it contained.
A crowd of what appear to be civilians rush the decimated vehicle ......full text