Saturday, December 04, 2004

 

Some Good News...

We Will Be Able to Live to 1,000
This isn't ripped from the pages of the Weekly World News, rather, it's an article from the BBC about Dr. Aubrey de Gray of Cambridge University, and his belief that we will soon conquer aging as we know it.

By repairing accumulated cellular and molecular damage in the body--processes he claims are within the reach of current technology, and indeed already under development--we can extend life to Methuselean standards.


Friday, December 03, 2004

 

Why You Can't Believe The News...

Pentagon Propaganda Shop Lives On, 'L.A. Times' Reports
Remember the Office of Strategic Truth? It was going to be the one-stop shop for all the military's propaganda needs. Sadly, when the existence of the project was leaked, Rummy had to kill the project.

Of course, we all know he did no such thing, and that's what the above link is about. Apparently--prepare to be surprised--all of it's duties have been taken over by other departments. In other words, back to business as usual.

Now, the article seems to imply that the propaganda efforts being carried out are directed solely at Iraqi insurgents and other foreigners. Excuse me while I laugh.

It's fairly obvious that such an agency would also be used to skew the average American's perception of events occurring in Iraq as well. Hence incidents like this: US Army sent fake Iraq letters, wherein the military sent letters to newspapers across the US from various "troops", who were proclaiming all the great things they were doing in Iraq, and just how swell everything was. The jig was up when two of the letters were sent to the same newspaper from two different soldiers.....with the same contents in the letter.

The other way in which propaganda abroad can influence Americans are from stories planted in a foreign press that become picked up domestically. Not only in Al-Jazeera, but in any country. How then, can we trust any news report to be real? We can't!

Well, at least my domestic news is safe, you say. Sorry. Read up on Operation Mockingbird, a CIA program that staffed all the major news agencies with CIA funded journalists/agents who vetted and created material. It was abolished sometime in the mid-70's after the Church Comittee investigated it....but then the Office of Strategic Influence was abolished in 2002 as well, wasn't it?



Wednesday, December 01, 2004

 
Could a Spray Stop the Spread of Flu, TB, SARS?
A German study concluded that simple saline spray adminstered via nebulizers could cut airborne, infective droplets by 70%. In light of the next, ever-approaching and overdue influenza pandemic (which is likely to be the terrifying bird flu), this is very, very good news.

 
The American's Guide to Speaking British
If you've been watching The Office a lot, or if that sort of thing just suits you, this is the most comprehensive British slang guide I've come across on the web.

Tuesday, November 30, 2004

 
Paralyzed Woman Walks Again After Stem Cell Therapy
Do you remember the ridicule that several conservative pundits heaped on Kerry and Edwards for suggesting that stem cells could ever help someone walk again? As usual, they were wrong.

Sunday, November 28, 2004

 

The F Word

No, not that word. I'm talking about the other F word that you can't say around conservatives: Fascism.

When you point out similarities between hardline American conservatism and fascism, believe me, any nearby right-winger will do his best impersonation of Cujo to deny even the most remote connection. Unfortunately, it's fairly undeniable. Two pages I came across today bolstered this arguement significantly.

The first is from the blog Green Years, whose author is an Iranian immigrant to America. Upon arriving, he noticed some striking similarities between our leaders and the the hardline leaders from his homeland. His brief post--a must read--is located here.

The other page is an article called Is America Heading Towards Fascism?. It's a more in-depth look at the topic, and just as interesting.



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