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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
Death by Saccharine
In another round of "let's blame the Jews for causing disease", the PA is accusing Israel of spreading cancer among Palestinians by manufacturing biscuits and juices containing saccharine.

From Clarity & Resolve: Palestinian Arab Paranoia Watch
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evariste in Discarded Lies:
Israel in hot water with Rummy and Condi
The US has quietly imposed sanctions on Israel three months ago, ending cooperation on several weapons development projects (including the Joint Strike Fighter), refusing to sell night-vision equipment, and insisting that four Ehud Barak-era ministry of defence officials be fired for lying to the US about sales of advanced Harpy attack drones to China. Israel has been trying to defuse the year-old rift with the Pentagon, but the US refused to talk with the officials assigned to negotiate, prompting Israel to name a new one. I hope this situation ends soon.
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kianb in Discarded Lies:
Overcoming The Psychological Effects of Tyranny
A noted Iranian journalist in Paris, Reza Bayegan, has an interesting article on how Iranians are merely thinking about overthrowing the 'Tyrants', while the 'Tyranny' itself is still raging on.
Many Iranians when together praise each other to the skies, and when they part company shred each other to pieces. A friend was telling me a story about an Iranian policeman in one of the cities in Azerbaijan province, which can illustrate the point I am trying to make. This policeman was talking in the telephone to one of his superiors in a packed waiting room. He was addressing him in the most servile and sycophantic manner. After he hung up however, he took a look around the room feeling ashamed of himself. To recover his lost air of self-importance, referring to the person he was just talking to in the telephone he emitted: “son of a b****"

It's a long story and I really couldn't cut it in pieces, so read the whole thing: What ails Iranians?
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
Immigrating to Sweden
I'm an immigrant to the U.S., never been on welfare and I put myself through school with some help from my parents. It's very difficult starting a life in a new country and I had to work very hard and go without a lot of things. I got my first job as a busboy in a restaurant and the first night I came home with about $30 in tips I cried from happiness. However, a week later I was fired, I wasn't a very competent busboy, apparently. But I got another job and life went on. I wonder how I would have fared had I immigrated to Sweden, instead.
I arrived in Sweden in 1989 together with my mother and brother. We were refugees from Iran and since we arrived we have depended on welfare and government benefits in one way or another. In a sense I believe that this gives me a much better understanding of the Scandinavian welfare system than most ethnic Swedes have.
An Immigrant's Tale
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evariste in Discarded Lies:
Elephants dancing, delicately
The Presidential Commission on Intelligence said CIA-FBI turf wars were seriously compromising intelligence operations, and put most of the blame on the FBI. Now comes word that they've reached a new understanding delimiting their turfs and areas of authority.
WASHINGTON, June 12 (Reuters) - The CIA and the FBI have for the first time in two decades reached a new wide-ranging agreement on how to coordinate their intelligence activities in a post-Sept. 11 world of increasingly blurred divisions of duty, officials say.

A classified memorandum of understanding, which is under review by senior Bush administration officials, redefines the relationship by which the two agencies have operated worldwide since the Cold War era of the 1980s, officials said.

The document, which was jointly negotiated several weeks ago, is expected to be submitted for approval to the new director of national intelligence, John Negroponte. It is also awaiting the signatures of CIA Director Porter Goss and FBI Director Robert Mueller.

A congressional official who was briefed on the agreement by CIA and FBI representatives said the memorandum marked a major step toward implementing the interagency coordination and information-sharing reforms enshrined in two main post-Sept. 11 laws -- the USA Patriot Act and the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004.

"It deals with who's responsible for recruiting and running human assets both in the United States and overseas," the official said without elaborating.

The heart of the agreement appears to address questions of jurisdiction in cases where individuals of interest to FBI and CIA agents cross international boundaries, the congressional official said.

"If you have a scientist from Botswana who's an expert in biological weapons, and we know he's going to visit New York, do you have the FBI approach him for recruitment or do you have the CIA? That's the kind of thing it addresses," the official said.

"They have a pretty good idea of who does what, where. But they want to make sure it's all properly coordinated so that if the CIA has a counterterrorism asset coming into the United States, they can make sure the FBI doesn't arrest him."

CIA and FBI reach new agreement on intelligence
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evariste in Discarded Lies:
The anticlimactic end of Europe
Conceived in private meetings of elites and defeated at the ballot box by the same “dangerous individuals" it was meant to silence, the EU is now more of an albatross around unpopular leaders' necks, like Schroeder and Chirac, than it is a dream of a continent. It steamrolled national diversity in the name of unity (you cannot buy a pound of anything in England, only kilograms; you cannot spend the world's oldest currency, the drachma, in Greece) and ignored the public's wishes in the name of suppressing dangerous, antisocial impulses. Stefania has a great piece in the Jerusalem Post remarking on Europe's timely demise. Europe's crassly mercantile appeasement of the terrorist mullah regime comes in for well-earned derision:
When it comes to Iran, the European attitude is more than absurd. It amounts to granting the mullahs a sort of immunity and further time to complete all they need to destroy Israel and the West at large.

Europe is aware that more than a year of pointless negotiations with Iran have resolved nothing. And yet, Europe's only idea is to call for more talks as a way to avert the involvement of the United States in "internal Iranian affairs."

The Eurocrats are well aware that if the Iranian people bring down the Islamic Republic with America's moral and economic help, it may be the end of their economic contracts and looting of Iran's national resources. Out of fear of losing its cozy relationship with Middle Eastern autocrats, the European Union turns a blind eye to the gross human rights abuses committed in the region.
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evariste in Discarded Lies:
Patent System Overhaul
It's about damn time.

The U.S. patent system will undergo its most substantial overhaul in decades if a bill introduced on Wednesday becomes law.

Rep. Lamar Smith, who heads the House of Representatives committee responsible for drafting patent law, said his proposal would improve the overall quality of patents and target some of the legal practices that have irked high-tech companies.

"The bill will eliminate legal gamesmanship from the current system that rewards lawsuit abuses over creativity," said Smith, a Texas Republican.

The Business Software Alliance was quick to praise the bill, saying in a statement that it goes a long way toward "improving patent quality, making sure U.S. law is consistent with that of other major countries and addressing disruptions caused by excessive litigation."

Probably the most sweeping change would be the creation of a process to challenge patents after they are granted by the Patent and Trademark Office. "Opposition requests" can be filed up to nine months after a patent is awarded or six months after a legal notice alleging infringement is sent out.

After an opposition request is filed, a panel of three administrative law judges will meet to review the controversy and, eventually, publish a written decision.

Another major change would be to award a patent to the first person to submit their paperwork to the Patent Office. Currently, patents are awarded to the first person who concocted the invention, a timeframe that can be difficult to prove.

Both of these alterations to federal law have been endorsed by Patent Office director Jon Dudas.
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Other changes the bill would make include recalculating the way damages are awarded--in a way that would make large jury awards more difficult to win--and make it more difficult to seek court injunctions.

Dennis Crouch, a patent lawyer at McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff in Chicago, said an earlier version of the legislation would have weakened the right to an injunction much more. "The proposed bill is a somewhat toned-down version of the draft that circulated this spring," Crouch said. "This version still has something to offend almost every interest."
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throbert in Channel Ж:
Go semi-vegan!



Following up on the outstanding Guest Author post by armycaptain...

Another tip to save oil and fight terror: Replace, say, half your consumption of  animal-based  food products with  vegan alternatives . From an energy-conservation perspective, vegan meals are a totally sex-cellent, and dare I say, even hairy-pecs-cellent idea... but unfortunately, a non-trivial percentage of veganism advocates are dingbat leftists who don't understand basic market concepts like cost/benefit trade-offs and the law of diminishing returns, and thus insist on all or nothing.

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evariste in Discarded Lies:
Danish absurdity
Denmark is putting Greenpeace on trial under Denmark's 9/11-inspired antiterrorism laws. The laws allow courts to hold organizations responsible for the acts of individual members. The Greenpeace activists' crime? They hung a banner that said "No to GMO Swine" from a window in the Danish Agriculture Association's Copenhagen headquarters building in 2003.

Get real, Denmark. That's not terrorism, it's speech. I despise Greenpeace and GMO alarmists, but hanging a banner isn't terrorism.

And they say Bush stifles dissent?
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kianb in Pahlaver:
Double Standards 2
North Korea is helping Iran to make missile bunkers, while IAEA confirms Iran's 'peaceful' activities.
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