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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
Namecalling
I came across this message board - Should India react to US namecalling? - and it intrigued me, what do they mean "react?" Do they want to namecall us back? From what I understand, Kissinger called Indira Ghandi a "bitch". From what I also understand, it was thirty years ago! And he apologised. Can we let go now?

Btw, one reason I posted this on bloggie is because their message board requires registration to comment and I have issues with registration. You hear that, Michael?

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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
Here fishie, fishie, fishie...

Thai fishermen catch catfish believed to be world's largest

Of course there's catfish and there's catfish. If you go fishing this weekend, make sure you have the appropriate gear.
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kianb in Pahlaver:
ElBaradei and his Iranian wife?
According to a rumour that has been circulating in Iran, ElBaradei has allegedly shown leniency toward Tehran's nuclear program because his wife is Iranian.
IAEA denies claims that chief's wife is Iranian
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
Happy Canada Day, eh?


In case you're not lucky enough to be Canadian, read all about Canada Day and weep.

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evariste in Discarded Lies:
Finally, Fusion Power Really Is 30 Years Away
The coalition of nations seeking to build the world's first nuclear fusion power plant took a giant step toward that by selecting France as the site. The decision was highly political; the EU is shouldering 40% of the costs in exchange for the prestige of hosting the plant. The plant will produce 500 megawatts, but a typical current French design for a fission nuclear power plant generates 900-1600 megawatts. So why is the world spending twelve billion clams on this? Because fusion power is nuclear power that doesn't suck:
The imperative to demonstrate that fusion has the potential to be a safe and clean method of generating base load electricity led to the setting up of the European Safety and Environmental Assessment of Fusion Power (SEAFP) team in 1992. The main participants in SEAFP were the NET (Next Experimental Torus) team, the UKAEA, other European fusion laboratories, and a grouping of major European industrial companies.

The work embraced the conceptual design of fusion power stations and the safety and environmental assessments of those designs. Detailed work was done on the identification and modelling of conceivable accident sequences, the potential hazards of normal operation, waste management, the long term availability of materials and other issues.

The major conclusions reached by the SEAFP team in 1995 were that fusion has very good inherent safety qualities; there are no chain reactions and no production of 'actinides'. The worst possible accident originating in a fusion power station could not breach the confinement; any releases could not approach levels at which evacuation would be considered.

The radiotoxicity of a fusion power station's waste materials decays rapidly, and they present no accumulating or long-term burden on future generations. They would not need guaranteed isolation from the environment for very long timespans. In addition to these favourable results, fusion produces no climate-changing or atmosphere-polluting emissions.
Still, we're stuck with fission for a long time yet, so it's good that the technology is getting simpler, safer, and cleaner.
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kianb in Pahlaver:
State Department Calls for Release of Akbar Ganji
The United States Wednesday called for the immediate release of Iranian journalist Akbar Ganji, imprisoned since 2000 after reporting on alleged government involvement in extra-judicial killings. Mr. Ganji is reported to be in poor health.

The United States is calling for the immediate and unconditional release of Mr. Ganji, an Iranian journalist and free speech activist who the state Department says is imprisoned solely because of his political views and peaceful activities.

Mr. Ganji, a newspaper investigative reporter, was arrested in 2000 and sentenced to six years in prison for reporting on the 1998 killings of four opposition activists and the disappearance of a fifth, allegedly by Iranian security forces with the knowledge of senior government officials. [known as 'chain murders']

In a written statement volunteered to reporters, State Department Spokesman Sean McCormack said Mr. Ganji's "courageous" efforts to investigate extra-judicial killings and his commitment to free speech and democracy have earned him respect around the world.

Spokesman Mr. McCormack said the United States is alarmed by recent reports that Mr. Ganji's health is failing, and that he has been denied access to his family and legal representation.

He also said Mr. Ganji's mistreatment in prison is a serious violation of fundamental human rights, and that the United States joins with rights advocates and Mr. Ganji's supporters in Iran in calling on the Tehran government to release him.

The journalists' advocacy group Reporters Without Borders said last month Mr. Ganji, who recently declared himself on a hunger strike, was seriously ill and it also said he should be released unconditionally.

It said prison doctors had recently recommended that Mr. Ganji be hospitalized for back problems and asthma complicated by harsh prison conditions, but that judicial authorities had prevented this.

The group said Mr. Ganji is being held in solitary confinement, and that unlike other Iranian political prisoners is not allowed telephone family members.

Reporters Without Borders said Mr. Ganji's lawyer, the 2003 Nobel Peace Laureate Shirin Ebadi, has also voiced concern about his health.

The State Department cited Mr. Ganji's case in its latest report on human rights conditions worldwide, released in February, which said Iran's already-poor human rights record worsened over the preceding year.

It said continued serious rights abuses in Iran included arbitrary arrests and detentions, summary executions and torture.

The United States has been sharply critical of Iran's just-completed presidential election, saying the disqualification of all but a handful of candidates by unelected religious authorities meant that Iranians were denied a free choice.
US Calls for Release of Jailed Iranian Journalist
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kianb in Pahlaver:
There is no such thing as having a lunch without beer!
A lunch meeting between a leading parliamentarian in Belgium and counterparts from Iran has been cancelled because the beer-loving Belgian could not stomach a ban on alcohol.

"Even for the tolerant Herman De Croo, that was a bridge too far," De Croo, a Dutch-speaking Liberal, told De Standaard daily on Thursday.

De Croo, president of parliament's lower house, had been due to entertain the speaker and members of the Iranian parliament on Friday during their visit to Belgium -- famous for its diversity of beer brands.

But he said lunch had been cancelled because the Iranians, who as Muslims do not drink alcohol, wanted their hosts to do the same.

"I did not receive such demands in writing. But ... I was indirectly asked not to serve alcohol," said De Croo.
No beer? No lunch, says Belgian parliamentarian
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
My bank balance and me
And all this time I thought I was the only financially-immature person in the world! One in five people 'avoid bank balance'. I'm the one in the five! I hate checking my bank balance because it's always less than I think.
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