Archive for February, 2006

German spies helped US invasion

Monday, February 27th, 2006

The NY Times has a story about an odd bit of information from pre-invasion Iraq: apparently German spies in Baghdad provided pretty important information about the Iraqi defenses to the US-led invasion forces. Two German intelligence agents in Baghdad obtained a copy of Saddam Hussein’s plan to defend the Iraqi capital, which a German official […]

The Holy Grail of biodiesel?

Saturday, February 25th, 2006

This could be it: Insta-biodiesel! A biodiesel microreactor that eliminates the separation time and potentially the need for a dissolved catalyst. Veg-oil and Methanol go in, and biodiesel comes out the other side. No mixing, no heating, no separation and no KOH (or NaOH): “This could be as important an invention as the mouse for […]

More of the same violence in Uganda

Saturday, February 25th, 2006

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni strong-armed his countrymen into “re-electing” him in Thursday’s election. That means that he gets more opportunities to trample all over his opposition and pour fuel into the brutal conflict with the LRA in Northern Uganda. While the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) is terrorizing the Acholi people, the government seems to be […]

AOL implements email tax

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2006

Well maybe that’s finally going to put these idiots at AOL out of business. AOL announced in January that they started giving preference to email senders who subscribe to the pay-per-email Goodmail service. So if you pay up, you can spam the hell out of AOL users. As part of its e-mail security practices, AOL […]

No freedom for Holocaust deniers

Monday, February 20th, 2006

The infamous Holocaust denier David Irwing might have to do hard time in Austria. It was, and is, perfectly illegal in Austria to publicly state that the Holocaust was only a figment of the imagination of six million Jews, three million Soviet POWs, and millions of Poles, Roma, French, Communists, Socialists, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Gays, handicapped […]

Too dumb to be free?

Sunday, February 19th, 2006

Last night I watched “Team America” and laughed my butt off. They make fun of Osama BinLaden, Kim Il Sung, Hollywood and America. They depict Michael Moore as a suicide bomber who blows up Team America’s headquarters. They don’t depict, or poke fun at, the Prophet Mohammad (pbuh). Maybe that’s because Islam’s holy prophet is […]

Boycott the Ouagadougou talks: Don’t legitimize the stranglehold

Sunday, February 12th, 2006

One year after Togo’s dictator Gnassingbé Eyadema died, his clan is again firmly in charge of this embattled sliver of a country on the Gulf of Benin. In charge, that is, with the blessing and military aid of France, Togo’s former colonial master. For February 20, talks between the opposition and the ruling RPT are […]

Sen. Obama wins Grammy Award

Thursday, February 9th, 2006

A politician winning an award for speaking? About himself? That’s pretty impressive … U.S. Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) won a Grammy award Wednesday evening in a category rarely made for a politician: the best spoken word. As the awards were announced at the ceremony in downtown Los Angeles, Obama was finishing his work day in […]

Hope for a cure for AIDS

Thursday, February 9th, 2006

This report in the news raises hope for a comprehensive AIDS cure – in a decade, or so: A chemical has been identified which could halt the progress of HIV, US scientists say. Lab tests of the chemical – CSA-54 – at Vanderbilt University show it disables the virus’s ability to infect cells. It was […]

Cartoon War

Saturday, February 4th, 2006

The three little Danish newspaper pigs published cartoons poking fun at the Prophet Muhammad (Peace and Humor Be Upon Him) and now the Muslims are going to “huff and puff” and burn the Danish flags and boycott Danishes, and all those other goods the Danes export to the rest of the world. Well, congrats to […]

Literally a lie

Wednesday, February 1st, 2006

In his State of the Union address yesterday, President Bush spent a measly two minutes and 15 seconds on the lack of energy independence of this country. Literally, he spoke of this country’s “addiction” to imported oil, and he pledged to reduce that dependence in the next 15 years. He said this:”Breakthroughs on this and […]