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A molecule captured for the human eye

August 31, 2009

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Above is the actual image of a molecule of pentacene, captured by atomic force microscopy by a team at IBM. Forgive this science geek’s momentary wonder at the actual physical representation of what we all saw via ball-and-stick models in chemistry. Images like this and those of the Hubble Space Telescope capture the power of […]

Barney Frank joins Ron Paul in push for Fed audit

August 31, 2009

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At a recent town hall, Rep. Barney Frank told his constituents he planned legislation to restrict the Federal Reserve’s emergency lending powers and to subject the central bank to a “complete audit.” He’s coming late to the party started by Rep. Ron Paul, whose bill to audit the Federal Reserve has the support of over […]

Lockerbie bomber set free for oil deals, leaked docs show

August 30, 2009

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Ever since the release to Libya of the bomber of Pan Am Flight 103, which exploded over Lockerbie, Scotland and killed 270 people, the decision has been steeped in well-deserved controversy. Even if you take at face value the claims of the Scottish government that it freed Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi on humanitarian grounds due to […]

Health care bill to give union health plans $10 billion

August 29, 2009

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Earlier in the week, the Detroit Free Press reported that HR 3200, among its other provisions, gives $10 billion to the health plans of unions, which supporters say still isn’t enough. It’s yet another huge reason why the current health care reform proposal is unacceptable and another unnecessary bailout of an industry that has had a […]

Honduras makes Zelaya an offer he can’t refuse

August 28, 2009

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In a move designed to both end the political standoff and box in the deposed leader, Honduran interim President Roberto Micheletti has made a surprising offer to the exiled Manuel Zelaya. Under the terms of the offer, Zelaya could renounce any claim to the office and return as a private citizen with no fear of […]

North Korean weapons seized on the way to Iran

August 28, 2009

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The United Arab Emirates seized a ship carrying weapons made by North Korea that were on their way to Iran. The weapons, disguised as oil equipment, includes rocket launchers, detonators, and munitions for rocket-propelled grenades (Gee, you think Iran would be using that stuff against us in Iraq?) This is quite obviously a huge breach of the […]

After 26 years, Reading Rainbow ends

August 28, 2009

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A PBS staple for two and a half decades, the children’s show Reading Rainbow ended today. Hosted by LeVar Burton, it was the third longest-running children’s show in PBS history. Anyone who watched the show knows Burton’s trademark line before the kids start in with their own book reviews – ” … but you don’t […]