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Archive for March, 2009

Hamas continues to smuggle arms into Gaza

29th March 2009

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Not really surprising, but a useful reminder.

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Phosphate smuggling in Washington!

29th March 2009

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What’s happening here is that Washington State Democrats have banned phosphates from dish detergents because it’s cheaper than upgrading their water treatment plants – excuse me, ‘better for the environment’ – in Spokane County as a test bed for a banning of the stuff statewide in 2010. Unfortunately, there’s a reason why they put phosphates in dish detergent: it softens ‘hard’ water, which the Pacific Northwest has an abundance of (it can be softened at the water treatment plants, but, again, the Democrats think that banning phosphates is cheaper). Hard water + no phosphates in dish detergents = dishwashers don’t work properly – so people are now getting into their cars and driving to Idaho, where people are happy to sell them all the phosphate-enriched dish detergent that they want. And anything else, while they’re there. They can go to other parts of the state, too – but that obviously will go away next year. How long it takes before Washington Democrats close the borders to phosphate smugglers is anybody’s guess; I’m picking 2011.

This seems to be a common theme in government. Policrats (by which I mean politicians + bureaucrats: an ugly word for an even uglier thing) get some Politically Fashionable and Stupid (PFAS) idea into their heads, enforce it through appropriate legislation and regulation, and it degrades the lives of the citizens that they nominally represent; rather than change the policy, however, they tighten the screws on the citizens in a futile attempt to make the PFAS policy work.

We see that locally with “High Occupancy Vehicle Lanes”. The PFAS idea here is that we give special privileges to those PFAS people who will share vehicles when going places. Fine for people who all live in the same bedroom communities and commute to the same place, i.e. downtown where all the Policrats work. And it’s great for the Upper Crust — after all, me and my chauffer can use the HOV lane, while Joe Sixpack on his way to a job site is stuck in traffic. Meanwhile traffic congestion for the Rest Of Us is increased (which is what happens when you take a lane away and devote it to a politically privileged class), and the idea doesn’t work anyway: (a) people won’t give up the convenience (dare I say freedom?) of a private vehicle to toe the party line; (b) people creeping along in traffic are generating more air pollution than is saved by those who actually carpool in order to use the HOV lane; and more people die because of accidents generated by the speed differential between the two environments. But do the Policrats learn? Of course not. They expand the system — since it’s such a great success….

Somebody told me once that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting a different result. By that measure, our “leaders” are insane.

But you already knew that.

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China’s global cyber-espionage network GhostNet penetrates 103 countries

29th March 2009

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Well, they don’t have Democrats to deal with, as we do. Gives them an unfair advantage, it does.

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Best Beer Map of America

29th March 2009

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Don’t say we never have useful stuff here.

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Maureen Dowd: “Blue Eyed Greed?”

29th March 2009

Steve Sailer cuts to the chase.

As I’ve mentioned before, many a female pundit’s output consists in large part of demands that society’s structures and values be revolutionized so that she, personally, will be considered hotter-looking.

That certainly explains Maureen Dowd.

Sorry, Maureen, but your nemesis, Catherine Zeta-Jones, is brown-eyed, so you can’t actually blame society’s prejudice against brown eyes for you not snagging Michael Douglas.

Ouch.

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The Advance of Islam

29th March 2009

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A good explanation of why talking to Muslims will not stop their attempts to conquer the world.

In less than four centuries Christianity was able to win the Roman Empire over to itself. This happened from the bottom up, without force or violence, without government intervention or support. On the contrary, the government of the Roman Empire, by persecuting Christians from time to time, hindered Christianization with force and violence.

The Muslims managed to conquer roughly the same area as that of the ancient Roman Empire in about a century, with the exception of Western Europe, where they were stopped in France by Charles Martel (732), and with the exception of Turkey and the current Balkans, where the Muslims were stopped by the Eastern Roman Empire, the Byzantines, until the middle of the fifteenth century.

There is not a single Muslim who is unaware of this century of conquests. The military successes of that time are generally perceived by Islamic theologians as proof of the truth of Islam and the correctness of the statements made by Muhammad about himself and his mission. This century of conquest plays a major role in Islamic apologetics. If Islam were not God’s own religion, Muslims reason, and if Muhammad were not the messenger of God, they think, then these conquests would not have taken place and would not have been so successful. These conquests can be considered as akbar dalaala alla Sidq muHammad, “the best proof of the sincerity of Muhammad,” as a comment in the Qur’an at one point expresses it.

Those who wish to may apologize for the later Christian violence, even though their personal share in the mistakes that were committed during those centuries is small. Because of the “confession” that is part of the Christian liturgy, Christians are perhaps trained too well in the confession of guilt, and that contrasts with the views of most Muslims, who are in fact proud of the warfare of Islam against the Christians, and of the military triumphs that were achieved, at least in the early days. Later the balance of power changed in favor of Christianity. But we need to understand fully that the Muslims could have stayed at home in Medina. They did not do so; they marched out to battle. According to Islamic tradition, Muhammad settled in Medina in 622, and since then the Muslims have increasingly engaged their neighbors with the use of arms. Time and again, the Muslims declared war on their neighbors at the borders of their ever growing empire.

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The UN Makes it Official: Global Warming Hysteria Is All About Redistributing Wealth

28th March 2009

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Not really a surprise, but a useful reminder.

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Food jihad? Muslim woman puts needles in meat in Canada

28th March 2009

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Just another fine day in the Dar al-Harb.

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Was Strunk imitating Quintilian?

28th March 2009

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Seems pretty obvious to me. For alleged linguists, the guys at Language Log oft times show astonishing ignorance of real languages and their history.

How many people start sentences (really: sentence fragments) with a conjunction (and, but)? Where did they pick that up? Well, how about from the Bible? St Paul does it all the time — not surprising, since that’s a standard grammatical feature of Greek — and most translators of the Bible kept the same structure, for “authenticity” (Word of God and all that, you know).

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New York Muslim child: “Who are struck by Allah’s wrath?” “The Jews”

28th March 2009

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Teach your children well,
Their father’s hell did slowly go by,
And feed them on your dreams
The one they picked, the one you’ll know by.

It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood … if you’re Muslim. Anybody else — not so much.

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Obama’s False Choice

28th March 2009

Mark Steyn takes the Half-Blood Prince to the woodshed.

If you listen to the principal spokesmen for U.S. economic policy — Obama and Geithner — they grow daily ever more explicitly hostile to the private sector and ever more comfortable with the language of micro-managed government-approved capitalism — which, of course, isn’t capitalism at all. They’ll have an easier time getting away with it in a world of “global oversight” where there’s nowhere to move to. Unfortunately, even then it won’t work. Think about it: It takes extraordinary skill to create and manage a billion-dollar company; there are very few human beings on the planet who can do it. Now look at Obama and Geithner, the two men currently “managing” more money than any individuals in human history: not billions, but trillions.

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Do New Bulbs Save Energy if They Don’t Work?

28th March 2009

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Consumers who are trying them say they sometimes fail to work, or wear out early. At best, people discover that using the bulbs requires learning a long list of dos and don’ts.

I’m shocked, I tell you, shocked.

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Lacy underwear secret tool of polar expedition

28th March 2009

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Made you look….

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Maximizing Uncertainty for Fun and Profit

28th March 2009

Steve Sailer is always worth reading.

Suppose a new president came to Washington and said, “I basically won’t change a thing. My motto is ‘Business as Usual.'” What kind of attention would that president get from lobbyists? Obviously, none. Campaign donations would drop precipitously. Corporations would lay off their lobbyists.

The opposite of that is a practice of keeping all the balls in the air, with massive regulation proposals in the works for all major industries. Massive financial system reform! Massive healthcare reform! Massive energy reform! This gets every lobbyist involved. It maximizes the shakedown.

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Wind-powered vehicle hits 126MPH, nabs world record

28th March 2009

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‘Ghost’ photo spooks experts

28th March 2009

Here‘s the actual photograph.

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Freedom Tower Will Be Called One World Trade Center

28th March 2009

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Good. Although it’s still just a hole in the ground, and is likely to remain so for the near future, this is progress, of a sort.

If they’d just put the towers back up, they’d be done and open for business by now. But then the politicians and bureaucrats got involved … with results as you see them.

Ask the government to put up a building, and eight years later you get — a hole in the ground. And we’re supposed to trust them with the economy? Be afraid. Be very afraid.

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Extreme Skier Shane McConkey Dies in Base Jumping Accident

28th March 2009

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Let that be a lesson to us all.

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Outspoken But Not Outmaneuvered, Rep. Bachmann Manages Her Candor

28th March 2009

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“For what pisses off the Democrats, it really energizes that conservative base she has,” said Lawrence Jacobs, a political professor at the University of Minnesota. “This is not a strategic politician. This is a movement conservative. She’s a true believer.”

Bachmann told FOXNews.com her ultimate goal in Congress is to overhaul and simplify the tax code, while fighting the efforts of the Obama administration to expand government and increase the tax burden. She said President Obama has gone on a spending “blitzkrieg,” and she argued that the recent flap over AIG bonuses is just another sign that Washington needs an exit strategy for its financial intervention.

I’d like a dozen, please — to go.

Bachmann’s Democratic opponent, Elwyn Tinklenberg, enjoyed a surge of fundraising support — many donations came from outside Minnesota — after the show aired. A few weeks later, Bachmann had held on and won by 3 percent.

Tell the truth — could you vote for someone named Elwyn Tinklenberg? I couldn’t.

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Despite FOIA Victory, FBN Finds Government Holds Back

28th March 2009

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For a government that espouses greater transparency, the Obama Administration’s definition of the term can seem rather opaque.

My, what a surprise. Aren’t you surprised? I’m sure surprised.

For instance, a tactic often employed by the government to stall release of a given document is to cite a deep backlog of requests and then delay until interest in that document wanes. Another tactic for withholding information is to cite one of several legal exemptions that allow for redactions, and then black out much of the information released.

Your tax dollars at work.

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Tax information for Parents of Kidnapped Children

27th March 2009

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Just in case you were wondering. I know I was.

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Ex-U.N. Official Spent Development Funds on Luxury Items, Probe Says

27th March 2009

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A former U.N. official who oversaw reconstruction funds in Afghanistan diverted half a million dollars from roads, schools and clinics to fund his luxury lifestyle, according to a confidential internal U.N. investigation.

My, what a surprise. Aren’t you surprised? I’m sure surprised.

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Scientists film HIV spreading for first time

27th March 2009

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How it spreads between bodies we already know, but no one is allowed to talk about it — that’s “homophobia” and “hate speech”.

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Taliban blocks UN polio treatment in Pakistan

27th March 2009

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Just another fine day in the Dar al-Islam.

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There’s no Pravda in Izvestia

27th March 2009

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A United States senator has introduced a bill that would bail out the nation’s newspaper industry, which has fallen on unprecedentedly hard times. It’s an idea that makes sense: given the symbiotic nature of the media and the current administration (and the permanent bureaucracy), nationalizing the newspapers is the perfect way to ensure that they do not lose their status as the monopoly mouthpiece for the leftist intelligentsia.

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Will Americans Be Required to Buy Health Insurance?

27th March 2009

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Hint: One way or another, if the statists have their way, either by law or through taxation to support a National Health Service-type plan.

But some powerful Democrats have supported a mandate, including Hillary Clinton, Max Baucus (a key health-reform power broker in the Senate) and Tom Daschle (OK, maybe he’s not so powerful anymore).

The health insurance industry also backs a mandate. This is no surprise — the Health Blog would certainly back a mandate requiring all Americans to read health-related blogs. But we were reminded of the industry’s position again this morning, with the report that two health insurance trade groups wrote a letter to the Senate, offering to stop charging sick people more for coverage, provided that everyone is required to buy insurance.

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MEP Dan Hannan’s ‘Brezhnev apparatchik’ attack on Gordon Brown is a YouTube hit

27th March 2009

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Of course, there’s no one in the actual British Parliament that would Speak Truth To Power like this. Nor in the American Congress, come to think of it.

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Nanogenerators to power future?

27th March 2009

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In the future, we’ll be able to power up our devices with a wave of the hand, a short walk or via our heartbeats, said engineers from the Georgia Institute of Technology on Thursday.

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Canadian Court Orders Website To Disclose Personal Info Of Posters

27th March 2009

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The PC witch hunt against “hate speech” apparently trumps any right to free speech. Canada has fallen far.

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‘Let’s Pizza’ machine cooks you a pie in three minutes, won’t ask you to enter any contests

27th March 2009

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I have my doubts. Baking a Real Pizza takes at least 15 minutes; don’t see how you can make one from scratch AND COOK IT in three.

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Magnetic Spin to Revolutionize Medical Scanning

27th March 2009

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Wheel in the sky keeps on turnin’…. Don’t know where I’ll be tomorrow….

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Robot targeting-intercepting system inspired by Marco Polo pool game

27th March 2009

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Life imitates Art. We have the technology.

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Yes, Academics Can Add To The News Ecosystem; No, It Doesn’t Need To Be In Newspapers.

27th March 2009

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Prediction: The only people who will try this will be lefty agitators like Ward Churchill and William Ayers who oughtn’t to be teaching anyway, and who will attempt to leverage the “radical street cred” thus gained to pressure faculties into granting tenure where it is otherwise not deserved.

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Prosecutor Who Threatened Teens With Child Porn Charges For Taking Pics Of Themselves Gets Sued

27th March 2009

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This would be amusing if it weren’t that it involved real people.

Welcome to the U.S.S.A.

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Microsoft’s new ad shows how people shop for computers in the real America

27th March 2009

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Or, at least, in the Real America that lives on the Left Coast.

Just as Apple ads reflect the Real America that lives in Cupertino.

Neither bears any resemblance to the Real America that lives in Dallas, Des Moines, Dulute, or Detroit.

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Bad News: Scientists Make Cheap Gas From Coal

27th March 2009

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That grinding sound you hear is the teeth of thousands of eco-nazis, dismayed at this setback to their plan to reverse the Industrial Revolution.

The advance makes scaling up the environmentally unfriendly fuel more economical than greener alternatives.

The horror, the horror.

If oil prices rise again, adoption of the new coal-to-liquid technology, reported this week in Science,  could undercut adoption of electric vehicles or next-generation biofuels. And that’s bad news for the fight against climate change.

Which will happen anyway, because it depends on macro-climatic changes to which the contribution of human activity is questionable.

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Hayek on John Kenneth Galbraith, Journalism & Bullshit

27th March 2009

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But to pretend to understand all the things you write about, and habitually to write about things you do not understand, is a very corrupting thing.

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Big Bedfellows

27th March 2009

Jonah Goldberg points out that the problem is not a lack of government involvement in the activities of big businesses, but rather too much.

What if they’re looking at the economy through the wrong end of the telescope? For starters, Bush was hardly a laissez-faire president who ignored Obama’s oft-stated domestic priorities. Sure, Bush was more laissez-faire than Obama. But that’s not a very high bar.

The notion that big business and big government are at war with one another is one of the great enduring myths of the 20th century. The truth is that ever since Teddy Roosevelt abandoned his love of trust-busting, progressives have liked big businesses big, really big. The bigger the business, the more reliable the partner for big government.

That’s why any huge corporation that plays ball on health care, or “green jobs,” or countless other initiatives, is hailed as a “forward-thinking” or “progressive” company. Companies such as GE, which stands to make billions from Obama’s energy proposals, are vital sidekicks in the new era of public-private partnerships. Why is Obama working tirelessly to save Detroit automakers? Because GM is a wonderful poster boy for peddling nationalized health care, and UAW is an indispensable cog in the Democratic Party.

Would Barney Frank rather work with one giant Fannie Mae that will always take his phone calls and do his bidding, or a thousand smaller firms that would need to be herded like cats? I think we already know the answer.

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Democrats Call For Tomahawk Strike Against North Korean Launchpad

27th March 2009

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How very curious.

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The New State Sovereignty Movement

27th March 2009

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Ah, the kids these days….

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Does Spending More on Education Improve Academic Achievement?

27th March 2009

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Hint: Not necessarily. But bureaucrats can’t think of anything else to do, and the teachers unions just want more money to spend.

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JournoList Revealed! Inside the Secret Liberal Media Email Cabal

27th March 2009

Kaus has the goods. Ever wonder what language lefty journos speak at home? Check it out.

Caleb at RedState is having more fun with it than a human being should be allowed to have.

Jonah Goldberg, of course, nails it: “It’s like the liberal egghead version of Heathers.”

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A mysterious air strike on a convoy of arms smugglers in Sudan has provoked speculation that Israel has launched an attack hundreds of miles from its borders.

27th March 2009

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American policymakers used to take bold action like that. Now they just sit and whine and wring their hands.

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The Washington Post Runs Oliphant’s anti-Semitic Cartoon

27th March 2009

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Not really a surprise, but a useful reminder.

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Fiction Is the Mother of Invention: Five Sci-Fi Ideas That Became Reality

27th March 2009

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Pentagon Plans to Regrow Human Body Parts

27th March 2009

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Israel Successfully Tests Anti-Rocket System

27th March 2009

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The best way to deal with rockets, of course, is to kill the people who are shooting at you.

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Eerie Ghost Photo at Castle Baffles Experts

27th March 2009

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Probably William Wallace saying, “Dude, where’s my country?”

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Japan Issues Order to ‘Destroy’ N. Korea Rocket

27th March 2009

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Things could get very interesting very quickly here.

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Internet breakthrough could allow millions to trace ancestors to 16th Century

26th March 2009

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A great asset for you newcomers.

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