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Warrior on Drugs: War without Tears

Dead Souls: The Pentagon Plan to Create Remorseless "Warfighters"        
by Chris Floyd     
Penny Coleman at Alternet.com gives us a look at a new program designed to dull the moral sensibilities of American soldiers in combat on the imperial frontiers: Pentagon, Big Pharma: Drug Troops to Numb Them to Horrors of War.

But as we'll see below, this attempt to peddle magic pills to chase away the horrors of war is just one front in a long-term, wide-ranging "warfighter enhancement program" -- including the neurological and genetic re-engineering of soldiers' minds and bodies to create what the Pentagon calls "iron bodied and iron willed personnel": tireless, relentless, remorseless, unstoppable.


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University of British Columbia: Bringing Dark Matter to Light

New Map Lets Scientists 'See' Dark Matter: Researchers use Hubble Space Telescope to predict where dark matter is
by CBC News
A study headed by a University of British Columbia researcher is giving scientists a peek at dark matter's effects on distant galaxies.

Catherine Heymans, a post-doctoral fellow in the university's department of astronomy and physics, has generated the highest resolution map of dark matter ever captured.

Supercluster Abell 901/902 is seen in this photo compiled by astronomers. The magenta-tinted clumps represent a map of the dark matter in the cluster. (C. Heymans/M. Gray/M. Barden/C. Wolf/K. Meisenheimer/NASA)
 
  • "For the first time we are clearly detecting irregular clumps of dark matter in a supercluster," she said in a news release. "Previous studies were only able to detect fuzzy, circular clumps, but we’re able to resolve detailed shapes that match the distribution of galaxies."


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Kenya's Big Gamed Election

Kenya's Crisis
by Tavia Nyong'o
Imagine that George W. Bush had himself sworn in on day three of the 2000 Florida recount in a White House ceremony so hastily thrown together they forgot to play the national anthem. Then imagine he declared an immediate ban on any further political rallies or live television broadcasts contesting his coronation.
 
This scene should give Americans an approximation of what has happened in Kenya since December 29 and a sense of why the situation is so explosive. The roots of violence and chaos lie not in tribalism but in a bold power grab by a tight clique around the president.


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Candidate Paul and the Slime Machine

Hutchinson: Paul is a Racist, No Matter What He Says
by Kurt Nimmo
Let’s face it. Guys like Earl Ofari Hutchinson will not be placated until Ron Paul is prostrate and sacrifices himself on the altar of political correctness. Earl writes today for the Huffington Post:
 
"Ron Paul and his backers can sail through the ceiling, scream foul until their lungs burst, and say that it’s all a big conspiracy by mainstream media hit artists, a Paul hating and fearful political establishment, and on the make Republican and Democrats to smear and slander their hero as a racist. But the one that has done more to fan charges that Paul is a closet bigot is Paul himself in writings and sentiments that express racist views that purportedly carried Paul’s stamp on them."
 
Earl Ofari Hutchinson refuses to except Ron Paul’s explanation that he had nothing to do with the purportedly racist writings that appeared in a newsletter associated with the Texan Republican.

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Primary Smell: Vote Machine Scandal Brewing

The Winning Ticket: Hillary and Diebold in 2008      
by Mike Whitney
Something doesn't ring true about Hillary's “upset” victory in the New Hampshire primary. It just doesn't pass the smell test. All the exit polls showed Clinton trailing Obama by significant margins. In fact, in the Gallup Poll taken just days before the election, "Crocodile tears" Hillary was down by a whopping 13 points.
 
Her “turnaround” was not only unexpected, but downright shocking. The results for the rest of the candidates--excluding Clinton and Obama---were all within the margin of error. Clinton was the only anomaly. Surprise, surprise.


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Work Crew Stopped at Bear Mountain Stand-off

Work Stopped at Bear Mountain Mountain
by Zoe Blunt
Environmentalists and surveyers for the Bear Mountain (Spencer Road) Interchange faced off in Langford again Thursday, Jan 10.
 
A small crew of workers arrived at the highway to take measurements and place stakes just before noon, and they were met by the tree sit crew. 
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Now Playing: Politics

US Elections: Just Like the Movies
by Ramzy Baroud
The United States political process bears an uncanny resemblance to mainstream filmmaking. Elections and speeches are scripted to the letter, politicians put on a tirelessly rehearsed act, catering endlessly to the whims of the target audience.
 
A successful Hollywood filmmaker can't afford to risk raising issues in a way that don't immediately reflect audience sympathies. Good politicians vying for votes are similar in that they speak according to the already existing expectations -- and prejudices -- of the voting public.


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Iran, the U.S., and the Twisted Path to Confrontation

Bitter Friends, Bosom Enemies – Iran, the U.S., and the Twisted Path to Confrontation
by Jim Miles
If I had to provide an overall rating for Barbara Slavin’s “Bitter Friends, Bosom Enemies” I would have to tell the reader that it is well worth reading, but with several qualifications that make the recommendation somewhat underwhelming. 
 
It is an uneasy read, something I could not quite put into thought until two phrases summed it up.  
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Thoreau and the Patrons of Virtue

Henry Thoreau and the Patrons of Virtue
by Charles Sullivan
The form of government we have is anything but the democratic republic it purports to be. The more access to wealth a person has the more responsive to his or her needs the government is.
 
Justice and equality cannot follow where access is denied or restricted. Far from a government of the people, for the people and by the people, we now have a government that is the exclusive domain of the rich and powerful and has the same level of exclusivity as an expensive country club or resort.
 
The poor and disenfranchised are barred from entry and are thus marginalized. 


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You're Right to Say

The Right to Communicate
by Ad Busters
Jammers and creatives; today is our big moment in court. Ever since the first issue of Adbusters was published seventeen years ago we've been fighting to break the corporate monopoly on access to the airwaves.
 
After countless delays, and over $100,000 spent on legal fees, we've arrived at a critical juncture in the case. At issue is our freedom of speech on the most powerful social communications medium of our time, television.
 
Below is a copy of our press release as well as a sneak preview of an article that will appear in the upcoming issue of Adbusters (on newsstands February 18th). Please give us your support by getting the word out there.

If our lawsuit is successful in Canada, we'll try to raise the funds necessary to launch a suit in the United States as well. What's at stake here is a critical new human right for our information age, the right to communicate.
 
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The Cat Behind the Primary Polls

The Cat That Controls New Hampshire Elections Programming
by Bev Harris
John Silvestro and his small private business, LHS Associates, has exclusive programming contracts for ALL New Hampshire voting machines, which combined will count about 81 percent of the vote in the primary. And as to Super Tuesday and beyond: Silvestro also has the programming contracts for the states of Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Vermont.

Silvestro IS the New Hampshire chain of custody in New England -- Or at least, a very large component in it.

 
Please distribute widely, Digg, Blog,
reprints, get this to the media, etc.
 
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