World News Updates

From Sonoma News Today

Monday Aug. 25, 2008

Television shows geared towards children; commercials; motion pictures; educational shows and print media have introduced the reptilian image to the public over the last few years at an accelerating pace. From the renewed interest in dinosaurs to the reptilian alien characters on Star Trek, serpentine effigies have become prominent within all divisions of the U.S. media. Furthermore, because the United States dominates the world entertainment industry, this image has spread out like wild fire and has reached almost all corners of the Earth that have satellite or cable network television reception, movie theatres or children's books.

Following a four-day conference last week at Yale University, Christian and Muslim leaders from around the world announced the first step of the “Common Word” exchange drafted last November. A joint statement was affirmed in their support of religious freedom and further interfaith dialogue based on their common love for God and neighbor.

Intel sees future with shape-shifting robots, wireless power
The intelligence gap between man and machine will largely close by the year 2050, according to Intel Corp.'s chief technology officer, who yesterday reiterated that point during a keynote address at the Intel Developer Forum.

Bombing: A Way of Protest and Death
ONLY nine months ago, the National Commission on the Causes and Prevention of Violence was able to report that the U.S. "has experienced almost none of the chronic revolutionary conspiracy and terrorism that plagues dozens of other nations." To be sure, plots and skirmishes have footnoted American history, and bomb blasts sometimes provided the punctuation.

Is Mexico's Drug War Escalating?
German tourist Jurgen Kohl was window shopping in Mexico's trendy Zona Rosa district last Friday afternoon when he saw a flash of brilliant light followed by a thundering bang and the sound of shattering glass.
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MIT Students Get Top Marks for Hacking Boston Subway
In a story straight out of Cory Doctorow's Little Brother, three MIT undergraduates concocted a scheme to hack Boston's transit payment system, the Charlie Card (no relation). The students managed to reprogram the cards to increase their credit balance, thus allowing them to ride the subway for free.

Russia Checkmates the Neocons
It appears Russia is wasting little time responding to the neocon provocation of declaring its intention of installing missiles at Redzikowo, on Poland’s Baltic coast. Russia has dispatched the aircraft carrier at Admiral Kuznetsov to the Syrian port of Tartus. Admiral Kuznetsov, along with Russia’s biggest missile cruiser Moskva and at least four nuclear submarines, left Murmansk on the Barents Sea on August 18, according to DEBKAfile.

U.S. Navy Ships Head To Georgia
Two U.S. Navy ships, including a guided missile destroyer USS McFaul, and a U.S. Coast Guard cutter are getting underway to transport humanitarian assistance supplies to Georgia, U.S. European Command (EUCOM) said on August 21.

Sept 11 conspiracy theory put to bed
A RAGING, long-burning fire caused the collapse of World Trade Centre building number 7, which tumbled hours after hijacked jets hit the twin towers on September 11, 2001, investigators say.

NIST WTC 7 Investigation Finds Building Fires Caused Collapse
(In the face of common sense. When they want us to deny our common sense and believe them, and folks do, well they can do anything. ) Kelly Mc.

Stocks end mixed as oil surges and Lehman worries ease
Stocks ended mixed Thursday after investors largely shrugged off a jump in oil prices and focused instead on a bullish analyst call on Lehman Bros. that eased worries about the financial sector.