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Survival & Firearms / Lethal Tornadoes in Ala, Ga
« on: March 02, 2007, 11:11:56 AM »
BBC 01Mar07
Rescue efforts are under way in several states in America's south and mid-west after a series of tornadoes left at least 20 people dead.
Hardest hit was Alabama, where at least eight people died when a tornado struck a high school building on Thursday.

Nine more people died in Georgia, two of whom were killed when another tornado hit near a regional hospital.

The tornadoes were part of a major storm system that stretched across a swathe of the United States.
The US Storm Prediction Center (SPC) had earlier issued a rare "major severe weather outbreak" warning for the eastern third of the US.

'Direct hit'

Some of the worst of the destruction was reported in Enterprise, Alabama.

Eight teenagers who were inside the local high school died as winds blew out walls and collapsed part of the roof.

"They were in one particular wing which took a direct hit," Enterprise Mayor Kenneth Boswell said.

One other person in Enterprise died and at least 40 people were injured as the tornado, travelling at over 50mph (80km/h), swept through the town.

Alabama Governor Bob Riley, who is to visit the school, has declared a state of emergency and sent 100 National Guard troops to the town.

"Enterprise has suffered major and widespread damage," he said.

A tenth person died in the town of Millers Ferry, in another part of the state, where high winds felled trees and flipped trailers.

Later in the day, at least nine people died in neighbouring Georgia.

Two people were killed and several more injured when a tornado struck near the Sumter regional hospital in Americus, Georgia, the state's emergency management agency said.

It was not clear whether the dead were patients. At the hospital, windows were shattered and cars had been thrown around. The ambulance fleet was reportedly destroyed.

A third person was reported killed in Taylor County, to the north, and six others in the southwest.

Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue was to fly to the affected areas to assess the damage, his spokesman said.

Earlier, a seven-year-old girl died as some of the first tornadoes touched down in Missouri around dawn on Thursday. Others were reported in Arkansas and Kansas.

The severe weather formed a band of storms stretching from Minnesota in the north to Louisiana on the Gulf Coast.

Further north, several mid-western states were hit by heavy snow and blizzards, which closed hundreds of miles of major roads.

Two people died when their car overturned on a slippery road in North Dakota, and another was killed while shovelling snow in Nebraska, the Associated Press reported.

People killed by tornadoes in southern US
Enterprise, Alabama: Eight dead at school, one elsewhere
Millers Ferry, Alabama: One dead
Americus, Georgia: Two killed when tornado struck hospital
Taylor County, Georgia: One dead
South-west Georgia: A further six people reported dead
Missouri: Seven-year-old girl killed

2007 / Re: Baptist Pastor Wants Plea Deal For Jewish Arsonists
« on: February 28, 2007, 06:59:09 AM »
Don't you ever wonder why they ALL STICK UP FOR EACH OTHER ALL THE TIME?

Beware the hidden occupation

2007 / Re: The Hidden Occupation....
« on: February 27, 2007, 04:14:05 AM »
scurrying in the dark?
They're right out there in the open for everyone to see
they don't care, they don't have to
by the way, they run our health care industry...

2007 / Largest Texas Energy Company TXU Now Private via Major Buyout
« on: February 26, 2007, 08:37:51 AM »
BBC 26FEB2007
Record private equity buyout made
A consortium including Texas Pacific, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts and Goldman Sachs has bought out the US utility TXU in a deal worth $45bn (£22.9bn).
TXU is the top power company in Texas and the deal breaks the record for the biggest takeover by private equity.

The new owners say they will strengthen TXU's environmental policies and protect prices until September 2008.

Private equity companies use clients' money and borrowed money to buy whole companies and try to turn them around.

The deal values TXU at $32bn, or $69.25 per share, while the private equity buyers will also assume $13bn in debt.

Third record in four months

TXU shares rose 6.6% on Thursday and Friday on rumours of a deal.

It is the third time in four months that the record has been broken, most recently with Blackstone's $38.9bn offer for Equity Office Properties.

The new owners are scaling back TXU's $10bn plan to build 11 new coal-fired power stations and will only build three.

A group of investors had been criticising the price-tag on the new stations, saying that TXU would end up paying more as emissions became more tightly regulated.

TXU has prospered in recent years, because most of its energy is generated using coal and nuclear power, but Texas electricity prices are tied to the price of natural gas.

2007 / The Hidden Occupation....
« on: February 26, 2007, 07:42:42 AM »
Houston Independent Media Center

2007 / Report: 3 Gulf states agree to IAF overflights en route to Iran
« on: February 26, 2007, 07:34:19 AM »
Last update - 11:02 25/02/2007   
Report: 3 Gulf states agree to IAF overflights en route to Iran
By Yoav Stern and Yossi Melman, Haaretz Correspondents
Three Arab states in the Persian Gulf would be willing to allow the Israel Air force to enter their airspace in order to reach Iran in case of an attack on its nuclear facilities, the Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Siyasa reported on Sunday.

According to the report, a diplomat from one of the gulf states visiting Washington on Saturday said the three states, Qatar, Oman and the United Arab Emirates, have told the United States that they would not object to Israel using their airspace, despite their fear of an Iranian response.

Al-Siyasa further reported that NATO leaders are urging Turkey to open its airspace for an Attack on Iran as well and to also open its airports and borders in case of a ground attack.

According to a British diplomat who spoke to an Al-Siyasa correspondent, Turkey will not repeat the mistake it made in 2003, when it refused to open its airspace to U.S. Air Force overflights en route to attacking Iraq.

British newspaper The Daily Telegraph reported Saturday that Israel is negotiating with the U.S. over permission for an "air corridor" over Iraq, should an attack on Iran's nuclear facilities become necessary.

Deputy Defense Minister Ephraim Sneh on Saturday denied the reports and said Israel has no such plans.


Global Research 25Feb2007
US generals `˜will quit` if Bush orders Iran Attack

by Sarah Baxter and Michael Smith
Global Research, February 25, 2007
The Times (London) 

Some of America`s most senior military commanders are prepared to resign if the White House orders a military strike against Iran, according to highly placed defence and intelligence sources.

Tension in the Gulf region has raised fears that an attack on Iran is becoming increasingly likely before President George Bush leaves office. The Sunday Times has learnt that up to five generals and admirals are willing to resign rather than approve what they consider would be a reckless attack.

`There are four or five generals and admirals we know of who would resign if Bush ordered an attack on Iran,` a source with close ties to British intelligence said. `There is simply no stomach for it in the Pentagon, and a lot of people question whether such an attack would be effective or even possible.`

A British defence source confirmed that there were deep misgivings inside the Pentagon about a military strike. `All the generals are perfectly clear that they don`t have the military capacity to take Iran on in any meaningful fashion. Nobody wants to do it and it would be a matter of conscience for them.

`There are enough people who feel this would be an error of judgment too far for there to be resignations.`

A generals` revolt on such a scale would be unprecedented. `American generals usually stay and fight until they get fired,` said a Pentagon source. Robert Gates, the defence secretary, has repeatedly warned against striking Iran and is believed to represent the view of his senior commanders.

The threat of a wave of resignations coincided with a warning by Vice-President Dick Cheney that all options, including military action, remained on the table. He was responding to a comment by Tony Blair that it would not `be right to take military action against Iran`.

Iran ignored a United Nations deadline to suspend its uranium enrichment programme last week. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad insisted that his country `will not withdraw from its nuclear stances even one single step`.

The International Atomic Energy Agency reported that Iran could soon produce enough enriched uranium for two nuclear bombs a year, although Tehran claims its programme is purely for civilian energy purposes.

Nicholas Burns, the top US negotiator, is to meet British, French, German, Chinese and Russian officials in London tomorrow to discuss additional penalties against Iran. But UN diplomats cautioned that further measures would take weeks to agree and would be mild at best.

A second US navy aircraft carrier strike group led by the USS John C Stennis arrived in the Gulf last week, doubling the US presence there. Vice Admiral Patrick Walsh, the commander of the US Fifth Fleet, warned: `The US will take military action if ships are attacked or if countries in the region are targeted or US troops come under direct attack.`

But General Peter Pace, chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, said recently there was `zero chance` of a war with Iran. He played down claims by US intelligence that the Iranian government was responsible for supplying insurgents in Iraq, forcing Bush on the defensive.

Pace`s view was backed up by British intelligence officials who said the extent of the Iranian government`s involvement in activities inside Iraq by a small number of Revolutionary Guards was `far from clear`.

Hillary Mann, the National Security Council`s main Iran expert until 2004, said Pace`s repudiation of the administration`s claims was a sign of grave discontent at the top.

`He is a very serious and a very loyal soldier,` she said. `It is extraordinary for him to have made these comments publicly, and it suggests there are serious problems between the White House, the National Security Council and the Pentagon.`

Mann fears the administration is seeking to provoke Iran into a reaction that could be used as an excuse for an attack. A British official said the US navy was well aware of the risks of confrontation and was being `seriously careful` in the Gulf.

The US air force is regarded as being more willing to attack Iran. General Michael Moseley, the head of the air force, cited Iran as the main likely target for American aircraft at a military conference earlier this month.

According to a report in The New Yorker magazine, the Pentagon has already set up a working group to plan airstrikes on Iran. The panel initially focused on destroying Iran`s nuclear facilities and on regime change but has more recently been instructed to identify targets in Iran that may be involved in supplying or aiding militants in Iraq.

However, army chiefs fear an attack on Iran would backfire on American troops in Iraq and lead to more terrorist attacks, a rise in oil prices and the threat of a regional war.

Britain is concerned that its own troops in Iraq might be drawn into any American conflict with Iran, regardless of whether the government takes part in the attack.

One retired general who participated in the `generals` revolt` against Donald Rumsfeld`s handling of the Iraq war said he hoped his former colleagues would resign in the event of an order to attack. `We don`t want to take another initiative unless we`ve really thought through the consequences of our strategy,` he warned.

Global Research 26Feb2007
The War on Canadian Civil Liberties: Government told by Supreme Court to rewrite Law
Complete Transcript of Supreme Court Ruling

by Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya
Global Research, February 26, 2007
- 2007-02-24

The Supreme Court of Canada on February 23, 2007 ruled unanimously in a 9-0 vote that the "security certificates" used by the federal government of Canada to detain suspected terrorists are unconstitutional under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. 

The Canadian Security and Intelligence Service (CSIS), Canada`s Secret Service could instigate a procedure whereby permanent residents, immigrants, refugees, and travelers could be arbitrarily detained.

Under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA), the security certificates allowed federal authorities to arbitrarily detain and imprison non-Canadians living in Canada designated as `security threats` without providing them with legal counsel and in violation of Habeaus Corpus.

The Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA), Bill C-11, is not to be confused with Bill C-36 and The Anti-Terrorism Act of Canada, although both acts are linked. 

Under these provisions, secret trials can take place where trumped up charges are laid, but evidence is withheld under the mantle of `national security.`   

Secret trials of individuals in any country, let alone non-citizens in Canada under immigration laws with supplementary security dimensions, blatantly violate the rights of individuals to a fair trial and an impartial legal process.

The concept of security certificates is a grave danger to the rule of law and is in violation of Habeaus Corpus. Theoretically, under this precedent a government abusing its powers can arbitrarily detain individuals and put them to trial without real evidence.

Suspects under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) can also be held indefinitely in captivity. Moreover, on the basis of evidence presented in secret trials, suspects can be deported to their country of origin where they can risk death or torture. Where there is a real danger of death or torture, Canadian officials have refused to accept any responsibility.

Mohamed Harkat, an Algerian living in Canada is one of five recognized individuals that have been victimized by the Canadian security certificates regime. After public pressure he was released on bail and placed under strict house arrest with limited visitation rights on May 23, 2006. Another individual, Adil Charkaoui was released on bail earlier on February, 2005. Both men have no idea what they were detained for. 

Three other recognized figures detained because of the Canadian security certificates are Mohammas Mahjoub, Mahmoud Jaballah, and Hassan Almrei.  Majoub, Jaballah, and Almrei are being held in the Kingston Immigration Holding Centre, located south of Ottawa and in the maximum-security Millhaven Penitentiary. 

What is not being emphasized and sidelined by media reports is that at least one of these men, Mahmoud Jaballah from Egypt, was approached, prior to his six-year captivity, by the Canadian Security and Intelligence Service (CSIS) to become a spy in his local community, but refused. Afterwards CSIS accused Jaballah of having ties to Osama bin Laden and Al-Qaeda.

Jaballah was detained in a failed first attempt, in 1999, by CSIS, which tried to have him charged and deported once he refused to spy for them. Fortunately Jaballah`s family had kept a voice recording to prove that CSIS was threatening Jabballah to spy or face retribution.
The first judge who oversaw the first case by CSIS against Jaballah rejected the case on the grounds that there was nothing incriminating against Jaballah. It was only after the second attempt before Mahmoud Jaballah was detained in August, 2001.
Although the so-called security certificates were deemed unconstitutional, the Supreme Court of Canada suspended their own legal ruling for a year to allow the federal government to rewrite the pertinent articles of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA), under which the security certificates were being issued.

Furthermore, ironically the Supreme Court judgment was finalized at a time when U.S. Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice and U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security, Michael Chertoff were visiting Ottawa, in regards to consultations on North American integration and homeland security measures, under the mantle of the Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP). By its very nature the SPP has been contrived by the governments of the United States, Canada, and Mexico to avoid public consent and even accountability in the launching of unified policy pertaining to commercial, energy, and "security integration" and "harmonization."

The SPP has serious ramifications. It establishes the contours of a integration North American Police State. It will lead to further violations of civil liberties inside `Fortress North America.`

One battle may seem to have been won in the Supremes Court in safeguarding civil liberties, but a longer war against civil liberties is well underway. 

See article link for the rulings of the judgment of the Supreme Court of Canada in regards to the so-called security certificates. 


Survival & Firearms / Possible tornado tears through Arkansas town
« on: February 25, 2007, 06:41:15 AM »
CNN POSTED: 8:33 a.m. EST, February 25, 2007

caption:Residents examine rubble from a home in Union County, north of Strong, Arkansas, on Saturday

caption:The powerful winds were part of a line of storms that stretched across Arkansas, Tennessee and elsewhere.

Story Highlights
`¢ Seventy-eight people spending night in shelters, official says
`¢ KTHV: Four suspected looters arrested; curfew in effect
`¢ Police: 12 people hurt in Arkansas
`¢ Possible tornadoes in Mississippi, Louisiana

DUMAS, Arkansas (CNN) -- A possible tornado shredded several businesses and homes in a small Arkansas town Saturday, injuring about a dozen people, some of them seriously, police told a local TV station.

Seventy-eight people in Dumas were spending the night in shelters set up after the storm, said Tina Owens of Arkansas Emergency Management. A curfew was in effect until 7 a.m. Sunday.

"Right now were just trying to assess the damage and take care of the citizens' needs for this evening," she said.

"We'll definitely look at the recovery efforts, but right now our immediate effect is to deal with those citizens with injuries and making sure we've got those people taken care of tonight."

Police have arrested four people suspected of looting, KTHV reported.

The storm slammed into one of the town's main thoroughfares, destroying most of the businesses along U.S. 65, including a Fred's department store, where employee Bobbie Thomas was working.

"We all got on the floor," Thomas said. "All the debris was falling on us ... and I said, 'Lord, all I want you to do is save us today, because it's in your hands.'" (Watch buildings that have been turned to splinters, cars crushed )

Fred's was among several buildings destroyed by the storm, the station reported. The National Weather Service reported that parts of cars were hanging in trees in the storm zone.

There were no reports of fatalities, but about a dozen people were reported injured, some seriously, Arkansas State Police Cpl. Ray Siggers told KTHV.

James Robinson of Winchester told The Associated Press he saw a black cloud approaching and pulled into a McDonald's parking lot.

"It sounded just like a locomotive train, not real fast," Robinson told AP. He said he helped a woman into the restaurant, and then hid in the walk-in freezer, according to AP.

Damage from possible tornadoes was also reported in Mississippi and Louisiana.

The National Weather Service said damage that occurred early Saturday in Bossier City, Louisiana, was consistent with an EF-1 type tornado under the new Enhanced Fujita (EF) scale for rating twister damage.

Wind speeds were estimated between 90 and 100 mph.

Several Dumas restaurants, a Mad Butcher grocery store and some nearby homes were leveled, KTHV reported. Video from the scene showed several buildings rendered nearly unrecognizable. A sign for a street located a mile away was lying in the grocery store parking lot.

The Salvation Army, the Red Cross and a local Mennonite chapter was helping residents whose homes were damaged.

The storm also overturned a tractor-trailer in a store parking lot and destroyed an electricity substation, which knocked out power to the area, AP reported.

The National Weather Service said it had received a report that parts of cars were hanging in trees north of Dumas along U.S. 65. The possible tornado struck just before 3 p.m. CT (4 p.m. ET). (NWS storm reports from past three hours)

Police said they were making a door-to-door search for victims, according to The Associated Press. Emergency crews called for ambulances from a nearby county, AP reported.

Dumas and the surrounding region is located in what experts call "tornado alley," a zone across the nation where twisters often form.

Damage from a possible tornado was also reported in Tichnor, in southern Arkansas County, just northwest of Dumas. Residents reported a tornado passed near the Tichnor post office, the National Weather Service said.

Severe storms with tornado threats were moving at least 60 mph, and stretched from northern Louisiana to Arkansas. The line of storms was heading into northwest Mississippi and toward southwest Tennessee.

Staff from the Arkansas Department of Emergency were en route to Desha County to assess damage and injuries, spokeswoman Tina Owens told CNN.

"Hopefully it's hit in an area where not too many people are affected," she said. Owens said the agency had only received reports of minor damage so far in the mostly rural area.

In Texas, dozens of grass fires were fueled by winds reaching 60 mph, AP reported. Flames destroyed three homes near Midland, and in Fort Hood fires prompted evacuations, authorities told AP. No injuries were reported.

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2007 / Re: Russia warns U.S. on Iran moves [very serious stuff]
« on: February 25, 2007, 04:18:09 AM »
Today Iran launched a satellite on it's own using its Sohab 3 long range missle technology.....

2007 / Iran 'launches rocket into space'
« on: February 25, 2007, 04:14:09 AM »
BBC 25FEB2007
Iran has successfully fired its first rocket into space, Iranian state television has announced.
It gave few details about the rocket or its range, but said that it had carried cargo intended for research.

Iran already has a civilian satellite programme but so far has relied on Russia to put its satellite into orbit.

The launch - if confirmed - comes at a time of mounting tension between Tehran and the West over Iran's controversial nuclear programme.

"The first space rocket has been successfully launched into space," Iranian TV said.

It quoted the head of Iran's aerospace research centre, Mohsen Bahrami, as saying that "the rocket was carrying material intended for research created by the ministries of science and defence".


In 2005, Iran's Russian-made satellite was put into orbit by a Russian rocket.

But soon afterwards Iranian military officials said they were preparing a satellite launch vehicle. Last month, they announced they were ready to test it soon, the BBC's Frances Harrison in Tehran says.

The ballistic technology used is believed to be an extension of Iran's long-range Shahab-3 missile, our correspondent says.

She says that military experts believe that if Iran has sent a rocket into space it means scientists have mastered the technology needed to cross the atmospheric barrier.

In practice, they say, that means there is no technological block to Iran building longer range missiles now, something that will be of great international concern.

Our correspondent says the timing of this announcement is clearly confrontational - just as the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany are about to meet to discuss the possibility of more sanctions over the nuclear issue.

2007 / Re: Howard K Stern nailed!
« on: February 23, 2007, 03:52:21 AM »
If Stern squirms out of this it will only be because the Jew judge is protecting Stern like a relative.
It was obvious from the start.
I got the impression that Howard Stern(real name?) had a lot of friends in law enforcement and the judiciary.
They even gave the baby to him.
It is so obvious she was murdered

2007 / Pakistan tests long-range missile
« on: February 23, 2007, 03:50:14 AM »
Pakistan tests long-range missile'
Al Jazeera  23Feb07

Pakistan has test-fired a nuclear-capable, surface-to-surface ballistic missile with a range of 2,000 km, a military official has said.
The Hatf VI (Shaheen II) missile with a range of 2,000 kilometres was launched from an undisclosed location, Major General Shaukat Sultan, a military spokesman, said.

The Hatf VI is a two-stage solid fuel missile which can carry nuclear and conventional warheads with high accuracy. An advanced version has a potential range of 2,500 km.

The missile has the capability to hit major cities in neighbouring India.
"The test was very successful. It was carried out to validate technical parameters," Sultan said, "it is a two-stage solid fuel based missile and it hit the target with 100 per cent accuracy."

A military official said the missile "can carry all types of warheads including nuclear".
Despite a recent thaw in relations with neighbouring India, the nuclear-rivals have been engaged in an arms race.
With a long history of distrust between the two, India is likely to be critical of Pakistan's latest missile test.
Pakistani and Indian officials had signed an agreement in New Delhi only on Wednesday to reduce the risk of an accidental nuclear war between them.
Pakistan became a declared nuclear power in 1998 in response to nuclear tests by India.

Pakistan also tested its first missile in 1998, while New Delhi tested its first atomic bomb in 1974.

New Mexico centrifuge uranium enrichment plant seen as key to expanding U.S. nuclear power industry
Chemical & Engineering News  17Jul06 may require password for access

Early on a hot Saturday morning at the tail end of June, Sen. Pete V. Domenici (R-N.M.) took a phone call at his home on Capitol Hill. On the line was Nils J. Diaz, the head of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), who reported that late the day before, the commission had licensed the first large U.S. nuclear project in nearly 30 years, an approval of great importance to the senator.

Diaz was referring to a $1.5 billion gas centrifuge uranium enrichment plant, a project Domenici badly wants both because of the new jobs expected to come to his state and because the project is a linchpin in his drive to revitalize the U.S. nuclear power industry. The plant will enrich, or concentrate, low levels of fissile U-235 in natural uranium to amounts needed to fuel commercial nuclear power plants. (or covertly build bombs? even little bombs?) It is to be built in the rural southeastern corner of New Mexico, and along with being a top priority for the senator, who chairs the Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee, the plant is sought by the nuclear power industry and the industry's regulator, NRC.

Recalling the phone conversation, Domenici said, "It was the voice of this gentleman here," pointing to Diaz at a June 28 celebration, held in Senate chambers jammed with project supporters. "He offered no apology for disturbing me on a Saturday," Domenici said. "He was clearly on a high. He wanted to tell me the extremely important date that it was and that NRC had in fact licensed the National Enrichment Facility for Lea County. He wanted to make sure I knew it was done in a timely manner."

The early morning wake-up call, Diaz said, was "revenge" for the long years of congressional and industry criticisms of NRC for failing to quickly process license applications. In a statement, the Nuclear Energy Institute, a trade association, said it too was pleased and noted that NRC had made a 30-month self-imposed processing target that "bodes well for the construction and operating licenses applications for new nuclear power plants."

Timing was also singled out for frequent applause and accolades during the Senate celebration, which drew a host of Lea County officials, most of the New Mexico congressional delegation, and top nuclear industry officials, as well as officers of Louisiana Energy Services, the planned enrichment plant's owner and operator. LES is a consortium of foreign interests, led by European firm Urenco, which is composed of British Nuclear Fuels Ltd., the Dutch government, and several German nuclear utilities. Urenco operates three plants similar to the one intended for Eunice, N.M. In all, Urenco fills about 20% of the world's enriched uranium needs for commercial power plants.

Construction at Eunice will begin in August, says Jim Ferland, LES president and chief executive officer, with production to start in 2008 and full capacity expected in 2013. When operating at top capacity, Ferland says, the facility will supply one-quarter of current U.S. needs.

"We've already sold about 80% of the first 10 years' production," he says. "We built our business plan on current demand and the assumption there will be no new nuclear plants in this country."

The project has critics, however, who challenge NRC's approval process and worry that Diaz and the other commissioners are putting their pronuclear views ahead of their responsibility as regulators.

Diaz's phone call "shows how politicized the licensing process has become," says Arjun Makhijani, a physicist and president of the Takoma Park, Md.-based nonprofit Institute for Energy & Environmental Research. IEER, the Nuclear Information & Resource Service, and Public Citizen challenged the plant during the NRC approval process. Their biggest concern is the fate of thousands of tons of depleted uranium waste that will be generated by the new enrichment facility.

They argue that NRC did not clearly set out how LES must handle the waste: depleted uranium hexafluoride. Eventually, they say, the plant's waste could join a huge quantity of similar waste generated by the government since the 1950s.

They have reasons to worry. The U.S. has produced some 700,000 metric tons of depleted UF6 held in 12-ton canisters stacked in long rows at several government facilities. A few years ago, the Department of Energy broke ground on construction of two treatment plants to process this waste. But neither is completed, and if the plants meet their most optimistic schedules, it will take them a combined 43 years to process the DOE waste.

LES intends to build its own chemical plant to treat the waste at the New Mexico site, Ferland says, but he adds that under the NRC license, the company can turn the waste over to DOE. A final decision has not been made.

The significance of this was not lost on New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, a former DOE secretary. He worked out a side deal with LES that puts a cap of 60,000 tons for on-site storage of depleted uranium. When the cap is reached at Eunice, the waste must leave the state. The deal is court enforceable with penalties of at least $5,000 per day. Critics in New Mexico underscore the deal's importance by pointing north to Nevada and DOE's Yucca Mountain repository for an example of a failed nuclear waste project. Although depleted uranium is much less radioactive and toxic than the high-level radioactive waste intended for Yucca Mountain, there is 10 times more of it.

The process of concentrating U-235 is essential to the nuclear fuel cycle. Natural uranium is mostly U-238, with a very small mix of other uranium isotopes and 0.72% fissile U-235, which is needed for nuclear fuel to begin reacting and to maintain nuclear fission. To get uranium to split and release thermal energy, it needs to be enriched to 3-5% U-235.

The enrichment process takes advantage of the slight difference in atomic weight of U-235 and U-238. Both of today's enrichment technologies, gaseous diffusion and centrifuge processes, begin when uranium hexafluoride, made from uranium ore, arrives in a solid form at the enrichment facility. Both processes start by converting UF6 to a gas.

Diffusion forces the gaseous UF6 through hundreds of porous membrane barriers slowly separating the lighter U-235 from heavier U-238. The enriched UF6 with higher concentrations of U-235 is cooled, solidified, packaged, and transported to fuel fabricators. Centrifuge technology uses rotating cylinders spinning at high speeds to separate the isotopes by driving UF6 gas with the heavier U-238 against the cylinders' walls and gas containing the lighter U-235 toward the cylinders' centers. The UF6 with higher concentrations of U-235 is withdrawn and moved to cascades of additional rotating cylinders, enriching the UF6 until it reaches the proper concentration.

Centrifuge-based technology is the wave of the future. It uses about 5% the electricity of diffusion and is able to concentrate U-235 much faster. It has been used for 30 years outside the U.S.

It is also the technology used by the Iranians to enrich uranium, an effort that has been criticized by the U.S. and other Western nations. This is because by moving the uranium to more and more cascades, U-235 enrichment can reach the 85% or more needed for a weapon. The International Atomic Energy Agency has suggested putting all enrichment globally under international controls. Nonproliferation issues were not addressed in the NRC proceedings.

The U.S. has one operating enrichment facility, owned by the U.S. Enrichment Corp. (USEC) and located in Paducah, Ky. It was originally government owned and operated, producing highly enriched uranium for bombs as well as fuel for power reactors. It was turned over to USEC in 1998.

The Paducah plant uses gaseous diffusion, but USEC also plans to build a centrifuge plant. It has received an NRC license to build a demonstration centrifuge facility at Piketon, Ohio, and has an NRC application pending to build a full-scale commercial enrichment facility, also at Piketon.

The USEC facility will be slightly larger than the LES facility. Together they will produce more than half the enriched uranium needed for today's U.S. nuclear power plants. Despite these plans for new U.S. enrichment facilities, Ferland says, "there is plenty of room in the U.S. market. Nuclear power fuel should be supplied domestically. Otherwise, we are dependent on outside sources."

At this time, about 10% of U.S.-enriched uranium is produced by USEC's gaseous diffusion process, about 25% comes from Urenco's European operations, 21% is provided by the French company Cogema, and another 44% comes from the "megatons to megawatts" program.

The megatons program was created in the 1993 nonproliferation agreement between Russia and the U.S., in which some 500 tons of nuclear-bomb-grade, highly enriched uranium`”equivalent to 11,000 warheads`”is down-blended to lowenriched nuclear fuel for U.S. power plants. So far, 275 metric tons has been converted to power plant fuel.

"These new plants will remove any incentive to down-blend bomb material from weapons," Makhijani warns. Because there remains so much excess bomb-grade uranium, he argues, there is little need for new enrichment facilities in the U.S.`”on nonproliferation grounds alone.

But most of Makhijani's concerns are reserved for what is to be done with the depleted uranium waste, or more accurately, the depleted uranium hexafluoride. UF6 is highly corrosive and slightly radioactive. To treat it, steam and hydrogen are added to the depleted UF6 to produce hydrogen fluoride and uranium oxides. The result is an aqueous hydrofluoric acid by-product that may be sold and uranium oxides that NRC has defined as waste that would go to a low-level radioactive waste landfill.

This is the process LES is considering using at the New Mexico plant, and it is the treatment and deconversion technology being built at the two DOE plants in Portsmouth, Ohio, and Paducah, says Doug Adkisson, vice president and operations manager for Uranium Disposition Services, the DOE contractor that is constructing and will operate the facilities.

Adkisson says the construction should be wrapped up next year and operations should begin in 2008. To treat the backlog of 700,000 metric tons of UF6, the Portsmouth plant will run for 18 years; Paducah, for 25 years. Any plan to add the LES waste to this schedule must be negotiated by DOE and LES, he says.

Yet the NRC license and LES business plan assume that DOE's future plants will be the backup to treat the additional depleted uranium. NRC relied on DOE's cost estimates to determine the expected treatment costs for LES's operations.

Makhijani objected in testimony and a petition to NRC, saying DOE cost estimates are historically inaccurate. He worries that if DOE lowballed the cost estimates, and the cost of treatment turns out to be much higher, the company may fold, and LES's waste will wind up in one more taxpayer-funded cleanup program.

The eventual cost also may turn on NRC's decision to define the depleted uranium as a waste that can be put in a landfill in a low-level radioactive waste facility. Makhijani believes the eventual radiation dose to individuals from landfill-deposited uranium oxide is too high and that NRC's determination will not hold up under legal challenge. The waste, he says, then will eventually go to a deep-underground repository, greatly increasing disposal costs.

But when you listen to community leaders in Eunice, a very different perspective of the project emerges, a view not lost on political leaders.

Eunice was LES's third choice for a home. The company first sought to build a centrifuge enrichment facility in Homer, La., in 1991 but withdrew its application in 1998, when it faced litigation over environmental justice issues relating to the site's location between two rural minority communities.

LES then explored a site in Tennessee but dropped that effort due to local opposition. It then turned to New Mexico, largely as a result of urging from Domenici, NRC and LES staff members say.

"A booming economy`”that is what we get out of this deal," says Eunice Mayor Matt White. "Our little town is built on an oil field," he adds, describing years of economic swings driven by oil price volatility.

"Once our little city was up to 5,000 or 6,000 people, but right now we are down to 2,400. This year alone, we anticipate gaining about 1,000 new residents just from the LES plant. And they are talking about building a couple other facilities to handle the waste. So we are looking at another 400 or 500 permanent jobs."

LES, he says, has donated $1 million to upgrade the city's water supply to the level needed for the plant and some $50,000 for the fire department. Excel Energy has increased the town's and company's electrical service. But because of the state's limits on how much waste can be stored on-site, White hopes a waste storage facility might be built in Texas, which is just five miles away. LES has also established funding for a city foundation and has put in $30,000 with promises of more to come. An LES official says the company is urging construction firms to cough up more funds for the foundation.

"We are going to have an enormous impact on this community," says Marshall Cohen, LES vice president for communications, "and we want it to be a good impact. We will help the community with safety and education and do things that might not otherwise happen there."

"Oh, the city is excited about all this," White says.

LES's opponents have appealed the NRC decision on LES, but this train is on a very fast track.

Is this what Ahmadinejad is referring to when he keeps stating we have to stop nuclear enrichment also?

iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has rejected international calls for Tehran to suspend uranium enrichment, a day before a UN deadline runs out.

Is he insane or just plain crazy?

2007 / Re: Dozens dead in India train blasts
« on: February 20, 2007, 07:26:22 AM »
good point
I know damn well it ain't the Muslims and Hindu's are pacifists so.....

2007 / Deadly Toxic Bomb Hits Iraqi Town
« on: February 20, 2007, 07:21:16 AM »


Story Highlights
`¢ NEW: Six dead, scores poisoned in toxic blast in Iraqi town of Taji
`¢ 13 people killed in four newly reported Iraq attacks, police say
`¢ Outpost ambush kills two U.S. troops, eight Iraqi police, officials say

BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- A cloud of deadly toxic gas engulfed an Iraqi town Tuesday, killing six people and leaving dozens of others choking on fumes after a tanker carrying chlorine exploded outside a restaurant.

An Iraqi Interior Ministry officials said the blast in the town of Taji, 12 miles (20 km) north of Baghdad, was caused by a bomb on board the tanker.

There were contrasting figures on the casualty toll. Baghdad security plan spokesman Gen. Qassim Atta told state-run al-Iraqiya TV that five people died in the blast and 148 were poisoned by the gas.

Other attacks across the country pushed the daily death toll to at least 20. Several incidents occurred in Baghdad, where a major security crackdown has been launched to stem the bloodshed.

The latest violence included:

A bomber wearing a suicide vest detonated his explosives in a funeral tent on eastern Baghdad's Palestine Street, killing five and wounding 15 others. The attack took place before 5 p.m.

In southwestern Baghdad, a car bomb exploded outside a fuel station in the Sadiya district, killing six people and wounding 11 more, police said.

In southern Baghdad, police said, a car bomb exploded near a market in the Rashid district, leaving five dead and seven wounded.

In Tikrit, a would-be suicide bomber wearing an explosives vest was shot and killed by authorities outside an Iraqi army recruitment center, police said. Tikrit is about 80 miles north of the Iraqi capital in Salaheddin province.

In other developments, Iraqi police reported finding 20 bodies across Baghdad on Monday.

Among these, an attack by three suicide car bombers near a U.S.-Iraqi outpost killed two American soldiers and eight Iraqi police officers, Iraqi officials told CNN.

The U.S. military confirmed the American deaths and said 17 U.S. troops were wounded in the "coordinated attack" north of Baghdad, but it did not reveal the strike's exact location.

Iraqi officials said the insurgents targeted Iraqi police headquarters in Tarmiya -- about 25 miles (40 kilometers) north of Baghdad -- which also houses U.S. troops.

After a series of three suicide car bombings, 50 gunmen opened fire on the outpost, the Iraqi officials said.

Insurgents fired small arms and threw grenades after an initial car bombing, a U.S. military official said.

The site, which is about 25 miles (40 kilometers) north of Baghdad, has been secured and the incident is under investigation, according to the U.S. military.

The latest deaths bring to 3,140 the number of U.S. military personnel, including seven Department of Defense civilians, killed in the Iraq war.

The ambush comes as about 112,000 U.S. and Iraqi forces continue a Baghdad security crackdown dubbed "Fardh Al-Qanoon," or "Enforcing the Law." (Watch how Iraq is doing under new crackdown )

CNN's Mohammed Tawfeeq contributed to this story.

2007 / Re: Cheap solar power poised to undercut oil and gas by half
« on: February 20, 2007, 07:16:43 AM »
I see windmills now for $800.00 that produce 400 Watts.
You can even buy them at Target.
I guess they will be getting cheapter in the future and more powerful.

2007 / Teen 'sport killings' of homeless on the rise
« on: February 20, 2007, 07:14:43 AM »

Teen 'sport killings' of homeless on the rise

Story Highlights
`¢ Number of attacks on homeless at highest level in almost a decade
`¢ 122 attacks, 20 murders in 2006, according to National Coalition for the Homeless
`¢ For some teens, "this passes as amusement," expert says

MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin (CNN) -- All Nathan Moore says he wanted to do was smoke pot and get drunk with his friends.

Killing Rex Baum was never part of the plan that day in 2004.

"It all started off as a game," Moore said.

The 15-year-old and his friends were taunting the homeless man -- throwing sticks and leaves -- after having a couple of beers with him.

No big deal, Moore says, but he's sorry for what came next.

It was a mistake, he said, a sudden primal surge that made him and his friends Luis Oyola, 16, and 17-year-old Andrew Ihrcke begin punching and kicking Baum.

"Luis says 'I'm gonna go hit him,' We're all laughing, thought he was joking around,'" but he wasn't, Moore concedes. "We just all started hitting him."

They hurled anything they could find -- rocks, bricks, even Baum's barbecue grill -- and pounded the 49-year-old with a pipe and with the baseball bat he kept at his campsite for protection.

Ihrcke smeared his own feces on Baum's face before cutting him with a knife "to see if he was alive," Moore said.

After destroying Baum's camp, the boys left the homeless man -- head wedged in his own grill -- under a piece of plastic where they hoped the "animals would eat" him.

Then, Moore says, they took off to grab a bite at McDonald's.

Baum's murder was indicative of a disturbing trend.

A National Coalition for the Homeless report says last year, there were 122 attacks and 20 murders against the homeless, the most attacks in nearly a decade. (Coalition report on 2006 homeless attacks)

Police found Baum's body two days after the teens attacked him.

They bragged about it around town. Police picked them up and they described what happened.

Ihrcke told police that killing "the bum" reminded him of playing a violent video game, a police report shows.

All three teens pleaded no contest to first degree reckless homicide charges and went to prison.

Moore recently turned 18 at Columbia Correctional Institution in Portage, Wisconsin, where he is serving a 15 year sentence.

"When [the beating] stops, you say, 'What did we just do?'" he told CNN. "There's no rational explanation." (Watch teen explain how "game" became tragedy )

Teenage 'amusement'
"It's disturbing to know that young people would literally kick someone when they're already down on their luck," said Michael Stoops, the executive director of the Washington-based National Coalition for the Homeless. "We recognize that this isn't every teenager, but for some this passes as amusement."

Criminologists call these wilding sprees "sport killing," -- largely middle-class teens, with no criminal records, assaulting the homeless with bats, golf clubs, paintball guns. (Watch how nights are cold, fearful for Milwaukee homeless )

Some teens have even taped themselves in the act. Others have said they were inspired by "Bumfights," a video series created in 2002 and sold on the Web that features homeless people pummeling each other for the promise of a few bucks.

A segment called "Bum Hunter," hosted by a Crocodile Hunter-like actor wearing a safari outfit, shows him "tagging" homeless people by pouncing on them and binding their wrists.

The distributors of "Bumfights" have claimed they've sold hundreds of thousands of copies.

But the company has had to deal with a couple of legal issues unrelated to the Baum case.

Last year, three former homeless stars of "Bumfights" won a civil suit against filmmakers. Santa Monica attorney Mark Quigley, who represented Rufus Hannah, known as "Rufus the Stunt Bum" to series' fans, said he is unable to disclose the amount of the settlement.

Also, in July 2006, a California judge ordered "Bumfights'" producers Ryan McPherson and Zachary Bubeck to spend 180 days in jail for failing to perform community service related to guilty pleas they previously entered to charges of staging illegal street fights.

"Bumfights" directors did not answer CNN's request for an interview.

Attacks across the nation
Incidents of teen-on-homeless violence dotted the map last year. Florida racked up at least six such attacks in 2006. (Homeless attack across U.S.)

In Lauderhill, four teens were arrested after they allegedly videotaped themselves beating, dragging, and stealing from a homeless man.

The victim has not been found, but the four face one charge each of strong-armed robbery.

Earlier this month, teens in Corpus Christi, Texas, videotaped themselves attacking a homeless man.

Commander David Torres said police arrested a 15-year-old and are looking for at least one more teenager and a 22-year-old who described on tape what they were about to do before they jumped on the man. (Read full story)

On the other side of the nation, former Oregon State University student Joshua Grimes stands accused of shooting and injuring a homeless man from his perch in a fraternity house window.

He has not yet entered a plea, but, according to a police report, he cried to detectives after the October shooting, telling them, "I didn't mean to shoot him."

At least three homeless people in Kalamazoo, Michigan, reported being attacked by teens on bicycles during a 10-day span in October, according to the homeless coalition.

In Huntsville, Alabama, six teens -- one of them 13 -- beat a homeless man with golf clubs, the coalition reported. But perhaps the most shocking of these examples was 2006's first recorded case of teen-on-homeless violence.

On January 12 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, a surveillance camera captured two teens beating a homeless man with bats.

Prosecutors say 17-year-old skateboarder Tom Daugherty, 18-year-old Brian Hooks, a popular hockey team captain, and a third unseen teen, Billy Ammons, a high school dropout, assaulted two more homeless men that night.

One of them was 45-year-old Norris Gaynor. A witness, Anthony Clarke, told police and CNN last year that he saw the three teens approach Gaynor as he slept on a park bench. Daugherty began whacking Gaynor with a bat, Clarke said.

As Gaynor lay dying, Ammons shot him with yellow paintballs, later remarking that the beating felt like "teeing off," police said.

Gaynor was beaten so badly his own father didn't recognize him. Facing life in prison, the teens face trial for murder later this year. They have each pleaded not guilty to one count of first-degree murder and two counts of attempted murder. (Read full story)

Lingering questions
Stoops and Brian Levin, a California State University hate crimes expert, say common themes run through teen-on-homeless violence. The attackers are almost always boys, peer pressure and mob mentality sweep away caution, and parents don't suspect their children could be capable of such actions.

Laura Simpson didn't. Her son, Justin Brumfield, is serving an 11-year prison stretch in California.

In August 2005, Brumfield and William Orantes, both 19, beat 56-year-old Ernest Adams with bats. Adams emerged from a coma three weeks later with dents in his skull, permanent scars and no vision in one eye, the Los Angeles Times reported. Orantes is serving a three-year sentence.

Simpson, a sixth-grade teacher, says she is still tormented by her son's actions and wonders if her son's irritability was more than typical teenage moodiness.

She has other questions: Was her son, a natural follower, just succumbing to peer pressure? Was he that into "Bumfights"? Did he see the fear in Adams' eyes when he raised the bat to strike him?

In a sad irony, she had adopted him; his mother was a homeless drug addict, a revelation he had learned not long before the beating and which his attorney used to explain his rage.

Her son has told her he is sorry for what happened, but her questions remain unanswered.

"As a parent, of course you're going to question yourself," she said. "It was just hard to comprehend. The first thing was, 'Not Justin. There has to be a mistake,'" she said. "You think you know everything that's going on and you don't."

When the mob mentality takes over, even the perpetrators may not comprehend what's going on.

Back at the prison in Wisconsin, Nathan Moore seems baffled by his own actions. Killing Rex Baum now registers like a "blur" or "dream," he says.

Moore and his friends knew Baum from around town. Life had been painful for the homeless man from the start; alcohol eased it. As a kid growing up in Milwaukee, when his home life became too rocky, a neighboring family took him in. He drifted through school and a brief stint in the military, his friends say, a wanderer, a loner. (Audio Slide Show: Remembering Rex Baum)

Homeless for years, he defied Wisconsin winters by constantly walking around the city, bundled in a coat patched with duct tape. For a few dollars, he pumped gas, shoveled snow off driveways, and walked neighborhood dogs.

More than 100 people came to Baum's funeral. Someone sent a newspaper clip of the story to Moore in prison.

"Every day I wish I could take it back," he said. "I seen [the] repercussions among everyone. I didn't think about any of this when [the beating] was going on."

No remorse,  no kidding

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