Saturday, July 12, 2003

Digital Biology 

Turning nature into zeros and ones may free science from time's straitjacket - smh.com.au: "Breeding plants and crops takes time. It can take months or years of breeding to get the right strain of wheat, for example, that will thrive in an area.
But what if you could model the plant in a computer and conduct 'virtual breeding' in just hours? Countless genetic variations could be tested in the computer without having to experiment in the field. "

Friday, July 11, 2003

Perle's Autonomy To Acquire Video-Management Software Vendor with FBI customer 

InformationWeek > Buyout > Autonomy To Acquire Virage > July 10, 2003: "...the acquisition also brings to Autonomy Virage's extensive customer base, including Coca-Cola, General Electric, Citigroup, and the FBI. Virage is especially prevalent in government and entertainment markets. "

Scientists Discover Planetary Patriarch (washingtonpost.com) 

Life may have evolved billions of years earlier than once suspected(washingtonpost.com): "Astronomers have detected the Methuselah of planets, a world many times older than any other known, a remarkable survivor formed in a violent, primordial setting where planets were not thought to exist."

Australian Greens - Bob Brown's Media Releases 

PM Used ONA to Deceive Australia: "10 July 2003

The secondary question is why did ONA not tell the Prime Minister, Greens Senator Bob Brown said today.

“The primary question is why did the PM not ask ONA, his special advisory unit?” Senator Brown said

“This is a cover up. ONA’s statement is timed to pre-empt obvious questioning by the Joint House Parliamentary Committee to whom submissions are due this month.

“It is political stage management to protect the PM from either his inexcusable failure to ask ONA about facts on Hussein’s WMD before committing Australians to war or outright deception of the Australian people.

“We are asked to believe that ONA, which used newspaper clippings to advise Mr Howard that children were thrown overboard, denies the PM State Department advice that doubts claims on Saddam Hussein’s nuclear preparedness.

“This behaviour - and it is Mr Howard’s responsibility - is unacceptably duplicitous, if it is believable.

“The Prime Minister has used ONA to deceive the Australian people on matters of life and death. It is reprehensible,” Senator Brown said.

Further information: Ben Oquist 02 6277 3170 or 0419 70 40 95
Category:Senate Office
Author:Ben Oquist"

Good onya Ben. At least the Greens can figure it out, so now everyone else can as well. No more excuses, Australians!

Explosive Report to Slam MalAdministration by Shrub over 9-11 Alert 

Bush's 9-11 Watergate Looms: "A long-awaited final report on the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks will be released in the next two weeks, containing new information about U.S. government mistakes and Saudi financing of terrorists.
Former Rep. Tim Roemer, who served on the House Intelligence Committee and who has read the report, said it will be ''highly explosive'' when it becomes public."

Earth Institute at Columbia University Points out Bush Hypocrisy on African Aids Pledge 

Hard Facts Don't Match Shrub's Altered Sense of Time and Space: "President Bush's current tour of Africa includes visits to Nigeria, Senegal, Uganda, Botswana, and South Africa. Prior to this trip, Earth Institute Director Jeffrey Sachs, Global Fund Board Member Milly Katana, and Dr. Ibrahim Atta, who is Co-Founder and Technical Advisor to the Civil Society Consultative Group on HIV/AIDS in Nigeria held a conference with journalists.

They presented the hard facts on the massive and preventable disease crisis claiming the lives of 6 to 8 million Africans annually. They also highlighted the fact that the President has yet to deliver on his $15 billion pledge to combat the global AIDS pandemic and to provide $1 billion for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria in 2004 as part of his promise, authorized in important legislation passed this year, of $3 billion overall. "

Wednesday, July 09, 2003

Big Pineapple goes troppo over Cairns Canal Estate 


The Beattie government now seems set to overturn the EPA's decision to refuse permission for Bluewater development company, Consolidated Properties, to dredge within the Marine Park zone around Half Moon Creek north of Cairns.

The development would include a canal estate and marina. Mr Beattie intends excising an area from the marine park to enable the dredging to occur.

Mr Beattie is due to fly to Cairns in the next couple of days to make an announcement on the development.

Queensland Greens spokesperson, Drew Hutton, said the implications of such a decision for the EPA were frightening.

"EPA officers on the spot made a correct decision based on sound legal considerations and good science to refuse this application because it required dredging in a marine park," Mr Hutton said.

"How can we ever expect EPA officers to do their jobs properly, including occasionally saying 'no' to a developer, when they receive the sort of rubbishing they have been given in Cairns over the last few days, culminating in an overturning of their decision by the Premier himself?"

Mr Hutton said the whole Queensland coastline was now being threatened by a new wave of 'white shoe' developers with powerful links to government who knew how to accompany their proposals with such meaningless statements as "our development is environmentally sensitive, sustainable and enhancing."

A huge 1100 person resort development at False Cape, the magnificent headland across Trinity Inlet, will be the next one for Cairns.

Administration Blackout on Renewable Energy Continues at Natural Gas Summit 

One sided discussion ignores renewable solutions to the energy crisis: "The Union of Concerned Scientists today criticized the Bush administration for stacking its summit on natural gas prices with representatives from the fossil fuel industry and ignoring wind, solar and other renewable energy sources as an important solution to the natural gas crisis. Not a single renewable energy industry representative, analyst or advocate was invited to speak at the Department of Energy/National Petroleum Council Natural Gas Summit.

“The Department of Energy’s own Energy Information Administration has found that increasing our use of renewable energy resources will displace large quantities of natural gas and lower natural gas prices,” said Marchant Wentworth, Washington Representative for Energy at UCS. “Increasing our use of renewable energy from two percent today to 20 percent by 2020 would save enough gas to meet the current needs of three-quarters of all U.S. households.”"

Tuesday, July 08, 2003

'Racist' Queensland cops in firing line 

Cops use photos of Aborigines as target practice: "Australian police have been forced into a humiliating climbdown after admitting that they had been using mug shots of criminal suspects, including Aborigines, for target practice.

Officers in Queensland initially defended the use of the photographs in training exercises by the state's elite counter-terrorism squad.

But after an uproar and accusations of racism, the police commissioner, Bob Atkinson, apologised, and yesterday he said the procedure would be abandoned."

Blogging: The Emerging Sixth Estate? 

Microdoc News: "An emerging sixth estate in Global governance and influence is arising - the blogosphere. In this article I argue that case for the blgosophere being an emerging sixth estate rather than being an extension of the fourth estate - mass media. Some of you are perhaps sniggering and questioning 'Blogs a power? Those personal journals that contain personal thoughts, journals about looking after kids, and personal biased crap?' Yes, these personal journals are becoming a real influence in global governance. "

Monday, July 07, 2003

Bring them home! 

Troop morale in Iraq hits 'rock bottom' | csmonitor.com: "US troops facing extended deployments amid the danger, heat, and uncertainty of an Iraq occupation are suffering from low morale that has in some cases hit 'rock bottom.'
Even as President Bush speaks of a 'massive and long-term' undertaking in rebuilding Iraq, that effort, as well as the high tempo of US military operations around the globe, is taking its toll on individual troops."

Hung Jury in Irish Ploughshares case 

RTÉ News: No verdict in Shannon aircraft case: "A Circuit Court jury in Kilrush has failed reach a verdict in the case in which anti-war activist,Mary Kelly, was charged with damaging a US naval aircraft at Shannon airport.

The US claimed €1.5m worth of damage was done to the Boeing C-140 aircraft which was refuelling at Shannon, six weeks before the outbreak of the Iraq war. "

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