July 07, 2005

News for July 07, 2005

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What Does Busy Start Mean to Hurricane Season Predictions? - The record fast start to this year’s hurricane season won’t alter meteorologists’ earlier prediction of a fairly active season with 12 to 15 named storms, forecasters say. In fact, the brisk beginning doesn’t mean much at all. Many active starts lead to so-so summers and ho-hum falls. “An early start is not predictive of the activity for the rest of the year,” said Colin McAdie, a meteorologist at National Hurricane Center. more...


If You Have Nothing to Hide, You Have Nothing to Worry About... (July 07, 2005) - In the days leading up to the U.S. Presidential election, in one of several conversations I had with a fellow evangelical who couldn’t understand my lack of enthusiasm for the current administration, I listened as the highly educated and very successful publisher said the dumbest thing I’d heard in a while - a statement that unfortunately is being repeated by many sheeple these days. “But Tom,” he said in response to my concern about the erosion of civil liberties, “If you don’t have anything to hide, you don’t have anything to worry about!” Maybe it was because he was recently returned from a private dinner with Attorney General John Ashcroft - which included a night of bulletproof limousine rides and exquisite dining locations under the ever-present protection of secret service agents - that my friend seemed asleep at the cerebral wheel. Or perhaps it was due to the three of us - me, my friend, and Ashcoft - having credentials in the same organization, or the fact that one of my co-authors was an old college pal of John’s, or Ashcroft’s winning personality and the afterglow of the piano playing and gospel-songs-crooning they had shared at the Attorney General’s private residence that night that had disarmed my buddy’s brain. After all, I’m sure all of this would make it difficult for any hard-core evangelical to understand my point of view: that the nation’s top cop was a scary man working with a group of even scarier men on some pretty scary policies. more...


Geologists studying scarp (July 07, 2005) - Geologists have started digging a 400-foot-long trench to determine if a 95-mile scar across the Great Plains east of Denver is Colorado's longest earthquake fault. The Anton Scarp is an arrow-straight cliff face, up to 100 feet high in some spots, in Washington County. “If the scarp is the result of a fault, we want to know when it last moved - in other words, when it last generated a major earthquake,” state geologist Vince Matthews said. Colorado Geological Survey researchers are digging the 20-foot- deep trench five miles northeast of Anton. They are looking for displaced rock layers that would indicate movement along a fault. more...


VVeterans Group Issues “Declaration of Impeachment” Link Lost (July 07, 2005) - St. Louis - A national veterans’ organization today issued a “Declaration of Impeachment” and announced it is beginning an online petition to remove President Bush from office for crimes committed during the invasion and occupation of Iraq. Using the same language as the original “Declaration of Independence,” Veterans For Peace cited many of the same reasons to remove George Bush that Thomas Jefferson cited to separate from King George of England. And in a modern version of the signing of the Declaration, VFP announced the posting of its online impeachment petition. more...


Massive Raising of Atlantic Ocean Bed Triggers Current Changes As North American Plate Pressures Build To ‘Unprecedented Levels’ Scientists Report Sorcha Faal, and as reported to her Russian Subscribers (July 06, 2005) - Reports being circulated by Russian Scientists today are suggesting that a massive ‘anomalous’ event is occurring in the Mid-Atlantic Ocean Region suggesting an ‘extreme alteration’ of the Atlantic Ocean Bed itself, or as some Scientists are suggesting, that a new Atlantic Ocean Island is about to form. more...


Four London Blasts Kill 40, Injure 300 (July 07, 2005) - Four blasts rocked the London subway and tore open a packed double-decker bus during the morning rush hour Thursday, sending bloodied victims fleeing after what a shaken Prime Minister Tony Blair called “barbaric” terrorist attacks. more...


Prayer Rally Scheduled for Next Week (July 07, 2005) - A prayer rally is scheduled for next week, 7 Tammuz (14 July), at the Western Wall (Kotel) of the Temple in Jerusalem, in the presence of former Chief Rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu. The event, scheduled to get underway at 6:00pm is to beseech the Heavens to cancel the disengagement decree which intends to evict Jews from their Gaza and Shomron homes followed by turning portions of the Land of Israel over to the Palestinian Authority. more...


Microsoft to build RFID into Windows (July 06, 2005) - Microsoft is planning to make RFID applications and tag-readers compatible with Windows. According to Scott Woodgate, group product manager of business processes for Microsoft, the company is trying to integrate RFID programs with the operating system and make the majority of devices work with plug-and-play functionality.more...

This will help integrate RFID and WiFi for sure.

Mexico’s Volcano of Fire Unleashes Ash (July 06, 2005) - An explosion inside the smoldering summit of western Mexico's Volcano of Fire sent ash and gases nearly three miles into the air late Tuesday, but did not cause any immediate evacuations. more...


Israel might close Gaza within 7 days (July 06, 2005) - With large numbers of anti-withdrawal activists flocking to the area, Israel may completely close off the Gaza Strip within the next seven days to ensure protesters will not try to stop the Aug. 15 evacuation of Jewish communities, senior military sources told WorldNetDaily. “We are still in deliberations, but leaning heavily in the direction of closing off Gaza for good this week or early next week,” a senior military official said. “We’re not going to continue tolerating all the activists who are coming in right now.” more...


Pope to Say Prayers in Hebrew - German-born Pope Benedict XVI will say prayers in Hebrew when he visits the synagogue in Cologne, Germany, that was destroyed by the Nazis, a cardinal organizing the trip said Tuesday. Jewish representatives invited the pope to visit while he is in Germany in August for the Roman Catholic Church's World Youth Day and Benedict replied, “I will come,” said Cologne Cardinal Joachim Meisner. The visit will include a prayer service in which the psalms will be “prayed,” the cardinal said. “We have learned them in Hebrew.” more...


Israel Wants to Build Railroad for Arabs Linking Gaza to Judea - One of the many provisions in the Oslo Accords that were never implemented was an idea known as “safe passage.” Safe Passage meant that Israel would provide the Arabs of the Palestinian Authority with an overland route - approximately 25 miles - through Israel’s pre-1967 boundaries, allowing them to travel freely with a minimum of restrictions, between the coastal Gaza region and Judea, south of Jerusalem. The idea was fraught with major logistical problems, particularly the issue of how to prevent the Arabs from driving off the road and into the heart of Israel. The authors of the Oslo agreement were worried then about car thieves, job seekers without permit, and the possibility of providing safe passage for suicide bombers. They believed that if something went wrong, the idea could be safely shelved and implemented at a later date. more...