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In the four years or so that I’ve been submitting news to TDG, I’ve never seen a news day like today. All sorts of things seem to have gone topsy-turvy; and people everywhere are fed up. Death-defying Ethiopians are chanting ‘hungry, hungry’ at their dictator, and ‘monkey armies’ are terrorizing Puerto Rico, but there’s so much going on, those stories didn’t even make the cut today. So for those of you who hate seeing politics here, you might want to stick to just the first 39 news items.

  • Collectors, looters, and forgers: the stone box and discovery of a factory of fakes.
  • Ancient bamboo slips shed light on building of Great Wall.
  • “Into Africa” rather than “Out of Africa” could well be the better description of how certain mammals originated and spread across the world.
  • ‘Free trade’ may have contributed to the extinction of Neanderthals.
  • Ice core ‘dipstick’ shows West Antarctic Ice Sheet not as thick as previously believed, so it couldn’t have contributed as much as believed to higher sea levels 20,000 years ago.
  • Gnostic writings are often strange and fragmentary, but they sketch a counter-Christ.
  • Pope’s stand-ins excoriate Western culture.
  • Science replays the crucifixion.
  • Did Pope Urban II Frame Islam To Make Money?
  • Apologize for the Crusades? Never!
  • The Battle Of Magdala: How the son of Robert Napier, the wizard, came to be ennobled by Queen Victoria.
  • Football was not intended as a game of skill but as a war against sexuality.
  • Swiss scientists find compelling evidence that humans like to reprimand others.
  • Cracks may force shutdown of UK reactors.
  • Storage of Nuclear Spent Fuel Criticized.
  • Earthquakes Threaten Russian Nuclear Power Plants.
  • Pluralistic Ignorance: when a dangerous situation appears to be ambiguous, social rules of belonging and acceptance trump looking different or alarmist.
  • Pito Deep explorers are beginning to unravel the earth’s geological history.
  • Dinosaur-killing asteroid rained hot rocks.
  • Climate: A hard look at the long term.
  • Stem-cell breakthrough could allow women to grow their own breast implants.
  • Examining Nietzsche the man.
  • Secret Clues: Impressionists hid early version of ‘easter eggs’ in their paintings to prevent them from being copied. Here’s the easy way to find those easter eggs on all your DVDs.
  • Fastest supercomputer gets faster.
  • Fish oil offers Alzheimer’s hope: DHA dramatically slows the progression of Alzheimer’s disease in mice.
  • Scientists a whisker away from cat allergy cure.
  • ‘This really changes things’: method used by planetary scientists to estimate the ages of various regions of Mars is flawed.
  • Sliced-up craters on Saturn’s icy moon Enceladus.
  • A Star-Studded Cluster.
  • Unveiling the high energy Milky Way reveals ‘dark accelerators‘.
  • ISS Crew Deploys NanoSputnik.
  • NASA: Comet-Smashing Deep Impact Camera Blurry.
  • NASA to study toxicity of moon dust.
  • New NASA Image of Earth Seen Through Gamma-Ray Eyes.
  • The mission NASA hopes won’t happen.
  • Do you have ‘the right stuff’ to be a space tourist?
  • Dr. Steven Greer Speaks Out on evidence ignored by the Jennings UFO Special.
  • Mothman sightings in London.
  • A field guide to the mystery beasts of the British Isles.
  • Federal investigators find that U.S. has been illegally selling nuclear wares to Pakistan in secret.
  • BBC reveals secret U.S. plans for Iraq’s oil were made before the 9/11 attacks.
  • Newly released government records reveal a more active role by the FBI in aiding some Saudis in their departure just after Sept. 11, 2001. Some of the departing Saudis were related to Osama bin Laden.
  • Texas Accuses Bush of Trampling Its Autonomy in Death Penalty Case.
  • Jimmy Carter Makes Case for Saving Nonproliferation.
  • Newly released report of abuse at jail in Mosul says prisoners’ rights under the Geneva Conventions were violated.
  • Troops thwart Iraq prison escape. Photos of the escape tunnels, which suggest plans for mass breakout.
  • Former Scotland Yard detective was KGB spy who set up sleeper agents in Australia’s government and intelligence agencies.
  • UK’s Super-rich hide trillions offshore: Study reveals assets 10 times larger than UK GDP.
  • Homeland Security officials failed to keep millions of airline passenger records secure and repeatedly made false denials to the media and Congress.
  • No Medical Ethics for the Poor.
  • An improbable coalition of liberal and arch conservative organizations have banded together to resist renewal of the Patriot Act.
  • No One Is Against Big Government.
  • Join the dots and an ugly picture emerges.
  • Lawless World: a review. Amazon UK and US

Quote of the Day:

Most people think that shadows follow, precede or surround beings or objects. The truth is that they also surround words, ideas, desires, deeds, impulses and memories.

Elie Wiesel