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Former NYC Top Cop is now an Inmate

Posted on Oct 23, 2009 in Featured Articles, Police, Military, & War

Source: Associated Press via PoliceOne.com VALHALLA, N.Y. — Former New York Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik is now just another number in the county jail. Westchester County jail spokesman Justin Pruyne (PRYN') says Kerik was given the number 210717 and a single-bed cell when he arrived Tuesday afternoon. Kerik is awaiting a federal trial on corruption charges. He had his $500,000 bail revoked for disclosing secret pretrial information. Pruyne says the 54-year-old Kerik was processed like any other incoming inmate but was segregated from the general jail population because of his background in law enforcement. Kerik won glowing reviews for his leadership after the Sept. 11 attacks. He was later nominated to lead the federal Homeland Security agency but withdrew as co

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Deserted shopping mall bleak symbol of Fed bailout

Posted on Oct 22, 2009 in Economic News, Featured Articles, Federal Reserve & Bankers

Wed Oct 21, 2009 6:33pm BST By Alister Bull OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - A $29 billion trail from the Federal Reserve's bailout of Wall Street investment bank Bear Stearns ends in a partially deserted shopping center on a bleak spot on the south side of Oklahoma City. The Fed now owns the Crossroads Mall, a sprawling shopping complex at the junction of Interstate highways 244 and 35, complete with an oil well pumping crude in the parking lot -- except the Fed does not own the mineral rights. The Fed finds itself in the unusual situation of being an Oklahoma City landlord after it lent JPMorgan Chase $29 billion to buy Bear Stearns last year. That money was secured by a portfolio of Bear assets. Crossroads Mall is the only bricks and mortar acquired through bailou

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Barnes & Noble E-Reader Puts Heat On Amazon

Posted on Oct 21, 2009 in - Geeks, Gadgets, & Gizmos

Barnes & Noble E-Reader Puts Heat On Amazon The Nook is now the e-reader to bet, but analysts say Amazon won't relinquish the Kindle's market share easily. Source: InformationWeek Antone Gonsalves October 21, 2009 03:33 PM (click image for larger view) Barnes & Noble Nook eBook Reader Barnes & Noble's Nook e-book reader has the potential to change the market's landscape, so it's unlikely B&N's biggest rival, Amazon (NSDQ: AMZN), will let its competitor bask in the limelight for long. Web 2.0 Chair John Battelle tries to pin down Evan Williams, CEO of Twitter, on the company's potential revenue models. At least in the short term, the Nook, introduced Tuesday, is the e-reader to beat, leapfrogging Amazon's Kindle with

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Pentagon Used Psychological Operation on US Public

Posted on Oct 21, 2009 in Alphabet Agencies & Operations, Police, Military, & War

Figure in Bush propaganda operation remains Pentagon spokesman Source: Raw Story.com By Brad Jacobson Wednesday, October 21st, 2009 -- 10:12 am  In Part I of this series, Raw Story revealed that Bryan Whitman, the current deputy assistant secretary of defense for media operations, was an active senior participant in a Bush administration covert Pentagon program that used retired military analysts to generate positive wartime news coverage. A months-long review of documents and interviews with Pentagon personnel has revealed that the Bush Administration's military analyst program -- aimed at selling the Iraq war to the American people -- operated through a secretive collaboration between the Defense Department's press and community relations offices. Raw Story has also

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10 Brilliant, Boxy and Sustainable Shipping Container Homes

Posted on Oct 21, 2009 in Alt Energy, Tiny Homes, & Structures

10 Brilliant, Boxy and Sustainable Shipping Container Homes

Source: DesignCrave.com

By Joe Wertz

12 container house 10 Brilliant, Boxy and Sustainable Shipping Container Homes

Shipping containers are tough. Built from weathering steel, these building blocks of international trade are designed to withstand stacking, stuffing and strapping and are reused over and over. There are roughly 17 million of these containers floating, riding and flying around the world today, but the recent sustainable design trend has found these containers re-purposed to carry a more fragile cargo — humans. Eight feet tall, eight feet wide and either 20 or 40 feet long, the containers don’t contain much space, but architects and building designers on the next page don’t exactly build within the box, so hit the jump and size up 10 great shipping container homes.

The Four Room House

four room house 10 Brilliant, Boxy and Sustainable Shipping Container Homes Stacked vertically on four different floors, Belgian architects Pieter Peelings and Silvia Mertens of Sculp(IT) have created a compact home for streamlined living. Each of the four small rooms serves a specific function. From the bottom up, a spiral staircase links a work floor, kitchen/dining floor, the living room floor and on the uppermost floor, a bedroom and bathroom space.

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Scientists create ‘artificial ionosphere’ using radio waves

Posted on Oct 21, 2009 in - Physics & the Universe

Source: Time of India 4 October 2009, 03:51pm IST LONDON: An experiment that fires powerful radio waves into the sky has created a patch of 'artificial ionosphere', mimicking the uppermost portion of Earth's atmosphere. According to a report in Nature News, the experiment is called the 'High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program' (HAARP), near Gakona, Alaska. It has spent nearly two decades using radio waves to probe Earth's magnetic field and ionosphere. One of the most obvious results of the experiments is that they can create lights in the sky that are similar to auroras, the glowing curtains of light that naturally appear in the polar skies when electrons and other charged particles pour down from Earth's protective magnetosphere into the upper atmosphere. There, at

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20 Teams Build High Tech Houses in Solar Village Contest

Posted on Oct 21, 2009 in Alt Energy, Tiny Homes, & Structures, Science & Technology

Source: PopSci By Rebecca Boyle   Posted 10.16.2009 at 12:54 pm The National Mall was transformed into a futuristic commune for the past two weeks as 20 teams from four countries erected solar-powered homes    Team California's "Refract House" Stefano Paltera/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon View Photo Gallery The bright future of green living has been on display for the past two weeks at the National Mall in Washington, D.C., during the Department of Energy's 2009 Solar Decathlon. The biennial contest, which wraps up this weekend, brings hundreds of university students from around the world to a temporary solar village for two weeks, where spectators can walk through student-designed houses and marvel at the latest green tech. These solar homes have it all

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8 bit? 64 bit? Blu-Ray? xBox? DVDs? R2D2? Yes, please!

Posted on Oct 21, 2009 in - Geeks, Gadgets, & Gizmos

09.22.2009 at 12:41 pm PopSci reader Brian De Vitis's R2-D2 cooler, converted into the ultimate mobile gaming 'droid with eight consoles, a projector and a sound system R2 Front View with Dome Courtesy Brian De Vitis To get rid of the mess of wires from his many videogame consoles, PopSci reader Brian De Vitis decided to repurpose his R2-D2-shaped cooler. The engineering student modified its legs and repainted it to look more realistic. Then he stacked the motherboards from the eight consoles on shelves inside, added a sound system, and rearranged the inputs so he could plug in controllers from the outside. To watch all the gaming action, he added a projector in the rig’s dome, just like the real R2’s. R2 Top View Without Projector: Courtesy Brian De Vitis

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Artificial Black Hole Created in Chinese Lab

Posted on Oct 21, 2009 in - Physics & the Universe

Source:  Nature News By Stuart Fox Posted 10.15.2009 at 3:56 pm Pocket Black Hole The icons depict the shape of the energy-trapping ridges on the disc at the center and the edges via arXiv.org Just because most black holes are solar-system-sized maelstroms with reality-warping gravitational pulls doesn't mean you can't have one in your pocket! That's right, just in time for the holidays comes the pocket black hole. Designed by scientists at the Southeast University in Nanjing, China, this eight-and-a-half-inch-wide disk absorbs all the electromagnetic radiation you throw at it, with none of the pesky time dilation and Hawking radiation associated with the larger, interstellar versions. Unlike a regular black hole, which traps light using the gravitational pull of the de

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Wind + Boredom = Midnight Kite Flying

Posted on Oct 20, 2009 in Blog, Editorials, & Thoughts

So, the weather has been extremely windy lately and there I was at midnight; bored and drinking vodka. I stepped out onto the back porch to smoke a cigarette and suddenly exclaimed, "Oh man! This is perfect kite flying weather! I wish I had a kite!" Before my g/f could even respond with, "You're so weird" or any number of other remarks, I screamed (almost to myself), "I DO have a kite!" I had forgotten about the small stunt kite I bought years ago and had packed away in some unknown box. I ran to my spare room and quickly found it and yelled at my g/f to put her shoes on 'cuz we're gonna go fly a kite! At midnight. In 45 mph winds. And it only got tangled in the powerlines ONCE!

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US scientist charged with attempted spying for Israel

Posted on Oct 20, 2009 in Alphabet Agencies & Operations, Featured Articles

US scientist charged with attempted spying for Israel Published on 10-19-2009   Source: AFPA top American scientist who once worked for the Pentagon and the US space agency NASA was arrested Monday and charged with attempted spying for Israel, the Department of Justice said.Stewart David Nozette, 52, developed an experiment that fueled the discovery of water on the south pole of the moon, and previously held special security clearance at the Department of Energy on atomic materials, the DOJ said. He is charged with "attempted espionage for knowingly and willfully attempting to communicate, deliver, and transmit classified information relating to the national defense of the United States to an individual that Nozette believed to be an Israeli intelligence officer," the

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Top Iranian Commanders Assassinated

Posted on Oct 20, 2009 in Police, Military, & War

Source: Reuters Iran’s Revolutionary Guards accused “foreign elements” linked to the United States of involvement in Sunday’s attack that killed at least two senior commanders of the elite force, state television reported. “Surely foreign elements, particularly those linked to the global arrogance, were involved in this attack,” a Guards statement quoted by television said. Iran often uses the term “global arrogance” to refer to the United States, its old foe."

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Intelligence Agency buys stake in firm that monitors blogs, tweets, etc.

Posted on Oct 20, 2009 in Alphabet Agencies & Operations, Featured Articles, Social Networking

Source:  Wired By Noah Shachtman October 19, 2009  |  12:03 pm  |  America’s spy agencies want to read your blog posts, keep track of your Twitter updates — even check out your book reviews on Amazon. In-Q-Tel, the investment arm of the CIA and the wider intelligence community, is putting cash into Visible Technologies, a software firm that specializes in monitoring social media. It’s part of a larger movement within the spy services to get better at using ”open source intelligence” — information that’s publicly available, but often hidden in the flood of TV shows, newspaper articles, blog posts, online videos and radio reports generated every day. Visible crawls over half a million web 2.0 sites a day, scraping more than a million posts and

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Truth is Treason 2.0

Posted on Aug 11, 2009 in Truth is Treason News

Stay tuned for some exciting news! Truth is Treason 2.0 is back and bringing you the news you need to stay informed, make educated decisions, and be aware of trends that may affect your lifestyle!

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