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A student researcher was infected with the bioweapons agent brucella more than a year ago during a Texas A&M experiment, but the university illegally failed to report the incident. Sunshine Project, the organization that revealed the cover-up, says that such cases are not uncommon in America.

Wednesday, 18 April 2007 07:35

Shirley Smith: An Innocent Victim in Jail



The wrong people end up in US prisons. The people without any power. This is the same as charging somebody because of what this attorney thinks Ms. Thompson "thought," in his opinion. I can't believe this woman was put in jail for the reasoning by this attorney who should have his license taken away. This is the kind of justice that the Republican Party wants to see all across this land, within US Courts. There should be double the sentences for people who represent this government and commit crimes because of their positions. If our judicial system can't respect the law (the Supreme Court certainly didn't in 2000), then how can we expect Americans to respect US law? They should be the example of law-abiding citizens instead of using it for their own political purposes.  

by Paul Rogat Loeb

With over 1400 local events, the April 14 National Day of Climate Action, www.StepItUp07.org, offered a national wakeup call, with citizens in every state raising their voice. But even as we build on this powerful day to move forward, we need to talk about why it's been so hard for Americans to recognize the climate issue's urgency.

Wednesday, 18 April 2007 05:17

Ray Coughenour: Are We Still at War

by Ray Coughenour

I was wondering today while watching the news if the war had ended and no one told me?

I know who fathered the child of the late Anna Nicole Smith. I know the Governor of New Jersey almost got himself and others killed in an auto accident when he ordered his driver to go 90+ miles per hour so he could get his picture on television while a girls basketball team got a deserved apology from some Imus guy, who has now been sent to the pasture of his ranch, hopefully for good. I even know that Andre Agassi backhanded his girlfriend Steffi Graf in the head with a tennis racket, most likely an accident. This is important stuff?

Wednesday, 18 April 2007 05:09

BuzzFlash Mailbag for April 18, 2007

by Dave Lindorff

Impeachment has finally made it into the mainstream press, but it's taken a cartoonist to do it.

Garry Trudeau, over the past few days, has been running talk of impeachment in his "Doonesbury" comic strip.


"White House officials on Thursday admitted that...Bush was unaware of defense plans to immediately extend Army combat tours when he criticized Democrats' budget plans as potentially forcing troops to spend more time in Iraq." Yeah, sure, he wasn't setting the stage to blame the Democrats for the unpleasant news regarding his "surge" requiring mandatory combat tour extensions, he'd never do a dirty rotten political trick like that, he was just an "unaware" puppet president!


After receiving a second response from the State Department, Rep. Waxman writes to Secretary Rice announcing a one-week postponement of the Committee's consideration of a subpoena and asking her to schedule a voluntary appearance before the Committee prior to the Memorial Day recess.

Late-Breaking Anagram

This one has the
Power to stun:
Cho Seung Hui?
Hui Chose Gun.

Wednesday, 18 April 2007 02:51

Lucinda Marshall: Killing Them Softly

by Lucinda Marshall

April is rapidly becoming the month of uncomfortable questions. The grotesque media feeding frenzy of angst that ensued over Don Imus says some mighty disquieting things about a society that for even one minute has to debate whether or not what he said was way past any reasonable standard of what is right and whether or not the right to free speech necessitates corporate sponsorship of such misogynist and racist diatribes.

And now the Virginia Tech killings will no doubt open another long-winded debate about the right to own guns. Before anyone even opens their mouths on this one, it might be instructive to actually revisit the wording of the Second Amendment to the Constitution, which specifically states that, "A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed." It would seem an obvious point that organizing militias and bearing arms for the purpose of carrying out individual vendettas are hardly equivalent.

As a publication from the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) documents:

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