US denies plans for attack on Iran amid report of hunt for evidence against Iran

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

A top US commander said yesterday that the United States is not planning a preemptive attack on Iran despite increasing rhetoric from Washington, D.C. The United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice also denied that an attack was imminent, stating that there is no Congressional authorization for military action against Iran.

The denials came as The Observer ran a report saying that US personnel involved in interrogating insurgents in Iraq are under “huge” pressure to find evidence against Iran. It quoted Micah Brose, a privately contracted interrogator working for the US military there, as saying that information on Iran is “gold”.

“They push a lot for us to establish a link with Iran”, Brose claimed in the interview, adding that “it feels a lot like, if you get something and Iran’s not involved, it’s a let down.” He further claimed that people have said to him that “they’re really pushing the Iran thing.” Brose denied being asked to manufacture evidence, but stated that “if a detainee wants to tell me what I want to hear so he can get out of jail … you know what I’m saying.”

The US has in the past been accused of using exaggerated and fabricated evidence to build its case against Iraq prior to the war.

The article by the British based newspaper said most military intelligence officers refused to comment but that one said “The message is, ‘Got to find a link with Iran, got to find a link with Iran.’ It’s sickening.”

On Monday, Admiral William J. Fallon, the commanding officer of United States Central Command which is responsible for the Middle East, East Africa and Central Asia, speaking in Financial Times, said that a strike against Iran is “not in the offing.”

“None of this is helped by the continuing stories that just keep going around and around and around that any day now there will be another war which is just not where we want to go,” Fallon continued. “Getting Iranian behavior to change and finding ways to get them to come to their senses and do that is the real objective. Attacking them as a means to get to that spot strikes me as being not the first choice in my book.” Despite saying this, he refused to rule out a strike against Iran in the future.

Meanwhile, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was on ABC‘s This Week on Sunday, saying that a Senate resolution designating Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard as a terrorist organization does not authorize military action.

“There is nothing in this particular resolution that would suggest that from our point of view. And, clearly, the president has also made very clear that he’s on a diplomatic path where Iran comes into focus,” Rice said.

“This resolution is saying that there needs to be strong measures taken against Iran, which we have definitely done,” Rice continued. “And if the Iranians suspend their enrichment and reprocessing, I’m prepared to meet my counterpart anyplace, anytime, anywhere. So the question isn’t why will we not talk to Tehran. The question is, why will Tehran not talk to us?”

Senator Hillary Clinton, who is running for President, voted for the resolution. She has said that the resolution could not be used to justify war, but rather it seeks to escalate diplomatic efforts. “We wish to emphasize that no congressional authority exists for unilateral military action against Iran,” she said in an open letter on November 1, 2007.

Last week, former Foreign Minister of Germany, Joschka Fischer said that he was worried that the upcoming US Presidential election could heighten tensions between the US and Iran. He found particularly worrisome a statement by Presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani in October that “If I am President of the United States, I guarantee you, we will never find out what they will do if they get nuclear weapons, because they are not going to get a nuclear weapon … the military option is not off the table.”

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Kyb Shocks, Tokico Shocks

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KYB shocks are available in the GR-2, Excel-G, Gas-a-Just, MonoMax, AGX, Strut-Plus and Self-Leveling or electronic shocks. Choosing your KYB shocks can be hard unless you know what you are looking for. KYB suggests that if you want to keep the original handling and control of your vehicle you should buy the KYB shocks known as the GR-2. If you want to increase your vehicle s handling or control, KYB shocks recommends using the Gas-a-Just shocks. The KYB shocks known as the GR-2 come in shocks and struts and are known to help restore factory designed performance. They are made to compensate for worn or old suspension, and can be used on most imports and domestics including SUVs and minivans. The KYB shocks model Gas-a-Just are made to increase the original performance and also offer stability. These are also a replacement for the monotube shock and are an upgrade from the twin tube, as well as being able to adjust to driving conditions. The MonoMax KYB shocks are known to give the most control for large trucks or any type of SUV. These also are great to use for those that tow or haul often and are great for bad road conditions such as potholes and such. The AGX KYB shocks are used for a fast damping rate change so you are able to fine tune your performance. These are also good for sport cars, certain domestics and imports as well as offering an adjustment knob for adjustments on the applications.

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Tokico shocks are available in 5 lines: the HP series, Illumina series, D-spec series, RAK series and Trekmaster series. The Tokico shocks in the HP series are known as the blue shocks, and are the most popular choice for aftermarket shocks. Tokico shocks in the HP series are used for damping and offer flexibility as well as helping with tire adhesion and overall handling. The D-spec series of Tokico shocks are a multi-use shock that uses a piston and valve design. These are damping specific shocks that offer adjustments changing the rebound as well as the compression. When set between a soft and hard setting, these Tokico shocks are adjustable and offer the most in flexibility of rides. The Illumina Tokico shocks give 5 different positions, and were made for tuning street suspensions. With these Tokico shocks, you are able to change the set up for all types of driving environments you will encounter. The RAK series helps with proper lowering of your vehicle, and are all lowering suspension kits. It is recommended that you not exceed dropping more than 2 inches due to the fact that many problems can arise from this such as poor braking, tire wear, harsh ride and stress cracks in the vehicle chassis or body frame. The Trekmaster series are known for stability and ride for on or off road driving with great traction. You get less body roll, better steering and cornering as well as improved braking and ride overall. With so many to choose from, it is a wonder anyone can choose only one.

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Top exorcist says schoolgirl was kidnapped for Vatican sex ring

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Gabriel Amorth, the Roman Catholic Church’s leading exorcist, has suggested missing schoolgirl Emanuela Orlandi was kidnapped for sexual abuse at orgies attended by foreign diplomats and arranged by Vatican police. Orlandi was fifteen when she vanished in 1983.

Amorth, 85, who was appointed by the late Pope John Paul II, makes his remarks as Italian police try to determine if bones buried near the body of a mobster belong to Orlandi. Anonymous claims have suggested the tomb of Enrico “Renatino” De Pedis contains clues to her disappearance.

Investigators are examining bones removed from his burial site in the Basilica of Sant’Apollinare. Buried in a nearby crypt, the bones are thought to be centuries old but forensic tests are ongoing. One theory is Pedis kidnapped Orlandi to press Vatican officials over a financial dispute, with his onetime lover claiming her body was disposed of in a cement mixer.

Amorth refutes this explanation, and also an alleged “international dimension”; another theory is that the kidnapping was to try and secure freedom for Mehmet Ali Agca of Turkey, who shot at the pope in 1981. Orlandi’s vanishing “was a crime with a sexual motive” says Amorth. “Parties were organised, with a Vatican gendarme [policeman] acting as the ‘recruiter’ of the girls.”

He further told La Stampa “The network involved diplomatic personnel from a foreign embassy to the Holy See. I believe Emanuela ended up a victim of this circle”. “It has already previously been stated by [the late] monsignor Simeone Duca, an archivist at the Vatican, who was asked to recruit girls for parties with the help of the Vatican gendarmes.”

Orlandi has not been seen since she set off from the family apartment in the Vatican City, heading for a Rome music lesson. Orlandi’s father worked for the Holy See. Amorth is a controversial priest who lays claim to thousands of exorcisms and has criticised activities such as yoga and children reading Harry Potter books as spiritually harmful.

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Elwood Norris receives 2005 Lemelson-MIT Prize for invention

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

MIT has announced that Elwood “Woody” Norris, inventor of potentially revolutionary technologies of Hypersonic Sound beams and AirScooter flying vehicles, will receive this year’s Lemelson-MIT prize for invention this Friday, April 22. The prize comes with an award of US$500,000, making it the largest single award for invention given in the United States.

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Wikinews Shorts: April 26, 2007

A compilation of brief news reports for Thursday, April 26, 2007.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at an all time record high of 13,089.89. The Dow climbed 1.05% [135.95 points] at its closing bell.

On February 27, the Dow had a record for the worst day since 2001 and plunged over 400.00 points by the closing bell, after the stock exchanges in Asia had a steep loss on the same day.


  • Vikas Bajaj. “Run on Wall Street Sends Dow Above 13,000” — New York Times, April 26, 2007
  • Ellis Mnyandu. “Dow closes over 13,000” — Reuters, April 25, 2007

A group of around 30 or 40 anarchists launched an attack against a police station in Exarchia, a busy district in central Athens, in Greece. Meanwhile, another 70 hooded individuals launched other attacks. They set fire to vehicles, politician’s offices at the Kolonaki area and various bank departments in Exarhia. Greek Riot police responded with tear gas, while the fight between anarchists and the police still takes place in streets around the University of Athens. It is believed that the youths launched the attack in order to demonstrate their support to prisoners who started an uprising in three major prisons. Another demonstration takes place in Thessaloniki, but without any clashes, so far.


  • “Incendiary Attacks” — Elliniki Radiofonia Tileorasi, April 26, 2007
  • AP. “Suspected anarchists burn cars outside Athens police station” — International Herald Tribune, April 26, 2007

The United States Senate today passed a spending bill that sets a target date of March 31, 2008 for a complete pull-out of United States forces from Iraq. The House of Representatives has already passed a similar measure. The bill also includes US$100 billion for the continuing operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

US President George W. Bush “will veto this legislation,” said White House spokesperson Dana Perino. “The president is determined to win in Iraq. The bill they sent us today is mission defeated.”

Related news

  • “Wikinews Shorts: March 27, 2007” — Wikinews, March 27, 2007


  • “Congress backs Iraq pull-out plan” — BBC News Online, April 26, 2007
  • Richard Cowan. “Congress challenges Bush to veto pullout” — Reuters, April 26, 2007

Colombia was faced with a nationwide electricity outage at 10:15 a.m. local time today. Traffic chaos and people trapped in elevators has been reported. Hospitals and airports continued operations, using their own backup generators.

Speaking on local radio, President Alvaro Uribe said, “It appears to have affected all of the country.”

“The blackout was caused by a failure at an energy substation in northern Bogota. We do not know what type of failure it was,” Manuel Maiguashca, vice minister of energy and mines, told reporters. Speculation that the outage was caused by left wing rebels was dismissed by officials.


  • Reuters. “Countrywide blackout hits Colombia” — Globe and Mail, April 26, 2007
  • “Nationwide blackout hits Colombia” — BBC News Online, April 26, 2007

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Hojo Motor Review Scam Or Even The Real Deal

If you want to know more about Hojo Motor REVIEW, Howard Johnson reputation, or…is Hojo Motor SCAM or Even The Real Deal? You’ve come to the right place.

Hojo Magnetic Motor is the only product that can actually help you do that. It will provide you with an easy step by step guide that you can actually use to start generating your own electricity. If you want to dispense with the power grid altogether, or want the power grid and free energy systems completely independent of each other, connect free energy systems as off grid power source systems. In this way, you can give up power grid altogether if you want to. But you won’t be able to sell extra electricity to the power grid.

Howard Johnson is a man who spent his entire life to make use of permanent motor technology to produce electricity. The Howard Johnson magnetic motor is considered to be the pioneering invention in magnetic motor technology. By using magnetic motor technology, one can produce free electricity at home. When Hojomotor was featured in the Spring 1980 Science & Mechanics magazine, it caused much fanfare. Even though, magnetic motor is not a new concept Hojomotor’s unique design helps for many further experiments. It is developed over the years to the extent of producing electricity even at home.

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Similar to the magnetic motors, Hojomotor also uses a series of magnets that are strategically placed around a rotor. The unique feature of Hojomotor is that it uses two sets of magnets, stator magnets, and armature motors. Stator motors are fixed to the inside of a cylinder shaped casing. A rotating drum, which is placed inside the drum, is the rotor. Another set of magnets, armature magnets are attached to this rotating drum. Because of this unique feature, after putting an initial input into the system, this motor ensures the motion is self-sustaining. Electricity is generated via a belt that is connected to a conventional electricity generator. It belt is similar to one under the hood of the car.

The Pros:

  • You get free electricity in your home.
  • It is the only device that supplies “free energy” and there are 3 U.S Patents backing it.
  • Very easy for even a layman to build.
  • Extremely simple plans to follow.
  • Lowers electricity bills.

The Cons:

  • If you do not have any building experience, you need to follow the plans strictly.
  • Your friends and family are not going to believe that you built a working magnetic motor all by yourself, until they actually see it by themselves.

The bottom line…

By using this HoJo Motor Technology, you will definitely be able to generate your very own electricity for your household and also, you will have great savings on your electricity bill.

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World’s first double arm transplant undertaken in Munich

Saturday, August 2, 2008

A 54-year-old German farmer who lost both arms in a farming accident six years ago has become the first patient to receive a complete double arm transplant. The patient, whose name has not been released, underwent the operation at the Klinikum rechts der Isar, part of the Technical University of Munich (Technische Universität München), last week; he is said to be recovering well.

The operation lasted 15 hours and was performed by a team of 40 specialists in Plastic Surgery, Hand Surgery, Orthopedics and Anesthesiology, under the direction of the head of the Plastics and Hand Surgery department, Prof. Hans-Günther Machens, Dr. Christoph Höhnke (Head of Transplants, Senior Physician; Plastics and Hand Surgery) and Prof. Edgar Biemer, the former Chief of Plastic Surgery at the Clinic.

In a press statement released by the clinic, it was revealed that the patient had been thoroughly physically checked and had psychological counselling prior to the surgery to ensure he was mentally stable enough to cope with the procedure. Since completion of the surgery, the patient has been on immuno-suppressant drugs to prevent rejection of the new limbs.

Following the surgery, the press release from the clinic’s press manager, Dr. Tanja Schmidhofer, included the following statement:

The flow of blood was [re-]started in intervals of 20 minutes because the anaesthetists had to make sure that the patient would not suffer from the blood flowing back from the transplanted parts. No significant swelling was seen, nor indeed any ischemia (lack of blood flow to the tissues). This is a testament to the surgeons who established a fully functioning blood flow…the main nerves, the Musculocutaneus, Radial and Ulnar nerves were all attached and sewn together, and finally an external fixator was applied, with pins in the lower and upper arms, avoiding the risk of pressure points and sores. The operation was successfully completed after 15 hours.

Without the immuno-suppressant drugs given to the patient, the risk of there being a Graft-versus-Host Reaction or GvHR, would have been significant due to the upper arm containing a large amount of bone marrow, consisting of ICC’s or Immuno-Competent Cells, which would have triggered a near total rejection of the new limbs. A GvHR is a condition which results in the cells from the transplant attacking the immune system of the body.

Indications from the clinic suggest that the double attachment went well, although it could be up to 2 full years before the patient is able to move the arms.

The donor arms came from an unnamed teenager, who is believed to have died in a car accident.

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Explosion in French college

Friday, March 24, 2006A large explosion ripped through a research building of the École Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Mulhouse (ENSCMu) in Mulhouse, eastern France. Mulhouse’s mayor, Jean-Marie Bockel, confirmed that the blast killed one person and injured another. Police declared Code Red, and the neighborhood was evacuated.

According to the French Press, TF1, the victim was in his forties and had worked at the institition for about a year. A young woman was seriously injured and about a dozen people received minor injuries, with two suffering from shock. 150 firefighters were on the scene.

The ENSCMu is a technology college, with an enrollment of 8,000 and a 25-hectare campus near the town’s centre. It is known for its museum of coloring agents (Musée des Colorants), which has about 2700 samples, mainly from the second part of the nineteenth century. The museum’s database is available online in French.

The blast occurred at 11:25 GMT (12:25 local time). It is reported to have been heard two kilometres away and to have broken the windows of nearby buildings. The blast was followed by a fire that was contained by about 15:00 (local time).

The explosion’s cause is not yet clear but it is believed to have happened in a ground-floor laboratory in an annex building constructed in 1977. The lab was apparently focused on industrial safety.

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Importance Of Practice Test For Certified Nursing Assistant

If you are the verge of completion of your CNA training, it is very likely that you are nervous given the fact that the certification exam is fast approaching. Confronting the state administered certification would definitely let you experience butterflies in your stomach. But, as the old adage goes ‘Practice makes a man perfect’, it is true that the practice tests can keep you more relaxed and confident.

The Advantages

Not all are good at taking up a certification test regardless of how many times you go over the course contents. ‘What would be there in the exam’ is one of the very common questions that daunt the examinees before the real certification test. Here is where the practice tests are handy. They offer a glimpse of what to expect in the real test. The practice test questions are very similar to the certification test. As a result, confronting a practice test can make the test taker more confident and thorough!

How To Get Free Practice Test for Certified Nursing Assistant?

You can search for free practice test for certified nursing assistant across the Internet. There are innumerous forums where the text takers post test questions that they found challenging. Med-care is one another place where you can see a few practice questions and get some information pertaining to the real test.

Yet another good place is the site. Here, you can opt to take a practice test for certified nursing assistant and get the sense of what the real exam is going to be. The next place to research is the Pearson VUE website wherein you might get abundant information pertaining to practice questions and the real exam.

Apart from these, you can try to get further practice questions from a local health care facility that is offering CNA training courses. You can meet up with friends that are preparing for this certification and exam the practice questions that you have with them and vice versa for that would help you get a bunch of ideas on what to expect in the real exam!

Wikinews interviews Joe Schriner, Independent U.S. presidential candidate

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Journalist, counselor, painter, and US 2012 Presidential candidate Joe Schriner of Cleveland, Ohio took some time to discuss his campaign with Wikinews in an interview.

Schriner previously ran for president in 2000, 2004, and 2008, but failed to gain much traction in the races. He announced his candidacy for the 2012 race immediately following the 2008 election. Schriner refers to himself as the “Average Joe” candidate, and advocates a pro-life and pro-environmentalist platform. He has been the subject of numerous newspaper articles, and has published public policy papers exploring solutions to American issues.

Wikinews reporter William Saturn? talks with Schriner and discusses his campaign.

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