October 18th, 2006

Scorpion

in general

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News

Welcome to America, 2006

"Although debate focused on trials at Guantanamo Bay, the new law also takes away from noncitizens in the U.S. - including more than 12 million permanent residents - the right to go to court if they are declared 'unlawful enemy combatants.'" (More on the presidential power grab from legal expert Andrew Cohen here.) (And, Jack Balkin calls it "the very essence of tyranny.")

"Even if you were a diehard, left-wing, Bush-bashing Hollywood screenwriter, it would be hard to come up with a script for the Republicans as bad as the last year. It's been one heckuva horror movie, with one scandal-plagued scene after another, and more of them as the election-season plot lurches toward its climax. I mean, you really can't make this stuff up."
-Howard Kurtz

Does the new National Space Policy point to administration plans to build space-based weaponry?

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A new life for atheism in America.

The NORAD base under Cheyenne Mountain is being retired. No word on the Stargate program.

"Unusual meteorite found in Kansas."