What more could Congress do over Iraq?
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) could force a vote a day over Iraq.
She could keep the House in session all night, over weekends and through
planned vacations.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) could let filibusters run
from now till Christmas rather than yield to pro-war Republicans.

FactCheck.org: Stuck in Iraq?
Former Sen. Mike Gravel didn't say directly how quickly he could get
troops home if he is elected, but he said Clinton, Obama and Biden
should filibuster until President Bush agrees to bring home troops now

New light cast on Bush's plans for Iraq war
Outlining contacts between Saddam and Egypt, Mr Bush said: "He's indicated
he would be prepared to go into exile if he's allowed to take $1bn and all
the information he wants about weapons of mass destruction." Mr Bush ruled
out such a deal, describing Saddam as "a thief, a terrorist, a war criminal".

New Showdown Looming Over War Funding
Some outside analysts say when all costs of the war are computed,
Iraq and Afghanistan represent a trillion-dollar war."

The Senate voted "on an idea by Democratic Senator Joe Biden of Delaware
to splitup Iraq into three sections, Kurds, Sunni and Shia. The vote is
nonbinding, but 75 out of 100 US Senators voted to split up Iraq."

Get Our Troops Out.com
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Saddam asked Bush for $1bn to go into exile
Iraq, Afghanistan wars to cost U.S. $190 bln in 2008

Bloomberg: Insurgents In Iraq Like Americans Who Fought British

"We're the British," the mayor said "I'm not suggesting the motives are the same.
But I'm just pointing out that this was an insurgent kind of attack on trained,
disciplined, uniformed soldiers who fought in a rigorously planned way. And we're
trying to adjust to that."

NPR : Diyala Still in Turmoil After U.S. Occupation
Insurgent attacks continue, the local economy is suffering
and the local population is increasingly anti-American.

Hunt oil deal creating tension in Iraq: US
A US official on Thursday criticised an oil deal between
Hunt Oil Company and Iraq's Kurdistan Regional Government.

Soldier: I was ordered to shoot Iraqi

Nine die in US air strikes in Iraq

Angelina Jolie criticises Iraq war spending

Iran shelling targets deeper inside northern Iraq: mayor
As far as 17 kilometres (10.5 miles) into Iraqi territory.

Since 2003, 19,000 Iraq insurgents killed
Missteps in the Bunker - washingtonpost
The airmen attached the gray missiles to the plane's wings, six on each side. After eyeballing the missiles on the right side, a flight officer signed a manifest that listed a dozen unarmed AGM-129 missiles. The officer did not notice that the six on the left contained nuclear warheads, each with the destructive power of up to 10 Hiroshima bombs.

That detail would escape notice for an astounding 36 hours, during which the missiles were flown across the country to a Louisiana air base that had no idea nuclear warheads were coming.

'Chain of errors' led to 36-hour US nuclear blunder
Friday, September 21, 2007
Internet traffic set for global meltdown?
NBC to Offer Downloads of Its Shows

Shutdown of eDonkey Servers May be Short-Lived

Leaked E-Mails of Anti-Piracy Firm Raise Ethical Questions All Around
Terrorist Threat Risk Leaked on P2P Net

"Not tonight, honey, I'm on the Internet"

sharethefiles - Subtitles: How to play them and where to find them.

Frequent Cell Phone Use May Slow Brain Function
According to the study, frequent mobile phone users demonstrated
slowed brain function, but with the caveat that the slowed brain
effects are still considered within normal brain functioning.

Creationists, atheists battle over copyrights, criticism, and the DMCA

Real Donkey Kong | GameBrink.Com

How George Bush became the new Saddam | Macleans.ca

Starchy diet 'may damage liver'

Microsoft's Zune 2 set to launch on October 16?
Sony delays PlayStation Home launch until Spring 2008

Suit seeks "a la carte" channel choices

NASA Plans Bigger Moon Base, Sporty Rovers for Future Missions

Police say man fed cats to his pit bulls
How different is that from feeding rats to snakes?

Could we, should we, bring the dinosaurs back?
Scientists: Hobbit wasn't a modern human
Scientists say velociraptor had feathers

Mammoth dung, prehistoric goo may speed warming

Climate Change and the Arctic - Selling Freezers to Eskimos

Protesters Call for Justice for Jena 6
'Jena 6' case raises questions of bias in U.S. justice
The Cultural Symbolism of the Noose
Many blacks in Jena, La. were outraged when white teens hung nooses
from a tree — and the superintendent of the school characterized it as a "prank."
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Paulson says Federal Government to reach debt limit Oct 1

Cheney says Greenspan criticism is "off the mark"
He disputed former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan's portrayal
of the Bush administration's economic policies as fiscally reckless.

Bush disagrees with Greenspan on economy
"I would say that the record — our fiscal record — is admirable and good," Bush said

Greenspan sees higher chances of recession
I've been playing around with Facebook lately.
There are tons of useful/useless apps you can add to your profile.

Facebook - Beeeeeeeer Aplication

Watched first several episodes of the anime series The Third

The Third - Anime - Fansub TV
The Third - Anime News Network
AnimeNfo.Com : Third, The ~Aoi Hitomi no Shojo ~

I setup a profile at Anime-Planet.com which not AnimePlanet.com
Anime-Planet - User Information - nb747

Overige Games - i3D.net Game Forums
Great list of new PC Games and Demos.

Hot Fuzz Hi-Res Movie Stills - MovieWeb

Radio Shack to start selling games

USB 3.0 to arrive at superspeed in 2008
USB 3.0 To Boost Peripherals to Multi-Gigabit Speeds

Gruk.org's eMule/eDonkey Serverlist
Emule pawcio - Ipfilter and fake list

Official eMule-Board -> Support - Do You Need Help?

Bloggerheads - The Andrew Meyer Tasering incident
Has a Web site featuring several homemade videos. In one, he stands in a street
with a sign that says "Harry Dies" after the latest Harry Potter book was released.
That Harry Potter Dies Video has been removed from YouTube.
This guys is a typical 4chan B Tard. Act retarded get in trouble video it, become an hero.
Tasered Student Has History Of Practical Jokes

Delutube - The Deleted YouTube Video Viewer

I found one of these RC plane videos, pretty cool stuff.
RC plane flight over US Space and Rocket Center • VideoSift

YouTube - Flushing Meadow - RC Plane - On-board Video Camera
YouTube - RC Airplane Onboard Video
YouTube - RC Airplane with onboard Camera

Worlds Largest Model RC Plane Video
Monday, September 17, 2007
Said in America, by an American, Unable to be heard in America, you have to goto Canada for that.

"And lets face it if mothers rules the world there would be no goddamn war in the first place."

Sally Field: Censored by Fox for political reasons?

Fox defends censoring of anti-war speech
Sally Field not fit for prime time?
So this is going to be one of those whiny blog type posts.

I have been playing the Tabula Rasa MMORPG beta for 5-6 weeks. On 9/6 they patched the beta and one of the things that they added was a long string of quests some into instances to unlock travel to the second planet. I'm used to WoW other MMOs, you can take your level 5 to any area you want, you will most likely get killed in the process, but that is your choice. Having to do a series of quests to continue world travel seems pretty ridiculous to me. The thing is I am pretty random at doing quests, I like to "grind" a term used to describe killing NPCs (Monsters etc..) and do a few quests here and there. Side note, I really don't like the term grinding, if it feels like grinding that would be unpleasant, gaming should be fun, killing is a better term. Anyway I am killing everything in Tabula Rasa and having a blast. So over the weekend I hit level level 27, but the problem is I am stuck in a level 15-20 area, with no chance of going to a 20-30 level area without doing a series of long quests. I ended up attempting some of the quests and I ran into some bugs and various problems. So I quit. I've decided to drop out of the beta and I don't plan on getting the retail when it comes out. I've quit other games for similar issues before, but not before they actually come out.
The only other issue I've had with the beta was the steep graphical requirements. I have a Nvidia 7600 and was getting 20-25 fps out of it. During events with lots of action and NPCs it would drop down to 12-15 and occasionally 5-6fps even on a lower setting like 1024x768.
Saturday, September 15, 2007
I added a Tabula Rasa Finishing Combat Moves video to Youtube.
Thursday, September 13, 2007
TV AD - GOP Senators, should we start training our kids now?

Americans Against Escalation in Iraq is running ads against 4 GOP senators who facing re-election next year. The ads depict children in fatigues in a training camp as an announcer says: "How long will Republican senators keep us stuck in Iraq? Should we start training our children now?"
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Commander disciplined for nuclear mistake
It was originally reported that five nuclear warheads were transported,
but officers who tipped Military Times to the incident who have asked
to remain anonymous since they are not authorized to discuss the incident,
have since updated that number to six.

As long as the number doesn't go down.

Some conspiracy types are already worried....

Barksdale Missile Number Six: The Stolen Nuclear Weapon

Senator seeks review of nuke-handling policy - Air Force Times
Dorgan’s amendment requires a total review of Pentagon and Department
of Energy activities to monitor and control all aspects of the nation’s
nuclear weapons. It also requires that the review be completed within
90 days, and that a classified report be submitted to Congress.

ACC orders commandwide standdown Friday
The Sept. 14 safety standdown in the wake of the Aug. 30
nuclear incident at Minot Air Force Base, N.D.

In Error, B-52 Flew Over U.S. With Nuclear-Armed Missiles
Six of Our Nukes Went Missing -- But Don't Worry
Two of seven soldiers who wrote (critical) essay about war die in Iraq

Mid-East media dissect US findings
AP Poll: Most see Iraq war as failure

$550,000 stolen from Iraqi armored truck

Obama to Deliver Iraq Speech

Olympia Snowe slated to go to Iraq again

Democrats: Bush troop cuts not new Iraq plan
"The reduction to a pre-surge level is not a change in course," said Senate Armed Services Chairman
Carl Levin, D-Michigan. "It's something which will happen anyway just because of the rotation of our
troops and the limit of 15 months for that rotation. So it's going to happen in any event.
So returning to the pre-surge level is not a change in policy."

Iraq insurgents attack U.S. headquarters

US still stuck in Iraq quagmire after report: Iran

Iraq cholera outbreak still contained

Retired Army general predicts U.S. will exit Iraq in 3 years
Monday, September 10, 2007
Study finds left-wing brain, right-wing brain
Liberals tolerate ambiguity and conflict better than conservatives because of how their brains work.

Previous psychological studies have found that conservatives tend to be more structured and persistent
in their judgments whereas liberals are more open to new experiences. The latest study found those
traits are not confined to political situations but also influence everyday decisions.

Starch 'fuel of human evolution'

Viking ship 'buried beneath pub'

Eyes lock on different letters when reading

Toddlers Outsmart Chimps in Some Tasks, Not All

Scientist Measures an Overlooked Greenhouse Gas

Indian farmers oppose giant Buddha statue
Costing roughly $250 million and reaching three times the height of the Statue
of Liberty (without its base), the 500-foot-tall bronze statue of Buddha will
be the world's largest statue and the world's first so-called "statue-skyscraper."
It is being designed to last for more than 1,000 years and has the backing of the Dalai Lama.
Iraq Poll: Surge Working? Iraqis Say No
Poll: Most want Iraq pullout deadline
Bush not trusted to end Iraq war: poll

Iraq troop issue is already settled
2008 voters will face the same issues they did in 2006

Troop blogs show increasing criticism of war - Army Times
Spc. Alex Horton, 22, of the 3rd Stryker Brigade in Army of Dude.
“In the future, I want my children to grow up with the belief that
what I did here was wrong, in a society that doesn’t deem that idea
unpatriotic,” he blogged.

"The truth will come out, and there is nothing they can do to hide it.
The occupation is a disaster. I’m convinced that everyday it continues
that it makes America, and the Iraqis less safe" - Spc. Eleonai Israel of Bowling Green, Ky

NPR : Petraeus Opens Testimony on Iraq

Seven U.S. troops die in Iraq vehicle accident

US Deports Parents of Dead Soldiers

Rumsfeld & Powell: Two men with decidedly different assessments of Iraq

Pentagon plans base near Iraq-Iran border: report
Iraq PM says civil war averted
UK Rift with US over Iraq denied
Al-Sadr Restructuring His Mahdi Army Militia

Iraq Oil Minister - Hunt Oil Deal With Kurd Regional Government Illegal
Friday, September 07, 2007
Ok, the NDA has been lifted on Tabula Rasa, I posted some screenshots on Flickr.
There was a new patch yesterday and a full wipe of the servers.

Richard Garriott's Tabula Rasa®
Tabula Rasa - Official Beta Forum
Main Page - TaRapedia

Tabula Rasa receives ship date: October 19
GT Interviews Tabula Rasa's Community Manager, April Burba

Tabula Rasa - a photoset on Flickr <- Lots More Pics

tabula_rasa 2007-09-03 18-37-09-43

tabula_rasa 2007-09-03 19-17-01-28
Thursday, September 06, 2007
Experts Doubt Drop In Violence in Iraq
Military Statistics Called Into Question

Study: U.S. should lower profile in Iraq
A panel of retired senior military and police officers
recommended Thursday that the United States lighten its
footprint in Iraq to counter the image that it's an "occupying force."

US senator Biden tells Iraqis to sort out future or see US leave

Judge scolds U.S. on wiretapping records
A federal judge scolded the Bush administration Wednesday
for responding with sometimes blanket secrecy to a request
for documents on its warrantless wiretapping program.

White House sued again over e-mail

Bush's Iraq swagger a distant memory
Former CIA officers report Bush 'didn't give a fuck about intelligence'

Sham motorcade passes by APEC security - Yahoo! News
Australian police warn of riot over Bush visit

Republicans, Paul clash over Iraq war
"No! We should take our marching orders from our Constitution," Paul
shouted back, pointing his pen at Wallace for emphasis. "We should not
go to war without a declaration" by Congress.

Brownback also drew boos from the audience when he called for passage
of a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage. "I understand there
is a divided audience," he said.

Ron Paul wins 'text messaging vote' at Fox News debate
Tabula Rasa : Launch Date Announced
Tonight at a special pre-launch event, Richard Garriott announced
that the upcoming MMORPG Tabula Rasa will launch on October 19th.

Tabula Rasa Beta Walkthrough Videos
Tomorrow, September 6, the NDA on the game will be lifted
Also, the official website, PlayTR.com, will be launched with a new design,
so keep an eye out for tons of new information starting tomorrow.

The Austin Chronicle: Richard Garriott and his team at NCsoft unveil their new online game

Feature: Hanging with Garriott - Kotaku

Tabula Rasa Guide to the Planet Foreas | News

AGDC: Using Metrics to Make MMOs Fun

www.PlanetTR.com - Unofficial Tabula Rasa Website

Tabula Rasa - TR Stratics - Your Tabula Rasa Community Resource

tabularasa.com - qj.net
Tuesday, September 04, 2007
One of my favorite Robot chickens - Cuddles fabric softner

Robot Chicken Top 10 Star Wars Special Clips