duminică, 19 august 2007

Firefighters die in blaze by ground zero - coşmarul nu s-a terminat...

By VERENA DOBNIK, Associated Press Writer

A seven-alarm fire ripped through an abandoned skyscraper next to ground zero in Lower Manhattan Saturday, killing two firefighters who were responding to the blaze.

Officers at the scene were preventing nearby residents from returning to their homes, telling them that authorities were concerned the former Deutsche Bank office building, vacant since the 2001 terrorist attacks turned it into a toxic nightmare, could fall. Mayor Michael Bloomberg said that fear turned out to be unfounded.

The plume of gray smoke that trailed above the site of the World Trade Center raised concerns that toxic substances in the building could be spreading.

Bloomberg sought to reassure residents that the chemicals in the building likely did not present a significant health risk, saying air-quality tests so far showed no danger.

"Having said that, we are extremely careful. We don't want to prejudge anything," the mayor added. Tests were to continue overnight, he said.

One of the firefighters killed was identified as Joseph Graffagnino, 34, of Brooklyn. He was a member of Ladder 5, which lost 11 members on Sept. 11, 2001.

"Today's events really are another cruel blow to our city and to our fire department," Bloomberg said. He said the fire had "expanded our loss."

Also killed was Robert Beddia, 53, of Staten Island. Bloomberg said both firefighters had become trapped, inhaled a great deal of smoke and gone into cardiac arrest.

Five or six other firefighters were taken to a hospital but were expected to be released, Bloomberg said. No civilians were hurt.

Construction crews had already dismantled 14 of the building's 40 stories — reaching the 26th floor on Tuesday. Some firefighters used stairs to reach the burning upper floors of the building, just steps from where 343 firefighters lost their lives in the 2001 terror attacks.

The cause of the fire was not immediately known. Smoke pouring from the burning building was visible from midtown Manhattan and the New Jersey side of the Hudson River. Fire officials declared the blaze under control late Saturday.

The acrid smell of smoke, which hung over the neighborhood for days after Sept. 11, returned to lower Manhattan along with the wail of emergency vehicles. More than five dozen fire vehicles, with more than 270 firefighters, responded to the blaze as pieces of burning debris fell from the building to the streets.

Residents said they weren't allowed home even to rescue their pets.

"We heard this crackling," said Elizabeth Hughes, who saw the fire start from her rooftop deck across from the tower. "And then a huge fire that went up three floors fast. It was massive. ... Oh my God! I can't even go in and get my cats."

By late Saturday evening, nearby residents who had been evacuated were told they could return.

The 1.4-million square foot office tower was contaminated with toxic dust and debris after the World Trade Center's south tower collapsed into it. Bloomberg said the chemicals in the building did not present a significant health risk.

Efforts to dismantle it were halted by a labor dispute last year, along with the ongoing search for the remains of attack victims.

City officials announced in June they had completed recovery efforts at the structure. More than 700 human remains were found at the site.

Errol Cockfield, a spokesman for the Empire State Development Corp., which is overseeing redevelopment at ground zero, said authorities were investigating whether the smoke at the scene could pose any environmental danger.

Transmisie sportiva la Kanal D... sau ce-o fi fost ...

Error in Arkansas law allows kids to marry

By ANDREW DeMILLO, Associated Press WriterSat Aug 18, 5:58 AM ET

A law passed this year allows Arkansans of any age — even infants — to marry if their parents agree, and the governor may have to call a special session to fix the mistake, lawmakers said Friday.

The legislation was intended to establish 18 as the minimum age to marry but also allow pregnant teenagers to marry with parental consent, bill sponsor Rep. Will Bond said. An extraneous "not" in the bill, however, allows anyone who is not pregnant to marry at any age if the parents allow it.

"It's clearly not the intent to allow 10-year-olds or 11-year-olds to get married," Bond said. "The legislation was screwed up."

The bill reads: "In order for a person who is younger than eighteen (18) years of age and who is not pregnant to obtain a marriage license, the person must provide the county clerk with evidence of parental consent to the marriage."

A code revision commission — which fixes typographical and technical errors in laws — had tried to correct the mistake, but a group of legislators said Friday the commission went beyond its powers.

"You're either pregnant or you're not pregnant," Sen. Dave Bisbee said. "Rarely will that be a typographical error."

The Arkansas Legislative Council asked the independent commission to reverse its correction. Several lawmakers said a special session may be necessary.

"We need a special session to fix this," Sen. Sue Madison said. "I am concerned about pedophiles coming to Arkansas to find parents who are willing to sign a very young child's consent."

Before the new law took effect July 31, girls could get married with parental consent at 16 and boys at 17.

The Legislature formally adjourned its session in May and is not scheduled to meet again until January 2009, unless Gov. Mike Beebe calls a special session. Beebe said he wanted to look at all options for correcting the error before deciding whether to call a special session.

sâmbătă, 18 august 2007

Stick de aur la doar 3.500 de dolari...

Cascada Niagara inghetata... pe la 1886

Caragiale despre prosti... Offf... cit de actual este Caragiale...

În anul 1912, Octavian Goga evoca astfel un moment de neuitat din vizita pe care marele dramaturg I.L. Caragiale i-o fãcuse în temnita de la Seghedin, unde poetul ispãsea condamnarea pentru un „delict de presã“, pedepsit de autoritãtile unguresti: „Ti-am spus de-atîtea ori: nu te mai bate cu prostii cã te rãpun. Ce crezi tu, de pe urma cui am suferit eu în viatã? De pe urma desteptilor? Prostia, suverana prostie e totdeauna mai tare. În zadar lupti frumos, cu tãieturi fine, de floretã, prostul loveste greu, cu ghioaga în moalele capului. Si în zadar risipesti spirit si vervã, el e tare ca piatra. Cum sã-ti spun, prostul are o conceptie teluricã a vietii. Uite asa îsi înfundã ochii si urechile, îsi înfige capul în pãmînt, ca strutul, ridicã spatele si trec pe deasupra lui toate curentele... Nimic mai greu decît sã cîrmuiesti prostii. Ei au un instinct de împotrivire organicã. (...) Toatã viata n-am putut sã sufãr prostia. Sãracu’ de mine, mãi bãiete, cînd vãd cîte un prost mã doare...
Zãu, am dureri, fizice. Mã ia cu rece aici, în crestet...“

Ceva ce trebuie citit...

Bye-Bye Baghdad
Posted on Aug 17, 2007

By Anonymous

Editor’s Note: The author of this article is a contractor who has lived and worked in Baghdad. His identity is known to Truthdig’s editors, but he has written anonymously in order to offer an uncensored account.

I have been living and working in Baghdad for the past 16 months and will be leaving next week for good. I am one of those overpaid Department of Defense contractors, or, as some would call me, a “war profiteer.” Yes, I have profited. I am out of debt and have money saved. But it has cost me. I am a changed man. I have become hardened. I almost feel like a zombie.

Although I work in Baghdad, I have no idea what Baghdad looks like. I have been told by soldiers that it is “like one of those Mexican border towns.” I don’t live in the “heavily fortified” Green Zone, which, although heavily fortified, has been getting hit with mortars on a daily basis. No, I live on an Army base. I live in a trailer with four other men. We each have our own space and I am lucky to have quiet roommates. There is a common latrine and shower.

I have had a lot of experiences over these 16 months, and the situation has not changed one bit. I feel like I am leaving a sinking ship. The only thing that has changed is that more trailers have had to be added for the “surge” of troops that have come in. Oh, and our laundry now takes 72 hours to get done.

The majority of my co-workers are Iraqi, and every single one has been deeply affected by the war. Everyone knows someone who has been killed or kidnapped, whether a family member or a friend. It’s a daily occurrence, and they feel helpless, frustrated and, of course, very sad. Those that had the means have gone to either Jordan or Syria. The others are trapped. No country wants them.

Every day, the Iraqis risk their lives to come to work because they have no choice. The average salary is $300 a month, and many of them are supporting large families. Some of the Iraqis I work with just live in the building we work in rather than risk going home every day. Also, the building usually has electricity, which means there is air conditioning. In Baghdad there is usually one hour of electricity a day and hardly any water. People pitch in and buy a generator and get just enough electricity out of it to have the ceiling fan and refrigerator run.

Most Iraqis come to work by bus since there is a shortage of gasoline in Baghdad. People have to wait in line overnight in order to get gas for their cars. I wonder how we in America would react if we had even one hour without electricity or water and had to wait in a line to fuel our gas-guzzling SUVs. For us on the base, getting gas is a breeze. We just drive up to one of the many gas depots and fill our cars up. I can’t figure out how we have such easy access to gasoline and the Iraqis have none.

I was recently on vacation in the States when the bridge collapsed in Minneapolis. Yes, it was a terrible tragedy, but to the Iraqis that is nothing. Our media spent hours talking about how the bridge collapsed and how people were coping with the grief. The authorities immediately brought in grief counselors. There aren’t enough grief counselors in the world to come to Baghdad and ask the Iraqis how they are coping. But coping they are, and every day is a crapshoot.

Will I get killed or kidnapped or suffer some other horrible tragedy? Most Iraqis feel that they will indeed be killed, whether by the Sunni militia, the Shiite militia, the American Army or a car bomb. They live in constant fear. Could you imagine having to live like that? And why are they suffering so terribly? Because we are giving them freedom. Freedom is something that I fear the Iraqis will not have any time in the near future.

It is with a heavy heart that I leave behind my Iraqi friends. Their lives are absolutely horrible, but they have to keep moving every day to survive. Every day, as they leave for home, I always wonder if it will be the last time I see them.

We have made a mess of Iraq, and the Iraqis, who just happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, are the ones that are paying the price.

Our troops are losing morale. They know they are fighting a war that will never end, and I feel sorry for them. I feel that the ship will eventually sink and we will have caused the most terrible suffering for a people that just want a day when they can leave their house without the fear of being kidnapped or killed. For the Iraqis, freedom certainly isn’t free: They are paying a heavy price for it.

vineri, 17 august 2007

Compact Disc celebrates 25th anniversary

AP News
It was Aug. 17, 1982, and row upon row of palm-sized plates with a rainbow sheen began rolling off an assembly line near Hanover, Germany. An engineering marvel at the time, today they are instantly recognizable as Compact Discs, a product that turns 25 years old on Friday — and whose future is increasingly in doubt in an age of iPods and digital downloads.

Those first CDs contained Richard Strauss' Alpine Symphony and would sound equally sharp if played today, says Holland's Royal Philips Electronics NV, which jointly developed the CD with Sony Corp. of Japan.

The recording industry thrived in the 1990s as music fans replaced their aging cassettes and vinyl LPs with compact discs, eventually making CDs the most popular album format.

The CD still accounts for the majority of the music industry's recording revenues, but its sales have been in a freefall since peaking early this decade, in part due to the rise of online file-sharing, but also as consumers spend more of their leisure dollars on other entertainment purchases, such as DVDs and video games.

As the music labels slash wholesale prices and experiment with extras to revive the now-aging format, it's hard to imagine there was ever a day without CDs.

Yet it had been a risky technical endeavor to attempt to bring digital audio to the masses, said Pieter Kramer, the head of the optical research group at Philips' labs in the Netherlands in the 1970s.

"When we started there was nothing in place," he told The Associated Press at Philips' corporate museum in Eindhoven.

The proposed semiconductor chips needed for CD players were to be the most advanced ever used in a consumer product. And the lasers were still on the drawing board when the companies teamed up in 1979.

In 1980, researchers published what became known as the "Red Book" containing the original CD standards, as well as specifying which patents were held by Philips and which by Sony.

Philips had developed the bulk of the disc and laser technology, while Sony contributed the digital encoding that allowed for smooth, error-free playback. Philips still licenses out the Red Book and its later incarnations, notably for the CD-ROM for storing computer software and other data.

The CD's design drew inspiration from vinyl records: Like the grooves on a record, CDs are engraved with a spiral of tiny pits that are scanned by a laser — the equivalent of a record player's needle. The reflected light is encoded into millions of 0s and 1s: a digital file.

Because the pits are covered with plastic and the laser's light doesn't wear them down, the CD never loses sound quality.

Legends abound about how the size of the CD was chosen: Some said it matched a Dutch beer coaster; others believe a famous conductor or Sony executive wanted it just long enough for Beethoven's 9th Symphony.

Kramer said the decision evolved from "long conversations around the table" about which play length made the most sense.

The jump into mass production in Germany was a milestone for the CD, and by 1982 the companies announced their product was ready for market. Both began selling players that fall, though the machines only hit U.S. markets the following spring.

Sony sold the first player in Japan on Oct. 1, with the CBS label supplying Billy Joel's "52nd Street" as its first album.

The CD was a massive hit. Sony sold more players, especially once its "Discman" series was introduced in 1984. But Philips benefited from CD sales, too, thanks to its ownership of Polygram, now part of Vivendi SA's Universal Music Group.

The CD player helped Philips maintain its position as Europe's largest maker of consumer electronics until it was eclipsed by Nokia Corp. in the late 1990s. Licensing royalties sustained the company through bad times.

"The CD was in itself an easy product to market," said Philips' current marketing chief for consumer electronics, Lucas Covers. It wasn't just the sound quality — discs looked like jewelry in comparison to LPs.

By 1986, CD players were outselling record players, and by 1988 CDs outsold records.

"It was a massive turnaround for the whole market," Covers said.

Now, the CD may be seeing the end of its days.

CD sales have fallen sharply to 553 million sold in the United States last year, a 22 percent drop from its 2001 peak of 712 million, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Napster and later Kazaa and BitTorrent allowed music fans to easily share songs over the Internet, often illegally. More recently, Apple Inc. and other companies began selling legal music downloads, turning the MP3 and other digital audio formats into the medium of choice for many owners of Apple's iPods and other digital players.

"The MP3 and all the little things that the boys and girls have in their pockets ... can replace it, absolutely," said Kramer, the retired engineer.

CDs won't disappear overnight, but its years may be numbered.

Record labels seeking to revive the format have experimented with hybrid CD-DVD combos and packages of traditional CDs with separate DVDs that carry video and multimedia offerings playable on computers.

The efforts have been mixed at best, with some attempts, such as the DualDisc that debuted in 2004, not finding lasting success in the marketplace.

Kramer said it has been satisfying to witness the CD's long run at the top and know he had a small hand in its creation.

"You never know how long a standard will last," he said. "But it was a solid, good standard and still is."

Rock impotriva drogurilor?

PRECIZEZ ca ma-m decis s-a protestez astfel impotriva folosirii abuzive a limbii romane pe forumuri. V-a rog s-a citit-ti si s-a nu da-ti cu parul...
Am vazut acum cateva zile la televizor ca undeva in Transilvania sa organizat un concert de rock cu tema "Rock impotriva drogurilor" si a fost invitata acolo si o trupa americana. Iar unul dintre rockeri americani a spus ca "vai, ce campanie interesanta" si alte nimicuri, i-ar l-a intrebarea finala si fireasca a reporterului daca sa drogat vreodata, americanu a zis senin: da, dar acum nu m-ai fac. Si am stat eu vre-o saptamana s-a m-a gindesc cum o fi asta 'Rock impotriva drogurilor"? Normal ca nu sunt pentru droguri, dar din cate stiu eu, aia de canta rock mai trag pe nas, o baga in vena sau pe unde au ei chef. Ca asa au aparut multe cantece frumoase si balade pe care dansam l-a bairamul de sfarsitul clasei a opta...
Si m-a gandeam ca viitoarea manifestare a mintilor lucide care au facut "Rock impotriva drogurilor" sa fie, in 2008, "Rock impotriva alcoolul-ui", in 2009 s-a fa-ca "Rock impotri-va fumatu-lui", in 2010 "Rock impotri-va sexului" si in 2011 "Rock impotri-va rockul-ui". Nar f-i mishteaux???
ha-i bre nea Fane, mata-le nu est-i om, bre...

Bush's daughter, Jenna, engaged (cu Hre ben Tchuk?? )

Is a White House wedding in the works?

Jenna Bush, one of President Bush's twin daughters, is engaged to be married to her longtime boyfriend, Henry Hager, the White House announced Thursday.

Asked if the two were getting married in the Rose Garden, Sally McDonough, press secretary for first lady Laura Bush, replied: "They have not set any details, date or place."

Jenna Bush, 25, and Hager, 29, were engaged in Maine on Wednesday, she said.

The two have been dating for several years, and Hager is often seen at Jenna Bush's side at family Bush functions and formal events, such as a White House dinner in November 2005 in honor of Britain's Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.

Hager will be returning to school this fall to complete his master's degree in business administration at the University of Virginia. He has an undergraduate degree from Wake Forest University.

Hager, who has been a White House aide and worked on Bush's re-election campaign, is the son of John and Maggie Hager of Richmond, Va. His father is chairman of the Republican Party in Virginia, former assistant secretary of the Education Department's office of special education, former lieutenant governor of Virginia and former director of Virginia's Office of Commonwealth Preparedness.

Jenna Bush returned in late June from a trip with the first lady to Africa. The two, who have both worked as schoolteachers, currently are collaborating on a children's picture story to be published in spring 2008. Proceeds are to donated to two education programs: Teach for America and The New Teacher Project.

Jenna Bush has her own book coming out in the fall. "Ana's Story," based on her time working for UNICEF, tells of a 17-year-old single mother who is HIV positive.

joi, 16 august 2007

You can let your earphones on...

Agenturili de presa ne anunta ca un politist britanic a scapat de judecata pentru ca a fost prins cu dinsa'n'trinsa (cum se zice prin Moldova) in timpul serviciului. Avocatii l-au scapat pe politistul britanic pe motv ca acesta avea casca in ureche si putea raspunde prompt oricarui apel de urgenta.
Ha, parca si vad cum sare agentul X la un apel pentru un viol in plina desfasurare...

miercuri, 15 august 2007

Unii au facut un program care dezvaluie cine scrie pe Wikipedia...

New online tool unmasks Wikipedia edits


What edits on Wikipedia have been made by people in congressional offices, the CIA and the Church of Scientology? A new online tool called WikiScanner reveals answers to such questions.

As the Web encyclopedia that anyone can edit, Wikipedia encourages participants to adopt online user names, but it also lets contributors be identified simply by their computers' numeric Internet addresses.

Often that does not provide much of a cloak, such as when PCs in congressional offices were discovered to have been involved in Wikipedia entries trashing political rivals.

Those episodes inspired Virgil Griffith, a computer scientist about to enter grad school at CalTech, to automate the process with WikiScanner. (It's at http://wikiscanner.virgil.gr but intense attention has knocked it out of service many times this week.)

The free Scanner grabs the Internet Protocol addresses used in anonymous Wikipedia edits in the past five years. By combining that with public information about which IP addresses belong to whom, the Scanner reveals Wikipedia changes made from computers assigned to a bevy of organizations, including, um, The Associated Press.

Many of the edits are predictably self-interested: PCs in Scientology officialdom were used to remove criticism in the church's Wikipedia entry. But others hint at procrastinating office workers, such as the tweaks to Wikipedia articles on TV shows being made from CIA computers.

Many examples are being tallied at http://wired.reddit.com/wikidgame — a page run by Wired News, which reported earlier on WikiScanner.

Griffith wrote on his site that he hopes "to create minor public relations disasters for companies and organizations I dislike."

Whatever comes of it, WikiScanner has a fan in Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales. "It is fabulous and I strongly support it," Wales told the AP.

duminică, 12 august 2007

Cum sa stingi lumanarea de pe tort sufland in monitorul computerului...

This aims to add another dimension, namely wind, to communication via video screens.

The system consists of fine-meshed screens that let air pass through them but also display images projected on to them.

The screens are also fitted with 64 sensors that bend when blown upon. Light bounced off tiny mirrors attached to the rear of the sensors lets the system work out where someone is blowing on the screen and how hard.

Sitting beyond the sensors behind are banks of small fans that can send strong or gentle breezes back through any section of the screen.

Masahiro Furukawa, one of the creators of Byu-Byu, said it added a tactile element to video communication. He said it could be used to blow out candles on a birthday cake thousands of miles away or play games such as virtual air hockey.

The name of the project, Byu-Byu, is an onomatopoeic Japanese phrase used to describe a howling wind.

9/11 workers outraged by new Rudy claim


Rudy Giuliani drew outrage and indignation from Sept. 11 first-responders yesterday by saying he spent as much time - or more - exposed to the site's dangers as workers who dug through the debris for the missing and the dead.

Speaking to reporters at a Cincinnati Reds ballgame he caught between fund-raisers, the GOP front-runner said he helped 9/11 families and defended himself against critics of how he managed the attack's aftermath.

"This is not a mayor or a governor or a President who's sitting in an ivory tower," Giuliani said. "I was at Ground Zero as often, if not more, than most of the workers. I was there working with them. I was exposed to exactly the same things they were exposed to. So in that sense, I'm one of them."

His statement rang false to Queens paramedic Marvin Bethea, who said he suffered a stroke, posttraumatic stress disorder and breathing problems after responding to the attacks.

"I personally find that very, very insulting," he said.

"Standing there doing a photo-op and telling the men, 'You're doing a good job,' I don't consider that to be working," said Bethea, 47.

Ironworker Jonathan Sferazo, 52, who said he spent a month at the site and is now disabled, runs a worker advocacy group with Bethea and called Giuliani's comments "severely" out of line.

"He's not one of us. He never has been and he never will be. He never served in a capacity where he was a responder," Sferazo said.

In the aftermath of the attacks, admirers dubbed Giuliani "America's Mayor," praising his leadership in the face of an unprecedented disaster. Detractors, including the International Association of Fire Fighters, which put out a scathing 13-minute video on his performance, suggested he profited politically and financially from the attacks.

"[Giuliani] is self-absorbed, arrogant and deluded," said IAFF spokesman Jeff Zack.

Responded Giuliani spokesman Michael McKeon, "Americans saw Rudy's performance for themselves during the aftermath of 9/11 and will dismiss this as the ridiculous and partisan rantings of a Democratic front group, because that's what they are."

Giuliani backer Lee Ielpi, a retired firefighter who lost his son, said no one's saying Giuliani dug through the rubble personally, but that doesn't mean he wasn't exposed to toxins.

"For me to say I saw him every day [would] not be fair," said Ielpi, who participated in the recovery effort for nine months. "But I can say I did see the mayor there a large number of times, [trying] to be as helpful and supportive as possible."

cred ca hillary l-a pus sa zica asta...

vineri, 10 august 2007

61 stars removed from Walk of Fame

It's another story of stoned celebrities in rehab. Only these are real stars.

Sixty-one stars from the Hollywood Walk of Fame — including those of Charlton Heston, Cary Grant, Clark Gable and Frank Sinatra — have been removed and stored while a $500-million hotel-shopping-housing project is built on Vine Street near Hollywood Boulevard.

Eight of the terrazzo star squares crumbled as they were removed from the walkway.

"We saved the brass. They'll be rebuilt," said Tim Maxwell, project manager for Webcor Builders, which is involved in the construction project.

The stars were placed in a secure warehouse, where they'll remain until the project is completed in 2009.

The removal of the stars and the closure of a half-block near the famous intersection of Hollywood and Vine has angered some people.

"This was done for a private developer. This was not done for the public's interest, like when the stars were removed back in the '90s for the Metro Red Line (subway) construction," said John Walsh, a longtime Hollywood activist. "Closing down sidewalks for years at a time like they do here would never happen in New York City."

The sidewalk needed reconstruction because it was improperly sloped and didn't meet federal requirements for providing access for wheelchairs, said Ken Summers, project director for Webcor Builders. The new sidewalk will be flatter, he said.

Daca si pe Frank Sinatra l-au scos...

Din noiembrie, in librarii...

...doar in SUA, se pare, Ioan Mihai Pacepa, cu noul sau volum de povestiri adevarate.

marți, 7 august 2007

Giuliani's Daughter Backing Obama - zice Time

The daughter of Republican hopeful Rudy Giuliani has signaled she's backing Democrat Barack Obama for president.
According to her Facebook profile, Giuliani's 17-year-old daughter, Caroline, belonged to Democrat Barack Obama's Facebook group "Barack Obama (One Million Strong for Barack)." She left the group Monday morning after the online magazine Slate sent an inquiry.

Her profile can be viewed by Facebook users who have access to New York City's Trinity School or Harvard University networks. Caroline, who is Giuliani's daughter with his second wife, Donna Hanover, recently graduated from Trinity and will attend Harvard in the fall.

Slate posted a screen shot of her profile, which uses a slightly different last name. She lists herself as having liberal political views.

Giuliani, campaigning in Iowa, declined to comment on his daughter's political preference.

"My daughter I love very much," he told reporters outside an Italian restaurant in Clear Lake. "I have great respect for her, and I'm really proud of her, and I don't comment on children, because I want to give them the maximum degree of privacy.

"The best thing to do, if you want to ask the press to leave the children alone, the best way to do it is not to comment on them one way or the other, except to say you're very proud of them, and you love them very much, which I do," he said.

The Obama campaign did not have any comment.

Giuliani, a leading Republican candidate, has asked for privacy to deal with strained relationships in his family. Son Andrew, 21, has said their relationship became distant after Giuliani's messy divorce from the children's mother and his marriage to third wife Judith Nathan.

"There's obviously a little problem that exists between me and his wife," Andrew Giuliani told The New York Times earlier this year.

In May, Giuliani attended his daughter's high school graduation but kept a low profile, sitting in a last row balcony seat with his wife and leaving without speaking to his daughter, the New York Daily News reported.

Pai si ce, hrebe ala mic n-o tine pe elena aia mica??

luni, 6 august 2007

Hitler's record collection from his Berlin bunker

(text din Daily Telegraph)

By Petra Krischok
Last Updated: 1:16pm BST 06/08/2007

A collection of gramaphone records from Adolf Hitler's headquarters in Berlin has appeared, giving an insight into the Führer's musical tastes.

Adolf Hitler
Hitler was a music enthusiast

The record collection was in possession of Russian military intelligence officer Lew Besymenski, who examined the Führerbunker in Berlin following Germany's defeat in 1945.

Mr Besymenski kept his haul secret but after he died in June this year his daughter revealed the find to German magazine Der Spiegel.

Surprisingly, the music Hitler and his entourage listened to featured Russian composers, including Tchaikovsky, as well as a Jewish musician who fled Germany in 1933.

Here is the list in full:
# Richard Wagner - ouverture of the Flying Dutchman performed by the orchestra of the Bayreuth Festival House
# Modest Mussorgski - aria “Death of Boris Godunoff”, sung by the Russian bass Fjodor Schaljapin
# Pyotr Tchaikovsky - one entire album with the star violinist Bronislaw Hubermann as soloist
# Alexander Borodin
# Sergei Rachmaninov
# Austrian musician/singer Artur Schnabel (who left Germany in 1933 as he was Jewish)

dupa cum se vede, nu asculta liszt, muzica lautareasca sau jazz...

Multumesc, Florian Pittis!

sâmbătă, 4 august 2007

Skoda Octavia Trend

Acum si cu numarul personalizat, copilul si sotia la volan.

Suedejii luara bataie la Mesembra

Rumeg stirea asta de trei zile pentru ca mi se pare geniala, ma mir ca n-am zarit-o pe prima pagina in vreun tabloid, dar - deh - daca as fi eu director... Cica trei suedezi au luat bataie intr-o seara in statiunea bulgara Nessebar - fosta Mesembra, ultima cetate din sud a lui Burebista (nu restaurantul, altul...) - de la niste badigarzi locali. Si cum citeam eu primele rinduri ale stirii ma gindeam - bah, ce nenoriciti bulgarii aia, sa bata ei niste bieti suedezi... Ma gindeam ca suedejii s-or fi imbatat si au facut scandal. Faza e ca anul trecut am dat si eu o raita prin Nessebar cu familia si mi s-a parut un loc destul de pasnic, ala mic s-a plimbat in premiera cu masinuta pe acolo, multi straini, meniuri in multe limbi... Si cum meditam eu la rautatea limitrofa cu cefele vecinilor, citesc mai joc explicatia paparei incasate de suedeji - supusii regelui Carl Gustav al nustiucitelea erau negri. Nu de suparare dupa bataie, nici de stat prea mult la soare, ci de la mama natura. Intrebarea mea in nanosecunda urmatoare a fost - pai ce cautau nene la Nesebar, ca de bronzat sau de cautat urmele stramosilor ma indoiesc ca...
Pentru cititorii de limba suedeza: 3 swedish citizentz were beaten the shit out of them in Bulgaria. Visit Romania! Here, worst thing that can happen is to steal your wallet, if you came by plane, or your car, if you came with it and is BMW or Mercedes.

Un pic de Jerry Lee Lewis de weekend

joi, 2 august 2007

Gradina de ciment

Am terminat de citit "Gradina de ciment" de Ian McEwan. Trista carte. Jack are 14-15 ani, face laba cu frenezie si e obsedat de sora lui mai mare, Julie. Moare tac'su, moare si ma'sa, pe care o baga intr-o lada si toarna ciment peste ea. Tzapa, cimentul nu a fost bine facut si crapa, cadavrul pute, se prinde prietenul lui Julie, care insa devine complice si face el ciment bun. Intr-un final apoteotic, Jack si Julie se dezvirgineaza reciproc, nu inainte de a fi surprinsi in pielea goala, imbarligati in pat, de catre prietenul lui Julie. Ala, ca sa se razbune, cheama politia. Sfirsit. In alte roluri: Sue si Tom, fratii incestuosilor.

miercuri, 1 august 2007

Riscul meseriei...

Poliţia britanică îl căuta miercuri pe un bărbat care a ciupit de fesă o jurnalistă în timp ce aceasta transmitea în direct la televiziune...OMG...

Mirela Voicu: Daniel il inlocuieste temporar pe Teoctist...

Mirela Voicu, reportera frenetica de la Realitatea, a spus azi ca "IPS Daniel il inlocuieste temporar pe Patriarhul Teoctist". Temporar? Adica pina cind, Mirela, pana se intoarce??

Lavrov s-a suparat pe CFR (nu SNCFR...)

Ministrul rus de externe a trimis un articol spre publicare revistei Foreign Affairs, editata de CFR (stai linistit domnu' Traian, nu e vorba de Caile Ferate Romane, ci de Council of Foreign Relations, niste licurici maaaari de tot). Aia au zis ok, il dam in numarul din septembrie, dar lui Lavrov i s-a parut ca l-au cenzurat americanski si si-a retras articolul de la publicare. Asa a aparut un razboi al declaratiilor de presa si al comunicatelor.


Foreign Affairs

Statement from the editor of Foreign Affairs regarding Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov's withdrawal of his essay from the September/October 2007 issue.


Contact: Lisa Shields, 212-434-9888, lshields@cfr.org

July 19, 2007

Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov has issued a statement explaining his withdrawal of an article that was accepted for publication in the September/October 2007 issue of Foreign Affairs. Full text of the article as edited by Foreign Affairs is posted on the Russian foreign ministry's website. In response to the foreign minister's characterizations, Foreign Affairs Editor James F. Hoge issued the following statement, rejecting all suggestions of censorship:

"The unfortunate assertions emanating from the Russian foreign minister's office regarding Foreign Affairs are utterly erroneous. The foreign minister's essay on Russian foreign policy was accepted for publication and then put through the magazine's normal editing process to clarify points, eliminate redundancies, and not in any way to change its political content. The edited draft was sent back to the foreign minister with instructions to make whatever changes he felt necessary to convey his intentions — the same instructions given to all contributors. The text was returned with a number of changes, all of which were incorporated into the final draft. The magazine also accepted changes after its copy deadline in the wake of the Bush-Putin summit in Maine. A press officer in Russia's Washington embassy complimented the edited version and gave no indication whatsoever that any of the foreign minister's major points had been left out or distorted.

"The most egregious charges completely distort the discussion over headline treatment of the minister's essay. The foreign minister's title, 'Containing Russia: Back to the Future?' was accepted. He, like all other contributors appearing in the upcoming September/October issue, was asked to add a subtitle to better draw in readers. To be helpful, Foreign Affairs offered several suggested subtitles but made clear that the wording should be the minister's choice. Embassy officials representing the foreign minister know from telephone and email exchanges with the magazine's editor that Foreign Affairs did not dictate what the subtitle should be.

"Foreign Affairs even delayed the delivery of the issue's copy to printers to give the foreign minister extra time to submit his wording. Instead he withdrew the article without explanation.

"Foreign Affairs publishes more than one hundred authored articles a year. Every single one of those undergoes editing for style, length, and clarity, but not for political content. The article in question was treated no differently. This approach is clearly stated in the magazine's credo that is published in every issue. It reads:

The articles in Foreign Affairs do not represent any consensus of beliefs. We do not expect that readers will sympathize with all the sentiments they find here, for some of our writers will flatly disagree with others, but we hold that while keeping clear of mere vagaries, Foreign Affairs can do more to inform American public opinion by a broad hospitality to divergent ideas that it can by identifying itself with one school. We do not accept responsibility for the views expressed in any article, signed or unsigned, that appears in these pages. What we do accept is the responsibility for giving them a chance to appear.

"Over the years Foreign Affairs has published many articles by Russian officials and citizens. We look forward to publishing more in the future."

Since 1922, the Council on Foreign Relations has published Foreign Affairs, America's most influential publication on international affairs and foreign policy. Foreign Affairs has a circulation of 154,000 and was ranked #1 in influence by U.S. opinion leaders in last year's national study of publications conducted by Erdos & Morgan, the premier business-to-business research firm. Inevitably, articles published in Foreign Affairs shape the political dialogue for months and years to come.


The Article by Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov "Containing Russia:

Back to the Future?"


Influential political forces on both sides of the Atlantic appear intent on starting a debate about whether or not to "contain" Russia. The mere posing of the question suggests that for some almost nothing has changed since the Cold War.

What is a return to containment meant to achieve at a time when Russia has abandoned ideology and imperial aspirations in favor of pragmatism and common sense? What is the purpose of containing a country that is successfully developing and thereby naturally strengthening its international position? What is the point of containing a country that aspires to things as basic as international trade?

It should be no surprise that Russia today is making use of its natural competitive advantages. It is also investing in its human resources, encouraging innovation, integrating into the global economy, and modernizing its legislation. Russia wants international stability to underpin its own development. Accordingly, it is working toward the establishment of a freer and more democratic international order.

The new advocacy of containment may stem from a substantial gap between Russian and U.S. aspirations. U.S. diplomacy seeks to transform what Washington considers "nondemocratic" govern-ments around the world, reordering entire regions in the process. Russia, with its experience with revolution and extremism, cannot subscribe to any such ideologically driven project, especially one that comes from abroad. The Cold War represented a step away from the Westphalian standard of state sovereignty, which placed values beyond the scope of intergovernmental relations. A return to Cold War theories such as containment will only lead to confrontation.

In contrast to the Soviet Union, Russia is an open country that does not erect walls, either physical or political. On the contrary, Russia calls for the removal of visa barriers and other artificial hurdles in international relations. It espouses democracy and market economics as the right bases for social and political order and economic life.

Although Russia has a long way to go, it has chosen a path of development that entails unprecedented, and at times painful, changes. Russian society has reached a broad consensus that these changes should be evolutionary and free of upheavals. Ultimately, a mature democracy, with a vibrant civil society and a well-structured party system, will emerge from a higher level of social and economic development. This requires a substantial middle class, which cannot come into being overnight. It was only Russian tycoons who emerged overnight in the early 1990s – and those times are definitely over.

Frictional Energy

Countries dependent on external sources of energy criticize Russia for assuming its naturally large role in the global energy sector. However, those countries should recognize that energy dependence is reciprocal, since hoarding is not a wise choice for an energy exporting country. That is why Russia has never failed to fulfill any of its hydrocarbon-supply contracts with importing countries. Russia does, however, consider energy to be a strategic sector that helps safeguard independence in its foreign relations. This is understandable given the negative external reactions to Russia's strengthened economy and enlarged role in international affairs, in which Russia lawfully employs its newly gained freedom of action and speech. It should not be criticized by those who frown on a stronger Russia.

The Russian government's energy policy reflects a global trend toward state control over natural resources. Ninety percent of the world's proven hydrocarbon reserves are under some form of state control. Such state control of energy resources is offset, however, by the concentration of cutting-edge technology in the hands of private transnational corporations. Thus, there are incentives for cooperation between the parties, with each sharing the same objective of meeting the energy requirements of the world economy.

Russia is pursuing a foreign policy in striking contrast to the ideologically motivated internationalism of the Soviet Union. Today, Russia believes that multilateral diplomacy based on international law should manage regional and global relations. As globalization has extended beyond the West, competition has become truly global – nothing less than a paradigm shift. Competing states must now take into account differing values and development patterns. The challenge is to establish fairness in this complex competitive environment.

The logical approach is for countries to focus on their competitive advantages without imposing their values on others. U.S. attempts to do the latter have weakened the West's competitive position. As Eberhard Sandschneider, director of the Research Institute of the German Society for Foreign Policy, has put it, U.S. policies in recent years have "damaged tremendously the image of the West" in Asia and Africa. He concludes that nothing, or almost nothing, has been done to make Western values attractive to Asian and African populations. Russia can hardly be held responsible for that.

In his speech in Munich earlier this year, Russian President Vladimir Putin stated the obvious when he said that a "unipolar world" had failed to materialize. Recent experience shows as clearly as ever that no state or group of states possesses sufficient resources to impose its will on the world. Hierarchy might seem attractive to some in global affairs, but it is utterly unrealistic. It is one thing to respect American culture and civilization; it is another to embrace Americo-centrism.

The new international system has not one but several leading actors, and their collective leadership is needed to manage global relations. This multipolarity encourages network diplomacy as the best way for states to achieve shared objectives. In this system, the United Nations becomes pivotal, providing through its charter the means for collective discussion and action.

The Limits Of Force

In the twenty-first century, delay in solving accumulated problems carries devastating consequences for all nations. One sure lesson is that unilateral responses, consisting primarily of using force, result in stalemates and broken china everywhere. The current catalog of unresolved crises – Iraq, Iran, Lebanon, Darfur, North Korea – is a testament to that. Genuine security will only be achieved through establishing normal relations and engaging in dialogue. German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier hit the right note when he counseled that today's world should be based on cooperation rather than military deterrence.

Complex problems require comprehensive approaches. In the case of Iran, resolving differences should lie in the normalization by all countries of their relations with Tehran. Normalization would also help preserve the nuclear nonproliferation regime. Regarding Kosovo, independence from Serbia would create a precedent that goes beyond the existing norms of international law. Our partners' inclination to give way to the blackmail of violence and anarchy within Kosovo contrasts with the indifference shown to similar violence and anarchy in the Palestinian territories, where it has been tolerated for decades while a Palestinian state has yet to be established.

Eliminating the Cold War legacy in Europe, where the containment policy was dominant for too long, is especially pressing. Creating division in Europe encourages nationalist sentiments that threaten the unity of the continent. The current problems faced by the European Union, in particular, and European politics, in general, cannot be solved without Europe's maintaining constructive and future-oriented relations with Russia – relations based on mutual trust and confidence. This ought to be seen as serving U.S. interests as well.

Instead, various attempts are being made to contain Russia, including through the eastward expansion of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in violation of previous assurances given to Moscow. Today, supporters of NATO enlargement harp on the organization's supposed role in the promotion of democracy. How is democracy furthered by a military-political alliance that is producing scenarios for the use of force?

Meanwhile, some are promoting the extension of NATO membership to the countries that comprise the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) as some sort of pass providing admittance to the club of democratic states whether these countries meet the democratic test or not. One cannot help wondering whether this initiative is being pursued for the sake of moral satisfaction or again to contain Russia.

As far as the CIS is concerned, Russia has the capacity to maintain social, economic, and other forms of stability in the region. Moscow’s rejection of politicized trade and economic relations and its adoption of market-based principles testifies to its determination to have normalcy in interstate relations. Russia and the West can cooperate in this region but only by forsaking zero-sum power games.

The drive to place missile defenses in eastern Europe is evidence of the U.S. effort to contain Russia. It is hardly coincidental that this installation would fit into the U.S. global missile defense system that is deployed along Russia's perimeter. Many Europeans are rightfully concerned that stationing elements of the U.S. missile defense system in Europe would undermine disarmament processes. For its part, Russia considers the initiative a strategic challenge that requires a strategic response.

President Putin’s offer to allow joint usage of the Gabala radar base in Azerbaijan, instead of those eastern European installations – as well as his proposal, made when meeting with President George W.Bush in Kennebunkport, Maine, in July, to create a regional monitoring and early warning system – provides a brilliant opportunity to find a way out of the present situation with the dignity of all parties intact. As a starting point for a truly collective effort in this area, Russia is willing to take part, together with the United States and others, in a joint analysis of potential missile threats up to the year 2020.

The desire to contain Russia clearly manifests itself as well in the situation surrounding the 1990 Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (or CFE Treaty). Russia complies with the treaty in good faith and insists only on the one thing that the treaty promises: equal security. However, the equal security principle was compromised with the dissolution of the Warsaw Pact; meanwhile, NATO was left intact and then enlarged. In the meantime, attempts to correct the situation have come up against the refusal of NATO member countries to ratify the modernization of the treaty under various unrelated pretexts that have no legal justification and are entirely political. The lesson to be drawn from the CFE Treaty stalemate is that any element of global or European security architecture that is not based on the principles of equality and mutual benefit will not prove to be sustainable. After all, if we cannot adapt this old instrument to the new realities, is it not time to review the situation and start developing a new system of arms control and confidence-building measures, if we find that Europe needs one? Here again, frank discussion at Kennebunkport gave hope that there is way to move toward putting into force the adapted treaty.

Beyond The Cold War

It is time to bury the Cold War legacy and establish structures that meet the imperatives of this era – particularly since Russia and the West are no longer adversaries and do not wish to create the impression that war is still a possibility in Europe. The path to trust lies through candid dialogue and reasoned debate, as well as interactions based on the joint analysis of threats. At the moment, however, without reasonable grounds, Russia is excluded from such joint analysis. Instead, it is urged to believe in the analytic abilities and good intentions of its partners.

Russians do not suffer from a sense of exceptionalism, but neither do they consider their analytic abilities and ideas inferior to those of others. Russia will respond to safeguard its national security, and in doing so will be guided by the principle of "reasonable sufficiency." Meanwhile, it will always keep the door open for positive joint action to safeguard common interests on the basis of equality. This is the only serious approach to national security concerns.

In his speech in Munich, President Putin invited all of Russia’s partners to start a serious and substantive discussion of the current status of international affairs, which is far from satisfactory. Russia is convinced that a friend/enemy attitude toward it should be a thing of the past. If efforts are being undertaken to "counter Russia’s negative behavior," how can Russia be expected to cooperate in areas of interest to its partners? One has to choose between containment and cooperation. This is relevant to Russia's accession to the World Trade Organization and the Asian Development Bank and to the unwarranted continuance of the 1970s Jackson-Vanik amendment, which denies Russia permanent normal trading relations with the United States.

U.S.-Russian relations still enjoy the stabilizing benefits of a close and honest working relationship between President Putin and President Bush. Both countries and both peoples share the memory of their joint victory over fascism and their joint exit from the Cold War, which unites them in its own right. Should equal partnership prevail in U.S.-Russian relations, very little will be impossible for the two nations to achieve. The challenges are many – the struggle against international terrorism; organized crime and drug trafficking; the search for realistic climate protection; the development of nuclear energy while strengthening nonproliferation efforts; the pursuit of global energy security; and the exploration of outer space. Practical cooperation on these and other challenges should not be sacrificed on the altar of renewed containment.

At present, anti-Americanism is not as widespread in Russia as it is elsewhere. But a return to containment, and the bloc-based thinking that accompanies it, could trigger mutual alienation between Americans and Russians. The strains evident in the U.S.-Russian relationship call for a high-level working group charged with finding ways to further cooperation. The presidents of Russia and the United States support the idea of such a group, headed by the former statesmen Henry Kissinger and Yevgeny Primakov.

Both sides should demonstrate a broad-minded and unbiased vision, one that represents Russia and the United States as two branches of European civilization. Russia, the United States, and the European Union should work together to preserve the integrity of the Euro-Atlantic space in global politics. For as Jacques Delors has said, whenever this troika "is divided by differences, whenever each party plays its own game, the risk of global instability greatly increases."

So why not stand together and act in the spirit of cooperation and fair competition on the basis of shared standards and a respect for international law? At the Kennebunkport meeting in July, President Putin and President Bush demonstrated what teamwork can achieve. They agreed to look for common approaches to missile defense and strategic arms reductions, and they launched new initiatives on nuclear energy and nonproliferation. Russia and the United States have nothing to divide them; along with other partners, they share responsibility for the future of the world. It is not Russia that needs to be contained; it is those who would deprive the world of the benefits that will come from a strong U.S.-Russian partnership.


On an article by Foreign Minister Sergey V.Lavrov

for the Foreign Affairs magazine


This May an article by Foreign Minister Sergey V.Lavrov was offered to the Editors of the Foreign Affairs magazine for publication. The Russian Foreign Minister intended to address directly the readers of this authoritative magazine in order to explain Russia’s Foreign Policy, its view of today’s international relations and ways to ensure a positive development of US-Russian relations, including interaction in international affairs.

One of the reasons was the discussion on the theme of “containing Russia”, started in this magazine by its publication of the article signed by Yu.V.Timoshenko.

The Editors, with reference to their own standards, substantially edited the article, if not censored it. It was cut by 40%, losing a considerable part of its original meaning. Some editing even meant that Sergey Lavrov was to subscribe to certain Foreign Policy positions of the present US Administration, to which Russia objects on grounds of principle. Having gone through that all and motivated exclusively by the interests of strengthening US-Russian relations, we had to face an utterly artificial and unacceptable demand by the Editors. We were required to supplement the article’s title “Containing Russia: back to the future?” with a subtitle which read “averting a new Cold War” or “a conflict between Russia and America.”

As a matter of fact, such a subtitle fundamentally runs counter to the key idea of the Russian Minister’s article. Since in Moscow we assume that no new Cold War, the more so conflict between our two nations is possible. There are no objective reasons for that. The real threat posed by a negative development of US-Russian relations lies somewhere else. That is in separate existence of the Russia and US factors in global politics, which hardly meets the interests of the two countries or that of international community at large. In fact, Russia is subjected to intimidation by statements to the effect that there exist no positive alternatives to a “unipolar world”, but chaos and return to Cold War. By the way, as recently as March this year Henry Kissinger wrote precisely about “estrangement” between Russia and USA.

So, the last obstacle was the resolute refusal by the Editors to omit the said subtitle dealing with a “new Cold War.” The Editors, disregarding the author’s opinion, failed to provide coherent explanations for their insistence upon imposing this subtitle on him.

As a result of the excruciating and sluggish exchanges with the Editors, the likes of which could only be found in diplomatic history, it was decided to give up trying to place Sergey Lavrov’s article in Foreign Affairs. This tough experience reminded of the worst features of the Soviet censorship past, which it appears some in the US would like to repeat.

It is regrettable that the Editors willingly of unwillingly played into the hands of those who wouldn’t allow an open, free and reasoned debate on international affairs and US Foreign Policy. Such aversion to openness can hardly serve US national interest, as it is understood by US allies and friends, whom Russia considers itself to belong to. This approach is at utter variance with the openness that is characteristic of the relationship between Presidents Vladimir Putin and George Bush.

It is worth noting that the “Russia in Global Affairs” magazine, which is a Foreign Affairs partner, has published a complete translation into Russian of the article, signed by Yu.V.Timoshenko, though it represents a very meticulous and boring stock-taking of all the claims to New Russia and its Foreign Policy, motivated by traditional anti-Russian prejudices and stereotypes. There was enough space on the pages of this Russian magazine for former members of the present US Administration, such as Thomas Graham, Richard Haass and Ronald Asmus: their articles, as the one signed by Yu.V.Timoshenko, didn’t have to be subjected to censorship.

It is a pity, indeed, that in parts of US media there exists a trend of “state protection”, which narrows intellectual resource of America. We are convinced the USA deserves better.

To let US and Russian public see for themselves, that in Sergey Lavrov’s article there is nothing that will be harmful for adult Americans to read, hereafter is placed its “sanitized” English text, on which no agreement could be found with the Foreign Affairs Editors due to their refusal to omit the subtitle of their own. The original, “precensorship” text of the article will be published in the “Russia in Global Affairs” issue for July-August, 2007.

Flight 93 a cazut la Camp David? CBS zice ca DA...

Camp David "Crash" More Evidence Of 9/11 Media Scripting?
CBS News reported that United Airlines Flight 93 had crashed at Camp David - 90 miles away from its alleged resting place in Somerset County, PA

Paul Joseph Watson
Prison Planet
Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Uncovered archive video showing CBS News reporting that United Airlines Flight 93 had crashed at Camp David, 90 miles away from its supposed final resting place at Somerset County PA, has led to more charges that the media were reading off a de facto script as the events of 9/11 unfolded.

According to a CBS News report on 9/11, an FBI official in Washington was informed by the FAA that United Airlines Flight 93 had crashed "into the vicinity of or at Camp David," the presidential retreat.

The Secret Service are later cited as the source for confirming a crash near Camp David and that Camp David itself was not damaged, but that it was the intended target.

Many in the 9/11 truth community are now charging that this represents another example of foreknowledge or media scripting of the events that were unfolding on the morning of September 11.

Quite how a commerical airliner that crashed 90 miles away could be confused for having crashed at Camp David is certainly bizarre - one could entertain the notion that officials were simply mistaken amidst the chaos of the day if the crash sites had been a few miles apart - but 90 miles?

Were high level officials feeding a script to the media about the intended targets of hijacked airliners on 9/11 before they had crashed? If so, how did they have foreknowledge of what the targets would be? Was Flight 93 intended to be crashed in the Camp David area before it was either shot down or crashed into a field by brave passengers?

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