The FBI is using psychics to help out with the war on terror. Among the amazing and uncanny predictions known only to these mystic seers of space and time:
"Our reports suggest a sports stadium could be a likely target"
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"Our reports suggest a sports stadium could be a likely target"
In Mazar, citizens celebrated their liberation from four years of Taliban rule. Women cast off their burqas and men shaved off beards in gestures of contempt for their former repressive rulers... many of the city's residents were reported to be offering prayers of thanks for victory at the city's Blue Mosque, regarded as the holiest shrine in Afghanistan. Sheep were slaughtered in honour of the liberation and flowers were thrown at the victorious troops. One resident told The Telegraph: "This is wonderful news. The people of Mazar have suffered terribly under the Taliban. We don't want them in our city."
"There were 1,600 B52 sorties in three days during the Gulf War... They came every three hours round the clock. That was carpet bombing. This is more like bathmat bombing."
Although in the population at large more women are overweight than men, the reverse is true in the military, Atkinson said. He cited a study that shows 58.6 percent of men and 26.1 percent of women in the military are overweight.I don't know about that 58.6% figure. I'd say it's closer to a quarter, and most of those are in the Senior Enlisted ranks, whose biggest battle is figuring out how to keep coming up with excuses as to why they're not in their office.
“It’s time we recognize obesity as a chronic disease and dedicate federal resources into research and effective treatment programs.”Ooh, here we come to the real reason for this report. We want money, preferably federal dollars in large quantities sufficient enough to pay off the mortgage and buy that new BMW.
Atkinson said the Marines had the fewest overweight members and the Navy had the most. “I guess that’s because on a ship the emphasis is not on moving around a lot,” Atkinson said.That, and the Navy has alot of fat chicks. Probably the most out of all the services. The Air Force, of course, has the highest percentage of "hotties".
A study this week in the American Journal of Health Promotion found members of the Air Force would look to smoking as a way to keep the pounds off. Close-to-overweight smokers enrolled in a program to help them quit were four times as likely as others in the same program to say they might take up the habit again to lose a few pounds.That's balls on accurate. I speak from experience.
Obesity is measured using body mass index — a calculation of height versus weight. Someone with a BMI of 25 or over is considered overweight and people with BMIs of 30 or more are considered obese.61% would appear to make being "overweight" the norm, which means that you're not overweight...or something like that. Since the BMI is an arbitrary number, just raise it and most people wouldn't be considered "overweight".
Atkinson said 61 percent of the general U.S. population is overweight and just over a quarter are obese.
The manual promotes "without reserve" the so-called morning-after pill for contraception, presents sterilization as "simple birth control," and takes a "nonjudgmental" attitude on extramarital relations and gay and lesbian relations, the Vatican said Thursday.Maybe they're trying to get a handle on the problem. This isn't 21st Century Europe we're talking about here.
The Vatican also decried what it said was young men and women "being introduced to the world of individualistic and irresponsible sexual pleasures which increases the risk for expanding the HIV/AIDS epidemic."Damn, that whole sex thing got out of the bag again! I think they would've figured it out on their own without the help of the U.N., John Paul.
BRITISH URGED TO HALT BOMBING DURING LENT
Insensitivity to period of fasting and repentance could 'offend' Christians, 'strain' Alliance
A Reuters cameraman saw about 800 Northern Alliance fighters march toward the front line along with four tanks and 40 artillery pieces while United States jets roared overhead, dropping bombs on Taliban positions overlooking the opposition-held Bagram airport.Man, how's that for a mental picture? Awesome
The most valuable data were collected the next day. Only nine military flights crossed a region from Ohio to Virginia, an area normally cloaked in cirrus clouds from the 700 to 800 jets crossing daily, Dr. Minnis said. With those images, his team was able to chart precisely how those nine threadlike contrails fanned out over five hours to form a shield of cirrus clouds covering 24,000 square miles.Wow.
"We were training these people to attack installations important to the United States. The Gulf war never ended for Saddam Hussein. He is at war with the United States. We were repeatedly told this."
"From now on when people say 'Harry Potter,' a lot of kids are not going to think about the book or movie, they're going to think about Coca-Cola."
Continued bombardment during Ramadan, Islam's holy month, ``will have a negative fallout in the entire Muslim world,'' the general said, adding that he intended to bring up the matter with Bush at a meeting during U.N. General Assembly debate.As I've said before, if this isn't a religious war, then Ramadan shouldn't even be an issue at all. Muslims have fought and killed each other during Ramadan countless times in the past.
``The sensitivities of Ramadan have to be considered,'' Musharraf said later in London.
However, Musharraf said Pakistan has ``no intention'' of breaking off relations with the Taliban, saying the continued ties provide ``a useful diplomatic window.''I bet.
This was Musharraf's first foray out of the country since the Sept. 11 attacks. The general, who himself took power in a 1999 coup, said he believed his position was secure in his absence.I give this guy a year before he's deposed in a coup by radical fundamentalists or assassinated. That's usually the end his kind meet.
``There is no risk involved. I know the support I enjoy in Pakistan,'' he said in Paris.
``No-one should delude themselves into thinking that the war against terrorism will be brief, painless and limited. But we must be aware that this is a struggle of civilization against barbarity''The one really wierd thing is this statement towards the end of the article:
The contribution of Italian troops to the Afghan war effort will be a boost for Berlusconi, who looked isolated on the international stage in September after his assertion that Western civilization was superior to Islam sparked outrage.Maybe someone can tell me how his assertion could possibly spark outrage. I grew up in the Western world, have spent an enormous amount of time in the Islamic world, and I would agree with Berlusconi. Unless of course you think totalitarian regimes which ruthlessly maintain their grip on power and commit massive human rights abuses while at the same time severely limiting the liberties of their citizens is somehow on par with Western Civilization.
"The blood processing laboratories indicated that although they could accommodate the extra work required during peacetime, in the event of a wartime situation ... they would not be able to adequately meet their mission," the report said.That's not very reassuring given the present situation.
America should also stop its campaign during Ramadan, Islam's holiest month and a time when Muslims feel closest to God and their faith, el-Baz told reporters. Ramadan begins in mid-November.Of course, invading Israel during Ramadan is alright, because it's against the Jews. And how "affronted" have muslims been when wars amongst themselves have carried on through Ramadan? The Egyptians have obviously bought into the notion that this is a religious war, else why would have they brought up the whole Ramadan angle? If this is a war against terrorists in Afghanistan and not Christianity against Islam, then why does it matter if we continue bombing through Ramadan or not?
Continuing to bomb Afghanistan at current levels during Ramadan would be an ``affront'' to Muslims everywhere, he said.
While emphasizing the United States' right to retaliate, el-Baz said there would have been less opposition in the Islamic world to the strikes if Washington had first sought approval from the United NationsRight. As a sovreign nation, we really don't need to ask the permission of a world body to defend ourselves, just like you didn't need permission to invade Israel, and you didn't need permission to torture and slay thousands of your citizens in your own fight against extremists.
"Young people go through basic training, they are stripped of their individuality, they are reshaped in the military's own image,"First, note that Mr. Jahnkow has never served in the military, so his astute observation about the basic training process is pretty much just him talking out of his ass. I realize that he's mighty impressed with himself for watching various documentaries about Basic Training and being able to parrot the words used by the Instructors at these training facilities, but I'm afraid I have to say he's full of shit on this one.
The military establishment and the more conservative politicians want to reshape values, so when they talk about a draft it has more to do with the that than any genuine military need."The 60's are like, over, man. The big, scary military wants to reshape values? Wow, instilling things like integrity, honor, accountability, and public service are a real threat to America. More likely, those traits are a threat to Mr. Jahnkow and his associates, whose values of victimization, cowardice, and lack of self-control and responsibility are in danger of becoming extinct as Americans start realizing that arrested adolescence may not be such a good thing, after all.
The views of Xu Maomao, 31, a human resources manager in Beijing who attended a candlelight vigil in late September to mourn the U.S. victims, typify the evolution of public opinion in many countries: "I supported the military strikes at first, but now I don't know what to say," she said. "I keep hearing about the lack of electricity in Afghanistan, or civilians and children being killed. But only once in a while is there anything about a terrorist base being hit. With all that high technology, can't the United States do better?"Apparently, this person has just found out that wars actually cause damage and kill people. He also seems to be a sucker for the Taliban propaganda machine, which apparently has enjoyed much success with most of the gullible numnuts of the world.
"I think the United States has been too harsh and unreasonable," said Tong Zhifan, 22. "It's big and powerful, and it doesn't care how others feel. You can't behave like that. Isn't that why America was attacked?"No, America was attacked because an Islamic Death Cult has decided that Western Civilization has corrupted the Faith, and can only be saved and purified by the removal of the chief corrupting force, America, and it's "colony" Israel. By the way, how's the Falun Gong doing these days?
Pedro Reyes Linares, a leader of Mexican labor and community groups, said the United States should have turned to international courts, not bombs. He said the U.S. effort resulted from typical American impatience.Let's see, terrorists sieze four commercial airliners, slam three into buildings and crash a fourth, killing 6,000 people. Yes, here's our grand chance to go sieze some oil! Further proof that perhaps illegal immigration from Mexico may be a good thing, seeing as how the Mexican education system has so utterly failed this gentleman.
"It's clearly not a war between good and evil," he said. "The impression is that there are other motives behind the war. It's not just hunting down the terrorists, but achieving greater control in a strategic area with rich resources, and the possibility of exploiting oil and minerals."
"It simply means that America has no regard for innocent lives lost in other parts of the world," said Sipho Seepe, a South African political analyst. "For them the concept of innocent lives lost applies to situations where white and people of Western origin are involved. When it is black people's lives or those of people of Indian origin, the concept does not apply."And our prize for most boneheaded comment goes to Sipho Seepe. Apparently, only White Westerners died on Sept. 11. Someone send the Publisher's Clearinghouse Clue Patrol to this winner's home.
But Japan's deep pacifist streak is still evident. Yoshiaki Nagashima, 59, dug out photographs of Afghanistan he took in 1978 and exhibited them this week at a small gallery in Tokyo -- photos of children laughing and smiling. When the airstrikes began, he said, "I felt the egotism of the superpower."I could whip out photos of Nanking during the 30's and make a self-righteous comment myself, but that never happened, did it Yoshiaki?
"The ferocious campaign by the western media against the kingdom is only an expression of its hatred toward the Islamic system" and Saudi Arabia's religious practices, he said in a recent speech, according to the Arab News, an English language daily.It's called a free press, Your Highness. Unlike your country, our government doesn't fund and exercise editorial power over our media. Also, I doubt the press hates the "Islamic system". They're probably disgusted with Wahhabism, which curiously seems to resemble the Taliban's unique brand of Islam. Coincidence? I think not. We've been deploying to your kingdom for ten years now, so I have a good idea of what you're about, and what the Western Press says about you can never come close to the bile and hatred that your own government funded newspapers spew at us. You violently suppress dissent and opposition to your corrupt and tyrannical monarchy and redirect the anger of your subjects towards us in your mosques and newspapers, yet you put on a friendly face when dealing with the West. I think I'll let Senators McCain and Lieberman (No, he's not a "Zionist Agent", Your Majesty) have the last word:
"They've been playing . . . kind of a double game here," Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said recently on NBC's "Meet the Press." "They've satisfied their extremists within their own societies . . . [and] also financed some of these organizations." Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman (D-Conn.), on the same program, said the United States "can't tolerate a nation like the Saudis -- whose government, in many ways, continues to stand because we support them -- to promulgate that hatred."
"The latest advertising campaign focuses more on the recruiting aspect as compared to last year's objective to introduce the Air Force's new logo and identity."Last year's campaign: "Meet the new Air Force. Same as the old Air Force, only smaller."
"The overall cost of the campaign, managed by GSD&M of Austin, Texas, is $30 million, including production costs and airtime over the next year."I think we could've saved 29 million just by having one of our more (ahem) attractive members holding a sign reading, "Hey, it's not the Army"