12-year-old settles music swap lawsuit
A day after being sued for illegally sharing music files through the Internet, a 12-year-old girl has settled
with the Recording Industry Association of America.
She's the first of 261 defendants to settle their lawsuits
with the association.
Brianna LaHara agreed Tuesday to pay $2,000, or about $2 per song she allegedly shared.
am sorry for what I have done," LaHara said. "I love music and don't want to hurt the artists I love."
The suit claimed
LaHara had been offering more than 1,000 songs on the Internet, using the Kazaa file-sharing service.
The RIAA said
it was pleased with the settlement. There are 260 cases still pending.
Blackout Hits N. America
Not sure what happened here, but I am sure we will figure something out. I am searching for any proof
of prior knowlede and I have found only one, about a FBI agency office recieving notification to go to back up power 4 hours
before the outtage.
Nick Raina, a 69 year old man from Ottawa figured out the ancient mystery of how the Egyptians
built the Great Pyramid 10 years ago, and he's since demonstrated his theory at fairs and schools. His theory is based
on rotation not dragging, and he origionated his theory by watching a scarab. Which just happens to be a sacred bug
in ancient Egypt. His theory is not respected because it conflicts with many of the Egyptologist's theories.
Saddam Hussein's sons Qusay and Uday were aparenlty killed Tuesday in a firefight with U.S. troops in Mosul.
Not that I doubt that, but I wouldn't be suprised if I found either of the sons causing turmoil in the
near future. Last night I watched a Discovery channel(or TLC) documentary, and Uday had his own body double that looked
Japanese scientists take first step towards cloning Mammoth
In the past five years, researchers all around the world have kept alive the
dream that they might be able to restore extinct species by cloning. The Australian Museum in Sydney announced a plan to restore
the Tasmanian tiger, which vanished more than 60 years ago, by taking DNA from pickled puppies in a Victorian biological collection.
China announced a project to clone the giant panda, because captive breeding has proved so difficult. US researchers managed
to clone the gaur, a threatened species of Indian bison, three years ago but the calf died shortly after it was born to a
The Japanese scientists collected samples of bone marrow, muscle and skin from
mammoth remains found in Siberia last August. Then they would have to fuse an egg from a living relative - an elephant
- with DNA from an extinct creature.
Pensioner Finds Nessie Fossil
The fossilised remains of a 150-million-year-old plesiosaur was discovered by
pensioner Gerald McSorley, from Stirling, submerged in shallow water on the bank of the loch.
The long-necked, carnivorous sea reptile which ruled the world's seas between
200 and 65 million years ago - during the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods - bears a striking resemblance to modern images
of the Loch Ness monster. Experts have described the find as extremely interesting, but stressed that it is not related
to the famous creature.
Scientists at the National Museum of Scotland confirmed that the find - the first
of its kind in Scotland for more than a century and the first ever at Loch Ness - is evidence that the 35-ft-long monster
once existed in the area.
Religion & Delusion Linked
conference in Sydney Austalia this week was focused on the relation of delusions and religious beliefs -- included that a
virgin gave birth to the son of God -- qualify as delusions.
PhD student Ryan McKay introduced the latest theory on how phsyciatric delusions relate to religious beliefs in his
presentation to the Cognitive Science Conference this Monday, July 15.
He said many beliefs were triggered
by a bizarre or unexplained "religious experience", often produced by changes in brain activity.
it had been shown that when Buddhist monks went into deep mediation and experienced a sense of "being at one with the world",
they also experienced decreased blood flow to the part of the brain responsible for concepts of the "self". I call
it being enlightened and I wish everyone would loose concept of thier physical "self" and "ego". I know I am a
dreamer... but I am not the only one.
"The idea is that you need some sort
of second deficit which means you're unable to discard the impossible experience," he said.
Hahaha, like science knows what is
On the other hand there are many
stories from the bible which I discard -->
Jesus being the son of God is only
one. I do belive that Jesus was the son of God, but of course. I am also, and so are you. The question I
ask is this:
Do you belive that we are alone in this universe? In other words --
Do you belive in extraterrestrial life (aliens duh)? If so -- Keeping that
God send his only son to our small planet, in a solar system only a 4th of eternities age, and it's
intelligent inhabitants only a 10th? Did he send his only son here to die for our
petty sins, on Earth, among neverending galaxies in this vast universe.
Or was another Jesus to go to all
the other inhabited planets at the same time and achieve the same results for it's people?
Iraqi Government has been Seeded
Iraq has taken its first step towards a self-governing country since
the fall of Saddam Hussein's belligerent dictatorship. The governing council is composed of 25 Iraqi nationals,
who met for the inaugural meeting.
The new body, whose 25 members were chosen by the US-led coalition occupying Iraq,
decided the first decision was to declare a national holiday on 9 April - the day US-led forces overthrew the old regime.
Chosen by US officials...
wait a second... that isn't a democracy. If the council of Iraq is selected by US gov't officials, instead of elected, then Iraq
will continue to be this way forever, or until the get thier independance from the US... but how else would we do it.
The Iraqi Governing Council has the power to nominate and dismiss
ministers, and to direct policy - and is also expected to help draw up a new constitution paving the way for free elections.
(of people selected by the US)
The US-led coalition will still have the final word - but officials say the council's
proposals will be rejected only in exceptional circumstances. (that they do not approve of)
Who is gonna save America?? Chaos in Iraq - by Liberez L'Ours
Weapons of Mass Destruction Search
Nice to see that Google Programmers can have a bit
of fun and express their views at the same time. Try this soon, before Google or Bush fixes its site:
1) Go to Google.com;
2) type in (but don't hit return): "weapons of mass destruction";
3) Hit the "I'm Feeling Lucky" button, instead of the normal "Google search" button;
4) READ what appears to be a normal error message
If you do not allready have the best tool for searching
Chilean Blob Conclusion Reached
The huge beached blob found off of Chile in the Pacific coast about three weeks ago has been baffling scientists
till now. The 40-foot mass of flesh is apparently the carcass of a sperm whale. Ending other speculations
of it being a giant octopus or squid.
Researchers at the Museum of Natural History in Santiago said that when a sperm
whale dies at sea, it rots until it becomes a "skeleton suspended in a semi-liquid mass within a bag of skin and blubber,"
the scientists said. Eventually, the skin tears and the bones sinks while the skin and blubber float.
"This washes up and has the appearance of an octopus because the spermaceti organ
keeps its bulky shape," they added.
The spermaceti is a large bulbous organ that forms a sort of forehead and
contains a milky wax which early whalers compared to sperm fluid.
Also in recent news --> There has been a young
albino humpback whale that has made mysterious appearances along the NSW coast for the
past 10 years resurfaced again off Tweed Heads. (picture below)
Added Bill O'Rielly to video archive
Before you watch this horrible interview between Bill O'Rielly & Jeremy Glick, whom lost his father in the 9-11 terrorist
events, I will have to warn you that this is the most insulting and outrageous T.V. interview I have ever seen.
Bill O'Rielly freaks out on air(Video)
Bill O'Rielly & Jeremy M. Glick interview transcript
White House Warned over false claim on Iraq
Today the White House officially acknowledged, for the first time, that the claim that Iraq had tried
to buy uranium from the African state of Niger was wrong and should not have been used in the president's key State of the
Union speech in January. These claims made to the BBC were made by the CIA that Iraq's nuclear ambition was unclear.
Ambassador to Iraq, Joseph Wilson
, claims President Bush
and UK Prime Minister Tony Blair mentioned the claim that Iraq was indeed attemting to buy uranium from Niger
as part of its attempt to build a nuclear weapons program. He also went on the record saying that he had travelled to
Africa to investigate the uranium claims, but he found no evidence to support them.
In January's keynote speech to Congress, President Bush
said: "The British Government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa."
But the CIA has now told the BBC that Mr Wilson's findings had been passed onto the White House in March 2002.
That means the Administration had prior knowledge before the State of the Union address that the information was likely
But how can we fund a war if we do not have a good reason, and this reason has been for the past year and a half-->
"Weapons of Mass Destruction"
A huge, gelatinous sea creature, 40-foot-long (12meter) and about 13 tons, was found in the Southern Pacific Coast of
Chile. Which is still a baffling discovery even to our scientists of modern day. The scientists are now looking
at DNA samles for any type of answer, in attept to identify this creature. Among the guesses include: octopus, a monster
squid, or even a piece of rotting whale flesh.
The more scientists examined the creature, the more they became convinced that it was indeed the same specimen
of an octopus that was believed to have washed up on the Florida Coast in 1896, a giant octopus known as Octopus Giganteus.
Scientist are still unsure of what type of sea creature this is. When identified, if identified, it will be the
largest invertebrate ever recorded.
I don't get it... do you? Are the Bush's
about peace or war... I am confused... This is cover of a magazine I personally recieve. If you can, imagine
the laughter when I opened the mailbox to see this. I mean c'mon the peace sign, Bush
? You and your son are two of the most war hungery presidents we have had to this day. I just don't
This Mars rover has missed three launch opportunities during the weekend due to bad weather and problems with the
cork insulation. NASA expectes to make another launch attempt on Wednesday. The unofficial launch time for Saturday
is 10:51 p.m. EDT (0251 GMT on Sunday), which NASA is will confirm on Tuesday. This rover like it's brothers,
will be studying the surface on Mars and water that boiled away eons ago when the planet lost most of its atmosphere.
Today second Mars Rover, nicknamed "Opportunity," is set for liftoff at 11:56 p.m. EDT (0356 GMT on Sunday). It will
make a seven-month journey to the Red Planet, joining its twin, "Spirit," which launched June 10. January is the
arrival month for the two rovers.
|Members of the Mars Exploration Rovers Assembly, Test and Launch Operations team
The rovers are being sent to Mars to see how long water has exsited on the red planet. To our everyday scientist,
we consider water a "chance" for life. Even though NASA doesn't expect to find martians living in the polar caps on
Mars, I am sure that they will be inspecting the poles to better understand the global warming factor here on Earth.
The cost of the two missions combined is $800 million, according to NASA. Whcih is a bargain compared to Viking,
the first spacecraft to successfully land on Mars by the United States in the 1970s, which cost around $4 billion.
Attack of the Killer Tomatoes
This tomato was purchased in a grocery store on 6-15-03. It seems to be sprouting leaves and a stem from within
itself. I myself have tomato plants in my backyard, and have off and on my whole life, have never seen anything like
this. What kind of growth harmones are they using know?
Here are a few links that helped me out on my quest. Keep in mind that not everything you read
on the internet is true... Just keep an openmind.
Mark Twain "Truth is never pure and rarley simple"