~e; Electromagnetic News & Views #113

From brian carroll <human@electronetwork.org>
Date Tue, 1 Jun 2004 20:52:12 -0500

Electromagnetic News & Views -- #113

00) Electronetwork.org Commentary (6/01/2004)

01) Top Stories of Electromagnetism
02) Electromagnetic health & safety
03) Electromagnetic trash & treasure
04) Electromagnetic security & surveillance
05) Electromagnetic power & energy
06) Electromagnetic current & human affairs
07) Electromagnetic transport & communication
08) Electromagnetic matter & information
09) Electromagnetic trends & inventions
10) Electromagnetic weaponry & warfare
11) Electromagnetic business & economics
12) Electromagnetic artworks & artifacts

00) --commentary--

(Cheney, Nuclear, Oil, Corruption, Enron, Halliburton, Terrorism.)

01) --top stories--

Enron Traders Caught On Tape // *** if broadband, free video...

	'Officials with the Snohomish Public Utility District near Seattle  
received the tapes from the Justice Department.' .. '"This is the  
evidence we've all been waiting for. This proves they manipulated the  
market," said Eric Christensen, a spokesman for the utility.' .. 'That  
utility, like many others, is trying to get its money back from Enron.'  
.. '"They're f------g  taking all the money back from you guys?"  
complains an Enron employee on the tapes. "All the money you guys stole  
from those poor grandmothers in California?"' .. '"Yeah, grandma  
Millie, man"' .. '"Yeah, now she wants her f------g money back for all  
the power you've charged right up, jammed right up her a------ for  
f------g $250 a megawatt hour."' .. 'And the tapes appear to link top  
Enron officials Ken Lay and Jeffrey Skilling to schemes that fueled the  
crisis.' .. '"Government Affairs has to prove how valuable it is to Ken  
Lay and Jeff Skilling," says one trader.' .. '"Ok."' .. '"Do you know  
when you started over-scheduling load and making buckets of money on  
that?' .. 'Before the 2000 election, Enron employees pondered the  
possibilities of a Bush win.' .. '"It'd be great. I'd love to see Ken  
Lay Secretary of Energy," says one Enron worker.'

Kerry: Nuclear Terrorism Is Gravest Threat to U.S. // via  

	'"The greatest threat we face today (is) the possibility of al Qaeda  
or other terrorists getting their hands on a nuclear weapon," Kerry  
said. "Osama bin Laden has called obtaining a weapon of mass  
destruction a 'sacred duty."'' .... 'Last week, he outlined four  
"imperatives" -- [...including...] freeing the United States from its  
"dangerous dependence on Middle East oil.'

Cheney Office 'Coordinated' Halliburton Deal -Time // Judicial Watch  
+Task Force

	'A Pentagon e-mail said Vice  President Dick Cheney's office  
"coordinated" a  multibillion-dollar Iraq reconstruction contract  
awarded to his  former employer Halliburton, Time magazine reported on  
Sunday.' .. 'The e-mail, sent by an Army Corps of Engineers official on  
  March 5, 2003, said Douglas Feith, a senior Pentagon official,   
provided arrangements for the RIO contract, or Restore Iraqi  Oil,  
between Halliburton and the U.S. government, Time said.' ... 'Time said  
the Pentagon e-mail was located among documents  provided by Judicial  
Watch, a watchdog group.'

// it is scandalous if the GOP refuses to conduct 'public' hearings, as  
it is
// ethically identical to Judge Scalia's refusal to recuse himself as a  
// from .US Energy Task Force hearings... this would indict the GOP  
// for obstruction of justice to protect private interests while people  

[and] Democrats want Cheney-Halliburton probe // *** oil and war  
Republicans dismiss questions about contract // GOP refuses "public"  

	'"It's a legitimate question," said Sen. Patrick Leahy, the ranking  
Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee. "It raises the real  
question, can the American people trust their government to do the  
right thing? We have very real rules here."' .... 'John White, a  
Pentagon appointee in the Clinton and Carter administrations, said the  
e-mail suggests an "unprecedented" level of involvement by senior  
Pentagon officials in the awarding of contracts.' .. '"I've never seen  
of anything like this -- never heard of anything like this," White told  
reporters in a conference call with Leahy. "I think the vice  
president's office has a lot of questions to answer, as does the  
Pentagon."' .... 'With both houses of Congress controlled by President  
Bush's fellow Republicans, the prospect of any Cheney-Halliburton  
hearings appears unlikely.' .... 		
{ 800+ .US soldiers dead, (how many died protecting Halliburton  
contractors?) tens of thousands of Iraqi's dead, and then this quote  
from VP quarters.... }

    '"This is a politicizing of Halliburton, which is a shame," said  
Mary Matalin, a former Cheney aide now working as a senior Bush-Cheney  
campaign adviser.' .. '"Halliburton itself has lost close to three  
dozen workers over there in Iraq," Matalin told NBC's Today show. "I  
mean, just let it go."'

	CHENEY coordinated Halliburton Iraq contract: report
	Channel News Asia - Singapore
	PENTAGON email reveals Cheney, Halliburton link
	The Age - Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
	CHENEY office denies role in Halliburton deal
	ALLEGED Halliburton ties haunt Cheney
	Al-Jazeera - Qatar
	REPORT: Cheney in on Halliburton deal
	The Olympian - Olympia,WA,USA
	CHENEY greased big contract: email evidence
	Sydney Morning Herald - Sydney,New South Wales,Australia
	HALLIBURTON was helped by Cheney, Time says
	International Herald Tribune - Paris,France
	CHENEY denies co-ordinating Iraq contract for former firm
	The Scotsman - Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
	Email shows Cheney 'link' to oil contract
	CHENEY Linked To Halliburton Deal
	CBS News - USA
	E-MAIL Revives Calls to Probe Halliburton, Cheney
	Reuters - USA
	CALLS for inquiry into Cheney's contracts link
	The Scotsman - Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
	CHENEY'S connection to Halliburton revived
	Bizjournals.com - USA

[related to] The Paper Trail- Did Cheney Okay a Deal? // e-mail...

[reference]  The Master Builder ***  Halliburton knows the business of  
But can it pull off the Iraqi job when it's under fire in Iraq and at  

	'The reconstruction of Iraq, that grand effort of goodwill  intended  
to win over the hearts and minds of Iraq's citizens, is  America's  
other war, and it is not going quite according to plan.  You could say  
that Halliburton, which holds an exclusive deal to  support U.S.  
soldiers and by far the largest share of contracts  for rebuilding  
Iraq's crippled infrastructure, is command central  in the battle to  
rebuild the country. But the firm has become a  lightning rod for  
criticism of the U.S. presence in Iraq. Thanks  in part to Vice  
President Dick Cheney's five-year tenure as the  company's CEO,  
Halliburton's contract with the U.S. government  has been unable to  
escape the whiff of cronyism — even though  Cheney says he has no  
connection to the company today other than  the $178,437 he received  
last year, one of five annual  deferred-compensation payments (see  
box). The firm is a constant  target of violence and the subject of  
persistent rumors of  corruption. As the June 30 handover to an Iraqi  
government  approaches, Iraq's citizens are beginning to question why   
American companies like Halliburton are still running the show.   
Halliburton's role in Iraq is much more than just chief cook and   
bottle washer for the troops. In fact, the success of the whole  U.S.  
enterprise in Iraq depends in many ways on how well  Halliburton does  
its job.' .... '...[there is a] widespread sentiment in  Baghdad, among  
ordinary Iraqis, that the reconstruction process  has become another  
murky theater of corruption.' .... 'To the Iraqis, Halliburton  and the  
military are virtually synonymous — they are simply "the  Americans."'

The oil connection // .SA demanded the .US leave .mil bases there...

	'The Saudi Arabian authorities made two pledges yesterday immediately  
after the conclusion of the terrorist attack in the eastern oil city of  
Khobar. The first, issued by the country's de facto ruler, Crown Prince  
Abdullah, was to eliminate the Islamic militants "with an iron fist".  
The second, delivered at an emergency meeting with Western oil  
executives, was to continue to "provide a reliable supply of oil to  
meet world energy demand". Whether the royal regime can deliver on the  
first promise is open to doubt, and the very fact that the second one  
needs to be made is a confession of uncertainty....' .... 'Beyond the  
immediate effect on foreign confidence, the most important effect is to  
raise a much larger question about the long-term viability of the Saudi  
regime. In a situation where no one has the slightest idea what might,  
or should, replace that regime, who can guarantee that the tap will  
always be turned on for 8m barrels a day?' .... '... It is also time to  
reconsider the West's oil-driven diplomacy - and not only because it  
provides an open target for terrorism by making Saudi Arabia the  
guarantor of stable prices at the pump. By focusing less on energy  
supplies and more on energy saving, we might begin to convince the  
people of the Middle East that it is not "all about oil".'

02-- electromagnetic health & safety

California considers program to measure pollutants in people // via  

	'Biomonitoring is an emerging science that analyzes human blood,  
breast milk and urine for trace amounts of pollutants, from lead and  
mercury to a host of industrial chemicals with unpronounceable names.  
After decades of testing soil, water, air and food, scientists now are  
scrutinizing pollution in people, cataloging chemicals that take up  
residence in fat cells and body fluids in hopes of establishing links  
to cancer and other diseases.'

Lightning Kills Golfer in Denver Area
Man Killed, Son Hospitalized After Lightning Strike at Denver-Area Golf  

	'Les Wilson, of Littleton, said he was on the driving range about 25  
feet from the father and son, and that the lightning came without  
warning from overcast, but not threatening, skies.' .... '"I felt the  
lightning bolt go through my golf club and then I hit the ground,"  
Wilson said. When he was able to sit up, he said, he saw several people  
attempting cardiopulmonary resuscitation on two golfers who were  

This Is Your Brain on Drugs 

	'Scientists can use at least three methods -- positron emission  
topography (better known as PET), functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging  
(MRI), or electroencephalogram (EEG) -- to study the brain and its  
functions.' .... '"Our goal is to make brain monitoring as common as  
heart monitoring," Devlin said.'

Mitochondrial Mutations Blamed for Aging

03-- electromagnetic trash & treasure

System converts smokestack heat to electricity // ! Wow's CCLC propane  

	'A system designed to capture waste heat from industrial smokestacks  
and turn it into electricity could significantly boost the efficiency  
of power stations, drastically cutting carbon emissions, its inventors  
claim. It could also reduce the amount of toxic pollution released into  
the atmosphere.' .... '...fossil-fuel-powered generating stations have  
an overall efficiency of only around 35 per cent.' .... 'If even 20 per  
cent of industrial waste heat, say, could be converted to electricity  
in this way, Stinger estimates the US alone could add over 200  
gigawatts of generating capacity - almost 20 per cent of its power  

Bananas to generate electricity! // fruit2kilowatts

04-- electromagnetic security & surveillance

Email on a memory stick // removable cpu_storage-to-go. via engadget.com

Security-Free Wireless Networks // psychic-babel

	'Even the makers of Wi-Fi routers, access points and other gadgets  
privately say that as many as 80 percent of home users don't bother to  
enable basic encryption or other protections against connection theft,  
eavesdropping and network invasion.'

Hacking Sparks Need for Complex Passwords // password+. via NewsScan  

	'"A password is a construct of the past that has run out of steam,"  
said Joseph Atick, chief executive of Identix Inc., a Minnesota  
designer of fingerprint-based authentication. "The human mind-set is  
not used to dealing with so many different passwords and so many  
different PINs."' .... 'With two-factor authentication, having a  
password alone is useless.' .... 'Someone who steals your device won't  
have your password; someone who steals your password won't have your  

05-- electromagnetic power & energy

// keep thinking of a dwelling as a 'transformer'-toy (.jp) type of  
// in which the roof may flip and turn into solar panels on the right  
// micro-wind turbines may power communications, a battery backup may  
be a
// way to run basic systems in power outages with wind/solar recharging  
// weather station at the top, central place for server for home  
// sensors, data, power management. e-commerce hatch. central lighting.  
// materials to limit UV and RF inside and emissions, and new e-plug  

A Different Era for the Alternative Energy Business // buoyant.

	'Alternative energy - solar, wind, geothermal and a grab bag of other  
sources - is doing better than ever. But the main reason is not the  
increase in oil and natural gas prices...' .... 'The public reaction to  
recent price spikes in oil prices could help alternative energy by  
putting pressure on politicians to maintain or even increase the vast  
range of tax credits, grants, loan guarantees and other subsidies that  
stimulate investment in alternatives.'

[and] Biodiesel Boom Well-Timed // latent energy...

	'Higgins said most diesel vehicles do not have to be modified to burn  
biodiesel, and auto manufacturers support fueling their vehicles with  
biodiesel, which burns cleaner than standard fuel.' .... '"Could we  
meet that demand instantly? No," said Higgins. She estimated that the  
21 existing biodiesel production plants in the United States could  
produce up to 80 million gallons a year, and another 20 plants could  
quickly go online. Higgins said 90 percent of today's biodiesel comes  
from soy oil, and 10 percent from recycled cooking oil. Other  
feedstocks, such as animal carcasses, could be used to fill any gap,  
according to Higgins.'

EM-headline: Saudi horror sparks fears of oil crisis // guardian.co.uk
·Militants hold 50 hostages ·£4 gallon looms as battle rages

[and] Dead Briton was top oil executive

[and] Attack Increases Doubts About Saudi Ability to Pump More Oil

	'"The [terrorist] attack was orchestrated to display that the royal  
family cannot maintain security in the heart of its own oil patch, and  
in that sense they succeeded," said Jean-François Seznec, an authority  
on Saudi Arabia and a professor at Columbia University.' .... 'The  
State Department repeated a recommendation over the weekend, first  
issued in April, that Americans living in Saudi Arabia should  
immediately leave the country. Saudi Arabia, the world's largest oil  
exporter, remains heavily dependent on American and European  
contractors to maintain the smooth functioning of its oil  
infrastructure.' .... 'A high-ranking official at OPEC, speaking from  
Beirut, where delegates began arriving over the weekend, said that  
while the group's 11 members planned to discuss the Saudi proposal as  
expected at its meeting on Thursday, officials seemed more concerned  
with recent rioting over fuel prices in Beirut than with the attack in  
Khobar. "This is a little bit of turbulence, nothing crucial as of  
yet," the official said.'

Funds released to provide electricity to 800 villages in Sindh: Sherpao  
// .PK

06-- electromagnetic current & human affairs

Israeli Nuclear Whistleblower Speaks Out // lessons learned.

	'Israel's nuclear whistleblower Mordechai Vanunu said in an interview  
broadcast Sunday that the Israeli invasion of Lebanon in 1982  
influenced his decision to tell the world about his country's secret  
nuclear military program.' .... 'He said he ... also influenced by the  
fear of nuclear contamination shared by many people following the 1986  
Chernobyl disaster, and his conversion from Judaism to Christianity.'  
.... 	'"It's not about betraying, it's about saving Israel from a new  
holocaust," he said.'

07-- electromagnetic transport & communication

New 'music' chart for ringtones // via engadget.com

	'According to mobile content provider ringtones.co.uk, the  
best-selling musical ringtone at present is I Don't Want You Back, the  
former number one single by US singer Eamon.' .. 'Nokia's website,  
however, puts Britney Spears' single Everytime at number one.'

Airports chase waiting drivers further from terminals // via  

	'On April 20, Baltimore-Washington International Airport opened a  
55-space "cell phone lot" where drivers can idle while they wait to be  
called to the terminal, which is a few minutes away by car. BWI  
spokeswoman Holly Ellison said customers are still finding out about  
the lot, but it has already helped reduce traffic density and illegal  
parking on roads that loop through the terminals.'

08-- electromagnetic matter & information

Link proved between senses and memory
Brain scans show how sights and smells evoke the past.

7-million digit prime number discovered

	'Prime numbers are positive integers that can only be divided  
perfectly by themselves and one...' .. 'Mersenne primes are an  
especially rare type that take the form 2^P -1, where p is also a prime  
number. They are named after a 17th Century French monk who first came  
up with an important conjecture about which values of p would yield a  
prime. The new number can be represented as 2^24,036,583 -1. It is the  
41st Mersenne prime to have been found.'


The  Competitiveness of Nations in a Global Knowledge-Based Economy
An Interdisciplinary Studies PhD Thesis by Harry Hillman Chartrand

Brain Disease Research, Particle Physics Meet In The Middle(Ware) // NMI

09-- electromagnetic trends & inventions

Online newspapers tempt readers-- The number of newspaper websites  
the world has doubled since 1999, a study has found. // via  

	'The rapid growth of broadband in many countries means people are  
spending  less of their leisure time watching television, preferring to  
surf the web  instead.' .. 'This led to more visits to newspaper web  
sites, according to research by the World Association of Newspapers and  
ZenithOptimedia presented at the Istanbul  gathering.' .. 'The  
migration of classified advertising from the print media to the web   
continues slowly. Currently, just over 2% of newspaper ad revenues  
comes  from the web.'

10-- electromagnetic weaponry & warfare

Iran Denies Nuke Relations With N. Korea

	'Kharrazi said Iran's nuclear technology is self-developed, and the  
international community doesn't need to worry about his country's  
nuclear capabilities, according to South Korea's Yonhap news agency.'

[and] Kerry Vows Action on Threat of Nuclear Terrorism

	'[Sen. Kerry] said he would call Iran's bluff by organizing  nations  
to offer Tehran the nuclear fuel it says it needs for  peaceful  
purposes and take back spent fuel that could be used  to build an  
atomic bomb.' .. '"If Iran does not accept this, their true motivations  
will  be clear," Kerry said in a speech designed to draw a sharp   
contrast with President Bush on the need to reduce the chance  of  
terrorists obtaining nuclear weapons.' .... 'Calling the nexus of  
nuclear weapons and terrorism "the  greatest threat we face today," he  
recommended "a layered  strategy" that invoked U.S. nonmilitary  
strength early enough  so force did not become the only option.''

[and] Iran nuclear issues 'unresolved'

EM-headline: Oil traders expect 'terror premium' to strike today

[and] Saudis Rush to Assure World After Qaeda Attack

	'Many analysts doubt U.S. crude prices will break new ground above a  
21-year peak this month at $41.85 a barrel, but say the attack serves  
as a sharp reminder of the vulnerability of already stretched global  
supplies.' .. 'The test will come on Tuesday (7 p.m. EDT on Monday)  
when markets reopen after a long holiday weekend. The heavily protected  
Saudi oil infrastructure has not been hit, but some traders fear  
militants may shift from soft targets to production and export  
facilities.' ....	'The militants dragged the body of the dead Briton  
through the streets behind a car, witnesses said. The body of an  
American suffered the same fate in an attack on a petrochemical site in  
the Red Sea town of Yanbu earlier in May.'

AP: Miners Drawn to Illegal Congo Uranium

	'Business is booming in the mining zone that supplied uranium for the  
atomic bombs unleashed on Hiroshima and Nagasaki -- despite a decree by  
Congo's president banning all mining activity here.' .... 'Today at  
Shinkolobwe, some 5,500 Congolese using shovels, hoes and bare hands  
haul ores overland to nearby Likasi, where businessmen from Africa,  
India, China and elsewhere have set up 13 smelting mills.' .. 'The end  
product, and just as often the raw material itself, known as  
heteroginite, is shipped south by road to neighboring Zambia, and then  
abroad.' .. 'Industry officials say the heteroginite primarily contains  
high-grade cobalt. But "trace quantities of uranium are being exported  
unwittingly" along with it, said Skinner, the mining engineer, a  
Zimbabwean who is a longtime Congo resident.' .... 'The isotope  
uranium-235 is needed to support chain reactions in nuclear reactors  
and weapons. The metal must be refined first, a process called  
enrichment.' .... 'Tom Cochrane, director of the nuclear program at the  
Natural Resources Defense Council, a Washington-based advocacy group,  
agreed.' .. 'Pre-enriched, "it's not very good dirty-bomb material," he  

Saudi TV Features Denunciations of Terror // representing public  

	'Since car bomb attacks that killed 35 people, including nine suicide  
bombers, at three Riyadh compounds housing foreigners last year, Saudi  
Arabia has launched public relations campaign aimed at discouraging  
Saudis from offering any kind of support to extremists.' .. 'It has  
also led to an unprecedented public discussion in Saudi Arabia about  
whether the austere version of Islam expounded in the kingdom might  
contribute to extremist violence.' .... 'On an hour-long talk show  
aired Saturday, intellectuals called upon the nation to stand up to  

Russia Joins Proliferation Security Initiative // WMD

Computer terrorism trial goes to jury // free day-pass

11-- electromagnetic business & economics

Electricity sparks tiny blast at Wash. building // U.S. Commerce  

// also, it may also help traditional fossil fuel companies if  
// were developed, stabilizing demands so that natural resources can  
// longer into the future, whereas if they are used up quickly, it would
// seem some countries whose wealth is largely derived from oil may not  
// prepared for other economics when the oil loses its value with  
// in this sense, 'less oil' may be 'more oil' for a country's  
// because what happens when the oil runs out? what is to be exported  

Energy Gets Jolt of Venture Cash 

	'"When you have a trillion-dollar-a-year market in the U.S. that seems  
to grow at an inexorable 2 (percent) to 3 percent a year, it just begs  
for innovation," said Tucker Twitmyer, a principal at EnerTech Capital  
, a Wayne, Pennsylvania, venture capital firm that specializes in  
energy-technology companies.' .... '"It's definitely a different game  
from IT," he said. "Energy tends to take a lot more money. The markets  
move more slowly." Moreover, large energy companies are generally much  
less enthusiastic about trying new technologies than their counterparts  
in the IT sector.' .. 'That said, VC firms have been willing in recent  
months to take chances on a wide variety of new ventures.' .. 'For  
Thompson [senior associate with FA Technology Ventures], key areas of  
interest are in sensors, energy information and power efficiency.'

Smarter Than the CEO 

	'Instead of looking to a single person for the right answers,  
companies need to recognize a simple truth: Under the right conditions,  
groups are smarter than the smartest person within them. We often think  
of groups and crowds as stupid, feckless, and dominated by the lowest  
common denominator. But take a look around. The crowd at a racing track  
does an uncannily good job of forecasting the outcome, better in fact  
than just about any single bettor can do. Horses that go off at 3-to-1  
odds win a quarter of the time, horses that go off at 6-to-1 win a  
seventh of the time, and so on. Decision markets, like the Iowa  
Electronics Markets (which forecasts elections) and the Hollywood Stock  
Exchange (which predicts box office results), consistently outperform  
industry forecasts. Even the stock market, though it's subject to fads  
and manias, is near-impossible to beat over time.'

The future is flat-screen-- Is Samsung poised to pull alongside Sony in
the race to become the leading electronics brand,  asks Ashley Norris

	'"We accept that not every home is a Sony home or Panasonic home,"  
says Mr Neave. "They have a mixture of products from different brands.  
What we  are offering is the chance for consumers to link all the  
products together. This  is an attitude reflected in our key message  
for 2005: 'digital  unison'."' .. 'It is refreshing to hear someone  
champion open standards and interoperability in consumer electronics  
rather than hearing companies bang on  about the delights of their  
proprietary technology. It certainly has an appeal  to more  
sophisticated consumers. But will it give Samsung an edge over  its  
Japanese rivals?'

EM-headline: US oil prices break new records

12-- electromagnetic artworks & artifacts


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