September 16th, 2009 | brainjuice
- War crimes in Gaza: Crimes of war | The Economist
"ISRAEL is reeling from the accusations of a UN fact-finding mission that it deliberately sowed death and destruction among civilians in the Gaza Strip during a three-week military operation ending in January."
(tags:war pol crime )
- Saturn’s moon Titan has a foggy bottom – space – 15 September 2009 – New Scientist
"FOG has been spotted on Titan, the first evidence that the Earth isn't the only body in the solar system to have a hydrological cycle. Yet Titan's cycle is based on methane."
- ?Holy Ghost? cult stirs Idaho debate after move from Utah
"Before they moved to Idaho, the group stirred law enforcement interest in Utah. Leader Terrill Dalton purports to be the Holy Ghost and the Father of Jesus, but a former follower accused him of sexual improprieties and assassination plots"
- Anticancer nanotech
"Tiny particles of albumin, a protein found in the blood, can be used to carry radioactive isotopes to the site of a cancerous tumour in the body and so avoid many of the side-effects of conventional radiotherapy."
- Could we create quantum creatures in the lab? – physics-math – 15 September 2009 – New Scientist
(tags:sci weird )
- How Islamist gangs use internet to track, torture and kill Iraq’s gays | World news | The Observer
"Sitting on the floor, wearing traditional Islamic clothes and holding an old notebook, Abu Hamizi, 22, spends at least six hours a day searching internet chatrooms linked to gay websites. He is not looking for new friends, but for victims. "It is the easiest way to find those people who are destroying Islam and who want to dirty the reputation we took centuries to build up," he said. When he finds them, Hamizi arranges for them to be attacked and sometimes killed…"
(tags:crime cult )
- Chinese jeans bearing name of God anger Iranians | World news | guardian.co.uk
"A Chinese clothing manufacturer probably thought it was on to a winner by exporting jeans bearing the Islamic expression "In the name of God, the compassionate, the merciful" to Iran. But an otherwise sound marketing ploy was undone by one embarrassing flaw: the phrase (Bismillah-ir-Rahman-ir-Rahim in Arabic), which graces each of the Qur'an's 114 chapters, was prominently displayed on the pockets of the jeans' backsides, something likely to be seen as disrespectful by devout Muslims."
(tags:cult idiots )
- New French law blocks Scientology dissolution
"A new French law means the Church of Scientology cannot be dissolved in France even if it is convicted of fraud, it has emerged during a trial of the organisation."
(tags:cult pol )