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Friday, September 03, 2004
  The people in charge work for Israel

Bill at thoughts on the eve of the apocalypse points to this news story, Spy Probe Scans Neo Con-Israel Ties by Jim Lobe:
SEATTLE, Aug 31 (IPS) - The burgeoning scandal over claims that a Pentagon official passed highly classified secrets to a Zionist lobby group appears to be part of a much broader set of FBI and Pentagon investigations of close collaboration between prominent U.S. neo-conservatives and Israel dating back some 30 years.
And I think it's important enough to post here and elsewhere. I have been watching arms deals, and our dealing with Israel in particular, for quite a while. This is exactly what I have been ranting about, when I'm ranting on the "merchants of death" and secret cabals. Consider:
Some of these past investigations involve top current officials, including Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz; Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Douglas Feith, whose office appears to be the focus of the most recently disclosed inquiry; and Richard Perle, who resigned as Defense Policy Board (DPB) chairman last year.

At the same time, another Pentagon office concerned with the transfer of sensitive military and dual-use technologies has been examining the acquisition, modification and sales of key hi-tech military equipment by Israel obtained from the United States, in some cases with the help of prominent neo-conservatives who were then serving in the government.

Some of that equipment has been sold by Israel -- which in the last 20 years has become a top exporter of the world's most sophisticated hi-tech information and weapons technology -- or by Israeli middlemen, to Russia, China and other potential U.S. strategic rivals. Some of it has also found its way onto the black market, where terrorist groups -- possibly including al-Qaeda -- obtained bootlegged copies, according to these sources.

Of particular interest in that connection are derivatives of a powerful case-management software called PROMIS that was produced by INSLAW, Inc in the early 1980s and acquired by Israel's Mossad intelligence agency, which then sold its own versions to other foreign intelligence agencies in the Middle East, Asia and Eastern Europe.

But these versions were modified with a ”trap door” that permitted the seller to spy on the buyers' own intelligence files, according to a number of published reports.

A modified version of the software, which is used to monitor and track files on a multitude of databases, is believed to have been acquired by al-Qaeda on the black market in the late 1990s, possibly facilitating the group's global banking and money-laundering schemes, according to a 'Washington Times' story of June 2001.

According to one source, Pentagon investigators believe it possible that al-Qaeda used the software to spy on various U.S. agencies that could have detected or foiled the Sep. 11, 2001 attack.
The article itself is well worth your time to read in its entirety due to the number of details it provides.

Now, it is not the malfeasance of the players in the article that surprises me, it's the fact that there actually is an on going investigation by the FBI, and no one in the administration appears to be putting pressure on the FBI to cease and desist. In fact, the existence of the investigation is, as A.Q. Jensen points out in FBI Informed White House of AIPAC Probe Two Years Ago, over at American Samizdat, well known in the upper circles of the administration, if not among the public.

The potential impact of this investigation could look like a blow job in the White House - serious enough for national concern and congressional investigations, though nothing in the article seems to implicate Baby Bush directly.

Still, here's the kind of scandal that will break through the Kobe/Peterson cases, and get America's attention. Well it would, if our mainstream media actually reports on it.

In fact, if this story would get some legs now, it could drastically impact the election. Americans don't like to think their government is under the influence of a foreign government. They may have accepted corporate rule, but they have not ceded rule to Israel. Besides, there is a great deal of anti-semitism in this country. It may not show itself on bowling league night, or be on any country clubs written policy material, but it exists in fairly large numbers. And there has been an undercurrent of this in the right wing hate groups - the Neo-Nazis, the Knights-of-Whomever and I don't know how many others.

And down here in the South, hell, probably in most of the Red States, and again not in public, the undercurrent of anti-semitism exists. Just ask a methodist or baptist what he believes concerning the jews or zionism, in an honest moment, they're likely to tell the jews are all going to hell. And this a large part of the coalition that supports this administration, so if this story and those like it, actually get to the public at large, I expect poll numbers to change radically.

So, my final point on this story is that it needs to get out. It deserves to get out. There are real issues of national security , especially in light of evidence that senior Baby Bush appointees armed and are arming our enemies, including terrorists, that deserve broad attention.

Besides, I really think it will make a great sound bite for the Kerry Campaign. All he has to do, and repeat often, is say:
"My administration will not arm our enemies." Or something to that effect.
This will resonate. It is not an allegation. It's an implication. 'I won't do it, so somebody else must be doing it.' Americans will catch on, and Americans love scandal.

A serious plug here for Inter Press Service The Global News Agency. I hadn't been aware of this news organization, but I went though some of the stories they've posted at their site, and wow!! It's actually filled with news - serious content and in-depth reporting. Granted, there may be a different slant in the reporting as outsiders instead of insiders when it comes to news on America, but I get enough news from the American corporate media with the pro-American slant.

Here are two examples that I found of interest, U.N. Rejects Private Peacekeepers and U.S.-Backed Armies Firing Blanks. There's more, and I can guarantee that I will be using Inter Press Service News Agency as a source for future posts here.
Thursday, September 02, 2004
  Georgia democrats gather for Zell

Okay, last night at Manuel's Tavern, we had a 'Give Zell Hell Party', and let me tell you, Zell can still pack 'em in. It was standing room only. I am sure Manuel was smiling from the urn that holds his ashes above the cash register behind the main bar.

The portrait of Zell that used to hang above the main bar was moved to a wall in the back, so we could all remember why we were there. Of course, all of the people wearing "Give Zell Hell" buttons, and the plethora of stickers and flyers might have provided enough of a clue. We were gathered to watch Senator Zell Miller, Democrat from Georgia. Well, sometimes Democrat, sometimes conservative, and currently Fascist Zell give a speech to the opposition's faithful at the Farce in New York. I'm not sure what the final resting place for Zell's portrait will be, but I'm sure it will be appropriate.

I saw at least three different news teams doing interviews in the crowd. At one point I noted that if could get the floor and ask the crowd how many of them were writers or editors, about half the crowd would raise their hands. Okay, perhaps a slight exaggeration, but only slight. Just about the entire writing staff from Creative Loafing Atlanta had a table together. When Creative Loafing is good, they're excellent. I've cited material from a couple of their articles here in here, and a string of postings in my early archives at Rogue Analyst. Sadly, they just don't seem to able to break major investigatory stories weekly.

I was lucky I got their when I did. I got a seat at the bar next to Tom Walker from the AJC, and wound up spending a fair amount of time flagging the bartenders, Brandon and Curtis, down to get drinks for friends. I hadn't seen the place so jammed with people before; close but not like this. Zell can really stir up a crowd.

Prior to Zell's 10pm speech time, Angelo Fuster got the crowds attention, gave a few words, and than put on a film, Listen To This Voice (this is a short version of the film we watched last night, which covered a lot of his speeches). It was a great juxtaposition of his earlier speeches when he was a democrat, and before he Zagged so radically to the right. Pretty amazing stuff. You have to wonder if it's the drugs, or just lead poisoning from his moonshine days finally crippling his brain.

I mean, check outZell's speech, which includes such memorable phrasings as:
Now, while young Americans are dying in the sands of Iraq and the mountains of Afghanistan, our nation is being torn apart and made weaker because of the Democrat's manic obsession to bring down our Commander in Chief.
But they wouldn't be there, especially in Iraq, if our president hadn't lied to get them there. Well, Zell was just warming up, and the crowd at Manuel's responded with boos and catcalls.

Or maybe you'll like this one, the crowd did:
I can remember when Democrats believed that it was the duty of America to fight for freedom over tyranny.

It was Democratic President Harry Truman who pushed the Red Army out of Iran, who came to the aid of Greece when Communists threatened to overthrow it, who stared down the Soviet blockade of West Berlin by flying in supplies and saving the city.
None of which are pre-emptive wars of choice,so...Again, excellent response from all those present. The boos achieving a certain harmonic resonance and spontaneous rhythm. Very moving.

And here's another a nice sampling:
Motivated more by partisan politics than by national security, today's Democratic leaders see America as an occupier, not a liberator.

And nothing makes this Marine madder than someone calling American troops occupiers rather than liberators.

Tell that to the one-half of Europe that was freed because Franklin Roosevelt led an army of liberators, not occupiers.

Tell that to the lower half of the Korean Peninsula that is free because Dwight Eisenhower commanded an army of liberators, not occupiers.
I guess it works - citing past deeds that have no similarity to present circumstances, to defend actions of an altogether different nature. Goebbels would approve. And the crowd, it really is too bad that Zell couldn't have been in both places at once, he would have been moved by the crowd at Manuel's - moved to Abu Ghraib Prison, probably. I know that's where I wish him.

But this, dear readers, this is an example of what I fear most:
I first got to know George Bush when we served as governors together. I admire this man. I am moved by the respect he shows the first lady, his unabashed love for his parents and his daughters, and the fact that he is unashamed of his belief that God is not indifferent to America.

I can identify with someone who has lived that line in "Amazing Grace," "Was blind, but now I see," and I like the fact that he's the same man on Saturday night that he is on Sunday morning.

He is not a slick talker but he is a straight shooter and, where I come from, deeds mean a lot more than words.

I have knocked on the door of this man's soul and found someone home, a God-fearing man with a good heart and a spine of tempered steel.
I don't want god in my government. I sure don't want the christian god of fear running my life. And I sure as hell don't want a man who hears voices and thinks he is god's Errand Boy having anything to do with running my country. I don't give enough of a shit about religion to want to fight in this ridiculous religious crusade. The crowd, many of whom are not atheists, were pretty much disgusted with this part of the speech too. I think they resent having their beliefs being used to justify and promote something as evil as this administration.

But, I must confess. Zell did a good job. He really said all of the 'right' things to that crowd attending the Farce in New York. As much as he was despised by the crowd I was watching with, the Farce in New York crowd ate it up. I was waiting for a few Sieg Heils from the crowd, but I think they were saving that for Reichsführer Himmler, I mean Cheney.

Man, I thought Zell was bad, but at least he can exude some passion. Dick exudes all the warmth of a clump ice suspended between galaxies. No, actually, it's more like he sucks the life from small children for his daily snack, and you could almost mistake him for a Liche, but again, he lacks the warmth and sincerity.

Anyway, the crowd drifted out after Zell's part in the Farce, and I got a chance to circualte and talk to friends and acquaintenances. But man, Zell still really draws a crowd. 
Wednesday, September 01, 2004
  I am one of the UNDECIDEDS

I would cite articles from the Atlanta Urinal and Constipation, but but the bastards want to damn much personal information: Info hell. And speaking of hell, hell, I've been a subscriber to the rag version for ten years. So, I will use other sources for my writings on news from Atlanta.

I was at Manuel's Tavern last night, having a few beers, discussing the federal indictment against former Mayor Bill Campbell, the federal lawsuit claiming that Dekalb county's CEO discriminated against whites, the firing(?)/retirement(?) of the DeKalb County police chief, the presidential campaign, and occassionally look up to watch the Farce in New York. Bruce from The River showed up, and I was able to introduce him to a few people, including my favorite conservative, Maj. Gen. Larry Taylor, USMCR (Ret.). Why he hangs out with us (he's been showing up longer than I have), I don't know, but he's a great source of info on the Marines, and is pretty cogniscent of what's happening in some of the upper circles.

Anyway, at one point I looked up and saw the Baby Bush's progeny speaking at the Farce in New York. Man, and they used to make fun of the way Chelsea looked. These girls looked and sounded just like bimbos. I wonder if they went to a Paris Hilton training camp on how to be rich and vacuaus, or something? Their prattle was so completely innane, I knew without a doubt - these were Baby Bush's daughters, even before someone told me that that was who was speaking.

And I was already to rant on just this until I saw Michael Bérubé's 'non-ironic' take on their...well, it wasn't a speech, but let's be generous and call it 'presentation'. Newly republican Michael Bérubé's take was
Next up were the twins, Barbara and Jenna. And here, I think, is where my new party revealed a genius I didn't know it had. For years, progressive-left literary types like me used to taunt Republicans: "nyah nyah, nyah nyah," we suggested, "you don't know anything about surrealism, nyah nyah, never heard of the European avant-garde, la la la la la la." We thought we were the last word in urbane sophistication, and that Republicans could not begin to comprehend– or even catch– our allusions to figures like Bréton and Bataille. But then along come the Bush twins, and ooh la la, surrealism is born anew! "My Dad already had a chief of staff– and his name is Andy!" said Jenna. It is beyond humor, it is beyond your petty-ironic Democrat understanding. "Our parents' favorite term of endearment for each other is Bushy," they said, following this with "we had a hamster too, but our hamster didn't make it." What does this mean? you ask. Foolish liberal Democrats, fretting about "what does this mean, this strange talk of bushes and lost hamsters." It is not about meaning. It is about the irruption of the unconscious into the very fabric of everyday life, where the eye becomes an egg and the hamster disappears into the bushy undergrowth, there to be transformed into the heart and soul of America. Hah! Now we find that Republican diversity is even more diverse than Michael Steele and Arnold Schwarzenegger– it extends even to the domain of live performance art, where Barbara and Jenna Bush evoke Bréton and Bataille and Beavis and Butthead in an intertextual performance that leaves you girlie-men cultural-studies Democrats gasping for air. I especially liked the bit about how their parents taught them to respect everyone. Except the people we run against-- them we slime! Heh. Heh heh. Heh.
After reading his take, I will be adding him to the link list real soon. Oh, and here's the link to his first night's coverage

I found the link to him via MaxSpeak, You Listen!, who had a great Gonzo piece yesterday, MaxSpeak, You Listen!: EXCLUSIVE MAXSPEAK COVERAGE*
, and I was back looking for more. None yet. Some wishy-washy excuse about commute times. Hardly representative of that Gonzo spirit.

Anyway, I'm still debating whether to vote for Bush or Kerry, or just write Kucinich or someone. I brought that up last night to a couple of lawyer friends (yes, remarkably, they are human), and they keep giving me the same argument about Supreme Court Justice appointments. But my thought is screw it. Americans deserve four more years of this corporate Gestapo. Let's let America go so far South that out of pure desperation, Americans wake up and decide to take the country back. I think Kerry is just a more eloquent pawn of the elite, if he isn't one of the masterminds behind the whole agenda.

If Kerry gets elected, I suspect he'll continue to talk a mediocre line about helping the American people while claiming he can't do anything about it due to the republican majority in the House and Senate. The implementation of the Fascist agenda will just happen a little slower. As to the Supreme Court Justices? Hell, once you can buy one, you can buy 'em all, and you only need five. Just look at the House and Senate - can you say, "FOR SALE"?

And that is the problem with America again. The greed is back, and it's permeated everything. The average citizen is just a greedy schmuck who wants to get his mouth around the teat of someone else's money maker. That's all. It's all about greed; an entire culture of greed.

If you do plan to vote in November, please get your ABSENTEE BALLOTS now. It the only way to defeat the Diebold Black Box Voting crap.


Me, I'll probably not make up my mind until I'm ready to send my ballot in. I mean, Bush has been good for bloggers. Just think what four more years of administrative malfeasance and major media enabling and corporate looting will do for the popularity of blogging. Material for everyone, prison for most. I won't have to worry about finding work when I'm hidden away, but I am hoping they'll feed me. 'Course, I wouldn't be surprised to find that in an effort to control the costs of feeding secret political prisoners, they decide to secretly shoot them and bury them in secret graves. If there is one thing this administration likes, it's secrecy.

Enough of this rant.  
  Day in the Life of Joe Middle-Class Republican

Via John from lies.com, comes lies.com � The Lurking Liberal Menace, which provides a link to this wonderful piece,
Day in the Life of Joe Middle-Class Republican:
Joe gets up at 6:00am to prepare his morning coffee. He fills his pot full of good clean drinking water because some liberal fought for minimum water quality standards. He takes his daily medication with his first swallow of coffee. His medications are safe to take because some liberal fought to insure their safety and work as advertised.

All but $10.00 of his medications are paid for by his employers medical plan because some liberal union workers fought their employers for paid medical insurance, now Joe gets it too. He prepares his morning breakfast, bacon and eggs this day. Joe’s bacon is safe to eat because some liberal fought for laws to regulate the meat packing industry.
You really should go and read the rest of Day in the Life of Joe Middle-Class Republican. It's certainly one of the best refutations of the usual republican drivel I hear. 
  Admin - Traffic Analysis

Fascinating. I haven't been posting over to American Samizdat for the past few days. Largely due to the fact that the current political situation here in the US has recently depresses me, rather than inspiring me to rant. So, I was expecting a drop off in readership, which I got to some extent, but not nearly as much as I expected. In fact, I've received a large number of hits from Europe, especially Central Europe, over the past few days. So many hits, that I have more hits from Europe than anywhere else outside the US Eastern seaboard.

Yesterday, I had somewhere around 11 - 12 hits, just from Poland, plus some visits from just about every other European country. All of them to my 05/16/04 archive. I'd love to know what the attraction is, but I think it may be "I remember the Army..." that is generating the interest, as I believe that was the entry page of the first visit from Poland yesterday. I could be wrong, and I'd love to know for sure. So, if any of my Polish visitors happen to come here to the 'front page', I'm interested.

Then, starting about 2115 hrs last night, I've had a rash of hits to my 06/06/04 archive from what looks to be around the globe. I'm thinking this might be in response to another mailing by Mr. Ian Bell, Chief Executive of "Strategic Business Analysts Ltd", and people are researching the company and finding this piece "When marketing goes wrong", which some visitors have appeared to follow to this one, "Trying to understand traffic flows". I just checked, Google Search: "Strategic Business Analysts Ltd", and Radically Inept shows up on the second of two pages.

So, I went ahead and revisited "Strategic Business Analysts Ltd": HomePage, and apparently, in an effort to avoid paying me for my unsolicited marketing advice, they haven't made very many improvements to their site. They still don't provide the kind of information that would inspire my confidence that they provide more than a convenient opportunity to get rid of some of my funds.

But I do appreciate the hits; so thanks, Ian.

Anyway, I'll be posting more later, It might even be political. 
Tuesday, August 31, 2004
  We're at war - Don't scare the children

That's it. That is the offical Baby Bush Administration line. I just got a piece of Wolf Blitzer Reports, interviewing Chief of Staff Andrew H. Card, Jr., and heard Card defend Baby Bush at Booker Elementary School on 9/11 (THE VIDEO), waiting until they finished reading the story to the kids after he was told about the second airliner impacting the World Trade Center. Card states that Baby Bush did the right thing in not 'scaring the children'.

Yes, my fellow Americans and Foreign readers, it is better for a US persident not to scare a classroom of children than to start defending an America under attack.

Here's a slightly different take on the event:
But far more telling than Bush's reaction is that of Card himself who, as can be seen in the above clip, steps in to inform Bush of the second impact (without mentioning the fact that more hijacked planes were in the air), then immediately steps back without waiting for a reply. Bush's job is to make decisions. How does Card know that Bush will not make one then and there?
Which one do you believe?

Off to Manuel's Tavern for the weekly get together of the Democratic Government in Exile. As usual, if you happen to be in town, and have the time available, stop on by. Probably won't post again until tomorrow sometime. Hey, and send me some positive karma if you got it to spare, I'm competing for a position as a local lobbyist. Help me cross over to the dark side. 
  Definition: Science - Looking for better ways to kill

Sorry, I couldn't help myself. Everytime scientist come up with any fucking thing, the next step is to figure out how to use it to kill us.

I just found this:Mail and Guardian Online: Military swarm study at the edge of chaos:
"Australian scientists are using the collective intelligence found in insect swarms to develop the next generation of hi-tech military hardware."
Okay, but wait, here is the good news:
The scientists are replicating swarm behaviour using complex algorithms in work Ryan described as "at the edge of chaos".

"There's a fine line between systems which are too ordered and stagnate or systems which are too chaotic and collapse into total disorder," he said.

Ryan said his team also has to try to modify natural swarm behaviour for military use.

"Swarm behaviour as such is not what we are after," he said.

"Swarms -- like the notorious killer bees -- concentrate on attacking a single enemy in vast numbers. Our aim is rather to develop an intelligent and communicating network."
Feeling a little better? Well I was until I read the second para down:
The initial focus is on surveillance work but Ryan said the swarms could also be modified to carry weapons.
Oh well, at least there's an environmental up side to war. As we used to chant at college football games in my youth:
See. There's always a positive side if you know where to look. 
  Earth II? Well no, but... And last Sci post for today, I think

'Super Earth' Discovered at Nearby Star:
"In a discovery that has left one expert stunned, European astronomers have found one of the smallest planets known outside our solar system, a world about 14 times the mass of our own around a star much like the Sun.

It could be a rocky planet with a thin atmosphere, a sort of 'super Earth,' the researchers said today.

But this is no typical Earth. It completes its tight orbit in less than 10 days, compared to the 365 required for our year. Its daytime face would be scorched."
Well, this is contra to what I read just a few weeks ago - wish I could remember where or who - wherein a scientist predicted that the multiple planetary solar system we live in could be unique, and that all the other stars would probably have just a gas giant in orbit, or words to that effect.
The star is like our Sun and just 50 light-years away. A light-year is the distance light travels in a year, about 6 trillion miles (10 trillion kilometers). Most of the known extrasolar planets are hundreds or thousands of light-years distant.

The star, mu Arae, is visible under dark skies from the Southern Hemisphere. It harbors two other planets. One is Jupiter-sized and takes 650 days to make its annual trip around the star. The other planet, whose existence was confirmed with the help of the new observations, is farther out.

The three-planet setup, with one being rocky, is unique.

"It's much closer to our solar system than anything we've found so far," said Alan Boss, a planet-formation theorist at the Carnegie Institution in Washington.

"This really is an exciting discovery," said Boss, who was not involved in the work. "I'm still somewhat stunned they have such good data."
So, I guess we can't plan to vacation there anytime soon, but still, a pretty cool find, and so close to us - cosmically speaking.

Well, I need to get to work on a cover letter, so till later

  Let your computer do your arguing

Okay, not 'argue',exactly; negotiate. Science: NewsFactor Network - Innovation - Computers Can Argue, Researcher Claims:
"Negotiation Station

Jennings -- a computer science professor at the University of Southampton -- assesses the effectiveness of so-called 'argumentation-based negotiation' (ABN) for computer agents in a recently published paper.

Agents are computer systems to which an operator can delegate tasks. Considered autonomous in comparison to programs that depend on every keystroke, agents are increasingly used in a wide range of industrial and commercial domains, including robotics, e-commerce, computer games Latest News about computer games and information retrieval.

In systems with more than one agent, where 'autonomous entities pursue their own goals, conflict is inevitable,' Jennings explained.

Negotiation among the agents is the best way to 'resolve these problems,' he added.

To resolve conflicts through negotiation, computers need artificial intelligence Latest News about artificial intelligence programs, which are 'increasingly being used on the Internet, in our homes, and in the workplace,' Jennings told NewsFactor.

'To improve their performance, we need to ensure they have the ability to overcome real-world problems, such as conflict,' he stressed.

'I am very much in agreement with Prof. Jennings on the importance and the promise of agent technology,' said Agentis chief technology officer David Kinny, who with Jennings and Michael Wooldridge co-authored the landmark 'Gaia' paper on agent-oriented analysis and design.

'Negotiation techniques are crucial in open-agent systems,' said Kinny, 'where agents representing different individuals or organizations interact -- as well as in any systems where agents have conflicting goals or information.'"
Interesting. And I tried unsuccessfully to access the "landmark 'Gaia' paper on agent-oriented analysis and design". I hate getting a teaser like this, and not being able to review the article itself, without having to pay for a subscription. But I was able to find this expanation in this paper, Semantic treatment of queries based on agents to improve information retrieval in federated digital libraries by Student: María Auxilio Medina Nieto with Ph.D. Alfredo Sánchez acting as Advisor:
4.1.2 Gaia methodology
Gaia is a top−down methodology for agent−oriented analysis and design. It is based on the
concept of roles. A multi−agent system is understood as a computational organization
formed by the interaction of various roles. To understand and model a complex system, a
set of two agent−specific types of concepts are provided: abstract concepts, (roles,
permissions, responsibilities, protocols, activities, aliveness properties and safety
properties), and concrete concepts, (agent types, services, acquaintances). These concepts
are briefly described in this section.

The conceptual structure of Gaia has three stages: requirements statement, analysis
and design. Requirements statement can be done with traditional software engineering
techniques. Models form the other two stages. The analysis stage is composed by roles
model and interactions model, whereas the design stage includes agent model, services
model and acquaintance model. Requirements statement operates as input to the analysis
stage. Each model of this stage is related with the models of the design stage [Wooldridge
et al. 2000].

The understanding of the system and its components without implementation details
is done at the analysis stage. The most important concepts at this level are roles and
interactions; each one constitutes a model. In the roles model, a role is defined by the
following attributes:
• Responsibilities to determine the functionality. They are subdivided in aliveness
responsibilities or safety responsibilities according to if they describe states of
affairs that an agent must bring about or acceptable states of affairs maintained
across the whole execution, respectively.
• Permissions or rights associated with a role.
• Activities that are performed by an agent without interacting with other agents.
• Protocols to define how a role interacts with other roles.

These components form a template called role schemata. Roles model consists of a
set of role schemata.
Okay, still above my head, let me know if you find an explanation that's a little easier to come to grips with, and maybe why the 'Gaia' paper on agent-oriented analysis and design was considered 'landmark'. 
  Your porn downloaded faster

Tech Crazy � Internet connections will hit 10Gbit by 2010 in Japan:
"The Japanese government (the Ministry of Public Management, Home Affairs, Post and Telecommunication) are going to start a development plan next year that will increase the speed of the internet in Japan to 100 times faster than the current 100MB fibre internet, with partner companies it is aiming for completion by 2010.
Ah, but the sinister side? They want our jobs
"It plans to develop a unique technology, expecting to increase competitiveness in the network equipments market, which is currently dominated by the American IT company, Cisco Systems."
Hell, Am IT and CISCO will probably just figure out a way to partner with them.

Here's the cool tech part
Current router technology for fiber optic networks must covert the optical (light) signals to electrical signals and back again to process them, this causes a delay in processing and as such a slowing down of internet communications. The group plans to develop technology that does not requite the conversion steps and so make even faster broadband internet services practical. If successful, the internet connection speed available could become more than 10G bits/sec (10 billion bits), which is 100 times faster than the current fastest speed of 100 Mbit on current fiber internet connections. This will take only about 35 seconds to send a 2 hours long video, which takes around 57 minutes with the current technology.
See, like I said, virtually instant porn (there might be a pun here). 
  Place your bets, ladies and gentlemen

Alright! Betting on science is cool. Course, I don't know enough to make smart bets, but...

Article: Biggest bets in the universe unveiled�| New Scientist

For two weeks, British-based bookmaker Ladbrokes is opening a book on five separate discoveries: life on Titan, gravitational waves, the Higgs boson, Cosmic Ray origin and nuclear fusion.

“We’ve taken bets on life on Mars before,” says Warren Lush, Ladbrokes’ novelty bets expert, “and we wanted to provide something completely different.” The initiative follows an approach from New Scientist, and the full 10-page feature, Monsters of the Universe appears in the print edition of the magazine.
If I was a betting man, which I am, and I had the money to bet, which I don't, and I had known this last Thursday and could have gotten a wager in at the 500-1 rate, I would certainly have put $50 on catching a gravitational wave before 2010. At the current odds, of ten to one, I think I still like the bet.

And, I think
Ladbrokes has set the odds of finding intelligent life on Titan by 2010 at 10,000-1, the maximum odds allowed.
is a suckers bet. If their life on Titan, and it is truly intelligent, it won't let us find it. First thing we'd do is fuck it up. If we find it, it can't be too intelligent, and it probably won't be around long. We'll pollute the hell out of their environment, especially if there's a way to make a profit. Hell, if we find life there, regardless of it's intellectual capacity, we'll figure out some way to exploit it. No, this is a suckers bet. Truly intelligent life, would avoid contact with the human race like the plague we are. 
  Science Monday on Tuesday

Well, it's better than Wednesday. As usual, unless otherwise cited, I found these articles via KurzweilAI.net Weekly Newsletter

How long should we wait

Yeah, The Laura Bush (NY Times) said that it might be years before break through help would be found via embryonic stem cell research, and so we shouldn't bother pursuing it. The following does not use 'embryonic' stem cells, but I think it demonstrates that the potential for major break throughs and improvements in human life from stem cell research, may not be so distant:

Jaw transplant allows man to chew after nine year
A jaw, grown on a titanium frame, enabled the man to chew for the first time since he lost his lower jaw in radical surgery for cancer. The functional jawbone was created using a combination of computer aided design and bone stem cells.

The 56-year-old German man underwent surgery to remove cancerous tumours on his jawbone in 1995, and since then he was able to eat only soup and soft foods. But just four weeks after a pioneering jaw-creation and transplantation procedure, he tucked into a meal of sausages and bread.

Current techniques for replacing lost bone usually rely on a painful, slow-healing bone graft from another part of the body, causing loss of bone density in the donor area and a secondary site of possible infection. Flat areas, such as the shoulder blade, are often used, which are far from ideal replicates for a complex three-dimensional structure like jawbone.

Now, doctors at the University of Kiel in Germany have neatly bypassed the initial bone removal procedure and instead grown the required bone from stem cells in the patient’s own bone marrow.

Follow-up on the issue posted 1113 hrs: Yahoo! News - Calif. to Vote on $3B Stem Cell Project:
"Silicon Valley tycoons, Nobel laureates and Hollywood celebrities are backing a measure on California's Nov. 2 ballot to devote $3 billion to human embryonic stem cell experiments in what would be the biggest-ever state-supported scientific research program in the country."
Monday, August 30, 2004
  Quick admin

I'm waiting for the auto shop to send a car, so I can pick up the Vovlo. I wish I lived in a city where a car was unnecessary. I wouldn't own one if I didn't have to. They always wait until the budget is none existent, and then three or four things go wrong at once. The electric system for the windows went bad, and they found something wrong with an 'oil overflow' something or other. Anyway, out $345, and we haven't even dealt with a $650 dollar master brake cylinder replacement, which we knew was coming. Sucks.

If I didn't have to own a car, I throw an extra credit card in a sock drawer for those times that I wanted or needed to rent one, instead of maintaining one. Cars are just continuous overhead as far as I'm concerned. I'd rather be able to walk to work, the store, library or neighborhood pub, whatever, and have a decent public transportation system when I need to leave the neighborhood, and like I just said, rent a car when needed.

I won't get to the science postings today. I know, no surprise to regular readers, but as usual, reality intrudes. No surprise. Also, I'm meeting with Colonel Spock tonight, and I'm sure that will be good for a post by itself.

That's it for now... 
  The power of dreaming and synchronicity I

I awoke out of a dream in which I was looking over five poster designs for protests. I was analyzing them for their effectiveness in communicating their messages, and their ability to stand out. While I don't remember the individual posters, I recall they seemed to vary from the look of the Fillmore East posters of the sixties, to plain hand bill style. I have over the years learned to force myself to read the words, and make them make sense. That may be why I woke up. It often is. If the stuff I'm trying to read won't achieve coherence, it can bring me to consciousness.

I have strange dreams, but this one seemed a little more unusual than my normal - 'I'm in a huge office building/hotel and I must get in, or out, or to the restaurant, or some specific place and security or others are trying to prevent me' - dreams. Those are what I usually have. On the otherhand, if you've been reading much here or especially over at Rogue Analyst you'll know I've been obsessing on trying to come to grips with the value of various types of information, it's communication, and how to break through the clutter. Yeah, the last part of the dream, was which of these stood out best from all of the background information clutter.

Then, I also remember thinking that I really don't know the histories of many of the various peace and labor movements, and that it might be helpful to know more.

A few sychronisities appear worth citing. The first is that when Freelancer spoke Thursday night, dreams also became a major subject. Sadly, he states that his current work allows him so little sleep that he doesn't have the time to continue techniques he knows, or work on new ones to get greater enjoyment and/or information from his dreams.

Then Friday morning, I read John from lies.com's post Another Dream About Bush, which was an interesting read, but seemed to reinforce the whole importance of dreams as a meme.

I started this post on Saturday morning, I didn't have time to get back to it until today. I'll explain in a admin post later. For now, indulge me on dreams and dreaming as a subject.

Later on Saturday, I went hunting for a book that Freelancer had recommended in our first conversation outside work, Nature of Personal Reality: A Seth Book by Jane Roberts. The DeKalb County system does not have a copy, but I did find The Fabric of the Cosmos by Brian Greene, which I had been looking forward to reading, and a book I hadn't heard of, "MAGIC AND WITCHCRAFT: From Shamanism to the Technopagans", by Nevill Drury, which grabbed my attention immediately. I'll try to come back to this last title later in this post. Regardless, I will deal with my beliefs in this area. Note I didn't say 'knowledge' of the area.

Well, continuing my quest for Nature of Personal Reality: A Seth Book by Jane Roberts, I checked out the Health Unlimited store on N. Druid Hills, which I knew to carry a pretty solid collection of 'esoteric' book titles. Sure enough, they had a few copies, but at $17.99 a copy plus tax. Oh, never mind. So, that I went into the used bookstore across the street, The Brandeis Used Book in the Toco Hill Shopping Plaza. They didn't carry it, but as I was about to leave, I paused to look through the book bins outside the store. They were having a pretty extensive sale inside, but currently I'm on a LOW BUDGET, so the bin boxes were my best choice.

Now, when I hit the bin boxes, I don't really try to browse through all the books, reading titles and the like. I find that if I pass my hand over the books, just a little above their spins, I get a feeling when I'm over a book that I should look at. Using this method, I stumbled on to two books, I might not otherwise have found. "Ten Great Works of Philosophy" by Robert Paul Wolff (Editor) and So Human an Animal by Rene Dubos, for a total price of 86 cents, that includes tax. Fascinating to find so much knowledge, for so little a price.

I read a little of Dubos' book, the first chapter, and it appears exactly as relevant today, as it was then, though we apparently differ in regards to the existence of a supreme being. On the other hand, I just finished reading Apology by Plato (looks like the entire text is at this site, so I encourage readers to read it) on Socrates' own defense at his trial. Wow, now this is true deja vu. I really find I have nothing to offer readers of any originality beyound than what Socrates said in his own defense facing the death penalty. Well, I'm sure that will not last, as the next chapter is Crito by Plato, which I've already started, and found brilliant, and it is followed by Poetics by Aristotle.

Brief confession: I've given up the idea of trying to slog my way through The Cambridge Economic History of Europe from the Decline of the Roman Empire, volumes III through VI, which posted here. The level of detail was mind-boggling, and maybe I can find the chapters summarized somewhere else. I was spending far too much time on trying to read that old academicese style. I did learn from what I made it through, but surely I can find the level of info I want in an easier to digest form elsewhere. Besides, I wouldn't being going back and reading the Greek Classics, which is much easier, and more fun.

Well, so what did the past few paragraphs have to do with dreaming and sychronisity? Well, in reading the Apology, Socrates speaks of receiving prophesies. Well, as it turns out, I believe I receive prophesies myself. You are startled? You think to yourself, 'I knew he was Radically Inept, but now me thinks he's crazy as well'? Possibly. I've touched on this before, and more often than you know, as I've started several posts on the subject and left them in draft form.

But, for right now, I will relate one particular episode. It was the second weekend of June, 2001. I know, because it was a reserve drill weekend, which is also why I have proof. I dreamt the night before, and please do remember dreams may not always be precise, and memories of dreams are not always precise as the dream may have been. I dreamt that I saw the black bow of a ship, only the bow, hit and blow up a tall building. I saw it twice, I thought the dream was replaying itself. I also saw that 'the building' was on an island, and I saw the ruins after the event. This dream was so real, I informed the commander of my unit and my fellow officers of it. I sent emails out and I searched for news on a building on an island being blown up.

Exactly three months later, I saw the news about 9/11. And I knew that was the event I of which I had dreamt, and rather than the dream having replayed the same event from different angles, that it was in fact two events. And that the black bows of what I thought were ships, were the bows of planes, and that explained why the bows hit so high on, as I thought at the time, the single building. But it was when I saw the ruins after the event, that I knew it was a perfect match to my dream.

I had dreamt other things that happened after the dreaming, but that was the first where I had witnesses and established computer evidence as to date and time of my inquiries.

One final note on this particular dream, right before I woke up, I heard one word, clear and loud. This was another reason that the dream stood out. Most my dreams, there really is no 'sound'. Usually, audio is more of an impression of audio, than 'sound'. This time I heard one word, loud and clear - Titus.

I have no idea to this date what it meant, but I know it is important and linked to 9/11. Initially it caused me some confusion, as I kept looking to Titus Island when I was hunting for news of the event, though even at the time I wasn't sure if it referred to location or something else, such as the name of 'the' ship or something. Regardless, I know that 'Titus' is in some way significant to the event. I post this piece of information here, in futile hope it will somehow lead to an explanation.

There are other dreams I will relate, now that I've gone ahead and revealed myself as a true believer in the idea that information can be received out of linear time, but that should be no surprise to anyone who believes in quantum physics.

Enough for now. Must go back to the job hunt... 
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