Thursday, February 15, 2007

Drunk Republicans


Bernstein: Bush administration's disinformation, misinformation 'something I have never witnessed before on this scale':
"'The Bush administration,' Bernstein continues, 'is a far different matter in which disinformation, misinformation and unwillingness to tell the truth -- a willingness to lie both in the Oval Office, in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, in the office of the vice president, the vice president himself -- is something that I have never witnessed before on this scale.'"


Daughter of Supreme Court justice charged in DUI:
"CHICAGO - A daughter of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was arrested Monday night in Wheaton, Ill., and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and child endangerment, Wheaton Deputy Police Chief Thomas Meloni said."

Life-imitating-art-in-the-worst-of ways

Group: TV Torture Influencing Real Life:
"Television interrogation frequently works to a ticking clock: someone needs to find out the location of a bomb from a prisoner within the hour or it will explode. That's so rare in real life that it's essentially mythology, he said.

Herrington called prisoners his 'guests.' When taken into custody, the 'guest' would get medical treatment, a shower, a good meal. Herrington would tell him he'd be treated with respect. If it's a military officer, Herrington would salute. It built a relationship far more likely to yield solid information, as opposed to lies told simply to stop torture.

One German officer in World War II was so meticulous that he found out the birthdays of his prisoners, and wished them happy ones, as happy as they could get in prison. The officer was brought to the United States after the war and honored by a veterans group, even as many acknowledged they had spilled their guts to him.

'It seems to me dramatically much more powerful to actually use psychological approaches when you are interrogating,' Lagouranis said. 'It's really a test of wills. He has information and he doesn't want to give it to you. To me that's much more interesting than an electricity sensor.'"


Insecure relationships may drain immune system:
"NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Feeling insecure in close relationships with others may take a toll on the immune system, preliminary research suggests.



Marijuana-like substance in brain could help treat Parkinson's, researchers say:
"Neuroscientists have found that a substance similar to the active ingredient in marijuana but produced naturally in the brain helps to control mobility -- and may offer a novel target for treating Parkinson's disease."

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