American Woman Burned Alive by Taliban

Filed under:Culture War,War on Terror — posted by 3wire on 1/30/2009 @ 5:01 pm

In November 2008 Paula Loyd, a civilian contractor and  social scientist working for the Human Terrain program in Afghanistan, was doused with flammable liquid and set on fire by an Afghan man. The Taliban took credit for the attack.

The Taliban has a long history of setting women on fire as a way of punishing them for perceived immodesty.

Paula died from her injuries on January 7th 2009.

See how the “Fair and Balanced” Reuters reported the attack.

KABUL (Reuters) – A U.S. civilian shot dead an Afghan civilian who tried to set fire to another American on Tuesday, the U.S. military said.

At least 4,000 people have been killed in Afghanistan this year, some 1,000 of them civilians. It is still rare though for foreign civilians to be directly engaged in the conflict.

The shooting occurred after an altercation, a U.S. military statement said.

“Reports indicate the local national was shot after pouring and igniting a flammable liquid on another U.S. civilian. The civilian sustained serious burns and was transported to the nearest coalition forces medical facility for treatment,” it said.

I would say that the Afgan did more than “try” to set Paula Loyd on fire. A religious fanatic burns an American woman alive but Reuters reports it as the death of an Afgan “civilian”. No agenda there.

Massive Greenland meltdown? Not so fast, say scientists

Filed under:General — posted by 3wire on 1/14/2009 @ 9:09 am

From: PHYSORG.com

The recent acceleration of glacier melt-off in Greenland, which some scientists fear could dramatically raise sea levels, may only be a temporary phenomenon, according to a study published Sunday.

Researchers in Britain and the United States devised computer models to test three scenarios that could account for rapid — by the standards applied to glaciers — melting of the Helheim Glacier, one of Greenland’s largest.

Wing Suit Base Jumping

Filed under:General,Science,Technology — posted by 3wire on 1/13/2009 @ 5:52 pm

Scary Cool


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British Gov to Hack Citizen’s PCs Without Warrants

Filed under:Bill of Rights,Technology,War on Terror — posted by 3wire on 1/12/2009 @ 3:30 pm

From: London Times

THE Home Office has quietly adopted a new plan to allow police across Britain routinely to hack into people’s personal computers without a warrant.

The move, which follows a decision by the European Union’s council of ministers in Brussels, has angered civil liberties groups and opposition MPs. They described it as a sinister extension of the surveillance state which drives “a coach and horses” through privacy laws.

The hacking is known as “remote searching”. It allows police or MI5 officers who may be hundreds of miles away to examine covertly the hard drive of someone’s PC at his home, office or hotel room.

Material gathered in this way includes the content of all e-mails, web-browsing habits and instant messaging.

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