Alaska Earthquake

According to several sources like The Anchorage Daily News or the The Post Chronicle, an earthquake with a magnitude of 5.73 hit South-central Alaska at at 9:09 a.m this morning.

The information was confirmed by the Alaska Earthquake Information Center at the University of Alaska (Fairbanks).

The quake’s epicenter was 162 miles SW of Anchorage.
The quake occurred at Latitude 59.3888, Longitude -152.8107, at a depth of 62 miles. No injury nor damage were reported.

The AEIC, which monitor all seismic activities across Alaska, is reporting more than 20,000 earthquakes each year, and 20 just for today but ranking from micro ( Read more »

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An inside story of how the US magnified Palestinian suffering

A million and a half Palestinians are learning the hard way that democracy isn't so good if you vote the wrong way. In 2006, they elected Hamas when the US and Israel wanted them to support the more-moderate Fatah. As a result, having long ago lost their homes and property, Gazans have endured three years of embargo, crippling shortages of food and basic necessities, and total economic collapse.

We spoke again Saturday with three of our longtime Gazan contacts. They and their families, all Fatah supporters, were in their eleventh day without electricity, running water, or heat. They are cowering in cold basements trying to protect their children from the storm of explosions that is filling Shifa hospital with amputees and the dead. Our friends in Israel are likewise living in fear.

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Breaking News: Judge suspends Guantanamo war crimes trial

A military judge on Wednesday agreed to President Barack Obama's request to suspend the Guantanamo war crimes trial of a Canadian accused of killing a U.S. soldier.

It is the first in a series of delays sought by Obama as his administration reviews the legal system for prosecuting alleged terrorists.

The written order came Wednesday in the Omar Khadr case. He is alleged to have killed an American soldier with a grenade in Afghanistan in 2002....

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President Barack Obama 2009 Inauguration and Address

My fellow citizens: I stand here today humbled by the task before us, grateful for the trust you have bestowed, mindful of the sacrifices borne by our ancestors. I thank President Bush for his service to our nation, as well as the generosity and cooperation he has shown throughout this transition.

Forty-four Americans have now taken the presidential oath. The words have been spoken during rising tides of prosperity and the still waters of peace. Yet, every so often the oath is taken amidst gathering clouds and raging storms. At these moments, America has carried on not simply because of the skill or vision of those in high office, but because We the People have remained faithful to the ideals of our forbearers, and true to our founding documents.

So it has been. So it must be with this generation of Americans.

Listen to the whole speech....

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Obama Should Emphasize Human Rights

The incoming Obama administration will need to put human rights at the heart of foreign, domestic, and security policy if it is to undo the enormous damage of the Bush years, Human Rights Watch said today in issuing its World Report 2009.

US leadership in promoting human rights will be vital, Human Rights Watch said, because at present the most energetic and organized diplomacy addressing human rights is negative - conducted by nations trying to avoid scrutiny of their own and their allies' abuses. And the human rights crisis in Gaza, where hundreds of civilians have been killed in fighting between Israel and Hamas, underscores the need for concerted international attention to the rights abuses that plague today's armed conflicts, Human Rights Watch said.

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President Has Four Years To Save Earth

According to Dr James Hansen, President Barack Obama has only four years to save the world. That is the stark assessment of Nasa scientist and leading climate expert Jim Hansen who last week warned only urgent action by the new president could halt the devastating climate change that now threatens Earth. Crucially, that action will have to be taken within Obama's first administration, he added.

Soaring carbon emissions are already causing ice-cap melting and threaten to trigger global flooding, widespread species loss and major disruptions of weather patterns in the near future. "We cannot afford to put off change any longer," said Hansen. "We have to get on a new path within this new administration. We have only four years left for Obama to set an example to the rest of the world. America must take the lead."

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Just Hours Away ...a note from Michael Moore


This happy, happy day!

We have made it through the Dark Ages and here we are, in one of the most redemptive moments history has ever witnessed. Barack Obama is our best hope to get it right, to heal our national soul, to reach out to the rest of the world with an olive branch instead of shocking brutality.

I want to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you who has worked to make this day happen. For many, the madness goes back, not eight years but twenty-eight years, to the tragic day Reagan was sworn in to dismantle our precious "government of the people" and our beloved way of life.

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Barack Obama's day

Yesterday was Martin Luther King Jr's Day. Today is Barack Obama's day.

While the swearing-in ceremony is scheduled for 1 p.m. local time, a host of official activities are planned for before and after the main event.

The first musical selection is by The United States Marine Band and the San Francisco Boys and Girls' Chorus. The Call to Order and welcoming remarks will then be made by Senator Dianne Feinstien and the invocation by Dr Rick Warren.

After another musical interlude by Aretha Franklin, Vice President-elect, Joseph R Biden Jr, will be sworn in by Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court, the Honourable John Paul Stevens.

Another musical selection, featuring John Williams with violinist Itzhak Perlman, cellist Yo Yo Ma and pianist Gabriela Montero with Anthony McGill on the clarinet, will follow.

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Google Earth : High Resolution Photographies of Prado Masterpieces

Although it is no a substitute for a real visit at the museum itself, it is really amazing to fly in from space on Google Earth, approach a 3-D model of the Prado Art Museum (Madrid, Spain) and to watch ultra-high resolution photographies of some masterpieces like Hieronymus Bosch's Garden of Earthly Delight , Velasquez's Las Meninas or Goya's El Tres de Mayo,

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My Hero of the Gaza War

My war hero likes to eat at Acre's famed Uri Burri restaurant. He thinks it's the best fish restaurant in the world, and told me as much yesterday from the porch of the central Gaza City office building from which he has broadcast every day for the past two weeks, noon and night, almost without rest.

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