Four officers arrested after attempting to smuggle ammunition, hand grenades
to Strip

Press Published in YNET: 09.30.06, 20:51

Four Egyptian policemen and five Palestinians have been arrested for
allegedly trying to smuggle ammunition and hand grenades into the Gaza
Strip, security officials said Saturday.

A local Bedouin was also detained with the group Friday in the northern town
of El Arish, on Egypt’s Sinai peninsula. The policemen

were handing over the weapons to the Palestinians, when Egyptian authorities
interrupted the deal and arrested them, the officials said on condition of
anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.

The ammunition was stolen from Egyptian stockpiles, while the grenades were
provided by local Bedouin, the officials said. The plan was to smuggle the
weapons into Gaza through tunnels or through the Rafah border crossing, the
officials added.

Israel pulled out of Gaza last year, turning control of the coastal strip’s
borders over to Palestinian and Egyptian officials. Since then, Israel has
said smuggling of weapons and explosives across the Egypt-Gaza border has
increased considerably.

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3 lbs plum tomatoes (about 12), cored and halved lengthwise
1/2 lb carrots cut into 3/4-inch pieces
10 garlic cloves
4 tablespoons olive oil
Coarse salt and ground pepper
1 1/2 lbs of eggplant, cut into 3/4-inch chunks
1 can (15.5 oz) chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained and rinsed
2 teaspoons curry powder
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro, for serving
3 to 4 cups water
toasted bread cubes or Chinese rice noodles


Preheat oven to 425, with racks on top and bottom. On a rimmed baking sheet, toss together tomatoes, carrots, garlic, 2 tablespoons oil, 1 tsp salt, and
1/4 teaspoons pepper. Spread in a single layer, with the tomatoes cut sides down. On another rimmed baking sheet, toss together eggplant, chickpeas, curry
powder, remaining 2 tablespoons oil, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Spread in a single layer. Place both sheets in oven (tomato mixture on the top
rack). Roast until tender, tossing mixtures halfway through, about 45 minutes. 3 Using tongs, peel off and discard the tomato skins. Purée tomato mixture
(including juices) in a blender or food processor until smooth. Transfer to
a large pot. Stir in eggplant mixture; thin with 3 to 4 cups water. Bring to a simmer over medium heat. Season with salt and pepper. Serve, sprinkled with
cilantro; garnish with toasted bread cubes or rice noodles if desired.

Serving Size

Serves 6

By Antony

SAN FRANCISCO (Billboard) – Customers picking up the latest MP3 players
this fall are getting much more than just a device. Increasingly,
they’re getting free music as well.

To set themselves apart from the pack, manufacturers are preloading
content into their players to increase sales — and the music industry
is only too happy to oblige.

The Zune from Microsoft, expected this fall, will contain up to 30 free
tracks donated from major and independent label partners.

While the economics of the deal vary a bit from one manufacturer to
another, they’re all basically quid pro quo arrangements in which labels
provide the free tracks and reap the promotional rewards in distribution
and marketing support.

“It’s a direct promotional situation” for labels, Zune head of artist
development Richard Winn said. “When you can quantify the real estate to
them, then they get interested.”

Microsoft is still not discussing the number of Zunes it will ship, but
it is expected to be in the millions. The company also will launch a
marketing campaign equal to that of its
Xbox 360 launch, estimated at more than $300 million. Winn says that
much of the advertising and promotional materials will contain images
and music of the artists whose tracks can be heard on the Zune.

SanDisk is taking the concept even further in its new relationship with
Rhapsody. The manufacturer will introduce a line of Sansa digital media
players dubbed the Sansa Rhapsody. More than 32 hours of music will be
preloaded into the device, most of it major-label fare. SanDisk, a
supplier of flash data storage products, holds the No. 2 position behind
the iPod with 18 percent of the flash-based player market.

This initiative is a bit different in that the music is
subscription-based, meaning that users have to subscribe to Rhapsody and
sync their devices, or the preloaded music will stop playing after 30 days.


Label sources say they see great promotional benefit for giving away
music on these devices, as long as it’s protected in a secure digital
rights management system that prohibits sharing that song for free.

“This represents a great opportunity for us,” said Astralwerks general
manager Errol Kolosine, whose company is contributing music from its
artist Hot Chip to Zune. “The music industry has been giving away music
samplers for decades. It’s like a pusher — we give you the first hit
for free.”

Interestingly, the concept of preloading came not out of a desire to
promote music, but rather a more tactical need.

In March, SanDisk (one of the pioneers of the preloading strategy) began
distributing the Sansa e200 with about 20 songs embedded. According to
Eric Bone, director of product marketing and audio/video for SanDisk,
the idea initially came at the request of consumer electronic retail
chains seeking a better try-before-you-buy experience. Without content,
there is little opportunity to compare user interfaces, say, or screen
resolution. “As they put the device out on the shelf displays, if
there’s no content on it, it’s worthless,” Bone said.

With 742 Best Buy stores and 632 Circuit City stores nationwide, the
music industry saw the advantage of exploiting this need to get its
music in front of more eyes and ears. Labels have focused on
contributing music by artists who have a new album or tour coinciding
with the device’s release date.

And manufacturers are planning to increase their retail presence as
well. Zune plans to establish a significant in-store experience that
includes listening stations and large displays that incorporate the
images and music of the embedded artists.

The biggest wild card, of course, is whether anyone purchasing these
devices will actually listen to the preloaded music and subsequently buy
more of it. But since the concept is relatively new, there’s no data yet
that suggests whether preloading music has any affect one way or the other

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Via Yahoo in association with Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) – Online gambling firms faced their biggest-ever crisis
on Monday after U.S. Congress passed legislation to end Internet gaming
there, threatening jobs and wiping 3.5 billion pounds ($6.5 billion) off
company values.

Britain’s PartyGaming Plc, operator of leading Internet poker site, and rivals Sportingbet and 888 Plc said they would
likely pull out of the United States, their biggest source of revenue.

“This development is a significant setback for our company, our
shareholders, our players and our industry,” PartyGaming Chief Executive
Mitch Garber said.

The House of Representatives and Senate unexpectedly approved a bill
early on Saturday that would make it illegal for banks and credit-card
companies to make payments to online gambling sites.

The measure was sent to
President George W. Bush to sign into law, which most analysts see as a

“We believe that this will have a very material impact on the long-term
prospects of online gambling, and in particular poker,” said analyst
Julian Easthope at UBS. “This will lead to a rapid decline in the use of
online poker sites.”

PartyGaming generates about 78 percent of its revenue from the United
States, while Sportingbet gets about 62 percent there.


Shares in PartyGaming, which rakes in nearly $4 million a day from its
19 million customers, fell 57 percent by 1155 GMT.

Sportingbet, which owns and, lost 60
percent, 888 was down 33 percent and Austria’s fell 24 percent.

Bwin could be pushed to the brink, having paid heavily for Swedish
online poker site Ongame earlier this year to gain access to the U.S.
market, said Leopold Salcher, an analyst at Austria’s RCB. “This could
break their neck,” he said.

Online gaming exploded in 2005 with a string of high-profile company
flotations in London, which has become the industry’s corporate center.

The bulk of revenue has always come from U.S. players, but the firms
were located in offshore jurisdictions like Costa Rica and Antigua for
fear of prosecution in the United States, where the legal status of
online gaming and betting was uncertain.

Shares in Sportingbet and BETonSPORTS had already been hammered after
recent arrests of senior executives on charges of illegal gambling in
individual U.S. states, but investors remained hopeful online betting
and gaming would not be completely banned at a federal level.

Meanwhile, big American corporations like Las Vegas-based Harrah’s
Entertainment Inc. were forced to sit on the sidelines as gaming money
streamed out of the country.

PartyGaming said in a statement, “If the President signs the act into
law, the company will suspend all real money gaming business with U.S.

“Any such suspension would also result in the group’s financial
performance falling significantly short of consensus forecasts for 2006
and 2007,” it added.


Stephen Whittaker, joint chief investment officer at Britain’s New Star
Asset Management, said the likely ban could be challenged.

“This represents protectionism, and the WTO have said you can’t do
that,” said Whittaker, whose portfolio includes about 2 percent of
online gaming stocks. “Overall, we’ll probably remain with most of our

“We’ll probably reduce one, maybe two,” he added. “We want to let the
dust settle a bit — it will take a few days.”

Sportingbet said a ban would hit trading and it would scrap a planned
merger with World Gaming as a result.

888 Plc said the move would hit its results, as did gaming software
provider Playtech, whose shares fell 42 percent.

But Paul Leyland at Arbuthnot Securities said Playtech was relatively
well positioned. “The only company for which you could categorically say
that redeployment is easy is Playtech,” he said. “But for the others
it’s much more difficult.”

A ban would also hit payment processors such as Neteller Plc and Optimal
Group’s FireOne subsidiary.

(Additional reporting by Laurence Fletcher in London and Alexandra
Schwarz in Vienna)

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BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The
European Commission welcomed on Monday U.S. government moves to make the
company that manages Internet domain names independent by 2009, but said
it would monitor the process carefully.

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (
ICANN), which controls addresses including “.com” and country domain
names such as “.cn” for China, now reports to the U.S.
Commerce Department.

On Friday, the Commerce Department said it would retain oversight for
three more years, renewing an agreement that was scheduled to expire
last weekend.

But a lighter regime was introduced, with ICANN no longer having to file
reports with the Commerce Department every six months or having its work
prescribed for it, the European Commission said.

“A new and final chapter opened this weekend. We welcome that ICANN will
be set free in a process over the next three years,” Commission
spokesman Martin Selmayr told a news briefing.

The Commission criticized ICANN’s decision this year to reject a new Internet domain for pornography sites, saying that was U.S.
political interference in the Web’s governance.

The United States has fought off attempts to wrest control of the
domain-name system from the Commerce Department.

U.S. control of ICANN had become a sticking point for countries such as
Iran and Brazil, which argued it should be managed by the
United Nations or another global body.

The United States argued that such a body would stifle innovation with
red tape.

“The European Commission will follow closely ICANN’s transition to full
independence in the next three years,” EU Information Society and Media
Commissioner Viviane Reding said in a statement.

“With our advice, we will contribute to this transition to ensure that
it takes place transparently, reflecting the interests of industry and
civil society alike,” Reding said.

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DECtalk was a speech synthesizer and text-to-speech technology developed by Digital Equipment Corporation in the early 1980s, based largely on the work of Dennis Klatt at MIT, whose source-filter algorithm was variously known as KlattTalk or MITalk.

The first DECtalk units were seen in 1984.
They were standalone units that connected to any device with an asynchronous serial port. Later units were produced for PCs with ISA bus slots.
The DECtalk engine was used in the National Weather Service’s first “Console Replacement System” (CRS) installations in the late 1990s for NOAA Weather Radio.
As of 2003
it had been all but been replaced by a far more modern engine called Speechify. The so-called “Perfect Paul” voice (a DECtalk “preset” for a default understandable male voice) still does Station identifications on many NWR stations.
DECtalk can be used as an assistive technology for those unable to speak. One of the most notable users of DECtalk is Stephen Hawking.
There have been several very comical files made that take advantage of Dectalk’s phonemic abilities.
For a long time now, I’ve been interested in making some more of those, since our main source for funny stuff like that seems to have dried up.
I found everything I need, and didn’t even realize I had most of it right on my external hard drive.
If you’re interested, Click here for more information and documentation.

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This post was delayed due to Yom Kippur falling out yesterday.

By Heidi at Euphoric Reality

This is a MUST SEE video for anyone interested in the immigration debate, whether you are a citizen, a legal immigrant, an illegal alien or a Congressman. This clip is from the longer video, Immigration by the Numbers, and features Roy Beck of NumbersUSA demonstrating the catastrophe of unrestricted immigration by Third World people into our nation. He uses standard statistics and simple gumballs to show this disaster in the making.

This video is very short – only 17 minutes total – don’t miss it! Even if you think you know what our future looks like, this video will shock you!

H/T for the video: Third World County

Here are some additional resources concerning the population disaster that is pending for our nation.

You can order videos of Immigration by the Numbers and others for only $10.

A chart of the declining levels of Americans and the exploding numbers of foreign-born immigrants.

A chart of the future of the U.S. in this century

*These numbers are NOT fanciful or manipulated to make a political point. They are cold, hard facts calculated by the most conservative estimator of all – the U.S. Census Bureau.

Despite the sheer impossibility of the numbers in the video and the source link above, you should know that they DO NOT include the number of illegal aliens and their offspring. Why?

The bar graph counts only the annual number of legal immigrants.

If illegal aliens could be accurately counted and included, it is likely that the 1966-89 period would be revealed as being even more disparate from earlier eras. Illegal immigration is believed to be far higher during recent decades than in the past.

The Census Bureau estimates there are 8 million illegal immigrants currently in the U.S. [A very conservative estimate – the numbers are possibly 2 1/2 to more than 3 times greater than estimated by the Census Bureau. -ed.]

On annual illegal immigration, the Center for Immigration Studies has extrapolated the latest Census data to show that 700,000 to 800,000 new illegal aliens are settling each year. Now, far, far more than that enter illegally each year, but there is a lot of back and forth. The 700,000 to 800,000 represents illegals who truly settle in for at least a couple of years, and usually much, much longer.

As bad as it looks on paper now, it is actually much worse in reality. We already know that the number of illegal aliens is more than quadruple the number of legal immigrants allowed into the country each year. The Border Patrol estimates that more than 4 million illegal aliens enter the country each year – and they apprehend about one in seven. That means, while they are catching 571,000 illegals each year, almost 3.5 million escape detection and melt into our communities.

What would the graph of the population explosion look like if the numbers of illegal aliens are included? The numbers are almost incomprehensible. We are looking at the utter devastation of our nation.

This has been a production of the Guard the Borders Blogburst. It was started by Euphoric Reality, and serves to keep immigration issues in the forefront of our minds as we’re going about our daily lives and continuing to fight the war on terror. If you are concerned with the trend of illegal immigration facing our country, join our Blogburst! Just send an email with your blog name and url to admin at guardtheborders dot com.

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Via Global terrorism Analysis

The latest criticism of Islam being a violent religion, which was sparked by incendiary comments made by Pope Benedict XVI, has caused internet jihadis
to launch a new website called Electronic Jihad, located at The purpose of the website is to help organize an electronic jihad
against websites that insult Islam and Islamic sacred figures. The site has been well publicized on more established jihadi websites. Jihadi forums are
posting quotes from the Quran in order to encourage and convince jihadis and regular Muslims of their duty to engage in electronic jihad and to attack
anti-Islamic sites in order to shut them down. Furthermore, postings from August on the Electronic Jihad site already claim that they successfully shut
down the Israeli website Thus, it seems that while street protests in response to Western criticism of Islam have died down in
the Islamic world, the battle is still raging on the internet.

The way that the Electronic Jihad site works is by coordinating and organizing its users and followers. The website offers programs that those willing to
engage in the electronic jihad need to download. Currently, there are two main programs that the website is offering. The first program is used for hacking
attacks. The second program, when installed, places a toolbar on the user’s computer that connects automatically to Electronic Jihad and acquires data
containing the specific date, time and target site for the attack. When that time arrives, the user simply has to run the first hacking program, select
the target site to be attacked and then allow the program to do the rest. The key to these attacks is that they must be done simultaneously by many different
users so that they can overload the target site. The hacking program is called the Electronic Jihad Program 1.5 (Silver Edition). One individual in
claims that the program was designed by a Saudi national.

The website also lists the results of previous electronic attacks, noting that it had hacked 14 anti-Islamic websites successfully, although it did not
provide the addresses for these websites. The site also claims that one server hosting an anti-Islamic site acquiesced to their threats and suspended the
site. The site owners remind Muslims of the harm done by anti-Islamic groups that have hacked into Islamic sites and turned many of them into pornographic
websites. To convince indifferent Muslims of the importance of electronic jihad, the site has a link to a report on the al-Jazeera Forums site mentioning
Electronic Jihad’s achievements in shutting down anti-Islamic websites ( The al-Jazeera report, however, does not identify
the attackers as “jihadis,” but rather as hackers and pirates.

Well, at least this gives us a glimpse of what would happen to such illustrious institutions as MIT if we slack off and let the Koranimals take over.
God forbid they do anything constructive.

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4 tablespoons margarine
2 medium yellow onions, chopped
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
2 teaspoons curry powder
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
Pinch ground cayenne pepper (optional)
3 (15 oz) cans pumpkin or 6 cups of chopped roasted pumpkin*
5 cups of chicken broth (or vegetable broth for vegetarian option)
2 cups of non dairy creamer
1/2 cup brown sugar


Melt butter in a 4-quart saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onions and garlic and cook, stirring often, until softened, about 4 minutes. Add red pepper,
curry, coriander and cayenne and stir for a minute more. Add pumpkin and 5 cups of chicken broth; blend well. Bring to a boil and reduce heat, simmer for
10 to 15 minutes. Transfer soup, in batches, to a blender or food processor. Cover tightly and blend until smooth. Return soup to saucepan. With the soup
on low heat, add brown sugar and mix. Slowly add the non dairy creamer while stirring to incorporate. Adjust seasonings to taste. If a little too spicy,
add more non dairy creamer to cool it down. You might want to add a teaspoon of salt. Serve in individual bowls.

Serving Size

Serves 8