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    Please send as far and wide as possible. Thanks, Robert Sterling Editor, The Konformist http://www.konformist.com JFK News By Kenn Thomas SteamshovelPress.com
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      Please send as far and wide as possible.

      Robert Sterling
      Editor, The Konformist

      JFK News
      By Kenn Thomas

      Developments in the study of JFK's assassination occur in the media
      right about at the same time cute animal stories and Loch Ness
      monster sightings begin to appear as well. It signifies that not
      much else is left to say about the war, since the sea change in the
      US political landscape has ended all but the fighting now, and even
      audience tolerance for the tiring tales of celebrity misbehavior has
      been exhausted.

      So these developments get tossed in the media mix and many readers
      never get a chance to actually see them pulled together in one spot.
      To remedy this, following is list of recent JFK news:

      Scientists at Texas A&M conducted a new forensic analysis of bullets
      from the batch used by the sixth floor assassin. These new tests
      established that the JFK assassination bullet fragments could have
      come from more than three separate bullets. While critics scoff at
      the "could have" nature of the news, it nevertheless ends the
      certainty with which the notion that all the major damage was done
      by bullets from the same gun. The paper reporting these results
      appears online at imstat.org/aoas/next issue.html

      Howard "St. John" Hunt surfaced a January 2004 taped confession from
      his father E. Howard Hunt that presented an LBJ-did-it theory, with
      Cord Meyer as point man for the overall operation. Cord Meyer was at
      one time married to JFK's last mistress, Mary Pinchot Meyer, whose
      exploits (possibly including dropping acid with JFK at the White
      House) and strange murder once comprised a four-part series in
      Steamshovel. As Hunt puts in on the tape, which aired on Coast to
      Coast on April 28, 2007: "I think that LBJ settled on Meyer as an
      opportunist (like himself) and a man who had very little left to him
      in life ever since JFK had taken Cord's wife as one of his
      mistresses. I would suggest that Cord Meyer welcomed the approach
      from LBJ, who was after all only the Vice President at that time and
      of course could not number Cord Meyer among JFK's admirers—quite the

      Two other JFK connected obituaries happened. Jack Valenti, the film
      industry lobbyist responsible for the movie ratings system, also
      happened to be riding in the Dallas motorcade that day. Most
      recently he, the late president Gerald Ford and PBS commentator Bill
      Moyers pressured the History channel into censoring one of its "Men
      Who Killed Kennedy" programs. Interestingly, like Hunt's deathbed
      confession, the program involved an LBJ-did-it-theory.

      The other significant death was that of John K. Lattimer, a
      urologist and lone nutter who also supposedly owned the remains of
      Napoleon's penis.

      Charles Manson prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi has written a 1600 page
      book that answers all questions about the assassinations and
      resolves every doubt about the lone nut hypothesis—not. Also, Tink
      Thomason summarized Bugliosi's book well in the June 3 edition of
      the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

      "What is crystal clear, however, is that more than 43 years after
      the event we don't know what happened. From the very beginning, the
      event has been left to advocates of one view or another. The Warren
      Commission put together a case for the prosecution against Oswald.
      It failed when critics showed its conclusions were not justified by
      the evidence it considered. The same could be said for the House
      Select Committee, which reached a conclusion diametrically opposed
      to that of the Warren Commission. What this case doesn't need is
      more advocacy on the part of lawyers like Posner and Bugliosi. They
      squeeze the evidence into one mold or another, offering opinions on
      this or that, buttressed by whatever they choose to tell us,
      ignoring the rest….What this case does need is some old-fashioned,
      historical scholarship. It's a shame and a waste of great time and
      effort that Bugliosi decided to contribute to the problem and not to
      its solution."

      Of Bugliosi's book, Real History blogger Lisa Pease
      notes: "Seriously, every page I've flipped to by searching or
      randomly browsing so far is fraught with lies, errors, and
      omissions -- the very things he accuses the research community of
      doing. Is he just an anti-conspiracy zealot, out to defend a world
      view he can't afford to have shaken? Or is something more sinister
      at work? Maybe a look into his past would give us some answers."

      ( http://realhistoryarchives.blogspot.com )

      Before all of this, actor Bruce Willis apparently got caught up with
      the work of the conspiracy research community. According to


      Richard Linklater, who had an animated Alex Jones in his 2001 movie
      A Waking Life, passed around various "9/11 Truth" DVDs, including
      Jones' Terror Storm, on the set of his 2006 movie, Fast Food Nation,
      which had Willis in the cast. Whether that happened or not, Willis
      wound up telling the New York Post that "They still haven't caught
      the guy that killed Kennedy. I'll get killed for saying this, but
      I'm pretty sure those guys are still in power, in some form. The
      entire government of the United States was co-opted."

      And with that, the JFK business got thrown back into the media mix.


      USA: We're Number One!!!


      Man Beats World Hot Dog Eating Record
      Calif. Man Scarfs More Than 59 Hot Dogs in 12 Minutes, Shattering
      World Record
      The Associated Press

      A California man smashed the world record for hot dog eating at a
      contest Saturday, gobbling up more than 59 franks in 12 minutes.

      Joey Chestnut, 23, of San Jose, shattered the record held by Takeru
      Kobayashi of Japan by downing 59 1/2 "HDBs" hot dogs and buns during
      the Southwest Regional Hot Dog Eating Championship at the Arizona
      Mills Mall in suburban Tempe.

      Kobayashi's old record of 53 3/4 was set last year at Nathan's
      Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest, held at Coney Island
      in New York, said George Costos, who helps runs the regional
      contests for Nathan's.

      Chestnut placed second in last year's world championships, consuming
      52 hot dogs.

      "He's unbelievable he just keeps on going," said Ryan Nerz, who
      works for Major League Eating, which he describes as "a world
      governing board for all stomach-centric sports."

      "These guys' numbers have just been going up at a tremendous clip,"
      Nerz said. "I always thought there was a limit a limit to the human
      stomach and a limit to human willpower but I guess not."

      Chestnut won a free trip to New York, a year's supply of hot dogs
      and a $250 gift card to the mall.

      He flew to New York on Saturday night for a previously scheduled
      trip to throw out the first pitch Sunday at a game between the New
      York Mets and the Arizona Diamondbacks, Costos said.



      Route 66, Iraqi sites among most at risk: heritage group
      Published: Wednesday June 6, 2007

      America's famed Route 66 and Iraq's archeological sites are among
      the world's most threatened cultural treasures, according to a list
      published Wednesday by a leading US-based heritage group.

      The World Monuments Fund's 2008 watch list includes 100 sites from
      around the world deemed at risk from man-made threats such as
      climate change, conflict, urban development and unchecked tourism.

      "Human activity has become the greatest threat of all to the world's
      cultural heritage," the non-governmental group said in its report.

      "But, just as we caused the damage in the first place, we have the
      power to repair it," the group's president Bonnie Burnham added.

      Among the best known sites on the list are Machu Picchu in Peru,
      which the fund said was at risk from rampant and unmanaged tourism.

      Similarly, the skyline of 18th century St Petersburg in Russia was
      threatened by the proposed construction of a new skyscraper, it said.

      Other cities facing similar threats were parts of Shanghai built in
      the 1920s and 30s and Damascus, where historic buildings were being
      torn down to make way for modern developments.

      The watch list was compiled by an international panel of experts in
      archaeology, architecture, art history and preservation.

      The fund said that cultural sites of Iraq had suffered catastrophic
      loss since the US-led invasion of 2003, while fragments of the
      Bamiyan Buddhas in Afghanistan, largely destroyed by the Taliban in
      2001, were also at risk.

      Other sites threatened by conflict included Bethlehem's Church of
      the Nativity, one of Christianity's oldest churches, which the fund
      said was deteriorating as a result of the Palestinian-Israeli

      Sites deemed at risk due to climate change included the Antarctic
      hut from which Captain Scott led his fateful bid for the South Pole
      in 1912. The hut was suffering from increased snowfall believed to
      be caused by climate change.

      Chinguetti Mosque in Mauritania, located in one of Islam's seven
      holy cities, was threatened by shifting deserts, while Leh Old Town
      in India, a rare medieval city in the Himalayas, was at risk from
      changing weather patterns.

      Historic areas of New Orleans, much of which were badly damaged or
      destroyed by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, were also threatened, as
      were sites along Route 66, once the only all-year road linking the
      United States' east and west coasts and now popular with tourists
      making road trips.

      Perhaps surprisingly, the latest list also included some modern
      sites, such as a 1940s university in Florida designed by pioneering
      architect Frank Lloyd Wright and the Joan Miro Foundation in
      Barcelona, from the 1970s.

      The fund also identified the threat to Main Street Modern -- the
      post war civic buildings that dot American towns but are considered
      out of date and are being demolished across the country at an
      alarming rate.

      Founded in 1965, the World Monument Fund provides millions of
      dollars in grants to help preserve sites at risk, but also works to
      help raise awareness -- something it says sparks local interest and
      draws in far more funding.

      "By recognizing the endangered heritage it becomes possible to do
      something about it," said Marilyn Perry, the fund's chairman.

      Previous watch lists have included landmarks such as the Taj Mahal,
      the Great Wall of China, and the devastated city of Pompeii in
      Italy, along with a host of lesser known heritage sites from more
      than 70 countries.



      "Battlestar" gets grounded by Sci Fi
      By Nellie Andreeva
      Fri Jun 1, 2007

      The upcoming fourth season of Sci Fi Channel's "Battlestar
      Galactica" will be its final one after all.

      After months of speculation, the show's producers are set to make
      the announcement at a press conference Friday.

      Ending "Battlestar" with the upcoming 22-episode fourth season was a
      creative decision made by the hit show's executive producers Ronald
      Moore and David Eick.

      "This show was always meant to have a beginning, a middle and,
      finally, an end," Eick and Moore said in a statement Thursday. "Over
      the course of the last year, the story and the characters have been
      moving strongly toward that end, and we've decided to listen to
      those internal voices and conclude the show on our own terms. And
      while we know our fans will be saddened to know the end is coming,
      they should brace themselves for a wild ride getting there -- we're
      going out with a bang."

      The fourth and final season of "Galactica" will kick off in November
      with "Razor," an extended two-hour episode, with the rest of the
      season slated to run beginning in early 2008.

      Sci Fi executive vp original programming Mark Stern said the
      channel's brass "respect the producers' decision to end the series."

      For months, Sci Fi had dispelled rumors about "Battlestar" ending
      its run after the fourth season.

      A couple of weeks ago, one of the show's stars, Edward James Olmos,
      was quoted as saying that the upcoming batch of episodes were
      definitely the last ones. Sci Fi issued a statement denying such a
      decision had been made.

      Reuters/Hollywood Reporter



      Travolta Is 'Divine' in 'Hairspray' Film
      Friday , June 01, 2007
      By Roger Friedman

      And now, "Hairspray," the John Waters musical film based on the
      Broadway musical that was based on the original 1988 John Waters non-
      musical film that launched Rikki Lake.

      It's brought to us by the producers of the movie musical version
      of "Chicago" and directed by Adam Shankman, a choreographer with
      some pretty awful movies on his resume.

      Into this mix comes John Travolta, looking a little like Barney the
      dinosaur (except not purple) as Edna Turnblad, previously played on
      Broadway by Harvey Fierstein and in the movie by Divine, Waters'
      late transvestite of choice. Who can forget Divine in "Pink
      Flamingos"? Did we ever think that Vinnie Barbarino would play
      his/her part?

      And yet, you really have to see Travolta to believe him, especially
      toward the end of "Hairspray" when he finally lets loose — dressed
      in a fat suit as a woman in a red tutu and high heels — and dances
      up a storm in the film's finale. He's remarkable.

      I don't know if it's an Oscar performance, but I do know that
      when "Hairspray" is shown in big theaters (I saw it in a screening
      room, still a little unfinished), audiences are going to go wild
      with cheers and whistles.

      Travolta even signals the audience with his now-trademark "cat eye"
      from "Pulp Fiction" as he launches like a spinning top onto the
      stage of the fictional Corny Collins Show. You can only love it.
      Somehow he brings that old Travolta warmth and charisma to a crazy
      costume (what a change from his last strange outfit, in "Battlefield

      "Hairspray," if you don't know, has a very simply plot. Circa 1959,
      17-year-old Tracy Turnblad of Baltimore — wide as she is tall with a
      huge beehive hairdo — only wants to dance on the local "Corny
      Collins Show." It's like Dick Clark's "American Bandstand."

      Tracy is played by newcomer Nikki Blonsky with such infectious
      ebullience, a whole new cult may quickly grow up around her.

      Corny Collins, though, is the revelation: James Marsden, known
      previously from a series of cardboard performances in "Superman"
      and "X-Men," turns out to be a terrific song and dance man. He's an
      absolute knockout. I wouldn't be surprised if Broadway producers
      start contacting him to play leads in shows.

      Anyway, Tracy's parents are played by Travolta and Christopher
      Walken, who almost steals the movie as the proprietor of a joke
      shop. Her best friend is Amanda Bynes, and Bynes' mom is "West Wing"
      star Alison Janney returning to her comedy roots.

      There isn't a lot more to "Hairspray" except for the subplot. Not
      only does Tracy want to dance on the "Corny Collins Show," she wants
      to integrate it. The show occasionally features "Negro Day," hosted
      by Motormouth Maybelle (Queen Latifah) and showcasing R&B then known
      as "race music."

      It's Tracy's one desire "to make every day Negro Day" and bring the
      black kids who dance on the satellite show onto the main stage. One
      of the funnier bits is a running joke where all the really cool kids
      (read: black) get detention on purpose. The detention room is really
      a juke joint, where there's great music and cool dancing. It's very

      Right now, New Line Cinema is downplaying "Hairspray," hoping to
      avoid the hype machine that nearly killed "Dreamgirls" last year.
      This may work. Enough fans of the Broadway show will want to see
      this movie. As word spreads, others will come, too.

      "Hairspray" is like a big colorful carnival, with loads of cotton
      candy. It's never anything but happy, even when it's trying to be

      More importantly, the performances are so well-defined that each one
      of them is going to be noticed. My favorite was Queen Latifah, whose
      voice is so amazing, and performance so mesmerizing, I wouldn't be
      surprised if she wound up with a lot of awards and nominations. Once
      again, as with "Chicago," she is the breakout star of the movie.

      Travolta, Blonsky, Walken and Michelle Pfeiffer as the uptight
      producer of "Corny Collins" are all excellent. Teenagers, I'm told,
      will flock in to see Zac Effron of "High School Musical" as the
      heartthrob of Corny's show. And Jerry Stiller reprises his role as
      Mr. Pinky from the original movie.

      "Hairspray" opens on July 20, on an open weekend with competition
      only from Adam Sandler and TV's Kevin James in "I Now Pronounce You
      Chuck and Larry." It's a tricky weekend, since NFL pre-season is
      still three weeks away. Guys, John Travolta in a dress awaits you
      like it or not.



      Skateboarding could be Olympic discipline in 2012
      June 8, 2007
      Associated Press

      LONDON -- Skateboarding could make its Olympic debut at the 2012
      London Games.

      The International Olympic Committee said Friday it has held
      discussions with cycling's world governing body about introducing
      skateboarding as a discipline for the London program.

      Skateboarding events are part of the X Games, and the IOC is eager
      to modernize the Olympic program with sports and disciplines that
      appeal to youth. It has already added snowboarding to the Winter
      Games and BMX cycling for next year's Beijing Olympics.

      "The IOC wants to make the program relevant for young people," IOC
      spokeswoman Emmanuelle Moreau said.

      Moreau said officials of the International Cycling Union met with
      the IOC sports department this week to discuss their proposal for
      adding skateboarding to the London Games.

      The IOC does not recognize an international skateboarding
      federation, so the sport would first need to be adopted as a
      discipline under the UCI umbrella. After that, the UCI could make a
      formal proposal to the IOC for its inclusion in the Olympics.

      The proposed venue for skateboarding in London is the velodrome in
      the Olympic Park.

      "We are doing our best to introduce skateboarding for 2012," UCI
      sports director Olivier Quejuiner told the London Evening
      Standard. "We have a clear strategy ... The venue could be
      wonderful. All we need now is the green light from the IOC.
      Technically, logistically and in terms of cost, it would not be a
      problem to stage the event in 2012."

      Twenty-six sports are on the London Olympic program. While it is too
      late to add any sports, new disciplines can still be brought in.

      The X Games feature skateboarding "vert," "street" and "big air"



      Screwed: The Undeclared War Against the Middle Class - And What We
      Can Do about It (Paperback Edition)
      By Thom Hartmann, With New Afterword by Greg Palast. Introduction by
      Mark Crispin Miller.


      From the Publisher:

      The American middle class is on its deathbed. Ordinary folks who put
      in a solid day's work can no longer afford to buy a house, send
      their kids to college, or even get sick. If you're not a CEO, you're
      probably screwed.

      America wasn't meant to be like this. Air America Radio host Thom
      Hartmann shows that our Founding Fathers worked hard to ensure that
      a small group of wealthy people would never dominate this country--
      they'd had enough of aristocracy. They put policies in place to
      ensure a thriving middle class. When the middle class took a hit,
      beginning in the post-Civil War Gilded Age and culminating in the
      Great Depression, democracy-loving leaders like Theodore and
      Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman, and Dwight Eisenhower revitalized
      it through initiatives like antitrust regulations, fair labor laws,
      the minimum wage, Social Security, and Medicare.

      So what happened? In the last twenty-five years, we've witnessed an
      undeclared war against the middle class. The so-called conservatives
      waging this war are only interested in conserving--and steadily
      increasing--their own wealth and power. Hartmann shows how, under
      the guise of "freeing" the market, they've systematically dismantled
      the programs set up by Republicans and Democrats to protect the
      middle class and have installed policies that favor the superrich
      and corporations.

      But it's not too late to return to the America our Founders
      envisioned. Hartmann outlines a series of commonsense proposals that
      will ensure that our public institutions are not turned into private
      fiefdoms and that people's basic needs--education, health care, a
      living wage--are met in a way that allows the middle class to
      expand, not shrink.

      America will be stronger with a growing, prospering middle class--
      rule by the rich will only make it weaker. Democracy requires a fair
      playing field, and it will survive only if We the People stand up,
      speak out, and reclaim our democratic birthright.


      By the bestselling author and Air America Radio host heard on more
      than eighty radio stations coast to coast seven days a week

      Reveals how the middle class, nurtured as the backbone of democracy
      by our Founding Fathers, is being undermined by so-called

      Shows how we can reverse the erosion of the middle class and restore
      the egalitarian vision of the Founders

      Expanded edition with a new chapter on immigration and a new
      afterword by Greg Palast
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