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    Please send as far and wide as possible. Thanks, Robert Sterling Editor, The Konformist http://www.konformist.com Robert Sterling in The Office
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      Please send as far and wide as possible.

      Thanks,
      Robert Sterling
      Editor, The Konformist
      http://www.konformist.com

      Robert Sterling in The Office

      http://robalini.blogspot.com/2008/05/robert-sterling-in-office.html

      *****

      TAKING BACK ISRAEL

      Professionally recorded in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, it is my first
      impromptu interview on DVD. The subjects I was asked to comment on
      include Gush Katif, Sharansky, The Transfer Agreement, The Second
      Lebanon War, Rabin, etc., in short, my history of modern Israel.
      Within, I kid at times, am philosophical occasionally, but the core
      is very real. I outline practical, desperate steps needed to oust
      the ruling establishment and replace it with a government determined
      to save the state from ruination.

      You've all seen the trailer of the DVD:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wBt-LxzXllA

      Now I'm determined to spread the message. I'll be sending it to
      anyone who has bought my DVDs or books, for free, if you so desire.
      I'll add another DVD free if you order now for $10.

      And I'll make a package of 4 DVDS for $15. TAKING BACK ISRAEL and
      any three of the others:

      The Best Of Barry 2007 - A brand new MP3 with 124 radio shows from
      2007. A week of me on one disc.

      Preventing The Israeli Holocaust - Recorded in Denver last year, I
      outline the Israeli political disaster as it exists at this moment,
      complete with missiles.

      The Vatican's New Crusade For Jerusalem - Recorded in Jerusalem and
      filled with expert guests, I explore the history, then and now, of
      the Vatican's covert fight to make Jerusalem its capital.

      The Secret War Against The Settlers - How the Israeli ruling
      establishment works with the CFR to eliminate Judea and Samaria.

      Who Murdered Yitzhak Rabin And Wayne Owens - Recorded in Salt Lake
      City, the first half is the complete Rabin assassination, followed
      by how the same gang did the same thing to Utah Congressman Wayne
      Owens.

      Return Of The Giants - Strange aerial phenomena accompany the Oslo
      Accord.

      This offer is limited to this article. And if you want my book Bye
      Bye Gaza, I have a few copies which I'll sign and send you for $25.

      Write chamish@... or:

      Barry Chamish
      POB 840157
      Saint Augustine, FL 32080-0157

      Watch me at:

      http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=3557853190547322236

      http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-
      7088685722391870150&q=chamish&total=58&start=0&num=10&so=0&type=searc
      h&plindex=7

      Get my books on lulu.com including the newest, Bye Bye Gaza:

      http://www.lulu.com/content/575116

      *****

      http://timesonline.typepad.com/comment/2008/05/a-heartbeat-awa.html

      May 16, 2008
      Top ten McCain Vice Presidential picks
      Daniel Finkelstein

      McCain needs to pick his partner very carefully. A heartbeat away
      from the Presidency matters more when the heart in question will be
      72 at the time of the inauguration. Here are some of the suggestions:

      1) Tim Pawlenty

      The Governor of Minnesota is at the top of many pundit's lists. The
      Springsteen fan likes to emphasise his working class roots and has
      managed to win twice in a traditionally Democratic state. He's
      renowned for his personal and rhetorical skills and liked by left
      and right. The one to watch.

      2) Joe Lieberman

      Connecticut Senator Lieberman bridges the political divide. A former
      Democrat, he still supports most of their policies but is also in
      favour of the Iraq war. He's made presidential and vice-presidential
      runs before and is an old friend of John McCain. The two Senators
      were together on the recent UK trip of McCain's and were frequently
      see yukking it up. But age is a big, big issue. Lieberman is 66.
      Together the ticket will add up to 138 years of experience.

      3) Mitt Romney

      McCain and Romney fell out several times during the Republican
      nomination race. But they've been cozying up of late and Romney has
      been spotted fundraising with McCain in the west. The worse the
      economy gets, the higher his chances. His impeccable financial
      credentials are his strongest card. He would make McCain seem more
      conservative (probably - Romney is, ahem, flexible). This would help
      with the base but would it put off independents?

      4) Condoleezza Rice

      The dream ticket for some. The nightmare for others. The Secretary
      of State's race and gender would boost the Republican argument that
      they're not just a party for white men. Condi speaks five languages
      and would provide some much-needed foreign policy clout. The odds of
      selecting her might have been higher if Clinton had wrapped up the
      Democratic nomination. But no-one would sneeze at this option. So
      what's not to like (if you are a Republican)? In a word - Bush.
      McCain's presidential bid won't fly if he is tethered to the
      President. And wouldn't Condi do just that?

      5) Charlie Crist

      Also a popular option. The popular Governor of Florida might bring
      the swing-state with him, and he's not even a Bush. The Times has
      written before about the likelihood of him making VP. He appeals to
      both independents and more conservative Republicans. A possible
      snag? He's single and has been forced to repeatedly defend his
      sexuality. Or is that a snag?

      6) Bobby Jindal

      The Governor of Louisiana, his name's cropped up several times
      recently. He's made waves with ethics reform in his homestate. The
      child of Indian immigrants, he'd add some diversity to the ticket
      and, at just 36, years old, he's half McCain's age. He also has a
      strong background in healthcare.

      7) Sarah Palin

      A former Miss Congeniality, the young Alaska senator has made quite
      a splash. The first female governor of her state, she might help
      bring women into the fold. And her strong support of family values
      and pro-life views will appeal to Republican voters who might be
      alienated by McCain's more maverick opinions.

      8) Colin Powell

      The former Secretary of State is a much-loved and well-respected
      moderate. But his denouncement of the Iraq mission may make him less
      appealing to McCain. Another catch? He's advised Barack Obama on
      foreign policy and praised him heavily in the past. An endorsement
      isn't out of the question.

      9) Haley Barbour

      The Governor of Mississippi would help secure the South. He's been
      head of the RNC and no-one could quibble with his conservatism.
      Knows everyone in politics but there is one large cloud hanging over
      his head. A series of Katrina-related ethics violations were alleged
      last summer. McCain might decide to steer clear.

      10) Mike Huckabee:

      If he really wants to propitiate the base, McCain should go with
      Huckabee. The former Arkansas Governor scored surprisingly well
      during the nomination campaign, taking Ohio, Kansas, Louisiana and
      West Virginia. And McCain would get two for one. Huckabee's bound to
      bring celebrity endorser Chuck Norris along for the ride. On the
      other hand, the guy doesn't even believe in the theory of evolution.

      *****

      http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5h1JXao0Kf_aQjZ9tSNW2dKy4d5JwD90PCO
      9O0

      George Takei planning to marry longtime partner
      5-20-8

      LOS ANGELES (AP) — George Takei said he will wed his longtime
      partner and business manager, Brad Altman, now that the California
      Supreme Court has legalized same-sex marriage.

      Takei, the original Mr. Sulu on "Star Trek," said on his Web site
      that he and Altman have shared their lives for more than 21 years
      and are "overjoyed" to be able to legally marry.

      "No more 'separate but equal.' No more second-class citizenship,"
      wrote Takei, 71. "Brad and I are going to be married as full
      citizens of our state."

      Takei, who also had a recurring role on NBC's "Heroes" last year,
      said he and Altman are planning the details of their wedding.

      NBC is owned by the General Electric Co.

      On the Net:
      http://www.georgetakei.com/

      *****

      http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5gbyA5ykfr5l1fOWDHLZmFSA8zCawD90NKK
      O00

      Cuban government backs calls to combat homophobia
      By ANDREA RODRIGUEZ
      5-17-8

      HAVANA (AP) — Cuba's gay community celebrated unprecedented
      openness — and high-ranking political alliances — with a government-
      backed campaign against homophobia on Saturday.

      The meeting at a convention center in Havana's Vedado district may
      have been the largest gathering of openly gay activists ever on the
      communist-run island. President Raul Castro's daughter Mariela, who
      has promoted the rights of sexual minorities, presided.

      "This is a very important moment for us, the men and women of Cuba,
      because for the first time we can gather in this way and speak
      profoundly and with scientific basis about these topics," said
      Castro, director of Cuba's Center for Sexual Education.

      Mariela Castro joined government leaders and hundreds of activists
      at the one-day conference for the International Day Against
      Homophobia that featured shows, lectures, panel discussions and book
      presentations. A station also offered blood-tests for sexually
      transmitted diseases.

      Cuban state television gave prime-time play Friday to the U.S.
      film "Brokeback Mountain," which tells the story of two cowboys who
      conceal their homosexual affair.

      Prejudice against homosexuals remains deeply rooted in Cuban
      society, but the government has steadily moved away from the
      Puritanism of the 1960s and 1970s, when homosexuals hid their
      sexuality for fear of being ridiculed, fired from work or even
      imprisoned.

      Now Cuba's parliament is studying proposals to legalize same-sex
      unions and give gay couples the benefits that people in traditional
      marriages enjoy.

      Parliament head Ricardo Alarcon said the government needs to do more
      to promote gay rights, but said many Cubans still need to be
      convinced.

      Things "are advancing, but must continue advancing, and I think we
      should do that in a coherent, appropriate and precise way because
      these are topics that have been taboo and continue to be for many,"
      Alarcon told reporters.

      Some at the conference spoke of streaming out into the streets for a
      spontaneous gay-pride parade, but others urged caution.

      The gay rights movement should be careful not to "flood" Cuban
      society with a message that many are not ready to hear, physician
      and gay activist Alberto Roque cautioned.

      And Mariela Castro said gay activists should opt for more subtle
      ways to chip away at deep-seated homophobic attitudes.

      Defending equal rights for Cubans, of all sexual orientations, is a
      key principal of the Cuban revolution led by her uncle Fidel Castro,
      who overthrew dictator Fulgencio Batista in 1959, she said.

      "The freedom of sexual choice and gender identity (are) exercises in
      equality and social justice," she said.

      *****

      http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/20/arts/20arts-KENNYCHESNEY_BRF.html

      May 20, 2008
      Arts, Briefly
      Kenny Chesney Honored but Upset
      Compiled by Lawrence Van Gelder

      No sooner had the Academy of Country Music handed out its awards on
      Sunday than Kenny Chesney, above, objected to the method that gave
      him his fourth straight win as entertainer of the year. For the
      first time in the show's 43 years, its foremost accolade,
      traditionally decided by academy members, was determined in an
      online vote by the public. Backstage on Sunday night, Mr. Chesney
      said that although he favored the inclusion of fans, he did not
      think they should determine the academy's most important award, The
      Associated Press reported. He emphasized that his criticism was
      directed at the industry, not the fans, and said that this year's
      voting method amounted to "complete disrespect" of the artists,
      turning the award "into a sweepstakes to see who can push people's
      buttons the hardest on the Internet." The academy did not
      immediately respond to messages seeking comment. At the ceremony in
      Las Vegas, Brad Paisley was named top male vocalist and Carrie
      Underwood top female vocalist, both for the second consecutive time.
      Honors for vocal group went to Rascal Flatts (six in a row) and for
      vocal duo to Brooks & Dunn (13 in a row).

      *****

      http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5i4kT7pJlnuzY_vpKdTACcQYIPcvQD90OLC
      LO0

      Zimbabwe party: Military plotting to kill leader
      By MICHELLE FAUL
      5-19-8

      NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Zimbabwe's opposition party accused the
      country's military Monday of plotting to assassinate the group's
      presidential candidate using snipers.

      The Movement for Democratic Change said Morgan Tsvangirai planned to
      return to Zimbabwe to contest the June 27 runoff election once
      security measures are in place to protect him against the alleged
      assassination plot. The opposition says it received details of the
      alleged plot on Saturday as Tsvangirai was on his way to the airport
      in Johannesburg, South Africa, to return home.

      "The assassination plot involves snipers," party Secretary-General
      Tendai Biti told The Associated Press after a news conference in the
      Kenyan capital of Nairobi. He said 18 snipers were involved in the
      alleged plot.

      "It is the military (plotting), the JOC (Joint Operational Command)
      that has been running the country" since Zimbabwean President Robert
      Mugabe, lost March 29 elections to Tsvangirai. "I cannot speak
      (more) of that because it would put a lot of lives at risk," Biti
      said.

      Biti also condemned African leaders' failure to confront Mugabe,
      Zimbabwe's leader of 28 years, in the strongest terms yet used by
      his party.

      He said the campaign of violence blamed on Mugabe's regime could
      backfire, saying that many of the millions of Zimbabweans who have
      fled the country planning to return to vote in the June runoff
      presidential election.

      A third of the population has fled Zimbabwe in recent years as the
      country confronts chronic shortages of food, medicine, fuel and cash
      precipitated by the government's seizure of white-owned farms that
      once produced enough to feed the country and export to neighbors.

      The government this month introduced a half-billion Zimbabwe dollar
      note in efforts to deal with runaway inflation that unofficial
      estimates put at 700,000 percent a year.

      Tsvangirai says he won the elections outright. But official results
      and those compiled by independent monitors show he did not win the
      50 percent plus one vote needed to avoid a runoff.

      Biti said the runoff legitimizes Mugabe's "theft" and would not
      resolve Zimbabwe's crisis. He said it still was not too late to
      negotiate a "unity government of national healing." Not contesting
      was not an option as it would hand Mugabe victory, he said.

      "The basic problem is that we have an old man, a geriatric, who is
      not prepared to give up power and that situation isn't going to
      change on June 27," Biti said.

      A runoff was "merely extending and exacerbating the crisis" and
      legitimize "Mugabe's constitutional coup."

      The answer, he said, is for African leaders to persuade Mugabe to
      negotiate a coalition government.

      Biti railed against African leaders' failure to confront
      Mugabe: "What's concerning us is this lack of statesmanship, of
      leadership by African leaders," he said. "I think that the paralysis
      of leadership and perspective lies (with) certain officers indebted
      to Robert Mugabe. ..."

      Mugabe's credentials as the leader of a liberation movement that
      fought a seven-year guerrilla war to force an end to white rule in
      1980 still enhances his stature among many Africans.

      But this year's crisis, and the violent government response, which
      human rights defenders say has killed dozens, injured hundreds and
      forced thousands from their homes, has divided leaders.

      Biti's party has asked the Southern African Development Organization
      to replace South African President Thabo Mbeki as its chief
      negotiator in the Zimbabwe crisis.

      Mbeki's insistence on "quiet diplomacy" to persuade Mugabe to change
      has largely failed, though his negotiations that led to election
      results being posted outside ballot stations did ensure a more open
      process that allowed the opposition to claim victory.

      International efforts to intervene have been hampered by Mbeki and
      South Africa's current chairmanship of the U.N. Security Council.

      "The Zimbabwe crisis is exposing every leader on the African
      continent, embarrassing us as Africans because we are not able to
      resolve our own problems," Biti said.

      *****

      http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/45023/MPs-warned-over-hybrid-
      embryos

      MPS WARNED OVER HYBRID EMBRYOS
      Monday May 19,2008

      Allowing the creation of human-animal hybrid embryos would make the
      UK a scientific "rogue state", MPs have been warned as a fierce
      debate opened on highly-controversial new laws.

      Gordon Brown and David Cameron have both firmly backed the ground-
      breaking technique as a means to develop treatments for common
      conditions that could potentially save millions of lives.

      The Prime Minister and Tory leader also support the creation
      of "saviour siblings" selected by parents in order to provide tissue
      material for seriously ill children.

      Mr Brown has hailed both innovations as "an inherently moral
      endeavour". But opponents from all parties hope to unite to axe both
      from the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill in crunch Commons
      votes on Monday evening.

      And with MPs allowed to vote according to personal conscience, not
      the party line, on the most contentious elements of the Bill, the
      result is not predictable.

      Leading the fight against so-called "admixed embryos", Tory MP
      Edward Leigh said the technique, which involves implanting a human
      nucleus inside an animal cell, was "a step too far".

      Scientists believe that stem cells harvested from these embryos
      could provide the key to breakthroughs in the treatment of
      conditions such as Parkinson's disease, cystic fibrosis or muscular
      dystrophy. Research is currently being held up by the shortage of
      human eggs to create stem cells.

      But critics of hybrids have branded them "Frankenstein science",
      saying it is obscene to combine human and animal genetics. They also
      question the benefits, insisting other methods are more effective.

      But Mr Leigh said 21 other countries had banned the creation of
      hybrids. "In terms of embryonic research we will almost be like a
      rogue state," he warned.

      But Labour MP Chris Bryant, a former Anglican curate, compared Mr
      Leigh's arguments to those used by church leaders against the
      smallpox vaccine. He said: "They were wrong and I think you are
      wrong today."

      ***

      http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/mps-vote-against-ban-
      on-hybrid-embryos-830969.html

      MPs vote against ban on hybrid embryos
      PA
      Monday, 19 May 2008

      A cross-party attempt to ban the use of hybrid human-animal embryos
      for scientific research was rejected by the Commons tonight. MPs
      voted 336 to 176 (a majority of 160) against the move led by Tory
      former minister Edward Leigh.

      The Commons then rejected a cross-party bid to ban the use of so
      called "true hybrids" using the sex cells of a human and an animal.
      Voting was 286 to 223, majority 63.

      It was the first in a series of critical votes on emotive issues in
      committee stage debate on the Human Fertilisation and Embryology
      Bill - the biggest shake-up of law in this area for 20 years.

      Mr Leigh (Gainsborough) said the use of "admixed" embryos, using
      genetic material from both humans and animals, would cross
      an "entirely new ethical boundary," and turn the UK into a
      scientific "rogue state".

      The embryos created would have to be destroyed after 14 days, but
      scientists hope stem cells can be harvested and used to create
      brain, skin, heart and other tissue for treating diseases.

      Mr Leigh warned it was a "step too far" adding: "In many ways we are
      like children playing with landmines without any concept of the
      dangers of the technology that we are handling."

      But Labour's Chris Bryant (Rhondda), a former Anglican curate,
      compared Mr Leigh's arguments to those used by church leaders
      against the smallpox vaccine.

      "They were wrong and I think you are wrong today," Mr Bryant said.

      All the main parties have allowed MPs a free vote on the creation of
      the "admixed" embryos and on the next issue to be debated tonight -
      the creation of so-called "saviour siblings" whose genetic material
      could help sick relatives.

      Controversial attempts to reduce the abortion time limit will be
      debated tomorrow.

      For the Tories, Mark Simmonds said he did not agree that admix
      embryos showed no prospect of providing solutions to the "very real
      problems that exist" to find cures for debilitating diseases.

      But he raised concerns about the creation of "true hybrids", warning
      that the scientific community had expressed "serious reservations"
      about hybrids that weren't always at the "human end of the
      spectrum".

      Mr Simmonds accused the Government of "shifting" its position on
      true hybrids, adding: "This seems to undermine any consistent
      ethical position surrounding admixed embryos."

      Lib Dem spokesman Evan Harris, a doctor, said his conscience told
      him to back the Bill.

      And he took issue with claims it was a radical departure from the
      ethical principles in the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act
      1990.

      "The same principles in the 1990 Act apply in this Bill. Embryo
      research will still be heavily regulated in at least five ways."

      Health Minister Dawn Primarolo said the shortage of human eggs
      presented a "significant barrier" to embryonic stem cell research
      and experts believe hybrid embryos were a "pragmatic" solution to
      the problem.

      She assured MPs: "Any licence application to create a human admix
      embryo for research will need to prove to the HFEA that the proposed
      use of the embryo is necessary.

      "Not simply that they want to try it as scientists, but that it is
      necessary and no other route of research will enable the development
      of the science to understand the development of the treatment."

      Tory leader David Cameron confirmed earlier today that he backed
      proposals for the creation of human-animal hybrid embryos for
      medical research as well as so-called "saviour siblings" selected by
      parents in order to provide tissue material for seriously ill
      children.

      Yesterday, the Prime Minister also voiced his support, hailing new
      ground-breaking techniques as "an inherently moral endeavour" which
      could save millions of lives.
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