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LOWFI seeks Nixon's spirit are you up for a trip?
SUNDAY, MARCH 1st: our next southern California excursion will be to
the haunted Richard Nixon library in Yorba Linda. On deck will be a
psychic medium to pick up the vibrations, Nixon's "ethereal conduit"
Jeffrey Vallance and L.O.W.F.I.'s NorCal Bureau Chief, Adam
$13, with an optional outing to a secret, undisclosed location in
Whittier, a scant 23 minute drive from the Nixon library. The
birthplace of Discordianism, a trip to this facility is as close to a
religious pilgrimage as a Fortean can get. All hail Eris! (The
birthplace of Kerry Thornley himself, Whittier also gave us Nixon and
Stay tuned for details as the date looms near!
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Scientists unravel Neanderthal genome
Extraordinary feat will shed light on what it means to be human
Ian Sample, Chicago
Thursday 12 February 2009
Scientists have unravelled the genetic make-up of the Neanderthal,
the long-faced, barrel-chested relative of modern humans.
Anthropologists analysed more than a billion fragments of ancient DNA
plucked from three Croatian fossils to reconstruct a first draft of
the Neanderthal genome.
The extraordinary feat gives scientists an unprecedented opportunity
to clarify the evolutionary relationship between humans and
Neanderthals that may ultimately shed light on the great mystery of
how we became the most formidable species on the planet.
Neanderthals were the closest relatives of modern living humans. They
lived in Europe and Asia until they became extinct around 30,000
years ago. The reason they died out is not clear, but likely factors
are dramatic swings in the climate that affected the availability of
food, and competition with early humans.
By comparing the genomes of modern humans with Neanderthals and
chimps, scientists hope to unravel the genetic differences that
define what it is to be human.
The Neanderthal genome was built up from strands of DNA, most of
which came from a 38,000-year-old fossilised leg bone unearthed in a
cave in Vindija, Croatia. Other material came from older remains
dating back 70,000 years. Together, the fragments make up more than
60% of the Neanderthal genome.
Svante Pääbo, who led the project at the Max Planck Institute for
Evolutionary Biology in Leipzig, Germany, said the team would spend
the rest of the year analysing the DNA. They will focus on genes
linked to modern human evolution, such as FOXP2, which is involved in
speech and language.
The draft genome was announced at the American Association for the
Advancement of Science meeting in Chicago.
Two years ago, the same group used the ancient DNA to pinpoint the
moment, about 500,000 years ago, when modern humans split from
The analysis should clear up once and for all the ongoing debate as
to whether Neanderthals and modern humans continued to mate with each
other after separating along the path of evolution.
Remains of Neanderthals dating back to 400,000 years ago suggest they
were proficient at crafting basic tools and weapons and buried their
dead. The last Neanderthals died out shortly after Homo sapiens
migrated to Europe and settled.
Neanderthals were stocky and well-adapted to a cold climate, with
brains that were on average larger than those of modern humans. Some
fossil evidence suggests they were occasionally cannibalistic, though
they more commonly hunted large animals including horses and mammoths.
To Fix Detroit, Obama Is Said to Drop Plan for `Car Czar'
By BILL VLASIC
February 15, 2009
DETROIT President Obama has dropped the idea of appointing a
single, powerful "car czar" to oversee the revamping of General
Motors and Chrysler and will instead keep the politically delicate
task in the hands of his most senior economic advisers, a top
administration official said Sunday night.
Mr. Obama is designating the Treasury secretary, Timothy F. Geithner,
and the chairman of the National Economic Council, Lawrence H.
Summers, to oversee a presidential panel on the auto industry. Mr.
Geithner will also supervise the $17.4 billion in loan agreements
already in place with G.M. and Chrysler, said the official, who
insisted on anonymity.
The official also said that Ron Bloom, a restructuring expert who has
advised the labor unions in the troubled steel and airline
industries, would be named a senior adviser to Treasury on the auto
The unexpected shift comes as G.M. and Chrysler race to complete
broad restructuring plans they must file with the Treasury by
Tuesday. The companies' plans are required to show progress in
cutting long-term costs as a condition for keeping their loans.
The administration official said the president was reserving for
himself any decision on the viability of G.M. and Chrysler, both of
which came close to bankruptcy before receiving federal aid two
One of President Obama's top advisers said Sunday that the
administration had not ruled out a government-backed bankruptcy as a
means to overhaul the automakers.
"We're going to need a restructuring of these companies," the
adviser, David Axelrod, said on "Meet the Press" on NBC. He added
that a turnaround of the companies would "require sacrifice not just
from the auto workers but also from creditors, from shareholders and
the executives who run the company."
The automakers had been expecting the appointment of a car czar to
break the logjam of negotiations with the United Auto Workers over
the finances of a retiree health care trust, and with bondholders
about reducing the companies' debt.
Mr. Bloom is known for bringing his Wall Street experience as an
investment banker to an advisory role as the "in-house" banker for
the steel workers' union. With the auto union locking horns with
bondholders in the G.M. revamping deliberations, Mr. Bloom appears to
bring credibility with both the union and the debtors. Mr. Bloom
could not be reached for comment Sunday night.
Another senior administration official said that Mr. Obama had
considered appointing a car czar, and among those considered for the
job was the private equity executive Steven Rattner. It was not clear
why the administration changed course or whether Mr. Rattner would
have a role on the task force.
The panel, called the Presidential Task Force on Autos, will draw
officials from several agencies including the departments of
Treasury, labor, transportation, commerce and energy, according to
the administration official.
Many members of the task force have already been working closely with
G.M. and Chrysler on the viability plans they are preparing for the
G.M. and Chrysler are both expected to request more loans to stay
solvent during what is shaping up as another miserable year for auto
Chrysler's chairman, Robert L. Nardelli, has said his company needs
another $3 billion in addition to the $4 billion loan it received in
G.M. originally asked for $18 billion in aid in December. G.M. has
borrowed $9.4 billion so far and is scheduled to receive another $4
billion, if the Treasury is satisfied with its revamping plan.
G.M. said in a statement that it welcomed the new task force and that
it looked forward to sharing its plan "to restore our company to
viability and to meet the requirements of its loan agreements."
Representatives of Chrysler could not be reached for comment on
The administration official who disclosed the change in Mr. Obama's
plans for oversight of the auto industry said the group would review
the companies' submissions for a week or two before responding
publicly. Until then, the auto makers are expected to continue talks
with the union and other stakeholders.
On Sunday afternoon, G.M. and the U.A.W. resumed discussions in
Detroit about reducing the company's labor costs, a person with
direct knowledge of the talks said. This person, who spoke on
condition of anonymity because the discussions are private,
characterized the talks Sunday evening as "intense" but did not
indicate that an agreement was imminent.
The U.A.W. had walked away from the bargaining table late Friday as
the two sides clashed over how to cover retiree health care costs.
U.A.W. leaders in December agreed to help the automakers by delaying
when the companies are required to make multibillion-dollar payments
into a new trust fund designed to pay for retiree health coverage.
The Ford Motor Company is not taking federal aid, and therefore does
not need to submit plans for approval. But Ford, which lost $14.6
billion in 2008, the most in its history, is expected to ask the
U.A.W. for whatever concessions are granted to G.M. and Chrysler.
Both G.M. and Chrysler are likely to outline deep cuts in jobs,
plants and models in their restructuring plans. One G.M. executive
said the automaker is proposing a much smaller company with fewer
brands and far fewer people.
G.M. and Chrysler recently extended buyout and early retirement
offers to nearly all of their 90,600 hourly workers as they try to
eliminate factory jobs and replace older workers making about $28 an
hour with new hires who can be paid half as much.
G.M. announced plans last week to cut 10,000 white-collar jobs
worldwide, including 3,400 in the United States. It said that
salaries for those who remain on staff would be cut by as much as 10
percent through at least the end of 2009.
Over all, automakers are expected to sell between 10 million and 11
million vehicles in the United States this year, far below the 16.2
million they sold in 2007. G.M. said last week that the two-year drop
is roughly equal to the capacity of 24 assembly plants.
Jackie Calmes contributed reporting from Washington, and Nick Bunkley
A version of this article appeared in print on February 16, 2009, on
page A1 of the New York edition.
Chavez Wins Venezuela Term Limit Vote, Opens Campaign for 2012
By Matthew Walter and Daniel Cancel
Feb. 16 (Bloomberg) -- Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez scored a
victory in his drive to stay in power as voters scrapped
constitutional term limits that would have forced him from office in
The amendment carried with 54.4 percent of the vote to 45.6 percent,
according to preliminary results, said Tibisay Lucena, president of
the National Electoral Council, in comments carried on state
television. The referendum marked the second time in 14 months that
Chavez sought to remove the constitutional bar that kept him from
seeking unlimited re-election.
"I've received an injection of patriotic fire," Chavez, 54, said last
night in a victory speech from a balcony at the Miraflores
presidential palace, as thousands of supporters waved flags and
cheered below. "I'll dedicate myself for life to the service of the
Chavez now has a chance to extend his drive to turn the oil-
exporting country into a socialist state, which he says will take
until 2019. Without a constitutional check on his power, the former
army lieutenant colonel may stay in office indefinitely, opposition
leader Leopoldo Lopez said.
Chavez already controls Venezuela's energy wealth through the state
oil company, and holds sway over congress and the courts through
supporters and appointees, Lopez said.
The president, who celebrated 10 years in office on Feb. 2, announced
he'll be a candidate in 2012 as fireworks were launched across
Caracas. Chavez has spent billions of dollars in oil revenue to offer
free health care, subsidized groceries and reading programs for the
"He's clearly going to be very emboldened," said Michael Shifter,
vice president of the Washington-based Inter-American Dialogue. "He's
going to move ahead in radical fashion with his revolution."
Voters narrowly rejected a bid to remove presidential term limits in
2007, his first electoral defeat since winning the presidency in
Chavez regained some of the support he lost in 2007, when the country
suffered widespread food shortages. More than 6 million votes were
cast in favor of the amendment yesterday, 1.6 million more than in
the last referendum. Still, that's short of the 7.3 million votes
Chavez won in the 2006 presidential elections.
The opposition garnered 5 million votes yesterday, an increase of
about 535,000 over 2007.
`Passed the Barrier'
"We've passed the barrier of 5 million," opposition leader Omar
Barboza said last night, in comments broadcast by Globovision. "We'll
continue with our proposal of a different country. Sooner or later
Chavez, known for his confrontational style, adopted a conciliatory
tone toward the opposition in a press conference yesterday, and on
the day before the vote offered to meet with U.S. President Barack
Obama anytime. He regularly accused President George W. Bush of
aiding Venezuela's opposition, and last year expelled the U.S.
ambassador in Caracas.
Chavez rushed to hold the referendum ahead of a looming economic
recession. He proposed the vote the day after regional elections in
November when the opposition won the three biggest states and
Caracas, and instructed the National Assembly to act quickly.
Venezuela, the fourth-largest supplier of crude oil to the U.S.,
depends on oil for 93 percent of export revenue and half the
government's budget. Crude prices have plunged 74 percent since
touching a record in July.
Caracas-based Banco Mercantil said in a Feb. 3 report that oil income
will fall 66 percent this year, and Morgan Stanley forecasts an
economic contraction of 1 percent, even as inflation accelerates.
Consumer prices rose 30.7 percent in January from a year ago, the
fastest rate in Latin America.
The prospect of re-election may push Chavez to "needed but unpopular"
measures to deal with the economy now, Goldman Sachs Group Inc.
economist Alberto Ramos wrote in a note to investors yesterday,
citing devaluation of the currency, which is pegged to the U.S.
dollar, and slower government spending as possibilities.
There are already signs the government is low on cash. Chavez ordered
the central bank to transfer $12 billion of reserves into a
development fund last month. Finance Minister Ali Rodriguez said
yesterday the government may back out of a planned takeover of Banco
de Venezuela, the local unit of Spain's Banco Santander SA.
Service providers to Petroleos de Venezuela SA, the state oil
company, have complained of unpaid bills and begun to take drilling
rigs out of service.
Still, Chavez may view the victory as a renewed mandate to crack down
on the private sector, Ramos said.
After his 2006 re-election, he took advantage of a five-year run-up
in oil prices to fund nationalizations. He took over the biggest
telecommunications and electricity companies, a steel mill and the
cement industry. He also forced foreign oil companies Royal Dutch
Shell Plc, Chevron Corp. and Repsol YPF into joint ventures as
The collapse of oil prices makes hard choices ahead more likely, said
Carlos Luna, a professor of international relations at the
Universidad Central de Venezuela.
"He's going to have a clock running against him," Luna said. "People
are expecting big things from him at the exact moment that the
economic crisis is knocking at the door."
To contact the reporter on this story: Matthew Walter in Caracas at