February 15th, 2006

Chris Keeley

Terry Arnold on Hamas' Recognition of Israel

Date: Tue, 14 Feb 2006 21:14:55 +0300
Subject: Terry Arnold on Hamas' Recognition of Israel
TO: Distinguished Recipients
FM: John Whitbeck
Transmitted below is an article by Terry Arnold on Hamas' "recognition" of Israel.
It is curious that, while so many Western governments are demanding in unison that the new Palestinian leadership must recognize Israel, renounce violence and honor all agreements with Israel, not a single one of them has thought to suggest (let alone demand) that Israel should recognize Palestine, renounce violence and honor all agreements with Palestine.


Digesting Hamas III -
The Recognition Stumbling Block
By Terrell E. Arnold
"Hamas has arrived at the doors of power through legitimate elections," said Russian President Putin last Thursday during a joint press conference with the Prime Minister of Spain. He said that Russia does not consider Hamas a terrorist organization. Moreover, he declared that Russia would invite Hamas representatives to come to Moscow for talks in the future. That presumably would be under Russia's role in the Quartet with the United States, the UN, and the European Community that is responsible for navigating the Road Map to Middle East peace. On Friday France indicated that it supported the Putin plan to invite Hamas to Moscow.
Israeli officials uniformly have loudly protested the Putin invitation, asserting that it threatens peace prospects. Israelis have been trying to have all governments shun Hamas because its charter calls for destruction of Israel. Calling the Putin invitation a "slap in the face" to Israel and to western countries, Israelis said it was Russia's responsibility to shun Hamas.
However, according to the New York Times, a French Foreign Ministry spokesman stated that "We share with Russia the goal of leading Hamas toward positions that permit reaching the objective of two states living in peace and security."
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Chris Keeley

meth epidemic


Filmmaker Carl Byker will be online Wednesday, Feb. 15, at 11 a.m. ET to discuss the PBS Frontline film, "The Meth Epidemic," which examines the spread of this dangerous drug across the U.S. and its devastating consequences. Statistics link meth use to a variety of further crimes, and with an estimated 1.5 million addicts in the U.S. alone and with the increase of meth use on the East Coast. Reporter Steve Suo says we can expect "increased car theft...domestic violence, child neglect, drug overdoses and just a lot of mayhem." The difficulty of controlling essential components of meth, ephedrine and pseudoephedrine, has been an obstacle in fighting meth production. Congress has called for international controls on the substances, but the difficuly of regulating common remedies has been apparent in previous crackdowns.

Byker LIVE Q&A 11 a.m. ET
'The Meth Epidemic'
Filmmaker Carl Byker discusses his film on meth.

Comments on Meth Use
Chris Keeley

Meth opinions Board-Certified Addiction Psychiatrist and Medical Director of the Kolmac Clinic

The answer is spiritual not chemical...cjk.

Crystal Methamphetamine
Comments on Drug Use and Treatment

George Kolodner
Board-Certified Addiction Psychiatrist and Medical Director of the Kolmac Clinic
Tuesday, November 8, 2005; 4:30 PM

George Kolodner, a board-certified addiction psychiatrist and medical director of the Kolmac Clinic in Silver Spring, Md., was online Tuesday, Nov. 8, at 4:30 p.m. ET to answer your questions about Crystal Methamphetamine use and the treatment for addiction.

From The Post:

Meth Comes Out of the Closet (Post, Nov. 8)

Kolodner was quoted in today's article:

"George Kolodner, a board-certified addiction psychiatrist and medical director of the Kolmac Clinic in Silver Spring, said his clinic saw an increase in crystal meth users beginning about two years ago, but the trend has not accelerated since then. He said meth users are the most difficult patients to treat because there is no medication to prevent craving or treat the protracted post-use symptoms, such as dysphoria, or depressed mood.

"'With other substances,' said Kolodner, 'we can help people get off and keep off by decreasing their cravings. With meth and cocaine, we don't have that.'"

The Transcript follows.

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Chris Keeley

Law Clerks," clerks should not participate in cases that they worked on "in a previous legal job," o

Alito Hires as a Clerk Former Ashcroft Aide
Lawyer Played Key Role at Justice Dept.

By Charles Lane
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, February 15, 2006; A12

Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. has hired one of the architects of then-Attorney General John D. Ashcroft's policies to serve as his law clerk at the Supreme Court for the rest of the current term, the court announced yesterday.

Adam G. Ciongoli, 37, a senior vice president at Time Warner Inc., served as counselor to Ashcroft from 2001 to 2003. He attended Georgetown University Law Center, clerked for Alito at the Philadelphia-based U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit from 1995 to 1996, and helped prepare the justice for his recent confirmation hearings.
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Chris Keeley

Steichen began experimenting with colour photography in 1904.

The photograph was taken in Long Island, New York, in 1904

Rare photo sets $2.9m sale record
A rare print taken by US photography pioneer Edward Steichen has set a world record for the highest price paid for a photograph auction.

The Pond-Moonlight - taken in New York in 1904 - was sold for $2.9m (£1.6m), more than doubling the previous record.

The 41x48cm photo shows a pond in a wooded area with light coming through the trees and reflected in the water.

The only other two copies in existence are in museum collections. The buyer's identity has yet to be disclosed.

But no doubt he or she feels that owning a piece of photographic history is more than worth the record-breaking price-tag, the BBC's Elettra Neysmith says.

The photograph was put up for sale by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which has another copy in its collection.

Stephen Perloff, the editor of the Photograph Collector, a newsletter about the photography art market, said before the Steichen auction that it would be a "moment of history", the Associated Press news agency reports.

Steichen began experimenting with colour photography in 1904.

He was one of the first Americans to use the autochrome - a revolutionary method of producing colour photographs.

The previous record for highest price for a photograph at auction was set last November by Richard Prince's Untitled (Cowboy). It sold for $1,248,000 (£719,000).

The Pond-Moonlight was auctioned at Sotheby's in New York.

Chris Keeley

In November, Omri Sharon, 41, entered a guilty plea to charges of falsifying corporate documents, pe

February 15, 2006
Sharon's Son Is Sentenced to 9 Months in Jail
JERUSALEM, Feb. 14 — Omri Sharon, a former member of the Israeli Parliament and the elder son of the prime minister, was sentenced Tuesday to nine months in jail after he pleaded guilty to illegally raising more than $1.3 million for one of his father's political campaigns.

But because his father, Ariel Sharon, is comatose after a major stroke, a Tel Aviv court allowed Omri Sharon to delay the start of his jail term until at least Aug. 31. He was also sentenced to nine months of probation, to begin after he leaves jail, and fined $66,700.

In November, Omri Sharon, 41, entered a guilty plea to charges of falsifying corporate documents, perjury and violating party financing laws during a campaign in 1999 for the leadership of the Likud Party. Under a plea agreement, prosecutors dropped charges of fraud and breach of trust but demanded imprisonment on the other counts. He resigned his seat in Parliament in January. His father was not implicated in the case.
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Chris Keeley

slew of amazing pop surrealist, street, and underground artists like BB faves Tim Biskup, Winston Sm

Pop surrealist and underground art for mobile devices

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Chris Keeley

5 scoops of the richest Tahitian vanilla bean ice cream infused with Madagascar vanilla and covered

World's most expensive dessert: $1000 sundae

The Daily Olive site documents the $1,000 "Grand Opulence" sundae sold by New York's Serendipity restaurant:
Made with "5 scoops of the richest Tahitian vanilla bean ice cream infused with Madagascar vanilla and covered in 23K edible gold leaf, the sundae is drizzled with the world's most expensive chocolate, Amedei Porceleana, and covered with chunks of rare Chuao chocolate, which is from cocoa beans harvested by the Caribbean Sea on Venezuela's coast. The masterpiece is suffused with exotic candied fruits from Paris, gold dragets, truffles and Marzipan Cherries. It is topped with a tiny glass bowl of Grand Passion Caviar, an exclusive dessert caviar, made of salt-free American Golden caviar, known for its sparkling golden color. It's sweetened and infused with fresh passion fruit, orange and Armagnac. The sundae is served in a baccarat Harcourt crystal goblet with an 18K gold spoon to partake in the indulgence served with a petite mother of pearl spoon and topped with a gilded sugar flower by Ron Ben-Israel."

Chris Keeley

Our Bases in Iraq

From: Marshall Carter-Tripp
To: Robert Keeley
Date: Wed, 15 Feb 2006 13:57:04 -0700
Subject: Our Bases in Iraq

This is quite extraordinary reporting

I think the new embassy in Iraq will be a model for the rest of our new "transformational" diplomacy in the rest of the "important world" don't you?

Tomgram: A Permanent Basis for Withdrawal?

This post can be found at http://www.tomdispatch.com/index.mhtml?pid=59774

Can You Say "Permanent Bases"?
The American Press Can't
By Tom Engelhardt

We're in a new period in the war in Iraq -- one that brings to mind the Nixonian era of "Vietnamization": A President presiding over an increasingly unpopular war that won't end; an election bearing down; the need to placate a restive American public; and an army under so much strain that it seems to be running off the rails. So it's not surprising that the media is now reporting on administration plans for, or "speculation" about, or "signs of," or "hints" of "major draw-downs" or withdrawals of American troops. The figure regularly cited these days is less than 100,000 troops in Iraq by the end of 2006. With about 136,000 American troops there now, that figure would represent just over one-quarter of all in-country U.S. forces, which means, of course, that the term "major" certainly rests in the eye of the beholder.
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