Israel 'escalates' miltary actions
Israel's prime minister has vowed to step up attacks on Palestinians firing rockets from the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip. Ehud Olmert's comments at a meeting of his cabinet on Sunday came as at least four Palestinians, including two civilians, were killed in an Israeli raid.
Israel 'escalates' miltary actions
Experts believe genetic factors account for up to 60 percent of a person's vulnerability to drug addiction, with environmental factors accounting for the remainder.
The researchers focused on four addictive substances -- cocaine, opiate, alcohol and nicotine -- and mapped out five main routes, or "molecular pathways," that lead to addiction, they wrote in the journal PLoS Computational Biology.
Figuring out pathways are important in the study of complex diseases as they narrow down the genes and proteins involved. In diseases such as cancer, pathways help doctors make more accurate diagnoses and predictions of the course of the disease.
For drug addiction, the researchers said: "These common pathways may underlie shared rewarding and response mechanisms and may be targets for effective treatments for a wide range of addictive disorders."
The researchers trawled through more than 1,000 peer-reviewed medical publications that linked genes and chromosome regions to drug addiction over the past 30 years and assembled a list of 1,500 addiction-related genes.
Some of these genes turned up more frequently than others in the pathways and scientists narrowed the list to 396.
The Wall Street Journal is reporting the Food and Drug Administration is preparing to declare that meat and milk from cloned animals and their offspring are safe to eat. Joseph Mendelson of the Center for Food Safety warned about the dangers of cloned livestock. Mendelson said: “Once the FDA says these products are safe and that they are out there, it’s very hard to turn it back.”
The incident occurred just prior to President Bush’s trip to the Middle East that will include his first visits to Israel and the West Bank as president. Israel is planning its largest security operation since the Pope’s visit in 2000. A security force of more than 10,000 officers will be on duty to protect President Bush. Police say the president’s hotel in Jerusalem will resemble Fort Knox. On Monday President Bush said he wants to help push talks between Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.
President Bush: “As I already said, there is going to be a timetable, one timetable is the departure of George W. Bush from the White House. Not that I’m a great, you know, heroic figure, but they know me and they’re comfortable with me and I’m a known quantity, and therefore the question is will they decide to make the effort necessary to get the deal done while I’m president. As opposed to, maybe the next person won’t agree with the two-state or maybe the next person will take a while to get moving”.
In June, 2006, Sergey Brin, one of the co-founders of Google, went to Washington, D.C., hoping to create a little good will. Google was something of a Washington oddity then. Although it was a multibillion-dollar company, with enormous power, it had no political-action committee, and its Washington office had opened, in 2005, with a staff of one, in suburban Maryland. The visit, which was reported in the Washington Post, was hurried, and, in what was regarded by some as a snub, Brin failed to see some key people, including Senator Ted Stevens, of Alaska, who was then the chairman of the Commerce Committee and someone whose idea of the Internet appeared to belong to the analog era. (He once said that a staff member had sent him “an Internet.”) Brin told me recently, “Because it was the last minute, we didn’t schedule everything we wanted to.” It probably didn’t help that his outfit that day included a dark T-shirt, jeans, and silver mesh sneakers.
Brin did meet with Senators John McCain and Barack Obama, and they spoke about “network neutrality”—an effort that Google and other companies are making to insure that the telephone and cable companies that provide high-speed access to the Internet don’t favor one Web site over another. Around the time of Brin’s visit, an organization called Hands Off the Internet, financed in part by telecommunications companies, ran full-page newspaper advertisements in which it accused Google of wanting to create a monopoly and block “new innovation”; one ad featured a grim photograph of a Google facility housing a sinister-looking “massive server farm.” Brin recognized it as a warning. “I certainly realized that we had to think about these things, and that people were going to misrepresent us,” he said. “We should be entitled to our representation in government.”
In 2005, Google, outbidding Microsoft, paid a billion dollars for a five-per-cent stake in AOL and a five-year contract to deliver all AOL searches and search-based advertising. But it was the intended purchase of DoubleClick, a company that specializes in display and banner ads and video advertising, that unnerved many in the advertising industry. Microsoft, joined by A.T.&T., claimed that the combination of DoubleClick and Google would be “anti-competitive,” and pressed the Federal Trade Commission to block the merger. WPP also raised concerns. Not surprisingly, ad agencies worry that Google might steal their business—that it might create advertising as well as sell it. Mark Read, WPP’s director of strategy and a member of its board of directors, says that an aggressive Google “makes our people nervous. They tend to talk to our clients directly. Traditional media has been much more respectful of the client-agency relationship than perhaps Google has been.” Read is most worried about Google’s vast database, which forms a “virtuous circle”—more searches produce more data, which attract more advertising dollars.
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At least, so the story goes. A similar tale of Web-to-chart success circulated about Allen when her début album was released, in 2005. The truth, however, is slightly different. Allen’s MySpace page has been consistently popular (it has racked up more than ten million page views), but the songwriter sent a demo, as aspiring musicians have for decades, to EMI and was signed before her MySpace page even existed. About Nash, what we can say for certain is that her bumptious second single, “Foundations,” entered the British charts last June at No. 2, pushing forward the British release of her first album, “Made of Bricks,” by a month. The album débuted at No. 1 in August, and is being released this week in the United States.
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Emperors of Dreams: Drugs in the 19th Century by Mike Jay
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Far from endearing Mr. Sarkozy to his people, his paparazzi romance with the model-turned-singer Carla Bruni has fueled criticism that he is ignoring the country and spending too much time having fun.
Mr. Sarkozy, 52, was photographed with Ms. Bruni, 40, touring the pyramids of Egypt and archaeological sites in Jordan. There, in the Middle East, was Ms. Bruni, a beatific look on her face, as she leaned her head on his shoulder; there he was holding her waist, his fingers touching her exposed midriff.
His romantic life with Ms. Bruni, he insisted, was different. “We do not want to be manipulative about our relation in any way, but we did not want to hide,” he said. “I did not want a picture of me taken in the early morning. Sordid. I did not want a picture of me taken at night. I did not want you to describe the same hypocrisy under a cloak.”
He described his divorce last October as “not the happiest moment in my life,” portraying himself as just like any other Frenchman when it comes to love. “The life of a President, on these essential matters that are those of love, is like the life of anybody else,” he said. “I am going to make a confession: I get up in the morning, I go to bed at night, like millions of French people