On the campaign trail, New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson has announced he’s endorsing Senator Barack Obama. Both Obama and Senator Hillary Clinton have actively courted Richardson since he dropped out of the Democratic presidential race in January. Richardson is to appear alongside Obama today at a rally in Portland, Oregon.
In Iraq, at least two Iraqi families say they’ve turned down a compensation offer from the private military firm Blackwater for killing their loved ones. Seventeen Iraqi civilians died when Blackwater guards opened fire in Baghdad’s Nisour square on September 16th. The father of a slain nine-year old boy told ABC News he’s rejected a twenty-thousand dollar offer for his son’s murder. The man says he plans to take Blackwater to court. Another Iraqi who lost his wife and son says he has also turned down an identical offer. Adel Jabur Shamma, who was bed-ridden for six months, says he accepted a ten thousand dollar payment because he had no other choice. No charges have yet to be filed in the Blackwater case amidst ongoing legal uncertainty over whether anyone involved can even be brought to trial.
Soldier Deaths Lead to Probe of KBR
The Pentagon has announced a probe of whether more than a dozen fatal electrocutions of U.S. soldiers in Iraq can be linked to faulty construction at U.S. military bases. Vice President Dick Cheney’s former firm KBR
Initially comprised of Stephen Mallinder, Richard H. Kirk and Chris Watson, the group was named after the Cabaret Voltaire, a nightclub in Zurich, Switzerland that was a center for the early Dada movement.
Their earliest performances were dada-influenced performance art, but Cabaret Voltaire later developed into one of the most prolific and important groups to blend pop with dance music, techno, dub house and experimental electronic music.
RHK live performance in Sheffield
For those who missed his recent performance a new opportunity has presented itself to see RHK in action. In Sheffield's upcoming Sensoria Festival. Among the many films and exhibitions RHK will be appearing with a performance called "Subduing Demons in Charter Square". Live music accompanied by three giant video screens. All that and more on 17th April. More information is available by following the link: Sensoria Festival.
New Sandoz released on iTunes
Richard H. Kirk has a brand new Sandoz recording, available once again only as an iTunes download. Sandoz In Dub: Chapter Two / Extra Time (Under the Stones) can be ordered by clicking here.
Note: it is indeed a different recording than Sandoz In Dub: Chapter Two / Live in the Earth released on Soul Jazz.
Since the mid-late '80s, Kirk has begun a solo career under several names, including Electronic Eye and Sandoz, while Mallinder has relocated to Perth, Australia and records with a collaborator under the name Sassi & Loco and more recently in another collaborative effort the Kuling-Bros. Mallinder also helps run his own Offworld Sounds label and contributed to synths and programming on The Happy Mondays' singer Shaun Ryder's solo album Amateur Night at the Big Top.
In 1996, Mallinder reported to Inpress magazine's Andrez Bergen that "I do think the manipulation of sound in our early days - the physical act of cutting up tapes, creating tape loops and all that - has a strong reference to Burroughs and Gysin; in terms of the Dada thing, there's a similarity between the Dadaists' reaction to the bourgeoisie and the war and our own position - we felt alienated from popular culture ourselves. I think those kinds of attitudes become embedded within you, but I'm not sure how it relates now..." 
Hopes of a Cabaret Voltaire reunion were raised when Kirk dropped hints in the late '90s, the most significant being in the notes of a reissue of Radiation, where Kirk says he is working on new CV material due to be released soon. This never happened and now a reunion looks unlikely in the near future. In a special 'Depeche Mode/History of Electro-pop' edition of Q Magazine, Kirk suggests he is still considering resurrecting the CV name but this time he plans to "Get some young people involved" hinting that Mallinder's role in the band may be finished.
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The "Violent Radicalisation and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act of 2007" recently passed the House unopposed, was sent to the Senate and is now the Senate Homeland Security Committee. People or groups who plan, promote, or participate in strikes, demonstrations, boycotts, civil disobedience, or disturbances at meetings could be charged with using force to advance their agenda, and therefore engaging in terrorism. Contact your Senators and let them know that you vote and will not stand for being criminalized for political activity
Test Subjects May Have Been Put at Extra Risk Of Contracting HIV
By David Brown
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, March 21, 2008; A01
The two-decade search for an AIDS vaccine is in crisis after two field tests of the most promising contender not only did not protect people from the virus but may actually have put them at increased risk of becoming infected.
The results of the trials, which enrolled volunteers on four continents, have spurred intense scientific inquiry and unprecedented soul-searching as researchers try to make sense of what happened and assess whether they should have seen it coming.
NOLTE: Well, I met Eric Braverman, Dr. Eric Braverman, at an anti-aging conference, and he was talking about brain first, that we know enough about the brain to do a brain checkup. We do a heart checkup. We do, you know, other checkups. Why not a brain checkup? And so, that entails being work, and it entails looking at the brain. And so for me this was the weakest area, being an addict and an alcoholic.
KING: How long have you been sober?
NOLTE: About 15 years, 15 years, with the use of AA club -- AA. And you know, we say in AA, it's a disease. Well, you know, scientifically, we have never been able to put our finger on where is the disease.
KING: Can't prove it.
NOLTE: Yes, can't prove it. So working with Braverman and looking at the bean, we could see that there was, in my brain, there's a -- there was a low-level, low-grade anxiety that is constantly there, probably been there from birth, and that led me into Kenneth Bloom and David Cummings who are doing the genetic research in addictions. And three years ago, they isolate an alcoholic gene, and now they've isolated more. I think 20 have been published or more. It's polymorphic, so it probably involves a lot of genes. And there is some thought that it's not only alcohol, but it involves any of the dopamine-type drugs that one -- I don't think the brain sets out to say, I'm going to drink a gallon of vodka because it's going to be fun. I think it's a medicine and a support medicine.
KING: Some brains want it, and some don't.
KING: Some can handle it and some can't. Are you now, would you say, Nick, totally involved in the this?
The blooming of the cherry trees around the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C. has come to symbolize the natural beauty of our nation's capital city. Hundreds of thousands of city residents and visitors from across the nation and around the world come here to witness the spectacle, hoping that the trees will be at the peak of bloom for the Cherry Blossom Festival, Washington, D.C.'s rite of spring.
The famous trees, a gift from Japan in 1912, signal the coming of Spring with an explosion of life and color surrounding the Jefferson Memorial on the Tidal Basin in a sea of pink and white. Exactly when the buds will open is not an easy question to answer, but the National Park Service Regional Horticulturalist Robert DeFeo has been fairly accurate in his forecasts over the past several years. Once the buds begin to expand in late February, they can be monitored and the days counted before they can be expected to bloom. The forecast is based upon the weather forecast, and close inspection to determine the stage of bud development.
Washington's most famous spring fling offers daily entertainment, guided walks, art shows, photo safaris, river cruises and kids' programs. Popular free events include music and fireworks at the Southwest Marina April 5 from 5 to 9; the stone lantern lighting ceremony April 6 from 2:30 to 4; and the Cherry Blossom Parade April 12 from 10 to noon and Sakura Matsuri street fest from 11 to 6. www.nationalcherryblossomfestival.org.
one reason that the French director Olivier Assayas made “Boarding Gate” is that he wanted to watch the Italian actress Asia Argento strut around in black underwear and punishing heels. And why not? Ms. Argento looks delectable if somewhat demented in “Boarding Gate,” in which she comes across as a postmodern Pearl White, who starred in silent adventure serials like “The Perils of Pauline.” Ms. Argento seems to invite trouble, and Mr. Assayas, who has a way of capturing the seemingly ineffable, has a thing for troubled, troubling women.