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Category Archives: Religion

Twenty years to life.

Ahmed Ghailani, the first Guantanamo detainee to face a civilian trial, was acquitted Wednesday of all but one of the hundreds of charges that he helped unleash death and destruction on two U.S. embassies in 1998 – a mixed result for what’s been viewed as a “terror test-case”. He was acquitted on more than 280 counts, including one murder count for each of the 224 people killed in the embassy bombings. The anonymous jurors deliberated over seven days. What exactly did this guy do? From the Associated Press:

Prosecutors had alleged Ghailani helped an al-Qaida cell buy a truck and components for explosives used in a suicide bombing in his native Tanzania on Aug. 7, 1998. The attack in Dar es Salaam and a nearly simultaneous bombing in Nairobi, Kenya, killed 12 Americans.

It’s no surprise that Right-Wingers are calling this a miscarriage of justice. That Barack Obama and Eric Holder are treasonous Muslim terrorists bent on America’s destruction. I guess if you’re a Tea Partier you could say that. The rest of us would just say the guy got what he deserved…

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Red-tape making more people see red.

There’s been an 18 percent increase in the number of threats against judges who hear Social Security disability cases this past year; at least 80 threats to kill or harm administrative law judges or staff. Those are startling statistics. The question is: Why? And there doesn’t seem to be an easy answer.

Things are getting rough out there. From the Associated Press:

One claimant in Albuquerque, N.M., called his congressman’s office to say he was going to “take his guns and shoot employees” in the Social Security hearing office. In Eugene, Ore., a man who was denied benefits said he is “ready to join the Taliban and hurt some people.” Another claimant denied benefits told a judge in Greenville, S.C., that he was a sniper in the military and “would go take care of the problem.”

“I’m not sure the number is as significant as the kind of threats being made,” said Randall Frye, a judge based in Charlotte, N.C., and the president of the judges’ union. “There seem to be more threats of serious bodily harm, not only to the judge but to the judge’s family.”

Of course, those on both sides of the political spectrum are blaming each other, but I don’t know about this one.

Hypothesis proved. Well, at least to my satisfaction…

We all know that dark energy works against gravity, pulling matter apart. We didn’t know, until now, that dark energy has weakened. Well, at least in comparison to its level of strength when the universe was young. Astronomers believe this is true based on observations of a new dark matter map. From Space.com:

The dark matter map was created with observations from the Hubble  telescope of a large galaxy cluster called Abell 1689, located 2.2 billion light-years from Earth. This cluster is famous as a stunning example of gravitational lensing – a phenomenon predicted by Einstein that happens when massive objects warp the space-time around them, causing even light to travel on a bent path when it passes by.

Since the universe has been continually expanding since its birth, it was once much denser than it is now; and the extra-heavy cores of galaxy clusters suggest they were born during these early stages when such dense conglomerations of matter were around. But if galaxy clusters did get an early start in forming, you’d expect to see a lot more of them around today. The force of dark energy suppressed the formation of galaxy clusters, and counteracted, if you will, the head start clusters had in forming.

For all the questions this answers, it raises dozens more…