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Demand ABC Correct Their 9/11 Film

From BlondSense. (I’m just meme-ing this on down the road.)

I just received the following e-mail from John Conyers:

Send ABC a Message

Learn More About The Path to 9/11 at:

ABC is planning to air a two-part mini-series entitled The Path to 9/11 this Sunday and Monday.
In spite of its claim to be based on the 9/11 Commission Report, the film reportedly includes numerous inaccuracies and lays the blame for the September 11 tragedy on the Clinton Administration. One scene reportedly depicts a senior Clinton Administration official calling off the capture or killing of Osama bin Laden. This depiction of events has been refuted by former Bush Administration anti-terrorism chief, Richard Clarke.
It also has been reported that the film blames the intelligence breakdowns on bureaucratic obstacles allegedly created by the Clinton Administration, even though Republican 9/11 Commissioner Slade Gordon has previously refuted that claim.
Because of my concerns that false and inflammatory information would be widely disseminated to the American public, I, along with Representatives John Dingell, Jane Harman and Louise Slaughter, asked ABC to correct the film before airing it. To view a copy of our letter, click here. (Might be a slow load. — PoLT)
The more people the network hears from, the more likely they are to correct the errors in the film. But we do not have much time. Contact them now to let them know they should not politicize this tragic event in our nation’s history.
Thank you again for your commitment to a stronger democracy.

John Conyers, Jr.

Contact Information
Conyers for Congress
P.O. Box 17204
Alexandria, Virginia 17204
Phone: 313-438-2004

Being an expat in Germany, I don’t get ABC. But I still believe in truth and honesty. Please write.

New antibacterial-resistant strain of TB

According to Spiegel-Online, doctors have found an new strain of TB that is resistant to three of the six backup antibiotics. So far this has only been found in South Africa but looks pretty bad.

This looks like a really nasty version of TB, killing 52 of 53 patients within 25 days of diagnosis. Now if this were to get into a prison system (like in Russia) the consequences would be catastrophic.

Tara Smith does a complete run down. Go there. She knows fair more than I do and I still think she’s still the hottest science blogger (irrespective of what the rest of the world thinks).

Go… Go now!

Fish coughing as a terror warning

First off, hat tip to Sharon Weinberger who found this gem.

While some people might think the people in San Fransisco are strange, they have even stranger ‘water police‘.

Fish are being drafted in San Francisco’s war against possible terrorist threats to its water supply.

Akin to hospital gadgets that chart a patient’s heart rate and breathing, a new water-quality monitoring system automatically analyzes the behavior of eight to 12 bluegill fish in a tank at the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission’s water-treatment plant in Millbrae.

Did I mention these were secret water police?

For security reasons, she and other officials won’t reveal the locations of the planned installations. Officials with the commission, the manufacturer, Intelligent Automation Corp. of Poway (San Diego County), and the U.S. Army also declined to give many specifics about what the system can detect and what it can’t.

Ok, let’s get this right. The US now has secret fish tanks. What’s next spying squirrels? Cockroach cameras?

 Don’t get me wrong, I really do understand what they are trying to do. The idea of monitoring water quality using living creatures has been around forever. It used to involve lots of dead fish though. You would put a number of fish in a tank and count the number that died or mutated. It only showed really nasty levels of contamination.

I’m guessing here but someone probably put very accurate pressure sensors in a fish tank to monitor oxygen use in fish. Then they saw the fish ‘cough.’ They realized you can monitor the output of the sensor and determine how often (and which fish) breath or cough and bingo, you have a biosensor. They use bluegills because they are easy to breed and to feed.

And the guy that discovered all this? Think of the cocktail party conversation. What did you get your PhD for? Fish coughing.