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Study: Smoking, Baby's Sex Linked

Fri Apr 19, 2002

By EMMA ROSS, AP Medical Writer

LONDON - Couples are more likely to have a girl than a boy if either of the partners smoked heavily while they were trying to conceive, new research suggests.

Some scientists consider the ratio of male to female births to be an indicator of a population's health, because male sperm and embryos are more fragile than their female counterparts.

The study published this week in The Lancet medical journal is the first to propose that smoking may play a role.


Fatty Acid Found in Fish Cuts Risk of Heart Deaths

April 8, 2002

Daily supplements of a fatty acid found in fish oil halves the risk of sudden death in heart attack survivors, researchers report in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.

Previous research has found that eating oily fish such as tuna and salmon can reduce the risk of sudden cardiac death caused by a particular type of irregular heartbeat. This study suggests fish-oil supplements, rather than dietary fish oil, could be a therapy without side effects for heart patients.


Just for the record, define 'refugee camp'

April 14, 2002

Copyright © Las Vegas Review-Journal

Column by Vin Suprynowicz

The future of Israel and the future of our war on terror were simultaneously at stake last week in a pitched battle near the West Bank town of Jenin.

Pathetically, Colin Powell and the State Department were on the wrong side again, pressuring Israel (as ever) to withdraw.


Muslim cleric calls for death of Arafat

By Jon Dougherty

April 13, 2002

A noted Italian Muslim leader and regional expert has called on Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon to continue his military campaign against Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat until the latter is "executed or jailed."

"Sheikh [Prof. Abdul Hadi] Palazzi asks Prime Minister Sharon not to stop the military operation against the boss of terror, until the day when the Egyptian criminal Abdel Ra'uf al-Kobdah [aka Yasser Arafat]" is neutralized for good.


Supercomputer smashes world speed record

April 18,2002

By Will Knight

A Japanese supercomputer has recorded the fastest "floating point" calculation speed of any computer on the planet. The feat is reported in the latest edition of the Linpack report, a ranking of supercomputer performance.

The Earth Simulator at the Marine Science and Technology Center in Kanagawa, notched up 35.61 teraflops - that is over 35 trillion "floating point" calculations per second.


Myths of the Middle East 2000

by Joseph Farah

This article is written by an Arab-American journalist, Joseph Farah, who seems to be the lead man in the Internet-based conservative paper, World Net Daily. This article is pretty amazing, given the author's ethnic background. (Why hasn't the "mainstream" media picked up this thread?)

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Vreeland Challenges Solomon and Corn Directly


An Open Letter From “Mike” Vreeland to David Corn of The Nation and Norman Solomon of FAIR

-----Original Message-----
From: Mike Ruppert []
Sent: Monday, April 08, 2002 9:38 PM
To: From The Wilderness
Cc: Pacifica Network News (
Subject: Vreeland Challenges Solomon and Corn Directly - Requests a Pacifica Interview - An Open Letter


Smart ALECs (American Legislative Exchange Council)

by Bill Berkowitz - WorkingForChange

April 15, 2002

Are you paying enough attention to what's going on in your state legislature? Do you support lobbying efforts by progressive organizations? Do you contribute money to legislative candidates?


Common Herbicide Linked to Sexual Side Effects in Frogs

By Cat Lazaroff

BERKELEY, California, April 16, 2002 (ENS) - Atrazine, the top selling weed killer in the United States, disrupts the sexual development of frogs at concentrations 30 times lower than levels allowed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The researchers who uncovered the problem join environmentalists in expressing concern about heavy use of the herbicide on corn, soybeans and other crops in the U.S. Midwest and around the world.

Anti-Tax Activist Arrested for Fraud


Associated Press Writer

April 16, 2002

SANTA ANA, Calif. -- An anti-tax activist who once boasted she had never paid income taxes was arrested Monday for allegedly promoting bogus tax shelters and encouraging the filing of phony returns.

Six others also were charged in the alleged fraud scheme.

The arrest of Lynne Meredith, who headed up the anti-tax group We The People, came nearly a decade after she first began publicly lobbying against income taxes.