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+ - Red scientology tomato rotting in Firehose?-> 1

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: A posting to the Slashdot Firehose related to a Wikinews story on Wikileaks and legal threats from Scientology, seems to be stuck in the Slashdot firehose red as a ripe tomato for more than 24 hours.
The story that covers a recent press release on Wikileaks relating to copyright claims made by the Church's legal representatives towards the published "Operating Thetan" cult manual, worth hundreds of thousands of dollars in scam money, already spawned a hot discussion on the Wikinews portal. With critics of cult-critics trying to shut the story down for hours, it finally went online. And now seems stuck in the Firehose. One can only hope not for the wrong reasons.

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+ - Seven CIA Vets Challenge 9/11 Commission Report->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: http://www.opednews.com/articles/genera_alan_mil_070922_seven_cia_veterans_c.htm

Seven CIA Veterans Challenge 9/11 Commission Report

September 23, 2007 — Seven CIA veterans have severely criticized the official account of 9/11 and have called for a new investigation. "I think at simplest terms, there's a cover-up. The 9/11 Report is a joke," said Raymond McGovern, 27-year veteran of the CIA, who chaired National Intelligence Estimates during the seventies. "There are a whole bunch of unanswered questions. And the reason they're unanswered is because this administration will not answer the questions," he said. McGovern, who is also the founder of VIPS (Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity), is one of many signers of a petition to reinvestigate 9/11.[1]

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+ - Mystery illness from meteor crash is solved.->

Submitted by Technician
Technician writes: The meteor that crashed in Peru caused a mystery illnesses. The cause of the illness has been found. The meteor was not toxic. The ground water it contacted contains arsenic. The resulting steam cloud is what caused the mystery illness. "The meteorite created the gases when the object's hot surface met an underground water supply tainted with arsenic, the scientists said." http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2007/09/070921-meteor-peru.html There is a very good photo of the impact crater in the article. The rim of the crater is lined with people for a size comparison.
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+ - id's ET: Quake Wars And Carmack's MegaTextures->

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MojoKid writes: "id Software continues to enhance the Doom 3 engine. The recent release of their Enemy Territory: Quake Wars demo showcases a new texture compression technology. The screen shots here, taken on a Geforce 8800 with high quality details and 4X anti-aliasing, show the first application of John Carmack's MegaTexture for terrain mapping. This technology allows rendering of extremely large outdoor terrain without the need to re-use or tile multiple smaller textures. The trick is all in Carmack's compression algorithm where for example, a 6 gig environment landscape texture map can be compressed down to 8MB without any loss in image quality. The HDR-like lighting in the engine looks impressive as well."
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