Why wait? Get tomorrow’s news today, on the FM website

The headline was over-the-top, but titling this “updates” was too boring.  Here are articles about subects discussed in past posts on the FM website.

(A)  About The Fate of Israel, 28 July 2007 — Israel is doomed.  Reports about this slide to extinction slowly pour in.

  • The Changing Face of Israel“, Richard Cincotta and Eric Kaufmann, Foreign Policy, June 2009 — “As minority groups swell in numbers, the country’s political makeup is destined for a shift, too.”

(B)  About the Ug99 wheat rust fungus, first discussed on the FM website in Important news about the global food crisis!, 1 April 2009.  Potentially bad news for people who like to eat:

  1. A ‘time bomb’ for world wheat crop“, Los Angeles Times, 14 June 2009 — “The Ug99 fungus, called stem rust, could wipe out more than 80% of the world’s wheat crops as it spreads from Africa, scientists fear. The race is on to breed resistant plants before it reaches the U.S.”
  2. The race against Ug99“, AgWeek, 20 July 2009
  3. Invading wheat fungus could boost Afghan drugs trade“, New Scientist, 3 August 2009
  4. Wheat plague threatens Afghans with starvation“, New Scientist, 5 August 2009

(c)  Articles about torture (file under “I fear Hitler was just early”):

  1. What Torture Never Told Us“, Ali H. Soufan (FBI special agent 1997 – 2005), op-ed in the New York Times, 6 September 2009
  2. Comments about Soufan’s article and torture in general, Patrick Lang (Colonel, Special Forces, retired), posted at his Sic Semper Tyrannis, 6 September 2009

Posts on the FM website about torture:

A note from the past by President Lincoln

General Orders 100 — Instructions for the Government of Armies of the United States in the Field, prepared by Francis Lieber (Columbia U), signed by President Lincoln on 24 April 1863.  AKA “the Lieber Code.”  Artice 16:

Military necessity does not admit of cruelty – that is, the infliction of suffering for the sake of suffering or for revenge, nor of maiming or wounding except in fight, nor of torture to extort confessions. It does not admit of the use of poison in any way, nor of the wanton devastation of a district. It admits of deception, but disclaims acts of perfidy; and, in general, military necessity does not include any act of hostility which makes the return to peace unnecessarily difficult.

Afterword

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4 thoughts on “Why wait? Get tomorrow’s news today, on the FM website

  1. Mmm. A fine piece of yellow journalism you have here. Already sensationalizing.
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    FM replies: I don’t understand your comment. Wikipedia entry about “Yellow Journal”-

    A type of journalism that downplays legitimate news in favor of eye-catching headlines that sell more newspapers. It may feature exaggerations of news events, scandal-mongering, sensationalism, or unprofessional practices by news media organizations or journalists.

  2. I really appreciate your site. Thank you for introducing me to the Lieber code.
    I regret not studying more history. I think Article 16 is in keeping with Sun Tzu and with Lau Tzu’s guidance on the use of force.

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