Airline to Test Anti-Missile System

DALLAS (AP) – Up to three American Airlines jets will be outfitted this
spring with laser technology being developed to protect planes from
missiles fired by terrorists.
Officials said Friday the anti-missile systems won't be tested on
passenger flights. But the tests, which could involve more than 1,000
flights, will determine how well the technology holds up under the
rigors of flight, they said.
The first Boeing 767-200 will be equipped in April or later, American
spokesman Tim Wagner said. American operates that Boeing model mostly
between New York and San Francisco and Los Angeles.
American said it is “not in favor” of putting anti-missile systems on
commercial planes but agreed to take part in the tests to understand
technologies that might be available in the future.
The anti-missile technology was developed for military planes, and
U.K.-based BAE Systems PLC said Friday it won a $29 million contract
from the Department of Homeland Security to test it on passenger planes.
The technology is intended to stop a missile attack by detecting heat
from the rocket, then responding in a fraction of a second by firing a
laser beam that jams the missile's guidance system.
The device on …

Minister appeases Muslims on Temple Mount

By Stan Goodenough
Israeli Internal Security Minister Avi Dichter, whose job it is to ensure the majority of his countrymen are able to live as Jews free from danger and fear, has bowed even further to the Muslim threat to use violence against Jews who wish to pray on the Temple Mount – Israel's holiest site.
Despite the fact that the place where Israel's first and second temples stood is under de jure Israeli sovereignty the Olmert government, like those before it, already acquiesces to the demands of the Waqf (Islamic Trust) to ban Jewish and Christian prayer on the hill.
The hours during which Christians and Jews can ascend the Temple Mount are severely restricted; non-Muslim visitors are searched and prevented from taking Bibles or prayer books into the site, and individuals are frequently arrested or at least forced to leave [as I was-Ed] if they are even suspected of praying.
Now, according to a report Tuesday in the leftist Israeli newspaper Ha'aretz, Dichter recently sent a letter to two religious Knesset members telling them that “a Jew is not allowed to pray in any overt manner whatsoever on the Temple Mount, even if he is just moving his …

Israeli Arabs: Count us out of Palestinian state

Majority would rather remain under Jewish leadership
By Aaron Klein
Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni and Prime Minister Ehud Olmert
JERUSALEM – If given the option of living in a future Palestinian state, most Israeli Arabs would prefer to remain citizens of Israel, according to a new survey released this week.
Arabs make up about 20 percent of Israel's population, with a large concentration living in eastern Jerusalem, including in peripheral neighborhoods Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's government has stated could be given to the Palestinians for a future state.
Last month, Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni hinted Israeli Arabs living in eastern Jerusalem could remain there and be ruled by a new Palestinian state.
“The future Palestinian state would serve as a national solution for the Palestinians of the West Bank, those living in the refugee camps and those who are citizens with equal rights in the Jewish state,” stated Livni at a November press conference with France's foreign minister. 
But a new poll conducted by Keevoon, an Israeli research and strategic communications company, found the majority of Israeli Arabs – 62 percent – don't want to live under Palestinian rule.
Only 14 percent of respondents said they would prefer to …

Bush: Expansion of settlements hindering peace talks

Week before embarking on historic visit to region, US president voices concern that Israel's ongoing expansion of settlements in the West Bank hinders peace efforts with PA, urges immediate evacuation of illegal outposts. White House: No Abbas-Olmert-Bush meeting scheduled
US President George W. Bush on Thursday called Israeli settlement expansion an “impediment” to the success of revived peace efforts and urged the Jewish state to follow through on its pledge to dismantle unauthorized settler outposts.
Speaking less than a week before his first presidential visit to Israel and the West Bank, Bush voiced optimism at the prospects for securing an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal by the end of 2008, a goal set at last November's Annapolis conference that has been viewed with some skepticism.
Bush said he would use his trip to keep up pressure on both sides, including making clear to Israelis his concern about continued Jewish settlement activity.
“I will talk about Israeli settlement expansion, about how that is, that can be, you know, an impediment to success,” he told Reuters in an interview. “The unauthorized outposts for example need to be dismantled, like the Israelis said they would do.”
'Trip also about Iran'
Bush also said on …

Nonfat milk linked to prostate cancer

Green tea may cut prostate cancer risk: Japan study  
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Learn to Trade with a FREE Guide.NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – The amount of calcium and vitamin D in the diet appears to have little or no impact on the risk of prostate cancer, but the consumption of low-fat or nonfat milk may increase the risk of the malignancy, according to the results of two studies published in the American Journal of Epidemiology.
Dietary calcium and dairy products have been thought to increase the risk of prostate cancer by affecting vitamin D metabolism. Data from several prospective studies have supported an association, but many other studies have failed to establish a link.
To explore this topic further, Dr. Song-Yi Park, from the University of Hawaii in Honolulu, and colleagues, analyzed data from subjects enrolled in the Multiethnic Cohort Study. This study, conducted between 1993 and 2002, included adults between 45 and 75 years old, were primarily from five different ethnic or racial groups, and lived in California or Hawaii.
A total of 82,483 men from the study completed a quantitative food frequency questionnaire and various factors, such as weight, smoking status, and education levels …

Programmed for love

Author sees hard-wired sex in the future – and apparently it's all good – especially if you like robots
Love + Sex With Robots: The Evolution of Human-Robot Relationships
By David Levy
Harper, 334 pp. $24.95.
If you're younger than 35, you'll probably live long enough to put David Levy's prediction to the test. Levy says that by 2050 we'll be creating robots so lifelike, so imbued with human-seeming intelligence and emotions, as to be nearly indistinguishable from real people. And we'll have sex with these robots. Some of us will even marry them. And it will all be good.
Levy lays out his vision of a Brave New Carnal World in Love and Sex With Robots: The Evolution of Human-Robot Relationships, which, despite its extended riffs on sex toys through the ages, is a snigger-free book. Levy's no Al Goldstein. Rather he's a 62-year-old British chess master turned artificial-intelligence expert persuaded that robot sex can brighten the lives of many, many unhappy people. “Great sex on tap for everyone, 24/7,'' he writes on the final page of the book. What's not to like?
“Chess'' and “sex'' aren't words that normally share the same sentence, but in …