Cindy Sheehan walks into her Denver hotel room and catches man with phone and screw driver in hand, bugging her phone

*Amazing. I am speechless…although nothing surprises me anymore.*

The following is an excerpt from a report posted by Cindy Sheehan at the San Francisco Bay Area Independent Media Center:

The most troubling thing happened, though, when I arrived back to my hotel. We got back early because the altitude and sleeplessness were starting to take a toll on us. We did not march after the rally, so we decided to rest before the next event at 7pm. As I walked toward my room, I noticed that the door was opened with the security bolt blocking the complete closing of the door. I knew immediately that I had not left the door open, and I double checked to make sure it was the right room because, as a frequent traveler, I have been known to forget my room number, but it was the right room. I was upset at first thinking that housekeeping had made a mistake and left my room open and I was worried that something might be missing. So I walked into my room and bigger than life, there was a man standing by my desk holding the room phone with a screwdriver in his hand! I immediately said; “What the hell are you doing? Are you putting a bug on my phone?” He looked like he got caught with his hand in the cookie jar and stammered out: “N–no, we are having problems with the phone.” I told him to get out of my room because my phone was fine and I called the front desk and the person at the front desk stammered something out about “problems” with some of the phones. This room was reserved soon after we got to Denver last night because the room we had was inadequate for 3 people. The room was reserved under my campaign manager’s name with a CFC debit card. By the time we left for the march, it could have very well been ascertained that I was the one in this room, and the room we did reserve could be bugged, also. I am confident that that’s what was happening when I walked in on the “maintenance” man and I am becoming more shocked every day with what the ruling class are capable of….that’s why… My phones are in the room fridge. Let them listen to refridgerator noise…


Up North may see patchy frost tonight

*Hmmm…Ragnarök anyone??*

Here’s some news you probably hoped you wouldn’t hear for another four months.

The National Weather Service says areas of northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin could see patchy frost this weekend. That’s right, patchy frost in August.

The weather agency says clear skies could allow temperatures to dip into the low to mid-30s late tonight into early Monday.

Meteorologist Roman Berdes says an unusual cold-air mass from Canada will bring lower temperatures, but warmer air from the central Midwest should replace it by Monday.

Berdes says these temperatures are uncommon but not unheard of. He says those areas saw temperatures in the 20s at this point in 2004.

In the Milwaukee area, today’s forecast calls for a high of 75 today and a low tonight of 54.

Illegal Immigrants Returning to Mexico in Record Numbers

*Oh, well ;)*

DALLAS — Illegal immigrants are returning home to Mexico in numbers not seen for decades — and the Mexican government may have to deal with a crush on its social services and lower wages once the immigrants arrive.

The Mexican Consulate’s office in Dallas is seeing increasing numbers of Mexican nationals requesting paperwork to go home for good, especially parents who want to know what documentation they’ll need to enroll their children in Mexican schools.

“Those numbers have increased percentage-wise tremendously,” said Enrique Hubbard, the Mexican consul general in Dallas. “In fact, it’s almost 100 percent more this year than it was the previous two years.”

The illegal immigrant population in the U.S. has dropped 11 percent since August of last year, according to the Center for Immigration Studies. Its research shows 1.3 million illegal immigrants have returned to their home countries.

Some say illegal immigrants are leaving because a soft economy has led to fewer jobs, causing many laborers to seek work elsewhere.

Others argue that a tough stance on immigration through law enforcement has spread fear throughout the illegal population.

“There’s no question there’s a variety of suggestions that people are in fact returning,” said Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies. “Remittances, which is the money immigrants send home to Mexico, have gone down dramatically over the past year. Again, probably part the economy, but also part enforcement, leading to fewer people being here.”

Advocates for immigrants are disturbed by the trend. Albert Ruiz, an organizer for the League of United Latin American Citizens, agrees that more undocumented immigrants are going home — but says families are being torn apart in the process.

If a father is deported, Ruiz says, his family members in America are forced either to fend for themselves or follow him to a country where they’ve never even lived.

“So the mother is saying we should return home with the breadwinner of the family to Mexico, and the children are saying, I don’t want to leave, I’m a U.S. citizen, I don’t know that country,” said Ruiz.

Mexican President Felipe Calderon plans to help returning nationals by providing food, medical care and temporary shelter if needed. But reports are already out in Mexico that the large number of illegal immigrants returning home could drive down wages and put pressure on social services — the same concerns many Americans have with illegals living and working in the U.S.,2933,409221,00.html

TGA investigates Gardasil-pancreatitis link

*Information is coming in frequently about this absolutely idiotic “vaccine.”*

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) says it is investigating whether there is any link between the cervical cancer vaccine and pancreatic disease.

A spokeswoman for the TGA says it is examining the cases of three women who developed pancreatitis after receiving the injection.

The TGA says 3.7 million doses of the vaccine, Gardasil, have been distributed in Australia with about 1,000 adverse reactions reported.

Adverse reactions can include headaches, redness at the injection site, nausea and vomiting.

Studies: HPV vaccines may not be so effective

*Well DUH. ‘Nuff said.*

SUNDAY August 24, 2008 ( — The only two cervical cancer vaccines available in the market may not be worth their high cost and both may not be so effective at preventing the disease in the first place, two studies published in this week’s New England Journal Medicine suggest.

The vaccines of concern Gardasil made by Merck and Cervarix made by GlaxoSmithKline are designed to prevent cervical lesions induced by two strains of the human papillomavirus (HPV) from becoming cervical cancer. Gardasil was approved for marketing in the U.S. two years ago and Cervarix was approved in Europe years back.

Human papillomavirus, a sexually transmitted disease, is believed to be the major cause for cervical cancer, which is rare in the United States although the virus is commonly found in men and women. In 2008, an estimated 11,070 women are expected to be diagnosed with cervical cancer and 3,870 will die from the disease, according to Most people can clear the virus naturally in two years without resorting to any medication though.

“Despite great expectations and promising results of clinical trials, we still lack sufficient evidence of an effective vaccine against cervical cancer,” Dr. Charlotte J. Haug, editor of The Journal of the Norwegian Medical Association, was quoted by The New York Times as writing wrote in an editorial accompanying the study reports. “With so many essential questions still unanswered, there is good reason to be cautious,” Dr. Haug added.

Clinical trials often lasting no more than six and half a year yielded no evidence that the vaccines render long-term immunity to the targeted strains and that they would not decrease the body’s natural immunity against other strains that can also induce cervical cancer.

Another study led by Jane J. Kim and Dr. Sue Goldie of Harvard University showed that girls inoculated with the vaccines at age 12 would cost $43,600 for every life saved by the vaccines during a life time, which is acceptable to health officials, the New York Times reported.

But if all girls and women up to age 21 are to be given the vaccines, the cost will be $120,400. If a booster is required, the cost will rise to $120,400. In these cases, Pap smear screening will be more cost-effective.

The vaccines do not cover all strains that induce cervical cancer. Girls and women who have received the shots, which can cost anywhere between $400 and $1000 per person according to the Times , still need to follow the routine pap smear screening, meaning that the vaccines do not save any money.