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Wataru vacates IWGP Jr. belt and graduates! Muto vs. Nakanishi set!

Posted by invizweb on June 21, 2008

Stuart Max wrote (on June 16):

Wataru Inoue today stunned the wrestling world by vacating his IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Title, one day after winning the Best of the Super Jr. tournament and exceeding his teacher, Koji Kanemoto. Wataru said he has been struggling to keep his weight under the junior limit since coming back from Mexico, and has decided not to fight it any longer – the man who fought his way to the top of the junior division officially announced his graduation from the junior division to the heavyweight division. Wataru said he had this idea in his mind for a while, but wanted to fight Kanemoto first, the man he has been so close to over the years. And so, Wataru now begins a new phase of his career and looks ahead to the G1 Climax, where he will truly begin his heavyweight years. Wataru also reported that he was married to a 34-year-old woman from Oita in May last year. New Japan announced that another tournament will take place during the Korakuen triple header that highlights the upcoming “NEW JAPAN TRILL” series in July, to determine a new champion.

t’s set! Manabu Nakanishi will challenge for the IWGP Heavyweight Title for the first time since 2003 on July 21st when New Japan returns to the Tsukisamu Green Dome in Hokkaido. Nakanishi, following his de facto number one contendership match win over Hirooki Goto yesterday, will battle Keiji Muto, the man he bested in the 1999 G1 Climax final, but was unable to lift the IWGP belt from at the follow-up Tokyo Dome event. Nakanishi has various opponents in New Japan, PREMIUM, and ZERO1-MAX before fighting Muto, so wants to prepare himself properly for this, his chance to lift a singles title for the first time.

NJPW, 7/21/08 (WPW)
Tsukisamu Green Dome

IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Tag Team Title: Jushin Thunder Liger & AKIRA (c) vs. Minoru & Prince Devitt
IWGP Heavyweight Title: Keiji Muto All Japan (c) vs. Manabu Nakanishi

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We’re off to see the Wizard, the wonderful Wizard of Northampton – Pádraig Ó Méalóid talks to Alan Moore

Posted by invizweb on June 21, 2008

In an interview Pádraig Ó Méalóid conducted with Alan Moore:

P: Lost Girls has been out in the States since October 2006, and it’s only recently out in the UK. Was there any surge of interest in it when it was released in the UK, or did it just come out and that was that?

AM: Well there was a certain amount, we’re getting good reviews, it’s apparently selling very well, and the only thing that was surprising was that there was no trouble, either in the American release or the British one, or any of the European ones that we’ve heard of so far. It’s that there hasn’t been – we didn’t know what might happen, and we were certainly prepared to have to defend Lost Girls, perhaps in a court of law and we were confident that we could do that, but…

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Kucinich threatens 60 impeachment articles if Judiciary doesn’t act (also his thoughts on FISA)

Posted by invizweb on June 21, 2008

For RAW Story, Nick Juliano wrote:

Kucinich tells us he’s giving the House Judiciary Committee 30 days to act on his resolution proposing 35 articles of impeachment against President Bush or else he’ll raise even more hell on the House floor. Thirty-five articles was just the tip of the iceberg. If Judiciary does nothing, he’ll go back to the House floor next month armed with nearly twice as many articles.

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And in a follow-up to the FISA telecom protection story, House Rep Kucinich had this to say.

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US: Israeli (military) carried out Iran practice drill

Posted by invizweb on June 21, 2008

Diana Sweet wrote for RAW Story:

Friday’s New York Times is reporting that multiple U.S. officials have stated that the Israeli military carried out what seemed to be a ‘rehearsal’ for a strike directed at Iran’s nuclear facilities. The exercise seemed ‘to be an effort to develop the military’s capacity to carry out long-range strikes and to demonstrate the seriousness with which Israel views Iran’s nuclear program.’

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Life in outer space? Japanese Astronomers hunt aliens.

Posted by invizweb on June 21, 2008

Yoko Kubota for Reuters reported:

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s biggest astronomical observatories are teaming up for an unprecedented quest to find out whether there is life in outer space.

The project, led by Japanese astronomers, will bring together a dozen or more observatories from all over the country to study one star that researchers see as a potential home to an extraterrestrial civilization.

“Everyone wonders at least once in their lifetime whether space is infinite and whether aliens really do exist,” said Shinya Narusawa, chief researcher at Nishi-Harima Astronomical Observatory in western Japan.

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Surveillance Bill Offers Protection To Telecom Firms

Posted by invizweb on June 21, 2008

Thanks to Gary Baddeley @ Disinfo for posting it originally on the site.

Dan Eggen and Paul Kane, Washington Post Staff Writers, wrote:

Deal Would Extend U.S. Wiretap Power, Shield Providers Facing Privacy Lawsuits

House and Senate leaders agreed yesterday on surveillance legislation that could shield telecommunications companies from privacy lawsuits, handing President Bush one of the last major legislative victories he is likely to achieve.

The agreement extends the government’s ability to eavesdrop on espionage and terrorism suspects while effectively providing a legal escape hatch for AT&T, Verizon Communications and other telecom firms. They face more than 40 lawsuits that allege they violated customers’ privacy rights by helping the government conduct a warrantless spying program after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

The breakthrough on the legislation came hours after the White House agreed to Democratic demands for domestic spending additions to an emergency war funding bill. Taken together, the bills — two of the last major pieces of legislation to be approved by Congress this year — suggest that Bush still wields considerable clout on national security issues but now must acquiesce to Democratic demands on favored domestic priorities to secure victory.

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Editor’s Note: In other words, Democrats are kowtowing to Bush left and right. What is the difference between the two major parties? Retroactive legal protection? I thought retroactive laws were illegal.

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