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US presidential candidates to debate in internet

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The 2008 presidential contenders will debate in cyberspace in early next fall. The political blog Huffington Post, online portal Yahoo and Slate Magazine will host the debates - one for Democratic candidates, one for Republicans - sometime in autumn, with PBS host Charlie Rose serving as moderator, the sponsors planned to announce Monday.

Voters will be invited to submit questions, and can blog in real time to share their opinions on the candidates' answers.

Arianna Huffington, founder of the Huffington Post, said the idea for online debates was hatched earlier this year at the World Economic Forum in Davos, which bloggers and citizen journalists had been invited to cover.

"It was clear to me, the 2008 campaign was going to be dominated by what's happening on line - new technologies, new media like never before," Huffington said. She then contacted Rose and Slate editor Jacob Weisberg to form a partnership to produce the forums.

Yahoo, the largest provider of online news, will host the debates and provide the technological expertise to produce them.

Candidates will be able to participate from far-flung locations, speaking and interacting with one another before separate video cameras. The video will also appear on the Slate and Huffington Post Web sites.

Major news organizations have already harnessed Internet technology for debates, often Webcasting them and televising them at once. But Web-only debates will be substantively different than televised debates that appear online, participants in the partnership said.

Scott Moore, director of Yahoo's news and information service, compared the debates to the first televised forums between Democrat John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon in 1960.

Historians believe voters who watched the debate believed Kennedy was the winner, while voters who listened on the radio thought Nixon had won.

It's a really significant, historic opportunity for the candidates to test their debate skills in a brand new format," Moore said.

Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean has agreed to introduce the Democratic debate, Huffington said. She said the campaigns had all been contacted about the idea and most had indicated an interest in participating. -


Thank you for welcoming me. PLEASE , SEE 'BILL A RI AND THERE WAS LIGHT !" in Lucien BONNET ============= LETTER TO PRESIDENT CLINTON Montreal, March 22, 1995 President William Jefferson Clinton President of the United States of America The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue N.W. Washington, DC 20500 U.S.A. Mister President: Please allow me to take the opportunity of your visit to Haiti, as President of the United States of America, on March 31, 1995, to pay due tribute in all sincerity to you and your distinguished wife, Mrs. Hillary Rodham Clinton. You honor Haiti and the Haitian people with your presence and support. Thanks to you and your allies in the United Nations and the Organization of American States, the return-to-democracy process has been successfully carried out. Now that the legitimate President, Jean Bertrand Aristide, has been reinstated in his official status, it is with legitimate pride, I am sure that he welcomes you to his country. For you, as well as for us, the "Uphold Democracy" operation is truly a beautiful historical moment. Mr. President, I come from Haiti, that underdeveloped country. With underdeveloped tools - a camera and a few films - I have tried, in order to serve my country's cause, to demystify the word "light" and denounce Newton's Theory of Colors. With that same desire to serve constitutional legitimacy in my country, I have written the enclosed book entitled Haiti, Let There Be Light! I hope that you and Mrs. Clinton will accept this privately produced copy, especially intended for you, while you are getting ready for your trip to Haiti. May I make a confession to you, Mr. President? I followed, closely and with intense interest, your electoral campaign, election, and swearing-in ceremony as 42nd President of the United States. What a great nation you represent! Please believe me: your courageous commitment to facilitate the restoration of democracy in my country has escaped no one. On the very day of your swearing-in ceremony, I wished to send you my book, Haďti, Que La Lumičre Soit!, which questions Newton's Theory of Colors. I did not do so, because I felt an English-language version would be more appropriate. Since I could not send you a copy of the yet-to-be-published English version of my book, I contented myself with dreaming - dreaming that on one of your first evenings in the White House, you were seated in the Oval Room with Mrs. Clinton and your daughter Chelsea. You were reading Haďti, Que La Lumičre Soit! I imagined you carefully examining certain passages of that work in its English version, which is now in preparation - typed by a sightless, multilingual Haitian. Those paragraphs deal with the so-called missing matter, darkness in space, "black holes" - in a word: the invisible mass of the Cosmos. You notice Dr. Carl Sagan's research on Exobiology and the DNA found in the dark matter in the universe, and you suddenly remember a Time article from April 10, 1978 entitled "Black Holes and Martian Valleys", which contained the following passage: "A while later, astronomer Carl Sagan (The Dragons of Eden) found himself lugging his slide box into the Vice President's big new house and, after coffee, taking the Mondale and Carter families on a journey through the heavens. Jimmy Carter is the closest thing to a scientist we have had in the White House since Thomas Jefferson. Nixon could not run a tape recorder. Johnson could not fully figure out his alarm wrist watch. Not Jimmy. He was fascinated by the discussion of "Black Holes" and the speculation that they might provide answers to what holds the Universe together." "Well," you exclaimed, "O.K. for former President Carter. It is normal for the President of a star-spangled republic to choose between "Star Peace" and "Star War". As to the former President's inclination toward Einstein's physics and/or Planck's Quantum Theory, there is a great temptation to apply certain laws of the Cosmos to politics and diplomacy. Consider the "Tunnel Effect", the way that energy escapes from black holes. "Carter goes back to the sources and draws inspiration from them. That makes me think about Aristide - both of them are well at ease in both the Western world and the Black world: the visible and the invisible. However, there is one difference: the Haitians follow Aristide everywhere, like a comet's tail. If Aristide is considered as a "Black Sun", then the Haitians are "space refugees". "Yes, Haiti! We are pulled down to earth. Democracy. the exodus of the Boat People. with the Law of Probabilities, whether we think about Planck or Carter, it doesn't seem that a solution will be found tomorrow. "What business did the Haitians have in that "boat"?" "Say, there above, the Black Twin! Is it still broad daylight in the shadow of the "Black Sun"?" "Oh God," you say aloud to Mrs. Clinton: "Eureka! I have found it! Fiat lux! Let there be light! Que la lumičre soit! Black holes, black sun, tunnel effect, Aristide effect, boat people, space refugees, Carl Sagan, Jimmy Carter. six of one and half a dozen of the other." There is loud laughter in the Oval Room. Bill a ri Bill laughed Hillary a ri Hillary laughed Chelsea a ri aussi Chelsea laughed too Humor is American, Mr. President, and so are dreams. Let my book "Haïti! Que La Lumière Soit!" be the "dark matter", arguing in favor of the development of the Black world - visible and invisible! In the area of science, high technology, creative innovation, and space exploration, I think there is nothing that America cannot deal with. That is why, in that spaceship of universal energy, I dare sail with a dream. In my dream, it is your first trip inside your SPACE AIR FORCE ONE, propelled by the energy of invisible and concentrated dark matter, like black holes. A mini black hole of an avant-garde design whose motor sequence develops inertia, spectral speed, speed equal to or higher than that of light, and scientifically controlled reversibility of the phenomenon. What a new synthesis, but also what a liberation! Synthesis and analysis are two wings of the same bird - contracted and unfolded at the same time, following the heartbeat of the Universe tamed inside the infinitely small: "One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind!" This would be the natural and constructive counterpart of Newton's Theory of Light and Colors, which slows down that impulse. This is a necessary change in the name of development and progress humbly submitted on behalf of Haiti: a testimony of gratitude toward mankind. Let us go further, to the other side of the Universe, as suggested by an eyewitness: the Hubble telescope, with its camera. ". Hubble focused on the centre of the galaxy [M87], an area 500 light-years across. The pictures revealed a spiral structure formed by fast-moving gas clouds being drawn toward the centre, rather like water going down a drain." Dr. Harms said the Hubble spectrographic camera was then focused on points 60 light-years across on opposite sides of the spinning disc. This camera breaks down light into its wavelength parts, rather like a prism separates colours in sunlight." (The Globe and Mail, Thursday, May 26, 1994) Let us in the long run, replace the camera by a motor run by the ENERGY OF THE YEAR 2000, transforming the DARK MATTER from the invisible to the visible and vice versa. We would there by take advantage of the sequence of colored and colorless light speeds, so as to better visit the Universe, where law and order are transcendent, just as in democracy. I have decided to write this letter because your leadership, Mr. President, like an inevitable and immeasurable energy, has practically absorbed me, allowing me to express myself. On October 4, 1994, in the General Assembly of the United Nations, a voice echoed the power of your leadership. In new words, on March 31, 1995, that same voice will repeat: "Even now, with the peaceful launching of the operation "UPHOLD DEMOCRACY" on 19 September last year, a tropical smile has shed light upon the faces of those who espouse and love peace - Peacemakers, Peacekeepers, and Peacelovers. Together, President Clinton and we have managed to open up a "tunnel" of hope after so much suffering." That testimony by President Aristide at the U.N. emphasizes the magnitude of the efforts needed to bring about such a happy conclusion. Your present trip to Haiti is the strongest confirmation of that sequence of events, and illustrates an unprecedented chapter in the annals of Haiti, as well as in the life of the Haitian people Thank you, Mr. President, for associating Haiti with your Strategic Development Initiative (S.D.I.) at the dawn of the "Star Peace". Glaze Storm LETTER TO THE PRIME MINISTER OF QUÉBEC MR. LUCIEN BOUCHARD The Right Honorable Lucien Bouchard Prime Minister of Quebec Building Hydro-Québec 75, boulevard René Lévesque Ouest Montréal (Québec) H2Z 1A4 Dear Mr. Prime Minister: "It is in adversity", I was going to say in “darkness", that one recognizes true friends. In this national test due to the shortage of electricity because of bad weather, each one of us, in Québec like elsewhere, recognizes in you the Statesman, the friend very sensitive to the needs of the Québécois. In solidarity betwen us in this shortage, we are also in solidarity with your energy, your will to build and rebuild. Energy of the Sixties tested, confronted by the Ice storm crisis, what does Science hold for us in this field at the crossroad of the third millennium? Each of us should express solidarity, according to his means. My contribution, apparently futuristic, refers, Mister Prime Minister, to an inexhaustible source of energy, which one should tame now. In a book with limited publication, translated in English for the needs of the cause, entitled " BILL A RI And There Was Light ", addressed during his last American election campaign to President Bill Clinton who acknowledged having received it, I dared to tackle this subject. A second copy of that manuscript reached 24 Sussex at Ottawa, intended for the Prime Minister of Canada, the day before the visit of the Right Honourable Jean Chrétien at the White House. As for the French original version which entitled then " Haïti ! Que La Lumière Soit ! ", it was given in person in care of the Canadian ambassador to Port-au-Prince, Mr. Hubert Feuillé, to President Jean Bertrand Aristide. It's like to say to you, Mister Prime Minister, that in the exceptional circumstances in which Québec lives today - in the point of view of energy - no exploration in the mid or long term, by the expertise of Hydro-Québec, of an additional source of energy, at the same time safe and profitable, should not be ruled out. The Chairman and managing Director of the Hydro-Québec Company, who assists you so admirably, will assist you even more, I hope, vis-à-vis that new perspective. In my letter to President Bill Clinton as well as in the one to your federal counterpart Mr. Jean Chrétien, I brought up that prospect to them. Who can guess, vis-à-vis this posssibility, which one of them would be the first to take advantage thereof. There is no witchcraft at all involved in all that, Mister Prime Minister. In spite of my Haïtian ascent and my carefully phrased remarks. It is undoubtedly so when a taboo should be broken through; a taboo of magnitude, Mister Prime Minister, I admit it; a “scientific" taboo, seldom encountered. Why did that happened to me, in such a way, like an ice storm, camera in hand, in full darkness? - " the taboo arises as a negative categorical imperative," affirms Roger Caillois. It is not saying little. Especially when it is a question of adequately correcting the theory of Newton on light and colors. What an ungrateful work, what an irony, what else? Above that, for more than twenty-five years. However, at the dawn of the twenty first century, to denounce this taboo, to reverse it, should I say, what an asset! Moreover, at the same time the multiple taboos grow blurred which surround another phenomenon of the highest scientific range, the well known phenomenon under the abusive name of "Black Holes", synthesis of light and colors. Indeed Newton, in good faith undoubtedly in his time, really reversed the interpretation of the phenomenon of light. He took the part for the whole ! So much and so well that today like yesterday, the visible appears so much more tempting. Physicists say it: "ninety to ninety nine percent of the matter of the universe is made up of a dark matter, invisible, which generates, propels and surrounds the visible, like the sea surrounds the continents". Scientists such as Stephen Hawking affirm it. The Hubble Telescope confirms it. But theoretical Optics is stagnant. My intervention, here, Mister Prime Minister, would mean that. It is possible to use another form of energy. By decoding the Black Matter. By the expertise of Hydro-Québec which has proven itself in many occasions. Without a play on words. Theoretically initially. While “returning the elevator to Newton”. Because, today, Hydro-Québec is well informed and with full power ! Forgive, this time, this very small play on words, intended to pay homage to you. For the Act which consists in making an AMENDMENT TO THE LAW OF NEWTON ON LIGHT AND COLORS.. Presently, why should we take the result instead of the cause? Objectively and in a pragmatic way, by a new synthesis; consequently, what a liberation ! At the threshold of the third millennium, let light live, invisible by synthesis, visible by analysis. "Synthesis and analysis are two wings of the same bird, the rythm of the universe`s heartbeat, tamed inside the infinitely small having mass. Successively contracted and deployed. In the benefit of humanity. "One small step for Man, one giant leap for Mankind - I also said myself - in “ BILL A RI and there was light !.. " What an unfortunate ice storm, certainly ! Versus illumination. Versus vivifying heat. Unfortunate, yes, but how much a convenient storm if I dare say, which invites us to explore other avenues, other concepts and, therefore, other resources so far neglected. Invitation to go from the invisible to the visible and vice versa. Taking advantage of the sequence of colorless and colored luminous speeds. In order to better understand the Universe. Where Law and Order prevail. Just like in Democracy ! Energetic formula with a unique character ! In the name of Science and Technology, vapor is being reverse ! A winning formula ! In Québec ! By Hydro-Québec ! As for the concept which enabled me to carry out this research, to draw certain conclusions and thus to propose its application, allow me, Mister Prime Minister, in spite of your many obligations and concerns, a small and fast digression. 1972. A young talented lawyer. I consult him on the royalties, the intellectual property, and the legal protection. He collects data, consults his fellow-members, at the Bar. Days, months pass. I call and I recall. One year, two years. I insist. I persist, as a condition to pay his fee, in obtaining an answer. He proposes, in private, a verbal report. I tell him the importance which I attach to a written report. Obviously not at ease, reluctantly, he gives me, on August 16, 1974, a letter! You are, Mister Prime Minister, the very first one to receive today, here included, a copy of it. As for the verbal report mentioned in the letter which I address to you today, it was around a glass of beer – from the well-known MOLSON Brewery , I still remember, that the young and talented lawyer, well in spite of himself but in all respect and friendship, delivered to me the verdict of his elders, his fellow-members of the Bar: "You are", they say, "an illuminated Black person !" Pretending to be under the effect of a certain euphoria to which the famous beer MOLSON gets one discreetly, I told him on a hardly exalted but sincerely happy tone: "I, Lucien, from the Latin Lucianus which, from the root Lux, Lucis and any other variation reminds me FIAT!, then FIAT Lux! Let us raise our glass to your Bar and Let there be light ! " "An Illuminated Black person !", I suddenly told him again, "in the white ceremony where the snow and the wind intermingle, in this country of blowing snow..." sung by Gilles Vigneault, what a spectacle ! Homage to you, Mister Prime Minister, because today like yesterday, in the Country sung by Gilles Vigneault, thanks to you, to your collaborators, to all the people of Québec, and to the "Father" who had house built, "the guest room, it is beautiful! " How not to think of René Lévesque, during a meeting before the first "Parti Québécois referendum " on a Saturday, in company of Doctor Camille Laurin, of Doctor Denis Lazure, of Father Jacques Couture, of Gérald Godin of venerated memory, without forgetting the former deputy Pierre de Bellefeuille. Facing him that Saturday, illuminated by I do not know which obscure clearness, I gave to him in person a summery of this subject which I have a chance to entertain with you today. One sentence condensed its content. He promised me to read it all in his limousine, on the way back from Montréal to Québec. The following day, on Sunday morning, I knew that he had read it. With you today, Mister Prime Minister, I repeat this sentence, more than twenty-five years old, but always, in my opinion, carrying the same message that I wish more and more positive for the years to come, in the third millennium... "On the cosmic scale as on the terrestrial scale, darkness or blackness forms an integral, sine qua non part, of color and light pocess". Is it still broad daylight in the shadow of the black sun? Yours truly, Lucien BONNET ===================== FROM : 96 percent of cosmos puzzles astronomers Friday, June 20, 2003 Posted: 1629 GMT (12:29 AM HKT) Luminous matter accounts for only about 0.4 percent of the universe. Story Tools WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Earth, moon, sun and all visible stars in the sky make up less than one percent of the universe. Almost all the rest is dark matter and dark energy, unknown forces that puzzle astronomers. Observations in recent years have changed the basic understanding of how the universe evolved and have emphasized for astronomers how little is known about the major forces and substances that shaped our world. Astronomers now know that luminous matter -- stars, planets and hot gas -- account for only about 0.4 percent of the universe. Nonluminous components, such as black holes and intergalactic gas, make up 3.6 percent. The rest is either dark matter, about 23 percent, or dark energy, about 73 percent. Dark matter, sometimes called "cold dark matter," has been known for some time. Only recently have researchers come to understand the pivotal role it played in the formation of stars, planets and even people. "We owe our very existence to dark matter," said Paul Steinhardt, a physicist at Princeton University and a co-author of a review on dark matter appearing this week in the journal Science. Steinhardt said it is believed that following the Big Bang, the theoretical beginning of the universe, dark matter caused particles to clump together. That set up the gravitation processes that led to the formation of stars and galaxies. Those stars, in turn, created the basic chemicals, such as carbon and iron, that were fundamental to the evolution of life. "Dark matter dominated the formation of structure in the early universe," Steinhardt said. "For the first few billion years dark matter contained most of the mass of the universe. You can think of ordinary matter as a froth on an ocean of dark matter. The dark matter clumps and the ordinary matter falls into it. That led to the formation of the stars and galaxies." Without dark matter, "there would be virtually no structures in the universe," he said. The nature of dark matter is unknown. It cannot be seen or detected directly. Astronomers know it is there because of its effect on celestial objects than can be seen and measured. But the most dominating force of all in the universe is called dark energy, a recently proven power that astronomers say is causing the galaxies in the universe to separate at a faster and faster speed. It is the force that is causing the universe to expand at an accelerating rate. Robert P. Kirshner, an astronomer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, said the presence of dark energy was proved only five years ago when astronomers studying very distant exploding stars discovered they were moving away at a constant acceleration. It was a stunning discovery that has since been proved by other observations. Kirshner said it is clear now that dark matter and dark energy engaged in a gravitational tug of war that, eventually, dark energy won. Following the Big Bang some 14 billion years ago, matter in the universe streaked outward. It formed galaxies, thinned out and then began to slow down. "Dark matter was trying to slow things down and dark energy was trying to speed it up," said Kirshner, the author of a review article on dark energy in Science. "We think dark matter was winning for the first seven billion years, but then universe went from slowing down to speeding up. ... Dark energy took over." Kirshner said astronomers do not really understand dark energy. Albert Einstein first proposed a form of the idea, but discarded it later. Now, researchers know it exists, but its exact form and nature are mysterious, although it is thought to be related to gravity. "What this is pointing to is a deep mystery at the heart of physics," said Kirshner. "We don't understand gravity in the same way we understand other forces." He said there are virtually no experiments on Earth that would explore the nature of dark energy. It can only be studied across vast stellar distances by observing the motion of objects extremely far away, a skill that has been possible only in recent decades with the development of very powerful telescopes. "Dark energy will cause the universe to expanded faster and faster and eventually, over time, we will see less and less of it," Kirshner said. Over millions of years, familiar stars and nearby galaxies will disappear from view and the sky, now choked with stars, will slowly darken. "The piece of the universe that we can see will get lonelier and lonelier," he said. ( =============================================== ILLE-ET-VILAINE - CONFÉRENCE Le destin de l’univers : trous noirs et énergie sombre Le mardi 27 février 2007 Description Dans le cadre des mardis de l’Espace des sciences, son équipe vous donne rendez-vous le mardi 27 février 2007 à 20H30, pour une conférence ayant pour thème : Le destin de l’univers : trous noirs et énergie sombre, par Jean-Pierre LUMINET, Astrophysicien, écrivain, Directeur de recherche au CNRS. A l’occasion de la parution de son dernier ouvrage, Jean-Pierre Luminet fait le point sur les propriétés extravagantes des trous noirs : machines à produire de l’énergie, ordinateurs suprêmes, portes de passage vers d’autres univers, maelströms emportant dans leur ronde matière, espace et temps. Des microscopiques aux géants en passant par les stellaires, les trous noirs se révèlent aux astronomes selon une panoplie de phénomènes allant des hypernovae aux quasars, en passant par les sources X binaires et les lentilles gravitationnelles. Enfin, aux côtés de la mystérieuse énergie sombre, les trous noirs semblent devoir jouer un rôle prépondérant dans le destin à très long terme de l’Univers. Entrée libre dans la limite des places disponibles. Séance de dédicaces prévue après la conférence. Lieu Espace des sciences Salle de conférences Hubert Curien Les Champs Libres 10 cours des Alliés ============================= Google Web Alert for: Lucien Bonnet Apple 1984 Ad Spoofed in Political Campaign || The Mac Observer Lucien BONNET ============= LETTER TO PRESIDENT CLINTON Montreal, March 22, 1995 President William Jefferson Clinton President of the United States of ...

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