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Karl Rove, former senior aide to President Bush, spoke to a hostile crowd at the University of Iowa yesterday evening. Students and local citizens protested his appearance at the university and “staged a mock trial” for Rove. During the lecture, Rove lashed out at hostile questioners, telling one his comment showed “a simple, stupid mind”.

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The spy agency now monitors huge volumes of records of domestic emails and Internet searches as well as bank transfers, credit-card transactions, travel and telephone records. The NSA receives this so-called “transactional” data from other agencies or private companies.

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15 predictions for the future..none of it good.

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A bird species not seen for 80 years has been rediscovered near Papua New Guinea, experts said Friday. The Beck’s petrel, long thought to be extinct, was photographed last summer by an Israeli ornithologist in the Bismarck Archipelago, a group of islands northeast of New Guinea.

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Watch out Google. Two old-media dinosaurs, Fox and NBC Universal, have created one cool venue for their hottest shows.

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It’s cyber war!!

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This Indian software engineer had a car crash while in USA, was paralyzed. Connected to ventilator, he communicated with docs and nurses with laptop, sip-n-puff tech and started a blog. Then sent to India, loses laptop, abandoned by family. Such abandonment normally leads to death in India.

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gun rights organization in the United States is accusing the media of trying to conceal the fact that a gunman who attacked students at Jerusalem’s Mercaz Harav seminary was stopped by an armed student at the school. Authorities report that Ytizhak Dadon, 40, was a “private citizen who had a gun license and was able to shoot the gunman.

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An official scientific review of Japan’s bizarre experiments with test-tube minke babies and attempts at cross-breeding cows with whales has exploded the claim whale slaughter is “research”.

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Congress To Subprime CEOs: How Come You Got Paid Millions To Wreck The Economy? Hm? Congress got to ask the subprime CEOs what everyone else is thinking: Why did you get millions and millions of dollars to fail so spectacularly?

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