Intermediate Word:  pugnacious (a) pug-nosed  (b) short but brawny  (c) diffident  (d) eager to fight
Difficult Word: - rime riche 
(a) thick coating of hoar frost  (b) ice on refrigerator coils  (c) rhyme using homonyms  (d) white sideburns

Indonesia To Launch Another Telco Satellite - SpaceDaily  Indonesia plans to launch a new telecommunication satellite this month to replace an older one, an industry spokesman said Thursday. The 73-million-dollar Telkom 2 satellite was built by US firm Orbital Sciences Corporation. Indonesia currently has three Palapa telecommunication satellites in orbit, two of which are operated by Indosat, another Indonesian telecommunication company. An archipelago of more than 17,700 islands, Indonesia depends largely on rocket-launched satellites for telecommunications. Telkom 2 will be put into orbit by an Ariane5 rocket of the European company Arianespace.   
Oil Firms Under Pressure From Consumers - SpaceDaily  Left:  "Big-oil behemoths are making out like bandits, while the average American family is getting killed by high gas prices, and soon-to-be record heating oil prices," said Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y. "We need to fix this."  Major oil firms together amassed a staggering $32.8 billion in net income during the third quarter, as gas prices top $3 a gallon. The figure includes earnings from ExxonMobil, BP, Royal Dutch/Shell, Chevron and ConocoPhillips. The announcement of record profits was attacked by critics and even some conventional allies. ExxonMobil, making corporate history as the first U.S. firm to surpass $100 billion in quarterly sales, which had a total revenue of $378 Billion.   

Bush Unveils U.S. Flu Readiness Plan - SpaceDaily  President George W. Bush has outlined a long-awaited national preparedness plan for pandemic influenza, asking Congress for $7.1 billion in emergency spending to boost the country's readiness for an outbreak that could include avian flu. Three major influenza pandemics struck during the 20th century, and public health experts have warned repeatedly that another pandemic is overdue. So far, the avian flu virus strain H5N1 has not gained the ability to spread from human to human, but the prospect of such a mutation worries experts, because humans lack natural immunity to the virus. 

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