- THESE NZ PINKO'S LIKE THEIR PM HELEN CLARK PREFER JIHADISTS TO JEWS, FAVOR HIGH TAXES AND REDISTRIBUTION SCHEMES, AND ARE ALSO GUNG HO ON KYOTO AND AGW.
- SO THEY GET ALL THE BIG ISSUES WRONG.
NO SURPRISE THERE: THE LEFT ALWAYS HAS AND ALWAYS WILL.
"ALL CAPS IN DEFENSE OF LIBERTY IS NO VICE."
In May 2006, the US and EU made a determined effort to convince Kazakh officials to build a gas pipeline, around Russia in order to supply the energy needs of Europe.RTWT.
"Top officials from the European Union and the US are visiting Kazakhstan in an attempt to revive the idea of a gas pipeline bypassing Russia. Kazakhstan's energy minister told the EU's energy commissioner his country favoured the proposal for a pipeline across the Caspian Sea."
Kazakhstan should be pumping up to 45 billion cubic meters of natural gas by 2015. That effort failed today as Russia, Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan signed a deal to build a gas pipeline through areas controlled by Moscow to the EU.
"The pipeline will skirt the Caspian Sea from Turkmenistan to southern Russia via Kazakhstan and will be built by the end of 2010. The trilateral agreement was signed in Moscow in the presence of President Vladimir Putin of Russia and President Nursultan Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan."
A strong snowstorm that cut visibility nearly to zero in some places as it rolled across the Plains on Saturday caused numerous vehicle pileups and forced authorities to close portions of several major highways.YOU EITHER BELIEVE ONE OF TWO THINGS:
Dozens of vehicles were involved in a pileup on Interstate 29 in western Missouri, authorities said. Sections of some Oklahoma highways were closed because of whiteout conditions.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol said preliminary reports indicated 20 to 40 vehicles, including three tractor-trailer rigs, were involved in the early afternoon chain-reaction wreck on Interstate 29 at St. Joseph.
Multiple ambulances were sent to the scene but there was no immediate indication how many people were injured or if there were any fatalities. Heartland Regional Medical Center in St. Joseph said it was treating several people from the accident though none of the injuries appeared to be life-threatening.
The Weekly Standard administers justice, first to Time Magazine, and then to General David Petraeus, designating him Man of the Year. As to Time, Bill Kristol writes:Time ludicrously chose to make Russia's ex-KGB agent-turned president Vladimir Putin its cover boy. They just couldn't make Petraeus man--oops--person of the year. Our liberal elites are so invested in a narrative of defeat and disaster in Iraq that to acknowledge the prospect of victory would be too head-wrenching and heart-rending. It would mean giving credit to George W. Bush, for one. And it would mean acknowledging American success in a war Time, and the Democratic party, and the liberal elites, had proclaimed lost.
SNOW fell on the Austrian ski resort of St Anton last week, but while in other Decembers its arrival might have prompted a jig of relief, this year it was just the icing on the cake, writes Roger Bray.
The mountains of western Austria have had enough snow to ensure the whitest of white Christmases. Around 27 resorts in Austria are already open According to Richard Downes, chief executive of online ski operator Igluski: "Higher resorts, particularly those with glaciers, already have enough snow to see them through to Easter, so could be a great season."
AGW IS BS.
AGW = BSGeophysicist David Deming writes that parts of north and south America and the southern hemisphere, from California to Korea, have been experiencing freezing weather of such unusual extremity and harshness that crops have been devastated and states of emergency declared. (NB: I have removed the quotes from this article because the author has objected to their being reproduced).[HERE: Antarctica is getting colder.
Neither the intensity nor the frequency of hurricanes has increased. The 2007 season was the third-quietest since 1966. In 2006 not a single hurricane made landfall in the U.S.
South America this year experienced one of its coldest winters in decades. In Buenos Aires, snow fell for the first time since the year 1918. Dozens of homeless people died from exposure. In Peru, 200 people died from the cold and thousands more became infected with respiratory diseases. Crops failed, livestock perished, and the Peruvian government declared a state of emergency.
Unexpected bitter cold swept the entire Southern Hemisphere in 2007. Johannesburg, South Africa, had the first significant snowfall in 26 years. Australia experienced the coldest June ever. In northeastern Australia, the city of Townsville underwent the longest period of continuously cold weather since 1941. In New Zealand, the weather turned so cold that vineyards were endangered.
Last January, $1.42 billion worth of California produce was lost to a devastating five-day freeze.]However, maybe at long last the penny is dropping. The New Statesman, no less, this week publishes a piece by sensible David Whitehouse which says flatly:A pity indeed, that the entire western ruling class has been taken in by this scam.… The fact is that the global temperature of 2007 is statistically the same as 2006 as well as every year since 2001. Global warming has, temporarily or permanently, ceased. Temperatures across the world are not increasing as they should according to the fundamental theory behind global warming – the greenhouse effect. Something else is happening and it is vital that we find out what or else we may spend hundreds of billions of pounds needlessly.
… For the past decade the world has not warmed. Global warming has stopped. It’s not a viewpoint or a sceptic’s inaccuracy. It’s an observational fact…. So we are led to the conclusion that either the hypothesis of carbon dioxide induced global warming holds but its effects are being modified in what seems to be an improbable though not impossible way, or, and this really is heresy according to some, the working hypothesis does not stand the test of data.
It was a pity that the delegates at Bali didn’t discuss this or that the recent IPCC Synthesis report did not look in more detail at this recent warming standstill.
WHO: Bird Flu May Have Spread Between Humans"NO CAUSE FOR ALARM"??? NOT YET, MAYBE, BUT SOON.
Limited human-to-human bird flu transmission may have occurred in Pakistan, but no new infections have been reported for two weeks and there appears to be no threat of further spread, a top World Health Organization official said.
A WHO team has finished its initial investigation in Pakistan after up to nine patients, including several family members, were suspected of being infected with the H5N1 bird flu virus in areas north of Islamabad. They were the country's first reported human cases.
The experts were expected back in Geneva to begin piecing together how the virus may have spread, but they found no evidence of anyone currently sickened by the virus, Dr. David Heymann, the WHO's top flu official in Geneva, told The Associated Press by telephone Friday.
"I think the team right now feels on initial analysis that this might be a small chain of human-to-human, non-sustained transmission," he said, stressing there was no cause for alarm.
What’s missing from the Sun’s account are four important points:The state reps should certainly be lobbied to do something about this, though something tells me that Hillary Clinton is not one of them.
1. The NY law, unlike say California’s, is narrowly drawn, so residents have less protections from suits decided in other jurisdictions, especially ones that may be specious.
2. New York is a world center of publishing. All its publishers are, and some already have been, subject to “libel tourism” suits from Britain’s lax laws, which require the defendant to expensively prove all allegations rather than the plaintiff to prove libel as under U.S. law. These suits are a chill upon Americans’ free speech rights, as even a few copies of a U.S. publication sold over the Internet in Britain (as were just 23 copies of Ehrenfeld’s book) opens U.S. publishers to “libel tourism” suits from Britain.
3. New York’s legislature should immediately correct its statute, to conform to the U.S. Constitution. NY publishers and others should contact Governor Spitzer, their legislative reps, and also U.S. Senators Schumer and Clinton to bring their influence to bear.
4. Rachel Ehrenfeld, meanwhile, has seen her publishing access squeezed by fear of this suit, and lost considerable opportunities to earn her living, while Americans have been denied the opportunity to read her well-researched exposes of Arab financing of terror.
The unanimous decision interpreting a New York law now goes to a federal court. There, author Rachel Ehrenfeld has sought to combat what her attorney argued was a chilling effect on free speech by the billionaire, Khalid Salim A. Bin Mahfouz. The Saudi businessman has sued more than two dozen times over writings on terrorism and those who fund it, including Ehrenfeld's 2003 book.Indeed it does. It's time to halt this foreign persecution tactic dead in its tracks.
"The chill continues," said Ehrenfeld's attorney, Daniel Kornstein of Manhattan.
Kornstein said the businessman hasn't tried to collect on his judgment, which includes an apology and a halt on book sales. But he said the London court verdict is a threat to authors.
"That's the danger and the risk and the problem that we tried to stress," Kornstein said. "It creates a sword of Damocles that prohibits authors and publishers _ and readers can't read about it."
In 2001, rumors started to hit the blogosphere that Antony Flew, a British philosopher born in 1923 [AND ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT AND INFLUENTIAL ATHEISTS IN THE WORLD], had found God after six decades of atheism.
At first Flew denied the reports. But in May 2004 he told a conference in New York that he had indeed changed his mind and become a believer. A flurry of online pundits debated the meaning of this shocking conversion.
...It is unclear whether Flew has lost the desire to reason effectively or whether he no longer cares what is published in his name.
Either way, it seems that this lost sheep remains rather lost.
Read the rest here. And keep your fingers crossed that the President will have the courage to take this bold step.
The omnibus spending bill made its way down Pennsylvania Avenue this week, and it could have slid all the way down on the grease it contains from over 9,000 earmarks. In remarks yesterday, George Bush warned that his budget director will look at ways to eliminate wasteful spending, and thanks to Congressional dishonesty, he may have a way to do it:The White House threatened yesterday to cancel thousands of pet projects that Congress inserted into a massive spending bill before leaving town this week, a move that could provoke a fierce battle with lawmakers in both parties who jealously guard their ability to steer money to favored purposes.
At an end-of-the-year news conference, President Bush chastised Democratic leaders for failing to live up to their campaign promise to curb so-called earmarks and said he has ordered his budget director "to review options for dealing with the wasteful spending in the omnibus bill." Aides later said those options would include simply disregarding earmarks not included in binding legislative language. ...
His sharp message on earmarks, though, stirred consternation on Capitol Hill and anticipation among fiscal conservatives. Calling Congress irresponsible for lumping 11 spending bills into a single, 1,400-page measure nearly three months into the fiscal year, he added, "Another thing that's not responsible is the number of earmarks that Congress included." While Congress "made some progress" curbing pet projects, he said that "they have not made enough progress."
Bush said he asked Jim Nussle, director of the Office of Management and Budget, to draft possible actions to take, but he would not elaborate. One option, aides said, would be to ignore the vast majority of earmarks that are included only in conference reports rather than in the appropriations bill itself. Although traditionally honored, language in such reports is not legally binding.
Congress can blame itself for leaving this loophole, and it stems from their eagerness to airdrop earmarks rather than account for them as promised. Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid passed reform rules that supposedly barred earmarks in conference reports. However, 90% of the earmarks in the omnibus bill never entered the legislative language, making a mockery of their claims to reform.
Oil Is Not the Enemy [Iain Murray]EXACTLY.
With all due respect to Robert Zubrin and the splendid Cliff May, their argument against oil seems to be based on a syllogism: Islamists produce oil, Islamists are bad, therefore oil is bad.
The fact is that 80% of our oil comes from non-islamist sources.
Our top sources for petroleum are Canada and Mexico.
We even import more oil from Africa than from the Middle East.
The rest of the world isn't going to switch away from the most cost-effective source of transportation energy just because we choose something different.
So by switching to methanol (which would also require massive amounts of land) we cut off our nose to spite our face.
The Islamists will keep getting their funding from other nations, just like they do now, and we'll be less resilient in the face of their attacks because we'll be paying more for a less efficient form of energy (and we'll therefore be less competitive with, eg, China as well).
If you really want to reduce our imports and lower the world price, campaign for an end to the silly restrictions that keep us from utilizing our vast reserves of oil and gas that are locked away in ANWR, the Rockies and the Outer Continental Shelf. The American consumer is not our enemy.
12/21 11:08 AM
Can we have a do over?
I can't stand it.
Every major Republican nominee sucks.
Let me repeat.
Every major Republican nominee sucks.
December 21, 2007
DESTROYING ANTHRAX TOXIN with carbon nanotubes.
Sunday, December 09, 2007
Using Carbon Nanotubes To Seek and Destroy Anthrax Toxin and Other Harmful Proteins
Troy, N.Y. - Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute [profile] have developed a new way to seek out specific proteins, including dangerous proteins such as anthrax toxin, and render them harmless using nothing but light. The technique lends itself to the creation of new antibacterial and antimicrobial films to help curb the spread of germs, and also holds promise for new methods of seeking out and killing tumors in the human body.
- OBVIOUSLY, IF THIS WORKS, THEN THIS MIGHT BE GOOD NEWS, BUT IT DOESN'T REALLY INTEREST ME.
- I'M MERELY POSTING IT TO PROVE WE OUT-POST INSTAPUNDIT EVEN AT THE STUFF HE FINDS INTERESTING AND WE DON'T. HEH.
THE ASTUTE BLOGGERS RULE!
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"The Beloit (Wis.) Daily News will bring back "Non Sequitur" next week after suspending it following a Nov. 24 episode showing a KKK-robe-clad chicken who only lays egg whites.
Some Daily News readers criticized Wiley Miller's Nov. 24 strip. But many other readers (as well as cartoonists and "Non Sequitur" syndicator Universal Press Syndicate) noted that the strip was obviously ridiculing racism, not endorsing the racist KKK in any way.
Marc Morano / epw.senate.gov:U.S. Senate Report: Over 400 Prominent Scientists Disputed Man-Made Global Warming Claims in 2007 — Senate Report Debunks “Consensus" — Complete U.S. Senate Report Now Available: (LINK) — Complete Report without Introduction: (LINK) — INTRODUCTION:Link Search: Ask, Technorati, Sphere, Google, and IceRocketDiscussion: Dot Earth, Moonbattery, Jay Currie, Flopping Aces, National Post and NewsBusters.org
In many Western and Muslim countries what happened to Hadjo would be called paedophilia and the male attacker would be arrested and imprisoned.
In Niger that word is only applied to men who have sex with girls outside of marriage, said Idrissa Djibrilla, head of the Niger branch of Defence for Children International (DCI), a non-governmental organisation (NGO).
"Here we only talk about paedophilia when sex happens outside marriage," Djibrilla said.
"If we look at it from the biological, physiological point of view, it's clear that at nine, 10, 11 or 12 years old a girl simply is not ready for sex and child bearing. That's the reality, but it is hard to make our communities understand."
The effects can be long-lasting and extend beyond physical health, human rights workers and psychologists who have studied child brides say.
Forced sexual intercourse, denial of freedom and domestic violence are "frequently" found in child marriages, the long-term effects of which are poorly understood, according to a confidential NGO study shown to IRIN.
Eventually, the girls are likely to be abandoned when their polygamous husbands take another young bride. In Niger, women have little or no rights after a divorce.
Hadjo's case is not an isolated one in Niger. The problem affects all the regions of the country, Djibrilla said. At least a third of girls are married by the age of 15, and 75 percent before the age of 18, according to the UN Population Fund (UNFPA).
In reality, activists say 13 is a common age for marriage, and some girls are married off as young as nine or 10. They will be forced to have sex even before their first period.
(IsraelNN.com) The Peace Now movement is suspected of setting up a financial scam to mask the European sources of its funding for its reconnaissance work against Israeli Jewish towns in Judea and Samaria.So, the government of Londonistan strikes again, I see, ditto Norway's. Read also this surprising article that reveals that Peace Now is not legally structured, which should mean that they can't file lawsuits, and see also this special site (in Hebrew) which monitors their illegal actions.
The Non Profit Associations Registrar suspects Peace Now of operating a front organization for improper collection of funds, according to a report on Channel 2 TV by reporter Amit Segal.
The radical left-wing Peace Now group allegedly used a non-profit organization (amuta) called Sha'al, which supposedly dealt with educational matters, to receive and disburse millions of shekels over a period of many years.
Some of the organization's donors were exposed in the course of the inquiry. They include the British government, which donated more that 500,000 shekels, Norway (800,000 shekels) and the European Union, which donated 451,000 shekels earmarked for Peace Now's ongoing "settlement hunting" activity: the documentation of construction activity by Jews in Judea and Samaria.
European Union leaders, worried that Kosovo's push for independence could trigger instability in the Balkans, were set to offer Serbia a fast-track route to joining the bloc at a summit on Friday.
A day after signing a treaty to end a long institutional stalemate, the leaders switched focus to challenges posed by the Balkans -- a test of the EU's new hopes of strengthening its foreign policy clout -- and by globalisation and immigration.
The leaders were due to say that Serbia should be offered an accelerated path towards EU membership, once Belgrade meets the conditions to sign a first-level agreement on closer ties.
"It reiterated its confidence that progress on the road towards the EU, including candidate status, can be accelerated," a draft copy of the summit communique obtained by Reuters said.
It also said talks on the breakaway Serbian province had been exhausted, the status quo was untenable and a settlement of Kosovo's future status was essential for Balkan stability.
Finnish Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen called the draft statement "a major step in the right direction".
Belgian Foreign Minister Karel de Gucht pointed to the lessons of the 1990s Balkans wars, saying: "We have seen what happened in former Yugoslavia when the European Union did not take things in hand."
A handful of EU states -- Cyprus, Greece, Slovakia and Romania -- remain reluctant to recognise an independence declaration expected early next year.
EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana welcomed the announcement this week of a Serbian presidential election on Jan. 20. The election will give voters a say on whether Serbia should move closer to the EU or protest at its role in Kosovo.
"We are very pleased and support the decision ... calling for presidential elections in Serbia and as you know we are in a position in our minds that the final status of Kosovo has to be resolved," he told reporters.
"Rick Santorum recorded these words in his third outing as The Philadelphia Inquirer's highly touted new columnist in a piece headlined "Put aside politics to confront Iran." It was word play on the very comment that Rodney King made 15 years ago, and Santorum applied it to another African-American (one who happens to have a reasonable chance of becoming the Democratic candidate for president)....
The 1992 Los Angeles riots were triggered by the acquittal of police officers in the beating of Rodney King. King was beaten after a car chase. This clip shows the King statement: Why can't we all get along? It also shows the arrival of National Guard. The late deployment of the Guard was criticized at the time.
It is a fair assessment to maintain that Santorum mocked the words of a man whose beating symbolized the worst of a racially polarized period. Worse, it validates the belief of many citizens that Santorum's political agenda was to suppress poor Americans, many of whom belong to racial minorities...
Ebola's Stealthy Return
IT'S BACK A new strain of Ebola has killed at least 30 people in Uganda, including several health-care workers who failed to take proper safety precautions when some patients did not exhibit such classic, horrific symptoms as bleeding from the eyes and ears. More than 100 people are thought to be infected, with hundreds more being monitored.
DELAYED REACTION? The outbreak began in August but was not confirmed until Nov. 29. Officials in Uganda deny they waited to publicly identify the highly contagious virus until after Queen Elizabeth II and 53 other heads of state had met in the capital, Kampala, on Nov. 23 for a Commonwealth summit.
... Charles himself [WAS] pressed into the defensive, having banned most of the brain-power of his Lizard Army, he was left with himself and a group of yea-sayers, but to his rescue came Oyvind Strommen, a hardcore leftist [WHO MAKES IT A POINT TO ATTACK AYAAN HIRSI ALI AND THE LATE ORIANA FALLACI] to Charles’ defense. Providing him with ammunition to use against Vlams Belang and the Counter-Jihad movement.
Now I’m not saying that there is anything wrong with accepting help or information from people on the left, or the right or anywhere else on the political spectrum, far from it (one should double-check the information carefully of course).
But it is a farce when you’re making a point of not associating yourself with partners who allegedly ascribe to unsavory ideologies, and then do exactly that, and that is what Charles Johnson have done.
So irregardless of who is right or wrong in this matter, Charles Johnson have proved that it is acceptable of allying yourself with whoever is ready to fight your opponents with you, by doing exactly what he is accusing the Counter-Jihad movement of doing, only difference is whether Charles Johnson’s original claims of connections between Vlams Belang and White Supremacism and Racism have any merit.
But he have proven that he himself have no qualms of allying himself with somebody who ascribes to Marxism, and ideology accountable for more deaths than Nazism and Fascism and just about any other ideology around, with the possible exception of Islam (nobody knows the number of deaths they are responsible for in the last 1400 years).
Britain's rising immigrant population has bumped the Muslim name Mohammed into second place in the latest list of most popular boys' names.
For the last 13 years Jack has been the most popular boys' name in the land.
But in multicultural Britain children named after the Muslim prophet Mohammed come a close second.
In a reflection of the increasing influence of Islam, figures released yesterday showed the most popular spelling of the name - Mohammed - had climbed five places to 17th in the annual list of top baby names.
However, when the seven other spellings of the name are taken into account, the total comes to 6,347 babies, making it the second most popular name of the year - up from 5,936 last year.
Gaza's embattled Hamas leaders are seeking a cease-fire after months of Israeli attacks and sanctions, going so far as to make an unprecedented appeal through the Israeli media, a Hamas official confirmed Wednesday.
The overture, which the Hamas leader made Tuesday through an Israeli reporter, followed an especially bloody day in which the Israeli air force killed 12 militants, including a top commander.
Despite calls for a cease-fire within his Cabinet, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert pledged to continue targeting the leaders of militant groups who fire rockets into southern Israel almost daily.
Ismail Haniyeh, leader of the Hamas government in Gaza, reached out to Israel through a reporter for Israel's Channel 2 TV, said Hamas government spokesman Taher Nunu.
Haniyeh spoke of a truce in his phone conversation with Suleiman al-Shafi and said Israel must halt its offensive in Gaza for the cycle of violence to end, Nunu said.
''The occupation should stop its attacks and siege,'' Nunu said. ''Then a truce would be possible, and not unlikely.'' [DID NOT REFER TO ISRAEL AS "ISRAEL".]
... Islamic Jihad spokesman Abu Hamza said Hamas had not approached his group about a cease-fire.
''This is not a time for truce,'' he told the AP. ''We have to inflict revenge upon this criminal enemy.''
Israel has launched peace talks with the moderate Palestinian president, while sealing Gaza's borders. Abbas has refused to speak to Hamas until it reverses the takeover.
"The ad for electronic goods retailers Betta Electrical recreates the Christian nativity scene, showing three wise men offering gifts to baby Jesus as he lies in the manger.
The commercial, which has angered Anglican and Catholic leaders, shows Jesus throwing gifts out of the manger as the words "Give a better gift" flash on the TV screen.